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court justice calls ior Ingraham faces
'1Ingraham faces

Cabinet to admit

breaching regulations

Chief Reporter
IN AN attempt to halt the
Bahamas judiciary's progres-
sion towards being made up of
"persons of straw," lawyer
Damian Gomez and Bar Asso-
ciation President Wayne
Munroe, on behalf of retired
Supreme Court Justice Jeanne
Thompson, has filed an appli-
cation in the Supreme Court,
which among other things
demands an increase in the base
salary for all members of the
judiciary and various benefits
for its senior members.
"Our fundamental rights and
freedoms are to be determined
by a group of people who are
supposed to be independent and
it is completely dangerous to
have persons who are people of
straw and who are not in a posi-
tion mentally to independently
determine matters," he said
While Mr Gomez said that
he is not claiming that any cur-
rent member of the judiciary is
"made of straw", he believes
the country is heading to a situ-

ation where it is unable to
attract the kind of people it
should have on the bench.
The application to the
Supreme Court for a judicial
review is requesting that the
cabinet and legislature admit
that they have breached the
Judges' Remuneration and Pen-
sions Act and the Separation of
Powers Doctrine.
The application is made on
the basis that the Cabinet and
the Legislature refused to
implement the recommenda-
tions of the Judicial Review
Commission in its report of
December 21, 2000.
It also cites the failure of the
Governor-general to appoint a
Commission in 2003 and 2006.
In addition, it claims that
both the executive and legisla-
ture refuses and/or failed to pro-
vide adequate salaries and ben-
efits to the judges of the
Supreme Court, judges of the
Court of Appeal, the President
and Vice President of the Indus-
trial Tribunal, Registrars of the
SEE page 11

Gallagher case goes direct

to the Supreme Court

THE Attorney General's office
has decided to proceed with a
"voluntary bill of indictment" in
the manslaughter case of three
men charged in connection with
the death of a British toddler.
This means that instead of a
preliminary inquiry, the matter
will proceed directly to the
Supreme Court for trial.
T'... ...... n ..nh ...1 i h 1

2002 death of two-year-old Paul
Gallagher Jr. The toddler was
killed on August 15, 2002 while
at Cabbage Beach when a
speedboat pulling an inflatable
banana boat lost control and
sped onto the sand. The matter
has been adjourned to May 22.
James Bain, Clifford Nottage
and Evangeless Williamson are

cousin again
Tribune Staff Reporter
A scene, described by FNM
supporters as "-pandemonium",
was witnessed in North Abaco
yesterday morning as hundreds
of FNM supporters rushed to
accompany their candidate
Hubert Ingraham to nominate
for the May 2 general election.
Despite this overwhelming
show of support, Mr Ingraham's
opponent, the PLP's Fritz Boo-
tie who was also accompanied
by over 100 supporters yester-
day said he believes that the
former prime minister has lost
significant support in his con-
stituency and may in fact fail to
win the North Abaco seat.
FNM supporters formed a
SEE page six

Three facing
PM Christie

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie, and three other politi-
cal hopefuls, officially ratified
themselves as candidates for the
Farm Road and Centreville
constituency yesterday at Cen-
treville Primary School.
Mr Christie, who arrived with
only minutes before the station
closed at noon, seemed to pay
little attention to his opponents.
Mr Christie, with his wife
Bernadette, were accompanied
by a Junkanoo group and
rushed to the school with a
crowd of supporters.
After the Parliamentary Reg-
istry Department returning offi-
cer Mr Garth Green officially
logged Mr Christie as an option

* CROWDS listen to Hubert Ingraham after he submits his nomination tor Normn ADaco

IThree men are cnargea wit an acting e charge or(ht.Ti lkerbu saf
manslaughter in the August manslaughter by negligence. SEE page six

Birkhead and Virgie Arthurl Wanted man arraigned on: Scu-ffl--es in the streets as

'set to meet' on custody various serious charges election tempers rise

* PRIME Minister Perry Christie speaks to his Farm Fond constituents after his nomination

LARRY Birkhead, the father
of the late Anna Nicole Smith's
baby daughter, and Smith's
estranged mother, Vergie
Arthur, are reportedly set to
meet today to discuss what they
believe is in the best interest of
Dannielynn as custody negotia-
tions continue.
Howard Stern, Larry Birk-
head and Vergie Arthur all
appeared in Supreme Court
yesterday for a hearing on the
guardianship issue. The hear-
ing was adjourned to next Fri-
Addressing reporters outside
the Supreme Court building on
Bank Lane yesterday, John
O'Quinn, Vergie Arthur's US
attorney, said that today Arthur
and Birkhead are going to

meet, in the absence of attor-
neys and media, and try to fig-
ure out what is in the best
'interest of seven-month-old
"Two people, not even the
grandmother and the father,
decide on a plan for the child
without the court's permission.
Whatever plan they come up
with the court has to like it and
approve it because the court
ultimately has the responsibility
to see that the best interest ofs
the child is carried out," Mr
O'Quinn told reporters.
Howard K Stern also
addressed the media yesterday.
"At least informally, the tran-
sition period has already begun.
Larry spent the majority of the
last few days over at the house
SEE page 11

A MAN, who since 2004 has
been on the police's most want-
ed list, was arraigned in magis-
trate's court yesterday on a list
of serious offences, including
rape and forcible detention.
Lincoln Poitier, 46, of Gam-
bier Village, was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One, Bank
Lane, yesterday. Shackled at
the hands and feet, he was
escorted to court by several,
armed plainclothed police offi-
cers. He was limping as a result
of a gunshot wound he received
while trying to evade police oni
Poitier has been charged with
two counts of rape, one count of
forcible detention, one count of
resisting arrest, three counts of

causing grievous harm and one
count of possession of a pro-
hibited weapon.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, April 12, he was found in
possession of one red hot pep-
per spray. It is also alleged that
on Thursday, April 12, while at
New Providence the accused
causedd grievous harm to police
officer 2717 Curry. Another
charge read that on the same
date lie caused grievous harm
to Corporal 987 Pierre. Poitier is
also charged with causing griev-
ous harm to Andrew Poitier on
September 10 2006. Poitier is
also charged with resisting the
arrest of the officers. He plead-
ed not guilty to those hli. ge"'.
On one count of forcible
detention it is alleged that the
SEE page 11

SEVERAL politically moti-
vated altercations have come to
the attention of The Tribune in
the last few days as tempers and
emotions run high.
However, police reported
that on the whole, nomination
day "proceeded cordially" and
the force is pleased with the
progress of the election season
thus far, including the mass dis-
tribution of voter's cards.
Nonetheless, on Wednesday a
bus driver was allegedly vicious-
ly beaten by a group of PLP
supporters and his vehicle
stolen after lie tried to help a
FNM passenger they had earli-
er assaulted.
According to reports reaching
The Tribune, the passenger,
who was wearing an FNM T-
shirt, was the victim of jeers and
threats on the bus. which was

predominately filled with pas-
sengers wearing PLP parapher-
When the FNM passenger
got out of the bus, other pas-
sengers rushed at him and
attacked him outside his home.
The bus driver got out of his
vehicle and tried to assist the
victim, only to become a victim
himself. It is claimed that his
bus was stolen by the group of
supporters shortly afterwards.
Yclcad.ilv shortly after Fox
Hill candidates Fred Mitchell
and Jacinta Higgs were nomi-
nated at Sandilands Primary
school The Tribune witnessed
a fist fight break out across the
road between a man dressed in
plainclothes and another wear-
ing an FNM shirt and holding a
SEE page 11

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NOMINATION day was a
symbolic occasion for both can-
didates in the race for the new-
ly created seat in St Anne's.
For newcomer and PLP can-
didate Ricardo Treco, it repre-
sented the opportunity to put
his life experiences to use in
front-line politics. Although the
constituency is a new one hav-
ing been created by the bound-
aries committee last month -
for current Montagu MP Brent
Symonette it was a return to
many important milestones in
his life.
"I was married in St Anne's,
my children were christened in
St Anne's, my mother in law
and my wife's grand parents are
buried in St Anne's," he
explained. "I am very confident
because it's home to me, I live
in my constituency.
For Mr Symonette, it was also
an opportunity to acknowledge
the legacy of his late father, for-
mer premier Sir Roland Symon-
ette, who first represented the
eastern district of New Provi-
dence, much of which is includ-
ed in the new St Anne's, in
To commemorate this, Mr
Symonette paid his $400 nomi-
nation fee in $50 bills, which
bear the image of Sir Roland.
"I wanted to pay with eight
$50 bills and was proud to do so.
It is a great honour and privi-
lege..." he said.
Arriving at St Anne's High
School before the nominations
office was open yesterday, Mr

U BRENT Symonettc

Symonette was supported by a
confident and relaxed group of
about 15 supporters, including
several relatives and was eager
to get the campaign underway.
"I told them 9am sharp. I ve
been up since 4am and already
wrote a speech this morning.,
he said.
Mr SymonetIt said he was
not daunted by the fact thal his
old constituency of Montagui
was divided by the Boundaries
Committee, incorporating por-
tions of the old [ox Hill and
Yamacraw constituencies into
St Anne's. Asked if it would
effect his chances, he answered:
"No sir."
Mr Symonette added that in
his opinion, the PLP's decision
to creating an extra seat in cast
New Providence in an effort to
split the old Montagu vote has
backfired, w\as unnec-essary in

* RICARDO Treco and his wife leave St Anne's after being nominated yesterday

terms of voter numbers, and
was a "strategically wrong
move" in the first place.
He said both the new Mon-
tagu seat and St Anne's will be
captured by the FNM.
Mr Symonette also thanked
Parliamentary Registrar Errol
Bethel and his team, who he
said did a "yeoman's job" of
organising the nomination
process despite the last minute
election call by the government
and what he said was the ill-
advised decision to call the elec-
tion during Holy Week.
In stark contrast to the quiet
confidence of Mr Svnionette's

entourage, Mr Treco's group of
around 50 excited and einegetic
supporters, heralded by the
honking of car horns and the
beating of junkanoo drums.
could be heard approaching at a
distance chanting "Ricarido Tle-
co" and "PLP all the way."
The PLP candidate for St
Anne's was surrounded by sev-
eral excited family imcnibe is
and was accompanied by
Yanmacrawv M' Melanie (;rilt
fill,. \\ho \\it', one o t lI l e t "ilcTn-
stituentvsw iho olliciill\ ai cked
his canilldidia.&
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cial by Returning Officer Kelsie
Dorsett was greeted by a huge
cheer from the supporters.
Mr Treco said he is very con-
lident, and he believes that his
active involvement in the
spheres of business, sporting,
and social life in the Bahamas
will serve him well.
When asked about the
impressive show of solidarity
outside the nominations office
yesterday. Mr Treco said: "I am
humbled by the support. I'm
probably someone they feel
they can trust. I will do my best
to be a very good candidate."
Speaking with The Tribune

after the nomination, Mr Treco
explained that his candidacy was
not "an overnight decision".
He explained that he has
been involved with the PLP for
many years and was asked to
run on two previous occasions.
"At that time in my life I didn't
feel that God wanted me to
move in that direction," he said.
Now that all his children have
graduated from college and he
has established his own business,
Mr Treco said he feels that it is
the right time to try and make a
contribution to the country
through front-line politics.
He explained that he has
always been interested in touch-
ing the lives of other Bahamians
through his church, which taught
him to see "where needs are and
how to meet those needs."
Mr Treco said that if elected,
he also wants to use the lessons
of honesty and integrity that he
learned through his involvement
in sports as a coach, a parent
of avid athletes, and a competi-
tor in his own right to help
guide the youth of St Anne's.
An active junkanooer and
long-time member of the Valley
Boys, Mr Treco said that this,
along with his business experi-
ence, has taught him the value
of hard work and fairness.
He feels that he is well-
equipped to bring this to bear as
a representative of the Bahami-
an people.
"I have no political agenda, I
don't need any money. What I
want is to make a positive
impact by doing the best I can
in terms of what God has given
me," he said.

