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Publication Date: February 15, 2005
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Volume: 101 No.70

Two suspected murders,

body is found near

Paradise Island bridge

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are' iniestigating
two suspected murders; one in
-New Providence and one in
Abaco, as well as the death of a
man found yesterday in the
vicinity of the new Paradise
Island bridge.
Officers in Nassau and Aba-
co are searching for suspects
wanted for questioning in the
deaths of Yogi Adderley, who
was found shot to death yester-
day morning in Great Guana
Cay,' Abaco; a man who was
found in a shed at the foot of
the new Paradise Island bridge
yesterday; and Delroy Pratt,
whose body was discovered at
Potter's Cay last week.
Concerning the Abaco mur-
der, police report that the body
of Mr Adderley was found by
one of his friends at 9.45am yes-
terday in Great Guana Cay. He
is the first reported murder vic-
tim on the island this year.
Residents of Guana Cay told
The Tribune that after the
deceased had been missing at
sea for sometime, Mr Adder-
ley's sister asked family friend
Terrance Davis to go out in
search of her brother's boat.
Mr Davis locate Mr Adder-
ley's boat floating between
Great Guana Cay and Scotland
Inspector Godfrey Ferguson,
crime manager in the Marsh
Harbour police station, said that
the victim was found with "a

gunshot wound to the back of
his head in a private boat."
The officer confirmed that
police'are treating the death as
a homicide.
To assist local law enforce-
ment officers in this matter, a
team of detectives from Grand
Bahama, with jurisdiction for
Abaco, yesterday travelled to
Great Guana Cay.
Inspector Ferguson said that
at this time it is still too early to
determine a motive or the exact
circumstances of the murder.
Residents of the Family
Island added that Mr Adderley
was "very well-known" in Cen-
tral Abaco.
Police hope to know more
Investigations are also con-
tinuing into the death of a man
"known to police". He is
believed to have been a home-
less person.
Police press liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans said
that acting on information they
received, police officers
searched the area at the foot of
the new Paradise Island bridge,
close to St Matthew's cemetery.
"In a shed, officers discov-
ered the body of a dark male,"
he said.
Inspector Evans said that
there were no visible injuries
on the body, and that police sus-
pect no foul play.
"However, an autopsy will be
performed to determine the
SEE page 11




Family of seven escape house blaze

SA FAMILY of seven had a lucky escape after a blaze ripped through their home and caused their gas tank and car,
to explode. The alarm was raised at 2.18am yesterday allowing the five adults and two children to flee in time. The fam-
ily's pet dog died in the fire.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

PM: airport will be gateway

to a transformed Bahamas

* By PAUL G.
Tribune Staff Reporter
WATER and Sewerage
officials are considering the,
water shortage on the island
again to be a "national emer-
gency" saying that their major
problems have been a culmi-
nation of difficulties with the
water barges and the recent
hurricanes depleting their lim-
ited storage supplies in New
The deputy general manag-
er at the Water and Sewerage
Corporation Godfrey Sher-
man said that they have failed
the public in their service stat-
ing that "everything that could

have gone wrong, has gone
"I don't know if there's any
other word than 'sorry' for
what is going on. We have
failed to commit to the ser-
vice we promised. We were
saying 'come off your well,
come back to the city water',
but we have failed,'" he said.
According to Mr Sherman,
the loss of the water barge
Titus is a devastating blow to
the distribution capabilities of
the corporation.
The Titus is the largest of
the barges and can carry 3.5
million gallons, equating to 40
percent of the water used dai-
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie said yesterday that,
when it is completed, Nassau
International Airport will serve
as a gateway to a transformed
Bahamas filled with commer-
cial opportunities for many
The Prime Minister was at
Nassau International Airport
(NIA) to tour the site and see
the progress which has been
made on the 11,0000 square
foot runway 1432 being con-
structed by the Northern Irish
firm, Lagan Holdings. The com-
pany has been awarded the con-
tract not only for the runway
reconstruction, but also for the

repairs to the main taxiway con-
Mr Christie was accompanied
by Transport Minister Glenys
Hanna-Martin and officials
from Lagan, the transport min-
istry and the Airport Authority.
He said he was impressed
with the scale of the project and
with the project's progress.
He added that the timing for
the reconstruction could not be
better, especially considering
that in just two to three weeks,
Kerzner International will be
recruiting a substantial number
of construction workers to begin
work on phase three of its bil-
lion dollar resort.
"They are due to complete
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Water shortage is a

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Crisis calls for sober,

imaginative leadership

W HEN the nation faces a crisis,
especially one with strong emo-
tional undercurrents, that is an opportunity
for clear-headed and sober leaders to come
forward with the right message and imagi-
native solutions.
It is also, unfortunately, an opportunity
for demagogues, jingoists and assorted ras-
cals to work mischief.
Our illegal immigration problem is just
such an opportunity for both sides and the
recent flare-up has been no exception.
There have been sober voices but also
shrill voices seemingly intent on making a
bad situation worse.
Experience has shown that the negative
voices can be expected in the political arena
and in the media and that is disturbing
enough. But it is more unsettling to hear
such voices from pulpits whence one would
expect healing.
Some would want to lament with the
weeping prophet Jeremiah when he asked
the rhetorical question:
"Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no
physician there? Why then is there no heal-
ing for the wounds of my people?"
The prophet knew that there was indeed
balm in Gilead because in his time that
region was famous for its spices and healing
herbs. But he was speaking metaphorically
and wondering why there was no healing
for his people.
What a missed opportunity for enlight-
enment and direction to right paths! But
perhaps it is not too late.
* *

"Experience has
shown that the
negative voices can
be expected in the
political arena and in
the media and that is
disturbing enough.
But it is more
unsettling to hear
such voices from
pulpits whence
one would expect

These beautiful islands have since
the beginning been a magnet for all
kinds of people. We are told that the gentle
Arawak tribe known as the Lucayans found

refuge here in their flight north from the
ferocious Caribs.
Then Columbus came to The Bahamas
to open up the New World to the rapacious
Europeans. The Lucayans were wiped out
so the Europeans brought Africans here as
their slaves.
FSome came directly and some by way of
Jamaica, Haiti and North America, and that
is for the most part who we are today.
The pirates came, too. Some were chased
out by Woodes Rogers, some were hanged
and some settled.
Perhaps some of these were the ances-
tors of the ones the British officer McCabe
later branded as "rascals, rogues and ped-
dlers, busy scandalising meddlers".
They have kept on coming to The
Bahamas from the other islands of the West
Indies, Europe, America and even the Ori-
ent. It is now likely that the majority of
Bahamian families have been touched by
this immigration even in recent generations.
Because of our political stability and eco-
nomic prosperity and because of instability
and poverty in Haiti, most of our immigrant
population has come from that country -
legally or illegally.
In previous years Haitians came in num-
bers that enabled them to be quickly assim-
ilated and to become Bahamians. In the

"Because of our
political stability and
economic prosperity
and because'of insta-
bility and poverty in
Haiti, most of our
immigrant population
has come from that
country legally or

early nineteenth century, one of them,
Stephen Dillet, became the first non-white
to be elected to parliament.
There are several factors which contribute
to the present crisis and the principal one is
that Haitians are now coming to The
Bahamas in too large numbers and illegally.
Haitian workers are needed here in a
number of sectors. Large-scale farming, for
instance, is almost completely dependent
on Haitian labour. But no orderly recruit-
ment and repatriation system has ever been
During World War II when the Ameri-
cans needed farm labour, Bahamians were
among the West Indians who were recruited
and then repatriated after their contracts
were completed.
While they were in the United States,
Bahamian liaison officers visited the farms
to see that our workers were properly
housed and fed and that the terms of their
contracts were implemented.
Some of these workers returned to The
Bahamas and put their money and experi-
ence to good use. The most prominent of ,
these is Sir Clifford Darling who, as presi-
dent of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, was
one of the leaders of the general strike in
1958. He later became Speaker of the House
of Assembly and Governor General of The
No similar arrangements have been made
for Haitian labour in The Bahamas although
some of the farming companies in Abaco
did provide housing and medical attention
for recruited workers.
The majority come in first and then look
for employment and many gather in com-
munities in makeshift housing. The prob-
lems that flow from this process are monu-
In addition to the strain on the country's
social and physical infrastructure, including
education and health, these communities
become potent incubators for cultural and
ethnic conflict, even without the goading of
the jingoists. They should be dismantled
and the residents who are eligible to stay
here resettled.

Human beings seem to have a
strong natural tendency for scape-
goating. So it is not surprising that some
people would want to lay all our problems
on Haitians and Bahamians of Haitian
Criminality is known to all the nationali-
ties and races on the planet and it flourish-
es when societies neglect the processes that
have been developed over the centuries to
make us civilised.
In an interview in The Tribune on Febru-
ary 4, Prison Superintendent Edwin Cul-
mer makes a very interesting observation
about the crime rate among Haitians and
Bahamians of Haitian parentage. It was
strikingly similar to observations made
about criminality among West Indians in
Mr Culmer says that in his experience
first generation Haitians who arrive in The
Bahamas tend to behave peacefully and
conduct themselves within the confines of
the law.
The second generation, says Mr Culmer,
often become rebellious. It is his view that
this is a reaction to a lack of national identity
among Haitian Bahamians.
The same phenomenon has been observed
in Britain.
The first generation of West Indians who
went to help rebuild the mother country
after the war maintained a high incidence of
good behaviour in spite of the racism it
The crime rate went up among the
younger generation which had no roots in
the Caribbean, and which was not fully
accepted into British society.
When some of them brought glory to
Britain in the sports arenas they were hailed
as "British". The ones who got into trouble
with the law were identified in the media as
,.Afro-iaribbean; "..
Mr Culmer says he might be wrong but it
was his opinion that the lack of status con-
tributes to the anger of the younger gener-
ation of Haitians in The Bahamas.
He is quite right in fact. Human beings are
essentially the same all over the world and
they are likely to act in predictable ways
according to their environment and cir-
cumstances. It has little if anything to do
with bloodlines. Bahamians share the same
bloodlines as others in the Caribbean and
the Americas.

The appointment of Dr Elliston Rahming
to head up our prison services was a good
move on the part of the government.
This Bahamian professional has some
enlightened ideas about prison reforms. He
could make a big difference if he is sup-
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ver 26-vear-old's deat


Tribune Staff Reporter
THE unidentified body found
floating in the sea last week near
Potter's Cay has been identified
as 26-year-old Delroy Pratt. The
discovery of his corpse has
prompted a police inquiry and
led his family to question the
events surrounding his death.
On Monday February 7, police
reported the discovery of a
corpse and said fishermen in the
Potter's Cay area found the
Since the discovery of the
body, police have not revealed
any information other than a
brief description of the man
including an estimate of his
height and his age.
In an exclusive interview yes-
terday in her home in Montell
Heights, Delroy's mother,
Valerie Pratt, revealed to The
Tribune the events surrounding
her son's death.

On Monday January 31, Del-
roy was admitted to the "quiet
room" of the Accident and
Emergency section of Princess
Margaret Hospital after experi-
encing the worst of several bouts
of mental disturbances that
plagued him for more than a
year before his death.
She said the quiet room was
the place where the mentally dis-
turbed are kept in order to
receive special attention, and
according to Ms Pratt, her son
had been enraged because he did
not want to be hospitalised.
After ensuring her son was in
good hands, the next day Ms
Pratt left for a pre-planned
week-long trip to Miami, with
the assurance that an ambulance
was on the way to pick up Del-
roy in order to take him to
Sandilands Rehabilitation Cen-
tre, which he had frequented sev-
eral times throughout the year.
Trinton Taylor, Delroy's uncle
had been at the hospital that day
'with his son, and said he watched
his nephew being strapped down
several times by security officers.
Mr Taylor claimed the securi-
ty guard on duty was extremely
rough with his nephew, and even
bragged that he "knocked him
about" in order to secure him to
the hospital stretcher.

Tribune Staff Reporter

A FAMILY of seven escaped unharmed
as an early morning fire ripped through
their Fox Hill home yesteday which caused
the house's gas tank and car to explode.
Five adults and two children survived
the blaze although the family's pet dog
died in the flames.
Douglas Nixon, one of the seven occu-
pants of the house at the time of the fire,
said he realised that there was an emer-
gency at 2.18am when he was alerted by
another resident and saw flames and heard
gas seeping from inside the house.
"I know if you have gas seeping and
you know fire is around, you have to come
out, no matter what," he said.
All the occupants escaped the property
before it was engulfed in fire.
Mr Nixon said that when the gas tank
exploded he saw a rainbow of colours.

About a minute or two later, he said
that he heard another seeping sound, and
his mother's car jerked of the ground and
started to burn.
He said that the neighbours called the
fire station which he claimed arrived on
the scene at 3.30am.
"The main problem when they came
was that there wasn't that much water in
the tank. Fifteen minutes they sprayed the
water on the fire, it put out some of the
things, but not all the things right away."
When the other fire truck came it con-
tained enough water to extinguish the fire,
he said.
However, Inspector Walter Evans, chief
fire officer said that at 2.50am the first
information concerning the fire came to
the police control. At 2.51am units from
the Elizabeth Estates fire station and head
quarters were informed and dispatched
He then stated that at 3.05am the first
truck arrived on the scene from Elizabeth
Estates and at 3.06am the other truck from
headquarters arrived at the house. He not-

* PICTURED is Delroy Pratt who was found dead in the sea
of Arawak Cay last week. Mystery surrounds the events lead-
ing up to his death.

Ms Pratt is certain that he had
been unable to escape the hos-
pital, and would soon receive the
proper treatment needed to sta-
bilise him.
She admitted yesterday that,
his condition was probably drug
related and said for more than a
year, Delroy would occasionally
"space out," but she said that
even during these odd moments,
he had never strayed from his
peaceful nature.
Instead Delroy would walk the
streets, engage in conversations
with himself and occasionally
take to begging neighbours for
money or food.
"That wasn't normal for him,"
she said sadly and looked toward
the back of her home where her
son had built his apartiertf.' "He
has always been very well
groomed, polite and quiet. One
day I overheard him talking and
I thought he was talking to some-
one, but it turns out he was actu-
ally answering himself."
Ms Pratt said things went
downhill from there, and she

would hear reports from con-
cerned neighbours and relatives
that Delroy was acting very
strange, but she said that his
behaviour was not consistent.
"When he did get like that,"
she continued, "I would take him
to Sandilands for help. I didn't
want my eldest of my four chil-
dren walking the streets."
She thought her son was
receiving help while she was in
Miami, but while in Miami she
received a call from her sisters
informing her that Delroy had
never made it to Sandilands.
Rose Strachan, Delroy's aunt
had immediately began calling
the police stations and clinics
when she. realised days after his
admissions to the hospital that
he; nephew Was 'missing. ..
She Said 'she called every
police station until finally on
Thursday after 5pm, an officer
at the Pinewood police station
confirmed to Ms Strachan that
her nephew was in their custody,
but she said the officer could not
give a reason why.

When she called back, a dif-
ferent officer said he knew noth-
ing about a Delroy Pratt, and
said he had never been there.
On Friday, she called her sister
in Miami after officers from the
Criminal Investigation Depart-
ment had come to her house and
asked family members to identi-
fy a body they believed to be
"I want to know how they
knew to come here," an angry
Ms Strachan said. "They knew
how to find the house, but why is
it when I was calling and looking
for my nephew they didn't know
Monique Taylor, also an aunt
of Delroy Taylor added in tears:
"We just need some answers, we
don't know what happened to
him and it's so unfair. If we had
known from the start that he had
escaped, or was missing we could
have been looking for him. We
haven't been able to sleep since
we saw his bruised body at the
morgue, what happened to

Ms Pratt, agreeing with her sis-
ters said the most important
thing as far as she is concerned, is
that someone is held account-
able, in particular, the emergency
section of Princess Margaret
"I know he was not well, we
were trying to get help, but that
isn't the point. I left my son in
the hospital, in the hands of peo-
ple who are supposed to help
him. How could they just let him
go without telling us if he actu-
ally escaped, which I don't
believe. Now my son is dead and
I don't know why and I don't
know when; I just know I took
him for help and now he is
Ms Strachan said even when
her nephew showed signs of
mental instability, he kept up
with certain routines. The most
consistent characteristic,.she said,
was shis attention he paid to his
appearance. According to his
aunt, Delroy was always, clean,
well groomed and above all, he
always came home at night.
Ms Pratt said that he had
always strived for the best, and it
showed most when he was
younger in his academics.
After graduating from C H

* THE fire caused the house's gas tank and car to explode.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

ed that eight minutes after arrival of the
second unit, the fire was under control.
"All fire calls are responded to imme-
diately, there is no delay. Each fire truck
carries water capacity of 1,000 gallons of
water with other support suppression
agents," said Mr Evans.
Franquesta Nixon noticed the fire was
outside her window and thought that she
was dreaming, but realised it was true and
alerted other family members.
"I feel devastated, everything that I
owned was in the house, I don't have any-
thing left. I just went shopping for my lit-
tle girl on Saturday and everything brought

is gone. You never think it would happen
to you, but it is things like this that would
bring the family closer. The only thing we
can do now is band together as a family
and see what we can do to start to heal. I
thank God that no lives were lost"
Mr Nixon's dog "Skipper" got trapped
in the house and died. He said: "When all
friends was against me only my dog and
God was there. He understood any prob-
lem I had."
The family will relocate to the home of
a relative.
Fire officers are investigating the cause
of the blaze.

Reeves high school, Delroy
attended the Bahamas Techni-
cal Vocational Institute to study
computer science.
After graduating, his interest
changed, and he worked for
quite some time as an air condi-
tioning technician, even study-
ing abroad for his trade.
After returning back to Nas-
sau, Delroy married and had two
children, Delroy Jermaine Pratt
Jr, six, and three-year-old Harri-

"Now his children have to
grow up without a father," said
Ms Strachan, "and I can't even
tell1them why. This happens over
and over in this country, there
.will be a death and then we nev-
er hear anything else about it.
We deserve to know, his wife
and children deserve to know.
We need some answers"
The death certificate for Del-
roy Pratt was released to the

family yesterday afternoon and
stated his body had signs of
strangulation and cardiac failure.
The family is appealing to the
public to call them at 323-2644
with any details about his death
because they do not believe his
death was an accident like they
were told, and they are hoping
someone can lead them to the.
Inspector Walter Evans con-
firmed the identity of Delroy
Pratt and said investigations are

ongoing. The results of the
autopsy have not yet been


Tribune Staff Reporter
A FIGHT in front of Club Ecliipse, formerly the 601 Club, esca-
lated into a shooting and stabbing, and left several people'injured.
S'Acording to reports, at 3am yesterday police officers, who
were tOi patrol in the Bay Street area, saw a large group of people
gathered-1h front of the club.
Upon approaching the group, officers heard gunshots ring out and
saw the crowd disperse.
Following the incident, police discovered that four men had
been injured in the scuffle.
Press Liaison officer Inspector Walter Evans told The Tribune
that the injured men are George Armbrister, who sustained a gun-
shot wound to his pelvic area; Desmond Sawyer, who received
several stab wounds; Dario Smith, who suffered a laceration above
his eye; and Frederick Clere, who sustained laceration wounds to his
"Information indicates that the injured men, however, were not
those responsible for the fight," Inspector Evans said.
Investigations continue.
Police are also searching for a suspect wanted in connection
with the armed robbery of a Wendy's restaurant.
At 7.30pm yesterday, a masked gunman entered the Wendy's
branch on Mackey Street.
Threatening the employees with a handgun, the suspect demand-
ed money from the cash register.
After leaving the establishment, it is reported that he fled the area
in a blue Honda.
The suspect is described as being "short and dark" and was
wearing a white shirt and black pants at the time of the crime.



