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The Tribune
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Calls for the COB

president

@ By JOHN.MARQUIS
and KILAH ROLLE

THE College of the Bahamas
was in turmoil last night as the
future of its president, Dr Rod-
ney Smith, hung in the balance
in the wake of his “plagiarism”
confession. ;

A senior academic called on
Dr Smith to resign immediately.
Meanwhile, the lecturers’ union

“was expected to echo, his

demand at an emergency exéc-

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ulive meeting last night..-* fo.

The college council — the
governing body — was also
reported to be in crisis talks yes-
terday to decide on Dr Smith’s
fate.

The call for his resignation
came from Mr Felix Bethel,
who said the president’s posi-
tion was untenable after he
admitted using another acade-
mic’s material in a speech he
delivered to students last week
without attribution.

Ironically, according to col- °

_lege sources, the speech was
about honesty and integrity on
the campus and came after
widespread discussion about
plagiarism among students.

Mr Bethel said: “I call on the
president of COB to resign if
what I have read in the press is
correct. The public must also
call on him to tender his resig-
nation.

“The college rules make a
point of saying that any student
caught doing this can be sus-
pended or expelled from COB.”

Mr Bethel said he was “sad
and disappointed” when he
‘read Dr Smith’s statements in
‘The Tribune. But he said the
president could not possibly car-
ry on after admitting he had
breached plagiarism rules.

’ The controversy plunges

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to resign

COB into its biggest-ever crisis

only.a year after Dr Smith —a .

Harvard graduate — was
appointed president with a fan-
fare from college council chair-
man Franklyn Wilson.

Mr Wilson was the main dri-.
ving force in easing out‘former...’

president Dr Leon Higgs and

bringing in Dr Smith at a'salary.”

of $120,000 a year - twice Dr
Higgs’ salary.
Dr Smith was also provided

‘with luxurious rent-free accom-
modation on the Eastern Road ..
and provided with other perks -

because of his high academic
standing.

But Dr Smith’s public apolo-
gy last week for failing to name
one of three writers whose work
he used in a convocation
address sent shock waves
through the Oakes Field cam-
pus.

In his'‘statement, Dr Smith
admitted using a portion of a

‘speech sent to him in 2002 by

his colleague, John Sexton, the
president of New York Univer-
sity.

He said any behaviour sug-
gestive of plagiarism was a very
serious offence in academia and
should never be tolerated “par-
ticularly as it impinges on intel-

lectual property rights which lie ©

at the very core of the mission
and business of education.”

Dr Smith said he deeply
regretted his error and apolo-
gised to the college council; all
faculty, students and staff “and
anyone who may have heard or
read my convocation remarks.”

As the implications of Dr
Smith’s confession sank in yes-
terday, the campus was abuzz
with speculation about the pres-
ident’s future:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005







‘Former Registrar General wins court case

@ By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

DISMISSED Registrar General Elis-
abeth Thompson has won her Supreme

eral and the Judicial and Legal Service

Commission.

Justice Hugh Small. on Monday ruled

that her right to be treated fairly was

breached, and that she should be award- .

In reading his judgment, Justice Small
called for the maintenance of the high-
est standards of public administration,
because he was "left to doubt whether

_ Court case against the Governor Gen-

@ HENRY Hugh Smith is shown leaving Supreme
court yesterday. He is charged with the murders of
Larry Fernander and Terah Smith, who were shot
and killed at Love Beach five years ago. The trial
continues today.

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Woman and
stepson are
found dead

@ By DANIELLE STUBBS |
Tribune Staff Reporter -

A BAHAMIAN woman
and her stepson were found:
dead in their Florida home at
the weekerid, following what
US authorities believe. was a
domestic dispute that led to a
double homicide.

According to the Florida

SEE page eight



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‘Enough help
was given’ in
: Al-Qaida case

â„¢ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter _

THE Bahamas is satisfied
that it gave adequate assistance
in the three-and-a-half-year-
old case against top officials of
Al ‘Taqwa bank, Attorney
General Alfred Sears told The
Tribune yesterday.

Last week the Bahamian

SEE page eight

Stab victim in cream dispute

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can of cream has sent a
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THE TRIBUNE







he deserted village and =

the earth village ranch

‘Amidst thy bowers the tyrant’s hand is seen,
‘And desolation saddens all thy green...

‘No more thy glassy brooks reflect the day,.

; But, choked with sedges, works its weedy way ...
Tl fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,

i | Where wealth accumulates and men decay.

: he human race can be justly proud of the mag- —

' nificent achievements it has made in science
and technology. Those advances have brought us many
wonderful things including television, air travel, mass
production and medical marvels.

‘ But justifiable pride has turned to overweening hubris
with a dangerous alienation from nature and values
which have served humanity well for centuries. Moder-
nity has within it seeds of destruction as well as great
opportunities for growth and development.

: Change in some cases (but not all) is desirable, but
care must be taken that we do not pursue change for the
sake of change and thereby bring about a disconnect
with continuity and sustainability.

: The lines above are from Oliver Goldsmith’s aching-
ly nostalgic poem, The Deserted Village. It was written
in the 18th century, when Britain. was in the throes of
the agricultural revolution which eventually wiped out
the system of peasant farming and introduced large-
scale intensive agriculture to feed a burgeoning popu-
lation.

: Goldsmith was Irish and some say his poetic “Sweet
Auburn” was really an invented composite of an Irish
and an English village. Nevertheless, the poem’s mes-
sage is clear. It is a lament for a way of life under attack
and things of beauty degraded.

; Fortunately for us, there is now amidst all the won-

jers of technology and development a growing desire to

ye-examine some old values we might have lost and

b protect what is left of our natural heritage. Perhaps

iLis not too late.

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I experienced an inkling of Goldsmith’s nostalgia
recently when I took a walk with my friend Ter-
ry Miller through the Earth Village Ranch, a nature trail
just west of Chippingham.

_Mr Miller’s story will be told one day but suffice it to
hay for now that, having faced 'a personal crisis in his life
and having survived with the assistance of others, he is
flow sharing his redemptive experience by helping oth-
ers to climb out of their own hell holes.

* Mr Millers the driving force behind the Bahamas

‘Association for Social Health (BASH) which seeks to .

assist with recovery from drug and alcohol abuse,
domestic conflict and other addictions.

| An integral part of the BASH project is the operation
of the nature trail which covers some 150 acres of
unspoiled native flora. Bahamians and tourists alike
can enjoy walks as well as horseback rides through
Earth Village. |

‘ BASH receives a small grant from the government
ibut could do with more help from the public and private
sectors. Mr Miller’s vision is for an eventually self-sus-
itaining operation. It is well worth a visit.

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and in Chippingham when young people
;were free to explore the seashore and ramble in the
“bush.

# At Inagua, and later in Chippingham, which was
emostly bush, we feasted on succulent top heart (hearts
vot palm in fancy restaurants), thatch berry, pigeon

lum and red prickly pear (cactus), not to mention

etamarind and guinep.
We sometimes travelled with limes i in our pockets to

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séason the kerbs we prised off the rocks along the
shore sea and ate uncooked.

There was no television so we had to use our imagi-
nation to entertain ourselves.

There were times for old stories and riddles. i in the
evenings around aromatic burning bush to'keep the
mosquitoes away. Then there were seasons for boats,
kites, marbles and tops.

The older men taught us how to carve tops out of
gum-elemi and other wood. Our excitement was over-
whelming when they. deemed us old enough to go duck-
shooting.

Some children still experience such joys but the citi-
fied generation which believes berries come from the
supermarket has missed out, as they say, big time,

* OF

W hen Goldsmith wrote The Deserted Vil-
lage the industrial revolution had not yet
reached full steam and the assault on the planet’s nat-

ural resources had barely begun.
In the New World, rapacious Europeans were

_ destroying cultures that were in some ways superior to

their own, while conquering the land and brutally
exploiting its resources.

In some so-called primitive societies the idea of land
ownership, had not occurred. People belonged to the
land and in. some cases it was an almost mystical rela-
tionship.

to build on success

“Tf you build it, they will
come.” Founded 16 seasons
ago by a few parents with the

dream of starting a baseball .

program, the Junior Baseball
League of Nassau has proven
the saying and become a
model athletic program for
Bahamian youth from all
walks of life.

In 1990 some 40 youngsters
took to rocky “fields” and
began playing ball. Today,
JBLN’s nearly 300 young
players take to major league
quality fields, complete with
baby bermuda grass and clay
in-fields.

Obviously the transformation
has not occured over-night.
Several years ago JBLN made
a commitment to take the
program to a higher level.
Long on community support
and enthusiasm but short on
quality playing fields and the
infra-structure needed to
support annual growth, an
ambitious program was
begun to build the JBLN
“Field of Dreams”- an
impressive complex of fields,



. on wide community support

‘ making the “Field of Dreams”

batting cages, restrooms,
concession stand, and score-
keeper quarters to support
serious development of the
game from t-ball (5 years old)
through juniors (16 years old). -

Annual maintenance and
program costs are met largely
through the support of
parents and sponsors. But
with the contruction cost of a
single field running as high
as $100,000 the dream has
had to be accomplished in
phases... Infrastructural
development of this
magnitude always depends

for success and JBLN
President Charles Kemp
could not be more proud of
what has. been achieved to
date. Considered one of the
untiring drivers behind
JBLN’s growth, Kemp knows
first hand what has gone into

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“Fortunately for us, there

‘is now amidst all the

wonders of technology and
development a growing
desire to re-examine some
old values we might have
lost and to protect what is
left of our natural heritage.
Perhaps it is not too late.”



Native Americans wept as they watched.the new-
comers slaughter the buffalo for its hide and left the car-
cass to rot in the sun.

‘In his book, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, a
history of the Native. American tragedy, Dee Brown
says that from 1872 through 1874, Europeans slaugh-
tered 3,700,000 buffalo while the Native Americans
killed only 150,000.

The Natives, says Brown, “killed only, enough animals
to supply their needs for winter — stripping the meat
carefully to dry in the sun, storing marrow and fat in
skins, treating the sinews for bowstrings and thread,
making spoons and cups of the horns, weaving the hair
into ropes and belts, curing the hides for tepee covers,
clothing and moccasins.”

When a group: of concerned Texans asked
General Philip Sheridan to stop the wholesale
slaughter of buffalo, he replied: “Let them kill, skin,
and sell until the buffalo is exterminated, as it is the only
way to bring lasting peace and allow civilisation to
advance.”

The Natives, says Brown, wanted no part of a’

civilisation that advanced by exterminating useful ani-
mals. ;

But the buffalo was just about exterminated along
with the greater part of the Native American popula-
tion.

The struggle to conserve what remains of the native
culture and natural heritage of the New World contin-
ues up to this day. In Ecuador the Huaorani are locked
in a battle to save some of their homelands from the oil
industry.

According to Baviroament New Service, these lands

contain some of the highest records. of biodiversity :

ever documented for trees, amphibians, birds, insects

-and other wildlife including the scarlet macaw, ‘the |

ocelot and.the blue-headed parrot. . We wish the Huao-
rani luck.

: si. to the visionary work of the Audubon

Society, the Bahamas National Trust and the

Nixon brothers Sam and Jimmy, the endangered flamin-

go which was down to several thousands a few decades

ago, is now flourishing in the tens of thousands at
Inagua and migrating to other islands.

The Inagua parrot is also doing. well and is confi-
dent enough to visit Mathew Town these days.

As we become more environmentally conscious, and
if we keep the grubby hands of the oil and gas industry
out of our clear blue waters and away from our coral
reefs, we may avoid Goldsmith’s desolation and has-
tening ills.

Perhaps the grouper, the conch and the turtle can sur-
vive and flourish like the magnificent flamingo and
our lives can be enriched if only by occasional com-
muning with nature.

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LOCAL NEWS :

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2UUz,

‘milestone decision’
for Bahamian law

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN appeal set to be heard by
the Privy Council today could
result in a “milestone decision”
for Bahamian law.

In what has been described as
a landmark case, the London-
based Privy Council is expected
to hear an application from the
Bahamas Court of Appeal in the
case of Tamara Merson, who
was falsely imprisoned and
assaulted in a Freeport prison in
1987.

_Ms Merson, represented by
lawyer Fred Smith, is seeking to
be awarded damages for the
breach of her constitutional
rights.

Past counsel for Ms Merson,
Pleasant Bridgewater, MP for
Marco City, told The Tribune
yesterday that if the Privy Coun-
cil rules in favour of her former

client, “this could be a milestone
for the Bahamian courts.”

“In the past there have been
numerous claims of constitu-
tional breaches in the Bahamas,
and as is the case with Ms Mer-
son’s situation, the police are
often those accused of these
breaches, including claims of
brutality and inhumane treat-
ment,” she said.

Ms Bridgewater said a deci-
sion to award damages for the
breach of constitutional rights
could lead to “people taking
these rights more seriously.”

“T believe that if people could
be held liable for infringing and
breaching these rights, it would
support and augment the funda-
mental philosophy that a per-
son’s constitutional rights are
inalienable,” she said. ;

Ms Merson, an American
teacher, then 29-years-old, was
visiting her paraplegic and dia-

betic father in Freeport in 1987,
when Sergeant Drexel
Cartwright, (later promoted to
Inspector), executed a search
warrant at the residence of her
father.

The father, who was away at
the time, was suspected of con-
ducting an illegal banking oper-
ation.

After the search, police arrest-
ed Ms Merson and held her in
custody her for three days.

In 1994, then Chief Justice
Dame Joan Sawyer found the
following facts proven and there-
fore ruled that Ms Merson had
been treated in an inhumane and

_ degrading fashion:

Ms Merson was not allowed
to change her clothing or to call
anyone for assistance after her
arrest.

She was taunted and teased
by the police, who used racial
slurs such as “white honky.”

She was initially locked up at
the Freeport Central Police Sta-
tion with another female and two
male prisoners - who were not
separated from the men in any
way.

She was not permitted to use
the bathroom for some time.

Ms Merson was also not
allowed to take her medication
and during the first night at the
jail and had to share the cell with
two men who threatened to rape
her.

Ms Merson described the cell

as “the black hole of Calcutta”
and said that the jail was so busy
that day prisoners could not be
let out to use the toilet and pris-
oners defécated and vomited in
the cell area. —. me

One of the inmates mastur-
bated in front of Ms Merson and
there was general mayhem and
confusion throughout the day.

She was denied her right to



Foreign ministers

‘meet with Rice

CARIBBEAN foreign min-
isters under the chairmanship
of Fred Mitchell, Bahamas
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Public Service, met with US
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice Monday in Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida.

‘Mr Mitchell leads Caricom’s
_ Council on Foreign and Com-
munity Relations (COFCOR).

The meeting was a “get

ZAnti-LNG |

‘acquainted session” and last- ,

ed for almost an hour.
Electoral

The issues discussed included
Haiti, its electoral process and
the deteriorating security situ-
ation there in the light of
shared US/Caricom commit-
ments to a successful return to
democracy in that country.

TOGA eR RRO rb E08

Sarr seve ae

FPL halts requests for long-term
liquified natural gas proposals

& By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

INTERNATIONAL envi-
ronmentalists who oppose the
establishment of a liquefied nat-
ural gas (LNG) facility in the
Bahamas are claiming a small
victory after Florida Power and
Light (FPL) halted requests for
long-term LNG proposals.

- The utilities company FPL
issued a news release stating that
‘none of the request for proposals

. (RFP) received so far presented |

sufficiently compelling reasons
for the company to proceed with

_its bidding process.
Anti-LNG activists Tim and
‘Hayden Riley said the

‘ announcement is a small victory
in their “David versus Goliath”
battle, and that they will contin-

‘ ue to petition against the instal-

‘lation of LNG facilities in the

: Bahamas and the United States.

» “We recognise that we are up

| against some very wealthy and

: influential energy companies

‘who want to profit at the
Bahamian peoples’ expense. At

_ this stage of the Bahamian LNG
battle, we will accept a slight pat

, on the back, but no hugs or

: champagne - yet,” said Mr Riley.
The Rileys were quick to add

' that they will not be fooled or

* Tulled into complacency by ener-
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releases, and will continue to be

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“The actual risks and dangers
of LNG which are routinely min-
imised by Minister Miller and
the BEST Commission in sup-
port of the energy companies.
We continue to help coastal
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On May 5, 2005, May McCorquodale died peace-
| fully in Glasgow, Scotland. A long-time resident
of Nassau, May made her home in Nassau in the
1960’s, founding the Blueberry Hill School,
where she taught pre-school children for more
than twenty years.

She returned to Scotland in 1997 to be closer to |
her family. She was pre-deceased by her brother,
| Alex McCorquodale. May is survived by her
three nieces, Mary Foglia of Florida, Jane
Johnstone and Julie Morrison, both of Scotland,
and one nephew, David McCorquodale of Nassau.

] DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT |









see her counsel, Harvey Tynes,
until later that evening.

She was eventually transferred
to the airport police station.

Ms Merson was kept in cus-
tody well over the allowed 48
hours and unlawfully denied bail.

Those were the facts upon

_ which the Chief Justice awarded
her $100,000 for constitutional.

damages.
The Supreme Court further
awarded Ms Merson $90,000 for

damages for assault, battery and

false imprisonment are and
$90,000 for malicious prosecu-
tion.

In October 2001, however, the
Court of Appeal overturned the
ruling.on the basis that there
seemed to have been a duplica-
tion in damages and that there
was no right to separate consti-
tutional relief.



National
insurance
‘crack
down’

@ By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter







GOVERNMENT plans to
“crack down” on business
owners who continue to
deduct national insurance con-
tributions out of employees’
pay, but refuse to turn funds
over to the board.

“Let me remind employers
that this is illegal and the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) will not tolerate this any
longer. We intend to collect,
and collect we will,” said Min-
ister of Housing and National
Insurance Shane Gibson in his
contribution to the budget
debate on Thursday.

To date, Mr Gibson said, |.,
it is estimated that “millions
of dollars in uncollected con- |.
tributions are owed to NIB.” |.

NIB’s budget for 2005 is },
$137 million, and according to |
Mr Gibson, so far this year |
$46 million has been collected. |.

This, he said, “tells us that. |,
NIB is right on target for this |
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

_ SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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ACCORDING to Public Transportation
Association president. Reuben Rahming, the

association can stop bus drivers’ madness on

the roads within two weeks — presumably if
government adopts the association’s “Oper-
‘ation Slow Down” proposal and hands out
$50,000 to subsidise public transport.

“We can, within two weeks, cause every
bus to proceed on their routes without ever
exceeding the speed limit,” Mr Rahming
claimed.

“This may not answer all questions, but it -

will definitely put a good dent into some of
the problems going on today,” he said.

As we said in this column yesterday the
only way to solve this problem is to enforce
the law. The present loopholes that allow one
person to hold a licence plate without a car,
while another has a car without a licence
plate, must be plugged. In permitting this
practice government has created its own prob-
lems and opened the door to corruption.

As we explained in this column yester-
day, persons not in the public transportation
business, but with “friends” in the right
places, are granted a public transport fran-
chise — a licence plate — by government.

Mr A, who has another job — either as a
lawyer, doctor, civil servant, or tradesman
“with friends” — must now find someone
who is willing to hire his licence plate from
him. He finds Mr B who wants to get into the
transportation business, but whose efforts
are being thwarted becausé, with the present
moratorium, no licence plates are available.
Also he lacks that one important ingredient
— he has no “special friends” in high places.

We explained in this column yesterday
how, with a guarantee Mr A would rent Mr B
his licence plate, and how with that guarantee
Mr B would get bank financing to purchase
his vehicle:

But to get the duty free concession on the
importation of jitneys into the Bahamas,
Mr B needs a letter from the Ministry of

. Finance. However, he cannot do this without

putting his bus in the name of Mr A as the
owner — licence plate and bus must have
the same owner. And so Mr B, to get into
business participates in the charade, gets his
letter, presents it to Customs and collects his
vehicle without’ paying duty. To all intents
and purposes Mr B, when he clears Customs,
is acting as an agent for Mr A. This keeps
government’s books tidy and the law intact
with Mr A appearing as the true owner of the
vehicle. Although everyone knows what’s
going on, there are smiles all round, and the

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transaction is completed without a hitch.
By now Mr B is heavily in debt. He has to
pay the bank for his new vehicle and he has to
pay Mr A $400 a month to rent his licence
plate. Apparently, there is no paper trail on

_ the transaction between A and B. This busi-

ness is done on the old fashioned handshake.
In fact this kind of business could turn out for

Mr B to be a dangerous game of Russian |...

roulette.

It’s now important for Mr B to get out on
the road‘and find as many fares as he can to
meet his debts.

However, if Mr B decides that he is going

to have someone else drive his jitney, anoth-’

er expensive deal has to be forged. Mr B

hires a drivér who will drive for him for five ©

days. The driver’s only pay will be the remain-
ing two days when he drives for himself. We

‘ are told that the fees for this range from $180

to $250 a day with $200 being the average
charge. This means that — assuming that
$200 is the charge — in five days the driver
has to earn $1,000 for Mr B. If he doesn’t
make his quota, he then has to make up the
difference from his own two days.

It is obvious why so many safety laws are
being broken by the jitneys as the drivers
rush to get their fares to make their quotas.

Of course, government could change this
system — it doesn’t need Mr Rahming and
the PTA to do it for them — if it would only
crack down on this iniquitous practice going
on between franchise holder and bus.owner.

It is understood that many of these fran-

chises are not being used — either because

the franchise holder cannot afford to put a
vehicle on the road, or cannot find anyone to
do a deal with him. And so while there are
Bahamians anxious to get into the business,
there are other Bahamians, not in the busi-
ness, who are hoarding unused franchises.
Government should immediately give an
accounting of all franchises issued to date
and publish the names of all franchise hold-
ers. These should then be investigated. Fran-
chises that are not being used — other than
those being held by persons trying to put a
business together — or those that are held by
persons who are not in the business, should
be recalled. They should then be reissued to
persons who are genuinely in the trans-
portation business.
If the middle man were cut out of this
business, a major part of the corruption would

be eliminated. The traffic authorities could .

then concentrate on enforcing the laws of
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Past time to

put racism
behind us

EDITOR, The Tribune

'-. ONCE again, the words of

wisdom emphasised by my
grandmother echoes in my
head. “Where ignorance:is a
bliss, ’tis folly to be wise!” This
profound thought came about
after reading a response to one
of my recent editorials entitled
“Dr Percentie taken to task” by
one Dr Keith Russell. I assume
that he is one of those Rev-
erend Doctors as I am unaware
of any Keith Russell in the med-
ical field.

‘Dr Russell’s presentation
contains a number of assertions
and: assumptions that, because
of their inaccuracy, have led

‘him to some illogical conclu-

sions. The issue that I presented
was the irrelevancy of race in
the Bahamas today, particular-
ly as it relates to politics or even
becoming Prime Minister.

Regrettably, it appears that
Dr Russell is trapped in a time
capsule in the past where he is
quite contented:to reside.
Should he check his calendar,
he would discover that the

‘Berlin Wall has fallen, Nelson

Mandela has been freed and
man has landed on the moon. It

_is now time for him to look up

and move on with the times.

. Just for the record, my father-
in-law here in Boston is one of
the world’s leading retina (the
area of the eye that sees colour)
specialists. Myopic or tunnel
vision persons like yourself who
can only see things in black and
white could certainly benefit
from his services. Why on earth
do you suggest that being colour
blind “is a dangerous malady
for black people to contract?”

. Dr Russell then went on to

“ suggest that “many Bahamians

consider Mr Symonette’s white-
ness a problem... not because
they are racist, but because of
historical experiences past and
present.” This statement is both
contradictory and ridiculous as
Dr Russell is suggesting that the
Symonettes are still practising
racism today.

My position on the past is

quite straightforward as I indi-.

cated that there were some
injustices in the past as it relates
to the majority of Bahamians.

“ However, we run a risk of

improper conclusions when we
try to analyse 1950s problems
with 2000 and beyond specta-
cles. What Dr Russell and oth-
ers like him do not understand
was the fact that, prior to July

-10 1973, there was no law pro-

hibiting the evil act of discrimi-
nation. It was possible to dis-
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sequence, except that of moral

convictions. That all changed
when the Constitution of the
Bahamas, the Bahamas’ high-
est legal authority, came into
effect.

Embedded in the Bahamian |

Constitution is a provision guar-
anteeing protection from dis-
crimination based on race, place
of national origin, .creed and
religion. The British were quite
clever to insert that clause in all
post. colonial constitutions to
prevent one group out of spite,
hate and revenge denying
another group.

Dr Russell then went on to
suggest that somehow whatever
negative values possessed by
the UBP were genetically inher-
ited by Brent Symonette, who
was a mere boy at the time. This
is pure nonsense as there is no
scientific proof that social values
are predetermined. For God’s
sake man, the UBP has been
out of power for almost 40
years, that is almost two gener-
ations of Bahamians ago. Why
is it that when Marvin Pinder,
an admitted UBP in his youth
with a desire to be a UBP Pre-
mier, was not challenged by
people like Dr Russell even
when he became a PLP Cabinet
Minister and could have possi-
bly become Prime Minister?

Of course, the PLP has
exploited the racial issue for its
benefit. By unconstitutionally
referring to the Bahamas as a
black country, it was suggest-
ing that there was an advantage

to being “black” in thei.

Bahamas. Remember when the
Honourable Paul Adderley in
his capacity as Minister of
Finance suggested the possibil-
ity of denying or limiting busi-
ness licences to persons in a par-
ticular class? This is the same
Paul Adderley who, along with
AD Hanna and Sir Clement
Maynard, some 30 years after
the introduction of the
Bahamas flag appeared on the
Darold Miller show to explain
the colours of the flag. The pre-
vailing view at the time was that
the black on the flag represent-
ed the people of the Bahamas.

This of course was a bold-
faced lie but it served the polit-
ical agenda of the PLP, that was
to divide the Bahamian people.

Ih any adversity with human
conflict, according to Louis Far-
rakhan, for healing to occur,
there must be atonement, that
is, recognising the wrong and
then trying to correct it. For the
Bahamas, this should have been
an easy task as our Constitu-
tion describes the Bahamas as a
nation with Christian values.
The whole concept of Chris-
tianity is based on forgiveness.

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NN ET renner ttn

The Bahamas, unfortunately, is
noted for its hypocrisy of Chris-
tian principles.

How can anyone condemn
the UBP racist policy as wrong
and evil and turn around and
do the same thing? There ‘are
so many examples of where'the
victims of racism have turned
that negative energy into a-pos-
itive force of unity for a divided
people — for example, Nelson
Mandela of South Africa.’ *’

This man spent 27 years:in a
prison under conditions that
none of us can imagine because
of racism. Upon his release
from prison, his first statement
was: “I don’t want to live in a
country run by blacks..:.or

_- whites. I want to live in a coun-

try where the government is °
democratically elected.” In:oth-
er words, judge a man by ‘the
content of his character and not
the colour of his skin.

A few days later; Nelson
Mandela was at the home of the
widow of Pieter Botha, the

- Prime Minister of South Africa,

who had ‘imprisoned him, dis-
cussing the future of race rela-
tions in a South Africa. Because

of this racial unity, South Africa

continues to be a prosperous
country. Compare South Africa

‘with the economically disastrous

situation in Zimbabwe; where
President Mugabe is ruling the
country along racial and tribal
lines.

Dr Russell, it’s obvious that ;
you do not know me at all. I
have been fighting social injus-
tice, racial or otherwise, all of
my life; not just in the Bahamas,
but around the world. I risked
being expelled from university
demonstrating for the-freedom
of Nelson Mandela. Ihave been

‘tear-gassed in a counter demon-

stration against the Klu Klux
Klan in front of the White
House. Just this past Mother’s
Day I once again battled the
forces of ignorance here in
Boston when some “bald head”
White Revolutionists attempted

_ to spread their campaign of hate.

The pathetic attempt by Dr

- Russell to insult my heritage

shows his ignorance of Bahami-
an genealogy. Obviously he
doesn’t know his facts..As a
guideline, a US Supreme Court
had defined a racial descendent.
It ruled that if a person is 1/32 of
a race, then you are a descen-
dent of that race. That is, if one
of your great grandparents was
of a particular race even if you
don’t display the physical char-
acteristic of that race, you are a
descendent of that race. Dr
Russell, to help educate you, I
will invite you to the Hanna,
Tynes and. Heastie family
reunion in July.2006. Thanks to
Gavin Tynes.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5



College president blunder
prompts call for review |

_ have gone from bad to worse.

AS the College of the
Bahamas last night found itself
in the centre of another major
storm, calls went out for a
“complete review” of its future
role.

“Tt is a disaster, it is a sham-
bles, it is an embarrassment,” a
lecturer stormed after president
Dr Rodney Smith admitted
“plagiarism” in a convocation
speech last week.

With the president’s future in
the balance, and three official
statements promised today on
the latest crisis, faculty mem-
bers said the time was right for
a re-examination of COB" s

_ objectives.

. “There is a clear sialoay
between COB and Bahamasair,”
said one lecturer, “The college
has been working under the
radar for three decades and tens
of millions of dollars have been
pumped into the institution with
very little to show for it.”

It was now time, he said, for
the college’s role and relevance
to be reassessed. It needed to
be re-fashioned to fit the needs
of Bahamian society. In the
past, it had been “a gift to the
middle class.”

With Harvard graduate Dr
Smith mired in controversy, the
time was right to review COB’s
ambitions of university status
by 2007, he said.

“You can hang up a Sign
tomorrow saying ‘University of
the Bahamas’ but that doesn’t
make it a university,” said the
source.

“You have to dig deep to
build high. This business about
having university status is a
dodo - it isn’t going to fly. ~

“Smith may survive this crisis
if no-one demands action, but if
he stays in place COB will con-
tinue to drift. We have to step

back and look again at what we’

want from education in the
Bahamas.”

The lecturer said “franchis-
ing degrees for US hucksters”
was not the way forward. A
review was needed with a wider
spectrum of people taking part.

“It has to be brought forward
in public forums,” he said.

The removal of Dr Leon Hig-
gs as president last year was
meant to signal COB’s final run
towards university status.

Dr Smith, with his Harvard
credentials, was seen by college
council chairman Franklyn Wil-
son as the man to take the col-
lege forward.

But his plagiarism confession -

has and plunged the accident-
prone college into arguably its
biggest crisis.

One college source told The
Tribune: “Things were bad when
Wilson turned up. Now they

LOCAL NEWS

“Under Dr Higgs, things were
inching ahead. Now we have
gone miles behind.”

The latest controversy is one
of many in COB’s history.

During Dr Higgs’ six-year
reign, there were constant
reports of management infight-
ing and intrigue.

Early in his tenure, it was dis-
closed by The Tribune that a
senior foreign academic at the
college was facing serious
assault charges in his homeland.

The college has also come in
for savage criticism from for-
eign staff who say its inexplica-
ble “revolving door” recruit-
ment policy is hurting students.

But the Dr Smith wrangle is
seen by faculty as the most
embarrassing crisis to date,
undermining COB’s standing in
the academic world.

Last August, The Tribune’s:

INSIGHT section featured Dr
Smith under the headline “Col-
lege of the Bahamas’ troubles
aren’t over yet.”

It described Dr Smith as the
embodiment of Mr Wilson’s
dreams for the college, but

added: “Whether those dreams .

turn into recurrent nightmares
remains to be seen.”

Last night, faculty members
claimed the nightmares had
arrived earlier than expected.

COB left in turmoil

FROM Page one

A meeting of the Union of
Tertiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB), the lecturers’
bargaining body, was due to be
held last night and a statement is
expected today.

Meanwhile, college executives
were in a meeting to decide their
next move and an official state-

. ment.is also expected today.

Dr Smith himself was said to
be “off sick” yesterday and
unavailable.for comment.

One lecturer said: “Dr Smith
was Mr Wilson’s hand-picked
choice. We therefore have to

wonder at Mr Wilson’s judgment. |

“The big question we are ask-
ing is this: how do you end up
paying $120,000 a year to a col-
lege president who can do some-
thing like this?

“When he arrived, Dr Smith

said he was keeping a low pro-
file for his first year. Well, he has
been here for a year now and he’s
back in the limelight big-time.”

Campus sources said the col-
lege council was told by Minister
of Education Mr Alfred Sears
to address Dr Smith’s confession
immediately.

A lecturer told The Tribune:
“There is no such thing as ‘sorry’
in this situation. If a student does
it, he gets expelled. A number
of students have been accused
of plagiarism, but generally it’s

because they don’t know the dif-

ference because they haven’t_

~ been told.

“But here we have a man who
has a Harvard doctorate. I gath-
er the college council latched on
to the plagiarism immediately
and did their research.

“Last week’s press conference
was the result, but of course it
took place just before the holi-
day weekend when The Tribune
was off the streets. Maybe it was
hoped that the whole thing
would blow over.”

Another college source said
there. was no way Dr Smith
could effectively represent aca-
demic integrity after being asso-
ciated with such an offence.

“There is no excuse. He of all
people should know how seri-
ous this allegation is and no mat-

ter that he has apologised, the’

damage has been done and it is
irrevocable.

It was the opinion of the
source that “he has made a
mockery of our education sys-
tem and has stained the reputa-
tion of the institution.”

UTEB president Jennifer
Dobson said she was not pre-
pared to make an official state-
ment until after last night’s exec-
utive meeting.

But other faculty sources were
accusing Dr Smith of violating
one of the basic codes of any
academic institution.

“He obviously broke the rules
and the consequences are just as

obvious — he has to resign,” said _

one lecturer.

Mr Wilson was unwilling to
comment on the matter imme-
diately, but promised a state-
ment today.

He told The Tribune: “I am
prepared to comment on it
because it is important, but not
at this time because J have three
huge matters that are occupying
my time right now.

“T will be willing to give you
an official response tomorrow.
You can quote me on that!”

COB’s latest crisis comes only
a year after serious misgivings
were expressed over Dr Smith’s
appointment, with the FNM
Action Group calling on the col-
lege council to re-examine the
president’s background.

At the time, Mr Wilson
defended his choice, saying Dr
Smith was “the best man” to
lead the college towards univer-
sity status.

He said implications in the
action group’s statement were
“despicable” and nothing in Dr
Smith’s file supported its claims.

Mr Wilson also defended Dr
Smith’s $120,000 a year salary
and his luxury residence. Asked

_- if COB could afford such

expense, he said: “We cannot
afford to do otherwise.”

He said Dr Smith’s appoint.
ment was a major step towards
COB becoming the University
of the Bahamas in 2007.



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FOUR men accused of a
murder in 2001 went before the
courts yesterday. |

Appearing before Magistrate
Roger Gomez were Jason Cur-
tis, 26, of Swaziland Street;
Dwayne Swaby, 27, of Watlins

Street; Tavarus Paul, 26, of

Amos Ferguson Street; and
Tevaz Johnson-Hanna, 22, .of
Homestead Street.

The four men are accused of
killing Verdin Pierre on Friday

September 7 2001.

They were also charged with
conspiracy to commit armed
robbery.

Curtis was represented in
court yesterday by lawyer Ian
Cargill, Swaby by Anthony
Delany and Paul by Eliezer
Regnier.

Hanna was not represented.

The four men were not
required to enter a plea and

‘were remanded to Fox Hill

Prison until July 27 when a pre-
liminary inquiry will be held.

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i By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER residents of
Cheshire home say they are
still “committed” to the
establishment of a residen-
tial facility for the physically
disabled, despite the home’s
closure last week.

Jerome Thompson told
The Tribune yesterday that
all four of the former resi-
dents are “determined” to
ensure that a facility is set
up for the physically disabled
in the Bahamas - sooner
rather than later.

“The need for an inde-
pendent residential group
facility for physically dis-
abled adults in the country
did not go way last week
Wednesday, because we
were forced out of that facil-
ity,” he said. °

Mr Thompson, Jervaisian
Stuart, Kenneth Storr and
Shawn Flowers have been
temporarily relocated to the
Nassau Beach Hotel, follow-
ing the disconnection of util-
ities at the home last week
Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening
they accepted the offer from
the Ministry of Social Ser-
vices to be relocated; how-
ever, they chose to remain
at Cheshire for the night,
because they were waiting
for information on the
home’s trust deed.

“Tf we had left the premis-
es we were running the risk
of forfeiting those benefits,”
Mr Thompson said.

Yesterday; the four men
met with officials from the
Ministry of Social Services
for an update on the efforts
to relocate them from the
hotel to more suitable
accommodations.

The residents and thanked
the Ministry of Social Ser-
vices for helping them and
the public for their support.

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Website analyses the
faults of CSME issue

@ By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas is among ten
states which would be at the
mercy of Trinidad and Tobago,
Jamaica, Guyana and Suri-
name if it were to join the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), the Nas-
sau Institute claims.

On its website, the non-prof-
it organisation that “promotes
economic growth, employ-
ment, and entrepreneurial
activity in the Bahamas” fea-
tures Caribbean statistics
which show that while the
Bahamas is outnumbered in

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population — which is a statis-
tically insignificant propor-
tion,” states the institute.
“The populations of the four
largest members include
5,023,903 citizens, or 78 per
cent of the total proposed
CSME?’s population. Even if
voting as a block, the ten
smallest members — including
the Bahamas — comprise only

22.1 per cent of the popula-

tion, which is less than a quar-
ter of the CSME’s population.
Not enough to swing a major-
ity vote.”

The four largest states. are
also significantly PoOreh the
website adds. :

An average income Ope

$5,675 per capita amounts to
less than one-third of the eco-
nomic productivity attained by
Bahamians.

- Trinidad and Tobago alone

shows more economic prospect
through its oil and gas-driven
economy.

In noting the country's geo- -

graphical aspect, the website
states that the Bahamas is
“physically removed” from
CSME.

The Nassau Institute argues:
“The Bahamas contrasts as
vastly wealthier and signifi-
cantly smaller as compared

with the CSME’s proposed

membership.

“The statistics show that the
Bahamas is a blessed nation.
The benefits of joining can
only: dilute Bahamian's many
wonderful national accom-
plishments. As such, the
Bahamas shouldn’t sacrifice or
jeopardize its precious — and
regionally unique — standing
as a successful and sovereign
nation.”

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Hi BARF representatives Fayne Thompson toad Paul Moca are icity led away by palives and securi-

- ty from the premises at the Westin Our Lucaya Resort -

CARICOM snu

â„¢@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - BARF repre--

sentaties have reacted angrily
after they were barred from a
meeting of CARICOM foreign
ministers by police and security
personnel.

Nassau lawyers Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson, of
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-
erendum on the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (BARF)
and: several members in
Freeport had attempted to hold

a press conference at the Manor °
House at 11am last Thursday.
at the Westin Our Lucaya:
‘Resort.’ ~

But just as they arrived at the
resort, they werémet in the

_ ‘police and security officers and
‘prohibited from entering pists

resort.

BARE has been campaign-
ing against the Bahamas sign-
ing onto several trade treaties,

‘including the WTO, FTAA and

CSME.

Mr Mitchell and 13 CARI-

COM ministers were in

Freeport for the eighth meet-
ing of the, Council for Foreign.

and Community Relations,
which ended on Thursday.
Mr Thompson said: “We

want to state our opposition to

any attempts by. Fred Mitchell
to give the wrongful impression
that we in the Bahamas support
the CSME,” he said.

He reported that 95 per cent
of Bahamians are opposed to
CSME. 3.

“We want to let Edwin Car-

rington (secretary- general. of

_parking lot by a number of: ‘CARICOM) to Know: that he:
shas no-right to’come.to this :.

bose

country to. bargain anything on’:

- behalf of the Bahamian. people

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3iis

. (Photos: Denise - Mayeock)

BARF anger at



’

without first Bahamians being

consulted on the question as to,

whether or not we want to join
CSME,” he said.

Mr Moss said that reserva-_

tions as indicated by Minister
Mitchell would not stand as
they go against the very heart
and soul of the treaty, which is
to establish a single economy
union.

Freeporter Philippa Russell, a
member of BARF, said’ no min-

. ister of foreign affairs and no

ambassador to a foreign

Caribbean country have a right

to make such a commitment on
behalf of the nation.

--“We are no longer: content to
sit back and allow politicians to

make decisions for us. Prime.
-Minister Perry Christie has not

spoken;:but if he allows ‘Mr:
Mitchell :to.make.this:decision:.
for his. government, they shall:

all be fired simultaneously.”

THE BAHAMAS UNION OF TEACHERS

Ist June, 2005

Mrs. Eula Gaitor, Secretary General of The Bahamas Union of Teachers reminds ~
all members that the National Elections for all fifteen (15) positions on the Executive |
Committee will be held on the Island of New Providence and in The Family Islands

on Wednesday June 8th, 2005 from 8:30am to Spm.

ABACO

1. Cooper’s Town - Administrator’ s Office
2. Marsh Harbour - Labour Office
3. Sandy Point - Administrator’s Office

4. Moore’s Island
5. Grand Cay

ACKLINS

Spring Point - Administrator’s Office

ANDROS

1. The Bluff - Administrator’s Office

EXUMA

1. George Town - Labour Office
2. Farmers Cay - Administrator’s Office
3. Black Point - Administrator’s Office

4, Staniel Cay - - Administrator’ s Office |

y GRAND BAHAMA |
Freeport - Labour Office

INAGUA

Matthew Town - Adinistatee S Office’

LONG ISLAND a ENS

2. Mangrove Cay - Administrator’s Office
3. Nicolls Town - Administrator’s Office
4. Fresh Creek - Administrator’s Office

1. Simms - Administrator’s Office.
2. Clarence Town - Administrator’s Office a

MAYAGUANA
Abraham’s Bay - Administrator’s Office |

NEW PROVIDENCE
Walkers Hall, Bethel Avenue
Holy Family Hall, Robinson Road

-RAGGED ISLAND
Administrator's Office

SANSALVADOR .
Cockburn Town - Administrator’s Office

BIMINI
' Alice Town - Administrator’ s Office

BERRY ISLAND
~ Bullocks Harbour - ne Office

CAT ISLAND
1. Arthur’s Town - Administrator’s. Office
2. New Bight - Administrator’s Office

CROOKED ISLAND
Colonel Hill - Administrator’s Office

ELEUTHERA

1. Governor’s Harbour - Labour Office
2. Rock Sound - Administrator’s Office
3. North Eleuthera - Administrator’s Office
4. Spanish Wells - Administrator’s Office
5. Harbour Island - Administrator’s Office



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THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 7

Symonette causes a stir BYoxaurnecsion

with website reference affordable homes





Jolentbam oyun cheahtateny

Symonette caused a stir in the
House of Assembly by asking-
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell to tell the House
whether he has made any con-
tribution to the website
Bahamasuncensored.com.

