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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Haiti denies FNMvote ploy Volume: 108 No.63FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 83F LOW 69F B y DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org HAITIS president Michel Martelly did not intend to i nterfere in Bahamian politics when he told HaitianBahamians to identify whoi s on their side in the upcom ing general elections, Haitian Ambassador Antonio Rodrigue said. The ambassador spoke yesterday as political rivals of the FNM expressed concern over Mr Martellys comments which they claimed were the result of a political ploy by the governing party. On Wednesday, Mr Martel ly advised Bahamians of Haitian descent to band together and lobby for a political party they feel would best protect their interests. I told them to organise themselves and identify in this upcoming elections who is on their side, he said. By being determinate int he elections they may have people taking care of them, this is the democratic way. Mr Rodrigue claimed the president was misunderstood and stressed he was not trying to be political. I think people are taking it out of context and people here try to put it as a political effort. No, he wants to tell them and this is something I think is normal look out for your interests, look for who is help ing you, who has your inter ests. Ambassador: e are not interf er ing CHICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC INSIDEYOURBIGTTOMORROW C C O O U U P P O O N N S S , C C O O U U P P O O N N S S C C O O U U P P O O N N S S M EET OUR J UNIOR ATHLETE O F THE WEEK IN SPORTS P P L L P P a a n n d d D D N N A A r r e e s s p p o o n n d d p p a a g g e e 2 2 O O n n l l y y 5 5 0 0 0 0 v v o o t t i i n n g g H H a a i i t t i i a a n n s s p p a a g g e e 3 3 B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE historic buildings surrounding Rawson Square had t o be evacuated yesterday because of a suspected gas leak. T he Prime Minister, his cabinet, as well is employees of the tourism, cruise ship port and Churchill buildings all had to leave. According to police, the buildings north of Bay Street were evacuated at about 11.40am when staff became alarmed after noticing a potent smell. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A WOMAN accused of owning a private school that was reportedly operating without the required docu ments to do so will be arraigned in Magistrates Court today. Gloria Sawyer, 60, will reappear before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell of Court 8, Nassau Street, in connection with the alleged offence. Mrs Sawyer was supposed to have been charged in court yesterday morning. HowevRING AR OUND THEMOON EV A CU A TION OVER GAS LEAK ALER T WOMAN ACCUSED OVER SCHOOL S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 D ONT miss T he Big T on sale tomorrow, packed with news, features, fash-i on, entertainment and up to $150 in food and shopping coupons. This week in The Big T John Marquis writes about vote buying in gene ral elections and Adrian G ibson in A Young Mans View talks about the problems plaguing the publict ransportation system of The Bahamas. You will also read about a how luxury car manuf acturer Maserati is attempting to break a world record as their raci ng yacht makes its way to San Salvador, and the story of how scientists areu sing the islands of The B ahamas to test an interesting evolution theory. In Big T Stylz we help y ou pick out t he ultimate Valentines Day gifts and tell you all about the h ottest hat styles of 2012. To read about the countrys new rising star on the gospel music scene and h ow US President Barack Obama made the ladies swoon, flip to The Big Ts m usic section, I n Ya Oth er Ear. STARGAZERS in New Providence were treated to one of natures wonders on Wednesday night. A Moon Ring which is created by the refraction of light from a full moon in ice particles floating in the upper atmosphere could clearly be seen in the night sky. The view here was from Cable Beach. Photo: Felip Major / Tribune Staff im lovin it
T HE Democratic National A lliance said it is gravely concerned that the government allowed the President of Haiti to visit during such a heightened political season. The party said while it b elieves that Mr Martelly or any other national leader should be welcomed to the Bahamas and such visits are opportunities to strengthen international relations, this s top over came at too sensit ive a time. The DNAs statement said: As to President Martellysc omments, the DNA finds them to be inappropriate, not only because of the political season, but it also seemed tob e a shameful political ploy b y the Free National Movement to manipulate the process. D NA leader, Branville M cCartney said this unfortunate political tactic is a direct attack on Bahamian democracy, the victims being all Bahamiansthose of foreign decent or otherwise, whou phold the ideals of the nation and their right to vote for whichever political party they see fit. As the DNA recognizes, moreso now after this dist urbing visit, that the count rys leadership is in dire need of reform; we also recognise that Haitis president shouldr espect the sovereignty of our democracy, Mr McCartney said. The DNA found President M artellys careless use of the w ord riot as inflammatory a nd to insinuate that Bahamians of Haitian decent are being abused is misleading. Mr McCartney noted that The Bahamas has alwaysb een accommodating to our Haitian neighbours, so when he speaks of forming a pact, he should have been mindful that all voters are Bahamian. In other words, if one is eligib le to vote, their vote should r eflect Bahamian interests and not that of another coun try. Haitis president has a mammoth task of redeveloping his country and that does not begin in The Bahamas,h e said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By KHRISNA VIRGIL k email@example.com FORMER foreign affairs minister Fred Mitchell yesterday insisted that no artifice or trick by the govern-ment will prevent the PLP f rom winning the 2012 genera l election. His words follow Haitian President Michel Martellys call for Bahamians of Haitian descent to unite and identify who will protect their intere sts ahead of this years gene ral elections. Mr Mitchell said the presidents remark did not damage the PLP's chances of becoming the next govern-m ent and he does not b elieve it was intended to h ave that effect in the first place. He