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Former Minister

of State denies

lack of support for

FNM campaign

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Minister of State
for Immigration Branville
McCartney last night hit out at
suggestions by senior FNM offi-
cials that he was to blame for the
party's less than stellar perfor-
mance in the Elizabeth by-elec-
According to sources within
the FNM, Mr McCartney was
berated at an FNM council meet-
ing last week where a number of
meritorious council members
(MCM) took the MP to task for
the poor showing at the polls in
Polling Division 11.
This division, which was head-
ed by the FNM's Minister of

State for the Environment Phen-
ton Neymour, was also worked
by Mr McCartney who these
sources claim, failed to show any
"inspiration in his designated
This lack of "inspiration" they
claimed was due to the suspicion
that the MP was not in favour of
the party's candidate Dr Duane
Sands, who Mr McCartney could
possibly see as another challenger
for the leadership of the party if
and when the opportunity arose.
"So it came as no surprise to
me that he would have resigned,"
the source added. "Who knows,
maybe he was trying to pre-empt
what was already in the process
of being done."
SEE page six


'I want to run
for FNM in
Bamboo Town
at next election'
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN LIGHT of his resignation
from the Cabinet, Former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
hoped he would not be denied
a nomination to run as an FNM
in the Bamboo Town con-
stituency whenever the next
general election is called.
Speaking to The Tribune at
his constituency office yester-
day, the popular MP said he
was hopeful Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham would not
seek to "punish" him as he has
not yet even made up his mind
if he will in fact run again for
the House of Assembly.
"I had five years to serve.
Right now I have two more
years. If I don't get a nomina-
tion from the party I doubt I
will run as an Independent -
or anything else for that matter.
I would have done my time,
and I would have done my time
well. I guarantee you that. I
would have done my time well
and I will move on," he said.
As he is widely considered
to be one of the few Members
of Parliament who can claim to
have a "sure seat" due to his
representation and work in the
area, it is often said that Mr
McCartney does not need the
FNM backing to win his seat in
Bamboo Town.
SEE page 11

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US voices concern
over the Bahamas'
extradition process
THE United States' govern-
ment has expressed concern
over the Bahamas' tedious
extradition process that allows
subjects of US extradition
requests to continue illegal
activities while on bail await-
ing resolution in their case.
This country was also one of
four Caribbean nations includ-
ed on the US's newest list of
"major illicit drug producing
and/or drug-transit countries."
Officials estimate that
between 12 to 15 major
SEE page six


Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT - Bahamian
brothers Paul and David
Mellor - who are propos-
ing to pursue a venture to
harvest yellow fin tuna in
Bahamian waters using purse
seine nets - were confront-
ed with overwhelming resis-
SEE page six

Alarm at erosion
of Saunders Beach
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE current level of beach
erosion at Saunders Beach has
alarmed some environmental
activists, who are calling on
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux to be held account-
The Committee to Protect
and Preserve the Bahamas for
Future Generations questioned
the validity of findings in the
environmental impact assess-
SEE page 11


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Lack of information
on prescription drug plan
aggravates pharmacists
Tribune Staff Reporter
growing more aggravated
over the lack of information
provided to them about the
Chronic Disease Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan.
Since the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) started
marketing the plan to bene-
ficiaries in January, phar-
SEE page 11









Man stabbed,

hit on head

in robbery


man of Stapledon Gar-
dens was stabbed and hit
in the head with a rock
in a robbery attempt by
four men yesterday
The victim was walk-
ing in the Millennium
Gardens area at around
11.15am when he was
attacked by four men.
Police said it is report-
ed that one of the men
reportedly hit the victim
in the head with a stone
while another produced
a knife, stabbing the vic-
tim once in his left leg
and twice in his the right
The Stapledon Gar-
dens man was taken to
hospital where he is list-
ed in serious but stable
condition. Police are
investigating the matter.



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US airline suspends flights

to Governor's Harbour

American Eagle cites

airport concerns

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAJOR US airline has
announced that it will be
immediately suspending its
flights to Governor's Har-
bour, Eleuthera due to con-
cerns over the airport there.
American Eagle sent an
email to its relevant partners
in the travel industry yester-
day stating that due to
"recent changes" at the Gov-
ernor's Harbour Interna-
tional Airport it is suspend-
ing its four days-a-week Mia-
mi-Governors Harbour route
effective immediately and
The 64-seater plane will
now fly into North Eleuthera
"until the problems at GHIA
have been fixed", according
to American Eagle's region-
al sales manager for the
Bahamas and Florida, Tra-
cie Hoo-Glinton, who apol-
ogised in the email for the
The airline has been flying
the route since late last year.
In a statement issued yes-
terday afternoon, former
tourism minister Obie Wilch-
combe yesterday said the
Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace must
provide a "full explanation
as to why his ministry has
failed to maintain the Gov-
ernors Harbour Internation-
al Airport to ensure compli-

ance with FAA Standards."
"The minister must inform
the public the last time an
audit was conducted on the
GHIA and must also disclose
when audits were undertak-
en at all other airports in the
Bahamas. It begs the ques-
tion as to who is asleep at
the wheel," said Mr Wilch-
"Although alternative
arrangements have been
made to accommodate
inbound and outbound
flights at the North Eleuthera
Airport this will seriously
inconvenience local and
tourist travellers," he added.


Ms Hoo-Glinton stated in
her email, forwarded to the
media by Mr Wilchcombe,
that American Eagle is plan-
ning on providing bus trans-
portation between the two
"For GHB departing pas-
sengers, our customers will
be expected to arrive at the
airport at least two hours
before scheduled departure
time to catch the chartered
bus. If passengers arrive lat-
er than this, then they will
be responsible for their own
transportation to North
Eleuthera to catch the flight.
I appreciate any help you can
give in advising our mutual
customers of these changes,

OBIE WILCHCOMBE and Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.

especially given the short
notice," she added.
The change to the route
means that American Eagle
will now be flying to North
Eleuthera seven days a week.
"Once we receive an
update from the government
on the GHB airport, we will
resume our operations to this
airport and advise accord-
ingly," said the airline offi-
Yesterday David Johnson,
deputy director of tourism,
said the Ministry of Tourism
was alerted to American
Eagle's plans on Monday
night. He said the ministry
was not aware of the airline's
concerns about the airport
as it "doesn't get directly
involved in technicalities of

airports" but suggested that
the Department of Civil Avi-
ation, which has direct
responsibility for the main-
tenance of airports, could
have been.


"The access remains,
except there is the inconve-
nience of landing in North
Eleuthera. That's an interim
measure while technical
matters that need to be
done get done," said Mr
Asked if he was aware
how soon necessary adjust-
ments might be made to the
airport, Mr Johnson said he
expected to be updated on

this by yesterday evening or
this morning.
As for whether the issues
deterring American Eagle
from landing in Governor's
Harbour could affect other
airlines which service the
airport, Mr Johnson said
this is unlikely.
American Eagle's plane
is "by far the largest" that
lands in Governor's Har-
bour and "brings require-
ments that may be more
onerous compared to those
of a 19-seater plane," he
In a statement released to
ZNS news late last night,
Mr Vanderpool Wallace
said the Governor's Har-
bour airport has not been
downgraded but is under-
going systemic improve-
ments and the changes at
the airport referred to by
American Eagle are "actu-
ally improvements regard-
ing the removal of two air-
line towers that will make
flying into the airport safer."
He said Mr Wilchcombe's
call for a full explanation of
the suspension of service by
American Eagle "unfortu-
nately reveals a profound
lack of understanding of the
airline business."
The minister added that
it is as a result of combined
initiatives by the Depart-
ment of Civil Aviation and
the Ministry of Tourism that
American Eagle "has more
than doubled its services to
the out islands over the
course of the last year."

Plans to rebuild

OPBAT hanger

THE United States' gov-
ernment plans to rebuild the
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos' (OPBAT) hang-
er on Inagua sometime this
According to the newest
US International Narcotics
Report, released by the US
State Department on Mon-
day, pending successful con-
clusion of lease negotiations
with the Bahamian govern-
ment, OPBAT construction
will start this year with a
2012 completion target date.

"The new hangers will
allow (the US) to base heli-
copters flying in support of
OPBAT on Great Inagua,"
said the report.
Since Hurricane Ike
destroyed the original
OPBAT hanger in 2008, US
helicopters have operated
out of Providenciales in
nearby Turks and Caicos.
The report also noted that
the Bahamian government
further developed OPBAT's
maritime interdiction abili-
ties by basing four intercep-
tor boats - which were
acquired under Operation
Enduring Friendship in 2008

- on New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Inagua.
Still, the US advised that
"these capabilities could be
developed further by sta-
tioning the two new boats
received in 2009 on Grand
Bahama and Great

In 2007, US officials her-
alded OPBAT as one of the
most successful internation-
al drug interdiction partner-
ships in the world.
It is a multi-agency inter-
national drug interdiction
effort created in 1982 to
stem the flow of illegal drugs
through the Bahamas and
into the US.
The report also added that
throughout 2009, the US
provided resident, mobile
and on-the-job training in
maritime law enforcement,
engineering and profession-
al development for the
Also, at the end of 2009
the US Department of
Defence was slated to deliv-
er two additional 43-foot
interceptor boats and com-
munications equipment to
the RBDF.


POLICE have issued
an all-points bulletin
asking the public to
assist them in determin-
ing the whereabouts of
Kevano Musgrove, 24,
who is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection
with murder and posses-
sion of an unlicensed
He is considered
armed and extremely
Musgrove's last
known address was
Halsmere Road in High-
bury Park, Nassau.
He is described as
being of light brown
complexion and of medi-
um build, 5'10" tall and
weighing 140 lbs.
Persons with any
information concerning
Musgrove are asked to
contact police at the fol-
lowing numbers:
Police Emergency at
919/911; CDU at 502-
9991/9930; Police Con-
trol Room at 322-3333;
Crime Stoppers at 328-
8477, or contact the
nearest police station.


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FNM defectors

weigh in on



Tribune Staff

FRESH on the heels of
his resignation from the
Cabinet, Branville
McCartney may now
have to face political iso-
lation according to his
Tennyson Wells, like
Mr McCartney, repre-
sented the constituency
of Bamboo Town under
the banner of the FNM.
He resigned his Cabinet
seat in 2000 to vie for the
leadership of the party,
which he lost to Tommy
Turnquest. Mr Wells lat-
er quit the party after
what he termed "serious
differences of opinion"
and sat in parliament as
an independent.
Commenting on what
he thinks the future will
hold for Mr McCartney,
Mr Wells said: "I think
he will have to continue
to look over his back,
look over his shoulder,
because the rest of his
colleagues are not going
to stand with him
whether he is right or
wrong. The vast majority
are not going to stand
with him even if they
know he was right.