“I attribute nothing by that,
just to say if he can come at his
appropriate time and say
whether he has made any direct
or indirect contribution to influ-
ence any publication on that
website,” said Mr Symonette in
the House on June 1.

The issue arose when Mr
Symonette, displaying The Tri-
bune of May 28, drew members’
attention to a statement made
by Mr Mitchell that “he has
asked the Bahamas Trade Com-
mission to review the ‘specific
language of reservations (in the
CSME revised treaty) and the
explanation to the public’ and to
report back to the government”.

The question arose when Mr
Symonette asked: “Has there
been a cabinet conclusion on
the CSME and if there has been
a cabinet conclusion on CSME
what has been the gist. of that
conclusion?”

Mr Symonette said Mr
Mitchell was. quoted in the
newspaper as asking the com-
mission to review the specific
language of the reservation and
the explanation to the public.

“The Minister of Foreign
Affairs,” he said, “has never
had any difficulty reporting to
the public. You see him all over

Marinas cause mounting |

the newspapers, sometimes
behind the website whatever —
has the cat got his tongue?

“T note that the commission is
only to report on the language
of the reservation. Does that
mean that the government has
already agreed to membership
in ‘the best interest of the coun-
try’? A straight answer in plain
English that every Bahamian
can understand would be appre-
ciated by the Bahamian pub-
lic.”

Objection

Attorney General Alfred
Sears rose to object to Mr
Symonette’s reference “about
behind the website.”

Mr Sears found it “offen-
sive... imputing an improper
motive” to Mr Mitchell who
was not in the chamber.

He said it was against House
rules to be “attributing an
improper motive against a
member under the guise of rais-
ing a question — raise your ques-
tion, but why attribute an
improper motive about websites

and being behind wesbsites?” -

Before Mr Mitchell became
a government minister he
operated the website
fredmitchelluncensored.com.
When the PLP became the gov-
ernment.and Mr Mitchell
entered the cabinet, the name of
the website was changed to
bahamasuncensored.com and
continued to operate.



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concern about clean-ups

i By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter:

THE increasing number of
marina facilities throughout the
Bahamas may have a very cost-
ly effect on local taxpayers if
marine legislation is not tight-
ened, a transport official has
revealed.

Worldwide, about two-thirds
of oil spilled by vessels comes
from ships discharging waste
oils during tank cleanup, while
the other third is from acciden-
tal spills. :

‘Archie Nairn, permanent sec-
retary in the Ministry of Trans-
port and Aviation, said oil spills,
particularly phantom oil spills,
continue to plague Bahamian
waters. And in most cases the
clean-up efforts are billed
straight to the public treasury.

Oil on the water is not subject
to boundaries or conventions,
and Mr Nairn agreed that it is
extremely difficult for govern-
ments of any country to impose
national standards on interna-
tional commerce.

“We want to ensure, before
any construction begins, that
the principals of those compa-
nies.understand that there is a
responsibility to them to have
on harid minimum equipment
and supplies as it relates to oil
spills,” said Mr Nairn.

Sam Duncombe of the envi-
ronmental organsation Re-
Earth, said that this require-
ment is a step in the right direc-
tion, but she is not convinced
that it is enough.

“Yn particular with marinas,
where there are always oppor-
tunities for spills. If oil is being
spilled at a dock while a vessel is

‘loading up with fuel, the opera-
tor of that marina should be
held responsible, similarly here
-with BEC, Texaco, Esso an

one” clean up capabilities.

Oil spills are divided into
three categories — tier one, tier
two, and tier three — with tier
three being the most severe.

Captain Allens admitted that
tier one spills occur quite fre-
quently, but these types of spills,
mostly diesel, usually evaporate
before affecting marine life in
an adverse way.

The Bahamas experienced a
tier three oil spill when 2,000
gallons of diesel fuel spilled from

the mv Legacy into the sea while:

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in Marsh Harbour.
Grand Bahama seems to

have the most problems with.
. oll spills, as it has the most mari-

eae IRS

nas and canals.

Along with assistance from
members of the public, clean-
up efforts rely on the work of
the National Oil Spill Commit-
tee, made up of representatives
from Ministry of Health and the
Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation. as well as other relevant
organisations, including the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

The committee works along
with the Clean Caribbean
Cooperative (CCC), a non-prof-
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THE PLP has built more
than 850 homes for low
income families in three years,
according to new government
figures.

Shane Gibson, Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance, has compared the figure
to the FNM administration,
“who built 778 homes in their
entire 10 years in office”.

“(This) is a national record
of which all Bahamians can be
proud,” said Mr Gibson in his
contribution to the Budget
Debate in the House of
Assembly. d

“Even our hardest critics
would have to admit that this
government has launched a
dynamic and highly effective
housing programme,” he told
MPs. .- i

The Ministry of Housing,
with the help of the private
sector, is aiming to build 1,000-
plus homes this year alone in
order to meet the rising
demand for affordable hous-
ing.

These homes, he’ said, will
be built at an estimated cost of
$108 million.

“We believe that decent,
hard-working families should
have a home to call their own.
Children deserve to grow up

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will also be watching for “slop-
py and tardy contractors”, he
warned.

“We insist that contractors
live up to the high standards
demanded by the building
codes. We refuse to accept
short cuts.

“Single mothers and single
fathers can count on us to
ensure that if they qualify for a
home they will get the best
quality that money can buy,”
he said:

Mr Gibson also warned con-
tractors that the ministry
should not be seen as a “get-
rich-quick pot designed to line
their pocket books at the
expense of single parents, the
elderly or other hard working
people”.

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work. That slackness and dis-
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FROM page one

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a worried sister who showed up
after Daniel did not return calls
for two days.

The 17-year-old stepson,
Sebree Daniel, was found dead
in the bathroom.

Renay Daniel, who was born

in the Bahamas and is part of a
large family, spoke with her sis-
ters every day. When no one

had heard from her since Tues-
day, one of the sisters drove up
from Miami and unlocked the
front door with a spare key,
according to The Palm Beach
Post.

The sister found Daniel's
body when she arrived at her
home in the gated community
of Black Diamond. The door

was locked and there were no ©

signs of forced entry.
According to The Post,

deputies in Florida said Daniel’s

husband — Jamie Daniel Jr —

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is a “person of interest” in the
apparent double homicide, but
he is not in custody and has not
been charged.

The Post said, the husband
worked road patrol as a sherif-
f's deputy in Louisa County,
Virgina for about a year in 2000.
He most recently worked at a

_ car dealership.

According to Florida reports
Jamie Daniel went to the Roy-
al Palm Beach police station in
the early morning hours on Fri-
day — before the bodies were
found — and talked about
killing himself, and was sent toa
nearby mental institution as.a
precaution under the Baker s
Act.

The act allows authorities to
hold people in protective cus-
tody for mental evaluations if
they are deemed a danger to
themselves or others.

According to The Post, rela-
tives said the Daniels appeared
to have a good relationship.
They married in November
2003, and a year later bought

_the home in which the bodies

were found.

The Tribune made several
unsuccessful attempts to con-
tact relatives of Renay Daniel.

off terror financing.”

Swiss authorities said last Wednesday that they had halted the investigation into the now-
defunct Muslim firm, which is suspected by the United States of having Al-Qaida links.

However, Mr Sears said that a report given to him by the Director of Legal Affairs indicated that
the US made a request in 2002 and that the requested information was freely given.

“Under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty we have with the US, our officers handed them the
information they needed on the bank and we co-operated fully with their request,” he said.

Mr Sears pointed out that the Bahamas and Switzerland have no MLAT treaty.

The Swiss say that the Bahamas never gave “a usable response” to their requests for judicial assis-

tance.

Authorities had to drop the case against top officials of the Al Taqwa Management Orgad
tion because authorities in the Bahamas failed to provide essential bank records by a court dead-
line, Claude Nicati, Swiss deputy federal prosecutor told the Associated Press.

Despite this, Mr Sears said that Switzerland made no formal complaint to the Bahamas on this

matter.

US officials accuse Al Taqwa of sending Al-Qaida money through Malta and Switzerland to bank

_ branches in the Bahamas.

The US government accused Al Taqwa, which was renamed Nada Management Organisation,
of helping to fund Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. The Swiss began investigating the com-
pany shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

But authorities in the Bahamas failed to co- operate, Mr Nicati said. “The Bahamas never gave
a usable response to Swiss requests for judicial assistance.”

Since late 2001 the company has been listed by the US as an organisation accused of helping. to

fund terrorism.



Thompson wins court case

_ FROM page one

there was full disclosure with
all the cards face up on the
table."

Court documents show that

’ Ms Thompson admitted that

"there was an issue of confi-

.» dence" between herself and
*' Minister of Financial Services

and Investments Allyson Mey;
nard Gibson.

In an affidavit, dated April
12, 2005, Ms Thompson told the
court that Minister Gibson
interfered with her functions as
registrar general by directing
her to incorporate companies
for a customer who owed the
government fees of approxi-
mately $6,000.













Ms Thompson also objected
to “the manner in which she
was spoken to by the minister”.

Long delays, deferment and.

cancellation of scheduled meet-

ings, she said, also contributed
to the deterioration of their
relationship.

_ However, Minister Gibson's
parliamentary secretary, Sheila
Carey, said in an affidavit: “The
Ministry received reports that
the applicant was sending out
correspondence that could dam-
age the integrity and credibility
of the registrar general's depart-
ment and that the applicant was
taking punitive action against
staff members who she per-
ceived did not support her.

“As a result of these devel-'
opments the Ministry wrote'the::

letter of January 7, 2005 and the
minister also terminated the

applicant's appointment as
inspector of financial and cor-
porate service providers."

Ms Thompson was hired in
August last year on a three-year

_ contract to serve as registrar

general and inspector of finan-
cial and corporate providers on
a salary of $51, 200 per annum.

She received copies of her
contract on October 18, 2004,
and signed and dated them
before returning them to Ms
Carey by November 24.

Ms Thompson returned the

documents without getting con-

firmation from the government

_on her request for a government

vehicle and duty-free allowance.
In his judgment Justice Small
pointed out that Ms Carey's

:irequest to the Judicial. Legal

Service Commission (JLSC) for
the termination of Ms Thomp-

son’s contract was on Noveni-
ber 23, 2004.

By January 10, 2005, Ms
Thompson received a letter of
termination. During the hear-
ing Justice Small questioned the
process by which Ms Thomp-
son was terminated.

He wanted to know if the

JLSC allowed the termination:

without Ms Thompson receiv-
ing sufficient communication as
to the.reason for her’ termina-
tion or without. giving an audi-
ence to Ms Thomipson to chal-
lenge the termination. :
Ms Thompson's lawyer, Mil-
ton Evans, argued that the
entire process was done through
the secretary to the ministry of
financial services rather than
the. Department of Public Ser-
vice.

Man stabbed over can

FROM page one

“serious condition” at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

The stabbing followed a heat-
ed verbal exchange between the
victim and the men, according
to Insp Walter Evans.

The identities of the stab vic-
tim and his attackers were not
released up to press time yes-
terday.

However, police say two men
are assisting them in their inves-
tigation.

Tn other crime news, police

are investigating: two separate |

armed robberies:that occurred
at a local laundromat and
Bahamian eatery at the week-
end.

The Midway Laundromat on
Farrington Road and The
Conch Hill Eatery on East
Street south were both robbed
of an undetermined amount of
cash Sunday night.

According to police, a dark
male entered the laundromat
around 10.30pm, and held up
an employee with a. chrome
handgun.

The employee was forced to
turn over the store’s deposit
bag.

The thief fled the area on.
foot, heading towards the Rock
Crusher Road area.

Less than two hours later,
The Conch Hill Eatery was
robbed by two armed men. One
of the culprits wore a mask.

Police say the pair demanded
cash and fled in a southerly
direction with the establish-
ment’s cash register

They were driving a white
Nissan Sentra.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 9



New passport

office

to be

established in
Grand Bahama

'

f BY DENISE MAYCOCK
’ Tribune Freeport Reporter

_ FREEPORT - While in Grand
‘Bahama, Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Public Service Fred Mitchell
‘announced that a new $300,00 pass-
port office will be established in
Freeport to replace the current facil-
“ity in the National Insurance Build-
in

"Mir Mitchell said the state of the
current facility is totally unaccept-
“able to both the public and staff in
‘Grand Bahama.

“T believe an apology is owed to
“the people of Grand Bahama for the
state of that office. It is really unac-

“ceptable,” said the minister, who
took time out to view the facility
-while in Freeport for the eighth
meeting of COFCOR.

In addition to the poor state, he

noted that the office is insufficiently

staffed to handle the increased
demands on passport services.
Residents have often complained

‘about the very poor and slow ser-

vices rendered at the Freeport office.

Customers say they must sit and
wait for hours to be served.

“The staff and the manager are
trying their best in very difficult cir-
cumstances. In the meantime, we are
trying to take some short term mea-
sures, and I have asked the chief
passport officer in Nassau to see
what he can do to manage the situa-
tion.

“We have a cabinet paper before
the government now for moving the
office to a new space. The cost is
estimated at $300,000 and so we try-
ing to move that along.

“T am hoping in the short term that
something can be done to make sit-
uation better for customers and
staff,” he said.





@ Minister of Foreign A Affairs and Public Servite Fred Mitchell



Lack of accounts jmpeding jemockacy

eae

@ By CARA BRENNEN
' Tribune Staff Reporter

THE government has impeded

democracy by: failing to provide audited
%accounts for the past three years to its
“own financial watchdog.

This is the opinion of Montagu MP ©

“Brent Symonette, who is the chairman of

‘the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

“" Mr Symonette said the accounts would
have been a vital component of the
2005/2006 budget debate. -

“i: Mr Symonette said that the debate
°avas redundant because the PAC has not
“been granted access to the accounts.

‘As the head of the PAC, Mr Symon-
“ette said the accounts are essential if the
“government is to have mechanisms in



The public ‘must do
more on mosquitos’

iv
t

place for reviewing its own procedures

and controls.

Despite the PAC having made rec-
ommendations for reform to the present
process of auditing the government,
changes have been slow to come, he
claimed.

During his contribution to the Bud-
get debate on Wednesday, Mr Symon-
ette said when he asked Prime Minister
Perry Christie when the accounts for
2001-2004 would be tabled, House
Speaker Oswald Ingraham: disallowed
the. question on the grounds that there
was an inference that government was
holding up the delivery of the accounts.

“If you do not have audited accounts,

‘one cannot ascertain whether there has
been any overexpenditure; unauthorised ‘:

expenditure and not to mention any
hands in the cookie jar,” Mr Symonette
explained.

Mr Symonette also expressed his dis-
pleasure that despite the recent imple-

-mentation of new House rules which

allow for the appointment of a finance
committee to review the budget for sev-
en days before the budget debate, none
was appointed.

Mr Symonette said that before the
adjournment on May 4, he asked gov-
ernment House leader Vincent Peet
about the composition of the finance
committee, the details of its sitting and
the fact that the Labour Day holiday
may have fallen in the middle of the sev-
en days of review.

“The government leader, in his usual

‘By KRISTINA McNEIL

+

THE public is still not dong

‘enough to help keep the mos-

quito population in check, the
“Department of Environmental
“Health has announced as the

“first phase of mosquito vector

f

control comes to an end.
Health Parliamentary Secre-

tary Ron Pinder told The Tri-

,bune.that Bahamians are still

zengaging in practices that are
:counter-productive to the min-

8
4,
@
ty
4

3

‘istry’s efforts to control the
‘mosquito population.
»“There are too many

-Bahamians with old tires, buck-

ets, derelict vehicles and con-

tainers in their yards,” said-Mr.

Pinder.
Breeding

He explained that these items
collect stagnant water and are
ideal for mosquito breeding.

Malfunctioning. septic tanks
also present a problem, as do
man-made ponds.

Mr Pinder said ponds need
to be specially treated by home
owners or by the department

so they do not become mosqui-
to breeding grounds.
The mosquito fogging pro-

- gramme in New Providence,

which is continuing this week,
targets adult mosquito popula-
tions.

Fogging will be repeated
when and if the need arises, said
Mr Pinder.

At a press conference last
week,.Mr Pinder introduced the
vector control plans for 2005,
which utilise methods such as
mosquito trapping, larvaciding
and fogging, as well as education
and prevention programmes.

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balances.

fashion, advised. that he would get back
to me,” said Mr Symonette.

He said he was informed that the com-
mittee would not be appointed just min-
utes before Acting Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt read the budget communica-
tion on May 27.

“T was not surprised because such’

actions are typical of this administration,
but the Budget communication and
debate is the sole reason that a govern-
ment has to come to parliament.

“They can theoretically govern with-

‘ out any new laws, but under the Consti-

tution, the government of the day has
to come to parliament at least every year
to submit and seek parliament’s approval
for the passage of the ae = “Be
explained. -



Maximum

NaeerwlAys

block to
be built at
Fox Hill

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE $17 million provided
by the 2005/2006 Budget for
the Her Majesty’s Prison will
fund the construction of a
new maximum security facil-
ity.

Acting Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said during the
Budget debate that the funds
will also be used to trans-
forming the prison from a
punitive to a rehabilitative
institution.

“About 90 per cent of the
mostly young men who go to
prison will end up back on
the streets at some point in
the future. It makes sense,
then, to try to change their
behaviour while they are in
prison,” she said.

Addressing the House of
Assembly on Wednesday, the
acting prime minister further
‘announced that draft legisla-
tion is currently under review
that would establish a new
Department of Corrections.

Mrs Pratt said that because
many prison inmates are per-
sons who have been let down
by the educational system,
the new prison model pro-
poses to ensure that they are
exposed to basic academic
instruction as well.a trade and
vocational skills.

“We are also looking at the
possibility of providing the
means for inmates to com-
plete the equivalent. of their
secondary school syllabus
and earn an appropriate cer-
tificate upon graduation,” she
said.

Mrs Pratt added that the
Ministry of National Security
is looking at the possibility
introducing of faith-based ini-
tiatives to the prison similar
to those in place in Jack-
sonville, Florida.



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m@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
‘Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT -—- Grand
Bahama workers took to the
streets of Freeport on Friday in
a Labour Day march from the
Bahamas Public Services Union
to,Independence Park on Coral
Road.

Foreign Affairs and Public ne
Service Minister Fred Mitchell, ee eee
who was in Grand Bahama all if
week to attend the eighth meet-
ing of the Council of Foreign
and Community Relations
(COFCOR), joined workers on
the march.

-Mr Mitchell: paid tribute to

‘the workers who first brought
social justice to the Bahamas
when they rose up in a sponta-
neous demonstration on June 1
and 2, 1942 at Nassau Interna-
tional Airport.

‘He reminded workers that it
is:because of the sacrifice made
in 1942 that the social order
began changing, leading to
majority rule in 1967 and inde-
pendence in 1973.

: “Today, we march in a free
and sovereign nation because
of what they did in 1942. And it
is; important that we pay trib-
ute to them by always continu-
ing to march because we are
fee and can do so,” he said.

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;Grand Bahama is presently
the scene of many pressing
labour issues, including the
ongoing plight of the displaced
Royal Oasis hotel workers.

‘ Although the government has
paid out $5 million of the $6.2
million owed in severance pay-
ments to the 900 hotel workers,
more than 300 are still await-
ing for parliament to approve
the payment of the $1.2 million
balance.

‘ Following extensive damage
caused by the hurricanes last
September, the resort was
forced to close and lay off work-
ers with out pay.

. As the workers struggled to
theet their financial obligations,
they staged demonstrations in
an effort to draw attention to
their plight and demanded assis-
tance from the government.

THOUSANDS of Bahamians gath-
ered along the parade route and in
Windsor Field to celebrate the day set
aside for the more than 167,000 workers
in the Bahamas. _

Similar events were held in many of
the family islands. Representatives of
the almost 30 unions and associations
took part in the parade and members
of the PLP and FNM were also in atten-
dance.

Trade Union Congress president,
Obie Ferguson urged the government
to acknowledge the contributions made
by “Labour Father” Sir Randol Fawkes
by renaming the Labour Day holiday
after him. He added that before there
was a PLP or an FNM, there was labour
which is responible for majority rule,
the suffrage movement and many more
of the rights Bahamians enjoy.

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he has received credible infor-
mation that the government
may have signed on to the

CSME on December 21, 2004.

Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
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= SUPREME Court Justice
Hugh Small yesterday quashed
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Legal Services Commission to
fire Elizabeth Thompson as
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door for either her reinstate-
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settlement with the Govern-:

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matter, she was still likely to
continue in her own practice
rather than return to her for-
mer post, but would discuss the
matter with her attorneys to
determine, based on the ruling,
what her options going forward
are.

-CSME treaty erertila

“be ‘dea

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Bahamas signature

a By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

~“SOME Bahamian business
executives believe the revised

Treaty of Chaguaramas that ©

will create the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy
(CSME) will be “dead” if this
nation refuses to sign on, a
notion that CARICOM’s sec-’
retary-general did-not com-
pletely dispel at a Grand
Bahama Civil Society meet-
ing at the weekend. |

Winston Rolle, the former:

Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, asked Edwin
Carrington and his technical
team whether Article 234 of
the revised Treaty, which stip-
ulates that it will only “enter
into force on the deposit of
the last instrument of ratifica-
tion” from each of the 15
states, meant that the CSME
would not take effect if the
Bahamas failed to sign up.
Mr Rolle yesterday told The
» Tribune that Mr Carrington
“indicated that was a very
interesting point”, and if the,
Bahamas did not sign then

what vould be left was a pro-

visional treaty.

The former Chamber presi-
dent said this raised questions
about how the CSME’s stipu-
lations could be enforced in
all states, but he took a less
emotive view than others who
attended the meeting.

One business source, who
requested anonymity, said:
“Given that the agreement has
to be signed by all the Heads
of Government, and at the
Heads of Government level
decisions must be unanimous,
if the Bahamas does not sign
on the revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas is dead.”

The source added that if the
Bahamas did not sign on to
the revised treaty and the
CSME, the status quo - where
the Bahamas enjoys the polit-
ical benefits of CARICOM
membership and is not part of
the economic side - would be
maintained, much to this
nation’s advantage.

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CARICOM was so desperate

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The ruling detailed the com-
plete breakdown in the rela-
tionship between Ms Thomp-
son and Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, who was
ultimately responsible for the

Registrar-General’s. Depart-

ment.

In an affidavit submitted to
the court in April, Ms Thomp-
son alleged that Mrs Maynard-
Gibson had interfered with her
functions by issuing a directive
that she incorporate companies
for a customer who owned the
government fees of about
$6,000.

She also objected to the man-
ner in which she was allegedly
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor ©

KERZNER International
yesterday announced that it
had increased the budget for
work on Paradise Island’s
Phase III expansion by about

‘increase slightly. higher than

previous estimates ‘it had
unveiled to Wall Street.

The rise is an 11:5 per cent
increase upon the original
$650 million Budget, and is
higher than the maximum 10
per cent increase the company

Phase
rise to $725



In a May 3 conference call
to discuss Kerzner Interna-
tional’s first quarter results,
the company’s chief executive,
Butch Kerzner, acknowledged
that Phase III costs could be
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SEE page five



@ By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter

Bahamian tourism officials yesterday
downplayed the impact of the US State
Department's proposed requirement that
American travellers.to the Bahamas will
require a passport as of January 1, 2006,
saying that while the destination's “fran-
chise" as a quick getaway spot might be
impacted in the short-term, its geographic
position would likely mean that it would
retain that brand over the long-term.

In an interview with The Tribune, Ver-
nice Walkine, deputy. director-general at
the Ministry of Tourism, said the Bahamas
was trying to mitigate any significant impact
from the requirement that Americans vis-

Pawik Shatien, ©
Faved. Manages

$75 million to $725 million, an

_ iting the Caribbea must have a passport to

return home by advising travellers.of what
they can expect from 2006 onwards.

She said the Bahamas had joined with
other Caribbean nations, all impacted by
the US proposals, and were lobbying the
State Department in the hope of having
the deadline pushed back, a position that
was afforded to both Mexico and Canada.

Ms Walkine said: “For the Bahamas there
will be some impact, particularly on our
franchise position that has been that of a
quick getaway, which meant that a person
could leave the office and come here.

“Some of that will slip, but we hope. to
recover quickly because we are close geo-
graphically. We will still have that fran-
chise, although Americans‘will be required
to have passports. We're trying to be proac-

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MSHAGEME,

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KERIVATE
BAKING.

previously said it might incur.

\

SEE page five





tive and right now the best we can hope
for is to let them know what's going on."

Saying that the passport requirement was
not unique to the Bahamas, Ms Walkine
added that although some destinations in
the Caribbean are not as reliant on US trav-
ellers, all countries will be impacted to some
degree and have been.put in a position by
the US State Department where they are all
requesting more time.

A report issued by the World Travel and.
Tourism Council (WTTC) showed that at
least 25 per cent of all US visitors - with
industry officials saying it is likely to be
even higher than that - arriving in the
Bahamas. currently travel without a pass-
port.

SEE page three

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PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

THE TRIBUNE





overnment approval to boost
confidence in our stock market

@ By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter

overnment
debt securities
could be listed
on the
Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX) in months rather than
years, its chief executive told

The Tribune, due to its high
degree of efficiency, trans-
parency and accessibilit.
Keith Davies said the Gov-
ernment’s decision to accept
the recommendations for revi-
talising BISX had opened the
door for deeper capital mar-
kets development, due to the
confidence provided to inter-
national investors through the
listing of government debt and
the adoption of a public sector

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policy statement.

Sources told The Tribune
that it has been estimated that
the listing of government-reg-
istered stock (bonds) and Trea-
sury Bills could generate an
extra $290,000 in listing and
transaction fees per annum for
BISX in the first few years, sig-
nificantly boosting its current
revenues. Bonds issued by
agencies such as the Paradise

"Island Bridge Authority and

Bahamas Education Authoity
could also be listed on BISX.

Changes in the exchange's
infrastructure and trading tech-
nologies means that it can now
accommodate the trading of
government securities very
quickly, and is likely to exceed
any timelines indicated in the
report.

The Tribune andértande
that listing of government debt
would happen once a market-
based system for distributing
and marketing these securities
is in place, and the private sec-
tor became responsible for
underwriting and placing these
issues.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Davies, said that with

~~ the Government approval, one
of the first initiatives Board.

members would'seek to incor-

porate is the Government's

policy statement.
Measure

-Following that measure,
board members and share-
holders are likely to meet to
begin the process of comply-
ing with the report's recom-
mendations.

"As long as those persons in

decision-making positions:

address the issue of the
Bahamian capital market in

general, then BISX, as an’

extension of that, will do well
and:fine;” Mr Davies said. -
“People talk about this being

a BISX report and that's not

the case. It's a capital markets
report and BISX and the capi-
tal markets go hand in glove,

The development of the capital -

markets invariably will lead to
the development of BISX."

Mr Davies said he had not
received a formal notification
from the Government in
regard to its decision to act on
the recommendations.

The minister of state for

finance, James Smith, disclosed |

the Government's position dur-
ing a farewell reception for out-
going Central Bank governor
Julian Francis. Mr Francis
headed the committee respon-
sible for compiling the recom-
mendations.

BISX has already made a
number of changes prior to the
réport’s publication. .

Strides

"Since that time we've made

_ Significant strides to address

many of the concerns put in
the report, The board has been
amended, the trading infra-
structure upgraded, ‘our
expenses have been cut dra-

- matically and we're virgually at

a point of break-even: The one

thing that BISX needs now is '

business and we would be

more than fine,” Mr Davies

said.

Jan Fair, BISX’s chairman,

said that with the Cabinet's
acceptance of the report, the
exchange would at last be get-
ting to the point of a joint ven-
ture approach to the develop-
ment of the capital markets in
the Bahamas, something the
Board and shareholders had
planned for from BISX’s birth.

“To my mind and the board
of BISX, the most important
(recommendation) is the pro-

- nouncement of a policy state-
_ment by the see ” Mr

Fair said.
“That sets the scene for
everything else. It doesn't pro-

small and Hediut ce industrail, agricultural, and commercial businesses permitted under the Act (SMEs).



' KEITH DAVIES

duce revenue-enhancing prod-

ucts for business, but it clearly -

sends a strong message to the
world that the Bahamas is seri-
ous about the development of
its capital markets."

In regard to the listing of
government debt securities, Mr
Fair said Mr Smith had indi-
cated earlier that the process
might take a while as there
were a number of logistical
issues to be considered.

Resources

He added that allowing the
National Insurance Board to

invest more resources in the...
Bahamian stock market might ‘’

(ii) Expand the Bank’s capability to monitor existing accounts so as to detect and remnbe bled cap in the life of SME projects.

an) Increase the Bank’s caoability to devise new products Bee EE ny the start-up and growth of SMEs and.

be a good place to start, as sta-
tistics pointed out that the
amount of money invested in
the Bahamas long-term is
miniscule compared to what
happens with social security
systems in Jamaica and other
Caribbean islands.

Such a move would see more
liquidity in the market, he said.

During its first three years
in existence, 2000-2003, ‘BISX’s
operating losses exceeded pro-
jections by 49.7 per cent or $1.6
million, with revenues some
$2.35 million below forecasts.

The exchange had banked
on support from the previous
FNM administration which had
not been forthcoming. © a

(iv) Through the Bank’s existing. Business Advisory Unit established last year, to increase the range and BOE of the accounting nie business advisory services alteany
Fendered to SMEs by the Bank. :

STRATEGIC MOVE

This move is part of the e ongoing strategic plan of the Bank to improve its performance.

It marks the Guiiaion of a joint Memorandum of Understanding Summit Meeting held in April between the two entities which sought to identify ways and means of
cooperation to better fulfill BDB’s mandate to Bahamians of promoting and enhancing the greater participation by Bahamians in agricutural, industrial and commercial
development of The Bahamas through their ownership and participation in sustainable SMEs which provide linkages into other economic sectors of The Bahamas.

It also comes at a time when the government who is the sole shareholder of the Bank is providing other avenues for small businesses which are not
permitted to be funded under the BDB Act by providing a separate Venture Capital Fund and by other programs.

_ Bahamas Development Bank
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May 27th 2005





THE TRIBUNE



Ithough speak-

ing before

Florida Power

& . Light’s

(FPL) decision
to temporarily terminate its
search for a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) supplier, the for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas governor said this
nation should “get on with it”
in regarding to approving an
LNG terminal and pipeline in
this nation.

Julian Francis said he was
“very surprised” at the amount
of time that had been spent dis-
cussing the two proposed LNG
projects - the AES Corpora-
tion’s Ocean Express plan and
the Grand Bahama terminal
that the consortium of FPL
Group Resources, Suez Energy
North America and El Paso
Corporation were backing.

Speaking on the You and
Your Money programme, Mr



Consolidated Water unveils 4.3 per cent
rise in second quarter cash dividend —

CONSOLIDATED Water, the compa-
ny that has won the $22 million contract to
build and operate the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, yesterrday declared a second
quarter cash dividend of $0.12 per share, a

_ 43 per cent rise on that presented to share-

holders in the first quarter.



US policy change played down

FROM page one

The Bahamas, which was said
to be the Caribbean nation most
dependent on US tourists, earn-
. ing an annual $2.061 billion in
“visitor export earnings, could
suffer asignificant loss of earn-
ings and employment.
___ Frank Comito, executive vice-

‘president at the Bahamas Hotel -
Association (BHA), said earlier .

reports had implied that some

$446 million was in jeopardy of

being'lost, along with some
13,000 Bahamian tourism jobs.

He added while the impact
of the passport requirement
would be significant, it could
not be assumed that the
Bahamas would lose that much
if the US passport policy goes
into. effect as scheduled. He
said to make that assumption



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insurance coverage.









Francis said: “We are wasting
time here. This [environmen-
tal concerns] can be managed
and it has to be done in a
responsible way. I think we
should get on with it, get it
done and stop talking.”

The newly appointed co-
chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Mr
Francis said oil refining has
been going on in the Bahamas
for the better part of 35 years,
and the industry functioned
“quite well” for some 20 years.

Countries such in the Mid-
dle East, Abu Dhabi, Algeria,
and Trinidad and Tobago, one
of the large producers of LNG,
export billions of tons of LNG
on an annual basis, and have
never recorded any significant
accident involving LNG.

Saying that he has never
heard of any major. environ-
mental challenges that could
not be managed in LNG, Mr

makes the data appear incor-
rect.

Mr Comito said that while the
impact would be significant ear-
ly on, it could not be assumed
that a full degree of loss would
be experienced. However, he
noted that the data does serve a



The dividend is payable on July 31,
2005, to shareholders of record at the close
of business June 30, 2005.

“We are pleased to announce the fifth.
increase in our cash dividend payout
since the company began paying quar-
terly dividends in June 1999,” said Jef-

Francis said that what has hap-
pened is that the debate has
been captured by some parties
who are really only focused on
some “narrow issues”.

“They do not have the broad
picture at all; they don’t really
care about the broad picture
and certain economic necessi-
ties; they are really only
focused on certain personal
interests they have in environ-
mental matters and forget that,
in fact, we still have to live in
this environment and the envi-
ronment has to serve us also,”
Mr Francis added.

Mr Francis said that by no
means is he suggesting aban-
doning environmental consid-
erations. However, he added
that it should not be the only
issue which is of any impor-
tance when looking at choices

for the diversification and eco-

nomic development of the

* Bahamas.

Man.

very useful purpose in showing
the full range of economic and
employment impact.

Mr Comito said what the data
showed is that, in making a real-
istic assumption of as little as. a

5 per cent impact, there would © '
‘be a considerable effect. In that



BUSINESS

‘rancis: Bahamas mus
on with it’ on LNG pr

frey Parker, Consolidated Water’s chair-

“The company has paid cash dividends
to shareholders every year since 1985, and
the annual rate of dividend payment has
never been reduced during this 20-year
period,” Mr Parker added. ‘

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“, ‘DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

PIE - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
** - AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/ **** - AS AT FEB. 28, 2005

YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

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 earnings 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



arry Gibson, vice- :

A former managing director °

Larry Gibson back: to our:

_ “Larry brings a wealth of
experience in the financial
industry.

“He was of invaluable assis-
tance to us in 2000 when we had
our initial public offering and
we have always enjoyed and
appreciated his energy and
vision.”

Mr Gibson was a founding
member of the Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board (BFSB), the
former chairman of the Securi-
ties Market Task Force, a
founding board member of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX) and the
second inductee into the Col-
lege of The Bahamas Hall of
Fame.

He has served as chairman
and board member of the

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Bahamas Development Bank

and his interest in education has: '
led him to board positions ati :
both the Hopedale Centre for:
students with special needs and’:
gifts and St Andrew’s School,
where he continues to serve on

the board.

Prior to and after becoming a!
founding partner of Colina~
Financial Advisors in 1999, he::
was president of First Bahamas °
Capital, a post he retained
through 2004.

From 1997 to 1999, he was
managing director of Coutts
Corporate Services (Bahamas).
He was with McDermott Inter- '
national Investments, first as an
investment officer, later as vice-
president and treasurer, from
1983 to 1997. :

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BUSINESS

“TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5B



CSME ‘could
be doomed’

to get the Bahamas to sign up to
the CSME, the source said,
adding that it was unfair that
this nation should have been
put in this position.

While the Bahamas might not
need — and be disadvantaged —
by the CSME, states in the
southern Caribbean would
probably benefit from it, the
source explained, making it
unfair for all parties that this
nation could hold up or block its
creation.

“A lot of pressure is being
put on the Bahamas to sign this
thing, and we shouldn’t be put
in this position,” the source said.
He suggested that the Bahamas
should ask for the revised treaty
to be amended to allow those
states that wanted to to move
ahead with creating the CSME,
while this nation stood aside.

Several sources have indicat-
ed to The Tribune that the
Bahamian government gave a
commitment to CARICOM
and its members that it would

inform them at next month’s:
Heads of Government meeting .

whether it would sign the
revised Treaty or not.

However, Mr Rolle yester-
day said he did not feel that
CARICOM was pressurising
the Bahamas to sign on to the
CSME as much as it was back in
2003.

He, though, was critical of
this nation’s failure to do any-
thing to evaluate and prepare
for the CSME’s economic impli-
cations since Barbadian prime
minister, Owen Arthur, visited
this nation that year.

The former Chamber ques-
tioned, in relation to services,
what modes were in operation
and what approach the
Bahamas was adopting -
whether all service sectors were
off limits to CARICOM nation-
als, or whether 10 areas would
remain protected and the rest
opéned up under the CSME.

“It’s a lot of these detailed



Phase III cost Thompson’s victory
romper | 1S Up by $75m

FROM page one

estimate it had previously giv-
en, although the final figure
would be “not more than 10
per cent of that number”.
The company indicated
then that the Budget increase

_ would result from the finalis-

ing of its Phase III plans, in
particular the proposed 600-
room all-suite hotel.

In yesterday’s filing with the
Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), Kerzner
International said: “Phase III
includes a significant expan-
sion of the convention facili-
ties and water attractions of
Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Having further advanced its
design process, the company
has increased the Budget for
Phase III from approximately
$650 million to $750 million.”

The revised $750 million
budget does not include the
costs of the second phase at
the Harborside timeshare
complex, the 500-room con-
do hotel that is a joint ven-
ture with Turnberry Associ-
ates, the Athol Island Golf
Course and Ocean Club Res-
idences and Marina.

Kerzner International said
pre-sales of the 500-room con-
do-hotel would begin this
month, with construction of
the property being financed
through the pre-sale of units.

The same ploy is being used
at both Harborside and _ the
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina, which are both joint
ventures. The two projects are
expected to cost $60 million
and $130 million respectively,
and construction on the latter
project recently commenced.

NOTICE

Cost overruns and revised
budgets on projects are not
confined to Paradise Island.

The company announced
yesterday that its joint ven-
ture with two Moroccan gov-
ernment-owned entities to
construct a hotel and casino
complex in that nation would
now cost $300 million, instead
of the projected $230 million.

As a result, Kerzner and its
partners needed to arrange
additional equity and debt
financing, while extra design
work meant that the $300 mil-
lion figure was not definitive.

Kerzner International said:
“The company expects that
there will be material amend-

ments of the project agree- -

ments and a postponement of
the anticipated project sched-
ule, so that construction is
unlikely to commence in 2005

_and the project will not be

completed until 2008.

“No assurances can be giv-
en at this time that either the
additional financing will be
obtained or the likely materi-
al amendments to project doc-
uments will be agreed.”

As for the Atlantis, The
Palm resort in Dubai, Kerzn-
er International said the bud-
get had been revised upwards
by $100 million to $1.2 billion.

“Construction is now antic-
ipated to commence in the
fourth quarter of 2005 with
completion scheduled for the
end of 2008, subject to delays
if certain infrastructure pro-
jects on The Palm, Jumeirah,
over which the company and
Kerzner Istithmar have no
control, are not completed on
schedule by the locai devel-
oper,” Kerzner said.



FROM page one

the provocative comments
made about her mother.

Ms Thompson also alleged
that there were long delays,
deferments and cancellation of
scheduled meetings between
the minister and herself.

In an affidavit to the court
on April 1, 2005, Sheila Carey,
permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments, said Mrs
Maynard-Gibson had lost con-

- fidence and trust in Ms

Thompson's ability to imple-
ment the policy decisions of
the government, causing the
relationship between the two
to deteriorate.

The affidavit stated further
that by the end of October
2004, the relationship had
deteriorated to the point that
Ms Thompson no longer
attended weekly meetings with
the minister.

On December 2004, Ms
Carey informed Ms Thomp-
son that the government
intended to remove her from
her post and was considering
an alternative position. How-
ever, in the absence of a formal

- letter she was still the registrar

general and should continue
to perform those functions.

In his ruling, Justice Small
said he agreed with the sub-
mission that although it is not
stated that the government be

required to hear a response
from a contract employee
upon termination, “it is antici-
pated that there would be pro-
cedural fairness” because the
Public Service Commission
must be provided with a rea-
son for the termination, exam-
ine the reason and decide
whether the course of action
recommended by the Perma-
nent Secretary at the Public
Service Ministry should be tak-
en.
He said: “It is difficult to see
how her [Ms Thompson’s] fail-
ure up to November 23 to sign
(the contract) constituted suf-
ficient cause to terminate her
appointment.

On the other hand, if that
was the reason, it begs the ~

question, why didn't the Per-
manent Secretary inform the
Commission and the Director
of Legal Affairs that subse-
quent to her letter of Novem-
ber 23, the Applicant signed
and returned the documents
to her?"

Justice Small said: “It seems
to me to be inherently unfair
for the Commission to take the
advice of a lawyer who is a part
of the executive branch of gov-
ernment, with regard to the
termination of the applicant's
appointment, and not.afford
the applicant an opportunity
to be heard.”

