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PM for ‘litany of lies

By ALISON LOWE
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AFTER being accused by the
Prime Minister of a history of
failing to pay debts owed and of
being unwilling to accept the will
of the people in elections, PLP
leader Perry Christie yesterday
lashed out at Mr Ingraham for
what he termed “a rambling,
incoherent, litany of lies.”

Mr Ingraham stated in a Sun-
day press conference that the FNM would seek to have the
PLP put up “security” funds to pay for the election court

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ARMED burglars tied up
two women in their home and
shot and killed a man before
getting away with their stolen
goods early yesterday morn-
ing.

It was one of four armed
robberies that took place on
Monday in addition to a stab-
bing.

Police say two men armed
with handguns broke into the

from the park in South Beach
estates, just before 1.30am.

They reportedly tied up
McPhee’s girlfriend and
daughter, then rummaged for
jewellery and other valuables
to steal.

McPhee was also robbed by
the armed intruders before
they shot him in the head. He
was taken to hospital by
ambulance where he died of
his injuries.

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POLICE Sergeant Juan
Pratt, who was accused of
having sex with two under-
age girls, was yesterday
acquitted at Freeport Mag-
istrate’s Court.

Deputy Chief Magistrate
Helen Jones delivered the
judgment in Court 3, where
Pratt was indicted on two
counts of unlawful sexual
intercourse in May 2007.

Pratt, the son of St Cecilia
MP Cynthia Pratt, was
arrested on May 7, 2007,

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Mrs Eileen
Farmer dies

MRS Eileen Farmer died at
her San Souci home at 6 pm on
Sunday.

The Farmer family arrived in
Nassau from the UK in 1948
when Mr Farmer joined the late
Sir Victor Sassoon as his
accountant. The family made
Nassau their home.

Mrs Farmer was predeceased
by her husband, John Farmer;
son, Christopher Farmer, and
daughter Alannah Martin.

She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Frances Farmer; sons, John,
Damien, Michael and Patrick
Farmer; son-in-law, Michael
Martin; daughters-in-law, Pia,
Denise and Laura Farmer; and
grandchildren, David and
Natasha Martin, Daniel,
Meghan and Timothy Kelly,
Sonia, Liam, Danielle,
Dominique and Ethan Farmer.

Funeral services will be held
for Mrs Farmer at Sacred Heart
Church on Saturday, February
27, at 3pm.

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Man facing retrial charged
with another murder

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net




A 22-YEAR-OLD man facing a retrial in a 2008 murder
case was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday on anoth-
er murder charge.

SEE page 12

The Taste

Student who blew whistle on
sex allegations ‘punished’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Government set to
amend net fishing law

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe @tribunemedia.net

THE North Andros High School student

THE government is set to amend the law to | who blew the whistle on allegations of sex-

prohibit “purse seine” or net fishing in The
Bahamas after receiving a flood of calls and e-
mails from concerned Bahamians, environ-
mentalists and sportsfishermen fearing that a
large fishing vessel is set to wreak havoc on
Bahamian tuna stocks using the controversial

SEE page 10

ual misconduct involving a teacher has
reportedly been punished by island school
officials, according to sources in Andros.
The 17-year-old youth who, according
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LOCAL NEWS



New national stadium
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YINQING SUN, Chief of Technical Matters for the Qilu Construction
Group Corporation, leads the tour of the new stadium construction site
with Minister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, and Chinese
Ambassador Dingxian Hu.

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Chinese construction
company building the new
national stadium yesterday
treated a delegation led by Min-
ister of State for Culture
Charles Maynard to a tour of
the facility.

The stadium is taking shape

with the near completion of the
first level of the western stand,
according to stadium namesake
Tommy A Robinson.

Mr Robinson has monitored
the development of the stadium
closely, with weekly site visits.
He is pleased with the pace of
construction and confident the
builders are sticking closely to
the design plans.

Two more levels are to be



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CONSTRUCTION of the new Thomas A Robinson stadium is on track for saniaision in iy 2011. Min-
ister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, toured the construction site with Chinese Ambassador
Dingxian Hu, Monday.

added to the western stand
before the canopy roof is
added. The one-level eastern
stand will be completed in time
for all of the roofing to be
applied simultaneously. Forty
technical workers from China
are expected in the country for
a three-month stay starting at
the end of May to work on the
roof construction, according to
Yinging Sun, Chief of Techni-
cal Matters for the Qilu Con-
struction Group Corporation.

Ten technical workers are
expected in April for a one-
month stay to work on the four
light towers that will stretch 80
feet high. The foundations for
the light structures already sit
firmly 42-feet into the ground.

“Aside from the gift of the
physical structure, students
from local high schools come
to apprentice at the work site,
so there is a transfer of tech-
nology and knowledge to
empower Bahamians,” Minis-
ter Maynard pointed out.

The Chinese construction
company is handling work in
the designated red zone. They
indicated that work is on track
for completion by the projected
June 30, 2011 launch date. The
timeline was not impacted by
a January incident in which 40
Chinese workers walked off the
job after allegedly not being
paid before the New Year’s
holiday.

Chinese Ambassador, Dingx-
ian Hu, said this matter was
resolved amicably after talks.
He said the problem stemmed



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from a misunderstanding in the
interpretation of some elements
of the workers’ contracts.

The ambassador said the
embassy co-ordinated discus-
sions, as it was their responsi-
bility to protect the legal inter-
ests of the workers and the
company.

“This is the first major pro-
ject between the two govern-
ments. This project is a very
good test of best practices to

struction is complete.

operation,” said Ambassador
Hu. He said the highway con-
struction project on John F
Kennedy Drive, between the
airport and Thompson Boule-
vard, would be the next major
project undertaken by the two
governments.

Unlike the stadium project,
which was a $30 million gift
from the Chinese government,
in line with their policy of inter-

national aid to small island
nations for public utility works,
the highway project is being
facilitated through a Chinese
government concessionary
loan. The project is expected
to start at the end of July.
“The concept is to help to
raise the capacity of recipient
countries, to strengthen local
development through co-oper-
ation,” said Ambassador Hu.

get experience for further co-

MNCS tao Koal
zone’ plans to Chinese

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

Tim Clarke
/Tribune staff

MINISTER of State for Culture Charles Maynard presented
the master plan for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project to
a Chinese delegation during a visit to the new stadium con-
struction site.

This was the first time the plans were presented to the Chinese
Ambassador, Dingxian Hu, who said he was looking forward to
seeing the red and green zones completed together. He said
the projects would allow the Bahamian workers and the Chinese
technical team to exchange techniques and experience.

The Bahamas government is responsible for the development
of the green zone, which consists of stadium utilities and the land-
scaped area surrounding the new stadium, parking lots and new
roadways. The development of the green zone is to run concur-
rently to the development of the red zone, which is the respon-
sibility of the Chinese construction company, Qilu Construc-
tion Group Corporation. Work on the red zone started months
ago, and is on track for completion by the end of July 2011.

Work on the green zone is yet to begin, but Minister Maynard
said that should change before the end of June. He said the
green zone should be completed two to three months ahead of
the red zone.

No budget allocations have been made for the green zone as
yet. Mr Maynard said the work will be included in the 2010/2011
budget that comes into effect July 1. He said the ministry is
using savings from the 2009/2010 budget to get the project start-
ed. “Just as you see progress on your side, progress will begin on
our side within the next month to develop the green zone. It will
be a team effort between the red zone and the green zone,”
said Mr Maynard.

Among the projects associated with the stadium are several
new road corridors, including a road to divert traffic around
the stadium. Mr Maynard said traffic will no longer have to
pass through the stadium to go from Thompson Boulevard to the
Tonique Williams-Darling highway.

He said the ministry is almost ready to take bids for the road-
work and parking lots, as the final drawings were submitted
just over a week ago. Two or three Bahamian construction com-
panies are expected to work simultaneously on the various pro-
jects. Plans for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project were
submitted by the design contractors, IBS Group, last November.
Long term plans for the stadium include a new grand entrance
with a hero’s park that will recognise local sports icons; and a new
baseball stadium, which is a priority according to the minister.

Plans also include adding a diving centre to the Betty Kenning
Aquatic Centre, moving the race track, and building an ath-
lete’s village.

The vision is for the final sports complex is to have a facility
capable of hosting international sporting events, such as the
Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. The Minis-
ter projects it will take five years for the entire master plan to
materialise.





THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Christie accuses the
PM of ‘intimidation’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie yesterday accused Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham of
“continuing a pattern of intimi-
dation” on behalf of the FNM
by “personally attacking” a num-
ber of voters who cast protest
ballots.

Ata press conference on Sun-
day, Mr Ingraham said the FNM
has “very good evidence” that
the voters in question “had no
entitlement to vote whatsoev-
er”, adding that ultimately those
voters, when called to election
court to defend themselves, have
the option to “let go, let be, or
expose (themselves) to the other
place” — a comment that some
took to be referring to Her
Majesty’s Prison.

Yesterday, at a press confer-
ence at the party’s headquarters
at Gambier House, Farrington
Road, PLP leader Perry Christie

said he “deplored” Mr Ingra-
ham’s statement, which covered
this and several other topics
relating to the by-election and
its aftermath.

“He should be ashamed of
talking such utter nonsense. It
goes to show how dizzy and
dazed he is after the shock of
the by-election,” said Mr
Christie.

Speaking of Mr Ingraham’s
comments about the five protest
voters who the PLP believe vot-
ed for their candidate, Ryan Pin-
der, Mr Christie said: “The
prime minister was attacking
those people personally. I am
surprised, even (though) it is
him.

“(He) suggest(ed) that they
will be subject to the most exten-
sive scrutiny... The Prime minis-
ter should not seek to intimidate
these people and say that
because they spoke up for their
rights. This is continuing a pat-
tern of intimidation.”

Mr Christie accused Mr Ingra-

ham of “denigrating” the elec-
tion court and those who would
wish to seek electoral justice
through it.

On Sunday, Mr Ingraham
said: “The FNM expects to win
what the PLP is taking to court
so we don’t need to consider any
further steps. We challenged
those five voters. In the case of
four of them, we have very good
evidence that they had no enti-
tlement whatsoever to vote.”

He later added, “The PLP
can't go to court and succeed
unless those five persons also
show up to court. They have to
come themselves and we call
upon them to come and take
that Bible in their hand and
swear an oath (indicating) their
qualifications to vote in Eliza-
beth, then be cross-examined by
the FNM team of lawyers.”

Each of the five candidates in
the election would also have the
option to question each of the
protested voters and cross-exam-
ine them in the election court,

PLP LEADER Perry Christie
speaks yesterday.

added Mr Ingraham.

“At the end of the day, the
court will make a decision. If
these persons turn out to be per-
sons that committed perjury or
who lied, then there are laws to
deal with that.”

“So each of these persons will
have to make their own decision
on what they want to do.

“Let go, let be or expose your-
self to the other place.”



Felipé Major/Tribune staff



RYAN PINDER with PLP leader Perry
Christie in background.

FROM page one

action they intend to initiate in
the wake of the Elizabeth by-
election in anticipation of the
possibility that they will lose,
given that the PLP owes
$236,000 to ZNS dating back
to the 2007 general election
and around $1 million for the
resulting Marco City election
court case.

But Mr Christie retorted
that the issue of a security
deposit does not come into
play “in this instance, as Mr
Ingraham is aware”, and that
the party itself does not owe
any debt on the Marco City
case — but the candidate who
undertook the challenge, ex-
senator Pleasant Bridgewater.

“Have I paid the debt? No.
Has the PLP paid it? No. Has
Pleasant Bridgewater paid it?
You’ll have to ask her,” said
Mr Christie, noting however
that the party stands behind
Bridgewater.

As further support for why
a security deposit would not
be necessary in an Elizabeth
by-election election court mat-
ter, PLP MP for Fox Hill,
Fred Mitchell, noted that the
candidate (Ryan Pinder) and
not the party will be the liti-
gant in this challenge.

Meanwhile, Mr Christie
said that when the FNM con-
tested the MICAL seat in the
election court following the
2002 general election, and its
candidate — Johnley Fergu-
son — lost to the PLP’s Alfred
Gray, the debt for this case
was not paid by Mr Ferguson
until “the eve of the general
election, so that he could run
again.”

Therefore, he suggested it
was disingenuous for the
Prime Minister to criticise the
PLP candidate for not having
yet cleared the Marco City
debt.

As for any other debts
owed, Mr Christie said the
party will “honour all legiti-
mate debts that it owes.”

“From time to time parties
go through challenges with
raising funds but the PLP has

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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

FACING a charge from the FNM that his eli-
gibility to nominate as a candidate in the Eliz-
abeth by-election will be challenged by the par-
ty during election court proceedings, PLP leader
Perry Christie said his party is “satisfied by
Ryan Pinder’s assurances” that he is ‘“‘a qualified
candidate to be elected and to serve.”

Responding to FNM leader and Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham’s assertions at a Sun-
day press conference that the governing party
will be looking to see “where (Pinder’s) passport
was marked ‘cancelled’ by the Americans
before the nomination date”, Mr Christie went
on to claim that it is for the government to
prove Pinder is not eligible as a result of his cit-
izenship rather than the other way round.

When asked about the revelation by Mr
Ingraham that Mr Pinder’s U.S. citizenship —
which he stated he renounced prior to nomi-
nating to run in the Elizabeth by-election on
January 29th — would be a “preliminary issue
for the party in the election court, Mr Christie
turned the tables on Mr Ingraham, telling the
media he is encouraged by the fact that the
FNM leader raised the point.

“For the Prime Minister to raise that issue
tells me that he knows we are going to win the
election court case. That’s the first thing.
Because that only becomes relevant if we win it
— that he could make such a challenge —
because then the court has someone to go
against. (Pinder’s citizenship) doesn’t matter
to (Ingraham) if Duane (Sands) wins it. So ’m
confident by the fact that by him raising that
issue, he knows (that the PLP will win the elec-
tion court case),” said Mr Christie.

On Sunday, Mr Ingraham said that there is
no issue over a person holding dual citizenship
and running for office unless that person has
been “taking advantage of that citizenship by for
instance, registering to vote, participating in
US elections and paying income taxes.”

“Those are some of the things that say a per-
son has accepted US citizenship,” he added,
noting that “just being a citizen (of the US) is
not an offence.”

Mr Pinder lived in the US for just under a
decade, working for a U.S.-based law firm,
Becker and Poliakoff, and also voted in a U.S.
election.

Yesterday Mr Christie said: “At all material
times, the Prime Minister must be aware of the
fact...that we understand the issues that affect
our candidates, and we accept their assurance
that they are Bahamian citizens and otherwise
fully qualified to offer themselves in this case, in
Ryan Pinder’s case, in the by-election for Eliz-
abeth.

“So when Ryan Pinder went forth, we were
satisfied on the basis of all of the assurances, that
he was qualified and a qualified candidate to be
elected and to serve.

“Since the Prime Minister wants to raise it, I
just want to remind him of the principle again in
law, that he who asserts, must prove and we
leave it to him to present his application and to
prove. “

Mr Christie also condemned the FNM leader
for terming his candidate, Dr Duane Sands,
the “member elect” for Elizabeth, during his
Sunday press conference.

“We are seeking to determine who the new
MP for Elizabeth is. In our view the evidence is
clear that the people voted for Ryan Pinder
and not Duane Sands. They know the truth,
there’s no certified winner.”

Christie

always and will always hon-
our its debts.”

Having been hit by Mr
Ingraham with claims that the
PLP is yet again unwilling to
accept the outcome of an elec-
tion as determined by the peo-
ple, as the FNM said the PLP
was in 2007 at the general
election when they launched
ultimately unsuccessful elec-
tion court challenges in Marco
City, Pinewood and Blue
Hills, Mr Christie said it is not
him, but the law that says an
election court must decide
what happens to the votes cast
on coloured “protest” ballots
in last week’s by-election, giv-
en that the regular votes plus
protest votes cast for a candi-
date (in this case Ryan Pin-
der) exceeds the number of
regular votes cast for the oth-
er candidate.

“The election court move is
in accordance with the law —
it’s not what Perry Christie
says, it’s what the law says.
The returning officer has no
legal authority to conduct such
a scrutiny (of the protest votes
to see if they should be con-
sidered eligible to be count-
ed).”

At present, there are six
such votes that were not
counted because the voter’s
entitlement to vote was called
into question. Five of these
are said to be for Ryan Pinder,
while one was for Bahamas
Democratic Movement can-
didate Cassius Stuart.

These five votes, if count-
ed, would put the PLP candi-
date ahead of the FNM can-
didate, Dr Duane Sands, who
won 1,501 “regular” votes, to
Mr Pinder’s 1,499. According
to PLP attorney Valentine
Grimes, the names of two of
the five “protest” voters in fact
appeared on the voter’s regis-
ter.

Mr Christie added: “(Going
to election court is) not about
winning what you couldn’t win
in the battlefield. It’s all about
making sure the way those in
Elizabeth did vote is reflected

in the final vote. Rather than
trying to frustrate the will of
the people of Elizabeth, the
purpose of the election court
is to ensure the will of the peo-
ple is correctly determined.
We are satisfied that they are
entitled to vote ... by mistake
their names were left off the
register.

“We do not need all five of
them to be upheld. What we
need to be upheld is sufficient
to win,” said Mr Christie.

Speaking on the by-election
outcome at FNM headquar-
ters on Sunday, Mr Ingraham
said: “I never tire of saying
that we are different from (the
PLP); distinctly different.

“In 2007 we mounted a
challenge in MICAL and we
lost. We paid costs of almost
$225,000 to Davis & Co., the
PLP’s legal representatives.
As a party, we take ownership
and responsibility for our elec-
tion court cases.

“The PLP take ownership
and responsibility for nothing.
When they lose an election
case, they claim that the indi-
vidual took the case to Elec-
tion Court not the party, and
they pay nothing; ignore the
debt.

“The PLP mounted three
challenges — in Pinewood, in
Marco City, in Blue Hills. All
failed. In one case alone, the
Election Court assessed $1
million in costs. They have not
paid a red nickel. We have not
yet assessed the costs for
Pinewood and Blue Hills; be
assured however, we will do
so.

“They have a new mantra
now. When they lose, they
declare victory, tell their sup-
porters that the election isn’t
over yet; send their operatives
to all the radio stations to spill
their vile mistruths and half
truths. They drag their mat-
ters on for as long as possible,
hoping that some how they
will be able to reverse the
decision made by the people
on election day.

“Now, they appear to be on
the verge of this same self-
serving delaying tactic follow-
ing the Elizabeth by-election.”





The PLP have ten days
from the date the recount end-
ed — Thursday, February 19
— to file their application for
an election court hearing. Yes-
terday Mr Christie said this
has not yet been done but will
be seen to by the end of the
week.

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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

WEBSITE
www.tribune242.com — updated daily at 2pm

Some PLPs have short memories

CALLING FOR electoral reform, Oppo-
sition Leader Perry Christie described the
weeks leading up to the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion as “the worst” he’d seen in terms of
allegations that FNM members were using
their government clout to sway voters. “Up
to Monday (the day before the election),” he
said, “government was giving people jobs
with a clear intention of influencing the vote.
That’s not proper, ethical or fair.”

And this is what Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham had to say about the May 2, 2007
election in which Mr Christie, then the prime
minister, lost the government to Mr Ingra-
ham, who was Opposition leader.

On becoming prime minister, Mr Ingra-
ham told his supporters that the 2007 elec-
tion was the most interfered with election in
Bahamian history.

“Iam ashamed that on Perry Christie’s
watch there was more political interference
in the electoral process than at any time,
even under Pindling,” said Mr Ingraham.

It was claimed that $80 million was award-
ed to contractors “a few months ago and
days leading up to the 2007 election.”

However, in our opinion the June 19, 1987
general election in the Crooked Island con-
stituency, followed by the November 24,
1989 by-election — called after the MP elect-
ed in the 1987 election was sent to prison for
offering a drug court magistrate $10,000 to
drop a case before her — were two of the
worst elections that we recall. The late Basil
Kelly, who had been MP for the Crooked
Island constituency for about 20 years,
offered as the FNM candidate in both elec-
tions. He lost both.

In last week’s Elizabeth by-election the
PLP protested the presence of National
Security Minister Tommy Turnquest — who
is the minister responsible for Parliamen-
tary Elections — in the recount room at
Thelma Gibson Primary School. However,
they forget that in the Crooked Island by-
election in 1989, Prime Minister Sir Lynden
Pindling at the end of a Cabinet meeting
flew to Crooked Island, ordering all of his
Cabinet ministers to get themselves to the
island to fight the by-election and watch
over the stations. Sir Lynden himself gave all
of the Long Cay school children a gift of a
hand held video camera with a $400,000 con-
tract going to a PLP council member in the
constituency to construct an administrative
building. During that by-election Yamacraw
MP Janet Bostwick said that the by-elec-
tion reminded her of 1982 when the PLP
took tankers of asphalt to the district and
told voters that if they wanted the roads
repaired they had to vote for Wilbert Moss.
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repaired, electricity installed and running
water into their homes they had to “walk
with Walkine.” This, said Mrs Bostwick, was
just another PLP ploy to fool voters of that
impoverished district. She rightly predicted
that after the election the flurry of jobs hand-
ed out during the campaign would come to
an end.

As Mr Kelly pointed out in his report on
the 1987 election one must understand that
at the time there were no job opportunities
in the entire Crooked Island district except
for government employment and one small
tourist facility that employed no more than
10 people at any one time. During the 1987
election, he said, these people were given
jobs off and on from nomination day until
election day weeding the road, as assistant
janitresses, assisting in the polls on election
day, nurses assistants and “whatever could be
dreamt up and paid for out of the Treasury.”

Campaigning were two civil servants,
school teachers, and the returning officer,
who did not openly campaign, but who was
“directed by PLP generals throughout the
campaign.”

The helicopter, ostensibly at the island
for the PLP candidates, was “also used to fer-
ry government presiding officers, the return-
ing officer, the mailboat captain, and in fact,
picked up the ballot boxes after polling on
election day. It was openly admitted by the
pilot of the helicopter that this was govern-
ment’s helicopter,” wrote Mr Kelly. What
everyone wanted to know was whether the
Treasury paid for the helicopter.

“There was a new trick that I had never
seen before in the form of intimidation,”
Mr Kelly wrote of the 1987 election. “Voters
were told during the campaign by leading
PLP generals and civil servants that when a
particular voter voted, the presiding officer
was instructed to write his signature on the
back of his ballot differently to others so
that his ballot would be easily identifiable.
This way he could tell how that particular
voter voted when the ballots were counted,
and if the voter did not vote right (in other
words, for the PLP) his daughter or whoev-
er was working for government would lose
their job.”

Throughout that campaign civil servants
acted as PLP generals, and the few civil ser-
vants who were known FNM supporters
were ordered not to vote. Whatever the
FNM might have done during the Elizabeth
by-election, which Mr Christie claims was
“not proper, ethical or fair” cannot be con-
doned.

But when the PLP held the helm of state,
they were absolutely ruthless, particularly
in some of these impoverished Family
Islands. Now maybe some of them will know
what it is like to be on the receiving end.
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Netting tuna:
An open letter
to Minister of

Agriculture

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

This is an open letter to the
Hon Lawrence Cartwright,
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources regarding
netting tuna in The Bahamas

Dear Minister Cartwright,

I am writing to you on
behalf of the Bahamas
Marine Mammal Research
Organisation to express con-
cern about a permit to use a
purse-seine vessel to fish for
yellow-fin tuna in The
Bahamas.

Due to the lack of current
regulations to govern such
fishing activities, I urge your
Ministry to decline the
requested fishing permit for
this vessel and to immediate-
ly place a moratorium on
large-scale pelagic fishing
operations until regulations
are in place to ensure the sus-
tainable use of our pelagic
marine resources. Our coun-
try has a history of putting
moratoriums in place when
necessary to ensure sustain-
able use of our natural
resources where regulations
have been lacking. For exam-
ple, applications for new cap-
tive dolphin facilities were
declined until the Marine
Mammal Protection Act was
enacted in 2005 providing
regulations for improved care
of captive dolphins and pro-
tection of wild populations.
Having reviewed our Agri-

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culture and Fisheries and the
Fisheries Resources (Juris-
diction and Conservation)
Acts (both out-dated and in
need of revision), it is clear
that you have a legal obliga-
tion to follow this precedent
and deny this permit applica-
tion due to the complete lack
of regulations and the possi-
ble unsustainable nature of
this proposed operation.
Purse-seine fisheries are well
documented to incidentally
catch many non-target species
during fishing operations.
Many of these species carry
high economic and social val-
ue in The Bahamas both for
Bahamians and tourists, pri-
marily through the sport-fish-
ing industry.

Tuna aggregate with other
species so when a purse-seine
net surrounds a tuna school,
everything in the surface
waters are caught as well,
including juvenile and adult
billfish, mahi mahi, jacks, trig-
gerfish, and even pelagic dol-
phins. So, although current
tuna harvests in the Atlantic
are reported by the Interna-
tional Commission for the
Conservation of Atlantic
Tuna (ICCAT) at near sus-
tainable levels, there are con-
cerns that the indiscriminate
by-catch in purse-seine fish-

ing may result in the collapse
of pelagic ecosystems on
which many species depend,
including our resident popu-
lations of dolphins and
whales.

A recent article in Science
one (February 12, 2010) out-
lines the importance of gov-
ernance when facing issues
relating to the development
of fisheries and the increas-
ing pressure on countries to
ensure the sustainable use of
the marine environment. Now
is not the time for compro-
mises or experimentation with
new fishing methods — with-
out adequate regulations, we
simply have too much to lose.
In closing, I leave you with
the following:

“The right to fish carries
with it the obligation to do so
in a responsible manner so as
to ensure effective conserva-
tion and management of the
living aquatic resources.”
FAO’s Code of Conduct for
Responsible Fisheries.

I trust that you will make
the right decision and deny
this permit application. As a
member of the United
Nations FAO, we have global
responsibility to do so.

DIANE CLARIDGE
Executive Director
Bahamas Marine
Mammal Research
Organisation

Marsh Harbour,
Abaco,

February 17, 2010.

Assault of DPM at election recount

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me a few
lines to express my views
about the Deputy Prime
Minister’s encounter with
that PLP woman.

What happened on Feb-
ruary 17, 2010 was a sad day
in Bahamian politics and the
Bahamas in general. When
the sitting Deputy Prime
Minister of the Bahamas can
be physically struck by a
member of the public in
view of hundreds and noth-
ing happened to that person
speaks volumes of the vio-
lence we have in the
Bahamas today. I don’t
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because it was her “bamboo
god” Lynden Pindling and
the PLP who introduced
political violence as I know
it to the Bahamas.

The Lewis Yard attack
was the beginning of the
physical attack and the
throwing of the mace was
the attack on the nation.
That is why the PLP think
they own the Bahamas and
have no respect for authori-
ty.
They were brassy enough
to proclaim that the
Bahamas belonged to the
PLP.

My brothers and sisters,
you and I who want a better
Bahamas know that as long
as the PLP remains as a
political party in the
Bahamas, we will always
have these kinds of prob-
lems because many practice
violence, they openly vic-
timise and the ways and
means of many of them are
questionable.

I don’t know what world
Mr Christie is living in or his
memory must have left him.
The other day he said that
the Elizabeth Estates elec-
tion was the most corrupt
election he had seen in his
life.

Well blow me down! So
when PLP agents printed
thousands of sample ballots
similar to the ones being
used by the Parliamentary
Registration Department
and took them from polling
station to polling station
some of which were found
in the boxes in the 2007 elec-
tions, what was that? Cor-
ruption at its best.

So my brothers and sisters
who wants a _ better
Bahamas, let Mr Christie
and the PLP know who
owns the Bahamas in the
2012 and every election
after.

KRH
Nassau,
February 19, 2010.

PSCC aT TRS TT
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EDITOR, TheTribune.

Will Opposition Leader Perry Christie publicly con-
demn the slapping of the deputy prime minister by a

PLP supporter?

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LOCAL NEWS



Staff make demands
over ‘toxic’ smoke

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

CONCERNS over “tox-
ic” smoke from the fire at
the city dump has Environ-
mental Health employees
demanding either hazard
pay or the relocation of their
on-site offices.

Smoke continued to rise
from the landfill site off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway yesterday as fire-
fighters worked to control
the burning of tonnes of
waste.

The Department of Envi-
ronmental Health’s sanitary
landfill caught fire on Fri-
day, February 12 and is
expected to burn for months
as it has spread across the
100-acre site and deep
underground.

Fire Services director Jef-
frey Deleveaux and his team
worked throughout the
weekend to control the blaze
and he said yesterday’s light
rainfall made their job a little
easier.

“It’s on the surface so it
would have to be a big
downpour to really be effec-
tive, but it’s keeping the dust
down and making it a bit
easier for us to work with,”
he said.

“Tt is still deep under-
ground and there are times
when the fire is recurring,
but it is under control and
it’s just the smoke we are
trying to reduce.”

Smoke from the city dump
fire, believed to be toxic, is
said to be infiltrating the
Department of Environ-
mental Health’s office on-
site, and staff yesterday com-



Man wanted for
questioning in
connection with
armed robberies

A 53-YEAR-OLD Rock
Crusher man is wanted by
police for questioning in con-
nection with numerous armed
robberies throughout New
Providence.

Jeffrey Wilson is described
as 5°9” of slim build and a
light brown complexion. He
is considered armed and dan-
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sons with any information to
call Crime Stoppers at 328-
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The Tribune wants to hear
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If so, call us on 322-1986
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FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze at the city —
dump. Environmental Health employees are
demanding either hazard pay or the relocation
of their on-site offices.

plained that black soot is
accumulating in their work-
place.

They want to be relocated
or given hazard pay while
the fire continues to burn.

An employee said: “When
we come to work we can’t
breathe. Our things are
going black with smoke, so
imagine what it is like in our
lungs.

“We don’t know what is
in our lungs, or what is in
our body right now with all
this smoke.”



Residents in the govern-
ment housing subdivisions
of Jubilee Gardens and Vic-
toria Gardens, which border
on the city dump, also fear
the toxic fumes will endan-
ger their health.

They have been advised
to keep their windows closed
and take whatever precau-
tions they can by Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis.

Department of Environ-
mental Health director
Melanie McKenzie is said to
have been fighting the fire



















































THE VESSEL caught fire off the coast of Eleuthera.

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Haitian vessel off
coast of Eleuthera

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net

in the blaze and taken to
Immigration authorities in
Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

Immigration Department
officials said the six
Haitians had Bahamian
visas, one had a Haitian
passport and ID certificate,
while the other two proved
to have Bahamian citizen-
ship.

They told officials they
had set off from Potters
Cay dock and were trans-
porting vehicles and other
items to Haiti.

All have been released
by Immigration officials.

The Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF)
reported the freighter had
been completely destroyed
by fire.

