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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
MASS confrontation at the
polls has been predicted for the
Elizabeth by-election next week
as hundreds of registered voters
are still unaccounted for in the
constituency.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Progressive Liberal Par-
ty (PLP) campaign coordinator
Dr Bernard Nottage both attested
to the hundreds of registered vot-
ers who have not yet been found
in the constituency and might not
have the right to vote.
Although Mr Ingraham said
the voters in question will be chal-


Suspicious death
in vehicle fire
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
SOMETIME around 9pm Saturday police received
information of a vehicle on fire on Step Street, Fox Hill.
Fire Services responded. After putting out the fire the
police discovered a body in the front passenger seat of a
Honda-type vehicle. The body was burned beyond recog-
nition. According to the police the gender has not been
established because of the extent of the burns. However,
police are continuing their investigations.
SEE page seven


lenged at the polls next Tuesday,
Dr Nottage warned the sheer
number of them is likely to lead to
confrontation on the day and an
election court battle in the after-
math.
He said there could be up to
400 registered voters who do not
have the right to vote for one of
SEE page 10


Government aims to make illegal
voting harder in general election
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
WITH claims and counter claims about the integrity of the elec-
toral register before the Elizabeth by-election, the Prime Minister
yesterday said that his government will ensure steps are taken in the
run up to the next general election to make it harder for people to
vote illegally.
SEE page 11


MORE BY-ELECTION NEWS O0


INMATES of Her Majesty's Prison Fox Hill that have showed rehabilitative progress were treated to a reunification fun day with their
families at the weekend, which consisted of an outdoors sit down and meal.


62 Haitian


N THREE AND SIX migrants

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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net


SIXTY-TWO Haitian
migrants are being processed by
Defence Force and Immigration
Officers after their unseaworthy
boat was found in waters in the
Exuma chain on Saturday morn-
ing, the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force reported.
A release from the RBDF yes-
terday afternoon said the
migrants were detained after
being spotted by a Defence
SEE page 15


THINK GLOBAL SCHOOL (TGS) ..
announced today that it will become the
world's first global mobile high school when
it opens to welcome its first ninth grade class
in September 2010.
Based in a different international city
each of its twelve trimesters, TGS' revolu-
tionary educational model integrates the best
classroom practices with immersive, experi-
ential learning on a global scale, preparing a
select number of international students not
just for university, but for leadership in an
increasingly complex, inter-connected and
multicultural world.
The school is the brainchild of Mrs. Joann
McPike of Paradise Island, who its executive chair and founder.
Its opening was announced from Los Angeles on Friday.
THINK Global School is a private, non-profit high school that
SEE page seven


Seven armed
robberies
in 15 hours
POLICE are investigating
seven armed robberies and a
shooting that took place within
a 15-hour period in New Prov-
idence on Friday.
The first masked gunman to
strike held up a man in a West
Bay Street parking lot at
around 7.45am. Dressed in a
blue sweatsuit and armed with
a handgun he demanded cash
from the man and stole his
money before driving away in a
black 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage,
registration number 124412.
Later that morning two Gal-
leria Cinema employees were
SEE page 10


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THE TRIBUNE


Climate change and coastal


N i .IA4 erosion in the Bahamas


CLIMATE CHANGE and coastal
erosion will be the subject of a special
public meeting at The Bahamas Nation-
al Trust on Village Road on Wednes-
day, February 10, at 7 p.m.
Neil Sealey, a former senior lecturer
at the College of The Bahamas who
has written several textbooks on region-
al geography, will discuss the vulnera-
bility of the Bahamian shoreline to sea-
level rise and other possible climatic
changes, such as increased hurricane
activity.
The focus of the talk will be on


beaches. Most existing coastal studies
do not include limestone islands with
high levels of sediment production off-
shore like The Bahamas, and very few
studies relate to tropical regions with
low tidal ranges and tropical vegeta-
tion. Therefore, local knowledge and
understanding is essential if the threat
of a rising sea level is to be accommo-
dated without major damage, or inap-
propriate coastal development.
Mr. Sealey will present a broad
range of comparisons and local obser-
vations, including a review of the evi-


dence for casuarina-induced beach ero-
sion from around the Bahamas -
much of which has never been pub-
lished before.
Mr. Sealey has been studying the
Bahamian shoreline for more than 30
years and has been published widely
on this and other aspects of Bahamian
and Caribbean geography. A selection
of his books in print will be available at
the meeting. He was educated in the
West Indies and England, completing
his graduate and postgraduate studies
at Oxford and London universities.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010, PAGE 3


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PLP claims PM's address



vi ted broadcasts code

Importance that practically every
media house carried it."
1But Dr Nottane rejects this