"Now my son is dead and I
don't know why and I don't
know when; I just know I took
him for help and now he is

Valerie Pratt, mother of Delroy Pratt

Seven escape from

blaze at their home

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BAHAMIANS and their government
- are to blame for the "Haitian problem".
There were essential jobs in this country
that had to be done by someone. They were
menial jobs too menial for Bahamians
whose prime minister, the late Sir Lynden
Pindling, promised them that from hence-
forth with him as head of state they would
never be "hewers of wood and drawers of
water". They took him at his word and so
the chopping and the toting were left to the
Farmers would complain that they were
always short of labour at harvest time. We
recall this being a complaint of the late Sife
Heastie, uncle of former deputy prime min-
ister Arthur Hanna, when one of our
reporters travelled to the islands with him
to do a feature on his farm. The Haitian prob-
lem in the Family Islands, especially in Aba-
co, developed from this need of farm hands to
till and harvest the land. And so Haitians
have made a valuable contribution to the
growth of the country in farming, garden-
ing, construction, and various other jobs that
Bahamians shun.
Instead of setting up a special labour
exchange, as did the United States during
World War II when Bahamians were recruit-
ed on the Project to fill the jobs left vacant on
the land by young men called to war, the
Bahamian government did nothing. Bahami-
an farm labourers were recruited by Ameri-
can companies.
They were documented by the American
government and allowed to work as long as
there was a need for them. When the Amer-
icans returned to their farms after the war, the
Bahamians came home some applied for
green cards to work in the US, others for cit-
But at alltimes tifiegovernment knew hho
they were and where they were.
Not so with the Haitians in the Bahamas.
Some had permits, others had none. When
one came, families soon followed, all squeez-
ing into a tiny shack, only suitable for a cou-
ple. There was no regulation. As long as their
numbers were reasonable, they were wel-
comed, because they were needed. But when
those numbers multiplied, creating slum areas
on the island, Abaconians became concerned.
Haitians were now a threat to their way of
Several years ago we wrote an article in
this column urging that Haitians who quali-
fied be given status, and those who didn't, but
whose services were needed, be given work
permits. We warned of the problems looming
just around the corner with the second gen-
eration children born in the Bahamas to
Haitians illegally here, but who were brought
up as Bahamians. When they came of age, we
said they would not cower in the shadows as
do their parents, they would fight for their
rights and this fight would be vocal. We


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merly Ceylon) between the governing Sin-
galese and the Tamil Tigers in the north of
that beautiful country. For more than 20
years there has been civil war thousands of
lives have been lost in terrorist attacks as the
Tamils have fought for the right to run their
own affairs without interference from the
central government in Colombo. During the
skirmishes a prime minister has been assas-
sinated and the present president has lost
the sight of one eye in a bomb attack.
Like our Haitian problem, the Tamil crisis
started when the tea planters needed coolie
labour on their tea estates. The coolies were
brought in from southern India to climb the
hillsides, rain or shine, and pluck the tea
leaves, while their Singalese overseers moved
around with dainty parasols to protect them-
selves from the harsh elements. It was a back-
breaking, tough job. These coolies had no
rights they could not own property, they
could not vote, they had no status. Their only
protectors were the tea companies, owners of
the large estates.
As time passed, the second and third gen-
eration grew to manhood. Many of these
returned to India, where they qualified for the
professions, among them brilliant doctors,
lawyers and businessmen. Their Chief Justice
was a Tamil, as were many of their high court
judges. They were also ambassadors, and uni-
versity lecturers.
English was the official language. At Cey-
lon's university in Kandy, for example, the
lectures were in English.
About 40 years ago nationalism swept the
country. The Singalese were alarmed at the
influence the Tamils now had in their land.
And ,they were supported by their Buddhist
monks. English was out, Singalese was in.
The Tamils without the common language
could no longer function. They did not speak
Singalese. The Singalese hoped they would
evaporate. Some of them did by moving to
countries that appreciated their talents. But in
the north of the island the Tamils dug in their
heels and demanded their rights. Civil war
Here in the Bahamas we now have the
second generation Haitian to deal with. They
are not going to be mats for Bahamians to
walk over.
Although they were born in the Bahamas,
they are not Bahamian. They are still nation-
als of Haiti, because their parents were illegal
immigrants without status, and they were
born after Independence. To them the
Bahamas is home. Haiti is a foreign coun-
We are in this unfortunate situation
because various governments have failed to
come to grips with this human problem.
Indeed it is a situation that opened the doors
for corruption and the abuse of a downtrod-
den people.

Leslie Miller has

right to speak on

behalf of Bahamians

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. D UPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WISH to comment on the
article appearing in your news-
paper dated Friday, February 11,
2005, entitled "Haitian Commu-
nity 'Fears'."
Mr Elizier Regnier, Human
Rights activist, was responding to
remarks made by Trade and
Industry Minister, Leslie Miller
in the House of Assembly this
week regarding the illegal Haitian
immigration dilemma in The
Bahamas. Mr Regnier obviously
is partial to the plight of the Hait-
ian people. What Mr Regnier
needs to understand is that Mr
Miller is first and foremost "a
Bahamian" and just as Mr Reg-
nier feels he has the right to speak
out on behalf of the Haitian peo-
ple, Mr Miller has the right to
speak on behalf of Bahamians in
our House of Parliament as an
elected official.
Mr Regnier described Mr
Miller's remarks as anti-Haitian
but what Mr Regnier fails to
realise is that the Haitians are
now telling Bahamians that "they
will take over this country in ten
years". They are now telling us
that "the Haitians rule things". If
remarks like these are not "anti-
Bahamian", then tell me what is.
Bahamians view comments like
these as threatening to our future
as a Bahamian people. Mr Miller
is not just a politician, but he is a
Bahamian who is, no doubt, con-
cerned about the direction this
country is heading toward, as
does all concerned Bahamians.
The news article repeated Mr
Regnier's remarks that "Immi-
gration Department's aggressive
round ups of suspected illegal
immigrants are creating a tense
pregenocidal state".
How else does Mr Regnier
expects the Department of Immi-
gration to do its job, but to do it
aggressively? History has taught
us that Haitians become very vio-
lent and aggressive when they
don't want to be apprehended.
They are in this country illegally
and they are not going to go vol-
The Department of Immigra-
tion is following the laws of the
land and I commend the Minister
of Immigration for taking a stand
to round them up for repatria-
If Mr Regnier believes the
statement that "Bahamians are
anti-Haitian in our attitude" to
be true, then perhaps this could
be attributed to the fact that
Bahamians are tired of struggling
and competing with Haitians for,
what is rightfully ours, like edu-
cation and health care. Perhaps
it's because we are frustrated,
because we are finding it
extremely difficult to meet our
most basic needs in order to sur-
vive, because of the strain they

are putting on our economy. Sim-
ply put, Bahamians need relief
from this burden the Haitian
community has placed on us. As a
human rights activist, where is Mr
Regnier's concern or compassion
for the rights of Bahamians who
are fighting to survive in our own
land? Are we not human too?
I question the motive behind
Mr Regnier's statement when he
stated that " doubt there are
people in his (Mr Miller's Blue
Hills) constituency of the heritage
(Haitians) he spoke out against
yesterday who can vote". What
is Mr Regnier implying or sug-
gesting by this comment? Is he
implying that Mr. Miller needs
the support of the Haitian com-
munity in order to be re-elected?
What encrypted message is Mr
Regnier sending to the Haitian
community? Is Mr Regnier send-
ing a subtle message to the Hait-
ian people not to vote for Mr
Miller on Election Day? Why else
make this comment?
When it comes to our liveli-
hood, Bahamians want to see
strong leadership in Parliament.
Mr Miller's aggressive manner-
ism is exactly what Bahamians
want to see in their elected rep-
resentatives; it tells us they are
doing their jobs and doing it with
vigour and vitality on our behalf.
We want to feel that our repre-
sentatives are aggressively debat-
ing our concerns and causes in
Parliament for the common good.
Mr Regnier needs to qualify
who he is referring to when he
says "we know he is no diplo-,
Certainly, he cannot be refer-
ring to the Bahamian people.
There is nothing'diplomatic about
addressing the illegal Haitian
problem in this country. In fact, it
is downright vexing. Sometimes, it
is necessary to call a spade a
spade in order to get your mes-
sage across.
While Bahamians would not
want any elected official to resort
to the use of insightful comments,
we believe it is necessary to
ensure that the message is loud
and clear as to our preference,
our desires and our concerns. We
need leaders with guts and back-
bone. Mr Miller, in my opinion, is
doing a fine job and I admonish
him to continue doing the peo-
ple's work.
Is Mr Regnier implying that

Haitians are not responsible for
some crimes committed in this
country? Is he suggesting that our
assertion that illegal Haitians are
draining our education and health
systems resources is a figment of
our imaginations? The facts are
clear. We don't need a rocket sci-
entist to tell us so.
Some people, like Mr Regnier,
may have the impression that
Bahamians don't like Haitians. I
don't believe this to be the case.
The Haitians I have met are very
nice people. I work with some
and we get along very well. I see
them as human beings and I sym-
pathise with them for the eco-
nomic and social dilemma going
on back in Haiti. But The
Bahamas is too small a nation for
them to expect us to continue to
carry them economically, by the
thousands, in this country.
Whereas we are concerned for
the Haitians, we are even more
concerned about our own survival
and economic stability. We simply
don't like what their presence in
this country is doing to us eco-
nomically. Bahamians want to
preserve this land for our own
children, grands and great-grands
but this would only amount to a
far-fetched wish if we don't do
something about the illegal immi-
gration problem now. We have
negligently allowed the Haitians
to slip into this land and set up
house. Every country has its laws
and we who are citizens must fol-
low ours as we must follow the
laws of the land of the United
States or any other country.
No different is expected of
It is good that Mr Regnier has
been discouraging Haitians from
coming to The Bahamas. I would
be even more encouraging for
Bahamian people if Mr Regnier
would use his talents and
resources to bring his people
together to find ways to bring sta-
bility to Haiti.
I believe most Haitians living in
the Bahamas don't want to be
here or anywhere else in the
world, for that matter.
I strongly believe that Haitians
love Haiti and would want to one
day return home.
But if they don't take a stand
and try to get Haiti together, they
will always be running for shelter.
This is no way for them to live.
They need to take the attitude
that the buck stops here!

February 11, 2005.


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Seven in court in connection

with the Nassau

SEVEN people arrested
early on Monday morning in
connection with the January
26 riot in Nassau Village
were brought before the
courts only hours later to be
charged with a variety of
Six men and one female
minor were brought before
Magistrate Rodger Gomez at
Court number eight in Vic-
toria Gardens to face charges
varying from obstruction and
causing damage, to resisting
arrest. The defendants were
20-year-old Jonelle Pierre,
32-year-old Quinton Penner-
man, and a 16-year-old
female all of Samson street,
25-year-old Tamico Adder-
ley of Mathew Street, 26-
year-old Devon Campbell of
Butler Street, 30-year-old
Ricardo Smith and 28-year-
old Tryco Saunders of Wind-
sor Place. According to the
court dockets, all of the
defendants were Bahamians.

Tryco Saunders was
charged with causing $3,200
worth in damage to a 1998
Ford Escort licence number
3516, the property of the
Bahamas government. He
was also charged with two
counts of threats of death
and one count of resisting
Jonelle Pierre was brought
to court to face charges
including one count of caus-
ing $122 dollars in damage to
a 2000 Toyota coaster bus,
throwing missiles, and
The juvenile was brought
to the same court to face
charges of one count of caus-
ing harm to PC 2370 Bain,
and two counts of causing

damage, one being $150
worth in damages to a 2003
Yamaha motorcycle licence
number 840 and property of
the Bahamas government,
and one police depot shirt
valued at $40.

The juvenile was also
charged with one count of
using obscene language, and
two counts of resisting arrest.
Tamico Adderley, Devon
Campbell, Ricardo Smith,
and Quinton Pennerman
were all charged with disor-

illage riot

SPICTURED are the six
S men who, along with a
fr.female minor, appeared in
NAcourt yesterday.

derly behaviour, causing
damage, and throwing mis-
All of the defendants
pleaded not guilty to their
various charges.
Bail for the female juvenile
was granted in the amount of
$3,000 with one surety, and
she was required to report to
the nearest police station
every Wednesday.
The six men were refused
bail and were remanded to
the Fox Hill Prison until Feb-
ruary 21 when the matter will
be brought before the courts
again.,, .



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A taste of Greece in Nassau

THE Greek community held its annual festival in Nassau at the weekend. The event ran for two
days and attracted hundreds of people to enjoy a taste of the European country. Bahamians and for-
eigners alike enjoyed Greek food, pastries, wines and beers. Pictured here are one of the organisers,
OChristina Maillis, and her assistant Althea Thilord.
(Photo: Franklyn G. Ferguson)


WHEREAS, the Bahamas Heart Associaton is very well known
in The Bahamas for its invaluable contribution to this society;

AND WHEREAS, the Bahamas Heart Foundation was formed
in 1979 by parents, family members and supporters of children with
heart disease;

AND WHEREAS, as the educational arm of the Sir Victor
Sassoon Heart Foundation, the main objectives of the Association are
to educate the public about the dangers of heart disease and its risk
factors and also give support to those persons affected with heart

AND WHEREAS, the Bahamas Heart Foundation continues
to be actively involved in saving lives and providing financial assistance
to individuals in need of heart surgery as well as those persons affected
with heart disease;

AND WHEREAS, the said Association has again planned to
celebrate Heart Month with various activities intended to heighten the
awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the role of the

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the month
of February, 2005 as "HEART MONTH".

have hereunto set my Hand and
Seal this 22nd day of January,







Mother reports

daughter missing

Tribune Freeport
reported her 13-year-old
daughter missing to police on
Saturday after she failed to
return home for almost a week.
According to police reports,
Anastacia Watkins of 2 West
Atlantic Drive reported to
police that her daughter Melis-
sa Jennings, a student of St
Georges' High, left home on
the evening of February 7.
She told police that after
returning home from work
around 6.45pm on February 7
her two sons, Rashad and
Tracey, told her that their sister
went out with a friend. She has
not been seen or heard from
Melissa is about 5ft 5in tall,
of slim build with a fair com-
plexion. She was last seen
wearing a pink and white outfit
with pink and white boots.
Police are investigating the
An American visitor found

Says 13-year-old failed to come
home for almost a week

dead last week in his room at
Our Lucaya Res6rt died of pul-
monary oedema, according to
Grand Bahama Police.
Supt Hendrick Nairn said an
autopsy was performed on the
body of Todd Eric Morris, 33,
of Pennsylvania, who was
found dead in room 22108 by
security officers around 8.43am
on February 9.
According to reports, Mr
Morris was found in his bed.
with an assortment of pills next
to his body. A do not disturb
sign was on the door and the
night latch had been engaged.
The telephone was off the
hook and there were three
notes written on cloth napkins
and paper.
Police have ruled out foul
Police apprehended 10 illegal

immigrants and arrested two
alleged Bahamian smugglers
over the weekend at West End.
According to reports, at
about 9.45pm on Saturday, offi-
cers from West End Division
intercepted a 1989 Dodge van
licence 21413 in the area of
Queens Highway, West End.
During a search of the vehi-
cle, police discovered eight
Jamaicans Wayne Robb, 23,
Andiea Stone, 25, Joseph
Brown, 42, Michael Johnson,
26, Mark Walters, 26, Joginder
Singh, 28, Nadene Wilkins, 35,
and Olive Holland, 46.
Two Haitians Donnetho
Baptiste, 44, of No 46 Bruce
Avenue, Freeport, and Paula
Dumos, 21, were also taken
into custody.
Police also arrested two
Bahamians, a 38-year-old resi-
dent of West End, and a 44-
year-old resident of Bayshore
Road for allegedly assisting the
illegal immigrants in a covert
smuggling operation.

Former president of El

Salvador meets ministers

TACT --Candidates for the
post of Secretary General of the
Organisation of American States
(OAS) are circulating through
the member countries of the
group in advance of the selec-
tion process scheduled for June
of this year.
In this connection, one of the
candidates, Francisco Flores,
former president of El Sal-
vador, visited the Bahamas yes-
terday. Mr Flores paid a cour-
tesy call on Prime Minister Per-
ry G Christie at the Office of
The Prime Minister on Cable

Beach and met with Mr
Christie, Minister of Foreign
Affairs & The Public Service
Fred Mitchell and Attorney
General & Minister of Educa-
tion Alfred Sears for more than
an hour.
A previous statement from
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
noted that the Bahamas, along
with its regional partners in the
Caribbean Community (CARI-
COM) would seek to determine
a consensus on support for a
candidate at the next Heads of
Government meeting in Suri-

Mr Flores has visited the
Bahamas previously, though
before he was a declared can-
didate for the OAS leadership.
PICTURED from left are
Salvadorian Ambassador-at-
large Ricardo Moran Ferracti,
Minister Mitchell, Prime Min-
ister Christie, former President
Flores; Salvadorian Vice Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Mar-
garita Escobar and Minister
Sears. There are two other can-
didates vying for the top OAS
post, one from Chile and anoth-
er from Mexico.



The successful applicant must have at least three (3)
years experience in Food and Beverage operations, fast
food preferably.

* Must possess good leadership and interpersonal skills.

* Must have good written and oral communication skills.

* Must be able to implement and maintain company
standards and procedures.

* Must be self motivated.

* Must be able to work flexible hours, including late
nights, weekends and holidays.

#12 Bradley Street, Palmdale,
P.O. Box N-8425, Nassau, Bahamas,
or Tel: 322-586516

'This song's for you'

* I LOVE YOU Mr. Johnson has been serenading his pretty wife for twelve years and
counting. Every year on Valentines Day Mrs. Johnson can look forward to her Valentines
treat. They have been married for 37 years, and have three wonderful kids.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson)

The beloved Matriarch of the Nutt Family passed away on Saturday the 12th of February at the
.age of 96 years. Elizabeth was born in Minden Louisiana on the 22nd of August, 1908. She
married Niven Robert Nutt (deceased 1966) of Fordyce Arkansas on the 8th of January, 1928.
They had three children, Niven Robert Nutt Jr. (Nick), David Nutt (deceased 1999), and Nancy
Nutt Albury (deceased 2003).

In 1947 the family moved to The Bahamas which become their permanent home. Elizabeth was
an active and creative person. She was a Founding Member of the American Women's Club and
was the Charter President of the Nassau Garden Club. She loved growing flowers and was famous
for her beautiful flower arrangements. She decorated the tables for many Heads of State meetings
at Government House, including a visit by President Kennedy and visits by the Queen.

She was a talented painter, fabulous cook and gracious hostess. See loved to entertain and
everyone enjoyed her beauty, wit, and infectious laughter.

Left to cherish her memory are her son Niven Robert Nutt Jr., her sister Frances Williams, son-
in-law Jimmy Albury, daughter-in-law Jackie Nutt, grandchildren N. Robert Nutt, Brian Nutt,
Susan Nutt Donald, John Nutt, Michael Nutt, Julie Nutt Martin, Rachel Albury Frost, Jay Albury,
Kim Albury Moir, Ted Nutt, Sandy Nutt Koulias, Niven G. Nutt, Sharon Nutt Cartwright, twenty-
four great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, the 16th of February, at Ebenezer
Methodist Church. The service will be officiated by Pastor Martin Loyley.

. .





Bahamas carrying on winning

tradition in public relations

THE Bahamas has begun
the year by carrying on its win-
ning tradition in public rela-
tions and marketing by cap-
turing five Golden Bell
Awards in the world's largest
travel-related competition for
public relations.
The Bahamas and its New
York-based public relations
agency, Weber Shandwick,
were awarded the five Gold-
en Bell Awards at the Hospi-
tality Sales & Marketing Asso-
ciation International's awards
ceremony. The awards draw
more than 1,800 entries from
52 countries and destinations.