said: If this is a plan of the FNM government, I dont think it worked. To be honest,I dont think they are that smart. We believe we are poised to win the next general election. We will be working to p ut the best case forward to the people. No artifice or trick will change that. Peoples personal convictions will determine whot hey vote for whether or not they are Bahamian or of Haitian descent, Mr Mitchell said. Based on the discussions between Mr Martelly and PLP leader Perry Christie,t here is no reason to believe the Haitian government would encourage support for the FNM, he said. When we met with the p resident yesterday, that was c ertainty not what he communicated to us in those discussions. We made ourselves clear that we want to make sure o ur border prevents illegals f rom coming in and comm itted ourselves to a special unit of the Defence Force for that effort, Mr Mitchell said. M r Mitchell said the PLP i s now calling on the governm ent clarify its position on Mr Martellys remarks. The PLP is looking to the Prime Minister for a clarific ation. The Bahamas governm ent must explain what was meant because it was under their invitation that he came and made his address, he s aid. T his trip is Mr Martellys f irst official visit to the Bahamas since he was elected last April. MITCHELL:HAITI PRESIDENTS CALL WILL NOT PREVENT PLP VICTORY DNA:Martells visit should not have been allowed PRESIDENT MICHEL MARTELLY shakes the hand of Glennis Hanna Martin during his visit as PLPleader watches on. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff If this is a plan of the FNM government, I dont think it worked. To be honest, I dont think they are that smart. Fred Mitchell BRANVILLEMcCARTNEY
By DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org H AITIAN Ambassador A ntonio Rodrigue denied reports that thousands of H aitians were granted B ahamian citizenship last y ear, stating the number is c loser to 500. Mr Rodrigues statements c oncurred with those of Fore ign Affairs and Immigration M inister Brent Symonette, w ho called claims in the press that 10,000 people were a warded citizenship or perm anent residency grossly e xaggerated. M r Rodrigue said: How many Bahamian-Haitians we h ave, its not that much. People keep talking about 10,000 citizenship given by theF NM. Thats wrong, wrong, w rong. H e said he knows this figure to be incorrect, because of the number who have appeared at the embassy to renounce their Haitian citiz enship. During last year, we had about 500 renounce so w here are those 10,000? Mr Rodrigue asked. Even over a ten-year peri o d, the number of Haitians who typically renounce at the embassy is around 3,000 or 4,000, according to MrR odrigue. So I dont know where they get that 10,000, he said. I know thats politics but I want to make it straight. Mr Symonette said last year that claims about the number o f people awarded citizenship or permanent residency were exaggerated for political pur p oses. It is a pity, he said, that some things get so sensation a lised as a result of political a gendas. The government regularised 783 people last year, less than 10 per cent of the 1 0,000 suggested. M r Symonette said that of t he 278 persons regularised u nder section seven of the Bahamas Nationality Act, 1 973, which pertains to chil dren born in the Bahamas to non-Bahamian parents, 247w ere Haitian. He didnt mention any person, any group, anything in particular, Mr Rodrigue said. It was not his intention to get into the politics of the Bahamas. Thats not his intention and I think its a misunderstanding or maybe people try to twist what he said just for political reasons, but the president respects the choiceor the politics of each country. Never would it be his inten-tion to get involved in those things. As for accusations that Mr Martellys statements were an endorsement of the FNM, Mr Rodrigue said the presiden ts visit had nothing to do with the FNM or any other party, and pointed out the president visited with both theFNM and PLP leaders. It was not his intention saying that to endorse anyone in this election, he empha sised. Mr Rodrigue explained the president only meant Haitians should organise among themselves and not necessarily in support of a particular party. He didnt talk about any party, he said Haitians have to organise themselves. Its something I think is very important because Haitians here are kind of isolated sowhen they put themselves together they can work bet ter, he said. Mr Rodrigue called it unfortunate that the presi dents comments were twist ed. An official statement released by the Haitian Embassy last night said: President Martellys sole purpose during his stay in the Bahamas was to seek opportunities to improve the lives of Haitians, so they dont have to migrate to other countries. At any moment, President Martelly did not intend to interfere in any way in the internal politics of the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012, PAGE 3 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e HAITI DENIESFNMOTEPLOY Ambassador says only 500 Haitians granted citizenship H AITIPRESIDENT M ichel Martelly pictured with Sir Arthur Foulkes, the Governor General, during his visit to the Bahamas this week. P hotos: F elip Major / Tribune Staff HAITIPRESIDENT Michel Martelly shakes the hand of the wife of Joan Foulkes, the wife of Sir Arthur.
EDITOR, The Tribune. IT NOW appears that a very disturbing trend is devel-o ping in this country. I have n oticed that more and more troubled Bahamians are resorting to suicide. It appears that these persons who have chosen to take t heir own lives were at their w its end. Life had thrown them an u nexpected curve ball. Perhaps they were depressed over a job loss or a failed rela-t ionship. Or perhaps the creditors were harassing them every d ay or their homes were in t he process of being foreclosed. As far as they were concerned, life had failedt hem. It could be any number of reasons that had caused them to do the unthinkable.W hat is even more disturbing is the fact that these persons who have taken their lives have families. Can you imagine finding your loved one dead in his/her bedroom? I cannot even begin to imaginet he grief that these family members feel. Yet this is hap pening today in our Bahamas. According to Bible theologian Dr R C Sproul, it is possible that suicide is an act of p ure unbelief in God, a succ umbing to total despair that indicates the absence of any faith in God. D r Sproul further postulat