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Branville McCartney

quits Immigration job

Tribune Staff
THE Ingraham
administration suf-
fered a blow yester- BRAN
day when one of its MCCA
youngest and most
popular Cabinet Ministers -
Branville McCartney -
resigned from his appoint-
ed position, claiming he felt


he had been "unable
to fully utilise his
political potential."
In a statement
issued before Mr
McCartney formally
announced his deci-
sion to the Press,
IVILLE Prime Minister
RTNEY Hubert Ingraham said
that while the resig-
nation of a Cabinet Minis-
ter is "always regrettable"
SEE page 10

Bahamas Mortgage Corporation denies
'cronyism' behind awarding of contract
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Mortgage Corporation's managing director
and chairman yesterday denied accusations from the PLP that
"cronyism" drove it to award a $152,000 contract to a former
FNM political candidate.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the decision by the
SEE page 14

Teenage girl

found hanged
A YOUNG college stu-
dent was found hanged yes-
terday afternoon in what
police described as an
"apparent suicide".
Keisha Thurston, 18, a
recent CC Sweeting High
School graduate, was found
hanging from a rope -
reportedly a skipping rope -
which was attached to rafters at the home she
shared with her family.
Devastated relatives gathered at the house in
McKinney Drive, off Fire Trail Road, Nassau,
yesterday huddling together and trying to make
SEE page 12

Lawyer and
activist dies
of suspected
heart attack
and human rights activist
Eliezer Regnier died on Sat-
urday of a suspected heart
attack while behind the
wheel of his car.
Mr Regnier, 57, a well-
known advocate for Haitian
migrants, was visiting a
client on Step Street, in Fox
Hill, Nassau, shortly after
7pm when he died.
According to reports, his
vehicle was not moving but
the engine was running at
the time.
Emergency medical per-
sonnel attempted to resus-
citate him without success,
and the lawyer was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.
Theresa Gibson, Mr Reg-
SEE page 12

Burned body is
found in bushes
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A MAN who police believe was trying to
break in to the Rodney Bain building on
Shirley and Parliament streets was killed
after falling from a second floor awning.
The unidentified man's body was found on
Saturday at 12.20pm.
Police said it appears he was trying to
gain access to the building by standing on an
awning when he slipped and fell.
According to witnesses on the scene, there

was broken glass and traces of blood on the
wall where the man fell.
It is believed he became wedged between
a perimeter wall and the building after his
fall. It is not known if he was conscious at
this time. He sustained significant injuries to
his right leg, and it is believed he may have
cut a major artery which caused him to bleed
to death.
Police are investigating the incident.

A BADLY burned body
was discovered in bushes in
the West End area of Grand
Bahama yesterday afternoon.
Sources believe it could be
that of a teenage court wit-
ness who went missing more
than six months ago.
Police investigating the
grisly find suspect foul play
is involved and have classi-
fied the incident as a homi-
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said the
remains were discovered
sometime after 2pm at Peli-

SEE page 12


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Sean, 21,
Fox Hill:
"I feel as though some fault
lies with the Government. The
legal system is too relaxed.
Government should also do
more to tackle unemployment.
If you think about it most politi-
cians are lawyers.
"They don't really care about
criminals - in fact they make
their money from dealing with

Crime: What do employed men think?

these cases - the more they
get in trouble the better it is for
"We need to tighten up the
law, there are too many
allowances made for repeat


Glen Dean, 50,
Elizabeth Estates:
"This is clearly a social prob-
lem. There is a lack of proper
upbringing in the home nowa-
days. There are too many sin-
gle-mothers struggling to pro-
vide for the household and
father's not setting the right
Danny, 28,
"Things are really tough. There
is a lot of poverty in the country
- everyone broke. Guys don't
want to work these little jobs
here and there because it's just
not enough to pay the bills."
Peter Cartwright, 52,
Winton Meadows:
"Home owners need to be
aware and ready for these crim-
inals. I have mixed emotions
about having a gun in the
household. It can be very good
for safety but at the same time
there are a lot of dangers that
come with owning a weapon
and having it in your home -
especially if there are children
in the house. It's also very dan-
gerous because sometimes hav-
ing it can aggravate the situa-
tion or turn into negative con-
sequences if they get your gun.
Be very aware of your sur-
Reginald Demeritte, 61,
Fox Hill:
"The crime is ridiculous. One
of my boys just got shot in
Yamacraw, whatever the police
are doing it is obviously not
working. "These fellas picking
up speed! Less than two days
between invasions? That could
have never happened before...
it's terrible, truly out of hand.
But we as Bahamians, we don't
feel it until it happens to us or
affects us personally - and then
we want to do something, then
we say 'it's bad, it's out of con-
trol'. The system is not right,
but what are they going to do
about it? Nothing. They're still



WITH the steady
increase in armed rob-
beries and home inva-
sions over the past few
weeks, The Tribune
asked employed men for
their opinions about the
rise in criminal activity.
The salaried men held
conflicting views over the
Government and the
community's responsi-
bility - also calling into
question current personal
firearm restrictions.

going to put criminals back out
on bail again and again."
John Davis, 60,
"People have to keep their
eyes open. Don't let yourself
be a victim due to carelessness.
Pay close attention to your sur-
roundings and if you believe
you are being followed, listen to
the police warnings and get to a
well-lit area or police station.
Also, Bahamians needs to stop
displaying their valuables so
casually - don't let everyone
see what you have."
Clement Williams, 44,
"On the subject of home inva-
sions, unless it's a retaliation,
as a hard-working Bahamian I
am very disturbed by the
increased number. Someone,
unprovoked, can just break into
your home and take your life,
everything you've worked for. I
can understand why more and
more people have guns because
you have to protect your fami-
Jeffrey Fowler, 53,
Garden Hills:
"It's outrageous and people
with licensed guns can't even
use them until the criminal is
already inside their home? I've
experienced a home invasion
and armed robbery before and
when the police came they were
more of an aggravation to me
rather than actually investigat-
ing the matter."






JOHN, 60

JOHN, 60


Gay cruise ship seen as possible

threat to morality and decency

Pastors voice concern about potential visit to Bahamas


A GROUP of evangelical
pastors are concerned that the
visit of a gay cruise ship to the
Bahamas could potentially
threaten the "morality and
decency" of the country's
"Judeo-Christian" heritage.
In response to the resur-
gence of intent made by gay
cruise organizers to make the
Bahamas its port-of-call, the
Bahamas Coalition of Evan-
gelical Pastors has reaffirmed
its opposition.
Due to the potentially last-
ing negative effect they feel
such events will impact, the
group pledged: "Please be
assured that we would be tak-

ing the very same position,
and with the same fervour, if
this were a cruise dedicated
to self-proclaimed adulterers,
fornicators, liars or any other
such biblically defined sinful
behaviour, who have it as
their determined end purpose
to have that sinful behaviour
accepted as a morally legiti-
mate lifestyle."