"They want to main-
tain or enhance their
position. They are not
going to stand up like
men and women. That is
the sad reality of politics
in this country."
In a statement released
by Mr McCartney over
the weekend, the former
Minister of State for
Immigration said the
main reason he quit was
a feeling of stagnation
and a sense that he was
not fully utilising his
"political potential."
Mr Wells said he was
not surprised by the res-
ignation, even though he
had not followed the sit-
uation closely, as such
conflicts are a feature of
FNM governments.
He pointed to the
example of his colleague
Pierre Dupuch, another
former member of an
FNM Cabinet who was
fired by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in
2000, after being accused
of undermining Mr
Ingraham's authority.
Yesterday, Mr Wells
said he feels that despite
his five-year sabbatical
from politics, Mr Ingra-
ham has changed little.
"He basically wants to
do everything himself,
which is impossible and
the country suffers from
it and will continue to
suffer from it. No man is
an island and we are all
interdependent. Each of
us ought to consider oth-
er people's views and
give them consideration.
No one has all the
answers to all the prob-
lems in the country.
When we realise this it
will be better for every-
body," Mr Wells said.

IN yesterday's Tribune, the
Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation was incor-
rectly referred to as the
Bahamas Heart Foundation.
The Sir Victor Sassoon
Foundation, chaired by RE
Barnes, is one of two non-

profit organizations support-
ing heart health in the
Bahamas, the other being the
Bahamas Heart Association.
The Tribune apologises for
any confusion this error may
have caused.

McCartney thanks PM and

Symonette for chance to serve

Tribune Staff Reporter

HAVING served under
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette, former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
was given immense latitude to
perform his duties and thanked
both men for the opportunity to
serve the people of the
In relation to Mr Symonette,
Mr McCartney said he learned
a lot from the DPM and quite
frankly liked his approach to
the way he handled a plethora
of issues.
"He (Mr Symonette) is a
very practical man, knowl-
edgeable, and to the point," Mr
McCartney said.
"The Prime Minister is also a
person who I have learned a lot
from as well. I think he has the
best interest of the country at
heart. He makes decisions and
he is very direct."

Mr McCartney has gone on
the record to admit that his
decision to resign from Cabi-
net was not an easy one, that it
was well thought out and sober-
ly contemplated.
"It was not an easy decision,
but one that needed to be
made, because of my determi-
nation and resolve that it was
and continues to be the right
thing to do, not in any way
motivated by conventional wis-
dom, the prevailing consensus
or the latest snapshot of public

Liberals chairman Aarone
Sargent said the departure
of Branville McCartney
from the Cabinet has made
him wonder whether
democracy and freedom of
expression exist in the FNM.
In a statement issued to
The Tribune yesterday, the
PLP youth arm's boss noted
that the FNM often prides
itself on being the party that
makes way for its younger
"How sad it is that this
statement has the FNM eat-
ing its words due to the res-
ignation from ministerial
work of one its future lead-
ers: Branville McCartney. It
would be understandable if
the reason for the resigna-
tion was due to personal rea-
sons, but to actually have it
said that it was due to stag-
nation on behalf of the pow-
ers that be is atrocious," he
Mr Sargent said while the
FNM claims to have "test-
ed hands and proven lead-
ership" it seems that Mr
McCartney "slipped right
through the fingers of these
so-called tested hands like
so many other issues such as
crime and the economy."

opinion, but right according to
my personal convictions.
"The factors that motivated
this run the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more com-
pelling than others. In the fore-

"How sad it is
that this state-
ment has the
FNM eating its
words due to
the resigna-
tion from min-
isterial work
of one its
future leaders:

of a Minister or Minister of
State is always regrettable, he
could not say he was complete-
ly surprised by Mr McCartney's
"Each of us in politics are
bound to follow what we
believe to be the best course of
action in the interest of the peo-
ple we are privileged to repre-
sent and in accordance with our
own convictions and percep-
tions at any given time. I have
no doubt that Mr McCartney,
as he indicates, has given seri-
ous consideration to the action
he has taken.
"I regret that in the forefront
of his considerations leading to
this decision are, as he put it,
'my feelings of stagnation and
the inability to fully utilise my
political potential at this time'.
I should only like to remind
him of what he himself says in
his press release, which is 'that
in life nothing comes before its
"I thank Mr McCartney for
his service to the Bahamian
people and to my government.
My colleagues and I look for-
ward 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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Toica E e Inos

front are my feelings of stagna-
tion and the inability to fully
utilise my political potential at
this time," he said.
Prime Minister Ingraham
said that while the resignation


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If a Haitian wasn't there, it didn't happen

Branville McCartney went to great lengths to
express his loyalty to Prime Minister Ingra-
ham on resigning from the Cabinet, and to
explain that the main reason for his return-
ing to the back bench was a feeling of "stag-
nation and the inability to fully utilise his
political potential at this time," Bahamians
are not satisfied. They want a more com-
plex explanation.
Mr McCartney said that the factors that
motivated his decision to leave the Ingra-
ham Cabinet - but not his Bamboo con-
stituency - ran "the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more compelling than
However, the silence imposed on Cabinet
ministers and the idea of collective respon-
sibility for decisions taken were the straws
that broke his camel's back.
This explanation was not good enough for
many Bahamians - the story was not plau-
sible unless there was a Haitian somewhere
in the mix. It reminded us of a lifetime ago
when studying American history and reading
of a mini-skirmish in Boston square on
March 5, 1770. The skirmish, involving a
few British soldiers defending a sentry who
was being harassed by some town folk, has
gone down in history as the "Boston Mas-
sacre." Shots were fired killing three per-
sons and wounding two others who later
died. Crispin Attucks, an escaped slave, was
one of the dead. He was recorded as the
first black to fall in the American revolu-
tion. On reading this a fellow student chuck-
led: "Well you should've known - nothing
ever happens unless Cuffy was there!"
And so it is with the Haitians in the
Bahamas. Nothing bad seems to happen
unless a Haitian is at the root of the evil.
Crime is escalating - blame the Haitian.
The hospital is overcrowded - Haitian
women have too many babies. The schools
are full - too many Haitian children, study-
ing harder than Bahamians and taking the
top places in the classroom. The Bahamas is
being creolised and soon Haitians will take
over our country. And so the litany of com-
plaints against the Haitians escalates.
In some quarters the hatred being stirred
up against these people is starting to sound
like Hitler's hate campaign in Nazi Ger-
many, which resulted in the deaths of six
million Jews. All of Hitler's personal miseries
- and later the world's evils - were laid at
the feet of the Jews. Hitler eventually saw it
as his duty to cleanse the German race of
their influence.
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Prime Minister Ingraham and Mr McCart-
ney are at loggerheads as to the final solution
for the Haitian problem. It is claimed that
Mr McCartney as Minister of State for Immi-
gration was determined to cleanse the
Bahamas of Haitians - we presume only
the illegal ones. However, so it is claimed, he
was crushed when Prime Minister Ingraham
announced, without consulting or inform-
ing him, that he had ordered the temporary
release of all Haitians from the Detention
Centre after an earthquake had pulverised
Port-au-Prince, making their repatriation
impossible. In releasing them from deten-
tion, Mr Ingraham had made the same deci-
sion as had the Americans, and other world
leaders. To have done otherwise would not
only have been unchristian, but would have
isolated the Bahamas as a pariah in our
hemisphere. And so, once again the Haitian
is to blame. This, say the chatter-box pundits,
is what hastened Mr McCartney's Cabinet
We all know - as do the Haitians who
have lived here for many years and been
assimilated in our society - that the
Bahamas cannot accommodate anymore
Haitian immigrants. We all know that there
has to be a solution to the overcrowding in
our inner cities, but to blame all of our prob-
lems, especially crime, on the Haitians is
not only unfair, but untrue.
To confirm our beliefs we spoke yester-
day with Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston
Rahming who says that "crime is a Bahami-
an problem." He said that 94 per cent of
the prison population are full-blooded
Bahamians - no trace of a Haitian in their
Of late there has been a slight increase of
persons born here, who have Bahamian pass-
ports, but because of their parentage
describe themselves as Haitian-Bahamian.
These come mainly from Abaco. For exam-
ple, 10 persons were admitted to prison on
Monday - eight of them were full Bahami-
ans, two were Haitian-Bahamians, both from
Generally Haitians are arrested for drugs,
incest, causing grievous harm or carrying
arms, usually a cutlass, not a gun.
They have not been brought in for armed
robbery or murder - this is left to Bahami-
ans, and usually those let lose by the courts
on bail.
And, so, although Haitian immigration is
a problem, it is not our main problem. It is
about time Bahamians take responsibility
for their behaviour and realise that they are
their own worst enemy.

Deeply disturbed

by talk show host's

passionate dislike

for Ingraham

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I was in Nassau on Thurs-
day, February 27, and I tuned
into Love 97 FM to listen at
the talk show hosted by Mr
Allen and I found the entire
show very amusing.
Mr Peet was the guest on
the show. A part of their dis-
cussion was about monies that
are reported to be owed. It
was clear that they were try-
ing to say that a party is not
responsible for any debts it is
only a candidate that can be
held responsible. Well blow
me down, I would like to
know why a party goes all out
to make sure that the voters
know a candidate is running
on a particular slate whether
it is FNM, PLP, BDM or
Workers Party. I firmly
believe that if one is running
on any party's slate then that
party should be responsible
to see that any debts incurred
are paid.
I am deeply disturbed by
the trend that is being set
when Mr Allen is hosting
these shows because over the
past four to six months it has
been very obvious to me and
other listeners that the host
has a passionate dislike for
the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham.
I have known Mr Allen for
almost 30 years and I person-
ally know how he felt about
the PLP for a long time and it
is disturbing to hear him cut
off callers to the show if they
are saying something good
about the FNM and the Prime
Minister. His excuse that he
can't let one caller take up
too much time is flimsy at best
because I have heard some

callers that I have timed for 8
to 10 minutes it doesn't mat-
ter as long as they are putting
down the FNM or the PM.
There is one such caller
known as "pauper" who he
at times will allow to call sev-
eral times a show and time
doesn't seem to matter. Some
people should be very grateful
but then I guess I expect too
On Thursday's show there
was discussion about the
Chief Justice and his political
alliance, well it appears that
the political alliance of the
former Chief Justice was
okay. Well I wonder why and
I did not hear either of these
two men have anything to say
about someone being
appointed a few years ago
under circumstances which
left much to be desired, but
again it appears to be okay as
long as it is not the FNM that
is doing the appointing.
I also heard a bunch of
foolishness about the UBP.
Apparently it is all right if you
and your family were UBP
for many years just as long as
you switch and say that you
are now PLP, but it is not
okay if you were PLP and
switch to become FNM, not
UBP because they are no
I could not believe it when
I heard Mr Peet say that all of
the violence in politics was
caused by FNMs and Mr

Allen sat there and did not
open his mouth to correct him
because there are thousands
of Bahamians who have heard
from many platforms what Mr
Allen had to say and who he
thought was responsible for
the violence in politics over
the past 25 to 30 years.
Private radio talk shows as
far as I know were allowed
by the FNM for the first time
in Bahamian history and you
are allowed to get on and say
what ever you feel like as long
as it is decent and not libel
but I am sure that it was nev-
er intended to be dictatorial.
It was meant to be democrat-
ic where everyone got the
same chance to voice opin-
Mr Allen, I can tell you
from personal experience that
hatred will consume any
human being, I personally had
to ask God to help me over-
come this serious illness
because it was eating me up
inside and taking the joy out
of my life and I thank God
that he helped me to over-
If this type of thing contin-
ues I will have no choice but
to ask all of my friends to stop
supporting programmes of
this nature and then maybe
there will be an awakening in
the radio media.

