By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net OPPOSITION Chairman Bradley R oberts yesterday continued his verbal assault on the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation and its Chairman Kenyatta Gibson for awarding former FNM candidate Reece Chipman a contract to audit the corporation's finances, although other "reputable" firms responded to its tender process with lower bids. Mr Roberts also took a shot at Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, blasting the nation's chief for being too "tired" and "worn out" to properly manage his subordinates, allowing them t o run amuck with the public purse. He called on the FreeN ational Movement leader to respond to his charges of "wasteful expenditure" and to disclose the fate of Mr Gib son's position as BMC head and the future of Mr Chipman's contract, in light of these allegations. Mr Roberts also accused Mr Gibson and Mr Chipman of "colluding to milk the taxpayer" adding that they are caught in a clear case of conflict of interest because they had partnered in a wheelchair rental company several years ago. Last night, Kenyatta Gibson refuted these accusations N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.88MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 72F LOW 58F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE16B A hidden Evil The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com PLP chairman in contract fury FINDTODAYSCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t firstname.lastname@example.org CHAIRMAN of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation Kenyatta Gibson accused Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts of spreading lies and half-truths about the corporation's contract tendering process. Mr Gibson also strongly denied that his previous business relationship with Gibson accuses Roberts of spreading lies SEE page 11 SEE page 11 Br adle y Roberts hits out at Bahamas Mortgage Corporation ChairmanK en y atta Gibson GOVERN OR GENERALENJOYSREDCROSSFAIR I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate GOVERNORGENERAL Arthur Hanna shakes hands at one of the Red Cross Fair stalls. The annual event drew crowds to the Lower Gardens at the Government House Grounds on Saturday. SEE PAGE SEVEN F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f THE Free National Movement has denied a suggestion that Branville McCartney, the partys former State Minister for Immigration, resigned his cabinet post after a heated exchange between himself and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symon ette. According to a media report broadcast on Jones Communications Network (JCN last week, the radio station said that the then Minister of State had allegedly stormed out of Cabinet following a row with Mr Symonette and was subsequently locked out of the room at the request of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. The FNM is reluctant to respond to the rumour mongering that usually surBy AVA TURNQUEST email@example.com ON MARCH 29 the Bahamas will host the exclusive premiere of Tyler Perrys film Why Did I Get Married Too at the Atlantis Theatre complete with red carpet, Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace revealed at a press conference yesterday. Partnering with Mount Tabor Bish op Neil Ellis and the Ministry of Tourism is GEMS 105.9FM, and major sponsors include Colombian Emeralds and Bank of the Bahamas. The event will be open to the public, and for the By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A FORMER leadership contender for the PLP said that if the party does not take a long hard look at changing its current leadership it will not be able to win the next general election. Using the Elizabeth by-election as a gauge of the lack of interest displayed by young and disfranchised voters towards the PLP, attorney Paul Moss said that the PLP needs to stop pretending as though all is well inside their organization and come to grips with reality. How pathetic it must be for the oldest political party in this country to be depend FNM denies McCartney quit after row with Deputy PM SEE page 11 T yler Perry film to premiere in Bahamas Paul Moss:PLP must change leadership or lose election SEE page 15 SEE page 15 BRADLEYROBERTS KENYATTAGIBSON Big O Walk-a-thon SEEPAGE11 OF THEUSATODAY
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B Y FELICITY INGRAHAM N EARLY two months after powerful earthquakes followed by numerous tremors rocked the f oundation of the capital of the Republic of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, the citizens of that country are indeed getting on with life. They are literally living amongst the rubble. The destruction has not deterred the people of Haiti from being the resilient and industrious people they have always been. When you look at the faces of the people of Port-au-Prince, you can see pain behind stoic faces; hardened looks t hat seem distrusting; and the wear that longsuffering can bring. But their actions show that even if you knock down the very foundation on which they stand, they will climb on top of it and keep on pushing. Women set up fruit and vegetable stalls, and everything you would need for the basics of your home can be found at any makeshift market. You can find everything from live chicken to p lastic tarp to make a tent home; and the numbers gambling business is quite alive and well in the city. Men are busy salvaging steel from fallen buildings. Trucks weave through traffic carting away the precious commodity, as the people are wasting no time in their efforts to rebuild. The capital city is very dusty, and from the back of a truck, fine particles sting the eyes while the smog from diesel engines add to the thick plume. Not once during the several hourstrip did we see the sun peek through the clouds to give a ray of light. The rains from the previous day h ave created muddy streets, but the peddlers must still sell their wares in this environment, as the rubble has pushed its way into the street. A trip up the mountain to the Bahamian Embassy in Haiti reveals fresh, crisp air, beautiful foliage, and shows the true beauty of the country. But many of the buildings in the area have also been affected. So many families are living in the half of their home that is still standing, while the other rooms are split, with the d emised half some 200 feet down a ledge. Yet, the mountain is the place where you can find an upscale clothing boutique, a webshop, nightclubs, and fine restaurants. The trip was made possible through a one-ofa-kind initiative brought about by Bahamasair. The national flag carrier only makes the trip to the southern country for repatriation purposes. However, Deputy General Manager of Bahamasair Van Diah organised the special trip, hoping that Bahamians who wanted to see the devastation first-hand could benefit from spending the day there. Several religious leaders took delegations to Haiti for the day trip. Their Haitian counterparts were waiting at the airport to take them on a guided tour of the area and give them an opportunity to interact with earthquake victims. People travelling to Haiti on Saturday, March 5, took advantage of the flight because the fare was lower than any other carrier. For Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Right Reverend Laish Boyd, his diocese is committed now more than ever to help the people of Haiti. What struck me was the widespread self help, he said. I saw men loading up huge dumptrucks that would take a tractor a few minutes. It would take those men a few hours, but they were committed to it. I saw people digging through rubble, trying to demolish buildings, and trying to salvage steel from buildings. We went to one of the Anglican high schools St. Peters College, Rev Boyd added. It collapsed during the earthquake and there were students caught in the lower level when the third Pain and resilience among rubble HAITI: AFTERTHEQUAKE S EE page 15 HAITIANS sells goods amid the devastation of the earthquake nearly two months ago.
