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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE largest fire in the his-
tory of the New Providence
landfill site is expected to con-
tinue burning for months per-
petuating fears toxic smoke
will choke the island.
A week after the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health sanitary landfill site in
Harrold Road was set alight
in three areas and spread
across the surface of the 100
acre site and deep under-
ground, clouds of hazardous
smoke continue to billow
from the wasteland.
The haze is filtering into
government housing subdivi-
sions bordering the site and
Fire Services Director Jeffrey
Deleveaux said a shift in wind
direction could prove disas-
trous for residents of Jubilee
Gardens directly south of the
They remember how hot
ash fell from the sky when the
landfill caught fire two years
ago, and they had to water
SEE page 13

Home invasion:

Police make

another arrest
AFTER a massive
manhunt, police may
have apprehended the
final suspect in con-
nection with a trau-
matic home invasion
Thursday evening.
Around 8pm Thurs-
day, three men armed
with handguns held a
family at gunpoint in
their own home, forc-
ing them to surrender
their possessions.
The family of five
unknowingly inter-
rupted the robbers
when they returned
home that evening.
They were held
hostage until the men
had finished and made
their escape.
Police on the way
to the scene encoun-
tered a suspicious
looking vehicle that fit
the description of the
getaway car. When
they signaled for the
car to stop, the sus-
pects sped off. The
police pursued the
white Honda in a high
speed chase through
the area until the men
abandoned the vehicle
and started to shoot at
police while fleeing on
Police officers
returned fire, arresting
two of the men after
shooting one in the
SEE page 13

PLP set to make

Election Court

move 'next week'
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia. net
THE Progressive Liberal Par-
ty is set to file an application
early "next week" to initiate '
election court proceedings in
connection with the Elizabeth
by-election results.
Having been informed by- BY ELECTION
election returning officer Jack returning officer
Thompson yesterday of the par- Jack Thompson.
ty's intention to invoke Section
69 (1) of the Election Act, the
PLP's legal team is said to be preparing the nec-
essary documents to start legal action. By law,
this must be done within 10 day's of the recount.
The crux of the anticipated election court case
centres around five protest ballots cast in favour
of Ryan Pinder. Because of the slim margin of
votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and
Ryan Pinder of the PLP - who received 1,501
and 1,499 regular votes respectively - these
protest votes are crucial and prevent an official
winner from being certified, it is argued.
"It is important that the public understand that
SEE page 14

History is made by vacant House seat

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Tribune Staff Reporter
FOR the first time in
Bahamian electoral history,
a seat is vacant in the
House of Assembly and
there is no sure time frame
in which it will be filled,

leaving a constituency
without a Member of Par-
Yesterday the Parlia-
mentary Commissioner
confirmed in a statement,
following the marathon
two-day by-election vote

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Full story on Page 3.








Government signs two contracts worth a total of $37 million

Major complexes to be

built in Freeport, Abaco '

DIRECTOR of the National Insurance Board Algernon Cargill signs
the contract for the new $18 million government complex to be
constructed in Freeport by the NIB.

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The gov-
ernment yesterday signed an
$18 million contract in
Freeport and a $19 million
contract in Abaco for the con-
struction of two new govern-
ment complexes on those
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) director
Algernon Cargill attended
both signing, the first of
which was held in Grand
Minister of Works Neko
Grant and Fletcher McIntosh
of FES Construction signed
the contract for the construc-
tion of a 65,000 sq ft complex
on the Mall Drive.
The project is expected to
be completed by August 2011.
An additional $900,000 has
been allocated for any unfore-
seen costs in construction.
Mr Ingraham said six acres
of land was made available
by the Grand Bahama Port

Authority to the government.
Describing the project as
"another important develop-
ment" for the island of Grand
Bahama, Mr Ingraham
expects that some 250 con-
struction jobs will be created
here on the island.
The new building will pro-
vide much needed office
space for various depart-
ments. The Ministry of
Finance will also be relocated

"I am happy to be here wit-
nessing the signing of the con-
tract for the 65,000 sq ft gov-
ernment complex which is
being built primarily to house
Customs and Immigration,
Education and the Passport
Offices are coming along, but
the building is being built for
Customs and Immigration,"
said Mr Ingraham.
Additionally, the prime
minister announced that the
government will also cause
repair work to be undertaken
on the existing NIB building

ARCHITECTURAL renderings of the new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance
Board. (Inset, above right:) PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham delivers the keynote address at the contract signing ceremony for the
new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance Board. The ceremony took place yester-
day on the complex site, the Mall Drive, Freeport.

in Freeport. The NIB is
financing the new complexes,
both in Freeport and Abaco.
Mr Ingraham said govern-
ment will occupy the building
on lease-to-purchase terms as
it is doing now with the build-
ings in Nassau that house the
Ministry of Education and
Ministry of Health.
The new building and office
spaces will enhance the vari-
ous government departments'
ability to deliver efficient ser-
vice to the public, he said.
"The building is also being
constructed duty paid and we
expect government revenue
to increase as a result of con-
struction," he added.



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"I think it is important to
acknowledge that all profes-
sional services connected to
the development of the com-
plex have been sourced here
in Grand Bahama - the archi-
tect, the engineer and consul-
tants are all Grand Bahama
based companies. We sought
to make it a Grand Bahama
"I am pleased to say that
we continue to do all we can
to generate more economic
activity for Grand Bahama.
You remain hopeful that bet-
ter days will come your way
not long from now," he said.
Prime Minister Ingraham
stated that before the 1980s,
the government was slow in
establishing its physical pres-
ence in Freeport. Govern-

ment offices and agencies,
including the police and
courts were housed in facili-
ties made available by either
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority or private sector
landlords. "Still, today Immi-
gration is housed in rented
accommodations," he said.
"When I became Minister
of Housing in 1982, it was my
view that that was an unac-
ceptable state of affairs and
we planned and began the
construction of the first gov-
ernment complex in this city
down here at the NIB."
Mr Ingraham said the FNM
government has constructed
four primary and three high
schools, the Supreme Court
and Magistrate Court com-
plex, the Office of the Prime
Minister, and the Gerald
Bartlett Police Headquarters
in Freeport.

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ANOTHER rendering of the new
$18 million government complex
to be constructed in Freeport


Free spay/neuter

and vaccinations

Programme starting in Mason's Addition today

THIS morning, BAARK vol-
unteers will partner with the
Bahamas Humane Society and
Proud Paws for the first ever
official Spay Day event.
The community of Mason's
Addition in Nassau has been
chosen as the first neighbor-
hood in which they will be talk-
ing with the residents and
arranging free appointments
and transportation for animals
to and from the vet's office.
The residents of Mason's
Addition are invited to speak
with the Spay Day volunteers
from 10am as they walk
throughout the neighbourhood
arranging for pets or strays to
receive these important treat-
ments for free.
Participating residents will
also receive promotional items
from Purina.
Over the last two months,
BAARK raised more than
$5,500 to provide
spay/neuter/vaccination services
for 110 dogs and cats in New
Providence. PURINA matched
their efforts with a donation of
$5,500 and promotional items
to give out in the community
of Mason's Addition.
"BAARK and their Spay
Day partners are very pleased
to now double the number to
220 animals that will be
spayed/neutered and vaccinated
for free in February 2010,"
BAARK chairman Laura Kim-
ble said.
"The rate at which dogs and
cats can breed is staggering.
One unspayed dog, her mate
and their puppies can create
67,000 dogs in justyears. For
cats, it's 420,000 in seven years.
So it's easy to see why we have
the problems
we do. Tremendous as the
problem of pet overpopulation
is, it can be solved if each of us
takes just one small step, start-
ing with not allowing our ani-
mals to breed," she said.
"There are simply not
enough homes and as a result,


Back row left to right: Diane Sturm, Lissa McCombe, Kim Aranha,
president of the Bahamas Humane Society; Joanne Dods, Brock
North, Chandra Parker McCallum, vice chairman of BAARK. Front
row: Richard Curry, Purina rep for Bahamas Wholesale Agencies;
Laura Kimble, chairman of BAARK; Pat Francis, Irene Graham, Bar-
bara and Jack Christofilis.

as many as 50 dogs are killed at
the Government Pound every
"The harsh reality is that for
every new litter of puppies or
kittens you allow your pet to
have, it means other animals
will have to be put down.

