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Publication Date: December 5, 2009
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THERE have been 532
reported armed robberies in
the Bahamas this year,
police statistics have
And that figure is just the
number of incidents between
January and August.
Since then, the number of
armed robberies has
increased dramatically.
Police were unable to
release statistics for the third
However The Tribune's
archived reports indicate
that over the past four weeks
there have been more than
30 reported armed robberies
in the capital alone.
The most notable,
involved 18 tourists who
were robbed at gunpoint
while on a Segway tour of
BASH's Earth Village last
Carmichael Business
League president Ethric
Bowe said he is disappoint-
ed, but not surprised by the
astounding figure.
He said: "The feeling we
have in Carmichael is that
things are getting worse. It
seems as if every day there is
at least one armed robbery,
but it's not just Carmichael,
it's all over New Providence.
"It does not look good, it
does not feel good, and we
have got to fix it.
"I think we really need to
have a serious approach to
crime around here right now,
there's just too much poli-
tics and it's only destroying
the country.
"We are very active and
we are pushing that some-
thing can be done; it's not
an impossible situation.
"But crime is killing com-
"We are affected from
different ends because
they're killing our customers,
and potentially us as well.
"A policeman right now is
a big target, business own-
ers are big targets, and we
are just sitting ducks."
Meanwhile, police say

they are questioning a 24-
year-old man in connection
with the shooting of Corpo-
ral 2547 Shadrack Kelly on
Thursday night.
According to police press
liaison officer Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings, it was
around 7.45pm on Thursday
when Cpl Kelly reported
that he was shot while at
Che' Che' Convenience
Store, Adderley Street, Fox
When police arrived at
the scene, they were
informed by a store employ-
ee that two men dressed in
dark clothing and armed
with handguns entered the
store and demanded cash.
The robbers took an unde-
termined amount of cash
and attempted to flee the
Cpl Kelly, however,
unaware of the robbery, was
outside the store as the gun-
men left. They immediately
opened fire on Cpl Kelly,
shooting him in the buttocks.
The injured officer was tak-
en to hospital for treatment.
He has since been allowed
to go home.
Less than two hours later,
police received reports of
another armed robbery at
the Sand Bar, Coral Har-
Police say they were alert-
ed at around 9.33pm on
Thursday. An employee of
the establishment reported
that a man wearing a white
T-shirt and blue jeans had
entered the bar armed with a
handgun and demanded
The gunman was given an
undetermined amount of
cash and then fled the area
on foot, reportedly in a west-
erly direction.
Head of the Central
Detective Unit Superinten-
dent Ellsworth Moss said
yesterday that police are
increasing patrols on the
streets among several other
operations to curb crime this
holiday season.

MINNIE MOUSE shares a moment with students from Stapledon School yesterday. Minnie, along with fellow cartoon friends Chip
'n' Dale, brought the students DVDs and posters to mark the festive season.

Amnesty concerned over 'apparent inaction'

of the Bahamas towards 2008 report issues

OFFICERS from the Central Detec-
tive Unit have arrested a man in con-
nection with the murder of Bahamasair
pilot Lionel McQueen.
Marvin Coleby, 31, was taken into
custody yesterday afternoon after a
search warrant was conducted on a
house in the Kennedy area.
Police say they found a number of
weapons including an AK47 assault
rifle, a .38 revolver, ammunition and a
bullet-proof vest.
An assortment of suspected stolen
jewellery was also discovered.
Two women, Genear McKenzie, 20,
and Rhonda Knowles, 19, have already
been charged with the murder of Mr
McQueen. They are awaiting trial.
Mr McQueen was found dead in his
Golden Palms Estates home on Sunday,
September 20. He had been shot sever-
al times.

HUMAN rights group Amnesty Inter-
national has expressed concern by the
"apparent inaction" of the Bahamas gov-
ernment towards any of the issues tabled
in the 2008 report published earlier this
The report tabled concerns over the
death penalty, domestic violence and
migrant's rights, and provided sugges-
tions towards restoring the country's
commitment to promoting and protect-
ing human rights.
Commenting on the police and secu-
rity forces, the report stressed: "The lack
of an independent body to investigate
allegations of ill-treatment involving
police officers undermined confidence
in due process."
Yesterday, Amnesty International
spokesman R. E. Barnes named the alle-
gations surrounding the deaths of Patrick
Strachan and excessive force used on
Emmanuel McKenzie as two examples
of inaction towards the report, as the
organisation is unaware of any conclu-
sion to either investigation.

He also criticised Government's
refusal to release reports on the
Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
Amnesty International calls on Gov-
ernment to:
Repeal all provisions allowing for the
SEE page seven

Claims of people
impersonating BTC
workers to rob homes
THE TRIBUNE received uncon-
firmed reports last night that people
are impersonating BTC workers to
gain access to homes and rob the occu-
A source, who said this occurred to
her family member yesterday, warned
that the culprits will "say that they are
responding to your call for service."
The Tribune was unable to contact
the police for comment before press
time last night.



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Tribune Staff Heporter
A NEW entrance to the US departures lounge
marking the removal of a second security screening
station was officially opened by Tourism and Avi-
ation Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace yes-
The Minister celebrated the removal of what he
said was one of the most annoying things in his
life and welcomed the smoother process for those
travelling to the United States who will now have
more time to enjoy the airport's improved facilities
before boarding their flights.
SEE page seven





Teenager appears in court

accused of spree of thefts

man accused of commit-
ting a spree of thefts was
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Elshade Ferguson of
Ragged Island Street
appeared before Magis-
trate Ancella Williams in
Court 6, Parliament Street,
charged with five counts of
It is alleged that on Mon-
day, November 30, Fergu-
son stole a $150 I-Pod, a
2004 Jeep Grand Chero-
kee, and a $229 Samsung
digital camera belonging
to Miriam Johnson.
It is also alleged that on
the same day, Ferguson
stole from a Honda
Odyssey, $350 cash, a $350
I-Pod, a $239 digital cam-
era and a $300 Motorola
cell phone, the property of
Albert Johnson.

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He is also accused of
stealing a 2000 Ford
Truck, a Nokia cell phone,
an I-Pod and an LG cell
phone, together valued at
$4,874 and the property of
Desyne Smith.
It was further alleged
that on November 30, Fer-
guson stole from a 1994
Ford Expedition jeep a
cellular phone and an 800
watt amplifier together
valued at $775.
Court dockets also state
that the accused stole from
a 1999 Nissan Sunny a
$305 Nikon camera and
$310 cash belonging to
Careen Higgins.s
Ferguson pleaded not
guilty to the charges and
was granted bail in the
sum of $5,000 with one
The case was adjourned
to May 12, 2010.


