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court challenge
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
FILING its Elizabeth by-election court challenge
yesterday, the Progressive Liberal Party says it has
good reason to believe the move will produce positive
results for their candidate, Ryan Pinder.
Party operatives claim, in two of the five instances,
the presiding officer made an error in judgment, con-
trary to the mandate of the Parliamentary Election
Acts, in requiring voters to cast their ballots on
coloured slips.
No official winner was declared in the Elizabeth
by-election after two full days of recounting. The cer-
SEE page eight


Policeman's family

in home invasion


By AVA TURNQUEST
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net
A POLICEMAN'S daugh-
ter fled hooded gunmen by
leaping from a moving car
after she and her mother had
been terrorised and kid-
napped.
The pair were abducted
after two armed robbers
broke into the police officer's
home in the Gladstone Road
area.
When the women said they
had no money, the gunmen
forced the terrified pair into
the family's 2002 Ford Expe-
dition.
The culprits then drove
south on Gladstone Road
where they released the
policeman's wife.
His daughter, who is
believed to be in her twen-
ties, reportedly escaped by
jumping from the vehicle as
it set off. She received minor
injuries. The vehicle was later
recovered in the Carmichael
Road area.
Over the past two weeks,
police have reported numer-
ous home invasions and
armed robberies throughout
New Providence.


In yesterday's Tribune it
was reported how a man was
shot during an armed robbery
at Oleander Avenue on Mon-
day. He was later named as
Henry McPhee.
Mr McPhee was shot in the
head while his girlfriend and
daughter were tied up and
robbed of valuables.
Police will not confirm
whether they believe the two
incidents are linked.
They are also staying tight-
lipped about yesterday's
home invasion. Sources also
cannot confirm at this time
whether the invasion was a
random selection or if the sus-
pects had targeted the police
officer's residence.
Despite the latest attacks,
the police held a press con-
ference yesterday to report
that their latest initiative to
deal with this recent spate of
home invasions was garner-
ing some significant success.
This new strategy, officials
said, has made a "break
through" by intensifying their
focus on repeat offenders.
ASP Clayton Fernander,
officer-in-charge of the armed
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Condemned
inmate's appeal
delays possible
execution
CONDEMNED inmate
Godfrey Sawyer has filed an
appeal that will delay any
possible execution until an
appellate court reviews his
case.
Sawyer has filed a Notice
of Application for Extension
of Time Within Which to
Appeal and a Notice of
Appeal, Minister of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turn-
quest said in a statement
yesterday.
Consequently, "the sen-
tence of death will not be
carried out until after the
determination of the rele-
vant proceedings".
The news comes several
weeks after the Advisory
SEE page nine

Hotels 'likely
to start hiring
staff this year'
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
HOTELS are "very opti-
mistic" that their business
prospects are up in 2010 and it
is likely that a significant num-
ber will begin to hire new
employees this year after hav-
ing to cut back their staffing
levels in 2008 and 2009, the
Minister of Labour said.
Dion Foulkes said signs
indicate that unemployment
levels, which ballooned to
14.6 per cent in New Provi-
dence and 18.1 per cent in
Grand Bahama 18.1 per cent
as of November 2009 - leav-
ing 47,560 looking for work
- have "stabilised" and
upward trends in unemploy-
ment in the hotel industry in
particular may now begin to
reverse.
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Government getting
ready to mobilise
heavy equipment
for dump fire

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT is
getting ready to
mobilise msi c
amounts of heavy equip-
ment" to tackle the wide-
spread fire at the city dump
that has been clouding parts
of New Providence with tox-
ic fumes for several weeks.
Officials are assessing the
situation at the city dump off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway to see how much
equipment will be required
to "spread out" the material
accumulated in the landfill
site as a means of beginning
to more effectively contain
the fires. It is also being cal-
culated how much this exer-
cise will cost the government.
Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux said: "All of
the dump now is smoulder-
ing and in order to address
the smouldering problem we
have to spread out the dump
to bring it down to a lower
level, and once we've done
that we can then cover it with
fill and or extinguish it with
chemicals and water. Until
we are able to do that, which
means the mobilisation of
massive amounts of equip-
ment, we will continue to
have the smouldering."
Meanwhile, as officials
seek to deal with the imme-
diate problem presented by
the ongoing blaze and bil-
lowing smoke emanating
from the 100-acre landfill
site, discussions are under-
way as to what can be done
going forward to reduce the
chance of future fires.
Dr Deveaux made these
comments to the media yes-
terday before he went into a
Cabinet meeting with his
ministerial colleagues, where
he was expected to provide
an update on the dump fire
problem to the government.
Thick smoke rising from
the burning site - where
firefighters are currently
fighting one "very large" fire,
and several smaller ones,
according to Dr Deveaux -
has affected large parts of
New Providence, but in par-
ticular residents of the near-
by Jubilee Gardens govern-
ment subdivision.
Residents told The Tri-
bune last week that they are
living in fear for their health
and their homes.
Dr Deveaux said that min-
imising the likelihood of haz-
ardous fires breaking out at
the site in future comes down
to better management of the
waste that is brought there.
He hopes that more
resources can ultimately be
channelled into the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health Services - the gov-
ernment entity that has
responsibility for the dump
- to enable them to deal
with the issue more compe-
tently and in a sustainable
manner.
A large part of this
approach would revolve
around recycling more of
what is brought to the dump.
"A lot of the material is
recyclable but we haven't
been doing that to the extent
that we should, and as it
accumulates the risk of fire
accumulates. The end goal is
to recycle as much as we
could and when we have a
sufficient volume of material
that we could document, we
can migrate seamlessly into a
waste-to-energy facility," said
Dr Deveaux.
The Environment Minis-
ter said he has met with Stan-
tec, the company that con-
structed the landfill, as part
of an effort to arrive at some
better short and long-term
solutions for the city dump.
Jeffrey Deleveaux, direc-
tor of fire services, last week
described the fire currently


burning as the "worst of the
worst" - the largest in the
dump's history - and said it
could continue to burn "for
months".
Yesterday, firefighters
also expressed concern that
squatters in the bushy areas
around the city dump, who
often cook over open fires,
are contributing to the
problem.


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 3


LOSALNEWS


Man in court in
connection with home

invasion, shoot-out
A MAN charged in a home
invasion and shoot-out that
took place in Coral Harbour
last Thursday was arraigned
in a magistrate's court yester-
day.
Jermaine Stuart, 37, of St
Alban's Drive was arraigned
in Court 5, before Magistrate
Derrence Davis, charged with
armed robbery, burglary,
firearm poession and receiv-
ing. It is alleged that Stuart on
February 18 broke into the
home of Georgette Butler on
February 18. It is further
alleged that Stuart, while
armed with a handgun, robbed
Butler of $30,000 in assorted
jewellery, $1,650 cash and a
Dell laptop computer valued
at $1,900.
It is also alleged that Stuart
had been in possession of a
handgun with intent to endan-
ger the life of Corporal 340
Fox, Constable 2889 Barr and
with intent to resist lawful
arrest. Stuart was not required
to enter a plea to the charges.
His brother, Derek Stuart, 49,
of Rock Crusher is charged
with conspiring to commit the
armed robbery of Georgette
Butler. Butler pleaded not
guilty to the charge. Both men
are expected back in court
today.


Mailhoat concerns

for Exuma residents
By ALESHA CADET

THE people of Exuma
are concerned they will be
without mailboat service
for some time after the
motor vessel The Grand
Master ran aground and
was badly damaged last
week.
They are also anxious to
find out what became of
the ship's cargo, which
was bound for their com-
munity.
Strong waves caused the
vessel to run aground last
Wednesday on a reef close
to Stocking Island off the
coast of Great Exuma.
The ship's captain,
known as "Captain
Lance", said he could not
release much information
about the condition of the
ship, but admitted it is in
a bad state and requires a
great deal of work.
"We are working daily
trying to save the boat,"
he said.
The Tribune under-
stands that tugboats were
used last week in a failed
attempt to pull the strand-
ed vessel free of the rocks.
Residents of Exuma are
concerned that the Grand
Master is "finished".
One Exumian who did
not wish to be named said
the boat was approaching
Great Exuma at around
5.30 on the morning of
the accident and it is
believed that it had trou-
ble navigating the shallow
waters.
"From Wednesday to
Saturday, we got no news
on our freight stored on
The Grand Master boat;
we want to know if it was
destroyed or not, and
when can we be able to
get it," the resident
added.
The vessel was eventu-
ally freed using underwa-
ter welding techniques. It
is said that the owners are
now deciding whether to
take the vessel to Cuba or
Freeport for repairs.


Man in court charged with




murder and armed robbery


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A 38-YEAR-OLD man of
Dames Alley was arraigned in a
magistrate's court yesterday on
a long list of serious charges,
including murder, attempted
murder and armed robbery.
Timothy Cole hobbled to
Court Bank Lane under police
escort to face multiple charges.
Police said that Cole was
released from prison last May
after serving 18 years in prison
for armed robbery. . J
Police have charged Cole with
the December 2009 murder of
Darron Farrington and the
attempted murder of Lavardo Bethell. Far-
rington became the country's 80th murder vic-
tim in 2009 when two gunmen opened fire on
a group of men at Strachan's Corner off East
Street on the night of December 15.
According to reports, Farrington, 38, a steel
worker was reportedly standing with friends
outside a house when two armed gunmen
emerged from a track road and began shoot-
ing.
Farrington collapsed as he was shot in the
chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bethell was shot in his lower leg.
Cole was not required to enter a plea to the
murder and attempted murder charges. He
was also not required to enter a plea to 14
counts of armed robbery.
It is alleged that Cole, while armed with a
handgun and concerned with another, robbed
several businesses, including J-Co Discount
Mart, Percy's Web Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy's on Mackey Street and the Shell ser-


vice station on Poinciana Dri-
ve. According to court dockets,
Cole committed the offences
between September 2009 and
February 2010.
He was also charged with pos-
session of a firearm with intent
to endanger life and with intent
to commit an indictable offence,
possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.
^. Cole was also arraigned on a
-" - *. charge of stealing a Ford F-150
"',. -', truck and receiving the stolen
. r ' vehicle.
Cole pleaded not guilty to the
charges.
He also pleaded not guilty to
the charge of causing grievous
harm to Edward Dawkins on February 3.
Cole's attorney Geoffrey Farquharson told
the court that his client had been shot in the
course of his arrest and needed further medical
attention.
He also told the court that a quantity of
cash, a set of keys and a cellular phone had
been taken from Cole by police. Farquharson
said that Cole had instructed him to request
that his belongings be turned over to his attor-
ney.
The prosecution claimed, however, that
some items taken from Cole were obtained
during the committal of offences for which he
had been charged.
Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered that only
the property not in dispute should be handed
over to Mr Farquharson. Cole was remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison. His murder case has
been adjourned to March 1 and transferred
to Court 10, Nassau Street. His other cases
were adjourned to March 2.


