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The Tribune
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Search for child —
alter storm surge
demolishes home

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter



Greenslade, yesterday morn-
ing as Hurricane Wilma blew
over the island an ocean surge
swept through several homes
in the Eight Mile Rock’ area,
including the beach front
home of the child’s parents.

THE parents of a year-old
baby boy are searching for
their child after he was swept
from his Grand Bahama home
by a storm surge. :

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Elliston Greenslade
told The Tribune yesterday
that a search is being con-
ducted for the child, who is a

‘resident of Hanna Hill, Eight
Mile Rock.

The child’s parents were
unable to find -him alter the -
surge demolished their home.

“According ‘to Mr

cue the three children, anoth-
er surge rolled in and is

baby away.

er male relative, who assisted

are assisting police in the
_ search for the missing child.



Internet blackout after
break in connection

A BREAK in Cable Bahamas’ fibre optics connection.
to Florida caused an nation-wide internet blackout last
night. !

Because of the problem, The Miami Herald could not be.
included in tomorrow’s Tribune.

According to a Cable Bahamas technician, the company
experienced a disruption inservice Farougls its main line from
Florida.

While customers in some areas were up and running eouees
day afternoon, the vast majority of internet users were affected,
the technician said.

He added that according to reports BTC’s internet service

user's were experiencing similar problems.
The teclinician said that while the exact nature of the problem
has yet to be identified, initial reports indicate that the disrup-

- tion was caused by damage sustained in Florida as a requit of |

Hurricane Wilma.
He could not say when service would be back up and Cable
Bahamas, could give no updates up to pei time. |!





During an attempt to res- ,

believed to have swept the .

All other residents of the
home are accounted for; and ~
the baby’s parents and anoth- .



‘in rescuing the other children;

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 285, 2005

The force of |
Wilma takes
Grand Bahama

by surprise

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff: Reporter

HURRICANE Wilma slammed into
Grand Bahama yesterday, taking many

residents by surprise with its destructive: i

force.

Power outages, downed communica-
tions and up to 15 feet of flood waters
were reported in some areas.

According to news reports reer 4

afternoon, the entire eastern coast of the
island was battered by the storm. - ,
Despite warnings to evacuate low a
areas in Grand Bahama, 400 residents of
Pinder’s Point had to be rescued due to
serious flooding yesterday morning.
Official reports said 240 people were

taken to St George’s Church and 170 to

the Church of Christ on East Beach Drive.
- Speaking at a press conference yester-
day, NEMA’s national co-ordinator Carl
Smith said as Hurricane Wilma was affect-
ing Grand Bahama and Abaco yesterday it
had left flooding due to sea surges in sev-
eral areas of Grand Bahama.

“We were more recently in.communi-
cation with administrator King in the West

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Proposal for industrial agreement is
big step’ towards public service reform

THE new A for the jsidnatrial
agreement between the government and
the Bahamas Public Service Union is a “big
step” towards reform of the public service
which will also contribute to the Bahamas
achieving the status of a developed-country,
Minister of Public Service Fred Mitchell
said yesterday.

Whereas the public spotlight has been

on the question of salary increases for the

BPSU, Mr Mitchell pointed out that the
draft industrial agreement addresses impor-

: tant issues that go beyond that.

“I think everyone recognises that the



governiieat wants to pay a livable wage,

- wants to give people a good salary for their

productivity. But the draft agreement is
much more comprehensive than salary
issues,” he said speaking as guest on More
FM’s talk show Real Talk yesterday. ‘

Mr Mitchell said that this draft will great-

-ly contribute to achieving a reform of the

public service on a whole.
“T believe this is a big step in that direc-

“tion. We need communities of interest

between the working people of the country

SEE page 10



Doctor presses charges against
businessman over alleged gun incident

@ By RUPERT
‘MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

A LEADING Nassau
doctor has formally pressed
charges against a prominent
businessman who allegedly
pointed a gun in his face last
week. — .

Dr Judson Eneas told
The Tribune that Majestic
Tours owner William
(Billy) Saunders was
taken to Fox Hill police

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station yesterday.
Dr Eneas filed a com-
plaint in which he claimed

that his neighbour aimed a’

bayonet-tipped rifle at him
while screaming racial slurs.

“They called him in this
morning and confiscated a
gun,” said Dr Eneas, “I told
them I don’t think it is the
right gun so they will have
to go back later to search
for another.”

Dr Eneas told police that,
while he was returning to

his home at 11pm last
Thursday, he noticed some-
one following him closely
in a car as he approached
his driveway, which is locat-
ed directly across from Mr
Saunders’ home.

“I pressed the button to
open my electrical gate. It
opens slowly, just as elec-
trical gates do, and while I
was waiting I heard the per-
son behind me lean on the

SEE page 10





We should not participate
in assault on environment

S this hurricane

season pro-
duces more storms and
more powerful ones, the
debate on whether global
warming is a contributing
factor has also intensified.
There have been 22
named storms so far with
12 developing to full hur-
ricane force, and the sea-
son still has five weeks to
go. ,

Hurricane Wilma, hav-
ing devastated Mexico’s
Yucatan Peninsula, was,
on the weekend, surging
across to Cuba and threat-
ening Florida and the
northern Bahamas as
Alpha was just getting
started in the south. (Inci-
dentally, the Cubans can
teach others a lesson about
preparedness as they have
evacuated 300,000 of their
citizens .away from
exposed areas).

Wilma at one point was
the strongest hurricane
ever recorded with winds
up to 175 miles per hour
and capable of gusts up
to 185. It is chilling to
imagine the damage a
ferocious storm like that
could do to life, property
and the natural environ-
ment in a direct hit on the
Bahamas. eee

Some say the number
and the intensity of trop-
ical storms this year have
little to do with global
warming and are more likely to
be cyclical. They point to previ-
ous prolific hurricane seasons
as well as powerful storms of
the past, the strongest until now
being in 1935.

But. everybody agrees that .

hurricanes thrive on warm
water, the warmer the water the
more hurricanes, and the more
powerful they are likely to be. It
is hardly debatable anymore
that planet Earth is getting
warmer since there is over-

think we can say is that the



whelming evidence, including

the melting of the polar icecaps.

The BBC Online reports that
a study published in the jour-
nal Science found that while the

‘ incidence of hurricanes and

tropical storms has remained
roughly constant over the [ast
30 years, there has been a rise.in

‘the number of intense hurri-

canes. :
Dr Peter Webster, who head-
ed the research, says: “What I

increase in intensity is
probably accounted for
by the increase in sea-
surface temperature and
I think probably the sea-
surface temperature is-a
manifestation of global
warming.”

he US-based

Union of Con-
cerned Scientists says
that the rising sea levels
resulting from the polar
meltdown means higher
storm surges, even from
relatively minor storms.
These surges will cause
more coastal flooding,
erosion and damage to
coastal property. |

All of this means that
the planet is in trouble
and that low-lying coastal
areas and low-lying arch-
ipelagic countries like the
Bahamas will suffer

. soonest and most.

It is up to the devel-
oped and rapidly-dével-
oping nations of the
world to face the reality
of global warming and
stop pretending it is not
happening, before. it is
too late. Some scientists
feel that we may have
already passed the tip-
ping point. ;

The Bahamas should
join with others and take
every opportunity to
speak out in appropriate
international forums

against environmental abuse:
Beyond that we should prepare
for the worst and do all we can

" to protect ourselves. We should

certainly not be contributing to
the problem with our own
abuse of the environment by
the extravagant use of fossil fuel
and direct attacks on our nat-
ural heritage.

But it seems Prime Minister
Perry Christie — like the hard-
headed. American president
George W Bush — has yet to get





The Bahamas should join with

others and take every opportunity
to speak out in appropriate

international forums against

environmental abuse





the message. Mr Christie told
The Bahama Journal less than
two weeks ago that he is still
actively considering proposals
for LNG regasification plants
in the Bahamas and the piping
of LNG to Florida.
According to The Journal, Mr
Christie said he is hoping to
address several concerns about
the projects.with Florida Gov-
ernor Jeb Bush, whose state has



This is the same
Florida which
refuses to allow
oil exploration
near its shores
for fear of
possible
damage to its
multi-billion
dollar tourism
industry!



a keen interest in them. He also
expects to hear from US
Ambassador John Rood about
his concerns.

hat this amounts to
is that Mr Christie
is under intense pressure from

‘ his own Minister of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller, the pow-'
erful gas and oil industry,.and:

the government of Florida.
The Americans can be count-
ed on to give Mr Christie every
reason why he should do this
deal and to offer every comfort
and assurance. It is in Florida’s
interest to have this facility safe-
ly constructed as far away as
possible from its coast. Obvi-
ously Florida does not mind
having to dig up millions of tons

of silt from the ocean floor to

lay the pipes.:

This is the same Florida
which refuses to allow oil explo-
ration near its shores for fear
of possible damage to its multi-
billion dollar tourism industry!

But what about the
Bahamas? Who are Mr Christie
and his colleagues thinking for?
They should have the courage
displayed by the late Sir Cecil
Wallace Whitfield in 1967 when
he told our American friends
what they should do with the

nerve gas they wanted to dump ~

in the Bahamas. -

We were not independent
then so the Americans, with
British consent, did dump the
nerve gas in the Bahamas and
up to this day we have no idea
what impact that has had on our
environment and our health
over the years.

rt Christie should not
delude himself into
thinking that opposition to the
LNG projects comes only from
a small environmental lobby.

That lobby is best qualified to’

articulate the case against these
projects but Mr Christie should
know that many thousands of
Bahamians are even more envi-
ronmentally conscious than they
were in 1967.

They are acutely aware of the
value of the coral reefs which
we hold in trust for future gen-
erations of Bahamians and,
indeed, the rest of humanity.

They know what it would mean |

to our rich marine resources —
conch, lobster and grouper — if
that delicate ecological system
were to collapse and die.

The Prime Minister and his
colleagues should try to sum-
mon up enough courage to put
the Bahamian people, our
national safety and our natural
heritage first, and say no to
Leslie Miller, Jeb Bush and the
gas and oil conglomerates.

* OR Ok

LORDS & COMMONERS

n this column last week I
discussed some differ-

ences between the parliamen-
tary system as it is practised in
Britain and in the Bahamas. I
mentioned briefly the evolu-
tion of the British system, now
known as Westminster after

the palace where both houses:

sit.
In the penultimate paragraph
I wrote: “The Westminster sys-
tem,,evolved over many years
andat one time, the House of

- Lords (the Upper House) was

more powerful than the House
of Commoners (the Lower
House).” :

My editors changed Com-
moners to Commons but the
use of Commoners was inten-
tional ‘since that was the way
the Lower House was styled
centuries ago. Commons is

short for Commoners.

The point is, that royalty and
the nobility once exercised
more political power than the.
ordinary people of Britain, the

commoners. It took many years ©

of conflict to shift political pow-.
er from the Lords to what it
now known as the House of
Commons. _

The term commoners is still
very much in use in Britain
today particularly when there
is news that someone of royal
blood is likely to marry some-
one whose blood is not so
blue.

Many years ago I did some
research for an article for the
Bahamas Handbook to find
out why the colour of the
House of Commons (and our
House of Assembly) is green
and the colour of, the Lords
(and. our Senate) is.red. We.
got this tradition from West-
minster and so even the
House Speaker’s ink is green
while the Senate President’s

is red.

The red was easy. It repre-
sented royalty and nobility and
so on, The green was not so
easy as there were several con-
flicting. theories.

I settled on the one which
claimed that the carpet and

upholstery of the Lower House’
-was green because back then

green dye was, cheaper, hence
suitable for the commoners!



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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005, PAGE 3



Bird flu is a ‘serious
concern’ for Bahamas

@ KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

. THE Bahamas should be extremely con-
cerned about the possibility of a bird flu
outbreak according to one expert.

. Ornithologist Eric Carey, the director of
parks for the Bahamas National Trust, told
The Tribune that pet birds are transported
around the world so frequently that the
possibility of a bird bringing the disease to
the Bahamas is very real.

‘ Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu,
is a highly contagious virus that spreads in
domestic birds, such as chickens.

‘It is believed to have spread to humans
through contact with infected birds, and a
number of cases have been reported in Asia
this year.

‘To date there have been no reports of
the disease in the Caribbean — however,
new cases in European bird populations
suggest that it is spreading west.

‘Mr Carey said: “Even if it’s not found -

here naturally, we still need to-be careful.
“With so many people and animals trav-
elling here there is a potential for the virus
being brought in through the pet trade or.
pet birds is extremely high.”
‘“We have to be vigilant because ours is

an economy that cannot support these virus-

es, but this really is a medical issue.”

' Speaking to the press last month, Public
Health Director Dr Baldwin Carey said
that the Bahamas is preparing to handle a
possible outbreak of the disease.

‘According to Dr Carey, the department
of public health is "very much aware" of the



@ ROMANIAN health workers putting domestic birds in plastic sacks after gassing

them earlier this month

concerns. “We just came back from Wash-
ington where we participated in the meeting
of officials from the Western Hemisphere
and one of the topics was this issue,” he
said. “The Bahamas, like most other coun-
tries, is going through the motions of han-
dling this.”

Dr Carey said that the ministry’ s main
tool in the fight against the disease is screen-
ing at the country's many entry borders.

“We haven't strongly enforced this
because as of yet there is no sign that the
virus has spread outside of Asia, but we

_are still preparing for the chance that it will

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happen and that we will be affected,” he
said last week.

Dr Carey admitted that the Bahamas has
not imported any medicine to treat the

virus, but added that access to it will be | :

available in the event of an emergency. ©.
“Tf a smaller country were to have a prob-
lem, the nearest larger countries that have
medications stored will release it to them to
that country.
“Discussions are ongoing worldwide as to

how to handle a breakout if it occurs, but we:
’ as a nation are planning and preparing for

ourselves,” he said.

Grand Bahama faces further
delays for hurricane repairs



a By PAUL G TURNQUEST
‘ Tribune Staff Reporter

FAMILIES and businesses in

' Long Island that have been
waiting for relief since last
year’s devastatirig hurricane
season may have to. wait a bit
longer.

» As Works and Utilities crews
are once again diverted to
Grand Bahama in the wake of
Hurricane: Wilma, The Tribune
has learned that repairs are still
outstanding in. a number of
areas in Long Island.

Meanwhile, mail boats have
threatened to suspend services
to the area until the necessary
répairs have been made.

“Long Islanders have asked
for the Ministry of Works to fix
the government docks at Salt
Pond and Simms, as well as
repair two sections of the road
in the respective settlements.

“To date, repairs still have not
been completed.

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During the last session of the
House. of Assembly, Long
Island MP Larry Cartwright
questioned the Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts as to when the repairs

- could be expected to begin.

Jn an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Cartwright
said that Mr Roberts has

promised that the team of engi-

neers currently assigned to the
project have been given one
more month to address the
problem.

“We want the dock to be ele- ©

vated, and the area around it to
be utilised properly,” Mr
Cartwright said in reference to
the dock at Salt Pond where the
island’s annual regatta is held.
“We need the dock to be
extended and the area in front

of it dredged to allow for boats

to come in during low tide. The
Island Link is the only boat that
serves the dock and they have

said that they will stop service to

Me Dayn

“died on 19th of Gowler 2005 at the age of 75 after

: losing his battle with cancer. His wife of 51 years,.
“Blay, his.two daughters, Dominique ‘and Alexis and
shis three grandchildren, Douglas, Gavin and Mikayla
“survive him. His sisters, Beverly and Elly and his
brothers, Kit, David and Bob also survive him.

Fs

{© Mel will always be remembered as a loving husband
and devoted father. He was a fun loving person with
; a quick and funny wit. He. started his career with. the
-Royal Bank of Canada in a small town in Annapolis
Royal, Nova Scotia as a teller, and before retiring from
» the bank in 1984 as Main Branch Manger in San Juan,
P.R., he served as Main Branch manager at the Royal

+ Bank of Canada in Nassau, Bahamas.

» After retirement from RBC he was on the board of
‘ directors for Citizens Federal in Miami, Florida and
*. worked for Southeast Bank and First Union. In addition
to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, his career moved him
and his family to other unforgettable destinations such
as Cuba and Venezuela; where he made and cultivated
« lifelong friendships and memories.

: An avid golfer with a tremendous sense of humor, he

‘came up with his own epitaph -

“this is not my idea

» of a hole in one!” What fun we had. Good night my
| merry gentleman, sleep well.

' Memorial service will be held on October 27th, at 4:00
pm at Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 S. Dixie Hwy,
Miami, FL. 33156, Telephone: 305 667-2518.





= BRADLEY Roberts

the area if something isn’t

done,” he said. ‘

The dock in Simms also
needs extensive work as the
channel to its entrance needs to
be dredged and a docking facil-
ity needs to be built to accom-
modate larger vessels.

“The larger ships with the roll

on/roll off attachments need a
‘portion of the dock converted ©

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to allow for them. As it is now,
they cannot go.into Simms.
Tropical goes in there, but they
have a makeshift ramp for her,

_ but.it’s not safe..And once,
again; that.has to; ke when. it’s:

high water, » he said.

Mr Cartwright’ further said
that in Salt Pond and Simms,
parts of the road were eroded

’ by the sea surge-and have yet to

be fixed.
Local government workers
have filled in the gaps and done

some makeshift work to. the

road, but nothing substantial or

permanent has been achieved,

he added.
Mr Cartwright said that the
erection of a sea wall or even

the placement of protective .

boulders would go a long way
towards.stopping the road from
eroding in the future.

Mr Roberts was unavailable
for comment yesterday.

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MP’s frustration
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empty classrooms

NORTH Eleuthera MP
Alvin Smith is up ‘in arms over
what he sees as the Ministry of
Education’s inability to pro-
vide students in his con-
stituency with important class-
es.

Mr Smith told The Tribune
yesterday that although con-
struction of the technical
_ block of the North Eleuthera
high ‘school in Lower Bogue
‘has been complete for some
‘time now, government has
. failed to open-the facility.

The MP said he: is disap-

pointed. at the inadequate
‘response to the situation.
“There is no satisfactory




--answer they can give me for

‘that building not being com-
‘pleted. It was under construc-
‘tion for a year and was-com-
pleted before the summer
break sometime in May. -

““The school’s administra- °

tion made plans for the build-
ing as a part of the classrooms

when they put their schedule .

together and it was a part of

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their timetable,” said Mr
Smith.

He pointed out that teach-
ers were sent to the island
with the specific purpose of
teaching technical subjects in
the new facility.

“J first heard that the school
could not use the building
they had because they did not
pay the contractor and then
the next thing I heard was that
the Ministry of Works made
no preparations for electricity
for the building so the build-
ing is there with no electricity.

“The Ministry of Education -
and Works are doing, if any-
thing, very little to solve the

' problem,” said Mr Smith.

He said it takes nothing
more than “a bit of common
sense to ensure things like this
don’t happen - you don’t need
to be a technician.”

Mr Smith brought up the’
subject of the school’s techni-
cal block last week during par-
liament’s recently introduced .
question-and-answer period.







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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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

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recorded history, has taken its toll on an
unprepared Grand Bahama.
“Jt is far worse than Jeanne or Frances,

although not as much rain,” said a Freeport:

resident as our voices were drowned out by
howling winds. We had phoned Freeport at
the height of the storm around 2pm yes-
terday.

The resident said her home had been
battened up at the last minute, but only -

because of her constant nagging.

She said her family had listened to a
weather forecaster who had predicted that
by the time Wilma nudged Grand Bahama,
it would pass quickly as a tropical storm.
Few people, she said, despite last year’s
experience with Frances and Jeanne, took
Wilma too seriously. Wilma took too long
to come, and many had lost interest: And
so Wilma caught many of them unpre-
pared. We were told that some residents
had not even-bothered to put ie their
storm shuttets.

However, the weather forecaster cannot
been blamed. Although Wilma in many
ways has been unpredictable, her project-

. ed path once she hit: Mexico’s: Yucatan ~
Peninsula remained fairly steady, showing

her moving over the Florida Keys, and into
and across southeastern Florida in a way
that, because of her size, would undoubt-
edly have some impact on islands in the
Northern Bahamas.

Up until late Sunday night the National

Hurricane Centre in Miami had the north-.

ern Bahamas on the tracking map covered

in red, denoting that it was under hurri-

cane watch: Our own local forecasters
warned residents in all low lying areas,
especially in West. End, Grand Bahama,
to evacuate. Few did. West End was almost
wiped out last year, and yesterday the news
from that area and Grand Bahama’s whole
southern seaboard was even worse than
last year.

_ Aman told of how on 1 hearing that his
family was in,a desperate situation in the
Eight Mile Rock area, he went to their aid.

He said he had to swim 200.feet to get to —

where the house was located only to find 15
terrified people huddled in the ceiling. The
house, and everything the family owned
“had been destroyed. He found his. fridge

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the clothes he stood in.
"A resident watched from the seashore

‘as the storm rolled in. When he looked up,

he faced a wall of water. All he could think
of was “tsunami”. He turned on his heels,
screaming for others to run for their lives.

So far.a baby boy is the only person

reported missing in this tragedy. It is | |,

believed that the year-old child was washed
out of his home as waves came crashing
in. ‘

One would have thought that with the
experience of flooding from Frances and
Jeanne last year, and the damage done by
the ocean surge, that inhabitants would
have listened to the warnings and sought
shelter inland. But too many Bahamians
have become too casual with hurricanes.

‘There have been'so many near misses, that

they count on the next one as also being a
miss. Only this time it did not happen.
Wilma came down with all its crashing

might, leaving with her strength little dimin- »

ished.

Mr Christie said Monday that govern- -
ment hopes soon;to.introduce legislation .. |...
that will go beyond the Emergency Act,..:}:
which presently limits'the actions that the i
Governor-General can take in emergen-
.cies. He said the new legislation would
empower the prime minister to order evac- °

uation and declare in advance-the areas
considered vulnerable in hurricane season.
However, even more worrying is the

fact that the report and audit of NEMA’s

Disaster Relief Fund is yet to be published.

: » It is understood that the auditors have not

been able to sign off on their audit. This
leaves the question as to whether all the

- disaster relief funds have been distributed.

‘While that is still pending, the Bahamas
is again faced with a major emergency.
Even if the government were to declare
Freeport a disaster area, it is doubtful that
any international aid would be forthcoming

- until NEMA’s fund has been satisfactorily
‘settled.

© It was reported late last evening 5 that

from eight to 10 homes were destroyed by
Hurricane Wilma in Grand Cay, Abaco,

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The need
for proper
leadership

EDITOR, The Tribune

Please allow the publication

of this open letter to the ~

Bahamas government .and on
behalf of our people and the
future of our country. |

Welcome to the House of
Assembly, or should I say the
House of Shame? .

Dear House ministers, |

-. WHAT a-confusion! The. |.
Bahamas can be likened to a
ship with too many captains;

how far do you think this ship

will go without taking on water |

and ultimately sinking?..

Everyone wants to be the.

captain, no mate or crew: I

_ quote a very popular song that

said: “See them fighting for
power they know not the hour.”

Elections were not held yes-
terday and this far into the term
it should have been long deter-
mined who is captain, mate and
crew. But you all hunger and
crave for ultimate power. It is
my opinion that you have
shown very little concern for
the Bahamian people who elect-
ed you. Your concern is for self
and how io be.in control. Of

course, this would mean more...

money for your pockets.

From both parties you have
taken this country ona dark
and uncertain voyage. My ques-
tion to‘you Captains: Will you
be there when the: Bahamas
finally sinks or will you, cap-
tains, be the first to abandon
ship?

The reason I said “finally
sinks” is because you are fight-
ing to take the wheel while the

Bahamas is sinking and its pas- ,
sengers (the Bahamian.people)..
-are in danger and they are
* putting out the SOS’s; when we

should be putting out the cor-
rupt SOB’s. We, the Bahamian
people, have tried to make
change only to end. up. again

with the same brown end of the

same old stick.

The late Bahamian captain
Harold H:Saunders, my grand-
father, said he ordered his crew

to get rid of the flies by getting.

rid.of the garbage cans.. To my
Bahamian brothers and sisters,
government corruption will con-
tinue with dirty. cans.

Let it be known that we the

Bahamian people demand a

House. of Assembly that.we can
have the utmost respect and
trust for, not a House of Shame
or Pain. They must act in accor-
dance with the interest ofthe

. Bahamas. and.Bahamian.peo- —..|...

ple first and always foremost,

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Thave personally nominated
some of these ministers to be °

leaders for the Christmas scrap

junkanoo groups parade, I will
not dare risk the leadership of ©
the adult or junior groups.

‘The purpose of this open let-
ter to the government is not toâ„¢
poke fun or.to make foolish
unsubstantiated remarks. But a
request and demand that the
present government of the

- Bahamas, led by Prime Minister

Perry. Christie, must consider
and take immediate steps to

‘protect all the Bahamas and

Bahamian citizens at all costs.

choic



EDITOR, The Tribune |

The speculation, and that
“is all it can be, that Hon
Arthur Hanna’ would be’ the
‘choice of Prime Minister
Christie to ‘replace outgoing
Dame Ivy Dumont, begs’a
lot and in fact makes. the
proposition and suggestion
laughable. )
Question (1): Isn’ t Mr
Hanna on record as saying
he would never accept a
Colonial award or an award
from the British?
Question (2): Isn’t Mr
’ Hanna on record numerous
times where he showed total
distaste and dislike of the ex-
Colonial. power — the
British?
Question (3): I suggest:
_ that Mr Hanna is today very
much in the minority as to
the point of view concerning
Britain and the British past
colonial position amongst-us ,
to qualify him as Her |
Majesty’s representative.
I am‘of the opinion, that



The wrong

Governor
General

ing the correctness for our |

_ text of where we are totally

~ savvy, been there in a diplo- , ee

There must be immediate steps
taken to rid our government of"
whatever corruption that has“
befallen us. ;

To the opposition govern-
ment leader unknown, how do:
you intend to lead us when you
can’t even determine who leads’
you?? H-E-L-L-O! Get your act’

_ together.

We demand immediate solid
firm respectable professional
leadership from all of you, our
children’s future is at stake here.
Stop what.is going wrong in
government now.

We love this Bahamas this i is
our Counts yes ours! ea

STEPHEN CLEARE —

Nassau
October 14 2005

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be a.person who can re-: 0}:
establish masculinity and the |
once prowess of.a positive <)’
male-driven society, retain-~ -‘
wonderful ladies — ‘a candi-
date who is connected to the {|
young populace who are now 1.
the majority. God forbid we |
choose. someone who can- |,

* only recall the struggles of «|

the. past, race and inequality - :|.
although things we should °
never forget but in the con- °)

negative. :
We need a person who is * |’

matic position, can hold him-
self or herself.in any social
gathering and is.recognized .|,
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 5



Casino workers
‘keen to form
their own union’

Rotaract Club makes
gifts to two schools

THE Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Cen-
tennial has presented four wheelchair ramps to Sadie
Curtis Primary School and Cleveland Eneas Primary
School.

Both schools have students who depend on the
aid of a wheelchair or walking roller.

While there are stationary ramps to assist the stu-
dents as they enter the school’s campus, the ramps
presented are portable and will assist physically chal-
lenged students as they enter and exit classrooms.

The presentation marks the third community ser-
vice project completed by the seven-month-old club,
which was inaugurated on the 100th anniversary of
Rotary International on February 23.

The Rotary Club of South East Nassau sponsors the
community-based club for young men and women
ages 18 to 30.

The club is encouraging other young men and
women to become a part of its “service above self”
organisation.

Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of
each month at 6.30pm at the Sadie Curtis primary
school on CW Saunders Highway.



@ CHERNETTE Wells, assistant treasurer of the Rotaract Club of South
East Nassau Centennial; Clara McPhee, senior mistress of Cleveland Eneas
primary school; and Annastacia Minnis, secretary of the Rotaract Club,
pictureed with students

PetroCaribe is ‘simply a
variant of Caracas accord’

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

PETROCARIBE should be
viewed as merely a variation of
the old Caracas accord and a
means by which non-oil pro-
ducing countries can get refined
petroleum products without
unnecessary concessions or
margin prices, it was claimed
last night.

- This explanation was offered
by sources in the petroleum
industry, and validated by mem-

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bers of the Bahamian Fuel
Usage Committee.

Under the Caracas Ager of
2000, which was also proposed
by Venezuela, crude oil was to
be supplied to 10 Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean states at
preferential prices and with low
interest loans based on the
quantity of crude oil purchased.

Under PetroCaribe, the most
significant change. to this would
be the access to both refined
products and crude oil instead

sources said.

One source explained that as
most of the countries in the
Caribbean do not have refining
capabilities, the provision of
crude oil made the older agree-
ments “prohibitive”.

“As a result, PetroCaribe is
seen by some analysts as a
replacement and enhancement
-of the Caracas Accord, which
would co-exist with the older but
less accessible San Jose Accord.

Refining entities in the region

which has: been refining crude
oil for its Caribbean neighbours
for decades — would stand to
lose millions of dollars once
‘Caribbean countries have access
to refined, finished products.
The newspaper Trinidad
Guardian reported that the
state-owned Petroleum Com-

(Petrotrin), admitted that their
profits would decline once the
PetroCaribe deal. signed
between several Caricom coun-



of access to crude oil only, the -

such as Trinidad and Tobago - °

pany of Trinidad and Tobago .

tries and Venezuela takes effect.

Petrotrin’s chairman Malcolm
Jones said’ that in the
Caribbean, the company would
not be able to keep the margins

_ it is accustomed to.

“With the PetroCaribe deal
we will lose out, since we supply
50,000 barrels of crude per day
fo Caricom,” Mr Jones was
quoted as saying.

“That market provides us
with the best margins. We
believe we would not have
problems as our products: will
get into the US and other mar-
kets, but we will not make the
same margin,” he said.

Deal

‘However, industry sources
say that Venezuela is now nego-

tiating a deal to supply Trinidad .

with fuel at “concessionary
prices” — thereby allowing it to
keep its refining market and
continue supplying smaller
countries in the Caribbean.

If the Bahamas were to sign
on to PetroCaribe, distribution
would remain in the hands of
the three major oil companies -
Shell, Esso, and Texaco, but the
fuel would be sourced by the
Bahamian National Energy
Agency (NEA), who would
purchase directly from
Venezuela by way of Curacao
atagso /ernment-to-government
negotiated price.

Provisions have been made
in the agreement for the con-

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claimed yesterday that there
is “no doubt” that workers at
the Atlantis casino “are dying
and waiting for union repre-
sentation.”
Speaking as a guest on the
Love97 talk show Issues of
the Day, Mr Morris said he
takes exception to a state-
ment made by Minister of

Labour Vincent Peet. last.

week, in which the minister
said it has been the policy of
successive governments not
to support the establishment

of a casino workers’ union at

Atlantis.
“The minister has begun,
in my opinion, to behave law-
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ers.
He said that according to
Bahamian law, Mr Peet is
required to assist casino
- workers in determining
‘whether they wish to form a
union.

One of the prescribed
methods for reaching such a
determination, said Mr Mor-
ris, is to conduct a poll of ¢ casi-
no employees.

“It’s not whether I believe
it or not, the law is clear what
should happen. Let us have
the poll, the poll results will
speak for themselves,” he
said.

Mr Morris said he feels the
government has taken a hyp-
ocritical stance in the matter.

He explained that Mr Peet
gave employees of casinos in
Grand Bahama union recog-
nition in form of the Bahamas
Gaming and Allied Workers
Union, but have failed to do
the same for the workers on
Paradise Island.

Mr Morris said that this
behavior seems to indicate
that “it is okay to give one
set of workers a union,” but
to react differently when a
larger employer like Atlantis

is involved.

A spokesman for Atlantis
said the company has no

. comment on the matter at.

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HURICANE WILMA

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government advice to close d

By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

LOCAL businessmen are not
upset about the government’s
directive to halt business
because of Hurricane Wilma.

According to Chamber of
Commerce executive director
Philip Simeon, the resulting loss
of income is not a source of con-
tention in the business commu-
nity.

Hurricane Wilma, the history-
making 12th hurricane of the
2005 Atlantic season, began
affecting parts of the Bahamas
as of 5am on Monday, bringing
winds of up to 70 mph in some
areas.

On Sunday, Commissioner of

Police Paul Farquharson urged
people in the northern Bahamas
to remain in their homes or in
shelters during the morning
hours and to keep businesses
closed until the storm passes.

Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Simeon said the
motivation behind the adviso-
ry was well founded.

“T haven’t spoken to many
business owners, but I can say
that the intent was very much .
appreciated because of the
unpredictability of the hurri-
cane.

“It does represent a loss to
business but when you look at
the reasons behind it can defi- .
nitely be seen why it was done.”

Mr Simeon said that most

businesses in New Providence
should resume operations
today.

-As Hurricane Wilma threat-
ened the country on Sunday,
the government announced that
it was not taking any chances,
and would close all schools and
government offices in the north-
western Bahamas.

Officials said all government
offices and agencies in New
Providence should resume oper-
ations today.

Speaking at a special hurri-
cane preparation press confer-
ence'on Sunday, Prime Minister
Perry Christie said: “We know
sufficient about these matters
now to err on the side ‘of cau-
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End, Grand Bahama, area as
well.as the superintendent of
police and our information is
that there are a number of per-
sons who are stranded in their

- residences, particularly on the

southern side of the Eight Mile
Rock constituency,” he said.

“Efforts are being made as
best we can to rescue those per-
sons, but of course the public
knows that we cannot place our
first responders to undue risk. ’

“But our best efforts are
being made to rescue those per-
sons, some of whom we are
advised are in the attics of their
homes and the like.”

Flooding

According to Mr Smith, areas
such as Queens Cove, Pinder’s
Point and Sweetings Cay,
Grand Bahama, are now flood-
ed.

“Residents were urged to
evacuate. However, we are
advised that there were a few
residents who chose to remain,’
he said.

“The area is inaccessible at
this time due to trees that have
blocked the roads. Until such
time as the emergency crews
can clear the roadways we will

‘pot be able to access the area.”

Mr Smith said that up to 2pm

‘yesterday persons were still

relocating to shelters in Abaco
as they continued to prepare for
the storm. |

“You will be aware that the
system is moving toward Abaco
and so we expect that condi-
tions will worsen throughout
the day,” he said.

Speaking of Tropical Depres-
sion Alpha, Mr Smith said that



™ CARL Smith, NEMA socorainator speaks yesterday during’ a

press conference

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

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the Bahamas.

