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PLP candidate's job

with US law firm

sparks controversy

Quake divine


claim slammed
Tribune Staff Reporter
PASTORS who have
attributed Haiti's cata-
strophic earthquake
and subsequent suffer-
ing of millions of peo-
ple to divine retribu-
tion were slammed by
Methodist church lead-
ers and charities yes-
Bill Higgs, president
SEE page three

Tribune Staff Reporter
RYAN Pinder, PLP candi-
date for Elizabeth, has been
hit with claims that his job
with a US-based law firm that
advocates for foreign devel-
opers might mean he could
suffer from a conflict of inter-
est if elected to Parliament.
Andre Rollins, the Nation-
al Development Party's can-
didate for the Elizabeth by-
election, also alleges that Mr
Pinder's candidacy in Eliza-
beth is "opportunistic", con-
sidering his recent history of
campaigning in the Clifton
constituency, and is aimed
solely at launching him into
Parliament rather than a gen-
uine concern or connection
with the people who live in
the area.
"Is Ryan Pinder an oppor-
tunist seeking to represent a
foreign law firm who has close
affiliation with many devel-
opers seeking to do business,
not only in the state of Flori-
da, but potentially in this
country?" Mr Rollins asked.
Like Workers' Party candi-
date, Rodney Moncur, the 34-
year-old expressed further
concern that Mr Pinder's US
citizenship may impinge upon
his ability to truly act in the
interests of the Bahamas as a
lawmaker if elected, and may
lead to the upheaval of an
election court challenge if not
further explored.



PAGE 3: Date for TV debate
Yesterday Mr Pinder
declined to comment on Mr
Rollins' claims, saying that
they were "personal" in
Mr Rollins told The Tri-
bune that constituents need
to question what both candi-
dates put forward that the
FNM and the PLP "repre-
sent", based on their records.
Not sparing Dr Duane
Sands, the FNM candidate for
the February 16 by-election,
Mr Rollins alleged that scruti-
ny of Dr Sands' record does
SEE page 11

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
OFFICERS remove the body of one of the young men shot yesterday morning in Rupert Dean Lane. Three people are being questioned.

Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE were last night questioning
three people - two of them women - after
two men were shot dead in a suspected
revenge attack.
The three were arrested in the Woodes
Alley area off Market Street late yester-
day afternoon. Police also recovered two

Police question trio,
including two women
high-powered automatic weapons and a
camouflage jacket.
They are being held in connection with
the shootings of Wilton Omar Smith, 30, of
Roberts Drive, Bamboo Town, and

Lashown Davis, 29, of Rupert Dean Lane.
The pair were gunned down by the road-
side, not far from the New Apostolic
Church on Rupert Dean Lane. Their deaths
push the country's homicide count to 10.
Screams of grief emanated from Rupert
Dean Lane yesterday as relatives, friends of
the victims as well as concerned residents of
SEE page 11

^. .THE POLICE are asking for the
....... assistance of the residents of
Grand Bahama and Abaco in their
v. efforts to locate 17-year-old
Charleah Wilchcombe. She was
- last seen at the Columbus House
for Girls on August 4, 2009. Any-
1 -. one with information should call
350-310/78, 352-9774/5 or 911.


Toyota car importers urged to contact dealership

Tribune Staff Reporter
DRIVERS who have pri-
vately imported a US-made
Toyota from the US have
been advised to contact the
country's main Toyota deal-
ership to see if they need to
get it repaired after the car
maker recalled millions of the
vehicles over a potentially
dangerous accelerator "stick-

ing" problem.
Executive Motors has iden-
tified around 25 other Toy-
otas - Camrys, Avalons and
Tundras from 2007 to 2010 -
that it has imported from the
US and sold in the Bahamas
which are also likely to need
to have the problematic part
"We are in process of con-
tacting those clients directly
and we're looking at putting
in a press release next week

for those we do not have con-
tact information for, advising
them of procedure," said
Executive Motors President
Frederick Albury.
Mr Albury said the compa-
ny is hoping to have the
replacement part within the
month and have it installed
into the affected Toyotas to
correct the "sticking" prob-
lem or stop it from occurring
in the future.
Executive Motors is order-

ing extra parts to assist those
individuals locally who may
have imported US-made cars
privately and may also be in
need of replacement parts. Mr
Albury was unable to say if
the company would get
enough extra parts to cover
demand and indicated that
some car owners may have to
contact their US dealership
SEE page 11


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Marlborough Celebrates

40 years of Service Excellence

Scotiabank's Mariborough branch celebrated
forty years of delivering quality service to
Bahamians- In commemoration of this
significant anniversary, the Branch planned
a week of activities demonstrating iis
appreciation to its customers for their loyalty
over the years. Martl borough's management
and staff invited two of the branches oldest
existing customers to a breakfast presentation
to honor them for being the Longest Serving
Customers- Receiving this distinction, Mrs.
Dorothy Curtis and Mr. James Calalyn spoke
of the tremendous growth that they have
witnessed from Scotiaban k over the last 40
yea rs.

Expressing his appreciation to the Bank.
Mr. Catalyn noted, "Sootiabank is the best
place to bank i The Bahamas. I look forward
to continued service excellence in the future'.
With 21 branches and 55ABM'S throughout
the Bahamas, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd.
has proudly served the Banamian community
since 1956 and plans to continue to not only
meet the growing needs of Bahamians but
exceed the expectations of Bahamians
providing service excellence.

US Ambassador Nicole Avant; Minister of Education Desmond Bannister and the Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture Charles Maynard pose for a photo with the top finalists in the Martin Luther King Jr Essay
Competition, essay committee judges, sponsors and education officials from the participating schools.

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EIGHT Bahamian student
writers were honoured for
their written achievements at
the US Embassy's 2010 essay
awards ceremony yesterday.
The students were chal-
lenged to discuss how they
demonstrated personal
integrity in their lives or illus-
trate the integrity of a per-
sonal mentor. Inspiration for
the essay questions came from
a legendary quote by iconic
American civil rights leader
Dr Martin Luther King.
Before they received their
prizes, American Ambassador
to the Bahamas Nicole Avant
congratulated the students on
their achievements while
encouraging them to be a pos-
itive change in their commu-
"I am a firm believer in the
power of choice. We have the
opportunity everyday to
respond to our circumstances
either in a negative way or in
a positive way.
"The circumstances them-
selves do not hold the power
nor do they in any way deter-
mine who we are or who we
become. The true power is in
how we choose to respond to
our circumstances," she told
the crowd of students, parents,
teachers and dignitaries at the
British Colonial Hilton.