Montagu candidates sure of victory

Tribune StaffReporter

THE FNM's Loretta Butler-

Dr. Theodore Tumquest

Turner declared yesterday that
she haaa..lrcudy won the seat of
Montagu by tlie grace of Ciod.
while the PLP's Yvette Turn-

quest said she is sure she will
-bring victory home" for her
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supporters each, both candiJ-
dates for t(e ,Montagu con
stituiency, the FNMNI's Nhis lut-
ler-Turncr and the l'lP's MNis
Turnquesl. were officially ati-
fied for tihe NIavy election yes-
terday morning.
Both Nis Butlei-T urner and
Senator TurinL nqIst l .clated
that they we\ cICon lliCent that
they have tile support of tile
Montagu constituency and said
that they have been ltiltining
relationships with the people ot
the area since the last election.
First to ar iive at the NIontagu
nomination centre located at
Queen's Collegi. \\a:, MiNs liult-
ler-Turner, who marched into
the school's compound Iiom her
headquarters on Village Road
accompanied by a junkanoo
band and supporters holding up
a "Trust Loretta" sign.
An hour laler a small motor-
cade wvithli dozens it I'LP sup-
poiltcs ati\ed at llie school
bringing the I'LP's candidate
Senator TurlIquest ll to b' rlati-
MNis Butulcr- liie paid llie
$400 retainci fee in $.' 0 bilk
which shie ioinitcd oul, hLcal lite
likeness of her gi andfatlier, the
Bahamas' list goi\Clin Ol ener-
al Sir Milo Butler.
"I le's looking at ine loday, I
think lie is cxtiem'ly Poud of
Inie. One t Ihing you llsl
remeniber is that Sii Milo was a
maln whVo started lighting for the
cause of the ltalhaiian people
long bieloi e lCiei c vc'CC politi-
cal patties. 'oliticil pal ties
coune bhlhimn Sit Miln. that was
a vehicle that look himn to thit
arlticulal point.
"I would like to vwlk in ltie
footsteps olt1 a ,I ',ldathil i \\ lo
left inidelible uiinls in tlhc ;ands
of liiMeC iln liial;nniians hliitor as
a statesiIan", si sai d.
Mrs BulIle i T'ner said Ihiat
she has never C ilm hcl oppo-
ineni, addiii' that this lact is
ically nol ilil llo tai t bl 'e- iiic
tile li Iit lti l thc lo t nla1i'. il i:,
not ically about tilie l at;liid at.es.
"I never iiIt MtN s l I T rnil llet.
Sdo not k now ViMr' I 'li iiqnest,
buil atl Illc iC l o I hi e C l&iv\ I Si
iallttl s itl li t il lii', it s nolt
abonit lie (hli- Iil lhL' is ll 11 t l\'V
won lli ou ,'h Ilic- ilith ol lhce
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I do Inol taic who llite opp)one iill
is, I have woin, ( iod is 'oiin ito
ailowv me lto l|'iviil,." ''li said.
'TIhc of the I NII siilppoitl
eis wh'lo accoliii li nici l Mllt i tll-
ler-T'l irnei l estell;\' l \ e 'beenl
plesenllt oln nonlilationi day: in
the Moniitaglu ConsliliCnev' fo
fhie pasl \'is
Yvetlle tllhel ol .Jolinson
Road. who ih is ickien si'uppiol-
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Loretta ButeTirner takes

on Yvette Turnquest

N Loretta Butler-Turner submits her nomination for the
Montagu constituency

SYV ET'l"l'I' Turnquest

not about FNM or PLP, this
about the Bahamas, this is
about being a patriot, this is
about where your country is
goingg to go when this is all over.
,Aid we are not going to be
giving any land to any foreign-
cis ainy mote, the FNM is com-
ing to take it all back," she said.
Speaking with the media yes-
Slct dia, Mrs Butler-Turner said
Ihat thinks the new cut of the
boundaries will work to her
advantage in tlihe upcoming elec-

"With Ille new cut of bound-
a ics tihe new Montagu is con-
slitiied by a lot of the old St
Mairgaice's which I ran in, in
2(1).1 and the other half is part of
(lie old) Montagu which Mr
Svnionctte ably represented,"
slie said.
Mris Iutler Turner said that
sli' has a "great base" in the
constituency because she has
iiintiiiiniied thie lationship with
hlie community which began

when she first started cam-
paigning in the area in 2001.
Despite these declarations of
confidence, Mrs Butler-Turn-
er's opponent Senator Turn-
quest said that her campaign-
ing has being going "great."
Mrs Turnquest said that she
definitely has the support of the
people of Montagu.
"I will take it this time," she
The PLP's candidate said that
the late announcement of the
boundaries and the new cut of
the Montagu constituency pos-
es no challenge to her winning
the seat.
"1 have stuck with the peo-
ple since the last five years.
They know me and they are
looking forward to me bringing
home the victory," she said.
The PLP senator said that
one of the main issues troubling
the Montagu constituency at
this time is crime.
"I do feel when elected this
time, in 2007, to the house of
parliament, I will make sure
that my people in Montagu are
well taken care of," she said.
Mrs Turnquest said that she
considers her chances of win-
ning to be "great."
The PLP senator ran for the
Montagu seat in 2002 and lost
to the current incumbent Brent
Symonette by 590 votes (of
3,635 voters, 2,034 cast their bal-
lot for Mr Symonette, 1,444 for
Mrs Turnquest and 137 voted
for the CDR candidate Tyrone
Mrs Butler-Turner contested
the seat of St Margaret's in 2002
and lost to Independent Pierre
Dupuch by only 27 votes.

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Newcomer Treco takes on Brent

Symonette for St Anne's seat





Three way fight hots up in Fox Hill

Tribune Staff Reporter

Whether you like the sound
of an eloquent "Fox Hill gal"
with a PhD and a strong youth
following, a well-recognised and
well-heeled "people's man," or
a third party latecomer who
promises to make Fox Hill
"look like Lyford Cay" Fox
Hill is going to be the site of a
hot election race.
Empty of the hustle bustle
and playful shouts of many of
Fox Hill's children, Sandiland's
Primary School in the heart of
the constituency came alive yes-
terday with songs and chants of
a different nature.
Fred Mitchell, Jacinta Higgs
and Kermit Agaro are the
names which will appear on the
ballots of Fox Hillians come
May 2, after each presented
themselves to be nominated in
front of returning officer Thad-
deus McDonald at the school
Mr Mitchell who beat his
FNM opponent, Juanianne
Dorsett, by 1,067 votes in 2002 -
was first to show shortly after
9.30am. He arrived with an
entourage of around 35 sup-
porters clad in the party's
colours, escorted by a truck
plastered with campaign posters
bearing his image.
The incumbent completed a
lap of the Fox Hill roundabout
as an onboard DJ blasted PLP
campaign songs before arriving
at the steps of the primary
Voices were briefly raised as
an FNM supporter driving
another truck bearing FNM
campaign flags, intercepted Mr
Mitchell at the roundabout
blocking his route, however the
truck was moved on quickly by
a nearby police officer.

* JACINTA HIGGS walks to Sandilands Primary school with
her supporters to be nominated yesterday
(Photo:Felipe Major/Tribune stajf)

Speaking on the steps of the
school after presenting himself
to Mr McDonald, and paying
the $400 necessary to run as a
candidate, Mr Mitchell told his
supporters that the day marked
"the final countdown to victory
in the 2007 elections."
"This is an interesting an
unique campaign in Fox hill,"
said Mr Mitchell. "Never before
have we seen this level of des-
peration, deceit and lies."
"It is unfortunate that inex-
perience on the part of others
has led to this, but that is what
we have to deal with and we
will deal with it. "
Mr Mitchell condemned per-
sons who he said had removed
"every single poster of PLPs in
this area" adding that "as quick
as they take them down we will
put them up again!" to the
whoops and cheers of his
Mr Mitchell thanked the
"workers, soldiers and generals

who will make this victory pos-
sible" and recalled previous rep-
resentatives of the area of "have
paved the way for me," whilst
claiming that his "record of suc-
cess ... cannot be rivalled."
Asked to respond to claims
made by some commentators
that the race will be a close one.
Mr Mitchell said simply "We'll
More softly spoken and
fanned by supporters on what
felt like one of the hottest days
of the year so far, rival Jacinta
Higgs said that she was "great-
ly humbled (and) deeply hon-
oured" to be nominated.
"I am overwhelmed to be
able to carry the torch, one of
the most potent and profound
symbols of enlightenment, truth,
integrity, under the Free
National Movement banner in
Fox Hill this morning," she said.
Dr Higgs, by an unofficial
estimate, was accompanied by
slightly fewer campaign sup-

in le's ithn NMr Mitchell, but
with : lively l'idrumi heal and loud
challils, hclii appearance oil the
scenI' \was 1no less notable.
Adding.that the response to
her campaign efforts so far had
been phenomenala" and
"beyond anything I even antic-
ipated" the FNM candidate said
that former PLP supporters
have been "coming over from
the other side to support the
FNM in droves."
According to Dr Higgs who
holds a PhD) in education she
has had a significant amount of
support from younger support-
ers in particular throughout her
"I do carry a purity of
thought and integrity, where I
would seek to represent them
and future generations to the
best of my ability," she said.
As it approached the end of
the window for nominations,
Bahamas Dl)emocratic Move-
ment candidate Kermit Agaro
appeared on the scene at
around 11.40ainm, dismissing
claims that Mr Mitchell should
be praised for his commonly
acknowledged efforts to
improve Fox Hill.
"The only tIling that he has
bring to this area is what gov-
ernment is supposed to do,"
said Mr Agaro.
IHe is running on a platform
of. among other points, increas-
ing employment in the Fox Hill
area, staging a "massive clean-
up", and starting a crime watch
"This Fox Hill is a great part
of slavery but that don't mean
we have to be in slavery," said
the young candidate, as he
described the number of male
Fox Hillians in particular who
he claims are "sitting on the
wall at the roundabout" with-
out gainful employment.

* FOX Hill incumbent Fred Mitchell smiles as he embraces a
young supporter

On the ground, Fox Hillians
were vocal about Mr Mitchell's
efforts in the community over
the last five years, but many
suggested that the election
would be close particularly as
Dr Higgs is a "Fox Hill gal."
Stephen Basden, wearing
FNM colours, said of Dr Higgs
that the majority of the con-
stituency are behind her.
"You can feel it, it's in the
air. Every time people see her
coloured red people have a
smile, they're happy, they're
Meanwhile, observing the
nomination process from across
the street, Elsie Williams said
that Mitchell is the better can-
"He knows Fox Hill," she
"He was up here before he
was elected up here. He was in
with the people, he's a people's
man. He attends everything we

have in Fox Hill funerals, any-
thing. You just call him and he
is there," she said.
Mrs Williams noted Mr
Mitchell's involvement in
impressive new community cen-
tre in the area, the fact that he
caused a clean-up of the grave-
yard to the extent that "every-
one wants to bury in Fox Hill
now" and the creation of a
committee to "deal with the
Blue Hole", potentially precip-
itating-the introduction of tours
in the area as cause for Mr
Mitchell to receive a second
Several others echoed these
sentiments, stating that Mr
Mitchell will be a "hard man to
beat" in the constituency.
Nonetheless, waiting in the
queue to collect his voter's card,
another Fox Hillian said: "Its
hard to say. People are unde-
cided. It's ready to go either

