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Police shoot man

after he allegedly

draws handgun

POLICE shot a 27-year-old man when he allegedly
pulled out a handgun and ran away as they requested to
search him.
Drug Enforcement officers say they stopped the
man as he left a yard on Brougham Street, between
Market and East Streets, Nassau, at around 8.30pm on
Thursday.
But as they tried to search him, he pulled out a
handgun and made a break for freedom.
Officers fired shots at the man and hit him in the
right leg, bringing him to the ground. He was taken to
hospital, and officers recovered a .40 pistol and ten
rounds of ammunition.
Anyone with any information relating to the incident
should call police on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anony-
mously on 328-TIPS (8477).


* Four feared dead

in Inagua accident


* Nassau officers

help investigation


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
AIR accident investiga-
tors are probing a plane
crash that killed four peo-
ple.
Eyewitnesses described
seeing a "fireball" as the
blazing aircraft hurtled to
the ground, sending a shock-
wave for miles around.
Up to press time yester-
day, police investigating the
crash of the Falcon Air Jet
in eastern Inagua had yet to
confirm the exact number
or nationality of the individ-
uals onboard.
However, a police officer
believes four people may
have been inside. Uncon-
firmed reports are that the
pilot and co-pilot are both
Americans - Harold
Hangle and Tredy Camilo.


The plane belongs to the
US-based company Wells
Fargo, the Dominican
Today newspaper states,
quoting The Dominican
Aviation Civil Institute
(IDAC) and the Federal
Aviation Administration
(FAA).
Superintendent Elsworth
Moss, of the Criminal Inves-
tigations Department, con-
firmed that his officers have
flown from Nassau to the
country's southernmost
island to assist with investi-
gations into the crash.
However, at press time
last night he had yet to
receive a report back from
the team about their find-
ings.
Local Inagua police offi-
cer PC 2887 Michael Tucker
said the plane had come
SEE page eight


PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham is greeted by the Queen of Denmark. The Queen of Denmark and the Prince Consort's Gala Dinner was
held at Christiansborg for Heads of State and Government. The Heads of State have been in Denmark for the World Climate Conference. Among
them is President Barack Obama who has been applying a combination of muscle and personal charm to secure a climate change agreement
involving nearly 200 countries. With almost 120 heads of state and government in attendance, there were some signs that a meaningful polit-
ical deal might be at hand, including a slight shift in China's position and a pledge by the United States to help the poorest nations cope finan-
cially with global warming. SEE EDITORIAL, PAGE 4


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2010 TO BE AN ACTIVE
YEAR FOR THE
ENVIRONMENTAL
/ (COMMUNITY

* PAGE TWO

CHARITIES 'MEET OBLIGATIONS'
DESPITE SMALLER CONTRIBUTIONS
* PAGE THREE

CRIME THE MOST SERIOUS ISSUE IN
2009, SAY TRIBUNE READERS
* PAGE FIVE


A TEENAGE boy
who admitted to having
sex with a 14-year-old
girl has been remanded
to Her Majesty's
Prison.
The 17-year-old,
whose identity is with-
held for legal reasons,
is said to have had sex
with the girl on Sep-
tember 21.
He was arraigned in
Juvenile Court 2, Vic-
toria Gardens. Magis-
trate Janet Bullard
remanded him to Her
Majesty's Prison until
January 27 for sentenc-
ing.


Hopes dashed of breakthrough
in search for missing boaters
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
HOPES that a pilot's aerial photo of one of the Berry Islands
showed two missing boaters have been dashed, leaving their
families continuing to pray for their safe return.
Edwin Pritchard, a Bahamian living in Miami, and his best
friend Richard Alicea, also a Miami resident, were reported by
their families to have set off last Saturday on a deep sea fishing
trip from the Haulover Inlet, Florida, to Bimini, Bahamas.
However, the two fathers never showed up in Bimini as
expected, and since being alerted to the no-show by their fam-
ilies on Sunday, the US Coast Guard had up until yesterday
searched more than 46,000 square miles of ocean.
After five days without success, hopes were raised that pho-
tos taken from a commuter plane and forwarded to the US
Coast Guard on Tuesday might have provided the key to their
whereabouts.
The images purportedly showed people on one of the Berry
Islands, along with an "SOS" signal written in the sand.
US Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Elgammal said: "The
Coast Guard immediately launched multiple aircraft to search
the island in the photo and the surrounding area, including hav-
SEE page eight


US Ambassador
criticises Bahamas
US Ambas-
sador Nicole
Avant has crit-
icised the
Bahamas for
abstaining
from a UN
vote on human
rights resolu-
tions concern- Nicole Avant
ing the actions
of Iran, Burma
and North Korea.
She noted that formerly,
the Bahamas was consistently
one of the "brave souls" in
the region that stood up for
human rights.
Mrs Avant said it is the
"fervent hope" of the United
States that the Bahamas and
other Caribbean countries
who abstained or voted
against the resolutions will
SEE page eight


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BY NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
Environmental activists
say they will be pushing the
government to act on a
number of initiatives in the
New Year. The proposed
Town Planning and Subdi-
vision Act, considered a
landmark piece of legisla-
tion by some, is high on their
priority list.
The Bill was temporarily
withdrawn from the House
of Assembly in November
for further review, based on
the volume of late contribu-
tions submitted by public
commentators.
The Bill, submitted by
Minister of Environment,
Earl Deveaux, is not with-
out its detractors, but direc-
tor of the Nature Conser-
vancy, Eleanor Phillips, said
it will be a major comple-
ment to the work of the
environmental community.
Ms Phillips is an advocate
for a government mandate
requiring all houses to use
freshwater tanks as their
source of water. She said in
the mid 1900s, Bahamians
were self-sufficient as far as
water was concerned
because they used rainwa-
ter wells and tanks.
While this regulation is
not currently up for debate,
the Bill can be seen as part
of a larger effort to enforce
new development standards
and controls, for example in
the design and style of build-
ings and the proximity of


developments to shorelines.
The Bill will activate a
process of systematic land
use planning across the
islands to zone areas that are
most appropriate for certain
types of developments.
These determinations are
made based on factors like
the condition of natural
resources and biodiversity,
population growth trends,
and economic considera-
tions.
"The Bill will make it law
for certain things to be
reviewed and required and
for decisions to be made
after those things are con-
sidered. It will set new man-
dates for environmental
impact assessments for
major projects," said Eric
Carey, executive director of
the Bahamas National Trust.
"There are so many sub-
divisions that have
destroyed blue holes,
destroyed wetlands. These
developments could have
still proceeded, but the total
obliteration of the environ-
ment did not have to take
place," he said.

Spotlight

Environmental issues took
the spotlight this week with
a presentation by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
to the United Nations Cli-
mate Summit in Copen-
hagen. At the Summit Mr
Ingraham stressed the
Bahamas' commitment to
sustainable development
and the protection of natur-
al resources.
While there have been
mixed reactions to his com-
ments - focused specifically
on discrepancies between
the prime minister's words
and some of his governmen-
t's actions, some environ-
mentalists have praised the
government for its work to
preserve national parks and


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"The Bill will make it law for certain
things to be reviewed and required and
for decisions to be made after those
things are considered. It will set new
mandates for environmental impact
assessments for major projects."