Spanish Wells,
February 27, 2010.
P.S. Politics: A strife of
interests masquerading as a
contest of principles. The con-
duct of public affairs for pri-
vate advantage. -Ambrose

Election Court bills and who should pay them

EDITOR, The Tribune.

When we mere mortals are
involved in litigation a poten-
tial defendant can ask the
court to make an order for
security for costs against the
plaintiff. This is done in the
case where there is a signifi-
cant risk of defendants suf-
fering injustice of having to
defend proceedings with no
real prospect of recovering
their costs should they win.
Given the PLP party's track
record when it comes to pay-
ing bills, why do they feel this
should not apply to them?
Their excuse for the party
not paying the election court
costs of 2007 was that the
action was brought by Pleas-
ant Bridgewater, not the par-
ty. I seem to remember the

party having a distinct interest
in the outcome of that mat-
ter. As in the current election
court spectacle, they have said
it is not the party but the can-
didate who must fund the lit-
Yet again the PLP as a par-
ty were not silent during the
campaigning. Mr Pinder was-
n't standing as an individual
running for the Elizabeth seat.
Mr Pinder ran as the candi-
date put forward by the PLP
and in the name of the party.
Was he not wearing a PLP
shirt, shouting to a PLP
crowd, being cheered by PLP
pom-pom waving voters and
endorsed by Mr Christie and
the party? Had he been the
clear victor the PLP, as a par-
ty, would have ensured we all
knew it.
It is interesting to note how
the PLP as a party which has
much to campaign, argue and
point fingers about during an

election, then withers from
the limelight when the ques-
tion of who pays the bills aris-
es. They simply try and pass
the buck. The party acts as
though it is above the law. It
acts as though the rules which
apply to the regular hard
working citizens don't apply
to them.
The example they set is a
disgrace when struggling
Bahamians can't find the
money to pay their water,
electricity, phone and other
bills. Yet find it and pay them
they do.
The position taken by the
PLP as a party begs the ques-
tion, how united is the party if
it doesn't support its candi-
dates through the whole cam-
paign process; even if that
process takes them to court?

February, 2010.

Waiting for Mr Christie to

condemn the hitting of DPM
EDITOR, The Tribune.

I have waited to hear whether Mr Christie or someone in the
party would condemn the hitting of the Deputy Prime Minister
by a PLP supporter.
Mr Christie can yell and shout when he wants to, yet he has
not condemned this action. What kind of a person or leader can-
not see that it is wrong to condone such behaviour? Would he
have been silent if someone had slapped his former DPM,
Mrs Pratt? No wonder children are misbehaving in public
schools, and think it is all right.

February 23, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On my last visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros, I was appalled
to learn that a certain police officer has been driving his car
unlicensed since April 2009.
There appears to be little or no regard paid to this matter
as the officer can be seen jetting around the island in his
vehicle without a care in the world, while the jobless sacrifice
the little that they have to ensure that they operate within
the law.
How then can this officer enforce the law which he him-
self does not follow? What a sad state of affairs considering
the already shocking home invasion and robbery that dis-
rupted the peace and tranquility of that quaint island com-

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manager charged

in shares scheme
Tribune Staff Reporter

A FORMER bank manager
and a stock broker charged in
a scheme involving the pur-
chase and sale of Common-
wealth Bank shares were
arraigned in a Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Wayde Bethel, 50, of South
Ocean, appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane, along
with Hiram Cox, 42, of Coral
Heights, formerly a senior
stock broker with Colina
Financial Advisors Limited
(now CFAL).
The two men were
arraigned on charges relative
to an alleged scheme over the
sale of stock options owned
by Commonwealth Bank Lim-
ited; in breach of the Securi-
ties Industry Act.
Bethel, a former manager
of Commonwealth Bank, East
Bay Street, has been charged
alone with dealing in securi-
It is alleged that between
November 2005 and February
2006, Bethel, not being a reg-
istered stockbroker, disposed
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.

Bethel and Cox also have
been charged together with
employing a scheme in con-
nection with the purchase of
Court dockets allege that
the two men employed a
scheme in connection with the
purchase of sureties with
intent to defraud another and
knowingly used the power of
attorney which purported to
convey an authority that it did
not possess, for the purchase
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.
The two men are also
charged with directly engag-
ing in an act in connection
with the sale of securities. It is
alleged that they sold securi-
ties owned by Commonwealth
Bank Ltd while purporting
that they belonged to another.
The men have been
charged with employing a
scheme in connection with the
sale of securities and omitting
a material fact in order to mis-
lead another.
It is alleged that they failed
to tell the purchasers of the
shares that the person selling
the shares was not the owner
of said shares.
Both men pleaded not
guilty to all charges at the
Attorney Rawson McDon-
ald, who represents Bethel,
told the court that his client
had no matters pending
before the courts and is a
banker by profession although
he now works in the time
share business.
Last November, Bethel lost
his appeal against his 2006 dis-
missal from Commonwealth
Attorney Charles McKay,
who represents Cox, told the
court that his client is an
investment banker by profes-
Attorney Gavin Gaskin of

Bethel and Cox were grant-
ed bail in the sum of $50,000
each, with two sureties. The
case has been set for trial on
September 27.
The Attorney General's
Office is expected to prose-
cute the case.
Prosecutors yesterday
declined to comment on how
much money was involved in
the alleged stock dealing
scheme, but noted that it was
a significant amount.

Teen charged with

possessing weapons

and ammunition
A 18-year-old man charged
with weapons and ammuni-
tion possession was granted
bail in the sum of $10,000 yes-
terday by a Magistrate's

Treverse Robinson is
charged with being found in
possession of a black and sil-
ver .25mm Beretta handgun
and three .25 mm bullets on
February 28.
The accused, who was
arraigned on the charges
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell, pleaded not guilty.
The case has been
adjourned to September 23.

Miracle Landscaping and General Maintenance owner takes Frank Smith to task

Contractor fires broadside at

MP in 'cronyism' controversy

Tribune Staff Reporter

LOCAL contractor Clement Chea yes-
terday blasted St Thomas More MP Frank
Smith for suggesting that his company was
chosen for a government contract because
he is an "FNM crony."
The married father-of-four said he fears
his home will now attract thieves who will
assume he is the beneficiary of lucrative
government contracts instead of an entre-
preneur trying to make ends meet.
He is also worried that the reputation of
his nearly two-year-old business will be neg-
atively affected by any perceived alliance
with the FNM.
Mr Chea, owner of Miracle Landscap-
ing and General Maintenance, said: "I am
not a political operative or politically moti-
vated. Mr Smith is making claims about me
making this $377,000 like I got this kind of
money laying up in my house.
"That kind of money might have been
in my account at one point but was paid

out to various compa-
nies and more than 20
employees over two
Mr Chea denies he
,, . ever had a contract
" with the Department
of Environmental
Health, saying he was
simply one of many
contractors hired to
clean up Bain and
Grants Town from Hutchinson Street to
Hospital Lane, where he was responsible for
land clearing, the removal of derelict cars
and the demolition of abandoned homes
from November 2008 to January 2010.
The contractor also said that far from
being courted as a "crony", he was actually
"turned around" for nearly two months
before he got the job and never met or
spoke to Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux or any other ministry big-wigs
before he was employed.
This comes after Mr Smith claimed in
the House of Assembly that the Free

National Movement was awarding public
contracts to party "cronies" without public
tender. He also accused the Ministry of the
Environment of paying millions to local
companies for clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no consistent
practice of newspaper ads inviting tenders
or bids."
Mr Smith claimed that more than a mil-
lion was paid out to "FNM operatives."
Also mentioning two other businesses,
Mr Smith said contractor Clement Chea
was paid more than $377,000 for "removal
of debris."
When asked yesterday if he fears these
statements will negatively impact his busi-
ness, Mr Chea said: "I don't know if it
affects my reputation because my company
is relatively new but if I am looking to com-
pete with any major company, it makes
people wonder.
"I understand there are all kinds of
weapons you can use to fight political wars
but make sure your information is geared
towards the truth and not a statement that
makes people raise their eyebrows."


'Preserve our

health and safety'

Homeowners call for dump to be closed

Tribune Staff Reporter
smouldering city dump are call-
ing for it to be closed to save
their health and safety.
Homeowners in the govern-
ment subdivision of Jubilee
Gardens hoped the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health's sanitary landfill off
Tonique Darling-Williams
Highway would have been
closed and relocated when they
moved into the affordable
housing off Fire Trail Road.
Fires are not unusual at the
100-acre dump site and many
residents remember the March
2008 fire that ripped through
the pine forest barrier between
their homes and the dump and
spread into their backyards.
Although Minister of the
Environment Earl Deveaux has
apologised for the discomfort
and frustration caused by the
fire, mobilised $480,000 worth
of resources to extinguish it and
made plans to better manage
the dump in future, residents
want the site to be closed for
good. They see the landfill site
as a constant health and safety
hazard as well as a fire risk.
Jubilee Gardens mother of
four Maria Jenoure, 46, is con-
cerned that the toxic smoke fil-
tering into her home even when
the windows are kept closed
will harm her and her family.
"It's wrong of government to
provide homes when the dump
is right there," the Princess
Margaret Hospital laboratory
technician said. "Both political
parties said they were going to
do something about it and
somehow it's never been done.
"I think everybody's afraid

to touch it but it's a situation
we just have to deal with. It is a
concern for everybody's
Shelley Rolle, 26, said the
mound of waste that towers
over homes in Victoria Gar-
dens is more than an eye-sore.
As new developments spring
up in the area she is concerned
for the health of the burgeoning
"The area is getting so popu-
lated now and these fires keep
happening," the Atlantis cock-
tail waitress said.
"It's getting ridiculous. I am
glad to go to work just to get
out of here, and it shouldn't be
like that. We should be com-
fortable in our homes."
Others described how flies
swarm in the subdivisions dur-
ing the hot summers, and rats
scurry into the streets while the
stench of garbage hangs in the

Keturie Williams, 31, who
lives with his wife and mother
in Jubilee Gardens, said: "We
dread the summer; the flies
come in swarms and there will
be so many on the windowsill
you can hardly see the window.
"It would be best to move
that dump. I hope they can find
a solution."
His mother Pleasant Gould,
78, agreed: "They should move
it if there is somewhere else to
put it. I am sure the govern-
ment can find somewhere."
The relocation of the sani-
tary landfill site is also desired
by Jeremiah Jones whose home
backs onto the now sparse pine
forest and the dump.
"When you don't have the
smoke, you have the smell," the

