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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER The PLP wedding crasher Volume: 108 No.74MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNAND SHOWERS HIGH 83F LOW 71F WEDDING guests in Eleuthera are outraged after a Progressive Liberal Party can d idate allegedly crashed and campaigned at a reception over the weekend. B ridal party members said they were shocked when Damien Gomez, PLP candi-d ate for Central and South Eleuthera, accompanied by Sammy Sands, arrived with a box of tee-shirts and began speaking to guests on Satur day. Before Mr Gomez arrived some of his agents were already at the reception, among them Austin Knowles Jr. Gomez and Sands arrived later with the box of shirts, they said. Mr Gomez denied the claims last night and said that he only attended the event at Palmetto Point to drop off some shirts for a supporter. It was held at one of my supporters house, Mr Gomez said. He had asked us to bring some shirts for him, I did that. If anyone is offended by it, it was unintended, he needed it for the evening. Now if he gave it to other people, it was his house and he is entitled t o do what he wanted to do. He added: Some people are overly sensitive. Thats just madness, it didnt happen like that. Mr Gomez said that he did not hand out shirts to any of the guests at the party. However, family members of the newlyweds disputed Mr Gomez account, claiming that he shook hands with certain guests and circulated among them for about an hour. He had not been invited to Candidate denies bringing T-shirts for happy couple TRY OUR MIGHTY W INGS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A A T T H H O O U U S S A A N N D D T T I I N N Y Y C C U U T T S S SEEINSIGHTONPAGE16B JOIN US TO HELP FIGHT BREAST CANCER SEE CENTRE SPREAD A NEW ERA IN SPORT THOUSANDS of people flocked to the opening of the new national stadium for the Bahamas on Saturday night. Every single one of the stadiums 15,000 seats were filled with almost 2,000 more spectators gath ering around the outskirts of the stadium to get a look. See page three and the sport section for more. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ANDROSIANS mourned the loss of their beloved matriarch, Omelia Marshall, this weekend. The recipient of numerous tourism honours, including a Cacique award, for her vast contributions to tourism and cultural heritage, Ms Marshall died shortly after 8am on Saturday at the age of 94. Known affectionately as the Plait Lady or Mama, Ms Marshall was the oldest woman in the Red Bays set tlement, and a descendant of the Black Seminoles, a mixed group of Seminole Indians and runaway slaves who fled from Florida in the early 1900s. Over the decades, she has served as a mid-wife, farmer, bush doctor and mentor to her relatives and the wider Andros community. Lavenia Colebrooke, a 34year-old grandchild, said: By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com A MAN was found dead in a Coconut Grove night club where he ran to escape his assailant. In one of two murders over the weekend, police say the man's body was found in a Cordeaux Avenue and Key West Street night club on Saturday at 2 am after a man with whom he was seen argu ing, opened fire on him. The latest shootings push the murder count to 20. Police say eyewitnesses reported that the victim, a resident of Third Street, Coconut Grove, had left the club. Moments later, he was approached by the man, who was armed with a handgun. The victim, police say, upon seeing the weapon ran into the club where he was followed and shot multiple times in his body. During the shooting, another man was shot in the ankle and was then taken to DAMIANGOMEZ TWO MURDERS AT WEEKEND MOURNING F OR PL AIT L ADY S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 im lovin it
B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org F IREFIGHTERS tackled an East Bay Street blaze yes terday. The old wooden structure, formerly known as Natives Night club, erupted in flames s ometime after 1pm. T hree trucks were called to extinguish the blaze which completely destroyed thes tructure. Passersby and patrons of neighbouring businesses yes terday expressed mixed sen t iments over the buildings destruction. The dilapidated nightclub was said to be a haven for homeless drug addicts, who used the shelter to geth igh. One man was taken into custody for questioning as investigations into the matter continue. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE FORMER NIGHTCLUB BURNS TO THE GROUND F IREFIGHTERSat the scene after the former Natives Nightclub burst i nto flames sometime after 1pm yesterday. The former nightclub was said to have been being used as a haven for homeless drug addicts. