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Party leader says resignation
'devastating blow' to FNM

Tribune Staff
pturnquest@ .
TURE of Branville
McCartney as Minis-
ter of State for Immi-
gration is a "devastat-
ing blow" to Prime
Minister Hubert
Ingraham's adminis-
tration, PLP leader Perry
Christie claimed yesterday.
Speaking to the press outside
of the House of Assembly, Mr
Christie said that inclusive of
Mr Ingraham, Branville
McCartney was perhaps the
most popular FNM in Parlia-
ment, and his resignation has
sent shock waves throughout
the country.
Mr McCartney has so far
stated that he intends to remain
with the FNM and is supportive
of his Prime Minister. However,
Mr Christie said that if the for-
mer Minister were so inclined,
the PLP would be more than
happy to welcome him into
their tent.
"There is no question that

Sthe PLP is a big tent.
The PLP has demon-
strated that in fact, and
., in deed and in word. So
..l, i there is absolutely no
. problem, if anyone
1 comes who is qualified
and interested in being
a part of making the
Bahamas the best little
country in the world is
welcome," he said.
With this being now
S the third minister who
has either resigned or
has been removed from the
cabinet of the Bahamas since
the FNM took office in 2007,
Mr Christie said that PLP now
stands to capitalise on this
In addition to this, he said,
the results of the Elizabeth by-
election has helped to boost the
PLP's expectations in light of
what he claims were the over-
whelming resources that the
government had "pumped"
into the constituency to chal-
lenge the PLP for the seat.
"So that has been a test;
something for us to look and
measure ourselves by. And the
SEE page eight

18-year-old man

stabbed to death

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN 18-YEAR-OLD man became the coun-
try's 17th murder victim for the year on Sunday
evening when he was stabbed multiple times
after getting into a confrontation in a Black Vil-
lage home.
The dead body of Livingston Davis, a resi-
dent of Bonaby Alley, off Kemp Road, was dis-
covered by police who were initially called to
the scene of a traffic accident in the area of
Il SEE page 11

Disbelief over student's apparent suicide
By NOELLE NICOLLS dead at home by her unsus-
Tribune Staff Reporter pecting mother. Keisha's routine the night

Tribune Staff Reporter
the Bahamas Heart Foun-
dation is concerned cardio-
thoracic surgeon Duane
Sands' political career will
jeopardise his ability to
operate on those in need.
FNM by-election candi-
date Dr Sands is one of just
three Bahamian surgeons
able to perform cardiovas-
cular operations to save the
lives of children given the
opportunity for surgery and
SEE page 11

FRIENDS and family of
Keisha Thurston are still in dis-
belief over the news of her
apparent suicide.
The athletic superstar, who
attended the College of the
Bahamas (COB), was found

before she took her own life
was seemingly normal. She
went out with her girlfriends
and when she returned home
stayed up late, spending time
on the Internet.
SEE page eight

More skeletal remains
found in Grand Bahama
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Human skeletal remains were discovered in
bushes in Freeport yesterday, however police officials are
unable to determine whether foul play is suspected at this
Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the discovery
SEE page eight

Two Catholic
schools forced
to close this year
Tribune Staff Reporter
DECLINING year-on-
year enrollment and the eco-
nomic downturn has forced
the Catholic Board of Edu-
cation in the Bahamas to
announce that two of its
schools in Bimini and
Eleuthera will be closing
down for good come the end
of the 2010 school year.
Claudette Rolle, director
of the Catholic Board of
Education, said that for the
last five years not enough
students have enrolled at the
Holy Name primary school
in Bailey Town Bimini or St
Anne's primary school in
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0 In brief

Police name

man who died

in suspected

robbery bid
A MAN who is believed
to have bled to death after
falling from an awning
attached to the second
floor of the Rodney Bain
Building during a suspect-
ed robbery attempt was
identified by police yester-
day as Richardson Russell.
Mr Russell's body was
found on Saturday at
around 12.20pm.
It is believed he became
wedged between a perime-
ter wall and the building
after his fall, sustaining sig-
nificant injuries to his right
leg. Police said the Fort
Charlotte resident was sus-
pected of being in the
process of trying to gain
access to the Shirley Street
building by standing on an
awning when he slipped
and fell.

Two men suffer
gunshot wounds
TWO men were in hos-
pital yesterday after suffer-
ing gunshot wounds in sep-
arate attacks.
Police reported that the
first incident took place at
around 3.13am when an
unidentified 33-year-old
man who was said to be
"making checks of govern-
ment homes under con-
struction" in the Pride
Estates area was fired
upon by another man
wearing a dark hooded
The victim sustained
injuries to his face, neck
and thumb. The shooter,
meanwhile, fled on foot.
In the second shooting,
reported to have occurred
at 2.41pm yesterday, police
said a man was hit in his
upper right thigh after
being shot at by the occu-
pant or occupants of a
champagne coloured Nis-
san Maxima.
The culprits were report-
ed to have escaped the
area heading south along
Palm Beach Street. Emer-
gency medical personnel
transported the victim to
hospital. Police investiga-
tions are continuing into
both incidents.

Fertiiz, Fu i




children with

heart defects

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS can help
battle the number one cause
of death in the country and
provide life-saving surgery for
children by participating in
the upcoming llth annual
Subway Fun Run Walk.
Proceeds raised at the
March 20 event will go to the
volunteer-run Bahamas Heart
Association (BHA) and
Bahamas Heart Foundation
(BHF) which uses at least 98
cents of every dollar donated
to pay for life-saving opera-
tions required by children
born with heart defects as well
as essential education on how
to prevent heart disease.
BHA president Thelma
Johnson said: "Heart disease
is the number one killer in the
Bahamas, along with high
cholesterol and high blood
pressure. These diseases are
what we call a silent killer,

and we feel that if we educate
people now, particularly chil-
dren, it will help in the long
While the BHA focuses on
education, the BHF funds life-
saving procedures for chil-

Many children born with
heart defects can have simple
procedures in the Bahamas
by Dr Duane Sands and his
team, but those with more
complicated defects such as
inversion of the heart will
require surgery at Florida
hospitals and subsequent
intensive care treatment cost-
ing hundreds of thousands of
BHF chairman RE Barnes
said the charity pays out
around $300,000 a year to
help an average of 15 chil-
However, he foresees a dif-
ficult financial year ahead as

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the recession slows donations
and affects prices.
The Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Florida has pre-
viously been able to offer
BHF patients treatment at a
reduced rate, but Mr Barnes
said hospital debts this year
now threaten that agreement.
"We know this year is going
to be a very difficult year, so
we are going to really count
on the public to step up and
really help this year," Mr
Barnes said.
"Virtually every penny
raised will go directly to the
children or patients we are
helping, so when people give
they are really allowing these
children to have a full and
healthy life."

The Subway Fun Run Walk
put on in association with Col-
ina, Club Monica, and Prime
Bahamas aims to have at least
700 people participate in the
five-mile route from Good-
man's Bay to Subway on
Cable Beach, and back, start-
ing at 6am on Saturday,
March 20. Registration is $15
and includes a T-shirt, water
bottle and bag and can be
done on Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at Subway
restaurants on Prince Charles
Drive and Cable Beach, at the
Bahamas Heart Association
office at Eves, opposite the
Swiss Pastry Shop on West
Bay Street, or online at

"Heart disease is
the number one
killer in the
Bahamas, along with
high cholesterol and
high blood pressure.
These diseases are
what we call a silent
killer, and we feel
that if we educate
people now,
children, it will help
in the long run."


Dump fire: Residents complain of smoke in homes

Families have to keep windows

closed day and night as blaze

smoulders for third week



Tribune Staff Reporter
PEOPLE living in homes
near the Nassau city dump
continue to be choked with
smoke as the fire smoulders
for a third week.
Residents of the govern-
ment subdivision Jubilee Gar-
dens and private subdivision
Victoria Gardens, which bor-
der the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health's sanitary
landfill off Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, are com-
plaining of smoke infiltrating
their homes day and night.
Families living alongside
the burning wasteland say
they are forced to keep their
windows closed day and night
to try to prevent the smoke
from clogging their homes.

