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Publication Date: February 12, 2010
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Government moves

towards execution

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE government is taking
steps to have a man hanged
who committed a murder
described by a top judge as one
of the "worst of the worst."
The Ministry of National
Security yesterday confirmed
that the Advisory Committee
of the Prerogative of Mercy
met and determined that God-
frey Sawyer's case was not one
that warranted mercy and the
law should take its course.
Sawyer, 29, was sentenced to
death November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Quality Discount
Store employee Sterling
Eugene during an armed rob-
According to the evidence
from his trial, the condemned
man shot Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was try-
ing to get up off the ground fol-
lowing a struggle involving the
pair and another employee
when the two workers tried to
stop Sawyer making his escape
with the store's cash trays.
In handing down her sen-
tence, Justice Allen stated: "I

Death sentence
for 'worst of
worst' murder

Tribune Staff Reporter
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man to death for the murder Discount Store
of a Quality Discount Store
employee four y ears a go, employee four
stating that the murder was g
among the "worst of the
worst" and warranted the
death penalty.
Godfrey Sawyer, 29, was
convicted on June 16, this year of the armed robbery , 1
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and robbed the female employees there, taking the ca. I
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been at the back of the store during the robbery, attempts
tenced to death in November.
1996: THE NOTICE OF EXECUTION is posted before Thomas Reckley is brought to the gallows in 1996.The last hanging in the Bahamas was in Jan-
uary 2000, but now, ten years later, the government is taking steps to have murderer Godfrey Sawyer executed.

am of the view that this offence
is the 'worst of the worst', in
that it was committed with a
firearm and was committed in
furtherance of armed robbery
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Political parties preparing voter black list

tribe unem ed
workers braced for an
increase in national insur-
ance contributions
expected early this year
are still in the dark about
when the rise might hap-
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
PARTY operatives from
the various political parties
are compiling a list of names
to be challenged on election
day. They have been working
feverishly over the past few
weeks - going door to door,

meeting family members -
all in an attempt to verify
names on the election roll for
the Elizabeth by-election.
"While we had a lot of dif-
ficulty in the beginning, we
are now much more comfort-
able with what we are finding.
Poll workers who are within
SEE page 12

Plans to prorogue Parliament extended
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government's plans to prorogue Parliament at the end
of January have been extended. The likely new date is March,
according to parliamentary secretary, Maurice Tynes.
Mr Tynes said his office has not been advised of a day, but he
SEE page 10


"For 50 years Coronado Paint has been the choice
of painting professionals, providing paints with
lasting performance and consistent quality."

PM apologises
for failing to
annually disclose
financial position
PRIME Minister Ingra-
ham yesterday publicly
apologised for failing to
comply with the legal
requirement that he dis-
close his financial position
on a yearly basis.
"I regret that I have per-
mitted my schedule to dis-
tract me from completing
this obligation...I offer no
excuse; I blame no one for
my not having done so.
I'm sorry and I will cor-
rect this situation forth-
with," said the Prime Min-
ister and FNM leader, as
SEE page 12

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Education's Sexual Complaints Unit
has travelled to Eleuthera to probe new allegations that a
male teacher inappropriately touched girls at the Central
Eleuthera High School.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, a relative of one of
the girls involved said she was impressed with how quickly
the Ministry had reacted, with officials set to launch their
investigations tomorrow.
SEE page 10






Richard McKinney was charged
in Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Man accused of double murder

Tribune Staff Reporter IE Police charge Richard McKinney with murders of Wilton Omar Smith, Lashown Davis bv Ki O 3 Wih h , , ,.. .d 10 +b . F.i ,, F b dl. Cr , ...ll. d, A. . in . . .i if nfir.

A MAN who is alleged to
have shot dead two men in
Bain Town was arraigned in a
magistrate's court yesterday.
Police have charged Richard

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ders of Wilton Omar Smith, 30,
of Roberts Drive, Bamboo
Town, and Lashown Davis, 29,
of Rupert Dean Lane.
Both men were gunned
down at Rupert Dean Lane

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ruary 5, in what police suspect
was a revenge attack.
According to police reports,
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one of the victims and there
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handgun and fired gunshots at
one of the men and then at the
second who came to question
him. The deaths of Mr Smith
and Mr Davis raised the coun-
try's homicide count to 10.
McKinney was not represent-
ed by an attorney at his arraign-
ment before Magistrate Caroli-
ta Bethell in Court 8, Bank
Lane. He was not required to
enter a plea to the murder
charge. He was also not
required to enter a plea to a
charge of possessing a firearm
with intent to endanger life. It is
alleged that on February 5, he

was illn possession oUI a firearm
with intent to endanger the life
of Mervin Davis.
McKinney, of Woods Alley,
off Market Street, told the mag-
istrate that while at the Central
Detective Unit, he tried to get
officers to check his cellular
phone records.
He claims he was not in the
area when the murders
occurred, and had only been
informed of the incident by text
message. McKinney was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison. His case was adjourned
to February 18, for a hearing

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Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 2,500 unem-
ployed Bahamians have applied
for temporary work in the pub-
lic and private sectors through
the government job stimulus
programme initiated in Novem-
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing expects that up
to 600 of these applicants have
already started their six-month
stints at various government
departments and private insti-
tutions. The Ministry of Public
Works and Transport hired 150
people last week to carry out
street naming, house number-
ing, maintenance of govern-
ment buildings and cemetery
repairs, while the Department
of Lands and Local Govern-
ment placed 110 temporary
workers at public and private
institutions in December.
Lands and Local Government
Department staff interviewed
120 applicants of different ages
and skill sets, found 45 of them
had limited academic qualifica-
tions and skills, but the scheme
aims to help them develop new
job skills and be more employ-
able at the end of their tenure.
Mr Laing anticipates that half
of the 2,500 temporary employ-
ees estimated to gain employ-
ment through the scheme will
work in the public sector, while
the other half will be employed
by private businesses.
Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government Byran
Woodside said: "The program-
me's success is attested by the

fact private companies are still
requesting the services of per-
sons employed in the pro-
gramme, and the participants
have expressed their profound
appreciation to the government
for this much needed and time-
ly opportunity."

Although the scheme will
only temporarily drop the
unemployment rate, which last
stood at 14.2 per cent in New
Providence and over 17 per
cent in Grand Bahama, Mr
Laing said the human rewards
should not be overlooked.
He said: "If the 2,500 per-
sons are engaged by the time
the figures are measured, it will
be a full percentage point drop,
but I think the more important
impact is what it means for the
individuals who don't have any
income. "We need a more
robust economy to absorb
many more people, but the pro-
gramme itself is intended to
impact those 2,500 peoples
lives, and if they are now get-
ting $250 a week, that is the
greatest human impact and that
is the one we really want."
But president of The Nassau
Institute Joan Thompson says
the government programme
and internal hiring of tempo-
rary workers will only put fur-
ther stress on already stretched
public funding.
Mrs Thompson said: "When
this money is spent and gone
there still won't be any new
jobs. They need to get out of
the way and these jobs will
spontaneously come about, but
it's a tough period and it's not
necessarily the government's
fault, it's an over-blown credit
that created a false economy
across the world."
Mrs Thompson said the
scheme would not be necessary
if unemployed workers
dropped their standards to take
on menial jobs which may be
available while waiting for
secure permanent employment
and put the scheme down to
politics. "It's not an economic
response to a changed market,"
she said. "It's politics. I think
in due course we will get
through it. We may learn some
lessons, and we may not, but I
doubt these political parties will
really understand what needs
to be done, which is downsize
government by at least 50 per
cent, then those resources will
be freed for the private sector."

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Ryan Pinder has renounced

his US citizenship, says PLP .RYAN PINDER F o am wT
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Tribune Staff Reporter

PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
has renounced his US citizen-
ship, according to his party.
PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts confirmed the move
yesterday, claiming that Mr Pin-
der in fact went ahead with the
renunciation prior to nominat-
ing as a candidate on January
This conflicted to some news
reports late last night that sug-
gested the would-be MP plans
to, but has yet to actually go
through with, the process of
eliminating his US status.
Mr Pinder did not return a
phone call seeking comment on
the step yesterday, but Mr
Robert said the 35-year-old by-
election candidate took the
decision to drop his second cit-
izenship of his own volition and

not as a result of any pressure
from the party.
Earlier in January, Mr Pin-
der, who is employed by Flori-
da-based law firm Becker and
Poliakoff as a Nassau-based
consultant, defended his right
to hold dual citizenship in the
face of criticism that it was
inappropriate for someone
seeking public office, calling the
fact that he did a "non-issue."
"There's no violation of the
Constitution and it's not an
issue that is relevant to the peo-
ple of Elizabeth," Mr Pinder
told The Tribune on January

11. He also asserted that his
allegiance was to the Bahamas,
and that his status in the US
did not conflict with this in any-
However, news reports quot-
ing Mr Pinder last night sug-
gested that the would-be politi-
cian felt questions about his loy-
alty to the Bahamas had proven
to be a "distraction" during his
campaign to represent the Eliz-
abeth constituency.
Both Workers' Party leader
and candidate in the by-elec-
tion, Rodney Moncur, and
National Development Party
candidate Andre Rollins had
criticised the fact that Mr Pin-
der held dual citizenship, sug-
gesting it drew into question his
eligibility to hold public office
in the Bahamas and the likeli-
hood that he would act in the
best interests of Bahamian con-
stituents if elected.
The FNM has been less
vociferous in its commentary

on Mr Pinder's status, however
Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham did
make remarks earlier this week
in the constituency suggesting
his party's candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, would be more loyal to
Elizabeth constituents given his
single, rather than dual, citi-
The Constitution states in
Article 48 that no person shall
be qualified to be elected as a
Member of the House of
Assembly who is a citizen of
another country having become
such a citizen voluntarily, or is,
by virtue of his own act, under
any acknowledgment of alle-
giance, obedience or adherence
to a foreign power or state.
But as Mr Pinder is a
Bahamian born in Nassau, of a
Bahamian father and Ameri-
can mother, he acquired US cit-
izenship at birth automatically,
rather than voluntarily.

