The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: January 29, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Economic forPcas t ownH rade

Leading Wall Street

financial insti' ition

revises forecast for

the Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' economic
prospects for 2008 were yester-
day downgraded from "positive"
to "stable" by a leading Wall
Street financial institution, which
said this nation's gross domes-
tic product (GDP) would now
only grow by 3 per cent this year,
rather than 4 per cent.
Standard & Poor's (S&P), the
major international credit rating
agency, said the Bahamas' eco-
nomic prospects were being
downgraded because of fears
that the ailing US economy, on
whom this nation depends heav-
ily for its well-being, would take
the Bahamas with it.
In its report, S&P said: "Stan-
dard & Poor's has revised its real
GDP growth forecast on the
'Bahamas to 3.1 per cent from
4.4 per cent for 2007, and to 3
per cent from 4 per cent for
"This revision takes into
account the continuously below-
par performance of the tourism
sector, where tourism arrivals
declined 3.5 per cent in the first
nine months of 2007 following
the 0.5 per cent contraction in
air arrivals in 2006. The sector,
which represents about 60 per
cent of the Bahamas' GDP, is
expected to be negatively affect-
ed by the curbed demand from
the US consumers who repre-
sent 85 per cent of the Bahamas'
tourist base.
"The construction sector,
which represents 10 per cent of
GDP, is also expected to shrink

in the near term following the
fallout from the US housing
market, especially in the area of
second homes and resort con-
dominiums construction. In addi-
tion, the financial sector, repre-
senting 20 per cent of GDP, will
likely be negatively affected by
the losses in the financial indus-
try in the US and Europe."
S&P added: "While the
Bahamas remains an attractive
destination for foreign direct
investment, with billions of dol-
lars committed for mega pro-
jects (especially in the tourism
sector), Standard & Poor's
believes that the pace of project
implementation will slow given
the uncertainties of the global
"This, in turn, would pressure
the government's fiscal and
external positions. The foreign
exchange reserve position is, and
will remain, tight."
S&P said current account
deficits were likely to be 21 per
cent of GDP in 2007 and 20 per
cent in 2008.
In addition, the Government's
commitment to fiscal discipline
and a Budget deficit of 1.8 per
cent of GDP for 2007-2008, com-
pared to the previous year's 2.7
per cent, "will be tested in the
face of likely lower revenue
intake and expenditure pies-
sures" resulting from the Gov-
ernment trying to deliver on its
spending commitments.
Government debt was unlike-
ly to change over the next few
years, standing at 40 per cent of

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Marco City election cot

case gets the go-hea

THE Marco City election
court case has been given the
go-ahead after Senior Justice
Anita Alien and Justice Jon
Isaacs on Monday denied the
motion filed on behalf of
Zhivargo Laing to have the
matter struck out.
Both sides in the case now
have just over two weeks to
complete the necessary prepa-
rations as the case is expected to
begin on February 18 in Nas-
sau. This means that those per-
sons whose votes are being
challenged will have to be
brought from Grand Bahama
to New Providence.
Parties are expected to return
to court on February 6 to indi-

cate whether there ar
issues arising before pr(
ings begin.
Senior Justice Allen inf
SEE page nine

Reginald Ferguson looks on
as Minister of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest
assists an officer with bullet
proof vest.
BECAUSE of the recent
crime wave that has swept
the country, Commonwealth
Bank donated 200 bullet-
proof vests to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
The news of this donation
comes on the heels of a vio-
lent weekend which left four
people dead and two others
wounded within 20 hours..
The presentation of the
vests took place at Police
Headquarters on Market
and East Hill Streets. Ian
Jennings, Chief Financial
Officer for Commonwealth
Bank made the presentation
and address yesterday after-
According to Mr Jennings,
*e any this donation was made
oceed- because the police force is
experiencing greater chal-
ormed lenges in the fight against
SEE page nine

Gunman tries
to rob Colina
Imperial office
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO traumatised female
employees of Colina Imperial
had to be sent to hospital yes-
Sterday, while numerous others
were told to return home, after
a gunman tried to rob the com-
pany's office on East Bay
Police and those present in
the building at the time said a
man entered the building
through the front entrance at
around 10.45am, then walked
into the business's Group
Department on the ground
After speaking briefly with
the receptionist one of two
women in the office he bran-
dished a gun and held it to her
head, said the company's vice-
president of group and corpo-
rate administration, Mrs
- Michelle Fields.
S When another woman made

SEE page nine



hit PMH for

20 minutes
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRINCESS Margaret Hos-
pital was without power for
20 minutes during the island-
wide blackout on Sunday, but
patients were not adversely
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis told The Tribune yes-
terday that although the hos-
pital's generator kicked in
immediately, the breaker
tripped, shutting the unit
down' for about 20 minutes.
.However, Dr Minnis said
that no patients were being
operated on at the time of the
power loss and all machinery
was immediately switched to
manual operation.
"The hospital staff are
SEE page nine

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0 In brief

Man charged
with arson
makes court


A SECOND man charged
with breaking into and setting
fire to the Nassau Village
Urban Renewal Centre was
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Nathaniel Moss, 36, alias
Kendall Moss of Williams
Street Nassau Village,
appeared before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at court eight
in Bank Lane on Monday.
Moss is charged along with
Rayfield Longley, 32, of Nas-
sau Village with arson, steal-
ing, receiving and shop-break-
According to court dockets,
it is alleged that on Sunday,
January 6 while concerned
with another, Moss broke into
the Nassai Village Urban
Renewal Project Centre locat-
ed on Stack Avenue.
It was further alleged in
court dockets that while there,
Moss stole electronic appli-
ances and other items togeth-
er valued at $12,800.
On the charge of arson,
court dockets alleged that
Moss, being concerned with
another on the aforemen-
tioned date, set fire to the
Urban Renewal Centre which
resulted in damages estimated
at $80,000.
Moss was not required to
enter a plea to the charges and
was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison until Febru-
ary 7 for a bail hearing and

Broken insulators on two overhead

lines blamed for Sunday's blackout

Tribune Staff Reporter

BROKEN insulators on two
of the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration's major overhead lilies
were to blame for Sunday's
island-wide blackout, BEC offi-
cials said.
According to deputy general
manager of BEC Anthony
Forbes, two major distribution
lines operating at 33,000 volts
each sustained damage which
caused the mass blackout to
New Providence. These power
lines run from the Big Pond
area and supply Skyline Road
and Cable Beach.

"We had some damage to two of our overhead
lines which operate at 33,000 volts."

BEC deputy general manager Anthony Forbes

Yesterday BEC was in the
process of repairing the broken
insulators, however exactly how
and why the damage occurred
was not known up to press time,
Mr Forbes told The Tribune
during an interview yesterday.
"We had some damage to
two of our overhead lines which
operate at 33,000 volts. We've
got a number of overhead lines
but these would be two of the

major distribution lines that
supply Skyline Drive and are
fed from Big Pond.
"(The lines) had broken insu-
lators, we are not quite certain
how they were damaged but we
are working on them now".
When asked what kind of
mitigating measures the corpo-
ration had in place to detect
damage to power lines and
avoid such incidents in the

future, he replied: "We do rou-
tine maintenance and predic-
tive maintenance where we use
infrared guns to asses if there
is any damage.
"We also monitor all of our
circuits to see if there are any
problems developing."
Despite these preventive
measures, BEC didn't realise
there were problems develop-
ing on the two lines until it

became evident during the rain
storm on Sunday.
Power was restored to most
of the island by 4.30pm with full
power restored by 6.30pm, offi-
cials said. However, those with-
out generators were forced to
endure up to four hours without
electricity, and on Sunday their
angry calls added to the long
list of complaints received by
The Tribune in recent years
about the nation's only elec-
tricity provider.
The Tribune attempted to
contact General Manager of
BEC Kevin Basden yesterday
but was told he would be out
of office until the end of the

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Clement Maynard -
III on his father \ '". '',
(pictured) _

'Tribune Staff Reporter
SIR Clement Maynard is still in serious condition but resting com-
fortably at a hospital in Miami, Florida after suffering a stroke over the
Updating The Tribune yesterday on the condition of his father,
Clement Maynard III said the 79-year-old former deputy prime min-
ister is not in any pain.
"He is resting and he's very alert," Mr Maynard said.
He explained that his father is still undergoing tests at a Miami
hospital to assess how much damage the stroke may have caused.
"We have specialists attending him," Mr Maynard added.
Sir Clement suffered a stroke on Saturday at his Adelaide Road
home and was air'"ed to Florida for treatment.
At this time, M. aynard said, the family has chosen not to disclose
the name of the hospital where his father is being treated.
Mr Maynard explained that the family wishes to prevent the hospi-
tal from being inundated with calls from people seeking medical
updates at a time when it is important for the medical staff to con-
centrate on helping Sir Clement on his road to recovery.
However, Mr Maynard told The Tribune in an earlier interview
that his family is asking the public to pray for Sir Clement.
The last time Sir Clement suffered a serious illness was in 2003,
when he was rushed to Doctors Hospital in December of that year to
undergo a successful abdominal surgery.
One of the major figures in the PLP, Sir Clement is widely regarded as one
of the "fathers" of the modem Bahamas.
He served in Sir Lynden Pindling's majority rule Cabinet as minister
without portfolio and as government Senate leader.
Sir Clement was named deputy prime minister after the resignation of
Arthur Hanna from the Pindling cabinet in 1984. It was a post he held
until the defeat of the PLP in 1992.
During his long career in politics, which ended in 1997, he also served as
Minister of Tourism from 1969 to 1979 and again from 1984 to 1990, and is
largely credited for much of the significant modernisation during this peri-
od. Last year Sir Clement, who is married to Lady Zoe Maynard, released
his much-acclaimed memoir, "Put on More Speed", which chronicled his life
in politics and changes in the Bahamas through majority rule and indepen-


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Youth wing of the PLP

shocked at crime wave

0 In brief

Second small
cruise vessel
to visit Inagua
INAGUA's efforts to
attract more cruise ship
business has paid off.
The my Vistamar will
call at Man of War Bay,
Great Inagua, on February
28 the second visit of a
small cruise vessel in a few
Local agent Capt
Stephen Fawkes believes
cruise business is one way
of diversifying Inagua's
economy, which remains
heavily dependent on the
Morton Salt company.
"We organise tours and
show visitors the flamin-
goes and salt pans," said
Captain Fawkes.
"We also make sure they
get a warm island welcome
when they land, with local
musicians on the dock and
samples of island food.
The last cruise was very
successful and the passen-
gers enjoyed themselves
very much."
In December, the
French-owned my Le Lev-
ant called into Inagua
while on a Caribbean
cruise from Martinique.
Its high-end passengers
were so enthusiastic that
the operators promised to
Hnndunprar rant

"As young people we must realise
that not only are the lives of our
generation being snatched away
by these crimes, but many other
lives are being jeopardised and
made stagnant as a result of their
decisions to commit senseless

high school student, Deangelo
Cargill was murdered on Bay
Street in broad daylight,
allegedly by another young
person under 25 and just last
night, another two young per-
sons were gunned down out-
side of a night club with two
others found shot in their
Pinewood Gardens home," the
PYL said.
One common factor in these
crimes, said the PYL, is the
involvement of persons
between the ages of 18 and 30.

"We do acknowledge that
not all young Bahamians are
headed down this path.
"However, we would be
remiss in our duty as future
leaders of this great nation not
to address our peers in this
"As young people we must
realise that not only are the
lives of our generation being
snatched away by these crimes,
but many other lives are being
jeopardised and made stag-
nant as a result of their deci-

sions to commit senseless
"As young Bahamians and
future leaders of this great
nation, we have a responsibil-
ity to secure our communities.
This means not hiding crimi-
nals, talking when you see
something happening or in the
process of happening, whether
you speak to the police, your
parents, teachers, pastor or
any other well respected per-
son in your community. This is
a fight that we must all engage
in as we seek to deter criminal
activity amongst the youth and
make this country an uncom-
fortable zone for those who
insist on living that type of
The group said the wide-
spread fear of being labelled
"a snitch" for doing the right
thing is a factor in the contin-
ued growth of crime.
"Many of us know of a

crime but are not speaking and
that is wrong. Further, we
appeal to those who are not
involved in such activity them-
selves, but may know other
young persons who are, to sup-
port their friends by encour-
aging them, supporting them
and pointing them to their
alternatives to criminal activi-
ty because young people can
relate to each other better
than anyone else," the state-
ment read.
The PYL encouraged young
persons who have taken a bet-
ter course in life to continue
on the right track, "despite the
temptation to go astray".
The group also called on
families to come together and
adopt the values inherent in
the old African adage 'It takes
a village to raise a child'.
The PYL said this responsi-
bility transcends political dif-

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A LEADING pastor yes-
terday firmly rejected the
belief that crime can be kept
"over the hill" away from Nas-
sau's tourist areas.
Anti-crime campaigner Rev
C B Moss said: "It will find its
way into every crevice of this
His comments came after
one of the bloodiest weekends
on record, with four murders
in the space of 20 hours and
another victim lying critically
injured in hospital.
"It's no use saying crime can
be contained in one category.
Eventually it spills over into
our category. You can't keep
crime over the hill," he said.
Rev Moss said he was sur-
prised that Bay Street busi-
nesses had so easily fallen
back into a state of compla-
cency after the recent shooting
death of schoolboy DeAngelo
Cargill outside The Perfume
Once they had been reas-
sured that the US Embassy
was not intending to issue a
travel warning, it was "busi-
ness as usual," he said.
But Rev Moss warned that
the nation's crime rate would
get worse unless every indi-
*vidual did his or her part in
combating it.
The young men responsible
for most of the country's vio-
lence were not afraid of the
police, but they would be

afraid if the opinions of ordi-
nary citizens were made plain,
he said.
Rev Moss's comments came
on what was officially desig-
nated a crime-free day and fol-
lowed a weekend anti-crime
motorcade through Nassau
organised by the Bahamas
Against Crime campaign.
Though the turnout for the
parade was "respectable", Rev
Moss felt more people should
have joined, especially in light
of Saturday's murder tally.
"Many more people should
have been there to express
their outrage," said Rev Moss,
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individuals saying enough is
The answer, he said, lay not
in Bahamians arming them-
selves, because that only led to
more deaths, but in every cit-
izen taking a personal respon-
sibility for countering crime
in every way.
This included in their own
personal behaviour. "Crime
does not just mean violent
crime," he told The Tribune.
"We have become accus-
tomed to blaming others with-
out acknowledging that we are
part of the problem just by
virtue of being in this society."
Rev Moss said Nassau had
already taken on the crime
characteristics of other coun-
"There was a time when
assassinations, contract killings
and drive-by shootings were
unheard of here," he said.


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WITH nine murders occur-
ring in the first month of the
new year, the youth wing of
the Progressive Liberal Party
has expressed shock that the
unprecedented crime wave of
2007 seems to being getting
worse in 2008.
Citing that the FNM gov-
ernment had promised to be
the solution to the country's
crime dilemma during the 2007
general elections, the Progres-
sive Young Liberals issued a
statement yesterday saying it is
a mistake for the government
to continue with a national
crime policy that does not
include the active involvement
of the generation that has the
greatest exposure to crime -
the youth.
"It saddens us to know that
just last week there was a stab-
bing by a 19-year-old of a 20-
year-old. Prior to that, a young





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PLP were responsible for initial problems

ALLYSON Maynard-Gibson, who lost her
bid to have an election court unseat FNM's
Byron Woodside and restore the Pinewood
constituency to her, told the press that her
election court challenge was all about "pro-
tecting parliamentary democracy" through
the courts.
She said that in a small country like the
Bahamas, "we have to recognize that wher-
ever egregious failures are pointed out by a
court, it's important for us, rather than point-
ing fingers at each other, to get on immedi-
ately with dealing with those failures."
We agree. But if Mrs Gibson sincerely
believed this why didn't she prod her gov-
ernment into action when in 2003 Supreme.
Court judges suggested that parliament
"examine the substantive laws related to the
election court"?
The Christie government, in which Mrs
Gibson was a cabinet minister, had five years
in which to revise the election laws, but did
In February, 2003 after the election peti-
tion in the MICAL case when the PLP
was the government the Supreme Court
judges at the end of their judgment said:
"We respectfully urge parliament to exam-
ine the substantive laws related to the election
court, with a view to effecting economies of
time and resources, in the wake of which the
Rules Committee could consider the conse-
quential revision of the procedural provi-
And now two Supreme Court judges are
again advising that "perhaps the time is
appropriate for the parliamentary commis-
sioner to comprehensively examine the prac-
tices and procedures of the parliamentary
registration department with a view to ensur-
ing that what we saw in Pinewood does not
recur because it threatens to undermine the
fundamental basis of our parliamentary
If Mrs Gibson were so interested in par-
liamentary democracy why didn't her gov-
ernment "get on immediately with dealing
with those failures" when pointed out by the
judges in her government's first year of a five-
year term?
"If we are to protect parliamentary democ-
racy," said Mrs Gibson, "we have to protect
the processes that undergird it. And so that is
what this past eight almost ten weeks was all
If that was what all this brouhaha was all
about then everyone could have been spared
the time and expense if the PLP had followed
the advice of the judges in 2003 and done

their job.
In denying Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's accusation that he was to blame for
the confusion caused in the 2007 election, Mr
Christie said that he was ultimately responsi-
ble for the country but his ministerial respon-
sibility did not extend to fraud anecorruption
on the part of individuals who actea outside of
the law and tampered with the system.
This is true. But, the confusion created by
the late changing of boundaries, the overdue
Boundaries Commission report, the eleventh
hour closing of the voters' register and taking
the election date almost to the wire, created
the perfect environment for crooks to set
about their mischief.
No matter how hard Commissioner Errol
Bethel worked, he did not have time to watch
for persons taking advantage of the confu-
sion created by government's bad planning.
On April 28, 2007 four days before the
election we were writing in this column
about confused constituents who had no idea
where they were to vote. Even on election
day, we received calls from bewildered voters
as to which polling division they were to go to.
We couldn't help them, because we were no
wiser than they were.
We talked about how unfair it was to elec-
tion candidates who "up until the eleventh
hour didn't even know where the constituen-
cy boundaries were, or who they were expect-
ed to represent."
If the candidates had had the voting list in
time, they could have done a check and dis-
covered many of the voters now being chal-
lenged and had them removed or transferred
to the correct constituency. Poor Commis-
sioner Bethel was even denied this back-up
check. How he managed to get through what
he did was indeed a miracle.
Again four days before the general public
were to go to the polls we were reporting in
this column: "Already the elections have start-
ed badly. On Thursday 30 police officers in
the early poll found that their names were
not even on the voters' register."
According to the Election Observation
Handbook produced by the Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),
among problems to be aware of inan election
is "a campaign too short to enable parties to
organise and to convey their message..."
As a matter of fact the planning of the
2007 election broke many of the OSCE rules.
Commissioner Bethel cannot be blamed for
this. The blame must remain at the feet of
the man who admits that he was ultimately
responsible for the country.