Badly burned b ody identified By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Royal Bahamas Police F orce hopes to take a significant bite out of crime with its newly created National Crime Prevention Office. The section focuses on educating the public on ways to avoid being victims of crimes of opportunity such as housebreaking and armed robbery w hile providing positive role models to at-risk youth in crime ridden areas. "There is a need for education on crime prevention in this country because during an (RBPF committed, we found that more than half of them can be pre-v ented with the necessary educational measures being put in place. We're talking about armed robberies, housebreakins, burglaries, stolen vehicles and cases of stealing," said NCPO head Superintendent Stephen Dean. In light of this, the NCPO's primary area of focus will be educating the public through the media, targeting areas with high crime trends, tourings chools, social clubs and church groups. The unit also relies on an initiative called predictive policing, a programme adopted from the United States. "That is where we continue to analyse all of the crime data and look at (areas h ave been challenged. The goal of predictive policing is to tell us where crime is likely to be committed. It's in its infancy stages but it's a good working tool to intervene in crime," said Mr Dean. He believes the programme, launched four weeks ago, will have a positive and wide-reaching effect. One initiative he is most proud of is the recruitment of the RBPF's band to positively connect with at-risk youth in crime ridden areas. Challenges A week ago, the band visited the Deveaux Street area an area which challenges the police force and Palm Beach Avenue are performing for the area and handing out pamphlets. "Some of the officers in the band are from those areas, so they show them positive role models and that they can be somebody despite the areas that they are in," he said. "Over the next few weeks you will see a number of other areas we will go into and we believe that will have a positive effect," Mr Dean told The Tribune during a recent interview at his office at Police Headquarters. "I think it will take some time to really see the fruits from their labour, but we believe it will work out in the future. It's a positive step in crime prevention in our communities." Touting the programme's initial success, Mr Dean said that the RBPF has already seen a decrease in reports of some armed robberies. "When we were talking about the armed robberies where these females were being held up on their way home, since we started the public education we really have had little or no incidents. We believe it's because people are being more aware of their surroundings," said Mr Dean, who has given 28 years of service to the RBPF. The RBPF has also had tremendous positive feedback from the public over the NCPO's work coupled with the increased police presence on the streets and patrols, said Mr Dean, initiatives he credited to the policies of new Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. "They are telling us that they feel better now because they are seeing things happen," he said. 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The robberies all occurred within less than 24 hours and are the latest in a string of similar incidents throughout the capital. The first robbery occurred sometime around 1.34 am Saturday at West Avenue,C armichael Road. A woman told police that as she tried to get into her home she was approached by a man armed with a shotgun who asked for cash. She also told police that the assailant, who was dressed in a red shirt, dark trousers and had a green scarft ied around his face, stole her purse, which contained d an undetermined amount of cash. A few hours later, around 8.58 pm Saturday, police received information of another armed robbery, this time at Prince Charles Drive. At the s cene, police were told that two women were at home when they were held up by a man,armed with a handgun. The thief robbed them of an undetermined amount of cash, lap tops and cell phones beforef leeing on foot in an unknown direction. T he third robbery happened around 12.35 am yesterday at Sea Breeze Lane. A 22-yearold resident of Fire Trail Road told police that his car had been stolen by an armed man. The victim said he was sitting in his 2000 tan coloured Chevrolet Malibu when a man, armed w ith a handgun, jumped out of a black Honda CRV. The culprit robbed the victim of his car and cell phones. He then fled the area in the stolen car, followed by an accomplice who drove the black car. Police investigations con tinue. Police probe three armed robberies By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Four per sons were arrested after police discovered a high powered shotgun at a residence in Freeport. According to reports, DEU officers execut ed a search warrant at a houseon Wisteria Drive at Gambier Loop, where they seized a Magnum 12 gauge shotgun with 10 shotgun shells, hidden under a bureau in the master bedroom. As a result, four occupants, ages 18, 22, 39 and 40, were taken into custody by police. Two of the suspects were charged and released on bail. They are expected to appear in the Magistrate's Court in Freeport on March 8 on the charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. The remaining suspects are in police custody. Four arrested after gun found In brief DENNISLOUIS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The badly burned body discovered at West End has been identified as that of 22-year-old Dennis Louis of Freeport, police reported Thursday. Louis, a resident of Tasman Close, was reported missing after his family learned that a body was discovered on Sunday near Bootle Bay. His death is the first homicide for the year on Grand Bahama. A passerby discovered the burned remains in bushes in the Pelican Lakes area around 2pm and alertedt he police. Police may have a second homicide on its hands as human skeletal remains were also discovered on Monday in Freeport. No positive identification of the remains has been determined yet and police have not classified the incident as a homicide.The Central Detective Unit is investigating both i ncidents. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, is u rging anyone with information concerning these matters to contact the police. N ATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
