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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 4/21/2007
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Allegations that

cash was paid

for vote pledges

Tribune Freeport
being accused of "buying
votes" in Grand Bahama.
where it is alleged that large
sums of money were being dis-
tributed to residents.
There are allegations that
many residents were paid
large sums of money to vote
for the PLP in the May 2 gen-
eral election.
It was further alleged that
residents were asked to pro-
duce their voter's cards and
made to swear on the Bible
that they intend to vote PLP,
before receiving sums of mon-
ey from members df the PLP.
According to reports, some
residents were paid between
$500 and $2,000.
One FNM candidate said
PLP campaign workers were
reportedly giving money to
residents at a PLP headquar-
ters on Thursday evening.
The Tribune also received
reports on Friday that cash
was also being given out to
residents in another area on
Friday afternoon by PLPs.
Many residents were stand-
ing outside in long lines at one
PLP office from 5.30pm until
well into the night.
* The FNM candidate
claimed that a police car was
parked in the area, and a
senior police officer and two
other officers were also pre-

IN A front page story in
Friday's Tribune headlined:
"Man charged in connec-
tion with armed robbery
that ended in fatal chase,"
it was incorrectly stated
that Ricardo Gardiner was
charged with an offence.
Mr Gardiner was not
charged with any offence,
but was rather the alleged
victim of the incident.
It was Marcian Major,
30, of. Alexandria Boule-
vard, who was charged in
connection with the inci-
Major appeared in Mag-
istrate's Court on Thurs-
day, and was charged with
armed robbery and receiv-
ing a number of items.
The Tribune apologises
for any inconvenience this
may have caused.

Chief Inspector Noel Cur-
ry told The Tribune that the
police have not received any
reports, and are not aware of
such activities. He said that
police would investigate.
During a press conference
at FNM headquarters yester-
day, several FNM candidates
spoke out against the alleged
vote buying activities.
One of the candidates.
David Wallace. said: "It is
unfortunate that the PLP is
trying to coerce persons with
money, and we condemn them
for resorting to such desperate
Mr Wallace said the FNM
intends to file an official
report with the police con-
cerning the situation.
"We know that it is a crimi-
SEE page eight

Man questioned over
missing Canadian
released 'pending
further investigation'
Tribune Staff Reporter
Don Diego Cartwright, the
Bahamian man questioned in
connection with the disappear-
ance of Canadian Darrell
Cloutier, has been released
"pending further investigation,"
police confirmed yesterday.
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna said
on Thursday that there was no
indication that Mr Cartwright
who turned himself in to
police after they made public
statements declaring him a
"person of interest" was
linked to Mr Cloutier's disap-
In total six people have been
held in custody since Mr Clouti-
er went missing, with four in
custody at this moment, con-
firmed Assistant Commissioner
Ellison Greenslade yesterday.
Mr Greenslade said that,
despite the $10,000 reward
offered by Mr Cloutier's family
to anyone wilh information
leading to the discovery of the
Canadian man's whereabouts,
few members of the public have
been forthcoming with infor-
Police have emphasised that
Mr Cloutier's disappearance is
still being treated as a missing
person case, rather than a kid-
napping or anything more sin-
SEE page eight

aaS Tribune Staff Reporter

PM pledges to

implement NHI
CHARGING that the FNM does not sup-
port, nor care about National Health Insur-
ance, Prime Minister Perry Christie last night
pledged to implement the social scheme if re-
He was speaking last night at a PLP rally on
Clifford Park. The crowd of thousands of
swarming supporters formed a sea of yellow,
waving placards, pom-poms and posters, as
SEE page eight

Airport employees

walk off over money
SCORES of Nassau Flight Service employ-
ees have walked off their jobs, vowing not to
return until government pays them money
they are owed.
This industrial action comes after broken
promises by the government to have proposed
salary adjustments implemented. These adjust-
ments were recommended by the Hay Group
- an independent consultancy company -
SEE page eight

PASSENGERS and eye wit-
nesses were in a state of shock
yesterday afternoon when the
landing gear of a Bahamasair
jet collapsed upon touchdown
at Governor's Harbour airport,
causing the plane to skid along
the runway on its undercar-
Unconfirmed reports were
that none of the estimated 30
passengers onboard were seri-
ously harmed, but several suf-
fered minor injuries, including
scratches and bruises, after the
crash landing involving a
Dash-8 aircraft at around
However, passengers were
reported to have been left
severely shaken up by the
botched landing.
A local taxi-driver, who
declined to be named, said that
after coming to rest, the jet
could be seen situated half-on
and half-off the edge of the
runway, with its left wing
touching the ground.
He arrived on the scene
about 15 minutes after the inci-
dent took place and ferried
some passengers to North
Eleuthera airport after the
main runway at Governor's
Harbour was partially blocked
by the plane.
A Tribune reporter on the
scene noted that the propeller
on the left-hand side of the jet
was damaged, possibly from
SEE page 10

Ursn'ra inmats appar incour

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* \lti\ I-: IIsmi 'Pimirci (fur ltll) and Corey Hep-
liiiin (1111 right Iens iourtl yesterday after being
rlin, gel.
* II I I1: 27-Ienr-ohl Forrester Bowe leaving court
" rl'1'ii. .ii"ilder lightly security.
(l'hioto: I'im Clarke/Tribune staff

PRISON inmates Barry Par-
coi, Corey Hepburn and For-
rester Bowe were all arraigned
yesterday on charges stemming
from the January 17 prison
break, which led to the deaths
of Corporal Dion Bowles and
subsequently inmate Neil
Parcoi, 44, Corey Hepburn,
28, and Forrester Bowe, 32, all
inmates of Her Majesty's
Prison, were arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
court eight in Bank Lane yes-
terday on the charges of mur-
der, conspiracy to escape as well
as two counts of causing griev-
ous harm.
The charges come just over
a year after a seven-member
jury in the Coroner's Court
found the men jointly responsi-
ble for officer Bowles' death.
Shackled at their hands and
feet, the inmates were escorted
to court under heavily-armed
police guard as Bank Lane was
temporarily shut off from the
public around 2pm yesterday.
According to court dockets,
the three, being concerned
together, between Monday, Jan-
uary 16, and Tuesday, January
17, 2006, by means of unlawful
SEE page eight

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Mitchell: public service rules violated by those

acting as FNM candidates 'in everything but name'

THE rules of the public ser-
vice were violated over the past
five years by civil servants who
acted as candidates for the FNM
"in everything but in name",
according to Fox Hill MP Fred
Speaking at the PLP's mass
rally last night, Mr Mitchell
claimed FNM leader Hubert
Ingraham had promised to
"remove political neutrality"
from the public service. This was
amusing, he said as some gov-
ernment bureaucrats had
already crossed this line.
"By their actions they worked
for the present administration
but certainly in retrospect raised
the suspicion that the whole
time they were working to
undermine the government, sab-
otaging the government at every
turn," he said.
"I won't call names tonight
but you know who they are,"
Mr Mitchell said.
At the FNM mass rally on
Thursday night, Mr Ingraham
said that if elected, his party
would allow public servants to
run for political office and
resume their positions if they
failed to be elected.
According to Mr Mitchell:

Fred Mitchell
"The public service already
allows political participation by
its workers. Those in the cate-
gory below $19,000 per annum
are in the politically tree cate-
gory so they can participate in
any activity, except they cannot
hold party office or run for the
House without resigning."
He said those in middle man-
agement are partially restricted

and can only do participate in
politics with permission, "and
then there is the top manage-
ment that is absolutely prohib-
"So there is no restriction on
politics that needs to be
"What I believe is that there
ought to be changes in the rules
but not the one proposed by Mr
Ingraham. That is when a gov-
ernment comes into office; it
ought to be able to choose who
it wants as its top managers and
policy advisors; but when the
minister or the government goes
those advisors go with them.
"That is the American system
and I believe it ought to be prac-
ticed here," Mr Mitchell said.
He noted that it was the PLP
government that signed indus-
trial agreements with the BPSU,
the Nurses Union and the
Bahamas Union of Teachers for
the first time.
Mr Mitchell said the PLP also
gave the largest promotions in
the history of the Police Force
and the Defence Force.
"Anyone who wants to be
honest must know that the PLP
is the best to lead this country
and better for the public service
and the reform that is needed
because we are people-focused
and people-oriented," he said.
By contrast, Mr Mitchell said,
the FNM government was char-
acterised by actions like the
summary firing of senior police
officers, "without any thought
for their futures, their children's
education, and their mortgages."
He said of Mr Ingraham: "He
accuses us of hiring persons in
the service, but what he does
not tell you is that we inherited
a disastrous policy of a morato-
rium in hiring left by him which
gutted the fresh entries into the
service and the management
class of the service."