Haitian/Bahamian solidarity forum
A NEW association is set
to hold a Haitian/Bahamian
solidarity forum in Nassau
The Lambi Coalition,
established by several
human rights groups and
political activists, has invit- " "
ed a number of speakers
including Erin Greene, Bet-
ty Godet, Mark Desmangles and Jah Blyden, to address the meet-
ing. The forum, entitled "What Does Haitian-Bahamian Solidar-
ity Mean to You?" will begin at 6.30pm at the Orion Academy on
East Street, next to the Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene.
Formed in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that dev-
astated Haiti on January 12, the Lambi Coalition was created to be
an African-led effort to build and nurture Haitian-Bahamian sol-
idarity. "Lambi" is the Creole word for "Conch" and has been cho-
sen given the conch shells' long-standing association with the idea
of resistance for Africans.
A statement issued by the group explained that in 1791, when a
group of enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti launched their
struggle for freedom, they blew into the conch shell to rally other
Africans to the movement. In other parts of the world, the conch
shell has been used similarly by enslaved Africans.
In the short-term, the organisation seeks to play a role in pro-
viding relief for the earthquake victims. Toward this end, Lambi is
working along with other organizations to hold a benefit concert.
Canned goods, which will be collected at the gate instead of mon-
ey, will be delivered to reputable grass-roots organizations in
Haiti, the statement said.
Lambi's long-term projects include working to bridge the gap
between the Creole and Anglophone communities in the Bahamas
by facilitating dialogue between these two groups. In addition, it
wants to work within the Creole community to raise awareness of
Bahamian immigration regulations and human rights norms; com-
bat anti-Haitian prejudices in the community, and push for
enhanced customer service and policy reform at the Department
of Immigration - including automatic Bahamian citizenship for chil-
dren born in the Bahamas. "Lambi will also work to educate the
wider community about the current political situation in Haiti
and will establish ties with grass-roots organizations in Haiti who
are working to restore democracy there," the statement said.

control the fire in this
file photo.

30-year-old barber said.
"People want to know how
long we are going to have to
wait for them to really address
the problem. Are they going to
wait until people get sick? They
need to address the problem
long term."
Mr Jones wants to see the
FNM government carry out
more efficient waste manage-
ment, recycling and convert

waste to energy. Concerned res-
idents of the area are encour-
aged to come out today at 4pm
for a meeting on Jubilee Gar-
dens Park to make government
aware of the concerns regarding
the dump site. Details of a long-
term plan for the sanitary land-
fill have been requested by The
Tribune, however, Minister
Deveaux did not respond
before press time yesterday.


II a c im figh I

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A CALL for politicians and
lawyers to lead a fight to erad-
icate lawlessness has been
issued by New Covenant Bap-
tist Church pastor Bishop
Simeon Hall.
As murder suspects are
freed on bail and lawlessness
escalates, Bishop Hall said he
predicts Bahamians gripped
by fear and despair will turn
to vigilantism.
"We make a clarion and
urgent call on all leaders
throughout the country to
move quickly to seek a
greater response to the night-
mare of crime which engulfs
our land," Bishop Hall said.
"The dark night of lawless-
ness must be met with laws
which are Draconian and
"While all sectors must par-
ticipate in this crusade, parlia-
mentarians and lawyers must
lead this fight."
Bishop Hall argues that law
must remain at the forefront
of the crusade against crime in
the country.
"The courts, lawyers, mag-
istrates and judges must do
more to protect the innocent
in our society by ridding us of
persons who are intent on
destroying the civility we once
enjoyed," he said.
"There is a powerful group
of persons who are benefiting
from crime and the change we
so badly need cannot be
expected to be initiated by
them," Bishop Hall said.



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Bahamian drug trafficking
organizations are operating in
the Bahamas. The Dominican
Republic, Haiti and Jamaica
were also on the list, which was
included in a US international
narcotics control strategy
report, released by the US State
Department on Monday.
On the extradition front, that
report said this country's "over-
burdened" legal system is to
blame for delays in trials which
provide an opportunity for
those accused of serious crimes
to be released on bail.
"Despite the Bahamian gov-
ernment's strong commitment
to joint counter-narcotics
efforts and to extradite drug
traffickers to the US, the slow
movement of extradition

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tance at a town meeting on Grand Bahama.
A large crowd turned out at the Rand
Nature Centre, where the Mellors tried to
convince people that their plans to establish
a tuna farm would be a "fantastic" venture
for the Bahamas.
However, environmentalist and conser-
vation experts and some local fishermen dis-
agree, warning that purse seining, if permit-
ted, would wipe out tuna as well as other
fish species caught as by-catch in purse seine
Pericles Maillis, Bahamas National Trust
(BNT) executive member, Dr David Philip
of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation,
and Craig Riker, President of the Grand
Bahama Scuba Dive Association, attended
the meeting.
A commercial fishing vessel has already
been acquired by the Mellors, who are active-
ly seeking investors for their venture, known
as the Bahamas Pelagic Aquaculture Tuna
Programme, which will also include the
establishment of a tuna farm.
Although the Mellors claim to have
received written support from the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources, Mr Mail-
lis said it must be a "bad mistake."
He noted that the Government has
already given its assurance to the Trust that
it will not happen.
"This purse seine offends the very soul of
the Bahamian people and the conservation

requests through the overbur-
dened Bahamian judicial sys-
tem is a source of concern,"
said the report.
"There have been credible
reports of subjects of US extra-
dition requests continuing to
participate in illegal drug smug-
gling activities while on bail
awaiting resolution of their cas-
The report added that
despite Bahamian prosecutors'
vigorous pursuit of US extra-
dition requests defendants are
able to appeal a magistrate's
decision locally and at our ulti-
mate court of appeal, the Unit-
ed Kingdom's Privy Council.
"This process often adds
years to an extradition proce-

dure," said the report, which
noted that there are currently
51 US extradition requests
pending in the Bahamas and
encouraged the government to
increase the resources and man-
power available to prosecutors,
judges and magistrates.
The report also noted that
marijuana grown on family
islands and uninhabited cays
continues to plague local
"There are no official esti-
mates of hectares of marijuana
under cultivation in the
Bahamas. (US) and host coun-
try enforcement agencies
believe Jamaican nationals are
involved in the cultivation of
marijuana on the Bahamas'

Large scale tuna fishing
ethic that we have been working to achieve,
with the support of the Government all these
years," Mr Maillis said.
"Whoever they have spoken with has
made a bad mistake in not coming to the
Trust, and bringing this out in the open."
Mr Maillis said the Trust is opposed to
mass fishing methods such as purse seine
He noted that the sports fishing and sec-
ond home tourism sector, which pumps mil-
lions into the Bahamian economy every year,
would be severely impacted.
"Yes, they take some fish, but that is a
drop in the bucket compared to purse seine
which is going to take 40,000 pounds at a
"That is more than all the recreational
tuna caught in the Bahamas in one haul, we
don't want that," he said.
David Mellor said their venture will create
many jobs, attract university researchers and
scientists, and provide all Bahamians access
to fresh tuna, which has never been done.
"Tuna is a natural resource that is right off-
shore that we have not exploited. If we do it
correctly, Tuna Aquaculture is a win, win for
the Bahamas.
Tuna Aquaculture is a means to increase
tuna industry efficiency while reducing tuna
species exploitation.
Mr Mellor claims the yellow fin tuna can-

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remote islands and cays, how-
ever only a fraction of the mar-
ijuana seizures in 2009 were in
plant form. Most marijuana
loads were found concealed
aboard smuggling vessels or
stashed on sparsely populated
In terms of drug trafficking,
the report said that cocaine
enters the Bahamas through go-
fast boats, small commercial
freighters or small planes from
Jamaica, Hispaniola and
US law enforcement say
sport fishing boats and pleasure
craft then transport this cocaine
from the Bahamas to Florida,
"blending into the legitimate
vessel traffic that moves daily
between these locations."
US officials estimates that
this accounts for five per cent of

not be over-fished. "They are multiple
spawners, spawning 46 times a year," he
He said they will take their vessels some
five to 25 miles off shore and drop purse
seine in 300ft of water. The cages that will be
used in the operation are able to withstand
Category 5 hurricane conditions.
Mr Mellor said they want to educate all
Bahamians about their Pelagic Aquaculture
Tuna Programme.
"We came into what we knew was going to
be a hostile crowd and looking around it is
mainly the 'Conchy Joes,' the white Bahami-
ans, but we want to educate all Bahamians
and once we educate all Bahamians we
believe they will be on our side," he said.
"We honestly believe this is going to be
fantastic for the Bahamas. We should not
shut this down. We have spoken with the
government but it has not been passed, it is
being proposed and the government was
misinformed about what is going on, and
now they are being informed and they are
looking at the whole subject of Aquaculture
in a new light. It will be a wait and see.
"As Bahamians we truly believe in this
dream. Yes, it is ambitious, but it will happen
here in the Bahamas and we are hoping it
will happen in the near future," he said.
Although there were a few supporters,
the overwhelming majority of persons were
opposed to the venture. Several Bahamian
fishermen were opposed to it.

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the cocaine flow into America.
Larger boats transport mari-
juana from Jamaica into the
Bahamas and then into the US,
in a similar manner as cocaine,
the report said.
The report noted that the
Bahamian authorities seized
1,823 metric tons of cocaine and
almost 11 metric tons of mari-
juana from January to October,
2009. The Drug Enforcement

Unit (DEU) arrested over
1,000 persons on related
offences and seized more than
$4 million in cash.
From January to October
2009, the Barack Obama
administration and Bahamian
law enforcement assets inter-
dicted seven vessels and dis-
rupted many attempts to smug-
gle illicit drugs into the
Bahamas, said the report.

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However, according to Mr McCartney, he has
always supported the FNM's candidate in Eliza-
beth and any suggestion otherwise is completely
ridiculous. Further to that, he added that if he
did not support Dr Sands he would not have cam-
paigned for him, and the suggestion that he was -
not "working hard enough" is nothing more than
a vicious lie.
"I said publicly on radio my support for Dr
Sands. I said that Dr Sands is the best man for the
job. My record will speak for itself. You can ask
people who campaigned with me," he said.
To Mr McCartney's credit, the MP did note in
his resignation letter that he had withheld making this announce-
ment until after the by-election so that it would not hurt the party's
chances in Elizabeth.
Reiterating this point, the Bamboo Town MP said he could
not possibly be blamed for what happened in Elizabeth as all indi-
cators were revealing that the election was going to be a "close
In fact, other sources within the party have suggested that it was
the Prime Minister's change in Immigration policy following the
earthquake in Haiti that caused the party a number of voters who
decided not to show up at the polls.
However, Mr McCartney would not respond to this aspect and
maintained that he will be focusing his attention on the affairs of his
constituency at this time.
He did say, however, that he remains of the view that if he
were to make a push for the leadership of the FNM at some later
date, his resignation from the Cabinet of the Bahamas would not
be held against him.
"I acted on my personal convictions. And when you act on that
you are doing what is right. And when you are doing what is right,
how can that hurt you?
"I have not resigned from the party or from my constituency. I
intend now to even speak more on other national issues without
Cabinet collective responsibility," he said.
As such, the MP said that he will continue to champion the
cause of the Bahamian people at large on national issues which will
range from Immigration to crime, to land security and border

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Freeport man charged with assault, causing damage and harm sentenced to three years

Tribune Freeport Reporter

A FREEPORT man was sen-
tenced to three years in prison after
being convicted of various offences
in the Magistrate's Court.

