The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 15, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP operatives are preparing to .
d embarrass the former PLP MP,
now Independent MP Kenyatta
Gibson, when the House of
Assembly opens tomorrow, The
Tribune has learned.
It is claimed that a group of per-
sons are being organised to cause a
"ruckus" outside the House of
Assembly, and pelt the Indepen-
dent MP with verbal assaults,
peanuts, and beer before he can
enter the chamber,
A former campaigner with Mr
Gibson said yesterday that she was
concerned for Mr Gibson's safety if
tensions were to get out of control
at what she understood was to be a
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claim. that members of the party
are prepared to "destroy him
SEE page eight

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THIE transformation of the old
Customs warehouse on Prince
George dock into an "authenti-
cally Bahamian crafts market"
has "no direct bearing on whether
a straw market in and of itself will
be: built", Works Minister Earl
Deveaux said yesterday.

Dr Deveaux was responding to
questions put to him in the wake c
of Prime Minister Hubert Ingir~-
ham's address to the nation on
Sunday, in which Mr In graham
noted the new restoration plans.
The Prince George Dock ware-
house had previously been sug-
gested by government as a poten-
tial site for a new straw market
after it cancelled the contract
SEE page eight

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Court hears claim
that Darold Miller
was 'verbally
abusive to staff'
Tribune Staff Reporter
RADIO personality Darold
Miller was regularly verbally abu-
sie staf at dEMdS New
ber of~ employee complaints
against hi before his subsequent
t er mi na ti o n, C yp r ian a
McWeeney, CEO at GEMS Pub-
lications, testified on Monday.
Mrs McWeeney, a partner in
Bartlett McWeeney Communi-
cations Ltd, spent the majority of
her testimony under heavy cross-
examination by defence lawyer
Michael Kemp who argued that
the sexual harassment case was
part of a politically motivated
conspiracy to keep his client off
the air.
Mr Kemnp also suggested that
the company psychologist who
brought the matter to police
attention, though not legally
SEE page eight

'fortunate' that

det ta noon-e ent'
in the US media
.Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is very fortu-
nate that the shooting death of
18-year-old of DeAngelo "Patch-
es" Cargill on Bay Street last
week has so far been a "non-
event" in the US media, tourism
director general Vernice Walkine
said yesterday.
As the Bahamas this week
hosts more than 1,500 delegates
from 35 countries attending the
Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) Marketplace, Ms
Walkrine, however, said that she is
a little concerned that some of
the international media may still
pick up on the "shocking"` inci-
So far, however, this has not
At a press conference held yes-
terday at Atlantis, foreign dele-
gates during a question and
answer session with. Ministry of
Tourism officials inquired exten-
sively about developments in the
Bahamas, but the issue of the
daylight shooting in downtown
Nassau or crime in general was
never brought up.
"For most Americans it was a
SEE page eight

Claimn that PLPS

preparing tO
embarrass former

Party member
Outside of House

PIP hits out at PM'S

address to the nation
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP yesterday sought to tear apart Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's address to the nation, claiming that it showed that his gov-
ernment has "no plan, no vision and no new ideas" and ignores the fact
that the FNM is allegedly responsible for rising unemployment, and cater-
ing to special interests when it comes to the shipping terminal relocation
The party said that Mr Ingraham "insulted Bahamians with his recita-
SEE page eight

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Three Bahamians, Jamaican charged

in connection with big drug seizure

MCO alSo accused of possessing

gun, l1VC IOunds of ammunition


1Monday Satur a
8:30am 5:30pm

PM[ 'shocked
and saddened'

by death of Dr.
Curtis McMillan
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham said he and his col-
leagues are "shocked and sad-
dened"' by the sudden death of
Dr Curtis McMillan, one of the
main architects of majority rule
in the Bahamas.
"Our party and the nation
have lost a great Bahamian
whose courage in a time ofchal-
lenge contributed significantly
to historic changes in our coun-
try," said Mr Ingraham in a
"He was one of that celebrat-
ed band of patriots who were
elected in 1967 to usher in
majority rule, and one of those
who, in 1970, placed everything

parliamentary democracy."
Mr Ingraham said Dr McMil-
lan not only made significant
contributions to the political
Development of the country, but
was also a successful entrepre-
neur and an innovator in his
chosen profession.
thah was onl a dethemonth g
of his dream of establishing a
nodern, state-of-the-art health
care facility in Nassau.
"My colleagues and I join the
rest of the nation in extending
our sincerest condolences to Mrs
McMillan, their children and the
extended family. May he rest in
peace," Mr Ingraham said.

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not know that the drugs were
on the boat until after they
had boarded it.
Based on those facts, Mag-
istrate Bethel said that the
pleas of Clarke and Gibson
had not been unequivocal
and she changed their pleas
to not guilty.
Inspector Dorsette also
took the opportunity to raise
an objection to ball being
granted to Ebanks and Gib-
son, pomntmg out that they
have matters of a similar
nature pending before the
courts. He claimed that if .
granted bail, they may not
show up for trial.
The four men were
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and will return to
court on January 21.

THREE Bahamian men
and a Jamaican man were
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday, charged in
connection with a massive
drug seizure from a "go fast"
boat near Cat Island last
Prosecutors told the court
that 974 pounds of marijuana
with a wholesale street val-
ue of $974,000 as well as 150
pounds of hashish oil or hash
oil a concentrated form of
marijuana with a street val-
ue of $268,688, were seized.
Christopher Remnourn
Ebanks, 34, Obefemi Christo-
pher Gibson, 26, Grego~ry
Culmer, 43, AKA George
Culmer, and Anthony

and conspired to import the
drugs with the intent to sup-
ply. The men have also been
charged with possession of a
.38 Smith and Wesson gun,
possession of six live rounds
of .38 ammunition as well as
possession of four live rounds
of .38 ammunition.
During their arraignment,
Gibson and Clarke both
pleaded guilty to all of the
charges against them. Their
co-accused pleaded not guilty
to all charges. When the four

men returned to court yes-
terday afternoon for the
prosecution to address the
court with its evidence in
relation to Gibson and
Clarke, however, Magistrate
Bethel upon hearing the
police report in relation to
the two men did not accept
their initial pleas of guilty.
According to the prosecu-
tor Inspector Ercell Dorsette,
Gibson and Clarke had both
told police that they had not
imported the drugs and did

Clarke, a Jamaican, appeared
before Magistrate C~arolita
Bethel at court eight in Bank
Lane on 11 charges stemming
from last week's bust.
Court dockets allege that
the men. being concerned
together, were found on
Thursday. January 10, in pos-
session of a quantity of mar-
ijuana and a quantity of hash
with the intent to supply.
Court dlockets also alleged
that the men imported the
drugs, conspired to possess

ISTER Tommy Turnquest
and Dr Patrick L Allen
(right), president of the
West Indies Union Confer-
ence of Seventh-Day
Adventists, unveil the com-
memorative plaque for the
Northern Bahamas Mission
of Seventh-Day Adventist's
new office complex.

Turnquest (right)
speaks at the dedication
ceremony Northern
Bahamas Mission of
Seventh-Day Adventist's
new office complex in
Freeport on Sunday.

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Man, 20, accused of having

sex withl12-year-old girl
A 20-year-old man accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl
was arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
John Armbrister Maura of Kennedy Subdivision appeared before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel at court: eight in Bank Lane on the
unlawful sex charge.
It is alleged that Maura committed the offence on Friday, Decem-
ber 21.
Maura, who is represented by attorney Ramona Farquharson,
was not required to enter. a plea to the charge and was remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison.
He will return to court on January 21 for a bail hearing.


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attend a town meeting following
a shooting on that small island,
when he was made aware of Mr
Gibson's resignation by his polit-
ical opponent David Wallace.
ab u ha d Io't know aryhohmg
alsdoate sai hti happened
when the prime minister's dele-
gation arrived that I confirmed
"I returned to my room on
the north side of Bimini and
then I received a telephone call
from my colleagues and also
from my constituents in West
Grand Bahama.
"And then I spoke with
reporters from The Tribunle.
"It was only then I was able to
confirm definitively that it had mn
fact happened," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that he

"I Said I don't

Smith, who was
RISo there said

really? NOW, it
WaS WilCR the

In brief

Tribune Staff Reporter *
OBJE Wilchcombe vesterda\ criticised
the party's use of its webhsite -
mypip.com to attack its own memnbers,
This site has posted numerous articles
lambasting Mr Wilchcombe, Kennedy
Independent MP Kenyatta Gibson. par-
ty chairman Raynard Rigby. PLP MP
Malcolm Adderley, and chairman hop-
ful Glenys Hanna-Martin.
In some postings, this group of politi-
cians has been blamed for being a part of
a conspiracy to undermine: the leader-
ship of PLP leader Perry Christie.
This conspiracy has been deniedl by
all the politicians concerned.
"This doesn't make sense what we are
allowing to happen. It's unfortunate that
we are using our own website to try and
destroy our own members. That's ridicu-
lous. And there are those who obvious-
ly have this notion in the back of their
mind that I am going to run for leader of
the PLP one day, and I suppose they are
my opponents,

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Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tri bunemedia.net
PLP MP for West End and
Bimini Obie Wilchcombe has
stated for the record that he had
"'no idea" his former party col-
leagu neod Knde eptnade bMn
intended to resign from the
PO er the weekend, Mr Wilcn-
combe dismissed claims that he
influenced Mr Gibson's deci-
He added yesterday that prior
to the statement issued by Mr
Gibson last week. he was
completely unaware of the
move his colleagues was aIbout
This came as the party
announced that it will formally
investigate Mr Gibson's resig-
nation to discover the true rea-
son behind the MPs decision to
leave the PLP.
WIn htc n lta ew days Mr
asthe anu cn s irtsorn l'hat
h oppoet li shm
t ehd te 110t ledeer I ipr
the PLP.
Mr Wilchcombe has str~enu-
ously denied these allegations,



T~ribunte Freeport
Bahama police are
investigating a stabbing
that occurred over the
weekend at a local night
Assistant Superinten-
dent of Pohice Loretta
Mackey reported that
officers are searching for
two men in connection
with the incident, which
took place at the Rock
'n Roll Nightclub on
According to reports,
two suspects were
involved in an argument
with a 26-year-old male
resident of Freeport at
t~he nightclub around
The victim, a resident
of Redhead Lane, told
police that one of the
su t pudu boeudt anm
several times.
Ms Mackey said the
victim was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital
where he was treated for

teir inve ligation into

Two men were taken
into custody for ques-
tioning following the
discovery of an illegal
firearm and ammunition
at a ho se in Freeport.

made around 3.40pm
when officers executed a
search warrant on a
home at Pioneers Way.
During a search of the
house, officers discov-
ered a silver 9mm Larcin
Pistol, with a magazine
containing 13 live .
rounds of 9mm ammuni-

A 31-year-old man was
taken into custody after
police allegedly disrupt-
ed an attempt to steal
copper wiring from a
BTC facility on Settler's
Police received a
report and went to the
service tower near St
Jo ns Juihae Cathedral
While at the site
around 11.25am, officers
say they spotted an indi-
vidual who seemed to be
stealing copper wires
from the property.
A resident of Fawcett
Lane was taken into cus-
tody in connection with
the incident and is
currently helping the
police with their investi-
Last week, a large
quantity of copper wire
was stolen from BTC on
Settler's Way when
someone cut through a
chain-link fence to
gain access to the prop-
A 25-year-old male
resident of Pigeon Pea
was taken into custody
for questioning after
another man was seri-
ously wounded with a
BB shotgun over the
weekend in Abaco.
Abaco Police reported
that the incident
occurred sometime
around 9.30pm on Satur-

dahe shooter rertcdm
and fired several pellets,
hitting the man about
the about the body and
in the right eye. This
shot caused a serious
The man who was tak-
en into custody is cur-
rently assisting police
with their investigations
into the incident.

- A

own party's website -
myplp.com for being complic-
it in Mr Gibson's resignation,
Mr Wilchcombe outlined the

timeline of how and when he
was made aware of Mr Gibson's
Mr Wilchcombe began by

calling them baseless, and non-
Noting that he has been
attacked numerous times on his

Obie Wilchcombe

returned to New Providence on
Thursday last week at around
no n or Inm.ndhs o eaco par-
"I said to him (Mr Christie)
that I intended to speak to Mr
Gibson about his resignation
and to see whether or not we
can bring this thing to a point
of reconciliation to get him back
inTht tiL the only time we
spoke. and when I did speak
w\ith him Mr Gibson no. he
was not about to change his
relln fact, he was isrst dov th
"'So Mr Gibson and I did not
talk about his resignation. It had
nothing to do with me, and it is
really foolish to keep hearing
that nonsense." Mr Wilchcombe

"\Well fine. A~ll I can say is 'father for-
give them they\ know not what they do.
Because it is actually nonsensical and it
takes aw~ay from the strength of the
oran~isathin. Because if you're trying
to push me ~away you're not going to
achieve that. If you're trying to push me
away\ from centre you're not going to
do thant either. I'm bigger than that. My
shoulders are broader than that. I'm a
PLP party supporter. I am a~ PLP mem-
ber. I hae1 stood the test of time." he
Mr Wilchcombe said that he has
seirvetd in the PLP for decades from
chairman for seven years, to a senator,
to Cabinet minister, and now is a sitting
MP for the second consecutive time.
..'Very f~ew have my clredentias in
terms of my memberlshiip in the organi-
sation. What w~e don t need is this non-
sense and I'm saying its time for it to
stop. And we've got to put a lid on it,
and the PLPs w\ebsite ought to be the
last place the focus ought to be the
"Should they not be looking at what
the prime minister said last evening in

his national address? Evaluate that.
Leave your members alone. What are
you doing? If you are trying to destroy
your members then why should people
support the PLP?" Mr Wilchcombe
In the recent days. numerous PLPs
have gone on the air to attack fellow
members from party newcomer Omar
Archer chastising Mr Gibson. to former
MP Keod Smith blaming the party's
chairman Raynard Rigby for the loss of
the general election.
Mr Rigby has limited his comments
on Mr Smith s remarks. stating only that
he doesn t have time .'to respond to stu-
pidness from Keod Smith".
It is believed that Mr Smith may con-
test for chairman of the PLP at the par-
ty:'s upcoming convention as Mr Rigby
has already announced that he will not
put his name forward as atonement for
the party s loss at the polls in May.
Many political pundits have criticised
Mr Christie for not doing the same
while others believe he still is the best
option for the PLP to regain the gov-
ernment in the relatively near future.

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cation. Those among us who have
the means to send their children to
the more protected enclaves of pri-
vate schools, should be no less con-
cerned with the state and welfare
of the children in our public
schools. Our country's future is
inextricably linked to the state and
prospects for advancement of our
nation's less fortunate. Their rights
and interests must be protected
aral safeguarded if we ar to enjuo

rightly believe that they have an
opportunity to improve their con-
dition and that they too can reap
personal success through educa-
tion rather than criminality. If our
schools continue to produce dys-

sun coonal n o th nu ae eti

cation, The Hon Carl Bethel is
bles dr wit rth opnprunt hteo
cannot make students excel if they
choose not to. However, he can
rid our schools of the intractable
and incorrigible young mben and

ing the lives of teachers and stu-
sdut on canpus a diin hIll

leged to go to high school, while all
others are placed in reform school,
paid for by their parents and not
the government. People don't valt
une hng tha dr f ee ns i

dp ie o uaon hie n sacii
te price of in risonmtehnt andwthhe
fought fo it: the freedom tovote
bloodshed. Even though they are
all now free, doesn t mean that
they are any less valuable. We do,
however, appreciate all of these
freedoms less than do others in
countries around this world where
such freedoms do not exist. Just
because Sir Lynden Pindling made
education in our public school sys-
tem free. doesn't mean that it
should be valued any less. Chil-
dren and their parents. who by
their actions or lack thereof show
no appreciation for education by
impairing learning in our schools,
forfeit the privilege to attend these
schools or to receive free public
education. We cannot allow the
vices of a few to harm the interests
of the greater good.
The role of our schools in build-
ing our country is immense.
Knowledge and education are the
surest wayl to fight poverty, mental
enslavement and incarceration.
There is nothing more compelling
than this in recognisinng that some-
thing must be done to save our
public schools, and that something
must be done NOW. Minister
Bethel. this nation's children are
now your children. too. The renais-
sance begins with you.
November 2_5. 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS A politician you are judged
not by your own personal success,
but by how successful you are in
improving the lives and state of
the people and country you are
entrusted to serve. Many of our
former and current politicians have
been very successful at providing
excellent educational opportuni-
tis for their cIldrn who in turn
achieving personal success in their
chosen careers and fields of
endearvour. What about the rest of
our nation's children though, par-
ticularlly those in the lower eco-
nlomic strata of our society? People

vating this nation's less fortunate
hn r lidin te wit oh emproP
cr themselves? Suffice it to say that
orting nd m hrse isnt is ree r h
of knotfledge, or a renaissance in
tackle the increased criminality in

Bf cous he una ry n po
ing the character and ambition of
our nation's youth rests squarely
on the shoulders of our nation's
parents. Politicians are not elected

e t n o amung ah i ch l n w I
"'e ndoin uftfn wrn m t i n c s

saythough, i that paeto es/guarda
hdwhutsuccess i rtcl and wof are il
inclined to look inlto othaerin our
socit forf thelp wlls now lcsook
scepticall Wat pes ons u nin t eo-
inniy ormally seen as trustwor- h

thy, because of the recent unde-
niedJ allegations of egregious
impropriety! involving a :`counsel-
lor" and one of our nation's youth-
Where these voids in parenting
exist. children look elsewhere to
have them filled. Gangs give love
to needy boy's and girls who live in
homes devoid of love: gangs give
refuge and protection to young
boys and girls who are violated in
abusive and sometimes mecestuous
familial relationships: teenage girls
look for love and affirmation of
their human value by engaging in
premature sexual relationships
w~ith boys and sometimes grown
lnen. leading to teenage pregnancy
and HIV transmission: young boys
with a warped sense of self worth
now wear clothing with the labels
.and price tags still attached to
show' that it is authentic and of val-
No. politicians can control the
choices people make. They can-
not force parents to be good par-
ents, any more than they can force
citizens to be good citizens. In a
democracy, people are endowed

with the right of self determina-
tion. What we choose to do with
this freedom is our choice, gov-
ernment can only hold us account
able should we decide to violate
Ide aw 1 acceptable behaviu in
can and must, however, provide
the framework for people to
escape the clutches of hardship
and despair, poverty and pes-
simnism. Occasional handouts can
pacify perpetual pessimism, but
not ove m oit (poduca on an

work that we must rebuild and give
rbirt ic IunatitohncWho anong
cersons rcs onsible for the sur c
in c emin iatly areehotsei ,hare
who'vetacqul ll useful technical
or vnoda Bahamas, no parent
who cnR aor o snd p ohei ch

cians, the doctors, the lawyers, the
ministers of religion, none of them
They want their children to be
equally as, if not more successful
th n Ihmes sa nod on o thei

wihtefustai ohf thi o k

isociety epecihall thoey hles for- th
tuidrnate wh lokto the govlern-
nviongsment tht enbles there ol
tv of life fore thir utuere children.
share coner abust tphoe satieof
our publi schools.n Threyt mnoure
sclely resembe batlefld thane lesf
huastie wof leaning woher boys n
acnt mo re like IEn (imptovised
explrosiven deiesatherale thanind-
vhilduals nte rested in BGCSE s. q
bad kow ie thar fteaces anid einno
ceanttdnt daily otrers Ba miane-
fiael whnere aone wron staep look
our wordtake shoffesively could
causel a atstrophi viotlent eplo- t
bstion. o Studenting ther pblicscol
esylstem are fced) rtoe have ionce
and as lf prestervain against t t
thoe foefon ofy iths eir mnds. t
intad kof tht search frs kn now-
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the clhn dis wach psen and te ifyn ,
by preaching loudly against taking sexual risks.
From San Francisco to New York. bathhouses
notorious for promoting casual sex changed the
dms weed record ad "Silence equals death" was the motto of the

