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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: February 16, 2010
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Police found

in strip rPaid

to face probe

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating
several police officers accused
of orchestrating strip club
operations following two raids
in Nassau this weekend.
The officers under investi-
gation were among 107
women patrons arrested in a
raid at The Ranch in Mackey
Street at lam on Saturday, and
29 men arrested at Charms in
Centreville two hours later.
Three men from Atlanta,
Georgia, were charged with
stripping at The Ranch night-
club, and three women, two
Colombians and a Jamaican,
are charged with stripping at
The six foreigners have been

detained at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre in
Nassau pending further inves-
tigations into nudity and pros-
titution charges.
Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
said the investigation is being
dealt with by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force's
(RBPF) legal team and would
not release identities of the
foreigners yesterday.
Meanwhile investigators are
questioning a number of
RBPF officers amid claims the
strip club events were organ-
ised by a ring of police offi-
cers stationed within various
factions of the police force.
While police would not con-
firm the names of the officers
involved nor the number, a
SEE page 10

Elizabeth vote

'right down

to the wire'
By PAUL G TURNQUEST ly in the lead.
Tribune Staff Reporter According to all reports, neither the PLP, nor the FNM can legitimately lay
claim to an outright victory ahead of
IT APPEARS that the vote today in today's voting.
the Elizabeth by-election will come right Yesterday the FNM's candidate Dr
down to the wire, with both major polit- Duane Sands said that this race is prov-
ical parties reporting that their internal
polls show their competitor to be slight- SEE page 15

Tribune website to follow
by-election in real time
THE eyes of the entire nation will be on the Elizabeth con-
stituency today as thousands of party supporters converge there to
witness the hotly contested by-election unfold.
You can follow the action in real time on, where
by-election photos, videos, news and gossip will be updated con-
tinuously throughout the day.
Our online team will be on the ground to bring you the latest
from every polling division, branch office and party headquar-
ters - from the latest election fashions and hairstyles to insider
scoops and early predictions.

Pilots, passengers
arrested after drugs
are found on flight

Tribune Staff Reporter

TWO airline pilots and two passengers
were arrested on suspicion of drug traf-
ficking after five kilograms of cocaine
were found on a commercial airline flight
from Haiti to Nassau.
SEE page 10

AS VOTERS take to the polls today
in the Elizabeth by-election, PLP chair-
man Bradley Roberts has called on
Bahamas Information Services Deputy
Director Sharon Turner to cease and
SEE page 10

Former Deputy Prime
Minister thrilled with
road-naming honour
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister
Frank Watson is thrilled over govern-
ment's plan to name a newly constructed
road in southwest New Providence after
"I'm exhilarated, I'm excited, very
SEE page 15

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'I have solutions to country's problems'


Pinder urges voters to send strong

message to FNM-led government

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN his final address to Eliza-
beth constituents, the PLP's
Ryan Pinder said he has solu-
tions to the country's problems
and called on voters to "send
a strong message" to a "neglect-
ful" FNM-led government.
"Send a clear message to this
FNM government that they are
not to play games with you...
Tomorrow morning you should
be out in droves, trying Ryan -
Ryan the LION! The pro-
grammes and policies I pledge
to you both locally and in
national debate in parliament
offer solutions to many of the
problems this failed FNM gov-
ernment has put our country
in," said Mr Pinder.
The tax attorney and current
PLP vice chairman accused the
government of "orchestrating"
the by-election to distract the
country from its failings in the
areas of the economy, crime,
tourism and financial services.
"They have staged a by-elec-
tion to keep our minds off of
their dismal performance as a
government," said Mr Pinder.

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'The programmes
and policies I pledge
to you both locally
and in national
debate in parliament
offer solutions to
many of the prob-
lems this failed FNM
government has put
our country in.'


The by-election was precipi- neighbours to the south are
tated when former Elizabeth showing steady improvements
MP, ex-PLP Malcolm Adder- in their product and their num-
ley resigned his seat in Janu- bers, even while rebounding
ary, blaming PLP leader Perry from the global recession. The
Christie for undermining him FNM simply has no vision to
as a representative. move our tourism product for-
The PLP has alleged that ward," said Mr Pinder.
Prime Minister and FNM Describing the theme of his
leader Hubert Ingraham mas- message to Elizabeth con-
terminded Mr Adderley's res- stituents throughout the by-
ignation. election campaign as one of
"peace, love and prosperity",
Economic Mr Pinder said that as an MP
he would be particularly
Speaking from the PLP's focused on "advancing eco-
Prince Charles rally site last nomic opportunity and empow-
night, Mr Pinder spoke of how erment for all here in Elizabeth
the country now finds itself in ... so that there is less depen-
the "worst economic times dence on central government
since the 1920s", not just as a and greater reliance on each
result of the global economic other to lift the constituency to
downturn, but also FNM gov- the heights we can achieve."
ernment policies; how murder "Hand-outs only last for so
has reached record highs due long. What you have to demand
to the party being "bankrupt" now Elizabeth is a Represen-
of vision to address crime; and tative who will commit to sup-
how the government has plying the tools and the practi-
allegedly been delinquent in its cal solutions, policies and pro-
responsibilities to advance the grammes to help you 'fish' for
tourism and financial services yourselves and finally stand on
sectors. your own feet - not 'pie in the
"I want you to be thinking sky' promises. I'm that man!"
about the fact that this govern- he added.
ment has caused us to fall bad- Mr Pinder described himself
ly behind our competitors in as "rooted and grounded in a
the region in tourism and finan- genuine love for this con-
cial services. Their response to stituency" and ready to be an
our lagging behind in tourism "unrelenting voice" for the "too
performance has been to blame long neglected" area once in
the recession. Yet some of our parliament.

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PLP leader Perry Christie
is "very, very pleased" with
how the party's by-election
campaign has progressed,
adding that he feels the level
of organisation and unity
shown by those involved puts
the party in good stead going
into the 2012 general election.
"I'm really coming into (the
election today) happy. I'm
happy with the way in which
we have campaigned at every
level. Though we were caught
by surprise with the
announcement by Malcolm
(Adderley, former PLP MP
for Elizabeth who resigned
his seat in January), we pre-
pared ourselves very quickly.
We were very efficient in our
approach to advising and
informing constituents of why
we thought our candidate was
the best person," said Mr
Christie yesterday.
"We feel that we have
addressed perceived weak-
nesses and strengthened our-
The party's perceived fail-


ure to successfully organise
and communicate its message
to voters during the 2007 gen-
eral election was identified by
US political communications
firm Quinlan, Greenberg and
Rosner and some high-rank-
ing PLPs as a key component
of the then-governing party's
loss at the polls.
Today, the PLP leader said
he feels the party's work in
the run-up to the by-election
in promoting Ryan Pinder as
the preferred candidate for
Elizabeth has paid off and
shown that it has responded
to the criticisms.
Mr Christie told The Tri-
bune: "What I think has hap-
pened is that, as a result of
my making key appointments
(such as) Obie Wilchombe to
head Opposition Business in
the House and to handle pub-
lic relations in the campaign
and Bernard Nottage as cam-
paign co-ordinator - he ran
against me (for the leadership
of the party in the November
convention) and is now
entirely in charge of campaign
- that has brought a level of
unity to the party.
"We are all working togeth-
er, all united and I have been
very, very, pleased. It has had
the wonderful result of show-
ing a level of organisation that
has impressed people."



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'I will be a tireless

worker for Elizabeth'

Duane Sands

sends last

public plea

to voters

Tribune Staff Reporter

IN his last public plea to
voters hours before today's
by-election, Dr Duane Sands
promised to work tirelessly for
the people of the Elizabeth
constituency if elected.
Speaking to supporters at
the Free National Movement's
mass rally last night, Dr Sands
urged voters to send a clear
message to the opposition
Progressive Liberal Party
when they cast their ballots
today and sweep him into the
House of Assembly.
"Give me the chance to
serve you in government. I
pledge that I will work hard
for you every day," he said.
He also charged that for the
past seven years, the PLP
"neglected" Elizabeth con-
stituents - a reference to for-
mer area MP Malcolm Adder-
Mr Adderley resigned from
the House and the PLP last
month, claiming he wanted to

leave politics because he was,
among other things, "under-
mined" as a representative by
the PLP top brass.
"This great ship called Eliz-
abeth with its precious cargo
of 5,000 voting souls has been
adrift in a most perilous storm.
The PLP captain and crew
long abandoned their posts.
Because of their spite and
indifference, you were left to
fend for yourselves," Dr Sands


"They found and shared
treasures like Anna Nicole
and Korean Boats," he said,
referring to two scandals
which shook the PLP during
their 2002-2007 term in office.
"They crafted empty promises
but delivered broken dreams.
For seven years they engorged

themselves and ignored you.
Now they say they want to
come back to save you. And
they come bearing gifts, they
will offer you gifts, take the
gifts ... but this time tell them
ain't nothing happening!"
As he roused his support-
ers, Dr Sands urged them to
put their trust in him as a rep-
resentative. He referenced his
nearly 20 year career as a dis-
tinguished heart surgeon as
proof of his commitment to
public service.
"I can see the results of my
work on the medical land-
scape of my country. Most of
all, I can see it in the faces of
the people and the families,
whose lives I have impacted.
"I have tried to make a dif-
ference. I have tried to make
my country and my people
just a little bit better off. I
have tried to do my part. Now