It was determined that on
January 10, 2005, Irene Stubbs,



permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Public Service,
advised Ms Thompson that her
contract with the government
was terminated. She was not
given reasons for the decision.

At a press conference fol-
lowing the ruling, Ms Thomp-
son's attorney, Milton Evans
of Evans and Co, said he found
it troubling that, as registrar
general, Ms Thompson was
told that the government was
under no obligation to tell her
why she had been fired.

“My position is that what-
ever the outcome of the case, a
process is needed for persons
to be heard,” he said.

Mr Evans said further that
the ball is now in the Govern-
ment's court, and it would be
hard to determine how they
intend on handling the matter
going forward.

Ms Thompson said she ini-
tially had issues with the con-
tract and sent questions into
the relevant authorities, but
never received any answers.

She said the permanent sec-
retary of the Public Service
Commission advised her to
sign the contract and then wait
for the answers to come, which
she did on November 25, 2004.
' However, the reasons listed
for her termination during the
case was that she did not sign a
contract and that the relation-
ship between the minister and
herself had deteriorated.



FUN/ RUN/ WALK/ PUSH |
ENTRY FORM |

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2005 __.

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Route: Main Central’s Bank’s entrance, north on Frederick

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old PI Bridge, south on Mackey Street, west on Shirley Street |

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NOTICE is ‘hereby given that DONALD NAPOLEAN, P.O.BOX
54802, NASSAU, N.P. BAHAMAS, 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 31st day of MAY, °°
‘| 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,» .'
|. P.O.Box.N-7147,-Nassau, Bahamas. ©.’

WAN TED
BOAT CAPTAINS AND CREW

¢ Captains must have ‘Class A’ Licence

¢ Captains must have ‘STCW 95’

¢ Crew/Deckhands must have ‘STCW 95’
° Jobs based in Great Harbour Cay

and technical discussions that
need to be held,” Mr Rolle said.
“There are some benefits
from it [the CSME], but do the
benefits outweigh the negatives
or vice versa? No Bahamian can
look you in the eye and tell you
_ that. f
: Mr-Rolle said the best solu-
. tion for the Bahamas was to
’ defer.a decision on signing up to-
the-CSME until it knew it was
’ something it wanted to do, and
had the terms and conditions it
wanted. . 5
-On the issue of the reserva-
tions the Bahamas was seeking,
Mr: Rolle said that in response
to-his question, Mr Carrington
said at ‘the meeting that since
these had to be agreed by the
Heads:of Government, once
approved they could not be
challenged in the Caribbean
Court of Justice.































Entry Fee: $15.00 (T-shirt and visor included)
Entry Deadline: Friday, June 17th, 2005

For Registration, Please contact:
Ms. Cynara Johnson 302-9851 or Mrs. Bridget Roker 302-
9875 Fax: 356-4324
Trophies are awarded to Winners in the Following Categories:
(Please Tick the appropriate box):













All Applicants need resume, references, Medical certificate, police .
certificate and copies of licences. .







Salaries based on certification and experience

Contact: 242-427-5385, P.O. Box SS-19343 Nassau








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Salary + Banking Benefits + Performance Based Incentive Scheme

The Client Accounting Manager reports to the Director of Fiduciary
and is responsible for the overseeing of a profitable Client Accounting
Department in the preparation of financial statements for clients. He/she
is also responsible for maintaining accounting records for Trust and
Companies while complying with ABL’s Systems of Internal Control
and liason with Internal and External Auditors.

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior
management position with proven ability to achieve objectives and
meet deadlines.

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signing up for the wal ase necessary, person
should consult their physician before participation in the above
mentioned.





Education should be to a degree level with a relevant professional
qualification such as CPA. It is also important that candidates satisfy
the regulatory requirements. The successful candidate must be able
to demonstrate solid team work, communication skills and a practical
“can do” attitude.















In addition to basic salary, benefits include life and medical insurance,
income protection and membership in a personal pension plan.

Signature of Participant:



Date:




Written applications with current C.V. should be submitted to:

The Human Resource Manager,
Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited,
P.O. Box N-7768,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax 242-326-5020

Payment Method:

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AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE SHAREHOLDER

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited as
of December 31, 2004. This consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's management.

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance sheet based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with Intemational Standards on Auditing as promulgated by the
International Federation of Accountants. Those Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to
obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the balance sheet is free of material misstatement. An audit
includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance
sheet. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made
by management, as well as evaluating the overall balance sheet presentation. We believe that our audit

provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank as of December 31, 2004 in accordance with Intemational Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.

KPMs

Chartered'Accountants

Nassau, Bahamas
June 1, 2005

CREDIT SUISSE (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004, with corresponding figures for 2003
(Expressed in United States dollars)



eee 2004 2003 °









Assets
Cash and due from banks:
‘Cash and demand deposits:
Affiliates : $ 35,502,305 51,078,793
Other : 3,062,650 1,303,558 ©
38,564,955 52,382,351
Time deposits (note 3): :
Affiliates ; 1,759,221,818 320,913,623
1,797,786,773 —_,_ 373,295,974
® ‘
Loans and advances (note 4) oo 91,093,087 » 89,432,799
Securities purchased under agreements to resell (notes 6 and 9) 92,879,884 7
Accrued interest and other assets:
Affiliates 1,766,045 1,459,493
‘Other : 1,823,023 : 1,148,463
3,589,068 2,607,956
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,985,348,812 465,336,729
Liabilities
Due to banks:
Demand deposits: ‘
Affiliates $ 2,830,944 2,844,314
Other | 43,396 335,759
, 2,874,340 3,180,073
_ Time deposits (note 3):
Affiliates 219,694,250 109,788,215
222,568,590 112,968,288
Customers' deposits (note 5):

Demand deposits:

Affiliates be 11,463 ~ 65,091
Other 1,066,439,529 39,685,507
: 1,066,450,992 39,750,598
Time deposits:
Affiliates : 20,568,700 -
Other 475,832,505 238,577,068
: 1,562,852,197 278,327,666
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase (notes 6 and 9) 109,869,344 -
Accrued interest and other liabilities (note 9): : x
Affiliates , 6,457,980 36,177
Other . ; ; 2,565,835 2,581,797
: : 9,023,815 2,617,974
TOTAL LIABILITIES : 1,904,313,946 393,913,928
Shareholder's Equity
Share capital:
* Authorized, issued and fully paid:

12,000,000 shares of $1.00 each : .. 12,000,000 12,000,000
General reserve 20,000,000 20,000,000
Retained earnings 49,034,866 39,422,801
TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY 81,034,866 71,422,801
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY $ 1,985,348,812 465,336,729

Commitments (notes 6, 7 and 8)

See accompanying notes to consolidated balance sheet.

This consolidated balance sheet is approved on behalf of the Board of Directors on June 1, 2005 by the
following:

Martin Sutter Director Nikhil Borcar Treasurer



Notes to Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004
(Expressed in United States dollars)

le

1. General Information

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited ("the Bank"), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit
Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland (the "Parent"), is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas and is licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 to
conduct international banking and trust services. The Parent and its branches and subsidiaries are
referred to in these consolidated financial statements as “Affiliates”.

The registered office of the Company is located in the Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley and
Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. At December 31, 2004 the Company employed 52 (2003 - 42)
persons.

Lad

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
(a) Statement of compliance

The Bank’s consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as promulgated by the International Accounting,
Standards Board.

Basis of, Preparation

This consolidated balance sheet has been prepared under the historical cost convention and
the accounting policies have been consistently applied.

Basis of consolidation

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Bank and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries CB Administration Limited, CR Administration Limited and Credit Suisse
Wealth Management Limited (““CSWM7”), all of which were incorporated under the laws of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. CB Administration Limited and CR Administration
Limited were incorporated on August 31, 1995 to serve as corporate officers and directors
of companies managed by the Bank. CSWM was incorporated on September 5, 2003 to
provide private banking services to clients of the Bank and its affiliates.

All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated on consolidation.





(d)

(2)

Foreign currency translation

The reporting currency of the Bank is United States dollars, as a significant amount of the
Bank’s transactions are carried out in United States dollars‘and the majority of the Bank’s
assets are held in this currency.

Assets and liabilities maintained | in foreign currencies are translated into United States
dollars at the rates of exchange prevailing at the consolidated balance sheet date.

Financial instruments
Classification

Cash and cash equivalents are short term “highly liquid investments” which are teadily
convertible into known amounts of cash without notice or within three (3) months of
maturity when acquired.

Originated loans and advances are loans and advances created by the Bank providing
money to its customers other. than those created with the intention of short term profit
taking. Originated loans and advances comprise loans and advances to customers other than
purchased loans. ,

Held-to-maturity financial instruments are financial assets. and liabilities with fixed or
determinable payments and fixed maturity that the Bank has the intent and ability to hold to
maturity. These include cash and cash equivalents (except deposits on demand), deposits
with banks, deposits from banks, deposits from customers, securities purchased under
agreements to resell and securities sold under agreements to repurchase.

Recognition

The Bank recognizes held-to-maturity assets and liabilities and originated loans and

" advances on the day that funds are disbursed or received as applicable.

Ss

(g)

(h)

Measurement
Financial instruments are measured initially at cost, including transaction costs.

Subsequent to initial recognition all non-trading finapcial liabilities, originated loans and
advances and held-to-maturity assets and liabilities are measured at amortized cost less
impairment losses. Amortized cost is calculated on the effective interest rate method.

Derecognition

A financial asset is derecognised when the Bank loses control over the contractual rights
that comprise that asset. This occurs when the rights are realized, expire or are
surrendered. A financial liability is derecognised when it is extinguished. /

_ Assets under management

The Bank is engaged in the provision of asset management services involving a large
number of clients with substantial funds under administration.

Property held by the Bank in a fiduciary or agency capacity for its customers has not been
included in this consolidated balance sheet since such items are not assets of the Bank.

Other assets

Other assets include accounts receivable for fees billed to clients. The Company’s policy is
not to make a general provision for bad debts. However, all amounts ’ receivable are
written-off after a defined period of time has elapsed.

Securities financing arrangements

The Bank enters into purchases (sales) of investments under agreements to resell
(repurchase) substantially identical investments at a certain date in the future-at a fixed
price. Investments purchased subject to commitments to resell them at future dates are not
recognized. The Bank, under the terms of these agreements, has: the right to pledge or sell
the assets received. The amounts paid are recognized in securities purchased under

‘ agreements to resell. The receivables are shown as collateralized: by the underlying

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security. Investments sold under repurchase agreements continue to be recognized in the
balance sheet and are measured in accordance with the accounting policy for either assets
held for trading or available-for-sale as appropriate. The proceeds from the sale of the
investments are reported as liabilities to either banks or customers.

The difference between the sale and repurchase considerations is recognized on an accrual
basis over the period of the transaction. :

The Bank may pledge securities received as collateral to secure borrowings under -
repurchase agreements. As these securities received and subsequently repledged are not
owned or sold short by the Bank, these securities are not recognized.

Loans and advances to customers

Loans and advances are reported net of allowances to reflect the estimated fecoveeabis
amounts.

Impairment.) 00 0 a | eiydeibr in dabvaritas aeneert west

Financial assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is
objective evidence of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset’s recoverable
amount is estimated. Provisions ‘are established by charges against income and are
maintained at a level on by the directors to be adequate. to pee “for potential’

losses.

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‘Use of estimates .

The preparation of a consolidated. balance: sheet in accordance with IFRS requires .
management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the
consolidated balance sheet and the accompanying notes. These estimates are based’on’ .
relevant information available at the balance sheet date and, as such, actual results could
differ from those estimates.

Due from/to Banks — Time Deposits

Due from banks time deposits earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.60% to: 6.17% .at
_ December 31, 2004 (2003 - 1% to 5.04%).

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Due from Bank 2004 2003
CAD 2.16 - 2.58 2.60 - 3.23
EUR 2.02 - 2.15 2.05 - 2.66
GBP 4.71 - 4.84 3.73
NOK 5 tee 1.75 a B30
NZD : 6.17 5.04
USD 0.9 - 4.18 1.00 - 4.18
CHF 0.6-0.67 s

Interest was paid on balances due to banks — time deposits at annual rates ranging from 0.10% to
2.25% at December 31, 2004 (2003 —.0.08% to 2.13%).

ne
Due from Bank 2004 2003
EUR - 1.76 - 2.13
USD 1.41-2.25 0.08 - 1.55
JPY 0.1 : 0.1

Loans and Advances

Loans and advances are comprised of secured loans and overdrafts. Secured loans are those which
are either guaranteed by first class financial institutions and companies or are adequately
collateralized. Annual interest rates ranged from 0.89% to 4. 82% at December 31, 2004 (2003 -
0.75% to 3. 63%).



Due from Bank : 2004 2003
CAD 3.16 3.29
EUR 2 : 3.63
JPY 0.89 0.9
USD 2.07 - 4.82 1.67 - 3.22
CHF 1.21 0.75

Customers’ Deposits

Interest was paid on customers’ deposits balances at annual rates ranging from 0.19% to 5.25% at
December 31, 2004 (2003 - 0.13% to 419%).



CAD 1.38 - 2.18 1.5-2.61
EUR 1.13 - 2.08 1.06 - 1.99
GBP 3.94-4.52 ~ 2.94
NOK 1.06 1.69
USD 0.55 - 4.28 0.13-4.1
CHF ; 0.19 - 0.57 0:75
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" The Bank purchases financial instruments under agreements to resell them at future dates. The
seller commits to repurchase the same or similar instruments at an agreed future date. The securities
purchased under agreements to resell are entered into as a facility to provide funds to customers. At
December 31, 2004 securities purchased under agreements to resell were as follows:





Fair value of Carrying

wa ma aw ss agsets held as amounts of

collateral receivable

Government bills and bonds - § 117,103,562 92,796,824
Corporate bonds. 983,628 83,060
$ 118,087,190 92,879,884

The-Bank has pledged securities with a fair value of $101,192,577 from those received as collateral
for repurchase agreements with a fair value of $118,087,190 as noted below.

Sécurities purchased under agreements to resell earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.55%
to 2.35% at December 31, 2004.

pe
2003



2004
“Bike ee 1.25 -2.35 -
Client ' 0.55 - 1.63 -

SS

. The Bank also raises funds by selling or pledging financial instruments under agreements to repay
the funds by repurchasing the instruments at future dates at the same price plus interest at a
predetermined rate. The securities sold under agreements to repurchase are ‘commonly used as a
tool for short-term financing of interest-bearing assets, depending on the prevailing interest rates.

At December 31, 2004 assets sold/pledged under agreements to repurchase were as follows: ;





Carrying

Fair value amount of

of underlying corresponding

assets liabilities

Government bills and bonds $ . 101,192,577 109,869,344

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase bore interest at annual rates ranging from 0.85% to
3.45% at December 31, 2004.



2004 ; 2003
Bank 0.85 -.1.65 . -
Client 1.45 - 3.45 -



7. Financial Instruments

The Bank is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk and other derivative financial
instruments in the normal course of business to meet the financing needs of its customers.
Financial instruments include commitments to extend credit at fixed and floating rates, standby
letters of credit and currency swap agreements. These instruments involve, to varying degrees,

~~“@lertiéiits of credit and interest rate risk in excess of the amount recognized: in the consolidated

balance sheet. However, the Bank's credit risk is minimal, since most of the instruments have been
entered into on behalf of clients.

The contract or notional amounts of financial instruments reflect the extent of the Bank's
involvement in particular classes of financial instruments and do not measure the Bank's exposure
to credit or market risks and do not necessarily represent the amounts exchanged by the parties to
the instruments. The amounts exchanged are based on the contractual notional amounts and the
other terms of the instruments. Notional amounts are not included in the balance sheet and
generally exceed the future cash requirements relating to the instruments.

Interest rate, liquidity and currency risks

The Bank manages 1ts exposure to interest rate changes, liquidity and currency risk related to its
portfolio of loans, asset and liability deposits by maintaining a matched book of assets and
liabilities by currency and maturity. Its objective is to manage the impact of interest rate changes
on earings. The notional amount of derivative financial instruments used by the Bank to manage
interest rate and currency risks for clients accounts, forward contracts, at the balance sheet date was
approximately $15.74 million (2003 - $23.60 million), comprised of $7.87 million (2003 - $11.80
million) of purchase commitments, and $7.87 million (2003 - $11.80 million) of sale commitments.

Credit commitments

The Bank has outstanding in the normal course of business, payment obligations and guarantees of
$6,210,805 (2003 - $3,319,110). The Bank's maximum potential exposure to credit loss in the
event of non-performance by the other parties to the financial instrument for commitments to
extend credit is represented by the contractual notional amount of those instruments. The Bank
uses the same credit policies in making commitments and conditional obligations as it does for on-
balance-sheet instruments. Mernecrent does not anticipate any material loss as a result of these
transactions.

Fair value

Management estimates that the total fair value of loans and deposit assets and liabilities do not
differ materially from their carrying values given that average effective interest rates approximate
the current interest rafes available to the Bank for loans and placements and offered by the Bank for
deposit liabilities with similar maturities.

-8. Commitments

In 1998 the Bank entered into an agreement with Bahamas Financial Centre Limited to lease office
space for its operations. The lease commenced July 1, 1998 for an initial term of fiv years and
was renewed on July 1, 2003 for a further term of five years. The annual lease rental cost is
$710,620 plus service charges.

The Bank has entered into sub-lease agreements with one non-related party and four Affiliates to

sub-lease portions of the leased premises. The sub-lease agreements are for initial periods of 12-

months to 60 months, with options for renewal.

Assuming that options under lease and sub-lease agreements are exercised future minimum lease

payments, net of sub-lease payments to be received, for premises are as follows:





~ Not more'than one year $ 517,317
Between one and five years 1,810,610
$2,327,927

9. Related party transactions -

The Bank entered into various transactions with the Parent and other parties related by virtue of
common control. Transactions with related parties are entered into on commercial terms except as
noted below.

The consolidated balance sheet includes the following related party balances and transactions not
separately classified as affiliates on the consolidated balance sheet:





2004
Assets
Securities purchased under agreements to resell $4,303,317
_. -Liabilities--—-..-.--. -.---
Securities sold under seeenent to Fepluctinee 20,358,700
Investment management fee payable 1,874,447
Other liabilities 3,805,333



The Bank has a compensation arrangement in place for employees of CSWM wherein a part is
dependent on the performance of the subsidiary. The performance accrual for the period is included
in other liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet.

Effective January 1, 2004, the Bank bought the private client business from Credit Suisse First
Boston Bahamas Limited (“CSFBBL”). Under the sales and purchase agreement entered into
between the Bank and CSFBBL, private client assets and liabilities as of close of business on
_ December 31, 2003 were transferred at book values. The transfer was made at nil consideration
and generated no gain or loss for the Bank. Pursuant to the sale and purchase agreement the Bank
was assigned access on a continuing basis to a few of CSEDBut s propaciaty computer systems for
nil consideration. os

10. Pengion

The Bank participates in a group contributory pension plan for local cligible employees and
reimburses Credit Suisse, Zurich for expenses associated with the international contracted
employees' participation in their pension plan. The Bank's liability is restricted to the amount of the
contributions.

11. Taxation

Under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, there are poral no income, withholding
or capital gains taxes payable by the Bank.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 7B

12. Concentration of Assets and Liabilities

The following is an analysis of selected assets and liabilities by geographical location:
a







: Bnitish Virgin Cayman
Europe America Bahamas , Britain . Islands Panama _ Islands Other Totals

ASSETS
Due from

banks 347,731,754 1,442,494,789 2,039,931 5,191,412 - - - 328,887 1,797,786,773
Loans and

advances 775,961 2,488,336 6,552,743 — ~~ “#175,561. -...762,626 67, 1775; 050 5,562,810 91,093,087
Securities 11,478,239 42,825,078 3,437,488 22,079,922 = - ~°T3,059,157 ** 92,879,884
Accrued

interest . 2 ne ee

receivable 1,032,567 207,586 2,341,611 6,747 8 SS oe ec were 557 3,589,068

361,018,521 1,488,015,789 14,371,773 27,278,081 7,175,561 762,626 67,775,050 18,951,411 1,985,348,812 ~~

LIABILITIES
Due to banks 215,697,521 2,067,017 4,804,052 = = - = = 222,568,590
Customers’ ;

deposits 35,326,946 20,074,715 1,140,254,334 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3,705,683 221,524,116 1,562,852,197
Securities 19,368,100 84,828,808 = = fo - 5,672,436 109,869,344
Accrued ; ;

interest

receivable 6,321 1,898,101 6,886,608 - = - = 232,785 9,023,815



270,398,888 24,039,833 1,236,773,802 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3,705,683 227,429,337 1,904,313,946

13. Maturities of Assets and Liabilities

The following is an analysis of assets and liabilities in order of maturity:











On demand : Up to | Year 1 to 5 years ~ Total
ASSETS :
Due from banks s 1,278,485,916 519,300,857 - 1,797,786,773
Loans and advances 4,129,762 86,963,325 - 91,093,087
Securities 92,879,884 - - ue - 92,879,884
Accrued interest receivable
and other assets . 1,430,897 1,558,912 599,259 ° 3,589,068
$ 1,376,926,459 607,823,094 599,259 1,985,348,812
LIABILITIES
Due to banks $ 2,874,340 219,694,250 = 222,568,590
Customers’ deposits 1,229,846,473 333,005,724 = 1,562,852,197
Securities 109,869,344 - i 109,869,344
Accrued interest payable
and other liabilities 6,101,216 2,922,599 = 9,023,815
$ — 1,348,691,373 555,622,573 ef 1,904,313,946




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rich or Ivan Basso,” Bruyneel Said.

Lance Armstrong's teammates may
have to wait a while for a Tour de
France victory when the record-break-
ing champion retires, according to
Associated Press.

Armstrong will quit cycling after
July's Tour, where he aims for a sev-
enth straight win and the first since the
Discovery Channel took over as team
sponsor.

The team's sporting director, Johan

Bruyneel, envisages a lean period after
the Texan's retirement.

“It will be a-different philosophy
when Lance has gone, everyone knows
that,” Bruyneel said. "We have tried to
get better over the last six years, and
when one important element has left
we have always tried to replace him.”

Although the Discovery Channel
team boasts talented young riders such
as Benjamin Noval and Yaroslav

Popovych, Bruyneel feels they may not
have enough experience to challenge
immediately fora Tour win.

“We have a lot of hope for ‘the
future, but not necessarily in the imme-
diate,” Bruyneel said. “More in two
or three years time.”

Teammate and close friend George
Hincapie is worried that Armstrong
will leave. a huge void when he retires.

“I don't know what it's going to be -

like to race without him,” Hincapie
said. “As soon.as a talented guy comes
along in America, I'm asked if he's
Lance's successor. I'm sorry, but I have
to answer that I don't think that will
happen for a good while.”

Asked who will win in Armstrong's

absence, Bruyneel picks one familiar -

name and another who made a stun-
ning impact on last year's Tour.
“The logical successors are Jan UIl-

“Basso's strength and: his’ spee are
incredible, more than last years
should expect that again in July.” -”

Germany's Ullrich has long been
Armstrong's main rival — winning: the
Tour in 1997 and finishing rupner-up
five times.

Italy's Basso impressed, Armstrong
in the mountains in last year’s Tous.
finishing third overall.







‘armer returns to claim
victory at festival after
triumphing in Florida



Ei By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter

A LOCAL cyclist has returned
home after achieving interna-
tional success to compete and
sharpen his skills against familiar
competition.

Just weeks after winning the
Florida State Cycling Champi-
onship last month, Lee Farmer

came first at the 5th annual Gre- .

gory Town Pineapple Festival
Cycling Classic in Eleuthera.
The 40-mile road race was

held over the Labor Day week-
end and has become a vital part
of the Pineapple Festival week-
end.

Farmer's closest competitor
was veteran cyclist Barron “Tur-
bo” Musgrove who finished
almost 10 minutes behind
Farmer's pace in a battle with
Basil Goulandris who finished
third.

This year’s version of the clas-
sic featured 6 divisions, includ-
ing four youth divisions.

years and under, 14 years and
under, and-an 11 years and under
division, while for junior girls,
there was a 14 years and ance
division.

Farmer, a native of New
Zealand and a member of VMG
racing, is the number one-ranked
cyclist in the Bahamas.

Other members of VMG Rac-
ing, Basil Goulandris and Mark
Holowesko also fared well.
Goulandris finished third overall
and Holowesko finished first in
the Master's division.

For junior boys there was a 17

Official results

Master's Division
Thr 28mins 23s 1st Mark Holowesko
ihr 37mins 05s 2nd Sam Brown
1hr 37mins 26s 3rd Robert Jones

Overall.(40 miles)

ist Lee Farmer

2nd _—_ Barron Musgrove
3rd Basil Goulandris
4th John Cox thr 39mins 04s
5th Mackey Williams Thr 39mins Elite Jr Boys 17yrs and under (40 miles)
26s ist Kevin Richardson

6th Edward Bethel ihr 43mins 49s
7th Kevin Richardson 1hr 45mins 42s
8th Mark Holowesko
9th Wayne Price
10th Sam Brown

11th RobertJones _
12th Thomas Mackey
13th Emilo Thompson
14th Timothy Sturrup

Jr Boys 14yrs and under (20 miles)

Thr 46mins 30s 1st Yorkell Bain thr OOmins 44s
thr 55mins 15s 2nd__—_ Elijah Knowles Thr OOmins 52s
thr 55mins 49s 3rd D’angelo Sturrup = 1hr 07mins 34s
2hr OOmins 26s 4th Tres Smith thr 10mins 32s
2hr 02mins 30s _ sth = Yelstin Bain thr 15mins 34s
2hr O8mins 20s :

Jr Boys 11yrs and under (20 miles)

ast Jay Major thr OOmins 42s
Elite Women (40 miles) “2nd — Anthony Colebrook thr 15mins 35s
ist Carmel Stucki ihr 44mins 32s 3rd Roy Colebrook Jr. 1hr 20mins 07s

nat Dereck Bethel Jr 1hr 21mins 01s
Open Women (20 miles)
ist Julianna Glinton
2nd __—s Christine Jones

9mins 43s éJr Girls 14yrs and under (20 miles)
Thr OOmins 34s. dst Kashna Williams hr 23mins 30s



@ LEE Farmer racing at the weekend Be



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Williams-D arling ©
planning to up
the stakes as she
heads to Mexico



@ BERNARD Nottage thanks Keith Major, Senior VP of Collina Imperial yesterday, after they
donated 5100; 000.00 to the CAC Championships. See back page for the full story.

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune Staff)



fice fail to make the
grade for BGF selection

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion will have to go to the selec-
tion committee to finalise the
team heading to the Caribbean
Amateur Golf Championships
and the World Championships
later this year.

At the final trials held over
the weekend in Grand Bahama,
only four players attained the
qualifying standards which were
initiated by the BGF this year.

Therefore, federation presi-
dent Neville Adderley said a list
of players names had been sub-
mitted by the selection com-
mittee to the general executive
committee for ratification.

The BGF will hold a meet-
ing tonight and will announce
the team on Wednesday.

“We didn’t focus on qualify-
ing last year, so I can’t base the
performances on last year’s tri-
als,” Adderley stated. “So I
think the fact that we had the
qualifying trials this year, the
players were focused on trying

to beat the course and not the

_ players.”

Based on the standards set,
only last year’s junior national
champion Scott Macdougall was
able to achieve the. qualifying
mark for the regulars on the
Hoerman Cup team.

He shot a 298 to surpass the
qualifying standards of 300.

Peter McIntosh was the first
player to make the team when
he earned his spot by winning

the national amateur: champi-

onship.
The remaining four players
for the Hoerman Cup team will

‘be selected tonight after they

failed to achieve the qualifying
mark.

The only team that had its
players make the team outright
are the seniors. Both Bobby
Rose and Vernon Wells from
Grand Bahama combined to

shoot a 284, which matched the

qualifying standards.

Rose had also achieved the
qualifying standard when he fin-
ished as the runner-up at the
national championship.

Racquel Riley was the only

other player to achieve the stan- ©

dard when she shot a 310 to go
well under the ladies’ standard
of 320 total.

“We set the standards based
on our analyses of the past
scores, bearing in mind that if
they shot those scores, they
would be in the top three,”
Adderley noted.

““But based on the list that
was submitted by the selection

committee, I feel if we go with -

their recommendations, we will
have a good chance of doing
very well in each category at
the championships.”

Although he did not stay for
the final day of competition,
Adderley said he was extreme-
ly pleased with the perfor-
mances of all the golfers from
what he had seen from Friday
to Saturday.

“They were focusing on beat-
ing the course, not the individu-
als,” he stated. “You always get
better results because of that.”

The tournament wrapped up
on Sunday.

BLTA tournament results

Here's a look at the results from the first two days of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
.ciation's Gatorade Senior National Tennis Tournament, being played at the National

Tennis Centre:
Ladies’ division

First round

@ Skye Powell (3) def. Elan-
qua Griffin 6-2, 6-1.

@ Tanea Miller def. Tashelle
Burrows.

@ Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Gia Deleveaux 6-0, 6-0.

@ Dyphany Mortier def.
Shaneicka Griffin 6-0, 6-1.

@ Chanelle Clare (2) def.
Chelsea Powell 6-0, 6-2.

Quarter-final round

@ Nikkita Fountain (1) def.
Crystal Johnson 6-0, 6-1.

@ Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Tanea Miller 6-1, 6-3.

Men’s Division

First round

@ Perry Attfield def. Tim
Dames 6-1, 6-1.

@ Archie Burrows def.

Dominique Teysseyre 6-4, 4-
e Ryan Knowles def. Philip
Major 6-2, 7-5.

® Johnathan Taylor def.
Justin Lunn 6-1, 6-0.

@ Ralph Cash def. Kermit
Strachan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

@ Royston Jones def. Van
Wilson 6-2, 6-1,

@ Wenzel Cooper def.
Addington Cambridge 6-4, 7-
5

@ Jason Rolle def. Stephen
Gordon 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

®@ Marvin Coleby def. Stafford
Armbrister 6-3, 6-2.

Round of 32

@ Chris Eldon (1) def. Brent
Johnson 6-1, 6-1.

@ Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Lightbourn 6-3, 6-1.

@ Robert Smith def. Kevin
Major 6-2, 6-1.

@ Neil Mactaggart (8) def.
Francis Wilson 6-0, 6-1.

@ John Pintard def. Blake
Powell 6-0, 6-0.

@ Gerry Kanuka def. Attfield
Perry 6-0, 6-1.

® Ceron Rolle (6) def. Archie
Burrows 6-0, 6-0.

@® Ryan Knowles def. Paul

- Wesley 6-2, 6-2.

@ William Fountain def. John-
ny Rodgers 6-1, 6-0.

@ Royston Jones def.
Desmond Perigord 6-0, 6-1.
@ Jonathan Hanna (7) def.
Javano Thompdon 6-0, 6-1.
@ Tony Fisher def. Marvin
Coleby 6-1, 6-2.

@ Johnathan Taylor def,
Anthone Williams 6-1, 6-0.

@ Matthew Sands (2) def.
Jason Rolle 6-0, 6-0.

Quarterfinal round
®@ Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Smith 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.



@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

TONIQUE Williams-Dar-
ling’s blistering world best of
49.95 is just an indication of
what to expect, says the

Olympic and World 400 metre

champion.
After out-lasting former
world leader Sanya. Richards

‘to easily win the women’s

400m race at the Prefontaine
Track Classic in Eugene, Ore-
gon on Saturday, Williams-
Darling said she had her sights
set on some more lofty goals
this year.

“Tt was a good race,” said .

Williams-Darling, who sur-
passed her season-opener of
50.2 last year: with her debut
this year.

“T think I got out really
good. J took the lead going
down on the back stretch and I
just kind of led the race. At
some point, I felt Sanya on the
side. of me.and we both
pressed towards the finish
line.”

Williams-Darling ran a
smooth and controlled race as
she held off Richards, who
trailed her through the tape in
49.98.

It was the first race this year
that more than one competitor
went under the 50-second bar-
rier.

But it was a race that had
five of the finalist from last
year’s Olympics entered.

Mexican Ana Guevera,
Williams-Darling's new arch-
rival, was also expected to be

in the line-up. But she opted

not to compete.

Instead, Guevera is waiting
on the much anticipated show-
down this weekend on her
home soil with Williams-Dar-
ling. -

It will be the first time the

two.meet since Guevera

turned the tables on Williams- ..

Darling, winning the IAAF
World Finals after the
Olympics was staged.. °

“IT would have liked to race
against her before we went to

Mexico, but I was shocked |

because all of the top 10 Nike
athletes had to be in the
meet,” said Williams-Darling,
who is sponsored on the inter-
national scene by Nike, just as
Guevera is.

“T didn't really know until a

day before the meet that she
wasn’t going to run in the race.
But that didn’t change any-
thing for me because I still had

.. to go out and run.”

Williams-Darling said the

‘Prefontaine meet really served

as a gauge for her going into
Mexico.

“Lreally didn't know where
I was, but now, instead of me
having that as my first race and
I'm not sure what I do, I’ m
glad this was my first race,”
Williams-Darling stated.

“So I feel pretty confident
where I'm at right now. It will
really help me going into the
meet in Mexico.”

To go there with the world's
fastest time takes the pressure
off Williams-Darling and puts
it squarely in the face of Guev-
era, who will now have to
respond before her home
crowd,

But Williams- -Darling said

she’s not going to let the time
get to her head.

“TI wasn’t really concerned
about the time. Right now, it's
about the next competition
and just improving," she insist-
ed. "The times are not impor-

-tant. But-I’m still keeping it in
focus."

After lowering the national
record to 49.1 last year,
Williams-Darling said reach-
ing the 48-second barrier is
another goal of hers.

“T don’t know if running 49
so early makes it that much

easier, but I just hope that it

will allow me to run 48 this
year," she said.

And along with her meet-
ing in Mexico against Guev-
era, there are a number of big
meets this year in which

Williams-Darling hope she will |

be able to achieve that goal.

After the trip to Mexico,
she will be coming home to
compete in the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations’ National Open
Championships here in two
weeks, a meet in Paris, France
before she return for the
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships
here as well.

If she doesn’t achieve the
mark in either of those meets,
Williams-Darling said she will
certainly put her focus on the

IAAF 10th World Outdoor

Championships in Helsinki,
Finland in August.

“This weekend was a great
time, but hopefully it will just
be a stepping stone to some of
the other goals that I want to
accomplish,” she summed up.



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& By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

NEIL ors pitching a gem of a
game as he fired a three- hitter, striking
out 12 batters to lead Freedom Farm to
a 4-1 triumph over Grand Bahama.

It wasa Ss ‘of last year’s final in the
boys’ 16-20 division in the Bahamas
Baseball Federation's 2005 Andre
Rodgers Junior National Championships.

Sunday’s victory at the Andre Rodgers
Baseball Stadium enabled Freedom
Farm to become champions again as they
played well defensively behind Forsythe
and produced the runs when they neRe
ed lte stay or top.

“T felt really good about my ne
performance because we had the defence

“and the offence. They didn't really let
me down,” Forsythe said.

“Even if I put runners on base, J knew
all of the players behind me was helping
me out."

Forsythe and Freedom Farm: came
close to shutting-out Grand Bahama.
But third baseman Brent Sands took
matters into his own hands and made
sure that did not happen.

Down 2-0 going into the fifth, Sands
belted a line drive deep in left centre-
field and advanced all the way to third.

‘Sands eventually scored with two out

ort a sacrifice fly from Culbert Evans Jr.’

Forsythe said there was nothing he
could do about the pitch he threw to
Sands. “He hit that ball very well. I was
surprised that it didn't go out. When he

-hit it, I said ‘oh boy, look like they are
going to get the-run’, ‘They did, so I had
“to go back and pitch.”

Grand Bahama's Ramon Grant
pitched a good gamé, scattering six hits
—with seven strike outs.

“They fight hard.to the end,” said
“Grant. "He (Forsythe) had his best stuff
tonight, but we fought them hard."

“Freedom Farm did not actually knock

SOL Grand Bahama until the fifth inning
when they banged Grant for four runs.

-o Sharad Johnson opened the frame

swith a double and caught a ride on a
> ground rule double from Forsythe as his

‘shot to right centre-field bounced over

“the fence.

».Deashon Smith followed with a sin-
ple and Albert Cartwright got his sec-
“ond hit of the night to score Forsythe.

. Freedom Farm’s manager, Greg Bur-

> fows Jr, said he could not have asked

>for a better performance from his play-











PP PTR

Hi by KELSIE JOHNSON
: Junior sports reporter

COLINAIMPERIAL has become
the official sponsor for the Central
American and Caribbean (CAC)
A aa next month with a
$100,000 donation.

The recently merged insurance com-

. pany presented members of the CAC

“committee with a cheque yesterday for
the championship games, which are set
for July 811, at the Thomas A Robin-
son stadium.

More than 500 world class athletes
from more than 33 countries
throughout the region are expected

“I’m very proud of them because they
actually stepped up to the plate and they
took it all on their shoulders and they got
the job done,” he insisted.

His assistant Geron Sands could not
agree more. “From day one when the
team was put together, I said there was
no way that we should lose a game,” he
said. “Everyone, including the players
on the bench, are good. -

"Tonight, we went with our best nine
and me and Greg just tried to motivate
them by talking to them inning after
inning and allowed them to play."

@ In the bronze medal game, the
Junior Baseball League of Nassau
knocked off the New Providerice All-
Stars 9-5 in eight innings.

Tied at 5-5 going into the extra inning,
JBLN produced four runs, highlighted by
catcher Stenard Duncombe's RBI sin-
gle. They were able to shut out the All-
Stars in the bottom of the frame to
secure the win.

In that eighth inning, Heath Pritchard,
Jason Albury, Matthew, Carey and pinch
runner Rico Nottage all scored, leaving
coach Teran Rodgers sighing with relief.

“Considering that I personally blew
the game last night (Saturday) against
Grand Bahama, allowing the pitcher to
pitch to one batter too many, which
would have put us in the gold medal
game, I think it was good for us to redem
ourselves and get the bronze.”

Rodgers, a nephew of the late Andre

Rodgers, whom the tournament was.

named after this year, credited his. ace
Jamie Collie for pitching a superb game.

Collie went the distance, throwing a
six-hitter, striking out 10 for the win.
Dalyn Williams was tagged with the loss
before he was relieved by Alcott Forbes.

Also on Sunday night, over at the
Churchill Tener, Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, Freedom Farm clinched
the coach's pitch gold medal with a 13-6
victory over JBLN.

Bryon Harvey got the win, while Leslie
Armbrister, Todd Isascs, Anthony
Romer and Shannon Mackey all scored
twice.

Luc Schaefer suffered the loss, while

- Brendon Kemp scored two runs for
JBLN.

And in the bronze medal game, Grand
Bahama clobbered their arch rivals Lega-
cy 24-7 behind the stellar pitching from
Antonio Griffin, who also helped his
cause with two hits and as many runs
scored.

to attend the meet next month

Several other companies have also
stepped forward with donations. So far
the committee has secured partner-
ships from the Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture, American Airlines, -
IAAF sanctioning, Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations and Mon-
do company.

However, the committee has divided
the partnership and sponsorship aids in
categories — platinum, gold, silver and
bronze — all of which have different
price range.

Committee chairman Dr Bernard
Nottage said: “We’ve been very con-
cerned in having the finances we need- '

\

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fi A FREEDOM Farm .
player swings his bat
against Grand Bahama

ed to make this a successful occasion.

“T want from the bottom of my heart
and on behalf of the committee to
thank Colinalmperial for this fine ges-
ture. This company has been a trend-
setter in the insurance and finical ser-
vices industry in our country and we in
the Bahamas believes that we are trend
setters in track and field in the
Caribbean and indeed the world.”

This will be is the biggest track and
field meet the Bahamas has hosted
since the construction of the national
track and field stadium.

The country has hosted several
Carifta games in the past, but according
to Nottage, the dedication being dis-



played by the government propels the
committee to keep the great name the
country has established.

“When it comes to hosting champi-
onships in our region, the Bahamas is
known as number one,” he said.

Costs

The committee is still inviting com-
panies to join in, with the cost of the
event expected to reach a little over $1
million — a hefty cost which includes
the assistance and services of the games.

Senior vice president and general
manager Keith Major said: ‘““We are



@ A FREEDOM Farm
player kicks up the dust:as
he slids at the base against
. Grand Bahama in the BBF’s
Andre Rodgers Junior
National Championships
Sunday at the Andre
‘Rodgers Baseball Stadium. =f
. (Photos: Felipé Major/
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linalmperial backs CAC championships

extremely proud to be associated with
an event of this magnitude and pres-

" tige.

“We believe that our athletes should
be given every opportunity to compete
without the worry of sponsorship, so it
is our hope that by taking the lead in
partnering with the senior. CAC com-
mittee that others in the community
will lend their support.”

Five Bahamians took top prizes at
the last champions, which were held
in Grenada in 2003.

Forty Bahamians have reached the
medal podium at the games, since the
games’ irception in 1967 in Jalapa,
Mexico.



TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

‘Flats
are
back

And they look great

@ By JANICE MATHER found in the forefoot, and

“——Which bear the body’s entire
weight. The strain high heels
pose can lead to corns, ham-
mer toes, mallet toes and toe-
nails that, being constantly
banged and under pressure,
become blackened.

Flats are especially impor-
tant in childhood and teenage
years.

Understandably, high school
girls have followed high-heeled
shoe fashions in the past.
Unfortunately, their feet are
still growing and bones have

..not-fully.set until age.18 or 19.
That, Dr Raine explains, means

uckled or jeweled,

studded or beaded,

flats are back in

fashion, with a
vengeance. And, as it turns out,
not only do those new ballet-
inspired slip-ons, minuscule
Mary Janes, or modest mules
look great, they can be better
for you than certain higher
shoe styles.