"We chose the theme 'Have
a heart' for Spay Day 2010
because we hope that once
everyone realises what happens
to animals as a direct result of
not spaying and neutering our
pets, we will all take this issue
much more seriously."
Stephen Turnquest, execu-
tive director of the Bahamas
Humane Society, said: "One of
the myths I hear frequently is
that by neutering an animal it
somehow takes away their pet's
'manhood' but this is simply not
true. Pets do not have egos and
neutering or spaying will not

cause an emotional reaction or
identity crisis."
According to Mr Turnquest,
spaying or neutering pets will
help them live longer healthier
lives, and make them less like-
ly to roam the streets or create
a public nuisance by barking,
howling or marking territory.
Neutered dogs can become
even better protectors. They
focus on their family and home
rather than trying to get out
and reproduce.
Of course, vaccinations are
essential to prevent diseases
like distemper, preventing
needless suffering and veteri-
nary bills.
The Spay Day team is also
encouraging prospective pet
owners to consider adoption
from the Humane Society as
opposed to buying or breeding.
"They have healthy, sweet
pets that make great compan-
ions including beautiful cross
breeds waiting desperately for
good homes," Ms Kimble said.







claims Pinder


over murder

CONVICTED double mur-
derer Frank Pinder says he is
still puzzled over the sequence
of events that led to his being
charged and ultimately con-
victed, a psychiatrist said yes-
Pinder, 33, was convicted
last November of the murders
of Glenwood Neely Jr and
James Mitchell Smith Jr.
The two men were report-
ed missing almost two weeks
before their bodies were dis-
covered in a remote area of
The Bluff, South Andros, in
an advanced state of decom-
position in October 2006.
Yesterday, Pinder was back
before Senior Supreme Court
Justice Anita Allen for his sen-
tencing hearing.
Psychiatrist Dr Nelson
Clarke told the court that Pin-
der maintains he had no
involvement in the deaths of
Neely and Smith and that he is
puzzled over the sequence of
events that took him to court.
Probation officer Lisa Bow-
leg testified that Pinder said
he believed that he was unfair-
ly convicted and did not have a
fair trial.
Pinder's sentencing hearing
has been adjourned to March
12, 2010, when his defence
attorney Ian Cargill and pros-
ecutor Lorna Longley-Rolle
are expected to make their

* A 31-YEAR-OLD Quakoo
Street man was fined $2,500
after pleading guilty to a mar-
ijuana possession charge.
Deon Hepburn was accused
of being found in possession
of 120 grams of marijuana with
intent to supply on September
30, 2008.
Hepburn had initially plead-
ed not guilty to the charge at
his arraignment in October
On Thursday, however, dur-
ing the defence stage of his tri-
al, Hepburn pleaded guilty to
the charge and was convicted
by Magistrate Carolita Bethell.
* A 42-YEAR-OLD Brougham
Street man was fined $1,500
after pleading guilty to a mar-
ijuana possession charge yes-
Dwight Bell was arraigned
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell in Court Eight, Bank
It is alleged that he was
found in possession of 47
grams of marijuana with intent
to supply on Wednesday, Feb-
ruary 17.
Bell pleaded guilty to a sim-
ple possession charge and the
prosecution dropped the intent

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ANGRY motorists have complained the trenches were deep and unavoidable. They are spaced out
across the entire designated area.

Shirley Street

road work

wrapping up

Tribune Staff Reporter
motorists will be relieved to
know there is an end in sight
to the Shirley Street road-
works that has disrupted
traffic for almost two weeks.
The Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company
(BTC) is scheduled to com-
plete work on Tuesday.
Immediately after, the Min-
istry of Works is on track to
begin repaving between Vil-
lage Road and Mackey
"We are digging trenches
and running fibre optic
cables as a part of our ongo-
ing work to improve con-
nectivity and quality of ser-
vice throughout our tele-
phone and Internet net-
works," said BTC
spokesman Marlon Johnson.
The Ministry of Works
was slated to begin repaving
Shirley Street at the end of
January, in accordance with
repaving exercises that
began before the Christmas

holidays. The road between
Frederick Street and Mack-
ey Street was paved but the
original schedule was
changed to accommodate
BTC, according to acting
director of works, Gordon
BTC confirmed a decision
was made to conduct infra-
structure work prior to the
laying of fresh tar in order to
prevent a major disruption
to the public once the new
road was in place.
Angry motorists have
complained the trenches
were deep and unavoidable.
They are spaced out across
the entire designated area.
One motorist said she
almost found herself in an
accident when drivers
stopped suddenly to navi-
gate safe passage through
the trenches.
Mr Johnson said BTC was
advised not to close up the
holes, which would have
been their usual practice
once work was completed,
since the Ministry planned
to start the reconstruction
of the road right away.


subscribers to - -

receive credit

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany is offering credit to subscribers of its
BlackBerry system as compensation for the
temporary loss of service.
Yesterday the BTC BlackBerry system was
down for at least eight hours.
To compensate for the inconvenience
caused, Marlon Johnson, BTC vice-president
of marketing, sales and business development,
said subscribers would receive a $10 credit
that will take effect in a subsequent billing
Service was interrupted due to a technical
failure in the system. Technicians were able to
fix the system after being in communication
with BlackBerry's Canadian parent company,
Research In Motion (RIM), and BTC's US
based vendor Nortel.

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Woods: Sorry, sorry and sorry again

NEW YORK - This was one spotlight he
never sought, probably never dreamed of,
and most definitely avoided for as long as
humanly possible. When Tiger Woods
claimed the stage for his TV apology - and
make no mistake, it was a stage, pure and
simple - his mission was to be authentic
and sincere.
Or, at least, as authentic and sincere as
managing and repairing a multinational, mul-
timedia, multimillion-dollar brand can ever
"There are some things I want to say,"
golf's most towering figure told us, his eyes
wide, his tone low, his backdrop blue velvet.
If only it were that simple.
This may indeed have been a sincere apol-
ogy. It certainly felt moving at times. Tiger
Woods may be genuinely remorseful and
desperate to make amends to all those peo-
ple, from his wife to his fans, who have been
demanding some kind of resolution after
those ugly revelations of infidelity and
months of silence.
But the circumstances of his mea culpa -
the infomercial manner in which it was set up,
teased, stylized and delivered as regularly
scheduled programming - obscured any
genuine message struggling to punch through.
So many of the talking heads in the runup
to Woods' 13 minutes talked about how he
needed to be genuine, human, a real person.
Yet in America, that's only part of the story.
Americans want humanity in their country,
but they admire message management, too
- and Woods has wanted control to a fault.
Even with his dented image, the story of
Tiger Woods on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, was a
choreographed yarn being spun by the plan-
et's best imagemakers and brand managers
- storytellers as adept at their craft as the
candidates for Best Director at next mon-
th's Oscars.
"This is a box, all wrapped up. Anyone
can see it. It's so clear that he has controlled
it and packaged it," said Leila Brammer, a
communications expert at Gustavus Adol-
phus College in St. Peter, Minn., who studies
how public figures repair their images.
Woods, or the people managing him, cer-
tainly took pains to cover all of the cultural
bases. His statement ranged from place to
place, wounded party to wounded party,
managing to invoke all of the requisite
images of recovery in modern America.
He said sorry three times and took the
blame, shifting it to no one except the safe
scapegoat of the media. He talked about the
"the issues I'm facing," the work he had to do
on himself and the people he'd let down. He
used the language of the 12-step programme.
He admitted he had a problem. He said fam-
ily came first. He even invoked old-time reli-
gion - Buddhism, in this case, reflecting his
status as not only a cultural symbol but a
multicultural one.
And yet ...

