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Title: The Tribune
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: December 13, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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New industrial

agreement signed

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING months of
industrial unrest and failed
negotiations, The Bahamas
Electrical Corporation and the
Bahamas Electrical Workers
Union yesterday finally signed a
new industrial agreement.
The. new contract signed by
LabourMinister Vincent Peet,
BEWU president Dennis
Williams, and BEC chairman
Kevin Basden ends months of
disputes in- what Mr Williams
claimed resulted from the
"worst labour relations in the
corporation's history."
In fact, the stalemate was so
bad, that government last
month, decided to refer the
matter to the Industrial Tri-
However further negotia-
tions, mediated by Baptist min-
ister Neil Ellis, resulted in both
sides coming to an agreement.
Under the terms of the agree-
ment: members of the bargain-
ing unit are to receive a lump
sum payment of $2,500 within
seven days of the signing of the
In addition, a number of
departments will receive salary
increases, effective May 1, 2006:
clerical computer operations
and technicians, office staff,
supervisors, and managers of
groups 1 and 2 will receive a 2.5
per cent salary increase
Labour trade and craft
group 3-8 will receive a 3 per
cent salary increase
Supervisor and Manager of
Labour Trade and Craft group

1-3 will receive a 3.5 salary
Both sides have also agreed
to have any other matters and
disputes conciliated by the
Department of Labbur. They
have also agreed to encourage
social dialogue between the
union and management, so that
disputes are resolved at the
negotiating tabie rather than
aired i public.
Mi Williams said the union
is pleased that negotiations are
complete. He said the union
accepted the terms which were
in the best interest of his mem-
bers and the public. He added
that proper relations are only
achieved through sensible and
reasonable dialogue and mutu-
al respect. He also encouraged
BEC's executive management
to consider the union as a part-
ner and not an adversary.
Mr Basden said he hoped
that the occasion would serve
as a springboard for further
work harmony. He said that as
BEC is a service based corpo-
ration it is essential that employ-
ees and management work to
carry out its mandate to stake-
Mr Peet added that the
agreement could not have come
at a better time as the holiday
season was approaching. He
said he doubted that the
Bahamian people would have
welcomed a distribution in pow-
er over Christmas.
He added that the experi-
ence over the past months has
proven how important it is to
SEE page 10

Students get into their rhythm dotc gn

expected for
$3.7bn West End

Ingraham calls for emphasis on
core skills at pre-school level

Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE emphasis needs to be
placed on providing Bahamian
children with core curriculum
skills at the pre-school level to
improve upon educational
results at the high school level,
according to Opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham.
However, Mr Ingraham
added that with the nature of
the BGSCE exams, grade aver-
ages in the vicinity of D-F aver-

age are to be expected.
"You have 50,000 students
all taking the same exam. When
you have that kind of situation
then the result will always be
below what you expected," he
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Ingraham said
that the charge that both the
PLP and-the FNM have failed
the Bahamian children in the
education field is "grossly
SEE page 10

* FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham

resort project
Tribune Freeport.
FREEPORT --Ginn Compa-
ny CEO Bobby'Ginn expects
to begin a multi-million dollar
sales marketing campaign some-
time next summer for the
launching of their $3.7 billion
West End resort project.
Mr Ginn, who on Friday
signed a heads of agreement
with government, revealed that
a $15 million marketing budget
is planned to promote the pro-
ject for the first year.
Prime Minister Perry Christie
and Mr.Ginn sealed the deal
for the acquisition and devel-
opment of almost 2,000 acres
of land at West End 'before
some 700 invited guests at the
signing ceremony in West End,
The project the largest ever
in the Bahamas and in the
region of thd Americas is
expected to revitalised the econ-
omy of West End and Grand
SEE page 10

Bahamas Dental


president: no
boycott planned
Tribune Staff Reporter
NO boycott of any kind has
- been planned. by the Bahamas
Dental Association, according
to BD'A president S Andre
Responding to an article in
Friday's Tribune, Dr Rollins dis-
tanced the association from sev-
eral BDA members who threat-.
ened to hold a boycott of all
dental services in response to
the appointment of Dr Mitchell
Lockhart as Director of Oral
Dr Rollins stated in a letter
that no boycott of any kind has
ever been discussed or planned
by the association.
Last week it was reported
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In defence of Bahamians

accepting royal honours

FATHER Sebastian Campbell
and his Heroes Day Commit-
tee have been campaigning vigorously
for years for institutionalised recognition
and memorialisation of Bahamian
national heroes. They have also advo-
cated the institution of a Bahamian sys-
tem of honours.
Many Bahamians support these
objectives. I was privileged to serve for
a short while on a committee appointed
by former Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham to make recommendations for the
establishment of a national honours sys-
tem. But the government did something
else, and as far as I know the committee
never completed its work.
Father Campbell and his colleagues
go further. They demand an immedi-
ate end to the system of honours we
now have and they berate those
Bahamians who have accepted honours
from the Queen.
Just recently, out-going Governor
General Dame Ivy Dumont held an
investiture at Government House when
decorations were conferred on Catholic
Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Baptist
Bishop Neil Ellis and Cultural Com-
mission chairman Winston.Saunders.
In an article in The Nassau Guardian,
December 8, Father Campbell launches
into a tirade condemning the existing
honours system and scolding these dis-
tinguished Bahamians for accepting
"... The colonial shackles were once
again imposed on the colonial subjects
of an imperial power," he says. "The
vestiges of slavery live!
"It is not right for any people's gov-
ernment to perpetuate this dishonour
in a supposedly sovereign nation. It's a
downright insult for us to accept medals
of honour from our colonial masters...
"No, Bishop Ellis, the colonial bag-
gage you guys received is not the peo-
ple's award aas you. asserted. It's the
award of an enslaving colonial master
who dehumanised us with the intolera-
ble burden of colonialism for hundreds
of years. We will not be fooled.
"We expected a liberating force to
be ushered into our mindset from the
Roman Catholic Church. However, this
was not forthcoming ...The good arch-
bishop allowed himself to be drawn into
the status quo so as to give public sanc-
tion to their paralytic state of national
"In the current list of honourees to be
dishonoured by the vestige of colonial
awards is Mr Winston Saunders, chair-
man of the national cultural develop-
ment commission."
After more such, including talk of
being "hoodwinked and misled", Father
Campbell invites the honourees to join
others, "great thinkers who have reject-
ed these compromising offers in the
past." This is an ill-considered attack
and a reflection on all who have
received awards from the Queen.

The views of those who have
refused to accept honours from
the Queen in the past are to be respect-
ed, of course. But the same respect is

Campbell judge Sir Lynden as being
enslaved by colonial shackles?
The late Sir Milo Butler fought
against racism and colonialism and
earned something approaching venera-
tion by thousands of Bahamians, includ-
ing Father Campbell. Would Father
Campbell accuse Sir Milo of being dis-
honoured because he not only accepted
a royal award but was the first Bahami-
an to be the personal representative of
Her Majesty?
Imperialism and colonialism areitwin
evils and, fortunately, the old-style ver-
sions of them have almost disappeared
from the globe. But genuinely unshack-
led and enlightened minds will recognise
that even in that dirty water there were
some babies worth saving.

In the Bahamas we were fortunate
to inhehit the concept of the rule
of law which, took bloody centuries to
bloom in Britain and is having a pro-
tracted and equally painful evolution
in many former colonial territories:
We also inherited parliamentary and
administrative institutions which are
much maligned by some but upon which
we have been able to build a flourishing
little democracy. This, too, took cen-
turies in Britain and is proving to be
difficult in many other former colonial
Through our former imperial masters
we also received the religion which is
still enthusiastically confessed by most
Bahamians. Father Campbell should
ponder the irony that the branch of the
Christian church of which he is a minis-
ter still bears the very name of the for-
mer imperial power!

Imperialism and colonialism are
twin evils and, fortunately, the
old-style versions of them have
almost disappeared from the globe.

due those who have a different per-
The late Sir Etienne Dupuch was
once a thorn in the side of Britain's
Colonial Office. So much so that a
British newspaper branded him "Rebel
in the Caribbean". Would Father Camp-
bell deny Sir Etienne the accolade of
"free thinker" because he accepted an
honour from the Queen?
The late Sir Lynden Pindling led the
country to majority rule and indepen-
dence and some refer to him as the
"father of the nation"'. Would Father

* When the Bahamas was about to
become independent, the constitution-
al fathers at a conference in London
agreed that this former colony should
become "a sovereign democratic state"
(Article 1); that its parliament should
consist of "Her Majesty, a Senate and a
House of Assembly" (Article 38), and
that "the executive authority of the
Bahamas is vested in Her Majesty"
(Article 71).
In other words, it was agreed that the
Queen would be the Head of State of
the Bahamas. That arrangement was

not forced on us by the imperial power.
It was the will of the Bahamian people
as expressed in a general election and it
will remain so until the Bahamian peo-
ple should direct otherwise. The
Bahamas is a monarchy.
After independence, the Bahamas
continued to use the system of royal
honours, and these are bestowed on
Bahamian citizens by the Head of State
of the Bahamas on the recommenda-
tion of the Government of the Bahamas.
I must concede, though, that the
Order of the British Empire is, in my
view, an anachronism that should have
been abolished or at least re-named
after the Empire became the Com-

I should like to say a few things to
Father Campbell that I suspect
others he has offended would also like
to say to him.
I do not consider that my mind has
ever been shackled by anyone or any-
thing, not by an honour nor the absence
of an honour, not by colonialism nor
by the enslavement of some of my
I am not hoodwinked nor misled by
honours and I do not have an identity
crisis. I know who and what I am as a
native Bahamian, a citizen of the world
and a child of God.
I am aware that many cultural and
historical influences have gone into my
making as a Bahamian and that those
influences have flowed from all parts
of the globe as well as from the island
where my navel string is buried.
(What a wonderful practice that was:
consigning one's navel string to the
ground instead of incinerating it with
the rest of the trash from the hospital!)
Many in my generation and the gen-
erations before contributed mightily to
the struggle against racism, colonialism
and imperialism. Those battles have
been largely won but the victories do
need to be consolidated.
I should like to invite Father Camp-
bell to join the struggle against today's
imperialism which takes many thr t-
ening forms:
The imperialism of religious intoler-
ance and bigotry of various kinds; the
imperialism of military power unre-
strained by the rule of law; the imperi-
alism of unfair trade and exploitation
parading as liberalised free trade; the
imperialism of subversive interference
in the affairs of countries struggling for
self-determination, and the imperial-
ism of greed which threatens the very
environment necessary for the survival
of life in these islands and on this plan-
I know Father Campbell has the
courage and the ability to oppose these
malign influences. That would be better
than berating compatriots who are just
as loyal and liberated as he is.

0 In brief

Woman dies
in hospital

Tribune Staff Reporter :
THE 51st homicide for the
year was recorded yesterday
morning when the victim of:a
shooting in November suc-
cumbed to her injuries in hos-
On November 7 Sandra
Williams, a 30-year-old;
Pinewood Gardens resident was.
gunned down attempting to
enter her home in the early
According to police reports,
Ms Williams arrived home
shortly after 4am with a male;
Inspector :Walter Evans;:
police press liaison, said the
male companion was
approached by the male shoot
er before he ran, leaving M9
Williams behind. : :
"The story has it that he-was
approached by another mal&
and he ran. As he ran he heard
some shots were fired," he said.,
Ms Williams was rushed to
hospital and was listed in seril-
ous condition until her death'
yesterday. The investigation
into the shooting continues.

Arrests on


of drugs


ON Saturday night around,
10.30pm a special team of offi-
cers made an arrest of a 27;p
year-old male and a 25-year-old
female, both of Stapelton Garj
The pair were in a car on
Malcolm Road east. Upon anrt
inspection of the car, police
allegedly found a small quanti.-
ty of drugs, a small scale an4.
more than $7,000 in cash. .
The officers thenwconducted a'
search of the couple's home,.
where they allegedly found 15
pounds of marijuana.

Man is


with drug


A 23-YEAR-OLD man of ,S
Alban's Drive was arraigeiedlir
the Magistrate's Court on lAru
possession charges yesterday -
One count stated that on SaqJ
urday December 10, .Maitland
Thompson was found in pos-
session of a quantity of maria
juana which authorities believed
he intended to supply to anroth,-
er. According to the proseciuq
tion the drugs amounted to 20
A second count stated that
Thompson, along with 22-year-
old Corey Walkes and 18-year-,
old Vincent Moxey, both of
Pinewood Gardens residents
were also found in possessionI
of marijuana. According to ,the
prosecution, the alleged amount
of drugs was Igram. ,
Thompson, whopleaded not
guilty to both.charges, was,
granted bail at $,10,000. ; .
Walkes and Moxey;,were
granted $5,000 bail each with,
one surety. The matter was,
adjourned to May 18,2006.