Also present was Education
Minister Desmond Bannister,
who praised the competition
as an avenue to enhance the
applicants' reading and cog-
nitive skills. He also heralded
the contest as a chance for the
students to enhance personal
"Victory is not merely in
coming first or walking away
with a prize but in being an
agent for change for your fel-
low man," he said.
First place honours went to
two students - one from New
Providence and another from
Grand Bahama, Shaquille
Sands and Michael Cooper,
of C W Saunders High School
and Bishop Michael Eldon
High School, respectively.
They were awarded several
books, a laptop and a certifi-
cate of achievement.
Meanwhile, Traimaine
Thompson of Mangrove Cay
High School placed 2nd; Nak-
haz Gay of Faith Temple
High School placed 3rd; and
Na'eem McIver of Westmin-
ster College placed 4th.
Three students received
honourable mention: Micaiah
Bostwick of Westminster Col-
lege; D'Abthra Adderley of
St Andrews; and Kalene
Jones of San Salvador High

FAMILY Island winner Michael Cooper, 11th grade student at
Bishop Michael Eldon High School, Freeport, Grand Bahama,
receives his awards from US Ambassador Nicole A Avant and Min-
ister of Education Desmond Bannister.

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NEW Providence winner Shaquille Sands, 12th grade student at CW Saunders High School receives
her awards from US Ambassador Nicole A Avant and Minister of Education Desmond Bannister.

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Quake divine


claim comes

under fire

FROM page one

of the Bahamas Confer-
ence of the Methodist
Church, publicly criti-
cised pastors and others
who deemed the Haiti
earthquake a justified
act of God.
He said: "We don't
see this as any judgment
or any payback or any
wake-up call that unfor-
tunately some church
people have said.
"If this is a judgment
of God on Haiti then
the rest of us ought to
be worried. We should
be very scared indeed of
what could happen to
"We know about all
the corruption and we
know about social and
cultural conditions that
are not in agreement
with what God
The Bahamas Confer-
ence of the Methodist
Church (BCMC) which
incorporates Bahamas
Methodist Habitat, has
provided social assis-
tance to communities in
need across the
Bahamas as well as dis-
aster relief in the islands
for many years and
expanded to provide
international assistance
after Hurricane Ike
struck in 2008.
When Port-au-Prince
and the surrounding set-
tlements were levelled
by an earthquake on
January 12 the organisa-
tion was one of the first
to send emergency sup-
plies to the region with
assistance from Rotary
and Odyssey Aviation.
Despite the over-
whelming support they
have seen in collabora-
tive relief efforts across
the Bahamas, many
Bahamians have pub-
licly judged the disaster
as something divinely
Henry Knowles,
BCMC general secre-
tary, said: "People say
this is God's way of con-
demning them. I heard a
pastor say, 'Haiti needs
to sit up and take a
beating from God' and
that is certainly not our
"We have to pay it
forward, we have to do
what we have to do now
so when our time comes
others can step in and
help us.
"Most people think
this is just a fad. This is
not a fad, this is what we
do every day and we are
in it for the people, for
the humanity of the
Mr Higgs added:
"Rather than cast judg-
ment, see this as an
opportunity for us to
respond, to share our
humanity by embracing
the opportunity to help
each other.
"We have an opportu-
nity to do something
good and to do the right
"We don't need to
spend time casting judg-
"Lets just do what's
right and respond to a
situation that we could
very well find ourselves

"If this is a judg-
ment of God on Haiti

then the rest of us
ought to be worried.
We should be very
scared indeed of what
could happen to us.

Bill Higgs

Ship ready for mercy mission

Freighter loaded with supplies to depart Nassau on February 24

Tribune Staff Reporter

A FREIGHTER loaded with supplies will be
sent to Haiti later this month to ease the suffering of
thousands in the earthquake ravaged nation.
Although the sea port in Port-au-Prince remains
closed and a long line of aid ships sit in the har-
bour awaiting entry, Bahamian charities have sur-
mounted the challenge to ensure their donations
reach those in need.
The freighter, loaded with 40 20ft containers of
emergency supplies, medical supplies and equip-
ment, 30,000 cases of water and a flatbed truck, will
go from Nassau to Cap-Haitien on Haiti's northern
coast on February 24. The donations were collected
by: Rotary; the Bahamas Conference of Methodist
Churches and Bahamas Methodist Habitat; the
Bahamas Red Cross Society; the Salvation Army
and the Scout Association. They will be collected by
the partner organizations of these entities on the
ground and transported to communities in need.
Nearly four weeks after the magnitude 7.0 earth-
quake levelled Port-au-Prince, hundreds of thou-
sands of people seeking medical help and shelter

RICHARD MCCOMBE, Rotary District 7020 disaster relief co-
ordinator speaks at a press conference yesterday.
have fled the capital and swamped small communi-
ties already struggling with minimal infrastructure.
Rotary District 7020 disaster relief co-ordinator
Richard McCombe explained how the displaced
people, including hundreds of children, many with-
out parents, need shelter, education, mental and
physical care and social activities.
Rotary 7020, working with 17 Rotary clubs in
Haiti, other Bahamian charities and their partners,
intends to address these needs in a long-term relief
plan over the next two months. Mr McCombe said:
"We need to create schools, we need to create com-

Caribbean countries to build

hospital, provide healthcare
By MEGAN REYNOLDS ship to dispatch to Haiti when
Tribune Staff Reporter .d necessary. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake and subsequent
tsunami warning in the

CARIBBEAN countries will
work together to build a hos-
pital and provide healthcare in
disaster stricken Haiti, Nation-
al Emergency Management
Agency director Stephen Rus-
sell said yesterday.
As part of the wider
Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDE-
MA), NEMA is following
directives from the region-wide
initiative to support Haiti,
which only joined CDEMA in
September last year.
Commander Russell said the
Caribbean countries expect to
facilitate healthcare to Haitians
by building a hospital in Haiti
and dispatching physicians and
nurses in the devastated nation.
There are currently 350
CARICOM representatives
working in Haiti and NEMA
has sent two officers on the
CDEMA rotation to set up dis-
aster relief operation centres.