"The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism has enjoyed a promi-
nent place in the world of
marketing and public relations
for many years," said Basil
Smith, director of Communi-
cations in Ministry of Tourism.
"The destination of the
Bahamas has garnered several
awards, particularly in the field
of public relations. This con-
stant winning of awards is due
in large part to the commend-
able trend of decision-making
and careful attention to strate-
gy on behalf of the Ministry of
Tourism and its public rela-
tions agency, Weber Shand-
The Bahamas' received
three gold-level Golden Bells,
one silver level and one at the
bronze level. The three "gold"
Golden Bells were given for
two newspaper placements and
one crisis communications
campaign. The articles were
entitled: "Not Mama's
Bahamas" in the New York
Post and "Island Hopping" in
the St Louis Post Dispatch.
"Focusing the Unblinking Eye
on Hurricanes" was the crisis
communication campaign. E THE Bahama
The "Silver" Golden Bell & Marketing As
Award was given for the live
broadcast of CBS Early Morn-
ing Show from the Bahamas istry of Tourism
Weather Conference on Grand Shandwick secu
Bahama Island last year. US television co
"This was particularly this event, which
impressive because The Min- millions in Nort

is and its New York-based public relations agency, Weber Shandwick, were awarded the five Golden Bell Awards at the Hospitality Sales
association International's awards ceremony.

a and Weber
red national
average from
was seen by
h America,"

Future Bahamian

lawyers taking legal

training to next level

Tribune Staff Reporter
FUTURE Bahamian lawyers are taking their legal training to
the next level with the launch of a week long social outreach pro-
gramme that aims to educate the public on a wide selection of legal
Members of the Eugene Dupuch Law School Students Association
announced their institution's first annual Legal Education Week
yesterday at the British Colonial Hilton, under the theme "Opening
Doors to Law."
Principal of Eugene Dupuch Law School Miriam Samaru said
the institution has 64 students currently enrolled from all over the
Caribbean, and the Education Week is extremely important for the
development of both the legal committee and budding lawyers.
"The Students Association recognises that they as law students and
future leaders of their community have a role to play in the com-
munity and its development," said Ms Samaru.
"The steps they have taken to realise their vision clearly demon-
strates their commitment as students of the law school and their
commitment to saving the community in which the law school is

She added that their ability to act as both advocates and advisors
in Bahamian society, by educating the public of their legal rights and
obligations through public lectures and use of the media, adheres to
the standard that lawyers in the past have hoped future Bahamian
lawyers will uphold.
President of the Association Mr Lessiah Rolle said the goal of the
education week is to disseminate legal information into the com-
munity and to network.
He added that another important part of the week is to correct mis-
conceptions about the legal profession and to help society vindicate
human rights.
Former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest applauded the
efforts of students and told them that their role in public education
is essential to "break through the doors of the law."
According to Mr Turnquest, Bahamian law students did not have
many choices when it came to legal education. Their only option to
prepare for the admission to the Bar in the Caribbean had been the
Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and the Norman Manley Law
School in Jamaica.
He added that he was among the first students who attended The
Eugene Dupuch Law School when it opened its doors in 1998, which
is named after politician and his former partner of Dupuch and
Turnquest, the late Eugene Dupuch.
Mr Turnquest added that the legal system affects nearly every
aspect of our society and lawyers form the backbone of this system
by linking it to society in a myriad of ways.
"In law schools everywhere, the student activities are the highlight
of the most beneficial part of your training as a lawyer," said Mr
Turnquest. "It is a well known cliche that law is a very hard taskmas-
ter, but it is can be truly rewarding, not just financially, but in the
development of your lifestyle as great human beings."

Mr Smith said. "Furthermore,
it was the first time that
the Early Show aired its morn-
ing weather broadcasts
from outside of the United
The bronze award was given
fQr the Ministry's Pirates Press
Trip, which allowed interna-
tional journalists to see Nas-
sau's colourful history of
pirates and plundering.
Mr Smith also announced
that Mr Ren6 A Mack, presi-
dent of the Travel & Lifestyle
Marketing Practice at Weber
Shandwick, is the 16th recipi-

ent of the Winthrop W Grice
Award one of the most pres-
tigious awards of HSMAI.

"Over a course of 23 years,
his journalistic training, ability
to develop news, feature and
lifestyle stories with the
national media has placed his
clients above the fold, on cov-
ers and with the nation's top
network and affiliate TV and
radio stations as well as moved
them into pop culture," he

"His crisis and reputation
management programs have
"saved lives" according to Bob
Sheets, former Director of the
National Hurricane Centre and
the current consultant for the
Bahamas Weather Confer-
Mr Mack's client list is a vir-
tually "who's who" in the trav-
el industry: The Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism; The Canadian
Tourism Commission, Ameri-
can Airlines, Celebrity Cruises,
Royal Caribbean, Beverly
Hills, Hilton Head Island,
Atlantic City,, Sin-

gapore Airlines, Avis/Budget
and The Central Park Conser.
Mr Smith said the Bahamas
has one of the greatest minds
in marketing constantly work-
ing on its behalf.
He said the marketing and
public relations team on The
Ministry of Tourism will con-
tinue to make a strong impres-
sion on the professional com-
munity and on the travel con-
The Bahamian public will be
informed of each success in
due course, he said.

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FIFTY students of the L W
Young Junior High School
who achieved a grade point
average (GPA) of 3.0 or high-
er, accompanied by teachers,
paid a courtesy call on Dame
Ivy Dumont, Governor-Gen-
eral, on Thursday, February
10, at Government House.
The visit was one of a num-
ber of activities honouring the
seventh, eight and ninth grade
student's achievements.
The students received cer-
tificates during a celebration
at the school on Wednesday.
Marvin Graham, who
earned a 3.6 GPA, the
school's highest, was awarded
cash incentives and other gifts
as well. Teacher Cyprianna
Strachan (top left) is pictured
with the students.
(BIS photo:
Lorenzo Lockhart)


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Ninth annual retreat for

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Bahamas Information
High School held its ninth
annual retreat for 12th
graders recently at St
Paul's Catholic Church
Hall, Lyford Cay, under
the theme, "Excellence...
Let it begin with me."
A number of presenta-
tions were made, including
"Excellence in Spirituali-
ty," "Crime Prevention-
Let it begin with me" and
"Excellence in the Work-
place: Let it begin with
Reverend Diana Francis,
a former teacher at C I
Gibson and co-pastor at
First Baptist Church, Mar-
ket Street, spoke on
"Excellence in Spirituali-

"The human beings are
made up of three parts: the
spirit, the soul and the
body. Your spirit is the
real you. Today youngsters
are faced with an identity
crisis. No one can tell you
who you are, your parents
cannot and your boyfriend
cannot, neither can your
girlfriend, only God
Almighty can help you,"
Rev Francis told the stu-
She urged the students to
accept Christ in their lives
so they would be able to
deal with any identity
problem they could possi-.
bly encounter.
"Your future is not
caught up in being a drug
dealer, neither is it caught
up in some thug driving a
flashy Altima"- Rev Fran-

REVEREND Diana Francis, a former teacher at C I
Gibson Secondary school and co-pastor at First Baptist
Church, Market Street, addressing 12th graders of C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School on "Excellence in Spirituality" at
the school's ninth annual retreat held Tuesday, February 8, at
St Paul's Catholic Church Hall, Lyford Cay.
(BIS photo: Raymond Bethel).

cis said.
She advised the students
to "socialise themselves
with spiritual people," not-
ing that "friends are like
elevators, they can take
you to different levels."
Rev Francis added:
"Death is a step away, so
real life is not sex, nor a
boyfriend or girlfriend, but
rather real life is all abbut

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getting to know Jesus
Christ in a special way.
God has a purpose for you
in the same way he had a
purpose for Jeremiah."
Corporal 2149 Audley
Peters, attached to the
Central Police Station,
addressed the students on
"Crime Prevention- Let it
begin with me."
" Cpl Peters' said &the best
way to prevent crime is to
"set a purpose with God."

m t aUm In ljIN Semor nign acloours uin grauers
at the ninth annual retreat at St Paul's Catholic Church Talent
Hall, Lyford Cay on Tuesday, February 8.
(BIS photo: Raymond Bethel) "Exercise self-cc

CORPORAL 2149 Audley Peters, attached to the Central Police Station, lectures C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School 12th graders on "Crime Prevention" at the school's ninth annual retreat
at St Paul's Catholic Church Hall, Lyford Cay, on Tuesday, February 8.
(BIS photo: Raymond Bethel)

want to learn, and have an tive manner. Be confident,
opinion despite our with your heads held high
upbringing" she said. "You and absolutely no slouch-
are also evaluated on how ing. Employers are looking
you present yourself, and for employees that are
remember the interview enthusiastic, passionate,
begins before the first willing to get the job done,
words are spoken. have a history of success,
"Dress for success from and has a healthy spirit of
head to toe in a conserva- competition."

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Family Guardian gives annual

scholarship donation to COB

FOUR more College of the
Bahamas students will have
their tuition paid for by Fam-
ily Gurardian this year as the
insurance company continues
its 17-year history of support-
ing education in the Bahamas.
Company president Patricia
Hermanns recently presented
COB Director of Financial
Aid Cheryl Carey with a
cheque for $20,000 to cover
tuition and other educational
expenses for Jordan Prince
William High graduate
Dwanell Richards, St John's
College graduate A'Leithia
Sweeting, Government High
School graduate Natasha
Woods and Marsh Harbour,
Abaco student Roderick Mal-
one. The award also covers a
second year of tuition for Cara
Bootle of Lowe Sound,
Andros and Davia Parker of
Grand Bahama.

"At Family Guardian we
realise how important it is to
assist promising young
Bahamians in obtaining a
higher education. As we cele-
brate our fortieth anniversary
we pledge to continue to nur-
ture our long-standing rela-
tionship with the College of
the Bahamas," said Mrs Her-
Since starting the pro-
gramme in 1988, Family
Guardian has awarded more
than $230,000 in scholarship
money to academically
deserving students.
The College selects the stu-
dents each year based on
Family Guardian's criteria
that they maintain a specific
grade point average and rep-
resent Family Islands as well
as New Providence.
According to Ms Carey,
Family Guardian is a paceset-
ter among the college's cor-
porate partners.
"What a joy it is for the Col-
lege of the Bahamas to be in
partnership with a company
like Family Guardian.
"They have always been
there for us and for our stu-
"In fact, when the College
was forced to increase its
tuition fees, Family Guardian
was the first corporate part-
ner to automatically increase
its contribution to ensure that
recipients were covered. Fam-
ily Guardian was also the first
partner to extend their sup-
port of individual recipients
when COB incorporated four-


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Richards; Cara Bootle; Natasha Woods; Davia Parker; Roderick Malon be; Patricia Hermanns, Family Guardian President & CEO; and Cheryl Carey, COB Direc-

tor of Financial Aid.

year bachelor's degrees," she
The Family Guardian schol-
arship programme has assisted
many students who otherwise
would have struggled to
finance their education. One
such student was history major
Tanya McCartney, now a Sen-
ator, who received the schol-
arship award for two years
starting in 1988.
"I grew up knowing about
Family Guardian because my
grandmother used to have a
number of small policies with
them. When I went to COB, it
was wonderful to have the
same company that my family
had chosen to invest with over
the years in turn make such a
tremendous investment in me

(Photo: Mike Toogood/Family Guardian)

and my education. My family
was one of limited means and
I can honestly say that without
the scholarship, which covered
all of my tuition and books,
my ability to obtain a college
education would have been in
question," said Ms McCart-

One of this year's repeat
scholarship recipients, Cara
Bootle, knows without a
doubt that the Family
Guardian scholarship was her
only chance at a 4-year degree
in accounting.
"It's hard to say just how
grateful I am for this scholar-
ship. There was no one to sup-

port my dreams of getting a
college degree. I am the only
one in my family who even
had a chance to go to college,
and Family Guardian
has made it all possible," she
Family Guardian was
founded in 1965 by three
insurance professionals who
recognised the need for a
uniquely Bahamian insurance
company, capable of meeting
the needs of a growing
Bahamian population.
For 40 years, Family
Guardian has helped Bahami-
ans plan for their future with a
broad range of life insurance
and investment products
offered through its three sales
divisions: Home Service,

Financial Services and Group
Life and Health.
With nine sales offices in
New Providence, Grand
Bahama, Abaco and

Eleutheri, Fanmily Guardian
also has resident sales repre-
sentatives in Andros, Exuma,
Long Island, Cat Island, San
Salvador and Acklins.

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PM: airport will be gateway

to a transformed Bahamas

FROM page one

and open hotels and their enter-
tainment facilities and marine
parks in December 2006, includ-
ing a 600 suite hotel that is
being built and a condo com-
plex at Ocean Club. You will
find therefore a significant
increase in tourist visitors to
Paradise Island alone. And so in
that regard the timing of the
airport reconstruction is a good
However, he added that in
addition to the taxiway and
runway repairs, the airport itself
will have to be improved and
perhaps expanded.
He said: "Very clearly we will
have to have expanded use of
this airport because the gov-
ernment is negotiating on any
number of fronts for an expand-
ed visitor base to the island and

there are other interests that we
are now negotiating and pursing
on this island which will result in
another increase in tourist visi-
tors and therefore more use of
this airport. The airport must
not only be functionally effi-
cient but aesthetically as well."
Last week in the House of
Assembly Transport Minister
Glenys Hanna-Martin said
negotiations on this front were
set to begin with the Canadian
firm Vancouver Airport Ser-
vices (YVARS).
Mr Christie said he hoped
that if YVARS does receive the
contract the government will be
able to work closely with them
in the improvement.
"I am looking forward to an
airport which is the first experi-
ence for people coming into this
He said that more ,and more,
the island will be appealing to
high end visitors.

"Therefore the airport must
be as accommodating to them
as the facilities they are spend-
ing their time in and the envi-
ronment between the airport
and the facilities must be dra-
matically improved as well," he
According to Mr Christie the
airport is "only part and parcel
of a transformation of New
Providence which we hope will
take place over the next several
He said as a result of the
efforts, more Bahamians will
have an opportunity to access
commercial opportunities
because more tourists will be
able to come to the country thus
requiring more service facilities.
"Hopefully that will empow-
er Bahamians, so really this air-
port and what we are doing at
Atlantis, and at Cable Beach
will go well for tourism and cre-
ate an island of pizzazz and raz-

zle-dazzle. Happy days are
To complete the runway,
Lagan has hired 95 Bahamians,
and 45 expatriates. According
to Mrs Hanna-Martin, the num-
ber of Bahamians will soon
increase to 110 and 60 indepen-
dent truckers also will be
hired to carry out additional
Mr Christie said considering
the vast amount of building
which is being done throughout
the country, the challenge will
not be the inflow of capital, but
rather how to integrate Bahami-
ans through the process so that
they are not looking through a
window at the development or
progress being made.
Idris Reid, Managing Direc-
tor of the Airport Authority,
said that all traffic has had to
be re-routed to the 9000 feet
Runway 927 which will result
in delays. He urged the public

Water shortage is 'national emergency'

FROM page one

ly in New Providence. This ves-
sel has been out of commission
since last week, and the second
barge, the Dolphin is also expe-
riencing mechanical problems.
"Since December 20,2004 we
have been bombarded with
problems. Last week while the
Titus was down, the Dolphin
had a little hiccup for two days
but she made her voyage on
Sunday. The Titus is still down
but if we keep our fingers
crossed she might move this
morning," he said.
Bringing her full load, the
Dolphin can bring 1.7 million
gallons of water from Andros,
but because of rough seas over
the weekend, was limited to
bringing only 1.3 million gallons.
"Now instead of the normal
production of 9.5 million gal-
lons a day, we are down to less
than 6 million. I can only pump
out what I produce and my stor-
age tanks are deplorable now.
During the hurricanes we
pumped water straight through,
so in doing that we reduced the
storage levels and have since
been unable to get them back
up," he said.
Mr Sherman said that with
New Providence using 9 to 9.5
million gallons a day, the cor-
poration's housing capacity of
40 million gallons in storage is
far from sufficient.
"We have leased a third
freighter the Clipper Legend,
for at least 30 to 45 days. She
can carry only 1.2 million gal-
lons a day, but hopefully she can
help us over this hump and
allow us to bring our storage
supply back up. Maybe then we
can give some relief to the
Bahamian public. We put out
about six million gallons today,

so some people are getting
some, but there are the high
ridge areas and areas with bad
distribution networks that are
going to feel this shortage more
than others," he said.
Mr Sherman said that persons
who live at the eastern end of
the island are the ones more
likely to feel the substantial
reduction in water supply.
"All of our water is produced
or pumped from the west, so
people in the east are on the tail
end of the distribution. If there
is a major demand on the way
up there then those persons
might not even get any. Some-
times we even have to re-route
water to strategic areas, like the
hospital zone. We got word that
their water pressure was drop-
ping drastically so we had to dis-

place water from other areas to
go there.
"People living right next to
the tank on Blue Hill road might
say 'Good Lord I livin' right
next to the tank and I can't get
any water.' But what they need
to understand is that when you
send the water through those
pipes, it shoots straight down
the hill first, so persons in the
valley will get it before those on
the top. After the pipes have
filled, then those on the top
would get water," he said.
Mr Sherman said government
is "way overdue" to award the
contract for the five million gal-
lon a day reverse osmosis plant,
which he says the corporation
hopes is built somewhere in the
Blue Hill area.
"Hopefully this will be built

somewhere on Blue Hills,
because we already have one at
Windsor Field, next to the air-
port. This would be a 'Boo'
(build own operate) contract,
and whoever gets it would oper-
ate it and we will buy water
from them for like 20 years. This
in no way would eliminate barg-
ing of water, but at least it would
give some relief to our depen-
dency on barging for awhile
while we try to come up with a
more long term solution," he

to be patient and understand-
ing. Upon completion, he said
the new runway should last for
at least 25 years. If the Minis-
ter of Tourism keeps promot-
ing tourism like he is doing,
then we may need a bigger air-
The runway is expected to be

completed by June 2005 just in
time to receive the inaugural
flight of Virgin Atlantic from
the UK.
Runway 1432 is one of the
longest in the Caribbean and
upon completion will be able to
accommodate the majority of
jets currently in service.

Deaths investigated

FROM page one

cause of death," he added.
The family of Delroy Pratt, 26, who was found with signs of
strangulation on his body, are also awaiting the results of an
Mr Pratt was found dead at Potter's Cay on February 7,
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band members

receive certificates

THE achievements of four-
teen members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force band
were highlighted on Monday
during a special ceremony at
the police headquarters on East
The officers, comprising of
six female and eight male offi-
cers, were presented certificates
of merit by Commissioner of
Police Paul Farquarhson. The
officers, most of whom had
served on the Royal Bahamas
Police Force for five years, had
completed various levels of the
Associate Board of Music Cer-
tification programme in Octo-
ber of 2004.
"This is the oldest and most
recognised programme in any
military band," stated Superin-
tendent and Director of Music
at the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Sylvester George.
According to Mr George the
programme was introduced to
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force in the early 1960's by
police superintendent Dennis
Morgan from England and over
the years has been adapted as
"an essential training initiative"
for officers of the band.
He noted that the officers
upon joining the band were giv-
en the opportunity to take part
in the programme and were
expected to reach a certain lev-
el of efficiency.
He added that the pro-
gramme consisted of both prac-

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* ROYAL Bahamas Police Force commissioners (sitting) pose with members of the police band who received certificates on Monday.
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

tical and theoretical compo-
nents and was intended to
enhance the skills of the offi-
cers so that they would be able
to best serve the public. He
observed that the officers would
become better at reading music,
preparing for public perfor-
mances and would have the
ability to perform on their own.
"We try to encourage as
many officer as possible to take
part in the programme," Mr
George said.

In addressing the recipients
Mr Farquarhson noted that he
was delighted to be taking part
in such a ceremony having been
closely connected to the police
band in recent year.
Mr Farquarhson added that
the presentation signified a
great achievement that should
not be undermined. He called
for more officers to take part
in the programme, if only for
their own "personal achieve-

* COMMISSIONER Farquharson presents Shakera Sweeting with her certificate.

* POLICE Commissioner Paul Farquharson presents Shantel Rolle with her certificate.