E DITOR, The Tribune. With your permission, kind ly allow me space in your newspaper to express my views on the surprising resig n ation of the Minister of State for Immigration the Hon Branville McCartney, a bright spot in the Free National M ovement and to offer my advice and guidance on the way forward. For starters, I believe that Branville is a talented individual who will definitely play a part in the leadership of the F ree National Movement if he puts the brakes on and plays his cards right. However, Im puzzled and confused by some of the contents of his reasoning for resigning. Firstly, he says that politically the country is headed in the wrong direction and secondly, he is still committed to the Free National Movement and t he Prime Minister. Well, Mr McCartney needs to explain how can he still be commit ted to a Prime Minister and a government who is taking the country in the wrong politi c al direction. He goes on to talk about being stagnated. What exactly does he m ean? Is he prevented from carrying out policies set forth by the government? Branville ought to be reminded, and not be swayed by the opinions of a few chronic callers to talk shows, that he was only elected in 2007, almost three years ago. I believe that makes him a rookie. He ought not to allow a few chronic callers put ideas in his head before its time. Im advising him to put the brakes on the press releases and press conferences. He ought not to allow himself to be used by the official opposition to create friction between himself and the Free National Movement. Obviously, he knows that p olitics is a dirty game and politicians can be easily offended. I wish to convey to Branville a word of advice which was told to a colleague, h e said and I quote do not argue with a man who orders the ink by the gallon. In closing, I say to my f riend Branville, stay away from the press and do not allow yourself to be dragged into the negativeness that they are attempting to create. You are an FNM. Work in Bamboo Town a nd continue to be an effective member of parliament. You dont need a fight when 2012 rolls around. PAT STRACHAN Nassau, March, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. T he resignation of Branville McCartney as junior minister of immigration in the Ingraham cabinet has created a lot of intense political talk around the town. It was a master political stroke that the public welcomes and appreciates in my view. The move has shown up the political weaknesses and com placency of the likes of Zhivargo Laing, Tommy Turnquest, C arl Bethel, and other young, but politically sluggish FNMs w ho appear strictly comfortable with a good and prestigious job, and clearly lack the political ambition and vision necessary to keep the torch of a young generation burning with robust confidence and anticipation. They have long forgotten one of the chief planks in the FNM propaganda campaign prior to the 1992 general election. It was t erm limits for a prime minister and party leader. We did not want Pindling to reign for life; nor do we want Ingraham to do the same. We demand a sys tem that promotes political competition, and dynamic and progressive leadership. We do not believe that two Bahamian women have born one leader each that are exclusively capa ble of leading the affairs of our nation. Mr McCartney is in tune with the status quo that is ready for a new and prosperous brand of politics in The Bahamas. Hubert Ingraham and his PLP counterpart Perry Christie are expired products lingering unattractively on the Bahamian political shelf. They have become trite in the eyes of the people who long for a new era of political leadership and direction. Brad McCartney has essentially said: Here I am, send me! He has signaled his interest in becoming leader of the FNM in short order. He has put his dull colleagues on the spot, and has told the masses that he is not interested in being a friendly neighbourhood yes-man who is prepared to go with the unpopular flow of political window dressing and shameless underhandedness from the top. Branville McCartney represents a new breed of politicians in The Bahamas who are eager to serve the people with a progressively ambitious and productive agenda. He appears ready to tackle the vexing illegal immigration issue that has plagued The Bahamas for decades and even to this day for example. He looks ready to change the bureaucratically uncreative business as usual mentality in government, and replace it with an administration for and by t he people. Brad McCartney is a budding leader who has challenged an old order in Bahamian politics that seems determined to enforce its detested will on an electorate longing for change that they really can believe in. The resignation of Branville McCartney has a lasting impact on modern Bahamian politics. It signals a revolution in the m aking in the national political landscape. I t is hoped that Mr McCartney would not relent in his drive for higher political office and social, economic, and political deliverance for a deserving people; as doing so will only result in a serious political backlash like that of Algernon Allen when he turned thousands on to his one man game on the R M Bailey Park some years back then he buckled under heavy political pressure and returned shamelessly to his vomit. The rest is hard-to-swallow history. Only time will reveal the gen uineness of Mr McCartneys recent decision. The masses are watching with buoyant enthusiasm, and optimism. It is worth taking this matter sincerely Mr McCartney, or the political exit heartlessly awaits you. DENNIS DAMES Nassau, March 5, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WERE going through very stressful times, a leading Jamaican businessman admitted yesterday as the government of J amaica and the United States were locked in judicial debate over one of that islands well known dons The President of Tivoli,or in real life, Christopher Dudus Coke. C oke controls Tivoli, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Goldings constituency. There are those who maintain that it is Coke who keeps peace in Tivoli, and if it were not for him Golding would not be where he is today. The USs request for Dudus extradition on a long list of gun and drug trafficking charges sent shock waves through Jamaica. For the past three weeks the Jamaican government has refused the request. Prime Minister Golding is resisting extra dition on the grounds that under Jamaican law the acquisition of the evidence against the Tivoli don, which supports the extradition request, violates the provisions of the Inter ception of Communications Act. And so, at present, the US request cannot go before a Jamaican court until the Attorney General signs the order. Prime Minister Golding says the attorney general has a duty to protect the constitutional rights of Coke and not extradite him. Many Jamaicans question the delay. Some say government should get it before the courts and let the courts make the final deci sion. But until the attorney general signs, nothing moves forward. In a sharply worded exchange the State Department said the delays in the Coke case, in addition to the temporary suspension in processing of all other pending requests, raised serious questions about the Jamaican Governments commitment to combating transnational crime. There is even talk in Jamaica that the US law enforcement agents could kidnap Coke and put him before a US court. Apparently, there is no clause in the existing extradition treaty between Jamaica and the US to prevent it. But there is certainly precedent for it.In 1992 US agents kidnapped Alvarez Machain, wanted for kidnapping and murder, from his Mexico home and took him to the US. Also causing further confusion is the sud den suspension last week of the US visa of another leading Jamaican citizen Wayne Chen. The Jamaican government claims thathis visa has nothing to do with the Coke case, which has started speculation down another path. Mr Chen is still without his visa. Many Jamaicans worry that they have b een without a US ambassador for a year