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He went on too long. He didn't allow
questions. He wanted to talk to the public but
kept everyone out of the room except the
exact 40 people his handlers picked. He made
an obvious play to keep women - the inter-
est group he has most offended - front and
centre, including his mother.
The choreography was hardly surprising
from a man who built his career around con-
trolling the message. But the stakes couldn't
have been higher - not just for his personal
life and image but for the fiscal health of
Brand Tiger. In a way, Friday's apology was
an economic stimulus for the mini-economy
that is Tiger Woods.
"We think of it as just being about Tiger.
Well, it's a lot more than just Tiger. It's all the
people who are depending on Tiger for a
living," said Jeffrey Bell, a partner at Gallatin
Public Affairs, a strategic public-relations
firm that has helped clients overcome image
crises. That overcoming, for Woods, began
earlier this week with a carefully staged pho-
to designed to look like it wasn't - an image
of him running (in Nike gear, of course) that
was given to a photographer who was
informed well in advance that he'd be jogging
by. Same story with golfing photos of Woods
that emerged Thursday.
The teasers fit well with television, which
adores few things more than being able to air
a live event under controlled circumstances.
The Golf Channel served up completely
packaged pregame and postgame shows to
accentuate the dramatic arc of hero rising,
hero falling, hero redeemed.
But in the end, this scripting reveals a key
trait about Americans and their idols. In a
culture that has arrived at a curious three-way
intersection of therapy, authenticity and Hol-
lywood endings, we must have a signpost
that we can move on. Closure is everything.
Look at the scripted truths of reality TV
and the carefully managed sensibilities of
weekday morning programming: Americans
hunger to be handed a feeling that no matter
how messy life - married life, in this case -
becomes, things ultimately make sense.
The sad fact is that it almost doesn't mat-
ter whether Tiger Woods' apology was sin-
cere. What matters - for his business, for
golf, even for plain old us - is that it
appeared to be. "The American people are
incredibly forgiving of those who ask for for-
giveness. But you have to ask for it in a sin-
cere way," said Gerald Patnode, a branding
expert at York College in Pennsylvania.
So forget whether you think the apology
was any good; for its purposes, it was good
enough. It reconciled private and public,
puritanism and prurience, condemnation and
forgiveness. It was enough verisimilitude for
the moment at hand. Now we can move on to
more important things.
(This article was written by Ted Anthony of
the Associated Press).

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On page one of Thursday
February 11th edition of the
Punch, appeared an article
under the heading, "Trail
Blazer Cleophas trod a path
others trembled to tread", by
P Anthony White. A story,
but, for the interspersion of a
number of often repeated
misinformation and distor-
tions by its writer, is worth
telling, if only to bring sanity
to supporters of both major
parties and others in our
midst who, after decades of
racial rhetoric by PLP politi-
cians and indeed many in the
FNM party, continue to sow
seeds of disunity and mistrust
among our people of colour in
this nation.
Cleophas was a close friend
and colleague of mine, a rela-
tionship that is more fully
detailed in my memoirs.
White wrote in his article, that
Stafford Sands had a difficul-
ty with existing under a PLP
government. Did not many
persons inclusive of you and
me, Mr White? Unlike you
and others, me and many
more stayed and fought the
status quo, and that Sands had
become wealthy over the
years. A little research by you,
Mr White, would have
revealed that Stafford Loft-
house Sands was an only child
born to wealthy parents who,
(parents) came from wealthy
families also. His father, for
whom I worked in 1942, was
the owner of one of the two
major food stores in Nassau,
City Meat Market, situated
on the comer of East and Bay
streets. On the south side of
Bay Street.
The other food store, JP
Sands Lumber Yard and
Food Store was on the north
side of Bay Street, occupying
all of that area on the east
side of the Royal Bank of
Canada inclusive of the prop-
erty on which now stands Sco-
tia Bank. The reason for
Sands packing up and leaving
the Bahamas was two fold.
(One) in mid-1966, he, Sands,
had sold City Meat Market to
Winn Dixie, an American
food chain, apparently with-
out obtaining the Govern-
ment's permission to do so,
as required by law, when sell-
ing to non Bahamians and
(two) he was terminally ill
(cancer). Pindling had threat-
ened him with prosecution for
the sale, and the best treat-
ment to be obtained for his
illness at the time was in
He did not take Pindling's
threat lightly. They were the
deciding factors in his deci-
sion to move to Europe. I

The Public is hereby advised that I, CARLETON SEVE
ALASTAIR BURROWS, of Lyford Cay, New Providence,
The Bahamas, intend to change my name to CARLETON
SEVE BURROWS WILLIAMS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDLEY JEAN BAPTISTE of
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 20th
day of FEBRUARY, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDLEY JEAN BAPTISTE of
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 20th
day of February, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality
and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

used to visit him whenever I
was in London and he was in
residence. On one of my visits
he told me that Pindling had
invited him to come back to
the Bahamas, but he had no
interest in such a visit, he did
not trust Pindling and he
needed to stay close to his
doctors, because he required
regular medical attention.
His life in Europe was not
one of ease and splendor; but
one of pain and physical deca-
dence. When he, Sir Stafford,
decided to call it quits, he, the
man, that the PLP painted as
a racist and villain, recom-
mended a man of colour
(Black) to succeed him as the
representative for the City of
Nassau, a predominantly
white Constituency. Cleophas
Adderley was that man, and
he held the seat until he
decided that he could not go
along with the political antics
of his so-called discriminating
and victimising black broth-
Contrary to what you, Mr
White, may have thought,
Cleophas, along with Sir
Roland and Mike Light-
bourne, who along with me
were expelled from the FNM
in early 1973 for supporting
me in the Abaco fight to
remain a Crown colony under
Great Britain rather than
being in a Bahamas under a
Pindling-led PLP government.
A fear that present conditions
in the nation, almost four
decades later, has proven to
be well founded.
During the first Convention
held by the FNM party since
its formation and after the
1972 general elections, a deci-
sion was made to invite
Symonette, Adderley and
Lightbourne, back to the par-
ty, in order to strengthen their
(FNM) opposition position in
parliament. (Five seats).
Cleophas was really disillu-
sioned and fed up with the
FNM's leadership and openly
let it be known that he would
not be seeking another term
in parliament as an FNM, this
was long before the bound-
ary changes. In 1976, when
the Parliamentary group,
exclusive of Maurice Moore,
quit the FNM and formed the
BDP with Henry Bostwick as
leader, Cleophas again made
it quite clear that he had no
intention of running again for
any party. As for your insis-
tence, Mr White, that the
UBP was disbanded, and cer-
tain members along with per-
sons from the defunct NDP
and the Free PLP formed the
FNM, I will say this, Mr
White, a lie if repeated often

enough will, eventually be
believed by the person repeat-
ing it.
Firstly, Orville Turnquest,
the ex deputy leader of the
NDP and Kendal Isaacs, who
was not and never had been
affiliated with any political
party, were not founding
members of the FNM. They
both became members after
its (FNM) formation. Sec-
ondly, the UBP was never dis-
banded, no political entity
with nine sitting members in
parliament and four in the
senate, and enjoying the sta-
tus of Her Majesty's Loyal
opposition in parliament
would be so stupid as to dis-
band, a five year old imbecile,
would not believe such an
outrageous lie Mr White, to
make such a statement in the
printed media, is, to say the
least, an insult to the intelli-
gence of the reading public.
It was a merger of the two
parties, I was the National
Chairman of the UBP and
had a leading role in the
orchestration of that merger.
In my Memoirs, you will find
it in full and unabridged
The founding members of
the FNM party were the Par-
liamentary members of the
UBP and its party officers and
the eight parliamentary mem-
bers of the Free PLP. Listed
below are their names and
status. From the United
Bahamian Party were:- Geof-
frey Johnstone MP. (Leader),
Errington WI Watkins
(Chairman), David Light-
bourne (Treasurer), Sir
Roland T Symonette MP,
Norman S Solomon, MP,
Cleophas Adderley, MP,
Peter Graham, MP, Donald
D'Albenas, MP, Noel
Roberts, MP, Sherwin
Archer, MP, and Reginald
Lobosky, Senator.
The Free PLP's were: Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield MP
(Leader) Dr Curtis McMillan
MP, Dr Elwood Donaldson,
MP, Maurice Moore, MP,
Arthur Foulkes, MP, George
Thompson, MP, James Shep-
herd, MP and Warren Levar-
ity, MP.
History, is History, whether
it treats one kindly or unkind-
ly, depends on the perfor-
mance of the individual,
organisation or entity
involved, it must be recorded
as accurately as humanly pos-
sible, the same goes for inci-
dents and events, as it is for
posterity. False and inaccu-
rate information on individ-
uals or events for whatever
reasons makes a mockery of
the recording process. A
writer once noted "Truth
thrust to earth will rise again."

February, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

How quick the Bahamian Government is to leap to do
whatever some international agency suggests or advises. They
say jump and our Government says, how high and immediate-
ly passes laws to comply. Anything to please who is so far
away. The implication is that our Bahamas is alert and sensitive.
But is it no more than like a trained monkey though?
If our Government is intelligent and sensitive, why does it
not, without any outside intervention at all, see and hear what
needs to be done to improve the quality of life for its citizens?
For me it is as if this country is not being governed and we are
all already in the hands of barbarians and have been left to their
Why are we allowed, in a Bahamas which pretends to be so
up to date - so with it - so forever on the cutting edge, sub-
jected to motor bike noises, and music in vehicles, these togeth-
er, unrelenting, and so utterly unbearably loud. My house is
without end shaking, the windows rattling.
Is Government not put in place, politicians voted for, to pro-
vide the people protection from whoever would violate or
subject us to what is anti-social in the extreme?
How sensitive could a Government be that says nothing
and does nothing about such a vexing disturbance? How sen-
sitive or with it can a Government be that does nothing and says
nothing about cigarette smoking in public places?
There is certainly something contradictory going on regard-
ing our Government's swiftness to react on the one hand and
being so slow to react on the other hand in matters which
impact so extremely adversely the quality of life in the local
environment which we all have to share and call home and
make a home in, but is left to be and to feel so uncomfortable,
so disturbed, so without peace day or night.



A story worth

telling - but why

the distortions?




National Prescription Drug plan 'will also benefit all the Family Islands'
THE project management team of the National Insurance clinic, and those needed from the private pharmacies, they are not
Board has assured health professionals that the National Pre- purchasing due to their economic conditions."
scription Drug Plan will not only benefit Nassau, but all the Fam- ' Antoinette Cumberbatch, district nursing supervisor in Abaco
ily Islands. and the mainland cays, added, "I think the implementation of
NPDP project managers recently travelled to Abaco to meet this programme is needful because here in the Abacos we have
with public and private health professionals practising on that many individuals with chronic diseases and I know they will direct-
island regarding the Plan. r- , o l r * ly benefit. "Sometimes we face challenges with getting the drugs
During the presentation, Algernon Cargill, director of NIB, - at the government clinics, and if we have this national prescription
emphasised that the Plan will benefit all islands of the Bahamas, by drug plan in place, we will now have the option to access the med-
providing more than 150 prescription drugs and medical supplies ication at the private facilities."
free-of-charge to members who suffer from 11 chronic non-com- PHYS Emma Dawkins, acting manager of NIB's local offices in Marsh
municable diseases. "This plan is not only for Nassau, or Grand P CIANS, nurses, and other health professionals recently assem- Harbour and Coopers Town, said, "I think that it is important for
Bahama, rather, it will be introduced throughout all the Family of ble at St Jon the Baptist Church Hall, Marsh Harbour, Abaco to the stakeholders to carry this information correctly because in
Islands. We will be visiting the islands to share the highlights of the the project manage l Prescrpton Drug lan (NPDP) presented by Abaco we have many persons without insurance, including some
National Prescription Drug Plan to ensure that we can register all fishermen and taxi drivers, and some of them do have chronic
eligible Bahamians," Mr Cargill said. Marsh Harbour Clinic, said that he believes the NPDP is a positive diseases. "If these persons receive the correct information, then
Following a detailed presentation on the plan, Abaco physicians, programme for patients with chronic illnesses. they will be able to benefit from the programme. I believe that it
nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals participated in "The basic problem that we have in Abaco with chronic diseases was a good idea for the NIB team to physically come to Abaco, and
a question and answer session with the NIB team. is that many of those patients are not able to buy all of the pre- really inform us on the prescription drug plan because all we
Several persons also commented on the value of the plan to scribed drugs so when you prescribe four or five drugs to them, they knew was what we heard on television, but now we understand the
Abaconians. Dr Benerji Swarna, district medical officer at the may take one or two of them if they are available at the government depth of it, and we are grateful," she said.

Brrr ... cold spell

likely to last until

end of February

Brief respite of warmer temperature expected to end on Tuesday


BAHAMIANS will have to wrap up warm for
a bit longer, as forecasters say they expect the
cold weather to stay with us at least until the
end of the month.
However, for those not enjoying the cooler
temperatures, they will get a brief respite starting
today and continuing until Tuesday.
Chief meteorologist officer Basil Dean told
The Tribune that the warmer temperatures are
expected to last for a few days.
But following the short warm spell, the cold
weather will return to the Bahamas.
Jeoffrey Greene of the Nassau forecast office
said there are cold fronts "piling up one behind
the other" at the moment.
"We are not going to get the temperatures

that people would prefer, back in the 80s
(degrees), not this week or next week," Mr
Greene said.
He explained that the north winds from the
United States and Canada are pushing the cold
fronts south towards the Bahamas.
But regardless of how chilly it may feel to
some right now, Mr Dean said that these are by
far not the coldest temperatures that the
Bahamas has experienced.
"We've had a streak of temperatures, during
the past few days temperatures were below aver-
age," he said.
While temperatures this winter dipped as low
as 54 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature
recorded in the Bahamas was 41.4 degrees on
February 20, 1981.
"This year we've had the lowest being 54
degrees as of February 12, 2010," Mr Dean said.

THE FML GROUP OF COMPANIES makes a $30,000 donation to World Relief
through the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) which will use the
funds to provide much needed medical supplies for those suffering in Haiti.
On January 25, 2010, the FML Group of Companies made a public commit-
ment, and through this donation is one step closer to accomplishing its goal
of extending donations totalling $250,000 to organizations who they feel
are doing good work towards relief efforts in Haiti. Pictured here (1-r) are FML
Group of Companies chief operations officer Damian Flowers, NPCC director
Gillian Watson and FML director of business development and marketing Greer


Bahamas hosting new

Providence Torch Run

(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
JAYASHRI Wyatt and Boijayanti Gomez, runners in the World Harmony
Run, pass the Harmony Torch to Natishka Silver, an athlete at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas on Thursday, February 18. The Bahamas is the
forth of 100 nations around the world where the Harmony Torch is
being carried.

FOR the first time ever, the Bahamas today hosts the New
Providence Torch Run as part of the World Harmony Run,
bringing together youth, sports and civic groups in a display of
unity for peace.
As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, pass-
ing it from hand to hand, travelling over 100 nations around the
Today, the torch returns to Nassau after having travelled to
Grand Bahama and Exuma.
The torch run begins and ends with a cultural display and rally
at Arawak Cay. The New Providence Torch Run starts at 9am
and will be 24 miles long. It will bring together government and
private schools, police cadets, Defence Force officers and civic
The World Harmony Run's website states that the annual
event is held to promote international friendship and under-
standing, and does not seek to raise money or highlight any
political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peo-
ples of all nations.
Ceremonies and various celebrations for the event were held
last week in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Exuma prior to the
actual torch run.
The entire Bahamas leg of World Harmony Run is being held
under the patronage of Governor-General's Arthur Hanna.



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(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
ATHLETES running in the World Harmony Run make their way along
Poinciana Drive on Thursday, February 18, carrying the Harmony
Torch, which will be passed on to the College of the Bahamas athletes.





Freeport welcomes one of largest ever container ships
ONE of the largest container ships ever made "Freeport Container Port has a very bright
its maiden voyage to the Bahamas on Wednesday q -- future and continues to grow larger daily and is
when the MSC Tomoko docked at Freeport Har- 4w . one of the proud jewels of Hutchison Wham-
bour. poa's investments in Grand Bahama," said Mr
The MSC Tomoko, operated by Mediter- -- " ' Gilbert.
ranean Shipping Co, arrived from a stop in Nor- . ..-.--I MSC Tomoko was piloted into the harbour
folk, Virginia before continuing on its trek to * I ..'.-. by Freeport Harbour Company's director Orlan-
Asia through the Suez Canal. do Forbes along with her captain, Master Mariner
Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Con- , Captain Tihomir Djura Andric, who has visited
pany, Freeport Container Port and Grand " . Freeport on a few occasions dating back to 2000.
Bahama Airport Company, described the ves- MSC Tomoko draws 45 to 46 feet of water.
sel as being as big as an aircraft carrier, but with i Manuel Ruiz, managing director of MSC said
a wider hull. MSC Tomoko docked with 8,800 the Tomoko is visiting as part of a relatively new
containers. service operated by MSC which features several
" (This) augurs well for expansion plans for ships - most of them smaller in size than MSC
the container port involving the addition of 10 Tomoko. Its circuit includes: New York; Balti-
more cranes and six berths - to make 2,000 metres more; Norfolk; Freeport, Bahamas; the Suez
of quay berthing space," said Mr Gilbert. Canal, Jedha, Saudi Arabia; Colombo, Sri Lanka;
The harbour can accommodate the largest ves- Singapore; Chiwan, China; Hong Kong; Shang-
sels in the world and those being planned. week and Mr Gilbert noted that the harbour in Caribbean, provides the foundation for the most hai; Ningbo, China; Chiwan, China; Yiantian,
Another large MSC vessel is expected next Grand Bahama, the deepest and largest in the diversified port in the western hemisphere. China; Singapore; Salalah, Oman.