Police seek man for questioning in

connection with alleged fraud matters
By DENISE MAYCOCK .
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama l
police are searching for a Freeport i
man who they want to question in con- .
nection with several alleged fraud mat- -
ters. .
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the
police are seeking the public's assis-
tance in locating 45-year-old Edward
Farquharson.
The incidents in question took place in 2009 and 2010, and
are under investigation by the Commercial Crimes Section
of the Central Detective Unit.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts
of Farquharson is asked to call 911 immediately.



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and share your story.


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

ABOUT 200 government
employees could bring work at
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture to a grinding halt
on Friday if no effort is made
to move them to a building
that is free of the mould-relat-
ed health hazards they claim
plague them at their current
work place.
The entire staff of the Min-
istry of Youths, Sports and
Culture have been advised by
Bahamas Public Service Union
President John Pinder that the
drastic action may be the only
way to get government to take
definite action in the face of
their complaints.
Tensions rose after several
deadlines given by the govern-
ment late last year for moving
the employees passed without
them being relocated, while
around 350 staff from the Min-
istry of Education - which is
housed in the same Thompson
Boulevard building - have
been assured that they will be
temporarily relocated to the
Teachers and Salaried Work-
ers Co-operative Credit Union
building on East Street next
week.
Mr Pinder claims there are
several viable options for the
relocation of the 200 remaining
staff, including the old Bacardi
administrative office building,
the former UPS building on
East Bay Street or Beaumont
House downtown, and the gov-
ernment is simply "dragging
its feet."
"We've been trying for the


last three years trying to get
the problem resolved but the
government keeps moving the
deadline of when they are sup-
posed to move. The final dead-
line was December 31, 2009,
and the people not moved
yet."
Yesterday Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture
Charles Maynard said he was
"caught by surprise" by the
BPSU's announcement that
staff would be staying away
from work if a solution to the
relocation question is not
found by Friday.
"They are well aware that
this is a problem (the mould
infestation within the building,
which workers have blamed
for causing ill health) that has
existed prior to us coming to


office and experts have looked
at the building and only set-
tled late last year on the fact
that we have to move out of
the building in order for them
to make the necessary repairs
to the building.
"Ever since then we've been
looking at alternative sites. We
need 15,000 square feet to
accommodate all the offices
we have now and to give all
the services to the public that
we do and that's not been an
easy thing to find in one loca-
tion.
"We did not want to split up
the staff because that would
cause more problems for the
ministry. The union has been
kept updated all along," said
the minister.
But Mr Pinder said: "We
can't continue to ask and to
beg our members to work with
the government. It's been
three years, when will it end?
It's time to put our foot down
and unless staff refuse to go to
that place they will keep drag-
ging their feet.
"I advised the staff that if
they don't have an official
memo from the permanent
secretary by the end of work
on Friday, they will only go in
on Monday to pack to prepare
to get into another building."


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TAXI drivers who were shocked to find them-
selves threatened with arrest for soliciting busi-
ness on Woodes Rodgers Walk after an alleged
change in government policy were yesterday
reassured that they could return to the site - at
least for now.
Around 20 taxi drivers staged an impromptu
protest outside the Churchill Building on Raw-
son Square to make their frustration known to
government ministers ahead of the morning ses-
sion of Cabinet.
However, after a brief discussion with a senior
police officer, who swiftly appeared on the scene
flanked by about five or six other officers, the
group dispersed, claiming the policeman told
them they could continue to drive up to the
area outside the fence bordering on Festival
Place for the time being.
Taxi driver Ivan Campbell said the officer
informed him that a meeting will be held on
Thursday regarding the issue, to which taxi dri-
vers will be invited.
The drivers were relieved, but some remained
angry that police had sought to enforce this
apparently new rule so vigorously before inform-
ing them of any change.
"I don't want to be working honestly and
somebody arrests me. Don't do that to me. If I
was a bad citizen I could understand that, but I
don't want to be working honestly and someone
threatens me with arrest when I have not com-
mitted any offence," said taxi driver Felton Cox.


The Tribune was yesterday unable to ascer-
tain if the officer who allegedly threatened
the drivers with arrest was enforcing a new
policy.
While there has for some time now been a
10-taxi limit in place within the boundaries of
Festival Place in light of enhanced interna-
tional security demands, taxi drivers said they
were unaware of any new regulations govern-
ing who could access the area immediately
outside of Festival Place where cruise passen-
gers stream out as they begin their visit to
Nassau.
Yesterday, Environment Minister Dr Earl
Deveaux, who has responsibility for the
Port Department, said he was not aware of
any new policy relating to taxi drivers.
"I'm not responsible for taxi drivers, (but) I
would be surprised if Commander (Patrick)
McNeil (port controller) has put in place any
new regulations to change the long existing
rules we've had out there," he said.
A message left for Minister of Works Neko
Grant, who has responsibility for relations
between the government and taxi drivers, was
not returned up to press time.
Attempts to reach senior officers at the Cen-
tral Police station yesterday were unsuccessful
as phone lines at the station were said to be out
of service.
A message left for Mr McNeil was not
returned.


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 5


LOSALNEWS


Two remanded to

prison pending

bail hearing

TWO men were
remanded to prison on
Monday pending a bail
hearing over marijua-
na possession charges.
Samuel Emmanuel
Knowles, 34, of Yel-
low Elder Gardens
and Jamal Maycock, of
Hay Street were
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with conspir-
ing to possess a quan-
tity of marijuana with
intent to supply and
possession of marijua-
na with intent to sup-
ply.
Both men pleaded
not guilty to the
charges which state
that the men commit-
ted the offences on
February 19.
According to the
prosecution, the men
were found in posses-
sion of 11 pounds of
marijuana.
Both men were
remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison and
are expected back in
court on February 25
for a bail hearing.
* A man was sen-
tenced to two years in
prison on Monday
after pleading guilty to
weapons and ammuni-
tions charges.
Mark Munnings, 29,
of Eneas Street was
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with posses-
sion of an unlicensed
firearm as well as
ammunition.
According to court
dockets, Munnings on
February 18 was found
in possession of a
black and silver. 38
revolver and five .38
bullets.
Munnings was sen-
tenced to two years
imprisonment on each
count.
The sentences are to
run concurrently.


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Appellate court ruling allows tourist



drowning case to be heard in US


LAWYERS for an American
tourist who drowned while on
vacation at a Grand Bahama
resort are heralding a recent Unit-
ed States appellate court ruling
that allows the case to heard in
the US as a significant win for for-
eigners hurt or killed in the
Bahamas due to hotel negligence.
Daisy Scott Emory, 48, of
Orlando, Florida, drowned while
vacationing at the Island Seas on
Grand Bahama in 2006, to be
heard in the US.
In December, the US' 11th Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals issued a rul-
ing that will allow the case to pro-
ceed in US courts. This reversed a
US District Court's decision last
year to dismiss the case on the
grounds that the Bahamas was the
correct venue for the plaintiff's
claims.
"The significance of this impor-
tant decision is that persons
injured or killed in the Bahamas
or the Caribbean may have the
opportunity to have their case
resolved in a United States court-
room," said the family's lawyer
Robert Parks, who was born in
the Bahamas and is now a partner
in the Law Offices of Robert


"The significance of this important
decision is that persons injured or
killed in the Bahamas or the
Caribbean may have the opportunity
to have their case resolved in a
United States courtroom."


Parks, PL, a Florida-based firm.
According to lawyers for her
estate, Emory visited the Island
Palm Resort on Grand Bahama
with her daughter, sister, and two
cousins. The 48-year-old bought a
discounted vacation package at
the Grand Bahama resort in 2006.
Part of the package's conditions
required Emory to tour the Island
Palm's sister hotel, the Island Seas,
and also attend a timeshare pre-
sentation, it is reported. While at
the Island Seas, Emory and her
party purchased tickets for a
banana boat ride from Paradise
Watersports, a vendor that oper-
ated a kiosk near the front desk.
Her legal team said that Emory
notified George Douglas, a Par-
adise Watersports employee in


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charge of towing the banana
boats, that she and another mem-
ber of her party could not swim,
according to D'Alemberte.
It is reported that Mr Douglas
then gave Emory a life vest that
was too small and worn, but
assured her that it would keep her
afloat if necessary. However, the
boat capsized while carrying
Emory and three of her family
members, and Emory fell into the
water and drowned.
Emory's legal team has argued
that a US courtroom was the
proper forum for this case because
many interested parties in the
matter, including the personal rep-
resentative of Emory's estate, her
daughter Rene Wilson, is a Flori-
da resident, adding that the key


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the home of Dr Claude Selena, one of the locations where they
attended to injured residents of Haiti.

THE MedDentCo Health When the call was made for
Centre in Nassau has com- volunteers Dr Gloria
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Gloria Ageeb, and medical She and Ms Fortune
assistant Moniquea Fortune were among the first from
on their relief work in the Bahamas to travel to
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witnesses in the case, including
family members, friends, doctors,
and Emory's employer, are Amer-
ican residents.
Yesterday, President of the
Bahamas Hotel Association - an
organisation of which the Island
Seas and Island Palm are mem-
bers - declined to comment
specifically on the ruling.
"It would be improper for me
to discuss anything related to liti-
gation involving any of our mem-
ber hotels, especially where there
is current legal action taking
place," Mr Sands told The Tri-
bune.
When pressed on what possi-
ble impact this ruling could have
for other resorts in the Bahamas
and if he thought this could set a
precedent for negligence cases


emerging from the Caribbean to
be heard in the US, Mr Sands said,
"The reality is that no two cases
are the same, each case must be
based on its own merit. I don't
wish to get into any hypothetical
discussion regarding the merits or
demerits of a particular case.
He added that "any litigation
is of concern to our sector but we
are satisfied as a sector that all
that our independent properties
exercise a level of precaution and
security that looks after the wel-
fare of all our guests."
Attempts to get a comment
from officials at the Island Palm
proved fruitless because the hotel
is currently closed. Messages left
at the Island Seas for comment
were not returned up to press
time.