However most of their work
will be done in the long-term,
Commander Russell said.
"This disaster in Haiti is
overwhelming to all of us," he
added. "This is a long-term
process and we need now to
look at a long-term strategy for
rebuilding. If it seems we were
slow in doing some things we
had to do it in a systematic
manner and we are standing by
to assist in the long-term.
"We don't want everyone
doing their own thing; we have
to work together."
Commander Russell praised
Bahamian relief efforts and
charities working together to
provide emergency assistance
to Haiti while NEMA secures
aircraft, road vehicles and a

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE first live televised
debate between candidates in a
parliamentary election since
2002 will take place on Tues-
day but while organizers claim
they have received confirma-
tion of attendance from all five
candidates the two main politi-
cal parties yesterday denied this.
The "Great Debate for Elizabeth 2010", which will allow for
around three to four hundred Bahamians to watch from within the
venue itself and thousands more on live television and radio, is
being organised by the Jones Communications Network, the own-
er of JCN channel 14 television station, Love97FM radio and the
Bahama Journal.
Pre-pared questions will be launched at the political hopefuls by
moderator Wendell Jones. Members of the public can submit
questions that they would like to see asked of the candidates
ahead of the two hour event.
Yesterday Kristen Jones of JCN said all candidates - the PLP's
Ryan Pinder, the FNM's Duane Sands, the Bahamas Democratic
Movements (BDM) Cassius Stuart, National Development Party
candidate Andre Rollins and Worker's Party hopeful Rodney
Moncur - had quickly agreed to participate.
"We didn't have any problems," she said, asked whether the
company had difficulty getting candidates to agree to the prospect.
"The two main parties actually responded the quickest," she
However, when contacted yesterday for confirmation, FNM
chairman Carl Bethel said the party's candidate in the by-election,
Dr Duane Sands, would not be taking part, and denied that the par-
ty had indicated otherwise to JCN.
"Our position has not changed on this matter. Our candidate is
not engaging in debate with other candidates. Our discussion is with
the residents of Elizabeth."
Mr Bethel said the decision was that of the party, not Dr Sands.
PLP candidate Ryan Pinder said he was "waiting to receive the
rules" when asked if he would be participating.
The last public debate in the run up to an election in the
Bahamas was in 2002. At that time the leaders of the FNM, PLP,
the Coalition for Democratic Reform and the Bahamas Democratic
Movement - Tommy Turnquest, Perry Christie, Bernard Nottage
and Cassius Stuart respectively - debated each other live on radio.
Referring to this debate, Mr Bethel said yesterday: "We did it
before, and we won't be doing it again."
According to Ms Jones, candidates in "The Great Debate for
Elizabeth" will be questioned by the moderator on a variety of top-
ics pertinent to their candidacy and the constituents of Elizabeth,
with each candidate being given 90 seconds to respond to each
question. Candidates will be given 45 seconds to rebut any response
by another candidate to a particular question and they may also
face individual questions from Mr Jones.
No questions will be taken on the night from members of the
The event begins at 8pm sharp. Entrance is free and those wish-
ing to watch must be in place ahead of time.
If you wish to submit a question for consideration by the mod-
erator, email it to or you can fax it to 325 3996.

Bahamas has also alerted
NEMA to the range of disas-
ters it must be prepared to face.
Commander Russell said: "It
has caused us to refocus on our
disaster planning and look at
the full concept of disaster man-
agement, earthquakes and



munities, we need to create a place where people can
go for shelter because many people are going from
one community to another trying to find a home.
"They need people to inspire them to become
social again and help them rebuild a life."
Rotary alone has put half a million dollars towards
Haiti relief, in addition to the thousands raised by
the Methodist churches, the Salvation Army, the
Red Cross and the Scouts Association, who all spoke
about their combined relief effort at a press con-
ference at the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist
Church headquarters in Baltic Avenue, Nassau,
yesterday. With help from Odyssey Aviation, they
have sent more than 155 flights to various Haitian
airports and delivered 125,0001bs of emergency sup-
plies including 70,0001bs of medical supplies.
Bahamas Red Cross Society director general Car-
oline Turnquest said the charity's two storey ware-
house in JFK Drive has been filled with donations
and she hopes to transport the bulk of this material
on the freighter. Ms Turnquest said: "We have been
overwhelmed with donations and we look forward
to continued support as we are in this for the long-
haul. We know this is not something that will end
over the next few weeks or even months. There
will be homes to rebuild and we will be there for that
as well."

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Obama and Dalai Lama to meet

WASHINGTON - Just a week after
enraging China with an arms sale pack-
age for rival Taiwan, President Barack
Obama risks more damage to this cru-
cial relationship by agreeing to meet
with the Dalai Lama in two weeks.
The truth is he has little choice.
Obama already postponed the visit
once, angering U.S. lawmakers and
rights groups. As Obama struggles to
regain his footing after political set-
backs, the last thing he needs is to open
himself up to fresh criticism that he is
kowtowing to China.
So on Thursday, his administration
confirmed what had long been expected:
Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama
when the Tibetan monk visits Wash-
ington on February 17-18.
China immediately urged the United
States to scrap the meeting to avoid
hurting bilateral ties. China accuses the
Dalai Lama of pushing for Tibetan inde-
pendence, which the Dalai Lama denies,
and believes that shunning the exiled
Tibetan monk should be a basic princi-
ple of international relations for coun-
tries that want to deal with China.
In reality, China could not have been
surprised by Thursday's announcement.
Every U.S. president for the last two
decades has met with the Dalai Lama,
and those visits are considered powerful
signs of the American commitment to
human rights. Obama also told Chi-
nese leaders last year that he would
meet with the monk.
The Dalai Lama enjoys widespread
support in America. High-profile
celebrities call him friend; college stu-
dents flock to his frequent campus lec-
tures; powerful U.S. lawmakers would
call another postponed meeting a
Obama is focused on domestic mat-
ters as he deals with a struggling econ-
omy and a series of Republican political
victories. He does not want to add to
that with an outcry over his snubbing the
Dalai Lama again.
For the last year, Obama has faced
criticism that his administration is more
eager to win Chinese cooperation on
nuclear standoffs with Iran and North
Korea and climate change and economic
crises than to hold Beijing accountable

