The Tribune
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00084249/01079
 Material Information
Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 19, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
normalized irregular
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 09994850
System ID: UF00084249:01079

Full Text


official restaurant






Volume: 104 No.198 SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008 PRICE 750

Black I


Up to 40%
chance of I

4 Tribune Staff Reporter
MANY black people might
be as much as forty per cent
more likely to contract
HIV/AIDS than other people
for biological reasons,
researchers in the United States
and London claim to have dis-
A study led by scientists at
the University of Texas and
University College London 1
(UCL) have uncovered evi-
dence that a gene common
among Africans and those of
African descent disrupts the
body's ability to fight the HIV
virus in the earliest stages. 0 1
And in a disturbing double-
whammy, research data shows
that once people withth the gene N By NAT
do contract the fatal infection,
they remain symptomless TWO E:
around two years longer than police seizu
people without it potentially ijuana wer
making them less likely to take yesterday
the precautions necessary to Torry L
stop them passing on the infec- Alexander
tion. Exuma ap]
The study, published in this Bethel in (
month's Cell Host and Microbe
journal, has received wide- men have
spread international media ijuana wit]
attention over the last two days. dangerous
Researchers have suggested spiracy to
that the findings could go a long drugs with
way towards explaining why dockets th
eight African continents have these offer
an HIV/AIDS rate of 15 per Burrows
cent or above when coun- Gregory
tries such as the United King- -regoryte
dom have a 0.2 per cent infec- red not gi
tion rate causing HIV/AIDS ed not yes
cases in the Sub-Saharan part. ment yest
of the African continent to aedto
account for around two thirds of alleged to
all cases globally. 681 pound
As to why such a genetic vari- of $953,40
ation may have spread among
black people 90 per cent of
Sub-Saharan Africans are said
to have the gene, along with two
thirds of African Americans -
scientists say that may be
because it gives carriers a high-
er resistance to another killer
disease: Malaria.
The development adds a
physiological facet to a debate
which has traditionally revolved
around suggestions that behav- FORD Mo
ioural or social factors among model agency
Africans may contribute to th tshe "Superfo
high rates of infection argu- that the eve
ments that have often been con- mark
demned as racist. "This is an
The university researchers unlicensed u
have contended that the high spite of their
SEE pag 10 with the For
SEE Models' Sup

people. 'nmoe

to get AIDS

nwo arraigned

a drug charges

xuma men charged in Thursday's
ire of nearly $100,000 worth of mar-
*e arraigned in Magistrate's Court
on drug charges.
Lamont Burrows, 27, and John
Lightbourne, 47, both of Barraterre,
peared before Magistrate Carolita
Court 8, Bank Lane yesterday. The
been charged with possession of mar-
h intent to supply, importation of
drugs with intent to supply, con-
possess dangerous drugs with intent
md conspiracy to import dangerous
intent to supply. According to court
.e men are accused of committing
ices on Thursday, July 17.
s, who was represented by lawyer
lilton, and Lightbourne, who was
d by lawyer Ian Cargill, both plead-
Ity to all charges at their arraign-
erday morning. Inspector Ercell
told the court that the men were
have been found in possession of
s of marijuana with a street value

idels, one the world's most renowned
ies, has denied all involvement with
lodel of the Bahamas" competition
r July 27 in New Providence, stating
nt infringes on its registered trade-
unauthorised model search and is an
sage of our registered trademark. In
T claims, they have absolutely no tie
d Model agency," Director of Ford
permodel of the World Iris Minier

According to initial reports, DEU officers,
acting on information, set out early Thursday
morning to capture a suspected drug smug-
gling vessel. At around 1.30 Thursday morning,
the officers saw a white go-fast boat about two
miles off Yamacraw Beach. Spotting the DEU
officers approaching, the go-fast boat sped off
in an attempt to outrun the police vessel. How-
ever, the officers soon caught up with the speed-
ing boat and intercepted it. On board the go-
fast boat, the police reportedly found 6811bs of
marijuana in 19 crocus sacks. Two men onboard
the vessel were arrested and the drugs were
At the arraignment yesterday morning Mr
Cargill requested that the matter be stood down
to 2 pm as his client had indicated that he want-
ed to take a particular course of action in rela-
tion to some of the charges. When the matter
resumed yesterday afternoon Mr Cargill indi-
cated that his client intended to plead guilty to
possession of dangerous drugs with intent to
supply and conspiracy to import dangerous
drugs with -intent to supply. Both men were
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison yesterday, as
the matter had to be adjourned. The men are
expected back in court on July 25.

said on Wednesday.
Ms Minier said that she would like to clarify
that Mark Humes of the agency Models242 is
the "sole licence holder for the Supermodel of the
Bahamas search."
Models242, she said, has been awarded the
licence for the 2008 Supermodel of the Bahamas
search due to "their discerning eye and under-
SEE page 10





Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE are investigating an
early morning shooting that left
a young man dead.
According to reports, around
3 am yesterday 19-year-old
Raymond Finley drove to an
area on Thatch Palm Street
where he was waiting for a
Police report that gunmen
approached Finley's parked car
and opened fire on him several
times, shooting at him through
the window of the driver's side
of his left-hand drive car.
Moments later neighbours
reportedly heard three gun-
shots in the area and called the
Finley was pronounced dead
when EMS personnel arrived
on the scene, police said.
Unconfirmed reports indicate
he was shot in the neck and
"(Yesterday) just around 3
am, a 19-year-old male had just
left a facility and he travelled to
Thatch Palm Avenue south. As
he got in that area he was in
his parked vehicle and not so

long after he would have left
that facility, neighbours in the
area heard sounds of gunshots
being fired (and) the police
were called along with EMS,"
press liaison officer Assistant
Superintendent Walter Evans
Up to press time yesterday,
police had said they had no sus-
pects in custody and were
appealing to the public for any
information that would lead to
the arrest of the killer or killers.
"A full investigation has
been launched into this latest
homicide. We're asking mem-
bers of the public, those who
frequent that area, persons who
may have been passing at that
time who have any information
concerning anyone they may
have seen at that time (in) a
vehicle, motorbike or maybe
someone running if they
have any information to con-
tact the police," ASP Evans
Finley reportedly worked in
the laundry department at
Atlantis Resort and "frequent-
ed the area" where he was
According to The Tribune's
files, this is the country's 40th
murder for the year.

Police disclaim

'criminal' flyer

on four men

police have issued an official
disclaimer regarding a flyer
that is being anonymously cir-
culated throughout Freeport
linking four men to an alleged
criminal activity in Freeport.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said that the Royal
Bahamas Police Force has not
authorised or released the fly-
In an official disclaimer, Mr
Rahming said:
"This is to advise the public
that it has come to the atten-
tion of the Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police for Grand
Bahama and the northern
Bahamas, that some person

or persons, has circulated a
flyer containing a photb-
graphic montage of four adult
males, purporting they are
wanted by the police in con-
nection with some alleged
criminal activity.
"Further, the public is here-
by advised that this said flyer
has not been officially autho-
rised or released by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and
that the Royal Bahamas
Police therefore, bears no
responsibility for its contents,"
he said.
Grand Bahama Police are
presently investigating recent
rape incidents reported on
Grand Bahama:

....... . . ...... :*


drive-Bthfluis no opnM

|24 hour


PA(F 9 s.ATUIRDAY JULY 19. 2008




SAlbany denies

foreign roads

builder claims

Representatives of the Albany development
have denied reports that non-Bahamian contrac-
tors are being used to build the new ring road on
the 565 acre project.
In a letter written to The Tribune, a local con-
tractor questioned why the development
appeared to be using an American company to
carry out asphalt work at the site.
In the letter, the contractor claimed that on
one of their very first projects the construction
of the external roads American equipment and
operatives were allegedly being employed.
"Have Bahamians not demonstrated that they
can build roads to international standards?" the
contractor asked. "Can someone tell me why this

is allowed to happen at the detriment to local
construction firms, especially in this current eco-
nomic climate where good local Bahamian com-
.panies are suffering?
"Are we to believe that no Bahamian compa-
nies could undertake this work? I can remem-
ber articles in the press from the Albany people
stating that their project would be constructed
by capable Bahamian firms. Is this another case of
broken promises?" he asked.
However, according to a spokesperson for the
Albany project, two Bahamian companies have
been employed to carry out the asphalt work at
the site: Bahamas Hotmix, and Knowles Con-

Airline offers discounts

on its Bahamas flights

At a time when most air-
lines are raising ticket fares
and cutting back flight sched-
ules in the face of huge loss-
es, American Airlines has
bucked the trend by
announcing a sale on flights
between the United States
and the Bahamas.
People purchasing tickets
by July 31 this year can make
significant savings on flights
aboard AA or its affiliate
American Eagle for travel
taking place between Sep-
tember 2 and December 8,
the airline announced yes-
On its website, a sample
before-taxes airfare of $78
for round-trip flights from
the United States to
Freeport, Grand Bahama, is
shown potentially repre-,
senting a boost for the
depressed island's economy
in the form of cash-strapped

American visitors who might
be tempted by the cut-price
flight offers.
Other destinations which
the airline is offering dis-
counted flights to include
Trinidad and' Tobago,
Jamaica, Bermuda and the
Cayman Islands.
The sale comes in the
same week as-thel-airline's
parent company AMR Corp
recorded a loss of $1.45 bil-
lion equivalent to $5.77 per
share for the second quar-
ter of 2008.
Sky-rocketing oil prices
have meant that airlines are
paying record amounts for
fuel, and have been forced
to take drastic measures to

continue to make a profit.
Several airlines have
already had to shut down
operations completely this
Others are trimming down
staff across the board.
AA said on Wednesday
that it may lay off 200 pilots
in October.
AMR chairman and chief
executive officer Gerard
Arpey said: "We remain
committed to taking action
- whether that relates to
capacity reductions, revenue
enhancements, fleet changes
or other efforts to improve
our financial foundation as
we work to secure our long-
term future."