Eric Carey, Bahamas National Trust


protected marine and ter-
restrial resources.
As one of the earliest sig-
natories to the Convention
on Biological Diversity, the
Bahamas has already met its
commitment to protect land
areas with biodiversity by
2010. The Convention, of
which 168 countries are sig-
natories, also outlines a
commitment to protect
marine areas by 2012, which
the government is working
towards.
The Exuma Land and Sea
Park contains 176,000 acres
of protected terrestrial and
marine environment, pro-
viding safe harbour for
endangered species like
hutia, iguanas and seabirds.
The Abaco National Park
contains 20,000 acres of
pinewood land and
broadleaf coppice habitat.
The Blue Holes National
Park in Central Andros con-
tains 33,000 acres of pro-
tected land. Also in Central
Andros is 3,000 acres of land
protected for crab replen-
ishment. The entire island
of Little Inagua, 31,000
acres, is protected, as well
as 184,000 acres of land in
the Inagua National Park.
Still, questions remain as
to the effectiveness of the


government's efforts in man-
aging the protected areas.
"They talk a lot of stuff,
but there is zero enforce-
ment. Foreigners can fish
out as many parks as they
want (in Abaco)," said
Matthew McCoy, founding
member of Abaco Cares, a
community advocacy organ-
isation in Abaco.

Crawfish

"They are allowed to
catch under-sized crawfish,
exceed catch limits and do
whatever they like. Exuma
is a good example, and I
commend the work they are
doing there, but in Abaco it
seems like foreigners can get
away with anything," said
Mr McCoy.
Ms Phillips said her organ-
isation recognizes financing
as a major issue in park
management. She said
developing sustainable
financing mechanisms for
parks is one of the focuses of
the Caribbean Challenge
Initiative, which is a collab-
orative effort of Caribbean
nations pushing for more
aggressive standards for pro-
tecting terrestrial and
marine resources.
Under the Caribbean


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SOFT CORALS and Sponges flourish below an anchored dive boat.
Coral reefs are important for protecting shorelines and sea life. The pic-
ture was shot in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas


Challenge Initiative, partic-
ipating countries are work-
ing towards protecting 20
per cent of near shore
marine environments by
2020, which is twice the size
of the international stan-
dard. Near shore environ-
ments include sea grass
beds, which are natural habi-
tats for conch and sea tur-
tles, and coral reefs, which
are important for protecting
shorelines and fisheries.
So far five countries are
committed to the challenge,
including the Bahamas,
Jamaica, Grenada, St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines,
and the Dominican Repub-
lic. The Nature Conservancy
is spearheading the chal-
lenge, and has received the
endorsement of CARI-
COM.
Ms Phillips suggested that
a practical way forward in
maintaining the integrity of
natural ecosystems in the
Bahamas would be to pro-


tect a percentage of all habi-
tat types on each island.
"We need a network of
protected areas that will
enable us to enhance fish-
eries over the long-term,
protect the environment and
mitigate against climate
change. We have very
unique ecosystems and
because our land resources
are limited the impact of
development is more visi-
ble," said Ms Phillips.
Also expected in the New
Year are reports from the
Eco-Schools pilot pro-
gramme launched jointly by
the Bahamas Reef Environ-
ment Educational Founda-
tion (BREEF) and the Min-
istries of Tourism, Educa-
tion and Environment.
Seven schools were
engaged in the programme,
designed to have students
evaluate their environmen-
tal impact, particularly in
terms of energy consump-
tion.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009, PAGE 3


LOS AL NEWS I


SBy NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net


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A 34-year-old Laird Street
man was denied bail yesterday
after being arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court on an attempted
murder charge.
Police have charged Marvin
Beneby with the December 10
attempted murder of Willard
Rolle. According to initial
reports, Rolle, 38, was alleged-
ly shot multiple times by the
driver of a car that pulled up
next to him as he was walking
in the Windsor Lane area.
Beneby, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane,
was not required to enter a plea
to the charge. Fourteen wit-
nesses are listed on court dock-
ets. Prosecutor Berlin Smith
objected to Beneby being
granted bail, noting that Bene-
by had been convicted and sen-
tenced to 12 years in prison on
an attempted murder charge on
October 8, 1998, and 10 years
imprisonment on an armed rob-
bery charge on November 8,
1998. Beneby's attorney Willie
Moss argued that there was no
evidence that Beneby was a
flight risk or would commit any
offences if released on bail.
He also noted that the pros-
ecution could not confirm to
the court when Beneby was
released from prison. Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez noted
that Beneby had been convict-
ed more than five years ago.
However, he stated that
because the charges were seri-
ous, he would err on the side of
caution and deny the accused
bail. Beneby was remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison.
The case has been adjourned
to January 18 for the start of a
preliminary inquiry in Court 11,
Nassau Street.


TROPICAL,


Charities 'meet obligations'


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
DESPITE smaller donations
due to economic constraints,
local charities say they have still
been able to meet their obliga-
tions in helping the country's
underprivileged this year.
Major Lester Ferguson, the
Salvation Army's divisional
commander, has seen demand
for assistance grow in 2009 as
more Bahamians struggle to
make ends meet.
It's the same for the opera-
tors of the Bahamas Red Cross
Society, who have seen an esti-
mated 30 per cent increase in
demand for aid this year.
Along with homeless persons
and the unemployed, a growing
number of struggling workers
are visiting the Salvation Army
centres for a hot meal or gro-
cery vouchers - an added
weight which has strained the
charity's resources.
"We have people who are
driving from work to stop by to
get some groceries to take home
or there may be other needs in
the household, so it's no longer
the unemployed - it's people
who are working who are just in
need of assistance," Mr Fergu-
son told The Tribune. "The kind
of people who are coming to us
for assistance, that has
changed."
The group operates two soup
kitchens - one in the Grants
Town area and another on
Mackey Street - which provide
meals to around 300 persons a
day. The Salvation Army also
supplies food baskets, food
vouchers, clothing, medical
assistance, and helps people find
emergency housing.
To keep up with this demand,
the organisation depends on
generous public support to meet
80 per cent of its budget. To Mr
Ferguson's surprise, donations
have been steady this year.
"In spite of the economic
downturn we have found that
a lot of residents here in the
Bahamas have still been very
generous in their giving. Now
the size of their giving may not
have been as much as they used
to give, but what we've found is
that more people are giving -
even those small amounts," he
said. We've been able to man-
age our budgets quite reason-


ably but what we have discov-
ered is that the demand keeps
increasing every month."
Year-round fundraising is the
key to the Red Cross' success,
said its president Brendon Wat-
son, speaking to The Tribune
on the sidelines of a press con-
ference held by BTC to donate
$5,000 to the Red Cross, Salva-
tion Army and Great Commis-
sion Ministries. He added that
the charity operates on $600,000
to $700,000 a year. The agency


provides food five days a week
to invalids and shut-ins through
its meals-on-wheels pro-
grammes along with emergency
food and aid baskets to persons
in need. The assistance from
the general public and the cor-
porate citizen keep(s) us going.
. . We run low on that some-
times. This year we had to
quickly stick in a golf tourna-
ment which we hope to make
an annual one to meet those
goals," Mr Watson said.