.According to Arthur Rolle,
director of meteorology, the
Bahamas had yet again been
spared from the “full wrath of a
hurricane, even though Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, and
the Berries might have experi-
enced heavy winds.”

“At lpm Wilma was some 45
miles west south-west of West
End, and 85 west south-west of
Little Abaco. The tropical

‘storm force winds extend out-

ward 260 miles, that is the rea-
son why, if you look outside,
you would still be getting winds
of 40 mph, but we expect this to
recede or at least the winds to
decrease sometime after 4pm
in New Providence.

“In Grand Bahama and Aba-
co, the winds will continue
strong in that area dropping to a
tropical storm force intensity..
Right now they should be expe-
riencing hurricane force winds,
but by seven this evening they
should go down to tropical
storm force winds,” he said.

Mr Rolle said that after that
time NEMA will issue an all-
clear but because there will still
be residual showers and isolated
thunderstorms they will delay
the all-clear until 9pm.

“The system will at 8pm be
just north of Abaco, but as I
said we are still going to get
residual activities so we are.
going to delay it by an hour.”

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 7



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HURRICANE WILMA

a - He offshore fuel lines at Cliton Pier took a beating during the passing of Hurricane Wilma

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@ THE beach in Adelaide Village disappears as Hurricane Wilma sweeps waves onto the shore





. Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

Schools i in north-west shut for another

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“lm By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter. .



- GOVERNMENT schools in
‘the north-west Bahamas will
“remain closed today due the
“effects of Hurricane Wilma,
“which bore down on the area
vas a category two storm yester-
day.

- Wilma reportedly caused
‘Severe flooding in areas of
Grand Bahama and Bimini, and
_is also reported to have caused

. damage to several government
‘agencies and schools.
At a press conference yester-

, day, it was announced that all

Ministry of Education schools
in New Providence, Andros,

_ and Eleuthera will be fopened

today.
'- However, schools in Abaco,
‘the. Berry islands, Bimini and
Grand Bahama will remain
‘closed until further notice. .
' According to Education Per-
manent Secretary Creswell
Sturrup, the ministry will ‘be
sending assessment teams to
several islands in the North-
- western Bahamas to assess the
damage to schools.
' “We would have had some
-communications from the dis-
trict superintendents as well as
the emergency personal on the
ground that would have indi-
cated that some of the infra-
structure would have been com-
promised,” he said.

“Until we would have been

able to. say to the public that:

-there is an ‘all -clear’ for public
schools we will then withhold



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_ (Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

any further communication, but

if in the event that beyond

tomorrow we will be able:to say
to you that schools in those
areas will be opened we. will
provide further update,” he
said.

Apealane at the press confer-











ence on.Sunday, Prime Minster
Perry Christie said “the public
can appreciate how concerned
we.all are when we talk about
closing schools on the possibili-
ty strong winds occur.

“We just wanted to indicate
that in this area of hurricane





day as Wilma causes severe flooding |

preparations and tropical
depression preparations, we
have to emphasise that we have
to get in the culture of making
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There is no alternative to
an improved workforce

A: anyone who has
ever had broad deal-

ings with both private and pub-
lic sector employees in the
Bahamas well knows, the chal-
lenges of producing a better
workforce within the modern
Bahamian cultural and educa-

tional setting defy the kind of -

- talk politicians typically bring
to the debate.

In short, we have a country
following an economic model
that relies almost exclusively
upon human resource-based
advantages, while in fact the
weakness of those human
resources is a standing joke
even among ourselves.

In this, we offer a stark con-
trast with places like Singapore,
Malaysia and even India, all of
which have found niches in sec-
tors that are not traditional in
the developing world. They
have all, to some extent, sought
to leapfrog the industrial stage
of development and dive
straight into high-tech service
industries, largely on the
strength of their excellent edu-
cation systems and high quali-
ty workforces.

In the case of India, its poli-
cy-makers, mindful of the futil-
ity of competing head to head

with neighbouring China in ~

industrial production, instead
tapped two competitive advan-

tages that history has given
them over the Chinese. Firstly, .

a large English-speaking pop-
ulation has allowed the country
to diversify into such services
as call centres, in addition to
IT consultancy ‘and related ser-
vices.

Secondly, India’s tradition of

good scientific education, cou- “

pled with a generally liberal
educational environment, has
allowed it to outpace not only
China, but also Japan in the
number of IT thinkers, creators

and innovators it has produced:..*<.‘
.The imported (and out- :

sourced) talent of Bangalore
has been a large part of the
success story of many a Silicon
Valley IT firm.

Gee the limited
options of a small,

attractive country that has
good sand (i.e.:bad soil) and
consequently no great desire
to begin selling bananas for a
living, it is unsurprising that
Bahamian leaders should talk
the same talk as countries that
have ‘leaped’ into services
through the quality of their
workforces.

But, while those countries
that have realistically made this
leap have emphasised the
advanced training of their

PERSPECTIVES



ANDREW. ALLEN

Without either, the whole thing
would grind to a halt.

EDUCATION AND
EDUCATORS MUST BE
FIXED

I: is clear that the Bahami-
an education system has

_ failed to produce anything like

the kind of workforce that is
needed to run an economy like
ours.

Partly, this reflects a political

class lacking both the imagina-



Several generations of __.
politicians have failed to find
the formula for producing the |
abundance and kinds of skills
that this economy needs



workforces in the sciences and

information technology, even

basic literacy and numeracy
cannot be taken for granted

among the Bahamian work-

force.

Several generations of politi-
cians have failed to find the
formula for producing the
abundance and kinds of skills
that this economy needs, even

as they proudly trumpet the’

country’s status as one of the
most. -service. oriented
economies on earth.
The.result is a workforce
that finds itself hemmed in at
both ends, as low-skilled immi-
grants compete for jobs at one
end;-and high-skilled expatri-

“-atés compete at the other.



ik

tion and fortitude to introduce
a modern, reformed curricu-
lum and to guarantee mini-
mum reasonable standards of
performance among govern-
ment funded schools.

But more than anything else,
it is clear that many of the peo-
ple that do the teaching are
simply not up to the task.
While our public schools have
many fine teachers, examples
abound of poor, shoddy and
intellectually-stifling attitudes
among many of those charged
with producing our workforce.

'For one thing, too many
teachers continue to use our
public school system as.a forum

for the. propagation of. their. -

religious or social :ideas for. a



truly conducive academic envi-
ronment to take root. This ©
columnist knows, for example;
of at least one instance in
which public school teachers

_objected to any reference to

evolution in science classes.
‘Even more egregiously, The
Tribune tecently carried

_reports of teachers at one New

Providence school punishing a
group of girls for wearing sup-
posedly “lesbian” footwear. Do
we really expect children
exposed to such mindsets to
develop into the competitors
of Bangalore, Singapore or Sil-
icon Valley?

S o there is no doubt that,
on balance, the quality
of individuals attracted to the
teaching profession in the
Bahamas must improve if any
kind of leap forward in educa-
tion is to happen.

It is also clear that, aside
from the intellectual quality of
some of the teachers, the pub-
lic school system suffers from
the same disorderly and undis-
ciplined environment that too
many students experience in
their homes.

In this regard, much has
been made of the comparative
absence of.males in the teach-
ing profession and the conse-
quences this has had on disci-
pline.

While it would be tempting
to see this absence of male.
teachers in the context of the
general out-performance of
males by females in the pro-
fessions in the Bahamas, the
figures here are simply. too
extreme to treat glibly..

Since its inception, the Col-

lege of The Bahamas’ school

. of education has graduated an
_ average of one male pupil a

year, aS against around 100
females. That startling ratio
surely has something to do with

’ the perceptions many Bahami-_ :
ans reserve for the teaching

profession. Unfortunately,

‘ Bahamians seem to regard . }

teaching as far less prestigious
an occupation than account-
ing, law or banking.
Any attempt to ‘fix’ our edu-
cation system simply must
begin with a serious attempt to
replace these outdated per-

ceptions and to recruit a high

quality. of committed, educated
professionals to the profession.

“MAKING THE LEAP

\\ / e in The Bahamas
know well (primar-

ily because we keep reminding

ourselves) that we are, too
small, too resource-poor and

too well-paid to compete con-

vincingly in primary or heavy
industrial sectors against our
neighbours in this hemisphere.
So.we convince ourselves that
our head-start in the service

sectors is something that will

last despite ourselves.
But it is useful to remember

that, unlike India, Singapore .

or Malaysia, this country per-
formed its ‘leap’ into service

- industries simply as a result of

external factors and stimuli -
it is located next, to the US, has

‘inherited some stabilising insti-

tutions and is rather a nice
place to visit and live.

These advantages are all
very real and very compelling.
But if our future is to consist of
anything other than their
steady erosion, our politicians
need to get serious about
shoring them up with a home-
grown tradition of high-skilled
education and excellence i in the
workforce.

Cibo Chaitin

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Salutes its (2005) Top Graduates...

Chassidy Swann, 1 7 Malachi Reckley, 17 3

will attend University of Miami in January 2006.
He made the Principal’s List and graduated "
Salutatorian of his class at Faith Temple Christian
Academy. Malachi was Deputy Head Boy, and won
the Literature and Chemistry awards. He hoes to
become a Neurologist.

is enrolled at the University of Technology in Jamaica,
where she is studying Law with a concentration in
Land and Economy. Chassidy graduated top of her.
class at Faith Temple Christian Academy as
Valedictorian. She also won numerous awards
including: English Language, Math, Economics,
’ Accounts, Computer Studies, Spanish and Food &.
Nutrition. Chassidy hopes to become a Lawyer.

Alicia Armbrister, 17 Latoya Greene, 17

is enrolled at The College of The Bahamas as a
Law & Criminal Justice major. Latoya was Deputy
Head Girl at Faith Temple Christian Academy, and
graduated as an Honour Roll student, and also won
the Christian Character award. She was a member
of the Debate team. Latoya hopes to become a
Lawyer.

is enrolled at The College of the Bahamas as an
Education Major. Alicia was Head Girl at Faith Temple
Christian Academy, and graduated an Honour Roll
student. Alicia received several awards including:
French, Christian Character and Most Outstanding .
Prefect. She was an active member of several clubs
including: the school’s choir and also a member of
Youth Parliament. Alicia hopes to become a Teacher.

Xavier Brice, 17°

Jamahl Strachan, 17

is enrolled at Florida Memorial College in Miami,
where he is studying Hotel Management. Xavier,
an Honour Roll student, graduated from Faith
Christian Academy in June. He won several awards
including: Most Improved Student, History,
Principal’s Award and the Leadership Award. Xavier
was Head Boy, and a member of several clubs
including the school’s choir. He also served as a
member of Youth Parliament where he represented his school in the national
debate which focused on the 275th Anniversary of the establishment of
the House of Assembly. Xavier hopes to become a Hotelier,

is enrolled at the University of Maryland on an Athletic

Scholarship as a Pre-Law major. Jamahl was an active:

member of the track/field team at Faith Temple

Christian Academy, breaking the records in the under

20 High Jump, with a jump of 6’ 9” at the 17th Annual

Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary

Schools (B.A.LS.S.) Track and Field competition. He

‘went on to win 4 the gold medal in the under 17 High Jump at the Carifta
Games. Jamahl was a member of the school’s choir, and won the Most
Outstanding Male Athlete of the year. He hopes to become a Lawyer.

Jonell Rolle, 17 Natalya Witter, 17

is enrolled at the Northwood St. Leo University
as a Pre-Med major. Natalya is a Faith Temple
Christian Academy Honour Rolle graduate, and
she hopes to become a Veterinarian.

is enrolled at the Northwood University in Palm Beach
where she is studying Business Management. Jonell
is a Faith Temple Christian Academy Honour Roll
graduate. She hopes to become an Accountant.

~ Faith Temple Christian Academy
eee @ Ch) of La CEL (ike
A Rich Past... An Exciting Future

“. (1985 - 2005)

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LOCAL NEWS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 9



New wines and new .

artwork for festival

THIS year’s Bahamas
National Trust (BNT) Wine
and-Art Festival will feature
over 40 artists.

The annual festival will be
held on Saturday, October 31
at The Retreat on Village Road.

‘The gates will open at noon
and organisers say the event
promises to be an enjoyable
oné.

“Bristol Wines and Spirits will
be féaturing new wines for the
season.

According to wine director
Rusty Scates, “We have a new
additions to our wine portfolio
from’ California, Washington
State and also Oregon. We will
also’be featuring the flagship
wines of Concha Y Toro .”

“New artists to the festival
include Barbara Henderson,
Holly Parotti , Stephen Smol-
lett}-and Samantha Moree.

‘Annual favourites will also
be participating and patrons will
havea chance to visit with Lori
Thompson, Thierry Lamare,

John: Cox, Nora Smith, Nancy .

Young, Jonathon Bethell and
Livingston Pratt.

Photography has become an
imiportant part of the exhibition
and the latest: work of Sabrina
Lightbourn and Mike Klonaris
willbe on display. :

~“We have-encouraged young
Bahamians to participate this
year,” said event co-ordinator

Sabrina Lightbourn, “and the ©

result is a great variety of art
using. different styles and medi-
ums.’

A: new attraction at this year’s
festival is a silent auction which
will run from noon until 4pm.

-The artists have all donated
a: Piece of their work to the auc-
tion;” said co-ordinator Marysa
Malone. “This should be fun
and lively and we are excited
to-add it to this years event.”

’ “We hope everyone will
come out to enjoy the wine and

the.art” said Lynn Gape, direc- |

tor of education and communi-
cations for the trust, “and while
they are here we hope they will
visit‘our membership booth ,



‘learn more about our work and
our very special national parks
and Support us by becoming
members.”

‘The Wine and Art Festival



HB SOME of the artistic
endeavours on show.at last -



year’s Wine and Art Festival —

opens at noon on Saturday,
October 29 at The Retreat on
Village Road. All. proceeds
from the event support the
national park system, which
includes 22 protected areas and
is managed by the BNT.

# BRISTOL Wines and Spirits e3 executive Freddie Laing (far





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National Trust (BNT) Wine and Art Festival by popping the

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schools have registered for the
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The conference, the first
event of its kind hosted by the
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ic Information Systems
(BNGIS) Centre, will take
place on November 16 and 17
at the Nassau Beach Hotel,
Cable Beach. _

It is one of several events

planned to commemorate’

National GIS Day, which will
be observed globally on
November 16.

GIS is technology that links

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descriptive data to create a
digital “map” of a region.

Carolann Albury, director

of the BNGIS Centre, said the
primary objective of the con-
ference is to provide GIS-

related information and edu-

cational opportunities for per-
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system conference

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engineers, policy-makers and

many other professionals to
analyse issues such as trans-
portation, housing, recre-
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ural and cultural resources,
infrastructure, economic
development, population
development and so much
more.

“While the centre has host-
ed GIS Day celebrations in
the past, incorporating schools

and agencies in those celebra-

tions, none of those public

“awareness initiatives have

been planned at this grand
scale,” Ms Albury said.

The conference programme
will include presentations

. from representatives of the

Bahamas Association of Land
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Sewerage Corporation, Spa-
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Telecommunications Compa-
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tems Incorporated USA, Sim-
mons Aerofilms Limited and
the BNGIS Centre.

Duane Miller, GIS techni-
cian at the BNGIS Centre and
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world insofar as staying
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and the management of the
country and government, so
that the whole society can
progress,” he said.

Beyond the issue of
salaries, Mr Mitchell said it
must be considered what a
public service reform would
mean for the country on the
international stage.

“T think some would wish
to see us have developed
status as a country by the
year 2020. That means
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the government itself is
managed anid this govern-
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“And it’s those larger
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important, even though on a
micro level people obvious-
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incomes adjusted for the
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behind pulled into the yard
across the street. Then after a
while he (Billy Saunders) came

. out of his house holding a rifle

with a bayonet attached to it
and pointed it in my direction.
“JT stood there in disbelief and
I asked him: ‘Why do you have
a gun?’ and he said: ‘I’m tired of
you crazy niggers blocking my
way’. He then told me ‘if you



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have a gun you better go inside
and get it’,” Dr Eneas said.

He said that Mr Saunders
stood in the driveway shouting
more obscenities and racial epi-
thets.

“T then went into the house
and called the police. While I
was in the house I heard a shot
fired. I have never had some-
thing like this happen to me
before,” Dr Eneas said. ”

m auth

“They (police) asked me if I’
would accept an apology from
him and I said no; I want to,
prosecute.

“That man called me too
many names for too long for
me.to accept an apology so I’m"
going to press charges,” said Dr ‘
Eneas.

The Tribune tried to contaet’-
Mr Saunders, but there was no '
reply from his. home.

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assau/Paradise

Island hotels yes-

terday said they

had lost an estimat-
ed 10-20 per cent of expected

bookings for the past weekend ©

‘and Monday-Tuesday period,

as Hurricane Wilma’s presence,

in the region caused tourists to
cancel or reschedule their vaca-
tions.

Although the storm’s passage
will have no long-term effect on
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try, resorts have been feeling —

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last week, when the first.

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can halt

St By NEIL HARTNELL’
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas could elimi-
nate hostility towards it from
.the Organisation for Economic
Co-Operation and Develop-
ment (OECD) by creating a

“new type of tax arrangement”,
a leading US attorney, has sug-
gested, increasing investment in
OECD nations by wealthy res-
idents of this nation and boost-
ing Bahamian tax revenues.:

Describing his ‘limited rev-
enue sharing’ arrangement asa»

“win-win scenario”, Marshall J.

Langer, an attorney with Shutts

& Bowen, told a Bahamas

Financial Services Board

(BFSB) conference that such
an agreement would “provide
tax benefits to bona fide resi-
dent individuals, but not to
companies or other entities”.
. To counter the OECD’s hos-
tility, he added: “The answer is
to create a new type of tax
arrangement that will increase
investment in the relevant
‘ OECD country by wealthy indi-
viduals living in the tax haven,
and increase tax revenues in
both the OECD country and
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_ THE Bahamian private sec- _
tor is concerned that the draft |
Disaster Preparedness and.

Response Act 2005 gives gov-

y ernment-appointed “hazard

inspectors” the ability sum-.
marily convict business peo-:

ple and homeowners without

. due process through an appeal -

to the courts, The Tribune Bess,

“beeninformed.

-The Government has circu-_
lated the draft Bill to the busi-
“ness community and others
‘for feedback, and sources said

one of the business commu-

_ nity’s major concerns was that

_ the legislation allowed hazard —

_ inspectors, upon identifying a"

building “likely to pose a dan-
ger in the event of a disaster”,

to give the property owner.
just three weeks to “abate or |
remove 'the danger” following

receipt of a written note.



The Bill then said: “Upon



failure to comply with the

requirements after notice, —
NEMA, by its officers shall
take the: necessary steps to
give effect to the notice,

including entry by them or its -
_agents upon the premises | after» i

- due-notice to the owner or

: eeupees of the premises..... oe

_ Owners”

ata pusiness: owners and



~ others who fail to comply with

the hazard inspector’ s written
orders to remove a danger
‘within three, weeks, “commit
an. offence” that could leav
them liable to a $5,000 fine |

and/or imprisonment: for two i

“years.

~ The Tribune was, told that. ° =

~ the private sector was con-
cerned that this process ‘pro-”
vided no mechanism for the

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“Tf this is done correctly, it
will accomplish these results
and help to curtail treaty shop-
ping that improperly: benefits
third countries to the detriment
of both the source country and
the resident country.”

Using an example involving
royalties, Mr Langer described
a. best-selling author who
moved to the Bahamas, where
she paid no income tax. She

earned millions of dollars in

royalties per year from the US

a By NEILHARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor z

THE Freeport Oil Holdings Company

’ (FOCOL) has emerged as the favourite to

win the bidding race to purchase Shell’s
Bahamian retail division, with internation-
al executives from the latter likely to decide

the outcome in the next few weeks, The >

Tribune has been told.

Executives from Shell’s global head office
_in London and regional headquarters in
‘Brazil were in the Bahamas last. week to
meet with the different bid teams.

They have now gone away to consider
which bid is the winner, following a process
that has lasted for some eight to nine

a Sy be hae Tac



tonths, ane everal sources 3 familiar witli

the sales process have told The Tribune

that FOCOL executives are confident they «

have succeeded.
-FOCOL, which is listed on the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX),

includes among its.major shareholders

Franklyn Wilson, head of Arawak Homes,
Sunshine Insurance and Royal Star Assur-
ance. The company’s wholesale and retail

operations are concentrated in Grand

Bahama, and the opportunity to buy Shel-
I’s retail business in New Providence would
enable it to diversify and expand its busi-
ness.

Shell and FOCOL have ‘done similar

‘New tax arrangement’ | F OCOL favourite on n Shell purchase
OECD attacks |

ys 3s liquefied petroleuin. gas (LPG) business _
on Grand Bahama back in 2002. Shell is
also understood to have offered its retail
division, which includes its gas stations, to

-FOCOL around that time, but the latter
backed out because the price was too high.

Any purchase of Shell’s retail division
would almost be akin to 4 real estate trans-
action. With margins fixed. by the Govern-
ment, it is essentially a volume business,
with greater profits dependent on increasing
sales by attracting more customers to use
the stations, as opposed to the networks
owned by Esso and Texaco.

SEE page 4B.

OECD countries that-imposed —: :

' author being resident in this -

high withholding taxes, but
since the Bahamas had no tax
treaties providing relief from
these, the author would simply
create a Dutch company to
receive the funds, as Dutch enti-
ties paid no withholding taxes as
a result of the aerecment with
the US.

Therefore, in the absence of i @)
any treaty, the Bahamas °
received no benefit from the

nation, as he/she was able to go
treaty and jurisdiction shopping
to achieve the best.tax minimi-
sation deal possible.

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his weekend past,
I attended a ban-
quet commemo-
rating the 80th
anniversary of the
Government High School
(GHS). As a non-GHS gradu-
ate, I found the sociology of
the occasion to be quite an
experience in itself. It is abun-
dantly clear that GHS, the ven-



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produced a most impressive list
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of life, who made, and are mak-
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national development.

‘Banquet

Many conversations at the
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point to the fact that there is a
functional distinction between

the two incarnations of GHS.

Firstly, there is the 1925 to'1977
edition, which was housed at
Nassau Court and Poinciana
Drive respectively (the gram-
mar school version), and the
post-1977 edition that is cur-
rently housed in Yellow Elder
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It is evident that the pre-1977
genre of GHS students do not
regard themselves as a homo-
geneous group with their post-
1977 counterparts. I believe
that such distinction has more
do with levels of academic stan-
dards and achievement within
the institution, as opposed to
any other factor(s).

In the 1970s, our policymak-

ers at the time began to shift.

philosophy and had second

' thoughts about continuing a

grammar school system at just
one institution within the over-
all public education system.
Why should GHS students
have better resources (teach-
ers, supplies, environment etc)

‘than students say, at Eastern

Senior School? Why should
students at one public school
have almost exclusive access to
the top jobs within the civil ser-
vice? Why should the academ-

_ically bright students living in

our Family Islands have to
relocate to Nassau for a hand-
ful of places at GHS?

Questions

These and many others are
very valid questions indeed.
But I, along with countless
Bahamians, truly question
whether it was the correct deci-
sion to take a proven institu-
tion, with a track record of
accomplishment, and transform

‘it into any other institution

within the public education sys-
tem, producing mediocre
results.on average. Is the coun-
try really better served by a

_ public school system that is

totally - and
mediocre?

As a nation, we must give

uniformly

.: tremendous credit to the vari-
ous religious denominations

and independent organisations
which, over the years, have
stepped up and created their
educational systems to offer a
first-rate education system and
ensure the orderly develop-
ment of our nation.

While this article may gen-
erate much criticism, I simply
ask how many politicians,
senior government officers and

‘public school teachers have .

their children in the public
school system. I fundamentally
believe the answers to this basic

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through the private school sys-
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just be available. to those stu-
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to $12,000 per annum for a
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dent in Cat Island who has an
excellent brain, but whose fam-
ily is of limited financial means,

that the Government does not .

provide a single school where
he can obtain a place through
open competition that will
allow him to reach his full
potential. |

It’s time to right a wrong

I have been personally told

by former GHS principals,

Cabinet Ministers, Permanent
Secretaries, educators and
many other prominent
Bahamians that the decision to

effectively discontinue the “old

GHS” was a great mistake. We
need to admit this mistake as a
nation and then move on to

create a top-notch government-

financed high school that will
provide a world-class, chal-

_lenging environment-for our |
‘academically gifted students

within our public school sys-
tem. Let’s systematically start
with one... then two... and so
on until we have an improved
public education system.

The old GHS went all the
way to General Certificate of
Education (GCE) Advanced
Level examinations. I submit
that the new GHS could go
back to an ‘A’ Level pro-
gramme or adopt the new
International Baccalaureate
(IB) program:

Currently, St Andrew’s is the
only school in the Bahamas
that offers.an IB programme,
having had its first graduates
this summer (with outstanding
overall success). The IB pro-

gramme is generally less known’

to most Bahamians, and I wish
to refer readers to www.ibo.org
for more detailed information.

According to its website:
“The International Baccalau-
reate Organisation aims to
develop inquiring, knowledge-
able and caring young people

‘who help to create a better and |

more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and
respect. a

Challenging

And: “To this end, the IBO
works with schools, govern-
ments and international organ-
isations to develop challenging
programmes of international

‘education and rigorous assess-
“ment.”

Annually, our educational
system (both public and pri-
vate) produces some 5,000
graduates, we are told. Maybe
our national goal should be to
produce 2 per cent of our grad-
uates or 100 students annually
with IB level qualifications. by,

say, 2008, growing to 5 per cent

ees

by 2010 cl sO On. Today, % we!
provide less than 30 IB spaces
annually. Realistically, if we
could produce 10 per cent to
15 per cent of our high school
graduates annually at that stan:
dard, the future of our coun:
try would be very bright
indeed.

Throughout this article, I
avoided perhaps the most con-

' sistent argument against the

old GHS, which was that it per-
petuated an elitist system.

Well, when I look around at
the majority of the country’s
professionals today, it is
absolutely astounding how. .
many of them are children of
maids, taxi drivers, straw ven-
dors, domestic workers and
clerks.

Children

If their children are now our
Judges, Accountants, Lawyers,
Physicians, Engineers, Primé
Ministers, you name it — why

~ can’t Little Johnny from Farm

Road, who is prepared to work
hard and apply himself, be
assured of similar opportuni-
ties through having access to
the highest quality education
within the public school sys-
tem, just as earlier generations

were?

I beg to differ with-those who
feel that supplying a top quali-
ty education to a relatively
small number of academically
gifted students breeds an elitist
system. Indeed, our challenge‘is

- to expand the number of our

students who can succeed at
this level of achievement.»I

. think it is unrealistic to believe

that we can move the entire
system ahead in one fell swoop.
Until next week...





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BUSINESS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 3B



Conference boost
for the Bahamas

SOME 700 professionals are
set to attend the National
Coalition of Black Meeting
Planners’ (NCBMP) second
annual autumn educational
conference to be held at the
Atlantis Resort, Paradise

Island, on October 26-30, 2005.

The Bahamas is a popular
destination among the 1200
NCBMP members, who have
held individual meetings in
Nassau since the organisation
held its first conference here
11 years ago.

The NCBMP is comprised of

Organisations such as the.

National Association of Black
Agcountants, National Organ-
isation of Black Chemists,
National Bar Association,
National Optometric Associa-
tion, National Association of
Black Nurses and National

Grand Lodge Masons.

Other islands may have the
opportunity to host this presti-
gious group as some members
will be traveling to Exuma and
Grand Bahama to inspect new
meeting places and sites for
future conferences.

Partnerships

This year’s conference
theme, ‘Reaching New Heights
Through Partnerships’, is on
target with goals set for the
Bahamas, as it mirrors initia-
tives undertaken by the Min-
istry of Tourism’s recently
established African-American
department.

The diversified membership
of the NCBMP will not only
allow for unlimited network-
ing, personal and professional

opportunities for conference
attendees, it will also provide
additional exposure for the
Bahamas among influential
African-Americans.

“We are very pleased to be
hosting the NCBMP group and
will continue in our efforts to
strengthen business relation-
ships with such prestigious
organisations,” said the Min-
istry’s director of the African
American market, Anita Patty-
Johnson:said.

“Tt is also very important that
Bahamian residents support
our efforts by showing our vis-
itors the true meaning of
Bahamian hospitality”.

Tourism MinisterObie
Wilchcombe will be delivering
the opening address on Octo-
ber 27, 2005 at Atlantis, Par-
adise Island.

BAHAMIAN hotels have taken steps t

minimise inconveniences to travellers who

may experience disruptions to their vacati
plans if Hurricane Wilma strikes, through —
their organisation's, s viene Cancellation

. Policy, whi has been in nue fore a numb
of years.

po "
_ would either need to postpone
vacation in the Bahamas.



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N assau hotels lose 10-20% of bookinis due to Wilma

- FROM page 1B

took effect.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s executive vice-president,
yesterday told The Tribune that
although it was hard to estimate, the
BHA believed New Providence’s
resort had experienced between a 10-
20 per cent “loss rate” in terms of
bookings. He added that Wilma’s
impact would be felt much more on
islands further north, particularly
Grand Bahama, Bimini and Abaco,
where some properties had closed and
evacuated all their guests. The book-
ings loss rates for hotels on those
islands was likely to be higher than for
New Providence, due to their greater
proximity to Wilma.

Mr Comito said October was “a soft
month for us anyway” on New Provi-
dence and the other islands, mitigating
the short-term impact from Wilma on
hotel occupancies.

_However, prior to the storm’s emer-
gence, hotels in the Nassau/Paradise
Island location had this past weekend
been forecasted to have two days that

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were a “bit better” than in 2004.
Wilma, though, meant that year-before
comparisons were likely to be flat. “At
the same time, we have people strand-
ed here who can’t get out today,” Mr
Comito said. “The hotels have been
assisting them, offering amenities at
low of reduced rates.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s execu-
tive vice-president of administration
and public affairs, told The Tribune
that the company’s Cable Beach
Resorts had “been impacted from last
week Tuesday” in terms of tourists
cancelling or rescheduling bookings.
He added that the three properties -
the Radisson Cable Beach Resort, the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino, and the Nassau Beach

Hotel - had seen a 10-per cent “attri-|

tion rate” on bookings. -

The three resorts, Mr Sands ead
were averaging a 55 per cent occupan-
cy rate, some “10 per cent behind
where we hoped to have been for this
period in October”.

However, Baha Mar was “very bull-
ish” on its bookings and room rate
forecasts for the remainder of the year,
particularly for Thanksgiving and the

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Christmas season, two of the busiest
periods for Bahamian hotels. The
Cable Beach Resorts had “come fairly
close” to September projections
despite the number of hurricanes in
the region.

However, Mr Sands conceded that
Wilma had “put a damper” on the
October projections, although the

_Cable Beach Resorts had suffered no

structural damage and were continuing
to operate“as usual.

Mr Sands added that the length of
time Wilma had remained in the
Caribbean area for was bound to have
a. “negative impact on forward book-
ings”, and the pace of recovery would
heavily depend on how Florida - the
largest tourist market for the Bahamas
- recovered from its own brush with
Wilma.

Meanwhile, Michael Hooper, the
British Colonial Hilton’s general man-
ager, told The Tribune that the speed
with which things returned to normal
was also reliant on how quickly Nassau
International Airport reopened,

enabling visitors to come and go from

this nation.
Mr Hooper said the Hilton had

a

information will

expected to be at 78 per cent occupan-
cy levels today, but last night was only
at 55 per cent, so “unless people are
coming in late”, the difference between
those two numbers represented the

impact Wilma had on the hotel’s guest .

numbers. “I think we lost between five
to lo points of occupancy on Satur-
day-Sunday, so for us not super sub-
stantial, but it does have an impact,”
Mr Hooper said,

Tuesday had been forecast at a 60

‘per cent occupancy, and Mr Hooper

said the rest of the week was likely to

be “fairly slow”. He added that a

Bahamian group had also cancelled a
meeting at the hotel due to Wilma.

Many New Providence businesses
heeded the Government’s warning to
close yesterday, although a number
remained open, not wanting to take
chances given the impacts Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita had on the US.

The loss of.a day’s trading is likely to
have a relatively minimal impact on
Nassau businesses and the Govern-
ment’s revenue intake, although the
major effect on the Bahamas is likely to
be felt on Grand Bahama.

General insurers and loss adjusters

will probably start to assess the damage
on Grand Bahama today, which due ,
to its. low-lying status-is especially
prone to storm surges, as appeared to
be the case yesterday in the western
part of the island. Premiums for home-
owners insurance are again likely to
rise next year, although by how much
may depend to some extent on the
insured losses from Wilma.

Following the damage inflicted last
year by Hurricanes Jeanne and
Frances, the Grand Bahama business
community and population will be
praying they avoid a similar level of
damage this time around, particularly
since the economy is still struggling to
recover from the events of September
2004.

A major reason for the island’s woes
is the still-closed Royal Oasis, and
Lehman Brothers’ private equity arm,
owner of the mortgage on the proper-

ty, will be hoping it incurs no further
’ damage, which will depress the sales

price even more. The storm will also

interrupt filming for Disney’s Pirates of

the Caribbean II and III sequels, which

is taking place at the Bahamas Film »
SEigibs on Grand Bahama. ~ ~

Public Utilities Commission

PUBLIC NOTICE

be treated

PROSECUTION OF ILLEGAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS |
OPERATORS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT, 1999

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has taken note of
telecommunications plaseung activities offering reduced international
telephone rates.

The Public Utilities Commission hereby informs the public that:

Section 8 of the Telecommunications Act prohibits the provision
of any telecommunications service by any person without a .
licence issued by the PUC;

Any person who provides telecommunication services without a
licence from the PUC or aids the illegal provision of these services
shall be guilty of a criminal offence and may be fined up to three
hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) in accordance with Section
35 of the Telecommunications Act; and

(c) Violators of the Telecommunications Act can be expected to be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The PUC also invites the public, including operators and consumers,
to provide information on such illegal activities to the PUC. Such
in the utmost confidence.

For further information, contact the PUC at telephone 322-4437,
extension 234, fax 323-7288 or puc@pucbahamas.gov.bs.

Mr. Barrett Russell .
Executive Director

Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
P.O. BOX N-4860
Nassau, Bahamas
Website: wwwPUCBahamas.gov.bs





PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

Students
told to make
wise career

choices

VERONICA Owens, parlia-
mentary secretary in the Min-
istry of Education, urged
Bahamian students to recog-
nise the professional tools that
will allow them to make wise

career choices when she’

opened the 2005 Financial Ser-
vices Industry Careers Fest.

The Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) introduced
the Careers Fest in 2001 as a
means of promoting to senior
level secondary students the
wide range of careers available
in the industry.

The BFSB said a key factor
affecting the success of the
Bahamas as a leading financial
services centre was the ready
availability of trained staff, and
the calibre of the Sahamian
workforce. Its school outreach
programme is a key component

of the Financial Centre Focus -

initiative, an ongoing public
education and awareness pro-
gramme which focuses on.
Through these initiatives, the
BFSB - working in close col-
laboration with industry asso-
ciations - aims to attract quali-

fied young Bahamians to the

‘sector, promote continued

training of industry profes-
sionals, and encourage all
industry participants to keep
abreast of changes in the sec-

tor.

@ PICTURED above, from
L to R, are: Diana Lynn Miller,
President of Rotary Sunrise;
Parliamentary Secretary

Veronica Owens; Zoe Powell,
senior education officer, Min-
istry of Education; Wendy
Warren, BFSB’s chief execu-
tive; Errolee Conliffe, Ministry
of Financial Services and
Investments; and Dexter Fer-

nander, Ministry of Finance.

Missing from the Photo is
Patrick Rollins, president,
Rotary Club of East Nassau.



‘New tax arrangement’ FOCOL favourite

can halt OECD attacks

FROM page 1B
the Bahamas and the US signed a

limited revenue-sharing arrangement, establishing a 10 per cent
withholding tax on US royalties income paid to a proper resident
of the Bahamas, both countries could win.

“Suppose also that the arrangement provides for that withhold-
ing tax to be divided 50-50 between the source country (the US) and
the residence country (the Bahamas),” Mr Langer said.

“Each million dollars of US royalties income earned by the ©
author would generate a $100,000 withholding tax, of which $50,000 -

would be retained by the US and the other $50,000 would be sent
by the US to the Bahamas at the end of the year. The US need not
trust the Bahamas to collect its share of the tax.

“Even though the Bahamas does not impose income tax,,. approval
of such an arrangement by the Bahamian Parliament would autho-
rise the imposition of a ‘pick-up’ tax equal to its share of the with-
holding tax. The arrangement would prohibit the Bahamas from
rebating any portion of the tax to the author. The tax revenue
goes where it should. ;

“This proposal should be a win-win situation for everyone oth-
er than a country that now serves as a conduit for treaty shopping.

the US to the Bahamas; each of these.countries::;would receive
$50,000 per million that they would never:have received before.”
Mr Langer said a limited revenue-sharing agreement would be
much better for the Bahamas and other offshore centres that were
being pressured by the OECD to sign Tax Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs). TIEAs, he added, produced little reciprocal

benefit for offshore centres, apart from convention tax exemp-

tions, and were often signed grudgingly under coercion.

on Shell purchase:

FROM page 1B

One factor that may have

_ delayed a decision from Shell

was the current review of the
Bahamian petroleum industry
under the auspices of Leslie
Miller, minister of trade and
industry, who has threatened

on several occasions to change

its structure through signing on
to PetroCaribe or cutting the
retail and wholesale margins.
The Bahamas has the highest
retail margins in the Caribbean
for gas, set at $0.44 per gallon,
something that will have
attracted both Bahamian and
foreign groups to bid for the
retail division, which includes
all Shell’s gas stations. Any cuts

ra int this could seduce the asset’s
In the above example, there could:be'a direct flow of royalties from™*”



between $20-$25 million. :
Among the Bahamian con-
tenders apart from FOCOL is
group headed by independent
MP and businessman Ten-
nyson Wells, which is under-
stood to be receiving financial

Private sector concerns
on Disaster Bill

FROM page 1B

an erase from the judicial offi-
cial.

The Magistrate’s Order is:

good for 30 days and can be
renewed, but the Bill again
makes no provision for the own-
er of the affected property to
appeal to the courts. The busi-
ness community is also under-
stood about the Bill giving haz-
ard inspectors the power to
enter private property without
interference.

Meanwhile, an independent
analysis of the Bahamas’ disas-
ter management provisions has
suggested that the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) not attempt
to co-ordinate disaster relief and
recovery from a central loca-
tion in Nassau, as this would
create potential inefficiencies
and bureaucratic delays.

The analysis said: “In the
response stage to a disaster, the
best thing to do is to not to co-
ordinate or regulate anything
at all. “Experience suggests that

a central agency based in Nas- .

sau cannot efficiently determine
local needs and provide an effi-
cient and timely response. Time
and time again, it has been
demonstrated that the process
of central control is inefficient,
bureaucratic, delaying and unre-
sponsive to the needs of the
population in times of emer-

gency.

Efficient

“The most efficient way of
coordinating and regulating dis-
tribution of aid in the response
stage of a disaster is to open the
floodgates and let everyone

who wants to distribute aid to |

bring it in and distribute it
themselves.

“What NEMA should do,
rather than trying to centrally
coordinate and regulate, is to
step back and allow those at the
coalface to determine and coor-
dinate aid. The irony is that
NEMA has no experience in
delivering aid, yet is to be made
responsible for coordinating and

ceoulsitiny it.”
The analysis suggested that

_regulating disaster response

would not help to eradicate cor-
ruption that often infiltrated aid
and disaster relief operations:

~ Instead, it called for an “over-

supply” of aid, as it was scarcity
that bread corruption.

_ NEMA officials should be ©
responsible for providing cus-

toms clearance and duty exemp-

tions for all aid brought into.the _
. Bahamas, and should clear the

path for work permits for all aid
workers and pilots.

The analysis said: “NEMA
has no system of quick customs
clearance, or of providing tem-
porary work permits for pilots
and aid workers. The current
farcical situation exists where
NEMA requires donors to put
the aid into NEMA’s name,
NEMA then asks the donor to

-clear it, after which NEMA

gives it back to the donor for
distribution. It is clearly a time

consuming process that adds no -

value and prevents timely dis-
tribution of aid.”

Long-established, mid-sizec business requires
computer-literate administrative assistant to handle
communications, client liaison, and event

~ coordination.
Must be responsible, reliable and energetic, with good

communication skills and own transportation.
Excellent working conditions. Company-paid medical
insurance. Salary pase on qualifications and

experience.

Send resume to: jopats1111@hotmail.com



backing from a group of
Bahamian trade unions. A
third Bahamian group is also
thought to involve Franklyn
Butler. The SOL Group, head-
ed by wealthy Barbadian Kyf-
fin Simpson, was considered by

‘many to be the leading con-

tender for the bid.
However, any sale to the
SOL Group could run into

opposition from the Govern-. .

ment, concerned about the
political effect from approving
any sale to a foreign purchaser.
Mr Miller has publicly said he
would like the business to be
sold to a Bahamian purchaser if
a deal can be struck, and this is
the main reason why sentiment
on the likelihood of the SOL
Group’s success has cooled i in
recent weeks. “

--FOCOL was seen. by- many

asthe likely winner should the:

SOL Group falter.





cultural or religious;

as senior members;

PERSONS MONTH”.



PROCLAMATION



THE TRIBUNE



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ANELLE ALFRED OF REGENCY
PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box .N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

-|NOTICE is hereby given that APRIL JOYE ALFRED OF

REGENCY PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO. Box N-.7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDY ALFRED OF REGENCY
PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of

| OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



















WHEREAS, it is the tradition for the Ministry
of Social Services and Community Development,
in conjunction with the National Council for Older
Persons to organize a month of activities for older
persons in October since Ist October is observed
as the International Day of Older Persons;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council
are committed to ensuring that sufficient attention
is given to the well being and worth of older
persons; .

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council are committed to recognizing
and celebrating the contributions of older persons to their respective communities
and to the development of The Bahamas be they political, social, economic,

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council are committed to reinforcing
the positive impact of older persons on the family, through their years of support
and encouragement, and accentuating the contribution they continue to make

*’ AND WHEREAS, The Ministry and the Council have once again organized
a month of activities under the theme “Older Persons- A Vital Part of the Family
in the New Millennium’;

NOW THEREFORE, I Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas do hereby proclaim the month of October, 2005 as “OLDER

I WITNESS WHEREOEF, I have hereunto
set my Hand and Seal this 12th day of
October, 2005. :

PERRY G. CHRISTIE.
PRIME MINISTER








. THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS | : TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005, PAGE 5B

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By DENISE
MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Bahamian
boxer Sherman “The
Tank” Williams continues
to bring significant expo-
sure to the Bahamas after a
recent win in the boxing
ring in Orlando, Florida, at
a highly televised fight last
Saturday.

Williams, who won the
title of WBA FederCaribe
champion before a televi-
sion audience of over 40
million viewers, came
home to Grand Bahama to
celebrate his win. A
Bahamian flag is promi-
nently displayed on his
belt.

He was accompanied by
his new manager Jim
Ryder of Silver Hawk Pro-
motions, and teammate
Stevie ‘the Lights Out’
Johnston, a two-time for-
mer (lightweight) world
champion.

The win has pushed
Williams’ standing up in
the rankings and qualifies
him as the number one
contender for the WBC
Inter-Continental
Caribbean and South
America title fight in Las
Vegas on January 28.

While in Grand Bahama,
Tank and his manager were
expected to meet with the
hotel, casino and tourism
officials about putting ‘on
a televised fight in Grand

‘Bahama sometime in the
near future.
Climbing

“Williams is one of the
highest ranked heavy-
weights in the world. He is
continually climbing in the
rankings and we feel...he
is a future...heavyweight
champion of the world,” .
said Mr Ryder.

Silver Hawk Promotions
presently manages five
world-class champions.
Tank Williams strongly
believes that his associa-
tion with Mr Ryder: would
further propel his boxing
career.

According to Mr Ryder,
they have been promised
two television dates for
fights on November 18 or
25, dépending on the’
venue. Tank is also a con-
tender for the British Com-
monwealth Heavyweight
title.

“We are hoping to bring
at least four or five fighters
here and put on a show for
the people of the Bahamas,
and to show the world how
beautiful it is here in the
Bahamas,” he said.

Tank took time out to
sign autographs for his
Bahamian fans at the Gov-
ernment Office Complex
on the Mall.

“It feels good to be back
home resting and relaxing
after a very great fight in
Orlando, he said. I pulled it
off and won a unanimous
decision over Harrold
Scronins,” he said.

“We are now here cele-
brating our victory and
new management with Mr
Ryder whom we have
signed contracts, which we
are very optimistic about.”

Stevie, ‘Lights Out’ John-
ston, two-time world cham-
pion, also fought on the
card and won successfully.
“I am just happy to be here
to celebrate with Tank and



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i SHERMAN “The Tank” Williams was in Grand Bahama to celebrate his recent win in last Saturday in Orlando, Florida. He
is seen displaying his WBA FederCaribe Champion belt with his new manager Jim Ryder of Silver Hawk Promotions.
‘ (Photo: Denise Maycock)

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to support his efforts in
getting a fight put on here
‘in Freeport,” he said.

Tank believes that a
world televised champion
fight in Freeport would
boost the economy and
bring tremendous exposure
to the Bahamas, particu-

. larly Grand Bahama, which
is still struggling to recover
from last year’s hurricanes.

“T think the entire com-
munity needs a boost right
now and it would definite-
ly be in Freeport’s best
interest,” he said.

With Mr Ryder’s sup-
port, Williams is confident
that he would attain his
dream of becoming a
heavyweight champion: .

“It is hard when you are
an independent fighter
going up against the big
dons like Don King, but I
feel that, with Mr Ryder,
those obstacles and barri-
ers no longer exist,” he
says confidently.

Mr Williams feels that it
is important to give back
to the community, particu-
larly the YMCA where he
has benefited from the
boxing programme.

“As we all know the hur-
ticanes destroyed the
YMCA, and one of the
things I would like to see
happen when we have a
show here is that part pro-

ceeds would go to aid the

. _ YMCA rebuilding, particu-

larly with their boxing pro-
gramme,” he added.

As soon as the building ©

is restored, Tank plans to
donate boxing equipment,
including four heavy bags,
four speed bags, skipping
ropes and mirrors.

Dream

“Tam totally in giving
back to help the youth. It

-has always been a dream of

mine to see boxing back in
this community. Ii did a lot
for me, and the Y provided

‘a good outlet for me and I

made the best of it,” he
said.

As result of hard work

and determination, Mr
Williams is also currently
the number one contender
to fight for the British and
Commonwealth Heavy-
weight title. He is confi-
dent that he could win the
title.
“Tt is going to be a his-
toric event. When I do
fight it would be first time
in almost 15 years since
another Englishmen held
the title. The last was
Lennox Lewis...and’I think
I will be next Common-
wealth champion.

“T feel good. J am in
great shape, and IJ have the

best support now that I
have had in my entire box-
ing career,” he said.

Mr Williams believes that
the government should
give more support to assist
Bahamian boxers.

He and his former man-
ager have been very instru-

mental in urging the gov-

ernment to form a Boxing
Commission when efforts
were made for Mike Tyson
to obtain a boxing licence
to box in the Bahamas.

“That is well and good,
but there also needs to be
more financial support of
boxers. I showed the
Bahamas up in every fight.
I have fought 12-round
championship fights on
television, and I carry the
flag proud on my shoulder
just like the track and field
athletes.

“The government can do
a whole lot more in a lot
of areas, but I think in time
justice and righteousness
will prevail,” he said.

Although he has received
no financial support from
the government, Tank said
he still represented the
Bahamas and will always
represent the Bahamas. “I
am proud to be a Bahami-
an because it is who I am,”
he says.

His uncle Lennox Leroy
Williamson said Tank is



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not only doing his family
proud, but actually the
Bahamas proud as well.

“IT am sure, if anything
can be worked out, the
government ‘will put its
best foot forth in order to
make sure that Sherman is
supported in his quest to
be heavy weight world
champion,” he said.

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Hurricane

forces sports

rescheduling
FROM page one

agenda: to win the entire -
tournament.

“The long layoff won’t
affect the level of play by
our team,” said Edge-
combe.

“My team is ready to
play any of the teams
they bring down. We’ve
been practising despite
the postponement and.
everyone seems eager to
play. None of us like the
idea of the two week rest
period, but we want
everyone to know that
we will still be the team
to beat.

“The lay-off will give
the Freeport teams a lit-
tle more time to practise
and get their strategy
together heading into
Nassau. Hopefully this
year we will get some
competition, but, not to
worry, the Wildcats are
ready for action.

"They are saying that
the Freeport teams have
the best pitchers in the
Bahamas, but that
remains to be seen..I am
just waiting on them to
come so I could show
them exactly what a great
pitcher looks like. I will
say again, I am ready, my
team is ready and we will
bring our A game if the
tournament is this week, -

‘next or two weeks from.

here."

MacTagsert
and Whitfield
cruise to

title victories

__ FROM page one

up a notch, I knew I would
have been prepared to go
after her.” :
Whitfield jumped out
toa3-lleadinthe —
first set when she
‘broke Ranson. After
getting broke in the
next game, Whitfield
came back and went
back up a break and

they both held serve —

the rest of the way.

In the second set,
Whitfield opened with
a break and, after they.

held through the

eighth game, she
closed out the match
with another break to
deny Ranson her third
oppounity to win her
first title.

Final -

“T felt good going
into the final, but I

- couldn’t get anything

going with my fore-
hand shot,” Ranson
said. “This is my first
time playing her:and I

_was very excited.

“T was surprised at
her shot making skills.
I thoufht I would have
done better with my
physical endurance. I
knew if we had gone to
the third set, I could
have stood a chance to
win.”

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cruise to title victories |

@ TENNIS
By BRENT. STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

IN IDENTICAL fashion,
unseeded Neil MacTaggert

_and Paula Whitfield clinched

their first men’s and women’s
titles at the. Gatorade Senior
Nationals at the Gym Tennis
Club on Sunday.
MacTaggert, making his
first appearance in the tour-

“nament, pulled off a 6-3, 6-3

win over Steve Thompson and
Whitfield, back in action after
a five year hiatus, knocked off
Patti Ranson by the same
scores.

The two week long tourna-
ment also saw top seed Mike
Isaacs retain his men’s 55 sin-
gles crown with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
decision over. long-time rival
No.2 seed J. Barrie Farring-
ton.

Isaacs also teamed up Mike
Lightbourne as they defeated
Ralph Barnett and Bertram
Knowles 7-5, 6-2 for the men’s
55 doubles and Ranson and



Pair win their
finals 6-3, 6-3



-veteran Jane Wiberg powered

past Aleia Adderley and Julie
Arthur 6-1, 6-2 for the ladies’
doubles title.

This week, action will con-
tinue as the tournament gets
set to crown the men’s 45 sin-
gles champion; men’s 45 dou-
bles and the mixed doubles.
The event will run through
Sunday.

Doubles

MacTaggert, the No.2 seed
in the men’s 45 singles and top
seed with Vince Andrews in
the men’s 45 doubles, said he
was delighted to win his first
35 singles title.in his first
appearance.

:

“T thought the match was
played pretty well. I thought
‘his back hand was his major
‘weapon, but I was getting a

little Gred at the end, but I
was still able to overcome his
disability,” MacTaggert
stressed.

“It was good to see the lev-

el of competition in the 35s. I

was surprised to see the
amount of players that partic-
ipated. We could have used a
few more of the top players.
Hopefully, I will be able to
defend my title next year
against some of them.”
Thompson, the No.4 seeded
player who ousted top seed
Larry Rolle in the semifinal,
said he played as well as he
could, but MacTaggert was

just too much to handle.
“T just couldn’t get over his

serve and his net game,” said

Thompson, who will have a
chance to redeem himself.for
a title when he teams up with
McKinney as the No.2 seed in
the men’s 45 doubles.

Serves

“T didn’t feel tired. I felt if I
had won the second set, it
would have been a different
game. He started to miss some
of his serves and his volleys,
but he was still a little too
much for me.”

MacTaggert, who used his
height to his advantage, served
and vollied well in the first set
as he broke Thompson 4-3
after trailing 3-2 and secured
another break to take the ini-
tial lead.

_ After going up two breaks
with a 4-0 lead, it appeared
that MacTaggert started:to get
weary as Thompson rallied
back for a break at 4-1.

But both players held serve
the rest of the way as Mac-
Taggert went on to win.

“T needed: to hit more first
serves and get the passing
shots when he come to the

- net,” said Thompson, in try- -

ing to explain what he didn’ t
do right.

MacTaggert admitted that
Thompson played well, but he
just wanted it a little more.

Whitfield, who eliminated
No.2 seed Susan Sargent 6-1,
6-4 to advance to the ladies’
single final, said she enjoyed
her return to the local.scene
after sitting out the past five
years. *

“I relied on my serve
throughout the match because
the rallies were pretty even,”
Whitfield reflected. “It’s great
to come back after a long time
off to win.

“T realised that Pattie wasn’t
going to out hit me. She
played a lot into my back
hand, but if she had turned it

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Hurricane

forces sports

rescheduling

l@ By KELSIE JOHNSON: :
- Junior Sports fy
Reporter :



SEVERAL sporting . «.
organisations were forcéd’
to reschedule weekend: '
activities due to the threat: ’~
of Hurricane Wilma. "="!

_A loaded weekend for’ -
sports.in the country was

limited to just two disci-
plines — tennis and slow’"« .

pitch softball — and wrap-»
up play for the first.annual
Church Games. fet 8
'The Bahamas Softball
Federation’s Round Robin
championships was set to
be the feature event for
the weekend, but the hur-
ricane advisory issued a
day before the tournament

. forced president Romel:

Knowles to postpone the -
tournament until this
weekend. The storm was
expected to hit the north-
western islands of the
Bahamas.

The four day tourna-
‘ment which was set to
begin on Thursday evening
was scheduled to host the
six top teams in the
Bahamas in both men and
women’s division. Teams
were set to come in from

} ‘-Exuma, Grand Bahama,
i. Andros, Abaco, Long.
:. Island and New Provi- :
i dence.

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However, the storm’ sg.
‘timing has left Electro.
Telecom. Wildcats star -

pitcher Mary, Edgecombe.”

on edge, and eager to put
the Round Robin tourna-
ment behind her as the
team looks forward to the
National Title.
Edgecombe’s main focus
is getting the job done
quickly and bringing an
end to the teams who are:
gunning for the Wildcats.:

Groove

She said: “I don’t like
resting long, I understand
the weather wasn’t permis-
sible, but the long lay off:

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takes me out of my groove.

I am a person who loves to
play while in the groove of
things, the long rest peri-.
ods are not for me. :

“The excitement level :
for me was at a peak last_
week, especially after... -
watching the news. Watch-
ing the teams from
Freeport practising
inspired me, actually it had
me all fired up and ready
to play, then I learned-that
the tournament was post:
poned.” —

The Wildcats, the New
Providence Softball Asso-
ciation (NPSA) champions

: ended their regular season

two and a half weeks ago,
using practice sessions to
stay in tip-top shape.
According to Edgecombe,

D the weekend play will have

marked the first time the
team would have been
together since the champi-
onships, but the time spent
apart will just bring the
team together because
they all have the same’-

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A breast cancer
survivor's struggle
caught on canvas -

lm By PETURA BURROWS
‘Tribune Feature Writer

MAYBE no one knows
better than the breast cancer
survivor and her family mem-
bers the emotions involved
with a.cancer diagnosis. In
many cases, these emotions
are extremely difficult to
articulate with words, so
imagine a survivor having her
story told through paint.

In "The Conqueror", a
painting now on display in the
Beneath the Surface exhibi-

tion at the Central Bank of ©

the Bahamas, viewers vicari-
ously experience the personal

struggle of Myra Bullard, a

breast cancer survivor of
eleven years, as told by her
son, Taino Bullard. In this
colourful painting the artist
attempts to depict.the-emo-
tional struggle of the typical
cancer victim, which he views
as anguish meets acceptance.

Ms Bullard, who did not
know that she would be the
inspiration for her son's paint-
ing until he began to frame
his work, believes that her son
has managed to symbolically

capture some of what she felt

at the time of her diagnosis.

"At first, all I saw was a.

hole in the chest," she says
with a laugh. "I don't know if
he captured all of what I felt,
but he tried...I was really fear-
ful of dying and leaving (my
children).

Pain

"I know there is a struggle
in all breast cancer victims,
and sometimes you try hard
not to let your family see all
of it, but you do have that
constant struggle. There is the

pain of not knowing if you'll .

live or how long you'll live

' and the pain of having small

children that someone else
will have to raise if you die,"
- she shares with Tribune
Woman, as she takes a break
from her kindergarten stu-
dents.

Ms Bullard's diagnosis -

came just hours before Taino,
then 16 years old, was to hold
his first exhibition.

She remembers feeling. a
need, maybe a responsibility,
to suppress the bad news in
order to enjoy her son's night

though the diagnosis was very .

much at the front of her
mind.

Having mammograms
every year, and with no histo-
ry of breast cancer in her fam-
ily, Ms Bullard did not really

expect that she would ever be ©

diagnosed with cancer. She

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i CANCER SURVIVOR -
Myra Bullard, who was
diagnosed with breast cancer
just two months before her
50th birthday, i is now an
eleven year survivor.

&@ THE CONQUEROR - In
this painting, NewSkool
artist, Taino Bullard,
attempts to illustrate his
mother's fight with breast

_ cancer. The work depicts a
woman who is at a point of
vulnerability in her life,
aye maintains a courageous
spirit.

(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune Staff)

was two months away from
her 50th birthday when she
received the diagnosis.

After discovering a tiny red
lump underneath her left
breast, she passed it off as
merely a bug bite. Soon the
redness went away but the
lump was still there. A, doctor
later told her that the prob-.
lem was most likely fibrocys-
tic tissue, since she had such
tissues in her right breast.

Fibrocystic changes are the
most common cause of lumps

in the breast for women ages

30 to 50. Although fibrocystic
changes may also be referred

* to as fibrocystic disease, it is

not a disease, but a condition.
Fibrocystic disease is also
known as cystic disease,
chronic cystic mastitis or
mammary dysplasia. The con-
dition is not cancerous and at
least 60 per cent of women in
their reproductive years have
‘lumpy' breasts, as a result of
this non-cancerous condition.
After a year and-a-half of
going back and forth to doc-
tors, and with the lump grow-
ing only slightly, a doctor
finally conducted a needle.

biopsy. "But that didn't go
too well because my breast
became all purple coloured,"
she said.

Trying all avenues in an.

attempt to see what the prob-
lem‘was, Ms Bullard also vis-

‘ited a doctor of natural medi-
cine who instructed her to go

to a traditional surgeon after
seeing the condition of her
breast.

Biopsy

"So I went from there
straight to Doctors Hospital

where. I met Dr.Diggiss who

said they'll do a thru-cut biop-

sy. The lump was big enough’

and they took out a few

pieces. I was to return a week -
later for the result. It was can-—

cer.
"That was Taino's first, very
first exhibition and I just went

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from Doctors straight to that

. exhibition. Taino and Ebony
‘were to leave for New Jersey
the next day:so I didn't alarm ©

them because I didn't see the
point of upsetting their whole

summer vacation. I just tried, |

to get through the night," she
said.
Upon the recommendation

of Dr Diggiss, Ms Bullard’

decided to have a mastectomy

since the breast size was small.

She underwent that proce-
dure two weeks after the diag-
nosis, and it was followed by
six months of chemotherapy.
She'says the worst part of the
ordeal was the chemothera-
py. "That's the only thing that
I would avoid. I'd have a mas-
tectomy again in a minute but
the chemo, I don't know.
Every hair on my body was
goné, the hair on my head,

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‘Unique exhibition
to raise awareness

a By YOLANDA.
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Feature Editor.

“SHAME aiid darkness. A

?- woman finds a lump in her

-breast and is suddenly faced

i. with the possibility of having

the very thing that defines her

as a woman removed. The loss ~

of her breast, her womanhood,
the instrument that allows her

:__ to sustain life, signals the
- beginning of a painful transi-

‘tion into a world blanketed in :
shame and darkness.
To emerge from this place,
to live again without the shad-
ow, requires the re-emergence

into light, the ability to sepa-.
rate.oneself from the disease

and retain that internal image
of self, of beauty, of woman-
hood, to move. beyond the

condition to embrace life.

ag

The fight against breast can- -

cer has, in recent years, taken

i ‘on a greater sense of urgency

in the Bahamas as. more
women, younger women, are
being diagnosed with the dis-
ease, often ata later, deadlier,
stage.

Joining the fight to help

empower women who may
-have been:touched by the dis-
ease and to help educate the
community about the impor-

"Store Locations

tance of repilar screening, self
examinations and testing, Kate .
Law and Susan Katz-Light-
bourn will be hosting a unique
exhibition featuring the-deco-

. rated busts of 30 women of all

ages, some breast cancer sur--
vivors, some having had mas-
tectomiés,, November. 17 at
Government House, 6:30pm.
to9pm.

“We had 30 models and we
made plaster sculptures of the
female torso using women of
"all ages, including women who
had breast cancer. We gave
the bust to the artists and they
will decorate it in the style
‘they choose.”

Among the thirty artists
.chosen to decorate the pieces
are Antonius Roberts, Jack-
son Burnside, Andret John,
Sabrina Lightbourn, John Cox
-and-John Beadle. Susan is also
one of the artists being fea-
tured.

A silent auction be held

‘ during the evening, with all
the proceeds going to the Can-

cer Society of the Bahamas to
help in the fight against breast
cancer. ;

According to Susan, the
idea for the exhibition came
when her husband saw a simi-

lar show that had been done to

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THE TRIBUNE



WOMAN



A breast cancer sutvivor’s

struggle caught on canvas

FROM page one

raise awareness for breast can-
cer by a group in the United
States. He thought that the
concept, body sculpting,
would be one that his wife
would enjoy working with
and also realised that it was
an important message: “I
thought it was a fantastic idea
to be done in the Bahamas,
to educate the community
about the one of the biggest
health threats against
’ women,” she said, once he
brought it to her attention.
“People don’t know a_lot
about breast cancer, but
everyone knows someone
who has had breast cancer.
Bahamian woman are not
getting regular mammograms,
they don’t do regular self
examinations and they often
find out they have this dis-
ease when it has already pro-
gressed to a dangerous lev-
el,” she said.
Passionate about educating
both women and men about

”

breast cancer, Kate said that
she wants the exhibition to
get the public to think of the
female form beyond the tra-
ditional role of sex object,
and to see it as a piece of art.
The sculptures, she feels, will
resonate even more intensely

with the viewer because they.

are three dimensional, and
viewers will be able to touch

the pieces and feel the -vari- -
ous textures that were used

to create the work,

Sculptures

“We want to.make people
think about what the’sculp-
tures are saying. It’s different

from looking at a painting.on

a wall, it has a different
affect.”
According to Kate, all of
the women who participated
in the molding phase, were
keenly interested in helping
the cause and were willing to
partner with them for a cause

that affects every one. Theâ„¢

more that Bahamian women













can be educated about the

disease, the more likely it is .

that those diagnosed with
cancer will detect it at an ear-
lier stage, making it more
likely that they will have.a

. full recovery. oe
During the exhibition, sur-

vivors. of breast cancer will

be talking about their battle:

“As people are walking

around the room, there.will *

be quotes and facts posted
around the room about breast

cancer. As soon as people.

see the sculptures they will

know, what.the exhibition is
all about.”
‘Depending on the success

of the event, the women are |

hopeful of hosting a second
event next year and are
already considering a slightly
different concept for the exhi-
bition. :
“It’s important to make
women feel less afraid, and
to emphasize that-early detec-
tion is critical to successful
care and recovery. It’s
important that they are made
aware of the need for self

partner is as important as. having

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examination, to know what a
normal breast feels like. Sure
you feel a bit nervous stand-
ing in the showing feeling
your breast, but it’s a curable
cancer once it’s found. in the
early stages,” said Kate.

Experience

Working on the sculptures
has been an eye opening

- experience for Susan. Thank-
~ fully, she does not. have
‘breast cancer, but she does

have a number of close

friends who she has known
all of her life who have been

diagnosed with the disease,
and some of them have had
recurrences.

“People my age or younger,

‘to find out you have it in your

early 30s...and some have had
double mastectomies. It
wakes you up, shows you that
you are not invincible. So,

you go for your mammo- -

grams, and yes you sit in the
waiting room and go, ‘oh my
God what if they find a lump

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in my breast’, but you have
to do it.” :

Susan believes that the
show will make people more
aware of the disease and its
impact on a woman’s body,
adding that there is not one
woman who does not sit there
after the test and think that it
could happen them.

“We all want to stick our
heads in the sand and pretend
that there’s nothing to wor-
ry about, but that’s stupid. I
(sculpted) two women who
had mastectomies, I had nev-
er seen it before, it was a lit-
tle shocking at first, but the
women were open about
what happened to their bod-—
ies and about the whole
process.”

The show however, hopes
to take viewers beyond the
physical breasts of women, to
look at the busts as a piece

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@ QUESTION: Dear Dr.
Carey, What is the average
age of menopause onset? I
am in my early 30s and

‘recently have been having

hot flashes that even wake
me up in the night. Could it

- be menopause?

B@ ANSWER: Menopause
is defined as the cessation
of menstrual periods. Once
a woman has ceased seeing
periods for six months or
more then she is considered
to be in the menopause.
The average age of
menopause is at-age 51 but
ranges from age 44-55.
Some women in their thir-
ties and early forties may
experience the menopause
and this is referred to as
premature menopause or
premature ovarian failure.

Ten per cent of women
experience no symptoms
whatsoever except for a
cessation of their periods.
Fifty per cent experience ,
only mild symptoms and
these women do not require
any treatment except reas-
surance and an ‘explanation
of what is happening to
them. About 25 per cent
require treatment to allevi-
ate the severe symptoms.

If a.woman’s ovaries are
removed surgically, usually
at the time a hysterectomy

‘is being performed, then

the symptoms are often .
more acute and severe. The
most frequent and promi-
nent symptom is that of hot
flashes which can be very
severe. This may be accom-
panied with night sweats,

_ irritability (mood swings)

difficulty sleeping (insom-
nia) loss of sex drive, stress,
weight gain and vaginal
dryness. 2.

Hormone replacement
therapy (HRT) is still the
most effective method of
treating the symptoms that
accompany the menopause;
the exact regimen is indi-
vidualized for each patient
by her physician once the
risks versus the potential
benefit are weighed.

Dr. Reginald Carey
Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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column provided by Doc-
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educate women about
important issues regarding
their health and is not
intended as a substitute for
consultation with an obste-
trician/gynaecologist. Please
send questions via e-mail to
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: eyelashes, every hair on

:* my body."

i But humour from her
husband and from her
children, who said that
she looked like a
dinosaur, helped her
through it.

It would be Ms
Bullard's ability to face
her challenge head-on _
that motivated Taino to
pay tribute to his mother.
Her struggle would
become one of the high-
lights in his transition
from boyhood toman-
hood, a highlight that was .
to have representation in
his joint exhibition with
fellow NewSkool artists.

"It is how she handled
it with a strong character.
She never stopped play-
ing her.role even at a
time when she was most
vulnerable. When we
were young she instilled
in us spirituality, so now
that I look back, and I
see the strength she had
even with this burden of
death staring her in the
face, she was okay. And I

. Was impressed by that,"
he'told Tribune Woman.

Chance

"There is always the
chance that things may

: not go well, you don't

: always know what will _
happen. What made the
difference is the way she
handled it.. That allowed
us to accept the possibili-
ties, even the possibility
of death, because she
didn't fall apart,"-he said.

According to Taino, —
"The Conqueror" shows :
a woman who has:a level
of vulnerability, but at
the same time an over-
whelming spirit of
courage.

Ms Bullard says that ©
though she has under-
gone five years of tamox-
ifen treatment to lower
the risk of recurrence,
and continues to eat -
healthy and watch her
weight, there is still the
fear that the cancer may
re-appear.

For women recently
diagnosed with breast
cancer, a wide variety of
emotions, fear, anger,
sadness, guilt, helpless-
ness and anxiety, come to
the surface. She may
wonder, "Why me?"

But as Ms Bullard
would find out through
her son's painting, when
-one member of a family
has cancer, the whole
family is affected.

In fact, psychologists
consider these family
: members to be 'sec-

i ondary patients’. Cancer

i affects an entire family,

not only because there .

are genetic links to can-

cer and cancer risks, but
because when one mem-
ber of a family has cancer
the whole family must
deal with the illness.