Flats are
“better





FLAT shoes can be better
or you than certain higher

: (Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune Staff)







out hae in a shoe

mind that less than ideal shoes for short

MOST of us don’t really want to throw
our spine out of alignment hard-wearing
killer heels for hours a day, all week, year
after year — or come home with feet so
frowsy and malformed we’re shamed to
take those shoes off.

Here are four tips to help you strike a
balance that will help care for your feet’s

:26 bones:and numerous joints.while pro-

viding comfort and a manageable degree.

periods of time may be all right. A pair of ~

shoes that seem to be killing your feet

after a day of work could be fine for two .

hours of sitting at church. -

Even for all-day wear on the job, what
may work for a banker who spends much
time sitting could be ae or a Die

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4. Materials
‘Feet tend to perspire more in manmade
leather shoes, which also don’t absorb per-
Spiration. Dr Raine says that sweat then
decomposes in the shoe, creating prime
fungus-growth conditions. That can be a
-«eparticubar-concern. for. those who. work
outside, and spend a lot of time on the

teenagers have been causing

3. Size

“By and large, low-shoes are
better for you, unless you’ll be
turbo-shopping,” says foot and .
ankle specialist Dr Deborah
Raine, of Bahamas Foot Cen-
tre.

Actually, tennis shoes or
styles as near them as possible,
are best, according to Dr
Raine.

That’s because they don’t tilt
the body as high shoes do, and

‘offer arch support, a downfall
for certain ultra-low styles. But
since constantly wearing ten-
nis isn’t practical — or desirable
— for many women, flat styles
are a welcome alternative to
higher styles, which can wreak
havoc on toes, toenails and pos-
ture. |

The higher a heel, the fur-
ther down into the shoe the
foot falls. This strains the
metatarsal bones, which are

permanent damage to their feet
by cramming them into shoes
that are too tight or too high.
The problem is compounded
since their bones are still softer,
which means this can be done
without experiencing much
pain — yet.

As a result of higher styles
that have been popular in the
past, bunions, not normally an
issue for teenagers, have been
showing up in girls who are far
too young for the problem.
And disfigured toes continue
to cause embarrassment later.

“You have girls who come
in here and say, ‘there ain’t-no
way I’m gonna get married
with my toes like this’...that’s
how embarrassing it is, that’s
how disfigured some people
get, without you knowing this is
what you’re- doing, because it
doesn’t: always hurt — it hurts



of style.

1. Heel and sole thickness



later... you can get all the way
through adolescence without
having any problems.”

Although an inch-and-a-half -

is a good heel height once feet
have finished growing, that
incline is still too much before
feet have finished growing, par-
ticularly for school shoes that
are worn hard, and worn often.

Girls with longer, thinner
toes are more at risk than those

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Dr Raine recommends a one-and-a-half :
inch heel, which provides the arch sup-
port, which some flat shoes don’ t. Heels
higher than that, she warns, can cause the ©
body to tilt at an unnatural angle..

2. Activity-appropriate shoes

Before you throw out all your stilettos,
platforms and ultra-thin thins, bear in

: schoolgirls, Mary Janes, buck-

Have your feet measured, and buy shoes
appropriately. “It doesn’t matter what you
wear, if it’s too small it’s going to be bad
for you,” says Dr Deborah Raine, of
Bahamas Foot Centre. She explains that
wearing lower-heeled shoes can still be
harmful to toes if the foot is crammed into
it. As well as considering length, many
Bahamians have spent a lot of time bare-
foot or in sandals, which can contribute to
foot spreading, which means wider shoes

with less flexible, short, stub-
by toes.
Instead of igher shoes for

led shoes, loafers, and others
with three quarter inch heels
are the wisest choice.

Keeping your
flat shoes
healthy

Even amongst all flats, all
shoes are not created equal.
Super-thin-soled styles made
only of leather, with no rubber
sole — and thus no cushioning -
can trigger pinched nerves, and ~
may be best reserved for situa-
tions that require minimal
walking — from the house to.
car, car to restaurant, and
back.

Flat shoes may require
insoles for arch support, so that
the ligaments that stretch from
the toes to the heels aren’t
over-stretched, leaving feet
sore and bruised. Those whose
jobs require a lot of time spent
standing up, like hotel maids

See SHOES, Page 2C

\ move. For work shoes, go for at least one



pair of good leather shoes, which allow
perspiring feet to breath, and which stretch
to accommodate foot shape. This applies
not just to women, but also men, particu-
larly those who have very active jobs that
require a lot of running around or time
spent outside.

“What you play in is not that impor-
tant,” says Dr Raine. “For work, that
repetitive stuff, you want something that’s
doing your feet good.”



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THE TRIBUNE





New drink ‘makes y



feel happier longer’

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

n the fast-growing
functional nutritional
beverage industry,
every once in a while a
self-proclaimed “mir-
acle drink” grabs the spotlight.
Case in point, Noni Juice.
But a fairly new drink on the
market, Himalayan Goji Juice,
which claims to make you feel
happier for longer, is quickly
gaining popularity locally.

Last week, Dr Earl Mindell,’

who manufactures this juice,
and his associates, visited the
Bahamas to give a lecture on
‘ the product. Dozens of healthy-
minded individuals turned out
to the Holy Trinity Activity
Centre last Monday night to
hear about the benefits of Goji
Juice. Dr Mindell was sched-
uled to give the same presen-
tation in Freeport the following

day. He is the author of the

“Vitamin Bible” and ‘over 50
books on nutrition. :
Aptly named, his:.goji juice







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is produced from goji berries
grown in the Himalayan moun-
tains.

In an interview following the
presentation, Dr Mindell told
Tribune Woman and Health: “1
wouldn’t call (the goji berry) a
miracle plant, but it helps the
body to produce optimal
health. But the biggest thing
that I could say is that it helps
your mood.”

Nutrition

According to the nutrition
expert, the word goji in man-

_darin means happy.

“So it changes people’s
demeanor. They sleep better.
They wake up more refreshed,
more energetic,’ ’ he claims.

And in China goji is revered
for improving poor night
vision, according to the doctor.
“The Chinese have poor eye-

‘sight so people have said that
they notice the difference in "
‘their night vision after taking
goji juice. They can start to.
.Tead things that they couldn’t

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Himalayan Goji Juice gaining

popularity on local market

before, and.of course the
longer you drink the juice the
better the results.”

But there are always two
sides to any story — even in a
case like this, when testimonials
from’ around the world about

the benefits of Goji Juice are —

readily available:

According to a local dieti- -
'.cian, who preferred not to be

named, persons should not
generally accept anecdotal (tes-

timonials from others) reports’

when deciding what to con-
sume.

“Anecdotal reports are not
considered scientific evidence.

. They should look for articles

in peer-reviewed scientific j jour-
nals, not just any magazine,’

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the dietician suggests.

Dr Mindell came across the
goji berry almost 11 years ago
when a researcher from China
told him about the berry, which
grows primarily in the
Himalayan mountains.

These whole dried berries’

are burnt-red in colour and
about the size of a raisin.

' They’re vaguely sweet but also

a bit tart.

Definitely a new taste sen-
sation, but most people like
them on the first bite. Imagine
a taste that is somewhere
between a cherry, a sRahonnye*
and a raisin. : =:

These berries are gathered
wild, then shade-dried. They
are not fumigated, processed

or artificially sweetened in any:

way. It is said in Tibet (where it
grows wild) that “eating goji
berries in the morning will
make you happy the entire day
— with such a practice, eventu-
ally you can’t stop smiling”.

When Dr Mindell became
interested in closely research-
ing the berries, they could only
be exported to the US in a
dried berry form.

“Tt was not standardised, so it
wasn’t the same from batch to
batch. So it took four to five
years of pretty intense research
to isolate the active ingredients
so that it would be exactly the
same each time that you drank
it, so that it is exactly the same
as if you were to go.to the
Himalayas and pick a berry off

the vine and eat it,” Dr Mindell ~

explains.

The active ingredients of goji
are lycium barbarum polysac-
charides 1, 2 ,3 and 4.

And according to Dr Min-

Shoes (From page 1C)

or bartenders, can be prone to
this problem.

Dr Raine also warns against
styles with a toe that comes to

an’extreme point.

“They’re the. worst. Where
are those toes going if they’re
not slapping on top of each

_ Other?

“If you take your foot and
put it on top of one of these

shoes, (you'll see that) a lot has_

to go on to get that (foot) in,”
says Dr Raine, who explains
that wearing such shoes for a
short stint to church might not

dell, there are no contraindi-
cations, no toxicity and no side
effects that have been discov-
ered. The only side effect is

- that the individual smiles a lot, |

which Dr Mindell adds, is not a
bad thing.

The juice has already been
introduced to 14 countries and
Dr Mindell says that the
response has been “phenome-



ounces daily.

The local dietician says that
while he is not aware of any
scientific negative effects to
consuming goji juice, he is nat
aware of any scientific penkalls
either.

-“But I will say that these
things (nutritional juices) come
and go: If somebody is saying
that it helped them, I can’t say



“wouldn't call (the goji berry)
‘a miracle plant, but it helps the:
- body to produce optimal health. —
But the biggest thing that I could —
say is that it helps your mood ...
So it changes people’s demeanor...
They sleep better. They wake up,
more refreshed, more e energet

nal”.

Apparently, his 98 per cent
goji juice has been spectrum
analysed for purity.. Manufac-
turers say that the juice has a
lot of independent research
behind it, as being a powerful
immune supplement. Suggest-
ed use is one to three ounces
per day. But for therapeutic
use, between four and eight

“They're the
worst. Where
are those toes

going if they’re
not slapping
on top of
each other?

— Dr Deborah Raine

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that it didn’t. But we have to-be
careful about how we measure
the association between the
feeling good, and the source of
that feeling,” the dietician adds.

Causality has to be shown
scientifically in well-controlled
studies, so that the results that
are claimed actually come from
the reason that it suggests, the
dietician warns.



cause problems, while all-day,
all-week wear to work is much
more likely to wreak havoc on
feet.

But even short-term wear
doesn’t change the fact that, as
she says, “They’re just not
designed with any foot in
mind”.

“You think women designed
shoes for women? No ma’am,"
she says. “You ever seen a man
in high heeled shoes? They’d
only have to wear them one
day, and the design would
change.”





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LONI LO MReLeT
women means good
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n this 21st Century,

women’s health has

emerged as a major

health issue, especially

since for many fami-
lies, women head the house-
hold.

Women are also primary
contributors to the household
income, in addition to main-
taining their traditional roles
as caregivers and food and
nutrition gatekeepers.

; Women therefore have a
great influence on family health
and eating habits that will last
for generations. Good health
for women means good health
for the society.

- As in other countries of the

Western Hemisphere, women
are living longer in the
‘Bahamas. The average woman
‘today can.expect to live up to
‘73.8 years of age, according to
‘the Pan American Health
‘Organization’s Basic Health
Andicators 2001 for the
‘Bahamas.

| Itisalso recognised that with
ithe longevity of women in soci-

‘ety comes a greater suscepti-

‘bility to disease and disability
‘as they age.

The greatest challenge to
women’s health in the
‘Bahamas may be attributed to
amproper lifestyle practices of
Some women, including poor
dietary practices, resulting in
“conditions/diseases such as

. heart disease, hypertension,
“diabetes mellitus, cerebrovas-
“cular disease and cancer. Some-

“times these diseases are termed
‘nutrition-related because in
many instances they have
“developed as a result poor eat-
ing habits over an extended
period.

The challenge for many
women is even worse if there is
ited 'tenideiicy) for the devel-
opment of these diseases.

Added to this is the fact that

many women are far too busy.

taking care of their families and
working (which is good), and
pay little attention to their own
health until, in many cases, it is
too late.

Women’s
health and
“heart disease

Most women do not recog-
nise heart disease as a leading
“health problem and cause of
death for women in the
_Bahamas today.
“i: In fact, among the 10 leading
,causes of death in the female
;population for all ages for 2000,
‘Heaet disease is ranked a close
.second behind HIV disease
(AIDS)...

Although Lighten Up & Live
“Healthy i is not aware of any
study conducted in the
Bahamas on women’s aware-
ness of and attitudes towards
heart disease and stroke, we
have seen from our general
‘practice that more women are
concerned about getting can-
.cer and HIV/AIDS.

While it is acknowledged
that awareness of these dis-
eases is critical to women’s
health, we wish to remind
women to look at all health
problems that present chal-
lenges to their general health
and well being. More impor-
tantly, Lighten Up & Live

Healthy would like for women .

to become aware of risk fac-
tors that are within their pow-
ers to modify, as well as those
that are not.

Heart disease
‘risks that
women
cannot
change

According to the American
Heart Association, there are
risk factors that place certain
women in a higher risk catego-
ry of developing heart disease,
more than the ordinary
women. These include: __

¢ Increasing age — compared
to men, many women before
the age of menopause seem to
be partly protected from heart
disease, heart attack and





LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY



stroke. Why this difference
exists is not quite clear, accord-
ing to scientists. The incidence
of heart disease increases with
age in women and is believed
to be attributed to the loss of
natural estrogen as women
approach and go through
menopause.

Women, who have reached
this stage in life because of age
or surgery, should contact their
doctors for advice on how to
reduce their risk of heart dis-
ease at this stage of their life.

¢ Sex/Gender - men have a
greater risk of heart attack than

women do, and they have

attacks earlier in life.

A woman’s risk rises after
menopause but never reaches a
man’s risk level.

¢ Heredity — children of par-
ents. with heart disease are
more likely to develop it them-
selves.

Health risks
women can
treatand —
change

Just as women can’t control
their age or sex, women can’t
control their family history.

It becomes more important
for women to treat and control
the other risk factors they may
have.

The American Heart Asso-
ciation notes that the follow-
ing risk factors are within the
power of women to change.

e Cigarette smoking —-
smoker’s risk of heart attack is
more than twice that ‘of non-
smokers. Cigarette smoking is

the biggest risk factor,for sud-

den cardiac death; smokers

have two to four times the risk.

of non-smokers.

Smokers who have heart :
attacks are more likely to die

and to die suddenly (within an
hour) than are nonsmokers.
e High blood cholesterol lev-

_ els — the risk of coronary heart

disease rises as blood choles-
terol levels increase. When
other risk factors (high blood
pressure and cigarette smoke)
are present, the risk increases
even more. Age, sex, heredity
and diet also affect a person’s
cholesterol level.

¢ High blood pressure — high
blood pressure incréases the.

heart’s workload, causing the..

heart to enlarge and weaken
over time. It also increases the
risk of stroke, heart attack, kid-
ney failure and congestive
heart failure.

When high blood pressure
exists with obesity, smoking,
high blood cholesterol levels
or diabetes, the risk of heart
attack or stroke increases sev-
eral times. ;

e Physical inactivity —lack of
physical exercise is a risk factor
for coronary heart disease.
Regular, moderate-to-vigorous
exercise plays a significant role
in preventing heart and blood
vessel disease.

Even modest levels of low-
intensity physical exercise are

’ beneficial if done regularly and

long term. Exercise can help

‘control blood cholesterol, dia-

betes and obesity as well as
help to lower blood pressure
in some women.

e Obesity and overweight —
in the Bahamas it has been well
established and scientifically
documented that more than 50
per cent of adult women are

overweight and/or obese.

Women who have excess
body fat (people in general for
that matter) are more likely to
develop heart disease and
stroke even if they have no oth-
er risk factors.

Obesity is unhealthy because
excess weight increases the

strain on the heart. It is direct-_

ly linked to heart disease
because it influences blood
pressure, blood cholesterol and
triglyeride (lipid/fat) levels, and
makes diabetes more likely to
develop.

If women (as well as men)
can lose as little as 10 to 20
pounds you can help lower
your heart disease risk. ,

e Diabetes mellitus — dia-
betes seriously increases the
risk of developing heart dis-
ease.

Even when glucose levels are

' under. control, diabetes seri-

ously increases the risk of heart
disease and stroke.

More than 80 per cent of
people with diabetes die of
some form of heart or blood
vessel disease.

If you are a woman and have
diabetes it’s critically impor-
tant for you to monitor and
control any other risk factors
you can.

The Dietary Guidelines of
the Bahamas advises:

e Use our drum to help you
choose a variety of foods daily.
Eating healthy keeps you

Obesity is
unhealthy
because
excess
weight
increases
the strain
on the heart |

healthy. Choosing a variety of
foods every day in moderation
will balance your diet and keep
you feeling good.

¢ As often as possible, limit
the amount-of high fat and
greasy foods you eat everyday.
Trim off fat. Remove skin.
“Ease-up” on the greasy
foods...” go for leaner cuts of
meat and poultry.

e As often as possible,
choose foods with less sugar
and less salt. Eating too much
“high seasoned” and sweet
foods increases your risk of
developing heart disease, high
blood pressure and Type II
Diabetes or “sugar’. ~

¢ Choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables everyday.

¢ Make physical] activity and
exercise a part of your lifestyle.
It can be fun and beneficial to
your body, mind and soul. Aim
for enjoyable exercise at least
four times each week.

Women, if you desire further
information on heart health
and nutrition or want a copy
of these guidelines, feel free to
contact the Nutrition Unit,
Department of Public Health,
Ministry at no cost to you. The
Dietary Guidelines are avail-
able free of charge. Pick up one
at any time.

'¢ This article is provided by
nutritionists Adelma Penn and
Camelta Barnes of the Nutri-
tion Unit, Department of Public
Health, Ministry of Health.

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Dear Doctor Carey,

Iam awoman

in her fifty-fourth
year. I think I am
going through
that stage of
menopause. I am
having problems
with having sex.
I have no feeling
for men at this
time, what can

I do to help
myself? Thanks
for your answer.

_ Sheila

Dear Sheila,

What you appear to be
experiencing is not uncom-
mon in women as they enter
the menopause era of their
lives.

Menopause signals the loss
of reproduction, not the loss
of a woman’s sex life.

The majority of women 50-.
60 years of age admit to a

healthy sexual appetite.

‘In some it is increased as

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 3C

@ Dr Reginald Carey
Obsietrician/
Gynaecologist

they embark on the second
phase of their life, free from
the worry of pregnancy. By
now, for many women, the
child rearing has been com-
pleted so they have more
money to spend on them-
selves. For many, life has.
reached somewhat of a bal-
ance where the mortgage is
paid, a pension is secured.
and some investment(s) have
been made.

Loss of interest in sex may
occur for several different
reasons. One of the obvious

is that declining hormone leve«::
els causes physical changes”

such ‘as‘hot flashes; night”



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sweats, bladder and urinary
tract problems, mood
changes with general irri-
tability and difficulty sleeping

(insomnia). Talk to your doc-

tor about available medical
help for your concern, such
as vaginal lubricants, adjust-
ing any medication that is
being taken and whether hor-
mone replacement therapy is
appropriate for you.

Attitude is most important
and you must maintain a
good self esteem.

Do not yield to the temp-
tation to “just let yourself
go”. You want to know you
look beautiful and feel beau-
tiful and desirable. Regular
exercise, getting sufficient
sleep, a well balanced diet
and avoiding excessive stress-
es, (or bringing them to quick
resolution when they arise), |
engender a boost in self con- .
fidence and improve sexual
desire. .

e 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 obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme-

‘dia.net or mrassin@doctorsh-

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THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5C





The Tribune

@ By JANICE MATHER

n theory, meditation
sounds simple; sit com-
pletely still, with a
focused, relaxed mind.
In practice, of course,
that’s easier said than done.
Yoga teacher Margaret
Evans and Gulshan Noorani,
meditation instructor, who both
hold lessons at Trinity
Methodist Church, provide
advice on how long to medi-
tate, what to look at — or not
look at — and how to maintain
concentration when learning to
meditate.

Starting a routine

Both instructors agree that
it’s important to start small.
Ms Evans suggests: an 8-10
minute routine, increased to
15-20 minutes after about a
month, gradually working
towards half an hour to and an
hour, every morning. But if
that’s not feasible, then con-
tinue the routine in whatever
time increment you can main-
tain.
“The idea is that you do it
every day,” says Ms Evans. “If
10 minutes is all you can fit into
the schedule before you have
to get up and.get the kids ready
or whatever, then that’s what
you focus on.”
According to Ms Noorani,
three five-minute sessions a day
is a good starting point. She,
however, suggests increasing
‘ meditation time without hav-
"ing goals in mind. Goals that
aren’t reached, she says, can
* become a deterrent to com-
mitment.

. When starting a routine, she
: explains, “beginning small is
best since shorter times are. eas-
ier to master, which-means

CLINICIANS and
researchers have found that
more than three quarters of
heart attack patients have been
infected with chlamydia pneu-
moniae, a bacteria found in
arteries of heart attack patients,
and multiple -studies -have
found this can double the risk
of developing subsequent heart
attacks.

Initial studies suggested that
an antibiotic regimen to treat
the chlamydia pneumoniae
could reduce the risk of coro-
nary events, Cox News Service
has reported.

Reduction

However, researchers from
the TIMI Study Group at
Brigham and Women’s-Hospi-
tal, in an international clinical
trial, found that despite long-
term. treatment with gati-
floxacin, an antibiotic often
prescribed to successfully treat
chlamydia pneumoniae,
patients did not experience a
reduction in recurrent cardiac
events. These findings were
published in the April 21-issue
of the New England Journal of

Bacteria can
double risk
of another

heart attack

your experience will become
positive sooner, motivating you
to continue”.

Gaze

For a more visual experi-
ence, Ms Evans suggests using
inspirational images — a piece
of artwork, pictures of spiritu-
al teachers or family members,
even a calendar of beautiful
flowers —.as focal points for
meditation. Having something
to focus on can, she explains,
help in focus and concentra-
tion.

Ms Noorani prefers medita-
tion without images, since, she ~
says, one can become reliant *
on them for concentration.:
Instead, she suggests keeping
the eyes slightly open, which
allows you to remain aware of
your surroundings, without >
being distracted by them. Clos-
ing them could make it easier
for imagination and fantasy to
take over.

Breath

Breath is the most basic non-
visual focus tool. By. focusing
on deep, rhythmic breathing,
the heart rate slows, helping
calm muscles and mind, and
allowing both to work more
efficiently.

“If you were in a fearful sort
of situation, your heart rate
might increase, you might stop
breathing, you might panic.
The idea is, by focusing on the
breath in that sort of situation,
you are allowing your brain to.
get the oxygen it neéds to fig- .

‘ure out what you need to do

to get away from whatever it !
is that’s causing this reaction,”
says Ms Evans, who: explains
that this can come: in a in:



Medicine.

According to study principal. "

investigator Dr Christopher P -

Cannon, although chlamydia ©

pneumoniae may have played.a'- *
role in starting the process of!
arterosclerosis, once patients

. have documented-heart dis- ..
ease, it appears to be too late to

treat the infection.
Arteries

“Instead, we need to focus
on reducing the cholesterol
build-up and inflammation in
the arteries, using high-dose
statins and other treatments,”
he said. ,

Cannon noted that while
there are many identifiable risk
factors for arteriosclerosis,
many patients do not exhibit
these risk factors. This has
prompted ongoing research to
find additional markers that
will help clinicians identify and
then stop progression of car-
diovascular disease. Chlamy-
dia pneumoniae, one of these
new, non-traditional risk. fac-
tors, has been associated with.
the development of arte-

_tiosclerosis and heart attacks.

HEALTH

PART TWO



ing to write a test to dealing
with a snake that’s found its
way into the house.

Mantras

Mantras are words or phras-
es repeated, allowing you to
focus without getting caught up
in thoughts.

“Thoughts, when you’re
thinking about daily life, build
-on each. other. So.you start off
“with, ‘oh I gotta havea cup of
‘tea, oh I shouldn’t have any
more sugar, oh no, my diet is

going crazy, oh I should do this,

do that’,” says Ms-Noorani.
“You can lead yourself into all
kinds of negativity and. inflated



“The idea
is that you
do it every

day.”

— Margaret Evans

scenarios that are nonexistent,
that were created based ‘on the

- original thought that you had,

that you wanna have a cup of
tea,” she says. “When you say
a mantra, it leads you back to
the mantra it keeps you on the

‘

spot... The more you stay on

the spot without the mind run- .

ning around, then the mind
begins to settle.”
Using an uplifting, inspira-

tional word — like “hallelujah” _

—as your mantra can help set a
day on the right track, says Ms
Evans, so that when a stress-
ful scenario arises, you might
take it not as a reason to upset
yourself, but as a chance to
take time to be quiet again.
Concentration

Tackling meditation on your »
own is feasible, but joining a...

group can make it easier to

’ break into a routine, accord-

ing to Ms Noorani.
“It is much easier to quit
when you’re alone,” she says.
“When you're in a class setting,
the desire to run away and quit

Bahamas Cancer Society
receives donation from.



@ Pictured, from left: Lovern Wildgoose, board member, the Bahamas Cancer Society; Charles Sealy,
chief operations officer, Doctors Hospital; Terry Fountain, vice-president, the Cancer Society; Susan Roberts,
treasurer, the Cancer Society; and Michele Rassin, assistant vice-president operations, Doctors Hospital.




is challenged by your need to
stay and participate. If you do
it on your own at home, it’s
much easier not to go through
with the whole process.”
Whether you decide to med-
itate alone or in a group, with
only a mantra, or with a focal
image as well, there are bound
to be days when.it’s difficult to:
concentrate. When that time

‘comes, Ms Evans says, “It’s not

about engaging the thoughts

‘that. you’re having, but watch-

ing them arrive, then gently

coming back to the focus of

mantra and breath.”

- Even long-time meditation
practitioners still, she says,
experience “monkey mind”. If .
you find yourself daydreaming,
don’t beat yourself up — just
gently regain your focus and
continue.


























THE Bahamas Cancer Society ,
received a much-needed donation that
will help the organisation complete the
second phase of its Cancer Caring Cen-
tre, a hospice for cancer patients.

Doctors Hospital made the donation
during the society’s major fundraiser,
the annual Gala Ball.

“We are so appreciative of generous
sponsors such as Doctors Hospital;
because of their continuous commitment
and the support of others like them, by
mid-summer the building will be com-
pleted.

“The driveways will be paved, the gar-
dens planted and the staff will be ready
for patients to come: and visit and stay at
their ‘home away from home’,” said

Susan Roberts, treasurer of the Bahamas
Cancer Society.

However, there is still a lot to be done
—a task eagerly undertaken by the Can-
cer Society — but they will need more
assistance from the community and oth-
er corporate partners. ,

Legacy

Doctors Hospital has been a benefac-
tor of the Cancer Society for a number of
years, beginning with a legacy left behind
by Norma Gaitor, a biomedical techni-
cian and coordinator for the Facilities
Management Department at Doctors
Hospital.

Ms Gaitor was one of the chief dream



weavers of the Cancer Society’s Cancer
Caring Centre and founder of the soci-
ety’s Thrift Shop.

Funds from Doctors Hospital will help
with the mounting construction costs
associated with completing the building.

Charles Sealy, chief operating officer
of Doctors Hospital, and Michele Rassin,
assistant vice-president operations, were
on hand for the cheque presentation.

“It is our pleasure to support the Can-
cer Society as they.continue to make
such a lasting difference in the lives of
patients with cancer and their families
and friends,” said Mr Sealy.

“The Cancer Caring Centre is a won-
derful projéct to share the Cancer Soci-
ety’s message of hope.”





Me

PAGE 6C, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

THE TRIBUNE



A closer look at health and
fitness for ‘older persons’

n the

region, the term elder-

ly often refers to per-

sons age 60 years and

over. However, the
American Geriatric Society
classifies older persons into
three groupings:

® young-old persons aged
between 65-74 years;

e middle-aged old persons
aged between 75 and 84 years;
and

* old-old persons aged 85
years and older.

In the Bahamas, for the var-
ied reasons, the term elderly
or older persons refers to indi-
viduals aged 65 years and over.

Within the context of the
Bahamian Health Care System,
when one speaks about health
and fitness among older per-
sons, recommendations are

‘broken down to account for the

three groups in accordance
with the American Geriatric
Society mentioned above (the

Caribbean

young-old, middle-aged and
old-old). Each grouping has
different health and fitness
requirements; hence different
recommendations are made for
each grouping as they relate,
specifically, to activities and
dietary recommendations.

As for health and fitness in
the ‘young-old’ group, it is
important that persons
between 65 and 74 years of age
maintain a health routine that
is similar to that recommended
for persons between 20 and 40
years. Such individuals should
strive to prevent ill health and
disease through maintaining his
or her aerobic capacity and
strength; which is essential for
both physical and psychological
well being.

Recommendations for the
middle aged-old and old-old
persons are modified to suit
their individual needs. Despite

‘the tendency to be frail and

fragile in nature, older persons

Symptoms of an
enlarged prostate

IF they live long enough,
most men will eventually suf-

fer from an enlarged ©

prostate gland.

An enlarged prostate is
troublesome but not usually
life threatening: ane symp-
toms.are:

e increased urge and fre-
quency to urinate, especially
during the night;

¢ flow problems (delay in
onset or decreased or slow
stream) or;

® not emptying the blad-
der all the. way.

These symptoms wnidicats
that your prostate gland has
enlarged enough to partially

. obstruct the flow. Treatment
for an enlarged prostate
_ includes medication to relax
the bladder neck muscle or
to cause the prostate to
shrink or surgery, if needed.

No treatment is needed if ”

symptoms are mild, but reg-
ular exams should be done
to see if symptoms worsen.
Because. an enlarged

Doctors Hospital Distin-

guished Lecture Series: Dr

Robin Roberts will speak on
the topic “Male Menopause,
Fact, Fiction or Reality” on
Thursday, June 16, 6pm in
the hospital’s conference
room.

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-
ence room.

The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,

prostate can lead to kidney
problems, contact your doc-
tor immediately if you expe-
rience:

e a burning sensation
when you urinate;

_“\¢ pain in the lower back, .

groin or testicles;
e fever and chills.

An enlarged prostate does

not necessarily indicate the
presence of prostate cancer.
A digital rectal exam can be
done in your doctor’s office
to screen for prostate cancer
and a blood test called a
Prostate Specific Antigen
(PSA) should also be per-
formed.
’ For more information on
men’s health, Dr Robin
Roberts will be the speaker
at Doctor’s Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series,
Thursday June 16 at 6pm to
discus “The Male
Menopause, Fact, Fiction or
Reality.”

Source: Doctors Hospital

- Grosvenor Close, Shirley

Street.

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 respirato-
ry arrest and gives preven-
tion strategies to avoid sud-
den 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-Ipm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
today.

Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-
liam & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.



can benefit from exercise.

Exercise is (still) the main
preventive measure for reduc-
ing risk for the onset of chron-
ic illness in older persons as it is
for younger persons. In the old-
er population, exercise is also
used for rehabilitation purpos-
es within this population, as
many older persons tend to
have multiple chronic illness-
es, such as arthritis and heart
disease.

A well-balanced appropri-
ately prepared diet in the right
proportion at suitable times, is
also necessary to maintaining
the health and well being of
this population.

It is very important for older
persons to remain both fit and
healthy because it contributes
to a state of equilibrium (bal-
ance).

A health and
fitness plan
for older
persons

Primarily it is very important
that older persons have a com-
plete physical exam to rule out
any active disease. It is not in
their best interest for older per-
sons to undertake a fitness pro-
gramme or engage in any form
of physical activity if their
hypertension or diabetes is not
controlled. However, exercise
is one of the key aspects of
hypertension and diabetes
management. —

Increased physical activities
(exercise, walking, swimming,
jogging and dancing) have been
proven to improve and stabilise
conditions such as diabetes and
hypertension to,the point

_where drug therapy was: dis-
continued. Moreover; thes

activities help to prevent such
conditions from developing in
some persons. It is important to
note that many persons have
been found to suffer from
hypertension and diabetes for
many years without being
aware of it; discovering it only
when going to see the doctor
for some other complaint. This
is why a physical exam by a
health care practitioner is rec-
ommended prior to starting a
fitness programme.

A physical
exam

As a part of the physical
assessment to determine the
health status of older persons
wishing to embark on a fitness
programme, the doctor will
conduct:a number of simple
tests. These may include,
checking the blood pressure
and blood sugar levels, sound-

ing the chest and heart and in

some cases requesting an X-
ray of the chest and a heart test

' (Electro Cardiac Gram (ECG).

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state of the heart and lung.and
find out whether the person
has a heart condition, diabetes
or high blood pressure, and
whether there is a need to
delay starting or changing the
plans a bit until their condition
is stable enough for them to
start the programme.

Arthritis is one of the major
complaints in older persons
and often hinders free move-
ment in affected persons
because of the pain, stiffness
and inflammation in one or
more of the joints: It is often
perceived that because a per-
son has arthritis it is not sensi-
ble to exercise because it caus-
es a worsening of the condi-
tion.

Contrary to common beliefs

concerning: the relationship
between exercise and arthritis,
it is proven that.exercise can
relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Regular, gentle exercise can
have many benefits for people
with arthritis.

Exercise can:

® facilitate joint nourishment;

© ease pain and joint stiff-

ness;

¢ improve flexibility;

e build muscular strength
and improve balance;

* reduce joint deformity and

improve posture;

e reduce the effects of osteo-
porosis (thinning of the bones)
by maintaining bone density;

¢ improve overall health and
fitness and lower stress levels
and;

¢ maintain a healthy body

weight.

Different |

» types of E

exercise

An inflamed, hot or painful
joint needs rest. However, too
little exercise can cause mus-
cle weakness, pain and stiff-
ness. People with arthritis
should do some form of physi-
cal activity every day, such as:

¢ Mobility exercises — to
maintain or improve the joint’s
range of motion and flexibility,
such as stretching.

e Strength exercises — to
build muscle strength and pro-
vide stability to the joints, and
improves your ability to per-
form daily tasks.

e Aerobic exercises — to
improve cardiovascular fitness,
such as walking or cycling.

Useful
exercises

Many different types of exer-
cise are suitable for people with
arthritis, including:

e Warm water exercise

° Dancing

¢ Swimming

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e Low impact aerobics and
strength training

° Tai Chi

Here in the Bahamas, for-
mal groups exist that seek to
address the holistic need of old-
er persons. These include, the
Bahamas Association of
Retired Persons and the Urban

Renewal Projects senior citi- -

zens groups.

According to Nurse Justina
Knowles, there is a great need
in the Bahamian society to dis-
pel the myth that older persons
need only to rest each day.
This, she says, is based on the
perception that such persons
have worked hard all their: lives
and there is a need to reward
them by allowing them to
become inactive. This involves
allowing them to sit day and
night in the confines of their

home, watching television or -

simply resting in a bed or
couch.

Often family members think
that all older persons need is

to be taken for extended week-

end and holiday rides, rather
than being encouraged to take -

walks in their neighbourhood .

park or on the beach, and/or
assist with household chores or
keep a garden; all of which are
forms of remaining physically
active.

The appeal by both Dr Agre-
ta Eneas-Carey and Nurse
Knowles to all Bahamian fam-
ilies that have older persons in
their network is to encourage
older members of their family

_tobecome and remain physi- _
meally active as this helps to°

piaintain their physical, and:
emotional state of well beingss:
Another important aspect
relevant to the health and fit-
ness of older persons is that of
adequate nutrition. A well bal-
anced diet is essential for all
humans irrespective of age.
Therefore, the dietary require-
ment and recommendation for
older persons is the same as for
all persons across the life cycle.
‘It is important to remember,
however, that often many old-
er persons in our society suf-
fer from one or more chronic
illnesses in many instance it is
diabetes, hypertension or both.
The diet must therefore be tai-
lored to whatever state the
individual is in, in the absence
or presence of an illness. Nev-
ertheless, a healthy balance of
a variety of foods should be
incorporated into the daily
meal selection. It is important
for older persons as with every
other age group across the life
cycle to:
° use the new dietary guide-
lines for the Bahamas;
: @ limit the amount of high
fat and greasy foods they eat;
e make starch vegetables,
peas and beans a part of their
diet;

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’ e choose foods with less sug-
ar and salt;

¢ choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables daily;

e drink plenty of water every
day;

avoid or limit the use alco-
holic beverages and;

¢ choose foods for their
nutritional value and not for
the name brand or cost.

As persons age, the taste
buds lose their ability to dis-
tinguish the flavours of sweets
and salts. Consequently, there
is the tendency for older per-
sons to add excessive amounts
of sugar. It is known that excess
of both sugar and salt con-
tribute to ill health. Therefore,
to compensate, relatives need
to add spices that will enhance
the flavour of the food with-
out increasing the undesired
health effects.

Dr Carey advises that the
drinking of plenty: water be
encouraged. Water is very,
very, important to maintaining
the healthy state of the body.
Often older persons do not

- drink sufficient water. In many

instances the underlying.cause
is that they pass urine more fre-
quently. Due to decreased
mobility, some persons wet
themselves and are unable to
maintain the level of hygiene
that they or their caregiver
desire, so they reduce the
amount of water consumed.
This is not a good practice
because water serves many
functions that are linked to
maintaining a healthy body.
Replacing water with soda,

diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol

does not work as well as drink-

ing water, ‘especially if the bev- |

erage produces a diuretic

- effect.

If the taste of plain water is

‘ the problem, try putting lemon,
. lime or an orange slice in the +

glass of water.

Finally, with increasing age,
the wall of the stomach loses
elasticity (that is the ability to
open and close or expand and
contract). As a result the stom-
ach gets full very quickly. It is
advised that older persons be
given smaller, frequent meals.
Instead of large servings, divide

the meals into smaller portions |

and offer it at two-three hour
intervals so that the.right
amount of food is consumed
over the course of the day:* *:

¢ For more information on
health and fitness in older per-
sons contact the gerontology
clinic (clinic for older persons)

_ at the-community clinic nearest

your home or Dr Agreta
Eneas-Carey, Justina Knowles
or the Physical Therapy
Department at the Public Hos-
pitals Authority, Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.

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une is the month
when we can expect
the rainy season to
start in earnest, with
plenty of afternoon
thundershowers. If we get
enough rain it will cut back on
our need to water with hoses
and sprinklers and allow us
time for other garden chores.
One of them may well be
pruning. Unfortunately, most
flowering shrubs are in full
bloom right now and by prun-
ing we will lose flowers for up
to two months. One way
around this is to prune part of a
shrub — a’hibiscus, say — and
weeks later the remainder.
Even better would be to allow
fairly full growth and only take
out those branches. that make
the shrub a little misshapen. It
is important that sunlight
reaches the centre of the shrub
at some time during the day.
Good aeration also helps keep
the plant healthy.

A good candidate for prun-
ing right now is Yellow Elder.
It stops flowering during the
summer months so you won’t
be missing many blossoms.
You will find that Yellow Elder
is an extraordinarily tough
wood to cut and you’ll need
the.best of pruning gear to doa
good job on it.

Pruning

I would suggest that home
gardeners only deal with lower
limbs of trees when it comes to
pruning. A general reshaping
of a mature tree is best left to
professional nurserymen.

June is the beginning of the
hurricane season and we have
had enough experience in
recent years to be fully aware
of what damage they can



wreak.

Trees that are not bearing at
the moment can be profession-
ally pruned of excess limbs so
they will have a greater chance
to survive a major hurricane.
It’s far easier to prune than to
replace.

Spring will turn to summer
this month and if you have not
given your citrus and fruit trees
their spring feeding, now is the
time to do it. Fertilise around
the drip line and the trunk of
the trees, then apply a minor
element spray to the foliage.

It’s a bit late to be starting
your summer flowers from seed
so you may have to pay a visit
to the nursery for some plants
in small pots. New Guinea
Impatiens takes our summer
heat well but does require
some shade. Another shade

lover is Caladium. You should
find dried Caladium tubers. at
your local nursery that will
immediately burst into life once
planted in the ground and

watered.
Shade.

Vincas, Zinnias and Cosmos
can take full summer sun but
you may find that Pentas would
appreciate a little shade dur-
ing the day. If you have them in
pots you can move them
accordingly. Pentas love wet
feet and cannot abide drought
conditions. They come in many
attractive colours but hum-
mingbirds love bright red the
best. The lavender shades
attract bees.

Now is a good time to estab-
lish a new tree in your garden.

@ THE end of the school year means Scarlet Plums are ripe. These close relatives of
Hog Plum can be propagated by planting a length of branch with the fruits on.

@ YELLOW Elder is our
national flower and will-be
taking the summer off.
During autumn it will return
with renewed flowering.
Now is a good time-to
prune Yellow Elder for
shape.




i JUNE is the month of Royal Poinciana. Gardener Jack has
seen no Poinciana flowers on Abaco during the first few
days of June and this is probably because of the 2004 hur-
ricanes.

The summer rains will guaran-
tee good growth and if a hurri-
cane does come along it’s easy



enough to replant a small tree.
I would suggest a cultivated
Sapodilla as a tree with excel-
lent fruit in season and deep
green foliage all through the
year. If you can forgo fruit, why
not a Lignum Vitae — our
national tree. If you really want
fruit then Carambola will like-
ly give you more than you can
handle. A Carambola tree can
be kept pruned to picking
height and does not take up
much space. It grows in fairly
shaded conditions as well as in
full sun.

Ripen

Towards middle and late
June Scarlet Plums will ripen.
To propagate a new tree you
should break or saw off most of
a branch and plant it solidly
into the ground while it is bear-
ing fruit. -

The success rate using this
method is almost 100 per cent.
The same method of propaga-
tion applies to Hog Plums later
in the year.

If you gave me a word asso-
ciation test and said June, I
would respond with one of two
words: Grass or Poinciana.
Once the rains start, mowing
of lawns will be a weekly chore
(weakly, in my case), especial-
ly with St Augustine grass.