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Paul Adderley's

view at Majority

Rule event

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE televised Majority
Rule event on this evening of
January 10, on Cable 12
should be required watching
for all Bahiamians. The usual
party line was kept intact
throughout most of the pro-
gramme, until Mr Paul Adder-
ley spoke. There are many
political technicians and artic-
ulators in our country, but Mr
Adderley speaks to a level
where the air is rarefied; if I
can use such a term. He gives
us a view that is so clear and
concise, that listening is often
painful, and lately he has been
exercising that privilege with
an edge, that elder statesmen
of every nation should emu-
The discussion about major-
ity rule was going along a

familiar line until he spoke,
the room became very silent
as he presented another view.
I don't know if his views were
considered prior to the last
election. Of the many things
he said, his analysis of the vot-
ing population in the city of
Nassau, was an education for
me and a wake up call for
many in his party. He may
have been asking his party to
recognize who the majority
was? The early work of the
PLP as a movement had ele-
vated the majority of Bahami-
ans to a certain status and it
was very important for his par-
ty to recognize who that

Stop the rhetoric so

we can move forward

EDITOR, The Tribune.

SURELY it's time to call a truce among political adversaries
in The Bahamas?
After losing her bid to have the recent election in Pinewood
overturned by the Election Court, Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son took the high road and said something to the effect that she
only went to court to protect our democratic system.
A friend asked, rhetorically I'm sure, if she would have done
the same thing had she won the seat?
It is doubtful she would have, but it begs the question that if
the PLP knew the Election process was flawed, why didn't
they correct it after they won in a landslide in 2002?
Are they prepared to win with a flawed process, but not
lose the same way?
I tend to agree with the position that had the PLP called the
election when Constitutionally mandated, the errors on the
Register of Voters might not have been so egregious as they
were in the Constituency of Pinewood. The Parliamentary
Commissioner and his staff might have had time to resolve
most of the errors.
Yes, most of the errors. There will always be people that try
to out smart the system and these should be challenged on
polling day when the poll workers are armed with the results of
the door-to-door canvassing by the political proponents as usu-
All that aside, I agree with the pundits that it is time for the
rhetoric to stop on both sides of the political divide so the
country can move forward. The PLP need to drop the pending
cases and the FNM need to ease up on the needling.
It seems pointless to continue to rile citizens up over the elec-
tion results. The election is over. The FNM won and the PLP
If there are legitimate cases of fraud, those individuals should
be prosecuted, including the bearer of alleged fake ballots on
election day.
Maybe, just maybe, if we start prosecuting people for illegal
activity, we will start moving citizens toward obeying the law,
rather than recklessly ignoring it as so many of us do.
It's now time to "move forward, upward, onward together"
as our motto implores us.
The race is over for a while and the checkered flag has been

January 27, 2008






Road to City Dump after Premix


majority is, and what is impor-
tant to them. The majority of
seats won in Nassau, by the
party that opposed the PLP
in the last election were pre-
dominantly in middle class
constituencies; people who
had built their own houses and
did not need the government
for anything, (except the
enforcing of laws and regula-
tions and staying out of the
way my words).
I remember how the first
Prime Minister of this coun-
try was very aware of the pow-
er that this particular group
wielded at election time.
When you have the middle
class as the largest group of
workers in your country, it is
my opinion that those who
lead must understand that
they have a different kind of
majority to rule or lead. If
these persons are led correct-
ly, they tend to share the bur-
den of helping with the pro-
grammes for "poor people"
that politicians seem to be pre-
occupied with. An expanding
middle class is the foundation
for the creation of new wealth
in any country. The Bahamian
middle class that got their start
in the late sixties had such a
strong foundation that 40
years after they are unstop-
pable and unrelenting in their
pursuit of the Bahamian
dream. The fact that the PLP
has a tendency to treat them
like bastard offspring, because
of their tendency to demand
what was promised them more
than 40 years ago, may be the
underlying problem and hold-
ing up the issues of account-
ability doesn't help them
either. They are not favoured
political offspring.
The historical place that the
PLP holds and the contribu-
tion that they have made can-
not be disputed. However,
when you are up on the moun-
tain, you should be able to see
just a little farther. The past
then becomes a point of ref-
erence as you make decisions
in the present. Decisions must
be made in the present reality
if they are to have any real
impact in the future. Although
the PLP is responsible for the
birth of this particular group
they must also realise that
they began a process and
processes can only be man-
aged, and not controlled. I
would hope that Mr Adder-
ley's weighted presentation
gave his party some of the
insight they will need as they
move through some very try-
ing times.

January 10,2008.

Incident in

the House of

EDITOR, The Tribune.
WAS it worthless or watless?
This is the question.
I was watching Parliamentary
Channel 40 when this incident
occurred and I am willing to say
without any possibility of chal-
lenge that the Rt Hon Hubert
Ingraham used the word worth-
less and no other in addition to
describing Mr Christie as a fail-
Mr Christie, who was on his
feet did not claim or direct to
the Speaker a Point of Order,
however within a few moments,
less than a minute, the Speaker
stood effectively quelling the
I believe the Rules allow for a
Member to address the subject
at a later session which Mr
Christie did tho following Mon-
Worthless is I^parliamentary,
I suggest in any Imnguage. May I
suggest to the Prime Minister
that the more appropriate word
might be impotent!
November 9, 2001.



0 In brief

appoints new

Bahamas Supermarkets
Limited, operators of 12 City
Market stores in New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama,
announced yesterday that it
has named Evangeline
'Vangy' Rahming as its new
financial controller.
"We are very pleased to
announce the appointment of
Evangeline Rahming who
brings more than 10 years'
experience in public account-
ing," said Bryan Knowles, vice
president and chief financial
and administrative officer of
the company, which boasts
annual sales of some $140 mil-
A Bahamian, Ms Rahming
is a UK-certified accountant, a
fellow of the Chartered Asso-
ciation of Certified Accoun-
tants and a member of the
Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA).
She holds a bachelors degree
in computer science from the
University of Windsor, Cana-
The company said her
appointment is part of a
strengthening exercise to bring
those with top professional
management skills to the com-
pany following the transition
just over a year ago, when
majority shares were pur-
chased from foreign-owned
"Since then, Bahamas
Supermarkets with some 2,500
shareholders has made major
capital investments, under-
taking store improvements,
upgrading equipment, build-
ing its human resources train-
ing, broadening product lines
and installing new systen.s,
said the company i a. state-
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THE Bahamas has added Academy Award nominated director Spike Lee It the
distinguished list of filmmakers who have filmed on location here.
Mr Lee wrapped up production of his latest feature film. Miracle at St Anna. with
a two-day shoot at Old Fort Bay.
Miracle at St Anna focuses on the story of African-American soldiers in World
War U.
The film stars John Turturro (Transformer) and James Gandolfini (The Sopra-
nos). It is due in theatres this year.



a fresh


tourism, says Neko Grant

Tribune Staff Reporter
Tourism Minister Neko Grant is
urging all industry stakeholders to
"turn a fresh page" in 2008 and to
reverse the lacklustre tourism figures
over the past two years.
Speaking at the service for the
opening of National Tourism Week
at the St Matthews Anglican Church
on Sunday, Mr Grant said that
Bahamians today have to do their
best to preserve the country's tourism
"We have a wonderful opportuni-
ty, at the beginning of this New Year
to turn a fresh page, if you will, to
inspire everyone to take responsibil-
ity for preserving the birthright we
have inherited from our forefathers.
Millions of visitors enjoy our vacation
"We, who live here must behave
like we in fact reside in paradise.
Let's not spoil it. Let that not be our
legacy. Let our legacy be one of con-
serving and protecting this wonderful
land and its people," he said.
On the agenda of this year's;
tourism week, which is being held

under the theme "Tourism: a new
beginning," are a town meeting,
tourism careers fairs and the tourism
business marketplace.
The week will culminate with the
12th Cacique Awards ceremony on
Addressing the church congrega-'
tion .on Sunday, Mr Grant said that
now is the time to embark on a new
era of tourism one in which more
Bahamians have a larger stake.
"As custodians of the great tourism
inheritance which God has given us,
we are duty bound to reach out to
the disenfranchised and find solu-
tions that will enable more and more
Bahamians to become owners of this
great industry. We must, therefore
chart a new course, a new direction
for the future development of
tourism that embraces everyone." he
Mr Grant said he therefore wishes
to invite all Bahamians taxi dri-
vers, vendors, straw workers, airline
employees, hotel workers, tourism
personnel, bankers, lawyers, travel
agents, chefs, businesspersons, sur-
rey.drivers, and restaurant workers,
..,inslb9rt everyone", to commit to
making a difference.

"We who live
here must
behave like we
in fact reside
in paradise.
Let's not spoil
it. Let that not


be our

Neko Grant

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o In brief Elbow Cay locals claim land
Three in custody
after car crash

following chase

THREE men are in custody
for questioning today after a car
that was being used to escape
police crashed into a fence at
the end of a high speed chase.
Officers from the Mobile
Division had noticed the occu-
pants of a vehicle "acting suspi-
ciously" in the area of Ida Street
and Balfour Avenue at around
4.45am yesterday.
According to Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans,
the occupants of the car initiat-
ed the chase when they took off
"upon seeing police."
However, the car collided
with a fence on College
As a result of the crash, the
officers confiscated the follow-
ing: a .45mm handgun with sev-
en live rounds of ammunition,
three ski masks and two pairs
of black gloves.
Police said the vehicle had
been stolen hours before the
As a result of the incident, a
20-year-old resident of St Vin-
cent Road, a 24-year-old of East
Street and a 25 year-old of
Hampton street were taken into
custody and are currently help-
ing police with their investiga-

Tribune Staff Reporter
LOCALS on Elbow Cay,
Abaco, are incensed that an
American developer has bought
a substantial portion of the small
settlement with reported plans
to construct a mega-resort with-
out fiist consulting the town
Islanders are irate not only
because the American develop-
er who has a second home on
the island that he turned into a
rental property has already

bought 14 acres consisting of 58
parcels of land in Hope Town
while in talks to acquire another
17 acres which houses the Elbow
Cay Club.
They claim that he did so
without prior consultation with
They are afraid he will con-
struct condominiums and a mari-
na which will threaten the quiet,
idyllic setting of the small com-
"All of what we've been hear-
ing doesn't sound really good
for Hope Town. Nothing has
been approved, so we've been

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a'
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


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Before buying

told, and we want to be sure
before anything has been
approved that we are at least
consulted," a representative of
the local council, who wished to
have her name withheld, said
Fears that a large marina will
drive away repeat visitors who
favour an idyllic island vacation
and not the hustle and bustle of
a big city have roused many
There are also concerns by
environmentalists who contend
the developer has bulldozed a
few Madeira Mahogany trees,

which are protected on the
After pressure from local gov-
ernment officials on Elbow Cay,
it is reported that the developer
has agreed to meet with the
town council this afternoon. A
town meeting is scheduled for
6.30 tonight when residents will
express their concerns.
Locals maintained that they
are not against second home
owners or progress, but they
want to have a say in any large-
scale developments that may
threaten the quaint atmosphere
of the small town.

"We have nothing against sec-
ond-home owners because they
make Hope Town what it is, but
the majority of second home
owners want to be here because
of what Hope Town is about,
they don't want to change it.
"Nobody is going to argue
that progress is going to happen,
but we need it to happen at, a
slower pace so the town can
catch up to it. But we don't want
condos in Hope Town," said an
island source.
Many residents use golf carts
to manoeuvre around the tiny
settlement and they are also
worried that a large-scale devel-
opment would create traffic con-
Council members wrote a let-
ter to the Bahamas Investment
Authority who replied that,
while the sale of the land was
approved, there has been no
approval for any developments
on the acquired property.
Attempts were made to secure
a comment from David Davis,
director of the Bahamas Invest-
ment Authority, but up to press
time he could not be reached.
The Tribune spoke with
another resident who feels
betrayed that the government
has allowed a foreigner to
acquire such a large portion of
the half-mile by six-mile island.
"No foreigner should be
allowed to own that amount of
land on Elbow Cay, it's just too
small. People are angry that the
government has allowed a non-
Bahamian to buy this when the
average Bahamian cannot afford
to buy a piece of property. Why
couldn't that (land) have been
divided up and sold to Bahami-
"Another thing is, nobody
knew about it until after the fact.
(The paperwork) all went
through Nassau. If you have
nothing to hide then why are
you being so sneaky?"
Attempts to contact Jeretfy
Sweeting, councillor of Hope
Town, were unsuccessful up to
press time.

TENDER NO. 652/08

Tender for the Provision of:

A Fire Detection and Fire Alarm
System at Station 'A' of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation's
Clifton Pier Power Station

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites
proposals from suitably qualified Companies for the
installation of a Fire Detection / Fire Alarm System
at Station 'A' of its Clifton Pier Power Station.

Bid packages may be collected from Mrs.
Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill
& Tucker Roads.

Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Executive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 and
addressed to:

Kevin Basden
General Manager
Executive Offices
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
P 0 Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

BEC reserves the right to accept or reject any
or all proposals

For all inquiries regarding this ten r,
contact Mr.'Brent Williamson at
bewilliamson@bahamaselectricity.c m

Site visit 8th February 2008 10:00 a
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0 In brief

Caricom officials
travel to
Washington to
boost development
ty trade representatives trav-
eled to Washington on Sun-
day ahead of a U.S. govern-
ment hearing to boost trade
and economic development
in the United States' back-
yard, according to Associat-
ed Press.
Dozens of Caribbean trade
officials and government min-
isters will attend the U.S.
International Trade Com-
mission hearing Tuesday at
the request of Charles
Rangel, chairman of the tax-
writing U.S. House Ways and
Means Committee, the 15-
nation Caricom trade block
said in a statement.
The U.S. is Caribbean
countries' main trading part
ner and their largest market
for tourism.

Students learn about the

importance of wetlands

MINISTER of Lands and
Local Government Sidney Col-
lie took grade-six students from
Garvin Tynes Primary School
to the Harold and Wilson Ponds
National' Park to see first hand
the importance of wetlands to
the local environment.
Director of education Portia
Sweeting and education officer
Shelly Cant, both from the
Bahamas National Trust (BNT),
explained to the students about
the types of plants and animals
that live at the park.
Ms Cant said while the
Harold and Wilson Ponds
National Park is home to many
plants, fish and other animals,
it is also a very important sanc-
tuary for birds.
She said that at any given
time, there could be over 100

types of birds that call the park
home, especially during the win-
ter months when birds migrate
to the region to avoid cold tem-
peratures at more northern lati-
Ms Cant also explained that
there are several invasive for-
eign plants currently growing in
the pond, like the Brazilian Pep-
per and the Cattail, which are
slowly taking over native
Bahamian flora.
As a result. BNT employees
are in the process of getting rid
of the invasive trees, but the
children were told this is a diffi-
cult task to complete, since the
trees spread so quickly.
Mr Collie's efforts to educate
Bahamians about the impor-
tance of wetlands comes after
director of the BNT Eric Carey
met with the minister in 2007,
and requested that more land

in New Providence he designat-
ed for national parks to protect
wetlands on the island.
Wetlands are crucial habitats
for many plants and animals,
and act as sinks for natural and
man-made contaminants.

MR COLLIE and grade six students at the Garvin Tynes Primary
School got to see first hand the plants and animals that call the
Harold and Wilson Ponds National Park home.