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for what activists call an abysmal rights
Much of that criticism stems from
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clin-
ton's comments during a trip to China a
year ago that human rights should not
interfere with improving U.S.-China
ties. Activists also said Obama failed to
make human rights a big enough prior-
ity during his China trip in November.
Just a month before that high-profile
trip, Obama faced anger for putting off
a White House visit when the Dalai
Lama came to Washington.
Still, he has little to show from China
for his outreach. As Beijing refuses to
give ground on many key issues, the
Obama administration has shown an
increasing willingness to get tough.
In September, Obama slapped tariffs
on a flood of Chinese tyres entering the
United States. Although he antagonized
China and heard complaints about U.S.
protectionism, he was praised by pow-
erful American union allies who blame
Chinese tyre imports for the loss of
thousands of jobs.
And, in recent weeks, the adminis-
tration announced the $6.4 billion arms
sale to Taiwan, the self-governing demo-
cratic island Beijing claims as its own;
Clinton urged Beijing to investigate
hacking attacks that led to Google's
threat to pull out of China; and Obama
vowed to get tough with China on a cur-
rency dispute. Now, China's anger will
be focused on the Dalai Lama's visit.
China maintains that Tibet has been
part of its territory for centuries, but
many Tibetans say the region was func-
tionally independent for much of its his-
tory. Tibet and Taiwan are China's
most sensitive issues, and Obama risks
Chinese retaliation by stoking anger in
Already, China has threatened to
punish U.S. companies involved in any
arms sales to Taiwan and has suspended
military exchanges with Washington.
Many will be watching whether the
Dalai Lama meeting wrecks a possible
April visit by Chinese President Hu Jin-
tao to Washington.

(This article was written by Foster
Klug, Associated Press Writer).

All hands are

needed on our

country's deck

EDITOR, The Tribune.
"Reproach hath broken my
heart, and I am full of heavi-
ness: and I looked for some to
take pity, but there was none,
and for comforters, but I found
none." David implores God's
help. Psalms chapter 69, verse
Recent events in the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas,
has me reeling. As a conse-
quence of the situation which I
am about to unveil, has brought
about several questions: Firstly,
what is the purpose of the
Immigration laws of the
Bahamas? Who coined the laws
and/or was it intended to be a
piece of legal convenience? Is
the opposition party, during any
period in our country's exis-
tence, irrelevant? How many
ethnic groupings are there in
the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas? What is the wisdom
behind foreign individuals
forming this cohesion? What is
the National Security of the
Bahamas? Who is responsible
and why? What is the role of a
Police Force when the mandat-
ed legal enforcement body the
Immigration Department
appears to have lost its effec-
tiveness? How can this very
important arm of law enforce-
ment lose its edge? How many
status challenged individuals do
we have in The Bahamas? Is
there a statute bar posed on the
length of time an individual
coming from another country
can be considered for status?
How is this possible when the
initial landing was due to the
law being broken? How can an
individual continue his liveli-
hood undetected and or with-
out interdiction?
A person being detained at
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre was obviously there
because he or she had broken
the laws and not based on how
many years they were in the
Bahamas. How then can they
be released when the laws were
quite clear, or so I thought
regarding detainees? If no laws
were broken why were they
incarcerated? Having set a dan-
gerous precedent how will oth-
er detainees be considered?
Who hired the politicians?
For what purpose? Was it not
to ensure that the Bahamian
people have a better way of life,
because of the way the politi-
cians does the people's busi-
Finally history has shown
that when countries have a mul-
tiplicity of ethnic people, that
conflicts results. Remember
Bosnia Herzegovina and Rwan-
da. In Bosnia there were three
groups each with a certain per-
centage, so too in Rwanda. The
end result, genocide, all trying
to outdo the other for suprema-
This is a dangerous game
being played in the Bahamas,
nowadays. While we may not
have been responsible for what
has happened in Haiti eco-
nomically, and I'm not talking
about the earthquake because
the quake's victims brought
tears to my eyes. The Bahamas
had done more for Haitians

then perhaps France and or any
other Caribbean nation when
in actuality we are not even in
the Caribbean, but the Atlantic
Ocean with the country,
Bermuda. We are continuously
doing for the Haitian people,
as we have many thousands of
them here.
I call on the United Nations
in New York, to cause there to
be had a massive investigations,
with hopes of uncovering why it
is that such a resourcefully rich
country, has ended up so very
This account should go back
to the days when France con-
trolled the colony/territory. If
it is proven that politicians had
disadvantaged or plundered the
resources of these people, then
charges are to be laid.
Surely no other country, and
certainly not the Bahamas,
ought to be reaping the load of
this misfortune. My prayers and
that of my family, goes out to
the families of those killed and
displaced by the earthquake.
I do not know what the
politicians are seeing as they
drive the streets of New Provi-
dence, but what my travel
revealed frightened me every
where you go, young men con-
gregating all hours, dilapidat-

ed buildings, streets, pot hole
ridden, parks unkempt, old
derelict vehicles; an eye sore
and breeding ground for
rodents, etc, gambling houses
on the increase, drug peddling,
people of all ages blatantly
making use of obscene lan-
guage, among children, espe-
cially. These are very different
times from what I used to
know. What is happening with
the maintenance programme
for these constituencies? The
revenue received from Bank-
ing, Tourism and the Financial
Services? What percentage of
this money is exiting this coun-
try earmarked to support other
nationalities? The Central Bank
of The Bahamas, needs to
release the numbers for all to
There is no question that
many Bahamians are unem-
ployed and hurting. Just the
other day 6,000 customer's elec-
trical power had been turned
off and what percentage of that
number remains? I praise the
efforts of the Rt Honourable
Prime Minster Ingraham in try-
ing to bring relief, but the prob-
lems faced by the country, are
too gigantic for any one man.
All hands needs to be on deck.
I can write 'till next year,
but for now I thank you for the
January 26, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I commend the hundreds of thousands of people, including
pro-life leaders from Canada, Africa, Europe, South America,
Asia and Oceania who attended the annual March for Life in
Washington, DC on Friday. America's March for Life has
become the world's pro-life protest against the aggressive pro-
motion of abortion and population control that is sweeping the
world and which is now the official policy of the United States,
thanks to the administration of President Barack Obama.
If an (human) embryo is human, it is a person - this is the
golden rule for bioethics.
It is a scientific fact that human life begins in its entirety at the
moment of conception. From the first moment the embryo
has a full anthropological qualification; there is a continuity;
there are no leaps that have in them substantial mutations;
the embryonic body develops. Every manual of human embry-
ology states that the zygote is already an unrepeatable human
being, unique in its species, a different being from the mother
and the father.
Ultimately, free will cannot be cited as justification for soci-
ety to allow moral choices that strike at the most fundamental
rights of others. Such a choice is abortion, which constitutes the
taking of innocent human life.
The so-called "right" to abortion championed by feminists
and abortion supporters ends up enslaving women because
they are turned into instruments of sexual gratification. If the
woman can abort without restrictions, the man is free of any
responsibility as father, leaving the woman as his tool of sexu-
al gratification in a position of "non-equality."
Let us fight for life. Life is the future of man, never death.
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Woman pastor's fight for