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My by-election observations


By LARRY SMITH


ugh Call is no
I hell-shocked poll
worker, but we
thought that a
Look at the over-
all numbers in last week's
bye-election would be
instructive.
Taking the official num-
bers at face value (there
were complaints that many
registered illegally), there
were 4,942 registered voters
in the Elizabeth constituen-
cy - an increase of 691
since 2007 - but more than
a third of them stayed home
on February 16.
And despite all the talk of
a surge in support for new
parties, the BDM, NDP and
WP won only 209 votes col-
lectively - about 4 per cent
of the total cast. So my first
observation is that support
for splinter candidates
remained low, and is consis-
tent with past experience.
In the 2007 general elec-
tion, a single splinter candi-
date (Bernard Rolle) won
72 votes in Elizabeth, or less
than 2 per cent of the 3907
cast. And overall in 2007,
splinter candidates (the
BDM and several indepen-
dents) received only about 3
per cent of the vote.
In fact, the electoral high
point for candidates not
drawn from the two major
parties was 2002, when they
collectively won 7.5 per cent
of the vote. But that was due
largely to the fact that the


Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major par-
ties. Support in the recent bye-
election was evenly divided at
1501 for the FNM and 1499 for
the PLP.


PLP refrained from fielding
candidates against several
independents (all former
FNMs).
Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major
parties. Support in the
recent bye-election was
evenly divided at 1501 for
the FNM and 1499 for the
PLP. This compares to the
2007 general election, when
the PLP won 1940 votes to
the FNM's 1895 (in percent-
age terms roughly 50 to 47).
After all the campaign-
ing by the well-oiled party
machines, a low 65 per cent
turnout produced a desulto-
ry draw. This inconclusive
result contrasted sharply
with the 92 per cent turnout
in the last general election,
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Bahamian elections, and a
clearcut victory for the PLP.
So my second observa-
tion is that despite a huge
effort (consuming the scarce
time, money and resources
of ministers and parliamen-
tarians), the two major par-
ties were barely able to
energise their bases - those
folks who will vote PLP or
FNM no matter what. So the
big question is, who stayed
home and why? And did
they want to reprimand Per-
ry Christie or warn Hubert
Ingraham?

Effective

Well, surely the most
effective way to do either
would have been to vote for
the splinter candidates. So
was the low turnout simply
idleness on the part of voters
who knew that this election
would not make the slightest
difference in the scheme of
things? Or were many of
them illegally registered?
This brings me to my
third observation, which is
that both major parties
agree that many voters reg-
istered illegally. So the big
question is - how did that
happen and will the prob-
lem be fixed for the next
time?
During the chaotic voter
registration of 2007 presided
over by Perry Christie, only
eight days intervened
between changing the con-
stituency boundaries and
dissolving parliament. This
meant that voters' cards
were issued in a rush, and
numerous mistakes were
likely to have been made.
But what was the problem


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this time? We deserve a full
explanation of any flaws in
the voter registration
process so that they can be
fixed prior to the next elec-
tion.
My fourth observation
has to do with race. In 2007
the "no-turning-back" PLP
sharply criticised the FNM
for running Brent Symon-
ette, a wealthy white scion of
the old Bay Street power
clique who, they said, held
the party in his financial
clutches. Yet this time
around they happily ran
Ryan Pinder, the son of a
wealthy white lawyer from
Spanish Wells whose pro-
fessional ties lie solely in the
United States, and who was
nominated due to the will-
ingness of the Pinder family
to bankroll his election.
Finally, a review of pre-
vious elections may be help-
ful in the present analysis.
There were 150,799 regis-
tered voters in the May 2,
2007 general election. The
FNM contested all 41 con-
stituencies, the PLP con-
tested 39, the BDM contest-
ed 16, and there were 15


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Independent candidates,
two of whom were incum-
bents.

Recounts

Although then Prime
Minister Christie conceded
defeat at about 10.30 pm on
election day, there were pro-
tracted recounts the day
after as strong rumours cir-
culated that the FNMs close
victory would be over-
turned.
But official results even-
tually gave the FNM 23
seats with about 50 per cent
of the vote, while the PLP
won 18 seats with almost 47
per cent.
Christie decided to take
several cases to the Election
Court but lost all of them,
ringing up a million dollars
in legal costs. And now the
PLP wants to take the Eliz-
abeth results to court. Since
the outcome will not alter
the balance of power in par-
liament, this can only be
seen as (a) false bravado on
the part of an embarrassed
leadership, or (b) anger aris-
ing from a feeling of entitle-


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ment to rule.
Speaking of costs it would
be interesting to see how the
major parties have handled
court fees over the years,
and to what extent they
have met other financial
obligations such as travel
and media expenses. In fact,
it would be useful to know
just how much it costs to run
a political campaign (both
bye-elections and general
elections), where the money
comes from and how it is
accounted for and disbursed
by the major parties.
In fact, the issue of cam-
paign financing should be a
big part of the debate on
broadcasting codes spon-
sored by the new Utilities
Regulation and Competition
Authority. Should political
parties receive public funds
for their campaigns? Should
private contributions be ful-
ly disclosed? Should cam-
paign expenses be limited
by law? These are all critical
questions that demand
answers.
And just for the record, in
the 2002 general election the
PLP won almost 52 per cent
of the vote compared to the
FNMs 41 per cent.
In 1997 the FNM won
almost 58 per cent of the
vote.
And in 1992 they won 55
per cent.
Before that the PLP com-
fortably won elections in
1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1968
and 1967. The first Bahami-
an election contested by a
political party (the PLP) was
in 1956.

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Leslie Miller - 'Rvan Pinder L


is right to fight for Elizabeth'


Former MP says this election court case not like the others


LESLIE MILLER


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


A FRESH election court battle is
brewing as Progressive Liberal Party
candidate for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder
prepares to test the validity of five
protested votes cast in his favour. The
feeling is all too familiar to former
PLP Baillou Hills MP, Leslie Miller,
who declined to mount a similar chal-
lenge two years ago but believes this
time victory is worth fighting for.
In an interview with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Miller dismissed as "idi-
otic" the suggestion by Free National
Movement leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, that the PLP should


be required to pay a deposit to ensure
debts incurred from a court challenge
are paid. Mr Ingraham is claiming the
party has a history delinquency.
Mr Miller was the only person fol-
lowing the 2007 general election to
bow out after contemplating an elec-
tion court bid. He made a conscious
decision not to file a challenge like
two of his fellow MPs, because he
appreciated the considerable resources
involved in doing so.
He saved himself potentially mil-
lions of dollars, unlike former PLP
candidate, Pleasant Bridgewater, who
owes around $1 million for the Marco
City election court case she lost, and
Allison Maynard-Gibson, former PLP
candidate for Pinewood, who also


incurred large legal costs. But, Mr
Miller said yesterday, "In the case of
Elizabeth, it is a totally different situ-
ation. You cannot equate Elizabeth
with Baillou Hills or any other con-
stituency following the 2007 elections.
I would have gone to court myself in
circumstances such as these - no ifs,
hands or buts.

Pressure
"With all the pressure applied to
the voters and all the pressure applied
to the returning officer and his cohorts,
I think it is only fair that what is about
to happen takes place."
He was referring to the PLP's objec-
tion to Minister of National Security


Tommy Turnquest being part of the
FNM's recount team, as he is the min-
ister responsible for elections. The
opposition feels that as such, he should
not be involved in partisan political
exercises.
The PLP also claims that voters and
the returning officer, Jack Thompson,
were intimidated by the presence of
government officials such as Mr Turn-
quest at the polling stations.
Mr Miller noted that "Every minis-
ter represents the government. (Mr
Turnquest's) view is the government's
view. He had the full power and
authority and should he ashamed of
himself. "I prefer elections to be won
at the ballot box. When you clearly
get the majority of the votes and you


move on. You win, you win; you lose,
you lose, and you go home. But when
you see these questionable tactics tak-
ing place you can see why chaos enters
the picture and people refer to the
court system to get fair play."
According to Mr Miller, even
though he decided against an election
court challenge because of the costs, all
such instances are a "political sham" as
no one really expects to pay.
He claimed that when the FNM con-
tested the MICAL seat following the
2002 general election, Johnley Ferug-
son, who lost to PLP candidate Alfred
Gray, did not pay his court debts until
the eve of the next general election,
when he ran and lost in South
Eleuthera.


Moves to help prevent traffic fatalities in Grand Bahama in 2010


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net


FREEPORT - The Road Traffic Department
and the Royal Bahamas Police Force are making
efforts to help prevent traffic fatalities from hap-
pening in Grand Bahama in 2010.
Both police officers and members of Road
Traffic were out on the streets on Monday morn-
ing handing out road safety flyers and checking
vehicle registrations.
Basil Rahming, Deputy Controller of Road
Traffic, said the exercise is a joint effort with the
police to promote the message of road safety
and to ensure that vehicles on the road are prop-
erly registered.
Police and Road Traffic officials were sta-
tioned at three major traffic locations throughout
the island between 8am and 9am.
Road Safety mascot 'PC Road Rick' was at
the intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing
Hole Road distributing flyers to motorists trav-
elling from the western part of Grand Bahama.
"Our objective really is to have a year go by
without any traffic fatalities on Grand Bahama,"
said Mr Rahming.
"Given the fine condition of the roads and the
fact that there is minimal traffic on the island,
there really is no need for anyone to be losing
their lives on the road."
Mr Rahming expressed concern about speed-
ing, particularly in the out-lying settlements of
Grand Bahama.


* Road Traffic Department, Royal Bahamas Police Force link up


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ROAD SAFETY EXERCISE: Pictured (left to right) are Superintendent Wellbourne Bootle, officer in-charge
of the Traffic Division; Deputy Controller of Road Traffic Basil Rahming; Road Safety mascot PC Road Rick,
and J R Frazer, chairman of the Grand Bahama Road Safety Committee distributing road safety flyers to
motorists on Grand Bahama.


He noted that the speed limit in all settlements
is 20mph. In Freeport, the maximum speed lim-
it is 45mph for cars and 30mph for trucks and


large buses, he said. Mr Rahming stressed that it
is important that motorists ensure that their vehi-
cles are licensed, insured and inspected for 2010.


He noted that they have had problems with per-
sons not coming in to the department to licence
their vehicles for the current year.
"While a significant percentage of the popu-
lation has licenced their vehicles, we are con-
cerned about those persons who fail to come in.
"Everybody knows that their licence expires on
your birthday, and so there really is no excuse for
anyone not coming in to register their vehicles.
"The police are out here with us and they are
looking out for persons driving uninsured and
unlicenced vehicles, especially vehicles that are
not inspected and defective, " he said.