I offer myself for a different
kind of service. No less impor-
tant, but different!"
Speaking to The Tribune
ahead of last night's rally, Dr
Sands remained calm as he
reflected on his short cam-
paign and entry into front line
politics. "I'm happy, I think
we've run the campaign that
we wanted to run, produced
what I think was an above
board fair campaign. Our mes-
sage has gotten out and has
resonated with the voters," he
told The Tribune.
Aside from last night's rally
and plans to contact a few vot-
ers he had not yet spoken to,
Dr Sands did not intend on
anymore rigorous campaign-
ing. "I don't think there is any
point in scrambling around at
this point. At this point it's
time to relax and hope and
pray that things turn out," he


PM national address did not flout broadcasting rules

AFTER investigating a com-
plaint by PLP MP Bernard
Nottage, the Utilities Regula-
tion and Competition Authori-
ty has officially rejected the crit-
icism that the prime minister's
national address violated
broadcasting rules because it
was a "political" speech during
an election period.
URCA also said it found no
reason to support the MP's call
for the opposition party to be
given an opportunity to
"respond" on air to the prime
minister's address in the run up
to the Elizabeth by-election,
which takes place today.
"Having carefully reviewed
the issues raised by Dr Nottage,
the provisions of Clauses seven
and 16 of the Interim Code, the
submissions put forward by the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas (BCB) and the
recording of the prime minis-
ter's national address on Feb-
ruary 4, URCA is satisfied that:
The subject broadcast was not a
political broadcast within the
terms of Clause 7 of the Interim
Code as neither the prime min-
ister nor the governing party
purchased any broadcast air
time and the subject matter of
the prime minister's broadcast
was not 'for the purpose of
inviting support for the pro-
gramme of the governing par-
ty'," stated URCA.
It added that an "objective"
interpretation of clause 16 of
the Interim Code, which the
PLP had said the national
address violated, shows that the
contents of the address were in
conformity with that clause.
URCA said that contrary to
Dr Nottage's assertions, the
PLP has not got a "commen-
surate right to broadcast air
time to reply to a national
address made by a minister of
government under clause 16 in
the interim code except by pur-
chasing such broadcast air time
under Clause 8 of the interim
code" however it added that
the code prohibits this during
an election period.
These comments, included in
URCA's decision and the rea-
sons for it, were published on
its website,,
on Friday.
A message left for Dr Not-
tage, the PLP's campaign co-
ordinator, seeking comment on

Opposition MP

Bernard Nottage's

criticism rejected
URCA's stance was not
returned up to press time yes-
terday. As campaign co-ordi-
nator, it was Dr Nottage who
first lodged the complaint that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's February 4 televised
address, which touched on the
economy, crime, education,
health, foreign investment and
other national issues, should
not have been aired as it was
intended to attract political sup-
port for the governing party
and such broadcasts are not
allowed during an election peri-
od, under clause seven of
URCA's interim broadcasting

Having requested and been
denied by the BCB's general
manager an opportunity to
"respond" to the address with a
political broadcast, Dr Nottage
wrote on the same date to the
executive director of URCA,
Michael Symonette, again
protesting the broadcast and
the BCB's refusal to allow the
PLP to respond.
"Dr Nottage contended that
the prime minister's intended
broadcast was a clear violation
of the terms and spirit of the
Interim Code, and the BCB's
refusal to allow the official
opposition equal air time to
reply amounted to a policy that
favoured one political party to
the disadvantage of the other
in respect of broadcast time.
"Dr Nottage urged URCA
to act in a manner that protects
and guarantees equal broadcast
rights and privileges to the offi-
cial opposition, and enclosed a
copy of the letter to the gener-
al manager of the BCB,"
URCA stated.
The BCB's position was that
the prime minister's "annual
National New Year's message"
- which was not paid for by a
political party, nor contained a
message that was intended to
sway anyone to vote for the

party, according to the BCB -
was allowed under Clause 16
of the Interim Code.
A back and forth exchange
of letters took place between
the BCB and Dr Nottage, with
Dr Nottage disagreeing with
the BCB's interpretation of the
code. Meanwhile, according to
its legal responsibilities, URCA
launched its own investigation
into the source of the dispute,
resulting in Friday's decision in
support of the BCB's stance.


RALLYING CRY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. FNM's Elizabeth
candidate Duane Sands is pictured behind him.

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Some airport workers resent discipline

IT IS difficult to understand what com-
plaint airport workers have against what some
call "management's practices."
One supervisor, backed by other employ-
ees, at the Lynden Pindling International Air-
port recently complained that they have
received directives from senior management
in the security division not to associate with
employees from the Computed Tomography
X Ray (CTX) department that screens bag-
gage for United States departures.
So what is so wrong with that? If they read
the newspapers they should know that the
US is demanding extraordinary security on
anything entering its country. And so, to
demand there be no intermingling of staff in
these areas is obviously connected with secu-
However, our Bahamian supervisor, used
to doing it the Bahamian way, sees this restric-
tion as "a type of police based mentality they
use to intimidate the staff. It needs to be
made a big deal because we are being treated
like a military function, which we are not."
Well, for the information of this supervisor
and those who might be of like-mind, the
United States is at war. Former vice presi-
dent Dick Cheney was even up to yesterday
berating the Obama White House for not
acknowledging that the US is at war -
despite the fact that President Obama has
repeatedly declared his country's state of war
with Afghanistan's Taliban. The President
certainly sent enough troops in to that coun-
try to make his point. But Mr Cheney is either
deaf, blind or just sheer obstinate to accepting
the facts. And so if in the US section at the
airport there is a military air about clearing
baggage entering the US, just accept the fact
that the US is at war. It is not prepared to
accept the Bahamian's laid-back attitude
when it comes to protecting its country against
an unwanted terrorist.
So Bahamians get used to it, and get over
it. You are now working under more disci-
plined rules, rules foreign to most Bahamians.
Osbourne Ferguson, Airport Authority
director of security, denies that management
has given the instructions claimed by the
supervisor. He said management had the best
interest of workers at heart and was trying to
do its best. He wanted an opportunity to
address their concerns.
Recently airport workers from several
departments complained that they were frus-
trated over salary and workers' rights, to the
point that they were considering industrial
action. They claim that some of the issues go
way back, pre-dating the new management at
the airport.
Some told The Tribune that they are just
waiting to see their February 20 pay cheque
before they take "drastic action." If this hap-
pens it could mean problems next week.
Should the employees decide to take their
"drastic action" they could seriously affect
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the airport. This would be most unwise, espe-
cially in these economically challenged times
when anyone with a job - no matter how
lowly - feels they are abundantly blessed.
These workers would also misjudge the
mood of the Americans, who could use the
excuse to pack their bags and go home.
Bahamians might find that their "drastic
action" has put them out on the sidewalk
with not enough change to get a bus ride to
We do not doubt that some of the employ-
ees might have problems, but none so serious
as to justify "drastic action."
From what they told us of their complaints
it would seem that many of them have never
had a serious job to know that when you are
employed you are expected to arrive to work
on time, work to the best of your ability, not
take several hours for lunch and duck out
early. That is the nonsense that has infected
most of the civil service, but it is another ball
game in the private sector, where an employ-
ee can lose his job for being persistently late
for work.
Yet this is what a worker in the domestic
transit department told our reporter and
expected to be taken seriously. Said the work-
er: "Passenger screeners have a lot of minor
infractions on their files for coming in late,
leaving early, or calling in sick without a doc-
tor's note.
"Management frowns on these things.
They lord this over the passenger screeners to
make them docile. They use this against them
to keep them quiet."
What this worker doesn't seem to under-
stand is that each one of these so-called
"minor infractions" would lead to quick dis-
missal in the real world. Employees are not
paid to come in late, leave early, call in sick
without a doctor's note - even though some
of these notes are bogus. Management is not
using this to make them docile. They are
using it to discipline Bahamians out of their
easy-come, easy-go ways and to demand that
they improve their work ethic if they want
to continue at the airport.
If the airport is to be efficient, and give the
air of efficiency, managers cannot have
employees lounging all over the place, legs
spread eagle and arms folded. This half dead
attitude of many security, who used to lounge
in chairs along the arrival entrance drew many
comments from passengers, and even more
snide remarks. The atmosphere has much
improved in this area as security is starting to
look like security, up on their feet with an
air of efficiency about them.
From what airport workers have told our
reporters they have no cause for "drastic
action", maybe a grumble or two to a super-
visor, but, unless they are not telling the full
story, there's no need for an upheaval. Just get
on and do a job that would be accepted by
international - not Bahamian - standards
- and make your country proud.