States mn 2~005; still, many young men appear to
have persuaded themselves that the infection is
no longer uch a bil ical. lt is tirue (11t nt
for anyone who becomes infected. But the treat

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HIV infection among gay men is shooting up
'solowinng an en ouagng peio d clien I
cially black and Hispanic men, is troubling, and
the study carries the clear implication that peo-
ple at high risk of contracting the disease are
be amistics tchaed ub New York City health
officials show that new diagnoses of HIV infec-
tion- h oi?".ir thatc l:sAID -n ga
the figure was 34 per cent. Most troubling, the
number of new diagnoses among the youngest
rnen in the study, those between ages 13 and 19,
New York officials say increased alcohol and

The o bright spot in this bleak picture was
the 22 pe cent decline inkmnfeedtions among men
the disease's devastating effects, as much as

ON THE LEG of his eight-day Mideast trip
that brought him to the United Arab Emirates,
President Bushh tried hard to reassure the Arab
states perched across the Persian Gulf from Iran
that America will continue to guarantee their
security. "Iran's actions threaten the security of
nations everywhere," he told local governmen-
tal and business leaders Sunday. "So the United
States is strengthening our longstandmng securi-
ty commitments with our friends in the gulf and
rallying friends around the world to confront
this danger before it is too late."
Americans who worry that Bush is heading
toward a military strike against Iran may wonder
why the Gulf Arab states would need any such
reassurance. But those states have reasons for
being uncertain about US policy.
Their apprehensions about an American pol-
icy shift are partly due to the recent US Nation-
al Intelligence Estimate, which said that Iran
halted work on the design of nuclear warheads in
2003. Contemplating this sign of an altered US
stance on Iran alongside the ongoing dialogue
about Iraq between US and Iranian diplomats,
the Gulf Arabs wonder if Bush is preparing to
reach some kind of deal with Tehran.
If so, they don't want to risk being left out in
the cold. Hence Qatar invited Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a recent meeting of
the Gulf Cooperation Council an organization

founded mn 19)81 to cou~nter the infllue'nce of Ava-
tollah Khome~ini s Iranian regime. Ahmadinejad i
attended. offended his hosts by referring to w\hat
they call the Arabian Gulf a~s thec Persian Gulf.
and nevertheless was invited a~s a specutal guestr to
the Hajj in Mecca by Saudi A-rabia.
Bush s assurance of a strengthened US secu_
rity commitment to "our friends in the gulf
was his unsubtle way of saving he got their mets-
sage. Those states halve long worried that Iran's
occupation of three small islands it seized in
1971 from the United Arab Emirates may
presage a similar move against Bahtrain. a tiny
island state. Highly placed Iranians have rece~nt-
ly said that Bahrain. with its Shi'ite majority'
rightfully belongs to Iran. Commentators in tle
Arab press commonly fret that a nuclear-armed
Iran will press such claims on the G;ulf Arab
Bush and his successor must strike aI fin~e bal-
ance with Iran. Any military action would only
strengthen Iran s hard-liners and de~lay the Iral-
ian nuclear programme a few short years. Cur-
rent US-Iran talks on Iraq should he expanded
to include all topics of mutual concern. mncludmng
regional security. Financial sanctions rather than
military threats should be the penalty imposed
on Iran if it refuses to suspend uranium enrich-
(This article is by~ ThIe Bostonl Globe -c. 20107).


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greater flSk of


du~ng preg-

weight of the upper body in mo~ve-
ment. Examples of this type of exer-
cise include walking, treadmill walk-
ing or a low-impact aerobics class. It
is important to note that, while fit
women can continue with their ieg-
ular exercise routine as long as they
feel comfortable, new exercisers
should be supervised by a fitness
professional who is certified in pre-
natal fitness. A prenatal exercise
class also provides an informal sup-
port group where women can
exchange thoughts and experiences
about the pregnancy. In allforms of
exercise, women who are both new
to execs n long-tm axr ba7 s

their pregnancy is normal.
Additional benefits of exercising
during pregnancy to the mother
include increased energy and
improved sleep, decreased inci-
dence of loss of bladder control,
reduction in pregnancy discomforts
such as hemorrhoids, leg cramps,
constipation and back pain. Women
who exercise druirng pre nan y

weight quicker than women who
did not and lose less bone density
while breast feeding.
Numerous benefits regarding
labour have been cited. Regular
aerobic exercise raises the level of
endorphins, which gives a person
the "exercise high" that many avid
exercisers crave. In normal labour,
the body releases endorphins in
increasing amounts to help women
transcend the pain of the contrac-
tions. The endorphin levels of
women who exercised during preg-
nancy double or even triple during
labour, which is why research stud-
ies show that there is much less use
of epidurals in women who exer-
cised in pregnancy. Studies also
show a greatly reduced incidence
of cesarean sections in exercising
The benefits to the baby are also
numerous. Research has shown that
exercise increases the growth of the
placenta which protects the fetus
in stressful situations. The stress
hormones (adrenalin and nora-
drenalin) can reduce the amount
of oxygen reaching the baby and
could even cause fetal hypoxia in
However, because the rise of
these stress hormones in fit women
is blunted, many research studies
have shown that babies born to
exercising women suffer less stress

SHANNON WHITT practices yoga with her 7 month son Jonah Smith during the "Mom and Baby" yoga class
at the Park Slope YMCA on Thursday, January 10, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Y is once again
redefining itself for women both before and after pregnancy. A new strategic plan envisions the organiza-
tion as America's paramount fitness and anti-obesity crusader and mirrors efforts in the Bahamas.

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kets to still visit the Bahamas, a new strate-
gy is bemng employed by the Ministry of
"We're going to have do some things to
package ourselves at a~ particular price point
that will be affordable for those kind of con-
sumers," she sa~id.
The director general said although her
ministry will also still be targeting more afflu-
ent Americans, who live in other parts of
the US, it is important to reach those living
on the east coast.
Ms Walkine said that the ministry is also
working with the private sector in the effort
to "re-package" the tourism product. She

furtI'her said it is essential that the Bahamas
becomes aggressive in advertising this re-
pac"ka~ged product.
Ms Walkinec said that it is important that
Amer-icans realise that a vacation to the
Bahamas is affordable.
"'We have to be everywhere as frequently
as possible because the environment
demands it," she said. Ms Walkine said that
Prime Minister Hubert In graham has
pledged to supply the Ministry of Tourism
with the requisite funds to launch a new ad

current softness of the US economy is
already having a definite impact on the
Bahamas' tourism industry.
Economists fear that with the ongoing UIS
housing crisis, the global credit crunch and
ever-increasing oil prices, the US is heading
into a recession,
Americans already have less disposable
income to spend on vacations to places like
the Bahamas.
Ms Walkine said yesterday that the
Bahamas' key customers, particularly mn such
core markets as Florida, are among those
most hard hit by what is happening in the US
economy. To entice people in those mar-

Tribune Staff Reporter

TO counteract the fall-out from the soft-
e~ning of the U7S economy the Bahamlllas will
have to "re-package itself" at a lower price
level if it warits to retain tourists from core
markets such as Floridal, tourism director
general Vernice Walkine: said yesterday.
Speaking with the local media at the
Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) Mar-
ketplace, held at the Atlantis convention
centre yesterday, Ms Walkine said that the

TkE Bahamas Min-
istry of Health has
launched what it said
is a "much needed"
wellness and fitness campaign for
pregnant women.
The ministry said that if effec-
tively implemented, the initiative
will enable the Bahamnian people
to achieve a better quality of life
while saving healthcare costs to the
"Often overlooked are fitness
recommendations fo~r women dur-
ing preegnany Edubatin t e 1ant
will lower risks for both mother and
Infant,"' said the ministrIy in a state-
It noted that according to an arti-
cle published on Web MD, "Lead-
ing birth defects specialists say
maternal obesity during pregnan-
cy puts both mom and baby at risk,
and they are calling on health care
providers to spread the message."
The ministry said studies indi-
cate that obesity doubles a wom-
an's chances of having a baby with
neural tube defects, and even ade-
quate folic acid intake does not ful-
ly protect against the increase in
"Compared with normal-weight
women, obese women have a
greater risk of developing compli-
cations during pregnancy. Their
babies are also more likely to be
a mtted to noatal i ensive care

It pointed to the following article,
in which Rachelle Oseran, Lamaze
certified childbirth educator and
ACE certified fitness professional
from Jerusalem, addresses the
importance of fitness during preg-

GONE are the days when preg-
nant women were told to take it
easy and not do strenuous activity
like hanging laundry. Fortunately,
we are living at a time of great inter-
est in the fitness industry, includ-
ing prenatal fitness. In fact, so much
research on prenatal exercise has
been published lately, that we can
now feel confident that we are
enhancing our health by exercising
during the nine months of preg-
The current guidelines of the
American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (ACOG) for
exercising during pregnancy state
that, in the absence of obstetric
complications, all pregnant women
should do at least 30 minutes of
moderate intensity aerobic exercise
.on most days of the week. This
includes women who were not exer-
cising prior to becoming pregnant.
The Canadian guidelines go one
step further in encouraging preg.
nant women to exercise by stating
that "Women and their care
providers should consider the risks
of not participating in exercise activ-
ities during pregnancy, including
loss of muscular and cardiovascular
fitness, excessive maternal weight
gain, higher risk of gestational dia-
betes or pregnancy-induced hyper-
tension, development of varicose
veins and deep vein thrombosis, a
higher incidence of physical com-
plaints such as dyspnea or low back
pain and poor psychological adjust-
ment to the physical changes of
pregnancy." (Can. J. Appl. Physiol.
28 (3): 329-341).
What type of exercise are they
recommending? Most of the
research that has been done that
has listed numerous benefits to the
mother and baby is based on low
impact aerobic exercise that is
weight bearing three to five times a
week. Swimming is a wonderful
form of exercise during pregnancy
as the buoyancy of the water gives
the woman a feeling of weightless-
ness. While it will maintain awom-
an's cardiovascular fitness, swim-
ming doesn't provide many of the
benefits that weight-bearing exer-
cise provides. Weight-bearing exer-
cise is any exercise performed~im
which the lower body supports the

in labour and are healthier at birth
than babies of non-exercising moth-
Dr James Clapp, a researcher
who has done extensive studies with
exercising pregnant women, fol-
lowed these babies through age five
and found that they scored higher in
intelligence tests than other babies.
He postulates that the reason is the
increased vestibular stimulation, the
changes in temperature and the
fetal heart rate fluctuations that
result from exercising during preg-
nancy. A report from the Proceed-
mnge of tht National Aaeyo
month noted that, in a study of
mice, exercising while pregnant
influences the growth of neurons
in offspring both before and after
birth, with an overall increase in
the size of the brain.
Weight-bearing exercise during
pre gnancy has been shown to
decrease infant birth weight, while
still keeping it within a normal.
healthy range. This can be of impor-
tance to the mother as many hospi-
tals nowadays will automatically
perform a cesarean section if the
estimated weight of the baby is 4.5
kgs, and many even recommend a
cesarean for babies weighing over
four kgs.
Yoga during pregnancy has also
become very popular recently.
While yoga exercises do not pro-
vide the same benefits tha have

in ne obic cox cisat weo ide. et
gentle stretching and improved
body flexibility decrease muscular
tension and stiffness. Yoga breath-
ing enhances relaxation which leads
to an increased sense of "well-
being". Studies show that women
with high stress are at increased risk
for spontaneous abortion, preterm
labour, malformations and long-
term uchtional di der bi c"i-

cise substantially reduce stress in
pregnant women.
No scientific studies have been
done to determine the effects of
Pilates exercise performed during
pregnancy, though several studies
have shown that the stabilising exer-
cises common to Pilates have
reduced back pain and pelvic dys-
function both during pregnancy and
after birth. It is important to note,
however, that all the published
guidelines for exercising during
pregnancy (including those of
ACOG and the Society of Obste-
tricians and Gynecologists of Cana-
da/Canadian Society for Exercise
Physiology) caution against exer-
cising in the supine position (lying
on the back) after the 16th week
of pregnancy.
Most Pilates exercises are per-
formed either in the supine posi-
tion or prone (lymng on the tum-
my), so the exercises need to be
performed mn different positions.
Many prenatal exercise classes com-
bine low-impact aerobics with body
conditioning, Pilates and relaxation
exercises for a full workout.
Whatever exercise you are doing,
keep yourself hydrated, dress in lay-
ers and avoid exercising in hot,
humid conditions.
Do what you can and when you
can for a fit, healthy and enjoyable


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PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham said the Caribbean
must come to terms with the
growth in cruise tourism.
"'It is, I believe, a critical
and essential element of our
tourism product," he said.
"Increasingly popular with
young professionals, families
and retired persons, cruise
tourism can play an impor-
tant economic role in bol-
stering retail business and
increasing demand for excur-

ing at the Caribbean Hotel
Association's three-day Mar-
ketplace at the Atlantis
Resort on Sunday night.
"Our response to cruise
tourism's growth must be to
develop new and imaginative
ways to have cruise tourism
complement our land-based
resources, including renewed
programmes to convert
cruise vacationers to return
land-based guests." he said.
"This is especially impor-
tant since land-based opera-
tors, with higher operating
costs and with limited flexi-
bility to vary costs. are likely
to remain at a disadvantage
to cruise lines that are able
to offer near unbeatable all-
inclusive, air. meals and

ketplace istlea
e an auspi- ;
S Start 10
year for
Bahamlas '

Neko rant PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham (centre) arrives for the opening of the
. CHA Marketplace on Paradise Island. Pictured at left is Minister of Tourism
inment vneat tons. and Aviationi Neko G;rant, and Alec Singuinetti, the CHA's director gener-

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingrahami (right) and Caribbean Hotel Associ-
ation president Peter Odle share a moment during opening of Caribbean
Marketplace on Sunday night. At thle Marketplace Mr. Ingraham spoke of
the virtues of cruise tourism.

iStill, even beyond these
developments, it has becomec
an especially competitive
time for the hotel indlustry
in the region."
Caribbean Mvarketplace is
the most important tourism
marketing event of Ithe year
for the Carihbben.
.This marks the second
time it was heldl in the
Mr Ingraham told thlose in
attendance that it is "criti-
cally important" that owners
and operators ensure that
their hotels are equipped l
with the amenities decmanded l
and expectedl by visited s.and


under the direction of the
Baha Mar Resort "to revi-
talise and upg~rade that reso~rt
community inito ;I venuc to
rival Parandise Island." said
Mr Grant.
"T'he government has gi-
en the billion dollar A~lbany \
Project at South Ocean the
green light. whiich wlill trans-
form the south-west area of `
New Providence." he said.
"On Grand Bahamal Island
a number of pr-ojects; are cur-
rently underw~ay inclusive of

the Ginn Comnpany's devel-
opmecnt on thle w'estern end
ofC the island."
1..ast year the Ministry of
Tourism commenced laying
thc l~oundation for 'Commu-
nity-based Tour~ism'. aspects
oIf whlich w'ere highlighted
dlurinlg the recent African
Diaspora Heritage Trail
Conference held here to fur-
ther develop heritage and
cultural tourism attractions
around thie Bahamias. Mr
Grant adde~d.

that~ guests leIc~i properiers
be~lieviing t~at they received
goodt va~lue for moiney.
" H ost~in Ir (~r~ibbea ~~n Mn r-
kelplace is q~uite an auspi-
cious start l~ tol Vthe~ yea fo tle
Iry. saiid M~iniste~r of

front,i~" since the Bahamas
last housted Ca~rihbben iMar-
ketpllace.. he sa~i.
R~oomsii on Pu~rudcise Island
aloneIC have.r almost?; do~ubl~d

with the addition of several
new facilities including the
recently opened Cove a\nd
Reef condo resorts. he said.
New management at the
Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport has com-
menced renovations there,
Mr Grant added.
The expanded new airport
is to be constructed over
three phases to b~e completed
The Cable Beach strip is
undergoing transformations




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O~laMarktet. Pictured from left are Minister of Tourism Neko Grant, Ms Palmer, the CHA Marketplace at the Atlanltis Resort. Pictured from left are Steph
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IT IS almost universally
agreed that downtown Nassau '
and more particularly Bay :
Street is in need of renewal and
The possible relocation of' the 6:i
port and the rebuilding of the
craft market will take some timne,
to come into being. However
those Balhamiians who mulst earn" C~~TP
their living from TIourismn can't
wait that long for improvements
to Bay Street because its cur-
rent condition negatively :
impacts the cruise industry
arrivals and spending as well as
the image of Nassau in general.
TIhis column has a suggestion c;
which could improve conditions
in the ver-y short run. Bay Street, e .
particularly the portion between
the Hilton arnd the square is lined by valuable buildings and
esta~blished businesses. It would therefore seem feasible for each
property owner and occupier to take responsibility for their
share of the sidewalk and facade. Should these business per-
sons get together and repair all the cracks and scars and repaint
and refresh the buildings, it would go a long way to improving the
image of Bay Street. An overall look at the forest of signage by
a talentedl architect would also improve the tacky look of the
If this portion of Bay Street were a Mall, the landlord would do
the work and charge the cost through to the occupants as main
Maybe an appropriate association could fill this role.

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Junkanoo parade on Grand
Bahama this year proved to
be just as competitive and
well-organised as the New
Year's Day parade.
Some 14 schools participat-
ed, showcasing their creative
talents, musical prowess, and
skill at synchronised choreog-
raphy along the parade route
in downtown Freeport on Sat-
Jack Hayward High cap-
tured first place again retain-
ing their title as junkanoo
champs in the secondary divi-
TI ey earned 4,488 points,
beating St George's High
which placed second with
3,806 points and Eight Mile
Rock High which came in
third with 3,308 points.
The reigning champion in
the primary (A) division, the
Walter Parker Primary
School, also emerged victori-
ous for the second year in a
Walter Parker earned 3,999
points and Hugh Campbell
Primary came in second with
3,836 points.
In the primary B division,
Bartlett Hill Primary was first,
with 3,211 points; West End
Primary second, with 2,611
points; Bishop Michael Eldon
Primary was third with 2,328
points and High Rock &
McClean's Town Primary
school were fourth with 1,807
In the pre-school category,
Kinder Care Learning Centre
won first place with 1,428
points. St John's Native Bap-
tist was second with 1,124
The Beacon School won the
All-Age Division, receiving
3,019 points. Sunland Baptist
received 2,574 points for sec-
ond and Sweeting's Cay All-
Age School received 2,344
points for third place.
The parade drew thousands
and people lined the parade
route to see their favourite
There was also a strong
police presence all along the
route to ensure peace and
Assistant Superintendent of
Pohece Loretta Marckey report-
ed that there were no arrests
during the parade.
"The event took place with-
out any incidents. We had a
very large crowd out to cheer
the children on and they must


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N S S A'

TOP: Deputy Prime Minister '
and Minister of Foreign Affairs .
Brent Symonette, left, greets Vit
Konselt, Ambassador Designate
of the Czech Republic.