But their small efforts are
doing little to protect their
health as smoke creeps into
their homes and their lungs.
Jeremiah Jones, 30, a bar-
ber whose Jubilee Gardens
house backs onto the dump
site said: "I think they could
have done a better job get-
ting the fire under control, it
seems like it's always smok-
"We are all keeping our
windows closed during the
day because if we don't and
we leave home, when we
come back the air is filled with
"The only thing that saves
us is if the cold comes and the
direction of the wind goes the
other way," Mr Jones said.
The fire is believed to have

been set intentionally in three
areas of the landfill site on
Friday, February 12, and
spread across the 100-acre site
and around 6ft underground.
Minister for the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux told the
House of Assembly yesterday
how $400,000 has gone
towards the fire-fighting
efforts and 11 trucks have
been mobilised to fight the
fire along with six tractors,
four excavators, three water
trucks and water pumps.
He expects the smoulder-
ing to subside by the week-
end and to stop within two
He said he intends to tight-
en controls of the area fol-
lowing the fire as it has shown
how indiscriminate dumping
has become.
"As a result of this horri-
ble experience we are autho-
rised to engage companies to
properly manage the landfill
and it's my goal that by the
time we discuss the fiscal bud-
get in June we will have
reached an agreement for a
competent company to man-
age the landfill and put this
behind us forever," Mr
Deveaux said.

Over $200,000 US dollars was confiscated by police yesterday
and five men - including one American - were taken into cus-
tody after police discovered the cash inside a rental car down-
According to police reports, officers were conducting a
search of a Toyota Corolla, licence plate number SD1541, on
Cumberland Street, when they found the money inside two
The car's occupants, three Grand Bahamians and an Amer-
ican man of Lauderhill, Florida, were taken into custody.
"Further investigations lead officers to another location
occupied by two other males - a 41-year-old of Mangrove Cay,
Andros and a 36-year-old of Kenwood Street, New Providence
- where (another) substantial amount of US currency was dis-
covered," press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said.
The Andros and New Providence men were also taken into
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0 In brief

Man charged in

home invasion,

shoot-out appears

before magistrate

Justice Newman 'concerned'

over notice of appeal delay


court yesterday.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
court yesterday.
A third man charged in a
home invasion and shoot-out
that took place in Coral Har-
bour nearly two weeks ago
was arraigned in a Magis-
trate's Court yesterday.
Jeffrey Wilson, 54, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Davis in Court 5,
Bank Lane, charged with con-
spiring to commit the armed
robbery of Georgette Butler
on Thursday, February 18.
He is also charged with
breaking into Ms Butler's
home and while armed with a
handgun, robbing her of
$30,000 in assorted jewellery,
$1,650 cash and a Dell laptop
computer valued at $1,900.
It is also alleged that Wil-
son had been in possession of
a handgun with intent to
endanger the life of Corporal
340 Fox, Constable 2889 Barr
and with intent to resist lawful
arrest. He was also charged
with receiving. Wilson was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. He was charged
along with brothers Jermaine
and Derek Stuart.
Wilson's attorney Cecil
Hilton told the court that his
client had been in police cus-
tody since last Wednesday
and had been beaten by
police. Magistrate Rolle
ordered that Wilson be taken
to see a doctor. He has been
remanded to her Majesty's
Prison. His case has been
adjourned to August 31 and
September 1 for the start of a
preliminary inquiry.

Man, 31, facing

multiple armed

robbery charges

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
arrives at court.
A 31-year-old man of
Sesame Street was arraigned
in the Magistrate's Court yes-
terday on multiple armed rob-
bery charges.
David Cooper Cunning-
ham, who turned himself in to
police last week, was
arraigned in Court 5, Bank
He has been charged with
Timothy Cole, 38, of Dames
Alley, in several armed rob-
beries. Cole was arraigned in
court last week.
It is alleged that Cunning-
ham, being concerned with
another, robbed several busi-
nesses, including J-Co Dis-
count Mart, Percy's Web
Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy's on Mackey Street
and the Shell service station
on Poinciana Drive.
According to court dockets,
the offences were committed
between September 2009 and
February 2010.
Cunningham, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Rolle, was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. Cunningham asked
for copies of the court dockets
and witness statements. The
cases have been adjourned to
August 31, September 1, 13,
14, 27 and 28. Cunningham
was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison.

Tribune Staff Reporter
COURT of Appeal Justice
George Newman expressed
concern yesterday that prison
authorities had failed to for-
ward death row inmate God-
frey Sawyer's notice of appeal
to the court in time.
He noted that the incident
was not an isolated one.
Sawyer, 29, had signed a notice
of his intention to appeal his
murder conviction and death
sentence on November 25 last
year, which was within the
mandatory 21-day period for
filing his notice of appeal to the
appellate court.
Justice Newman noted, how-
ever, that the court's registry
had not received that notice
until January 7 of this year.
Prosecutor Joyanne Fergu-
son Pratt noted that the Attor-
ney General's Office had also
received the notice out of time.
"In a case such as this when
a man is sentenced to death and
held by prison authorities it is
absolutely vital that prison
authorities ensure that the court
receives the notice of appeal
without delay," Justice New-
man said.
"I have read comments in
the newspapers with respect to
this appellant's decision to
appeal," he said. "It does no
good to have a death sentence
deliberated in the press when
the man has done all that he
can do," he said.
In mid-February, the Min-
istry of National Security
announced that the Advisory
Committee of the Prerogative
of Mercy met and determined

Tribune Staff Reporter

FORMER Cabinet minister
and husband of Senior Justice
Anita Allen, Algernon Allen,
yesterday called the claim by
Rodney Moncur that he cam-
paigned on behalf of the PLP in
the Elizabeth by-election "an
outrageous lie."
On Sunday, Mr Moncur,
leader of the Workers' Party
said he would be writing to
Chief Justice Michael Barnett
to object to Senior Justice Allen
being appointed as one of the
judges set to preside over the
Elizabeth by-election court
matter. Mr Moncur alleged that
Senior Justice Allen's husband,
Algernon Allen, had cam-
paigned for the PLP in the lead-
up to the by-election and that
this was the basis of his opposi-
tion to her appointment, as
there may be a possible con-
flict of interest.
The possibility that Mr Mon-
cur would make such an objec-
tion created the potential for
delay in the resolution of the
legal matter. The court action
was initiated by PLP candidate
Ryan Pinder, who wishes to see
the court scrutinise five protest
votes to see if they can be
included in the vote tally and
potentially secure a victory for
him in the constituency.
The by-election held on Feb-
ruary 16 in Elizabeth resulted in
the FNM's Dr Duane Sands
receiving two more regular
votes than Mr Pinder.
Yesterday, Mr Allen said Mr
Moncur's claims about a pos-
sible conflict of interest were
not only based on a false
premise, but also irresponsible.
"The allegation by Mr Mon-
cur that I participated in the
Elizabeth by-election is an out-
rageous lie that could only have

that Sawyer's case was not one
that warranted mercy and that
the law should take its course.
It was subsequently
announced that Sawyer had
filed an appeal that would delay
his execution.

Sawyer was sentenced to
death on November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery at
Quality Discount Store in 2005.
At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as the
"worst of the worst."
Evidence revealed that
Sawyer 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 employ-
ee when the two workers tried
to stop Sawyer making his
escape with the store's cash

In a case such as
this when a man
is sentenced to death
and held by prison
authorities it is
absolutely vital that
prison authorities
ensure that the court
receives the notice of
appeal without delay."