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
THE PLP hopes to broadcast a
national address tonight as the
party claims the airing of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham's
address last Monday violated the
code for political broadcasts.
According to Bain and Grants
Town MP and Elizabeth by-elec-
tion campaign coordinator Dr
Bernard Nottage, the Broadcast-
ing Corporation of the Bahamas
(BCB) broke the Utilities Regu-
lation and Competition Authori-
ty (URCA) Interim Code of Prac-
tice for Political Broadcasts by
playing Mr Ingraham's February 4
national address during an elec-
tion period.
The Prime Minister's 15-minute
speech about the economy, crime
and other issues of national
importance played on ZNS TV
13, Cable 12, JCN and radio was
not of sufficient importance to
require a national broadcast dur-
ing election time, the PLP
claimed.
And subsequently the party has
called for permission to give a
national broadcast of the same
length on ZNS TV 13 and radio
tonight.
However BCB general manag-
er Edwin Lightboume maintains
the corporation acted within the
Code and is under no obligation
to provide the PLP with 15 min-
utes airtime for a counter-address.
Regulatory body URCA is
investigating the matter and
should come to a decision on the
PLP's right to broadcast by the
end of the day, Dr Nottage said.
In an official complaint lodged
by Dr Nottage and the PLP prior
to the broadcast, the by-election

CORRECTION
MRS Carolyn Hepburn,
deputy director of Children
Services, has pointed out that
a statement attributed to her
in a story headlined "Man
accuses police officers of
assault and wrongful deten-
tion" which appeared in The
Tribune on Tuesday, January
26, is incorrect.
The statement should have
read:
"Parents that are dissatis-
fied with the way their case-
worker is managing their case
should speak to the senior
officers) at that location to
bring about clarity to the sit-
uation. Men have just as
much visiting rights as the
mother. The Department of
Social Services social worker
works as a mediator for all
family members to bring
about an amicable relation-
ship in the care and protec-
tion of children."
The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience caused.

.Ferilizer, Funicid -


campaign coordinator claims the
BCB breached clause seven of the
Code by making a government
broadcast in an election period.
Dr Nottage said: "Notwith-
standing the decision by the BCB
to allow such a broadcast, in fla-
grant violation of the Code, the
BCB has similarly refused to
allow the official Opposition equal
time to make a similar broadcast
or a rebuttal.
"This in our view is a clear vio-
lation of the terms and spirit of


the Code and amounts to a policy
that seeks to favour one political
party to the disadvantage of the
other in respect of broadcast
time."
However the BCB has defend-
ed its position as acting within the
regulations of the code and specif-
ically clause 16, which allows for
messages of national importance
to be broadcast by ministers, such
as the Prime Minister's address.
Mr Lightbourne said: "The
information was of such national


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response to the Prime Minister's.
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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - A suspected
burglar was arrested by police
Friday evening while attempt-
ing to burglarize a home in the
South Bahamia area.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
reported that sometime
around 8.47pm police received
a call that a prowler was at a
residence on Jolly Rodgers
Drive.
When officers arrived at
the residence to investigate
they arrested a 54-year-old
male resident of Holmes
Rock.
The suspect was wearing
dark clothing and had
attempted to gain entry to an
apartment through a sliding
glass door.
Police are continuing their
investigations into the matter.
ASP Mackey thanked the
public for alerting police to a
crime in progress.
Two weeks ago, police


were able to arrest another
man who had broken into a
residence in the Coral Reef
area.
She said the support and
partnership of the public is
critical in the fight against the
crime.
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STABBING VICTIM
The 55-year-old Holmes
Rock man who was stabbed
last Tuesday remains in hos-
pital in critical condition.
A 45-year-old woman -
Ernestine Bartlett of Eight
Mile Rock - has been
charged with causing grievous
harm in connection with the
incident.
She remains in police cus-
tody pending the outcome of
the victim's medical condition.
According to the latest
reports, Ms Mackey said the
victim was still listed in critical
condition in the ICU at Rand
Memorial Hospital at 4.20pm
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EIOI AULETES T HEEITOR


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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A dictionary with the 'sex' word is banned


WE HAD a call last week from a young
person, who was in a state of bemused shock.
Did we know that a few weeks ago a Cali-
fornia school had pulled a dictionary from its
fourth and fifth grade classrooms after a
parent "complained about a child stumbling
across a definition for 'oral sex'"?
No we did not know, but we agreed that
it was madness, that we were living in a con-
fused world, a depraved world, and near a
country in which many of its citizens seri-
ously consider Alaskan-born Sarah Palin -
a master of delivering catchy one-liners from
public platforms, but little else - as a future
president.
As we babbled on, words from Ecclesi-
astes quickly brought us to our senses. We
recalled that "there is no new thing under the
sun." This set us thinking.
Almost any book that is worth reading -
including the Bible - has been under the
censor's hammer or on some group's banned
list for one reason or another - religion,
sex, or just not being politically correct for
the times in which the authors wrote.
As a university student we recall our
annoyance at the Vatican's Index Librorum
Prohibitorum - the "Index" for short-
which banned almost every book on our
required reading list for our English Litera-
ture course. For Catholics to read or possess
any book on that list could mean excom-
munication. The priest always had to apply
for exemption from the ban for Catholic
students in the class. And so we read the
books - but only those for which we had
exemption.
We recall going through an Alexandre
Dumas faze in our reading with a particular
itch to read the "Hunchback of Notre
Dame." However, the "Hunchback" with
Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables", and Dumas
"Count of Monte Cristo", were all on the
Index.
In 1966 someone in Rome came to their
senses and the Index of Forbidden Books
and all excommunications relating to it were
abolished.
We were even more annoyed after read-
ing the Dumas and Victor Hugo books to
discover that they were like child's Pabu-
lum when compared to the racy interna-
tional scandals crossing our desk as a news-
paper editor.
We still bristle with indignant anger
recalling the Inquisition and the 1633 trial