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Voter registration

increasing steadily,

says registry official

Chief Reporter
VOTER registration con-
tinues to be slow but is now
increasing consistently accord-
ing to Sherlyn Hall, the
Deputy Permanent Secretary
at the Parliamentary Registry.
"It has been going steady
and as of Friday, we have had
15,000 on the register but as
you can guess at this time of
year people are busy doing
other things," he said.
Mr Hall said that naturally
as the day of election draws
near there will be an increase
in registration.
"People usually have to get
excited before they go out to
register. After the conventions
there was a surge about a week
or two and it may pick up in
January of next year," he said.
On the partisan front, both
major parties at their conven-
tions in November announced
that they would be instituting
a voter drive.
In the meantime the FNM
has launched a series of ral-
lies in which they hope to
drum up excitement for their
bid to return to government,
in which they have criticised
the governing PLP on every-
thing from immigration issues
to the troubles in the educa-
tional system.
However, there is no plan
by the PLP to meet the FNM
with equal force on this front,
this according to PLP chair-
man Raynard Rigby.
"We are not going to be fol-
lowing the FNM. We are the
governing party and we are
secure in our majority. We will

* DESMOND Banister,
FNM chairman

be running on our record and
asking the people to give us a
second chance to complete the
great work we've started," he
The party, however, has
been monitoring the rallies
and has characterised the
statements made there as
"pure propaganda".
"No speaker has put forth
any sensible view nor have
they been able to give any evi-
dence of any wrongdoings by
this government; what they
have been focusing on is what
they did in their nine and a

half years," he said.
Meanwhile Desmond Ban-
nister, FNM chairman said that
in the new year the opposition
will start an aggressive voter
"We are starting in the new
year with the drive right now
we are focusing on our series.
of rallies and capitalising on
the enthusiasm we developed
at the conventions," Mr Ban-
nister said.
The rallies, Mr Bannister
said, have been attracting num-
bers indicative of those being
attracted in 1992.
"(The energy) is completely
different (from the 2002 cam-
paign) because there is a lot of
enthusiasm and persons volun-
teering to take a part in the ,,
activities of the party," the
FNM chairman said.
He also said that many per-
sons are surprised by the large
number of young persons who
are attending the rallies.
"People want accountability.
more than anything else and
they want leadership which is
straightforward with them and a
leader who proves real leader-
ship. That is the contrast
between Mr Ingraham and Mr
Christie and that is what people
want," Mr Bannister said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
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has discontinued its active
search for Jill Begora, the
59-year-old Canadian
woman who went missing
off a Royal Caribbean
cruise liner over the week-
Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigations (FBI) and US
Coast Guard officials are
investigating Mrs Begora's
"disappearance", and for
now are still looking into the
theory of her falling over-
board prior to docking at
Prince George's Dock in
Coming from Antigua,
Mrs Begora was onboard
the Royal Caribbean's Jew-
el of the Sea with her dentist
The ship docked at 11am,
and disembarked shortly
thereafter at 6pm. However,
according to the ship's log,
Mrs Begora never left the
According to a report
from local police officials,
her husband last saw her
around 8.30am that morn-
ing, when she left their cab-
in to get some more coffee.
As the ship would have
been relatively close to port
at that time, an extensive
search of the waters nearby
were conducted by US

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Who's really

playing the1

race card?

EDITOR, The Tribune

AS a Bahamian who has lived
abroad for the past two decades,
I may be somewhat out of
touch, but not by much. I use
the internet to stay abreast of
current events therefore I feel
qualified to comment on a top-
ical issue which can balloon into
an emotional firestorm to the
detriment of all. I speak of the
race issue in The Bahamas.
I find it absolutely amazing
that in 2005 when supporters of
the PLP refer to skin colour, it is
said that they are replaying the
race card; that they are being
divisive; that they are digging
up old bones from a bygone era.
Yet, the minute Brent Symon-
ette and Hubert Ingraham were
coronated by the FNM and
dubbed the salt and pepper
team, Michael Jackson's
"Ebony and Ivory" played in
the background: they passed
this off as being inclusive.
Black Bahamians cannot
allow themselves to be sucked
into the clutches of Utopia in
order to fulfil someone's politi-
cal agenda. The fact is the
Bahamas is still very much a
race-driven, colour conscious
If you doubt me, look at the
obituary pages of the newspa-
per: white people send their
loved ones to Pinder and Kemp
- exclusively.
If you don't believe me, check
out the Public Service. Why are
there virtually no white Police,
Defence, Prison, Immigration,
customs officers? Why are there
virtually no white Bahamian
teachers in the Public school
system? Why are there no white
Bahamian straw vendors, hotel
workers or taxi drivers? How
do you explain this? They can't
blame the "racist" PLP; the
FNM was in power for ten
If you don't believe me,
explain this: black Bahamians
spend millions of dollars with
Kelly's, John S George, Asa
Pritchard, et al. When was the
last time you saw a white
Bahamian shopping at Milo
Butler, eating at the Reef or
worshipping at Zion Baptist
Church? They want economic
inclusion but practice social
Frankly, from my standpoint,
the comments about Brent
Symonette from the PLP cannot
possibly be because he is a
white Bahamian. Edison Key
did rather well in the PLP, so
did Marvin Pinder, Jonathan
Simms and countless others.
Indeed, it is the PLP that to this

day owns the distinction of hav-
ing appointed the country's only
white Bahamian to the high
post of Governor General -
Sir Henry Taylor. So all the talk
about One Bahamas is just talk!
Talk to me about One
Bahamas when white Bahami-
ans participate in Junkanoo;
when they attend the Bahamas
Games; when they fly Bahama-
sair to Miami; when they patro-
nise Lil Generals; when:they go
to Fish Fry and when they'par-
ticipate in The Love games r all
of which have nothing to do
with the PLP. Talk to me about
One Bahamas when my son can
date Brent Symonette's daugh-
ter. That'll be the day.
Black Bahamians can be
duped if they wish. Trust me,
white Bahamians, by and large,
love you when you're spending
and when you are prepared to
give them their country back.
Other than that, they're not
checking. They have economic
power. We are where we are
today because we've held polit-
ical power. Give them the
whole hog if you wish. The
United States is over 200 years
old and a black Vice President
is unthinkable. What's our hur-
It took generations to dis-
mantle colonialism and genera-
tions to cast away tokenism. We
still wrestle with an entrenched
oligopoly. Therefore, for us to
believe that we can fuse togeth-
er One Bahamas in thirty years

is a pipe dream. Indeed, only
blacks want this Whitei doi
If white Bahamians nak-d:upI
less than 15 per cent of the ey00p
ulation but in 2005cofitrol 'ii
excess of 85 percent~obfI'th'
wealth, then obviously many
black Bahamians still feel that
white is right arid th ,lightWt
the better. Thiatis why they 'un
to City Lumber and JBk alf
week long and rushli td Haiihb-
and Cartwright's on St'Sidays
when the "fe'al"stres'"-r'e
closed. ThatisIlhy^l eIK
Bhhainians flck lto Kerittiky
but whites stay clearof 'B~Mii
boo Shack or Bertha's: That' isf
why blacks are *dyirig f6r lieir
children to go 6 St Andirew~
but white Bahamians birAdyi
send their childien)to SACG -
which has the best 'pasetsin''
national exams. %
The evidence is crystal clearY
White Bahamians, though not?
all of them, couldn't' stand
Hubert Ingraham as long as hel
was a PLP. The minute he'
became an FNM he was their
saviour come to save the!A
from the political governance
by black Bahamians. Never
mind that Ingraham, Tumquest
Foulkes et al are all black.
Somehow the white Bahamians
feel that with them in the vehi4
cle of power the white BahamiT
an would be behind the wheel!
That, my dear friends, is the
social psychology of racism in
The Bahamas.

University of California
December 9 2005

EDITOR, The Tribune

I DID not hesitate for a
second to put pen to paper to
write on an important politi-
cal matter in Exuma, that is,
the candidate the FNM will
put into nomination to con-
test the Exuma seat.
We in Exuma have watched
one of our very own grow and
develop into a fine young man
who is now interested in serv-
ing his people as a member of
parliament and he has been
working for several years
towards this end or should I
say all his life. This young man
did not have much as a young
boy but he was always very
mannerly and respectful. I.
have spoken with him on
many occasions on topical
issues and I am impressed
with his understanding and
appreciation of current issues.
This young Exumian is an
example of the product of
hard work and dedication.
During the last general
elections in 2002, there was
strong support throughout
Exuma for this young man to
seek the nomination for the
FNM. As I strongly believed
then as I do now, if this man
was the FNM's nominee, the
FNM would have had anoth-

er seat in parliament. I pray
that those same persons who'
supported him in 2002 would
step up in support of this out-
standing Exumian.
What I admire most about,
this man is his ability and ease
in which he relates to people
from all walks of life. He,
shows that no one is more or
less important than the next.,
Recently I asked him why,
he wants to get in politics with'
all the cutthroat deals taking
place. He smiled and said that
he strongly feels that God
made him to lead- a lifet'r.'O
vice to country. 4He 9l6,'id
that those trying to under-
mine him are only causing
him to become strdigefr 'id
more focused' ad he filfil i
calling in life. 'o
The man I speak 6f 'is Mtf
Anthony Musgrove. I hope
the FNM will dembnsttRie'
that it is a political p. tyf
determined to give Exti* i
quality represefittidii' by
nominating Mr Mus itiwvi
Mr Musgrove, you ha 'My
support and will get my vote.
My family and I pray for you
and wish you the best.

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ARAWAK Homes Limited
has announced the purchase of
a parcel of land in the
Yamacraw area of eastern New
A spokesman for the compa-
ny described the land as "strate-
gic,: because it is 105 acres in
size, because it includes about
2000 feet of shoreline and
because of its proximity to
upscale residential communities
like Port New Providence and
Bonita Bay."
The purchase was made via
a sister company, Luxury
Homes ;(Bahamas) Limited.
:The yendor was West Indian
Trading Company Limited.
Acting for, the .vendor was the
law firm of Higgs and Kelly.
The lapd planning for the.
West Bay. site has been com-
pleted and is projected to
include a, mixture of townhous-
es and waterfront estate lots.
The land planning for the
parcel at Yamacraw is in
progress. Provision is being
made for retail opportunities
along Yamacraw Road near St
Andrews School, "and a rich
variety of residential options
supported by amenities includ-
ing a private club-house and
tennis courts," the company

Miller to


price of


THE Tribune has learned
that Leslie Miller is to review
the price of propane gas after a
meeting with suppliers yester-
In the recent weeks there has
been a dispute between the
minister and suppliers over the
rising price of fuel.
Peter Adderley, spokesman
for the Prqpane Gas Retailers
Association, said he is confi-
dent, based on discussions with
Mr Miller, that the minister will
make every effort to strike a
balance for all parties.

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Gettig reay. fo JU""anl-,

N ST Thomas More is prepared for Bay Street

TAJIZ Ltd and the Junkanoo Corpo-
ration are offering a group system for this
year's Junkanoo tickets.
According to a release the pre-sale
arrangement is available from until
Wednesday, prior to the official begin-
ning of sales for the general public.
There is a 25-ticket minimum with a $5
service charge per ticket and payment
must be made by Wednesday.

* JUNIOR junkanoo tickets went on sale yesterday at the Sir Kendal Issacs Gym
(Photo: Felipn Major/Tribune Staff)

Tickets for the 2005 Boxing Day Parade
go on sale December 19:
Pricing is as follows:
Rawson Square North and South $75
Cabinet Parking $35
Charlotte Street Parliament North and
South $50
Frederick Street Charlotte North and
South $40
Kelly's Dock $20

City Parking $20
Rodney Bain Building $20
Tickets for the 2005 Jr Junkanoo Parade
already on sale, cost
Rawson Square $20
Charlotte Street $15
Frederick Street $10
Cabinet Parking $15
Tickets will be sold at the SirKcndal
Issacs Gym

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Police have arrested
two men in connection with
an armed robbery at Coral
Bay, where a man was alleged-
ly tied up, gagged and robbed
at gun point at his home.
The suspects aged 21 and
20 are from Freeport and
are presently assisting police
with their investigations into a
number of housebreakings
and criminal matters.
According to reports, a
male resident of Bran Close,
Coral Bay, returned home
around 3.45pm on Saturday
and found a man sitting in his
living room.
The man attempted to flee,
but fell and injured his foot.
At that point, a second man
armed with a handgun came
from the bedroom.
Both the gunman and his
accomplice led the man to the

Tribune Freeport Reporter
apprehended 21 suspected
illegal immigrants and a
Bahamian man onboard a 25-
foot vessel in the Grand
Lucayan Waterway near
Dover Sound.
Acting on a tip, officers of
the Marine Section of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force
went to the end of Grand
Bahama Highway around
2.45pm on Sunday.
While there, they observed
a closed-cabin vessel in the
waterway named Chiuaual -
Pompano Beach.
The captain of the vessel,
a 42-year-old man from Nas-
sau, was discovered onboard
with 21 Haitian nationals 13
men, seven women and one
The Haitians were handed
over to the Bahamas Immi-
gration Department for fur-
ther investigation and pro-
Grand Bahama Police
have arrested a Freeport man
in connection with three
shop-breakings at the Les

bedroom, where he was tied
up, gagged and blindfolded
with duct tape.
The culprits robbed the
man of his wallet, which
reportedly contained a Royal
Bank of Canada ATM card
and other items.
Inspector Loretta Mackey
said the men threatened to
kill their victim if he gave
them the wrong pin number
for the card.
After getting the codet.he
culprits took the keys to the
victim's Ford F-15Q truck and
fled the scene.
Inspector Mackey said the
victim was able to free himself
and call the police. He was
taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital and treated for
Meanwhile, police on patrol
spotted a vehicle fitting the
description of the victim's
stolen truck at the Royal
Bank of Canada on the Mall
Road and Explorer's Way.