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Vehicle emissions could

soon come under control

Tribune Staff Reporter
VEHICLE emissions and
the quality of fuel imported
into the Bahamas could be
controlled within a year
through a multi-agency gov-
ernment effort, Minister of
Environment Earl Deveaux
Mr Deveaux hopes the
Road Traffic Department
will be able to test the pol-
lutants emitted by buses,
trucks and cars to improve
the air quality in New Prov-
idence and throughout the
Bahamas within a year.
But first the quality of fuel
being brought in will be con-
trolled by testing to ensure it
meets certain standards to
be se by the Department of
Environmental Health.
Mr Deveaux said: "The
Department of Environ-
mental Health has been
issued a mandate to beef up
the emissions control for the
Bahamas, but that has to
start with the quality of fuel
we are getting here.
"We have to make sure
we are buying the cleanest
fuel; this will also have a
price implication. Once we
get the standard of fuel we
will deal with the emis-
The departments of Envi-
ronmental Health, Public
Health and Road Traffic will
work together on clean air
issues and affect changes on
the ground within 12
months, Mr Deveaux hopes.
He said: "Getting the job
done at every stage in the
play is the right thing to do,
and easy thing to do, but it
very rarely happens.
"We are about a year
away from testing the fuel

quality issues and then we
will begin to reduce some of
the emissions. We are doing
a research project on that
Mr Deveaux is committed
to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions in the Bahamas as
the country is the third
biggest polluter of the Sov-
ereign nations, behind only
Jamaica and the Dominican
And this pollution poses
a serious threat to the tourist
driven economy which relies
on a reputation of pristine
beaches, clear water and
blue skies.
Mr Deveaux said: "We
have fair and transparent
standards for clean air, and
we will put the testing sys-
tems at Road Traffic inspec-
tions, because fundamental-
ly we are of the perception
that as a tourist economy,
clean air, a green environ-
ment and a healthy environ-
ment, makes us special and
unique and we seek to pro-
tect that."
Mr Deveaux has further
plans to make New Provi-
dence completely indepen-

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT Earl Deveaux hopes the Road Traf-
fic Department will be able to test the pollutants emitted by bus-
es, trucks and cars.

dent of fossil fuels within 15
years despite being nearly
100 per cent dependent on
them today.
His Ministry and associ-
ate companies are working
to create an integrated elec-
tricity grid and central stor-
age facility for the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation
(BEC) to draw on sources
of power from renewable
resources such as waste,

wind, water, wave, and solar
As power provisions
change from fossil fuels to
natural, renewable and exist-
ing sources of energy, BEC
emissions from power plants
will also be controlled, Mr
Deveaux said.
To find out more log on
to and
download The National
Energy Policy.

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Man beaten

and stabbed

multiple times
A MAN was taken to hos-
pital after being beaten and
stabbed multiple times on
Thursday night.
Police say they were alert-
ed about the incident at
around 7pm. The victim told
police that while walking on
5th Street, Coconut Grove,
he was approached by a
group of men in a champagne
coloured car.
An argument followed and
the man said he was beaten
and stabbed multiple times.
The victim was taken to
hospital where he is listed in
stable condition.
* AN anonymous tip led
to the police seizure of a .22
pistol early Friday morning.
Police say that some time
around 1.43am, an anony-
mous caller reported that
shots were being fired the
area of Faith Avenue, off
Carmichael Road.
When they arrived at the
scene, officers saw a man
wearing blue jeans and a gray
shirt, allegedly acting in a sus-
picious manner. The officers
conducted a search and dis-
covered the pistol.
Investigations are contin-

COB denies claims of

'fiscal irregularities'

THE College of the
Bahamas said it completely
denies claims of "fiscal irregu-
larities" at the country's top ter-
tiary institution.
This comes after faculty
union representatives called on
the government to conduct a
"forensic review" of the
accounts of the college over the
last decade, as they claim trou-
bling reports about the use of
funds are beginning to surface
In a press conference at their
office on COB's campus, the
Union of Tertiary Educators of
the Bahamas (UTEB) told The
Tribune that the college is
struggling with a plethora of
issues at the moment.
According to UTEB presi-
dent Jenny Isaacs-Dotson,
these include hiring policies
which require a candidate to
have a PhD, a possible mould
infestation in some buildings,
the spike in crime on the cam-
pus, and the lack of "fiscal pru-
dence" on behalf of the college.
Professor Felix Bethel said
that the college's Chapter One

Book Store is a prime example
of this last problem.
"One of our senior accoun-
tants told me that when they
look at the electricity bill alone
for the Chapter One Book
Store ... it is the literal equiva-
lent of money burning. It costs
tens of thousands of dollars to
keep the lights on in an estab-
lishment where there are no
"There are no customers
because someone said 'Let us
pretend that we have a univer-

sity bookstore where persons
are buying the books'. Well
they are not buying the books,
or the Starbucks coffee," he
Union members at the meet-
ing also called for the college
management to name the own-
ers of the buildings for which
the institution pays an "exor-
bitant amount" in rent to house
various offices off campus.
Moving on to discuss crime,
work conditions, and student-
teacher safety, Dr Bethel said:

"The health of workers on this
campus is being compromised
and nobody cares. It is an
absolute disgrace. We have
mentioned that the campus is
crime ridden, and our young
people are fearful for their safe-
ty. Security guards have been
beaten on campus.
"And for the record, we can
and should underscore the
point that for the past few years
that (College President) Janyne
Hodder has been here, she has
been given a honeymoon by the
media and the images that you
are getting about what is going
on at the college is absolutely
false," he said.
Dr Bethel challenged the
media to take a tour of the
campus with union executives
and college representatives to
see for themselves the condi-
tions under which many staff
members must work
"Ask them to accompany
you as you walk through the

rubble," he said. "Ask them to
walk with you as you walk
through the space here that is
supposed to be a library, which
appears to be sucking all of the
resources into itself. I don't
know what colour they are
going to paint it, but I hope
they paint it white, because it is
a white elephant."
Dr Bethel said reporters
should compare the offices of
the president and her staff to
the rooms which lecturers and
students are forced to use.
"Visit their offices, see how
palatial they are. Understand
that there are no bees, there is
no mould, the air-condition is
working all the time. The tea
lady does her work properly.
They are living in boardrooms
that look like any you can find
anywhere in any great univer-
sity in the world. But by the
same token, visit any one of our
SEE page seven

UTEB president hoping for 'substantive negotiations'

Tribune Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT of the Union of Ter-
tiary Educators Jennifer Isaacs-Dot-
son said she hopes that "substantive
negotiations" on a new industrial
agreement for COB faculty can begin
when UTEB meets with college man-
agement in two weeks.
Mrs Dotson was speaking after
UTEB's first meeting with college offi-
cials since the majority of the faculty
voted to take strike action last month.
She said: "We did meet with the col-
lege today and the director and deputy
director of labour sat in on the meet-
ing. The Ministry of Labour is actively
involved in the negotiation process
right now.
"It was really just a meeting to get
some information about some things

they had submitted but hopefully when
we go back to the table again we can
get some things accomplished," Mrs
Dotson told The Tribune yesterday.
"We will head back to the negotiat-
ing table on December 16. We had a
number of questions, we needed to
clear the air and we did that today.
That was basically it. We are hoping
that when we go back on December
16, we can get some things truly
accomplished," Mrs Dotson said.
UTEB has been in protracted nego-
tiations with COB since February 2009
and has filed a number of general trade
To date the union has signed only
one clause of a new industrial agree-
ment which covers union dues. Among
other things, the union is fighting for a
pension plan and to keep their existing
healthcare plan.
The union claims it is also fighting