The RBDF's HMBS
P121 scoured the area after
the rescue to ensure there
was no debris in the water
which could pose a naviga-
tional hazard.

A HAITIAN freighter
caught fire off the coast of
Eleuthera on Saturday
afternoon, prompting the
dramatic rescue of six
Haitians and two Bahami-
ans.

The 90ft steel hull motor
vessel ‘C J’ was en route
from New Providence to
Haiti when an explosion in
the engine room sparked
the blaze at around
1.40pm.

Passing motor vessel
‘Ballistic’ chanced upon the
flaming freighter near Ship
Channel Cay, 21 miles west
of Cape Eleuthera, and
rescued Captain Walter
Noel, of Andros Avenue,
New Providence, and his
crew.

The men were unharmed

on the frontline. She did not
return calls from The Tri-
bune to discuss the hazards.

A portion of the landfill is
still open for materials to be
disposed while the fire con-
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New govt complex
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By BETTY VEDRINE

MARSH HARBOUR,
Abaco — ALMOST 300
construction jobs are
expected to be created as
a result of a new govern-
ment administration com-
plex to be built in Abaco.

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was signed last week

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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

FLORISTICA ACCENT INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of FLORISTICA ACCENT
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FALLIZIA FALLS INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of FALLIZIA FALLS INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DAMAANYO SLOPES INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DAMAANYO SLOPES INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

IRIS & LILAC INVESTMENTS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of IRIS & LILAC
INVESTMENTS LTD. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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$19.2m contract signed
for construction in Abaco

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham was present
during the signing and
said that the complex is
part of a “conceptual
plan” for a new township
in Central Abaco with the
view to one day evolving
into a city.

“There are many parts
to this township which, as
envisioned, will be con-
nected by way of a new
highway to the Marsh
Harbour International
Airport,” he said.

“Adjacent to the Cen-
tral Pines subdivision, the
township is in close prox-
imity to Marsh Harbour,
Dundas and Murphy
Towns.”

Agencies

Mr Ingraham said the
complex is designed to
house all the principal
government agencies
located in Abaco includ-
ing the Ministry of
Finance - Business
Licence and Real Proper-

ty Tax Units; the Treasury
and Auditor-General’s
Department; the Magis-
trates Courts; the Road
Traffic Department; the
Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources;
the Department of
Labour; Department of
Immigration; the Passport
Office; the Post Office;
the Ministry of Tourism;
the Department of Hous-
ing and the Mortgage Cor-
poration; the Department
of Education; Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture;
the National Insurance
Board and the Office of
the Prime Minister.

The construction of the
new Marsh Harbour Port
Facility enabled the gov-
ernment to locate the Cus-
toms Department there
and transfer the Ministry
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources to the new
complex upon completion,
thereby giving Customs
the additional space
required, the prime min-
ister said.

“T advise that we expect
to be in a position to go
to tender for the con-
struction of the new ter-
minal and air traffic con-
trol buildings at the Marsh
Harbour Airport this sum-

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

FIRE TOWER LANE GROUP LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of FIRE TOWER LANE
GROUP LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

mer and for construction
to commence on that pro-
ject sometime during the
third quarter of this year,”
he said.

Minister of Public
Works and Transport
Neko Grant said the pro-
ject represents the cen-
tralisation of all govern-
ment ministries and
departments on the island
of Abaco.

According to the NIB
director Algernon Cargill,
this loan to the govern-
ment meets one of the
NIB’s key objectives.

Challenge

“Currently, the NIB’s
reserves stand at some
$1.6 billion. A constant
challenge for NIB is find-
ing safe and productive
investment opportunities
for the National Insurance
Fund.”

He said although loans
make up a very small per-
centage of the Board’s
investment portfolio, it is
a Significant portion
because the alternative
would be that the funds
would not be ‘optimally’
deployed and in some cas-
eS, earning no interest at
all.



PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham said the complex is
part of a ‘conceptual plan’ for a
new township.

“Projects, like this one,
where NIB enters into a
finance lease agreement
with the government, con-
tinue to serve the NIB
well and also allows us to
simultaneously fulfill our
mandate of assisting with
infrastructural develop-
ment of the Bahamas,” Mr
Cargill said.

In addition to the com-
plex in Abaco, the NIB is
also financing a second
administrative complex in
Freeport for $18.

Mr Ingraham expects
the project to create some
250 construction jobs in
Grand Bahama.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DOOMSBERRY CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DOOMSBERRY CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SHENDI VENTRY CORPORATION

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SHENDI VENTRY CORPORATION
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BLUEMAVERICK COAST INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BLUEMAVERICK COAST
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
NEW MATRIX GLOBAL INC.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NEW MATRIX GLOBAL INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIBRANT S.A.

——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
VIBRANT S.A. has

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

dissolution of been

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



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STEEL pan entertainment was provided by Kevin Symonette and
Kendall Underwood of Spanish Wells.

25-acre

nature sanc-

tuary being

created on

Eleuthera is projected to

inject more than $2 million
into the local economy.

A first of its kind in the
Caribbean, the Leon Levy
Native Plant Preserve is being
established in partnership
between the Bahamas
National Trust and the Leon
Levy Foundation to showcase
the Bahamas’ rich plant life.

The preserve is being cre-
ated by famed landscape
designer Raymond Jungles in
concert with Wilderness
Graphics of Tallahassee,
Florida and world renowned
expert on subtropical plants
Dr Ethan Freid working with
the BNT.

When completed, the pre-
serve will present a rare
opportunity for visitors to
learn the history of the native
plants of the Bahamas.

It will feature medicinal
plants used for centuries to
make teas and infusions that
still hold curative powers.

Abundant

The site’s abundant native
plants include orchids,
bromeliads, black, red, and
white mangroves, wild coffee,
mahogany trees, five fingers
and numerous other plant
species and birds indigenous
to the area.

The preserve will also fea-
ture some of the culinary and
herbal plants native to the
islands.

Visitors will be able to
walk a mile of trail for a
unique native plant experi-
ence.

The Leon Levy Native
Plant Preserve will be donat-
ed to the BNT by the Leon
Levy Foundation, a New
York foundation created from
the estate of the late Leon
Levy, considered a Wall
Street genius who founded
the Oppenheimer Mutual

Nature sanctuary



EARL DEVEAUX, Minister of the Environment, speaking at the open
house event to celebrate the creation of the Leon Levy Native Plant

Preserve in Eleuthera.



PERLENE Barth offered information on Bahamian Bus. Visitors will
be able to walk a mile of trail for a unique native plant experience.

SCCil

as $2m economic boost



BNT COUNCIL members and guests - John F Bethell; Robin Symonette; Earlston McPhee; Angela Cleare; D Stewart Morrison; Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux; Shelby White; BNT president Glenn Bannister; Lawrence Glinton, Neil McKinney; Pericles Maillis, BNT executive direc-

tor Eric Carey.

Funds. In 2006, Shelby White,
Mr Levy’s widow, approached
the Trust about creating an
appropriate memorial to her
husband who loved the island
where the couple had a home
for many years.

Mr Levy had a passion for

knowledge and was intrigued
by the possible medicinal val-
ue of the plants growing all
around them, but whose use
was rapidly diminishing.
Working with the Trust’s
executive director, Eric
Carey, the Leon Levy Foun-

dation intends the preserve
to be an educational resource,
a habitat for migrating birds
and a major attraction for vis-
itors. The Leon Levy Native
Plant Preserve will serve as a
centre for excellence for envi-
ronmental education and as

a major public access facility
for Bahamians to learn about
their resident flora and its cul-
tural impact on the daily life
of island inhabitants.

Portia Sweeting, BNT’s
director of education, said:
“This will become a living



“This will
become a living
classroom for
Bahamian stu-
dents who are
studying plants
and their value
to Bahamians.”



Portia Sweeting

classroom for Bahamian stu-
dents who are studying plants
and their value to Bahami-
ans.”

Dream

Shelby White added: “This
project has been a long stand-
ing dream of mine.

“Working with the
Bahamas National Trust as
our partners, I believe we will
create the finest nature pre-
serve in the Bahamas, a place
that will make Eleuthera a
must-visit tourist destination
and of which we will all be
proud.”

To celebrate the creation
of this unique sanctuary, a
open house event was held in
Governor’s Harbour,
Eleuthera last week.

Those attending included
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux and his wife; mem-
bers of the Bahamas National
Trust Council; Eric Carey,
BNT executive director; Shel-
by White, founding trustee of
the Leon Levy Foundation;
local government officials,
community members and oth-
ers. The Leon Levy Founda-
tion, founded in 2004, is a pri-
vate, not-for-profit founda-
tion created from the estate
of Leon Levy, an investor
with a long-standing commit-
ment to philanthropy. The
Foundation’s overarching
goal is to support scholarship
at the highest level, ultimate-
ly advancing knowledge and
improving the lives of indi-
viduals and society in general.

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Pharmacy industry cutting it close

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE local pharmacy indus-
try is cutting it close in terms
of meeting the February 28
deadline for registering with
the recently established Phar-
macy Council.

At the start of this week,
less than 20 per cent of total
registered pharmacies were
regularised under the new sys-
tem, which requires them to
pay a $2,000 registration fee.

None of the operating fac-
tories or warehouses were
registered. Like the pharma-
cies, they are facing first time
registration fees under the

February 28 deadline looming for
registering with Pharmacy Council

new Pharmacy Act that range
from $2,000 and $5,000.

“We are working towards
compliance. We knew from
last year and we are fully ina
position to follow through. I
haven’t heard any major com-
plaints. Obviously money may
be a little tight, but I do
believe everyone agrees,” said
Barbera Henderson, pharma-
ceutical manager at Nassau
Agencies Ltd.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DON PEPE BUSINESS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DON PEPE BUSINESS
CORP. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

“Business licence comes up
every year and I am sure
there are times when people
can’t afford to pay it. The
(Pharmacy Council) is are not
going to browbeat them. Iam
sure they will find a way to
work with them,” said Ms
Henderson.

Compliant

Pharmacists are the most
compliant category. More
than 50 per cent of the regis-
trations from the former gov-
erning body, the Health Pro-
fessionals Council, were trans-
ferred to the Pharmacy Coun-
cil. Of the remaining 50 per
cent, about 10 per cent have
come in their records and set-
tled outstanding fees.

“The process has been
smooth. We recognise there
is quite a bit of documents
people had to collect. Most
people have been collecting
those so they can complete
their licence this week. If they
have any concerns they
should contact the council and
we can assist them through
the process,” said council
chairman, Philip Gray.

Late fees will apply after
February 28 for all industry
practitioners who are yet to
comply with the new regula-
tions. This grace period will
last for 30-days. Asked about
the status of compliance, the

deferred comment at this
time.

Council registrar, Shelly
Collymore, said people have
generally been co-operative.
They have had a few queries
and appeals for consideration,
and she said the council is
actively working on those
matters.

“We just got the registra-
tion forms. We haven’t had
time to pay them yet. I am
sure that they will be paid.
We are working on our regis-
tration forms right now.
Everyone is working to com-
ply, that is the impression I
got, and we are working
towards the deadline,” said
Caroll Sands, council mem-
ber and chief executive officer
of Lowe’s Wholesale Drug
Agency Ltd.

The fees will be used by the
council to advance its primary
areas of focus this year. Chair-
man Gray said this will
include cleaning up the indus-
try to ensure that those selling
drugs illegally are stopped.

Pharmacy wholesaler Ms
Henderson said the upgrade
to the industry was long over-
due.

“When you think about it,
it benefits the pharmacists so
people are not just selling
drugs all over the place arbi-
trarily. We have run an open
market where anyone can do
anything and now that is

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HUSSNOUR INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of HUSSNOUR INC. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
THE TENGCHONG COMPANY LTD.

—_— >A—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of THE TENGCHONG
COMPANY LTD. has been completed; a Certificate

of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BLUE WATER VALLEY INC.

a

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of BLUE WATER VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Pharmacy

Association going to change,” she said.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

VILLADALE VALLEY LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of VILLADALE VALLEY LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ARA CETUS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ARA CETUS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SANDSTONE VALLEY INC.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of SANDSTONE VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

A STANDARD orange prescription bottle full of yellow pills. The
information on the label has been covered. A few pills sit out-
side the bottle, at its base. At the start of this week, less than
20 per cent of total registered pharmacies were regularised
under the new system.



Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOLSONA LIMITED

——

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of SOLSONA LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BIANCA VALLEY INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BIANCA VALLEY INC.. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
COSPILLOT BUSINESS CORP.

— -,——

i

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of COSPILLOT BUSINESS
CORP. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LOCAL NEWS



New Providence Development
Company, Tommy Hilfiger co-sponsor
the Second Annual Paradise Plates

HANDS For Hunger has
named the New Providence
Development Company and
Tommy Hilfiger as co-present-
ing sponsors for their Second
Annual Paradise Plates
fundraiser.

Both companies have each
donated $10,000 for the unique
event, which will feature an
even larger array of gourmet
food from celebrated chefs and
restaurants in the Bahamas.

Held on Saturday, May 15
from 7pm —- 11pm in the
Atlantis Crown Ballroom, Par-
adise Plates will feature fine
food and beverages, live enter-
tainment as well as a raffle and
silent auction.

Chefs will gather from across
New Providence under one
roof to prepare their signature
dishes, complemented by drink
purveyors serving samples of
wine, local beer and spirits.

All proceeds will benefit
Hands For Hunger, the non-
profit, food-rescue programme
committed to the elimination
of hunger and the reduction of
food waste in the Bahamas.

“The New Providence
Development Company is
pleased to continue our spon-
sorship of Paradise Plates,” said
Rhys Duggan, president and
CEO of the New Providence
Development Company.

“Hands For Hunger fulfills
a real need on the island by
providing food to those who
need it most. Starting a fledg-
ling non-profit is not a simple
task. We have seen the impact
that Hands For Hunger has had
in a short period of time. They
have been successful and con-
tinue to expand and make a
real difference in our commu-
nity. Their approach of using

food that would otherwise go
to waste makes so much sense
and we will continue to support
their efforts.”

Proprietor of Tommy Hil-
figer (Bahamas) Elizabeth Cov-
ington said: “Tommy Hilfiger
believes in taking a proactive
stance and giving back to the
community by working with
and empowering young people
who are trying to make a dif-
ference.

Impressed

“T attended last year’s Par-
adise Plates and was impressed
by the passion of young
Bahamians wishing to address
an urgent need in this country —
hunger. A hungry child can’t
learn at school; a hungry person
can’t think properly to do their
job. In a wealthy country such
as the Bahamas, people should
not go hungry. We are proud
to support Hands for Hunger
as a co-presenting sponsor. It
is an amazing organisation
doing great work for the good
of the community and we hope
more Bahamians support this
great and urgent cause.”

Rosamund Roberts, who
along with Andrea Strommer,
serves as co-director of
fundraising for the organisation
and in charge of leading the
event planning, said the gener-
ous donations from New Prov-
idence Development Compa-
ny and Tommy Hilfiger
(Bahamas) will help to offset
the costs of Paradise Plates.

Chefs from many of Nassau’s
finest restaurants are returning
this year to showcase their
extraordinary food including:
Old Fort Bay Club; British

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PINEWOOD STARS INC.

a

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of PINEWOOD STARS
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VASIVO MANAGEMENT LTD.

a

#

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

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN BOREALIS VERA S.A.

— -)—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GOLDEN BOREALIS VERA S.A. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Colonial Hilton; Lucianos;
Mesa Grill; Nobu; Dune; The
Patisserie; Van Brugels; Com-
pass Point; Goodfellow Farms
and Cacique to name a few.
Other sponsors include:
Atlantis, Pearle Vision, Men-
doza Wine Imports and Cre-
ative Relations. All proceeds
from Paradise Plates will go to
Hands For Hunger and its food
rescue programs. Each day,
Hands For Hunger picks-up
fresh, high quality food that
would otherwise go to waste
and delivers it to community
centers, shelters, churches and
soup kitchens throughout New
Providence.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FOUR SEASONS OVERSEAS LTD.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Compa-
nies Act 2000, the dissolution of FOUR SEASONS
OVERSEAS LTD. has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

CERF DES ALPES LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of CERF DES ALPES LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ALIOSKA OCEAN INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ALIOSKA OCEAN INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MIAN TAN CO. LTD.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of MIAN TAN CO. LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



TEAMING up for ‘Paradise Plates’, Hands For Hunger’s annual fundraiser are (I-r) Elizabeth Covington, pro-
prietor of Tommy Hilfiger, Bahamas; Ashley Lepine, of Hands For Hunger and Rhys Duggan, president and
CEO of the New Providence Development Company Limited.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
LINDWALL VENTURES INC.

——

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LINDWALL VENTURES
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STERNLEIN SEAS INC.

—

#
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of STERNLEIN SEAS
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
URSA MINOR CO. LTD.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of URSA MINOR CoO.
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
UPWARD LIMITED

——

/

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of UPWARD LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamas to host CDB’s CHEQUE FOR HAITI RELIEF
40th Annual Board of
Governors Meeting

By BAHAMAS
INFORMATION SERVICES

THE Bahamas will host the
Caribbean Development
Bank’s (CDB) 40th Annual
Board of Governors’ Meet-
ing during the week of May
16-21 at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort.

The CDB was established
by an agreement signed on
October 18, 1969, in
Kingston, Jamaica, and
entered into force on Janu-
ary 26, 1970.

The Bank came into exis-
tence for the purpose of con-
tributing to the harmonious
economic growth and devel-
opment of the member coun-
tries in the Caribbean and
promoting economic cooper-
ation and integration among
them, having special and
urgent regard to the needs of
the less developed members
of the region.

Dr Sharon Marshall, infor-
mation officer, CDB
explained that the Bank has a
very special relationship with
the Bahamas.

“The very first meeting of
the Board of Governors was
held in the Bahamas, and at
10-year intervals the
Bahamas very regularly hosts
the meetings,” Dr Marshall
said.

This year’s meeting will
bring together delegates from
the Bank’s 17 borrowing
member countries as well as

donors from around the
world.

The first scheduled event
will be the Board of Direc-
tors meeting on Monday,
May 17.

The annual meeting of con-
tributors to the Bank’s spe-
cial development fund, which
is a concessionary fund for
the borrowing members, will
be held on Tuesday, May 18.

Other events include the
William G Demas Memorial
Lecture and the opening cer-
emony for the Annual Board
of Governors’ Meeting on
Wednesday, May 19.

The CDB will also host a
youth forum called Vybzing
Bahamas on Thursday, May
20.

Angela Parris, manager of
the information services unit
said that the main objective
of Vybzing is to sensitise the
youth about CDB’s mandate,
role and function to young
people in the Bank’s borrow-
ing member countries.

Ms Parris said the CDB in
partnership with the Ministry
of Education and the Inter-
American Institute for Coop-
eration on Agriculture will
host an essay and poster com-
petition as part of Vybzing
Bahamas.

The theme will be “Sus-
tainable Agriculture for
Regional Food Security” and
it will be opened to all senior
secondary school students
throughout the country.

LEGAL NOTICE

First place winners in both
categories will have the
chance to attend the Vybzing
session in Nassau.

The first place winners in
both competitions will win a
netbook, second place win-
ners will receive an iPod
Nano and third place winners
will receive an iPod Shuffle.
However, all participants will

INSURANCE COMMISSIONS staff members present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for the

receive a prize, Ms Parris
said.

NOTICE

SALAMANDA FALLS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of SALAMANDA FALLS INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
LEAD ASSOCIATES INC.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LEAD ASSOCIATES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
POWER MANAGEMENT
HOLDING INC.

——

/

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of POWER MANAGEMENT HOLDING
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
XILE CORPORATION.

ome eels

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of XILE CORPORATION. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
NURA MANAGEMENT LTD.

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f

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NURA MANAGEMENT LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RUBY LILY LTD.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of RUBY LILY LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

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dissolution of E-NEWS HOLDINGS INC. has been
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LOCAL NEWS



Grand Bahama
students to name
baby dolphins

THE International Under-
water Explorer’s Society
(UNEXSO) is looking to cre-
ative young minds to name two
baby dolphins they welcomed
to the Dolphin Experience fam-
ily in 2009.

UNEXSO has launched a
competition to find unique
‘Bahamian’ names for the two
young calves born at the facili-
ty. All elementary schools
throughout Grand Bahama are
eligible to participate.

Each class is being asked to
collectively submit a name for
consideration.

Operations manager for the
Dolphin Experience Dr Robert
Eiser said this way of naming
the dolphins has become tradi-
tion.

“Most, if not all, our captive
bred dolphins have been named
by school children. It’s our way
of not only giving something
back to the community, but a
very special way of getting kids
more involved with the Dol-
phin Experience and possibly
generating interest in marine
life.” The dolphins at UNEX-
SO are currently named after
Bahamian islands and Mr Eiser
suggested that contest partici-
pants should stick with the
Bahamian theme.

General manager at UNEX-
SO Linda Osborne is excited
to see what names students
come up with.

“Kids by nature are very cre-
ative. We are happy to give
them an outlet to express their
creativity and name our two
bundles of joy at the same
time,” she said.

Dolphins Taino and Robala
are the proud mothers of the
calves.

Fourteen-year-old Taino
gave birth to a healthy calf on
September 24, 2009; she is the
largest of the younger dolphins
at the Dolphin Experience.

Robala, 28 years old, is the
largest female and had her baby
one month later on October
23. The two babies bring the
dolphin count at UNEXSO to
16.

The Dolphin Experience’
neo-natal team has determined
both calves are male, and that
the mothers and babies are
doing well.

The neo-natal team is com-
prised of the Dolphin Experi-
ence senior staff with specific
personnel assigned to feed and
care for each dolphin mother
and calf.

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in educating children about
them.

More than 1,000 kids from
schools throughout Grand
Bahama have so far benefitted
from the Dolphin Experience
education programme.

The unique programme
offers students a one-on-one
encounter with the dolphins
and teaches conservation.

“UNEXSO and the Dolphin
Experience remain committed
to educating children of all ages
about our most valuable
resource; the ocean and all
creatures within it,” said Ms
Osborne. “We hope that in ask-
ing the school children of
Grand Bahama to help us name
our newest additions at the

Dolphin Experience, we pique
their interest in marine mam-
mals. Several of our current
dolphin trainers have come
through local schools and we
want to continue that tradi-
tion.”

The class with the winning
baby dolphin names will receive
a free dolphin encounter with
group photo.

All entries should be sent via
e-mail to contest@unexso.com
or via fax to 373-8956 attention:
Dolphin Experience. Each
entry should include: Name of
school, class and teacher, con-
tact number, name they suggest
and why they suggested it.

Deadline for entries is March
31, 2010.



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PROUD MOM Taino and her calf at UNEXSO’s Dolphin Experience — One of the younger dolphins at the
Unexso Dolphin Experience, Taino swims alongside her playful calf.



SCENES FROM YESTERDAY'S PLP PRESS CONFERENCE



ONLOOKERS at the PLP press
conference.

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GOLDEN GATES MP Shane Gibson speaks to Perry Christie.

PLP LEADER Perry Christie speaks to PLP candidate for Elizabeth,
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Rotary International (R_I.), which was founded 105 years ago on
February 23rd, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, has the dual distinction of being both
the world’s first, as well as one of the largest non-profit service organizations in
existence today, comprising of more than 1.2 million club members drawn from
professional and business leaders in over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and
geographic areas;

AND WHEREAS, for the 105 years of its existence, the Rotary motto, “Service
Above Self’’, has inspired members to provide humanitarian service, encourage
high ethical standards and promote good will and peace through a variety of
service projects and voluntary efforts dedicated to improving the human condition
in local communities as well as worldwide;

AND WHEREAS, Rotary International is the world’s largest privately-funded
source of international scholarships through which it promotes international
understanding, exchange programs and humanitarian grants;

AND WHEREAS, club projects have included the provision of medical supplies,
health care, clean water, food production, job training and education to millions
in need, particularly in developing countries;

AND WHEREAS, in 1985 Rotary International launched its major service project,
PolioPlus, and spearheaded collaborative efforts with the World Health Organization,
United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to
immunize children worldwide against polio;

AND WHEREAS, polio cases have dropped by 99 percent since 1988 and the
world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease as a result of the PolioPlus
effort;

AND WHEREAS, todate, Rotary International has contributed nearly US$850
million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion
children in 122 countries;

AND WHEREAS, three are over 420 Rotarians in nine (9) clubs throughout
Rotary Bahamas, District 7020, sponsoring service projects to address critical
issues such as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy and the environment in our local
communities and abroad;

AND WHEREAS, the local Rotary Clubs will commemorate the birthday of
Rotary International by educating the public on the global fight to eradicate polio
from the face of the earth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, February 23rd,
2010 as “ROTARY DAY”.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto set my Hand and Seal
this 22nd day of February, 2010.

Hubert A. Ingraham —

PRIME MINISTER



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LOCAL NEWS



A journey to the
centre of the Earth

The first of four articles telling the story of

Gabrielle Misiewicz’s African adventure

By GABRIELLE MISIEWICZ

TRAVELLING has always
been a great love of mine, and
when I was younger I had
grand dreams of learning at
least seven languages and using
them to facilitate settling for
long periods in different parts
of the world. This past semester
I was able to live out a modified
form of this dream — I spent
fourth months in Ghana, a
country on the coast of West
Africa.

Overall, it was an amazing
semester, a time for great per-
sonal and academic growth.
Aside from daily encounters
that challenged me on a per-
sonal level, my course of study
provoked me on an academic
one. I thought it would be a
good idea to write a few articles
sharing my experience with
whoever was willing to read
about it, and so this article and
the ones to follow are intended
to examine a few aspects of my
life abroad and how they have
informed the way that I now
view myself and the world.

Like many people from the
West Indies, I have often won-
dered about the people and cul-
tures of Africa, because of the
fact that the majority of our
people are descendants of
African slaves. At the Univer-
sity of Richmond, where I am
currently in my third year of
study, I have taken my interest
in these historical and cultural
links to another level —- my
scholarship focuses on the con-
nection between Africa and the
African Diaspora.

Although my family was a
little nervous when they heard
of my plans to spend the semes-
ter in Ghana, I was beyond
excited. One of my best friends
at school is Ghanaian and over
the course of our relationship,
we have exchanged stories
about our lives in our respective
homelands. In fact, I think the
similarities we’ve found
between our cultures is one of
the reasons that we get along
so well and was also an influ-
ence on my decision to study
the connection between Africa
and the Diaspora.

I knew that living and study-
ing in Ghana was going to be at
least a little different from the
way my friend grew up and the
life she described to me. This
thought was confirmed when I
read ‘mosquito net with inter-
nal frame’ and ‘water purifica-
tion tablets’ on my packing list.
It took weeks of preparation —I
needed vaccinations, prophy-

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capture during the slave trade. Gabrielle is standing on the far right in the red shirt.

lactic medications and lots of
batteries in anticipation of ‘light
off’. I did experience light off a
few times while there, and it
was just like what we know as
‘current off? here. Actually, P’ve
experienced worse power out-
ages at home than I did in
Ghana. There were many
aspects of my semester in
Ghana that were similar to life
here, and in many ways I felt as
though I had come to another
home.

When I arrived, the first
thing that reminded me of
home was the vegetation.
Growing up, I spent a lot of
time with my grandmother, and
she would tell me the local
names of plants and trees in her
garden and point them out as
we drove along the road. I
knew that the climate in Ghana
would be similar to that of the
Bahamas, but I was still sur-
prised when I recognised
“match-me-if-you-can” bushes
and “woman’s tongue” trees
among others.

Another thing that reminded
me of home was the spirituality
of Ghanaians. There were stick-
ers on the backs of taxis and
mini-vans that proclaimed God
as the driver’s “Redeemer” or
warned people to “Repent”.
Entrepreneurs named their
businesses after key tenets of
Christianity, such as “Forgive-
ness.” This was done regard-
less of the services that were
offered. My personal favourites
were “Blood of Jesus” - the
name of a seamstress’s business
— and “Son’s of God Match
Forward” — the name of a kiosk
selling lotto tickets (incidental-
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went in search of elephants (but didn’t see any).

takes were common and made
for great jokes).

There were many sights,
sounds and smells that remind-
ed me of home — I remember
walking down the road on one
occasion and smelling chicken
souse and on another, curry,
although I’m pretty sure I was
hallucinating — but there were
differences as well.

One of the most noticeable
was the culture of carrying
goods on one’s head. Nothing
could really have prepared me
for this tradition. I anticipated
perhaps seeing women with
buckets of water or baskets of
fruit on their heads, but I had
no idea how prevalent using the
head as a tool really was. Peo-
ple use their heads the way we
use our shoulders or our hands.

Furthermore, it's not only
women, as I originally thought;
men and children could also be
seen with goods on their heads.
Women and children usually
carried food or water, while
men carried objects like towels
or flags. I know this must be a
little hard to imagine, but peo-
ple sell everything you could
think of on the street in Ghana,
and if there is a way for them to
get it on their head and thus
move around with it, they will.
The size or weight of the item
has little to do with it either. I
helped a lady remove a giant
aluminium bowl of fish from
her head and I nearly died in
the process. It was incredibly
heavy! Easily 50lbs.

The tallest thing I saw on a
person's head was about 3ft-—a




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man was carrying what looked
like a hamper of washcloths.
The widest was a little over 2ft,
and that was a suitcase. I did
say suitcase, and the lady in
question actually had two of
them on her head. I tried walk-
ing with a bowl of tomatoes on
my head in my host family's
kitchen once and I could hard-
ly stand up straight, much less
think of moving. That really
impressed upon me the skill
and strength required to carry
things on one’s head, and
although I admire Ghanaians
for being able to do so, it’s not
really something I would like
to do myself.

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There were many other small
aspects of Ghanaian lifestyle
that struck me throughout the
semester. On their own they
might be unimpressive, but
when considered in concert
they allowed me to see just how
much our African ancestors
have shaped our culture. Of
course, this was something that
I knew beforehand, but actual-
ly being able to see it was
incredible.

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the second installment of
Gabrielle’s African journal:
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OME of the women

were more comfortable

than | expected,” said
Farreno Ferguson, a photog-
rapher, about an edgy pho-
to shoot he has done for the
Sister Sister Breast Cancer
Support Group. Acclaimed
for his works of unconven-
tional quality, Mr Ferguson
says the exhibit is one of his
best.

Breast Cancer strikes home, as his
grandmother was diagnosed with the
disease years ago and became a sur-
vivor at 73 years of age. It was a
conversation with a good friend in
New York about his grandmother’s
story that sparked the idea for Pret-
ty In Pink, a photographic exhibi-
tion/auction and a high-end social
networking event bringing aware-
ness to the ongoing fight against can-
cer.

It was his personal experience with
his grandmother’s fight with the dis-
ease that encouraged him to work
with other survivors.

