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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 24, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume ID: VID00589
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THE partially decomposed
bodi of a man, found Tuesdal
inside the trunk of a car w th a
gunshot wound to the head on
the relately quet settlement of
Tarpum Bay, w as disco1ere J by
"somc lad\ w bo claimed to be
his girlfriend. poke reported tes-
Currently, a team of Central
Detectit e Unit (CDU 5 officers
are actitely miestigaung what 1
-- -beliewd to be the far-:.t murde
on Eleathere this year --- the
Bahamas' latest killing h:25.
pushed the 2006 murder es..unt to
Police are withbording the
name of the tierim belieted to
be in his nud-30s unti fam 1
members hate been notified
ce uipt Ghjtic c\ltPth dt en
Detectil e Unit 1CDU l. told The
Et"atame"bmt fe w
he has not been positively-identi-
hed as yet.

SEE page nine
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PatW11t 1311115
PMH be
Citing WO1'SC'
CLAIMING that infectious
bacteria is still present in the dial-
ysis unit at the Prmcess Margaret
Hospital, a 49-year-old patient
ure said officials are not doing
enough to fight off the harmful
""I''" s Bodie, 45, who has
hidl renal failure, a condition in
h dt ph fun
alleged that staff at PMH do not
"efficiently" care for the patients.
off c a oi eI
under control on the dialysis unit,
Ms Bodie said they may be get-
ting worse.
sonA roe t ae .po epeT
ago, Dr Patrick Whitfield, the
hos vital's chief of staff, admitted
that 16 to 18 patients may have
become ill due to a bactenal out-
break but that there was no cause
for alarm caustea e infection
SEE page nine

'Til0USRMS' Sign petition asking for

pf0cess to be slowed down
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN ONLINE petition asking government to slow down the
process of introducing a National Health Insurance scheme has
been signed by "thousands" since its laui2ch on Monday.
The petition, devised by the National Coalition for Healthcare
Reform-a group made up of members of the business commum-
ty, heads of unions, and healthcare professionals declares that
insufficient information has been provided to the public about the
proposed scheme, and requests that the government "release all
facts and allow for meaningful consultation before making a final
In this way, it says, a plan that is "financially viable and sustainable
SEE page six

of government and some sectors
of the public that they wer
opposing the way government
proposes to implement the plan
purely for financial reasons.
Dr Roberts and Dr Sands, both
members of the National Coali-
tion for Health Care Reform, said
tee that is seeking further consul-
tation on the matter, have not
bgen eqnsulted enough about the
ne.* NHischeme
both Dr Sands and Dr Roberts
have been involved in the con"
this consultation has been going
on since 1984 to the present date:
Phoning in to the show, Dr
Nottage, the Minister of Health,
said that he was dumbfounded
that the doctors could make such
"This ministry has had numer-
SEE page nine

,, Tribune Staff Reporter
- A HEATED debate erupted
yesterday on the public airwaves
between opponents and propo-
nents of the National Health
Insurance (NHI) Scheme.
Three cabinet ministers, Dr
Bernard Nottage, Fred Mitchell,
and AllysonMaynard-Gibson all
vued iuy 10 the radio show, Real
'it Ln.., bile Dr RAIn
Roberts and Dr Duane Sands
were expressing their displeasure
with a number of issues sur-
All three ministers, in their
own way took grave exception to
the objections that the two Doc-
tors gave, especially that with all
the benefits the plan alleges to
offer, it is seemingly impossible
for $231 million to cover the
entire p ulationlofothe Babamas
rejected criticism from members

5 ASSISTANT police
commissioner with
responsibility iorcrime
Reginald Ferguson
speaks during the
Bahamas Chamber of
Sto ers Seminar at the
11yndham resort on
(Phoro: Felipetlajor/ |
Tribune staff;
THE only way to "rid"
the police force of corrup-
tion would be to cross fer-
tilize by bringing in foreign
ed nf r nnte gent ,
Speaking at the second
annual Crime Prevention
Seminar, he said that coun-
tries such as Jamaica,
Trinidad, tmd St Lucia had
already adopted this policy
in order to police their com-
munities more efficiently
and that the Bahamas needs
to imitate these initiatives
before the crime in the
country gets worse.
Because the Bahamas is
such a small country, he
explained, it is "human
nature" for police officers
to give persons they know
"a break" if they are caught
committing ac nmws each
other so if I'm your ma
pa, child, sweetheart, son,
you may not get the same
th m So wTth r sssf ruslt
I on isuwould be T
get closure more quickly on
the issues," Dr Allen said.
"Then you have these
gang guys, what if they get
on the force? Are they
going to arrest their col-
leagues?" he asked. "You
leave yourself open. And if
the murder rate is now 50
today then it's getting up
there, it's getting scary. It's
SEE page nine

at P t homcoa a t
be placed in private rooms are
still allowed to stay on the pri
vate wards despite, a lack of
Mr Pinder claimed that the
government's health plan
would take away that option,
because persons would be
forced to pay an extra fee for
private rooms.
Mr Pinder asked: "Are we
going to be allowed access to
private facilities?
The umon president accused
nSEE page seven

Tribune Staff Reporter.
A UNION leader claims
Minister Nottage left niany
questions "unanswered" in
his broadcasted speech to the
nation on the proposed
National Health Insurance
According to John Pinder,
the newly appointed president
of the National Congress of
Trade Unions, the government
is "putting the cart before the
horse" with the proposed
national health plan.



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Peet hints at legal action
FINANCIAL Services and Investments Minister Vincent Peet has
again spoken out on the issue of the $10,000 stolen from his bedroom
closet in 2003 and has hinted at legal action against what he referred to
as sidelinee commentators."
Questions have been raised as to why the Minister had such a largq
sum of money in his home.
' But, in a statement yesterday, Mr Peet offered this response: .
"The constant attention drawn to the unfortunate mcident involving
my former driver constrains me once again to respond. I wish to reits
erate, as these commentators themselves have acknowledged, that
monies were stolen from me. These were my funds being put togeth-
er to meet my financial obligations for my daughter's education in the
United States.
"The vile innuendoes spun by their storytelling are untrue.
"This was an unfortunate incident. My former driver apologised
SEE page nine

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"hs';onn do t nun di;
man, no longer suppressed by
the government.
Admitting that not much had
changed since the time when
ZNS was the only "broadcast
opportunity," he said: "Back in
the seventies and eighties, if
Calsey Johnson said no it was
no. If Lyden Pindling said no it
was no."
He admitted to being con-
trolled by the government
owned monopoly. But not any-
more, he said.
"I don't fear any politician. I
fear God that's it. If it needs
to be said Darold Miller will say
it. Yes, I have to admit, ZNS
tied my hands a little bit after
the PLP came to power but I'm
free now. And in our talk shows
and in our news you will see
and hear the difference," he
said, referring to the developing
radio station GEMS, where he
is the chief operating officer.
Speaking at the Rotary Club

Darold Miller admits 'hands

Ingraham statements 'ridiculous', claims BDM

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reserve was charged with the
indecent assault of a female stu-
dent this week in Freeport Mag-
istrate's Court.
Police Reserve Constable
Terrance Arthur Demeritte,
who is also a teacher with the
Ministry of Education,
appeared in Court One before
Magistrate Franklyn Williams.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge of indecent assatilt in rela-
tion to a complaint made by a
female student. He was granted
$5,000 bail with one surety. The
matter was adjourned to April
16, 2007, for summary trial.

are corrupt, we in the private
media have the ability to influ-
ence public opinion that could
kick them out of office."
As a media practitioner, Mr
Miller said he fears that jour-
nalists will cower and not
uncover such truths.
"The fear that I have as we
approach the 2007 general elec-
tion is that talk shows and pri-
vate media in general will serve
to further polarize our already
fragile democracy.
"My fear is that some talk
show hosts or some journalists
will take a relentless political '
and deeply reductionist view of
things. My fear is that some of
us will see everything through
the prism of their partisan poli-
Journalists have to be objec-
tive, he said. "You see I amnei-
ther PLP nor FNM, I am a pro-

West Nassau meeting on the
Impact of Private Media on the
Development of the Bahamas
he said, back then, only the pri-
vate print media bowed to no
"There was The Tribune, pri-
vate media on the print side,
fearless and investigative, going
beyond the surface of the news
and resisting Lynden Pindling
every step of the way. For a
spell back then in the eighties,
there was little objectivity
whether you heard the news or
read the news."
The private media has the
responsibility of keeping gov-
ernments honest. "When we in
the Fourth Estate are function-
ing at our best we uncover the
dirt in government, we become
the watchdog for the people.
Where there is darkness, we
bring light. Where governments


power, I am going to do what I

fessional broadcast journalist.