Exercises
Mr Rahming said they will continue to conduct
similar road exercises throughout the year.
"We have deployed our Road Safety mascot
known as PC Road Rick, who is helping us to dis-
tribute our road safety message throughout the
community.
"We want to continue to sensitise the public
about the urgent need for road safety. We want
to keep road safety foremost in their minds and
we will continue to conduct exercises like this
throughout the year," he said.
Although the seatbelt law has not been
enforced, Mr Rahming urged motorists to buck-
le up while driving.
"When you buckle up you are protecting your
own life, so whether the law has been officially
brought into force or not, we should always buck-
le our seatbelts," he said.


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PLP files by-election



court challenge


FROM page one

tification of results rests on
the status of five protest
votes, cast in favour of the
Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP). If these votes are cer-
tified in election court, the
tables could turn on Dr
Duane Sands, Free National
Movement (FNM) candi-
date, who is currently up by
two votes.
The five protested votes
cast for the PLP were dis-
tributed evenly across five
polling divisions: 4, 5, 7, 8,
10. In the case of polling


division number eight, the
protested vote was cast by
a resident who had a valid
voter registration card and
was on the certified register
for that polling division.
The voter in question was
challenged by the Free
National Movement (FNM)
on election day, because
agents claimed to have evi-
dence the voter did not actu-
ally reside in the constituen-
cy.
Valentine Grimes, PLP
stalwart, said the FNM had a
legitimate complaint that the
voter was not a resident in


polling division number
eight, but it was bogus to
claim the voter was not a
member of the constituen-
cy. He said the voter actual-
ly lives in polling division
number five.
In an instance such as this,
it was within the prerogative
of the returning officer to
have the voter swear an oath
and vote on a regular white
ballot, according to Mr
Grimes. This would consti-
tute a challenged vote, not a
protested vote. Challenged
votes are counted regularly
with all other white ballot


FROM page one

robbery squad, confirmed to The Tribune that
repeat offenders continue to pose a challenge,
as statistics depict a high recidivism rate.
Police also issued a number of tips that can
decrease your vulnerability to home invasion
and armed robbery.
They include: having house keys ready
before you get to your door; keeping trees
low to ensure clear visibility of the surrounding
area from your house; installing proper light-
ing, alarms or surveillance outside.


"Persons should not only ensure their homes
are properly secured but also be aware of per-
sons that they hire to do work for them in
their home," said ASP Fernander.
"Most people don't perform the proper
background check on people they allow to do
work for them.
"You should also secure valuables as best
you can whenever you allow these strangers
into your home."
It is believed Ellison Greenslade, the Com-
missioner of Police, will hold a press confer-
ence to address mounting concerns sometime
today.


votes. Mr Grimes said the
presiding officer made a
mistake in having the vote
cast on a protested ballot.
The second instance of
poor decision making on
the part of a presiding offi-
cer, according to Mr
Grimes, is the case of a
protested voter who had
documents with contradic-
tory dates of birth.
Mr Grimes said the voter
had a legitimate voter's
card and was on the offi-
cial register, but the date
of birth printed on the
voter's card was different
than the date of birth print-
ed on the counter foil or
duplicate record of the
voter's card.
There was no dispute as
to the voter's identity,
according to Mr Grimes,
and the voter was able to
produce a passport to con-
firm the date printed on the
voter's card was correct.
"Again the presiding offi-


cer wrongly required her to
vote on the coloured bal-
lot. There is no dispute
over who she is or dispute
that she is on the register,
so the presiding officer
wrongly required her to
vote on coloured ballot,"
said Mr Grimes.
Had these errors not
been made, the PLP would
have collected two addi-
tional votes in the original
count on election day, said
Mr Grimes.
The Parliamentary Elec-
tions Act accounts for three
instances in which the pre-
siding officer should require
a voter to vote on a
coloured ballot. All three
instances relate to the pre-
siding officer being unsatis-
fied as to the identity of the
voter or the right of the vot-
er to vote.
The Act lists the following
conditions: "(a) such per-
son's voter's card has any
defect; (b) the entry relat-


ing to such person in the
register is incorrect; or (c)
such person has a voters
card but his name does not
appear in the register for
the relevant constituency
or polling division."
Mr Grimes said three of
the five protest votes cast
for Mr Pinder fell under the
third condition and were
ruled correctly by the pre-
siding officer. The voters
had voter's cards but their
names were not on the reg-
ister.
In the court hearing, Mr
Pinder will have to prove
those voters should have
been on the register. Mr
Grimes said the PLP was
confident they could prove
the residents should have
been on the register. He
said the Parliamentary
Registration Department is
a party to the action and
they will have to agree or
disagree with the case pre-
sented.


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Hotels 'likely to start


hiring staff this year'


FROM page one

"We are in constant dia- __
logue with the major busi-
ness houses on a weekly basis
to monitor employment lev-
els. The hotels are very opti- A'^r
mistic. Things are improving,
the Christmas season was
beyond expectations here in
New Providence and in
Grand Bahama.
"We anticipate based on
the occupancy levels at all of 4I "
the hotels and the projec-
tions that the hotels will
begin to hire new people
now, as Atlantis did last
year," said Mr Foulkes.
The most recent Industry * * *
Performance and Outlook
Survey conducted by the
Bahamas Hotel Association bears out Mr
Foulke's assessment to some extent.
"The survey does indicate for the first
time in a two-year period that we will begin
to see some type of (upward) movement of
employment levels (in the hotel industry),"
said Robert Sands, President of the BHA.
"If we look at the trend from 2008 when


there was the large impact of
lay offs and then 2009, which
was really the highest level of
the economic decline, what we
are seeing in 2010 is that for
the first time some of our
40 hotels see the potential for
employment to be up in 2010
versus being down significantly
., in 2008 and then staying down
in 2009."
" . However, Mr Sands noted
that of all hotels surveyed, the
"overwhelming majority" - 73
per cent - say they see
employment levels at their
properties remaining the same
in 2010.
"Twenty-seven per cent of
our hotels see it being up some
and a small percentage up
more than normal in 2010,"
added the BHA President.
"When we say slight
improvements...we're looking at our worst
case scenario and then growing from
that."
The data used in the survey was gathered
in November and December of 2009 and
published several weeks ago on the organ-
isation's website, Bhahotels.com.


FROM page one

Committee of the Preroga-
tive of Mercy met and deter-
mined on February 1 that
Sawyer's case did not war-
rant mercy and the law -
capital punishment -
should take its course.
Sawyer, 29, was sen-
tenced to death November
9, 2009, by Senior Justice
Anita Allen for the murder
of Quality Discount Store
employee Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery.
At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as
the "worst of the worst".
Evidence revealed that he
shot Mr Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was
trying to get up off the
ground following a struggle
involving the pair and
another employee when the
two workers tried to stop
Sawyer making his escape


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and was committed in fur-
therance of armed robbery
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Sawyer had expressed no
remorse for the murder. In
his confession to police,
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Dr Martin Luther King essay competition

UNITED States and announced example for young boys to College, New Providence; the British Colonial Hilton
Bahamian government offi- W winners announced at follow through his involve- D'Anthra Adderley, a grade Hotel which provided the
cials together with princi- annual ment in youth activities. 12 student at St. Andrew's, venue and refreshments;
pals, teachers, students, and aanUal aW ards cerem ony The fourth place winner and Kalene Jones, a grade Bahamasair, which provided
family members attended was Na'eem McIver, a 12 student at San Salvador airfare for the first place
the US Embassy's fourth grade 11 student at West- High all received "hon- Family Island winner and a
annual Dr Martin Luther Minister of Education grove High School, Man- minster College, New Prov- ourable mentions." parent; Flamingo Air, which
King, Jr essay competition Desmond Bannister also grove Cay, Andros. idence. These students were provided airfare for the sec-
awards ceremony on Friday, gave remarks and presented Tramaine described his Na'eem said his late awarded with books about ond place Family Island
February 5. The ceremony prizes to the winners father as a role model who grandfather John Edward Dr King. winner and a parent,


was held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel.
A total of 65 essays were
received from 14 public and
private schools in New
Providence and the Family
Islands.
Students were asked to
use a quote from Dr King
about personal integrity and
responsibility to answer one
of the following questions:
"How can you or how have
you demonstrated personal
integrity and responsibility
to improve conditions in
your community?" or
"Choose an important fig-
ure in your life who best
exemplifies Dr King's quote
and explain how that indi-
vidual has demonstrated
personal integrity and
responsibility."

In her remarks, US
Ambassador Nicole Avant
told the audience that Dr
King and countless other
activists that she would not
be able to thank in person,
paved the way for her to be
where she is today.
"I believe it is Dr Martin
Luther King Jr who
deserves the credit for keep-
ing the African American
people hopeful, focused and
determined."


F-- - - ...
The first place winner
from a New Providence
school was Shaquille Sands,
a grade 12 student from C
W Saunders Baptist School.
Shaquille received a lap-
top computer and books
about Barack Obama and
Dr King.
Her essay detailed her
efforts to improve her grade
point average from a 'D' to
an 'A'. Shaquille is current-
ly the deputy head girl at
her school.
The first place winner
from the Family Islands was
Michael Cooper, an grade
11 student from the Bishop
Michael Eldon School in
Freeport.

Laptop

He also received a laptop
computer and books about
Barack Obama and Dr
King.
Michael wrote about his
math teacher Hewitt Tay-
lor, who put his students'
needs before his own, and
worked extra hours to
ensure that no one failed his
class.
The second place winner
was Tramaine Thompson, a
grade 10 student from Man-


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taught him the importance
of treating people with
respect and being account-
able for his actions.
The third place winner
was Nakhaz Gay, a grade
11 student at Faith Temple
School in New Providence.
He wrote about the
importance of setting an


Alfred Johnson was the
Martin Luther King Jr of his
family.
He wrote about how his
grandfather risked his job
and fought against racial
discrimination in the
Bahamas.
Miciah Bostwick, a grade
11 student at Westminster


Success

The US Embassy thanked
the Bahamian government
and corporate sponsors who
all contributed to making
the event a success.
These sponsors included


Breezes Bahamas (Super-
clubs), which provided hotel
accommodations for both
Family island winners and
their accompanying parents;
the Ministry of Education,
which provided books about
Dr King, and Cable 12 for
taping the programme for
future broadcast.


