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Legal challenge is

'virtually inevitable'


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


THE Elizabeth by-election
recount went on through the
night last night, with no official
winner announced up to mid-
night at Thelma Gibson Primary
School.
At presstime last night, party
operatives did not anticipate a
final result until sometime today.
The first election count on
Tuesday ended with FNM can-
didate Duane Sands ahead by
one vote, in front of PLP candi-
date Ryan Pinder. The PLP
declared the result too close to
call, while FNM leader, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
refused to declare a win.
The Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) is anticipating legal chal-
lenges if they lose in the recount
by a margin that is still not deci-
sive. PLP attorneys maintain, if


the vote is tied or if the outcome
could be affected by protest
votes, then a court challenge is
virtually inevitable.
Some political commentators
have questioned the point of tak-
ing the election to the courts.
The FNM is maintaining their
position that the courts should
not decide elections.
Court room tactics would only
"interfere with the clear inten-
tion of the people of Elizabeth to
support the FNM," according to
Carl Bethel, FNM campaign
SEE page 12


Parliamentary Commissioner
maintains low voter turnout
By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net
THE low turnout of voters disputed by both the PLP and FNM
has been maintained by Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel
who said Elizabeth residents simply did not choose to cast their by-
election ballots.
Mr Bethel estimates that more than 4,600 of the 4,934 registered
constituents are Elizabeth residents eligible to vote as less than 400
could not be found.
And with just 3,142 ballots cast yesterday, that would estimate
a turnout of 64 per cent or slightly more.
However, PLP candidate Ryan Pinder argued the turnout may
have been higher.
"I don't truly believe there are 5,000 registered voters in the con-
stituency because it doesn't take into account who has moved
out," Mr Pinder said.
SEE page 11


By MEGAN
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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shoulder as tempers flared
at the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion re-count yesterday.
The calm and peaceful
atmosphere became con-
frontational as goading
statements were asserted
by PLP supporters and
returned by FNMs gath-
ered in a schoolyard out-
side the re-count room at
Thelma Gibson Primary.
Police filed the increas-
ingly agitated crowd out
of the schoolyard and set
up barricades to separate
the crowd of about 100
PLP and FNM supporters
at around 10.30am.
Arguments had escalat-
ed to a bitter shouting
match between the two
sides as the Deputy Prime
Minister walked through
the dividing aisle and PLP
activist Laura Williams
was at the front of the
PLP crowd shouting
defamatory statements.
Mr Symonette put a
hand on her shoulder and
asked her to calm down,
but as he turned away she
slammed the Deputy
Prime Minister across the
shoulder and upper arm,
eye-witnesses said.
"Those who didn't see
it, heard it. She slammed
him," attested one eye-
witness.
While another

SEE page 12


ABOVE: Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette speaks to the media yesterday.
BELOW: PLP activist Laura Williams outside Thelma Gibson Primary School.


Tribune by-election coverage praised by readers
Tribune by-election coverage praised by readers


READERS heaped praise on
The Tribune's news team and
tribune242.com for providing
real time, up-to-the-minute cov-
erage of the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion.
Bahamians from across the
country and around the world
logged on to follow the excite-
ment as it happened.
On Tuesday alone, tri-
bune242.com received more


than a quarter million hits and
double the unique visitors of a
normal weekday.
Up to press time last night,
more than 200 readers had com-
mented on our election cover-
age, in what developed into a
stimulating and hotly-contested
online debate. One Bahamian
living overseas wrote: "Being
outside the country and being
able to get up to the moment


result information was by far the
greatest sense of national pride
I have ever experienced.
"I felt as though I was pre-
sent in the Elizabeth con-
stituency yesterday. It was like
an action-packed movie that
kept me on the edge of my seat,
refreshing my page waiting with
great anticipation for the next
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right) among those outside of Thelma Gibson Primary School yesterday.


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EIGHT American mission-
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with kidnapping for trying to
take a group of children out of
the quake-stricken country,
according to Associated Press.
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escorted by U.S. diplomats just
after dusk.
They waited until they were
safely inside a white van before
flashing smiles, waving and giv-
ing a thumbs up to reporters.
Hours earlier, judge Bernard
Saint-Vil told The Associated
Press that eight of the 10 mis-
sionaries were free to leave
without bail or other conditions
after parents testified they vol-
untarily handed their children
over to the missionaries.
"The parents of the kids
made statements proving that
they can be released," he said,
adding that still wants to ques-
tion the group's leader and her
nanny.
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of Haiti late Wednesday,
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010, PAGE 3


Bradley attacks 'FNM smearing' of


Pinder for never voting in Bahamas





'This is a non-issue'


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley
Roberts maintains that the
fact that the PLP's candidate
for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder
never voted in the Bahamas is
a "non-issue" with which the
FNM attempted to sway vot-
ers prior to Tuesday's by-elec-
tion.
During the FNM's mass ral-
ly on Monday night, Mount
Moriah MP Tommy Turn-
quest revealed that Mr Pin-
der has never voted in the
Bahamas in his life, but had
deemed it important enough
to vote in two US elections.
This fact left Mr Pinder
open to attacks from his polit-
ical opponents who mocked
him during the rally and even
sang the American national
anthem when he arrived at
the Thelma Gibson Primary
School polling station on


Tuesday. Winning by a single
vote on election night, the
FNM's Dr Duane Sands was
declared the victor late last
night when the final ballots


were counted. He beat out
the PLP's candidate in the
closest election seen in the
history of the Bahamas -
1501 FNM, to 1500 for the


PLP. Yesterday, Mr Roberts
said that he was extremely
disappointed in the FNM's
tactics by smearing Mr Pin-
der's name on the night
before the election.

Opportunity
By doing so, he said, the
PLP were not afforded an
opportunity to respond to the
remarks due to the newly
implemented rules laid out by
URCA which restricts any
political dialogue or cam-
paigning on the day of the
election.
"I don't see it as a big deal.
There are other Members of
Parliament who have served
for long years who have nev-
er voted, and these persons
mostly represented the Fami-
ly Islands.
"I am further advised that
Sir Lynden Pindling, (Gover-
nor General) AD Hanna, and
others voted in England when
they were in school. It was
customary back then," he
said.
As such, the PLP's chair-
man said that this "furor" sur-
rounding Mr Pinder's former
US citizenship and his voting
record in the Bahamas is a
"dead issue" that "nobody
will pay any attention to."


-- The process of dual citizens renouncing US citizenship


IN order for a US citizen or a person
holding dual citizenship to give up their
American citizenship they must make a
formal renunciation of nationality before a
diplomatic or consular officer of the Unit-
ed States while in a foreign state, according
to the US Immigration and Nationality
Act.
The Tribune understands that once this
is done, US officials wait 24 hours before
sending the request to the United States.
The application is then sent to Washington,
DC for scrutiny - which can take months
- to ensure that the person in question is
not trying to evade taxes or justice in the
United States.
However, once this probe is done the
official date of renunciation will be retroac-
tive to the date of the application, The
Tribune understands.
Questions regarding the process of a
dual citizen renouncing American citizen-
ship emerged with the entrance of Pro-
gressive Liberal Party by-election candi-
date Ryan Pinder to the political sphere
last month. The tax attorney was born to a
Bahamian father, former PLP MP for Mal-


colm Creek Mar-
vin Pinder, and an
American moth-


S" -In January, Mr
Pinder, who is
S , employed by
Florida-based law
S . firm Becker and
Poliakoff as a
Nassau-based
consultant,
defended his right
to hold dual citi-
zenship in the
PLP CANDIDATE face of criticism
RYAN PINDER that it was inap-
propriate and
unconstitutional for someone seeking pub-
lic office in the Bahamas.
At the time he called his dual-citizenship
a "non-issue."
But last week, PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts said Mr Pinder renounced his US
citizenship prior to nominating as a by-
election candidate on January 29. Mr Pin-
der told the media that his decision was a


personal one, adding that he was not pres-
sured by his party to give up his American
citizenship.
He has not publicly disclosed the exact
date he gave his citizenship up.
Failed by-election candidates Workers'
Party leader Rodney Moncur and Nation-
al Development Party candidate Andre
Rollins earlier criticised the fact that Mr
Pinder held dual citizenship, suggesting it
drew into question his eligibility to hold
public office in the Bahamas and the like-
lihood that he would act in the best inter-
ests of Bahamian constituents if elected.
Recently, Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham took a jab at Mr
Pinder suggesting his party's candidate,
Dr Duane Sands, would be more loyal to
Elizabeth constituents given his single,
rather than dual, citizenship.
According to the US Department of
State's website, dual nationals "owe alle-
giance to both the United States and the
foreign country. They are required to obey
the laws of both countries. Either country
has the right to enforce its laws, particu-
larly if the person later travels there."