A nation of

big talkers,

small doers

EDITOR, The Tribune.
What can I do?......
What difference will it
make? Who cares?......
I have heard these senti-
ments hundreds of times in the
last few months as we have
mounted a grass roots cam-
paign against the governmen-
t's plan to build the new
Bunker C power plant at Wil-
son City in Abaco. It is tragic
to me that so many in our coun-
try feel such a sense powerless-
ness or apathy over our nation-
al affairs. We seem to have
become a nation of big talkers
and small doers.
Everyone has an opinion,
but very few are willing to step
up and invest their time, energy
or money to make a difference.
This is not a new phenome-
non in our culture as we suffer
from the hangover of our colo-
nial past. We are not a culture
that encourages free thinking
and personal responsibility in
managing our lives. We have
been cultured in the matrix of
dependence, where the gov-
ernment, the church and any
other authority knows best.
We are still a plantation culture
waiting for the master to pro-
vide for us. We do not have the
confidence in ourselves as a
people to take a stand against
misappropriated authority. We
are afraid to lose favour with
whoever the authority may be
for fear that we may lose a con-
tract or not get a turkey for
Christmas. We have been
reduced to a people who wash
about on the waves of radio
talk and blow around in the
winds of political rhetoric. This
is not us. These are not the
people I know. We Bahamians
are strong-willed, big-hearted
people with indomitable spir-
it. Where are these Bahamians
now? Where are the people
that will stand for what is right
simply because it is
right? Where are the people
who will think for themselves,
not just of themselves. Where
are the people who will follow
their hearts towards salvation
and their minds towards reso-
lution, instead of blindly fol-
lowing the establishment
toward ruin and despair? Who
will be the one that stands
and declares that the emperor
has no clothes.
Bahamas, we are better than
this! We deserve better than
this. We heard from the gov-
ernment that Wilson City was a
"done deal", that it was "not
up for discussion." The last
time I checked, the people were
still the government and there
is nothing in our constitution
about "done deals." There can
never be "done deals" when
the deals are duplicitous,
destructive, and irresponsi-
ble. The government cannot be

NOTICE is hereby given that Dr. Carlos O. Thomas
of Clifton Bay Drive, P.O. Box CB 11278 Nassau,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16th day of FEBRUARY 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

allowed to secretly cut deals
(however well meaning or well
intentioned) that endanger the
human and environmental
rights of the people.
A few months ago a small
group of people formed a new
activist group called Abaco
CARES ( to
promote respect for local rights,
advocate against irresponsible
development and to hold deci-
sion-makers accountable for
their decisions. During a recent
protest in Marsh Harbour
against the Wilson City Plant, I
was approached by a govern-
ment representative who asked
me, "what difference do you
think this small group of people
is going to make?" I responded
that we were protesting because
it was the right thing to do and
we hoped that others would
become aware of the issues and
the government would listen.
It turns out that the govern-
ment is now considering chang-
ing the fuel source at Wilson
City from the destructive
Bunker C to a cleaner burning
fuel. I doubt the government
would have ever considered this
change if not for the voice of a
small group of people.
There has been a great deal
of local criticism against the
efforts of our group, with claims
of foreign involvement, fringe
fanatics, and so on. This is not
surprising to me given the
nature of our culture, and I say
"our" culture as my family has
been in the Bahamas for 320
years and the majority of our
group is Bahamian. Ours is
increasingly a culture of rumour
and innuendo, of entitlement
to opinion without the incon-
venient burden of fact. The crit-
icism of our efforts is largely
based on the unwillingness of
the general public to do the
research themselves and engage
in any substantive debate. After
the September 10th public
meeting in Marsh Harbour,
hours of government presenta-
tion was taken by many as the
gospel truth. The health risk of
Bunker C to our children and
grandchildren, the potential for
environmental disaster and the
simple untruths of prevailing
wind information presented by
BEC were not enough to make
some people stop and think.
The Government presented an

Environmental Impact Study
that subsequent independent
scientific review has proven
Abaco CARES is not
against development for Aba-
co. We realize the need for
more power and the fact that
development is inevitable. But
if we set out to do something,
let's do it right. There is good
development and clean power
generation, so why do we settle
for carelessness and medioc-
rity? We cannot stand by in
silence as the government
devises "done deals" that will
destroy the very reasons we
love this island and why visi-
tors from around the world
come to enjoy Abaco. The
reality of the Wilson City Pow-
er Station is that it was simply a
very poor decision based on
even poorer information and
lack of vision. There was no
local consultation, no thought
of approaching Abaco's need
for additional power as an
opportunity to unfold a new
vision of alternative
energy. History will be a harsh
judge of this administration's
decision to site this plant at Wil-
son City and we can only pray
that in time this wrong can be
I am a great believer in the
Bahamian spirit, and I am con-
fident that many of the answers
to our current struggles lie in
the hearts of our people. It is
this spirit that must be
unleashed and encouraged to
thrive. I encourage all Bahami-
ans to engage this debate and
be vigilant protectors of this
most fragile country we have
been blessed to live in. My
hope is that Wilson City
becomes a catalyst for an envi-
ronmental movement in our
country that holds the govern-
ment accountable to the highest
standards in all
development. We are better
than this and my hope is that in
the years to come we will
be able to say to our children
and grandchildren that we were
the generation that made a dif-
ference. Remember the words
of Margaret Mead: "Never
underestimate the power of a
small group of committed peo-
ple to change the world, in fact
it is the only thing that has."
Your voice matters. Come join
our small group and let it be
Abaco CARES,
February 12, 2010

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN response to Mr Harris' letter in the January 23 issue of The
Tribune, we would like to comment as we believe we are the
named four "inconsiderate" ladies who "jog in the road of
West Bay Street running into the east bound traffic."
First of all, we do not consider ourselves joggers but runners
who have completed many marathons, and we are currently
training for one. Runners are supposed to run facing traffic, so
that they can see what is coming towards them and avoid being
hit. Cyclists travel with traffic as they are on a vehicle. We are
very careful when we run, and we have chosen to run on the
road as it is our safest option.
The side walk is sporadic at best throughout Cable Beach,
until the hotel strip, where we do run an the beautiful median.
Due to the number of miles we run, we try to avoid running on
concrete as it is a much harder surface than asphalt, leading to
more injuries. The only time any of us have had serious falls has
been while running on the sidewalk. It is an extremely uneven
surface, with multiple raised edges and cracks that are very
easy to trip over. The sidewalks in the Cable Beach area cross
driveways. In our experience, driver's often do not look both
ways or come to a full stop when exiting a driveway. They do not
look for pedestrians on the sidewalk, and we have had some
near misses while running on the sidewalk. If we are in the
road, we can see them, and it is more likely that they will see us.
It is dangerous to run near the bush on the side of the road,
as anyone can be hiding there. Several runners have been
attacked in the Cable Beach area while running close to the
bush. We run in a group on the road for safety.
At the early hour we run, there is little traffic on the road. The
only time we ever run when the sun is coming up is on Saturday,
when we run up to 20 miles. Again, we start extremely early to
avoid most of the traffic. We all run with flashing lights, and
reflectors on our clothes and shoes. We form a single file line
when there is a car in our lane. We have witnessed several
serious accidents which have usually been caused by speeding
and dangerous driving. The biggest problem on the Cable
Beach strip is not runners, but drivers who do not observe the
speed limit, which is why the police ticket drivers, not runners.
While running off road, as Mr Harris suggested, we were
held up at gunpoint and one of our vehicle's stolen in broad day-
light at Fort Charlotte. We have never had a terrifying experi-
ence like this while running on the roads.
We hope we have made our decision to run in the road clear
to Mr Harris.
February, 2010.






The public is advised that the meeting
of the New Providence Licensing
Authority, scheduled for 17 February
2010 is postponed until Wednesday, 24
February 2010. You may contact the
office on Frederick Street for any further

The Chairman apologizes for any
inconvenience caused.






Pinder edges out Sands

in Tribune online poll

POLLING locations will be thrown
open at 8am today in the Elizabeth con-
stituency, remaining open until 6pm to
give time for constituents to cast their
There are two polling places and six
polling stations where voters can mark
their support for one of the five candi-
dates on offer - the PLP's Ryan Pinder,
the FNM's Dr Duane Sands, the Nation-
al Development Party's Dr Andre
Rollins, the Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment's Cassius Stuart, or the Workers'
Party's Rodney Moncur.
Voters in polling division numbers 1, 4,
6, 8, 9 will go to Faith Temple Christian
Academy on Pine Barren Road and vot-
ers in polling divisions numbers 2, 3, 5, 7,
10 and 11 will go to Thelma Gibson Pri-
mary School in Elizabeth Estates. Voters
can determine which division they are in
by referring to the list of voters pub-
lished in the official gazette.

Outlining the rules for voting in an
election, Parliamentary Commissioner
Errol Bethel has stated that those regis-
tered Elizabeth voters who have to work
on the day of election are entitled to two
hours off, in addition to the normal time
allotted for lunch.
This does not apply to employees
whose work starts at or after 10am, or
concludes at or before 4pm.
Those who are eligible to vote are: reg-
istered as a voter, a citizen of the
Bahamas, 18 years of age or older, and
should have been living in the con-
stituency for at least three months before
they registered. They must not be subject
to any legal incapacity (not in prison or
of unsound mind).

Independents show well

in reader popularity vote

PLP candidate Ryan Pin-
der narrowly beat out the
FNM's Duane Sands in
terms of popularity among
Tribune readers.
The latest online poll on asked
which candidate in the Eliz-
abeth by-election
impressed readers the most.

Ryan Pinder led the pack
with 179 votes, closely fol-
lowed by Duane Sands with
Interestingly, the three
independent candidates
showed strongly as well,
especially the NDP's Andre
Rollins, who secured 69
votes. He was followed by
the Workers' Party's Rod-
ney Moncur, who got 43
votes, and the BDM's Cas-
sius Stuart, who got 24.
Commenting on the poll,
Nadia said Ryan Pinder has
a plan to "empower the
good people of Elizabeth
and make them business
She said: "There are a lot
of young Bahamians with
brilliant ideas but no one
to help them see their
visions become reality. As a
young Bahamian I plan to
own my own business
someday and if I have
someone believing in my
vision and willing to help
me execute my vision then
that person has my vote.
Ryan, thousands are
behind you!"
P Saunders said: "Ryan
Pinder is the best person I
can see for Elizabeth right
now. He is so intelligent
and most of all he sticks to
the issues. What I like
about him is, he has a
dynamic plan for Elizabeth.
He will do well because he
is a people person."
However, according to
Natasha, a vote for the
FNM candidate is a vote

"Anyone who was left the constituen-
cy within six months is not entitled to
vote. People who have been outside of
the constituency for this period and are
still on the list should not come to vote.
"They cannot legally vote if they have
moved out for more than six months. If
they are not entitled to vote and they
vote charges can be brought against them
because they are committing an offence,"
Mr Bethel said.