Mr Ferguson’s conversation with
a colleague birthed a vision for the
Pretty in Pink promotional event-
an exhibition of pictures he took of
the women from the support group.
Most of them are long term sur-
vivors, at least 3-4 years.

It’s been said that the survivors
have reinvented themselves in an
edgy photo shoot by Mr Ferguson, to
be revealed at his ‘Pretty In Pink’
exhibit in the Buillon room at the
British Colonial Hilton on February
26.

Superimposed with the six virtues
he says breast cancer patients need
in order to survive, is a peaceful-
looking female in the background,
photographed from the collarbone
up with a pink scarf donned on her
head.

She is in her 20’s. Why use this
young model? Mr Ferguson says the
reason was to encourage young
women to have their breast cancer
screenings, as they are not exempt
from cancer either.

At the main event on Friday, Mr
Ferguson says guests can expect a
“visual overload.” The collection has
the most images the photographer
has ever used in a series, to date.

He had a vision, a vision that is
similar to the poster made for the
big event.

“Each of them used the pink scarf.
I tried to use positions that they were
comfortable with. We did different
themes, like unity, strength, courage,
determination, faith and love.”

In total, there will be over 20
pieces at the show. More than 15 of
the women are cancer survivors, and
some are commercial models.

“T figured that some of the women
wouldn’t be totally comfortable with
the ideas that I had in mind, so I
invited commercial models that I

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would normally shoot to take those
kinds of photos.”

Ferguson says he wanted to make
the show more diverse by taking
photos of them in “new age photog-
raphy” looks.

“Breast cancer strikes women who
are in many cases the backbone of
the family; the wife, mother, aunt,
and grammy,” said Andrea Sweet-
ing, the president of the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer Support Group who
likes to “give people another topic
when she walks into a room.”

“When I walk into a room, I
would prefer for persons to look at
me and see me for who I am and
why I’m there instead of whispering
‘this woman has breast cancer’ and
trying to figure out which breast I
have off,” says Mrs Sweeting.

“Td prefer for them to know up
front so that they have a new topic to
talk about,” she told Tribune Health.

“When I took those photos, I felt
as though you can still look at me,
and see that I am gorgeous.”

“This is tremendous seeing that
many of the survivors don’t know
what it’s like to feel beautiful in their
skin since being diagnosed with can-



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cer.

“T thought this would be some-
thing I could do that would count at
the end of the day,” Mr Ferguson
explained.

Other stories of the survival
include Maxcine Missick, who was
initially diagnosed with breast cancer
in 2005. She later discovered that
there was a tumor resting on a brain
stem inside of her head, and learned
that she had to have surgery.

Breast Cancer survivors often say
they don’t get the kind of attention
they need and deserve. Compared
to foreign organisations which pro-
mote the cause, the Bahamas is no
match for the kind of fanfare that
they have, said Mrs Sweeting.

To prepare himself for the photo
shoot, Mr Ferguson sat through
some of the support group meetings
and shot a video about their stories
and their tremendous struggle to
beat the disease.

The footage he has put together in
the documentary film will show the
process of capturing the pho-
tographs, and chronicle in the wom-
en’s own words their plight with the
disease.

“T had emotional connections after
meeting some of the ladies two
weeks ago at their support group
meeting. It helped me to figure out
beforehand what they would be
comfortable with in the photo shot,”
he said.

And some of them were more
comfortable than Mr Ferguson
anticipated. He had a vision for
each photo shot with the 15 ladies, a
vision that is similar to the poster
made for the big event.

Some of the survivors were more
comfortable than Ferguson had
expected.

In the photographs, a pink cloth is
embodied by each subject. For
some, Ferguson draped the cloth
around the forehead letting the hair
be exposed in tomahawk.

Some of the subjects for the pho-
to shot have lost their hair in
chemotherapy treatments, and that
has been a mountain that they have
had to climb. Baldness is known to
be the sign to the world that some-
thing is wrong, that breast cancer
has struck your life.

But even with baldness, or short
hair, they have come to realise that

they can still feel beautiful.

“The pictures from the photo shot
showed that you can drape yourself,
and still look gorgeous,” said Mrs
Sweeting

This is the British Colonial
Hilton’s tenth year anniversary, and
in lieu of the celebration they are
highlighting health causes around
the nation.

Funds from Pretty in Pink will go
toward the expenses of the Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Support
Group. One initiative that they
have taken on is the distribution of
port-a-caths, a device that is used
to make administration of
chemotherapy easier.

Port-a-caths normally costs $750
from Doctors Hospital and the Can-
cer Society of the Bahamas sells
them for $500. Sister Sister Breast
Cancer Support Group donates the
devices to women who can’t afford
them.

“Some of them never saw them-
selves doing something like this, and
in turn they found new light in
themselves, and all came away feel-
ing more comfortable in their own
skin,” said Mr Ferguson.

“There’s always that atmosphere
of fear every time you go for a
checkup or follow-up to your breast
cancer, even when you are in remis-
sion,” Mrs Sweeting.

“Breast cancer is just waiting for
you to miss a treatment so that it
could thrive all over again inside
the body.”

The British Colonial Hilton hotel
is celebrating its tenth anniversary,
marked by the recent $15 million
renovation. Their way of giving
back to the Bahamian community
is to be charitable to organisations
supporting health causes around the
country.

They were excited and thankful
for the project, because it’s all to
raise money for their cause. “They
never saw themselves doing some-
thing like that,” he said. “Some of
them saw new light in themselves,
and all came away feeling more
comfortable in their own skin.”

Guests can expect to be visually
stimulated during this awesome cel-
ebration of breast cancer survivors,
said Mr Ferguson about the social
networking event.

The guest list is heavy with pro-
fessionals, and local socialites. They
are all excited and thankful for the
project, which will raise money for
breast cancer.

“There will be some performances
by local artist, door prizes, and they
will give out sapphire pendants.

Ferguson got the idea for the
“Pretty in Pink, ’'m a Survivor”
campaign while in New York having
a “pink drink.” He says the colour,
which is the colour for breast cancer
inspired him, and he tied it all into
the event that he is planning. It’s
one that he hopes will yield many
follow ups as part of a series he will
present each year. A small donation
of $20 is asked of attendees to help
the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Sup-
port Group defray the cost of the
exhibit.



Glaucoma-The silent thief §

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

KNOWN as the “silent thief”,
glaucoma, a disease where the major
nerve in the eye is damaged, poses a
risk for everyone, and if not detect-
ed, or treated within a reasonable
time frame can lead to complete loss
of sight.

Just as it is important to get a full
body check up, it is equally as impor-
tant to get an annual eye checkup, as
doing so increases the chance of nip-
ping things in the bud.

Tribune Health spoke with Dr
Kenneth Rodgers, an ophthalmolo-
gist at Pearle Vision who said that
while there is no sure way of pre-
venting glaucoma, an annual eye
examination can increase chances of
catching the disease at a treatable
state.

Glaucoma is described by
www.medicinenet.com “as a disease
where the major nerve of vision,
called the optic nerve becomes dam-
aged. The optic nerve receives light
from the retina and transmits impuls-
es to the brain that we perceive as
vision. It is characterised by a par-
ticular pattern of progressive damage
to the optic nerve that generally

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begins with a subtle loss of side
vision (peripheral vision). If glauco-
ma is not diagnosed and treated, it
can progress to loss of central vision
and blindness,” the website stated.

There are two types of glaucoma-
open angle glaucoma, and closed
angle glaucoma. “Open angle glau-
coma is by far the most common
type of glaucoma. Moreover, its fre-
quency increases greatly with age.
This increase occurs because the
drainage mechanism gradually may
become clogged with aging. As a
consequence, the aqueous fluid does
not drain from the eye properly. The
pressure within the eye, therefore,
builds up painlessly and without
symptoms,” the website explained.

Elevated pressure in the eye is
what actually leads to the damage
of the optic nerve.

And though the elevated pressure
in the eye is one of main causes of
the optic nerve becoming damaged,
impairment can also occur within a
normal eye pressure.

“Open angle glaucoma is the most
common glaucoma that is seen
among people in the Caribbean, Dr
Rodgers said.

As mentioned before when it
comes to glaucoma everyone is at

risk for the disease. However there
are some people who are at a greater
risk than others.

“People over the age of 65, per-
sons who have a family history of
glaucoma, those who take steroids,
people who suffer from nearsight-
edness or persons who have been
predisposed to chronic migraines,”
Dr Rodgers explained.

Although people at an elderly age
are at risk, this is not to say that
younger persons are in the clear.
Glaucoma does not discriminate
against age groups, since there have
been instances where very young
children have developed juvenile
glaucoma.

“Many think that this is something
that does not happen but it does and
it is a Serious situation when a nine
or ten year old is losing his or her
sight,” he said.

Unfortunately, there are no symp-
toms of glaucoma, and whenever
persons do realise that something is
wrong they have already begin to
lose their vision. “At this point the
disease is at a very far stage,” he
said.

While sight loss from the disease
is irreversible, there are ways that
the disease is treated that can pre-

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first things used are eye drops and
oral tablets.

“After a few years or so some per-
sons make the decision to get
surgery done on the eye,” he said.

Dr Rodgers encourages everyone
to make the right health decisions
in life. He said in order to patrol
glaucoma one must get consistent
eye examinations.

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what it is that is needed to be done
to ensure that your body is healthy.
However if glaucoma is detected
then I want to advise persons to lis-
ten to their prognosis and do as their
doctor orders them to do.

“Tf one is advised to take medica-
tion, continue with the medication
since the majority of times when a
person progress is slow is because
they don’t take medication when
advised to do so,” Dr Rodgers said.





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(Coy WOMEN & SEX

Jealousy

DO YOU think it is possible to
go through life and not be hit by the
tidal waves of jealousy? Not to expe-
rience the explosive flame that oblit-
erates all rational thinking and trans-
forms us into a whole different
being. What does it mean when we
feel gentle pangs over someone, but
massive physical turbulence for
another? Does the degree of jeal-
ousy accurately reflect the depth of
love or connection to another human
being? Or is it our past thoughts and
experiences playing havoc with our
minds?

As loathsome and wretched as
jealousy makes you feel, it certainly
is not a state of mind that we would
like to remain in. The wide range of
emotions that it triggers may alter
depending on the circumstance.

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Feelings may involve anger, humili-
ation, betrayal, fear, abandonment,
sorrow and envy. We may logically
try and explain away some of the
feelings but find it a losing battle as
the remainder close the gap and con-
sume us.

Being blinded by jealousy often
produces extreme behavior from
obsessive vigilance to violence. We
can see that with our own eyes and
barely need to be told that it is the

Jujube and ti-es

I MUST confess I cannot write
about all garden produce with
equal enthusiasm. The jujube, for
instance, is a fruit I have never ever
taken more than one of at a time.
The taste is far too musky for my
liking but others seem to relish it.

The Indian jujube (Ziziphus
Mauritania) is native to China and
is often spelled ju-ju or jube-jube.
The tree grows well in The
Bahamas in a wide variety of soils,
even in marshy land. It is, however,
avery unfriendly tree. The branch-
es are covered with small but
intensely sharp thorns that make
fruit picking quite an adventure.

The worst feature of the tree is
displayed at flowering time. Jujube

flowers are pollinated by flies and
so they exude a scent that could
only be attractive to flies and
resembles a compost heap that has
gone sour. It would not be a good
idea to grow jujube tree anywhere
near your house — anywhere near
civilisation as far as I am con-
cerned.

Jujube seeds seem to have a 25
per cent viability rate and the
young trees are particularly attrac-
tive with their distinctive small
veined leaves. The tree becomes
less appealing is it ages.

A lady once told me that I would
love jujubes if I ate them pickled
and she promised to make me some
pickled jujubes. That was over ten

leading cause of wife battering and
homicide. Are we to believe people
when they say they are ‘not a jealous
person’, or is it just a matter of con-
trol?

One theory is that jealousy is
‘wounded pride’ producing an imma-
ture response. This is considered a
childish reaction, and reflects a lack
of self confidence and esteem. It is a
reaction to the fear of loss. Other
theorists say that it is in fact an
evolved and necessary emotion
caused by a threat to a valued rela-
tionship. Linking both these theo-
ries it would seem that the more
insecure, dependent partner feels
the more intense jealousy, because
of the perceived loss.

Many of us cringe at the memories
of instability and inability to control
ourselves in those episodes of jeal-
ousy. The neurotic following of our
partners every action and the need
to control can be explained scientif-
ically. We know that women's brains
are activated in the posterior supe-
rior temporal sulcus when there is a
suggestion of sexual and emotional

years ago and I am glad to say she
seems to have forgotten.

The father of modern taxonomy
was Car] Linnaeus. In the 18th cen-
tury it was he who organised plants
into that list we all had to learn at
school: kingdoms, classes, orders,
genera, species. He also started the
binomial nomenclature that
allowed for positive identification
of plants, based upon shared fea-
tures. I do not know what we would
do without binomial nomenclature
because local and regional names
often differ very widely.

Linnaeus had to be interested in
names because his father diverted
from regular Swedish naming to
the Latin for linden. Later on Carl
turned his first name to the Latin
Carolus. Then he was celebrated
as a genius and took on the title
von Linné. A man who went
through three name changes should

infidelity. This is the area of the
brain that is responsible for the
detection of intention, deception and
trustworthiness. This explains why
women are acutely sensitive to oth-
ers, and often are labeled ‘overly
sensitive’ or ‘controlling’.

Men's brains on the other hand
are stimulated in the testosterone
rich areas in the amygdala and hypo-
thalamus, which is involved in sexu-
al and aggressive behavior. An
extreme example of this is the prac-
tice of female circumcision, or muti-
lation, in order to control a wom-
an's sexual fidelity. Knowing this,
we can see why men and women act
differently when faced with green-
eyed emotions.

Provoking a little jealousy, partic-
ularity at the beginning of a rela-
tionship, is often used as a test or
measure of future commitment. It
lets you know how much your mate
cares and considers you valuable. A
little smile, name dropping or mild
flirting can certainly increase your
own desirability. However, it is a
fine tight rope to walk and often has



give us confidence as to his naming
system for plants (and creatures).

The importance of a scientific
rather than colloquial name is
demonstrated by a rather humble
fruit that is known as egg fruit, yel-
low sapote, mammee sapote, mam-
mee supporter, canistel and ti-es.
No matter what common name you
wish to know it by, its Linnaean
name is Pouteria compechiana and
that stops all arguments about
identification. I like to call the tree
and fruit ti-es because that name is
used only in The Bahamas.

The ti-es tree is native to Central
America. It is handsome and erect
and grows to about 20 feet in The
Bahamas. The fruit is like an upside-
down teardrop that contains two to
four seeds. The flesh of the ti-es is
yellow and starchy, almost like dried
egg (for those old enough to remem-
ber such things) in texture but with



the opposite desired effect. Certain-
ly, having sex with someone in order
to provoke jealousy rarely works.
Men hold highly a woman's sexual
fidelity and her desirability as a suit-
able mate is often determined by
this.

Go ahead and critique yourself
and your relationship. Are you self
assured and feel safe in your rela-
tionship? Or are you a person who
moves quickly from one person to
another in order to avoid any emo-
tional involvement? Perhaps you fit
some where in between the two
extremes. Just remember that rela-
tionships are what makes life worth
living and are worth all that you can
invest.

¢ Margaret Bain is an individual and
couples relationship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certified clinical
sex therapist. For appointments call 364-
7230 or e-mail her at relateba-
hamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba-
hamas.blogspot.com. She is also avail-
able for speaking engagements.

By Gardener Jack

an appealing sweetness.

I have been told that if you mix
the ripe pulp of ti-es with pound
cake batter the resultant cake has
better flavour and colour.

June plum (Spondas anarcar-
diaceae) goes under the names
ambarella and otaheite apple and
has just finished its time of fruit
production.

The tree has pinnately compound
shiny leaves and despite it name
fruits from October to February.

The fruit is kiwi-shaped and
tends to fall off the tree while green
and unripe. The skin later turns
yellow and this is the time to eat.

The flavour is like mango to
some and pineapple to others. I
think it has a very similar taste to
ceriman.

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to too much rich food, or
think that your heart occa-
sionally skips a beat in
response to stress at work.
For most people, such irreg-
ularities are harmless.

But if your irregular heart
rhythms are combined with
a diagnosis of heart failure,
they can be serious -- and
ignoring them may make
your condition worse.

Your heart is essentially a
powerful electric pump. If a
breakdown occurs in the
heart's complex internal
communication system, it can
cause your heart to beat
irregularly. It's possible for
healthy people to experience
occasional irregular heart
beats. But if you already have
heart problems, you should
be aware of the symptoms of
an irregular heart beat.

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your irregular heart rhythm.
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symptoms of an irregular
heart beat:

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flutters or pounds in your
chest.

* You experience dizziness
or feel "light-headed."

* You experience sudden
shortness of breath not relat-
ed to physical exertion.

weak from time to time.

* You faint or suddenly
lose consciousness.

If you regularly experience
these symptoms, see your
doctor. In order to diagnose
your condition, your doctor
will likely start with an elec-
trocardiogram (ECG) that
monitors electrical activity in
your heart. If the ECG does-
n't explain your irregular
heart rhythm, your doctor

Holter Monitor, a small,
portable device

He'll also ask you to keep
a diary of your symptoms
while wearing the monitor.
There are several other tests
that can help diagnose heart
rhythm problems. Talk to
your doctor about what's best
for you.

If tests show that you have
a heart rhythm problem, you
may not necessarily need

develop a treatment plan for
you if the problem requires
treatment. This plan may
include medicines such as
blood thinners that help pre-
vent blood clots and reduce
the risk of stroke, an
implantable device like a
pacemaker or defibrillator to
help regulate your heart
beats, or even surgery.

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lent to Caribbean carni-

val. With only one word
to describe it awesome! For
about 4 days Tokushima is
rocking with people from
everywhere bouncing to the
same tune.

The difference with this one as
opposed to some other street festi-
vals is that it is completely free to
watch, I did not see one single
policeman, there was no gap
between groups, everyone keeps on
dancing and you could walk around
with glass bottled beer.

I was like whoa total culture
chock!! The groups basically wear
the same kind of outfits and the
women in the group wear the exact
same outfit. My Asian friend told
us to come and watch her dance but
we realised that would be an impos-
sible feat early on. To find your
Asian female friend who is dressed
exactly like 50 other women in her
group from the hat right down to
the shoes is seriously like trying to
find a needle in a haystack. We nev-
er did find her.

Another thing that got me about
Awa Odori is that amidst all that
action, music, beautiful costumes
etc. some people were taking a pic-
ture of me! It didn't happen every
two seconds but it happened enough
times for me to mention.

This photographer was taking a
picture of a stall so I naturally
moved out of the way. When I
moved she put her camera away.
Japanese people asked me to take a
picture so I naturally assumed that
they wanted for me to take a picture
of them but they wanted me to be in
their picture. This random guy start-

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ed to talk to my friend and asked if
he could take a picture of me and
asked where I was from. There was
a part when people from the crowd
could join in to dance. So I joined in
and two photographers came and
just started to snap before I could
think.

I am like dang if they like this for
big eyed short me what would they
do if they saw Halle Berry?

I asked my friend if my shirt was
on backwards or something. And
she said no it's rare to have lighter
skinned black people here (whatev-
er that means) so people take pic-
tures. Shoots, if I had known that I
would have been charging a fee per
shot to help me pay for this new
Ipod that I've been eyeing.

My summer vacation

In August my friend from Singa-
pore, her boyfriend from Czech
Republic and my friend from France
came to visit and we went exploring
Japan together.

One question though- why is that
no matter what nationality, age or
race men REFUSE to ask for direc-

know then please tell me. A couple
of times we wanted to go some-
where and there was a tourist office
two steps away or a tour guide that
was in arms reach and they just
wanted to follow the map and not
ask. Seriously! (insert rolling eyes
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with a million and one temples and
shrines (I think we saw them all)
and few other places by car which
had beautiful scenery.

In Japan they have different
styles of accommodation as opposed
to only hotels like in Western Cul-
ture.

Manga Cafe- You rent out a

space like a computer and desk for
several hours to rest any where from
1 hour to the whole night. You
know how you sometimes wish that
you can go to sleep at your desk at
work? Well here you can with no
fear of your boss looking over your
shoulder.

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HEN it comes to Caucasian hair, cut and colour are

everything! Retro styles like classic finger waves or

short bob cuts can be super hot. There are many
styles women can wear no matter what hair type they have. If
you want to “rock it out”, giving the punk hairstyles a try or
fringe boyish inspired trims, the ball is in your court, just make
sure you select a cut that will suit your personal flair.

"Tts really more of the hair cut when
it comes to Caucasian hair. When the
hair is shaped in a way that compli-
ments the features of the face managing
it will be breeze," Inger King profes-
sional stylist at Hair Team told Tribune
Woman.

Women with long straight hair can
spruce things up by adding a little color
bringing out that extra edge.

“Tf a person wears their hair straight
the majority of the time, to change
things up a bit they can get low lights or
highlights and add a few curls for a little
bounce and volume,” Princess Knowles
stylist at The Plaza Beauty Spot & Nail
Spa said.

Also women with naturally straight
hair can get a different look by just one
squeeze of a bottle.

“Products like Paul Mitchell sculpting
lotion can do the hair very good. It
allows versatility and can give straight
hair that ‘scrunch’ or wavy look. It holds
firm so you don’t have to worry about
losing your waves,” Ms Knowles
explained.

Short cuts can also be a good choice
making a bold statement that will
unleash your inner sexy at the same
time. And despite what many may
think, you can get multiple looks with
hair this length.

Even though short cuts are not for
everyone, there is a chance you may
find a short style compliments your fea-
tures more than a longer one.

For instance a short boy cut might
hit the nail on the head, accentuating
your eyes and lips, while framing the
face. Or get a messy cut that appears to
be unkempt but is contrasted graceful-
ly with an elegant sweep bang. Short
choppy cuts can add a lot of definition.

“Short cuts are very nice since they
accentuate the physical features of the
face and allow for detailed texture of the

hair,” Ms Knowles said.

After getting a cut, maintaining the
style should involve washing regularly,
and using the proper hair care products
that will keep the hair looking and feel-
ing great.

"Products are also very important
because one should use a product that
protects the hair,” Ms King said.

Since people with this hair type often
wash more regularly than others, Ms
King said that while using a quality blow
dryer is a good idea, allowing the hair to
dry naturally so that you don’t lose that
extra shine can give your hair that per-
fect glow.

“Tf one decides to blow dry then they
should use a hair seal to protect it from
the heat. However I would suggest per-
sons allow their hair to dry by itself to
prevent breakage,” Ms King explained.

If you ever thought about extensions
as way of doing things different, Ms
Knowles recommends avoiding bonding
agents, or getting the extensions sewn in,
because it is difficult to wash the hair ,
also the hair damages considerably by
bonding agents.

She explained: “If the extensions are
bonded to the hair and it is removed
before it gets loose then this can result in
complete loss of the hair follicle. When
the hair follicle is lost then that particu-
lar portion of the hair will not grow
back,” Ms Knowles said.

“When it comes to getting the hair
sewn in, I would suggest that be done
for a short period. This is because this
type of hair is soft and getting hair sewn
in requires braids and it will not last at
all,” Ms Knowles said.

Face shape, and skin tone is key when
it comes to selecting a style and hair
colour. But before you make that step
research, look at different hair maga-
zines and consult professionals so that
you get the most out of your look.

“Short cuts are very nice since
they accentuate the physical

features of the face and allow for
detailed texture of the hair.”

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being unwilling to accept the will
of the people in elections, PLP
leader Perry Christie yesterday
lashed out at Mr Ingraham for
what he termed “a rambling,
incoherent, litany of lies.”

Mr Ingraham stated in a Sun-
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

ARMED burglars tied up
two women in their home and
shot and killed a man before
getting away with their stolen
goods early yesterday morn-
ing.

It was one of four armed
robberies that took place on
Monday in addition to a stab-
bing.

Police say two men armed
with handguns broke into the

from the park in South Beach
estates, just before 1.30am.

They reportedly tied up
McPhee’s girlfriend and
daughter, then rummaged for
jewellery and other valuables
to steal.

McPhee was also robbed by
the armed intruders before
they shot him in the head. He
was taken to hospital by
ambulance where he died of
his injuries.

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POLICE Sergeant Juan
Pratt, who was accused of
having sex with two under-
age girls, was yesterday
acquitted at Freeport Mag-
istrate’s Court.

Deputy Chief Magistrate
Helen Jones delivered the
judgment in Court 3, where
Pratt was indicted on two
counts of unlawful sexual
intercourse in May 2007.

Pratt, the son of St Cecilia
MP Cynthia Pratt, was
arrested on May 7, 2007,

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2007.

SEE page 12

Mrs Eileen
Farmer dies

MRS Eileen Farmer died at
her San Souci home at 6 pm on
Sunday.

The Farmer family arrived in
Nassau from the UK in 1948
when Mr Farmer joined the late
Sir Victor Sassoon as his
accountant. The family made
Nassau their home.

Mrs Farmer was predeceased
by her husband, John Farmer;
son, Christopher Farmer, and
daughter Alannah Martin.

She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Frances Farmer; sons, John,
Damien, Michael and Patrick
Farmer; son-in-law, Michael
Martin; daughters-in-law, Pia,
Denise and Laura Farmer; and
grandchildren, David and
Natasha Martin, Daniel,
Meghan and Timothy Kelly,
Sonia, Liam, Danielle,
Dominique and Ethan Farmer.

Funeral services will be held
for Mrs Farmer at Sacred Heart
Church on Saturday, February
27, at 3pm.

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Man facing retrial charged
with another murder

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net




A 22-YEAR-OLD man facing a retrial in a 2008 murder
case was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday on anoth-
er murder charge.

SEE page 12

The Taste

Student who blew whistle on
sex allegations ‘punished’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Government set to
amend net fishing law

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe @tribunemedia.net

THE North Andros High School student

THE government is set to amend the law to | who blew the whistle on allegations of sex-

prohibit “purse seine” or net fishing in The
Bahamas after receiving a flood of calls and e-
mails from concerned Bahamians, environ-
mentalists and sportsfishermen fearing that a
large fishing vessel is set to wreak havoc on
Bahamian tuna stocks using the controversial

SEE page 10

ual misconduct involving a teacher has
reportedly been punished by island school
officials, according to sources in Andros.
The 17-year-old youth who, according
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LOCAL NEWS



New national stadium
starts to take shape

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YINQING SUN, Chief of Technical Matters for the Qilu Construction
Group Corporation, leads the tour of the new stadium construction site
with Minister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, and Chinese
Ambassador Dingxian Hu.

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Chinese construction
company building the new
national stadium yesterday
treated a delegation led by Min-
ister of State for Culture
Charles Maynard to a tour of
the facility.

The stadium is taking shape

with the near completion of the
first level of the western stand,
according to stadium namesake
Tommy A Robinson.

Mr Robinson has monitored
the development of the stadium
closely, with weekly site visits.
He is pleased with the pace of
construction and confident the
builders are sticking closely to
the design plans.

Two more levels are to be



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CONSTRUCTION of the new Thomas A Robinson stadium is on track for saniaision in iy 2011. Min-
ister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, toured the construction site with Chinese Ambassador
Dingxian Hu, Monday.

added to the western stand
before the canopy roof is
added. The one-level eastern
stand will be completed in time
for all of the roofing to be
applied simultaneously. Forty
technical workers from China
are expected in the country for
a three-month stay starting at
the end of May to work on the
roof construction, according to
Yinging Sun, Chief of Techni-
cal Matters for the Qilu Con-
struction Group Corporation.

Ten technical workers are
expected in April for a one-
month stay to work on the four
light towers that will stretch 80
feet high. The foundations for
the light structures already sit
firmly 42-feet into the ground.

“Aside from the gift of the
physical structure, students
from local high schools come
to apprentice at the work site,
so there is a transfer of tech-
nology and knowledge to
empower Bahamians,” Minis-
ter Maynard pointed out.

The Chinese construction
company is handling work in
the designated red zone. They
indicated that work is on track
for completion by the projected
June 30, 2011 launch date. The
timeline was not impacted by
a January incident in which 40
Chinese workers walked off the
job after allegedly not being
paid before the New Year’s
holiday.

Chinese Ambassador, Dingx-
ian Hu, said this matter was
resolved amicably after talks.
He said the problem stemmed



THE WESTERN and of the new Thomas A Robinson stadium takes
shape on the Chinese-run construction site. The concrete pillars
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from a misunderstanding in the
interpretation of some elements
of the workers’ contracts.

The ambassador said the
embassy co-ordinated discus-
sions, as it was their responsi-
bility to protect the legal inter-
ests of the workers and the
company.

“This is the first major pro-
ject between the two govern-
ments. This project is a very
good test of best practices to

struction is complete.

operation,” said Ambassador
Hu. He said the highway con-
struction project on John F
Kennedy Drive, between the
airport and Thompson Boule-
vard, would be the next major
project undertaken by the two
governments.

Unlike the stadium project,
which was a $30 million gift
from the Chinese government,
in line with their policy of inter-

national aid to small island
nations for public utility works,
the highway project is being
facilitated through a Chinese
government concessionary
loan. The project is expected
to start at the end of July.
“The concept is to help to
raise the capacity of recipient
countries, to strengthen local
development through co-oper-
ation,” said Ambassador Hu.

get experience for further co-

MNCS tao Koal
zone’ plans to Chinese

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

Tim Clarke
/Tribune staff

MINISTER of State for Culture Charles Maynard presented
the master plan for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project to
a Chinese delegation during a visit to the new stadium con-
struction site.

This was the first time the plans were presented to the Chinese
Ambassador, Dingxian Hu, who said he was looking forward to
seeing the red and green zones completed together. He said
the projects would allow the Bahamian workers and the Chinese
technical team to exchange techniques and experience.

The Bahamas government is responsible for the development
of the green zone, which consists of stadium utilities and the land-
scaped area surrounding the new stadium, parking lots and new
roadways. The development of the green zone is to run concur-
rently to the development of the red zone, which is the respon-
sibility of the Chinese construction company, Qilu Construc-
tion Group Corporation. Work on the red zone started months
ago, and is on track for completion by the end of July 2011.

Work on the green zone is yet to begin, but Minister Maynard
said that should change before the end of June. He said the
green zone should be completed two to three months ahead of
the red zone.

No budget allocations have been made for the green zone as
yet. Mr Maynard said the work will be included in the 2010/2011
budget that comes into effect July 1. He said the ministry is
using savings from the 2009/2010 budget to get the project start-
ed. “Just as you see progress on your side, progress will begin on
our side within the next month to develop the green zone. It will
be a team effort between the red zone and the green zone,”
said Mr Maynard.

Among the projects associated with the stadium are several
new road corridors, including a road to divert traffic around
the stadium. Mr Maynard said traffic will no longer have to
pass through the stadium to go from Thompson Boulevard to the
Tonique Williams-Darling highway.