ed that suicide may also be the sign of temporary or pro longed mental illness. It may r esult from a sudden wave of severe depression. It is not surprising that m any today are deeply troubled by the financial situation in the country. My brotherh ad counseled a young lady f rom West Grand Bahama who was contemplating sui cide. Her mom had lost her j ob and her father had virtually abandoned the family. And to make matters w orse, her mother had fallen behind on the rent payments and the electricity had been turned off by the power com p any. The only income that was coming into the home was her meager salary from h er food store job. I am certain that her story isn't unique at all. A policeo fficer told me that there were scores of attempted suicides either last year or in 2010. There are many Bahamians today who find themselves having to accept a lower standard of living. Obviously, they h ad become accustomed to l iving in financial prosperity. B ut the bottom has fallen out on them. This has taken a tremendous toll on the psyche of these strugglingB ahamians. Let me state at this juncture that I believe God isu sing this devastating global recession to speak to theB ahamian people and indeed t he entire Western World. W e seem to have forgotten the wise saying of Job, that man who is born of a woman i s of few days and full of trouble. Human suffering is an ever-present reality in todaysw orld. Pain is Gods megaphone to a spiritually insensitive people. According to C S Lewis, everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts t o God when everything is g oing well with us. We have all we want is a terrible say ing when all does not i nclude God. I am certain that many Bahamians, including the g rieving family members of t hose who had committed suicide, are wondering what will happen to their love ones at t he judgment. That thought has crossed my mind every time I hear of another alleged suicide. L et me first state that at least six persons in the Bible had committed suicide: Abime lech, King Saul and his armour bearer; Ahithophel, Judas Iscariot and Samson allt ook their own lives. Interestingly, the Bible says in First Samuel 28 that King Saul would join the dead ProphetS amuel in paradise (the abode of the righteous dead) after his demise in the battle with t he pagan Philistines. After seeing that the battle had been lost and that hiss ons, Jonathan, Melchishua a nd Abinadab had all been killed, the apostate king took his own life on MountG ilboa, according to First Samuel 31. He knew that had the P hilistines captured him, they would have tortured him. With respect to Samson; hep erished along with some 3,000 Philistines after causing the temple of Dagon to collapse on himself and his enemies. According to Judges 16, Samson prayed to God for supernatural strength in order to defeat Israels enemies and God answered his prayer. He is included in the hall of faith in Hebrews chapter 11. This is ironclad evidence that Sam son is in heaven. God could have spared Samson's life, but He allowed him to die. While this may be little consolation to the families of suicide victims, suicide is nowhere identified as an unforgivable sin. If God had mercy on His servant Sam son, then maybe, just maybe He will have mercy on several others who took their own life. Of course, I am not condoning persons who commit suicide. As far as I am concerned, suicide is the murdero f oneself (read Exodus 2 0:13). A person who commits suicide is not only shortchanging his family members, friends and his country, he is also shortchanging God who c reated him/her. I t is solely Gods prerogative to determine when a pers on should die, not the individual who is contemplating suicide. After all, He is theC reator and Sustainer of life. When you kill yourself you are saying to God that you a re the lord of your own life. A nd as I mentioned already, that is an act of unbe lief in God. Unbelief is sin. D epressed Bahamians who are suicidal need to stop wallowing in their grief and selfp ity and turn to the One whom Paul calls the God of all comfort (read second Corinthians 1:3-7). Suicide is also a selfish act. Those who are thinking about taking their own life need to thinka bout their family members who they will no doubt dev astate by their self-centred action. Every time I think about this disturbing subject my m ind immediately goes on the n oted American novelist and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961h imself to death after suffer ing from severe bouts of depression. Amazingly, his father, sister and brother allc ommitted suicide. Clearly, Hemingway was a man who was devoid of true i nner peace and happiness that only God can give. The same thing could be said ofe very Bahamian who has c ommitted suicide. It was the Catholic philosopher and French mathematician BlaiseP ascal who said in his Pensees that there is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every m an which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, made known through Jesus. Augustine said in his C onfessions that our hearts are restless until they rest in God. I n closing, I would like to say to the families of those persons who have taken theirl ives that God knows exactly what they are going through. As the righteous Judge, He will do that which is right on Judgment Day. As Dr Sproul pointed out, God will take all mitigating circumstances into account when He renders His judgment on any person. None of us knows what a person was thinking the moment they took their life. In the final analysis, eternal judgment is reserved for God alone. None of us is in the position to say where a suicide victim will spend eternity. But if we know of anyone who is suicidal, we must encourage them to seek spiritual and professional help. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, February 5, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama JUDGING from the squeals in the political arena since the two-day visit of Haitian President Michel Martelly, it would seem that many guilty consciences have been exposed. In speaking with his people some born in the Bahamas with the legal right tob e here President Martelly advised those r egistered to vote to organise themselves and identify in this upcoming election w ith who is on their side. I n plain, simple English (and Mr Martell y speaks good English) they were told v ote your conscience. No one heard him say vote FNM, PLP or DNA. The decision of each of them will be subjective, as it is with all voters. Each one will have had a different experience with the variousg overnments and like each and every Bahamian, they too will have to decide w hich government is capable of doing the b est, not only for them, but for the Bahamas their country. But now the political hoodwinkers are about their dirty work of confusion. The r umour, fanned by various members of t he opposition, claim that President Martelly encouraged Haitians to vote F NM. If that is so, maybe some of them had better go back to kindergarten to learn t o speak English. Many Bahamians comp lain that Haitians will eventually take o ver the Bahamas. If this is the level of B ahamian politicians understanding of t heir own language, then maybe Haitians will one day takeover the country. Mr Martelly did not instruct anyone on how to vote. He arrived in Nassau onW ednesday to have discussions with Bahamian officials and the Haitian community on how to develop trade opportuni t ies and improve conditions for Haitians legally in the Bahamas. I promised them to work for them to better their possibilities tor emain in Haiti so I had a very open discuss ion with officials as to how can we protect those who at least have the legal papers. President Martelly said he was com m itted to working with the Bahamian government to find responsible and humane solutions to reports of mistreatment of legalr esidents and persons born in the Bahamas of Haitian descent. However, he said, his ultimate focus was to try to create jobs that would keep Haitians at home and stop thei llegal flow to the Bahamas. He was also here to encourage investment in Haiti we want trade, we need to create jobs, as w e create jobs, companies make money, they pay their taxes and Haiti prospers. He also hoped to resume talks regarding the export of agricultural produce fromH aiti. Apparently, Mr Martellys predecessor was already negotiating with the Bahamas government for the importation ofH aitian mangoes talks that ended with the 2010 earthquake that crushed Haiti. Mr Martelly was resuming those talks. Bran McCartney, DNA leader, formerly Minister of State for Immigration in the FNM government, found that for Mr Martelly to insinuate that Bahamians of Haitian descent are being abused is misleading. Come now, Mr McCartney, you know that this statement is not misleading. Even today there are certain officials, in uniform, who will shake down a Haitian for his mon-e y. And what about the legal Haitians in E leuthera many in their nightclothes who were roused from their beds by the p olice and herded to a fast ferry bound for N assau. Of the 193 persons arrested and s ent to the Detention Centre, 170 had to be r eleased because they were legal residents. True, in 2006, this was not on Mr McCartneys watch, but still, under then Immigration Minister Shane Gibson (PLP unfair harassment, and a legitimate subjectf or discussion by Haitis visiting president. Mr Martelly talked of the children born h ere who have to wait until they are 18 to a pply for citizenship in the meantime they dont belong anywhere. He said that if these persons are sent back to Haiti they would know nobody, and would not even r ecognise the place where they had landed. W e also know that this is true. We have had personal experience with such a situat ion. It was the case of a young girl, who if it had not been for her name, could pass as B ahamian. Both parents, had legal standing i n the Bahamas. She arrived here a babe in a rms. One day, she was picked up working a s a shop girl her employers probably did n ot suspect she was Haitian. She was taken to the Detention Centre. The next day, she was to be flown to Haiti, where she had no family, friends, or even acquaintances. At op girl in one of the government schools, even her teachers went to bat for her. Eventually, we got her out. But how many more h ave there been like her who have had no one to turn to for help. We understand that one of the issues t hat hastened Mr McCartneys departure f rom his post as FNM Minister of State for Immigration was his harsh position on the Haitian question. His policies were outo f step with that of his party. Hence a parting of the ways, and the eventual estab lishment of the DNA party. A nd, of course, we neednt remind any one of the harsh treatment of Haitians under the PLP administration, particularly under former immigration minister Loftus Rokerw hen Haitians were hunted from the bush with dogs, while their unattended homes were raided by thieving Bahamians. Y es, Mr McCartney, Mr Martelly had a lot to talk about. It is now up to the Bahamians of Haitian descent and Haitians with the right to vote to decide which par t y has the more humane approach to their unfortunate situation. But to say that Mr Martellys presence was a political ploy by the FNM to manipulate the (electoral comments at this politically sensitive time were a direct attack on Bahamian democracy is just so much political chicanery. Suicides in the Bahamas LETTERS l email@example.com Haitian presidents visit turns political EDITOR, The Tribune. THERE have recently been articles in the paper about the quality of the radar equipment at Lynden Pindling International Airport. I do not think this is a new topic but it seems to me that as tourism is the lifeblood of the Bahamian economy get ting tourists to Nassau is rather important. If the radar does not func tion, aeroplanes cannot fly here and therefore overnight tourists cannot arrive. Now I understand that all these beautiful new roads are an important part of our infra structure, but perhaps radar is more important so that we can pay for the roads! Should we not be using some of the funds borrowed for the road projects which seem to be principally financed by the Chinese government to upgrade, replace or whatever the radar system. A four-lane highway from the airport but nothing to travel on it. And, of course, no radar and the Chinese workers at Baha Mar will not be able to reach and we will have knocked down all those buildings on West Bay Street for nothing! I hope someone is working it out somewhere. PATRICK H THOMSON Nassau, January 28, 2012. Radar should be a pr iority