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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE latest FNM radio
advertisement is a "vicious
attempt to poision the minds
of Bahamian voters" and
should be pulled from the air-
waves, said PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby yesterday.
In the advertisement, a clip
of Mr Hubert Ingraham
speaking at a recent rally is
used. In the soundbite, Mr
Ingraham is recorded stating:
"If, having caught some of
them with their hands in the
cookie jar, if you send them
back to office can you imagine
what will happen to the cook-
ie jar?"
"This is, of course, is a nasty
attempt by Ingraham and the
FNM to allege that PLP gov-
ernment officials have stolen
or corruptly used monies out
of the Public Treasury to their
personal benefit," said Mr
Mr Rigby said the PLP
totally refutes this claim, and
challenges the FNM to pro-

* PLP Chairman
Raynard Rigby

duce any evidence or else
"withdraw their evil and
wicked allegation" and offer
an apology.
The chairman said that the

"cookie jar" inference is evi-
dence of the opposition's des-
"The PLP reassures the
Bahamian people that the
Government of the Rt Hon-
ourable Perry G Christie has
been impeccable in its integri-
ty in public office and no
malfeasance of any sort has
ever been produced by the
FNM through their direction
of the Public Accounts Com-
mittee, debate in the House
of Assembly or by way of
complaint to the Police." said
Mr Rigby.
Mr Rigby said the party
should be ashamed of having
produced such a "despicable"
advertisement and con-
demned "the integrity of pub-
licofficials (being) assailed
fraudulently just to gain polit-
ical mileage."
"Our people must not be
misled by an FNM that is pre-
pared and content to wreck
the very foundation of the
nation just for Hubert Ingra-
ham's personal political agen-
da." he said.







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urges calm

and restraint

THE recent rash of
political violence in the
country can damage the
Bahamas' reputation as a
stable democracy,
according to FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham.
Mr Ingraham made
these remarks in a press
release last night, urging
calm and restraint among
all Bahamians.
"My colleagues and I
are alarmed at the inci-
dents of criminal behav-
iour that have occurred
in this election campaign,
and we call on supporters
on both sides to refrain
from acts of violence and
disorderly behaviour," he
"Incidents of this kind
do no credit to either
political party and do not
win votes," Mr Ingraham
The former prime
minister charged that
law-abiding citizens
should assist police with
their investigations into
any of the rash of
offences that have
recently occurred.
Mr Ingraham's com-
ments come in the wake
of several acts of political
violence. Some of these
include: a malicious fire
set in Tommy Turn-
quest's headquarters; a
major fight between
PLPs and FNMs in Fox
Hill, where a gun was
fired; and another shoot-
ing incident where a sin-
gle bullet was fired into a
PLP strategy centre.
Tommy Turnquest
also warned Bahamians
of the danger of violence
creeping into the
Bahamian electoral
process during the FNM
rally on Thursday.
"My brothers and sis-
ters, we have a long his-
tory of having peaceful
elections. We must not
allow anyone to destroy
that reputation. Our
international reputation
will be irreparably dam-
aged if violence begins to
creep into our election
process," he said.
The former FNM
leader was clear to reaf-
firm the ideal that "every
citizen has the right to
express his opinion with-
out the threat of vio-
In a message directly
to his supporters, Mr
Ingraham urged "all
FNM supporters not to
retaliate to any provoca-
And, to all Bahami-
ans, Mr Ingraham said:
"Let us finish this great
exercise in democracy in
the traditional Bahamian
way, exuberantly, but
peacefully, with each of
us respecting the opinion
and rights of our fellow

FNM candidate claims ZNS being

used as PLP propaganda machine

Tribune Staff Reporter
turned into a political propa-
ganda machine under the PLP
government, FNM candidate
Zhivargo Laing asked the
employees of the broadcasting
company to remember that
they are all Bahamians and to
assist in upholding the fair
democratic process.
The alleged bias and propa-
gandist programming on ZNS
was a topic high on the agenda
of the majority of FNM speak-
ers at the party's Megaa rally"
on Thursday night.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Laing
accused the PLP of using the
broadcasting company, which
is paid for by tax payers, for
their own political gain.
Speaking at the FNM' rally
at R M Bailey Park on Thurs-
day night, Mr Laing said he
wanted to address all the peo-
ple at ZNS the cameramen,
technicians and those in man-
agement to remind them that
they need to participate in
ensuring that democracy is
served in the Bahamas.
"All of us have to recognize
that we are all protected and
preserved in this country by
democracy, so the extent to
which they participate in the
fairness and the democratic
process in the country is how
they protect themselves and
the rest of us.



"They cannot pledge alle-
giance to the Progressive Lib-
eral Party and believe they are
protecting themselves and this
country," he said.
Also addressing the crowds
on Thursday night, Mount
Moriah candidate Tommy
Turnquest accused the PLP of
not believing in democracy.
"They have hogged up all of
the time on ZNS. They have
booked ZNS TV for Tuesday
night, Wednesday night,
Thursday night, and Friday



Night. Then they tell us, we
could have Mondays and Sat-
urda ys.
"Well, I called up the gen-
crml manager of ZNS, and told
him that we live in a democ-
racv and that the time should
be shared." he said.
Mr Turn quest emphasised
that the Bahamas is a democ-
racy and that ZNS is a public
"They ought to be guided by
fairness and decency as it is
the public's money that keeps
ZNS on the air." he said.
Mr Turnquest said he knows
of many hard-working profes-
sionals at ZNS who are Irus-
trated "by the political direc-
tives and victimisation, and
need a change."
"The-y want to practice their
craft fairly and professional-
ly," he said.
Mr Laing further described
the recent programming deci-

PLP should

stop using religion

as political tool

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP should refrain from using religion and God as a
political tool, FNM candidate and former cabinet minister
Zhivargo Laing warned at his party's mega rally on Fhursday
Addressing a crowd of thousands of FNM supporters, the
Marco City candidate warned against continuing to "pla\ with
"One of the things that has been happening in the country is
the PLP has been about the place ... misrepresenting the legacy
of the FNM and Hubert Alexander Ingraham and then they turn
around and try and cloak themselves in this shroud of decccncy.
invoking the name of God," he told The Tribum' yesterday.
Mr Laing said it appears that all of a sudden Mr Christie is
regarded "as God's man of the hour."
"That really troubles me, I really wanted to say to the country
and to him that we cannot play with God in that way," he said.
Mr Laing said that by invoking God at every turn in this elec-
tion campaign, the prime minister is "backing himself into a very
dangerous corner."
"The country is being put at risk by this also," he said.
The FNM candidate said that he has held this view for an
many years. "Even since the last election when they (the last election when t(the PLP)
really used God and religion as a political tool."
Mr Laing said he always respected FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham for not resorting to the use of religion as a means to help
him win votes.
"If there was one thing I always respected about Mr Ingraham,
it was his unwillingness to do that.
"He has not wanted to try and use God and religion to play on
people's minds. I respect that because it is really an offence to
God to be playing these games," he said.