RIGHT: Vit Konselt, Ambas_ 215 Ir~larslllII I
sador Desi nate of the Czech i
Republic, left, and the Deputy .:c
Prime Minister -s~lD ssi~~lselw -1 C

Jack Hayward High take

GB Junior Junkanoo title

he comme~ndedt for hecingC a
well-behaved crowd.
"'We also commend\ the
administration team from the
Police Department whose

str~ategic planningg w\ith respect
to secuCrity' was: we1 CCll xuted
andi contributed to a quiet
nightl." she said.
Ihlis is the ninth annual

Junior Junkanoo parade to
hec he~lld on Granduc Bahama. .

The Bahamas

welcomes Czech


DEPUITY Prime Minister
and Minister of Folreeinn
Affairs Iprent Symonette
welcomeld Czech Republic

ca~ll at1 the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs yesterday.
Mr Symonette said he was
happy to welcome the
Ambassador Designate, a
first for the Bahamas.
The Czech Republic is
known for manufacturing
cars and is a leader in the use
of solar energy.
The republic is also look-
ing forward to developing
tourism business relations
with the Bahamas, he said.
Likewise, Mr Symonette
said, the Bahamas would be
interested in developing
alternative energy and fos-
tering ties in areas of mutual

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mustbe "odenned fo essc-
ping port to Arawak Cay, a deci-
sion taken at a meeting chaired
by Brent Symonette in an obvi-
ous conflict of interest position,"
said the statement.
Mr Symonette's family estate is
currently the landlord for one of
the major shipping companies.
The PLP suggested that the Ingra-
ham administration is choosing to
"ignore the formal recommenda-
tions of the business community"
in relation to the shipping con-
tainer removal issue for this rea-
A report produced by Ecorys
Liviense, consultants hired by the
former government, described a
removal of the shipping facilities to
southwestern New Providence as
"soundly feasible from a socio_
econonuc perspective" and likely
to generate $497 million in eco-
nomic benefits over a 30-year peri-
od, compared to present new val-
ue of $192 million.
While Mr Ingraham declared in
his address that no agreement had
yet been reached on where to relo-
cate the shipping facilities, he
added that by the end of this year
there will be a discontinuation of
the practice of moving shipping
.containers during daylight hours.

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non-event because it wais not mn the media. so we
really harve a situation where only those persons
who were downlowni a( the time will have that~ Uin-
ger~ing nlightmlare memcnory and will b~e tallking: about
it to friends andl family," she saii.
Ms Walkine said that the Bahaimas has bcn
lucky in that the U~S medlia hais been too buisy with
covermng their country's aplproa~ching general dcc-
tion so that the incident of DeAngelo's murdlct
was not even a "blip on their raidur.'
However, the tourism director general said this
incident brings home the point thlt "one single
incident by one idiot canl destabilise our indus-
As it concerns the shooting deaths of the young
CR Walker student, Ms Walkine said that the

the criticisms that Mr Gibson ley-
el led against him were both
painful to him, and his family.
Mr Christie also took excep-
tion to not being notified of Mr
Gibson's intentions before they
became public. He said he heard
about the resignation through a
party colleague who in turn had
been told by a reporter.
Initially Mr Gibson said he had
planned to leave the party on
good terms without any animosi-
ty. However, after the party issued
a statement criticizing the MP's
decision, Mr Gibson shot back,
describing Mr Christie as an inept
"has been" leader who, in his
opinion, was unfit to lead the PLP
any longer,

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politically and drag his name
"through the mud-
However, it is understood that
the continued verbal attacks
against Mr Gibson have "re-
enforced" his position to resign
from the party.
"I find it interesting tha~t none
of Mr Christie's senior cabinet
ministers have come out( to con-
demn KenyattaI yet," a P'LP inside -
er said.
"None of them have come to
Mr Christie's deece.' cc.
Last week. The T'ribunre
revealed that the PL~s "call con-
tre" at their party headquarters
in Gambicr House had been

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signed under the former government to construct a
nlew building to house the vendors. However, many
vecndors objected, calling for repairs to their cur-
renlttented location instead-
A decision to allocate the warehouse for this lat-
e~st purpose was made after artisans and other mem-
bers of the Bahamas National Crafts Association
(BNCA) made representation to the government for
somewhere to sell their wares last year, it emerged
However, Dr Deveaux said that a separate straw
market can still come into existence, despite this
location being taken off the list of potential sites.
Meanwhile, he said that any straw vendors who
are interested mn selling authentic wares will not be
'excluded", adding that the BNCA will have a "huge
role to play" in determining what goods fit the bill.
Donnalee Bowe, Handicraft Development and
Marketing Manager at Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC) yesterday said she
welcomed "any more space" for Bahamian-made
While 500 and 700 people were graduated from
BAIC-held courses in shell, straw, wood and coconut
craft in 2006 and 2007, there are culrrently only two
opportunities annually for them to display and sell
their goods, she said.
Ms Bowe said that there are "hundreds of arti-


heanjM GBothlettbshouotinge
night girl for me to take to Turks
and Caicos" during an interview.
She also denied the defence's
argument that she was a part of a
conspiracy to ruin Mr Miller.
Sonia Hamilton, financial con-
troller and director of human
resources at GEMS. was also
called to the stand.
She told the court that the com-
plainant was hired on February
2, 2007 as a news reporter under
the direct supervision of Darold
Miller after an initial interview on
January 18, 2007. She, with
GEMS CEO Deborah Bartlett,
interviewed the complainant, she
To her knowledge, the com-
plainant was not an employee at
the radio station between Janu-
ary 18 and February 2, 2007.
When asked by the prosecution
if Mr Miller had made any com-
plaints against the complainant
between February 2 and March
22, 2007, she said he had not.
However there was more than
one complaint made by the com-
plainant about Mr Miller, she said.
Ms Hamilton described the
complainant as a "very enthusi-
astic", "upbeat" employee prior
to March 22, 2007. Two weeks
afte she bngainewlolkng g

the witness said. After requests
from employees, she asked Deb-
orah Bartlett to hold a company
"prayer meeting" on March 21,
Under cross-examination, the
defence asked what qualifications
the complainant had. Ms Hamil-
ton replied that "she was as qual-
ified as the two other reporters
there," adding that the com-
plainant was brought to GEMS
by "Mr Miller himself."
"Oh, Mr Miller brought her
there, not Ron Pinder?" Mr
Kemp asked, to which the witness
replied that she had never seen
the former parliamentary secre-
tary bring the employee to
Mr Kemp bombarded the wit-
ness with questions, loudly ask-
ing if the complainant had told
her that she had been kicked out
by her family and was living in
Mr Miller's home for three weeks.
MS Hamilton said no, she was
not told that.
Mr Kemp accused the witness
of being "jealous" when she saw
the complainant driving Miller's
Jaguar. Ms Hamilton replied
angrily, "I have my own vehicle!"
Dressed in a grey suit, and a
pink pastel coloured shirt with
matching tie, Mr Miller often
exclaimed audibly during the wit-
ness' testimony.
The complainant had to be
removed from the proceedings
after the defence said there was a
possibility she might be recalled to
the witness stand.
Mr Miller is accused of sexual-
ly harassing a female employee
of radio station GEMS between
February 1 and March 31, 2007.
1Thelease c nnue on Febr= r
ment Street before Magistrate
Renea Mackey.



Bahamas 'fortunate'

police ha;ve alssured her ministry that the case was
an isolated one.
"It's never happened before, we don't expect it
to happlen again. Nevertheless, police are domng
what they have to, to ensure that the downtown
area is as secure as possible for visitors and
Bahamians alike," she said.
To make Bay Street safer and to enhance the
experience for tourists, Ms Walkine said she would
like to see downtown made into a pedestrian zone.
'There now exists the opportunity to create an
"oasis" with green spaces, dining opportunities
and other facilities, for the over two trillion cruise
passengers who come off the ships into downtown
Nassau each year, she said.

PLP hits out
"'projects came on line in a way
that enabled new jobs to be creat-
Noting the falct that 70 per cent
of the buildings contractors aIre out
of work, as stated in a recent
address by the President of the
Chamber of Commerce, the party
said that the "failure" by the "sup-
posedly decisive" Mr Ingrahamn to
make a decision on approvals for
the Bahamar and Albany projects
has promoted this situation,
Albany has in fact received the
majority of its significant approvals
at this stage, although later than its
executives suggested they had
The PLP went on to accuse the
FNM of "slavishly serving the spe-
cial interests who funded its cam-
paign" as the Prime Minister sug-
gested that, although a final deci-
sion has allegedly not been made,
Arawaki Cay is one location being
considered as a possibility for the
removed shipping container ter-
The FNM had previously indi-
cated in its Manifesto 07 that it
hoped to turn Arawak Cay into a
"major cultural festival site."
The PLP said that Mr Ingraham

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tion of political spin and disinfor-
mation in the fa~ce of the serious
na;tiona~l problems of crime and
ulnemploymecnt" in the address.
'C~rime cont~inues unaba~ted and
all Mrll Ingrahamnr can do is help-
Ic~lessi describe what~~ we allI know
a1lready~l: tha;t crime is out of control
anrd that the nation is horrified.
No( plan. no vision and no new
idea~s." it sa~i.
Metanw'hile, besides having "no
p~lan". the palrty reiterated their
claim thatL the F;NM sabotagedd
the PLP's programmes of medi-
um to lonlg term social interven-
tion" such aIs U~rban Reenewal, the
National Youth Service and other
similar programmes.
Cloncerning unemployment -
which statistics recently released
by thle government prove to have
risen by 0.3 per cent the party
said that while Mr In graham
"moans" about the rise, "he
should own up to the fact that the
FNM is directly responsible for
the unemployment in the country
by: stopping projects that had been
approved and breaking firm com-
mitments made under the PLP."
Meanwhile, said the party, their
"planned expansion" meant that

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";revitalized" to flood the local
talk shows with irate callers to
whip up support for the party's
condemnation of the departing
Yesterday, on the radio pro-
graumme "Issues of the Day" with
host Wendell Jones, some callers
exprelssedl the wish to block Mr
Gib~son's entrance to the House of
Assemlbly, and other-s to simply
gather in Rawson Square and
demand~n the MPll's resignation
frIom hris par~liamentary seat.
O~n Sunday night, Mr Christie,
while a giuest on the radio talk
show "7e~llt IIike It Is" said that

Dock warehouse
sans" and for many people, creating and sourcing
materials for B~ahamian crafts is their main source of
She insisted that they can provide enough prod-
ucts to "supply the market" on a daily basis, adding
that such a move will allow Bahamian dollars to
stay in the Bahamas, rather than be spent on import-
ing foreign made souvenirs and materials.
Dr Deveaux said he expected the building to
accommodate 300 to 350 people, asserting that his
"one instruction was that the ambiance and overall
appeal and flow of the building is not compromised
by trying to fit too many people in it."
He added: "It needs wide aisles, proper lighting
and security. We don't want a crowded dense mar-
According to the works minister, preparations
are underway to have mechanical and electrical
plans, as well as an interior design for the historic
building, completed by the end of this month so
that contracts to carry out the work can be put out to
bid and the "readying" of the building can begin.
Dr Deveaux said that creating such a market in
this location "complements" the overall vision for
the revitalisation of downtown Nassau to which
government is committed.




Darold Miller

Under heavy questioning from
the defence, Mrs McWeeney (a
former PLP senator) repeatedly
denied there was any political
motivation behind Mr Miller's ter-
mination. She also told the court
that as far as she knew the radio
station did not owe Miller any
She did not know that the com-
pany's "life coach," Dr Wayne
Thompson, had diagnosed the
complainant as a suicidal person,
full of rage, depression and anxi-
ety, she told the court. Nor was
she ever told by the complainant
that she had lived with the Mr
Miller for three weeks.
Mrs McWeeney said she did
not recall the complainant telling
CEO Deborah Bartlett that as a
little girl she admired her when
she saw her driving by in her
Jaguar, nor did she recall ever

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required to do so, wanted Miller's
coveted radio time slot-
Mrs McWeeney told the edurt
that weeks after the complainant
started her employment at Gems
she noticed her metamorphosis
from an outgoing, exuberant
employee into a "withdrawn"' per-
son who was "difficult to talk to."
Although she said she was
"absolutely shocked" to hear the
sexual harassment allegations
against Mr Miller, she told the
court that she had seen Mr Miller
verbally abuse the news staff and
repeatedly told him to treat staff
with respect-
She recalled an instance when
she saw the complainant and
Miller sitting in his car with the
employee visibly distraught with
tears streaming down her face.
This prompted Mrs McWeeney
to poke her head in the car and
ask if the employee was all right.

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SENIOR OFFICERS during a one-day leadership symposium at the Bahamas Faith Ministries Centre.
Carmichael Road. They are trying to put together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, an exercise symbolising the
importance of unity.

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potential for better deci-
sion making.
Mrs Grant H-arry, IDB
consultant attached to the
BNGIS Centre said the
overall purpose of the
field trip. scheduled for
January 14 to 2_1, is to ver-
ify data collected on the
island during previous
Among the completed
data layers for Inagua are
transportation networks,
building footprints, com-
munity facilities, utility
infrastructure, existing
land use and other data

set wich myn =e u
ponent 2 training session
conducted by Mrs Harry

is lto sc iedule fo gn

It will take place from
January 29) to 31.
This course will provide
participants with the tech-
niques to efficiently
process spatial data and
integrate field data (clol-
lected with GPS units) in
a GIS environment.

It will also examine the
quality assurance and
quality control methods
that should be employed
in order to implement a
successful GIS.
The format of the train-
ing will include lectures,
demonstrations and hands
on exercises where stu-
dents will work with GPS
units and various G IS
software to collect infor-
mation. create maps,
manipulate and analyse
data and also explore
ways their organizations
can use these tools to pro-
vide relevant business
Ms Albury said other
training sessions and field
trips to Abaco and
A dros f re 1sntnhd o

LUPAP nears completion
this year.

THE Bahamas National
Geographic Information
Systems Centre is kicking
off the new year with
plans for more GIS train-
ing and the last in a series
of field trips to Great
This comes as a part of
the second component of
the Inter-American
Development Bank's
(IDB) Land Use ,Policy
and Administration Pro-
ject, entitled 'Land Infor-
mation Management',
which is being executed by
the centre.

Carolann Albury, direc-
tor of the BNGIS Centre

paitned that th
files on three islands:
Abaco, Andros and Great
Inagua. .
These geographic pro~
files will be created using
modern technologies such
as geographic information
systems (GIS) and associ-
ated technologies such as
global positioning systems
GGIS is a computer map-
ping system used by thou-
sands of people all over
the world to visualise, dis-
play and analyse informa-
tion for better land use
planning, among other
Ms Albury said the team
of consultants and the
staff of the centre have
worked consistently on
the IDB project in collab-
oration with project par-
ticipants in the Local
Government Administra-
tion Office as well as with
assistance from GIS tech-
nical officers in Abaco,
Andros and technical offi-
cers- from a number of
agencies in New Provi-
She pointed out that the
data collected thus far will
se:o: s bas:inf o at o
build other data sets with
a focus on increasing the

SENIOR OFFICERS and command staff of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force at a one-day leadership retreat at the Bahamas Faith Ministries
Centre on Carmichael Road. At centre is Commander Defence Force, Commodore Clifford Scavella.

RBDF senior officers

leader Ship symp osium

THE Commander of
Defence Force Commodore
Clifford Scavella, along with
his senior officers and com-
mand staff, held a one-day
leadership symposium at the
Bahamas Faith Ministries
Centre on Carmichael
The aim of the forum was
to assist the senior officers in
improving the level of team
This is said to be a key
ingredient for the overall
effectiveness of the Defence
The Minister of National
Security and Immigration
Tommy Turnquest delivered
the opening remarks. He
encouraged the senior offi-
cers to continue working
together as cohesive entity
to achieve a common goal.
Roosevelt Finlayson, facil-
itator of the event, spoke of
the importance of problegn
He emphasised that every
member of a team is impor-
tant in getting each job done.
Motivational speaker Dr
Rihar sind of Bkaham~a
leadership, management and

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SBOGOTA, Colombia
After three years apart,
recently released Colombian
hostage Clara Rojas was able
to embrace her young son, who
was fathered by one of her
guerrilla captorsbut taken away
from her months after he was
Rojas gave birth to
Emmanuel in 2004, but the
guerrillas separated her from
the child when he was 8 months
old. A peasant delivered him to
Colombian social services,
which unaware of his true
fo"terhome 1n edhhapital
Bogota, where he has been for
the past two years.
During the two-hour
encounter at a foster home on
Sunday, Emmanuel practised
drawing with markers with his
mother at his side.
Photographs released by
Colombia's child welfare agency
also showed ]Emmanuel and
Rojas in a close hug, their arms
wrapped around each other.
Rojas earlier said Emmanuel
had made her a gift, and they
were shown apparently
exchanging a paper with art-
work on it.
Authorities have said they
hope to deliver the boy to per-
manent custody of Rojas in the
coming days.
Rojas returned on Sunday to
Bogota nearly six years after
she was kidnapped by the Rev-
olutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC.
She was visibly emotional as
she was greeted by the defense
minister and chief peace nego-
"I am extremely moved to be
back in my land. ... I feel like
I've been reborn, I am back to
life," Rojas said. But she added:
"This is not a total happiness
because many (hostages)



o found refuge outside a Kenyan Air Force barracks in
a, wait for aid distribution, yesterday

A DISPLACED Kenyan child whose family found refuge outside a Kenyan
Air Force barracks in Nairobi, Kenya, waits for aid distribution, yesterday.
Chairman of a special government committee set up to coordinate aid, said
at least 612 people have died in the crisis so far.

Police are behind dozens of
deaths in Kenya's post-election
turmoil, opening fire on both
looters and opposition protest-
ers under an unofficial "shoot to
kill" policy, a leading human
rights group said, according to
the Associated Press,
IHuman Rights Watch called
on Kenya's government to lift its
ban on demonstrations and order
police not to shoot at protesters.
The appeal came three days
before the opposition planned
nationwide protests that police
have warned will be stopped,
"Kenyan police in several
cities have used live ammunition
to disperse protesters and dis-
perse looters, killing and wound-
ing dozens,"- the New York-
based group said.
Some 575 people have died
since the disputed Dec. 27 presi-
dential election, the Kenya Red
Cross Society said
The latest count up from
485 was reached in collabo-
ration with the government, and
was based on-bodies found at

mortuaries, homes and other
places previously too dangerous
to reach, said spokesman A~ntho-
ny Mwangi.
The violence has taken an eth-
nic turn pitting other tribes
against President Mwai Kibak-
i's Kikuyu people and shaking
Kenya's image as a stable democ-
racy in a region that includes
war-ravaged Somalia and Sudan.
Some worried the real death
toll was higher.
"My greatest fear is that when
the authorities and rescuers have
combed every village, they will
discover that many, many people
have beeil massacred," Mutuma
Mathiu, managing editor of The
Sunday Nation, wrote in an edi
Intense international pressure
has failed to push Kibaki and his
rival, Raila Odinga, into talks.
U.S. envoy Jendayi Frazer said
Saturday that K~ibaki and Odlinga
should acknowledge that "seri
ous irregularities" in the vote
count made it impossible to
determine who won.
She said the U.S. would not
step back from a crisis in a coun-

lairobi, Kenya, yesterday. Chil- E
!p political and ethnic tensions

Red Cross volunteer Jane Olago
told AP Television News. "Some
of them talk like they wish they
were dead, they have lost hope mn
Forme'r U.N. Secretary-Gen-
eral Kofi Annan was expected
Tuesday to take over mediation
efforts'. The British Foreign
Office has said Annan will work
with Graca Machet, the wife of
Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela,
and former Tanzanian President
Benjamiin Mkapa.