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against: "bad faith" bargaining on the
part of COB; a requirement that fac-
ulty members have a PhD; the deci-
sion that study leave will not be avail-
able to Bahamians on contract; non-
faculty status for librarians, counsel-
lors and researchers; an arbitrary pro-
motions process; changing of the cri-
teria and qualifications for promotions;
and failure to pay the number of
agreed upon increments to those pro-
moted and returning home with
advanced degrees.
College officials have said COB
remains committed to carrying on the
negotiation process.
"Right now we have not decided
anything in relation to the strike vote
and we are proceeding with exams. We
are not disrupting anything right now,
however, I cannot say if that will
change come January," Mrs Dotson

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Obama borrows Soviet's Afghan endgame

MOSCOW (AP) - The U.S.-led war in
Afghanistan bears ominous similarities to the
disastrous Soviet war there 20 years ago,
when a modern army was humbled by small
guerrilla bands and the invaders struggled to
prop up an unpopular government in Kabul.
But comparisons like these, often cited by
critics of President Barack Obama's planned
surge, have emphasized similarities while
ignoring key differences in the position of
the Soviet Union then and the U.S. and
NATO today. A close reading of history sug-
gests there is still a chance that the allies can
succeed where the Soviet Union failed.
While more than 850 members of the U.S.
military have died as a result of the U.S. inva-
sion of Afghanistan in 2001, those losses still
represent a fraction of 14,500 Soviet deaths in
Moscow's Afghan adventure.
During the 10 years the U.S.S.R. fought in
Afghanistan, the country was a Cold War
battleground, pitting a Kremlin-backed athe-
ist government against Muslim fighters clan-
destinely supported by the U.S., Pakistan,
Iran, China and Saudi Arabia.
By the late 1980s, the U.S. and the others
were supplying the rebels with everything
from transport mules to advanced weaponry,
including the Stinger anti-aircraft missiles
that played a crucial role in neutralizing Sovi-
et air power.
Today the Western allies face an insur-
gency in Afghanistan that is largely home-
grown and self-financed, in part through opi-
um production. No government in the world
publicly supports the Taliban.
Dark assessments of the West's chances in
Afghanistan typically dwell on Moscow's set-
backs while ignoring its successes, including
the creation of a relatively stable Afghan
government and a 300,000-strong army.
Afghanistan's Communist regime defied
all predictions and outlasted the Soviet Union,
collapsing only after post-Soviet Russia halt-
ed massive economic aid.
In the current conflict, militants have
turned parts of Pakistan into sanctuaries, as
they did during the Soviet war. But unlike
the Soviets, the U.S. has been able to extend
its airpower into these ungoverned regions.
The U.S. has alienated many Afghans
through its bombing raids, which have caused
numerous civilian casualties.
But U.S. and Western troops have trod far
more lightly than Soviet military forces, some
of whom robbed farmers, looted markets and
used air power indiscriminately, sometimes
wiping out villages. Russian veterans of the
Soviet Afghan war have long predicted that
the U.S.-led battle against the Taliban was
doomed, based on their own experience fight-
ing among the arid peaks of the Hindu Kush.
But these judgments perhaps are coloured
by bitterness over the Soviet defeat.
While mindful of Soviet failures, Western
forces have been slow to learn from Moscow's

Kabul's Kremlin-backed Communist
regime was generally brutal, corrupt and
represented a small minority of the popula-
But the Afghan Communist leaders
arguably had far more control of their coun-
try than the government of President Hamid
After the mid-1980s the Soviet Union
implemented a strategy of securing cities and
the roads between them, strengthening the
central government's grip.
And to some extent this approach worked,
creating islands of stability where the gov-
ernment could run schools and hospitals,
organize police and train soldiers.
Older residents of Kabul recall that the city
was safer during the era of the Soviet occu-
President Obama's plan for ending the
U.S.-led war against the Taliban bears a strik-
ing resemblance to former Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev's scheme for ending his
country's Afghan war 20 years ago.
After Gorbachev took power in 1985, he
authorised a surge in military forces. But he
gave his generals a year to win the war. After
that, he warned, they would have to with-
Obama on Tuesday proposed a similar
strategy, calling for 30,000 additional Amer-
ican troops, bringing the U.S. total to nearly
100,000. But he also said troop withdrawals
would begin in the summer of 2011.
Gorbachev's exit from what he called "our
bleeding wound" took four years instead of
one and cost the lives of an additional 7,000
Russian soldiers.
But the government they left behind hung
on for another 1 1/2 years, and might have
survived far longer with international sup-
So if the parallels between the U.S.-led
Afghan war and the Soviet defeat there aren't
as simple as they seem, why isn't the U.S.
winning in Afghanistan?
Some blame the lack of a clear strategy or
commitment on the part of Washington.
"I think that we spent eight years under
the Bush administration just wasting time
and making things worse," said Gregory
Feifer, author of "The Great Gamble: The
Soviet War in Afghanistan."
Feifer said he is concerned it could be too
late to reverse eight years of failed U.S. mil-
itary policies. But, he added, "I do believe
we've taken a big step in the right direction."
Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent mili-
tary analyst based in Moscow, said the West-
's military advantage over the guerrillas
should not be underestimated.
"It's a much better situation for the U.S.
than it was for the Russians," he said. "And
that makes it at least theoretically winnable."
(This article was written by Douglas Birch,
The Associated Press' Moscow bureau chief).

Transparency and


EDITOR, The Tribune.

THIS has to be asked,
Editor, as it seems journal-
ists constantly accept as fact
1000 per cent true anything
that is double spaced and
typed clearly as gospel.
I congratulate your Paul
Turnquest on his lands story,
probably the first exposure
article for years of substan-
tial consequence. He, Turn-
quest, should be encour-
Why is Government so
frightened to establish a
Freedom of Information Act
is beyond me - they talk
and talk about opening the
air waves but still hold
everything "secret" when it
comes to Government.
Ship Registry - here is
another story where obvi-
ously the journalists have
swallowed the story told by
the Bahamas Maritime
Okay, The Bahamas is
No. 4 and is on the board
but what does the Treasurer
earn from all of this - is it a
state secret? Can someone
A certain popular mega
store talks about having
100,000 customers a month,
but his sales increased 50 per
cent...I know we are not too

good with maths, but really
the journalists should be
asking probing questions as
this so-called mega outlet
should have 100,000 cus-
tomers a week times an
average of say $40.00 to real-
ly be taking inroads in the
competition $4 million in
gross sales a week).
A News Presenter on a
TV Channel seems to have
amnesia as to the accuracy
of news - he keeps on
mentioning that the Baha
Mar project is actually going
to happen - I only wish, so
do the 30,000 plus out of
work Bahamians.
Ragged Island signing of
the Road and Harbour
agreement - just why did
this gaggle of ministers have
to travel to Ragged Island
to sign the Agreement -
what was the cost as obvi-
ously they had to go by char-
Christmas Carnival at the
Sports Centre - was totally
surprised under the eco-
nomic situation we are in
and the obvious that the
Central Bank must wish to

retain as much foreign cur-
rency for essentials that
Government agreed to bring
in the Carnival. Notwith-
standing this factor surely
with all the stabbing going
on and robberies, this is
another headache for the
police to have to deal with
from now till the otherside
of New Year?
The Lighting of the
Christmas Tree - surely
that was over kill? Over two
Charity and civic pro-
grammes - we have annu-
ally many of both and we
rarely, with the exception of
the properly organized ones,
ever see their accounts. I am
reasonably sure that a regis-
tered Charity or Not for
profit group is required to
prepare Audited Accounts.
I am concerned as to the
practice of so many civic
groups - they seem to set
up, raise funds from the
business world around town
and the ever giving people
and there is zero account-
ing. It is time for trans-
parency and accountability.
Ministry of Finance please

December 3, 2009.