4 --' -

sions at ZNS, including the re-
broadcasting of an earlier PLP
rally on the night of a live
FNM rally and the talk show
Immediate Response, as a dis-
"Mr Christie has been
entirely hypocritical in this
process. Mr Christie, on
announcing the election,
talked about being decent,
talked about fairness and these
kinds of things and then he

turns around and uses the gov-
ernment's machinery to serve
the partisan needs of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party.
"ZNS has been the most vis-
ible manifestation of the abuse
of the public's assets by the
PLP," he said.
Mr Laing said that the FNM
has already made it clear that
when they resume office they
will transform ZNS into a sta-
tion similar to the US' non-
profit television station PBS.
"I would be, my own self, high-
ly disappointed if we could
ever, ever dream of doing such
a thing (as the PLP).
"ZNS will in future be used
to educate, to inform the peo-
ple of the Bahamas.
"We do not need a ZNS that
is the political tool of any gov-
erning party.
"I expect of us to make of
ZNS what it ought to be in ser-
vice of the public. It certainly
will not be what it is today, the
media arm of an PLP election
campaign," he said.

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The Rutgers ladies showed some class

DID YOU catch the news conference last
week with the Rutgers women's basketball
team? Sure, there was some hyperbole. But
at the centre of a media storm, they were
It would have been easy for emotion to
have overtaken good judgment, easy to have
let their anger flare. Yet they were decent,
polite and civil in speaking about a man
who was indecent, impolite and uncivil to
them. At every point they referred to their
offender as "Mr. Imus" or "Mr. Don Imus."
The contrast could not have been sharper.
In a stinking situation, these young women
many of them teenagers were a bou-
quet of roses.
The source of the stench, of course was
Imus. And the odour didn't start with the
women's Final Four. Compendiums exist
of malodorous Imus quotes about blacks,
women, Jews, gays, Asians, the handicapped
and others that go back years.
And during those years, a garland of
media stars liberals and conservatives -
and politicians Democrats and Republi-
cans appeared on his radio show. Dan
Rather, Andrea Mitchell, Tim Russert,
...trank Rich, Mary Matalin, John Kerry.,
Christopher Dodd, Rick Santorum and John
I Public opinion can tear someone down
as quickly and unthinkingly as it builds him
up. The truth about the character of indi-
viduals is rarely as simple as conventional
wisdom would suggest.
Don Imus is a remarkably charitable man
who has given a substantial amount of his
own money and raised much more for the
Imus Ranch for children with cancer and
the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund. He is also
a vulgar boor.
What's incomprehensible is that all these
media types and politicos, who seemed to be
Imus' friends as much as his guests, kept
coming on his show in spite of the offensive
remarks and never confronted the vulgar
boor. If more of them had, if more of them
had refused to go back on his show as
Cokie Roberts did unless he cleaned up
his act, he would almost certainly still have
a job and a better reputation today.
Imus isn't the only foul personality in the
imbroglio. Jesse Jackson had his own verbal

stink bomb. Unlike Imus, Jackson tried to
evade responsibility for his "Hymietown"
comment on the presidential campaign trail
in 1984. Two days before the New Hamp-
shire primary, he belatedly went to a Man-
chester synagogue to apologize: "It was not
in a spirit of meanness, but an off-colour
remark having no bearing on religion or
politics. However innocent and unintended,
it was insensitive and wrong."
Change a few words and you can fashion
one of many apologies Imus issued on his
way to the leper colony.
While Imus has in the past found himself
in court as a result of some unwise state-
ments, he has never been found guilty of
slander, as Al Sharpton has. And however
hurtful some of his statements have been, he
has never poured vitriol on fires of hatred
that led to riots and murder, as Sharpton
Yet there was Imus last week, genuflect-
ing to Sharpton on his radio show as though
he were a perfect gentleman, just as his
-low-former buddies used to do to him. Imus
would have done better to confront Sharp-
ton about his own record of race-baiting
. and his double standard on bigotry than to
wallow in a pool of hypocritical shame.
And speaking of double standards, there's
the big one that gives some people a pass to
employ the worst misogynistic terms and
racial epithets while making it a firing
offence for others to do far less. In his
speech in New Hampshire in 1984, Jackson
said, "In private talks we sometimes let our
guard down and become thoughtless." The
problem is that private talks often reflect
feelings of the heart, and public discourse is
a powerful force in shaping those feelings.
That's why it's incumbent upon people
who have a bully pulpit journalists, rev-
erends, entertainers and politicians alike -
to use that force wisely and put a little more
thoughtfulness into what has become an
increasingly thoughtless society. And it's
why the young women from Rutgers reply-
ing to "Mr. Imus" are such a refreshing
additionn to an ugly and barren landscape.
(This article was written by
Jonathan Gurwitz of the San Antonio
Express-News c. 2007).

Honesty and

integrity in

public life

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS THE General Election
approaches it is important that
the electorate take into con-
sideration the track record of
political parties in general and
individual candidates in par-
ticular in relation to displayed
honesty and integrity in pri-
vate and public life.
In scrutinising current par-
liamentary representatives
who have been named as can-
didates the main question we
need to ask ourselves is: "Has
this individual conducted him-
self/herself in an exemplary
manner in his/her public and
private life?" This question is
important because persons in
leadership set standards and
their behaviour affects the
lives of the people they lead.
If parliament is preoccupied
with matters related to the
conduct of MP's instead of
dealing with the affairs of the
people valuable time is wasted
in dealing with delinquent
behaviour of MP's. Often
there is significant fallout in
the functioning of related gov-
ernment departments. Unfor-
tunately, in most instances
time and money wasted in
dealing with these matters is
not accounted for. It appears
as if law makers are not gen-
erally concerned about effi-
cient management of the
affairs of the people if it con-
flicts with the political sur-
vivals of party colleagues
accused of wrongdoing or seri-
ous errors of judgment.
If a spirit of arrogance, dis-
honesty and immorality pre-
vails at the top, how can the
leadership be taken seriously
when they speak out against
crime and other social ills? If a
code of ethics is in place and
little or no action is taken
against offenders; what signals
are being sent to members of
society? When leaders hastily
come to the defense of delin-
quent parliamentarians, even
before matters are properly
investigated, how can they be
trusted to make major deci-
sions which impact the coun-
When numerous allegations
of misbehaviour and/or poor
judgment are simply ignored
and no noticeable action is
taken by the leadership to cor-
rect the behaviour or to offer
a satisfactory explanation the
public should express very

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serious concern. If these mat-
ters are not properly dealt
with; what signals are we send-
ing to our young people?
Indeed, if we listen to com-
ments made by callers to local
radior/V talk shows it appears
as if the difference between
right and wrong seems to be
out of whack with established
Christian principles. If political
leaders tend to sweep contro-
versial behavioral matters
under the carpet and are not
seen to always strive to insure
that fair play and justice pre-

vails, then it can be concluded
that they are, in fact, con-
tributing to the spirit of law-
lessness and indiscipline in the
Finally, it appears as if the
influence of church leaders,
who advise and openly sup-
port certain political parties,
is not having a significant pos-
itive effect as certain politi-
cians who seem to attend
numerous church services and
align themselves with influen-
tial clergymen seem to be the.
ones who display the wofst
behaviour; especially during
election campaigns.
April 16, 2007.