When voting, voters must produce a
voter's card (passport or driver's licence)
for identification. Once polling agents
go through the process of verifying their
identity and legitimacy as a voter, he or
she is "inked", given a ballot paper and
instructions to go into the booth, and
mark his or her 'X' next to the name and
symbol of the chosen candidate.
"He is told to fold the paper in such a
way that no one can see who he voted for
and show the presiding officer a signature
on the back of the paper. This is impor-
tant because we want to ensure that the
paper that goes into the box is the paper
that we gave to the person to use for vot-
ing," Mr Bethel said.
The only persons allowed in the polling
places are: polling clerks, the presiding
and returning officers, the candidates,
police officers, the permitted number of
election agents (not exceeding three at
any time) and a friend of an incapacitat-
ed voter.
The sale of alcohol beverages at busi-
nesses in the constituency and within a
five-mile boundary of the constituency
is prohibited during polling hours and
cell phones and photographic equipment
are not allowed in polling booths.

will be

Saturday February 20th
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Fears of another
quake in Haiti
HUNDREDS of houses
that survived Haiti's killer
quake still stand empty even
as quake victims desperate for
shelter crowd the streets. The
reason is fear: Nobody is quite
sure they can withstand
another quake, according to
Associated Press
At least 54 aftershocks
have shuddered through
Haiti's shattered capital since
a Jan. 12 quake killed more
than 200,000 people. They
have toppled weakened build-
ings faster than demolition
crews can get to them, send-
ing up new clouds of choking
dust. On Monday, three chil-
dren were killed when a
school collapsed in the north-
ern city of Cap-Haitien. It
wasn't clear what caused the
collapse, which occurred after
a late-night tremor and heavy
"I tried sleeping in the
house for a night, but an after-
shock came and I ran out-
side," said Louise Lafonte, 36,
who beds down with her fam-
ily of five in a tent beside her
seemingly intact concrete
house. "I'm not going inside
until the ground calms down."
That may be awhile. Seis-
mologists say more, damag-
ing aftershocks are likely and
there's even a chance of
another large quake follow-
ing quickly after the initial
catastrophe in the capital of 3
million people.
In 1751, a large quake hit
the island that Haiti shares
with the Dominican Repub-
lic. About a month later,
another one destroyed Port-
A magnitude-7.4 quake
that killed more than 18,000
people in northwestern
Turkey in 1999 was followed
three months later by another
of magnitude-7.2 only 100
kilometers (60 miles) from the
initial epicenter.


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for progress.
She said: "Dr Duane
Sands, is definitely the best
man to represent the peo-
ple of Elizabeth."
P Jones added that Dr
Sands has "more knowl-
edge" of the Constitution
than the other candidates
and has a better under-
standing of the plight of
common people.
I Fa Common Sense said
he is voting for Rodney
Moncur because he has
proven himself over the
"He has stood up against
Pindling, Ingraham and
Christie in the pursuit of
what he sees as just," the
reader said. "If I needed to
select one of these gentle-
men to guard my back or
take up my cause, I would
have the greatest confi-
dence in Mr Moncur. He is
a lobbyist par excellence
and a self-made and self-
taught man ... I think you
gat them Rodney!"
Bernie does not think
Cassius Stuart will be able
to win, but noted that he
has been a constant in the
political arena for some
"He truly deserves an
opportunity to be in parlia-
ment. I hope he continues
with his agenda into the
next general election and
he just might get there," he





Ministry of Tourism staff

rewarded for hard work

DEREKA MOULTRIE (left) and Antoinette Davis.

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on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


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MINISTRY of Tourism
employees were rewarded
for hard work and dedica-
tion at the annual Ministry
of Tourism Signature
Awards (MOTSA) on
February 5.
Dereka Moultrie of the
Onshore Communications
Unit was named 'All-star
Employee' while Bonnie
Rolle, also of Onshore
Communications, received
the 'Director General's
Award' for performance
and innovation.

Antoinette Davis of the
Family Island Unit
received the 'Permanent
Secretary's Award' for
efficiency and profession-
alism, and the 'Minister of
Tourism's Team Award'
went to the Visitor Rela-
tions Unit, which interacts
closely with guests who
have been victims of
crime, accidents, poor ser-
vice or other misfortunes.
The unit also recognizes
guests who have been
long-time visitors to the
Ms Moultrie hopes the
awards programme con-
tinues to motivate Min-
istry of Tourism and Avi-
ation employees and all
tourism sector workers.
"This sends a message
that despite the challenges

encountered, once indi-
viduals perform and
remain committed to the
organisation, and the pas-
sion still remains, the
reward will come," she

"It encourages persons
to remain committed,
knowing that at the end of
the day, their just reward
will come."
Ms Rolle agreed with
this sentiment.
"To me, the MOTSA
award validates my belief
that the seed of dedica-
tion, commitment and
hard work will bring forth
good fruit, not always
immediately but in due
time," she said.
"While I feel that it
should be self gratifying
to perform well regardless
if recognition is given or
not, I believe that the
recognition of staff mem-
bers makes one feel
appreciated it. Appreciat-
ed staff members are pro-
ductive staff members."
Other awards were the
'Supervisor of the Year',
which went to Maxine
Williamson of the Visitor
Relations Unit, and the
'Rising Star Award',
which went to Elizabeth
Rodgers of human
resources department.

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on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
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(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ULTRAFLIGHT CORP. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.


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Jamaicans charged with possession

of drugs, firearms and ammunition

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Two Jamaicans were charged in the
Freeport Magistrate's Court with possession of drugs,
firearms and ammunition.
Ryan O'Neal Young, 30; and Mohan McIntyre, 30; both
of Kingston, appeared in Court 2 before Magistrate Andrew
Forbes. K Brian Hanna represented the men.
Young pleaded guilty to possessing an unlicensed firearm,
ammunition and dangerous drugs.
According to reports, DEU officers conducted a search at
a home in Fortune Point on February 11, where they found
a small quantity of marijuana in a kitchen drawer and a .40
pistol with seven live rounds of ammunition in a bedroom.
Magistrate Forbes sentenced Young to 18 months in prison
on the firearm and ammunition charges, and two months on
the drugs charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.
McIntyre pleaded not guilty, and the charges were with-
drawn. He was discharged by the court and handed over to
Bahamas Immigration for further investigation.
* THREE MEN were arraigned in a Nassau Magistrate's
Court yesterday, charged with possession of marijuana with
intent to supply.
It is alleged that on Saturday, February 13, Kareem Light-
bourne, 25, of Crawford Street; David Farrington, 42, of
Kiki Street; and Marcus Mortimor, 23, of Skyline Drive;
were found in possession of three pounds of marijuana with
intent to supply.
The men, who were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the
They were remanded to Her Majesty's Prison and are
expected to appear again on Friday for a bail hearing.

* A CAR chase from Tonique Williams Darling Highway
to Stapledon Gardens on Sunday night ended in the arrest of
three men and the recovery of a firearm.
Officers on patrol attempted to stop three men in a white
Honda Accord on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway at
around 11.50pm.
The suspects sped off and police followed them to Sta-
pledon Gardens, where the runaway car eventually came to
a stop.
Police searched the vehicle and recovered a .40 pistol and
eight live rounds of ammunition.
Three men, ages 18, 20 and 23, have been arrested in con-
nection with the find and remain in custody pending further

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were stabbed and beaten by the
intruder at around 4am on Sat-
urday and both lost a lot of
blood as they waited for assis-
Their son, Andrae Nairn,
principal at Central Andros
High School in Fresh Creek,
North Andros, said his mother
was stabbed in the neck and hit
in the face, while his father,
who is blind, was stabbed in the
neck and back.
They were taken to the air-

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port in a private vehicle and
airlifted to hospital in Nassau
where they are both said to be
making steady recoveries.
Former police officer Cor-
poral Nairn was released from
hospital on Sunday while Rev
Nairn, the pastor of St John's
Baptist Church, remained for
Mr Nairn, one of the couple's
10 children, said: "Their well-
being is my biggest concern. We
wish something like this never
happened, but since it hap-
pened, we just want them to
recover fully and for them to
be able to go on, and not have
to worry about anything of this
sort happening again."
The attack has rocked the
peaceful community of 1,500
where violent crime is a rarity,
and residents have raised con-
cerns about Mangrove Creek's
readiness to respond to such
attacks in the aftermath.
A town meeting will address
their concerns in the presence
of police and healthcare offi-
cials at the Mangrove Cay court
rooms at 6 o'clock tonight, chief
councillor Lynward Saunders
He added: "This attack came
out of nowhere and the police
couldn't respond in time
because they don't have a vehi-
cle. We need to be more visible
in our community, be more
informed, discuss the way for-
ward for protecting ourselves
and focus on protecting our
Corporal and Reverend
Nairn have lived in Mangrove