Fountain Shopping Center -
where items worth a total of
$6,500 were allegedly stolen
last Thursday.
According to police reports,
the operator of Lucayan Meat
and Produce reported that
between 6.30pm on Decem-
ber 7, and 8.10am on Decem-
ber 8,: a person or persons
entered the establishment
through the roof and stole
$600 in cash: ""
Culprits also entered Can-
dy's Bar and Grill and
allegedly stole an assortment
of liquor valued at $893. The
officers who responded to the
scene recovered the bever-
ages in the bushes nearby.
At the same shopping cen-
ter, culprits allegedly entered
the One Stop Auto and Big
Cell Store and stole an assort-
ment of cellular telephones,
CD players, and telephone
cards together valued at
Inspector Loretta Mackey
said police have arrested and
taken into custody a male res-
ident of Adventurer's Way,
who is assisting them with
their investigations into the

Police approached the two
men, who they said were in the
process of using the com-
plainant's ATM card.
The men were arrested and
taken into custody.
Insp Mackey reported that
search warrants executed on the
homes of the two men led
police to the discovery of items
allegedly connected to previous
housebreaking cases.
"The officers from the uni-
formed branch artd detectives

must be commended for the
quick response, dissemination
of information and vigilance in
capturing the two men," she

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Prize awarded for top

Christmas decoration

A Tropical Angel bearing a
basket filled with nature's boun-
ty tops the extraordinary Christ-
mas tree that won the top spot
in the Bahamas@Sunrise fourth
annual Christmas Tree Deco-
rating Competition.
Samantha Moree, owner of
Something's Different Gourmet
Cookies and Gifts, won the con-
test during the live morning
television show.
"Replete with tropical fish,
cowbell-clanging flamingos,
Androsia-stuffed ornaments and
shortbread cookies, this one-of-
a-kind tree will serve as the cen-
trepiece of all Christmas deco-
rations on the Bahamas@Sun-
rise set for the remainder of the
season," the show's producers
said in a statement.

"This theme gave me an
opportunity to embrace what it
is to be Bahamian and origi-
nal," said Sam, who is also an
artist. "I was glad to be a part of
this and I'm thrilled to be the
This was Sam's third blue rib-
bon this month she won the
"Best in Christmas accessories"
and "Best in food" awards at
the Ministry of Tourism's
Authentically Bahamian Christ-
mas Craft Show on December 2.
Sam will receive gifts from
Estee Lauder/John Bull, Cost
Right, Fox Hill Nursery, the
Beauty Spot and SuperClubs
She will also take home a
fresh tree from the Ken Perigod
Christmas Tree Farm

* PICTURED are (1-r) RomauldFerreira and Gabriella Fraser, Bahamas@Sunrise hosts;
judge Adjouah Cleare of John Bull; Ms Moree; and judge Rowena Rolle, general manager of
the Authentically Bahamian Department of the Ministry of Tourism.

Rastafarian church

demands repatriation

* By FELICITY INGRAHAM ernment to facilitate the return
Tribune Staff Reporter ? of all willing slave descendants

A LOCAL Rastafarian
Church is calling on the gov-



Bronze, Gold,

Silver, Black,

Rosetta St.

to Africa.
Recognising World Human
Rights Day on December 10,



will be


Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

at 12:30p.m.

To celebrate their


Phone : 325 3336

SIn brief


'pomp and


HUBERT Ingraham, leader
of the FNM, accused the PLP
government of only being con-
cerned with "pomp and
pageantry" during the FNM's
rally in Abaco.
During a fiery speech to hun-
dreds of supporters, the former
prime minister promised North
Abaconiaris that "joy will
come" when the FNM rids the
country of the current govern-
ment "months from now".
"As the Good Book says,
'weeping endureth for a night
but joy cometh in the morning'.
And joy will come to North Aba-
co when we are rid of this gov-
ernment months from now. In
that new morning, a first order of
business then will be the neces-
sary upgrade and expansion of
the Treasure Cay Airport and
the return of Bahamasair flights
to Treasure Cay.
"After all, it's our tax dollars
which contribute to defray the
losses of the national airline.
The least we can expect in
return is service to our airport!
No, South Abaco won't be tak-
en in by tears from a prime min-
ister who deep-sixed Marsh
Harbour's airport terminal for
three years so that at this late
date he can come and promise
what he's going to do for Aba-
co," said Mr Ingraham.
Mr Ingraham asked for an
explanation of money borrowed
by government to build the new
terminal building.
"We want to know why this
government did not think it nec-
essary to award a contract for
the construction of the Marsh
Harbour terminal. We want to
know why this government was
willing to lose the deposit paid
on the ordered steel frame for
the terminal building rather
than proceed with the con-
struction of the building as
planned by us in 2002.
"I hope it's more than the
lame excuse I got from the Min-
ister of Transport (Glenys Han-
na-Martin). She saidjhe design
wasn't pretty. What frightens me
about this government is that its
primary concern is about style
and pageantry and ceremony;
pomp and circumstance over
hard work and substance. And
boy, you've had more than your
share of their ceremony," he
Mr Ingraham also criticised
the reopening ceremony of the
clinic at Dundas Town and the
"huge delegation" in atten-
"Remember the large group
they brought down to open the
clinic we'd built and that had
been in operation for two years
in Fox Town? Another cere-
mony! And then, there was the,
delegation that came down to
Crown Haven to open the one-
room police station.
"I believe they even brought
the police band that time."


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the Ethiopia Africa Black
International Congress
(EABIC) True Church of
Divine Salvation issued let-
ters to Queen Elizabeth,
Acting Governor General
Paul Adderley and Prime
Minister Perry Christie.
The letters call for "free-
dom, redemption and inter-
national repatriation".
The church's ambassador,
Priest Rithmond McKinney
stated: "On this December
10, Human Rights Day, we
are asking for the appropriate
steps to be taken in granting a
full freedom, with. trans-
portation, to return all slave
children to our original home-
land of Ethiopia, Africa.
"Such authority was giv-
en to you by the Abolition
Act of 1834 to 1838, which
gave the governor the
authority to seek the right
of such inhabitants."
Mr McKinney said his
group wants "true justice"
to be done in regard to the
Emancipation Proclamation
- which, he said, sought tob
grant all slave exiles the right
to repatriation.
"Twenty million sterling
was laid down to provide
ships to return all slave exiles
back home to Africa by
Queen Victoria," he said.
"History books tell us that
the funds were instead used
by the plantation owners,
who never gave the newly
freed slaves any funds.
"At the time of emanci-
pation, the slave population
in the Bahamas was about
70,000. The population is
now exceeding 300,000, and
all rights are guaranteed
through generations."
Mr McKinney said if the
EABIC does not get justice,
its members are prepared to
pursue the matter in court
or before the Privy Council.

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Candidates who meet the following minimum requirements
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over time

* A GROUP of 15 Jamaicans and Haitians were
charged with overstaying their allocated time in
the Bahamas yesterday. The eight men and seven
women were sentenced to pay a fine of $2,500 or
serve 24 months in prison. They appeared in Court
Six before Renae McKay. After the proceedings,
the foreign nationals were remanded into custody
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at bank in

fear as man

shouts abuse

at patron

ROYAL Bank of Canada
customers froze in fear when a
young man verbally attacked a
patronwho he thought was a
police officer.
According to a customer at
the Bay and Victoria Avenue
branch last week Friday, a man
was on his way out of the bank
when he stopped, retraced his
steps and started shouting at a
man in a striped shirt who was
in a queue.
The customer told The Tri-
bune that the young man shout-
ed obscenities at the man in
The customer said that the
man locked eyes with his
assailant and "did not utter a
word or look away during the
entire episode."
The customer recalled that
the young man shouted: "What
are you f... looking at me for?
Do you f... know me? Are you
f... CID? He's an f... CID, isn't
he? I don't want you looking at
me and then going to pull me
over in my car."
A number of customers melt-
ed into the background, others
stared straight ahead in fright,
while others watched mes-
merised as the scene unfolded,
the witness said.
According to the customer, a
security guard stood at the door
throughout the episode and did
nothing to interfere.
The customer added that a
man in blue fatigues carrying a
firearm, who seemed to be
either a policeman or armored
car guard, stood at the door
with the security guard and
The armed man walked over
to the young man and spoke
quietly, but the latter ignored
him and continued to shout at
the person he thought was a
CID officer, the customer said.
The young man told the
"CID officer" that the two of
them should go somewhere else
and "deal with it".
"He got right up in the man's
face. I was sure a fight was

going to break out. I was terri-
fied," said a customer.
The armed man continued to
talk quietly to the young man.
However, the young man even-
tually turned to leave, then
stopped and flung some mon-
ey on the floor.
The customer said he shout-
ed: "I don't want no f... Royal
Bank money", then scooped the
money up and marched out,
shouting profanities. The armed
man in the blue fatigues fol-
lowed him.
The customer indicated that a
number of witnesses com-
plained openly that the perpe-
trator's behaviour should not
have been tolerated.
"I was frightened. I was afraid
he was going to pull out a hand-
gun. You read about this type of
thing in the newspapers all the
time, and he was that type of
person. He had no respect for
authority and the sight of an
armed policeman, or armored
car guard, didn't intimidate him
in the slightest," said a witness.
"I'm a Bahamian and I was
scared. What if there was a
tourist in the bank? What would
they think?" another customer
When a customer asked the
security guard why he didn't
intervene, he replied that the
man had been in Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre.
"The banks should have
silent alarms that go to the
police station, or something.
This man was able to scare a
bank full of customers and walk
away in broad daylight without
facing the consequences. At the
very least, he was disturbing the
peace and assaulting a cus-
tomer. What about the cus-
tomers? Don't we have rights?
How could this happen in a
bank on Bay Street in broad
daylight?" asked a concerned
A representative of bank
branch in question said the
company had no comment on
the matter.

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IN 1962, Prime Minister
Alexander Bustamante
announced that Jamaica, fed up
with colonialism and tired of
the ill-fated Federation of the
West Indies, would "go it
alone" straight to outright inde-



pendence. In so doing, he set a
tone for the whole region, with
Trinidad, Guyana and Barba-
dos following in rapid succes-
Today, Jamaica is charting its
own independent course, han-
dling its own affairs and man-

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aging its own institutions. Well,
kind of. You see, with crime
now virtually out of control, and
politicians heavily compromised
and lacking any credibility in
their efforts to stop it, Jamaica
has just contracted the services
of a senior Scotland Yard offi-
cer to oversee the restoration
of law and order to the island.
Of course, the crime wave is
not exactly new. Halfway
through its independent history,
during the now infamous 1980
election campaign, Jamaica
earned itself a reputation for
political violence that it has nev-
er quite shaken. Back then,
politicians on both sides made
use of politicised gangsters, or
"edons", in winning hearts and
minds in the so-called "garri-
son" constituencies of urban
Today, the dons (some of
them still politically connected)
are a sad symbol of an inde-
pendent Jamaica. They control
a global drug trade, sending
forth cocaine-laden "emules"
to countries near and far. Their
reign has earned their country-
men the humiliation ofivisa
restrictions for travel even to
the UK (the ex-mother coun-
try) as well as the neighbour-
ing Cayman Islands, which were
once governed as part of
Jamaica and looked upon her
as a big sister colony.
That politicians are part of
the problem is obvious from the
continued attendance of senior
politicians at the lavish funer-
als of gunned-down underworld




figures from their urban con-
In the latest case, where the
murder victim was a widely-
known gay activist, politicians

on paper
means nothing
if a nation
guarantee the
safety of its
citizens and
the basic
integrity and
of its

clearly bear part of the respon-
sibility for adding to Jamaica's
notoriously homophobic popu-
lar culture. In the 1997 elections,
both prime ministerial con-

1935 2003

Lovingly remembered by his
wife, Marilyn; children, Sharon,
Dorothea, Tony, Antoinette,
Patricia, Juliet, Dorlan, Monica,
Livingston, Kenneth and
Claudine; his grandchildren,
r Donzel, Jamaal, Donnie, Jared,
Jillian, DJ, Dominic, Jermain,
D'Rain, Christopher, Daniel and
Dalaena; brother, Luther; sister,
Ardena; nieces, nephews, in-laws,
family and friends.

tenders engaged in underhand-
ed barbs about their opponent's
sexuality and supposed lack of

n a humiliating indictment
of Jamaica's ability to gov-
ern itself independently among
the sisterhood of civilised
nations, Mark Shields, the Scot-
land Yard detective brought in
to restore credibility to "inde-
pendent" Jamaica's police force,
now concedes that the once-
admired Jamaica Constabulary
cannot be trusted to investigate
the matter objectively without
significant outside assistance.
Meanwhile, in Trinidad and
Tobago, a wave of gun violence
and kidnapping has forced the
government of that oil-rich
Caribbean country to seek the
assistance of both British and
American law enforcement
Corruption within the police
force and at all levels of soci-
ety has given criminal gangs a
sense of impunity that govern-
ments, forever locked in their
myopic, race-based tribal poli-
tics, have been unable or unwill-
ing to confront.
So Trinidad, too, after more
than 40 years of independence,
has run humiliatingly back to
master, looking for help in run-
ning itself.
Independence on paper
means nothing if a nation can-
not guarantee the safety of its
citizens and the basic integrity
and "workability" of its institu-
tions. After a generation of
independence, those countries
that are serious about succeed-
ing have not only maintained
the integrity of their inherited
institutions, but have developed
and grown new ones, even bet-
ter suited to their independent
needs and circumstances.
Hence, Singapore has not
only managed to maintain the
law and order inherited from
British colonial rule, but has
substantially improved on it,
with its own model of develop-
ment and planning that is ide-
ally suited to an independent
city state.
This is why it has felt confi-
dent enough to depart from
British norms of the "rule of
law" and to develop its own,
shrugging off colonialist gripes
about its different cultural atti-
tude toward collective/individ-
ual rights. Singapore needs no
help to govern herself, and that
alone is her licence to tell the
world (colonial master includ-
ed) to push off.

