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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 Confidence high as cr ucial vote looms C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.70MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 76F LOW 65F N E W S SEE PAGESIX Dump blazes probe FNM and PLP claim success in Eliza beth The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com n rf!bnntfr'*'$+&$$%&+ &!r"!! &nn !! &)!%&+$(%!!& #'$&$%(%%&$'+!$$!f! f! &&%)%$%-#(+*',%(.". f'%%t%+b P A G E S C 4 A N D C 5 STARTINGTODAY ONPAGE 11... AN INITIATIVE SHOWCASING THE WORKOFYOUNGBAHAMIANS B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter p firstname.lastname@example.org BOTH the FNM and the PLP are expressing confidence that they will be victorious at the polls in tomorrows Elizabeth by-election. PLP candidate Ryan Pinder has gone on record to predict a landslide victory for himself, while the FNMs candidate Dr Duane Sands has tempered his enthusiasm stating the people of Elizabeth will be the true and only deciders. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, both the PLP and the FNMs candidates were still in the constituency campaigning doorto-door as they were taking nothing for granted in the final hours before the cru cial vote. Currently, Mr Pinder is leading all other candidates in an online poll on The Tri X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION SEE page 12 DELROYBOOTHEWINSMARATHONBAHAMAS By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com P OLICE arrested six suspected male and f emale strippers during weekend raids on two clubs. T hree men from Atlanta, Georgia, were arrested for allegedly stripping at a Mackey Six arrests in swoop on clubs DELROYBOOTHE from Grand Bahama, wins the Marathon Bahamas. He came to town on St Valentines Day to power his way to victory in the gruelling 26.2 mile road race. Boothe stopped the clock at Arawak Cay in 2hr 59:31, well off his national record. SEE SPORTFORFULLSTORY; MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2 By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Mangrove Cay c ommunity of South Andros is struggling to come to terms with a stabbing attack on two of its respected elderly citizens. Reverend Catherine Nairn, 70 years, and her 73-year-old husband, retired Corporal Carl Nairn, who is blind, suffered from life threaten ing stab wounds after encountering a startled Shock in Andr os over stabbing of elderly couple POLICE are investigating a death threat made to a second government minister. The latest threat came in an anonymous letter sent to Minister of State Branville McCartney last week. The letter demands Mr McCartney to resign or else he will be killed, according to sources within the police force. This latest incident Police probing new death threat SEE page 14 SEE page 13 SEE page 13 By AVA TURNQUEST email@example.com A 37-YEAR-OLD Jamaican teacher from central Eleuthera was remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation yesterday. In an initial report revealed by The Tribune the teacher, Orville Clarke had been taken into custody on Friday for allegedly indecently assaulting young girls at Governors Harbour High School. Clarke was arraigned on five counts of indecent assault before assistant Family Island administrator Margaret Symonette, and was not required to enter a plea for the T eacher remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre SEE page 13 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f PAGE 3: Andre Rollins in late plea to voters.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RUNNERS come down the Paradise Island bridge heading to Shirley Street. RUNNERS (above and below ELLEN KEY finishes the half marathon. GIAHNA SOLES puts on a turn of pace. THEBAHAMASMARATHON: PHOTOSPECIAL PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE SPOR T FOR MORE PHOTOS AND FULL STOR Y
B y PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org NATIONAL Development Party candidate Dr Andre Rollins is calling upon con-s tituents of Elizabeth to send a strong message to the FNM and the PLP in tomorrows by-election by voting him in to the H ouse of Assembly as their next elected representative to fight on their behalf. This move, Dr Rollins said, would be a clear signal to bothm ajor political parties that the people of this country are fed up with the poor representa t ion they have been receiving o ver the years. My hope is that the people o f Elizabeth will realise that they have a very important decision to make, Dr Rollins said. They must transcend part y lines. Because the voters of Eliz a beth are really sending a mess age to the PLP and the FNM a s to whether they support what they see is going on in both of those political parties and their performance in this country. I n Dr Rollins opinion there are many issues that either par t y have failed to effectively hand le, which include crime, land r egistration, the judicial system, and a host of many others. I could go on and on about the complaints people have. I spoke to a parent yesterday w hose child has special needs and she cant get the kind of care that is needed for him because it is so cost prohibitive. So what I would like the p eople in Elizabeth to consider is that a vote for the PLP or the FNM is a vote to say that you are satisfied with where your c onstituency is today. Unhappy So if you are unhappy, if you think those political par-t ies could have done more, I am appealing to those voters to give me two and a half years to hold both of these parties a ccountable in the House of Assembly and to cause the governing party to be more effective in their role as the governing party. It is not too much to ask for that small window of time to prove my worth; and if I am f ound to be unworthy I expect to be voted out. The people in Elizabeth have a unique chance to put pressure on both parties that t hey are not satisfied with their performance and this will cause the change that people around this country want and have not s een to be happening. By voting for me they will force both the PLP and FNM to become more serious in addressing the issues that ares erious in this country. So Im hopeful that the constituents of Elizabeth would send a strong message to not a llow both of these parties to take them for granted because it is no longer acceptable to have their issues addressed only on the eve of a by-election, hes aid. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J Ja a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance P ARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Errol Bethel said some 4,943 names are on the voters register for tomorrows by-e lection and it is important for voters to know the polling divisions and go to their correct locations. P olling divisions open at 8am and close at 6pm. H owever, the Parliamentary Commissioner can allow additional time toe nsure the division is open for 10 hours. T he list is in alphabetical order that makes it easy for people to locate theirn ames. At the left of the list is a number bearing the v oter's polling division. There are two polling places and six polling sta-t ions. Voters in polling division numbers 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 will go to Faith Temple Christian Academy on Pine Barren Road and vot-e rs in polling divisions numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 11 will go to Thelma Gib-s on Primary School in Elizabeth Estates. We want to make sure people understand who can vote. We have madee very effort to contact everybody on the list. I a dmit that we did not make contact with some people, but we have somei nformation on people who may have moved, said Mr Bethel. Registered Persons entitled to vote must be: registered as av oter, a citizen of The Bahamas, 18 years of age or older, and should haveb een living in the con stituency at least three m onths before they regis tered. They must not be subject to any legal inca-p acity (not in prison or unsound mind by virtue of any act). Anyone who has left the constituency within sixm onths is not entitled to vote. People who have been outside of the constituency for this period and are still on the list should not come to vote, said Mr Bethel. They cannot legally vote if they have moved out for more than six months. If they are not entitled to vote and they vote charges can be brought against them because they are committing an offence. Parliamentary Registration Department prepares for by-election Rollins makes late plea to voters NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTY candidate for the Elizabeth by-election Dr Andre Rollins (left for the area Ryan Pinder to a public debate. Elizabeth constituents urged to send powerful message to FNM, PLP X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION
E DITOR, The Tribune. I have been hoping that by now some authoritative source would have put the argument over the constitutionality of the nominations i n Elizabeth to rest. I guess the lawyers feel it is up to the recognised author ities in the use of the English Language to do so, (as the debate is not over a point of law at all) while that group is leaving it up to the lawyers. The matter is quite simple if one simply refers to the m eaning of the words that comprise the English Language. I hope the English Department of the College of the Bahamas might see one of their roles is to guide the nation in understanding offic ial English Language. The period thirty days before the date of the elec tion began on January 16th, and will end on February 15th. The confusion stems from our understanding of the words prior to and within. For many months there was a notice on the Community Page of ZNS TV saying that notices must be handed in within 48 hours of the date on which they were to be aired. That meant if you wanted a notice aired on Thursday it was too early to take it in on Monday as within 48 hours before Thursday meant Tuesday or Wednesday. A fter many months, the Community Page Notice was corrected to what is there now (and I suggest what was meant all along): hours prior to the date on which it is to be aired. I hope it will soon be recog nised by everyone concerned that within thirty days before the date of the election means any day from the Jan uary 16th, through to the February 15th. If they ever get around to doing election reform, they might want to consider mak ing the period to be between the publishing of the writ of election and a week (or even two weeks) prior to the date of the election. But plainly one does not publish declarations such as those required before one knows if and when there will be an election. CHARLES SWEETING Nassau, February 15, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. I would be grateful if you would print my thoughts on the Great Comedy Debate which was held recently inE lizabeth. I have read with much a musement in The Tribune over the last few days with all of the detractors com-p laining about Dr. Sands not taking part. From what I saw it was a comedy show star-r ing Rodney Moncur. Dr. Sands proved how s mart he was by not taking part in a FARCE which was orchestrated by Mr. Jones( who is my friend) and the PLP. A political debate if handled properly might well be good between the leaderso f political parties and in a setting where who comes in c an be controlled so that there would be no heckling from spectators or theyw ould be thrown out. It appears to all watching that the PLP are very desperate to hold on to Elizabeth because as I watched the replay of their rally I was totally amused to see LadyP indling brought up on stage to speak. I am shocked that they would ask thisL ady (for whom I have a lot of respect) to do such a t hing. The entire gist of each speaker was to take people back to the 60's and 70'sw hen there was so much racial turmoil here in our B ahamas. This is without a doubt one of the main reasons why the PLP were vot-e d out of office in 2007 because the young Bahamians are not interested in and d o not want any part of racial division they want a government that is going tob e transparent and who cares for the underprivileged of this nation and that hasb een demonstrated by the unemployment benefits w hich are a FIRST in the history of the Bahamas put in place by the caring FNM. A lot is being said about what is being fixed in Elizab eth. Well if the PLP were at all concerned about Elizabeth they were the govern-m ent for five years why did they not fix these things or a re they trying to say Elizabeth did not need anything while they were in office? I t reminds me of Lower Bogue which has always been PLP and when they got in office the roads were deplorable so BradleyR oberts came and had a meeting which I attended and he told the people that t hey were going to fix the Glass Window bridge and the roads, well they neverg ot close to fixing the Bridge or the roads in Lower Bogue i t took a caring FNM government to fix the roads for the people of LowerB ogue. Were they only interested in what they could get for themselves, which can be seen by com paring some of their disclos ures in 2002 and 2007 I heard B. J. complaining about RED plates in his speech, well blow me down some people have short memories because I remem-b er in 2007 an administrator who not only delivered paraphernalia but was actually campaigning in a REDp lated Government vehicle right up to the day before E lection and if I am not mistaken it was the PLP who started all of these unscrupu-l ous activities in the Bahamas. It was common knowledge b y all and sundry prior to the PLP's convention that R yan Pinder was fighting to get the nomination for Clifton, so I am now certaini n my mind that there are factions within the PLP f ighting against each other in a power struggle and they are using poor Ryanb ecause they figured he had deep pockets to fund the c ampaign otherwise Craig Butler, who was the peoples choice, would have beenc hosen. The Haitians in Elizabeth are smarter than the PLP think they are and they well remember that the only time their brothers and sisters with proper documents werei llegally taken out of their beds in the middle of the night and transported toN assau without being given the courtesy of someone l ooking at their papers was under a PLP Minister who treated them like animals. E lizabeth voters know who is best for them and t hey can see for themselves. ABNER PINDER Spanish Wells, February 14, 2007. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm T HE BRUTAL early morning attack in their home on two of Mangrove Cay, A ndros leading citizens has not only angered the community, but highlighted its neglect by central government and according to some residents its MP. Rev Catherine Nairn, 70, for many years a Mangrove Cay school teacher, now pastor of St James Baptist Church, Mangrove Cay,h ad had a particularly busy day Friday as she had preached that evening at the Zion B aptist Church convention, which was held at her church. The Zion convention opened in Mangrove Cay on Wednesday and closed yesterday with Pastor Nairn scheduled to read the Scripture at the 11am church service. Instead she was in hospital in Nassau, having been flown in by air ambulance ear l y Saturday morning after she and her blind husband, retired Corporal Carl Nairn, 73, w ere attacked in their home at about 4 oclock that morning. In Nassau Cpl. Nairn w as treated and discharged from hospital, but Pastor Nairn was admitted. According to persons close to the family a doctor is quoted as saying that if the blade of the culprits knife had gone in another inch, the pastor w ould have been dead. Not only were people upset by the stabb ing of these two leading citizens things like that just dont happen in Mangrove C ay was the common refrain but suddenly they realised how bereft they were of facilities to handle such emergencies. Their natural upset grew to outrage when they discovered that the ambulance was not work ing to take the couple to the airport to be airlifted to hospital in Nassau. It was difficult to see a woman of God having to be shoved into the back of someo nes used caravan when a few feet away was an ambulance that looked to be in good condition, but was not running, said an angry resident. As the emergency clock ticked on, residents frustration and anger grew. Something wrong with this, said one. When they call the police station after they found out about Pastor Nairn, the policeman say they get no car to come out in. When Pastor Nairn had identified her attacker as a former student, private citizens went in search of him not the police who had no transport. When one of the pri vate citizens phoned the station to say they were holding someone of interest, an offduty sergeant was quickly dispatched. We see the sergeant go flying by in one car, we dont know who he borrow it from! scoffed another resident. Three men were held for questioning. W e understand that one was released, but the other two remained of interest. A nd then residents discovered that the clinic had no transport. The clinic ain get no car either, another caller told us. They had an old car that went to Nassau because its condemned, but they sent it right back, itc ost more to pay the freight on the car than it was worth, the car must be almost 20 yearso ld. A middle aged man then chipped in. You t hink thats bad, the fire truck is not even working here. If we had a fire in Little Harbour plenty house will burn down, because of the fire truck and nowhere it could get water. After talking with these residents it was clear that the essential services in Mangrove C ay had no transport or fire engine to take care of emergencies, but the staff of the Mini stry of Works, Environmental Health and Social Services were well wheeled. The other government departments have vehicles, and they just riding up and down all day. The Ministry of Works (one truck using government truck for personal use. Environment Health staff going to the wash h ouse on weekends in theirs (two trucks and Social