Royal Poincianas are trash
trees for most of the year but
really come into their own dur-
ing June. Please do not plant
any Poincianas; the Bahamas
has plenty enough.

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president

@ By JOHN.MARQUIS
and KILAH ROLLE

THE College of the Bahamas
was in turmoil last night as the
future of its president, Dr Rod-
ney Smith, hung in the balance
in the wake of his “plagiarism”
confession. ;

A senior academic called on
Dr Smith to resign immediately.
Meanwhile, the lecturers’ union

“was expected to echo, his

demand at an emergency exéc-

4

ulive meeting last night..-* fo.

The college council — the
governing body — was also
reported to be in crisis talks yes-
terday to decide on Dr Smith’s
fate.

The call for his resignation
came from Mr Felix Bethel,
who said the president’s posi-
tion was untenable after he
admitted using another acade-
mic’s material in a speech he
delivered to students last week
without attribution.

Ironically, according to col- °

_lege sources, the speech was
about honesty and integrity on
the campus and came after
widespread discussion about
plagiarism among students.

Mr Bethel said: “I call on the
president of COB to resign if
what I have read in the press is
correct. The public must also
call on him to tender his resig-
nation.

“The college rules make a
point of saying that any student
caught doing this can be sus-
pended or expelled from COB.”

Mr Bethel said he was “sad
and disappointed” when he
‘read Dr Smith’s statements in
‘The Tribune. But he said the
president could not possibly car-
ry on after admitting he had
breached plagiarism rules.

’ The controversy plunges

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to resign

COB into its biggest-ever crisis

only.a year after Dr Smith —a .

Harvard graduate — was
appointed president with a fan-
fare from college council chair-
man Franklyn Wilson.

Mr Wilson was the main dri-.
ving force in easing out‘former...’

president Dr Leon Higgs and

bringing in Dr Smith at a'salary.”

of $120,000 a year - twice Dr
Higgs’ salary.
Dr Smith was also provided

‘with luxurious rent-free accom-
modation on the Eastern Road ..
and provided with other perks -

because of his high academic
standing.

But Dr Smith’s public apolo-
gy last week for failing to name
one of three writers whose work
he used in a convocation
address sent shock waves
through the Oakes Field cam-
pus.

In his'‘statement, Dr Smith
admitted using a portion of a

‘speech sent to him in 2002 by

his colleague, John Sexton, the
president of New York Univer-
sity.

He said any behaviour sug-
gestive of plagiarism was a very
serious offence in academia and
should never be tolerated “par-
ticularly as it impinges on intel-

lectual property rights which lie ©

at the very core of the mission
and business of education.”

Dr Smith said he deeply
regretted his error and apolo-
gised to the college council; all
faculty, students and staff “and
anyone who may have heard or
read my convocation remarks.”

As the implications of Dr
Smith’s confession sank in yes-
terday, the campus was abuzz
with speculation about the pres-
ident’s future:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005







‘Former Registrar General wins court case

@ By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

DISMISSED Registrar General Elis-
abeth Thompson has won her Supreme

eral and the Judicial and Legal Service

Commission.

Justice Hugh Small. on Monday ruled

that her right to be treated fairly was

breached, and that she should be award- .

In reading his judgment, Justice Small
called for the maintenance of the high-
est standards of public administration,
because he was "left to doubt whether

_ Court case against the Governor Gen-

@ HENRY Hugh Smith is shown leaving Supreme
court yesterday. He is charged with the murders of
Larry Fernander and Terah Smith, who were shot
and killed at Love Beach five years ago. The trial
continues today.

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Woman and
stepson are
found dead

@ By DANIELLE STUBBS |
Tribune Staff Reporter -

A BAHAMIAN woman
and her stepson were found:
dead in their Florida home at
the weekerid, following what
US authorities believe. was a
domestic dispute that led to a
double homicide.

According to the Florida

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‘Enough help
was given’ in
: Al-Qaida case

â„¢ By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter _

THE Bahamas is satisfied
that it gave adequate assistance
in the three-and-a-half-year-
old case against top officials of
Al ‘Taqwa bank, Attorney
General Alfred Sears told The
Tribune yesterday.

Last week the Bahamian

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can of cream has sent a
Carmichael Road resident to hos-
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he deserted village and =

the earth village ranch

‘Amidst thy bowers the tyrant’s hand is seen,
‘And desolation saddens all thy green...

‘No more thy glassy brooks reflect the day,.

; But, choked with sedges, works its weedy way ...
Tl fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,

i | Where wealth accumulates and men decay.

: he human race can be justly proud of the mag- —

' nificent achievements it has made in science
and technology. Those advances have brought us many
wonderful things including television, air travel, mass
production and medical marvels.

‘ But justifiable pride has turned to overweening hubris
with a dangerous alienation from nature and values
which have served humanity well for centuries. Moder-
nity has within it seeds of destruction as well as great
opportunities for growth and development.

: Change in some cases (but not all) is desirable, but
care must be taken that we do not pursue change for the
sake of change and thereby bring about a disconnect
with continuity and sustainability.

: The lines above are from Oliver Goldsmith’s aching-
ly nostalgic poem, The Deserted Village. It was written
in the 18th century, when Britain. was in the throes of
the agricultural revolution which eventually wiped out
the system of peasant farming and introduced large-
scale intensive agriculture to feed a burgeoning popu-
lation.

: Goldsmith was Irish and some say his poetic “Sweet
Auburn” was really an invented composite of an Irish
and an English village. Nevertheless, the poem’s mes-
sage is clear. It is a lament for a way of life under attack
and things of beauty degraded.

; Fortunately for us, there is now amidst all the won-

jers of technology and development a growing desire to

ye-examine some old values we might have lost and

b protect what is left of our natural heritage. Perhaps

iLis not too late.

i

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I experienced an inkling of Goldsmith’s nostalgia
recently when I took a walk with my friend Ter-
ry Miller through the Earth Village Ranch, a nature trail
just west of Chippingham.

_Mr Miller’s story will be told one day but suffice it to
hay for now that, having faced 'a personal crisis in his life
and having survived with the assistance of others, he is
flow sharing his redemptive experience by helping oth-
ers to climb out of their own hell holes.

* Mr Millers the driving force behind the Bahamas

‘Association for Social Health (BASH) which seeks to .

assist with recovery from drug and alcohol abuse,
domestic conflict and other addictions.

| An integral part of the BASH project is the operation
of the nature trail which covers some 150 acres of
unspoiled native flora. Bahamians and tourists alike
can enjoy walks as well as horseback rides through
Earth Village. |

‘ BASH receives a small grant from the government
ibut could do with more help from the public and private
sectors. Mr Miller’s vision is for an eventually self-sus-
itaining operation. It is well worth a visit.

* OK OK

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and in Chippingham when young people
;were free to explore the seashore and ramble in the
“bush.

# At Inagua, and later in Chippingham, which was
emostly bush, we feasted on succulent top heart (hearts
vot palm in fancy restaurants), thatch berry, pigeon

lum and red prickly pear (cactus), not to mention

etamarind and guinep.
We sometimes travelled with limes i in our pockets to

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séason the kerbs we prised off the rocks along the
shore sea and ate uncooked.

There was no television so we had to use our imagi-
nation to entertain ourselves.

There were times for old stories and riddles. i in the
evenings around aromatic burning bush to'keep the
mosquitoes away. Then there were seasons for boats,
kites, marbles and tops.

The older men taught us how to carve tops out of
gum-elemi and other wood. Our excitement was over-
whelming when they. deemed us old enough to go duck-
shooting.

Some children still experience such joys but the citi-
fied generation which believes berries come from the
supermarket has missed out, as they say, big time,

* OF

W hen Goldsmith wrote The Deserted Vil-
lage the industrial revolution had not yet
reached full steam and the assault on the planet’s nat-

ural resources had barely begun.
In the New World, rapacious Europeans were

_ destroying cultures that were in some ways superior to

their own, while conquering the land and brutally
exploiting its resources.

In some so-called primitive societies the idea of land
ownership, had not occurred. People belonged to the
land and in. some cases it was an almost mystical rela-
tionship.

to build on success

“Tf you build it, they will
come.” Founded 16 seasons
ago by a few parents with the

dream of starting a baseball .

program, the Junior Baseball
League of Nassau has proven
the saying and become a
model athletic program for
Bahamian youth from all
walks of life.

In 1990 some 40 youngsters
took to rocky “fields” and
began playing ball. Today,
JBLN’s nearly 300 young
players take to major league
quality fields, complete with
baby bermuda grass and clay
in-fields.

Obviously the transformation
has not occured over-night.
Several years ago JBLN made
a commitment to take the
program to a higher level.
Long on community support
and enthusiasm but short on
quality playing fields and the
infra-structure needed to
support annual growth, an
ambitious program was
begun to build the JBLN
“Field of Dreams”- an
impressive complex of fields,



. on wide community support

‘ making the “Field of Dreams”

batting cages, restrooms,
concession stand, and score-
keeper quarters to support
serious development of the
game from t-ball (5 years old)
through juniors (16 years old). -

Annual maintenance and
program costs are met largely
through the support of
parents and sponsors. But
with the contruction cost of a
single field running as high
as $100,000 the dream has
had to be accomplished in
phases... Infrastructural
development of this
magnitude always depends

for success and JBLN
President Charles Kemp
could not be more proud of
what has. been achieved to
date. Considered one of the
untiring drivers behind
JBLN’s growth, Kemp knows
first hand what has gone into

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“Fortunately for us, there

‘is now amidst all the

wonders of technology and
development a growing
desire to re-examine some
old values we might have
lost and to protect what is
left of our natural heritage.
Perhaps it is not too late.”



Native Americans wept as they watched.the new-
comers slaughter the buffalo for its hide and left the car-
cass to rot in the sun.

‘In his book, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, a
history of the Native. American tragedy, Dee Brown
says that from 1872 through 1874, Europeans slaugh-
tered 3,700,000 buffalo while the Native Americans
killed only 150,000.

The Natives, says Brown, “killed only, enough animals
to supply their needs for winter — stripping the meat
carefully to dry in the sun, storing marrow and fat in
skins, treating the sinews for bowstrings and thread,
making spoons and cups of the horns, weaving the hair
into ropes and belts, curing the hides for tepee covers,
clothing and moccasins.”

When a group: of concerned Texans asked
General Philip Sheridan to stop the wholesale
slaughter of buffalo, he replied: “Let them kill, skin,
and sell until the buffalo is exterminated, as it is the only
way to bring lasting peace and allow civilisation to
advance.”

The Natives, says Brown, wanted no part of a’

civilisation that advanced by exterminating useful ani-
mals. ;

But the buffalo was just about exterminated along
with the greater part of the Native American popula-
tion.

The struggle to conserve what remains of the native
culture and natural heritage of the New World contin-
ues up to this day. In Ecuador the Huaorani are locked
in a battle to save some of their homelands from the oil
industry.

According to Baviroament New Service, these lands

contain some of the highest records. of biodiversity :

ever documented for trees, amphibians, birds, insects

-and other wildlife including the scarlet macaw, ‘the |

ocelot and.the blue-headed parrot. . We wish the Huao-
rani luck.

: si. to the visionary work of the Audubon

Society, the Bahamas National Trust and the

Nixon brothers Sam and Jimmy, the endangered flamin-

go which was down to several thousands a few decades

ago, is now flourishing in the tens of thousands at
Inagua and migrating to other islands.

The Inagua parrot is also doing. well and is confi-
dent enough to visit Mathew Town these days.

As we become more environmentally conscious, and
if we keep the grubby hands of the oil and gas industry
out of our clear blue waters and away from our coral
reefs, we may avoid Goldsmith’s desolation and has-
tening ills.

Perhaps the grouper, the conch and the turtle can sur-
vive and flourish like the magnificent flamingo and
our lives can be enriched if only by occasional com-
muning with nature.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2UUz,

‘milestone decision’
for Bahamian law

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

AN appeal set to be heard by
the Privy Council today could
result in a “milestone decision”
for Bahamian law.

In what has been described as
a landmark case, the London-
based Privy Council is expected
to hear an application from the
Bahamas Court of Appeal in the
case of Tamara Merson, who
was falsely imprisoned and
assaulted in a Freeport prison in
1987.

_Ms Merson, represented by
lawyer Fred Smith, is seeking to
be awarded damages for the
breach of her constitutional
rights.

Past counsel for Ms Merson,
Pleasant Bridgewater, MP for
Marco City, told The Tribune
yesterday that if the Privy Coun-
cil rules in favour of her former

client, “this could be a milestone
for the Bahamian courts.”

“In the past there have been
numerous claims of constitu-
tional breaches in the Bahamas,
and as is the case with Ms Mer-
son’s situation, the police are
often those accused of these
breaches, including claims of
brutality and inhumane treat-
ment,” she said.

Ms Bridgewater said a deci-
sion to award damages for the
breach of constitutional rights
could lead to “people taking
these rights more seriously.”

“T believe that if people could
be held liable for infringing and
breaching these rights, it would
support and augment the funda-
mental philosophy that a per-
son’s constitutional rights are
inalienable,” she said. ;

Ms Merson, an American
teacher, then 29-years-old, was
visiting her paraplegic and dia-

betic father in Freeport in 1987,
when Sergeant Drexel
Cartwright, (later promoted to
Inspector), executed a search
warrant at the residence of her
father.

The father, who was away at
the time, was suspected of con-
ducting an illegal banking oper-
ation.

After the search, police arrest-
ed Ms Merson and held her in
custody her for three days.

In 1994, then Chief Justice
Dame Joan Sawyer found the
following facts proven and there-
fore ruled that Ms Merson had
been treated in an inhumane and

_ degrading fashion:

Ms Merson was not allowed
to change her clothing or to call
anyone for assistance after her
arrest.

She was taunted and teased
by the police, who used racial
slurs such as “white honky.”

She was initially locked up at
the Freeport Central Police Sta-
tion with another female and two
male prisoners - who were not
separated from the men in any
way.

She was not permitted to use
the bathroom for some time.

Ms Merson was also not
allowed to take her medication
and during the first night at the
jail and had to share the cell with
two men who threatened to rape
her.

Ms Merson described the cell

as “the black hole of Calcutta”
and said that the jail was so busy
that day prisoners could not be
let out to use the toilet and pris-
oners defécated and vomited in
the cell area. —. me

One of the inmates mastur-
bated in front of Ms Merson and
there was general mayhem and
confusion throughout the day.

She was denied her right to



Foreign ministers

‘meet with Rice

CARIBBEAN foreign min-
isters under the chairmanship
of Fred Mitchell, Bahamas
Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Public Service, met with US
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice Monday in Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida.

‘Mr Mitchell leads Caricom’s
_ Council on Foreign and Com-
munity Relations (COFCOR).

The meeting was a “get

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‘acquainted session” and last- ,

ed for almost an hour.
Electoral

The issues discussed included
Haiti, its electoral process and
the deteriorating security situ-
ation there in the light of
shared US/Caricom commit-
ments to a successful return to
democracy in that country.

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FPL halts requests for long-term
liquified natural gas proposals

& By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

INTERNATIONAL envi-
ronmentalists who oppose the
establishment of a liquefied nat-
ural gas (LNG) facility in the
Bahamas are claiming a small
victory after Florida Power and
Light (FPL) halted requests for
long-term LNG proposals.

- The utilities company FPL
issued a news release stating that
‘none of the request for proposals

. (RFP) received so far presented |

sufficiently compelling reasons
for the company to proceed with

_its bidding process.
Anti-LNG activists Tim and
‘Hayden Riley said the

‘ announcement is a small victory
in their “David versus Goliath”
battle, and that they will contin-

‘ ue to petition against the instal-

‘lation of LNG facilities in the

: Bahamas and the United States.

» “We recognise that we are up

| against some very wealthy and

: influential energy companies

‘who want to profit at the
Bahamian peoples’ expense. At

_ this stage of the Bahamian LNG
battle, we will accept a slight pat

, on the back, but no hugs or

: champagne - yet,” said Mr Riley.
The Rileys were quick to add

' that they will not be fooled or

* Tulled into complacency by ener-
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On May 5, 2005, May McCorquodale died peace-
| fully in Glasgow, Scotland. A long-time resident
of Nassau, May made her home in Nassau in the
1960’s, founding the Blueberry Hill School,
where she taught pre-school children for more
than twenty years.

She returned to Scotland in 1997 to be closer to |
her family. She was pre-deceased by her brother,
| Alex McCorquodale. May is survived by her
three nieces, Mary Foglia of Florida, Jane
Johnstone and Julie Morrison, both of Scotland,
and one nephew, David McCorquodale of Nassau.

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see her counsel, Harvey Tynes,
until later that evening.

She was eventually transferred
to the airport police station.

Ms Merson was kept in cus-
tody well over the allowed 48
hours and unlawfully denied bail.

Those were the facts upon

_ which the Chief Justice awarded
her $100,000 for constitutional.

damages.
The Supreme Court further
awarded Ms Merson $90,000 for

damages for assault, battery and

false imprisonment are and
$90,000 for malicious prosecu-
tion.

In October 2001, however, the
Court of Appeal overturned the
ruling.on the basis that there
seemed to have been a duplica-
tion in damages and that there
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‘crack
down’

@ By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter







GOVERNMENT plans to
“crack down” on business
owners who continue to
deduct national insurance con-
tributions out of employees’
pay, but refuse to turn funds
over to the board.

“Let me remind employers
that this is illegal and the
National Insurance Board
(NIB) will not tolerate this any
longer. We intend to collect,
and collect we will,” said Min-
ister of Housing and National
Insurance Shane Gibson in his
contribution to the budget
debate on Thursday.

To date, Mr Gibson said, |.,
it is estimated that “millions
of dollars in uncollected con- |.
tributions are owed to NIB.” |.

NIB’s budget for 2005 is },
$137 million, and according to |
Mr Gibson, so far this year |
$46 million has been collected. |.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

_ SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

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ACCORDING to Public Transportation
Association president. Reuben Rahming, the

association can stop bus drivers’ madness on

the roads within two weeks — presumably if
government adopts the association’s “Oper-
‘ation Slow Down” proposal and hands out
$50,000 to subsidise public transport.

“We can, within two weeks, cause every
bus to proceed on their routes without ever
exceeding the speed limit,” Mr Rahming
claimed.

“This may not answer all questions, but it -

will definitely put a good dent into some of
the problems going on today,” he said.

As we said in this column yesterday the
only way to solve this problem is to enforce
the law. The present loopholes that allow one
person to hold a licence plate without a car,
while another has a car without a licence
plate, must be plugged. In permitting this
practice government has created its own prob-
lems and opened the door to corruption.

As we explained in this column yester-
day, persons not in the public transportation
business, but with “friends” in the right
places, are granted a public transport fran-
chise — a licence plate — by government.

Mr A, who has another job — either as a
lawyer, doctor, civil servant, or tradesman
“with friends” — must now find someone
who is willing to hire his licence plate from
him. He finds Mr B who wants to get into the
transportation business, but whose efforts
are being thwarted becausé, with the present
moratorium, no licence plates are available.
Also he lacks that one important ingredient
— he has no “special friends” in high places.

We explained in this column yesterday
how, with a guarantee Mr A would rent Mr B
his licence plate, and how with that guarantee
Mr B would get bank financing to purchase
his vehicle:

But to get the duty free concession on the
importation of jitneys into the Bahamas,
Mr B needs a letter from the Ministry of

. Finance. However, he cannot do this without

putting his bus in the name of Mr A as the
owner — licence plate and bus must have
the same owner. And so Mr B, to get into
business participates in the charade, gets his
letter, presents it to Customs and collects his
vehicle without’ paying duty. To all intents
and purposes Mr B, when he clears Customs,
is acting as an agent for Mr A. This keeps
government’s books tidy and the law intact
with Mr A appearing as the true owner of the
vehicle. Although everyone knows what’s
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transaction is completed without a hitch.
By now Mr B is heavily in debt. He has to
pay the bank for his new vehicle and he has to
pay Mr A $400 a month to rent his licence
plate. Apparently, there is no paper trail on

_ the transaction between A and B. This busi-

ness is done on the old fashioned handshake.
In fact this kind of business could turn out for

Mr B to be a dangerous game of Russian |...

roulette.

It’s now important for Mr B to get out on
the road‘and find as many fares as he can to
meet his debts.

However, if Mr B decides that he is going

to have someone else drive his jitney, anoth-’

er expensive deal has to be forged. Mr B

hires a drivér who will drive for him for five ©

days. The driver’s only pay will be the remain-
ing two days when he drives for himself. We

‘ are told that the fees for this range from $180

to $250 a day with $200 being the average
charge. This means that — assuming that
$200 is the charge — in five days the driver
has to earn $1,000 for Mr B. If he doesn’t
make his quota, he then has to make up the
difference from his own two days.

It is obvious why so many safety laws are
being broken by the jitneys as the drivers
rush to get their fares to make their quotas.

Of course, government could change this
system — it doesn’t need Mr Rahming and
the PTA to do it for them — if it would only
crack down on this iniquitous practice going
on between franchise holder and bus.owner.

It is understood that many of these fran-

chises are not being used — either because

the franchise holder cannot afford to put a
vehicle on the road, or cannot find anyone to
do a deal with him. And so while there are
Bahamians anxious to get into the business,
there are other Bahamians, not in the busi-
ness, who are hoarding unused franchises.
Government should immediately give an
accounting of all franchises issued to date
and publish the names of all franchise hold-
ers. These should then be investigated. Fran-
chises that are not being used — other than
those being held by persons trying to put a
business together — or those that are held by
persons who are not in the business, should
be recalled. They should then be reissued to
persons who are genuinely in the trans-
portation business.
If the middle man were cut out of this
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Past time to

put racism
behind us

EDITOR, The Tribune

'-. ONCE again, the words of

wisdom emphasised by my
grandmother echoes in my
head. “Where ignorance:is a
bliss, ’tis folly to be wise!” This
profound thought came about
after reading a response to one
of my recent editorials entitled
“Dr Percentie taken to task” by
one Dr Keith Russell. I assume
that he is one of those Rev-
erend Doctors as I am unaware
of any Keith Russell in the med-
ical field.

‘Dr Russell’s presentation
contains a number of assertions
and: assumptions that, because
of their inaccuracy, have led

‘him to some illogical conclu-

sions. The issue that I presented
was the irrelevancy of race in
the Bahamas today, particular-
ly as it relates to politics or even
becoming Prime Minister.

Regrettably, it appears that
Dr Russell is trapped in a time
capsule in the past where he is
quite contented:to reside.
Should he check his calendar,
he would discover that the

‘Berlin Wall has fallen, Nelson

Mandela has been freed and
man has landed on the moon. It

_is now time for him to look up

and move on with the times.

. Just for the record, my father-
in-law here in Boston is one of
the world’s leading retina (the
area of the eye that sees colour)
specialists. Myopic or tunnel
vision persons like yourself who
can only see things in black and
white could certainly benefit
from his services. Why on earth
do you suggest that being colour
blind “is a dangerous malady
for black people to contract?”

. Dr Russell then went on to

“ suggest that “many Bahamians

consider Mr Symonette’s white-
ness a problem... not because
they are racist, but because of
historical experiences past and
present.” This statement is both
contradictory and ridiculous as
Dr Russell is suggesting that the
Symonettes are still practising
racism today.

My position on the past is

quite straightforward as I indi-.

cated that there were some
injustices in the past as it relates
to the majority of Bahamians.

“ However, we run a risk of

improper conclusions when we
try to analyse 1950s problems
with 2000 and beyond specta-
cles. What Dr Russell and oth-
ers like him do not understand
was the fact that, prior to July

-10 1973, there was no law pro-

hibiting the evil act of discrimi-
nation. It was possible to dis-
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sequence, except that of moral

convictions. That all changed
when the Constitution of the
Bahamas, the Bahamas’ high-
est legal authority, came into
effect.

Embedded in the Bahamian |

Constitution is a provision guar-
anteeing protection from dis-
crimination based on race, place
of national origin, .creed and
religion. The British were quite
clever to insert that clause in all
post. colonial constitutions to
prevent one group out of spite,
hate and revenge denying
another group.

Dr Russell then went on to
suggest that somehow whatever
negative values possessed by
the UBP were genetically inher-
ited by Brent Symonette, who
was a mere boy at the time. This
is pure nonsense as there is no
scientific proof that social values
are predetermined. For God’s
sake man, the UBP has been
out of power for almost 40
years, that is almost two gener-
ations of Bahamians ago. Why
is it that when Marvin Pinder,
an admitted UBP in his youth
with a desire to be a UBP Pre-
mier, was not challenged by
people like Dr Russell even
when he became a PLP Cabinet
Minister and could have possi-
bly become Prime Minister?

Of course, the PLP has
exploited the racial issue for its
benefit. By unconstitutionally
referring to the Bahamas as a
black country, it was suggest-
ing that there was an advantage

to being “black” in thei.

Bahamas. Remember when the
Honourable Paul Adderley in
his capacity as Minister of
Finance suggested the possibil-
ity of denying or limiting busi-
ness licences to persons in a par-
ticular class? This is the same
Paul Adderley who, along with
AD Hanna and Sir Clement
Maynard, some 30 years after
the introduction of the
Bahamas flag appeared on the
Darold Miller show to explain
the colours of the flag. The pre-
vailing view at the time was that
the black on the flag represent-
ed the people of the Bahamas.

This of course was a bold-
faced lie but it served the polit-
ical agenda of the PLP, that was
to divide the Bahamian people.

Ih any adversity with human
conflict, according to Louis Far-
rakhan, for healing to occur,
there must be atonement, that
is, recognising the wrong and
then trying to correct it. For the
Bahamas, this should have been
an easy task as our Constitu-
tion describes the Bahamas as a
nation with Christian values.
The whole concept of Chris-
tianity is based on forgiveness.

s

NN ET renner ttn

The Bahamas, unfortunately, is
noted for its hypocrisy of Chris-
tian principles.

How can anyone condemn
the UBP racist policy as wrong
and evil and turn around and
do the same thing? There ‘are
so many examples of where'the
victims of racism have turned
that negative energy into a-pos-
itive force of unity for a divided
people — for example, Nelson
Mandela of South Africa.’ *’

This man spent 27 years:in a
prison under conditions that
none of us can imagine because
of racism. Upon his release
from prison, his first statement
was: “I don’t want to live in a
country run by blacks..:.or

_- whites. I want to live in a coun-

try where the government is °
democratically elected.” In:oth-
er words, judge a man by ‘the
content of his character and not
the colour of his skin.

A few days later; Nelson
Mandela was at the home of the
widow of Pieter Botha, the

- Prime Minister of South Africa,

who had ‘imprisoned him, dis-
cussing the future of race rela-
tions in a South Africa. Because

of this racial unity, South Africa

continues to be a prosperous
country. Compare South Africa

‘with the economically disastrous

situation in Zimbabwe; where
President Mugabe is ruling the
country along racial and tribal
lines.

Dr Russell, it’s obvious that ;
you do not know me at all. I
have been fighting social injus-
tice, racial or otherwise, all of
my life; not just in the Bahamas,
but around the world. I risked
being expelled from university
demonstrating for the-freedom
of Nelson Mandela. Ihave been

‘tear-gassed in a counter demon-

stration against the Klu Klux
Klan in front of the White
House. Just this past Mother’s
Day I once again battled the
forces of ignorance here in
Boston when some “bald head”
White Revolutionists attempted

_ to spread their campaign of hate.

The pathetic attempt by Dr

- Russell to insult my heritage

shows his ignorance of Bahami-
an genealogy. Obviously he
doesn’t know his facts..As a
guideline, a US Supreme Court
had defined a racial descendent.
It ruled that if a person is 1/32 of
a race, then you are a descen-
dent of that race. That is, if one
of your great grandparents was
of a particular race even if you
don’t display the physical char-
acteristic of that race, you are a
descendent of that race. Dr
Russell, to help educate you, I
will invite you to the Hanna,
Tynes and. Heastie family
reunion in July.2006. Thanks to
Gavin Tynes.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5



College president blunder
prompts call for review |

_ have gone from bad to worse.

AS the College of the
Bahamas last night found itself
in the centre of another major
storm, calls went out for a
“complete review” of its future
role.

“Tt is a disaster, it is a sham-
bles, it is an embarrassment,” a
lecturer stormed after president
Dr Rodney Smith admitted
“plagiarism” in a convocation
speech last week.

With the president’s future in
the balance, and three official
statements promised today on
the latest crisis, faculty mem-
bers said the time was right for
a re-examination of COB" s

_ objectives.

. “There is a clear sialoay
between COB and Bahamasair,”
said one lecturer, “The college
has been working under the
radar for three decades and tens
of millions of dollars have been
pumped into the institution with
very little to show for it.”

It was now time, he said, for
the college’s role and relevance
to be reassessed. It needed to
be re-fashioned to fit the needs
of Bahamian society. In the
past, it had been “a gift to the
middle class.”

With Harvard graduate Dr
Smith mired in controversy, the
time was right to review COB’s
ambitions of university status
by 2007, he said.

“You can hang up a Sign
tomorrow saying ‘University of
the Bahamas’ but that doesn’t
make it a university,” said the
source.

“You have to dig deep to
build high. This business about
having university status is a
dodo - it isn’t going to fly. ~

“Smith may survive this crisis
if no-one demands action, but if
he stays in place COB will con-
tinue to drift. We have to step

back and look again at what we’

want from education in the
Bahamas.”

The lecturer said “franchis-
ing degrees for US hucksters”
was not the way forward. A
review was needed with a wider
spectrum of people taking part.

“It has to be brought forward
in public forums,” he said.

The removal of Dr Leon Hig-
gs as president last year was
meant to signal COB’s final run
towards university status.

Dr Smith, with his Harvard
credentials, was seen by college
council chairman Franklyn Wil-
son as the man to take the col-
lege forward.

But his plagiarism confession -

has and plunged the accident-
prone college into arguably its
biggest crisis.

One college source told The
Tribune: “Things were bad when
Wilson turned up. Now they

LOCAL NEWS

“Under Dr Higgs, things were
inching ahead. Now we have
gone miles behind.”

The latest controversy is one
of many in COB’s history.

During Dr Higgs’ six-year
reign, there were constant
reports of management infight-
ing and intrigue.

Early in his tenure, it was dis-
closed by The Tribune that a
senior foreign academic at the
college was facing serious
assault charges in his homeland.

The college has also come in
for savage criticism from for-
eign staff who say its inexplica-
ble “revolving door” recruit-
ment policy is hurting students.

But the Dr Smith wrangle is
seen by faculty as the most
embarrassing crisis to date,
undermining COB’s standing in
the academic world.

Last August, The Tribune’s:

INSIGHT section featured Dr
Smith under the headline “Col-
lege of the Bahamas’ troubles
aren’t over yet.”

It described Dr Smith as the
embodiment of Mr Wilson’s
dreams for the college, but

added: “Whether those dreams .

turn into recurrent nightmares
remains to be seen.”

Last night, faculty members
claimed the nightmares had
arrived earlier than expected.

COB left in turmoil

FROM Page one

A meeting of the Union of
Tertiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB), the lecturers’
bargaining body, was due to be
held last night and a statement is
expected today.

Meanwhile, college executives
were in a meeting to decide their
next move and an official state-

. ment.is also expected today.

Dr Smith himself was said to
be “off sick” yesterday and
unavailable.for comment.

One lecturer said: “Dr Smith
was Mr Wilson’s hand-picked
choice. We therefore have to

wonder at Mr Wilson’s judgment. |

“The big question we are ask-
ing is this: how do you end up
paying $120,000 a year to a col-
lege president who can do some-
thing like this?

“When he arrived, Dr Smith

said he was keeping a low pro-
file for his first year. Well, he has
been here for a year now and he’s
back in the limelight big-time.”

Campus sources said the col-
lege council was told by Minister
of Education Mr Alfred Sears
to address Dr Smith’s confession
immediately.

A lecturer told The Tribune:
“There is no such thing as ‘sorry’
in this situation. If a student does
it, he gets expelled. A number
of students have been accused
of plagiarism, but generally it’s

because they don’t know the dif-

ference because they haven’t_

~ been told.

“But here we have a man who
has a Harvard doctorate. I gath-
er the college council latched on
to the plagiarism immediately
and did their research.

“Last week’s press conference
was the result, but of course it
took place just before the holi-
day weekend when The Tribune
was off the streets. Maybe it was
hoped that the whole thing
would blow over.”

Another college source said
there. was no way Dr Smith
could effectively represent aca-
demic integrity after being asso-
ciated with such an offence.

“There is no excuse. He of all
people should know how seri-
ous this allegation is and no mat-

ter that he has apologised, the’

damage has been done and it is
irrevocable.

It was the opinion of the
source that “he has made a
mockery of our education sys-
tem and has stained the reputa-
tion of the institution.”

UTEB president Jennifer
Dobson said she was not pre-
pared to make an official state-
ment until after last night’s exec-
utive meeting.

But other faculty sources were
accusing Dr Smith of violating
one of the basic codes of any
academic institution.

“He obviously broke the rules
and the consequences are just as

obvious — he has to resign,” said _

one lecturer.

Mr Wilson was unwilling to
comment on the matter imme-
diately, but promised a state-
ment today.

He told The Tribune: “I am
prepared to comment on it
because it is important, but not
at this time because J have three
huge matters that are occupying
my time right now.

“T will be willing to give you
an official response tomorrow.
You can quote me on that!”

COB’s latest crisis comes only
a year after serious misgivings
were expressed over Dr Smith’s
appointment, with the FNM
Action Group calling on the col-
lege council to re-examine the
president’s background.

At the time, Mr Wilson
defended his choice, saying Dr
Smith was “the best man” to
lead the college towards univer-
sity status.

He said implications in the
action group’s statement were
“despicable” and nothing in Dr
Smith’s file supported its claims.

Mr Wilson also defended Dr
Smith’s $120,000 a year salary
and his luxury residence. Asked

_- if COB could afford such

expense, he said: “We cannot
afford to do otherwise.”

He said Dr Smith’s appoint.
ment was a major step towards
COB becoming the University
of the Bahamas in 2007.



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FOUR men accused of a
murder in 2001 went before the
courts yesterday. |

Appearing before Magistrate
Roger Gomez were Jason Cur-
tis, 26, of Swaziland Street;
Dwayne Swaby, 27, of Watlins

Street; Tavarus Paul, 26, of

Amos Ferguson Street; and
Tevaz Johnson-Hanna, 22, .of
Homestead Street.

The four men are accused of
killing Verdin Pierre on Friday

September 7 2001.

They were also charged with
conspiracy to commit armed
robbery.

Curtis was represented in
court yesterday by lawyer Ian
Cargill, Swaby by Anthony
Delany and Paul by Eliezer
Regnier.

Hanna was not represented.

The four men were not
required to enter a plea and

‘were remanded to Fox Hill

Prison until July 27 when a pre-
liminary inquiry will be held.

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i By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER residents of
Cheshire home say they are
still “committed” to the
establishment of a residen-
tial facility for the physically
disabled, despite the home’s
closure last week.

Jerome Thompson told
The Tribune yesterday that
all four of the former resi-
dents are “determined” to
ensure that a facility is set
up for the physically disabled
in the Bahamas - sooner
rather than later.

“The need for an inde-
pendent residential group
facility for physically dis-
abled adults in the country
did not go way last week
Wednesday, because we
were forced out of that facil-
ity,” he said. °

Mr Thompson, Jervaisian
Stuart, Kenneth Storr and
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THE TRIBUNE



Website analyses the
faults of CSME issue

@ By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamas is among ten
states which would be at the
mercy of Trinidad and Tobago,
Jamaica, Guyana and Suri-
name if it were to join the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), the Nas-
sau Institute claims.

On its website, the non-prof-
it organisation that “promotes
economic growth, employ-
ment, and entrepreneurial
activity in the Bahamas” fea-
tures Caribbean statistics
which show that while the
Bahamas is outnumbered in

terms of population, it has the _

largest gross domestic product
(GDP) of the group.

“Of the 14 members, the

Bahamas represents only 4.68
per cent of the group's total

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population — which is a statis-
tically insignificant propor-
tion,” states the institute.
“The populations of the four
largest members include
5,023,903 citizens, or 78 per
cent of the total proposed
CSME?’s population. Even if
voting as a block, the ten
smallest members — including
the Bahamas — comprise only

22.1 per cent of the popula-

tion, which is less than a quar-
ter of the CSME’s population.
Not enough to swing a major-
ity vote.”

The four largest states. are
also significantly PoOreh the
website adds. :

An average income Ope

$5,675 per capita amounts to
less than one-third of the eco-
nomic productivity attained by
Bahamians.

- Trinidad and Tobago alone

shows more economic prospect
through its oil and gas-driven
economy.

In noting the country's geo- -

graphical aspect, the website
states that the Bahamas is
“physically removed” from
CSME.

The Nassau Institute argues:
“The Bahamas contrasts as
vastly wealthier and signifi-
cantly smaller as compared

with the CSME’s proposed

membership.

“The statistics show that the
Bahamas is a blessed nation.
The benefits of joining can
only: dilute Bahamian's many
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- ty from the premises at the Westin Our Lucaya Resort -

CARICOM snu

â„¢@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - BARF repre--

sentaties have reacted angrily
after they were barred from a
meeting of CARICOM foreign
ministers by police and security
personnel.

Nassau lawyers Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson, of
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-
erendum on the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (BARF)
and: several members in
Freeport had attempted to hold

a press conference at the Manor °
House at 11am last Thursday.
at the Westin Our Lucaya:
‘Resort.’ ~

But just as they arrived at the
resort, they werémet in the

_ ‘police and security officers and
‘prohibited from entering pists

resort.

BARE has been campaign-
ing against the Bahamas sign-
ing onto several trade treaties,

‘including the WTO, FTAA and

CSME.

Mr Mitchell and 13 CARI-

COM ministers were in

Freeport for the eighth meet-
ing of the, Council for Foreign.

and Community Relations,
which ended on Thursday.
Mr Thompson said: “We

want to state our opposition to

any attempts by. Fred Mitchell
to give the wrongful impression
that we in the Bahamas support
the CSME,” he said.

He reported that 95 per cent
of Bahamians are opposed to
CSME. 3.

“We want to let Edwin Car-

rington (secretary- general. of

_parking lot by a number of: ‘CARICOM) to Know: that he:
shas no-right to’come.to this :.

bose

country to. bargain anything on’:

- behalf of the Bahamian. people

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. (Photos: Denise - Mayeock)

BARF anger at



’

without first Bahamians being

consulted on the question as to,

whether or not we want to join
CSME,” he said.

Mr Moss said that reserva-_

tions as indicated by Minister
Mitchell would not stand as
they go against the very heart
and soul of the treaty, which is
to establish a single economy
union.

Freeporter Philippa Russell, a
member of BARF, said’ no min-

. ister of foreign affairs and no

ambassador to a foreign

Caribbean country have a right

to make such a commitment on
behalf of the nation.

--“We are no longer: content to
sit back and allow politicians to

make decisions for us. Prime.
-Minister Perry Christie has not

spoken;:but if he allows ‘Mr:
Mitchell :to.make.this:decision:.
for his. government, they shall:

all be fired simultaneously.”

THE BAHAMAS UNION OF TEACHERS

Ist June, 2005

Mrs. Eula Gaitor, Secretary General of The Bahamas Union of Teachers reminds ~
all members that the National Elections for all fifteen (15) positions on the Executive |
Committee will be held on the Island of New Providence and in The Family Islands

on Wednesday June 8th, 2005 from 8:30am to Spm.

ABACO

1. Cooper’s Town - Administrator’ s Office
2. Marsh Harbour - Labour Office
3. Sandy Point - Administrator’s Office

4. Moore’s Island
5. Grand Cay

ACKLINS

Spring Point - Administrator’s Office

ANDROS

1. The Bluff - Administrator’s Office

EXUMA

1. George Town - Labour Office
2. Farmers Cay - Administrator’s Office
3. Black Point - Administrator’s Office

4, Staniel Cay - - Administrator’ s Office |

y GRAND BAHAMA |
Freeport - Labour Office

INAGUA

Matthew Town - Adinistatee S Office’

LONG ISLAND a ENS

2. Mangrove Cay - Administrator’s Office
3. Nicolls Town - Administrator’s Office
4. Fresh Creek - Administrator’s Office

1. Simms - Administrator’s Office.
2. Clarence Town - Administrator’s Office a

MAYAGUANA
Abraham’s Bay - Administrator’s Office |

NEW PROVIDENCE
Walkers Hall, Bethel Avenue
Holy Family Hall, Robinson Road

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Administrator's Office

SANSALVADOR .
Cockburn Town - Administrator’s Office

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Colonel Hill - Administrator’s Office

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Symonette causes a stir BYoxaurnecsion

with website reference affordable homes





Jolentbam oyun cheahtateny

Symonette caused a stir in the
House of Assembly by asking-
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell to tell the House
whether he has made any con-
tribution to the website
Bahamasuncensored.com.

“I attribute nothing by that,
just to say if he can come at his
appropriate time and say
whether he has made any direct
or indirect contribution to influ-
ence any publication on that
website,” said Mr Symonette in
the House on June 1.

The issue arose when Mr
Symonette, displaying The Tri-
bune of May 28, drew members’
attention to a statement made
by Mr Mitchell that “he has
asked the Bahamas Trade Com-
mission to review the ‘specific
language of reservations (in the
CSME revised treaty) and the
explanation to the public’ and to
report back to the government”.

The question arose when Mr
Symonette asked: “Has there
been a cabinet conclusion on
the CSME and if there has been
a cabinet conclusion on CSME
what has been the gist. of that
conclusion?”

Mr Symonette said Mr
Mitchell was. quoted in the
newspaper as asking the com-
mission to review the specific
language of the reservation and
the explanation to the public.