M eanwhile, in the
case of both
Jamaica and Trinidad, after
more than 40 years of "going it
alone", neither has been able
even to maintain the effective-
ness and credibility of even
their primary institutions of
state order. Forget wars, insur-
gencies or foreign intrigues:
both have needed help in stay-
ing afloat under the pressures
of mere everyday criminality.
How sad!
Here in the Bahamas, our
problems are thankfully on a
very different scale than that of
our larger, more complex and
less affluent neighbours. How-

ever, on a number of questidis
of national importance,
Bahamian politicians have, like
their counterparts in the
Caribbean, shown a dangerous
tendency to place political expe-'
diency above the integrity,of
some of the institutions that we
inherited at independence. Two
areas, discrimination and the'
independence of the public ser-
vice, stand out.
Having begun independent
life with a partly discriminato-
ry constitution, our politicians
have shown little appetite for
confronting Christian bigotry
where it has (often) arisen.
State occasions, public educa-
tional institutions and "secu-
lar" events of all kinds have
come to resemble negro spiri-
tuals, while instances of out-
right discrimination (such as
against rastafarian students at
COB) have failed to attract the,
kind of condemnation that
they should in any civilised
country with a healthy civil
In terms of law and order,
while we have maintained a
fairly competent police force,
instances of overly deferential
treatment of political leaders
are still disturbingly common.
.Most recently, an apparently
overly eager member of the
Prime Minister's own police
detail was alleged to have
roughed-up a well known cam-
eraman at a rally.

S urprisingly, this kind of
behaviour became
endemic (and almost accept-
able) throughout the public ser-.
vice under the long, unbroken,
PLP government of 1967. o
1992. Political bias in carrying

While we have
maintained a
police force,
instances of
treatment of
political leaders
are still

out institutional duties was
something that affected institu-
tions ranging from the police to
the Broadcasting Corporation
and even BaTelCo.
While the jury is still out. 9n
the present Prime Minister''s
promise to end the patroQn
age/victimisation tendencies
within his own party, the legacy
of damage already done by hik
PLP predecessor is all around,
This columnist has had senior
civil servants contact him in a
somewhat menacing manner
after apparently slighting their
ministerial masters in this col-
It remains to be seen whether
we in the Bahamas will be let
down by our politicians to. the
point where, like Jamaica and
Trinidad, we need to call in help
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--Tribune Staff Reporter
oMEVMBERS of the Bahamas
D AthllAssociation are refut-
ingclaihis that their last meeting
was a calm and organised affair.
Ivt 'was reported in The Tri-
bInte'last week that at a recent
mrestiiAii of the association,
pandemoniumm broke out" in
respo~ise to the appointment of
DrtMitchell Lockart as Director
ofOOtalt Health at the Ministry
ofJ ae ilth.-, ,:, .
'An association member said
tie' majority of those present at,
Te.'sdty's meeting opposed the
reappiAtintent in e"rather pas-
sI.nitei ways' and that many:
feel Iheisr not qualified enough:
fbrtrheijob. -
' Md ibers .also' tlirbateined to
'h'o61d adbIyeodtt" and stop pro-;
viding dental services.-in-I:

response to the appointment.
In a letter to The Tribune,
BDA president Andre Rollins
said that at "no point during the
meeting was there any threat of
'pandemonium' or crisis," and
said it was unfortunate that The
Tribune report contained "the
kind of sensationalistic language
synonymous with tabloid jour- 0
Dr Rollins said: "The nature
of the discussion was, in fact,
healthy and constructive, in
large measure, as it demon-
strated the resolve of the mem-
bers to reverse a trend of apathy
toward the association shown
by many local dentists."
However, yesterday several
association members again
insisted that the meeting
descended into confusion.
.'Thatmeeting was not calm,
it was a crisismeeting. But it

was sad that we only had that
kind of turnout because of a cri-
sis like this," one member said.


While the members agreed
with Dr Rollins that a vote of
no confidence was not held at
the meeting, they said it was
agreed that members would
take a vote at the next meet-
"We did not get to do a vote
of no confidence, but we left
that meeting with the agree-
ment that next week a vote of
no confidence will be taken,"
one member said.
"That whole meeting was
passionate. Everyone was there
because they were concerned ..
. it was planned for us to dis-
cuss him, but we did not want to

do it behind his back, so it was
agreed that he would be there
to defend himself."
Responding to Dr Rollins'
statement that the association
as a body was not planning a
boycott, one member said: "No-
one said that the association
would have a boycott the sto-
ry was about some of its mem-
"This man's post may just
mainly affect the public sector,
but his decisions will also affect
the private sector, and that's

why so many people are con-
cerned. No-one ever said that
he represented the association,
no-one ever said that.
"Andre Rollins seems to
think that persons connected to
this issue are just speaking out
because of 'personal issues', but
what does he expect? If you do
not agree with something you
speak out about it and that's
what we are doing. It's that sim-
ple, because this is going to
affect people's lives and their

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- GpAresident of dentist

association refutes claims

of plan to stage boycott

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that some association members
W re threatening to cease pro-
MViing dental service in protest
dDr Lockhart's appointment.
_-Xour members contacted The
Tribune with their concerns.
t'aTn his letter, Dr Rollins con-
tends that the story was not
credible because he was not
contacted for a comment. How-
ever, numerous attempts were
made to contact Dr Rollins up
to press time on the day before
the story was published.
Dr Rollins also claimed that
the information in the story was
not factual, as "pandemonium"
did not break out at the,
He did, however, confirm
that some association members
are opposing Dr Lockhart's
"It is true that during the
!amas Dental Association's
meeting on December 6, one of
the topics discussed was the
Director of Oral Health (DOH)
post in the Ministry of Health,"
he said.
"While there were some in
attendance who expressed dis-
,is-faction with the perfor-
mance of Dr Lockhart in this
d acity, and opposition to his
r6-tent -re-selection to the post,
a H& point during the meeting
,MNSvote of no-confidence tak-
en to determine whether a
tijbotit)'f those in attendance
hfai'rd' 'the views of these few
ivhpssioned' persons.
'"Wihlfbtiit rs'uch a vote, the
as.6ciati6h would have no basis
wtjbn>vhich to even suggest any
ltif ddf boycott. Furthermore,
t.tbh-ja possibility Was never
e6vbhrdiscuisied," he said.
S'-tph6fhatte of the discussion
Wai, i`fifagct; healthy and con-

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structive, in large measure, as
it demonstrated the resolve of
the members to reverse a trend.
of apathy toward the associa-
tion shown by many local den-
tists," Dr Rollins added.
"This apathy is epitomised in
the fact that no previous objec-
tion was made regarding the
absence of a dentist on the sev-
en-member committee respon-
sible for selecting a candidate
to the post.


"This was also the case three
years ago during the previous
selection process,, and is cause
for 'concern, since :the' Direotdr
of Oral Health is responsible
for formulating dental policies
through his office in the Min-
istry of Health, which can both
directly and indirectly affect all
dentists, not only those work-
ing in the public health system."
According to Dr Rollins, the
purpose of the meeting was
therefore to rectify the situa-
tion as "a lack of effort on the
part of the association to ensure
the future inclusion of a dentist
in the decision of such applica-
tions would be both irresponsi-
ble and reckless."
"We therefore sought to raise
this issue at last week's meet-
ing, with the objective being to
begin the process of lobbying
for dental representation in this
and other matters which stand
to impact dentistry in our coun-
try," he said. "Hence we have
initiated the proper procedures
to provide for future represen-
tation in this regard."
Dr Rollins claimed that The
Tribune made no effort "to
determine whether any of the

sources used for the story
included some of the same per-
sons who also made application
for the position in question".
However, all the sources were
investigated and their credibili-
ty was verified.
"Without such investigation
on the part of Ms Minnis, (the
reporter) the reader is denied
the opportunity to decide for
himself whether the sources
may lack impartiality or objec-
tivity in this matter, due to a
conflict of interest," he said.
"In fact, it is no secret that
several of the persons who were
so vocal in their opposition to
Dr Lockhart have; persona!
gpevances witih, .hnTereforQe,
in the interests of.complete and
impartial disclosure, this point
deserves mentioning and should
have been researched by Ms
Dr Rollins further criticised
the sources for attacking Dr
Lockhart's qualifications.
"As for the assertion that Dr
Lockhart may not be qualified
for the post due to a lack of
training or experience in dental
administration, I suggest that
this contention be raised with
the Ministry of Health and those
on the selection committee.
"This would be the more
responsible course of action
rather than engaging in wild
speculation, fuelled by ques-
tionable sources, that only casts
aspersions on the credibility of
someone who was not even giv-
en the courtesy of proper jour-
nalistic procedure and due dili-
gence," he said.
"If such an effort had been
made, and the claims proven
accurate and credible, this
would have given the article the
merit that it lacks."

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End resort project

FROM page one
Bahama. It includes the con-
struction of 4,400 condomini-
um hotel units, 870 single-fam-
ily residential home sites, two
championship golf courses, two
large marinas, a casino, private
airport, and state of the art
Mr Ginn said site preparation
has started and is expected to
be completed in July. He added
that final building permits should
be granted by government with-
in the next 90 to 120 days.

"We will be restoring the
beach, cleaning up the land, and
debris at the old.Jack Tar Hotel.
By July next year we should be
completed with our work and
ready to begin extensive mar-
keting with our first event launch
here, and then we are planning
to start building."
Mr Ginn noted that an addi-
tional $5 to $6 million would be
invested in the branding of the
resort community at West End.
The Ginn Company is one of
the largest privately held real
estate development and man-

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agement firms in the southeast,
with nearly 30,000 acres of land
currently under development in
Florida, South Carolina, North
Carolina, Vermont, Colorado,
the Bahamas, and St Thomas
(US Virgin Islands).
The company's explosive
growth in recent years has
earned Mr Ginn recognition as
one of the leading developers of
high-end golf course communi-
ties in the US.
At West End, Mr Ginn 'said
designs for two golf courses -
each designed by golf greats
Arnold Palmer and Jack
Nicolas are half-way complet-
As an important component
of the project, he added that the
West End airport would be rede-
veloped to the tune of some $5
to $10 million.
"The bones of the old airport
are fantastic," said Mr Ginn.
"We plan to run it as a private
operation to support this pro-
"We plan to shorten the run-
way just a little bit, close down
the north/south runway and
leave open the east/west runway,
construct a new terminal build-
ing and refinish the runway with
a new surface," he said.
Although Grand Bahama was
hit by three major hurricanes
over the past year, Mr Ginn was
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resolve matters "in house"
rather than allow grievances
to affect the country.
All matters pending
before the Industrial Tri-
bunal regarding BEC will be
formally withdrawn Mr Peet
The safety of workers was
another issue, one that both
management and the union
promised to address in a
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the threat of hurricanes to the
"If you live on the US east-
coast and the Bahamas, you
need to move if you're worried
about hurricanes. It is a way of
life and it doesn't bother me a
bit. Hurricanes are part of liv-
ing in this part of the world.
He stressed that the island is
the most ideal place for a high-
end resort project.
"Grand Bahama is the gate-
way to the Bahamas and the
Caribbean. There is no other
island that can make that claim.

It is just 55 miles away from one
of the largest population in the
world," he said.
Mr Ginn's company has also
acquired property from the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
for a resort development pro-
ject in East Grand Bahama.
"This island is big enough and
the airlift and infrastructure is
already here. It got all the things
you have to have to service a
high-end resort," he said.
Prime Minister Christie urged
Bahamians to be ready to take
advantage of the "wonderful

opportunities" that would be
created as a result of the pro-
"This is the real message to
you there are thousands of
enterprising young Bahamians
who are looking to the new fron-
tier of development as they are
"You must be prepared, able,
willing and ready to take advan-
tage of these opportunities, he
said. Remember there are peo-
ple all over the world who have,
applied to Bobby Ginn for what
is going here."