Two weeks ago, organizers
of the expected gay cruise,
defended their decision to
come to the Bahamas, arguing
that the homophobic inci-
dents experienced in the
Bahamas happen everywhere.

"It is our hope that
the Ministry of
Tourism and the
organizers of these
types of events would
make a concerted
effort to communi-
cate our country's
societal and cultural
norms regarding
homosexual conduct,
especially in public

Cindy Brown, Miami Gay
Pride operations director,
claims the only way to affect a
change in public perception
of homosexuals was to "allow
them to see who we really
While the Evangelical Pas-
tors maintain their intent is
not to discourage any indi-
vidual from visiting the
Bahamas, they feel it is imper-
ative that visiting persons are
not allowed to mock the
country's values and ideals by
"openly flaunting" contrary
social behaviour.
A statement said: "It is our
hope that the Ministry of
Tourism and the organizers
of these types of events would
make a concerted effort to
communicate our country's
societal and cultural norms
regarding homosexual con-
duct, especially in public
The pastors maintained
that they were in no way a
hate group, but instead seek
means to " prayerfully, law-
fully, and lovingly" prevent
the Bahamas from 'falling
prey' to the evolving global
mentality towards homosexu-
ality as a legitimate and
acceptable lifestyle.

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Threat of further

delay to Elizabeth

by-election result
By AVA TURNQUEST [ However, PLP chairman

PRELIMINARY objections
by a third party candidate
threatens to delay the final
result of the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion even further.
Workers' Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur believes there
could be a possible conflict of
interest concerning one of the
election court judges, Senior
Justice Anita Allen.
Mr Moncur claims Justice
Allen's husband Algernon cam-
paigned on behalf of the PLP in
the lead-up to the by-election.
He now plans to pen a formal
complaint to Chief Justice
Michael Barnett.
However, FNM candidate Dr
Duane Sands hit back by claim-
ing Mr Moncur had blown the
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Four taken to hospital
with knife wounds
FOUR people were taken
to hospital with knife wounds
sustained during stabbing
attacks over the weekend.
There were two attacks on
Saturday and Sunday, with
attacks occurring within an
hour of each other on both
On Sunday, around
11.45am, police responded to
Scott and West streets where
it is alleged that two brothers,
aged 22 and 19, got into an
argument that resulted in the
19 year old being stabbed in
the back.
Less than 30 minutes prior,
police were at Walnut Street,
Pinewood Gardens, where a
man got into an altercation
with another man whom
police allege was known to
him. The victim was subse-
quently stabbed in the upper
back and was taken to the
hospital by emergency ser-
vices where he is in serious
condition. Police have taken
into custody a 22-year-old
man of McKinney Drive,
Carmichael Road, in connec-
tion with this matter.
On Saturday, around 2.12
pm, police received informa-
tion of a stabbing at Millenni-
um Gardens. Officers were
told a man got into an alterca-
tion with two other men,
which resulted in him being
stabbed to the stomach.
The victim was taken to
hospital where he is in seri-
ous condition.
Police are also investigat-
ing a stabbing in which a
woman received multiple
knife wounds. The incident
occurred at around 1.22pm on
Saturday at Roberto Drive,
off Robinson Road.
According to reports, a
woman got into an altercation
with a man known to her
which resulted in her being
"stabbed multiple times about
the body". The victim was
taken to hospital where she
was treated and later allowed
Police are questioning a 34-
year-old resident of
Carmichael Road.

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situation out of all proportion,
and he urged the public to have
faith in the justice system.
Dr Sands added: "We need
to understand that the people
who hold positions in our jus-
tice system were appointed for
their expertise and integrity."
Mr Allen could not be con-
tacted for comment last night.

Bradley Roberts denied Mr
Allen had any involvement.
He said: "I did not see Mr
Allen anywhere near our cam-
By-election contenders are
expected to appear before the
Supreme Court on Thursday
for a hearing date to be set.
While all parties expressed a
desire to resolve the election
dispute quickly, this latest
obstacle could prolong pro-
The election court was called
by Ryan Pinder (PLP) who
gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands'
1,501. Mr Pinder is challenging
that five protest votes that were
cast in his favour should be
counted, thus making him the
elected MP for Elizabeth.

THE body of a man burned
beyond recognition was found in
a building ravaged by fire on
Saturday night.
Police first received a report
about the blaze at a structure on
Shirley Street, directly opposite
the Ebenezer Methodist Church,
at around 8.50pm.
Fire Services responded and
found the southeastern section
of a multi-purpose single-storey,
stone structure engulfed in
flames. The building was exten-
sively damaged, and on comple-
tion of extinguishing the blaze
officers discovered the body of a
man. The building appears to
have been used as small efficien-
cy apartment.
Among the wreckage there
were the remains of a bed, tables
and other furniture.
The bathroom area, however,
remained intact.
It is not known how the blaze
started and the identity of the
man has yet to be established,
but police investigations are con-

debris after the fire at a
building on Shirley Street
on Saturday night.
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Disappearing reefs threaten marine life

WE WANT to thank our loyal readers
who from time to time send us news item
they think might interest us, but which we
might have missed.
In the past week we have received infor-
mation picked up on the BBC about the
lack of needed knowledge in the Caribbean
about the warning signs of an approaching
tsunami, and information from London's
Mail Online about disappearing coral reefs.
The Mail article by David Derbyshire in
San Diego reports scientists as predicting
that the rising acid levels in the "seas and the
warmer ocean temperatures are wiping out
the spectacular reefs enjoyed by millions of
divers, tourists and wildlife lovers.
"The destruction would also be a disaster
for tropical fish and marine life which use
coral reefs as nurseries and feeding grounds,"
Mr Derbyshire wrote.
Dr Jacob Silverman from the Carnegie
Institution in Washington, was quoted as
saying that rising levels of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere were making seas more
And so, although scientists are disputing
whether global man-caused greenhouse gas
in the atmosphere is warming the climate,
there now is evidence that it is certainly
warming our seas, creating more acid, which
in turn is breaking up subterranean coral.
Dr Silverman's studies have led him to
believe that reefs stop growing and start
breaking up when the amount of greenhouse
gas reaches twice its pre-industrial level.
He predicted that if present trends con-
tinue this could happen by the end of the
"These ecosystems, which harbour the
highest diversity of marine life in the oceans,
may be severely reduced within less than
100 years," he said.
Dr Silverman told the annual meeting of
the American Association for the Advance-
ment of Science in San Diego that reef-build-
ing corals are highly sensitive to the acidity
and temperature of the seawater in which
they grow.
To illustrate the article a dramatic photo-
graph was shown of a mass of dead coral,
bleached white. The photo was taken at
Australia's Great Barrier Reef, known for its
abundant marine life. Scientists believe that
rising levels of acid in the sea will kill these
reefs within a century.
If man does nothing to reverse this trend,
and if it continues at the present rate, anoth-
er source of man's food will disappear.
Recently, there was the bee scare. Scientists
were alarmed at the rapidly decreasing