Are politicians part

of the solution or"

part of the problem?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
ARE politicians and politics the solution or part of the prob-
To inspire people to aspire and to help them to achieve is
noble. These might be part of what speeches and political activ-
ity achieve. Additionally though and possibly to a greater
degree and this is what concerns me is the nonsense, the fobl-
ishness in people which politics and politicking release and
never put back.
Elections are a popularity contests. How therefore is an elect-
ed politician to tell who has elected him that they are not free to,
in celebration, act out however, as loudly and as freely as heaor
she wishes?
Everybody votes and for that vote wants his wants tier cup
of abandonment.
Some see voting as the privilege it is as an opportunity,to
participate in democracy and in governance an opportunity, to
be a fine citizen of a fine country. Too many among our mass-
es though, seem to imagine that their participation in democrA ey
and in electing a government provides them the right to act out
however foolishly. To do sh** is their idea of freedom irre-
sponsible behaviour. -
It is as if being in charge freed one from the need to be pleas-
ant everywhere and in every which way, rather than offensive.
This is for me where breakdown arises in national life blatantly
offensive anti-social behaviour with no one to say anythingto
who perpetrates such acts and such activity.
Politicians seem intricately connected to such persons such
elements. They stir them up and seem unable ever to stir them
down unable after elections to put the lid back on after taking
them off to release euphoria.
When though is the party over? When do we go back to the
serious business of governance of being a good citizen Of
being a country and not just a travesty of one?
Is this a weakness of democracy this element of populafi-
ty the need to appease, to please all without being able to
emphasize good behaviour, right action? Who is to shout to who
is out of line, "School yourself!"
I heard a mother say about parenting: "With my children, I am
in no popularity contest." Her job, she sees, is to be doing what
is best for her children as well as demanding the very best from
them. This in our country I find is not done.
Self-discipline and high standards I find are not demanded of
Bahamians by everybody in leadership speaking as if with oqe
We are loosely and slackly governed. Release is what is
emphasized when much of what is released should be tied
down. Every degree of anti-social behaviour has to be and
should be discouraged for the good of all. Instead outcry com4s*
only in response to what is most extreme rape, murder 6-
comes only when one is too far gone.
April 13, 2007.

Support for The Tribune

and Mr Marquis

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WOULD like to express
my support for The Tribune
and Mr Marquis.
I can not understand why
some people would label them
as racists. Nowhere in their
writings have I seen any racist
If Perry Christie, Shane
Gibson and Fred Mitchell
ridicule themselves with their
statements and actions is this
The Tribune's fault?
Did Mr Marquis tell Shane
Gibson to take the picture
with Anna Nicole Smith?
If Perry Christie is all talk
and no action is this again The
Tribune's fault?

Is the PLP so desperate that
it has to hire the services If
Ricardo Smith? (Judging from
the man's intellect, his services
can't be that expensive).
Perry Christie should keep
in mind that thanks to the
internet, news today travels
much faster than in the Pin-
dling era.
I wonder how the investors
he is trying to lure into the
country would react if they
knew they had to deal with a
racist government. So said, so
done, so nothing.

April, 2007.



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Human rights activist

calls for election boycott

N FNM leader
Hubert Ingraharn

hearing 'stories
about intended
or impending
ale' of BTC
Tribune Staff Reporter
Hubert Ingraham acknowl-
.edged having heard "stories
about the intended or impend-
iqg sale" of BTC at Thursday
,night's mass rally.
Mr Ingraham said: "For
'public information I inform
you that the government can-
not transfer or cause to bc
transferred, any shares in the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) without the
approval of parliament."
The FNM leader noted that
no approval was given in par-
liament prior to its dissolution
to approve the transfer/sale of
any shares in BTC.
Mr Ingraham told the com-
pany's employees: "Yes, BTC
we will privatise you. And so
fill the PLP. The difference
ts we won't be selling BTC to
any FNM insider."
Mr Ingraham also used his
speech to comment on anoth-
er major Bahamian company,
*'Bahamasair, telling employ-
ees that the FNM "want to
.transform Bahamasair;
,ijnprove service; acquire new
equipment and find a strategic
partner for you."
'The FNM leader also noted
that he was the one "who
caused a change from the slave
-wages the last PLP govern-
, /ment was paying many per-
S.sons at Bahamasair."
"I strongly suggest that you
-Vote for the FNM. to -be the
majority in the next parlia-
ient," he said.

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Tribune Staff Reporter_

A YOUNG human rights activist
is calling for a boycott of the upcom-
ing general election.
Mr Lucien Emmanuel said he
believes that democracy in the
Bahamas is a sham because there
are many "stateless youths" who are
denied an opportunity to take part
in the democratic process.
"All Bahamians of Haitian
descent should boycott these elec-
tions until all of us who were born in
this country can vote," Mr
Emmanuel said.
According to the Bahamas Con-
stitution, persons born to foreign
parents can apply for citizenship
upon reaching the age of 18, but
many persons have been criticising
the "inefficiency" of the application
Referring to the recent political
campaigning by both political par-
ties, Mr Emmanuel said: "The elec-
tion tide has unleashed political

HUMAN rights activist
Lucien Enmanuiel
actors and actresses on the stage
where mud-slinging and character
assassinations continue to manifest
its ugly head."

He said that emotion has replaced
logical debate during this election
"And," he said, "there is no men-
tion of the stateless youths in the
Bahamas who are marginalised and
ostracised from actively participat-
ing in their country."
"There are many young people of
Haitian and Jamaican parentage
who would like to participate in the
social and economic aspects of their
country but cannot."
This week, Dr Ian Strachan, head
of the School of English Studies at
the College of the Bahamas, said
that there is still a lot of fear and
shame among young people born of
Haitian descent.
Noting that hate-filled utterances
in the print media and on the air-
waves are less frequent now than
they were 20 years ago, Dr Strachan
however said he believes that there
is a lot more to be done in terms of
embracing a different notion of what
it means to be Bahamian.
He said there is a conservative

element that dominates the concept
of what it means to be Bahamian -
and would wish for whatever rea-
son to perpetuate a certain notion of
homogeneity "which isn't really
Yesterday, Mr Emmanuel told
The Tribune: "Religious and civic
leaders can no longer downplay this
social injustice where individuals on
a daily basis are deprived of basic
social structures because of the ori-
gin of their parents."
He said that the Bahamas will
continue to be shackled by "petty
nationalism" until this problem is
Last month, Haitian activist
Michael Pierre was stabbed to death
outside a take-away on Boyd Road.
Since then, Lucien Emmanuel has
pledged to carry on his work.
He said he plans to organise state-
less youths of Haitian and Jamaican
parentage, around such issues as
equal access to education and auto-
matic citizenship for all persons
born on Bahamian soil.

Police force will be managed,

operated as 24-hour business

POLICE Commissioner Paul
Farquharson said yesterday that
within the next few days, the
Royal Bahamas Police Force will
be managed and operated as a
24-hour business.
"We have a lot of work to do
(and so) you can't go home after
five o-clock; everybody has tc
work. I know you have children
to look after, but make some
special arrangements for the chil-
dren (but) don't come with this
'nine-to-five' business. That is
finished. We running a twenty-
four business," Commissioner
Farquharson said.
Addressing an installation ser-
vice for the board of directors of
the first Bahamian Women
Police Association (BPWA) held
at the Police Conference Centre
at Police Headquarters on East
Street, Commissioner Farquhar-
son said the "nine-to-five" men-
tality "cannot cut it" in 2007.
"If I am pulling for you, to get
you all elevated, then you have
to do what you have to do (to
get the job done)," Commis-
sioner Farquharson said.
He encouraged the officers to
play a more significant role in
the day-to-day operation of the
Police Day Care Centre, which
will help to facilitate the move
towards a 24-hour operations.
He also challenged the offi-
cers with what he termed "spe-
cial skills" to use those skills to
help advance the facility. "There
are not many police forces in the
world that provide day care cen-
tres for their employees; this is
the only one in the Caribbean
(and so) we can't let it go down.