CHILDREN peer through a crack in the wall from inside their classroom at the Olympic School in the Kibera slum, N
dren in Kenya trooped through traffic jams back to school Monday, a sign of returning normalcy that belies the dee
unleashed across the East African nation after a disputed presidential vote.

ing a protest from his doorway
was shot mn the chest,
Police spokesman Eric
Kiraithe denied the accusations,
saying officers have "acted strict-
ly within the laws of this coun-
"In fact, some of the com-
plaints we are receiving are from
property owners that police
failed to use all the powers under
the laws to protect their proper-
ty." Human Rights Watch said
a police source who was unwill-

ing to be identified told moni-
tors: "Many of us are unhappy
with what we are being asked to
do. This 'shoot to kill' policy is
illegal, and it is not night. We
have brothers and sisters, sons
and daughters out there."
In a Nairobi slum on Sunday,
the Red Cross handed out food
to some of the 255,000 people
forced from their homes in ethnic
"They have lost everything,
there is nowhere they can go,"

try that has been crucial to the
war on terrorism by turning over
dozens of suspects.
Human Rights Watch said
even people who did not attend
rallies have been shot. Witnesses
described police gunfire hitting
people on the fringes of demon-
strations in the slums of the cap-
ital, Nairobi, the group said.
One woman was hit by stray
bullets that penetrated the walU of
her home; another unarmed man
was shot in the leg; a boy watch-



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CLARA ROJAS, a hostage freed by Colombian rebels that kidnapped
her six year ago, speaks upon he~r arrival to the military airport in Bogo-
ta, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. Rojas gave birth to her son nearly four years
ago and has not seen him since he was taken away by her captors at
8 months old. At left is her mother Clara Gonzalez.

remain and we are waiting for
them."The story of Emmanuel
has transfixed Colombia since
a Colombian journalist first
reported in a 2006 expose book
that the child was born to Roj~as
as the product of a relationship
with one of her captors, report-
edly a rank-and-file guerrilla
named Rigo.
Rojas, however, has not
revealed much about
Emmanuel's father. She said
she does not know whether he
is aware of Emmanuel and
heard during her captivity that
he may have been killed.
On Thursday the FARC
handed over Rojas and another
kidnapped politician, former
congresswoman Consuelo Gon-
zalez, to a Venezuelan-led del-
egation which then moved the

hostages to Caracas. The FARC
holds nearly four-dozen high-
profile captives including three
U.S. defence contractors and
French-Colombian politician
Ingrid Betancourt, who was
abducted alongside Rojas and
remains with the rebels.
Shortly before Rojas' release,
authorities discovered
Emmanuel living in the foster
home and guessed his identity
based on what little was known
about him, including that he had
a fractured arm. DNA tests lat-
er confirmed their suspicions.
Rojas has worn a photo of
her son around her neck since
she was freed, and child psy-
chologists showed the boy pic-
tures of her before their meet-
ing to try to ease the transition
away from. foster care.

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will need to gener-
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recurrent Budget
surplus of between
$150 million to $200 million to
reduce the absolute level of its
national debt, which was pushing
close to $3 billion at the end of
the 2007 third quarter.
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possible, but not in the foresee-
able future."
Mr Laing, though, did say the
Government's objective of a $25
million recurrent surplus for
2007-2008 would still be attained
if a number of foreign direct
investment projects got under-
way "as they are expected to".
The recurrent surplus would
need to cover the capital bud-
get deficit and more if the Gov-
er-nment was to reduce that debt,
Mr Laing implied.
This indicates that the need
for a private/public partnership
on infrastructure projects, as sug-
gested by KPMG partner Simon
Townend at last week's
Bahamas Business Outlook
Conference, is pressing.
Mr Townend estimated that
the Bahamas needed $2 billion
in financing to cover the costs

of its infrastructure needs, some
$500 million being required to
upgrade the nation's airports;
$200 million for roads; $235 mil-
lion for the proposed south-west
port; and $500 million to update
the nation's schools.
Hie noted that with a national
debt to GDP ratio of 46.2 per
cent, the Bahamas had "little to
no capacity for more debt".
Such estimates indicate that
the Bahamas is likely to incur
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state for finance, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that such a recur-
rent surplus was needed to cov-
er the consistent capital budget
deficit the Bahamas would incur
in ensuring its considerable
infrastructure needs were met.
Yet achieving a $150-$200 mil-
lion surplus on the recurrent
Budget, which would mean that
the Government earned more
revenues than it spent on cov-
ering fixed costs such as salaries
and rents during its fiscal year,
was not possible "in the fore-
seeable future".
"It would be an ideal situa-
tion to stop the growth of that
debt," Mr Laing said. [But] giv-
en the fact that we do not have
any significant earnings from the
capital budget, we will always
have a capital deficit given the
infrastructure needs of our arch-

Tribune Business Editor

THE Ritz-Carlton Rose
Island resort will cost "near
$1 billion" to construct over
a 10-year period, the hotel
chain's senior vice president
for Florida and the Caribbean
told The Tribune yesterday,
with the developers amend-
ing the resort design to move
away from a seven-storey
Ezzat Coutry, speaking
after a breakfast hosted by
Ritz-Carlton, said: "Rose
Island alone will be near $1
billion in the construction
span. I just know that the
Rose Island hotel, 300 slip
marina_.and all. other rcompo-
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THE Government and private
sector stakeholders should con-
duct a feasibility study to deter-
mine whether Arawak Cay is the
best site for relocating down-
town Nassau's shipping termi-
nals to, the Nassau and Tourism
and Development Board's
(NTDB) chairman said yester-
day, adding that this was criti-
cal "before a green light is giv-
Responding to Prime Minis-
te~r Hfubert Ingraham's address
to the nation, in which he strong-
ly hinted that the Governmenlt
had moved away from relocating
the Bay Street-based shipping
facilities to a new purpose-built
facility in southwestern New
Providence, Charles Klonaris
said Arawak Cay had been
assessed as an alternative loca-
tion under the former Christie
Mr Klonaris said Arawak Cay
had received support previously,
but the joint public/private sec-
tor joint port taskforce that was
appointed by the PLP govern-

Plan 'carbon copy' of proposal pushed by Mosko, Bethel Estates

ment felt the south-west port
was a superior location for sev-
eral reasons.
Adding that no study had yet
been done on its merits as a
commercial shipping hub, Mr
Kl~onaris told The Tribune: "We
looked at Arawak Cay, because
there was a lot of interest and a
lot of people felt that was a suit-
able location,
"W;e felt that it was still too
close to town, and questioned
how the port will impact the traf-
fic in that area. I think it is
important a study is done to
assess the traffic impact of the
new terminals at Arawak Cay."
The NTDB chairman added
that moving the commercial
shipping facilities to Arawak
Cay was "always an issue, espe-
cially with Betty K"' shipping
Although unable to recall the
precise details, M~r Klonaris said
practical problems with Arawak
Cay as a port site had to do with
"the manner in which they [Bet-
ty K] take off their freight. There

are a lot of swells and tides there
that are not conducive to
offloading their freight."
In his Sunday night address to
the nation, Mr Ingraham said:
"While all are not agreed on the
location of a new cargo termi-
nal for New Providence, all
interested parties, in both the
public and private sector, agree
that the revitalisation of the City
of Nassau requires that we
remove the storage of shipping
containers from the heart of the
C~ity of Nassau.
"I am pleased to advise that
by the end of this year, 2008, we
will cause to be discontinued the
storage of shipping containers
and the movement of contain-
ers along our city centre during
day-light hours.
"We will also give further con-
sideration to the development
of a container terminal at
Arawaki Cay and the provision
of an inland container depot."
While backing the Govern-
ment's plans to prevent the
movement of lorries and the 16-

wheeler container transporters
in downtown Bay Street during
daylight hours as a way to
reduce traffic congestion and
pollution, Mr Klonaris urged
that a feasibility study on
Arawak Cay be conducted, so
the location's merits could be
compared to the south-west port
and the study done on that by
"Before they decide, they
should do a feasibility study in
terms of the cost, the long-term
adequacy of the Arawak Cay
location, and how it will be
financed," Mr Klonaris said.
. "I feel that until a proper
study is done, I cannot make a
comment. If they think Arawak
Cay is a better location, show us
the plan, the feasibility study,
the cost, the traffic impact. Does
it solve our long-term needs for
the next 40 to 50 years?
"These are some of the critical
issues that should be determined

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THE Cayman Islands, not the
Bahamas, is the proper place
for the late Edward St George's
estate to apply for an order to
amend the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) and Port
Group Ltd share registers, the
attorney representing ousted
chairman Hannes Babak argued
In response to the application
filed by the estate's attorneys
in relation to the share regis-
ters, Andre Feldman told The
Tribune that since Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation
(IDC), the ultimate holding
vehicle for both the GBPA and
Port Group Ltd, was domiciled
in the Cayman Islands, this was
the appropriate country in

which to seek court orders for
the change-
As revealed by The Tribune
last week, the move appears to
be an attempt by the St George
estate to cut through the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd ownership
structure, which involves IDC
and another Cayman-domiciled
company, Fiduciary Manage-
ment Services (FMS), and
define who the true beneficial
owners are.
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move to bring the IGBPA and
Port Group Ltd ownership back
into the Bahamas. While IDC is
the holding company for both
firms, the St George estate has
alleged that its 50 per cent IDC
stake is held in trust for it by

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ment Accounting Standards
Board, which sets the rules
for the public sector, changed
its regulations to require state
and local governments to
reveal their pension liabilities.
The publication of those lia-
bility numbers unleashed a
storm of debate, leading to
further calls for pension
reform in the US. A Ca~to
Institute study in 2004
revealed that the size of the
unfunded pension liabilities
was more than 200 per cenlt of
GDP in France and Italy, and
more than 150 per cent in
Germany, staggering num-
bers to say the least.

Unregulated Bahamian
The most recent study con-
ducted by the Central Bank
suggests that private pension
fund assets in the Bahamas
are fast approaching the ;1
billion mark. Looking at this
another way, the size of these
private pension funds repre-
sents almost 20 per cent of
GDP. When you add the val-
ue of the National Insurance
fund, which is slightly over $1
billion in assets, these two
sources of long-ter~m pension
savings now soar to 40 per
cent of GDP.

What is most incr-edible is
that while industry partici-
pants have called on succes-
sive go"vernmen"ts to imple-
ment pension legislation to, at
a minimum, provide some
regulatory oversight, nothing
seems to have been done. We
have a great social timebomb
in the making, growing daily
while our policymakers seem
to lack the resolve to even
remotely address it. Do we
just ignore the situation and
face the consequences later,
on somebody else's political
watch, or do we plan for the
The intention of pension
legislation is not only to regu-
late pension funds, but also to
employers/employees to work
together to provide a social
safety net for the long-term
benefit of workers, while
relieving central government
of this sole burden. Progres-
sive governments have under-
stood this and are doing
it.Quo vadis Bahamas?

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Coloniall Pensions Services
(Btahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security &r General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do
not necessarily represent
those of Colonial Group
International or any of its
subsidiary and/or affiliated
companies. Please direct any
questions or comments to

JUST last week, two signifi-
cant articles appeared mn the
BahamianI press regarding
our existing pension regime
(or mlore appropriately) olr
lackl of; arobulst p~ension
regime. John Pinder, presi-
dent of the Bahamas Public
Serv-\ices Unionl, cited the
need for implementing some
sort of national pension
regime to assist retirees in
maintaining financial dignity
when no longer gainfully
employed. This was followed
by comments made by Ray
Winder, managing partner at
Deloitte & Touche
(Bahamas), who questioned
the size and future implica-
tions of the Government's
unfunded pension liabilities.
Those comments resonated
with me, as for many years
now I have been arguing the
need for the Bahamas to
comprehensively examine its
pension regime and move
towards the enactment of
pension legislation. Such leg-
islation exists in some form in
most countries around the
It is widely accepted that a
sustainable, long-term
approach to pension funding
should consist of three inter-
connected pillars: Social
Security (National Insurance
Board), Pension Savings and
Personal Savings. It is a well-
known fact that the average
National Insurance pension
payment is under $300 per
month. It is further known
that less than 25 per cent of
the Bahamian workforce is
covered by a pension scheme.
Finally, Bahamians are
notorious for their inade-
quate level or complete lack
of savings. While countries

are seeking to fortify tre
integrity of these p~illars with-
in their economics, suppor~ted
by apropr""ia'te legislation, we
in the Bahamus are seemingly
doing nothing.
Universal Problem
Economic insecurity among
the retired/elderly is a univer-
sal problem, which canl have
far-reaching consequences if
not addressed. The most
obvious potential outcome is
that the public finances may
not be sustainable if too large
a percentage of the national
Budget has to be directed
towards providing 'social
safety nets'. Countries are
Being forced to focus on man-
aging the huge financial bur-
den being placed upon their
annual budgets to finance
social security systems.
Thus, efforts must be taken
to ensure that future genera-
tions are not only covered by
private pension schemes and
a greater level of long term
personal savings, but that this
represent a growing share of
their total retirement

The problems of dermned
benefit pension plans
In years past, many firms
created defined benefit pen-
sion plans. These plans, which.
were often non-contributory,
provide a pre-determined
monthly retirement benefit to
an employee based on the
employee's earnings history,
years of service and age. The
costs of these plans were gen-
erally funded by employer
contributions into a trust
As benefits rose, many
companies did not maintain

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FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) has
appointed Darron B. Cash
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A Certified Public
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His responsibilities
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Caribbean International
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Sharon Brown, First-
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asset to the organisation,
and we are very pleased to
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isation and to our executive
Prior to joining First-
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career, Mr Cash held man-
agemnent positions at Ernst
& Young and KPMG, both
Locally and abroad.
A former Government
senator, Mr Cash is the
|Bahamas Development
bank's chairman and direc-
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to the Bahamas Chamber
.of Commerce.

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Human Resources Officer

Core Functions:

Assist with matters relating to training and development, performance management,
recruitment and administration of Employee Benefits Programme..

Education, Knowledge and Experience Requirements:

* Bachelor's degree in human resources management or one of the behavioral
sciences from a recognized tertiary institution.

* HR Certification desirable.

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Presentation: Bteyond Behaviora~l Finan~ce The Neuroscience of
Investment Behavior: Modern financial theory postulates rational
expectations and efliicient mI~arkets. For almost 20) years now, behavioral
f-inance has shown that the conduct of the players in the financial markets is
by no means always rational. Howeverr. like behavioral psychology, it limits
itself here to a descriptiver appr~oach: a sbtimulus is followed by a frequentlyy
irrational) response. Bchav~io~ral research cannot know and does not wish to
know what happens in between, wcithrin the black box that is our brain. T'he
HCW imaging techniqlues used in branin research now allow thought anld
sensation processes to be tracked, opening up the way to the discovery of first
causalities of behavior. Froum thlis dev;olvec seven ideas that will be of interest
to InVestors.

Speaker Biographly: Dr. Henschel, longtime managing director of WestLB
Research GmbHI, now is a senior consultant for WestLB AiG. From 2000 to
2003, he was the founding president of the Gercman CFA Society: and
cuITentlyc serves as thle board's liaisonl chlair and as a President's Council
Representative for the EMEA~3r-West r~egion. Dr. H-enschel served on the
investment commtittcees of a number of investment funds, was a member of
the board of INQU~IK R (Tlhe Institute for Quantitative Investment Research,
E~urope), and served on the CFA;: Inlstitute Gilobal Council and Corporate
Giovernanlce TIask F~orce. Heit is the author of three` books and nlurnerous
articles onl ecconomics and invelshuent recsearchl is a frequen~ft speaker on1
methodology of investmennt reCsear1chI atnd cutrrent investment strategy, and is
actively involved in the discussion of regulatory issues wiith the German anld
Europealn recgulatory aluthorities. Dr. lIlnschel studied economnics, business
administration, and politicall science at Frlcie Universitact in Berlin and Kntox
College in G~alesburg, IL,. as well as in P~aris and Bochumn, G~ermany. H-e also
served as a part-time lecturer at various universities.

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the U!nited States," she said.
Ms Walkine explained that while
tourIistS n1umlber.s are growing from the
Western US, market penetration in that
area is hindered by the lack of non-
stop' airlift. In 2008, I think it's fair to
say that we expect to have a good num-
her of seats out of all the markets that
are important to us coming into the all
the islands of the country," she said.

Tribune Business Reporter

THE Ministry of Tourism is in negFo-
tiations with a number of airlines to
increase airlift to destinations thr~ough-
out the Bahamas. with emphasis on
establishing direct service between Nas-
sau and Germany in 20)08.
Speaking at Caribbean Marketplace

yesllterday, tour~isml dlirectrc-general~l Ve-
nice Walkine said that while she could
not c~onfirmn anything, thle Ministry of
To`~urism wa~s committee to espaning i n
air-lift, pa~rticula~ry in nlon-UIS mar~lkets, as
the Bahal~mas moves to reduce the cost
of a vacation in this nation. "We are
looking at new airlift out of Germany
and Fr~ance, and additional lift out of
parts of Canada and certain parts of

Ms Walkine said a major- reason for
the west coast tourist increase were the
marketing efforts of Atlantis, particu-
larly now that its newly-expanded con-
vention centre was complete.
Ms Walkine added that the first two
quarters of 2007 showed softening in
tourist arrivals when compared to 2006,
but said the numbers picked up in the
final months of the year.

She added that in 2007, UK tourist
arrivals dropped as well due to the fact
that Virgin Atlantic stopped its weekly
service to Nassau.
However, Ms Walkine said the Min-
istry of Tourism certainly intended to
redouble its efforts to reclaim the mar-
ket share it had lost. The European
market had responded well to the
Bahamas, she added.

STUDY, from 1

before the green light is given."
Other issues identified by Mr
Klonaris included ownership of
the potential Arawak Cay ter-
minal, a question he said the
Ecorys report had addressed. He
also questioned whether con-
struction would be financed by
the port's shareholders, a public
offering, or capital markets ini-
tiative such as a bond issue.
Among the first questions that
has to be resolved is whether
Arawak Cay is a tourism desti-
nation, via the Fish Fry, or if it is
an industrial location, given the
presence of the Bahamas Hot
Mix plant, suitable for commer-
cial shipping facilities.
And a second question, at a
time when the Government and
Ministry of Tourism is looking to
revitalise cruise tourism mn Nas-
sau, is whether an industrial port
- the first sight that would greet
cruise ship passengers as their
vessels entered Nassau harbour
- would be conducive to these
Mr Klonaris told The Tribune:
"We felt that [Arawak Cay] was
more suitable for a tourism, cul-
tural, Bahamian centre, adding
on to the Fish Fry concept a
mini-Disney, with the theme
being a Bahamian cultural cen-

Such a concept was also envi-
sioned for Arawak Cay by the
2004 EDAW Master Plan for
the city of Nassau's redevelop-
ment, and was why a planned
reverse osmosis plant was relo-
cated from that area to a new
proposed site at Perpall Tract.
Mr Ingraham's address will
have added fuel to increasing
suspicions that the Government,
which was always lukewarm at
best to the proposed south-west
port plan, has grown increasing-
ly cold on it,
And the plan outlined by the
Prime Minister appears to be
almost a carbon copy of the one
pushed at a July 24 meeting,
chaired by deputy prime minis-
ter Brent Symonette, by John
Bethel, of Bethel Estates. and
Jimmy Mosko. Both are either
shipping company landlords or
have interests impacted by the `
container port relocation and
downtown redevelopment.
The meeting, held to discuss
downtown Nassau's problems
with a host of private stake-
holders, saw Mr Bethel present
plans for the construction of an
'inland terminal' on Gladstone
This was billed as relieving 75

per cent of the cargo traffic in
downtown Nassau, as shipping
containers could be bussed to
Gladstone Road after the nor-
mal business day ended, broken
down and goods recovered by
their recipients or shipped to
their businesses. The inland ter-
minal's construction was esti-
mated as lasting for one year.
Mr Symonette said relocating
the sluppmng facilities to south-
west New Providence would
take too, long, andl he invited Mr
Mosko to outline a~ plan to move
them to Arawak Cay.
The meeting notes seen by
The Tribune said: "Jimmy took
the floor anId circulated a map of
Arawak Cay, and a table show-
ing the cost for extcavation and
construction to achieve this tem-
porary move. He talked about
dredginlg into Arawak Cay and
clratingl suufficient dock space to
accommodate all our present
shipping decmanlds at1 the Nassau
This plan was opposed by
Tropical Shipping's Michael
Maura, head of the former PLF
government's port taskforce,
who questioned the port securi-
ty implications of Arawak Cay.
He added that 80'per cent of
the downtown truck movements
were caused by break bulk ship-
ments. handled mostly at the
John Alfred dock and the Betty
K terminal.
The concernl now is that. fol-

ject may~ be perceived by some

downtown Nassau rede~velop
ment becoming 'politicised'.
The opposition L at"s t: e
Mr Symonette's involvement
and < hiring of the meeting
amounts a 'conflict of interest',
given that his family estate acts
as landlords for Seaboard
M2arine. anlotherr shipping com--
pony Smnt h vhre-

returned to this line of attack

yesterday, arguing, that the
Prime Minister "must be con-
demned for sanctioning the
movement of the shipping port
to Arawak Cay", and claiming
the FNM was beholden to the
interests of its financial backers.