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Registration confusion traced to 2007


BOTH POLITICAL parties are bemoan-
ing the low voter turnout in Tuesday's Eliz-
abeth by-election. As we write at 10.30pm
Wednesday, the new MP for the con-
stituency has not been decided and the
recount at Thelma Gibson Primary School
continues.
If the recount is not completed before
midnight, The Tribune will go to press with-
out the final result. However, those inter-
ested in following the recount can switch to
where the running report
will continue until a winner has been
announced.
Preparations for the Elizabeth by-election
started in confusion when it was discovered
that hundreds of names on the voters regis-
ter could not be found - either they had
died, moved out of the constituency or were
bogus from the beginning.
Mr Errol Bethel, Parliamentary Com-
missioner, estimated that 4,600 of the 4,934
registered persons for Elizabeth were eligi-
ble to vote in the constituency. He said that
less than 400 on the electoral role could not
be found. According to his count he con-
firmed that with only 3,142 ballots cast in
Tuesday's by-election, voter turnout was
indeed low - an estimated 64 per cent or
slightly more. It was something for both par-
ties to ponder as there is nothing that
Bahamians like more than to gather at the
polls on election day.
However, there are those who believe
that there are not as many legitimate voters
in Elizabeth as are still reflected on the reg-
ister.
For example, PLP candidate Ryan Pin-
der, who when the polls closed Tuesday had
been defeated by the FNM's Dr Duane
Sands by one vote, believes there are no
more than 4,300 eligible voters in Elizabeth.
He does not think that the number of voters
who have moved out of the constituency
have been taken into consideration and elim-
inated from the register.
"If there are 4,300, and slightly over 3,000
votes, then there was an 84 per cent turnout.
"It's tough to tell with the register how it
is, and what is the true total of the regis-
tered voters in the constituency," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette
agreed: "You will probably find we had a
high turnout of the actual people in Eliza-
beth."
If Mr Ryan finds it tough to read "the reg-
ister how it is," he should go back to the
indecisive days before the May 2, 2007 elec-
tion for his answer. May 2 was the date on
which his party, then the government, was


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defeated at the polls. The 2007 election will
go down in Bahamian history as an election
of colossal mismanagement, especially in
the confusion created in the Parliamentary
Registrar's department because of the short
time allowed between the close of the regis-
ter and election day.
PLP party leader Perry Christie, then
prime minister, could not bring himself to
close the register.
He blamed it on the late registration of
Bahamians, resulting in it being difficult for
the Boundaries Commission to define the
constituency boundaries. This meant that
the Boundaries Commission report was not
presented to the House of Assembly until
March 19 for a May 2 election. In the report
five constituencies were eliminated and four
were created. The report still had to face a
House debate. It was speculated that Mr
Christie was trying to keep the House in
session as long as possible, because as soon
as it closed the register would also close.
He wanted to give tardy Bahamians more
time to register, not thinking of the chaos his
decision would cause the Parliamentary
department. However, he had until May 22
to call an election, failing which, under the
Constitution, the House would dissolve itself.
The Parliamentary Registrar's staff had
less than eight weeks to write out by hand
new voters cards with their counterfoils for
the dramatic change in the newly created
constituencies in addition to the boundary
changes in the remaining constituencies. It
was estimated that by the time the two cards
and counterfoils for each voter had been
written, the staff would have had to have
made 360,000 changes by hand before the
cards could be put in the computer and dis-
tributed to voters.
The Parliamentary Registrar then had two
weeks to certify the register, have the ballots
printed, and the voters register published
and still be on time for an election that had
to be called within four weeks.
The Parliamentary Registrar's office
accomplished a miracle to have the register
completed on time, but it would be another
miracle if there were no mistakes, Eliza-
beth probably being one of them.
The FNM now has two years to go
through the register, constituency by con-
stituency, to make certain that every district
is correct, so that when an election is called
the Registrar's Department will have ample
time to update the register, and avoid the
confusion still haunting us from the 2007
debacle.


Gay cruise shil




poll exposed




embarrassing




ignorance

EDITOR, The Tribune, _.... . . . cloak to hide behind, are


Today as I was having my
morning coffee and reading
the newspaper, I came across
a story that if it weren't so
sad, it might be quite laugh-
able!
I am referring to the poll
that was conducted regarding
the gay cruise ship coming to
Nassau.
Have we not been down
this road?
While there were a few
comments that were a bit
more open minded, most of
the readers surveyed seemed
to have the same, ignorant
view of the gay population.
Of course, most of these peo-
ple hide behind their religion,
stating that being gay is
unnatural.
I nearly choked when I
read that one reader was con-
cerned about "our little ones,"
as if the people off this boat

Illegal immigrants

should he sent

back home
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I'm a Bahamian and I
would like to put my five
cents on the Haitian issue.
If we give the Haitian who
is coming in now status,
they would be a burden on
our economy.
They wouldn't go back
home to help rebuild their
country instead they would
drain the little resources
we have for our people.
We can help but from a
distance.
I have nothing against
Haitians, but the Lord said
that he would help those
who helped themselves.
By them fleeing their
country they aren't help-
ing.
It is in our best interest
to send all illegal immi-
grants back home to their
country.
We have to secure the
few jobs we have now for
Bahamian brothers and sis-
ters.
L JOHNSON
Nassau,
February, 2010.


would come into their home
and whisk away their chil-
dren! What utter nonsense!
Another thing, many gays
do not "openly flaunt" their
lifestyle or their "boldness."
What do these people think,
that all gays walk around with
a neon sign that says "look at
me, I'm gay!" Gee, they look
just like regular people, what
a shock!
I fully agree with one of the
people surveyed who stated
that the Bahamas better open
their eyes to the big, wide
world out there. We live on
a small island, but does that
mean we have to be small
minded as well? These peo-
ple who spout religion as a


sim-


ply covering up their fear of
something they know nothing
about. Fear can turn into
anger and ignorance. I sug-
gest that these people, who
seem to be so concerned
about a gay cruise tipping the
balance of what is right and
wrong in Nassau, take a look
at what is more important in
the scheme of things. Maybe
they should be more con-
cerned with the crime running
amok here. Come on Nassau,
are we still focusing our ener-
gies on this subject? This sort
of ignorance and hate is quite
an embarrassment in the eyes
of the rest of the world. Is that
how we want to portray our-
selves?
SUSAN KATZ
LIGHTBOURN
Nassau,
February, 2010.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
TODAY (February 15th) there was an article in the Business
section by Neil Hartnell about the Mayaguana project. The
article was an attempt to inform the public about the project and
how the Government was trying to avoid the "very bad idea" of
conveying huge chunks of land to the developers. While we, I
would think, would approve of this approach as far as it goes,
but when Neil Hartnell tried to elicit further information from
the Minister, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace, he declined to confirm
any details of the Government's discussion with the Principals
behind the project and when a scenario was suggested indicat-
ed it was "vaguely correct".
As we are all aware the level of trust in the actions of any
Government today is very low and therefore for a Minister to
avoid answering questions raises the question whether there are
issues that are embarrassing to the Government and cannot be
divulged. I think it is about time that Members of Parliament
realize that they are representatives of the Bahamian public and
the public has a right to know what is going on. So please stop
trying to brush over information that might not be palatable to
the public or in the best political interests of the Government or
Opposition.
If you want to gain the public's trust, "vaguely correct" is not
an acceptable answer anymore. What is "truly correct" and
Minister Vanderpool-Wallace might like to let us know.
PATRICK THOMSON
Nassau,
February 15, 2010