PIIRST PLA CE WINNER A LIS ASCHO OLS I


MICHAEL COOPER
GRADE 11, BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA
"Pride and Purpose!", "Speed and Accu-
racy!", "Let us shoot for the moon!" are all
phrases that I hear on a regular basis. Since
my high school life began, I've heard them
chanted into my ears.
Mr Hewitt Taylor, math teacher at Bish-
op Michael Eldon School, is an inspiration
to those who come into contact with him.
He exemplifies what it is to have integrity
and the ability to handle responsibility. He
is a powerful example of what Dr Martin
Luther King said about a person's charac-
ter: "The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy."
For Mr Taylor, there are no times of
comfort. Nary a time will you see Mr Tay-
lor not zipping past you in the hallway with
intent on getting to his desk so that he can
get some work done. When he isn't in the
hallway, he is surely at his desk helping a
student - even during lunchtime. His life is
packed with students for whom he wants
nothing but the best. Mr Taylor accepts
the responsibility that accompanies the role
of being a teacher.
A "true" teacher handles a student's or
group's needs before his own; and Mr Tay-
lor does just that. I can truly say that he
does this from personal experience. When
I entered the seventh grade, it was he who
put in the time to help me with my profi-
ciency in Mathematics. I would struggle
and struggle during that period; but he
always assured my class that: "As long as
we remain vigilant towards our work, the
results will come in the future. "
He displayed integrity with those words
because, instead of reprimanding us for
our failures, he motivated and encouraged
us. I was spurred to do better rather than to
accept the defeat of three or four failing
grades in that one semester. Mr Taylor's
honesty spurs his students to look past the
objective of getting a good grade in a class.
He says that the grades that we receive on
paper do not count if they do not reflect the
education that we take away from school.
He explains that education is the key in
this life and numbers do not count in the
long run.
When a people get into situations that
seem to be negative, their patience and
calmness, as well as their feelings are test-


-si




*t,


FIRST PLACE winner of the New Providence schools Michael Cooper (centre) accepts his award
from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left) and US Ambassador Nicole Avant (right).


ed. Hewitt Taylor adheres to the morals
of never allowing himself to let his emotions
get the best of him. He shows responsibil-
ity by being mature enough not to take his
anger out on a student, when that student
makes a mistake. Many a time have I heard
him say: "Students, do not allow me to
explode in this classroom." The humorous
part is that, of the hundreds of times that I
have heard him say to my classmates and
me, when we were being disruptive, never
has he gone through with his threat. That's
not to say that he is all talk and no action.
Truthfully, if Mr Taylor does "explode"
on a student, it will not be a sight that any-
one wants to see.
I remember a time two years back when
I started to loathe math. Mr Taylor could
see my frustrations, even when I was on
my way to class; but he would not draw
attention to it. He kept teaching just as he
normally would and he decided to stop
teaching one day and asked the class if we
were all right. I saw that he glanced at a few
of us and gave us a look, a look that said:
"You can do it". It was interesting because
that same day, he had just passed out our
test from the previous week-one that I,


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unfortunately, had failed. When class was
dismissed that day, he called for all the stu-
dents that failed to come to him. I went,
thinking, "Why must I have to deal with
math again?" He sat there and I lined up
with the few of us that failed. He got us
together and lectured us with the intention
of getting the message that we would work
together so that no one gets left behind.
That motivated me to do better. It
showed that he would do what he had to for
all of his students to be sailing on the same
boat. He told us that day that, when a stu-
dent in his class fails, everyone else in the
class including him fails. I understood that
if he wanted the best for us, then I had to
work harder and want the best for myself.
Mr Taylor is a powerful character who
does not have to answer the questions: "Do
you have integrity?" or "Are you respon-
sible?" His actions speak for themselves.
His example is inspiring: he truly demon-
strates that the measure of a man is where
he stands in challenge. Though Mr Tay-
lor's challenges do come, he handles them
as tactfully as possible. He is the true epit-
ome of what it means to be a responsible
person with integrity.


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* SALNEWS

F aLpC0 AINNERA OF *HEOS


SHAQUILLE SANDS
GRADE 12, C W SAUNDER
SCHOOL

Topic
How can you or hov
demonstrated personal i
responsibility to improve
in your community?

Repeating the words
rows, a religious educate
my school, I asked myse
that thing in me that says
ability to be a response
leader with integrity'?"
I did some soul sea
recalled one of the mem
stations of the great Dr. M
King Jr: "Life's most pe
urgent question is, 'WI
doing for others'?"
To answer this burning
will begin by sharing one
est achievements as a you
ing student leader at C
High School.
It was during the camp
dent heads at my school
ized that character wroi
sonal integrity was the ke
cess.
It was then that I came
Dr King's declaration: "A
not be judged by the colo
but by the content of his
This famous quotati
home to me the message 1
istry of Education prom
acter Counts!"
To demonstrate that I
personal integrity and r
to improve conditions in
nity, I am pleased to take
tunity to share a bit of m
lenges and triumphs.
I recall the days not
when I was a 'D' average


This was the turning point in my
tS BAPTIST life. I identified with Dr King's state-
ment that "the ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands in
moments of comfort and convenience,
w have you but where he stands at times of chal-
ntegrity and lenge and controversy."
e conditions I took responsibility to improve my
grade point average. I am now an 'A'
average student.
of Mr Bur- I became that change that I wanted
on teacher at to see. I was reminded by the words of
elf, "What is Dr King that "change does not roll in
s, 'I have the on the wheels of inevitability, but
ible student comes through continuous struggle".
I aspired passionately in my quest
rching and for the post of Head Girl at my school,
norable quo- even though I had doubts that I would
[artin Luther be one of the four chosen to lead.
;rsistent and Nevertheless, I held fast to the
hat are you words of Dr King that, "Faith is taking
the first step even when you don't see
g question, I the whole staircase".
of my great- Inspired by persons like Dr King, I
ng and aspir- proceeded to prove to myself, my
W Saunders teachers and my colleagues that I
could be a student leader for all to
?aign for stu- emulate.
I that I real- I successfully secured the Deputy
ought by per- Head Girl post. I became a leader of
ey to my suc- integrity and begun living a more
transparent lifestyle.
to appreciate It was then that I decided to be
man should responsible for my actions, as I knew
)r of his skin, that I would be accountable for them:
character." The microscope would be on me at all
on brought times.
that the Min- Cognizant of this, I adhere to the
otes: "Char- school's rules - not because all eyes
are on me, but because I know that I
have shown must be a good example for my peers.
responsibility I ensure that the length of my skirt is
my commu- not above my knees and that I wear
e this oppor- only one pair of earrings while in
ny past chal- school. I am on time for classes and do
not encourage disruptive behavior in
so long ago the classroom setting. Tirelessly and
student. unwavering, I demonstrate responsi-
bility by staying behind daily after class
0 ..LI


SECOND PLACE WINNER Tramaine Thompson (centre) accepts the award from
Tramaine Wright, director of sales and marketing at the British Colonial Hilton
(sponsor) and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard (right).


FIRST PLACE WINNER of New Providence schools Shaquille Sands (centre)
accepts her award from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left) and US


Ambassador Nicole Avant (right).

to tidy up behind my colleagues in an
effort to assist my teacher in any way I
can.
In 2009, I entered the HIV Speech
Competition sponsored by the Min-
istry of Health's Youth for Positive
Living Department.
I entered this competition to help
promote the importance of safe sex
among my peers nation-wide.
In my neighborhood, I adhere to
the moral principle called cleanliness.
I ensure that my trash bins have lids
on them at all times. I use concrete


blocks to reinforce the lids, ensuring
that dogs cannot overturn the bins.
This habit not only keeps my sur-
roundings clean but prevents the
spread of airborne viruses, flies and
rodents. In addition, when dogs bring
trash into my yard, I voluntarily pick it
up and discard it.
When stumbling across a beautiful
and fluffy lost pet, I demonstrate both
integrity and responsibility by follow-
ing through that it is returned to its
rightful owner - no matter how great
the temptation of wanting to keep it


for myself. Not returning lost pets has
become a nationwide problem!
I display soundness of moral char-
acter by conducting myself in a manner
that would not be offensive to others
or embarrassing to my family, girls
and women in my community.
I practice telling the truth when
recalling or giving account of inci-
dences. In the capacity of mediator to
arguments between my friends, I prac-
tice fairness in my decision-making
process.
I want to be known and remem-
bered among my peers as a leader who
is fair to all with whom I interact and
represent.
In my church community, I display
the importance of responsibility by
regularly attending practice sessions
as a member of the youth choir and
the marching band.
I have learnt to play the saxophone
which is my favorite pastime.
Like me, other students found read-
ing music challenging. I saw fit to lead
out in the challenge to show the
younger children that reading music
is easy.
Being one of the first to grasp the
concept of reading music, I was there-
by able to motivate and tutor others
who were struggling.
I enjoyed helping others to become
proficient at playing their instruments
of choice. This was a very fulfilling
experience and I enjoyed touching
lives in this way.
Like Sir Lynden Pindling, I want
to empower youth not to underesti-
mate themselves. I want them to be
more than conquerors and never to
lose faith.
I am destined to be that female
leader who works toward improving
my community and the mindset of my
people towards a better Bahamas. I
aspire to be like Dr Martin Luther
King: "I have a dream."