They also provide flood con-
trol, erosion control, lessen the
impact of coastal storms, filter

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Royal Bahamas Police Force
conducted a walkabout in
the Pinewood neighbour-
hood aind in nearby Nassau
Their aim was to discuss
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Officers distribute

flyers and give tips

on avoiding crime

Business owners were
encouraged to lock all doors
and to avoid working alone,
or if they must, turn on a
television or radio so robbers
will think there is more
than one person on the
They were also told to vary
the schedule and route for
bank deposits each day, and
to only keep a necessary
amount of cash in the draw-

The police also advised
that cash registers should be
clearly visible to passersby,
and that the counter should
be arranged so the customer
or robber is visible from
the street.
Other armed robbery tips
for shops or businesses
Avoid placing signs or
displays near windows which
block visibility from the
,/ street.
S Record the serial num-
ber of the bottom bill in each
bin of the cash drawer, and
instruct employees not to use
these bills in making change.
Keep "bait" money in a
compartment of the cash reg-
ister. The bait packet should
be separated by value, just
like all other bills. Keep a
list of the serial and series
S year numbers to give the
police if you are robbed.
If your business runs an
exceptionally high risk of
S robbery, you may want to

invest in a bulletproof
cashier screen. A screen
"defuses" the robber's
threat, the brochure said,
adding that other prevention
measures may be equally
effective at a lower cost.
Develop a mutual aid
system among businesses in
your community. Agree to
keep an eye on each other's
buildings and watch for sus-
picious activities.
Place coloured tape
markers at exits at heights of
five feet, six inches, and six
feet. If you are robbed, you
can give an accurate estimate
of the suspect's height as he
The police advised busi-
ness owners and employees
that if anyone points a gun
at them and demands money,
the money should be turned
"Nothing you have is
worth more than your life,"
the brochure says.
It said the most important
thing to do if you are robbed
is "observe".
"The description of the
suspect you give to the police
may be the only information
they have to go on."
In terms of securing a
house from the thte'at of
break-ins, the police recom-
mend that residents make
their homes look occupied,
lock all outside doors and
windows, and leave lights on
when they go out.





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FROM page one

trained to work in emer-
gency situations like these
and their training kicked in
right away," he said.
Dr Minnis emphasised
that at no time were any of
the hospital's patients at
The ventilation machines
to help patients breathe, he
explained, were manually
operated by PMH staff dur-
ing those 20 minutes, ensur-
ing the safety of the
The operation of one
woman, who was about to
undergo a Caesarean sec-
tion, was simply resched-
uled, Dr Minnis said.
The health minister fur-
ther explained that the hos-
pital still has very old elec-
trical wiring, which, howev-
er, is currently being
"These systems are all
old and what we really need
is a new hospital. But in the
meantime we have to
constantly do maintenance
work and upgrade," he
The entire island of New
Providence experienced a
power black-out on Sunday
afternoon when insulators
on two of the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation's
major overhead lines were
BEC's deputy general
manager Anthony Forbes
told The Tribune that two
major distribution lines,
operating at 33,000 volts
each, sustained damage
which caused the mass pow-
er loss. The affected power
lines are routed from the
Big Pond area and supply
Skyline Road and Cable
BEC was in the process
of repairing the broken
insulators yesterday.

case gets me go-aneaa

the democratic process.
"It's a matter of knowing
your voters and who did what
wrongfully and unlawfully and I
think that people need to be
responsible for their actions and
take the democratic process
"It's not so much about
whether I won or not but it's
about what is right and what is
wrong and ensuring that our
democratic process is protected
because I thinks it's sacred,"
she said.
When asked why she had not
complained about the alleged
illegal voters before the elec-
tion, Ms Bridgewater replied:
"What we have to appreciate
is that people are entitled to do
what they feel is right. Initially,
when you do your investigation,
you find out certain things and
so I think it would have been
sort of irresponsible of me to
make certain allegations when
in fact I had not fully deter-
mined what the position was
and so I had to do what I
thought was responsible.
"I certainly did not know

every single case but I had my
suspicions on some and I fol-
lowed them up," she said.
During his response to sub-
missions made by Mr Davis on
a previous occasion, Robert K
Adams, an attorney for Mr
Laing, submitted yesterday that
Ms Bridgewater "may be"
guilty of an offence as she had
knowledge of alleged illegal vot-
ers prior to the May 2 election
and did nothing about it.
Attorney Philip "Brave"
Davis, lead counsel for Ms
Bridgewater, responded by say-
ing that one can only arrive at
that conclusion after the court
has heard the evidence and giv-
en the circumstances the point
was prematurely raised.
Ms Bridgewater, of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party, is seek-
ing a court declaration that she
and not Mr Laing was the duly-
elected MP for Marco City in
Mr Laing. of the Free Nation-
al Movement, won the seat by
49 votes, according to the
results of the May 2 general
election. Ms Bridgewater -

FROM page one

all parties of the court's deci-
sion in a brief oral judgment
shortly after noon yesterday.
Reasons for the dismissal of
the motion will be outlined in a
written judgment.
Following the ruling on Mon-
day both Mr Laing and Ms
Pleasant Bridgewater told
reporters outside court that they
are ready to move forward with
the case.
"We made the points we
wanted to make and the court
has made a decision. We
respect the court's decision and
it's time to move on, as they
say, to the big dance. It's time to
get on now to the substantive
issue. We are quite confident
in the matter and we are ready
to go forward," said Mr Laing.
He admitted that he was a
bit disappointed with the rul-
ing, but was prepared to accept
the court's decision and move
Ms Bridgewater told
reporters that her case sought
to ensure the preservation of

FROM page one

crime and is not equipped for optimum per-
He said that policemen are now more
exposed to dangers in the streets of New
Providence than ever before, referring to
the shooting death of Constable Ramos
Williams late last year.
Constable Williams was gunned down on
Deveaux Street while attempting to investi-
gate 'a case of suspicious behaviour.
"Property can be replaced but lives can-
not," said Mr Jennings.
He said the donation of the vests would be
a step toward enhancing the quality of
Bahamian life.
He said that Commonwealth Bank is a
friend of the community and "friends help
each other in time of need."
The donation of these vests is a big step
forward for the Royal Bahamas Police

who was the incumbent is
challenging 136 votes on the
grounds that the voters were
not ordinarily resident in the
Marco City constituency and
she is also challenging 45 votes
on the grounds that the voters
were not Bahamian citizens.
Mr Laing is also contending
that 98 voters were not entitled
to vote in the constituency at
any time during the six months
prior to general election.
Last week the first of the
PLP's three election court chal-
lenges failed after Byran Wood-
side of the FNM was declared
winner of the Pinewood elec-
tion court case initiated by
Allyson Maynard-Gibson of the
The 10-week court battle
ended with the court declaring
that Byran Woodside had won
the seat by 49 votes. The May 2
election results had put him
ahead by 64 votes. The Blue
Hills election court case is
expected to start in April with
Leslie Miller the former MP -
challenging the win of Sidney
Collie of the FNM.

Bank donates bulletproof vests to police force

Force. The vests, which can cost between
$400 and $500 each, are in short supply and
their use is currently being rotated among
Minister of National Security Tommy
Turnquest was also present for the presen-
tation of the vests.
"The goal is to reach the point where we
can include a bullet proof vest in the kit of
each police officer," lie said.
Mr Turnquest said the donation by Com-
monwealth Bank was a "wonderful display
of citizenry" and urged other Bahamians,
especially corporate citizens to follow the
trend and donate to the cause.
He mentioned that two corporate citizens
who wished to remain anonymous had
already made contributions to the Police
Force. One donated 50 bullet proof vests

to the force while the other donated $20,000
toward the purchase of more bullet proof
vests. He said that his government has made
a commitment to provide the necessary
resources for the increased modernization of
the police force. "For a country .like the
Bahamas, we need to properly equip the
police," he said.
Mr Turnquest also commented on crime
and its increase in recent times saying that
we did not come to this problem overnight
and that the problem would not be solved
overnight. He spoke to the issue of poor
parenting and how it has adversely affected
our society.
"We must begin to deal with our children
a little more toughly," he said.
He said the key to positive change-is to
impact the mindset of society.

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threatened her with th
weapon. Other employee
located near the departmer'
reported hearing screamirl,
coming from the section. N
members of the public we
in the office at the time.
Several employees, wh
did not wish to be name
told The Tribune that th
entire episode lasted mer
minutes before the assailawi
fled empty-handed po;
sibly because of the alter
tion attracted by the woir
en's screams.
At the time of thl
attempt, two security ofli
cdrs were on duty oIL
inside the building ani
another patrolling the cai
park. The officer who wa&
outside when the suspect
entered said that, by the
time he made it to the build-
ing, the man had already
made his exit.
According to one eye
witness, the man was weai
ing a light-coloured jacket, a
baseball cap and had
"gauze" around his head, as
if bandaged. She noted that
the department he had
attempted to burgle, a pay-
ment centre, "does not deal
with cash."
Mrs Fields added of the
suspect's appearance: "lie
did not look so suspicious
that we would not have
expected him to come into
our office."
Sgt Anthony Rolle of the
police victim support unit
was on the scene at around
12.30pm. He said police
would be contacting those
affected at a later date to
offer them confidential
counselling if they chose to
accept it.
"Right now they are pret-
ty much shaken up," he
Mrs Fields said she antic-
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National Tourism Week began
on an upbeat note yesterday with
the Healthy Lifestyles Fun
Mackey Williams emerged as the
overall winner of the event, which
took around 200 runners and walk-
ers from Arawak Cay to Good-
man's Bay and back.
In addition to the healthy
lifestyles event, the week will also
include the National Tourism Con-
ference on Thursday and the 12th
annual Cacique Awards on Friday.

1. Minister of Tourism Neko Grant is pictured on
the course with Ministry of Tourism staff mem-
2. Minister of Health and Social Development Dr
Hubert Minnis warms up with other participants.
3. Robert "Sandy" Sands, vice president of
Administration at Baha Mar, and Dr Hubert Min-
nis, Minister of Health, sprint to the finish.

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Chinese govt partners

with COB for Mandarin

language programme

THE Chinese Ministry of Edu-
cation's presentation of language
books and teaching aids will assist
with the Mandarin Chinese class-
es at the College of the Bahamas,
COB president Janyne Hodder
The courses are being taught
at the college's International Lan-
guagesand Cultures Institute
"It.is clear that there is an
appetite in this country for the
kind of outreach that this pro-
gramme represents," Mrs Hod-
der said. "This is a programme
that is accessible to everyone in
the country. If you want to want
to learn Mandarin or, for that
matter, any of the other languages
we are teaching, we are here to
serve you and to serve your
Mrs Hodder was speaking at a
press conference on January 24.
Also in attendance were Ambas-
sador of the People's Republic of
China to the Bahamas Li Yuan-
ming; COB vice president of
research, graduate programmes
and international relations Dr
Linda Davis; ILCI director Dr
Irene Moss; associate professor
at Nanjing University of Infor-
mation Science and Technology
(NUIST) and visiting professor
of Mandarin at ICLI, Mr Xu
Vice-President of Academic
Affairs and Head and Founder of
the International Languages and
Cultures Institute at COB Dr.
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson spear-
headed ILCI's Mandarin Pro-
gramme together with Mr. Curry
and Ambassador Li, together
with his country's Ministry of
According to a COB press
release, Professor Xu has come
to the Bahamas to head the
' teaching of Mandarin Chinese to
students and special interest
It said he has wide experience
in the teaching of second-lan-
guages and at NUIST was head of
a department of 150 teachers
instructing English, Japanese,
German, teaching Chinese as a
foreign language (TCFL), as well
and Chinese language and litera-
"As ties between the Bahamas
and China strengthen, more and
more Bahamians will find they
need to speak mandarin Chinese
to enhance their relationships
with Chinese companies," the
release stated. "ILCI is already
working with a group from the
Ministry of Tourism and is offer-
ing classes in 'survival Mandarin'
for the Bahamas Olympic con-
tingent prior to the Beijing
Olympics later this year."

S S I I*

Visiting Chinese professor Xu Xianwen is look-
ing into the possibility of establishing a Confucius
Institute at the College of the Bahamas.
According to the COB press release, he is doing
this at the request of ILCI director Dr Irene
Confucius Institutes named after the Chi-
nese philosopher who revolutionised education in
China more than 2,500 years ago specialise in
the teaching of Mandarin Chinese.
Already it is estimated that 30,000,000 people
worldwide are learning to speak Chinese, many of
them at the more than 200 Confucius Institutes
"At present, there is no Confucius Institute in
the Caribbean, so, by collaborating with NUIST
(Nanjing University of Information Science and
Technology, where Professor Xu holds the title of
associate professor), the College of the Bahamas
is pioneering the teaching of Chinese in the region

by establishing a Confucius Institute here in Nas-
sau," the press release said.
"This will also contribute to the development of
a multi-cultural community in the Bahamas and of
the college, as it seeks to become the University
of the Bahamas."
"Clearly, the teaching or the opportunity to
teach Mandarin, to host a Confucius classroom
and, perhaps, eventually a Confucius Institute,
and to explore links for our students and faculty
to spend time in university in China, is entirely
connected to the notion of supporting national
growth and development," COB president Janyne
Hodder said.
"Opportunities for trade with China are enor-
mous and growing," she added.
"The college's role is to be there, to support
and drive those opportunities and enable Bahami-
ans to benefit from them."

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN of the globalisation committee
at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Mr Grishan Major (right) speaks
at the press conference. In the foreground are some of the donated
items. Also pictured, from left, are Ambassador of the People's Republic
of China Li Yuanming; president of COB Janyne Hodder and past-president
of the Bahamas-China Friendship Association Joseph Curry.

Professor Xu said that even
though Mandarin evening classes
started last semester and for the
most part, only business persons
took part, he looks forward to
classes for children and families.
"Then they can go to China for
inter-cultural experiences," he
said. "That is very important in
my country, with a view to
exchanges with other universi-
Ambassador Li, through whose
embassy the gift was made to the
Bahamas, said that his country is
happy to assist in forming the
strong linkages which languages
can create.
"Multiculturalism is becoming
a trend in the world; so we realise
that it is more and more impor-
tant for people to learn different
cultures, not only for economic
reasons, but also for better com-

munication between the people
of the nations," he said.
Ambassador Li added that
such initiatives are a very impor-
tant part of his embassy's efforts
to promote Chinese culture. He
.thanked the institution and the
ILCI for the work that has been
done so far and the future pro-
jects that are being planned.
"I hope we continue working
together in this regard, working
together to promote the friend-
ship and co-operation between
China and the Bahamas," he said.
Grishan Major, second vice
president and chairman of the
globalisation committee of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce,
said they are happy to partner in
the endeavour, especially in light
of the chamber's recent
exploratory ventures into China.
"We had the opportunity of

taking a delegation to several
provinces in China, just last year,"
Mr Major said. "We certainly
recognize the value and the
tremendous need especially
when it comes to conducting com-
merce to be able to effectively
communicate with whom you are
doing business.
"Nothing is more engaging and
more rewarding than to do so in
their mother tongue."
Past president of the Bahamas-
China Friendship Association
Joseph Curry said that one of the
objectives of the association is to
strengthen the Telationships
between the Bahamas and Chi-
na, especially in terms of culture.
He said the association believes
that understanding between peo-
ples becomes greater once there
is a greater awareness of cultures.
"We believe that the introduc-

ming show Temple Christian preschooler Antonio Carlos Rose some
of the teaching aids used in the Mandarin classes.

tion of Mandarin is the first step,"
Mr Curry said.
"We look forward to when
Mandarin is actually being.taught
in our high schools and, indeed, in
our primary schools. Spanish and
French continue to be the domi-
nant foreign languages, but we
know from trends that are hap-
pening internationally, we are
going to see more and more of
the educational institutions intro-
ducing Mandarin into their sys-
He added that as more
Bahamians travel to China for
business, global economic coach-
ing is an area that the association
has a "great interest" in encour-
"We believe that our business
persons ought "to be equipped in
understanding the language, the
culture, how to do business with

that culture and that is something
that is going to be one of the top
priorities of the Institute (ILCI)
and we are just excited about this
new initiative," Mr Curry said.
Mrs Hodder thanked all those
involved in making the ILCI a
reality, including faculty mem-
bers and private sector partners.
She especially commended
Ambassador Li for the personal
interest he has shown in the col-
"You have been so supportive
of what we are trying to do, so
supportive of the College, so
interested in our projects ever
since we have been talking about
our university transition," she
said. "I just want to thank you
very, very much on behalf of the
entire College of the Bahamas
community for your support of
our goals."

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* KISUMU, Kenya
Thousands of machete-wielding youths hunted down members of
President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe Monday in western Kenya's
Rift Valley, torching homes and buses, clashing with police, and
blocking roads with burning tires.
Witnesses described seeing two people pulled from cars and
stoned to death, while another was burned alive in a minibus the
latest victims of a month of escalating violence triggered by a dis-
puted presidential election, The death toll has soared over 800.
Kibaki has said he is open to direct talks with opposition leader
Raila Odinga, who is from the Luo tribe, but that his position as
president is not negotiable. Odinga says Kibaki must step down and
only new elections will bring peace.
"The road is covered in blood. It's chaos. Luos are hunting
Kikuyus for revenge," said Baraka Karama, a journalist for inde-
pendent Kenya Television in Kisumu.
There was no sign of relief from international mediators trying to
persuade politicians to resolve the crisis that has erupted over
Kibaki's re-election in Dec. 27 balloting that international and
local observers say was marred by a rigged vote tally.
Kibaki has said he is open to direct talks with opposition leader
Raila Odinga, but that his position as president is not negotiable.
Odinga says Kibaki must step down and only new elections will
bring peace.
Columns of smoke rose from burning homes in Kisumu, accord-
ing to journalists who flew into the town.
"We wish to find one, a Kikuyu.... We will butcher them like a
cow," said David Babgy, 24, who was among 50 young men stopping
buses at a roadblock of burned cars and uprooted lamp posts.
But the only deaths reported there Monday, apart from the
burned bus driver, were people shot by police whom human rights
groups accuse of using excessive force.
In Nakuru, provincial capital of the Rift Valley, 64 bodies were
counted Monday at the morgue, said a worker who asked that his
name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to the
At least 22 people were killed in Naivasha over the weekend, said
district commissioner Katee Mwanza. Nineteen of them were Luos
whom a gang of Kikuyus chased through a slum and trapped in a
shanty that they set on fire, said police commander Grace Kakai.
As youths set buses ablaze at Kisumu bus station Monday, police
used tear gas, then opened fire. A morgue attendant said one man
whose body was brought in had been shot in the back of the head.
A school janitor also was killed by a stray bullet fired by a police
officer, said Charles Odhiambo, a teacher at Lion's High School.
Fred Madanji, a gas station attendant, said he saw two other "pro-
testers" shot in the back and killed as they ran from police.
In villages around Eldoret, another western town, gangs of
young Kalenjin killed four Kikuyus with machetes and stoned to
death two others they had pulled from cars, according to witness-
es. A military helicopter tried to land at the village, qfiCheptiret but
was prevented by youths who set grasslands ablaze.