Dr. Ken Knowles seems to misunderstands

concept of health care insurance vouchers
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Dr. Ken Knowles put his pen to paper in a longer than nor-
mal letter to the The Tribune recently.
It seems he misunderstands the concept of vouchers for the
purchase of health care insurance and medication.
The idea of vouchers is for those people that cannot get
health insurance themselves, as a result of a pre-existing condi-
tion, or they are simply too poor to afford it, should be provided
with a voucher from the government to buy health insurance for
themselves.
Dr. Ken also seems to believe that in order to help the less
fortunate, the government needs to run the health care industry.
Too bad. Maybe he has forgotten all those wonderfully acer-
bic letters he has written to the press bemoaning "services" pro-
vided by the government that he finds less than satisfactory, but
now, for some reason, he thinks they can solve health care.
"It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay
for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can
afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government
bureaucracy to administer it." (Dr. Thomas ......
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
An "incapacitated" woman
who could not properly com-
prehend the electoral process
voted in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion on Tuesday, a lawyer
claimed yesterday.
Kathleen Johnson-Hassan,
who was at the polls represent-
ing the FNM, said that she
argued that a woman, alleged to
be "not of sound mind", should
not be able to vote.
However, lawyers represent-
ing other political parties at the
polls argued in favour of allow-
ing the woman to vote.
"She went in and she went
through the procedure but it
was very evident that her abili-
ty to participate in the process
was seriously under question,"
said Ms Johnson-Hassan, also
vice-president of the Bahamas
Bar Association.
The attorney made her com-
ments yesterday as she waited
outside the Thelma Gibson Pri-
mary School building where the
mandatory recount of the Eliz-
abeth by-election votes got
underway at 8am.
Unofficial results after the
first vote count on Tuesday
night when the polls closed
gave the FNM candidate, Dr
Duane Sands, just a one-vote
lead on the PLP's Ryan Pinder.
That night, FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham said he was
not going to declare victory
until the results of yesterday's
recount were in.
Observers noted that the out-
come could end up being
dependent on the eligibility of
the votes of a number of per-
sons who were "challenged" at
the polls, or voted on "protest"
ballots after their identity as
legitimate Elizabeth voters was
questioned.
This would only happen if
the result went to an election
court - something that FNM
leader Mr Ingraham said his
side would not pursue, but
which the PLP has not denied
as being an option.
Given that the ballot paper
marked by the woman whose
mental capacity was questioned
by Mrs Johnson-Hassan would
not have been seen before it
was deposited in the ballot box,
the way the woman voted, or
if she made a definitive mark
against a candidate that would
be sufficient for the vote to be
counted when scrutinised, is not
known. In order for a ballot to
be counted, and not considered
"spoiled", a clear mark - usual-
ly an "X"- has to be seen next


"She went in and
she went through
the procedure but it
was very evident
that her ability to
participate in the
process was serious-
ly under question."

to a candidate's name. Mrs
Johnson-Hassan claimed that
an attorney from another party
tried to argue that the woman
could not hold a pen and that
someone should go into the
polling booth with the voter to
assist her in casting her vote,
however, it later turned out that
the woman "could hold a pen."
Mrs Johnson-Hassan alleged
that the incident was represen-
tative of a problematic trend of
lawyers representing parties at
the polls in elections.
They are brought into the
field on the basis that they will
use their legal know-how to
help minimise voting irregular-
ities, but sometimes they may
misinterpret the law in the hope
that they will help secure a win
for their preferred party, she
said. This disregard for the law
is filtering down to the grass-
roots level of the parties, Mrs
Johnson-Hassan suggested.
"There is always a different
interpretation applied that isn't
there, that is incorrect, and it
is that type of difficulty that we
have coming from attorneys
who all read the same legisla-
tion who all ought to under-
stand the same legislation.
"That causes the mix up and
the problems, and what it does
is radiate down to their sup-
porters who have themselves
no understanding of the finer
points.
"Therefore they cause this
escalation of hostility which is
totally unnecessary. It makes
one party feel like they are
being slighted," said Ms John-
son-Hassan.


Christie: Serious need for




election campaign reform


Call for third-party, independent candidates to receive even playing field


By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THERE is a serious need for
election campaign reform from
the two major political parties to
assure third-party and indepen-
dent candidates an even play-
ing field, Progressive Liberal
Party leader Perry Christie said.
His comments came as he
accused FNM operatives of run-
ning an unethical by-election
campaign, filled with alleged
promises of jobs and other
incentives to voters in exchange
for their support.
Having been in Parliament
for nearly three decades, Mr
Christie remarked that the
weeks leading up to the Eliza-
beth by-election were "the
worst I've ever seen it" in terms
of allegations that members of
the FNM were allegedly using
their government clout to sway
voters. He said that on the eve
of the by-election, a PLP sup-
porter told him that her daugh-
ter had been offered a job by a
member of the FNM, presum-
ably to influence her vote.
"Up to (Monday) govern-
ment was giving people jobs
with a clear intention of influ-
encing the vote. That's not
proper, ethical or fair," he said
in a recent interview with The
Tribune. He continued: "Both
parties should look at what's
happening in the country today
with a view to reorganising our
approach to elections because


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member of the PLP was offer-
ing bribes of $200 in exchange
for votes. Police said they were
looking into Mr Stuart's claims,
but said there was no concrete
evidence, or a formal complaint
behind his allegations.
The PLP also refuted the
claims. A special team headed
by Superintendent Leon Bethel,
officer-in-charge of the Central
Detective Unit, was formed to
investigate allegations of cor-
ruption and voter fraud in the
by-election. When asked if his
team was investigating any com-
plaints of bribery on part of the
FNM, Supt Bethel said, "I don't
have any (such) reports about
the FNM offering any jobs (in
exchange for votes). If such a
thing is reported, another unit
would look at that, in fact we
would have to take legal advice
with respect to that."
His unit was on-site at the
Thelma Gibson Primary School
polling station, ready to act on
any possible emergence of vot-
er fraud at yesterday's by-elec-
tion recount. Up to press time,
he had no reports of voter
fraud, he said.


it is awfully difficult for inde-
pendent and small parties to
have even a remotely small
chance (to win) given what is
happening on the part of the
two major political parties."
Consequently, fringe parties
and independent candidates are
caught between "two political
giants" with one giant, the
FNM, using "weapons of pow-
er" in their favour, said Mr
Christie.
"I've had an opportunity to
recognize that we have to really


have a strong will to make elec-
tions fairer and more transpar-
ent because right now two,
much below the radar things,
are happening. It's not fair," he
added. Throughout the by-elec-
tion campaign, there were alle-
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prospective voters were offered
everything from jobs, money,
alcohol - even cellular phone
cards - by the major political
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LOCAL NEWS I


PM Hubert Ingraham attends


Elizabeth Betty Kenning funeral


PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday attended the
funeral service for Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Kelly Kenning
OBE, at St Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk.
President of the Senate, Senator Lynn Holowesko; Sir
Geoffrey and Lady Johnstone; Leader of the Opposition in
the Senate, Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Max
Gibson also attended the service.
Mr Ingraham recently paid tribute to Mrs Kenning, a
philanthropist and former long-time secretary of the
Bahamas Humane Society, who died last week aged 85.
Generosity
Mr Ingraham described Mrs Kenning as a "great Bahami-
an lady" who was well known for her generosity to good
causes.
She was a businesswoman noted for accomplishments in
the commercial world and was the owner of the Betty K ship-
ping business.
"She was an outstanding athlete, generous patron of
sports, humanitarian and animal lover," Mr Ingraham said.
Mrs Kenning, who is survived by her husband John, died
at Doctor's Hospital while being treated for pneumonia.


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Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk. Inset: Mrs Kenning.


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"The BNYC understands
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(IICA), the Organisation of
American States (OAS), the
Bahamas Cooperative League
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010, PAGE 7


LOCALNS

aMaISTRaBE'S COURT I


Haitian man charged with


manslaughter after woman


killed by falling pine tree


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
A HAITIAN man charged
with manslaughter in the
death of a woman who was
fatally struck by a pine tree
on Sunday, appeared in the
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Police have charged Simon
Pierre, 44, in the death of Jus-
lene Alteme Nicolas.
Pierre, a Lazeretta Road
resident, is accused of negli-
gently causing Ms Nicolas'
death on Sunday, February
14.


Ms Nicolas is alleged to
have been with a man who
was cutting pine trees shortly
before 9 o'clock Sunday
morning in the Dignity Gar-
dens area when one of the
trees fell and struck her on
the head. She reportedly died
at the scene. Pierre, who was
not represented by an attor-
ney during his arraignment
yesterday afternoon, told
Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez that he only under-
stood "a little" English.
He was then aided by a
male relative who was sworn
in to interpret the proceed-


ings for him. Pierre was not
called upon to answer a plea
to the charge.
The prosecution objected
to Pierre being granted bail,
citing that his work permit
had expired since November
of last year and there had
been no request to renew it.
The prosecution contended
that Pierre had no legal status
in the country. Pierre was
remanded into custody at Her
Majesty's Prison and the case
was adjourned to February
22. The case has been trans-
ferred to Court 10, Nassau
Street.