and three months never before in living memory has that happened, said a citizen in pained surprise. W hich takes us back to the ugly eighties in the Bahamas during Ronald Reagans administration when this nation had no ambassador for two years. And, yes, drugs was the evil nematode at the bottom of it all. (Nematode, a favourite word of former attorney general Paul Adderley. In one of his flights of verbal fancy on the floor of the House he called a Tribune reporter a nematode. However, we think the word better suited to the world of crime than to a reporter trying to do an honest job of report ing during a corrupt era). During that period the Bahamas-US rela tions were conducted by US Charg dAffaires Andrew Antippas. This situation con tinued for two years until an ambassador was finally appointed. The Pindling govern ment did not approve of Antippas, nor did Antippas approve of what was happening in the Bahamas on the drug scene. On the eventual arrival of the ambassador, Mr Antippas became the Deputy Chief of Mis sion. However, the Pindling administration made certain that he did not hold that posi tion for long. They made life so difficult for the Antippases that in order to patch up relations the new ambassador a non career diplomat had to dismiss Mr Antip pas so that good friends who occasionally disagree could start to mend fences. But in 1988, Mr Antippas had the last word. He agreed to testify in the trial of Colombian Joe Lehder who had a free pass to Normans Cay under the Pindling administration. Normans Cay became the headquarters of Lehders drug empire. And Andrew Antippas told the story of how he had to advise the US property owners to abandon their properties and leave the island because the US Embassy could no longer give them protection in the Bahamas. I testified to all that I had tried to accom plish against Lehder and the Bahamas unwillingness to cooperate and that really blew a fuse in Nassau, Mr Antippas told the world. The same fuse is now being blown in Jamaica. Dudus Coke might as well go quietly, as go he will, dragging Jamaicas repu tation in the mud behind him. McCartneys resignation was a political master stroke LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Bahamian histor y repeats itself in Jamaica Mr Branville McCar tney needs to give an explanation
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com TWO teenage boys are in serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in the chest and back during a violent street fight. The attack was one of three stabbing incidents report-e d over the weekend. The victims, a 14-year-old and 19-year-old, were embroiled in an argument witha group of men in the parking lot of the discount store, Buy 4 Less, on Blue Hill Road south, about 5.34pm Saturday. During the fray, the younger boy wass tabbed in the right side of his chest while the other victim received an injury in the rightside of his back, said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. The boys were taken to hospital by Emergency Medical Services where at last report, they were listed in serious condition. Meantime, four men are assisting police in their investi gations. Earlier that day, around 3.50 am Saturday, a 28-year-old res ident of Gibbs Corner told police he was stabbed while at Comfort Zone on Wulff Road. The victim said he was attacked by a man who stabbed him in his neck. He was taken to hospital by EMS where he was listed in serious condition. Sgt Skippings said police are following significant leads into the matter. Another man is in hospital after he tried to fend off a robber. Police said it was sometime around 7.21pm Saturday in the Peardale area when a man said he was approached by another man who tried to rob him of his bicycle. The victim told police he resisted the robbery and was subsequently stabbed in his upper back. He was taken to hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Police also made several arrests over the weekend. While acting on a tip around 4 pm Friday, officers of the Northeastern Division executed a search warrant on a home at Pitt Road. After searching the home, officers found a small amount of ammunition. The two occupants of the home, a 42-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were tak en into custody. A few hours later, around 7 pm Friday, officers of the Mobile Division were patrolling Bahama Avenue off Market Street when they saw a man acting suspiciously. Officers searched the man, and discovered a small quantity of what was suspected to be marijuana. A resident of Golden Gates number 2 is assisting police with their investigations. In other crime news, police also recovered a small amount of marijuana while patrolling the Hutchinson Street area. Mobile division officers were patrolling the area around 9.15 pm Friday when they saw a male acting suspiciously. As officers approached the male he fled the area and was able to evade police. However, a search of the area uncovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana. Investigations into all of these incidents continue. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By AVA TURNQUEST firstname.lastname@example.org RESPONDING to claims of the illicit rape of Biminis remaining mangroves Environment Minister Earl Deveaux charged that despite interests for stridency, persons should still consider claims in their historical context. In the most recent of several letters written to the government, and now the Prime Minister, from Mangrove Action Project executive director Alfredo Quarto, the international mangrove protection and preservation organisation criticized the impact of Biminis Marine Protected Area and regulations, stating that it is all for naught. Mr Quarto wrote: The whole concept of a viable MPA is threatened by ongoing, unregulated development including massive mangrove clearing. Minister Deveaux was unable to comment specifically as he was not privy to the most recent letter, but said that the regulations implemented in Bimini were drafted and approved through numerous town meetings on the island. The minister explained that while he was in no way disputing the validity of claims brought forward, persons with evidence towards any developers environmental misconduct should be taken directly to the local government office so that an official assessment can be conducted. The letter continued: The destruction of Biminis remaining mangroves is shocking. Evidence of wanton destruction and lack of regula tion of this now rushed development at Bimini Bay is all too clearly depicted. Minister Deveaux has confirmed interest in pursuing and discussing claims made and is expected to release an official statement on the matter later this week. Minister responds to concerns over mangroves on Bimini Teens in hospital after stabbings in street fight THESE PHOTOS are said to show the area just south of Haulover on December 4, 2009 (left