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter email@example.com THE BAHAMAS national stadium officially opened Saturday night with all 15,000 of its seats filled and another almost 2,000 eager spectators waiting on the outskirts of thes tadium to get a look. Bahamians from every walk of life came to experience first hand what the Peoples Republic of China had gifted the Bahamas and what was promised to be a spect acular opening, replete with live entertainment by Bahamian artists and a huge fireworks display. The opening was said to have cost the government $600,000. P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham officially opened t he new Thomas A. Robinson stadium, saying it was a c elebration of our Bahamian i dentity and nationhood. We are all here this e vening with unity of spirit, unity of purpose, a shared love of country and a Bahamian patriotism that transcends creed and race, circumstanceo f birth and political affiliation, said Mr Ingraham. T hat unity was felt within t he stadium as the 15,000 stadium guests performed a wave and held up coloured c ards that formed two B ahamian flags. During his remarks, Mr Ingraham thanked ThomasR obinson for his contributions to sports in the Bahamas and the countrys developm ent. We celebrate the embodim ent of our Bahamian spirit and our Bahamian Pride in T homas Augustus Robinson in whose name and honour we dedicate this new Nation-a l Stadium, he said. Tommy, you make us all proud to be a Bahamian. Youa re a sprinter by training. Yet you are also a marathon man as demonstrated by your considerable c ontributions to national development, and in helping t o bring to fruition, the dream of this day. The gathering was one of t he largest of its kind in Bahamian history and all Bahamians were invited to attend the opening at no cost. T here they were entertained by Bahamian singers such as Nita, KB and FunkyD and Bahamian born pop star Johnny Kemp whose song Just got paid was an international chart topper. T here was even a re-enactment of the Golden girls famous Olympic win in Syd-n ey Australia when they took the Gold medal in thew omen's 4x100 relay. T he national stadium cost $ 50 million to build and was officially handed over to the B ahamas government last June. While the stadium itself is c omplete, a $49 million project to creating parking and beautify the area around it is continuing. It took Chinese workers almost three years to complete the stadium. T he stadium was negotiated under the Progressive Liberal Party, and Mr Ingraham recognized them for helping to bring it to fruition. I wish therefore to acknowledge and thank theL eader of the opposition and his colleagues in office for t heir contributions towards t he development of our National Stadium, he said. H e added that the Thomas A Robinson stadium will be o ne of the best in the C aribbean. The Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, the centrepiece of what will be among the fore-m ost athletic complexes in this region, gives full expres-s ion to the boldness of our vision, the breadth of our B ahamian imagination and t he strength of our national character, said Mr Ingraham. Re-enacting the Golden Girls magic moment, sees port. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, PAGE 3 A new era in sport PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham says the stadium gives full expression to the boldness of our visiton, the breadth of our Bahamian imagination and the strength of our national character. P hoto: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff
E DITOR, The Tribune. Can someone advise what is the fascination for the polit i cal process by some clergy in this country? I was flabbergasted to see yet another cler g yman joining hands with one political party. Should not the clergy and the Christian Council appear above the fraya nd remain neutral so that residents can trust them with their innermost feelings andw ith lifes stresses which affect individuals? T his week saw two clergy men at two separate political rallies not only giving their active support to their favouritep arty, but praying to God for victory for that particular party and as one clergyman said to p ut them in charge. After we had to endure seeing clergymen on platforms siding against the Govern-m ents Referendum, and more recently one leader who was retiring from the Councilt o enter politics, naturally, many of us assumed that the c lergy were back to perform their traditional Christian duties for all in the country regardless of race, creed,c olour or any other distinc tion. Apparently that hope has now been dashed again. What a pity, because many of us believe that duty to God is the highest calling. Leave politics to the politicians. Amen. DISAPPOINTED IN NASSAU N assau, February 17, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. I UNDERSTANDit is the silly season but I am deeplyc oncerned that want-to-be p oliticians who appear to have no conscience will stoop to any level to lie and deceive the people of this great Bahamas for their personal f inancial gain. I f my memory has not failed me, I believe the PLP a nd its leaders asked the Bahamian Public in 2002 to forgive them for the perfor-m ance of the previous PLP Government and how they had been corrupted and the n ew PLP would usher in a n ew day. Well, the people fell for this and elected them to Parlia-m ent to see what would happen. However, as soon as my friend became Prime Minis-t er, he decided to bring back some of the same people who had been foremost in sullying the name of this Great Bahamas. It was not very long before the same old ways set in and to my knowledgen othing was done to try and stop it, it only got worse. It amazes me that they believe the public has forgotten so quickly and would fall for this again because they are a sking to be forgiven once a gain. What guarantee can they give to us that the same old things will not continue? T here are none so blind as those who do not want to see. The Bahamian people all over this country can see, toucha nd feel what has been done