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Obama the pragmatist gets what he can


COPENHAGEN - The world is coming
to know President Barack Obama, the prag-
matist whose stand at a messy global warming
summit underscored the way he leads: Let's
get done what we can, imperfect as it is.
When Obama impatiently told other lead-
ers here to rally behind a climate change deal
despite its limitations, he sounded like he
was talking about his health care push or his
economic stimulus plan at home. The presi-
dent whose election campaign was about
change knows that governing - and re-elec-
tion - are about showing results.
"I'm sure that many consider this an
imperfect framework," Obama said Friday to
a gathering of leaders from 193 countries.
"No country will get everything that it wants."
On several levels, watching Obama in
Copenhagen was like getting a mini-course in
what makes him tick as a leader.
He's learning the frustrating limits of his
powers of persuasion. Yet he presses on, will-
ing to jet across the ocean and plunge into a
long day of unpredictable diplomacy in pur-
suit of a deal to fight global warming.
At the same time, he's hemmed in by the
high expectations he helped create. Across
the world, so many people have come to see
Obama the way they want that his actions
often don't fit their perceptions, and he finds
it ever harder to meet people's wishes.
He won the White House because voters
from all over the U.S. political map placed in
Obama their hopes for the future - expand-
ing health care all around, reducing racial
tensions, saving the planet. Now his approval
ratings hover around 50 per cent, down con-
siderably from the heady, early days. Reali-
ty is harder than hope.
And so when Obama plunged at the last
minute into a summit where the best chance
was a political deal - talk of a legally bind-
ing pact had long been quashed - he sought
to grab the moment and claim what he could.
"We can embrace this accord, take a sub-
stantial step forward, continue to refine and
build upon its foundation," Obama said. In
other words, focus on what's in, not out, and
don't walk away empty-handed.
Later, after a long day of negotiations,
Obama announced that the U.S., China and
three other countries had reached an
"unprecedented breakthrough" on curbing
climate change. Yet not without more hard
work and trust would a more comprehen-
sive, binding deal be in sight, he added.
This was only a start, but one that was
well worthwhile.
"This is a classic example of a situation
where if we just waited for that (legal deal),
then we would not make any progress," he
said. "There might be such frustration and
cynicism that rather than taking one step for-
ward, we ended up taking two steps back."
So it goes across the many fronts of Oba-
ma's agenda. He is no longer on his own pace
to sign a nuclear arms deal with Russia, or to
close the Guantanamo Bay prison, or to get


a health insurance overhaul through Con-
gress. But there is halting movement on them
all, and that's what he likes to talk about.
In Copenhagen, Obama's diplomacy dis-
played the importance of his presence and the
limits of his power. He has promised a U.S.
posture of leading without lecturing, although
he did both here as his patience shrank.
He said the U.S. has its demands for any
climate deal: aggressive emissions reductions
from all major economies, not just wealthy
ones, a way for promises to be verified,
financing to help poorer nations.
"We have made our commitments," Oba-
ma said of the U.S. offers to reduce heat-
trapping emissions, offer financial aid to poor-
er nations and invest in clean energy. "We
will do what we say."
But that is not solely for him to say.
The president is constrained by political
realities at home.
The House has passed climate-change leg-
islation but the Senate has not yet. Obama is
making administrative moves on his own as
he pushes lawmakers to act, but Republicans
say they will try to block his administration
from regulating heat-trapping gases, saying
the administration can't strong-arm Con-
gress.
Obama again showed his style of making
a direct appeal at a big event, which carries
risk and reward. Though negotiators worked
through the night, Obama and other leaders
arrived here Friday morning for the U.N. cli-
mate conference with hopes for a deal dim-
ming instead of brightening.
Many officials in Copenhagen have been
labouring for years over extraordinarily com-
plex issues. But Obama, not even a year into
his job at the helm of the world's most pow-
erful nation and its second-largest polluter,
seemed to say it was time to move on.
Yet the negotiations didn't end just
because Obama said they should. He said
America was showing responsibility and tak-
ing bold action on climate, but critics sniffed
at that. Obama's approach is to grab wins
where he can, emphasizing progress even
when goals are scaled back and deadlines
missed. And so he went to Copenhagen to
try to close a deal. It was about results. Even
mixed and modest ones.
Just before he left for Denmark, an inter-
viewer asked Obama what he would have to
do over the next three years to have a suc-
cessful presidency. Obama named fixing the
economy, getting Afghanistan to a stable
place, passing meaningful health care reform
and moving the nation toward clean energy.
"If I can get those things done over the
next three years - and that's a pretty big
list - I will feel really good," he said.
Fittingly, he added: "If I get three out of
four, then I'll still feel pretty good about
myself."

(This article was written by Ben Feller and
Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writers)


Foreign police in




crime fight? No! A




thousand times no


EDITOR, The Tribune.

An article under the by-line
"Tribune Readers Back use
of foreign police in crime
fight" on page one, was in my
opinion, the views of a num-
ber of persons in John Q Pub-
lic.
Who are like many others,
fed-up with the high rate of
crime, the senseless taking of
human lives, the denigration
of women's sanctity in our
society and the mutilation of
the chastity of young persons,
males and females by sexual
degenerates in this archipel-
ago of islands dubbed the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.
The calling for assistance
from foreign police officers is
motivated by fear and frus-
tration; but it is most defi-
nitely not the answer.
Our Police Force, from the
disbandment of the West
Indian regiment at the turn
of the 20th century, was dom-
inated by foreign personnel
(West Indian) who were
because of their higher edu-
cational standards and intel-
lect, recruited into our Police
Force.
Due to our status as a colo-
nial territory, the command
and supervisory positions
were the sole domain of those
appointed by our colonial
masters and whose only qual-
ifications in many instances
was their pigmentation. Lit-
eracy for 95 per cent of
Bahamian males of colour,
was non-existent, all they pos-
sessed was brawn.
The majority of those
recruited into the force were
taken for their size, strength
and ability to pra-pra (wres-
tle) as their main duties were
dealing with drunk and dis-
orderly sponge fishermen.
In 1912 a number of Bar-
badians were recruited along
with a number of Jamaicans,
notables such as Sgt/ Major
King, Sgts Eddie, Amtrobus,
(who joined the army and
returned to the force in 1918),
Distupe and others, who were
responsible for bringing the
force to a reasonable standard
up to the early 1930's when
Bahamians notables like, Sgt
#1 Storr, Sgt Saul Armbris-
ter, Kinnear, Archer and a
number of other locals from
the out islands found the force
as a source of income. The
force got its first Commis-
sioner of Police - Col. Ersk-
ine Lindop - around 1937.


All others who headed the
force before him were dubbed
Police Commandants. Lindop
was transferred to Trinidad
in the aftermath of the Oakes
murder in 1942 as Deputy
Commissioner at a salary of
�700 per annum which was
higher than his �500 per
annum as commissioner in the
Bahamas. He was succeeded
by Col. Lancaster as Com-
missioner of Police.
After WWII a contingent
of police recruits were
brought in from British
Guyana and an instructor
(Wentworth) from Trinidad,
he held the rank of Sgt/Major,
he was succeeded by L R
Granger from Guyana who
was the last foreign police
instructor in the Bahamas
Police Force.
In early 1950 a batch of
recruits from Trinidad was the
last to be recruited from that
country.
1955 and 1958 saw the last
contingents of recruits from
Barbados. During the mid-
1950's-60 a large number of
displaced English Officers
from Colonial Forces viz: -
Bermuda, Palestine, Singa-
pore and other destinations,
found themselves in the
Bahamas Police Force.
Unlike the recruits from the
West Indies who were all
trained here and whose cul-
tures were similar to ours and
who very easily adapted to
our conditions, the English
segment were trained in
police methods applicable to
the cultures and modus
operandi of the miscreants of
those cultures, because they
were white, officers, and com-
pletely ignorant of not only
their new environment but
the modus operandi of our
criminal element; they were
unable to contribute anything
of value to the solution of our
criminal problems.
Retired AC Paul Thomp-
son was correct in pointing
out that foreign officers can
only be of assistance in the
area of forensics, fingerprints,
the art of interrogations and
crime scene procedures.
But experience has proven
that because of the culture,
pigmentation and attitudes
towards locals, their presence
is of little or no value at all.