$OO25 as Fow Models' Saper-
Ford Models'


Deadline: September. 1,2008


fonn on shcrreet

Address ri et -

country ___e___________
"ree Tefehone Ioj'wf __________________
Home Telecftoe miNr
mided Ager) ard'o SwArg n eaw adtgeu phonerumbere(Wdm

Dat ofBra&Pie WTeoiL _____ _____

Shoe Sze _____ _____
Cre% Sze _________ ____________
Hai ____s_____Ew.____ __
Reg= camTred Wr matimonato a pauieauing loca=on orm to:
SeOWel. un P.O.eBN 111i a.astoumm
Ceclupj oStW Womatioe h

c- B B dp*,t M E id
wwKAdsft2mMMI , 1Moo rmBa


2 P.M. 6 P.M.


_i 101.9
Celebrating years



'' I ii I





HUNDREDS of senior
Anglican clergy, including
Archbishop of the West
Indies Drexel Gomez,
have convened in Canter-
bury, England, for the
Lambeth Conference
where the issue of homo-
sexuality will be one of
many issues discussed.
The controversial issues
threatening to split the
Anglican community are
not expected to be solved
at the end of the two-week
meeting of bishops, Arch-
bishop of Canterbury Dr
Rowan Williams said at
the opening of the Lam-
beth Conference.
"(It) is not that after two
weeks we will find a solu-
tion to all our problems,
but we shall, as I have writ-
ten more than once, in
some sense find the trust in
God and one another that
will give us the energy to
change in the way God
wants us to change.
That is the most impor-
tant thing we can pray for,
the energy to change as
God wants us to change
individually and as a Com-
munion," Dr Williams said
on the conference's web
The ordination and role
of female bishops is anoth-
er topic to be discussed at
the conference.
The conference takes
place every 10 years and
is a chance for church lead-
ers from around the world
to discuss issues affecting
the Anglican church.
Reports indicate that
while about 650 Anglican
archbishops and bishops
have gathered in Canter-
bury, some 200 bishops, or
one in four church leaders,
boycotted.the event.
According to published
reports openly gay Bishop

Diocese of New Hamp-
shire, was not invited to
the conference.
Dr Williams acknowl-
edged the boycott with
"great grief" during' the
first day of the conference.
"I think it's important I
should say that it's a great
grief that many of our
brothers and sisters 'in the
Communion have not felt
able to be with us for these
weeks, a grief because we
need their voice and they
need ours in learning
Christ together
"We still have to mend
relations that have been
hurt," he said.
Rifts within the 70 mil-
lion member church sur-
faced after the US Episco-
pal Church consecrated
Bishop Robinson in 2003.
Since then, Anglican bish-
ops worried this decision
would create discord with-
in the church and lead to a
The Bishops Retreat
and the opening of the
Spouses' Conference were
part of yesterday's ses-
The Lambeth Confer-
ence is from July 16 to
August 3 at the University
of Kent in Canterbury.
Sic hn ngia ih


Residents oppose

firm's expansion

Tribune Freeport Reporter

Rock residents are strongly
opposed to the expansion pro-
ject that is being proposed by
Bahama Rock on land owned
by the company near the settle-
The residents fear that fur-
ther excavation in the area will
severely impact the environ-
ment and cause damage to the
fresh water lens in that area.
Bahama Rock held a town
meeting at Bartlett Hill Prima-
ry on Thursday evening to meet
with residents and to hear their
concerns about the project. It
was the first of two town meet-
ings planned in Eight Mile
Walter Reed, general man-
ager of Bahama Rock, was
accompanied by a team of
experts which included Robert
Minning, a hydro-geologist, Jef-
frey Straw, vice president of
Geo-Sonics Inc and coastal
engineer David Decker.
At times, the atmosphere
became hostile as irate residents
expressed their concerns about
. the proposed project at the
Warren J Levarity Highway.
Bahama Rock is owned by
Martin Marietta Materials,
which operates 300 quarry
plants in the US and Canada.
The Freeport plant, which is the

most profitable, manufactures
and supplies aggregate products
for the Bahamas and various
export markets in the US and
the Caribbean.
During his presentation, Mr
Reed shared the company's
plans for expansion along WJL
highway, where it owns about
1,000 acres of land adjacent to
Eight Mile Rock.
He said the company's pro-
ject would involve 130 acres of
land north of the Harbour West
subdivision at Eight Mile Rock,
and stretch as far west as Hanna
The plan is to excavate a 40-
foot draft basin in the area. An
environmental impact assess-
ment study by the company is
still under review by the gov-
ernment and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.
Mr Reed believes that the
basin would be very beneficial
to Grand Bahama. He said it
could be the site for a new
cruise ship terminal, eco-
tourism ventures, inland mari-
nas, and fresh water condos.
"The point is, if it is not done
now it will never be done, and
while we are here we have a
window of opportunity to do
it," he said.
Mr Reed also assured resi-
dents that the company's blast-
ing has been significantly
reduced and now exceeds
accepted standards of the US
Bureau Mine Standard vibra-
tion level of 0.75dB, which car-

ries a zero probability of dam-
age to structures in the area.
Despite his statistics and
assurances, there was still a lot
of resistance from residents con-
cerning the project.
Rev Lindy Russell, former
Eight Mile Rock MP and resi-
dent of Harbour West, fears
that his home and other homes
will be subject to damage if
Bahama Rock is given approval
to proceed with their expansion
"I appreciate Bahama Rock-
's investment. The $20 million
they filter in the community, all
of the charitable work they have
done, we are very grateful.
"As a resident of Harbour
West I am insulted by Bahama
Rock, not only what they done
in the past but what they done
more recently in the media", he
"Whatever statistics they
bring to us, when you go to my
house there is damage caused
by the blasting. I am disturbed
they have issued a disclaimer to.
the residents of Grand Bahama,
taking no responsibility for the
damage they have done, espe-
cially to the residents of Har-
bour West," he claimed.
Rev Russell said that Bahama
Rock has still not compensat-
ed some residents for damage to
their homes.
"Why does Bahama Rock
feel they need to cross the War-
ren J Levarity Highway and
come further into West Grand

Renowned realtor

dies al

_.LEVI Gibson, 94, president
of Levi Gibson Real Estate Ltd,
died yesterday at Doctor's Hos-
pital from a brief illness. He was
surrounded by family and
Mr Gibson was born in
Simms, Long Island on April 5,
1914. He was the son of
Osborne Theophilus Gibson
and Elizabeth Janer Gibson
(nee Taylor) both of Simms,
Long Island.
He left school in Simms at
age 14 and distinguished him-
self as a realtor following a 43-
year stint as the major-domo
for the late Sir Harold Christie.
From his position with Sir
Harold, he was an observer of
many of the major events of the
day including the cataclysmic
events surrounding the
unsolved murder of the late Sir
Harry Oakes. He was a friend
of the Duke of Windsor who
was governor of the Bahamas
from 1940 to 1945 and to many
Royal Governors following the
Duke. He counted the late Sir
Roland Symonette, the coun-
try's first premier, as amongst
his friends as well as the late
Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pin-
He was a life-long friend of
the late AF Adderley and his
two sons Paul and
Francis. Bruce Braynen, former
member of parliament, was also
a lifelong friend.
After leaving Mr Christie's
employ, Mr Gibson moved on
to his own trucking business.
He left the trucking business in
1967 and went into real estate.
Mr Gibson's success in busi-
ness propelled him into an
involvement in the civic life of
the Bahamas. In April 2006, his
former colleagues of the Kiwa-

Bahama?" he asked.
Mr Reed said that Bahama
Rock has offered to compen-
sate all residents for damage,
however, only four residents
came forward and received
compensation. He again made
the offer of compensation to Mr
Russell. "We have not caused
any of the damage, but we want
to be good neighbours and we
will compensate anyone who
feels that we have damaged
their home,".be said ... ,..
The residents were also con-
cerned about the destruction of
the mangroves in the area and
damage to the fresh water lens.
The mangroves, which need
fresh water for survival, not only
act as a buffer during hurri-
canes, but also serve as a nurs-
ery for fish and other marine
According to Mr Reed, salt
water from the harbour has


L94 years old AC

I *-5

nis Clubs of Nassau honoured
him for his drive and leadership
in the early years of Kiwanis in
the Bahamas.
He was president of the
BAAA in 1964 when Sir Dur-
ward Knowles and Cecil Cooke
won the first Olympic gold
medal for the Bahamas. He was
a founding member of the
Bahamas Cycle Club.
In the 1930s, Mr Gibson
played the bass violin as a
founding member of the popu-
lar local band, the 'Chocolate
Dandies' under leader Leonard
White and including Gladstone
Christie, Charles Carey, George
Moxey, Lawrence 'Sticky' Fran-
cis, Willis 'Pick' Mather, Isaac
Strachan and the famous
George Symonette.
In his long life, Mr Gibson
constantly told friends that God
had been good enough to raise
him up from a poor boy from
Long Island to be able to walk
with the highest in the land. He
said in an interview in 1993, "I
am a firm believer that no good
is ever wasted, particularly if
you do it from the heart."
Fox Hill Member of Parlia-
ment Fred Mitchell, who was
his godson, said in a statement
issued yesterday: "Since my
parents died, this has been the
most painful thing I have had
to do, to say good-bye to Levi."
Mr Gibson was honoured by
Her Majesty the Queen in the
New Year's Day honours of
2007 with an MBE for his con-
tribution to the civic and busi-
ness life of the Bahamas.
Mr Gibson's wife, Virginia, a
nurse, predeceased him, as did a
son who died shortly after child-
birth. He and his wife adopted a
son, Philip.
At the time of his death Mr
Gibson was surrounded by his
faithful friend Avis Outten and
her family, along with beloved
cousin Charles Gibson and oth-
er relatives and friends.

already penetrated the water
lens as a result of previous dam-
age caused by Bahama Cement
several years ago.
Robert Minning, a hydro-
geologist, said that the fresh
water lenses in the area are
replenished during the rainy
Residents were also con-
cerned about a possible weak-
ening and collapse of the island
into the ocean as a result of the
ongoing excavation at the har-
bour. However, experts felt that
it was highly unlikely.
Mr Reed said they heard the
concerns of the residents, par-
ticularly as it relates to the envi-
ronment, business opportuni-
ties for Bahamians, and building
a relationship of trust with res-
The second town meeting is
scheduled for June 24 at Eight
Mile Rock High School.

KNIGHT NEW 1:00 4:00 N/A 7:00 NIA 10:00
HIMPS NEW 1:15 3:35 WA 6:05 8:25 10:35
Y2 T 1:05 3:40 N/A 6:00 ':20 10:40
OF THE EARTH A 1:25 3:30 N/A 6:15 8:35 10:35
VE c 1:00 3:30 WA 6:00 8:30 10:40
K 1:20 3:35 WA 6: 20 N/A

". M-I---A---a- S, .. ns I I d. I






WHEREAS, the Goveplment of The Bahamas acknowledges those..
persons who have contributed to the cultural:development of our
nation: ,-

AND WHEREAS, the Government of The Bahamas recognizes
that musical entertainment is an important element of the cultural
identity of our country;

AND WHEREAS; Prince Ronald Butler is a Bahamian
Artist/Entertainer whose popularity as a singer, entertainer and
song writer has had a tremendous impact on the lives of many
Bahamians and our Bahamian culture;

AND WHEREAS, Prince Ronald Butler has devoted his career to
the promotion and popularization of Bahamian music in many

AND WHEREAS, Prince Ronald Butler is to be recognized for
his contribution to the development of music and entertainment
\ as a singer, song writer, performer, entertainer, producer, recording
artist and cultural ambassador;

AND'WHEREAS, the cultural community proposed to celebrate1
his accomplishments by naming a week in his honour;.2

NOW THEREFORE, I Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister s-"

the Commonwealthm of01 ne anamas do nereby proclaim the we
beginning Sunday. 13th July, 2008 and ending Saturday, 19th Jp




Local News................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,12
Editorial/Letters. .......................................P4
A dvt ....................................................... P11
Sports ............................................ P1,2,3,4,5
Com ics..................................................... P6
Advt ......................................................... P7
W eather.................................................... P8



j c IWA I IA 1 -30 1IWA

I I.