COMMISSIONER of Police Paul Farquharson, right,
holds up high a unity candle as he sings with other officers.
(BIS Photo: Tim AIylen)

"We want to expand the facil-
ity and we want to run'it 24
hours because we are running a
24-hour shop and so therefore
wherever you can find the exper-
tise among you, those who can
teach and those who have that

special skill for looking after chil-
dren, please take an active role
in the further development of
the Day Care Centre because we
don't want our children to be
home. left in danger while you
are at work," he said.
Commissioner Farquharson
commended the newly installed
members of the board of direc-
tors of the BWPA on their elec-
tion, saying that the realisation of
a female association shows "just
how far the force has come."
The commissioner urged
members of the association, to
never forget the contributions of
their predecessors particularly
Anita Bethel, Theresa Baker,
Norma Clarke, Alsada McFall,
Hildred McClain and Esther
Stubbs, who were the first
females to join the ranks of the
I e said it is the contributions
of those six women and others
who followed, who have served
as building blocks for the many
successes women are currently
achieving throughout the
"Always remember them
because it was they who laid the
foundation for you all in this
organisation," Commissioner
Farquharson said. "Always
remember where you came from
and thank them, those who are
alive, as many times as you can.
"Always remember those who
sacrificed. Do not forget them
and their contributions (because)
ingratitude is a sin, I believe the
Bible says."
The commissioner also praised
the membership of the associa-
tion for including women reserve
police officers and officers from
the Family Islands and Grand
Bahama in the executive body.
"That is a good sign. It is a
sign of iruc integration because
we are all one," Commissioner
Farquharson added.


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Tribute to Unca Jim Jimmy l aacg

A great man. A loving and caring kind of man.
My love for Uncle Jimmy began after he married
our sister Arlene.

In the days of softball, I remember as a young boy
attending softball games in Governor's Harbour,
Softball greats like Glen "The Master" Griffin,
Mark Thompson, Billy Myclewhyte, Doogie Sm ith,
Bill Albury, Alvin Smith, Fess Hanna and Harold
Whyte, just to name a few.

Uncle Jimmy had a clear, well-spoken voice that
donned the airwaves for he was the announcer for
the softball games. You could hear every T's andH's.
ZNS personalities had nothing on him!

He was a Churchman, Statesman, Activist,
Community leader, Politician and a member of
various lodges. But now Uncle Jimmy is a
citizen of the Coin mmon wealth of Heaven, Formerly
of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Rest in Peace Uncle Jimmy. We all love you, but
God loves you best.

Love.......Cladwell Farrington

_I _ ______



Plans progress for emergency water

supply system for Grand Bahama

Plans reportedly continue to
progress for the emergency
water supply system for Grand
Bahama announced by Mike
Stafford, president of the Rotary
Club of Freeport, on World
Water Day last month.
Representatives of Rotary
District 7020, leaders of the
funding arrangements for the
joint project, together with Paul
Baker, representative for Water-
Maker, the company supplying
the Reverse Osmosis plant, vis-
ited Freeport this week.
They met with representatives
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, the Grand Bahama
Development Company (Dev-
Co), legal counsel and the archi-
tect for the project.
Rotary District 7020, which
includes 10 countries in the
Northern Caribbean, and New
Providence and Abaco in the
Bahamas, was represented by

Lindsey Cancino, past president
of the Rotary Club of East Nas-
sau and Murray Forde, assistant
district governor for the totary
clubs of the Bahamas.
The visitors also attended the
regular luncheon meeting of the
Rotary Club of Freeport.
"Today's meetingsw.ere.qujte
fruitful and particularly inforr-
mative" said Lindsey Cancino,
"and the information coming
from those discussions will be
very helpful in our next steps
towards completing this pro-
The visitors also saw the des-
ignated site for the plant, which
is being provided by New Hope
Holdings Ltd under a long term
lease and witnessed some of the
clearing that is taking place.
With the exception of the R 0
plant itself, which has been built
by WaterMaker in the U S
specifically for this project, all

of the work is being conducted
by firms in Grand Bahama.
The $220,000 project is an
international joint effort
between the Rotary Club of
Freeport, Rotary District 7020
(and particularly the seven
rotary Clubs of New Providence
and Abaco), Rotary District
5180 (California), the TK Foun-
dation (a Nassau-based philan-
* thropic Foundation) and the
Rotary Foundation, based in
Evanston Illinois, which has pro-
vided a matching grant.
- .It is intended that the system
will be used to produce safe
drinking water only in the event
of a hurricane or other disaster
that affects the normal supply
in the northern Bahamas, ren-
dering it either unavailable or
unsafe to drink.
A single purpose non-profit
foundation has been formed to
bold ownership of the plant.

at the site are:
Paul Baker, rep-
resentative for
Lindsey Cancino,
past president of
the Rotary Club
of East Nassau,
Mike Stafford,
president of the
Rotary Club of
Freeport and
Murray Forde,
assistant district
governor for the
rotary clubs of
the Bahamas,
District 7020.


SLX pre-retired employees from the Post Office Department Alfred
Rolle, Maxnell Jenoure. Lillian Newhold. Gregorn Burrows, Steven
Johnson and Marina Stubbs are pictured with officials during a function
in their honour.


11:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Pastor Rex Major
SBible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 1:4d aj '
Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 pm
Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)
S sisters' Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each r yp) .

'Ba ou Hil Rd & np~ StreeOB tP.O.

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427


7:00 a.m. Rev. Philip Stubbs/Sis. Mathilda Woodside
11:00 a.m. Sis. Carla Culmer/Bro. Marilyn Tinker
7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Lay Ministry, Worship & Traihing)

"Cs ing a fu P r


'Sunday School: 10am
Preachering 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm


Pastor:H. Mills

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
*Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622

Worship Time: 11a.m. & 7p.m.
Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10.:45a.m.
Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twvynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry

P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587


Grounded In The Past & Geared To the Future

Worship Time: 11am & 7pm

Sunday School: 9:45am

Prayer Time: 6:30pm r

Place: The Madeira Shopping

. Pastor Knowles can be heard
each Sunday morning on
Joy 101.9 at 8:30a.m Rev. Dr. Frankllin Know'h s

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
P.O. Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712

Scotiabank initiative

honoured by Catalyst

Celebrating its 20th
anniversary recognizing cor-
porate initiatives that advance
women and business, Cata-
lyst announced that Scotia-
bank is one of the recipients
of the 2007 Catalyst Award.
Scotiabank's initiative has
advanced many women and
promoted diversity in busi-
ness. Scotiabank is the first
Canadian winner-of the Cat-
alyst Award since 1999.
"Over the past 20 years,
we've seen winning initiatives
evolve from stand-alone pro-
grammes to strategic impera-
tives that drive business suc-
cess," said Ilene H Lang,
president of Catalyst. "By
publicly celebrating these tri-
umphs, we encourage others
to embrace women's
advancement as a source of
competitive business advan-
Scotia's winning initiative
emerged through research
which demonstrated that
women have the skills,
proven performance
levels, and aspirations to con-
tribute at more senior
levels, the bank said in a
As a result, the bank's most
senior women created its
Advancement of Women Ini-
tiative (AoW), which has sig-
nificantly improved senior
women's representation at
the bank; the number of
women at all senior levels -
vice president and above -
nearly doubled between 2003
and 2006.
Rick Waugh, Scotiabank's
president and CEO, said,
"Scotiabank is delighted and
honoured to receive the 2007
Catalyst Award. Our AoW
initiative enables us to engage
the widest possible talent
pool and that makes good
business sense."
Scotiabank's AoW initia-
tive is particularly significant
against a backdrop in which,
according to recent Catalyst
research, women are still vast-
ly underrepresented in senior
leadership positions and on
the boards of both FP 500
and Fortune 500 companies.
"Catalyst Award winning
initiatives demonstrate the
strategic business case that
diversity and advancing
women in the workplace are