BY SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) T HE massive earthquakes in Haiti and Chile within six weeks of each other, on January 12 and February 27 respectively, revealed the limited capacity of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to respond to disasters on this scale. To date, CARICOM countries have not been able to mobilize support for Chile and have virtually left the problem to be tackled by the Chilean government, the United States o f America, better-off Latin American nations and the international institutions.CARICOM countries simply do not have the resources in any form to cope with massive disasters within their own member states, let alone to provide help to other countries. In this regard, CARICOM countries need to thank God that the 7.0 earthquake that buckled Haiti did not extend into Jamaica. Nonetheless, high praise should be given to CARICOM countries for their efforts, at both the level of governments and the public, to help Haiti.In proportion to their capacity, many of them have been very generous. Barbados has now emerged as the country which, on a per capita basis, has pledged the most to Haitis relief and recon struction. Prime Minister David Thompson has revealed that the Barbados government is donating US$1 million to Haiti, the same figure as the governments of the two countries at either end of CARICOMs economic scale oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, the poorest country, in per capita income terms, after Haiti in the region. Outstanding While Guyanas contribution was exemplary, the donation of Barbados is outstand ing for not only has the gov ernment pledged US$1 million, but it has been shouldering the costs for the operations of the Regional Security System (RSS needed security and other ser vices to Haiti. Barbados shares the RSS with six island-territo ries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS revealed that no other contributions have been forthcoming from other states. CARICOM countries gave as much as they could.They did so directly and through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).But, at the end of the day, large though the contribution was in relation to the means of these countries, it wasa drop in the Ocean measured against the scale of Haitisn eeds. Haiti required the large scale a ssistance of countries such as the United States, Canada, France, Brazil and the interna tional institutions like the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB In early March at a meeting o f CARICOM finance ministers, Secretary-General, Edwin C arrington, declared that the region cannot fail to take cognizance of the near similar sit uation (to Haiti befallen Chile.He urged assistance to the best of our ability at this time. T he number of dead and injured in Chile was not as great as in Haiti even though the 8.8 tremor was much stronger than the earthquake that bowed Haiti. Nonetheless, as this commentary is being written, the United Nations Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, reports that 723 people were killed and 2 million (about 10 per cent of the popu lation) have been made homeless and are walking the streets. Six regions were declared as zones of catastrophe. But CARICOM countries are already over-stretched in Haiti. It is doubtful that any of t hem, except perhaps for Trinidad and Tobago, could make anything more than a token gesture of assistance to Chile. Fortunately, there are governments that can provide immediate relief assistance and Chile has the financial capacity to undertake the reconstruction that has been estimated, so far, at US$30 billion 15 per cent of Chile's annual economic output. The country is the best managed in Latin America with a public debt of only 6 per cent of its GDP.By comparison, the majority of CARICOM countries have a debt to GDP ratioo f one hundred per cent and more. Profits Further, over the last decade Chile saved much of the profits from sales of copper by stateowned mines and taxes on private miners. Its sovereign w ealth funds now hold about US$15 billion. With this kind o f record and assets, Chile will easily be able to access capital markets at low interest rates for rebuilding. How to establish machinery for avoiding huge human and infrastructural catastrophes as a result of natural disasters is something that should now be actively exercising the minds of Caribbean leaders. St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minis ter Denzil Douglas recently observed that there is a wave of volcanic activity that is taking place in this region and he called on his countrys National Emergency Management Agency to review the countrys capacity to deal with an earthquake.He would know that to do so the Agency would require greater resources from the government than it now has. Among the factors that all governments should take into a ccount is the legislation and enforcement of far better building standards than now exists. Equally, they should all subscribe to the Caribbean Catastrophe Facility Risk Insurance Facility which paid out very quickly to Haiti and gave the g overnment some resources to help rebuild the broken country. The underlying point about all this is that CARICOM countries could not cope with two disasters simultaneously among its own membership, and while they have been v aliant in Haiti in relation to their means, their financial contribution to Haiti was miniscule. Nonetheless, disaster threatens them in the form of hurricanes and earthquakes and they are ill-prepared to cope a fact that international financial instit utions and large countries should take into account by ceasing to graduate them from concessionary lending; urgently addressing their burdensome commercial debt problems; and stopping the demand in the World Trade Organisation and in trade agreements that they give reciprocal treatment to countries and regions much larger than they are. Of course, the principal lesson to be learned from the experience of Haiti and Chile is that the countries that will recover faster and reconstruct quicker from disasters are the ones with the prudently run economies that benefit from greater resources. In this connection, CARI COM countries could make their economies stronger by accelerating the completion of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy with an effective governance structure. Praying that disaster does not kick down the doors of two or more CARICOM countries at the same time wont be enough. Responses and previous com mentaries at: www.sirronald sanders.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Disasters need more than prayers WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS P EOPLE w alk past a damaged house in Caleta Tumbes, Chile, Saturday March 6, 2010. A tsunami, caused by an earthquake, hit Chiles coastal central region on Feb. 27. N a t a c h a P i s a r e n k o / A P P h o t o
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE BAHAMAS RED CROSS SOCIETY held its annual fair on Saturday at the lower grounds of Government House. Governor Arthur Hanna was present to enjoy the attractions and greet fair-goers. LADIES from the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority present the Governor General Arthur Hanna a native delight called a CUP Fair 2010 Bahamas Red Cross T HRILLSEEKERS: Y oungsters enjoy the thrills o f Saturdays fair. PHOTOSPECIAL PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff AFAIR-GOER e njoys a game o f bingo. FAMILY FUN: Saturdays event was a day for all the family. CHILDREN enjoy the slides.