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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986
Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax: (242) 328-2398
Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242)-352-6608
Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348

Mississippi remains most obese state

ATLANTA (AP) The South tips ably are another factor, said Naa Oyo
the scales again as the nation's fattest Kwate, assistant professor of socio-med-
region, according to a new government ical sciences at Columbia University's
survey. Mailman School of Public Health.
More than 30 per cent of adults in Mis- In today's America, poor people tend
sissippi, Alabama and Tennessee are con- to be obese: The cheapest foods tend to
sidered obese. In part, experts blame be calorie-heavy, and stores offering
Southern eating habits, poverty and healthier, and more expensive, food
demographic groups that have higher choices are not often found in poor
obesity rates. neighborhoods, she said.
Colorado was the least obese, with And why is Colorado so thin? It's a
about 19 per cent fitting that category state with a reputation for exercise. It
in a random telephone survey done last has plentiful biking and hiking trails, and
year by the Centres for Disease Control an elevation that causes the body to
and Prevention. labour a bit more, Dietz said.
The 2007 findings are similar to results Obesity is based on the body mass
from the same survey the three previ- index, a calculation using height and
ous years. Mississippi has had the highest weight. A 5-foot, 9-inch adult who weighs.
obesity rate every year since 2004. But 203 pounds would have a BMI of 30,
Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and which is considered the threshold for
Louisiana have also clustered near the obesity.
top of the list, often so close that the dif- CDC officials believe the telephone
ference between their rates and Missis- survey of 350,000 adults offers conserva-
sippi's may not be statistically significant. tive estimates of obesity rates, because it's
The South has had high death rates based on what respondents said about
from heart disease and stroke, health their height and weight.
'risks 'that have, been liiqked'.to obesity; ,. :Mt commonly overstate their height,
some experts noted. ard wo~en often lowb011 their weight,
The CDC study only sury.eyed adults, ;.... health.experts say. .
but results for children are similar, said "The heavier you are, the more you
Dr. Miriam Vos, assistant professor of underestimate your weight, probably
paediatrics at Atlanta's Emory School because you don't weigh yourself as
of Medicine. often," Dietz said.
"Most of the studies of obesity and Overall, about 26 per cent of the
children show the South has the highest respondents were obese, according to
rates as well," Vos said. the study, published this week in CDC's
Why is the South so heavy? The tradi- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
tional Southern diet high in fat and A different CDC survey a gold-stan-
fried food may be part of the answer, dard project in which researchers actually
said Dr. William Dietz, who heads CDC's weigh and measure survey respondents
nutrition, physical activity and obesity put the adult obesity rate at 34 percent
division, in 2005 and 2006.
The South also has a large concentra- According to The Economist Amer-
tion of rural residents and black women ican Airlines has spent $275 million a
two groups that tend to have higher year more on fuel simply to lift heavier
obesity rates, he said. passengers.
The study found that about 36 per cent
of black survey participants were obese,
while 28.5 per cent of Hispanics and 24.5
per cent of whites were. (This article was written by Mike Sto-
High poverty rates in the South prob- bbe, AP Medical writer).


" miimu of iveyeas ex erince n ama6geriiIc paciy wtni

th scuit fel, reerbl aarsort/hotel
" ABaheordere i lw nfrc men ad r ecriy elte fel
prfere; uren CR erifcaio ad irt idtrinngreuied

Comfort in

the 'storied'


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT was a common forebear -
Socrates who taught this piece
of wisdom that for the human
being the unexamirled life is not
worth living and, by extension,
such a life is a kind of spiritual
death. It was his spiritual broth-
er, the late Rabbi Heschel (a
prominent figure in the Jewish
wisdom tradition) who con-
curred with Matthew Fox when
the latter claimed that "we need
tradition as much as we need
one another." Heschel claimed
that "for one to know oneself,
one must seek to understand
one's past, one's heritage, the
religious tradition from which
one emerges..." (quoted by
Sherwin in his 'Journey of a
Soul: Abraham Joshua Hes-
chel's Quest for Self-Under-
standing" (1976).
In the self-examination that
we're enjoined to conduct
throughout our lives we are
often caught up in an examina-
tion of the formative influences
on our lives our closest of kin
(parents/grandparents, siblings
and our own children), our
communities and their cultures,
our teachers, our life-partners
and the ambience or zeitgeist
(spirit of the age) of our times.
Products as we all are of the
human diaspora (world-wide
scattering) we have all been
moulded by all these various
influences into quite utterly
unique beings.
Socrates, the quintessential'
teacher (as we know from the
lives and accomplishments of
his many students), made fre-

quent references to excerpts
from the writings of Homer (the
'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey') by
way of examples to illustrate his
teachings thus acknowledging
this forebear (Homer) as the
most influential teacher of the
Greeks. Little could he have
know that he would himself
come to be thought in subse-
quent times to have been one of
the most influential of the
teachers of the Western world.
By contrast Aesop, the fabulist
and writer of some of the best
known and best loved fables in
the western world, ranks at best
as an imaginative entertainer of
both young and old and was
very rarely referred to by
One may wonder that we've
chosen to contrast the contri-
butions and influences of these
two ancient figures? It is with
reference to the ongoing 'Sto-
rying Intensive' led by writer
and social activist Helen
Klonaris that we thought it
might be worthwhile pointing
out that when we encourage
people to awaken their imagi-
nations it might be useful to
also encourage one's listeners
to be selective in deciding which
particular realm of the imagi-
nation we indulge ourselves in.
If we care but to entertain and
distract people from the exam-
ination of the more substantive
realities which the great teach-

ers coaxed their listeners to
focus on then we are likely to
produce whimsical (albeit high-
ly imaginative) tales that may
indeed entertain old and young
but may not succeed to outlive
us as Aesop's did. Rather one
would be better advised to turn
our imaginations loose in the
realms of historical reconstruc-
tions of the life experiences
either of humanity in general
or our particular portion of the
human family. Then it may be
that just as Alexander, the
Macedonian who sought to
extend Hellenic culture
throughout the then known
world, took Homer's hero
Achilles as a model we may find
future generations of Bahami-
ans taking other great legendary
figures and historical characters
as their models yes, even the
universal hero Jesus Christ and
such transforming figures as
Gandhi and other 'local heroes'
could become significant influ-
ences on all our lives. It might
help our youth to escape the
miasma that pervades our com-
munity and is becoming ubiq-
uitous throughout the world -
the soul-corroding influences of
the smutty mass media (the
'purely entertainment' influ-
ences of Hollywood and TV
. programming) which have
replaced the 'storying' traditions
of the past.

July, 2008.

US .basenmay. s aink

LNG pipeline plan

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE newest proposal com-
ingfrom AES to pipe LNG
from Ocean Cay to Nassau,
BEC at Clifton seems to forget
one of the hurdles such a pro-
posal will have to jump and
jump high I might say. An
underwater pipeline through
the Tongue of the ocean from
Ocean Cay to New Providence
will have to pass through the
AUTEC Experimental area
thus disturbing the usually silent
depths of the area which will
interfere with any Sonar or Sub-
marine radar or listening
devices so I suggest after the
Ministry of Environment has
sent the request to the US
Department of Defence there
will be a solid refusal for these
obvious reasons.
As simple as the presence of

air bubbles in the pipe will
vibrate underwater to an extent
that no sonar will be accurate
and as this is said to be one of
the principal uses for AUTEC,
the testing of on-board sonar
and advanced submarine radar,
then you know the Lease of
AUTEC will override anything
AES would propose. AES sim-
ply needs to have a small LNG
tanker that will ship the gas to
Clifton where there will be
extensive new capacity of stor-
age tanks.
As to licensing of LNG and
the approval of the Ocean Cay
project it was back in the
middle of the second consecu-
tive term of the FNM that the
Government approved, subject
to EIA reports, the principle -
that is now a further 7+ years
later it is unacceptable that
our government retains such

indecision and lack of process. If
with the stringent rules and reg-
ulations which the US Agency,
FERC, has established surely
we just need to use their exper-
tise and approve or reject such a
project without further indeci-
The Cat Cay residents have
objected which is not valid as
you actually cannot see Cay Cay
from Ocean Cay and vice versa.
If there is a two mile safe-zone
between Ocean Cay and the
nearest inhabited island then
safety is covered.
I hope that the new Minister,
so well qualified, at the Min-
istry of Environment will
require the LNG projects to be
dealt with without further delay.
July 4, 2008.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE announcement by the
Marketing Director of BTC
concerning the attempt of BTC
to have the capability to broad-
cast Television on their cell
phone systems is an incredible
statement bearing in mind that
the exclusive franchise for this
service was awarded to Cable
Bahamas some 14, years ago and
still has time to expire.
If and we are told that Gov-
ernment is in the process of con-
tinuing the process started by
the previous government of
negotiating with an investor
group, Blue Water, to acquire a
major equity in BTC just how
can BTC now be taking advan-
tage of a facit which is con-
trolled by the Laws governing
the granting of cable licences
which are required to be ten-
dered following appropriate
advertising and Gazetting.
If what the Public Relations

Executive of BTC is what the
Board of BTC is in the process
of doing then there needs to be
a denial from the Chairman of
BTC and acknowledgment that
if this was taking place this
would be totally in violation of
the law especially if this will be
presented as an asset in the pur-
chasing package under negotia-
Many realising that the ini-

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

tial exclusive cable licence is
coming due have been planning
to compete in a transparent
forum which many argue the
first granting was not.
A clarification is certainly
required of the chairman of

July 16, 2008.

Iur news

Shed light on BTC's

television proposals


I -_





.' I .JsI LL-/- I UI .J.- I I1,, uI..VVJLV I '/-%-L..

Tribune Staff Reporter

"I am vex with the lawless
people in Nassau. The noisy,
vulgar persons who continue
to disturb
Bahamians at
night and in
the early
mornings. .
When you >.
call the police
for help, they
put their V
heads in the I -
sand and say,
'It's nothing
that we can
"What is
this country
coming to
when the
police them-
selves do
nothing to
vexed, Nas-
"For weeks
I have been
trying to get
DSL from
Batelco, what a mess. Dey say
you be hooked up in 48 hours
- more like 48 days. I keep
talking to different people,
they say the problem is on my
line and dey got to fix it
before they can come. They
disconnect my phone 'and
when I call them they say
maybe it is my fault cause I
don't pay my bill.
"Dey tell me someone will
come fix it but they need a
contact number I tell them
dat dey disconnected my con-
tact number.