THE Dominican Republic
should grant birth certificates
:d s2g thHdrre e so n
the Caribbean country, the US
ambassador said Wednesday,
accomds odAssocenateH s
comments come three days
before the case of two girls of
aitian des tawho w orn
denied Dominican citizenship
returns to the Inter-Amencan
Court of Human Rights.
Hertell told a group of Amer-
icans and Dominicans gathered
at a hotel in the capital that
migrant rights and border secu-
nty should be pnonties for the
next five years.
Some 500,000 to 1 million peo-
PDe of tin de ent live m he
p many
gally. Though the constitution
guarantees citizenship to any
One born on its soil, workers
childrau ar routmelyd 4 e
and take higher-wage jobs.

Statements made by former
mm gswYellubertMnrgry
maun ell raa ileMothee
ment said yesterday in a state-
me' hat is going on in Mr
Hubert Ingraham's head? Is he
suffering from amnesia? The
Bahamian people certainly are
not. We remember only four
short years ago his arrogance,
his bully tactics and his disre-
gard for the Bahamian people
before he was voted out of gov-
ernment," the BDM said.
While the PLP government
is a mess, and rife with corrup-
tion scandals, had Mr Ingra-
ham forgotten the scandals
that brought his government
"So while he is right about
the lousy job the PLP has done
in their feeble attempt to gov-
ern this country, the allegations
of corruption of mimsters and
their inability to get Bahamians

to benefit from these foreign
investments,.has he forgotten
to come back to the Bahamian
people as he promised in 2002
regarding his investigation into
corruption in his own cabi-
net?" the BDM asked.
The party said that the bot-
tom line is that the Bahamas
has been having government
after government that come
into power on promises of
accountability, transparency,
responsibility, and bringing
fresh new attitudes and poli-
cies to benefit the Bahamian
people, only to do the same
things they had condemned
and criticized in opposition.
"Wahave had an unbroken
culture of political corruption
born the. very first Bahamian

government. The Bahamian
people are beginning to realize
this and are rejecting both
political parties. This is the rea-
son for the unusually low voter
registration," the BDM said.
The party said that Mr
In graham needs to turn and
keep a critical eye on himself
and his government and their
recent scandalous past.
"We can see for ourselves
the incompetence, arrogance
and slackness of this PLP gov-
ernment. Mr Ingraham and his
cronies are m no position to
criticism the incompetence and
slackness of the PLP, it is like
the pot calling the kettle black.
Bahamian people, it's time for
a new direction and new lead-
ership," the party said.




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FOURTEEN bails of mari-
uana were confiscated on Tues-
day off Ragged Island, raising
the statistics in dangerous drug
seizures for the year, namely
marijuana and cocaine, higher
than those of 2005:
On November 21, sometime
around 7.40am, OPBAT Halo
was on patrol in the area of
Pigeon Cay in the Ragged
Island chain when it observed a
go-fast boat with four persons
onboard acting in a suspicious
The persons reportedly began
off-loadindg objects on the cay.
Accordmg to Raymond Gib-
son, the officer in charge of the
Drug Enforcement Union
(DEU), the OPBAT team then
"One of the men fled into the
bush on the cay while the other
three sped off in the boat. They
checked the cay and came up
with the 14 bails of marijuana as
well as subsequently finding the
vin rent e of the
"They later went after the
boat and were able to seize the

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three persons onboard made
good their escape, but they have
been identified and are bemg
sought," he said.

aSps are
released to
combat pest
THOUSANDS of tmy para~
sitic wasps have been released
in the Cayman Islands to com- island-hopping insect
that has destroyed crops
throughout the Caribbean'
accof-ding to Assoocatz:
The mfestation by the pink
hibiscus mealybug, which feeds
on the sap, roots and leaves of
plants, was confirmed m Grand
Cayman in June but has not
spread to the British depen-
dency's two other islands'
according to a statement Tues-
day from the Agriculture
The tiny wasps, which are
almost invisible to the naked
eye,1ay eggs inside mealybugs.
Once hatched, the larvae feed
on the.pest internally, causing it
to diet
Officials have unleashed
about 62,200 of the wasps from
vials at 80 sites in Grand Cay-
litan in recent weeks. The
thnusm s pose no threat to
Mealybugs have destroyed
millions of dollars in crops and
orilamental plants across the
Caribbean since they were first
ep orted in the Western Hemi-
ph ree inheGr eada inV1
Islands in 1997, and Puerto Rico
a year later.

OfficialS hope
resort will
boost Grenada

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St George's
GRENADA officials hope
construction of a privately fund-
ed resort and marina -
equipped to handle even the
biggest yachts will help this
southern Caribbean island's
tourism-based economy recov-
er from devastating hurricanes
in 20004 and 2005. officials on
Wednesday praised the US$562
million Port Louis Project,
which broke ground Nov. 11
and includes two 120-room
a28d0 condos andh rte
for 350 boats up to 280 feetiong.
Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada in

September 2004,1eaving at least
39 -people dead and 90 percent
of homes damaged or destroyed.
In July 2005, Hurricane Emily's
winds tore up at least 100 homes
lifted the roofs off 2,000 more,
destroyed crops and flooded
neao 000 rTs et island



of mischief making for Hubert
Ingraham to suggest that thp
National Health Insurance is a
"The record of this.govern-
ment is one where no new tax-
es have been introduced since
we assumed office m May 2002.
Only a (person) seeking to fool
people and bully them in
beheving his twisted views
would call the scheme a tax.
We suggest that Ingraham gets
his facts straight and learns how
to speak the truth on these
"It is a in politics
when a tired, rejected (man),
who listens only to his own
tune fails to look around him to
recognize that the world has
changed. Hubert Ingraham will
get the lesson that he so badly
needs; he will be defeated and
with him will go.all of his
cronies," Mr Rigby said.

that Hubert In graham has
finally publicly indicated his
opposition to the National
Health Insurance Scheme.
How is it that any right-think-
ing Bahamian who cares about
the poor and the disadvantaged
can oppose this plan?
The FNM has obviously
decided to continue to support
their usual money-interest and
it is also clear that the FNM
prefers to live in a Bahamas
where there are two peoples:
Those who can afford to pay
for private medical insurance
and those others who are left to
the mercy of cook-outs to pay
for critical and life saving surg-
eries. The PLP supports the
introduction of the National
Health Insurance and we are
confident that the majority of
the Bahamian people favor the
Scheme," Dr Nottage said.
He said it was a classic case

Chief Reporter
THE FNM demonstrated
during their rally that there are
no substantive issues in their
favour, PLP Chairman Ray-
nard Ribgby said in a scathing
press release yesterday.
"They have determined to
continue down the road of friv-
olous political mischief. They
have decided to shamelessly,
albeit hopelessly, wallow in the
muck and the mire," he said.
He said that the facts are
"indisputable" that the
Bahamas is better off today
than it was in May 2002.
"The economy is perform-
ing well. Unemployment is
down at an historic level. The
average household income for
a Bahamian family is up. There
are more economic opportuni-
ties in The Bahamas today than

ever before,
"More Bahamians are now
taking advantage of their entre-
preneurial spirit by having
access to funding from the
Venture Capital Fund and the
Domestic Investment Board.
The work of the Urban
Renewal Commission has had
a transforming effect on crime
and comritunity involvement in
national affairs. The future is
bright and there is good rea-
son for optimism," Mr Rigby
The PLP, he said, challenges
the FNM and Hubert Ingra-
ham to put the facts in the pub-
lic domain to prove its baseless
accusation that the PLP gov-
ernment is corrupt.
"It is time.for the country to
move beyond the assassination
of the character of politicians
by speaking mistruths and lies.
If any one in the FNM has any


facts to show that any PLP
Minister has engaged in cor-
rupt practices, then they should
reveal the facts to the public.
"It is no surprise to the PLP