The new chairmen

of the FNM and PLP

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THANK you for printing
this column in your paper as
I believe that its contents are
very relevant to what is
going on in The Bahamas
Now that the two major
political parties have had
their convention, it is only
fitting for the Bahamian peo-
ple to closely examine what
lies ahead for us in the next
general elections.
As was expected, both Mr.
Ingraham and Mr. Christie
were elected leader of their
respective party, although
there are those amongst us
who believe that Dr. Not-
tage would have been a
much better leader than Mr.
There is a growing con-
cern in the country, espe-
cially among young people,
that Mr. Christie is too laid
back to be an effective
Most, if not all, about Mr.
Christie is talk. As for Dr.
Nottage, he is focused, pre-
pared, and knowledgeable
of the facts and his criticisms
of the government is con-
structive. The PLP lost a
golden opportunity by not
electing Dr. Nottage.
The real test of the parties
lies with their chairmen. Mr.
Bethel is 48 and Mr. Roberts
is almost 68, twenty years his
senior, which is an interest-
ing point. As for Mr.
Roberts he is boisterous,
loud, and has no regard for
what he says. His brand of

politics worked well in the
1940s, where the masses
were uninformed and uned-
ucated. Their exposure to,
and knowledge of life were
confined to their conditions.
What Mr. Roberts needs to
realise, and he should do so
sooner rather than later is
that 65 per cent of the popu-
lation is younger than 35,
and his brand of politics is
not appealing to us.
We are more interested in
where we are going, and
how, and what kind of
Bahamas we are going to
have 20 years from now. Mr.
Roberts' mandate as he said
is to dismantle the FNM.
This is foolishness, the FNM
is an entrenched party that is
not going anywhere any time
soon, and if this is Roberts'
mandate, what if he fails?
What is his plan "B", will he
hang himself, turn to drugs
or alcohol, or simply vanish
from the political scene?
Roberts needs to know these
kind of statements have con-
sequences. Does he not
believe in democracy? The
majority of Bahamians voted
for the FNM and for
Roberts to believe, or to be
so stupid and say that he is
mandated to undo what the
majority of Bahamians did
is beyond me.
If he thinks for one minute
that the vast majority of
Bahamians are interested in
this rhetoric, then he is sadly
mistaken. We need people
with leadership qualities,
persons with good ideas, and
sound judgment. Not some

one who wants to destroy,
and dismantle their oppo-
nents. Mr. Roberts needs to
know that opposition is good
for democracy, and is
healthy for a growing soci-
ety. Can Roberts be an effec-
tive leader, and should he be
in leadership?
This is the question his
party needs to answer. If he
continues with this brand of
old, outdated, backward pol-
itics, he will be that prover-
bial noose around the polit-
ical neck of his party. If he
wants to attract the atten-
tion of young, educated
mature enterprising Bahami-
ans, his brand must be rele-
vant to the times we live in.
My advice to him is to go
back, re-group, rethink, and
restructure his message. He
is not telling us what we
need to know, and certainly
it is not what we want to
As for Mr. Bethel, he is
young and very educated.
The last time he was chair-
man of his party they were in
opposition. It will be inter-
esting to see, and hear how
his message is presented. We
do not need to hear the same
old story of what already
happened. I need to know
what is going to happen,
how, and why. Mr. Bethel at
times can be divisive, and
insulting. I hope his mandate
is not to dismantle the PLP,
but to present good sound
policies, and proposals so
that the young Bahamians
and indeed everyone else
can believe that there is a
good future ahead for them
and their family.
I am convinced that Mr.
Bethel is more able and will-
ing to identify with what the
Bahamian people want, and
need moreso than Mr.
Roberts. He seems to be
more in tune with reality
than his opponent who
always seems to be angry,
upset, and out of control.
Although I did not always
agree with Mrs. Hanna-Mar-
tin, she was far better with
issues than Roberts. Her
thoughts were sound and she
displayed a level of maturity
which has avoided Roberts.
It is most unfortunate that
she was not re-elected. A
bright educated, qualified
and intelligent mind went to
waste. As for Mr. Roberts,
he will do better by starting
to thinking more than he
speaks. For Mr. Bethel, stick
with the issues, and stay in
control of your emotions.
We need to see someone
who is in control of the situ-
ation and well versed with
the facts.

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Bahamahost Programme

to be relaunched in 2010

BEGINNING in January
2010, the Bahamahost Pro-
gramme will be rebranded
and relaunched, the Ministry
of Tourism and Aviation
"There is no question
whatsoever that when we
started Bahamahost many
years ago, the world was
completely different," Min-
ister of Tourism and Avia-
tion, Senator Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace said.
"What many people for-
get is that back in 1978, the
level of competitiveness in
tourism sector was much
less," he said during a press
conference at the Michael
Eldon Conference Room at
the College of the Bahamas.
The 'new' programme was
re-launched after being fine-
tuned to meet existing
industry demands, Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace explained.
Many Caribbean coun-
tries paid no attention to
tourism and in fact,
'laughed' at the Bahamas
when it became known that
the principal part of the
Bahamian economy was
tourism, he said.
"Then all of a sudden,
they have decided that this is
something enormously
important and that they
need to continue to pursue
the foreign exchange,
employment and all the oth-
er economic benefits that
come from tourism. So we
are in a completely differ-
ent environment."
He said as a result, there
became a need to move to
"another level" in terms of
developing the product and
improving customer service.
Consequently, the College
of the Bahamas was asked
to collaborate with the Min-
istry of Tourism on the new
Bahamahost programme to

ber 17, 2009, while waiting
patiently for my 10am
appointment with the Direc-
tor of Immigration for the
Bahamas, Mr Jack Thomp-
son at Hawkins Hill, an irate
young lady stormed into the
waiting room area and
demanded in a loud boister-
ous tone, "I wan see da Min-
ista now. Dese people think
I ain got no rights eh!"
"I wan see da Minista
now, so he could give me
money to take care of my
family," she added continu-
ing, "that woman down dere
talking bout dey only ger let
my husband come here for
28 days, and if I wan be wit
him, I should go to Haiti."
The unidentified young
lady, made it quite clear that
she meant business, and she
was not going to accept any
excuses from anyone, and
that she came to see the
Minister of Immigration,
and that she was not leav-
ing without getting what it
was she wanted to get.
Everyone in the lobby area
got that message, loud and
The other four or five per-
sons waiting in the lobby
area were stunned and said
nothing, but stared at the
young woman as she ranted
and raved about how much
it was going to cost for her
husband to come back here
and she wanted to know
why she had to get a permit
for 28 days only.
The young lady who was
wearing navy blue shorts