Dey crazy. Dey making me
cry I tell you. Why can't dey
do nuttin right? I tink dey all
having a big laugh! I wish dey
could give you better service."
Disgusted in Nassau
"I am vex because it
appears as though the only
jobs that
are not list-
ed under
the New
tion Fees
ment are.
those occu-
pied by
cerned Cit-
"I am too
vex at how
wild and
J Bahamians
r" 6 s drive. You
' can't go
nowhere on
the streets
some fool
who mussy
buy his
all up in the
middle of the road and speed-
ing like a maniac. I swear dese
people ain' got no sense. No
wonder innocent people
dying on the streets everyday
"I really wonder where
these traffic police is be
because I think the situation
is getting out of control. Stop
some of these people who
speed racing on the main road
and the jitney and motorbike
drivers who act like they own
the road!"
Mad Motorist

FNM to hold meeting

FNM Elizabeth Constituency Association regular monthly meet-
ing is scheduled for Monday at 7.30pm, Dr Doris Johnson's High
School, Prince Charles Drive. Mr Michael Hudson will be the
guest speaker. Rod Safety will be the topic. All persons are invit-
ed to attn, ,Z ially drivers.

Sir Durward relaunches

biography fundraising

effort to aid charities

Tribune Staff Reporter

SIR Durward Knowles is
relaunching his biography in an
effort to raise funds for the
Bahamas Association for the Phys-
ically Disabled and One Bahamas.
The book, 'Driven by the Stars',
was originally published in 1992
and Sir Durward, 90, is now offer-
ing an additional 1,000 copies of
the biography with the proceeds
from the sale of the books going to
the two charities.
The BAPD, of which Sir Dur-
ward is the patron, cares for chil-
dren with various physical and
developmental disorders, while
One Bahamas works on enhancing
racial unity across the Bahamas.
Sir Durward told The Tribune at
his Winton Heights residence that
he came up with the idea to
relaunch the book because of the
interest many people expressed in
reading it.

Sir Durward has been successful
in soliciting funds from several
companies since he decided to
relaunch the book.
The Royal Bank of Canada, he
said, was the first to come forward
and purchase some of the books.
And thus far, he added, the idea
"has been received with some
"It didn't take long before I got
calls saying that they were quite
willing to donate the money and
they would like very much to
receive the books," he said.
The Bank of the Bahamas,
Insurance Management, Royal
Fidelity and the Rotary Club of
Nassau are some of the corporate
partners who have made purchas-
es or commitments to buy books.
The proceeds from the Rotary
donation will go towards providing
school materials to children inri
The BAPD, noted Sir Durward,
has already assisted in providing
800 wheelchairs to needy children
around the country, and another

200 chairs are on order.
Funds for One Bahamas will
assist those involved in travelling
around the country especially
visiting schools to spread the
message of racial unity.
Last year in Grand Bahama at a
One Bahamas event, Sir Durward
issued a much discussed personal
apology for the way black
Bahamians were treated during the
years of minority rule. Racial rec-
onciliation, he has said on many
occasions, is one of the main
focuses of his life.
The apology, Sir Durward said,
wasn't planned but instead just
came out.
"It is time that we face the facts.
The UBP has done a tremendous
amount of good for this commu-
nity. At the same time they did a
lot of wrong things. And it is time
to bring it to the forefront," he
Sir Durward reflected on the
days of segregation in the
Bahamas when blacks were not
allowed, for example, as guests in

He said that "growing up, I
accepted it because that was what
I was brought up with." However,
he emphasised that these practices
must be acknowledged as wrong
in order to create greater racial
"But it is time to realise that
looking back on it, this was defi-
nitely wrong," he said.
Children and younger people,
he said, are fortunately not as bur-
dened with the experiences of the
Sir Durward is already planning
his next endeavour to raise funds
for One Bahamas and the BAPD.
DVDs of the documentary "Char-
tered Course" based on the life of
Sir Durward will be on sale in
August and the proceeds will go to
the two charities.
Sir Durward will .be signing
books at Logos Bookstore next
Thursday. Books also will be sold
at Chapter One at the College of
the Bahamas and the Christian

Concerns on 'illegal' crawfish harvesting

THE department of Marine
Resources said it has been
receiving worrying reports
about crawfish being harvested
illegally out of season.
In a statement issued yester-
day, the department reminded
the public that the crawfish sea-
son will not be open until
August 1 and will close on
March 31.
"It is illegal to capture craw-
fish at any time other than with-
in the mentioned dates," it said.
"Persons engaged in such activ-
ities are advised to cease from
such practices immediately."
The department also noted
that many Bahamian fishermen
are reportedly fishing with air
compressors apractice thapis
illegal at this tim5,of year.
"Fishermen e reminded

that the use of air compressors
to harvest marine resources is
allowed only during the period
from August 1 to March 31,
"Fishermen are advised that
if they are found with an air
compressor and marine
resources aboard their vessel
during the period when the air
compressor is prohibited, they
are liable to arrest and prose-
cution," the statement said.
"Fishermen and the general
public are reminded that the
crawfish forms the backbone of
the commercial fishing indus-
try in the Bahamas and plays
an important role in the nation-
al economy, providing jobs for
'thousands of Bahamians, earns
,millions of dollars in foreign

exchange and contributes
towards the gross domestic
product of the Bahamas."
It said that those who harvest
crawfish illegally, "whether out
of season or below legal mini-
mum size, and those using air
compressors illegally, present a
clear danger to the livelihoods
of thousands of Bahamians."
The department noted that

violations of fisheries regula-
tions carry "serious conse-



Fo h tor iesbehnd




new paintings


Marie Jeanne Dupuch






No. 2 Colebrooke



- Augu

- 9pm

, 7pm

The Hub

)n runs
ist 9th








July 18th

www.thehubbahamas.org /

**^***II^^^^HI^^^IHI^^^^^^^^^H LOCAL ^NEWSl^H^HI^^^^^^^^^^^^^

lghyyou ex?




Young stars shine in theatre arts school production

Young stars shone brightly last week as
the two-week Regency Arts Theatre
School programme presented their pro-
duction of "HONK! Jr'.
The award winning musical, based on
the familiar story of Hans Christian
Andersen's 'The Ugly Duckling', featured
36 youngg people from Grand Bahama,
many with no previous theatre experi-
Regency Arts Theatre School (RATS)
is a summer school dedicated to teaching
young people between the ages of 10 and
16 about the many facets of theatre pro-
duction, including acting techniques, pro-
ducing and technical production. Created
in 2007 by director Jackie Dack, RATS
has already become known for its quality
and innovation in combining practical
teaching with an actual theatre produc-
Students are given just two weeks to
learn new skills and produce a full-length
stage show for the public. After two years
of such a challenging schedule, the RATS
team has proven up to the task.
"We have had such a awesome team of
people to make this happen," the director
said. "Between myself, our musical direc-
tor Sheena Moree, choreographer Lois
Seiler. our four young teachers' assistants,
and the tremendous support of the par-
ents and the Freeport community, we
have been able to pull this off in great way
again this year." The entire programme is
presented by Freeport Players' Guild, the
46-year-old non-profit community theatre
organisation that operates Regency The-
Hundreds attended the two shows at
Regency Theatre and thrilled to the songs
and performances of the energetic cast.
Proceeds raised from the production
helped defray costs associated with the
summer theatre school and go to support
community theatre in Grand Bahama.


-~ / -
$~~~- ~wL

Erik J Russell / Keen i Media

, .




.' .


Sunday, July 20th, 2008.
11:30 AM Speaker

Elder Brentford Isaacs
No Evening Service
Bible Class: 9-45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m.
Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)
Sisters' Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.n. (2nd Thursday of each month)

..,r4.-S, Town Wesley Methodist
... ,l* -.' Bamnou Hil Rd & CnapelStae, P.O.Box CB-13046.
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
6 (www.gtwesley.org)

7:00 a.m. Bro. Ernest Miller/Rev. Carla Culmer
11:00 am: Election of officers
7:00 pm: Sis. Tezel Anderson/Sis. Marilyn Tinker

"CAstingourcaresuponjimiforiHe..a.iJsJrusI Peter 5:7)


.i..iII j '.,Aorsrip Service .......
Sunday School for all ages ..,
Adult Education ................
Worship Service .....................

8,30 a.m.
9,45 am.
9.45 a.m.
11,00 am.

Spanish Service ..................... 8.00 a.m.
Evening Worship Service ........ 6.30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY at 7:30 p.m.
i-: ,. Bible Teaching
Royal '.-.ger,. 1iFi,? Club) 4-16 yrs.
Missionettes (Girls Club) 4-16 yrs.

FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Youth Ministry Meeting
Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ZNS 1 TEMPLE TIME .

Assembly Of God
Colis veueat t eraeCnteil

Kafe Kalik welcomes NFL star Samari Rolle

Kaf6 Kalik at Festival Place
was transformed into a sports
showground as fans and sup-
porters of NFL superstar
Samari Rolle showed up in
record numbers to "meet and
greet" him.
Sports fanatics were excited
to be in the presence of the Bal-
timore Ravens defensive back,
who is of Bahamian ancestry.
Employees of Kaf6 Kalik
gave Samari, who was accom-
panied by other NFL players, a
true Bahamian experience -
including everything from lip
smacking local cuisine to the
sounds of a fully costumed
junkanoo troop.
Samari's ancestors are the

Rolles from Exuma and the
player says he has a desire to
learn more about his Bahamian
roots and culture. This was the
inspiration for his trip to the
He also wanted to give back
to the land of his heritage, and
he decided to host the 2nd
annual Paradise All-star week-
end football camp.
The camp was covered by
the NFL Network, the official
channel of the NFL, and
afforded 120 Bahamians the
opportunity to showcase their
Rolle's choice of Kaf6 Kalik
Restaurant as the site for his
main dinner reception was not

by chance.
He said that he wanted
everything during the trip to
be "authentically Bahamian"

and was happy that the experi-
ence at the Festival Place,
Prince George Wharf location
was just that.

Sunday School: 10am
Preaching 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

Pastor:H. Mills

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622

Cliurch School during Worship] Service
Place' Twiveam Ieigtls
ff Prince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry

P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone n iinber: 324-2538
Telefax number: 32.1-258-



Grounded In The Past &
:- Geared To The Future

Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am ,
Prayer time: 6:30pm -
The Madeira Shopping
(Next door to CIBC) Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712
EMAIL lynnk@batelnet.bs


TO help members of the
community in these eco-
nomic challenging times,
the New Bethlehem Baptist
Church on Independence
Drive is giving away free
food and clothes at a spe-
cial fair tomorrow.
The church will host a fair
at which people in need will
receive free clothes and oth-
er items.
Free food, free games
and prizes will also be
offered to those attending.
Melissa Williams of the
New Bethlehem Church
told The Tribune yesterday
that this event is something
the church has been plan-
ning in response to the slow
Ms Williams said that the
church has been urging its
congregation to donate as
many items as possible for
the fair.
"We didn't want to run
out of stuff," she said.
The fair will start at 10am
and take place on the
church's grounds on Inde-
pendence Drive.

p^ '?i. .'.

-> >wY

.e77, .