on almost every single island to improve their way of life. N ow the PLP are crying foul and saying it is an election ploy well muddo! I listened as the people of G rand Bahama were told that the FNM were responsible for the way things are down there. I did not hear any one of them remind the people that the problems down there started under the PLP whent he hotel and casino were s hutdown. It is a shame they d o not own up to their responsibilities, but just want t o blame everyone else. A couple of weeks ago, I was the subject of an MPs contribution in Parliament b ecause it appears he does n ot remember history. Also, it appears that the D eputy Leader of the PLP a lso is showing signs of amne sia because he too apparently f orgot and can only remember what he wants from theC ommission of Inquiry. The g ood Bishop Drexel Gomez said in his minority report that I was one of the only persons to testify before the Commiss ion that told them the truth a nd nothing but the truth and he was so right because that is w hat I did. I believe the motto of the PLP is to give a second chance or does that only apply to people who are PLP? I certainly would like to know if this is the case. I t appears to me that the P LP are on a suicide mission if what I read about the Cus toms fiasco is true. Also for Brave Davis to have nothing of substance to tell the Bahamian people on Tuesday night only to talk about Abn e r Pinder and what happened 28 years ago who is not a candidate for any party. It tells m e that they are desperate for something they believe they can give to the Bahamian people that might be able to help their poor performance in the past. I apologised to the B ahamian people for the mistake I had made and for the past 28 years I have helped to put a stop to anything that I knew to be a gainst the laws of the B ahamas. I wonder if they can say in truth and honesty t hat they have done the same and have done nothing that is wrong for 28 years. I havea lso spent those 28 years helping all and sundry, whether they were PLP or F NM or whatever they might b e as long as they were human beings and they need ed my help and with Gods h elp I will continue, much to their annoyance. I repeat once again envy and jeal-o usy are two serious illnesses that eat at the soul of human beings and if you cant get rid of these things they will destroy you. In a nutshell, most Bahamians are very appreciative thatt hroughout this great Depression we are going through, this Government has not had to lay-off civil servants like other major countries all over and the PLP knows that no m atter what they try to s pread, their record of incompetence, corruption and fail ure will haunt them for a long t ime in the minds of the pub lic. In closing it wont be long now before the people of theB ahamas will show that they are not as gullible as the PLP believe they are and life will g o on. ABNER PINDER S panish Wells, F ebruary 24, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 WE SUGGEST that PLP candidates who are trying to hoodwink Bahamianv oters into believing that the downturn in the Bahamas economy is either due to or has been made worse by the Ingraham governments stopping, reviewing and cancelling PLP projects should have a serious discussion with PLP businessman Franklyn Wilson. M r Wilson, described in a 2004 diplomatic cable to Washington as a member of then prime minister Perry Christies kitchen cabinet:, is said to be one of the PLPs principal financiers and fundraisers. Mr Wilson, chairman of Eleuthera P roperties Ltd, announced on July 21, 2 008 that the Cotton Bay resort project with some $35 million already invested in its construction, had been placed in a holding pattern. He explained that it was unwise at that time to build and o pen a Bahamas-based hotel due to the g lobal economic malaise. M r Wilson placed no blame on the Ingraham government, nor did he accuse it of making the situation worse by delaying i nvestment projects. In fact, several investments either slowed or dried up at the same time because they too were caught off guard by the global economic malaise. As f ar as we recall, Albany in Nassau was the only project that went ahead because its principals had already secured its funding unlike many of the other projects that remained on the table because their investors could no longer get financing.B anks had stopped easy lending. In fact with the housing boom in the US at its height around 2004, and sub prime lenders taking unconscionable risks air started oozing from the housing bub ble early in 2007. The credit crisis came to a head in August, 2007 three months a fter the Ingraham government started its five-year term in office. With the failure of two Bear Stearns hedge funds, LehmanB rothers stock fell sharply. The markets l ooked bleak. Lehman was failing fast. By June 9, Lehman announced a second-quar ter loss of $2.8 billion. Mr Wilson saw the h andwriting on the wall. On July 21, he made the prudent decision to slow down and hold back. He knew that with such a serious credit crunch Americans would be losing their homes, their jobs, their security therew ould be few who could afford vacations. The Bahamas, a tourist resort almost completely dependent on the American mar ket for visitors, was in trouble. And businessman Franklyn Wilson knew it. It didnt take a genius to arrive at this conclusion only a little bit of native common sense. B