He said the ministry is almost ready to take bids for the road-
work and parking lots, as the final drawings were submitted
just over a week ago. Two or three Bahamian construction com-
panies are expected to work simultaneously on the various pro-
jects. Plans for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project were
submitted by the design contractors, IBS Group, last November.
Long term plans for the stadium include a new grand entrance
with a hero’s park that will recognise local sports icons; and a new
baseball stadium, which is a priority according to the minister.

Plans also include adding a diving centre to the Betty Kenning
Aquatic Centre, moving the race track, and building an ath-
lete’s village.

The vision is for the final sports complex is to have a facility
capable of hosting international sporting events, such as the
Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. The Minis-
ter projects it will take five years for the entire master plan to
materialise.


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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Christie accuses the
PM of ‘intimidation’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION leader Perry
Christie yesterday accused Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham of
“continuing a pattern of intimi-
dation” on behalf of the FNM
by “personally attacking” a num-
ber of voters who cast protest
ballots.

Ata press conference on Sun-
day, Mr Ingraham said the FNM
has “very good evidence” that
the voters in question “had no
entitlement to vote whatsoev-
er”, adding that ultimately those
voters, when called to election
court to defend themselves, have
the option to “let go, let be, or
expose (themselves) to the other
place” — a comment that some
took to be referring to Her
Majesty’s Prison.

Yesterday, at a press confer-
ence at the party’s headquarters
at Gambier House, Farrington
Road, PLP leader Perry Christie

said he “deplored” Mr Ingra-
ham’s statement, which covered
this and several other topics
relating to the by-election and
its aftermath.

“He should be ashamed of
talking such utter nonsense. It
goes to show how dizzy and
dazed he is after the shock of
the by-election,” said Mr
Christie.

Speaking of Mr Ingraham’s
comments about the five protest
voters who the PLP believe vot-
ed for their candidate, Ryan Pin-
der, Mr Christie said: “The
prime minister was attacking
those people personally. I am
surprised, even (though) it is
him.

“(He) suggest(ed) that they
will be subject to the most exten-
sive scrutiny... The Prime minis-
ter should not seek to intimidate
these people and say that
because they spoke up for their
rights. This is continuing a pat-
tern of intimidation.”

Mr Christie accused Mr Ingra-

ham of “denigrating” the elec-
tion court and those who would
wish to seek electoral justice
through it.

On Sunday, Mr Ingraham
said: “The FNM expects to win
what the PLP is taking to court
so we don’t need to consider any
further steps. We challenged
those five voters. In the case of
four of them, we have very good
evidence that they had no enti-
tlement whatsoever to vote.”

He later added, “The PLP
can't go to court and succeed
unless those five persons also
show up to court. They have to
come themselves and we call
upon them to come and take
that Bible in their hand and
swear an oath (indicating) their
qualifications to vote in Eliza-
beth, then be cross-examined by
the FNM team of lawyers.”

Each of the five candidates in
the election would also have the
option to question each of the
protested voters and cross-exam-
ine them in the election court,

PLP LEADER Perry Christie
speaks yesterday.

added Mr Ingraham.

“At the end of the day, the
court will make a decision. If
these persons turn out to be per-
sons that committed perjury or
who lied, then there are laws to
deal with that.”

“So each of these persons will
have to make their own decision
on what they want to do.

“Let go, let be or expose your-
self to the other place.”



Felipé Major/Tribune staff



RYAN PINDER with PLP leader Perry
Christie in background.

FROM page one

action they intend to initiate in
the wake of the Elizabeth by-
election in anticipation of the
possibility that they will lose,
given that the PLP owes
$236,000 to ZNS dating back
to the 2007 general election
and around $1 million for the
resulting Marco City election
court case.

But Mr Christie retorted
that the issue of a security
deposit does not come into
play “in this instance, as Mr
Ingraham is aware”, and that
the party itself does not owe
any debt on the Marco City
case — but the candidate who
undertook the challenge, ex-
senator Pleasant Bridgewater.

“Have I paid the debt? No.
Has the PLP paid it? No. Has
Pleasant Bridgewater paid it?
You’ll have to ask her,” said
Mr Christie, noting however
that the party stands behind
Bridgewater.

As further support for why
a security deposit would not
be necessary in an Elizabeth
by-election election court mat-
ter, PLP MP for Fox Hill,
Fred Mitchell, noted that the
candidate (Ryan Pinder) and
not the party will be the liti-
gant in this challenge.

Meanwhile, Mr Christie
said that when the FNM con-
tested the MICAL seat in the
election court following the
2002 general election, and its
candidate — Johnley Fergu-
son — lost to the PLP’s Alfred
Gray, the debt for this case
was not paid by Mr Ferguson
until “the eve of the general
election, so that he could run
again.”

Therefore, he suggested it
was disingenuous for the
Prime Minister to criticise the
PLP candidate for not having
yet cleared the Marco City
debt.

As for any other debts
owed, Mr Christie said the
party will “honour all legiti-
mate debts that it owes.”

“From time to time parties
go through challenges with
raising funds but the PLP has

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FACING a charge from the FNM that his eli-
gibility to nominate as a candidate in the Eliz-
abeth by-election will be challenged by the par-
ty during election court proceedings, PLP leader
Perry Christie said his party is “satisfied by
Ryan Pinder’s assurances” that he is ‘“‘a qualified
candidate to be elected and to serve.”

Responding to FNM leader and Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham’s assertions at a Sun-
day press conference that the governing party
will be looking to see “where (Pinder’s) passport
was marked ‘cancelled’ by the Americans
before the nomination date”, Mr Christie went
on to claim that it is for the government to
prove Pinder is not eligible as a result of his cit-
izenship rather than the other way round.

When asked about the revelation by Mr
Ingraham that Mr Pinder’s U.S. citizenship —
which he stated he renounced prior to nomi-
nating to run in the Elizabeth by-election on
January 29th — would be a “preliminary issue
for the party in the election court, Mr Christie
turned the tables on Mr Ingraham, telling the
media he is encouraged by the fact that the
FNM leader raised the point.

“For the Prime Minister to raise that issue
tells me that he knows we are going to win the
election court case. That’s the first thing.
Because that only becomes relevant if we win it
— that he could make such a challenge —
because then the court has someone to go
against. (Pinder’s citizenship) doesn’t matter
to (Ingraham) if Duane (Sands) wins it. So ’m
confident by the fact that by him raising that
issue, he knows (that the PLP will win the elec-
tion court case),” said Mr Christie.

On Sunday, Mr Ingraham said that there is
no issue over a person holding dual citizenship
and running for office unless that person has
been “taking advantage of that citizenship by for
instance, registering to vote, participating in
US elections and paying income taxes.”

“Those are some of the things that say a per-
son has accepted US citizenship,” he added,
noting that “just being a citizen (of the US) is
not an offence.”

Mr Pinder lived in the US for just under a
decade, working for a U.S.-based law firm,
Becker and Poliakoff, and also voted in a U.S.
election.

Yesterday Mr Christie said: “At all material
times, the Prime Minister must be aware of the
fact...that we understand the issues that affect
our candidates, and we accept their assurance
that they are Bahamian citizens and otherwise
fully qualified to offer themselves in this case, in
Ryan Pinder’s case, in the by-election for Eliz-
abeth.

“So when Ryan Pinder went forth, we were
satisfied on the basis of all of the assurances, that
he was qualified and a qualified candidate to be
elected and to serve.

“Since the Prime Minister wants to raise it, I
just want to remind him of the principle again in
law, that he who asserts, must prove and we
leave it to him to present his application and to
prove. “

Mr Christie also condemned the FNM leader
for terming his candidate, Dr Duane Sands,
the “member elect” for Elizabeth, during his
Sunday press conference.

“We are seeking to determine who the new
MP for Elizabeth is. In our view the evidence is
clear that the people voted for Ryan Pinder
and not Duane Sands. They know the truth,
there’s no certified winner.”

Christie

always and will always hon-
our its debts.”

Having been hit by Mr
Ingraham with claims that the
PLP is yet again unwilling to
accept the outcome of an elec-
tion as determined by the peo-
ple, as the FNM said the PLP
was in 2007 at the general
election when they launched
ultimately unsuccessful elec-
tion court challenges in Marco
City, Pinewood and Blue
Hills, Mr Christie said it is not
him, but the law that says an
election court must decide
what happens to the votes cast
on coloured “protest” ballots
in last week’s by-election, giv-
en that the regular votes plus
protest votes cast for a candi-
date (in this case Ryan Pin-
der) exceeds the number of
regular votes cast for the oth-
er candidate.

“The election court move is
in accordance with the law —
it’s not what Perry Christie
says, it’s what the law says.
The returning officer has no
legal authority to conduct such
a scrutiny (of the protest votes
to see if they should be con-
sidered eligible to be count-
ed).”

At present, there are six
such votes that were not
counted because the voter’s
entitlement to vote was called
into question. Five of these
are said to be for Ryan Pinder,
while one was for Bahamas
Democratic Movement can-
didate Cassius Stuart.

These five votes, if count-
ed, would put the PLP candi-
date ahead of the FNM can-
didate, Dr Duane Sands, who
won 1,501 “regular” votes, to
Mr Pinder’s 1,499. According
to PLP attorney Valentine
Grimes, the names of two of
the five “protest” voters in fact
appeared on the voter’s regis-
ter.

Mr Christie added: “(Going
to election court is) not about
winning what you couldn’t win
in the battlefield. It’s all about
making sure the way those in
Elizabeth did vote is reflected

in the final vote. Rather than
trying to frustrate the will of
the people of Elizabeth, the
purpose of the election court
is to ensure the will of the peo-
ple is correctly determined.
We are satisfied that they are
entitled to vote ... by mistake
their names were left off the
register.

“We do not need all five of
them to be upheld. What we
need to be upheld is sufficient
to win,” said Mr Christie.

Speaking on the by-election
outcome at FNM headquar-
ters on Sunday, Mr Ingraham
said: “I never tire of saying
that we are different from (the
PLP); distinctly different.

“In 2007 we mounted a
challenge in MICAL and we
lost. We paid costs of almost
$225,000 to Davis & Co., the
PLP’s legal representatives.
As a party, we take ownership
and responsibility for our elec-
tion court cases.

“The PLP take ownership
and responsibility for nothing.
When they lose an election
case, they claim that the indi-
vidual took the case to Elec-
tion Court not the party, and
they pay nothing; ignore the
debt.

“The PLP mounted three
challenges — in Pinewood, in
Marco City, in Blue Hills. All
failed. In one case alone, the
Election Court assessed $1
million in costs. They have not
paid a red nickel. We have not
yet assessed the costs for
Pinewood and Blue Hills; be
assured however, we will do
so.

“They have a new mantra
now. When they lose, they
declare victory, tell their sup-
porters that the election isn’t
over yet; send their operatives
to all the radio stations to spill
their vile mistruths and half
truths. They drag their mat-
ters on for as long as possible,
hoping that some how they
will be able to reverse the
decision made by the people
on election day.

“Now, they appear to be on
the verge of this same self-
serving delaying tactic follow-
ing the Elizabeth by-election.”





The PLP have ten days
from the date the recount end-
ed — Thursday, February 19
— to file their application for
an election court hearing. Yes-
terday Mr Christie said this
has not yet been done but will
be seen to by the end of the
week.

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Some PLPs have short memories

CALLING FOR electoral reform, Oppo-
sition Leader Perry Christie described the
weeks leading up to the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion as “the worst” he’d seen in terms of
allegations that FNM members were using
their government clout to sway voters. “Up
to Monday (the day before the election),” he
said, “government was giving people jobs
with a clear intention of influencing the vote.
That’s not proper, ethical or fair.”

And this is what Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham had to say about the May 2, 2007
election in which Mr Christie, then the prime
minister, lost the government to Mr Ingra-
ham, who was Opposition leader.

On becoming prime minister, Mr Ingra-
ham told his supporters that the 2007 elec-
tion was the most interfered with election in
Bahamian history.

“Iam ashamed that on Perry Christie’s
watch there was more political interference
in the electoral process than at any time,
even under Pindling,” said Mr Ingraham.

It was claimed that $80 million was award-
ed to contractors “a few months ago and
days leading up to the 2007 election.”

However, in our opinion the June 19, 1987
general election in the Crooked Island con-
stituency, followed by the November 24,
1989 by-election — called after the MP elect-
ed in the 1987 election was sent to prison for
offering a drug court magistrate $10,000 to
drop a case before her — were two of the
worst elections that we recall. The late Basil
Kelly, who had been MP for the Crooked
Island constituency for about 20 years,
offered as the FNM candidate in both elec-
tions. He lost both.

In last week’s Elizabeth by-election the
PLP protested the presence of National
Security Minister Tommy Turnquest — who
is the minister responsible for Parliamen-
tary Elections — in the recount room at
Thelma Gibson Primary School. However,
they forget that in the Crooked Island by-
election in 1989, Prime Minister Sir Lynden
Pindling at the end of a Cabinet meeting
flew to Crooked Island, ordering all of his
Cabinet ministers to get themselves to the
island to fight the by-election and watch
over the stations. Sir Lynden himself gave all
of the Long Cay school children a gift of a
hand held video camera with a $400,000 con-
tract going to a PLP council member in the
constituency to construct an administrative
building. During that by-election Yamacraw
MP Janet Bostwick said that the by-elec-
tion reminded her of 1982 when the PLP
took tankers of asphalt to the district and
told voters that if they wanted the roads
repaired they had to vote for Wilbert Moss.
The people voted for Mr Moss and a week
after the elections, the equipment was taken
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repaired, electricity installed and running
water into their homes they had to “walk
with Walkine.” This, said Mrs Bostwick, was
just another PLP ploy to fool voters of that
impoverished district. She rightly predicted
that after the election the flurry of jobs hand-
ed out during the campaign would come to
an end.

As Mr Kelly pointed out in his report on
the 1987 election one must understand that
at the time there were no job opportunities
in the entire Crooked Island district except
for government employment and one small
tourist facility that employed no more than
10 people at any one time. During the 1987
election, he said, these people were given
jobs off and on from nomination day until
election day weeding the road, as assistant
janitresses, assisting in the polls on election
day, nurses assistants and “whatever could be
dreamt up and paid for out of the Treasury.”

Campaigning were two civil servants,
school teachers, and the returning officer,
who did not openly campaign, but who was
“directed by PLP generals throughout the
campaign.”

The helicopter, ostensibly at the island
for the PLP candidates, was “also used to fer-
ry government presiding officers, the return-
ing officer, the mailboat captain, and in fact,
picked up the ballot boxes after polling on
election day. It was openly admitted by the
pilot of the helicopter that this was govern-
ment’s helicopter,” wrote Mr Kelly. What
everyone wanted to know was whether the
Treasury paid for the helicopter.

“There was a new trick that I had never
seen before in the form of intimidation,”
Mr Kelly wrote of the 1987 election. “Voters
were told during the campaign by leading
PLP generals and civil servants that when a
particular voter voted, the presiding officer
was instructed to write his signature on the
back of his ballot differently to others so
that his ballot would be easily identifiable.
This way he could tell how that particular
voter voted when the ballots were counted,
and if the voter did not vote right (in other
words, for the PLP) his daughter or whoev-
er was working for government would lose
their job.”

Throughout that campaign civil servants
acted as PLP generals, and the few civil ser-
vants who were known FNM supporters
were ordered not to vote. Whatever the
FNM might have done during the Elizabeth
by-election, which Mr Christie claims was
“not proper, ethical or fair” cannot be con-
doned.

But when the PLP held the helm of state,
they were absolutely ruthless, particularly
in some of these impoverished Family
Islands. Now maybe some of them will know
what it is like to be on the receiving end.
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to Minister of

Agriculture

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

This is an open letter to the
Hon Lawrence Cartwright,
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources regarding
netting tuna in The Bahamas

Dear Minister Cartwright,

I am writing to you on
behalf of the Bahamas
Marine Mammal Research
Organisation to express con-
cern about a permit to use a
purse-seine vessel to fish for
yellow-fin tuna in The
Bahamas.

Due to the lack of current
regulations to govern such
fishing activities, I urge your
Ministry to decline the
requested fishing permit for
this vessel and to immediate-
ly place a moratorium on
large-scale pelagic fishing
operations until regulations
are in place to ensure the sus-
tainable use of our pelagic
marine resources. Our coun-
try has a history of putting
moratoriums in place when
necessary to ensure sustain-
able use of our natural
resources where regulations
have been lacking. For exam-
ple, applications for new cap-
tive dolphin facilities were
declined until the Marine
Mammal Protection Act was
enacted in 2005 providing
regulations for improved care
of captive dolphins and pro-
tection of wild populations.
Having reviewed our Agri-

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culture and Fisheries and the
Fisheries Resources (Juris-
diction and Conservation)
Acts (both out-dated and in
need of revision), it is clear
that you have a legal obliga-
tion to follow this precedent
and deny this permit applica-
tion due to the complete lack
of regulations and the possi-
ble unsustainable nature of
this proposed operation.
Purse-seine fisheries are well
documented to incidentally
catch many non-target species
during fishing operations.
Many of these species carry
high economic and social val-
ue in The Bahamas both for
Bahamians and tourists, pri-
marily through the sport-fish-
ing industry.

Tuna aggregate with other
species so when a purse-seine
net surrounds a tuna school,
everything in the surface
waters are caught as well,
including juvenile and adult
billfish, mahi mahi, jacks, trig-
gerfish, and even pelagic dol-
phins. So, although current
tuna harvests in the Atlantic
are reported by the Interna-
tional Commission for the
Conservation of Atlantic
Tuna (ICCAT) at near sus-
tainable levels, there are con-
cerns that the indiscriminate
by-catch in purse-seine fish-

ing may result in the collapse
of pelagic ecosystems on
which many species depend,
including our resident popu-
lations of dolphins and
whales.

A recent article in Science
one (February 12, 2010) out-
lines the importance of gov-
ernance when facing issues
relating to the development
of fisheries and the increas-
ing pressure on countries to
ensure the sustainable use of
the marine environment. Now
is not the time for compro-
mises or experimentation with
new fishing methods — with-
out adequate regulations, we
simply have too much to lose.
In closing, I leave you with
the following:

“The right to fish carries
with it the obligation to do so
in a responsible manner so as
to ensure effective conserva-
tion and management of the
living aquatic resources.”
FAO’s Code of Conduct for
Responsible Fisheries.

I trust that you will make
the right decision and deny
this permit application. As a
member of the United
Nations FAO, we have global
responsibility to do so.

DIANE CLARIDGE
Executive Director
Bahamas Marine
Mammal Research
Organisation

Marsh Harbour,
Abaco,

February 17, 2010.

Assault of DPM at election recount

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me a few
lines to express my views
about the Deputy Prime
Minister’s encounter with
that PLP woman.

What happened on Feb-
ruary 17, 2010 was a sad day
in Bahamian politics and the
Bahamas in general. When
the sitting Deputy Prime
Minister of the Bahamas can
be physically struck by a
member of the public in
view of hundreds and noth-
ing happened to that person
speaks volumes of the vio-
lence we have in the
Bahamas today. I don’t
expect for the woman who
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because it was her “bamboo
god” Lynden Pindling and
the PLP who introduced
political violence as I know
it to the Bahamas.

The Lewis Yard attack
was the beginning of the
physical attack and the
throwing of the mace was
the attack on the nation.
That is why the PLP think
they own the Bahamas and
have no respect for authori-
ty.
They were brassy enough
to proclaim that the
Bahamas belonged to the
PLP.

My brothers and sisters,
you and I who want a better
Bahamas know that as long
as the PLP remains as a
political party in the
Bahamas, we will always
have these kinds of prob-
lems because many practice
violence, they openly vic-
timise and the ways and
means of many of them are
questionable.

I don’t know what world
Mr Christie is living in or his
memory must have left him.
The other day he said that
the Elizabeth Estates elec-
tion was the most corrupt
election he had seen in his
life.

Well blow me down! So
when PLP agents printed
thousands of sample ballots
similar to the ones being
used by the Parliamentary
Registration Department
and took them from polling
station to polling station
some of which were found
in the boxes in the 2007 elec-
tions, what was that? Cor-
ruption at its best.

So my brothers and sisters
who wants a _ better
Bahamas, let Mr Christie
and the PLP know who
owns the Bahamas in the
2012 and every election
after.

KRH
Nassau,
February 19, 2010.

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EDITOR, TheTribune.

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demn the slapping of the deputy prime minister by a

PLP supporter?

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LOCAL NEWS



Staff make demands
over ‘toxic’ smoke

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

CONCERNS over “tox-
ic” smoke from the fire at
the city dump has Environ-
mental Health employees
demanding either hazard
pay or the relocation of their
on-site offices.

Smoke continued to rise
from the landfill site off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway yesterday as fire-
fighters worked to control
the burning of tonnes of
waste.

The Department of Envi-
ronmental Health’s sanitary
landfill caught fire on Fri-
day, February 12 and is
expected to burn for months
as it has spread across the
100-acre site and deep
underground.

Fire Services director Jef-
frey Deleveaux and his team
worked throughout the
weekend to control the blaze
and he said yesterday’s light
rainfall made their job a little
easier.

“It’s on the surface so it
would have to be a big
downpour to really be effec-
tive, but it’s keeping the dust
down and making it a bit
easier for us to work with,”
he said.

“Tt is still deep under-
ground and there are times
when the fire is recurring,
but it is under control and
it’s just the smoke we are
trying to reduce.”

Smoke from the city dump
fire, believed to be toxic, is
said to be infiltrating the
Department of Environ-
mental Health’s office on-
site, and staff yesterday com-



Man wanted for
questioning in
connection with
armed robberies

A 53-YEAR-OLD Rock
Crusher man is wanted by
police for questioning in con-
nection with numerous armed
robberies throughout New
Providence.

Jeffrey Wilson is described
as 5°9” of slim build and a
light brown complexion. He
is considered armed and dan-
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sons with any information to
call Crime Stoppers at 328-
8477.

The Tribune wants to hear
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FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze at the city —
dump. Environmental Health employees are
demanding either hazard pay or the relocation
of their on-site offices.

plained that black soot is
accumulating in their work-
place.

They want to be relocated
or given hazard pay while
the fire continues to burn.

An employee said: “When
we come to work we can’t
breathe. Our things are
going black with smoke, so
imagine what it is like in our
lungs.

“We don’t know what is
in our lungs, or what is in
our body right now with all
this smoke.”



Residents in the govern-
ment housing subdivisions
of Jubilee Gardens and Vic-
toria Gardens, which border
on the city dump, also fear
the toxic fumes will endan-
ger their health.

They have been advised
to keep their windows closed
and take whatever precau-
tions they can by Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis.

Department of Environ-
mental Health director
Melanie McKenzie is said to
have been fighting the fire



















































THE VESSEL caught fire off the coast of Eleuthera.

CU Raut O KITT
Haitian vessel off
coast of Eleuthera

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@
tribunemedia.net

in the blaze and taken to
Immigration authorities in
Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

Immigration Department
officials said the six
Haitians had Bahamian
visas, one had a Haitian
passport and ID certificate,
while the other two proved
to have Bahamian citizen-
ship.

They told officials they
had set off from Potters
Cay dock and were trans-
porting vehicles and other
items to Haiti.

All have been released
by Immigration officials.

The Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF)
reported the freighter had
been completely destroyed
by fire.

The RBDF's HMBS
P121 scoured the area after
the rescue to ensure there
was no debris in the water
which could pose a naviga-
tional hazard.

A HAITIAN freighter
caught fire off the coast of
Eleuthera on Saturday
afternoon, prompting the
dramatic rescue of six
Haitians and two Bahami-
ans.

The 90ft steel hull motor
vessel ‘C J’ was en route
from New Providence to
Haiti when an explosion in
the engine room sparked
the blaze at around
1.40pm.

Passing motor vessel
‘Ballistic’ chanced upon the
flaming freighter near Ship
Channel Cay, 21 miles west
of Cape Eleuthera, and
rescued Captain Walter
Noel, of Andros Avenue,
New Providence, and his
crew.

The men were unharmed

on the frontline. She did not
return calls from The Tri-
bune to discuss the hazards.

A portion of the landfill is
still open for materials to be
disposed while the fire con-
tinues.

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LOCAL NEWS



New govt complex
to create 300 jobs

By BETTY VEDRINE

MARSH HARBOUR,
Abaco — ALMOST 300
construction jobs are
expected to be created as
a result of a new govern-
ment administration com-
plex to be built in Abaco.

A $19.2 million-contract
was signed last week

between the National
Insurance Board (NIB)
and WOSLEE Contrac-
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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

FLORISTICA ACCENT INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of FLORISTICA ACCENT
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FALLIZIA FALLS INC.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of FALLIZIA FALLS INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DAMAANYO SLOPES INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DAMAANYO SLOPES INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

IRIS & LILAC INVESTMENTS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of IRIS & LILAC
INVESTMENTS LTD. has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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$19.2m contract signed
for construction in Abaco

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham was present
during the signing and
said that the complex is
part of a “conceptual
plan” for a new township
in Central Abaco with the
view to one day evolving
into a city.

“There are many parts
to this township which, as
envisioned, will be con-
nected by way of a new
highway to the Marsh
Harbour International
Airport,” he said.

“Adjacent to the Cen-
tral Pines subdivision, the
township is in close prox-
imity to Marsh Harbour,
Dundas and Murphy
Towns.”

Agencies

Mr Ingraham said the
complex is designed to
house all the principal
government agencies
located in Abaco includ-
ing the Ministry of
Finance - Business
Licence and Real Proper-

ty Tax Units; the Treasury
and Auditor-General’s
Department; the Magis-
trates Courts; the Road
Traffic Department; the
Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources;
the Department of
Labour; Department of
Immigration; the Passport
Office; the Post Office;
the Ministry of Tourism;
the Department of Hous-
ing and the Mortgage Cor-
poration; the Department
of Education; Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture;
the National Insurance
Board and the Office of
the Prime Minister.

The construction of the
new Marsh Harbour Port
Facility enabled the gov-
ernment to locate the Cus-
toms Department there
and transfer the Ministry
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources to the new
complex upon completion,
thereby giving Customs
the additional space
required, the prime min-
ister said.

“T advise that we expect
to be in a position to go
to tender for the con-
struction of the new ter-
minal and air traffic con-
trol buildings at the Marsh
Harbour Airport this sum-

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

FIRE TOWER LANE GROUP LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of FIRE TOWER LANE
GROUP LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

mer and for construction
to commence on that pro-
ject sometime during the
third quarter of this year,”
he said.

Minister of Public
Works and Transport
Neko Grant said the pro-
ject represents the cen-
tralisation of all govern-
ment ministries and
departments on the island
of Abaco.

According to the NIB
director Algernon Cargill,
this loan to the govern-
ment meets one of the
NIB’s key objectives.

Challenge

“Currently, the NIB’s
reserves stand at some
$1.6 billion. A constant
challenge for NIB is find-
ing safe and productive
investment opportunities
for the National Insurance
Fund.”

He said although loans
make up a very small per-
centage of the Board’s
investment portfolio, it is
a Significant portion
because the alternative
would be that the funds
would not be ‘optimally’
deployed and in some cas-
eS, earning no interest at
all.



PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham said the complex is
part of a ‘conceptual plan’ for a
new township.

“Projects, like this one,
where NIB enters into a
finance lease agreement
with the government, con-
tinue to serve the NIB
well and also allows us to
simultaneously fulfill our
mandate of assisting with
infrastructural develop-
ment of the Bahamas,” Mr
Cargill said.

In addition to the com-
plex in Abaco, the NIB is
also financing a second
administrative complex in
Freeport for $18.

Mr Ingraham expects
the project to create some
250 construction jobs in
Grand Bahama.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DOOMSBERRY CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DOOMSBERRY CORP. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SHENDI VENTRY CORPORATION

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of SHENDI VENTRY CORPORATION
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BLUEMAVERICK COAST INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BLUEMAVERICK COAST
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
NEW MATRIX GLOBAL INC.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NEW MATRIX GLOBAL INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIBRANT S.A.

——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
VIBRANT S.A. has

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

dissolution of been

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
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LOCAL NEWS



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created on

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into the local economy.

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established in partnership
between the Bahamas
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the Bahamas’ rich plant life.

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designer Raymond Jungles in
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Graphics of Tallahassee,
Florida and world renowned
expert on subtropical plants
Dr Ethan Freid working with
the BNT.

When completed, the pre-
serve will present a rare
opportunity for visitors to
learn the history of the native
plants of the Bahamas.

It will feature medicinal
plants used for centuries to
make teas and infusions that
still hold curative powers.

Abundant

The site’s abundant native
plants include orchids,
bromeliads, black, red, and
white mangroves, wild coffee,
mahogany trees, five fingers
and numerous other plant
species and birds indigenous
to the area.

The preserve will also fea-
ture some of the culinary and
herbal plants native to the
islands.

Visitors will be able to
walk a mile of trail for a
unique native plant experi-
ence.

The Leon Levy Native
Plant Preserve will be donat-
ed to the BNT by the Leon
Levy Foundation, a New
York foundation created from
the estate of the late Leon
Levy, considered a Wall
Street genius who founded
the Oppenheimer Mutual

Nature sanctuary



EARL DEVEAUX, Minister of the Environment, speaking at the open
house event to celebrate the creation of the Leon Levy Native Plant

Preserve in Eleuthera.



PERLENE Barth offered information on Bahamian Bus. Visitors will
be able to walk a mile of trail for a unique native plant experience.

SCCil

as $2m economic boost



BNT COUNCIL members and guests - John F Bethell; Robin Symonette; Earlston McPhee; Angela Cleare; D Stewart Morrison; Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux; Shelby White; BNT president Glenn Bannister; Lawrence Glinton, Neil McKinney; Pericles Maillis, BNT executive direc-

tor Eric Carey.

Funds. In 2006, Shelby White,
Mr Levy’s widow, approached
the Trust about creating an
appropriate memorial to her
husband who loved the island
where the couple had a home
for many years.

Mr Levy had a passion for

knowledge and was intrigued
by the possible medicinal val-
ue of the plants growing all
around them, but whose use
was rapidly diminishing.
Working with the Trust’s
executive director, Eric
Carey, the Leon Levy Foun-

dation intends the preserve
to be an educational resource,
a habitat for migrating birds
and a major attraction for vis-
itors. The Leon Levy Native
Plant Preserve will serve as a
centre for excellence for envi-
ronmental education and as

a major public access facility
for Bahamians to learn about
their resident flora and its cul-
tural impact on the daily life
of island inhabitants.

Portia Sweeting, BNT’s
director of education, said:
“This will become a living



“This will
become a living
classroom for
Bahamian stu-
dents who are
studying plants
and their value
to Bahamians.”



Portia Sweeting

classroom for Bahamian stu-
dents who are studying plants
and their value to Bahami-
ans.”