FROM page one
The FNM leader was responding to criticism
levelled at both parties following the recent
report prepared by the Ministry of Education's
Testing and Evaluation Unit which showed
that students from public high schools in New
Providence who sat BGCSE exams in the sum-
mer in 2004 achieved a average grade of F+.
However, the Ministry of Education yester-
day said that the report did not accurately
reflect the results of the 2004 BGCSE exams.
"It appears that information printed in a
ministry of education confidential report has
been misconstrued by a researcher," a release
from the ministry said.
The ministry maintained that government
maintained schools in New Providence collec-
tively recorded as a mean grade of E in 2004.
"The statistics clearly shows that the overall
mean grade for government maintained schools
stood at an E+ and not F+ as reported in The
Tribune," it said.
Mr Ingraham pointed out that unlike other
countries, such as Cuba, students in the
Bahamas cannot specialise in different fields


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While Mr Ingraham conceded that much stfill
needs to be done to further perfect the counf-:
try's educational system, he emphasised that
"tremendous strides" have already been made-
to improve the nation's schools.
He said that the FNM did-a wonderfull
job during" their 10 years in office, and the"
PLP, in some cases, was able to follow that
He, however, criticised the current govern-
ment for allowing the Ministry of Education to
take "over more and more power" from school
The key to improving the education system
- which some critics have described as "dis-
turbing"- is providing all studernSt with,
"good head start" into primaryschiool, Mr;
Ingraham said.
"The difference with children of the middle
class is that these children can already re,a.
and count before they enter school at age five'.
he said.
Mr Ingraham said that an effort iovAn'6e60
to be made to have children of parents;from aili
walks of life familiar with their letters aid.,
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Reducation in

crime reported

in Exuma

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c-ORGE TOWN, Exuma -
THt' government says Exumi-
anskre enjoying a "drastic"
redi&Yiionin crime in thanks to.
strip gent law enforcement by
Suiintendent Willard Cun-
ning iam Sr and his dedicated
tea .
'"here is no room for crime
in Etiuma," said Supt Cunning-
hamq the former Road Traffic
chiK'for New Providence.
'"The police department will
dea 'with crime and its perpe-
traotrs vigorously. The criminal
ele-mient is definitely not wel-
comed here."
On Saturday, Supt Cunning-
hamir, now the officer-in-charge
of the Exuma and Ragged Island
district, and his second in com-
mand, Inspector Edgar Bain, led
a Walkabout to remind the busi-
ness community to be vigilant
as the holiday season draws near.
They also drew up a traffic
check around the Palm Bay
Resort to ensure that motorists
stay within the speed limit, espe-
cially in "hotel zones".
The officers also checked that
all 'vehicles were in a roadworthy
condition; that drivers and pas-
sengers were wearing seatbelts,
and'that drivers were not using
celltilar phones while driving.
This interaction between
community and police is a reg-
ular feature of Supt Cunning-
ham's new position. His team
has been conducting walkabouts
from Barretarre to Williams
Town and throughout the cays
since he was assigned to the dis-
trict last year.
The community policing team
is headed by Sergeant 1398 Per-
ry ,Williams and Woman
Reserve Inspector Barbara
"We want to be kept abreast
of whatever is going on in the
communities... and if there any
problems we want to know so
that we can immediately reme-
dy the situation," Supt Cun-
ningham said.
The officers have been well
received by local communities,

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during Saturday's traffic check
in George Town

* THERESA Glass McPhee (left) of Top and Bottom Marine
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season. Pictured from right are Superintendent Willard
Cunningham Sr, Sgt Perry Williams, and Reservist Insp Barbara

"Members of the public are
now coming forward to the
police with information because
they feel as though they are in
partnership with us now."
The result has been "a drastic
reduction in crime it Exuma
compared to last year. Things
are going very well.
"Therefore, these walkabouts
will continue through next year
to ensure that we continue to
have that support with the com-
munity at large."
One of the first things Supt
Cunningham did when he was
posted in Exuma last year was
to implement a'"vigorous" road
safety campaign.
"I saw there was a problem
on the streets with people dri-
ving dangerously. And so my
first goal was to bring order to
the streets of Exuma. Traffic vio-
lators were routinely reported.
"Last year there were twelve
accidents with serious injuries:
This year there are three so far.
Last year there were two traffic
fatalities. This year there are
"When we first came here
people use to overtake police
vehicles. Now they stay behind
us," said Supt Cunningham.
"So, the message is out there."
Road checks have also turned

up drugs, weapons, stolen
goods, wanted persons, illegal
immigrants, and a great deal of
intelligence, he said.
Development on the island,
spurred by the Four Seasons
Resort, has attracted people
from far and wide.
"We have persons in place to
ensure that we manage those
persons coming in so that they
would not cause.or bring any
crime in this area," Supt Cun-
ningham said.
He boasted that the Family
Island Regatta, the Exuma Her-
itage Festival, and other nation-
al and local shows held on the
island went off this year "with-
out 'a hitch."
"At the ports of entry we
gave out fliers outlining the
rules of the game," he said. "It
worked well for us."
Community policing also
interacts with tourists. "They
see Exuma as a paradise where
they can let their hair down and
enjoy themselves because this
is like a crime-free area," said
Supt Cunningham.
Added Insp Bain: "'.'If you talk
to tourists they will tell you how
wonderful it is, that they are not
being harassed by people beg-
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Entertainers lend

helping hand to

creek project

THE Millars Creek Preser-
vation Group opened it's first
annual, festival on Saturday,
December 10.
The event, held at Bacardi
Park on Carmichael.Road, fea-
tured a number of local enter-
tainers and dancers.
Millars Creek also welcomed
Florida's Mecca, aka Grimo a
popular rap artist, poet and now
budding actor to New Provi-
Proceeds from the event will
go towards cleaning up the once
beautiful creek, which is now
filled with debris.-
The. Millars Creek Group
enlisted the help of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Health
and several corporate sponsors
for what it described as is "mas-
sive project" which involves not
only cleaning up the creek but
also the flatlands just behind
the creek.
Many Bahamian artists were

willing to lend a hand in an
effort to heighten environmen-
tal awareness and beautify the
much neglected piece of land,
said the group in a press release.
"Caribbean Dancers, who
have been dazzling Bahamian
audiences for months now, was
happy to lend a hand for this
important project.
"Brooklyn-born Mecca was
also excited to come to Nassau
for such an occasion as this.
Mecca, who raps in Creole and
English, wowed the crowds on
hand with not only his rapping
skills but with his soul stirring
eloquent poetry about the plight
of Haitian people," the release
said. ..


In an interview shortly after
his performance, Mecca spoke
at length about his involvement

in heightening awareness about
this subject, the group said.
"He is working closely with
the Miami-Dade school system
and does regular talks at the
schools in the area trying to
bring about a change in the way
we view people from the first
independent black nation.
"He also speaks frequently
on self-esteem and (tries) to get
young persons to educate them-
selves as much as possible.
"In his own words we have
to educate our people,' because
an educated and informed per-
son makes better choices," the-
release said.
The group said Mecca also
spoke about the Creole hip-hopL.
movement, which is beginning
to attract a great deal of atten-
Mecca has collaborated with
many artists, including popular
Haitian artist Wyclef, and has
just completed work on the film'

* THE crowd enjoying the
show at Bacardi Park on

Kidnapping which was shot in
"He was quite overwhelmed
at the positive response that he
received from the Bahamian
people and promises to be back
very soon," the group said.
More about the project and
about Mecca can be found at: and;

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our tourism industry

Asian Americans are
being touted as "the ide-
al target" for Bahamas
and Caribbean tourism
industries, with higher
household incomes of any other ethnic
group and a special love of gambling.
Th ey are also concentrated in most of
the,.ain US "feeder" markets, including
NewYork, Boston, Chicago, Houston,
Dal's, Atlanta and Washington DC.
t he information is included in a survey
by tfe prominent advertising agency.
Kahn, and Lee, which also reveals that
90 pr cent of the Asian American pop-
ulation in the US is concentrated in the
top 20 states.
"Since Asian-Americans have, on

Asian Americans 'have higher household

incomes, special love for gambling'

average, the most affluent households in
the US, they are among the most attrac-
tive consumer audiences for marketers of
international travel products," says the
The group, which includes Chinese,
Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipinos and
Koreans, is according to Kang and Lee
- most likely to travel by air, use first or
business class and spend more on a per-

trip basis..
And, the agency says, their. vacation
preferences are tailor-made "for resorts
like the Bahamas, where gambling,
nightlife and shopping are key attrac-
With China's economic upsurge, more
and more top exotic resorts are looking
east for business growth. ,
But the United States itself has an eco-

nomically powerful Asian population
which is now being seen as one of the-
most desirable targets for any mid to
upscale destination.
Not 6nly are Asiafi Americans a size-
able population with future growth
prospects, they are educated, affluent
and reachable, says the agency.
And with-their high-spending habits
and love of gambling, they are custom-

made for places like Nassau and the
The study shows there are 11.9 mil-
lion Asian Americans in the US, more
than half of them in 'California, New
York and Texas.
In addition, they are the fastest grow-
ing racial group, with 49 per cent popu-
lation growth since 1990.
With median household income
($55,000) $9,000. a year ahead of non-
Hispanic whites, and 44 per cent of them
college graduates,.Asian Americans are
seen as a major focus of overseas tourism
Kang arid Lee say the group also shows
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On Friday past, I
attended the
induction cere-
mony of Ms
Walkine into the College of
The Bahamas Alumni Hall of
Ms Walkine joins Rev Neil
Ellis CMG, Mr Larry R. Gib-
son, Mrs Laura Pratt-Charlton,
and Ms Tanya McCartney as
We wish to salute Ms
Walkine, an accomplished
'daughter of the soil' whose
accomplishments and future
national contributions, I am
certain, will continue to make
us proud of this very special
Vernice has the distinction
of being the highest-ranking
female in- the. history of
Bahamian tourism, since
assuming the position of Direc-
tor General of the Ministry of
Tourism in the summer of
Mr Franklyn Wilson, COB's
council chairman, said: "As is
the case with alumni of other
colleges and universities, COB
graduates call public attention
to the excellence of the col-
lege's top product its gradu-
"They also demonstrate
clearly the extent to which the
college has influenced national
development by contributing
high quality personnel to just
about every sector of the econ-
omy and important spheres.of
civil society."
I could not agree more with
the sentiments expressed by Mr
Wilson and I wish to use
today's column to talk about
the importance of doing all we
can to ensure that COB suc-
ceeds in its quest to full uni-
versity status.
However6,before doing so,I
wish to transition my com-
ments from an earlier column.
On October 25, 2005, under the
caption Equal opportunities for
our brightest and best, I wrote:
"Annually our educational sys-
tem (both public and private)
produces some 5,000 graduates,
we are told. Maybe our nation-
al goal should be to produce
two per cent of our graduates
or 100 students annually with
International Baccalaureate
(IB) level qualifications by, say,
2008 growing to five per cent

by 2010 and 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
Well, I am happy to say that
in addition to St Andrew's, the
Lyford Cay School and the
Lucayan School in Freeport are
now offering a full IB pro-
gramme giving the country a
potential' of some 75-plus
spaces annually. I am certain
that in due course the Baptist,
Methodist, Catholic, Anglican
and other educational systems
will also provide additional
spaces. Finally, If the govern-
ment could step up, within the
next five years, with at least
one public school offering an
IB programme, our secondary
educational future will be
In addition to the above, and
equally as important, the
expansion of IB programmes
would give the University of
The Bahamas a home-grown,
high quality source of qualified
and motivated- potential
entrants from among whom it
can build world-class pro-
University of The Bahamas
While manyof our top stu-
dents will continue to go
abroad for their tertiary edu-
cation requirements, it is
absolutely essential that we
have a top quality tertiary
'Centre of Learning', here in
our homeland. This is the role
that the University of The
Bahamas must play.
In assuming this awesome
responsibility, the college is
aggressively constructing the
necessary infrastructure to
allow it to fulfil the important
mandate. The proposed Harry

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International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act (No.
45 of 2000), SOL CONSULTING LIMITED is in

The date of commencement of dissolution is 7th day of
November, 2005'.

Derek James Livingstone,
43 La Motte Street,
St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8SD

Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act (No.
45 of 2000), MAXELL OVERSEAS LTD. has been
dissolved and struck off the Register according to the
Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar General
on the 28th day of November, 2005.