COB PRESIDENT Janyne M. Hodder (left) announcing the Sidney Poitier International Conference and
Film Festival with her colleagues Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, chair of the School of English Studies
(centre), and conference committee chair and Associate Professor of English Dr lan Strachan.

recognized not only for his
groundbreaking contributions
to the arts, but because many of
his roles challenged pre-con-
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and socio-economic status.
Appearing in more than 50
films, Sir Sidney - who grew up
in Cat Island - set for himself
standards of performance that
were viewed as impossible for
black actors at the time.
Among his most distin-
guished achievements is an
Academy Award win in 1963
for his lead role in the film
'Lilies of the Field'.

Dr Strachan credited Sir Sid-
ney with playing roles of dig-
nity, intelligence, intensity and
"Our work as scholars is to
look and find the truth and, as
with any artist or public figure,
there is good and bad. So if you
look at the papers that will be
presented, we are looking at
the limitations of his career but
also looking at the achieve-
ments as well," said Dr Stra-
chan, chair of the conference
planning committee.
"Bahamians need to redis-
cover and rethink their rela-
tionship with Sidney Poitier
and we are only doing our-
selves and future generations
a disservice by refusing to
embrace someone who has
never denied us. I don't think
he ever has and if you spoke
to him today, I don't think he

In his books, Sir Sidney has
recognized his Bahamian roots,
outlining how his childhood in
Cat Island was a critical part of
his formative development
before he moved to the United
States. He authored the books
'This Life', 'The Measure of a
Man' and 'Life Beyond Mea-
The Sidney Poitier Confer-
ence and Film Festival will
allow scholars to explore and
debate his achievements, con-
tributions and legacy.
International scholars as well
as faculty from the college will
present a range of papers at the
day sessions while in the
evenings over 20 of Sir Sidney's
films will be shown in total at
various COB venues.
COB president Janyne Hod-
der hailed Sir Sidney as a tal-
ented artist, activist and human-
"Sidney Poitier is man who
stands for deep and enduring
values. Sidney Poitier has stood
throughout his life for human
rights, for freedom from
oppression and for hope. This
makes the man and the artist
equally deserving of this con-
ference's academic celebra-
tion," she said.
Chair of the School of Eng-
lish Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones
explained that hosting this kind
of scholarly event is becoming a
part of the tradition of COB
and the School of English Stud-

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Sidney Poitier International

Conference and Film Festival

A first for the College of the Bahamas



(Photo: The Bahamas Weekly)
ROSS STUDENT and co-director of the Ross SMP Health Initia-
tive, Chris Hancock (right) takes the blood pressure of a fellow
Ross student.
STUDENTS faculty and staff of .
Ross University Bahamas gathered
to register as potential blood ._.
donors for the community of ' '
Grand Bahama last week.
The initiative began through the
coordination of two Ross medical U *
students, Stacey O'Brien and .
Christopher Hancock, who are co-
directors of the SMP Health Ini- The Bahamas Weekly
tiative at Ross, which sponsored CHRIS HANCOCK and
the database registration and Stacey O'Brien, Ross Uni-
health fair. versity students, who coor-
Christopher Hancock provided donated the blood registra-
more information on the initiative: tion and health fair.
"Throughout the semester we
worked with Dixie Jones, director
of Health Education and Promotions Department, and nurse
Yvonne Clark on setting up different programmes between
Ross and the Grand Bahama Health Services. On this particu-
lar project we are also working with Dr Josephine Bartlett and
the deputy lab manager Meritta Strachan."
Stacey O'Brien added, "The SMP Health Initiative wanted to
aid in improving the blood supply here in Grand Bahama after
we toured the Rand Hospital and saw the limited blood supply
first hand. We contacted the lab at the Rand and we learned that
a small, but steady blood supply is what was needed to meet the
needs of Grand Bahama. Our desire to help was very well
received by the Health Services and it was decided that along
with immediate donations, creating a database of potential
donors from the Ross Community was the best way to give back
to the Grand Bahama Community that graciously host us dur-
ing our medical education."
The health fair portion of the event was geared toward the
students learning more about their current state of health.
Blood pressure, glucose and height and weight measure-
ments were provided and details filled in to a 'healthy living
passport' provided by the Public Hospitals Authority which
allows an individual to document their personal details as well
as keep track of their progress, or lack thereof, from one assess-
ment time to another.
Each individual also filled out a blood donation questionnaire.
It is important to note that no Ross student performed blood
withdrawal, and Rand staff was on hand to do so. The Ross
medical students did, however, perform all the other testing
under the supervision of the Rand personnel.
The event was a great success and Ross University plans to
continue this initiative in each semester which is three times per
calendar year.


11:30am Speaker
Pastor Marcel Lightbourne
Topic: "Our Responsibilities To Each Other"
( Bible Class 9.45a.m. * Breang of Bread Servce 10.45a.
* CornrnunityOutreach. 11.30a.rm. * . . 7.00p.m.
* Midweek Service 7.30
SSisters' Prayer Meeting. 10.00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month)

Worship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m.nL

h Prayer t me: 10:I a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Church School during Worship Senrice

P'[ace. 'Ivljaimi Heights
uffPrnnce Charle I)ri '

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Bx SS-5631
Telephone number. 324-2538
Tefrfar number: 324-2587
COE U It li-i HIW LlIF 1t J0lAIEL-

ASSOCIATE Professor of
English at the College of the
Bahamas (COB) Dr Ian Stra-
chan has urged a rediscovery
of the relationship between cel-
ebrated actor, author and
humanitarian Sir Sidney Poitier
and the Bahamas, as COB pre-
pares to host the Sidney Poitier
International Conference and
Film Festival from February 23-
Sir Sidney has been widely

Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm
Place: The Madeira
Shopping Center

Pastor Knowles can be heard each
morning on Joy 101.9 at 8:30 a.m,

1 Knowles

Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles
P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712




Five teams advance in Hugh Campbell

Tribune Sports Reporter

AS THE 28th Annual Hugh
Campbell Basketball Classic contin-
ues to progress towards champi-
onship weekend, inntesity has risen
to new levels as teams vie for an
opportunity to advance and remain
in contention.


* The Seminoles became the first
family island casualty of the tourna-
ment when the GSSSA's newcomers
recorded their first win in tourna-
ment, history.
Sharpshooting guard Tyler Thomp-
son led Anatol Rodgers with a game
high 19 points and was one of three
Timberwolves in double figures.
Johnathan Gordon and Justino
Almonard finished with 10 points
Richard Miller led the Seminoles
with a game high 25 points in a los-
ing effort.


* The Stingers nearly blew a 14
point second half lead, but with cluth
plays from their point guard down
the stretch separated themselves and
denied the Giants a second consec-
utive fourth quarter comeback.
Rashad Knowles scored eight of
his game high 17 points in the fourth
quarter to lead the Stingrays to a
win in the opening game of session
Tied at 12 in the second quarter,
the Stingers closed on a 13-4 run to
take a 25-16 lead at the half.
Verdell Grant's tip in early in the
third quarter gave the Stingers a 36-
22 lead as the game appeared to be
slipping away from the Giants.
Junior boys star Anwar Neely
ignited a run for the Giants which
trimmed the defecit to just four at
the end of the third.
Neely scored on consecutive fast-
breaks and Dwight Moss dished an
assist to Kristoff Wood to make the

score 36-30.
Clayton Panza capped the 10-0
run with a runner for a 36-32 lead
headed into the fourth quarter.
Moss brought the Giants within a
single possession with a pair of free
throws, 38-36.
The Stingers' considerable size
advantage paid off in the fourth
quarter with a series of second and
third shot opportunities which kept
the Giants at bay.
With his four trips to the line in
the quarter, Moss kept the Giants
within striking distance.
He made just one of two at the
line with an opportunity to tie, but
pulled the Giants within one, 40-39
with 3:08 left to play.
Knowles would respond for the
Stingers on the very next possession
and extended the lead to three with
a running layup.
Grant added another basket to for
a five point advantage before the
Giants responded with a 5-0 run of
their own to tie.
Moss'layup tied the game at 44
with 1:55 left to play.
Knowles would again respond
with a basket to regain the lead for
the Stingers.
Moss again made just one of two
at the line with an opportunity to
tie, and the Stingers would respond
with a second chance score by Grant
for a 48-45 lead with 53 seconds left
to play.
A series of desperation threes by
the Giants fell short, and Knowles
sealed the Stingers win with a three
point play for the game's final mar-
Grant added 15 points to
Knowles'game high score while
Valentino Mitchell added nine.
Moss led the Giants with 14, Neely
added 11 and Panza finished with
Other results of yesterday's open-
ing session included:

University School Bulls - 73
Heritage Academy Flames - 24

Galilee Miracles - 46
Preston Albury Stallions - 40

Westminster College Diplomats - 76
North Eleuthera Lions - 12

Games will continue all weekend
with the winners of each pool facing
off in the tournament semifinals Sun-
day at 2pm and 5pm respectively.