Services have a new car up and d own, and the poor police have no car! This is not the first time that we have w ritten about the abuse of government vehicles by staff. This might seem petty, but especially in a tight economy this is where government has to stop the unnecessary leaks. We asked about the cost of gas in Mangrove Cay, only to be told that at one station it is $5.00 a gallon, and at another it is $5.50. This is nothing to sneeze at. Running four g overnment vehicles up and down for private use can be quite a costly little item at the end of the week. In a letter to his son, Lord Chesterfield, an English politician, gave sound advice. Take care of the pence, he said, and the pounds will take care of themselves. The letter was written in 1774. That advice is as good today as it was then. The reason that we are always broke, is that we are loath to take care of the pennies. The government would be well advised to investigate, and if Mangrove Cay residents complaints are found to be true, then speedy action is required. Mangrove residents are upset and fright ened about what happened to the Nairns, but they are also angry about what they call the neglect of the communitys essential needs by both governments PLP and FNM and an MP we hardly see. Sands smart not to attend comedy show LETTERS email@example.com Mangrove Cay residents upset Argument over constitutionality of Elizabeth by-election nominations
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A WOMAN was killed in a tragic tree felling accident yesterday. A ccording to a police report, a male and female r esident of Lazaretta Road were cutting down pine trees in Dignity Gardens wheno ne fell on the woman, striking her on the head. E MS personnel responded to the incident which happened at about 8.46am,h owever the woman had succumbed to her injuries. P olice investigations continue. Elsewhere, police reporte d a number of stabbings and armed robberies. Sometime around 8.50pm on Friday, police received information of a stabbing atS oldier Road and Old Trail Road. Police responded and i nformation received is that a male who had dropped a f emale friend off was approached by a group of men who demanded cash.T he man told them he had no cash and was subseq uently stabbed about the body. The victim drove himself to hospital where he isl isted in stable condition. A short time later, around 9.30pm, police received information of a stabbing at Corner Pocket Bar, Fox H ill. It is reported that while at the Corner Pocket Bar, a man was stabbed multiplet imes to the chest by another man. The victim was take n to hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Police are following leadsi nto the matter. A hour later, police r eceived another call of a stabbing this time on Finlayson Street. Rocks Two males were walking on the road when they werea pproached by a group of man throwing rocks and bottles. Subsequently, one of the men was stabbed multiple times about the body.H e was taken to hospital, w here he is listed in serious condition. A nd finally on Sunday morning, at about 2.45am, police received reports of as tabbing at Faith Avenue North, Carmichael Road. O fficers responded and found that a man, while at a club on Carmichael Road,g ot into an altercation with another man, which resulted in him being stabbed to the lower back. The victim was taken to hospital where he isi n stable condition. Police i nvestigations continue. Additionally, police also conducted a drug arrest overt he weekend where they took into custody two men f or allegedly having in their possession a small amount of marijuana. A ccording to the crime log, police officers on patrol i n the Lifebuoy Street area conducted a search of a 1993 Gray Nissan Sentra occu-p ied by two men. Officers discovered a small amount o f suspected marijuana, and the occupants, were taken in custody. A man was also robbed of cash in the parking lot of the Cricket Club on Friday night by another man who was clad in dark clothing andw ielding a handgun. According to the police, this incident occurred some-t ime around 8.35pm and the culprit was able to make g ood his escape on foot in the area of Chippingham Road. And finally, policea re investigating reports that a mans jaw was fractured a fter he got into an altercation with another man on Trinidad Avenue in Eliza-b eth Estates. The incident took place on Saturday around 10.20pm. Police investigations continue. Woman killed in pine tree cutting accident SIR Arthur Foulkes, deputy to the Governor General and Director General of The Bahamas Information Services, will represent The Bahamas at the funeral for the Hon. Ralston Milton Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI row. Professor Nettleford, 76, died on February 2 from a heart attack in Washington, DC, U SA, where he was attending a UWI fundraiser. He is being accorded an Official Funeral by the government of Jamaica. Sir Arthur will be accompanied by his wife, Joan Lady Foulkes, and Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. The Progressive Liberal Party will be represented by Fred Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill. A delegation from the College of The Bahamas will also attend the Official Funeral which will be held at 10:00am in the Uni-v ersity Chapel at the Mona Campus of UWI in Kingston. In a statement issued following Mr Nettlefords death, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham offered condolences to his family on behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas, and expressed sympathy to the Jamaican people on the passing of their native son who was the proverbial Renaissance man. The Prime Minister described Professor Nettleford as a profoundly Caribbean man, who celebrated the unique history of the region through his writings and artistic expression and who was deeply committed to education as a major vehicle for region al development. Rex Nettleford made extraordinary con tributions to Jamaica, the wider Caribbean, and the Caribbean Diaspora as an educator, sociologist, writer, social critic, dancer, choreographer and trade unionist. He was a committed regionalist who was also internationally recognized for his intellectual and creative pursuits, Prime Minister Ingraham said. Both Jamaica and the wider Caribbean have lost a native son whose extraordinary talents will be missed. The Bahamas joins Caribbean people throughout the world in mourning the death of this revered cultural icon, the Prime Minister added. Professor At the time of his death, Mr. Nettleford was a professor of Extra Mural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI head of the Trade Union Education Institu tion, having previously served as Vice Chancellor of UWI for a number of years. He also lectured at the Universitys Caribbean Institution of Media and Communication (CARIMAC). Professor Nettlefords contributions to the cultural life of Jamaica included his founding and service as the artistic director and principal choreographer of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC led the company for nearly 50 years and was himself a brilliant dancer. Professor Nettleford also served as the Cultural Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jamaica and as a cultural advisor to Carifest a and UNESCO, as well as to the Govern ment of Ghana. He visited The Bahamas on numerous occasions and knew many Bahami ans through his visits and work at UWI. Sir Arthur Foulkes to represent Bahamas at Nettleford funeral REX NETTLEFORD SIR ARTHUR FOULKES HUBERT INGRAHAM Police also investigate stabbings, armed robberies POLICEREPORTS
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux said it is not the B ahamas aim to have the biggest ship registry in the world, but r ather one that is comprised of quality ship owners. Mr Deveaux was responding to reports that the Bahamas' ship registry has beens downgraded to fourth place by an international research company. C larkson Research Services claims the Marshall Islands Registry is now the world's third largest open registry, with 50.7 million gross tonnage, in comparison to the 49.6 m illion gross tonnage recorded for the B ahamas. However, at the Bahamas International Maritime Conference in Freeport, Mr Deveaux noted that the Bahamas has thet hird largest registered fleet in the world w ith over 52 million gross tons. He stated that the Bahamas Maritime A uthority has the responsibility of pro moting and publicising the Bahamas, d omestically and internationally, as a world class maritime cluster. Ideal According to the minister, the Bahamas is ideal for ship owners, s hip managers and ship operators looking for a home for his business because it has a strong financial center, a stable democracy, as ound legal system, favorable taxation regime, and its currency is on par with the US dollar. B esides these advantages, Minister Deveaux stressed that the Bahamas aims to attract the top end of the market in whatever field it enters. When we set out to attract ships to our