Workers' Party leader says he has proven himself best Elizabeth candidate

Rodney Moncur: I won TV political debate

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOLLOWING the widely
viewed political debate on JCN
TV, Workers Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur has claimed that
he was the outright victor and
has proven himself to be the
best candidate to represent the
people of Elizabeth.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Moncur
said that his strategy leading
into the debate was to desta-
bilise and eliminate his "main
opponent", Ryan Pinder after
having already "defeated" the
FNM's Dr Duane Sands "from
a constitutional standpoint."
Mr Moncur said: "The PLP
had the building packed and
they had a very hostile crowd.
So I changed my strategy to
humour them before I launched
my attack. I think I have
knocked Sands out in terms of
his eligibility as it relates to the
constitution, and as it relates to
the debate my strategy was to
knock Pinder out first.
"So I spoke to him in a
tongue that he understood. So

Man arraigned

on rape charge
A 20-year-old Faith
Avenue man was yesterday
arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court on a rape charge.
It is alleged that Rachard
Fenelus raped a 16-year-
old girl on January 23,
Fenelus, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusola Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to enter a
plea to the charge. He was
granted bail in the sum of
$8,000 with one surety. The
case has been adjourned to
June 28.


when I said to him that (PLP
leader Perry) Christie does not
support him, he knew that I was
privy to exactly what the PLP's
internal problems were."
The Workers' Party leader
added that if Bahamians were
honest and did not allow them-
selves to be swayed by party
affiliation, they would have to
admit that he was the best can-
didate in the debate.

"If political tribalism and all
that is put aside, I am the supe-
rior candidate. Ryan Pinder is
lost in this whole battle and I
say this with the greatest humil-
ity- without any arrogance. I
am the superior candidate to
Cassius Stuart and Dr Andre
Rollins. That is a fact, and the
Bahamas knows what my his-
tory is," he said. Along with Mr
Moncur and Mr Pinder at the
February 9 debate were
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment leader Cassius Stuart and
National Development Party
candidate Dr Andre Rollins.
Each candidate was offered
an opportunity the host
Wendall Jones to introduce
themselves and answer ques-
tions on what they would do if
elected as the next MP for Eliz-
abeth. The FNM's candidate
Dr Sands was the only candi-

date who did not participate in
the debate. NDP candidate Dr
Rollins said that he was pleased
that persons thought he did well
during the debate.
However, Dr Rollins said he
personally felt he could have
done better and hopes that such
debates become a fixture in all
future elections. He said:
"There were many issues I
would have liked to touch on,
but the time constraints did not
allow. Hopefully there would
be further opportunities for
Bahamians to appreciate that
I have many ideas to offer
about improving the state of
our nation.
"I really liked that the debate
allowed the opportunity for the
people to know a lot about me
and to realise that I am an up
and coming politician who has a
great deal to offer. For those
who thought that I won the
debate, I am appreciative that
they are giving me a vote of
support and confidence and I
hope that translates into sup-
port in the votes on February
16 from the constituents of Eliz-
abeth," he said.
Attempts to reach BDM can-
didate Cassius Stuart and PLP
candidate Ryan Pinder for com-
ment on their debate perfor-
mance were unsuccessful up to
press time last night.

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Dr Sands always supported a health plan

DURING THE Elizabeth by-election
campaign over the past few weeks, the PLP
has tried to make the voters of that con-
stituency believe that Dr Duane Sands- the
FNM's candidate for the vacant seat - is not
interested in the poor because he was against
National Health Insurance.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a matter of fact we do not know of any
doctor who publicly admitted to being
against insurance for general health care.
(The National Health Insurance Act 2006
was tabled in parliament by the Christie gov-
ernment on November 15, 2006).
However, there were many doctors, some
of them quite vocal, who expressed the belief
that the scheme as then proposed would not
solve the Bahamas' healthcare problems.
On the contrary it would never be able to
deliver the standard of care promised by the
PLP government's Blue Ribbon Commis-
In various statements, one before the
Rotary Club of Nassau on March 16, 2006,
Dr Sands made it clear that he believed
every Bahamian was entitled to health care
as of right.
"The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion and the National Health Insurance plan
are admirable and universally held," Dr
Sands told Rotary. However, "they will not
be achieved with this plan as currently out-
lined and will likely cause far more damage
than ever anticipated."
Dr Robin Roberts, chairman of the
National Coalition for Health Care Reform
- the brother of PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts - was of the same opinion.
In Dr Roberts' view the plan advanced by
the PLP's Blue Ribbon Commission raised
many unanswered questions. "We believe
it to be our responsibility and the responsi-
bility of all right-minded thinking Bahamians
to raise those questions and to engage in
true and meaningful consultation with Gov-
ernment in seeking answers," he said.
In expressing his concern, Dr Sands gave
the analogy of a flight to London. "In the
economy class," he said, "sit the majority
of travellers. Space is limited but comfortable
and the food is palatable. Up from there is
business class, with larger seats, more space
and sumptuous fare ... exceeded only by
the plush and posh environment of first class.
Same plane, same pilot no difference in des-
tination or safety. One size does not fit all.
Everyone cannot afford Atlantis or Ocean
Club - but they certainly should continue to
It was because of his concern for those in
economy class - the poor of this country-
that he disagreed with the national health
plan as then designed. He saw the plan as a
"frightenly retrogressive step that will lead to
less accountability, longer waiting times and
reduced quality (of health care)." It was a

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plan that offered first class seats that could
not be delivered to the poor.
"For the sake of all Bahamians," said Dr
Robin Roberts, "let's take the time to get it
But an election was around the corner. It
was more important for the PLP to win that
election rather than to get it right.
Tribune files are filled with public state-
ments by Dr Sands, saying 'yes we need pub-
lic health,' but let's get it right or the people's
lot will be worse than what they now have.
And so how Dr Bernard Nottage - who
as Minister of Health on rejoining the PLP
was given the task of taking the PLP's health
plan to the people - could say with a
straight face that his "impression" was that
Dr Sands did not support National Health
Insurance, is beyond comprehension. No
wonder the general public do not trust most
Dr Sands said it many times over that he
supported national health insurance, but not
the plan devised as an election-gimmick by
the PLP government. He believed the
Bahamian people - especially the poor -
deserved better.
Now we invite Dr Nottage to recall one of
the consultative meetings that Dr Marcus
Bethel- at the time the PLP government's
Minister of Health - held with a group of
physicians at the School of Nursing. The
meeting was to discuss government's nation-
al health insurance plan.
According to our records, Dr Nottage,
who then headed his own party, the CDR-
he had not yet returned to the fold of his old
party the PLP - sat quietly throughout the
discussion - that is until towards the end. It
was then that it is claimed he dropped his
verbal "bomb." We understand that the gist
of his angry remarks was that the Blue Rib-
bon Commission hadn't a clue what it was
doing. It was basing its conclusions on faulty
information, and as such the plan was not
We certainly got the impression at the
time that Dr Sands and Dr Nottage were
singing from the same hymn sheet. But, one
must remember that when Dr Nottage was
singing his song, he headed his own political
party in Opposition to the PLP. However, in
the interim he rejoined his old government,
became its Minister of Health and took the
PLP's health scheme to the public. Today, he
is in Elizabeth trying to get his party's can-
didate elected, and in the bargain misrepre-
senting the position of the opposition can-
didate - Dr Duane Sands.
Really the PLP are just too much. This
misrepresentation alone should make voters
think twice before casting their ballots for
the PLP candidate on Tuesday. Not that
there's anything wrong with the candidate -
it's the party that's the problem.