aging director, Scotiabank
Bahamas and AoW member

good for women and busi-,
ness," said Deborah Gillis,
executive director of Catalyst'
As in previous years, all ini-
tiatives submitted were
reviewed and judged rigor-
ously on criteria including
business rationale, senior
leadership support, commu-
nication, measurable results,
accountability, originality,
and replicability.
In creating accountability,'
demanding more representa-:
tive management teams,
empowering women employ-
ecs to take charge of their
careers and advancement,
and requiring a steadfast
commitment to diversity, Sco-
tiabank said it's winning ini-
tiative exemplifies the Cata-
lyvst mission.
Catalyst is the leading
research and advisory organ-
isation working with busi-
nesses and the professions to
build inclusive environments
and expand opportunities for
women at work.
As an independent, non-
profit membership organisa-
tion with offices in New York,
San Jose, Switzerland, and
Toronto, Catalyst conducts
research on all aspects of
women's career advancement'
and provides strategic and'
web-based consulting services






m Sir Durward

Knowles, Lady

Knowles celebrate

60th anniversary

LAST Saturday friends and family gathered
at Montagu Gardens to pay tribute to a leg-
endary Bahamian and his lovely bride. Sir Dur-
ward and Lady Holly Knowles celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary, along with Sir Dur-
wards 90th birthday.
The beautiful couple first met when Lady
Holly and her family came to the Bahamas

from England on an extended vacation.
Upon hearing that his new neighbour was
soon to leave the Bahamas, the smitten young
man, built up the courage and asked her to
marry him.
After 60 years, and three children -
Randy Jill and Charlotte Sir Durward said he
was very fortunate to have met, spent and
enjoyed most of his life with such a warm per-

* LADY HOLLY, Lady Zoe Maynard, Sir Durward and Sir Clement Maynard

E DR WILLARI THOMPSON, Lady Holly, Inge Dassler, Sir Durward and Sigi Dassler

'THE tudeni, ot \,oo,,c k Pr.. K, Burn'. (IEO ,C) t iti_ Mar- Keisha Russell, senior aquarist,
'mar,, School outdidi th, m ,J l'..,%I kli ..ccCp1td i' ..ha_ .. which will assisted bN aquarist Joshua Hamil-
t:rda% in promoting cnt Irmlnlni,.al h uLLdI II p.Acka.,e coods I; ,hop- ton from Atlantis. gave a I15-minute
aM.arene' .t1nd the impoii .ii oi pit r, o.n aturd.a\ d pri ll and prscenialion about marine life and
Preserving the earth. hundav. April 22. its importance to the environment.
Earth Day, treat the earth right: At the same time, embassy officer On Wednesday, April 18, deputy
save our earth: save the turtle: keep Paula Wikle delivered an addition- chief of mission, Dr D Brent Hardt
the poachers away from our fish: al 200 decorated bags to City Mar- spearheaded a group of embassy
let the animals live these are just keVon Cable Beach. staff volunteers who assisted the
some of the messages that decorat- Mrs Azaleta Ishmael-Newry. students in decorating the bags.
ed the colourful brown paper shop- marketing director, and Rood Crayons for decorating the bags
ping bags created by the students Bethel, store manager, were on were donated by the U S Embassy.
in commemoration of Earth Day hand to accept the bags at that The project was part of an annu-
2007, which is being observed store. al worldwide effort by U S
around the world on Sunday. The Earth Day Project, co-ordi- embassies to promote Earth Day
I I S Char, e d'Affaires ,iro inia nlated b th e enimbassv in coniunc- observance.

US EMBASSY Charge d' Affaires Virginia Ramadan delivers decorated
brown paper bags to City Market Harbour Bay. From left: Ken Burns, CEO; Nel-
son Moss, manager; cashier Ms Charlene Brown, and Mrs Ramadan admire the dec-
orated brown paper bags done by students at Woodcock Primary School.

Ramadam yesterday delivered 200
of the decorated shopping bags,
which were donated by City Mar-
kets, to City Market in Harbour

tion with City Markets and the
Marine Aquarium Department at
Atlantis Hotel, was launched on
Monday, April 16, at Woodcock
Primary School.

Earth Day began in 1970 as a
protest movement but has since
evolved into a global celebration of
the environment and commitment
to- its-protection. -

RBDF officer to participate in

International Training Programme

at US Coast Guard Centre

ROYAL Bahamas
Defence Force officer Lieu-
tenant Michael Hanna was
selected to attend a three
month training course at the
U S Coast Guard Centre in
Yorktown, Virginia. The
course, sponsored by the U S
Embassy's Naval Liaison
Office at an estimated cost
of $18,000, ran from January
4 to April 7.
Before leaving for Vir-
ginia, Lt Hanna paid a cour-
tesy call on U S Deputy
Chief of Mission Dr Brent
Hardt, who commended him
on being selected and
encouraged him to take full
advantage of the training and
information he would
During the training, Lt
Hanna participated in three
The first, a crisis command
and control course, was
designed to provide the skills
necessary for decision-mak-
ers to manage emergency
The course consisted of
training in risk communica-
tions, risk-based decision
making, disaster response,
contingency planning, the
Incident Command System,
exercise design and develop-
ment, and a day of challeng-
ing hands-on media relations
Lt Hanna also took part in

Butler & Sands
Cwnpanyj LIkMnd

Biiiler & Sands
.MIember of The Burrn House Group of Companies
prc 'illts

3pm 7pm

Saturday, April 21st 2007
Poop Deck, Sandyport, West Bay Street

Artwork and live painting by: Featuring Wines from:

FROM left: Charge d'Affaires Dr Brent Hardt, RBDF Lt
Michael Hanna and U S naval liaison officer LCDR Delong

a two-day crisis management
exercise using computer sim-
ulation software in which
participants worked in
groups to resolve a series of
simulated crises.
The second course, inter-
national leadership and man-
agement, was designed
specifically for international
mid-grade and senior offi-
The objective is to enhance
supervisory skills in commu-
nication to promote better
The curriculum uses the
instructional systems design

(ISD) process in which each
concept is introduced, dis-
cussed, and applied in a mea-
surable fashion.
In addition, each student
is given individual feedback
on strengths and weaknesses
in applying the learned skills.
The training relies on role-
playing, case studies and
group activities to facilitate
the students' learning.
The third and final course
held from January 28 to
April 7 focused on the roles
and responsibilities of the
international maritime offi-

* SIR DURWARD and Lady Holly share a close '
embrace on the dance floor as the police pop band M LADY HOLLY and Sir Durward, a few
serenaded the lovely couple. years younger, but just as much in love.



Antonius Roberts,

Ruffino, Drouhin,

Malcolm Rae, John Cox Sterling, Black Swan,
Sonia Isaacs Er More! Gallo of Sonoma, Wente