AN APPEAL has been
filed against a court ruling
which overturned the
appointment of Rev Diana
Francis as pastor-elect of First
Baptist Church.
The ruling was handed
down by now retired Justice
Cheryl Albury last Decem-
First Baptist Church Incor-
porated, Rev Earle Francis
and his daughter Rev Diana
Francis are listed as the appel-
lants in the appeal. Rev
Harold Bodie - one of the
founding members of First
Baptist Church on Market
Street South - is listed as the
Rev Diana Francis, host of
the show "U Gat Issues", was
installed in the position of
pastor-elect in December
2007 by her father, the Rev
Earle Francis, head pastor of
First Baptist Church.
Rev Bodie, who was
backed by some members of
the church, opposed the
appointment and sought a
Supreme Court declaration
that Rev Diana Francis'
installation as pastor-elect and
co-pastor of the church was

ch posi

null and void as it contra-
vened article 16 of the associ-
ation's memorandum. He also
asked the court to declare that
all First Baptist's financial
records should be turned over
to him and that all appoint-
ments to the church's execu-
tive board by Rev Francis be
considered null and void.
Justice Albury decided that
Rev Francis' installation as
pastor-elect was null and void
as it was in contravention of
the association's memoran-

However, the judge upheld
Rev Francis' appointment as
co-pastor as well as the exec-
utive board appointments
made by Rev Earle Francis,
as these predated the amend-
ments made to the memoran-
dum after the court action
was initiated.
Justice Albury also ruled
against the request that all
financial records of the church
be turned over to Rev Bodie.
She noted that Rev Bodie
and some of the church's
members had expressed con-

cern over the lack of trans-
parency with regard to the
church's financial records, but
said she had found nothing in
the evidence before her to
suggest that the demand
would be in conformity with
the church's memorandum,
or in the interest of justice.
Five grounds of appeal
have been outlined in a notice
of appeal filed on behalf of
Rev Earle Francis and Rev
Diana Francis. They are being
represented by attorney

Sharon Wilson. Attorney
Romona Farquharson, who
represents Rev Bodie, told
The Tribune yesterday that
she had been served with the
notice of appeal on Wednes-
day but has not yet spoken
with her client about the mat-
"I have to take instructions
from my client on how to pro-
ceed and we have to prepare
for the appeal but it is very
disappointing," Ms Far-
quharson said.

APPEAL LODGED: Rev Diana Francis



(alias 'Raffy') is wanted for
questioning in connection with
murder and possession of a
high powered firearm.


I vex that these PLPs, FNMs, f
BDMs, NDPs and all the rest get- -" y .-
ting so worked up about this silly by-elec-
tion what don't really mean anything in 1
the grand scheme of things instead of wor-
rying about all the young men and women a
who getting shoot, stab and rob every day
of the week in our lil' country. -'
"I am tired of these politicians just mak-
ing noise, handing out their scratchy t- ...iS "'
shirts and inviting loud drunk people to . -
campaign with them while the rest of us
suffer. When the election fever wears off,
the FNM will still be the government, people will still be out of
jobs and hooligans will still be running around shooting people
up. But yet y'all want to wave pom poms."
- Tired of foolishness
"I vex because I tired of all this crime and murderation in this
country. I scared to walk out my door or drive at night these
days because I scared to see some aggressive thug waiting for
me. And I don't blame the police, and I don't blame the gov-
ernment because it's our society that created these people
who have no regard for law, order or human life."
- Praying for Nassau
"I vex at seeing people children on the side of the road sell-
ing phone cards, soda, water, fruit, peanut; you name it, while
their big, rusty ma and pa home doing who knows what!
"Where are the police or social workers? Surely this can't be
legal to have children under the age of 14 on the side of the road
when night falls, by themselves, working because their par-
ents are so lousy. The other day I saw one lil' boy out in the cold
with no coat selling phone cards, I called the police. Don't
know if they came but it hurt my heart to see."
- No Nonsense
"I vex because I broke and Valentine's Day coming up. I
can't even buy nothing nice for myself much less my girlfriend.
I know all I ga get is headache because she ga be talking 'bout
what her friends doing and all that, this time their boyfriends liv-
ing at home while I got rent and bills to pay."
- Love ain' cheap
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Dancing to Caribbean