*EC NDPLACEDR ARTNLUHR IG SAY *MPTII*


TRAMAINE THOMPSON
GRADE 10,
MANGROVE CAY HIGH SCHOOL
MANGROVE CAY, ANDROS

It was not until recently that I paid
attention to who Dr Martin Luther King
really was. Maybe this is because of how
passionately my history teacher spoke
about him. The word integrity truly
applies to Dr King's character and also to
my role model - my father - who is the
epitome of all that Dr King stands for
and died for.
Mr Michael Thompson is one person
who immediately comes to mind when I
read the quote. Michael is my father, and
I think of him with pride. He has never
done anything that has been a disap-
pointment - except when I am not
allowed to have my own way, but that is
expected from every parent. "Daddy" is
an orphan who at a young age was taken
from the Ranfurly Home for Children
and brought to the island of Mangrove
Cay, Andros, where we still live. There
used to be talk about Daddy being abused
as a child by the people who adopted
him, but this did not make him bitter; it
only made him a hard worker. Today he
still demonstrates the quality of diligence
and responsibility.
"Thompson", as mommy calls him,
was very strict on us, seven kids in all,
especially my brothers. Today, however
they are good young men with children of
their own. I can use words like caring,
generous and funny to describe him. But
he also is never scared to speak out


against wrong. He would often quote the
Scriptures as a reminder of the values we
need to live by. I cannot recall an instance
when my father was ever caught in a lie or
did anything dishonest. He often encour-
ages others to make right decisions, espe-
cially in his capacity as a Pastor. My father
truly brings integrity to life, and he
encourages us to be honest in the way
we live.
He is also a very responsible role mod-
el and is truly devoted to his family. He
sacrificed a lot to take care of such a big
family. My father is a very hard worker; it
is as though he never sleeps or rests. He is
very determined to provide for his fami-
ly and to work for God. He does fishing
for a living but mainly sponging, which he
learned to do from a boy. The sea can be
very treacherous, but my dad has never
shirked his responsibilities. Even though
he may think that I do not pay attention,
I admire him greatly and people in our
society really respect him. This makes
me proud of him: there are not many
fathers like my daddy today. Whether he
is tempted or enjoying the life that God
has given him, he praises his God.
Because of him, many lives have been
changed. He knows when someone
needs encouraging words or some great
gifts to uplift their spirits. He says, "God
has brought us from a long way". He is
certainly right, because God has turned
his life around and is using him to change
his community. One day I asked Daddy,
"Daddy were you always this nice to peo-
ple?" He replied, "No, but we have to
give to get." This taught me the impor-


tance of treating people with respect and
being accountable for my actions, regard-
less of what others do.
Recently, he faced a challenge that
hurt him badly. Some people with whom
he had a close relationship spoke ill of
him and wronged him terribly.
I was so affected to see my father so
torn, but he handled himself with grace.
Instead of getting revenge, as I might
have done or giving up, he continued to
work hard, and helped those same indi-
viduals.
What a man! I admire the way he
demonstrated integrity despite being
wronged. Because of that, God has
opened doors for him and provided
opportunities, simply because my Daddy
showed strength of character.
From being an orphan, to unfair treat-
ment as a boy and being talked about
and cursed by those whom he thought
loved him, Daddy - Michael Thompson -
still stayed the same and stuck to his prin-
ciples. This is true integrity. As a result, he
is honored, first through the writing of
this essay but also by those who com-
mend him and constantly seek his guid-
ance in personal matters. "Daddy" may
not know anything about his biological
family, but he is surrounded by us -mom-
my and the many people who have adopt-
ed him as their father. Despite the chal-
lenges, he has repeatedly shown integrity
and responsibility. This fine gentleman
certainly embodies the spirit of Dr King.
I am truly proud to be his daughter.

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YVRAS OFFICIALS presented NAD volunteers with official Vancouver
Winter Olympics gear (left to right): Deborah Coleby, director of
operations at NAD; Elizabeth Ferguson, NAD concierge; Coleen Rogers
of YVRAS; Nicole Henfield, manager of customer experience at NAD,
and John Terpstra, vice-president of operations at NAD.


NAD staff to volunteer at Vancouver

airport as the Winter Olympics end


THIS week, two volunteers
from Nassau Airport Develop-
ment's customer experience
department will head to Van-
couver International Airport
(YVR) as the 2010 Winter
Olympics come to a close.
Nicole Henfield, manager of
customer experience at NAD,
and NAD concierge Elizabeth
Ferguson, will volunteer at
YVR during the final days of
the games.
YVR officials are anticipat-
ing approximately 39,000 ath-
letes, spectators and journalists
from around the world to
return home through the air-
port on March 1, the day after
the official closing ceremony.
The airport's busiest day on
record saw 26,000 passengers
travel through Vancouver
International.
All hands will be on deck to
accommodate the mass exodus
from Vancouver.
NAD volunteers have spent
the past two weeks reviewing


material on policies and proce-
dures to handle the crowd, cue
management and passenger
care. For Mrs Henfield the trip
will be all about customer ser-
vice.
"I am looking forward to get-
ting the hands-on experience
and to see how the airport will
function when all of its
resources are put to the test,"
she said.
According to John Terpstra,
NAD's vice-president of oper-
ations, "Vancouver Interna-
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facilities for this for the past
seven years."
"We wanted to expose our
staff to how an airport of that
size functions under extraordi-
nary circumstances," said Mr
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THIRD PLACE
NAKHAZ GAY
GRADE 11, FAITH TEMPLE SCHOOL
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
A community without integrity is bound to
be chaotic. Whenever integrity comes to
mind, I instantly think of Nelson Mandela, a
man of great integrity. He stood up for what
he believed in - at the expense of his own
freedom. Integrity is defined as the "sound-
ness of moral character". A person of integri-
ty is often described as honorable,
respectable, and powerful. The world could
be a better place, if we all had integrity.
Instead of living life cautiously and defen-
sively, we could live in peace and harmony.
Nelson Mandela said that "The first thing is to
be honest with yourself ... Great peacemak-
ers are all people of integrity, of honesty and
of humility." But a world of integrity has to
start in the communities. If everyone in a
community lives honest lives filled with love
and makes an honest living for themselves, it
will be considered a good community - which
everyone will enjoy. In order to have this
community, we all will have to do our part. I
demonstrate personal integrity by setting an
example for young boys growing up. I also
demonstrate integrity and responsibility by
being involved in productive activities and
by showing respect to my fellow man.
I live in a community where it seems that
doing 'right' things is wrong and doing
'wrong' things is right. Smoking, drinking,
and gambling are emulated by youth; they
are considered 'fun'. I, on the other hand,
refuse to participate in such foolish acts.
There are many negative influences in my
community, but I live above those influences
- although a lot of children my age do not. I
promised myself that I would not fall under
negative peer-pressure and I would be an
example to the younger generation of chil-
dren coming up. As a child maybe seven or
eight years old, I remember looking up to
my neighbor Vado because he was a good
basketball player and he had a positive atti-
tude. I knew some day I would fill his shoes
and someone would look up to me in the
way that I looked up to him. It would not be
responsible for me to lead someone astray.
After all, I was not led astray. Just as the old
saying goes "If it's not broke, don't fix it".
Instead of participating in gang activities, I am
a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist
Mass Youth Choir, a member of the Pathfind-
er Club and a player on my school's basket-
ball team. These three groups keep me out of
problems and it also gives me opportunities to
show people my talents. The Mass Youth
Choir not only shows talents, it is also a min-


(L-R) HENRY WOODS, managing director of
Bahamasair (sponsor), Phyllice Colebrook, rep-
resenting Flamingo Air (sponsor), third place
winner Nakhaz Gay, and Julian Reid, assistant
news director at ZNS, and an essay judge.

istry: we sing at a lot of functions and are
often on the Bahamas' local television station
ZNS. If it was not for the Pathfinder club I
would be a totally different person. I have
spent many hours in Pathfinder meetings.
We go on hikes and marches, we learn rope
tying and do community service by helping in
the orphanages or retirement homes. They
taught me a lot of life lessons that I will not
forget. At times I feel like quitting some of
these groups, but winners would not be win-
ners if they quit. When I joined these groups,
I took a great responsibility and it would be
irresponsible of me to quit. At the end of the
day these groups help me to be a better per-
son.
I show respect to my fellow man. Respect
is something you have to give to get. In my
community I respect everyone. I do not show
any acts of hatred to anyone - although some
people try to make me. It is hard to be kind to
everyone in a neighborhood, because some
people are not nice people. Some people are
grouchy, but I do not think any less of them
because of it. It helps to have people in the
community to respect other people, their
people's property and to set a standard for
others among them to see.
Integrity and responsibility comes with wis-
dom and insight on how and why to use them.
If everyone shows more integrity and respon-
sibility in his or her community, we can make
the world a better place. We can be role mod-
els in our community, join various groups
that help the community or just show love to
everyone in the community.


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NA'EEM MCIVER
GRADE 11, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Integrity: a word meaning "to have qualities such as
good character, honesty and wholeness." Dr Martin
Luther King Jr strongly believed in personal integrity.
One of his famous quotes says, "The ultimate measure
of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of chal-
lenge and controversy." In my opinion my great grand-
father the late great John Edward Alfred Johnson
(June 14, 1912 - October 31, 1950), AKA "Jack", best
exemplified this quote.
Jack Johnson lived his life as "a jack-of-all-trades".
He was a carpenter first, then a butler and valet. As a
carpenter he assisted with the enlargement of Oakes
Airfield and the construction of Windsor Field, today
Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. He also
helped with the construction of the Nassau Beach
Hotel, the Churchill Building, Potter's Cay Dock and
the College of the Bahamas. As a valet and butler, he
was employed by three Anglican Bishops, three Roman
Catholic Bishops, Sir Harry Oakes, Sir Robert
McAlpine, Graycliff Restaurant and the Buena Vista
Restaurant. He also worked at Government House
under three Governors, one of whom was King Edward
VIII (The Duke of Windsor) - Governor of the
Bahamas from 1940 to 1945. Doing all of these things
gave my great grandfather a good reputation for his
hard work, dedication and professional ethics. Jack
also established the Johnson & Johnson Domestic
Training School in Lewis Street - where he taught
classes for many years - to assist Bahamians who
wished to be trained in the domestic field.
Jack Johnson was a man who exemplified Dr King's
quote because he always did what was needed to be
done when it was necessary. He was like the Martin
Luther King of my family. If there was one thing that
Jack didn't like it was discrimination - especially racial
discrimination. During his days as a butler for the
Duke of Windsor, there was a rule that, during dinner
parties, all of the coloured butlers must wear white
gloves; the white butlers were allowed to serve bare-
handed. At the time it was believed that colored peo-
ple were unclean. This angered Jack and he refused to
do it. He was willing to risk his job to say that, if the
white butlers didn't have to wear the white gloves,
then he shouldn't have to either. He knew that the
white man and he were equally clean - and equal.
Jack also played important parts in various strikes,
riots and political issues. A member of the Progressive
Liberal Party since it began in 1953, Jack Johnson
fought for constitutional, political and social reform
alongside many of the Bahamas' political heroes,
including Sir Randolph Foulkes, Dames Doris Johnson,
Sir HM Taylor, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Lynden Oscar
Pindling. He also played a very active role in the Bur-
ma Road Riots of 1942. Black construction workers
fought for wages equal to those of their white Ameri-
can co-workers, paid almost twice the salary of the
black workers. Jack was also known as the leader in the
fight against social injustice and racial inequality. He
even led strikes for better working conditions at Gov-


FOURTH PLACE WINNER Na'eem Mclver (centre) accepts
the award from Krystine Brathwaite, sales associate at
SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas (sponsor) and Tyrone
Fitzgerald, legal counsel of the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity and essay judge.
ernment House and other establishments.
In 1950 Jack became a taxicab driver. For many
years he would talk to all who would listen, as he drove
about his beautiful country and its friendly people.
When the taxicab strike in Nassau took place in 1958,
he played a major role. The strike occurred because the
taxicab drivers objected to airline passengers being
carried by tour company cars from what at the time was
known as the new Nassau International Airport at
Windsor Field.
The final example I will give you of how Jack John-
son exemplifies Dr King's words about integrity is the
fact that he had undying love for his fellow men, which
was shown by his unselfish contributions to his com-
munity. Sometimes Jack was called "The Mayor of
Lewis Street", because he worked vigorously to help
those who needed help in his community. Because of
his outstanding contributions he was given The Queen
Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and was appoint-
ed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Even when the odds were against him, John
Edwards Alfred Johnson still fought for his rights.
Jack showed his true self when faced with any chal-
lenge. Growing up poor and barely able to make ends
meet made him realise that he wasn't going to let any-
one bring him down any further and that he was going
to make it to the top. Jack once said that the first time
he attended St Agnes Anglican Church he had no
shoes, but later he didn't know what pair of shoes to
choose. It just goes to show that, if you fight for what
you think is right, you will succeed.