KENYAN men (above and below) from the Luo tribe armed with machetes and rocks enforce a makeshift roadblock, searching passing vehicles for
Kikuyus trying to flee the town in order to kill them, on the main road to the Ugandan border near the airport in Kisumu, Kenya, yesterday.
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main road to the Ugandan border near the airport in Kisumu, Kenya,
Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. In Kisumu on Monday angry young men blocked
roads out of the town, set some houses and buses ablaze, and one driver
was burned alive in hs minibus, according to a witness.

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Sheraton sees

50-70% room

rate increase

Tribune Business Editor
BAHA Mar yesterday said it had seen
the average daily room rate (ADR) at its
rebranded and refurbished Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort increase by between 50-70
per cent over the past month compared to
previous cbmparatives, indicating the almost
$100 million invested in the hotel's upgrade
has already begun to pay dividends.
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-
president of administration and external
affairs, told The Tribune: "We've seen a
significant increase in the average room rate
at the Sheraton. We've seen an increase in
the average room rate for the last month of
50-70 per cent above last year. It's continu-
ing to trend that way.
"We're seeing a big improvement in .nat
area, and are continuing to focus on yield
management in terms of rates."
Mr Sands said one factor behind the ADR
room rate increase was that the 694-room
Sheraton had been transformed from a

* Baha Mar says upgrade
to Cable Beach resort
cost almost $100m of
$150m upgrade Budget
* Travel industry said to be
'thrilled at renaissance
of Cable Beach'

European-plan, all-inclusive model under
the previous Radisson brand where the
room rate was determined as a function of
the all-inclusive package to one where the
rates were set by the resort's quality and
customer demand.
Mr Sands also described as "encourag-
ing" the fact that the Sheraton Cable Beach
Resort, post-Christmas and New Year, was

SEE page 6B

Bahamas 2008

growth dropped

by Wall Street

Tribune Business Editor
A MAJOR Wall Street cred-
it rating agency struck a
gloomy note for the Bahamian
economy's 2008 prospects yes-
terday by downgrading its out-
look, predicting that the US
slowdown would drop real
GDP growth 0.5 per cent
below the Government's worst
estimate and cause a "tighten-
ing" of foreign exchange
Standard & Poor's (S&P),
while maintaining the
Bahamas A- long-term and A-
2 short-term sovereign credit
ratings, dropped its rating of
this nation's economic outlook
from 'positive' to 'stable' on
fears the US economic down-
turn would drag this nation
with it, impacting the speed at
which foreign direct invest-
ment (FDI) projects were

* S&P downgrades Bahamas outlook
from 'positive' to 'stable', dropping
real GDP growth forecast to 3% from
4% on US contagion fears
* Growth forecast 0.5% below
government's worst scenario
* Minister admits foreign reserves
'not in ideal position'
* Says no impact on Bahamas

ability to borrow
implemented and knocking a
full percentage point off 2008
GDP growth forecasts.
S&P dropped its real GDP
forecast for Bahamian eco-
nomic growth from 4 per cent
to 3 per cent for 2008, citing
the "below-par" tourism per-
formance in 2007 and the

"increasing risk of contagion"
from the US economy due to
the strong links between the
two nations.
In addition, the Wall Street
credit rating agency added that

SEE page 6B

Fears modular homes Bahamas has 'three years'

Tribune Business Editor
NORTH Eleuthera resi-
dents have expressed concerns
that the importation of modu-
lar homes for use in a 29-unit
condo hotel project could
"kill" the island's construction
industry, as they have arrived
in the Bahamas pre-built and
fitted out.
Rasin Johnson, an attorney
with Governor's Harbour-
based law firm, Johnson & Co,
told The Tribune that residents
had held a meeting on Friday
"to discuss this town's opposi-
tion" to the modular homes,
which are set on trailers, and
the process this would take.
He added that the homes
had been imported by the
Singing Sands Beach Club Ltd,
whose developers were said to
be Polish-American investor
Mariann Csigi, and business
partner Harold Merritt.
The developers had
obtained permission to con-
struct and develop a 29-unit
condo hotel project in north
Eleuthera, and Mr Johnson
said they had already con-
structed a beach club and.
restaurant with seating.

The pre-fabricated, modular
homes were being used as the
accommodation units, and Mr
Johnson said six of them had
been installed at the hotel site
already, while another four to
five were on the dock on north
He explained that north
Eleuthera residents were
opposed to the use of these
homes as condo hotel units
because they did not comply
with the Bahamas Building
Code, and would not provide
the quality hotel accommoda-
tion. the Bahamas was known
In addition, Mr Johnson said
they were also likely to be vul-
nerable to extreme damage in
a hurricane.
The Eleuthera attorney said
letters on the matter had been
dispatched to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, with
islanders determined to "block
it by any means we can".
Another major complaint is
that since these homes arrive
already constructed and fitted
out, there is no work for
Bahamian contractors, or elec-

SEE page 8B

to implement EPA reforms

Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas "may have
a little more work" to do
than other nations in reform-
ing its economic legislation
and policies to comply with
the Economic Partnership
Agreement's (EPA) require-
ments, but according to a
government minister will
have three years in which to
implement the required
Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance,
acknowledged that the Bahamas would have

Nation has 'a little more work to
do' than others to comply with trade
agreement, because non-WTO member

to both amend existing legislation and policies,
and develop new ones in areas such as compe-
tition regulation and anti-dumping provisions, to
comply with the EPA agreed with the Euro-
pean Union (EU).
Mr Laing explained that while all other mem-
bers of CARIFORUM, the body that negotiat-
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IT was another moderate
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an stock market, with 54,835
shares changing hands. Nine
of the 19 listed companies saw
trading activity during the
week, with five advancing, two
declining and two remaining
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) led
the volume for the week, with
21,505 shares changing hands,
accounting for 39 per cent of
total shares traded. FCL
declined by $0.04 during the
week to close out at $5.14.
JS Johnson & Company
(JSJ) led the rally, with its
share price climbing by $1 or 9
per cent, on volume of 1,000
shares, to close the week at a
new 52-week high of $12. Aba-
co Markets (AML) also expe-
rienced a new 52-week high
for the second consecutive

week, rising by $0.02 to close at
The loss leader for the week
was Commonwealth Bank
(CBL), which declined by
$0.43 on a volume of 15,533
shares to close the week out
at $7.92.
The FINDEX declined by
7.18 points or 0.75 per cent,
week-over-week, to close at
Earnings Releases
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) reported net income
available to common share-
holders of $42 million, and
earnings per share (EPS) of
$0.43 for the year ended
December 31, 2007 (unaudit-
In comparison to 2006, the
bank's net income was up by
$7 million or 20 per cent, while
total assets of $1.179 billion
increased by $160 million over
the $1.019 billion reported the
previous year:
CBL continued to report
strong performance ratios, with
return on equity (ROE) and
return on assets (ROA) of 35.5
per cent and 3.84 per cent
respectively, compared to 34.4
per cent and 3.72 per cent for
FOCOL Holdings
(FOCOL) released its first
quarter results, reporting net
income of $3.84 million, an
increase of $520,000 or 16 per
cent over the 2006 first quarter.
The increase in net income
was due to higher gross profits
reported in the quarter, with
sales revenues of $80.7 million
increasing by $7.3 million,
while the cost of sales at $70.1
million increased by $6.6 mil-
lion.FCL's total assets of $118
million declined by $11.9 mil-
lion or 9 per cent from the
amount reported at its year-
end, while total liabilities of
$56.7 million were down by
$15.8 million or 22 per cent.
In last week's commentary,
we discussed technical analysis

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BBL has declared a special dividend of $0.02 per share,
with $0.01 being payable on December 31, 2007, and $0.01
being payable on March 31, 2008, to all shareholders of record
date December 21,2007.
BPF has declared dividends of $0.20 per share, payable on-
January 18,2008, to all shareholders of record date January 11,
CBL has declared a special dividend of $0.06 per share,
payable on April 30,2008, to all shareholders of record date
April 15,2008.
CWCB has declared.dividends of $0.013 per share,
payable on February 7,2008, to all shareholders of record date
January 15,2008.
JSJ has declared dividends of $0.16 per share, payable on
January 28, 200,to all shareholders bf record date January 21,


and its use in investing. This
week we will focus on funda-
mental analysis.
An investor who trades on
fundamentals analyses various
factors in an attempt to deter-
mine a company's intrinsic val-
ue, including the evaluation of
company specific factors such
as financial condition and man-
agement, as well as macroeco-
nomic factors such as the over-
all economy and industry con-
The overall goal of the fun-

damental investor is to deter-
mine the 'real' value of a secu-
rity when compared with its
current trading price. This will
determine whether the
investor buys or sells the secu-
The fundamental approach
should be applied strategically
over longer periods of time.
Additionally, in order to use
it, the investor has to be knowl-
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'Huge void' in construction

from Stamp exemption end

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian Contractors
Association's (BCA) president
has added his voice to those
urging the Government to
reverse course on the Stamp
Tax exemption for first-time
home buyers with properties
worth $250,000 or less, warning
that the move could remove the
last supporting pillar for a strug-
gling construction industry.
Stephen Wrinkle said
Bahamian contractors were
already grappling "with a huge
void" left in construction busi-
ness by'the end of work on
Atlantis's Phase III expansion,
and the wait for other major
projects such as Baha Mar and
Albany to start.
This, he indicated, had been
compounded by the absence of
government contract work and
the wait for the Government's
housing programme to restart.
"We're extremely disap-
pointed that that was done,"
Mr Wrinkle said of the Gov-
ernment's decision not to
extend the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion for first-time home buyers
beyond the five-year expiry
deadline of December 31,2007.
"When you consider that
none of the mega projects have
been approved to start con-
struction, none of the Govern-
ment housing has recom-
menced, there's no government
contracts going out as all that
work was halted after the elec-
tion, we were left with a huge
void in the construction sector.
"For them to pull the plug on
private housing, which was
holding up the construction
industry, we're going to have a
lot of problems."
Mr Wrinkle said the BCA
had communicated its views to
the Government late last week,
urging it to extend the Stamp
Tax exemption for first-time
home buyers until "alternative
construction" work was able to
S"pick up the slack".
The BCA president added
that while lower and middle
ii. ome first-time Bahamian
home buyers could potentially

be "cut off at the knees" by the
exemption's end, major foreign
developers continued to enjoy
sizeable tax breaks.
He pointed to Ginn's $4.9 bil-
lion West End project, where
the developer will pay just 2 per
cent Stamp Tax on condos
worth more than $250,000 that
are sold during the period
between the first sale and 20
years later.
Given that the normal Stamp
Tax rate applied to real estate
transactions worth $250,000 or
more is 10 per cent, Ginn has
effectively obtained an 8 per
cent discount rate from the for-
mer PLP government, which
signed its Heads of Agreement.
While the Ingraham admin-
istration has been grappling
with how to make Ginn's Stamp
Tax breaks legal, third party
buyers of unimproved lots, con-
dos and homes at Ginn sur mer
will also enjoy a sliding scale
on Stamp Tax that is consider-
ably less than the standard rate.
Accepting the Government's
argument that the Bahamas'
investment regime offered too
many generous tax breaks, and
that the administration needed
to secure all the revenue it
could, as the rationale for not
renewing the first-time buyer
exemption, Mr Wrinkle sug-
gested that they examine "oth-
er avenues".
Advocating that the Govern-
ment focus on collecting mil-
lions of dollars owed in unpaid
real property tax and other tax-
es, Mr Wrinkle said: "There's
got to be other avenues to look
at other than slamming the
door on the construction indus-
With none of the Baha Mar,
Albany, South Ocean, Rose
Island Ritz-Carlton and Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port projects having yet reached
the construction phase, "as it
stands, there's no place to send
the workers. There's no devel-
opment work, no government
work and no private work".
Mr Wrinkle urged the Gov-
ernment to focus on the "over-
all picture rather than the direct
revenue" given up by the first-

time home buyer Stamp Tax
exemption, as home construc-
tion created a major "trickle
down effect" throughout the
Bahamian economy.
Home construction he added,
apart from benefiting buyer,
seller and contractor, also aided
banks and other financial insti-
tutions who provided the
financing, plus suppliers of fur-
niture, fixtures and other mate-
Before the Christie adminis-
tration introduced the Stamp
Tax exemption, first-time buy-
ers had to pay 6 per cent Stamp
Tax on real estate, with an
appraisal value of $50,000-
$100,000, and 8 per cent on
properties valued at between
In net deals, where the buyer
takes care of all closing costs, on
a $220,000 home, for example,
first-time buyers would have
paid 8 per cent Stamp Duty -
some $17,600. Even if the
Stamp Tax was split 50/50
between buyer and seller, that
would still require first-time
buyers to come up with almost
That is a major upfront cost
for Bahamians, especially giveil
the low savings rate in this
The Stamp Tax also com-
pounded the other closing costs,
which include legal fees usu-
ally 2.5 per cent of the purchase
price; 6 per cent realtor com-
mission; 7 per cent architects'
fees on new buildings; and bank
closing costs.
Thus many Bahamians strug-
gle to find the resources to meet
all the upfront closing costs, let
alone the mortgage payments.
Mr Wrinkle told The Tribune
that closing costs for real estate
transactions often amounted to
around 20 per cent of the pur-
chase price.
"The consumer can't take
another 10 per cent. He can't
find it," he added, urging the
Government to also focus on
reducing the fees and commit-
ment charges a banking indus-
try that made $300 million in
annual profits imposed on con-





Group Study Exchange is a Rotary Foundation sponsored program, the
purpose of which is to promote international understanding and goodwill
through person-to-person contact. The GSE teams are made up of 5 persons,
the leader of which is an experienced Rotarian.

District 7020, which includes The Bahamas, is pairing with Rotary 5490
District in Arizona, which includes Phoenix, London Bridge and The Grand
Canyon for a four-week visit during May & June (specific dates to be
determined). While abroad, team members have the opportunity to meet
their counterparts in their respective vocations, tour various businesses and
attractions and give presentations to Rotary Clubs and others about their
home country and sponsoring Rotary District.

The Rotary Foundation provides round trip airfare and local Rotarians in
the host District (i.e. Arizona) provide lodging, meals and transportation.
Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses only. All other
costs are covered by Rotary.

Individuals interested in applying for the four team member spaces should
be employed full time for at least two years in a recognized business or
profession and between the ages of 25 and 40 years. Applicants must be
citizens of The Bahamas and make themselves available for personal
interviews. Applications must be submitted by February 5 through one of
the Nassau Rotary Clubs or by contacting one of the following committee
members, who can also provide additional information:

Murray Forde
Patrick Rollins
Dr. Bridgette Rolle

Tel/fax: 393-1892 e-mail: forde@batelnet.bs
Tel: 325-9663 e-mail: pdrollins@batelnet.bs
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The Ansbacher Group, specialists in private banking, fiduciary
services and wealth Management has an opening in The Bahamas
for the position of


Duties include:

Maintaining the records of all securities transactions
Safeguarding the securities held by Ansbacher (Bahamas)
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Accurately recording and maintaining records of dividends
paid, stock splits, interest accruing & paid, and capital
gains on securities held by the Company
Carrying out duties as they relate to the proper
administration of securities
Portfolio Valuations

The successful candidate must have the following
qualifications and experience:

Hold a Series 7 / Canadian Securities Course or a
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3 year's experience in a settlements department or assistant
trader position.
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite & Bloomberg
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Please send all resumes to the attention of:
Human Resource Manager
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P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 325 -0524
E-mail: hrmanager@ansbacher.bs

Deadline for all applications by hand,
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and Art Exhibition

Abolition of the

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade:

Telling the Story

February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas

Art Exhibition
February 15-23, 2008

Guidelines for Artists
The Conference on the Abolition of the Trans
Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling The Story, invites all
artists to submit up to three (3) artworks executed
in any medium for showing at the conference
February 21-23, 2008.
The exhibition will open on Friday, 15 February,
2008 at 6.30 in the evening at the Performing Arts
Centre at The College of the Bahamas Oakes Field
All artwork should be sent or brought to the Pro
Gallery which is located in the S Block at The
College of the Bahamas Oakes Field Campus one
(1) week prior to the opening of the exhibition.
Please address all artworks to Mrs. Joann Behagg
or Mr. John Cox.
All artists should give an indication of how they
would wish their 3D pieces to be displayed.
Photographic images would assist us in determining
your display needs.
Foreign artists are welcome. However, all related
costs will be the responsibility of the artists (packing,
shipping, and customs duty, etc.) to and from The
The Conference Committee will select the works
to be exhibited and all decisions are final.