colony of bees. Without them there would be
no pollination, and without pollination man's
food chain would collapse.
Recently, we saw a scientist showing a
Bahamian farmer how to care for tomato
plants. He told him that every day he should
stop at each plant and gently agitate the
branch with a flick of the finger. We asked
why. "Pollination," he replied, "we have to
do the work of the bees, when there are no
And so man's fish supply is being threat-
ened, his meat supply is threatened - no
feed for the animals - and his plant supply
is threatened, while man still debates
whether it's necessary to reduce industrial
carbon-dioxide emissions. So whichever way
we approach the problem, man is digging
his own grave. And don't forget, the homes
of Bahamians sit atop coral reefs.
And now for the lack of knowledge in the
Caribbean to recognize an approaching
Dr Hermann Fritz, a civil engineering
professor from the Georgia Institute of Tech-
nology, and four Haitian colleagues trav-
elled around the coast of Haiti gathering
information about a tsunami that was trig-
gered by the 7.0 Port-au-Prince earthquake.
"This was a relatively small event," Dr
Fritz told BBC News. "Most of the fatalities
were due to the earthquake, but at least
three victims we know of survived the earth-
quake and were hit by the wave."
These three victims were a father and his
two young sons. They were standing close to
the shore in Petit Paradis, watching the wave
instead of heading for higher ground.
"And on the border [with the Dominican
Republic], fishermen were taking photos
and videos of the draw-down of the sea,"
he said.
This ominous draw-back in the water lev-
el is a classic sign that a big wave is approach-
"It demonstrated a lack of [tsunami] edu-
cation," Dr Fritz said. "It was pure luck that
the misinformation did not kill more people
in this case."
And on Saturday before the all-clear was
called on the tsunami watch in Hawaii -
the result of the Chile earthquake - a CNN
announcer reporting from high ground drew
viewers attention to a lone figure on the
beach below watching as the ocean sucked
the sea from the beach. He was obviously a
tourist unaware that this was the first sign of
an approaching tsunami.
Instead of fleeing for high ground, he
stood and watched.

A 2010 math

examination for

math teachers

EDITOR, The Tribune.
It is abundantly clear that
the Honourable Desmond
Bannister, Minister of Edu-
cation, is dealing at this
moment with some really big
problems. This includes the
formulation of a 10-year plan
to replace the Draft presented
at the 2009 Education Sum-
One always hesitates to
make unsolicited suggestions.
BUT there is a simple one
that could be helpful - the
addition of a Math Exam for
Math Teachers to the 2010
academic testing calendar.
The logic of this proposal is as
The videos "Academic Fail-
ure & The Skills Gap"
) and "Teachers Also Count"
61 "
61) deal with the known aca-
demic failure of students in
the Public Schools- particu-
larly in mathematics.
Now there may be as many
as 700 teachers teaching
mathematics; but what do we
know about them? Accord-
ing to the second video -
"There is a complete
absence of publicly available
data on what teachers know
and can do. However, the
high student failure and illit-

eracy rates (measures of what
students know and can do)
strongly suggest that the aver-
age public school teacher is
ineffective." Therefore, there
appears to be a hidden critical
mathematics skills shortage in
the Public School teaching
In this regard one should
note that the UK apparently
has a similar mathematics
learning crisis, a crisis report-
ournalists/julie-henry/" Julie
Henry, the Education Corre-
spondent for the London
Telegraph ( HYPERLINK
"Primary school teachers
have such a poor grasp of
basic maths that they strug-
gle to solve sums that 11 year
olds should be able to answer.
Only four out of 10 teachers
could work out that 2.1 per
cent of 400 is 8.4. A test of
simple maths skills taken by
teachers from schools across
the country has revealed a
"shocking" lack of mental
arithmetic ability and basic
maths knowledge.

"A generation of teachers
did not fully understand the
subject. Our obsession with
generic teaching skills has
crowded out time in which we
could be making sure that
people actually have the basic
content and knowledge of
content that they need...Prob-
ably more than half of them
know so little maths that they
cannot be conveying mathe-
matics to their children in the
This suggests that getting
such data on the Bahamas, if
it is not now available, could
be a good starting point for
reform in math teaching
instruction. A 2010 Math
Exam for Math Teachers
would differ from the BGCSE
Exam for Students in one
important respect, the addi-
tion of a section where each
teacher lists the math courses
taken in their secondary and
tertiary education.
The results could lend great
substance and support to the
Minister, the Department of
Education, itself, and Parlia-
ment to the reforms contained
in a revised 2009 10-Year
This seems like a logical
first step to cure the basic-
math skills shortage.

February 22, 2010.

What shall we do when Govt

watches its society in peril?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to the article in last Satur-
day's paper entitled "Contradictions of The
Government," I am in total agreement. Like
Mr Obediah Smith said, in a country claim-
ing to be so "cutting edge" and "with it", we
as Bahamian citizens are faced with tremen-
dous hardships and annoyances.
Simple social nuisances plague our lives on
a daily basis.
For example, the hundreds of motorcy-
cle riders that constantly travel through res-
idential areas, exceeding the speed limits at
decibels an ENT Specialist would only term
"deafening", not to mention, without hel-
I can recall when my daughter was born
last year, her being startled and awoken at
least twice to three times nightly by the loud,
malfunctioning noises made by these preva-
lent 650 dirt bikes. This is absolutely absurd!
Then there are the infamous jitney dri-
vers who continuously endanger passengers
and other motorists' lives by racing and dri-
ving ever so recklessly.