before it of Galileo Galilee, a brilliant Flo-
rentine physicist, mathematician, astronomer
and philosopher, who ended his days under
house arrest for claiming that the Earth
revolved around the sun - supporting the
Corpernican theory.
Today Stephen Hawking, the famous
British theoretical physicist, says that
"Galileo, perhaps more than any other sin-
gle person, was responsible for the birth of
modern science."
Yet in the 17th century he was forced by
the Inquisition to recant a scientific truth
and was sentenced to jail for the rest of his
life. In deference to his age he was kept
under house arrest.
But that one narrow-minded, ignorant
act shut down Italy's forward movement in
science, leaving it to Northern Europe to
take up the gauntlet and move on.
And then in 1497 - five years after
Columbus discovered our part of the world
- there was the "Bonfire of the Vanities"
when a madcap Italian priest - Girolamo
Savonarola - decided to wipe out immoral-
ity by burning books, paintings, musical,
instruments and all frivolous trivia. He hat-
ed the Renaissance and preached against
the moral corruption of those times. It is
said that he personally threw a painting by
Sandro Botticelli on the heap, which went up
in flames in the public square in Florence.
Eventually the town got tired of the mad
zealot.
He was excommunicated, and himself
burned at the stake in the same place that he
had held the "Bonfire of the Vanities."
As for the dictionary that started this dis-
cussion, there were enough California par-
ents who protested the ban that a compro-
mise was arrived at.
The controversial Merriam-Webster dic-
tionary was returned to the classroom with
an alternative McGraw-Hill student dictio-
nary also available.
A letter will now be sent to the parents
asking them to sign a form if they do not
want their child to use the Merriam-Webster.
Although "there is no new thing under
the sun," it can probably be said that man
has taken a small step forward in the past 513
years - at least we no longer have a bonfire
of books in the public square, nor do we
burn people at the stake.
However, we still debate the banning of
books.


EDITOR, The Tribune

IT IS quite astonishing
to hear PLP politicians
trying to pin the blame for
our current wave of vio-
lent crime on the FNM
and talking nonsense
about urban renewal. We
are experiencing basically
two kinds of violent
crime.
One is domestic crime
which is not exclusive to
The Bahamas but is nev-
ertheless deeply disturb-
ing. This is due to our
failure to properly social-
ize our children in our
homes, and to imported
elements of a violent
western culture being fed
to our children by way of
television, internet and
electronic games - not to
mention the guns.
The other is the gang-
sterism which first took
root in the Bahamas in a
big way during the height
of the drug dealers' occu-
pation of the late 1970s
and early 1980s in the
middle of the PLP's quar-
ter century hold on polit-
ical power.
I can still remember
the warnings by the late
Sir Kendal Isaacs that
what we were experienc-
ing then would haunt us
for many years to come,
but few listened until it
was too late.
We were wallowing in a
deluge of cocaine money
which corrupted our
country from top to bot-
tom while many in
authority very largely
looked the other way or
actively facilitated the
Colombian cocaine cow-
boys' takeover.
It was then that our
country was changed for-
ever and our society
accepted and even cele-
brated criminals. Before
that, decent people were
ashamed to be associated
with criminals. Suddenly
the thieving, murderous
drug gangsters were being
courted as they threw
their money around. Mon-
ey literally rained down
from the skies!
Many lives were
ruined. Many fine young
women were hooked and
debauched. That's when
gangster-style hit killings
first came to the
Bahamas. But many
mothers welcomed the
new refrigerators, TVs
and cars their drug-deal-
ing sons brought home.
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payments [in Sir Lynden's
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we forget.
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stances some of the other
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Catering Shares - would
have been considered
highly irregular.
When the PLP
returned to office in 2002
one would have expected
that they had learned the
sad lessons of those days.
But they returned to the
same old free-wheeling,
all-for-me, scandalous
behaviour and attitude of
entitlement and immunity
which threatened to make
us a laughingstock.
Now they have the
nerve to pontificate about
the causes of violent
crime while the FNM tries
once again to clean up
their mess. Spare me!

LONG MEMORY
Nassau,
February 6, 2010.


Crawfish industry
EDITOR, The Tribune.