We need only to look at their
presence in the Jamaica Con-
stabulary and the confusion
in the Turks and Caicos
Force, being created by such
individuals. The practice of
not utilising the expertise of
retired senior police officers
and specialised personnel,
who are still able to make
valuable contributions in
crime fighting techniques to
our police force, is a serious
oversight that should be
addressed by the movers and
shakers responsible for crime
in government and the force.
The need for assistance is real;
but to go abroad for it when it
is right here among us; is
incomprehensible.
Community Policing cou-
pled with input from crime
fighters of old who are still
healthy and kicking and the
wider community can do won-
ders in reducing our crime sit-
uation by bringing it to a lev-
el that we can all live with.
We should all take cognizance
of the fact that crime is not
the sole responsibility of the
government or police force,
but the entire population and
that is why we should and
must look to our communi-
ties for the solution.
If and until we as a people
look at crime and recognize
it for what it is, a social prob-
lem; and treat it as such, by
looking into our social struc-
ture for the solution. It must
be treated as a boil.
Look for the root and
remove it. As a former police-
man and having spent some
years in the rehabilitation of
convicts, I am of the opinion
that in our fight against crime,
we must go back to basics,
prevention.
I am convinced that incar-
ceration is the largest single
factor that is responsible for
the rise of crime in any soci-
ety.
We are in bad shape (crim-
inally) but not as bad as many
in the region, yet one murder,
rape, robbery or any other
crime is one too many.
Parents, teachers, service
clubs, fraternal organizations,
government law enforcement
agencies and indeed the
nation as a whole must come
together as one body to find
the ingredients to produce a
pill called crime prevention.

ERRINGTON WI
WATKINS
Nassau,
December 8, 2009.


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Friday December 25th, 2009
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Sunday December 27th, 2009
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009, PAGE 5


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Crime


- 2009's most serious


issue, say Tribune readers


WHY YOU VEX?

"Why I vex is because I can't sleep
Sunday night because of the street
bikes all the time making noise in
my ears. I'm surprised they don't get -,
mash up running so fast up and down
Bay Street. Why don't nobody do
something about them, I tried and: I
can't sleep. Help!"
- Sleepless in Sandyport
"I is vex that politicians are not I
classifying the apprehension of the '
illegal migrant who breaks Bahami- '
an laws by illegally invading our ,
island country as a crime! Our little
sovereign nation and member of the , '
United Nations should not suffer
destabilisation by massive groups of
persons whose aim is to breach the
security of our Bahamas. This action should be classed as a
major criminal act and severely punishable as a deterrent to oth-
er invaders!"
- Legal warrior
"I is vex with all these children an' adults an' their family all
over Nassau, on the road, in the supermarket, at gas stations, in
the mall, everywhere speaking Creole so loudly with no respect
to lower the volume. This Nassau is one English speaking island
an' I is wonder what in the world happened over the last 20
years. Before time, I remember only them couple o' elderly
gardeners speaking quietly and to each other in Creole and
never in the presence of the English speaking Bahamians who
were held in great respect. What happened now? Who respon-
sible? Who authorise this?"
- Rip Van Winkle
"I vex because I went to the FNM meeting in Pinewood Gar-
dens, my Byron Woodside spoke and had all these great activ-
ities for us. (A lady) was suppose to teach us how to sew and
make quite a few other arts and crafts. I called and no one
answered at least four times at the headquarters office - noth-
ing ever got started. Why is all I want to know, why? I could be
making some of those arts and crafts for my Christmas tree
and plus the knowledge would be with me for a lifetime."
- Upset in Pinewood
"I vex because as hard as things is a lot of employees still car-
rying on as if they are doing their bosses a favour. I pull up to the
hot dog stand, you think the young lady look at me yet? I said
to her, 'Excuse me, can I have a hot dog without the relish'.
"Chile' she continued to talk to the young man sitting next to
her - all I said was 'Have a good day' then I sped away."
- Hungry as hell
"I am happy that the intellectual lawyer, former Cabinet
(minister) and current MP Alfred Sears has been issuing a
series of informative articles on the blacklisting of the Bahamas
by the FATF and the OECD/Financial Stability Board in 2000
and 2009. Such proactive and informative commentary towards
the national good is what should be expected from every MP
even when they are on the opposite side of the bench."
-Finance student
Are you vex? Send your complaints to whyyouvex@tribune-
media.net


Tribune readers have over-
whelmingly voted that crime
was the most serious and press-
ing issue of 2009.
Asked to choose the issue
which has had the greatest
impact on them from a list of
the year's biggest media stories,
112 readers chose crime - more
than double the next most pop-
ular choice - the economy.
Readers chose crime above
the economy, the Crown land
row, the John Travolta extor-
tion trial and the marital rape
debate, among others.
Adrian Kasey Anusitz wrote
that the Bahamas is on a slip-
pery slope into "the abyss"
because of crime.
"The ignorance and the
unwillingness to cease and
desist in the attitude, behav-
iour, conduct and the mentality
of too many people in the
Bahamas is placing the coun-
try on a pathway to destruc-
tion," the reader said.
Fred said crime is definitely
the most serious problem facing
the Bahamas today. "In the last
year I've had my boat stolen,
car broken into twice and just
last month caught someone
stealing in my yard," he said.
"I'm also in retail and totally
stressed out about constantly
having to look over my shoul-
der every day, now assuming
the worst of everyone that
looks a bit strange and not
being able to legally protect
myself and family.
"I think if the police are
undermanned they need to seri-
ously consider letting business
owners arm themselves, pro-


viding proper mandatory train-
ing in order to qualify for hand-
gun licenses. Wake up! The
criminals are armed and have
no regard for life."
Kevard Rolle said: "You
can't even go outside of your
house to throw away your
garbage without thinking that
you will lose your life to mur-
der. I'm just 18 and scared of
losing my life to such things. In
this society there are too many
crimes - murder, robbery, rape,
stabbings and so forth. This is
sending negative information
to visitors of the Bahamas being
a bad place, especially after the
18 tourists were robbed.
"Where are the criminals get-
ting these guns from? The gov-
ernment should make the Cus-
toms Department check every
container that comes into our
ports - whether it is owned by
the public sector or the private
sector."
Sherle Knowles said: "We are
losing too many of our young
people to illiteracy, crime,
drugs, gangs, immorality and
untimely death. To reduce
crime, it is critical that we get
the unemployed, idle, aimless
youth off the streets and
engaged in a national boot
camp training programme
aimed at teaching them basic
skills, trades, Godly values, et
cetera.
"In addition, the Bail Act
must be amended in the best
interest of the Bahamian peo-
ple, and the government's inac-
tion on this most important
issue is exposing the citizens of
the Bahamas to grave injury."


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THE TRIBUNE


*OCAL NEWS I


DAYS


BY


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PRESIDENT JF KENNEDY (left), Inspector Leslie Cates (right), Commissioner Colchester-Wemyss (behind Pres Kennedy and Inspector Cates),
Rusty Bethell of ZNS (back of photo).


i "his week's In Days Gone By, submitted by
Tribune reader Christopher Cates, gives us an
insight into US President John F Kennedy's
visit to the Bahamas on December 18, 1962.
He is the only sitting US president to ever officially vis-
it the Bahamas.
In the photos are Lawrence Glinton of the Ministry of
Works, who later became a Senator; Harcourt "Rusty"
Bethell, who became the general manager of ZNS; EJH

ALL PRESENT AND CORRECT


PRESIDENT KENNEDY, Honour Guard Commander Inspector Leslie
Cates, Commissioner EJH Colchester-Wemyss and the Police Honour
Guard.