Odrick Bartlett, 23, appeared in
Court One before Magistrate Deb-
bye Ferguson on Monday on charges
of assault with a dangerous instru-
ment, causing damage and causing
harm in relation to a complaint made
on January 26, 2010.
Bartlett is accused of causing harm

to the complainant and causing dam-
age to the person's vehicle.
He pleaded guilty to the charges
and was convicted and sentenced to
one year on each count to run con-
In his second arraignment, Bartlett
appeared in Court 2 before Magis-

trate Andrew Forbes, where he
pleaded guilty to the charges of caus-
ing harm, assault with a deadly
instrument, and threats of death.
It was alleged that he caused harm
to a 29-year-old man of Beacons-
field on February 26, 2010. He was
sentenced to six months in prison.

It is further alleged that he assault-
ed and made threats of death to a 59-
year-old woman of Sierra Leon Dri-
ve on January 29, 2010. He was sen-
tenced to two years in prison for the
All of the sentences are to run

IDB opens business competition

to Bahamas and wider Caribbean

THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation
has encouraged Bahamians to advance
their business ideas through an Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank (IDB) initiative
designed to empower lower-income com-
munities throughout the Caribbean.
The initiative is a business plan compe-
tition that specifically looks to directly ben-
efit lower income communities through
linkages with the tourism sector.
Individuals in the Bahamas and other
Caribbean countries are being asked to
send executive summaries for businesses
to the Opportunities for the Majority Office
of the IDB.
The best entries will be selected for
development into business plans, which

will be evaluated to find the competition's
winner. "The objective of the competition
is to create mutually beneficial links
between the local economy and the tourism
sector through innovative business models
that include the majority (low income com-
munities) as suppliers and distributors in
the value chains of companies engaged in
tourism so that a larger part of the wealth
generated directly benefits the community,"
said the competition invitation from the
The invitation also set out the competi-
tion deadlines:
April 9, 2010 - Deadline for submitting a
three-page executive summary of entrant's
project and a one-page company outline.

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April 12 - 24 - A panel of judges selects
the 10 most promising projects for further
development. May 3 - June 25 - Chosen
applicants continue to develop their exec-
utive summaries into business plans. Prior
to this, they will attend a workshop that
will give additional instructions.
July 23 - Finalists present their business
plans to a panel of independent judges and
up to three companies awarded consultan-
cy services.
The competition is open to the Bahamas,
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago. Entries should be
sent in PDF format to
Further information may be obtained at

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Dr Sparkman Ferguson
donates 17-piece band
to St John's College
P. ' ST John's College school
., band was the beneficiary of
� ' the proceeds from the annu-
al Epiphany Organ Recital
given by Dr Sparkman Fer-
guson at Christ Church
Cathedral. The 60-minute
organ recital brought out an
audience of 300.
The presentation of the
V 17 new instruments took
place on last Thursday fol-
lowing the school's morning
mass. The school's principal
Valencia Saunders and
music teacher Cathy Jir-
jahlke thanked Dr Ferguson
for the new instruments and
vowed to create a solid
school band.


THE Bahamas Kennel Club
is hosting free handling classes
for dogs and their owners on
March 7 and 14 at the Botanical
Gardens at 3pm ahead of its
annual All Breed and Obedi-
ence Dog Show.
The show, scheduled for the
weekend of March 20 at the
same venue, will offer specta-
tors a chance to meet and learn
about a variety of breed dogs.
One of the breeds that will
be participating in the show this
year will be the Golden
The Golden Retriever, with
its intelligence and eager to
please attitude, is one of the
most popular breeds in the
United States according to
American Kennel Club (AKC)
registration statistics. The work-

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ing ability that has made the
Golden Retriever such a use-
ful hunting companion also
makes him an ideal guide, assis-
tance and search and rescue
The golden-coloured coat is
the hallmark of this versatile
breed, and can range from light
to dark gold.
The Golden Retriever orig-
inated in the Scottish Highlands
in the late 1800s and was used
predominantly for hunting.
The breed was developed by
Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal
was to create a superb retriever
suited to the Scottish climate,
terrain and available game.

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found on his estate. Later inte-
grations of Irish Setter, Blood-
hound, and more Tweed Water
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we know today.
This active and energetic
sporting breed can adapt to
many different living situations
but requires daily exercise. His
water-repellent double-coat
sheds seasonally and needs reg-
ular brushing.
With his friendly tempera-
ment and striking golden
colour, this breed is both beau-
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Rising sea levels and their

threat to our coastline

ARGUABLY, our most
valuable national asset is the
shoreline - the transition zone
between land and sea that sur-
rounds our islands. So we
should all be acutely aware of
what is happening to the coast
that could affect our invest-
ments and quality of life.
Over the millennia, shore-
lines have advanced and
retreated as sea levels rose or
fell over a range of some 500
feet. The difference today is
that there are now millions of
people living on densely devel-
oped shorelines around the
world, so even a relatively small
change in sea level can have a
big impact.
Sea levels have been rising
since the end of the last ice age,
about 10,000 years ago. Mea-
surements from around the
world show a rise of almost 20
centimeters since 1880 - about
eight inches - and if this grad-
ual pace continues, we can
expect a rise of another foot
above current sea level by the
end of this century.
That's right in the middle of
the range projected by the
UN's Intergovernmental Pan-
el on Climate Change (IPCC)
in 2007. But unfortunately, the
rise won't be constant. In fact,
scientists say the rate of
increase is accelerating as the
world gets warmer, and they
are not sure how long the ice
sheets on land will survive.
In 2007 the IPCC did not
factor melting ice sheets into
their projections. Their report
provided a conservative fore-
cast for sea level rise from ther-
mal expansion of the oceans

and from the melting of moun-
tain glaciers, but didn't assign
numbers to the contribution
from melting ice sheets because
of the uncertainties involved.
In the last century, sea level
rise was mostly due to thermal
expansion (if you heat 50 gal-
lons of water to 100 degrees
Fahrenheit you will have rough-
ly 51 gallons). But in recent
years, scientists have deter-
mined that the Greenland ice
sheet and the Arctic Ocean
pack ice are rapidly falling
apart. And the latest studies
show that the West Antarctica
ice sheet is also melting.
In fact, planners in Rhode
Island and Miami-Dade Coun-
ty have concluded that a mini-
mum of a three- to five-foot sea
level rise should be anticipat-
ed by 2100. A California report
assumes a possible 4.6-foot rise
by 2100, while the Dutch
assume a 2.5-foot rise by 2050
in the design of their tidal gates.
In the Bahamas, a three-foot
rise would affect 11 per cent of
our land area, without taking
account of storm surges. And
the World Bank says this would
lead to a 5 per cent loss in
According to Dr Orrin
Pilkey, professor emeritus at
Duke University in North Car-
olina, "A number of studies

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examining recent ice sheet
dynamics have suggested that
an increase of seven feet or
more is not only possible, but
likely. Certainly, no one should
be expecting less than a three-
foot rise in sea level this centu-
Pilkey is one of the world's
leading coastal geologists,
famous for his battles with the
US Army Corps of Engineers.
His recently published book,
The Rising Sea, co-written with
Rob Young, director of the
Programme for the Study of
Developed Shorelines, argues
that without thoughtful plan-
ning, the economic and human
consequences of sea level rise
will be disastrous.
"Governments and coastal
managers should assume the
inevitability of a seven-foot rise
in sea level," Pilkey says. "This
number is not a prediction. But
we believe that seven feet is the
most prudent, conservative
long-term planning guideline
for coastal cities and commu-
nities, especially for the siting of
major infrastructure."
He is convinced that the
continued development of
many low-lying coastal areas -
including much of the US east
coast - is foolhardy and irre-
sponsible. In our region, Miami
and New Orleans will be heav-


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ily impacted by sea level rise,
and it is clear that we face hard
and controversial choices,
including abandoning storm-
damaged property, changing
where and how we build, and
setting coastal management
policies that make sense.
This theme was taken up
recently by local coastal expert
Neil Sealey during a public
meeting at the Bahamas
National Trust. Sealey is a for-
mer lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas who has written
several textbooks on regional
geography. His talk focused on
climate change and beach ero-
sion in the Bahamas.
"Sea level rise by itself
won't destroy our beaches," he
said. "They simply retreat and
build up in a new position. The
problem arises when something
is done to the beach to stop it
adjusting. And our low-lying
land already floods during
storms, so we don't have to wait
for sea level rise to make the
right decisions."
Apart from their commer-
cial value (to tourism and fish-
eries), beaches and mangroves
protect the coast from flooding
and storm damage, so we
should do everything possible
to preserve them. But casuari-
nas, seawalls, roads and other
structures along the shore pro-
mote erosion and should be
removed wherever possible,
Sealey said.
"Seawalls scour beaches and
eventually get undermined, so
they have to be rebuilt at more
cost," he said. "Beach replen-
ishment is similarly costly and
temporary. If we study the con-

sequences of shoreline infra-
structure, the clear lesson is -
don't build along the shore.
This is a critical problem for
the Bahamas. We need to
restore dunes and wetlands,
create buffer zones along the
coast, remove invasives and
monitor developments as they
He called for the Bahamas
to set up a regime to govern
shoreline conservation and
development throughout the
islands as Barbados did some
15 years ago. And the new
Planning and Subdivision Bill
that is expected to become law
this summer does contain some
protections along these lines.
Specifically, it prohibits con-
struction within "significant
wildlife habitat, wetland, wood-
land or area of natural or sci-
entific interest; significant cor-
ridor, coastline or shoreline of
the ocean or a lake; or signifi-
cant natural corridor, feature
or area." It also designates
areas that should not be devel-
oped, for reasons of "flooding,
erosion, subsidence, instability,
conservation or other environ-
mental considerations."
But in the Bahamas, the
consequences of sea level rise
extend far beyond the shore
and are a complex problem,
especially where infrastructure
is concerned.
For example, the Lynden
Pindling airport now being
redeveloped at great expense
will flood as the water table ris-
es in response to higher sea lev-
el. The College of the Bahamas
in Oakes Field is barely a foot
above sea level and already
floods when it rains, so this will
only get worse. In fact, experts
say that inland inundation and
salinisation will become huge
issues because our groundwater
is tidal and directly linked to
sea level.
And of course, these fore-
casts do not take account of
storm surges or other coastal
effects. So they give only a par-
tial picture of vulnerability.
The message for decision mak-
ers is that sea level rise is real
and will only get worse.
The more pessimistic fore-
casts point out that melting of
the West Antarctica ice sheet
will raise sea level by 16 feet,
while melting of the Greenland
ice sheet will add another 20
The question is, how long
will it take for this to happen? If
global warming continues
unabated, scientists fear we
could reach a tipping point that
would lead to a rapid loss of
The ramifications of a major
sea level rise are massive. Agri-