Justice George Newman

trays. The death penalty is no
longer the mandatory punish-
ment for murder. A 2006 Privy
Council decision found the
automatic imposition of the
death penalty was unconstitu-
tional. The punishment is now
Justice Newman said yester-
day that prison authorities must
make sure that when a person
signs a notice of appeal there
is someone in the prison
responsible for ensuring that
that notice is forwarded to the
court and the Attorney Gener-
al's Office immediately.
The prosecutor, Ms Pratt,
assured the justices yesterday
that she would undertake to
relay the court's message to
prison Superintendent Elliston
Sawyer's attorney Jerone
Roberts told the court that his
client's family had experienced
a great deal of anxiety over the
entire ordeal and the fact that

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest had made
public statements about the
"It is wrong in principle that
public statements should be
made by a minister: that the

imposition of the death penalty
would come about by reading a
death warrant when the man
has done all he can to appeal,"
Justice Newman said. Sawyer's
appeal is now expected to pro-

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campaigned for PLP in Elizabeth by-election l. e caOy fliir Gnh T i i .yfaid C

been hatched in the fevered
brain of an incorrigible media
freak. "I did not participate in
any form or fashion in this by-
election or in any events lead-
ing up to it. Both major parties
and all other candidates in the
election are well aware of that.
"This is an irresponsible alle-

gation and an
absolute red
herring that
cannot dimin-
ish the unim-
integrity and
judicial bril-
liance and
fairness of
Senior Justice
Anita Allen,"
he said.


"Bahamians across the board
are applauding the appoint-
ment of Senior Justices Allen
and Isaacs as election court
judges in this matter."
Mr Allen suggested Mr Mon-
cur has modelled himself as
"the great objector."
"He objected to Dr Duane
Sands, he objected to Ryan Pin-
der and he objected to Senior
Justice Anita Allen, they are
all in my opinion, the type of
Bahamian who we need in the
public service of our country in
whatever respect they offer
Mr Allen outlined two
"notable" statements he made
pertaining to the by-election
during his radio show on
Love97, of which he said nei-
ther suggested favouritism
towards the PLP.

A man charged with attempted murder was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Darren Jason Strachan, 28, was arraigned before Magis-
trate Derrence Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane.
It is alleged that Strachan while at Pacific Point on Febru-
ary 25 attempted to cause the death of Craig Cash.
Mr Cash was reportedly shot in his abdomen during a
shooting on Mermaid Boulevard off Carmichael Road last
Thursday. Police responded to reports of gunfire at 9.20am
and said the young man had been shot in the abdomen and
taken to hospital in a private vehicle.
Strachan was also charged with possession of a firearm
whilst committing an indictable offence. He was granted
$50,000 bail with one surety and ordered to report to the
nearest police station every Monday, Thursday and Satur-

"The first was when the by-
election was first announced I
said the PLP was making a
colossal error in contesting this
by-election and I likened their
participation therein to a man
stumbling into a pitch dark
room in which there was an
800-pound raging gorilla. I then
on that show predicted that the
FNM would win by a three-
vote majority - history has
shown that I was wrong in this
"The second statement I
made on the show, and this was
when Ryan Pinder was my
guest, I said that given the
excellent qualities of the can-
didates for both major parties
the pity is that the system does
not allow for a junior and a
senior Member of Parliament
for that seat because in my
opinion both Ryan Pinder and
Dr Duane Sands would've
made excellent Members of
Parliament," Mr Allen said.

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Republicans setting filibuster record

WASHINGTON - The filibuster -
tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate - is
alternately blamed and praised for wilting
President Barack Obama's ambitious
agenda. Some even say it's made the
nation ungovernable.
Maybe, maybe not. Obama's term still
has three years to run.
More certain, however: Opposition
Republicans are using the delaying tactic
at a record-setting pace.
"The numbers are astonishing in this
Congress," says Jim Riddlesperger, polit-
ical science professor at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth.
The filibuster, using seemingly endless
debate to block legislative action, has
become entrenched like a dandelion tap
root in the midst of the shrill partisanship
gripping Washington.
But the filibuster is nothing new. Its
use dates to the mists of Senate history,
but until the civil rights era of the 1950s it
was rarely used.
A tactic unique to the Senate, the fili-
buster means a simple majority guarantees
nothing when it comes to passing laws.
"The rules of the Senate are designed
to give muscle to the minority," said Sen-
ate historian Donald Ritchie.
With the Senate now made up of 100
members, two for each of the 50 states, an
opposition filibuster can only be broken
with 60 votes - a three-fifths majority.
As a matter of political philosophy, the
concept of the filibuster arises from a
deep-seated, historic concern among
Americans that the minority not be steam-
rolled by the majority.
It is a brake and protective device root-
ed in the same U.S. political sensibility
that gave each state two senators regard-
less of population.
Given recent use of the filibuster by
minority Republicans and the party's suc-
cess in snarling the legislative process in
this Congress, Democrats say the minori-
ty has gone way beyond just protecting
its interests.
The frequency of filibusters - plus
threats to use them - are measured by
the number of times the upper chamber
votes on cloture. Cloture is a Senate pro-

cedure to end debate so other business
can be brought to the floor. Such votes
test the majority's ability to hold together
60 members to break a filibuster.
In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008,
there were a record 112 cloture votes. In
this session of Congress, the lllth - for
all of 2009 and the first two months of
2010 - the number already exceeds 40.
The most the Democrats have ever
used the filibuster was 58 times in the
106th Congress of 1999-2000.
During most of Obama's first year in
office and for a few weeks this year, 58
Democratic senators and two Indepen-
dents who normally vote with them held a
filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the
That vanished last month when Mass-
achusetts Republican Scott Brown cap-
tured the seat of the late Sen. Ted
Kennedy, who died last summer.
Most notably, Brown's victory has
stymied Obama's push to overhaul health
care just as the bill was approaching the
finish line. Before Brown's election, both
the Senate and the House of Representa-
tives had passed separate versions of the
reform legislation.
Brown broke the Democratic 60-seat
majority before the two chambers could
meld differences in their bills for a final
vote in both houses.
However, one of Brown's first votes
after taking office saw him joining four
other Republicans to help Democrats
break a threatened filibuster by his party's
leaders against a job bill.
The measure, $13 billion in tax incen-
tives for businesses to hire unemployed
workers, was quickly passed the next day
with 12 Republicans joining Brown and 55
Democrats in favour of it.
Filibusters to make the Obama admin-
istration and Democrats in Congress look
inept are one thing.
Quite another is a vote against creating
jobs in an economy with nearly 10 per
cent unemployment and elections nine
months away.
(This article was written by Steven R
Hurst of the Associated Press).

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An open letter

to Earl Deveaux

on the plight of

North Bimini

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The following is an open
letter to Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux.

Dear Minister Deveaux,
I am in 100 per cent in
agreement with Alfredo
Quarto's recent open letter
(below) concerning the on-
going plight of North Bimini.
Biminites as well as count-
less members of the interna-
tional community applauded
your government's announce-
ment over a year ago that a
Marine Protected Area was
to be established to protect
the ecosystems of the region
against destruction by a rapa-
cious developer.
We have seen no evidence
of progress in establishing -
let alone enforcing - the pro-
claimed MPA. We consider
this to be a matter of the
utmost urgency.
I would ask you, Minister
Deveaux, to address our con-
cerns immediately and con-
firm that your government is
indeed putting the well-being
of the islanders and islands of
Bimini above the ambitions
of an overseas developer.
Yours sincerely,
Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch.
February 27, 2010.