fleet, we look for the quality owner with ships of which we can be proud, he said. It is not our aim to have the biggest fleet in the world. What we r eally want is the best. Fortunately, there are owners who share our aspirations. We are o n the White List of all the worlds Port State Control regimes. IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos said the Bahamas h as emerged over the last decade as a leading shipping register in the world. He praised the country for its responsible attitude towards safety, security and the protection of the environment. Were it not for such a responsible attitude,I do not think the registry would have been entrusted with so many and such big and sophisticated ships, including the Oasis of the Seas, he said. But, of course, with the glory goes the responsibility and the more accolades, the more those in charge of the flag should inten s ify their efforts not only to preserve what has been acquired, but also to move to higher pinnacles. Bahamas aims to have ship registry full of quality ship owners EARL DEVEAUX POLICE are investigating three separate fires at the city dump on Tonique Williams-Darling Drive which they suspect have been intentionally set ablaze sometime late last week. According to press officer Chrislyn Skippings, Fire Services were first alerted to the blaze sometime around 7.30pm on Friday night. Firemen fought the fire through the night. They responded and were met with three different areas of the dump ablaze. It is believed the fire was inten tionally set, however no damage has been caiused to nearby homes and it has been contained to the landfill only, she said. Police investigations are continuing. POLICEPROBECITY DUMPBLAZES P H O T O S : F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com C ONCERNED fishermen will develop prop osals to protect the fishing industry amid fears a commercial vessel docked in Freeport will net tuna on an unprecedented scale. As the law allows indiscriminate fishing with n ets a mile-long and 900ft deep, as is said to be rigged on the commercial fishing boat in Grand Bahama, fishermen from across the islands are working together to protect the sport-fishing i ndustry. T hey fear the large-scale netting of yellowfin tuna will deplete stocks and kill off vulnerable bycatch such as porpoises and juvenile fish, and are seeking to mitigate the impact on local stocks. T he concerned fishermen propose restricting netting in prescribed areas, imposing offshore distance limits of 15 miles or more and having an independent observer on the boat to monitor b y-catch. F urther proposals are for the Bahamian government to consult with the International Commission for the Conservation ofAtlantic Tunas (ICCAT d ata on tuna populations and sets fishing quotas for Atlantic tuna. Although the ICCAT does not consider yellowfin tuna to be overfished, genera l manager of the Black Fly Bonefish Club in Abaco Clint Kemp is concerned the Bahamian waters will be. H e said: Its a huge operation and there has to be limitations and some sort of mitigation. Tuna are not even considered in any of our f ishing regulations, and with no legislation in place about netting in the deep waters, we have got to step in on these processes. Compromise There is room here for a sort of a compromise, but if there is no compromise, that boat is going to be at Hole in the Wall and Dutch Bar, where people go recreational fishing, and its g oing to be a tremendous blow to that stock. The Bahamian-registered fishing boat in Grand Bahama, understood to have a Mediterranean crew, has not yet applied for acommercial fishing permit, according to director of marine resources Michael Braynen. However, if an application is submitted he will have little grounds to refuse it, as the boat operators are Bahamians conducting a legal operation. H e will only be able to ask the boat captain not to fish in particular areas, and cannot prohibit them from doing so. Mr Braynan said: Those are the kinds of restrictions that could be used to satisfy legitimate concerns people might have, but they have not been explored to any extent, or any degree. James Pinder said: I think f or a gay cruise is provoking controversy. The Bahamian people are too anti-gay and unaccepting and are not ready. H owever we all deserve equality, whether you are black, white, female, gay or disabled, everyone has a right to be thep erson who they are and no o ne has the right to judge you based on your colour, religion, sexuality or gender. I'd be surprised if I got to heaven and d idn't see one gay there. Contributor wrote: Standing up for what is decent andp rotecting our little ones is w orth more than the money they bring into our country. So s hould you buy stolen goods from a thief just because you h ave the money! When you know its a thief, it is your responsibility to report that individual to the police. Why support something you do not b elieve in, especially when the higher-power destroyed it a ccording to the Holy Scrip tures! Again its not hating t hem, its just not supporting that lifestyle. They are free to do what they want, but stop the flaunting and boldness about this lifestyle, because it is not natural. May they all find the will and power to resist thatl ifestyle, in the name of Jesus....Amen Darweesh simply said: Unnatural thing is unnatural and cant be accepted by human beings. The Bee said: I remember when the word 'gay' meant happy, carefree, etc, but they h ave taken over the word and corrupted its meaning, right b efore our eyes, just as they have corrupted the world and family values. I remember after the confrontations during the last ship's visit, a lesbian say-i ng don't they know that we have friends in high places? D on't they know that we have money? Factsarefacts said: There are many Christians who love homesexuals as their brothers and sisters in Christ, so stop crying hypocrisy. It is an abomination to God, and so too to Christians; that does not make Christians a hypocrite! It is God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorra. The Bahamas is onlya stop to rest for most of these cruise ships, they have all they need on board, why come off and spend anything onshore! Repent said: No-one ever said gays dont have rights, they are human beings, yes, but keep your business to yourselves! Tish Riley said: You cannot create a change in any individual or really convey the LOVE of Christianity without acceptance, tolerance and indifference to their negative aspects. Jesus ate with sinners ...someof those may have been homosexuals ... he did not pass judgment, rather he treated them as equals and spoke to them in parables they could understand. The Christian community needs to wake up to the message they are conveying and the manner in which they convey the same. Respect is key. Erasmus Folly said: Our people's ignorance and religiosity (they are not spiritual or religious in any meaningful sense of the word in my view just bigoted and loud mouthed like their white Republican reli gious fools to the north) is truly scary and mind boggling. This is Taliban nonsense effec tively. The fact that they cannot see their similarity to the reli gious extremists in Islam is just laughable. The stupid definitely do not know they are stupid! H ow could they? If you believe the earth is 6000 years old, you h ave been fooled wholesale and your understanding of this world and this universe is very small, trite and narrow. Cre ation is far bigger and far moreb eautiful than the fantasy version of history and science t aught in her schools of superstitious mumbo-jumbo every S unday. READ BAHAMAS! Expand your horizons! If you have a Daverage nationally, that means your country is fail ing religion cannot help that only math and science can. Open your eyes, your mind and R EAD and TRAVEL beyond Miami our commercial Mec ca for this lovely Christian nation. A baco Dinghy s aid: Bahamians don't mind taking m oney from those in the drug trade or criminals, but they h ave an issue with taking money from gays who are law-abid ing citizens generally (and many are very wealthy). AAH HHhhh the IRONY! C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE news that another gay cruise is to set sail f or the Bahamas has sparked heated debate among The T r ibunes online users. S ource Events, a company that specialises is t ours for gays and lesbians, is organising the fourday Pride Cruise to the Bahamas on behalf of M iami Beach Gay pride. H owever, in 1998, 2004 and 2006, similar cruise tours were greeted with angry protests when they p ulled into the port of Nassau. With the Pride C ruise due to visit the Bahamas in April we asked our online r e aders: Do you think Bahamia ns are now accepting enough of alternate l ifestyles to allow this ship to sail in without any problems? The result was: Yes 68; No 158. H ere are some of the comments left by voters Tribune readers say no to gay cruise Fishermen to develop plans to protect industry TOUGHTIMES: Fishermen hope to safeguard their business.