Anna Nicole Smith's
companion said yester-
day he has a court order
blocking efforts by a
South Carolina busi-
nessman to cut power
ahd water to the home
where the former Play-
boy playmate has been
staying in the Bahamas.
According to the
Assocaited Press, Ms
Smith's former boy-
friend Ben Thompson is
seeking to remove her
from the luxury home in
Nassau where she has
taken refuge since her
son's death on Septem-
ber 10.
Mr Thompson, who
said he owns ethe home
and that Ms Smith has
not honoured an agree-
ment to pay the mort-
gage, had the power
temporarily cut off at the
residence in mid-Novem-
"Anna Nicole owns t
house and we have the sa
agreement and conveyer
to prove it," her companit
Howard K Stern, said in
e-mail to The Associat
"In fact, we have obtain
a cpurt order preventing B
Thompson from coming
the property or continue
with his efforts to turn a
the power or water. We 2
i nTenbud h
b )e de w dg nted
the Supreme Court on Tu
day, said her at torn<
Wayne Munroe.
The reality TV star, w
gave birth to a daughter
the Bahamas three do
before her 20-year-old s<
Daniel, died in the hospi
while visiting her, used 1
house in Nassau as the be

said that Ms Smith had
refused multiple requests
to vacate the property.
Both parties have filed
lawsuits for the Supreme
. Court to declare who owns
the house. Anna Nicole
Smith has also been house-
hunting in the Bahamas,
Mr Munroe said.
There was little public
fanfare about Anna
Nicole's stay in the
Bahamas' until Daniel
died. She has since domi-
nated local media and pol-
itics, said AP.
Allegations of special
treatment by some
Bahamian government
officials surfaced after the
. head coroner scheduled an
inquest three daysi after
Daniel Smith's death,
a despite a backlog of
requests for inquests into
the deaths of ordinary
Bahamians. The outcry
prompted officials to reassign
the head coroner.
The opposition party has also
criticized what they say was her
quick path to residency.
Another former boyfriend,
Larry Birkhead, claims to be
the father of Smith's daughter,
Dannie Lynn, and has filed a
paternity lawsuit in Los Ange-
les. Mr Stern has said he is the

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for her application for perma-
nent residency.
"Mr Thompson has refused
to allow services to be connect-
ed to his hoine due to liability
reasons," Ford Shelley, Thomp-
son's son-in-law, said Wednes-
day in a statement. "We extend-
ed a helping hand to a friend in
need and look what happens."
Mr Thompson's Bahamian
attorney, Emerick Knowles, has



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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I USUALLY don't write about politics for Ifeel that issues of
morality are more important, though I do feel that this is one
topic that affects us all.
The concept of a national health plan is a great idea, the
capacity for individuals who have made monthly payments to be
able to visit the doctor, obtain treatment, or be able to stay iti the
hospital without having to worry about various related expens-
es is a very positive concept, though I do think that additional
public consultation is necessary.
There are numerous examples of countries that have imple-
mented such schemes, and unfortunately, they have become
major tax burdens for average citizens, eg the United States,
Canada, and many others. I realize that health care costs are con-
stantly rising, and thus it might be advantageous for the gov-
ernment to require public partnership to help carry the load, so
that the most advantageous outcome is derived for all parties
But prior to its implementation, why not obtain the services
of-the brightestemmds in the country eg Doctors, Lawyers,
Engineers, Financial Analysts, Econonusts, Accountants and any
other interested party who is willing to make a positive contri-
bution; they would collectively beable to express ideas and
concerns, design a plan, and through mnovation implement a
course of action that is unique and most suited for the Bahamas.
After further analysis it may be concluded that a national
health plan is the best way forward, but at that time we would
have weighted the various alternatives, seen the merits of weak-
nesses of other less desirable options, and collectively we come
to this conclusion together.
In my own naive, ignorant, and uneducated opinion, if this
plan is implemented without full public consultation, under-
standing and support, then at every available occasion individ-
uals will. be finding ways in which they may not make pay-
ments, circumvent, or basically cast a negative light and/or
opinion on a plan that may have been orchestrated by well
d d dual
in e liikne t stat that I do not know all of the details
related to the health plan and its intended implementation,
. .
though I do feel that if prior to implementation it obtams pub-
he approval, then I think that it will have a positive effect not
only on us, but also on various future generations, and all oth-
er parties involved.
I would like to apologize if I have offended, irritated, or
annoyed any individual who find themselves reading this letter,
for this is not my intent, but rather merely to express a few
thoughts and/or opinions which came about due to the devel-
opment of this topic.
I also wish to thank you for your time, consideration, and
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meets the acknowledged prob-
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more than 1 per cent, but not

an all-inclusive Insurance
Plan. I wonder what the IMF
will say to you next inspec-
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that success has yout

November 16, 2006.

EDITOR, The Tribune,
EVERYONE is very aware
that a catastrophic illness can
leave many penniless or dis-
allow the person from obtain-
1 ntt oe e5hhee 1ho
ment, certainly very prema-
ture for many reasons the
Christie Government seems
to be forcing this legislation
down the throats of everyone
without consulting a medical
doctor in the first instance. By
the way isn't it policy that
however you are all treat-
ments at PMH will be provid-
ed if you don't have the
/fu ds?
means n
Surely even the dumb will
recognize that when the unme-
diate past Mimster of Health
tried the same jig his pro-
gramme or his Health Insur-
ance Ship was torpedoed in
deep water and he was soon
moved to a new basically
immaterial Ministry.
Senator the Hon Bernard J
Nottage, a doctor by profes-
sion, trained in Glasgow, Scot.
land and should have full
experience and knowledge of
the cost of the British Nation-
al Health system and its fail-
ures acknowledged around the
globe and should know better
and b:e far more open and
e onsible
r sApt a who annual cost
of $245 mi 1 this Health
Insurance scheme will collect
in 10 years over two billion
four hundred million dollars
or over $6,000 for every liv-
ing Whamian.
I cannot believe that
Finance Wizard Senator
James Smith could be
onboard on this as he knows
' full well that NIB finds have a
problem in finding a good
interest rates imagine when
by 2016 Health Insurance has
over $2 billion! Surely this
could cause devaluation of the
Bahamian dollar as there will
be too many dollars in circu-
lation and nowhere to get a
reasonable return interest
The government enunciat-
ed th they wanted tlo priva-
tise amasair an every-
thing else so why get mto a
proposal that has more prob
able threats to the well-being
of every Bahamian than the
mess we have already at BTC,
Bahamasair and Water and
Think again Prime Minis.

When the poor pensioner has to make his
so-called contribution, despite governmen-
t's claim that it has not raised taxes since
commg mto office, he still will be that much
In other words, whether the pensioner likes
it or not, he has been taxed. Government,
can play its games, and call it a contribution,
but persons taking home a smaller pay pack-
et will know they have been taxed.
In other words, to borrow from Shake-
speare, "a rose of any other name would
smell as sweet" or in this case odious, if
people find they are not getting what they
believed they were paying for.
"The best things in life are not free," writes
John C Sparks in a discussion on the pros
and cons of Medicare.
. "Keep in mind," he writes, "that the cost of
Medicare was estimated on the low side by its
proponents to render it more palatable to
wavering legislators. Cost of government pro-
grammes seldom are estimated accurately.
Medicare ran two or three times over its orig-
inal estimate in the first year. Marginal ill--
nesses that previously.would have gone unat-
tended now call for the doctors attention _
and add to the cost of Medicare. Patients
seek more frequent and more extended hos-
pitalisation at added cost. Medical ser-
vices and medical supplies will broaden in
definition so that areas never intended to
come under the programme willbe included
- and add to the cost. Opportunists will
f lock mm the programme, in collusion with
patients, with supplies and 'semi-hospital'
services and activities bordering on the fraud-
ulent all to become a part of the cost."
In England patient fraud between 1999
and 2005- that includes drugs, services and
theft cost the NHI 171 million a year.
And don't say it can't happen here. All of
us are only too aware of what happens here.
On a radio talk show yesterday three cab-
inet ministers called in to refute Doctors
Robin Roberts and Duane Sands' claim that
government's cost estimate of $231 million
cannot possibly provide all that has been
promised as coverage for the entire popula-
tion of the Bahamas.
As Dr Roberts has predicted: Everything
has been promised free, but when the poor
come to collect, nothmg wilibe available.
We think he is right. Just read the article
on today's front page, in which a patient com-
plains about infections in the dialysis unit of
the Princess Margaret Hospital. If they can't
do it right now, how will they cope when
they have more complaining patients to care