To Whom it May Concern,
In December of 2008, the
Honorable Dr. Earl Deveaux
proclaimed that Bimini's long-
awaited Marine Protected
Area had been made official.
Local Biminites, as well as
legions of people around the
globe who care about Bimi-
ni, were elated with the news.
Reports from Bimini also
informed us that much stricter
regulations were to be placed
on the large development on
the North island, including the
requirement of Environmen-
tal Impact Assessments and
a definite plan for mangrove
restoration along the eastern
boundary of the resort.
To our knowledge, exten-
sive dredging, mangrove
removal, and wetland filling
is taking place along the west-
ern shore of the North Sound
right now.
We have also been unable
to confirm that any EIA's
have been completed for the
current work, or that any
actual plan for mangrove

restoration has been estab-
The Mangrove Action Pro-
ject applauds the Bahamian
government for declaring
Bimini's MPA, but without
definite boundaries, regula-
tions and enforcement the
benefits of this MPA will be
We are hereby asking for
any current information about
the state of Bimini's Marine
Protected Area, as well as the
confirmation that the exten-
sive mangrove removal tak-
ing place on North Bimini has
been permitted by the Local
and Central Government.
The issues surrounding
Bimini's mangroves are cared
about by far too many peo-
ple to remain silent for this
We have respected a
request to "quiet down" for
many months, but have heard
nothing in response for our
We look forward to any
For the Mangroves And
the Mangrove Communities!
Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re:Dr Ken Knowles seems
to misunderstand concept of
health care insurance vouch-
ers. Tribune - February 18,

In the above letter, I am
accused of misunderstanding
the concept of vouchers for
the purchase of health care
insurance and medication.
Maybe so. However, I do
understand that the charita-
ble use of vouchers for those
too poor to afford health care,
might well create a group of
resentful second class citizens.
When it comes to health care,
I find the suggestion of a two-
tiered system based on one's
financial worth to be repug-
nant, and stand by my assess-
ment of vouchers and their

Yes, I believe that in order
to help the less fortunate, the
government needs to run the
health care industry, as there
is no feasible alternative on
the horizon. (Anyway, if I'm
going to be screwed, I'd
rather it be done by someone
with a demonstrated flair for
it). At the risk of sounding
like a do-gooder, the Holy
Grail for a universal health
care system would be equal
access to affordable health
care for all. To date, Insur-
ance companies, Pharmaceu-
tical companies and the Med-
ical Establishment have failed
us miserably, so we may as
well face the facts and try a
very different approach. Most
people are well aware that
governments everywhere are
usually not the brightest and
best at running anything oth-
er than into debt. However,

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID ALAN WENN of SEAVIEW
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 23rd day of February, 2010 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,
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the customary incompetence
one can expect from any gov-
ernment anywhere ensures
that at least we would all be
treated equally! The mediocre
health care we could also
expect would be better than
none at all for far too many of
our citizens.
History has proven over
and over that socialised med-
icine/universal health care is
inevitable. We may not like
it, we may think of many
rational reasons why it should
not be, but eventually it will
occur anyway. Rather than
knee-jerk opposition to it, we
should probably consider try-
ing to mould it into a viable,
equitable, sustainable and
possibly even - wait for the
oxymoron - a reasonably
well run government depart-
Get used to the idea.
February 18, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The practice of presenting
the results of your online
polls as news really must
stop. A self-selecting sample
of respondents does not cre-
ate statistically reliable
information. You don't even
disclose that the sample is
non-random or explain the
issues that exist with this
method of data collection.
Assuming that the average
reader is aware of such sta-
tistical nuances is a bit naive.
While there may have
been misleading topics
reported on in the past, I
have a particular concern
with polling related to elec-
tion candidates. Presenting
"popularity votes" on candi-
dates in an election in this
manner is irresponsible and
potentially unethical. Indi-
vidual voters are often
swayed by the leanings of
the crowd and influencing
these voters with such arti-
cles is entirely possible, par-
ticularly on the day of the
Presenting opinions is
encouraged. Presenting
made-up statistics is not.
February 16, 2010.

History has proven socialized

universal health care is inevitable




Investigation into

officers arrested

in raid at 'an

advanced' stage

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN investigation into
whether a group of police
women played a part in
organising an illegal male
strip show has reached an
"advanced" stage and is
expected to conclude soon,
a senior police officer said.
The officers under inves-
tigation were among 107
female patrons arrested in
a raid at The Ranch on
Mackey Street at lam two
weeks ago. Some 29 men
were also arrested at the
Charms club in Centreville
at the time.
Three men from
Atlanta, Georgia, were
charged with stripping at
The Ranch nightclub, and
three women, two Colom-
bians and a Jamaican, are
charged with stripping at
In the days after the
raid, police investigators
confirmed they were
"intensively" pursuing the
possibility that the strip
club events were to some
extent organised by a ring
of police officers stationed
within various depart-
ments of the police force.
While police would not
confirm the names of the
officers or the number of
individuals involved, a
source claimed eight offi-
cers, including four
women, were suspected of
organising the illegal
More than two weeks
on, Assistant Commission-
er of Police Hulan Hanna
said that the investigation
remains underway, headed
by the Deputy Commis-
sioner Marvin Dames, and
the possibility that the
officers were involved as
more than observers has
not been ruled out.
"The deputy commis-
sioner who has responsibil-
ity for discipline in the
force will ultimately have
charge of how that will be
disposed of. But ultimately
a very, very comprehen-
sive investigation has been
carried out and we pretty
much have that to the
point of making determi-
nations one way or the
other," said ACP Hanna.
"It's safe to say we look
at all aspects of the offi-
cers' alleged involvement.
"Was it at the organis-
ing level, was it at the
observing level, or what
else their presence there
might have led to or been
involved with - even to
the point of any criminal
offences or breaches," said
Mr Hanna.
The suspected strippers
were charged and sent to
the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.

Row in House after MP

makes cronyism claims

A ROW erupted between the gov-
ernment and opposition sides of the
House of Assembly yesterday after
Member of Parliament for St
Thomas More Frank Smith accused
the Free National Movement of
awarding public contracts to party
"cronies" without public tender.
Several members from the gov-
ernment's side called on Mr Smith to
provide proof to back up his claims
or withdraw his statements while
opposition members rallied behind
their colleague.
In the morning session of the mid-
year budget debate, Mr Smith
accused the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment of spending over $18 mil-
lion on clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no con-
sistent practice of newspaper ads
inviting tenders or bids."
Mr Smith later withdrew this asser-
tion after Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux pointed out that the
figures the PLP MP quoted in his
speech amounted to less than $2 mil-
lion, a fraction of the $18 million he
was alleging was spent.
Dr Deveaux also pointed out that
documents Mr Smith tabled only
showed a combined $10,600 payment
to two maintenance companies.

Mr Smith claimed that duplicate
payments were made to different
contractors for the some road side
work in the Kennedy Subdivision on
December 10, 2009.
He then tabled several documents
to support his claim. The Tribune
obtained a copy of these documents.
According to the documents Mr
Smith tabled it appears that two
companies, G W Maintenance and
Beckford's Landscaping and Truck-

ing Services, were paid $6,000 and
$4,600 respectively on December 10,
2009 for work in the Kennedy Sub-
Mr Smith claimed that these doc-
uments were proof of an "all-out
raid of the cookie jar" or a misuse of
public funds.
Mr Smith further alleged that
$1.29 million was paid out to "FNM
He said Hiriam Kelly of Hiriam
Construction was paid $332,637 for
"special projects". He said another
contractor Clement Chea was paid
more than $377,000 for "removal of
debris". Dean's Cleaning and Main-
tenance was paid $580,675 for "spe-
cial projects".
Mr Smith said this amounted to
$1.29 million in public spending with
no public bidding before the con-
tracts were awarded, but did not
table additional documents in the
morning session to support these
"And this is so to allow FNM
operatives to gain access and they
are having a field day raiding that
cookie jar.
"All were rewarded were having
supported the powers that be in the
red shirt," charged Mr Smith. "Even

with the national debt approaching
$4 billion this is just the tip of the ice-
berg of how badly this government is
managing this economy Mr Speak-
This statement elicited cries from
the government's side as Dr
Deveaux rose on another point of
order telling the House he possessed
a copy of every cheque issued by his
ministry. Dr Deveaux also chal-
lenged Mr Smith's earlier claim that
$18 million was mismanaged by the
Ministry of Environment, telling the
House that Mr Smith's numbers only
totaled $1.2 million.
In the afternoon session, Mr
Deveaux told parliament he had no
objections to Mr Smith's claims of
financial misuse but only wanted to
see evidence to support the argu-
He said he too was looking into
payments made to companies under
the government's environmental
clean-up campaign.
"I have a list of all of the contrac-
tors who were hired on the pro-
gramme and the amount paid to
them," Dr Deveaux said as he
promised to table this document in
future for the benefit of members of
the House.