Joann Behagg
email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs
Telephone: 302 4560

John Cox
Telephone: 302-4485

The College of The Bahamas
Presents an
International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade:

Telling the Story

February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas

A .", . .

Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world history that has
profoundly influenced Africa, Europe and the Americas. Relister today.

Plenary Speakers
Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus,
an expert on Africa and Director of the South African Research and Archival Project.
At the conference his topic center around: "Global slave trade and the emergence of
communities of African descent around the world".
Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor ofHistory at Tulane University and author. Her
presentation will focus on "Freed Africans in The Bahamas".
Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative Mediator, his
topic will be "Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa".
Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalism & Communications,
educator and author, he will speak on the topic: "Reconciliation for the Peoples of the
For additional information contact the School of Social Sciences, Telephone 397-
Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor,
School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
P O Box N4912
E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 397-2608
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Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal "is a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal that publishes
original works and critical studies of Caribbean literature, theater, film, art, and culture by writers
and scholars worldwide exclusively in electronic form. The journal promotes a lively exchange
among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse
perspectives on Caribbean literature and culture and offers a mixture of critical essays, cultural
studies, interviews, fiction, poetry, plays and visual art. Book reviews and bibliographies,
special thematic issues and original art and photography are some of the features of this
international journal of Caribbean arts and letters. Anthurium is a non-profit publication and
project of the Caribbean Literary Studies program in the Department of English, supported
solely by the University of Miami" (http://scholar.library.miami.edu/anthurium/currentcalffor
The School of English Studies at The College of The Bahamas invites submissions for the Spring
2009 edition of the journal. Submissions must be received no later than 30 April 2008 and
should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word attachments to
schoolofenglishstudies@cob.edu.bs. They should also be accompanied by a brief biographical
Submission guidelines:
Critical Essays
No more than one essay, 3,500-6,500 words. Prepare manuscripts in accordance with the
most recent edition of The MLA Style Manual, which encourages the use of intratextual
documentation wherever possible and mandates the inclusion of a list of works cited (with full
pagination) at the manuscript's end.
No more than four poems.
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2,000-2,500 words. At the beginning of the review, please include the title of the work being.
reviewed as well as the publication/production information. Books should have been published
no more than two years previously.
No more than two pieces (on CD).

See additional information on submission guidelines at
Please note the Statement of Publication Terms which applies to allAnthurium publications.

Should you have any queries, please contact
Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones
Chair, School of English Studies or
The College of The Bahamas
Tel.: (242) 302-4381/5
Email: mjones@cob.edu.bs

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School of English Studies
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The normal entry requirements for the UWI LL.B degree are based on the following basic UWI
Matriculation standards:

(a) Five subjects, at least two of which must be at Advanced (A) Level and the remainder at
CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) general or BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of
Secondary Education) or the equivalent; OR

(b) Associate or Bachelor degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Note: Space in
the programme is limited and competition is high. Therefore, above average 'A' Level grades
and high averages ((at least 3.0) in undergraduate degrees are required for an applicant to stand
a reasonable chance of gaining admission.

The College of The Bahamas will consider a limited number of applications from persons
who do not satisfy Matriculation standards as identified above but who have equivalent
academic qualifications. In particular, mature applicants over 30 who provide evidence of
academic and professional achievement can be considered. This is an opportunity for persons
who have already been associated with the practice of law in some way to read for a law degree.
A resume must be submitted with the COB and UWI applications.

All applicants are required to sit a Proficiency Exam, at a date to be announced (probably
during the month of April 2008).

Interested persons must complete a College of The Bahamas and University of tle West Indies
Application for Admission Form available from the Office of Admissions, 2 Floor, Portia
Smith Building. Poinciana Drive, The College of The Bahamas. Both applications are also
available on (heir respective websites www.cob.edu.bs and http://ww.cavehill.uwi.edu.

Completed applications, original certificates (which will be returned to the applicant), copies
of original certificates, transcripts sent directly from universities or colleges previously attended
to the Director of Admissions at COB, and proof of payment of the forty-dollar ($40.00)
application fee (paid at the Business Office at COB), must be submitted by February 1, 2008.



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FROM page 1B

the Bahamas' foreign exchange
reserves position "is, and will
remain, tight".
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas' foreign exchange
reserves stood at $455 million
at year-end 2007, down from
$500 million in 2006, and S&P
said they were "unlikely to
grow significantly in 2008".
The year-end foreign
exchange reserves total cov-
ered just 70 per cent of the
Bahamas' monetary base,
down from more than 100 per
cent in 2004, and just above
the legally required ratio of 60
per cent, S&P reported.

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This, in turn, "exposed the
Bahamas significant external
vulnerability" as the external
financing gap current account
payments plus short-term debt
and medium and long-term
amortisation were expected to
be 164 per cent of current
account receipts and useable
reserves in 2007.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the S&P
forecast for real GDP growth
of 3 per cent was below the
Government's worst case sce-
nario of 3.5 per cent. The
Ingraham administration had
projected that real GDP
growth for 2008 will be
between 3.5-4 per cent he

Mr Laing pointed out that 3
per cent was "still a reasonable
rate of growth for us, and in
line with 2007", but the 1 per
cent GDP growth rate drop
predicted by S&P effectively
shaves some $50 million off the
total value of goods and ser-
vices produced by the
Bahamas this year, if you
assume a $5 billion economy.
The minister, though, said
the Government expected the
Bahamian economy to per-
form better in 2008 and gen-
erate a higher growth rate than
last year due to several foreign
direct investment projects due
to come on stream.
"We ourselves are not mind-
ed to so heavily discount eco-
nomic growth as a conse-

quence of what is happening
in the US," Mr Laing said,
adding that the Bahamian
tourism industry would benefit
from this nation's proximity to
the US at a time when Ameri-
cans had less disposable
income and wanted to travel
shorter distances.
On the foreign exchange
reserves, Mr Laing conceded
that the 2007 year-end posi-
tion "certainly was not the ide-
al that we tend to look for,
which is nearer $500 million or
"But in the course of the
year, with some of the foreign
direct investment projects we
have taking place, and some
of the borrowing in US cur-
rency that the Government

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Friday the TIN DRUM (English subtitles) Room 2 at 6:30(
February 8 Chinese Spring Festival Fireworks, Lion Dance, etc at 8 PM Band Shell 6-10 Pm
February 15 Spanish Movie: Brief Presentation Munnings Building
Friday (Title to be announced) .... Room 2 at 6:30
February 22 German Movie: Presentation by Professor Stephen B. Aranha Munnings Building
February 29 Movie: PAPER CLIPS Presentation by Mr. Walter Absil Munnings Building
Friday AHolocaust Project Room 2 at6:30)
March 7' Brazilian Film Brief Introduction by I, Moss Munnings Building
Friday 3 FI[LHOS DE FRANCISCO Room 2 at 6:30
March 14 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, 3. Munnings Building
Friday Mereus on vocals and other musical friends Room 2 at 6:30 PM
March 28 VICTOR IRCGO Beyond LES MIZ Lecture and slide show by I. Moss Munnings Building
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Friday Languages and private tourism businesses
April 11 HAITIAN FILM Slide presentation: Leger, SCCA Munnings Building
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Dates are subject to change.

intends to do, we expect to
bring the foreign reserve posi-
tion up into likely a better posi-
tion at the end of this year
compared to last."
Mr Laing said Parliament
had recently passed a resolu-
tion to allow the Government
to effect supplementary bor-
rowing in US dollars of around
$100 million, while the New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project was also likely to
involve some foreign curren-
cy borrowing.
All that, the minister said,
was likely to have a "net posi-
tive effect" on the foreign cur-
rency reserves.
Disagreeing with S&P's
assertion that "the pace of [for-
eign direct investment] project
implementation will slow given
the uncertainties of the global
environment", Mr Laing added
that the downgraded outlook
for the Bahamian economy
would not negatively impact
the Government's ability to
either access international debt
or capital markets especially
during a global liquidity/credit
crunch or the interest rate it
could obtain.
"I don't think so at all,
because the rating is still
extremely good," Mr Laing
said of any negative impact on
this nation's ability to access
international markets. "I see
no reason for it."
S&P said yesterday: "Stan-
dard & Poor's has revised its
real GDP growth forecast on
the Bahamas to 3.1 per cent
from 4.4 per cent for 2007. and
to 3 per cent from 4 per cent
for 2008.
"This revision takes into
account the continuously
below-par performance of the
tourism sector, where tourism
arrivals declined 3.5 per cent
in the first nine months of 2007
following the 0.5 per cent con-
traction in air arrivals in 2006.
The sector, which represents

about 60 per cent of the
Bahamas' GDP, is expected to
be negatively affected by the
curbed demand from the US
consumers who represent 85
per cent of the Bahamas'
tourist base.
"The construction sector,
which represents 10 pet cent
of GDP, is also expected to
shrink in the near term follow-
ing the fallout from the US
housing market, especially in
the area of second homes and
resort condominiums con-
struction. In addition, the
financial sector, representing
20 per cent of GDP, will likely
be negatively affected by the
losses in the financial industry
in the US and Europe.
"While the Bahamas
remains an attractive destina-
tion for foreign direct invest-
ment, with billions of dollars
committed for mega projects
(especially in the tourism sec-
tor), Standard & Poor's
believes that the pace of pro-
ject implementation will slow
given the uncertainties of the
global environment.
"This, in turn, would pres-
sure the government's fiscal
and external positions. The for-
eign exchange reserve position
is, and will remain, tight."
S&P said current account
deficits were likely to be 21 per
cent of GDP in 2007 and 20
per cent in 2008.
In addition, the Govern-
ment's commitment to fiscal
discipline and a Budget deficit
of 1.8 per cent of GDP for
2007-2008, compared to the
previous year's 2.7 per cent,
"will be tested in the face of
likely lower revenue intake
and expenditure pressures"
resulting from the Government
trying to deliver on its spend-
ing commitments.
Government debt was
unlikely to change over the
next few years, standing at 40
per cent of GDP.


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FROM page 1B

running at an average occu-
pancy level in the mid-60 per
cents just prior to the tradi-
tional pick-up in the run-in to
Baha Mar was now close to
"completing the $150 million
Budget spend" it had commit-
ted to for upgrading its existing
Cable Beach Resorts proper-
ties, Mr Sands said, prior to
the hoped-for start of its $2.4
billion project to transform
Cable Beach via the Caesar's
Entertainment casino and
hotel, plus other Starwood
brands besides the Sheraton.
"Just the Sheraton alone was
close to $100 million" in terms
of investment, Mr Sands
added. He said the full $150
million upgrade would be fin-
ished once the penthouse
suites at the Wyndham were
completed, a project expected
to close in the next 14 days.
At the Sheraton, Mr Sands
said the only thing yet to be

completed was the corridor
connecting the resort to the
Wyndham's casino, as this had
been used for office space dur-
ing the construction process.
The corridor was expected to
be re-opened in 30 days.
He described the Sheraton
as "a complete refurbishment",
involving everything from
plumbing, electrical and air
conditioning work, to roof
repairs and overhauls to the
food and beverage and dining
Apart from the previous
superstructure and supports,
the Sheraton was "a totally
brand new hotel", Mr Sands
said, adding that the reaction
from tour operators, travel
agents and tourist booking
engines to the changes had
been "very, very positive".
"They're thrilled and cer-
tainly see this as the renais-
sance of Cable Beach," Mr
Sands said. "They'retvery
impressed with the product
and quality of the Sheratbn on
Cable Beach.'


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City Markets operator taps financial controller

Bahamas Supermarkets (BSL),
operator of the 12 City Markets stores
in New Providence and Grand
Bahama, yesterday named Evange-
line 'Vangy' Rahming as its financial
"We are very pleased to announce
the appointment of Evangeline Rah-
ming, who brings more than 10 years'
experience in public accounting," said

Bryan Knowles, Bahamas Supermar-
kets' vice-president and chief financial
and administrative officer.
A Bahamian, Ms Rahming is a UK-
certified accountant, a Fellow of the
Chartered Association of Certified
Accountants, and a member of the
Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA). She holds a
Bachelor of Computer Science from

the University of Windsor, Canada.
Ms Rahming's appointment is part
of a strengthening exercise to bring
additional top professional manage-
ment to the company, part of a tran-
sition process begun a year ago when
the Bahamian/Barbadian consortium,
BSL Holdings, purchased a majority
78 per cent stake in Bahamas Super-
markets from foreign-owned Winn-

Dixie. Since then, Bahamas Super-
markets, with some 2,500 sharehold-
ers, has made major capital invest-
ments, undertaking store improve-
ments, upgrading equipment, building
its human resources training, broad-
ening product lines and installing new
Last January, the company, which
generates some $140 million in per

annum sales, opened its first new
store in over a decade at Cable Beach.
It unveiled its new signature style with
brighter lighting, wider aisles, price
scanners for customer use at aisle
ends, an expanded organic foods sec-
tion and full deli. The company
expects to complete installation of
point-of-sales scanners in all 12 City
Markets stores by mid-February.

Bahamas has 'three years' to implement EPA reforms

FROM page 1B
er Caribbean nations, and
whose agreement with the EU
this nation will be joining, were
members of the World Trade
Organisation or some other
rules-based trading regime, this
nation was not.
As a result, and because it
was effectively 'new to the
game', the Bahamas may have
more to do in reforming the
structure of its economy, and
its laws and regulatory frame-
works, than others.
"I think we'll find that many
other countries have much
work to do," Mr Laing said.
"We may have a little more,
because these countries have
been part of the WTO for
some time, and have a stan-
dard governing how they con-
duct themselves in interna-
tional trade.
"For us, this is a new envi-
ronment, but there is no oblig-

ation on our part to implement
any of the [EPA] provisions
for three years.
"Not only do we have time
over the next three years to
implement these provisions
necessary to comply with the
EPA, but there is also a provi-
sion for technical assistance to
help countries make those
adjustments where necessary."
Mr Laing added: "We have
lots of work to do, because we
have not participated in these
formal arrangements before,
so clearly laws and policies
have to be adjusted to the new
Ministry of Finance officials
were currently reviewing the
EPA treaty that CARIFO-
RUM had negotiated with the
EU, so that discussions on the
reforms the Bahamas had to
make going forward were
properly reformed.
A prime consideration in
these assessments, Mr Laing

added, were the specific and
special needs of the Bahamian
economy going forward, and
"whether the variations in our
circumstances require us to
offer different schedules" when
it comes to liberalising services
and investments, and other
"We know we have no com-
petition policy in this country,
we know we have no competi-
tion laws in this country," Mr
Laing said. "So these are mat-
ters which have to be looked
A copy of the EPA agree-
ment signed between the EU
and CARIFORUM, which has
been seen by The Tribune,
includes a chapter on compe-
tition and implies that the
Bahamas will be developing its
own policies and regulatory
body in this area. All countries,
including the Bahamas, have
five years to implement com-
petition laws from the date the

agreement takes effect.
Referring to competition
laws, the EPA text reads that
for CARIFORUM states, the
governing laws will be "Chap-
ter 8 of the Revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas of 5 July, 2001,
national competition legisla-
tion complying with the
Revised Treaty of Chaguara-
mas and the national competi-
tion legislation of the Bahamas
and the Dominican Republic".
Among other areas that the
Bahamas will have to attend
to, making far-reaching
reforms in some, are intellec-

tual property rights/copyright;
anti-dumping legislation; coun-
tervailing duties; and rules of
origin regimes.
Pointing to the work done,
and experience accumulated
by the Customs Department,
Mr Laing said: "Over time, we
have been building some
capacity in understanding these
rules of origin. While we have
a long way to go, there is a
building capacity in this coun-
try to deal with and advance
these kinds of matters."
The minister added that,
with the Bahamas having six

months from the EPA's sign-
ing to submit a services offer,
the Government expected to
start consultations with the pri-
vate sector in this area "early
next month for sure".
When it came to forming the
promised International Trade
Unit within the Ministry of
Finance, Mr Laing said that
while the "framework" for it
was in place, the Government
still had to recruit personnel
from within and outside the
civil service to staff it. That, he
added, was where the focus
now was.