By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HREE men arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with defrauding a local bank of cash, one of them accused of more than $30,000 worth of fraud, weree ach granted $7,500 bail. W alter Wilmore, 34, 32year-old Detric Munnings and 30-year-old Terrance Rolle, were initially given $10,000 bail by Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita B ethell of Court 8, Nassau S treet. However, she informed the accused that the bail was subject to change if Magistrate Guilimina Archer, before whom the case will be t ried, decides that the bond a nd conditions should be higher. The decision to reduce the bail for the three defendants arose from Ramona Sey-m ours inquiry as to whether or not suretors would bea llowed to use a job letter for the initial bond, pointing out that the use of landpapers were an issue for a number of suretors who had mort-g ages. However, though the deputy chief magistrate noted that mortgages were never an issue for her court concerning bail, she reduced the bond t o $7,500. P rosecution offered no objection to the defendants as they had no previous convictions or pending matters before the courts and as stat-e d by their attorneys, Seymour and Glendon Rolle( for Wilmore), they were employed men and fathers who had families to take care of. Wayne Munroe, though absent, representsM unnings. The trio were arraigned yesterday afternoon on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, possessing and using forged documents and f raud by false pretences, all r eportedly committed against Commonwealth Bank. It is alleged that all three defendants conspired to commit fraud between December2 2011 and February 1, 2012. Wilmore faced a separate c harges of fraud by false pretences, possessing and using forged documents. It is claimed that he on December 2, used a fakeA baco Market Ltd job letter and salary deduction slip to obtain $14,767 from Commonwealth Bank, Cable Beach. It is further alleged that he, a long with Munnings on Janu ary 4, used another forged job letter and salary deduction slip to obtain $10,526.56 from the Wulff Road branch of the same bank. T hen on February 1, Wilmore and Rolle reported-l y, using similar tactics to the previous, obtained $10,000 from the Wulff Road branch of the Bahamian owned bank. T he three men denied all allegations against them and plead not guilty to the charges. They were granted $7,500 bail and ordered to report to the nearest police s tation to their home every S aturday evening before 6pm. Wilmore will report to the Elizabeth Estates station, Rolle to the Cable Beach branch and Munnings to theG rove Station. Deputy Chief Magistrate B ethell reminded the defendants that the conditions could change when they reappear in court before Magistrate Archer today at 10amt o receive a date for trial. F REE National Movement C armichael candidate Darron C ash dismissed both his opponents as political novices with n o track record to speak of. Mr Cash, who is currently the chairman of the Bahamas D evelopment Bank, served as a n FNM senator and has contributed to community initiatives for many years. He said: This is the people of Carmichaels opportun ity to choose their next l eader. The choice is between one who has a 30-year track record of community servicea nd leadership and of working and speaking to issues important to the people, and Johnn y-come-lately with no r ecord and a lot of what I w ould dos. I say, look at what I have done. M r Cash was referring to Dr Daniel Johnson of the PLP and Theofanis Cochi-n amogulous of the DNA. He also discussed his views on the emergence of thef ledgling Democratic Nation al Alliance. I do not discount the DNA. To our credit, more a nd more Bahamians who w ant to see our country move a head are a little or a lot impatient. They want more c hange and renewal and they want it now. They are challenging us to do better, hes aid. I accept their challenge. I learned early in life not to reinvent the wheel, that those who seek to lead must also be prepared to follow, that we a ll have our seasons. I am with a party that has the leadership, team ability and experience to bring aboutc hange from day one. This is not the time for a novice andI am taking that message to t he people of Carmichael. M r Cash explained what he f eels distinguishes him from the competition. I have made it clear that I want to represent all the peo ple irrespective of party affili ation. Not only have I been meeting PLPs and FNMs and others, I have ensured thato ur canvassing teams engage in a meaningful way with all voters, he said. An important difference b etween us is that the others s tart the conversation by aski ng how many voters are in the house. We start by asking them about the issues that are important to them. We want to learn about them, not justw hom they intend to vote f or, he said. T he candidate was speaking following a meet-andgreet with Carmichael cons tituents, and talked about his r eception in the constituency after being presented by the sitting MP, Minister of Edu c ation Desmond Bannister. My reception as the can didate and the reaction to the partys record in the current t erm and before are very, very p ositive. Even persons who are disappointed that Mr Ban-n ister will be moving on are r esponding well to the presence of another dedicated worker, he said. Many know my record as an agent of change and they appreciate having someone w ho will not be afraid to go against the tide when neces sary. They accept that almost 1 5 years in the party's lead e rship speaks to my clear loya lty to the party. In summary, they want a fighter, but also appreciate my loyalty. Mr Cash describes himself as a change-agent, but categorically denied that he stands out from his FNM col l eagues in this regard. F ar from conducting business as usual, he said, the par-t y has personified the willingness to reinvent itself. That is why I and others are on the ticket, Mr Cash said. Our party has demon strated the willingness to take o n big issues. That is what change is all about. My job is to ensure that I am the voice in the room anda round the table that ensures that the interests of C armichael are represented. I will be a change agent in a party that has demonstrated a commitment and willingnesst o change government and the country. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012, PAGE 5 100A woman who is admired for her unwaivering devotion to her Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord and loved for her generosity and kindness. Family and close friends are invited to honour her very long and rich life with a birthday celebration to be held at: Montagu Gardens Restaurant Sunday, February 12th, 2012 2:00 to 6:00 pm Written or oral memories of time shared with Sybil/ Granny are welcome.Dress: smart casual Celebrating a Century of Life Sybil Carey TrecoHappy 100th Birthday! TRIOACCUSEDOFDEFRAUDINGBANKOFCASHAREGRANTEDBAIL FNMCarmichael candidate says rivals have no track record S UPPORTERS g ather at Darron Cashs constituency headquarters to show their backing. D ARRON CASH g ets his point of view across.