PRESIDENT
KENNEDY at
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Kennedy, Peter Bethell
(Ministry of Works) and
Lawrence Glinton (Ministry
of Works)


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Worship time: 11am & 7pm
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Colchester-Wemyss, OBE, who was commissioner of police
from 1955 to 1963; and Inspector Leslie Cates, who later
became a superintendent and the officer in charge of the
Northern Division from 1964 until his retirement from
the force in 1968.
Inspector Cates was one of the officers sent to reclaim
Cay Sal in 1956 after an invasion by Cuban nationals and
was later in charge of the Police Air Wing at its inception
in 1964 (Supt Cates was a licensed pilot).


Photo No. 1 and Photo No.4 Bahama Life Mag-
azine - December 1963 edition. Photographer
Jarvis Darville (Jarvis Studios)

Photo No 2 to No 3 The Tribune Newspaper



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ALBERTHA
EVANS, 79


ia resident or Gfiarden Hills &
formerly of Old Bight. Cat
rt >j Island, whki died on 2nd Dec-
t 2T(UO9. w'ill be held at
TrIaIt ,,ig U tiion B�ptist
Church, Market & Vcse)y
" %5 bx1s. on Saltiuy atI : al :W.
a.m. Officiating will he Rev
Dr. Stephen E. Thompson.
IssIlIedI h y Rrv. Bra.,il MIDMonialdI R.v, BBMil .Johnim.in &
Rev Shcrma rRnow:. Intcrrnini fnillrws in Wbilawn Gardcms.
Soldier Road.
Left TO cherish the Legay of her life is her daughter, Jillian
Paitnell and son-In4la. Briani PailnM ; grandchiklren (5),
Bria Alcxis, Jde. Aliya. Jordan Alyvsu, Brian FAward Jr.,
and Jasmine C'hnslirna PainciL. 3 sisterr. Clunta Lindsay.
Blueneoi' Seornilu and Rochell Rolle iof Frepou. Grind
Bahama. aunt, Avilda "Dhve" John.n oF Calit'rnia; ister-
in-law, EvaingeliI Prophetess Laureli Miutd Rolle of Old
Bight Cat Island, including Deborah Sirnmnns, Deidre
Authur. Lucy Stunrup. Rev. Francis Copr, Jnspeclor Donna
Franci-. Susan Woo4C, Spiherre Ruviell., Inne Bain, Phoni:i
Scymour. Sonia Rollc of Freeport, Crystal Thompson.
PiarTe and tShawnu WiJliams 5o New Yurk., Lvar llauris
of New Yirk, Fleanor RBunrr ,w., Thecrr a Sirachan. Margarcr
Swccung. MJnam Cherelus. Glcndora Hart. Archclcan
Broimn, RBlrlham;arnrK RillI, Jnv.nln rM:ll ;nl Surr.i1lha
Fnrbec: nephews, including Ross, 1.erny and Sicrling
Syc muur. Ralph Jr., Gerard. and Freddy Wlliamrns uf N-e
Y'Lk. (flussrnu an ] Gleilford Rill, Elihy miid LDwi~hl Darling
of Freeport.An lrr lnd Stephen Harris of New York, Charleks,
WilflCd. Paul. [Hnlirick. Elis and Chrisouphce Rulk' of
Freeport. Grand Bahama; other relative and friends,
Ruoena Riley and family. Edna Jkohmn fand family. Isatril
Bon ,c and fitmnily, Chrisni.11I Culmncr and family, Mizpah
Strapp and family,H dlcl Jnhrmn liund family. Erma Smith
itnd f;mil>'y. Edwina Gibsn and family. EkI'nuT Brennen.
the Transfiguratio.n Church family and many other relazi\ s
and tnends. Lou numennxs to mention.
Friends may pay LheLr la.s respects al Demerintr's Funeral
Home. Markel Sireet, from I(. 5:.) p.m. on Frntiy & on
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009, PAGE 7


LOCALNEWS


Bahamas

Democratic

Movement in

GB food drive
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - THE
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment will be distributing
$10,000 worth of food items to
residents on Grand Bahama
this afternoon.
Cassius Stuart, BDM
leader, said the organisation
launched a food drive to assist
the needy.
He and other party mem-
bers will be handing out food
bags at the International
Bazaar at 2pm.
"We have been on a food
drive to assist residents of the
Grand Bahama because on
our last trip here we met
many individuals who were
struggling to pay their bills
and were falling short on gro-
ceries," said Mr Stuart.

Needy
"I told our executive team
that we had to do something,
and we raised about $10,000
worth of food items which we
have brought to distribute to
our needy brothers and sister
here.
"I had a chance to speak
with Social Services and I was
told stories about young girls
as young as 11 involved in
prostitution to find food to
eat, and that hurt me."
Mr Stuart said the BDM is
hoping to assist as many peo-
ple as they can.
"We want anyone who
needs food must come out to
the International Bazaar.
"We just want to be able to
help out for the Christmas
season," he added.
Mr Stuart said will return to
Grand Bahama in January to
distribute another $10,000 in
groceries.
The BDM is hosting a Gala
Ball -'A Purple and Gold
Affair' - in Grand Bahama at
the Junkanoo Beach Club on
Taino Beach at 7pm tomor-
row.


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From rock to acting... Lenny



Kravitz talks about Precious


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
ROCK star Lenny Kravitz
talked about his first acting role
in a Golden Globe nominated
film, Precious, based on the
novel 'Push' By Sapphire, at
the Bahamas International Film
Festival screening on Thursday
night.
The world-famous Ameri-
can/Bahamian musician was
joined by screenplay writer
Geoffrey Fletcher for a discus-
sion with the audience at the
end of the festival's closing
night film at Galleria Cinemas
on JFK Drive.
Mr Kravitz talked to fans on
the red carpet as he arrived for
the Bahamian premiere and
talked about how the minor
acting role as nurse John is the
first of what could be a bud-
ding film career.
Since its release last month
Precious has attracted critical
acclaim and earned three Gold-
en Globe nominations includ-
ing one for Best Picture, spark-
ing hopes for Oscar success.
The film directed by Lee
Daniels challenges audiences
to confront the disturbing real-
ities of a 16-year-old girl's life in
1980s Harlem as she endures
the horrors of extreme physi-
cal and sexual abuse and faces
her second pregnancy after
being raped by her father.
Claireece "Precious" Jones
(Gabourey Sidibe) further
struggles with obesity and illit-
eracy, but her inspirational
hope and strength lead her to
face these challenges and to the
dawning of new possibilities.
The character has inspired
people around the world, and
after the first Bahamian screen-
ing a woman was moved to
share her own experience of
sexual abuse and subsequent
thoughts of suicide with Mr
Fletcher, Mr Kravitz and the
audience. Mr Fletcher was
touched by her confession and
said he hopes the film does


raise awareness of abuse and
inspire those who have experi-
enced abuse in any country or
culture.
He said: "One of the things
the film's about is the invisibil-
ity of a woman like Precious
and anyone who's ever endured
the things that Precious has will
hopefully know that they're not
alone.