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culture will be disrupted, water
supplies will turn salty, storms
and flood waters will reach fur-
ther inland, governments will
be disrupted and millions of
environmental refugees will be
created. For example, 15 mil-
lion people live at or below
three feet elevation in
Bangladesh alone.
But even if we ignore such
catastrophic predictions,
Bahamians will undoubtedly
feel the effects of sea level rise
in the next decades. According
to Pilkey, (writing for an Amer-
ican audience) we should pro-
hibit the construction of high-
rises and major infrastructure
in vulnerable areas. And we
should seek to relocate dam-
aged buildings and infrastruc-
ture away from these shorelines
rather than rebuilding in the
same place.
You may not know it, but
the Bahamas does have a
national climate change policy
which acknowledges our vul-
nerabilities (it was formulated
in 2005 and is available on the
BEST Commission website).
But it seems that this recogni-
tion is only just beginning to
percolate through the labyrinth
of government - otherwise,
why would we keep investing
millions to rebuild seawalls
around the country, among oth-
er contradictory practices.
Implementation of this poli-
cy rests heavily on the devel-
opment of a national land use
plan, something which is pre-
scribed by the new Planning
and Subdivision Bill.
The policy calls for a coastal
zone management authority,
adaptation strategies for agri-
culture, promotion of energy
efficiency, alternative fuels and
green vehicles, updating build-
ing codes and planning guide-
lines, working with insurers on
risk management, protecting
freshwater resources, forests
and other vital ecosystems, and
educating the public.
Interestingly, the policy
makes some of the same rec-
ommendations that Professor
Pilkey makes-we should
assess the feasibility of relocat-
ing vulnerable settlements and
infrastructure and prevent such
development in the future.
Meanwhile, Philip Weech, of
the BEST Commission, and
Arthur Rolle, of the Met
Office, are developing comput-
er models to better define the
impacts we can expect from sea
level rise and climate change.

What do you think?
Send comments to
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ment conducted to assess the impact of
the harbour dredging and Arawak Cay
The environmental review conclud-
ed Saunders Beach would not be neg-
atively impacted by the development
work, although there would be slight
alterations to tidal flows and wave
directions and direct loss of seagrasses,
sponges and small corals.
"Even though we warned that the
beach would slowly disappear, even
we are surprised at the deterioration in
six short months. The beach has erod-
ed three to four feet in certain areas
and rocks are now exposed where
there was sand a few months ago,"
said Jerome Fitzgerald, committee
chairman, at a press conference yes-
Mr Fitzgerald called for the resig-
nation of the Minister, who he said
has lost credibility over his handling of
the harbour dredging and container
port relocation. He said Saunders
Beach has been the best quality beach
for "regular Bahamians" for genera-
tions, based on the quality of sand and
Minister Deveaux said the cover-
age of Mr Fitzgerald's public relations

Beach erosion

effort equates to an exercise in pan-
dering to the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty senator's ego. He claims Mr
Frtizgerald has a political agenda, as he
has publicly declared his ambition to
contest the member of parliament seat
for Marathon, currently occupied by
Mr Deveaux, in the next general elec-
"Mr Frtizgerald will have to find me
on the field of battle in Marathon to
win. I am going to concede the weath-
er has had an impact on the contour of
the beach and if you wait a few weeks
the same weather wave action will
bring the sand back," said Mr
Deveaux, who visited the beach yes-
"The weather this year has been the
worst since the sixties, and the weath-
er this last couple of weeks has been
particularly bad. It has had a significant
impact on the entire northern shore
of the Bahamas. It has nothing to do
with Arawak Cay. It has to do with
long sustained wave action and the
relentless pounding of the sea," said
Mr Deveaux, who pointed out Cab-
bage Beach, Jaws Beach, Caves Beach,
and several other beaches have suf-

SENATOR AND CHAIRMAN of the Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas
for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the erosion of the beach to com-
mittee members Ryan Pinder and Ricardo Smith.

fered similar effects.
Saunders Beach has eroded at the
most western end almost to the point of
fully exposing the break wall, at some
points. Withering roots from the casua-
rina trees, which formerly lined the
beach, can be seen intertwined with
the last mounds of sand. Rusted metal,
formerly buried beneath up to three

feet of sand are now exposed on the
shore line.
"Our purpose today is not to talk
about the port being moved to Arawak
Cay or that it should be at Southwest
New Providence. This is not political as
there is sufficient blame to be cast in
both directions. This is a plea, a cry
for help to save and preserve these

beaches. It is also, to make the public
aware and to demand that the govern-
ment call the experts to attend to both
beaches to limit or abate this erosion,"
said Paul Moss, who is also a commit-
tee member.
The Minister indicated the relent-
less wave activity that impacted Saun-
ders Beach, also resulted in the destruc-
tion of the break wall on the shore of
the Western Esplanade. He said a com-
pany was hired to repair the wall, but
was unable to pour concrete up to
three weeks into the contract, because
of poor weather conditions.
"The only permanent solution to
that kind of natural occurrence is to
put whale tales in the water and have
constant human interaction. Coastal
engineers generally design impedi-
ments to shape the waves as they come
to the shore and direct the sand and
coastal activity to form the beach in a
particular direction. This can be com-
plemented with dune stabilisation and
the proper planting of vegetation like
sea grapes, button wood, sea purslane,
sea oats and railroad vine," said the
Once the inland construction is com-
pleted, the sand dune stabilisation
activity will commence with the plant-
ing of supportive vegetation, according
to the Minister.

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macists say they have been
waiting on the necessary infor-
mation to determine whether
the plan makes sound business
The number of actual con-
tracts the NIB will secure with
private pharmacies is still up in
the air, but there may be hope
in sight. The draft contract,
freshly vetted by the attorney
general's office, was circulated
to the BPA yesterday.
Although the file format in
which it was received was not
conducive to proper editing,
according to the BPA, it was a
step forward in the process.
They requested a more user
friendly version to distribute to
Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis had a meeting sched-
uled with the BPA yesterday,
but he had to cancel due to an
infirmity. However, it was
rescheduled for today. The
BPA is waiting for a meeting
to be called with the NIB. They
plan to meet next week with
members and open an invita-
tion to the NIB.
"The NIB is producing a
business plan. It is a new way of
doing business for the pharma-
cies. Every individual business
person in the association will
make a business decision about
whether the plan works for
them and whether they want to
sign on. At the end of the day it
is the individual business's mon-
ey. It is a legal arrangement
with the NIB," said Dr Marvin
Smith, president of the
Bahamas Pharmacy Associa-
tion (BPA).
According to Mr Smith, the
first time the BPA was
approached as a body to review
the NIB's plan was January 14.
This was over one week after a
public relations firm, The

Counsellors Limited, was con-
tracted to start marketing the
This may not have been the
most prudent move, according
to some pharmacists.
A pharmacist, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said
the publicity campaign was suc-
cessful to the point that cus-
tomers at private pharmacies
started to ask questions, but a
bit premature, because phar-
macy owners had no answers.
Customers are reportedly con-
fused that the pharmacies know
little of the specific details.
"It is aggravating. It is not so
much we want to rush the NIB,
we want the information when
it is ready, but there is sort of
this dichotomy that these two
actions are diametrically
opposed to each other. You are
saying to major stakeholders
we don't have the information,
but everything in the public, the
media is we are ready, we are
ready, we are ready," said Mr
NIB Director Algernon
Cargill disputes ever saying the
plan was ready to go. He said
the NIB worked around the
clock to get the necessary and
requested information together
for pharmacists.
"Whether they say it directly,
it is implied. If they are on
radio, TV and newspaper all
the time, the implication is we
are ready. You don't have to
come out and say we are ready.
If you are out there saying, it is
coming, it is coming, we are
prepared, then (the public) will
assume we are ready," said Mr
Mr Cargill said the NIB
recognizes information for the
pharmacists has been delayed,
however it was not because

they were hiding the informa-
tion or not being forthcoming;
the information simply was not
ready up until this point.
"I think we should also
recognize the information we
have now developed has
required countless hours to pre-
pare. Now that we have put this
effort in, we feel now we can
have a productive meeting," he
The NIB maintains public
relations has focused on phase
one of the process, which is
beneficiary registration. Over
35,000 subscribers are being
registered, while there are less
than 100 pharmacies to be reg-
"Beneficiary registration will
take several weeks and months
of work. It makes good busi-
ness sense to start beneficiary
registration as soon as possible.
That is called scheduling," said
Mr Cargill.
Information disclosed about
the plan details the process for
beneficiaries. The plan will
allow NIB pensioners, invalids,
and Bahamians pursuing full-
time education under 25 years
old, to access free or discounted
medication for up to 11 differ-
ent chronic diseases by using a
NIB issued swipe card for use
in public and private pharma-
"To me, it is impossible to
have the customers enrolled if

you have nowhere for them to
go," said Mr Smith speaking
about the fact that no pharma-
cies have signed on to the plan
as yet, although several have
indicated to the NIB their
intention to be involved.
He said there may be more
beneficiaries to pharmacists,
but the process involved in get-
ting pharmacies up to speed is
much more extensive. He said
pharmacies have to deal with
issues related to an intake of
new stock, policies relating to
reimbursement of expired

stock, information technology
infrastructure to operate the
new swipe cards, space avail-
ability, maintaining separate
paper work for government and
NIB plan holders and non plan
holders, additional security for
staff to accommodate the
increase in customers.
"There is nothing in the new
regulations that will mandate
the private pharmacies to sign
on. It is entirely voluntary. We
will certainly encourage them
to join the plan because the
benefits they will accrue are

great from the increased num-
ber of patrons who would nor-
mally patronise the clinics or
public hospital pharmacy sys-
tem," said Mr Cargill.
"The plan will go through
with or without the support of
the majority of private phar-
macies. We would want the
majority to participate but not
everyone will sign on. It will be
a lot more successful if we have
the majority of pharmacies to
be involved," he said.

'I want to run for FNM'

FROM page one

However, despite this, the MP maintains that he came into
Bamboo Town as and FNM and he will leave Bamboo Town as an
Having resigned from his Cabinet post over the weekend, Mr
McCartney said that he will now focus his time on his family and
the constituency of Bamboo Town, giving both the "representation
and support they need and deserve at this time."
"My strengths will be invested in making them stronger. My
energy and ambition will hopefully lead to greater opportunities for
them. There have indeed been some very thrilling high points
along the way, one of which I am very proud to share with you
today. My wife Lisa, my daughters Kasia and Tai and I have wel-
comed a new member to our family, Lawrence Khail McCartney.
"The birth of each of our children has provided us unbounded
joy and emotion and a welcome reminder that life is more about the
moments than the occasions, and success in life depends on how
well you are able to determine and manage the order of your pri-
orities - by the acceleration of some, the abeyance of others and
the acceptance that in life nothing comes before its time," he said.

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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 cause!! We had
a ball and can't stop talking about
how well it was done! was
truly an inspiring time, what a
great experience!"