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Tea has that tempting invigoration
that gets your blood turning warm. It is
an incredible friendly warming drink
perfect to strike up a conversation with
friends or family, says Stephen Twining,
corporate relations manager at Twin-
ings of London Teas.
"What excites me is showing people
just what a wonderful gift of nature is
this thing we call tea," he said.
Tribune Taste spoke with Mr Twin-
ing, the tenth generation member of
the famed Twining tea legacy. He is
also the Corporate Relations manager
of Twinings of London Twinings is a
venerable three hundred year global
enterprise and the originator of the
classic Earl Grey Tea.
Tea is now produced in over 30 coun-
tries in the world. Early on, Mr Twin-
ing insisted on setting the context of
his family's London-based tea brand,
which was started in 1706 by Thomas
Twinings.
"In the city of London, and the
financial district today, there were 2000
coffee houses," said Mr Twinings.
"Men didn't have offices in those days,
so they did business over a cup of cof-
fee."
Their only other option was to drink
strong spirits like rum and brandy until
the reinvention of tea which brought
about a healthy alternative filled with
antioxidants to stop the free radicals
that damage the cells in our bodies.
"If you prevent them from getting
damaged, you stay well," he said. Tea is
not a cure for anything, but Mr Twin-
ings swears it can help prevent you
from getting sick. (See Tribune Health
next week for tea's benefit on the
heart)
"In the olden days, tea was taxed
very high in London. Persons would
buy a cup of tea once or twice a week
at no particular time of day, just not at
several times a day," Mr Twinings
explained. Ladies would not go into a
coffeehouse, because it was socially
unacceptable to do so.
Thomas Twinings realized the
demand for tea so he was able to open
to world's first dry tea and coffee shop
in London on 216 Strand, London,
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best sell-
ing tea in
the Unit-
ed King- Mi
dom is
the Earl Grey Tea. It was named after
a British Prime Minister who held office
in the 1830s. Mr Twinings explained
that the company used to mix a partic-
ular brand of tea for the Earl.
"We would write up the ingredients,
mix them together, and put your name
on it," he said.
Twinings' biggest gripe is never trade-
marking their 'Earl Grey' product line
as other tea companies have adopted
the name.
"If I had a time machine I would go
back to the early 1800's and copyright
it. But it's fine, because we still have
the current Earl Grey sign on our box-
es as the authentic original," he said.
Some teas taste better with certain
foods then some wines, he added.
For example, in the days of the great
British breakfast, there was a quite
strong robust tasting food, and you
need a strong brand to stand up to that.
Therefore the English Breakfast was
created in the 1930s
"If I don't have a cup of coffee I'll
have a cup of English Breakfast Tea,"
said Mr Twining. "It gets my blood
turning, as I do tend to drink it at dif-
ferent times of the day."
"I can't explain the joys of tea to
me," he said. "I drink around 15 cups
of it a day," said Mr Twining who says
he is addicted to its flavor.
"Twinings makes over 200 tea
blends. You have a good section of
about 25 to 30 different flavors sold
here locally."
According to him besides the regular
Earl Grey (a Bahamian favourite),
Twinings produces Lady Grey, Green
Tea and Mint, Green Tea and Lemon
and Ginger teas and Prince of Wales
teas.
"Tea to me is just like wine." He
explained that if you have a Shiraz from
one country, it will not taste the same as
a Shiraz from another country. "You
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High Fashion

Mystique
ATTENTION fashionista!
HIGH fashion will hit the
runway as the "High Fashion
Fantasy Presents: Mystique"
show is set to take flight this
weekend.
This Sunday elite models
of the OlinSha's modeling
agency will strut their stuff on
catwalks, sporting culturally
significant designs by the tal-
ented Bahamian designer
Rachel Turnquest Garcia.
And with bold color
palettes, an assortment of pat-
terns and textures these
androsia pieces will be a phys-
ical definition haute couture.
Rachel Turnquest Garcia is
no amateur in the fashion
industry in the Bahamas. Her
designs have braced the run-
ways at the Miss Universe
pageant held in the Bahamas
last year.
She holds a Bachelors
degree in fashion merchan-
dising and a Masters degree in
business administration.
The show will be held at
OlinSha's Modeling agency
located 9th terrace off Collins
Avenue. The cocktail recep-
tion will begin at 7pm and the
show will start at 8pm sharp.
To reserve tickets call 325-
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TORONTO, CANADA - Bahamas'
sweetheart TaDa was the international
guest performer for this event, present-
ed by JJisJeni.com on February 17.
JJisJeni.com is the new website of
celebrity radio personality JJ 'Jeni"
McKenzie, who although Canadian by
birthright, is also a true 'island girl'. Born
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, raised in Toron-
to, Ontario, JJ relocated to the beautiful
islands of The Bahamas in 1990 where


the true course of her life began. JJ is the
recipient of numerous DJ Awards
(future Entertainment) and in only 2
years, is already a force to be reckoned
with in the Toronto entertainment scene.
JJ: "From the first day I hit the air-
waves here in Toronto I fell in love with
the sound of the city and the Toronto
Urban Music scene has become my pas-
sion! I'm very excited about the web-
site and it's potential to open the way


and further even more success stories
this year! " . JJ is now the mid-day mix
announcer on Flow 93.5 in Toronto,
after getting her start in the Bahamas
on 100 Jamz.
Superstar hip-hop artist Drake was
also sighted at Home Nightclub in
Toronto, Ontario Canada for what has
been described as the hottest entertain-
ment industry party of the year in the
city!


Tiger still holds golf hostage


MARANA, Ariz.


THE LATEST gossip has
Tiger Woods resuming his
therapy some 2,000 miles
away from where he made
his public apology last Fri-
day, which - if true -
would be a comical coinci-
dence in one respect, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
He made more news in
Arizona when he wasn't even
there.
If nothing else, last week
showed how much control
Woods wields in the world
of golf.
The opening round of the
Match Play Championship
typically is one of the most
exciting days in golf, and it
was every bit of that. Not
because Steve Stricker
became only the second No.
1 seed to go home or because
18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa
won his last three holes to
stay. The buzz centered on
Woods' camp announcing
that he was going to make
his first public appearance in
three months.
PGA Tour commissioner
Tim Finchem might have set
a record by meeting with the
media three times in five
days. The first session


Wednesday was to say very
little. The third one Sunday
was to take blame for not
saying enough. In between
was a news conference at the
Sawgrass Marriott before
more media than ever has
covered The Players Cham-
pionship.
Ernie Els was upset, and
this was after he won his
match.
Upon hearing that Woods
was to speak in the middle of
the first World Golf Champi-
onship of the year, Els tried
to choose his words carefully
until he said to Golfweek
magazine, "It's selfish." And
that was putting it mildly.
Other players who felt just
as strongly managed to bite
their tongues, or at least ask
that tape recorders be turned
off.
Ian Poulter inquired about
the scene at the TPC Sawgrass
during his final match, and
when it was suggested that the
only new development was
Woods being seen and heard,
Poulter stretched out his arms
as if to say, "There is nothing
else to add."
Not that someone didn't try.
After winning the Match
Play Championship - the
biggest win of his career and


his first victory on American
soil - the Englishman
dressed all in pink nearly
turned red when he heard a
question from the back of the
room.
"Does the Tiger Woods
drama take away or diminish
this championship to you in
any way, just the media atten-
tion?"
Poulter's eyes widened and
he stared for a second.
"Next question," he replied.
Some players get tired of
taking Tiger questions when
he's winning all the time. They
don't like them any more
when he's simply reading a
statement into a camera.
The Golf Writers Associa-
tion of America usually does-
n't get this worked up unless
the shuttle bus at the U.S.
Open is running late. Woods
created a flurry of passionate
opinions that led the group to
reject an offer of three seats in
the room where Woods
spoke, lobby for more
reporters, receive a compro-
mise of six seats, then vote 19-
3 (with four abstentions) not
to participate.
Could this all have been
avoided? Woods said he was
on a break from therapy
(without saying what kind of


aF 7


THIS NOV. 21, 2009, file photo shows Tiger Woods, daughter
Sam Woods, and wife Elin Nordegren, before an NCAA college


football game in Stanford, Calif.
therapy) and was to return
the next day. Even if he had
waited until the tournament
was over, and had spoken on
Monday, it still would have
meant notifying everyone on
Saturday - and that would
have stolen attention away
from Poulter's 7-and-6 semi-
final victory over Sergio Gar-
cia.
In the end, the resentment


was over Woods still calling
the shots. Most agree that he
should have lost that right
through so many selfish deci-
sions that culminated with a
sordid sex scandal, which
brought disgrace to his family
and damage to a sport that
made him who he is, or was. It
may be years before the
extent of that damage is
known.


Ain't Misbehavin'



opens to rave reviews


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SOISCU S STOIS ON THIS PAG LO NT WTIUE4.O


1. THE EUGENE
DUPUCH Law School
Students' Association
invites you to a Mix and
Mingle and Silent Auction
on Friday evening 7pm to
midnight at the Humidor@
Graycliff. Donation $65.
...................---.
2.25 NORTH host a night
of music at the Royal Nas-
sau Sailing Club Saturday,
February 27 from 8-10 pm.
The band billed as Nas-
sau's only active rock band
includes John Chrstie, Joe
Euteneur, Dereck Roder-
ick and Kyle Baley. The
evening features lots of
music, food, cash bar and is
open to the public.