Without surprise, traffic police casually
pass by, seemingly oblivious to the fact that
laws are being violated before their very
We are a nation thriving off our Tourism
Industry. When I encounter foreigners and
begin a conversation, they reveal their level
of shock and frustration that this is the norm
for us and that nothing is being done or will
be done in the foreseeable future about
enforcing law and order. How sensitive or
insensitive is our government to allow us to
endure such atrocities in a city that is 21 x 7
miles? I am almost certain that there is
something contradictory going on regard-
ing our government actions and response
toward the very dilemmas that will/can crip-
ple our economy and harm our citizens.
What shall we do as a nation to protect
ourselves when the government sits so
relaxed and watches its own society in per-
il? Surely, something must be done.

February, 2010.

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I can enumerate the serious crimes that have directly impact-
ed many persons I know within the last 60 days, but I am
reluctant as it might engender more fear. Suffice it to say that
I, like you, no doubt, am wondering: when will our govern-
ment's resolve to deal with crime match or exceed that of ban-
dits' determination to cause us harm?
I believe we can demonstrate our seriousness to curb the
scourge of crime by doing the following five things within the
next 45 days:
1) Amend the firearms act to require 25 years mandatory sen-
tence for unlicensed firearm.
2) Amend the dangerous drugs act to require life sentence for
drug trafficking with no eligibility for parole.
3) Institute mandatory 15 years sentencing for house break-
ing with eligibility for parole after three years based on evidence
of rehabilitation and skills training.
4) Double the number of lawyers in the Office of the Attor-
ney General.
5) Increase the number of Supreme Court and Appellate
Court judges by an aggregate of 25.
Would instituting the foregoing cost taxpayers money? At
least $10 million annually, less than $8 per month for each
taxpayer. I would argue that that is a low price to pay for a life
and reduced anxiety.
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A life dedicated to

Bahamian history

IT CAN be argued that
without accurate knowledge of
the past, an individual is ill-
equipped for the future.
This week's Unsung Hero
dedicated his life not only to
the preservation of, but the
thorough documentation of
Bahamian history.
Paul Albury was born in
Harbour Island in the early
1920s and led a culturally rich
and philanthropic life. Presi-
dent of the Bahamas Histori-
cal Society Jim Lawlor met with
East Nassau Rotarians last
week to share the life of his
father-in-law, one of the organ-
isation's founding members and
renowned Bahamian historian.
"If he had lived in a different
time he would have received
more acknowledgment," Mr
Lawlor explained of the histo-
rian's minimal public recogni-
tion despite numerous contri-
butions. His only honour was
his appointment within the
Rotary International organisa-
tion as a Paul P Harris Fellow
in 1980.
Highlighting his critical
involvement in the founding of
the Rotary Club of Nassau -
and shortly after the Rotary
Club of East Nassau - Mr
Lawlor provided a pictorial
timeline of the historian's life
and his contributions to the
Bahamian historical, social and
political landscape.
Sir Lynden Pindling said of
him: "Since East Nassau Rotary
Club was incorporated seven-
teen years ago, the podium at
each Discovery Day meeting
has been occupied by our
revered Dr Paul -Fellow and
Historian - who unfailingly
has delighted us with his wis-
dom, wit and wealth of knowl-
edge of the Bahamian scene."
Dr Albury was instrumen-
tal in improving race relations
in the early 1960s through his
political and philanthropic
efforts as a member of the UBP
and Rotary International.
In his Rotary Club of East


Nassau presidential acceptance
speech, he said: "Throughout
the world today there is a con-
tinuous flow of suggestions as
how best to improve relations
between the races. Today, I
would like to offer a very sim-
ple solution - a solution that is
in full accord with the Rotary
idea. Let us endeavour to drop
the sophisticated approach, let
us approach the matter in an
almost childlike manner. Let us
get to know each other - that
is the crux of the matter - to
get to know each other."
As an educator he has
taught at the Harbour Island
All Age School, St Andrew's
International School and the
College of the Bahamas. As an
historian, he is best remem-
bered as the President of the
Bahamas Historical Society. A
founding member, he published
two history books in his life-
Familiar to all Bahamians,
his first book, "The Story of the
Bahamas" has been used
nationally as curriculum text
for the Bahamas Junior Cer-
tificate since the early 90s. His
second book, which has since
been updated by Mr Lawlor
and his wife, "The Paradise
Island Story", chronicles the
transformation of early Nassau
from the 18th century until
In The Harbour Island Sto-
ry, the Lawlors realized Dr

Albury's passion and love for
Harbour Island and his dedica-
tion to preserving its rich histo-
ry. Mr Lawlor is currently seek-
ing funding to publish a biog-
raphy of Paul Albury's life.
"He was very charismatic,
and he passed on to me his
enthusiasm and passion for his-
tory. I have the full book writ-
ten," Mr Lawlor mused, "but
not the financial means to pub-
lish it."
Paul Albury died in 1987,
just five days before the
Bahamas Historical Society
building was opened, a project
to which he devoted much of
his time and energy.
The Bahamas Historical
Society is a non-profit cultural
and educational organisation
dedicated to stimulating interest
in Bahamian History. Located
on Shirley Street and Elizabeth
Avenue, the society maintains a
voluntary museum that seeks
to collect and preserve historic
Bahamian materials.
Interested person can visit
www.bahamshistoricalsoci- for more information.

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The 56-year-old is one of three teachers
who have been removed from the school
following complaints of alleged sexual mis-
conduct with students.
He was charged on October 22 with inde-
cent assault.
Attorney Calvin Seymour represented
Buchanan at his arraignment.
It is alleged that Buchanan indecently
assaulted a 14-year-old female student at
the school in September of 2008.
He was not required to enter a plea to the
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Physically Challenged Children's Committee raffle