ANYONE WHO opposes government's
National Health Insurance proposal, accord-
ing to PLP chairman Raynard Rigby, does
not care for the poor or the disadvantaged.
And, of course, the Oracle of all Oracles
has decreed that government's promotion of
the plan should be simple: "Anyone who is
against national health is against helping the
poor people and the middle class."
And he added: "I would build around that
message and put the question: Why are you
against helping poor and middleclass peo-
In other words Raynard Rigby and Fred
Mitchell propose selling government's nation-
al health plan on a lie.
No one not the doctors, the business-
men, the labour unions who has urged
government to slow down and be open to
alternate options is against helping the poor.
No one is denying that medical assistance
should not be available to all. But, with one
voice, they all say that the present plan pro-
posed by government will not benefit the
poor. They are asking government, for the
sake of the poor and needy, to explore an
alternate plan that will make what is promised
available to those who need it most.
What should be asked of Mr Mitchell is:
Why won't government sit down for proper
consultations not just talk consultations
where questions are asked, in depth answers
are given and conclusions are reached Or.
perhaps, is this being rushed through because
this PLP government believes llust wres .ne
more important than poor people's health?
As usual government is promising more
than it can realistically deliver in health care.
According to Mr Rigby former prime
minister Hubert Ingraham is up to his usual
"mischief making" by suggesting that nation-
al health insurance is a tax.
"The record of this government is one
where no new taxes have been introduced
since we assumed office in May 2002," said
Mr Rigby. ''Only a (person) seekmg to fool
people and bully them-in believing his twist-
ed views would call the.scheme a tax."
And, of course, he- was echoed by Mr
Mitchell, who says it is "clearly not a tax, no
more than National Insurance contributions
are a tax. This is a contribution to the cost of
insurance which; though compulsory, will go
directly for health care and nothing else."
No matter what these men say. This is a
tax. Even the dictionary defines a tax as "a
compulsory contribution levied on a person,
property or business to meet the expenses
of government or other public services" -
such as national insurance.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN claims that Princess
Margaret Hospital is involved
in discriminatory practices
against persons living with
The man, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, shared
his story with The Tribune yes-
He said he was diagnosed in
1986, and that he has been liv-
ing with HIV/AIDS ever smce.
However, he claims that his
long-time battle with
HIV/AIDS may be cut short.
He alleges that doctors at
PMH have told him that his
kidneys are deteriorating, and
that he would require dialysis
treatment immediately to sus-
tain his life.
However, he claims that the

Santo Domingo
TWO Canadian mining com-
. pames announced a new search
for gold and copper in the cen-
tral Dominican Republic on
Thursday, joining a flock of
North American businesses
scouting for metals in the
Caribbean nation, according to
Associated Press.
Everton Resources Inc. and
GlobeStar Mining Corp. will,
search the 154-square-mile cop-
per- and gold-producing Mai-
mon Formation about 62 miles
north of Santo Domingo,
GlobeStar CEO Bill Fisher said
by phone from Toronto.
Using helicopters loaded with
electromagnetic and magnetic
measurement equipment, the
companies will look 300 metres
under the surface for six weeks
beginning in December. It will
be the first such search in this
Mining companies have been
coming here in droves since
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Americas, Fisher said.
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relative political stability and its
impending entrance into the
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storage capacity or their fuel
usage, it could be impossible to
verify at what price the fuel cur-
rently being used was bought
sh u e a ew owTt h
consumer," Mr Coleby said, "So
that they will know what to
expect. Because even when you
look at prices in the market
place, the price of crude oil is
rn yel hteh
is higher than it has even been."




ing with HIV/AIDS even
before the medication was
available, and that he was pre-
pared to "keep on fighting"
even though his situation had
now become worse with the
loss of his kidneys.
"I am living proof that you
can live with the virus and still
live a fruitful life, and I don't
want to do this for me, but for
the ones who have already died
and the ones coming after me."
He pleaded; "They have to
change this policy because
HIV/AIDS is not going any-
where, and we all have to learn
to live with it."
He said that he was not
going to allow "shame and
pride" to prevent him from
standing up for his "basic right
to live."
The Tribune contacted
Princess Margaret's Hospital

for a response to the allega-
tron, and was told in an offt-
cial press statement that the
executive management of the
hospital had been made aware
of the patient's complaint con-
cerning refusal of treatment.
The press statement read:
"Rest assured we are domg all
we can to find what actions or
statements have been made to
the patient who has been
referred, and to say and assure
the public that we in no way dis-
criminate where service or treat-
ment is required or needed."
The man's allegation cones
on the back of a recent United
Nations report which says that
discriminationn is a big block to
effective treatment in
Caribbean countries."
The report from the United
Nations Programme on HIV
and AIDS shows that the

hospital has denied him access
to the use of the dialysis
machine because he is an
HIV/AIDS patient.
He said: "The hospital told
me this morning that I needed
the dialysis machine or else I
would die, but then they said
that they don't give it to HIV
The man told Thh Tribune
that he questioned the reason
for the practice, but was told
by doctors that the decision
was "beyond their control."
"I am a Bahamian, and I
have fought for my life for the
last 20 years, and now am sup-
posed to just sit down in the
corner and die when they have
the tools to help me."
The man described the
alleged practice as an "injus-
tice and discriminatory."
He said that he had been liv-

Tribune Staff Reporter
BEC customers and experts
in the fuel industry are ques-
a esev tmt eaco
tion has gazette in the local
Residents in Harbour Island
and throughout New Provi- *
dence have phoned The Tri-
bnune throu ou iveek ask-
they' see their electricity bills
climb to greater heights.
The Tribune has tried to
reach BEC's general manager
Mr Kevin Basden for a further
explanation for escalating
Previously, Mr Basden
claimed that, for the latter part
of the year, with all other fac-

decrease internationally.
This response was gained
after The Tribune asked if, as
the corporation highlights in
its own fuel surcharge sheet,
t g sec cod
leum in the international mar-
As the price of oil has been
significantly lower than last
year, why is the surcharge fee
higF r he n of the now
disbanded Fuel Usage Com-
mittee Mr Vincent Coleby said
his only explanation would be
that BECis still using the high-
er-priced fuel that may have
been stocked in their tanks at
Clifton Pier.
This, he said, could be their
only justification. However,
without verification of their

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HIV sufferer accuses PMH

Customers question continued

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Paul Moss describes Her
Majesty's Prison as "obsolete"
and not compatible with the
realities of crime in today's soci-
"rdMo dhgh
female mmate Gwyneth Rolle,
24, was able to dodge security
surveillance and leave the
prison compound after walking
through an unlocked gate and
hTing a sh-foot perimeta
The escaped prisoner was
caught minutes later by prison
guards near a house on Pine-
yard Road, just yards away
from the prison compound.
Prison Superintendent Dr
Elliston Rahming told the press
that the prison break had "noth-
ing to do" with the lack of secu-
rity at the prison, but a "proper
perimeter wall" would have
prevented the prisoner from
Mr Moss said that even
though he commended the
work ethic and commitment of
Dr Rahming and the prison
guards, the prison still had a
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ty upgrades.
He claimed: "There needs to
be a perimeter wall around the
entire facility."
The attorney said the prison
was built some time ago, and
that at the moment, Her
Majesty's Prison "did not com-
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hoc manner" in which the
prison was run resulted in
inmates not being able to see
their loved ones or receive food
from the outside.
In his interview with the press
yesterday, Dr Rahming said the
issue of the unproper perune-
twTwaH wa rbeein oendb
comes just 10 months after the
largest and deadhest prison
break in Bahamian history.
On January 17, four prisoners
escaped from maximum secu-
rity at the prison, leaving two
dead men, one an officer and
the other a prisoner. Two other
prison officers were also m)ured
during the break.