Memory

“It just made me know
that it did affect him, and
I knew that. But it was
like a memory imprinted |
on his mind, that, I really
didn’t know. It helps me
to realize that breast can-
cer does affect the whole
family," she said.

As one who has faced
such a formidable foe as
cancer, and emerged a
survivor, Ms Bullard “
offers this advice to other
women: "What helped
me a lot was facing (can-
cer) straight up, and get-
ting enough information
as I could, not running
away from the verdict,
but looking at how I can
help myself and being
aware of my own body,
even making the doctors
aware because some of
i them tell you that there is
: nothing wrong."

i "You have to listen to
: your body and be aware
i of yourself."



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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 3C



My story: Lite

after breast
cancer



@ By PAMELA BURNSIDE

am a cancer survivor
and my story proves
that early detection is
the best protection. It
was 1982 when my
husband noticed a small pimple
in my left breast. “What’s
this?” he said. “It’s probably
cancer,” was my glib reply.
Breast cancer had been a
part of my family since child-
hood in the 60’s when my aunt
was diagnosed and underwent
disfiguring surgery for one
breast and then the other, fol-
lowed by horrifying bouts of
treatment. I remember my
mother and her sisters organis-
ing who would accompany her
to Florida and after visiting her
at home, discussing the situa-
tion and crying as they watched
their sister suffer. Then while I
was away in school in England,
another aunt was diagnosed

with breast cancer and had to ©

undergo surgery and radiation.

The strange thing about this
was that all my life persons mis-
took me as the daughter of
either of these aunts because I
looked so much like them, so
the logical progression for me
was that since I looked like

them I would get breast can-'

cer too. So as a young adult I

. Started educating myself about |

the disease and was always pre-

pared for the inevitable:
After visiting my general

practitioner for an evaluation, I

was given the diagnosis of a.

“blocked milk duct’ and left
with some topical ointment to
rub on the nipple several times
‘a day. Admittedly, I did not
follow, doctor’s. directions :to
put on the ointment.every day,
but I noticed that the area
around the nipple was getting
dry and scaly and during a
breast self examination soon
after I also noticed a clear dis-
charge from’my nipple. Now I
knew that something was defi-
nitely wrong.
So I went to another doctor,
Dr Poad, whom my sister

worked with as a nurse (this -

sister was diagnosed with bor-
derline Stage two breast can-
cer three years ago and also
had a mastectomy and
chemotherapy). As soon as he
saw my breast he said, “I don’t
like the look of this”, and he
sent me off to Dr Farrington
for a biopsy.

It was a long Christmas sea-
son that year as I waited for
the biopsy results over the hol-
idays..In January I got the news
from Dr Farrington that my
biopsy was positive for a breast
cancer condition known as
Piaget’s Disease: “OK now
what?”, I asked very. matter-
of-factly. Dr Farrington’s sug-
gestion was for a modified rad-
ical mastectomy and we
booked the date. i

Iwas prepared to deal with
the issue but my siblings had
some misgivings and insisted
on a second opinion. Dr Far-
rington arranged for a consult
and mammogram (which were
not available in Nassau in those
days) at the University of Mia-
mi Hospital and another five-
day wait for results which were
the same as those given here.

“If this was your wife, doc-
tor”, my husband asked, “what
would you recommend?”

“A mastectomy”, Dr Robin-
son replied.

January 24, 1983, I entered
Princess Margaret Hospital’s
operating theatre for my
surgery. My cousin, Dr Wavell
Thompson, was my anesthetist,
and as he rolled me in we chat-
ted about recipes and cooking
until I fell asleep, a nice sweet
sleep. Several hours later I

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awoke groggily surrounded by
my family. My aunt, Nurse Lil-
lian Thompson-Farrington, was
at my bedside as my day nurse,
and a friend of my in-laws,

Nurse Susie Mae Lockhart, was’

my night nurse.

There was NO PAIN...... I
found that to be the weirdest
thing...only when they pulled
out the drainage tube did I fell
a twinge...the tube was in deep
and there was dried blood
around the edges.

Thad a truly wonderful time
in the hospital. I felt like a
queen with lots and lots of love
and good wishes all around me.
My room was COVERED
with flowers on every conceiv-
able surface and I lay there
entertaining the constant
stream of visitors who were
amazed to see me awake and
cheerful. Your mental attitude
is 90 per cent of the recovery
battle and I won that war.

After six days I was released
and stayed with my in-laws to
recuperate for another five
weeks. They pampered me and
kept a sharp eagle eye on me to



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flowers. on every
_ conceivable i.
surface and —





and cheetful,
Your mental _



make sure I did not ‘overdo’
it, restricting visitors and mak-
ing sure I got my rest. It was
not bad at all, I did my exercis-
es, changed my diet, cutting out
all red meat, eating more veg-
etables.and fruit, and healed
nicely. It was back to work
half-days only for the first week
and I have not looked back
since.

‘My follow up prognosis was
good - my cancer was caught
early and treated promptly - a
Stage 1 with no lymph node

involvement, no follow up.

treatment was needed. So I
have religiously gone for check-
ups ever since, first every three
months, six months and now
yearly...and the story does not
end there...five years after my
diagnosis I became pregnant
(with Dr Farrington’s permis-
‘sion), and my daughter is now
a healthy 19 year old in Uni-
versity. I was evén able to
breast feed with one breast and
had to supplement with a bot-
tle.
Because of my positive atti-
tude I was approached by Mar-



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for their staff we encourage
family members and
friend/co-workers to sup-
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. ilyn Seymour-Major, who was

then working at the PMH lab,
to do several speaking engage-
ments and join the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas. , The
rest is history as I took up the
mantle and found my true call-
ing, to assist and offer support
to other cancer patients and to
educate the public about can-
cer.

I retired from active duty
with the Cancer Society in 1997
after many years as president
and education chairperson, but
I was always there to offer sup-
port and talk about cancer.
Recently, I came back on
board to work with the Can-
cer Caring Centre. What a
rewarding journey this has
been for me. There IS life after

cancer....1 am ‘living proof of
that.
Thoughts to think on...

The textbooks say cancer
usually occurs in older women,
I was 31 when I had my
surgery. Breast cancer is the
number one cancer killer of
Bahamian women who seem
to contract this disease at an

earlier age when it is more

aggressive.

The texts say clear discharge
is not a problem - mine was
clear, but I had cancer.

When I was diagnosed the »

statistics in the US stated that
one in 12 women annually
would get breast cancer, that
number is now down to one in
seven. In the Bahamas they are
seeing 80 to 90 new cases of

breast cancer at the PMH

every year.
e Know your body: Nobody

. knows. your. body better than

you do. If you feel something is

.wrong in spite of what your

doctors say, get a second opin-
ion, it could save your life.

e Breast cancer is also hered-
itary - it runs in families.

¢ Make informed decisions -
learn about cancer - read, ask
questions, be aware.

¢ Doctors are only human -
they make mistakes too!

e¢ Your doctor has to be a
partner and you should feel
comfortable enough to ask
questions and get Satisfactory
answers.

e I know four other persons
who have had children after
breast surgery, but it can be

dangerous, so it is important

to only get pregnant on the
advice of your doctor as hor-

mones can wreak havoc with:

cancer cells if they are still
around.

' ¢ There are eight mammo-
gram facilities in the Bahamas
now - in my day there were

' none.

© There are several surgeons
in the Bahamas who can per-
form breast surgery. now - our

. Bahamian surgeons are fully

and absolutely qualified to do
this type of surgery.

¢ Lumpectomies were not
available in my day - they are
now if your cancer is caught
early.

e¢ Chemotherapy and radia-
tion therapy are now available
in the Bahamas, even recon-
structive surgery is available in
the Bahamas now. ~

e Early detection and

prompt treatment are still the
best protection against cancer.

e Get regular, annual check-
ups - Mammogram, pap smear,
doctors examination and do
monthly breast self examina-
tions (BSE’s).

¢ Less stress keeps you
healthier.

Contact Sister, Sister, or the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, for information
about cancer. We are here to
help you.

INSIGHT

For the

stories behind
alae
read Insight
on Mondays





@ By SARAH SIMPSON



A STUDY teleased by
the FDA indicates that your

environmental headaches

are hitting closer to home

than you might think. In

fact, the air inside the aver-

age house or office building

is between two and one hun-
dred times worse than the
air outside of it. Since. we
spend most of our time
indoors, this “sick building”
syndrome is an important
health priority. Symptoms
can include skin disorder
and flare-ups like psoriasis,
eczema and hypersensitivi-
ty, plus flu-like symptoms
like headaches, fatigue and
confusion.

Just think about what’s
around you. Your new car-
pet is releasing gas chemi-
cals, your air-conditioning
system is spreading mold
and fungus, you can’t seem
to get rid of pesky dust
(most of which is dead skin
cells)...even. your dry-
cleaned clothes are a hazard
to your health. Throw in fab-

_Tic softeners on your sheets,

janitorial cleaning chemicals,

synthetic ingredients in your °-
antiperspirant and cologne, .
and pesticide-treated foods
and water, and your seeming. .
innocuous daily routine ®’:

turns into a toxic gauntlet.

What can you do about all.
. Of this? You'll want to gauge’
. your level of response with

relation to your sensitivity
symptoms. Of course, avoid-
ing toxins altogether just
isn’t possible for most of us,
but we can help our bodies
deal with them .. Eating
organic food and drinking
filtered water, airing out

“your house, and selection
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reduce your intake.

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occasion.

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‘even'day to help eliminate
. daily toxin and fluid build-

glasses a day):Add a squirt
of lemon or lime if you like,
both aid in detoxification.

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aged with antioxidants, and
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etables. Loaded with fiber
and water, fruits and veg-
etables keep your bowels
healthy. Besides, they are a .
much healthier alternative
to laxative pills or powders,
which can be habit-forming.

e Eat plenty of papaya
and pineapple (or take a

‘supplement with Papain and

Bromelain). They are high
in anti-inflammatories and
enzymes and they are a

‘great aid to the digestion.

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though.)

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the Dermal Clinic at the
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lm By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

he government is
taking the lead in
encouraging all
Bahamians to
adopt healthy
eating habits and a health-con-
scious lifestyle. Last week, the
Ministry of Health, in associa-
tion with the Ministry of Edu-
cation, launched the National
Healthy Lifestyle initiative.
The programme comes out
of.an effort to affect change,
following the release of some
startling statistics. According
to.reports, 45 per cent of deaths
‘in the Bahamas in 2003 were
caused by chronic non-com-
municable diseases which
“include diabetes, hypertension,
chronic respiratory disease,
Heart disease, strokes and can-
cer. And in that same year,
hypertension was cited as the
leading cause of death among

women.
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The risk for many of these ..
diseases can be lowered how-
-ever, and in some cases avoid- 2

ed: altogether if a healthy
lifestyle is adopted. The new
programme attempts to raise
awareness about healthy
lifestyle choices throughout
‘ Néw Providence and the Fam-
‘ily‘Islands, and is expected to
be included in health educa-



“nh By Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and ;
,Shandera Smith, of
the Nutrition Unit,
‘Department of Public
‘Health, Ministry of
Health

HALLOWEEN 2005 is
“going to be here in just over
one week. In addition to the

scary house decorations and
spooky costumes, we hope that
this year you break the sweet-
tooth routine and fill your
trick-or-treaters baskets with
healthy snacks and fun treats!
>’ Remember, Halloween is all
about encouraging and provid-
ing fun for our youngsters, and
in.this regard healthy snacks,
which once might have been
seen as boring, can’ be handed
out to kids in an effort to pro-
.mote healthier food choices in
“association with enjoyment.
“ike most other habits, the
childhood period is when food
practices are established and
variety and moderation in eat-
ing has to be learnt too. By giv-



ing out non-sweet/sticky, snacks:

tomorrow night children will
get the message that healthy
snacking can be linked to hap-
piness and entertainment. Thus
the perception of proper eat-
ing is not only linked to
parental discipline , but wise
food choices will no not be
associated with a regime to be
adopted only when you
become older or ill.

Furthermore, Halloween
treats do not have to mean
food only. It is the kind ges-
ture of a little token that
delights the hearts of the little
‘monsters’ so this year try
something new.

Halloween & Tooth Decay

True, some companies have
cut some fat out of their fattiest
candies, but does this mean
that Halloween 2005, they will
be healthier than those handed
out in years past?

Well, don't bet your teeth or
your kids teeth on it. Even the



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tion courses with the aim of
providing guidelines for stu-
dents and elderly persons.

At last week's launch, which
was described as a monumental
occasion, Minister of Health
Dr Marcus Bethel, told the
crowd of mostly health profes-

fat-frée, vitamin-fortified can-
dies are loaded with sugar, the
stuff that's the main culprit of
tooth decay. According to the
school health report-data, den-
tal cavities is the number one
problem in Bahamian school
children during 1996-1997 and
it continues to hover at the top

of the list. .

Initially, it may seem like a
treat to give out candies; but
later on is it worth it when you

have. to pay the dentist bill? ©

Every time you indulge in can-
dy or give it out to kids, you
miss out on an opportunity to
eat fruits, vegetables or other
natural foods that might reduce
the risk of tooth decay as well
as life threatening conditions

like cancer, heart disease, .

stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Novelty Halloween Treats
Halloween treats are a big
part of the fun for kids, but

these goodies need not be ©

sticky, gooey candy only. For
Halloween go beyond the tra-
ditional hard candy sticks and
chocolate bars and opt for non-
food favors, such as toys, stick-
ers, crayons, pencils, whistles,
plastic animals, rubber spiders
or worms and even tooth-
brushes (note some of these
are not suitable for small chil-
dren).

Giving out these novelty
treats provides more fun and

--Is not only a better alternative

for our little masked 'mon-
sters', since they can actually
have something useful after the
night is over, but we too will
benefit. How? Just think there
will be no leftover candy sit-
ting around screaming "eat
me!"

If this idea of handing out
non-food treats is not too
appealing, how about stocking
up on non-sweet snacks on
your way home this evening?
Look for peanut butter and
cracker and cheese stick pack-
ages, small packs of nuts and
raisins, individual cereal box-
es and even small boxes of 100

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healthy lifestyle

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« Aowinbe: 2- COB Student Development seminar;

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Highlight: World Diabetes Day 2005 Health Expo

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sionals, that the effort would
form the "blue print" for-a

in the
Bahamas.

According to Dr Bethel, the
poor lifestyle choices made by

Bahamians has translated into ,

a decreased quality of life, and

a

olesome Halloween treats

per cent fruit juice to refresh
them while they door hop.

If you are entertaining your
children friends’ Halloween
night try some of these nutri-
tious treats:

A bowl of unsalted plain
popcorn can replace chips.

A colorful platter of baby -

carrots, grapes, and other fruits

. and vegetables rather than the

candies.

A citrus punch can be the
witches' concoction instead of
soda.

The kids can create faces out
of gr¢en peppers, tomatoes,

‘mushrooms and pepperoni on

mini cheese pizza instead of
buying fried chicken or other
fast foods. It's a great idea
because it saves time and mon-
ey and also provides them with
a healthy snack and an activity
too.

Wrapping Up Halloween
Evening

Parents, at the end of the
evening monitor the amount
of candy that your children eat
at one time. Try to divide the
huge sack into small bags and
store out of their reach, if pos-
sible and share out in modera-
tion over time. Most of these
will keep, but be sure to look
for the expiration date. And
ensure your kids brush their
teeth thoroughly each time
they eat high sugar foods like
candy, chocolate, sweet cere-
als even soda and fruit drinks.
Practicing oral hygiene daily is
a very important health invest-
ment.

So go ahead and toss these
assortments of non-sticky and
non-food treats into the bas-
kets of your trick-or-treaters
both the kids and their parents
will surely be tickled by your
novelty. Lighten Up and Live
Healthy supports you in your
effort to improve your health
and the well-being of your fam-
ily and loved ones. So share
these eating practices with oth-
ers, not only for Halloween
night, but always.

Jini of Health launches N ational :
_ Healthy Lifestyle initiative

oF Calendar of Events - October 2005 - April 2006

e December 25 - Christmas -
er the Cost."

oe oJ anuary to April - Community Nutrition Presentatio,
upon request .

January 2006 °- National Walk te © Promote Physi
~ Activity .
= Walk to Work Initiative

February 2006 - Heart Month oe
-- Bahamas Heart Association Health Fair oe
- GO RED FOR WOMEN initiative

~ March 2006 - Health Fair both exibtnpresenter upon :

request
- Join the Club Initiative _

April 2006 - National Nutrition: Month
- April 13 - National Vegetable Day —

- April 20 - National Fruit Day .°

- April 27 - National Water Day. 2 Se
- April 28 - National School Speech Competition

enormous financial strain on

the government, a track that is

unsustainable, he said.

By his government present-
ing a holistic approach to
healthy living however, through
the strategies laid out in the
new programme, it is hoped
that. Bahamians, will adopt
behavioural changes that can

_ lead to a healthy population.

Dr Bethel also told those in
attendance that while the
Caribbean community
acknowledges that education
is important to the building of a
nation, it also realizes that a
healthy population is essential
for economic growth. "We hold



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steadfastly to the belief that
education is a contributor to
the human capital. However,
more recently during the
CARICOM heads of govern-
ment meeting, we have rightly
turned our attention to the oth-
er main ingredient of the
human capital, that is, the

health of the populace which

is SO important for the creation
of the region's wealth and thus,
its development."

Believer

Prime Minister Perry
Christie, who has become an
avid believer in a healthy












conscious lifestyle

lifestyle, served as the keynote
speaker and officially launched
the programme. Mr Christie
suffered a slight stroke in May,
and since then has become the
‘poster child’ for what the pro-
gramme seeks to promote.

In a speech that came off as
more of a heart-to-heart than a
prime ministerial address, Mr
Christie told the audience that
before suffering the stroke he
had been so focused on other,

seemingly more important

issues, that he ended up pay-
ing no attention to his health

- and ignored the fact that he

was putting on too much
weight.

‘Hospital

After being discharged from
the hospital, Mr Christie made
a commitment to change his
lifestyle based upon one sim-

ple fact, he told the audience:

"I wanted to live. And I want
to live with some degree of
freedom. So the message for

‘me is, this is a wonderful pro-

gramme coming at this stage,"
he said.

Mr Christie also encouraged
the Ministry of Health to work
along with the churches in the
nation and encourage pastors
to preach the message of a
healthy lifestyle. He also noted
that the government is encour-
aging developers of homes to
place a fruit tree in every yard.

In concluding his speech, Mr
Christie opened his jacket, and
asked the crowd to look at him.

" It was a request that was greet-~

ed with a loud applause.

"The minister (of health)
brought me here to show that I
lost six inches in waist, and that
I lost over 30 pounds through
exercise. The reality is that it is
upon us to do our best to make
ourselves well.”



PAGE 6C, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

THE TRIBUNE



| HEALTH : a

CT angiography: much less

invasive, more patient-friendl

WHEN treating a complex
aneurysm, doctors need to quickly
decide which treatment is best. Step
one is to get a good look as soon as
possible at the aneurysm and its rela-

‘ tionship to nearby blood vessels.

Scanning

CT angiography (CTA) is a scan-
ning technique that allows doctors a
peek inside the body by using X-rays
to visualize blood flow in arterial ves-
sels throughout the body. From arter-
ies serving the brain, to those bringing
blood to the lungs, kidneys, arms and
legs, X-ray beams pass from a rotating
device through the area of interest in

the patient's body from several. dif-.

ferent angles to create cross-sectional

images, which are then assembled by .

computer. The results of the test. is
viewed in three dimensions, giving
doctors accurate guidance on how to
proceed.

Compared to traditional angiogra-
phy, which involves anesthesia, placing
a catheter and injecting contrast mate-
rial into an artery, CTA is a much less
invasive, more accurate, and a more
patient-friendly procedure. The con-
trast material is injected into a periph-
eral vein rather than an artery, which
is technically less difficult and has a
very low risk of complication. As a

result, patients having a CTA typical-

ly leave immediately following the
procedure and can resume normal
activity. With traditional angiography
however, because an intravenous (IV)

sedative is used in preparation for tra-
ditional angiography, an observation
period is necessary before you can
leave, you may even be admitted to

the hospital overnight.

Examine

A CT angiography is most com-
monly used to examine the pulmonary
arteries, visualize blood flow in the
renal arteries, rule out pulmonary
embolism, identify aneurysms in the
aorta or in other major blood vessels
that can be life-threatening, and to

detect narrowing or obstruction of

arteries. When a stent is placed to
restore blood flow in a diseased artery,

CT angiography will show whether it’

is serving its purpose. Examining

arteries in the brain may help reach a
correct diagnosis in patients who com-
plain of headaches, dizziness, ringing
in the ears, or fainting.

Injured patients may benefit from

‘ CTA if there is a possibility that one
. or more arteries have been damaged.

In patients with a tumor, it may be
helpful for the surgeon to know in
advance the details of arteries feeding
the growth.

Doctors Hospital recently acquired
the Brilliance16-slice scanner by
Phillips Medical Systems. Unprece-
dented speed, coupled with, sub mil-
limeter detail, enables physicians to
capture high quality images that may
not have been available previously.

Covering more patient anatomy
faster than other CT scanners, doc-



tors can rotate, peel, and flip the

_ images to get different perspectives

that will make-viewing and planning
for surgery more accurate. Because
CT angiography gives superior views
of vessels in the head and neck,*it is
useful for spotting narrowing i in the
vessels.

Technology

This new technology provides*an
exponential leap in acquisition speed
and image quality, making advanced
applications, such as cardiovascular
imaging, rapid-trauma evaluation and
whole body CT angiography, routine.
Sophisticated tesults, often presént-
ed in 3D, are available to referring
physicians wise minutes.



‘Mental and physical

health across the life span’

Column prepared in collab-

oration with Dr. Nelson
Clarke, medical staff coordi-
nator, Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre in the Ministry of
Health, Mr. David Taylor,
Pan American Health Orga-
nization advisor to the
Bahamas and the World Fed-
eration for Mental Health
awareness packet.

| MENTAL health can be
: simply described as the ability
‘to successfully and positively
cope with the normal and
unexpected physical, psycho-
logical and emotional stressors
that challenge us throughout
our life span. Individuals
should be able to live, love,
work and become productive
members of their families, the
workplace, the community and
their country. It is very impor-
tant to maintain a healthy men-
tal state of mind that would
ensure a peaceful atmosphere
where ever you go.

No one is exempted from
possible mental health crisis. It-
is therefore imperative that
each gender and age group
have separate research, treat-
‘ment and care. If the best pos-
sible health intervention is to
be provided.

With this in mind, one can
see the need for constant
reminders about the impor-
tance of mental and physical
health. Therefore, on October
10, each year, since .1994, the
WFMH develops a theme to
heighten. awareness about spe-
cific aspects of mental health.

WFMH was founded in 1948
to advance, among all peoples
and nations, the prevention of
mental and emotional disor-
ders, the proper treatment and
care of those with such disor-
ders,'and the promotion of
mental health. The mission is to
promote, among all people and
nations, the highest possible
level‘of mental health in its
broadest biological, medical,
educational, and social aspects.

It has been noted, that just as
there are growth charts to mea-
sure the height of a child to
identify their. normal or abnor-
mal (delayed) development:
There are tools designed to
point out to an individual the
level of thinking and/or level
of appropriate emotional
responses to specific life chal-
lenges, as it relates to the pre
set expected goals for each age
group. There are times when
the brain malfunctions, that is,
it does not function as it should.
The individual’s behavior, per-
ception, thought processes and
ability to sustain meaningful
relationships are affected when
the brain malfunctions.

It is critical that the public
understands the important role
that every one must play in the
rearing of healthy individuals,
well-functioning families, and
successful communities.
Neglect of the total health
(including mental) and well-
ness of any segment of the pop-
ulation, whether children,
working adults, or elders, can
lead to major human and social

welfare problems for the entire
nations.

Mental health is now recog-
nized as an essential and insep-
arable part of health. We know
that mental health issues can

have a significant impact on the

outcome of.a number of other
medical problems. Effective
treatments is available for
many mental disorders, and
these treatments come in many
foriis, including medications,

psychological, and rehabilita- 2
tive:services. Individuals expe- *:

riencing even the most serious
mental disorders can. partici-
pate in the full range of human
endeavors. The special needs
that exist among groups such
as children, elderly people,
women, minorities, and others

can and should all be appro-
priately addressed.
A Healthy Start to Life.

' This year, the World: Health
Organization (WHO), chose
the theme “Make Every Moth-
er and Child Count” for their
World Health Day focus to
raise public awareness con-
cerning the vital issues facing
women and children in all
nations. It allowed us an oppor-
tunity to focus on the value of
every human life. The evidence
is clear that healthy mothers
and children are the bedrock
of healthy and prosperous com-
munities and nations. Too
many mothers and children are
suffering and dying each year.
When mothers survive and

thrive, their children survive _

and thrive.

According to the Association
of Maternal and Child Health
Programmes, children with
serious emotional or behav-
ioural problems suffer from a
lack of prevention intervention,
early identification and avail-
able treatment services. Mater-
nal depression can have many

negative effects on children’s -

cognitive, social, and emotion-
al development. Research
shows that the effects can be
worsened by poverty and other
social risk factors, as well as
the severity and duration of the

‘

nN

‘more

mother’s depression.

Depression that may occur
in women after the birth of a
child is called postpartum
depression. This maternal
depression affects the interac-
tion and bonding between
mother and child in many ways.
They are:

¢ Mothers with depression
often fail to talk, play, and nur-
ture their children.

*These mothers often fail to
proévide a stimulating environ-

‘ment that encourages explo-

ration and chances for learn-
ing.

° Effective discipline and
supervision of children may be

“neglected.

e Infants born to women
with depression look less at



their mothers, are less active
and curious, and are less likely
to reach the development goals
achieved in infants whose
mothers do not have depres-
sion.

- Infants of depressed moth-
ers are at greater risk of being
abused and neglected and are
likely to become
depressed themselves as well
as having disorders such as
Attention Deficit Hyperactivi-
ty Disorder (ADHD) and Con-
duct Disorder (CD).

Reading the emotional cues
of children and responding in
an attentive, caring manner is
as important as meeting their
physical needs. When the
mother’s depression is detected



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and. treated early, there are
long-term positive benefits for

mothers and their children.

Some recommendations by the
WFMH. to help mothers and
children who are challenged in
these areas include:

_ © Efforts should be made at a
policy level to develop and

implement mental health care |

services for mothers beginning

‘at the prenatal stage of life and
“should: be carried out over me

life-span.

¢ Parenting skills should be
taught in schools and re-
enforced during parent craft
classes.

¢ Establish home visiting
programmes, childhood pro-
grammes. and easy and timely
access to mental health consul-
tants and information should
be established.

"© Establish community-based
services with screening and
assessment services for chil-
dren.

Children of all ages can expe-
rience mental health problems
just as adults do. One out of
every twenty children will

experience a serious mental .

health disorder before the age

of eighteen. Like any other ill- -

ness, these problems are real
and can be very challenging for
the child, the family and the
community to which he/she
belongs. Parents and caregivers
must be able to identify the
warning signs that children may
manifest which suggests that
they be experiencing some
mental challenges, and may be
heading toward.a mental ill-
ness.

Know The Warning Signs |

Some of the warning signs to
be aware of are:

¢ Decline in school perfor-
mance, and/or trouble in
school;

e Inappropriate anger or
aggression;

¢ Regularly disobeys paresits
and teachers;

' @ Unable to pay attention;

e Easily distracted, trouble
sitting still for short periods of
time; and

¢ Pre-occupation with death
or violence, thoughts of suicide.

If your child displays any of
these behaviors frequently, for
long periods of time, or for

. unexplained reasons, you

should seek help.

Where can you get help?
In the Bahamas, help is avail-
able for children who experi-













ence mental health problems.
This includes counseling for the
child and family, classes in
behaviour management may
help to relieve the child’s prob-
lem, and in some instances,
medication may be used under
a doctor’s guidance. Teachers,
guidance counselors, religious
leaders (youth ministers, min-
isters, pastors, priests), family
doctors, psychologists, nurses,

“social workers and psychologi-

‘cal counselors in the health
care system are all important
resource persons use to address
mental health challenges in
children. Members of the pub-
lic are encouraged to utilize the
Community Counseling and
Assessment Center of the Pub-
lic Hospitals Authority under
the umbrella of Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre. Services
are available Monday to Fri-
days between the hours of 9am
to Sam, and they are located
on Market Street north.

information.

. ME PRE & POST Natal Fitness Classes will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30, beginning Sep-
tember 27 at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off
Prince Charles Drive). Doctor approval is required: Call
364-8423 to register or for more information.

4646 or 327-2878

ing, Blue Hill Road.

room.



fied by the AHA.

Friday at 6pm.

THE Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquar-
ters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more

@ DIABETES Directions — a FREE diabetic support »
group — meets the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm
at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Din-
ner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and .
cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-

â„¢@ REACH - Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm - 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC build-

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

@ THE Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

@ DOCTORS Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR Classes certi-

The course defines the warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries
and choking that can occur in adults, infants and children.

CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-4732
for more information and learn to save a life today.

m@ ALCOHOLICS Anonymous meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-llam & 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm; @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shirley St, on

e) THE theme for World
Mental Health Day is “Mental

~ and physical health across'the!

life span” and it points out ‘they
importance of recognizing tH®
inter-dependence of good mene
tal and physical health at eveis
stage of life. The catchy mottg
this year is: ““There-is no healt{.
without mental health”. ‘Res
dents are once again given,

Opportniil to reflect on: thei







For more information a
mental health care, and proms






contact the Sandilands:

-bilitation at 324-1246, the Com-.

munity Counseling and Assegs- :
ment Centre at 323-3295 or the.
Health Education Division at.
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@ GARDEN peas are prolific
producers and can be sown

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Green Scene —

e have
reached the
. time of year
when
autumn
finally sets in and gives us nip-
py mornings and cool, short
evenings. Now is the time to
plant those vegetables that
demand brisk weather to be at
their best. These include let-
tuce, spinach and garden peas.

Forget about growing let-
tuces that resemble the tight-
headed California-grown Ice-
bergs webuy at the supermar-



ket. You can grow serviceable .

Romaine (Cos) and Boston
(Bibb) lettuce, but Iceberg
types tend to develop bitter-
ness. If you insist on Iceberg
types try Minetto, a.compact
lettuce that was developed for
tropical areas and resists bit-
terness.

The perfect lettuces for
Bahamian gardens are the best
tasting: loose-leaf varieties that
come in a myriad of shapes and
colours. Most of them are
diminutive but have the advan-
tage that leaves can be plucked
from them as needed without
hurting the plant.

All lettuces have very com-
pact root systems so it is impor-
tant that the goil they are
grown in has been amended
with peat moss, commercial
cow manure or compost. This
will allow moisture to be
retained. Very little fertiliser
should be used, if any at all.
Seedlings should be set out
eight inches to a foot apart and
grown in blocks rather than
rows.

Favourite

My favourite loose-leaf let-
tuce is Simpson’s Black-Seed-
ed. It gives green, succulent
leaves that have genuine taste,
nothing like insipid, watery Ice-
berg. To add interest to a

by Gardener Jack



tossed salad you may like to
grow colourful Ruby (red) and
Mignonette (several shades of
colour). For variety in shape

"you can grow the tasty Oak

Leaf lettuce. That’s a lot of
packages of lettuce, you may
be thinking. Look for a single
package that gives you a vari-
ety of loose-leaf lettuces.

Dressings

‘Leaf spinach should be
grown as for loose-leaf lettuce.
There are two types:.one with
smooth léaves and one with
carunculated leaves. The latter
holds.dressings better.

We gardeners grow our own
vegetables so we.can have the
very freshest of produce. Some-
times we can only enjoy cer-
tain vegetables in fresh form if
we grow them ourselves. A
case in point is garden peas.
You can buy them by the can
and you can buy them frozen
but they are rarely available
fresh in their pods. The differ-
ence between frozen and fresh
is considerable.

‘Like lettuce, garden peas
have compact root systems and
should be grown in well-
mulched soil. Even if the pack-
age tells you the vines can be
grown without supports, pro-
vide supports. Brushwood

twigs do the job for peas that -

grow to three feet; thereafter
you will need a trellis.
Peas can be planted quite

_ closely together, a mere three

inches apart and an inch deep.
They need to be watered often
and well as even a brief drying
out period will spell disaster.
Once the peas have flowered
the pods and peas form very
quickly. You will need to pick
the plump pods every day as
this promotes further produc-
tion. If you cannot pick enough
for a meal on any particular
day just refrigerate the pods
until you have sufficient.

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i NOW is the time to plant those vegetables that demand brisk weather to be at their best.
These include lettuce, spinach and garden peas.

The French like to cook their
peas with lettuce leaves. They
also use soda or Perrier water
as the cooking medium. Some
people prefer a counts of sprigs
of mint. Whatever, ine end
result will be far superior to

frozen peas.

Edible-podded peas like Sug-
ar Snap, are popular because
they are very sweet and do not
need shelling or cooking. They
can be used raw as a crudité or
briefly steamed to accompany a

meal. It is important to pick
them just as they fill out or the
pod or they will toughen and
they will have to be used as
regular garden peas. Strangely
enough, despite the name,
Snow Peas do better in our

warm winters than either regu-
lar peas or edible-podded peas.
The vines are heavy so-they
need to be staked or trellised.
The pods should be picked as
soon as they are full size and
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Wilma
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Search for child —
alter storm surge
demolishes home

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter



Greenslade, yesterday morn-
ing as Hurricane Wilma blew
over the island an ocean surge
swept through several homes
in the Eight Mile Rock’ area,
including the beach front
home of the child’s parents.

THE parents of a year-old
baby boy are searching for
their child after he was swept
from his Grand Bahama home
by a storm surge. :

Assistant Commissioner of
Police Elliston Greenslade
told The Tribune yesterday
that a search is being con-
ducted for the child, who is a

‘resident of Hanna Hill, Eight
Mile Rock.

The child’s parents were
unable to find -him alter the -
surge demolished their home.

“According ‘to Mr

cue the three children, anoth-
er surge rolled in and is

baby away.

er male relative, who assisted

are assisting police in the
_ search for the missing child.



Internet blackout after
break in connection

A BREAK in Cable Bahamas’ fibre optics connection.
to Florida caused an nation-wide internet blackout last
night. !

Because of the problem, The Miami Herald could not be.
included in tomorrow’s Tribune.

According to a Cable Bahamas technician, the company
experienced a disruption inservice Farougls its main line from
Florida.