A PLAYER from the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves glides through the defense of the North Andros Seminoles for a jumper. The
Timberwolves went on to win the game 52-44.

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* AFTER taking a break
to recover from an injury
that prevented him from
playing in the Australian
open, Mark Knowles and his
new doubles partner Mardy
Fish are now playing in the
semifinal of their first tour-
nament for the year.
Playing at the Regions
Morgan Keegan Champi-
onships & Cellular South
Cup in Memphis, Tennessee,
Knowles and Fish will play
against the team of John
Isner and Sam Querrey
If they advance to the
final, they will play on Sun-
Knowles and Fish are the
number two seeds in the
tournament. Knowles' imme-
diate past partner Mahesh
Bhupathi from India and his
new partner Max Mirnyi
were the top seeds, but they
got eliminated in the first


* THE Road Runners
Track Club will hold their
annual track and field classic
today at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium. The meet will begin
at 9 a.m.
It will serve as a qualifier
for the Carifta Games that
will be held in the Cayman
Islands over the Easter holi-
day weekend.


* THE Bahamas Swimming
Federation will continue its
2009/2010 calendar year today
at the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Center. The meet,
which opened up on Friday
night, will resume at 9 a.m.
The meet is being used as a
qualifier for the Carifta
Games that will be held in
Kingston, Jamaica over the
Easter holiday weekend.

Vanderpool-Wallace, Burrows and Lightbourne to

compete in NCAA Conference Swimming Championships

ARIANNA Vanderpool-
Wallace, Vereance Burrows
and Teisha Lightbourne are
competing in their respective
NCAA Conference Swim-
ming Championships this
(Auburn University) and
Burrows (University of Ken-
tuckey) are both competing
at the 2010 Southeastern
Conference Championships,
scheduled from Feb. 17-20 at
University of Georgia,
Gabrielsen Natatorium and
Lightbourne (Northwestern
University) at the Big 10
Championships at Purdue
University in Indiana.
Vanderpool-Wallace and
Burrows will both swim in
the "A" final of the 100 fly
this evening seeded 5th and
6th respectively. Yesterday
saw the duo both swim the
50 freestyle and compete for

their schools in the 200
freestyle relay.
Arianna was seeded 12th
going into the prelims and
swam to a 5th place finish in
the "A" final in a time of
22.32 (NCAA "B" qualifying
time), while Burrows who
was seeded 8th in a time of
20.07 going into the prelims
did not qualify to swim in the
finals and placed 20th overall
in a time of 20.13 (NCAA
"B" qualifying time)
Vanderpool-Wallace and
Burrows also swam the 50 fly
leg of the 200 medley relay
on the opening day of com-
petition and helped their
team to a fourth and sixth
place finish respectively.
Vanderpool-Wallace is
also swimming thelOO yd
freestyle and is seeded 2nd
in that event and Burrows
will also swim the 100 free
and is seeded 38th going into

the preliminary on Saturday.
Teisha Lightbourne is
swimming at the Big 10
Championships in West
Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue
University. Lightbourne
swam the 50 yd free leg of
the 200 medley relay for
Northwestern and finished
7th overall, swam the 50 free
and qualified for the "C"
final with a 24th place finish
in a time of 23.27.
Also swimming for their
college teams in the NCAA
are Alicia Lightbourne
sophomore ) who swims for
the Crimson Tide at Harvard
Univeristy who will compete
at the ECAC Championships
from February 26th - 28th
and Ariel Weech, who is in
her freshman year for the
Huskers at Nebraska, will
swim in the Big 12 Champi-
onships, February 24th -



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Strokers still


in Masters

Softball League
THE Micholette Strokers
remained undefeated in the
Masters Softball League with
a 16-4 rout over the Tony
Tiger Royals in one of the
four games played last week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sport-
ing Complex.
In the other games played,
the William Construction Jets
clobbered the Six Pack Abs
18-1; the Alco Raiders pound-
ed the St. Anges Lions 15-5
and the Bamboo Shack Bulls
knocked off the Andreaus
Brokers 12-4.
* Summaries of the games
played are as follows:
Strokers 16, Royals 4:
Lester Dean went 3-for-4 with
a RBI, scoring three times;
Everette 'Abe' Johnson was
3-for-4 with two RBI and a
run scored and Ronald 'Big
Boy' Seymour was a perfect
2-for-2 with two RBI and
three runs scored in the win.
Dean also got the win on
the mound over Harold
'Banker' Fritzgerald.
Anthony 'Stiuck-A-Ton'
Johnson went 2-for-3 with a
run scored in the loss.
Jets 18, Abs 1: Jeff Cooper
was 3-for-4 with four RBI and
as many runs scored; Brad
Smith 3-for-4 with a pair of
RBI and runs scored and
Gary 'Super' Johnson a per-
fect 3-for-3 with three RBI
and two runs scored in the
Bertie Murray Sr. picked
up the win and Joe Miller was
tagged with the loss.
Raiders 15, Lions 5: Gay-
lord Knowles was 3-for-5 with
two RBI and three runs
scored; tony Henfield went 2-
for-4 with two RBI and a run
and Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders
went 3-for-4 with three RBI
and a run scored in the win.
Saunders picked up the win
over thwe mound over Ken
Barrett McDonald went 1-
for-3 wirth two RBI and a run
scored and George Turner
was a perfect 3-for-3 with a
run in the loss.
Bulls 12, Brokers 4: Rod-
ney Albury was 3-for-4 with
two RBI and three runs; Ken
Symonette was 1-for-4 with
three RBI and a run; Wilton
Bain 3-for-4 with a RBI and
two runs and Lopez Huyler
1-for-4 with two RBI and a
run scored in the win.
Paul Moss picked up the
win and Larry Forbes took
the loss.
Mike Moss was a perfect 3-
for-3 with two runs in a losing
* Here's a look at this
weekend's schedule
Today's schedule
11 am William Construc-
tion Jets vs St. Agnes Lions; 1
pm Bamboo Shack Bulls vs
Tony's TRiger Royals; 3 pm
Six Pack Abs vs Alco Aiur-
condition Raiders.
Sunday's schedule
1 pm Micholette Strokers
vs Andeus Insurance Brokers;
3 pm William Construction
Jets vs Tony's Tiger Royals.
* Standings heading into
this weekend
Team W L Pct. GB GR
Micholette Strokers 10 0
1,000 - 4
Bamboo Shack Bulls 8 2
.800 2 4
William Construction Jets
6 3 .666 31/2 5
Six Pack Abs 5 5 .500 5 4
Andeaus Insurance Bro-
kers 4 6 .400 6 4
Tony's Tiger Royals 2 7
.222 71/2 5
Alco Air Conditon Raiders
2 7 .222 71/2 5
St. Anges Lions 1 7 .125 8 6

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High school players benefit from softball clinic