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Helen Stubbs Best Kept Yard winners, Ms. Joanne Johnson Executive Coordinator and Mr. Anthony Capron
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Teenager admits setting fire to school


A teenager pleaded guilty in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday to setting fire to a Catholic
Primary School last year.
The 16-year-old boy, who has been held on
remand since his arraignment last August,
pleaded guilty to the charge of arson yester-
day. He and a 24-year-old man, who is cur-
rently standing trial in the matter, were
accused of setting fire to the St Francis and St


Joseph Catholic Primary School on August 12
last year. The fire reportedly resulted in dam-
age of $200,000.
The teenager, who appeared before Mag-
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Bank Lane, claimed that he had been under
the influence of drugs and alcohol when he
committed the offence. The juvenile was sen-
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Bahamian attitudes towards the Haitian migration


By LARRY SMITH


IN THE weeks since the
catastrophic earthquake that
killed an estimated 230,000
men women and children in
Haiti, there has been an end-
less stream of consciousness
from Bahamians on both
sides of the migration issue.
First we had what I con-
sidered to be some
extraordinary reac-
tions to the prime
minister's remarks
immediately after the
January 12 event. In
a series of Facebook
exchanges, several
intellectual critics
condemned Ingra-
ham for being insen-
sitive and justifying
anti-Haitian senti- PRIME
ments by discourag- Hubert
ing Bahamians from
helping in the wake of the
disaster. These were the
remarks in question (as
reported by The Guardian):
"The government has estab-
lished a common account at
all the country's commercial
banks, into which donations
to the relief effort in Haiti
can be made. We will cause
that money to be sent either
to the Haitian government
and/or to international orga-
nizations that are able to pro-
vide assistance to Haiti at this
time and the government will
make a significant financial
contribution. It is not appro-
priate for us to be collecting
goods to send to Haiti
because there is no means by
which we can get there."
Then there was an equally
hostile reaction to the per-
fectly sensible policy
announced at the same time
that the government would
release Haitians from the
Detention Centre and sus-
pend apprehension and repa-
triation efforts, while seeking
to prevent new illegal immi-
gration. This generated howls
of vitriolic protest and con-
fused comments from
Bahamians upset about the
supposed creolisation of the


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country. In response, the PM
had this to say: "The Haitian
homeland has been devastat-
ed by the worst cata-
strophe in 200 years,
with governmental
agencies rendered
impotent. Burdening
a collapsed country
with destitute depor-
tees would be a true
crime. I can't imag-
ine hypocrites going
to church on Sunday
morning and then
INISTER saying on the radio
graham and in the newspa-


pers and in their
hearts, that we ought to
detain and keep these peo-
ple and send them back to
Haiti."
Up next was a call by Col-
lege of the Bahamas lecturer
Nicolette Bethel for a more
informed policy on Haitian
migrants: "What about an
organized agricultural pro-
ject," she asked, "where those
who enter illegally must
reside and work under super-
vision - Government hous-
ing (not illegal and unsafe
shanty towns) and some pay-
ment should be part of the
deal-in exchange for labour.
Couldn't there be a win-win
situation?"
Although variations on
this theme have been pro-
posed over the years, it nev-
ertheless produced the stan-
dard outraged Bahamian
responses: "We have thou-
sands of illegal immigrants in
The Bahamas already who
are looking for a fresh start in
life," argued Dennis Dames
in a letter to the editor, "and
it's a huge burden on our
social services. How many
millions of new illegals do
you think that we could
accommodate?"
Frankly, the level of igno-


rance, fear and hate-monger-
ing surrounding the Haitian
migration to the Bahamas is
astounding - especially
when one considers the fact
that Africans living in Haiti
achieved the first successful
slave revolt in history against
one of the world's most
advanced nations. I would
have thought that this should
mean something to most
Bahamians, but it doesn't. So
much for all the talk about
the African diaspora.
This antagonistic Bahami-
an attitude towards Haitians
is largely due to our religious,
political and educational
leaders (at least those who
know better) - who have
consistently recoiled from dis-
cussing the social issues or
promoting integration in
order to avoid stirring the
political pot.
If we are to develop an
informed policy we need
information - which is extra-
ordinarily difficult to come
by in the Bahamas. In fact,
there has been scant research
on this subject over the past
30 years - only two major
studies, a couple of substan-
tial analyses, and a handful
of limited government sur-
veys. But during the Christie
administration an attempt
was made to address this defi-
ciency.
In 2004 the International
Office of Migration was
asked to undertake an assess-
ment of the Haitian commu-
nity in the Bahamas, in con-
junction with researchers at
the College of the Bahamas.
The resulting 98-page report
collated all the a\ ilLiblc data,
and creole-speaking inter-
viewers surveyed 500
Haitians on four islands, with
the support of the Haitian
Embassy. But the findings


GTOUGHCALGL


were never officially pub-
lished (although the report is
available online), and the
information in the report is
never discussed.
What this research shows
is that the Haitian problem
is not quite as insurmount-
able as many of us believe.
For example, published esti-
mates of the size of the Hait-
ian population range from
80,000 up to 400,000 (more
than the entire Bahamian
population of about 340,000).
Such wild estimates have
been made at various times
by politicians, journalists and
pundits - among others - all
with a view to proving that
we are being overwhelmed
by foreigners.
Counting illegal residents
is a notoriously unreliable
exercise, but the IOM report
used a number of methods
to arrive at an estimate of 30
to 60,000, of which many are
just passing through to a third
country (like the US) or
returning home to Haiti. And
many more are here legally in
one form or another. And it
is often overlooked that there
are an estimated 70,000
undocumented Bahamians
living in the United States, in
addition to some 12,000 living
there legally.
The claim that Haitians
are hogging up free public
services also bears a closer
look. Official data indicate
that about 8.8 per cent of all
school children are Haitian.
Haitians constituted just over
11 per cent of hospital admis-
sions in 2001 (although they
made almost 20 per cent of
all outpatient visits to public
clinics) and less than 12 per
cent of live births were to
Haitian nationals in 2003.
On the other side of the
coin, over 12,000 registered
Haitians contributed more
than $3.5 million to National
Insurance in 2004, but they
received only 1.8 per cent of
total benefits - far less than
might be expected from the
estimated size of the popula-
tion. And like the rest of us,


"Frankly, the level
of ignorance, fear
and hate-mongering
surrounding the
Haitian migration
to the Bahamas is
astounding -
especially when one
considers the fact
that Africans living
in Haiti achieved
the first successful
slave revolt in
history against one
of the world's most
advanced nations."


Haitians (whether legal or
not) pay taxes on whatever
they buy in our stores.
Over 30 years ago,
Bahamian social scientist
Dawn Marshall undertook
the first study of the Haitian
migration to the Bahamas.
She noted at the time that:
"It cannot be in the best
interest of either the Bahami-
an government or the
Bahamian nation to allow a
large proportion of its popu-
lation to live and develop in
isolation.
And in its 2005 report, the
IOM said much the same
thing: "Unless the Haitian
community becomes more
fully integrated into Bahami-
an society, an important
minority of the Bahamian-
born population will grow up
as foreigners within the only
society they know."
Dawn Marshall says the
official policy of both parties
boils down to "apprehend
and deport with no consider-
ation of the needs of the
economy.
"Small island developing
states like the Bahamas usu-
ally have to import labour if
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a policy on how we are going
to manage that importation."
And that is essentially the
crux of the matter. Plainly
we need the labour.
That's why the Haitians
are here -because there is a
market for them, and they
can earn more than they can
at home. In fact, there would
be no Bahamian agriculture
at all if it were not for
Haitians. We are willing to
employ them illegally and
pay them low wages because
they are outside the protec-
tion of the law. It follows,
therefore, that in order to
control the migration we
have to control both supply
and demand, which means
regulating employers as well
as deporting illegals. But we
don't do that.
Meanwhile, the govern-
ment's unstated policy on this
issue seems to boil down to
co-existence rather than inte-
gration. And we have to ask
whether the government
(PLP or FNM) has made a
conscious, informed decision
on this.
Well, good luck in getting
that answer from anyone in a
position to know.
Should we invite hundreds
of thousands of Haitians in
to set up peasant plantations
and denude our scattered
islands? Or should we round
up every man, woman and
child of Haitian descent and
put them in concentration
camps until we can deport
them?
These are apparently the
choices we face if we take our
leaders at face value. There
may be better solutions, but
we will never arrive at them
without a rational public
debate based on accurate
information, in the meantime,
we will continue to repeat
rubbish and hurl racial epi-
thets.
What do you think?
Send comments to
larrv@tribunemedia.net
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010, PAGE 11


LOSALNEWS


SUPPORTERS OUT IN FORCE FOR BY-ELECTION


TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF


PLP AND FNM supporters have been out in force in the Elizabeth constituency over the last two days.
Mingling with those in red and yellow were Dr Andre Rollins of the National Democratic Party (below),
FNM candidate Dr Duane Sands (top right); West End MP Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest (right).