y Monday, September 15, 2008, Lehman declared bankruptcy sending global financial markets into a tailspin. Prime Minister Ingraham could do nothing to stop the flood tide. However, for his five-year term in office, he has been like the little Dutch boy, who seeing the watert rickling through the crack in the dyke and knowing that his city below sea level would be wiped out if the dyke were breached, stuck his finger in the crack to hold back the flood tides until help could arrive. T his has been the story of Mr Ingrah ams term in office for which he deserves full credit. Unlike most industrial countries, whose leaders belt tightened byr educing the civil service, the Bahamian civil service, although in need of a goodt rim, was kept intact. One only has to look a round to see the accomplishments of the I ngraham government in an economically hostile climate. We went to the airport last week the first time since construct ion started and were amazed that despite the financial restraints what has been accomplished. Like the boy at the dyke despite the f inancial turmoil all around Mr Ingraham has been able to hold the fort. And yet his detractors would like the illi nformed voter to believe that he is the cause of the hard times. We know politics is a rough game, but l ying to the uninformed masses is unfor givable. In his statement to The Tribune a month after it was obvious that Lehmanw as headed for collapse Mr Wilson said that it would be unwise to open a hotel in the Bahamas in this climate. He said his g roup was not going to open the Cotton Bay hotel before Thanksgiving 2009. Since then, two Thanksgivings have come andg one. As we head for a third, there is still n o sign of the hotel opening. In fact, in a call to Eleuthera yesterday, we were told that no hotels on the islanda re open, only a clubhouse, and a sales team trying to sell lots to encourage the building of vacation homes. A golf course is in progress, but far from finished and we understand that they need cash, we were told. There was also a complaint thatl ocal businessmen still have outstanding bills awaiting payment. This is the story of Eleuthera, once a major vacation destination and holiday home for the rich and famous now held hostage by the worlds credit crunch. People will not fall for PLPagain LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Franklyn Wilson understood the signs The clergy and politics EDITOR, The Tribune WEare frequently reminded that our future lies with our young people an alarming thought indeed. However, if the tragic but hugely talented Whitney Houston was truly a role model for many of the young, then the future might be even more gloomy than we expect. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 21, 2012. R R o o l l e e m m o o d d e e l l f f o o r r a a g g l l o o o o m m y y f f u u t t u u r r e e ? ?
By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com KFC NASSAU and the union representing its workersw ill continue negotiations t oday in hopes of reaching a compromise over the longstanding disputes which have caused island-wide store closures for a full week. Yesterday, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said them eeting, scheduled for 10 am at his office on East Hill Street, will focus on issues left u nresolved following a fourhour long negotiation on Friday. We met face-to-face with BHCAWU president NicoleM artin, Darren Woods, the v ice-president, two of their members and KFC representatives, he said. We made some progress in some of the matters. I also gave recommendations to them that I thought wereg ood compromises. They said they would consider and get back to me when we meet in t he morning. Last Monday, KFC Nassau posted notices at all nine of its branches advising customers that they would bec losed until further notice a s a result of a labour disruption. Initially, Mr Woods said t hat KFC workers were ordered to continue going to work as scheduled in an effort to protect themselves against strike claims. L abour relations at the f ranchise deteriorated following the cancellation of the companys voluntary recognit ion of the union. Staff were then given an ultimatum to accept new terms and conditions of employment or face termina-t ion. Employees were given t o last Thursday to make a decision. KFC Nassau said all stores w ill remain closed until an industrial agreement is reached. It announced that it would not pay any employees during the closure. T he company said the shut d own was the result of the illegal strike action ordered by union bosses on Monday. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, PAGE 5 Negotiations to resume in KFCdispute