Funny
"But what people haven't
been talking about is that it's
funny too, I think.
"There's a lot of humour in it
so ultimately I hope they have
some fun too.
"I always hoped it would be a
dynamic experience where you
go through so many emotions,
and certainly it's a tough jour-
ney to take, but hopefully one
that you feel was worthwhile."
Precious' sharp perceptions


and witty interactions with live-
ly characters, portrayed through
innovative cinematography,
carry the audience with her on
her journey, so when Lenny
Kravitz enters as the dashing
nurse John and flashes his daz-
zling white smile we are pre-
sented with a beacon of hope.
Mr Kravitz said: "I don't
think you can deny this film. I
really don't think you can, it's
just one of those films.
"I think wherever people
have gone to see this film, in
whatever country, people are
relating to it in a very deep way.
"I remember being at the
Cannes film festival and at the
end of it the audience gave Lee
a 15 minute standing ovation
and the entire room was cry-
ing.
"People are just really con-
necting with the story, with the
struggle. There's a little bit of
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sau will really identify."
The rock star, whose
Bahamian mother Roxie
Roker, starred in the 1970s hit
TV show The Jefferson's, said
he has always been interested in
acting but has had little time to


LENNY KRAVITZ (centre) with BIFF's
Leslie Vanderpool.


dedicate to film. Mr Daniels
invited the rock star to play the
role and shot his part in a day
so he could fit it into his hectic
touring schedule.
Mr Kravitz hopes to feature
in more substantial roles in
future films, but for now he is
based in the Bahamas, record-
ing his next album.


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LOCAL NEWS I


Hopes dashed of


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in search for


missing boaters

FROM page one
ing a helicopter with Bahamian officials aboard land on the
island to conduct searches by foot.
"All searches of the island and surrounding areas have yield-
ed no results. Port checks of the marinas and ports around
the search areas are also being conducted to determine if the
missing boaters have checked in."
The search area surveyed by the US Coast Guard covers
Haulover Inlet to Cape Canaveral, Florida., outwards to and
including the islands of the Bahamas.
Chris Lloyd, Operations Director of the Bahamas Air Sea
Rescue Association, said yesterday that BASRA was informed
about the case on Monday, and based on the information he has
received believes it is unlikely the men are in Bahamian waters.
"It would be very difficult to breakdown near Florida and end
up near The Bahamas," said Mr Lloyd.
He added that the men were said to have left Florida in
rough seas without proper safety equipment.
"There were six-foot seas that day. They had no radio, no life-
jackets and no flares. The onus is on them to have proper
safety equipment."
He said the case remains "open" but one of the hindrances
is that there is "no (defined) area to actively search."
The missing men are both 30 years old. They were sailing in
a white, 17ft, centre-console style Key Largo pleasure craft
with a green-blue stripe.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of
Mr Alicea and Mr Pritchard, they are asked to contact the US
Coast Guard at 1 305-415-6800.



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rain away from any development, requir-
ing police to set out by car and then on foot
to inspect the wreckage yesterday.
PC Tucker said that based on the "fright-
ening" scenes witnessed by those living on
the island, he doubted anyone will be found
alive at the site of the crash.
The flight was said to have come to a fiery
end around two hours after leaving the
Dominican Republic, where it had stopped
at the Higuero International Airport to refu-
el.
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the island as an unidentified speeding fireball
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wait when people's lives are at
stake and the principles that
we all purport to share-
respect for democracy, the
rule of law and human rights
- are in jeopardy," she said.
* See page 9 for full story

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US and Russia

near deal to trim

nuclear arsenals
By PETER BAKER
c.2009 New York Times
News Service
WASHINGTON
Eight months, three presi-
dential meetings, countless
Geneva negotiating sessions
and one missed deadline later,
the United States and Russia
appear on the verge of agreeing
to a new arms control treaty
that will reduce their strategic
nuclear arsenals by at least one
quarter.
But even if the two sides
manage to bring home a deal
in coming days as they hope,
that will be the easy part. After
President Barack Obama and
President Dmitri A. Medvedev
of Russia sign the new pact,
they plan to send negotiators
back to the table next year to
pursue a far more ambitious
agreement tackling whole cate-
gories of nuclear weapons nev-
er before subject to interna-
tional limits.
The talks envisioned for 2010
would take Obama's disarma-
ment agenda to the next level
and attempt what no president
has managed since the dark
days of the Cold War.
In addition to further reduc-
ing deployed strategic war-
heads, the negotiations would
try to empty at least some
vaults storing warheads in
reserve. And the two sides
would aim at thousands of tac-
tical nuclear bombs most vul-
nerable to theft or prolifera-
tion, some still located in
Europe 20 years after the fall of
the Berlin Wall.
The effort is part of a broad-
er initiative by Obama toward
eventual elimination of all
nuclear weapons and to trans-
form the U.S. military for a new
era. A nuclear review next
month will propose an overhaul
of the nation's strategic doc-
trine and force consideration
of how many weapons the
United States really needs with-
out a superpower rival, includ-
ing whether to eliminate one
leg of the traditional "triad" of
submarines, missiles and
bombers.
The first step is the comple-
tion of the treaty on the table.
Obama left Washington on
Thursday night to fly to Copen-
hagen, where he will meet with
Medvedev at a global climate
change conference. There, they
hope to cut through the remain-
ing obstacles to the agreement
to replace the Strategic Arms
Reduction Treaty of 1991,
known as START, which
expired Dec. 5.
The new version of Start
would require each side to
reduce deployed strategic
nuclear warheads to roughly
1,600, down from 2,200, accord-
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009, PAGE 9


Bahamas changes historic




support for human rights


BY US AMBASSADOR
NICOLE A AVANT

On November
19 and 20,
three coun-
try-specific
resolutions on the human
rights situations in Iran, Bur-
ma and the Democratic Peo-
ple's Republic of Korea
(DPRK) came up for action
in the United Nations Gen-
eral Assembly (UNGA)
Third Committee. The
Third Committee is the only
UN body with the universal
membership responsible for
addressing international
human rights issues.
All three resolutions
passed. What was different
about this year's vote was
that the Bahamas' historic
support for these important
resolutions changed.
While the Bahamas was
consistently one of the brave
souls in the Caribbean
region that stood up for
human rights, it chose to
abstain during the Novem-
ber vote.
The resolution on Iran,
sponsored by Canada and
41 other co-sponsors, was
particularly important this
year as the world watched
in stunned horror at the bru-
tal repression that occurred
in the wake of the June 12
elections.
The government in Iran
shut down scores of news
outlets, arrested journalists
and carried out summary
executions, torture, and arbi-
trary detention.
The resolution called on
the government of Iran to
fully respect its human rights
obligations, both in law and
in practice.
The government of Iran
has consistently refused to
acknowledge that it faces
human rights issues, as all
countries do.
In explaining this signifi-
cant change in position to
the committee chairman, the
Bahamas said it was
"reassessing" its vote
because they were not con-
vinced that country specific
resolutions would improve
the human rights situations
in those countries.
The Bahamas went so far
as to suggest that these res-
olutions could actually
impede meaningful dialogue

We hope
one day that
the citizens
of Iran,
Burma and
the DPRK
will be able
to discuss
and address
human rights
issues open-
ly, without
fear of
persecution.
lmU


Review


The Bahamas stated that
human rights issues should
be addressed during the
Human Rights Council's
(HRC) Universal Periodic
Review (UPR) which each
country submits to every
four years.
The problem with this


argument is that Iran has not
facilitated the visit of a sin-
gle rapporteur or indepen-
dent expert of the Human
Rights Council to its country
in over four years. Iran's and
the Bahamas' contention
that co-operation is better
than resolutions would be
more credible if Iran had
itself cooperated in the most
basic manner with these
established human rights
mechanisms.


The resolution on Iran,
sponsored by Canada and 41
other co-sponsors, was par-
ticularly important this year
as the world watched in
stunned horror at the brutal
repression that occurred in
the wake of the June 12 elec-
tions.


When confronted with sit-
uations of grave and wide-
spread violations in coun-
tries which refuse to co-
operate in any meaningful
manner with the interna-
tional human rights system,
the UN bodies must act.
Action in one forum does
not preclude action in other
fora.