ABOVE: Pictured from left - President of the College of The Bahamas, Janyne Hodder; Minister of Tourism
and Aviation Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Director of Industry Training at the Culinary and Hos-
pitality Management Institute Valderine Hamilton.
TOP RIGHT: Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace talks about the rebranding
and re-launch of the Bahamahost programme.

make it appropriate today's
competitive market.
President of the College
of the Bahamas, Janyne
Hodder, said she was
pleased that the college was
asked to assist.
"This programme is cru-
cial to improving the com-
petitiveness of the hospital-
ity and tourism sector in the
Bahamas and by extension
our economic resiliency.
"We were enthused when
the Ministry of Tourism
approached the college ear-
lier this year and requested
us to provide consultancy
services for the development
of a new Bahamahost pro-
"This also involved the
design and implementation

of a delivery system for the
curriculum and conducting
orientation sessions to intro-
duce trainers to the pro-
Director of Industry
Training at the Culinary and
Hospitality Management
Institute and director for the
project, Mrs Valderine
Hamilton, brought various
professionals together to
design and develop the pro-
gramme's elements, includ-
ing the curricula for the
Trainer's Guide and Partic-
ipant's Workbooks for each
of the six new workshops,
training aids, and the new
brand identity.
This work is essential in
order to produce a new
cadre of hospitality and

tourism workers who
believe in and deliver out-
standing service as a rule,
rather than an exception,
said Mrs Hodder.
Director General of
Tourism, Vernice Walkine
said the retail community
and other industries have
been approached to partici-
pate in the programme as
In addition, all employees
of the Ministry of Tourism
will have to pass through the
According to research
conducted by the Ministry,
at least 10 per cent of the
tourists who visit the
Bahamas leave feeling dis-
satisfied because of poor
customer service.

and a matching t-shirt and
a pair of tennis shoes, sat
comfortably beside me.
Curiously, I asked her,
"What happened to you?"
"Da woman wan me pay
$450 for me to bring my hus-
band here from Haiti, and
$450 for a permit that is only
good for 28 days," she said,
in a calmer tone of voice.
"I want my husband here
with me now," she added.
"Vomen in dis country
een gat no rights, boy," she
"How long have you been
married?" I asked.
"I been married more dan
a year. I been going tru dis
for more dan a year wit dese
people," noted the lady.
"Do you have any chil-
dren?" I asked her.
"Yeah, I gat five kids,"
she responded. "I was mar-
ried before, and I have one
child for my husband, now.
"Me and my first husband
got a divorce and he marry a
Jamaican woman and he
own three children can even
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Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of three (3) pieces parcels or lots
of land situate on the Northwestern Side of the Queen's
Highway approximately Two Thousand One Hundred
and Thirty-three (2,133) feet West of the Bridge to
Newton Cay in the Settlement of Seymours North
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959
Chapter 393


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Eddington


The Petition of Eddington Burrows of the Settlement
of Seymours North Long Island one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in respect:

"ALL THOSE three (3) pieces parcels or lots of
land situate on the Northwestern Side of the
Queen's Highway approximately Two Thousand
One Hundred and Thirty-three (2,133) feet West
of the Bridge to Newton Cay in the Settlement of
Seymours North Long Island one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas containing
Fifty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty-
five (57,755) square feet which said pieces parcels
or lots of land are bounded on the North by
mangrove and running thereon One Hundred and
Forty-two and ninety-five hundredths (142.95)
feet on the East by land the property of John Smith
and running thereon Two Hundred and Ninety-
five and thirty-nine hundredths (295.39) feet on
the South by the Queen's Highway and running
thereon One Hundred and Fifty-six and sixteen
hundredths (156.16) feet on the West by Land the
property of Hubert Smith and running thereon
Four Hundred and Fifty-eight and fifty-three
hundredths (458.53) feet which said pieces parcels
or lots have such position shape marks boundaries
and dimensions as are shown on the diagram or
plan attached hereto and thereon coloured pink."

Eddington Burrows claims to be the owner of the
unincumbered fee simple estate in possession of the
said pieces parcels or lots of land and has made
application to the Supreme Court of the said
Commonwealth under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959 to have his title to the said pieces parcels or
lots of land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the Provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours at the following places:

a. The Registry of the Supreme Court Ansbacher
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau.

b. The Chambers of Plakaris & Co., No. 16
Market Street, in the City of Nassau.

Notice is hereby given that any person having dower
or right of dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the said Petition shall on or before the
30th day of December A.D., 2009 file in the Supreme
Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a Statement of his Claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure
of any person to file and serve a Statement of his
Claim on or before the 30th day of December A.D.,
2009 will operate as a bar to such claim.

No. 16 Market Street
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas

Attorney for the Petitioner




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' Hobby Horse Hall Race Track.
The HHHRC was located on what is now the
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Wyndam Crystal Palace and Casino. The last
race day at the Hobby Horse Hall was on April
* 15,1977.
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Government High School Handbell
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Sunday th December 2009


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Trinity Place and Frederick Street
nexi to Ceritral Bank
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Secured oarklng - enter from Frederick Street

APRIL 1, 1968 - Henry Burrows accepts the Balmoral Hotel
Cup won by Miss Go Jax on behalf of owner Winton Farring-
ton with Mike Levin, resident manager of the hotel. Alfred
(Uncle) Glinton, riding, and Basil Sears, trainer.
FEBRUARY 2, 1966 - And they're off! Horses take part in
the four furlong first race at the Hobby Horse Hall.
In days gone by 2.jpg
JANUARY 3, 1968 - Senator Clement Maynard starting the
first race of the new season. Shown with Adrian d'Aguilar,
official starter.
FEBRUARY 2, 1966 - Miss Libe, Alice Lightbourbe's 4-year-
old charcoal grey filly, winning the four furlong first race
under jockey Don Martin.