How public

disclosure lost


EDITOR, The Tribune. closure Commission. The
Act clearly sets out what the
I didn't expect to be Disclosure Commission
imposing on you so soon should do in cases of non-
after you so kindly pub- disclosure, incomplete dis-
lished my recent letter about closure or false disclosure.
how gangsterism came to to the PLP Government But in the case of Sir
the Bahamas during the were particularly careful to Lynden? Well, the Disclo-
Colombian cocaine era. disclose in great detail. sure Commission did noth-
However, an article in Then something hap- ing. One member, a highly
another newspaper has opened. The finances of Sir respected senior public ser-
prompted me to recall how Lynden were examined by vant, resigned, reportedly in
everybody lost respect for Inspector Frank Richter on disgust. So the credibility of
Public Disclosure as a result behalf of the Commission of the Disclosure Act and the
EnqtheyDisclosure Actfandkthe
of the revelations of the Enquiry into drug trafficking Disclosure Commission
Commission of Enquiry in through the Bahamas. went to hell along with a lot
198 It's a long sordid story of other things in our coun-
1984. but briefly Inspector Richter trhdurin those terrible
Some members of the found that from 1977 try during those terrible
Opposition at the time the through 1983 Sir Lynden days.
Disclosure Act was passed had deposits of $3.5 million One Member of Parlia-
in 1976 were of the view that in his bank accounts over ment said he would never
it was never intended for and above his salary and disclose again. I don't know
certain people but that then allowances. The money whether he carried out that
Prime Minister Lynden Pin- came from different sources threat, but from then on
dling intended to use it including "loans" from the many Members of Parlia-
against his opponents. principals of Freeport, pay- ment were not all that par-
After the Disclosure Act ments from Everette Ban- ticular about filling out their
came into force in 1978 Sen- nister and some unidentified annual forms.

ators and Members of Par-
liament faithfully filled out
their disclosure forms every
year. Members in opposition

It transpired that Sir Lyn-
den had not declared some
of these deposits to the Dis-

February10, 2010.

Peprry Christie has forgotten Farm Road

EDITOR, The Tribune.
There is continuous erosion
in the inner-city. The escala-
tion of serious crimes has
gripped us all. Regardless
who is involved, the fear of
criminals pouncing on inno-
cent victims exists. Even
though we must not concede
to criminals and their activi-
ties, we must be mindful that
crime is happening far too
often and too many law-abid-
ing people are being taken
advantage of.
Even though crime is
almost nationwide there are
serious pockets of criminal
elements that seem to have
been nurtured from the lack
of cooperation by neighbours
and the lack of attention by
the relevant authorities.
Token visits in the communi-
ties once in a while can do
precious little to alleviate the
vexing problems. But the bla-
tant dishonesty is perpetrat-
ed by the PLP, they would
want sensible Bahamians to
believe that a programme
could prevent drug dealers
from killing each other and
that lovers who cannot com-
municate sometimes take
their differences too far. The
truth is not in the PLP.
As far as the cries in the
inner-city are concerned,
Bishop Neil Ellis and Bishop

Simeon Hall are few in the
church who have shown some
interest. Also Debbie Bartlet-
te's thirst for the real news
began to search for meaning-
ful programmes and how the
implementation of these pro-
grammes can move closer
from the horizon. But to be
honest there has been a few
who thought it important
enough to visit and listen to
the cries of some of the peo-
ple, but while many have
resigned that they chose to
live in the conditions they are
in, some pray for a better way.
Several months ago I was
part of a media team that ven-
tured to take the cameras
through the Hay Street, West
Street, Hospital Lane, Masons
Addition and surrounding
areas. The close up graphic
details of accounts of the con-
stant sound of machine guns
shooting at anytime of the
day, painted a picture of the
"wild, wild west." The grim
reality of people being shot
and killed all too often, forced
me to gulp from the imagina-
tion of the pain that must
have been visited on the fam-
ilies of both criminals and vic-
tims. The relevant authorities
must know of this, but noth-
ing has changed.
The residents in the Farm
Road area expressed how
they expected their represen-
tative Perry Gladstone
Christie to make a difference
but he turned out to be noth-
ing more than a "puff of
wind", shuffling and dancing
while his constituents suffer.

They claim that he has not
gone back to see his con-
stituent, other than to take
photos. Mr Christie as prime
minister did nothing then and
it would appear that he could
care less now.
I dare Mr Christie to say
what positive impact he had
or is having, or what encour-
agement or influence he is
using to help the people he
encouraged to vote for him.
But the people of Farm Road
are only experiencing what
the rest of the Bahamas knew
all along and that is, a man
who is constantly late for
everything certainly cannot
manage himself.
I strongly suggest that the
time Mr Christie uses to sell
the myth to the people of
Elizabeth that the shortcom-
ings in their constituency is
because someone else caused
it only shows that he would
do anything and say anything
just to get his hands on the
country's power structure
once again, nothing more and
nothing less, and to hell with
the people of Farm Road or
Elizabeth Constituency. At
least this is my opinion from
my own observations.
Robert Collier said, "One
comes to believe whatever
one repeats to oneself suffi-
ciently often, whether the
statement is true or false. It
comes to be the dominating
thought in one's mind."
February, 2010.

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Fishermen fear Freeport boat will soon start large-scale

FISHERMEN fear large-scale tuna
fishing by a Freeport boat rigged with
a mile-long net will commence in the
coming weeks with government sup-
The Department of Agriculture and
Marine Resources director and deputy
director did not return calls from The
Tribune yesterday about the reports,
however fishermen say they have been
informed that a vessel docked at a
Grand Bahama marina is licensed to

net tuna on an unprecedented scale.
They say the Bahamian-registered
boat, estimated to be more than 100 ft
long, is rigged with a mile-long, 900 ft
deep net; has a Mediterranean crew
trained in large-scale fishing and
intends to sell the haul outside the
An Abaco lobster and sport fisher-
man, who did not want to be named,
said ministry officials told him the net
fishing of tuna, never before practiced

in the country, is an experiment. But
he is concerned it will greatly deplete
local tuna stocks and harm the multi-
million dollar sportfishing industry, as
well as harm protected species such
as dolphins and juvenile fish.

He said: "It's indiscriminate fishing
so everything that comes up in the net
is going to die in it.

"And from my understanding they
are going to be targeting tuna in the
Bahamas, especially in the Abacos and
in the Tongue of the Ocean, and they
are going to exploit them out.
"There's nothing of that magnitude
here now, and having seen tuna
decline over the past 20 years, I am
now concerned something of this mag-
nitude would really hurt our industry.
"Why would they let something of
that scale come in to experiment?

tuna fishing
"Our tourist industry here depends
on sportfishing and it would be far
more beneficial to keep it as a sport
and not kill them out.
"I'm just kind of looking out for the
The netting of tuna is known to
threaten dolphins and porpoises trav-
elling with the fish and conservationists
are keen to protect declining popula-
tions in Abaco and the Tongue of the

'Stop dumping garbage

in our protected areas'

Trust seeks clampdown after refuse found in Bonefish Pond National park

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR , --of Bahamas National Trust Er..ic Carey shows the media some of the trash that was dumped at the Bonefish pond.-
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THE Bahamas National
Trust is appealing to law
enforcement agencies to take
a strong stand against those
who dump refuse in protected
areas following the discovery
of garbage deposits in the
Bonefish Pond National Park.
This comes after two massive
clean-ups and an investment of
well over $100,000 in a board-
walk and viewing platform at
the park. BNT deputy execu-
tive director Lynn Gape said
the offenders deposited the
waste alongside a newly
cleaned road which the Trust
is in the process of completing.
A statement from the BNT
said the latest report of dump-
ing is disheartening, as a great
deal of time and energy have
been spent improving the area
so Bahamians can enjoy the
park. BNT executive director
Eric Carey said the last step in
their efforts to improve the
park is the completion of the
road, which will cost more than
$40,000. The new infrastruc-
ture makes it easier for educa-
tors to take students on field
trips into the wetland. The
viewing platform also acts as a
staging area for snorkelling and
kayaking tours. "We have to
protect the resource so people
can be able to enjoy it, creating
new business opportunities,"
Mr Carey said.
According to the BNT,
Bonefish Pond has been the
victim of indiscriminate dump-
ing for many years.
"This is not a place for
dumping. Through awareness
and education, we want people
to know that," Mr Carey said.
The BNT, with the assistance
of the Ministry of the Environ-
ment, International Coastal
Clean-up and other agencies
has been able to remove much
of the debris.
Tamica Rahming, director of
the park said, "To date, we
have removed over 35 tons of
garbage. We encourage people
to come out, we want people
to see what's happening.
"It is not the majority of the
Bahamian public, its just a few
individuals (who are dumping).
We urge people to report to the
BNT and police officials when
they see people dumping," Ms
Rahming said.
Man receives jail
term for possessing
unlicensed firearm
FREEPORT - A 22-year-
old man was sentenced to
serve nine months in prison
after pleading guilty to pos-
session of an unlicensed
Jhatorae Roberts, 22, and
Vaughn Cooper, 25, appeared
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones on charges
of possession of an unlicensed
firearm and ammunition.
Roberts pleaded guilty the
charges. Cooper was dis-
charged by the court.