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C Moore Library is a .most
essential piece of the:puzzlzj
that has to be put into plAce,;D
During the past year,t1rhave
personally visited niore thaifih
half dozen universities iin tht'
US and Canada. I can honestly.
say that the Chapters Booki
,store at COB is on par with
those found at major Nortl:
American institutions.
Additionally, dormitory facil,-
ities must be constructed as a.
matter of priority. The infusion
of more foreign students wilt
add to the educational experi,
I can personally attest to the
quality of faculty at COB and'
certainly ,say that I was well-
served. While there is so much
more to achieve, the institutions
certainly seems to be moving,
in the right direction.
History has shown that the.
contributions of independent
institutions of higher learning
have had a positive effect on
the development of civil soci-
ety, public policy formulation,
research, and training in not
only the communities that they
serve but the wider society.
One only needs to look, for
instance, at the national con-
tribution that the University of
the West Indies has made to
the wider Jamaican (Mona-
Campus), -Barbadian (Cave
Hill Campus) and Trinidadian
(St' Augustine Campus) soci-
eties respectiVely.
Finally, I wish to conclude,
by observing that the tenure o'f
Mr Franklyn Wilson as council
chair, while not 100 per cent
perfect, has been very effective
in infusing a new enthusiasm,
and a heightened sense of pur-
pose, coupled with tremendous
physical improvements into
our premier tertiary institution.
I say, well done Mr Chairman
and your management team.
Hopefully, very early in the
New Year, the position of pres-
ident will be filled, thus
enabling COB to n 6fif 1 ue't-
much-needed trek forward.
Until next week...
Larry R. Gibson, a chartered
financial analyst, is vice-presi-
dent pensions, Colonial Pen-
sions Services (Bahamais) Lii-
ited, a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Colonial Grouin /.fintd -
tional Ltd, which owp. 4taic
Medical Insurance Ltd and is a
major shareholder of Se'cUi.t
and General Insurance Co -
pany in The Bahliia m.1 '.
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those of the author and do not
necessarily represeq tfose of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subtidia ryind/or
affiliated companies1. 'Please
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The Clifton Heritage Authority is pleased to invite
tenders from suitably qualified companies to supply
the Authority with Security Services for the following


Interested companies can collect a specification
document from the Authority's administration building
located in the Collins House Complex, Shirley Street
and Collins Avenue, with entrance on Collins Avenue,
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00.p.m., Monday
through Friday.

Tender must be sealed in an envelope marked
delivered for the attention of:

Dr. Keith L. Tinker
The Clifton Heritage Authority
P.O. Box EE-15082
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: 325-1505

Bids should reach the Authority's Administrative
Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st,

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend a bid
opening on Thursday, 22nd December 2005 at 10:00
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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (4) (a), (b) and (c) of
the International Business Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that:
The date of commencement of the dissolution is the
7th December, A.D. 2005.
The liquidator is Cornell Rolle of Dupuch & Turnquest
& Co. 308 East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.



Our client, a trust company, is seeking applications for a Trust Manager.

The Trust Manager will have responsibility for a small portfolio of complex trust clients
,and will provide trust advice to trust officers/administrators.

Candidates should meet the following criteria:

ACIB &/or STEP Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree or higher in a related discipline from an accredited University
Minimum of five years experience in a bank and trust environment, preferably
at a management level with significant exposure to operations
Exposure to diverse risk management
Experience in managing complex trusts and developing fiduciary standards
Strong technical and managerial skills
Proficient in the use of the Microsoft range of applications
Expertise in current banking & trust legislation and regulations
Excellent written and oral skills
Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills
Team Player with the ability to add value and strength to the team and team goals
Honest, hardworking and ability to meet deadlines
Bahamian status required

The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting the successful
applicant's experience and qualifications, including a performance bonus, pension,
medical, dental & life insurance coverage.
Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before
December 21, 2005 to:

Mark E. Munnings
Deloitte & Touche
P. 0. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas




The Bahamas Maritime Authority is The Bahamas national agency that is responsible
for administering The Bahamas Shipping Register, which is currently the third
largest in the world. The Authority prides itself on high standards and the good
safety record of its fleet.

Applications are invited for technical positions to be based in London. The successful
candidates will be members of the Technical Department. The Technical Department
is responsible for all aspects related to ensuring the safety and security of Bahamas
registered ships and the protection of the marine environment, including providing
technical assistance to all the Authority's stakeholders.


Applicants for the post should be either a holder of seagoing Officer Certificate
of Competency issued under STCW or a qualified Naval Architect, and have
practical and theoretical knowledge of ships and maritime national and international
requirements. Applicants with other qualifications such as Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, marine inspection/surveying/auditing or other suitable maritime experience
may also be considered.


Applicants for the post should be highly organized with a good level of computer
literacy. A familiarity with the use of databases would be an advantage. The position
is ideally suited for a young person, who has some experience of the shipping and
wishes to broaden his/her knowledge.

Salary is negotiable, dependent on experience and qualification. Applicants are
invited to write in confidence, enclosing a copy of their CV, details of current salary
and copies of certificates to:-

by email:

by fax: +44-207-264-2595 or 242-394-3014

by post:

The Director
The Bahamas Maritime Authority
Latham House
16 Minories
London EC3N 1EH
England, UK


P 0 Box N-4679
Nassau, Bahamas

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the highest rates of entrepre-
neurial activity, with 893,000 busi-
nesses across the US and $302
billion in revenue, according to
1997 figures.
Thirty-five per cent of Asian
American households have
income above $75,000. That is
eight per cent more than non-His-
panic white households, which
rank second in the national table.
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traveller and spend more heavily
than other groups. The agency
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.73 Abaco Markets 1 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.169 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.25 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.25 10.25 0.00 1.456 0.340 7.0 3.32%
7.24 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.90 6.90 0.00 0.587 0.330 11.5 4.78%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.6 2.50%
1.80 1.27 Bahamas Waste 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.112 0.060 11.3 4.72%
1.20 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.070 0.040 15.7 3.64%
9.60 6.97 Cable Bahamas 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.9 2.50%
2.20 2.03 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.046 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.17 7.05 Commonwealth Bank 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.791 0.450 11.5 4.95%
2.50 1.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.17 2.17 0.00 0.429 0.000 5.1 0.00%
6.05 3.90 Famguard 6.05 6.05 0.00 0.428 0.240 12.7 3.97%
10.90 9.50 Finco 10.90 10.90 0.00 2,100 0.717 0.530 15.2 4.86%
10.05 7.45 FirstCaribbean 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.9 3.78%
10.00 8.00 Focol 10.00 10.00 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.0 5.00%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 10.15 9.95 -0.20 1,500 0.526 0.405 15.1 5.43%
8.75 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 0.526 0.560 16.6 6.40%
6.75 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.72 6.75 0.03 0.138 0.000 48.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 11.00 1.768 0.960 7.5 6.98%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funvdsss
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %/
1.2593 1.1913 Colina Money Market Fund 1.259334*
2.4766 2.0704 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4766 **
10.6711 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.6711*
2.2754 2,1675 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.275422"
1.1406 1.0755 Colina Bond Fund 1.140599."

BISX ALL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
- AS AT AUG. 10, 2005/ AS AT OCT. 31, 2005
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Minimum 1-year supervisory experience and ability to
trouble shoot electronic equipment.

Previous customer service experience is a plus.

Interested persons must be able to work shifts between
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and holidays.

Interested persons should submit a resume with
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School is expanding, and we need a dedicated teacher
with special education experience to
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FORMER basketball standout
Linda Davis has been selected as
the interim chairman of the steer-
ing committee of the New Provi-
dence Women's Basketball Coach-
es Association.
Even since the formation of the
league three years ago, there's
been some talk about the forma-
tion of the association and on Sat-
urday during a special call meeting
of coaches in the league, it finally
became a reality.
Joining Davis are Mario Bow-
leg, coach of the first year Sun-
shine Auto Cheetahs, as deputy
chairman; Sharon 'the General'
Storr of the Cleaning Center
Angels, as secretary and Sharelle
Cash, of the Junior All-Stars, as
assistant secretary.
Serving as an ex-officio member
is Kimberley Rolle, the president
of the league.
Selected as advisors are Antho-
ny Swaby, vice president of the
league; John Todd of the Johnson
Lady Truckers and the Bahamas
Basketball Federation.
Jeannie Minus, coach of the


basketball role

New Providence Women's Basketball

Coaches Association becomes a reality

Johnson Lady Truckers and Fred-
die Brown, coach of the Defence
Force Bluewaves, are the direc-
Davis, who coaches the College
of the Bahamas Lady Caribs, said
she's excited about the direction
the league will take on and she's
happy to be in the position that
she's in.
"We talked a bit about how we
would like to include the high
school and primary school coaches,
independently and publicly,". Davis
"If we are going to build the pro-
gramme, we have to build it from
the ground up, so we are pretty
excited about it and we will be
doing a lot of things in the future."
Not only will the association
serve as the voice for women's bas-
ketball, but Davis said they will
serve as a medium in which to per-
fect their skills and work in uni-
son with all of the leagues.
"I think the women's basketball
league has a good thing going here
and, if we are smart as coaches, we

will support that and try to work
with both the Ministry of Educa-
tion and Sports to bring about a
better working relationship," she
"Additionally, we also want to
work with the College of the
Bahamas as the tertiary institution
in the Bahamas to further foster
and create some more excitement
in the sport."
Already, the new body has their
hands full trying to ratify the con-
stitution and by-laws that will gov-
ern the association.
Davis, however, said that while
they will work closely with the
BBF and the NPWBA, they also
intend to spread their wings and
be associated with similar wom-
en's coaching associations in Cana-
da and the United States.
"The possibilities are endless,"
she summed up. "But we will try to
put the organisation together first
and then try to see how many peo-
ple we can include before we start
to branch out on the international

LINDA DAVIS has been selected as the interim chairman of,
the steering committee of the New Providence Women's Basketball
Coaches Association.

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THE Mount Carmel Cava-
liers primary school boys pulled
off the biggest surprise win so
far in the 21st annual Father
Marcian Peters Invitational
Basketball tournament yester-
day evening.
The Cavaliers headed into
their doubleheader schedule
with tired legs, but were well
aware of what they needed to
do in order to remain ini the
event. Facing off with the CW
Saunders Cougars, the Cava-
liers convincingly wontheir sec-
ond game on the evening 18-6.
Their first game, played
against the Faith Temple War-
riors, went down to the wire
with the Warriors beating the
Cavaliers 20-17.
The three opportunities the
Cavaliers had to send the game
into overtime were missed, two
of the balls were stolen by War-
riors' Mikhail Rolle, while the
other shot rimmed out.
Rolle became the go to man
for the Warriors after the Cav-
aliers started to close a four
point lead in the fourth.
A turn around jumper by
him was converted into a suc-
cessful three point play. But
Cavaliers' Elrod Munnings
came back with an answer of
his own.
Munnings'bout dribbled the
entire Warriors' defence t5 net
a jumper. Then, determined to
assist his team for the win, he
headed to the baseline to pick-
off the inbound pass.

Noting that he Was the only
member of his squad down on
the offensive end, Munnings
worked the ball to the top .of
the paint, giving it up to Alcott
The pass caught Fox cutting
through the middle for the lay-
up. Cavaliers were down by
two points with less than two
minutes remaining in the game.
The Warriors weren't ready
to throw away a game they had
control of from the opening tip,
so the team headed to the
bench to quickly think of a way
to stop the Cavaliers' run.
With time on their hands,
Rolle became the key person
around the Warriors' defence.
Cavaliers head coach
Alexander Thorniel called for
the double team on Rolle, free-
ing-up Shane Saunders.
The time-out had placed the
ball on the half court line and
Rolle was pinned to the base-
line by two of the Cavaliers'
best defensive players.
But Saunders sliced through
the defence and darted through

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with surprise

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the lane. The fast play forced
the defensive players who were
guarding Rolle to abandon
him, leaving room for Saunders
to pass the ball off. R.

olle connected with the base-
line lay-up, and the Warriors
head coach signalled to the
team to back off with their

Cavaliers tried to reply.buit
Rolle picked off the guard,
With time running out, the
Warriors tried to convert on

.the two stolen balls but missed
the two jump shots. .
The Cavaliers had ten niin-
utes to rest up before hitting
the court against the Cougars.

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Thisgame would be the do-
or-die game for the Cavaliers:
The ,win would give them a
day-off from the tournament,
while a loss would have forced
them to play a third game that
Leading, all scorers in the
game was Rolle with 12 points',
his teammate Saunders chipped
in with six points. For the CGaV
aliers, Munnings finished up
with seven points while Fot
Weighing out his options,
coach Thorniel said he was
more than happy to stress th,
importance of a win for the
Thorniel explained that a
pep-talk to his squad would
have been the only thing to
help them regain focus, stating
that the defeat to the Warriors
was crucial.

Important %
He said: "It feels very good
to come back and take this'
game, this was a very impor-
tant game for my team and
they prevailed."
"The loss to Faith Tempfle
earlier was crucial, but we were
able to make the necessary
adjustments needed to defeat
CW Saunders.
"After losing the game I had
to encourage the team, they
were feeling a little down, and I
knew that would play a big fac-
tor in their play:So I told them
to just let that particular game
stay behind us and play the
type ball we know and that's
what we did."
The Cavaliers had held ie
Cougars to just two points in
the first half. The'defence Jhe
team lacked in the first ga
..... came shining through.
Their offensive game had
turned. around from the first
game and, according to.: ti.
head coach, the shot selections
were better.
He said: "In this game we
were able to handle and pas
.the ball better and I was very
impressed with that.
"Even their shot selection
was good.
"They made great attempts
to score, some which rimmed
out, but we got a few luck)rols
so I can't complain. .
"Since we. don't krow who
we are going to play after this I
just want them to continue
playing the same style of bas-
ketball. I know as long as we
play good basketball and our
shot selection continues to
improve we will be able to win
other games. .
The tournament welcomed
the teams from the Family
Islands yesterday, .play acti6n
for majority of these teams will
begin today at 1pm.