ry," because of the increase in
crime in recent years.
Mr Moss claimed that high
security prisons around the
world are built with a proper
perimeter wall, a ditch, and then
another perimeter wall that
would enclose the ditch and the
.."to":" "'tdruth t hh
perimeter wall would instantly
upgrade the security at the
He said: "A prison tells a lot
about a country, and when you
take a look at our prison it
speaks volumes about the pri-
orities in the Bahamas."
Last week Mr Moss joined
with family members of prison-


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detail of implementation and so
obviously that's where you like
to effect change most of all,"
he said.
Asked if he was pleased
about the outcome of the meet-
ing, Mr Rolle responded that it
was "promising."
In another addition to the
widening debate on the bill, a
former senior cabinet minister
in the previous government told
The Tribune yesterday that, as
far as he can tell, the FNM's
deliberations during that admin-
istration had produced a more
reasonable plan.
According to this plan, which
was in the early stages of devel-
opment, according to the for-
mer minister, a tax would be
introduced only to ensure cov-
erage of "catastrophic illness-
es" that were not already fund-
ed under the present health care
"Ninety per cent or 95 per
cent of what you need day-to-
day is available in the public
sector...common garden stuff...
so they don't need to go and
cover you for that because it's
already there," said the minis-
"It's that other per cent that's
not available that we need to
provide coverage for," he
Those with private insurance
could continue to use that for
such "common garden" illness-
es, but would also submit to
funding the government for the
treatment of more serious ill-
nesses in the public sector, he
"So if you pay $100 per
month, then you'd only pay $75
and then $25 would go to
national health insurance
scheme that covers you for
those ("catastrophic") illnesses
that previously you had covered
under your private insurance.
"At the end of the day you
remain covered for everything
you were covered for before
and you're not paying any addi-
tional sums of money," he said.
However, he added that the
FNM had only been "in the
beginning" of working out the

FROM page one
for generations to come" can
be implemented.
Yesterday, in a move forward
,for the group behind the peti-
tion, a meeting was held. with
Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage and his team, according
to Winston Rolle, past presi-
dent of the Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce and a local con-
sultant engaged by the coali-
The outcome of this meeting,
said Mr Rolle, was that Dr Not-
tage agreed to provide the coali-
tion with more details about the
proposed scheme.
"From discussions," said Mr
Rolle, "it seems as if they're
open to consultation and havmg
feedback on National Health
Insurance, and making the nec-
essary adjustments."
Noting that the legislation is
already only a month away
from being put before the
House and the Senate, Mr Rolle
said that he still believed that
the plan could be improved
through consultation.
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"The general feeling of our
members is that the plan is
being rushed," said Mr. Pin-
"I also think that if the bill
does pass, they should wait
two years before they imple-
meTnit union leader proposed
an alternative to the govern-
He said: "The government
have proper health insurance
employers without insurance
plans could be penalized by
not having their business
The union leader claimed
that this approach would
reduce the number of persons
be required to assist'
"We could then focus on
ly," he said.
me sahl Idal o iant '

lp d p vea e see
they do not "provide more
Last nigh: in an impas-
sioned speech to the nation,
Health Minister Dr Bernard
Nottage described the prac-
tices of some private insurers
as "discriminatory, unfair and
The Minister of Health said
that he believed that the
national health insurance plan
would come to be known as
ca iat vmso 10mupo t
and certainly in the last two
A week ago, Prime Minister
Perry Christie tabled in the
House of Assembly, a Bill for
the Establishment of the
National Health Insurance
Scheme, which Dr Nottage
said will be the instrument for
putting in place an effective
system for sustaining the
health, welfare and develop-
ment of the country.
The NCTU president also
suggested that the government
focus on irhproling health
before the health insurance
plan is implemented.

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National Health Insurance
Bill is only framework leg-
islation, and regulations will
have to be drawn up to deal
with the issues of how care
is accessed. The entire soci-
ety, all Interested parties,
will be consulted on how
these regulations will be
addressed," the minister
He said that government
had a similar selling job
when National Insurance
was instituted in 1974.
"The same arguments
were made from the same
people that we hear from
today but no-one can argue
that National Insurance is
not an unqualified success.
The same can be for Nation-
al Health. Remember, too,
that National Health was
derailed before over the
same issues.
"But clearly the poor and
the middle class.cry out for
help and the cry must be
heard and their request
answered," Mr Mitchell
He pointed out that the
Bahamas of 1974 is differ-

ent from The Bahamas of
2006 and there was a
stronger sense of national
unity and patriotism.
"Those sentiments, while
still important, are only
marginally so in the debate
we face today.
The world and public
policy are more globally
applied with a view
that private sector initia-
tives are infinitely
more successful than public
sector ones," Mr Mitchell
Government, he said, had
an uphill fight to prove that
the public sector is still rel-
evant and can do some
things better and more equi-
tably than the private sec-
"This National Health
Insurance will be a private
sector public sector part-
nership in the sense that
many of the health care
providers are private busi-
nesses, and that also is a
matter to be stressed.
National Health will not
bankrupt the country," the
minister said.

Chief Reporter

FOREIGN Affairs Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell said he
would reduce the promotion
of government's National
Health plan down to a'sim-
is against national health is
against helping the poor
people and the middle
He added: "I would build
around that message and
put the question: Why are
you against helping poor
and middle-class people?"
Mr Mitchell said.
The minister made the
statement in a speech at the
CARICOM seminar on.
public relations and social
security at SuperClubs
B zes
\ee is possible for oppo
nents of a perfectly good
policy or programme to
derail government policy if
there are missteps in the
way the government itself
fells the message. *
"So our job since we are
committed to national
health insurance is that we
should sell the programme
in bytes that the public can
easily understand and
accept Mr Mitchell said.
The minister said there
should be a direct appeal to
the pocket and the expenses
of health care and how a
society, sensibly sharing the
risk, can accomplish a
greater good: that it is the
civic responsibility of every
citizen to share the risk.
"This is a programme that
covers all from the cradle
to the senior years. A good
programme that simply
makes sense," he said
Mr Mitchell said there are
two issues that should be
gired: One, the question Mr
whether thisgis a:tax;.the ?
econd is whether
there need to be further


of insurance which, though
compulsory, will go directly
for health care and nothing
"On the second point of
further consultations, the