By SIR RONALD SANDERS IMAGINE if a Caribbean Community (CARICOMh ead of government were to s ay boldly the following truths, however inconvenient they may be to other headsof government: CARICOMs mode of m arking time, at an historical moment of overwhelmingly a wesome challenges for our region, which compellingly demands a more profound integration, is mistaken. The times demand that w e move resolutely beyond m inimalism (in the integration process) which inexorably leads to regression; pausing is but a euphemism for standing still which, in a dynamic world, is sliding backward. That is the evidence before us in CARICOM since its leaders, including me, decided at as pecial conclave in Guyana in 2 011 to put the single economy process on pause. Imagine if the head of government were to continue to analyse objectively the per-f ormance of CARICOMs four main pillars in the foll owing way: Functional co-operation: success is assured mainly when the policies, programmes or projects are dri-v en by the funding and will o f an external agency. Foreign policy co-ordination: is patchy at best; its unevenness exacerbated by the passion, innocence or a lack of conviction of many of us. Security collaboration: is mostly in tatters. Economic integration: The C ARICOM trading regime is i n place juridically, but is undermined daily. On wider economic issues of critical importance to the single market such as the freedom ofm ovement of persons and attendant contingent rights, the t wists and contradictions are yet to be satisfactorily resolved. Imagine if the head of government were to be courageous enough to identify as ac entral failure of CARICOM t hat its focus has not been on integrating the people themselves, and that the peoplecentred matter of the freedom of movement of people, including hassle-free travel, remains substantially elusive. Imagine if the head of government forthrightly and out-s pokenly took by the horns the b ull of air transportation within CARICOM and states that it is caused by unfair competitive subsidies granted to Caribbean Airlines Ltd by the governmento f Trinidad and Tobago. And then go on to point out that t hese problems of limitations would fester further, and in time are likely to become septic and debilitating. Imagine if the head of gove rnment were direct enough to a dmit that the very existence of CARICOM is threatened by three poles of criss-crossing integration that are now pulling member countries in different directions. Those poles are: The Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EUr equirements of CARICOM m ember states with the EU that are greater than the member-states have of themselves; the increasing commitments by some member-states of CARI-C OM that are being given to the Venezuelan-led ALBA g roup; and new arrangements that may result from trading regimes with Canada and the US. Imagine if, after admitting t hat a weak CARICOM that h as placed its own integration process on pause is not delivering for its people, the head of government were to state plainly that one thing is for sure: CARICOM cannot continue ducking these burn-i ng questions or addressing them in a piece-meal, ad-hoc, or disconnected manner. Imagine if having said all this, a CARICOM head of government were to pinpoint w here the root of CARICOMs problems lies in its g overnance and, in this connection, were to assert fearlessly that CARICOMs administrative structure is less than effective and sub-optim al in performance. Imagine, i f the head of government w ere to proclaim what the leaders have denied: that the informed public has grown weary and cynical of CARICOMs efforts to deal with the c rucial issue of governance by t imidly tinkering with it rather t han radically reforming it. I magine if he had the pluck to tell the leaders of CARIC OM that all of the challenges he identified are capa-b le of solution or improvem ent and that the real, unbecoming deficit is the insufficiency of political will. As difficult as it may be to i magine that a head of gove rnment of CARICOM would be bold enough, committed enough and fearless e nough to say all these things, a head of government has done it. In doing so, he hasc arved-out a distinctive and e ternal place in the history of the Caribbean. The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, in a letter to CARI-C OM Secretary-General, I rwin La Rocque, dated 9 February 2012, stated everything that has been imagined here and more. His letter was copied to all heads of govern-m ent of CARICOM. The clarion call that he sounded c ould not be clearer, nor could the three words with which he ended be more pellucid: Time for Action. Others have said what Prime M inister Gonsalves has lucidly a nd candidly set out in his letter. Among such persons are Sir Shridath Ramphal, Alister McIntyre, Professor Norman Girvan, Dr Vaughan Lewis, Moss Solomon, Rickey Singh, and, at the risk of being immod-e st, me. The important difference between the rest of us and Ralph Gonsalves is that he is a sitting head of government, who is willing to admit that CARICOM is in serious crisis a nd that it must be made better because it is a great cause for o ur peoples enduring benefit. Now that Prime Minister Gonsalves has shown such nerve, we wait to see what other heads of government will d o. If they wish to act on a b lueprint, they need look no f urther now than at the paper commissioned in 2011 by Grenadas Prime Minister Tillman Thomas when he served as chairman of CARICOM. T he paper should have been t he centrepiece of the conclave i n Guyana last year when inexp licably and mistakenly (as Prime Minister Gonalves said) t hey decided instead to put the Single Market on pause and,b y doing so, worsened the e ffects of the crisis. Prevarication, obfuscation, delay and dithering are not options. Urgent work is now n ecessary and the Tillman T homas paper should be pur sued swiftly and diligently. Ralph Gonsalves letter a nd Tillman Thomas paper can be read on www.sir ronaldsanders.com T he writer is a consultant and f ormer Caribbean diplomat LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Imagine if a leader were to lead...