“The Minister of Foreign
Affairs,” he said, “has never
had any difficulty reporting to
the public. You see him all over

Marinas cause mounting |

the newspapers, sometimes
behind the website whatever —
has the cat got his tongue?

“T note that the commission is
only to report on the language
of the reservation. Does that
mean that the government has
already agreed to membership
in ‘the best interest of the coun-
try’? A straight answer in plain
English that every Bahamian
can understand would be appre-
ciated by the Bahamian pub-
lic.”

Objection

Attorney General Alfred
Sears rose to object to Mr
Symonette’s reference “about
behind the website.”

Mr Sears found it “offen-
sive... imputing an improper
motive” to Mr Mitchell who
was not in the chamber.

He said it was against House
rules to be “attributing an
improper motive against a
member under the guise of rais-
ing a question — raise your ques-
tion, but why attribute an
improper motive about websites

and being behind wesbsites?” -

Before Mr Mitchell became
a government minister he
operated the website
fredmitchelluncensored.com.
When the PLP became the gov-
ernment.and Mr Mitchell
entered the cabinet, the name of
the website was changed to
bahamasuncensored.com and
continued to operate.



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concern about clean-ups

i By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter:

THE increasing number of
marina facilities throughout the
Bahamas may have a very cost-
ly effect on local taxpayers if
marine legislation is not tight-
ened, a transport official has
revealed.

Worldwide, about two-thirds
of oil spilled by vessels comes
from ships discharging waste
oils during tank cleanup, while
the other third is from acciden-
tal spills. :

‘Archie Nairn, permanent sec-
retary in the Ministry of Trans-
port and Aviation, said oil spills,
particularly phantom oil spills,
continue to plague Bahamian
waters. And in most cases the
clean-up efforts are billed
straight to the public treasury.

Oil on the water is not subject
to boundaries or conventions,
and Mr Nairn agreed that it is
extremely difficult for govern-
ments of any country to impose
national standards on interna-
tional commerce.

“We want to ensure, before
any construction begins, that
the principals of those compa-
nies.understand that there is a
responsibility to them to have
on harid minimum equipment
and supplies as it relates to oil
spills,” said Mr Nairn.

Sam Duncombe of the envi-
ronmental organsation Re-
Earth, said that this require-
ment is a step in the right direc-
tion, but she is not convinced
that it is enough.

“Yn particular with marinas,
where there are always oppor-
tunities for spills. If oil is being
spilled at a dock while a vessel is

‘loading up with fuel, the opera-
tor of that marina should be
held responsible, similarly here
-with BEC, Texaco, Esso an

one” clean up capabilities.

Oil spills are divided into
three categories — tier one, tier
two, and tier three — with tier
three being the most severe.

Captain Allens admitted that
tier one spills occur quite fre-
quently, but these types of spills,
mostly diesel, usually evaporate
before affecting marine life in
an adverse way.

The Bahamas experienced a
tier three oil spill when 2,000
gallons of diesel fuel spilled from

the mv Legacy into the sea while:

moored at the government doc
in Marsh Harbour.
Grand Bahama seems to

have the most problems with.
. oll spills, as it has the most mari-

eae IRS

nas and canals.

Along with assistance from
members of the public, clean-
up efforts rely on the work of
the National Oil Spill Commit-
tee, made up of representatives
from Ministry of Health and the
Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation. as well as other relevant
organisations, including the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

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THE PLP has built more
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income families in three years,
according to new government
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Shane Gibson, Minister of
Housing and National Insur-
ance, has compared the figure
to the FNM administration,
“who built 778 homes in their
entire 10 years in office”.

“(This) is a national record
of which all Bahamians can be
proud,” said Mr Gibson in his
contribution to the Budget
Debate in the House of
Assembly. d

“Even our hardest critics
would have to admit that this
government has launched a
dynamic and highly effective
housing programme,” he told
MPs. .- i

The Ministry of Housing,
with the help of the private
sector, is aiming to build 1,000-
plus homes this year alone in
order to meet the rising
demand for affordable hous-
ing.

These homes, he’ said, will
be built at an estimated cost of
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Mr Gibson also warned con-
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FROM page one

Sheriff’s Office, Renay Daniel,
49, was discovered in her bed-
room around 1.30 pm Friday by
a worried sister who showed up
after Daniel did not return calls
for two days.

The 17-year-old stepson,
Sebree Daniel, was found dead
in the bathroom.

Renay Daniel, who was born

in the Bahamas and is part of a
large family, spoke with her sis-
ters every day. When no one

had heard from her since Tues-
day, one of the sisters drove up
from Miami and unlocked the
front door with a spare key,
according to The Palm Beach
Post.

The sister found Daniel's
body when she arrived at her
home in the gated community
of Black Diamond. The door

was locked and there were no ©

signs of forced entry.
According to The Post,

deputies in Florida said Daniel’s

husband — Jamie Daniel Jr —

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is a “person of interest” in the
apparent double homicide, but
he is not in custody and has not
been charged.

The Post said, the husband
worked road patrol as a sherif-
f's deputy in Louisa County,
Virgina for about a year in 2000.
He most recently worked at a

_ car dealership.

According to Florida reports
Jamie Daniel went to the Roy-
al Palm Beach police station in
the early morning hours on Fri-
day — before the bodies were
found — and talked about
killing himself, and was sent toa
nearby mental institution as.a
precaution under the Baker s
Act.

The act allows authorities to
hold people in protective cus-
tody for mental evaluations if
they are deemed a danger to
themselves or others.

According to The Post, rela-
tives said the Daniels appeared
to have a good relationship.
They married in November
2003, and a year later bought

_the home in which the bodies

were found.

The Tribune made several
unsuccessful attempts to con-
tact relatives of Renay Daniel.

off terror financing.”

Swiss authorities said last Wednesday that they had halted the investigation into the now-
defunct Muslim firm, which is suspected by the United States of having Al-Qaida links.

However, Mr Sears said that a report given to him by the Director of Legal Affairs indicated that
the US made a request in 2002 and that the requested information was freely given.

“Under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty we have with the US, our officers handed them the
information they needed on the bank and we co-operated fully with their request,” he said.

Mr Sears pointed out that the Bahamas and Switzerland have no MLAT treaty.

The Swiss say that the Bahamas never gave “a usable response” to their requests for judicial assis-

tance.

Authorities had to drop the case against top officials of the Al Taqwa Management Orgad
tion because authorities in the Bahamas failed to provide essential bank records by a court dead-
line, Claude Nicati, Swiss deputy federal prosecutor told the Associated Press.

Despite this, Mr Sears said that Switzerland made no formal complaint to the Bahamas on this

matter.

US officials accuse Al Taqwa of sending Al-Qaida money through Malta and Switzerland to bank

_ branches in the Bahamas.

The US government accused Al Taqwa, which was renamed Nada Management Organisation,
of helping to fund Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. The Swiss began investigating the com-
pany shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York.

But authorities in the Bahamas failed to co- operate, Mr Nicati said. “The Bahamas never gave
a usable response to Swiss requests for judicial assistance.”

Since late 2001 the company has been listed by the US as an organisation accused of helping. to

fund terrorism.



Thompson wins court case

_ FROM page one

there was full disclosure with
all the cards face up on the
table."

Court documents show that

’ Ms Thompson admitted that

"there was an issue of confi-

.» dence" between herself and
*' Minister of Financial Services

and Investments Allyson Mey;
nard Gibson.

In an affidavit, dated April
12, 2005, Ms Thompson told the
court that Minister Gibson
interfered with her functions as
registrar general by directing
her to incorporate companies
for a customer who owed the
government fees of approxi-
mately $6,000.













Ms Thompson also objected
to “the manner in which she
was spoken to by the minister”.

Long delays, deferment and.

cancellation of scheduled meet-

ings, she said, also contributed
to the deterioration of their
relationship.

_ However, Minister Gibson's
parliamentary secretary, Sheila
Carey, said in an affidavit: “The
Ministry received reports that
the applicant was sending out
correspondence that could dam-
age the integrity and credibility
of the registrar general's depart-
ment and that the applicant was
taking punitive action against
staff members who she per-
ceived did not support her.

“As a result of these devel-'
opments the Ministry wrote'the::

letter of January 7, 2005 and the
minister also terminated the

applicant's appointment as
inspector of financial and cor-
porate service providers."

Ms Thompson was hired in
August last year on a three-year

_ contract to serve as registrar

general and inspector of finan-
cial and corporate providers on
a salary of $51, 200 per annum.

She received copies of her
contract on October 18, 2004,
and signed and dated them
before returning them to Ms
Carey by November 24.

Ms Thompson returned the

documents without getting con-

firmation from the government

_on her request for a government

vehicle and duty-free allowance.
In his judgment Justice Small
pointed out that Ms Carey's

:irequest to the Judicial. Legal

Service Commission (JLSC) for
the termination of Ms Thomp-

son’s contract was on Noveni-
ber 23, 2004.

By January 10, 2005, Ms
Thompson received a letter of
termination. During the hear-
ing Justice Small questioned the
process by which Ms Thomp-
son was terminated.

He wanted to know if the

JLSC allowed the termination:

without Ms Thompson receiv-
ing sufficient communication as
to the.reason for her’ termina-
tion or without. giving an audi-
ence to Ms Thomipson to chal-
lenge the termination. :
Ms Thompson's lawyer, Mil-
ton Evans, argued that the
entire process was done through
the secretary to the ministry of
financial services rather than
the. Department of Public Ser-
vice.

Man stabbed over can

FROM page one

“serious condition” at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.

The stabbing followed a heat-
ed verbal exchange between the
victim and the men, according
to Insp Walter Evans.

The identities of the stab vic-
tim and his attackers were not
released up to press time yes-
terday.

However, police say two men
are assisting them in their inves-
tigation.

Tn other crime news, police

are investigating: two separate |

armed robberies:that occurred
at a local laundromat and
Bahamian eatery at the week-
end.

The Midway Laundromat on
Farrington Road and The
Conch Hill Eatery on East
Street south were both robbed
of an undetermined amount of
cash Sunday night.

According to police, a dark
male entered the laundromat
around 10.30pm, and held up
an employee with a. chrome
handgun.

The employee was forced to
turn over the store’s deposit
bag.

The thief fled the area on.
foot, heading towards the Rock
Crusher Road area.

Less than two hours later,
The Conch Hill Eatery was
robbed by two armed men. One
of the culprits wore a mask.

Police say the pair demanded
cash and fled in a southerly
direction with the establish-
ment’s cash register

They were driving a white
Nissan Sentra.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 9



New passport

office

to be

established in
Grand Bahama

'

f BY DENISE MAYCOCK
’ Tribune Freeport Reporter

_ FREEPORT - While in Grand
‘Bahama, Minister of Foreign Affairs
and Public Service Fred Mitchell
‘announced that a new $300,00 pass-
port office will be established in
Freeport to replace the current facil-
“ity in the National Insurance Build-
in

"Mir Mitchell said the state of the
current facility is totally unaccept-
“able to both the public and staff in
‘Grand Bahama.

“T believe an apology is owed to
“the people of Grand Bahama for the
state of that office. It is really unac-

“ceptable,” said the minister, who
took time out to view the facility
-while in Freeport for the eighth
meeting of COFCOR.

In addition to the poor state, he

noted that the office is insufficiently

staffed to handle the increased
demands on passport services.
Residents have often complained

‘about the very poor and slow ser-

vices rendered at the Freeport office.

Customers say they must sit and
wait for hours to be served.

“The staff and the manager are
trying their best in very difficult cir-
cumstances. In the meantime, we are
trying to take some short term mea-
sures, and I have asked the chief
passport officer in Nassau to see
what he can do to manage the situa-
tion.

“We have a cabinet paper before
the government now for moving the
office to a new space. The cost is
estimated at $300,000 and so we try-
ing to move that along.

“T am hoping in the short term that
something can be done to make sit-
uation better for customers and
staff,” he said.





@ Minister of Foreign A Affairs and Public Servite Fred Mitchell



Lack of accounts jmpeding jemockacy

eae

@ By CARA BRENNEN
' Tribune Staff Reporter

THE government has impeded

democracy by: failing to provide audited
%accounts for the past three years to its
“own financial watchdog.

This is the opinion of Montagu MP ©

“Brent Symonette, who is the chairman of

‘the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

“" Mr Symonette said the accounts would
have been a vital component of the
2005/2006 budget debate. -

“i: Mr Symonette said that the debate
°avas redundant because the PAC has not
“been granted access to the accounts.

‘As the head of the PAC, Mr Symon-
“ette said the accounts are essential if the
“government is to have mechanisms in



The public ‘must do
more on mosquitos’

iv
t

place for reviewing its own procedures

and controls.

Despite the PAC having made rec-
ommendations for reform to the present
process of auditing the government,
changes have been slow to come, he
claimed.

During his contribution to the Bud-
get debate on Wednesday, Mr Symon-
ette said when he asked Prime Minister
Perry Christie when the accounts for
2001-2004 would be tabled, House
Speaker Oswald Ingraham: disallowed
the. question on the grounds that there
was an inference that government was
holding up the delivery of the accounts.

“If you do not have audited accounts,

‘one cannot ascertain whether there has
been any overexpenditure; unauthorised ‘:

expenditure and not to mention any
hands in the cookie jar,” Mr Symonette
explained.

Mr Symonette also expressed his dis-
pleasure that despite the recent imple-

-mentation of new House rules which

allow for the appointment of a finance
committee to review the budget for sev-
en days before the budget debate, none
was appointed.

Mr Symonette said that before the
adjournment on May 4, he asked gov-
ernment House leader Vincent Peet
about the composition of the finance
committee, the details of its sitting and
the fact that the Labour Day holiday
may have fallen in the middle of the sev-
en days of review.

“The government leader, in his usual

‘By KRISTINA McNEIL

+

THE public is still not dong

‘enough to help keep the mos-

quito population in check, the
“Department of Environmental
“Health has announced as the

“first phase of mosquito vector

f

control comes to an end.
Health Parliamentary Secre-

tary Ron Pinder told The Tri-

,bune.that Bahamians are still

zengaging in practices that are
:counter-productive to the min-

8
4,
@
ty
4

3

‘istry’s efforts to control the
‘mosquito population.
»“There are too many

-Bahamians with old tires, buck-

ets, derelict vehicles and con-

tainers in their yards,” said-Mr.

Pinder.
Breeding

He explained that these items
collect stagnant water and are
ideal for mosquito breeding.

Malfunctioning. septic tanks
also present a problem, as do
man-made ponds.

Mr Pinder said ponds need
to be specially treated by home
owners or by the department

so they do not become mosqui-
to breeding grounds.
The mosquito fogging pro-

- gramme in New Providence,

which is continuing this week,
targets adult mosquito popula-
tions.

Fogging will be repeated
when and if the need arises, said
Mr Pinder.

At a press conference last
week,.Mr Pinder introduced the
vector control plans for 2005,
which utilise methods such as
mosquito trapping, larvaciding
and fogging, as well as education
and prevention programmes.

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This extension was granted based on the following:-

1) Receipt of confirmation for various transactions and account

balances.

fashion, advised. that he would get back
to me,” said Mr Symonette.

He said he was informed that the com-
mittee would not be appointed just min-
utes before Acting Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt read the budget communica-
tion on May 27.

“T was not surprised because such’

actions are typical of this administration,
but the Budget communication and
debate is the sole reason that a govern-
ment has to come to parliament.

“They can theoretically govern with-

‘ out any new laws, but under the Consti-

tution, the government of the day has
to come to parliament at least every year
to submit and seek parliament’s approval
for the passage of the ae = “Be
explained. -



Maximum

NaeerwlAys

block to
be built at
Fox Hill

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE $17 million provided
by the 2005/2006 Budget for
the Her Majesty’s Prison will
fund the construction of a
new maximum security facil-
ity.

Acting Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt said during the
Budget debate that the funds
will also be used to trans-
forming the prison from a
punitive to a rehabilitative
institution.

“About 90 per cent of the
mostly young men who go to
prison will end up back on
the streets at some point in
the future. It makes sense,
then, to try to change their
behaviour while they are in
prison,” she said.

Addressing the House of
Assembly on Wednesday, the
acting prime minister further
‘announced that draft legisla-
tion is currently under review
that would establish a new
Department of Corrections.

Mrs Pratt said that because
many prison inmates are per-
sons who have been let down
by the educational system,
the new prison model pro-
poses to ensure that they are
exposed to basic academic
instruction as well.a trade and
vocational skills.

“We are also looking at the
possibility of providing the
means for inmates to com-
plete the equivalent. of their
secondary school syllabus
and earn an appropriate cer-
tificate upon graduation,” she
said.

Mrs Pratt added that the
Ministry of National Security
is looking at the possibility
introducing of faith-based ini-
tiatives to the prison similar
to those in place in Jack-
sonville, Florida.



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Crowds take to the street
for workers’ celebration

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who went
to protest
‘in 1942

} ;
m@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
‘Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT -—- Grand
Bahama workers took to the
streets of Freeport on Friday in
a Labour Day march from the
Bahamas Public Services Union
to,Independence Park on Coral
Road.

Foreign Affairs and Public ne
Service Minister Fred Mitchell, ee eee
who was in Grand Bahama all if
week to attend the eighth meet-
ing of the Council of Foreign
and Community Relations
(COFCOR), joined workers on
the march.

-Mr Mitchell: paid tribute to

‘the workers who first brought
social justice to the Bahamas
when they rose up in a sponta-
neous demonstration on June 1
and 2, 1942 at Nassau Interna-
tional Airport.

‘He reminded workers that it
is:because of the sacrifice made
in 1942 that the social order
began changing, leading to
majority rule in 1967 and inde-
pendence in 1973.

: “Today, we march in a free
and sovereign nation because
of what they did in 1942. And it
is; important that we pay trib-
ute to them by always continu-
ing to march because we are
fee and can do so,” he said.

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;Grand Bahama is presently
the scene of many pressing
labour issues, including the
ongoing plight of the displaced
Royal Oasis hotel workers.

‘ Although the government has
paid out $5 million of the $6.2
million owed in severance pay-
ments to the 900 hotel workers,
more than 300 are still await-
ing for parliament to approve
the payment of the $1.2 million
balance.

‘ Following extensive damage
caused by the hurricanes last
September, the resort was
forced to close and lay off work-
ers with out pay.

. As the workers struggled to
theet their financial obligations,
they staged demonstrations in
an effort to draw attention to
their plight and demanded assis-
tance from the government.

THOUSANDS of Bahamians gath-
ered along the parade route and in
Windsor Field to celebrate the day set
aside for the more than 167,000 workers
in the Bahamas. _

Similar events were held in many of
the family islands. Representatives of
the almost 30 unions and associations
took part in the parade and members
of the PLP and FNM were also in atten-
dance.

Trade Union Congress president,
Obie Ferguson urged the government
to acknowledge the contributions made
by “Labour Father” Sir Randol Fawkes
by renaming the Labour Day holiday
after him. He added that before there
was a PLP or an FNM, there was labour
which is responible for majority rule,
the suffrage movement and many more
of the rights Bahamians enjoy.

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he has received credible infor-
mation that the government
may have signed on to the

CSME on December 21, 2004.

Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell has already denied sim-
ilar suggestions.

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would hate to believe that the
government would commit to
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Senior Business Reporter

= SUPREME Court Justice
Hugh Small yesterday quashed
a decision by the Judicial and
Legal Services Commission to
fire Elizabeth Thompson as
Registrar General, opening the
door for either her reinstate-
ment or an appropriate financial

settlement with the Govern-:

ment.

» Justice Small said he assumed
the judgment of the courts
would be executed in good faith
and that the other branches of
government would respect the
Orders.

“He added that he found no
evidence.on which he could
Base an order prohibiting the
Judicial and Legal Services from
withholding Ms Thompson's
emoluments, such as her salary,
benefits and gratuities, under
her contract. Justice Small also
ruled that Ms Thompson was

entitled to costs.

’ > Calling it an historic ruling
and a fight similar to that of
‘David and Goliath’, Ms

~

Alleged minister ordered her
to incorporate companies for
customer who owed $6,000



Thompson said she felt vindi-
cated by the verdict. Pointing
out the irony of the court ruling
coming at the beginning of Reg-
istrar General’s Week, Ms
Thompson said: “From the
beginning of Registrar Gener-
al’s Week, this ruling came
down quashing the decision and
reaffirming that I am the Reg-
istrar General. As my uncle
said, all others are holding my
post for me.’

Ms Thompson said with the
favourable conclusion of the
matter, she was still likely to
continue in her own practice
rather than return to her for-
mer post, but would discuss the
matter with her attorneys to
determine, based on the ruling,
what her options going forward
are.

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Tribune Business Editor

~“SOME Bahamian business
executives believe the revised

Treaty of Chaguaramas that ©

will create the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy
(CSME) will be “dead” if this
nation refuses to sign on, a
notion that CARICOM’s sec-’
retary-general did-not com-
pletely dispel at a Grand
Bahama Civil Society meet-
ing at the weekend. |

Winston Rolle, the former:

Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, asked Edwin
Carrington and his technical
team whether Article 234 of
the revised Treaty, which stip-
ulates that it will only “enter
into force on the deposit of
the last instrument of ratifica-
tion” from each of the 15
states, meant that the CSME
would not take effect if the
Bahamas failed to sign up.
Mr Rolle yesterday told The
» Tribune that Mr Carrington
“indicated that was a very
interesting point”, and if the,
Bahamas did not sign then

what vould be left was a pro-

visional treaty.

The former Chamber presi-
dent said this raised questions
about how the CSME’s stipu-
lations could be enforced in
all states, but he took a less
emotive view than others who
attended the meeting.

One business source, who
requested anonymity, said:
“Given that the agreement has
to be signed by all the Heads
of Government, and at the
Heads of Government level
decisions must be unanimous,
if the Bahamas does not sign
on the revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas is dead.”

The source added that if the
Bahamas did not sign on to
the revised treaty and the
CSME, the status quo - where
the Bahamas enjoys the polit-
ical benefits of CARICOM
membership and is not part of
the economic side - would be
maintained, much to this
nation’s advantage.

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tionship between Ms Thomp-
son and Allyson Maynard-Gib-
son, minister of financial ser-
vices and investments, who was
ultimately responsible for the

Registrar-General’s. Depart-

ment.

In an affidavit submitted to
the court in April, Ms Thomp-
son alleged that Mrs Maynard-
Gibson had interfered with her
functions by issuing a directive
that she incorporate companies
for a customer who owned the
government fees of about
$6,000.

She also objected to the man-
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Tribune Business Editor ©

KERZNER International
yesterday announced that it
had increased the budget for
work on Paradise Island’s
Phase III expansion by about

‘increase slightly. higher than

previous estimates ‘it had
unveiled to Wall Street.

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@ By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter

Bahamian tourism officials yesterday
downplayed the impact of the US State
Department's proposed requirement that
American travellers.to the Bahamas will
require a passport as of January 1, 2006,
saying that while the destination's “fran-
chise" as a quick getaway spot might be
impacted in the short-term, its geographic
position would likely mean that it would
retain that brand over the long-term.

In an interview with The Tribune, Ver-
nice Walkine, deputy. director-general at
the Ministry of Tourism, said the Bahamas
was trying to mitigate any significant impact
from the requirement that Americans vis-

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$75 million to $725 million, an

_ iting the Caribbea must have a passport to

return home by advising travellers.of what
they can expect from 2006 onwards.

She said the Bahamas had joined with
other Caribbean nations, all impacted by
the US proposals, and were lobbying the
State Department in the hope of having
the deadline pushed back, a position that
was afforded to both Mexico and Canada.

Ms Walkine said: “For the Bahamas there
will be some impact, particularly on our
franchise position that has been that of a
quick getaway, which meant that a person
could leave the office and come here.

“Some of that will slip, but we hope. to
recover quickly because we are close geo-
graphically. We will still have that fran-
chise, although Americans‘will be required
to have passports. We're trying to be proac-

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tive and right now the best we can hope
for is to let them know what's going on."

Saying that the passport requirement was
not unique to the Bahamas, Ms Walkine
added that although some destinations in
the Caribbean are not as reliant on US trav-
ellers, all countries will be impacted to some
degree and have been.put in a position by
the US State Department where they are all
requesting more time.

A report issued by the World Travel and.
Tourism Council (WTTC) showed that at
least 25 per cent of all US visitors - with
industry officials saying it is likely to be
even higher than that - arriving in the
Bahamas. currently travel without a pass-
port.

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overnment approval to boost
confidence in our stock market

@ By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter

overnment
debt securities
could be listed
on the
Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX) in months rather than
years, its chief executive told

The Tribune, due to its high
degree of efficiency, trans-
parency and accessibilit.
Keith Davies said the Gov-
ernment’s decision to accept
the recommendations for revi-
talising BISX had opened the
door for deeper capital mar-
kets development, due to the
confidence provided to inter-
national investors through the
listing of government debt and
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policy statement.

Sources told The Tribune
that it has been estimated that
the listing of government-reg-
istered stock (bonds) and Trea-
sury Bills could generate an
extra $290,000 in listing and
transaction fees per annum for
BISX in the first few years, sig-
nificantly boosting its current
revenues. Bonds issued by
agencies such as the Paradise

"Island Bridge Authority and

Bahamas Education Authoity
could also be listed on BISX.

Changes in the exchange's
infrastructure and trading tech-
nologies means that it can now
accommodate the trading of
government securities very
quickly, and is likely to exceed
any timelines indicated in the
report.

The Tribune andértande
that listing of government debt
would happen once a market-
based system for distributing
and marketing these securities
is in place, and the private sec-
tor became responsible for
underwriting and placing these
issues.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Davies, said that with

~~ the Government approval, one
of the first initiatives Board.

members would'seek to incor-

porate is the Government's

policy statement.
Measure

-Following that measure,
board members and share-
holders are likely to meet to
begin the process of comply-
ing with the report's recom-
mendations.

"As long as those persons in

decision-making positions:

address the issue of the
Bahamian capital market in

general, then BISX, as an’

extension of that, will do well
and:fine;” Mr Davies said. -
“People talk about this being

a BISX report and that's not

the case. It's a capital markets
report and BISX and the capi-
tal markets go hand in glove,

The development of the capital -

markets invariably will lead to
the development of BISX."

Mr Davies said he had not
received a formal notification
from the Government in
regard to its decision to act on
the recommendations.

The minister of state for

finance, James Smith, disclosed |

the Government's position dur-
ing a farewell reception for out-
going Central Bank governor
Julian Francis. Mr Francis
headed the committee respon-
sible for compiling the recom-
mendations.

BISX has already made a
number of changes prior to the
réport’s publication. .

Strides

"Since that time we've made

_ Significant strides to address

many of the concerns put in
the report, The board has been
amended, the trading infra-
structure upgraded, ‘our
expenses have been cut dra-

- matically and we're virgually at

a point of break-even: The one

thing that BISX needs now is '

business and we would be

more than fine,” Mr Davies

said.

Jan Fair, BISX’s chairman,

said that with the Cabinet's
acceptance of the report, the
exchange would at last be get-
ting to the point of a joint ven-
ture approach to the develop-
ment of the capital markets in
the Bahamas, something the
Board and shareholders had
planned for from BISX’s birth.

“To my mind and the board
of BISX, the most important
(recommendation) is the pro-

- nouncement of a policy state-
_ment by the see ” Mr

Fair said.
“That sets the scene for
everything else. It doesn't pro-

small and Hediut ce industrail, agricultural, and commercial businesses permitted under the Act (SMEs).



' KEITH DAVIES

duce revenue-enhancing prod-

ucts for business, but it clearly -

sends a strong message to the
world that the Bahamas is seri-
ous about the development of
its capital markets."

In regard to the listing of
government debt securities, Mr
Fair said Mr Smith had indi-
cated earlier that the process
might take a while as there
were a number of logistical
issues to be considered.

Resources

He added that allowing the
National Insurance Board to

invest more resources in the...
Bahamian stock market might ‘’

(ii) Expand the Bank’s capability to monitor existing accounts so as to detect and remnbe bled cap in the life of SME projects.

an) Increase the Bank’s caoability to devise new products Bee EE ny the start-up and growth of SMEs and.

be a good place to start, as sta-
tistics pointed out that the
amount of money invested in
the Bahamas long-term is
miniscule compared to what
happens with social security
systems in Jamaica and other
Caribbean islands.

Such a move would see more
liquidity in the market, he said.

During its first three years
in existence, 2000-2003, ‘BISX’s
operating losses exceeded pro-
jections by 49.7 per cent or $1.6
million, with revenues some
$2.35 million below forecasts.

The exchange had banked
on support from the previous
FNM administration which had
not been forthcoming. © a

(iv) Through the Bank’s existing. Business Advisory Unit established last year, to increase the range and BOE of the accounting nie business advisory services alteany
Fendered to SMEs by the Bank. :

STRATEGIC MOVE

This move is part of the e ongoing strategic plan of the Bank to improve its performance.

It marks the Guiiaion of a joint Memorandum of Understanding Summit Meeting held in April between the two entities which sought to identify ways and means of
cooperation to better fulfill BDB’s mandate to Bahamians of promoting and enhancing the greater participation by Bahamians in agricutural, industrial and commercial
development of The Bahamas through their ownership and participation in sustainable SMEs which provide linkages into other economic sectors of The Bahamas.

It also comes at a time when the government who is the sole shareholder of the Bank is providing other avenues for small businesses which are not
permitted to be funded under the BDB Act by providing a separate Venture Capital Fund and by other programs.

_ Bahamas Development Bank
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May 27th 2005


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Ithough speak-

ing before

Florida Power

& . Light’s

(FPL) decision
to temporarily terminate its
search for a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) supplier, the for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas governor said this
nation should “get on with it”
in regarding to approving an
LNG terminal and pipeline in
this nation.

Julian Francis said he was
“very surprised” at the amount
of time that had been spent dis-
cussing the two proposed LNG
projects - the AES Corpora-
tion’s Ocean Express plan and
the Grand Bahama terminal
that the consortium of FPL
Group Resources, Suez Energy
North America and El Paso
Corporation were backing.

Speaking on the You and
Your Money programme, Mr



Consolidated Water unveils 4.3 per cent
rise in second quarter cash dividend —

CONSOLIDATED Water, the compa-
ny that has won the $22 million contract to
build and operate the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, yesterrday declared a second
quarter cash dividend of $0.12 per share, a

_ 43 per cent rise on that presented to share-

holders in the first quarter.



US policy change played down

FROM page one

The Bahamas, which was said
to be the Caribbean nation most
dependent on US tourists, earn-
. ing an annual $2.061 billion in
“visitor export earnings, could
suffer asignificant loss of earn-
ings and employment.
___ Frank Comito, executive vice-

‘president at the Bahamas Hotel -
Association (BHA), said earlier .

reports had implied that some

$446 million was in jeopardy of

being'lost, along with some
13,000 Bahamian tourism jobs.

He added while the impact
of the passport requirement
would be significant, it could
not be assumed that the
Bahamas would lose that much
if the US passport policy goes
into. effect as scheduled. He
said to make that assumption



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Francis said: “We are wasting
time here. This [environmen-
tal concerns] can be managed
and it has to be done in a
responsible way. I think we
should get on with it, get it
done and stop talking.”

The newly appointed co-
chairman of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, Mr
Francis said oil refining has
been going on in the Bahamas
for the better part of 35 years,
and the industry functioned
“quite well” for some 20 years.

Countries such in the Mid-
dle East, Abu Dhabi, Algeria,
and Trinidad and Tobago, one
of the large producers of LNG,
export billions of tons of LNG
on an annual basis, and have
never recorded any significant
accident involving LNG.

Saying that he has never
heard of any major. environ-
mental challenges that could
not be managed in LNG, Mr

makes the data appear incor-
rect.

Mr Comito said that while the
impact would be significant ear-
ly on, it could not be assumed
that a full degree of loss would
be experienced. However, he
noted that the data does serve a



The dividend is payable on July 31,
2005, to shareholders of record at the close
of business June 30, 2005.

“We are pleased to announce the fifth.
increase in our cash dividend payout
since the company began paying quar-
terly dividends in June 1999,” said Jef-

Francis said that what has hap-
pened is that the debate has
been captured by some parties
who are really only focused on
some “narrow issues”.

“They do not have the broad
picture at all; they don’t really
care about the broad picture
and certain economic necessi-
ties; they are really only
focused on certain personal
interests they have in environ-
mental matters and forget that,
in fact, we still have to live in
this environment and the envi-
ronment has to serve us also,”
Mr Francis added.

Mr Francis said that by no
means is he suggesting aban-
doning environmental consid-
erations. However, he added
that it should not be the only
issue which is of any impor-
tance when looking at choices

for the diversification and eco-

nomic development of the

* Bahamas.

Man.

very useful purpose in showing
the full range of economic and
employment impact.

Mr Comito said what the data
showed is that, in making a real-
istic assumption of as little as. a

5 per cent impact, there would © '
‘be a considerable effect. In that



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to shareholders every year since 1985, and
the annual rate of dividend payment has
never been reduced during this 20-year
period,” Mr Parker added. ‘

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advisors.




Applications may be delivered by hand and °
marked Private and Confidential to:




The President
Tradelnvest Asset Management Ltd.
West Building,

Lyford Manor, Lyford Cay,

P.O. Box N-7776, Lyford Cay,

P.O. Box N-7776 (Slot 193)
New Providence, Bahamas






Applications must be received by 10th June, 2005.



w= Colina

W Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:

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Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
’ Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
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Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

Bahamas Supermarkets
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1.1609 Colina Money. Market Fund 1.216402*

2.2420 © 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 2.2420 ***
10.3539 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3539*****
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president of

Atlantic Pension

Services, a Nas-

sau-based interna-
tional pension fund manage-
ment firm, has been unani-
mously elected to Common-
wealth Bank’s Board of Direc-
tors.

Mr Gibson was elected at the
bank’s annual general meeting
on May 18 at SuperClubs
Breezes, Nassau.

of Colina Financial Advisors,
Mr Gibson served on Com-
monwealth Bank’s board in
1997-1998 and is returning after
an absence of some seven years.

Educated at Notre Dame De
Namur University in Belmont,
California, Mr Gibson earned
his Chartered Financial Ana-
lyst (CFA) certification from
the Institute of Chartered
Financial Analysts in Char-
lottesville, Virginia.

His career in finance has
spanned more than 20 years and
includes capital markets, wealth
management and intensive
involvement in legislation and
policy affecting national eco-
nomic issues.

“We are pleased to welcome

Board of Directors,” said TB
Donaldson, the bank’s chair-
man, following the meeting
attended by more than 400 of

_ the bank’s 7,000-plus share-
holders.

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arry Gibson, vice- :

A former managing director °

Larry Gibson back: to our:

_ “Larry brings a wealth of
experience in the financial
industry.

“He was of invaluable assis-
tance to us in 2000 when we had
our initial public offering and
we have always enjoyed and
appreciated his energy and
vision.”

Mr Gibson was a founding
member of the Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board (BFSB), the
former chairman of the Securi-
ties Market Task Force, a
founding board member of the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX) and the
second inductee into the Col-
lege of The Bahamas Hall of
Fame.

He has served as chairman
and board member of the

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Bahamas Development Bank

and his interest in education has: '
led him to board positions ati :
both the Hopedale Centre for:
students with special needs and’:
gifts and St Andrew’s School,
where he continues to serve on

the board.

Prior to and after becoming a!
founding partner of Colina~
Financial Advisors in 1999, he::
was president of First Bahamas °
Capital, a post he retained
through 2004.

From 1997 to 1999, he was
managing director of Coutts
Corporate Services (Bahamas).
He was with McDermott Inter- '
national Investments, first as an
investment officer, later as vice-
president and treasurer, from
1983 to 1997. :

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BUSINESS

“TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5B



CSME ‘could
be doomed’

to get the Bahamas to sign up to
the CSME, the source said,
adding that it was unfair that
this nation should have been
put in this position.

While the Bahamas might not
need — and be disadvantaged —
by the CSME, states in the
southern Caribbean would
probably benefit from it, the
source explained, making it
unfair for all parties that this
nation could hold up or block its
creation.

“A lot of pressure is being
put on the Bahamas to sign this
thing, and we shouldn’t be put
in this position,” the source said.
He suggested that the Bahamas
should ask for the revised treaty
to be amended to allow those
states that wanted to to move
ahead with creating the CSME,
while this nation stood aside.

Several sources have indicat-
ed to The Tribune that the
Bahamian government gave a
commitment to CARICOM
and its members that it would

inform them at next month’s:
Heads of Government meeting .

whether it would sign the
revised Treaty or not.

However, Mr Rolle yester-
day said he did not feel that
CARICOM was pressurising
the Bahamas to sign on to the
CSME as much as it was back in
2003.

He, though, was critical of
this nation’s failure to do any-
thing to evaluate and prepare
for the CSME’s economic impli-
cations since Barbadian prime
minister, Owen Arthur, visited
this nation that year.

The former Chamber ques-
tioned, in relation to services,
what modes were in operation
and what approach the
Bahamas was adopting -
whether all service sectors were
off limits to CARICOM nation-
als, or whether 10 areas would
remain protected and the rest
opéned up under the CSME.

“It’s a lot of these detailed



Phase III cost Thompson’s victory
romper | 1S Up by $75m

FROM page one

estimate it had previously giv-
en, although the final figure
would be “not more than 10
per cent of that number”.
The company indicated
then that the Budget increase

_ would result from the finalis-

ing of its Phase III plans, in
particular the proposed 600-
room all-suite hotel.

In yesterday’s filing with the
Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC), Kerzner
International said: “Phase III
includes a significant expan-
sion of the convention facili-
ties and water attractions of
Atlantis, Paradise Island.
Having further advanced its
design process, the company
has increased the Budget for
Phase III from approximately
$650 million to $750 million.”

The revised $750 million
budget does not include the
costs of the second phase at
the Harborside timeshare
complex, the 500-room con-
do hotel that is a joint ven-
ture with Turnberry Associ-
ates, the Athol Island Golf
Course and Ocean Club Res-
idences and Marina.

Kerzner International said
pre-sales of the 500-room con-
do-hotel would begin this
month, with construction of
the property being financed
through the pre-sale of units.

The same ploy is being used
at both Harborside and _ the
Ocean Club Residences &
Marina, which are both joint
ventures. The two projects are
expected to cost $60 million
and $130 million respectively,
and construction on the latter
project recently commenced.

NOTICE

Cost overruns and revised
budgets on projects are not
confined to Paradise Island.

The company announced
yesterday that its joint ven-
ture with two Moroccan gov-
ernment-owned entities to
construct a hotel and casino
complex in that nation would
now cost $300 million, instead
of the projected $230 million.

As a result, Kerzner and its
partners needed to arrange
additional equity and debt
financing, while extra design
work meant that the $300 mil-
lion figure was not definitive.

Kerzner International said:
“The company expects that
there will be material amend-

ments of the project agree- -

ments and a postponement of
the anticipated project sched-
ule, so that construction is
unlikely to commence in 2005

_and the project will not be

completed until 2008.

“No assurances can be giv-
en at this time that either the
additional financing will be
obtained or the likely materi-
al amendments to project doc-
uments will be agreed.”

As for the Atlantis, The
Palm resort in Dubai, Kerzn-
er International said the bud-
get had been revised upwards
by $100 million to $1.2 billion.

“Construction is now antic-
ipated to commence in the
fourth quarter of 2005 with
completion scheduled for the
end of 2008, subject to delays
if certain infrastructure pro-
jects on The Palm, Jumeirah,
over which the company and
Kerzner Istithmar have no
control, are not completed on
schedule by the locai devel-
oper,” Kerzner said.



FROM page one

the provocative comments
made about her mother.

Ms Thompson also alleged
that there were long delays,
deferments and cancellation of
scheduled meetings between
the minister and herself.

In an affidavit to the court
on April 1, 2005, Sheila Carey,
permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Financial Services
and Investments, said Mrs
Maynard-Gibson had lost con-

- fidence and trust in Ms

Thompson's ability to imple-
ment the policy decisions of
the government, causing the
relationship between the two
to deteriorate.

The affidavit stated further
that by the end of October
2004, the relationship had
deteriorated to the point that
Ms Thompson no longer
attended weekly meetings with
the minister.

On December 2004, Ms
Carey informed Ms Thomp-
son that the government
intended to remove her from
her post and was considering
an alternative position. How-
ever, in the absence of a formal

- letter she was still the registrar

general and should continue
to perform those functions.

In his ruling, Justice Small
said he agreed with the sub-
mission that although it is not
stated that the government be

required to hear a response
from a contract employee
upon termination, “it is antici-
pated that there would be pro-
cedural fairness” because the
Public Service Commission
must be provided with a rea-
son for the termination, exam-
ine the reason and decide
whether the course of action
recommended by the Perma-
nent Secretary at the Public
Service Ministry should be tak-
en.
He said: “It is difficult to see
how her [Ms Thompson’s] fail-
ure up to November 23 to sign
(the contract) constituted suf-
ficient cause to terminate her
appointment.

On the other hand, if that
was the reason, it begs the ~

question, why didn't the Per-
manent Secretary inform the
Commission and the Director
of Legal Affairs that subse-
quent to her letter of Novem-
ber 23, the Applicant signed
and returned the documents
to her?"

Justice Small said: “It seems
to me to be inherently unfair
for the Commission to take the
advice of a lawyer who is a part
of the executive branch of gov-
ernment, with regard to the
termination of the applicant's
appointment, and not.afford
the applicant an opportunity
to be heard.”

It was determined that on
January 10, 2005, Irene Stubbs,



permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Public Service,
advised Ms Thompson that her
contract with the government
was terminated. She was not
given reasons for the decision.