"On the first point, it is
clearly not a tax, no more
than National Insurance
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government minister stashmg
away thousands of dollars in US eargNovemberl7,2006,edi- ADRIAN GIBSON
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ver of Financial Services Minister
Vincent Peet admitted that he had el with $12,000 in US currency, he to the Bahamas Financial Intelli-
stolen $10,000 from a black travel- must hafe presented his ticket, a gence Unit? Based on the law, a
size bag in the minister's bedroom passport and a duplicate copy of suspicious theft involving foreign
closet in November of2003. the Central Bank's stamped currency should have been
He claimed that the bag was approval form to his local bank, reported to BFIU!
half full of US $100 bills and that right? Further, in the dissemina- I have no doubt that if thou-
he had entered a private deal with tion of US currency, each bank sands of$100 bills in US currency
the police and Mr Peet that has a limit, some banks only were found in the average
allowed him to repay the stolen allowing customers $2,500 in US Bahamian's closet and if he
money in installments. The chauf- dollars. had no legitimate reason for hav
feur also claimed that he had paid As it relates to travelling, no ing it there the police would
back $7,000 of the $10,000 to date. Bahamian is allowed to pass US have arrested him and confiscat-
In the November 21, 2006, edi- Customs and Immigration with ed the "bag". Even more, at the
tion of The Tribune the minister, more than $9,999, whether these jail, this individual would proba-
in his response to further ques- funds are in US or Bahamian cur- bly have been beleaguered until
tions posed by the FNM, mam- rency, without declaring it. US he told where the funds were
tainted that the issue of the stolen Customs procedures require tray- derived, that is, if he failed to pro-
money was simple and straight- elders to complete a declaration duce proof of transaction.
forward and a matter of police form (which stays on file), indi- Did the police conduct a com-
record. eating the source of the funds plete investigation or is it that if a
Mr Peet said: "In November, because anyone travelling with minister has these monies it's
2003, I had converted to US cur- more than the set .amount and acceptable?
rency $12,000 to pay my daugh- not declaring will have committed Instead of stashing thousands
ter's university tuition from an offence against US law -an of US dollars in his closet, why
Atlanta, Georgia. offence punishable by fines of didn't the present financial ser-
"When I then went to collect $50,000 or five years imprison- vices minister deposit the foreign
the funds to take to my daugh- ment. In addition to attaining US currency in a bank, which in turn
ter, I was devastated to find some Customs clearance, a traveller is would go to the account of the
$10,000 missing," he said. likely to be required to present a country's foreign reserves and
Can you imagine the Financial notice from the Central Bank. increase it?
Services minister having so little Is Vincent Peet prepared to say
faith in the banking system of the where the monies came from?
Bahamas that he keeps "univer- s far as I am aware it is And, how did the driver know
sity" funds in a closet? proper public policy the layout of the bedroom so well
A Bahamian-who happens to to have large sums of monies that he knew the precise location
be a government minister-has stuffed away in a bedroom closet. of the bedroom closet and that
confessed to being in possession Even more, it is highly unusual cash was stashed there?
of more than $10,000 in US cur- that someone would stockpile their As a corporate lawyer, should-
rency and he has not disclosed daughter's tuition in an alleged n't Mr Peet be familiar with the
whether or not he got exchange black bag in a dark corner. laws governing financial transac-
control approval! Usually, universities/colleges tions?
According to the Central Bank do not accept large cash pay- It appears that certain mem-
of the Bahamas Act of 2000, no ments. Can you picture Vincent bers of the current PLP govern-
Bahamian is permitted to have Peet at a college's business offi- ment apparently haven't famil-
any foreign currency without the cer's desk counting money? iarised themselves with the laws
approval of the Central Bank. What kind of college/universi- of the Bahamas well enough
In order to receive approval, ty accepts thousands in cash for since or prior to winning the 2002
certain standards must be met school fees? I thought that col- election. Is it possible that cer-
and certain forms must be com- leges accepted cheques, drafts, tain parliamentarians do not
pleated. Therefore, for the minister credit cards or wire transfers- study revised laws or haven't
tobeinpossessionofsuchalarge but a bag of'cold, hard cash is been conscious of the FNM's
amount of US currency to "pay new to me! tightening of certain laws gov
(his) daughter's tuition", surely I am aware that most local earning our society/economy
he must have completed a Cen- lawyers-Mr one of particularly that which relates to
tral Bank request form that them-have a US clients account. financial transactions?
specifically addresses tuition pay- If Mr Peet does, in fact, have such At the 1984 Commission of
ments, right? Consequently. the an a ount, shouldn't he have Inquiry, Sir Lynden Pindhng was
form must be in the Central simplywrittenachequeWhilsta grilled as to the correctness of
Bank's files, correct? US clients account does not allow many of his t ransactsons one
In the Bahamas, legitimately for the withdrawal of US curren- such transaction was a $16,000
obtaining US currency, or that of cy, they deal in negotiable instru- deposit made by him on Decem-
any other country, requires an ments such as letters of credit, ber 21, 1982-similar to Mr Peet's
applicant to follow certain strict manager's cheques, bankers draft, stashed money, it involved US
procedures that also include fee certified cheqites and money $100 bills.
payments. Orders. Therefore, couldn't Mr Since 1984 was the year of my
Firstly, an applicant must apply Peet have pursued such an birth, I've come to learn that the
to the Central Bank for approval avenue instead opening-himself last time a high ranking PLP was
and, upon receiving approval, vis- up to an "invasion of (his) priva- involved in an affair involving US
it their local banks, where the cy" and a loaded closet? money, his (Pindling's) explana-
applicant may obtain funds for a It is imperative that each bank tion was that the monies were
fee (bank) that fluctuates in the Bahamas files a report bestowed upon him by
depending upon the rate of when more than US$10,000 is lovestruck, poor constituents.
exchange at that time. withdrawn or deposited, that is, in I suggest all parliamentarians
Due to the fact that Mr Peet accordance with the Anti-Mon- familiarize themselves with the
claimed that he discovered the ey Lauildering Act. If Mr Peet Bahamas financial laws-the
theft when he "went to collect did obtain his funds from a finan- Central Bank's website could be
the funds to take to (his) daugh- cial institution, documentation their first stop.
ter", it is not unreasonable to must be on file. As this "new" PLP govern
assume that he may have indicat- Furthermore, since thousands ment bounces from scandal to
ed his plan to take the funds over- of$100 bills in US currency were scandal, I think it's fair to say
seas to his daughter. stolen from Mr Peet's house, was "the boys are back in town."
If the minister intended to tray- this matter reported by the police

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shame to think that. Never! The
ple in this country. I would not
engage my boss on the radio in
public. I'mnot a politician. I don't
have those ambitions-not at this
time. Iprovide care for the people
of my country. So for them to
imply that myself or Dr Sands or
other of my colleagues are stop-
ping this fan because we have our
own interests at heart is one-of the
Mrs Maynard-Gibson phoned
in and posed a question to the
debate asking how much longer
do detractors of the scheme want
the government to wait to bring
relief to people that are dying.
Dr Roberts responded that of
course the country should wait no
more. He said, however, that at
this time the country has an oppor-
tunity to genuinely work together
and come up with a sustainable
solution to health care.

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the solution to such problems is
not to do nothing as people will
still be hymg m pain, livmg with
diseases, suffering, and dying
because they don't have money.
Responding to this, Dr Roberts
said that he respects Dr Nottage,
but disagreed with a number of
the aspects of the NHIplan.
"The problem that we have had
is the apparent determination to
vilify anybody who opposes any
part of this plan or concepts
opposed by the team as if some-
how it is either all or nothing. It is
not an all or none phenomenon,"
he said.
Before Dr Sands or Dr Nottage
could respond Mr Mitchell inter-
jected that the matter was "sim-
ple", and that those who were
against it or who felt vilified were
simply creating a persecution com-
"Join with the discussions and
help develop the policy," Mr
Mitchell said before leaving the
. Following this, Dr Roberts said
that he would not engage in a
debate with his boss or minister
or accept the implication that pure-
ly for financial reasons he, and his
associates are against the plan.
"I will not engage in a debate
with my boss, or my minister or
any other minister that wouldsug-
gest that we, Bahamians, who love
Our people and would serve our
people, that we actually feel much
less for them. That we would stand
here and let them die. That.the
government wants to implement
this great plan for them, and we
the doctors, we want to prevent it
from happening because we're
"We want our owit money, we
don't care or love our own peo-
ple and look after ouipeople. My
mother, 84 years old, ivould cry

FROM page one
ous discussions with physicians. I
have personally spoken with Dr
Sands. Dr Sands has been mvited
every time we have had consul-
tant groups come from wherever.
He has spoken repeatedly with
members of the technical team.
So I am dumbfounded that he
can make a claim that there has
not been consultation. That is
ridiculous, and it is untrue," Dr
Nottage said.
Dr Sands said that in his view
the matter would then have to boil
down to the definition of "consul-
"I raised the point that there
has been a tremendous amount of
discussion yes. A tremendous
amount of talk. But no substan-
tive exchange of information or
anything that really addressed the
pivotal points that were being
"Yes I'll say that I met with the
minister. And he was very gracious
to have a candid discussion with
me. Yes, I have met with numer-
ous consultants that have come in
on the governments behest. But
the process of sitting down and
discussing the NHI plan, and the
challenges that we have outlined
- that has not happened," he said.
Dr Nottage countered saying:
"It is clear from what Dr Sands
said that there has been consulta-
tion. We hate taken the physi-
cians, those who have been rep-
resenting the Medical Association
of the Bahamas, and those who
we know, or think, have the best
interests of the health care of the
people of the Bahamas,
''And we have gone through the
process with them. Now people
are opposed to certain things.Peo-
ple have their own ideas about