I THANK you for giving the environmental issues in the
Bahamas the chance to see the light in your newspaper and
I would like to encourage you to continue. I want to express
concern for the way in which Bahamians are viewing the
MSC guidelines being followed around the world. These
guidelines are needed here, now more than ever and as
usual short-sighted people only see the money and change
needed in the short term.
Though fishermen are complaining about the new regu-
lations, this is the one thing that will stop the extinction of
some of our fisheries. Remember Cuba once far out stripped
the Bahamas in Nassau grouper fisheries. Their Nassau
groupers are now extinct. We can see how the small amounts
of protection are helping our grouper, but, what about the
way snapper a221'2,1 ali, ns, that are being fished out? We all
see the trend in conch getting smaller and the bags of craw-
fish and conch getting more and more expensive.
The fishermen need to realise that one day the turning
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are too small or poor quality for anyone to want to purchase.
By following the regulations, not only will we have more of
the species we want to eat, but our export product quality
will be higher and the acceptable prices will also increase.
We need to start looking Forward, Upward and Onward
Together, Bahamas.
Alternatively, we can struggle against the regulations,
kill off our fisheries, lose the export industry and sell phone
cards.

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0 DAVIS
AA Biology/
Chemistry
BSc Environmental
Science - Marine
Science focus
MSc Marine Estuarine
and Environmental
Science
Nassau,
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010, PAGE 5


WRITE ON! A chance for children


to see their hard work published

Joint initiative between Ministry of Education and The Tribune


THE word is out that young
Bahamian writers now have
the opportunity to see their
work in print in the Bahamas'
biggest-selling newspaper, and
published world wide on the
internet.
Starting next week, Write
On is a unique joint initiative
by the Ministry of Education
and The Tribune, and spon-
sored by our good friends at
Vitamalt.
Its aim is simple ... to give
every school-age child in the
country the chance to see their
hard work published.
We want to encourage chil-
dren to use their imaginations
to create a piece of work that
will not only entertain Tribune
readers, but will boost literacry
skills and have the young
authors and their families
beaming with pride.
Desmond Bannister, the
Minister of Education, said: "I
am extremely pleased that a
partnership has been estab-
lished between the Ministry of
Education and The Tribune
network through the initiative
Write On.
"This programme will serve
to inspire, promote and devel-
op a cadre of young writers
who will make their contribu-
tion to a growing body of
Bahamian writings.
"Through this forum we
also will have the opportunity
to hear from and appreciate
younger voices as they express
their creativity and passion
through poetry, essays and oth-
er literary formats. I am cer-
tain that the styles and diversi-
ty of messages will expand our
personal insights on the topics
presented and offer new and


IN THE NEWS: the staff and pupils of the newspaper club at Carlton
E Francis Primary School.


interesting perspectives.
"The fact that The Tribune
is also widely read via the inter-
net will expose our young writ-
ers to a larger audience, who
will have the opportunity to
experience their talent and
writings. I am certain that this
programme will also positively
impact literacy in our schools
as students grow from strength
in writing - their first article,
poem or story - to a collec-
tion of work which generates
feedback from teachers, edi-
tors and readers.
"Let us find wisdom and
pleasure in our students' works
through Write On, and may it
evoke a new generation of
Bahamian writers who will
contribute to our history and
culture through their resource-
fulness.
"To all of the students who
use this opportunity to share
their thoughts and creativity,
I applaud you. I know that this
opportunity for exposure will
assist you in your development
as productive citizens of the


Police appeal for help

in murder investigation

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police are appealing to the
public for information to assist them in a murder investiga-
tion that has been going on since November.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police are still investigat-
ing the shooting death of 29-year-old Steffon "Tommy"
Mitchell.
Mitchell was shot during an attempted robbery at Alba-
core Drive, Lucaya, on November 14, 2009. He was shot
while trying to assist a resident at the address.
"We are requesting the public's assistance. We are mak-
ing an appeal to persons in the Grand Bahama community
with any information that could bring this matter to closure,
especially for the grieving family," said ASP Mackey.
Persons may call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911.


Woman in court

in connection

with stabbing

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A woman
was arraigned in the Eight
Mile Rock Magistrate's
Court on Friday in connec-
tion with the stabbing of a
55-year-old man early this
week.
Ernestine Bartlett, a 45-
year-old resident of
Bartlett Hill, Eight Mile
Rock, appeared before
Magistrate Gwen Claude
on the charge of causing
grievous harm.
It is alleged that on Feb-
ruary 2, the accused
stabbed a male resident of
Holmes Rock in the jaw at
Eight Mile Rock.
Bartlett is being held in
police custody pending the
status of the victim, who
was still listed in critical
condition in ICU on Friday
evening at Rand Memorial
Hospital.


Commonwealth of The
Bahamas."
Tribune Managing Editor
John Fleet described Write On
as a great opportunity for
school-age youngsters to
express themselves.
He said: "I am very excited
by this project, and looking for-
ward to seeing the first short
stories appearing in The Tri-
bune and on our website.
"The Tribune is very proud
to showcase the excellent work
being done in Bahamian class-
rooms, to give young writers a
new audience, and hopefully
improve literacy skills at the
same time.
"I am very grateful to the


staff of the Ministry of Educa-
tion for their hard work, coop-
eration and organisational
skills."
The rules for Write On are
simple. All we ask is that sto-
ries/poems are no more than
350 words long, and have the
signed/written permission of a
teacher to show that it is a gen-
uine piece of class work.
Write On is also open for
staff and pupils to show off
their school newspapers. Write
and tell us who your young
reporters are; how you get
your stories; and how you put
your publication together.
Email your stories to Tri-
bune@tribunemedia.net with
the subject marked "Write
On" or drop them off in an
envelope at The Tribune recep-
tion desk. You must enclose
your name, age, address,
school and a brief summary of
your hobbies and interests.