S S c c g grp itr

Teachers craft

real treasures

f t. ...
r t k o




IBWL L O N.ThII!aI It I o I f p a i t'wrk iI

Twenty-two primary science
curriculum coordinators gath-
ered at the Bahamas National
Trusts' Retreat Garden to par-
ticipate in a special workshop
developed to integrate "Trea-
sures in the Sea" a new
teacher's resource developed
by the BNT, the American
Museum of Natural History and
the Ministry of Education -
into the revised primary science
The five-day workshop was
divided into themes such as
."Where is the Bone? (Mollusks,
Sponges and Echinoderms)";
"What are you afraid of and
where do you fit in? (Crus-
taceans)"; "So you gat bone eh-
Does it matter?( Fish)"; and
"Sea For Yourself".
The workshop was facilitat-
ed by Barbara Dorsett, educa-
tion officer in primary science;
Portia Sweeting, director of
education at the BNT, and
Ronique Curry, Joan Knowles,
Dorothy Rolle, and Vanessa
Turnquest, Ministry of Educa-
tion primary science curriculum
The teachers practised
manipulating a real conch and
identifying its anatomy, devel-
oped arts and crafts projects
such as the crawfish critter, and
weighed and measured a real
On the last day of the work-
shop, the educators visited the
Sandy and Rocky Shore ecosys-
tem and practised a fish scav-
enger hunt at the Atlantis

"The workshop provided a
birds-eye'view of how effective
the resource can be in the
implementation of the primary
science curriculum," said BNT
director of education Ms Sweet-
"Not only does it provide
content but teaching strategies
for bringing the Bahamian
marine environment into the
classroom," she said.

"Treasures in the Sea An
Educators Guide to Teaching
Marine Biodiversity", has been
introduced to teachers in Grand
Bahamas, Abaco and New
The BNT workshop is part of
an ongoing programme to train
educators in the use of the
The workshop was supported
by the Ministry of Education
and a grant from Colina Imper-




The Water and Sewerage Corporation is pleased to invite qualified
companies to submit Tender to upgrade and maintain CCTV equipment for the
Water and Sev erage Corporation.

Interested companies can pick up a set of documents at the Corporation's Main
Headquarters #87 Thompson for a fee of Fifty dollars ($50.00). A Pre-Bid Tour
of the facilities is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23d' at 11:00am. All
completed Bid Documents and supporting information must be sealed and
submitted to the WSC by 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 30t 2008.

Tender are to be sealed in an envelope marked "Tender for
CCTV/Surveillance & Equipment Services" and to include service
replacement and repair of all equipment under warranty, repair of equipment,
and delivered to the attention of:

The General Manager
Water & Sewerage Corporation
Administration Building
No. 87 Thompson Boulevard
P.O. Box N-3905
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mr. Godfrey Sherman
General Manager

Telephone: (242) 302-5504
Please note that the Corporation reserves the right to evaluate each proposal
based on merit and qualifications, and that award will not necessary go to the
lowest bidder. Proposals will be evaluated based on Price, Experience
Qualifications, and Capacity.

The Corporation reserves the right to reject any or all tenders, and /or amend the
scope of works prior to award.

Tender for CCTV Services June 2008

Bahamian to attend

leadership summit

BAHAMIAN Dawn Demeritte, a 4th grade student at Aca-
dia University, has been accepted into the 16th International
Youth Leadership Conference, which will be held in Prague,
the Czech Republic.
Dawn, who is presently completing her BA in political sci-
ence, is sponsored by the Bahamas Neurological Centre along
with a number of anonymous individual sponsors who consid-
er the growth of future leaders vital to today's society.
The IYLC is a week-long forum on world politics, interna-
tional relations, law, business and global economy.
It was started in 2000 in Prague as a week-long forum that
now draws an average of 130 university students from over 50
countries across the globe.
The conference itself is a simulation of international organ-
isations such as the International Criminal Court, the United
Nations Security Council and the European Parliament.
The Czech Senate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and var-
ious embassies from around the world will make presenta-
tions during the forum.
Dawn said she is looking forward to representing the
Bahamas at this prestigious conference.

_ _.____.___



* .
F k


Parents today should

beware of 'rig-up money-

grubbing private schools'

> THESE days, rig-up money-grub-
bing private schools, with shoddy
facilities and improperly trained staff,
are springing up throughout town knav-
ishly taking imprudent parents for a ride
while not mentally stimulating their chil-
For the most part, many of these so-
called academies and colleges turn out
poor national exam results and serve as
schools for those rejected, social misfits
who are undesirable at notewortFy pri-
vate schools and banished from govern-
ment schools, or those credulous, smug
parents who are too obsessed with the
perception and supposed status of their
child attending a "private school" to
examine whether or.not they are acade-
mically-sound institutions.

Some of these jokey
schools, with a streak of poor
academic performances,
appear to be operated by
characters who seem more
preoccupied with making
money than in providing stu-
dents with a solid educational
.Accordingto one parent-
Terry Pratt--these discred-
itable educational' wastelands
"cannot stimulate the minds
of exceptional students." He
said: "When you look at
these schools, they have no
establishment, they can't do
much for my daughter that I
can't do because their staff,
in many cases, even ain't real
teachers. Why should I waste
my hard earned money to
send my child to a playpen-
it's like having your car on
empty and parking ya car in
the gas station, but getting no
gas. Ya see, it's just there!
"For me, buddy my child
would be best served at a


government school or one of
those more expensive,
respectable private schools
that has a record of success.
At least, from what I know,
they gat the proper buildings
and trained staff! These par-
ents who breaking the piggy
bank to send their children to
these other places need to
stop wasting they money,"
Mr Pratt continued.
Mr Pratt is correct, particu-
larly since these "academies
.and colleges" can only be
rationally likened to daycare
or after school experiments. I
vividly recall hearing from
two friends a few years ago,
that they were hired in their
first semester at college, to be
teachers at a "private" school
in Palmdale. Both of them,
surprised that they were actu-
ally hired, were wholly
unqualified to effectively
teach anyone, barely ground-
ed in educational strategies
and paid meager salaries to



baby-sit their pupils.
I have been told of several
religious-based and secular
private schools where teach-
ers don't have degrees or any
certification/qualification in
education, unlike the public
schools where teachers are
required to at least have a
Bachelor's degree. Why is
this double standard allowed
to prevail? And, why is the
curriculum, in many
instances, not reflective of
that which is endorsed by the
Ministry of Education for
Bahamian schools? I am
aware of a local private
school that is so American-
ized, the handful of enrolled
students aren't even taught
for the national exams or
taught Bahamian
history/civics, etc.
What is 'the role of the
Ministry of Education in reg-
ulating and scrutinizing these
It is beyond belief how
some fanatical Bahamian par-
ents seem to desire the
notion of prestige above
seeking out a positive, pro-
ductive school environment
for their children.
Instead of shelling out
monies merely to gain status
and proclaim that their child
attends a private school, par-
ents must be more inquisitive
about an institution's record,
learning environment and the
core curriculum. Gone are
the days when genuine nation
builders, such as NGM Major
and Father Pugh chose to
build a nation of erudite citi-
zens over the greedy pursuit
of money.

Lately, there seems to be a
proliferation of motor bikes
being ridden crazily by Evil
Knievel wannabes, who
refuse to wear helmets and
violate just about every street
code in their reckless pursuit
of happiness and sudden

GI B S 0 N

From riding their motorcy-
cles in the wrong direction to
speeding like bats out of hell
to lifting the front wheel
("popping") of their bike in
rush hour traffic to disturbing
the tranquility of quiet neigh-
bourhoods, these disorderly
riders are causing mayhem on
the streets.
Where are the police on
Sunday when these thought-
less bikers seem to rule the
streets with impunity? Every
Sunday, the antics of these
riders in the vicinity of the
Queen Elizabeth Spoits Cen-
tre makes that area a danger
Daily, these inane riders
are endangering the lives of
themselves, and innocent
motorists and pedestrians.
Quite frankly, those riders
with their misguided percep-
tion of immortality should be
reined in and fined, jailed
and have their licences con-
fiscated or suspended. More-
over, it's high time that dri-
vers licences be categorized
and potential motorcycle
licensees be mandated to
undergo a training course
before being issued with a
The irresponsible riding of
motorcyclists have left many
persons-including them--
paralyzed, severely disfig-
ured, dead or grieving a fami-
ly member. Sometime ago, a
police officer was expressing
his concerns to me after pick-
ing up pieces of a biker's
brain that he claimed was
scattered about the road fol-
lowing an horrific accident.
According to him, the atti-
tude of immortality por-
trayed by these wild young-
sters has resulted in the
police/coroner being sum-
moned to scenes where their
only role is to collect the car-
casses and body parts littered
about the streets.

C FA L-'

. '.z':-*,'t4' fSX ,,i E RLIeTD&-RADD SECURITIES AS OF:
/ FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2008 -
..' 1 BIBX ALL SkAfE INDEX: ACLOSE 1,821.5 |I CHO 0.06 I %CHG 0.0Q0 YTD .248.19 I YTD% -11.886
'; FINDEX: ', CLOSE 870.39 I YTD% -8.57% 0/ 2007 28.29%
52wk Hi 52Plk-LoP Securlry Prei-...u C,'ose T.da, s Cose Cr-.ar.ge Dan, ''ci EPS S DI. P'E Vield
1 96 1 51 Abacot. Mare 1 81 1 81 0 IO 0 1.5 o00O 134 00 ;
11.80 11.60 Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00 1.086 0.200 10.9 1.69%/
9.68 9.30 Bank of Bahamas 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.643 0.160 14.5 1.72%
0.99 0.85 Benchmark 0.89 0.89 0.00 -0.823 0.030 N/M 3.37%
3.74 3.49 Bahamas Waste 3.49 3.49 0.00 0.209 0.090 16.7 2.58%
2.70 1.48 Fidelity Bank 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.055 0.040 42.7 1.70%
14.10 10.60 Cable Bahamas 14.04 14.04 0.00 1.121 0.240 12.5 1,71%
3.15 2.35 Colina Holdings 2.88 2.88 0.00 0.048 0.040 62.6 1.39%
B.50 4.80 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.00 7.00 0.00 300 0.440 0.300 15.9 4.29%
7.22 3.20 Consolidated Water BDRs 3.26 3.32 0.06 0.131 .0.052 25.3 1.57%
3.00 2.25 Doctor's Hospital 2.85 2,85 0.00 15.000 0.308 0.040 9.3 1.40%
8.00 6.02 Famguard 8.00 8.00 0.00 0.728 0.280 11.0 3.50%
13.01 12.50 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.650 0.570 19.2 4.56%
14.75 11.65 FirstCarlbbean Bank 11.65 11.65 0.00 6.000 0.550 0.450 21.2 3.86%
8.10 5.05 Focol (S) 5.53 5.53 0.00 0.386 0.140 14.3 2.53%
1.00 1.00 Focol Class B Preference 1.001.00 0.00 0.000 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.00 0.41 Freeport Concrete 0.44 0.44 0.00 0.035 0.000 12.6 0.00%
B.0O 5.50 ICD Utilities 5.50 5.50 0.00 0.407 0.300 13.5 5.45%
12.50 8.60 J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.023 0.620 11.7 5.17%
10 00 10 00 Premier Real Estare 10 G00 1' CC 60u 0 180 Ci 000 55 6 0 00 .C
". .n". ': ,. idelty Over-The-Countler Securitieas
52.k-Hi 52-0.8LO-dS S moc.' B.'1 5 ISK. A LaS P.le ,eak', '. .i EPS S l. S P YEelr
14810 t4 2- R--- Ananerest. c O'401~ff 50 .