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walk off

&IOM page one reput
--- tancy
wh5h concluded that the "W
wiSZers at NFS are signifi- work
caSiy underpaid. have t
fter a meeting on Mon- "It is;
dar.April 2, the government the co
toJ)gMs Nerelene Harding, ister,
prudent of the Airport and later,
A ine Allied Workers A
Uipn, that the salary dis- Tribu
put would be resolved with- FNMs
inlday or so. However, this during
did'iot occur. NFS
:.Jas Harding told The Tri- the fo
bZlMi that it appears that the "Th
w(V of the government has ting tl
"nrthonour". But
^Ay people are here declar
under the tree. The minister don't
catfed two meetings, but I The
tot1her I am not prepared her an
to ome to any meetings either
beiMuse there is nothing that neglig
tl0t44 could say to me," she ment.
soo., done,
"According to Ms Harding, done
aggyernment economist has A
rgaised to accept the full Nassa
rggrt of the Hay Group to ment
increase the salaries of NFS edged




a..r'. q', i

^ ^A

'M ,







over money

oyees, questioning the
ability of the consul-
Ve are not prepared to
at this time until we
his resolved," she said.
sad to see that, having
mmitment by the min-
we're here two weeks
' Ms Harding added.
source informed The
ne that PLPs and
s stood in solidarity
g the walk-out, as all
workers are "tired of
hey said they were get-
his straight," she said.
now, the source
red, "it seems as if they
want to pay us."
e source also expressed
iger and frustration at
the incompetence, or
gence, of the govern-
. "We need to get it
and we need to get it.
representative of the
au Airport Develop-
Company acknowl-
that there were some

delays at the airport as a
result of the industrial dis-
pute. These delays primarily
disrupted the departure and
offloading of some flights.
However, by late afternoon,
the representative said that
the airport was running
NFS includes ticket, ramp
and clean-up agents, along
with accounting staff and
supervisors, servicing inter-
national airlines, including
United Airlines, Jet Blue,
Continental, Spirit and Air
Mr Archie Nairn, perma-
nent secretary in the Min-
istry of Transportation and
Aviation, said the ministry
had taken the report of the
Hay Group and has for-
warded it to the Ministry of
Finance for a "professional
opinion" as is the norm with
independent reports.
Mr Nairn did not conm-
ment further, but acknowl-
edged that the Ministry of
Labour is now involved in
this dispute.



May 5, 2007

Eleuthera, Bahamas


'I ,--

FROM page one

their leader delivered his address.
"We believe that whether you live or die
should not depend on whether you have private
insurance coverage or not. Too many people in
this country this same country that God has
blessed so abundantly with the riches of this world
- too many of our people are simply dying
because they don't have the money or the insur-
ance to stay alive," he said.
Mr Christie lambasted the FNM, stating that it
is a party that believes more in market forces
that in the well-being of ordinary Bahamians.
"The FNM will only take us backward. They'll
roll back the progress we've been making in the
lives of ordinary Bahamians," he said.
The prime minister's address spoke to his base
of grassroot supporters. He framed the debate
surrounding NHI in class terms, with the PLP as
the protector of the defenceless.
"It's (NHI) the only way we can create a soci-
ety in which the poor man, the low-income
woman, and the middle-class child have the same
right and the same chance that the rich man has to
get the best of medical care when he gets sick," he
Mr Christie promised his supporters that he
"will not rest until every Bahamian has access to
high-quality, affordable health care, including

FROM page one

harm, did intentionally cause
the death of Dion Bowles. The
inmates were also charged with
conspiracy to escape. Accord-
ing to court dockets, some time
between November, 2005, and
Tuesday, January 17, 2006, the
three men, being under the sen-
tence of imprisonment, did
agree with a common purpose
to escape lawful custody.
The inmates are also charged
with two counts of causing
grievous harm. The first count
states that they caused grievous
harm to Kenneth Sweeting and
tho other, that they caused
grievous harm to David Arm-
brister, both prison officers. The
inmates were not required to
plead to any of the charges.
Inspector Don Bannister,
prosecuting, told Magistrate
Bethel that the prosecution was
likely to proceed on that charge
with a voluntary bill of indict-

major medical care, under a properly funded,
well-regulated scheme of National Health Insur-
The PLP will be revealing its second-term
agenda on Monday, Mr Christie revealed.
Along with the implementation of NHI, the
PLP leader pledged in his party's 'Action Agen-
da' to crack down on crime, increase job growth
and step up the campaign against illegal immi-
In the wake of several acts of political vio-
lence in the past few days, Mr Christie urged
PLPs to exercise restraint.
"Let me stress once again how important it is
for all of you to keep the peace. I don't care how
much they may provoke you, keep your cool and
keep your head.
"Don't get in anybody's way, don't pick any
fights. And if anybody tries to pick a fight with
you, just walk away. And I call upon Mr Ingraham
to give the same admonition to his own support-
ers," the prime minister said.
As the prime minister riled up the crowd at the
end of his remarks, he declared that support for
the PLP will further deepen the social contract in

the Bahamas

On the other three charges,
Magistrate Bethel elected for
the men to be tried in Supreme
Court. She noted that they
could have elected to be tried
on those charges either in the
Magistrate's or Supreme Court
but she had elected for them
because those charges stemmed
from the same circumstances as
the murder charge and have the
same witnesses.
All three men raised queries
in court yesterday. Bowe asked
whether he could file a motion,
though he did not state what
the motion was. He also asked if
he could have afforded an attor-
ney to aid him in presenting his
motion next week as this is an
"exceptional" case.
The magistrate noted the
same and said that she would
put in a request to the Regis-
trar of the Supreme Court seek-
ing that an attorney be afforded

while support for the FNM was
repeatedly as a "turn back" for

to him. Hepburn expressed his
concern over the charges
against him, citing that he had
been previously informed that
they had been quashed.
He also sought clarification
as to whether the charges were
different from the charges of
the Coroner's Court.
The magistrate pointed out
that they had not, in fact, been
charged in Coroner's Court but
were just being charged yester-
Parcoi questioned whether
the charges of causing grievous
harm and conspiracy to escape
were indictable offences. The
magistrate explained to him
again that they did have the
option to elect whether to have
the matters tried in Supreme
Court or Magistrate's Court,
but she had elected for them,
although Magistrate Meeres
might allow them to elect for
themselves on Tuesday. All
requested a summary of the evi-
dence against them.

Man is released 'Buying votes' claim

FROM page one

ister at this stage.
In terms of police procedure, this equates to
patrolling the island looking for Mr Cloutier,
carrying out searches, remaining in close contact
with his friends and family, and continuing to
question those they have in custody, said Mr
A Canadian news source, the Edmonton Sun,
had on its website yesterday that a 40-strong
search party made up of the 34-year-old's friends
have been scouting the island in search of him.
Their efforts even involved scouring various
lakes and ponds, the newspaper reported.
This week. 36-vear-old Patricia Knowles -
first taken into custody last week was charged
with seven counts of fraud, including fraudu-
lently using Mr Cloutier's credit card. She has
pleaded innocent.
Asked if police were aware of how and when
Ms Knowles had obtained Mr Cloutier's per-
sonal items, Mr Greenslade said only that the
Bahamian woman had "told (police) a few sto-
Cloutier, who has been living in the Bahamas
for three years, working for the construction
firm PLC, disappeared on April 11.

FROM page one

nal offence to offer payment as an induce-
ment for favoured votes; we are calling
on those police officers present to report
on what transpired and to report any and
all further incidents of this nature."
The FNM claims that the senior police
officer and other police officers were at
the scene to keep law and order, due to
the large sums of money being distrib-
Mr Wallace said it is unfortunate that
the PLP "are resorting to all manner of
underhanded tactics, such as making peo-
ple swear on the Bible that they will vote
PLP, threatening their jobs and making
promises they have no intention of keep-
ing," he said.
He added that sovereignty "is some-
thing that is sacred and ought not to be
sold for pieces of silver."
When one PLP candidate was asked by
a reporter about the allegations of vote
buying, he said the areas in question are
not part of his constituency.


Life is too short, slow down and enjoy

Sunday, April22,2007
Goodman's Bay Park, 3p.m. 6p.m

Come out and bring your entire fai
And your bikes!
r adults and children with prizes ai
Food and drinks available

fee per race: $5 adults (18 and over) $2 cl
'at. April14 and Sat. April 21 at Kelly's, S,
'our Bay, Super Value Cable Beach 11a.m.
at the Park 3p.m. April22


Whether you ride 10 miles or 100 miles
Whether you pedal slowly or like the wind
Whether you raise $50 or $5,000

Ride for Hope is your opportunity to do something
inspiring, something uniquely rewarding, to honor
loved ones touched by cancer.