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - The trial of music teacher
Edward Buchanan, who is accused of inde-
cently assaulting a student at Eight Mile
Rock High School, has been postponed to
April 29.
Buchanan appeared in the Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate's Court on Thursday with
his attorney Murrio Ducille for trial, but
they were informed that the case had been
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Electoral reform

back on the agenda
Tribune Staff Reporter

DESPITE pleas by senior
justices to make electoral
reform a priority after the
2007 general election, the gov-
erning Free National Move-
ment and opposition Pro-
gressive Liberal Party have
failed in their responsibilities,
according to the National
Development Party (NDP).
This failure has resulted in
the courts having to intervene
once again to settle a parlia-
mentary election, in the case
of the Elizabeth by-election,
and the clock is ticking with
the general election expected
to be just around the corner.
"(The failures) underscore
the prevailing view that our
political leaders have no plan
for our national development,
and therefore continue to
address national issues with a
reactive, rather than a proac-
tive approach," said Andre
Rollins, NDP executive coun-
cil chairman.
The NDP is proposing a set
of electoral reforms, includ-
ing establishing a fixed date
for all general elections, mak-
ing it mandatory for voter reg-
isters to be updated every
year, and making it illegal for
any candidate, sitting mem-
ber of the House of Assembly
or cabinet minister to serve
as a poll worker during an
election or party agent dur-
ing the recount process.
The latter proposal was the
source of most contention
during the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion. The PLP claimed the
electoral system worked
against their candidate Ryan
Pinder, because of political
interference on the part of the
government. Party leader,
Perry Christie, said the FNM
displayed a grave an abuse of
power by involving govern-
ment ministers in the electoral
Bradley Roberts, PLP
chairman, said his personal
view was that cabinet minis-
ters should not be on the lines
of the polling station unless
it is in the constituency they
represent. He believed the
same should apply in the case
of an election recount. These
are conditions he would sup-
port in the case of electoral
The PLP put forward a
platform for electoral review
years ago, but Mr Roberts
could not readily recall the
details or when they were pre-
Duane Sands, FNM candi-
date for Elizabeth, said it is
the conduct of public officials
that determine whether a con-
flict of interest is in play, not
necessarily their status. He
said he did not observe any


"We take liberty with
accusations about peo-
ples' characters, their
families and smile and
say that is politics."

intimidation of voters or elec-
tion officials during the Eliz-
abeth by-election.

Mr Sands said the claims of
the PLP would be very seri-
ous if they were true. He said
politicians are prone to hyper-
bole and embellishment that
can be disruptive and danger-
ous. "Bear in mind this is a
criticism being levied by a
political organisation. They
are prone to create political
mischief. If it is to be deter-
mined whether there as
indeed a conflict, who adju-
dicates that determination?
Who is the objective observ-
er? As they say, the truth shall
set you free. I was there and I
certainly did not see any
abuse, but now you can ques-
tion my objectivity," he said.
Mr Roberts also questioned
who would be an objective
arbitrator of what is hyper-
bole. He said it was a matter
for the person consuming the
information to determine
"what makes sense and what
is foolishness". He said the
media had a role to play in
figuring out if politicians were
lying or telling the truth.
"That is where the Fourth
Estate comes in. In the US,
when you have a politician
that makes statements like
that they take them to task,

but not here. In the US they
will play them over and over
again. They have things like
the CNN Truth Squad," said
Mr Roberts.
The only way to solve the
problem of political wran-
gling, according to Mr Sands,
is to have a change in political
culture, not just electoral
"We take liberty with accu-
sations about peoples' char-
acters, their families and smile
and say that is politics," said
Mr Sands, who said he was
baselessly accused by candi-
date Rodney Moncur of vio-
lating the constitution.
He said the returning offi-
cer, Jack Thompson, was
attacked in a vicious Internet
article, when he "is probably
one of the civil servants we
should be most proud of in
this country."
"When we descend to start
making comments as strong
as those that have been made,
while those who make them
may understand they are
benign and made for political
purposes, some of our people
may not and they may believe
the persons to whom those
accusations are made are
actually horrible people and
the consequences can be
tremendous," he said.
On the matter of political
culture, Mr Roberts said:
"That is a factor all around
the world as a part of human
beings. Some of them go off
to extremes: how do you con-
trol that? That is like trying to
control a man's eye sight:
where he can look and where
he can see; you can't do that.
In any extremes people make
that are against the law, you
have laws of defamation that
are there."

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t a meeting
of leaders of
L a t i n
and the Caribbean on Feb-
ruary 23, Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) gov-
ernments supported a joint
"Declaration on (the) Falk-
lands Islands Issue."
The Declaration "con-
firmed their support of
Argentina's legitimate rights
in the sovereignty dispute
with the United Kingdom
over the Falkland Islands
Issue," and recalled "region-
al interest in having the gov-
ernments of Argentina and
the United Kingdom resume
negotiations to find a fair,
peaceful and definitive solu-
tion to the dispute over the
sovereignty" of the Falk-
lands/Malvinas islands.
They went further to call on
the European Union (EU)
countries to amend their
charter to remove the Falk-
land Islands from the list of
overseas territories associ-
ated with the EU.
The support of Latin
American countries for
Argentina in this matter is
quite understandable. They
have links of language, cul-
ture, history and proximity
that go back centuries.
But the support of CARI-
COM countries for Argenti-
na's "legitimate rights" is
puzzling. Both the UK and
Argentina have claimed the
Falklands/Malvinas for
almost two hundred years.
So what now makes
Argentina's rights more
Icgi miiilc" than Britain's?

ins. eight



And, why call for "negotia-
tions" between Argentina
and Britain to find "a fair
peaceful and definitive solu-
tion" to the dispute if it has
already been decided that
Argentina's rights are "legit-
Unless there is something
they have not made public,
this position by Caribbean
governments appears on the
surface to run counter to
their own national interests.

The Caribbean has
always strongly supported a
people's right to self-deter-
mination. It is in fulfilment
of their own right to self-
determination that
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries are
independent states. In this
regard, since the people of
the Falklands/Malvinas have
consistently and over-
whelmingly chosen to be
British, Caribbean govern-
ments would certainly not
argue that the manifest wish
of the people of the Falk-
lands/Malvinas should be
ignored, particularly since

Britain has exercised de fac-
to sovereignty over the
islands continuously since
The national interests of
twelve of the fourteen inde-
pendent CARICOM coun-
tries are much more bound-
up with Britain than they are
with Argentina. CARI-
COM's trade with Britain
far exceeds trade with
Argentina; investment in
CARICOM countries from
Britain is much greater than
any investment from
Argentina; official develop-
ment assistance from Britain
to CARICOM countries
directly and indirectly
(through the European
Union and the Common-
wealth for instance) is much
larger than any assistance
from Argentina; the num-
ber of tourists from Britain
to CARICOM countries is
considerably greater than
from Argentina; and far
more CARICOM nationals
live, work and study in
Britain than in Argentina.
What appears to have
triggered this discussion at
the 33-nations Cancun meet-
ing is the fact that a British
oil exploration company,
Desire Petroleum Plc,
announced that it had start-
ed drilling for oil 60 miles
(100 kilometers) north of
the Falklands/Malvinas.
Argentina objects to this
In giving support to
Argentina, CARICOM
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4 1

to OAS: That is the question

FROM page eight

countries run the risk of
compromising their own
interest. For instance, where
would they stand if
Venezuela objected to oil
exploration off part of
Guyana, despite long-stand-
ing international arbitrations
and agreements confirming
Guyana's title? Also, where
would these countries stand
if Venezuela objected to oil
explorations that might be
granted by some of them
near Aves Island/Bird Rock
to which Venezuela lays a
claim? In the case of Belize
where Guatemala claims the
entire country, the same
argument applies.