FROM page one Turnout


"If there are 4,300, and slight-
ly over 3,000 votes, then there
was an 84 per cent turnout.
"It's tough to tell with the
register how it is, and what is
the true total of the registered
voters in the constituency."
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette agreed: "You will
probably find we had a high
turnout of the actual people in
Elizabeth."
As he said there are a large
number of temporary residents
in the constituency who may
have left since the register was
drawn "at the last hour" by for-
mer Prime Minister Perry
Christie prior to the 2007 gen-
eral election.
He emphasised how the reg-
ister would be cleaned up by
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham before the next election.
However, the Parliamentary
Commissioner said the voters


who had moved out or could
not be found would not account
for the 1,458 to 1,792 missing
ballots.
"Many people just didn't
show up to vote," he said.
"A lot of people who were
eligible to vote did not show
up, it was a low turnout and
that's all it was."
Low voter turnout is consis-
tently more common in by-elec-
tions than in general elections
where there is an average 90
per cent turnout.
However PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts said a low
turnout in Elizabeth could be
put down to general apathy,
malaise, or dirty politics.
An Elizabeth voter who
chose not to vote on Tuesday
said she did not feel empow-
ered to vote as the two major
parties offered no real choice,


and there was no chance of a
third party coming to power.
"I just feel like it was a waste
of time," she said.
"I'm sick of the FNM and the
PLP. They are like the same
party with different T-shirts. I
hear the exact same story from
them both, and I realized the
time has come for a third party,
and we are not going to put in a
third party at this point."
The Joe Farrington Road
resident who has been kept
awake by PLP and FNM par-
ties at the constituency offices
every night for the last three
weeks said she would have vot-
ed for Cassius Stuart of the
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment if he had commanded
more support.
She said: "This is the first
time I have not voted and I
know the by-election is impor-
tant, because if you don't have
a vote you don't have a voice,
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a voice anyway."


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LOCAL NEWS I


FROM page one Recount agony d


manager.
Some commentators argue a
court process would be futile,
because it would cost hundreds
of thousands; it would not
change the composition of the
government significantly, and
the seat would be back up for
election in less than two years.
"In a democracy the question
of the next election or the cost of
a court proceeding is not the
issue; it is a matter of fairness
and justice in the decisions made
in the process. If cost and the
date of the next election deter-


mined our actions that would
seriously injure our commitment
to democracy.
"If that is the case, we might
as well have not had the elec-
tion and let the government
appoint someone," said PLP
campaign manager, Dr Bernard
Nottage.
Dr Nottage said this was his
personal view, and not the posi-
tion of the party. He said at the
end of the day, it was the candi-
date's responsibility and right to
file a court challenge if so
desired.


The issue of
protest votes is
increasing in
importance
because PLP
operatives claim
there are only five
protest votes and
all of them were
cast for their can- Duane Sands
didate, Ryan Pin-
der.
The Free National Movement
(FNM) are rejecting this claim.
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votes have not used their inky
been counted as their mark, in,
yet. provided.
A prominent Examples ol
FNM attorney from previous e
said protest votes dents where i
are not counted their names, si
unless there is a identifying ma
tie. She said there During the eli
were no protest the PLP distri
votes in the divi- nalia with inst
d Ryan Pinder sion she was sta- ing. PLP agents
tioned at, but she lem would ha
could not speak to the overall with more lost
protest count. not make this
Protest votes are cast on yel- "Ballots are
low ballots. They result from sev- much more c
eral scenarios, such as when vot- defects in the
ers turn up to vote with valid day) night, th
voter registration cards and their with an 'X' tha
names, for whatever reason, are line. It was ac
not on the list, or when the pre- but it might ver
siding officer is not satisfied of today," said a
the identity of the person, attorney. In ap
according to a PLP attorney, she said she en
These votes have to be validated wrote "Jesus
by the election court in order to the name of t
be counted. date.
Early results from the recount The major po
changed the dynamics only a strong conti
slightly. By the time the first in the recount
three polling divisions were cer- several cabine
tified in the recount, Mr Sands case of the FNN
picked up two more votes and PLP attorney,
lost one vote, while Mr Pinder recounts. She s
lost two votes. This gave Mr tions during g
Sands a net gain of three. the major part
"Up by three is better than have sufficie
up by one vote. We'll take it any deploy lawyer
way we get it. It gives us a little However, they
bit more of a cushion, and cre- more experien
ates more of a challenge for our for the recount
lead to be eroded," said Mr level of scrutiny
Sands on the scene of the The PLP ob
recount. This lead was reduced Moriah MP To
to two after the fourth polling being a part of
division was counted. ny team. Mr
PLP stalwart Valentine PLP feels this
Grimes explained the two votes interest as Mr
thrown out during the recount Minister of N
of polling division number three and in charge

FROM page one

exclaimed: "She just turned around and bashed
him."
The shocked crowd watched as Mr Symon-
ette walked calmly away and asked police not to
get involved.
Although the DPM declined to comment on
the incident, he told the press: "We started off
this morning very peacefully, there was a distur-
bance from a non-FNM party member, and as a
result police asked us to come outside the fence.
Tempers were rising."
He added: "The election officers and police
have done an excellent job, they deserve to be
commended."
FNM election worker Freddie Lightbourn said:
"She should have been arrested or removed for
disorderly behaviour.
"I think it's pretty sad that we had behaviour


because the voters
y thumbs to make
stead of the pens
f defective ballots
elections, are inci-
ndividuals write
gnatures or other
rks on the ballot.
section campaign,
ibuted parapher-
tructions for vot-
s believe the prob-
ave been worse,
votes, if they did
push.
being scrutinised
carefullyy to find
vote itself. (Tues-
ere was a ballot
it went below the
cepted last night
ry well be rejected
prominent PLP
previous election
countered a voter
is Lord" next to
he chosen candi-
olitical parties had
ngent of lawyers
room, along with
t ministers, in the
VM. According to a
this is typical for
aid, at polling sta-
,eneral elections,
ies do not usually
nt resources to
;rs everywhere.
bring lawyers and
ce electioneers in
to bring a greater
ny to each ballot.
)jected to Mount
ommy Turnquest
the FNM's scruti-
Grimes said the
s is a conflict of
Turnquest is the
national Security
of elections.


To the amazement of many
Tribune242.com commentators,
who followed minute-by-minute
coverage of the election and the
recount online, it was hard to
understand why it took authori-
ties so long to count the 3142
votes cast on Tuesday. With a
combined vote total of 778, it
took over seven hours to just
count polling divisions one, two
and three, which were the first
three to be tackled.
PLP MP Dr Bernard Nottage
said it is not unusual for a
recount to take this long. He not-
ed that during the first count, all
the polling divisions were count-
ed simultaneously, whereas dur-
ing the recount they were count-
ed consecutively, by the return-
ing officer himself.
The recount was contentious
in the early hours, according to
FNM campaign manager, Carl
Bethel, who said ground rules
had to be established to govern
the interpretation of various
challenges. It is unclear whether
this helped to speed up the
process, although Mr Bethel said
it should have. Hundreds of par-
ty faithfuls gathered on the out-
side to observe the recount. The
primary school grounds were a
who's who of prominent attor-
neys, government ministers, and
members of parliament, who
camped out waiting for the
results to filter in.
It was not a national holiday
or sick day at work, but many
of the government officials were
party agents at the polling station
on Tuesday. They were asked
to be present when their polling
divisions were called to be count-
ed, according to a PLP agent.
Further scrutiny is brought to
bear by seasoned attorneys dur-
ing the recount, who were not
present during the first count.