At a press conference fol-
lowing the ruling, Ms Thomp-
son's attorney, Milton Evans
of Evans and Co, said he found
it troubling that, as registrar
general, Ms Thompson was
told that the government was
under no obligation to tell her
why she had been fired.

“My position is that what-
ever the outcome of the case, a
process is needed for persons
to be heard,” he said.

Mr Evans said further that
the ball is now in the Govern-
ment's court, and it would be
hard to determine how they
intend on handling the matter
going forward.

Ms Thompson said she ini-
tially had issues with the con-
tract and sent questions into
the relevant authorities, but
never received any answers.

She said the permanent sec-
retary of the Public Service
Commission advised her to
sign the contract and then wait
for the answers to come, which
she did on November 25, 2004.
' However, the reasons listed
for her termination during the
case was that she did not sign a
contract and that the relation-
ship between the minister and
herself had deteriorated.



FUN/ RUN/ WALK/ PUSH |
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old PI Bridge, south on Mackey Street, west on Shirley Street |

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NOTICE is ‘hereby given that DONALD NAPOLEAN, P.O.BOX
54802, NASSAU, N.P. BAHAMAS, 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 31st day of MAY, °°
‘| 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,» .'
|. P.O.Box.N-7147,-Nassau, Bahamas. ©.’

WAN TED
BOAT CAPTAINS AND CREW

¢ Captains must have ‘Class A’ Licence

¢ Captains must have ‘STCW 95’

¢ Crew/Deckhands must have ‘STCW 95’
° Jobs based in Great Harbour Cay

and technical discussions that
need to be held,” Mr Rolle said.
“There are some benefits
from it [the CSME], but do the
benefits outweigh the negatives
or vice versa? No Bahamian can
look you in the eye and tell you
_ that. f
: Mr-Rolle said the best solu-
. tion for the Bahamas was to
’ defer.a decision on signing up to-
the-CSME until it knew it was
’ something it wanted to do, and
had the terms and conditions it
wanted. . 5
-On the issue of the reserva-
tions the Bahamas was seeking,
Mr: Rolle said that in response
to-his question, Mr Carrington
said at ‘the meeting that since
these had to be agreed by the
Heads:of Government, once
approved they could not be
challenged in the Caribbean
Court of Justice.































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Entry Deadline: Friday, June 17th, 2005

For Registration, Please contact:
Ms. Cynara Johnson 302-9851 or Mrs. Bridget Roker 302-
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Department in the preparation of financial statements for clients. He/she
is also responsible for maintaining accounting records for Trust and
Companies while complying with ABL’s Systems of Internal Control
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Nassau, Bahamas
Fax 242-326-5020

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AUDITORS' REPORT TO THE SHAREHOLDER

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited as
of December 31, 2004. This consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the Bank's management.

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance sheet based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with Intemational Standards on Auditing as promulgated by the
International Federation of Accountants. Those Standards require that we plan and perform the audit to
obtain reasonable assurance as to whether the balance sheet is free of material misstatement. An audit
includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance
sheet. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made
by management, as well as evaluating the overall balance sheet presentation. We believe that our audit

provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank as of December 31, 2004 in accordance with Intemational Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the International Accounting Standards Board.

KPMs

Chartered'Accountants

Nassau, Bahamas
June 1, 2005

CREDIT SUISSE (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004, with corresponding figures for 2003
(Expressed in United States dollars)



eee 2004 2003 °









Assets
Cash and due from banks:
‘Cash and demand deposits:
Affiliates : $ 35,502,305 51,078,793
Other : 3,062,650 1,303,558 ©
38,564,955 52,382,351
Time deposits (note 3): :
Affiliates ; 1,759,221,818 320,913,623
1,797,786,773 —_,_ 373,295,974
® ‘
Loans and advances (note 4) oo 91,093,087 » 89,432,799
Securities purchased under agreements to resell (notes 6 and 9) 92,879,884 7
Accrued interest and other assets:
Affiliates 1,766,045 1,459,493
‘Other : 1,823,023 : 1,148,463
3,589,068 2,607,956
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,985,348,812 465,336,729
Liabilities
Due to banks:
Demand deposits: ‘
Affiliates $ 2,830,944 2,844,314
Other | 43,396 335,759
, 2,874,340 3,180,073
_ Time deposits (note 3):
Affiliates 219,694,250 109,788,215
222,568,590 112,968,288
Customers' deposits (note 5):

Demand deposits:

Affiliates be 11,463 ~ 65,091
Other 1,066,439,529 39,685,507
: 1,066,450,992 39,750,598
Time deposits:
Affiliates : 20,568,700 -
Other 475,832,505 238,577,068
: 1,562,852,197 278,327,666
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase (notes 6 and 9) 109,869,344 -
Accrued interest and other liabilities (note 9): : x
Affiliates , 6,457,980 36,177
Other . ; ; 2,565,835 2,581,797
: : 9,023,815 2,617,974
TOTAL LIABILITIES : 1,904,313,946 393,913,928
Shareholder's Equity
Share capital:
* Authorized, issued and fully paid:

12,000,000 shares of $1.00 each : .. 12,000,000 12,000,000
General reserve 20,000,000 20,000,000
Retained earnings 49,034,866 39,422,801
TOTAL SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY 81,034,866 71,422,801
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDER'S EQUITY $ 1,985,348,812 465,336,729

Commitments (notes 6, 7 and 8)

See accompanying notes to consolidated balance sheet.

This consolidated balance sheet is approved on behalf of the Board of Directors on June 1, 2005 by the
following:

Martin Sutter Director Nikhil Borcar Treasurer



Notes to Consolidated Balance Sheet

December 31, 2004
(Expressed in United States dollars)

le

1. General Information

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited ("the Bank"), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Credit
Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland (the "Parent"), is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas and is licensed under the Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 to
conduct international banking and trust services. The Parent and its branches and subsidiaries are
referred to in these consolidated financial statements as “Affiliates”.

The registered office of the Company is located in the Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley and
Charlotte Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. At December 31, 2004 the Company employed 52 (2003 - 42)
persons.

Lad

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
(a) Statement of compliance

The Bank’s consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as promulgated by the International Accounting,
Standards Board.

Basis of, Preparation

This consolidated balance sheet has been prepared under the historical cost convention and
the accounting policies have been consistently applied.

Basis of consolidation

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Bank and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries CB Administration Limited, CR Administration Limited and Credit Suisse
Wealth Management Limited (““CSWM7”), all of which were incorporated under the laws of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. CB Administration Limited and CR Administration
Limited were incorporated on August 31, 1995 to serve as corporate officers and directors
of companies managed by the Bank. CSWM was incorporated on September 5, 2003 to
provide private banking services to clients of the Bank and its affiliates.

All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated on consolidation.





(d)

(2)

Foreign currency translation

The reporting currency of the Bank is United States dollars, as a significant amount of the
Bank’s transactions are carried out in United States dollars‘and the majority of the Bank’s
assets are held in this currency.

Assets and liabilities maintained | in foreign currencies are translated into United States
dollars at the rates of exchange prevailing at the consolidated balance sheet date.

Financial instruments
Classification

Cash and cash equivalents are short term “highly liquid investments” which are teadily
convertible into known amounts of cash without notice or within three (3) months of
maturity when acquired.

Originated loans and advances are loans and advances created by the Bank providing
money to its customers other. than those created with the intention of short term profit
taking. Originated loans and advances comprise loans and advances to customers other than
purchased loans. ,

Held-to-maturity financial instruments are financial assets. and liabilities with fixed or
determinable payments and fixed maturity that the Bank has the intent and ability to hold to
maturity. These include cash and cash equivalents (except deposits on demand), deposits
with banks, deposits from banks, deposits from customers, securities purchased under
agreements to resell and securities sold under agreements to repurchase.

Recognition

The Bank recognizes held-to-maturity assets and liabilities and originated loans and

" advances on the day that funds are disbursed or received as applicable.

Ss

(g)

(h)

Measurement
Financial instruments are measured initially at cost, including transaction costs.

Subsequent to initial recognition all non-trading finapcial liabilities, originated loans and
advances and held-to-maturity assets and liabilities are measured at amortized cost less
impairment losses. Amortized cost is calculated on the effective interest rate method.

Derecognition

A financial asset is derecognised when the Bank loses control over the contractual rights
that comprise that asset. This occurs when the rights are realized, expire or are
surrendered. A financial liability is derecognised when it is extinguished. /

_ Assets under management

The Bank is engaged in the provision of asset management services involving a large
number of clients with substantial funds under administration.

Property held by the Bank in a fiduciary or agency capacity for its customers has not been
included in this consolidated balance sheet since such items are not assets of the Bank.

Other assets

Other assets include accounts receivable for fees billed to clients. The Company’s policy is
not to make a general provision for bad debts. However, all amounts ’ receivable are
written-off after a defined period of time has elapsed.

Securities financing arrangements

The Bank enters into purchases (sales) of investments under agreements to resell
(repurchase) substantially identical investments at a certain date in the future-at a fixed
price. Investments purchased subject to commitments to resell them at future dates are not
recognized. The Bank, under the terms of these agreements, has: the right to pledge or sell
the assets received. The amounts paid are recognized in securities purchased under

‘ agreements to resell. The receivables are shown as collateralized: by the underlying

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security. Investments sold under repurchase agreements continue to be recognized in the
balance sheet and are measured in accordance with the accounting policy for either assets
held for trading or available-for-sale as appropriate. The proceeds from the sale of the
investments are reported as liabilities to either banks or customers.

The difference between the sale and repurchase considerations is recognized on an accrual
basis over the period of the transaction. :

The Bank may pledge securities received as collateral to secure borrowings under -
repurchase agreements. As these securities received and subsequently repledged are not
owned or sold short by the Bank, these securities are not recognized.

Loans and advances to customers

Loans and advances are reported net of allowances to reflect the estimated fecoveeabis
amounts.

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Financial assets are reviewed at each balance sheet date to determine whether there is
objective evidence of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset’s recoverable
amount is estimated. Provisions ‘are established by charges against income and are
maintained at a level on by the directors to be adequate. to pee “for potential’

losses.

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‘Use of estimates .

The preparation of a consolidated. balance: sheet in accordance with IFRS requires .
management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the
consolidated balance sheet and the accompanying notes. These estimates are based’on’ .
relevant information available at the balance sheet date and, as such, actual results could
differ from those estimates.

Due from/to Banks — Time Deposits

Due from banks time deposits earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.60% to: 6.17% .at
_ December 31, 2004 (2003 - 1% to 5.04%).

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Due from Bank 2004 2003
CAD 2.16 - 2.58 2.60 - 3.23
EUR 2.02 - 2.15 2.05 - 2.66
GBP 4.71 - 4.84 3.73
NOK 5 tee 1.75 a B30
NZD : 6.17 5.04
USD 0.9 - 4.18 1.00 - 4.18
CHF 0.6-0.67 s

Interest was paid on balances due to banks — time deposits at annual rates ranging from 0.10% to
2.25% at December 31, 2004 (2003 —.0.08% to 2.13%).

ne
Due from Bank 2004 2003
EUR - 1.76 - 2.13
USD 1.41-2.25 0.08 - 1.55
JPY 0.1 : 0.1

Loans and Advances

Loans and advances are comprised of secured loans and overdrafts. Secured loans are those which
are either guaranteed by first class financial institutions and companies or are adequately
collateralized. Annual interest rates ranged from 0.89% to 4. 82% at December 31, 2004 (2003 -
0.75% to 3. 63%).



Due from Bank : 2004 2003
CAD 3.16 3.29
EUR 2 : 3.63
JPY 0.89 0.9
USD 2.07 - 4.82 1.67 - 3.22
CHF 1.21 0.75

Customers’ Deposits

Interest was paid on customers’ deposits balances at annual rates ranging from 0.19% to 5.25% at
December 31, 2004 (2003 - 0.13% to 419%).



CAD 1.38 - 2.18 1.5-2.61
EUR 1.13 - 2.08 1.06 - 1.99
GBP 3.94-4.52 ~ 2.94
NOK 1.06 1.69
USD 0.55 - 4.28 0.13-4.1
CHF ; 0.19 - 0.57 0:75
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6. Securities financing arrangements

" The Bank purchases financial instruments under agreements to resell them at future dates. The
seller commits to repurchase the same or similar instruments at an agreed future date. The securities
purchased under agreements to resell are entered into as a facility to provide funds to customers. At
December 31, 2004 securities purchased under agreements to resell were as follows:





Fair value of Carrying

wa ma aw ss agsets held as amounts of

collateral receivable

Government bills and bonds - § 117,103,562 92,796,824
Corporate bonds. 983,628 83,060
$ 118,087,190 92,879,884

The-Bank has pledged securities with a fair value of $101,192,577 from those received as collateral
for repurchase agreements with a fair value of $118,087,190 as noted below.

Sécurities purchased under agreements to resell earned interest at annual rates ranging from 0.55%
to 2.35% at December 31, 2004.

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2003



2004
“Bike ee 1.25 -2.35 -
Client ' 0.55 - 1.63 -

SS

. The Bank also raises funds by selling or pledging financial instruments under agreements to repay
the funds by repurchasing the instruments at future dates at the same price plus interest at a
predetermined rate. The securities sold under agreements to repurchase are ‘commonly used as a
tool for short-term financing of interest-bearing assets, depending on the prevailing interest rates.

At December 31, 2004 assets sold/pledged under agreements to repurchase were as follows: ;





Carrying

Fair value amount of

of underlying corresponding

assets liabilities

Government bills and bonds $ . 101,192,577 109,869,344

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase bore interest at annual rates ranging from 0.85% to
3.45% at December 31, 2004.



2004 ; 2003
Bank 0.85 -.1.65 . -
Client 1.45 - 3.45 -



7. Financial Instruments

The Bank is party to financial instruments with off-balance sheet risk and other derivative financial
instruments in the normal course of business to meet the financing needs of its customers.
Financial instruments include commitments to extend credit at fixed and floating rates, standby
letters of credit and currency swap agreements. These instruments involve, to varying degrees,

~~“@lertiéiits of credit and interest rate risk in excess of the amount recognized: in the consolidated

balance sheet. However, the Bank's credit risk is minimal, since most of the instruments have been
entered into on behalf of clients.

The contract or notional amounts of financial instruments reflect the extent of the Bank's
involvement in particular classes of financial instruments and do not measure the Bank's exposure
to credit or market risks and do not necessarily represent the amounts exchanged by the parties to
the instruments. The amounts exchanged are based on the contractual notional amounts and the
other terms of the instruments. Notional amounts are not included in the balance sheet and
generally exceed the future cash requirements relating to the instruments.

Interest rate, liquidity and currency risks

The Bank manages 1ts exposure to interest rate changes, liquidity and currency risk related to its
portfolio of loans, asset and liability deposits by maintaining a matched book of assets and
liabilities by currency and maturity. Its objective is to manage the impact of interest rate changes
on earings. The notional amount of derivative financial instruments used by the Bank to manage
interest rate and currency risks for clients accounts, forward contracts, at the balance sheet date was
approximately $15.74 million (2003 - $23.60 million), comprised of $7.87 million (2003 - $11.80
million) of purchase commitments, and $7.87 million (2003 - $11.80 million) of sale commitments.

Credit commitments

The Bank has outstanding in the normal course of business, payment obligations and guarantees of
$6,210,805 (2003 - $3,319,110). The Bank's maximum potential exposure to credit loss in the
event of non-performance by the other parties to the financial instrument for commitments to
extend credit is represented by the contractual notional amount of those instruments. The Bank
uses the same credit policies in making commitments and conditional obligations as it does for on-
balance-sheet instruments. Mernecrent does not anticipate any material loss as a result of these
transactions.

Fair value

Management estimates that the total fair value of loans and deposit assets and liabilities do not
differ materially from their carrying values given that average effective interest rates approximate
the current interest rafes available to the Bank for loans and placements and offered by the Bank for
deposit liabilities with similar maturities.

-8. Commitments

In 1998 the Bank entered into an agreement with Bahamas Financial Centre Limited to lease office
space for its operations. The lease commenced July 1, 1998 for an initial term of fiv years and
was renewed on July 1, 2003 for a further term of five years. The annual lease rental cost is
$710,620 plus service charges.

The Bank has entered into sub-lease agreements with one non-related party and four Affiliates to

sub-lease portions of the leased premises. The sub-lease agreements are for initial periods of 12-

months to 60 months, with options for renewal.

Assuming that options under lease and sub-lease agreements are exercised future minimum lease

payments, net of sub-lease payments to be received, for premises are as follows:





~ Not more'than one year $ 517,317
Between one and five years 1,810,610
$2,327,927

9. Related party transactions -

The Bank entered into various transactions with the Parent and other parties related by virtue of
common control. Transactions with related parties are entered into on commercial terms except as
noted below.

The consolidated balance sheet includes the following related party balances and transactions not
separately classified as affiliates on the consolidated balance sheet:





2004
Assets
Securities purchased under agreements to resell $4,303,317
_. -Liabilities--—-..-.--. -.---
Securities sold under seeenent to Fepluctinee 20,358,700
Investment management fee payable 1,874,447
Other liabilities 3,805,333



The Bank has a compensation arrangement in place for employees of CSWM wherein a part is
dependent on the performance of the subsidiary. The performance accrual for the period is included
in other liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet.

Effective January 1, 2004, the Bank bought the private client business from Credit Suisse First
Boston Bahamas Limited (“CSFBBL”). Under the sales and purchase agreement entered into
between the Bank and CSFBBL, private client assets and liabilities as of close of business on
_ December 31, 2003 were transferred at book values. The transfer was made at nil consideration
and generated no gain or loss for the Bank. Pursuant to the sale and purchase agreement the Bank
was assigned access on a continuing basis to a few of CSEDBut s propaciaty computer systems for
nil consideration. os

10. Pengion

The Bank participates in a group contributory pension plan for local cligible employees and
reimburses Credit Suisse, Zurich for expenses associated with the international contracted
employees' participation in their pension plan. The Bank's liability is restricted to the amount of the
contributions.

11. Taxation

Under the laws of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, there are poral no income, withholding
or capital gains taxes payable by the Bank.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 7B

12. Concentration of Assets and Liabilities

The following is an analysis of selected assets and liabilities by geographical location:
a







: Bnitish Virgin Cayman
Europe America Bahamas , Britain . Islands Panama _ Islands Other Totals

ASSETS
Due from

banks 347,731,754 1,442,494,789 2,039,931 5,191,412 - - - 328,887 1,797,786,773
Loans and

advances 775,961 2,488,336 6,552,743 — ~~ “#175,561. -...762,626 67, 1775; 050 5,562,810 91,093,087
Securities 11,478,239 42,825,078 3,437,488 22,079,922 = - ~°T3,059,157 ** 92,879,884
Accrued

interest . 2 ne ee

receivable 1,032,567 207,586 2,341,611 6,747 8 SS oe ec were 557 3,589,068

361,018,521 1,488,015,789 14,371,773 27,278,081 7,175,561 762,626 67,775,050 18,951,411 1,985,348,812 ~~

LIABILITIES
Due to banks 215,697,521 2,067,017 4,804,052 = = - = = 222,568,590
Customers’ ;

deposits 35,326,946 20,074,715 1,140,254,334 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3,705,683 221,524,116 1,562,852,197
Securities 19,368,100 84,828,808 = = fo - 5,672,436 109,869,344
Accrued ; ;

interest

receivable 6,321 1,898,101 6,886,608 - = - = 232,785 9,023,815



270,398,888 24,039,833 1,236,773,802 39,166,400 37,041,954 65,758,049 3,705,683 227,429,337 1,904,313,946

13. Maturities of Assets and Liabilities

The following is an analysis of assets and liabilities in order of maturity:











On demand : Up to | Year 1 to 5 years ~ Total
ASSETS :
Due from banks s 1,278,485,916 519,300,857 - 1,797,786,773
Loans and advances 4,129,762 86,963,325 - 91,093,087
Securities 92,879,884 - - ue - 92,879,884
Accrued interest receivable
and other assets . 1,430,897 1,558,912 599,259 ° 3,589,068
$ 1,376,926,459 607,823,094 599,259 1,985,348,812
LIABILITIES
Due to banks $ 2,874,340 219,694,250 = 222,568,590
Customers’ deposits 1,229,846,473 333,005,724 = 1,562,852,197
Securities 109,869,344 - i 109,869,344
Accrued interest payable
and other liabilities 6,101,216 2,922,599 = 9,023,815
$ — 1,348,691,373 555,622,573 ef 1,904,313,946




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rich or Ivan Basso,” Bruyneel Said.

Lance Armstrong's teammates may
have to wait a while for a Tour de
France victory when the record-break-
ing champion retires, according to
Associated Press.

Armstrong will quit cycling after
July's Tour, where he aims for a sev-
enth straight win and the first since the
Discovery Channel took over as team
sponsor.

The team's sporting director, Johan

Bruyneel, envisages a lean period after
the Texan's retirement.

“It will be a-different philosophy
when Lance has gone, everyone knows
that,” Bruyneel said. "We have tried to
get better over the last six years, and
when one important element has left
we have always tried to replace him.”

Although the Discovery Channel
team boasts talented young riders such
as Benjamin Noval and Yaroslav

Popovych, Bruyneel feels they may not
have enough experience to challenge
immediately fora Tour win.

“We have a lot of hope for ‘the
future, but not necessarily in the imme-
diate,” Bruyneel said. “More in two
or three years time.”

Teammate and close friend George
Hincapie is worried that Armstrong
will leave. a huge void when he retires.

“I don't know what it's going to be -

like to race without him,” Hincapie
said. “As soon.as a talented guy comes
along in America, I'm asked if he's
Lance's successor. I'm sorry, but I have
to answer that I don't think that will
happen for a good while.”

Asked who will win in Armstrong's

absence, Bruyneel picks one familiar -

name and another who made a stun-
ning impact on last year's Tour.
“The logical successors are Jan UIl-

“Basso's strength and: his’ spee are
incredible, more than last years
should expect that again in July.” -”

Germany's Ullrich has long been
Armstrong's main rival — winning: the
Tour in 1997 and finishing rupner-up
five times.

Italy's Basso impressed, Armstrong
in the mountains in last year’s Tous.
finishing third overall.







‘armer returns to claim
victory at festival after
triumphing in Florida



Ei By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter

A LOCAL cyclist has returned
home after achieving interna-
tional success to compete and
sharpen his skills against familiar
competition.

Just weeks after winning the
Florida State Cycling Champi-
onship last month, Lee Farmer

came first at the 5th annual Gre- .

gory Town Pineapple Festival
Cycling Classic in Eleuthera.
The 40-mile road race was

held over the Labor Day week-
end and has become a vital part
of the Pineapple Festival week-
end.

Farmer's closest competitor
was veteran cyclist Barron “Tur-
bo” Musgrove who finished
almost 10 minutes behind
Farmer's pace in a battle with
Basil Goulandris who finished
third.

This year’s version of the clas-
sic featured 6 divisions, includ-
ing four youth divisions.

years and under, 14 years and
under, and-an 11 years and under
division, while for junior girls,
there was a 14 years and ance
division.

Farmer, a native of New
Zealand and a member of VMG
racing, is the number one-ranked
cyclist in the Bahamas.

Other members of VMG Rac-
ing, Basil Goulandris and Mark
Holowesko also fared well.
Goulandris finished third overall
and Holowesko finished first in
the Master's division.

For junior boys there was a 17

Official results

Master's Division
Thr 28mins 23s 1st Mark Holowesko
ihr 37mins 05s 2nd Sam Brown
1hr 37mins 26s 3rd Robert Jones

Overall.(40 miles)

ist Lee Farmer

2nd _—_ Barron Musgrove
3rd Basil Goulandris
4th John Cox thr 39mins 04s
5th Mackey Williams Thr 39mins Elite Jr Boys 17yrs and under (40 miles)
26s ist Kevin Richardson

6th Edward Bethel ihr 43mins 49s
7th Kevin Richardson 1hr 45mins 42s
8th Mark Holowesko
9th Wayne Price
10th Sam Brown

11th RobertJones _
12th Thomas Mackey
13th Emilo Thompson
14th Timothy Sturrup

Jr Boys 14yrs and under (20 miles)

Thr 46mins 30s 1st Yorkell Bain thr OOmins 44s
thr 55mins 15s 2nd__—_ Elijah Knowles Thr OOmins 52s
thr 55mins 49s 3rd D’angelo Sturrup = 1hr 07mins 34s
2hr OOmins 26s 4th Tres Smith thr 10mins 32s
2hr 02mins 30s _ sth = Yelstin Bain thr 15mins 34s
2hr O8mins 20s :

Jr Boys 11yrs and under (20 miles)

ast Jay Major thr OOmins 42s
Elite Women (40 miles) “2nd — Anthony Colebrook thr 15mins 35s
ist Carmel Stucki ihr 44mins 32s 3rd Roy Colebrook Jr. 1hr 20mins 07s

nat Dereck Bethel Jr 1hr 21mins 01s
Open Women (20 miles)
ist Julianna Glinton
2nd __—s Christine Jones

9mins 43s éJr Girls 14yrs and under (20 miles)
Thr OOmins 34s. dst Kashna Williams hr 23mins 30s



@ LEE Farmer racing at the weekend Be
TRIBUNE SPORTS

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Williams-D arling ©
planning to up
the stakes as she
heads to Mexico



@ BERNARD Nottage thanks Keith Major, Senior VP of Collina Imperial yesterday, after they
donated 5100; 000.00 to the CAC Championships. See back page for the full story.

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune Staff)



fice fail to make the
grade for BGF selection

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Golf Federa-
tion will have to go to the selec-
tion committee to finalise the
team heading to the Caribbean
Amateur Golf Championships
and the World Championships
later this year.

At the final trials held over
the weekend in Grand Bahama,
only four players attained the
qualifying standards which were
initiated by the BGF this year.

Therefore, federation presi-
dent Neville Adderley said a list
of players names had been sub-
mitted by the selection com-
mittee to the general executive
committee for ratification.

The BGF will hold a meet-
ing tonight and will announce
the team on Wednesday.

“We didn’t focus on qualify-
ing last year, so I can’t base the
performances on last year’s tri-
als,” Adderley stated. “So I
think the fact that we had the
qualifying trials this year, the
players were focused on trying

to beat the course and not the

_ players.”

Based on the standards set,
only last year’s junior national
champion Scott Macdougall was
able to achieve the. qualifying
mark for the regulars on the
Hoerman Cup team.

He shot a 298 to surpass the
qualifying standards of 300.

Peter McIntosh was the first
player to make the team when
he earned his spot by winning

the national amateur: champi-

onship.
The remaining four players
for the Hoerman Cup team will

‘be selected tonight after they

failed to achieve the qualifying
mark.

The only team that had its
players make the team outright
are the seniors. Both Bobby
Rose and Vernon Wells from
Grand Bahama combined to

shoot a 284, which matched the

qualifying standards.

Rose had also achieved the
qualifying standard when he fin-
ished as the runner-up at the
national championship.

Racquel Riley was the only

other player to achieve the stan- ©

dard when she shot a 310 to go
well under the ladies’ standard
of 320 total.

“We set the standards based
on our analyses of the past
scores, bearing in mind that if
they shot those scores, they
would be in the top three,”
Adderley noted.

““But based on the list that
was submitted by the selection

committee, I feel if we go with -

their recommendations, we will
have a good chance of doing
very well in each category at
the championships.”

Although he did not stay for
the final day of competition,
Adderley said he was extreme-
ly pleased with the perfor-
mances of all the golfers from
what he had seen from Friday
to Saturday.

“They were focusing on beat-
ing the course, not the individu-
als,” he stated. “You always get
better results because of that.”

The tournament wrapped up
on Sunday.

BLTA tournament results

Here's a look at the results from the first two days of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
.ciation's Gatorade Senior National Tennis Tournament, being played at the National

Tennis Centre:
Ladies’ division

First round

@ Skye Powell (3) def. Elan-
qua Griffin 6-2, 6-1.

@ Tanea Miller def. Tashelle
Burrows.

@ Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Gia Deleveaux 6-0, 6-0.

@ Dyphany Mortier def.
Shaneicka Griffin 6-0, 6-1.

@ Chanelle Clare (2) def.
Chelsea Powell 6-0, 6-2.

Quarter-final round

@ Nikkita Fountain (1) def.
Crystal Johnson 6-0, 6-1.

@ Kerrie Cartwright (4) def.
Tanea Miller 6-1, 6-3.

Men’s Division

First round

@ Perry Attfield def. Tim
Dames 6-1, 6-1.

@ Archie Burrows def.

Dominique Teysseyre 6-4, 4-
e Ryan Knowles def. Philip
Major 6-2, 7-5.

® Johnathan Taylor def.
Justin Lunn 6-1, 6-0.

@ Ralph Cash def. Kermit
Strachan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

@ Royston Jones def. Van
Wilson 6-2, 6-1,

@ Wenzel Cooper def.
Addington Cambridge 6-4, 7-
5

@ Jason Rolle def. Stephen
Gordon 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

®@ Marvin Coleby def. Stafford
Armbrister 6-3, 6-2.

Round of 32

@ Chris Eldon (1) def. Brent
Johnson 6-1, 6-1.

@ Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Lightbourn 6-3, 6-1.

@ Robert Smith def. Kevin
Major 6-2, 6-1.

@ Neil Mactaggart (8) def.
Francis Wilson 6-0, 6-1.

@ John Pintard def. Blake
Powell 6-0, 6-0.

@ Gerry Kanuka def. Attfield
Perry 6-0, 6-1.

® Ceron Rolle (6) def. Archie
Burrows 6-0, 6-0.

@® Ryan Knowles def. Paul

- Wesley 6-2, 6-2.

@ William Fountain def. John-
ny Rodgers 6-1, 6-0.

@ Royston Jones def.
Desmond Perigord 6-0, 6-1.
@ Jonathan Hanna (7) def.
Javano Thompdon 6-0, 6-1.
@ Tony Fisher def. Marvin
Coleby 6-1, 6-2.

@ Johnathan Taylor def,
Anthone Williams 6-1, 6-0.

@ Matthew Sands (2) def.
Jason Rolle 6-0, 6-0.

Quarterfinal round
®@ Larry Rolle (4) def. Robert
Smith 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.



@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

TONIQUE Williams-Dar-
ling’s blistering world best of
49.95 is just an indication of
what to expect, says the

Olympic and World 400 metre

champion.
After out-lasting former
world leader Sanya. Richards

‘to easily win the women’s

400m race at the Prefontaine
Track Classic in Eugene, Ore-
gon on Saturday, Williams-
Darling said she had her sights
set on some more lofty goals
this year.

“Tt was a good race,” said .

Williams-Darling, who sur-
passed her season-opener of
50.2 last year: with her debut
this year.

“T think I got out really
good. J took the lead going
down on the back stretch and I
just kind of led the race. At
some point, I felt Sanya on the
side. of me.and we both
pressed towards the finish
line.”

Williams-Darling ran a
smooth and controlled race as
she held off Richards, who
trailed her through the tape in
49.98.

It was the first race this year
that more than one competitor
went under the 50-second bar-
rier.

But it was a race that had
five of the finalist from last
year’s Olympics entered.

Mexican Ana Guevera,
Williams-Darling's new arch-
rival, was also expected to be

in the line-up. But she opted

not to compete.

Instead, Guevera is waiting
on the much anticipated show-
down this weekend on her
home soil with Williams-Dar-
ling. -

It will be the first time the

two.meet since Guevera

turned the tables on Williams- ..

Darling, winning the IAAF
World Finals after the
Olympics was staged.. °

“IT would have liked to race
against her before we went to

Mexico, but I was shocked |

because all of the top 10 Nike
athletes had to be in the
meet,” said Williams-Darling,
who is sponsored on the inter-
national scene by Nike, just as
Guevera is.

“T didn't really know until a

day before the meet that she
wasn’t going to run in the race.
But that didn’t change any-
thing for me because I still had

.. to go out and run.”

Williams-Darling said the

‘Prefontaine meet really served

as a gauge for her going into
Mexico.

“Lreally didn't know where
I was, but now, instead of me
having that as my first race and
I'm not sure what I do, I’ m
glad this was my first race,”
Williams-Darling stated.

“So I feel pretty confident
where I'm at right now. It will
really help me going into the
meet in Mexico.”

To go there with the world's
fastest time takes the pressure
off Williams-Darling and puts
it squarely in the face of Guev-
era, who will now have to
respond before her home
crowd,

But Williams- -Darling said

she’s not going to let the time
get to her head.

“TI wasn’t really concerned
about the time. Right now, it's
about the next competition
and just improving," she insist-
ed. "The times are not impor-

-tant. But-I’m still keeping it in
focus."

After lowering the national
record to 49.1 last year,
Williams-Darling said reach-
ing the 48-second barrier is
another goal of hers.

“T don’t know if running 49
so early makes it that much

easier, but I just hope that it

will allow me to run 48 this
year," she said.

And along with her meet-
ing in Mexico against Guev-
era, there are a number of big
meets this year in which

Williams-Darling hope she will |

be able to achieve that goal.

After the trip to Mexico,
she will be coming home to
compete in the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations’ National Open
Championships here in two
weeks, a meet in Paris, France
before she return for the
Senior Central American and
Caribbean Championships
here as well.

If she doesn’t achieve the
mark in either of those meets,
Williams-Darling said she will
certainly put her focus on the

IAAF 10th World Outdoor

Championships in Helsinki,
Finland in August.

“This weekend was a great
time, but hopefully it will just
be a stepping stone to some of
the other goals that I want to
accomplish,” she summed up.



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& By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

NEIL ors pitching a gem of a
game as he fired a three- hitter, striking
out 12 batters to lead Freedom Farm to
a 4-1 triumph over Grand Bahama.

It wasa Ss ‘of last year’s final in the
boys’ 16-20 division in the Bahamas
Baseball Federation's 2005 Andre
Rodgers Junior National Championships.

Sunday’s victory at the Andre Rodgers
Baseball Stadium enabled Freedom
Farm to become champions again as they
played well defensively behind Forsythe
and produced the runs when they neRe
ed lte stay or top.

“T felt really good about my ne
performance because we had the defence

“and the offence. They didn't really let
me down,” Forsythe said.

“Even if I put runners on base, J knew
all of the players behind me was helping
me out."

Forsythe and Freedom Farm: came
close to shutting-out Grand Bahama.
But third baseman Brent Sands took
matters into his own hands and made
sure that did not happen.

Down 2-0 going into the fifth, Sands
belted a line drive deep in left centre-
field and advanced all the way to third.

‘Sands eventually scored with two out

ort a sacrifice fly from Culbert Evans Jr.’

Forsythe said there was nothing he
could do about the pitch he threw to
Sands. “He hit that ball very well. I was
surprised that it didn't go out. When he

-hit it, I said ‘oh boy, look like they are
going to get the-run’, ‘They did, so I had
“to go back and pitch.”

Grand Bahama's Ramon Grant
pitched a good gamé, scattering six hits
—with seven strike outs.

“They fight hard.to the end,” said
“Grant. "He (Forsythe) had his best stuff
tonight, but we fought them hard."

“Freedom Farm did not actually knock

SOL Grand Bahama until the fifth inning
when they banged Grant for four runs.

-o Sharad Johnson opened the frame

swith a double and caught a ride on a
> ground rule double from Forsythe as his

‘shot to right centre-field bounced over

“the fence.

».Deashon Smith followed with a sin-
ple and Albert Cartwright got his sec-
“ond hit of the night to score Forsythe.

. Freedom Farm’s manager, Greg Bur-

> fows Jr, said he could not have asked

>for a better performance from his play-











PP PTR

Hi by KELSIE JOHNSON
: Junior sports reporter

COLINAIMPERIAL has become
the official sponsor for the Central
American and Caribbean (CAC)
A aa next month with a
$100,000 donation.

The recently merged insurance com-

. pany presented members of the CAC

“committee with a cheque yesterday for
the championship games, which are set
for July 811, at the Thomas A Robin-
son stadium.

More than 500 world class athletes
from more than 33 countries
throughout the region are expected

“I’m very proud of them because they
actually stepped up to the plate and they
took it all on their shoulders and they got
the job done,” he insisted.

His assistant Geron Sands could not
agree more. “From day one when the
team was put together, I said there was
no way that we should lose a game,” he
said. “Everyone, including the players
on the bench, are good. -

"Tonight, we went with our best nine
and me and Greg just tried to motivate
them by talking to them inning after
inning and allowed them to play."

@ In the bronze medal game, the
Junior Baseball League of Nassau
knocked off the New Providerice All-
Stars 9-5 in eight innings.

Tied at 5-5 going into the extra inning,
JBLN produced four runs, highlighted by
catcher Stenard Duncombe's RBI sin-
gle. They were able to shut out the All-
Stars in the bottom of the frame to
secure the win.

In that eighth inning, Heath Pritchard,
Jason Albury, Matthew, Carey and pinch
runner Rico Nottage all scored, leaving
coach Teran Rodgers sighing with relief.

“Considering that I personally blew
the game last night (Saturday) against
Grand Bahama, allowing the pitcher to
pitch to one batter too many, which
would have put us in the gold medal
game, I think it was good for us to redem
ourselves and get the bronze.”

Rodgers, a nephew of the late Andre

Rodgers, whom the tournament was.

named after this year, credited his. ace
Jamie Collie for pitching a superb game.

Collie went the distance, throwing a
six-hitter, striking out 10 for the win.
Dalyn Williams was tagged with the loss
before he was relieved by Alcott Forbes.

Also on Sunday night, over at the
Churchill Tener, Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, Freedom Farm clinched
the coach's pitch gold medal with a 13-6
victory over JBLN.

Bryon Harvey got the win, while Leslie
Armbrister, Todd Isascs, Anthony
Romer and Shannon Mackey all scored
twice.

Luc Schaefer suffered the loss, while

- Brendon Kemp scored two runs for
JBLN.

And in the bronze medal game, Grand
Bahama clobbered their arch rivals Lega-
cy 24-7 behind the stellar pitching from
Antonio Griffin, who also helped his
cause with two hits and as many runs
scored.

to attend the meet next month

Several other companies have also
stepped forward with donations. So far
the committee has secured partner-
ships from the Ministry of Youth
Sports and Culture, American Airlines, -
IAAF sanctioning, Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations and Mon-
do company.

However, the committee has divided
the partnership and sponsorship aids in
categories — platinum, gold, silver and
bronze — all of which have different
price range.

Committee chairman Dr Bernard
Nottage said: “We’ve been very con-
cerned in having the finances we need- '

\

\

fi A FREEDOM Farm .
player swings his bat
against Grand Bahama

ed to make this a successful occasion.

“T want from the bottom of my heart
and on behalf of the committee to
thank Colinalmperial for this fine ges-
ture. This company has been a trend-
setter in the insurance and finical ser-
vices industry in our country and we in
the Bahamas believes that we are trend
setters in track and field in the
Caribbean and indeed the world.”

This will be is the biggest track and
field meet the Bahamas has hosted
since the construction of the national
track and field stadium.

The country has hosted several
Carifta games in the past, but according
to Nottage, the dedication being dis-



played by the government propels the
committee to keep the great name the
country has established.

“When it comes to hosting champi-
onships in our region, the Bahamas is
known as number one,” he said.

Costs

The committee is still inviting com-
panies to join in, with the cost of the
event expected to reach a little over $1
million — a hefty cost which includes
the assistance and services of the games.

Senior vice president and general
manager Keith Major said: ‘““We are



@ A FREEDOM Farm
player kicks up the dust:as
he slids at the base against
. Grand Bahama in the BBF’s
Andre Rodgers Junior
National Championships
Sunday at the Andre
‘Rodgers Baseball Stadium. =f
. (Photos: Felipé Major/
|”. Fribune Sports)





linalmperial backs CAC championships

extremely proud to be associated with
an event of this magnitude and pres-

" tige.

“We believe that our athletes should
be given every opportunity to compete
without the worry of sponsorship, so it
is our hope that by taking the lead in
partnering with the senior. CAC com-
mittee that others in the community
will lend their support.”

Five Bahamians took top prizes at
the last champions, which were held
in Grenada in 2003.

Forty Bahamians have reached the
medal podium at the games, since the
games’ irception in 1967 in Jalapa,
Mexico.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

‘Flats
are
back

And they look great

@ By JANICE MATHER found in the forefoot, and

“——Which bear the body’s entire
weight. The strain high heels
pose can lead to corns, ham-
mer toes, mallet toes and toe-
nails that, being constantly
banged and under pressure,
become blackened.

Flats are especially impor-
tant in childhood and teenage
years.

Understandably, high school
girls have followed high-heeled
shoe fashions in the past.
Unfortunately, their feet are
still growing and bones have

..not-fully.set until age.18 or 19.
That, Dr Raine explains, means

uckled or jeweled,

studded or beaded,

flats are back in

fashion, with a
vengeance. And, as it turns out,
not only do those new ballet-
inspired slip-ons, minuscule
Mary Janes, or modest mules
look great, they can be better
for you than certain higher
shoe styles.

Flats are
“better





FLAT shoes can be better
or you than certain higher

: (Photo: Felipé Major/
Tribune Staff)







out hae in a shoe

mind that less than ideal shoes for short

MOST of us don’t really want to throw
our spine out of alignment hard-wearing
killer heels for hours a day, all week, year
after year — or come home with feet so
frowsy and malformed we’re shamed to
take those shoes off.

Here are four tips to help you strike a
balance that will help care for your feet’s

:26 bones:and numerous joints.while pro-

viding comfort and a manageable degree.

periods of time may be all right. A pair of ~

shoes that seem to be killing your feet

after a day of work could be fine for two .

hours of sitting at church. -

Even for all-day wear on the job, what
may work for a banker who spends much
time sitting could be ae or a Die

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"may be necessary.