Importance
We attach great impor-
tance to the establishment
of the HRC system of Uni-
versal Periodic Review,
which is an excellent oppor-
tunity to share best practices
and to work to improve the
global human rights situa-
tion. But it does not replace
the HRC's and Third Com-
mittee's mandates to act in
the face of urgent situations.
It was not designed to do so,
nor to act in cases of non-
cooperation. In part this is
because every country is
only reviewed once every
four years.
Iran's review is February
2010, Burma in 2011, and


DPRK at the end of 2009.
If we were to do what the
Bahamas suggests and wait


when people's lives are at
stake and the principles that
we all purport to share:
respect for democracy, the
rule of law and human
rights; are in jeopardy.
We hope one day that the
citizens of Iran, Burma and
the DPRK will be able to
discuss and address human
rights issues openly, without
fear of persecution.
The people of those
nations must know that all
the freedom loving people
in the world stand with them
and are committed to
addressing the promotion
and protection of human
rights with the sense of
urgency that the situations
in those countries deserve.


THE BAHAMAS

HUMANE SOCIETY

We had had several envelopes
addressed to our president stolen
from an employee vehicle. If you
have sent anything recently that
requires our attention and or is of
importance please contact us so
that we can address the matter.


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IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division


2009
CLE/qui/No. 01483


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 5,515
square feet and situate on the Northern side of Lewis Street East, in the City
of Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, and at a distance of 137 feet from
Comfort Street, and bounding Northerly by land said to be the property of
Howard Pinder and running thereon Fifty-seven and Nineteen hundredths
(57.19') feet and bounding Easterly by land said to be the property of Gertrude
Fowler and running thereon One Hundred and Three hundredths (100.03') feet
and bounding Southerly by Lewis Street and running thereon Fifty-three and
Ninety-seven hundredths (53.97') feet and bounding Westerly by land said
to be the property of Mary Cartwright and running thereon Ninety-eight and
Sixty-five hundredths (98.65') feet.
AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act of 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of
Lesley Anne Stubbs and Leverne Palacious

NOTICE OF PETITION
Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 15th day of October,
A.D. 2009.
The Petition of Lesley Anne Stubbs and Leverne Palacious, both of Lewis Street
East, in the City of Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, showeth in respect of:
ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land comprising 5,515 square feet and situate
on the Northern side of Lewis Street East, in the city of Nassau, New Providence,
Bahamas, and bounded on the North by land said to be the property of Howard
Pinder and running thereon Fifty-seven and Nineteen hundredths (57.19') feet
and on the East by land said to be the property of Gertrude Fowler and running
thereon One Hundred and Three hundredths (100.03') feet and on the South
by Lewis Street and running thereon Fifty-three and Ninety-seven hundredths
(53.97') feet and on the West by land said to be the property of Mary Cartwright
and running thereon Ninety-eight and Sixty-five hundredths (98.65') feet.
The Petitioners, Lesley Anne Stubbs and Leverne Palacious, herein claim to
be the owners in fee simple in possession of the said tract of land and have
made application to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have their title to the
said tract 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 that Act.
Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape marks and dimen-
sions of the said tract of land may be inspected during normal office hours at
the following places:
(a) The Registry of The Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Joseph C. Ledee, Suite No. 6,
Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower or right to Dower
or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents file at
the Registry of The Supreme Court in the City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve
on the Petitioners or on the undersigned an Adverse Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve an Adverse Claim on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents shall
operate as a bar to such claim.
DATED THIS 15TH DAY OF OCTOBER, A.D. 2009.
JOSEPH C. LEDEE, ESQ.
Chambers
Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Petitioners
Dec 9th, Dec 19th and Dec 29th


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Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


OLYMPIAN Devin Mullings,
fresh from qualifying for the USTA
Plantation Open Tennis Tournament
in January, came home and showed
why he's the best men's player on
the Davis Cup team.
The Grand Bahamian, who grad-
uated from Ohio State University,
wasted very little time in pulling off
a 6-0, 6-1 victory over national junior
champion Robert Lightbourn yes-
terday at the National Tennis Cen-
ter.
The performance came as the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association
opened its December Invitational
that will serve as the trials for both
the men's Davis Cup and the wom-
en's Fed Cup teams next year. The
tournament wraps up on Sunday.
"We want to have players identi-
fied for the teams next year," said
BLTA's president Steve Turnquest.
"We have other players who may
not be at the level of the team, but
they are approaching it.
"We were hoping that we would
have been able to include one or
two more juniors, but because of the
amount of matches that we have to
play, we had to defer that."
Turnquest said while this Invita-
tional will determine where their
professional and collegiate players
are, there will be a similar tourna-
ment for the junior players, ages 14-
16, starting on December 28 for
teams next year as well.
The men's division of the Invita-
tional have a field of 14 players
divided into four pools, while the
ladies have six, shared up in two
pools.
As the premier national team sin-
gles male player, Mullings said he
just wanted to come home and estab-
lish his presence early, despite the
fact that they had to play under
windy conditions.
"I played okay. I did what I had to
did. I hit the ball very," said
Mullings, who noted that the quali-
fying tournament in Plantation,
Florida really helped to keep him
sharp.
"I'm just here to take care of busi-
ness as usual and then go back and


train because I have three tourna-
ments in January so I have to pre-
pare for them."
Mullings, 24, is the top seeded
player in the Invitational. He also
tops Pool C, which also comprises
of fellow Grand Bahamian Rodney
Carey and Desmond Perigord.
Carey, who is also home around
playing in a number of junior tour-
naments, was almost as impressive as
Mullings, taking his opener 6-0, 6-3
over Perigord.
"Not too bad. It was a bit too
windy, which made it a little worse.
But I got it done," said the 17-year-
old Carey, who was added to the
Davis Cup this year as an alternate.
"It's always good to come back
home. I'm just happy that I'm able to
play here again. I'm looking forward
to doing very well in the tourna-
ment."
One of the big matches during the
early session was between No.2
Davis Cupper Timothy Neilly, also
from Grand Bahama and former
Davis Cupper H'Cone Thompson.
In the Pool D showdown, Neilly
pulled off a 6-3, 6-1 decision and he
indicated that it was good to get the
feeling of playing at home again.
"I'm just having some fun," he
said. "I played him once or twice
before, but I just played my match. It
was pretty much what I expected.
"I just want to play as much
matches as I can here. I really enjoy
playing here, so I'm looking forward
to competing and letting the results
take care of itself."
Thompson, who got in as an alter-
nate, said it was a tough match,
notwithstanding the fact that it was
windy.
"He played a good match. I didn't
take care of my serve and took care
of my business when I should have,"
Thompson said. "I think all of the
young guys are getting better and
the usual characters from Davis Cup
are playing well."
The most exciting match came in
Pool A when Jason Rolle came from
a 5-1 deficit in the third set to come-
from-behind to beat KC Strachan 6-
3, 1-6, 7-5.
On the women's side, 17-year-old
Kerrie Cartwright won 6-1, 6-1 over
Gabriel Moxey in Pool A and Elan-
qua Griffin got by Tershelle Bur-


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MARVIN Rolle returns a volley at the BLTA's December Invitational yesterday at the
National Tennis Center.


"I knew I could have played better
this time around against her," Mox-
ey said. "I was proud of my perfor-
mance, compared to the last time.
"I feel proud of myself playing
against the bigger girls. Even if I
don't get to make the team."
The remainder of the pool play
will continue today at 10 a.m. and
the semifinal will start at 2 p.m. The
finals will be played on Sunday.