C HARLES Beall, CEO of O ldcastle B uilding Products (Caribbean Bahamian company, is making a difference in the lives of Haiti's orphans. Since the January 12 earthquake, Mr. Beall, a l ong-time resident and applic ant for citizenship in The B ahamas, has spent more than 30 days in Port-auPrince leading a relief effort for the orphanages. H is focus has been on l ocating and supplying o rphanages and abandoned c hildren with food, shelter a nd medical care. He is curr ently supplying eight orphanages and about 650 c hildren with life essential support. Mr. Beall has also set up a fully equipped field medical facility at Delmas 19 in P ort-au-Prince to provide trauma and emergency surgery and medical care for c hildren. H e is collaborating with A msterdam Medical Centre (AMCl ands to provide surgeons a nd other medical professionals to operate the emergency medical clinic for the children. Mr. Beall has been personally coordinating the emergency relief effort and h as delivered tons of food, w ater and medical supplies to orphanages throughout H aiti since the earthquake. Logistics Immediately following the i nitial earthquake, Mr. Beall t ravelled to the Dominican Republic, located supplies, organized a logistics opera-t ion, and began trucking emergency relief into Haiti. He said his immediate objective is to develop a sus t ainable system to deliver food, shelter and medical care for the orphans and abandoned children of Haiti. I have participated in disaster relief efforts in other parts of the world, but Ih ave never experienced the scale of devastation and suf fering that exists in Haiti. he said. The world community m ust do all that we can to help the Haitian people survive and recover from this d isaster. Mr. Beall's long term goal is to raise the standard of living for all of the children of Haiti. Oldcastle Caribbean has pledged to supply the build ing materials for 5,000 tem porary houses, including sanitary structures, capable of withstanding the upcom ing hurricane season. The materials will be shipped to Haiti within the next 30 days. Oldcastle Caribbean will also assess the establishment of a formal operation in Haiti to assist with the reconstruction effort that will last for many years. We all need to be thinking about disaster prepared n ess, said Mark Roberts, o wner of Builders Mall; FYP, Tile King, and the Paint Centre. Builders Mall is the local d istributor of Oldcastle Building Products in the Bahamas. According to Mr. Roberts, Builders Mall has been asked by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA in preparation of a disasterr esponse plan for the B ahamas. Builders Mall was asked by NEMA to participate in part due to their generouse fforts in the reconstruction of Inagua after Hurricane Hannah, September 3, 2008. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17('6725( 683(59,625WRRYHUVHHPXOWLSOHUHWDLORXWOHWV 0LQLPXP\HDUVVXSHUYLVRU\ H[SHULHQFH:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VD 6DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV 7+(%$+$0$6,167,787() &+$57(5('$&&2817$176 SKROGLQJ,QWHJULW\WULYLQJIRU([FHOOHQFH,)56)25$// 0(',80,=((17,7,(6 (Vf(6(17$7,217KH%DKDPDV,QVWLWXWHRI&KDUWHUHG$FFRXQWDQWV %,&$fZRXOGOLNHWRLQYLWH\RXWRSUHVHQWDWLRQDQG DGRSWLRQSURFHVVRQ7XHVGD\0DUFKDW DWWKH+LOWRQ+RWHORQWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO)LQDQFLDO 5HSRUWLQJ6WDQGDUGGHVLJQHGVSHFLFDOO\IRU 6PDOODQG0HGLXPVL]HGHQWLWLHVWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO $FFRXQWLQJ6WDQGDUG%RDUG*XHVW6SHDNHU DUH%DVLO,QJUDKDPDQG,)56&RQVXOWDQW'DYLG 5DJJD\ 'DWH7XHVGD\W K 7LPH 3ODFH%ULWLVK&RORQLDO+LOWRQ+RWHO 56937(PDLOVHFELFD#EDWHOQHWEV ELFDH[HFXWLYH#KRWPDLOFRP Local company makes difference to the lives of Haitian orphans I have participated in disaster relief efforts i n other parts of the world, but I have never experienced the scale of devastation and suff ering that exists in Haiti. The world community must do all that we can to help the H aitian people survive and recover from this disaster SEE page nine F ACEOFDISASTER: C hildren were on the front line of the Haiti disa ster. SUFFERTHECHILDREN: M r. Charles Beall has set up a fully equipped field medical facility at Delmas 1 9 in Port-au-Prince to provide trauma and emergency surgery and medical care for children. Charles Beall
B yMIKE LIGHTBOURN AFTERyouve taken step o ne to decide to sell your home, step two is usually setting your asking price, s triving for a balance between generating offers and receiving top dollar. Your Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA agent should perform a competitive market analysis t o produce an estimate of y our homes fair market value, or that price that e ducated buyers will pay b ased on listings and sales of homes similar to yours. T he agent will provide the i nformation and suggest a p rice. In a hot market, you have the advantage, but woulds till want to avoid overpricing, which is always unproductive. However, in a neutral or buyers market, youll have to be particularly cautious in your approach to setting a price. I n soft markets, price r eductions become more c ommon, as well as fewer offers and longer listing peri-o ds. You have to first establ ish your priority: is it more important for you to sell quickly or to get the most money possible? Like it orn ot, one option simply must be more critical than the other. H ave a third party, such as your BREA-licensed agent, help you see your home as a commodity, withp ositive and negative selling p oints. Price your home objectively and competitively, be prepared to negotiate to reach an agreementw ith buyers, and exercise patience as you prepare your move. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17('5(7$,/25( 0$1$*(56IRUFKDLQRIUHWDLOVWRUHVRQDUDGLVH ,VODQG:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VDZHHN 6DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV DOLLARS vs DAYS REAL ESTATE TEENPOWER BAHAMAS recently held as uccessful 2010 Teen Talent Showcase at Arawak Cay, giv-i ng young people a chance to showcase their talent and promote non-violence amongst their peers. For the past few years, T een Power Bahamas has been working towards providing teenagers with events that are fun and positive. The creative concept of Ken Rolle, also known as DJ Kenny Rebel, Teen Power Bahamas has launched its slate of activities leading up to Teen Fest2 010. The event will highlight the brightest and the best ins igning, rapping, chatting and dancing amongst Bahamian teens from the public and private school systems. International artists have a lready come on board to make the event one to remember. Students who win in the various categories for the Teen Talent Showcase will move on to participate in Teen Fest 2010 this coming May. T hey will be able to meet personally with the interna-t ional artists, gaining pertinent advice before performing with them on stage. Vitamalt has taken the lead as a corporate sponsorf or the Teen Power Bahamas series of events. STANLEY SMITH a student at T. A. Thompson Junior High School. Teen power lights up talent showcase