Ride for Hope is a unique event with a meaningful purpose.
It is a charitable bike-a-thon which will occur along the
spectacular island of Eleuthera, It is open to anyone who
enjoys cycling and wants to contribute to one of the most
important causes in our community: enhanced cancer care
for all. All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Caring Center and
Programs of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas.

Last year's first ever Ride for Hope in The Bahamas was
extremely successful, raising over $180,000! But just as
important as the amount raised was the number of riders,
young and old, and the corporate sponsors who participated
in this inspiring event to make a difference in the fight
against cancer!

Be a part of the great things to come from
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Birkhead tight-lipped on court proceedings


WHILE remaining tight-lipped
on yesterday's court proceedings,
Larry Birkhead told reporters that
he had had a good day in court and
was moving towards starting a life
with his daughter Dannielynn out-
side of the Bahamas.
The custody battle over seven-
month-old Dannielynn, which
recently has become a two-way
wrangle between Birkhead and
Smith's estranged mother, Virgie
Arthur, seems to be near a conclu-
sion although the parties involved
are remaining quiet on the matter.
From all indications no resolution
has yet been made and a follow-up
hearing has reportedly been set for
A smiling Birkhead told reporters
yesterday that he was going to con-
tact his travel agent soon, although

he couldn't give a time-frame for
leaving the Bahamas.
"Everything's confusing to me. I
don't know why we're still here," he
told reporters on leaving the
Supreme Court building yesterday.
"I can't really talk about what went
on inside court today. I can say that
I'm happy everything went well and
I'm moving toward starting a life
with my daughter out of the
Bahamas. I can't really discuss
everything. I'll call my travel agent.
One seat or two, I don't know."
Virgie Arthur, who was also pre-
sent at yesterday's court proceed-
ings, left court quickly, ignoring
Birkhead and Virgie Arthur
reportedly met privately last week-
end to discuss a settlement in the
custody dispute. Since Birkhead was
declared the father, the custody bat-
tle has been reduced to a two-way

wrangle between himself and Vir-
gic Arthur.
"I really don't have much to say. I
wish it was over today. It should
have been over today," Howard K
Stern told reporters yesterday.
Dannielynn, the only surviving
child of Anna Nicole, stands to
inherit millions of dollars from Anna
Nicole Smith's marriage to oil
tycoon Howard K Marshall. The
child cannot be taken out of the
Bahamas until the custody matter is
Ms Smith gave birth to Dan-
nielynn in September, just three days
before her 20-year-old son, Daniel,
died at her bedside. Ms Smith died
in Florida in February at the age of

PICTURED (left) Larry
Birkhead and (right) Virgie Arthur
(AP Photos)

Cubans angered by US release of

longtime foe they consider terrorist

Associated Press

CUBA'S communist gov-
ernment on Friday blamed
the White House for the
release of an anti-Castro exile
wanted in the 1976 bombing
of a Cuban airliner, as out-
raged Cubans pressed
demands that the man they
call a terrorist be brought to
Cuba and Venezuela
accuse Luis Posada Carriles
of violent acts, including the
1976 bombing that killed 73 -
something the former CIA
operative denies. And the
government here renewed
accusations that Washington
has a double standard on ter-
rorism, as the 79-year-old was
released on bond and allowed
to await trial on immigration
fraud charges under house
"Cuba condemns the
shameless decision to free
Luis Posada Carriles and sig-
nals the government of the
United States as the only one
responsible for this cruel and
infamous act," the govern-
ment said in a statement pub-
lished on the front page of
the Communist Party news-
paper Granma.
Cuba said Posada's release
was an attempt "to buy the
terrorist's silence about his
crimes for the CIA."
Venezuela plans to ask the
United Nations to investigate
why the U.S. has failed to
prosecute or extradite Posa-
da, said Jose Pertierra, a
lawyer representing the
Venezuelan government. He
said Venezuela would make
similar requests at the Orga-
nization of American States
and international tribunals.
Yellow school buses on
Thursday brought about 600
youths some barely old

PEOPLE hold photographs of those believed to have been killed in violence against the island, including the victims of the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner, during
a vigil to protest the release of anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada (arriles outside of U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Friday, April 20, 2007. Cuba's communist gov-
ernment on Friday blamed the White House for the release of Posada Carriles, wanted in Cuba and Venezuela for the bombing of the airliner, as outraged Cubans pressed
demands that the man they call a terrorist be brought to justice.
(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

enough for grade school, oth-
ers pursuing doctorate
degrees to a plaza outside
the U.S. mission in Havana,
where they waved small
Cuban flags and chanted
"Justice! Justice!"

"It's an insult for all
Cubans and a tragedy for the
families of his victims," said
Ereslandi Rodriguez, a 22-
year-old student clutching a
sign that read "The Dog is
Loose" and featured a car-

toon of Posada with blood-
stained fangs and a canine
Posada was freed from a
New Mexico jail after he
posted $250,000 bond and his
family put up another

$100,000. He must wear an
electronic monitoring device
while under house arrest at
his wife's home in Miami
pending his May 11 trial on
immigration fraud charges.
At Thursday's protest, uni-

FROM page one

making contact with the
ground as the plane skidded
an estimated 500 yards or
more down the runway from
the point where the landing
gear malfunctioned.
The taxi-driver said it was
lucky that the fuel tank, situ-
ated within the wing of the
plane, did not rupture, or else

versity communist youth
leader Silviano Merced cited
a 2003 speech in which Presi-
dent Bush said anyone who
harbors or supports terrorists
is as guilty as the terrorists

Landing gear
the situation could have
become much more grave.
Police, a fire team, and
ambulances all attended the
Attempts to reach North
Eleuthera police for comment
were unsuccessful, as officers
were attending the scene at
press time.

Garage Sale

Date: A pri 12 1 st, 2007

Time: 8am I pm

Location: Sumi-nitAcadem'y

-books, clothes, electronics'

and 111LIch more!

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0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.2 2.35%
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1.49 1.12 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.170 0.050 7.6 3.85%
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N UNDER the patronage of
the Executive Chairman of
BTC, Gregory Bethel, The .
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited (BTC),
recently held a grand reception
at Water's Edge Restaurant,
Atlantis Resort, to honour its
former Minister, Bradley B.
After serving for almost five
years at the helm of BTC, Min-
ister Roberts bade farewell to
the executive management and
staff. During his tenure Min-
ster Roberts was instrumental
in the launch of GSM, VIBE,
iConnect and BlackBerry ser-
vices in New Providence and
many of the Family Islands,
along with the much anticipat-
ed Bahamas Domestic Subma-
rine Network International
(BDSNi), which upon comple-
tion, will provide advance
telecommunication service to
all of the islands of The
Minister Roberts will also be
remembered for empowering
Bahamian contractors during
his tenure. The minister
ensured that local contractors
were always privileged, regard-
ing all government awarded
infrastructure contracts.

Janet Brown presenting Mr
Roberts with a gift from the
marketing and public relations
department. The talented Ms
Brown and her team have been
credited with the increased
public profile of BTC.
Friends and business associ-
ates, Sir Garett Finlayson, pio-
neering businessman; Franklyn -
R Wilson, entrepreneur and
philanthropist; Mr Roberts;
and, Bismarck Coakley, presi-
dent of Arawak Homes.
Prime Minister, Perry
Christie shares a quite moment
with Ms Theresa Burrows,
deputy chairman of BTC.
George Bernard, Mr
Roberts and Anita Bernard,
permanent secretary in the
ministry of works.
Members of the Board of
BTC, Danny Strachan, Con-
stance McDonald and Basil
Leon R Williams, president
and CEO of BTC; Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson and
his wife Sharon; Mr Roberts
and his wife Hartlyn; Dr Mar-
cus Bethel, retiring Minister of
the Environment and Utilities;
and, Kirk Griffin, executive
vice-president of BTC.



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