WRITE On begins on Mon-
day, February 15, featuring the
talented youngsters from Carl-
ton E Francis primary school.
In their own words, they will
describe how they put. . ,. Ih,.
their own school newspaper,
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THE TRIBUNE


Ministry concerned over PTA threat

to remove children from school


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE Ministry of Education
has expressed its "concern"
over threats from an Exuma
Parent Teachers Association
that they will remove their
children from the L.N.Coak-
ley High School if certain
teaching vacancies are not
quickly filled.
In a statement released Fri-
day, the Ministry warned that
it "does not condone actions
by any parent to deliberately
keep children away from
school in order to force the
Ministry to meet his/her
demands."
On Thursday, the PTA at
L.N.Coakley High School said
the government has failed to
supply the school with teachers
for core subjects, which they
claimed the Ministry had


promised in September 2009
would be done by January 15
this year.
The PTA said that if the
vacancies are not filled by
today, parents will not allow
students at the high school to
attend their classes.
The PTA said the ministry's
failure to meet the January 15
deadline evinced a "blatant
disregard" for the students and
their dreams of future success.
Teachers are reportedly
needed for biology, chemistry,
physics, mathematics, English
and computer science. There
is also need for an auto
mechanic teacher, a physical
education assistant and a guid-
ance counsellor.
In its release, the Ministry
said it had "already informed
the relevant school authorities
that it is aware of the needs of
the school, and as promised,
those needs will be met upon


proper processing of the teach-
ers identified to fill the needs."
It added that it "is unfortu-
nate that individuals, not in
any way connected to the
school have sought to use this
opportunity to advance their
own agenda in a manner that
has brought disrepute to the L
N Coakley High School."
The threat by the Exuma
PTA comes shortly after simi-
lar action by the PTA at the
North Eleuthera High School,
which for almost two weeks up
to last Friday kept children out
of school to protest a decision
by the Ministry to transfer and
replace its Principal and Vice
Principal in the middle of the
school year.
That move was said to have
been predicated on "the pro-
vision of equitable leadership
for the schools of the district",
in the face of continuing con-
cerns over child sex claims.


Policies for checking candidates'

financial discl ures questioned


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net


THE current policies for |_NI
scrutinising election candidates' I a
financial disclosure forms have
come into question.
Observers Friday argued that
the measures in place appear lax, without
accountability. They also argue that the policies
should be updated, with proper penalties in
place to minimise incorrect disclosures.
The concerns were raised after the public
financial disclosures of the five Elizabeth by-
election candidates, which were published in a
local daily on Monday. It should be noted that
the observers did not accuse any of the candi-
dates of purposely submitting wrong informa-
tion, but said it is easy for them to provide
inaccurate data in the absence of clear guide-
lines.
"I think that many times when people pre-
pare their disclosure statements they do so
without really understanding what is being
required of them," said accountant Philip Gala-
nis, managing partner of forensic accounting
firm HLB Galanis Bain.
"For example in many instances where per-
sons are asked to indicate the cash surren-
dered value of their (life) insurance policy,


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they actually put in the face val-
ue amount and not the cash sur-
rendered value - that radically
distorts their assets," he contin-
S|ued.
Both Mr Galanis, and attor-
ney Wayne Munroe, questioned
if this oversight occurred with
Bahamas Democratic Leader
Cassius Stuart. In his disclosure forms, Mr Stu-
art claimed that his cash value of life insur-
ance was half a million dollars.
This seemed irregular to Mr Munroe, who
argued that Mr Stuart would have most likely
paid premium over "20 to 30 years" on a mul-
ti-million dollar policy in order to have such a
hefty cash out amount.
"If a young man tells you he has cash sur-
rendered value life insurance of $500,000 you
should ask him to produce that policy," Mr
Munroe told The Tribune Friday.
He thinks that assets and liabilities of poten-
tial members of Parliament should be thor-
oughly checked so that persons with unsound
financial practices can be questioned.
"If you see someone declare large sums of
income with a small (amount of) cash in the
bank, then you should ask them why - that
might be a sign of financial irresponsibility. If
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US curriculum and accreditation,
and will be taught in English. Fif-
teen students from across the
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However, rumours in Fox Hill last night identified the body
as that of a well known community trouble-maker. It was
claimed that his throat had been slit and he had been shot,
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you see someone declare a
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which could lead to a misrep-
resentation of a candidate's
net worth - universal rules
should be applied to the dis-
closure process, said Mr Gala-
nis.
"The statements should
provide guidelines as to the
basis on which they should be
prepared, so that certain
guidelines are universally
applied, so that we are com-
paring apples and apples
rather than apples and
oranges," he suggested.
Mr Galanis, a former sena-
tor, also feels the forms
should all be vetted by a cer-
tified chartered accountant to
provide a level of account-
ability to the process, along
with proper penalties for false
information.
"There ought to be some
penalty imposed for persons
who purposefully disclose
incorrect information. It real-
ly defeats the objective of
making such statement avail-
able to the public," he said.
In the case of the by-elec-
tion candidates, their finan-
cial disclosure forms were
submitted to nomination
Returning Officer Jack
Thompson.
They were then published
in a Government gazette and
available for public scrutiny
and comment, said Parlia-
mentary Commissioner Errol
Bethel.
The Public Disclosure