Moss, Nottage, Jordine and Gibson

vie for Bain and Grants Town seat


AT 10am, the rhythmic
sounds of music and the chants
of enthusiastic supporters
echoed past the historic St
Agnes Church, as the proces-
sion of candidates began a
march to C R Walker to nomi-
nate for the Bain and Grant's
Town constituency.
At 27, the FNM's youngest
candidate, David Jordine, and
confident group of largely
young supporters danced up
Baillou Roa&d accompanied by
a junkanoo band. Entering C R
Walker, they declared, "it over,
it over," and hoisted Mr Jor-
dine onto their shoulders car-
rying him to the nomination
As Mr Jordine sat to official-
ly enter the 2007 race, he pro-
duced 80 five dollar bills bearing
the face of the late leader of the
FNM, Sir Cecil Wallace-Whit-
field, to cover his $400 nomina-
tion fee. Mr Jordine stated that
the gesture was a tribute to the
late leader who was an instru-
ment in the creation of the
FNM and a champion of
Bahamian democracy.
The confident FNM candi-
date told The Tribune that he
was not at all afraid of the two
"well known" candidates that
he is set to face. Instead he
declared: "The harder they
come, the harder they fall."
"There's a wave throughout
this country to elect FNMs. I
think the PLPs have had their
chance, and they did absolutely
nothing. There is nothing that
one person in this country can
say that the PLP has done that
has actually added bread to the
tables, that has added value to
the lives of the Bahamian peo-
ple," Mr Jordine added.
All of the men and women in
the FNM are proven leaders,
Mr Jordine said. And, under the
proven leadership of Hubert
Ingraham, he assured The Tri-
bune that the living standards
of Bahamians will be improved.
Veteran political activist,
Rodney Moncur, who has
thrown his full support behind
Hubert Ingraham and the FNM,
accompanied Mr Jordine,
dressed in a red Hubert Ingra-
ham shirt.
"David Jordine will win," Mr
Moncur proclaimed.
Mr Moncur further stated
that "it is for the young people
that we must give an opportu-
nity to provide the kind of sta-
ble political leadership that is
needed at this time."
Mr Moncur added: "I am vot-
ing for him, and my household

will vote for him. And I will use
whatever influence that I may
have to encourage other citi-
zens to vote for David Jordine."
The PLP candidate Dr
Bernard Nottage was second to
nominate. Dr Nottage and his
motorcade arrived just behind
the FNM, and even though
there appeared to be no seri-
ous threat of a disturbance, this
led to the gates of the school
being closed in order to sepa-
rate the passionate supporters
from each side.
Dr Nottage was accompanied
by his wife Portia, and the two,
surrounded by other PLPs
dressed in yellow, danced up to
the nomination room. For Dr
Nottage, who, at one time was
considered the front-runner for
the leadership of the PLP, this
was the first time that he nomi-
nated under the party's banner
in 10 years. The charismatic
politician then sat, gave inter-
views, nominated, and interact-
ed with supporters as he too
officially entered the race.
In 1997, the former Kennedy
MP left the PLP to form the
CDR, returning to the party
that he once passionately
attempted to lead in 2006 as the
health minister.
"The Bain Town and Grant's
Town constituencies particular-
ly, I believe, needs the kind of
representation I want to give.
It's a community which has a
tremendous history; it's a com-
munity that has a lot of little
problems that I believe, if you
can solve them, you can turn
peoples' lives around," he said.
Dr Nottage said he does not
view issues surrounding Rev C
B Moss' failed bid to receive a
PLP nomination as a contro-

"I think it is good for democ-
racy. He wanted to run: l've
offered to run: I've been chosen
by the democratic process: hie's
decided to become an indepen-
dent. I think that is what democ-
racy is about. And at the end of
the day we'll be richer for it. So.,
you know I wish him the best of
luck, but my desire is to serve,
and I believe this is the best way
for me to serve," he said.
Dr Nottage mentioned the
issues of home reconstruction
and upgrades, along with clean-
up campaigns in Bain and
Grant's Town, as key initiatives
that he intends to work on as
the potential representative for
the area.
As Dr Nottage and his sup-
porters left, Rev CB Moss
marched up Baillou Hill Road -
with fewer supporters than the
majority party candidates ful-
filling his pledge to run as a can-
didate in the Bain and Grant's
Town race whether or not he
received the PLP nomination.
Rev Moss entered the race as
an independent candidate after
claiming that Prime Minister
Christie and Bradley Roberts
reneged on a promise that
would have had him receive the
PLP's nomination in the area
upon Mr Roberts' retirement
from front-line politics.
"I am very excited to have
kept my word to the people of
Bain and Grant's Town. Today
is the beginning of an historic
period that will culminate on
May 2 when an inner city com-
munity, called 'grassroots', will
throw off the shackles of party

political domination and vote
for the individual that they
know is the best person for the
job." he said.
A \oung sulpporter for Rev
MNoss, Addinglon Tinker, said
he supports him because Rev
Moss has al\\I as been there for
the people of the constituency.,
whether as a sponsor of local
sports teams or as a supporter
of those in need.
Dwavne Gibson, the candi-
date for the Bahamas Democ-
ratic Movement (BDM), came
to CR Walker alone, and he too
nominated for the race.
Although he was unaccompa-
nied. Mr Gibson declared that
the "angels of the Lord" were
with him.
Mr Gibson criticised the
record of the mainstream par-
ties in representing the area.
"As I see it. nothing has been
done. Housing is in the same
condition: the people's minds is
in the same condition. 1 want
to draw up a five year plan to
write a contact with my people,
of what they expect me to do
as a candidate for their area,"
he said.
Mr Gibson, who said he is "
very confident" that he will be
the next MP for the area,
declared that once elected, he
will do all that he can to fulfil
the commitments that he makes
to his constituents.
In 2002, under the PLP ban-
ner. Bradley Roberts won the
Bain and Grant's Town seat by
1424 votes over the FNM can-
didate Philip McPhee, who is
now supporting the PLP.

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for the following positions for the 2007-2008 School

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Physics (Gr. 10-12)
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Physical Education (Gr. 7-12)
Spanish (Gr. 7-12)
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General Science (Gr. 7-9)
Computer Studies (Gr. 7-12)
Music (Gr. 7-12)
Biology (Gr. 10-12)
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willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith
of Temple Christian School.

B. Have a Bachelor's Degree in Education or
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C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.

D. Have at least two years teaching experience
in the relevant subject area with excellent
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E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare
students for all examinations to the
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F. Be willing to participate in the high school's
extra curricular programmes.

Application must be picked up at the High School
Office on Shirley Street and be returned with a full
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Read the signals in Iraq

Even by Baghdad standards, yesterday's
bombings were shocking. Mayhem in the
Parliament building and the disabling of a
key bridge over the Tigris River illustrated
the dim prospect of a purely military solu-
tion to Iraq's civil war.
Earlier in the week, a peaceful event
delivered an equally potent message. Tens
of thousands of Iraqis turned out Monday
in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf to protest
the American occupation. As the Bush
administration's continual floundering in
Iraq ought to make clear, policy makers
must seek to understand the motives of
key players in Iraqi politics.
The Najaf demonstration was above all a
show of influence by the demagogic young
cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. It comes at a time
when US troops have been operating along
with Iraqi police units in the large, popu-
lous section of Baghdad known as Sadr
City. Under orders from Sadr, the militia-
men who call themselves the Mahdi Army
have melted away in Sadr City --
their response to American efforts to paci-
fy Baghdad by implanting stations of mixed
US and Iraqi forces within both Shi'ite and
Sunni neighborhoods.
Just before the Najaf event ostensibly
marking the fourth anniversary of Saddam
Hussein's fall US forces clashed with
some of Sadr's militia in Diwaniya, a town
near Baghdad. One signal sent by the
crowds in Najaf was that the Americans
should not push too hard against the Mah-
di Army.
Sadr's lieutenants pointedly boasted that
his militia has grown at least threefold since

being routed by the Americans in Najaf in
2004. By including a smattering of Sunni
Arab clerics and even some Kurds in Mon-
day's demonstration, and by stressing a
nationalist rather than a sectarian theme,
Sadr was warning the Americans that a
serious attack on his forces would be tan-
tamount to attacking all patriotic Iraqis
who were happy to be free of Saddam Hus-
sein's dictatorship.
Sadr, whom senior ayatollahs have
scorned as an unlearned hothead, was also
sending a message to the Shi'ite clerical
establishment: that he is too powerful to be
ignored. Unlike in 2004, when he was dis-
dained by Iran's previous president, the
reformist Mohammad Khatami, Sadr today
has powerful supporters in Tehran. Indeed,
the Mahdi Army has allegedly been the
main recipient of explosively formed pen-
etrators that Washington has accused Iran
of supplying to Iraqi militias for use against
US and British forces.
By making a show of his mass base and
his Iranian backing, Sadr is seeking to warn
the other important Shi'ite factions that
be cannot be disregarded indeed that he
wants to be recognized as first among his
Sadr's street theatre in Najaf offers a les-
son for US policymakers: a tolerable exit
from Iraq will require that they learn to
play the complex, many-sided game of Iraqi

(* This article is from The Boston Globe
- 2007

How do you repay the wrongly convicted?

Web site? Alan Crotzer looks happy and
peaceful and reminds one, really, of an
Everyday Joe a football coach or a small-
town minister or a man who perhaps loves
to garden under an often forgiving sun.
But Alan Crotzer is none of those things.
He never had the chance.
It's been more than a year since Crotzer,
46, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was released
from prison, exonerated in a series of vio-
lent crimes that it turns out he did not com-
He was not with two other men that
awful 1981 night in Tampa. He did not kid-
nap the woman and the girl. He did not
rape them.
He did not tie them to a tree and drive
off. For 24 years, Crotzer sat in prison,
hanging on that frayed thread of innocence,
until last year he became another bitter-
sweet statistic in a national movement
called the Innocence Project.
To date, the project has seen to the
release of 198 inmates, all post-conviction
DNA cases. And all of them dumped back

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into society after they were imprisoned for
crimes they did not commit.
Now, Florida lawmakers are trying to
figure out if they are collectively willing to
pay Crotzer and the others who will
undoubtedly come along behind him for
all that time he spent in prison.
Twenty four lost years.
How do you pay a man for this?
Truth is, you can't.
Under a bill proposed by Sen. Dave
Aronberg, D- Greenacres, Crotzer would
get $1.2 million. The bill would subse-
quently allow the Florida Attorney Gen-
eral's Office to pay $50,000 a year, up to
$500,000, in similar cases. But first a judge
would have to vacate, reverse or dismiss the
criminal charges based on clear and con-
vincing evidence of innocence.
That evidence, of course, is almost always
DNA, which has become mainstream in
these cases since 1989 or so.

(* This article is from Cox Newspapers -

EDITOR, The Tribune
WHILE I am prepared to
concede that 'silly things'
often happen during the run
up to general elections in most
countries, The Bahamas being
no exception, 1 am flabber-
gasted and somewhat amused
to see the slew and pace of
contract signing and activi-
ties by the Ministry of Works.
The defunct PLP has been
in office for five long years.
That party and its leadership
will be coming to the godd
people of The Bahamas in
short order to seek re-elec-
tion. The only question a vot-
er need ask hilmself/herself is:
"Am I better off today than I
was in 2002?" The answer, I
submit, in the vast majority of
cases must be a resounding
The bogus boast by the
defunct PLP is that it has
attracted some 20 billion dol-
lars in new investments.
Where is the truth in this?
Like my beloved maternal
grandmother used to say:
"Show me the money.....
In mni, opinion a reasonable
and iwlit thinking Bahamian
would be hard pressed to find
even 10 per cent of that
alleged "new" investment on
the ground. No one can deny
that the defunct PLP has not
done anything but whatever
it did do. it did us no favours.
as we paid them to do it.
In five long years. Christie
and crew could not find the
political will to increase old
age and other pensions. Now.
with general elections just
around the corner, they are
crowing about Ihe measlv

B$15-40 increasesases as if that
would make a substantial dif-
ferenceo the standard of liv-
ing of the recipient pension-
ers. As far as I am concerned
this is nothing more than an
electoral ploy which Bahami-
ans will see through.
Where is the estimated 12
million dollars going .to come
from? The only source of rev-
enue for government is the
taxes and duties received from
the citizens. So, in essence, we,
collectively, will be required
to fund the proposed increas-
es, even if we are not yet col-
lecting a pension.
As far as I see it the defunct
PLP government is legally
plundering hard working
Bahamians to prop up its
chances of being returned to
office. Frederick Bastiat, a
long dead, noted French polit-
ical economist wrote in "The
Law": "The law becomes legal
plunder when it goes beyond
the simple defense of individ-
ual rights and freedoms. If the
Law benefits one citizen at the
expense of another by doing
what the citizen himself can-
not do without committing a
crime, it is legal plunder...'
It appears to me that the
defunct PLP and its leader-
ship are attempting "to buy"
the upcoming general elec-
tions. Contracts, which should
have been executed years ago,
are just now being announced
to contractors. For instance, a
relatively young construction

company, which is instrumen-
tal in the building of the Fox
Hill Community Centre, has
been awarded the contract for
the proposed straw market.
When did that contract go out
to bid and who were the other
bidders? In fact, when will the
Bahamian people see the
approved building plans and/or
a copy of the construction con-
Who or which company has
the cleaning contracts for
BAIC and the Industrial
Park? Is it true that a vocifer-
ous supporter of the defunct
PLP has two cleaning con-
tracts for government schools
up at Nassau Village? If so,
how come? If so, when did
they go out to bid and what is
the monthly stipend?
Legal plunder occurs when
we have: tariffs; subsidies; pro-
gressive taxation; guaranteed
jobs; guaranteed profits; min-
imum wages; a right to relief;
free credit and, of course, old
age pensions. It really does
not matter, however, at this
late stage of the political
Bahamians have been called
many things over the years,
but no one can honestly call
us, collectively, stupid. It can-
not be long now before
Gussiemae sings. This time
around, the shuffle will not do
and no amount of gyrations
will rescue Flight 738 as it goes
down in flames. Call the fire
engine. To God then, in all of
these things, be the glory.
March 30 2007