Dream

Shelby White added: “This
project has been a long stand-
ing dream of mine.

“Working with the
Bahamas National Trust as
our partners, I believe we will
create the finest nature pre-
serve in the Bahamas, a place
that will make Eleuthera a
must-visit tourist destination
and of which we will all be
proud.”

To celebrate the creation
of this unique sanctuary, a
open house event was held in
Governor’s Harbour,
Eleuthera last week.

Those attending included
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux and his wife; mem-
bers of the Bahamas National
Trust Council; Eric Carey,
BNT executive director; Shel-
by White, founding trustee of
the Leon Levy Foundation;
local government officials,
community members and oth-
ers. The Leon Levy Founda-
tion, founded in 2004, is a pri-
vate, not-for-profit founda-
tion created from the estate
of Leon Levy, an investor
with a long-standing commit-
ment to philanthropy. The
Foundation’s overarching
goal is to support scholarship
at the highest level, ultimate-
ly advancing knowledge and
improving the lives of indi-
viduals and society in general.

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Pharmacy industry cutting it close

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE local pharmacy indus-
try is cutting it close in terms
of meeting the February 28
deadline for registering with
the recently established Phar-
macy Council.

At the start of this week,
less than 20 per cent of total
registered pharmacies were
regularised under the new sys-
tem, which requires them to
pay a $2,000 registration fee.

None of the operating fac-
tories or warehouses were
registered. Like the pharma-
cies, they are facing first time
registration fees under the

February 28 deadline looming for
registering with Pharmacy Council

new Pharmacy Act that range
from $2,000 and $5,000.

“We are working towards
compliance. We knew from
last year and we are fully ina
position to follow through. I
haven’t heard any major com-
plaints. Obviously money may
be a little tight, but I do
believe everyone agrees,” said
Barbera Henderson, pharma-
ceutical manager at Nassau
Agencies Ltd.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

DON PEPE BUSINESS CORP.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DON PEPE BUSINESS
CORP. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

“Business licence comes up
every year and I am sure
there are times when people
can’t afford to pay it. The
(Pharmacy Council) is are not
going to browbeat them. Iam
sure they will find a way to
work with them,” said Ms
Henderson.

Compliant

Pharmacists are the most
compliant category. More
than 50 per cent of the regis-
trations from the former gov-
erning body, the Health Pro-
fessionals Council, were trans-
ferred to the Pharmacy Coun-
cil. Of the remaining 50 per
cent, about 10 per cent have
come in their records and set-
tled outstanding fees.

“The process has been
smooth. We recognise there
is quite a bit of documents
people had to collect. Most
people have been collecting
those so they can complete
their licence this week. If they
have any concerns they
should contact the council and
we can assist them through
the process,” said council
chairman, Philip Gray.

Late fees will apply after
February 28 for all industry
practitioners who are yet to
comply with the new regula-
tions. This grace period will
last for 30-days. Asked about
the status of compliance, the

deferred comment at this
time.

Council registrar, Shelly
Collymore, said people have
generally been co-operative.
They have had a few queries
and appeals for consideration,
and she said the council is
actively working on those
matters.

“We just got the registra-
tion forms. We haven’t had
time to pay them yet. I am
sure that they will be paid.
We are working on our regis-
tration forms right now.
Everyone is working to com-
ply, that is the impression I
got, and we are working
towards the deadline,” said
Caroll Sands, council mem-
ber and chief executive officer
of Lowe’s Wholesale Drug
Agency Ltd.

The fees will be used by the
council to advance its primary
areas of focus this year. Chair-
man Gray said this will
include cleaning up the indus-
try to ensure that those selling
drugs illegally are stopped.

Pharmacy wholesaler Ms
Henderson said the upgrade
to the industry was long over-
due.

“When you think about it,
it benefits the pharmacists so
people are not just selling
drugs all over the place arbi-
trarily. We have run an open
market where anyone can do
anything and now that is

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HUSSNOUR INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of HUSSNOUR INC. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
THE TENGCHONG COMPANY LTD.

—_— >A—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of THE TENGCHONG
COMPANY LTD. has been completed; a Certificate

of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BLUE WATER VALLEY INC.

a

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of BLUE WATER VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Pharmacy

Association going to change,” she said.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

VILLADALE VALLEY LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of VILLADALE VALLEY LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ARA CETUS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ARA CETUS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SANDSTONE VALLEY INC.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of SANDSTONE VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

A STANDARD orange prescription bottle full of yellow pills. The
information on the label has been covered. A few pills sit out-
side the bottle, at its base. At the start of this week, less than
20 per cent of total registered pharmacies were regularised
under the new system.



Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOLSONA LIMITED

——

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of SOLSONA LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

BIANCA VALLEY INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BIANCA VALLEY INC.. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
COSPILLOT BUSINESS CORP.

— -,——

i

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of COSPILLOT BUSINESS
CORP. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LOCAL NEWS



New Providence Development
Company, Tommy Hilfiger co-sponsor
the Second Annual Paradise Plates

HANDS For Hunger has
named the New Providence
Development Company and
Tommy Hilfiger as co-present-
ing sponsors for their Second
Annual Paradise Plates
fundraiser.

Both companies have each
donated $10,000 for the unique
event, which will feature an
even larger array of gourmet
food from celebrated chefs and
restaurants in the Bahamas.

Held on Saturday, May 15
from 7pm —- 11pm in the
Atlantis Crown Ballroom, Par-
adise Plates will feature fine
food and beverages, live enter-
tainment as well as a raffle and
silent auction.

Chefs will gather from across
New Providence under one
roof to prepare their signature
dishes, complemented by drink
purveyors serving samples of
wine, local beer and spirits.

All proceeds will benefit
Hands For Hunger, the non-
profit, food-rescue programme
committed to the elimination
of hunger and the reduction of
food waste in the Bahamas.

“The New Providence
Development Company is
pleased to continue our spon-
sorship of Paradise Plates,” said
Rhys Duggan, president and
CEO of the New Providence
Development Company.

“Hands For Hunger fulfills
a real need on the island by
providing food to those who
need it most. Starting a fledg-
ling non-profit is not a simple
task. We have seen the impact
that Hands For Hunger has had
in a short period of time. They
have been successful and con-
tinue to expand and make a
real difference in our commu-
nity. Their approach of using

food that would otherwise go
to waste makes so much sense
and we will continue to support
their efforts.”

Proprietor of Tommy Hil-
figer (Bahamas) Elizabeth Cov-
ington said: “Tommy Hilfiger
believes in taking a proactive
stance and giving back to the
community by working with
and empowering young people
who are trying to make a dif-
ference.

Impressed

“T attended last year’s Par-
adise Plates and was impressed
by the passion of young
Bahamians wishing to address
an urgent need in this country —
hunger. A hungry child can’t
learn at school; a hungry person
can’t think properly to do their
job. In a wealthy country such
as the Bahamas, people should
not go hungry. We are proud
to support Hands for Hunger
as a co-presenting sponsor. It
is an amazing organisation
doing great work for the good
of the community and we hope
more Bahamians support this
great and urgent cause.”

Rosamund Roberts, who
along with Andrea Strommer,
serves as co-director of
fundraising for the organisation
and in charge of leading the
event planning, said the gener-
ous donations from New Prov-
idence Development Compa-
ny and Tommy Hilfiger
(Bahamas) will help to offset
the costs of Paradise Plates.

Chefs from many of Nassau’s
finest restaurants are returning
this year to showcase their
extraordinary food including:
Old Fort Bay Club; British

Legal Notice

NOTICE
PINEWOOD STARS INC.

a

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of PINEWOOD STARS
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VASIVO MANAGEMENT LTD.

a

#

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

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN BOREALIS VERA S.A.

— -)—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GOLDEN BOREALIS VERA S.A. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Colonial Hilton; Lucianos;
Mesa Grill; Nobu; Dune; The
Patisserie; Van Brugels; Com-
pass Point; Goodfellow Farms
and Cacique to name a few.
Other sponsors include:
Atlantis, Pearle Vision, Men-
doza Wine Imports and Cre-
ative Relations. All proceeds
from Paradise Plates will go to
Hands For Hunger and its food
rescue programs. Each day,
Hands For Hunger picks-up
fresh, high quality food that
would otherwise go to waste
and delivers it to community
centers, shelters, churches and
soup kitchens throughout New
Providence.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FOUR SEASONS OVERSEAS LTD.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Compa-
nies Act 2000, the dissolution of FOUR SEASONS
OVERSEAS LTD. has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

CERF DES ALPES LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of CERF DES ALPES LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

ALIOSKA OCEAN INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ALIOSKA OCEAN INC. has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MIAN TAN CO. LTD.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of MIAN TAN CO. LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



TEAMING up for ‘Paradise Plates’, Hands For Hunger’s annual fundraiser are (I-r) Elizabeth Covington, pro-
prietor of Tommy Hilfiger, Bahamas; Ashley Lepine, of Hands For Hunger and Rhys Duggan, president and
CEO of the New Providence Development Company Limited.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
LINDWALL VENTURES INC.

——

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LINDWALL VENTURES
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STERNLEIN SEAS INC.

—

#
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of STERNLEIN SEAS
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
URSA MINOR CO. LTD.

—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of URSA MINOR CoO.
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
UPWARD LIMITED

——

/

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of UPWARD LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)
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LOCAL NEWS



Bahamas to host CDB’s CHEQUE FOR HAITI RELIEF
40th Annual Board of
Governors Meeting

By BAHAMAS
INFORMATION SERVICES

THE Bahamas will host the
Caribbean Development
Bank’s (CDB) 40th Annual
Board of Governors’ Meet-
ing during the week of May
16-21 at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Resort.

The CDB was established
by an agreement signed on
October 18, 1969, in
Kingston, Jamaica, and
entered into force on Janu-
ary 26, 1970.

The Bank came into exis-
tence for the purpose of con-
tributing to the harmonious
economic growth and devel-
opment of the member coun-
tries in the Caribbean and
promoting economic cooper-
ation and integration among
them, having special and
urgent regard to the needs of
the less developed members
of the region.

Dr Sharon Marshall, infor-
mation officer, CDB
explained that the Bank has a
very special relationship with
the Bahamas.

“The very first meeting of
the Board of Governors was
held in the Bahamas, and at
10-year intervals the
Bahamas very regularly hosts
the meetings,” Dr Marshall
said.

This year’s meeting will
bring together delegates from
the Bank’s 17 borrowing
member countries as well as

donors from around the
world.

The first scheduled event
will be the Board of Direc-
tors meeting on Monday,
May 17.

The annual meeting of con-
tributors to the Bank’s spe-
cial development fund, which
is a concessionary fund for
the borrowing members, will
be held on Tuesday, May 18.

Other events include the
William G Demas Memorial
Lecture and the opening cer-
emony for the Annual Board
of Governors’ Meeting on
Wednesday, May 19.

The CDB will also host a
youth forum called Vybzing
Bahamas on Thursday, May
20.

Angela Parris, manager of
the information services unit
said that the main objective
of Vybzing is to sensitise the
youth about CDB’s mandate,
role and function to young
people in the Bank’s borrow-
ing member countries.

Ms Parris said the CDB in
partnership with the Ministry
of Education and the Inter-
American Institute for Coop-
eration on Agriculture will
host an essay and poster com-
petition as part of Vybzing
Bahamas.

The theme will be “Sus-
tainable Agriculture for
Regional Food Security” and
it will be opened to all senior
secondary school students
throughout the country.

LEGAL NOTICE

First place winners in both
categories will have the
chance to attend the Vybzing
session in Nassau.

The first place winners in
both competitions will win a
netbook, second place win-
ners will receive an iPod
Nano and third place winners
will receive an iPod Shuffle.
However, all participants will

INSURANCE COMMISSIONS staff members present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for the

receive a prize, Ms Parris
said.

NOTICE

SALAMANDA FALLS INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of SALAMANDA FALLS INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
LEAD ASSOCIATES INC.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of LEAD ASSOCIATES INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
POWER MANAGEMENT
HOLDING INC.

——

/

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of POWER MANAGEMENT HOLDING
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
XILE CORPORATION.

ome eels

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of XILE CORPORATION. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
NURA MANAGEMENT LTD.

——=

f

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of NURA MANAGEMENT LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and

the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RUBY LILY LTD.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of RUBY LILY LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ENRICHSTAR PACIFIC LTD.

— -—

Fi

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ENRICHSTAR PACIFIC LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
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Haiti Relief Fund at their Charlotte House Office, Wednesday, February 17. Pictured presenting the
cheque is Lorna Longley-Rolle, Legal Council (left) to Caroline Turnquest, Director General, the
Bahamas Red Cross.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
E-NEWS HOLDINGS INC.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of E-NEWS HOLDINGS INC. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC.

— -,——

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of RIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC, has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
E-NEWS ASSETS INC.

— -,—

Fa

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of E-NEWS ASSETS INC. _ has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WADESBORO LTD.

——

/

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of WADESBORO LTD. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)
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LOCAL NEWS



Grand Bahama
students to name
baby dolphins

THE International Under-
water Explorer’s Society
(UNEXSO) is looking to cre-
ative young minds to name two
baby dolphins they welcomed
to the Dolphin Experience fam-
ily in 2009.

UNEXSO has launched a
competition to find unique
‘Bahamian’ names for the two
young calves born at the facili-
ty. All elementary schools
throughout Grand Bahama are
eligible to participate.

Each class is being asked to
collectively submit a name for
consideration.

Operations manager for the
Dolphin Experience Dr Robert
Eiser said this way of naming
the dolphins has become tradi-
tion.

“Most, if not all, our captive
bred dolphins have been named
by school children. It’s our way
of not only giving something
back to the community, but a
very special way of getting kids
more involved with the Dol-
phin Experience and possibly
generating interest in marine
life.” The dolphins at UNEX-
SO are currently named after
Bahamian islands and Mr Eiser
suggested that contest partici-
pants should stick with the
Bahamian theme.

General manager at UNEX-
SO Linda Osborne is excited
to see what names students
come up with.

“Kids by nature are very cre-
ative. We are happy to give
them an outlet to express their
creativity and name our two
bundles of joy at the same
time,” she said.

Dolphins Taino and Robala
are the proud mothers of the
calves.

Fourteen-year-old Taino
gave birth to a healthy calf on
September 24, 2009; she is the
largest of the younger dolphins
at the Dolphin Experience.

Robala, 28 years old, is the
largest female and had her baby
one month later on October
23. The two babies bring the
dolphin count at UNEXSO to
16.

The Dolphin Experience’
neo-natal team has determined
both calves are male, and that
the mothers and babies are
doing well.

The neo-natal team is com-
prised of the Dolphin Experi-
ence senior staff with specific
personnel assigned to feed and
care for each dolphin mother
and calf.

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in educating children about
them.

More than 1,000 kids from
schools throughout Grand
Bahama have so far benefitted
from the Dolphin Experience
education programme.

The unique programme
offers students a one-on-one
encounter with the dolphins
and teaches conservation.

“UNEXSO and the Dolphin
Experience remain committed
to educating children of all ages
about our most valuable
resource; the ocean and all
creatures within it,” said Ms
Osborne. “We hope that in ask-
ing the school children of
Grand Bahama to help us name
our newest additions at the

Dolphin Experience, we pique
their interest in marine mam-
mals. Several of our current
dolphin trainers have come
through local schools and we
want to continue that tradi-
tion.”

The class with the winning
baby dolphin names will receive
a free dolphin encounter with
group photo.

All entries should be sent via
e-mail to contest@unexso.com
or via fax to 373-8956 attention:
Dolphin Experience. Each
entry should include: Name of
school, class and teacher, con-
tact number, name they suggest
and why they suggested it.

Deadline for entries is March
31, 2010.



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PROUD MOM Taino and her calf at UNEXSO’s Dolphin Experience — One of the younger dolphins at the
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Rotary International (R_I.), which was founded 105 years ago on
February 23rd, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, has the dual distinction of being both
the world’s first, as well as one of the largest non-profit service organizations in
existence today, comprising of more than 1.2 million club members drawn from
professional and business leaders in over 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and
geographic areas;

AND WHEREAS, for the 105 years of its existence, the Rotary motto, “Service
Above Self’’, has inspired members to provide humanitarian service, encourage
high ethical standards and promote good will and peace through a variety of
service projects and voluntary efforts dedicated to improving the human condition
in local communities as well as worldwide;

AND WHEREAS, Rotary International is the world’s largest privately-funded
source of international scholarships through which it promotes international
understanding, exchange programs and humanitarian grants;

AND WHEREAS, club projects have included the provision of medical supplies,
health care, clean water, food production, job training and education to millions
in need, particularly in developing countries;

AND WHEREAS, in 1985 Rotary International launched its major service project,
PolioPlus, and spearheaded collaborative efforts with the World Health Organization,
United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to
immunize children worldwide against polio;

AND WHEREAS, polio cases have dropped by 99 percent since 1988 and the
world stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease as a result of the PolioPlus
effort;

AND WHEREAS, todate, Rotary International has contributed nearly US$850
million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion
children in 122 countries;

AND WHEREAS, three are over 420 Rotarians in nine (9) clubs throughout
Rotary Bahamas, District 7020, sponsoring service projects to address critical
issues such as poverty, health, hunger, illiteracy and the environment in our local
communities and abroad;

AND WHEREAS, the local Rotary Clubs will commemorate the birthday of
Rotary International by educating the public on the global fight to eradicate polio
from the face of the earth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, February 23rd,
2010 as “ROTARY DAY”.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
hereunto set my Hand and Seal
this 22nd day of February, 2010.

Hubert A. Ingraham —

PRIME MINISTER



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A journey to the
centre of the Earth

The first of four articles telling the story of

Gabrielle Misiewicz’s African adventure

By GABRIELLE MISIEWICZ

TRAVELLING has always
been a great love of mine, and
when I was younger I had
grand dreams of learning at
least seven languages and using
them to facilitate settling for
long periods in different parts
of the world. This past semester
I was able to live out a modified
form of this dream — I spent
fourth months in Ghana, a
country on the coast of West
Africa.

Overall, it was an amazing
semester, a time for great per-
sonal and academic growth.
Aside from daily encounters
that challenged me on a per-
sonal level, my course of study
provoked me on an academic
one. I thought it would be a
good idea to write a few articles
sharing my experience with
whoever was willing to read
about it, and so this article and
the ones to follow are intended
to examine a few aspects of my
life abroad and how they have
informed the way that I now
view myself and the world.

Like many people from the
West Indies, I have often won-
dered about the people and cul-
tures of Africa, because of the
fact that the majority of our
people are descendants of
African slaves. At the Univer-
sity of Richmond, where I am
currently in my third year of
study, I have taken my interest
in these historical and cultural
links to another level —- my
scholarship focuses on the con-
nection between Africa and the
African Diaspora.

Although my family was a
little nervous when they heard
of my plans to spend the semes-
ter in Ghana, I was beyond
excited. One of my best friends
at school is Ghanaian and over
the course of our relationship,
we have exchanged stories
about our lives in our respective
homelands. In fact, I think the
similarities we’ve found
between our cultures is one of
the reasons that we get along
so well and was also an influ-
ence on my decision to study
the connection between Africa
and the Diaspora.

I knew that living and study-
ing in Ghana was going to be at
least a little different from the
way my friend grew up and the
life she described to me. This
thought was confirmed when I
read ‘mosquito net with inter-
nal frame’ and ‘water purifica-
tion tablets’ on my packing list.
It took weeks of preparation —I
needed vaccinations, prophy-

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capture during the slave trade. Gabrielle is standing on the far right in the red shirt.

lactic medications and lots of
batteries in anticipation of ‘light
off’. I did experience light off a
few times while there, and it
was just like what we know as
‘current off? here. Actually, P’ve
experienced worse power out-
ages at home than I did in
Ghana. There were many
aspects of my semester in
Ghana that were similar to life
here, and in many ways I felt as
though I had come to another
home.

When I arrived, the first
thing that reminded me of
home was the vegetation.
Growing up, I spent a lot of
time with my grandmother, and
she would tell me the local
names of plants and trees in her
garden and point them out as
we drove along the road. I
knew that the climate in Ghana
would be similar to that of the
Bahamas, but I was still sur-
prised when I recognised
“match-me-if-you-can” bushes
and “woman’s tongue” trees
among others.

Another thing that reminded
me of home was the spirituality
of Ghanaians. There were stick-
ers on the backs of taxis and
mini-vans that proclaimed God
as the driver’s “Redeemer” or
warned people to “Repent”.
Entrepreneurs named their
businesses after key tenets of
Christianity, such as “Forgive-
ness.” This was done regard-
less of the services that were
offered. My personal favourites
were “Blood of Jesus” - the
name of a seamstress’s business
— and “Son’s of God Match
Forward” — the name of a kiosk
selling lotto tickets (incidental-
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GABRIELLE overlooking the Mole National Park, where the group
went in search of elephants (but didn’t see any).

takes were common and made
for great jokes).

There were many sights,
sounds and smells that remind-
ed me of home — I remember
walking down the road on one
occasion and smelling chicken
souse and on another, curry,
although I’m pretty sure I was
hallucinating — but there were
differences as well.

One of the most noticeable
was the culture of carrying
goods on one’s head. Nothing
could really have prepared me
for this tradition. I anticipated
perhaps seeing women with
buckets of water or baskets of
fruit on their heads, but I had
no idea how prevalent using the
head as a tool really was. Peo-
ple use their heads the way we
use our shoulders or our hands.

Furthermore, it's not only
women, as I originally thought;
men and children could also be
seen with goods on their heads.
Women and children usually
carried food or water, while
men carried objects like towels
or flags. I know this must be a
little hard to imagine, but peo-
ple sell everything you could
think of on the street in Ghana,
and if there is a way for them to
get it on their head and thus
move around with it, they will.
The size or weight of the item
has little to do with it either. I
helped a lady remove a giant
aluminium bowl of fish from
her head and I nearly died in
the process. It was incredibly
heavy! Easily 50lbs.

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man was carrying what looked
like a hamper of washcloths.
The widest was a little over 2ft,
and that was a suitcase. I did
say suitcase, and the lady in
question actually had two of
them on her head. I tried walk-
ing with a bowl of tomatoes on
my head in my host family's
kitchen once and I could hard-
ly stand up straight, much less
think of moving. That really
impressed upon me the skill
and strength required to carry
things on one’s head, and
although I admire Ghanaians
for being able to do so, it’s not
really something I would like
to do myself.

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There were many other small
aspects of Ghanaian lifestyle
that struck me throughout the
semester. On their own they
might be unimpressive, but
when considered in concert
they allowed me to see just how
much our African ancestors
have shaped our culture. Of
course, this was something that
I knew beforehand, but actual-
ly being able to see it was
incredible.

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OME of the women

were more comfortable

than | expected,” said
Farreno Ferguson, a photog-
rapher, about an edgy pho-
to shoot he has done for the
Sister Sister Breast Cancer
Support Group. Acclaimed
for his works of unconven-
tional quality, Mr Ferguson
says the exhibit is one of his
best.

Breast Cancer strikes home, as his
grandmother was diagnosed with the
disease years ago and became a sur-
vivor at 73 years of age. It was a
conversation with a good friend in
New York about his grandmother’s
story that sparked the idea for Pret-
ty In Pink, a photographic exhibi-
tion/auction and a high-end social
networking event bringing aware-
ness to the ongoing fight against can-
cer.

It was his personal experience with
his grandmother’s fight with the dis-
ease that encouraged him to work
with other survivors.

Mr Ferguson’s conversation with
a colleague birthed a vision for the
Pretty in Pink promotional event-
an exhibition of pictures he took of
the women from the support group.
Most of them are long term sur-
vivors, at least 3-4 years.

It’s been said that the survivors
have reinvented themselves in an
edgy photo shoot by Mr Ferguson, to
be revealed at his ‘Pretty In Pink’
exhibit in the Buillon room at the
British Colonial Hilton on February
26.

Superimposed with the six virtues
he says breast cancer patients need
in order to survive, is a peaceful-
looking female in the background,
photographed from the collarbone
up with a pink scarf donned on her
head.

She is in her 20’s. Why use this
young model? Mr Ferguson says the
reason was to encourage young
women to have their breast cancer
screenings, as they are not exempt
from cancer either.

At the main event on Friday, Mr
Ferguson says guests can expect a
“visual overload.” The collection has
the most images the photographer
has ever used in a series, to date.

He had a vision, a vision that is
similar to the poster made for the
big event.

“Each of them used the pink scarf.
I tried to use positions that they were
comfortable with. We did different
themes, like unity, strength, courage,
determination, faith and love.”

In total, there will be over 20
pieces at the show. More than 15 of
the women are cancer survivors, and
some are commercial models.

“T figured that some of the women
wouldn’t be totally comfortable with
the ideas that I had in mind, so I
invited commercial models that I

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would normally shoot to take those
kinds of photos.”

Ferguson says he wanted to make
the show more diverse by taking
photos of them in “new age photog-
raphy” looks.

“Breast cancer strikes women who
are in many cases the backbone of
the family; the wife, mother, aunt,
and grammy,” said Andrea Sweet-
ing, the president of the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer Support Group who
likes to “give people another topic
when she walks into a room.”

“When I walk into a room, I
would prefer for persons to look at
me and see me for who I am and
why I’m there instead of whispering
‘this woman has breast cancer’ and
trying to figure out which breast I
have off,” says Mrs Sweeting.

“Td prefer for them to know up
front so that they have a new topic to
talk about,” she told Tribune Health.

“When I took those photos, I felt
as though you can still look at me,
and see that I am gorgeous.”

“This is tremendous seeing that
many of the survivors don’t know
what it’s like to feel beautiful in their
skin since being diagnosed with can-



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cer.

“T thought this would be some-
thing I could do that would count at
the end of the day,” Mr Ferguson
explained.

Other stories of the survival
include Maxcine Missick, who was
initially diagnosed with breast cancer
in 2005. She later discovered that
there was a tumor resting on a brain
stem inside of her head, and learned
that she had to have surgery.

Breast Cancer survivors often say
they don’t get the kind of attention
they need and deserve. Compared
to foreign organisations which pro-
mote the cause, the Bahamas is no
match for the kind of fanfare that
they have, said Mrs Sweeting.

To prepare himself for the photo
shoot, Mr Ferguson sat through
some of the support group meetings
and shot a video about their stories
and their tremendous struggle to
beat the disease.

The footage he has put together in
the documentary film will show the
process of capturing the pho-
tographs, and chronicle in the wom-
en’s own words their plight with the
disease.

“T had emotional connections after
meeting some of the ladies two
weeks ago at their support group
meeting. It helped me to figure out
beforehand what they would be
comfortable with in the photo shot,”
he said.

And some of them were more
comfortable than Mr Ferguson
anticipated. He had a vision for
each photo shot with the 15 ladies, a
vision that is similar to the poster
made for the big event.

Some of the survivors were more
comfortable than Ferguson had
expected.

In the photographs, a pink cloth is
embodied by each subject. For
some, Ferguson draped the cloth
around the forehead letting the hair
be exposed in tomahawk.

Some of the subjects for the pho-
to shot have lost their hair in
chemotherapy treatments, and that
has been a mountain that they have
had to climb. Baldness is known to
be the sign to the world that some-
thing is wrong, that breast cancer
has struck your life.

But even with baldness, or short
hair, they have come to realise that

they can still feel beautiful.

“The pictures from the photo shot
showed that you can drape yourself,
and still look gorgeous,” said Mrs
Sweeting

This is the British Colonial
Hilton’s tenth year anniversary, and
in lieu of the celebration they are
highlighting health causes around
the nation.

Funds from Pretty in Pink will go
toward the expenses of the Sister
Sister Breast Cancer Support
Group. One initiative that they
have taken on is the distribution of
port-a-caths, a device that is used
to make administration of
chemotherapy easier.

Port-a-caths normally costs $750
from Doctors Hospital and the Can-
cer Society of the Bahamas sells
them for $500. Sister Sister Breast
Cancer Support Group donates the
devices to women who can’t afford
them.

“Some of them never saw them-
selves doing something like this, and
in turn they found new light in
themselves, and all came away feel-
ing more comfortable in their own
skin,” said Mr Ferguson.

“There’s always that atmosphere
of fear every time you go for a
checkup or follow-up to your breast
cancer, even when you are in remis-
sion,” Mrs Sweeting.

“Breast cancer is just waiting for
you to miss a treatment so that it
could thrive all over again inside
the body.”

The British Colonial Hilton hotel
is celebrating its tenth anniversary,
marked by the recent $15 million
renovation. Their way of giving
back to the Bahamian community
is to be charitable to organisations
supporting health causes around the
country.

They were excited and thankful
for the project, because it’s all to
raise money for their cause. “They
never saw themselves doing some-
thing like that,” he said. “Some of
them saw new light in themselves,
and all came away feeling more
comfortable in their own skin.”

Guests can expect to be visually
stimulated during this awesome cel-
ebration of breast cancer survivors,
said Mr Ferguson about the social
networking event.

The guest list is heavy with pro-
fessionals, and local socialites. They
are all excited and thankful for the
project, which will raise money for
breast cancer.

“There will be some performances
by local artist, door prizes, and they
will give out sapphire pendants.

Ferguson got the idea for the
“Pretty in Pink, ’'m a Survivor”
campaign while in New York having
a “pink drink.” He says the colour,
which is the colour for breast cancer
inspired him, and he tied it all into
the event that he is planning. It’s
one that he hopes will yield many
follow ups as part of a series he will
present each year. A small donation
of $20 is asked of attendees to help
the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Sup-
port Group defray the cost of the
exhibit.



Glaucoma-The silent thief §

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

KNOWN as the “silent thief”,
glaucoma, a disease where the major
nerve in the eye is damaged, poses a
risk for everyone, and if not detect-
ed, or treated within a reasonable
time frame can lead to complete loss
of sight.

Just as it is important to get a full
body check up, it is equally as impor-
tant to get an annual eye checkup, as
doing so increases the chance of nip-
ping things in the bud.

Tribune Health spoke with Dr
Kenneth Rodgers, an ophthalmolo-
gist at Pearle Vision who said that
while there is no sure way of pre-
venting glaucoma, an annual eye
examination can increase chances of
catching the disease at a treatable
state.

Glaucoma is described by
www.medicinenet.com “as a disease
where the major nerve of vision,
called the optic nerve becomes dam-
aged. The optic nerve receives light
from the retina and transmits impuls-
es to the brain that we perceive as
vision. It is characterised by a par-
ticular pattern of progressive damage
to the optic nerve that generally

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begins with a subtle loss of side
vision (peripheral vision). If glauco-
ma is not diagnosed and treated, it
can progress to loss of central vision
and blindness,” the website stated.