While customers in some areas were up and running eouees
day afternoon, the vast majority of internet users were affected,
the technician said.

He added that according to reports BTC’s internet service

user's were experiencing similar problems.
The teclinician said that while the exact nature of the problem
has yet to be identified, initial reports indicate that the disrup-

- tion was caused by damage sustained in Florida as a requit of |

Hurricane Wilma.
He could not say when service would be back up and Cable
Bahamas, could give no updates up to pei time. |!





During an attempt to res- ,

believed to have swept the .

All other residents of the
home are accounted for; and ~
the baby’s parents and anoth- .



‘in rescuing the other children;

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 285, 2005

The force of |
Wilma takes
Grand Bahama

by surprise

@ By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff: Reporter

HURRICANE Wilma slammed into
Grand Bahama yesterday, taking many

residents by surprise with its destructive: i

force.

Power outages, downed communica-
tions and up to 15 feet of flood waters
were reported in some areas.

According to news reports reer 4

afternoon, the entire eastern coast of the
island was battered by the storm. - ,
Despite warnings to evacuate low a
areas in Grand Bahama, 400 residents of
Pinder’s Point had to be rescued due to
serious flooding yesterday morning.
Official reports said 240 people were

taken to St George’s Church and 170 to

the Church of Christ on East Beach Drive.
- Speaking at a press conference yester-
day, NEMA’s national co-ordinator Carl
Smith said as Hurricane Wilma was affect-
ing Grand Bahama and Abaco yesterday it
had left flooding due to sea surges in sev-
eral areas of Grand Bahama.

“We were more recently in.communi-
cation with administrator King in the West

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Proposal for industrial agreement is
big step’ towards public service reform

THE new A for the jsidnatrial
agreement between the government and
the Bahamas Public Service Union is a “big
step” towards reform of the public service
which will also contribute to the Bahamas
achieving the status of a developed-country,
Minister of Public Service Fred Mitchell
said yesterday.

Whereas the public spotlight has been

on the question of salary increases for the

BPSU, Mr Mitchell pointed out that the
draft industrial agreement addresses impor-

: tant issues that go beyond that.

“I think everyone recognises that the



governiieat wants to pay a livable wage,

- wants to give people a good salary for their

productivity. But the draft agreement is
much more comprehensive than salary
issues,” he said speaking as guest on More
FM’s talk show Real Talk yesterday. ‘

Mr Mitchell said that this draft will great-

-ly contribute to achieving a reform of the

public service on a whole.
“T believe this is a big step in that direc-

“tion. We need communities of interest

between the working people of the country

SEE page 10



Doctor presses charges against
businessman over alleged gun incident

@ By RUPERT
‘MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter

A LEADING Nassau
doctor has formally pressed
charges against a prominent
businessman who allegedly
pointed a gun in his face last
week. — .

Dr Judson Eneas told
The Tribune that Majestic
Tours owner William
(Billy) Saunders was
taken to Fox Hill police

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station yesterday.
Dr Eneas filed a com-
plaint in which he claimed

that his neighbour aimed a’

bayonet-tipped rifle at him
while screaming racial slurs.

“They called him in this
morning and confiscated a
gun,” said Dr Eneas, “I told
them I don’t think it is the
right gun so they will have
to go back later to search
for another.”

Dr Eneas told police that,
while he was returning to

his home at 11pm last
Thursday, he noticed some-
one following him closely
in a car as he approached
his driveway, which is locat-
ed directly across from Mr
Saunders’ home.

“I pressed the button to
open my electrical gate. It
opens slowly, just as elec-
trical gates do, and while I
was waiting I heard the per-
son behind me lean on the

SEE page 10


We should not participate
in assault on environment

S this hurricane

season pro-
duces more storms and
more powerful ones, the
debate on whether global
warming is a contributing
factor has also intensified.
There have been 22
named storms so far with
12 developing to full hur-
ricane force, and the sea-
son still has five weeks to
go. ,

Hurricane Wilma, hav-
ing devastated Mexico’s
Yucatan Peninsula, was,
on the weekend, surging
across to Cuba and threat-
ening Florida and the
northern Bahamas as
Alpha was just getting
started in the south. (Inci-
dentally, the Cubans can
teach others a lesson about
preparedness as they have
evacuated 300,000 of their
citizens .away from
exposed areas).

Wilma at one point was
the strongest hurricane
ever recorded with winds
up to 175 miles per hour
and capable of gusts up
to 185. It is chilling to
imagine the damage a
ferocious storm like that
could do to life, property
and the natural environ-
ment in a direct hit on the
Bahamas. eee

Some say the number
and the intensity of trop-
ical storms this year have
little to do with global
warming and are more likely to
be cyclical. They point to previ-
ous prolific hurricane seasons
as well as powerful storms of
the past, the strongest until now
being in 1935.

But. everybody agrees that .

hurricanes thrive on warm
water, the warmer the water the
more hurricanes, and the more
powerful they are likely to be. It
is hardly debatable anymore
that planet Earth is getting
warmer since there is over-

think we can say is that the



whelming evidence, including

the melting of the polar icecaps.

The BBC Online reports that
a study published in the jour-
nal Science found that while the

‘ incidence of hurricanes and

tropical storms has remained
roughly constant over the [ast
30 years, there has been a rise.in

‘the number of intense hurri-

canes. :
Dr Peter Webster, who head-
ed the research, says: “What I

increase in intensity is
probably accounted for
by the increase in sea-
surface temperature and
I think probably the sea-
surface temperature is-a
manifestation of global
warming.”

he US-based

Union of Con-
cerned Scientists says
that the rising sea levels
resulting from the polar
meltdown means higher
storm surges, even from
relatively minor storms.
These surges will cause
more coastal flooding,
erosion and damage to
coastal property. |

All of this means that
the planet is in trouble
and that low-lying coastal
areas and low-lying arch-
ipelagic countries like the
Bahamas will suffer

. soonest and most.

It is up to the devel-
oped and rapidly-dével-
oping nations of the
world to face the reality
of global warming and
stop pretending it is not
happening, before. it is
too late. Some scientists
feel that we may have
already passed the tip-
ping point. ;

The Bahamas should
join with others and take
every opportunity to
speak out in appropriate
international forums

against environmental abuse:
Beyond that we should prepare
for the worst and do all we can

" to protect ourselves. We should

certainly not be contributing to
the problem with our own
abuse of the environment by
the extravagant use of fossil fuel
and direct attacks on our nat-
ural heritage.

But it seems Prime Minister
Perry Christie — like the hard-
headed. American president
George W Bush — has yet to get





The Bahamas should join with

others and take every opportunity
to speak out in appropriate

international forums against

environmental abuse





the message. Mr Christie told
The Bahama Journal less than
two weeks ago that he is still
actively considering proposals
for LNG regasification plants
in the Bahamas and the piping
of LNG to Florida.
According to The Journal, Mr
Christie said he is hoping to
address several concerns about
the projects.with Florida Gov-
ernor Jeb Bush, whose state has



This is the same
Florida which
refuses to allow
oil exploration
near its shores
for fear of
possible
damage to its
multi-billion
dollar tourism
industry!



a keen interest in them. He also
expects to hear from US
Ambassador John Rood about
his concerns.

hat this amounts to
is that Mr Christie
is under intense pressure from

‘ his own Minister of Trade and
Industry Leslie Miller, the pow-'
erful gas and oil industry,.and:

the government of Florida.
The Americans can be count-
ed on to give Mr Christie every
reason why he should do this
deal and to offer every comfort
and assurance. It is in Florida’s
interest to have this facility safe-
ly constructed as far away as
possible from its coast. Obvi-
ously Florida does not mind
having to dig up millions of tons

of silt from the ocean floor to

lay the pipes.:

This is the same Florida
which refuses to allow oil explo-
ration near its shores for fear
of possible damage to its multi-
billion dollar tourism industry!

But what about the
Bahamas? Who are Mr Christie
and his colleagues thinking for?
They should have the courage
displayed by the late Sir Cecil
Wallace Whitfield in 1967 when
he told our American friends
what they should do with the

nerve gas they wanted to dump ~

in the Bahamas. -

We were not independent
then so the Americans, with
British consent, did dump the
nerve gas in the Bahamas and
up to this day we have no idea
what impact that has had on our
environment and our health
over the years.

rt Christie should not
delude himself into
thinking that opposition to the
LNG projects comes only from
a small environmental lobby.

That lobby is best qualified to’

articulate the case against these
projects but Mr Christie should
know that many thousands of
Bahamians are even more envi-
ronmentally conscious than they
were in 1967.

They are acutely aware of the
value of the coral reefs which
we hold in trust for future gen-
erations of Bahamians and,
indeed, the rest of humanity.

They know what it would mean |

to our rich marine resources —
conch, lobster and grouper — if
that delicate ecological system
were to collapse and die.

The Prime Minister and his
colleagues should try to sum-
mon up enough courage to put
the Bahamian people, our
national safety and our natural
heritage first, and say no to
Leslie Miller, Jeb Bush and the
gas and oil conglomerates.

* OR Ok

LORDS & COMMONERS

n this column last week I
discussed some differ-

ences between the parliamen-
tary system as it is practised in
Britain and in the Bahamas. I
mentioned briefly the evolu-
tion of the British system, now
known as Westminster after

the palace where both houses:

sit.
In the penultimate paragraph
I wrote: “The Westminster sys-
tem,,evolved over many years
andat one time, the House of

- Lords (the Upper House) was

more powerful than the House
of Commoners (the Lower
House).” :

My editors changed Com-
moners to Commons but the
use of Commoners was inten-
tional ‘since that was the way
the Lower House was styled
centuries ago. Commons is

short for Commoners.

The point is, that royalty and
the nobility once exercised
more political power than the.
ordinary people of Britain, the

commoners. It took many years ©

of conflict to shift political pow-.
er from the Lords to what it
now known as the House of
Commons. _

The term commoners is still
very much in use in Britain
today particularly when there
is news that someone of royal
blood is likely to marry some-
one whose blood is not so
blue.

Many years ago I did some
research for an article for the
Bahamas Handbook to find
out why the colour of the
House of Commons (and our
House of Assembly) is green
and the colour of, the Lords
(and. our Senate) is.red. We.
got this tradition from West-
minster and so even the
House Speaker’s ink is green
while the Senate President’s

is red.

The red was easy. It repre-
sented royalty and nobility and
so on, The green was not so
easy as there were several con-
flicting. theories.

I settled on the one which
claimed that the carpet and

upholstery of the Lower House’
-was green because back then

green dye was, cheaper, hence
suitable for the commoners!



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Bird flu is a ‘serious
concern’ for Bahamas

@ KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

. THE Bahamas should be extremely con-
cerned about the possibility of a bird flu
outbreak according to one expert.

. Ornithologist Eric Carey, the director of
parks for the Bahamas National Trust, told
The Tribune that pet birds are transported
around the world so frequently that the
possibility of a bird bringing the disease to
the Bahamas is very real.

‘ Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu,
is a highly contagious virus that spreads in
domestic birds, such as chickens.

‘It is believed to have spread to humans
through contact with infected birds, and a
number of cases have been reported in Asia
this year.

‘To date there have been no reports of
the disease in the Caribbean — however,
new cases in European bird populations
suggest that it is spreading west.

‘Mr Carey said: “Even if it’s not found -

here naturally, we still need to-be careful.
“With so many people and animals trav-
elling here there is a potential for the virus
being brought in through the pet trade or.
pet birds is extremely high.”
‘“We have to be vigilant because ours is

an economy that cannot support these virus-

es, but this really is a medical issue.”

' Speaking to the press last month, Public
Health Director Dr Baldwin Carey said
that the Bahamas is preparing to handle a
possible outbreak of the disease.

‘According to Dr Carey, the department
of public health is "very much aware" of the



@ ROMANIAN health workers putting domestic birds in plastic sacks after gassing

them earlier this month

concerns. “We just came back from Wash-
ington where we participated in the meeting
of officials from the Western Hemisphere
and one of the topics was this issue,” he
said. “The Bahamas, like most other coun-
tries, is going through the motions of han-
dling this.”

Dr Carey said that the ministry’ s main
tool in the fight against the disease is screen-
ing at the country's many entry borders.

“We haven't strongly enforced this
because as of yet there is no sign that the
virus has spread outside of Asia, but we

_are still preparing for the chance that it will

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happen and that we will be affected,” he
said last week.

Dr Carey admitted that the Bahamas has
not imported any medicine to treat the

virus, but added that access to it will be | :

available in the event of an emergency. ©.
“Tf a smaller country were to have a prob-
lem, the nearest larger countries that have
medications stored will release it to them to
that country.
“Discussions are ongoing worldwide as to

how to handle a breakout if it occurs, but we:
’ as a nation are planning and preparing for

ourselves,” he said.

Grand Bahama faces further
delays for hurricane repairs



a By PAUL G TURNQUEST
‘ Tribune Staff Reporter

FAMILIES and businesses in

' Long Island that have been
waiting for relief since last
year’s devastatirig hurricane
season may have to. wait a bit
longer.

» As Works and Utilities crews
are once again diverted to
Grand Bahama in the wake of
Hurricane: Wilma, The Tribune
has learned that repairs are still
outstanding in. a number of
areas in Long Island.

Meanwhile, mail boats have
threatened to suspend services
to the area until the necessary
répairs have been made.

“Long Islanders have asked
for the Ministry of Works to fix
the government docks at Salt
Pond and Simms, as well as
repair two sections of the road
in the respective settlements.

“To date, repairs still have not
been completed.

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During the last session of the
House. of Assembly, Long
Island MP Larry Cartwright
questioned the Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley
Roberts as to when the repairs

- could be expected to begin.

Jn an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Cartwright
said that Mr Roberts has

promised that the team of engi-

neers currently assigned to the
project have been given one
more month to address the
problem.

“We want the dock to be ele- ©

vated, and the area around it to
be utilised properly,” Mr
Cartwright said in reference to
the dock at Salt Pond where the
island’s annual regatta is held.
“We need the dock to be
extended and the area in front

of it dredged to allow for boats

to come in during low tide. The
Island Link is the only boat that
serves the dock and they have

said that they will stop service to

Me Dayn

“died on 19th of Gowler 2005 at the age of 75 after

: losing his battle with cancer. His wife of 51 years,.
“Blay, his.two daughters, Dominique ‘and Alexis and
shis three grandchildren, Douglas, Gavin and Mikayla
“survive him. His sisters, Beverly and Elly and his
brothers, Kit, David and Bob also survive him.

Fs

{© Mel will always be remembered as a loving husband
and devoted father. He was a fun loving person with
; a quick and funny wit. He. started his career with. the
-Royal Bank of Canada in a small town in Annapolis
Royal, Nova Scotia as a teller, and before retiring from
» the bank in 1984 as Main Branch Manger in San Juan,
P.R., he served as Main Branch manager at the Royal

+ Bank of Canada in Nassau, Bahamas.

» After retirement from RBC he was on the board of
‘ directors for Citizens Federal in Miami, Florida and
*. worked for Southeast Bank and First Union. In addition
to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, his career moved him
and his family to other unforgettable destinations such
as Cuba and Venezuela; where he made and cultivated
« lifelong friendships and memories.

: An avid golfer with a tremendous sense of humor, he

‘came up with his own epitaph -

“this is not my idea

» of a hole in one!” What fun we had. Good night my
| merry gentleman, sleep well.

' Memorial service will be held on October 27th, at 4:00
pm at Stanfill Funeral Homes, 10545 S. Dixie Hwy,
Miami, FL. 33156, Telephone: 305 667-2518.





= BRADLEY Roberts

the area if something isn’t

done,” he said. ‘

The dock in Simms also
needs extensive work as the
channel to its entrance needs to
be dredged and a docking facil-
ity needs to be built to accom-
modate larger vessels.

“The larger ships with the roll

on/roll off attachments need a
‘portion of the dock converted ©

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to allow for them. As it is now,
they cannot go.into Simms.
Tropical goes in there, but they
have a makeshift ramp for her,

_ but.it’s not safe..And once,
again; that.has to; ke when. it’s:

high water, » he said.

Mr Cartwright’ further said
that in Salt Pond and Simms,
parts of the road were eroded

’ by the sea surge-and have yet to

be fixed.
Local government workers
have filled in the gaps and done

some makeshift work to. the

road, but nothing substantial or

permanent has been achieved,

he added.
Mr Cartwright said that the
erection of a sea wall or even

the placement of protective .

boulders would go a long way
towards.stopping the road from
eroding in the future.

Mr Roberts was unavailable
for comment yesterday.

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NORTH Eleuthera MP
Alvin Smith is up ‘in arms over
what he sees as the Ministry of
Education’s inability to pro-
vide students in his con-
stituency with important class-
es.

Mr Smith told The Tribune
yesterday that although con-
struction of the technical
_ block of the North Eleuthera
high ‘school in Lower Bogue
‘has been complete for some
‘time now, government has
. failed to open-the facility.

The MP said he: is disap-

pointed. at the inadequate
‘response to the situation.
“There is no satisfactory




--answer they can give me for

‘that building not being com-
‘pleted. It was under construc-
‘tion for a year and was-com-
pleted before the summer
break sometime in May. -

““The school’s administra- °

tion made plans for the build-
ing as a part of the classrooms

when they put their schedule .

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their timetable,” said Mr
Smith.

He pointed out that teach-
ers were sent to the island
with the specific purpose of
teaching technical subjects in
the new facility.

“J first heard that the school
could not use the building
they had because they did not
pay the contractor and then
the next thing I heard was that
the Ministry of Works made
no preparations for electricity
for the building so the build-
ing is there with no electricity.

“The Ministry of Education -
and Works are doing, if any-
thing, very little to solve the

' problem,” said Mr Smith.

He said it takes nothing
more than “a bit of common
sense to ensure things like this
don’t happen - you don’t need
to be a technician.”

Mr Smith brought up the’
subject of the school’s techni-
cal block last week during par-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE.



The Tribune Limited



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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.

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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recorded history, has taken its toll on an
unprepared Grand Bahama.
“Jt is far worse than Jeanne or Frances,

although not as much rain,” said a Freeport:

resident as our voices were drowned out by
howling winds. We had phoned Freeport at
the height of the storm around 2pm yes-
terday.

The resident said her home had been
battened up at the last minute, but only -

because of her constant nagging.

She said her family had listened to a
weather forecaster who had predicted that
by the time Wilma nudged Grand Bahama,
it would pass quickly as a tropical storm.
Few people, she said, despite last year’s
experience with Frances and Jeanne, took
Wilma too seriously. Wilma took too long
to come, and many had lost interest: And
so Wilma caught many of them unpre-
pared. We were told that some residents
had not even-bothered to put ie their
storm shuttets.

However, the weather forecaster cannot
been blamed. Although Wilma in many
ways has been unpredictable, her project-

. ed path once she hit: Mexico’s: Yucatan ~
Peninsula remained fairly steady, showing

her moving over the Florida Keys, and into
and across southeastern Florida in a way
that, because of her size, would undoubt-
edly have some impact on islands in the
Northern Bahamas.

Up until late Sunday night the National

Hurricane Centre in Miami had the north-.

ern Bahamas on the tracking map covered

in red, denoting that it was under hurri-

cane watch: Our own local forecasters
warned residents in all low lying areas,
especially in West. End, Grand Bahama,
to evacuate. Few did. West End was almost
wiped out last year, and yesterday the news
from that area and Grand Bahama’s whole
southern seaboard was even worse than
last year.

_ Aman told of how on 1 hearing that his
family was in,a desperate situation in the
Eight Mile Rock area, he went to their aid.

He said he had to swim 200.feet to get to —

where the house was located only to find 15
terrified people huddled in the ceiling. The
house, and everything the family owned
“had been destroyed. He found his. fridge

Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348

Wilma takes its toll of Freeport

WILMA; the most powerful storm in ~



the clothes he stood in.
"A resident watched from the seashore

‘as the storm rolled in. When he looked up,

he faced a wall of water. All he could think
of was “tsunami”. He turned on his heels,
screaming for others to run for their lives.

So far.a baby boy is the only person

reported missing in this tragedy. It is | |,

believed that the year-old child was washed
out of his home as waves came crashing
in. ‘

One would have thought that with the
experience of flooding from Frances and
Jeanne last year, and the damage done by
the ocean surge, that inhabitants would
have listened to the warnings and sought
shelter inland. But too many Bahamians
have become too casual with hurricanes.

‘There have been'so many near misses, that

they count on the next one as also being a
miss. Only this time it did not happen.
Wilma came down with all its crashing

might, leaving with her strength little dimin- »

ished.

Mr Christie said Monday that govern- -
ment hopes soon;to.introduce legislation .. |...
that will go beyond the Emergency Act,..:}:
which presently limits'the actions that the i
Governor-General can take in emergen-
.cies. He said the new legislation would
empower the prime minister to order evac- °

uation and declare in advance-the areas
considered vulnerable in hurricane season.
However, even more worrying is the

fact that the report and audit of NEMA’s

Disaster Relief Fund is yet to be published.

: » It is understood that the auditors have not

been able to sign off on their audit. This
leaves the question as to whether all the

- disaster relief funds have been distributed.

‘While that is still pending, the Bahamas
is again faced with a major emergency.
Even if the government were to declare
Freeport a disaster area, it is doubtful that
any international aid would be forthcoming

- until NEMA’s fund has been satisfactorily
‘settled.

© It was reported late last evening 5 that

from eight to 10 homes were destroyed by
Hurricane Wilma in Grand Cay, Abaco,

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The need
for proper
leadership

EDITOR, The Tribune

Please allow the publication

of this open letter to the ~

Bahamas government .and on
behalf of our people and the
future of our country. |

Welcome to the House of
Assembly, or should I say the
House of Shame? .

Dear House ministers, |

-. WHAT a-confusion! The. |.
Bahamas can be likened to a
ship with too many captains;

how far do you think this ship

will go without taking on water |

and ultimately sinking?..

Everyone wants to be the.

captain, no mate or crew: I

_ quote a very popular song that

said: “See them fighting for
power they know not the hour.”

Elections were not held yes-
terday and this far into the term
it should have been long deter-
mined who is captain, mate and
crew. But you all hunger and
crave for ultimate power. It is
my opinion that you have
shown very little concern for
the Bahamian people who elect-
ed you. Your concern is for self
and how io be.in control. Of

course, this would mean more...

money for your pockets.

From both parties you have
taken this country ona dark
and uncertain voyage. My ques-
tion to‘you Captains: Will you
be there when the: Bahamas
finally sinks or will you, cap-
tains, be the first to abandon
ship?

The reason I said “finally
sinks” is because you are fight-
ing to take the wheel while the

Bahamas is sinking and its pas- ,
sengers (the Bahamian.people)..
-are in danger and they are
* putting out the SOS’s; when we

should be putting out the cor-
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Thave personally nominated
some of these ministers to be °

leaders for the Christmas scrap

junkanoo groups parade, I will
not dare risk the leadership of ©
the adult or junior groups.

‘The purpose of this open let-
ter to the government is not toâ„¢
poke fun or.to make foolish
unsubstantiated remarks. But a
request and demand that the
present government of the

- Bahamas, led by Prime Minister

Perry. Christie, must consider
and take immediate steps to

‘protect all the Bahamas and

Bahamian citizens at all costs.

choic



EDITOR, The Tribune |

The speculation, and that
“is all it can be, that Hon
Arthur Hanna’ would be’ the
‘choice of Prime Minister
Christie to ‘replace outgoing
Dame Ivy Dumont, begs’a
lot and in fact makes. the
proposition and suggestion
laughable. )
Question (1): Isn’ t Mr
Hanna on record as saying
he would never accept a
Colonial award or an award
from the British?
Question (2): Isn’t Mr
’ Hanna on record numerous
times where he showed total
distaste and dislike of the ex-
Colonial. power — the
British?
Question (3): I suggest:
_ that Mr Hanna is today very
much in the minority as to
the point of view concerning
Britain and the British past
colonial position amongst-us ,
to qualify him as Her |
Majesty’s representative.
I am‘of the opinion, that



The wrong

Governor
General

ing the correctness for our |

_ text of where we are totally

~ savvy, been there in a diplo- , ee

There must be immediate steps
taken to rid our government of"
whatever corruption that has“
befallen us. ;

To the opposition govern-
ment leader unknown, how do:
you intend to lead us when you
can’t even determine who leads’
you?? H-E-L-L-O! Get your act’

_ together.

We demand immediate solid
firm respectable professional
leadership from all of you, our
children’s future is at stake here.
Stop what.is going wrong in
government now.

We love this Bahamas this i is
our Counts yes ours! ea

STEPHEN CLEARE —

Nassau
October 14 2005

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our next representative must
be a.person who can re-: 0}:
establish masculinity and the |
once prowess of.a positive <)’
male-driven society, retain-~ -‘
wonderful ladies — ‘a candi-
date who is connected to the {|
young populace who are now 1.
the majority. God forbid we |
choose. someone who can- |,

* only recall the struggles of «|

the. past, race and inequality - :|.
although things we should °
never forget but in the con- °)

negative. :
We need a person who is * |’

matic position, can hold him-
self or herself.in any social
gathering and is.recognized .|,
for their impartiality. I know. ;}
of such a person andi know ¢
the Prime Minister knows ::| |
the person, now. we only. ./,
hope that sense will preyail. .") ;

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Casino workers
‘keen to form
their own union’

Rotaract Club makes
gifts to two schools

THE Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Cen-
tennial has presented four wheelchair ramps to Sadie
Curtis Primary School and Cleveland Eneas Primary
School.

Both schools have students who depend on the
aid of a wheelchair or walking roller.

While there are stationary ramps to assist the stu-
dents as they enter the school’s campus, the ramps
presented are portable and will assist physically chal-
lenged students as they enter and exit classrooms.

The presentation marks the third community ser-
vice project completed by the seven-month-old club,
which was inaugurated on the 100th anniversary of
Rotary International on February 23.

The Rotary Club of South East Nassau sponsors the
community-based club for young men and women
ages 18 to 30.

The club is encouraging other young men and
women to become a part of its “service above self”
organisation.

Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of
each month at 6.30pm at the Sadie Curtis primary
school on CW Saunders Highway.



@ CHERNETTE Wells, assistant treasurer of the Rotaract Club of South
East Nassau Centennial; Clara McPhee, senior mistress of Cleveland Eneas
primary school; and Annastacia Minnis, secretary of the Rotaract Club,
pictureed with students

PetroCaribe is ‘simply a
variant of Caracas accord’

@ By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

PETROCARIBE should be
viewed as merely a variation of
the old Caracas accord and a
means by which non-oil pro-
ducing countries can get refined
petroleum products without
unnecessary concessions or
margin prices, it was claimed
last night.

- This explanation was offered
by sources in the petroleum
industry, and validated by mem-

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bers of the Bahamian Fuel
Usage Committee.

Under the Caracas Ager of
2000, which was also proposed
by Venezuela, crude oil was to
be supplied to 10 Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean states at
preferential prices and with low
interest loans based on the
quantity of crude oil purchased.

Under PetroCaribe, the most
significant change. to this would
be the access to both refined
products and crude oil instead

sources said.

One source explained that as
most of the countries in the
Caribbean do not have refining
capabilities, the provision of
crude oil made the older agree-
ments “prohibitive”.

“As a result, PetroCaribe is
seen by some analysts as a
replacement and enhancement
-of the Caracas Accord, which
would co-exist with the older but
less accessible San Jose Accord.

Refining entities in the region

which has: been refining crude
oil for its Caribbean neighbours
for decades — would stand to
lose millions of dollars once
‘Caribbean countries have access
to refined, finished products.
The newspaper Trinidad
Guardian reported that the
state-owned Petroleum Com-

(Petrotrin), admitted that their
profits would decline once the
PetroCaribe deal. signed
between several Caricom coun-



of access to crude oil only, the -

such as Trinidad and Tobago - °

pany of Trinidad and Tobago .

tries and Venezuela takes effect.

Petrotrin’s chairman Malcolm
Jones said’ that in the
Caribbean, the company would
not be able to keep the margins

_ it is accustomed to.

“With the PetroCaribe deal
we will lose out, since we supply
50,000 barrels of crude per day
fo Caricom,” Mr Jones was
quoted as saying.

“That market provides us
with the best margins. We
believe we would not have
problems as our products: will
get into the US and other mar-
kets, but we will not make the
same margin,” he said.

Deal

‘However, industry sources
say that Venezuela is now nego-

tiating a deal to supply Trinidad .

with fuel at “concessionary
prices” — thereby allowing it to
keep its refining market and
continue supplying smaller
countries in the Caribbean.

If the Bahamas were to sign
on to PetroCaribe, distribution
would remain in the hands of
the three major oil companies -
Shell, Esso, and Texaco, but the
fuel would be sourced by the
Bahamian National Energy
Agency (NEA), who would
purchase directly from
Venezuela by way of Curacao
atagso /ernment-to-government
negotiated price.

Provisions have been made
in the agreement for the con-

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CASINO workers at
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dent of the Bahamas Associ-
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Tyrone “Rock” Morris:

claimed yesterday that there
is “no doubt” that workers at
the Atlantis casino “are dying
and waiting for union repre-
sentation.”
Speaking as a guest on the
Love97 talk show Issues of
the Day, Mr Morris said he
takes exception to a state-
ment made by Minister of

Labour Vincent Peet. last.

week, in which the minister
said it has been the policy of
successive governments not
to support the establishment

of a casino workers’ union at

Atlantis.
“The minister has begun,
in my opinion, to behave law-
‘ less,” Mr Morris told listen-
ers.
He said that according to
Bahamian law, Mr Peet is
required to assist casino
- workers in determining
‘whether they wish to form a
union.

One of the prescribed
methods for reaching such a
determination, said Mr Mor-
ris, is to conduct a poll of ¢ casi-
no employees.

“It’s not whether I believe
it or not, the law is clear what
should happen. Let us have
the poll, the poll results will
speak for themselves,” he
said.

Mr Morris said he feels the
government has taken a hyp-
ocritical stance in the matter.

He explained that Mr Peet
gave employees of casinos in
Grand Bahama union recog-
nition in form of the Bahamas
Gaming and Allied Workers
Union, but have failed to do
the same for the workers on
Paradise Island.

Mr Morris said that this
behavior seems to indicate
that “it is okay to give one
set of workers a union,” but
to react differently when a
larger employer like Atlantis

is involved.

A spokesman for Atlantis
said the company has no

. comment on the matter at.

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HURICANE WILMA

Businesses are unconcerned abou

THE TRIBUNE







government advice to close d

By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter

LOCAL businessmen are not
upset about the government’s
directive to halt business
because of Hurricane Wilma.

According to Chamber of
Commerce executive director
Philip Simeon, the resulting loss
of income is not a source of con-
tention in the business commu-
nity.

Hurricane Wilma, the history-
making 12th hurricane of the
2005 Atlantic season, began
affecting parts of the Bahamas
as of 5am on Monday, bringing
winds of up to 70 mph in some
areas.

On Sunday, Commissioner of

Police Paul Farquharson urged
people in the northern Bahamas
to remain in their homes or in
shelters during the morning
hours and to keep businesses
closed until the storm passes.

Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Simeon said the
motivation behind the adviso-
ry was well founded.

“T haven’t spoken to many
business owners, but I can say
that the intent was very much .
appreciated because of the
unpredictability of the hurri-
cane.

“It does represent a loss to
business but when you look at
the reasons behind it can defi- .
nitely be seen why it was done.”

Mr Simeon said that most

businesses in New Providence
should resume operations
today.

-As Hurricane Wilma threat-
ened the country on Sunday,
the government announced that
it was not taking any chances,
and would close all schools and
government offices in the north-
western Bahamas.

Officials said all government
offices and agencies in New
Providence should resume oper-
ations today.

Speaking at a special hurri-
cane preparation press confer-
ence'on Sunday, Prime Minister
Perry Christie said: “We know
sufficient about these matters
now to err on the side ‘of cau-
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FROM page one

End, Grand Bahama, area as
well.as the superintendent of
police and our information is
that there are a number of per-
sons who are stranded in their

- residences, particularly on the

southern side of the Eight Mile
Rock constituency,” he said.

“Efforts are being made as
best we can to rescue those per-
sons, but of course the public
knows that we cannot place our
first responders to undue risk. ’

“But our best efforts are
being made to rescue those per-
sons, some of whom we are
advised are in the attics of their
homes and the like.”

Flooding

According to Mr Smith, areas
such as Queens Cove, Pinder’s
Point and Sweetings Cay,
Grand Bahama, are now flood-
ed.

“Residents were urged to
evacuate. However, we are
advised that there were a few
residents who chose to remain,’
he said.

“The area is inaccessible at
this time due to trees that have
blocked the roads. Until such
time as the emergency crews
can clear the roadways we will

‘pot be able to access the area.”

Mr Smith said that up to 2pm

‘yesterday persons were still

relocating to shelters in Abaco
as they continued to prepare for
the storm. |

“You will be aware that the
system is moving toward Abaco
and so we expect that condi-
tions will worsen throughout
the day,” he said.

Speaking of Tropical Depres-
sion Alpha, Mr Smith said that



™ CARL Smith, NEMA socorainator speaks yesterday during’ a

press conference

(Photo: Felipé Major/Tribune staff)

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.According to Arthur Rolle,
director of meteorology, the
Bahamas had yet again been
spared from the “full wrath of a
hurricane, even though Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, and
the Berries might have experi-
enced heavy winds.”

“At lpm Wilma was some 45
miles west south-west of West
End, and 85 west south-west of
Little Abaco. The tropical

‘storm force winds extend out-

ward 260 miles, that is the rea-
son why, if you look outside,
you would still be getting winds
of 40 mph, but we expect this to
recede or at least the winds to
decrease sometime after 4pm
in New Providence.

“In Grand Bahama and Aba-
co, the winds will continue
strong in that area dropping to a
tropical storm force intensity..
Right now they should be expe-
riencing hurricane force winds,
but by seven this evening they
should go down to tropical
storm force winds,” he said.

Mr Rolle said that after that
time NEMA will issue an all-
clear but because there will still
be residual showers and isolated
thunderstorms they will delay
the all-clear until 9pm.

“The system will at 8pm be
just north of Abaco, but as I
said we are still going to get
residual activities so we are.
going to delay it by an hour.”

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- THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 7



possesses

HURRICANE WILMA

a - He offshore fuel lines at Cliton Pier took a beating during the passing of Hurricane Wilma

SOLAR

POWER

@ THE beach in Adelaide Village disappears as Hurricane Wilma sweeps waves onto the shore





. Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

Schools i in north-west shut for another

steno, Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)



“lm By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter. .