Drums: An Appreciation

of the life of Rex Nettleford

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in the mood he is all about fun and just loves to run
and play. This picture is a great example: he simply
could not contain himself!
Sadly, Bengie has been in at the Humane Society
since July, which means that he has been waiting to be
adopted for over six months now - longer than any
other dog at the BHS! It is hard to believe that such a
personable gentleman has yet to be re-homed. Please
consider adopting poor Bengie; it is high time that he
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THIS commen-
tary is being
written in the
first blush of the
news that Rex Nettleford has
died. A profound and deep
sense of loss overcame me,
and I have no doubt
enveloped many throughout
the Caribbean including those
who did not know him per-
sonally. What everyone
understands - those who
knew him personally and
those who didn't - is that he
was a Caribbean champion; a
man who fervently believed
in the worth of the term,
"Caribbean person" and gave
it both intellectual meaning
and depiction.
The entire Caribbean
knows, in the inner place that
is our Caribbean soul, that,
with Nettleford's passing, the
region has lost an essence -
an essential ingredient of our
own validation as a Caribbean
civilization - that was unique
and is irreplaceable.
Rex Nettleford (pictured
top right) simply made
Caribbean people more
assured of themselves; more
comfortable in their skins of
whatever colour; and more
confident that, despite the fact
that they are a transplanted
people, they had established a
unique cultural identity equal
to any in the world.
Nettleford was a Jamaican,
but he was Caribbean too.
As he said: "The typical
West Indian is part-African,
part-European, part-Asian,
part-Native American but
totally Caribbean".
He developed the point by
saying: "The texture of char-
acter and the sophistication
of sense and sensibility engag-
ing the Planet's systemic con-
tradictions were ironically
colonialism's benefits for a
couple of generations in the
West Indies.
"In dealing with the dilem-
ma of difference manifested
in the ability to assert with-
out rancor, to draw on a sense
of rightness without hubris,
to remain human (e) in the
face of persistent obscenities
that plague the human con-
dition, all such attributes in
turn served to endow the
Caribbean man with the con-
viction that Planet Earth is,
in the end, one world to
He drew on that reality
and his fervent belief in it to
serve not only multi-ethnic
Jamaica, but the wider multi-
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Caribbean, and to be a
respected regional represen-
tative on the world's stage
including on the Executive
Board of the United Nations
Education, Social and Cul-
tural Organization
All who knew him in his
several incarnations at the
University of the West Indies,
as Professor, as Vice Chan-
cellor and as emeritus Vice
Chancellor, will testify to his
great erudition; his capacity
to argue passionately and con-
vincingly ; and to the breadth
of his knowledge.

I recall well one such inter-
national outing when at a
biennial meeting of foreign
ministers from the UK and
the Caribbean, he represented
the University of the West
Indies in a discussion of the
role of education in
Caribbean development.
I led a delegation from
Antigua and Barbuda that
included the late Leonard
Tim Hector himself an edu-
cator and historian.
The discussion on the role
of education in development
was dominated by Nettleford
and Hector, and somewhere
in the British archives of that
meeting held in London is the
verbatim record of their
enthralling presentations.
It was a discussion con-
ducted without a note by the
two main speakers, and none
who heard it could fail to be
impressed by the quality and
force of the arguments. But,
they did a major service to
Caribbean scholars.
The Chevening Scholarship
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From his overarching posi-
tion as Vice Chancellor of
UWI, Nettleford knew, in his
own words, that "the world is
changing as if in a contest
with the speed of light" and
UWI had to produce skills "so
that its graduates can find
firm place and sustained pur-
pose in the 'knowledge soci-
ety' of the third millennium,
even while maintaining stan-
dards and delivering educa-
tion of excellence". "The
challenges of politics, eco-
nomics, social development
in the new global situation",
he said, "demanded no less."
It was a task to which he
set his hand with determina-
tion as the University's prin-
cipal officer.
But, he also knew, as he put
it, that the University had "to
place great emphasis on the
exercise of the creative attrib-
utes of the mind."
The University had to pro-
duce the skills that would
make the Caribbean compet-
itive in the global economy,
but it had the ongoing respon-
sibility too of nurturing
thinkers, ideas-people, inno-
vators - Caribbean people
who, from the richness of
their own cohabitation and
intermingling, could con-
tribute to domestic and glob-
al thinking on religious toler-
ance, international relations,
ending racism, and solving
Students from every
Caribbean Community and
Common Market (CARI-
COM) country encountered
Nettleford in one or other of
his many roles in the Univer-
sity for decades.
They were inspired and

motivated by him, and they
admired him greatly. There-
fore, it is not surprising that
Caribbean people - in their
separate states with their
national flags and national
anthems - are united in their
sense of loss - a sense that the
essence of the region's single
Caribbean soul is yet again
Rex Nettleford is to
Caribbean cultural identity
what Shridath "Sonny" Ram-
phal, Alister McIntryre and
the late William Demas are
to the Caribbean's political
and economic identity as a
region and in the region's
interaction with the global
He belongs to a select
group of Caribbean visionar-
ies who the region's people
know without doubt champi-
oned them selflessly and faith-
fully and validated them in
the world.


In the rebuilding of Haitian
society - occasioned by the
massive physical destruction
of Haiti by last January's
earthquake - Rex Nettleford
would have been a perfect
resource for CARICOM's P J
Patterson, Jamaica's former
Prime Minister, as he leads
the regional argument not
only for the rebuilding of
Haiti, but also for the restora-
tion of Haitian society social-
ly, culturally and politically.
Nettelford was a dancer
and choreographer - two dis-
ciplines he personally enjoyed
and in which his creativity
gave enjoyment to audiences
throughout the Caribbean.
In these disciplines, he
danced to many drums and
he was spectacular in his per-
But, it is in the dance to the
drums of his Caribbean life
that he is a motivating force -
Jamaican he was by birth and
commitment, but Caribbean
he also was by intellectual
understanding, cultural recog-
nition, and passionate
It would be to the
Caribbean's lasting benefit if
from the shared sense of loss
felt throughout the region,
there could be a sustained
revival of the drums of
Caribbean union to which
Rex Nettleford danced in his

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domestic industry or the
entrance of outside labou
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heard at trade agreement talks
employees once they go into effect. At the agreements already in effect and seek to
end of the three-day workshop, it is expect- ascertain what lessons can be learnt from
ed that delegates, among them Bahamas them going forward while also focusing on
Public Service Union president John Pinder how they can "maximise the benefits" that
takeholders are and Union of Tertiary Educators may be available to them or those they
ay international (Bahamas) president Jennifer Isaacs Dot- represent under the provisions of particular
ghting the need son - strengthen their capacity to mean- trade agreements. Around a dozen
rs to have their ingfully advocate for their concerns to be Bahamians were in attendance, along with
ade agreement incorporated in regional and international delegates from Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad
trade arrangements, such as a new two- and elsewhere in the region.
will strengthen way free trade agreement currently being Vincent Atkins, a trade policy/technical
;rs' awareness of negotiated between the Caribbean and adviser to the Less Developed Countries of
make their sec- Canada. CARICOM in the Office of Trade Negoti-
hose negotiating The meeting, hosted at the British Colo- nations, said it was "opportune" that the
cents on behalf of nial Hilton, is being held under the theme workshop was being held in the Bahamas,
"International Trade Agreements and the as the country has just recently started to
significant impact Decent Work Agenda", and has been become more involved in the globalised
h often address organised jointly by the International trade arena, having concluded steps to sign
competition in a Labour Organisation (ILO) and the CARI- onto the "free trade" Economic Partnership
question of the COM Secretariat's Office of Trade Nego- Agreement (EPA) with Europe and to
ar into the local tiations. finally join the World Trade Organisation
al employers and Labour stakeholders will look at trade (WTO).