There are two types of glaucoma-
open angle glaucoma, and closed
angle glaucoma. “Open angle glau-
coma is by far the most common
type of glaucoma. Moreover, its fre-
quency increases greatly with age.
This increase occurs because the
drainage mechanism gradually may
become clogged with aging. As a
consequence, the aqueous fluid does
not drain from the eye properly. The
pressure within the eye, therefore,
builds up painlessly and without
symptoms,” the website explained.

Elevated pressure in the eye is
what actually leads to the damage
of the optic nerve.

And though the elevated pressure
in the eye is one of main causes of
the optic nerve becoming damaged,
impairment can also occur within a
normal eye pressure.

“Open angle glaucoma is the most
common glaucoma that is seen
among people in the Caribbean, Dr
Rodgers said.

As mentioned before when it
comes to glaucoma everyone is at

risk for the disease. However there
are some people who are at a greater
risk than others.

“People over the age of 65, per-
sons who have a family history of
glaucoma, those who take steroids,
people who suffer from nearsight-
edness or persons who have been
predisposed to chronic migraines,”
Dr Rodgers explained.

Although people at an elderly age
are at risk, this is not to say that
younger persons are in the clear.
Glaucoma does not discriminate
against age groups, since there have
been instances where very young
children have developed juvenile
glaucoma.

“Many think that this is something
that does not happen but it does and
it is a Serious situation when a nine
or ten year old is losing his or her
sight,” he said.

Unfortunately, there are no symp-
toms of glaucoma, and whenever
persons do realise that something is
wrong they have already begin to
lose their vision. “At this point the
disease is at a very far stage,” he
said.

While sight loss from the disease
is irreversible, there are ways that
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vent further damage to the eye. The
first things used are eye drops and
oral tablets.

“After a few years or so some per-
sons make the decision to get
surgery done on the eye,” he said.

Dr Rodgers encourages everyone
to make the right health decisions
in life. He said in order to patrol
glaucoma one must get consistent
eye examinations.

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what it is that is needed to be done
to ensure that your body is healthy.
However if glaucoma is detected
then I want to advise persons to lis-
ten to their prognosis and do as their
doctor orders them to do.

“Tf one is advised to take medica-
tion, continue with the medication
since the majority of times when a
person progress is slow is because
they don’t take medication when
advised to do so,” Dr Rodgers said.


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Jealousy

DO YOU think it is possible to
go through life and not be hit by the
tidal waves of jealousy? Not to expe-
rience the explosive flame that oblit-
erates all rational thinking and trans-
forms us into a whole different
being. What does it mean when we
feel gentle pangs over someone, but
massive physical turbulence for
another? Does the degree of jeal-
ousy accurately reflect the depth of
love or connection to another human
being? Or is it our past thoughts and
experiences playing havoc with our
minds?

As loathsome and wretched as
jealousy makes you feel, it certainly
is not a state of mind that we would
like to remain in. The wide range of
emotions that it triggers may alter
depending on the circumstance.

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Feelings may involve anger, humili-
ation, betrayal, fear, abandonment,
sorrow and envy. We may logically
try and explain away some of the
feelings but find it a losing battle as
the remainder close the gap and con-
sume us.

Being blinded by jealousy often
produces extreme behavior from
obsessive vigilance to violence. We
can see that with our own eyes and
barely need to be told that it is the

Jujube and ti-es

I MUST confess I cannot write
about all garden produce with
equal enthusiasm. The jujube, for
instance, is a fruit I have never ever
taken more than one of at a time.
The taste is far too musky for my
liking but others seem to relish it.

The Indian jujube (Ziziphus
Mauritania) is native to China and
is often spelled ju-ju or jube-jube.
The tree grows well in The
Bahamas in a wide variety of soils,
even in marshy land. It is, however,
avery unfriendly tree. The branch-
es are covered with small but
intensely sharp thorns that make
fruit picking quite an adventure.

The worst feature of the tree is
displayed at flowering time. Jujube

flowers are pollinated by flies and
so they exude a scent that could
only be attractive to flies and
resembles a compost heap that has
gone sour. It would not be a good
idea to grow jujube tree anywhere
near your house — anywhere near
civilisation as far as I am con-
cerned.

Jujube seeds seem to have a 25
per cent viability rate and the
young trees are particularly attrac-
tive with their distinctive small
veined leaves. The tree becomes
less appealing is it ages.

A lady once told me that I would
love jujubes if I ate them pickled
and she promised to make me some
pickled jujubes. That was over ten

leading cause of wife battering and
homicide. Are we to believe people
when they say they are ‘not a jealous
person’, or is it just a matter of con-
trol?

One theory is that jealousy is
‘wounded pride’ producing an imma-
ture response. This is considered a
childish reaction, and reflects a lack
of self confidence and esteem. It is a
reaction to the fear of loss. Other
theorists say that it is in fact an
evolved and necessary emotion
caused by a threat to a valued rela-
tionship. Linking both these theo-
ries it would seem that the more
insecure, dependent partner feels
the more intense jealousy, because
of the perceived loss.

Many of us cringe at the memories
of instability and inability to control
ourselves in those episodes of jeal-
ousy. The neurotic following of our
partners every action and the need
to control can be explained scientif-
ically. We know that women's brains
are activated in the posterior supe-
rior temporal sulcus when there is a
suggestion of sexual and emotional

years ago and I am glad to say she
seems to have forgotten.

The father of modern taxonomy
was Car] Linnaeus. In the 18th cen-
tury it was he who organised plants
into that list we all had to learn at
school: kingdoms, classes, orders,
genera, species. He also started the
binomial nomenclature that
allowed for positive identification
of plants, based upon shared fea-
tures. I do not know what we would
do without binomial nomenclature
because local and regional names
often differ very widely.

Linnaeus had to be interested in
names because his father diverted
from regular Swedish naming to
the Latin for linden. Later on Carl
turned his first name to the Latin
Carolus. Then he was celebrated
as a genius and took on the title
von Linné. A man who went
through three name changes should

infidelity. This is the area of the
brain that is responsible for the
detection of intention, deception and
trustworthiness. This explains why
women are acutely sensitive to oth-
ers, and often are labeled ‘overly
sensitive’ or ‘controlling’.

Men's brains on the other hand
are stimulated in the testosterone
rich areas in the amygdala and hypo-
thalamus, which is involved in sexu-
al and aggressive behavior. An
extreme example of this is the prac-
tice of female circumcision, or muti-
lation, in order to control a wom-
an's sexual fidelity. Knowing this,
we can see why men and women act
differently when faced with green-
eyed emotions.

Provoking a little jealousy, partic-
ularity at the beginning of a rela-
tionship, is often used as a test or
measure of future commitment. It
lets you know how much your mate
cares and considers you valuable. A
little smile, name dropping or mild
flirting can certainly increase your
own desirability. However, it is a
fine tight rope to walk and often has



give us confidence as to his naming
system for plants (and creatures).

The importance of a scientific
rather than colloquial name is
demonstrated by a rather humble
fruit that is known as egg fruit, yel-
low sapote, mammee sapote, mam-
mee supporter, canistel and ti-es.
No matter what common name you
wish to know it by, its Linnaean
name is Pouteria compechiana and
that stops all arguments about
identification. I like to call the tree
and fruit ti-es because that name is
used only in The Bahamas.

The ti-es tree is native to Central
America. It is handsome and erect
and grows to about 20 feet in The
Bahamas. The fruit is like an upside-
down teardrop that contains two to
four seeds. The flesh of the ti-es is
yellow and starchy, almost like dried
egg (for those old enough to remem-
ber such things) in texture but with



the opposite desired effect. Certain-
ly, having sex with someone in order
to provoke jealousy rarely works.
Men hold highly a woman's sexual
fidelity and her desirability as a suit-
able mate is often determined by
this.

Go ahead and critique yourself
and your relationship. Are you self
assured and feel safe in your rela-
tionship? Or are you a person who
moves quickly from one person to
another in order to avoid any emo-
tional involvement? Perhaps you fit
some where in between the two
extremes. Just remember that rela-
tionships are what makes life worth
living and are worth all that you can
invest.

¢ Margaret Bain is an individual and
couples relationship therapist. She is a
registered nurse and a certified clinical
sex therapist. For appointments call 364-
7230 or e-mail her at relateba-
hamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba-
hamas.blogspot.com. She is also avail-
able for speaking engagements.

By Gardener Jack

an appealing sweetness.

I have been told that if you mix
the ripe pulp of ti-es with pound
cake batter the resultant cake has
better flavour and colour.

June plum (Spondas anarcar-
diaceae) goes under the names
ambarella and otaheite apple and
has just finished its time of fruit
production.

The tree has pinnately compound
shiny leaves and despite it name
fruits from October to February.

The fruit is kiwi-shaped and
tends to fall off the tree while green
and unripe. The skin later turns
yellow and this is the time to eat.

The flavour is like mango to
some and pineapple to others. I
think it has a very similar taste to
ceriman.

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Holter Monitor, a small,
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while wearing the monitor.
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lent to Caribbean carni-

val. With only one word
to describe it awesome! For
about 4 days Tokushima is
rocking with people from
everywhere bouncing to the
same tune.

The difference with this one as
opposed to some other street festi-
vals is that it is completely free to
watch, I did not see one single
policeman, there was no gap
between groups, everyone keeps on
dancing and you could walk around
with glass bottled beer.

I was like whoa total culture
chock!! The groups basically wear
the same kind of outfits and the
women in the group wear the exact
same outfit. My Asian friend told
us to come and watch her dance but
we realised that would be an impos-
sible feat early on. To find your
Asian female friend who is dressed
exactly like 50 other women in her
group from the hat right down to
the shoes is seriously like trying to
find a needle in a haystack. We nev-
er did find her.

Another thing that got me about
Awa Odori is that amidst all that
action, music, beautiful costumes
etc. some people were taking a pic-
ture of me! It didn't happen every
two seconds but it happened enough
times for me to mention.

This photographer was taking a
picture of a stall so I naturally
moved out of the way. When I
moved she put her camera away.
Japanese people asked me to take a
picture so I naturally assumed that
they wanted for me to take a picture
of them but they wanted me to be in
their picture. This random guy start-

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ed to talk to my friend and asked if
he could take a picture of me and
asked where I was from. There was
a part when people from the crowd
could join in to dance. So I joined in
and two photographers came and
just started to snap before I could
think.

I am like dang if they like this for
big eyed short me what would they
do if they saw Halle Berry?

I asked my friend if my shirt was
on backwards or something. And
she said no it's rare to have lighter
skinned black people here (whatev-
er that means) so people take pic-
tures. Shoots, if I had known that I
would have been charging a fee per
shot to help me pay for this new
Ipod that I've been eyeing.

My summer vacation

In August my friend from Singa-
pore, her boyfriend from Czech
Republic and my friend from France
came to visit and we went exploring
Japan together.

One question though- why is that
no matter what nationality, age or
race men REFUSE to ask for direc-

know then please tell me. A couple
of times we wanted to go some-
where and there was a tourist office
two steps away or a tour guide that
was in arms reach and they just
wanted to follow the map and not
ask. Seriously! (insert rolling eyes
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like an anime character. Kyoto
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with a million and one temples and
shrines (I think we saw them all)
and few other places by car which
had beautiful scenery.

In Japan they have different
styles of accommodation as opposed
to only hotels like in Western Cul-
ture.

Manga Cafe- You rent out a

space like a computer and desk for
several hours to rest any where from
1 hour to the whole night. You
know how you sometimes wish that
you can go to sleep at your desk at
work? Well here you can with no
fear of your boss looking over your
shoulder.

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HEN it comes to Caucasian hair, cut and colour are

everything! Retro styles like classic finger waves or

short bob cuts can be super hot. There are many
styles women can wear no matter what hair type they have. If
you want to “rock it out”, giving the punk hairstyles a try or
fringe boyish inspired trims, the ball is in your court, just make
sure you select a cut that will suit your personal flair.

"Tts really more of the hair cut when
it comes to Caucasian hair. When the
hair is shaped in a way that compli-
ments the features of the face managing
it will be breeze," Inger King profes-
sional stylist at Hair Team told Tribune
Woman.

Women with long straight hair can
spruce things up by adding a little color
bringing out that extra edge.

“Tf a person wears their hair straight
the majority of the time, to change
things up a bit they can get low lights or
highlights and add a few curls for a little
bounce and volume,” Princess Knowles
stylist at The Plaza Beauty Spot & Nail
Spa said.

Also women with naturally straight
hair can get a different look by just one
squeeze of a bottle.

“Products like Paul Mitchell sculpting
lotion can do the hair very good. It
allows versatility and can give straight
hair that ‘scrunch’ or wavy look. It holds
firm so you don’t have to worry about
losing your waves,” Ms Knowles
explained.

Short cuts can also be a good choice
making a bold statement that will
unleash your inner sexy at the same
time. And despite what many may
think, you can get multiple looks with
hair this length.

Even though short cuts are not for
everyone, there is a chance you may
find a short style compliments your fea-
tures more than a longer one.

For instance a short boy cut might
hit the nail on the head, accentuating
your eyes and lips, while framing the
face. Or get a messy cut that appears to
be unkempt but is contrasted graceful-
ly with an elegant sweep bang. Short
choppy cuts can add a lot of definition.

“Short cuts are very nice since they
accentuate the physical features of the
face and allow for detailed texture of the

hair,” Ms Knowles said.

After getting a cut, maintaining the
style should involve washing regularly,
and using the proper hair care products
that will keep the hair looking and feel-
ing great.

"Products are also very important
because one should use a product that
protects the hair,” Ms King said.

Since people with this hair type often
wash more regularly than others, Ms
King said that while using a quality blow
dryer is a good idea, allowing the hair to
dry naturally so that you don’t lose that
extra shine can give your hair that per-
fect glow.

“Tf one decides to blow dry then they
should use a hair seal to protect it from
the heat. However I would suggest per-
sons allow their hair to dry by itself to
prevent breakage,” Ms King explained.

If you ever thought about extensions
as way of doing things different, Ms
Knowles recommends avoiding bonding
agents, or getting the extensions sewn in,
because it is difficult to wash the hair ,
also the hair damages considerably by
bonding agents.

She explained: “If the extensions are
bonded to the hair and it is removed
before it gets loose then this can result in
complete loss of the hair follicle. When
the hair follicle is lost then that particu-
lar portion of the hair will not grow
back,” Ms Knowles said.

“When it comes to getting the hair
sewn in, I would suggest that be done
for a short period. This is because this
type of hair is soft and getting hair sewn
in requires braids and it will not last at
all,” Ms Knowles said.

Face shape, and skin tone is key when
it comes to selecting a style and hair
colour. But before you make that step
research, look at different hair maga-
zines and consult professionals so that
you get the most out of your look.

“Short cuts are very nice since
they accentuate the physical

features of the face and allow for
detailed texture of the hair.”

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Man shot dead in house raid C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.77TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNYWITH SHOWERS HIGH 85F LOW 71F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S Hair trends for 2010 SEEPAGEFOURTEEN Bahamian connection face real test at SCC By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ARMED burglars tied up two women in their home and shot and killed a man before getting away with their stolen goods early yesterday morn i ng. I t was one of four armed r obberies that took place on Monday in addition to a stabbing. Police say two men armed with handguns broke into the home of Henry McPhee, 46, at Oleander Avenue, across from the park in South Beach estates, just before 1.30am. They reportedly tied up McPhee’s girlfriend and daughter, then rummaged for jewellery and other valuables to steal. McPhee was also robbed by the armed intruders before they shot him in the head. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he died of his injuries. McPhee, who owned a construction company, also worked at Mr Pool’s fish fry Homicide, four armed robberies and stabbing in 24 hours The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net AFTER being accused by the Prime Minister of a history of failing to pay debts owed and of being unwilling to accept the willo f the people in elections, PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday lashed out at Mr Ingraham for what he termed “a rambling, incoherent, litany of lies.” Mr Ingraham stated in a Sun day press conference that the FNM would seek to have the PLP put up “security” funds to pay for the election court Christie hits out at PM for ‘litany of lies’ S EE page thr ee SEE page 10 PERRY CHRISTIE By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net POLICE Sergeant Juan P ratt, who was accused of having sex with two underage girls, was yesterday acquitted at Freeport Magistrate’s Court. D eputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones delivered the judgment in Court 3, where P ratt was indicted on two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse in May 2007. Pratt, the son of St Cecilia MP Cynthia Pratt, was arrested on May 7, 2007, with the summary trial beginning in November 2007. Police Sergeant acquitted of sex with underage girls SEE page 12 MRS Eileen Farmer died at her San Souci home at 6 pm on Sunday. The Farmer family arrived in Nassau from the UK in 1948 when Mr Farmer joined the late Sir Victor Sassoon as his accountant. The family made Nassau their home. Mrs Farmer was predeceased by her husband, John Farmer; son, Christopher Farmer, and daughter Alannah Martin. She is survived by her daugh ter, Frances Farmer; sons, John, Damien, Michael and Patrick Farmer; son-in-law, Michael Martin; daughters-in-law, Pia, Denise and Laura Farmer; and grandchildren, David and Natasha Martin, Daniel, Meghan and Timothy Kelly, Sonia, Liam, Danielle, Dominique and Ethan Farmer. Funeral services will be held for Mrs Farmer at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, February 27, at 3pm. Mrs Eileen Farmer dies By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE government is set to amend the law to prohibit “purse seine” or net fishing in The Bahamas after receiving a flood of calls and emails from concerned Bahamians, environmentalists and sportsfishermen fearing that a large fishing vessel is set to wreak havoc on Bahamian tuna stocks using the controversial Government set to amend net fishing law SEE page 10 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE North Andros High School student who blew the whistle on allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teacher has reportedly been punished by island school officials, according to sources in Andros. The 17-year-old youth who, according to reports, alleged he was subjected to rude Student who blew whistle on sex allegations ‘punished’ SEE page 12 HUGHCAMPBELLCHAMPIONSHIPGAME DEFENDING champions the Tabernacle Falcons face off against the CC Sweeting Cobras last night in the final game of the 28th Annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic. See tribune242.com for a full report on the game. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A 22-YEAR-OLDman facing a retrial in a 2008 murder case was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday on another murder charge. Man facing retrial charged with another murder SEE page 12

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By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Chinese construction company building the new national stadium yesterday treated a delegation led by Minister of State for Culture Charles Maynard to a tour of t he facility. The stadium is taking shape with the near completion of the f irst level of the western stand, according to stadium namesake Tommy A Robinson. M r Robinson has monitored the development of the stadium closely, with weekly site visits. He is pleased with the pace ofc onstruction and confident the builders are sticking closely to t he design plans. T wo more levels are to be added to the western stand before the canopy roof is added. The one-level eastern stand will be completed in timef or all of the roofing to be applied simultaneously. Forty technical workers from Chinaa re expected in the country for a three-month stay starting at the end of May to work on the r oof construction, according to Yinqing Sun, Chief of Technical Matters for the Qilu Con-s truction Group Corporation. Ten technical workers are expected in April for a onemonth stay to work on the four light towers that will stretch 80f eet high. The foundations for t he light structures already sit f irmly 42-feet into the ground. “Aside from the gift of the physical structure, students from local high schools come to apprentice at the work site, so there is a transfer of techn ology and knowledge to empower Bahamians,” Minis-t er Maynard pointed out. The Chinese construction company is handling work in the designated red zone. They indicated that work is on track for completion by the projected J une 30, 2011 launch date. The timeline was not impacted by a January incident in which 40 Chinese workers walked off the job after allegedly not being p aid before the New Year’s holiday. C hinese Ambassador, Dingx ian Hu, said this matter was resolved amicably after talks. H e said the problem stemmed from a misunderstanding in the i nterpretation of some elements of the workers’ contracts. The ambassador said the embassy co-ordinated discus sions, as it was their responsi bility to protect the legal inter ests of the workers and the company. This is the first major project between the two governments. This project is a very good test of best practices to get experience for further cooperation,” said Ambassador H u. He said the highway con struction project on John F K ennedy Drive, between the airport and Thompson Boule vard, would be the next major project undertaken by the two governments. U nlike the stadium project, which was a $30 million giftf rom the Chinese government, in line with their policy of international aid to small island n ations for public utility works, the highway project is being f acilitated through a Chinese government concessionary loan. The project is expected to start at the end of July. “The concept is to help to r aise the capacity of recipient countries, to strengthen locald evelopment through co-oper ation,” said Ambassador Hu. B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net MINISTER of State for Culture Charles Maynard presented the master plan for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project to a Chinese delegation during a visit to the new stadium construction site. This was the first time the plans were presented to the Chinese Ambassador, Dingxian Hu, who said he was looking forward to seeing the red and green zones completed together. He said the projects would allow the Bahamian workers and the Chinese technical team to exchange techniques and experience. The Bahamas government is responsible for the development of the green zone, which consists of stadium utilities and the land scaped area surrounding the new stadium, parking lots and new roadways. The development of the green zone is to run concurrently to the development of the red zone, which is the respon sibility of the Chinese construction company, Qilu Construc tion Group Corporation. Work on the red zone started months ago, and is on track for completion by the end of July 2011. Work on the green zone is yet to begin, but Minister Maynard said that should change before the end of June. He said the green zone should be completed two to three months ahead of the red zone. No budget allocations have been made for the green zone as yet. Mr Maynard said the work will be included in the 2010/2011 budget that comes into effect July 1. He said the ministry is using savings from the 2009/2010 budget to get the project started. “Just as you see progress on your side, progress will begin on our side within the next month to develop the green zone. It will be a team effort between the red zone and the green zone,” said Mr Maynard. Among the projects associated with the stadium are several new road corridors, including a road to divert traffic around the stadium. Mr Maynard said traffic will no longer have to pass through the stadium to go from Thompson Boulevard to the Tonique Williams-Darling highway. He said the ministry is almost ready to take bids for the roadwork and parking lots, as the final drawings were submitted just over a week ago. Two or three Bahamian construction companies are expected to work simultaneously on the various pro jects. Plans for the Sports Centre Redevelopment Project were submitted by the design contractors, IBS Group, last November. Long term plans for the stadium include a new grand entrance with a hero’s park that will recognise local sports icons; and a new baseball stadium, which is a priority according to the minister. Plans also include adding a diving centre to the Betty Kenning Aquatic Centre, moving the race track, and building an athlete’s village. The vision is for the final sports complex is to have a facility capable of hosting international sporting events, such as the Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. The Minister projects it will take five years for the entire master plan to materialise. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Minister presents ‘green zone’ plans to Chinese New national stadium starts to take shape CONSTRUCTION of the new Thomas A Robinson stadium is on track for completion in July 2011. Minister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, toured the construction site with Chinese Ambassador Dingxian Hu, Monday. THE WESTERN stand of the new Thomas A Robinson stadium takes shape on the Chinese-run construction site. The concrete pillars supporting the towering cranes are to be demolished once major con struction is complete. PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff CHINESE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY TAKES DELEGATION LED BY MINISTER OF STATE FOR CULTURE ON TOUR OF FACILITY YINQING SUN , Chief of Technical Matters for the Qilu Construction Group Corporation, leads the tour of the new stadium construction site with Minister of State for Culture, Charles Maynard, and Chinese Ambassador Dingxian Hu.

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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net OPPOSITIONleader Perry Christie yesterday accused Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of “continuing a pattern of intimidation” on behalf of the FNM by “personally attacking” a number of voters who cast protest ballots. At a press conference on Sunday, Mr Ingraham said the FNM has “very good evidence” that the voters in question “had no entitlement to vote whatsoever”, adding that ultimately those voters, when called to election court to defend themselves, have the option to “let go, let be, or expose (themselves place” – a comment that some took to be referring to Her Majesty’s Prison. Yesterday, at a press conference at the party’s headquarters at Gambier House, Farrington Road, PLP leader Perry Christie said he “deplored” Mr Ingraham’s statement, which covered this and several other topics relating to the by-election and its aftermath. “He should be ashamed of talking such utter nonsense. It goes to show how dizzy and dazed he is after the shock of the by-election,” said Mr Christie. Speaking of Mr Ingraham’s comments about the five protest voters who the PLP believe voted for their candidate, Ryan Pinder, Mr Christie said: “The prime minister was attacking those people personally. I am surprised, even (though him. “(Heed will be subject to the most extensive scrutiny...The Prime minister should not seek to intimidate these people and say that because they spoke up for their rights. This is continuing a pattern of intimidation.” Mr Christie accused Mr Ingraham of “denigrating” the election court and those who would wish to seek electoral justice through it. On Sunday, Mr Ingraham said: “The FNM expects to win what the PLP is taking to court so we don’t need to consider any further steps. We challenged those five voters. In the case of four of them, we have very good evidence that they had no entitlement whatsoever to vote.” He later added, “The PLP can't go to court and succeed unless those five persons also show up to court. They have to come themselves and we call upon them to come and take that Bible in their hand and swear an oath (indicating qualifications to vote in Elizabeth, then be cross-examined by the FNM team of lawyers.” Each of the five candidates in the election would also have the option to question each of the protested voters and cross-examine them in the election court, added Mr Ingraham. “At the end of the day, the court will make a decision. If these persons turn out to be persons that committed perjury or who lied, then there are laws to deal with that.” “So each of these persons will have to make their own decision on what they want to do. “Let go, let be or expose yourself to the other place.” ac tion they intend to initiate in the wake of the Elizabeth byelection in anticipation of the possibility that they will lose, given that the PLP owes$ 236,000 to ZNS dating back to the 2007 general election and around $1 million for the resulting Marco City election court case. But Mr Christie retorted that the issue of a security deposit does not come into play “in this instance, as Mr Ingraham is aware”, and that the party itself does not oweany debt on the Marco City case but the candidate who undertook the challenge, exsenator Pleasant Bridgewater. “Have I paid the debt? No. Has the PLP paid it? No. Has Pleasant Bridgewater paid it? You’ll have to ask her,” saidMr Christie, noting however that the party stands behind Bridgewater. As further support for why a security deposit would not be necessary in an Elizabeth by-election election court mat ter, PLP MP for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell, noted that the candidate (Ryan Pinder not the party will be the liti gant in this challenge. Meanwhile, Mr Christie said that when the FNM con tested the MICAL seat in the election court following the 2002 general election, and its candidate Johnley Fergu son lost to the PLP’s Alfred Gray, the debt for this case was not paid by Mr Ferguson until “the eve of the general election, so that he could run again.” Therefore, he suggested it was disingenuous for the Prime Minister to criticise the PLP candidate for not having yet cleared the Marco City debt. As for any other debts owed, Mr Christie said the party will “honour all legiti mate debts that it owes.” “From time to time parties go through challenges with raising funds but the PLP has a lways and will always honour its debts.” Having been hit by Mr Ingraham with claims that the P LP is yet again unwilling to accept the outcome of an election as determined by the people, as the FNM said the PLP was in 2007 at the general election when they launched ultimately unsuccessful elec tion court challenges in Marco City, Pinewood and Blue Hills, Mr Christie said it is not him, but the law that says an election court must decide what happens to the votes cast on coloured “protest” ballots in last week’s by-election, giv en that the regular votes plus protest votes cast for a candi date (in this case Ryan Pinder) exceeds the number of regular votes cast for the oth er candidate. “The election court move is in accordance with the law it’s not what Perry Christie says, it’s what the law says. The returning officer has no legal authority to conduct sucha scrutiny (of the protest votes to see if they should be considered eligible to be counted).” At present, there are six such votes that were not counted because the voter’s entitlement to vote was called into question. Five of these are said to be for Ryan Pinder, while one was for Bahamas Democratic Movement candidate Cassius Stuart. These five votes, if count ed, would put the PLP candi date ahead of the FNM can didate, Dr Duane Sands, who won 1,501 “regular” votes, to Mr Pinder’s 1,499. According to PLP attorney Valentine Grimes, the names of two of the five “protest” voters in fact appeared on the voter’s regis ter. Mr Christie added: “(Going to election court is) not about winning what you couldn’t win in the battlefield. It’s all about making sure the way those in Elizabeth did vote is reflected in the final vote. Rather than trying to frustrate the will oft he people of Elizabeth, the purpose of the election court is to ensure the will of the peo-p le is correctly determined. We are satisfied that they are entitled to vote ... by mistake their names were left off the register. “We do not need all five of them to be upheld. What we need to be upheld is sufficient to win,” said Mr Christie. Speaking on the by-election outcome at FNM headquarters on Sunday, Mr Ingraham said: “I never tire of saying that we are different from (the PLP); distinctly different. “In 2007 we mounted a challenge in MICAL and we lost. We paid costs of almost $225,000 to Davis & Co., the PLP’s legal representatives. As a party, we take ownership and responsibility for our elec tion court cases. “The PLP take ownership and responsibility for nothing. When they lose an election case, they claim that the individual took the case to Election Court not the party, and they pay nothing; ignore the debt. “The PLP mounted three challenges – in Pinewood, in Marco City, in Blue Hills. All failed. In one case alone, the Election Court assessed $1 million in costs. They have not paid a red nickel. We have not yet assessed the costs for Pinewood and Blue Hills; be assured however, we will do so. “They have a new mantra now. When they lose, they declare victory, tell their supporters that the election isn’t over yet; send their operatives to all the radio stations to spill their vile mistruths and half truths. They drag their mat ters on for as long as possible, hoping that some how they will be able to reverse the decision made by the people on election day. “Now, they appear to be on the verge of this same selfserving delaying tactic follow ing the Elizabeth by-election.” The PLP have ten days from the date the recount end-e d Thursday, February 19 to file their application for an election court hearing. Yes-t erday Mr Christie said this has not yet been done but will be seen to by the end of the week. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net FACING a charge from the FNM that his eligibility to nominate as a candidate in the Elizabeth by-election will be challenged by the party during election court proceedings, PLP leader Perry Christie said his party is “satisfied by Ryan Pinder’s assurances” that he is “a qualified candidate to be elected and to serve.” Responding to FNM leader and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham’s assertions at a Sun day press conference that the governing party will be looking to see “where (Pinder’s was marked ‘cancelled’ by the Americans before the nomination date”, Mr Christie went on to claim that it is for the government to prove Pinder is not eligible as a result of his cit izenship rather than the other way round. When asked about the revelation by Mr Ingraham that Mr Pinder’s U.S. citizenship which he stated he renounced prior to nomi nating to run in the Elizabeth by-election on January 29th would be a “preliminary issue for the party in the election court, Mr Christie turned the tables on Mr Ingraham, telling the media he is encouraged by the fact that the FNM leader raised the point. “For the Prime Minister to raise that issue tells me that he knows we are going to win the election court case. That’s the first thing. Because that only becomes relevant if we win it that he could make such a challenge because then the court has someone to go against. (Pinder’s citizenship to (IngrahamSands confident by the fact that by him raising that issue, he knows (that the PLP will win the elec tion court case),” said Mr Christie. On Sunday, Mr Ingraham said that there is no issue over a person holding dual citizenship and running for office unless that person has been “taking advantage of that citizenship by for instance, registering to vote, participating in US elections and paying income taxes.” “Those are some of the things that say a person has accepted US citizenship,” he added, noting that “just being a citizen (of the US not an offence.” Mr Pinder lived in the US for just under a decade, working for a U.S.-based law firm, Becker and Poliakoff, and also voted in a U.S. election. Yesterday Mr Christie said: “At all material times, the Prime Minister must be aware of the fact...that we understand the issues that affect our candidates, and we accept their assurance that they are Bahamian citizens and otherwise fully qualified to offer themselves in this case, in Ryan Pinder’s case, in the by-election for Elizabeth. “So when Ryan Pinder went forth, we were satisfied on the basis of all of the assurances, that he was qualified and a qualified candidate to be elected and to serve. “Since the Prime Minister wants to raise it, I just want to remind him of the principle again in law, that he who asserts, must prove and we leave it to him to present his application and to prove. “ Mr Christie also condemned the FNM leader for terming his candidate, Dr Duane Sands, the “member elect” for Elizabeth, during his Sunday press conference. We are seeking to determine who the new MP for Elizabeth is. In our view the evidence is clear that the people voted for Ryan Pinder and not Duane Sands. They know the truth, there’s no certified winner.” PLP ‘satisfied’ Pinder is qualified to be elected Christie accuses the PM of ‘intimidation’ FROM page one Christie R YAN PINDER w ith PLP leader Perry Christie in background. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f PLPLEADER Perry Christie speaks yesterday.