* COMMISSIONER Farquharson presets Theodore Campbell with his certificate.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

US movie distributors seek

evidence against Bahamas

Tribune Business Editor
Legal representa-
tives of the major
US film distribu-
tors are set to visit
Nassau in mid-
March to gather evidence on
"blatant" copyright infringe-
ments that will be used to
encourage The US government
to further pressurise the
Bahamas on safeguarding intel-
lectual property rights, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday.
Chris Mortimer, manager of
Galleria Cinemas, said he
"agreed wholeheartedly" with
the International Intellectual
Property Alliance's (IIPA)
assessment that the Bahamas
did little to enforce its copyright
legislation, estimating that pirat-

ed DVDs sold by street vendors
and other businesses cost his
company 25-30 per cent of
annual revenues.
Mr Mortimer said: "I know
specifically that in the next cou-
ple of months, a number of film
distributors are sending their
legal representatives to Nassau
to take a look at the situation,
with a view to seeing how they
can engage with the US Trade
Representative to put pressure
on for the enforcement of our
copyright laws."
He added that these attor-
neys, without identifying them-
selves, would be purchasing
DVDs from street vendors and
taking notes as part of their evi-
dence gathering to put together
a case that can be placed before
the US Trade Representative's

Legal representatives to visit Nassau in mid-March
in attempt to press for counterfeit crackdown,
as Galleria estimates losing 20-30% of revenues
due to copyright enforcement failures

Mr Mortimer said: "They [the
Government] are going to have
to deal with the situation or the
ramifications for the country
are going to be huge.". Movie
run times at the cinema had fall-
en from six to eight weeks to
just three weeks in a bid to beat
the counterfeiters.
The IIPA, in its submission
to the US Trade Representa-
tive last week, said "serious con-
cerns" remained on the
Bahamas' copyright legislation
and enforcement of those regu-

The IIPA, which represents
bodies'such as the Motion Pic-
ture Association of America
(MPAA) and Recording Indus-
try Association of America, said
on the Bahamas: "Little or
nothing is currently being done
to provide effective enforce-
ment against the spread of phys-
ical goods piracy. We are not
aware of any police actions that
serve as real deterrents against
the commercial sale or pirate

"The lack of adequate legis-
lation and enforcement dis-
courages potential local and
international investments and
threatens the growth of a local
music industry.
"The Bahamas has the poten-
tial to be a successful market
for the legitimate recorded
music industry due to high lev-
els of tourism and per capita
income. The legitimate indus-
try is also very interested in the
exploitation of local and inter-
national repertoire in public

locations, including cruise ships,
and by broadcasters."
The IIPA hinted at the lever-
age the US possesses, noting
that this nation participates in
the Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) and is eligible to receive
benefits under the Caribbean
Basin Trade Partnership Act.
One CBI membership criteria
requires the Bahamas to have
adequate laws to protect and
enforce intellectual property
and copyright rights, with the
IIPA hinting it could press
Washington to withdraw some
of these benefits.
The IIPA document said $88
million worth of Bahamian-
made goods were exported to
the US in 2003 under the CBI,
accounting for 16.4 per cent of
See RIGHTS, Page 2B

Our Lucaya

casino sees

$1.28m loss

Tribune Business Editor
Isle of Capri blamed the clo-
sure of its Our Lucaya casino
for half of its fiscal 2005 third
quarter as the primary factor
behind its $1.288 million oper-
ating loss adjusted for depreci-
ation, despite net revenues
more than doubling to $4.608
However, the more than 100
per cent increase in net rev-
enues from the year-before
period's $2.04 million is in itself
slightly misleading, because the

Our Lucaya casino only opened
in mid-December 2004 half
way through the third quarter.
In announcing its results for
the three months to January 25,
2005, Isle of Capri said in a
statement: "Adjusted operating
income fell because the casino
incurred a full quarter of
expenses, despite being closed
for approximately half of the
"In the third quarter of the
prior fiscal year, the casino
opened in mid-December, and
See CASINO, Page 2B

Family Guardian, the pub-
licly-quoted Bahamian life and
health insurer, held informal
talks late last year with Barba-
dos-based Sagicor on forming
a joint venture that would be a
rival bidder for Imperial Life
Financial (Bahamas), The Tri-
bune was told yesterday.
, Insurance industry sources
$said talks with the Barbadian
financial services conglomerate

gate dp a

Tribune Business Editor
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas decision to reduce its
Discount Rate by 0.5 per cent
with immediate effect could
save Bahamian borrowers a
collective $21.5 million per
annum in interest payments if
commercial banks drop the
Prime Rate by the same
amount, a leading banking
executive said last night.
The Central Bank last night
said its decision to reduce the
Discount Rate to 5.25 per cent
from 5.75 per cent was driven
by the excess liquidity in the
Bahamian banking system and
the "buoyant" outlook for

Julian Frahcis, Central Bank of the Bahamas governor

these conditions and the econ-
It added: "The bank would
expect financial institutions to
follow suit with a congruent
reduction in the Prime Rate
from 6 per cent to 5.5 per cent,
and similar reductions in their
lending rate schedule."
The Central Bank's move
was last night warmly wel-
comed by Gregory Bethel,
president of Fidelity Merchant
Bank & Trust, who said his
institution had been calling for
such a cut since mid-2002 as a
means of stimulating the econ-
Mr Bethel said: "Based on
See BANK, Page 4B

native option to Colina Insur-
ance Company as Imperial
Life's purchaser.
Imperial Life's Canadian par-
ent, Desjardins, had set the end
of November 20o4 as the dead-
line for the Government to
approve the Colina deal before
it started to assess its options.
In the event, the deal was
approved two weeks later in
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Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010

Family Guardian

held talks on rival

Imperial Life bid
'By NEIL HARTNELL took place with a view to offez
Tribune Business Editor ing the Government an alter




Rights (From page 1B)

total Bahamian exports to the
And during the first 11
months of 2004, a further $82.5
million worth of Bahamian
goods or 14.3 per cent of total
Bahamian exports to the US
between January-November
2004 entered under the CBI, an
increase of 3.6 per cent on the
amount sent in the same period
the year-before.
And Mr Mortimer yesterday
told The Tribune: "I agree with
the position wholeheartedly, in
that the enforcement aspect of
the current legislation is where
the problem is."
Although the Bahamas' copy-
right legislation was compara-
ble to that of the US, "the
authorities don't seem to under-
stand that it is necessary to pro-
tect the rights of corporate
copyright holders from through-
out the world within our bor-
Mr Mortimer said he had
held meetings with Police Com-
missioner Paul Farquharson,
Attorney General Alfred Sears
and Cynthia Pratt, the minister
of national security, on the
problem over the last year, but

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despite promises of action noth-
ing had been done.
The Galleria Cinemas execu-
tive said that while he had
"stressed" the need for enforce-
ment, he had 'seen no dis-
cernible difference and it seems
to be getting worse". Business-
es with physical presence as well
as roadside vendors were
involved, and no enforcement
action had been taken despite
the police having a specific
department to deal with copy-
right offences.
Mr Mortimer said the major
US television and film studios
mistakenly believed the copy-
right infringements were actu-
ally taking place in the Bahamas
itself, although the reality was
that "established groups are
moving back and forth between
Nassau and Miami" to bring the
counterfeit and pirated prod-
ucts into the Bahamas.
"The police are aware of
who's doing it, where the major-
ity of the illegal operations are
run from, and they just aren't
doing anything about it and are
allowing it to happen," he
Mr Mortimer said the
Bahamas had to do a better job
of enforcing copyright for both
international and local musi-
cians, artists and filmmakers if it
was to be seen as a serious
"player" in the era of globalisa-
tion and free trade.
Trade Related Intellectual




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of CAMERAGE LIMITED, has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis



Security and General, a local Property and Casualty Insurance Company
seeks to employ a mature, ambitious individual for the role of Accounts


2-3 years Bookkeeing experience
At least an Associates degree in Accounting
Good oral and written communication skills
Computer literate

The company offers an competitive remuneration package, salary
commensurate to experience.

Resumes should be sent to The Human Resource Manager, at P.O.
Box N-3540 by February 16, 2005.

Pricing Information As Of:
14 February 2005

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Property Rights (TRIPS) were
a key component of free trade
rules and treaties, but Mr Mor-
timer said the Bahamas would
.not be able to progress in the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) and Free Trade Area
of the Americas (FTAA) talks
unless it "gets its house in
order" on copyright.
"The Government doesn't
understand that being a part of
these major international
treaties fully requires us to
enforce the laws with respect to
intellectual property," Mr Mor-
timer said.
He added that the Govern-
ment also faced "a credibility
problem" in that it was pro-
moting the Bahamas a place to
do business in, marketing it as a
shooting location for movies
and television programmes, but
not respecting copyright and
"allowing it [counterfeiting] to

persist on such a massive scale".
Philip Simon, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's exec-
utive director, said that while
there were no figures available,
legitimate Bahamian businesses
were probably losing "hundreds
of thousands, if not millions" of
dollars annually to counterfeit
and pirate goods.
He agreed with Mr Mortimer
and the IIPA that enforcement
was a major problem, saying he
had not heard "of any campaign
to eliminate this growing and
blatant infraction of the law".
However, Mr Simon said he
was wary of the IIPA's lists,
adding that they could be used
to unfairly target and single out
countries in the same manner
as the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Co-Operation and
Development (OECD) did with
the 'harmful tax practices' ini-




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of BELLMUND LTD. has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

Cordelia Fernander

Shavonne Davis


The Public is hereby advised that I, FERDILIA ISMA, of
PO. Box N-128, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my
name to FERDILIA DARIUS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.



The Public is hereby advised that I, GRENCHELL WILLIAMS
of Jones Town Bay Shore Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
intend to change my childs name from SHAVONIA HEINNQUIA
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama, no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
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Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume
Change Change in closing price from day to day,
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamlings
" AS AT JAN. 31, 2005/ AS AT DEC. 31, 2004
" AS AT JAN. 28, 2005/1 AS AT JAN 31, 20051/ AS AT DEC. 31, 2004



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1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
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DIv $ YIeld %

YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellit
Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported eamlings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Net Asset Value
N/M Not Meaningful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100


Casino (From page 1B)

therefore, the property only incurred expenses for half that quar-
"The Our Lucaya resort has substantially re-opened, although the
island is still recovering from last year's hurricanes. Subsequent to
the end of the third quarter, the company received an initial pay-
ment on its business interruption insurance claim."
For the three months to January 25, 2005, the Our Lucaya casi-
no produced an operating loss margin of 28 per cent, compared to
the previous year's 25.6 per cent.
An $398,000 adjustment for amortisation and depreciation helped
bring the adjusted operating loss up from its actual $1.686 million,
with the unadjusted operating loss margin standing at 36.6 per
For the nine months to January 25, Isle of Capri revealed its Our
Lucaya casino had generated $13.878 million in revenue, but an
adjusted operating loss of $4.411 million, producing an adjusted
operating loss margin of 31.8 per cent.
Without a $LO099 million adjustment for amortisation and depre-
ciation, the operating loss would have been $5.51 million.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of SALAMIS INV. LTD., has been completed;
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000, the dissolution of NEEDLE ROCK INC., has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefor been struck off the

Cordelia Fernander

Shavonne Davis


NOTICE is hereby given that FREDRICK LAZARRE,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 8TH day of FEBRUARY, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



The Public is hereby advised that I, GRENCHELL WILLIAMS
of Jones Town Bay Shore Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
intend to change my childs name from SHAVONIA HEINNQUIA
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama, no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (8) of
the International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register of Companies.

The Date of the Completion of dissolution was 9th December 2004.


- 'Colina
Financial Advisors Ltd.

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
British American Bank
Cable Bahamas
Collna Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate

13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.40 RND Holdings

28.00 ABDAB
13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0.35 RND Holdings

13.00 14.00 16.00
10.00 10.35 10.00
0.29 0.54 0.00

Colna Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund ,



po .w







Tribune Business Editor
Government and Baha Mar
investment consortium now
have three days in which to con-
clude a deal for the $1.2 billion
redevelopment of the Cable
Beach strip, with sources telling
The Tribune that a potential
stumbling block is unexpected
repair work needed to the
Radisson Cable Beach Resort.
It is understood that the due
diligence process undertaken
by Baha Mar has revealed that
the Radisson, which is owned
by the Government's Hotel
Corporation, needs more
upgrading and repair work done
to the property than was previ-
ously expected.
As a result, the Baha Mar
consortium, which has as its
lead investor Lyford Cay bil-
lionaire Dikran Izmirlian, may

Minister Perry Christie and his
team have three days to com-
plete the $1.2bn deal

try to negotiate the purchase
price for the Radisson down-
wards due to the extra repair
costs it will incur. The Govern-
ment is hoping to realise $40-
$50 million From the Radisson's
However, the Baha Mar con-
sortium is understood to still be
optimistic that they will clinch
the deal before their option to
purchase Philip Ruffin's two
properties, the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort and Crystal Palace
Casino and the Nassau Beach
Hotel, expires. That option is
understood to expire on Thurs-
day, February 17, rather than
February 19 as previously
If Baha Mar cannot seal a
purchase agreement for the
Radisson and a Heads of
Agreement with the Govern-
ment before February 17, there
are fears it will not be able to
close with Mr Ruffin and the

Kansas-based entrepreneur will
walk away, blowing the whole
$1.2 billion project.
Millions have already been
spent by Baha Mar on its pro-
ject, which it said will inject $450
million in annual gross domestic
product (GDP) into the econo-
my. Phase I of the project will
accommodate 2,500 new or
completely refurbished rooms,
an expanded golf course, a 'Las
Vegas' style casino and 75,000
square feet of convention space.
About 4,700 full-time jobs for
Bahamians would be created
during the first 12 months of
construction, with annual wages
paid to them estimated to total
$125 million.
In its first full-year of opera-
tion, the Baha Mar Cable Beach
project would provide direct
employment for an "addition-
al" 4,500 Bahamians, with this
number expected to increase by
50 per cent in its second year.


The Anglican Schools are now
accepting Applications for
Students registering for Grades
Kg- Grade 5 at the Primary level

Talk (From page 1B)
mid-December, and the talks sition.
between Sagicor and Family A number of options would
Guardian a company that was have been open to Sagicor,
one of the 'Group of Eight' including purchasing preference
opposing the Colina merger shares buying a stake in Family
are understood to have focused Guardian or picking up stock
on whether they could produce issued in an initial public offer-
a rival option to' exploit the ing (IPO).
November deadline's end. Another daily newspaper
Desjardins was seeking reported yesterday that Sagicor
around $20-$24 million for its had agreed to purchase a 20 per
Imperial Life subsidiary, and it cent stake in Family Guardian,
is understood that Sagicor, a but insurance sources said it was
company with $1.9 billion in unclear whether discussions
assets under management, was between the two companies
discussing with Family continued after the Colina pur-
Guardian ways it couild inject chase was approved.
capital into the Bahamian com- Patricia Hermanns, Famuily,
pany to helpfinancii'an aui-d 'Guardiiin's' pri'dht, did noti

return a call from The Tribune As a result, there would be
yesterday seeking comment, hefty regulatory obstacles in
Insurance sources cast doubt Sagicor's way. And the Barba-
on whether Sagicor would want dos company recently exited the
to take a relatively small 20 per Bahamas by selling its 1500-
cent stake in a company, since 2,000 strong policy portfolio to
its modus operandi was to take Colina, casting further doubt
control of any firms it acquired. among insurance executives as
A stake that size would be inad- to why it would want to re-enter
equate for such a purpose. by acquiring a stake in Family
To acquire a 20 per cent Guardian.
stake, Sagicor would need to To acquire a 20 per cent
receive approval from the Gov- stake, Sagicor would likely need
ernment, Central Bank and to purchase at least part of the
Registrar of Insurance. The lat- holdings of one of Family
ter has operated a 'Bahamian Guardian's three largest share-
first' policy, including forcing holders. They are Pyfrom
Canada Life (Bahamas) to seek Enterprises, with 36.7 per cent,
an alternative buyer to the Estate of Jack Knowles with
Guardian Life of Trinidad, a 16.8 per cent and chairman Nor-
move that drove the company bert Boissiere, who holds 13.1
into Colina's anrms.. ... pr'eit.

E iI 6Jinessdo bsins-

5 Scotiabank








P.O. Box AP-59222
Nassau International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas

The Airport Authority invites Tenders for the provision of seventy-five
(75) standard size Sanitary Disposal Units on the following premises at.
Nassau International Airport: (A) All public ladies restrooms within
Terminal 1 & 2; (B) General Aviation Centre; (C) the Authority's
Executive Offices; (D) Air Traffic Services Centre; (E) the Airport Car
Parking Booths

The Contracts will run for a period of twenty-four months beginning
April 1, 2005. It is required that all units are replaced on a weekly basis
or as necessary, with clean, sterilized units.

Interested Companies will be required to demonstrate their experience
and ability to carry out the contract, including financial capability and

The Authority will arrange for a familiarization tour of areas comprising
the contract immediately following a briefing session from all interested
parties, which will be held at the Board Room of the Executive Offices
of the Authority on Thursday 24th February, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. Companies
wishing to submit tenders should contact the Authority prior to the date
so that arrangements dan be made for participation in the briefing.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "TENDER
the undersigned:

The General Manager,
The Airport Authority,
Nassau, Bahamas

All Tenders must be hand delivered to the Executive Offices of the
Airport Authority not later than 4:00 p.m. on the 4th March, 2005.

Companies who have submitted Tenders will be invited to attend the
Tender Opening process on Tuesday 8th March, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.

The Authority reserves the right toreject any or all Tenders.

. BAIC Building National Insurance Board Bldg. Administration Bldg. Marsh Harbour Abaco:
East Bay Street Freeport, Grand Bahama Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera Domestic Investment
P.O.Box N-4940 P.O.Box F-42672 Telephone: 3354-0416 Officer: Ejnar Cornish
Telephone: 322-3740/3 Telephone: 352-1888 Fax:335-0420 Telephone: 367-0066
II IFax: 322-2123 Fax: 351-2235 Fax:367067
'oc Nichols Town, Andros: Domestic Investment Officer: Alphonso Smith: Telephone: 329-2833: Fax:329-2207
New Entrepreneurs: Big Dreams
Small Business Management Seminar
Dear Business Owner/ Entrepreneur: Ger Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Now is the time to invest in your dreams! The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation, (BAIC), will conduct a three day Small Business Management
Seminar in the Staff Development Room at The Bahamas Technical and
Voca stonal Institute Tuesday February 22 through Thurday February 24,
2005 in the evening 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

The seminar will teach you how to establish and successfully operate a small
business. Learn how to keep the business going and the money flowing. The
seminar will cover the following areas:

The Mechanics of Operating a Small Business in the Bahamas, including
Accounting and Record Keeping.
Selecting a Legal Entity for your Business or Organization.
Insurance Protection for the Small Business.
How to construct a Viable Business Plan.
Marketing and Promotion Strategies to Build a Business Based on
Customers Needs.

Invest in your future. This is your opportunity knocking! Reach for your share
of the economic pie. Investment: $85.00.

TELEPHONE FAX ____________ P.O.BOX_____
Existing Business
Proposed Business

Draft/Money Order

Please contact BAIC's head office (242) 322-3740-3 to confirm your
attendance or fax the completed application as soon as possible to Mrs.
Jodine Brown at (242) 328-6542 by Friday, February 18th, 2005. Persons
can deliver the application together with the payment.

Look for our upcoming:
Agribusiness Forum and Trade Show 2005

Dates and Times will be Advertised

This Three Day Event is Designed to: Showcase the Success Stories of
Businesses in the Industry: Increase Public Awareness of the Opportunities
available in the Sector: Capture the Interest of Potential Entrepreneurs.

Bank (From page 1B)

the Central Bank's statistics,
Bahamian persons, including
individuals and corporations,
owed approximately $4.3 bil-
lion to local banks. Much of this
debt, including mortgage and
corporate loans, is tied to
Bahamian prime rate, which
should decline by the same 0.5
per cent as the discount rate.
"The net effect of the drop
in lending rate by 0.5 per cent
will be to save Bahamian bor-
rowers $21.5 million per annum
in interest expense. How much
of the windfall will used to
reduce existing high debt lev-
els is uncertain ,but based on
the general propensity to con-
sume, it is likely that much of it
will be spent."
However, Mr Bethel added
that increased consumption
should help to boost imports,
in turn raising government rev-
enues and helping to close the
fiscal deficit, which has caused
Any decline in the Bahamian
prime rate will also reduce rates
on all Government Registered
Stock (GRS), Fidelity said.
These rates are tied to the
prime, and GRS forms a signif-
icant portion of the long-term
investment holdings of banks,
insurance companies and pen-
sion funds.
Fidelity, in a statement issued
last night, estimated that with
a total of $653 million in GRS
currently issued, the Govern-
ment would experience an
annual reduction in interest
payments of more than $3.25
It added: "The National
Insurance Board (NIB), with
GRS holdings of approximately
$500 million, is the largest own-
er of such securities and will see
its annual income decline by
$2.5 million."
Fidelity said this backed a
recommendation made by the
Social Security Reform Com-
mission for the NIB to diversify
its investment portfolio, includ-
ing through investments outside
the Bahamas, to increase
returns and help it meet actu-
arial assumptions.
And Fidelity said any decline
in the Bahamian prime rate
would improve the attractive-
ness of equities as investment
alternatives, providing an extra
boost for the Bahamas Internaa-..
tional Securities Exchange

Michael Anderson, President
of Fidelity Capital Markets,
said: "Ten BISX listed compa-
nies currently have dividend
yields exceeding 4 per cent, with
four of these with dividends in
excess of 5 per cent. Bahamian
savers, including investors in
investments linked to Bahamian
prime, will pay the bulk of the
price for the drop in rate, as
their income will decline. They
will no doubt need to seek alter-
native investment opportunities
to maintain their income levels
and equities may offer increas-
ingly attractive options."
Mr Bethel said the Central
Bank was likely to have decided
against reducing the Discount
Rate in 2002 due to concerns
over the impact on the foreign
exchange reserves, but the
improvement in Bahamian dol-
lar liquidity and foreign reserves
in past months had spurred the

Mr Anderson added:
"Bahamian savers, including
investors in investments linked
to Bahamian prime, will pay the
bulk of the price for the drop in
rate, as their income will
"They will no doubt need to
seek alternative investment
opportunities to maintain their
income levels and equities may
offer increasingly attractive
Mr Anderson said he
believed a decline in mortgage
rates should have a positive
effect on the domestic real
estate market with more
Bahamians qualifying for mort-
He said that there was a
direct correlation between inter-
est rates and property values
and he expected real estate val-
ues to increase in general.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of NORTHERN NATION LIMITED, has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

Cordelia Fernander

Ingrid Davis
(Liquidator) '


RBC Royal Bank

of C anada Partners3

with Safe Bahaas

RiBC Roya Bank of Canada continues to assist SAFE BAHAMAS
i its efforts to proote a safer Bahamas. SAFE BAHAMAS is
a community artnership that "seeks to play a vocal advocacyc
and funding role in all crime prention measure with particular
empha~ s on neighborhoods, family and youth development "

Pictwed from left are Marlon Johnson., executive direcos; SAFE
BAHAMAS recvnwg a contribution from Debbte Zonice mriaagr,
Marketing, RBC Royal Bank of Canada.

wwyrtaralbemsare'n RBC

Royal Bank
HM of Can karia
2Z?. U w.ZS.2'." ^ttetW iti &lC riet^tik^Sttr : :-(1(.C"^^ 2 #f.