Another factor that may be
influencing the Government's
thinking is Mediterranean Ship-
ping Company (MSC), the
world's second largest shipping
Its vessels call on Nassau twice

a week, docking at Arawak Cay,
and The Tribune understands
that the company last year made
an offer to Dion Foulkes, minis-
ter responsible for maritime
affairs, to finance construction
of a shipping port at that site.

_7fxT _00XU0fers & Direc~tors
K~ristlua MI. Fox. CFA
P H S-191- O. Nassau.BRahamas
Ph~ ac>12 363 isol Fax: (242) 363 1502
Email: kf~acit.co.uk
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Ph1: (242) 302 8668 Fax: (242) 302 8569
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PO Box N 3016. Nassau. Bahamas
Ph1: (2;12) 502 5700 Fax: (2412) 326 0991
EmailI: son Iia .benebvtiscotiutru st.com

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EFGC Bank & TIrust (Bahamnas) Ltd.
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Emrlail: karen lpinrder(Refabank~com l
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C:olin~alinanlcial Advisors. Ltd.
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Investment ~Behiavior"
Friday, Januar~y 18"' 2008

Generasl Mleeting

12:00 pm
12:30 pm

Please arrive~ promptly!
British Colonial Hilton
D~r. Helmut Henschel
Senior Consultant for WestLB AG
TWupper~tal, Germa~ny
Thembers $25.00 Non-Mlembers $35.~00
(If paying by cheque, please make cheque payable to: CFA4
Society of The Bahamas)
Jamnuryr 16sr 2008
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dissolution under the provisions of the International
Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 3rd January, 2007 when its the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Sophie Barthe
of 2, place de la Coupole, 92078, Paris, La
Defense; France.

Dated the 3rd day of January, 2.008.

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tered in FMS's name changed
to the names of' the three execu-
tors. The St George estate is
alleging that the Hayward side
effectively controls both the
IDC and FMS Boards.
Mr Smith said that "to cut
through this morass of obfus-
cation" regarding the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd's true ben-
eficial ownership, "we are ask-
ing the court to clarify its
[August 30] order and rectify
the GBPA and Port Group Ltd
share register so that our 50 per
cent stake in these companies
is held directly by the estate,
thus cutting out IDC and FMS.
"With that, the situation will
become a lot more politically
palatable, in that once the
shareholder registers are recti-
fied, ownership of the GBPA
and the Port Group of Compa-
nies will be directly under reg-
ulatoryieontr b the Govern-

Investment Board legislation,
thus preventing any of the
shareholders selling IDC Cay-
man shares without government
Meanwhile, Mr Feldman
expressed surprise that the St
George estate was able to have
applications such as the share

register change heard rapidly
by the courts, when his client,
Mr Babak, had a number of
applications and summonses
outstanding, with dates waiting
to be set for their hearing.
Among these applicatigits
was the one by Mr Babak agd
Sir Jack to discharge the GByA
and Port Group.Intd! reeplygr--
ship, which was made in
November 2006.
Justice Neville Adderley will
this week hear the application
to discharge the receivership,
plus the application to disqual-
ify Mr Smith from acting in the
case on alleged 'conflict of inter-
est' grounds.
Meanwhile, Senior Justice
Anita Allen will hear arguments
over the attempt to discharge
the injunction preventing the
Hayward family trusts from sell-
ing their GBPA and Port

Gn s pdart matter, Justice
Adderley is also set to rule on
whether the Freeport Property
Owners and Licensees Associ-
ation has standing to bring its
court action, and whether to
proceed with hearing its appli-
cation on the appointment of a
public trustee to oversee the
GBPA and Port Group Ltd.

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Base Salary, Bonuses, Pension Plan, Trainung and lots of FUN!! i

REQUIREMENTS Must be Energetic, Out Going,
Stable, Hard Working. Well Groomed, Honest and Reliable:
between the ages of 17 25 years, but mature.

Counsel & AttorneTvs-alt-Law

invites applications for attorneys f'or our Abaco

Applicants must have a minimum of 3-5 years
experience in Litigation anld Real Estate &
Development, demonstrate an ability to work
independently and possess a thorough .working
knowledge and technical competence in the areas
mentioned. (Applicants with experience in only
one of the mentioned areas may also apply).

Successful applicants can~ look forward to
competitive remuneration and benefits.

9Apl in confidence to:

P. O. Box N-3247
Nassau, Bahamas
or v i a cm ailI at: gbasti anCih igg~sjohnsort~coml

Job Description
General administrative duties including calendar
management, travel coordination, expense
reporting and securing various permits and

Must be flexible to handle miscellaneous
Must have excellent IT skills, honest, absolutely
conscientious and able to work on own initiative.
Absolute confidentiality is required
Must have a minimum of 3 years experience as
a personalladministrative assistant

Please send resume and contact details to
easternrdfamily@yahoo.com before January 18,

Only qualified Bahamians candidates need apply.

Job Opportutly for a


An established Bahamian Comnpanty is
seeking a Finanlcial Controller:

Qua llenctions fo~r the position are:

8 3Chelor's Degree or equivalent in
Accounting or apphied finance fr~om
an accredited and reputable university.
Certified Public Account
3-5 years Audit experience
Proficiency in ~Accounting Software
such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
Experience in preparing IFRS
COmpliant financial statemlents
The individual will be responsible for
directing the overall financial plans
and accounting practices of the

Interested persons should
send risumis to:
P.O. Box CIB-12707
Na~ssa~u, The Bahamas





Temple Christian High School will hold its Entr-ance
Examination on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 2008
at the school on Shirley Street fr-om 8:00a.m.-12 noon
fo0 Students wishing to enter grades 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Application for-ms are available at High School
Office. The application fcc is twenty dollats ($20.00).
Application forms should be comlpleted and
r-eturned to the school byl Friiday, Febr-uaryl 8th, 20(8

For further information please call
394-4481 or 394-4484


the hotel brand first entered this
market two years ago when it
took a 50 per cent stake in the
Abaco Club at Winding Bay.
Ritz-Cariton hais been man-
aging 15 cabanas and nine two-
four bedroom cottages at the
private members' club, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham hav-
ing stayed there himself recent-
Ritz-Carlton has now
acquired 100 per cent of the
Abaco Club, having purchased
flamboyant UK entrepreneur
Peter de Savary's remaining 50
per cent interest. It was Mr de
Savary who founded and imiti-
ated the Abaco Club project.
"We got into the project two
years ago," Mr Coutry said. "Mr
de Savary has redirected his
interests to Grenada. He's real-
ly focused on the project there,
and we thought this was an
opportunity to continued with
the project as he envisioned.
We're happy to have Abaco in
our control."

become "the destination of
choice" f'or af'fluent guests and
residents of its home sites and
condlotel, as it would allow
those "'who put a premium on
privacy" to still enjoy downtown
Nassau and Paradise Island's
shops, restaurants, casino and
golf courses.
Such amenities, Mr Miller
said, were only a 15-20 minute
boat ride away.
Set on 230 acres, the Ritz-
Carlton Rose Island will include
estate homes, condominiums, a
hotel, marina, marina village
and condotel. The original
Heads of Agreement allowed
for a hotel of between 95 and 61
rooms; 65 condo units between
1,800-1,900 square feet in size;
60 resort residences between
2,200 and 2,400 square feet; 137
resort estate homes. Of those
estate homes, 69 will be con-
structed by the developer, and
68 either individually or jointly
as agreed between the Rose
Island Beach and Harbour Club

and Ritz-Carlton,
The Ritz-Carlton Rose
Island's developer, which will
own a majority stake in the pro-
ject, is the Miami-based Gen-
com group, a hotel investment
and development firm focunded
in 1987.
SIt is headedl by Karim Alib-
hai, who also acquired the for-
mer Holiday Inn resort on-Par-
adise Island and the Nassau
Palm on West Bay Street. Ritz-
Carlton will be the hotel oper-
ating and management partner
for Rose Island, having linked
up with Gencom on several oth-
er projects.
Meanwhile, Mr Coutry, who
visited the Rose Island site on
Sunday, said he was "amazed"
every time he went there to see
that the company and develop-
er had acquired the site.
Adding that Ritz-Carlton had
been attracted to the Bahamas
by its ability to attract high-
spending US tourists over the
last 40-50 years, Mr Coutry said

workers, resort staff and, ulti-
mately guests, is also being con-
While the Heads of Agree-
ment signed with the former
Christie administration on Feb-
ruary 137, 2006, allow the Ritz-
Carlton Rose Island develop-
ers to construct a hotel seven
storeys high, Mr Miller said that
design was now being revised,
While the proposed design
had generally been favourably
received at plamiing charettes,
where Bahamians were given
an insight into the developer's
plans, some opposition had
been voiced to the seven-storey
Mr Miller said that on reflec-
tion, the developers had decid-
ed that a seven-storey hotel wlas
not appropriate for Rose Island
and its setting, and accordingly
revisions were being made.
"That's being reconsidered,
and a new design is in develop-
ment right now as we speak,"
Mr Miller said, adding that the

resort was due to open in 20)10.
He added that Ritz-Carlton,
which is focusing on becoming a
luxury lifestyle bra~nd in the
global hospitality industry,
looked to e~stablish resorts in
e nv iron me nts t hat were
"remote, very ulpscale destina-
tions with beautiful beaches".
Rose Island had all these
characteristics, he added, and
was underdeveloped, but the
project would look to preserve
as much of the island's existing
environment as possible, and
mitigate any impact from its
presence and construction.
"I cannot begin to tell you
how excited I am about the
Ritz-Carlton Rose Island pro-
ject," Mr Miller told attendees
at the breakfast.
Describing the island as "the
most desirable private outpost
left in the Bahamas", he added
that the resort would only be
accessible by either boat from
Nassau or helicopter,
Mr Miller said it would

ers had been assured by the
Government that everything
was set to proceed.
"It's a $1 billion investments,"
Mr Miller said. "Construction
.Iwise, we expect [to create]
between .500-600 construction
jobs, and once completed we
are looking at 600 permanent,
full-time jobs for the opera-
The Ritz-Carlton Rose Island
masterplan had been fully
approved, while permitting to
allow the developers to begin
dredging for the marina was "'in
Mr Miller, who is also the
Bahamas Hotel Association's
(BHA) president, told The Tri-
bune: "Dredging is to begin
very shortly." Renovation of
the Nassau Harbour Club,
which will house thC project's
offices, and act as an embarka-
tion point for construction

ing backing that is being
appealed by the Sir 14ck Hay-
ward family trusts, with FMS at
the centre of the bitter 1.5-
month ownership dispute.

In response to the estate's
move, Mr Feldman said: "'These
companies a\re Cayman Island
companies, and any attempt by
a court in the Bahamas to inter-
fere in the legal system of
another jurisdiction is going to
120 very bad news for the
"~The only person that can
change the share registers of
these companies is the Regis-
trar in the Cayman Islands.
"If Mr Smith [the estate's
attorney] wants to change the
share registers of IDC and
FMS, he can go to the Cayman
Islands. That's the proper place
for changing the registers of
Cayman companies."

Mr Smith previously told The
TIribune that the application to
alter the share registers had
been prompted by alleged
"obstruction" he and his clients
had encountered when they
attempted to have the 499 FMS
shares registered in Mr St
George's name (almost half the
company's share capital)
changed into the executors'
The executors are Lady Hen-
rietta St George, her brother
Lord Euston, and Freeport-
based attorney Christopher Caf-
There was also alleged inter-
ference when they attempted
to have the IDC shares regis-



Common Law & Equity Division
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together
comprising of 5,000 square feet of property more or less in the
Nassau Village Subdivision on the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas being
Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14 situate on the Western aide of Lewis
Street and about 100 Feet North of Northern Alexander Boulevard
and having such positions shapes marks and boundaries as
are shown on the plan filed herein and thereon coloured Pink.

The Petition of LEROY CAPRON of Nassau Village in the Southern
District of the island of New Providence, one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas of

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together comprising of
5,000 square feet of property more or less in the Nassau Village
Subdivision on the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas being Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14.

simple setat ti psesresso oR thC Irctflan esretinbbefothe eds rredoreth rn m

And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of the
aforementioned Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959, in the above action, to have his title to the said tract of
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title tobe granted in accordance with the provisions ofthe said Act.
Notice is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to Dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents
file in the said Registry of the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Aff1davit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
Statement of` his Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days afer
the final publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claims.

Copies of the said plan may be inspected during normal working
hours at thle Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North, Nassau,
N.R Bahamas and the Chambers of Messrs. Evans & Co., Samnuel
H. Evans H~ouse, Christie and Shirley Streets, Nassau, Bahamtas
DATED the 11th day of January A.D., 2008.
Samuel H. Evans House
Shirley & Christie Streets
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


RESORT, from 1

PORT, from 1

FMS, acting as a nominee com-
pany. The Supreme Court rul-


Eastern Road Family Seeks a Part-time
P.AJProperty Manager

Airport parking fees to increase

Move to bring rates into line with rival Caribbean airports and downtown

Nassau, with airport firm saying $500,000 spent on parking upgrades


Job Vacancy for

Parking Lot Attendant

Core Function:
*Responsible for administering the parking facilities of the company.

Education and Experience Requrirements:
High School Diploma.
*i Mature candidate between the ages 50-55
Valid drivers licence.
Good human relations skills.
Minimum of three (3) years experience in similar or related capacity.

Duties and Responsibilities:
* Maintain the orderly flow of traffic in and out of the parking facilities in
accordance with the company's policy.

.Facilitate efficient parking of employees and visitors' vehicles within the
stipulations of the company's policies an~d guidelines.

Oversee cleaning of the company's fleet of vehicles.

Assist with parking and accommodation of company's fleet of vehicles.

Maintain kiosk and Parking Lot facilities in a state of cleanliness consistent
with the good image of the company.

Provide assistance with maintenance duties, as may be required from time to

Note: The Parking Lot Attendant must conduct himself in a manner befitting a
representative of the company and afford full courtesies to the general public
at all times.

Interested persons should provide copy(ies) of their qualifications to:

The Human Resources Manager
DA 5760A
cle The 'll-ibune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

Come out and enjoy our wondrous Bahamian
wetlands! Take a FREE* guided walk of Harrold
and Wilson Ponds National Park, Firetrail Road.

Saturday y, J anuar y 19
a.g 8=0 g

For further information, please contact our
head office at 393-1317*

STonique Darling-B

Carmichael Road

'. Free for members but membership registration accepted at the walk
'' ?




A ) $ 0

spent approximately $0.5 mil-
lion improving parking facilities
at the airport," said Mr Spinks.
"Within the last few months
we've fixed the drainage and
refurbished, paved and recon-
figured the domesticlinterna-
tional parking lot. As a result,
since April parking capacity in
the domestic/international lot
has increased by close to 100
spaces, along with improved cus-
Stomer service. We've also sig-
nificantly reduced illegal park-
ing, improved security and intro-
duced a new overflow lot with
shuttle bus service to both the
domestic/international and US
terminals. The objective is to
reduce chaos and increase con-
venience for persons who use

the airport. We're also planning
further improvements and addi-
tional parking services that the
public will hear about as the
months go by."
NAD is also, from February 1,
2008, removing parking meters,

DEBT, from page 1

2007, stood at $2.987 billion. It
rose by $98.3 million or 3.4 per
cent during the 200)7 third quar-
ter, compared to an $81 million
or 2.9 per cent increase during
the prior year comparative.
However, Mr Laing pointed
out that the key issue for the
Bahamas and its public finances
was not the absolute level of
national debt, but the country's
ability to service it and how the
debt was accumulated in the first
Currently, thle Government
and international credit rating
agencies such as Moody's
believe there are no problems
in the Bahamas' ability to ser-
vice its debt.
Debt servicing costs, though,
are critical, because if they
increase, this reduces the
amount of funding the Govern-
ment has available for discre-
tionary spending on areas such
as education and health,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said in his 2007-2008 Bud-
get presentation that a 1 per cent
reduction in the ratio of nation-
al debt to GDP was equivalent
to $60 million, a 3 per cent
reduction being equivalent to
$180 million.
A reduction of that magnitude
would reduce interest costs by
$13 million, assuming an interest
rate of seven per cent, and free
up $180 million for other pur-
poses and reduce interest rate
In addition, Mr Laing said that
while incurring debt through
borrowing to cover the Govern-
ment's fixed costs was "not a
practical use of debt"', it was a

prohibiting parking and waiting
at the curbs, and introducing a
new short-term parking lot to
accommodate persons waiting
for arriving passengers. There
will be no tolerance for illegal

THE Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NAD) yes-
terday said new parking rates
will come into effect at Lynden
Pindling International Airport
(LPIA) from February 1, 2008,
in a move to bring them into line
with rival Caribbean airports.
Some $500,000 has been spent
on upgrading LPIA's parking
over the past year.
NAD said the hourly rate for
both regular parking lots -
domestic/international depar-
tures and US departures is set
to increase from $1 to $3 after
the first hour, with a$1 increase
in the maximum daily rate from
$8 to $9.
After one day, the same daily
rate will apply for all subsequent

days. Thus parking fees for one
day and one hour will be $12,
and for two day's parking, the
rate will be $18. A maximum
weekly rate of $45 is also being
Meanwhile, the parking rate
of the overflow lot at LPIA will
retain the $5 per day rate, and
only be opened when both other
lots are full.
John Spinks, NAD's vice-
president of commercial devel-
opment, said the last change in
parking rates at LPIA occurred
in 2002. The rates were below
those charged at other
Caribbean airports and in down-
town Nassau, at locations such as
the British Colonial Hilton,
"Over the past year we've

The short-term parking lot
will have lower rates for the first
two hours than the current
meters, NAD said, but after this
will grow to $2 for every 20 min-
utes. The maximum daily park-
ing fee for this lot will be $30.

different matter if it was accu-
mulated to finance infrastruc-
ture projects such as roads, and
other developments that
improved this nation's produc-
tivity, international competi-
tiveness and income.
"As a general statement, we
are certainly interested in con-
trolling the growth of our debt,
and that's why we've committed
to bringing that debt down to
33-35 per cent of GDP," Mr
Laing said. .
"The GFS fiscal deficit reflects
the extent to which that debt is
growing. That's why we are
watching and targeting these
indicators with a view to slowing
the growth of our debt.........
"It is always in our interest to
ensure debt is not growing at an
unmanageable level."
Mr Laing added that a "good
virtue" for the Bahamas was that
the majority of its national debt
was held by domestic financial
institutions such as the National
Insurance Board (NIB), mean-
ing that this nation would not
be held at the mercy of foreign
banks, lending institutions and

capital markets.
"It does put us in a position to
utihise foreign borrowing at rea-
sonable rates for these capital
expenditures," the minister
"It also enhances our foreign
National debt and fiscal deficit
hawks, though, are concerned.
The Nassau Institute's Rick
Lowe said that he understood
that in Bermuda, for every dollar
of local currency printed, its
monetary regulator had to have
1.5 US$ in reserve.
Urging that the Government
aet quickly to reduce the nation-
al debt and attack the fiscal
deficit, Mr Lowe said: "They just
continue to go down the road of
spending with abandon. It's a
slippery slope. They've got to be
careful about how they throw
money around."
To reduce government spend-
ing and "trim the fat", Mr Lowe
urged the administration to pri-
vatise public corporations such
as Bahamasair, and farm out ser-
vices such as garbage collection
to the private sector.