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B A H A M 1 A N


Making the feminine voice

heard in Bahamianfilm

WHILE men in the
Bahamas, the likes of Celi
Moss, founder of The
Bahamas Film Festival
(TBFF), Utah Taylor, and
Kevin Taylor, whose film,
'Chu Chu Meets Marvelous',
was showcased during last
week's Bahamas Internation- -
al Film Festival (BIFF), are
all channeling their creative
energy into telling authentic
Bahamian stories from a
males perspective, the ques-
lion can be asked where are
the women?
The handful women who
are involved in the industry
say that it is important for oth-
er Bahamian women to gain
an interest in making the fem-
inine voice heard loud and
clear in the Bahamian film
market as well as looking at
international outlets.
Take Maria Govan for
example, The film maker has
completed various documen-
taries with the most recent, a
story about HIV/AIDS, fea-
tured at last year's BIFF.
She is now in the pre-pro-
duction stage of her first fea-
ture film, 'Rain', a fictional
narrative that tells the story
of a young Bahamian woman
who moves from Cat Island
to Nassau, encountering sev-
eral challenges along.the way.
It's a story that anyone can
identify with, but the details,
the film maker noted, give this
story its authentic Bahamian

Speaking generally about
her plot, Ms Govan told Tri-
bune Woman: "It is sought of
about when life breaks you
clown, do you become just a*
part of that destructive psy-
che or do you root yourself'
and transcend the environ-
ment you are in...its a friggin
awesome story arid not'
because I wrote it, but I think
that it's creative and rich visu-
Govan also pointed out that
her story goes beyond the
familiar territory of sun, sand
and sea and exposes some of.
the hypocrisy of Bahamian
With the release of 'How
Stella Got Her Groove Back',
an American film that tried
its best to paint a picture of
life in the Caribbean, but did-
n't come close enough, even
'After the Sunset', which was
filmed in the Bahamas and
attempted to offer a glimpse
into life on paradise, fell short
with its botched Bahamian .
ccents, it is apparent, said the
ilm maker, that Caribbean

won't buy into the idea that
the colour of her skin some-
how impacts or impedes her
ability to tell a story, because
the Bahamian story, the story
of a Bahamian woman, goes
beyond that. She has a right,
she added, to tell that story.
"When you sit in a dark

expensive Bahamian films,
with a $2 million budget, but
Govan doesn't want a "half-
assed job", she told Tribune
Woman. She sees her work as
having the potential to reach
international film festivals, like
the Cannes Film Festival or
Sufidance, where she can

"It's time for us Caribbean
people, as Caribbean women,
to tell our story because it is a
completely virginal landscape.
It will stand out in a theatre."

Film maker Maria Govan

room and you watch a film,
it's that feeling of objectivity,
you are able to see yourself
for who you really are. I think
this is going to be a very inter-
esting film on that level. I-do
think it speaks to some very
important issues that this
country faces. There is an ele-
ment of the church, of spiri-
tuality and how it operates to
your disadvantage or advan-
"Women, particularly young
women in this country, are
sort of disempowered which
is why we have a higher rate
of HIV, lots of young preg-
nancies. So I think its a really
important film."
Her upcoming film, Rain,'is
probably one of.the most

obtain major distribution for
her work.
Govan was among six other
Bahamian film makers, includ-
ing Moya Thompson, accept-
ed into the Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival Residency
programme, where they got
an opportunity to pitch their
plots and treatments to
Leslie Vanderpool, Bahami-
an actress and founder of
BIFF, a young woman herself,
told Tribune Woman that in
the production of the festival,
there have been people who
have told her that a young
person, niuch less a woman,
.has no place trying to create a

,SEE page two-

* MARIA GOVAN is now in pre-production with her first feature film, 'Rain'.

people need to tell their own
stories. They need to lend
their talents to the silver
screen so that maybe, some-
where along the line, an
authentic Bahamian story will
finally be heard.
"And we as women and as
Caribbean people have such
an opportunity because this
part of Bahamian life has nev-
er been seen cinematically.
This story has never been told.
I haven't seen a Caribbean
movie.go far, other than 'How
Stella Got Her Groove Back'
that is some film .where an
outsider comes in and actual-
ly tries'to tell a story that isn't
even true to Jamaican," said
the film maker.
"It's time for us Caribbean
people, as Caribbean women,
to tell our story-because it is a
completely virginal landscape.-
It will stand out in a theatre.
'Rain' will pop," said Govan
with a snap of the finger,

"because instantly it has a
The inspiration for Rain, a
two-hour film that not only
looks at the young woman's
life, but is also a discussion of
Bahamian society, came as
Govan spent time in a "crack
house over the Hill", following
one of the subjects of her
HIV/AIDS documentary.
'Glass', an AIDS patient, end-
ed up slipping back into a drug
habit at some point during the
three years that Govan
tracked her life.

"As I was in that environ-
ment it was clear to me that it
was such a complex world and
it has been so misrepresented
on so maiiy levels.
"I would say that just being
in that world, among those
people, it felt inspiring to me,"

she told Tribune Woman.
Stories like this one, which
focus on women being por-
trayed on film as more than,
sex objects, are what is needed
in an industry that ofteh
degrades in its portrayal of
women on screen. As one who
describes herself as feminist
in the best way possible,
meaning that she is a propo-
nent for the empowerment of
women, Govan believes that
there needs to be more
women writing scripts, being
in the director's chair and
being behind the camera, only
then will there be a gradual
change in the way women are
portrayed on film.
As a white woman though,
she notes that many may view
her as a "white, privileged
Bahamian woman". Govan
resists this perception and
argues however, that film is
such a magical and powerful
medium of the times that she



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film festival.
"But I'm kind of like the horse and buggy on
the streets that have the blinders on...I'm
focused," she told Tribune Woman. "If any-
body is focused, no matter what it takes, you're
driven to do it and I think women need to take
that approach to what they do."
Speaking to what seems to be a shortage of
Bahamian women going into the production of
films, Ms Vanderpool believes that many
women are interested, but do not have the
means to bring their dreams to fruition.
Said the founder: "A lot of women out there
have great ideas, but they don't know how to
get those ideas on film, but it is still important
to tell their stories. Anything told about some-
one personally, should be told by that person

personally, that's how you get that story across'.
"I think that we as Bahamian people need to-
start telling our stories and sharing who.,we.
are because we are good folk tellers and;It
its important to maintain that. My gran dfa-
ther's generation had that, but I think that We
are losing a lot of that. We are telling people to
tell our stories and women in the Bahamas
have an advantage because we are'so frwl4
moving with our ideas."
BIFF however, is one of a few local foruthms
that does provide an opportunity for wo6hein-'
and all Bahamians to receive the training in-de'
essary to get their film goals realised. :.
"This is a festival that creates those oppor-
tunities, that gets people together to network..J,
am trying to get people connected, I'm a con-
nector that's what you can call it. It just hap-
pens to be a woman's body," said Ms Vander-
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Okay, now, it's Christmas time! I
ga mash, buoy, cause plenty food ga
be 'round! I can't wait for my mother to
bake her ham and turkey with stuff-
ing, my auntie slammin' fruit cake,
pound cake, carrot cake and I wouldn't
talk 'bout cheese cake and I know my
boys ga have all the drinks! Buoy, half
my plate is have on meat and the other
part is be peas 'n' rice and macaroni
and for dessert I is have a big plate a
cake! My mouth watering right now! I
can' wait!
Yes, Christmas time is
here again! Tis the sea-
son of ham, turkey,
cakes, pies and eggnog.
Tis the season of
expanding waistlines and other body
Last week we gave you some prac-
tical ways of how to avoid putting on
the unnecessary pounds during this
Christmas season. This week we will
focus on serving and portion sizes.
"A "serving". size is a unit of mea-
surement based on nutrition needs. A
."portion" can be thought of as the
amount of a specific food a person
eats for meals, snacks or other eating
One way to avoid an expanding
waistline is to watch our serving sizes
and portion of foods. Remember that
the whole idea is energy control or
balance. To gain one pound we have to
eat 3,500 kcal and to loose one pound
we need to burn 3,500 kcal. There-

fore, if we want to maintain our weight
or not gain additional weight, we have
to watch the caloric content of our
food and drink and exercise.
What foods do we tehd to "mash"
more? The foods fat, sugar and
salt, such as fried chicken, macaroni &
cheese, cakes, pies, chips, cookies,
eggnog, ham etc. We're not saying that
you shouldn't eat these foods, but
please eat them in absolute modera-
tion small portion sizes.
How much should we eat? Below
are the recommended daily serving
sizes. For example, an adult should
have between six and eleven servings
of carbohydrates daily. These servings
should be spread throughout the day
at various meals.
Additionally, the number of serv-
ings a person needs depends on age,
gender, physical activity level, appetite
and weight loss or weight gain goals.
The .more active you are the more
food you need. So when you are taking
up your food, have these mental
images of serving sizes in your head:
Carbohydrates/Starches (bread, rice,
cereal, pasta, potato, cassava, crack-
ers etc.)
This group should form the basis of
our diet. Try to include more whole
grains like oats, whole wheat bread
and brown rice.

Children: 4 -5 servings

Adolescents: 5 -7 servings
Adults: 6 11 servings
A serving is:
1 slice of bread
1/2 hotdog roll, hamburger bun,
English muffin
8 animal crackers
3 graham crackers
3 cream crackers (2 inch square)
1 biscuit
1 small piece of cornbread, banana
1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, grits,
pasta, macaroni, spaghetti, sweet pota-
to, corn, mashed potato, plantain
3 oz potatoes
1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal (this is
1/2 cup to 1 cup)
1 serving = size of your fist
Size of CD = one serving of pancake
or small waffle.
Vegetables and Fruits
Children: 2 3 servings
Adolescents: 3 4 servings
Adults: 3 5 servings
Children: 1- 2 servings
Adolescents: 2 3 servings
Adults: 2 4 servings
A serving is:
1/2 cup carrots
1 medium orange, apple, or banana
(size of a tennis ball)
1/2 grapefruit
1/2 cup of juice
3/4 cup vegetable juice

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1 cup raw leafy vegetables
1/4 cup raisins
17 small grapes, 10 big grapes
1 cup, 1 slice cubed melons (can-
taloupe, watermelon)
1 serving = medium apple or orange
(the size of a tennis ball).
Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Beans,
Peas and Meat Alternatives
Eat more poultry and fish rather
than red meats.
Children: 3 4 servings daily
Adolescents: 2 3 servings
Adults: 2-3 servings
A serving is:
2 3 oz of lean cooked meat, poul-
try, or fish (weight without the bone)
1 medium egg
1 cup of cooked dry beans or peas
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
A small handful of nuts
10 peanuts
1/4 pound hamburger patty
1 serving = a deck of cards, your

palm (minus the fingers), a computer
Dairy Products
Choose low fat milk and yogurt.
Children: 2 servings
Adolescents: 3 servings
Adults: 2 3 servings
A serving is:
1 cup of buttermilk or whole milk
1/2.cup of dry milk
1/2 1 ounce of cheese
1 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup of ice cream
Drink at least five to eight eight-
ounce cups everyday. How to know if
you are getting enough water? Your
urine should have a pale colour, not
yellow or gold.
Fat (butter, margarine, mayo, cook-

SEE page 4C

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Serving and portion sizes

FROM page 3C

ing oil), Salt (table salt, salted
foods) and Sugar (candies,
Choose and eat foods that
are low in fat, salt and sugar.
Try to include more plant oils
(corn, olive, canola etc.) in your
diet. Use cooking methods that
require little or no fat such as
baking and boiling. Use more

herbs as seasonings and satisfy
your sweet tooth with dried
fruits and limit your intake of
foods like candies, cakes, cook-
ies and biscuits.
1 serving = 1 tablespoon
1 serving = 2 thumb tips
Alcoholic beverages:
A serving is:
12 oz of beer
4 oz of wine

12 oz of a wine cooler
1.25 oz of distilled liquor
(vodka, whiskey, gin, etc.).
Women: 1 serving
Men: 2 servings
If you are confused about all
this jargon about serving and
portion sizes, here is a simpler
way or guide to healthy eating.
When you take up your food,
here is how to fix the perfect


* IT is recommended that children have two to three daily
servings of fruits and vegetables.
(FILE photo)