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT A commun ity activist is accusing the Grand Bahama Port Author ity of failing to live up to its obligation to protect citizens in the face of a sustained c rime wave. Rev Glenroy Bethel said high unemployment has been driving the high rate at which people turn to crime for some time now, but authorities in Freeport have been slow to respond. According to recently released statistics, unemploy m ent is now at 21.2 per cent o n Grand Bahama. Rev Bethel said the GBPA is obliged by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement to create employment and provide a safe and healthy environment. He said: For several years our communities have been affected by crime; our homes, business places have been particularly affected through housebreaking and stealing. These areas of crime have increased over the years tremendously. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, which is the city manager here in Freeport, cannot remain unresponsive to the crime that has affected the Freeport community. Despite these claims, the Port Authority has purchased Segway vehicles for the police force in an effort to improve the mobility of officers and allow for a greater police presence. The GBPA has also con structed a facility for the police in the downtown area and implemented several initiatives to stimulate the economy including waiving licence fees for new business es in the International Bazaar for the first year, and working to convince more cruise ships to call at Port Lucaya. But Rev Bethel is calling on the Port Authority to out line a short term strategy to create hundreds of jobs, particularly for young men. We believe once this goal have been achieved, then the community of Freeport can see a major decrease in the crime rate, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 THE TRIBUNE GEMMA and Toby Caff erata recently celebrated their 8th birthdays in an extraordinary way by donating almost $700 to the Grand Bahama Childrens Home. We all know how excited c hildren get about their birthdays, and a large part of that is often thinking about the presents. When we think of Gemma and Toby asking for donat ions for the children at the home instead of gifts for themselves, it just amazes us, said GBCH administrator Brennamae Rolle-Cooper. It is such a generous, lovi ng way for them to celebrate their birthdays. This wonderful donation is very much needed and will go a long way in helping us at the home. We want to s ay a big thank you to Gemma and Toby for this gift, thank you to their generous friends for remembering our children and for setting a great example for us all, s he said. This is the second year the twins celebrated their birthday with a donation to the home. TWINS CHOOSE TO HELP LESS FORTUNATE CHILDREN By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The activist group Families for Justice said it intends to file a lawsuit on behalf of 15 families who had their homes confiscated by local banks after they failed to pay back loans. Rev Glenroy Bethel, founder of FFJ, said they have started the process of taking legal action to recoup the money these families invested in their homes before foreclosure. We are in the final stage of filing a class action suit against the banks for the families equity in their homes, he said. According to Rev Bethel, FFJ launched an investiga tion into the foreclosure process on Grand Bahama last year after receiving numerous complaints from homeowners that their hous es were being sold on improperly. We spoke with professionals in the banking arena a s well as real estate agen cies and discovered that it is against the law to sell a persons property for the amount borrowed from the bank it has to be at an appraised value, he said. Although a lender can sell a home after foreclosure for 80 per cent of the appraised value, Rev Bethel believes homeowners should get the balance after the loan has been paid back. If a house, for example, is appraised at $200,000 and the homeowner borrowed $100,000 from the bank, and the bank forecloses on that home because the homeowner was in default, then both parties have a legal right to what is rightfully theirs, he said. He said there are many houses for sale in Grand Bahama, but few are being bought in these tough economic times. Rev Bethel said it is inhumane for banks to take possession of homes and put families on the streets, espe c ially at a time when houses are not selling. Families are being displaced with nowhere to live, some families have to resort to sleeping on the beaches in their cars. The banks have taken the position to put families out of their homes while the economy in Grand Bahama has been in shambles for several years. This practice by the banks we believe is inhumane. We believe the banks have no authority whatsoever when there are hundreds of families in Grand Bahama that have millions of dollars worth of equity in their homes. We believe this action is wrong and our organisation condemns such action. The banks have displayed no sensitivity here in the community of Grand Bahama regarding the Bahamian families, Rev Bethel said. THE Bahamas Electricity Corpora tion was working last night to restore electricity supply to customers in Cable Beach, West Bay Street and Gladstone Road. BEC officials maintain that the outage was caused by a private party working in the Cable Beach area around 3.15pm on Thursday. A 33KV cable, which is the main artery for supplying electricity to resi dents and businesses in the area, was hit and damaged. BEC said a team of technicians has already isolated the problem and is working to repair the cable. The corporation said it expects sup plies to be restored shortly. On Tuesday, customers in the Cable Beach, West Bay Street and Skyline areas also experienced an outage, which affected the Lynden Pindling International Airport as well. This outage was also caused by a pri vate work crew, BEC said. In that instance, the majority of cus tomers were without power for just under an hour and BEC said its workers were able to restore supply to all affect ed areas by early afternoon. The corporation advises that the out ages in the Cable Beach, West Bay Street and Gladstone Road areas on Tuesday and Thursday were not the fault of BEC. In instances where private and other public entities must carry out work impacting BECs utilities, the corpora tion encourages these entities to work closely with BEC to ensure that its sup ply is not adversely affected, said a BEC statement. POWER OUT F OR SEVERAL HOURS IN C ABLE BEA CH Activist accuses P or t Authority of f ailing to pr otect citizens F AMILIES F OR JUSTICE TO FILE L A W SUIT AGAINST BANKS The Gr and Bahama Port Authority, which is the city mana g er her e in F reeport, cannot remain unresponsive to the crime that has affected the Freeport community. R R e e v v G G l l e e n n r r o o y y B B e e t t h h e e l l TOBYANDGEMMACAFF ERATA d onate $700 to the Grand Bahama Childrens Home.