Government needs

outside help to assist

in the war on crime

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE Bahamas government
must bite the bullet and ask
for outside help in what
should be a relentless war
against crime.
The recent gangland-style
slaying of two Grand Bahami-
ans, coupled with the record
murder rate of 6(0 in 20600 and
the year-to-date count of 23.
demands immediate action.
Trinidad, St. Lucia and
Jamaica have all asked Lon-
don's Scotland Yard to help
deal with a surge in violent
crime in their countries.
Our capable police com-
missioner and a core of hard-
working officers are over-
whelhmed and also need help.
It's been clear since the mid-

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The Public is hereby advised that I, WELLINGTON
BAILLOU of the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence intend to change my name to DWIGHT
JOHNSON. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box SS-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

1970s when Interpol ranked
the Bahamas as second in the
top 10 countries for murder
that our nation was in deep
The situation has worsened
since then and hundreds of
Bahamians have been mur-
dered, including a Cabinet
minister's son.
Of course, police work only
deals with one aspect of the
crime scourge. Social and judi-
cial issues also must be
addressed before we can come
to grips with this cancer that is
eating the very fabric of our
We have no problem seek-
ing outside medical help if the
expertise is not available local-
ly. We allow non-Bahamian
doctors to work in our hospi-

tals and we bring in artisans
and other constructions work-
ers to build our hotels. We
have non-Bahamian judges
and teachers.
The PLP minister, James
Smith, has called for interna-
tional help to fight the immi-
gration problem.
Why then are we paranoid
about bringing in a limited
number of non-Bahamian
police for a specified period
of time?
The next government must
move swiftly to. do so -
immediately after the general
election. Otherwise, politics
will get in the way.
April 6, 2007


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Tribune Business Reporter

yesterday in the new con-
stituency of Killarney with
incumbent MP Neville Wisdom
outlining extensive plans aimed
at benefiting the community
and the FNM's Dr Hubert Min-
nis announcing that he will form
associations to better fulfill all
the needs of the unique con-
Surrounded by cheering
crowds and accompanied by a
pulsating junkanoo beat, the
two candidates arrived at H 0
Nash Junior High School the
area's nomination centre both
declaring victory.
The incumbent candidate,
Youth, Sports and Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom, who
in 2002 captured his seat by
securing 1,921 of the votes over
FNM Floyd Watkins (1,574
votes) and CDR candidate
Frederick Munnings (229
votes), arrived shortly before
11am with a strong contingent
of more than 50 young sup-
porters, a dance line and a
junkanoo crowd.
Mr Wisdom said that he
made a special point of choos-
ing young constituents as his
nominees, to show his commit-
ment to the nation's youth and
his confidence in the positive
role they will play in the devel-
opment of society.
"If you want to know what
my chances are, look around
you and look at the work we've
done in Delaporte," he said,
bragging that the prime minister
got it right when he said that
the area is the best represented,
most organisied and active.
"We are going on our record.
We have done a tremendous
amount of work, and now we
bring on some cousins from
Mount Moriah and Dignity
Mr Wisdom also thanked his
constituents who were affected
by the boundary cuts and now
live in the new Clifton con-

Housing Minister Neville Wissom defends his seat and

promises to launch 'merit scholarship' COB programme



* THE FNM's Dr Hubert Minnis speaks to members of the press

The minister said that if he is
elected for a second term, he
will launch a Killarney merit
scholarship programme for
financially challenged persons
to attend the College of the
Bahamas. Also, he said that he
hopes to complete a new post
office, police station out west, a
fire and rescue service and an
ambulance service.
He said he also intends to
continue his campaign to ensure
that Bahamians get full public
beach access and that the Rock
Crusher community centre
remains high on his priority list.
"As our major project for
2007 to 2012, we plan to build a

library for the residents," he
Mr Wisdom said some high-
lights of his current term in
office include the fundraising
efforts to buy the police depart-
ment a new vehicle, the provi-
sion of scholarships and the
repair of sporting facilities, and
the improvement of infrastruc-
ture and sea walls.


Just a half hour after nomi-
nations opened at 9am, a com-
pletely confident Dr Hubert
Minnis, flanked by an equally

large crowd and his own
junkanoo band, arrived at the H
O Nash Junior High School to
make his $400 deposit and offi-
cially declare himself a candi-
date in the May 2 election.
Before arriving at the school,
Dr Minnis, an obstetrician and
gynecologist, and his support-
ers travelled through the con-
stituency in a motorcade, and
following the brief nomination
process, Dr Minnis told the
press he is more than confident
that he will be victorious at the
My chances are more than
100 per cent. I think it is excel-
lent. We've been working a long

time, we have a great team in
Killarney, and we want to take
politics to another level. We
have spent a year and a half
canvassing the entire Delaporte
area before we were spilt, and
what we have done is try to
determine from the constituents
what were the problems, issues
and concerns."
, Based on the information he
received, Dr Minnis said that
Killarney cannot be treated as
one constituency, as there
would be a tendency to leave
certain areas out. ,
Rather, he said that he would
encourage the formation of
associations to ensure that
everyone's needs are met.
"What you find is all of them
have different issues and you
can't just lump them together
or you would leave out some.
So we will encourage the home
owners association to meet once
a month, and I, as their repre-
sentative, would meet with
them every four months so that
we can have ongoing commu-
nications and deal with the
issues. The issues we face today
may not bhe issues we face
tomorrow and therefore you
need constant communication."
With this method, Dr Minnis
was confident that the ongoing
cry of "I only see my represen-
tative once every five years"
would be a thing of the past.
He further said that Killar-
ney would be used as model,
and that in addition to meeting
the associations every four
months, he would then meet
with the executive of each asso-
ciation once a month, which
would bring the constituency
together as one. "' "
Dr Minus vowed tlat should
he be elected, he would canvas
his constituents, particularly the
young people, for solutions to
the areas problems.

"That will bring back
accountability and the people
would now realise that the
politicians are employed by
them and not them employed
by the politician," he said.
Dr Minnis noted that there
are a number of concerns affect-
ing voters in the area.' For
example, he said that Rock
Crusher residents are very con-
cerned about jobs, and that the
area's community centre can
serve as a pivotal point.
"In Oakes Field," he said,
"Davis Street has too much traf-
fic and there is concern about
the frequent BEC outages,
whereas Vista Marina is con-
cerned about flooding."
Dr Minnis said that Mr Wis-
dom has not provided the con-
stituents of Killarney with prop-
er representation and claimed
that his ministerial portfolio can
not serve as an excuse.
"We want accountability -
and he may have been busy
travelling doing this, doing
that," said Dr Minnis. "Yes I
may be busy with the govern-
ment, but at the same time, I
must find time for my con-
stituents. Just like as a physi-
cian, I must find time for my
patients, be it four, five o'clock
in the morning."
Dr Minus assured Killarney
residents that no matter what
role he is asked to play in an
Ingraham administration, he
would not neglect his duties to
He also vowed that he-wotld
take an active role in.the devel-
opment of the Baha Mar resort
project' and said that he would
ensure that everything is being
done with the best interest of
the Bahamian people in mind.

13 candidates are nominated to

contest seats in Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT A total of 13
Grand Bahama candidates were
officially nominated on Friday
to run in the May 2 general
After completing the nomi-
nating process, many candidates
and their supporters took to the
streets in motorcades, blowing
car horns and waving election
Island Administrator Alexan-
der Williams, acting deputy par-
liamentary commissioner,
reported that the nomination
of candidates went extremely
well at all of the nomination
centres on Grand Bahama.
Mr Williams said that each of
the two major political parties
nominated for the six con-
stituencies, and one indepen-
dent nominated in Marco City.
"From all reports, the exer-
cise went quite smoothly and
all documentation was filed as
expected between 9am and
"There was the usual fanfare
by candidates with their motor-
cades and music and there was
no incident whatsoever," he
The three-way race in Marco
City will be quite an exciting
one, commentators say. The
4,200 registered voters in that
constituency will have a choice
to cast their ballots for either
FNM candidate Zhivargo
Laing, independent candidate
Michael Edwards, or incum-
bent MP Pleasant Bridgewa-
Zhivargo Laing said that
nomination is always an exciting
day because it is the real start of
the official entrance into the
electoral process.
"We felt that things went
extremely well today," he said,
following his nol inflation l t the


* OBIE Wilchcombe is followed by a large crowd of supporters

Jack Hayward High School
gym. "We nominated success-
fully and it is now time to do
the balance of the work towards
becoming the representative for
Marco City."
Mr Laing, a former FNM
cabinet minister, said he is
delighted to be representing the
party in the Marco City, a seat
that was once held by the par-
ty's founder, the late Sir Cecil
He said that campaigning is
going extremely well. "We have
been getting excellent respons-
es from the voters and I am
delighted to be representing
Marco City, a place where I
live," he said.
Independent candidate
Michael Edwards said that he
is extremely confident that he
will win in Marco City.
"Nomination went extremely
well for us anild we ll had a lfan-

tastic crowd, and the people of
Marco City are riled up and
ready for the new change," he


Mr Edwards, who had nomi-
nated around 10.45am, said that
both of his opponents were very
"I saw both of my opponents,
Ms Bridgewater and Mr Laing.
They and their supporters were
extremely cordial and congrat-
ulated and wished me well, and
I think in our democracy that's
the way the system should be,"
Mr Edwards, said however
that he was very disappointed
over the destruction of his elec-
tion posters in Marco City.
He said that on Tuesday
some person or persons
(Icstroy dc a "Ir'clllrdc lls" l111l1

ber of posters that were put up
around the area of his Poinciana
Drive headquarters.
"1 was extremely disap-
pointed that people would
seek to destroy political para-
phernalia at this stage of devel-
opment in our democracy. I
believe it was done out of a
sense 'of fear because they
know that things are happen-
ing in Marco City that they
never thought would have hap-
pened," he said.
"1 should tell you that there is
a sense in the air that something
serious is about to happen in
Marco City," he said. I am very
confident... and I am looking
forward to be of service."
Mr Edwards said that he did
not enter the race to take away
votes from Ms Bridgewater, or
Mr Laing.
"There are in excess of 4,200
registered voters in Marco City

* VERNA Grant leads a procession as she goes to hand in her
nomination for Eight Mile Rock

and I expect to be the victorious
candidate. I did not enter the
race to take away votes from
anyone. The votes belong to the
people, and on Election Day
they will go to the polls and they
will choose between the three
"They will choose whether
they will follow someone who
just follows a political party with
an agenda for the whole
Bahamas verses someone who
has a contract that would be
focused on Marco City, and
Marco City alone," he said.
Incumbent Pleasant Bridge-
water could not be reached for
comment and did not return our
telephone calls up to press time

on Friday.
The other candidates nomi-
nated on Grand Bahama were:
In the Lucaya constituen-
cy, FNM incumbent MP Neko
Grant and PLP candidate Con-
stance McDonald
In West End/Bimini, incum-
bent MP Obie Wilchcombe and
FNM candidate David Wallace
In Eight Mile Rock, PLP
candidate Caleb Outten and
FNM candidate Verna Grant
In Pineridge, incumbent MP
Anne Percentie-Russell and
FNM candidate Kwasi Thomp-
In High Rock, FNM incum-
bent Kenneth Russell and PLP
candidate Dr Doswell Coakley