Creek all their lives, where Rev
Nairn had a long career as a
teacher before she retired from
Burnt Rock Primary School.
Locals say she recognized her
attacker as a former student.
Burnt Rock Primary School
principal Kenva Wallace said:
"I think it is an isolated attack
and not related in any way to
the school.
"She got along well with the
students and she spent a lot of
her own time trying to help
them achieve. I was devastat-
ed when I heard about the
attack, I couldn't believe it at
first and then I couldn't figure
out why. It's just terrible."
Mr Nairn said his parents
were well-known and respected
in the community.
"The last thing that would
come to somebody's mind is
that they would be attacked by
anybody for any reason," he
said. "It most certainly was a
shock. But they are recovering
quite nicely and they are fully
aware of what happened.
"I know the police will do
their investigations, and every-
thing that needs to happen will
happen.They are very much
strong people, but it will take
some time for them to get over
the psychological aspect of it.
"The important thing is that
they are recovering, and they
are doing well."
Police have arrested a 30-
year-old male resident of
Grants in Mangrove Cay, who
is currently helping with the

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Town meeting to debate concerns as Andros rocked by vicious assault

Elderly couple recovering

after brutal stabbing attack


Tribune Staff Reporter
AN ELDERLY couple bru-
tally attacked by an intruder as
they slept at home in a quiet
Andros settlement are steadily
recovering from life-threaten-
ing stab wounds.
Mangrove Cay retirees pas-
tor Catherine Nairn, 70, and
her husband of more than 50
years Corporal Carl Nairn, 73,

Prosecution seeks

adjournment in the

Brenton Smith inquest

THE Coroner's
inquest into the death
of 18-year-old Brenton
Smith hit another snag *
yesterday as the prose-
cution requested an -
The inquest, which
had been adjourned on
February 4 after a juror
was unable to attend
court, had to be put off
Prosecutor Stephanie
Pintard told the Coro-
ner William Campbell
that she had a trial BRENTON SMITH
scheduled in Supreme
Court for Monday morning and that lead prosecutor
and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethell was unable to appear due to circum-
stances beyond her control.

The inquest is expected to proceed this morning.
Smith was shot on the night of July 9, 2009 as he
and a friend walked along a shortcut near the City
Market food store on the corner of Village Road and
Wulff Road.
Earlier that night, the food store had been robbed.
Attorney Romona Farquharson represents Corporal
Kelsie Munroe - the police officer who is alleged to
have shot Brenton.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethel and Stephanie Pintard are appearing for
the Crown.
Attorney Roger Gomez Jr is representing the Smith

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lhas Well alil' Crifik-cae uf L)liv. 1tl[14iI'l haqhs b"e
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Notice is hercby given that in ai odan with S~c-
tion 13B (8) ofth e InteuationIal Bsi .U ss C0l ni)isiiiiS
Act 2000X. the dissolution of COBRA OCEAN INC.
ha, been completed; a Ccrtificatc ol Dis.olut in has
been issued and the ComLhpany lias [hterefoe been
struck off the Register.


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MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister has
assured North Eleuthera High
School parents that he will
"seek to have the media cor-
rect" the negative perception
of the school created by press
coverage of sexual abuse
claims on the island.
According to a government
statement, when Mr Bannister
met with the parents earlier
this week, they complained
that the press had caused
them "much embarrassment"
by attributing all the allega-
tions of impropriety "solely to
their school".
When claims of certain
teachers stationed on the
island sexually mistreating
students first arose several
weeks ago, it prompted the
Ministry of Education to reas-
sign the North Eleuthera
High's principal and vice prin-
The parents responded by
keeping their children out of
school and demanding the
return of the two administra-
tors - who, officials were
quick to point out, were not
moved because they were
guilty of indiscretions, but
rather because they were
needed to fill gaps in the sys-
tem caused by investigations
into allegations of impropriety
elsewhere in North Eleuthera.

These widespread investi-
gations were launched in the
aftermath of North Eleuthera
High School security guard
Adrian White being charged
in June of last year with inde-
cently assaulting eight girls
In his meeting with the par-
ents, Mr Bannister commend-
ed them for actively being
involved in the lives of their
children. He asked all parents
to give their full support to
the school's new principal,
and work along with the PTA
Mr Bannister said he was
pleased to learn that the par-
ents had "acted positively"
and allowed the children to
return to school, as keeping
them away would have been
against the law.
The statement said: "The
minister assured the parents
that he has the best interest of
the students, teachers and
parents of the North
Eleuthera High School at
heart, and that his decisions
were made after careful
Accompanying Mr Bannis-
ter on the trip were: psycholo-
gist Dr David Allen, North
Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith,
Director of Education Lionel
Sands, Education Permanent
Secretary Elma Garraway,
and other education officials.
They visited a number of
schools, including James Cis-
tern Primary, PA Gibson Pri-
mary, Gregory Town Primary,
Spanish Wells All-Age
School, North Eleuthera Pri-
mary, Harbour Island All-
Age School, and North
Eleuthera High.
Mr Bannister took account
of the various challenges fac-
ing the schools, including ter-
mite-ridden structures, bro-
ken windows and fencing,
electrical problems, shortages
of classroom space, and a lack
of proper signage.
He said all these needs will
be assessed and prioritised
with regard to the funds that
are available, and that a
repair and refurbishment pro-
gramme will be launched in
the summer.
Before leaving each school,
the minister expressed his
gratitude for the performance
of the administrators, teachers
and students, who he said are
working diligently despite lim-
ited resources, and assured
them that the Ministry of
Education will do its best to
meet their needs.

Reports: Birbal retains

lawyer in student sex case

Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT - Trinidadi-
an teacher Andre Birbal
could soon be extradited to
the Bahamas to face charges
stemming from allegations
of sexual misconduct at the
Eight Mile Rock High
There are unconfirmed
reports that an attorney in
Freeport has been retained
on behalf of Mr Birbal, who
is currently fighting extradi-
tion from the United States.
In January, Attorney
General John Delaney indi-
cated that extradition pro-

Teacher could soon be extradited to Bahamas

ceedings were underway in
the United States and that
Birbal might be seeking to
challenge his extradition to
the Bahamas.
The Tribune attempted to
reach Mr Delaney for an
update on extradition pro-
ceedings in the United
States, but he could not be
reached up to press time
Birbal fled the country a
year ago after police inves-
tigations were launched into
complaints by two former
students at the Eight Mile
Rock High School.
He was arrested in New

York on a traffic violation
last May. During a check,
US authorities discovered
that Bahamian police had
issued a warrant of arrest for
Birbal with Interpol.

The AG's office in the
Bahamas applied to US offi-
cials for Birbal's extradition
to the Bahamas to face
charges of unnatural sexual
Birbal is one of three
teachers accused of sexual
misconduct with students at
the EMRHS.




The House of Assembly
Select Committee on sexual
molestation at the EMRHS
had expressed concerns
regarding the status of the
extradition application for
Birbal. Community activist
Troy Garvey, former PTA
president at EMRHS, said
he hopes Birbal is returned
to the Bahamas.
"He is entitled to a fair tri-
al if he is extradited and res-
idents here have to be very


mindful that," he said. Mr
Garvey noted that since the
allegations first surfaced,
there have been many other
claims of sexual abuse at
schools in the Bahamas.
He commended the Inity
is Strength Movement for
bringing the matter to public
"We have many good
teachers in the system, but
we have to ensure that our
children are not being taken
advantage of by those teach-
ers who prey on the inno-
cent," he said.

Bethel Brothers Morticians
TUlepho 3-4433 326-7000
Namau Street, P.O.BKo N-1025


Anthony James Russell, 66

A of #5 Labour Street
will be held on
Thursday February
18th, 2:45 p_m. at
Our Lady's Catholic
Church., Deveaux
Street. Fr. Michael
Kelly assisted by ReF ,
Deaco n Petcr
Rahming and Dmecon
Maxwel Johnsm will
officiate. Interment
will follow in the
- T , C Catholic CCmecry,
Tyler Street.

Anthony is survived by: sisters, Paulcue and Angela
Dean; brothers, Leo Mw.s and Sinclair Dan; aunts,
Rwsalie Dean, Maria Armbrister, and Mablek Butler;
nieces a id nephews, Melind Lockhart, Malissa aura-
Pratt. Eric and Caroline Shaw-Moss, Arlington and
Ncvillc Builcr. grand nieces and nephews, Toni Bcthcll,
Paige-F.lisabxth Ryaii, Tin Jr. and TyILr Prntt, NvAlhn
Eric Small. Derek Ryan II, sister-in-law: Klare Shaw-
Moss, cousins, Peter and Patricia Curry & Family,
Henry and Shirley Sandrs & Family, Eliva Han and
Family, Syla Nairn and Family, Perry SaFundvrs and
Family, Derek Sauner~ arid Family, Jerome Saunders
and Famtily, Gregory Saunders and Family. Norma and
James Timothy and Family, Ann and Kirk Dorsectt &
Family, Dcboirh and ,Derru n Lws, Phillip aned Caml
Armbrister & Family, Gaynell Bullard and Family,
Andrew Armbrister Jr., Ann-Marie Rolle. Antonio
Armbrister (Toronto, Canada), Anthony Dean and
Family, Johnd Jcan and Family, Bararm DCan and
Family, Brrnt Saundrs and Family, Brian Saunders
and Family, Thomas, Asraid, Opal, and Craig Sautders.
Sherry Stubbs and Family, and Jant Fowler & Family,
Emil Mo;cy (New York), Ella whilfiicld. Tommy
(iibson (BL3uff Elu.Lhira), .pcciaI family friend, Advilda

Other Relatives and Friends, Maude Miller and Family.
Dc Granville Panz and Family, .Johnvn Family, Alex
Williams aind Family, Aamn Penn and Family, Eleanor
Tinker and Family, Melvina Lockhart and Family ,.
Derek Ryan. The Enlirc Labour Street Family. Royal
Bank oCCanada Staff (Mail Room,). Other relatives
and friends to number, us tO mcntin.