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Minister visits area at centre

of environmental concerns

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Environ-
ment Minister Earl Deveaux
visited Bahama Rock yes-
terday to see the mound of
dirt north of Warren Levar-
ity Highway which has
sparked environmental con-
cerns among residents of
West Grand Bahama.
Mr Deveaux, who is here
attending the Bahamas
International Maritime Con-
ference, met and spoke with
local officials about the dirt,
which is being hauled from
the other side of the high-
"They (Bahama Rock)

are moving their offices
from where they are now
because they are scheduled
to start mining the site on

which their office is current-
ly located," he said.
"They are not destroying
the mangroves and that is
not founded in anything
they showed me today," he
told The Tribune.
Bahama Rock is a mining
plant that exports aggregate
products used in the con-
struction industry.
The company wants to
excavate about 1,000 acres
of land on the opposite side
of the highway from its cur-
rent operation, to allow for
future development of
another deep water harbour.
Bahama Rock excavated
and dredged the Freeport
Harbour during a recent
major expansion on the

south side of Warren Levar-
ity Highway. Residents com-
plained of constant loud
noise and damage to their
homes as a result of the
underground blasting asso-
ciated with this project.
Mr Deveaux noted that an
environmental impact
assessment (EIA) for the
proposed expansion was
conducted by the govern-
ment's Bahamas Environ-
ment Science Technology
(BEST) Commission. He
said the report is finished
and available for viewing by
the public.
"We are committed to fix-
ing a date for Mr Weech
(director) at the BEST
SEE page seven

GB residents seek date

from Earl Deveaux

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The Grand Bahama Committee of Con-
cerned Residents told The Tribune yesterday that its
members are upset because there has been no word on
when Environment Minister Earl Deveaux will meet with
residents about the proposed expansion of the contro-
versial Bahama Rock quarry mining operation.
Mr Deveaux has been in Freeport since Wednesday
for the International Maritime Conference at Our Lucaya
Resort. Before leaving Nassau the minister promised to
meet with concerned Grand Bahamians, however com-
mittee members said that up to press time last night, they
had heard nothing about a date, time, or venue.
"We need to know as a community what time he will
meet with us, and where he will meet about information
concerning the proposed project at Bahama Rock," said
committee member Troy Garvey earlier this week.
"We have not heard anything from him. We would
really like to know where this meeting is going to be and
who it is going to be with," added another member, David

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FROM page six
Commission to come down
here and do a thorough
overview with the commu-
nity on the EIA," he said.
"I am well aware of some
of the nuisance created with
respect to noise and dam-
age to certain homes, and I
am equally aware of what
steps and efforts have been
made to try and mitigate
them. Whether there has
been a satisfactory conclu-
sion in the minds of the res-
idents of West Grand
Bahama, I cannot speak to
that," said Mr Deveaux.
"Mr Weech has been here
to share it, but this is an
extraordinarily emotive
issue that has been subject
to very strident comments
in the press," he said.
Mr Deveaux said Bahama
Rock has also done several
EIAs which were submitted
to the Grand Bahama Port

Authority's Environment
Department and published
on its website.
"It dealt with a number of
complaints and I saw an
overview of the EIA where
they essentially went into
West Grand Bahama and
tested some of the blasting
and noise level in houses to
determine what was satis-
factory and moderated their
blasting plans to accommo-
date those specific parame-
ters. I don't know the extent
to which that was shared
with the community," he
Mr Deveaux explained
that Bahama Rock and the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority have a "symbi-
otic relationship" in which
the company is allowed to
mine rock in exchange for
creating depth in the water,
which allows the harbour
to better accommodate
cruise ships and commer-
cial ships.

GB residents seek date

from Earl Deveaux

FROM page six
The committee is opposed to the proposed expansion of
Bahama Rock's digging and blasting activities, and has
urged Mr Deveaux not to grant the company permission to
cross the Warren Levarity Highway.
The company has already hauled large amounts of dirt
across the highway to an area near wetlands and mangroves
along the north shore.
Bahama Rock general manager Walter Reed recently
told The Tribune that the area is being prepared for the relo-
cation of its offices across the highway.
He said they were granted a building permit for the site in
Mr Barr and Mr Garvey said no one has told the residents
about what is going on at the site or whether the company
had received approval from the government.
"We need some answers. Everyone is telling us they don't
know anything about it, but we think there is a plan to start
dredging on this side (of the highway), Mr Barr said.
Mr Garvey added: "We are not going to sit back and
allow them to do what they want to do. We need to preserve
our land for our children."

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THE following persons are
wanted for questioning in connec-
tion with ongoing investigations
by the Central Detective Unit.
All suspects are considered
armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the
suspects' whereabouts is asked to
please contact police on the emer-
gency line 919/911; CDU at 502-
9930/9991; the Police Control
Room at 322-3333; Crime Stop-
pers at 328-8477 or the nearest
police station.

1. Brent Felix McPhee, alias
Brent Glinton, BJ and Smiley,
aged 22, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a burglary.
His last known address is #2 Ole-
ander Avenue, South Beach.
He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5'8" tall, weigh-
ing 128 lbs, of thin build.
2. Franklyn Stubbs, alias Franky,
aged 27, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a case of steal-
ing from a vehicle.
His last known address is
Muncur Alley, off Kemp Road.
He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 6'1" tall, weigh-
ing 145 lbs, of thin build.
3. Tavarie Maycock/Williams,
alias Culmer, aged 30, is wanted

for questioning in connection with
an investigation into threats of
His last known address is #15
Esmeralda Street, East Street near
Auto Fresh.
He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5"6' tall, weigh-
ing 135 lbs, of slim build.
4. Fredrick Montgomery Neely,
alias Barber, aged 27, is wanted
for questioning in connection with
a armed robbery.
His last known address is
Carmichael Road.
He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5'0" tall, weigh-
ing 180 lbs, of medium build.
5. Arroyo Dwight Clarke, aged
25, is wanted for questioning in
connection with an armed robbery.
His last known address is New-
bold Street.
He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5'7" tall, weigh-
ing 220 lbs, of medium build.
6. Timothy Cole, alias Timothy
Gooding, aged 27, is wanted for
questioning in connection with an
armed robbery.
His last known address is Woods
He is described as being of medi-
um complexion, 6'4" tall, weigh-
ing 140 lbs, of slim build.

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Elizabeth's 'great debate'

THERE was nothing
great about the so-called
"great debate" for Eliza-
beth as it was merely a
chaotic sham. Disappoint-

ingly, it turned out to be
nothing more than a politi-
cal sideshow-a farce.
Jones Communication
Network CEO Wendall
Jones had a noble idea in
organizing such a debate,
however, it was poorly

There's been a lot of

talk about the recall

Here are the facts.

Toyota Motor Sales USA's voluntary
safety recall affects only vehicles made
in North America (the models and mod-
el years are listed below in Toyota's
Executive Motors imports the vast
majority of its units from Japan, and
these are not affected by either the ac-
celerator pedal defect or the recall.
The only Toyota vehicles affected in
the Bahamas are units that were made
in the US and imported by individuals,
plus a few sold by Executive Motors -
specifically the Avalon sedan, Tundra
truck and some Camry models.
As part of a company-wide pro-
gramme announced last week, Toyota
is undertaking a top-to-bottom qual-
ity review to ensure that all its vehicles
meet the highest safety standards and
that all customer complaints are re-
sponded to promptly and effectively.
Recalls are, in fact, an action of
goodwill on the part of the manufactur-
er to keep customers safe. And a num-
ber of top automakers have issued sig-
nificant vehicle recalls at various times

As Consumer Reports' senior di-
rector of automotive testing David
Champion confirmed recently: "We
think Toyota makes a very, very good
car. They're usually very good in terms
of crash tests. They come with all the
latest safety features. Their reliability in
the past has been excellent. And once
this recall has gone through, we would
not have any hesitation in recommend-
ing a Toyota vehicle."
Owners who have purchased an
affected vehicle from Executive Motors
will be contacted by our Service
Department to make an appointment
to have their vehicle fixed.
Toyota's engineers have developed
and rigorously tested an effective solu-
tion to address the potential for sticking
accelerator pedals.
A precision-cut steel reinforcement
bar will be installed into the pedal as-
sembly, thereby eliminating the excess
friction that has caused pedals to stick
in rare instances.

organized, the audience
was too rowdy and certain
participants were overly
incendiary. Frankly, the
televised broadcast of the
debate began with technical
The "great debate" was


Individuals who bought vehicles
in the US should register their model,
year and vehicle identification number
(VIN) with Executive Motors as soon as
Detailed information and answers
to questions about the recall are
available at
Customers may call Executive Motors
Service Department at 397-1700 for
Toyota began making automobiles
in 1937 and is now the world's largest
auto maker. Toyota's corporate vision is
to meet global mobility needs in a way
that respects the Earth and all people.
Executive Motors is the exclusive
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has been marketing vehicles in the
Bahamas for over 40 years. Our facto-
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the recall.

over the years.

TOYOTA .Iy, o-u

To: Executive Motors
2 February 2010

n 21 Janary 2010, Toyta Motors Sales (TS),United States released a media statement of
on 21 January2 o, Toyota Motor sa
a safety recall campaign involving 2.3 million vehicles.
Toyotas Accelerator Recall Affects the Following Vehicles made in the United States:
ToyoA2009-2010 Acceleratorhe 2921 , the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avagl. , the
2009-2010 Ca4 , the 20092010 Hg , the 2007-20 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequioia.

We would like to confirm you that all Toyota models sold through your company are not affected
by this recall exercise. The accelerator pedal components of the affectedmodels used in the US
market are different from the Toyota models sold in your country by your company.