Then we come to the
matter of the creation of a
grouping of these 33 coun-
tries that excludes Canada
and the United States. Some
of the Latin American lead-
ers - in particular those with
a strong anti-American posi-
tion - proclaimed to the
media that this new group-
ing should replace the Orga-
nization of American States
Well, replacing the OAS
is simply in no country's
interest - not even those
with the most rabid anti-
American governments.
There has to be a forum in
the Hemisphere where all
its countries are represented
and where discussions can
take place at all levels of
government and on all
issues. And that organiza-
tion is clearly the already
well-established OAS. In
this regard, Cuba should
return to the Organization
and the exclusion of the pre-
sent elected government of
Honduras should cease.

'There is absolutely nothing
wrong with Latin American and
Caribbean countries establishing a
grouping that is not an alterna-
tive to the OAS, but is additional to

In any event, I suspect
that only a very few govern-
ments touted the idea of an
"alternative" organization
to the OAS and even fewer
would have supported it.
Certainly for CARICOM
countries, there is no other
organization in which they
can engage the US govern-
ment on a regular and sus-
tained basis at all levels.
That alone makes the OAS
worthwhile for them.
Further, CARICOM gov-
ernments greatly value their
relations with Canada which
has been an ally and part-
ner for generations in the
Hemisphere and in the
Commonwealth. They
would want deeper not dis-
tant relations with Canada.
There is absolutely noth-
ing wrong with Latin Amer-
ican and Caribbean coun-
tries establishing a grouping
that is not an alternative to
the OAS, but is additional
to it.
However, no one should
believe that it will be any-
thing more than an oppor-
tunity for dialogue at the
level of leaders. It will have
no secretariat and therefore
little means of implement-
ing decisions; decisions will
have to be made by consen-
sus, therefore no binding
decisions will be made; and,
in truth, the grouping is so
amorphous and made up of
countries at such different
levels of development and

with such differing interests
and ambitions, that its meet-
ings will be largely obliga-
tory and its decisions only


The Summit "Declaration
of Cancun" does have as
one of its objectives "the
coordination of regional
positions ahead of meetings
and conferences of global
reach... to project the
region and increase its influ-
ence." This is to be wel-
comed provided that the
view of smaller Caribbean
islands are seriously consid-
ered and reflected by the
larger Latin American
This brings us to the OAS
itself. The US government
should regard this move by
Latin American and
Caribbean countries to set
up a Hemispheric grouping,
which deliberately excludes
it, as a firm warning that its
neglect of Latin America
and the Caribbean's devel-
opment needs and issues,
and its oftentimes casual dis-
missal of their positions is
not in the interest of the
United States. The authori-
ties in Washington need to
engage Latin American and
Caribbean countries as gen-
uine partners and neigh-
bours and a strengthened
and revitalized OAS is the
place to do so.

In this connection,
CARICOM countries
should indicate their support
for the re-election on March
23 of the incumbent Secre-
tary-General, Jose Miguel
Insulza. His task over the
last five years in a fractious
organisation, which also
relies on consensus for deci-
sion-making, has not been
easy. But, he has tried to
introduce reforms and he
has been the most forceful
Secretary-General the OAS


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has seen for a long time.
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very mindful of his obliga-
tions to his Caribbean mem-
ber states.
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Chavez over violations of
media freedom in
Venezuela and he has not
been afraid to point out
shortcomings by the US
government. To have
offended both these adver-
saries, he must have done
something right for the rest.

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years as Secretary-General,
Insulza can be bold in giving
the OAS real direction in
reforming its mandate and
establishing it as a meaning-
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spheric issues and advanc-
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and human rights.

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he said he was apprised dur-
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Mr Ingraham said: "Each
of us in politics are bound to

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should only like to remind
him of what he himself says
in his press release, which is
'that in life nothing comes
before its time'."
The Prime Minister added
in his statement that Mr
McCartney had "been kind
enough to share with me a
copy of a press release he
intends to issue with regard to
his resignation", however, no
such statement was forth-
coming from Mr McCartney
up to press time yesterday.
Several phone messages
seeking comment from the
MP went unreturned up to
press time.
Nor was there any word on
who might replace Mr
McCartney at the Depart-
ment of Immigration.
The 42 year old's decision
to step down comes just over
two weeks after police report-
ed that they were investigat-
ing a death threat against
him, which called for Mr
McCartney to "resign or be
killed." The call came in the
form of an anonymous letter.
It was the second death
threat to a government min-
ister in a month, after Youth,
Sports and Culture Minister
Charles Maynard was also
threatened in a letter signed
by "The Brothers".
There was no suggestion
yesterday that Mr McCart-
ney's decision came as a
result of this threat, which
police sources said was being
taken very seriously.
In a statement issued short-

ly after the Prime MInister's,
the PLP said Mr McCart-
ney's resignation as State
Minister for Immigration "is
a source of serious concern
for the country" as the coun-
try is "in the midst of a crisis
in immigration."
The party added that, given
the reasons given by the MP
as noted in the Prime Minis-
ter's statement, it was also a
"serious indictment" of Mr
Ingraham's government.
"His resignation has
exposed the truth of how Mr
Ingraham governs the coun-
try and his party. The PLP
believes that the country is
not well served by the con-
duct of public affairs led with
bombast, harsh words and
disrespect as a hall mark of
governance. We warned
against it from the day Mr.
Ingraham first took office.
Now the FNM has turned on
one of its own. The country
must be told the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but
the truth on this matter."
While Mr McCartney's
move will inevitably lead to
speculation that his dissatis-
faction with his political expe-
rience within the governing
party might serve as a preface
to him switching political alle-
giances, PLP Chairman
Bradley Roberts yesterday
said neither he nor any of his
parliamentary colleagues
have had "any conversation
with Mr McCartney" about
his decision. "We just heard
about it today," he stated.
Yesterday an FNM gov-
ernment insider said he was

"shocked" by the Bamboo
Town MP's decision. "He's
a great guy, a wonderful guy
who has a great future in pol-
itics", admitting that yester-
day's resignation could
"make it difficult" for Mr
McCartney to achieve his
potential in this regard.
Mr McCartney was
appointed to the post of State
Minister for Immigration in
2008, after previously serv-
ing as State Minister for
Tourism and Aviation. An
attorney by profession, he
was elected to parliament for
the first time in the 2007 gen-
eral election.
During his time at Immi-
gration Mr McCartney was
vocal about his focus on get-
ting the country's rampant
immigration problem under
control and on improving
customer service and effi-
ciency within the Depart-
The Prime Minister yes-
terday thanked Mr McCart-
ney for his "service to the
Bahamian people and to my
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forward to working closely
with him in the best interest
of the people of the Bamboo
Town Constituency and the
country as a whole," he said.