Killarney hopeful pledges

to form new associations



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Three facing PM Christie in Farm Road

FROM page one
for the 2007 ballots, Mr Christie
turned to his supporters in the
room and exclaimed: "The
horse is in the gate!"
Opposing him is Kenneth
Rosco Taylor of Our Survivors
Political Party (OSPP), Mr Troy
Donahue Rahming, an Inde-
pendent, and Ms Ella Lewis, of
the FNM.
Ms Lewis, dressed in a
vibrant red, white and blue
dress with the FNM emblem
and the Bahama Islands
imprinted on it, seemed
undaunted at facing the prime
Ms Lewis, who arrived at the
station at 10.10am with her sup-
porters and a brass band, said
the PM had done an extremely
poor job in his own constituency.
"I would like to see Farm
Road come alive. Farm Road
and Centreville is known for its

culture and Junkanoo. We have
Fort Fincastle, the Water Tow-
er that has been closed for five
years, and all of the people up
there are now unemployed.
And that is a Mecca for cultur-
al activities but it is now dead
because the government has
done nothing," she said.
Ms Lewis said representation
of the area has been extremely
poor by Mr Christie, and that
he is four years too late to come
now and try to work for the
"The people of Farm Road
elected not only an MP, but a
PM and got nothing in return.
And they are angry about it and
plan to vote him out come May
2," she said.
Ms Lewis said the FNM's
chances are "extremely excel-
lent" in Farm Road and Cen-
"He can party them 'till May
2, but come May 2, they are ,

going to vote for Ella Lewis,"
she said.
However, Mr Christie spoke
more to his party and support-
ers than of his opponent.
Standing in the middle of the
street, surrounded by yellow
shirts, Mr Christie encouraged
his supporters to "be of excel-
lent behaviour" but not to con-
cede any ground to their FNM
"Do not let anyone get up in
your face and tell you lies, and
twist the truth. It is important
that you demonstrate the
strength of being a PLP," he
Mr Christie excited the crowd
by exclaiming that they were
looking at not only the next MP
for the area, but the next Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas.
"Forward ever. Backward
never. Forward ever. Backward
never!" he shouted.

M FNM and PLP supporters meet during Nomination Day

Ingraham faces cousin again in North Abaco constituency

FROM page one
motorcade yesterday morning
to escort Mr Ingraham from the
Treasure Cay Primary School
to the administrator's office in
Cooper's Town, where he paid
the $400 retainer fee and signed
all the necessary documents to
defend his North Abaco parlia-
mentary seat.
Some 300-400 FNMs wore
the party's colours and waved
Hubert Ingraham posters.
Addressing the crowd in
Cooper's Town yesterday, Mr
Ingraham thanked all his sup-

porters for their "continued
support, for my candidacy, my
representation and for your sup-
port to take the government of
the Bahamas again."
As the people cheered, Mr
Ingraham told the FNMs that
"it's only a matter of days now"
until they will once again form
the Bahamas government.
"They (the PLP) are finish-
ing off their days in office. I
seek your support for a seventh
consecutive year.
"You are wonderful, I just
wanted to say thank very
much," he said.

Mr Ingraham's opponent, Mr
Bootle was also accompanied
to North Abaco's nomination
centre by a procession of sup-
porters yesterday morning.
Over 100 PLP voters, chanting
and singing, made their way
from the PLP's headquarters in
Murphy Town to the adminis-
trator's office in Cooper's Town.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Bootle said he feels
his chances of winning the North
Abaco seat are "very good."
"I feel my chances are good
because of the response from
the people. It's all about the

people, they are the ones that
make the decisions. So they'll
decide if what they had for the
past few years is what they still
want and from what I've been
hearing the people want bet-
ter," he said.
This is the second time Mr
Bootle is going up against Mr
Ingraham, but this time, the PLP
candidate said, he is prepared.
"Last time I came in at the
very last minute and we didn't
have the amount of time we
needed to acquaint ourselves
with some of the people.
"We've had more time this

time and they know us and I
think they are more receptive
to me this time," he said.
A worker at the PLP's head-
quarters in Murphy Town, Lav-
erne Maynard, said that in her
opinion Mr Ingraham has lost a
lot of the core support in North
However, Johnny Cash, a
FNM supporter, said that Mr
Ingraham continues to enjoy
very strong support in the con-
stituency, especially in Coop-
er's Town.
"This is where he is from and
the people are very loyal to him,

his roots are here and they sup-
port him. Treasure Cay, too, a
lot of Bahamians who live and
work there love him and they
have been supporting him
straight through the PLP to
Independent to the FNM. They
have crossed party lines for him
and I feel very strong that
Ingraham will carry it again,"
Mr Cash said.
In the last election Mr Ingra-
ham won by 393 votes. Of 3,067
voters, 1,710 voted for Mr
Ingraham, 1,317 voted for Mr
Bootle and 12 voted for the
BCP's candidate Ali McIntosh.

M PERRY Christie addresses the crowd on Nomination Day

* MELANIE Griffin with Ricardo Treco and his wife Donnie march through the streets

* SENATOR Caleb Outten addresses the crowd in Freeport

* MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell walks to Sandilands Primary school with his
supporters to be nominated yesterday
(Photo:Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

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N PLP supporters out in force for the nomination of Bernard Nottage

* BERNARDNottage is flanked by supporters as he submits his nomination

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Golden Gates seat is election flashpoint


CAMPAIGN 2007 in the
Golden Gates constituency
kicked into full gear yesterday
morning when the three major
candidates led their respective
group of supporters to Room
T-10 at the Carmichael Road
Primary School and declared
their intentions to represent the
area in the upcoming general
Shortly after 10am, Golden
Gates came alive when the
area's MP, Shane Gibson, along
with around 45 supporters,
made the short trek from his
campaign headquarters on
Carmichael Road to the school,
making his May 2 re-election
bid official.
"Without you, there is no
Golden Gates," Mr Gibson told
enthusiastic supporters after
turning in his declaration docu-
mentation. "If you left it up to
me, by myself, I could not rep-
resent Golden Gates. So I am
very humble and very privi-
leged. I can tell you, I am
moved with emotion thit you
are here today nominating me
once again."
Before Mr Gibson could fin-
ish his address, however, the
crowd erupted into loud cheers
for the embattled candidate
whose involvement with Anna
Nicole Smith cost him his job
as a member of parliament and

minister of immigration.
Mr Gibson, however, said
that despite the trials he has
faced, never once did he think
about quitting.
"I've been a fighter all my
life, never a quitter," said Mr
Gibson."'One of the things that
drives rme is that I am always
able to remain focused, and I
am not easily distracted."
Opening up to The Tribune
about the Anna Nicole Smith
issue, Mr Gibson, who yester-
day declared his net worth to
be in the neighborhood of
$900,000, said: "This really has
been a humbling experience for
me. I'veibeen involved in other
controversies before, but I look
at it for what it is, and I can't
stop beihg me.
"Nobody is perfect, and peo-
ple make mistakes all the time,"
said Mr Gibson. "But I think I
am goifg to be stronger, more
focusedimore determined and I
will continue to be result dri-
ven, and, unfortunately, in being
result driven at times, you make
However, the FNM candidate
Don Sauinders and independent
hopeful Clever Duncombe,
think that the errors in Mr Gib-
son's judgment and his loss of
focus, particularly on the Gold-
en Gates constituency, are the
very reasons residents of the
area will not be returning him as
their representative.

With a boisterous crowd of
supporters arriving at the
Carmichael Primary in every
mode of transportation other
than planes and trains, Mr
Saunders cautioned the public
not to be disillusioned by fabri-
cated support figures being
thrown around by the PLP
machinery seeking to have Mr
Gibson re-elected.
"You have to remember both
parties are very popular parties,
and of course, as I walk through
the streets of Golden Gates, I
don't mind the numbers. We
see the people around him. But
you have to look at what is hap-
pening on the ground of Golden
Gates," Mr Saunders said.
"The people of Golden Gates
are not happy with the direc-
tion that he and his party is
pushing the country in. They
see an alternative, and they see
an alternative in Don Saunders.
They see an alternative in the
FNM party," continued Mr
Yesterday, the young hus-
band and father, along with wife
Tiffany and daughter Danielle,
declared his net worth to be
around $270,000, and in doing
so, he reminded voters that "the
important thing isn't so much
the assets or the age, but who is
committed to service, and more
importantly, who is committed
to helping the people of the

"I am not a millionaire," the
prospective candidate joked,
"but I am committed to help-
ing the people of Golden Gates,
and I am committing myself to
the people of the Bahamas.
And working with my other
team members from the FNM
party, I am confident that on
May 2, Don Saunders will be in
the winning column. I am con-
fident that Hubert Ingraham
will be the prime minister of
this country, and I am confident
that this country will be back
on the right track, the right
track of success, the right track
of good governance, of honest
governance, and of course,
where all Bahamian, black,
white, rich and poor are able to
get a piece of the economic pie"


Arriving at the declaration
site shortly after Mr Saunders'
departure, independent candi-
date Clever Duncombe, made
his declaration, and following
that, said that "an overwhelm-
ing number of persons can con-
clude that the minister has
neglected the constituency of
Golden Gates, and many peo-
ple are suffering. What 1 pro-
pose is to bring justice and
equal rights for all."
Mr Duncombe said he is
aware of the fight ahead of him

as he takes on the big two.
However, he said that he is
"prepared to lose it all on behalf
of all children in our country
and generations unborn".
Unlike his opponents, Mr
Duncombe says that he is the
only candidate who can boast
of having credentials that show
where he was instrumental in
affecting change in the
Bahamas long before he even
entered the political arena.
Referring to his 40 month
campaign concerning the pas-
sage of the Child Protection Bill
in the House of Assembly, Mr
Duncombe said: "I think this is
the way developed countries do
it. You sacrifice for and on
behalf of your country, and
then, if you so desire, you can
take it to the next level."
The former FNM understudy
who worked on the campaigns
of FNM candidates Anthony
Rolle, Theresa Moxey-Ingra-
ham, and Dion Foulkes, went
on to say: "Over the last four
years, the Bahamas knows what
I have been doing in terms of
advocating for children and
father's rights.
"The Bahamas knows and
the world has already seen what
Clever Duncombe has done on
behalf of our nation's children.
Now let's see what Golden
Gates views are. Let's see what
are the thing they are going to
vote for. I did it and I presented

it to them, and I will see where
it goes from there on May 2.
"Some are suggesting that I
can't find 50 persons who would
support my views as a candi-
date in this coming general elec-
tion. Well the world is watch-
ing, and this is basically history
in the making.
"We will see now if politics
will continue to divide us or
whether or not people will lay
aside the politics and vote for
Clever Duncombe because of
what he brings to the table."
The Golden Gates hopeful,
who has declared a net worth
of approximately $40,000 said
he does not apologise for his
assets, noting: "This is the
Bahamas and this is what I am
fighting against. I am fight for
equal rights and justice for all.
"I am not prepared to be like
the many 'make-way' candi-
dates who are short cutting the
game to get to parliament, and I
believe history will definitely be
kind to me. And these children
who are being abused over the
next 15 to 20 years, when they
go back in the annals of our his-
tory, they will see that there was
one brave soldier in Clever
Duncombe who went against
the grain and who fought on
their behalf in terms of wanting
to be the first child's right advo-
cate to be elected to parlia-

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* HUBERT Ingraham shakes the hand of Administrator Theopholis Cox as he officially becomes
the party's candidate for North Abaco

* JACINTA Higgs pays her money yesterday at Sandilands Primary school as she was nominated
(Photo:Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

LORETTA Smith goes to hand in her nomination





THE Bahamas was success-
ful in its bid to host the 5th
Comnimi"wealth Local Govern-
ment CBiference scheduled for
May 2009, Minister of Local
Government and Consumer
Affairs Alfred Gray said.
"Thq ahamas will have the
distinction of being the first
country in the
Americas/Caribbean region to
have the honour of hosting the
confeiMke," Mr Gray said at a
press briefing at his office on
Also in attendance were sec-
retary,general of the Common-
wealth Local Government
Forum (CLGF) Carl Wright,
acting permanent secretary at
the Ministry of Local Govern-
ment J Anthony McKinney,
City oUreeport Council deputy
chief councillor for High Rock
April Crowther-Gow and
Freeport councillor Harold
The' meetingg will be organ-
ised by the CLGF and should
attract about 500 delegates from
40 of the 53 member countries
of the Commonwealth, Mr

Gray said.
"This conference will provide
a unique opportunity for high
level local government officials
and practitioners to come
together and discuss key issues,
kindle and re-kindle friendships
and to share international expe-
riences, best practices and inno-
vations for local democracy and
good governance around the
Commonwealth," he explained.
The venue for the conference
will be the Westin and Sheraton
at Our Lucaya in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
According to the minister, the
CLGF ratified the approval of
the bid during the conference
held in Auckland, New Zealand
on March 26 to 29.
As the minister responsible
for Local Government, Mr
Gray was re-elected as a CLGF
board member and as a mem-
ber of its Policy and Resources
Also elected for the first time
as a CLGF board member-at-
large was chief councillor for
the South Eleuthera district,
Phillip McPhee.