W By Royal Fidelity Capital

.IT was a relatively quiet week
mn the Bahamian stock market,
.with only 37,858 shares being
traded. Ten of the l91listed com-
'ai saw taig activ td dur"
Sipg, two declining and five
,remaining unchanged.
Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
'tems (DHS) led on volume with
20,000 shares changing hands,
accounting for 53 per cent of
total shares traded. DHS's share
'price declined by $0.03 during
the week to close out at $2.32.
Cable Bahamas (CAB) led
the rally during the week, with
its share price climbing by $0.20
on a volume of 1,475 shares to
close the week out at a new 52-
:week high of $12.25.
Fam~uard Corporation
(FAM) and Finance Corpora-
tion of the Bahamas (FIN) also
experienced new 52-week highs
During the week, closing at $7.35
and $13, respectively.
On the down side, Common-
weal Ban (BL ld1 o
:close at $8.35.


The Bahamas Property Fund
thr re e ded S ptmb r
30, 2007. Net income for the
qu rtr wa $9 ,000, dwn
to the' previous quarter.

by $95,000, while total operat-
ing expenses grew by $164,000 to
$521,000. The increase in oper-
ating expenses was due primari-
ly to a significant increase in oth-
er expenses, which totaled

AML; $1.65
'BAB $ 2.65
BBL` ,8

BPF $11.80
BSL $14.60
BWL $3.66
CAB $12.25
$B 8,35
CHL $3.15
CIB $14.60
CW'CB $5.17
DHS $2.32
FAM $7.35
FCC $0.77
FCL $5.18
FIN $13.00
ICD $7.25
JSJ $11.00
PRE $10.00




$ 0.30
$ 0.10
$ 0.05

3,740a -0.60% ~
0 0.00% o

10 0 % 0/
0 0.00% o
0 0.00% 0
1,475 1.66%
5,979 -0.95%
0 0.00%
0 0.00% o
0 2.58% 0
20,000 -1.28%
3,000 2.08% o
360 0.00% 0
500 0.00%
2,184 0.39%
0 0.00%
0 0.00%
0 0.00% 0

*BBL has declared a special dividend of $0.02 per share, with
$0.01 payable on December 31, 2007, and $0.01 being payable
o$~CMarch 31, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 21, 2007.
*BPF has declared dividends of $0.20 per share, payable on
January 18, 2008, to all shareholders of record date January 11,
*CIB has declared dividends of $0.25 per share, payable on
007.ry7, 2008, to all shareholders of record date December
*, CWCB has declared dividends of $0.013 per share, payable
onFe rary 7, 2008, to all shareholders of record date January

$248,000 compared to $92,000
in the previous quarter.
Year-over-year, BPF's net
income was also down, with $1.7
million being reported for the
nine months ended September

30, 2007, compared to $2 mil-
lion for the same period in 2006.
Total revenues of $2.9 million
declined by $248,000, while total
operating expenses of $1.2m
increased by $100,000.


Fire trail Road


The BahaiRllRl Stock Market


( Calvin & Hobbi',

TUa H~' 7HT THP~ GPrA.

WATER rO ~uU1~ CnEBda



AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 16
Now that things are stable on the
homefront, Aquarius, concentrate
on what you're going to do at
Work. It just may be tune to seek
South a promotion.
;PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
After a year of hard work, consider
Taking some time off for a much-
Sneeded vacation, Pisces. You'll be
glad you got a break.
|AIS- Mar 21/Apr 20
Do't worry about bad news you'll
eciethis week. Aries. It's more of a
ariundrsandngthan anything else.
igoethe dire warnings and proceed
wihyour plans.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Adice you'll receive from a friend
ca't be trusted, Taurus. This person
|is not qualified to speak about cer-
tain topics, and especially not the
one ybu have concerns about.
GE II..May 22/Jun 21
A stupsis t~est blocks apn your
door in the days to cmpy G~e~p~ini.
Be warm anbf accommodating ev48
though it's an imposition. Thiewiit
will be a short one.

CA ps tieR attitudn wl el you
'tackle a project more easily than a
negative one will, Cancer. Cast your
doubts aside that you'll never get the
job done and get to it.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Putting your trust in a family mem-
ber's hands ftvill end with qupnsmng
results, Leo. You can't avoid the skA;
nanion, so there's no point ~wrsying
aboutit in advance.
'VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
This is a critical time at work, so be
.on your best behavior, Virgo, or you
may be passed up for a promotion.
Don't sabotage what you've worked
so hard to attain.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
A move that you made a few moothS
ago is not pannmpg out. Admit defeat
and cut your losses. Don't woary,
friends and family will support you
until you're back on your feet
SCORPIO Oct 24/N~ov 22
A promotion at work has resulted in
more assignments on your plate.
Wiihile you enjoy the status, you
didn't expect sa many ettastbsposi-
bilities. Speak up if you need irdp.
SAGIITIARIUS Nov 23fl~ec 21
Several financial blunders left you in
the red at the end of last year. Make
a resolution this time around to be
more frugal with your purchases, or
the same results will ensue.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A proposition has I'xen made to you,
and you've accepted. Big changes are
in store in the weeks to come,
Capricom, so hang on tight and enjoy
the bumpy nide.






10 11


13 14 15 16

17 1 ~8

20 21 22 23

24 2 ~5

27 2 ~8

30 3 ~1

Chess: 8522:1 ..Bb81 raw\. If 2 axb8Qt Rxb8 3 Rbs Ke7

the pawn 5, qucninq square and Black winls oiln mateial.
Otherwise Black brings his king to the Q side, arrives onl
the scene before Whie's king, anld liquidates for a diraw.
Me d lder: Plt1%, hu~nk, punkrl, Iink, 1'inst kIng. \IN(;

I .


Gam-Rea drng
South actually has a very good
chance to make the slam. West's two-
heart bid is highly significant and
provides a road map to the winning~
line of play
Declarer ruffs the king-of-clubs
lead and plays the ace of trumps,,
both defenders following suit. Even
at this early stage of the play, South
knows a great deal about the distri-
bution of the opponents' hands. West,
obviously started with one spade and
five or six hearts for his overcall.
This in turn means that East started
with one spade and either one or no
East is therefore sure to have 11 i
or 12 minor-suit cards. The odds are
consequently overwhelming that he
was dealt at least four diamonds. If
so, the slayi can be made.
Accordingly, South cashes the A-
K of diamonds, ruffs the eight, plays.
tbs ace of hearts and ruffs dummy's
rcrmajoing club. With these prelimi-
nary steps having been completed,
thet stage is now set for the key play.
Declarer leads the ten of dia-
monds and, instead of trumping it
discards one of dummy's heart los-
ers. East wins the trick but is forced
to retum a club, allowing South to
ruff in his hand While discarding j
dummy's last heart.
Declarer thus loses a diamond
trick he didn't have to lose, but in i
return he loses no heart tricks at all.
The exchange is the best type of bar-
gain two for the price of one!

srt rse swayor s
South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
4 Q9 8 64 2
VA 83
4 7 2
+ 3 7
SK Q 10 9 5 4
4 J9 3 4 Q6 5 4
+A K 95 4 10 8 7 6 4 3 2
4 AK J 105
VJ 7 62
AK 10 8
The bidding-
South West North East
1 4 29 4 4 Pass

Opening lead king of clubs.
There are times when at first
glance a contact seems impossible
to make. Whenever this situation
arises, declazer has an obligation to
double-check his initial assessment
to determine whether there is m
division of the adverse cards that
might allow the contract to be inade.
The possibility might seem
extrmely remote, but declartr is
nevertheless duty-bound to assume it
exists rather than give up without try-
Take this deal where South
appears to have two inescapable
heart losers at six spades. However,

wrod is n

C* k

HOW many words of Aour
letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here?
In maldng a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 17; very good 25;
excellent 34 (or more).
solution tomorrow.


1 Down-to-earth fighting men,
familiarly (5)
ii A letter possibly that about (5)
9 The present drift(7)
10 Shtiky tapes maybe? (5)
11 They occur in accidents usually (5)
12 Large numbers in the southwestern
branch (5)
13 The restraint shown in the place in

15 not th fide of a vehicle generally

17 Could tame ones be a star turn? (4)
18 In his company, Eric is not his usual
self (6)
19 Charlie, sold out by a nagging b
20 He'son course to give assistance (6) 1
22 Only a hort show of dissent, etc?(4)
24 Regard as being a bit hackneyed? (3)
25 Sailor with his chunrna good deal (7)
26 Keep on the road (S)
27 Figure a complaint to be general(5)
28 Kept a wakhon twoboys? (5)
29 Households that seem disrupted
when there's a nag in them (7)
30 One flapping around in the Rhone
valley? (5)
31 Educationally he has alot on his
shoulders (5)

2 is she a bit extravagant wit her
fancy hat? (6)
3 The don't show their rue klaings (6)
4 ust the girl to key us up!(3)
5 Attracted to a redhead, in name*
Dawn (5)
6 He hasn't any feelings to showl (7)
7 In particular, it turns me up (4)
8 Has it sharp bows? (6)
12 Because a music centre may

13 Very little to cater for? (5)
14 Study ofFrench (5)
15 Like one'sbest grade (5)
16 Character dramatically
awaited (5)
18 Likeashow-jumping roundwithno
obstacles? (5)
19 Number seen to include nine plus a
third often (7)
21 A Madagascan primate?
Yes, sirl (3-3)
22 When aboy just has tosit around,
stop itl (6)
23 Cityof the modern woman (6)
25 Usu~ally hard time during
dinner? (5)
26 Wrestling for money as well
as love (4)
28 Rose's favourite drink (3)

"an meets v Loek Van Wely,
Staunton Memorial, Simpsonls in a ~'
,the Strand 2007. Young Dutch talent
Smeets hoped to score an upset 711n
numbe ron ei this hega se. Every
grandmaster, and manty an
amateur, knows the useful rule of
uawn avne dto te riaxtsh row 3I(
will normally defeat a rook, even
without help fromt the king or
another piece. Here it looks even
btter for 5 eets,awho ifas ne of t>
seventh. White was happily *resource? The
dreaming of sequences like Bxg5 b7 congress, stag
Rxa7 b8Q+ orKe7 RaS Be3 b7 Rxa7 Royston, isoni
b8Q when Van Wely suddenly area events at
made his move. It was quite decades. For e
unexpected, but very good and the call Brian Jud~
only way to save half a point for
Black. Can you spot Black's drawing

SMotorist (6)
3 Maps (6)
4 Brown (3)
6 c ~(~
7 Spoke (4)
12 Mros (6)
13 Prophets (5)
14 Sneaked (5)
15 Petty officer (S)
16 Turrt (5)
18 Paddle boat ()
19 Old ship (7)

23 Sensithe (6)
25 Conceals 5)
26 Ill-temper (4)
28 Amusement(3)

1ACROSere 5

9 1Bird of reyd b~(7)
l0cant ( )

15 Wager (3)
17 Strays(4)
18 Japanese dress (6)
19 Large (5)
20 Iterate (6)
24Ws eed (3)

27 Magic spirit (5)
28 Available money (5)
31 A roahs

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ACROSS: 3, Spuds 8, AII-ay 10, A-head 11, Gas l2, Angle 13,
Nightly 15, ILambs l8, Oat 19, Paris-H 21, Humerus 22,
L-out 23, Thin 24, Keep fit 26, A-bus-Ed 29, K-I'd 31, Risen
392L Brdman 34, Ant-on 35, Log 36, A-gate 37, Peter 38,
DOWN: 1, EI-gin 2, Wash-out 4, Pony 5, Da-i-las 6, Sh-ear 7,
Da-UOI 9, Lag 12, Altered 14, Ta-M 16, M-lG-ht. 17,
Shank19, Pump-kin 20, Elgar 21, Hum-us 23, Tiddler 24,
Kn~n 25~,fir 27, Bingo 28, Seats 30, P-age-s 32, Boob

Yesterday's easysrolutions
ACROSS: 3, Stool 8, Baton 10, Pbwer 11, Con l2, Sweat 13,
Broaden 15, Quail IB, Tom l9, Hustle 21, Matinee 22, Peas
23, Pass 24, Pansies 26, Amoral 29, Ill 31, Renal 32,
Tak ngs 34, Pagan 35, Cur 36, Hlabit 37, Cater 38,
DOWN:1, Nacre 2, Senatas 4, Town 5, Opaque 6, Lotus 7,
Peril 9, Too l2, Seminall14, Dot 16, Atlas l7, Lease 19,
Hessian 20, Spear 21, Mahon 23 Pelican 24, Palate 25, Ilk
t7,Medal28, Rapid 30, Agree 3, Tact 33,


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NOTICE is hereby given that LORENZO MARTINEZ of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and CitizenshipJ, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and thlat any person who knows any reason
why registration/ natulralization should not be granted, should
send a written anld signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 15TH- day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for' N\ationlality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamnas.

UBS (Bahaumas) Iltd. is oneu of' the wo~rkl's leading financial
institutions in the Canribbecan. Wec lookl a~fterl wealthy private
clients by providling thiem with comprehiensive, value
enhancing services. OuLr client advisors comrbine strong
personal relationships with the resources that are available
from across UBS, helping th~em provide a full range of
wealth mlanagelement services.

In order to strengthen our IT team in Nassau, we are looking
for the following position::

IT Technical Analyst

In this challenging position you will be responsible for:

The planning, designing. installing and developing of new
and existing computer systems. Hands on experience with
network computing in the deplo_ lid management
of business critical solh'tiona~, Production and BCP. You
will be exspectedl to ber a self-starter. timel oriented individual
with good timle ma~na!! nement a11( "s '
as well as Goodl inter pler-sonalill ch.as. i in ~lS
The successfull candidate must be a team player. with the
ability to tr~avel and~ wo~rk w'ithl local anld inlternational team

Minimumrrr Requirements.

At least 4t -- 6 years experience in Server Infrastructure

dlatabasae technrlologiei s and server har-dwar-e in a medium
to large scale enviironment.,

B.S. Illinforationl Si sterns. Computer Science or related
Strong analytical and problem solving skills with thle
willingness nodc ca~pability of multi-taskingo effectively.
A backg~ro~und in~ the timancial services industry (Retail
a~nd/'or Pr~ivante Banking) will be a plus.
Advanncec knowledge in;

Ope"`'lrati S\stems: Wmidowes (2000. Servecr

Networkl- (T1CP/IP.~ DHtCP, D)NS. WINS. Citrix)
WA'N ((Circuits. routers, f~irewa~lls)
LA;N ISw\itches,~ Structulred cab~ling) anld PBX
Th'le ablility to support multiple jurisdictions in
a1 BCP' andlc daily business scenario.
Cisco C'eltif'ied Netw-arrk Associate desirable
Proficienlt in Data~ Centre management.
Celr itifcatlionls a~ plus (M~CP.~ CCNA. MCSE, Serv~er+)

Written ap~plientrionls should be adldressed to:

Experienced Site Survey/Setting out

En ineers needed:

Must be fully proficient in:
1.Survey techniques '
4. Production of As-built drawings
5. Microsoft Excel '
6. Quantifying Surveys

For highway Company Specializing in:
1.Site clearance
2. Earthworks
3. Utility installation

Must be willing to travel to different islands as work demands for
prolonged periods of time.

Please send resume to:
P.O. Box CB-10990
Nassau, Bahamas




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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
the Dissolution of ESSEX SERVICES LIMITED has been

completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register. The date
of completion of` the dissolution was 4th day of January, 2008.



(No.45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 1.37 (8)
of the international Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
theDissolutionof MANNING SERVICESLIMITED has been

completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the liegister. The date of
completion of the dissolution was the 21st day D~ecemnber, 2007.

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13$8 (8Z) of the Internlational Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of HEALING STREAMS INC. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is'

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"You will all be aware that
on December 26, 2007, Presi-
dent George Bush signed off
on a further delay of the pass-
port requirement for land and
sea travellers to June 2009,
extending cruise tourism's
advantage over land-based
But rather than fight the
trend, the Prime Minister said
the Bahama~s and wider
Caribbean must harness the
cruise industry, "come to
terms with it", and maximise
its economic potential for
their own benefit.
With the key beneficiaries
retailers, excursion and tour
providers, Mr Ingraham "
added: "Our response to
cruise tourism's growth must
be to develop new and imagi-
native ways to have cruise
tourism complement our
land-based resources, includ-
ing renewed programmes to
convert cruise vacationers to
return as land-based guests.
"This is especially impor-
tant, since land-based opera-
tors, with higher operating
costs and with limited flexibil-
ity to vary costs, are likely to
remain at a disadvantage to
cruise lines, which are able to
offer near unbeatable all-
inclusive, air, meals and
entertainment vacations."
While there were signs that
the downward trend in
tourism arrivals to the
Bahamas had been reversed
during the final months of
2007. the US economy's woes,
coupled with the emergence
of alternative warm-weather
destinations in the Middle "
East and the Pacific, had

added further to the pressures
on Bahamian tourism.
Global warming was of fur-
ther concern to the Bahamas,
the Prime Minister said, "not
only because of its impact
upon weather patterns, and
very particularly, on the
strength and frequency of
storms, but because the
increased temperature of our
waters causes coral bleaching
that threatens the sustainabil-
ity not only of healthy beach-
es but of dive sites that dot
our waters .
In a likely reference the
controversy surrounding the
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Club on Great Guana Cay,
Mr Ingraham said the Gov
ernment and all developers
needed heed the concerns of
small communities who
feared planned mega-resorts
would overwhelm them.
He added that no develop-
ment was likely to succeed
without the support of the
host community. "In this
regard, my government is
committed, in the considera-
tion of large development
projects, to make increased
use of social and economic
impact assessments so that we
can achieve a desired balance
between investors' require-
ments and those of the citi-
zenry," the Prime Minister
"In furtherance of this
objective, the Bahamas
recently agreed to ratify the
UN World Tourism Organi-
sation Convention to estab-
lish the Sustamnable Tourism
~~Zone of the Greater

THE cruise industry's com-
petitive advantage over the
Bahamian hotel industry has
been further extended by US
president George W. Bush,
who just after Christmas
signed-off on delaying the
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative's (WHTI) passport
requirement for US land and
sea travellers until June 2009.
Addressing the opening of
the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion's (CHA) Marketplace
conference at the Atlantis
resort, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham acknowledged that
the Bahamian tourism indus-
try faced numerous competi-
tive challenges, including that
posed by the cruise ship
He said: "We are faced
with the challenge of remain-
ing competitive as a destina-
tion of choice for the reduced
number of US offshore trav-
ellers who will no doubt, in
2008, be focused on value for
their shrinking dollars more
than ever before.
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to land-based destination
"And now the cruise indus-
try has won an advantage
over land-based resorts in our
region because of the US
passport requirement for its
citizens returning home.