Policies

Commission is the agency
responsible for policing finan-
cial disclosure forms of mem-
bers of Parliament. It is
unclear if they would penalise
or investigate an election can-
didate, however there are
laws in place to address falsi-
fied financial disclosures by
sitting members of Parlia-
ment.
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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - The
Freeport Primary School
demonstrated compassion on
Friday when students and
teachers made a "heartfelt"
donation towards relief efforts
in Haiti.
Principal Sheila Scavella
reported that more than half
of the student body consists
of children of Haitian descent
- some of whom have lost
family members in Haiti.
During a special assembly
held at the school on Friday,
students presented water,
clothing, toiletries, grocery
items, and a $450 cheque to
Diane Wildgoose and Rehud-
er Rolle, representatives of
Carry Your Candlelight The
Bahamas.
Ms Scavella said that giv-
ing to those in need teaches
students the importance of
compassion and love for their
fellowman.
"This morning was a
demonstration of love, empa-
thy and compassion for the
persons affected by the recent
earthquake in Haiti.
"We took it upon ourselves
to have a dress-up day last
Friday and we all wore yel-
low as a sign of hope for the
persons in Haiti.
"We felt it a whole lot here
because about 65 per cent of
the students are of Haitian
descent, and when we did a
statistical interview we found
that some of them lost many
family members," she said.
Ms Scavella stated that one
student had lost 13 family
members in Haiti.
"That is very devastating to
hear and so our hearts go out
to them. We collected a small
amount but we feel happy we
were able to contribute some-
thing towards the relief efforts
here on Grand Bahama.
"What was really touching
and significant is the fact that
the little grade ones, who
made sacrifice every day from
their lunch money, were able
to make their own special pre-
sentation and wrote a story
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Haiti."







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By DENISE MAYCOCK
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FREEPORT- The Freeport
Primary will launch Love the
Books Day this week in an
effort to promote and improve
literacy and numeracy skills of
students at the school.
Principal Sheila Scavella said
there has been a small, but sig-
nificant improvement in the
GLAT results for the past
three years.
"Small as it may be it was
great to us because we saw
improvement, and so on 'Love
the Books Day' we will focus
on the importance of learning
to read and mathematical
skills," she said.
Although the GLAT is a
diagnostic test and not an
achievement test, Ms Scavella
reported that they have seen
students getting A's in Science


and Social Studies.
"When we looked at it we
also saw improvement in the
reading comprehension, but
there is still much improvement
for mathematics application,
and that seems to be nation-
wide," she said.
"So we came up with action
plans on how we can improve
on mathematics and feel that
this is certainly one way we can
do that."
Ms Scavella said the school
will register this month in
World Math Day, which is held
in March.
She explained that schools
from around the world partici-
pate online in a math competi-
tion.
"On that day our students
will be in the library answer-
ing Math questions competing
against students all around the
world.
"Last year our school placed


cs Day'
high in that and we are excited
to be participating in that again
in March," she said.
In light of recent sexual
molestation incidents, Ms Scav-
ella said staff have started talks
with their students.
She also noted that the Min-
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day, February 15, for all boys in
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LOCALNWI


FROM page one
five parliamentary candidates,
including Ryan Pinder for the
PLP and Dr Duane Sands for the
FNM.
"If we have extensive chal-
lenging it's going to be very con-
frontational," Dr Nottage said.
"I would wish to avoid that. I
am not saying there are definitely
two or three hundred, but there
are many people, in the hundreds,
who have not been found in the
constituency despite intensive
work done so far, and the gov-
erning party seem to have the
same deficiency, so I anticipate
there will be people who can't be
found turning up to vote."
At press conferences held in
the PLP and Free National Move-
ment (FNM) headquarters yes-
terday, each party blamed the oth-
er for bringing the integrity of the
electoral register into question.
Dr Nottage blamed the Parlia-
mentary Commissioner for not


Illegal voters
ensuring the authenticity of the
register prior to the by-election
as he cited the 2008 Supreme
Court ruling in the Pinewood elec-
tion court case which found it was
the Commissioner's statutory duty
to protect the integrity of the par-
liamentary registration process.
The PLP campaign leader
attested to a 0 ,'hll,,'1- ' 16.64
per cent increase in the number of
Elizabeth voters between 2007
and 2010, following a 2.6 per cent
rise between 2002 and 2007 and a
9.53 per cent rise in between 1997
and 2002.
He said: "The increase in the
number of registered voters in the
Elizabeth constituency is unprece-
dented. It is our belief that such an
increase is highly unlikely and
there are on the Elizabeth register
many persons who do not have
the right to be there. Some have
moved out. Some may have died;