- GOVERNMENT schools in
‘the north-west Bahamas will
“remain closed today due the
“effects of Hurricane Wilma,
“which bore down on the area
vas a category two storm yester-
day.

- Wilma reportedly caused
‘Severe flooding in areas of
Grand Bahama and Bimini, and
_is also reported to have caused

. damage to several government
‘agencies and schools.
At a press conference yester-

, day, it was announced that all

Ministry of Education schools
in New Providence, Andros,

_ and Eleuthera will be fopened

today.
'- However, schools in Abaco,
‘the. Berry islands, Bimini and
Grand Bahama will remain
‘closed until further notice. .
' According to Education Per-
manent Secretary Creswell
Sturrup, the ministry will ‘be
sending assessment teams to
several islands in the North-
- western Bahamas to assess the
damage to schools.
' “We would have had some
-communications from the dis-
trict superintendents as well as
the emergency personal on the
ground that would have indi-
cated that some of the infra-
structure would have been com-
promised,” he said.

“Until we would have been

able to. say to the public that:

-there is an ‘all -clear’ for public
schools we will then withhold



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_ (Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)

any further communication, but

if in the event that beyond

tomorrow we will be able:to say
to you that schools in those
areas will be opened we. will
provide further update,” he
said.

Apealane at the press confer-











ence on.Sunday, Prime Minster
Perry Christie said “the public
can appreciate how concerned
we.all are when we talk about
closing schools on the possibili-
ty strong winds occur.

“We just wanted to indicate
that in this area of hurricane





day as Wilma causes severe flooding |

preparations and tropical
depression preparations, we
have to emphasise that we have
to get in the culture of making
decisions based on what could
happen,-rather than trying to
fix it after it does.”

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struggles to get back to his booth to avoid the wild winds

(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

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There is no alternative to
an improved workforce

A: anyone who has
ever had broad deal-

ings with both private and pub-
lic sector employees in the
Bahamas well knows, the chal-
lenges of producing a better
workforce within the modern
Bahamian cultural and educa-

tional setting defy the kind of -

- talk politicians typically bring
to the debate.

In short, we have a country
following an economic model
that relies almost exclusively
upon human resource-based
advantages, while in fact the
weakness of those human
resources is a standing joke
even among ourselves.

In this, we offer a stark con-
trast with places like Singapore,
Malaysia and even India, all of
which have found niches in sec-
tors that are not traditional in
the developing world. They
have all, to some extent, sought
to leapfrog the industrial stage
of development and dive
straight into high-tech service
industries, largely on the
strength of their excellent edu-
cation systems and high quali-
ty workforces.

In the case of India, its poli-
cy-makers, mindful of the futil-
ity of competing head to head

with neighbouring China in ~

industrial production, instead
tapped two competitive advan-

tages that history has given
them over the Chinese. Firstly, .

a large English-speaking pop-
ulation has allowed the country
to diversify into such services
as call centres, in addition to
IT consultancy ‘and related ser-
vices.

Secondly, India’s tradition of

good scientific education, cou- “

pled with a generally liberal
educational environment, has
allowed it to outpace not only
China, but also Japan in the
number of IT thinkers, creators

and innovators it has produced:..*<.‘
.The imported (and out- :

sourced) talent of Bangalore
has been a large part of the
success story of many a Silicon
Valley IT firm.

Gee the limited
options of a small,

attractive country that has
good sand (i.e.:bad soil) and
consequently no great desire
to begin selling bananas for a
living, it is unsurprising that
Bahamian leaders should talk
the same talk as countries that
have ‘leaped’ into services
through the quality of their
workforces.

But, while those countries
that have realistically made this
leap have emphasised the
advanced training of their

PERSPECTIVES



ANDREW. ALLEN

Without either, the whole thing
would grind to a halt.

EDUCATION AND
EDUCATORS MUST BE
FIXED

I: is clear that the Bahami-
an education system has

_ failed to produce anything like

the kind of workforce that is
needed to run an economy like
ours.

Partly, this reflects a political

class lacking both the imagina-



Several generations of __.
politicians have failed to find
the formula for producing the |
abundance and kinds of skills
that this economy needs



workforces in the sciences and

information technology, even

basic literacy and numeracy
cannot be taken for granted

among the Bahamian work-

force.

Several generations of politi-
cians have failed to find the
formula for producing the
abundance and kinds of skills
that this economy needs, even

as they proudly trumpet the’

country’s status as one of the
most. -service. oriented
economies on earth.
The.result is a workforce
that finds itself hemmed in at
both ends, as low-skilled immi-
grants compete for jobs at one
end;-and high-skilled expatri-

“-atés compete at the other.



ik

tion and fortitude to introduce
a modern, reformed curricu-
lum and to guarantee mini-
mum reasonable standards of
performance among govern-
ment funded schools.

But more than anything else,
it is clear that many of the peo-
ple that do the teaching are
simply not up to the task.
While our public schools have
many fine teachers, examples
abound of poor, shoddy and
intellectually-stifling attitudes
among many of those charged
with producing our workforce.

'For one thing, too many
teachers continue to use our
public school system as.a forum

for the. propagation of. their. -

religious or social :ideas for. a



truly conducive academic envi-
ronment to take root. This ©
columnist knows, for example;
of at least one instance in
which public school teachers

_objected to any reference to

evolution in science classes.
‘Even more egregiously, The
Tribune tecently carried

_reports of teachers at one New

Providence school punishing a
group of girls for wearing sup-
posedly “lesbian” footwear. Do
we really expect children
exposed to such mindsets to
develop into the competitors
of Bangalore, Singapore or Sil-
icon Valley?

S o there is no doubt that,
on balance, the quality
of individuals attracted to the
teaching profession in the
Bahamas must improve if any
kind of leap forward in educa-
tion is to happen.

It is also clear that, aside
from the intellectual quality of
some of the teachers, the pub-
lic school system suffers from
the same disorderly and undis-
ciplined environment that too
many students experience in
their homes.

In this regard, much has
been made of the comparative
absence of.males in the teach-
ing profession and the conse-
quences this has had on disci-
pline.

While it would be tempting
to see this absence of male.
teachers in the context of the
general out-performance of
males by females in the pro-
fessions in the Bahamas, the
figures here are simply. too
extreme to treat glibly..

Since its inception, the Col-

lege of The Bahamas’ school

. of education has graduated an
_ average of one male pupil a

year, aS against around 100
females. That startling ratio
surely has something to do with

’ the perceptions many Bahami-_ :
ans reserve for the teaching

profession. Unfortunately,

‘ Bahamians seem to regard . }

teaching as far less prestigious
an occupation than account-
ing, law or banking.
Any attempt to ‘fix’ our edu-
cation system simply must
begin with a serious attempt to
replace these outdated per-

ceptions and to recruit a high

quality. of committed, educated
professionals to the profession.

“MAKING THE LEAP

\\ / e in The Bahamas
know well (primar-

ily because we keep reminding

ourselves) that we are, too
small, too resource-poor and

too well-paid to compete con-

vincingly in primary or heavy
industrial sectors against our
neighbours in this hemisphere.
So.we convince ourselves that
our head-start in the service

sectors is something that will

last despite ourselves.
But it is useful to remember

that, unlike India, Singapore .

or Malaysia, this country per-
formed its ‘leap’ into service

- industries simply as a result of

external factors and stimuli -
it is located next, to the US, has

‘inherited some stabilising insti-

tutions and is rather a nice
place to visit and live.

These advantages are all
very real and very compelling.
But if our future is to consist of
anything other than their
steady erosion, our politicians
need to get serious about
shoring them up with a home-
grown tradition of high-skilled
education and excellence i in the
workforce.

Cibo Chaitin

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Salutes its (2005) Top Graduates...

Chassidy Swann, 1 7 Malachi Reckley, 17 3

will attend University of Miami in January 2006.
He made the Principal’s List and graduated "
Salutatorian of his class at Faith Temple Christian
Academy. Malachi was Deputy Head Boy, and won
the Literature and Chemistry awards. He hoes to
become a Neurologist.

is enrolled at the University of Technology in Jamaica,
where she is studying Law with a concentration in
Land and Economy. Chassidy graduated top of her.
class at Faith Temple Christian Academy as
Valedictorian. She also won numerous awards
including: English Language, Math, Economics,
’ Accounts, Computer Studies, Spanish and Food &.
Nutrition. Chassidy hopes to become a Lawyer.

Alicia Armbrister, 17 Latoya Greene, 17

is enrolled at The College of The Bahamas as a
Law & Criminal Justice major. Latoya was Deputy
Head Girl at Faith Temple Christian Academy, and
graduated as an Honour Roll student, and also won
the Christian Character award. She was a member
of the Debate team. Latoya hopes to become a
Lawyer.

is enrolled at The College of the Bahamas as an
Education Major. Alicia was Head Girl at Faith Temple
Christian Academy, and graduated an Honour Roll
student. Alicia received several awards including:
French, Christian Character and Most Outstanding .
Prefect. She was an active member of several clubs
including: the school’s choir and also a member of
Youth Parliament. Alicia hopes to become a Teacher.

Xavier Brice, 17°

Jamahl Strachan, 17

is enrolled at Florida Memorial College in Miami,
where he is studying Hotel Management. Xavier,
an Honour Roll student, graduated from Faith
Christian Academy in June. He won several awards
including: Most Improved Student, History,
Principal’s Award and the Leadership Award. Xavier
was Head Boy, and a member of several clubs
including the school’s choir. He also served as a
member of Youth Parliament where he represented his school in the national
debate which focused on the 275th Anniversary of the establishment of
the House of Assembly. Xavier hopes to become a Hotelier,

is enrolled at the University of Maryland on an Athletic

Scholarship as a Pre-Law major. Jamahl was an active:

member of the track/field team at Faith Temple

Christian Academy, breaking the records in the under

20 High Jump, with a jump of 6’ 9” at the 17th Annual

Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary

Schools (B.A.LS.S.) Track and Field competition. He

‘went on to win 4 the gold medal in the under 17 High Jump at the Carifta
Games. Jamahl was a member of the school’s choir, and won the Most
Outstanding Male Athlete of the year. He hopes to become a Lawyer.

Jonell Rolle, 17 Natalya Witter, 17

is enrolled at the Northwood St. Leo University
as a Pre-Med major. Natalya is a Faith Temple
Christian Academy Honour Rolle graduate, and
she hopes to become a Veterinarian.

is enrolled at the Northwood University in Palm Beach
where she is studying Business Management. Jonell
is a Faith Temple Christian Academy Honour Roll
graduate. She hopes to become an Accountant.

~ Faith Temple Christian Academy
eee @ Ch) of La CEL (ike
A Rich Past... An Exciting Future

“. (1985 - 2005)

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LOCAL NEWS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 9



New wines and new .

artwork for festival

THIS year’s Bahamas
National Trust (BNT) Wine
and-Art Festival will feature
over 40 artists.

The annual festival will be
held on Saturday, October 31
at The Retreat on Village Road.

‘The gates will open at noon
and organisers say the event
promises to be an enjoyable
oné.

“Bristol Wines and Spirits will
be féaturing new wines for the
season.

According to wine director
Rusty Scates, “We have a new
additions to our wine portfolio
from’ California, Washington
State and also Oregon. We will
also’be featuring the flagship
wines of Concha Y Toro .”

“New artists to the festival
include Barbara Henderson,
Holly Parotti , Stephen Smol-
lett}-and Samantha Moree.

‘Annual favourites will also
be participating and patrons will
havea chance to visit with Lori
Thompson, Thierry Lamare,

John: Cox, Nora Smith, Nancy .

Young, Jonathon Bethell and
Livingston Pratt.

Photography has become an
imiportant part of the exhibition
and the latest: work of Sabrina
Lightbourn and Mike Klonaris
willbe on display. :

~“We have-encouraged young
Bahamians to participate this
year,” said event co-ordinator

Sabrina Lightbourn, “and the ©

result is a great variety of art
using. different styles and medi-
ums.’

A: new attraction at this year’s
festival is a silent auction which
will run from noon until 4pm.

-The artists have all donated
a: Piece of their work to the auc-
tion;” said co-ordinator Marysa
Malone. “This should be fun
and lively and we are excited
to-add it to this years event.”

’ “We hope everyone will
come out to enjoy the wine and

the.art” said Lynn Gape, direc- |

tor of education and communi-
cations for the trust, “and while
they are here we hope they will
visit‘our membership booth ,



‘learn more about our work and
our very special national parks
and Support us by becoming
members.”

‘The Wine and Art Festival



HB SOME of the artistic
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year’s Wine and Art Festival —

opens at noon on Saturday,
October 29 at The Retreat on
Village Road. All. proceeds
from the event support the
national park system, which
includes 22 protected areas and
is managed by the BNT.

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schools have registered for the
GIS User Conference.

The conference, the first
event of its kind hosted by the
Bahamas National Geograph-
ic Information Systems
(BNGIS) Centre, will take
place on November 16 and 17
at the Nassau Beach Hotel,
Cable Beach. _

It is one of several events

planned to commemorate’

National GIS Day, which will
be observed globally on
November 16.

GIS is technology that links

’ geographical information with

descriptive data to create a
digital “map” of a region.

Carolann Albury, director

of the BNGIS Centre, said the
primary objective of the con-
ference is to provide GIS-

related information and edu-

cational opportunities for per-
sons in various sectors of soci-
ety including government,
business and academia, who
are interested in the use of
GIS technology.

She said the conference will.
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vibrant GIS community with-
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technicians and policy makers
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land use planning and admin-
istration.”

“GIS is the perfect plan-
ning tool to improve our
stewardship of the country’s
natural resources,” said Ms

Hundreds to attend
eography technology
system conference

Albury. “It helps planners,

engineers, policy-makers and

many other professionals to
analyse issues such as trans-
portation, housing, recre-
ational and open spaces, nat- .
ural and cultural resources,
infrastructure, economic
development, population
development and so much
more.

“While the centre has host-
ed GIS Day celebrations in
the past, incorporating schools

and agencies in those celebra-

tions, none of those public

“awareness initiatives have

been planned at this grand
scale,” Ms Albury said.

The conference programme
will include presentations

. from representatives of the

Bahamas Association of Land
Surveyors, the College of the -
Bahamas, the Valuation

' Department, the Water and

Sewerage Corporation, Spa-
tial Innovision, the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny, International Land Sys-
tems Incorporated USA, Sim-
mons Aerofilms Limited and
the BNGIS Centre.

Duane Miller, GIS techni-
cian at the BNGIS Centre and
a member of the BNGISC
programme committee said:
“We at the centre realise that
many Bahamians need to
catch up to the rest of the
world insofar as staying
abreast of the cutting edge
technology that GIS technol-
ogy provides.

“This conference will help
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horn.
“I pulled into my driveway
and started to unload some

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and the management of the
country and government, so
that the whole society can
progress,” he said.

Beyond the issue of
salaries, Mr Mitchell said it
must be considered what a
public service reform would
mean for the country on the
international stage.

“T think some would wish
to see us have developed
status as a country by the
year 2020. That means
adjustments need to be
made to the way we do busi-
ness here, this includes how
the government itself is
managed anid this govern-
ment is operated.

“And it’s those larger
things that are much more
important, even though on a
micro level people obvious-
ly have to have their
incomes adjusted for the
cost of living and all those’
various things which impact"
us today,” he said.

Mr Mitchell, however,
conceded that the public ser- °
vice reform would take
more than one administra-
tion to accomplish.

_ The draft industrial agree-
ment for the BPSU was
approved by Cabinet last
week and it is expected to
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behind pulled into the yard
across the street. Then after a
while he (Billy Saunders) came

. out of his house holding a rifle

with a bayonet attached to it
and pointed it in my direction.
“JT stood there in disbelief and
I asked him: ‘Why do you have
a gun?’ and he said: ‘I’m tired of
you crazy niggers blocking my
way’. He then told me ‘if you



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have a gun you better go inside
and get it’,” Dr Eneas said.

He said that Mr Saunders
stood in the driveway shouting
more obscenities and racial epi-
thets.

“T then went into the house
and called the police. While I
was in the house I heard a shot
fired. I have never had some-
thing like this happen to me
before,” Dr Eneas said. ”

m auth

“They (police) asked me if I’
would accept an apology from
him and I said no; I want to,
prosecute.

“That man called me too
many names for too long for
me.to accept an apology so I’m"
going to press charges,” said Dr ‘
Eneas.

The Tribune tried to contaet’-
Mr Saunders, but there was no '
reply from his. home.

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assau/Paradise

Island hotels yes-

terday said they

had lost an estimat-
ed 10-20 per cent of expected

bookings for the past weekend ©

‘and Monday-Tuesday period,

as Hurricane Wilma’s presence,

in the region caused tourists to
cancel or reschedule their vaca-
tions.

Although the storm’s passage
will have no long-term effect on
New Providence’s hotel indus-

try, resorts have been feeling —

Wilma’s effects since mid-week

last week, when the first.

rescheduling and cancellations

SEE page 3B





can halt

St By NEIL HARTNELL’
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas could elimi-
nate hostility towards it from
.the Organisation for Economic
Co-Operation and Develop-
ment (OECD) by creating a

“new type of tax arrangement”,
a leading US attorney, has sug-
gested, increasing investment in
OECD nations by wealthy res-
idents of this nation and boost-
ing Bahamian tax revenues.:

Describing his ‘limited rev-
enue sharing’ arrangement asa»

“win-win scenario”, Marshall J.

Langer, an attorney with Shutts

& Bowen, told a Bahamas

Financial Services Board

(BFSB) conference that such
an agreement would “provide
tax benefits to bona fide resi-
dent individuals, but not to
companies or other entities”.
. To counter the OECD’s hos-
tility, he added: “The answer is
to create a new type of tax
arrangement that will increase
investment in the relevant
‘ OECD country by wealthy indi-
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_ THE Bahamian private sec- _
tor is concerned that the draft |
Disaster Preparedness and.

Response Act 2005 gives gov-

y ernment-appointed “hazard

inspectors” the ability sum-.
marily convict business peo-:

ple and homeowners without

. due process through an appeal -

to the courts, The Tribune Bess,

“beeninformed.

-The Government has circu-_
lated the draft Bill to the busi-
“ness community and others
‘for feedback, and sources said

one of the business commu-

_ nity’s major concerns was that

_ the legislation allowed hazard —

_ inspectors, upon identifying a"

building “likely to pose a dan-
ger in the event of a disaster”,

to give the property owner.
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them liable to a $5,000 fine |

and/or imprisonment: for two i

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“Tf this is done correctly, it
will accomplish these results
and help to curtail treaty shop-
ping that improperly: benefits
third countries to the detriment
of both the source country and
the resident country.”

Using an example involving
royalties, Mr Langer described
a. best-selling author who
moved to the Bahamas, where
she paid no income tax. She

earned millions of dollars in

royalties per year from the US

a By NEILHARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor z

THE Freeport Oil Holdings Company

’ (FOCOL) has emerged as the favourite to

win the bidding race to purchase Shell’s
Bahamian retail division, with internation-
al executives from the latter likely to decide

the outcome in the next few weeks, The >

Tribune has been told.

Executives from Shell’s global head office
_in London and regional headquarters in
‘Brazil were in the Bahamas last. week to
meet with the different bid teams.

They have now gone away to consider
which bid is the winner, following a process
that has lasted for some eight to nine

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tonths, ane everal sources 3 familiar witli

the sales process have told The Tribune

that FOCOL executives are confident they «

have succeeded.
-FOCOL, which is listed on the Bahamas
International Securities Exchange (BISX),

includes among its.major shareholders

Franklyn Wilson, head of Arawak Homes,
Sunshine Insurance and Royal Star Assur-
ance. The company’s wholesale and retail

operations are concentrated in Grand

Bahama, and the opportunity to buy Shel-
I’s retail business in New Providence would
enable it to diversify and expand its busi-
ness.

Shell and FOCOL have ‘done similar

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ys 3s liquefied petroleuin. gas (LPG) business _
on Grand Bahama back in 2002. Shell is
also understood to have offered its retail
division, which includes its gas stations, to

-FOCOL around that time, but the latter
backed out because the price was too high.

Any purchase of Shell’s retail division
would almost be akin to 4 real estate trans-
action. With margins fixed. by the Govern-
ment, it is essentially a volume business,
with greater profits dependent on increasing
sales by attracting more customers to use
the stations, as opposed to the networks
owned by Esso and Texaco.

SEE page 4B.

OECD countries that-imposed —: :

' author being resident in this -

high withholding taxes, but
since the Bahamas had no tax
treaties providing relief from
these, the author would simply
create a Dutch company to
receive the funds, as Dutch enti-
ties paid no withholding taxes as
a result of the aerecment with
the US.

Therefore, in the absence of i @)
any treaty, the Bahamas °
received no benefit from the

nation, as he/she was able to go
treaty and jurisdiction shopping
to achieve the best.tax minimi-
sation deal possible.

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his weekend past,
I attended a ban-
quet commemo-
rating the 80th
anniversary of the
Government High School
(GHS). As a non-GHS gradu-
ate, I found the sociology of
the occasion to be quite an
experience in itself. It is abun-
dantly clear that GHS, the ven-



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produced a most impressive list
of Bahamians from all walks
of life, who made, and are mak-
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national development.

‘Banquet

Many conversations at the
banquet seemed to squarely

point to the fact that there is a
functional distinction between

the two incarnations of GHS.

Firstly, there is the 1925 to'1977
edition, which was housed at
Nassau Court and Poinciana
Drive respectively (the gram-
mar school version), and the
post-1977 edition that is cur-
rently housed in Yellow Elder
Gardens subdivision (the pub-

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lic school version).

It is evident that the pre-1977
genre of GHS students do not
regard themselves as a homo-
geneous group with their post-
1977 counterparts. I believe
that such distinction has more
do with levels of academic stan-
dards and achievement within
the institution, as opposed to
any other factor(s).

In the 1970s, our policymak-

ers at the time began to shift.

philosophy and had second

' thoughts about continuing a

grammar school system at just
one institution within the over-
all public education system.
Why should GHS students
have better resources (teach-
ers, supplies, environment etc)

‘than students say, at Eastern

Senior School? Why should
students at one public school
have almost exclusive access to
the top jobs within the civil ser-
vice? Why should the academ-

_ically bright students living in

our Family Islands have to
relocate to Nassau for a hand-
ful of places at GHS?

Questions

These and many others are
very valid questions indeed.
But I, along with countless
Bahamians, truly question
whether it was the correct deci-
sion to take a proven institu-
tion, with a track record of
accomplishment, and transform

‘it into any other institution

within the public education sys-
tem, producing mediocre
results.on average. Is the coun-
try really better served by a

_ public school system that is

totally - and
mediocre?

As a nation, we must give

uniformly

.: tremendous credit to the vari-
ous religious denominations

and independent organisations
which, over the years, have
stepped up and created their
educational systems to offer a
first-rate education system and
ensure the orderly develop-
ment of our nation.

While this article may gen-
erate much criticism, I simply
ask how many politicians,
senior government officers and

‘public school teachers have .

their children in the public
school system. I fundamentally
believe the answers to this basic

question will tell a story that.

we prefer not to discuss.

The Bahamas as a nation is
fortunate to be producing
world class scholars, primarily
through the private school sys-
tem. But my question is...why
can’t we have at least one:pub-
lic institution that is as good as

_- or better than - any private

school in the country?:

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just be available. to those stu-
dents whose parents can-afford
to pay anywhere from $3,000
to $12,000 per annum for a
High School education: Is it
really fair to a bare foot stu-



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dent in Cat Island who has an
excellent brain, but whose fam-
ily is of limited financial means,

that the Government does not .

provide a single school where
he can obtain a place through
open competition that will
allow him to reach his full
potential. |

It’s time to right a wrong

I have been personally told

by former GHS principals,

Cabinet Ministers, Permanent
Secretaries, educators and
many other prominent
Bahamians that the decision to

effectively discontinue the “old

GHS” was a great mistake. We
need to admit this mistake as a
nation and then move on to

create a top-notch government-

financed high school that will
provide a world-class, chal-

_lenging environment-for our |
‘academically gifted students

within our public school sys-
tem. Let’s systematically start
with one... then two... and so
on until we have an improved
public education system.

The old GHS went all the
way to General Certificate of
Education (GCE) Advanced
Level examinations. I submit
that the new GHS could go
back to an ‘A’ Level pro-
gramme or adopt the new
International Baccalaureate
(IB) program:

Currently, St Andrew’s is the
only school in the Bahamas
that offers.an IB programme,
having had its first graduates
this summer (with outstanding
overall success). The IB pro-

gramme is generally less known’

to most Bahamians, and I wish
to refer readers to www.ibo.org
for more detailed information.

According to its website:
“The International Baccalau-
reate Organisation aims to
develop inquiring, knowledge-
able and caring young people

‘who help to create a better and |

more peaceful world through
intercultural understanding and
respect. a

Challenging

And: “To this end, the IBO
works with schools, govern-
ments and international organ-
isations to develop challenging
programmes of international

‘education and rigorous assess-
“ment.”

Annually, our educational
system (both public and pri-
vate) produces some 5,000
graduates, we are told. Maybe
our national goal should be to
produce 2 per cent of our grad-
uates or 100 students annually
with IB level qualifications. by,

say, 2008, growing to 5 per cent

ees

by 2010 cl sO On. Today, % we!
provide less than 30 IB spaces
annually. Realistically, if we
could produce 10 per cent to
15 per cent of our high school
graduates annually at that stan:
dard, the future of our coun:
try would be very bright
indeed.

Throughout this article, I
avoided perhaps the most con-

' sistent argument against the

old GHS, which was that it per-
petuated an elitist system.

Well, when I look around at
the majority of the country’s
professionals today, it is
absolutely astounding how. .
many of them are children of
maids, taxi drivers, straw ven-
dors, domestic workers and
clerks.

Children

If their children are now our
Judges, Accountants, Lawyers,
Physicians, Engineers, Primé
Ministers, you name it — why

~ can’t Little Johnny from Farm

Road, who is prepared to work
hard and apply himself, be
assured of similar opportuni-
ties through having access to
the highest quality education
within the public school sys-
tem, just as earlier generations

were?

I beg to differ with-those who
feel that supplying a top quali-
ty education to a relatively
small number of academically
gifted students breeds an elitist
system. Indeed, our challenge‘is

- to expand the number of our

students who can succeed at
this level of achievement.»I

. think it is unrealistic to believe

that we can move the entire
system ahead in one fell swoop.
Until next week...





NB: Larry R. Gibson, ‘a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president - pensions,
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(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
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is a major shareholder of Secu-
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BUSINESS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 3B



Conference boost
for the Bahamas

SOME 700 professionals are
set to attend the National
Coalition of Black Meeting
Planners’ (NCBMP) second
annual autumn educational
conference to be held at the
Atlantis Resort, Paradise

Island, on October 26-30, 2005.

The Bahamas is a popular
destination among the 1200
NCBMP members, who have
held individual meetings in
Nassau since the organisation
held its first conference here
11 years ago.

The NCBMP is comprised of

Organisations such as the.

National Association of Black
Agcountants, National Organ-
isation of Black Chemists,
National Bar Association,
National Optometric Associa-
tion, National Association of
Black Nurses and National

Grand Lodge Masons.

Other islands may have the
opportunity to host this presti-
gious group as some members
will be traveling to Exuma and
Grand Bahama to inspect new
meeting places and sites for
future conferences.

Partnerships

This year’s conference
theme, ‘Reaching New Heights
Through Partnerships’, is on
target with goals set for the
Bahamas, as it mirrors initia-
tives undertaken by the Min-
istry of Tourism’s recently
established African-American
department.

The diversified membership
of the NCBMP will not only
allow for unlimited network-
ing, personal and professional

opportunities for conference
attendees, it will also provide
additional exposure for the
Bahamas among influential
African-Americans.

“We are very pleased to be
hosting the NCBMP group and
will continue in our efforts to
strengthen business relation-
ships with such prestigious
organisations,” said the Min-
istry’s director of the African
American market, Anita Patty-
Johnson:said.

“Tt is also very important that
Bahamian residents support
our efforts by showing our vis-
itors the true meaning of
Bahamian hospitality”.

Tourism MinisterObie
Wilchcombe will be delivering
the opening address on Octo-
ber 27, 2005 at Atlantis, Par-
adise Island.

BAHAMIAN hotels have taken steps t

minimise inconveniences to travellers who

may experience disruptions to their vacati
plans if Hurricane Wilma strikes, through —
their organisation's, s viene Cancellation

. Policy, whi has been in nue fore a numb
of years.

po "
_ would either need to postpone
vacation in the Bahamas.



The agreed policy gives the vacatio
choice of using deposits or payments | to

-a future stay at the same property

Baltaines, or in the event that a tourist cann



N assau hotels lose 10-20% of bookinis due to Wilma

- FROM page 1B

took effect.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas Hotel
Association’s executive vice-president,
yesterday told The Tribune that
although it was hard to estimate, the
BHA believed New Providence’s
resort had experienced between a 10-
20 per cent “loss rate” in terms of
bookings. He added that Wilma’s
impact would be felt much more on
islands further north, particularly
Grand Bahama, Bimini and Abaco,
where some properties had closed and
evacuated all their guests. The book-
ings loss rates for hotels on those
islands was likely to be higher than for
New Providence, due to their greater
proximity to Wilma.

Mr Comito said October was “a soft
month for us anyway” on New Provi-
dence and the other islands, mitigating
the short-term impact from Wilma on
hotel occupancies.

_However, prior to the storm’s emer-
gence, hotels in the Nassau/Paradise
Island location had this past weekend
been forecasted to have two days that

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were a “bit better” than in 2004.
Wilma, though, meant that year-before
comparisons were likely to be flat. “At
the same time, we have people strand-
ed here who can’t get out today,” Mr
Comito said. “The hotels have been
assisting them, offering amenities at
low of reduced rates.”

Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s execu-
tive vice-president of administration
and public affairs, told The Tribune
that the company’s Cable Beach
Resorts had “been impacted from last
week Tuesday” in terms of tourists
cancelling or rescheduling bookings.
He added that the three properties -
the Radisson Cable Beach Resort, the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino, and the Nassau Beach

Hotel - had seen a 10-per cent “attri-|

tion rate” on bookings. -

The three resorts, Mr Sands ead
were averaging a 55 per cent occupan-
cy rate, some “10 per cent behind
where we hoped to have been for this
period in October”.

However, Baha Mar was “very bull-
ish” on its bookings and room rate
forecasts for the remainder of the year,
particularly for Thanksgiving and the

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Christmas season, two of the busiest
periods for Bahamian hotels. The
Cable Beach Resorts had “come fairly
close” to September projections
despite the number of hurricanes in
the region.

However, Mr Sands conceded that
Wilma had “put a damper” on the
October projections, although the

_Cable Beach Resorts had suffered no

structural damage and were continuing
to operate“as usual.

Mr Sands added that the length of
time Wilma had remained in the
Caribbean area for was bound to have
a. “negative impact on forward book-
ings”, and the pace of recovery would
heavily depend on how Florida - the
largest tourist market for the Bahamas
- recovered from its own brush with
Wilma.

Meanwhile, Michael Hooper, the
British Colonial Hilton’s general man-
ager, told The Tribune that the speed
with which things returned to normal
was also reliant on how quickly Nassau
International Airport reopened,

enabling visitors to come and go from

this nation.
Mr Hooper said the Hilton had

a

information will

expected to be at 78 per cent occupan-
cy levels today, but last night was only
at 55 per cent, so “unless people are
coming in late”, the difference between
those two numbers represented the

impact Wilma had on the hotel’s guest .

numbers. “I think we lost between five
to lo points of occupancy on Satur-
day-Sunday, so for us not super sub-
stantial, but it does have an impact,”
Mr Hooper said,

Tuesday had been forecast at a 60

‘per cent occupancy, and Mr Hooper

said the rest of the week was likely to

be “fairly slow”. He added that a

Bahamian group had also cancelled a
meeting at the hotel due to Wilma.

Many New Providence businesses
heeded the Government’s warning to
close yesterday, although a number
remained open, not wanting to take
chances given the impacts Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita had on the US.

The loss of.a day’s trading is likely to
have a relatively minimal impact on
Nassau businesses and the Govern-
ment’s revenue intake, although the
major effect on the Bahamas is likely to
be felt on Grand Bahama.

General insurers and loss adjusters

will probably start to assess the damage
on Grand Bahama today, which due ,
to its. low-lying status-is especially
prone to storm surges, as appeared to
be the case yesterday in the western
part of the island. Premiums for home-
owners insurance are again likely to
rise next year, although by how much
may depend to some extent on the
insured losses from Wilma.

Following the damage inflicted last
year by Hurricanes Jeanne and
Frances, the Grand Bahama business
community and population will be
praying they avoid a similar level of
damage this time around, particularly
since the economy is still struggling to
recover from the events of September
2004.

A major reason for the island’s woes
is the still-closed Royal Oasis, and
Lehman Brothers’ private equity arm,
owner of the mortgage on the proper-

ty, will be hoping it incurs no further
’ damage, which will depress the sales

price even more. The storm will also

interrupt filming for Disney’s Pirates of

the Caribbean II and III sequels, which

is taking place at the Bahamas Film »
SEigibs on Grand Bahama. ~ ~

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The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has taken note of
telecommunications plaseung activities offering reduced international
telephone rates.

The Public Utilities Commission hereby informs the public that:

Section 8 of the Telecommunications Act prohibits the provision
of any telecommunications service by any person without a .
licence issued by the PUC;

Any person who provides telecommunication services without a
licence from the PUC or aids the illegal provision of these services
shall be guilty of a criminal offence and may be fined up to three
hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) in accordance with Section
35 of the Telecommunications Act; and

(c) Violators of the Telecommunications Act can be expected to be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The PUC also invites the public, including operators and consumers,
to provide information on such illegal activities to the PUC. Such
in the utmost confidence.

For further information, contact the PUC at telephone 322-4437,
extension 234, fax 323-7288 or puc@pucbahamas.gov.bs.

Mr. Barrett Russell .
Executive Director

Fourth Terrace East, Collins Avenue
P.O. BOX N-4860
Nassau, Bahamas
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PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

Students
told to make
wise career

choices

VERONICA Owens, parlia-
mentary secretary in the Min-
istry of Education, urged
Bahamian students to recog-
nise the professional tools that
will allow them to make wise

career choices when she’

opened the 2005 Financial Ser-
vices Industry Careers Fest.

The Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) introduced
the Careers Fest in 2001 as a
means of promoting to senior
level secondary students the
wide range of careers available
in the industry.

The BFSB said a key factor
affecting the success of the
Bahamas as a leading financial
services centre was the ready
availability of trained staff, and
the calibre of the Sahamian
workforce. Its school outreach
programme is a key component

of the Financial Centre Focus -

initiative, an ongoing public
education and awareness pro-
gramme which focuses on.
Through these initiatives, the
BFSB - working in close col-
laboration with industry asso-
ciations - aims to attract quali-

fied young Bahamians to the

‘sector, promote continued

training of industry profes-
sionals, and encourage all
industry participants to keep
abreast of changes in the sec-

tor.

@ PICTURED above, from
L to R, are: Diana Lynn Miller,
President of Rotary Sunrise;
Parliamentary Secretary

Veronica Owens; Zoe Powell,
senior education officer, Min-
istry of Education; Wendy
Warren, BFSB’s chief execu-
tive; Errolee Conliffe, Ministry
of Financial Services and
Investments; and Dexter Fer-

nander, Ministry of Finance.

Missing from the Photo is
Patrick Rollins, president,
Rotary Club of East Nassau.



‘New tax arrangement’ FOCOL favourite

can halt OECD attacks

FROM page 1B
the Bahamas and the US signed a

limited revenue-sharing arrangement, establishing a 10 per cent
withholding tax on US royalties income paid to a proper resident
of the Bahamas, both countries could win.

“Suppose also that the arrangement provides for that withhold-
ing tax to be divided 50-50 between the source country (the US) and
the residence country (the Bahamas),” Mr Langer said.

“Each million dollars of US royalties income earned by the ©
author would generate a $100,000 withholding tax, of which $50,000 -

would be retained by the US and the other $50,000 would be sent
by the US to the Bahamas at the end of the year. The US need not
trust the Bahamas to collect its share of the tax.

“Even though the Bahamas does not impose income tax,,. approval
of such an arrangement by the Bahamian Parliament would autho-
rise the imposition of a ‘pick-up’ tax equal to its share of the with-
holding tax. The arrangement would prohibit the Bahamas from
rebating any portion of the tax to the author. The tax revenue
goes where it should. ;

“This proposal should be a win-win situation for everyone oth-
er than a country that now serves as a conduit for treaty shopping.

the US to the Bahamas; each of these.countries::;would receive
$50,000 per million that they would never:have received before.”
Mr Langer said a limited revenue-sharing agreement would be
much better for the Bahamas and other offshore centres that were
being pressured by the OECD to sign Tax Information Exchange
Agreements (TIEAs). TIEAs, he added, produced little reciprocal

benefit for offshore centres, apart from convention tax exemp-

tions, and were often signed grudgingly under coercion.

on Shell purchase:

FROM page 1B

One factor that may have

_ delayed a decision from Shell

was the current review of the
Bahamian petroleum industry
under the auspices of Leslie
Miller, minister of trade and
industry, who has threatened

on several occasions to change

its structure through signing on
to PetroCaribe or cutting the
retail and wholesale margins.
The Bahamas has the highest
retail margins in the Caribbean
for gas, set at $0.44 per gallon,
something that will have
attracted both Bahamian and
foreign groups to bid for the
retail division, which includes
all Shell’s gas stations. Any cuts

ra int this could seduce the asset’s
In the above example, there could:be'a direct flow of royalties from™*”



between $20-$25 million. :
Among the Bahamian con-
tenders apart from FOCOL is
group headed by independent
MP and businessman Ten-
nyson Wells, which is under-
stood to be receiving financial

Private sector concerns
on Disaster Bill

FROM page 1B

an erase from the judicial offi-
cial.

The Magistrate’s Order is:

good for 30 days and can be
renewed, but the Bill again
makes no provision for the own-
er of the affected property to
appeal to the courts. The busi-
ness community is also under-
stood about the Bill giving haz-
ard inspectors the power to
enter private property without
interference.

Meanwhile, an independent
analysis of the Bahamas’ disas-
ter management provisions has
suggested that the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) not attempt
to co-ordinate disaster relief and
recovery from a central loca-
tion in Nassau, as this would
create potential inefficiencies
and bureaucratic delays.

The analysis said: “In the
response stage to a disaster, the
best thing to do is to not to co-
ordinate or regulate anything
at all. “Experience suggests that

a central agency based in Nas- .

sau cannot efficiently determine
local needs and provide an effi-
cient and timely response. Time
and time again, it has been
demonstrated that the process
of central control is inefficient,
bureaucratic, delaying and unre-
sponsive to the needs of the
population in times of emer-

gency.

Efficient

“The most efficient way of
coordinating and regulating dis-
tribution of aid in the response
stage of a disaster is to open the
floodgates and let everyone

who wants to distribute aid to |

bring it in and distribute it
themselves.

“What NEMA should do,
rather than trying to centrally
coordinate and regulate, is to
step back and allow those at the
coalface to determine and coor-
dinate aid. The irony is that
NEMA has no experience in
delivering aid, yet is to be made
responsible for coordinating and

ceoulsitiny it.”
The analysis suggested that

_regulating disaster response

would not help to eradicate cor-
ruption that often infiltrated aid
and disaster relief operations:

~ Instead, it called for an “over-

supply” of aid, as it was scarcity
that bread corruption.

_ NEMA officials should be ©
responsible for providing cus-

toms clearance and duty exemp-

tions for all aid brought into.the _
. Bahamas, and should clear the

path for work permits for all aid
workers and pilots.

The analysis said: “NEMA
has no system of quick customs
clearance, or of providing tem-
porary work permits for pilots
and aid workers. The current
farcical situation exists where
NEMA requires donors to put
the aid into NEMA’s name,
NEMA then asks the donor to

-clear it, after which NEMA

gives it back to the donor for
distribution. It is clearly a time

consuming process that adds no -

value and prevents timely dis-
tribution of aid.”

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backing from a group of
Bahamian trade unions. A
third Bahamian group is also
thought to involve Franklyn
Butler. The SOL Group, head-
ed by wealthy Barbadian Kyf-
fin Simpson, was considered by

‘many to be the leading con-

tender for the bid.
However, any sale to the
SOL Group could run into

opposition from the Govern-. .

ment, concerned about the
political effect from approving
any sale to a foreign purchaser.
Mr Miller has publicly said he
would like the business to be
sold to a Bahamian purchaser if
a deal can be struck, and this is
the main reason why sentiment
on the likelihood of the SOL
Group’s success has cooled i in
recent weeks. “

--FOCOL was seen. by- many

asthe likely winner should the:

SOL Group falter.





cultural or religious;

as senior members;

PERSONS MONTH”.



PROCLAMATION



THE TRIBUNE



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ANELLE ALFRED OF REGENCY
PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of
OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box .N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

-|NOTICE is hereby given that APRIL JOYE ALFRED OF

REGENCY PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO. Box N-.7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDY ALFRED OF REGENCY
PARK, P.O. BOX CB-12791, NASSAU, 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 18TH day of

| OCTOBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



















WHEREAS, it is the tradition for the Ministry
of Social Services and Community Development,
in conjunction with the National Council for Older
Persons to organize a month of activities for older
persons in October since Ist October is observed
as the International Day of Older Persons;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council
are committed to ensuring that sufficient attention
is given to the well being and worth of older
persons; .

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council are committed to recognizing
and celebrating the contributions of older persons to their respective communities
and to the development of The Bahamas be they political, social, economic,

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry and the Council are committed to reinforcing
the positive impact of older persons on the family, through their years of support
and encouragement, and accentuating the contribution they continue to make

*’ AND WHEREAS, The Ministry and the Council have once again organized
a month of activities under the theme “Older Persons- A Vital Part of the Family
in the New Millennium’;

NOW THEREFORE, I Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas do hereby proclaim the month of October, 2005 as “OLDER

I WITNESS WHEREOEF, I have hereunto
set my Hand and Seal this 12th day of
October, 2005. :

PERRY G. CHRISTIE.
PRIME MINISTER





. THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS | : TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005, PAGE 5B

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TRIBUNE SPORTS





‘The Tank’
Grand Bahama on the bo

Williams
returns
after his -
win in
Orlando

@ BOXING
By DENISE
MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

FREEPORT - Bahamian
boxer Sherman “The
Tank” Williams continues
to bring significant expo-
sure to the Bahamas after a
recent win in the boxing
ring in Orlando, Florida, at
a highly televised fight last
Saturday.

Williams, who won the
title of WBA FederCaribe
champion before a televi-
sion audience of over 40
million viewers, came
home to Grand Bahama to
celebrate his win. A
Bahamian flag is promi-
nently displayed on his
belt.

He was accompanied by
his new manager Jim
Ryder of Silver Hawk Pro-
motions, and teammate
Stevie ‘the Lights Out’
Johnston, a two-time for-
mer (lightweight) world
champion.

The win has pushed
Williams’ standing up in
the rankings and qualifies
him as the number one
contender for the WBC
Inter-Continental
Caribbean and South
America title fight in Las
Vegas on January 28.

While in Grand Bahama,
Tank and his manager were
expected to meet with the
hotel, casino and tourism
officials about putting ‘on
a televised fight in Grand

‘Bahama sometime in the
near future.
Climbing

“Williams is one of the
highest ranked heavy-
weights in the world. He is
continually climbing in the
rankings and we feel...he
is a future...heavyweight
champion of the world,” .
said Mr Ryder.

Silver Hawk Promotions
presently manages five
world-class champions.
Tank Williams strongly
believes that his associa-
tion with Mr Ryder: would
further propel his boxing
career.

According to Mr Ryder,
they have been promised
two television dates for
fights on November 18 or
25, dépending on the’
venue. Tank is also a con-
tender for the British Com-
monwealth Heavyweight
title.

“We are hoping to bring
at least four or five fighters
here and put on a show for
the people of the Bahamas,
and to show the world how
beautiful it is here in the
Bahamas,” he said.

Tank took time out to
sign autographs for his
Bahamian fans at the Gov-
ernment Office Complex
on the Mall.

“It feels good to be back
home resting and relaxing
after a very great fight in
Orlando, he said. I pulled it
off and won a unanimous
decision over Harrold
Scronins,” he said.

“We are now here cele-
brating our victory and
new management with Mr
Ryder whom we have
signed contracts, which we
are very optimistic about.”

Stevie, ‘Lights Out’ John-
ston, two-time world cham-
pion, also fought on the
card and won successfully.
“I am just happy to be here
to celebrate with Tank and



is hoping to p



i SHERMAN “The Tank” Williams was in Grand Bahama to celebrate his recent win in last Saturday in Orlando, Florida. He
is seen displaying his WBA FederCaribe Champion belt with his new manager Jim Ryder of Silver Hawk Promotions.
‘ (Photo: Denise Maycock)

f

to support his efforts in
getting a fight put on here
‘in Freeport,” he said.

Tank believes that a
world televised champion
fight in Freeport would
boost the economy and
bring tremendous exposure
to the Bahamas, particu-

. larly Grand Bahama, which
is still struggling to recover
from last year’s hurricanes.

“T think the entire com-
munity needs a boost right
now and it would definite-
ly be in Freeport’s best
interest,” he said.

With Mr Ryder’s sup-
port, Williams is confident
that he would attain his
dream of becoming a
heavyweight champion: .

“It is hard when you are
an independent fighter
going up against the big
dons like Don King, but I
feel that, with Mr Ryder,
those obstacles and barri-
ers no longer exist,” he
says confidently.

Mr Williams feels that it
is important to give back
to the community, particu-
larly the YMCA where he
has benefited from the
boxing programme.

“As we all know the hur-
ticanes destroyed the
YMCA, and one of the
things I would like to see
happen when we have a
show here is that part pro-

ceeds would go to aid the

. _ YMCA rebuilding, particu-

larly with their boxing pro-
gramme,” he added.

As soon as the building ©

is restored, Tank plans to
donate boxing equipment,
including four heavy bags,
four speed bags, skipping
ropes and mirrors.

Dream

“Tam totally in giving
back to help the youth. It

-has always been a dream of

mine to see boxing back in
this community. Ii did a lot
for me, and the Y provided

‘a good outlet for me and I

made the best of it,” he
said.

As result of hard work

and determination, Mr
Williams is also currently
the number one contender
to fight for the British and
Commonwealth Heavy-
weight title. He is confi-
dent that he could win the
title.
“Tt is going to be a his-
toric event. When I do
fight it would be first time
in almost 15 years since
another Englishmen held
the title. The last was
Lennox Lewis...and’I think
I will be next Common-
wealth champion.

“T feel good. J am in
great shape, and IJ have the

best support now that I
have had in my entire box-
ing career,” he said.

Mr Williams believes that
the government should
give more support to assist
Bahamian boxers.

He and his former man-
ager have been very instru-

mental in urging the gov-

ernment to form a Boxing
Commission when efforts
were made for Mike Tyson
to obtain a boxing licence
to box in the Bahamas.

“That is well and good,
but there also needs to be
more financial support of
boxers. I showed the
Bahamas up in every fight.
I have fought 12-round
championship fights on
television, and I carry the
flag proud on my shoulder
just like the track and field
athletes.

“The government can do
a whole lot more in a lot
of areas, but I think in time
justice and righteousness
will prevail,” he said.

Although he has received
no financial support from
the government, Tank said
he still represented the
Bahamas and will always
represent the Bahamas. “I
am proud to be a Bahami-
an because it is who I am,”
he says.

His uncle Lennox Leroy
Williamson said Tank is



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proud, but actually the
Bahamas proud as well.

“IT am sure, if anything
can be worked out, the
government ‘will put its
best foot forth in order to
make sure that Sherman is
supported in his quest to
be heavy weight world
champion,” he said.

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agenda: to win the entire -
tournament.

“The long layoff won’t
affect the level of play by
our team,” said Edge-
combe.

“My team is ready to
play any of the teams
they bring down. We’ve
been practising despite
the postponement and.
everyone seems eager to
play. None of us like the
idea of the two week rest
period, but we want
everyone to know that
we will still be the team
to beat.

“The lay-off will give
the Freeport teams a lit-
tle more time to practise
and get their strategy
together heading into
Nassau. Hopefully this
year we will get some
competition, but, not to
worry, the Wildcats are
ready for action.

"They are saying that
the Freeport teams have
the best pitchers in the
Bahamas, but that
remains to be seen..I am
just waiting on them to
come so I could show
them exactly what a great
pitcher looks like. I will
say again, I am ready, my
team is ready and we will
bring our A game if the
tournament is this week, -

‘next or two weeks from.

here."

MacTagsert
and Whitfield
cruise to

title victories

__ FROM page one

up a notch, I knew I would
have been prepared to go
after her.” :
Whitfield jumped out
toa3-lleadinthe —
first set when she
‘broke Ranson. After
getting broke in the
next game, Whitfield
came back and went
back up a break and

they both held serve —

the rest of the way.

In the second set,
Whitfield opened with
a break and, after they.

held through the

eighth game, she
closed out the match
with another break to
deny Ranson her third
oppounity to win her
first title.

Final -

“T felt good going
into the final, but I

- couldn’t get anything

going with my fore-
hand shot,” Ranson
said. “This is my first
time playing her:and I

_was very excited.

“T was surprised at
her shot making skills.
I thoufht I would have
done better with my
physical endurance. I
knew if we had gone to
the third set, I could
have stood a chance to
win.”

LY.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

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@ TENNIS
By BRENT. STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

IN IDENTICAL fashion,
unseeded Neil MacTaggert

_and Paula Whitfield clinched

their first men’s and women’s
titles at the. Gatorade Senior
Nationals at the Gym Tennis
Club on Sunday.
MacTaggert, making his
first appearance in the tour-

“nament, pulled off a 6-3, 6-3

win over Steve Thompson and
Whitfield, back in action after
a five year hiatus, knocked off
Patti Ranson by the same
scores.

The two week long tourna-
ment also saw top seed Mike
Isaacs retain his men’s 55 sin-
gles crown with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
decision over. long-time rival
No.2 seed J. Barrie Farring-
ton.

Isaacs also teamed up Mike
Lightbourne as they defeated
Ralph Barnett and Bertram
Knowles 7-5, 6-2 for the men’s
55 doubles and Ranson and



Pair win their
finals 6-3, 6-3



-veteran Jane Wiberg powered

past Aleia Adderley and Julie
Arthur 6-1, 6-2 for the ladies’
doubles title.

This week, action will con-
tinue as the tournament gets
set to crown the men’s 45 sin-
gles champion; men’s 45 dou-
bles and the mixed doubles.
The event will run through
Sunday.

Doubles

MacTaggert, the No.2 seed
in the men’s 45 singles and top
seed with Vince Andrews in
the men’s 45 doubles, said he
was delighted to win his first
35 singles title.in his first
appearance.

:

“T thought the match was
played pretty well. I thought
‘his back hand was his major
‘weapon, but I was getting a

little Gred at the end, but I
was still able to overcome his
disability,” MacTaggert
stressed.

“It was good to see the lev-

el of competition in the 35s. I

was surprised to see the
amount of players that partic-
ipated. We could have used a
few more of the top players.
Hopefully, I will be able to
defend my title next year
against some of them.”
Thompson, the No.4 seeded
player who ousted top seed
Larry Rolle in the semifinal,
said he played as well as he
could, but MacTaggert was

just too much to handle.
“T just couldn’t get over his

serve and his net game,” said

Thompson, who will have a
chance to redeem himself.for
a title when he teams up with
McKinney as the No.2 seed in
the men’s 45 doubles.

Serves

“T didn’t feel tired. I felt if I
had won the second set, it
would have been a different
game. He started to miss some
of his serves and his volleys,
but he was still a little too
much for me.”

MacTaggert, who used his
height to his advantage, served
and vollied well in the first set
as he broke Thompson 4-3
after trailing 3-2 and secured
another break to take the ini-
tial lead.

_ After going up two breaks
with a 4-0 lead, it appeared
that MacTaggert started:to get
weary as Thompson rallied
back for a break at 4-1.

But both players held serve
the rest of the way as Mac-
Taggert went on to win.

“T needed: to hit more first
serves and get the passing
shots when he come to the

- net,” said Thompson, in try- -

ing to explain what he didn’ t
do right.

MacTaggert admitted that
Thompson played well, but he
just wanted it a little more.

Whitfield, who eliminated
No.2 seed Susan Sargent 6-1,
6-4 to advance to the ladies’
single final, said she enjoyed
her return to the local.scene
after sitting out the past five
years. *

“I relied on my serve
throughout the match because
the rallies were pretty even,”
Whitfield reflected. “It’s great
to come back after a long time
off to win.

“T realised that Pattie wasn’t
going to out hit me. She
played a lot into my back
hand, but if she had turned it

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Hurricane

forces sports

rescheduling

l@ By KELSIE JOHNSON: :
- Junior Sports fy
Reporter :



SEVERAL sporting . «.
organisations were forcéd’
to reschedule weekend: '
activities due to the threat: ’~
of Hurricane Wilma. "="!

_A loaded weekend for’ -
sports.in the country was

limited to just two disci-
plines — tennis and slow’"« .

pitch softball — and wrap-»
up play for the first.annual
Church Games. fet 8
'The Bahamas Softball
Federation’s Round Robin
championships was set to
be the feature event for
the weekend, but the hur-
ricane advisory issued a
day before the tournament

. forced president Romel:

Knowles to postpone the -
tournament until this
weekend. The storm was
expected to hit the north-
western islands of the
Bahamas.

The four day tourna-
‘ment which was set to
begin on Thursday evening
was scheduled to host the
six top teams in the
Bahamas in both men and
women’s division. Teams
were set to come in from

} ‘-Exuma, Grand Bahama,
i. Andros, Abaco, Long.
:. Island and New Provi- :
i dence.

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However, the storm’ sg.
‘timing has left Electro.
Telecom. Wildcats star -

pitcher Mary, Edgecombe.”

on edge, and eager to put
the Round Robin tourna-
ment behind her as the
team looks forward to the
National Title.
Edgecombe’s main focus
is getting the job done
quickly and bringing an
end to the teams who are:
gunning for the Wildcats.:

Groove

She said: “I don’t like
resting long, I understand
the weather wasn’t permis-
sible, but the long lay off:

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,

takes me out of my groove.

I am a person who loves to
play while in the groove of
things, the long rest peri-.
ods are not for me. :

“The excitement level :
for me was at a peak last_
week, especially after... -
watching the news. Watch-
ing the teams from
Freeport practising
inspired me, actually it had
me all fired up and ready
to play, then I learned-that
the tournament was post:
poned.” —

The Wildcats, the New
Providence Softball Asso-
ciation (NPSA) champions

: ended their regular season

two and a half weeks ago,
using practice sessions to
stay in tip-top shape.
According to Edgecombe,

D the weekend play will have

marked the first time the
team would have been
together since the champi-
onships, but the time spent
apart will just bring the
team together because
they all have the same’-

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A breast cancer
survivor's struggle
caught on canvas -

lm By PETURA BURROWS
‘Tribune Feature Writer

MAYBE no one knows
better than the breast cancer
survivor and her family mem-
bers the emotions involved
with a.cancer diagnosis. In
many cases, these emotions
are extremely difficult to
articulate with words, so
imagine a survivor having her
story told through paint.

In "The Conqueror", a
painting now on display in the
Beneath the Surface exhibi-

tion at the Central Bank of ©

the Bahamas, viewers vicari-
ously experience the personal

struggle of Myra Bullard, a

breast cancer survivor of
eleven years, as told by her
son, Taino Bullard. In this
colourful painting the artist
attempts to depict.the-emo-
tional struggle of the typical
cancer victim, which he views
as anguish meets acceptance.

Ms Bullard, who did not
know that she would be the
inspiration for her son's paint-
ing until he began to frame
his work, believes that her son
has managed to symbolically

capture some of what she felt

at the time of her diagnosis.

"At first, all I saw was a.

hole in the chest," she says
with a laugh. "I don't know if
he captured all of what I felt,
but he tried...I was really fear-
ful of dying and leaving (my
children).

Pain

"I know there is a struggle
in all breast cancer victims,
and sometimes you try hard
not to let your family see all
of it, but you do have that
constant struggle. There is the

pain of not knowing if you'll .

live or how long you'll live

' and the pain of having small

children that someone else
will have to raise if you die,"
- she shares with Tribune
Woman, as she takes a break
from her kindergarten stu-
dents.

Ms Bullard's diagnosis -

came just hours before Taino,
then 16 years old, was to hold
his first exhibition.

She remembers feeling. a
need, maybe a responsibility,
to suppress the bad news in
order to enjoy her son's night

though the diagnosis was very .

much at the front of her
mind.

Having mammograms
every year, and with no histo-
ry of breast cancer in her fam-
ily, Ms Bullard did not really

expect that she would ever be ©

diagnosed with cancer. She

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i CANCER SURVIVOR -
Myra Bullard, who was
diagnosed with breast cancer
just two months before her
50th birthday, i is now an
eleven year survivor.

&@ THE CONQUEROR - In
this painting, NewSkool
artist, Taino Bullard,
attempts to illustrate his
mother's fight with breast

_ cancer. The work depicts a
woman who is at a point of
vulnerability in her life,
aye maintains a courageous
spirit.

(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune Staff)

was two months away from
her 50th birthday when she
received the diagnosis.

After discovering a tiny red
lump underneath her left
breast, she passed it off as
merely a bug bite. Soon the
redness went away but the
lump was still there. A, doctor
later told her that the prob-.
lem was most likely fibrocys-
tic tissue, since she had such
tissues in her right breast.

Fibrocystic changes are the
most common cause of lumps

in the breast for women ages

30 to 50. Although fibrocystic
changes may also be referred

* to as fibrocystic disease, it is

not a disease, but a condition.
Fibrocystic disease is also
known as cystic disease,
chronic cystic mastitis or
mammary dysplasia. The con-
dition is not cancerous and at
least 60 per cent of women in
their reproductive years have
‘lumpy' breasts, as a result of
this non-cancerous condition.
After a year and-a-half of
going back and forth to doc-
tors, and with the lump grow-
ing only slightly, a doctor
finally conducted a needle.

biopsy. "But that didn't go
too well because my breast
became all purple coloured,"
she said.

Trying all avenues in an.

attempt to see what the prob-
lem‘was, Ms Bullard also vis-

‘ited a doctor of natural medi-
cine who instructed her to go

to a traditional surgeon after
seeing the condition of her
breast.

Biopsy

"So I went from there
straight to Doctors Hospital

where. I met Dr.Diggiss who

said they'll do a thru-cut biop-

sy. The lump was big enough’

and they took out a few

pieces. I was to return a week -
later for the result. It was can-—

cer.
"That was Taino's first, very
first exhibition and I just went

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from Doctors straight to that

. exhibition. Taino and Ebony
‘were to leave for New Jersey
the next day:so I didn't alarm ©

them because I didn't see the
point of upsetting their whole

summer vacation. I just tried, |

to get through the night," she
said.
Upon the recommendation

of Dr Diggiss, Ms Bullard’

decided to have a mastectomy

since the breast size was small.

She underwent that proce-
dure two weeks after the diag-
nosis, and it was followed by
six months of chemotherapy.
She'says the worst part of the
ordeal was the chemothera-
py. "That's the only thing that
I would avoid. I'd have a mas-
tectomy again in a minute but
the chemo, I don't know.
Every hair on my body was
goné, the hair on my head,

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‘Unique exhibition
to raise awareness

a By YOLANDA.
DELEVEAUX
Tribune Feature Editor.

“SHAME aiid darkness. A

?- woman finds a lump in her

-breast and is suddenly faced

i. with the possibility of having

the very thing that defines her

as a woman removed. The loss ~

of her breast, her womanhood,
the instrument that allows her

:__ to sustain life, signals the
- beginning of a painful transi-

‘tion into a world blanketed in :
shame and darkness.
To emerge from this place,
to live again without the shad-
ow, requires the re-emergence

into light, the ability to sepa-.
rate.oneself from the disease

and retain that internal image
of self, of beauty, of woman-
hood, to move. beyond the

condition to embrace life.

ag

The fight against breast can- -

cer has, in recent years, taken

i ‘on a greater sense of urgency

in the Bahamas as. more
women, younger women, are
being diagnosed with the dis-
ease, often ata later, deadlier,
stage.

Joining the fight to help

empower women who may
-have been:touched by the dis-
ease and to help educate the
community about the impor-

"Store Locations

tance of repilar screening, self
examinations and testing, Kate .
Law and Susan Katz-Light-
bourn will be hosting a unique
exhibition featuring the-deco-

. rated busts of 30 women of all

ages, some breast cancer sur--
vivors, some having had mas-
tectomiés,, November. 17 at
Government House, 6:30pm.
to9pm.

“We had 30 models and we
made plaster sculptures of the
female torso using women of
"all ages, including women who
had breast cancer. We gave
the bust to the artists and they
will decorate it in the style
‘they choose.”

Among the thirty artists
.chosen to decorate the pieces
are Antonius Roberts, Jack-
son Burnside, Andret John,
Sabrina Lightbourn, John Cox
-and-John Beadle. Susan is also
one of the artists being fea-
tured.

A silent auction be held

‘ during the evening, with all
the proceeds going to the Can-

cer Society of the Bahamas to
help in the fight against breast
cancer. ;

According to Susan, the
idea for the exhibition came
when her husband saw a simi-

lar show that had been done to

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PAGE 2C, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005

THE TRIBUNE



WOMAN



A breast cancer sutvivor’s

struggle caught on canvas

FROM page one

raise awareness for breast can-
cer by a group in the United
States. He thought that the
concept, body sculpting,
would be one that his wife
would enjoy working with
and also realised that it was
an important message: “I
thought it was a fantastic idea
to be done in the Bahamas,
to educate the community
about the one of the biggest
health threats against
’ women,” she said, once he
brought it to her attention.
“People don’t know a_lot
about breast cancer, but
everyone knows someone
who has had breast cancer.
Bahamian woman are not
getting regular mammograms,
they don’t do regular self
examinations and they often
find out they have this dis-
ease when it has already pro-
gressed to a dangerous lev-
el,” she said.
Passionate about educating
both women and men about

”

breast cancer, Kate said that
she wants the exhibition to
get the public to think of the
female form beyond the tra-
ditional role of sex object,
and to see it as a piece of art.
The sculptures, she feels, will
resonate even more intensely

with the viewer because they.

are three dimensional, and
viewers will be able to touch

the pieces and feel the -vari- -
ous textures that were used

to create the work,

Sculptures

“We want to.make people
think about what the’sculp-
tures are saying. It’s different

from looking at a painting.on

a wall, it has a different
affect.”
According to Kate, all of
the women who participated
in the molding phase, were
keenly interested in helping
the cause and were willing to
partner with them for a cause

that affects every one. Theâ„¢

more that Bahamian women













can be educated about the

disease, the more likely it is .

that those diagnosed with
cancer will detect it at an ear-
lier stage, making it more
likely that they will have.a

. full recovery. oe
During the exhibition, sur-

vivors. of breast cancer will

be talking about their battle:

“As people are walking

around the room, there.will *

be quotes and facts posted
around the room about breast

cancer. As soon as people.

see the sculptures they will

know, what.the exhibition is
all about.”
‘Depending on the success

of the event, the women are |

hopeful of hosting a second
event next year and are
already considering a slightly
different concept for the exhi-
bition. :
“It’s important to make
women feel less afraid, and
to emphasize that-early detec-
tion is critical to successful
care and recovery. It’s
important that they are made
aware of the need for self

partner is as important as. having

“The Tribune as an advertising |

examination, to know what a
normal breast feels like. Sure
you feel a bit nervous stand-
ing in the showing feeling
your breast, but it’s a curable
cancer once it’s found. in the
early stages,” said Kate.

Experience

Working on the sculptures
has been an eye opening

- experience for Susan. Thank-
~ fully, she does not. have
‘breast cancer, but she does

have a number of close

friends who she has known
all of her life who have been

diagnosed with the disease,
and some of them have had
recurrences.

“People my age or younger,

‘to find out you have it in your

early 30s...and some have had
double mastectomies. It
wakes you up, shows you that
you are not invincible. So,

you go for your mammo- -

grams, and yes you sit in the
waiting room and go, ‘oh my
God what if they find a lump

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in my breast’, but you have
to do it.” :

Susan believes that the
show will make people more
aware of the disease and its
impact on a woman’s body,
adding that there is not one
woman who does not sit there
after the test and think that it
could happen them.

“We all want to stick our
heads in the sand and pretend
that there’s nothing to wor-
ry about, but that’s stupid. I
(sculpted) two women who
had mastectomies, I had nev-
er seen it before, it was a lit-
tle shocking at first, but the
women were open about
what happened to their bod-—
ies and about the whole
process.”

The show however, hopes
to take viewers beyond the
physical breasts of women, to
look at the busts as a piece

‘of sculpture, that represents

beauty and represents

women.











@ QUESTION: Dear Dr.
Carey, What is the average
age of menopause onset? I
am in my early 30s and

‘recently have been having

hot flashes that even wake
me up in the night. Could it

- be menopause?

B@ ANSWER: Menopause
is defined as the cessation
of menstrual periods. Once
a woman has ceased seeing
periods for six months or
more then she is considered
to be in the menopause.
The average age of
menopause is at-age 51 but
ranges from age 44-55.
Some women in their thir-
ties and early forties may
experience the menopause
and this is referred to as
premature menopause or
premature ovarian failure.

Ten per cent of women
experience no symptoms
whatsoever except for a
cessation of their periods.
Fifty per cent experience ,
only mild symptoms and
these women do not require
any treatment except reas-
surance and an ‘explanation
of what is happening to
them. About 25 per cent
require treatment to allevi-
ate the severe symptoms.

If a.woman’s ovaries are
removed surgically, usually
at the time a hysterectomy

‘is being performed, then

the symptoms are often .
more acute and severe. The
most frequent and promi-
nent symptom is that of hot
flashes which can be very
severe. This may be accom-
panied with night sweats,

_ irritability (mood swings)

difficulty sleeping (insom-
nia) loss of sex drive, stress,
weight gain and vaginal
dryness. 2.

Hormone replacement
therapy (HRT) is still the
most effective method of
treating the symptoms that
accompany the menopause;
the exact regimen is indi-
vidualized for each patient
by her physician once the
risks versus the potential
benefit are weighed.

Dr. Reginald Carey
Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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educate women about
important issues regarding
their health and is not
intended as a substitute for
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exhibition
to raise

awareness

FROM page one

: eyelashes, every hair on

:* my body."

i But humour from her
husband and from her
children, who said that
she looked like a
dinosaur, helped her
through it.

It would be Ms
Bullard's ability to face
her challenge head-on _
that motivated Taino to
pay tribute to his mother.
Her struggle would
become one of the high-
lights in his transition
from boyhood toman-
hood, a highlight that was .
to have representation in
his joint exhibition with
fellow NewSkool artists.

"It is how she handled
it with a strong character.
She never stopped play-
ing her.role even at a
time when she was most
vulnerable. When we
were young she instilled
in us spirituality, so now
that I look back, and I
see the strength she had
even with this burden of
death staring her in the
face, she was okay. And I

. Was impressed by that,"
he'told Tribune Woman.

Chance

"There is always the
chance that things may

: not go well, you don't

: always know what will _
happen. What made the
difference is the way she
handled it.. That allowed
us to accept the possibili-
ties, even the possibility
of death, because she
didn't fall apart,"-he said.

According to Taino, —
"The Conqueror" shows :
a woman who has:a level
of vulnerability, but at
the same time an over-
whelming spirit of
courage.

Ms Bullard says that ©
though she has under-
gone five years of tamox-
ifen treatment to lower
the risk of recurrence,
and continues to eat -
healthy and watch her
weight, there is still the
fear that the cancer may
re-appear.

For women recently
diagnosed with breast
cancer, a wide variety of
emotions, fear, anger,
sadness, guilt, helpless-
ness and anxiety, come to
the surface. She may
wonder, "Why me?"

But as Ms Bullard
would find out through
her son's painting, when
-one member of a family
has cancer, the whole
family is affected.

In fact, psychologists
consider these family
: members to be 'sec-

i ondary patients’. Cancer

i affects an entire family,

not only because there .

are genetic links to can-

cer and cancer risks, but
because when one mem-
ber of a family has cancer
the whole family must
deal with the illness.