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UBS (Bahamas) L~td.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nalssau. Baham~as


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Nutrition, the year in review -

WChat toe~xpect in 2 00 8

Lig hter? Up &
Live Healthy

industrially produced type fat in producing an
abundance of foods that have become a large
part of our every day diet. Products and foods
such as vegetable shortening, hard margarine,
fast foods, baked goods such as cookies, muffins,
pastries, doughnuts etc, contain trans fat of the
industrial type.
Trans fat raises the "bad" cholesterol and
lowers the "good" cholesterol, increasing your
risk for heart disease. Herein lies the problem.
Dark Chocolate
The wonder of dark chocolate is another hot
topic. This "delicious bit" of information appears
to have taken the public by storm. In fact you
could say that chocoholicc" phenomenon is on
the rebound.
Research now reveals that chocolate plays an
important role in lowering blood pressure. It
must be noted, however, that dark chocolate, not
white or milk chocolate, lowers the blood pres-
sure. Further, the beneficial effect appears to be
in older adults. Dark chocolate has a substance
called "epicatechin" which is a member of a
group of compounds called plant flavonoids.
Flavoniod compounds keep cholesterol from
gathering in blood vessels, reduces the risk of
blood clots and slows down the immune
response that leads to clogged arteries. Who
ever thought that chocolate could be such a
wonderful thing?
You are probably thinking that here is a super
food that I can really enjoy without worrying too
much. Not quite. Even though chocolate is good


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Healthy eating: an

11noortant aspect of

*Column prepared in collabora- Did you happen to continue your exercises throughout the holidays?
tion with Ms Lathera Lotmore, a Orbteyt iyut~nyusl hoigtem s elh n
public health nutritionist in the Orbteyeddyufn yorefc os gtem steahy nd
l Hat a M ihl DvsNuttrition UInit, Department of Pucb- well balanced meals during the Christmas? If you can answer yes
member o~fstaff from the M~initry of to any one or even both questions, you can give yourself a pat on
Health.the back for truly having adopted a` healthy lifestyle. For those who
ONE may ask, what is healthy may have struggled with this, you will be motivated in this article
eating? Healthy eating is the con- 7
suming of a variety of nutrient to embrace the healiby lifestyles concept and make the health
densh foolsan bne rtag sto prt- COnscious decision to live a healthier life. A healthier lifestyle
mum bodyaweight. Healthy e ting promotes health, the quality of life and the length of life.
A healthy diet is defined as one
that includes a variety of nutritious for infants to start a healthy life. drink, do so in moderation. Now than just losing weight; it's having a
foods in sufficient proportions, eat- the question here is... what is mod- healthy mind, body and soul and
en in moderation to adequately There are many ways foods can eration? Moderation is one stan- enjoying a good quality of life.
nourish and sustain the body and its become unhealthy for us. The thing dard drink for women and no more
activities, that makes some food not so than one to two for men a day. (A You are worth it and
Eating healthy is important. It is healthy for us is what we call PIP. standard drink is about 4-5 oz of you can do it!
important because it prevents the It's an acronym for Preparation, wine or 12 oz of beer of regular Ms Michelle Davis, a member of
body from developing chronic non Ingredients and Portion, strength or 4.5 oz of spirits or hard staff at the Ministry of Health,
communicable diseases such as dia- liquor). shared with us on last week's radio
betes, hypertension, high choles- Preparation what you choose, Persons with diabetes ought to show how she determined within
terol, strokes and heart disease. So what you purchase and how you be extremely careful when it comes herself to lose the weight last year
in other words it helps us to be prepare/cook it to drinking alcohol. They should and she lost over 67 pounds. Her
obtain optimal health. Ingredients what's in your consult a dietitian or nutritiomist so first step was to make that decision
There are many guidelines per- food they can factor it into their meal and then keep it.
sons can use to assist then in mak- Portion how much you eat plan. Next, she took a visit to one of
ing healthier food choices. There the nutritionist at the Nutrition
is the Dietary Guidelines for the Did you know that some foods How many meals should we Unit in the Department of Public
Bahamas which was released for are healthier than others? For have everyday? We should have at Health. She was given tips on
public knowledge about five years example, let us look at a versatile least three meals per day and in healthy foods, snacks and meals
ago. There are ten guidelines and vegetable such as a potato. A baked some instances snacks between and shown how to prepare well bal-
these guidelines assist-persons in potato is much healthier than meals. These are usually mid-morn- anced meals. She also took a list of
making healthier food choices for French fries or even potato chips ing and mid-afternoon snacks that her favourite foods and sought
their daily meals. The ten guide- even though they all are potato. include a fruit/vegetable or very advice on how best to substitute
lines are: Therefore, the preparation of some low calorie snack. those that were not good for her
foods determines how healthy they with healthier alternatives.
1. Use our drum to help you really are. What about physical activity? She committed to exercising at
choose a variety of foods daily. Cooking methods such as bak- In order to inaintain a healthy least five times per week. She
2. Limit the amount of high fat ing, boiling, broiling, grilling and weight it is recommended that you admitted that it was very hard and
and greasy foods you eat. roasting are all much better cook- exercise four times per week for at she reminded herself constantly
3. Make starchy vegetables, peas ing methods than frying (whether least 30 minutes, and to lose weight, that the weight did not come on
and beans a part of your diet. it's deep or shallow frying). at least five times or more for at overnight and thus she should not
4. Choose foods with less sugar Cooking preparation methods least 45 minutes. expect to lose it overnight. She not-
and less salt. ':also influence the nutritional value To lose weight and keep it off ed that her consistent efforts made
5. Choose a variety of fruits and` of foods. For example, over cook- there must be a tothf"lifestyle her eight loss success possible.
vegetables everyday. ing vegetables can lead to ~a change. We have to"" Many have adopted the mo~to of
6. Drink plenty of water every- decrease in the nutrient content of change the way we eat and lose weight in 2008, you and you
day. the vegetable. drink and you are invited to start this
7. It is advisable not to drink What about drinking alcohol? be more active process by adopting healthier eat-
alcohol, but if you drink, do so in Drinking provides calories which limit or stop drinking alcohol ing habit. Healthy eating is an
moderation. can add on the pounds believe it kick the smoking habit important aspect of a lifestyle
8. Make physical activity and or not. Now when it comes to get sufficient rest change.
exercise a part of your lifestyle. drinking alcohol, the Dietary be temperate/moderate For more information on nutri-
9. Choose foods for their nutri- Guideline for the Bahamas which get fresh air and sunshine tion related matters, you can dial a
tional value not for the 'name we spoke about earlier addresses trust in God nutritionist on our HO TLINE tele-
brand' or cost. this question. It advises that we do phone 502-4833. Monday to Friday
10l. Breast milk is the best choice NOT drink alcohol, but if you do A healthy lifestyle involves more from 3pm to 5 pm.

for you, it does not give you licence to "pig out'
or go on a binge. Everything must be done in
moderation. It is recommended that eating as lit-
tle as 1.6-ounces of chocolate everyday is good
for you. No need to eat a large chocolate bar to
get the benefits. Remember, chocolate is high in
fat and fat is higher in calories than any of the
other nutrients.

Omega-3 fatty acids and diabetes
For some time there has been a medical
debate as to whether or not omega-3 fatty acids
are beneficial for diabetics; specifically, does
omega-3 fatty acids have the ability to decrease
lipoproteins? If omega-3 fatty acids did not
decrease lipoproteins, but have the opposite
affect, that is increases it, this in turn would
increase already high blood glucose levels. This
would be detrimental to diabetics.
New studies show that omega-3 fatty acids
lower lipoprotein levels without negatively
affecting glucose levels. This means that omega-
3 fatty acids is a significant nutrient that dia-
betics must include mn their diet to assist in con-
trol of their blood sugar levels. Fish and cod
liver oil with omega-3 are items that should be a
part of the daily diet for diabetics.
Dietary Guidelines
During this year and every year hereafter, the
nutrition unit will bring focus to one or more of
the ten statements of the national dietary guide-
lines for the Bahamas. This year the emphasis
will be placed on #5 "Choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables every day".
Through the "Five a Day" campaign, we will
be encouraging you, the public, to include at
least five servings of fruits and vegetables every-
day. Fruits and vegetables are rich in many vit-
amins and minerals and are important in pre-
venting cancer and heart disease by controlling
cholesterol levels, in the control of diabetes and
hypertension and in the management and reduc-
tion of weight, just to name a few.
As you can see, 2008 is an exciting year for
nutrition as the nutritionists assist you by pro.
viding you with information that will help you
with your overall health and well-being.

*This information is provided by Adelma
Roach, Camelta Barnes, Shandera Smith and
Lathera Lotmore, nutritionists from the Nutrition
Unit, Department of Public Health/Ministry of
Health and Social Development,
HAPPY NEW YEAR// The Nutrition Unit
extends best wishes for 2008 to our loyal readers
and also those who are reading our weeltly col.
umn for the first time. While most agencies are
reviewing 2007, and giving their "outlook" for
2008, we in the Nutrition Unit of the Department
of Public Health would also like our readers to be
aware of some current nutrition topics that you
would be hearing more about during 2008 and
1Treas Fat
The first of these current affairs topics is Trans
Fat. This hot topic was brought into public view
when it was discovered that margarine was not
as nutritious as was once believed. As more
research is done in this area, it is being shown
that trans fat negatively affects many conditions
and systems in the body.
For example, Did you know that the con-
sumption of too much trans fat in your daily
foods can negatively impact pregnancy? As a
matter of fact, research is now showing that
women who are trying to become pregnant may
find that trans fat interferes with fertility.
While the subject of trans fat will be discussed
in detail in another article, a brief synopsis will
be given here. '
A brief definition of trans fat is that it is a
specific type of fat that is formed when oils that
naturally exist in liquid form are made into sol-
id fats like shortening or margarine through a
manufacturing process called "hydrogenation".
That is why this type of trans fat is also called
"industrially produced" trans fat.
This statement then begs the question; is there
another type of trans fat? The answer to this is
yes. Trans fat can also be found in small amounts
in some animal products where they are formed
The problem with trans fat is that the manu-
facturing industry has over the years used the



mn dogs

constantly asked by clients
to assist them with the
breeding of their pets.
Today we will discuss the

nancy and actual whelpmng
of the puppies. These are
all intense, complicated
subjects on their own, but
we will try to simplify and
incorporate them for easy
Reproduction is the biological mechanism
that allows dogs to create puppies. Dogs
become sexually mature and able to breed at
various ages, depending on the individual ani-
mal, health and breed. By f our months of~e
male dogs show interest in a sexually raclept
female, but males typically are not abe to
breed until nine to ten months. Female do%
tyuclsyexeivene tnatr fst breein mtc
varis betweno idvualsas wedntas batees
more slowly than smaller breeds.
Ideally, females should not be bred until
their second heat, to allow them to fully
mature first. The ideal breeding age of a
female is two to six years. Males are able to
sire puppies throughout their life. The same of
the litter depends on the mother: small breeds
usually produce one to four puppies and large
breeds giving birth to a litter of eight to ten
and sometimes more. Females are able to
pre ost cycle i h Itpeario during which
a female becomes sexually receptive to the
male and breeding takes place. Nearly all dog
breeds experience estrus about every six to
seven months. Canine estrus, also called heet,
is categorized by four distinct periods of timie.
*Pro estrus is the beginning and lasts about
seven to nine days and is distinguished by
swelling of the vulva and a dark, bloody dip-
*The estrus phase lasts for seven to nine
days and is the stage where the female is
receptive to the male, and ovulation releasingg
of eggs) occurs. The vaginal discharge lightens
to a faint pink colour.
*Diestrus is the next stage and it begins at
the end of the standing heat and lasts about S8
days. Hormone levels increase in response to
the body's anticipation of developing pup-
pies and birth.
*Anestrus is the final stage and lasts about
four and a half months, beginning with wheelp-
ing of puppies to the beginning of a new cycle.
The breeding periods also announced with
subtle behavioral signals. The female
bomes more active or nervous during estnrus
H~r body gives off scented cues that males
readily detect and it is a known -that anale
dogs can be attracted from miles away.:In
fact, male dogs that are dominant breeds will
mark their territory by leaving urine on trees,
tires, or wherever, to let other dogs know that
they exist and will defend that territory from
other dogs with raucous and often violedit
Be ore breeding both the male and female
dogs should be in good health. All dogs should
receive any necessary medication, worming
and vaccinations prior to pregnancy. This not
only protects the health of the bitch, but also
helps protect the puppies during development
and for a period after birth.
Mating y a mae .o nldsagetda
Once the female is ready and interested, the
bitch presents her rear quarters to the anale
and puts her tail to one side. The male

place prior to erection following penetration;
he treads with his rear legs as erection begins.
His penis swells inside the female and the
muscles in her vagina constrict tying the pair
together. The male lifts one rear leg over his
penis after dismounting, and turns around so
the breeding pair stands tail to tail. This is
called a coital tie. Usually fertilization occurs
after this coital tie.
The female may immediately initiate anoth-
er breeding, or subsequent encounters may be
delayed for several hours or even a day or
more. It is also possible for a single litter to be
fathered by more than one male.
Pregnancy or gestation as the length of time
between conception and birth and varies
somewhat. The average as 63 to 65 days. The
first signs of pregnancy are the dog's nipple
sweli a dd dkninan fo lgh o royo p
week, I can detect individual puppies by pal-
pating, or feeling the pregnant dog's abdom~en
(which won't noticeably swell about thje ithh
or sixth week of pregnancy ). Some dogs may
suffer morning sickness between the third
and fourth week. Larger dogs that carry babies
beneath their rib cage may not show at all.
The health of the bitch and her newborn
puppies require high quality nutrition, most
pregnant dogs eat more during this time, but
overfeeding and excessive weight gain should
be avoided. The actual delivery of puppies i
called whelping. Within a few days prior to
birth, the breasts swell and further develop.

The dog's nesting behaviour becomes appar-
ent about 12 to 24 hours before whelping. A
whelping box is recommended for this stage of
the reproduction. The dog's rectal tempera-
ture drops from normal (101.5 f) to about 98F
about 12 hours before birth. The first stage of
labour last 6-12 hours. During this time, she
appears restless and may seek seclusion or
look for an appropriate nest. Give her some
privacy at this time.
For further questions regarding the breed-
ing of your pet, do consult with your veters-
*Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the
Central Animal Hospital. Questions or com-
ments should be directed to potcake59@hbt-
mail.comn. Dr Sands can also be contacted at

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FAILURE by the Bahamas Gov-
oprnment and stakeholders in the coun-
try's health care industry to keep pace
li)vith rapid changes in the medical tech-
ypology field could result in "cata-
astrophic" damage to this nation's
oilealth care system, rendering it crip-
1pled in the fight to deliver quality,
abvorld class care to the people of the
sfpah'amas, Dr Duane Sands, chief of
surgery at the Princess Margaret Hos-
opital, said recently.
Dr Sands said that it is this position,
dlthe Bahamas' financial ability to main-
stain a level playing field in regard to
technological advancements that are
happening on the world stage, that will
.$provide, by far, the biggest hurdle
*@faced by the country it looks to engage
sqln sustainable health care reform.
Y" Dr Sands' comments came as a part
-bf h'is address on health care reform
during the 17th Annual Bahamas Busi-
Shess' Outlook held last week at the
arSheraton Cable Beach Resort.
gr Calling for a revival of the Coalition
2tor Health Care Reform and that the
Government do more than take anoth-
~Ur look at the question of a national
healthh insurance scheme, but work to
o revamp and implement a programme
fn short order, Dr Sands noted that a
ealth care survey taken by the World
eai1th Organisation (WHO) in 2000,
zed~th~e Bahamas 94tl ou~t of 4 list
o'91 countries.
dtlid~ookingat other countries in the
,Fegion, Canada o~nked 30th, the US
zganked 37th and Barbados was ranked
agrumber 46 on the list. The level of
general health was also assessed in the
naurvey, with the Bahamas being ranked
Ilit37th out of 191 countries. In contrast
,ato what can be termed a dismal show-

ing, the Bahamas ranked 22nd for its
capital expenditure on health care in
Dr Sands also noted that at birth,
the life expectancy of males in the
Bahamas and most of the region is 70,
and the life expectancy for females is
76 years. While these figures are not
bad, he believes that the Bahamas is
set on a trend for destruction.
The de-centralization of
the health care system
Emphasizing the need to develop
the health care system in the country's
Family Islands, Dr Sands said, "In
health we have not achieved self-suf-
ficiency despite the fact that we have a
huge number of physicians, and the
Family Islands are basically consid-
ered frontier where no Bahamian
would dare to go to practice medi-
He further pointed to the problems
created by the concentration of med-
ical services in downtown Nassau, say-
ing that it limited the development of
other medical communities, limited
access to facilities by the wider popu-
lace, and ultimately. hindered the
potential growth of the health care
industry in the Bahamas.
Also of note, Dr Sands, a cardio-
vascular surgeon, said, is that there is
Both a deficit and an overflow of physi-
Scians in the Bahamas primarily
because of 'the isolated nature of the
hospitals and private offices.
Princess Margaret Hospital, the
country's primary health care facility,
is now full to capacity and can no
longer accommodate new physicians.
However, physicians are needed in

other places in the Bahamas, but
because there are limited facilities out-
side of Nassau to take on new doctors,
many young Bahamian doctors are
unable to find work while the popula-
tion still pines for the services.
"The development of health care in
these environments can only happen if
we are prepared to leave the concept
of a Nassau-centric health care system
and take some risk, assisted by a Gov-
ernment that has the foresight to rec-
ognize that we have to move out of
this 'Nassau Box'."
Dr Sands pointed to the following
*Currently, there are 903 doctors
registered to practice in the Bahamas.
*Out of those, 419 doctors are in
private practice while the rest are not
entitled to private practice.
*There are 134 Bahamian medical
students studying at the University of
the West Indies (UWI) and another
100 more scattered from Cuba to the
United States.

Questioning how and where these
students will work after graduation,
Dr Sands said that unless something is
done to expand the country's health
care system, these doctors might ney-
er be able to practice medicine in the
Bah amas.
He said further that the Bahamas
.also has anurgingaorisis and that PMH
is currently understatfed by about 100
RN's. In order to alleviate the prob-
lem, Dr Sands suggested that nurses be
taken out of the civil service stratifica-
tion and be elevated "artificially and
arbitrarily above teacher, firemen etc."
He noted however, that this idea

would come up against much debate.
Further impacting the number of
Bahamian nurses, the American Med-
ical Association predicts that by 2020
there will be a deficit of 24,000 to
100,000 physicians and over one mil-
lion nurses in the United States alone.
And based on this need, it is likely
that Bahamian nurses would be
recruited to work in the US, a trend
that is already happening in the
Caribbean. Jamaica and Trinidad have
already experienced a massive loss in
human resources, Dr Sands said,
adding that some of these nurses have
even been pulled into the Bahamas
for work.