"The hosting of this confer-
ence in 2009," Mr Gray said,
"has the full support of the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas, which
is indicative of the high level of
the government's commitment
to the further growth and devel-
opment of local democracy in
the Bahamas."
The conference, CLGF sec-
retary general Mr Wright
explained, is a major policy
event where Commonwealth
local governments at levels of
government heads, ministers
and senior councillors get
together and define key poli-
cies for all local governments
throughout the Commonwealth.
"At the conference in New
Zealand," said Mr Wright, "we
had about 25 to 30 national
ministers, several heads of gov-
ernment including the president
of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni, the hosting prime
minister Helen Clark, and many
other VIPs from the United
Nations as well as the Com-
monwealth Secretariat."
This is different from other
conferences, he added, in that it

* MINISTER of Local Government and Consumer Affairs the Alfred Gray (left) announcing that
the Bahamas has won the bid to host the 5th Commonwealth Local Government Conference
(CLGC) in May 2009. Also pictured from left are secretary general of the Commonwealth Local
Government Forum (CLGF), Carl Wright and Freeport Councillor Harold Williams.
(Photo: BIS/Patrick Hanna)

has a distinct outcome, which
is to submit policy recommen-
dations to local governments,
national governments, and the
heads of government.
The Auckland conference
concentrated on how local gov-
ernments are tackling major
global issues such as climate
change and HIV/AIDS, as well
as how they are promoting
development, he said.
At the conference to be held
in the Bahamas in 2009, Mr
Wright said the focus will be on
"strengthening local govern-
ments so that their work will be
more effective".

Mr Wright has visited facili-
ties in Freeport and said he is
quite delighted with what the
city has to offer.
"We are all confident," he
said, "it will be the best CLGC
conference ever and we look
forward very strongly and I wel-
come the support that is
pledged not only for the con-
ference, but local government
and local democracy through-
out the Bahamas, and indeed,
throughout the Caribbean and
the wider Commonwealth."
Deputy chief councillor Ms
Crowther-Gow expressed her
feelings about the conference

being in Freeport.
"By winning the bid to host
the 2009 Commonwealth Local
Government Forum in the city
of Freeport, we have demon-
strated as practitioners, within
10 years of existence, that we
are indeed maturing and evolv-
"Our participation and mem-
bership in the Commonwealth
Local Government Forum has
allowed us as local government
practitioners, to exchange ideas
and learn about good practices
and governance on the local lev-

Engineers complete

study on causeway

Bradley Roberts gave Grand
Bahamians an update on the
construction of the Fishing
Hole Rbad causeway Tuesday
at.a meeting at the Communi-
ty'Holiess Church Martin
The minister said that stud-
ies arepresently being com-
pleted-by the coastal engi-
neering specialists Baird &
The Fishing Hole Road
causeway is located in a region
that is prone to severe surge
and flooding during tropical
storms and hurricanes.
It is also the main access
route for emergency services
between the western end of
Grand Bahama and the hospi-
tal and, other key services
locatedbn the eastern side of
the causeway.
Because of this Mr Roberts
said that it is crucial that it be
accessible even during severe
"This challenging project is
nearing completion ind will
result in clear recommenda-
tions for the government of the
Bahamas to complete its com-
mitment to resolve this long-
standing problem in the very
near future," the works minis-
ter said.

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* BRADLEY Roberts

Mr Roberts and senior offi-
cers of the Ministry of Works
and Utilities as well as Senator
Caleb Outten attended a pub-
lic presentation at Eight Mile

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Rock, Grand Bahama on
Tuesday evening.
Baird & Associates provided
a detailed description of the
work undertaken to date on

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the Fishing Hole Road Cause-
way study.
The company specialises in
coastal engineering and is
presently involved in several
projects in theBahamas as well
as other sites throughout the
Caribbean and various parts
of the world.
Mr Roberts reminded the
gathering that at a town
meeting held at the same
venue on February 9, 2006 he
promised that consultants
would be engaged to evalu-
ate and prepare a model of
the Hawksbill Creek area
similar to what was done with
the Eleuthera Glass Window
Bridge project, so that the
optimal design criteria could
be established.
He said it is important that
the solution be able to with-
stand the passage of a category
five hurricane and that at the
same time not cause an
adverse environmental impact
on Hawksbill Creek.
The project was introduced
by the vice president of Baird
& Associates Kevin Macin-
Mr Macintosh noted the
very complex nature of the site
and the challenges associated
with understanding and mod-
elling such an environment.

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Girl guides launch

national assembly

THE Bahamas Girl Guides
Association launched its nation-
al assembly yesterday under the
theme: "Guides of the Bahamas
say: revitalise the spirit of guid-
ing, build a better world."
This triennial assembly, which
lasts until Sunday is bringing
together guides, rangers, lead-
ers, council members, parents
and friends of guiding from
New Providence, Exuma, Long
Island, Abaco, Andros,
Eleuthera and Inagua.
The objective of the assem-
bly is to engage in discussions
and make recommendations
that will improve guiding in the
country, evaluate policies and
organisational rules and set
goals for the next three years.
Dame Marguerite Pindling
officially opened the three day
conference on Friday at Xaviers
Lower School Grounds on West
Bay Street.
The keynote speaker at the
event was Tanya Wright,
president of the Chamber of

Other sessions during the
weekend include:
e Leadership development
led by Michelle Miller
Empowering girls and
young women led by Jacque-
line Williams and Iris Strachan
Healthy lifestyles led by Dr
Evaneth McPhee
HIV and AIDS led by Dr
Sonya Lunn and Lynette
Guiding, a lifelong experi-
ence, led by former guides
Delegates will attend a
Church Service on Sunday
beginning 9am at Holy Cross
Anglican Church.
"The Girl Guides Associa-
tion invites all present and for-
mer guides, parents and friends
of guiding to participate in the
event as we seek to revitalise
the spirit of guiding and
improve our country and by
extension our world," the
organisation said in a state-

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ceremony set for

Mayaguana airport

PRIME Minister the Perry
Christie will lead a government
delegation at "groundbreaking
ceremonies" for the construc-
tion of a new international air-
port and terminal building in
Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana,
on Monday.
The government said in a
statement issued yesterday that
the construction of the airport
and terminal building is part of
Phase I of the $1.8 billion joint
venture residential and com-
mercial resort development pro-
ject between the Hotel Corpo-
ration of the Bahamas and the
Mayaguana Development Com-
pany Limited.
A heads of agreement and a
joint venture agreement for the
deal were both signed at the
Cabinet Office on March 7,
The government owns 50 per
cent of the Mayaguana Devel-
opment Company through the

* PERRY Christie

Hotel Corporation and the 1-
Group, a Boston-based devel-
opment company owns the oth-
er 50 per cent.
Under the agreements, a new

7,000 foot runway and other
security features and amenities
that meet International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
standards, are to be completed
within the next two-years.
The project also includes a
25-unit upscale boutique resort
at North Beach, luxury hotel
accommodations, eco-sensitive
resort facilities, a 100-lot resi-
dent community, utility' services
and roadways, an integrated
golf course and designated
nature preserves.
The government has project-
ed that 1,700 new jobs will be
created for Bahamians within
five years with an estimated
$116 million impact on the
Gross Domestic Product.
The project is part of the gov-
ernment's plans for an anchor
property on each Family Island.
Residents of Mayaguana
have been invited to attend the

Search for missing Canadian

POLICE are asking for the public's help in
finding Canadian Darrell Cloutier who went
missing earlier this week.
He was last seen between April 10 and 11 at
the Sunrise Beach Villas.
Mr Cloutier, 34, is 5'9", weights 180
pounds, has a bright complexion, a receding
hairline and dark brown hair.
He was last seen wearing black khaki pants,
a beige golf shirt and black dress shoes.
Anyone with information on the where-
abouts of Mr Cloutier is asked to please con-
tact the CDU at 5029930/9991, the police con-
trol room at 322-3333, crime stoppers at 328-
8474 or the nearest police station.

0 DARRELL Coultier


\ -i ,* 7' .

* THI photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Will Ferrell as Chazz Michael Michaels and
Jon Heder as Jimmy MacElroy in Blades of Glory
(Photo: AP/Paraminou I' i ',,', /Suzanne Hanover)

Will Ferrell makes the

cut with Blades of Glory

Starring: Will Ferrel,
Jon Heder
Will Ferrell and his usual
crew have a s' so record when
it comes to big screen comedies.
Efforts such is Zoolander,
Anchorman and Dodgcball
have that gnawing almost lun
ny air surrounding then, and,
while they may raise a smile,
they rarely reach belly laugh
So with a target as easy as
competitive figure skating, you
could be forgiven for expecting
Blades of Glory to suffer from
the same flaws as its predeces-
But somehow, despite
retreading the same formula,
the gags in this one invariably
hit their target and I laughed
harder than I have at the
movies for a long time.
Ferrell and Heder play cham-
pion male figure skaters Chaz
Michael Michaels and Jimmy
MacElroy. While Chaz is the
hard living, rock and roll bad
boy of the sport (relatively
speaking), Jimmy is his polar
opposite a fey, soft-spoken
But their rivalry at the top is
short-lived when a shared gold
medal sparks a brawl between
them and both are banned for
Years later, a loophole

E --i

(their ban doesn't cover part-
ner skating) rescues them from
their respective downward spi-
rals Chaz drinking his way
through his wizard role in a
children's ice skating show;
Jimmy working at a sports
store and a former coach
attempts to train them to skate
together in a bid for medal
It's the silliest set-up imagin-
able, but Ferrell and Heder

make it w\\k thanks to two
great comil( performances.
They really lok like lihcv're
having a blast in their roles and
their joint skating routines are
hilarious as are those of their
rivals (bl other and sisltr aclt
Stranz and Fairchild Van
Waldenberg played bv Will
Arnetl and Aimy I'ochl r).
It's all perfectly predictable
but sticking to the underdog slo-
ry and placing gags around it
works in its laivour.
Great stuff and I suspect
Blades of Glory will soon have
the same effectt on figure skating
as 2)00's Best In Sh\ov, had on
dog shows by giving the sport a
whole new ironic fanlbise.



The exclusive master-planned Rum Cay Resort Marina (www.rumcay.com) currently
in the early stage of planning and development will comprise 100-key condo hotel,
circa 200 residential offerings, a 120-slip mega-yacht marina and marina village as
well as extensive recreational amenities.

Montana Holdings Ltd, owners of the Rum Cay Resort Marina, Ruiih
Cay, Bahamas are seeking to expand their Nassau based team with the follow~i'

Executive P.A. to the Company Chairman.