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012, PAGE 7 Courtyard TerraceFor reservations call 363.2000 ext 64849$130 per person+ 15% gratuity This ideal menu includes: Vanilla Poached Lobster & Pan Roasted Beef Medallion Make this Valentines Day One-of-a-kind...ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE 5 COURSE MEAL AT ONE OF THE MOST ENCHANTING PLACES ON EARTH By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l email@example.com MURDER convict Maxo T ido will reappear in the Supreme Court tomorrow morning for resentencing, more than half a year after his death sentence was over-t urned by the Privy Council. His last appearance before the Supreme Court was in November 2011, but resentencing was delayed due to the absence of both his attorney and a necessary docu-m ent. Tido, who was sentenced to d ie in 2006, saw this decision overturned by the Londonbased appeal court in June of 2011. On March 20, 2006, a jury c onvicted Tido of murdering 16-year-old Donnell Conover in 2002. Her body was found off Cowpen Road battered and bruised, her skull crushed. Evidence also revealed t hat parts of Ms Conover's body were burned after herd eath. A month after his conviction, then Senior Justice Anita Allen (now Court of Appeal President) ruled thatt he crime committed by Tido warranted the death penalty. The decision came days after the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in place up until thatp oint in the Bahamas was not constitutional. I n 2009, the Committee for the Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should take it's course, as Tido's case was not one that warranted mer-c y. However, Tido appealed to the Privy Council, the highest court of appeal recognised in the Bahamas, which ruled that the killing of Conover did not warrant execution. I n his last appearance before Senior Justice JonI saacs on November 4, 2011, the former death row convict told the judge he had hired an attorney and did not know why that attorney was notp resent. He said he did not wish to proceed without representation. On the question of Tido's probation report, prosecutor Jillian Williams said the document was not ready, notingt hat prison officials were responsible for preparing it. T he judge said five years should have been sufficient time for the report to be completed. He said the document is c rucial to determining the appropriate sentence. The resentencing begins at 10am. A NEW non-partisan, apol itical group composed of Bahamians abroad and friends of the Bahamas has c ome together to represent t he interests of Bahamians who live overseas. T he Council for Concerned Bahamians Abroad (CBA a network of people who care about the policies and initiatives affecting the Bahamas, i ts people, its economy and its development. A ccording to a statement, the councils primary concerns include the protection and preservation of the economic and family interests of B ahamians residing or domiciled outside the Bahamas, and the impact of initiatives l aunched by the government of the Bahamas. T he council has issued an i nvitation to all Bahamians and Bahamian organisations outside the Bahamas, B ahamian-Americans, and f riends of the Bahamas with concerns about the future of the country and its people to p articipate in CBA forums a nd activities. The council has established a n internet hub at www. ourbahamas.org which will serve as an online gathering place and forum for expatriate Bahamians wherever they a re located. The statement said: As a v oice for Bahamians abroad, the councils primary function is to provide a forum to monitor, analyse, and discuss policies, initiatives, and issues a ffecting the Bahamas and its people. The council as a forum w ill gather comments and opinions, and publish i nformed reports addressing s olutions to the issues, needs and effects of such policies and initiatives. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org UNADDRESSED claims of sexual harassment by some campus security guards and a number of other issues had more than 100 College of the Bahamas students up in arms yesterday. COB Union of Students (COBUS Mortimer said students feel frustrated and disrespected because administrators have failed to address their con cerns. The grievances include: unauthorised persons being allowed on campus, continued thefts, harassment of female students and general mistreatment of students by security personnel. Mr Mortimer said: The students feel disrespected, like they dont matter and basically that their student rights dont exist. Yesterdays gathering came about after students were denied access to the library, where COBUS was scheduled to hold a general meeting concerning the unions leadership, Mr Mortimer said. The union members then moved their meeting to Inde pendence Park, where the dis cussion turned to a number of issues concerning campus security. They were soon joined by dozens more concerned students and the group marched to VP of Students Affairs office in the Portia Smith building. After also being barred from that building, they pro ceeded to the COB presidents office, and she agreed to meet with the group. At 2pm, more than 100 students are said to have gathered at the Performing Arts Centre to put their concerns to COB president Dr Betsy Vogel Boze, who claimed to have no knowledge of the issues. Because students feel nothing was resolved, Mr Mor timer said the union plans to move forward with a strike vote. In meantime however, students will continue to express their grievances, he said. We will continue to demonstrate to show the country how students are being treated in