1/2 vegetables (non-starchy
- lettuce, cabbage, carrots,
tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli,
spinach, beets etc.)
1/4 starch (rice, pasta, bread,
potato, corn, plantain, cassava,
sweet potato etc.)
1/4 proteins (fish, poultry,
meat, tofu, cheese, beans, peas,
nuts etc.)
I know you're saying, "Boy,
they gat to be joking! That little
bit a food can' full me!" Oh,
what a wrong concept we have
of the amount of food we
should eat. We think that it is so
normal to eat a big plate of peas
'n' rice, macaroni & cheese,
coleslaw, fried plantain and
fried chicken at one sitting. This
is simply overeating, gluttony.
How can you tell if you're eat-
ing or have eaten too much?
Take a good look at yourself
preferably in a full length mir-
ror and with little or no clothes
on. Do you see any excess fat,
love handles, protruding stom-
ach, heavy hips and thighs, big
arms and lots of stretch marks?
Okay, these represent all the
excess food we have eaten.
We actually think our bod-
ies need a lot of food, but not
the amount a lot of us consume
on a daily basis. All of the
excess, food we eat is converted
to fat and this fat in excess leads
to us becoming overweight and
obese, and it makes us sick!
Here are some other ways

you can develop and maintain
proper serving sizes and por-
tion control:
Use smaller plates at meals.
Serve food in the appropriate
serving sizes and don't go back
for seconds.
Never eat out of the bag or
carton. Take out some and leave
the rest for another time.
Beware of "mini-snacks" -
tiny crackers? cookies, pretzels.
Most people end up eating more
than they realise, and the calo-
ries add up.
Choose foods packaged in
individual serving sizes.
Don't "supersize" your meals.
Eat slowly. It allows you time
to feel full so you won't be as
tempted to heap on a second
Learn to read food labels.
Pay attention to the number of
servings contained in the pack-
age, then note the calorie and
fat content per serving.
Obey your body signals -
when your brain sends the stop
signal don't override it.
Just because a lot of food will
be around this season doesn't
means we must eat everything
in sight. Let us exercise some
self control and choose/eat only
the amount of food our bodies
really need. Let's not dig our
grave with our teeth.
Provided by Adelma Penn,
Camelta Barnes and Shandera
Smith, Nutritionists from the
Department of Public / Health
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Central Animal Hospital

ONE of the most common, yet
preventable health care problems
seen in our pet population today is
obesity. It is preventable because
we control what and how much
our pets eat. The execution of this
control, however, is a matter of
self discipline on your part and
therein lies the problem.
Few of us can resist that "I'm
starving" look, and, oh how we
enjoy watching our pets gobble
down a tasty morsel. We love our
pets and reward them with food
for the happiness they bring us,
but literally we are killing them
with kindness.
Obesity is an extremely serious
health and medical problem. We
see it daily in our exam rooms.
Serious back problems due to rup-
tured or injured discs caused by
overweight stress; legs that ache
so badly from joint breakdown and
arthritis due to carrying overweight
bodies; pets with heart disease
being overstressed by the added
workload; obese pets with
decreased liver function due to fat-
ty livers; respiratory problems, heat
intolerance and increased anes-
thetic and surgical risks the list
goes on and on. You cannot live in'
today's diet conscious society and
not be aware of the dangers of obe-


If you cannot feel your pet's ribs
as you turn your hands firmly over
his rib cage, then you probably
have an obese pet and should con-
sider a planned weight reduction
programme. Great advances have
been made in recent years in the
formulation and production of
canine and feline reducing diets.
The introduction of palatable,
low calorie, nutritious, weight
reducing canned and dry diets has
been a7;sbo,oo E-wyeight loss pro-
grammes. With the addition of
fiber to the diet foods your pet can
now lose weight and still have the
feeling of eating a large meal.
Exercise is also an important factor
in a dog or cat's weight reduction
programme. However, start slowly
and gradually work up to a more
strenuous physical regimen. To be
of value exercise must be pro-
grammed on an ongoing daily rou-
tine. If you have an overweight pet
and sincerely want to lengthen its
life span and improve its quality
of life, then please call your vet-
erinarian for an appointment. Let
your vet help you map out a reduc-
ing plan. This will include a spe-
cial diet, controlled regular exer-
cise, monitored physical examina-
tions and applicable laboratory
profiles. Your pet's weight loss will
be its greatest gain.
Dr Basil Sands is a veterinar-
ian at the Central Animal Hospi-
tal. Questions or comments should
be directed to features@tribune- or potcake59@hot- Dr Sands can also be
contacted at 325-1288.

Column prepared in collaboration with Regis-
tered Nurse Barsha Smith, Suspected Child Abuse
and Neglect Unit of the Ministry of Health.
The motto for this year's World Mental
Day: "There is no health without mental
health" calls and commands our attention
to the fact that children could be well
cared for physically but suffer neglect
emotionally.The Suspected Child abuse and Neglect
(S.C.A.N.) programme offers care, support and assess-
ment of children and adolescents who may have been
It is part of the Department of Public Health
response to child abuse. It is the National Strategic
Plan for child abuse prevention. The Scan programme
was implemented in 1999. The Scan Unit is located in
the Royal Victoria Gardens and the coordinator is
Nursing Officer Mrs. Althea Neilly.

During this festive season, we find that children
are often left un-supervised; it is a time when people's
judgments are impaired by the consumption of large
amounts of alcoholic beverages. As a result, persons
who abuse children are seeking any opportunity to
abuse them at this time. During this time we usually
have an increase in sexual and other types of abuse,
teenage pregnancy also increases. We hope this cam-
paign will sensitize the public on the need to keep
our children safe while they rush and have fun during
Junkanoo. This year's campaign theme is: 'Rush With
Pride, Using Safety As Your Guide".

Remember the three W's. They are: WHERE?
WHO? and WHEN? Parents should be able to answer
any of these questions if asked in respect to the where-
abouts of their children. Parents should be able to ,
WHERE their children are and ensure that their
children know where they are and where they can be
contacted. An unattended child is a child at risk.
WHO their children are with.
WHEN their children will be returning home.
Remember Parents, you should:
Young children should never be left home alone,
parents are to ensure that a responsible adult attends
to the child/children. If away from home parents
should check in to ensure that all is well at home.
Listen to your child. Believe him if he tells you they
have been abused. Seek medical attention.

If you suspect or know of someone who is being
abused, report it. By so doing the cycle of abuse can
stop and the abused child can get help. There are
many ways persons can know if a child is being abuse
emotionally, physically or sexually.
Emotional Abuse
To promise a child that you will take them out
somewhere like the mall, a party or Junkanoo and
not show up or not call but to have them waiting and
hoping for long periods is considered an act of abuse
and neglect. Children as a result, may experience
sleep disorders, become disorderly in conduct and
seem unable to play freely and when they do play or
communicate, they display imaginary illnesses.
Physical Abuse
Children will present with unexplained bruises,
burns, cuts and marks or injury reflecting the shape of
the article used to inflict harm such as an electrical
cord, belt buckle or even steam irons. Children become
either aggressive or withdrawn. They are often ner-
vous, afraid to go home or even to report injuries..
Sexual Abuse
Contact of any part of a child's body by a sexual
organ of another is considered sexual abuse. The sex-
ual act is abuse but is not the only form of sexual
abuse. Children often have difficulty walking or sitting,
pain or itching in the genital area as well as bruises in
the area of the vagina and/or anal area. Sexually trans-
mitted infections, pregnancy, school drop out, poor
peer relationships, promiscuity and assault behaviors
can result for sexual abuse.
Child abuse prevention is everyone's RESPONSI-
BILITY. Parents/Guardians please ensure that your
child is in a safe environment at all times. Report
child abuse, it's the law, and more importantly, this will
ensure that the abuse ends and the abuser and the
abused can receive appropriate treatment.
For additional information about Child Safety,
please contact the following:
Scan Unit: 322-5823 or 323-8438
Crisis Center: 328-0922
Sexual Offences section, Royal Bahamas Police
Force: 502-9942
Government Clinics
Adolescent Health Center: 328-3248/9
Police Emergency: 911

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Are you hypo or hyper?


HAVING an unbalanced
skin tone doesn't always
mean having excess pigmen-
tation. In fact, it can fre-
quently mean the opposite.
While often sharing the same
cause, and frequently occur-
ring together, hypopigmen-
tation (white spots) and
hyperpigmentation (dark
spots) are caused by different
reactions within the skin.
Hyperpigmentation, as we
know, is caused by pigment
producing cells going into a
panic to try to protect the
skin against damage, and not
returning to normal produc-
tion once aggression is gone.
This can be accumulated
over years of unprotected
sun damage, or by an injury
to the skin. Hypopigmenta-
tion is even more extreme.
When a melanocyte becomes
extremely damaged, it actu-
ally shuts down. Eventually,
the skin in that area begins to
lose all pigmentation, becom-
ing bright white. Unlike nor-
mal and hyperpigmented
skin, these white spots will
never "tan", making them
especially susceptible to skin
cancer formation.


Just say no!
For decades, Hydro-
quinone was considered the
most effective ingredient for
lightening pigmentation.
Classified as an over-the-
counter-drug in the USA, the
Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) has authorised con-
centrations of up to 2 per
cent to be formulated into
While it may be an effect-
ed lightener, there are con-
cerns about its safety world-
wide. Aside from high inci-
dence of allergic response to
Hydroquinone, there are
many reports of irritation
(Contact dermatisitis) asso-
ciated with prolonged use.

Additionally, the Occupa-
tional Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) in
the US states that Hydro-
quinone is "mutagenic and
has cancer-causing poten-
tial." Taking the results of
studies, it is no surprise that
Hydroquinone is banned in
many countries.
Fortunately, there are
alternatives. Certain botani-
cals can help control melanin
(pigment) production on a
cellular level, without the
need for potentially irritat-
ing Hydroquinone. These
botanicals combine the lat-
est in extraction techniques
with environmental-sound
cultivation. Each botanical
essence reaches your skin in
its most potent, active form.
Some, such as rice-based
ingredients, have been used
for centuries for their skin
brightening properties, oth-
ers are more recent discov-

Sarah Simpson is a med-
ical skin care specialist at
the Dermal Clinic at the
Walk In Medical Clinic
Sandyport. This information
was taken from the Derma-
logica website. For more
information log on to:
www. dermalogica. com


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Do not allow your children to go to public rest
room unattended Ensure that children use the rest
room prior to entering the junkanoo parade area.
Children should avoid secluded areas where they
could become a target for abduction, sexual assaults
and or sexual molestation.

Always, where possible, children should walk in
Children should be cautioned not to approach any
vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompa-
nied by a parent or guardian.
Females should dress in pants, avoid skirts.
Children should be alert to their surroundings and
what is happening around them at all times.
Children should be instructed to scream if anyone
tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with
Children should know their correct names in full and
the names of their parents/guardians, home telephone
number and address.
Children should not accept rides, bribes or "special"
gifts from strangers.
Do not take short cuts. Walk in familiar, well lit
areas, preferably in groups.
Tell someone if an adult does something that make
them feel uncomfortable.
Children should be advised to seek assistance if
necessary from a uniformed police officers along the
parade route.
Minimal or no jewelry should be worn. Leave
expensive jewelry at home.
Refuse any touch that makes you feel uncomfort-
Stay with the group and do not venture off alone at
the parade.

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I n an age where optimal health,
calorie counting and exercise is.
mandated, most nutritionist advise
clients to avoid trendy diets, like
The Atkins no-carb diet, or low.
carb diet, but what is surprising is that
many agree with the. newest fad "the no
diet diet" or "intuitive eating". .
Steven Hawks, a university professor,
coined the phrase "no diet diet" and appar-
ently lost 50 pounds on the diet that.
allowed him to eat anything he wanted..
It's the no diet approach to dieting that
the Brigham Young University Health Sci- -
ence professor used to lose the weight and
to keep it off for more than five years.
Hawks dubbed his plan "intuitive eating"'
and believes that people would be better ..
off if they stopped counting the. calories
and began paying more attention to their
hunger pangs and eating whatever they
wanted.. .
As part of the diet, Hawks continuees to
surround himself with the iinhealthy foods
. that he craves. The psychology behind this-
behaviour is that when one has an over-
abundance of foods that people consider
taboo, they have less of a desire to overeat,
but like every other diet, there is a catch.
Intuitive eaters eat only when they are
hungry and must stop when they are full...

ACCORDING to a local nutritionist,
there is nothing wrong with following a
craving once you consider moderation.
(FILE photo)

Nutritionist Julia Lee, of Doctors Hos-
pital, who does not believe in dieting, iron-
ically supports Hawks no diet dieting.
-approach: "Where diets go wrong is
restricting what people. eat so people get
discouraged, but I think that its best to'
look at moderation. The idea of intuitive
eating where you are in tune, afrd listening
to your body and not eating when you are
.not hungry, is what makes Hawks'
approacli successful." Mrs Lee, many people are
confused about when they are hungry, as
.opposed to when they have a craving, but
nothing is wrong with following a craving

once you consider moderation: "An advan-
tage, it seems, with Hawks' plan is that
persons tend to always eat foods that are
appealing to them, not because of emo--
tional eating, not because its there," she
said. "When you feel an urge to eat and
you have those foods present in abundance
you find that you don't yield to those crav-
In 1989 Hawks had a job at North Car-
olina State University in Raleigh and want-
ed to return to his home state of Utah, but
at 210 pounds he didn't think an over-
weight person could get a job teaching stu-
dents how to be healthy, so his calorie
counting began. Fortunately Hawks lost
the weight and got the job at Utah State
University, but because of calorie counting
and low carb eating, the pounds soon came
Said Mrs Lee: "This is a pitfall that many.
Bahamian dieters face." While she is not a
proponent of overeating, of emotional eat-
ing, or eating because it is there, restricting
'bodily pressures' and resisting signs that
the body is giving, creates problems for
the dieter, said the nutritionist.
"A person who does not listen, to his
body sets himself up for a fall in any diet.,
Good exercise and healthy eating, with'
taking moderation in eating those foods
that are 'bad' is what makes a diet plan

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