This position is within a testing and challenging corporate environment that'll'
require an individual of the highest caliber to sustain the demands of variqqs,
commercial projects and assignments that demand constant early complet)pn.,

The successful candidate shall have a least 5 years experience in a senior administrative
position. Assertive and industrious you will have a high level of initiative to enmuie
that all executive office matters are dealt with in an expedient and professional
You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, together with ftftt
class PC skills in Word, Excel and Power Point. '
The salary shall be above market rate to reflect the seniority and demands of
this position. .j

Project Managers and Project Executives in Sales alid
Business Development

Responsibilities include:
Compilation of commercial and contractual documentation from management
briefings ".''
Preparation of work schedules, matrices and charts s,.
Monitoring, managing and maintaining the scheduled progress of selected, "
project activities, staff and contractors
Establishing well defined processes for the control of inter-department work
Efficiently resolving logistical challenges and supporting areas of delays
Liaising with suppliers, Government Agencies and legal representatives

Applicants must be capable of multi-tasking a range of commercial activities at
require initiative, creativity and organisational skills to complete on time. They shall
be PC literate, have excellent written and oral communicators and be highly productive.-
Knowledge and experience of resort development and operation, property sales and
marketing, or construction activities will be an advantage.
The successful candidates will be working in a very busy high-pressure environment
where they will be expected to meet exacting time scales and be recognized as
efficient completer-finishers. The task contents will vary through the range of
business functions related to the Rum Cay development and offer variety, experiefidb
and career development. 'J"
Please send your CV to island_developmentl@yahoo.com The closing date'for
applications is Tuesday 24th April 2007

Credit Suisse Nassau Branch

is presently considering applications for a


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join,':',-
a prestigious Swiss Bank. This is an entry level position for ali
self motivated person.

PC Literacy (MS Word, Access, Excel)
A Bachelor's degree with concentration in Finance, ,I
Economics, Accounting or Business Administration ',
At least 2 year's work experience

Personal Qualities: '"
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate

Excellent written and verbal communication
Excellent organizational skills ..
Self motivation in completing tasks "-
The ability to quickly learn and understand processes "
Excellent analytical skills

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and benefits


Applications should be submitted:

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Sisters donate to Ranfurly Homes

DESPITE being thousands
of miles away from home at
boarding school most of the
year, sisters Natalie and
Meghan Bethel proved that
their hearts and thoughts
remain in The Bahamas with a
special group of children.
The sisters, who are on holi-
day from Heathfield Saint
Mary's Boarding School for
Girls in Ascot, England, spent a
day with residents of the Ran-
furly Home For Children. They
entertained the youngsters with

songs, games and stories and
left with hugs and smiles to last
a lifetime.
Before leaving, they present-
ed the Ranfurlyv Hlone for Chil-
dren hoard of directors with
three cheqiues from their school.
"Every year the girls at our
school select two charities to
recognize," explained Natalie.
"We all try to think of what
group to nominate and my sister
and I thought that the Ranfurly
Home would be a wonderful

"We told them about the
home and the children and they
were happy to support tus
thioutgh hake sales and other
little fund- raisers," added
Meghan. "'T)ne of the donations
was in the amount of over ,730,
which is the equivalent of about
It's interesting to note that a
student a year ahead of Natalie
at Heathfield Saint Mary's also
holds the Ratnfurly Home close
to her heart. That student is
Rose Simmons, granddaughter

of Lady -lerinione Ranfurly,
who founded the home.

LEFT to right: Sisters
Meglih and Nicole Bethel
present cheques on behalf of
their school, Heathfield Saint
Mary's of England, to the
board of the Ranfurly Home
For Children. Accepting the
contribution is president
Remelda Moxey.
(Photo: Roland Rose for

Earth Day project to be launched at

Woodcock Primary with embassy

The US Embassy in Nassau
in conjunction with the Marine
Aquarium Department at
Atlantis will launch an Earth
Day project at Woodcock Pri-
mary School on Monday.
The project is a worldwide
Internet based effort using
brown paper bags to protliote
awareness about the importance
of preserving the earth.
April 22 is celebrated annu-
ally around the globe as Earth
Day. It was founded in 1970 by
US Senator Gaylord Nelson to
address environmental degra-
dation, and to bring public
awareness to the importance of

Global project to promote environmental awareness

preserving and protecting the
This year, communities
around the world will be com-
memorating the 37th anniver-
sary of Earth Day with a variety
of activities geared at preserving
and protecting our global envi-
City Markets has donated
brown paper bags for the pro-
On April 16, Krishna Rus-

sell from the Marine Aquarium
Department of the Atlantis
resort will make a presentation
to the students about the impor-
tance of marine life to the envi-
ronmnent and talk about what
students can do to help preserve
the earth for generations to
Using this information and
with the assistance of art
teacher, Margaret Brown the
students will interpret their ver-

sion of how they can help pre-
serve the earth in art form using
the brown paper bags. The US
Embassy will donate crayons
for the project.
On Wednesday, April 18,
Embassy staff volunteers who
participate in the weekly Wood-
cock Primary Reading Pro-
gramme will use that time to
further assist the students in
completing the artwork.
Charge d' Affaires Dr Brent

Hardt will spearhead the
Embassy's volunteers in this
The decorated brown paper
bags will be collected on Fri-
day, April 20 and delivered to
City Markets.
On April 21 and April 22,
City Markets at Harbour Bay
and Cable Beach will use the
bags to package goods by shop-
pers, and thereby promote envi-
ronmental awareness.

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
SP.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
S11:00AM Rev. Mark Carey/HC
Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev.Dr. Laverne Lockhart/HC
Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Sharon Loyley/HC
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Rev. Charles Sweeting/HC
7:00AM Rev. Charles Sweeting/HC
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Youth Service
7:00PM Pator Martin Loyley
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly/HC
8:00AM Connections Rev. Phillip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs/HC
11:00AM Rev. William Higgs
S7:00PM Ms. Jocelyn Demeritte
RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. Philip A. Stubbs
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Philip A. Stubbs
THE NASSAU REGION of the Women's Fellowship will be holding a
Hamburger Fry on Friday, April 27, 2007 from 6:00 8:30 p.m. at Epworth
Hall, East Shirley Street Donation: $5.00
The 2nd Annual Preachers Institute will be held in Eleuthera from
nmid-day Friday. May 4th, through mid-day Sunday, May 6th, 2007.
All BCMC preachers are urged to make plans to attend. Lectures will
be persons from the faculty of the Methodist Theological Seminary
at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia.

41*11`1ats g ton WCslEP letiljooit El)irrll
(,all i Hill, R &Chaael SvrSer)POB8 C CB-130136
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
7:00 a.m. Pastor Martin Loyley/Sis. Katherine Rose
11:00 a.m. Sis. Tezel Anderson/Youth
7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Finance & Investments (HC)

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Rotary Club inducts -

three new members .i
:: I

growing diversity and changing
face of Rotaryl'around lthe
world, The Rotary Club of Nas-
sau Sunrise inducted three new
The newlv-named Rotarians
include: magistrate William
Campbell, banker Venetia Dek-
le-Maura and attorney Elsworth
Jamaican-born Campbell is a
sitting magistrate at the Nassau
Street courts. He has been a
magistrate in The Bahamas
since 2001, working primarily
in Coroner's Court inquests
until 2005.
Campbell explains that "I
joined Rotary to serve. One
must really want to serve and
Rotary is the best way to ensure
that one's time is used in such a
meaningful way."
While it wasn't until 1989
when Rotary worldwide opened
its membership to women for
the very first time. Dekle-Mau-
ra, as one of the newest Sunris-

ers, becomes a second genera-
tion Rotarian in her family, fol-
lowing in the footsteps of her
father, Bill Dekle, a past presi-
dent and long-time member of
the Rotary Club of East Nas-
Mrs Dekle-Maura is an asso-
ciate director and head of doc-
untent management at Banco
del Gottardo's branch in Nas-
sau, and'jins other female
Rotarians who make up more
than ten per cent of the organi-
sation's global membership.
Also subscribing to Rotary's
philosophy of "Service Above
Self" and its emphasis on com-
munity, is new Sunriser attor-
ney Elsworth Johnson.
Johnson, who heads the
Bahamas Human Rights Net-
work, is no stranger to commu-
nity activism. He is also a tutor
at the Eugene Dupuch Law
School and an attorney with the
Legal Aid Clinic.
Felix Stubbs, president of the
Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise,

* FROM left: Richard McCombe, 7020 district governor elect
for the Rotary year 2007-2008; New Sunrise Rotarian Venetia
Dekle-Maura; Rotary Sunrise Club president and 7020 assistant
district governor elect for the Rotary year 2007-2008, Felix
Stubbs; New Sunrise Rotarian Elsworth Johnson; and 7020
assistant district governor for the current Rotary year, Murray

said: "We are certainly very
pleased to welcome Venetia,
Elsworth and William into our
membership. We look forward
to their contributions, not only
to our club, but to the body of
work of Rotary in the commu-
nity at large, as we continue to
uphold our commitment to the

mandate of Service Above Self."
The Sunrise Club is one of
the Bahamas Rotary Clubs in
District 7020. The district com-
prises a membership of under
3,000 Rotarians in some 68
clubs throughout 10 countries
in the Caribbean, including The






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Sunday School: 9:45am

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Telephone number: 324-2538
Telelax number: 324-2587




Former Supreme Court Justice makes application for pay increase
r S crea

FROM page one
Supreme Court and Stipendi-
ary and Circuit Magistrates.
It also makes a claim of dis-
crimination against Bahami-
an-born Supreme Court judges
who are paid a lower housing
benefit than foreign-born
Supreme Court judges. This, the
applicant claims, is in breach of
the Constitution.
The application also cites the
failure and/or refusal of the
Executive and Legislative bod-
ies to provide the necessary
resources to the judicial arm of
the government so as to pre-
vent the appearances that the
judiciary is not independent.
Mr Gomez asserted that the
application's genesis rest in the
fact that government failed to
adequately address this situa-
"From April of last year the
government had it in its power

to address all of the issues raised
in this application," he said.
To "relive" this situation the
parties want, among other
expressions of guilt, a declara-
tion that the government has
breached the Judges' Remu-
neration and Pensions Act, an
admission that the Separation
of Powers Doctrine has been
infringed by the failures of the
government to adhere to the
principle that the benefits and
pay of the judges ought to be
granted in accordance with
Along with other monetary
compensation the application is
also requesting that the gov-
ernment, with effect from July
1, 2003, increase the salary of
the Chief Justice to $125,000
per annum; the Senior Justice to
118,000 per annum; and ordi-
nary Justice of the Supreme
Court to $115,000 per annum.
In addition to this, it is asking

that the Justice of the Supreme
Court, including the Chief Jus-
tice, receive an increase in the
scarcity allowance of $15,000
per annum; an increase in the
housing allowance attaching to
the post of Senior Justice and
Justice of the Supreme Court
to $5,500 per month; and that
the Chief Justice be given the
option to either (a) reside in
premises provided by the Gov-
ernment or alternatively (b) to
receive a housing allowance of
$7,000 per month and in any
event, that he retain the house-
hold staff and utility benefits
which have at all materials times
attached to the office of Chief
The application also requests
that each Justice of Appeal be
provided with new automobiles
that are appropriate to the dig-
nity and standing of high judi-
cial office; that Justices of
Appeal be provided with a full

time armed chauffer/security
aid drawn from the ranks of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force or
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
and that Justices of Appeal be
provided with diplomatic pass-
ports and appropriate courte-
sies when leaving or entering
or travelling within the
Mr Gomez, who was recently
appointed a Supreme Court
Justice, but has since declined
the position, is among a handful
of lawyers who have positioned
themselves in a way that they
could be described as advocates
for the senior members of the
However, Mr Gomez said
that he does not know whether
or not the judges need an advo-
cate, but as a concerned citizen
he finds the need to address the
situation because of the impli-
cations it has to the way justice
is meted out in the Bahamas.

Birkhead and Arthur 'set to meet' on custody

FROM page one
getting to know Dannielynn.
He's been changing diapers and
he's been feeding her, he's been
playing with her and if you ask
my opinion lie's been doing a
great job," Mr Stern said. "If it

were up to me the formal
order in terms of giving Larry
full custody would have
occurred today, but unfortu-
nately it didn't and this court
adjourned things and people
can sort of draw their own con-
clusions," he said.