U Immee Irebound' needed f[reconomic rJ[oi[1whlm

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN immediate rebound in
the country's depressed tourism
industry and small business
development over the medium-
term are needed to ensure eco-
nomic growth, said State
Finance Minister Zhivargo
Laing in the House of the
Assembly yesterday.
These issues are the focus of
the government, said Mr Laing,
while it steers the country
towards a path of recovery.
"There is no question what-
soever that growing this econ-
omy requires us to increase our
tourism product. That is the
most immediate thing that we
can do today to grow this econ-
omy," Mr Laing said.
Since the global financial cri-
sis hit in late 2008 the country's
tourism product suffered, as
many prospective visitors tight-
ened their purse strings and
forewent luxury expenditures.
To ensure the economy's via-
bility - in the face of rising gov-
ernment debt and high unem-
ployment levels - the country's
tourism product must rebound
quickly to provide much need-
ed jobs.
Mr Laing, giving his mid-
year budget contribution, said
that increased focus must be
put on attracting tourist
arrivals, particularly more stop-
over arrivals.
He said tourism officials are

noting that air arrivals are
trending in the right direction
with the number of available
air seats to the Bahamas now at
over 400,000.
He added that while the
country's tourism industry has
suffered a loss in American and
European travelers, visitors
from Canada - a country that
was not hard hit by the global
financial crisis - continues to
To sustain economic growth
over the medium term, the gov-
ernment must make it easier
for small businesses to start up
and operate, while creating a
more modern, competitive
business environment.
"It is very important for
Bahamian entrepreneurs and
international investors to
believe and to experience an
easier time of doing business
in the Bahamas and that we are
doing the necessary to ensure
that that happens," said Mr
The Marco City MP told
Parliament that the Bahamas,
like other nations, has experi-
enced the worst economic
recession seen in his lifetime.
He added that throughout
the crisis, government nurtured
the economy, helped struggling
citizens and laid the founda-
tion for a strong rebound. He
also defended government's
decision to increase public
spending, arguing that this gave
thousands of Bahamians relief

during the current economic
"We had hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in capital pro-
jects in this country, creating
jobs but also laying the foun-
dation for the necessary
mordernising and upgrading of
infrastructure in the country,"
he said.
"In the process of trying to
provide the relief in this crisis,
we've had to use tremendous
public resources.
"We've expended significant
funds in supporting our econo-
my, in bringing relief to our

people and also in trying to lay
a foundation for a more robust,
more competitive and more
modern economy."
As a result of this, he said
hundreds of workers and scores
of contractors were able to con-
tinue working.
He also noted how govern-
ment helped to keep other
struggling Bahamians' heads
above water through national
assistance projects: Some
15,065 persons were aided by
the National Unemployment
Benefit Programme to the tune
of $22,350,000; through gov-


ernment's increased $12 mil-
lion to the Department of
Social Services, and some 2,500
Bahamians have been
employed through govern-
ment's temporary job pro-

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HANGING OUT- Members of the Steering Committee for the upcoming Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB) are polishing up plans for Thursday's "Ramble of all Rambles". The 25-year-old HSB
will host the 45-year-old Broward Bromeliad Society to a tour of three fabulous bromeliad gardens,
including this one, owned by Beryl Sheasby, (laughing in flowered jacket), chairman of the organ-
ising committee. Flanking Mrs Sheasby are three past presidents of the HSB, from left: Rosemary Han-
na, Sarah Lobosky and Cindy Wilde who will also host a garden tour. In the back are HSB's second
vice-president Stephen McKinney (far left) and HSB vice-president Dail Pearce who will guide the tours.
In front are members of the luncheon committee, (from left): Kimberley Rolle, Pearl Hollingsworth,
Barbara Hepburn. Among those not pictured are HSB president Dorothy Bowleg and Janet Brown,
host for one of the garden tours.

Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice



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


Legal Notice


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


THE Bromeliad Society
of Broward County
(BSBC) is celebrating its
45th anniversary with a vis-
it to three of the Bahamas'
most fascinating bromeli-
ad gardens on Thursday.
Organised by Beryl
Sheasby, a member of both
the Bromeliad Society
International (BSI) and the
Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB), the trip
is being billed by the BSBC
as the "Ramble of All
"This is eco-tourism in
action," said Mrs Sheasby,
who has visited gardens in
many countries.


"We can be fairly certain
that they will all enjoy the
beautiful gardens of Nas-
sau and tell their friends to
come with them to see
more on future visits."
Asked about the signifi-
cance of the visit, the
organising committee said,
"That the Bromeliad Soci-
ety chose to visit us, the
Officers and members of
the 25-year-old HSB will
act as volunteer hosts in
the three extraordinary
gardens selected for the
Ramble by the more than
30 visiting horticulturalists
with special interests in

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


Legal Notice


- 0-

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


Legal Notice


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


Bromeliads are relatives
of pineapples, "air plants"
and Spanish Moss.
The Bahamian gardens
to be honoured by the vis-
it of the society are:


A terraced hillside gar-
den featuring hundreds of
species of bromeliads, cre-
ated on a vacant lot and
owned by David and Beryl
Sheasby; a historic hilltop
and terraced gardens of
rare plants owned, restored
and expanded by Jeffrey
and Janet Brown, and the
charming Bahamian gar-
den created and owned by
Gordon and Cindy Wilde,
all BSI members.
The BSBC members are
travelling to the Bahamas
on the "Celebration" cruise

WHAT kind of monetary
institution would be best for
the Bahamas - a central bank,
currency board or private cur-
These will be the questions
discussed during a presenta-
tion by Dr Lawrence H
White, professor of Econom-
ics at George Mason Univer-
sity at 6.30pm Thursday,
March 11, at the Atlantis Con-
ference Centre, Paradise
Island. Dr White is also a spe-
cialist in the theory and his-
tory of monetary and bank-
ing institutions. He received
his A.B. degree from Harvard
and his Ph.d. from the Uni-
versity of California.
In his presentation he will
discuss the Bahamas' current
monetary system and how the
Central Bank influences the
economy. He will also draw
comparisons between the
Bahamas' monetary system
and those of similar countries.
He will discuss what practical
alternative monetary systems
are available and whether a
different monetary system
would better serve the
A three-course dinner will
be served and there will be a
cash bar.
The event is sponsored by
The Nassau Institute.

IN celebration of
World Day of Prayer
2010, a special service
will be held this Friday
at the Rhodes Memorial
Methodist Church, Mon-
trose Avenue, at 7.30
This year's service is
written by the Commit-
tee of Cameroon, and
those attending are
asked to wear African
dress if possible, or
bright coloured prints.
The Republic of
Cameroon is said to be
"Africa in miniature." It
is a country of great cul-
tural diversity with more
than 240 ethnic groups
and languages.
Slides will be shown at
the service depicting the
people and the land of
Cameroon, and refresh-
ments will also reflect
the cuisine of the
African country - curry
dishes, root vegetables
and soup, sweets from
fruit and flour will be
World Day of Prayer
begins when the first ser-
vice is held in Tonga,
where the new day
begins, and continuing
around the world until
the final service takes
place, some 35 hours lat-
er, in Western Samoa,
on the other side of the
International Date Line.
By then the day will
have been celebrated in
over 170 countries with
some countries holding
as many as 5,000 ser-
International chairper-
son of World Day of
Prayer committee here
in Nassau, S Annette
Poitier, has been invited
to be this year's speaker.
"I was elected to this
post in 2007 at the
World Day of Prayer
quadrennial meeting
held in Toronto, Cana-
da. Since 2007, I have
conducted workshops
and spoken at services in
many areas of the world,
including Tonga,
Malaysia, the United
Kingdom, United States,
Canada, Nairobi, and
most recently in Grana-
da," she said.
The theme for this
year's service is "Let
Everything That Has
Breath Praise The

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tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CEDAR SPRINGS
UNITED LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of CABLE MANOR SLOPES
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been
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Proceeds handed to Rotary Clubs of
the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund

THE Help Us Help Haiti Telethon committee
yesterday presented a cheque in the amount of
$195,252.77 to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas
Disaster Relief Fund, proceeds raised during a
two-night, commercial-free telethon that aired on
all TV and radio stations simultaneously on Janu-
ary 25 and 26.
The effort was coordinated by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce along with Rotary Clubs
since the 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, dev-
astating what was already the poorest country in
the region.
Some $250,000 was pledged during the telethon
based at the British Colonial Hilton where the vol-
unteer phone bank was stationed both nights.
A major concert at Arawak Cay on the second
night helped raise funds.
Plcdges are continuing to come in daily, but the
needs are so great that we did not want to delay
presenting the funds collected to-date so that mem-
bers of Rotary could continue meeting the growing
needs of hundreds of thousands who are still home-
less, in desperate need of shelter, food, water and
medical supplies," said Diane Phillips, who chaired
the telethon committee.
"This effort, the results of which we are seeing
this morning, shows what a community can do
when it comes together for a cause in which it
believes," said Khaalis Rolle, Chamber of Com-
merce president.