the primary institution of the Bahamas, he said. One female student said the administration needs to listen to the students and address the issues instead of making excuses. She said: Students are the reason this institution exists, we should be treated with the utmost respect and we should not have to go through these struggles and problems to get what we need. To encounter all of these unnecessary issues is just frustrating, and is completely digressing us from getting our degrees which is what we are here for. STUDENTS ANGRY OVER LACK OF ACTION OVER HARRASSMENT CLAIMS Murderer to hear fate tomorrow after death sentence overturned A FTER its highly successful launch in the Bahamas, a new technologyt hat vastly improves reading vision has now expand ed to Europe. Pioneering local eye doc tor Jonathan Rodgers explained that some of his patients improved so dra-m atically that they no longer need reading glasses. The procedure is now considered such a success, that it is already being prac tised in countries such as Switzerland, Italy and theUK. The technology is being used only on persons over 40, as this is the time whenr eading vision naturally begins to deteriorate in most persons. Vision Rejuvenation is a laser technology invented in the United States that does not involve invasive cutting and temporarily improves reading vision. It is truly a breakthrough technology, because it is completely safe and involves reshaping the cornea of the eyes without risking the line o f sight. said Dr Rodgers of the Vision Centre, who has more than 20 years ofe xperience as an ophthalmologist. Your prescription naturally changes every two years after age 40 and about 50 per cent of the persons treated have seeni mprovements from 18 months to two years. The procedure is repeat able and therefore can in some cases eliminate the use of glasses for the rest of a patients life. Over the past four years, more than 1,200 procedures have been performed in the Bahamas. T his pioneering clinical study provided information to the FDA that enabled ophthalmology clinics in Massachusetts and Califor nia to launch clinical trials more than a year ago. The FDA has a lengthy approval process that has generated congressional hearings according to an article in Eye World a leading magazine for ophthal mologists. I n the article, Dr Sean Lanchulev expressed frustration with the FDAa pproval process, saying it gives foreign doctors an unfair advantage on advanced eye technologies. It is precisely this advantage that makes it possible for medicalt ourism opportunities to exist, Dr Rodgers pointed out. Already persons from the US have travelled to the Bahamas for the procedure. I wore reading glasses for 45 years, said Liz Lockerman from Texas. Now I can read a maga z ine without glasses. Many Bahamians have also taken advantage of the procedure which only costs about as much as a good pair of reading glasses. The next clinic is planned for March 15. Dr Rodgers said anyone interested in learning more about the procedure can visit the website http://2020read ing.com. ABROAD, BUT NO NEED TO BE OUT OF REACH EYE PIONEER TAKES TECHNOLOGY BREAK THR OUGH TO EUROPE D R JONATHAN RODGERS with Vision Rejuvenation inventor Professor Mike Berry in Europe for an ophthalmology conference.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 THE TRIBUNE My Mission:Z ero (0murders in the Bahamas in seven (7 There are seven clergies on board. Now if you c an get seven times seventy a nd the Leader, Leader of opposition and the Junior Leader of Opposition.Can all the people unite? This is possible with THE GREATEST PLANNERAnd a helping hand from Yes You Can.Available at Chapter One and Logos Book Store.Milford Shaggy Lockhart at 324-4000 Email email@example.com Comming Soon Website yesyoucanbahamas.com It was reported the cabinet ministers left the scene shortl y after 12.30pm. They resumed their meeting later when the matter was resolved. At about 2pm the area was g iven the all clear and the square resumed business as usual. Safety is of the utmost i mportance, said a policewoman at the scene. Dozens of employees and cruise ship passengers could be seen standing on the west side of Rawson Square whilep olice and fire fighters continued their investigations. While some passengers were concerned about tem p orarily not being allowed back on the ships, other seem u nfazed by the situation. A visitor from Florida said his family was not concerned and they would continue to enjoy their visit to the Bahamas. P olice later said that the source of the smell was later identified to be an open valve on a propane gas tank on ab arge near the wharf. It was closed off by officers. er, during the proceedings, a discrepancy was discovered with the docket detailing the charge. Deputy Chief Magistrate Bethell, admitting that business law was not her forte, told the accused that she would not arraign her as she wanted to be sure that the correct section according to the law was placed on the docket when she was arraigned. Prosecution had no objec tion to the police bail being extended to the accused until todays arraignment. Mrs Sawyer has retained Wayne Munroe as her attor ney. The arraignment is expected to begin at 10am. A N OFFICER d irects cruise ship guests to a safe area yesterday as the cabinet building is examined by officers following reports of a gas leak. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff CROWDS WAIT for the all-clear following the alert. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e W OMAN A CCUSED OVER SCHOOL EVACUATION OVER GAS LEAK ALERT
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012, PAGE 9 K-5 STUDENTS from First Step Acadamy visted the fire headquaters yesterday as they learned about what to do incase of a fire. The lucky youngsters also enjoyed a ride on the truck. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff Children all aboard the fire engine
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 THE TRIBUNE TODAYAT ATLANTIS THETODAYSHOW rolled into the Bahamas yes-t erday. The NBCmorning show was recorded at Atlantis, with r egular hosts Kathie Lee and H oda joined by the likes of Anastasia Pierre, the current Miss Bahamas, and localr adio host and comedian Naughty. The show will air this m orning on NBC, starting at 1 1am. PICTURED from top on the show are Naughty, Anastasia Pierre and St Louis guest Denise Vandervort with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Photos: Eric Hall and Jenny Pinder