Friends nmay pay their last rspects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from
10:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on 11hursday at the church
from 1:45 p.m- until service time.



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We apologise to our valued customers and regret any
inconvenience this may cause. All other sections of the
AUTO MALL will be open for business as usual.















Police found in strip raid face probe
FROM page one
source listed eight officers, including four women and an
officer from the Special Intelligence Branch suspected of
organising the illicit events.
Assistant Superintendent Hulan Hanna said: "While I will
not confirm the names, there are police officers that we have
been questioning in connection with this matter and the
whole episode is the subject of a very intensive and aggressive
police investigation to determine whether our officers were
involved as patrons or organizers.
"We need to determine what the officers were doing there
before we can speak about the strip clubs, because we have to
determine what was the function of these establishments,
and we don't want to say anything that would compromise the
"Everything is allegations, until it's proved otherwise.
"So I will not reveal the specific numbers at this point,
but I can say several female officers have been implicated; the
bulk of officers we are investigating are female officers from
various departments."
The raids were conducted by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and Department of Immigration officers.
Immigration staff are working to determine whether the
accused American, Colombian and Jamaican strippers vio-
lated immigration laws.

Legal Notice
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ERISSOME OCEAN CORP.

Pilots, passengers arrested

after drugs found on flight

FROM page one Howe
Police arrested two pilots, mercal
men aged 25 and 40, as well as officials
a 37-year-old Grand Bahama .i
man and a 49-year-old Nassau igt ,
Village man after the flight flight ha
landed at the Lynden Pindling Drugs
International Airport in Nas- (DEU)
sau at around 7pm on Sunday. There
Unconfirmed reports claim
the drugs were brought in on a overing o
Southern Air charter flight "I don
transporting Bahamian and
name of
Haitian passengers from Haiti don't wa
don't wa
to Nassau on a twin engine N- itself.
155 aircraft.
The airplane has reportedly the peop
been seized by Bahamas Cus- tody, but
toms and was held in the , but
domestic flights area of the air- pleted o
port yesterday.

FROM page one

desist from disseminating and covering
FNM rallies while she is still employed in
her position at BIS.
"The Bahamas Information Services is a
government agency to deal with govern-
ment matters and not political matters," he
"It is disgraceful and deplorable that
this lady is being used to deal with their
matters. She stays in Grand Bahama but
she comes to Nassau to move around with
the Prime Minister. That is totally unac-
Mr Roberts added that he would encour-
age the FNM to stop using the govern-
ment's resources in this campaign and fight
for the Elizabeth seat on the issues.
Echoing these comments, PLP leader
Perry Christie said his speech tonight will
focus on these "unfair practices" which he
says have come to the fore in the Elizabeth
by-election campaign.

ver police would not
the name of the com-
airline when ques-
yesterday, nor would
confirm the suspects'
s or where in Haiti the
d originated.
Enforcement Unit
ny Ferguson said:
is an investigation
n in respect to the dis-
f drugs.
't want to mention the
the airline because we
[nt to pain the airline
have made arrests and
le were taken into cus-
t we have not yet com-
ur investigations."
arrests come weeks

after $3 million worth of
cocaine and over $50,000
worth of marijuana was found
hidden in the fuel tank of a 65
ft Haitian freighter off the
coast of Great Inagua on Jan-
uary 27 and five Haitian men
were charged in connection
with the find.
Fears of a rise in drug traf-
ficking after Haiti was devas-
tated by a magnitude-7.0
earthquake on January 12
were addressed by Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest last week when he
stated the Bahamian drug
interdiction programme and
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) would
mitigate any possible increase.
Supt Ferguson said: "We are

PLP chairman
"Overall I am of the view there has to be
much greater vigilance on the part of those
who regulate elections as to infractions to
ensure fair and ethical practices in such
elections because it is so easy for govern-
ment to overwhelm the process by offering
jobs giving all sorts of infrastructural
improvements just come in as a result of
the election and cast an unfair pall over this
whole thing," said Mr Christie.
"There are rules that govern these
things. I'm prepared to concede that past
governments have had such situations and
would have probably, in all probability,
done the same thing. I'm talking about
moving forward now if we are to learn
anything from this process there has to be
a decision on the part of all to review rules
that govern elections to ensure people's
rights are protected in terms of their inter-

Legal Notice


- -0

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HONOUR OAK CORPORATION has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


- 4-

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of ZIBETH LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off
the Register.


concerned with drugs coming
out of Haiti into the Bahamas.
We have had incidents of
drugs coming in on aircraft in
the past but not on a regular
"We are going to continue
to be vigilant, that is the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force with
our law enforcement partners,
and we are going to keep an
eye on this."
Southern Air operates char-
ter flights between Nassau and
Cape Haitian in northern Haiti
and the Haitian capital of Port-
au-Prince. The airline also runs
charter flights between Nas-
sau and the Family Islands as
well as Cuba, the Dominican
Republic and Turks and


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,



has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the






Former Deputy Prime

Minister thrilled with

road-naming honour

FROM page one
humbled by that gesture,"
said Mr Watson, when con-
tacted by The Tribune for
comment yesterday.
"It was mentioned to me
sometime early last year and I
did not object," he said,
adding that the decision came
from Cabinet.
According to a government
notice published in The Tri-
bune on February 9, the Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport intends to name the
newly constructed South-
west/Adelaide by-pass road-
way after Mr Watson.
When asked why he felt he
was chosen to be the road's
namesake, the current chair-
man of the Airport Authority
speculated that his ties with
the community - he served
as member of Parliament for
the Adelaide area from 1982
to 2002 - were behind the
He also feels that his work
as the country's first minister
of public works and public
enterprise - a post he held
for a little over two years dur-
ing the former Ingraham
administration - may also
have been a factor in the gov-
ernment's choice.
"When we (the Free
National Movement first)
came to office in 1992 we did
a lot. We extended the infra-

structure in many family
islands and we built a num-
ber of roadways and repaired
many in Nassau," he said,
adding that at that time the
ministry was progressive in
improving roadways, repair-
ing docks and dilapidated
schools and extending tele-
phone and water services
throughout the country.
"So I suspect that is the rea-
son why they thought of me,"
said Mr Watson, who at one
point was dubbed Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham's
"right hand man" when he
served as his second-in- com-
Tennyson Wells, a former
FNM Cabinet minister who
left the party to become an
independent MP, also
believes that Mr Watson was
chosen because of his long-
standing service to the area.
"Frank represented the
area for a long time, I guess
probably longer than most
people. I have no difficulty
with it - I think overall he
was a good reprepresentative,
most of the people there liked
him and I think most of them
still like him," said Mr Wells,
when asked by The Tribune
for his opinion.
Persons objecting to this
proposal are invited to send
their complaints in writing to
the permanent secretary at
the Ministry of Works by
March 11.



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Elizabeth vote

'right down

to the wire'

FROM page one
ing to be a very tight one, and as such he has instructed all
of his workers to realize the importance of "every single
Likewise, the PLP's Ryan Pinder was not taking too much
stock of his party's individual polls and continued to work in
the constituency up until late last night.
According to political sources the inclusion of the third
and fourth party candidates is causing some problems for
both major parties. As of yesterday, the National Develop-
ment Party's candidate Dr Andre Rollins was said to be
gathering "significant" support in the Elizabeth constituency,
possibly affecting the polls of both the PLP and the FNM.
As such, the NDP's candidate said that he was hopeful of
the accuracy of both the PLP and FNM's polls and that he
would be more than simply a "spoiler" in today's election
and actually come out victorious over the other candidates.
"I think that it would do our democracy really good,"
Dr Rollins said, "to have a new political party and its can-
didate be able to force both mainstream political parties to
not take the Bahamian people for granted and go beyond
being a spoiler and actually gain a victory over both the PLP
and the FNM."
Even the Worker's Party leader Rodney Moncur was
still hopeful of an upset today.
"I feel and sense change in the air. I expect a miracle
(today). My campaign has had the least financial and human
resources and we have persevered and spoken with as many
people as we could. I believe our performance at the debate
effected the campaign as well and I feel that both the PLP
and the FNM will be defeated today.
"I have said before that I am the only candidate who is
willing to come to work all day, being the only full time MP.
And if it is not God's will that I am victorious I will remain
committed to the people of Elizabeth and the entire
Bahamas. But I believe that change is in the air and I am
ever praying that the people of Elizabeth will bring about
this change and reject both the PLP and the FNM and give
me the victory," he said.
However, Dr Sands and Mr Pinder each maintain that
they are equally the best candidate to represent the people
of Elizabeth in the House of Assembly.
Dr Sands said last night at the FNM's mass rally that he
would work hard for the people of Elizabeth every day.
Along with Dr Sands, Mr Pinder, Dr Rollins and Mr
Moncur, the Bahamas Democratic Movement is also running
a candidate in their leader Cassius Stuart.
Polling stations open today at 8am and will close at 6
pm. The results are expected to be reported live on all
media and radio stations and readers can find up-to-the-
minute reports at throughout the day.