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Colina appoints

Hilts as director

Colina Holdings Bahamas,
the holding entity for Colina LEGAL NOTICE
Insurance Company, has named
Terry Hilts, a former senior
executive at FirstCaribbean
International bank (Bahamas), NOTICE
to its board of directors.
The appointment is the first
public move by Colina Hold- LYCKSELE INC.
ings and its parent, the Colina OnVoluntary Liquidation)
Financial Group, towards com-
plying with one of the 21 condi-
tions set by the Government for Notice is hereby given that the above-named
confirming its purchase of Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th
(BahaImperial Life Financials). day of February, 2005. The Liquidators are Cordelia

The condition in question Fernander and Ingrid Davis of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
requires that the boards of Col- Bahamas.
ina Holdings, Colina Insurance
Company and Colina Financial
Advisors have a majority of
independent, non-executive Cordelia Fernander
directors on their boards within (Liquidator)
90 days of the merger condi-
tions being accepted. All
appointments have to be
approved by financial services Ingrid Davis
regulators. (Liquidator)
Another condition requires
that at least one of the three
Colina Financial Group's prin-
cipals Emanuel Alexiou, Jim-
my Campbell and Tony Fergu-
son be removed from the LEGAL NOTICE
boards of Colina Holdings, Col-
ina Insurance Company and
Colina Financial Advisors with NOTICE
90 days of the merger terms'
acceptance. It is unclear,
though, whether Mr Hilts' A
appointment at Colina Hold- LAMED VALLEY CORP.
ings is to replace one of the trio. (In Voluntary Liquidation)
Mr Hilts retired from First
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas) last year after 40 Notice is hereby given that the above-named
years' service at that institution, Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 10th
having come to the Bahamas in day of February 2005. The Liquidators are Cordelia
1964 as a Canadian Imperial Fernander and Ingrid Davis of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Bahamas.
employee. Mr Alexiou, Colina's
chairman, said in a statement
regarding Mr Hilts' appoint-
ment: "We are fortunate to add Cordelia Fernander
Terry to our board. His repu- (Liquidator)
tation as a man of integrity and iqui
commitment is the result of a
long career that has been dedi-
cated to contributing to the
growth and development of Ingrid Davis
Bahamian bankers and the (Liquidator)'" "' '"
Bahamian financial sector.

Cititrust (Bahamas) limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup, a leading
financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries and over 100

million customers worldwide,

is seeking candidates for the position of



Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore trust

companies servicing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas, Cayman

Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel Islands, New Jersey and Singapore.

Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.


Management of document control unit (Imaging, Safe Keeping, Dual

Control, Warehouse, Records Management.)

Ensure that all records are kept within compliance to Citigroup standards.

Implementation of GWS records management strategy.
MIS reporting.

Management of risk and assist in coordination of audit.


Historic imaging and records management experience and familiarity

with Trust and Company documentation.

Strong oral and written communications skills.
Interfacing with various business units on a global basis.

Influencing, organizational and leadership skills.

Initiative and the ability to think strategically

People Management.


Rodney W Braynen P.O. Box N-1423
Phone No. (242) 393-1874
Nassau, Bahamas
John W Darville P.O. Box N-4556
Phone No. (242) 394-2600
Nassau, Bahamas
Amos J Ferguson P.O. Box SS-6261
Phone No. (242) 393-0079
Nassau, Bahamas
Anthony J Jervis P.O. Box N-7273
Phone No. (242) 323-2628
Nassau, Bahamas
Alvan K Rolle P.O. Box N-7401
Phone No. (242) 326-8141
Nassau, Bahamas
Douglas R A Smith P.O. Box N-4556
Phone No. (242) 394-2600
Nassau, Bahamas
Gordon C Major P.O. Box N-3326
Phone No. (242) 357-8741,
Nassau, Bahamas
Arthur Colebrooke P.O. Box N-3745
Phone No. (242) 322-4061
Nassau, Bahamas
Jonathan AAdderley P.O. Box N-9585
Phone No. .(242) 325-8893
Nassau, Bahamas
Michael C Alexiou P.O. Box N-672
Phone No. (242) 325-7363
Nassau, Bahamas
Reginald W Armbrister P. O. Box EE-16704
Phone No. (242) 323-3157
Nassau, Bahamas
Neil Behagg P.O. Box CB-11187
Phone (242) 327-8109
Nassau, Bahamas
Gaetano A Bonamy P.O. Box AB-20676
Phone No. (242) 367-2496
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Trevor Bridgewater P.O. Box N-8244
Phone No. (242) 394-0014
Nassau, Bahamas
Victor R Cartwright P.O. Box N-4383
Phone No. (242) 324-1896
Nassau, Bahamas
Winston G Jones P.O. Box SS-5377
Phone No. (242) 325-1520
Nassau, Bahamas
Kenneth V Lam P.O. Box SS-5730
Phone No. (242) 326-2114
Nassau, Bahamas
Iram Lewis P.O. Box N-8688
Phone No. (242) 393-1605
Nassau, Bahamas
John L McKenzie P.O. Box N-3356
Phone No. (242) 393-8415
Nassau, Bahamas
Clinton W Pearce P.O. Box EE-17989
Phone No. (242) 424-1463
Nassau, Bahamas
Andrew 0 Sterling P.O. Box SS-5399
Phone No. (242) 393-7883
Nassau, Bahamas
W Kevin Sweeting P.O. Box N-3211
Phone No. (242) 394-8150
Nassau, Bahamas
Benjamin M Albury RO. Box N-1731
Phone No. (242) 393-3552
Nassau, Bahamas
Frederick D Albury O;Box N 677,. ..
Phone No. (242). 325-591
Nassau, Bahamas
Michael Foster P.O.. Box N-1190
Phone No. (242) 394-3385
Nassau, Bahamas
Henry A Hepburn P.O. Box N-7248
Phone No. (242) 341-9389
Nassau, Bahamas
Sean R Mattews P.O. Box SS-19909
Phone No. (242) 356-4538
Nassau, Bahamas
Charles J Moss P.O. Box F-41247
Phone No. (242) 352-5204
Freeport, Bahamas
Alicia C A Oxley P.O. Box CB-11836
Phone No. (242) 394-3251
Nassau, Bahamas
David S White RP.O. Box N-1013
Phone No. (242) 324-1547
Nassau, Bahamas
Daniel W J beDavies P.O. Box EL-25056
Phone No. (242) 332-2012
Governor's Harbour,
Douglas A Minns P.O. Box N-7936
Phone No. (242) 394-4736
Nassau, Bahamas
R John Paine P.O. Box CB-11499
Phone No. (242) 322-2646
Nassau, Bahamas
D Monty Knowles P.O. Box SS-19095
Phone No. (242) 326-2646
Nassau, Bahamas
Gerard P Brown P.O. Box CB-13248
Phone No, (242) 457-4722
Nassau; Bahamas
Jackson L Burnside III P.O. Box N-1207
Phone No. (242) 394-1886
Nassau, Bahamas
Larry Forbes P.O. Box SS-6351
Phone No. (242) 322-2021
Nassau, Bahamas
P Curtis Malone P.O. Box CB-12835
Phone No. (242) 327-8045
Nassau, Bahamas
Ray J H Nathaniels P.O. Box N-221
Phone No. (242) 327-7748
Nassau, Bahamas
Jason P Lorandos P.O. Box CB-11275
Phone No. (242) 393-4372 -
Nassau, Bahamas
David K Griffiths P.O. Box F-40257








































Phone No. (242) 352-2101
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Donald A Dean P.O. Box F-41609
Phone No. (242) 352-4835
Freeport, Grand Bahama

Gameth A Campbell P.O. Box 23001
Phone No. (242) 329-2005
Andros, Bahamas
Bruce LaFleur P.O. Box FH-14435
Phone No. (242) 328-7240.
Nassau, Bahamas
Michael J. Moss P.O. Box N-7091
Phone No. (242) 356-5913
Nassau, Bahamas
Garth W Sawyer P.O. Box N-10882
Phone No. (242) 346-0173
Nassau, Bahamas
Neville Bosfield P.O. Box SS-6351
Phone No. (242) 322-1900
Nassau, Bahamas
Enrique Roldan P.O. Box N-1771
Phone NO. (242) 394-8396
Nassau, Bahamas
Wesley G R Thompson P.O. Box 29101
Phone No. (242) 557-3718
Hope Hill Estates
Exuma, Bahamas
Leo D Ferguson P.O. Box SS-6261
Phone No. (242) 324-5566
Nassau, Bahamas
Patrick A Rahming P.O. Box N-9926
Phone No. (242) 356-9080
Nassau, Bahamas
Timothy H Neill P.O. Box AB-20006
Phone No. (242) 366-3110
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
John W McCardy P.O. Box EL-25078
Phone No. (242) 332-2987
Governor's Harbour,
Alberto G Suighi P.O. Box CB-13177
Phone No. (242) 327-2335
Nassau, Bahamas
Hycinth Allen P.O. Box N-966
Phone No. (242) 323-4991
Nassau, Bahamas
Tyrone Burrows P.O. Box N-9876
Phone No. (242) 382-0611
Nasau, Bahamas
Dwight M Thompson P.O. Box CB-13826
Phone No. (242) 327-3220
Nassau, Bahamas
Jennifer A Saunders P.O. Box CB-12364
Phone No. (242) 327-1411
Nassau, Bahamas
Livingston Forbes P.O. Box N-4230
Phone No. (242) 356-9738
Nassau, Bahamas
Hiram H Lockhart P.O. Box F42707
Phone NO. (242) 373-1257
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Pier Baldacci P.O. Box N-4764
Phone No. (242) 323-4764
Nassau, Bahamas
Lawrence Chisholm P.O. Box N-9025
Phone No. (242) 356-6261
Nassau, Bahamas
Bruce M Stewart P.O. Box N-336
Phone No. (242) 323-8800
Nassau, Bahamas '
Michael A Diggis P.O. Box N-1207
Phone No, (242) 394-1886
Nassau, Bahamas
Thomas M Dean P.O. Box N-540
Phone No. (242) 324-1170
Nassau, Bahamas
Dirk K Saunders P.O. Box CR-54122
Phone No. (242) 341-4197
Nassau, Bahamas
Goodwin Cargill P.O. Box EE-16270
Phone No. (242) 356-0218
Nassau, Bahamas

Robert Whittlngham

P.O. Box CB-54051
Phone No. (242) 322-6591
Nassau. Bahamas

Stephen J Bain P.O.Box N-10083
Phone No. (242) 356-6029
Nassau, Bahamas
Jeremiah Moxey P.O. Box CR-54501
Phone No. (242) 341-4846
Nassau, Bahamas
C Bemardo Deleveaux P.O. Box GT-2277
Phone No. (242) 325-5103
Nassau, Bahamas
Lawrence C Smith P.O. Box N-1412
Phone No. (242) 427-1565
Nassau, Bahamas
Harold S Johnson P.O. Box N-9420
Phone No. (242) 364-4694
Nassau, Bahamas
Mark W Henderson P.O. BoX CB-12436
Phone No. (242) 327-3274
Nassau, Bahamas
Kevin R Bryce P.O. Box SS-19909
Phone No. (242) 356-4538
Nassau, Bahamas
Mark A Smith P.O. Box SS-6888
Phone No. (242)392-8193
Nassau, Bahamas
Carlos J Hepburnm P.O. Box CR-54090
Phone No. (242) 394-5166
Nassau, Bahamas
Timothy F Johnson P.O. Box SS-6906
Phone No. (242) 364-7813
Nassau, Bahamas
Tarlq J O'Brien P.O. Box N-9116
Phone No. (242) 328-1705
Nassau, Bahamas
S k. Braithwalte P.O. Box CB-11454








































9 February 2uub
Public Notice is hereby given that the persons listed hereunder are licensed by the "Professional Architects Boad"
to practice as Professional Architectural Technicians until January 31, 2006.

Leo Miller P.O. Box N-6583
Phone No. (242) 326-8141
Nassau, Bahamas
Wayde C Russell P.O. Box CB-12976
Phone No. (242) 341-6144
Nassau, Bahamas
Ronny R Unhjem P.O. Box AB-20277
Phone No. (242) 367-3241
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Henry A Delancy Whyms Bight
Phone No. (242) 359-3025
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Michael A Jones P.O. Box N-3409
Phone No. (242) 325-0111
Nassau, Bahamas
Laurin L Knowles Phone No. (242) 337-0025
Mangrove Bush,
Long Island, Bahamas
Bertram Carey Tarpum Bay
Eleuthera, Bahamas
Ryan A Archer P.O. Box 579
Phone No. (242) 367-2001
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Livingston V Evans P.O. Box F-40675
Phone No. (242) 352-3558
Freeport, Grand Bahama


C Jenkin Williams P.O. Box F-44107
Phone No. (242) 352-2500
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Lockhart W P.O. Box 30607
Turnquest Phone No. (242) 337-1086
Grays, Long Island, Bahamas
Solomon J Smith P.O. Box N-10888
Phone No. (242) 361-6517
Nassau, Bahamas
Wilfred B Dorsett P.O. Box N-842
Phone No. (242) 324-5529
Nassau, Bahamas
Coralyn T P.O. Box GT-2315
Addedey-Dames Phone No. (242) 341-1247
Nassau, Bahamas
Jermaine Evans P.O. Box F-60283
Phone No. (242) 352-3365
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Trevor Butterfield P.O. Box F-43430
Phone No. (242) 349-2000
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Brent Key P.O. Box AB-20702
Marsh Harbour
Abaco, Bahamas

9 February 2005

Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Established by Act of Parllment 1994
P.O. Box CB-13040 Nassau Street, Nassau, Bahamas
The Professional Architects Act, 1994 empowers the "Professional Board" to issue licenses to persons qualified to
practice as Professional Architects in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Act stipulates, "no person shall hold
himself out as a Professional Architect or engage in public practice unless he is the holder of ai valid licence." Any person
who contravenes this provision is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine, Imprisonment or
Public Notice is hereby given that only the persons listed hereunder are licensed by the "Professlonal Architects
Board" to practice as Professional Architects" in the Bahamas until January 31, 2006.

- 2-4 years Imaging and/or records management experience.

- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science or equivalent experience.

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:

Operation Controls Head

Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited

P.O. Box N-1576,

Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR


Deadline for application is February 23, 2005.

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Bank clinches American

Express Platinum deal

Bank of the Bahamas Inter-
national has sealed a deal with LEGAL NOTICE
American Express that enables
it to become the Bahamian rep-
resentative agent for its invita- NOTICE
tion-only Platinum Card.
The Platinum card is avail-
able by invitation only to select WALBOSQUE INC.
aul McWeeney, Bank of the (In Voluntary Liquidation)
amas International's man-
g director, said in a state-
t: "This latest development Notice is hereby given that the above-name
,vs the strength of the Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 22r
lerican Express] commit- day of December 2004. The Liquidators are Cordel
nt and augurs well for the Fernander and Ingrid Davis of P.O. Box N-7757 Nassa
ture of both companies but, Bahamas.
3st importantly, for our cus-
In addition to offering the
Platinum card, the bank's affil- Cordelia Fernander
ation with American Express (LCquidator)
vill provide conveniences for (Liquidator)
regular card holders.
"American Express card
members will now be able to
speak directly with a local rep- Ingrid Davis
resentative for billing and ser- (Liquidator)
vice matters," explained Tanya
Wright, manager of Bank of
The Bahamas Trust with
responsibility for business LEGAL NOTICE
"In the past, it was often dif-
ficult. Because billing and cer- NOTICEV
tain services were handled off-
shore, if you had a question, it
was not easy to get the answer. SAN ANTON VALLEY INC.
Sometimes, the person you got (In Voluntary Liquidation)
on the line did not even speak
the language. Now, with the
relationship between American Notice is hereby given that in accordance wit
Express and Bank of The Section 137(8) of the International Business Companie
Bahamas, you've got a familiar Act, 2000, the dissolution of SAN ANTON VALLEY INC
person to talk to. You're not has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has bee
just a number. You feel like the issued and the Company has therefor been struck off th
member you are." Register.
In addition, customers can
request their draft for payment
online. "Now paying is as easy
as spending," Mrs. Wright Cordelia Fernander
chuckled. "Well, almost." (Liquidator)
Pictured above, Rolando V.
Handal (left), American
Express head of strategic
alliances, presents the compa-
ny's Platinum Card to tennis Ingrid Davis
star Mark Knowles at Bank of (Liquidator)
the Bahamas International's
recent reception at Humidor
restaurant. American Express GN-16
and Bank of the Bahamas Inter- G
national have signed a deal that SUPREME COURT
will allow the bank's customers UP M C O N
many privileges, including, for
its elite clientele, the by-invita- Vacancy for
tion-only Platinum Card. (Pho- Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate
to: Tim Aylen, Vision Photog-The Jud
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Designated Colours for File Folders and Jackets for each
Division of the Court

Binding of Bundles, Affidavits, Authorities, Submissions and
other Ancillary Materials

By paragraph 3 of the Supreme Court (Divisions of Court) Order, 2002
(SI 132 of 2002), the Registrar, after consultation with the Chief Justice,
is authorised to designate colours for the file folders and jackets for
each Division of the Court. It has been decided that the assigned
colours are as indicated in the table which follows:


APPEALS (APP) all sub-divisions WHITE
divisions except for Labour (COM/lab) PURPLE
all sub-divisions
CRIMINAL (CRI) all sub-divisions RED
FAMILY (FAM) all sub-divisions BLUE
divisions ORANGE
PUBLIC LAW (PUB) all sub-divisions
2. The Registrar has, accordingly, commenced the process of procuring
filed folders and jackets in the designated colours into which documents
filled in the Registry will be placed.

3. Practitioners are directed that, henceforth, all materials filed or laid
over bound form should be presented in colour appropriate to the
Division in which the matter is to be heard. To allow time for the depletion
of existing.stocks of stationary held by law firms, full compliance with
this direction is deferred to 1 October, 2005.

4. This direction does not apply to materials that comprise, in total,
fewer than 12 pages, which should be fastened without an outer binding.

5. As to the manner in which bundles, affidavits, submissions and other
ancillary materials should be bound for presentation to and use by the
Court, it is notified that, because of constraints of space in the Registry,
with immediate effect, materials presented in ring binders will not be
accepted unless a waiver is first obtained.

6. Materials may be bound in any of the following forms:

(1) three-pronged folders;
(2) folders of the type commercially knows as "ACCO" folders;
(3) comb binding.