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rows 6-0, 6-2 in Pool B.
"It was okay. It was really windy,
but it was what I expected,"
Cartwright said. "I think it's a great
opportunity and I just love playing
here at home, especially in this type
of tournament."
Moxey, a 16-year-old 11th grader
at Queen's College, said it was a
good match, but the windy condi-
tions didn't help her at all.


Providence Holiday Classic



scheduled to begin this month


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net


FOR the seventh year, coach
Kevin 'KJ' Johnson will provide an
avenue for local high school bas-
ketball players to participate in a
basketball tournament during the
Christmas break.
The Providence Holiday Classic is
scheduled for December 27-30 at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium and
it will feature a total of 20 senior
boys' basketball teams divided into
four pools of five each.
"The objective definitely is to try
to keep the teams sharper for the
second half of the season," John-
son said. "Secondly, we want to
keep these children in a positive
environment during the Christmas
break.
"We know that idle hands get
them in trouble, so we want to try to
keep them busy doing positive stuff
by playing the game of basketball."
Players participating in the tour-
nament will also get the opportu-
nity to be scouted as a number of
high school and college coaches
from the United States are expect-


ed to be in town, according to John-
son.
"They're looking for players for
their junior colleges and even some
of the high schools, so we want to
use the opportunity for a lot of our
players to showcase their talent,"
Johnson stressed.
As for the competition expected,
Johnson said it should definitely be
stiff as all five pools are pretty much
balanced. Each team will play each
other in their pool with the top two
teams advancing to the pool cham-
pionships.
From there, the top four will go
to the semifinal where they will
cross over to play in the semifinal.
While the two winners will advance
to the championship game, the two
losing teams will end up playing for
the consolation third place.
Trophies will also be provided for
the first and second All-Tourna-
ment teams, the most valuable play-
er for the tournament and the MVP
for the championship game along
with the most assists, rebounds,
block shots and steals.
"We want to award all of the kids
for their hard work," Johnson stat-
ed.


With a lot of parity displayed so
far during the regular season in the
high schools, Johnson said it's a lit-
tle difficult to determine who are
the favourites right now.
"I guess the teams who come out
to play will beat you," he pointed
out. "Anybody is liable to win
because we have Eight Mile Rock,
CC Sweeting, RM Bailey, West-
minster, CI Gibson and Govern-
ment High," said Johnson, who
coaches CI Gibson.
"But we know that the Family
Islands have a point to prove and
Telios always have a strong team.
Once these teams are focused and
you come half stepping, you could
get beat. You have to be ready to
play."
Johnson said with the tournament
coming right on the heels of Christ-
mas day and just before New Year's
Day, it's a good chance for the pub-
lic to enjoy some competitive bas-
ketball games.
"Junkanoo will be over with and
so during those four days before
New Year's Junkanoo, there's noth-
ing happening, so come on out and
watch some good basketball com-
petition."


CI Gibson coach Kevin Johnson talks
about Providence Holiday Classic.


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HERE'S a look at the results from
matches played during the first day
of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Asso-
ciation's December Invitational at
the National Tennis Center:
Morning Session
Men's Draw
Pool A
Jason Rolle def. KC Strachan 6-3,
1-6, 7-5.
Marvin Rolle def. KC Strachan 6-1,
6-1.
Pool B
Justin Lunn def. Ceron Rolle 6-2, 6-
4.
Jamal Adderley def. Justin Lunn 7-
6, 6-1.
Pool C
Devin Mullings def. Robert Light-
bourn 6-0, 6-1.
Rodney Carey def. Desmond Perig-
ord 6-0, 6-3.
Devin Mullings def. Desmond Perig-
ord 6-0, 6-0.
Pool D
Timothy Neilly def. H'Cone Thomp-
son 6-3, 6-1.
Jonathan Hanna def. William Foun-
tain 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
H'Cone Thompson def. William
Fountain 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Ladies Draw
Pool A
Kerrie Cartwright def. Gabriel Mox-
ey 6-1, 6-1.
Kerrie Cartwright def. Larikah Rus-
sell W/O.
Pool B
Elanqua Griffin def. Tershelle Bur-
rows 6-0, 6-2.
Tershelle Burrows def. Nikkita Foun-
tain W/0.


New Providence

Volleyball Association

All-Star Classic

AS the New Providence Volleyball
Association gears up for its All-Star Clas-
sic on Sunday, a double header com-
pleted the regular season action on
Wednesday up to the Christmas break.
In the ladies opener at the DW Davis
Gymnasium, it took the Lady Caribs of
College of the Bahamas five sets to defeat
the Lady Techs 25-22,19-25, 25-19,15-
25 and 15-7.
Once again Kenisha Thompson led the
Lady Caribs with a game high 24 points.
Rochelle Henfield scored 17 points in a
losing effort.
In men's feature game, the Scotiabank
Defenders won over DaBasement 25-16,
25-16 and 25-19 as lan 'Wire' Pinder
both led the attack with seven kills behind
Hector Rolle's game high 13 points.
Khayum Minus would secure nine
points in a losing effort.
As the association take the Christmas
break, here's a look at the current stand-
ings:

Teams W L Pct. GB
MEN'S DIVISION
Scotiabank Defenders 11 1 .916 -
Nat'l Fence Intruders 10 1 .909 .5
Technicians 9 2 .818 1.5
Champions Club 6 7.461 5.5
DaBasement 6 7.461 5.5
Police Crimestoppers 4 8 .333 7
COB Caribs 2 11 .153 9.5
Saints 1 12 .076 10.5

WOMEN'S DIVISION
Scottsdale Vixens 8 0 1.0
Johnson's L. Truckers 7 1 .875 1
COBCabirs 4 5 .444 4.5
LadyTechs 3 7 .300 6
Champions Club 3 4 .428 4.5
Batelco Blackberries 0 8 .000 8



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THE 6TH ANNUAL BAHAMAS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL came
to a close Thursday night at Compass Point,
where film makers, panelists, jurors, spon-
sors and the press had gathered to celebrate
another successful year.
BIFF opened on December 11 with the
Bahamian opening movie Children of God,
directed by Kareem Mortimer, followed by the
opening gala at the Atlantis Resort.
For a full week, the BIFF schedule was filled
with panel discussions, award ceremonies
and of course movies, short films, documen-
taries and more movies.
One documentary that stood out was Rise
Up, a journey through the Jamaican music
underground, directed by Luciano Blotta of
Argentina.
The documentary juxtaposes three stories
or musical journeys by a ghetto artist, an
uptown artist and a young singer from the
country to give an insight into Jamaican cul-
ture, society and paint a vibrant picture of the
music scene in Jamaica, of course accompa-
nied by a great soundtrack.
A very special movie also was the closing
night movie Precious by Lee Daniels and
Geoffrey Fletcher. This outstanding film about
the suffering of 16-year-old Claireece "Pre-
cious" Jones and her journey to overcome


was a true inspiration.
Lenny Kravitz was present at the film festi-
val as one of the cast in Precious and spoke
to the audience about the film.
This year's honourees were: Johnny Depp,
Sophie Onokedo and Gavin McKinney.
Johnny Depp received the "Career Achieve-
ment Award" at a ceremony held at the Bal-
moral Club on Sunday, where he took the
opportunity to speak to the audience and the
media.
He said he liked all the movies he had ever
been a part of - "the good and the bad" - and
felt honoured to be recognized at the festival.
Sophie Onokedo was the recipient of the
"Rising Star Award" at the Balmoral Club on
Wednesday, for her noteworthy performances
to date and her bright future as an elite
actress.
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at the College of the Bahamas where he was
honoured for his work since 1973. He has
spent over 20,000 hours underwater making
films.
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the Bahamas International Film Festival, has
yet again put together an outstanding interna-
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