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, PAGE 7 FREEPORT In an effort to keep the streets safe, officers at the Eight Mile Rock Division conducted a road check exercise F riday morning at the Warren J Levarity Highway. ASP Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said the exercise was held between midnight and 3am. S he reported that 30 drivers were cited for various traffic offences. In addition, some six persons were arrested one person for failing to give a name a nd address, and five persons for outstanding warrants of apprehension issued by the Magistrates Court in Eight Mile Rock. Ms Mackey said exercises w ere also conducted in other areas to minimise traffic accidents on Grand Bahama streets. Traffic police were also visible on Midshipman Road n ear Victoria Place conducting a speed check between 8am and 9am on Friday. About 34 persons were cited for speeding, and four for u nlicensed vehicles. 30 cited at road check in Grand Bahama
By CARA BETHEL firstname.lastname@example.org THEATRE-GOERS are in f or a real treat next week when a Bahamian actor who has graced the London stage returns home to perform the title role of a local adaptationo f Shakespeares O thello C raig Pinder was trained at t he Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has subsequently appeared in many successful West End productions. He wasa member of the original cast of Les Misrables in London a nd has spent seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange Theatre and also performed during the opening season of Shake-s peares Globe Theatre. He h as also made a number of film a nd TVappearances. He will now return home to showcase his talent in Bahamian Robin Belfields adaptat ion of the classic play O thello or The Tragedy of Conchy Joe F riday March 2 to 10. Craig will be joined on stage by Belinda Owusu, of British soap opera EastEnders, who plays Desdemona a nd Moses Hardwick, who a ttended the Royal Academy o f Arts and portrays Iago. The three performed the play in England to great acclaim. Remotegoat.co.uks aid the production was an unashamed success while the C hichester Observer called it a thrilling ride in which all the power, the passion and the tragedy of Othello are distilled to their very essence. K im Arhana, the producer f or the Nassau run, said: It is t o me a huge source of pride to see what an amazing production two Bahamians have created. They have removed the subplots and created a production that lasts 1 1/4 hours, which is charged withs uspense and energy, world class acting and riveting. O thello o r T he Tragedy of the Conchy Joe is set on a modern Bahamas fishing boat. When the strong willed Desdemona marries againsth er fathers wishes, her world i s turned upside down. Her n ew husband is powerful, rugged, romanticand white, a Conchy Joe. In this world of opposites, black is white, freedom is imprisonment, and love, through the distorting prismo f jealousy, remains as unpredictable as the ocean. T here will be six performances of Othello Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at 8pm, an 11am matinee on Wednesday for schoolchildrena nd performances at 8pm on T hursday, March 8, Friday, M arch 9, which is the gala performance, and Saturday, March 10, at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 and $50 for the gala. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Tragedy of Conchy Joe puts new spin on Othello
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, PAGE 11 B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN IMAGINE youve been looking at homes for a month now, seen a wide variety of properties, and youre readyto take action. Whats the n ext step? O nce youve made your decision, you must make a verbal or written offer to purchase, a statement of your intentions to buy the home based on certain terms and c onditions, at a specified p rice. Heres how it works. A purchase offer is an offer that is not binding until accepted by the sellers. You may withdraw your offer, whether verbal or written, at a ny time prior to written accept ance by the sellers and/or the signing of a sales contract by both parties. A deposit, typically 10 per cent of the pur-c hase price, will also be required. Verbal agreements are not enforceable in real estate purchases so it is best to make all offers in writing. An offer defines four primary points: 1 ) purchase price; 2) terms under which you will make payment; 3) any special conditions ( such as a subject to finance c lause) and; 4) acompletion date when the transaction, hopefully, will be completed. Sometimes, the offer may not be acceptable to the ven-d ors. They may make changes i n the offer, and make a counter-offer, which would then require acceptance by the purchasers. Once all parties have s igned, indicating their accord, the document becomes a binding sales agreement.T his also MUST include the deposit. From then on, the agreement is carried out by all parties to reach a successful conclusion. Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell B anker Lightbourn Realty What happens to your offer