7. In the appropriate circumstances, the Registrar )(which term includes
Deputy and Assistant Registrars) who is designated "Manager" of the
Division in which the matter is to be heard may, after consultation with
the judge presiding over the matter, issue a waiver permitting the
presentation of materials in a ring binder (or binders) wish shall include
conditions such as limiting the number and size of binders or imposing
and undertaking to retrieve the ring binder(s) at the conclusion of the
hearing and re-submit the contents (without alteration) bound in one
of the forms identified at paragraph 6 for the archives of the Court.

8. Applications for a waiver should be made to the Registrar by letter
and, if approved, the waiver, in the form indicated, should be inserted
as the first page in the binder which, if compliance with paragraph 3
is impracticable, may be black in colour.

Burton PC Hall
Chief Justice
7 February, 2005

(here insert action number names of parties may be omitted)

After consultation with M Justice
the documents and
materials included in this ring binder are accepted, subject to the
following conditions:

Division (for) Registrar

Applications are invited from suitably
qualified persons for appointment as Stipendiary
and Circuit Magistrates.

Applicants. must be members of the
Bahamian, English, Irish or Scottish Bar or of the
Bar of any country of the Commonwealth to which
a member of The Bahamas Bar is admitted without
examination. In addition, they must have had at
least five (5) years standing at the Bar or have
enrolled and have practised as a Solicitors for at
least five (5) years in the above-mentioned

The duties of the post are as set out in
The Magistrates Act, Chapter 54 of the Statute
Law of The Bahamas.

The salary of the post is in Scale JL13 -
$46,600 x 700 to $50,200 per annum.

Serving officers must apply through their
Heads of Departments.

Application forms may be obtained from
the Public Service Commission, Meeting Street,
Nassau, and should be returned to the Secretary,
Judicial and Legal Service Commission, P.O. Box
N-167, Nassau, The Bahamas, not later than May

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have three months to fine tune
their bodies and get in shape
for the first competition on
the Bahamas Bodybuilding
Federation's (BBF) calendar
of events.
The Novice, the first com-
petition slated on the calen-
dar will host first time body-
builders, and will set the tone
for the other competitions. It
is described as the future of
bodybuilding, ii terms of
development and getting on
the right track in the sport.
This showcase is set for
May 28th, at the Rain Forest
Theater, and attracts body-
builders from all around the
Bodybuilders who weren't
able to capture the top spots
in the various divisions are
invited out to compete in the
Novice championships.
With the Freeport Associa-
tion being rejuvenated, presi-
dent Danny Sumner is expect-
ing this year's Novice compe-
tition to outshine the others.
During his visits to the local
gyms, Sumner said he has
been excited to see the num-
ber of young, enthused ath-
letes coming into the sport.
He said: "If I don't go
around to the gym national
head coach Steven Robinson
goes on behalf of the federa-
"Our findings since we've
been going around is great.
We've seen a number of
young persons getting them-
selves more involved in the
sport. This is an improvement
for the sport, which will turn
out to be an exciting year.
"With Freeport coming on
stream we are really expecting
a mass improvement, coming
in from the Family of Islands."
Just before the tournament, a
judge's seminar will be held
in the capital on March 5th.

This seminar will ensure
that all local judges are on par
with the International Feder-
ation Bodybuilders (IFBB)
rules. It will be a recruitment
process that will reshape the
judging panel in the Bahamas,
and hopefully certify several
judges to referee on the inter-
national scene.
"Our major concern next to
the bodybuilders are the
judges," said Sumner.
"We would love to have an
active judges' panel, attract-
ing new judges who will help
out with the programme.
When you have several
judges, especially those who
are new in the programme, it
allows for free judging.
"When I talk about free
judging, I mean judges who
will have a positive feedback
from athletes and fans and
prompt the sport.
"Sometimes athletes feel as
though the judging might be a
little biased, but with us bring-
ing in new judges we will be
able to attract more."
Sumner has thanked those
persons who have come
aboard the programme.
He added: "There are a
number of good bodybuilders
who haven't competed in a
long time, who will make a big
contribution to the sport.
"These are the persons who
we have targeted to come and
help out the federation and I
am hoping that they hear my
message and get back on track
with the sport.
"There is a lot that can be
learned from these persons,
but there involvement is a
"These persons can help
sustain those that are involved
Missing out on last year's
World Championships has
made the federation set per-
sonal goals, in terms of
advanced travelling arrange-
ments and vowing to attend
the next games.
With the calendar of events,
which has local and interna-
tional tournaments slated,
Sumner said it will give the
federation ample time to

secure the necessary docu-
ments needed for body-
builders to travel.
"We wont let our non-
appearance in the world
championships deter us," said
Sumner, who continues
to apologise for the
Bahamas being unable to
"I am sure that, this year,
the bodybuilders will be ready
to compete and attending the
world championships will
give new and old bodybuilders
an opportunity to
compete on the international

FOR the ninth time in the history of the
18th annual St Valentine's Day Massacre,
the Campari Lady Nathalie, Lady in Red
was caught.
In a 'Catch Me If You Can' race on Sunday
that highlighted the two-day regatta in Mon-
tagu Bay, the B-class sloop was caught not
just once, but three times.
The A-class Redstripe was the first boat to
catch the Lady Nathalie on the second lap.
But after she was also caught by the Southern
Cross and the Good News, the Lady Nathalie
turned back.
Four other sloops competed in the race
with the Pieces of Eight coming in fourth,
LuT navan T Ladv fifth Sea Star sixth and nWho

Dat rounded out the field in seventh place.
Eleazor 'the Sailing Barber' Johnson, who
started the challenge regatta 18 years ago,
has vowed to return next year to break the
He has indicated that his Lady Nathalie
will not get caught again.
Up next on the regatta calendar is the New
Providence Challenge Cup Regatta in Mon-
tagu from March 5-6.
The first regatta to be held in the Family
Islands will be the National Family Island
Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma from April
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Senior Sports

the new Bahamian amateur
cycling club, made a successful
debut over the weekend at the
Gainsville Cycling Festival in
Lee Farmer and Rolf Faust
led the way for the team,
founded by Mark Holowesko,
as they competed in a 20 kilo-
metre individual timed trial
and a 30 kilometre team timed
The other two members of
the team were Basil Goulan-
dris and Holowesko.
"We had an unbelievable
team timed trial," said
Holowesko, summing up the
team's performance. "It was
great. We were basically the
top amateur team over there.


It was just phenomenal. We
were happy. We did very
Farmer, competing in the
individual timed trial, rode to
victory in the division III
timed trial to finish fifth over-
all in the pro 1-2 category.

Faust, on the other hand,
came in second in the Masters
division by three seconds. He
would have ended up eight in
the pro 1-2 category.
"I think it's just great for
the Bahamas because you
have two guys down here bik-
ing for the Bahamas and they
are just as good as the pros in
the United States,"
Holowesko lamented. "It just
shows you the calibre of bik-
ing here. It's going very, very

Farmer, who turns 33 on
May 18, is a 5-foot-11 New
Zealander who has been com-
peting here for the past three
years. He is currently the top
ranked competitor in the
Faust, the veteran of the
crew at 48 on August 11, is a
Swedish, who is sitting at the
number two spot behind
In the category five age
group division, Goulandris
came in second and he, along.
with Holowesko, placed in the
top ten in the category three.
The official times have not
yet been released, but
Holowesko feels that, because
of their performances, they
should have won the com-
bined team timed trials.
They had to ride a 30.1 kilo-
metre race and with an aver-
age speed of 28 miles per

hour, they rode extremely
VMG, established last year,
was only one minute behind
Team Aerospace, one of the
top pro teams at the event.

Holowesko, a 45-year-old
long-time cyclist, sailor and
triathlete, who has represent-
edthe Bahamas in a number
of Star Class World Champi-
onships and the 1996 Olympic
Games, said he saw the need
to take cycling to an interna-
tional level with the
competition that is currently
VMG, which Holowesko
said refers to a mathematical
formula for speed, is current-
ly sponsoring and supporting
VMG Racing, the Nassau-
based cycling team; Aerospace

Engineering Group-VMG, a
Florida-based cycling team;
Ironman North America's
professional team and indit
vidual amateur triathletes in
the Bahamas as well as inter
This weekend, VMG is
expected to travel to the
Dominican Republic to com-
pete in the Independence
National Championships
Then over the weekend of
February 26-27, they are
scheduled to return to Floridi
to compete in the Dade Battle
of Brilliance in Dade City and
VMG, which hosted its first
local event on February 5 with
a 40 kilometre timed trial
around West Bay Street, will
stage its second local event on
March 5 with a 30-mile road
race in Wes ;a vy Street.

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WHEN the New Providence
Softball Association goes to the
polls on Thursday night, Steve
'Garbo' Coakley will be hoping for
a full two-year term in office as
Coakley, who came back at the
helm last year to finish off the term
that was started by Godfrey 'Gully'
Burnside, said he wants to get the
sport of fast pitch softball back to
the glory days when he last served
?13 years ago.
"Upon accepting the decision to
fill out Gully's term, I said at the
end of it I will decide if I will go for
re-election," said Coakley, who last
served in 1990, as he looked ahead
to the NPSA's annual general
meeting and election of officers on
Thursday at 7:30 pm at the
Churchill Tener Knowles National
Softball Stadium.
"I have decided to come back
and try and bring some more ener-
gy back to the sport and see if I
can bring back the glory days of
Saying that he wants to put the
sport first, Coakley said he has
decided to seek another term in
office. But he admits that there's so
much work to be done and he's
willing to put his best foot forward
to get back to the glory days.
"It's going to be difficult because
a lot has changed over those years,"
said Coakley, reflecting on the past.
"Twenty years ago, there were not
as much distractions and the ball
players were more dedicated to the

"I think the players back then, in
my opinion, put much more into
it. But the players today have more 0 By KE
distractions and competition for Junloi
their time and endeavours."
From what he saw transpired AF AI
during his tenure in office last year, girls dest
Coakley said there's no doubt that en Eagle:
a lot of things have to change. win-loss 1
"There's a question of changing Tigers
the mind set and get the young- the tip, o
sters back into the thought of play- eventuall
ing softball as a worthwhile pas- 35-13.
time," he pointed out. Despite,
"And, in getting them interested, got then
we have to find a way to keep them got e-
in the sport and work diligently to game, t1
get them developed to the calibre shake up
of the 1970s and the 1980s. Eagles
"It's not going to be easy, but throw lin
it's a challenge that I have decided utes into
to take on and see how far I can go attempts
with it. But it won't be easy." Their fir
Coming into office, Coakley the free
worked with the slate of officers Brown.
that was already in place under the
leadership of Bumrnside.
They included first vice presi-
dent Perry Seymour, second vice Brown
president Bobby 'Baylor' Fernan- steals, thi
der, third vice president Martin went 5-fi
'Pork'Burrows and treasurer Lisa line. The:
Johnson. thennly
Coakley has indicated that all of in the gl
the men have indicated their inten- in tega
tions to come back and serve t i
another term under his leadership. tribute, b
But he said Johnson is not less.
expected to be back and so they The T:
will be looking to fill that position became c
along with the secretary's post, and Ash]
which was vacant. score of;


Additionally, Coakley said they the domi
will be looking at some changes to three ste
the list of directors that were elect- block shc
ed along with the post executive one steal
board. assists.
"The youth development has to Ashley
be the focus," Coakley said as he we could
looked ahead to the future. "We but the i
want to start from the primary caused u
schools and extend it to the cornm- points, bt
munity parks.
"But we are also hoping that we,* O m
can use the school system as a feed- to a late
er system to our night league pro-
gramme. So we will be putting a eight poir
lot of time and energy into our we should
youth development programme." points.
After the elections are held, "We a
Coakley said they will switch their those poi
attention to the start of the new
season in April.






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For some women, having


'isn't on

the cards'

Tribune Feature Writer
fter marriage,
many people
think it's only
natural that a
woman and a
man who have committed them-
selves to love and cherish each
other forever would want to
expand that circle to include a
baby. But for some couples, the
decision to have a bouncing
baby boy or girl is not the
crowning achievement that it
appears to be for most of soci-
For one 27-year-old Bahami-
an woman, who because of her
strong opinions preferred to be
identified as "Maria", having
children is not on the cards.
In an interview with Tribune
Woman, Maria says that she has
always felt very strongly about
her decision not to have chil-
dren, though she did consider a
change of heart as she got older.
But the ultimate turning point
came when Maria finally decid-
ed that she didn't need to have a
- child of her own to experience
"You don't have to give life to
love someone. Too many
women fall into that 'have to
have children' mentality, have
a lot of children and become
breeding machines. But they
don't really think financially if
they can even support these chil-
dren," says Maria.
Though she considers herself
a "professional" woman and is
"financially stable", Maria
believes that having children
could be a setback in the life
that she and her fiance wish to
live. At the end of this year, she

plans to be married.
"My fiance already has a child
who is seven years old and I
never really wanted to have any
kids. And I don't feel like I have
to give him another child. We
are both young, struggling peo-
ple and a child will only be a
burden. We want to just devote
all of the resources we have to
our life together," Maria adds.
But she admits that her deci-
sion is not sitting well with her
While Maria's fiance
"respects" her decision not to
have children, her parents are
disappointed, she says. "They
are just old fashioned, I think. I
am their only child and they
want grandchildren."
While Maria's reasons are
more financial, there is also the
issue of career vs motherhood.
There are some women who
are willing to find that perfect
balance, but there are those who
are not prepared to make the
compromises required of a
working mother.
Dr Nelson Clarke, consultant
psychiatrist and Medical Chief
of Staff at the Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre, told Tribune
Woman that now more than
ever there are more career-
focused women in the Bahamas.
"And many manage their
diverse roles competently," he
The psychiatrist says that
some women delay child bearing
until they have completed their
academic and professional train-
ing, while others may simply
have decided that their priority
will also be the career.
"Others may have decided
not to have children for a variety
of personal reasons. For

* FOR some couples (posed by models), the decision to
have a bouncing baby boy or girl is not the crowning
achievement that it appears to be for most of society.

instance, some women see child
bearing and child rearing as an
enormous psychological and
financial burden, while others
may be committed to singlehood
and therefore as a consequence
are not going to become moth-
ers," he notes.
But some women argue that
though they may not have a
standard job, being a full-time,
stay-at-home mom is just as

tough, if not more.
For one 33-year-old married
woman, who asked not to be
identified, the idea of having
children and how that would
impact her life is simply not
While she has not ruled out
children altogether, she admits
that she feels guilty because
she's not aching to have a child,
like most of her friends who are

"I feel bad, like there's some-
thing wrong with me. My hus-
band wants children, and we
have talked about it, but if I am
to be honest with myself, am
just not ready to have that kind
of intrusion in my life, and I
don't know if I ever will be,"
she told Tribune Woman.
According to marriage and
family therapist Barrington
Brennen of Marriage and Fam-
ily Counselling Services, the
decision not to have children is
not that unusual on a global
scale; however, it is uncommon
in Bahamian society.
Mr Brennen says that more
women today are limiting the
number of children they have,
rather than making a decision
not to have children altogether -
a decision he believes is wise.
"There haven't been many
women that I see who don't
want children, but there are
some. Women are limiting the
children they have, which I think
is a good thing, and very wise.
"You really should count the
costs before you buy anything,
so the idea of having children
endlessly without counting the
financial responsibilities is a
poor decision. Even rich people
are being wise with having chil-
dren," Mr Brennen told Tribune
There are those who don't
want children ever, and Mr
Brennen says that there are
many reasons why they may
have come to that decision.
Sometimes it has to do with
selfish reasons not wanting to
invest time in another human
being other than themselves; it
could be biological, they can't
have children; or some women

may feel that they simply don't
have a "calling" to be a birth
mother, he said,
"You'd find a lot of women
who feel that they have a dif-
ferent calling. They can be a
mother but they don't want to
have any children of their own.
I've seen a lot of women who
just dream of adopting and not
ever giving birth.
"And I think that is a gift to
be able to nurture and care for a
child and not wanting children
of their own," says the counsel-
In Maria's case, having chil-
dren is not so important because
she already has children in her
life whom she can give love to.
"And I don't think it's selfish to
think like that because it's a
choice that I made. I have lots of
nieces and nephews and god-

See BABY, Page 2C

It's Heart

Month and Tribune
Woman and Health is tak-
ing this opportunity to fea-
ture a series of informative
articles on heart health over
the next two weeks.
In today's Woman and
Health section, starting on
page 1, look for informa-
tive, interesting features on
heart disease, along with
helpful tips and specialty

Heart disease is leading

cause of death in women

IN the Caribbean region, because our
lifestyles are similar to that of America's,
heart disease is also among the leading
causes of death. In the Bahamas, heart dis-
ease is the leading cause of death in women
37 per cent compared to 26 per cent in
men. (Health Information and Research
Unit 2001).
Greater awareness of how heart disease
affects us could save our lives. Still, for
-many women, heart disease is basically an
under-recognised and a silent disease.
Cardiovascular disease or heart disease
includes diseases of the heart and blood
vessels. Most heart and blood vessel prob-
lems develop over time and occur when
your arteries develop arteriosclerosis a
process that begins in childhood and
involves a gradual build-up of plaque. This
plaque contains fat, cholesterol and other
substances. Plaque can grow large enough
jo reduce the blood's flow through an
artery. However, most of the damage
occurs when plaque breaks loose.

Plaque that breaks loose can cause blood
clots to form that can block blood flow or
break off and travel to other parts of the
body. If either happens and blocks a blood
vessel that feeds the heart or brain, it caus-
es a heart attack or a stroke.
What is stroke?
A stroke is a kind of cardiovascular dis-
ease. It affects the arteries leading to and
within the brain. A stroke occurs when a
blood vessel that carries oxygen and nour-
ishment to the brain is either blocked by a
clot or bursts. When that happens, the part
of the brain affected cannot get the blood
(and oxygen) it needs, so it dies. When
part of the brain dies from lack of blood
flow, the part of the body it controls is
affected. Strokes can cause death, paralysis,
affect speech and sight, among other prob-
Proper treatment can lessen the severity
of such an attack but people must recognise
the warning signs and act quickly.

What are the symptoms of heart attack in
Until recently, heart disease was once
considered a man's disease, and research
only focused primarily on men. Studies
now show that the symptoms of heart
attack in women are very different from
those in men, and appear at different ages.
Also, the warning signs and the effects of a
heart attack are often different. This can
lead the doctor away from a diagnosis of
heart attack, and can delay treatment for
hours or even days.
While heart attacks are relatively easy to
identify in men (strong pain in the chest
and left arm), in women, the symptoms
may be different, such as:
Tightening and a mild pain in the chest
that may extend into the neck, jaws and
Nausea /or vomiting and shortness of

See DISEASE, Page 2C




Births to single mothers in

Bahamas aren't increasing

Are births to
single mothers
increasing in
the Bahamas?
No, but
they're not decreasing either,
according to the most recent
figures released by the Depart-
ment of Statistics.
Based on registered events,
the percentage of all births to
single women generally of
child-bearing age 15 to 49 -
has remained constant from
1988 to 2000.
Of the 153,155 women in the
Bahamas in 2000, 84,845 were
15 to 49 years old. This age
group represents 55.4 per cent
of the total female population
of the Bahamas, and 28 per
cent of the entire population.
These figures have remained
much the same, as 55.2 per
cent of the year 2000 female
population was 15 to 49 and
27.9 per cent of the total pop-
ulation was of the same age
group in 2004.
According to Dr Wayne
Thompson of the Centre for
Renewing Relationships, this
trend is reflective" of a society
which has accepted having chil-
dren out of wedlock.
"There is no longer guilt or
shame that bears on females.
Children born out of wedlock
is accepted as a norm in this
country. The myth is, 'if I have
a baby for him we can spend
the rest of our lives together',
and it is unreal and very dis-
heartening. Validating oneself
through sexuality only signi-

And, according to latest figures from Department

of Statistics, they are not decreasing either

fies that a person is incapable
of managing their own or
another's (child's) life."
He says that in his practice
he has witnessed "a large seg-
ment of women who don't
believe in themselves, so they
develop their sexual skills
instead of developing their
moral values".
"They end up having chil-
dren outside of marriage
because of low or no self-worth
and self-esteem."
He says that only when
those Bahamian women
change their psyches will they
handle relationships more
maturely and responsibly.
In 1988, 56.9 per cent of all
births were to single mothers;
in 2000, that number was at
56.8 per cent. In 1998,27.1 per
cent of single mothers were
under 20, and in 2000, that
number was 20.8. The only sig-
nificant decrease in births to
single mothers was a drop-off
in teenage pregnancy in mar-
ried or unmarried teens.
The problem appears to no
longer lie with the teenagers -
less than half of single mothers
were under 20 over a 12-year
Dr Thompson believes that
some Bahamian women have a
problem letting go, when it
comes to relationships.
"There's no question about it.