14680 14 25 Banam.as Super -a e0s 1 41 60 11 6.'0 14 60 1 16"0 o 600 o 1 4 4
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 .25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7
0 54 0 20 RND HGioin,'gs uC 35 0r -, C, 35 -0 023 o 000 NIM 0
.- : :Coilnai Over-The-CoUnrer Securiltes
41 00 4100 GO ABDAB 4d 0 .1 ,u 41 i'., 4 415 ")0 9 0 6
'14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 0.900 13.4 6
0 55 0 40 RND H,:.idi,-.gs 45 '5 (.., .-0 023 u 000 N .1 0
.." BISX LUsled Mutual Funds
52w.-rIl 52k.-L.o Fur.a Name NA'. VTD,.- Last 12 r.1.-.ir.s Di.$ Yield
1.3231 1.2576 Colina Bond Fund 1.323145*-* 2.41% 5.21%
3.0008 2.7399 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.990639"*. -0.34% 9.15%
1.4020 1.3467 Collna Money Market Fund 1.401975"8- --. 1.96% 4.23%
3.7969 3.3971 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.6007"" -5.17% 9.38%
12.2702 11.6581 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 12.2702*** 2.82% 5.73%
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.001*
100.0000 98.2100 CFAL Global Equity Fund 99.956603* -0.04% -9.04%
1.0000 1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00*
10.5000 9.5611 Fidelity International Investment Fund 9.5611-** -8.94% -8.94%
1.0077 1.0000 FG Financial Preferred Income Fund 1.0077-**" 0.77% 0.77%
1.0119 1.0000 FG Financial Growth Fund 1.0119".... 1.19% 1.19%
1.0086 1.0000 FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.0086...* 086% 0.86%
W'.,.- fMarkel Terrr N.AV. Key
SOZ AJL. .,-r. 1. e: = :,:.: :.: .. E,_- : ,aas '. : ,- je.,,3e-C ,eZ g : .: ,- e ji ia :p 2000
52Wk-HI HigheSt ctlosng price in last 52 w Bid Buying price of Colnm and Fidelity -- 31 December 2007
2wk1,-ow Lest closing price in last 52 week. Ask S Selling price of Colln and fidelity 30 June 2008
PrevkJs Close Previot day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-tha.-co.er p -- 31 April 2008
TodAy'l Close Current day'sa rghtod price for dally vome Weekly Vol Trading volume of tM prior week "" 31 May 2008
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the tast 12 mtha ...... 27 June 2008
Daly Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Vale
DV S Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not MoaningfO
PIE Cloaing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
:S) 4-for-1 Stock Spit Effective Date 818/2007
ki.LTO.T.AbU CALL, CFAL 24-sB02-7010 I F1DELITV 242-330-7764 I FOG CAPITALPd M RKETS 24A2-364000 I'FOR MORES, lNf--'EsLii ,Nd 'E Li ME ,


'-3 :

This past Monday, I visited
the Department of Housing
on Thompson Boulevard to
inquire about a personal mat-
ter. Upon walking up the stair
and entering the office area, I
greeted the receptionist and
two persons who were seated
and waiting for whomever
they had come to see. Follow-
ing this, I proceeded to seek
information from the secre-
tary who went on to publicly
address me in a discourteous,
hostile manner while staring
scowlingly at me.
Taken aback, I spoke to her
sternly about her' attitude and
sought to discover what could
possibly have warranted her
boorish behaviour. Her
response was that I had inter-
rupted the trifling conversa-
tion I heard her having with
the persons waiting on the
couch and that I should have
stood around until she wished
to addressed me. I was livid!
After finally ascertained
the information I sought, I
left and was applauded on the
stairway by one of the per-
sons on the couch who had
witnessed the encounter and
expressed their detestation of
the nasty attitude of similar
civil servants, who blatantly
disregard customers.
Furthermore, at the door, I
ran into a Mr Dean who over-
sees the department. He told
me that that was his first day
as he had recently been
assigned to head the depart-
ment. After hearing my com-
plaint, he apologized and
expressed his concerns about
poor customer service.
In addition to poor face-to-
face service, the phones are
hardly answered at both gov-
ernment and private offices
(eg, BEC, BTC, Fidelity, etc).
Although the Prime Minister
pledged to rid all government
offices of those annoying
automated answering
machines, Bahamians are still
being answered by automated
operators or are frustratingly
transferred from one exten-
sion to another until an
answering machine, with a
drawn-out voice message
promising to return a call,
comes on. Unfortunately,
many Bahamians can attest to
rarely having their calls
If someone is not at their
desk, why wouldn't an impo-
lite receptionist simply say
that they aren't in, instead of
transferring callers from one
answering machine to anoth-


0 In brief

Tropical stormns

Fausto and

Bertha pose no

threat to land


to became a hurricane Friday
far off Mexico's Pacific coast,
while Bertha strengthened
back into a hurricane in the
open Atlantic, according to the
Associated Press.
The U.S. National Hurri-
cane Center in Miami said nei-
ther storm is expected to
threaten land. Tropical Storm
Elida, far off Mexico's Pacific
Coast, was also expected to
stay in the open sea.
Bertha became a Category 1
hurricane with maximum sus-
tained winds near 75 mph. It
was located about 640 miles
(1,000 kilometers) south of
Cape Race, Newfoundland,
and moving northeast at 22
mph (35 kph).
Bertha battered Bermuda
earlier this week, knocking out
electricity to thousands on the
Atlantic tourist destination.
According to the hurricane
center, it is the longest-lived
July tropical storm in history.
Hurricane Fausto had max-
imum sustained winds of 75
mph (120 kph). It was cen-
tered was about 435 miles (700
kilometers) southwest of Man-
zanillo, Mexico, and was mov-
ing northwest at 13 mph (20
Tropical Storm Elida con-
tinued to weaken, with maxi-
mum sustained winds of 40
mph (65 kph). The storm was
expected to be a depression


.HUNDREDS of baby
penguins swept from the
icy shores of Antarctica
and Patagonia are washing
up dead on Rio de
Janeiro's tropical beaches,
rescuers and penguin
experts said Friday.
More than 400 penguins,
most of them young, have
been found dead on the
beaches of Rio de Janeiro
state over the past two
months, according to
Eduardo Pimenta, superin-
tendent for the state
coastal protection and envi-
ronment agency in the
resort city of Cabo Frio.
While it is common here
to find some penguins -
both dead and alive -
swept by strong ocean cur-
rents from the Strait of
Magellan, Pimenta said
there have been more this
year than at any time in
recent memory;
Rescuers and those who
treat penguins are divided
over the possible causes.
Thiago Muniz, a veteri-
narian at the Niteroi Zoo,
said he believed overfish-
ing has forced the penguins
to swim further from shore
to find fish to eat "and that
leaves them more vulnera-
ble to getting caught up in
the strong ocean currents."

The Public is hereby advised that I, LORENA DESMOND
of Palm Beach Street, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to LORENA DESMOfIGLE. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that RONY MITCHELL OF
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 19th day of JULY, 20081 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SYLVIA FRANK OF FAITH
CR-54802, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 19th
day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 12th day of JULY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, CHRISTNA MARIE.SMITH
of #39 Davis St., Oakes Field, P.O. Box N-10044, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to CHRISNA MARIA
SMITH. If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.


-- -- --







_. . ,........ . ........--.

crew of the
Humane Society o
are thankful forEl
the community
support that __.__k
helped to make r' .,__
the new shelter s h e
and care facility 1

CUTTING the ceremonial ribbon to open the centre were
(L-RI Erika Gates, Edith Kadar. Tip Burrows and Frances
Singer Hayward (with HSGB president Chris Johnston in
the background


THE board of directors for the
Rotary Club of West Nassau for
the year 2008-2009.
Seated from left to right:
Paul Hepburn, secretary;
Caldwell Pratt, first vice-presi-
dent; Michael Hepburn, presi-
dent; Eric Lopez, second vice-
president; Carleton Blair, direc-
tor of fundraising
Standing from neft to right:

Gerry Smith, director of club
service; Philip Watkins, director
of vocational service; Harry
Kemp, immediate past presi-
dent; Pat Strachan, director of
public relations: and Delric
Beneby, director of community
service. Missing from photo
are Jeff Kerr, treasurer, and
Brendon Watson, past adviser
to the district governor.

GUESTS marvelled at the open cat col6on roori, i'n which 1'8
adult cats are residing quite comfortably without cages.

TWO hundred benefactors,
supporters and volunteers
were on hand to enjoy food,
drink, live music, and tours of
the newly opened Grand
Bahama Humane Society ani-
mal welfare and adoption cen-
Father Rudolph Cooper of
St Stephen's Anglican Church
in Eight Mile Rock gave the
invocation and later asked a
blessing for the building and
its staff and animals.
. President of the HSGB
Chris Johnston gave the open-
ing remarks and thanked the
contributors, particularly Sir
Jack Hayward. Commenting
that, without Sir Jack's sup-
port, the building would not
have been possible, Mr John-
ston said: "To you, Sir Jack,
we would say a heart felt
thanks from all of us assem-
bled here today".
Cutting the ceremonial rib-
bon to open the centre were
Frances Singer Hayward, Eri-
ka Gates, Edith Kadar and
HSGB managing director Tip
Burrows, who delivered the
closing remarks.
The highlight of the evening
was the new shelter itself and
the animals already in resi-
dence. The cheery yellow
building sits on two-and-a-half
fenced acres and includes .two
completed dog kennels, two
dog kennels still under con-
struction (scheduled for com-
pletion in late summer), two
cat rooms, 24 outside dog
pens, a laundry room, surgery
room; exam/bathing room,
office space', retail shop, and.'
food preparation and storage
The site also features The
Amigo Friendship Park, and

' The Tribune

will be publishing its annual

The Emmie Rose Memorial
Garden. The park will be used
for exercise, as well as training
classes and shelter events. The
Memorial Garden is designed
to be a tranquil space, land-
scaped with native plants and
trees, and will feature per-
sonalised brick pavers, avail-
able for purchase through the
The guests marvelled at the
open cat colony room, iri
which 18 adult cats are living
quite comfortably without
cages. They enjoy high perch-
es and comfortable beds while'
they await adoption.
The dog kennels are clean
and spacious. Mrs Burrows
said: "We are thrilled with our
new facility and look forward'
to providing much better care
for these animals than we'
were previously able. Our.
hqpe is that the public will
feel more comfortable com-,
ing to such a nice place to find
a pet, and that our adoptions;
will increase greatly as a
The Humane Society of
Grand Bahama was founded'
in 1968 by a group of dedicat-
ed volunteers. The HSGB
remains the only animal wel-
fare organisation on Grand
In 2007, more than 1,200,
animals were taken in. Then
HSGB has established inten-,
sive spay/neuter and educa-r
tion programmes with the aim;
of reducing the animal over-'
population problem and help-l
ing people become more
responsible pet owners: 'C
The shelter. is .operi t'
receive animals from 9am to
5pm every day except Sun!-



supplement in August/September. In preparation for the supplement, which ill
feature all graduating seniors who will be attending university/college, whether
locally or abroad, we invite all parents, guardians and graduating seniors to submit
a profile on the graduate, along with a photograph and contact information.