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Lose rCompetition

Tribune Features Reporter

A RIGOROUS fitness chal-
lenge, resembling NBC's
Biggest Loser competition
begins this Friday, incorporat-
ing boot camp style exercises
and strict eating regiments.
Eleven women will take part in The
'Bahamas Greatest Loser Competition'
being sponsored by Javon Medical Cen-
tre, Bahama Health, Royal Bahamas
Police Force, Royal Bank of Canada,
and Commonwealth Bank.
But it's all up to participants to take it
to the next level, and to take the advice
of specialists at Jovan Medical Centre,
where Dr Cyprian Strachan is the chief
Persons will take part in a variety of
exercises including pushing tyres, tram-
poline and medicine ball exercises, agili-
ty work and bosu training during the
eight week challenge.
"People are fighting high blood pres-
sure, diabetes and people can't take off
the weight," he said, noticing a serious
trend in his own clientele. "People are
trying to keep their health New Year's
resolutions, and are being unsuccessful."
"Every two weeks we expect them to
weigh in and bring their diet journal to be
We will offer tips, and make adjust-
ments to their weight.
"We will have two open air challenges
in the park, to award individual prizes
for winners in those challenges. We won't
force our participants to participate in
those challenges.
"We will try to make a dent in people's
difficulties in losing weight. We want to
see if offering a prize will be significant in
getting them to lose weight."
The women will also benefit from two
sessions of training workouts with Nat-
Bro's Natasha Brown, fitness instructor.
There will be weekly tips published in
The Tribune and other local tips for them
to follow during the entire competition.
Follow up visits will happen every two
weeks to evaluate what they are eating,
outside of the weigh-in every week. The
two weeks are to assess what they are
eating, how well they are coping and
adjusting to their diets, and workouts.
"Their weight is going to be based on
the percentage of their weight loss," said

Dr Strachan.
"If somebody starts out at 200 pounds
and they lose 20 pounds, its going to be
based on the percentage of 20 pounds
compared to 200."
"That person has lost 10 percent, as
opposed to somebody who started out
at 200 pounds, if they lose 50 pounds,
they would've lost 25 per cent of their
Four gyms have offered to give free
memberships -Mystical Fitness & Health
Spa, Body Zone Fitness, Better Bodies
Gym, and Iron Man Gym No. 1.
Dr Strachan focuses a little harder on
weight loss. He is a general practitioner
physician, with a special focus on weight
"My purpose is to stimulate a greater
interest in healthy lifestyles and to help
inspire and encourage persons who are
trying to lose weight and improve their
general health,"
The competition begins with a weigh in
and measuring at Mystical Fitness gym
on February 19-20 and finishes eight
weeks later, on April 16 and 17 at the
same venue.
Competition will be for best individual
losers as well a group prize for the best
five member team from amongst the
banks, the churches, insurance compa-
nies, government offices and uniformed
The entrance fee is $15 per person
with part proceeds in aid of the Diabetic
Association of the Bahamas. All entrants
will receive a prize. Winners' gifts
include supplement supplies for three
months, exercise apparel, 3 months free
supply of drinking water and free gym
membership for three months.
Fitness guru Natasha Brown is partic-
ularly stoked about her plans to assist
Ms Brown will conduct hour long
workouts to challenge each person car-
diovascularly, and make sure that their
fitness level is on par to handle rigorous
fitness sessions.
"This is something that a lot of trainers
don't focus on," she said. "But in my
fitness training, this is what I am focusing
on, stamina and endurance.
It is in that determination and pushing
she says, that you truly find out who you
"I want all competitors to walk away
with mental toughness, self determina-
tion, a fighting spirit, humble attitude
and the guts to fight no matter whatever
is thrown your way."

No matter who we are, it will show us
that we are survivors at the end of the
day. "I train to target the mind body
and soul, so that you can connect with
your spirit from deep within," she said.
Ms Brown says having endurance will
sustain people through their daily living.
It's the only way they're going to get the
"No one should want to have the same
mindset that they've had over the years.
You have to take your mind to another
level," she said.
"I know that deep down in our bellies
lies the strength that we need. Depth
and spirit is in our core and we've been
equipped spiritually with some tools."
Ms Brown is extremely passionate
about her responsibility to "push her stu-
dents beyond their limits, physically and
There is no way of shying from
extreme workouts in order to see a dif-
ference, she said. "When you come to
me there has to be a difference," Ms
Brown said.
"It's very motivating, knowing that
there's a prize involved," said the fitness
Justina Rolle, a client of Dr Strachan is
losing weight for her April wedding. Ms
Rolle is 29 years old, and hopes to lose 40
to 50 pounds of excess weight by early
This will be the icing on her cake, as
she hopes to take home the $4,000 cash
prize to pay for the expenses of her wed-
ding slated for the third week of April.
Ms Rolle just joined Solomon's Biggest
Loser competition, and recently signed
up for Dr Strachan's weight loss compe-
tition yesterday morning.
She says that being at a " I'!l ' size
(weight-wise), it has been hard finding
clothing that fits the way she would want
to look ideally. But she plans to do what-
ever it takes to ultimately put an end to
her use of girdles, and other weight
manipulation tactics.
Ms Rolle's game plan for her diet is a
bit ambitious, as she plans to stick to a
strict regiment of salt free boiled foods,
the substitution of sugar with honey, and
no red meat. All of her diet plans may be
subject to change under Ms Brown's
"I realise that there is no pain, no gain,
and I want to take it beyond my limits."
When I started exercising, my whole
mood changed, and my whole outlook
on life became more positive and opti-
mistic, filled with lots of energy."

YOUNG girls
reading today's
title may seem sad
and disillusioned U ''
at the idea that
having sex could -
become a 'dutiful 7
act'. Young peo- -"
ple are surround-
ed with images of
carefree, high intensity erotica. Add in their limited knowl-
edge of human sexuality and relationships, and this pro-
vides fertile ground for unrealistic expectations. The word
dutiful implies a lack of personal desire and rather some-
thing that you feel you 'have to do.' Is it true that all cou-
ples succumb to 'dutiful sex' at some point or another in
their relationship? Do women always have to be the ones
to give in?
If we asked newly formed couples if they thought they
had similar sexual needs and drive they would probably
agree. The 'honeymoon' or 'infatuation' stage, when every-
thing is sexually charged and exciting, often camouflages
the true picture. When the relationship moves into a com-
fortable stage, and things start to relax, then reality sets in.
The realisation that they are not so well matched sexually
is a huge disappointment and the conflict begins. Dating
couples often struggle for years with these problems, but
have difficulty ending the relationship because of the bond-
ing glue that joins them. The longer they are together, the
tighter the glue, and the dissatisfaction persists.
What does 'not well matched' really mean? Is it possi-
ble to be that similar in sexual needs? Just the fact that we
are of different genders means that our bodies function in
completely different ways. Throw in that we are individ-
uals within a couple and inevitably we have different
things going on in our lives. Isn't that just life?
If we view it this way, then it does not seem so shocking
that someone may not actually desire sex when the other
does. Think back to the last time you had sex just so you
could get a little peace and get to sleep? Or the time
when it was just easier to give in to the constant nagging
and pouting. Contrary to what most people think, men are
sometimes 'not in the mood'. However, due to the rapid
feedback from their erections a situation can very easily
change and become sexual.
Short term dips in desire are inevitable and usually can
be worked out. This is when playful bartering can often be
implemented so that both feel they have won. But what
happens when one person feels they always have to per-
suade, push, and almost beg the other? Constant fighting
and tension enters the bedroom. In many cases the dete-
rioration has been so insidious that it is hard to pin point the
primary cause. Did the anger reduce the desire or did the
lack of desire cause the anger? What has happened to the
other person to make them so disinterested in sex?
If the ultimate goal is to make each other happy by the
giving and receiving of pleasure then simple solutions to
rectifiable obstacles seem obvious. For example, being
more flexible around each others time clocks, sleep needs,
improving personal hygiene are a few of the common
problems. For some people, sexual discrepancies only
start to show themselves as they age. With the hormone
decline, health complications, medications and surgeries,
interest in sexual activity can become a problem. If you are
both on the same page then it is an easy adjusting to the
new lifestyle. But if one person or both are unhappy then
the smartest thing to do is to get early professional help.
Probably the most common cause of minimal partici-
pation resulting in 'dutiful sex' is boredom. It is not unusu-
al in long term relationships for there to be a certain rou-
tine in the love making. A sense that you know what is
coming next makes the experience predictable and safe.
There may also be a lack of skillful lovemaking and a
woman's needs may not even be considered. The problems
fester away and a sense of 'what is the point' develops.
The danger in letting problems drag on is that they
start affecting other areas of your life. When it starts to feel
as if you are getting very little out of the relationship,
then even dutiful sex disappears. All too often the break
down is accompanied by the removal of all affection, and
the bonding glue becomes unstuck.
It would be wrong to ignore the significance of per-
forming our 'wifely duties', because of the importance of
maintaining the intimate bond. However, feeling this way
all the time is not recommended because of the lack of per-
sonal fulfillment. Look inside yourself, ask yourself ques-
tions about your love life and do not settle for mediocrity.

* Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thurs-
day 5-6pm on Island FM 102.9
For appointments: call 364 7230,email or

Flea control essential steps

LAST week we spoke about the
life cycle and facts about fleas. It
was mentioned that one must
include treatment of the yard, house
and pet if one is to be successful in
controlling these wingless blood-
sucking insects that are so annoy-
ing to pets and their owners.