By ADRIAN GIBSON firstname.lastname@example.org T H E Elizabeth by-election has resulted in much fluttering in the political hencoop, as the once overl ooked constituency has become the latest drool-worthy t arget in Bahamian politics. In recent weeks, the electoral machinery of the major and fringe parties have descended upon Elizabeth, spawning a buzz-emitting campaign and employing rhetoric that has driven political tensions into the stratosphere. A s the by-election proceeds, Bahamians must demand better representation and reject the notion of chill-and-grill politics. The hotly-contested by-election appears to be a run-off between FNM leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and PLP leader Perry Christie, as t hese political personalities seem to have even overshadowed their partys candidates, as posters featuring their images are ubiquitous throughout the constituency. Both leaders seem to be acknowledging the belief that this election will go down to the wire, seemingly o ffering themselves as ghost candidates to revivify the voters of Elizabeth. Recently, both the PLP and the FNM have spared no effort in fervidly assailing the other. Of late, as evidenced by the s o-called great debat, there has b een some noteworthy political skirmishes, with sources in Elizabeth suggesting that certain political stooges are out inf orce and offering money for votes. Indeed, in our culture of paternalistic bribery during e lections, it is no surprise when told that payoffs are factored into most local electoral budgets and of episodes where inducements have been offered. I t is highly likely that the disb ursement of money, job offers and material gifts have all been a part of this yet unfinished political story. I nstead of becoming political whores and selling their votes to the highest bidder, I encourage the people of Elizab eth to flex their democratic muscles for the national good and the good of their community ... whatever their choice may be. B eyond the world-class sputtering at rallies and the overt attempts of some politicians to woo voters at all costs, the elect orate in Elizabeth must demand true representation a nd use their votes judiciously, refusing to accept outright lies and half-truths. Indeed, in our culture of rock and bottlep olitics, discerning voters must be tired of the dry jargon ofp olitical mouthpieces whose fevered rhetoric has many times b een utilized simply to retain political control, above any gen uine change, in what often amounts to a mere fulfillment of their own delusions ofg randeur. Elizabeth must choose a representative withv ision, commitment and pur pose. A cross the nation, an enlightened electorate must judge a candidates character and integrity and refuse to blindly follow a political Pied Piper just b ecause he wears a partys color. J our ne ymen B esides the major parties, the contest in Elizabeth is more intensified as it features a nebulous assortment of political journeymen. E lizabeth, in its various manifestations has, with a few e xceptions, been a PLP strong hold. I n reality, the electoral race in Elizabeth is a referendum on the FNMs performance, with an outcome that is likely to be reverberated nationally during the next general election. In what is likely to be a close contest, an FNM loss would put its agenda in peril and perhaps n ecessitate policy shifts. While the by-election fea tures several highly-qualified candidates, issues arise about both of the candidates repre senting the major parties. Of late, PLP candidate Ryan Pinder wriggled out of any questions that may have arisen, if he wins, about his dual citi zenship and undivided allegiance by renouncing his US citizenship. It appears that Mr Pinder was aware that an elec toral challenge, pursuant to article 48 (1b tion, may have cropped up in determining whether the threshold was surmounted, in the past, relative to his assertion of his US citizenship. Mr Pinder must have realized that in politics, it is impossible to be both fish and fowl or, as Jesus noted, to serve two masters. N ow that the PLP candidate h as relinquished in US citizenship, what are the possible economic consequences hes likely to face as a US tax attorney? M oreover, does Mr Pinder continue, if he previously did, top ay taxes to the US government? R yan Pinder has yet another hurdle to cross as the new Elizabeth is not primarily made up of his fathers old district, large ly Elizabeth Estates, and theref ore his fathers favour may be limited. However, Mr Pinder isa n eminently qualified and remarkable candidate. F NM candidate Dr Duane Sands has held numerous positions in various medical insti tutions, associations and oversight bodies and, with reference to NDP leader Dr Andre Rollins contention, voters s hould make inquiries of Dr Sands record and of instances w hen he has advocated on behalf of patients who have suffered medical negligence and sought redress. The voting public must demand to know Dr Sands position on the implementation and execution of a ffordable healthcare, on spe cial interests, on desperately n eeded improvements to the public hospital, on medical ethics and the sacking of rogue doctors and on altering the Princess Margaret Hospitals pitiable administration. That said, Dr Sands is the chosen one to replace PM Ingraham as FNM leader. Frankly, more than all of the FNMs so-called crown princes, Im told that, with Mr Ingra hams blessing, he is likely to become king! I have been reliably informed that following the by-election, Dr Sands, win or lose, is set to be fast-tracked, given a significant posting where he is extremely visible and, if he loses, offered a relatively safe seat during the next election. It appears, even by Mr Ingrahams own comments, that he is seeking a youthful, exceptional successor outside of what some consider as being the baggageladen cabal now assembled. Frankly, the only Bahamian heart surgeon appears to fit the bill! In the weekly obituaries every Thursday, it is not lost on me that Dr Sands is held in high esteem by families appreciative of his care and compassion who on this day list him as a survivor of a departed loved one. Undoubtedly, this is also not lost on the Prime Minister! The question is now whether, with the Mr Ingrahams bless ings, Dr Sands would be able to galvanize popular support in Elizabeth and beyond. Moreover, if the candidate for the BDM (Cassius Stuart or another third force somehow wins the by-election, it would demonstrate the peoples dissatisfaction with the status quo, an anti-establishment outlook that rebuffs political paternalism and the prolongation of a strict two party governmental structure. Indeed, there is a dire need for public interest defenders in local politics. Will the FNM once again rob the PLP of a chance to gloat as was evident after the PLPs failed election court challenges? Will a third party rock the boat? This by-election is cer tainly too close to call. 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PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham has paid tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning, philant hropist and former long-time secretary of the Bahamas Humane Society, who died last week aged 85. Mr Ingraham described Mrs K enning as a great Bahamian lady who was well known for her generosity to good causes. My colleagues and I share w ith many thousands of Bahamians a sense of great loss with the passing of Mrs Elizabeth (Betty OBE, one of our truly great cit-i zens who contributed so much in so many ways to the development of our Bahamian soci e ty, said Mr Ingraham. Mrs Kelly was a businessw oman in a Bahamian family noted for accomplishments in t he commercial world and was t he owner of the Betty K shipping business. She was an outstanding athlete, generous patron of sports, h umanitarian and animal lover. Mrs Kelly very early con-t ributed to the glorious athletic history of The Bahamas when s he competed locally and internationally and won many awards for swimming. Her love of this particular sport led her to contributem uch to the development of aquatic sports in The Bahamas o ver the years, culminating in the extraordinarily generous gift to the Bahamian people that made the development of the Betty Kenning aquatic facili ty at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre possible. Mrs Kenning was noted for her generosity to other causes a s well, especially animal wel fare. She characteristically gave of her time serving as President of the Bahamas Humane Society and funded the construction of the new animal hospital. This extraordinary Bahamia n lady will be sadly missed by a very grateful nation and especially among those in the sports community and animal lovers. My colleagues and I extend toh er family and close friends our deepest sympathy. She will be long remembered. Mrs Kenning, who is surv ived by her husband John, died at Doctors Hospital while being treated for pneumonia. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667When you think of the average SUV on the road today, you think of roadhogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers that wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M-Class from Mercedes-Benz. Withits superior German styling utilising only high-grade materials, its robust engine power delivering exemplary turn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the best choice in SUVs. PM pays tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning THE Government has reaffirmed its committment to providing quality healthcare services to the people of The B ahamas. Despite the worldwide economic downturn, the Government has embarked upon key initiatives, which will improve a ccess and increase the capacity for the delivery of quality services. A Ministry of Health spokesman said: This Government is fully appreciative of the need for a replacement hospital for the island of Grand Bahama. In this regard, a strategy has been devised for a phased redevelopment of the health facilities in the Freeport area, beginning with the construction of a new primary care facility, which will provide the Freeport community with improved access to primary care services and relieve the demand on the Rand. However, in the interim, a number of critical interventions are being implemented. Firstly, the Government is currently fast-tracking a special project for the construction of a new theatre and the expansion and upgrade of the existing theatre at the Rand Memorial Hospital in order to meet the current and expanding needs of the population in Grand Bahama. This initiative, which will cost the Government an estimated $1.6 million, will address the critical problem of long waiting times and repeated postponement of scheduled surgeries, increased lengths of stay and increased operating costs. Inadequate Another crucial problem at the Rand is the accident & emergency department where there are inadequate clinical spaces, which do not allow for proper patient triage or optimal patient flow. There is no designated trauma, acute cardiac cases, decontamination or emergency surgical area. All urgent, emergency and trauma patients are treated in an open emergency bay area, offering limited privacy. This issue has become a major source of concern for the Government and cannot be delayed any further. Therefore a project is underway to renovate and expand the main Accident and Emergency area at a contracted cost of $1.7 million. In order to accommodate this much needed expansion, plans have been mobilized to renovate a building on Coral Road at an estimated cost of $215,000 to relocate the out patient specialty clinic services and make way for the accident and emergency project. Additional investments are being made into many other infrastructural improvement initiatives at the Rand Hospital during this transition phase; including repair of the roof to the main building for approximately half a million dollars. The Government of The Bahamas wishes to reassure the general public and the Grand Bahama community that its health facilities management and development plans are strong and designed to support the provision of quality health services without compromise. Govt committed to quality health care BETTYKENNING HUBERTINGRHAM Philanthropist, former Bahamas Humane Society secretary died last week aged 85
BY SIR RONALD SANDERS (Sir Ronald Sanders is a business executive and former Caribbean diplomat who publishes widely on small states in the global c ommunity). I N what is clearly an act of madness the Robert M ugabe government in Zimbabwe published on February 9 th regulations governing Indig enization and Economic Empowerment making it compulsory for white-owned companies in Zimbabwe to handm ajority control to black persons. Authoritative reports state that the regulations require e very existing business, partnership, association or sole proprietorship with an asset value of US$500,000 or more to submit a report to the Indigeniza-t ion and Economic Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere by April 15, outlining their operations and p lans for ensuring that they will be owned or controlled by indigenous persons within five years. Failure to do so, after a furt her 30 days of reminder, would render the owner of the business or every director guilty of an offence and liable to a fine a nd/or imprisonment for up to five years. The new regulations demand that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 per cent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Thousands of firms, including the Zimbabwean operations of firms such as Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and the mining company Rio Tinto, w ill be affected. These developments come on top of other property seizures. Sue Lloyd Roberts of t he British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC the last year, four thousand white commercial farmers have n ow had their farms confiscated and given to black farmers, many of whom are supporters of Mr Mugabe. A diamond mine has been taken from itsw hite Zimbabwean owner and is being operated by a government-owned company, protected by soldiers. A mazingly, the Prime Minister in the Zimbabwe coalition government, who has responsibility for policy formulation, knew absolutely nothing about the new regulations until they were published. The Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangari, who is the l eader of the former opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC move had been made without h is knowledge. He said: "They w ere published without due p rocess and in contravention of the global political agreement ( which set up the coalition) and constitution of Zimbabwe and a re therefore null and void." Tsvangari may consider the r egulations null and void but they are being implemented a nyway demonstrating his complete impotence as Prime Minister and Mugabes utter disreg ard for him. This is not the first time that M ugabe has openly shown his contempt for Tsvangari, nor is itt he first time that Tsvangari has displayed the powerlessness of his position as Prime Minister. The most glaring example of Tsvangaris weakness is the f act that a top MDC leader, Roy Bennett, is still being prose cuted on charges widely believed to be trumped up, and m any other MDC members have been arrested or harassed cases well documented by Amnesty International and human rights groups within Zimbabwe. While some of these human r ights violations strike at property owned by white people,t hey are perpetrated mostly against Zimbabwean blacks, i ncluding women, who are per ceived to oppose the Mugabe regime, but, in reality are simply demonstrating for better lives for their families and for a n end to physical abuse by the military and gangs organised byM ugabes ZANU-PF party. Amid the farce of a coali t ion government in which Mugabe is President and Tsvangari Prime Minister, ZANU-PF and MDC have been holding talks to implement the GlobalP olitical Agreement brokered since September 2008 by South A fricas government. ZANUPF has given nothing of any s ubstance and MDC holds on in the hope of a breakthrough. T he South African govern ment continues to chair the deadlocked negotiations with no favourable end in sight. In 2009, the Zimbabwean economy, which had sunk into a deep morass with the Zim babwean dollar less than worthless, grew by an estimated 4 per cent on the back of a virtual abolition of the Zimbabwe dol lar and the adoption of the US dollar as its currency. Last years growth was the first in t en years and came after a 60 p er cent decline. Experts report that much of last year's growth was due to good rains and a decent har-v est. This year the rains have been sporadic, crops are failing and a poor harvest is expected. By the end of 2010, as many as t hree million Zimbabweans could again be dependent on food aid. Before the announcement of the new regulations, theZ imbabwe Minister of Finance, Tendai Biti, had been seeking new foreign investment in Zimbabwe. The chances of this happ ening now are pretty remote except from the government of the Peoples Republic of China. In November last year, the Zimbabwe governmenta nnounced that China Sonangol, a Chinese-Angolan joint venture company, would invest US$8 million in five deals i nvolving gold and platinum refining, oil and gas exploration, fuel purchase and distribution, and housing. It will be interesting to see if the Chi-n ese owned company will be exempt from the new regulations to give 51 per cent of fore ign owned companies to black Zimbabweans. S o where is all this going? Zimbabwe has always required a complete restructuring of land ownership. Five per cent of the Zimbabwean population, most-l y white, owned 80 per cent of the arable land at the time ofi ndependence in 1981. Only the most resolute white racists w ould have objected to reformation of land ownership to correct the ancient wrong by which black Zimbabweans were deprived and denied lando wnership in the country of their birth. The failure toa chieve this reformation resides squarely with the British gov-e rnment and to a lesser extent the US government who r eneged on their promise to provide the funding that would have affected this transformation when Mugabe was elected President in 1981. Instead of s eeking international support for his just cause against theU K and US, Mugabe turned the issue into a means of retaini ng domestic support in the face of his increasing unpopularity among black Zimbabweans. Two rigged elections and atroc ities, including savage beatings, against his political opponents kept him in power but not in f avour with the majority of Zimbabweans. I nstead of transferring farms to capable people with the knowledge and capital to keep them productive, they were seized and given to political cronies, including the top brass of the military who keep M ugabe in power. The latest regulations appear to be more o f the same. It will drive even more talent, knowledge and money out of Zimbabwe and contribute little if anything to the investment of nearly US$10 billion desperately needed to reconstruct the economy. The international community should act together to cur tail Mugabes abuse, and Morgan Tsvangari should give them the lead. He should start by abandoning the farce that parades as a coalition government, putting an end to Mugabes claim of racism against him and his policies. That claim seems to paralyze European governments and limit the actions of Africans while Zimbabwe withers. 