We would like to advise that there is no cause for concern on this matter.

Best regards,

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Latin America & Caribbean Div.

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SEE page nine


hardly an intellectual
exchange or debate of
ideas, but instead descend-
ing into much posturing,
lots of finger-jJbbin,2. ruffi-
an-like browbeating, and
politically tune-deaf and
comical response. Honestly,
there were many instances
where the debate was tan-
tamount to a laugh fest.
Several times during the
great debate, I thought that
I was watching an episode
of BET's Comicview and
was thoroughly enter-
However, the campaign
gimmicks put on air during
the debate set a horrible
precedent for the future of
political debates, which are
evidently needed in our
political culture.
None of the candidates
enunciated a clearly
defined vision beyond what
is commonly uttered. Say
what you may about Work-
ers Party leader Rodney
Moncur, but he was unam-
biguous-to say the least-
in his responses. On the
other hand, there were sev-
eral instances where some
of the other respondents
offered answers steeped in
the language of insincerity,
of cloudy vagueness, out-
right evasion and, for polit-
ical mileage, that straddled
the political fence.
The political modus
operandi-our level of
political discourse-is
advancing with glacier-like
slowness. Bahamians
remain too concerned with
flag-wagging, pom-poms, t-
shirts, free booze and grill-
outs, many times politically
vacillating and playing
musical chairs between the
major parties.
A truly organized politi-
cal debate should be a set-
ting where the candidates
face-off, one where multi-
media personnel producing
catchy sound bites are
absent and where the spin-
doctors are unable to coach
a candidate. The idea of a
political debate is to dis-
play thinking and speaking
skills while under pres-
sure-devoid of prefabri-
cated responses-to shape
a candidate's image in a
voter's mind and to
increase voter confidence.

In its truest sense, a polit-
ical debate should be an
opportunity for candidates
to present their views on
the major issues affecting
this country as a whole and,
more specifically, their con-
stituencies. It should pro-
vide an opportunity for
candidates to explain the
manifesto of their party and
to state their plans for mov-
ing the country forward,
whilst also providing an
opportunity for counter-
arguments to be expressed
and for candidates to
demonstrate why their
position is better than their
opponents. It should not
merely be about asking and
answering questions, but
instead serve as an oppor-
tunity for demanding
accountability while also
delving into a candidate's
track record.
A debate format is sup-
posed to be governed by a
memorandum of under-
standing between the par-
ticipants; however, there
was hardly any evidence of
this during the sidesplitting
outfit on Tuesday. Prior to
actually watching the
debate, I thought that the
FNM and Dr Duane Sands
were displaying political
cowardice and taking a
grave political risk by blow-
ing-off the debate. In some
ways, I still do. Initially, I
saw Dr Sands' refusal to
participate as politically
insincere, as hiding behind
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's coat instead of
facing the nation and, like
the song about Jerry
Roker, of giving the slip
and ducking. However,




was a mere chaotic sham

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have foreseen the hysteria
of the "great debate." That
said, I do believe that if the
debate had taken on a dif-
ferent format, Dr Sands
should have been present
to champion the vision set
out in his mini-manifesto,
which he claims to have
written. Nation-building
cannot occur without a
meeting of the minds and
true representation for the
people of Elizabeth (or any
other constituency)
demands that politicians
move beyond their wound-
ed egos.
Relative to the recent
debate, there appeared to
be a lack of audience-con-
trol and Mr Jones-whom I
deeply respect-could have
been better steered and
redirected and/or demand-
ed responses (e.g., while
the other participants
avoided questions on the
crucial issue of citizenship,
only NDP Dr Andre
Rollins and Mr Moncur
addressed the issue without
Mr Jones demanding a
response from PLP candi-
date Ryan Pinder or BDM
leader Cassius Stuart). Sev-
eral times, Mr Jones was
also heard cautioning peo-
ple and promising to call
the police to maintain con-
trol. One noticeable high-
point is that the questions
asked addressed a wide-
range of issues.
Furthermore, the
coloured podiums-six
weeks after junkanoo and
on the eve of Trinidad's
Carnival-was comedic and
indicated that something
was amiss and that the
"great debate" would not
be taken seriously.
Even more, Jones Com-
munications should have
specifically identified per-
sons and invited an audi-

RODNEY MONCUR, Ryan Pinder, Andre Rollins and Cassius Stuart.

ence, in order to maintain
control, and avoid displays
of outright partisanship and
heckling. When having
such a debate no audience
member is supposed to
respond, but instead should
listen to the candidate's
ideas and offer an informed
response at the polls. A
debate is supposed to fea-
ture a reserved audience-
it should have had an audi-
ence of professionals and
members of civil society.
Frankly, while the syco-
phants parade throughout
Elizabeth, it is clear that
Bahamian politics must
become idiot-proof!
The debate left PLP can-
didate Ryan Pinder, in
some instances, seemingly
offering recited responses.
At times, he appeared
uncomfortable in his own
skin. Mr Pinder's shrill,
crackling voice made his
ideas-some of which were
first-rate-less forceful.
More than anyone else, Mr

Pinder linked his responses
to the electorate in Eliza-
I have also been told that
in order to eliminate an
electoral challenge on the
grounds of his citizenship-
if he wins-Mr Pinder has
renounced his US citizen-


Rodney Moncur's
straightforward honesty,
controversial and comical
gestures were enrapturing.
I kept tuned in because of
Mr Moncur, and I do
believe that he is a true
nationalist and means well.
Cassius Stuart was of no
Mr Stuart-clothed in an
ill-advised bright, wedding
suit-performed poorly,
certainly much less than is
expected of someone who
has been involved in about
three elections thus far.

Dr Andre Rollins, who
appears to have a fixation
with quarters as he yet
again produced one at the
debate, was impressive,
although he-like Mr Mon-
cur-prefaced much of his
responses with political
Dr Rollins was less stiff
in the way he presented
Future elections should
feature full-scale public
debates-throughout the
archipelago-starting six
months in advance of an
Furthermore, rather than
a political party believing
that its candidate would be
ambushed in a debate, the
most prominent future
debates should be con-
ducted by a moderator
agreed upon by all partici-
pants and open to all
media houses.
Overall, the FNM may
have won and gained the
most by staying away!



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Plans to prorogue

Parliament extended
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believes Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham still intends to go forward
with the prorogation. This would
result in all parliamentary business
currently on the Government's agen-
da to be discontinued, having to be
re-introduced in the new session.
The next meeting of Parliament is
scheduled for February 24. Tabled
for discussion that day is a mid-term
budget review, which could take up to
one week to discuss, said Carl Bethel,
Member of Parliament for Sea
"Obviously a political event arose
which superseded (the plan to pro-
rogue Parliament). Whether or not
we will eventually prorogue at some
point is the solely the decision of the
prime minister. There has been a
change, because the original
announcement was for the end of
January. It obviously has not been
able to be accomplished," said Mr
He said the prime minister in con-
sultation with the Cabinet would
decide the next move after the mid-
term budget debate.
Certain initiatives are now in limbo,
such as the proposed amendments to
the Sexual Offences Act banning
marital rape. Prime Minister Ingra-
ham indicated last month his inten-
tion to debate the amendments
before Parliament was prorogued.
"I know it won't be on (the next)
agenda, but I always believe my
Prime Minster. I trust him. I think he
is just as passionate about ensuring
women, men and all Bahamians have
equal opportunities to present to
court to have justice done. I know
that is definitely his mantra," said
Minister of State for Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner, the key
backer of the bill.
She plans to be absent at the next
sitting of Parliament, as she will be
travelling to Washington, DC to pro-
mote the International Year of
Another urgent matter of Parlia-
ment will be swearing in the new
Member of Parliament for Elizabeth.
Once the speaker of the House is
advised of the return of the writ of the
by-election, Mr Tynes said the new
Member of Parliament could be
sworn. He anticipated that would
occur during the next meeting after
the February 24 sitting of Parliament.