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Dr Nottage called on the
Minister responsible for elec-
tions Tommy Turnquest to
investigate the high number of
new and transferred voters as
well as claims of altered voters
cards, and alleged harassment
of voters by the Parliamentary
Commissioner's staff.
"We are double checking the
present and 2007 registers
before we make a formal com-
plaint," Dr Nottage said.
"It is clear such random and
ad hoc relocation of voters
would complicate the voter
identification process, create
mass confusion and frustration,
and discourage the voter from
exercising his or her democrat-
ic right. This is bad for democ-
racy.
"The PLP calls on the minis-
ter responsible to immediately
investigate these claims and pro-


vide a full and clear explana-
tion as to why these transfers
were done and what corrective
actions are being taken to rem-
edy this unfortunate situation.
"We wish to encourage the
voters of Elizabeth to remain
calm and to resist frustration
even though on the surface it
appears their democratic rights
are being frustrated."
However, Mr Ingraham
argued any question over the
authenticity of the register arose
under the leadership of former
Prime Minister PLP leader Per-
ry Christie.
The Prime Minister maintains
the electoral register was intact
until the 2007 general election
was called under Mr Christie's
leadership and he gave the Par-
liamentary Commissioner's
office just four weeks to pre-
pare the electoral register before
the general election, creating a
recipe for confusion and errors.


Seven armed robberies

FROM page one

robbed at gunpoint as they were leaving the back door of the
movie theatre with a deposit bag containing an undetermined
amount of cash.
Police said two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed them
of the deposit bag just after 11am and drove off towards Claridge
Road in a grey Ford Explorer.
Budget Meat Market in Cowpen Road was brought to a stand-
still when an armed man, dressed in a white shirt and dark trousers,
burst into the store at around 12.15pm and stole cash from the
store.
He then fled the area on foot.
Herbie's Chinese Cafe in the Tonique Williams Darling High-
way was held up by a man wielding a handgun just after 8pm on
Friday. The gunman who had a scarf covering his face and was
wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, stole cash from the take-
away before he ran off in an unknown direction.
There was a shoot-out during the day's fifth armed robbery at
the Fire Trail Convenience Store in Fire Trail Road leaving a
third person caught in the crossfire.
Police said gunshots were fired by the robber armed with a
handgun and a shop employee after the robber stole cash from the
store and turned to leave at around 8.20pm.
Gunfire hit a third person in the right arm and back just before
the armed robber got away in a grey four-door right hand drive
Honda Inspire. The injured person was taken to hospital.
An armed robber disguised in a black-hooded jacket robbed
Zelmar Enterprise in Maxwell Lane, Rock Crusher, of cash at
around 9pm on Friday, before he fled the area in a silver coloured
vehicle.
And two masked men, one armed with a handgun, robbed a
man outside his home in Dignity Gardens at around 10.40pm the
same night and stole his grey 2000 Nissan Maxima.
In other crime news, Drug Enforcement Unit officers recovered
a .9mm pistol and 15 live rounds of .9mm ammunition when exe-
cuting a search warrant at a home in Evans Street, off East Street,
Nassau at 5.30pm on Saturday.
Two women were taken into custody.
Police are appealing for information to assist investigations into
all matters and asks that anyone who may be able to assist to call
police urgently on 911, 919, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on
328-TIPS (8477).


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2010, PAGE 11


* SALNEWS


FROM page one

Prime Minister Ingraham
said that "competent people"
will be found to register new
voters - suggesting that prior
to the last general election the
employment of people with
overt political biases to do this
job tainted the process - and
street names and house num-
bers will be put in place
throughout the country to assist
with the process of document-
ing and validating would-be
voter's whereabouts.
His comments came during
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until the by-election - he con-
firmed that despite extensive
footwork by their campaign
teams in the constituency the
FNM, like the PLP, has been
unable to account on the
ground in Elizabeth for "hun-
dreds" of people whose names
appear on the electoral regis-
ter as persons entitled to vote.
Their admissions come as
accusations and allegations
mount regarding the issue of
non-Elizabeth residents regis-
tering in the constituency ahead
of the by-election and concerns
continue that former Elizabeth
residents whose names appear
on the electoral register may