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BY BREANNA WILLIAMS, ASHAWNTE RUSSELL, TROYANN FORBES, AND BRANDON NEWBOLD Carlton E Francis Newspaper Club O N Wednesday, 13th J anuary, 2010, Mr Smith, our principal, told us that he had some exciting news for the Newspaper Club. This announcement came j ust two days after the publication of the first issue of the C arlton E Francis Gazette and the presentation of the firsti ssue to Mr Smith. He informed us that we had b een invited to pay a courtesy call on the new Minister of Education, Desmond Bannister. The club felt honoured and proud to have been invited. O n Friday, 15th January, 2010, Mr Smith, Ms Clarke( Club advisor), and four students from the club visited the M inistry of Education. It was an exciting and awesome expe rience. We felt like royalty. The Minister was extremely courteous and we felt that he r eally listened to us and was interested in what we had tos ay. He stated that he was very proud of what we had accomp lished and asked each of us questions. He congratulated us on the Carlton E Francis Primary Gazette. Impressed Minister Bannister was not t he only person to offer his congratulations. Mrs E Garraway (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education), Ms Collins and Ms Archer(Deputy Directors of Education), Mr Barr (District Superintendent o f the Southeastern District), Ms Poitier (Senior Education Officer of Social Studies in the High Schools), and Mr Fleet (Managing Editor at The Tribune ) also expressed their pleasure at what we had accom plished. They were impressed with the way we spoke, our behav i our and our pleasant and smiling faces. Everyone said that we represented Carlton E Francis well. They also congratulat ed Mr Smith and Ms Clarke and encouraged them to continue to invest in the youth of our nation. It was then time for presentations. We each presented c opies of the Gazette to persons in attendance. Following the presentations, we took group pictures with the Minis ter. This experience was something the four of us will never forget. We are sure that Mr Smith and Ms Clarke will remember it for a very long time as well. C M Y K C M Y K LOCALNEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INASSOCIATIONWITH THEMINISTRYOFEDUCATION THIS edition of Write On was specially written by the Newpaper Club pupils at Carlton E Francis Primary School. Their two stories tell how they were inspired to produce their weekly newspaper the Carlton E Francis Gazette after a special tour ofT he Tribune to see the reporters at work and the papers rolling off the press. Write On also introduces to you Myrkeeva Johnson of Doris Johnson Senior High. Her essay is called You Choose the Path You Walk Down. YOUCHOOSETHE PATHYOUWALKDOWN BY MYRKEEVA JOHNSON D oris Johnson Senior High M ANY people refer to life as a series of choices or decisions. These choices and decisions d etermine who you are and who you are going to be in this world. I believe that life is what you make it. All the choices and decisions made along the way are just ingredients to the soup of success. When I think aboutc hoosing my lifes course, two words immediately come to mind-responsibility and courage. Courage is a trait that everyone should possess. W ithout courage, lifes road will be difficult. Courage is key when one is deciding who he/she is as a person a nd how he/she sees their future. A person should have the courage deep inside of them so they wont be afraid to stand out, be different and show the worldw ho they are. With courage a person walks down their own path. A courageous person needs no one but themselves to travel their path. Being a shy person I lacked courage. However, as I matured and faced lifes monsters, I was able to gain courage. I was forced tog ain confidence and stand up for myself. Having courage helped me to fight lifes bat tles. Responsibility is an i nescapable law of life. In order to make it through life, one must daily practice responsibility. Responsibility comes into play during decision making. When choos ing a sound lifes path, responsible decisions are essen tial. I had to learn to make responsible decisions the hard way. Once I made a decision without thinking rationally and still regret it to this day. However, I took responsibility for my actions. People should learn from their mistakes and move on. A person should trust his/her instincts and believe in his/her intuition. Ones instincts and intuition would never lead them astray. Be mindful of every step you take and every move you make because no one else but you is respon sible for the actions you perform and the future you create. Choosing a path in life is one of lifes choices that are never ending. On any given day a decision can change your future. Decision making plays a major role in life and only you can make the decisions. You are the one who holds the key and is in control of your future. You hold the power. An anonymous writer stated: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. Thats why its called the present. So, live life today, but do it the right way, have courage and be responsible. What you give to this world you can never take back and the path you choose is the one you will take. Remember, you choose the path you walk down. You are the one who puts in all the ingredients and mixes the soup of life. So, in order for your soup to be one of success you must forget the past and focus on the present to make a better future. BY TROYANN FORBES Carlton E Francis Newspaper Club T HE launch of our first newspaper was very successful. We started by brainstorming to find out what stories we would include in our first issue. Members volunteered to write different stories. After we decided on which stories to include, members of the club researched to find out information. Persons were also interviewed. The stories were then passed in to Miss Clarke who typed them. The club met on Friday, 8th January, to edit the stories. Everyone was very excited to see Mr. Fleet who had come from The Tribune to offer assistance and also advice. At this time we selected which design we would use and added graphics. Miss Clarke then printed the final draft. It was with great pleasure and pride that we presented the first issue of the Carlton E. Francis Gazette to Mr Smith, our principal. Each member of this awe some, educational, and exciting club worked extra hard to make this first issue a great one. We are determined to make the Carlton E Francis Gazette a success. Determined to make Carlton E Francis Gazette a success How we launched our newspaper COURTESY CALL: Education Minister Desmond Bannister with the students. 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bune s website, Tribune242, with 1,403 votes. H is nearest competitor, Dr Sands, stands at 1,142 v otes, with the National Development Partys Dr Andre Rollins at 492 votes,R odney Moncur of the Workers Party with 359, a nd the Bahamas Democratic Movements leader Cass ius Stuart with 182 votes. Mr Pinder boasted: I feel c onfident that we will win the election. I feel confident that I will be the next Mem-b er of Parliament for this great constituency of Elizabeth. The support from the residents in Elizabeth has b een very strong as evidenced by the turnout at all of our events, including them otorcade and the family fun day on Saturday. H owever, Dr Sands hit back at Mr Pinder, stating that while it is important foro ne to have confidence, it must be tempered with r espect for the voters of Elizabeth who have yet to decide who will be repre-s enting them in the House of Assembly. I think we are confident that our message has gotteno ut and has been well received, said Dr Sands. We are hopeful that come Tuesday evening, the people of Elizabeth willh ave received our message well enough that we will e merge as the victors. I dont think anyone can take the people of Elizabethf or granted, and while confidence is important, it s hould be tempered with the respect that voters deserve. They will be the ones whod ecide. I have been warmly welcomed by the people in a ll 12 districts, so may the better man win, he said. Counting himself as the b etter man for the job, Mr Pinder said a PLP victory w ill also signal to the FNM that the Bahamian people are unhappy with their per-f ormance as a government for the past two and a half y ears. Certainly I have been receiving calls from all overt his country. And it is certain that this election is being watched very closely throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama, andt hroughout the entire Bahamas, he said. If elected, Mr Pinder said t he people of Elizabeth know that in him they will h ave a Member of Parlia ment who is a progressive thinker who will also placet he needs of his constituents first. They should have no fear that Ryan Pinder will always be an outspoken proponent,f ighting on their behalf, he said. The PLP and the FNM will be holding simultane ous mass rallies tonight at t heir respective rally sites on Prince Charles Drive. The FNMs rally will be streamed on their website at www.freenationalmove m ent.org and on Island FM, Star FM, and Love 97 radio. The PLP rally will be airedo n JCN TV 14 and Gems radio. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue,P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.cgigroup.bmA member of Colonial Group International Insurance,Health,Pensions,LifeLove your home? Pay less for home insurance with NIBA.Ask NIBA for a quote and you can join thousands of satisfied customers who pay less for their home insurance.Home Options insurance offers lower premiums,flexible cover to fit your lifestyle,interest-free installment payments and the support of a claims service which has settled over $300 million of hurricane-related claims since 2000.CALL 677-6422or visit www.cgigroup.bm Home Options Colonial Group International is rated A-(Excellentby AM Best. btntf "!*b""$'$"$ &"! nbbbbrfn Confidence high as crucial vote looms FROM page one I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s The support from the residents in Elizabeth has been very strong as evidenced by the turnout at all of our events, including the motorcade and the family fun day on Saturday.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jamaican teacher remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre incidents which are said to have taken place between November 2009 and February 2010. This latest allegation closely follows the transfer of several principals in the Eleutheras chool district and is indicative of the Ministry of Educations intensive investigations i nto allegations of child sexual molestation on the island. T he Ministry of Educations Sexual Complaints Unit has been in Eleuthera for the past week investigating a number of reportso n the island. In light of the controversy surrounding a llegations of abuse in Eight Mile Rock high school in Grand Bahama, in which teachers, administrators and parents criticised theM inistrys lack of urgency in responding to claims, the Ministry of Education has been relentless in identifying and pursuing any situation that could be detrimental to Bahamian students. B y taking a proactive approach to handling claims of this nature, officials within the Ministry admit the office is now doing its best to provide swift action to send a strongm essage that will discourage future offenders. S ources confirm that the Ministry of Education will be releasing a comprehensive statement on their continuing investigationsi n Eleuthera sometime today. FROM page one Street club for a group of 1 07 women patrons. After being charged, the m en were taken to the Carmichael Road Detention Center. A ll of the female patrons were taken into custody for q uestioning, but only some were later released. Two of them, claiming to be UnitedS tates citizens, are being held at the Detention Cent er. The authorities are a waiting documentation to confirm their nationalities. I mmigration officials are involved to discover the nationalities of those ina ttendance and process their status while police investig ations are ongoing. They will determine whether the foreignerse ntered the country as business travellers or visitors, and whether they breached any immigration laws. During the raid on the Centerville nightclub, police a rrested and detained three women, two Colombians a nd a Jamaican, suspected of stripping. They are being held at the Detention Cen-t re. The 29 male patrons were t aken into custody for questioning and later released pending further investiga-t ions. The police raids were conducted with immigration officers early Saturday morning and late Saturday afternoon. Six arrests in swoop on clubs F ROM page one comes at the heels of a threat made against Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. In a letter to Mr Maynard, signed by The Brothers, the culprits described how they will attack the Minister and his wife before shoot ing him in the head. As revealed in The Tribune, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade assigned his best team of officers to investigate the threats. There has been no official police comment on the threat against Mr McCartney. However, a police source said the threats a re being taken seriously and an investigation is continuing. an investigation is continuing. Police probing new death threat FROM page one
home invader. They were both airlifted to Nassau for treatment. Cpl Nairnr eceived treatment and was d ischarged, while Pastor Nairn remains in hospital in stable condition. According to someone close to the family, a doctori s heard to have said that if the blade had gone about an inch further, Pastor Nairnw ould have been dead. P olice responded to reports of the crime sometime around 4 am Saturday. They have in custody a 30y ear-old male resident of Grants, Mangrove Cay, who is assisting with the investigations. Residents claim Pastor Nairn was able to identify her attacker because he was a former student. C ommunity members said t hey could not remember such an attack in the history of Mangrove Cay. They are fearful over the incident, a nd have received calls from relatives abroad, asking that the community rally together to prevent elderly parents and relatives from sleeping alone in their homes. They were outraged over s everal deficiencies in the e mergency response system on the island that prevented the Nairns from receiving adequate assistance. The a mbulance was not working to transport the pair to the airport. Mangrove Cay police said they would not comment on the status oft he ambulance or any other reports of resources deficiencies. My God, my God, why they treat us like this onM angrove Cay. They have to drive us like cattle when we sick, said a senior citizen. A nother resident said: It was difficult to see a woman o f God having to be shoved into the back of someones used caravan, when only a few feet away was an ambu-l ance that looked to be in g ood condition, but was not running. Mrs Nairn is pastor of St James Baptist Church. She p reached at the Zion Baptist Church Convention the night before the stabbing, and was scheduled to read the Scripture lesson at thec losing service the day after the stabbing. When they call the police station after they found out about Pastor Nairn, thep oliceman say they get no car to come out in. My lord, my lord what we coming to? asked a resident, whoc alled The Tribune. Its wrong. Its wrong. All t he other government departments have vehicles, and they just riding up and down all day, Ministry ofW orks using government t ruck for personal use, Environment Health staff going to the wash house on weekends in theirs, and Social S ervices have a new car up and down, and the poor police have no car! Something wrong with this, she said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Shock in Andros over stabbing of elderly couple FROM page one I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MARATHON BAHAMAS Felip Major /Tribune staff AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN and her dog showed their support for the runners who took part in Marathon Bahamas yesterday. Hundreds of people participated in the two events, including a half marathon (13.1 milest otal of 39 competitors competed in the mens segment of the marathon, including Raymond Whylly, 7th in 3:40:49; Carlton Russell, 8th in 3:46:23 and walk champion Philip Moss, 11th in 3:48:26. In the female segment, 21 competitors competed. Among the list were Cheryle Rolle, 29th in 4:31:04 and Kimley Saunders, 35th in 4:39:54.See full stories on pages 16 and 18. B B a a h h a a m m a a s s r r u u n n t t i i n n g g s s
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 100 JAMZ Cool 96, Joy FM, Y98.7, and Scotiabank presented the Bahamas Red Cross with a $ 96,589.21 cheque. The cheque represents the $61,200 raised during the oneday Coins for Haiti drive put on by the stations on Tuesday, Jan-u ary 19, along with the proceeds of Scotiabanks Haiti Relief Fund. Red Cross Director General Caroline Turnquest thanked everyone i nvolved in the initiative. She said: I want to ensure the public that the funds will be sent to Haiti in short order. Our International team is doinga tremendous job in assisting the v ictims by providing food, tents, water, etc. In any disaster the R ed Cross is there. REDCROSSRECEIVESCHEQUE Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear fr o m people who are making news in their neighbour h oods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigningf or improvements in the area or have won ana ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f