* Name of student
* High School you are graduating from
* Age


* Name of parents
* A list of exams already taken and the results eg Bahamas Junior Certificate < BJC i
exams and Pitman exams
* A list of exams expected to be taken Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) exams
* The college/university they expect to attend eg College of the Bahamas, Harx ard
University, University of Miami
* Name of degree expected to be sought eg Bachelors degree in English, Bachelors
degree in biology
* What career they expect to enter once their education is completed a doctor, Math
teacher, engineer
* All extracurricular activities club memberships, team sports/track and field, church
* A list of honours/awards/recognition student has received

Please include your telephone/contact information and also note that photos will not be
returned. Forward all information to Lisa Lawlor, Tribune Junior Reporter at e-mail
lisalawlor@gmail.com or features@tribunemedia.net -please note 'Back To School' ir
the subject line. The information may also be hand delivered or mailed to

Back To School
The Tribune
Shirley and Deveaux Streets
P O Box N-3207
Nassau. Bahamas.



I*.g ii


Associated Press Writer
(AP) Hundreds of baby
penguins swept from the icy
shores of Antarctica and
Patagonia are washing up
dead on Rio de Janeiro's
tropical beaches, rescuers and
penguin experts said Friday.
More than 400 penguins,
most of them young, have
been found dead on the
beaches of Rio de Janeiro
state over the past two
months, according to Eduar-
do Pimenta, superintendent
for the state coastal protec-
tion and environment agency
in the resort city of Cabo Frio.
While it is common here to
find some penguins both
dead and alive swept by
strong ocean, currents from
the Strait of Magellan, Pimen-
ta said there have been more
this year than at any time in
recent memory.
Experts are divided over,
the possible causes.
Thiago Muniz, a veterinar-

ian at the Niteroi Zoo, said
he believed overfishing has
forced the penguins to swim
further from shore to find fish
to eat "and that leaves them
more vulnerable to getting
caught up in the strong ocean
Niteroi, the state's biggest
zoo, already has already
received about 100 penguins
for treatment this year and
many are drenched in petro-
leum, Muniz said. The Cam-
pos oil field that supplies most
of Brazil's oil lies offshore.
Muniz said he hadn't seen
penguins suffering from the
effects of other pollutants, but
he pointed out that already
'deid penguins aren't brought
in for treatment.
Pimenta suggested pollu-
tion is to blame.
"Aside from the oil in the
Campos basin, the pollution is
lowering the animals' immu-
nity, leaving them vulnerable
to funguses and bacteria that
attack their lungs," Pimenta
: said,' quoting biologists who
work with him.

MAdi11 ntat n


Top US envoy joins

Iran nuclear talks

Associated Press Writer

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -
A senior U.S. envoy will sit
eye-to-eye for the first time
Saturday with a top Iranian
nuclear negotiator, a sharp
reversal in U.S. policy that
aims to entice Tehran into end-
ing activities that could be used
to make atomic weapons.
The move to send Under-
secretary of State William
Burns to the Geneva nuclear
talks has raised the hackles of'
Washington hardliners who say
it signals U.S. weakness. But
supporters insist because both
Tehran and the United States
want to ease tensions, the
move could breathe life into
deadlocked nuclear talks.
On the eve of the meeting;
Frefnch Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said the
talks offered hope for a peace-
ful solution to the standoff
over Tehran's nuclear pro-

LVIUUUi1 e AcoPUeLILionIl gram.
p But he also expects no quick
i changes from Iran, which has
said "the essentials" an
unveils its targets apparent reference to sus-
pending uranium enrichment
ROMultimately to open to them the will not be on the table.
FROM page one door to the international mod- "After the Geneva meeting,
eling world under the expert we must not hope for an
standing of the fashion indus- guidance of the modeling indus- ,improvement, a change of ati-
try." try's most prestigious interna- tude, right away," h'e said ip,.
Ford Models' Supermodel of tional agency, Ford Models Paris.
the World is an annual global Inc.," Ms Minier said. Initially, supporters of the
scouting search that scours over For the Supermodel Bahamas negotiations' say, the U.S and
50 countries around the world finale in October, Ford Mod- its allies could agree to stop
for new faces. els,..Vih other noted industry pushing for new U.N. sanctions
Now in its 28th year, the pf nals will trael to Nas- if Tehran stops expanding its
search was the first of its kind sawiidselect a local winner to uranium-enrichment capacities
and continues to be the industry cflele against 51 other young setting the stage for fuller
forerunner, each year granting w Vn from around the world negotiations and what the
three money guarantee contract f 0O.O00 in modeling con- West hopes will be agreement
prizes that will total some ttir with the world leading from Tehran to dismantle its,
$500,000. agency" enrichment program.' .
"Through the Supermodel of The goal of Models242 is to Uranium enrichment can
the Bahamas we hope to offer become one of the top model produce both reactor fuel and
young Bahamian women and management agencies in the the core of nuclear warheads.
pate in the,. -,o-t-- "".it"
eminent '. .- f- peaceful uses and continues
seen by the as ionianusrYsn e country s diverse ethnic tre s U e
most influential people, and backgrounds. three sets of U.N. Security



Council sanctions sparked by
concern that Iran's ultimate
goal is to make weapons..
The Americans are part of
a six-nation effort the per-
manent Security Council mem-
bers plus Germany trying
to encourage Iran to suspend
its nuclear efforts in exchange
for economic and political
The venue of Saturday's
talks reflects the potential sig-
nificance of the meeting.:
The Hotel de Ville, or city
hall; stninds at the top of
Geneva's Old Town. Its neo-
classical'rooms have hosted
important international nego-
tiations since 1872, when an
arbitration tribunal ordered
Britain to pay the United
States $1,5.5 million in Civil
War damages; It was also the
first home' of the League of
Nations, predecessor of today's
United Nations.
The all-day talks, formally
led by EU envoy Javier Solana
and Iranian negotiator Saeed
Jalili, start at 11 a.m.
American officials, have
insisted that Burns' presence
will be a "one-time event" and
he will listen to the Iranians
but will not be negotiating.
They also say the U.S. contin-
ues to demand that Iran fully
freeze uranium enrichment -
.- pQintSeqetpryof State Con-
doleezia kice again drove
home Friday/.' *
Sending Bitins to Geneva is
a "strong signal" that the Unit-
ed States is serious about
diplomacy, but the U.S. con-
tinues to insist the start of
negotiations with Iran is con-
tifigent on "the verifiable sus-
pension of Iran's enrichment
and reprocessing activities,"
*h trlrl .lndrirtare at tho etate

turn" in the U.S. stance on
"To the Iranians, it will send
a sign of the political weakness
of a (U.S.) administration in
its last days and desperate for a
deal," he told The Associated
The United States and its
five partners (Britain, France,
Germany, Russia and China)
have insisted all along that they
want a full halt to Iranian
enrichment. Still, Burns' deci-
sion to attend the Geneva talks
shows that Washington may
accept something less than full
suspension, at least as a first
step, to achieve its ultimate
goal under a "freeze-for-
freeze" proposal.
The "freeze-for-freeze" idea
envisions a six-week commit-
ment from both sides. Prelim-
inary talks meant to lead to
formal nuclear negotiations
would start, Iran could contin-
ue enrichment but only at its
present level, and the U.S. and
its allies would stop pushing
for new U.N. sanctions.
If that results in the start of
formal talks, the Iranians
would stop all enrichment tem-
porarily. Those talks, in turn,
are meant to secure Tehran's'
commitment for an indefinite
ban on enrichment.
Iranian Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki, speak-
ing in Ankara on Friday, said
the talks could also result in
agreements to open a U.S.
interest-protection bureau in
Iran and establish have direct
flights between the two

AIDS research:,

sA1 LeILU -o Lepo aLUU
Policy hawks disagree. John J -I 1 1 1 1 Sl
Bolton, former U.S. ambas-
sador to thqUn.ef Natiohn:'s ". g Ns'o. ." ,S' ".,' .
-and undersecretary of stat-n -.. --c- ... -.-- -. -
'charge of TWn's nuclealrfile, es of infection in Afnca can-
said the move represents a "U- not be cconfed by these
non-biological factors solely.
The United Nations estimates
Brot s. that 3.3 per cent of the Bahami-
Bethel Brothers Morticians an population between the ages
of 15 and 49 years suffer from
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030 HIV/AIDS equivalent to
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026 around 6,800 people and giving
the Bahamas one of the highest
SEM 'I- ILIT ARYIf contraction rates per hundred
persons in the Caribbean
region, below Haiti, but above
countries like Jamaica.
Yesterday, Bahamas-based
Retired Assistant Dr Stanley Reid, a former
Commissioner of Police Director of Infectious Diseases
COURTNEY with the Hospital for Sick Chil-
VERNON STRACHAN SR. dren in Toronto, Canada, and
Q.P.M, C.P.M, 79 present consultant to the
Bahamian Ministry of Health
of #4 Madeira Straight, Skyline on HIV/AIDS said that while
Heights and formerly of San the data could potentially be
Salvador will be held on Tuesday "very significant" it must be
July 22nd, at 10.30am at St. approached with "a healthy
Francis Xavier Cathedral, West scepticism."
Hill Street. Monsignor Preston According to Dr Reid,
Moss assisted by Fr. Glen Nixon although "potentially interest-
will officiate. Interment will ing" he would like to see more
follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, i research conducted to back-up
Nassau Street. the findings.
"The problem is if you look
Survivors includes, wife, of 58 years Sybil Louise (Nee) Coakley; for it you can often find all
son. Courtney V. Jr. (Marilyn); daughters, Kyron; Michadla; Flora kinds of associations," said Dr
and Zandra; adopted daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Darville; Marquetta Reid.
Collie and Alviria Johnson; grand-children, Kvon E. Strachan, The scientist questioned why
Dashanda and Desiree Pinder; his siblings and their families, Sister the findings were published in
Agatha Hunt, children of the late Raliegh Hunt and their families, what he described as an
children of the late Rcbecca Hunt and their families, wife and children "obscure"' journal rather than
of the late Jerome Hunt and their families, Martin (Virgil) Hunt and a more well-known publication.
family, Rosemary Hunt and family, Perry Strachan and family; However, he admitted that in
Anthony Strachan and family; Eula (Patrick) Edwards and family; some cases major break-
one aunt, Eloise Lightfoot; his in-laws and their families, children through have been document-
of the Late Lovely Coakley and their families; Flora M. Hanna and ed in less high-profile journals if
family, Child of the Late Roderick B. Coakley, Agnes (Ormond) reviewers from better journals
Burnside and family, child of the late Ronald Coakley; Stafford (Joan) "missed the point" of the
Coakley and Family; Bismark Coakley and Family; Judith (Arthur) research or felt that at that time
Chase and Family; Ursula Coakley .4d Family; Catherine Coakley it needed further substantiation,
and Famnily and Frederica Colebrofke'anaFamily of Miami, Flordia; which it later goes on to secure.
his caregivers, Agatha Sewell and Michel Blanc; numerous grand "They might not think there's
and great grand nieces and nephews, relatives include, the enough good solid data at the
descendants of the late Beatrice Hepburn, Nora Tumquest and family, present time then it turns out
the Late Milo B. Strachan, the Late David B. Strachan, the Late that as more people look at it
Bestelle Strachan; the Late, Mol.y Strachan, the Late Nehemiah the more they find that its true.
'Strachan, and the Late Jane (Strachan) Butler; special friends include, Asked how a finding such as
Mr. George Sands, Mr. Ricardo Moss andfamily, Mr. Calvin Balfour, these could affect the treatment
Mr. Richard Dean, Mrs. Agatha Rodgers, Sidney and Gwen McKenzie, of HIV/AIDS, if at all, Dr Reid
The Descendants of the Late Ishniael Lightbourne and their families, said: "That's a good question.
Residents of Skyline Heights A Chippingham, The Sisters of St. What can you do that's not
Martins Convent, The Retired Association of Police Officers, Acting already being done other than
Commissioner Reginald Ferguson and The Royal Bahamas Police more awareness raising and pre-
Force, The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, Arch-Bishop Patrick vention campaigns and all those
Pinder, the Catholic Clergy and St. Francis Xavier Church family, kinds of things?"
Arch-deacon I. Ranfurly Brown and St. Agnes Church family, Bishop His sentiments echoed those
Co-Adjutor and Mrs. Laish Boyd, Retired Suffragan Bishop and Mrs. of the study's UCL researcher
Gilbert Thompson, Officers and Members Kiwanis Club Fort Dr Robin Weiss, who told
Montague, Dr. Cecil Bethel and staff, Dr. Adrian Sawyer and Staff, TIME magazine that the
Dr. Dean Tseretopoulos and Staff, Dr. Robin Roberts and Staff, doctors research findings "doesn't real-
and nurses at Accident and Emergency Princess Margaret Hospital, ly help us think about a vaccine
Forth Terrace and Imaging Diagnostic Centre family, Sunshine (and) it also doesn't really help
Holdings/Arawak Homes family, The Registrar General and in other ideas about preven-
Department of Public Personnel families and many more too numerous tion."
to mention. However, the London-based
scientist suggested that experts
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, may now focus on determining
#44 Nassau Street on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on what it is about the gene that
Tuesday at the Cathedral from 9.30 a.m. until service time. slows the progression of AIDS,
in the hope of inspiring new