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM accountant Reece Chipman had any bearing on the decision making process regarding a $152,000 contract awarded to Catsan and Chipman Ltd to audit the BMC. The firm, owned by Mr Chipman the unsuccessful FNM candidate for the Sea Breeze constituency in the 2007 election was one of seven accounting firms that participated in an open bid process launched by the BMC last year. "Once again the chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party has decided to spread lies, twist the truth and distort facts in an effort to defame another human being," charged Mr Gibson, in a statement released last night. His statement came in response to fresh allegations made by Mr Roberts, who yesterday accused Mr Gibson and Mr Chipman of a conflict of interest because they had formed a wheelchair rental company in 2003. Said Mr Roberts: "There can be no denying of the fact that to the extent that Reece Chipman and Kenyatta Gibson are in any sort of partnership raises a legitimate concern about an actual or perceived conflict of interest arising from their common business relationship." But Mr Gibson claimed that Braxton Wheels Limited "has been out of existence and has not transacted any business since 2006. He continued: "This can be easily verified and Mr. Roberts is aware that Mr. Chipman is not my business partner. Mr Roberts deals in half truths so as to misrepresent facts. Mr Chipman is not my business partner and Bradley Roberts has now unlawfully defamed me." He also again defended the BMC's decision to award the contract to Catsan and Chipman. "There was nothing untoward relative to this contract and Mr Roberts can scream from here to eternity, but he cannot change the facts of this matter: that the contract awarded was the best value for money." He argued that his recent contribution to the House of Assembly provoked the PLP chairman's latest round of allegations. "Obviously my previous statement and my speech in the House of Assembly, in which I disclosed Mr Roberts several acts of cronyism, has made Mr Roberts and the vast business cartel, whose interest he represents very upset. Therein I tabled a list which proved that Mr Roberts presided over a system where only supporters of Mr Roberts (political ommended by Mr Roberts and his colleagues to be hired at the Bahamas Telecommunication Company. "This is clearly Mr Roberts futile attempt to retaliate. It is curious that this non-issue was only raised after I exposed Mr Roberts duplicity therein," said Mr Gibson. rounds political developments in this country, read the state-m ent released yesterday by the FNM, but when an elaborate and totally fabricated story is broadcast as news by a supposedly responsible media house then a response is nece ssary. At no time did the alleged events reported by the radio station take place. Further-m ore, nothing even remotely resembling that account ever took place. The FNM regardst he peddling of such unfound ed fabrications as utterly irresponsible and a disservice to the Bahamian public. A s such, the FNM called on JCN news to retract their publication and apologise for s preading this malicious rumour. Attempts to reach JCN for comment were not successful. Having resigned from his p ost as a Cabinet minister two weeks ago, Mr McCartney has vowed to focus his attention on his family and giving greater support and energy to his constituency of Bamboo T own. My strengths will be invested in making them stronger. My energy and ambition willh opefully lead to greater o pportunities 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 welcomed a new member too ur family, Lawrence Khail McCartney. The birth of each of our children has provided us unbounded joy and emotion and a welcome reminder that l ife is more about the moments t han the occasions, and success in life depends on how well you are able to determinea nd manage the order of your p riorities by the acceleration of some, the abeyance of others and the acceptance that in life nothing comes before its time, he said. as lies and half-truths. He said his former business relationship with Mr Chipman was not a factor when the accountant was awarded the contract. Meantime, a source close to Mr Gibson told T he Tribune that the MP was weighing his legal options about a possible libel suit against Mr Roberts. ( See story front page ). Yesterday's statements are the latest in a war of words between the Opposition and theFNM over a $152,000 contract awarded to C atsan and Chipman Ltd headed by Mr C hipman, the unsuccessful FNM candidate f or the Sea Breeze constituency in the 2007 election to audit the BMC. The firm, owned by Mr Chipman, also President of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, was one ofs even accounting firms that participated in an open bid process launched by the BMC last year. D uring a press conference at the PLP's Farr ington Road headquarters, Mr Roberts r evealed that Mr Gibson and Mr Chipman were business partners in wheelchair rental c ompany Braxton Wheels Limited incorporated on June 17, 2003. He provided a Registrar General's Department receipt, datedA ugust 28, 2006, to support his claims. The receipt lists Mr Gibson, along with Mr Chipm an, as the only shareholders in Braxton W heels Ltd. The last returns listed Mr Gibson as president and chairman of the Board of Directors and Reece Dean Chipman as managing director and vice-president, holding 3,000 and 2,000 shares respectively. There can be no denying of the fact that to the extent that Reece Chipman and KenyattaG ibson are in any sort of partnership raises a legitimate concern about an actual or perceived conflict of interest arising from their common business relationship," said Mr Roberts, flanked by PLP MP for St ThomasM ore Frank Smith, and two party stalwarts. "Why did the (BMC f irm with the highest bid for work that could have been performed by other, more reputable and more experienced accounting firms?It i s fair to ask whether Mr Chipman's firm has t he professional expertise, capacity and the manpower to effectively conduct and complete this engagement as do the other firmst hat submitted bids for this engagement." The PLP chairman also questioned whether Mr Chipman is listed as a chartered accountantw ith the Bahamas Institute of Chartered A ccountants. F ROM page one FNM denies McCartney quit after row with Deputy PM PLPchairman in contract fury FROM page one FROM page one Kenyatta Gibson