Larry Birkhead, a California
photographer and former
boyfriend of Smith, who last
week was declared the biologi-
cal father of seven-month-old
Dannielynn declined to com-
ment on yesterday's proceed-
ings. "I can't say anything, but

we're done for the day," he
Smith gave birth to Dan-
nielynn in September, days
before her 20-year-old son,
Daniel, died at her bedside.
Smith died in Florida in Febru-
ary at the age of 39.

Scuffles in the streets as election tempers rise

FROM page one
placard bearing Dr Higgs'
The FNM supporter
appeared to come off the worst,
taking several blows to the head
before the fight was broken up
and he moved away from the
Bystanders commented that
the man dressed in plainclothes
was a known PLP supporter.
However, police are said to

be pleased with the way in
which the election season is so
far progressing, as despite these
claims, no major incidents have
been reported.
Noting that any known inci-
dents have been relatively
minor, Mr Carey said that
there is no particular cause for
alarm amongst members of the
"This is election time and
things are going to get heated,"
said assistant commissioner in

charge of uniform, James
Mr Carey described how on
Tuesday he had personally
intervened in an altercation
between FNM and PLP sup-
porters, after a group of FNMs
had started taunting the PLPs.
"They went into the road
to have a go at them," said
Asst. Commissioner Carey,
admitting however that "that
kind of thing is going to hap-
pen," especially when people

are drinking alcohol.
Mr Carey said that following
nominations celebrations were
underway in several parts of the
island. He urged all party sup-
porters not to interfere with the
celebrations of other parties.
Earlier this week newly
appointed Assistant Commis-
sioner in charge of crime, Ellis-
ton Greenslade, appealed to
Bahamians to uphold the coun-
try's tradition of having peaceful

Wanted man arraigned on

various serious charges

FROM page one
accused between Saturday, Jan-
uary 3, 2004 and Thursday, Jan-
uary 8, 2004, he forcibly
detained a 14-year-old girl, with
the intent of having intercourse
with her. It is further alleged
that the accused raped the girl

on Monday, January 4, and
Tuesday, January 6, 2004.
The prosecutor, Inspector
Althea Porter, objected to the
granting of bail because of the
serious nature of the charges
against him. The accused was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and the matter was

adjourned to May 4 and trans-
ferred to Court 11, Nassau Street.
A concerned citizen had report-
edly alerted police that Poitier,
who has been wanted by police
for three years, was around
Batelco on John F Kennedy Dri-
ve on Thursday. It was then that
police arrested him.

On patrol with the UN in newly

tamed slum streets of Haiti

I A UN peacekeeper stands guard as a resident carries a mattress on his head


AS their two-white armoured
:ars push deep inside Haiti's
largest slum, the Brazilian UN
peacekeeperss peer over their
'ifles for enemy gunmen amid
.pray-painted slogans saying
'Down with the UN", accord-
ng to Associated Press.
But the graffiti seems to be
:ontradicted by the smiles and
vaves from gaunt women and
childrenn fetching water with
plasticc buckets.
Two months ago, UN peace-
-eepers couldn't set foot in Cite
;oleil without waging gunbat-
les with armed gangs who con-
rolled the seaside slum by
-laiti's capital. "We used to take
ire all the time," Lt Jose Ser-
ano told an Associated Press
reporterr accompanying the
)atrol he was leading.
Now his unit has gone more
han 60 days without taking fire,
ind Cite Solcil is enjoying its
nost Iran(quil period since a

2004 revolt ousted former Pres-
ident Jean-Bertrand Aristide
and led to the deployment of
9,000 UN peacekeepers.
The reason for the quiet, says
the UN, is its February offen-
sive and the arrest of 400 sus-
pected gang members, includ-
ing several leaders wanted for a
string of killings and kidnap-
pings in Port-au-Prince.
The gangs, at least for now,
are out of commission in Cite
Soleil. A blue UN flag flies from
a bullet-scarred school-turned-
military base. A few days after
Serrano's patrol passed through,
UN special envoy Edmond
Mulet made his second visit to
the slum, and painted over a
gang mural of a Kalashnikov
rifle as onlookers cheered.
When Serrano was first
deployed to Haiti in December,
gunmen would fire at the tires of
his armored car. No resident
dared speak to the soldiers for
fear of being labelled an
"Now they actually look for-

(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
ward to seeing us. It's better for
them, better for us," he said.
Alfred Jean-Daniel, an unem-
ployed 24-year-old who lives in a
shack made of scrap metal, said:
"If the gangs come back, that will
only bring problems, and we
don't need any more problems."


But the peacekeepers aren't
letting their guard down. A radio
crackles and the armoured cars
screech to a stop. The soldiers
spill out onto a dusty, sun-baked
alley and creep block by block in
search of gunmen. All they get is
grins and quizzical stares from
The peacekeepers' problem is
to distinguish gang members
from unemployed youths hang-
ing out on street corners. "The
bandits are still here," Serrano
said. "They didn't all leave. It
makes our job hard because we
don't know who is a bandit and
who isn't."

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team as a:

Private Client Document Specialist

The main duties of this position are:

* Review of client documentation
* Account opening and maintenance
* Addressing client advisors' requests and queries
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* Management reporting

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Ability to multi task
Strong knowledge of "know your customer" requirements
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Proficiency in MS Office Applications
Bachelors degree or above in Business Administration or Accounting

Prior experience performing similar duties at a supervisory level in a private bank or trust
company is an asset,

Please send your written application to:


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Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas
Attn: Private Client Document Specialist

The Government of The Bahamas (GOB) has secured a loan from the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) in the form of the Support Programme for Transforming Education and Training
to facilitate the development of a dynamic education and training system that is aligned with the
demands of the economy for skilled human resources. The objective of the operation is to contribute
to the internal and external efficiency of the education system through a series of targeted interventions
that: (i) prepare young Bahamian children for early academic success and social integration; (ii)
facilitate the seamless transition of Bahamian youth from school to work; and (iii) strengthen the
capacity of the system to effectively use technology through the identification and implementation
of core competencies in E-Literacy for both teachers and students.
The Support Programme for Transforming Education and Training (SPTET) requires to fill
the following positions:
The ICT Specialist will provide leadership and support to the Department of Education on the use
of technologies to enhance learning from a pedagogical perspective.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree, a Masters degree preferred in Instructional Design, Educational Technology or
equivalent; at least four years experience in the instructional use of technology for the improvement
of teaching and learning.

The Web Administrator is responsible for supporting websites, intranets and related web
technology projects throughout the organization. This position is responsible for multiple aspects
of website administration and support including development, testing, monitoring, vendor relations
and the underlying hosting infrastructure.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems including Professional
Certifications and 5 6 years experience; Associate's degree in Computer Science or Computer
Information Systems including Professional Certifications and 7 8 years experience; Appropriate
certifications based on the tools required to be used.

The Database Administrator provides technical support, centralized control, implementation, and
monitoring of the organization's databases. Coordinates changes to computer databases, test and
implements the database applying knowledge of database management systems. Plans, coordinates,
and implements security measures to safeguard computer databases,
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Computer Science or Database Administration and a minimum of four years
experience in database administration.

The Network/Security Administrator will manage the LAN performance and maintain the LAN
security which includes installation, maintenance and monitoring the operation of the local area
Minimum Qualifications & Experience
Associates degree in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science including Professional
Certifications, MCSE or CAN and 6- 7 years applicable experience; Bachelor's degree in Computer
Information Systems or Computer Science including Professional Certifications, MCSE or CAN
and 4-5 years applicable experience

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Helpdesk will receive calls from users and
ensure that those calls are logged and provide technical assistance and maintenance to the schools
and organization's hardware and software.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelors degree in Information Technology or Computer Information Systems including Professional '
Certifications and 2 3 years experience; Associate's degree in Information Technology or Computer
Information Systems including Professional Certifications and 4 5 years experience.

All interested persons must submit Curriculum Vitae/Resumes so as to arrive no later than
Friday, April 27, 2007 and addressed to:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
P. 0. Box N 3913/14
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attention: John Haughton
Telephone: (242) 325-5200/4748
Fax: (242) 325-4660
Email: jhaughtonidbproject@yahoo.com
& gmajoridbproject@yahoo.com
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Celebration of freedom

* ANWAR Thurston, a member of the
Creative Folklore Arts Company, portraying
an African slave

A reception in honour of the
diplomatic, consular and hon-
orary consular corps and mem-
bers of the media was held on
the bicentenary of the abolition
of the transatlantic slave trade
at the Ministry of Foreign
Anwar Thurston and Ann
Higgins, members of the Cre-
ative Folklore Arts Company,
played the role of slaves in com-
plete slavery costume.
In 1804, a bill was moved in
the House of Commons to abol-
ish the institution of slavery. This
bill, at first defeated, became
law on March 25, 1807.
The abolition of slavery was
the end result of a concerted
effort on the part of many per-
sons to bring about the end of
one of the greatest crimes against
humanity the modern world has
ever known. Credit for the cul-
mination of this event has been
claimed by many and on behalf
of many. But it must be remem-
bered that circumstances also
played a very important role in
the abolition movement as well
as the actual abolition of slav-
It is a good thing to give cred-
it to those who sacrificed so
much in such a noble cause. The
names are too many to call here,

and it would not be fair to men-
tion some and omit to mention
others who may have given even
more to, and on behalf of, the
cause. But enough has already
been said about the great war-
riors who fought against slavery.
Their cases have been well doc-
There has been a very impor-
tant component in the abolition
movement that has always been
overlooked. To fully understand
the culmination of any great
event it is important to know all
of the elements that influenced it.
When one understands the
great role slavery played in the
economic development of the
United States of America one
has to ask why they would want
to abolish it. Slavery was not
abolished because men suddenly
developed a conscience that
plagued them for brutalising
their African brothers and sis-
ters. More than anything else
slavery was abolished because
the trade of slavery no longer
positively affected the growth of
the economies that had been
built up by it.
The abolitionists had been
fighting against slavery from its
very inception. Nobody paid
them any attention. Slavery was
too important to the economy of

the developed and developing
The abolition movement did
not pick up steam until the emer-
gence of the Industrial Revolu-
tion. Slavery had given birth to
the idea of mass production.
Until slavery, farms could only
produce a limited amount of
crops and the manual prepara-
tion of farmlands had its limita-
tions. Once it became possible
to create machinery to do the
work of slaves the idea of aboli-
tion became more palatable.
One only has to look at the
many environmental debates
now raging for a good example
of how the human mind works.
As long as fossil fuels continue to
be the biggest money-maker on
the planet, the nations that have
gotten rich from these sources
of energy will continue to resist
any attempt to curb or eradicate
their use.
The same rationale can be
applied in the discussion over the
abolition of slavery. Were it not
for the emergence of machinery
to do the work of slaves this
world would be a very different
place and the sound of chains on
the hands and feet of the African
slaves may still have been heard
on the streets of the western

* DR Ann Peterson-Higgs, a member of the
Creative Folklore Arts Company, portraying
a female African slave

* MEMBERS of the African-Bahamian Association in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs grounds, Dr David Dunkoh,
Elizabeth Dunkoh, Hilda Luoga, Adalee Wisseh, Theresa
Gama, Perry Christie, Dr Khadija Wilson, attorney Francis
Wilson and Michael Wisseh (co-ordinator of the African-
Bahamian Association and proprietor of Quality Fabrics)

* LOUIS Harold Joseph (Ambassador of the Republic of
Haiti), Ismelle Davis (Assistant Supt of Police and officer in
charge of Fox Hill police station), Prime Minister Perry Christie
and Felix Wilson-Hernandez (Cuban ambassador)

* THIERRY Boeuf (honorary consul of France), Peter Young,
honorary consul of the United Kingdom), Ralph Seligman QC,
honorary consul-general of Israel and Hermann-Joseph
Hermanns, (honorary consul of the Federal Republic of

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* BKREN' Dean (journalist), 'rnme Minister rerry nristie ana
Paco Nunez (news editor of The Tribune)

* PRIME Minister Perry Christie dancing with Elizabeth
Dunkoh, member of the African-Bahamian Association

* EFFIONG Asuama, Li Yian Ming (Ambassador of the
People's Republic of China), Andrew McKinney (chief of
protocol) and Madam Li Yian Ming

* ATWAR Thurston of the Creative Folklore Art Company
performing a freedom ritual dance

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