"Every single person who contributed from
organizers who devoted hundreds of hours, to
musicians who shared their talent, to media houses
who promoted and aired the telethon without
charge are all to be commended," he said.
"People cared. They came together putting aside
other needs and we trust that their efforts will ease
the pain and make life a little bit better for many
who have suffered so in Haiti."
According to Rotary Club spokesman Janet
Johnson, who heads the disaster relief arm, Nassau
Rotarians who visited Haiti as recently as last week
said conditions had deteriorated with thousands of
temporary tents, raw sewage, lack of sufficient
drinking water and a fear of malaria with the rainy
season less than a month away.
"But every contribution helps and the funds we
are receiving today will buy supplies that could
make the difference between life and death," said
Ms Johnson.
The presentation was held at Bank of the
Bahamas which has been at the forefront of the
volunteer efforts, handling the fee-free accounts
and collecting goods for the donation of goods in
all its branches throughout the country as well as in
relief depot boxes in partner locations including
City Market stores and Kelly's at the Mall at

FAST TRACK: Cruise passengers take part in race


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HELP US HELP HAITI NATIONAL TELETHON committee makes presentation to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas.
Pictured left to right are Paul McWeeney, managing director Bank of the Bahamas; Philip Simon, executive director of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Janet Johnson, Disaster Relief chair for the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas; Felix Stubbs assis-
tant governor to the Bahamas for Rotary District 7020; Diane Phillips, Telethon committee chair and Khaalis Rolle, president of
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.

RUNNERS from the Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas cruise ship
took part in one leg of the Super Dare race through Nassau on Sun-
day. The race is part of a three-day fun-filled event organised by
Urban Dare which takes place at Royal Caribbean's ports of call.
The event includes activities onboard and on land. It's a adventure team
race that is part photo hunt, part trivia and part dare challenges.
The passengers that took part in the race departed Miami last Friday
and stopped at Cococay Island on Saturday before arriving in Nassau
on Sunday. They then returned to Miamii.





FROM page one

was made sometime after 11am in the
vicinity of an unfinished building on
McKenzie Street by a construction work-
This is the second skeletal remains
found here on Grand Bahama within a
24-hour period.
Ms Mackey said police received a call
at about 11.12am and went to the rear of
a building that is under construction on
McKenzie Street.
The remains were in bushes some 75
meters from the street. Police cordoned
off the area as a few onlookers stood
watching from across the street, near the
Old Lucaya Medical Centre.
ASP Mackey said that bones were scat-
tered in the area.
"It appears that (the remains) have
been there for sometime. We cannot say
how long, but we know that it is the
remains of a human," she told reporters
at the scene.
"We do not know if it is an adult or
child, and so the bones will be sent to
the lab for analysis so that a determina-
tion can be made."
Ms Mackey said Police do not know if
foul play was involved and have not clas-
sified the incident as a homicide.
In 2003, the badly decomposed body of

Skeletal remains found

I I A.tihescenew'eiet'H ere mainsw erefoud.

a missing mother was discovered in the
same building on McKenzie Street. The
victim's hands and feet were bound.
Although no positive identification has
been made in connection with the badly
burned body found in West End on Sun-
day, police are following several leads
into the matter.
Sometime after 2pm on Sunday the
body was discovered in the Pelican Lakes

FROM page one Christie

fact that Ministers continue to
fall is again indicative of the
weakening of the Ingraham
government," Mr Christie said.
Since his resignation remarks
were released on Sunday, the
PLP was quick to cast the
blame of Mr McCartney's
departure on the Prime Minis-
ter, claiming that the young
junior Minister was being sti-
fled by Mr Ingraham and his
departure was an indictment on
the current government.
However, the FNM in turn
have issued their own state-
ment, claiming that the PLP's
chairman, Bradley Roberts has
again demonstrated his "igno-
rance" of the basic norms and

procedures of the governmental
system with his public remarks.
"Contrary to his twisting of
the facts, former Minister of
State Branville McCartney was
not responsible 'for driving the
immigration policy of the gov-
"As the PLP's Chairman
should know, but has yet to ful-
ly appreciate, government pol-
icy is made by the Cabinet of
the Bahamas and not an indi-
vidual minister.
"Unfortunately, it was often
the case in the Christie admin-
istration that individual minis-
ters, such as Mr Roberts, often
did as they pleased, ignoring
the basic tenets of our system of

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government," the statement
In fact, the FNM said that
the PLP were quite accustomed
to this process as they failed to
consult but rather ran their var-
ious ministries as "individual
"Clearly, Mr Roberts is hap-
py to distort how our govern-
mental system works because
he often failed to act in a colle-
gial and collaborative manner
when in government. He and
his colleagues would return to
government with that same
"Further, it is the portfolio
Minister, not a Minister of
State, who has overall respon-
sibility and oversight of a par-
ticular ministry.
"In this instance, Brent

area, near Bootle Bay. Police do not
know if the remains are that of a man or
Foul play is suspected and investiga-
tions are continuing into the matter.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey is still
encouraging persons with information
who can assist with their investigation
to contact the police at 350-3107 or 352-
9774/5 or 911.

Symonette bears primary
responsibility for immigration
matters as Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Immigration.
Unfortunately, this will not be
the last time that Mr Roberts
demonstrates his wilful igno-
rance of our democratic system.
"But there is one area in
which Mr Roberts can claim
considerable expertise. He is
expert at the bombast, harsh
words and disrespect of which
he accuses others. Indeed, this
was a hallmark of his period in
government and it is his hall-
mark as the primary spokesman
for the PLP," the FNM said.
Repeated attempts to reach
Mr McCartney for an official
comment on his resignation was
unsuccessful up to press time
last night.

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has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
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At 2.30am she updated her
Facebook status by saying:
"Keisha Thurston thinks it's
hard to keep my eyes on the
future, when my heart longs
for the past...."
The last message she sent
out to the world was just over
three hours before her death.
It read: "The longest distance
on the earth is not south to
north, it is when I stand in
front of you and you ignore
me ... (how could the silence
be so loud?)."
These posts may have
seemed like innocent adoles-
cent banter to some, but they
sound ominous to Helen
Arnett, director of counseling
services at The Christian
Counseling Centre. Not just
because Keisha is suspected
of suicide, but as a young adult
in general, the messages con-
tain telltale signs of loneliness
and abandonment.
"In my journey with per-
sons and relationships that
really does not sound that
healthy. 'You ignore me' indi-
cates abandonment. The
future is difficult and she has a
longing for the past. These are
big issues. Some people build
their lives on attachment to
relationships, so it is difficult
when they (have to deal with
loss)," said Mrs Arnett, who
recalled humanitarian Mother
Theresa stating one of the
worst diseases in the Western
world is loneliness and aban-
From all outward indica-
tions, Keisha's friends and
family saw her as a successful,
happy, young adult. She
entered the COB in 2009 on
an academic scholarship and
moved quickly to become
involved in the athletic com-
"Keisha was a member of
the women's volleyball team.
She was an integral part of
the sporting landscape within
the college community. She
was only a first year but she
was a starter and very talent-
ed. She made a good contri-
bution in just her first year,"
said Kimberley Rolle, direc-
tor of athletics at COB.
Keisha made her love of
singing, sports, and having a
good time known. She was
private with some of her
interests, preferring rather for
individuals to discover on
their own who she was.
In her own words, Keisha
said of who she is: "I'm not
the perfect soul to mess with...
am not the perfect girl to han-
dle.... but one thing I know
for sure is that I can rock your
She was a member of the
first COB women's team to
travel internationally on an
intercollegiate tour. For this
and other contributions, Ms
Rolle said the college com-
munity was seeking to con-
sole her family with the
knowledge that their daugh-
ter was a history-maker at
COB and an integral part of