ing on a court to give it an election victory. I find it staggering, Mr Moss told The Tribune yesterday. Currently there can be no declared winner of the Elizabeth byelection as the results are currently before the courts. Following an intense two-day recount, the FNMs Dr Duane Sands stands ahead of the PLPs Ryan Pinder with 1,501 votes to Mr Pinders 1,499. The PLP is challenging five protested ballots which if counted could give their party a majority of three votes and the victory in the Elizabeth constituency. Court hearings are set to begin on March 11th. In the meantime Mr Moss said that he thinks the focus of the PLP should now be on training its people on how to conduct electionsand trying to clean up the party so that it is more attractive to a wider majority of Bahamians. Having won the Elizabeth seat with a majority of over 1,200 votes in 2002, and by some 45 votes in 2007, Mr Moss said this last result in the by-election should prove to the party that the leadership of the organization is taking the PLP down the wrong path. If the PLP wants to have a chance at winning the next general election, they need to take a hard look at changing the leadership. The leadership has lost its appeal. Even in the most dire of circumstance that we see the country in today they are unable to attract people to the party. And even though they talk about the amount of money the FNM spent in that by-election, you are supposed to have this victory secured. And these guys still cant pull it off. They have Bradley (Robertsbombastic ways. Those styles are played out. You have to be about something different to attract people to you, he stressed. Having challenged the partys current leader Perry Christie in their last national convention and lost, Mr Moss said that he is not afraid to continue to speak out against the leadership of his party. He said that he is also not concerned about being denied a nomination to run under the partys banner in the St Cecilia constituency as he already does not hold out much hope of actually getting the nomination. Mr Christie promised that there would be consequences for those who opposed him so Im not too concerned about that. See, they want you to be someone who is all about this hero-worship. You must be a yes-man. Well I am not about that. I came into politics to make a difference. I didnt come into politics to make a living. Anybody who knows me knows that. And they can try their tricks but come 2012 I will be the representative for St Cecilia. They can count on that, he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F REDERICKSTREET|WULFFROAD|MADEIRAPLAZA|ROBINHOOD|CABLEBEACH|FREEPORT|MARSHHARBOUR FastTrack yourplans... witha FastTrack Loan.FidelityBank FastTrack Loan Fast Trackyour loan Call Today! Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastApplytodayforTheFidelityBank FastTrack Loan bysalarydeduction. FastTrack loans arealsoavailable with Debt $AVER consolidationloans soyoucanborrowandsave! HOME IMPROVEMENTS C AR PURCHASE E DUCATIONAL LOAN first time allow Bahamians a taste of Hollywood, right in its own backyard. B ishop Ellis continued: We are aware that the Bahamian people have come to know Tyler through his Madea character and I am happy once again to have the privilege to afford our people the opportunity to meet him up-close and personal. A s the venue will only be able to accommodate 400 persons, Bahamians are encouraged to acquire tickets from the GEMS radio station at their earliest availability, which is scheduled for late next week. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to theS ister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, a group that seeks to offer solace and community for those affected by the disease. According to the Bahamas Film Commission, films and TV productions shot in the Bahamas can inject up to $15m illion into the nations economy outside of increased Bahamian employment opportunities. The sequel, shot partially in Eleuthera and Exuma, was reported to have brought in nearly $1 million to the islands economy. M inister Vanderpool-Wallace acknowledged, Advertising has changed greatly over the years, many times the commercials that we are running can be skipped or avoided due to amenities such as TiVo. The one thing that they can never take out is product p lacement within the film or show, and there is no better product placement than to show the water and the beauty of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. When people see this film they will get to see the wonders of the Bahamas in a way that we could not have possibly reproduced on our own. The tourism minister said the event is a testament that anybody can assist in the development of tourism, highlighting its succession as a direct result of Bishop Ellis initiative and relationship with the American superstar. Bishop Ellis met the entertainment icon by chance through like religious affiliations, over the years they maintained a friendship and when Mr Perry developed an interest in purchasing an island, he turned to Bishop Ellis for advice. When I approached the Minister of Tourism early last year, Bishop Ellis said, and requested that he and other government officials arrange to have a meeting with Tyler because of the work that he was currently doing in the Bahamas, it was already evident to me that Tyler was enthralled with the beauty and people of our country. Why Did I Get Married Too is scheduled for release in the United States on April 2. and second stories fell on them. Their bodies are stillt here and they dont know w hen they are going to be able to retrieve them. Thats a stark reminder of what we a re dealing with. Bishop Simeon Hall brought boxes of food, medi c ine and clothing, handing them over to Ambassadordesignate to Haiti, former Commodore Butch Scavella. H e said the trip showed him how very badly our Haitian brothers and sisters need our h elp. I commend the Haitian people for the resilience oft heir spirit, he said. It seems they have acclimatedto their circumstances. When asked if he thought t he tragedy could have a silver lining Bishop Hall responded: God has a way of bring i ng answers to prayers. For years, Haiti and has been beleaguered and beset by badg overnance and now every country in the world is helping Haiti and giving aid. This is Gods way of bringing Haiti t o the forefront and I am hop ing the Haitian and those e lected to serve will recognise this is something bigger than themselves and move for ward. O ther religious leaders who took the journey included Father Alaine M. Laverne ofS t. Bede's Catholic Church, Father Roland Vilfot of the Catholic Haitian community i n the Bahamas, and Bishop Elgarnett Rahming. Ambassador-designate Scavella says the presence of s o many international forces is creating an atmosphere that makes him feel relatively safea mongst the chaos. There was more devasta tion when I got here (than what you see now). I saw bodies, limbs and lots more debris, he said. The gov ernment and the internation a l community are really cleaning up the place. People are getting on with business as usual because they have tos urvive but the devastation is very apparent. Mr. Scavella said at present, t he government is very concerned about ensuring that all of the Haitian people areh oused. Help for the people of Haiti is warranted. But the residents are not in need of c lothes as much as they are in need of financial assistance. These resilient and proudp eople would much rather have the collateral necessary to rebuild their homes and to fuel their entrepreneurial spirit. Pain and resilience among the rubble FROM page two F ROM page one Tyler Perry film to premiere in Bahamas TYLERPERRY Paul Moss:PLP must change leadership FROM page one