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE I N TWO separate incidents police removed two handgunsand a quantity of ammunition from the streets of New Providence. In the first incident, police a rrested a 19-year-old male o f St Margarets Road off Kemp Road after he was found in possession of a handgun and ammunition. Officers of the Mobile Division arrested the teen around1 2:50 pm on Saturday at the i ntersection of Wulff Road and Pinedale. In the second incident officers of the Southern Division arrested a 22-yearold resident of StrachansA lley off Kemp Road after h e was found in possession of a handgun and ammunition. The man was arrested around 6:40pm on Saturday in the area of Hospital Lanea nd Bias Corner. A ctive police investigations into both matters continue. Handguns seized, arrests made SKELETAL remains were u ncovered by police in easte rn New Providence. P reliminary reports indicate that shortly before 6 pm o n Saturday the remains w ere discovered in the area o f Fox Hill Creek. SKELETAL REMAINS FOUND
By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER RAPE is a serious criminal offence that violates the sanc-t ity of a humans body. This crime has lasting effects on its victims, their families and the wider community. But there is help and perhaps that help can begin with you. Fear will cripple you and c hange your lifestyle. Knowledge on the other hand will empower you and enable youto control your space. The number of these alleged rapes and other sexual offencesa gainst our females have given rise for national concern. H ere are some general tips that may assist you in preventing an attack on you or a ny other female. Check to ensure that all doors and windows are locked before retiring for the evening Always keep your doorsl ocked especially on weeke nds when persons are moving about frequently. When moving about your home in your nightclothes or under clothes, draw all curtains, blinds and drapes closed so as to avoid other from see-i ng you. Before going to bed, check your telephone and if you have a cellular, keep it near you. Be aware of males who view you as a damsel in dis-t ress. Be wary of strangers bearing gifts. Always say NO and mean it. Persons wanting to use your phone should be told that either you will dial then umber and pass on a mess age or that they cannot use your telephone. Be careful of who you accept a drink from. When having a cocktail, protect your drink at all cost. Since most sexual attackers a re known to their victims, consider the following: Be careful when considering going out with an exboyfriend or husband. Be careful of peace offerings and try not to be alonew ith the person. Never assume that its over because the other pers on says so. In other words, be careful. In the case where a child or children are a part of the relationship, then arrange visitationt o be done at a place and time t hat will ensure your safety. If you are cornered by an attacker, do not go willingly. Scream, grab, kick, bite, hold, squeeze and do as much as possible to bring attention to y ourself. Know when a date is no longer a date. If attacked, do not wash or take a bath, you mayd estroy vital evidence. Tell law enforcement officers about your ordeal. Never assume that you cannot become a victim of an attack. Do all in your powers that are lawful to protect yours elf and those around you. Do not be ruled by feartake charge and have a better quality of life for you and your family. F or more information on f emale safety or if you have information pertaining to any crime, contact police on or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence (Family Island ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012, PAGE 13 Safety tips to help women protect themselves
" She was a great person in my life. She was the one who taught me to make this straww ork. She also delivered babies and she was a medicine woman. Shes the only grammy I k now because my mommy was living with her from she was one-year-old, Ms Coleb rooke added. I dont know my mommy mother but I know her to be my grand m other because thats the o nly mother, my mother knew. Ms Marshall is credited with introducing a basket weaving technique that is unique to Red Bays and hasb rought international acclaim to the tiny settlement and the country. The style, which was passed down to Ms Marshall from her father, is said to fuse Seminole and Congolesew eaving styles. A ccording to family mem bers, Ms Marshall passed on the noted technique openlya nd was still fully engaged in h er work until she became ill last week. Ms Marshall had 14 chil dren, five of whom are still living and a host of grand children and great-grandchil d ren. A 44-year-old grandchild said: When she bring me from Nassau, I couldnt walk,n either talk, thats all I remember. She raise me from nothing to where I am now. S he had a lot of grandchildren, great-gran, everything, the whole of Red Bays is herf amily, the whole. T he grandchild added: It gon be a big missing because she taught me how to doe verything, straw work everything. Plus she is my grammy and she delivered me, so she g on be a big missing. Its so hard, but shes with God. Ms Marshalls body was prayed over by Rev E John N ewton, before it was removed for transport to New Providence for medical exam i nation. Rev Newton, the pastor of New Mount Freedom Baptist Church, Lowe Sound,i s the brother of Ms Marshalls