Deputy PM hit
like that when it shouldn't be allowed to happen."
Another FNM supporter who saw the attack
said: "It's a total disrespect of the government,
because at no point do you challenge either the
Prime Minister or the Deputy Prime Minister or
any Member of Parliament in that form or fash-
ion, you don't want to send the message out
there that you don't respect the government of
the country or that you would hit a government
official just because you can do it.
"They don't represent just a segment of society,
they represent the entire society.
"They are not just representing themselves,
so when you lay hands on a person like that it's
never warranted, there is no justification for it."
Ms Williams declined the opportunity to speak
to The Tribune yesterday.


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Abaco plays host to customer service conference


MARSH Harbour, Abaco, will host a special
customer service conference, the brainchild of
motivational speaker Spence Finlayson.
The "World Class Customer Service Confer-
ence" will take place on Thursday, February 25,
from 9am to 3.30pm at St John's Anglican
Church Hall on Don Mackay Boulevard.
Mr Finlayson, a Bahamian-born motivational
speaker and corporate trainer of 22 years, has
held his World Class Customer Service Confer-
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It is designed for managers and front-line staff
members who deal with customers and the pub-
lic, whether it is face to face or through other
communication channels.

Professionals
Mr Finlayson said that his conference is "for
professionals who are determined to strengthen
their ability to succeed in the customer service


field and are searching for new ideas, techniques
and strategies to help them achieve their goals."
"With tourism being our number one industry,
it only makes business sense to train persons
directly or indirectly involved in this sector," he
said.
Spence Finlayson is also the creator and host
of the popular international motivational tele-
vision show "Dare To Be Great" which is aired
in 20 Caribbean countries and the United King-
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DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS: CENSUS 2010



'We want to count everyone'


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT - As the
Bahamas prepares to conduct
the Census 2010, Department
of Statistics Director Kelsie
Dorsett said it is important that
everyone is counted, including
all foreign nationals residing in
the country.
"We are not looking into the
legal status of anyone - that
is not our mandate. We are sim-
ply counting," said Ms Dorsett.
"We do not discriminate and
whether they are Chinese,
Haitians, Jamaicans or Bahami-
ans, whether they are legal or


i Census Day to start on May 3


illegal, if they are residents they
should be counted as well."
Foreign nationals accounted
for 10 per cent of the Bahamas'
population, according to the
last census report in 2000.
Although initial reports had
estimated that some $5 million
was earmarked for Census
2010, Ms Dorsett said the cost
has been cut to $3 million.
While in Grand Bahama, Ms
Dorsett spoke to members of
the Rotary Club of Lucaya on
Tuesday.
She said Census Day begins
on May 3 and continues to the


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end June. She noted that
approximately 1,500 to 1,600
enumerators who will be
recruited throughout the
Bahamas will start collecting
information on May 4 for the
census. "Because of the econ-
omy, when recruiting enumer-
ators we are trying to give pref-
erence to unemployed persons,
if they qualify.
"We do have a screening test
and we are looking for people
of integrity and good character
references because they will be
going into people's home," she
said. According to Mrs Dorsett,
several new questions have
been added to the question-
naire and persons are urged to
give accurate and truthful infor-
mation.
"We are asking you... to give
the best and accurate informa-
tion you can. It is critical that
we have honest and truthful
information. If at the time of
the visit you do not know the
information tell the enumerator
to come back and you will find
out, but we want you to do your
best to provide us with honest
information," she said.
Mrs Dorsett said persons
should call the Department of
Statistics if no one has visited
their home.
She also noted that residents
living in private gated commu-
nities should form a committee
and decide what days they can


meet with enumerators.
"This is a national exercise.
Please make yourself available
to us. Everyone counts, no one
should be excluded," she said.
Mrs Dorsett said the data
collected for the Census pro-
vides socio-demographic infor-
mation that is important for
proper planning and decision
making for both the public and
private sectors.
She said they are looking to
obtain more details about the
actual number of families with-
in a household. "Before we
were able to tell you the make
up of a household, but not the
make up of families in that
household," she explained.
"We are also getting infor-
mation about the use of infor-
mation technology and use of
the Internet because it is also an
indicator in terms of the coun-
try's progress. We need to
know how many have access,
how are they using it, and
where they are using it.
"We will also be asking peo-
ple about whether they have
medical insurance."
Mrs Dorsett said that the
Bahamas is part of the
Caribbean-wide programme
and worldwide programme that
conducts census every 10 years.
In the last couple of decades,
the Bahamas has been con-
ducting the census in years end-
ing with zero. The last census
was in 2000. The slogan for the
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Every Household, Everyone
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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net
warms of Anglicans and Catholics
attended Ash Wednesday masses
throughout the country to mark the
start of the Lenten season - a time of
fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Lent will ..........
run until the mass of the Lord's Supper
exclusively on Holy Thursday, the day
before Good Friday. It a season of
penance, reflection, and fasting which
prepares Christians for Christ's resurrec- /
tion on Easter Sunday.
Yesterday, Tribune Religion visited the noon mass at
St Francis Xavier Cathedral, where Catholics from
many backgrounds gathered to receive ashes. Some
came early before service, finding their seats in the
pews of St Francis Xavier Cathedral. In each bench,
persons are meditating on scriptures before service. ,
Barbara Sweeting has been a member of St Francis
Xavier Cathedral all of her life. She broke down the
service proceedings, which for a non-Catholic was a big
help in deciphering what was going on.
Ritual after ritual, everything is solemn. Not a pin
drop can be heard inside the church.
Two scripture lessons were read by members of the
church, urging parishioners to be "reconciled to God"
on behalf of Christ. The leader beckoned each person
in the congregation to "Be merciful O God, for we have
sinned."
"This service is a reminder of our mortality and
accountability to God," says Archbishop Pinder.
"Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you will
return," he says to a fully packed church bursting at the
seams.
"Even though we sin, what temptation represents is
that we can still reform our lives. It represents being
able to know that there is always a way to turn back
from the bad in your life. It gives you fasting, peace and
redemption," said one Catholic.
Historically, Lent began as a journey of Jesus' 40 days
in the wilderness, to celebrate Easter with hearts of
thankfulness and praise.
One curious tourist couple of New York just hap-
pened to come across the service while traveling down
West Hill Street. They explained that they had stum-
bled upon the mass by accident, but really enjoyed it.
"I thought it was just lovely, how we just happened to
come across this wonderful service on Ash Wednesday"
says Lori Squillacioti. "Everything happens for a rea-
son, and the same thing happened to us in Italy."
TWO students from Bayview Academy look at a prayer book after receiving ashes at St Mary The Virgin Anglican
SEE page 27 Church yesterday.







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RELIGION


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"WATI KINDI OF WOUIll FLD YO I KE TOi if U1


Name: KENISHA KING

Grade: 5


I would like to live in a "Christian
World". A world where black,
Hispanic and white people can live
together in harmony. With God as
Our Father, brothers all are we. Like
1 John 4: 7 says "Let us love one
another, for love comes from God.
Proverbs 15: 1 says "A gentle answer
turns away wrath, but a harsh word


stirs up anger." I just don't see why we
have all these wars, crime and gangs.
The earthquake in Haiti is hurtful,
we need to help them instead of just
sitting there watching them face
major destruction. The Golden Rule
says, "Do unto others as you would
have them to do unto you."
When you help them (Haitians),


the Lord will guide you always; He
will satisfy your needs in a sun-
scorched land and will strengthen
your frame. (Isaiah 58: 1)
Now we all know about education.
It helps you to strive for excellence.
But many children do not go to school
to learn. Some children just come to
school for the fun of it.
In my world, children would know
that school is really fun once you get
into it.
Crime is the main or worst thing
happening in the world now. People


are getting raped, shot, killed, stabbed
and forced to join gangs. I mean,
what's so good about crime? It is a
sick abomination. "You intended to
harm me, but God intended it for
good to accomplish what is now being
done, the saving of many lives."
(Genesis 50; 20)
I hope one day my new world
would come true. I am learning that if
you want things done you have to put
in a little hard work of your own.
"Blessed are the dead who die in
the Lord."


Name: KIYSHANTI HIGGS

Grade: 5.................................................................