* BASED on registered events, the percentage of all births
to single women (posed by model) generally of child-bear-
ing age 15 to 49 has remained constant from 1988 to

When their whole lives are
built around the relationship
they do foolish things grasp-
ing at straws to keep it alive."
A very sensitive topic in
today's Bahamian society, Dr
Thompson also believes that

"They end
up having

outside of
of low or no
self-worth and
Dr Wayne Thompson

"mass ethnic diversities coming
into a country can lead to the
local existing population
adopting behaviours and prac-
tices once considered sub-stan-
"And it's not meant to be
derogatory," he emphasises.

"But it's a lifestyle of young
women having three to six dif-
ferent children for different
men. Once upon a time you
didn't see it happening here."
Dr Thompson feels that the
loss of a firm foundation of
moral ethics and purity is the
reason behind the unchanging
numbers of single mothers.
"Although I don't think it is
too far gone to fix, we are com-
ing closer to a point whereby
the financial, social health and
education costs are spilling
over into the economic devel-
opment and success of our
country," he says.
Dr Thompson also pointed
to a pervasive level of dishon-
esty is an accepted part of
Bahamian society, which
inflames the relationships
between men and women.
"There is a high level of dis-
honesty. In this advanced age,
do you really think women
miss and get pregnant? You
have intellectually advanced
women in delicate positions,
even in public offices not just
at the 'bottom level' of society
- who seem to be retarded
relationally and emotionally,"
says Dr Thompson.
In his estimation, the only
way to steer clear of this
predicament necessitates that
"women must learn to love
and respect themselves".
Said Dr Thompson: "They
can't expect to get that from
the man. The men see no need
to change their behaviour
because the women, make it
very clear that they accept
them just as they are."

Disease (From page 1C)

breath are important symptoms in
Heartburn or indigestion;
*Difficulty breathing; .......
General feeling of weakness;
*_4 .Tiredness;
0 Anxiety;
Paleness and sweating;
a Palpitations;
Symptoms may come and go away
by themselves. One woman who is
having a heart attack may have a few
Sof these symptoms, while another may
have all of them. If you have some of
these symptoms or think you are hav-
ing a heart attack, see your doctor
What Are The Risk Factors For
Heart Disease In Women?
The majority of risk factors for heart
disease are preventable. Family histo-
ry is important, though obviously that
is not something we can control. Con-
trollable risk factors include:
High blood pressure;
High LDL (bad) cholesterol;
High triglycerides;
Low HDL (good) cholesterol;
Inactive lifestyle;
Unhealthy diet;
Overweight and obesity;
Adult onset diabetes (a condition
in which sugar is not used properly);
Insulin resistance system for con-
trolling the blood sugar not working
A build up of plaque in the blood
vessel in the heart;
Stress, including marital distress;
Age as a woman's age increase,
so does her chances of developing

Heart disease, including stroke, claims more women's lives than one
can imagine. Women are 15 per cent more likely to die of heart disease
than men, according to the American HeartAssociation. American women
with heart disease make up the largest health risk group In the United States
of America, more than half a million women die of heart disease each year.
To put it in perspective, there are about 60,000 deaths from breast cancer
annually, compared to 500,000 deaths from heart disease. Heart disease
seems to be higher among Afro-American than Caucasian women. Between
1991 and 1995 the death rate from coronary heart disease among African
American ages 35 to 44 was nearly three times as high as for White women
the same age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

heart disease;
Other factors include low HDL cho-
lesterol. (One of the biggest causes of
low HDL is over consumption of car-
bohydrates.); on and off dieting -
habitual dieters who constantly loose
weight and gain it back appear to have
lower levels of HDL (good choles-
terol) in their blood, putting them at
increased risk researchers reported -
smoking; older women with low thy-
roid activity; women who are anxious
/ depressed and are more likely to feel
increased levels of stress, and hot tem-
pered individuals who blow their top at
the slightest provocation.
What Can Women Do To Prevent
Heart Disease And Stroke?
Women can do a lot to prevent
heart disease and stroke. It begins by
learning all you can about these seri-

ous health threats and working to
reduce your risks. Educate yourself
and your family. Then do something
about it.
Advice To Women About Staying
There are some very simple things
women can do to try to stay healthy,
they are:
Know your risk factors;
Do not smoke;
Move more, the more you move,
the healthier you are going to be;
Look at your diet;
Know the signs and symptoms of
heart disease. If you have those symp-
toms, you should visit your doctor
If you are over the age of 20, know
your cholesterol number. Get your
cholesterol checked annually. Your
total cholesterol level should remain

under 200 milligrams per deciliter
(that's more than 35mg/dl of HDL or
"good" cholesterol; less than 160 mg/dl
of LDL).
Watch your blood pressure. Know
your blood pressure and also know
what it should be. Blacks tend to
develop high blood pressure earlier
than whites and have higher rates of
related problems such as stroke and
kidney disease. If it's too high, or if
you have a family history of high blood
pressure, ask your doctor how often
you need to have it checked.
Get regular checkups. Choose a
doctor who will take risk factors seri-
Do not dismiss symptoms like
chest pains, extreme fatigue or short-
ness of breath.
Get drug treatment for diabetes
and high blood pressure and take med-

ication as prescribed. Do not take
yourself off your medication without
your doctor's.permission... .
If eating a healthy diet and exercis-
ing don't work, your doctor may pre-
scribe medicine to help reduce the risk
of heart attack, or to improve heart
Drink alcohol sparingly or not at
all. Too much can raise blood pres-
sure and certain fat levels in the blood.
Limit daily intake to four ounces of
wine or 12 of ounces beer.
The important thing for women to
know is that there is a broad range of
symptoms, and if they are not feeling
well and have never felt that way
before, particularly if they are experi-
encing chest or shortness of breath
symptoms, they need to seek help
Women have to be their own biggest
advocates in order to get a proper
diagnosis and proper treatment for
heart disease.
Women need to know that heart
disease, the number one killer, can be
prevented. It is a serious threat that
can have long-lasting consequences.
Awareness of symptoms is critical.
Take action now and preserve life.
For more information on this sub-
ject and the observance of National
Women's Heart Day on Friday Feb-
ruary, 18, please call the Ministry of
Health at telephone 502-6140 or 502-
4848. This article was prepared in col-
laboration with Dr Ann Rolle, Chron-
ic Non-Communicable Diseases Pro-
gramme Manager of the Ministry of



,For only

Baby (From page 1C)

children, so I have lots of chil- Paul Cartwright, director of Rather, as a society, he finds have children'," he notes. obituaries and death notices, countries like the US, the idea
dren if you look at it from that counselling services at the that having children is the stan- Mr Cartwright believes that etc. "And I think it is similar of having children is almost
angle. Christian Counselling Centre dard thing to do. "More often having children may be a part with children. People tend to degrading, but people don't
"And if we are talking about deals with many marital issues, than not, I've seen that-it (hav- of Bahamian culture. affirm having children rather tend to think like that here."
being fruitful and multiplying, but says he has not encountered ing children) is a rule. Occa- He explains: "Generally, in than deny it, look at the num- What do you think? Send
then there are some women out many cases locally, of women sionally, there is someone who the US there is more of a death- ber of single mothers and teen -your comments to tribune@tri-
there who have already had my who do not want to have chil- grew up in abusive relationships denying culture. We are more pregnancies we have. In the or fax 328-
share," she adds with a laugh. dren. so they say, 'I don't want to death-affirming, just look at the feminist movement of large 2398.


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'It's not what you eat, but

how it's fixed that counts'

Heart disease is
rooted mainly
in poor diet,
bad habits or
abnormalities, and it's no secret
that the Bahamian diet has tak-
en a hard rap for its high
fat/high cholesterol content.
But before you swear off peas
'n' rice, dieticians say that it's
not what you eat, but how it's
prepared that counts.
In the Bahamas, heart dis-
ease has been ranked as the
second or third leading cause
of death every year for the last
12 or 13 years.
The percentage of total
admissions to Princess Mar-
garet and Rand Memorial hos-
pitals, from 1989 to 2001, for
heart diseases, increased from
2.8 to 5.7 per cent. Since 1993,
for both men and women,
there has been an increasing
trend with specific upward
movement in totals occurring
in 1995 and 1997.
"Heart disease affects all
ages and both sexes. Where
diet is tied to chronic illness, it
begins in childhood and often
because of a hardening of the

THE term "heart disease"
describes several conditions
that relate to the heart and
blood vessels.
Heart attack and stroke may
come to your mind first; how-
ever, high blood pressure, angi-
na (chest pain), poor circula-
tion and abnormal heart beats
are heart diseases too. "
Heart .disease i is ;:.the.
Bahamas' number one killer.
The truth is many deaths from
heart attack or stroke are pre-
ventable. Though a genetic ten-
dency is one cause of hearth
disease, other risk factors can
also play a role.
Factors most strongly asso-
ciated with increased risk for
the development of Cardio-
vascular Heart Disease (CHD)
can be divided into three cate-
gories and include:
Factors We Have No Control
Age (45 + years bold men,
55+ year old women.)
Family history of prema-
ture CHD (father, brother less
than 55 years; mother, sister
less than 65 when diagnosed)
Gender and race
Factors We Can Control &
Cigarette smoking
Too much alcohol, more
than one drink per day, each
Obesity, i.e. above 20 per
cent of desirable weight, obe-
sity associated with inappro-
priate food or nutrient intake is
a major contributor to diabetes
and hypertension.
Hypertension (high blood
pressure higher than 140/90, or
taking anti-hypertensive med-
Diabetes (high blood sug-
ar) 80 per cent of people with
DM die of some form of heart
disease or blood vessel disease.
Inadequate physical activi-
Elevated total blood cho-
lesterol levels more than or
equal to 200 mg/dl; increased
Low Density Lipoprotein
(LDL) 'bad cholesterol' more
than or equal to 160 mg/dl;
Reduced High Density
Lipoprotein (HDL) 'good cho-
lesterol' less than 35 mg/dl.
Controversial Cardiovascular
Risk Factors
Inadequate consumption
of the B-complex vitamins -
associated with elevated homo-
cysteine levels thought to be
casually related to CAD.
Taking birth control pills
if you smoke and estrogen
replacement therapy in post-
menopausal women.
According to the National
Health and Nutrition Survey
(1988-1989), the findings high-
lighted mortality (death) and
morbidity (ailments) statistics,
which indicate that coronary
heart disease is the number one

arteries. This is why it's so
important to have a 'family-
healthy' eating lifestyle," says
dietician Julia Lee of Doctors
She describes four major
goals for healthy hearts: 1) an
overall healthy diet, 2) a good
blood pressure value, 3) a
healthy body weight and 4) a
good blood cholesterol profile.
"Persons 20 and over should
test at least one time every five
years and the ideal method is
the 'lipo protein profile'," says
Mrs Lee.
A dietician of more than 15
years, she advises that miscon-
ceptions about Bahamian food
as a category require some
"People will cut out rice to
lose weight, but rice and
pigeon peas actually do a lot
of good. Rice is a healthy food.
But the cooking method and
additives are what count. It
should be prepared with a
small amount of canola or olive
oil, with reduced salt," she says.
And even though it's very
'Bahamian' she recommends
the elimination of fatty salt
beef and pork in the rice.
"Dried beans and peas, kidney
beans, lima beans ... these are

killer among Bahamians, when
ranked together by age and
In an attempt to investigate
the underlying risk factors, the
survey included a lab test to
measure 1) cholesterol, 2) high-
d... ensity lipoprotein (HDL) and,
3) low-density lipoprotein
Abnormal high levels.of all
three components were found
in the blood serum of more
than half of the Bahamian pop-
ulation. In other words, one in
two Bahamians are highly
prone to developing arte-
riosclerosis, heart attack and
Elevated LDL has now been
recognised as one of the most
sensitive predictors of adverse
cardiovascular (heart attack)
and cerebrovascular (stroke)
disease. Lifestyle factors also
contribute significantly to our
quality of life.
The study also investigated
the alcohol and smoking pat-
terns of Bahamians. In general,
one in four adults smoked at
some point in their lifetime,
though regular smokers were
estimated at 11 per cent over-
all. More men smoke than
women, and this collectively
makes regular male smokers a
high risk for CHD.
With reference to alcohol
consumption, 50 per cent
(40.25 of men and 10.4 per cent
of women) of the population
drank alcohol regularly.
Though the quantity is not pub-
lished to ascertain over indul-

all very good things."
For Bahamians, the biggest
problem seems to centre on
portion control.
Instead of overindulging in
one sitting, Bahamians are
reminded to be more conscious
of how much they eat at any
one time.
One or two tennis ball sizes
of rice, depending on a per-
son's weight and condition of
health, is a guideline for a
Fish, two times a week is
healthy for the heart and even
boiled fish for breakfast is
good. Conch has a bit of cho-
lesterol, but for the most part
it's a healthy food, being
extremely low in saturated fat -
the main factor in increasing
blood cholesterol levels.
Fish, crawfish and other typ-
ically native seafood are bet-
ter to consume than things
such as pigs' feet, corned beef
and mutton, says Mrs Lee.
"With conch salad, the veg-
etable component should be
increased and the amount of
salt decreased. Steamed conch
with rice is also good. Bahami-

See HEART, Page 5C

gence, according to the 10 lead-
ing causes of death in 1998 (10
years later) chronic liver dis-
ease and cirrhosis was noted as
one of the killers of Bahamian
The statistics represent both
the 25, 44 age grOp, and 45,
64 bracKet for men as well as
,, women ...
How to deal with factors we
can change
Maintenance of a reason-
able weight
Stop smoking
Increased physical activi-
ty, i.e. exercise at least 30 min-
utes 4-5 days times per week.
Moderate alcoholic bever-
age intake. Limit consumption
to no more than 1 oz per day.
Prevent or improve exist-
ing co-relating factors to CHD
such as DM, HTN.
Maintain or modify cho-
lesterol levels within the nor-
mal range.
Increase dietary intake of
B-complex vitamins (folate, B6,
B12) and vitamin E. By eating
more of the foods rich in these
vitamins may contribute overall
to a more healthy pattern of
Reduce saturated fat and
cholesterol intake.
This column is provided by
Adelma Penn, Camelta Barnes
and Melissa Underwood, nutri-
tionists from the Department of
Public Health, Ministry of

ma' atters
your health questions answered

How soon
after losing
your virginity
should you see
a gynaccologist?
ALL women of any age
should see their physician,
who may. also be a'gynaecol-
ogist, on a regular basis
whether they are virginal or
Annually is usually recom-
Ideally all women should
educate themselves as much
as possible about their physi-
ology and sexuality. Some of
this is from their own research
or at their regular visits to
their physicians where infor-
mation is disseminated in
both the spoken word and via
pamphlets. The visit(s) may
include a general physical,
avoiding an internal pelvic
exam in virgins but might
include a rectal examination.
More commonly a pelvic
ultrasound is performed to
visualise and assess the inter-
nal pelvic organs in virgins, if
In this day and age it is an
important decision to begin
engaging in sexual intercourse
and it should not be taken
lightly. It is advisable that a
woman discuss her intentions
with her health care provider.
, : ,';. 5. ". "* .' : i -. i;',

0 Dr Reginald Carey
We all have heard of the
potential grave pitfalls of par-
ticipating in unprotected sex.,
Firstly, there is the danger
of an unplanned pregnancy
and all the ramifications that
this 'may mean for an individ-
Discuss with your health
care provider the appropriate
contraceptive options avail-
able and implement it, hope-
fully; before the event.
Secondly, there is the risk
of sexually transmitted dis-
eases, including the life
threatening AIDS virus.
Know your partner and
ensure that he is interested in
a mbnogamous relationship.
Condom use is strongly
advised, even if another con-
tradeptive method, like the
pill, is being used.
, ., ;.. ly ':t -' d,;.

Perhaps it would appear
extreme if a woman was to
request evidence of a clean
bill of health from a poten-
tial male partner but it is
being requested by some. Of
course it is a two way street
and a woman should not be
hesitant to provide the same if
the question arises.
A few marriage officers of
the church are now requesting
this prior to performing the
marriage ceremony, along
with the accompanying pre-
marital counselling.
Finally, after having your
first sexual intercourse (or los-
ing your virginity, as it is more
often referred to), a women
should see her gynaecologist
one year later for a thorough
check up and for a pap smear
(or pap test). Occasionally a
visit to her doctor is warrant-
ed before this if she is experi-
encing one or several prob-
lems, such as vaginal dis-
charge, abnormal vaginal
bleeding or to review contra-
ceptive needs.
This informative weekly
column provided by Doctors
Hospital is intended to edu-
cate women about important
issues regarding their health
and is not intended as a sub-
stitute for consultation with an
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme- or mrassin@doctorsh- For more infor-
mation call 302-4707.

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How much fat are you

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HERE are some key Do you eat low fat or fat
questions to ask when eval- free dairy products? That is,
eating your dietary fat skim or 1% milk, fat free
intake: cheese, and low fat frozen
Do you add fat to your desserts.
food when cooking? (what YES NO
type? (butter, lard, "meat
grease", "fat back", oil, Do you eat bread, rolls,
margarine, mayonnaise, sal- or crackers without adding
ad dressing, shorting, etc.) fat?

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Do you regularly use low YES NO
fat or fat free alternatives
when available? oooooo.**.
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the first item or "no" to one
Do you buy lean cuts of or more subsequent ques-
meat and trim any excess fat tions you need to be con-
from them? cerned about the fat content
YES NO of your diet.
Incorporating some of the
Before cooking/eating above concepts over time
poultry (chicken, turkey) do until your answers shift to
you remove the skin? "YES" is a good place to
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Who's got tuberculosis?

Tribune Feature Writer

Officials at the Depart-
ment of Health are
trying to determine if
other students and
teachers may have
contracted tuberculosis'from an H 0
Nash Junior High School student
who was diagnosed with the disease
last week.
All attempts to reach Dr Baldwin
Carey, director of Public Health,
which included a visit to his office,
were unsuccessful. However, per-
sonnel at his office said that results of
those tested in relation to this latest
tuberculosis case should have been
in yesterday. Up to features press
time, the results were not in.
The situation has parents of some
H 0 Nash students concerned.
According to one parent, Jonathan
Woods, whose daughter is in grade
seven at the school, there has been no
communication to parents from the
school, on an update of the testing.
He feels that parents should be
notified, though he does understand
the sensitivity of the issue.
"It is disturbing, in a sense, that
there was no correspondence, but I
can also look at their situation
because they don't want a panic. You
have to deal with these things sensi-
tively, but they should still let us
know what's going on," Mr Woods
told Tribune Health.
He wants all students and teach-
ers screened for the disease. "I wasn't
really concerned at first, but I hope
that the person who had the disease
has been isolated immediately, and
taken from the school. The main
thing is once they found out, that stu-
dent should have been removed from
the school.
"They should have proper screen-
ing for the whole school because you
don't know where that student may
have ventured. And I'm sure they
can do that because it's not really
costing the school anything. This stu-
dent could have used facilities that
my daughter may have used."
He said that he tried to call the
school, but could not reach the prin-
cipal, Paula Adderley. The Tribune

also tried to reach Ms Adderley but
she was either not in her office or
According to Tribune news reports,
Dr Carey said last week that once a
disease like tuberculosis is identified,
an immediate and automatic step is to
test the persons who could have had
direct contact with the infected case
(that is, family members), and then to
an extended classroom.
He said that simply passing the
infected student in a corridor at
school would not be as significant as
staying in a classroom with her. This
is why the entire school will not be
More than 150 students and a num-
ber of teachers and staff who came
into contact with the infected stu-
dents were tested on Wednesday. In
addition 28 straw vendors who
worked in close proximity with the
relative of the girl were also tested.
Earlier on Friday, The Tribune
received tips that some of the read-
ings may have been positive, but Dr
Carey was unable to confirm or deny
the rumors.
Mr Woods says that if the school

CERTAI N people, such as those
in feftd'with HIV or health'cahfe
workers, should be tested regularly
for TB. You should also be tested if
there's any chance you have been
infected, recently or many years ago.