Uncertainty over when

NIB rise will happen

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Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing said he does not know when National
Insurance Board (NIB) contributions will be
raised from 8.8 per cent to the expected 10.8
per cent to cover the cost of the new unem-
ployment benefits scheme and national drug
prescription plan.
And the business sector hopes the rise from
5.4 to 6.4 per cent for employers, and 3.4 to 4.4
per cent for employees, will be held off until
the economy has revived.
But the NIB unemployment benefits scheme
has already paid out more than the $20 million
allocated for the scheme, as the latest figures
show $21,816,554 was distributed to 14,692
beneficiaries between April and January.
And funding will also be required for the
national prescription drug plan expected to
provide 170 prescription medications for 11
chronic non-communicable diseases to NIB
contributors from June.
President of the Bahamas Employers Con-
federation Brian Nutt said: "We hate to see
tax increase anywhere but most employers
recognize that this is part of the social ser-

FROM page one

She said the alleged sexual mis-
conduct perpetrated against the 15-
year-old came to light after the girl
confided in a teacher at the school,
who then told the student to inform
the principal.
It was after the principal called the
girl's parents to the school that it then
emerged that at least two other pupils
were claiming they had also been tar-
geted by the teacher.
The girl's mother has now given a
statement to police on the island.
"Apparently he was doing it to oth-
er students, spanking them on the hip
in an inappropriate way. She said
you're wrong for that, don't try that
with me, and then when she went to
ask him to explain something about a
project, he said 'You know just what
to do', and as she was walking away
he put his hand up her skirt."
Meanwhile, according to District
Superintendent for Central Andros,
North Andros and the Berry Islands

vices provided in developing and
developed countries and we have
to accept that fact.
"We are hoping there is a little
bit longer of a delay. Although
things appear to be improving, we
still have a long ways to go. It's -
hard to say when we will be
Joan Thompson, president of
free market advocate group The
Nassau Institute, argues the latest
government schemes will only
increase debt for the government
and businesses.
She said: "We have to distin-
guish between the role of govern-
ment and charity. The government
is not a charitable organisation,
nor should it be, because they
have to take other people's money to be char-
"The government is certainly pressed on
the issue because they have the power to tax,
and the power to tax is the power to destroy.
The government has so much power it can
end up destroying business."
The Minister of State for Finance asserted in
December the government will consult the

Ministry officials
Harcourt Davis, which covers the
North Andros High School from
where the latest allegations on that
island come, a decision is now pend-
ing on behalf of the Ministry as to
the way forward in handling those
involved in the Andros situation.
Yesterday Mr Davis stated that the
allegations, which he said involve one
teacher and one student, and revolved
around "words exchanged" rather
than actual allegations of sexual
He said the decision to have the
reports investigated were taken as a
proactive measure to avoid any pos-
sibility that the situation could esca-
late into something more serious.
"We just want to make sure that
nothing happens," said Mr Davis. He
said he felt that the island's school
administrators acted appropriately in
the circumstances.
Mr Davis' version of events dif-
fered slightly from those of another

business community before
implementing the increase once a
date is set.
He maintains the contribution
increase is a small price for busi-
nesses and the working popula-
tion to pay for an unemployment
safety net.
And the national prescription
drug plan is intended to provide
easier access to medication for
common non-communicable dis-
eases such as asthma, arthritis,
heart disease, hypertension,
breast and prostate cancer, and
is expected to serve as a precursor
for a national health insurance
The plan will be implemented
in phases to first assist the elder-
ly, the infirm, children and students, by pro-
viding them with free medication.
Health officials maintain one in every three
Bahamian households is affected by one of
the 11 most common chronic non-communi-
cable diseases and immediate access to essen-
tial drugs will help patients manage their ill-
nesses and help reduce their financial burden
associated with purchasing the drugs.

source yesterday, who alleged that
the complaints against the teacher
were made by "several" rather than
just one student.
The source concurred with Mr
Davis' assertion that the reports were
not of actual abuse - stating instead
that there were verbal "advances"
"Several teachers had heard the
complaints, but did nothing," added
the source.
These latest child abuse allegations
emerged weeks after the Ministry of
Education moved several principals in
the Eleuthera school district in the
wake of their investigations into wide-
spread allegations of sexual molesta-
tion of children by adults on the
The administrators were not
accused of having perpetrated the
abuse, but it is understood their trans-
ferral was necessitated by the deci-
sion to send the District Superinten-
dent, Rudolph Smith, on extended
leave after he was alleged to have
fallen down in his duties as child sex

allegations emerged.
Having found that preliminary
investigations in Eleuthera revealed a
"Pandora's box" of molestation
claims, and in light of previous con-
troversies involving alleged abuse in
the Eight Mile Rock high school in
Grand Bahama - where teachers,
administrators, parents and others
were said to have missed opportuni-
ties to act on allegations made - the
Ministry has now gone into high gear
to identify and act upon any poten-
tially explosive situations that might
escalate to the detriment of students.
One official said the Ministry is
now doing its best to send a strong
message that such behaviour will not
be taken lightly and that the protec-
tion of children is of great impor-
tance, after uncovering evidence that
inappropriate practices involving
teachers and students have in fact
been "going on for decades" thanks
to a culture in which allegations were
not taken seriously, or those in lead-
ership positions in the school did not
take a proactive stance.

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Political parties preparing voter black list

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the staging area during the
course of the day will be mon-
itoring the persons who come
to vote against the list of peo-
ple we have been able to find
or get information on. They
will be able to point out any
persons we feel are not eligi-
ble to vote," said Dr Bernard
Nottage, campaign manager
for the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP).
Each of the 12 polling divi-
sions are assigned division
managers or team captains, in
the case of the two major
political parties. Members of
parliament and government
ministers were assigned the
responsibility, in the case of
the Free National Movement
(FNM). The PLP is drawing
from a body of experienced
election agents in the party,
as well as senators, and party
"The onus is on me (as the
team captain) to make sure
the integrity of the register is
intact. It is in my interest to
ensure only people who live
and reside in the polling divi-
sion vote. In my party's per-
spective that is definitely on
me. That is why I would have
spent the past three weeks
going door-to-door to famil-
iarize myself with the people
who will be voting on election
day, finding as many as I can

possibly locate. Ultimately, at
the end of the day, the onus
falls squarely at the Parlia-
mentary Registration Depart-
ment," said Loretta Butler-
Turner, Minister of State for
Social Development, who is
responsible for polling divi-
sion number eight.
The alarm was raised a few
weeks ago when party mem-
bers complained they were
unable to find hundreds of
people on the register during
house-to-house visitations.
The nature of the irregularities
being found are similar: New
registrants failing to satisfy the
condition of eligibility of resid-
ing in the constituency for
three months, and old regis-
trants satisfying the condition
of ineligibility by living out-
side the constituency for more
than six months. There were
some instances of deceased
voters still being on the list.
At an FNM press confer-
ence last week, party leader,
Prime Minister Ingraham,
said: "The FNM will not be
going to election court. We
win elections on election day
or we lose elections on elec-
tion day."
The register being used for
the Elizabeth by-election is
the same register from the
2007 general election. Typi-
cally a register dies shortly in
advance of the next general
election. When this happens,

all voters are required to re-
register in the constituency of
their most current residence.
As the 2007 register is still
current, only new residents in
Elizabeth, or residents who
recently turned voting age,
were required to register. In
general, the Parliamentary
Registration Department
depends on the integrity of
voters, who no longer live in
the constituency, to make
efforts to take their name of
the list, or refrain from vot-
Ms Butler-Turner called
Elizabeth a very transient con-
stituency, based on the num-
ber of apartment buildings,
duplexes and multiplexes,
specifically on the western side
of Fox Hill Road. She said

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ive wish to express our sincere' thapikIi nd
fIppr iautiu i ftor your kind words ofl umnfrt
o offered, durin kour time of bereavement.
Thtrotfgr yvar pnrwers, pIni raf i1s, vis.U
gifts, and cards rand on out pouring of love
ditJownJStrated. Twhey w're a source( ovf
, itrCepfth wdi I helped to uplift our hearts
. dufirg this period.

Special thanks to our fiamnily and fritfems
f petdially those ihlio tfravel'l 1 with us t
L^ Ldon g Isiand for tire Interment,

Remeimbn'rini Bishoup Pinder witO ant hin
love, his famiy, The (Jhurch of God family,
The Chrislfin Cowinmrily and
The Natinno at la-rge

many residents flow in and out
of the community over the
course of an election cycle.
"A person walking into my
polling division, who I know
clearly (is ineligible) and I
have evidence to substantiate
my claim, I can challenge
them when they appear to
vote. At that time the return-
ing officer will either pursue
one of two options, given the
circumstances. He might have
them vote on a coloured ballot
or might have them swear an
oath that they do live in Eliz-
abeth; it is up to the discre-
tion of the returning officer,"
said Ms Butler-Turner.
The latter process exposes
the voter to committing the
criminal offence of perjury,
should they lie. If a voter is
indeed ineligible, but their
name is on the list, their vote
is counted as valid unless chal-
Dr Nottage said, although

Murderer a step closer to hanging
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in the circumstances ... I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt
that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for
murder, namely death, is deserved."
"There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and savage
attack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the convict showed
a callous disregard for human life when he shot his victim while he
was on the ground."
She noted further that Sawyer had expressed no remorse for the
murder. In his confession to police, Sawyer said he committed
the robbery to pay his rent.
According to the statement from the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest has now
advised the Governor General of the Advisory Committee's deci-
sion, reached on February 1.
The next step towards carrying out the death sentence, accord-
ing to the law, would be for a death warrant to be read to Sawyer,
however this could be halted if he chooses to appeal his murder
The Advisory Committee's recommendation in October of last
year that mercy was not appropriate in the case of murder convict
Maxo Tido has yet to result in the hanging of Tido, since notifi-
cation of his intended fate spurred the convict to lodge an appeal
to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council against the Court
of Appeal's affirmation of his 2006 murder conviction.
This left the government without the legal right to continue
with his execution for the time being.

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of Fire Trail Road
and formerly of
Haiti will be held
on Saturday at
. Bahamas Faith
Carmichael Road
at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating will
be Pastor. Laurent
H. Papoulote. Interment will follow in
the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen &
Spikenard Roads.