how things may be done. It is the
government's duty to make dect-
sions on behalf of the people. That
is what we were elected for. It is
not necessary that we will always
see eye to eye.
"It seems people think that con-
sultation means that you must do it
their way or no way at all. I am
afraid that that cannot be. I respect
those gentleman with you . but
for them to come on your show, in
public and say there has been no
consultation I am very disap-
pointed to hear that. Extremely
disappointed to hear that," Dr
Nottage said.
Dr Nottage also denied the
reports of such government run
health care systems as those in the
United States, Canada, and Great
Britain being in dire straights.
"It is not true that they have
tremendous difficulty in delivery.
What is true is the business of
lenging to every society every
country. Since I have been Minis-
ter of Health I have travelled
around the world and every sin-
gle country is seeking to install
some kind of national health care,
some kind of social health insur-
ance for all of their people regard"
less of their duty to do it," he said.
"Now, no country that has
embarked on this course, despite
the difficulties, has cancelled it,"
Dr Nottage continued, "because
they know that there is no better
alternative but to provide a means
for everyone to have access to the
best care. Now nobody has
achieved perfection. There is do
society in which everything
works," he sa@*
But the numster explained that

which means that he was there
(in the trunk of the car) for a cou-
ple of days," he said.
The body was reportedly found
around 4.30pm on Tuesday,
November 21, inside the trunk of
a 1993 Chevy Malibu.
Supt Miller said there was an
"apparent bullet wound to the
a head and one of the arms."
At this stage in their investiga-
tions, he said, there is no evidence
to suggest that the murder was
However, he hinted that the
killing reflected "how drug deal
ers operate."

FROM page one arm n a (
11.1 L/J. 11 11 v
really saying that you could be ousted, you could be destroyed.
However, Assistant Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson,
disagreed with Dr Allen's position on cross fertilization.
He said countries like Jamaica and others only crosh fertilized
because they had to, but the Bahamas' crime problem is not at the point
where that is needed.
"In the Bahamas," Mr Ferguson said, "we have got to be profes-
sional, we have got to be as incorruptible as we possibly could."
He explained that the Commissioner of Police already had a policy
on corruption in place, "because we understand if your force is corrupt,
you cannot police and you are ineffective."
"And so that is the building blocks of our organization in order
that we will provide our community with the appropriate law enforce-
ment officers and individual men and women of integrity who are
able to police our community and not compromise."


Patient makes PMH claims

FROM page one
However, Ms Bodie said she is very alarmed. After two weeks in hos-
pital, following reconstructive surgery to nd herself of the infection in her
system, she is concerned about the attitudes of some of the nurses.
Displaying her bandaged arm, still swollen with 22 stitches, Ms Bod-
ie, obviously in pain, said she was tired of keeping quiet. "They don't want
the public to know," she said referring to hospital staff, "but it should be
Admitting that efforts were made to clean up the dialysis unit, she
reported the place was cleaned "from top to bottom" on Sunday.
The night following her surgery, she said was the worst mght. "Every-
one was on a ghost move. No one was there to attend to me."
Meanwhile her bandaged arm, which was soaked in blood, was begin-
ning to leak and she needed care, she said. She cleaned she had to wait
for nearly an hour before she was treated. .
Her impression was that staff meinbers were not workmg together.
"Too much people want to be the leader," she explamed. "That's why
there is a big uproar in the dialysis unit." .
The Tribune tried to contact Hospital Authonty Managing Director
Hubert Brown, but hospital phone lines were busy up to press time.

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Vincent Peet

FROM'page one

and expressed his contrition arid
taking those matters into account
and in keeping with my belief in
persons having a second chance;
he has had that second chance.
"As far as I am concerned the
matter, however unfortunate for
me as.a victim of crime, was
straight forward and has been set-
tied with regard to any further
public commentary from me.
"I have instructed counsel to
review these utterances by a vari-
ety of sideline commentators with
a view to taking action against
these persons."

FROM one
According to police reports, he
said, a lady who claimed to be
the victim's girlfriend made the
gruesome discovery Tuesday
afternoon. The man's body "had
already started to decompose."
Supt Miller said "the girlfriend
became concerned" after the vic-
tim "had not been seen" since
Sunday, November 19, when "he
left to meet with some people."
"There was some stage of
decomposition. TIte body had
already started to decompose

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of Cockburn Town, San-
Salvador, will be held on
Saturday November 25th
2006, at Holy Savior Roman
Catholic Church, Cockburn
Town, San- Salvador.
7 Officiating will be Rev. Fr, Alain
Laverne, and Mdiv. Interment
will follow in the Catholic
Cemetery, Cockburn Town,
and San Salvador.
Precious memory will forever
lingerer in the heart of her son, Allison Jones; daughters, Sonia
Jones-Delaney, Keva Edgecombe; grandchildren, Jodi, Mario and
Aidan Jones, Tamara and Terrance Delaney Jr., and Kenton King;
daughter-in-law, Claudette Joney; son-in-law, Terrance Delaney
Sr; sisters, Macy Hunt, Patricia Dieuville, Victoria Arnette; brothers,
Wellington, Bertrum and Glinton Fernander; adopted sister, Crescilla
Bodie; adopted children, Wilfred Edgecombe, Ackwright, Karen
and Tortya Fernander, Raymond and Brennell Jones, Kevin and
Dynnell Williams, Kenderick and Van Knowles; adopted grand-
children, Chelera Walker, Madlyn, Winifred and Merecka
Edgecombe, Berlin, Kyron and Nachea Smith, D'andra Hepburn,
Kennyce and K'juan Williams, Raymond Jr., Raynell and Rayshaun
Jones, Kendra Knowles and Brudeshia Fernander; uncle, Samuel
Ferguson; sister-in-law, Malinda, Delores, Bernice, Caroline and
Darnell; special nieces, Antoinette and Deborah Fernander, Audrey
Dean, Charmaine Knowles and Jeanette Brennen; special nephew,
Arthur Ferguson; nieces, Vernita Frazier, Lydia Curtis, Dian Nairn,
Daphne Patton, Jacqueline Moxey, Cindy Davis, Tan, Andrea,
Valerine, Valenchia Fernander and Dorette Williams, Alva Romer,
Geane Marshall, Michelle Rolle, Cynthia Adderley, Colette Williams,
Enna Arnette, Andrea Arnette, Paula Jones, Sandra Lewis, Kayla
Smith, Pauline Nairn Camille Woods, Pamela Woods, Beatrice
Dieuville, Patrice, Calpurnia, Kathleen, Simone, Stacy and Christine
Fernander, Jeanette Brennen, Deborah Peterson; nephews,
Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn, Bishop Delton Fernander'
Inspector Clayton Fernander, Peter, Paul and John Frazier, Errol'
Clifton, Floyd Weldon, Harvey, Herbert Jr., Dexter, Lester, Brent
and Stephon Fernander, Wayne Davis, Dwight Smith, Carlos
Dieuville, Shervin Peterson Edison, Nixon, Perry Reginal Woods,
Lloyd and Hasten Arnette, Francis Brice, Daniel Davis, Peter
Jones, Kendal Curtis, Shawn Patton, Lester Williams, David Romer
Andre Moxey Ricard Jr., Latvia, D'andra, Delvin, Danicile, Lakendra,
Alexis, Bianca and Arichea; god-children, Raine and Karen
Thompson, Astrid Jones; special friends, Raymond Smith, Philip
McKenzie, Anthony Mackey, Mordell Lightfoot, Theresa Williams,
Iva Williams, Miranda Nairn, Rosemary Hunt, Pamela Storr,
Elizabeth Ferguson, Charles and Corrine King, Vernanchia Butler,
Joan Lundy, Mavis Ward, Janice Coakley; other relatives and
friends including, Beryl Thonipson and family, Eureka Knowles
and family, Clifford and Audrey Fernander, Enid.Fernander and
family, Milicent Williams andfamily, Maxwell Freguson and family,
. Bert Deveaux and family, Clyde and Barbara Forbes, Doreen
Fernander and family, Iris Fernander, Wellington
Fernander and family, Ronald Fernander and family, Bloneva
Fernander and family, Faith Jones and family, Caroline Neely, Idell
Jones and family, The Benson family, Paul Turnquest and family,
Ednal Thompson and family, Sister Josephine, Sister Agatha,
Carriernae Hunt and family, Raymond and Helen Russell, Pastor
Knowles and family, Nathaniel Walker and family, George Walker
and family, Ganville Walker and family, Granville Walker and family,
Ada Forbes and family, Angela Larimore and family, Selina Hall-
Glinton, Deirdre Thompson, Maxine Rolle, The Virgil family, David
Salisbury, Madrick Strachan and family, Thelma Lightbourn and
family, Steve and Wilma Morgan Member of Parliament Philip
"Brave" Davis, Administrator Chrisfield Johnson, The Berry family,
Maxine Rolle, Althea Woodside, Ivy Knowles, Marion Ford, Simone
Taylor, Catherina McPhee, Charles Joseph, Hazel Edgecombe
and family, St. Bedes Catholic family, Holy Cross Catholic family,
staff of the San-Salvador Community Clinic, staff of The Riding
Rock Inn family, the staff of the National Insurance Board family,
and the entire community of San Salvador.
May She Rest in Peace
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Riverside
Funeral Chapel Market Street and Bimini Ave. on Thursday from
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday from 3:00 p.m. at Holy
Savior Roman Catholic Church, Cockburn Town, San Salvador.