son-in-law. I knew her from a small child, Rev Newton said. She was the mother for all, everybody. She just do thingst hat sometimes unheard of. All her life she did the baskets, straw work. She taught t he younger people how to do this work and this is why Red Bay now is famous with thes traw work, because of people l ike her that taught the young ones how to do it. Rev Newton said Ms Mar s hall was also very active in the church during her earlier years, assisting with fundrais e rs, singing and mentoring young girls. She has been a person that you can sit down and talk w ith. She loved everybody, she loved to talk and talk about the good old days. A ccording to residents, Ms Marshalls daughter, Rose Newton, is now the oldestw oman in Red Bays. Born in 1935, Mrs Newton will be 77 on May 24. the reception, they said. One distressed relative said: They were giving out PLP t-shirts and basically campaigning, taking over the reception. It was very disrespectful, they were unwelcomed. They had an event that night, I guess they were canvassing people to come. It was total disrespect to the wedding party, they werent invited, and giving out shirts? Another guest said one of Mr Gomez agents offered the groom a tee-shirt, which was rejected. The groom told him that he did not want the shirt. He said he had been an FNM all his life and always voted for Hubert Ingraham. Some of the guests cussed out the agents for insulting them with the tee-shirts, said another guest. Mr Gomez confirmed that the PLP hosted a Grill and Chill in Palmetto Point on Saturday night. He said the event drew a crowd of 300 people. It was pretty good for a Family Island crowd. We ran out of shirts, we have to get some more, he said. His general for North Pal metto Point Sammy Sands agreed that the event went well. However, his version of the wedding reception differed slightly from that offered by Mr Gomez. He told The Tribune: I was with Mr Gomez all day yesterday (Saturday went to two weddings and a funeral. We gave out t-shirts and hats and talked to supporters after, because you know, they want to talk to him. The purpose was just to talk to people and ask them to support Mr Gomez. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE N assau: Collins Ave 397 2100Thompson Blvd 676 6300 Soldier Rd North 393 6286 Family Islands: Freeport 242 352 7119Abaco 242 367 2688 Exuma 242 336 2420www.jsjohnson.com HOME TRAVELCOMMERCIAL PROPERTY AVIATION & MARINE ACCIDENT LIFEANNUITIESALL RISKS c omprehensive no fault no claims benefit commercial cover third party h ospital by ambulance where he was treated and released. Police are also investigating the death of an Abaco man whose body was found riddled with bullets. W hile details remain u nclear, police say the discovery was made at 4.45 am on Sunday near the Solid Gold Bar on Don McKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour. Investigators are also tryi ng to track down the persons r esponsible for robbing an Abaco grocery store manager of an unknown amount of cash on Saturday. Residents on the island say t hat as the man left Abaco Groceries in Marsh Harbour, he was held up by three men. Eyewitnesses say he dropped the deposit bag and f led the scene. The culprits t hen made off with the money. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919, 322-3333, CDU at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers@ 328-TIPS. 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 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e THE PLP WEDDING CRASHER TWO MURDERS AT WEEKEND Mourning for Plait Lad LAVENIACOLEBROOKE holding the last piece of work that her grandmother, Omelia Marshall, created. SOME of the awards won by Omelia Marshall over the years in which s he worked as a craftswoman.
THE Bahamas got some solid exposure on Monday, February 21, when the New E ngland television show, C hronicle devoted a 30minute episode to the country. ABC-TV viewers were whisked away to the Bahamas through host Ted Reinsteina nd the cameras that followed h im. Four segments within the t elevision special, T he Best of The Bahamas, focused on t ravel experiences and interv iews from the crews recent visit January 29 to Februa ry 3. V iewers were offered an i nside look at various a spects of life in the Bahamas. Bahamian cuisine, h istory, culture and visitor attractions were highlighted in the programme, whichc overed Nassau, mainland E leuthera and Harbour I sland. An on-camera interview w ith Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace focused on them ultiple experiences available i n the islands. He explained that although many people equate the Bahamas with the Nassau/ Paradise Island experience, this represents only about twop er cent of the countrys land. He said the Bahamas aims to become the Greek Islands o f the Caribbean an archipelago where each island is its own destination. T he Bahamas C hronicle s egments can be viewed online at www.theboston channel.com/chroni c le/30477363/detail.html. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 THE TRIBUNE MINISTER Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace being interviewed by Chronicle host Ted Reinstein in Nassau. P hoto: D erek Smith /BIS TV SHOW DEVOTES EPISODE TO THE BAHAMAS