ONE day while I was watching televi-
sion, I started to wonder what kind of
world I would like to live in. This world
is horrible. I think I would like to live in
a world without crime.
There would be no killing, shooting or


gangs. I would like my world to be
peaceful, with less gangs and murders.
Now in this world, there are children
being abused by their parents or
strangers.
It is very complicated living in this


world today. I wish there was another
world to live in. If I could choose what I
wanted my world to be like, it would be
less killings, shootings,
child abuse and robberies. All adults
would work less and grow crops for
food. I would still like children to go to
school where teachers cannot spank, but
only punish children by taking away
their break. I would call my world
Peaceful World. I would have peace in
the churches and end all suffering and


dying. The world today is horrible and
some people still don't have civil rights.
Some people are shot by white people
because they are black. Haiti just faced a
natural disaster. Some of them
(Haitians) don't have homes. Some of
them are still trapped under the rocks.
The Haitians are hungry and they have
no food. Many Bahamians are helping
them, but they still need more help. This
is why I wish for another world to live in.
Bless this whole world.







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Name: REAGAN CARTWRIGHT

Grade: 5


TODAY in our world, too many
things are going on. Some are good
and some are bad. Some of the good
things are civil rights, education and
homes to live in. Some of the bad
things are the sixty-six homes robbed
this week, the earthquake in Haiti,
shoot-outs and kidnapping.
The last one is the use of foul lan-
guage. I think all of these things
should go away. If I could, I would live


in a world of candy, where teeth never
go bad and there is no danger or fear.
Rivers will be made of the richest and
creamiest chocolate. The grasslands
are cotton candy of the finest mixture.
Trees are candy canes and lollipops.
The dirt, don't get me started, but the
dirt would be the most delicious pop-
ping rocks that would crackle in your
mouth along with everlasting gob-
stoppers.


Parents wouldn't have to work, it
will always rain money. In my world,
children are born with prepared or
smart minds so that they can do well
in all subjects. We would also live in
the best gingerbread houses.
One day, I went outside and asked
my mother "Is there anything to eat?"
"No", she replied, "just go and get
some cotton candy or candy cane".
"Maybe I will get a piece of ginger-
bread and a glass' of chocolate milk
from the river, I said." I went in
search of a giant picnic basket that my
mother plaited. Then I went to the
town board and it read population


100. We have one hundred cups and
plates at home I thought. So I went
back home and got one hundred
plates and cups. Soon after I took a
trip to the Chocolate River and
stayed there for one hour. I sat there
scooping and counting glasses of
chocolate milk. Then, I picked one
hundred pieces of cotton candy and
gingerbread. Finally, I went to the
alarm tower and pressed the alarm
button.
Suddenly, the whole town gathered
around and we had a picnic at sunset.
The main point of this essay is to
share and not to be selfish.







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St Agnes Parish Anglican Church Men (ACM)



and Women (ACW) Celebrate Anniversaries

A SOLEMN High Mass of
Thanksgiving was held on Friday,
February 12 at 7pm under the theme:
"Ordering Our Steps In God's
Words" Proverbs 3:6, to celebrate
the 38th and 46th anniversaries
respectively of St Agnes Parish Men
(ACM) and Women (ACW) and the
recognition of past president,
Veronica Cooper. The celebrant and
preacher for this service was the Rt
Rev'd. Laish Z. Boyd, Sr., Bishop of
The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos
Islands.
Bishop Boyd told the congregation
that in order for their steps to be
ordered in God's Word, they must
intentionally seek the Lord while He
may be found, realise that they cannot
play games with God because He is
all-knowing, and they must ask God
to give them a pure heart and for
them to never be separated from God.
"Order your life according to His
principles, you're expected to do
great things and keep the organisa-
tions operating at a high level and be
professional "Bishop Boyd said.
Bishop Boyd informed the men
and women that God's Word directs
them to think the best of other peo-
ple, "love endures all things and
believes the best and hopes the
best", he said.
Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown,
Rector of St. Agnes Parish congrat-
ulated both organizations and
stressed to them that there is much
work to be done as he installed the
Officers for 2010.
The ACM Officers are:
Christopher Wright, President, Ken
O'Brien, Vice-President, Bernard O
Bostwick, Secretary, Neil O'Brien, .
Assistant Secretary, Everette
Burrows, Treasurer, Barrett
McDonald, Assistant Treasurer and
Kenneth Braynen, Chaplain.
The ACW Officers are: Cleomi
Turner, President, Yolanda
Fernander, Vice-President, Shelly
Cooke-Seymour, Secretary, Monique
Mitchell, Assistant Secretary,
Verlene Harris, Treasurer, Patrice
Ferguson, Assistant Treasurer,
Kathleen Maynard, Chaplain and
Lyn Bullard, Assistant Chaplain._
Anglican Church Men and Women
throughout the Diocese joined in the
celebration along with other wor-
shippers including Dame Marguerite
Pindling who is always in attendance
at these anniversary services.


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The Measure of a Man

'Mighty Men Ministry' hosts Men and Boys conference


By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net


AT risk and challenged
boys are invited to
attend St Paul's
Baptist Church, where they
will explore the pressures
and mixed messages that
bombard boys, with violent
and distorted images of mas-
culinity. Images that tell
them to stifle emotion, and
that suggest they aspire to
one particular image of how
they should act and how
they should treat others.


These and other avenues of "male-
ness" will be discovered at St Paul
Baptist Church's first ever Men and
Boys conference, for "at risk" boys.
The conference is sponsored by their
'Mighty Men Ministry' under the
theme "The Measure of a Man,"
drawn from the biblical passage I
Kings 2: 1-5.
George Bodie, president of the
men's department at the church said
the conference "seeks to zero in on
three aspects: 1) boys who are consid-
ered "at risk," and those who are
challenged, 2) persons who work with
young people, and 3) persons who
lead men's civic or religious min-
istries.
The conference's official opening
will take place on Thursday, February
25 at 6.30 pm. National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest, Minister


of Youth Sports and Culture Charles
Maynard, and Education Minister
Desmond Bannister will bring greet-
ings along with Fred Mitchell, the PLP
spokesman on foreign affairs.
"All of our speakers will seek to
address issues dealing with boys, in
three lectures happening at once and
persons can choose which ones they
are most interested in," said Mr
Bodie.
There will be a general session each
night at 8.30. Persons are invited to
come and benefit from the sessions.
The Men and Boy's Conference
focuses on supporting boys in their
transition to manhood, and seeks to
recognize and celebrate the many
ways of being male, and facilitate the
healthy involvement and presence of
adult males in boys' lives.
Nightly topics include : Who's Your


Daddy, Working With Difficult Boys,
Boys to Men- Crime Doesn't Pay,
Men's Health and Sexuality, Leading
Men From The Pages of Your Life,
What Every Men's President Needs to
Know, How to Impact Your Men's
Ministry, and Reframing your Men's
Ministry-Going to the Next Level.
Attorney Keith Bell, Dr Kendal
Major, Charles Rolle, Wrensworth
Butler, Dr Hasting Johnson, Rev Dr J
Carl Rahming, Dr Phil Roberts, and
Rev Jackson Miller are some of the
facilitators.
"It is our hope that at the end of the
conference persons will be able to
improve their men's ministry," said Mr
Bodie. "Those who work with youths
will be better informed, and boys will
be more productive in making positive
contributions to nation building and
staying on the right track."


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P 6 TI Fe r I 2 N


Lessons of Lent


AS we enter this solemn season of
Lent, we are reminded that now is
the time to learn some new lessons
and re-discover some old ones. Let us
consider together how to benefit
from this time before Easter:
1. DEATH: We are made from dust
and we will return to this humble
beginning either in the dust of the
grave or the ashes of cremation. We
need to curb our pride.
2. SIN: We all have to fight a strong
pull to slip away from the will of God.
We must fight harder.
3. PRAYER: The process by which
a relationship is maintained with our
Lord God Almighty. It should be a
daily desire to draw closer and closer
to our Creator, Saviour, and the Holy


Spirit.


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4. FASTING: The discipline of
exercising self-control in order to
strengthen our ability to resist daily
temptations.
5. STUDY: The time taken to grow
in wisdom and knowledge is a worth-
while investment in oneself.
6. WORSHIP: Extra services pro-
vide additional opportunities to


experience the presence of God. We
need to take advantage of them.
7. PREPARATION: These forty
days may be best spent with an eye
on the day's demands and the prom-
ise of the Easter hope.
8. CONFESSION: The admission
of guilt, request for forgiveness and
the acceptance of absolution is a nec-
essary process to free us, heal us and
set us on a new course in the right
direction.
9. WILDERNESS: Finding time to
be alone is vital to do the inner exam-
ination that is required to move
toward maturity in faith.
10: SILENCE: Establishing peri-
ods of silence allows the whispers of
God to be heard, and to listen to the
ruminations of our mind.