of Old Bight, Cat Island And
Formerly Of Nassau Will Be.
Held On Sa Turda Y Morning
4 At 10 'Oclock At Zion Baptist
Church, Y Amacra W Road.
Officiating Will Be Bishop
Samuel Green, Assisted By
Other Ministers. Interment Will
Follow in The Woodiawn
Gardens, Sodier Road.
He is suntived by his mother,
Deaconess Missy Wells of Old
Bight, Cat Island; children, Rodney, Leroy, Ricardo, Deangelo and
Lydora; one grandchild, Leroy Wells il; five brothers, Sidney,
Kenneth, Hubert, Lionel and Garren Wells; four sisters, Beauthlyn
Woodside, Frederick Gibson, Eldrica Butler and Joan Wells-
Zonicle; four brothers-in-law, Nathan Woodside, Michael Gibson,
Kendal Butler and Carlton Zonicle; one sister-in-law, Roserita
Wells; one god mother, Eve);n-B. Rolle; nine aunts, Francina Storr,
Rochelle Dawkins, Willimean Hart, Vernese Dorsett, Modell Wells,
Annamae Wells, Lillymae Burrows, Pearline Wells and Alicemae
Rolle of Boynton Beach, Florida; three uncles, Clayton Wells,
Charles Rolle And Jaford Rolle Of Boynton Beach, Florida; twelve
nephews, Capiain Trevor Wells, Police Constable Durward Wells,
Elliston Joseph and Ellis Well II, Samuel and Isaac Woodside,
Jefferson Rolle, Kendrick Johnson, and Marcian Zonicle, Havaughn
and Haven Armorister; fourteen nieces, Ann Frazier, Elizabeth
Hanna, Michell Gardiner, Doralyn Woodside, Jere);n Smith, Oneisha
Deveaux, Kendra Butler, Tonya and Megan Zonicle, Cindy Moss,
Michelle Wells, Hureka, Hudell and Havenique Ambrister; special
friend, Angela "Angie" Pindling, a host of other relatives and friends
including, the families of Rudolph Hart, Godfrey Pierre, Cariton
Rolle, Aliza Rolle, Kirlyn Burrows, Douglas Burrows, Jacob Wells,
Carlos Brown, Alonza Brown, Florabell Rolle, Marcian Bell, Julie
Dorsette, Dale Sherpherd, Shyann Scavella, The Nurses and staff
at The Cat Island Community Clinic and ehe entire Old Bight
Community and The Zion Baptist Church Family Harold and Vemal
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Riverside Funeral
Home, Market Street on Friday, November 24th, 2006 from 12
noon until 6 p.m. and at the Church on Saturday from 9 a.m., until
service time.


M By Bahamas
Information Services
THE School Policing Pro-
gramme will work with partners
and stakeholders to attract
more parents to PTA meetings
and other school activities.
That was the pledge of Assis-
. tant Superintendent Elsworth
Moss, second in charge of the
school policing progranime of
the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

5 MEMBERS of Royal
Bahamas Police Force school
policing programme at their
office at Police Headquarters.
(Photo: BIS/Eric Rose)

Once more parents are
invo ed, he reaso ,s e
school environment because
students would know that par-
ents are checking on them.
"They know that their par-
ents would be talking to their
teachers," he said, "wanting to
know what time they got to
school and how they are per-
"Once we can get that kind of
concern, I think we can resolve
most of our problems in the
school system."
One nagging issue, for exam-
ple, he said, is graffiti. That
could be connected to problems
students are having at home and
in their community, ASP Moss
sai'Some of these kids are part
sof gangs kids who are not
bein reached by their parents
8 .
in the home, with parents prob-
ably not having even time to
spend with them," he said.
There are programmes where
challenged youngsters can
attend and "find the love that
they may not be finding in the
There is also help for parents
encouragement for them to
spend more time with their chil-
ASP Moss said the school
policing*programme is also
going to encourage the Haitian
population to play a meaningful
role in school activities and
PTA meetings.
"Haitian parents are normal-
ly very close to their children,"
ASP Moss said. "You see them
walking their kids to school and
icki them u from school
so they have that closeness with
their children.
The only barrier is the lan-
guage barrier and we hope to,
with our partners, brmg some
solution to that, so that we
could get more parents
"That is going to be our goal
for the remainder of the lear,
and certainly for years to
come, to bridge and to
improve the attendance and
involvement of the
school family."


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flocked to the Sir Kendal
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afternoon to meet their
Javourite characters from the
famous TV show, Sesame
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THIS vear's Red Ribbon Ball
promised to be the most elegant
and entertaining ye[.accordmg
to Colinalmperial Insurance, the
major sponsor and organizer.
Funds from tas event are ear-
marked to help the AIDS Foun-
dation of The Bahamas provide
permanent housing for children
result of Hil'!AIDS.says AIDS
Foundation president Camille
Dr Perri Gomez, director for
the National AIDS Programme,
said the Red Ribbon Ball has

helping The Bahamas to be
recognized as a model in the
Caribbean for its record of
reducing mother to child trans-
mission of the HI\ urus to less
than one per cent.
"We hale gonen our 2.100
people on therapy. We have
seen a fall m the death rate. He
hate reduced mother to chnid
transmission as you 11111 hear to
under one per cent, which is a
"The only children \ born with AIDS last year were
born to mothers \ went to the climes, \ antenatal care, and so our chal-
lenge in our programme is 1.
more presention and 2. to get
treatment to the people who
need it but who are not com-
ing." Dr Gomez said.
Over the next lear, he said,
more efforts \\Ill be focused on
decentralising the National
AIDS programme so that treat-
ment is widely available at local
clinics and the public can take
advantageof testinge\aluation
and treatment without fear of
stigma and discrimination.
"We have seen a dramatic
dropin the death rate but it
could even be better because
\ve see patients week after week



\ of the medications that 1 e hate
and don't come to the clinic
because at the lear of silgma
and discrtnunalton.and that is a
big problem. Dr Gomez said.
With more than $500,000
raised the oter the past 12 lears
and a goal in sight of a perma-
nent home for Hil'-posuite
orphans. Colinalmperial presi-
dent Alomeomen Braithwaire
reaffirmelhe cempani's pas-
stonate comnulment to the light
against AIDS.
The Red Ribbon Ball has
annually raised about 550,000
with a cumulatile effect of pro-
ilding more than half a million
dollars for the AIDS Founda-
non of The Bahamas.
Red Ribbon Ball proceeds
donated to the AIDS Founda-
tion bi Colinalmperial have
been used o\er the y ears to:
Refurbish the Delancel
Street property, which is cur-
rently used as a resource and
counselling centre;
Provide medication to indi-
gent HI\-posittle pregnant
mothers and their babies, sig-
nificantly reducing the rate of

transmission from mother to
Fund education arid train-
ing programmes;
Increase awareness pro-
grammes and public announce-
Prolide help and support
to persons living with
House children orphaned
by Hil7AIDS.
Oler the years the AIDS
Foundation has become well
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