4. Materials
‘Feet tend to perspire more in manmade
leather shoes, which also don’t absorb per-
Spiration. Dr Raine says that sweat then
decomposes in the shoe, creating prime
fungus-growth conditions. That can be a
-«eparticubar-concern. for. those who. work
outside, and spend a lot of time on the

teenagers have been causing

3. Size

“By and large, low-shoes are
better for you, unless you’ll be
turbo-shopping,” says foot and .
ankle specialist Dr Deborah
Raine, of Bahamas Foot Cen-
tre.

Actually, tennis shoes or
styles as near them as possible,
are best, according to Dr
Raine.

That’s because they don’t tilt
the body as high shoes do, and

‘offer arch support, a downfall
for certain ultra-low styles. But
since constantly wearing ten-
nis isn’t practical — or desirable
— for many women, flat styles
are a welcome alternative to
higher styles, which can wreak
havoc on toes, toenails and pos-
ture. |

The higher a heel, the fur-
ther down into the shoe the
foot falls. This strains the
metatarsal bones, which are

permanent damage to their feet
by cramming them into shoes
that are too tight or too high.
The problem is compounded
since their bones are still softer,
which means this can be done
without experiencing much
pain — yet.

As a result of higher styles
that have been popular in the
past, bunions, not normally an
issue for teenagers, have been
showing up in girls who are far
too young for the problem.
And disfigured toes continue
to cause embarrassment later.

“You have girls who come
in here and say, ‘there ain’t-no
way I’m gonna get married
with my toes like this’...that’s
how embarrassing it is, that’s
how disfigured some people
get, without you knowing this is
what you’re- doing, because it
doesn’t: always hurt — it hurts



of style.

1. Heel and sole thickness



later... you can get all the way
through adolescence without
having any problems.”

Although an inch-and-a-half -

is a good heel height once feet
have finished growing, that
incline is still too much before
feet have finished growing, par-
ticularly for school shoes that
are worn hard, and worn often.

Girls with longer, thinner
toes are more at risk than those

a FLAT shoes (pictured) are back in fashion.

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Dr Raine recommends a one-and-a-half :
inch heel, which provides the arch sup-
port, which some flat shoes don’ t. Heels
higher than that, she warns, can cause the ©
body to tilt at an unnatural angle..

2. Activity-appropriate shoes

Before you throw out all your stilettos,
platforms and ultra-thin thins, bear in

: schoolgirls, Mary Janes, buck-

Have your feet measured, and buy shoes
appropriately. “It doesn’t matter what you
wear, if it’s too small it’s going to be bad
for you,” says Dr Deborah Raine, of
Bahamas Foot Centre. She explains that
wearing lower-heeled shoes can still be
harmful to toes if the foot is crammed into
it. As well as considering length, many
Bahamians have spent a lot of time bare-
foot or in sandals, which can contribute to
foot spreading, which means wider shoes

with less flexible, short, stub-
by toes.
Instead of igher shoes for

led shoes, loafers, and others
with three quarter inch heels
are the wisest choice.

Keeping your
flat shoes
healthy

Even amongst all flats, all
shoes are not created equal.
Super-thin-soled styles made
only of leather, with no rubber
sole — and thus no cushioning -
can trigger pinched nerves, and ~
may be best reserved for situa-
tions that require minimal
walking — from the house to.
car, car to restaurant, and
back.

Flat shoes may require
insoles for arch support, so that
the ligaments that stretch from
the toes to the heels aren’t
over-stretched, leaving feet
sore and bruised. Those whose
jobs require a lot of time spent
standing up, like hotel maids

See SHOES, Page 2C

\ move. For work shoes, go for at least one



pair of good leather shoes, which allow
perspiring feet to breath, and which stretch
to accommodate foot shape. This applies
not just to women, but also men, particu-
larly those who have very active jobs that
require a lot of running around or time
spent outside.

“What you play in is not that impor-
tant,” says Dr Raine. “For work, that
repetitive stuff, you want something that’s
doing your feet good.”



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New drink ‘makes y



feel happier longer’

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

n the fast-growing
functional nutritional
beverage industry,
every once in a while a
self-proclaimed “mir-
acle drink” grabs the spotlight.
Case in point, Noni Juice.
But a fairly new drink on the
market, Himalayan Goji Juice,
which claims to make you feel
happier for longer, is quickly
gaining popularity locally.

Last week, Dr Earl Mindell,’

who manufactures this juice,
and his associates, visited the
Bahamas to give a lecture on
‘ the product. Dozens of healthy-
minded individuals turned out
to the Holy Trinity Activity
Centre last Monday night to
hear about the benefits of Goji
Juice. Dr Mindell was sched-
uled to give the same presen-
tation in Freeport the following

day. He is the author of the

“Vitamin Bible” and ‘over 50
books on nutrition. :
Aptly named, his:.goji juice







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is produced from goji berries
grown in the Himalayan moun-
tains.

In an interview following the
presentation, Dr Mindell told
Tribune Woman and Health: “1
wouldn’t call (the goji berry) a
miracle plant, but it helps the
body to produce optimal
health. But the biggest thing
that I could say is that it helps
your mood.”

Nutrition

According to the nutrition
expert, the word goji in man-

_darin means happy.

“So it changes people’s
demeanor. They sleep better.
They wake up more refreshed,
more energetic,’ ’ he claims.

And in China goji is revered
for improving poor night
vision, according to the doctor.
“The Chinese have poor eye-

‘sight so people have said that
they notice the difference in "
‘their night vision after taking
goji juice. They can start to.
.Tead things that they couldn’t

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Himalayan Goji Juice gaining

popularity on local market

before, and.of course the
longer you drink the juice the
better the results.”

But there are always two
sides to any story — even in a
case like this, when testimonials
from’ around the world about

the benefits of Goji Juice are —

readily available:

According to a local dieti- -
'.cian, who preferred not to be

named, persons should not
generally accept anecdotal (tes-

timonials from others) reports’

when deciding what to con-
sume.

“Anecdotal reports are not
considered scientific evidence.

. They should look for articles

in peer-reviewed scientific j jour-
nals, not just any magazine,’

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the dietician suggests.

Dr Mindell came across the
goji berry almost 11 years ago
when a researcher from China
told him about the berry, which
grows primarily in the
Himalayan mountains.

These whole dried berries’

are burnt-red in colour and
about the size of a raisin.

' They’re vaguely sweet but also

a bit tart.

Definitely a new taste sen-
sation, but most people like
them on the first bite. Imagine
a taste that is somewhere
between a cherry, a sRahonnye*
and a raisin. : =:

These berries are gathered
wild, then shade-dried. They
are not fumigated, processed

or artificially sweetened in any:

way. It is said in Tibet (where it
grows wild) that “eating goji
berries in the morning will
make you happy the entire day
— with such a practice, eventu-
ally you can’t stop smiling”.

When Dr Mindell became
interested in closely research-
ing the berries, they could only
be exported to the US in a
dried berry form.

“Tt was not standardised, so it
wasn’t the same from batch to
batch. So it took four to five
years of pretty intense research
to isolate the active ingredients
so that it would be exactly the
same each time that you drank
it, so that it is exactly the same
as if you were to go.to the
Himalayas and pick a berry off

the vine and eat it,” Dr Mindell ~

explains.

The active ingredients of goji
are lycium barbarum polysac-
charides 1, 2 ,3 and 4.

And according to Dr Min-

Shoes (From page 1C)

or bartenders, can be prone to
this problem.

Dr Raine also warns against
styles with a toe that comes to

an’extreme point.

“They’re the. worst. Where
are those toes going if they’re
not slapping on top of each

_ Other?

“If you take your foot and
put it on top of one of these

shoes, (you'll see that) a lot has_

to go on to get that (foot) in,”
says Dr Raine, who explains
that wearing such shoes for a
short stint to church might not

dell, there are no contraindi-
cations, no toxicity and no side
effects that have been discov-
ered. The only side effect is

- that the individual smiles a lot, |

which Dr Mindell adds, is not a
bad thing.

The juice has already been
introduced to 14 countries and
Dr Mindell says that the
response has been “phenome-



ounces daily.

The local dietician says that
while he is not aware of any
scientific negative effects to
consuming goji juice, he is nat
aware of any scientific penkalls
either.

-“But I will say that these
things (nutritional juices) come
and go: If somebody is saying
that it helped them, I can’t say



“wouldn't call (the goji berry)
‘a miracle plant, but it helps the:
- body to produce optimal health. —
But the biggest thing that I could —
say is that it helps your mood ...
So it changes people’s demeanor...
They sleep better. They wake up,
more refreshed, more e energet

nal”.

Apparently, his 98 per cent
goji juice has been spectrum
analysed for purity.. Manufac-
turers say that the juice has a
lot of independent research
behind it, as being a powerful
immune supplement. Suggest-
ed use is one to three ounces
per day. But for therapeutic
use, between four and eight

“They're the
worst. Where
are those toes

going if they’re
not slapping
on top of
each other?

— Dr Deborah Raine

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that it didn’t. But we have to-be
careful about how we measure
the association between the
feeling good, and the source of
that feeling,” the dietician adds.

Causality has to be shown
scientifically in well-controlled
studies, so that the results that
are claimed actually come from
the reason that it suggests, the
dietician warns.



cause problems, while all-day,
all-week wear to work is much
more likely to wreak havoc on
feet.

But even short-term wear
doesn’t change the fact that, as
she says, “They’re just not
designed with any foot in
mind”.

“You think women designed
shoes for women? No ma’am,"
she says. “You ever seen a man
in high heeled shoes? They’d
only have to wear them one
day, and the design would
change.”


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LONI LO MReLeT
women means good
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n this 21st Century,

women’s health has

emerged as a major

health issue, especially

since for many fami-
lies, women head the house-
hold.

Women are also primary
contributors to the household
income, in addition to main-
taining their traditional roles
as caregivers and food and
nutrition gatekeepers.

; Women therefore have a
great influence on family health
and eating habits that will last
for generations. Good health
for women means good health
for the society.

- As in other countries of the

Western Hemisphere, women
are living longer in the
‘Bahamas. The average woman
‘today can.expect to live up to
‘73.8 years of age, according to
‘the Pan American Health
‘Organization’s Basic Health
Andicators 2001 for the
‘Bahamas.

| Itisalso recognised that with
ithe longevity of women in soci-

‘ety comes a greater suscepti-

‘bility to disease and disability
‘as they age.

The greatest challenge to
women’s health in the
‘Bahamas may be attributed to
amproper lifestyle practices of
Some women, including poor
dietary practices, resulting in
“conditions/diseases such as

. heart disease, hypertension,
“diabetes mellitus, cerebrovas-
“cular disease and cancer. Some-

“times these diseases are termed
‘nutrition-related because in
many instances they have
“developed as a result poor eat-
ing habits over an extended
period.

The challenge for many
women is even worse if there is
ited 'tenideiicy) for the devel-
opment of these diseases.

Added to this is the fact that

many women are far too busy.

taking care of their families and
working (which is good), and
pay little attention to their own
health until, in many cases, it is
too late.

Women’s
health and
“heart disease

Most women do not recog-
nise heart disease as a leading
“health problem and cause of
death for women in the
_Bahamas today.
“i: In fact, among the 10 leading
,causes of death in the female
;population for all ages for 2000,
‘Heaet disease is ranked a close
.second behind HIV disease
(AIDS)...

Although Lighten Up & Live
“Healthy i is not aware of any
study conducted in the
Bahamas on women’s aware-
ness of and attitudes towards
heart disease and stroke, we
have seen from our general
‘practice that more women are
concerned about getting can-
.cer and HIV/AIDS.

While it is acknowledged
that awareness of these dis-
eases is critical to women’s
health, we wish to remind
women to look at all health
problems that present chal-
lenges to their general health
and well being. More impor-
tantly, Lighten Up & Live

Healthy would like for women .

to become aware of risk fac-
tors that are within their pow-
ers to modify, as well as those
that are not.

Heart disease
‘risks that
women
cannot
change

According to the American
Heart Association, there are
risk factors that place certain
women in a higher risk catego-
ry of developing heart disease,
more than the ordinary
women. These include: __

¢ Increasing age — compared
to men, many women before
the age of menopause seem to
be partly protected from heart
disease, heart attack and





LIGHTEN UP & LIVE HEALTHY



stroke. Why this difference
exists is not quite clear, accord-
ing to scientists. The incidence
of heart disease increases with
age in women and is believed
to be attributed to the loss of
natural estrogen as women
approach and go through
menopause.

Women, who have reached
this stage in life because of age
or surgery, should contact their
doctors for advice on how to
reduce their risk of heart dis-
ease at this stage of their life.

¢ Sex/Gender - men have a
greater risk of heart attack than

women do, and they have

attacks earlier in life.

A woman’s risk rises after
menopause but never reaches a
man’s risk level.

¢ Heredity — children of par-
ents. with heart disease are
more likely to develop it them-
selves.

Health risks
women can
treatand —
change

Just as women can’t control
their age or sex, women can’t
control their family history.

It becomes more important
for women to treat and control
the other risk factors they may
have.

The American Heart Asso-
ciation notes that the follow-
ing risk factors are within the
power of women to change.

e Cigarette smoking —-
smoker’s risk of heart attack is
more than twice that ‘of non-
smokers. Cigarette smoking is

the biggest risk factor,for sud-

den cardiac death; smokers

have two to four times the risk.

of non-smokers.

Smokers who have heart :
attacks are more likely to die

and to die suddenly (within an
hour) than are nonsmokers.
e High blood cholesterol lev-

_ els — the risk of coronary heart

disease rises as blood choles-
terol levels increase. When
other risk factors (high blood
pressure and cigarette smoke)
are present, the risk increases
even more. Age, sex, heredity
and diet also affect a person’s
cholesterol level.

¢ High blood pressure — high
blood pressure incréases the.

heart’s workload, causing the..

heart to enlarge and weaken
over time. It also increases the
risk of stroke, heart attack, kid-
ney failure and congestive
heart failure.

When high blood pressure
exists with obesity, smoking,
high blood cholesterol levels
or diabetes, the risk of heart
attack or stroke increases sev-
eral times. ;

e Physical inactivity —lack of
physical exercise is a risk factor
for coronary heart disease.
Regular, moderate-to-vigorous
exercise plays a significant role
in preventing heart and blood
vessel disease.

Even modest levels of low-
intensity physical exercise are

’ beneficial if done regularly and

long term. Exercise can help

‘control blood cholesterol, dia-

betes and obesity as well as
help to lower blood pressure
in some women.

e Obesity and overweight —
in the Bahamas it has been well
established and scientifically
documented that more than 50
per cent of adult women are

overweight and/or obese.

Women who have excess
body fat (people in general for
that matter) are more likely to
develop heart disease and
stroke even if they have no oth-
er risk factors.

Obesity is unhealthy because
excess weight increases the

strain on the heart. It is direct-_

ly linked to heart disease
because it influences blood
pressure, blood cholesterol and
triglyeride (lipid/fat) levels, and
makes diabetes more likely to
develop.

If women (as well as men)
can lose as little as 10 to 20
pounds you can help lower
your heart disease risk. ,

e Diabetes mellitus — dia-
betes seriously increases the
risk of developing heart dis-
ease.

Even when glucose levels are

' under. control, diabetes seri-

ously increases the risk of heart
disease and stroke.

More than 80 per cent of
people with diabetes die of
some form of heart or blood
vessel disease.

If you are a woman and have
diabetes it’s critically impor-
tant for you to monitor and
control any other risk factors
you can.

The Dietary Guidelines of
the Bahamas advises:

e Use our drum to help you
choose a variety of foods daily.
Eating healthy keeps you

Obesity is
unhealthy
because
excess
weight
increases
the strain
on the heart |

healthy. Choosing a variety of
foods every day in moderation
will balance your diet and keep
you feeling good.

¢ As often as possible, limit
the amount-of high fat and
greasy foods you eat everyday.
Trim off fat. Remove skin.
“Ease-up” on the greasy
foods...” go for leaner cuts of
meat and poultry.

e As often as possible,
choose foods with less sugar
and less salt. Eating too much
“high seasoned” and sweet
foods increases your risk of
developing heart disease, high
blood pressure and Type II
Diabetes or “sugar’. ~

¢ Choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables everyday.

¢ Make physical] activity and
exercise a part of your lifestyle.
It can be fun and beneficial to
your body, mind and soul. Aim
for enjoyable exercise at least
four times each week.

Women, if you desire further
information on heart health
and nutrition or want a copy
of these guidelines, feel free to
contact the Nutrition Unit,
Department of Public Health,
Ministry at no cost to you. The
Dietary Guidelines are avail-
able free of charge. Pick up one
at any time.

'¢ This article is provided by
nutritionists Adelma Penn and
Camelta Barnes of the Nutri-
tion Unit, Department of Public
Health, Ministry of Health.

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Dear Doctor Carey,

Iam awoman

in her fifty-fourth
year. I think I am
going through
that stage of
menopause. I am
having problems
with having sex.
I have no feeling
for men at this
time, what can

I do to help
myself? Thanks
for your answer.

_ Sheila

Dear Sheila,

What you appear to be
experiencing is not uncom-
mon in women as they enter
the menopause era of their
lives.

Menopause signals the loss
of reproduction, not the loss
of a woman’s sex life.

The majority of women 50-.
60 years of age admit to a

healthy sexual appetite.

‘In some it is increased as

Certified Member



TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 3C

@ Dr Reginald Carey
Obsietrician/
Gynaecologist

they embark on the second
phase of their life, free from
the worry of pregnancy. By
now, for many women, the
child rearing has been com-
pleted so they have more
money to spend on them-
selves. For many, life has.
reached somewhat of a bal-
ance where the mortgage is
paid, a pension is secured.
and some investment(s) have
been made.

Loss of interest in sex may
occur for several different
reasons. One of the obvious

is that declining hormone leve«::
els causes physical changes”

such ‘as‘hot flashes; night”



matters

your heath questions answered





sweats, bladder and urinary
tract problems, mood
changes with general irri-
tability and difficulty sleeping

(insomnia). Talk to your doc-

tor about available medical
help for your concern, such
as vaginal lubricants, adjust-
ing any medication that is
being taken and whether hor-
mone replacement therapy is
appropriate for you.

Attitude is most important
and you must maintain a
good self esteem.

Do not yield to the temp-
tation to “just let yourself
go”. You want to know you
look beautiful and feel beau-
tiful and desirable. Regular
exercise, getting sufficient
sleep, a well balanced diet
and avoiding excessive stress-
es, (or bringing them to quick
resolution when they arise), |
engender a boost in self con- .
fidence and improve sexual
desire. .

e 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 obstetrician/gynaecologist.
Please send questions via e-
mail to tribune@tribuneme-

‘dia.net or mrassin@doctorsh-

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005, PAGE 5C





The Tribune

@ By JANICE MATHER

n theory, meditation
sounds simple; sit com-
pletely still, with a
focused, relaxed mind.
In practice, of course,
that’s easier said than done.
Yoga teacher Margaret
Evans and Gulshan Noorani,
meditation instructor, who both
hold lessons at Trinity
Methodist Church, provide
advice on how long to medi-
tate, what to look at — or not
look at — and how to maintain
concentration when learning to
meditate.

Starting a routine

Both instructors agree that
it’s important to start small.
Ms Evans suggests: an 8-10
minute routine, increased to
15-20 minutes after about a
month, gradually working
towards half an hour to and an
hour, every morning. But if
that’s not feasible, then con-
tinue the routine in whatever
time increment you can main-
tain.
“The idea is that you do it
every day,” says Ms Evans. “If
10 minutes is all you can fit into
the schedule before you have
to get up and.get the kids ready
or whatever, then that’s what
you focus on.”
According to Ms Noorani,
three five-minute sessions a day
is a good starting point. She,
however, suggests increasing
‘ meditation time without hav-
"ing goals in mind. Goals that
aren’t reached, she says, can
* become a deterrent to com-
mitment.

. When starting a routine, she
: explains, “beginning small is
best since shorter times are. eas-
ier to master, which-means

CLINICIANS and
researchers have found that
more than three quarters of
heart attack patients have been
infected with chlamydia pneu-
moniae, a bacteria found in
arteries of heart attack patients,
and multiple -studies -have
found this can double the risk
of developing subsequent heart
attacks.

Initial studies suggested that
an antibiotic regimen to treat
the chlamydia pneumoniae
could reduce the risk of coro-
nary events, Cox News Service
has reported.

Reduction

However, researchers from
the TIMI Study Group at
Brigham and Women’s-Hospi-
tal, in an international clinical
trial, found that despite long-
term. treatment with gati-
floxacin, an antibiotic often
prescribed to successfully treat
chlamydia pneumoniae,
patients did not experience a
reduction in recurrent cardiac
events. These findings were
published in the April 21-issue
of the New England Journal of

Bacteria can
double risk
of another

heart attack

your experience will become
positive sooner, motivating you
to continue”.

Gaze

For a more visual experi-
ence, Ms Evans suggests using
inspirational images — a piece
of artwork, pictures of spiritu-
al teachers or family members,
even a calendar of beautiful
flowers —.as focal points for
meditation. Having something
to focus on can, she explains,
help in focus and concentra-
tion.

Ms Noorani prefers medita-
tion without images, since, she ~
says, one can become reliant *
on them for concentration.:
Instead, she suggests keeping
the eyes slightly open, which
allows you to remain aware of
your surroundings, without >
being distracted by them. Clos-
ing them could make it easier
for imagination and fantasy to
take over.

Breath

Breath is the most basic non-
visual focus tool. By. focusing
on deep, rhythmic breathing,
the heart rate slows, helping
calm muscles and mind, and
allowing both to work more
efficiently.

“If you were in a fearful sort
of situation, your heart rate
might increase, you might stop
breathing, you might panic.
The idea is, by focusing on the
breath in that sort of situation,
you are allowing your brain to.
get the oxygen it neéds to fig- .

‘ure out what you need to do

to get away from whatever it !
is that’s causing this reaction,”
says Ms Evans, who: explains
that this can come: in a in:



Medicine.

According to study principal. "

investigator Dr Christopher P -

Cannon, although chlamydia ©

pneumoniae may have played.a'- *
role in starting the process of!
arterosclerosis, once patients

. have documented-heart dis- ..
ease, it appears to be too late to

treat the infection.
Arteries

“Instead, we need to focus
on reducing the cholesterol
build-up and inflammation in
the arteries, using high-dose
statins and other treatments,”
he said. ,

Cannon noted that while
there are many identifiable risk
factors for arteriosclerosis,
many patients do not exhibit
these risk factors. This has
prompted ongoing research to
find additional markers that
will help clinicians identify and
then stop progression of car-
diovascular disease. Chlamy-
dia pneumoniae, one of these
new, non-traditional risk. fac-
tors, has been associated with.
the development of arte-

_tiosclerosis and heart attacks.

HEALTH

PART TWO



ing to write a test to dealing
with a snake that’s found its
way into the house.

Mantras

Mantras are words or phras-
es repeated, allowing you to
focus without getting caught up
in thoughts.

“Thoughts, when you’re
thinking about daily life, build
-on each. other. So.you start off
“with, ‘oh I gotta havea cup of
‘tea, oh I shouldn’t have any
more sugar, oh no, my diet is

going crazy, oh I should do this,

do that’,” says Ms-Noorani.
“You can lead yourself into all
kinds of negativity and. inflated



“The idea
is that you
do it every

day.”

— Margaret Evans

scenarios that are nonexistent,
that were created based ‘on the

- original thought that you had,

that you wanna have a cup of
tea,” she says. “When you say
a mantra, it leads you back to
the mantra it keeps you on the

‘

spot... The more you stay on

the spot without the mind run- .

ning around, then the mind
begins to settle.”
Using an uplifting, inspira-

tional word — like “hallelujah” _

—as your mantra can help set a
day on the right track, says Ms
Evans, so that when a stress-
ful scenario arises, you might
take it not as a reason to upset
yourself, but as a chance to
take time to be quiet again.
Concentration

Tackling meditation on your »
own is feasible, but joining a...

group can make it easier to

’ break into a routine, accord-

ing to Ms Noorani.
“It is much easier to quit
when you’re alone,” she says.
“When you're in a class setting,
the desire to run away and quit

Bahamas Cancer Society
receives donation from.



@ Pictured, from left: Lovern Wildgoose, board member, the Bahamas Cancer Society; Charles Sealy,
chief operations officer, Doctors Hospital; Terry Fountain, vice-president, the Cancer Society; Susan Roberts,
treasurer, the Cancer Society; and Michele Rassin, assistant vice-president operations, Doctors Hospital.




is challenged by your need to
stay and participate. If you do
it on your own at home, it’s
much easier not to go through
with the whole process.”
Whether you decide to med-
itate alone or in a group, with
only a mantra, or with a focal
image as well, there are bound
to be days when.it’s difficult to:
concentrate. When that time

‘comes, Ms Evans says, “It’s not

about engaging the thoughts

‘that. you’re having, but watch-

ing them arrive, then gently

coming back to the focus of

mantra and breath.”

- Even long-time meditation
practitioners still, she says,
experience “monkey mind”. If .
you find yourself daydreaming,
don’t beat yourself up — just
gently regain your focus and
continue.


























THE Bahamas Cancer Society ,
received a much-needed donation that
will help the organisation complete the
second phase of its Cancer Caring Cen-
tre, a hospice for cancer patients.

Doctors Hospital made the donation
during the society’s major fundraiser,
the annual Gala Ball.

“We are so appreciative of generous
sponsors such as Doctors Hospital;
because of their continuous commitment
and the support of others like them, by
mid-summer the building will be com-
pleted.

“The driveways will be paved, the gar-
dens planted and the staff will be ready
for patients to come: and visit and stay at
their ‘home away from home’,” said

Susan Roberts, treasurer of the Bahamas
Cancer Society.

However, there is still a lot to be done
—a task eagerly undertaken by the Can-
cer Society — but they will need more
assistance from the community and oth-
er corporate partners. ,

Legacy

Doctors Hospital has been a benefac-
tor of the Cancer Society for a number of
years, beginning with a legacy left behind
by Norma Gaitor, a biomedical techni-
cian and coordinator for the Facilities
Management Department at Doctors
Hospital.

Ms Gaitor was one of the chief dream



weavers of the Cancer Society’s Cancer
Caring Centre and founder of the soci-
ety’s Thrift Shop.

Funds from Doctors Hospital will help
with the mounting construction costs
associated with completing the building.

Charles Sealy, chief operating officer
of Doctors Hospital, and Michele Rassin,
assistant vice-president operations, were
on hand for the cheque presentation.

“It is our pleasure to support the Can-
cer Society as they.continue to make
such a lasting difference in the lives of
patients with cancer and their families
and friends,” said Mr Sealy.

“The Cancer Caring Centre is a won-
derful projéct to share the Cancer Soci-
ety’s message of hope.”


Me

PAGE 6C, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

THE TRIBUNE



A closer look at health and
fitness for ‘older persons’

n the

region, the term elder-

ly often refers to per-

sons age 60 years and

over. However, the
American Geriatric Society
classifies older persons into
three groupings:

® young-old persons aged
between 65-74 years;

e middle-aged old persons
aged between 75 and 84 years;
and

* old-old persons aged 85
years and older.

In the Bahamas, for the var-
ied reasons, the term elderly
or older persons refers to indi-
viduals aged 65 years and over.

Within the context of the
Bahamian Health Care System,
when one speaks about health
and fitness among older per-
sons, recommendations are

‘broken down to account for the

three groups in accordance
with the American Geriatric
Society mentioned above (the

Caribbean

young-old, middle-aged and
old-old). Each grouping has
different health and fitness
requirements; hence different
recommendations are made for
each grouping as they relate,
specifically, to activities and
dietary recommendations.

As for health and fitness in
the ‘young-old’ group, it is
important that persons
between 65 and 74 years of age
maintain a health routine that
is similar to that recommended
for persons between 20 and 40
years. Such individuals should
strive to prevent ill health and
disease through maintaining his
or her aerobic capacity and
strength; which is essential for
both physical and psychological
well being.

Recommendations for the
middle aged-old and old-old
persons are modified to suit
their individual needs. Despite

‘the tendency to be frail and

fragile in nature, older persons

Symptoms of an
enlarged prostate

IF they live long enough,
most men will eventually suf-

fer from an enlarged ©

prostate gland.

An enlarged prostate is
troublesome but not usually
life threatening: ane symp-
toms.are:

e increased urge and fre-
quency to urinate, especially
during the night;

¢ flow problems (delay in
onset or decreased or slow
stream) or;

® not emptying the blad-
der all the. way.

These symptoms wnidicats
that your prostate gland has
enlarged enough to partially

. obstruct the flow. Treatment
for an enlarged prostate
_ includes medication to relax
the bladder neck muscle or
to cause the prostate to
shrink or surgery, if needed.

No treatment is needed if ”

symptoms are mild, but reg-
ular exams should be done
to see if symptoms worsen.
Because. an enlarged

Doctors Hospital Distin-

guished Lecture Series: Dr

Robin Roberts will speak on
the topic “Male Menopause,
Fact, Fiction or Reality” on
Thursday, June 16, 6pm in
the hospital’s conference
room.

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-
ence room.

The Bahamas Diabetic
Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm
(except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School,

prostate can lead to kidney
problems, contact your doc-
tor immediately if you expe-
rience:

e a burning sensation
when you urinate;

_“\¢ pain in the lower back, .

groin or testicles;
e fever and chills.

An enlarged prostate does

not necessarily indicate the
presence of prostate cancer.
A digital rectal exam can be
done in your doctor’s office
to screen for prostate cancer
and a blood test called a
Prostate Specific Antigen
(PSA) should also be per-
formed.
’ For more information on
men’s health, Dr Robin
Roberts will be the speaker
at Doctor’s Hospital Distin-
guished Lecture Series,
Thursday June 16 at 6pm to
discus “The Male
Menopause, Fact, Fiction or
Reality.”

Source: Doctors Hospital

- Grosvenor Close, Shirley

Street.

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 respirato-
ry arrest and gives preven-
tion strategies to avoid sud-
den 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-Ipm. Contact a Doc-
tors Hospital Community
Training Representative at
302-4732 for more informa-
tion and learn to save a life
today.

Alcoholics Anonymous
meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday,
6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-
liam & 6pm-7pm &
8.30pm-9.30pm; @ Sacred
Heart Catholic Church,
Shirley St, on Friday at 6pm.



can benefit from exercise.

Exercise is (still) the main
preventive measure for reduc-
ing risk for the onset of chron-
ic illness in older persons as it is
for younger persons. In the old-
er population, exercise is also
used for rehabilitation purpos-
es within this population, as
many older persons tend to
have multiple chronic illness-
es, such as arthritis and heart
disease.

A well-balanced appropri-
ately prepared diet in the right
proportion at suitable times, is
also necessary to maintaining
the health and well being of
this population.

It is very important for older
persons to remain both fit and
healthy because it contributes
to a state of equilibrium (bal-
ance).

A health and
fitness plan
for older
persons

Primarily it is very important
that older persons have a com-
plete physical exam to rule out
any active disease. It is not in
their best interest for older per-
sons to undertake a fitness pro-
gramme or engage in any form
of physical activity if their
hypertension or diabetes is not
controlled. However, exercise
is one of the key aspects of
hypertension and diabetes
management. —

Increased physical activities
(exercise, walking, swimming,
jogging and dancing) have been
proven to improve and stabilise
conditions such as diabetes and
hypertension to,the point

_where drug therapy was: dis-
continued. Moreover; thes

activities help to prevent such
conditions from developing in
some persons. It is important to
note that many persons have
been found to suffer from
hypertension and diabetes for
many years without being
aware of it; discovering it only
when going to see the doctor
for some other complaint. This
is why a physical exam by a
health care practitioner is rec-
ommended prior to starting a
fitness programme.

A physical
exam

As a part of the physical
assessment to determine the
health status of older persons
wishing to embark on a fitness
programme, the doctor will
conduct:a number of simple
tests. These may include,
checking the blood pressure
and blood sugar levels, sound-

ing the chest and heart and in

some cases requesting an X-
ray of the chest and a heart test

' (Electro Cardiac Gram (ECG).

These will help to assess the



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state of the heart and lung.and
find out whether the person
has a heart condition, diabetes
or high blood pressure, and
whether there is a need to
delay starting or changing the
plans a bit until their condition
is stable enough for them to
start the programme.

Arthritis is one of the major
complaints in older persons
and often hinders free move-
ment in affected persons
because of the pain, stiffness
and inflammation in one or
more of the joints: It is often
perceived that because a per-
son has arthritis it is not sensi-
ble to exercise because it caus-
es a worsening of the condi-
tion.

Contrary to common beliefs

concerning: the relationship
between exercise and arthritis,
it is proven that.exercise can
relieve symptoms of arthritis.
Regular, gentle exercise can
have many benefits for people
with arthritis.

Exercise can:

® facilitate joint nourishment;

© ease pain and joint stiff-

ness;

¢ improve flexibility;

e build muscular strength
and improve balance;

* reduce joint deformity and

improve posture;

e reduce the effects of osteo-
porosis (thinning of the bones)
by maintaining bone density;

¢ improve overall health and
fitness and lower stress levels
and;

¢ maintain a healthy body

weight.

Different |

» types of E

exercise

An inflamed, hot or painful
joint needs rest. However, too
little exercise can cause mus-
cle weakness, pain and stiff-
ness. People with arthritis
should do some form of physi-
cal activity every day, such as:

¢ Mobility exercises — to
maintain or improve the joint’s
range of motion and flexibility,
such as stretching.

e Strength exercises — to
build muscle strength and pro-
vide stability to the joints, and
improves your ability to per-
form daily tasks.

e Aerobic exercises — to
improve cardiovascular fitness,
such as walking or cycling.

Useful
exercises

Many different types of exer-
cise are suitable for people with
arthritis, including:

e Warm water exercise

° Dancing

¢ Swimming

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e Walking

e Chair exercises |

e Low impact aerobics and
strength training

° Tai Chi

Here in the Bahamas, for-
mal groups exist that seek to
address the holistic need of old-
er persons. These include, the
Bahamas Association of
Retired Persons and the Urban

Renewal Projects senior citi- -

zens groups.

According to Nurse Justina
Knowles, there is a great need
in the Bahamian society to dis-
pel the myth that older persons
need only to rest each day.
This, she says, is based on the
perception that such persons
have worked hard all their: lives
and there is a need to reward
them by allowing them to
become inactive. This involves
allowing them to sit day and
night in the confines of their

home, watching television or -

simply resting in a bed or
couch.

Often family members think
that all older persons need is

to be taken for extended week-

end and holiday rides, rather
than being encouraged to take -

walks in their neighbourhood .

park or on the beach, and/or
assist with household chores or
keep a garden; all of which are
forms of remaining physically
active.

The appeal by both Dr Agre-
ta Eneas-Carey and Nurse
Knowles to all Bahamian fam-
ilies that have older persons in
their network is to encourage
older members of their family

_tobecome and remain physi- _
meally active as this helps to°

piaintain their physical, and:
emotional state of well beingss:
Another important aspect
relevant to the health and fit-
ness of older persons is that of
adequate nutrition. A well bal-
anced diet is essential for all
humans irrespective of age.
Therefore, the dietary require-
ment and recommendation for
older persons is the same as for
all persons across the life cycle.
‘It is important to remember,
however, that often many old-
er persons in our society suf-
fer from one or more chronic
illnesses in many instance it is
diabetes, hypertension or both.
The diet must therefore be tai-
lored to whatever state the
individual is in, in the absence
or presence of an illness. Nev-
ertheless, a healthy balance of
a variety of foods should be
incorporated into the daily
meal selection. It is important
for older persons as with every
other age group across the life
cycle to:
° use the new dietary guide-
lines for the Bahamas;
: @ limit the amount of high
fat and greasy foods they eat;
e make starch vegetables,
peas and beans a part of their
diet;

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ar and salt;

¢ choose a variety of fruits
and vegetables daily;

e drink plenty of water every
day;

avoid or limit the use alco-
holic beverages and;

¢ choose foods for their
nutritional value and not for
the name brand or cost.

As persons age, the taste
buds lose their ability to dis-
tinguish the flavours of sweets
and salts. Consequently, there
is the tendency for older per-
sons to add excessive amounts
of sugar. It is known that excess
of both sugar and salt con-
tribute to ill health. Therefore,
to compensate, relatives need
to add spices that will enhance
the flavour of the food with-
out increasing the undesired
health effects.

Dr Carey advises that the
drinking of plenty: water be
encouraged. Water is very,
very, important to maintaining
the healthy state of the body.
Often older persons do not

- drink sufficient water. In many

instances the underlying.cause
is that they pass urine more fre-
quently. Due to decreased
mobility, some persons wet
themselves and are unable to
maintain the level of hygiene
that they or their caregiver
desire, so they reduce the
amount of water consumed.
This is not a good practice
because water serves many
functions that are linked to
maintaining a healthy body.
Replacing water with soda,

diet soda, coffee, tea, or alcohol

does not work as well as drink-

ing water, ‘especially if the bev- |

erage produces a diuretic

- effect.

If the taste of plain water is

‘ the problem, try putting lemon,
. lime or an orange slice in the +

glass of water.

Finally, with increasing age,
the wall of the stomach loses
elasticity (that is the ability to
open and close or expand and
contract). As a result the stom-
ach gets full very quickly. It is
advised that older persons be
given smaller, frequent meals.
Instead of large servings, divide

the meals into smaller portions |

and offer it at two-three hour
intervals so that the.right
amount of food is consumed
over the course of the day:* *:

¢ For more information on
health and fitness in older per-
sons contact the gerontology
clinic (clinic for older persons)

_ at the-community clinic nearest

your home or Dr Agreta
Eneas-Carey, Justina Knowles
or the Physical Therapy
Department at the Public Hos-
pitals Authority, Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.

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PAGE 8C, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2005

GARDENING

THE TRIBUNE











une is the month
when we can expect
the rainy season to
start in earnest, with
plenty of afternoon
thundershowers. If we get
enough rain it will cut back on
our need to water with hoses
and sprinklers and allow us
time for other garden chores.
One of them may well be
pruning. Unfortunately, most
flowering shrubs are in full
bloom right now and by prun-
ing we will lose flowers for up
to two months. One way
around this is to prune part of a
shrub — a’hibiscus, say — and
weeks later the remainder.
Even better would be to allow
fairly full growth and only take
out those branches. that make
the shrub a little misshapen. It
is important that sunlight
reaches the centre of the shrub
at some time during the day.
Good aeration also helps keep
the plant healthy.

A good candidate for prun-
ing right now is Yellow Elder.
It stops flowering during the
summer months so you won’t
be missing many blossoms.
You will find that Yellow Elder
is an extraordinarily tough
wood to cut and you’ll need
the.best of pruning gear to doa
good job on it.

Pruning

I would suggest that home
gardeners only deal with lower
limbs of trees when it comes to
pruning. A general reshaping
of a mature tree is best left to
professional nurserymen.

June is the beginning of the
hurricane season and we have
had enough experience in
recent years to be fully aware
of what damage they can



wreak.

Trees that are not bearing at
the moment can be profession-
ally pruned of excess limbs so
they will have a greater chance
to survive a major hurricane.
It’s far easier to prune than to
replace.

Spring will turn to summer
this month and if you have not
given your citrus and fruit trees
their spring feeding, now is the
time to do it. Fertilise around
the drip line and the trunk of
the trees, then apply a minor
element spray to the foliage.

It’s a bit late to be starting
your summer flowers from seed
so you may have to pay a visit
to the nursery for some plants
in small pots. New Guinea
Impatiens takes our summer
heat well but does require
some shade. Another shade

lover is Caladium. You should
find dried Caladium tubers. at
your local nursery that will
immediately burst into life once
planted in the ground and

watered.
Shade.

Vincas, Zinnias and Cosmos
can take full summer sun but
you may find that Pentas would
appreciate a little shade dur-
ing the day. If you have them in
pots you can move them
accordingly. Pentas love wet
feet and cannot abide drought
conditions. They come in many
attractive colours but hum-
mingbirds love bright red the
best. The lavender shades
attract bees.

Now is a good time to estab-
lish a new tree in your garden.

@ THE end of the school year means Scarlet Plums are ripe. These close relatives of
Hog Plum can be propagated by planting a length of branch with the fruits on.

@ YELLOW Elder is our
national flower and will-be
taking the summer off.
During autumn it will return
with renewed flowering.
Now is a good time-to
prune Yellow Elder for
shape.




i JUNE is the month of Royal Poinciana. Gardener Jack has
seen no Poinciana flowers on Abaco during the first few
days of June and this is probably because of the 2004 hur-
ricanes.

The summer rains will guaran-
tee good growth and if a hurri-
cane does come along it’s easy



enough to replant a small tree.
I would suggest a cultivated
Sapodilla as a tree with excel-
lent fruit in season and deep
green foliage all through the
year. If you can forgo fruit, why
not a Lignum Vitae — our
national tree. If you really want
fruit then Carambola will like-
ly give you more than you can
handle. A Carambola tree can
be kept pruned to picking
height and does not take up
much space. It grows in fairly
shaded conditions as well as in
full sun.

Ripen

Towards middle and late
June Scarlet Plums will ripen.
To propagate a new tree you
should break or saw off most of
a branch and plant it solidly
into the ground while it is bear-
ing fruit. -

The success rate using this
method is almost 100 per cent.
The same method of propaga-
tion applies to Hog Plums later
in the year.

If you gave me a word asso-
ciation test and said June, I
would respond with one of two
words: Grass or Poinciana.
Once the rains start, mowing
of lawns will be a weekly chore
(weakly, in my case), especial-
ly with St Augustine grass.

Royal Poincianas are trash
trees for most of the year but
really come into their own dur-
ing June. Please do not plant
any Poincianas; the Bahamas
has plenty enough.

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