3. ADRASTRA GAR-
DENS continues its " All
about..." series of educa-
tional workshops and semi-
nars designed for children
between the ages of 5-12
with " All about Reptiles."
The event takes place on
February 27 from 10 am to
noon. Participants will
learn not only how to iden-
tify a reptile, but also dis-
cover why many of these
cold blooded creatures are
masters of design, amour
and sometimes masters of
danger. Each workshop is
equivalent to one commu-
nity service hour. Registra-
tion is $6 per child and $8
per adult. Contact Philippa
Moss at phillippa@ardas-
tra.com or 323-5806.

4. GREEN EARTH FES-
TIVAL begins on Sunday,
February 28, from 12
noon-6pm at The Retreat
(Bahamas National Trust)
on Village Road. Admis-
sion is $5 for Adults, and
$2 for Children. Part of
the proceeds will be donat-
ed to a health charity.
Vendors will be selling
vegan, vegetarian, natural,
organic products and
healthy drinks. They will
also sell items such as
hand made jewelry and
bags, natural bath, body
and hair products. An
acupuncture booth and
chiropractic and yoga ther-
apies will also be available.
There will be a children's
corner with games and
activities. Chrissy Love will
release her debut record at
the event.

5. LESLIE VANDER-
POOL, the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival
founder and executive
director will continue her
acting classes on Mondays
and Wednesday until
March 29.
Ms Vanderpool is offering
6 weeks of on-camera and
stage acting classes in the
Sandy Port Beach Resort
Conference Room, 6.30
pm-8.30pm. Cost: $40/indi-
vidual classes, $400/6
weeks classes. Telephone:
356-5939.


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THE TRIBUNE


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 11B


ARTS


Interview with Arjuna Watson


FROM page 12
like seeing a piece in a gallery
and being inspired to paint
something similar but differ-
ent. I don't think anyone's
concept is exactly true to
them. I think we all just
rework different concepts
based on our own realities.
Everyone sees things com-
pletely differently. I am a
result of EVERYTHING
that I see.

Describe the conflict, if any,
you feel between making art
and making money?
I don't think about the money
when I make art. I give a lot
of my paintings away. If I
have any left, and my wife
doesn't like them ,I just give
them away. I feel a blessing
when I give....

Are you surprised by to
public's acceptance of your
work?
Yeah. People seem to dig it. I
am completely surprised that
people like my work because
I don't really think when I
paint. I don't edit myself
when I paint, I put it all up.
Some people would rather me
tone things down when I
speak or paint but I say things
as they are and I paint the
same way. I don't really like
be a public figure, I don't like
being at shows but I appreci-
ate people's concepts of what
they think my paintings are
and what they represent. And
that, to me, is fulfillment.

How long have you been an
artist?
It depends. Do you call your-
self an artist once you have
sold a painting? I've been
painting for a long time, ever
since I was a kid. I was never
formally taught, just kinda
pointed in the right direction.


But I sold my first piece in
2007.

Which of your pieces are
you most excited about?
I am most excited about the
way I utilised corners in this
show. A corner is a wasted
space, no one really hangs a
painting in a corner. I have
been thinking about utilizing
that wasted space and a few of
the pieces in this show are
actually built on frames that
sit right in corners. They have
great shape and functionality
to them.

Describe your moving away
from stencil cutting and into
a more freehand style?
It was an experiment that
worked out. I still like sten-
cils and I still like the propa-
ganda value of stencil but it is
just good to experiment and
move and flow. You get
pulled in all sorts of directions
and it is good to experiment.
Without experimentation you
cannot progress.

How do you think years of
cutting stencils has affected
your style?
Well stencils is only part of it.
I used to just use spray paint.
Stencils made my stuff more
realistic, less cartoonlike.
From that came my current
style which I would say is
more realistic. Right now I
am experimenting with dis-
tortion and texture. Stencils
helped me understand mono-
chrome images and from that
I started looking deeper and
experimenting more.

What is your favorite medi-
um these days?
At the moment I really love
enamel paint on Dacron can-
vas. It feels like butter moving
on a hot frying pan ..it is just
so smooth.


The Beauty of the



Bahamas


FOR THIS year's Trans-
forming Spaces Art Tour
StingraeStudio will be host-
ing another exciting array of
Bahamian realistic artists in
their beautiful tropical gar-
den.
The artist Malcolm is
showing a group of his small-
er realistic works that depict
the beauty of The Bahamas
and its people (especially
geared towards for those per-
sons who have no more room
on their walls!) in addition to
another series of tasteful
nudes for the more mature
audience;
Thierry Lamare, a master
artist, will exhibit his popular


signature original works on
paper beautifully displayed in
his trademark driftwood
frames. He will also be show-
ing a range of affordable
Giclee prints;
Kevin Cooper from
Eleuthera is also a realistic
artist who captures the beau-
ty of his island in his work.
Two groups of St Andrew's
students who attend after
school art classes with Mal-
colm will be displaying their
amazing talent: Helena, Sid-
ney, The Hussey twins Gabby
and Sacha, are joined by
Amanda, Lauren, Nicolas
and Tyler. They are showing
a series of abstract water-


TRANSFORMING
SPACES - the popu-
lar art bus tour that
allows patrons to
visit several art gal-
leries over one
weekend will take
place this year on
Saturday and Sun-
day March 13-14.
Organisers of the
sixth annual event
announced that the
tour will include
stops to 9 galleries-
Doongalik Studios
Art Gallery at Village
Road, Ladder
Gallery at NPCC,
New Providence Art
& Antiques, Pink
'Un, Popop Studios,
Post House Gallery,
PRO Gallery at COB,
StingraeStudio and
The Hub.


colours as well as four new
portraits of children. You
would swear that a more
mature artist had produced
them!
The landscape artist popu-
larly known as Crab, will
showcase furniture pieces pro-
duced from recycled native
trees that have been uprooted
during the storms.
A new photographer
AnnaLiza will exhibit her
black and white prints;
This garden Studio is where
the unbelievable Chef Nikki
Ciarra, is offering her
scrumptious conch chowder
cooked in her own special
way along with the Aliwen
brand of red and white wines
from the Chilean vineyard
which will be graciously
donated by Butler & Sands.
Don't miss the art event of
the year! For additional infor-
mation visit www.transform-
ingspacesbahamas.com


Art to make a difference

FROM page 12

help from neighboring coun-
tries Haiti will recover from its
devastation.
"This is the main image being
used for all our promotions.
Painted in the colors of the
Haitian flag, the painting rep-
resents new growth, and a new
beginning. It represents unity,
as countries around the world
are coming together and work-
ing as one, to help rebuild
Haiti," she explained.
Twenty to seventy per cent
of profits earned (It varies from
artist to artist) will be donated
to the initiative.
And while the money could
have been donated to any other
relief effort, Mrs Aylen said that
she chose orphanages for a spe-
cial reason.
"I am a mother myself and it
seems only natural that I want
to help and dedicate this entire
exhibit to the kids. Its is very
sad to see the way some
Bahamians tend to discriminate
Haitian people and I thought
to myself that if we are doing it
for the kids no one can possible
say no," she said.
Those who are not particu-
larly interested in art can still
make a contribution by donat-
ing any sum of money or by giv-
ing books and other school sup-
plies. All of the donations will
be handed over to the Rotary
Club of East Nassau, who will
ensure that all of the funds get
to Haiti directly. The show will
be held at the Nassau Yacht
Club located on East Bay street
beginning at 5:30 pm until 10
pm. "We want to eliminate all
of the excuses and the Yacht
Club is a very central location
and we know that a lot of per-
sons take this route on their way
home from work. The admis-
sion is also free," she said.
The exhibition will be held
on for one night only on March
4th.


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Interview with Arjuna Watson for Transforming Spaces


MUSE II Will be the featured
show in the Ladder Gallery at NPCC
for Transforming Spaces 2010. The
Show will run from March 12 - April
5th 2010.

What is the name of your new
show?
Muse Part II is the name of the new
show. It is a continuation of a previ-
ous show at The Hub. That show
was painted around 4 women. I was-
n't finished with the concept of Muse
yet. I still am not.

Describe the content of the show?
I'm going to focus more on portraits
in this show. Muse featured a lot of
nudes and this show is less about the
nude form than the face. It is a lot
about tone and depth. That is the
direction that I'm going in. That was
the calling I had, so I went in it.


What are you hoping to achieve
with this collection?
I am not hoping to achieve anything.
I am just painting. Whether you like
it or you don't.

What are your outside influences?
Urban art - world wide. And cur-
rent news. It affects all of us. When
I paint I think a lot about just what
happened on that day. I don't listen
to music when I paint because I feel
like when I paint it is kind of like a
trance. I just get into it and cant
move away from it until it is done.
And when I do move away I see dif-
ferent things. I paint until I drop.
Sometimes 6 - 7 hours at a time in
the middle of the night.

How much planning goes into your
shows?


A lot. Months of work go into the
show. A lot of sleepless nights. I
make all my own frames and stretch
all of my own canvasses. Then I
prime them... and sit and wonder
what is going to go on there. I think
a lot before I begin but once I start I
move very quickly.

When do you paint?
Mainly at night, when I have fewer
distractions. Once the kids are in
bed and the house goes quiet.

How long does it take you to finish
a piece?
Lately I have been painting 3 or
more paintings at once because I see
different things when I turn from
one canvas to another. It is a bit
chaotic but it works. I don't really
know how long it takes to finish a
piece, anywhere from 7 -8 hours to a


few days.

What is the line up for the rest of
2010?
After Transforming Spaces I will be
using my studio as private gallery
called CUBE 2 WEST. The space
will be open by appointment only
and will be a new western location
for a few select artists to display their
art. I want to stay away from gener-
ic art and I want to concentrate on
innovative, outward thinking and
expressive artists. It will not be the
only place I will be showing my art.
I don't want to pigeonhole my self.
Its about different people seeing
your art in different spaces. The
gallery will be a small intimate space.
Right now it is more of a work in
progress.

Do you think the space affects the


art?
Yeah it can, most of my paintings
are large and you have to stand back
to get a better perspective so I need
more space. Also the color of the
walls and the light affect the way a
piece looks. Different gallery spaces
control all these elements in different
ways and that affects the way the
art looks.

What do you think the role of any
gallery is?
It is to make people think. It is not
just to make money. It is to take
people away from their day to day
reality and to put them into the
artists reality. Even if it is just for
that moment... they get to see
something that no one else can see
in a painting, that's just beautiful. I

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