the family.
"Needless to say her team-
mates, the coaching staff, are
taking it very hard, because
everyone has a lot of ques-
tions for which there are real-
ly no answers," said Ms Rolle.
Members of the volleyball
team participated in a coun-
seling session yesterday. The
COB counsellors have also
been canvassing the campus,
speaking with Keisha's
friends and teachers.
"Most of the team mem-
bers have been open to coun-
selling, but it will be an on-
going process. They have a
range of emotions: confusion,
anger, disbelief. Those are
normal when you've lost
someone you love and who
you miss. Grieving is a nat-
ural process, so the counsel-
lors encourage them to
grieve. It helps to bring clo-
sure, but it doesn't end
there," said Ms Rolle.
Some of Keisha's friends
are taking it so hard, Mrs
Arnett said they are display-
ing signs of suicidal ideation
themselves. One friend post-
ed a comment on Keisha's
Facebook page stating she
was coming to join Keisha
because they promised never
to leave each other and she
preferred to suffer with her
"To me I always say you
err on the side of caution.
You take every threat seri-
ously and you try to see who
is in the network to stand by
and support the person. It is
very, very important for (her
friends and family) to do grief
counselling to talk about their
loss," said Mrs Arnett.
"This is a major loss, espe-
cially for the relatives and
close friends. It is so trau-
matic because she took her
life. It is not like she was lying
in bed with lupus or HIV and
they got to visit her. This is
someone they went out with
the day before, or saw in class
and then they got this horri-
ble news. They would really
need some intervention," said
Mrs Arnett.
Suicidal tendencies are
often difficult to detect, but
Mrs Arnett said some signs
are individuals who give away
personal items uncharacter-
istically; individuals who ear-
lier looked depressed and
then all of a sudden look
upbeat, or the reverse sce-
nario; individuals who isolate
themselves or have a preoc-
cupation with death.
"Don't be afraid to ask
someone if they are suicidal.
It is a myth that if you talk to
someone you think is suicidal
you are going to give them
more ideas to go ahead and
do it. Many times by asking
you give the person hope they
can share with you. If you
avoid it, they may say 'wow, I
want to talk about it, but I
don't think they can handle
it'," said Mrs Arnett.

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Opportunities for

Bahamas and Malta

By BETTY VEDRINE fields of education, horti-
Bahamas Information culture and e-government.
Services During the ceremony at
Government House, Mr
THE appointment of the Miceli-Farrugia expressed
first High Commissioner of his pleasure at becoming
the Republic of Malta to the new High Commission-
the Bahamas brings with it er of Malta to the Bahamas.
the opportunity for the two "I look forward to rein-
countries to exchange forcing the bonds of friend-
expertise on tourism, finan- ship and cooperation, which
cial services, and offers the have linked our two coun-
Bahamas better access to tries even before the estab-
the Mediterranean market. lishment of diplomatic rela-
Presenting his Letters of tions in 2004," he said.
Credence to the Governor The economies of Malta
General Arthur Hanna last and the Bahamas, both
Thursday, High Commis- archipelagic countries, are
sioner of Malta Mark based mainly on tourism
Miceli-Farrugia said his and financial services, mak-
country would be happy to ing it a possible to exchange
assist the Bahamas in the of information, he

FROM page one Two Catho

Rock Sound Eleuthera for the institutions
to be able to sustain themselves financially, favour of placing th
Presently there are just over sixty stu- education system.
dents at each school. The CBOE reports The schools have
that 100 plus students are necessary for the funded by governor
schools to be "self sustaining", by fees paid by pare
Extra subsidies from the board to the The bulk of the fa
schools - to the tune of $2,535 per student at bers she blamed on
Holy Name and $1,417 at St Anne's "just to ics" in the common
meet basic expenses" - had been a serious served, as parents h
drain on its resources in 2008 and 2009. islands or other parl
The CBOE travelled to Eleuthera two search of work, said
weeks ago and Bimini last week to break ly, the launch of an
the news to parents. Bimini also affected
The move comes as CBOE has already Yesterday Min
been engaged in "phasing out" the St Vin- Desmond Bannist
cent De Paul school in Lewis Yard Grand briefed on the decis
Bahama for several years, and this year the Ministry of Edu
will see the school closed for good once provide spaces for
the last term comes to an end. and any qualified te
Ms Rolle said that the economic down- Mrs Rolle noted
turn was the final nail in the coffin for the more than enough s
Bimini and Eleuthera schools - which are 67 schools in the area
and 53 years old respectively - as an even schools are located
greater proportion of parents withdrew ilarly affected by lo,
their children from the private schools in The Board Direc

FROM page one Heart Foundation

survival by the Bahamas Heart
Foundation (BHF).
Children born with a hole in
the heart require surgery in
order to grow and develop in
a normal way and go on to live
healthy lives, and BHF volun-
teers work tirelessly to raise
funds for this surgery provided
by Dr Sands and his team.
However, BHF chairman RE
Barnes is concerned Dr Sands
political career could eclipse his
professional demands while
there are only two surgeons in
the country to take up the
"We are nervous because he
is one of the only cardiotho-
racic surgeons who can do it,"
Mr Barnes said.
Dr Sands's partner Henry
Coleman would be unwilling to
take on an increased workload
after 35 years in the field, and
Dr Ramphal would be unable
to absorb the demand alone.
However, Dr Sands said
more physicians may step up
to the operating table in future

should his political career take
And if his political demands
increase, the rare surgery he
provides will be the last thing
he stops.
"At the end of the day I have
made a commitment that come
what may I will continue to be
available for medical care
regardless of what I am doing,
involved in politics or not," Dr
Sands said.
"I am not stopping now, and
I am not going to allow patients
to suffer because I am involved
in something else.
"There are precedents for
people who do what I do to
maintain their clinical practice
even while engaged in an active
political career.
"And I will continue to serve
in whatever capacity I can."
The surgeon of 16 years per-
formed an operation yesterday
as well as seven surgeries at the
end of last week.
However, his time in surgery

As a result, both coun-
tries can exchange informa-
tion about the experiences
and know-how they have
garnered over the years, the
High Commissioner said.
"On the one hand, we can
address the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas' intent to
develop state-of-the-art e-
government and upgrade its
educational and horticul-
tural facilities; to certify its
financial services system by
the OECD and to preserve
and restore its heritage
He added that Malta has
recently recorded success-
es in all these fields and
would welcome the oppor-

tunity to assist the Bahamas
in any or all of them.
Malta offers Bahamian
products and services an
ideal base from which to
explore Mediterranean
markets thanks to Malta's
strategic central location
in that region, its mem-
bership to the European
Union, and the country's
familiarity with neigh-
bouring North African
nations and certain Gulf
States, the High Commis-
sioner said.
The Governor General
said that both countries
share a wide base of link-
ages founded on common
aspects of history and

lic schools forced to close this year

iem in the free public
traditionally been part
lent grants and partly
all off in student num-
"shifting demograph-
[ities the schools have
ave moved into others
ts of the same island in
Ms Rolle. Additional-
other private school in
d student intake.
ister of Education
er said he had been
sion by the Board and
cation stands ready to
the displaced students
that there should be
pace within the public
as where the Catholic
as they have been sim-
w enrollment.
tor added that it is the

will be sacrificed when his
presence is required in the
upcoming election court chal-
As Dr Sands gained 1,501
votes in the February 16 by-
election for Elizabeth, and
PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
gained 1,499 votes, Mr Pinder
is challenging the legitimacy of
five protest votes in court in
the hope he will be declared
by-election winner and MP for

CBOE's expectation that the nine teachers
and three clerical staff currently employed
at the Eleuthera and Bimini schools are
set to be redeployed to other Catholic
schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama
or Abaco.
In contrast to the situation in Bimini and
Eleuthera, Mrs Rolle said enrollment has
been growing in Abaco, and schools in New
Providence are not under consideration for
As to how the communities took the
news, Ms Rolle said parents and students
were "sad" but that the announcement was
not a bolt from the blue.
"They understood and saw this had been
coming for some years, though there were
questions about whether anything could
be done to save the schools at this stage.
"We understand because right now you
look at it as affecting the community. Part of
it is when they've been there for decades
the populace is looking at it as part of the
nucleus of the community being weak-

Dr Sands' political future is
currently in limbo, and he is
taking it one day at a time.
"What is not possible is to
predict the future," the heart
surgeon said. "I don't know
what is going to happen, it
really depends on a lot of dif-
ferent things. But I will con-
tinue to serve in whatever
capacity I can."
For more news about the
Bahamas Heart Foundation
turn to page two.