Annual luncheon

for Retired Police

Officers Association

SCORES of courageous men and women
who dedicated years of service to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force gathered to celebrate
with their former colleagues at the Retired
Police Officers Association's annual lun-
Held at the hall of Christ the King Church
in Ridgeland Park West, the event honoured
retired officers for their tremendous service
to the country, treating them to a generous

lunch and entertainment.
Association President Grafton Ifill hosted
the event.
The association, formed in 2004, was
established under RBPF retired Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson.
The group advocates for benefits for
retired officers including discounts at local
stores and increased national insurance ben-


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Police unveil three

new patrol cars

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT Tommy LaRoda, along with mobile patrol officers, gives a demonstra-
tion on the upgraded features of three new patrol cars. The cars, worth a little over $50,000 each, are
the first set of a fleet which the police have ordered and plan to distribute throughout the islands.

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Tickets are available at Bahamasair or your local travel agency.
Bahamasair 242-377-55051 Family Island Toll Free 1-242-300-8359

COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ELLISON GREENSLADE and Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames dis-
cuss the increased benefits of the new police vehicles.

ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER Hulan Hanna introduces the parents of Austin Ta-Shawn Goodman - a phys-
ically disabled 10-year-old boy. Mr Hanna highlighted the child's respect and appreciation for the police
force, as well as his fascination with patrol cars, during the ceremony to commission the new vehicles.
Austin died February 10th due to cardio-respiratory failure. Mr Hanna said the young boy's positive and
'god-fearing' demeanor - despite the numerous physical complications he faced in his life - inspired all those
around him.

Haiti judge not ready to

release two US missionaries

TWO Americans still
jailed on kidnapping charges
in Haiti will have to wait for
their freedom. The judge
says he's not ready to
release his decision after
holding a final hearing,
according to Associated

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil
tells The Associated Press
he is consulting with prose-
cutors on the charges against
Laura Silsby and Charisa
Saint-Vil earlier said he
would probably order their
release after Tuesday's hear-
The two missionaries

seemed in good spirits
before they were taken back
to jail. They were visited by
U.S. Embassy personnel.
Saint-Vil previously freed
eight other Americans
detained with the pair for
trying to take 33 children
out of Haiti without proper
papers after the country's
devastating earthquake.




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Tribune Features Writer

Hank Franks' Fun
House, the newest spot
for tasty grilled home-
made hot dogs, is located in
the peaceful serene vicinity
of Wilton Street off Mount
Royal Avenue.
It's a location one may miss if
not in the know, but a spot you're
sure to return to again and again
once you've had just one bite of
their delicious hot dogs.

Variety on a bun is what Hank
Franks' offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar cheese
and saut6ed onions, to the unusual
but delicious cole slaw hot dog.
Or try another interesting idea-
the breakfast hot dog made with
golden fried eggs.
To accompany your hot dogs, the
staff literally will crank out home-
made French fries, using a potato
slicer right in front of your eyes.
When Craig Ferguson, owner of
Hank Franks' Fun House decided
to open this snack spot he aimed
for something brand new and fresh.

VARIETY on a bun is what Hank
Franks' offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar
cheese and sauteed onions, to
the unusual but delicious cole
slaw hot dog.

He did not just want to open a hot
dog diner, he wanted a spot that
will keep patrons coming back.
"The fact that we are at a sta-
tioned location makes it easier for
people to patronise the diner," he
What sets Hank Franks' apart
from the other hot dog snack spots
is the fact that their hot dogs are
grilled and their variety of top-
"We are the only spot that serves
grilled hot dogs and our bread is
ordered fresh everyday," he said.
"One can also get a good deal
with us. You can get a hot dog with
fries and drink for a reasonable
price," he added.
Nothing beats a hot dog when it
comes to a quick lunch.
"If a person has only half an
hour for lunch, the only amount
of time that we need is five min-
utes. And when you think about
it one gets value for their meal at
Hank Franks'," Mr Ferguson told
Tribune Taste.
Hank Franks opened in Janu-
ary and has enjoyed an excellent
reception from the community.
"Every month is much better
than the previous. As people
become familiar with Hank
Franks' they begin to come to our
spot more often. And everyone
who has had Hank Franks' hot dog
shares the experience with others,"
he said.
As their business continue to
grows, Mr Ferguson said that they
intend to branch off, opening
another location for the diner.
"We want a much more central
location so that we can make Hank
Franks' known to all," he said.

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Bahamian and Haitian
artists come together to
raise money for the dam-
aged orphanages in Haiti at
an art exhibit, Thursday,
March 4, at 5.30pm-O10pm
at the Nassau Yacht Club.
Contact Donna Knowles
at: 393 5132.

The Rotary Club of Nassau
hosts a 4 mile bike/6.6 run
biathlon, Saturday, March
6, 7am at Goodman's Bay.
Registration begins
6.30am. Enter a two-person
team with one biker and
one runner, do both seg-
ments, or just walk. This
event also includes a health
booth and souse out. All
proceeds in aid of Rotary
Club charities. See
Popop Studios began their
first session of art classes,
last Monday, March 1-end-
ing March 27, 2010. Class-
es in art therapy, figure
painting, and workshops in
sculpture and photogra-
phy-taking, and jewelry-
making classes are avail-
able. The second cycle of
courses start on the first
Saturday after the Easter
Mark Redgrave, Katrina
Cartwright, Nadia Camp-
bell, Heino Schmid, and
Duke Wells are facilitators
of the classes at Popop Stu-
dios Center for the Visual
Arts. Cost is $150. Space
limited. T: 322-7834. See

This program, started
March 1, runs through
April 5, and gives young
persons an in-depth look at
business ownership. For six
consecutive Mondays,
6:30pm-9pm at Planet Play,
attendees enjoy a night
jam-packed with activities,
money lessons, games,
competitions and special
lectures. Cost: $260/per
teen. T: 376-9449. E:
FAIR 2010
The Bahamas Red Cross
Society holds its annual
fair, Saturday, March 6 @
12 pm in the Lower Gar-
dens, Government House
Grounds. Enjoy a fun-filled
day of family entertain-
ment complete with pop-
corn, conch fritters, hoopla,
hamburgers, bingo, disco,
game and so much more!
Tickets at the gates.



The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Mario's Bowling

offers family fun

Tribune Features Reporter

W HEN Yasmine John-
son and Greg
Wilkinson step into
the lobby of their workplace
each morning, they often con-
sider how they can take Mari-
o's Entertainment and Bowling
Palace to the next level, main-
taining its wow factor and cut-
ting edge appeal.
The $10 million bowling facility,
next to Robin Hood in the Summer
Winds Plaza, is an entertainment cen-
tre catering to toddlers, teenyboppers,
grownups, church goers and senior cit-
izens, that stirs up the feeling of being
in a Las Vegas hotel, Chuck E'
Cheese, and Dave & Busters all at

A LONGVIEW of the 50 Ultra-Modern Bowling Lanes at Mario's Bowling and
Entertainment Palace.

To have a facility of its kind, on par
with similar ones in the United States
is "phenomenal," a representative
from the American Bowling Associa-
tion told executives of Mario's Bowl-
ing last month.
Mario's exceeded this man's expec-
tations, as he said it had c nugh val-
ue to surpass most of its world class
counterparts in elegance and appear-
To Yasmine Johnson, daughter of
Leslie Miller, and director of market-
ing and public relations, this is good
news, and enough reason why "we
should be able to take it to another
And the brainchild behind the
design for the entertainment facility
agrees. Greg Wilkinson said,"We
wanted to create an environment
where people know that they are com-
ing to a nice place. People are con-
trolled in the environment that they
are placed in."
A panoramic view of Mario's Bowl-
ing and Entertainment Palace at the
entrance is enough to take your breath
away. The colors are intentionally
calming and soothing to the mind, said
Mr Wilkinson. It represents some-
thing of an art deco feel, very modern
and posh.
US Bowling who designs the lanes
for the Lucky Strike Lanes franchise in
the United States outfitted Mario's
main attraction, 50 bowling lanes.
There are 26 lanes on one side, and 24

SEE page 11

Avante Guarden rocks the Bahamian music scene

Tribune Features Writer

THE diversity of the music industry
in the Bahamas is present in a new
local band "Avante Guarden", whose
music is not the upbeat rhythms of
reggae, or the soothing timbre of
rhythm and blues, but instead is the
rotund drumming, heavy guitar riffs,
and lush vocals of hard rock.
As the new Bahamian hard rock
band, the five member group is offi-
cially introducing themselves and their
music to the local audience.
Each member of AG completes the
puzzle, bringing together every piece
necessary for a successful emergence.
Their music is not the usual fare
played on the local radio stations, it's
different and that is what Avante
Guarden exemplifies.
Representing their breakaway from
music typically heard by Bahamian
listeners is "Almost Home", the
band's first album expected to debut
this month.
There are a total of nine tracks on
the album. And amongst the ringing
melodies lies beautiful passages
birthed from the mind and spoken
from the heart.
Their music is beyond the surface,
and while there are songs that one can
groove to, their songs are thought pro-
voking and heartfelt.
"This is what AG is about, making
beautiful music, music that one can
relate to. We try to make the best
music that we can," Vallon Thomp-
son guitarist and song writer for
Avante Guarden told Tribune Enter-

All of the songs on the album are
original compositions by the band.
The majority of the songs on
"Almost Home" were written by Val-
lon. Lead singer Jaynedoh wrote one
of the peices.
"Vallon is so good at what he does.
His lyrics are just beautiful because
he takes it to another level. He's has
some of the best work," Jaynedoh
"Brave and New" is one of the
songs on the album that typifies a
thoughtful piece of work and is a trib-
ute to human beingnesss" Vallon said.
"This song is about recognizing that
even though we as human beings are
different, we are still the same. Show
me the difference within us and I can
show you a thousand things the same.
It's more of breaking down those bar-
riers that hinder us from being the
people that we are when no one is
looking," he explained.
Their music is already beginning to
reach many, since they are slowly
building a supportive fan base here in
the Bahamas.
" We have a number of AG sup-
porters, and our fan base is continuing
to grow. There are some hard-core
rappers who are fans of our band.
They are at almost every one of our
performances," Jaynedoh said.
And even thought their growing fan
base is an encouragement, both Vallon
and Jaynedoh admit that it is difficult
to be an emerging hard rock band in
the Bahamas.
And after they have left their
imprints on the music industry in the
Bahamas, they are setting their sights
on the international music world.
"We want to take our music to the

world. But before we do that we want
to gain the respect of our fellow
Bahamians," Vallon said.
It took a while for Avante Guarden
to fully establish themselves as a hard
rock band, since it was a hassle finding
the right person with the right voice.
Once Vallon, who in fact started
the band, found those pieces, he knew
Avante Guarden would be a force to
be reckoned with in the music indus-
"There were many experimental
compositions to fine tune the sound of
AG and there were many singers. AG
went through about no less than six
vocalists in its initial stages seeking

the right voice for the it's particular
style," Vallon said.
Later he met Jaynedoh who faced a
similar problem.
" She had been searching for some-
one who was good at producing rock
music and I was looking for someone
who could sing the music," he said.
They came together with three oth-
er band members Ashley Algreen the
lead guitarist, Gary Francis, bass gui-
tarist, and Bailey the drummer to form
an electrifying assembly
This is just the beginning for this
hard rock band. People can expect to
see much more of Avante Guarden
in the near future.