He is survived by his life-time partner:
Lorina Brave; His children: Julie,
Shemen, Messesly, Nila, Dee Dee,
Clotaire, Samuel, Vivian, Laurius,
Jackson, Nadege and Jackie Dorsainvil,
Gertha Brave Dorsainvil, Fritznel Brave,
Bernard Lynda and Nadine Dorsainvil;
grand-children: Island Pierre, Ethan
Dorsainvil, Paula Dorsainvil, Mackinly
Dorsainvil, Devenson, Robinson,
Farrah, Darling Pierre, Giland Pierre,
Merline Pierre, Johnathan Dorsainvil,
Brianna Dorainvil, Laterio Dorsainvil,
Keanna Dorsainvil; numerous brothers
& sisters including: Mesancia, Dieulla,
Medius and Dieufort Dorsainvil; a host
of other relatives and friends including:
Clodina, Maria Louis and Nadilia Jean.

Relatives and friends may pay their last
respect at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey
Street South, on Friday from 10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at
the church from 9:00 a.m. until service

the PLP was able to locate a
number of suspect people
over the past ten days, they
continue to find irregularities,
and plan to continue working
around the clock on the veri-
fication process, up to elec-
tion day. He said he could not
say whether the PLP planned
to produce affidavits or any
physical evidence on election
day, although they were col-
lecting evidence and were
ready to file challenges should
the need arise.
"The PLP will be guided by
what happens on election day.
What we have said is that if
the register is not an authentic
register it could end up in the
election court. I guess it will
depend on the number of such
cases which we encounter and
the impact they have on the
election results," said Dr Not-

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he addressed the party's
mass rally in Elizabeth
last night.
Earlier this week it
was reported that, like
many other members
of parliament, Mr
Ingraham has not com-
plied with the Public
Disclosures Act for the
past several years.
He admitted not
having made such a
disclosure in accor-
dance with the Act
since before the 2007
general election. The
Act was passed in an
effort to ensure elect-
ed and publicly
appointed officials do
not corruptly enrich
themselves off the
public purse during
their tenure in office.
Mr Ingraham gave
his apology for this
omission as he accused
the PLP of being "dis-
tinctly different" to the
FNM, taking "neither
responsibility nor
blame for anything."
His speech focused
on the charge that the
PLP, despite bold and
elaborate public
promises, failed to
deliver when it came
to developing and
advancing The
Bahamas during their
last term in office.
"If talk was the same
as action, Perry
Christie would be the
one of the most pro-
ductive men in the his-
tory of the Bahamas.
Or maybe even the
world. But talking
doesn't provide people
with jobs or improved
health care or scholar-
ships or social assis-
tance when they are
By contrast, the
FNM leader told the
gathered crowd that
the FNM's record is
one which shows it
does not simply talk
about improving the
country, but acts.
"They talked about
removing freight and
container traffic off
Bay Street. That's all
they talked about but
they never ever did
anything about it other
than a supposed costly
"We'll do it. We will
remove freight and
container traffic from
Bay Street, build a
port at Arawak Cay in
conjunction with all, or
some or none of the
private sector groups
with whom we are hav-
ing discussions. And
we will start the pro-
ject this year and we
will be ready with the
Port next year, God
willing," he said.
He went on to urge
Elizabeth constituents
to vote for the party's
candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, "a serious man
with a long record of
Mr Ingraham
described the surgeon
as a man with "a fine
mind and a good
heart" who "will use
all of his gifts in the
service of Elizabeth."
"We need you to
send Duane Sands to
the House so he can
help your FNM team
to create jobs and busi-
ness opportunities. We
need Duane Sands to
help us to pursue the
strategies needed to
combat crime here in
Elizabeth and across
the country.
"We need Duane

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Men's national softball team eager to get on the field

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Bahamas men's national
softball team are eager to get start-
ed at the Central American and
Caribbean Games' qualifying tour-
nament in San Andres, Colombia.
When contacted at their hotel
yesterday, Grand Bahamian pitch-
er Brian 'the Ninja' Neely said the
team had settled in, got in a work-
out and was just waiting on the
completion of the technical meet-
ing that was held last night.
The meeting was to have sorted
out any problems and also con-
firmed the schedule, which has the
Bahamas set to open up against
El Salvador today.
The Bahamas, managed by Per-
ry Seymour and coached by Bob-

"We feel we have a very good team. We
don't know what the starting line-up will
be, but everybody is ready to compete."

Brian 'the Ninja' Neely

by Saunders and Alphonso 'Chick-
en' Albury, are also expected to
play Puerto Rico this afternoon.
"We had a good flight coming
over, but when we got here, the
hotel wasn't what we had expect-
ed," Neely said. "But we're staying
right on the beach front with the
rest of the teams, so we're making
the best of it."
Neely, who will join ace Edney
'the Heat' Bethel, Alcott Forbes
and Darren Mortimer in the pitch-

ing rotation, said they had a team
meeting and everybody have
agreed that there is more at stake
than their living accommodations.
"We came here to do a job and
that is to qualify for CAC, so we
have decided to get ourselves
ready to play ball," Neely said.
"We really want to qualify."
The Bahamas is placed in Sec-
tion A with the Dominican
Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Aruba, El Salvador, the US Virgin

Islands and Panama.
However, Neely was unable to
confirm if any of the teams had
dropped out as that would have
only been confirmed at the tech-
nical meeting last night.
With the exception of pitcher
Anton 'Bookie' Gibson, all of the
players selected to the team, are in
The remainder of the squad are
Eugene Pratt, Jamal 'Sarge' John-
son, Phil Culmer, Orlando
McPhee, Winston Seymour, Rick-
ey Rolle, Dwayne Mackey, Marvin
'Tougie' Wood, Terran Wood,
Sherman Ferguson, Van 'Lil Joe'
Johnson, William Delancy and
Renaldo Rolle.
The head of the delegation is
Jeffery Henfield. Michael Hanna is
travelling as an umpire.
"We feel we have a very good

team. We don't know what the
starting line-up will be, but every-
body is ready to compete," Neely
"We had a good workout this
morning. We went over our signs
and I think everybody is in a good
frame of mind. We know what our
mission is and that is to qualify for
the CAC Games."
It's not known exactly how the
team will have to finish in order to
qualify for the CAC Games. But
the Bahamas is scheduled to play
its final divisional game on Febru-
ary 16 against Panama.
The semifinal is set for February
17th with the championship on
February 19th. The team is due to
return home on February 20,
hopefully as Neely sees it, with a
qualifying spot for the CAC



* Marathon Bahamas is
pleased to announce that first
place finishers in the full
marathon are to receive won-
derful complimentary vaca-
tion stays in Nassau as well as
complimentary flights with
Spirit Airlines.
Atlantis, Paradise Island;
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort; Breezes Bahamas;
and, Wyndham Nassau
Resort are each providing
vacation stays for winners in
the following categories:
First place overall, male or
female; First place female
from among our visitors; First
place male from among our
visitors; First place female
from among residents of The
Bahamas; First place male
from among residents of The
Bahamas; and First place in
the open Wheel Chair cate-
gory (from among both males
and females).
Bally Total Fitness is pro-
viding a Gym membership
each for the first place finish-
ers among male and female
residents of The Bahamas in
the Marathon.
BahamasAir, the National
Flag Carrier, is offering a
round trip ticket in the
Bahamian network for the
top male and female Bahami-
an/Bahamian Residents fin-
ishers, in the adult and junior
categories, for the marathon
and half marathon divisions.
SEE page 14

Sports Reporter

LOCAL boxing enthusiasts
prepare for a intra-club show-
down as fighters from around
the country gear up for an
eagerly anticipated slugfest.
Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club and Lion Den Box-
ing Club will team up to pre-
sent "An Evening of All Star
Boxing," Saturday February
13th at the Carmichael Road
Police Station's Basketball
court at 4pm.
The event is promised to
feature a cadre of boxers the
capital and the Family Islands
Boxers from Champion
Amateur Boxing CLub,
South Side Marlin Boxing
Cub, from the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Club and
Mecher "Pain" Major Boxing
Club, and the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Clubs out of
Freeport Grand Bahama have
already confirmed their par-
Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club Organizer, Andre
Seymour, said the tournament
will be a perfect way to show-
case the talent of the young
boxers and the start the year
off on a positive note.
"This is the first tourney for
the year, and we are opening

the season for the year on a
positive note. This is an all
star classic where all the clubs
from around the Bahamas
were invited," he said, "We
want to showcase all of our
boxers from primary school
to senior, "This is apart of the
development programme, we
usually focus on the interna-
tional level but we want to
focus on the young guys
The main event will feature
Godfrey Pinder vs Rasheild
Williams, fighting for Welter-
weight title left vacant by the
departure of Taureno John-
son, who has joined the pro-
fessional ranks.
"We expect to have a great
evening to start the season.
We are ready to get rolling
and start the year off on the
right foot and there will be
alot of new boxers and a lot of
beginners," Seymour said.
"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have a
fighter travelling to the Con-
tinnetal Youth Champi-
onships, a team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, and in
March seniors will compete
at the commonweatlh
champs. So amateur Boxing
will be rolling from Saturday




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Sports Notes

FROM page 13
* THE next event on the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations' calen-
der will be the Club Monica
Track and Field Classic this
weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
The championships will
get started at 6 p.m. tonight
and will continue on Satur-
day at noon. The meet will
serve as a qualifier for the
Carifta Games.
* THE Bahamas Swim-
ming Federation will hold
the first of its two Carifta
time trials this weekend at
the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Center.
The time trials will begin
tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will
continue on Saturday at
9:30 a.m.
Second time trials will
take place over the weekend
of March 5-6.
The Carifta Swimming
Championships will take
place in Kingston, Jamaica
from April 3-6.