It is our individual choice to deter-
mine how successful our Lent will be.
Success is not measured at any other
level than the personal. It is a private
exercise that may involve public
appearances.
Each one of us will be free to pur-
sue our normal routines or to make
the desired change in rhythm and
routine to enable significant
improvement in spiritual things.
God is looking for us to want to
grow in grace. We have the will and
God has made the way. What are we
going to do? The decision is mine and
yours. Choose wisely.
There are lessons to be learnt in
Lent. Listen, learn, and love your
way to Easter.


San Salvador

Christian Council


donates to Haiti

Earthquake Relief

THE San Salvador Christian
Council presented a cheque in the
amount of two thousand dollars to
the Bahamas Red Cross Society on
Monday, February 8, in aid of Haiti
relief mission. The cheque was pre-
sented by Reverend Father Jude
Edomwonyi, President of the San
Salvador Christian Council to
Willamae Jeaure-Evans, Finance
Officer of the Red Cross at the head-
quarters of the Bahamas Red Cross
Society, John F Kennedy Drive,
Nassau, Bahamas.
Also on January 18 a special
prayer session was held for the land
of Haiti and her people at the
Church of God of Prophecy,
Cockburn Town, San Salvador. The
prayer gathering which was organ-
ised by the San Salvador Christian
Council attracted many people
including the island Administrator,
Terrece Bootle-Bethel, Chief
Counsellor Terrance Major, govern-
ment functionaries, ministers of the
gospel, corporate citizens and people
of Haitian descent.


THE Reverend Father Jude Edomwonyi, President of the San Salvador Christian Council presenting the cheque to Willamae Jeaure-Evans,
Finance Officer of the Bahamas Red Cross Society.


Lessons of Lent


PG 26 * Thursday, February 18, 2010


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Thursday, February 18, 2010 * PG 27


The Blessing,


What is it ?


PROVERBS.10: 22. The blessing of the
LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no
sorrow with it.

HOW many times have you heard a
member of a congregation or a reli-
gious leader get up and testify about
the blessing of God upon their lives, as
they've recently became the recipient
of a new car, a new home or a sum of
money; using the above passage of
scripture to validate their claim?
Then six months to a year later, a
number of sorrows evolves within what
they've once called God's blessings,
i.e. 1) Financially unable to properly
service and maintain the car, 2) The
bank repossesses the car, 3) The bank
forecloses on the new home, and 4)
Start avoiding / ducking people and
complaining of folks coming to borrow
money or ask for financial assistance.
How quickly have these persons for-
gotten the "and he added no sorrow
with it" part of their testimony?
The misappropriating of God's word
has a great deal to do with the level of
ignorance that exists among the reli-
gious community. This is the breeding
ground for undisciplined, itching ears,
gullible Christians that have and will
continue to become victims to various
forms of unbalanced, and in some cases
false teachings about prosperity and
the blessing that are coming forth today
in Jesus' name.
Understandably so, Yeshuwa
Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) never
called His followers Christians, but
rather He always called them disciples /


discipline ones.
As it is a proven fact that religious
Christians are good at reading and
quoting a few scripture verses; whereas
the Apostle Paul in writing to his disci-
ple and spiritual son namely Timothy
didn't just say to him "read"
2 Timothy.2:15. Study to show thy-
self approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth.
This word study in the Greek is:
spoudazo, spoo-dad'-zo; which has sev-
eral meanings as follows 1) to make
effort, 2) to be prompt or earnest, 3) to
give diligence, or be diligent, 4) to
endeavour, and 5) to labour.
Watch this! And don't get me wrong;
I'm not saying that all religious leaders
are of a twisted mind-set when it comes
to rightly teaching about the blessing;
it's just that many of them are teaching
out of ignorance based upon that which
they've heard another religious leader /
hireling teach and preach.
Listen! It's by accident that the scrip-
ture says "Rightly dividing the word of
truth" for this also means that the word
of truth / word of God can be wrongly
divided. And I make absolutely no
apology in saying that if there is ever a


time that God's word is being wrongly
divided for selfish monetary gain, that
time is now.
The thousands of fragmented, pow-
erless churches today are all competing
against each other for their portion of
the undisciplined religious Christians
(prey) community; that gives little to
no attention in truly studying God's
word. Rather they rely solely upon the
teachings of some religious leaders.
Thereby, today we've got thousands of
Christians, who as a result of the
incomplete teachings are of the mind-
set that (a car, a house, a job, etc;) is the
blessing; and nothing, could be further
from the truth. For the blessing is not a
thing such as a car, a house or a job, etc;
but rather the blessing is God's empow-
erment upon one's life.
This erroneous teaching has two
main negative affects that has absolute-
ly nothing to do with the kingdom of
God:
1) It helps in fueling the myth
that because God is blessing apostle,
bishop, pastor or doctor; with fine cars
and houses and if I want to be blessed
also, I've got to continue sowing finan-
cially into my religious leader's life,
even if I have to go without"
2) It puts a yoke and a burden upon
the necks of the poor in spirit, thereby
causing many to feel unworthy as
they're not driving or living as their
leaders. Which in most cases leads to
the sin of idolatry, whereby these per-
sons begin to render a form of worship
to their religious leaders. It also serves
as a blockage to those on the outside,


who would want to join / be apart of a
local congregation; but are wise enough
to see through this erroneous teaching.
Let's quickly trace the origin of the
blessing, to actually see what it is and
the purpose of the blessing.
Genesis 12:1: Now the LORD had
said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and
from thy father's house, unto a land
that I will show thee 2. And I will make
of thee a great nation, and I will bless
thee, and make thy name great; and
thou shalt be a blessing:
Please note: 1) That the blessing is
not a house; for Father Yahweh told
Abram to leave his father's (Terah)
house, 2) The blessing is God's empow-
erment "And I will make of thee" and
3) The purpose, "And thou shalt be a
blessing.
This word blessing in the Hebrew is:
Berakah, ber-aw-kaw'; which means a
benediction, an act of approval.
The cars, houses and other material
possessions that man craves in some
cases are the byproducts of the bless-
ing. There is so much more to share in
order to bring some form of clarity and
balance back into the church. Stay tune
next week for part 2.


* For questions or comments contact us
via E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or
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Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l


Remember you are dust

FROM page 21

"We just happened to be coming down
this block looking for something else and
didn't find it."
"It's really lovely that everybody's
dressed up, but we look a little shabby,"
said Lori noting the differences in dress
at the service compared to a Lent service
they would attend in New York.
Lori is giving up wine for Lent, which
she tries to have every weekend. And
it's not going to be easy. "But I plan to
spend a lot of time praying instead," she
told Tribune Religion.
Her husband Mike, plans to stop
snacking as much. So it's not only a spir-
itual sacrifice, but one that would do
wonders for his physical health as well.
According to Catholics, the Lenten
season is the fitting time to 'climb the
holy mountain of Easter.' It represents
the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the


wilderness being 'tempted and tried' by
Satan.
It's a celebration of the resurrection of
Christ who redeemed Christians by
dying on the cross. But moreso His res-
urrection represents new life. Lent is a
time of retrospection to prepare yourself
for what that means to you as a
Christian.
The forty days were intended to imi-
tate the forty days and nights which we
are told Jesus spent in prayer and fasting
in the desert preparing for his public
ministry (Lk 4:1-2).
It's a time where he had to take on all
the challenges of a human being even
though he was just like us without sin.
He walked that journey in terms of turn-
ing away from all the temptations that
the devil put before him.
Tribune Religion asked a few parish-
ioners what they would be giving up this
Lenten season. Drinking beverages like
wine and Coca-Cola soda were men-
tioned and some decided to take on acts
of kindness, instead of fasting or adding


something extra to their regimen.
This period, which we know in English
as 'Lent,' deriving from the middle
English term meaning 'day-lengthening'
or springtime, is known in German as
'Fastenzeit', a time of fasting; in French


as 'careme'; Italian as 'quaresima';and
Spanishas 'cuaresma', these all deriving
from the Latin 'quadragesima,' meaning
'fortieth'.
M e p


CHURCH NOTES

ACM PREPARES FOR

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The 38th annual Anglican Church Mens(A I-M)
conference will be held in North Andros from March
17-21. All Anglican men are asked to register at their
parish or contact any ACM council member for
more information. Ken Obrien is the conference
chairman he can be reach at
kobil5o@coralwave.com for more information.


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Scenes from the noon Ash Wednesday service at St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church.




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