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of The Bahamas' internal and external partners; enhancing the College's image and profile in the broader
community: and increasing the financial and material resources of The College of The Bahamas through
an integrated program of communications, iandraising and service to alumni and friends of The College
of The Bahamas. The Associate Vice-President provides recommendations on policy and action in the
management of issues and crises affecting the College, including media relations. The Associate Vice-
President provides oversight to The College/University's efforts to raise funds from private sources and
to engage its alumni in the life of the institution. He/she provides oversight and management for the
two offices within the area of External Affairs: Alumni Relations & Development and Public Affairs,
Marketing and Communications. Working collaboratively with all members of The College's community,
The Associate Vice-President, External Affairs will:
* Serve as the College/University spokesperson on College/University-wide concerns at the request of
the President and provide counsel and advice on major public relations issues;
* Oversee the operations of the offices of Alumni Relations & Development and of Public Affairs,
Marketing and Communications;
* Develop a public relations and marketing programme which supports and advances the strategic plans
of College/University's internal constituencies among its various external constituents.
* Provide direction and counsel for the administration of The College/University's graphics and
communications programme, and oversee an external communication programme to ensure that standards
of high quality are maintained;
* Develop and implement the campus's media relations for print and broadcast media at the local,
national and international levels;
* Working with Deans, Chairs and other departmental heads, administration, assess departmental, school
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accordingly to meet those needs;
* Develop and implement a strategic marketing programme for The College including areas such as
academic programmes, recruitment, research, internationalization, campaign, alumni relations;
* Coordinate communication and media strategy in support of The College/University's development
* Counsel The College/ University on issues management and media relations;
* Develop and oversee the actions of the institution's crisis management plan;_ Develop and implement
a program of internal communication for The College/University focused on building support for the
University transition agenda;
* Oversee the major gift and campaign efforts for the External Affairs of The College's private funding
needs including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors, and the management
of the staff of the Alumni Relations and Development Office, Council, senior team, administration,
volunteers and others who work with those donors.
The successful candidate will possess:
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leadership experience working and communicating with multiple publics. (While experience in an
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work experience will be considered).
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responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
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FROM page 1B

tricians and plumbers. The
feeling on north Eleuthera is
that if these homes are per-
mitted, it could potentially
open the floodgates for other
developers to import similar
structures, depriving the
Eleuthera construction indus-
try of valuable work.
Stephen Wrinkle, the
Bahamian Contractors Asso-
ciation (BCA) president, was
one of those invited to attend
Friday night's town meeting.
Having inspected the modu-
lar homes at the development
site, he said when contacted by

The Tribune: "They're com-
pletely done. No construction
is required. Everything is set
in place.
"There are concerns this will
kill the construction industry.
Six out of 10 people in Gov-
ernor's Harbour make a living
from constructing second
homes and residences. Every-
body's very upset.
"In a community where so
much is reliant on the con-
struction industry, I know the
Government is concerned."
Mr Wrinkle said he had had
"a good conversation" with the
developers, who had informed
him they had all the necessary
permits to do what they have

Pricing Information As Of: C F A L"
Monday, 28 Janua 2008

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.70 0.70 Abaco Markets 1.70 1.70 0.00 0.157 0.000 10.8 0.00%
11.80 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.9 3.39%
9.68 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.68 9.68 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.8 2.69%
0.85 0.80 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.5 3.53%
3.74 1.85 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
2.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.65 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.7 1.51%
12.56 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.50 12.56 0.06 5.000 1.030 0.240 12.2 1.91%
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.3 1.27%
8.50 4.33 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.92 7.90 -0.02 7.500 0.426 0.260 18.5 3.29%
7.22 4.74 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.16 5.03 -0.13 0.129 0.052 39.9 1.01%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.3 0.87%
7.40 5.70 Famguard 7:40 7.40 0.00 0.713 0.280 10.4 3.78%
13.01 12.30 Finco 13.01 13.01 0.00 0.829 0.570 15.7 4.38%
14.75 14.25 FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.914 0.470 16.0 3.22%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 5.14 5.14 0.00 0.363 0.140 14.2 2.72%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.017 0.000 45.3 0.00%
8.00 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
12.00 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.059 0.610 11.3 5.08%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdin s 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.023 0.000 N/M 0.00%
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdlngs 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3773 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.376507*
3.7969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.7969**
3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 3.00076**
1.2920 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.291985"
11.8192 11.3545 FidelitPrime Income Fund 11.8192"**
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DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1. 1994 100
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may 'kill'

been doing.
He added that his under-
standing of the situation was
that the Singing Sands Beach
Club's development was
approved by the Government
in 2006, and the modular
homes imported in 2007. How-
ever, in the run-up to and
through the general election,
the homes sat on the dock in
north Eleuthera, after Customs

told the developers they did
not have permission to bring
them into the Bahamas.
However, the developers
were subsequently able to
obtain a building permit for
the homes from the Ministry
of Works and force Customs
to release them, after it was
reported that they met the
Bahamas Building Code


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THE Securities Commission
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day consultation process on the
draft amendments to the
Securities Industry Act, which
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Speaking at an industry brief-
ing yesterday, the Commission's
legal counsel, Mechelle Mart-
inborough, explained that
copies of the proposed amend-
ments were now available on
the Securities Commission web-
site. She said industry stake-
holders will have from January
30 until April 30, 2008, to sub-
mit their comments and feed-
back either through letters, e-
mail or fax.
The main changes to the Act,
she said, will seek to provide a
more flexible legislative struc-
ture, so that the Securities Com-
mission has more ability to
make changes without having
to send them to Parliament for
approval. Instead, procedural
provisions would be placed in
the accompanying regulations
and rules.
The Act amendments address
a restructuring of the licensing
and registration system, as well
as disclosure requirementsand
the expansion of reporting

requirements to include all pub-
lic issuers.
Ms Martinborough added
that another key aspect will be
the enhancement of the Com-
mission's investigate and
enforcement powers.
This would include the Com-
mission's ability to have search
and seizure powers, inspection
powers, summon information,
and compel the production of
Additional remedies would
include payment of costs and
freezing orders.
Ms Martinborough said both
parts of the disclipinary process
are now operating. She said
that to date, the Disclipinary
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No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00011

Shirley Street in the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of JOSEPH HARRY BLACK late of 58
Grandview Avenue, Nanuet in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00015

Ocean in the Western District of thei'Iland of
New Providence, one of the Islands oitie,
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ERRINGTON
RUSSELL late of South Ocean in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00016

Mareva House, 4 George Street in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of THELMA
MARGARET CULMER late of Murphyville
in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00017

Mareva House, 4 George Street in the Island of

New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RONALD
EUGENE CAREY late of Tarpum Bay in the
Island of Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00018

Yonder Road in the Eastern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Eastate of HEATHER
BIANCA ADDERLEY late of Yoder Road in
the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00020

Eastwood Estates in the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas have made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of YVETTE
BURROWS late of Bethell's Terrace, Simone
Drive off Carmichael Road in the Western District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

31ST JANUARY, 2008

No. 2008/PRO/NPR/00022

GILFILLAN late of the Township of Lower
Merion in the County of Montgomery in the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas on its Probate Division by EARL A.
CASH, of Marlin Drive, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
Testamentary in the above Estate granted to

Succeeding Executrix, by the Montgomery
County Register of Wills Ex-Officio Orphans
Court in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
one of the States of the United States of America,
on the 29th day of December, 2006

Desiree Robinson
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23, Mart 26, Strap 28, Fix 29, Tha-ne-t 30, Bikini 31, Ural(-s)
32, Ex-C-ludes 33, Ho.-over
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heart) 6, R-ace-R 8, Lava 9, Tot 12, Len 13, Go for 15, L-Aden
18, Earth 19, Si-R 20, Led 21, Wipe out 22, Wan 23, (The)
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ACROSS: 1, Barges 7, Ancestor 8, Dial 10, Change II, Riders
14, tee 16, Virus 17, Shed 19, Widen 21, River 22, Titan 23,
Rare 26, Loses 28, Rub 29, Encase 30, Robust 31, Abet 32,
Stealthy 33, Sesame
DOWN: 1, Blocks 2, Gained 3, Sale 4, Deliver 5, Steer 6,
Dross 8, Dale 9, Age 12, Din 13, Ruler 15, Rival 18,
Heron 19, Wit 20, Den 21, Rissole 22, Tea 23,
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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

Independent Judgment

East dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
A QJ 3
4-- +975
VJ73 V8542
452 *Q1043
+AKQJ10 832 +64
K 108642
K Q 109
The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 + 5 + 64
Opening lead king of clubs.
This deal occurred in a match
between Poland and France in the
final of the 1984 World Team
Olympiad. It illustrates the important
role judgment and instinct can play
when there is no scientific way of
determining what to do in a difficult
When a Polish pair held the
North-South cards, the bidding went
as shown. Following West's leap to
five clubs, North jumped to six
spades, gambling that his partner had
at most one club loser and at least
one ace. South's actual hand vindi-
cated North's judgment, and the slam
gave Poland 1,430 points.
At the second table, where a


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plurals, or verb forms
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with initial capitals and
no words with a hyphen
or apostrophe
permitted. The first
word of a phrase is
permitted (e.g. inkjet in
inkjet printer).
Good 12; very good 18;
excellent 24 (or more).
Solution Monday.

I Deluge (5)
2 Take unlawfully (5)
3 Service (4)
4 Riding display (5)
5 Breathe heavily (4)
6 Play sections (6)
9 Attack (6)
11 Agent (3)
12 Liquid measure (5)
13 Shudder (7)
15 Vegetable (3)
16 Stretch (3)
18 Paused (6)
20 Ability (5)
21 Noise (3)
22 Boy (3)
23 Find (6)
25 Number (3)
28 Beginning (5)
30 Transforn (5)
31 Condition (5)
32 Portal (4)
33 Friend (4)

French pair were North-South, West
likewise jumped to five clubs. Here
too, the French North came to the
same conclusion as his Polish coun-
terpart, bidding six spades over five
But at this table, the Polish West
now exercised excellent judgment of
his own. After his partner and South
passed, he decided to trust his oppo-
nents, and, with the vulnerability in
his favor, he bid seven clubs. North
doubled, and West went down five.
But the 900-point loss (which would
be 1,100 at today's scoring), com-
bined with the outcome at the other
table, yielded a net gain of 530 points
- 11 International Match Points -
for Poland-
Of course, if South had held the
doubleton club and East the single-
ton certainly a real possibility -
the slam would not have been made.
In that case, the Poles would have
suffered a net loss of 1,000 points -
14 IMPs on the deal.
West's final action was also
strictly a matter of judgment, and in
the actual case the Polish West
proved to be right. Usually, a player
who pre-empts does not bid again,
having already told the story of his
hand, but the Polish West here
decided to exercise his independent
The Poles 'ad the edge in this
department on a substantial number
of other deals, and as a result easily
defeated the French to take the 1984
world title.

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AQUARIUS -Jan 21/Feb 18
You are usually pretty self-asuted,
but there have been times recently
when your confidence has beeii low
However, it won't be long before L.
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Wang Hao v Nigel Short, UK v
China, Liverpool 800 match 2007.
Britain's grandmasters took on the
rising stars from the East, average
age only 20 and already Olympiad
silver medallists. Judging from the
match results, Beijing's speciality is
the endgame and the ability to
conjure up victory from scanty
material. Here the position looks
level, and former world title
challenger Short is ready to push his
passed d4 pawn. But appearances
were deceptive, and it took just
three moves for Wang Hao (White,
to play) to force resignation. What
happened? .


Chess: 8530:1 NI5! wins. If d3 2 Nh6 (threat 3 Rg8 mate)
Ke8 3 17+ and Black loses after either Kd7 4 18Q+ or KfS
4 Rg8+ Ke/ 5 Rxd8 Kxd8 6 f8Q+. The game ended
l...Rb8 2 Nh6 Rb2+ 3 Kfl Resigns. White mates by Rg8 o0
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quently lose efficacy.

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when skin care

ingredients, such
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they instantly react
with oxygen or light
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works through a unique
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nology that ensures stabili-
ty. When dispensed onto a
fingertip, MAP is in pow-
der form. It maintains this
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gentle pressure that causes
the powder to break. It is
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Pigeon medicine and husbandry Skin


TODAY, pigeon rearing in the
Bahamas is a big sport. These pigeon
fanciers rarely seek veterinary advice. This
is often a commercial decision, based on
the value of a racing pigeon, and there is
also a strong feeling that veterinarians
don't understand pigeons.
The domestic pigeon is thought to have
been derived from European Doves. In
the Bahamas we have a lot of ring neck
doves that are considered to be flying
pests. Today we will concentrate on racing

Husbandry: Racing pigeons are housed
in lofts. The loft must be dry, well venti-
lated, it must be able to minimize extreme
variation in temperature and humidity,
and it must be easy to clean. Most fanciers
have different lofts for different life stages,
young bird lofts, stock lofts etc.
Feeding Pigeons reach maturity at
approximately six months of age, but are
usually not bred until they are one year
old. The cocks should be separated from
the hens for much of the year, pairing
them only when breeding is desired. The
first egg is laid about 10 days after pairing,
the second egg approximately two days
later. Both parents share the incubation
which takes 18-20 days.
The newly hatched chick (Squab) is fed
crop milk by either parent. Crop milk is
unique to pigeons. The milk resembles
mammalian milk, being rich in fat and
protein, however it lacks carbohydrates
and calcium. After the fourth day nearly
all food provided to the chick is regurgi-
tated food. The squab grows rapidly; it is
weaned at 24 days at which time it
becomes known as a squeaker until its
voice changes at eight weeks.

medical problems
Skin and feathers
(1) Ectoparasites (lice, mites and pigeon

flies) are all seen from
time to time, causing
feather damage, skin
irritation and restless-
ness within a flock.
Treatment with
Pyrethrin spray and
ivermectin are effec- i
tive remedies.

(2) Pigeon pox it ..:
is caused by the pox
virus and is seen in two forms. Most lesions
will heal in three to four weeks. Although
the disease is self limiting, the lesions may
become infected and painful and may
interfere with eating, respiration and
vision. If lesions are infected, antibiotics
and gentle cleaning are indicated.
Forceful removal of scabs may result in
scarring and deformity. Prevention
revolves around isolation of affected birds,
minimizing fighting and prevention of bit-
ing insects. A vaccination is available.
Birds older than six weeks should be vac-

(3) Dermatophytes fungal infections
typically affect the non-feathered skin,
causing thickened grey patches.

(4) Traumatic injuries are sometimes
seen after colliding with wire or other
birds in a loft.

Digestive system
Trichomoniasis (canker) is the most
common internal parasite seen in pigeons.
It is a protozoan that causes ulcerations in
the mouth, esophagus, crop and proven-
There is often yellow necrotic material
in the oral cavity. Treatment with metron-
idazole is usually highly effective.

Worms are very common in pigeons.
Roundworms and hookworms are fre-
quently found in poor performing birds.
Fecal examination will confirm the diag-

nosis and treatment with ivermectin is

Coccidia is extremely common in lofts.
Intestinal infections and weight loss in
young birds are the most important clini-
cal signs. Treatment with sulfadimethoxine
(albon) is effective.

Salmonella is common in certain areas.
It presents as an acute onset of lethargy,
diarrhea, weight loss and death. Treat-
ment with Baytril is commonly used.

Respiratory System
Chlamydiosis is very common in
pigeon lofts. Transmission is by inhala-
tion or ingestion of infected feces and res-
piratory secretions. Clinical signs include
swollen eyelids, ocular discharge, con-
junctivitis and difficulty breathing. Treat-
ment with Doxycycline is effective. This
disease is zoonotic and can infect people.
Other respiratory infections, eg
Mycoplasma and Aspergillosis, are usu-
ally seen in poorly ventilated lofts. Clinical
signs are difficult breathing, weight loss
and poor performance.

Ammonia toxicosis occurs in poorly
ventilated, unhygienic lofts. The build up
of ammonia from the droppings initially
cause irritation to the conjunctiva and res-
piratory epithelium, causing eye discharge,
head shaking, sneezing and coughing.
Affected birds become lethargic and per-
form poorly.
Diagnosis is usually made on examina-
tion of the loft. If your eyes begin to water
and the smell of ammonia is strong, a pre-
sumptive diagnosis of ammonia toxicosis
can be made.

Dr Basil Sands is a veterinarian at the
Central Animal Hospital. Questions or
comments should be directed to pot-
cake59@hotmailcom. Dr Sands can also be
contacted at 325-1288

Committing to a healthy lifestyle

Column prepared in collaboration with
guests Mrs Pansy Hamilton-Brown, guid-
ance counsellor and certified family life
educator; Mr Antoine Wallace, festival offi-
cer, Department of Culture; Mr Kevon
Lightbourne, fitness instructor and health
communication officer, Ministry of Health
and Social Development; Mrs Pamela
Bowe, senior health education officer. Min-
istry of Health and Social Development
and from health messages within the
Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and
Social Development.

RESIDENTS of the Bahamas are
becoming more and more health con-
scious. With that in mind, the many
health messages that have encouraged us
to move for health, eat healthy, live well
and get moving Bahamas have accom-
plished their assignment people have got-
ten their bodies in motion and have
increased their physical activity...

What is physical activity?
Physical activity and exercise are good
for you. They help you to grow well, be
healthy, smart, strong and live longer.
Physical activity can be defined as all
movements in everyday life, including
work, recreation, exercise and sporting
activities. In fact, 'physical activity' is a
broad term that encompasses activities
ranging in intensity from taking the stairs,
dancing and walking to jogging, biking
and practicing sports.
Whatever the activity, make fitness and
exercise enjoyable, fun and a family affair
where at all possible.
Lack of physical activity can lead to:
Coronary heart disease
Type two diabetes
High blood pressure

Joining hands for Health

Depression and anxiety
Congratulations to all of you who
engage in some form of physical activity
each day. It has been noted that basket-
ball. volleyball, tennis, and softball are
some of the most common sporting activ-
ities Bahamians engage in. However, walk-
ing, cycling and attending the gym are cer-
tainly a close second. You are encouraged
to continue to walk and exercise for the
health of it. There are many types exercise
we can enjoy which would promote health,
cardio-muscular conditioning, muscle
strengthening, flexibility in range of
motion and balance.

Here are the types of physical activity:

Moderate exercise
Walking briskly
Walking downstairs
Housework, eg washing floors
or windows

Vigorous exercise
Walking upstairs
Fast dancing
Biking up a hill
Jumping rope
Sports, eg soccer, basketball

There are many benefits to engaging in
regular exercise and physical activity. Reg-
ular exercise can:
Improve fitness

Help you sleep better.
Help you to be flexible
Increase vitality and energy
Help you to feel and look good
Help improve your immune system
Help you to learn better and be alert
Increase your strength and endurance
Help build stronger bones and muscles
Help delay decline in your motor
Help to promote greater opportunities
Help to reduce stress, anxiety and
Help you to lose weight and maintain
a healthy weight
Help to improve your self esteem and
be more self-confident
Help prolong the ability for indepen-
dent living among older adults
Help to prevent certain diseases/con-
ditions in the future, such as heart dis-
ease, arthritis and type two diabetes.