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E DITOR, The Tribune. Please allow me a few lines to express my views about the Deputy Prime Minister’s encounter with that PLP woman. What happened on February 17, 2010 was a sad day in Bahamian politics and the Bahamas in general. When t he sitting Deputy Prime M inister of the Bahamas can be physically struck by a member of the public in view of hundreds and nothing happened to that person speaks volumes of the vio lence we have in the Bahamas today. I don’t expect for the woman who assaulted the Deputy Prime M inister to do any better because it was her “bamboo god” Lynden Pindling and the PLP who introduced political violence as I knowi t to the Bahamas. The Lewis Yard attack was the beginning of the physical attack and the throwing of the mace was the attack on the nation. T hat is why the PLP think they own the Bahamas and have no respect for authority. They were brassy enough to proclaim that the Bahamas belonged to the PLP. My brothers and sisters, you and I who want a better Bahamas know that as long as the PLP remains as a political party in the Bahamas, we will always have these kinds of problems because many practice violence, they openly victimise and the ways and means of many of them are questionable. I don’t know what world Mr Christie is living in or his memory must have left him. The other day he said that the Elizabeth Estates elec-t ion was the most corrupt election he had seen in his life. Well blow me down! So when PLP agents printed thousands of sample ballots s imilar to the ones being used by the Parliamentary Registration Department and took them from polling station to polling station some of which were found in the boxes in the 2007 elec tions, what was that? Cor ruption at its best. So my brothers and sisters who wants a better Bahamas, let Mr Christie and the PLP know who owns the Bahamas in the 2012 and every election after. KRH Nassau, February 19, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. This is an open letter to the Hon Lawrence Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources regarding netting tuna in The Bahamas Dear Minister Cartwright, I am writing to you on behalf of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation to express concern about a permit to use a purse-seine vessel to fish for yellow-fin tuna in The Bahamas. Due to the lack of current regulations to govern such fishing activities, I urge your Ministry to decline the requested fishing permit for this vessel and to immediately place a moratorium on large-scale pelagic fishing operations until regulations are in place to ensure the sustainable use of our pelagic marine resources. Our country has a history of putting moratoriums in place when necessary to ensure sustain able use of our natural resources where regulations have been lacking. For exam ple, applications for new cap tive dolphin facilities were declined until the MarineM ammal Protection Act was enacted in 2005 providing regulations for improved care of captive dolphins and protection of wild populations. Having reviewed our Agri culture and Fisheries and the Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation) Acts (both out-dated and in need of revision), it is clear that you have a legal obligation to follow this precedent and deny this permit application due to the complete lack of regulations and the possible unsustainable nature of this proposed operation. Purse-seine fisheries are well documented to incidentally catch many non-target species during fishing operations. Many of these species carry high economic and social value in The Bahamas both for Bahamians and tourists, primarily through the sport-fishing industry. Tuna aggregate with other species so when a purse-seine net surrounds a tuna school, everything in the surface waters are caught as well, including juvenile and adult billfish, mahi mahi, jacks, trig gerfish, and even pelagic dol phins. So, although current tuna harvests in the Atlantic are reported by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT tainable levels, there are concerns that the indiscriminate by-catch in purse-seine fish ing may result in the collapse of pelagic ecosystems on which many species depend, including our resident populations of dolphins and whales. A recent article in Science one (February 12, 2010 lines the importance of governance when facing issues relating to the development of fisheries and the increasing pressure on countries to ensure the sustainable use of the marine environment. Now is not the time for compromises or experimentation with new fishing methods – without adequate regulations, we simply have too much to lose. In closing, I leave you with the following: “The right to fish carries with it the obligation to do so in a responsible manner so as to ensure effective conservation and management of the living aquatic resources.” FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. I trust that you will make the right decision and deny this permit application. As a member of the United Nations FAO, we have global responsibility to do so. DIANE CLARIDGE Executive Director B ahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation Marsh Harbour, Abaco, February 17, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm CALLING FOR electoral reform, Opposition Leader Perry Christie described the weeks leading up to the Elizabeth by-election as “the worst” he’d seen in terms of allegations that FNM members were using their government clout to sway voters. “Up t o Monday (the day before the election said, “government was giving people jobs with a clear intention of influencing the vote. That’s not proper, ethical or fair.” And this is what Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had to say about the May 2, 2007 election in which Mr Christie, then the prime minister, lost the government to Mr Ingraham, who was Opposition leader. On becoming prime minister, Mr Ingraham told his supporters that the 2007 election was the most interfered with election in Bahamian history. “I am ashamed that on Perry Christie’s watch there was more political interference in the electoral process than at any time, even under Pindling,” said Mr Ingraham. I t was claimed that $80 million was award ed to contractors “a few months ago and days leading up to the 2007 election.” However, in our opinion the June 19, 1987 general election in the Crooked Island constituency, followed by the November 24,1989 by-election called after the MP elected in the 1987 election was sent to prison for offering a drug court magistrate $10,000 to drop a case before her were two of the worst elections that we recall. The late Basil Kelly, who had been MP for the Crooked Island constituency for about 20 years, offered as the FNM candidate in both elec tions. He lost both. In last week’s Elizabeth by-election the PLP protested the presence of National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest who is the minister responsible for Parliamen tary Elections in the recount room at Thelma Gibson Primary School. However, they forget that in the Crooked Island byelection in 1989, Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling at the end of a Cabinet meetingf lew to Crooked Island, ordering all of his C abinet ministers to get themselves to the island to fight the by-election and watch over the stations. Sir Lynden himself gave allof the Long Cay school children a gift of a hand held video camera with a $400,000 contract going to a PLP council member in the constituency to construct an administrative b uilding. During that by-election Yamacraw MP Janet Bostwick said that the by-election reminded her of 1982 when the PLP took tankers of asphalt to the district and told voters that if they wanted the roads repaired they had to vote for Wilbert Moss. The people voted for Mr Moss and a week after the elections, the equipment was taken away. In the 1989 by-election the people were again told that if they wanted the roads repaired, electricity installed and running water into their homes they had to “walk with Walkine.” This, said Mrs Bostwick, was just another PLP ploy to fool voters of that impoverished district. She rightly predicted that after the election the flurry of jobs hand e d out during the campaign would come to an end. As Mr Kelly pointed out in his report on the 1987 election one must understand thatat the time there were no job opportunities in the entire Crooked Island district except for government employment and one small tourist facility that employed no more than 10 people at any one time. During the 1987 election, he said, these people were given jobs off and on from nomination day until election day weeding the road, as assistant janitresses, assisting in the polls on election day, nurses assistants and “whatever could be dreamt up and paid for out of the Treasury.” Campaigning were two civil servants, school teachers, and the returning officer, w ho did not openly campaign, but who was “directed by PLP generals throughout the campaign.” The helicopter, ostensibly at the island for the PLP candidates, was “also used to ferry government presiding officers, the return ing officer, the mailboat captain, and in fact, picked up the ballot boxes after polling on election day. It was openly admitted by the pilot of the helicopter that this was government’s helicopter,” wrote Mr Kelly. What everyone wanted to know was whether the Treasury paid for the helicopter. “There was a new trick that I had never seen before in the form of intimidation,” Mr Kelly wrote of the 1987 election. “Voters were told during the campaign by leading PLP generals and civil servants that when a particular voter voted, the presiding officer was instructed to write his signature on the back of his ballot differently to others so that his ballot would be easily identifiable. This way he could tell how that particular voter voted when the ballots were counted,a nd if the voter did not vote right (in other w ords, for the PLP) his daughter or whoever was working for government would lose their job.” Throughout that campaign civil servants acted as PLP generals, and the few civil servants who were known FNM supporters were ordered not to vote. Whatever the F NM might have done during the Elizabeth by-election, which Mr Christie claims was “not proper, ethical or fair” cannot be condoned. But when the PLP held the helm of state, they were absolutely ruthless, particularly in some of these impoverished Family Islands. Now maybe some of them will know what it is like to be on the receiving end. Retribution has come full circle. Netting tuna: An open letter to Minister of Agriculture LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Some PLPs have short memories Assault of DPM at election recount EDITOR, TheTribune . Will Opposition Leader Perry Christie publicly condemn the slapping of the deputy prime minister by a PLP supporter? ATHENA DAMIANOS Nassau, February 19, 2010. Will Christie condemn the slapping of the Deputy Prime Minister?

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B y MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net CONCERNS over “toxic” smoke from the fire at the city dump has Environmental Health employees demanding either hazard pay or the relocation of theiro n-site offices. Smoke continued to rise from the landfill site offT onique Williams-Darling Highway yesterday as firefighters worked to control the burning of tonnes of w aste. The Department of Envi ronmental Health’s sanitaryl andfill caught fire on Frid ay, February 12 and is e xpected to burn for months as it has spread across the 1 00-acre site and deep u nderground. Fire Services director Jeffrey Deleveaux and his team worked throughout the weekend to control the blaze and he said yesterday’s light rainfall made their job a little e asier. It’s on the surface so it would have to be a big d ownpour to really be effect ive, but it’s keeping the dust d own and making it a bit easier for us to work with,”he said. “It is still deep underground and there are times when the fire is recurring,b ut it is under control and i t’s just the smoke we are trying to reduce.” Smoke from the city dump fire, believed to be toxic, iss aid to be infiltrating the Department of Environmental Health’s office on-site, and staff yesterday complained that black soot is accumulating in their workplace. They want to be relocated o r given hazard pay while the fire continues to burn. An employee said: “When w e come to work we can’t b reathe. Our things are g oing black with smoke, so imagine what it is like in our lungs. We don’t know what is in our lungs, or what is in our body right now with all this smoke.” Residents in the government housing subdivisions of Jubilee Gardens and Vic toria Gardens, which bordero n the city dump, also fear the toxic fumes will endan ger their health. T hey have been advised t o keep their windows closed a nd take whatever precau tions they can by Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis. D epartment of Environ mental Health director Melanie McKenzie is said to have been fighting the fire on the frontline. She did not return calls from The Tribune to discuss the hazards. A portion of the landfill is s till open for materials to be disposed while the fire con tinues. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Manager, MortgagesRBC FINCO, Carmichael Road Branch, i s considering applications forThe successful candidate should possess the following qualifications: Five or more years Banking Experience in a lending role Previous experience in leading a team would be an asset Previous experience in portfolio and liability administration would be an asset A college degree in Banking or a related field would be an asset Key Skills: Strong Negotiating/Selling Skills Strong Leadership & Coaching Skills Relationship Building Impact & Influence Ability to manage multiple priorities Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills Microsoft Office Proficiency Responsibilities include: Achieving business results through sales and market management, implementation of strategic direction and representation in the marketplace. Working in partnership with the Network Sales Teams to implement strategies, processes and disciplines to achieve sustainable earnings and revenue growth through the sales force. Leading and developing an effective adaptable sales force to maximize revenue and productivity opportunities. Promoting sales management practices to achieve superior client experience and enhance employee capability and engagement while leveraging full RBC capabilities including branches, alternate delivery channels and service partners. A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. Please apply before February 26, 2010 to: Regional Manager Human Resources Caribbean Banking RBC Royal Bank of Canada Bahamas Regional Office East Hill Street P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: bahcayjp@rbc.com By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@ tribunemedia.net A HAITIAN freighter c aught fire off the coast of Eleuthera on Saturday afternoon, prompting thed ramatic rescue of six Haitians and two Bahamians. The 90ft steel hull motor vessel ‘C J’ was en route from New Providence to Haiti when an explosion in t he engine room sparked t he blaze at around 1 .40pm. Passing motor vessel Ballistic’ chanced upon the f laming freighter near Ship Channel Cay, 21 miles west of Cape Eleuthera, andr escued Captain Walter N oel, of Andros Avenue, New Providence, and his crew. T he men were unharmed i n the blaze and taken to I mmigration authorities in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Immigration Department officials said the six Haitians had Bahamian visas, one had a Haitian passport and ID certificate, w hile the other two proved to have Bahamian citizenship. T hey told officials they h ad set off from Potters C ay dock and were transporting vehicles and otheri tems to Haiti. A ll have been released by Immigration officials. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF reported the freighter had been completely destroyed by fire. T he RBDF's HMBS P 121 scoured the area after the rescue to ensure there was no debris in the waterw hich could pose a navigat ional hazard. Staff make demands over ‘toxic’ smoke Man wanted for questioning in connection with ar med r obberies Eight rescued from Haitian vessel off coast of Eleuthera T HEVESSEL c aught fire off the coast of Eleuthera. FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze at the city dump. Environmental Health employees are demanding either hazard pay or the relocation of their on-site offices. A 53-YEAR-OLDRock Crusher man is wanted by police for questioning in con nection with numerous armed robberies throughout New Providence. Jeffrey Wilson is described as 5” of slim build and a light brown complexion. Heis considered armed and dangerous. Police encourage persons with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 3288477. J EFFREYWILSON Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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B y BETTY VEDRINE M ARSH HARBOUR, Abaco – ALMOST 300 construction jobs are expected to be created as a result of a new government administration complex to be built in Abaco. A $19.2 million-contract was signed last week between the National I nsurance Board (NIB a nd WOSLEE Contract ors Limited for the 64,390 s q ft complex. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham was present d uring the signing and s aid that the complex is p art of a “conceptual plan” for a new township in Central Abaco with the v iew to one day evolving i nto a city. There are many parts t o this township which, as e nvisioned, will be connected by way of a new h ighway to the Marsh Harbour International Airport,” he said. Adjacent to the Central Pines subdivision, the t ownship is in close proximity to Marsh Harbour, D undas and Murphy T owns.” Agencies M r Ingraham said the complex is designed to house all the principal government agencies located in Abaco including the Ministry of Finance – Business L icence and Real Propert y Tax Units; the Treasury a nd Auditor-General’s D epartment; the Magistrates Courts; the Road Traffic Department; the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources; the Department of Labour; Department of I mmigration; the Passport Office; the Post Office; t he Ministry of Tourism; the Department of Housing and the Mortgage Corporation; the Department o f Education; Ministry of Y outh Sports and Culture; the National Insurance B oard and the Office of t he Prime Minister. T he construction of the new Marsh Harbour PortF acility enabled the gove rnment to locate the Customs Department there a nd transfer the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources to the newc omplex upon completion, thereby giving Customs t he additional space required, the prime mini ster said. I advise that we expect to be in a position to go t o tender for the construction of the new terminal and air traffic control buildings at the Marsh Harbour Airport this summ er and for construction t o commence on that proj ect sometime during the third quarter of this year,” he said. Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant said the project represents the cent ralisation of all government ministries and d epartments on the island of Abaco. According to the NIB director Algernon Cargill, t his loan to the governm ent meets one of the NIB’s key objectives. Challenge “Currently, the NIB’s r eserves stand at some $ 1.6 billion. A constant challenge for NIB is findi ng safe and productive investment opportunities for the National InsuranceF und.” He said although loans m ake up a very small percentage of the Board’s i nvestment portfolio, it is a significant portion because the alternative w ould be that the funds would not be ‘optimally’ deployed and in some cases, earning no interest at all. “Projects, like this one, where NIB enters into a f inance lease agreement with the government, cont inue to serve the NIB well and also allows us to simultaneously fulfill our m andate of assisting with infrastructural developm ent of the Bahamas,” Mr Cargill said. In addition to the comp lex in Abaco, the NIB is also financing a second a dministrative complex in Freeport for $18. Mr Ingraham expects t he project to create some 250 construction jobs in G rand Bahama. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Legal NoticeNOTICEVIBRANT S.A.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofVIBRANTS.A.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICENEW MATRIX GLOBAL INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofNEWMATRIX GLOBALINC. has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICESHENDI VENTRY CORPORATIONNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofSHENDI VENTRYCORPORATIONhas been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator New govt complex to create 300 jobs $19.2m contract signed for construction in Abaco PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham said the complex is part of a ‘conceptual plan’ for an ew township.

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A 25-acre nature sanctuary being created on Eleuthera is projected to inject more than $2 million into the local economy. A first of its kind in the C aribbean, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is being established in partnership between the Bahamas National Trust and the Leon Levy Foundation to showcase the Bahamas’ rich plant life. T he preserve is being created by famed landscape designer Raymond Jungles in concert with Wilderness Graphics of Tallahassee, Florida and world renowned expert on subtropical plants Dr Ethan Freid working with the BNT. When completed, the preserve will present a rare opportunity for visitors to learn the history of the native plants of the Bahamas. It will feature medicinal plants used for centuries tom ake teas and infusions that still hold curative powers. Abundant The site’s abundant native plants include orchids, bromeliads, black, red, and white mangroves, wild coffee, mahogany trees, five fingers and numerous other plant species and birds indigenous to the area. The preserve will also fea ture some of the culinary and herbal plants native to the islands. Visitors will be able to walk a mile of trail for a unique native plant experience. The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve will be donat ed to the BNT by the Leon L evy Foundation, a New York foundation created from the estate of the late Leon Levy, considered a Wall Street genius who founded the Oppenheimer Mutual Funds. In 2006, Shelby White, Mr Levy’s widow, approachedt he Trust about creating an appropriate memorial to her husband who loved the island where the couple had a home for many years. Mr Levy had a passion for knowledge and was intrigued by the possible medicinal val-u e of the plants growing all around them, but whose use was rapidly diminishing. Working with the Trust’s executive director, Eric Carey, the Leon Levy Foundation intends the preserve to be an educational resource,a habitat for migrating birds and a major attraction for vis itors. The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve will serve as a centre for excellence for envi ronmental education and as a major public access facility for Bahamians to learn aboutt heir resident flora and its cul tural impact on the daily life of island inhabitants. Portia Sweeting, BNT’s director of education, said: “This will become a living classroom for Bahamian students who are studying plants and their value to Bahamians.” Dream Shelby White added: “This project has been a long standing dream of mine. “Working with the Bahamas National Trust as our partners, I believe we willc reate the finest nature preserve in the Bahamas, a place t hat will make Eleuthera a must-visit tourist destination and of which we will all be proud.” To celebrate the creation of this unique sanctuary, a open house event was held in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera last week. Those attending included Environment Minister Earl Deveaux and his wife; members of the Bahamas National Trust Council; Eric Carey, BNT executive director; Shelby White, founding trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation; local government officials, community members and others. The Leon Levy Founda tion, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a long-standing commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society in general. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Nature sanctuary seen as $2m economic boost P ERLENE B arth offered information on Bahamian Bus. Visitors will be able to walk a mile of trail for a unique native plant experience. STEEL pan entertainment was provided by Kevin Symonette and Kendall Underwood of Spanish Wells. BNT COUNCIL members and guests John F Bethell; Robin Symonette; Earlston McPhee; Angela Cleare; D Stewart Morrison; Environment Minister Earl Deveaux; Shelby White; BNT president Glenn Bannister; Lawrence Glinton, Neil McKinney; Pericles Maillis, BNT executive director Eric Carey. EARL DEVEAUX , Minister of the Environment, speaking at the open house event to celebrate the creation of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Eleuthera. ELEUTHERA This will become a living c lassroom for B ahamian students who are s tudying plants a nd their value to Bahamians.” Portia Sweeting

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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE local pharmacy industry is cutting it close in terms of meeting the February 28 deadline for registering with the recently established Pharmacy Council. At the start of this week, less than 20 per cent of total registered pharmacies were regularised under the new system, which requires them to pay a $2,000 registration fee. None of the operating factories or warehouses were registered. Like the pharmacies, they are facing first time registration fees under the new Pharmacy Act that range from $2,000 and $5,000. “We are working towards compliance. We knew from last year and we are fully in a position to follow through. I haven’t heard any major complaints. Obviously money may be a little tight, but I do believe everyone agrees,” said Barbera Henderson, pharmaceutical manager at Nassau Agencies Ltd. “Business licence comes up every year and I am sure there are times when people can’t afford to pay it. The (Pharmacy Council going to browbeat them. I am sure they will find a way to work with them,” said Ms Henderson. Compliant Pharmacists are the most compliant category. More than 50 per cent of the registrations from the former governing body, the Health Professionals Council, were transferred to the Pharmacy Council. Of the remaining 50 per cent, about 10 per cent have come in their records and settled outstanding fees. “The process has been smooth. We recognise there is quite a bit of documents people had to collect. Most people have been collecting those so they can complete their licence this week. If they have any concerns they should contact the council and we can assist them through the process,” said council chairman, Philip Gray. Late fees will apply after February 28 for all industry practitioners who are yet to comply with the new regulations. This grace period will last for 30-days. Asked about the status of compliance, the Pharmacy Association deferred comment at this time. Council registrar, Shelly Collymore, said people have generally been co-operative. They have had a few queries and appeals for consideration, and she said the council is actively working on those matters. “We just got the registration forms. We haven’t had time to pay them yet. I am sure that they will be paid. We are working on our registration forms right now. Everyone is working to comply, that is the impression I got, and we are working towards the deadline,” said C aroll Sands, council member and chief executive officer of Lowe’s Wholesale Drug Agency Ltd. The fees will be used by the council to advance its primary areas of focus this year. Chairman Gray said this will include cleaning up the industry to ensure that those selling drugs illegally are stopped. Pharmacy wholesaler Ms Henderson said the upgrade t o the industry was long overdue. “When you think about it, it benefits the pharmacists so people are not just selling drugs all over the place arbitrarily. We have run an open market where anyone can do anything and now that is going to change,” she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A STANDARD orange prescription bottle full of yellow pills. The information on the label has been covered. A few pills sit outside the bottle, at its base. At the start of this week, less than 20 per cent of total registered pharmacies were regularised under the new system. Pharmacy industry cutting it close February 28 deadline looming for registering with Pharmacy Council

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H ANDS For Hunger has named the New Providence Development Company and Tommy Hilfiger as co-presenti ng sponsors for their Second Annual Paradise Plates fundraiser. Both companies have each donated $10,000 for the uniquee vent, which will feature an even larger array of gourmet food from celebrated chefs and restaurants in the Bahamas. H eld on Saturday, May 15 from 7pm – 11pm in the Atlantis Crown Ballroom, Paradise Plates will feature fine food and beverages, live enter-t ainment as well as a raffle and silent auction. Chefs will gather from across New Providence under one r oof to prepare their signature dishes, complemented by drink purveyors serving samples of wine, local beer and spirits. All proceeds will benefit H ands For Hunger, the nonprofit, food-rescue programme committed to the eliminationo f hunger and the reduction of food waste in the Bahamas. “The New Providence D evelopment Company is p leased to continue our spons orship of Paradise Plates,” said Rhys Duggan, president and C EO of the New Providence Development Company. Hands For Hunger fulfills a real need on the island by providing food to those who need it most. Starting a fledg-l ing non-profit is not a simple t ask. We have seen the impact that Hands For Hunger has had i n a short period of time. They have been successful and cont inue to expand and make a real difference in our community. Their approach of using f ood that would otherwise go to waste makes so much sense and we will continue to support their efforts.” P roprietor of Tommy Hilfiger (Bahamas ington said: ‘‘Tommy Hilfiger believes in taking a proactive stance and giving back to thec ommunity by working with and empowering young people who are trying to make a difference. I mpressed “I attended last year’s Paradise Plates and was impressed by the passion of youngB ahamians wishing to address an urgent need in this country – hunger. A hungry child can’t learn at school; a hungry person c an’t think properly to do their job. In a wealthy country such as the Bahamas, people should not go hungry. We are proud to support Hands for Hungera s a co-presenting sponsor. It is an amazing organisation doing great work for the goodo f the community and we hope more Bahamians support this great and urgent cause.” R osamund Roberts, who a long with Andrea Strommer, s erves as co-director of fundraising for the organisation a nd in charge of leading the event planning, said the genero us donations from New Providence Development Company and Tommy Hilfiger (Bahamast he costs of Paradise Plates. C hefs from many of Nassau’s finest restaurants are returning t his year to showcase their extraordinary food including: O ld Fort Bay Club; British C olonial Hilton; Lucianos; Mesa Grill; Nobu; Dune; The Patisserie; Van Brugels; Compass Point; Goodfellow Farms a nd Cacique to name a few. Other sponsors include: Atlantis, Pearle Vision, Mendoza Wine Imports and Creative Relations. All proceedsf rom Paradise Plates will go to Hands For Hunger and its food rescue programs. Each day, Hands For Hunger picks-up f resh, high quality food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to community centers, shelters, churches and soup kitchens throughout NewP rovidence. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Legal NoticeNOTICEGOLDEN BOREALIS VERA S.A.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofGOLDEN BOREALIS VERAS.A.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator New Providence Development Company, Tommy Hilfiger co-sponsor the Second Annual Paradise Plates TEAMING up for ‘Paradise Plates’, Hands For Hunger’s annual fundraiser are (l-r prietor of Tommy Hilfiger, Bahamas; Ashley Lepine, of Hands For Hunger and Rhys Duggan, president and CEO of the New Providence Development Company Limited.

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B y BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES THE Bahamas will host the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDBB oard of Governors’ Meeting during the week of May 16-21 at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. The CDB was established by an agreement signed on October 18, 1969, inK ingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member count ries in the Caribbean and p romoting economic cooperation and integration among t hem, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region. Dr Sharon Marshall, inform ation officer, CDB explained that the Bank has a v ery special relationship with t he Bahamas. “The very first meeting of the Board of Governors was h eld in the Bahamas, and at 1 0-year intervals the B ahamas very regularly hosts the meetings,” Dr Marshall s aid. This year’s meeting will bring together delegates fromt he Bank’s 17 borrowing m ember countries as well as d onors from around the world. The first scheduled event will be the Board of Directors meeting on Monday, May 17. The annual meeting of contributors to the Bank’s spe-c ial development fund, which is a concessionary fund for the borrowing members, will be held on Tuesday, May 18. Other events include the William G Demas Memorial Lecture and the opening cer-e mony for the Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting on Wednesday, May 19. The CDB will also host a youth forum called Vybzing Bahamas on Thursday, May 2 0. Angela Parris, manager of t he information services unit s aid that the main objective of Vybzing is to sensitise the youth about CDB’s mandate, r ole and function to young p eople in the Bank’s borrowi ng member countries. Ms Parris said the CDB in p artnership with the Ministry of Education and the InterA merican Institute for Coope ration on Agriculture will h ost an essay and poster comp etition as part of Vybzing Bahamas. The theme will be “Sustainable Agriculture for Regional Food Security” andi t will be opened to all senior secondary school students t hroughout the country. F irst place winners in both categories will have the chance to attend the Vybzing session in Nassau. The first place winners in both competitions will win a netbook, second place winners will receive an iPodN ano and third place winners will receive an iPod Shuffle. However, all participants will receive a prize, Ms Parris said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Legal NoticeNOTICEENRICHSTAR PACIFIC LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofENRICHSTAR PACIFIC LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICELEAD ASSOCIATES INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofLEAD ASSOCIATES INC. has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. 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INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICEPOWER MANAGEMENT HOLDING INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofPOWER MANAGEMENTHOLDING INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeN OTICEE-NEWS HOLDINGS INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofE-NEWS HOLDINGS INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.A RGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICEE-NEWS ASSETS INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofE-NEWS ASSETS INC.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICERUBY LILY LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofRUBYLILYLTD. has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICERIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution ofRIVERSIDE RESOURCES INC. has b een completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator Bahamas to host CDB’s 40th Annual Board of Governors Meeting INSURANCE COMMISSIONS staff members present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for the Haiti Relief Fund at their Charlotte House Office, Wednesday, February 17. Pictured presenting thec heque is Lorna Longley-Rolle, Legal Council (left B ahamas Red Cross. L etisha Henderson / BIS CHEQUEFORHAITIRELIEF

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THE International Underwater Explorer’s Society (UNEXSO a tive young minds to name two baby dolphins they welcomed to the Dolphin Experiencefamily in 2009. UNEXSO has launched a competition to find unique ‘Bahamian’ names for the two young calves born at the facility. All elementary schools t hroughout Grand Bahama are eligible to participate. Each class is being asked to collectively submit a name for consideration. Operations manager for the D olphin Experience Dr Robert Eiser said this way of naming t he dolphins has become tradit ion. “Most, if not all, our captive bred dolphins have been named by school children. It’s our way o f not only giving something back to the community, but a v ery special way of getting kids more involved with the Dolp hin Experience and possibly g enerating interest in marine life.” The dolphins at UNEXSO are currently named after Bahamian islands and Mr Eisers uggested that contest participants should stick with the B ahamian theme. General manager at UNEX S O Linda Osborne is excited to see what names students come up with. “Kids by nature are very creative. We are happy to give them an outlet to express their creativity and name our two bundles of joy at the same time,” she said. D olphins Taino and Robala are the proud mothers of the calves. Fourteen-year-old Taino gave birth to a healthy calf on September 24, 2009; she is the largest of the younger dolphinsat the Dolphin Experience. Robala, 28 years old, is the l argest female and had her baby one month later on October 23.The two babies bring the dolphin count at UNEXSO to 16. The Dolphin Experience’ neo-natal team has determined both calves are male, and that the mothers and babies are d oing well. The neo-natal team is comprised of the Dolphin Experi ence senior staff with specific personnel assigned to feed and care for each dolphin mother and calf. Besides looking after the dol phins, this team also has a hand in educating children about them. More than 1,000 kids from s chools throughout Grand Bahama have so far benefittedf rom the Dolphin Experience education programme. T he unique programme offers students a one-on-one encounter with the dolphins and teaches conservation. “UNEXSO and the Dolphin E xperience remain committed to educating children of all agesa bout our most valuable resource; the ocean and all creatures within it,” said Ms Osborne. “We hope that in ask ing the school children of G rand Bahama to help us name our newest additions at the Dolphin Experience, we pique their interest in marine mam mals. Several of our current d olphin trainers have come through local schools and wew ant to continue that tradition.” T he class with the winning baby dolphin names will receive a free dolphin encounter with group photo. All entries should be sent via e -mail to contest@unexso.com or via fax to 373-8956 attention: D olphin Experience. Each entry should include: Name of school, class and teacher, contact number, name they suggest and why they suggested it. D eadline for entries is March 31, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grand Bahama students to name baby dolphins U NEXSO’S j umping dolphins – Five well trained dolphins showing off their skills. ( Photo by Dr Robert Eiser) UNEXSO Dolphin Experience’ dolphins – mother Robala and her calf. ( Photo by Dr Robert Eiser) PROUD MOM Taino and her calf at UNEXSO’s Dolphin Experience – One of the younger dolphins at the Unexso Dolphin Experience, Tainoswims alongside her playful calf. P H O T O : D r R o b e r t E i s e r PLP LEADER Perry Christie speaks to PLP candidate for Elizabeth, Ryan Pinder, yesterday at a press conference at the PLP headquarters. GOLDENGATES MP Shane Gibson speaks to Perry Christie. ONLOOKERS at the PLP press conference. SCENESFROM YESTERDAY’S PLPPRESSCONFERENCE PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE PAGES 1 and 3