Memory

“It just made me know
that it did affect him, and
I knew that. But it was
like a memory imprinted |
on his mind, that, I really
didn’t know. It helps me
to realize that breast can-
cer does affect the whole
family," she said.

As one who has faced
such a formidable foe as
cancer, and emerged a
survivor, Ms Bullard “
offers this advice to other
women: "What helped
me a lot was facing (can-
cer) straight up, and get-
ting enough information
as I could, not running
away from the verdict,
but looking at how I can
help myself and being
aware of my own body,
even making the doctors
aware because some of
i them tell you that there is
: nothing wrong."

i "You have to listen to
: your body and be aware
i of yourself."
THE TRIBUNE



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2005 , PAGE 3C



My story: Lite

after breast
cancer



@ By PAMELA BURNSIDE

am a cancer survivor
and my story proves
that early detection is
the best protection. It
was 1982 when my
husband noticed a small pimple
in my left breast. “What’s
this?” he said. “It’s probably
cancer,” was my glib reply.
Breast cancer had been a
part of my family since child-
hood in the 60’s when my aunt
was diagnosed and underwent
disfiguring surgery for one
breast and then the other, fol-
lowed by horrifying bouts of
treatment. I remember my
mother and her sisters organis-
ing who would accompany her
to Florida and after visiting her
at home, discussing the situa-
tion and crying as they watched
their sister suffer. Then while I
was away in school in England,
another aunt was diagnosed

with breast cancer and had to ©

undergo surgery and radiation.

The strange thing about this
was that all my life persons mis-
took me as the daughter of
either of these aunts because I
looked so much like them, so
the logical progression for me
was that since I looked like

them I would get breast can-'

cer too. So as a young adult I

. Started educating myself about |

the disease and was always pre-

pared for the inevitable:
After visiting my general

practitioner for an evaluation, I

was given the diagnosis of a.

“blocked milk duct’ and left
with some topical ointment to
rub on the nipple several times
‘a day. Admittedly, I did not
follow, doctor’s. directions :to
put on the ointment.every day,
but I noticed that the area
around the nipple was getting
dry and scaly and during a
breast self examination soon
after I also noticed a clear dis-
charge from’my nipple. Now I
knew that something was defi-
nitely wrong.
So I went to another doctor,
Dr Poad, whom my sister

worked with as a nurse (this -

sister was diagnosed with bor-
derline Stage two breast can-
cer three years ago and also
had a mastectomy and
chemotherapy). As soon as he
saw my breast he said, “I don’t
like the look of this”, and he
sent me off to Dr Farrington
for a biopsy.

It was a long Christmas sea-
son that year as I waited for
the biopsy results over the hol-
idays..In January I got the news
from Dr Farrington that my
biopsy was positive for a breast
cancer condition known as
Piaget’s Disease: “OK now
what?”, I asked very. matter-
of-factly. Dr Farrington’s sug-
gestion was for a modified rad-
ical mastectomy and we
booked the date. i

Iwas prepared to deal with
the issue but my siblings had
some misgivings and insisted
on a second opinion. Dr Far-
rington arranged for a consult
and mammogram (which were
not available in Nassau in those
days) at the University of Mia-
mi Hospital and another five-
day wait for results which were
the same as those given here.

“If this was your wife, doc-
tor”, my husband asked, “what
would you recommend?”

“A mastectomy”, Dr Robin-
son replied.

January 24, 1983, I entered
Princess Margaret Hospital’s
operating theatre for my
surgery. My cousin, Dr Wavell
Thompson, was my anesthetist,
and as he rolled me in we chat-
ted about recipes and cooking
until I fell asleep, a nice sweet
sleep. Several hours later I

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awoke groggily surrounded by
my family. My aunt, Nurse Lil-
lian Thompson-Farrington, was
at my bedside as my day nurse,
and a friend of my in-laws,

Nurse Susie Mae Lockhart, was’

my night nurse.

There was NO PAIN...... I
found that to be the weirdest
thing...only when they pulled
out the drainage tube did I fell
a twinge...the tube was in deep
and there was dried blood
around the edges.

Thad a truly wonderful time
in the hospital. I felt like a
queen with lots and lots of love
and good wishes all around me.
My room was COVERED
with flowers on every conceiv-
able surface and I lay there
entertaining the constant
stream of visitors who were
amazed to see me awake and
cheerful. Your mental attitude
is 90 per cent of the recovery
battle and I won that war.

After six days I was released
and stayed with my in-laws to
recuperate for another five
weeks. They pampered me and
kept a sharp eagle eye on me to



- COVERE with
flowers. on every
_ conceivable i.
surface and —





and cheetful,
Your mental _



make sure I did not ‘overdo’
it, restricting visitors and mak-
ing sure I got my rest. It was
not bad at all, I did my exercis-
es, changed my diet, cutting out
all red meat, eating more veg-
etables.and fruit, and healed
nicely. It was back to work
half-days only for the first week
and I have not looked back
since.

‘My follow up prognosis was
good - my cancer was caught
early and treated promptly - a
Stage 1 with no lymph node

involvement, no follow up.

treatment was needed. So I
have religiously gone for check-
ups ever since, first every three
months, six months and now
yearly...and the story does not
end there...five years after my
diagnosis I became pregnant
(with Dr Farrington’s permis-
‘sion), and my daughter is now
a healthy 19 year old in Uni-
versity. I was evén able to
breast feed with one breast and
had to supplement with a bot-
tle.
Because of my positive atti-
tude I was approached by Mar-



We are inviting all cor-
porate companies to pur-
chase a table of 10 tickets
for their staff we encourage
family members and
friend/co-workers to sup-
port your cancer friend,
male or female.














. ilyn Seymour-Major, who was

then working at the PMH lab,
to do several speaking engage-
ments and join the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas. , The
rest is history as I took up the
mantle and found my true call-
ing, to assist and offer support
to other cancer patients and to
educate the public about can-
cer.

I retired from active duty
with the Cancer Society in 1997
after many years as president
and education chairperson, but
I was always there to offer sup-
port and talk about cancer.
Recently, I came back on
board to work with the Can-
cer Caring Centre. What a
rewarding journey this has
been for me. There IS life after

cancer....1 am ‘living proof of
that.
Thoughts to think on...

The textbooks say cancer
usually occurs in older women,
I was 31 when I had my
surgery. Breast cancer is the
number one cancer killer of
Bahamian women who seem
to contract this disease at an

earlier age when it is more

aggressive.

The texts say clear discharge
is not a problem - mine was
clear, but I had cancer.

When I was diagnosed the »

statistics in the US stated that
one in 12 women annually
would get breast cancer, that
number is now down to one in
seven. In the Bahamas they are
seeing 80 to 90 new cases of

breast cancer at the PMH

every year.
e Know your body: Nobody

. knows. your. body better than

you do. If you feel something is

.wrong in spite of what your

doctors say, get a second opin-
ion, it could save your life.

e Breast cancer is also hered-
itary - it runs in families.

¢ Make informed decisions -
learn about cancer - read, ask
questions, be aware.

¢ Doctors are only human -
they make mistakes too!

e¢ Your doctor has to be a
partner and you should feel
comfortable enough to ask
questions and get Satisfactory
answers.

e I know four other persons
who have had children after
breast surgery, but it can be

dangerous, so it is important

to only get pregnant on the
advice of your doctor as hor-

mones can wreak havoc with:

cancer cells if they are still
around.

' ¢ There are eight mammo-
gram facilities in the Bahamas
now - in my day there were

' none.

© There are several surgeons
in the Bahamas who can per-
form breast surgery. now - our

. Bahamian surgeons are fully

and absolutely qualified to do
this type of surgery.

¢ Lumpectomies were not
available in my day - they are
now if your cancer is caught
early.

e¢ Chemotherapy and radia-
tion therapy are now available
in the Bahamas, even recon-
structive surgery is available in
the Bahamas now. ~

e Early detection and

prompt treatment are still the
best protection against cancer.

e Get regular, annual check-
ups - Mammogram, pap smear,
doctors examination and do
monthly breast self examina-
tions (BSE’s).

¢ Less stress keeps you
healthier.

Contact Sister, Sister, or the
Cancer Society of the
Bahamas, for information
about cancer. We are here to
help you.

INSIGHT

For the

stories behind
alae
read Insight
on Mondays





@ By SARAH SIMPSON



A STUDY teleased by
the FDA indicates that your

environmental headaches

are hitting closer to home

than you might think. In

fact, the air inside the aver-

age house or office building

is between two and one hun-
dred times worse than the
air outside of it. Since. we
spend most of our time
indoors, this “sick building”
syndrome is an important
health priority. Symptoms
can include skin disorder
and flare-ups like psoriasis,
eczema and hypersensitivi-
ty, plus flu-like symptoms
like headaches, fatigue and
confusion.

Just think about what’s
around you. Your new car-
pet is releasing gas chemi-
cals, your air-conditioning
system is spreading mold
and fungus, you can’t seem
to get rid of pesky dust
(most of which is dead skin
cells)...even. your dry-
cleaned clothes are a hazard
to your health. Throw in fab-

_Tic softeners on your sheets,

janitorial cleaning chemicals,

synthetic ingredients in your °-
antiperspirant and cologne, .
and pesticide-treated foods
and water, and your seeming. .
innocuous daily routine ®’:

turns into a toxic gauntlet.

What can you do about all.
. Of this? You'll want to gauge’
. your level of response with

relation to your sensitivity
symptoms. Of course, avoid-
ing toxins altogether just
isn’t possible for most of us,
but we can help our bodies
deal with them .. Eating
organic food and drinking
filtered water, airing out

“your house, and selection
en _ products | that are free of arti-

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reduce your intake.

You’re not alone. Up to
90 per cent of the popula-
tion report environmental-

ly related sensitized skin on

occasion.

_ DAILY DETOX

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is an import omponent
to staying healthy. Here are




‘even'day to help eliminate
. daily toxin and fluid build-

glasses a day):Add a squirt
of lemon or lime if you like,
both aid in detoxification.

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instead of coffee. It is pack-
aged with antioxidants, and
it is also. detoxifying. Green

tea will give you the caffeine ©
boost you. ctave, plus some
eat AS. 8

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etables. Loaded with fiber
and water, fruits and veg-
etables keep your bowels
healthy. Besides, they are a .
much healthier alternative
to laxative pills or powders,
which can be habit-forming.

e Eat plenty of papaya
and pineapple (or take a

‘supplement with Papain and

Bromelain). They are high
in anti-inflammatories and
enzymes and they are a

‘great aid to the digestion.

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though.)

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Adopting a health-

lm By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer

he government is
taking the lead in
encouraging all
Bahamians to
adopt healthy
eating habits and a health-con-
scious lifestyle. Last week, the
Ministry of Health, in associa-
tion with the Ministry of Edu-
cation, launched the National
Healthy Lifestyle initiative.
The programme comes out
of.an effort to affect change,
following the release of some
startling statistics. According
to.reports, 45 per cent of deaths
‘in the Bahamas in 2003 were
caused by chronic non-com-
municable diseases which
“include diabetes, hypertension,
chronic respiratory disease,
Heart disease, strokes and can-
cer. And in that same year,
hypertension was cited as the
leading cause of death among

women.
i Risk



whan f

The risk for many of these ..
diseases can be lowered how-
-ever, and in some cases avoid- 2

ed: altogether if a healthy
lifestyle is adopted. The new
programme attempts to raise
awareness about healthy
lifestyle choices throughout
‘ Néw Providence and the Fam-
‘ily‘Islands, and is expected to
be included in health educa-



“nh By Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and ;
,Shandera Smith, of
the Nutrition Unit,
‘Department of Public
‘Health, Ministry of
Health

HALLOWEEN 2005 is
“going to be here in just over
one week. In addition to the

scary house decorations and
spooky costumes, we hope that
this year you break the sweet-
tooth routine and fill your
trick-or-treaters baskets with
healthy snacks and fun treats!
>’ Remember, Halloween is all
about encouraging and provid-
ing fun for our youngsters, and
in.this regard healthy snacks,
which once might have been
seen as boring, can’ be handed
out to kids in an effort to pro-
.mote healthier food choices in
“association with enjoyment.
“ike most other habits, the
childhood period is when food
practices are established and
variety and moderation in eat-
ing has to be learnt too. By giv-



ing out non-sweet/sticky, snacks:

tomorrow night children will
get the message that healthy
snacking can be linked to hap-
piness and entertainment. Thus
the perception of proper eat-
ing is not only linked to
parental discipline , but wise
food choices will no not be
associated with a regime to be
adopted only when you
become older or ill.

Furthermore, Halloween
treats do not have to mean
food only. It is the kind ges-
ture of a little token that
delights the hearts of the little
‘monsters’ so this year try
something new.

Halloween & Tooth Decay

True, some companies have
cut some fat out of their fattiest
candies, but does this mean
that Halloween 2005, they will
be healthier than those handed
out in years past?

Well, don't bet your teeth or
your kids teeth on it. Even the



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tion courses with the aim of
providing guidelines for stu-
dents and elderly persons.

At last week's launch, which
was described as a monumental
occasion, Minister of Health
Dr Marcus Bethel, told the
crowd of mostly health profes-

fat-frée, vitamin-fortified can-
dies are loaded with sugar, the
stuff that's the main culprit of
tooth decay. According to the
school health report-data, den-
tal cavities is the number one
problem in Bahamian school
children during 1996-1997 and
it continues to hover at the top

of the list. .

Initially, it may seem like a
treat to give out candies; but
later on is it worth it when you

have. to pay the dentist bill? ©

Every time you indulge in can-
dy or give it out to kids, you
miss out on an opportunity to
eat fruits, vegetables or other
natural foods that might reduce
the risk of tooth decay as well
as life threatening conditions

like cancer, heart disease, .

stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Novelty Halloween Treats
Halloween treats are a big
part of the fun for kids, but

these goodies need not be ©

sticky, gooey candy only. For
Halloween go beyond the tra-
ditional hard candy sticks and
chocolate bars and opt for non-
food favors, such as toys, stick-
ers, crayons, pencils, whistles,
plastic animals, rubber spiders
or worms and even tooth-
brushes (note some of these
are not suitable for small chil-
dren).

Giving out these novelty
treats provides more fun and

--Is not only a better alternative

for our little masked 'mon-
sters', since they can actually
have something useful after the
night is over, but we too will
benefit. How? Just think there
will be no leftover candy sit-
ting around screaming "eat
me!"

If this idea of handing out
non-food treats is not too
appealing, how about stocking
up on non-sweet snacks on
your way home this evening?
Look for peanut butter and
cracker and cheese stick pack-
ages, small packs of nuts and
raisins, individual cereal box-
es and even small boxes of 100

. ° November 9 10 - Caribbean Regional Nutrition Quiz

healthy lifestyle

e “Ongoing - weekly Hewspapet article, : Lighten Up &
-e * October 26 - Catlege 0 at the Bahatias cs) Health
« Aowinbe: 2- COB Student Development seminar;

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Highlight: World Diabetes Day 2005 Health Expo

aoe December 1- World AIDS Day 2005: " Know Your
are ay and ENED Ss: Se

sionals, that the effort would
form the "blue print" for-a

in the
Bahamas.

According to Dr Bethel, the
poor lifestyle choices made by

Bahamians has translated into ,

a decreased quality of life, and

a

olesome Halloween treats

per cent fruit juice to refresh
them while they door hop.

If you are entertaining your
children friends’ Halloween
night try some of these nutri-
tious treats:

A bowl of unsalted plain
popcorn can replace chips.

A colorful platter of baby -

carrots, grapes, and other fruits

. and vegetables rather than the

candies.

A citrus punch can be the
witches' concoction instead of
soda.

The kids can create faces out
of gr¢en peppers, tomatoes,

‘mushrooms and pepperoni on

mini cheese pizza instead of
buying fried chicken or other
fast foods. It's a great idea
because it saves time and mon-
ey and also provides them with
a healthy snack and an activity
too.

Wrapping Up Halloween
Evening

Parents, at the end of the
evening monitor the amount
of candy that your children eat
at one time. Try to divide the
huge sack into small bags and
store out of their reach, if pos-
sible and share out in modera-
tion over time. Most of these
will keep, but be sure to look
for the expiration date. And
ensure your kids brush their
teeth thoroughly each time
they eat high sugar foods like
candy, chocolate, sweet cere-
als even soda and fruit drinks.
Practicing oral hygiene daily is
a very important health invest-
ment.

So go ahead and toss these
assortments of non-sticky and
non-food treats into the bas-
kets of your trick-or-treaters
both the kids and their parents
will surely be tickled by your
novelty. Lighten Up and Live
Healthy supports you in your
effort to improve your health
and the well-being of your fam-
ily and loved ones. So share
these eating practices with oth-
ers, not only for Halloween
night, but always.

Jini of Health launches N ational :
_ Healthy Lifestyle initiative

oF Calendar of Events - October 2005 - April 2006

e December 25 - Christmas -
er the Cost."

oe oJ anuary to April - Community Nutrition Presentatio,
upon request .

January 2006 °- National Walk te © Promote Physi
~ Activity .
= Walk to Work Initiative

February 2006 - Heart Month oe
-- Bahamas Heart Association Health Fair oe
- GO RED FOR WOMEN initiative

~ March 2006 - Health Fair both exibtnpresenter upon :

request
- Join the Club Initiative _

April 2006 - National Nutrition: Month
- April 13 - National Vegetable Day —

- April 20 - National Fruit Day .°

- April 27 - National Water Day. 2 Se
- April 28 - National School Speech Competition

enormous financial strain on

the government, a track that is

unsustainable, he said.

By his government present-
ing a holistic approach to
healthy living however, through
the strategies laid out in the
new programme, it is hoped
that. Bahamians, will adopt
behavioural changes that can

_ lead to a healthy population.

Dr Bethel also told those in
attendance that while the
Caribbean community
acknowledges that education
is important to the building of a
nation, it also realizes that a
healthy population is essential
for economic growth. "We hold



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steadfastly to the belief that
education is a contributor to
the human capital. However,
more recently during the
CARICOM heads of govern-
ment meeting, we have rightly
turned our attention to the oth-
er main ingredient of the
human capital, that is, the

health of the populace which

is SO important for the creation
of the region's wealth and thus,
its development."

Believer

Prime Minister Perry
Christie, who has become an
avid believer in a healthy












conscious lifestyle

lifestyle, served as the keynote
speaker and officially launched
the programme. Mr Christie
suffered a slight stroke in May,
and since then has become the
‘poster child’ for what the pro-
gramme seeks to promote.

In a speech that came off as
more of a heart-to-heart than a
prime ministerial address, Mr
Christie told the audience that
before suffering the stroke he
had been so focused on other,

seemingly more important

issues, that he ended up pay-
ing no attention to his health

- and ignored the fact that he

was putting on too much
weight.

‘Hospital

After being discharged from
the hospital, Mr Christie made
a commitment to change his
lifestyle based upon one sim-

ple fact, he told the audience:

"I wanted to live. And I want
to live with some degree of
freedom. So the message for

‘me is, this is a wonderful pro-

gramme coming at this stage,"
he said.

Mr Christie also encouraged
the Ministry of Health to work
along with the churches in the
nation and encourage pastors
to preach the message of a
healthy lifestyle. He also noted
that the government is encour-
aging developers of homes to
place a fruit tree in every yard.

In concluding his speech, Mr
Christie opened his jacket, and
asked the crowd to look at him.

" It was a request that was greet-~

ed with a loud applause.

"The minister (of health)
brought me here to show that I
lost six inches in waist, and that
I lost over 30 pounds through
exercise. The reality is that it is
upon us to do our best to make
ourselves well.”
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| HEALTH : a

CT angiography: much less

invasive, more patient-friendl

WHEN treating a complex
aneurysm, doctors need to quickly
decide which treatment is best. Step
one is to get a good look as soon as
possible at the aneurysm and its rela-

‘ tionship to nearby blood vessels.

Scanning

CT angiography (CTA) is a scan-
ning technique that allows doctors a
peek inside the body by using X-rays
to visualize blood flow in arterial ves-
sels throughout the body. From arter-
ies serving the brain, to those bringing
blood to the lungs, kidneys, arms and
legs, X-ray beams pass from a rotating
device through the area of interest in

the patient's body from several. dif-.

ferent angles to create cross-sectional

images, which are then assembled by .

computer. The results of the test. is
viewed in three dimensions, giving
doctors accurate guidance on how to
proceed.

Compared to traditional angiogra-
phy, which involves anesthesia, placing
a catheter and injecting contrast mate-
rial into an artery, CTA is a much less
invasive, more accurate, and a more
patient-friendly procedure. The con-
trast material is injected into a periph-
eral vein rather than an artery, which
is technically less difficult and has a
very low risk of complication. As a

result, patients having a CTA typical-

ly leave immediately following the
procedure and can resume normal
activity. With traditional angiography
however, because an intravenous (IV)

sedative is used in preparation for tra-
ditional angiography, an observation
period is necessary before you can
leave, you may even be admitted to

the hospital overnight.

Examine

A CT angiography is most com-
monly used to examine the pulmonary
arteries, visualize blood flow in the
renal arteries, rule out pulmonary
embolism, identify aneurysms in the
aorta or in other major blood vessels
that can be life-threatening, and to

detect narrowing or obstruction of

arteries. When a stent is placed to
restore blood flow in a diseased artery,

CT angiography will show whether it’

is serving its purpose. Examining

arteries in the brain may help reach a
correct diagnosis in patients who com-
plain of headaches, dizziness, ringing
in the ears, or fainting.

Injured patients may benefit from

‘ CTA if there is a possibility that one
. or more arteries have been damaged.

In patients with a tumor, it may be
helpful for the surgeon to know in
advance the details of arteries feeding
the growth.

Doctors Hospital recently acquired
the Brilliance16-slice scanner by
Phillips Medical Systems. Unprece-
dented speed, coupled with, sub mil-
limeter detail, enables physicians to
capture high quality images that may
not have been available previously.

Covering more patient anatomy
faster than other CT scanners, doc-



tors can rotate, peel, and flip the

_ images to get different perspectives

that will make-viewing and planning
for surgery more accurate. Because
CT angiography gives superior views
of vessels in the head and neck,*it is
useful for spotting narrowing i in the
vessels.

Technology

This new technology provides*an
exponential leap in acquisition speed
and image quality, making advanced
applications, such as cardiovascular
imaging, rapid-trauma evaluation and
whole body CT angiography, routine.
Sophisticated tesults, often presént-
ed in 3D, are available to referring
physicians wise minutes.



‘Mental and physical

health across the life span’

Column prepared in collab-

oration with Dr. Nelson
Clarke, medical staff coordi-
nator, Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre in the Ministry of
Health, Mr. David Taylor,
Pan American Health Orga-
nization advisor to the
Bahamas and the World Fed-
eration for Mental Health
awareness packet.

| MENTAL health can be
: simply described as the ability
‘to successfully and positively
cope with the normal and
unexpected physical, psycho-
logical and emotional stressors
that challenge us throughout
our life span. Individuals
should be able to live, love,
work and become productive
members of their families, the
workplace, the community and
their country. It is very impor-
tant to maintain a healthy men-
tal state of mind that would
ensure a peaceful atmosphere
where ever you go.

No one is exempted from
possible mental health crisis. It-
is therefore imperative that
each gender and age group
have separate research, treat-
‘ment and care. If the best pos-
sible health intervention is to
be provided.

With this in mind, one can
see the need for constant
reminders about the impor-
tance of mental and physical
health. Therefore, on October
10, each year, since .1994, the
WFMH develops a theme to
heighten. awareness about spe-
cific aspects of mental health.

WFMH was founded in 1948
to advance, among all peoples
and nations, the prevention of
mental and emotional disor-
ders, the proper treatment and
care of those with such disor-
ders,'and the promotion of
mental health. The mission is to
promote, among all people and
nations, the highest possible
level‘of mental health in its
broadest biological, medical,
educational, and social aspects.

It has been noted, that just as
there are growth charts to mea-
sure the height of a child to
identify their. normal or abnor-
mal (delayed) development:
There are tools designed to
point out to an individual the
level of thinking and/or level
of appropriate emotional
responses to specific life chal-
lenges, as it relates to the pre
set expected goals for each age
group. There are times when
the brain malfunctions, that is,
it does not function as it should.
The individual’s behavior, per-
ception, thought processes and
ability to sustain meaningful
relationships are affected when
the brain malfunctions.

It is critical that the public
understands the important role
that every one must play in the
rearing of healthy individuals,
well-functioning families, and
successful communities.
Neglect of the total health
(including mental) and well-
ness of any segment of the pop-
ulation, whether children,
working adults, or elders, can
lead to major human and social

welfare problems for the entire
nations.

Mental health is now recog-
nized as an essential and insep-
arable part of health. We know
that mental health issues can

have a significant impact on the

outcome of.a number of other
medical problems. Effective
treatments is available for
many mental disorders, and
these treatments come in many
foriis, including medications,

psychological, and rehabilita- 2
tive:services. Individuals expe- *:

riencing even the most serious
mental disorders can. partici-
pate in the full range of human
endeavors. The special needs
that exist among groups such
as children, elderly people,
women, minorities, and others

can and should all be appro-
priately addressed.
A Healthy Start to Life.

' This year, the World: Health
Organization (WHO), chose
the theme “Make Every Moth-
er and Child Count” for their
World Health Day focus to
raise public awareness con-
cerning the vital issues facing
women and children in all
nations. It allowed us an oppor-
tunity to focus on the value of
every human life. The evidence
is clear that healthy mothers
and children are the bedrock
of healthy and prosperous com-
munities and nations. Too
many mothers and children are
suffering and dying each year.
When mothers survive and

thrive, their children survive _

and thrive.

According to the Association
of Maternal and Child Health
Programmes, children with
serious emotional or behav-
ioural problems suffer from a
lack of prevention intervention,
early identification and avail-
able treatment services. Mater-
nal depression can have many

negative effects on children’s -

cognitive, social, and emotion-
al development. Research
shows that the effects can be
worsened by poverty and other
social risk factors, as well as
the severity and duration of the

‘

nN

‘more

mother’s depression.

Depression that may occur
in women after the birth of a
child is called postpartum
depression. This maternal
depression affects the interac-
tion and bonding between
mother and child in many ways.
They are:

¢ Mothers with depression
often fail to talk, play, and nur-
ture their children.

*These mothers often fail to
proévide a stimulating environ-

‘ment that encourages explo-

ration and chances for learn-
ing.

° Effective discipline and
supervision of children may be

“neglected.

e Infants born to women
with depression look less at



their mothers, are less active
and curious, and are less likely
to reach the development goals
achieved in infants whose
mothers do not have depres-
sion.

- Infants of depressed moth-
ers are at greater risk of being
abused and neglected and are
likely to become
depressed themselves as well
as having disorders such as
Attention Deficit Hyperactivi-
ty Disorder (ADHD) and Con-
duct Disorder (CD).

Reading the emotional cues
of children and responding in
an attentive, caring manner is
as important as meeting their
physical needs. When the
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and. treated early, there are
long-term positive benefits for

mothers and their children.

Some recommendations by the
WFMH. to help mothers and
children who are challenged in
these areas include:

_ © Efforts should be made at a
policy level to develop and

implement mental health care |

services for mothers beginning

‘at the prenatal stage of life and
“should: be carried out over me

life-span.

¢ Parenting skills should be
taught in schools and re-
enforced during parent craft
classes.

¢ Establish home visiting
programmes, childhood pro-
grammes. and easy and timely
access to mental health consul-
tants and information should
be established.

"© Establish community-based
services with screening and
assessment services for chil-
dren.

Children of all ages can expe-
rience mental health problems
just as adults do. One out of
every twenty children will

experience a serious mental .

health disorder before the age

of eighteen. Like any other ill- -

ness, these problems are real
and can be very challenging for
the child, the family and the
community to which he/she
belongs. Parents and caregivers
must be able to identify the
warning signs that children may
manifest which suggests that
they be experiencing some
mental challenges, and may be
heading toward.a mental ill-
ness.

Know The Warning Signs |

Some of the warning signs to
be aware of are:

¢ Decline in school perfor-
mance, and/or trouble in
school;

e Inappropriate anger or
aggression;

¢ Regularly disobeys paresits
and teachers;

' @ Unable to pay attention;

e Easily distracted, trouble
sitting still for short periods of
time; and

¢ Pre-occupation with death
or violence, thoughts of suicide.

If your child displays any of
these behaviors frequently, for
long periods of time, or for

. unexplained reasons, you

should seek help.

Where can you get help?
In the Bahamas, help is avail-
able for children who experi-













ence mental health problems.
This includes counseling for the
child and family, classes in
behaviour management may
help to relieve the child’s prob-
lem, and in some instances,
medication may be used under
a doctor’s guidance. Teachers,
guidance counselors, religious
leaders (youth ministers, min-
isters, pastors, priests), family
doctors, psychologists, nurses,

“social workers and psychologi-

‘cal counselors in the health
care system are all important
resource persons use to address
mental health challenges in
children. Members of the pub-
lic are encouraged to utilize the
Community Counseling and
Assessment Center of the Pub-
lic Hospitals Authority under
the umbrella of Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre. Services
are available Monday to Fri-
days between the hours of 9am
to Sam, and they are located
on Market Street north.

information.

. ME PRE & POST Natal Fitness Classes will be held on
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30, beginning Sep-
tember 27 at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off
Prince Charles Drive). Doctor approval is required: Call
364-8423 to register or for more information.

4646 or 327-2878

ing, Blue Hill Road.

room.



fied by the AHA.

Friday at 6pm.

THE Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm
on the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquar-
ters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more

@ DIABETES Directions — a FREE diabetic support »
group — meets the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm
at New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Din-
ner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pressure and .
cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-

â„¢@ REACH - Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm - 9pm the second
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC build-

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

@ THE Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every
third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @
the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

@ DOCTORS Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR Classes certi-

The course defines the warning signs of respiratory
arrest and gives prevention strategies to avoid sudden
death syndrome and the most common serious injuries
and choking that can occur in adults, infants and children.

CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Sat-
urday of the month from 9am-1pm. Contact a Doctors
Hospital Community Training Representative at 302-4732
for more information and learn to save a life today.

m@ ALCOHOLICS Anonymous meets @ 16 Rosetta St,
Monday-Friday and Sunday, 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-9.30pm,
and on Saturday, 10am-llam & 6pm-7pm & 8.30pm-
9.30pm; @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shirley St, on

e) THE theme for World
Mental Health Day is “Mental

~ and physical health across'the!

life span” and it points out ‘they
importance of recognizing tH®
inter-dependence of good mene
tal and physical health at eveis
stage of life. The catchy mottg
this year is: ““There-is no healt{.
without mental health”. ‘Res
dents are once again given,

Opportniil to reflect on: thei







For more information a
mental health care, and proms






contact the Sandilands:

-bilitation at 324-1246, the Com-.

munity Counseling and Assegs- :
ment Centre at 323-3295 or the.
Health Education Division at.
502-4848.
































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Green Scene —

e have
reached the
. time of year
when
autumn
finally sets in and gives us nip-
py mornings and cool, short
evenings. Now is the time to
plant those vegetables that
demand brisk weather to be at
their best. These include let-
tuce, spinach and garden peas.

Forget about growing let-
tuces that resemble the tight-
headed California-grown Ice-
bergs webuy at the supermar-



ket. You can grow serviceable .

Romaine (Cos) and Boston
(Bibb) lettuce, but Iceberg
types tend to develop bitter-
ness. If you insist on Iceberg
types try Minetto, a.compact
lettuce that was developed for
tropical areas and resists bit-
terness.

The perfect lettuces for
Bahamian gardens are the best
tasting: loose-leaf varieties that
come in a myriad of shapes and
colours. Most of them are
diminutive but have the advan-
tage that leaves can be plucked
from them as needed without
hurting the plant.

All lettuces have very com-
pact root systems so it is impor-
tant that the goil they are
grown in has been amended
with peat moss, commercial
cow manure or compost. This
will allow moisture to be
retained. Very little fertiliser
should be used, if any at all.
Seedlings should be set out
eight inches to a foot apart and
grown in blocks rather than
rows.

Favourite

My favourite loose-leaf let-
tuce is Simpson’s Black-Seed-
ed. It gives green, succulent
leaves that have genuine taste,
nothing like insipid, watery Ice-
berg. To add interest to a

by Gardener Jack



tossed salad you may like to
grow colourful Ruby (red) and
Mignonette (several shades of
colour). For variety in shape

"you can grow the tasty Oak

Leaf lettuce. That’s a lot of
packages of lettuce, you may
be thinking. Look for a single
package that gives you a vari-
ety of loose-leaf lettuces.

Dressings

‘Leaf spinach should be
grown as for loose-leaf lettuce.
There are two types:.one with
smooth léaves and one with
carunculated leaves. The latter
holds.dressings better.

We gardeners grow our own
vegetables so we.can have the
very freshest of produce. Some-
times we can only enjoy cer-
tain vegetables in fresh form if
we grow them ourselves. A
case in point is garden peas.
You can buy them by the can
and you can buy them frozen
but they are rarely available
fresh in their pods. The differ-
ence between frozen and fresh
is considerable.

‘Like lettuce, garden peas
have compact root systems and
should be grown in well-
mulched soil. Even if the pack-
age tells you the vines can be
grown without supports, pro-
vide supports. Brushwood

twigs do the job for peas that -

grow to three feet; thereafter
you will need a trellis.
Peas can be planted quite

_ closely together, a mere three

inches apart and an inch deep.
They need to be watered often
and well as even a brief drying
out period will spell disaster.
Once the peas have flowered
the pods and peas form very
quickly. You will need to pick
the plump pods every day as
this promotes further produc-
tion. If you cannot pick enough
for a meal on any particular
day just refrigerate the pods
until you have sufficient.

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i NOW is the time to plant those vegetables that demand brisk weather to be at their best.
These include lettuce, spinach and garden peas.

The French like to cook their
peas with lettuce leaves. They
also use soda or Perrier water
as the cooking medium. Some
people prefer a counts of sprigs
of mint. Whatever, ine end
result will be far superior to

frozen peas.

Edible-podded peas like Sug-
ar Snap, are popular because
they are very sweet and do not
need shelling or cooking. They
can be used raw as a crudité or
briefly steamed to accompany a

meal. It is important to pick
them just as they fill out or the
pod or they will toughen and
they will have to be used as
regular garden peas. Strangely
enough, despite the name,
Snow Peas do better in our

warm winters than either regu-
lar peas or edible-podded peas.
The vines are heavy so-they
need to be staked or trellised.
The pods should be picked as
soon as they are full size and
before the peas develop. - °
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