To those who are considering starting an
exercise programme, one important warn-
ing: if you are overweight or have not
exercised regularly before or in a long
while please check with your doctor before
beginning any exercise programme.
Remember, you should be able to meet
the simple physical demands of life with-
out having shortness of breath, chest pains
and exhaustion with simple activities such
as picking up a hamper of moderate size or
sweeping an average sized bedroom.
Get fit for life, you are worth it.

For more information on physical fit-
ness and related matters, contact Ms Patri-
cia Francis and/or Dr Ann Rolle at the
Healthy Lifestyle Secretariat at telephone
328-8535, Mr Kevon Lightbourne at tele-
phone 502-4883/4 and Mrs Pamela Bowe at
telephone 502-4848.

Practical tips for eating on the run

Provided by Adelma
Roach, Camelta Barnes, Shan-
dera Smith and Lathera Lot-
more, nutritionist from the Min-
istry of Health/Department of
Public Health
ARE you a person that finds
yourself constantly going all of
the time? Do you frequently
feel that there are simply not
enough hours in the day to do
the things required of you,
much less prepare meals and
eat healthy too? Well, if this
sounds familiar, no need to
worry because the Lighten Up
and Live Healthy team is here
to help you. It's the beginning
of a new year and I'm sure that

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Lighten Up &

Live Healthy

one of your New Year's reso-
lutions is to make healthier
food choices a resolution
many undoubtedly will keep,
as well as a resolution that
many will find a bit more chal-
lenging because of their busy
Many persons nowadays find
themselves in multiple roles
with the responsibility of per-
forming many different tasks,
ranging from being a parent,
a husband or a wife, a teacher,
a chauffeur, a bread-winner
and a cook, to name a few.
Moreover, many persons have
to perform these roles while
working a full-time job and
taking care of their families
and themselves.

Due to the many hustles and
bustles of the day, many peo-
ple find themselves continual-
ly on the run. They are often so
busy and preoccupied that they
barely find time to eat and
when they do, more handy
foods and snacks such as chips,
cookies, sodas, etc are chosen.
Additionally, many people
opt to purchase prepared
meals from fast food restau-
rants rather than preparing
home cooked meals. They may
be saving time but they are
putting their health at risk.
This article aims to provide
you with some simple, practical
tips that will save you time,
money and energy while shop-
ping and preparing snacks and

meals for yourselves and your
Tips on simple ways to save
money at the grocery store
Budget your grocery mon-
ey into weekly amounts
Compare various stores
and take advantage of super-
market specials and sale items
Plan ahead. Make a shop-
ping list and stick to it
Save time and money by
shopping only once a week
Shop by yourself so others
won't influence you to pur-
chase things you do not need
Do not shop on an empty
Choose foods for their
nutritional value, not for
"name brand" or cost (Dietary
Guideline # 9)
Use save-a-checks and
quality stamps

Simple ways to save time
while cooking
Cook in large batches and
store in suitable containers
Consider buying frozen

vegetables. They do not need
to be washed, peeled or cut
and they still contain their
nutritional value
Combine ahead of time
flavourings and herbs that you
use regularly
Cover pans with lids. This
saves nutrients, gas/electricity,
money and time
Organise your cupboards
and pantries so items you use
most often are at hand
Keep a message pad or a
whiteboard handy to jot down
ingredients as they run out
Let your family help in the
kitchen, you will save time and
Teach your family how to
shop and cook

Simple tips for healthy
eating on the run
Prepare your breakfast and
lunch the day or night before
Pre-pack small plastic bags
or containers of fresh fruit,
cereal, snack mixes, dried fruit,
vegetables such as baby car-




Solar Keratoses

Defini- i
tion This is
a precancer-
ous condition '
found on sun

features It
starts off as a tiny area of
telangiectasia (tiny blood ves-
sels) which is rarely noticed
by the patient. It then devel-
ops into a well defined red
patch with a rough, adiheiret
yellow/brown scale. The
roughness of the lesion may
be remarked upon by the
patient. Also, at times when
the scale is removed it may
leave a raw, bleeding surface.
Lesions are often multiple
and are found in areas of skin
that are chronically exposed
to the sun. These areas
include the face, ears, back ol
the hands, forearms and
shins. The scalp of a man who
has been bald for many years
is particularly vulnerable to
forming solar keratoses.
Solar keratoses are poten-
tially malignant. They gradu-
ally become thickened and a
squamous cell cancer results.

Treatment Liquid nitro-
gen is very effective in
removing the solar kern i o..
Usually after one treatment
the lesions will disappear. !t
is a simple treatment opticm
and can be done easily in tlh
dermatologist's office at the
time of diagnosis. The treated
area will initially turn red !or
about an hour or two after
the procedure and may or
may not form a blister. It will
then form a scab over the
next few days which will then
drop off.

Actinic Cheilitis

Definition This is a pre-
cancerous condition that pre-
dominantly affects the lower

Clinical features It is
more common in fair-skinned
individuals who work cut-
doors. It begins a a dryness
and scaling of the lower lip.
Splitting and crusting of the
lip then follows. It is then fol-
lowed by the development of
a little papule which eventu-
ally leads to a squamous cell

Treatment Liquid nitro-
gen can be used to treat the
lesions as described above. If
a squamous cell cancer is sus-
pected then an excision biop-
sy is performed. This is essen-
tial since this cancer can
metastasize or spread to oth-
er parts of the body.


Dermatoscopic analysis -
Patients are advised to see
their dermatologist once a
year to have a dermatoscopic
analysis of their skin to
ensure that they do not have
any of the above lesions. 'ITh
dermatoscope can identity
the precancerous chalnm.c;s
that are happening under lthe
skin before anything is seen
with the naked eve. ()nce
these lesions are diagnosed
they can be easily treated to
avoid the development of
squamous cell cancers.

If you have tmn' qmcne.\icmn
please e-mail Dr Knomw'l's aI
drknowlesl@lthotnmail.co lm.
She can also be contacted at
the Renascence Institzute. Olhdc
Town Sandyport @ 327-

rots, nuts and other easy to eat
Choose low caloric, low
salt and low fat snacks

Drink water. Keep a bottle
of water in the car and on \our
desk at work
Purchase packages of indi-
vidually wrapped foods such
as wheat crackers and 100 per
cent fruit juices

Always remember, with a lit-
tle preplanning, creativity and
preparation it is possible to eat
healthily on the run while sav-
ing time. energy and money.








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inherit many
tics and traits
from you,
strengths and
of their spinal columns. Just
as the shape of their noses,
colour of their eyes, or size of
their skeletal frames can be
inherited, so can curvatures
or weak areas in their spines.
When I tell patients they
have arthritis, many will say
"arthritis runs in my family".
The same holds true for heart
disease, high cholesterol, dia-
betes etc. So, your children
may have a tendency to
inherit the same or corre-
sponding problems, just as
you may have similarly inher-
ited your spinal weaknesses
from your parents or the
accumulated weaknesses of
several generations.
If you suffer from
headaches, backaches, ner-
vousness, constipation, stom-
ach trouble or a much longer
list of physical complaints,
your own children may cer-
tainly be subject to these
same conditions. Natural
parental concern compels
you to prevent your children
from experiencing the same
distressing health problems
you have known.
As chiropractic has grown,
it has continued to place
greater emphasis on the pre-
vention of spinal problems
which can cause any number
of other health problems due
to spinal nerve pressure. The
prevention is most effective
in childhood. A regular spinal
examination at least once a
year during your child's
growing years is one of the
best physical health insurance
procedures you can obtain
for him or her.
If chiropractic corrective
adjustment is indicated, you
will have the great satisfac-
tion of knowing that you
have taken the proper steps
to assure your child of a
healthy body, and therefore,
a nervous system free from
nerve pressure or irritation.
Many serious health condi-
tions in youth, as well those
that occur later in life, can be
prevented by this precaution-
ary procedure. Remember,
"As the twig is bent, so grows
the tree".

Susan Donald is a doctor
of chiropractic at the Life
Chiropractic Centre. For
more information please call

Tribune Feature Writer

Few things are as
paradoxical as the
Internet. It came
to give us greater
and faster access
to information and make com-
munication easier, through
emails, wireless connections
and instant messenger services
and social utility services like
Facebook. However, it also
caused the inadvertent break-
down in interpersonal com-
munication through actual con-
versations and personal, face-
to-face contact.
As a result, psychologists
and therapists, in the last
decade, have developed seri-
ous concerns over the abuse
of the Internet and how that
abuse strains relationships.
Dr Wayne Thompson, psy-
chologist at the Centre for
Renewing Relationships, told
Tribune Health that in the
American Association. of Mar-
riage and Family Therapists
(AAMFT), where his princi-
pal membership lies, Internet
addiction gained front head-
lines 10 years ago after addic-
tive patterns caused a number
of families to seek help.
Not surprisingly, these ini-
tial cases were incidents of
emotional adultery where men
and women were becoming
obsessed with looking at
pornography. But that was just
the beginning since an obses-
sio rfJ rt.nte pornogra-
ph 0f a, effect w*
othl rital a lhily issue
ompsolnoted th4f
these persons were becoming
enamoured with pornographic
pictures and videos to the point
where they would become
emotionally sensitized to their

own partners. That emotional
infidelity then led to a break-
down in communication and
the addict began to communi-
cate more with people online
on non-sexual levels as well.
"More and more persons
began to look for friends and
conversations on the Internet
because they were not resolv-
ing issues that they were hav-
ing and issues that they were
creating. And so the Internet
became an escape hatch for a
lot of persons," he explained.
This communication break-
down spun off into another
category of issues that began to
affect other relationships.
"What we saw happen a few
years after that is that parent-
child relationships began to
have less and less communica-
tion. Time that would have
been family time to talk would
have been given over to these
kinds of sites," Dr Thompson
Another problem for this
second generation of Internet
users was that the Internet and
accompanying technology now
began to be marketed heavily
to them. Children would take
their meals at the computer in
order to chat with friends,
allowing for even less emo-
tional exchange between child
and parent.
"The Internet, which was
supposed to be a tool to aid in
research information and
doing business, soon became
a double-edged sword in cre-
ating problems within family
relationships,And that is a
problem we now have in the
Bahailns and the Caribbean
as a whole," Dr Thompson

What happens on Internet,
stays on the Internet
What makes the Internet

PSYCHOLOGISTS and therapists have developed serious concerns
over the abuse of the Internet and how that abuse strains relationships.

such an attractive avenue for
addiction, Dr Thompson said,
is the lack of accountability
"You don't have to address
yourself and that is what is so
dangerous. So if you have an
issue with someone, you don't
have to deal with that issue.
You can simply escape on the
Internet and speak with other
people and make it look like
you don't have a problem," Dr
Thompson explained.
"But the truth of the matter
is that those relationships
online are not as real as rela-
tionships where you physically
see persons and have to be in
their presence. And this brings
up another issue."
In view of online communi-
cation networks like chat
rooms and other services. Dr
Thompson apid that many
young.,persoi)$ no4-now
how to socialize effectively in
relationships because the vast
majority of their contact is with
persons online. It gives them
a blurred perspective on the
type of interpersonal skills that

are necessary to conduct them-
selves socially and respectfully,
he said.
"Most of the young
teenagers have a tremendous
amount of friends they speak
to everyday and every evening
in between homework. And
they're always online.
"That gives them a false
sense of their interpersonal
skills because they still have
difficulty even dealing with the
siblings they live with," he
As far as Dr Thompson is
concerned though, the Inter-
net is not to blame for social
and communication issues in
families. Rather, parents must
first begin to develop real rela-
tionships with their children so
that the Internet'does not have
to be an emotional crutch. He
believes also that in the vast
majority of Bahamian homes
such a nurturing relationship
between parent and child does
not exist. "The problem was
there before we got online in
the Bahamas. What is simply
happening now is the break-

Foundation assists anesthetic assistants

SINCE 1989, The Doctors
Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin
Foundation has provided
scholarships and financial
assistance to persons pursuing
education in all areas of
healthcare. Qualified health-
care workers such as medical
technicians, pharmacists, lab
technicians, nurses and others
have had the opportunity to
realise their dreams.
The Doctors Hospital Dr
Meyer Rassin Foundation is
pleased to announce its newest
recipients, Ketanna Finlayson
and Shovon Moss. Ketanna
Finlayson is pursuing a nursing
degree at the College of the
Bahamas (COB) with the goal
of becoming a registered nurse
in the operating theatre.
Presently working in the
capacity of an anesthetic assis-
tant at Doctors Hospital,
Ketanna juggles school and
full time employment.
Described as "an outstanding
anesthetic assistant and bright

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SHOWN (I-r) are Paul Haven, vice president, human resources;
Foundation recipients Ketanna Finlayson and Shovon Moss: Michele
Rassin, vice president of operations, Doctois Hospital.

young woman with a willing-
ness to learn", a person of
good character, ambitious,
honest and reliably by the
physicians with whom she
works closely with, Ketanna
has a genuine passion for car-
ing for patients. This financial
assistance will enable her to
"fulfill my desire to help oth-

ers and to continuously
expand my knowledge base
and skills".
Recipient Shovon Moss'
love for the healthcare field
started at an early age.
According to Shovon, she has
"always been fascinated by
healtlicare" leading her to pur-
sue studies as a medical assis-

tant. Also employed as an
anesthetic assistant in the
operating theatre at Doctors
Hospital, Shovon's many
accomplishments, both at Doc-
tors Hospital and in the
healthcare field as a certified
pharmacy technician; a certi-
fied Phlebotomist and her
ACLS and IV certifications,
have all encouraged her to
pursue a career in nursing.
Shovon is currently enrolled
in the bachelor of science nurs-
ing prograniune at COB.
7Te Doctors Hospital Dr
Meyer Rassin Foundation
invites the public to share its
comnnitment 1,y helping those
who are pursuing a career in.
health. Contributions and
applications maly be forwarded
to: lhic Dr Mever Rassin Foun-
dation, c/o Michele Rassin, PO
Box N 3018, Nassau,
Bahamas. Applications can h e
foiundti t:
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A PERSON who is
addicted to the Internet, like
all other addicts, can observe
their actions and confirm
whether they are addicted
or not. Dr Wayne give's the
following tips to help you to
determine if you have an
addiction to the Internt,
Do you find thbi tde
minute you come homr you
feel a "pull" to go l 'the
Internet first?This is a clear
indication that yol are
developing an habitu pat-
tern. '
*Do you find that yNa are
staying up a few hours ,ater
and the time that is being
used is spent on the 10ter-
net on activities that ar-not
related to self development.
such as studying foilran
examination or working on
family relations? This is a
sign that you are developing
a problem.
Do you find that you
don't wish to socialize with
people that you live with as
much, but prefer to be alone,
and you are in need of your
"own space" on a continual
basis? These are indications
that you have developed a
pattern of behaviour that is
"more geared towards Inter-
net contact than true per-
sonal contact".
You can find Dr Wayne
Thompson at the Centre for
Renewing Relationships on
Shirley Street. Call 356.7983
for more information.

down and that void is being
completely filled with the
Internet. But for children who
have a well balanced home and
family, I don't see the Inter-
net as a problem," he told Tri-
bune Health.
Using his own home as a
"classic example", Dr Thomp-
son revealed that despite the
fact that both of his children
have their own computers, the
technology has not interfered
with the interpersonal com-
munication between them and
he and his wife.
"Parents are yery quick to
find fault with the Internet, but
a lot of those parents who
always find fault and say to
their child. 'you always on this
computer', are not persons
who show themselves to be
friendly to their own children,"
he noted.
For parents who have con-
cerns with the time their chil-
dren spend online, Dr Thomp-
son believes that this should
serve as an opportunity for
parents to reevaluate their
relationship with the child and
see whether they need to
invest more time into that rela-

Dr Locatelli opens epilepsy monitoring unit

SOUTH Florida epilepsy expert Eduardo
Locatelli, MD, MPH, founder and medical
director of Florida Neuroscience Center
(www.floridaneuroscience.com), recently
announced that he has opened a four-bed
epilepsy monitoring unit with Holy Cross Hos-
pital in Fort Lauderdale.
The brand new unit houses state-of-the-art
digital equipment to monitor and assist with
the diagnosis of complicated seizure cases while
patients stay in comfortable private rooms in a
medically supervised environment.
Normal brain function is made possible by
electrical charges passing between nerve cells in
the brain and throughout the body. Epilepsy, the
third most common neurological disorder in
the United States, is a condition that causes the
brain to produce sudden bursts of electrical
energy that disrupt other brain functions. These
bursts may affect a person's consciousness, body
movements or sensations for one to three min-

Forty-eight-year-old Anthony Frank began
having grand mal seizures when he was seven
years old. For the next 39 years, he suffered
seizures every other week which caused violent
muscle contractions followed by a loss of con-
sciousness for several hours. The fear of having
an episode in public combined with the side
effects of heavy doses of medication affected
Anthony's relationships, his self confidence,
and his ability to enjoy a good quality of life.
"I used to be uncomfortable holding my
young daughter's hand for fear of experienc-
ing a seizure," said Frank. "If I had a seizure
while holding her hand, my wife would have to
pry my hand away because I would clench my
daughter's hand so tightly. My daughter was
hesitant to ask for my assistance in doing her
homework or even to play with her because
she would be frightened of me having a seizure."
After years of being treated with various med-
ications that were not overly effective, Frank's
wife encouraged him to find a new neurologist

who could possibly help him achieve a better
quality of life. Frank was revered to Dr Locatel-
li who ultimately admitted him to a hospital-
based epilepsy monitoring unit. He was told
that he could possibly be a candidate for brain
surgery and cured of his seizures if Dr Locatel-
li was able to locate the portion of his brain
where the abnormalities occurred while being
In a monitoring uilit, a patient is connccted to
an elecroenci lq)halograplh (EEG) machine vi;i
dozens of tiny wires that are taped to the head.
-lere, Dr Locatclli records continuous brain
wave activity with simultaneous video recording.
Brain waves during or between seizures may
show special patterns, which help the doctor
decide whether or not someone has epilepsy.
Sometimes, a seizure can be induced if it is
known what type of stimuli causes it, for exam-
ple, music or loud noises.
"Thorough screening is essential for diagnosis
and treatment planning because seizures arc

only a symptom of epilepsy." Dr Locatelli said.
"In fact, 40 to 60 per cent of people with per-
sist'cnt seizures do not have epilepsy, which
highlights the importance of proper screening
and diagnosis.
Dr Locatelli was able to identify the affected
area of Frank's brain and recommended that he
undergo surgery. This was the first time a doctor
offered surgery as an option. '
IFrank underwent surgery in 2006 and has not
had a seizure since. He takes only a few med-
ications and is enjoying life more than ever
before. Although he chooses not to drive, he is
making career advances in a human resources
position, is better able to interact with his daugh-
ter, and for the first time, has confidence in
"MNy daughter even comes to me for help with
her homework," he said.