Senior Sports Reporter

LOCAL high school softball
players benefited greatly from
the appearance of American
Olympic softball pitcher great
Monica Abbott.
Abbott, arguably the top
pitcher in the world, headed a
delegation that stopped in town
yesterday on their seven day
Caribbean cruise on board the
MSC Poesia.
While here, Abbott, Softball
Peak Performance coach Marc
Dagenais and Men's Fastpitch
star Dave Paetkau conducted a
clinic for female players from
the United States and Canada
between the ages of 10-18 years
The clinic at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex featured
players from the College of the
Bahamas, St. Augustine's Col-
lege, CR Walker Secondary
High, DW Davis Junior High.
It focused on the following
* HITTING - Mental tough-
ness at the plate, How to train
vision and
decision-making skills and
how to fix the most common
hitting problems.
* PITCHING - Mental tough-
ness for pitchers, modern
pitching techniques and drills
from Abbott.
How to increase bat speed
and hitting power, Top 20
speed & agility drills for soft-
ball and top 10 factors that
affects the development of
athletic talent.
* RECRUITING - What are col-
lege coaches looking for.
How to stand out from the
crowd and get noticed. How
important is Academic Per-
Abbott, the 6-foot-3, 24-
year-old who led the United
States to victory at the 2008
Olympic Games, said while this
is her first trip here, she had a
really good time.
"I'm glad that some of the
local girls came out. This is a
beautiful complex," said
Abbott in an interview at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
"Hopefully they will all get
some good information that
they can take home and prac-

founder of Cross
Training Softball
from Atlanta, Geor-
gia (third from
right) makes a pre-
sention of softball
equipment to
Bhamas Softball
Federation presi-
dent Burkett
Dorsett (third from
left). Pictured from
left are coach
Michelle Wilson,
coach Godfrey
Burnside, Dorsett,
Ruer, Bahamas
Olympic Associa-
tion president
Wellington Miller
and Reece Oslnker,
founder of Smooth
Sailing Cruises.

tice and put into effect so that
they can get better at their own
A member of the Florida
Pride women's professional
fastpitch team, Abbott will
head the US team to the World
Championships in Venezuela
in September.
"Our chances are good, but
one day we're up and one day
we're down," said Abbott
about the US's chances at the
championships. "I think if we
can all stay focus, we will do
very well."
Abbott said one of the rea-
sons they concentrated on was
the players' ability to stay focus
on the instructions that she and
the other coaches imparted.
"We just want them to make
good habits. I know it's not
easy, but if they stick with it
and continue to do it, eventu-
ally it will become nature," she
Brinesha Fawkes, a 14-year-
old 10th grader from SAC, who
got the opportunity to get some
personal tips from Abbott as
she worked with the pitchers,
said it was a great learning
"I learnt how to do one or
two drills that I hope to put
into practice when I go back
to school," said the junior girls
pitching ace.
Two of the local high school
coaches who participated in the

clinic said they all learned some
valuable lessons as well.
"I think the clinic is a won-
derful idea, but I would like to
see more of it coming to the
Bahamas," said SAC's coach
Michelle Wilson. "I hope that
the Ministry of Sports and the
Bahamas Softball Federation
can bring in more clinics like
this for the young girls to learn
the game."
Wilson said the clinic defi-
nitely proved that there is a lot
of talent in the country, but it's
not utilising it. However, she
indicated that she hoped to
build on what she learnt so the
level of play of the Big Red
Machine will continue to
CR Walker's coach Tyrice
Curry said the clinic was also
beneficial to the Knights sport-
ing programme.
"I didn't really know about
it, now that we are here, I hope
that our girls will learn the dif-
ferent skills they have impart-
ed," she said.
"It's good to learn the dif-
ferent aspects of the game, so I
will definitely impart this in our
programme when we start next
week. But I hope that this will
be a continuous training for all
the schools and coaches."
Dalton Ruer, founder of
Cross Training Softball, said
they are so delighted to be here
teaching the young players how

to get over their fear of playing
the game.
"So it's exciting to work with
them and to push them beyond
what they are capable of
doing," he said. "They then
realise that they can do things
that they only see women on
television do.
"So we're glad to be here
and to work with our girls
internationally as well as work
with some of the Bahamas
from the Bahamas as they get a
chance to know each other and
realise that they have friends
around the world in the sport."
Reece Oslinker, founder of
Smooth Sailing, was responsi-
ble for bringing the contingent
of 160 people on the cruise that
travelled from Fort Lauderdale
to Key West, Grand Cayman
and Jamaica before returning
to Florida.
"Hopefully we will do this
as a yearly event," said Oslink-
er, who noted that while there
were clinics conducted on
board the ship as they cruised,
this was the only stop that they
came on land to do some drills.
Oslinker said they intend to
come back next year, but they
plan to have it organised in a
way where there will be a few
games played among the visit-
ing players and the local play-
Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion president Burkett Dorsett

said the clinic was a golden
opportunity for the local play-
ers to learn the technical
aspects of the game.
"We're very pleased with
Reece and Monica for spear-
heading this programme,"
Dorsett said. "We invited all
of the schools, so we thought
that with this being the mid-
term break, we would have had
more schools involved."
Godfrey 'Gully' Burnside,
one of the few New Providence
Softball Association coaches
who participated, said he was
thrilled to get involved.
"When I look at pitching,
some of the mechanics here
and the exercise that they did is
so beneficial to what we are
doing," he said.
"If we can just gravitate to
this, I think we can definitely
improve softball in the
Bahamas, especially for
females. But I think the clinic
could have been better with
more local coaches and play-
ers involved."
Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion president Wellington
Miller was on hand to get a
glimpse of Abbott as he
watched her conduct the clinic.
"I think it's a great opportu-
nity for people to meet a play-
er like Monica and I hope that
the young ball players will learn
a lot so softball can move on,"
Miller said.

NPBA action continues tonight with double header




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THE New Providence Bas-
ketball Association will con-
tinue its regular season action
with a double header tonight
at the CI Gibson Gymnasi-
um, starting at 7 p.m.
* Heading into the action,
here's a look at the league
standings in the two divisions:


Electro Telecom Cybots 7-1
Real Deal Shockers 6-2
Coca Cola Explorers 3-4
B-Reddies 3-4
Outdoor Lighting Falcons 3-6
Multi Experience Jumpers 1-6
Royal Bahamas Defense Force
Mariners 2-4

Leaders Scorer
Cecil Mackey - Crime Stoppers
- 19.4
Kendrick Bullard - Shockers -

Freddy Lightbourne - Crime
Stoppers - 1.9
Gavin Cunningham - Shockers
Daron Knowles - Crime Stop-
pers - 2.1


Commonwealth Bank Giants 7-0
Y'Cares Wreckers 6-4
Police Crime Stoppers 5-3
Security & General Stars 4-4
Ultimate Building Pros 3-3
College of Bahamas Caribs 2-7

Leading Scorer
Michael Bain - Giants - 25.1
Rebounds - Jeremy Hutchin-
son - Giants - 9.3
Assists - Michael Bain - Giants
Steals - Jackson Jacob - Fal-
cons - 2.0
Blocks - Danny Miller - Pros -

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Toxic fume fire to 'burn for months'

FROM page one

the roofs of their homes to
keep them from burning.
Although the smoke is not
yet as thick as they remem-
ber in the fires of March 2008,
Mr Deleveaux expects it to
continue burning for months
rather than weeks.
He said: "It couldn't be
worse, it couldn't get worse,
this is the worst of the worst.
"Two years ago we had a
problem, but it was nothing
like this.
"We are trying to reduce
the amount of smoke in the
area, because if the wind shifts
the people in Jubilee Gardens
are up the creek. "
Health Minister Hubert
Minnis was astounded the fire
could burn for so long,
exclaiming: "It must be Judg-
ment Day!"
And he advised nearby res-
idents to keep their windows
closed, or leave the area if
they suffer from asthma or
respiratory illness.
Department of Environ-
mental Services director
Melanie McKenzie was said
to be too busy fighting the fire
on the front line to speak to
The Tribune yesterday.
Mr Deleveaux said the
blaze was intentionally set in
three areas at around 7.30 last
Friday night before it spread
across the entire site and to
waste below the surface.
There were three fire engines
on site to control the blaze
yesterday morning and a trac-
tor was used to dig up the
burning embers.