Man stabbed to death

FROM page one
Poinciana Drive and Hospital Lane at around 11.38pm.
According to police, it appeared Mr Davis had got into the
Pontiac Bonneville car, license plate number 182812, after
receiving stab wounds to the chest and lower back.
It is suspected that it was after driving the car some distance
that the victim crashed the car into another vehicle, a Toyota
Corolla, license plate number 111837.
A police statement on the incident issued yesterday after-
noon stated that officers investigating the killing are following
significant leads.


THE WIFE of High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of Malta
to the Bahamas Mark Miceli-
Farrugia talks with Honorary
Consul for Malta in the
Bahamas Gerard Wirth at Gov-
ernment House.

"Our paths are crossing
yet again with the
Bahamas joining Malta in
the United Nations Eco-
nomic and Social Council
(ECOSOC), the work of
which will impact so many
of the important issues of
our present day," he said.
The new High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of
Malta followed his visit to
Government House with a
courtesy call on the Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-


Eleuthera, Bahamas



March 20

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 caused! We had
a ball and can't stop talking about
how well it was done! ... it was
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CONSTRUCTION of the new terminal for Western Air is already
underway and is scheduled for completion by late summer.

SCHEDULED for completion by the end of summer, the new
$4 million state-of-the art Western Air terminal currently under
construction at the Grand Bahama International Airport is
expected to bring an added boost to the island's airlift and
struggling economy.
Welcoming the news were officials of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA), who applauded Western Air's invest-
"We're excited and supportive of meaningful ventures that will
spur this island's economy. An expanded terminal gives birth to
more employment opportunities for Bahamians. Also, greater
airlift means increased traffic with an influx of more visitors from
the other islands and abroad," said Ian Rolle, GBPA presi-
The new multi-million dollar facility is being built just west of
the airport's current domestic terminal.
Upon completion it will house Western Air's terminal, cor-
porate office and maintenance facility.


Western Air presently offers 12 flights daily between Freeport
and Nassau, six flights daily between Nassau and Marsh Harbour
and four flights daily between Nassau, Bimini, Exuma, Congo
Town and San Andros. They also offer charter flights through-
out the Bahamas, Caribbean including Cuba, South and Central
According to Rex Rolle, president and CEO of the company,
once construction is completed on the airline's Freeport termi-
nal, the new site will become its northern hub.
"With an increase in facilities, fleet, and our efficient staff, it
is our intent to begin direct flights to Haiti, Jamaica, Turks and
Caicos, and eventually Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach,
Florida," he said.
Derek Newbold, business development manager at GBPA, is
optimistic about the venture.
"GBPA is aggressively pursuing new interests and business
development for Grand Bahama Island. One of the unique fea-
tures of our island is a modern airport with US pre-clearance. So
we're definitely supportive of Western Air's initiative to take
advantage of this feature to expand their business and provide
greater access to the island," Mr Newbold said.
Western Air, entirely Bahamian owned and operated, cur-
rently has a fleet of 11 aircraft.

cials tour site of new $4 million air terminal under construction at
the Grand Bahama International Airport. Pictured from left to right
are: lan Rolle, president of the GBPA group; Derek Newbold,
business development manager at GBPA, and Rex Rolle, president
and CEO for Western Air.


Emergency Operations Centre

a step closer to completion

TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera

South Eleuthera Emergency
Partners, better known as
SEEP, are one step closer to
completing their Emergency
Operations Centre (EOC)
which houses the area's ambu-
lance and fire truck, and is used
as a venue for community func-
tions such as the farmers' mar-
Thanks to a grant by the
Lyford Cay Foundation, SEEP
recently added six large cus-
tom-made roll-up doors to its
The doors, approximately 11
feet high and 12 feet wide
opened up new opportunities
for the non-profit organisation
that operates the volunteer fire
department and ambulance ser-
vices for Southern Eleuthera.
The doors are of enormous
importance because not only
do they bring the centre to an
80 per cent completion, they
also add a whole new dimen-
sion and meaning to the versa-
tility of the centre, opening new
opportunities for the non-prof-
it and the community at large,
the organisation said.
For the community, the
installation of the doors created
employment for six people in
the depressed Eleuthera econ-
omy over a four-week period
and it also added profit to some
of the local businesses.


For SEEP, other exciting
activities at the centre are being
realized, positively impacting
the non-profit and the resi-
With a more secured build-
ing, the ambulance, fire truck, a
recently donated jaws of life,
an additional water pump and
other fire fighting gear are now
properly stored, ensuring a
longer life span.
"The doors not only protect
the vehicles and emergency
equipment from the wear and
tear caused by the sun and salt
air," said director Shaun Ingra-
ham, "But they bring the build-
ing closer in line to an all pur-
pose community centre and
offers shelter during times of
emergencies like a hurricane."
Sourced and provided by a
local hardware store, these
industrial doors are made of
aluminum and can withstand
high winds and are built for low
maintenance, safety and long
lasting dependability and they
also provide a weather-tight
When a function is held at
the emergency operations cen-
tre, there is the flexibility to
have all six doors open or the
choice of keeping some of the
doors open and others closed.
The centre has become a big
hit with the locals with the most
recent partnerships with the

LARGE doors installed at the SEEP Emergency Operations Centre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, offer pro-
tection and allow the building to serve as a community centre and hurricane shelter.

DIRECTOR Shaun Ingraham (left) and volunteer
Ricardo Edwards review parts for the door.

Island School and Cape
Eleuthera Institute, local farm-
ers and artisans who host a
farmer's market at the end of
each month.
"This has been a great suc-
cess," said Mr Ingraham "as we
are now able to set up the mar-
ket the night before because
the doors are added security
and also the people and their
products are protected from
wind, sun and rain."
Another new partnership
involves a "12 weeks to well-
ness programme" headed by
the Seventh Day Adventist
Each evening during the
week more than 50 people from
Governor's Harbour to Rock
Sound travel to the EOC to
exercise and learn how to live
healthy lifestyles.
Mr Ingraham and his board
of directors said they are grate-
ful for the partnerships and sup-
port from key players like the
Lyford Cay Foundation and for
their volunteers who help in all
areas of the operations.

WORKERS install one of the 11 foot x 12-foot
doors at the SEEP Emergency Operations Cen-
tre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. The four-week
project helped employ six persons.


THE SECOND Farmers' Market was held at the end of January at
the SEEP EOC. The newly installed doors are in the background
and provide a backdrop at the "Lion Fish" demonstration table.

The EOC has come a long
way since it started laying the
foundation just over two years
ago. In March 2009, SEEP part-
nered with the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the Ministry
of Health to broaden their
work and garner more support
when they dedicated their fire

truck and ambulance. To mark
another milestone, SEEP will
host an open house and dedi-
cation set for March 14 at 2pm
and the celebrations will
include local residents and a
group of 70 Island Journeys vol-
unteers from Clemson Univer-
sity, North Carolina.

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THE SEEP Emergency Operations Centre facilitated the first farmers' market in South Eleuthera in an
open environment since doors were not installed at the time.




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