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Second security " .

screening removal -...

eases travel to US ,'

FROM page one rating
Formerly those flying from meant (N
the Lynden Pindling Interna- Craig R
tional Airport in Nassau to involve
the US had to go through a welcome
second security clearance .
- . best frie
check-point after being best frie
cleared US Immigration. "There'
Now they glide up an esca- sustain
lator leading directly into the susaia
departure lounge and facing sustainal
the new Graycliff bar, eatery wish wustaina
and sitting area, where there wish w
are cigars and luxury gifts for king
sale. single b
And within a week the new vice imp
Kalik Cafe will open, serving have acc
weary travellers the trade- airport.
mark Bahamian beer and
Bahamian food. manage
toms an
Graycliff owner Enrico airlines,
Gazaroli and Dunkin Donuts airlines ,
franchise owner George
Myers were among the retail partner.
owners, security personnel, The s
airline and NAD staff cele- point w

FROM page one
death penalty and immediately declare a
moratorium on all executions;
Ensure that all complaints of excessive
use of force by the security forces are sub-
ject to immediate, thorough and indepen-
dent investigation and, if state agents are
charged with misconduct, that their cases
are brought to trial in an expeditious man-
Amend existing legislation to ensure

the changes.
u Airport Develop-
[AD) company CEO
ichmond thanked all
d in the process and
ed Mr Vanderpool-
as one of the airport's
Richmond said:
s a lot of talk about
ability in terms of the
ment and finance, also
ability of a dream and a
which we have been
forward to. This is the
biggest customer ser-
provement we could
;omplished here at the

ranked the security and
ment team, US Cus-
d Border Protection,
retailers and the TSA
e said has been a great

second security check-
'as required by the
ortation Security

Administration (TSA) until
security measures were
improved by putting more
processors and people in place
to meet TSA requirements. A
third inspection by the TSA
last month cleared the airport
of the need for a second secu-
rity screening at the terminal.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace
said: "This has probably been
one of the most annoying
things in my life.
"Huge numbers of people
would come through here and
thought this was some kind of
invention by the Bahamas
government; nobody under-
stood it."
He added: "The transfor-
mation is so dramatic, this is
just a before taste of what we
are going to see happening
over the next 18 months or so
when we will make something
here that we are going to be
very proud of.
"I'm delighted to be here at

that marital rape is outlawed;
Ensure the full and effective implemen-
tation of the Domestic Violence Protec-
tion Order Act;
Implement migration policies that pro-
tect human rights, including ratifying and
implementing the international convention
on the protection of the rights of all migrant
workers and members of their families.

an airport that has all of the
other things people look for
when they come to the airport
in terms of eating facilities,
and shopping.
"And now we can process
people much faster so they
have more time to spend
"This is a very important
day for us and there are thou-
sands and thousands of
Bahamians who travel and
looked forward to this day and
now it's here. To all of you
involved in this, thank you
very much."

Mr. Barnes added: "We are concerned
first and foremost about human rights, how-
ever we always try to allow governments or
the appropriate bodies sufficient time to
follow proper protocol.
"Our job is simply to observe and note
what's occurred. However, it is our fervent
hope that a report on the Detention Centre
is forthcoming."


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COB denies claims of

'fiscal irregularities'

FROM page three

classrooms. They are run down, ramshackle, decrepit, unfit. And
faculty offices are pathetic, and student union offices distressing.
"And as a statement of fact, I had a class of 38 students, primarily
nurses, who had no classroom for the entire last term. I was evict-
ed from a classroom!" Mr Bethel exclaimed.
In response to these claims, the college issued a statement say-
ing it "absolutely denounces the false accusations" of fiscal irreg-
It continued: "With respect to hiring procedures, the college con-
tinues to recruit at both the masters and doctoral levels while
staying focused on our strategic plan goal to increase the per-
centage of faculty who have doctoral degrees by five per cent per
"Major renovations are currently underway to replace a roof
where evidence of mold existed. Other renovations are also
"With respect to campus security, the college at all times seeks
to balance its status as an open campus with its responsibility to pro-
vide a sheltered environment for all its members.
"On all other claims, these are clearly matters of opinion. The
college's major goal at this time is to work together with its facul-
ty union to sign a new agreement to the satisfaction of both par-


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NOTICE is hereby given that LINDA JEAN LOUIS of EAST
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 28h of NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible

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Amnesty concerned over 'apparent inaction'




,_11Tlil')VY DECEMBER 5, 2009

Guadeloupe team ready to compete in Special

Olympics Bahamas' Basketball Tournament

Senior Sports Reporter ",

WITH Barbados opting not
to return for financial reasons,
Guadeloupe came to town for ,,.......
the first time to compete in ..... ....
the Special Olympics . ........ . . .
Bahamas' Basketball Tour-
The tournament started
yesterday at Loyola Hall,
Gladstone Road and will con-
tinue there throughout the
day before the champions are
decided in the two pools.
Serge Urgin, head of the
Guadeloupe's delegation, said
they are delighted to be in the
Bahamas and participating in
the six-team tournament.
"We're here to win," Urgin
said. "We're not afraid of the
Urgin said they have
enjoyed themselves so far and
they have been working out
very hard to get ready for the
tournament. So he anticipates
that head coach Suldona Har-
ry and assistant coach Noyon
Nick will ensure that the team
perform at their best.
The tournament was offi-
cially opened by David Ben-
jamin, the Director of Sports
and Training for Special
Olympics Bahamas from
Trinidad & Tobago.
"The Bahamas last year
only had one team, but this
year they have two teams,"
Benjamin said. "So I think the
quality of the tournament has
"We would have liked to
have som e team s com e in ..................
from the other countries, but
we know that the teams from .'.. " .:. .......
the Bahamas will provide a i
lot of the competition." ..
Special Olympics Bahamas .. "
director Basil Christie said the ,
tournament was created to ...-.
provide an opportunity to
promote the sport because the
majority of the Caribbean
competes in cricket and foot-
"We would have had a lot
more teams, but in February,
we are going to have the Latin
American and Caribbean t
Games and a lot more coun- *J " J
tries will be going to that," B f
Christie stated.
Here to compete with
Guadeloupe is the Cayman
Islands. They are being
matched against two teams ..

SEE page 10 "' I

THE New Providence Bas-
ketball Association got its
2009/10 season started last
month, but the official open-
ing ceremonies will take
place tonight at the Kenda
Isaacs Gymnasium.
There will only be one
game played and that will be
a rematch of last year's
championship series against
the defending champions
Electro Telecom Cybots and
runners-up Commonwealth
Bank Giants.
But prior to the game, the
league will dedicate the sea-
son to the memory of the late
Vincent Ferguson, the archi-
tect of modern basketball in
the Bahamas.
The association, headed by
Keith 'Belzee' Smith, is
expected to present a plaque
to the family of the late Fer-
guson and they will also
unviel the floating trophy to
the eventual champions at
the culmination of the sea-
The awards presentation
for the 2008-2009 season
will also take place.
* Among some of the
awards to be presented are:
Pennant winners - Giants
and Cybots
Championship - Electro
Telecom Cybots
Runners-up - Common-
wealth Bank Giants
MVP Season - Michael 'Fer-
ley' Bain - Giants
MVP Championship - Brian
'Tucker' Bain- Cybots
Coach-of-the-Year - Court-
ney Stubbs - Jumpers
Sponsor-of-the-Year -
Deanzer 'Sonny' Cox
Sportsman - Breston
'Horsey' Rolle
Long Service Awards:
Leo Carey - Y-Care Fashion
Centre; Nat Adams -
Caribbean Bottling Co;
(Bahamas) Ltd; Royal
Bahamas Police Force and
Commonwealth Bank.
* This year's league is made
up of the following:
New teams, and re-entries
Real Deal Shockers, College
of the Bahamas Caribs, B-
Reddie Reddies, Stars and
RBDF Mariners.
Returning Teams:
Electro Telecom Cybots,
Commonwealth Giants, Y-
Care Wreckers, Sunshine
Auto Ruff-Riders, Coke
Explorers, Jumpers, Ultimate
Stars, Police Crime-Stoppers
and Outdoor Lighting Fal-