For more information, visit www.florida-




Your biases can cause you to discount your employees

BIASES are an interesting phe-
nomenon. There are biases that cast a
negative trait on a group of employ-
ees and biases that imply positive
characteristics. For instance: "Tina
was with the company for 40 years.
She is not as computer literate as
Tom, who is a recent college gradu-
ate." This statement demonstrates
both types of biases.
There are biases caused by mis-
takes made in the past. In some cases
employees consistently repeat the
mistake and the bias may be under-
standable in fact, it probably isn't
even a.bias it may be a fact. On the
Other hand there are times when an
employee corrects the error and they
are still held accountable, years and
years later. The corporate memory is
sometimes longand unforgiving, per-
petuating stories and attitudes that
can.unfairly impact an employee's
There are managers and supervi-
sors who love to be in control and
have a positive bias toward them-


IF you want colour in your garden there
are few better candidates than bougainvillea,
a thorny shrub that blooms for up to eleven
months of the year. With a myriad of colours
to choose from, the plants are easy to main-
tain and virtually disease free.
The flowers of bougainvillea are creamy
white and trumpet shaped. These flowers
are surrounded by three papery bracts that
provide the colour. In double varieties there
are six bracts.
Bougainvilleas come to us from Brazil and
can take a lot of water so long as the water
does not stand around. Ideally, bougainvil-
leas should grow in well drained, full sun
locations though they can take partial shade.
Most varieties.of bougainvillea are
climbers and can be trained onto trellises
for special effect. If left un-pruned for long
periods, the branches bend outwards and
cascade under the effect of gravity until they
touch the ground. This gives a wonderful
fountain effect and shows bougainvilleas off
at their best.
S Not all bougainvilleas are climbers or
S sprawlers. Varieties with small, sharp-point-
ed leaves and bracts of a bluish purple, like
New River Purple, tend to grow into a tree-
like shape. These can be used for specimen
plantings in the middle of a lawn or very
dense hedges.
It,has been said of bougainvilleas that the
worse you treat them, the better they will
grow. This line of thinking arose because
wonderful examples grow in the Florida
Keys where they receive no attention from
Slan. Bougainvilleas flower most profusely in
dry conditions but are not true desert plants.
Bougainvilleas in your garden will perform at
their best with a little fertilizer added sea-
sonally, but they should never need watering
except when they are juvenile and still devel-
oping roots.
Another virtue of bougainvilleas is that
theywill grow in salty conditions near the
-coast. Sandy soil is perfect for them.
Although almost pest free, bougainvilleas
can be attacked by caterpillars that strip the
leaves. There is no need to take any action as
the leaves will grow back in a very short
One of the worst things you can do to
bougainvilleas is to prune them regularly.
They flower and re-flower on a regular basis,
and any pruning at all will interfere with

selves. Their ideas are always the best
and they discount the contribution of
their employees saying things like,
"Oh, that won't work", or "We tried
that before" or they are autocratic
and dictate what should be done by
members of the team.
While as a manager or supervisor
you may have a brilliant idea, here is
what you can take into account, to
create an inclusive environment:
As a leader you are not omni-
scient or omnipresent. You don't
know it all so listen authentically to
members of your team. By remain-
ing open to the ideas of your co-work-
ers, your ideas can be enhanced or
even completely changed for the bet-
Don't view different ideas as
threats. Strong support from your
staff makes you look better, so seek
opportunities to be integrative.
Employees like to feel their con-
tributions are valued and managers
can slaughter their enthusiasm and

DO BOUGAINVILLEA grow near to the sea? This
plant is growing right over the sea at Mangoes
Restaurant, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

their cycle. Bougainvilleas drop their flowers
once they are spent and new flowers will
grow back in the same branch area. An
exception occurs with double bracts that
often remain on the plant once they die.
These should be picked off rather than
Modern bougainvilleas tend to have large
bracts and some of the bracts have double
colouring. Imperial Delight is white with a
pink tinge. A variety named Surprise has
sprays of pink flowers and also sprays of
white flowers. When I first came across Sur-
prise I spent quite a while looking for two
trunks. It seemed unbelievable that different
coloured bracts could appear on the same
plant. Some varieties of bougainvillea have
variegated leaves, but this seems like gilding
the lily to me.
The name bougainvillea comes from a
French soldier, courtier, explorer, states-
man, mathematician and general ladies' man
named Louis Antoine de Bougainville.
While circumnavigating the globe in 1768
he named one of the islands of the Solomon
group after himself and was later celebrated
in the naming of the plant, after his death in

engagement by rejecting their ideas.
There are leaders who take this type
of bias to an extreme where any time
an employee makes a suggestion, the
leader claims they already thought of
it. Imagine how this feels when every-
thing you suggest is not valued
because your boss claims it was
already considered.

body's business. It involves develop-
ing' effective listening habits, and
effective listening habits are enhanced
by becoming aware of your biases and
suspending your judgments. Once you
are aware of your judgments, seek to
develop critical thinking skills that
can help you explore the facts objec-
Separating your emotions from the

Leaders aren't the ohly ones who facts can lead to a fair response and a
contribute to the bottomless memory positive climate. Effective leaders
banks of your organisation. There.are practice identifying and exploring var-
employees who witnessed their boss: ious sides of issues before making a
or coworkers making a mistake and decision.
their trust was permanently compro-
mised. A final suggestion for you to con-
Most times it is very difficult for sider is to practice forgiveness. If your
the leader or co-worker to restore the' willingness to let go catches on, imag-
trust because the collective corporate':', ine the positive impact you will have
memory is reinforced by the office '' on your corporate culture!
grapevine, so even after the players.
change, someone invariably remem- ''* Yvette Bethel is the president of
bers the leader's, transgression and' .Organizational Soul. She can be con-
they actively keep the mistake alive -, t'tcted at PO Box N-511, Nassau,
especially if it had perceived far reach- '-Bahamas or telephone: 242.424.7166,
ing, negative effects. fqx: 242.324.1631.
.- For more information visit her web-
Effective team. building is every- .. sie at: iww.orgsoul.com

Taking focused action:

What is your next step?

No matter what our poten-
tial gifts or talents, only action
will bring them to life.
Dan Millman

SUCCESS, no matter how
you slice it, is about taking
action. All of the motivation-
al seminars, self-help books
and life-coaching columns
put together will be. of little
value if you do not put in the
needed effort to 'get up and
make it happen'.
There is amazing power in
igniting vision with action;
but not just any kind of
action, deliberate, focused
action. A great example of
focused action at play is
openly displayed on nature's
stage. Consider the ant it is
innately driven to take
focused action in the creation
and care of it's little world.
You would never find.an
ant not actively participating
in the process of building life.
Every single ant knows that
they have a noteworthy pur-
pose. They know what needs
to be done and competently
set out to do it, step by step.
These professional action
takers scurry around all day
effectively executing their
roles, and despite their tiny
size, they epitomize the Nike
slogan 'Just Do It'.
Powerful life lessons are all
around us; we need only
wake up and pay attention.

Question For my personal
fulfillment, what is my next

Are you brave enough
to stick it out?
Words may be cheap and
ideas a dime a dozen, but the
process of turning words and
ideas into something special
requires work, patience and
remarkable courage.
Taking action is not an
easy feat, as fear of failure
and self-doubt immediately
infuse your mind. Still, we
must act if we are to succeed.
Calculated steps must there-
fore be a vital part of your
big picture, as you give con-
scious consideration to the
pros and cons of your deci-
Too much emphasis must
not be placed on 'if you can'
but rather 'when you will'
make it happen. Words are
powerful energy drivers; fuel-
ing your stride with positive
self-talk aides your ability to
remain persistent.

by Michelle M
Miller, CC

Indeed, mustering the
courage to boldly step for-
ward in the face of fear will
enable you to effectively stick
it out.

How will you make
your steps count?,
Someone said that the
hardest thing to do is usually
the right thing; which in the,
long run turns out to be the
best thing.
Honesty is one of those
things; it's hard but it's the
right thing to do. The best
thing that you can do fbr
yourself isto be brutally hon-
est arid accept full responsi-
bility for your life; wherever
youh areright now. .
Release yourself from the
blame game; discharge your
parents, family or friends of
any wrongdoing. Stand tall,
hold your head high and,own
up to your life.
Holding on to bitterneS i
severely blocks your energy
and restricts your ability to
consistently step forward.
The past is gone; no amount
of resentment on your part
will change what already was.
To make your steps count,
recognize that successfully
stepping forward is not about
focusing on what was, but
rather on what can be.

Bigger questions bigger
1. In which direction is my
life headed?
2. What is the focus of my
3. How do I experience
personal fulfillment?
4. Is resentment blocking
my energy flow?
5. What can I learn from
the ant?
Final thoughts...
To breathe is to act; hence,
at the most basic level action
is the essence of our very
One of the biggest hurdles
that stagnates our ability to
take action is that most indi-
viduals only act when they
are literally forced to, as a
means of reacting. For exam-
ple, many people fail to take
action in having regularmed--
ical check ups until they are
physically incapacitated or at
the very least terribly ill;
which is usually too late.
Another colossal point to
consider is that even if you
do not take deliberate action,
you are still executing a forth
of action. Standing still is a
form of action. It is this
unconscious approach to liv-
ing that produces overwhelm-
ing feelings of personal dis-
satisfaction; which results in
severely blocked energy and
an unfulfilling life.
Remember in order for
your life to go, your energy
must flow. Every move that
you make, every step that
you take, carries you toward
a life of personal fulfillment
or away from it; only you can
Activate your personal
power and take the needed
action to get up and make it

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ME Forward". Send an e-
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T I-I L I' I t I B U N 1

Smn E S D A ANL-ARY 29. 2008 PH

Shopp i ng online? Be careful!

Tribune Feature Writer
hose tiny 85.60 by 53.98
mm, 2 mm thick plastic
cards that everyone has
tucked into size-appro-
priate slips in their wal-
lets offer the type of convenience that
the world cannot live without. Then,
there is the cyber world; a similarly
convenient tool that puts everything
at your fingertips, literally.
It's safe to conclude then that the
credit card and the Internet. when
taken together, make the world a bet-
ter place to live in. From the comfort
of home, office or some Internet cafe
downtown, the average Joe or plain.
Jane has access to a cyber concierge
service that satisfies all of their fan-
Yet, for Joe and Jane and many
like them, this convenience of online
shopping comes with a hefty price
Edison Sumner, director and COO
at the Montaque Group told Tribune
Woman that consumers should always
be careful when using their credit
cards whether its online or in stores,
because identity theft, with regards
to the fraudulent use of credit cards, is
always a possibility.
"There are many of us Bahamians
who are becoming increasingly aware
that we can do online shopping. And
so, they are now doing that. But apart
from that, we still have a lot of people
who use the credit card in stores
rather carelessly. They leave them
lying on counters and people start
sightseeing information off of it to be
used in an illegitimate way in the -
future," he explained.
When it comes to online shopping
however, different dynamics are at
work. Firstly, consumers should be

certain that they are familiar with the
website and its content and that the
website is secure before they make a
credit card purchase. These security
features, usually an anti-trust or anti-
fraud security screening indication
posted on the site, will advise the con-
sumer that the online company will
handle the credit card in a safe man-
ner and with integrity.
On a secure site, the security mea-
sures also include a series of firewalls
which are not easily bypassed by
hackers. However, Mr Summer noted,
there are persons who make a living
discovering ways to bypass these
'impassable' networks.
Another issue arises when con-
sumers make uninformed decisions
to purchase off sites without first hav-
ing an understanding of what sort of
protection the site offers.
Usually extremely longwinded and
unusually bland with technical refer-
ences, these privacy policies do not
make the best reading material. In
other situations unrelated to credit
cards,4I for one, never read these poli-
cies and brush them off as insignifi-
cant. Apparently, I'm not alone.
"Everyone goes right to the bot-
tom and clicks on 'I Agree' without
knowing what it is they are agreeing
to. And that, often times, can create
problems for these people later on."
Mr Sumner said.
Actually, clicking the 'I Agree' indi-
cator is similar to putting one's per-
Ssonal signature to all that is being
stated. So, if the consumer wants to go
and make a claim later, he may find
that there is no assistance for her.
"You've clicked that you've agreed
* to, the terms of the arrangement and
in that fine print you may find that
they would have probably advised
you about the risks of using your cred-
it card online. But you didn't read it,
so you didn't know."

Regardless of what the company's
offensive mechanisms are, Mr Sumn-
er believes that the consumer should
take matters into her own hands.
After the transaction is made and an
online receipt is printed out, con-
sumers should call the company to
confirm the items purchased and also
to request a proper hard copy receipt.
"It is always prudent for consumers
to go back and check for an indepen-
dent verification that the card has
been used, that the charges they've
applied are legitimate and nothing
else is being added to their order,"
Mr Sumner warned.
This receipt further legitimizes the
purchase and it also allows the com-
pany to come back and give you an
independent verification that the card
has been legitimately used.
According to Mr Sumner, you may
find that after making a purchase

online, you go back and want to see a
copy of the receipt, but the company
doesn't know what you are talking
about. That's because you never real-
ly made a purchase with that compa-
ny in the first place.
"You have people who go and
manipulate information on a website.
I've had experiences with people
who've advised us that they'd made
purchases on a website for certain
items that they never received. And
when they go back and check on these
items to find out where they are and
to get a tracking on the items, the
company you thought you purchased
the items from has no clue that you've
even purchased anything from them.
And furthermore, they do not even
carry the items you are looking for,"
Mr Sumner explained.
In another, more common situa-
tion, consumers may find that other
charges may have been made to their
credit cards. According to Mr Sumn-
er, one of the local banks i" the
Bahamas has had experiences -ith
clients who claim that charges that
they did not make are showing up on
their statements.
And with statements that come on
a monthly basis, when consumers
finally realize that unknown charges
have been made, it is already too late.
Speaking of statements, Mr Sumn-
er said that persons should take time
to review every item so as to famil-
iarize themselves with the charges
that are being assessed. Too often,
he noted, persons simply go the bot-
tom of the statement to see what is
"There may be some items in that
statement that may seem insignificant
as they appear individually, but if you
add them up over a period of several
months to a year, you will find that
you will probably be spending a cou-
ple of extra hundred dollars on what

is considered to be these minor
If there is an unknown charge to
the card, regardless of how minor it
may seem, Mr Sumner advises con-
sumers to contact their credit card
company immediately. They would
obviously have to prove that they did
not make the purchases.
This can be difficult to prove with
an Internet purchase since an actual
signature or photographic identifica-
tion was not required. But if they real-
ly want to investigate the purchase,
Mr Sumner said that they can look
at the search engine and prove that
these charges were not made by them
at the time that they were made.
And while most card companies
have built in services that allow for
provisions to be made in times like
this canceling your card and issuing
a new one and dishonouring unknown
charges the old adage prevention i
better than cure, may suit this situak
tion well.
In his eight-year experience witl
the Montaque Group, and years of
experience as a financial consultant
Mr Sumner has not encountered
many cases of credit card fraud i
regards to online shopping. Still, he
advises other financial consultants t
be informed about such trends ip
order to inform their clients.
Even with this however, the con-
sumer must protect his/her own cred-
it information.
"When you go into cyber worlc,
you're really going into a space with
hundreds of millions of other people
a lot of whom are coming to the same
websites and transmitting informa- -
tion, so there is legitimate concern.
But I also think that if you take pre-
cautions and you are prudent and do
the things that I recommended then
that should help persons to allay some
of those fears," he said.


IN THE LAST DECADE, psychologists and therapists have developed serious concerns over the abuse of the Internet and how that abuse strains relationships. Dr Wayne Thompson,
(not shown) psychologist at the Centre for Renewing Relationships, told Tribune Health that in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Internet addiction gained
front headlines 10 years ago after addictive patterns caused a number of families to seek help. See full story on page 148

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