Treating the yard
* One should treat shady areas,
damp areas, doghouses and other
areas where your pet spends the
majority of its time. Use the recom-
mended residual sprays for longer
lasting effect. Personally if you are
not using a pesticide company, I like
the ADAMS plus yard spray. The
active ingredient is PERMETHRIN
and it kills and repels fleas, ticks,

mosquitoes, ants, and other annoy-
ing insects. A dose of 6 ounces to 1
quart of water should be used.
Spraying is most effective when the
ground is damp (keep pets out until
completely dry). Repeat spraying
every 3 to 4 weeks. These products
should not be used on the pet. One
can tack a" No Pest Strip" under-
neath the floor of the doghouse to

aid in repelling fleas.

Treating the house
* One should use an environ-
mental control FOGGER. A mini-
mum of 3 should be used. Most over
the counter foggers are totally
worthless. Mycodex, and ADAMS
have some exceptional products. For
the house, however I would recom-
mend a professional exterminator
in severe cases. The most effective
flea control products are prevented
from being sold over the counter at
food stores and pet stores, as a result
of the current laws on control prod-
ucts. If you have carpet in the house,
we recommend that you vacuum the
house thoroughly, at least once a
week to remove flea eggs.

* Bathe the pet every two weeks
in a flea and tick shampoo like
MYCODEX 3X. These products
are safe and can be used as often as
necessary to keep the pet clean and
remove fleas. Most over the counter
shampoos will dry out the hair coat
if used too frequently. A common
complaint we hear from clients using
over the counter products is ' I
bathe my pet, but now he even
scratches more.'
Use Frontline Top spot Topical
solution every 4 weeks. This solution
is applied to the skin of your pet
monthly. It is safe for both dogs and
cats. The cost of this product is
about the same as the cost of a bath-
only it is done just once each month.

Do not bathe your pet 48 hours
before or 48 hours after application
of the Frontline Top Spot. *Use a
flea collar that kills or inactivate
flea eggs so that they cannot hatch.
The Ovitrol Flea egg collar is effec-
tive for about 6 months. All pets in
the household must be treated at
the same time. To win the war
against fleas, it is important to treat
the yard, house and pet at the same
time using the appropriate recom-
mended products for each. Don't
waste your money on the over the
counter product from Walmart,
Super Value or City Market. Quick
cures do not work eg Bathing in
Aloe or giving garlic in the food.
There is no free it right or
lose the war. Veterinarians are the
flea experts, don't believe a sales-
man from a pet store - ask us for
help and we will give you the best
and most recent information on flea



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Younger Boss, Older Worker: A

Multigenerational Collaboration

hey have the qualifications
and the results to match.
They are young, highly dri-
ven, talented, energetic, and
they move through your organi-
sation at warp speed. They are
the young executives or man-
agers that skipped through the
ranks or joined your company
at a senior level.
The company has big plans for the
young leaders but you are reporting to
one of them and you don't feel
engaged, you feel fearful. You don't
feel energetic, you feel drained, voice-
less, over worked and perhaps angry.
Based on interactions with a wide
variety of businesses here are typical
descriptions of the characteristics of
younger bosses by employees of any
- Younger bosses are not always sen-
sitive to members of the team. These
managers appear to be more focused
on their personal performance and
results and how employees can con-
tribute to their success.
- Some younger managers lack the
maturity and wisdom to resolve com-
plex or emotionally charged situations.
- Younger bosses sometimes con-
tribute to making the work environ-
ment highly political. Employees
describe not being comfortable speak-
ing up with younger bosses so they
become adept at tip-toeing around
issues in the office.
- Younger managers may intention-
ally or unintentionally create unhealthy
competition that can lead to tension
among team members and divisiveness
instead of collaboration.
- Younger managers sometimes don't

listen to long tenured employees
because they perceive them as com-
plainers or as being resistant to change.
As a result there is no communica-
tion flow so younger managers make
- Younger bosses are sometimes
indecisive due to their lack of knowl-
edge and experience.
- Younger managers don't always
have true authority. They can claim
the executive or managerial job title,
they are making the money but they
don't have actual authority because
someone else is calling the shots. At
times they can't even approve a cheque
for $50.
- Younger employees tend to be
more comfortable communicating
about difficult subjects via email. This
is suboptimal for long tenured employ-
ees because by communicating about
difficult subject matter via email, it
becomes infinitely more difficult to get
the message across accurately and con-
The intent here is not to say that all
young bosses are the same because in
the real world there are always varia-
tions. For instance, while long tenured
employees can display problem solv-
ing prowess with the ability to inte-
grate distinct technical and interper-
sonal skills some young bosses may
also possess this characteristic.

Differences between Generations
in the Workplace
In a 2007 Forbes Article, author Tara
Weiss quotes Jill Arlinghaus at Burke
Incorporated saying, "Younger
employees grew up using computers
and Web-based applications, so learn-
ing new ones comes more intuitively
to them.
It's not that older workers aren't will-

ing to learn, you have to walk them
through it. The younger people are
more willing to figure it out for them-
Long tenured employees tend to val-
ue loyalty and they show up at work on
time or even an hour before time and
they work until the job is done. Young
bosses tend to work endless hours,
sending emails to their direct reports at
2 in the morning.
Long tenured employees are often
repositories of institutional knowledge.
They understand operations and they
may have experienced various restruc-
turing exercises so they may have a
deep understanding of the business.
Long tenured employees can be key
points of contact if younger employ-
ees need information about what hap-
pened in the past but this won't happen
if the long tenured employee is per-
ceived as resistant to change.
Long tenured employees sometimes
resist change saying things like: "We
tried that before and it didn't work"
or "It is fine the way it is" and this per-
petuates the stereotype.
In addition to change resistance, long
tenured employees can be perceived
as difficult for young bosses to man-
age because they perceive long tenured
employees as know-it-alls. Long
tenured employees may even show dis-
respect to younger bosses because they
feel they were not considered for a
"deserved" promotion.

Coexistence - Making Differences Work
In a 2004 study conducted for the
Society of Human Resources Manage-
ment, one of the findings was that
keeping workers of different genera-
tions apart is not a successful practice.
Their findings indicated that diversity
of insight, skills, communication styles

and knowledge contribute to higher
So how do you achieve coexistence in
multi-generational workplace? Here
are a few tips:
- Take the time to understand each
others' differences in values and skills.
See differences as assets, not obstacles.
- Everyone has strengths and weak-
nesses so decide to demonstrate respect
instead of impatience.
- Communicate appropriately with
each other. Find the right balance
between verbal communication and
- Adopt situational leadership skills
where you interact with employees in
ways they will respond best. Gone are
the days of "one-size-fits-all" leader-
ship styles.
- In the Bahamas people in the work
force find it difficult to give and receive
constructive advice. This is one of the
primary causes of stunted development.
Learn to invite insights from each oth-
er and be receptive. Don't let your bias-
es and defenses interfere.
The only way to achieve coexistence
in a multigenerational workforce is for
all generations to make commitments
to modify their behaviours. Donald
Trump once said "It can be tough to
take orders from somebody younger
than you are. And it can be hard to
give direction to somebody older than
you are. But good managers and good
employees find a way to make it work."

- Yvette Bethel is CEO of Organizational
Soul, an HR Consulting and Leadership
Development company. If you are inter-
ested in exploring how you can create
higher performing team leaders, you can
contact her at*



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of an equally dynamic young man is seeking
o reach their peers with an inspirational mes-
sage of self confidence by encouraging them to sim-
ply BU.

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"We want to be models with a
cause." Inspiring young ladies is
something Lynelle is passionate
about. "This project seeks to
reach women through fashion
and music, something almost all
girls are interested. And what
sets us apart is that we can relate
to them. I came from a single
parent home and so I grew up in
the 'ghetto' so I understand
what they may be going through.
But what nosed witan to tell them
is, it doesn't matter where you
come factrom, you will get there
The girls explained that there
are eight members in BU each
with a different platform or cause
they wish to spotlight. Jewel's
cause - autism awareness is per-
sonal, as her 4- year- old brother
was diagnosed with the condition.
" I want people signs people shaware of
the fact for. I do that aut is a disorder
and not a dise and that there
are ways that people who have it
are able to communicate non-ver-
bally. My job is to help others
understand autism and give an
idea of the signs people should
look out for. I do this through my
facebook page animations willd on a weekly
One of the first events the
group plans is a visit to the Girls
Industrial School in early March.
Eventually other schools and
organizations will be targeted.
" We hope that we will be able
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creative and so we want to let
them know that you don't have
to be 'book smart', you can just
go for it."
Jewel added," We want to
make fashion, culture more of a
staple in the economy and to
help generate revenue. It takes
visionary minds to do this."
The BU campaign will include
a different motivational poster
every two months. The first one
encourages young ladies to resist
temptation. It features a Garden
of Eden setting and the words:
It's Hard Being Tempted, Have
Courage BU. They are also
working on a public service
announcement to be played on
local TV stations.
Jewel said, "We want to
encourage young people to get
involve in activities that will bet-
ter themselves and we want to
show that there can be positive
things to put in the paper other
than crime. We want to encour-
age persons to embrace the fam-
ily structure and to encourage
more men to become role models
for young people. We want to
give them the message that they
never have to conform to soci-
ety's ideals. You can never have
enough programmes and activi-
ties that target young people."
To date, the group has
received quite a following with
a facebook fan base of more than
2,000 persons.

MODELS WITH A CAUSE - Models who seek to spread
an inspirational message to the nation's youth - pictured
from left to right - Claudette Woodside, Jewel Carey,
Lynelle Brennen, Tonya Laramore and Zoya Forbes. Miss-
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