Father Marcian Peters weekend schedule

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture's 25th Annual Father
Marcian Peters Invitational Basket-
ball Classic will continue today at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium with
the following games on tap:


Day # 2
Eastern Conference - 10 a.m.
Til - Intermediate Boys -
C.R.Walker vs. Galilee Academy
T13 - Intermediate Boys -
R.M.Bailey vs. University School
T15 - Intermediate Boys - West-
minister College vs. Doris Johnson
T17 - Senior Girls - C.I.Gibson vs.
Heritage Christian
T19 - Senior Girls - Government
High vs. Freedom Academy
T21 - Senior Girls - C.C.Sweeting
vs. Westminister College
T23 - Junior Girls - H.O.Nash vs.
T25 - Junior Girls - A.F.Adderley
vs. Mt. Carmel
T27 - Junior Girls - St. Anne's vs.
T29 - Junior Girls - T.A.Thompson
vs. Creative Academy
T31 - Primary Boys - T.G.Glover
vs. St. Francis/Joseph
T33 - Primary Boys - St. Anne's vs.
Our Lady's
T35 - Primary Girls - Temple
Christian vs. Oakes Field
T37 - Primary Girls - St. John's vs.
Queen's College
T37B- Primary Girls - St. Anne's

vs St. Bede's
T39 - Junior Boys - Galilee Acade-
my vs. St. John's
T41 - Junior Boys - D.W.Davis vs.
T43 - Junior Boys - Loser Adder-
ley/Saunders vs. Loser
T45 - Junior Boys - Winner Adder-
ley/Saunders vs. Winner
T47 - Primary Boys - St. Anne's vs.
Our Lady's
T49 - Primary Boys - Cleveland
Eneas vs. Galilee Academy
T51 - Primary Boys - Loser Mable
Walker/Saunders vs. Loser
Faith/St. Cecilia's
T53 - Senior Girls - Queen's Col-
lege vs. R.M.Bailey
T55 - Senior Girls - Loser C.I.Gib-
son/Heritage vs. Loser GHS/Free-
T57 - Intermediate Boys - Galilee
vs. Creative Academy
T59 - Intermediate Boys - H. 0.
Nash vs. Mt. Carmel

Western Conference - 10 a.m.
T12 - Intermediate Boys - Queen's
College vs. Zion Christian
T14 - Intermediate Boys - Heritage
vs. C.C.Sweeting
T16 - Intermediate Boys - Temple
vs. St. John's
T18 - Senior Girls - C.R.Walker vs.
Mt. Carmel
T20 - Senior Girls - St. John's vs.
University School
T22 - Junior Boys - S.C.McPherson

vs. Westminister
T24 - Junior Girls - S.C.McPherson
vs. L.W.Young
T26 - Junior Girls - Westminister
vs. Queen's College
T28 - Primary Boys - Temple
Christian vs. Yellow Elder
T30 - Primary Boys - St. John's vs.
St. Thomas More
T32 - Primary Girls -
Francis/Joseph vs. Freedom Acad-
T34 - Primary Girls - Winner
Cleveland/Yellow Elder vs. Win-
ner Kingsway/Carmel
T36 - Junior Boys -Winner
Teleos/T.A.Thompson vs. Winner
T38 - Junior Boys - Loser
Teleos//T.A.Thompson vs. Loser
T40 - Junior Girls - Loser McPher-
son/Young vs. Loser
T42 - Junior Girls - Winner
McPherson/Young vs. Winner
T44 - Primary Girls - Loser Cleve-
land/Yellow Elder vs. Loser
T46 - Primary Boys - St. Bede's vs.
Kingsway Academy
T48 - Primary Boys - Woodcock
vs. Queen's College
T50 - Senior Girls - Temple Chris-
tian vs. Winner St. John's/Univer-
T52 - Junior Boys - Winner T38 vs.
Loser T36
T54 - Intermediate Boys - Winner

Gibson/Saunders vs. Winner
T56 - Senior Girls - Loser Walk-
er/Carmel vs. Loser St. John's/Uni-
T58 - Intermediate Boys - Loser
Gibson/Saunders vs. Loser


Day #3
Eastern Conference: - 2 p.m.
T61 - Primary Boys - Loser Fran-
cis-Joseph/Glover vs. Loser St.
Anne's/Our Lady's
T63 - Primary Boys - Winner M.
Walker/Saunders vs. Winner
Faith/St. Anne's
T65 - Primary Boys - Winner Fran-
cis-Joseph/Glover vs. Winner St.
Anne's/Our Lady's
T67 - Primary Girls - Winner
Oakes/Temple vs. Winner St.
T69 - Junior Girls - Loser
Nash/Davis vs. Loser
T71 - Junior Girls - Freedom vs.
Winner T.A.Thompson/ Creative
T73 - Junior Boys - Winner
Galilee/St.John's vs. Winner
T75 - Junior Boys - Loser
Galilee/St. John's vs. Loser Young
T77 - Intermediate Boys - Winner
Nash/Carmel vs. Winner
T79 - Senior Girls - Loser Sweet-

ing/Westminister vs. Loser
T81 - Senior Girls - Winner Sweet-
ing/Westminister vs. Winner
Queen's/ Bailey
T83 - Junior Boys - Winner T43 vs.
Loser T 45
T85- Junior Girls - Loser St.
Anne's/Freedom vs. Loser Thomp-
T87 - Primary Boys - Winner T61
vs. Loser T65
T89 - Intermediate Boys - Losr
Doris/Westminister vs. Loser
T91 - Intermediate Boys - Winner
Doris/Westminister vs. Winner
Western Conference: - 2 p.m.
T60 - Primary Boys - Winner
Oakes/Centerville vs. Winner
Temple/Yellow Elder
T62 - Primary Boys - Loser
Oakes/Centerville vs. Loser Tem-
ple/Yellow Elder
T64 - Primary Girls - Loser Fan-
cis-Joseph/Freedom vs. Loser T34
T66 - Junior Boys - H.O.Nash vs.
Winner T38
T68 - Intermediate Boys - Loser
T54 vs. Loser Heritage/Sweeting
T70 - Senior Girls - Winner
C.R.Walker/Mt. Carmel vs. Win-
ner T50
T72 - Junior Boys - Loser T66 vs.
Winner T52
T74- Primary Boys - Loser St.
Bede's/Kingways vs. Loser Q.C./
T76 - Senior Girls - Loser T50 vs.
Winner T56