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Burned body is found in bushes

FROM page one

can Lakes, east of Bootle Bay.
"A passer-by along on the northern side of
Queens Highway saw the badly-burned body
lying on the ground and alerted the police,"
she said.
Ms Mackey said police are unable to deter-
mine whether the victim is that of a man or
She said police have not received any miss-
ing person's report within the last 24 hours.
However, an 18-year-old Grand Bahama
woman still remains missing since last August.

Charlean Edwina Wilchcombe, of Brink
Hill Road, Lincoln Green, was last seen on
August 4 at the Columbus House for Girls.
Ms Wilchcombe was to appear as a witness
in a court matter, but disappeared two months
before the case was scheduled to be heard.
Police believed she was being hidden to
prevent giving evidence in court and had
appealed to the public for help in locating the
A missing poster was released by police in
October, 2009, and again on February 4, 2010.
Anyone with information pertaining to this
matter is asked to call police at 350-3107, 352-
9774/5 or 911.

Teenage girl found hanged

FROM page one

sense of the teenager's
death. While some were
quietly sobbing, others
screamed out in agony.
Family friend and pastor
Rev Sebastian Campbell
told the media he had
received a phone call from
Keisha earlier yesterday
and that everything had
appeared to be "in place".

Rev Campbell said:
"Then she was left alone all
by herself and we're still
trying to get to the bottom
of this as to what could have
really led to this traumatis-
ing experience.
"It tells us that we can't
even begin to understand
the depth of the anguish
and depression which per-
sons like this are going

"Right now the family is
all traumatised, all shaken
up and we pray to God that
somehow we will be able to
get to the bottom of it to
understand what led to all
of this so that it won't be
repeated once again."
Rev Campbell said there
is a "great need" for
Bahamians to open up and
express problems so they
might receive counselling.


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date will not be considered

Lawyer and activist dies

of suspected heart attack

FROM page one

nier's partner of almost 18
years, said he had suffered
for many years with con-
gestive heart failure, a con-
dition where the heart's
pumping power is weaker
than normal.
Describing Mr Regnier
as her "everything", Ms
Gibson said he will be sore-
ly missed by the Bahami-
an and Haitian communi-
ties, including his many

The work he did, she
said, included fighting for
the rights and proper treat-
ment for Haitians and
those of Haitian descent
living in the Bahamas.
Mr Regnier, who emi-
grated from Haiti at age six
with his parents, was a well-
known activist, who fought
many causes on behalf of
the Haitian people in the
The last time The Tri-
bune spoke to the lawyer,
he was concerned about
how the 7.0 magnitude

earthquake that struck
Haiti happened just as the
country was finally making
some strides in regaining
Mr Regnier also had
some run-ins with the law,
and last July he was
arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court in connection with
an alleged housebreaking
A post-mortem exami-
nation is scheduled for this
week to determine Mr
Regnier's exact cause of


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FROM page one Bahamas Mortgage Corporation denies 'cronyism' 62

BMC to select Catsan and
Chipman Limited - the
accounting firm of former
FNM St Thomas More can-
didate Reece Chipman -
despite the fact that other
"big reputable" firms
responded to its tender
process with lower bids equat-
ed to "a scandalous abuse of
the public purse."
However Jerome Godfrey,
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son, the FNM MP for
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ed the more expensive con-
tract as one which offered the
corporation greater value for
money than any of the com-
peting bids as Catsan and
Chipman committed to doing
substantially more work than
the other firms for a "capped"

Mr Gibson retorted that the
claims made by the PLP
chairman represents "the kind
of low-minded politics that
one comes to expect from
Bradley Roberts".
"He continuously contorts,
distorts and twists the truth
to suit his political ends. He
should be ashamed of him-
self," said the MP.
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Chartered Accountants, was
one of seven accounting firms
that participated in an open
bid process launched by the
BMC last year.
The Request for Proposal
issued on October 20, 2009,
called for the companies to
"provide a proposal for an
Operation Audit and a full
assessment of a Mortgage
Processing Software Solution"
for the lending corporation.
In a press conference held
at PLP Headquarters on Far-
rington Road yesterday, Mr
Roberts said the following
companies came forward with
bids: Catsan and Chipman
Limited ($152,000), Ernst and
Young ($130,000), KPMG
($87,000), Accounting Out-
source Services ($74,000 to
$84,000), Deloitte and Touche
($80,000), FT Consultants
($60,000 to $70,000) and Bak-
er, Tilly Gomez ($57,500).
Mr Roberts said: "While
the details of the award sum
were not disclosed in the let-
ter of February 22, one would
logically assume that the con-
tract sum was $152,000. That
being the case, it begs the fol-
lowing question: Why were
the bids of the other well-
established and reputed
accounting firms rejected
even though the bids submit-
ted were substantially lower
than the submission of Cat-
san and Chipman, a relatively
new firm?
"The award of this contract
is a scandalous abuse of the
public purse. Further, it is a
slap in the face of and an
insult to the principle of mer-
itocracy. It is also a clear case
of political patronage, crony-
ism and a grave injustice
against persons and institu-
tions not connected to the
FNM elite."
The party chairman added
the contract "comes at a time
when the Mortgage Corpora-
tion is severely financially
challenged, the budgetary
deficit continues to grow, the
national debt is just under a
record four billion dollars,
and the government is strug-
gling to deliver the necessary
and requisite public goods