If the test is negative:
A negative reaction usually means
that you are not infected and no
treatment is needed. However, if you
have TB symptoms your doctor must
continue to look for the cause. Some-
times, when a person has only recent-

does not test his daughter, he may
"venture" into having her tested pri-
Statistics from the Health Infor-
mation and Research Unit of The
Department of Health, shows that
new cases of tuberculosis have been

... You have to
deal with these
things sensitively,
but they should still
let us know what's
going on."

Jonathan Woods

fluctuating over the past decade. In
1990, there were 46 new cases, in
1991 the number went down to 53
new cases. In 1992, there were 61 cas-
es, and that dropped to 53 cases in
1993. Fifty-two cases were recorded
for 1994, and the following year 32

ly be.rminfe. i wiohwliern'hi or her
immune i wr1t g prop-
erly, the test'may be falsely negative.

If the test is positive:
A significant reaction usually
means that you have been infected
with the TB germ. It does not neces-
sarily mean that you have TB dis-
ease. Cooperate with the doctor
when he or she recommends a chest
X ray and possibly other tests.
If the doctor recommends treat-
ment to prevent sickness, follow the

new cases appeared. In 1996 there
were 35 cases, but that steady trend
rocketed to 82 in 1997. However,
since then, the number: of new TB
cases has been decreasing 76 in.
1998 and 1999; 62 in 2000; and 42 in
Dr Quentin Richmond, specialist in
internal medicine says that tubercu-
losis, known as TB, is a disease
caused by bacteria called Mycobac-
terium tuberculosis. "It is spread
through the air from one person to
another. The bacteria are put into
the air when a person with TB dis-
ease of the lungs or throat coughs or
sneezes. Laughing or singing can
spread the germs in an enclosed
space," he explains.
So can an infected person's infect-
ed sputum (mucous from the lungs)
accidentally get into your mouth?
Dr Richmond says that when a per-
son breathes in TB bacteria, the
germs settle into the lungs and start
to grow. From there, they can rarely
spread through the blood to other
parts of the body such as the kidney,
spine or brain. But it is the TB in the
lungs that is usually the source of

recommendations. If imediin tiipe-
scribed, be sure:to tak 6it as'dirted.
If you don't need itratmiint do
what the doctor tells you to do about
follow-up. The doctor may, simply
say to return for another checkup if
you get into a special risk,'jtuation-
for TB sickness or develop symp-
If you are sick with TB disease,
follow the doctor's recommendations
for treatment.
(American Lung Association)

infection for other people, he adds.
According to Dr Richmond, a per-
son who is infected with TB does not
feel sick, and they do not have any
symptoms for a "long time". It takes
on average 20 to 30 weeks to develop
the disease, but people that are HIV
positive tend to develop the disease
much faster.
Testing for TB usually involves one
to three steps, says the doctor.
The first test is a Tuberculin or
PPD skin test, 0.1 ml, a very small
dose of the liquid, Tuberculin, is
injected painlessly into the skin of
the forearm and read 48 to 72 hours
after. An "induration", or thicken-
ing at the injection site of more than
15mm shows a positive result, while
an induration of less than 2mm(with-
out blistering) is negative.
The second test, a chest X-Ray, is
for those persons that are positive.
A characteristic shadowing on the X-
Ray (especially at the apex of the
lung) or enlarged lymph glands near
the hilum (centre of the picture) are
highly suggestive of TB, the doctor
The next stage is to examine the
perso's sputum to look for, and cul-
ture the TB germ.
"Most of the people that react pos-
itive to the skin test do no have TB.
In them, on the contrary it means
that they have developed good resis-
tance to the disease or have been
protected from TB .with a previous
BCG vaccine. Negative means that
you are susceptible to the disease and
need BCG vaccination," the special-
ist told Tribune Health.
The skin test for TB takes 5 to 10
minutes, is relatively inexpensive, and
.,* can be arranged through the Public
Health Department, says Dr Rich-
SIn order to protect an infected per-
son from getting TB disease, the doc-
tor may administer medicine to take
for a period of time. Medicine is giv-
en depending on the infected per-
son's health, age and closeness of
contact to someone with active TB.
On the question of who should be
tested in reference to this latest tuber-
culosis case, Dr Richmond says that it
is the "province" of the Director of
Public Health, Dr Baldwin Carey.

Is there a link between gum and heart disease?

Tribune Feature Writer

IT has long been suggested
that gum disease may be
linked to heart disease. And it
seems that a new study has
shown a scientific connection
between the two conditions.
But cardiologist Dr Patrick
Cargill of the Cardiovascular
Care Centre says that this
study published in the Journal
of the American Heart Associ-

ation does not really show a
link, per se.
"There is really no link.
What they have shown is an
association. The study that was
done recently by Columbia
University in New York, what
they have shown is that an
individual who had periodon-
tal. (gum) disease, the more
bacteria in those plaque, the
greater the thickening at the
arteries in the neck, and the
carotid arteries," the doctor

Heart (From page 3C)

an vegetable staples like
pumpkin, okra, edoes, sweet
potato, yams, cabbage, toma-
toes, all rate highly. And sal-
ad dressings made with olive
oil and vinegar are whole-
some," she adds.'
No one has yet studied,
assessed and published a full
journal of the nutritional val-
ue of indigenous Bahamian
fruit, vegetables and seafood,
"not down to the micronu-
trient", but Mrs Lee says
native fruit, such as jujus and
guineps, have phytochemi-
cals that promote health.
"It's usually the added'
ingredients salt, oil, fat -
that make foods unhealthy,"
says Mrs Lee.
She reminds Bahamians to
beware of alcoholic bever-
ages, including favourites
like Skyjuice and Bahama
Mamas. One "jigger" (1.5
ounces, or a shot glass) of
hard liquor is equal to the
alcohol content of five
ounces of wine, which is

equal to the alcohol content
of 12 ounces of beer.
For men, no more than
two of these per day is suffi-
cient, and for women, no
more than one. Beyond that
it's not healthy for the heart,
says Mrs Lee.
The supposed benefit of
red wine lasts only briefly
after it's consumed. There-
fore, a younger person con-
suming more than the rec-
ommended daily allowance
is not protecting his or her
heart later in life. Older peo-
ple, by nature of their older
age will benefit more in this
regard, she adds.
"The other problem with
alcohol is the caloric value;
and a very important aspect
of heart health is weight
(calorie) control. But there
are two particularly high
calorie foods avocados and
peanuts which have the
benefit of good fats, and in
correct portions are healthy
for the heart."

told Tribune Health.
Researchers obtained up to
eight subgingival plaque sam-
ples from each of 657 subjects,
55 years or older with no his-
tory of stroke or heart attack.
The samples were analysed for
11 different types of bacteria.
Carotid artery thickness was
measured using high-resolu-
tion ultrasound. After adjust-
ing the data to factor out con-
ventional risk factors, the
researchers found that carotid
artery thickness corresponded
with the bacterial levels. Five
specific types of bacteria that
cause periodontal disease were
There was no association
between artery thickness and
bacteria, not associated with
periodontal disease.
"Now this shows an associa-
tion. Any study that tells an
association is a weak study
because you can associate any
disease with anything. The ide-
al study that one should be
concerned about is a placebo
study that would show a
causality effect. An association
does not show causality," says
Dr Cargill.
According to the cardiolo-
gist, even though there is an
association between the
increased thickening of the
wall of the carotid arteries,
persons must take into consid-
eration that the subjects were
over the age of 55, which
meant that they are already at
risk. "It doesn't matter where
it is. It is an inflammatory dis-
ease so those bacterial plaque
or periodontal disease causes
inflammation. And one would
expect some thickening of
those arteries as well because
they are inflammatory," he

When Tribune Health spoke
with Dr Kendal Major, peri-
odontist and chairman of the
Bahamas Dental Council, he
said that numerous studies
have shown that it is a "little
bit more" than an 'association',
though he expressed that he
does not wish to get involved
in "semantics".
According to the periodon-
tist, studies have shown that
with chronic diseases like dia-
betes and heart disease, also
with cases of low-birth rate,
there is a direct response to
the chronic periodontal dis-
ease, and its affect on these
"It's because of bacteria
association with periodontal
disease located in pockets or
spaces around the teeth. That
space gets larger and that
space has a direct link to the
blood stream.
"You can measure that
space in many ways by depth
and bleeding, if the tempera-
ture is raised, the bacterial type
- ultimately looking for
whether that space affects
bones," he explains.
The bacteria in the blood-
stream, Dr Major adds, can
aggravate the blood-clotting
mechanism, and in arteries,
vegetatians can build up.
However, the periodontist
did point out that it would be a
"stretch" to say that because
a person has periodontal dis-
ease they will suffer a heart
attack. "Understand that both
diseases are complex and come
about as a result of varying fac-
tors. Recognise that there is a
relationship, but if you cure
one it does not mean the other
is cured. In periodontal dis-

* CARDIOLOGIST Dr Patrick Cargill (not pictured) of the
Cardiovascular Care Centre says "there is really no link"
between gum and heart disease.

ease, if you cure the disease,
the damage to the heart is irre-
versible...Periodontal disease
is a very unique illness driven
by bacteria. It is a disease you
can control and treat but that

cannot make up for what you
have lost. What I tell my
patients is that with chronic
periodontal disease, there is a
stimulant. It is making an
already bad situation worse."

an teces may ave*ontrcteddisase

What should you do?





Heart disease

- number one

killer of all ethnic groups

Heart disease
does not dis-
between race
or gender. It is
the number one killer of all
ethnic groups.
February has been designat-
ed Heart Month, a good time
to reflect on the importance of
keeping a healthy heart. The
Bahamas Heart Association
(BHA) has planned a month
of activities designed to
increase awareness of the dan-
gers of heart disease, and to
assist in those efforts, Doctors
Hospital donated a cheque to
the Association to support the
fight against heart disease.
The donation is a part of the
hospital's effort to assist the
many children suffering with
heart disease, those who are

faced with the costs of heart
investigation and surgery and
are not in a position to accu-
mulate the funds needed.
"Doctors Hospital looks for-
ward to working with the
Bahamas Heart Association
each year to further educate
the community by providing
information on the benefits of
lifestyle choices and preven-
tion of heart disease. Our aim
is to assist those persons who
are in need, in addition, we
want to encourage Bahamians
to eat healthy, exercise, and
know the warning signs," says
Michele Rassin, assistant vice-
president of Operations at
Doctors Hospital. "Many of
the risk factors that can lead
to heart disease, such as, high
blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol and diabetes, can

Angina: What it says

about your heart

MANY people who expe-
rience angina for the first
time fear they are having a
heart attack. Here is why
angina and a heart attack are
mistaken for each other.
Both can be caused by a
buildup of fatty plaque in the
heart arteries, blocking or
slowing delivery of the blood
to the heart.
In both, pain can be felt
in the chest, arms, shoulders
and/or neck.
Both may be brought on
by extreme.physical exertion.
Both are most prevalent
in men who are 50 and older
and women past menopause.
However, there is a key
difference. A heart attack
leaves damaged or injured
heart muscle in its wake;
angina does not.
Rather, angina pain is a
warning sign of a potential
heart attack.
The symptoms of angina
are squeezing pressure or
heaviness, or mild ache in
the chest; a feeling that you
are choking, or shortness of
breath; a feeling of aching in

Doctors Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series: Dr
Patrick Cargill, cardiologist,
will discuss "Maintaining A
Healthy Heart" on Thurs-
day, February 17, 6pm in the
Doctors Hospital confer-
ence room in observance of
Heart Month. This lecture
will educate the public
about heart health by stress-
ing the importance of pre-
vention and detection of the
disease in its earliest stages
as well as treatment. The
lecture is free to the public.
Free blood pressure, cho-
lesterol and glucose screen-
ings will be performed
between 5pm and 6pm. Call
302-4603 to ensure available
The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of
each month at their Head-
quarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482
for more info.
REACH Resources &
Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets
from 7pm 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in
the cafeteria of the BEC
building, Blue Hill Road.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
Bahamas meets the third
Monday every month, 6pm
@ Doctors Hospital confer-

the chest muscles, jaw, one
or both arms, neck and/or
back; or a sensation of heav-
iness, tingling, or numbness
(most common in the left
arm). The symptoms or dis-
comfort indicates that the
heart is not getting enough
The following steps can
ward off further attacks. Do
not smoke, avoid large heavy
meals, lower your cholesterol
level, follow a low-fat diet
and avoid sudden physical
exertion. -
If you have experienced
angina, consult your caidi-
ologist who will probably
prescribe nitroglycerin or
another medication to widen
the coronary arteries. A low-
dose daily aspirin may also
be prescribed.
For more information,
attend the Doctors Hospital
Distinguished Lecture
Series, a free monthly health
lecture at 6pm this Thursday
featuring Cardiologist Dr
Patrick Cargill.
Source: Doctors Hospital

ence room.
The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Doctors Hospital, the offi-
cial training centre of the
American Heart Associa-
tion offers CPR classes cer-
tified by the AHA.
The course defines the
warning'signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the
most common serious
injuries and choking that
can occur in adults, infants
and children.
CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pr,
and on Saturday, 10am-
11am & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Churclih,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.

* TIMOTHY Sawyer, president of the Bahamas Heart Association (third from left) is pictured accepting a donation from Doc-
tors Hospital's Michele Rassin. From left: Eloise Fernander, Bahamas Heart Association; Linda LaFleur, treasurer,!
Bahamas Heart Association; Mr Sawyer, President; Ms Rassin, assistant vice-president Operations, Doctors Hospital; Nel-
lie Cox, public relations, Bahamas Heart Association; and Thelma Johnson, planning committee, Bahamas Heart Associ-

be prevented or controlled."
The BHA has planned the
following events in February
in observance of Heart Month:
Thursday, February 17, in
conjunction with Doctors Hos-
pital, a FREE Health Lecture
will be presented by Dr Patrick
Cargill, distinguished cardiol-
ogist, who will discuss "Maip-
taining a Healthy Heart". The
lecture begins at 6pm in the
Conference Room at Doctors
Hospital, Collins Avnue. FMeN

Screenings will be provided .
between 5pm and 6pm.
Saturday, February 19,
dance the night away with your
Valentine at the Sir Victor Sas-
soon Heart Foundation Annu-
al Heart Ball. The Heart Ball is
the major fundraiser for the
Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation. All pro-
ceeds will go to defray the.
medical costs for children suf-Z
fering from heart disease. The
ball will be held in the Crown .

Ball Room, Paradise Island. Fun Run/Walk on Saturday,
The Bahamas Heart Asso- February 26. The race starts
ciation invites the community promptly at 7am from the
celebrate Heart Month with a Western Esplanade to Good-
free Heart Health Fair from man's Bay and back. The pro-
7am to 5pm on Thursday, Feb- ceeds from this event will be
ruary 24 at the Town Centre donated to the Bahamas Heart
Mall. Have your eyes, blood Association. The entrance fee
pressure, glucose, and choles- is $12 and registration begins at
terol levels checked and 6am. All walkers will receive a
receive free giveaways from i T-Shirt and a bag filled with
local vendors, :.gieaway There will be a.
t -The events will come to a!7 prize for the largest group to
cldse with the Annual Subway=, enter the race. ';

LOOKING for a first job
after graduation can be an
adventure in itself. Many
employers look for experi-
enced workers, but how do
you get that experience with-
out having a job?
For four students of
Bahamas Academy of Seventh
Day Adventists, that question
is being answered as they gain

valuable work experience at
Doctors Hospital as part of
their school's "On the Job
Work Experience" pro-
Under the supervision of
department coordinators, thi
students will be given variou ;
tasks to complete, and they are;
exposed to the Emergency and,,
Operating rooms, accompanri

physicians on hospital rounds
as they follow up with their
patients, and work in various
other departments in the hos-
pital so that they are able to
see how all parts of the hospi-
tal work as a whole.
The purpose of the one-
week experience is to expose
high school students with
interests in pursuing a career

in the medical field to a real
hospital environment, creat-
ing hands on experience and
enabling them to better iden-
tify with their chosen career
At the end of the pro.
gramme, an evaluation for1
measuring the student's per-
formance is completed and
forwarded to the school.

Students gaining valuable work

experience at Doctors Hospital

* BAHAMAS Academy students and training officer, from left: Telesha Wilson, Ceron Rolle,
Dillete Miller, Doctors Hospital training officer Pharez Rolle and Shanae Smith.


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bounty flowing'

ebruary is the month
when a home vegetable
garden is at its most pro-
ductive. Whatever you
have sown should be giv-
ing you rewards and it is a good idea
to sow more seeds in order to keep
the bounty flowing.
If your garden is small you may
have to sacrifice a few of the less pro-
ductive vegetables in order to find
room for new seedlings. This applies
particularly to determinate tomatoes
that tend to produce their crops in
one flush and then sit back. Indeter-
minate tomato plants will continue
to produce but on a smaller scale.
Bell peppers will produce into and
maybe throughout the summer but
with smaller fruits. I like to plant
Cubanelle peppers at this time of
year. They enjoy the warmer weather
and are particularly sweet when
Once you have cut your broccoli
heads, leave the plants to see if they
will produce florets. If they do, make
sure you pick the florets every two
or three days to keep them coming.
February is the first best month for
starting watermelons and the last best
month for growing Irish potatoes.
Watermelons like sandy soil while
potatoes are adaptable to most soil
types. If you have the space, then Cal-
abaza pumpkins can be started. They
need quite a bit of room in which to
grow and several should be planted to
ensure there are male flowers avail-
able to pollinate the female flowers
once they open.
Although there are fewer pests
around at this time of the year than in
summer, watch out for the giant horn-
worm caterpillar on your tomato
vines. These long, green caterpillars
an devastate tomatoes in very short
order so it is good to check your gar-
den frequently.
Snails are a problem all year long.
Snail bait is very effective in control-
ling them once they get near to your
garden. If you are reluctant to use
poisons then build a snail motel for
them. Place a portion of plywood
(about two square feet will do) on
four two-inch rocks in a fairly damp
area of your yard that is quite near
your vegetable plot. After about a
week you can lift the plywood and
kill all the snails that have sheltered
It is during the dry months of the
year that a soap spray is most effective

in your garden. You can make your
own with liquid soap and make it
more effective by adding cayenne
pepper and garlic juice. This treat-
ment is entirely organic and tends to

deter insects rather than kill them.
Make sure you wash your sprayer
thoroughly after using a soap spray as
it tends to clog up the mechanism.
February is a fine time to plant

bulbs and tubers. You may have to
pay about $10 for a Hippeastrum bulb
but that is still a low price for the
years of beauty you will receive from
it. Cannas, Callas, lilies, Gingers and

Caladiums are all good producers.
And don't forget Zephyranthes,
which colonise large areas and pro-
duce a wonderful show in late sum-
Bougainvillea and Hibiscus both
like dry weather and make a good
showing at this time of year. The most
spectacular bloomer, however, is
Cleodendrum with its shooting star
flowers. Clerodendrum quadrilocu-
lare is a handsome evergreen shrub
that bears long leaves that are green
on top and purple below. It makes a
'wonderful specimen plant.
At the end of January and through-
out February, Clerodendrums burst
with flowers that are truly extrava-
gant and exciting. Unfortunately, the
blossoming period is short. Once the
flowers have died, prune your Clero-
dendrum quite severely to induce
bushy growth. Clerodendrums are
propagated from root cuttings that
are usually produced in abundance
by a mature shrub.
Flowering shrubs for shape and
removing dead wood from citrus trees
is about the only pruning that is nec-
essary at this time of year. You may
have dead branch tips on trees that
survived last September's hurricanes.
These should be trimmed away. If
you lid not prune your Annonas
(Soursop, Sugar Apple, etc.) during
the past few months it would be well
to do so as Annonas produce fruit
most readily on new growth.
By February your Christmas Poin-
settia should be looking past their
best. In northern climes they are
thrown away when they start to look
sorrowful. Here in The Bahamas we
car keep our Poinsettias until next
year when they will be bigger and
ever more beautiful.
Cut your Poinsettias back quite
drastically and re-pot them in a larg-
er container; three-gallon size is per-
fect for the first year. Fertilise the
plants once they have produced new
leaves. Fertilise them again in early or
mid August and prune them to pro-
duce a bushy shape. Do not prune
after August as you may cut away
flowering growth.
With a small amount of care you
can be ready for next year's festive
season well ahead of time. If you have
lots of Poinsettias, remember they
make a lovely hedge.

Green Scene by Gardener Jack

* LOOK after your potted Poinsettias and they will look after you.
These on my patio are flowering for their third Christmas.





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