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Students pay courtesy call

on Commissioner of Police

SIXTY students of First Start Academy, with their
teachers and principal Shakantela Briggs, paid a cour-
tesy call on Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade
at the Paul H Farquaharson Conference Centre, Police
Headquarters, East Street.
While at headquarters, the group visited the Fire
Department where they rode on the fire truck and
learned about fire safety.
The group also visited the Internal Security Division
where the Police Band and the K-9 Unit performed
much to the enjoyment of the children.
On completion of the tour, the students were treat-
ed by Commissioner Greenslade to snacks and treats at
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Johnson takes it to the next level

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER reaching the
highest plateau as an ama-
teur boxer, Taureano
'Reno' Johnson has decided
to step up to the next level -
the professional ranks.
Johnson, who made his-
tory at the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing, China
when he became the first
Bahamian to reach round
four, said he felt he has
achieved everything except
win a medal and now he
need to start earning a liv-
"I had planned on going
pro at the beginning of
2010, so it was always in the
plan," he said in an exclu-
sive interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday from

McDonough, Georgia
where he is training.
"The reason for that is
simply. I need to start mak-
ing some money."
Johnson, who turns 26 on
February 12, recently signed
a three-year contract with
Pound for Pound Manage-
ment, headed by Shane Bai-
ley and Barry Adams Jr.
and he also has a promo-
tional agreement with Prize
Fight Promotions that has
him lined up for a minimum
of seven fights over the next
12 months.
Bailey said Adams Jr. had
an associate in the Bahamas
who introduced them to
Johnson and after flying his
and his mother in town, it
appeared as if a match was
made in heaven.
"They came down for a
weekend, but he wanted to

spend some more time, so
he stayed with me and my
family for two weeks," Bai-
ley said.
The rest was history.
They signed a three-year
deal and on March 5 at the
Center Stage in Atlanta,
Georgia, Johnson will be
making his debut against
American Cleoney Fuqua
in the 160 pound mid-
dleweight division in a four-
rounder. Fugua has a 1-1
win-loss record with a
He also has another fight
scheduled for March 20 in
Although he's yet to
make his first dine, Johnson
said he's going through the
growing pain of getting him-
self established as a pro
where he have to take care
of all of his expenses.

"I'm going to get some
fights, so that is what I'm
working on now," he said.
"I'm just trying to get start-
ed and putting my foot
inside the door."
So far, Johnson said his
training has been going
great. He's currently work-
ing out under the tutelage
of Alex Baba, a former
World Boxing Council
As for his debut on
March 5, Johnson said he's
eager to get into the ring
"I'm very excited. I saw
one of his fights on ytube
and so I think it will be
great to compete against
this guy," Johnson said. "I
watched his fight, but not
to be boostful, but I'm

SEE page 10

Bahamas cricket national team remains undefeated

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas Cricket
Association national team is
taking advantage of its home
turf, sitting on top of the stand-
ings at the Pepsi International
Cricket Council's Americas
Division 2 Tournament.
Yesterday at Haynes Oval
on the fifth day of the week-
long International Cricket
Council tournament, the
Bahamas remained undefeat-
ed at 3-0 turning in 350 overs
to out-score Panama, who
could only respond with 195
all out.
Also yesterday at Windsor
Park, Brazil scored 244 runs
in 50 overs for a lost of six
wickets as they fell victim to
Turks and Cacios, who came
back and scored 245.
Panama dropped to 2-1,
identical to Suriname. The
Turks & Cacios is 1-2 and
Brazil bring up the rear at 0-3.
Today, the Bahamas will

play Suriname at 9:30 a.m. in
the championship match at
Haynes Oval. At Windsor
Park, Panama will play the
Turks & Cacios to complete
the round robin.
The winner of the tourna-
ment will advance to the Divi-
sion 1 in May in Bermuda. If
the Bahamas win, they will
also go to Kuwait in the Divi-
sion 8 of the World League in
In yesterday's win, Ryan
Tappin had 98 runs to lead the
Bahamas and the best bowler
was Narendra Ekanayake with
six wickets for 20 runs.
BCA's president Greg Tay-
lor said he's not boosting, but
he's confident that the
Bahamas' team comprising of
mixture of youth and experi-
ence will prevail.
The Bahamas, managed by
Irving Taylor and coached by
Mohamed Allie with Gary
Brathwaite as trainer, will
need to beat Suriname in
order to win.
The tournament has been a

welcome event for the
Bahamas as its has brought
close to 100 players and fans
for the week-long event. This
is the first time that the
Bahamas has hosted such an
event and Taylor said they
have been able to accommo-
date the International Cricket
As for the level of competi-
tion, Taylor said it has been
keenly contested from all five
participating countries.
"Quite frankly, I think all
of the teams have really
stepped up their play near the
end of the tournament," Tay-
lor said. "But I think we got
off to a good start and we were
able to maintain that high lev-
el through the tournament."
Taylor credited the BCA for
incorporating more of the
younger players on their squad
to the impressive showing so
far in the tournament.
The two youngest players
on the Bahamian team are
Ashmeid Allie, 15, and Jer-
maine Adderley, 16.

* THE 2010 Brajaxba
Age Group Series Tennis
Tournament, which got
started on Saturday at the
National Tennis Center,
will continue today at 10
Matches are also sched-
uled for Sunday, starting at
10 a.m.
This is the first event for
top level juniot players and
will be used as a tune-up
for the Subway Junior Ten-
nis Tournament that will
be staged in Grand
Bahama in two weeks.

* THE New Providence
Basketball Association
played one game on Friday
night at the DW Davis
Gymnasium with the B-
Reddies knocking off the
Security & General Stars
The top scorer for B-
Reddies was Jamaris King
with 18 points. Tomeko
Moxey had 21 in a losing
The NPBA will be back in
action tonight at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
when they host a fund rais-
er for Haiti. There will be a
ladies' game at 6:30 p.m.
and the feature contest will
be a match-up of the Hait-
ian players in the league
against a select side from
the NPBA.