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and services that provide for
the basic essential items of
food and water for Bahami-
Mr Godfrey said the bids
received from the companies
-- confirming the list given by
Mr Roberts, but with the
addition of PriceWater-
HouseCoopers - were
reviewed by a committee
within the BMC charged with
that responsibility. This com-
mittee "went through the
scope of works presented by
each accounting firm" within
their proposal and "at the end
of the day it was felt that the
work Catsan and Chipman
was offering to perform was
exactly what they were look-
ing for."
"It was at least two or three
times as much work as other
accounting firms had offered
in terms of the scope of work
they'd do," he stated.
Mr Gibson said the BMC
stands behind its decision to
select Catsan and Chipman
Ltd. He said the company
offered to do three months
more worth of work for the
amount offered - which
"was just $12,000" above the
nearest bid, from Ernst and
Young - and "promised they
wouldn't come back with any
additional billing."
"They answered the ques-
tion we put in our proposal
more fully and agreed to do

more in their scope of work
than anyone else did. It's like
if you are laying carpet and
you have one company offer-
ing to move furniture out as
well as lay the carpet, and not
charging extra, and you have
one which says we're going to
lay the carpet but you have
to move the furniture. It was-
n't an increase in scope. They
just offered to do more. Every
company could've done it, but
they offered it," said the MP.
Mr Gibson questioned
whether Mr Roberts would
prefer to see the government
"disqualify all former FNM
and PLP candidates from
doing business with the gov-
Meanwhile, asked what
consequences he would con-
sider appropriate if his alle-
gations are correct, Mr
Roberts said the matter is
one for the public to deter-
"Whenever you have evi-
dence that a government is
reckless with scarce public
funds it means that the gov-
ernment is being unfair, and
it's up to the public to decide
at the appropriate time
whether they want to contin-
ue with a government that
operates in such a manner.
"A government is sup-
posed to be for, and on
behalf of, all the people," he

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greenhouses have been ordered
for farmers in North Andros,
confirmed Edison M Key, exec-
utive chairman of the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC).
Coming out of Jamaica, they
will be erected on two acres at
the site of the proposed agri-
industrial park.
"This could be the beginning
of a new era in the sense of
training for persons interested
in grafting and budding and the
propagation of especially fruit
trees," said Mr Key.
"This will help to support the
facilities that we are putting in
place to assist the farmers with
their land preparation.
"Hopefully, within the next
three to four months, we would
have that well under way."
Mr Key and his team toured
the site last weekend, and visit-
ed farmers remaining at the for-
mer BARTAD satellite farm
Accompanying him were
general manager, Benjamin

A BAIC management team inspects spray equipment purchased for
farmers in North Andros. Pictured from right: executive chairman,
Edison M Key; assistant general manager, Arnold Dorsett; general
manager, Benjamin Rahming and domestic investment officer,
Alphonso Smith.

Rahming; assistant general
manager (agriculture), Arnold
Dorsett; domestic investment
officer, Alphonso Smith and
agriculture services officer,
Ayrett Lightbourne.
Mr Key sees the greenhouses
as a means of speeding up pro-
duction, thereby allowing farm-
ers a wider range of opportuni-

S . . ,'

BAIC EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, Edison M Key wants to recondition and
place into service farm equipment that was gifted to the Bahamian
people. Pictured from left inspecting equipment: assistant general
manager, Arnold Dorsett; Mr Key; general manager, Benjamin Rah-
ming; domestic investment officer, Alphonso Smith and agriculture
services officer, Ayrett Lightbourne



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Ride for Hope is a truly memorable
annual charitable bike-a-thon which
raises money for cancer patient
care, treatment, early detection, and
Bahamas-based cancer research.
Here's what participants say:
"Congratulations on organizing such
a truly amazing day. Thank you
so much for the countless hours
you put into organizing an incredible
day for a great cause!! We had
a ball and cant stop talking about
how well it was done! ... it was
truly an inspiring time, what a
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ties. "They can be a big sup-
port in the production of
seedlings, in that we grow the
plants in the greenhouses and
they can be planted directly
into the fields," he explained.
Presently there are two func-
tional greenhouse operations
in The Bahamas - the high-end
Lucayan Tropical and Ridge-
Mr Dosett said the system
for North Andros is a proto-
type which will eventually be
leased to qualified persons.
"Hopefully, we would see
more farmers, having none

through the training and having
seen the advantages of green-
houses, purchasing their own
systems, thereby increasing pro-
duction further," he said.
In welcoming the prospects
of greenhouse farming to North
Andros, Mr Smith, noted that
this has been one of the better
seasons for farmers.
"Farmers have done excep-
tionally well due in no small
measure to the trust that BAIC
has placed in farmers at North
Andros," he said.
"They have assisted them
with fertilizers, equipment, and
the necessary chemicals. BAIC
has done a lot for the farmers
and that has helped them to
produce a lot this year."
Mr Key is also eyeing oppor-
tunities for some 1,600 acres at
the BARTAD site "that is just
sitting idle. It is land that has
been prepared; beautiful land
and beautiful soil for food pro-
duction, plants of all types, and
small ruminants."
Already BAIC has prepared
pastures and provided top-
breed goats for persons at
BARTAD interested livestock
production. "We are making
some progress and I am very
pleased," said Mr Key. "There
has been an increase in pro-
duction. More land has been
prepared for the people and
thev are pxnandino their field "

THE HARVESTING of sea cucumber is good business in North
Andros. Pictured above, Nelson Mackey of Sunco Wholesale
Seafood explains the process to BAIC executive chairman Edison M
Key (left) assistant general manager Arnold Dorsett (right) and a
BAIC team.

I Gladstone Thurston/BIS Photos

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In their ongoing efforts to support The Great Commission Min-
istries, Diamonds International Nassau donated blankets for
distribution to persons in need.
Adi Kaniel, general manager, said Diamonds International felt
it was important to once again assist The Great Commission, as
the organisation does so much to assist those who are less for-
tunate in our community.
Minalee Hanchell, who accepted the blankets on behalf of
The Great Commission Ministries, expressed her gratitude and
explained that given the recent cold weather there was a great
need for the items.
PICTURED from left to right: Kevin Hanna, Diamonds International,
Minalee Hanchell, Great Commission Ministries, Adi Kaniel, Dia-
monds International, Anthony Gibson, Diamonds International, Kash
Jagyasi, Diamonds International, and Anthony Smith, Diamonds


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THE POLICE held a walkabout in Nassau on Saturday, accom-
panied by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, pictured here on .. -
Deveaux Street and Palm Tree Avenue. ," . , . *J ' " ' .

Felip6 Major/Tribune staff





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