* THE Baptist Sports
Council will begin its 2010
Kendal Rolle Basketball
Classic on Saturday at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex with the following
games on tap:
Court One - 10 am Lat-
ter-Day vs Faith United
(15); 11 am Latter-Day vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon
Macedonia vs Salvation
Army (19); 1 pm Christian
Tabernacle vs Golden Gates
(M) and 2 pm Calvary Bible
vs BIBA (M).
Court Two - 10 am Mace-
donia vs Christian Taberna-
cle (15); 11 am Christian
Tabernacle vs Faith United
(19); 1 p.m. Temple Fellow-
ship vs Cousin McPhee (19);
1 pm New Bethlehem vs
Temple Fellowship (M) and
2 pm Bahamas Harvest vs
Latter-Day (M)

Scotiabank sponsors High School

Track and Field Championships

Senior Sports Reporter

WITH a record 61 schools confirmed
to participate, the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations announced
the sponsorship of Scotiabank for the
21st National High School Track and
Field Championships.
The championships, scheduled for
the weekend of March 11-13 at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field
Stadium, will come on the heels of the
Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association's Track and Field Cham-
pionships (February 23-26) and the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Secondary Schools' Track and Field
Championships (March 3-5).
Sherwin Stuart, first vice president
of the BAAA, said the championships,
initiated back in 1989, have grown by
leaps and bounds with more than 1,200
athletes from throughout the country
Stuart noted that the championships
will serve as a qualifier for the Carifta
Games, scheduled for April 4-6 in the
Cayman Islands, the Junior Central
American and Caribbean Champi-
onships in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic from July 2-4 and the World
Junior Championships in Moncton,
Canada from July 20-25.
At a press conference yesterday at
the stadium, Stuart expressed thanks
and appreciation on behalf of the exec-
utive board, headed by Mike Sands, for
Scotiabank' commitment to the cham-
Leah R. Davis, Senior Manager -
Products, Marketing and Public Rela-
tions for Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd,
said they are delighted to be partnering
with the BAAA once again.
Their last effort came at the Bound
for Beijing Olympic trials in 2008.
"This year, in keeping with our Bright
Future programme, which embraces
opportunities for children in our com-
munity, we are excited to sponsor the
High School Nationals," she said.
"It is through the tireless efforts of the
BAAA that we've seen and continue
to see Bahamian athletes excel in the
international arena. However, it is on
this level in the schools that the hard
work and rigorous preparation begins."
As the title partner of the champi-
onships, Davis said Scotiabank saluted
the work of the BAAA in the devel-
opment of track and field in the country
and its investment in Bahamian youth.
"We are proud of this three-day

event. We welcome all Bahamians to
support our young athletes and wish
those competing here at the Thomas
A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium
the very best of luck."
Stuart noted that since the inception
of the championships, the St.
Augustine's College Big Red Machine
have led the way in winning the title, but
he noted the other schools in both the
private and public schools are closing
the gap.
One of those schools is the Queen's
College Comets, whose head coach
Gary Markham noted that they have
restructured their athletic programme in
a way that they will better challenge
SAC this year.
"We've had a steady rise over the
last 6-7 years in a bid to top the other
schools," Markham said. "We all know
about SAC's supremacy over the last
21 years because we have a superior
amount of talent in their school.
"However, we can score enough
points that we will be able to overtake
SAC. We have some extremely talented
athletes in the lower age bracket and
some extremely talented international
athletes in the senior bracket."
Patrick Bodie, a hurdler represent-
ing the Comets, said he's confident that
Queen's College have a team this year
that can compete with SAC.
"I think this track meet will be a good
one for all of the athletes as we pre-
pare for the many meets coming up,"
Bodie said. "I think the High School
meet should be a very good meet."
But Dianne Woodside, one of the
coaches for the Big Red Machine, said
SAC will welcome all challengers, not
just from New Providence, but Grand
Bahama and the other Family Islands.
"We thrive on persons trying to cap-
ture the crown that we have held for
so many years," she pointed out. "Last
year, we captured five of the six divi-
sions in the nationals and so we are not
going to lay down and just let anybody
come in and take the title from us."
SAC's senior girls' distance runner
Deshana Burnside said she's proud to
be a member of the Big Red Machine
because she's confident that they will
once again reign supreme at the cham-
"If everybody trains hard and works
hard, we will accomplish our goal," she
summed up.
Don Ferguson, a member of the CV
Bethel High School, said the frontrun-
ners were well known. But people
should watch out for Stingrays, who will
make their presence felt.

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QUEEN'S College coach Gary Markham (left) speaks about the Comets for the
BAAA's/Scotiabank 21 st National High School Track and Field Championships. Next to
Markham are Comets' hurdler Patrick Bodie; BAAA's public relations officer Alpheus
'Hawk' Finlayson and BAAA's first vice president Sherwin Stuart.
1 ir fiar s - s __________9- -

SAC'S coach Dianne Woodside (middle) puts a case forward for St. Augustine's Col-
lege as they prepare for the BAAA's/Scotiabank 21st National High School Champi-
onships. At left is BAAA's first vice president Sherwin Stuart; Scotiabank's Senior Man-
ager - Products, Marketing and Public Relations, Leah R. Davis; Woodside; SAC's dis-
tance runner Deshana Burnside and CV Bethel's Don Ferguson.

Marathon Bahamas

set for Valentine's Day


ON SUNDAY, February 14 starting at 6 a.m. Marathon Bahamas will
take off from Montagu Bay and ending up at Arawak Cay.

. *71



A Ii'

S-n,- Feb 111h -127th

ON Valentine's Day, Sun-
shine Insurance will bring
marathon running back to our
Marathon running in the
Bahamas is nothing new. It's
just that it hasn't been held on
a consistent basis, so people
tend to forget that over the
years, there have been quite a
few of them.
There was the Blue Water
Remember the Quincenten-
nial Marathon.
And of course we still think
about the Central American
and Caribbean Championships'
Marathon Bahamas is com-
ing - Sunday, February 14
starting at 6 a.m. from Mon-
tagu Bay and ending up at
Arawak Cay.
Sunshine Insurance, headed
by Franklyn Wilson and the
organising committee, headed
by Brian Moodie, should be
commended for the initiative
in putting the 26.2 mile event
together, although they had a
very short to do it.
Generally, marathon running
is geared specifically to those
older competitors who would
have probably wound down
their athletic careers and are
just interested in staying in
shape or trying to achieve a
personal goal of competing in
the most gruelling event in
track and field.
And over the years, there
have been quite a number of
competitors who have made

their mark in the event with
Grand Bahamian Delroy
Boothe still holding the men's
national record of two hours,
34 minutes and 49 seconds,
while Giselle Pyform has the
female record of 2hr54:37.
Tonight at the Pepsi Health
Expo at Atlantis on Paradise
Island where the competitors
can also get their race pack-
ages, Marathon Bahamas will
honour a number of distance
runners, including Boothe and
Pyfrom, who have made their
mark over the years.
Among the list are my Pastor
and his brother, the Rev. David
S. Johnson and Emmit John-
son, Dereck Cambridge,
Anthony Dean, Anthony
'Marathon Man' Williams, Sam
Williams, William 'Knuckle-
head' Johnson, Jeff Johnson,
Sheldon Barr, Philip Watkins,
Rupert Gardiner, Donald Kerr,
Rudolph Miller, Alvy Penn,
Gary Davis, Oscar Francis, Per-
ry Christie, Whelma Cole-
brooke, Rochelle Miller, Lucille
Guerrier and Cleso Munnings.
Although the majority of the
above mentioned are not
actively involved, there should
be a number of competitors
who we expect to see rise to
the forefront on Sunday.
The good thing with
Marathon Bahamas is that the
organizers are making it possi-
ble for competitors of all ages
to participate.
There's the full fledged 26.2
mile marathon.
If that's too long, then you


can participate in the 13.1 half
Even if that isn't enough,
you can team up with about
five other people and partici-
pate in the relay.
Whatever you decide, the
marathon provides an oppor-
tunity for a great deal of
Bahamians to compete.
On January 30, more than 30
Bahamians participated in the
ING Miami Marathon and Half
Marathon. Some of them got
their feet wet, while others were
in their multiple appearances.
All indications point to a lot
of Bahamians lining up on Feb-
ruary 14.
The good thing about
marathon running is there is
no specific time to beat. Every-
body competing just wants to
complete the course. It's really
a personal achievement to do
so. So I anticipate that there
will be a lot of people who are
eagerly awaiting for Olympian
Pauline Davis-Thompson to
fire the starting gun to get the
race underway.
I know I can't wait.


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