FROM page five

go by he house. Dey tell me
I must put him in court if I
wan child support. Dey ain
ask da Jamaican woman to
leave with him. Why I have
to move to Haiti to be with
my husband? It is cheaper
for me to pay $450 and buy
a round trip ticket to go and
see him. But I don't wan do
dat," she explained.
"When my husband was
here, he took care of me,
and all my five children.
"Dese people mussy gon
take care a me and my kids
eh - dats why I come ta see
da minister. I tired of dey
foolishness. I een leaving till
I see him taday. I mean dat,"
she insisted.
Everyone waiting in the
lobby sat quietly listening to
the woman's story.
Then I wondered to
myself, why are so many
women in this country taken
for granted?
Is it fair or right for her
former husband to be
allowed to enjoy the benefits
of his marital bliss because
he is a man, while this young
lady is discriminated against
because of her sex? Why did
the lady she allegedly spoke
with advise her to go to
Haiti to be with her hus-
band? Is that not a choice
that she should be able to
make if she wanted to?
After we listened to the
lady for a about 10 minutes,
a senior immigration officer
came, collected her and took
her to the back office where
she was allowed to state her
I don't know if this is a
usual occurrence at the
Immigration Headquarters
on Hawkins Hill, or if this
is an isolated case.
After listening to the

Are Bahamian women's rights

respected in the Bahamas?

young woman in the navy
short pants, I felt sorry for
As a mother, I understood
- who was she going to leave
her five children with?
Was she to uproot all of
them from school in Nassau
to be taken to Haiti, so that
their mother could be with
the Haitian man she chose
to marry and loves?
Were her constitutional
rights being violated by staff
members from the Immi-
gration Department?
On the one hand, you
have Loretta Butler Turn-
er, the Minister of Social
Services, participating in so
many international confer-
ences about women's rights,
and yet, some Bahamian
women's rights are violated
on a daily bases right here in
the Commonwealth of the
I wondered why spend
money to attend interna-
tional forums, be elected to
international boards to
defend and advocate for
women and yet, there is a
segment in the civil service
which is continuously cross-
ing the line with their dis-
criminatory practices and
We are a Christian nation,
and the Bible states that "it
is better to marry, than to
burn," yet immigration poli-
cies force people to live in
fornication or adulterous cir-
cumstances in this country.
Could God be pleased with
these decisions?
Why should this woman's
child not be with her father

"We are a Christian nation, and
the Bible states that 'it is better
to marry, than to burn,' yet
immigration policies force
people to live in fornication or
adulterous circumstances in this
country. Could God be pleased
with these decisions?"

for over a year, when her
ex-husband has the luxury
of being with his Jamaican
woman and have his chil-
dren here? He is also
allowed to choose not to be
the kind of father he should
be to his other biological
children, because he "too
scared a dat Jamaican gal.
She don't play dat. He own
children can even go to he
own house," said the
Is this fair or just in the
eyesight of man, woman and
most importantly God?
Here it is, a Bahamian
woman being asked to leave
her country of birth because
some government officials
feel that she should. The
incident left me with so
many unanswered questions,
but the most important one
that comes to my mind is:
Do Bahamian women really
share the same rights as
Bahamian men in this coun-
try? I wonder, if she was
married to an American,
Irishman, Englishman or
Canadian, would she have

received the same treatment
by the people at the Immi-
gration Department?
Section 10 of the Consti-
tution of the Bahamas
states: "Any woman who,
after July 9, 1973, marries a
person who is or becomes a
citizen of the Bahamas shall
be entitled, provided she is
still so married, upon mak-
ing application in such man-
ner as may be prescribed
and upon taking the oath of
allegiance of such declara-
tion as may be prescribed,
to be registered as a citizen
of the Bahamas: Provided
that the right to be regis-
tered as a citizen of the
Bahamas under this Article
shall be subject to such
exceptions or qualifications
as may be prescribed in the
interests of national security
of public policy."
People NEED to know
their rights and demand
what rightfully belongs to
them. Who is going to take
up the mantle and speak for
the Bahamian women who
are facing these unjust chal-

lenges daily? I wonder how
many other Bahamian
women this has happened
Here is what the United
Nation's Universal Declara-
tion of Human Rights
Article 2: Everyone is
entitled to all the rights and
freedoms set forth in this
Declaration, without dis-
tinction of any kind, such as
race, colour, sex, language,
religion, political or other
opinion, national or social
origin, property, birth or
other status. Furthermore,
no distinction shall be made
on the basis of the political,
jurisdictional or interna-
tional status of the country
or territory to which a per-
son belongs, whether it be
independent, trust, non-self-
governing or under any oth-
er limitation of sovereignty
Article 13; (1) Everyone
has the right to freedom of
movement and residence
within the borders of each
(2) Everyone has the right
to leave any country, includ-
ing his own, and to return
to his country
Article 16: (1) Men and
women of full age, without
any limitation due to race,
nationality or religion, have
the right to marry and to
found a family. They are
entitled to equal rights as to
marriage, during marriage
and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be
entered into only with the
free and full consent of the
intending spouses.

(3) The family is the nat-
ural and fundamental group
unit of society and is enti-
tled to protection by society
and the state.
The Commonwealth of
the Bahamas is a member
of the United Nations, and I
ask, if the country is signed
onto this accord, why Civil
Servants are not adhering to
these mandates. Or is this
declaration for everyone
else who comes to the
Bahamas besides citizens
from the Republic of Haiti?
I am still curious about
what is going on. Constitu-
tional lawyers, Bahamian
government officials in
charge of making decisions
which affect people's lives -
especially those in the Immi-
gration Department and the
Registrar's Office; politi-
cians, please help me under-
stand what is happening in
the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas today with respect
to the rights of women in
this country?
Talk to me, somebody,


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Sometimes there is more than
just ONE event that stands out
and makes you forget about
everything else. The best thing
to do on such a weekend is to
go bar and club hopping with
your friends and keep moving,
checking out different hot
There are many bars and clubs
in Nassau to pass by, whether
during the week or on the
weekend. If you want an after
work drink or a spot to grab
some lunch, "2 Coconuts" on
the wharf side of Prince George
Plaza is the place to go. A mix
of tourists strolling Bay Street
and the arcades and locals who
work downtown converge at 2
Coconuts to enjoy the vibes,
chill out and have a good time.
On Friday nights, Van Breugles
on Charlotte Street is the per-
fect happy hour spot before it
is time to hit the clubs. The
upscale venue caters to the
young professionals as well as
many international customers
who have made the Bahamas
their home.
Another upscale venue in Nas-
sau is the newly opened Bullion

Bar, located at the British Colo-
nial Hilton. The chic ambiance
makes the spot perfect for
drinks with friends if one wants
to escape the party madness
and still have an enjoyable
A bar that has not lost its
appeal over the years is Drag-
on's at the Atlantis on Paradise
Island - you never know what
you might see or experience
there! Tourists and Bahamians
alike have a good time chilling
and once the DJ plays some
hot tunes, the dance floor
livens up.
If you are still good to go after
all these drinks, it is time for
some club hopping, with your
choices ranging from Club
Uptown, Fluid, The Balcony and
Charlie's, to Bambu and Aura -
depending what kind of vibes,
music and crowd you fancy. Of
course, you could just mix it
up and hit every club, taking in
everything Nassau has to offer.
And let's not forget, it's that
time of year again - Junkanoo
Season! 'Junkanoo Fan Fest' is
an initiative by Burns House to
raise funds for Junkanoo

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