Mr J on the money we want i

Tribune Features Writer

LOCAL Bahamian artists are
spreading their wings, and making
their imprints on the international
music scene. And Bahamian Reggae
artist Gesner "Mr J" Dalmond is no
different since he recently collaborat-
ed with Canadian gospel artist DJ
Evangelist on his new song "Money
We Want".
"Money We Want" a song that
addresses the issue of poverty is cur-
rently circulating the local airwaves in
Canada. With an optimistic mindset
the artists believe the song will be
accepted by a global audience.
Its all-embracing message is what
really ignites conversation and a
change of perception with regards to
poverty -something that most people
are fighting so hard to relinquish in
their life.
And with their smooth lyrical flow
accented by underlying tones and
melodies, they hope the issue of pover-
ty jumps at listeners inviting meaning-
ful reflection.
Mr J said the main purpose of the
song is to get persons to see that pover-
ty is something that can be eradicated
from one's life through personal suc-

"Poverty is prevalent in many soci-
eties throughout the world, which
makes this song universal. However,
poverty begins as a mental state. Yes
there are many persons that have been
born into poverty, but it is their mind-
set that keeps them in that position.
The issue of poverty can be removed if
they change their mindset," Mr J told
Tribune Entertainment.
"Money We Want" has initiated
conversation both negative and posi-
tive in the Canadian community.
"There are persons who love the
song who said that the message actu-
ally speaks to them. Then again there
are others who maintain the belief
that Christians should not talk about
gaining prosperity. Despite that, this
song is about moving from one point
in life to another. Its not about gaining
prosperity but showing people that
just because your family might have
poverty been stricken doesn't mean
that they will also be that way," he
Both Mr J and DJ Evangelist are
hard at work shooting the video "Mon-
ey We Want". The video which is set in
Canada will compliment the music
communicating the message of the
song even more effectively.

"The video starts off with me getting
ready to go on his daily mission, as the
day progresses I am met with a variety
of unusual circumstances. The video is
very good and it shows the message
in an even brighter light," he said.
"Money We Want" is professional-
ly recorded. However it is in the pro-
duction stages right now.
"Since it is our goal to go global with
the song, we are trying to get the video
played on major music stations like
MTV, the Caribbean music station
Tempo, as well as local television sta-
tions in the Bahamas," he said .
Mr J is Bahamian-born of Haitian
descent and has been a reggae artist
since 1996. While this was not always
his dream, he said listening to other
artist like Christian Massive and Peter
Runks who tell stories through their
music encouraged him to enter the
He has written eight songs so far
that he said will be recorded on an
album he plans to release sometime
in the near future. He also just recent-
ly celebrated the release of his first
official video entitled "More Luv".
With his own music and collaborat-
ing with other artist he channels his
inner voice, sending a message of hope
to the hopeless.








Mario's Bowling

offers family fun

FROM page 10

on the other.
In addition to bowling, children
man the machines with access to
over 100 arcade games to choose
from, as well as Nintendo Wii, PS3
and X-Box 360 favourites.
There are also a number of meet-
ing rooms already utilised by many
civic groups.
"At night, we sometimes have cos-
mic bowling where the whole facili-
ty is dark and we have a light show,"
said Mrs Johnson.
Even Sir Sidney Poitier, a Bahami-
an screen legend, has a VIP room
befitting his name. It is equipped
with four lanes for persons who want
that private bowling experience, with
a capacity of 30 persons. Prices start
at $1500 for two hours and each
additional hour is $500.
This package includes full access
to a waiter, bartender, and a special
The menu includes buffalo wings,
grouper fingers, conch fritters, spring
rolls, fruit and vegetables platters,
cheese platters and a choice of two
beverages, all topped off with a
house wine of your choice.
Private and upscale events are
hosted inside the VIP room at least 3
times a week and the Academy
Award-winning actor will be the
guest of honour at Mario's grand
opening next month.
Membership packages for the VIP
room are stacked with freebies, like
the platinum package which not only
gives you use of the VIP room, but
also the upscale Elements Ultra
Lounge, packages are between $800
and $5000.
Countless other local legends can
be found on "The Wall-Those Who

Made A Difference," in black and
white framed photos.
After the exertion of a few bowl-
ing games, relax in Mario's electronic
massage chairs made available to
soothe tired athletes with assistance
from a therapist.
And if you wish to let off some
steam, there is a 150 person capacity
nightclub upstairs with VIP private
rooms for hire and waiting service
"The nightclub is very upscale,
and the whole design concept is for
the mature customer that wants to go
out in an elegant environment," says
Mr Wilkinson.
Elements Lounge and Nightclub is
outfitted with higher end sound
proof rooms where persons can sit in
a private dining room overlooking
the facility.
Friday, and Saturdays tend to be
booked solid by both Bahamians
and visitors (thanks to aggressive
marketing by the Ministry of
Mario's Signature Pro shop offers
personal customised bowling balls
and shoes.
The ice cream parlour, sub sand-
wich parlour, and concession stand
will open in a matter of days. A
food court which can hold up to 250
persons features Tuscanos and
Noble Romans which offers gourmet
pizzas and signature sandwiches.
Mrs Johnson said that Mario's
provides the ideal venue for fami-
lies because, " there's nowhere an
adult can go at night and take their
kids other than at Atlantis or the
Marina Village."
That's the premise that they built
the facility on.
"At Mario's, your kids can bowl,
be taught how to bowl, enjoy our

video arcade, and you can enjoy a
nightclub, a restaurant and just sit
back, relax, and lounge while the
kids have fun."
There are lane side coordinators
that teach can teach you to bowl for
at no cost. There's also a handicap
ramp where handicapped persons
can bowl themselves. There is also a
skating rink.
"Mario's Bowling and Entertain-
ment Palace offers group packages,
at different prices, but are not limit-
ed to set prices," said Mrs Johnson.
"We have birthday packages, and
school packages, just call us and we
will fit your budget."
"Whatever you want, we can
make it happen. Nobody gets turned
away at Mario's," she said. "We try

to accommodate everyone as best
as we can."
Rounding off their steady week-
end flow, Sundays will draw an even
bigger crowd, and offer a special buf-
fet, $25 for adults and $15 for kids,
which includes bowling games.
At Mario's, security is very impor-
tant with a strong security and police
presence on the weekends. Security
is at the door, metal detectors are
always active, and other measures
are taken to ensure the full safety
of the building.
Mrs Johnson emphasised the
importance of there being no swear-
ing and fighting on the premises.
"We have no problems asking you
to leave," she said, explaining their 3
strike policy which eventually leads

to the dismissal or permanent ban-
ning of people who distrub the peace
from Mario's.
"We will not tolerate anything
negative in Mario's. We will not
deal with any vulgar behaviour or
anything, as we have no tolerance
Leslie Miller, former PLP MP set
about building one of the largest ten-
pin bowling facilities in the world
and the only one in the Bahamas
after his son's death in 2002. Mario's
Entertainment and Bowling Palace
has created 72 jobs so far. The Miller
family, including the other siblings
Leslia Miller and Montgomery Fer-
guson, hopes that its efficient serving
staff and clean facilities will keep it
on the cutting edge.


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Doongalik Studios presents

a collaborative visual experience of Paintings
and Sculpture by Averia Wright and Toby Lunn


Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery on Village
Road will showcase
the collaborative works of
ceramicist Averia Wright and
painter Toby Lunn for this
year's Transforming Spaces
Art Tour.
These two young Bahamian artists
have found a common thread in
colour, line, space and form to make
bold statements using different medi-
ums in an exciting presentation.
They both use organic free forms
and earth tones to make very per-
sonal statements. New abstract
expressions of art to inspire and heal
the viewer rise up from the tangible
fierce heat of the furnace that fires
the clay and the metaphorical fire
of metamorphosis that gives feeling
to the paint.
*AVERIA WRIGHT, in her first
Exhibition in The Bahamas as a
fine arts graduate, said : "The sto-
ries of mythologies, mysteries and
the mystical expressions of life
take me deep into my roots - my
place of inspiration - to create
exotic life forms and elements of
the deep turquoise seas. My medi-
um of choice is clay. Working with

my hands to create something from
the earth is a primitive necessity.
Manipulating slabs and coils of
clay to make a three dimensional
object from an image in my mind,
or from doodles or sketches is truly
a passion. Adding metal to my cre-
ations is a challenge as metal's ten-
sile strength allows the mechanisa-
tion of my ceramic sculptures to
work. Whereas clay will bend with
the possibility of melting and
breaking, metal on the other hand
bends readily. Working with metal,
although tedious, is something I
hope to continue to do. Exploring
how far I can work with these
materials inspires me to continue
on this journey."
Averia studied Fine Art with a
concentration in Ceramics at the
University of Tampa where she
transferred from the College of
The Bahamas. She was first intro-
duced to ceramics at COB under
the tutelage of Joann Behagg and
was inspired to further her studies
in this discipline with renowned
Bahamian art educator, Kendra
* TOBY LUNN, no stranger to the
Exhibition circuit, has entered a
new phase in his work and said:
"Taking Flight is a metaphor
describing a recent transformation,

not only in my personal life but
also in my newest body of work. I
am using the myth of the phoenix
bird that rises from the ashes, using
adversity and experiences as tools
of expression. I am taking the sym-
bol of birds in flight and allowing
my painted expressions to soar at
their own altitude. The lotus flower
has also become important in my
recent work. All of the symbols I
use are references to healing -
internal and external - not just for
me, but for the viewer as well."
Toby received a BFA Degree
from the Maryland Institute Col-
lege of Art and has held numerous
exhibitions at Popop Studios,
Doongalik Studios, Van Brugel's
Restaurant, as well as abroad at
the Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami
Florida. He has also provided pri-
vate art classes to interested mem-
bers of the public.
Both artists are sales representa-
tives at the Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery at Marina Village Paradise
Island. They soon realized the sym-
biosis in the quality of their work and
felt that Transforming Spaces was the
perfect opportunity to showcase this
multi media experience.
Jackson Burnside, owner of the
gallery said, "We are proud and priv-

"We are proud and
privileged to pre-
sent the work of
these two extremely
talented artists who
are making signifi-
cant contributions to
the development of
art in The Bahamas
and by extension,
the world."

ileged to present the work of these
two extremely talented artists who
are making significant contributions
to the development of art in The
Bahamas and by extension, the world.
The treasury of our country lies in
these innovations - in the infinite pos-
sibilities being constantly investigated
and improved upon by Bahamian
artists. This exhibition is truly a mile-
stone in contemporary art history."

B* A.eri


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THE ProGallery Presents 'Tag' - an
experimental Group exhibition featur-
ing the works of student artists.
Participants said, " As students, we
often produce art for the purpose of
fulfilling the requirements of assign-
ments and the demands of lectures.
'Tag' serves as an opportunity for unre-
stricted artistic expression and self-
exploration. Each artist is afforded the
chance to put forward work that speaks
to his or her true aesthetic. The collec-
tive works serve as thumb prints that
identify who we are, not just as artists
but as diverse human beings."
The ProGallery is located at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, the S Block rm

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