Disease and its prevalence
in the Bahamas
Chronic non-communicable diseases,
Dr Sands said, will cripple the econo-
my of the Bahamas, and most other
economies in the region, unless some-
thing drastically different is done.
"We're going to have to take the bat-
tle out of the hospital and into the
communities," he said.
Ailments such as heart disease and
diabetes are the most prominent killers
of people in the Bahamas and the
Caribbean region. And with about 70
per cent of Bahamians reported as
being overweight, he said that diets
must be changed and exerciqe be made
an integral part of~daeityi:life. And ,;
according to the WHO, there will be a
300 per cent increase in the number
of deaths from heart disease in the
next 20 years.
Said Dr Sands, "We have to find a
Bahamian solution to a distinctly
Bahamian problem."

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l'eart Foundation is planning to kick off
e008ewith a setacular ttartemn ht
:reparations for the upcoming 44th annu-
IT1Hheart Ball re "in fll swinightn te
~a adle to the Future", will be held in the
srownFBall Room at Atlantis, Paradise
soThe Heart Ball Committee, headed by
eor, phr ised ge s an mamonrd be eni::
of "good 'ole fun with a hearty potion of
's "e haanedasnuemiti evng planned,"
rpaid Mrs Nottage. "To put our guests in a
spartying mood we will have music provid-
aled by Ed Brice Orchestra, the Royal
d~3ahamas Defence Force Band and the
-IBoulful Groovers."
a: The ball will also feature decorations
db~y Kassimu Ellis of Designs by Kasam.
yr A highlight of the evening will be the
bsilent auction, which organizers say will
feature a wide array of "spectacular" items
to bid on.
Irr "Of special mention and up for grabs
f4Tre a signed tennis racket donated by Mark
St~nowles and a four night stay at the cov_
bbted Echo Valley Ranch in British Colum-
a~bia, Canada. There will be numerous door
ohnd raffle prizes available to guests of the
*Fleart Ball," the statement said.
-' The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart: Award
Pill be presented at the ball to acknowl
%~dge a special member of the community
jho has made sacrifices to make the
ttahamas a better place.
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
a4~ heart Foundation is a non-profit organi-
,gation whose primary.purpose is to assist
children with heart disease.
_tIn an effort to achieve this goal two
.iund-raisers are held, with the major fund-
raiser being the Heart Ball. "Through the
Generosity of private citizens and corporate
entitiess the foundation is able to give the
-tgift of life to children in need," said the


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are many
for this
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for many
pat ie nts
each one is
as good as
the other.
The choice
of treatment however depends
on the size, site, nature of the
cancer and the physical condi-
tion of the individual.
Curettage and Cautery -
This is suitable for small lesions
less than one centimeter in
diameter, and for superficial
basal cell cancers. The cancer
tissue is usually soft and fri,
able and can be removed easi-
ly when scraped with a curette.
The surrounding tissue is then
cauterised (using heat to
destroy any remaining cancer
cells) and scraped agamn. This is
a very sunple treatment option
and can be done under local
anaesthesia in the doctor's
office. It heals in a few weeks
and usually leaves no scars.
Cryosurgery This involves
.the. use of liquid nittogen'or
niitrous oxide. The-mntrogen
destroys the cancer cells by
freezing them. This option is
used for uncomplicated
Chemotherapy Creams
contalming anticancer drugs (5
fluorouracil) can be used but
only for superficial basal cell
cancers. It is effective, but
recurrences are common.
Radiotherapy Radiation
may be used to treat cancers
that would require difficult or
extensive surgery. It is also a
good option if you are elderly
and unable to tolerate surgery.
or if the lesion is too large or
prior surgery has failed.
Surgery This involves cut-
ting the cancer out of the skin
(simple excision). The success
of this operation however
depends on adequate clearance
which can be confirmed by a
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the ane th mnunun dam-
If a lot of tissue is removed.
skin grafts or skin flaps ( pro-
cedures that involve removing
skin from another part of the
body and using it to cover the
surgical wound) or reconstrue-
tive surgery (surgery to rebuild
damaged structures) may be
necessary to help the surgical
wound heal and to improve the
way the surgical site looks and

A diagnosis of cancer can be
hard to cope with, even when1
the chance for cure is good.
Do not hesitate to talk to your
dermatologist about any ques-
tions you may have.
Educate yourself as this is
one of the most important
steps you can take. Knowing
the facts will give you a sense
of comfort and control and
enable you to make informed
decisions about your medical
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clear of your intentions as it
guides authentic pursuits. Too
many are swept away by waves
of greed and mindless materi-
alism trying to keep up with
the Jones' is an empty drive
which leaves goals, dreams and
life purpose unfulfilled.
Forget keeping up with the
Jones', last I heard they were
broke, ducking everyone they
owe. Expending time and
money to get something just
because other people have it
is really pointless, especially
when you recognize that you
don't know how or even why
they got it,
Authentic living is not about
phony pursuits, it is about your
sincere intention to experience
the life that you were born to

A simple approach:

a) Identify your objectives
and your why
b) Write them down
c) Figure out where you are
d) Pinpoint your first step
e) Find a purpose driven
programme to help you to stick
and stay
Finall thoughts...
"Achievement flows from
clear intent and focused effort
over time. In order to achieve
we have to start where we are,
bind out what we need, have a
plan and follow it through, per-
sisting through difficulties until
we reach our goal."
Dan Millman
Remember, proper prepara-
tion is built from the ground
up. It is a step-by-step process
designed to take you to your
desired destiny. .
Find the personal power to
broaden your vision and allow
your life to happen.
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Proper preparation prevents
poor performance.
Dan Millman
that you be prepared or atleast
have a plan of preparation.
Many are stuck in the mode of
"fitting to go"', when in actual-
ity they are not even close to
getting out of the gate due to
lack of preparation. Just as
poor performance is the result
of inadequately preparing,
exceptional performance is the
product of proper preparation.
Question How well
am I prepared?
Real preparation travels
beyond the mundane process
of a tick off list and calls for
expansive, meaningful prepa-
ration where you focus on visu-
alizing yourself already suc-
Wayne Dyer says, "see it
from the end". Successful per-
formers are pros at honing this
ability, and you must visually
believe it before you can phys-
ically see it; this may seem
backwards because most
accept that "seeing is believ-
ing". Yet, faith is said to be
substance, which means it must
already exist. Visualization
calls for a sincere degree of

Faithfully speaking
When it comes to our
achievements we tend to dis-

apart: either unable or unpre-
pared to flex the muscle of
their faith. As such their per-
sonal effectiveness is handi-
capped, believing that their
personal power comes from
a~nother human being. It is this
form of 'dependent thinking'
that keeps most individuals dis-
engaged and disconnected
from their own potential,
Nobody can give you faith.
Created in the image and like-
ness of the Master Creator, we
a~re each carriers of inborn
faith, hence, it is not that we
necessarily lack faith, but
rather we lack awareness of
our faith. It is your personal
responsibility to determine
what faith means to. you,
understanding that you cannot
buy or borrow faith, you either
have it or you don't (ie you are
either aware of it or not).
When it comes to your
achievements, it is imperative
that you develop a genuine
awareness of faith big enough
to produce the evidence of
things that you hope for.
Ask yo0urself big questions:
1. What does my prepara-
tio~n entail?
2. What is the value of my
;. How will I stay focused?
4I. What is my personal effec-

Why do you want it?
Before any undertakings be

HAVE you ever had an
experience where you com-
municated a crisis to a man-
ager and you were asked to
document your concerns?
Or have you ever witnessed
a client who verbally com-
municates a complaint to an
employee and they were
asked to put their grievance
in writing so action could be
While it is understand-
able that a paper trail is
useful and usually neces-
sary, a decision to wait to
respond to a potentially
volatile or inappropriate sit-
uation can be frustrating to
the persons in the midst of
the circumstances for a
number of reasons:

*The crisis may require
an immediate response in
order for corrective action
to be effective.
*The person being asked
to document the circum-
stances may not want to put
-a complaint in writing to
avoid the perceived nega-
tive ramifications of record-
ing a complaint or they may
not be able to articulate the
circumstances adequately in
writing. This may lead to
*If a client or employee
is being asked to put a con-
cern in writing they may see
this as a stalling tactic and
this could lead to another

Leaders who delay results'
by asking for a written
account of a situation some-
times don't seem to per-
ceive the value of taking
immediate steps to address
critical issues that, if appro-
priately managed in a time-
ly manner, will sustain
-acceptable levels of
employee or customer satis-
Leaders who use the "Put
it in Writing" delay tactic
can be perceived as:
*Incapable of thinking

on their feet and resolving
*Unable to make deci-
sions. (This incapacity may
be due to incompetence. It
may also be due to a very
controlling boss who refus-
es to stray away from the
procedures or one who
insists on making all the
*Incapable of dealing
with highly charged (emo-
tional) situations. (Fear
based inaction.)
*Lazy or inappropriately
distracted by perceived,
competing priorities.
*Unable to comprehend
the consequences of
delayed action.
*Blowing off the person
commumicatmng the con-
cern. (Especially if they put
the same situation in writ-
ing before and nothing was
Effective team leaders
are perceived as empow-
ered, responsive and skilled
at handling difficult situa-
tions and difficult people.
They are results oriented
and possess developed com-
munication habits. Effective
leaders also demonstrate
empathy and they skillfully
use their listening skills to
diffuse an emotional
exchange. Sometimes effee-
tive leaders lobby for policy
changes that reduce
bureaucracy within the
organisation but this may or
ma not be doable or opti-
Other leaders are cre-
ative at working within the
ambit of the policies, ensur-
ing that the bureaucratic
are :ssd t hil fn nng
creative ways to satisfy
requirements. For instance,
they can prepare a written
report after the situation
occurs or they can have the
client or employee send in

sometimes appropriate to
put things in writing before
action is taken, managers
can assess the situation and
determine when not to wait
based on their ability to see
the bigger picture and their
understanding of the risks
of repeated inaction or
delayed response.
So, while putting it in
writing is sometimes neces-
sary before an action is tak-
en, for legal or other rea-
sons, sometimes it makes
sense to act and then put it
in writing. Weigh the pros
and cons of waiting to
respond and make an opti-
mal choice.

Yvette Bethel is the pres-
identr of Organizational
Soul. She caln be conttacted
by' telephone at 242.C24. 7166
or faxs- 242. 324. 1631 or
w~r~ite to her at PO Boxu N-
sn1, Nasstau, Bahamas.
Interested persons can also
check ourt her website at:
)www,.org6soul. com).

regard the role that faith plays.
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--Jack Hardy

the skin at the blossom end to
grow very thin and susceptible to
disease. The solution is regular
watering and not allowing the
plants to wilt.
It is at fruit ripening time that
the giant tomato hornworm
makes its appearance. This is the
caterpillar of the sphinx moth, the
moth that flaps its wings so fast it
is like a miniature hummingbird.
The giant tomato hornworm is 4 -
5 inches long and usually a garish
green, though I have seen one
that was a yucky yellow. It is dis.
tinguished by a wicked looking,
but harmless, horn towards its tail
The appetite of the giant toma.
to hornworm is voracious. It can .
eat the leaves and most of the
fruit of a mature tomato vine for
breakfast. Indeed, it is usually
stripped limbs that bring the horn-
worm to your attention. Once you



find it, pick it off and stomp on it.
Then look to make sure it has not
bhenettrh ae bids.These will
enjoy both your ripe tomatoes
and your peppers if you allow
them. Deny them your tomatoes
by picking-them as soon as the
first blush appears. Tomatoes
ripen nicely off the vine. I find
that for hot peppers the best
deterrent is a rubber snake. To
buy one of these you will probably
have to go into a store that you
have never ever before dreamed
of patronising.
After you purchase your rubber
snakes, hide them close to your
pepper plants. Hide them? Yes,
birds wil soon figure your snake
is a fake if it plainly just sits there
in full view. Hide it well with just
a portion of its head revealed, if
that. Birds have excellent eye-
sight. They will see your surrepti-
tious reptiles and be persuaded to
give your peppers a wide berth,
In northern countries with a
short growing season it is the
practice to remove some of the
tomato fruit trusses that grow in
the apex between the main stem
and the branches. There is no
need for this in The Bahamas as
our growing season is very long.
Tomatoes come mn two types,
determmnate and indeterminate.
Determinate tomato vines pro-
duce as much fruit as they are
designed to produce and then die.
Indeterminate vines keep growing
and keep producing. The size and
quality of the fruit dhninishes,
however, and you will have to
decide at some time to pull up
your vines even though they have
young tomatoes on them.
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eayt roow -
the v getsablsen
arwnd should
either be eating the fruits of our
labour or getting mighty close to
harvest time. Tomatoes are noto-
riously the last of the veggies to
come to fruition and January is
usually the time that the first sam-
plers of an early October sowing
b 'i to rpn
el you are ing to get tomato
problems, it will be in the new
year. Tomatoes tend to grow
untroubled until fruiting time. A
wholesale wilting of the plants
indicates root nematode prob-
lems. Check by pulling a plant up
and examinig the roots. Swollen
nodules confirm nematodes. All
you can do is pull up your plants
and destroy them. Plant your new
tomatoes in a completely different
If you pull up a healthy plant
because it has finished bearing,
you can plant a replacement vine
in the same spot so long as you re-
condition and fertilize the area.
Nematodes will not affect plants
in the first year of their being
grown in a certain area. Next year
make sure you do not grow toma-
toes, bell or hot peppers, egg-
plants or potatoes in that area.
Less drastic, but still annoying,
is blossom end rot. It is of little
comfort to know that it is your
fault that your tomatoes are
stricken. One cause of blossom
end rot is lack of calcium, highly
unlikely in our local soil. The
main cause is uneven watering. If
your plants are allowed to dry out
and then are watered and recover,
the surge within the fruit causes

'... tomatoes tend to grow

un trou led un til fruiting time'

Tribune Features Editor

coming to grips
with one of the
closest elections
W e v ~~~ee r m arked in thet he o n r tl
Bahamas, the recent upheavals
endured by the Opposition party, and
members of Parliament being hit by
scandal after scandal, it might be time
to take a look at the involvement of
women in the political process and
what we can do now to change the
course of history to the advantage of
ourselves, our daughters and our
In terms of sheer numbers, the fair-
er sex, since gaining the right to vote
in 1962, has always outnumbered the
men in terms of registered voters, and
with the weight of the popular vote
leaning in our favour, this might be
the time to think about how women
can leverage that advantage to see
more women seated in the House of
Assembly and in real positions of
power within each party, all in an
effort to raise the standard of living
for women and children, to see their
economic position secured and to
bring about the social, legal, educa-
tional and economic advancements
that have long been promised by both
parties, but never brought to fruition.
Having celebrated in 2007 the 45th
year of the Women's Suffrage Move-
ment in the Bahamas, it is time to
examine what the next great frontier
will be for Bahamian women as they
look to gain equality, to access the
full breadth of their civil rights, and to
acquire the benefits of "full citizen-
ship" in the Bahamas.
Attorney, social activist, author,
poet Marion Bethel said that in terms
of political pow look at being in a t.,entic and real
positions of decision making instead
of the token positions that their male
counterparts have allowed them to
access. "Looking at parliament and
Government, women need to be real
power brokers and decision makers
and not just window dressing. Men
are still the decision makers in this
country, they still exercise an inordi-
nate amount of power relative to
women in any area of society gov-
ernment, industry, enterprise. Women
do not exercise the same kind of pow-
er and control that men do." .
Building on this however, Ms
Bethel said that women need to
expand their leadership in different
areas of society, adding that being a
politician is not the~only area of lead-
ership, but that women should look to
access the top echelons of power in
the worlds of business, culture, com-
merce and enterprise, etc. "You don't
have to be~a politician to exercise
leadership in decision making, there is
an expansion of leadership beyond
politics," she said.
Turning to the social arena, one of
the major frontiers women still need
to advance towards a~nd conquer is
the area of violence against women
and children. Calling it endemic in
our society, Ms Bethel said that
Bahamian women need to confront

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these ills rape, incest and sexual
assault and how men use their phys-
ical bodies and psychological selves to
humiliate and dehumanize women
and keep them in bondage through
physical, sexual and psychological vio-
"It is still a tool men use to keep
women in their place, to keep women
servile. It's very real in women's lives,
domestically and in the streets. It's a
major area we need to confront."
Another area that Ms Bethel, and
countless other women, continue to
see as an area where women need to
gain greater control, is their repro-
ductive selves. "We need to be able to
make the decision around how manyv
children we are going to have and
when we.want them, and not capitu-
late to the male sexual desire.
"We need to be in control, to be
able to de' ;mine the size of our fam-
ilies and when we want to have a fam-
ily, and that means we need to ensure
we are well educated in terms of
reproductive health and that we have
access to health care and [have the
ability] to terminate pregnancies."
While sexual violence and issues of
reproduction effect women in all
social strata, one of the ways that
women will be able to remove them-
selves from, situations of violence alnd
gain control over their reproductive
selves is through financial and eco-
nomic empowerment.
According to Ms Bethel, women
need ready access to money to make
the kinds of entrepreneurial decisions
that will lead to the development of
economic stability and financial free-
dom. As it stands, middle to low
income women who are looking to
c rl~ entrepreneurial ventures are
iten placed inl a position where their
husband's must guarantee a loan, but
women should not have to depend
on such a scenario, she said.
Women need access to money and
credit beyond their relationship with
the men in their lives, she said, noting
that, generally speaking, women are
conscientious about paying their debt.
and are often more credit worthy than
'their spouse or male counterpart, and
should be able to have access to the
necessary financing to go into business
for themselves.
Along with financial freedom, edu-
cation stands as perhaps the most
important tool needed in the eleva-
tion of Bahamian women. While
many women have made strides in
this area there are more female doc-
tors, lawyers, engineers and other well
educated women at the top of their
professions than ever before women
at the other end of the spectrum,
those who are poorly educated and
under skilled, continue to be left out
of the country's push toward greater
economic progress.
"I think we still need more access to
education for lesser skilled women
and this needs to be something that
middle income and upper income
women pay attention to. Women
need greater access to training to
improve and widen their economic
opportunities," Ms Bethel said.
In the 50 plus years since Mary
Ingraham, Georgiana Symonette,
Mable Walker and Eugenia Lockhart

ATTORNEY MARION BETHEL says that in terms of political power, women need to look at 'being in authentic and real positions of
decision making instead of the token positions that their male counterparts have allowed them to access.

sll aggk J1I to gain the right to vote for
women, the question looms large -
what have we, as Bahamian women,
done with our vote, how has this right
improved our lot in life, and what is
the real significance of our participa-
tion in the electoral process?
In the 19)62 Bahamas general elec-
tions almost 17,(000 persons registered
to vote 80 per cent of thatt number
wer-e women, and in May 2007, some
150),000 persons registered to vote in
the countries general elections, more
than half, some 84,000), were women.
Since Bahamian women gained the
right to vote they have consistently
outnumbered male voters, but even a

casual glance at the country's current
political landscape and social makeup
causes some to wonder how impor-
tant that vote really is since, some
may argue, it has not made a real
impact on the day to day lives of
women in this country.
The answer, however, may lie in
the lives our children and those young
women who are just emerging today,
and who hold the promise of leader-
ship for tomorrow.
"As I look at younger women. I am
impressed. I see younger women who
seemed to have learned a lot from
the struggles that have gone on.
Younger women are far more confi-

dent and holding their own and trying
to be independent as well as interde-
pendent in terms of their partners,
the men in their lives. I'm quite opti-
mistic as I look at younger women
making their way in terms of these
issues a lot has been learned and
passed on in ways we-might not he
aware of,"' Ms Bethel said.
In the final analysis, women voters
are in control of their political. social
anld economic destiny, and if the lives
of every women inl the Bahamas is to
be improved it is important that we
realise it, and, in the words of life
coach Michelle Miller. "get up and
make it happen".