Govt aims to make illegal voting harder


again seek to cast a ballot in
the election despite having
moved out of the area since the
2007 general election, thereby
losing that entitlement.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham has suggested
that the integrity of the register
was not primarily compromised
during the 2010 registration
process, but as far back as
before the 2007 general elec-
tion.
He linked discrepancies in
the register in large part to the
fact that then Prime Minister
Perry Christie left only four
weeks between the issuance of
the Boundaries Commission's
report on the new make-up of
the constituencies for that elec-
tion and the date of the elec-
tion itself, giving the parlia-
mentary registrar's office the
"physically impossible" job of
properly registering all new vot-
ers in that short period of time.
His assertions contradicted
those made by the PLP in their
earlier press conference, when
they blamed the parliamentary
commissioner and the Minister
responsible for the parliamen-
tary registrar's office, Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest, for failing to ensure


the integrity of the register pri-
or to its closure last month
when the election writ was
issued. The PLP suggested
more steps could and should
have been taken to ensure inel-
igible voters were kept off the
register, thus avoiding the
potential for a "confrontation-
al" scene at polling stations
throughout Elizabeth on elec-
tion day when questionable vot-
ers show up at the polls.
Yesterday Mr Ingraham not-
ed that based on findings pre-
sented by members of his party,
the names of some people
deemed to be ineligible to vote
were "purged" from the Eliza-
beth electoral register by the
parliamentary registrar's office,
but the parliamentary commis-
sioner was not able to deal with
all of the findings presented
before the register was certi-
fied, leaving many challenges
still likely on election day.
"They were mainly people
known to be deceased, people
who were registered in Eliza-
beth but lived in Yamacraw and
a few people who have moved
out of the constituency," he
said.
Ultimately, 4,943 people's
names appeared on the register


at the time it was certified, an
increase of around 700 from the
number of individuals regis-
tered at the time of the 2007
general election.
Looking ahead, Mr Ingra-
ham said: "When we have the
next election, God willing, there
will not be a problem with the
register because you will have a
prime minister in office who
will have his hands on the tiller
and who will make sure he will
do his job as the Prime Minister
is supposed to do to ensure the
country will have a reliable vot-
ers register so people can go
and vote for the candidate of
their choice without being con-
cerned whether hanky-panky
is taking place."
"The first thing we will do is
make sure that competent peo-
ple are doing the registration,
we will not seek to choose
FNM or PLP supporters to do
so. We will make sure people
who have experience in doing
so, who have done so before
(do so again).
"They still exist in The


Bahamas you know. The same
people who did the register in
1992, 1997, 2002 still live -
they are here (but) many of
them were changed, changed
for various reasons," he stated.
Mr Ingraham said naming
streets would also be key to
enhancing the legitimacy of the
register and electoral process.
"Elizabeth is but one exam-
ple but Golden Isles is a far bet-
ter example of not being sure
where people live. There are
all sorts of dirt roads. We have
committed since last year
November publicly to cause all
streets in this island to be
named, we've begun that
process.
"We've also announced that
we will have numbering of
houses, so we will know when
you are registered to vote you
are living in house number 12,
on Crotan Avenue in the
Grove. Not just on a street.
Many people are unsure what
side of the street they are on,
some doing the registration are
not sure themselves, and so


many of the problems in regis-
tration came about as a result
of that sort of thing.
"But yes you will have a
good clean register before the
next general election as you had
in 2002, 1997 and 1992," said
Mr Ingraham.
Mr Ingraham also advised
those who are on the Elizabeth
register, but who for one reason
or another are not in fact enti-
tled to vote, not to show up at
the polls on election day.
"I want to say if you are not
living in Elizabeth, if you were
registered to vote in the last
election, if you have moved out
for more than six months please
do not show up to vote.
"If you were not living there
for more than three months
before you registered you were
not entitled to register, please
do not show up to vote," he
said.
The FNM will hold a mass
rally on Thursday, February 11,
at its Prince Charles rally site.
The election is set for Febru-
ary 16.


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LOCALNWI


FROM page one Haitian migrants


Force vessel, HMBS P-45, which
was on routine patrol about 13
nautical miles southwest of Bar-
retarre, Exuma.
"Upon further investigation,
they discovered the migrants (49
males, 13 females), who all
appeared to be in fair health. The
migrants were transferred from
their unseaworthy vessel and tak-
en aboard the Defence Force
craft P-45 and 49 for further pro-
cessing."
The migrants form the second
large group of Haitians to be
apprehended in Bahamian
waters since the devastating Jan-
uary 12th earthquake struck
Port-au-Prince. Officers reported
that the majority of the more
than 50 Haitians apprehended
off Adelaide, New Providence,


on January 25 said they had set
off from Port-au-Prince.
Forty-nine from among that
group were charged in Magis-
trate's Court with illegally land-
ing in the country and sentenced
to six months in prison, following
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's announcement that as a
result of the earthquake repatri-
ations from The Bahamas to
Haiti would be suspended as the
Haitian government was not in a
position to accept them back into
the country.
The origin of this latest group
has not been released.
The statement from the force
on Saturday's apprehension dif-
fers slightly from that provided
by the Prime Minister, Hubert


Ingraham, and Minister of
National Security Tommy Turn-
quest when asked earlier that
day about the then unconfirmed
reports that a new group of
migrants had been detained on
Saturday. Speaking at a press
conference on the Elizabeth by-
election Sunday afternoon, the
Prime Minister stated: "There's a
boat in our territorial waters that
has not been apprehended but
is in a contained position and we
expect that boat to be returned
to Haiti with its occupants."
Mr Turnquest later added that
the boat had entered an inlet to
escape rough seas.
"We have it in a protected
area and are waiting for word to
have them repatriated."
Mr Turnquest said he did not
wish to release the location of
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