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 24/7 customer response team Comprehensive network of local and overseas providers International patient support Choice of benet optionsall of the abovegreat customer servicestartswithteamwork SALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-1300 A DIVISION OF A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating By GABRIELLE MISIEWICZ TRAVELLINGhas always been a great love of mine, and when I was younger I had grand dreams of learning at least seven languages and using them to facilitate settling for long periods in different parts of the world. This past semester I was able to live out a modified form of this dream – I spent fourth months in Ghana, a country on the coast of West Africa. Overall, it was an amazing semester, a time for great personal and academic growth. Aside from daily encounters that challenged me on a personal level, my course of study provoked me on an academic one. I thought it would be a g ood idea to write a few articles sharing my experience with whoever was willing to read about it, and so this article and the ones to follow are intended to examine a few aspects of my life abroad and how they have informed the way that I now view myself and the world. Like many people from the West Indies, I have often wondered about the people and cultures of Africa, because of the fact that the majority of our people are descendants of African slaves. At the University of Richmond, where I am currently in my third year of study, I have taken my interest in these historical and cultural links to another level – my scholarship focuses on the connection between Africa and the African Diaspora. Although my family was a little nervous when they heard of my plans to spend the semester in Ghana, I was beyond excited. One of my best friends at school is Ghanaian and over the course of our relationship, we have exchanged stories about our lives in our respective homelands. In fact, I think the similarities we’ve found between our cultures is one of t he reasons that we get along so well and was also an influ ence on my decision to study the connection between Africa and the Diaspora. I knew that living and study ing in Ghana was going to be at least a little different from the way my friend grew up and the life she described to me. This thought was confirmed when I read ‘mosquito net with internal frame’ and ‘water purification tablets’ on my packing list. It took weeks of preparation – I needed vaccinations, prophy lactic medications and lots of batteries in anticipation of ‘light off’. I did experience light off a few times while there, and it was just like what we know as ‘current off’ here. Actually, I’ve experienced worse power out ages at home than I did in G hana. There were many aspects of my semester in Ghana that were similar to life here, and in many ways I felt as though I had come to another home. When I arrived, the first thing that reminded me of home was the vegetation. G rowing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, and she would tell me the local names of plants and trees in her garden and point them out as we drove along the road. I knew that the climate in Ghana would be similar to that of the Bahamas, but I was still sur p rised when I recognised “match-me-if-you-can” bushes and “woman’s tongue” trees among others. Another thing that reminded me of home was the spirituality of Ghanaians. There were stick ers on the backs of taxis and mini-vans that proclaimed Goda s the driver’s “Redeemer” or warned people to “Repent”. Entrepreneurs named their businesses after key tenets of Christianity, such as “Forgive ness.” This was done regardless of the services that were offered. My personal favourites were “Blood of Jesus” – the n ame of a seamstress’s business and “Son’s of God Match Forward” – the name of a kiosk selling lotto tickets (incidentally, spelling and grammar mistakes were common and made for great jokes). There were many sights, sounds and smells that reminded me of home – I remember walking down the road on one occasion and smelling chicken souse and on another, curry, although I’m pretty sure I was hallucinating – but there were differences as well. One of the most noticeable was the culture of carrying goods on one’s head. Nothing could really have prepared me for this tradition. I anticipated perhaps seeing women with buckets of water or baskets of fruit on their heads, but I had no idea how prevalent using the head as a tool really was. Peo ple use their heads the way we use our shoulders or our hands. Furthermore, it's not only women, as I originally thought; men and children could also be seen with goods on their heads. Women and children usually carried food or water, while men carried objects like towels or flags. I know this must be a little hard to imagine, but peo ple sell everything you could think of on the street in Ghana, and if there is a way for them to get it on their head and thus move around with it, they will. The size or weight of the item has little to do with it either. I helped a lady remove a giant aluminium bowl of fish from her head and I nearly died in the process. It was incredibly heavy! Easily 50lbs. The tallest thing I saw on a person's head was about 3ft – a man was carrying what looked like a hamper of washcloths. The widest was a little over 2ft, and that was a suitcase. I did say suitcase, and the lady in question actually had two of them on her head. I tried walking with a bowl of tomatoes on my head in my host family's kitchen once and I could hardly stand up straight, much less think of moving. That really impressed upon me the skill and strength required to carry things on one’s head, and although I admire Ghanaians for being able to do so, it’s not really something I would like to do myself. There were many other small aspects of Ghanaian lifestyle that struck me throughout the semester. On their own they might be unimpressive, but when considered in concert they allowed me to see just how much our African ancestors have shaped our culture. Of course, this was something thatI knew beforehand, but actual ly being able to see it was incredible. See next week’s Tribune for the second installment of Gabrielle’s African journal: “Reflections of an (Almost Dreadlock Rasta Girl A journey to the centre of the Earth The first of four articles telling the story of Gabrielle Misiewicz’s African adventure SCENESFROMA F ESTIVAL t hat happened the firstw eekend we were in Ghana. It is held every year in celebration of the people who are fromC ape Coast. The man in the palanquin (below chief. THE STUDENTS on a trip to Shai Hills. The rugged terrain in this area protected its inhabitants from c apture during the slave trade. Gabrielle is standing on the far right in the red shirt. GABRIELLE overlooking the Mole National Park, where the group went in search of elephants (but didn’t see any A STREET SCENE from a market in Kumasi, the centre of the A sante kingdom.

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C M Y K C M Y K W OMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON KNOWN as the “silent thief”, glaucoma, a disease where the major nerve in the eye is damaged, poses a risk for everyone, and if not detect ed, or treated within a reasonable time frame can lead to complete lossof sight. Just as it is important to get a full body check up, it is equally as impor tant to get an annual eye checkup, as doing so increases the chance of nip ping things in the bud. Tribune Health spoke with Dr Kenneth Rodgers, an ophthalmolo-gist at Pearle Vision who said that while there is no sure way of preventing glaucoma, an annual eye examination can increase chances of catching the disease at a treatable state. Glaucoma is described by www.medicinenet.com “as a disease where the major nerve of vision, called the optic nerve becomes damaged. The optic nerve receives light from the retina and transmits impuls es to the brain that we perceive as vision. It is characterised by a par ticular pattern of progressive damage to the optic nerve that generally begins with a subtle loss of side vision (peripheral vision ma is not diagnosed and treated, it can progress to loss of central vision and blindness,” the website stated. There are two types of glaucomaopen angle glaucoma, and closed angle glaucoma. “Open angle glau coma is by far the most common type of glaucoma. Moreover, its fre quency increases greatly with age. This increase occurs because the drainage mechanism gradually may become clogged with aging. As a consequence, the aqueous fluid does not drain from the eye properly. The pressure within the eye, therefore, builds up painlessly and without symptoms,” the website explained. Elevated pressure in the eye is what actually leads to the damage of the optic nerve. And though the elevated pressure in the eye is one of main causes of the optic nerve becoming damaged, impairment can also occur within a normal eye pressure. “Open angle glaucoma is the most common glaucoma that is seen among people in the Caribbean, Dr Rodgers said. As mentioned before when it comes to glaucoma everyone is at risk for the disease. However there are some people who are at a greater risk than others. “People over the age of 65, persons who have a family history of glaucoma, those who take steroids, people who suffer from nearsightedness or persons who have been predisposed to chronic migraines,” Dr Rodgers explained. Although people at an elderly age are at risk, this is not to say that younger persons are in the clear. Glaucoma does not discriminate against age groups, since there have been instances where very young children have developed juvenile glaucoma. “Many think that this is something that does not happen but it does and it is a serious situation when a nine or ten year old is losing his or her sight,” he said. Unfortunately, there are no symp toms of glaucoma, and whenever persons do realise that something is wrong they have already begin to lose their vision. “At this point the disease is at a very far stage,” he said. While sight loss from the disease is irreversible, there are ways that the disease is treated that can prevent further damage to the eye. The first things used are eye drops and oral tablets. “After a few years or so some persons make the decision to get surgery done on the eye,” he said. Dr Rodgers encourages everyone to make the right health decisions in life. He said in order to patrol glaucoma one must get consistent eye examinations. “Live a healthy lifestyles, and do what it is that is needed to be done to ensure that your body is healthy. However if glaucoma is detected then I want to advise persons to listen to their prognosis and do as their doctor orders them to do. “If one is advised to take medica tion, continue with the medication since the majority of times when a person progress is slow is because they don’t take medication when advised to do so,” Dr Rodgers said. Glaucoma-The silent thief F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter r shearer@tribunemedia.net S OME of the women were more comfortable than I expected,” said F arreno Ferguson, a photographer, about an edgy photo shoot he has done for the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Suppor t Group. Acclaimed for his works of unconventional quality, Mr Fergusons ays the exhibit is one of his best. B reast Cancer strikes home, as his grandmother was diagnosed with the disease years ago and became a surv ivor at 73 years of age. It was a c onversation with a good friend in N ew York about his grandmother’s story that sparked the idea for Prett y In Pink, a photographic exhibi tion/auction and a high-end social networking event bringing aware-n ess to the ongoing fight against canc er. It was his personal experience with his grandmother’s fight with the disease that encouraged him to work with other survivors. Mr Ferguson’s conversation with a colleague birthed a vision for the Pretty in Pink promotional eventan exhibition of pictures he took of t he women from the support group. Most of them are long term sur vivors, at least 3-4 years. I t’s been said that the survivors h ave reinvented themselves in an edgy photo shoot by Mr Ferguson, to be revealed at his ‘Pretty In Pink’ e xhibit in the Buillon room at the British Colonial Hilton on February 26. S uperimposed with the six virtues he says breast cancer patients need in order to survive, is a peacefullooking female in the background, p hotographed from the collarbone up with a pink scarf donned on her head. She is in her 20’s. Why use this young model? Mr Ferguson says the reason was to encourage young women to have their breast cancers creenings, as they are not exempt from cancer either. At the main event on Friday, Mr F erguson says guests can expect a “visual overload.” The collection has the most images the photographer h as ever used in a series, to date. H e had a vision, a vision that is similar to the poster made for the big event. “Each of them used the pink scarf. I tried to use positions that they were comfortable with. We did different themes, like unity, strength, courage, determination, faith and love.” In total, there will be over 20 pieces at the show. More than 15 of the women are cancer survivors, and some are commercial models. figured that some of the women wouldn’t be totally comfortable with the ideas that I had in mind, so I invited commercial models that I w ould normally shoot to take those kinds of photos.” Ferguson says he wanted to make the show more diverse by taking photos of them in “new age photog raphy” looks. “Breast cancer strikes women who are in many cases the backbone of t he family; the wife, mother, aunt, and grammy,” said Andrea Sweet ing, the president of the Sister Sister B reast Cancer Support Group who likes to “give people another topic when she walks into a room.” “When I walk into a room, I would prefer for persons to look at me and see me for who I am and why I’m there instead of whispering ‘this woman has breast cancer’ and trying to figure out which breast I have off,” says Mrs Sweeting. “I’d prefer for them to know up front so that they have a new topic to talk about,” she told Tribune Health . “When I took those photos, I felt as though you can still look at me, and see that I am gorgeous.” “This is tremendous seeing that many of the survivors don’t know what it’s like to feel beautiful in their skin since being diagnosed with can c er. “I thought this would be something I could do that would count at the end of the day,” Mr Ferguson explained. Other stories of the survival include Maxcine Missick, who was initially diagnosed with breast cancer i n 2005. She later discovered that there was a tumor resting on a brain stem inside of her head, and learnedt hat she had to have surgery. Breast Cancer survivors often say they don’t get the kind of attention they need and deserve. Compared to foreign organisations which promote the cause, the Bahamas is no match for the kind of fanfare that they have, said Mrs Sweeting. To prepare himself for the photo shoot, Mr Ferguson sat through some of the support group meetings and shot a video about their stories and their tremendous struggle to beat the disease. The footage he has put together in the documentary film will show the process of capturing the pho tographs, and chronicle in the wom en’s own words their plight with the disease. I had emotional connections after meeting some of the ladies two weeks ago at their support group meeting. It helped me to figure out beforehand what they would be comfortable with in the photo shot,” he said. And some of them were more c omfortable than Mr Ferguson anticipated. He had a vision for each photo shot with the 15 ladies, av ision that is similar to the poster made for the big event. Some of the survivors were more comfortable than Ferguson had expected. In the photographs, a pink cloth is embodied by each subject. For some, Ferguson draped the cloth around the forehead letting the hair be exposed in tomahawk. Some of the subjects for the photo shot have lost their hair in chemotherapy treatments, and that has been a mountain that they have had to climb. Baldness is known to be the sign to the world that some thing is wrong, that breast cancer has struck your life. But even with baldness, or short hair, they have come to realise that t hey can still feel beautiful. “The pictures from the photo shot showed that you can drape yourself, and still look gorgeous,” said Mrs Sweeting This is the British Colonial Hilton’s tenth year anniversary, and i n lieu of the celebration they are highlighting health causes around t he nation. Funds from Pretty in Pink will go toward the expenses of the Sister S ister Breast Cancer Support G roup. One initiative that they h ave taken on is the distribution of port-a-caths, a device that is used to make administration of chemotherapy easier. Port-a-caths normally costs $750 f rom Doctors Hospital and the Cancer Society of the Bahamas sells t hem for $500. Sister Sister Breast C ancer Support Group donates the devices to women who can’t afford them. Some of them never saw thems elves doing something like this, and in turn they found new light in themselves, and all came away feel-i ng more comfortable in their own skin,” said Mr Ferguson. “There’s always that atmosphere o f fear every time you go for a c heckup or follow-up to your breast c ancer, even when you are in remission,” Mrs Sweeting. Breast cancer is just waiting for you to miss a treatment so that it could thrive all over again insidet he body.” The British Colonial Hilton hotel is celebrating its tenth anniversary,m arked by the recent $15 million renovation. Their way of giving back to the Bahamian community is to be charitable to organisations s upporting health causes around the country. They were excited and thankful f or the project, because it’s all to raise money for their cause. “They never saw themselves doing some-t hing like that,” he said. “Some of t hem saw new light in themselves, and all came away feeling more comfortable in their own skin.” G uests can expect to be visually stimulated during this awesome cel ebration of breast cancer survivors, s aid Mr Ferguson about the social n etworking event. The guest list is heavy with professionals, and local socialites. Theya re all excited and thankful for the project, which will raise money for breast cancer. There will be some performances by local artist, door prizes, and they will give out sapphire pendants. Ferguson got the idea for the “Pretty in Pink, I’m a Survivor” campaign while in New York having a “pink drink.” He says the colour, which is the colour for breast cancer inspired him, and he tied it all into the event that he is planning. It’s one that he hopes will yield many follow ups as part of a series he will present each year. A small donation of $20 is asked of attendees to help the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Sup port Group defray the cost of the exhibit. health B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e P I RETTY P INK N “I had emotional connections after meeting some of the ladies two weeks ago at their support group meeting. It helped me to figure out beforehand what they would be comfortable with in the photo shot.” FARRENO FERGUSON

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DO YOUthink it is possible to go through life and not be hit by the tidal waves of jealousy? Not to exper ience the explosive flame that oblite rates all rational thinking and transforms us into a whole different being. What does it mean when we feel gentle pangs over someone, butmassive physical turbulence for another? Does the degree of jealousy accurately reflect the depth ofl ove or connection to another human being? Or is it our past thoughts and experiences playing havoc with our minds? As loathsome and wretched as j ealousy makes you feel, it certainly i s not a state of mind that we would l ike to remain in. The wide range of emotions that it triggers may alter d epending on the circumstance. Feelings may involve anger, humiliation, betrayal, fear, abandonment, sorrow and envy. We may logicallyt ry and explain away some of the feelings but find it a losing battle as the remainder close the gap and consume us. Being blinded by jealousy often produces extreme behavior from obsessive vigilance to violence. We can see that with our own eyes andb arely need to be told that it is the l eading cause of wife battering and homicide. Are we to believe people when they say they are 'not a jealous person', or is it just a matter of control? One theory is that jealousy is 'wounded pride' producing an imma-t ure response. This is considered a c hildish reaction, and reflects a lack of self confidence and esteem. It is a reaction to the fear of loss. Other theorists say that it is in fact an evolved and necessary emotion caused by a threat to a valued relationship. Linking both these theor ies it would seem that the more insecure, dependent partner feels the more intense jealousy, because of the perceived loss. Many of us cringe at the memories o f instability and inability to control ourselves in those episodes of jeal-o usy. The neurotic following of our partners every action and the need to control can be explained scientifically. We know that women's brains are activated in the posterior superior temporal sulcus when there is a suggestion of sexual and emotional i nfidelity. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for the detection of intention, deception and trustworthiness. This explains why women are acutely sensitive to others, and often are labeled 'overly sensitive' or 'controlling'. M en's brains on the other hand a re stimulated in the testosterone rich areas in the amygdala and hypothalamus, which is involved in sexual and aggressive behavior. An extreme example of this is the practice of female circumcision, or mutilation, in order to control a woma n's sexual fidelity. Knowing this, we can see why men and women act differently when faced with greeneyed emotions. Provoking a little jealousy, particu larity at the beginning of a relationship, is often used as a test orm easure of future commitment. It lets you know how much your mate cares and considers you valuable. A little smile, name dropping or mild flirting can certainly increase your own desirability. However, it is a fine tight rope to walk and often has t he opposite desired effect. Certainly, having sex with someone in order to provoke jealousy rarely works. Men hold highly a woman's sexual fidelity and her desirability as a suitable mate is often determined by this. G o ahead and critique yourself a nd your relationship. Are you self assured and feel safe in your relationship? Or are you a person who moves quickly from one person to another in order to avoid any emotional involvement? Perhaps you fit some where in between the two e xtremes. Just remember that relationships are what makes life worth living and are worth all that you can invest. Margaret Bain is an individual and couples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. For appointments call 3647230 or e-mail her at relatebahamas@yahoo.com or www.relateba-h amas.blogspot.com. She is also available for speaking engagements. I MUST confess I cannot write about all garden produce with equal enthusiasm. The jujube, fori nstance, is a fruit I have never ever taken more than one of at a time.T he taste is far too musky for my liking but others seem to relish it. The Indian jujube (Ziziphus Mauritania) is native to China andis often spelled ju-ju or jube-jube. The tree grows well in The Bahamas in a wide variety of soils, even in marshy land. It is, however, a very unfriendly tree. The branches are covered with small but intensely sharp thorns that make fruit picking quite an adventure. The worst feature of the tree is displayed at flowering time. Jujube flowers are pollinated by flies and so they exude a scent that could only be attractive to flies andr esembles a compost heap that has gone sour. It would not be a goodi dea to grow jujube tree anywhere near your house – anywhere near civilisation as far as I am concerned. Jujube seeds seem to have a 25 per cent viability rate and the young trees are particularly attractive with their distinctive small veined leaves. The tree becomes less appealing is it ages. A lady once told me that I would love jujubes if I ate them pickled and she promised to make me some pickled jujubes. That was over ten years ago and I am glad to say she seems to have forgotten. The father of modern taxonomy was Carl Linnaeus. In the 18th century it was he who organised plants i nto that list we all had to learn at school: kingdoms, classes, orders, genera, species. He also started theb inomial nomenclature that allowed for positive identification of plants, based upon shared fea-t ures. I do not know what we would d o without binomial nomenclature because local and regional names often differ very widely. L innaeus had to be interested in names because his father diverted from regular Swedish naming to the Latin for linden. Later on Carl turned his first name to the Latin Carolus. Then he was celebrated as a genius and took on the title von Linn. A man who went through three name changes should give us confidence as to his naming system for plants (and creatures The importance of a scientific rather than colloquial name is demonstrated by a rather humble f ruit that is known as egg fruit, yellow sapote, mammee sapote, mammee supporter, canistel and ti-es.N o matter what common name you wish to know it by, its Linnaean name is Pouteria compechiana andt hat stops all arguments about i dentification. I like to call the tree and fruit ti-es because that name is used only in The Bahamas. T he ti-es tree is native to Central America. It is handsome and erect and grows to about 20 feet in The Bahamas. The fruit is like an upsidedown teardrop that contains two to four seeds. The flesh of the ti-es is yellow and starchy, almost like dried egg (for those old enough to remember such things) in texture but with an appealing sweetness. I have been told that if you mix the ripe pulp of ti-es with pound cake batter the resultant cake has better flavour and colour. J une plum (Spondas anarcardiaceae) goes under the names ambarella and otaheite apple andh as just finished its time of fruit production. The tree has pinnately compound s hiny leaves and despite it name f ruits from October to February. The fruit is kiwi-shaped and tends to fall off the tree while greena nd unripe. The skin later turns yellow and this is the time to eat. The flavour is like mango to some and pineapple to others. I think it has a very similar taste to ceriman. j.hardy@coralwave.com C M Y K C M Y K W OMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jujube and ti-es GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack Jealousy W OMEN & SEX B y MAGGIE B AIN (ARA You may chalk up that flutter in your chest to too much rich food, or think that your heart occa sionally skips a beat in response to stress at work.For most people, such irreg ularities are harmless. But if your irregular heart rhythms are combined witha diagnosis of heart failure, they can be serious -and ignoring them may make your condition worse. Your heart is essentially a powerful electric pump. If a breakdown occurs in the heart's complex internal communication system, it can cause your heart to beat irregularly. It's possible for healthy people to experience occasional irregular heart beats. But if you already have heart problems, you shouldbe aware of the symptoms of an irregular heart beat. On its Web site www.abouthf.org, the Heart Failure Society of America points to these common symptoms of an irregular heart beat: * If your heart skips a beat, flutters or pounds in your chest. * You experience dizziness or feel "light-headed." * You experience sudden shortness of breath not relat ed to physical exertion. * You feel inexplicably weak from time to time. * You faint or suddenly lose consciousness. If you regularly experience these symptoms, see your doctor. In order to diagnose your condition, your doctor will likely start with an elec trocardiogram (ECG monitors electrical activity in your heart. If the ECG doesn't explain your irregular heart rhythm, your doctor may next ask you to wear a Holter Monitor, a small, portable device He'll also ask you to keep a diary of your symptoms while wearing the monitor. There are several other tests that can help diagnose heart rhythm problems. Talk to your doctor about what's best for you. If tests show that you have a heart rhythm problem, you may not necessarily need treatment. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan for you if the problem requires treatment. This plan may include medicines such as blood thinners that help prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke, an implantable device like a pacemaker or defibrillator to help regulate your heart beats, or even surgery. You can take some steps to minimise the impact of your irregular heart rhythm. Check with your health care provider before taking any over-the-counter medica tions, including nutritional supplements. Immediately tell your doctor if you expe rience muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, unusual fatigue or weakness or a dry mouth these can indicate a potassium imbalance that can make your heart problems worse. If you smoke, quit, and reduce your alcohol consumption. Exercise under the guidance of your doctor; don't start any exercise pro gram until you've consulted with him or her. You can learn more about irregular heart rhythms and heart failure at www.abouthf.org, the Web site of the Heart Failure Society of America. Courtesy of ARAcontent When an irregular heartbeat should send you to the doctor

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE Japanese's equivalent to Caribbean carnival. With only one word to describe it awesome! For about 4 days Tokushima isr ocking with people from everywhere bouncing to the same tune. The difference with this one as opposed to some other street festivals is that it is completely free to w atch, I did not see one single p oliceman, there was no gap between groups, everyone keeps on dancing and you could walk around with glass bottled beer. I was like whoa total culture c hock!! The groups basically wear t he same kind of outfits and the w omen in the group wear the exact s ame outfit. My Asian friend told u s to come and watch her dance but we realised that would be an imposs ible feat early on. To find your Asian female friend who is dressed exactly like 50 other women in her group from the hat right down tot he shoes is seriously like trying to find a needle in a haystack. We never did find her. A nother thing that got me about A wa Odori is that amidst all that action, music, beautiful costumes etc. some people were taking a pict ure of me! It didn't happen every t wo seconds but it happened enough times for me to mention. This photographer was taking a p icture of a stall so I naturally moved out of the way. When I moved she put her camera away. Japanese people asked me to take a picture so I naturally assumed that they wanted for me to take a picture o f them but they wanted me to be in t heir picture. This random guy started to talk to my friend and asked if he could take a picture of me and asked where I was from. There was a part when people from the crowd c ould join in to dance. So I joined in and two photographers came and just started to snap before I could think. I am like dang if they like this for big eyed short me what would they d o if they saw Halle Berry? I asked my friend if my shirt was on backwards or something. And she said no it's rare to have lighter s kinned black people here (whateve r that means) so people take pictures. Shoots, if I had known that Iw ould have been charging a fee per s hot to help me pay for this new Ipod that I've been eyeing. M y summer vacation I n August my friend from Singap ore, her boyfriend from Czech Republic and my friend from France came to visit and we went exploring Japan together. One question thoughwhy is that n o matter what nationality, age or race men REFUSE to ask for directions?????????? Seriously, if you know then please tell me. A couple o f times we wanted to go somewhere and there was a tourist office two steps away or a tour guide that was in arms reach and they justw anted to follow the map and not ask. Seriously! (insert rolling eyes here). But we had a fabulous time no doubt. Went to Osaka which is a h uge city and where everyone looks l ike an anime character. Kyoto which is very old Japan complete with a million and one temples and shrines (I think we saw them alla nd few other places by car which h ad beautiful scenery. In Japan they have different s tyles of accommodation as opposed to only hotels like in Western Culture. Manga Cafe You rent out a space like a computer and desk for s everal hours to rest any where from 1 hour to the whole night. You know how you sometimes wish that you can go to sleep at your desk at work? Well here you can with nof ear of your boss looking over your s houlder. Capsule hotels It is as the name s uggests you sleep in a capsule (by yourself). I loved it. Kind of creepy (but cheap you have claustrophobia this is not the place for you. R yokin Traditional Japanese h otel with tatami mat (Japanese carpet) no beds only futons that you pull out (very comfortable they serve you traditional Japaneseb reakfast which is basically what we w ould eat at Christmas dinner. Rice, fish, meat, tofu and the list goes on. I went directly to the gym after my vacation. Ok OK not entirely true I went a week later. Awa Odori!!! By COFFI M C PHEE N EWS FROM JAPAN C o u r t e s y o f c i t y . t o k u s h i m a . t o k u s h i m a . j p / P h o t o FOR about 4 days Tokushima is rocking with the Awa Dance.

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C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 B y JEFFARAH GIBSON W HEN it comes to Caucasian hair, cut and colour are e verything! Retro styles like classic finger waves or short bob cuts can be super hot. There are many sty les women can wear no matter what hair type they have. If y ou want to “rock it out”, giving the punk hairstyles a try or fringe boyish inspired trims, the ball is in your court, just make sure you select a cut that will suit your personal flair. "Its really more of the hair cut when i t comes to Caucasian hair. When the hair is shaped in a way that compliments the features of the face managing it will be breeze," Inger King profess ional stylist at Hair Team told T ribune Woman . Women with long straight hair can s pruce things up by adding a little color bringing out that extra edge. “If a person wears their hair straight t he majority of the time, to change things up a bit they can get low lights or highlights and add a few curls for a little bounce and volume,” Princess Knowles stylist at The Plaza Beauty Spot & Nail Spa said. Also women with naturally straight hair can get a different look by just one squeeze of a bottle. “Products like Paul Mitchell sculpting lotion can do the hair very good. It allows versatility and can give straight hair that ‘scrunch’ or wavy look. It holds firm so you don’t have to worry about losing your waves,” Ms Knowles explained. Short cuts can also be a good choice making a bold statement that will unleash your inner sexy at the same time. And despite what many may think, you can get multiple looks withhair this length. Even though short cuts are not for everyone, there is a chance you may find a short style compliments your fea-tures more than a longer one. For instance a short boy cut might hit the nail on the head, accentuating your eyes and lips, while framing the face. Or get a messy cut that appears tobe unkempt but is contrasted graceful ly with an elegant sweep bang. Short choppy cuts can add a lot of definition. “Short cuts are very nice since they accentuate the physical features of the face and allow for detailed texture of the hair,” Ms Knowles said. A fter getting a cut, maintaining the style should involve washing regularly, and using the proper hair care products that will keep the hair looking and feeli ng great. "Products are also very important because one should use a product thatp rotects the hair,” Ms King said. Since people with this hair type often wash more regularly than others, MsK ing said that while using a quality blow dryer is a good idea, allowing the hair to dry naturally so that you don’t lose that extra shine can give your hair that perfect glow. “If one decides to blow dry then they should use a hair seal to protect it from the heat. However I would suggest persons allow their hair to dry by itself to prevent breakage," Ms King explained. If you ever thought about extensions as way of doing things different, Ms Knowles recommends avoiding bonding agents, or getting the extensions sewn in, because it is difficult to wash the hair , also the hair damages considerably by bonding agents. She explained: “If the extensions are bonded to the hair and it is removed before it gets loose then this can result in complete loss of the hair follicle. When the hair follicle is lost then that particu lar portion of the hair will not grow back,” Ms Knowles said. “When it comes to getting the hair sewn in, I would suggest that be done for a short period. This is because this type of hair is soft and getting hair sewn in requires braids and it will not last at all,” Ms Knowles said. Face shape, and skin tone is key when it comes to selecting a style and hair colour. But before you make that step research, look at different hair magazines and consult professionals so that you get the most out of your look. HAIR 2010 TRENDSFOR “Short cuts are very nice since they accentuate the physical features of the face and allow for d etailed texture of the hair.” Princess Knowles