TH DM BAZ oniue t.moler-

Meanwhile families living
just metres away are living in
fear for their safety.
A Jubilee Gardens resident
who only wanted to be named
as Carlton, 19, is afraid there
will be explosions in the land-
fill and at three gas tank stor-
age units in Gladstone Road,
putting government subdivi-
sion residents in his area and
nearby Victoria Gardens at

Residents as far away as
Soldier Road have reported
the smell of toxic smoke in
their neighborhoods, and
Carlton called for the landfill
to be closed and moved to an
island or cay away from com-
He said: "When these gov-
ernments come into power
they say they are building
houses just to show they are
doing something, but they

don't consider the welfare of
the people.
"From the beginning they
shouldn't have considered
placing us here as human
beings because that's our lives
at risk.
"It's a major concern, and
we could hardly sleep during
the last fire because we were
thinking what if our house
caught fire?
"But on top of that this

smoke is dangerous. We may
be able to endure it, but we
have young children, and peo-
ple have babies who could get
sick or die from this.
"This isn't a regular fire,
this is from the dump, and
there might be all kinds of
dangerous fumes."
And for Carlton the dan-
ger posed by the dump is an
ongoing concern.
He said: "I feel as if they

won't do anything until some-
thing major happens. The
only thing they can do is move
the dump because it's an ever
occurring problem and it's
going to recur and recur,
because it will always catch
Another resident added:
"Living here is dangerous and
that is something that we
always keep at the back of
our minds. Always."
Minister of Housing Ken-
neth Russell failed to return
calls from The Tribune yes-
terday. Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux said he is
awaiting a report about the
fire from the Department of
Environmental Health.

Home invasion:

Police make

another arrest

FROM page one
leg. The third man contin-
ued on foot, eluding offi-
cers by jumping into the
bush. Since then, police
have canvassed the sur-
rounding areas, setting up
numerous road blocks in
an attempt to capture the
final gunman.
Up to press time police
sources were unable to
confirm whether the sus-
pect they arrested yester-
day afternoon was con-
nected to this matter.
Police investigations con-


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PLP to make Election Court move 'next week'

FROM page one

the present position is that no
one is or can be declared the
winner of the Elizabeth by-
election. Indeed the outcome
of the by-election will remain
up in the air until such time as
the Election Court rules on
the matter," stressed PLP
leader Perry Christie yester-
Protest ballots are cast
when a person's voter's card
has a defect; the entry relating
to such person in the voter
register is incorrect; or the
person has a voter's card but
his name does not appear in
the register for the relevant
constituency or polling divi-
sion, the Election Act states.
These protest ballots, cast
on yellow ballots rather than
white, were not added to the
official tally however Section
69 (1) of the Act has a provi-
sion for them to be included.
That section states that if the
number of regular votes cast
in favour of a candidate is
equal to or exceeds the num-
ber of regular votes cast for
any other candidate for that
constituency but is less than
the combined number of reg-
ular and protest votes cast for
another candidate, then the
protest votes received by all
the candidates shall be taken
into account and their validi-
ty determined by an Election


With this in mind, Mr
Christie is confident that
Ryan Pinder will be declared
by the election court to be the
next Member of Parliament
for the Elizabeth constituen-
"Our legal team is satisfied
that when the protest ballots
are scrutinised in accordance
with well established legal
principles and judicial prece-
dent, the electorate of Eliza-
beth will be shown conclu-
sively to have elected Leo
Ryan Pinder as their repre-
sentative," said Mr Christie.
But chairman of the Free
National Movement Carl
Bethel has a different opin-
ion. "The Free National
Movement won the by-elec-
tion on the ground, we held it
in the (recount) room and we
will define it wherever else
the PLP wants to take it. Eliz-
abeth is FNM and we trust
that the election court will
agree with us that the duly
elected Member of Parlia-
ment for Elizabeth is Dr
Duane Sands!" he said.
Meantime, there is concern
from some quarters that the
expected court case will take
months to convene and make
a judgment, leaving the peo-
ple of Elizabeth in limbo with-
out representation in the
House of Assembly. But Mr
Pinder, a tax attorney, thinks
a delay is unlikely.
"The law says election
court takes precedence. It's
not a traditional election court
case where there is weeks and

"The Free
National Move-
ment won the by-
election on the
ground, we held
it in the (recount)
room and we will
define it wherev-
er else the PLP
wants to take it.

Carl Bethel

weeks of hearing - it is a nar-
row scope of review. I can't
see why this can't be heard in
one day," Mr Pinder said.
According to PLP lawyer
Valentine Grimes, the party
may also ask the Supreme
Court to review three other
ballots that were rejected by
returning officer Jack Thomp-
son, because the voters either
wrote Ryan Pinder's name or
placed their inky thumbprint
next to his box instead of
marking an 'X'.
"But we may include three
other votes which were on
white ballots which were
rejected by the returning offi-
cer," said Mr Grimes.
The only other candidate
to receive protest votes was
Cassius Stuart of the BDM,
with one such vote.

History is made by vacant House seat

FROM page one

recount, ending at around midnight Thursday, that nobody
could yet be declared the duly elected MP for Elizabeth.
Errol Bethel said this was in light of the declared intention
of PLP candidate Ryan Pinder - who was found to have
received two fewer "regular" votes than the FNM's Dr Duane
Sands, who took the lead with 1,501 votes at the end of the
recount - to seek to have a small number of "protest" votes
cast in his name considered or "tested" by an election court for
inclusion in the final vote tally.
Several sources with whom The Tribune conferred on the
matter, including Maurice Tynes, Clerk of the House of
Assembly, and former FNM leader and Henry Bostwick, QC,
said they could not recall a by-election ever being taken to
election court to be decided.
Mr Tynes noted it would be the first time that the House of
Assembly will be left with a seat vacant for an indefinite peri-
od of time.
Normally if a sitting MP resigns or dies, it is expected that an
MP would quickly take up his seat as representative around a
month later once a by-election takes place and a new repre-
sentative is chosen by a constituency's residents. Today, with
the PLP promising to launch legal action, no winner has been
declared by the Parliamentary Commissioner in the Eliza-
beth by-election and the constituents must wait to see how long
it takes for the court to hear and determine the case.
Yesterday, Elizabeth resident Ella Thompson said she is
nonetheless in favour of the matter going to election court.
"I prefer it go through election court. Let justice prevail. If
the FNM gone win let them win fair," she said.

The Parliamentary Commissioner's statement confirmed
yesterday that, following a recount of the votes, Dr Duane
Sands (FNM) got 1,501 votes, Ryan Pinder (PLP) got 1,499
plus five protest votes, Dr Andre Rollings (NDP) got 72
votes, Cassius Stuart (BDM) got 115 votes plus one protest
vote and Rodney Moncur (Workers' Party) got 21 votes.


Carl Bethel, FNM Chairman and an attorney, said yesterday
he does not think the constituency will be left in electoral
limbo for much longer.
"The courts are aware of the constitutional imperative that
every constituency should be represented in parliament and so
the court will make arrangements on an expedited basis for any
election court matter to be dealt with expeditiously," he pre-
He also added that just because the PLP would like to see
the "protest" votes "tested" by a judge, it is not a foregone con-
clusion that this will happen despite the party's desire for it, as
they must prove that there is a legal basis for such scrutiny.
Mr Pinder's move to have the matter heard in the election
court is in accordance with Section 69 of the Parliamentary
Elections Act, which states that if a candidate wins a total num-
ber of "regular" votes which are equal to or exceed those of an
opposing candidate, but that total number - in Dr Sand's case,

1,501 - fails to exceed the total number of "regular" votes plus
the total number of "protest" votes cast for the other candidate
"then the protest votes received by all the candidates shall be
taken into account and their validity determined by an election
Mr Pinder received 1,499 regular votes, and a total of five
protest votes - votes which were cast on a coloured ballot
paper because the presiding officer was not satisfied as to
the identity of the voter or his entitlement to vote.
Those protest votes were not counted in the initial tally, but
if they were, would bring Mr Pinder's total vote count to two
greater than that of Dr Sands, making him the duly elected
member of parliament for Elizabeth.
The PLP immediately gave notice of its intention to take
legal action over the protest votes on Thursday night, when the
recount came to a close and PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts
said yesterday it is likely the legal action will be initiated next
Such a step must be taken within 10 days of the results of the
election to be effective.
The fact that the party suggested it will take the matter to an
election court means that when Parliament meets again for the
first time in over a month next week, Wednesday, February 24,
no new Member of Parliament will be sworn in to represent
Elizabeth as had been expected.
Speaking in Grand Bahama yesterday, Prime Minister and
FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham described the possibility that
a member would be sworn in that day as "uncertain."
Mr Ingraham said that he will reserve further comment on
the by-election until he arrives back in Nassau where he
expects to hold a press conference tomorrow at FNM Head-
quarters at 3pm.RE


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