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Pinder in 'conflict of interest' claims

FROM page one

not show evidence of a strong sup-
port for the rights of the "average"
While Dr Sands has held numer-
ous senior positions in various med-
ical institutions, associations and
oversight bodies, Mr Rollins con-
tends he is not aware of any instance
where Dr Sands advocated on behalf
of patients who have suffered med-
ical negligence and sought redress
- and this should be of concern to
He said: "I am extremely con-
cerned that Bahamians have not

been able to receive redress or have
their issues properly dealt with by
those within the medical profession.
"Why have we never heard Dr
Sands speak out against these many
issues that have caused Bahamians
to lose faith and confidence in the
healthcare system?
"He said his track record is long
enough where Bahamians can trust
him and know that the quantity he
provides is a known one. I take issue
with that because I don't believe
we've adequately seen Dr Sands
demonstrate that he's interested in
making very difficult decisions that
would show him to be one who
would fight for Bahamians."

In response, Dr Sands said: "I've
served as president of the Medical
Association of Bahamas for three
years - longer than any other single
physician in the history of the
Bahamas - and as chairman of the
Bahamas Medical Council.
"Certainly my record during that
time speaks for itself in spoken and
published positions, taking on mat-
ters of medical ethics, of appropri-
ateness of care, reasonable and eth-
ical billing practices, on and on and
on. Perhaps that happened at a time
prior to (Mr Rollins) returning home
and he's not aware of it."
Speaking of Mr Pinder's affilia-
tion with a US-based commercial

law firm and lobbyists Becker and
Poliakoff, for whom he works as a
consultant at their Bahamas office
since returning to Nassau from Flori-
da in mid-2008, Mr Rollins said he is
concerned about reports that the
company is "very aggressive in rep-
resenting private developers' inter-
ests in South Florida" and Mr Pinder
might use his election to the House
of Assembly to further his compa-
ny's agenda.
"My question is if Becker and
Poliakoff has been serving not only
as a law firm but as a political lobby
has pumped so much money into the
political campaigns of politicians
who have decided on whether or not

development projects are given the
green light, well could it be that the
law firm of Becker and Poliakoff
with Mr Ryan Pinder as a represen-
tative of that law firm here in the
Bahamas is going to potentially be
used as someone who will work in
Government to serve the interests
of private developers in Florida who
happen to be trying to do business in
the Bahamas.
"I say this is going to be at the
expense or to the disadvantage of
Bahamians seeking to do business
in this country, or Bahamians in
communities which do not wish to
see mega developments take place,"
he said.

FROM page one
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Bain Town flocked to the scene
of the brutal slaying which
occurred shortly after 10am
"I came out in time to see a
person running off. I went over
to the guy lying on the ground,
the first one was already dead,"
said Sherry Elliot Ferguson, a
longtime Bain Town resident,
said yesterday.
"I had a chance to talk to
him, that's my boy,"
Assistant Commissioner of
Police Glen Miller said. "The
information we received is that
at least one person was seen
walking up to the men.
"There was an exchange of
words and the individual then
pulled out a handgun and a
number of shots were fired at
the first individual.
"A second individual who
was nearby came to question
him and this is when he was
Residents in homes nearby
claimed they heard at least
eight shots fired.
he shooter, who police said
was simply described as being

of dark complexion and of
medium build, reportedly made
his escape on a motorbike.
A woman, who witnesses
claimed had gone to see what
was happening, was reportedly
injured following the shooting
and had to be taken to hospital.
Police are investigating the cir-
cumstances surrounding that
incident as well. "We don't
know what the exact motive is
at this time although we sus-
pect that it may be some
revenge killing," Mr Miller said.
"What we are seeing is a num-
ber of drug houses popping up
all over the place, particularly in
this area and other areas of
New Providence. I do feel that
as a result of the proliferation
of firearms on the street and
the increase of drugs on the
streets we are seeing this type
of violence.
"I want to appeal to the pub-
lic, particularly in these com-
munities where you suspect that
homes or streets are being used
for the sale of drugs, to report
it," Mr Miller said. Meanwhile,

senior pastor of New Covenant
Baptist Church Bishop Simeon
Hall yesterday urged churches
to become more relevant to the
social problems plaguing the
"It's interesting that there are
more than 3,500 churches in our
Bahamas and very few are
opened after Sunday. More
churches have to be more rele-
vant to the social needs of our
country. The Government is
doing some things but yet more
needs to be done," Bishop Hall
said. Community activist Rev
CB Moss whose church is based
in the Bain Town community
said: "It's very sad what has
occurred here today, and this
community among others is
tired of picking up the pieces.
It's past the time that this
nation decides whether it's
going to repeat this scenario
week after week, month after
month while lip service is being
paid to the problem."
"This is a time for action.
There is just too much talk
about crime in this country. I
don't think authorities under-
stand what incidents like this
do to communities and fami-

FROM page one

directly to order the part, which Executive
Motors can install.
In the meantime, the businessman advised
drivers with US models to contact the Execu-
tive Motors service department and register
their vehicle.
"The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
number would indicate if their vehicle is affect-
ed or not. There's a procedure for checking to
see if that particular accelerator part is installed
in their vehicle," said Mr Albury, noting that
not all models which appear in the list of
recalled cars publicised earlier this month will
definitely be affected.
Earlier this month, Toyota recalled millions
of cars after admitting that many may be
impacted by a "sticky" accelerator problem
that has seen some cars accelerate at random
despite the driver not pressing the pedal.
Yesterday Mr Albury said Toyota's head
office in the US had confirmed what he had
previously told The Tribune was highly likely

- that the vast majority of their vehicles which
Mr Albury's dealership sells are not affected by
the recall as they are built in Japan, where
manufacturers use a different supplier for the
cars' accelerators.
"We have received a letter from the Toyota
motor company that all vehicles we've import-
ed direct from Japan are exempt from the
recall," said Mr Albury.
Vehicles which are included under the
"sticky accelerator pedal recall" include: cer-
tain 2009-2010 RAV4s, certain 2009-2010
Corollas, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon,
certain 2007-2010 Camrys ,certain 2010 High-
landers, 2007-2010 Tundras and 2008-2010
The recall is the result of the latest in a long
line of recent safety issues to have hit the glob-
al car-maker since September 2007. Two days
ago, Toyota announced that it is investigat-
ing 200 reports of brake faults in its new Prius
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