20, 2007


VY//Z Z/0/W/o



Born: Feb. 18, .19 15

Died: July

0/c ~~2e7J

On the wings of death and sorrow
God sends us hope for tomorrow
And in His mercy and His grace,
He gives us strength to bravely face, '
The lonely days that stretch ahead
And know our loved one is not dead,
But Only sleeping and out of sight
In that land where there is no night. F
(By Helen Steiner Rice)




PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008

U.S. interests in Iran are
now represented by the Swiss
Embassy in Tehran.
Iran and the United States
broke off diplomatic relations
after the 1979 Islamic Revolu-
tion and hostage crisis at the
U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Offi-
cial contacts between the two
countries are extremely rare.
If the Geneva talks make lit-
tle progress, the White House
will have some tough decisions
to make, now that it has at
least stretched if not bro-
ken its own rules on engag-
ing the Iranians face to face on
the nuclear issue. The admin-
istration could decide to pull
out of the six-nation group try-
ing to entice Iran into negotia-
That would surely cripple
the diplomatic effort to engage
Tehran on the nuclear front -
and increase fears of a U.S.
military option, something the
Bush administration has
refused to rule out.
Tensions over Iran's nuclear
activities began five years ago,
with revelations that it had hid-
den enrichment activities for
nearly two decades. A U.S.
intelligence estimate last year
says Iran tried to make nuclear
weapons at least until 2003 -
allegations Tehran vehement-
ly denies.
Iran suspended enrichment
that year but resumed in 2005
after rejecting EU incentives
for a long-term halt to enrich-
The Geneva talks are based
on a revamped version of the
2005 incentive package.



~T. ~p





SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008, PAGE 11
. : *! -

.:'.. .. ^ o .? . .... - - '-,. '

.. .'..


, ,.; ,.w t,, ,< ,
, '- :'. :"*J .

FRDA JU l 22,


7- p










tv-,- ^N
Li V!^'*

r^ qwl
ct 4

Forsythe's Christian Bookshop
100% Bible Bookstore-


.. Celebrating years

S -



A. ':I
- . -_



r.,- .,., ---*




LI . .

Q '.,.



Thai farmers look to

bats as free, flying food

from Baan
Toom, Thai-
land, in the
province of
Kalasin, display
their bat catch-
ing abilities
Monday, July
14, 2008.

* BAAN TOOM, Thailand

WHILE movie fans the
world over rave about
the new Batman film,
Sthe only stir bats are causing
in this poor farming village is
in a cooking pot, according to
the Associated Press.
They've been scarfing bats down in
Baan Toom for as long as anyone can
remember, roasting the little, flying
beasts on spits over charcoal fires or
mincing them up into a traditional
Thai dish.
The farmers say the meat is deli-
cious, and, with a big smile, they
claim it also gives them sexual pow-

; 1 HiW l.Jfi~f~gM

While their hamlet appears idyllic,
it sits in the northeastern province of
Kalasin, the poorest region in Thai-
land, where local officials say
incomes average barely $70 a months
The lack of money means few com-
forts, and the work in the paddy
fields is backbreaking and hot,.
But there are compensations, the
villagers say the abundance of free
When the farmers fancy something
different for dinner, they leave their
rice seedlings, wade out of the bath-
warm paddies, grab a net and long
poles and go bat hunting. The quarry
is a creature of habit and it takes just
a few minutes to reach the bats' regu-
lar hangouts the sugar-palm trees
that shade the dikes above this water-
logged landscape.

Before springing the trap, Kam-
gong Phunasee chants an incantation
in the local dialect, asking the bats'
forgiveness for what awaits them.
The 66-year-old says he doesn't know
the proper Thai to translate his words
- they are magic words learned
from his father and grandfather.
There is nothing magical about the
hunt. The farmers crash poles into
the trees and bats tumble down into
the waiting net in a cascade of broken
foliage and flapping wings.
"It's not hard to catch them. They
just fall right out of the tree. Other
times we smoke them out," says
Supan Insang, the group's "Batcatch-
er-General," who claims to have
bagged as many as 200 in a single
But it's slim pickings on this day,

just a half dozen squealing and strug-
gling in the mesh. He blames the
presence of journalists.
The A nted species is called
"kangkhao noo," or "mouse bat,"
because of its small size.
It doesn't look like much of a meal,
but Kamgong insists the bats are
quite tasty and, he adds, provide sex-
ual benefits for the old men who con-
sume them so voraciously.
"They do wonders for your libido
and they give you stamina. And if
you have them with traditional medi-
cine, they boost your performance,"
he says, laughing.
The men prepare the bats without
sentimentality. The creatures are
plunged into boiling water. Once
dead, they're plucked of their fur and
roasted on glowing charcoal, wings,

guts and all. The chopped-up meat is
mixed with fresh herbs, a little sugar
and spicy paste and then fried.
Still, this could be the last genera-
tion to hunt bats for food in Baan
Toom, which translates as Closed
Flower Village. Many people here
seem to think like 14-year-old Peam
"I'd never even think of eating bat.
It's too weird and I'd be scared to eat
it," the schoolboy says while watch-
ing his grandfather dig into a bowl of
Bats are known to carry diseases,
including rabies. But the old farmers
in Baan Toom don't scare easily.
"Bat meat, it's so tender and
sweet," Kamsee Phuphala, 57, says
between mouthfuls. "You can eat the
whole thing."






MANDELA celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by urging the wealthy to
share with the less fortunate and by saying he wished he had been able to
spend more time with his family during the anti-apartheid struggle. Mandela
was imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against apartheid.

Pope: All faiths must unite against those who use religion to justify violence

* SYDNEY, Australia
representatives of Islam and
other faiths that they must unite
to combat religion's role in "sin-
ister And indiscriminate" vio-
lence, according to the Associat-
ed Press.
Without mentioning terror-
ism directly, the pontiff said
there were those in who were
using religion "as a cause of divi-
sion rather than a force for uni-
ty" in a 40-minute exchange
with Australian Jewish, Muslim,
Hindu and Buddhist leaders in

"In a world threatened by sin-
ister and indiscriminate forms
of violence, the unified voice of
religious people urges nations
and communities to resolve con-
flicts through peaceful means
and with full regard for human
dignity," Benedict told the lead-
ers, gathered in the gothic sur-
rounds of Australia's largest
Roman Catholic cathedral as
part of the church's global youth
Harmony between religion
and public life is especially
important in these days, he said.

The remarks come as the Vat-
ican tries to cool lingering anger
among Muslims over a speech
Benedict gave in 2006 that
appeared to associate Islam with
violence. Benedict quickly apol-
ogized for the link.
In reply, the delegates from
the other creeds welcomed the
pope's inclusionary stance,
though Sheikh Mohamadu
Saleem of the National Imams
Council of Australia noted dis-
crimination between faiths was
still a problem.
Muslims should be more
understanding of other religions,

he said, adding: "At the same
time, a significant amount of the
Christian groups and other reli-
gions must overcome their prej-
udice to Muslims and Islam."
The meeting was one element
of a busy Friday schedule for
the 81-year-old pontiff at World
Youth Day, which organizers
say has attracted more than
200,000 young Catholics to Aus-
tralia's largest city. Two days
into his four-day official pro-
gram, the pope looked fit and
Benedict, who last week said
his church was in "crisis" in the

West because of many had lost
faith in God, held a separate
meeting with deputies of Chris-
tian denominations.
He urged them to cooperate
against secularism and apathy
- saying those shared problems
were greater than any differ-
ences among them.
"I think you would agree that
the ecumenical movement has
reached a critical juncture," he
told the Christian representa-
tives. "We must guard against
any temptation to view doctrine
as divisive and hence an imped-
iment to the seemingly more

pressing and immediate task of
improving the world in which
we live."
The pope blessed the open-
ing scene of a live reenactment
of the stations of the cross -
the Bible's depiction of Christ's
last days that was played out
through Sydney, with some of
the city's most recognizable
landmarks in the backdrop.
Pilgrims lined the streets to
watch the recreation, which
stretched over three hours and
included often stark scenes of
brutality toward Jesus, includ-
ing his being nailed to a cross.

ReW1 t4 a4

(242) 357-8472

P.O. Box N-4659-,
Nassau, Bahamas



PAGE 12, SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2008

A IfAranrtlin (6. 3e rguso, ot,