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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER NOW DNA SEEKS HAITIAN VOTES Volume: 108 No.76WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 84F LOW 70F By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net T HE DNA has now joined the PLP in the race to secure the Haitian vote justw eeks after blasting the FNM g overnment over the same accusation, it was claimed yesterday. Well-placed sources said party officers held a series of meetings with members of the Haitian-Bahamian communi t y in an effort to gather voters. Robertson Dieudonne, of the United Association of Haitians in the Bahamas, con firmed a meeting with DNA leader Branville McCartney took place on February 16 at Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene on East Street. But rather than an attempt by the DNA to attract voters, he said, the meeting was held to discuss immigration policy. The meeting came a little more than a week after Haitian President Michel Martel lys heavily-criticised visit and a week before PLP leader P erry Christie also met with the association at another church. A ccording to Mr D ieudonne, Mr McCartney came to discuss his immigration policy and any misunderstandings regarding it. The former immigration minister also spoke on comments he would have made i n regards to Haitians to a crowd of around 60, Mr Dieudonne said. Most persons were sur prised he was there and some persons were a little bothered, but it was a very respectful meeting and I think he left with a lot more information that he came with. We were able to enlighten him with a lot of things he professed not to know. The conversation was kept centered around BahamiBran joins PLP in meeting local leaders TRY OUR DOUBLE F ISH FILET The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net K FC Nassau announced last night that it would reopen its nine locations today. T he company made the announcement on its Facebook page shortly after 8pm after the franchise had beenl ocked in negotiations with the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union E arlier yesterday, union officials said they were pre pared to fight the fast-food c hain in court if it refuses to p ay workers scheduled to work during the shutdown. By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net THE only suspect in the disappearance of 22-year-old Anya Wilmott has been released from custody, police confirmed yesterday. Anya was last seen on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Little Feet Academy dropping her daughters off to school before heading to court. Last Friday, the Central Detective Unit (CDU announced they had a 30By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A POLICEMAN acquitted of abetting a colleague in the alleged attack on a prisoner who died months later told a jury he was not present when the incident occurred. Constable Tavares Bowleg, who was cleared of being con nected with the death of 28year-old Desmond Key, returned to Supreme Court yesterday and told the nine member jury that he was not present in the cell when Corporal Donovan Gardiner reportedly carried out the attack. Bowleg was exonerated of his abetment charge on Mon day afternoon when Justice Vera Watkins directed the jury to deliver a not guilty verdict. It is alleged that Gardiner beat father-of-six Mr Key with a baseball bat at the Grove police station on June 17, 2007, while Bowleg watched. Mr Key died of his injuries seven months later. Defence counsel Ian Cargill, Wayne Munroe and prosecutor Linda Evans held discussions with Justice Watkins last Thursday in the absence of the jury. Justice Watkins returned with a decision based on her consideration of the submis sions made by the three attorneys. INSPECTOR Valentino Armaly rescues a dog on Monday. A number of dogs were found dumped in a derelict water reserve. Turn to page 2 for the full story. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff HELPUS T O RAISE T O FIND OUT HOW YOU C AN HELP OUR BREAS T C ANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD $1M S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 A CQUITTED OFFICER N O T PRESENT DURING ATTACK ABANDONED DOGS RESCUED D D I I S S C C O O V V E E R R O O N N D D A A H H O O O O K K FISHINGSUPPLEMENTINSIDETODAY ALLTHINGSBAHAMIANINARTSSHOW SEEARTSSECTION SUSPECT IN MISSING W OMAN CASE RELEASED SHUTDOWN OF KFC S TORES TO END TODAY ANYAWILMOTT im lovin it REPORTSwere coming in last night of the latest murder in the Bahamas. T he Tribune h eard reports of a murder in the Kemp Road area, just off St James Road. Witnesses say that the man was killed after shots were fired at a passing van.A passenger in the van was also injured. For more information, see www.tribune242.com. L ATENEWS


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net BAHAMAS Humane Soci ety president Kim Aranha spoke out over the state of a nimal rights in the Bahamas after a number of dogs were discovered dumped in a derelict water reserve. Mrs Aranha said she has written to key persons in all three political parties to tell them how severe animal abuse and neglect have become, and how urgently the BHS needs support. So far, no one has answered. Yesterday, Mrs Aranha asked what sort of people would abandon innocent animals to die, when a humane alternative is available. How easy it would be to just bring the animals to the Humane Society? We dont make you pay, there is no need to throw them away, she said. What kind of monster would do that put the ani mals where you believe they will starve to death? How can you truly love anything else and do something like that? Mrs Aranha asked. On Monday, a concerned Garden Hill Estates resident called The Tribune to report that dogs were being aban doned in what look like three huge pools. S he can see the pools from her balcony, and said they are filled with dirty water, garbage, and mangroves. S he and her husband have fought through brush and animal remains to rescue dogs left to starve and die on sev eral occasions before. Many nights I am laying in bed and I can hear the dogs and puppies cry because they cannot get out. These people just dump them there and leave. Just last week, we rescued some puppies. Ive also seen children while I am on the balcony of my house hailing me as they play down there. Its obvious to see it is not safe, the woman said. BHS Animal Cruelty Inspector Valentino Armaly said the woman has called him more than 10 times to come and rescue dogs. Those calls have led to the rescue of four adult dogs and eight puppies. A few of them, I believe, were once well taken care of because we found that after we took them in, they had been neutered, he said as he rescued the latest round of abandoned puppies on Monday. THE Bahamas Kennel Club will be holding its annual All Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trials on March 17 and 18 at the old Chalks Airline site on Paradise Island. The show will feature class es in confirmation, obedience and agility. In particular, the BKC would like to encourage entries for competition in the Junior Showmanship Class for young people six to 18 years old. Participants will learn about developing their handling skills, good sportsmanship, dogs and dog shows. The Bahamas Kennel Club will be offering handling classes on Sunday March 4 and Sunday March 11 at the Retreat on Village Road at 3pm. Club members will be on hand to give handling tips and register people and dogs for the upcoming show. For more information about the handling classes call 393-5743. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.Bahamaskennelclub.org or collected from the Fox Hill Nursery and local veterinarian offices. INSPECTOR VALENTINO ARMALY rescues a dog on Monday out of the old water reserv e, Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff THE ABANDONED water reserve where the dogs were surviving. RESCUED but who could have abandoned these dogs? KENNEL CLUB TO HOLD DOG SHOW but who could have abandoned these dogs?


By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net BISHOP Randy Frasers appeal against his unlawful s ex conviction continues today in the Court of Appeal. The hearing will resume w ith attorney Jiaram Mangra comparing the victims account of the number of times sex took place with the d etails of a doctors examination. Fraser, convicted last November of having sex with a dependent between July 2005 and February 2006, sat in court as his attorney Mr Man gra said the conviction was unjust and unreasonable given the evidence. P rosecutors argued that the minister abused his position of trust by having sexual rela-t ions with a 16-year-old girl who he had agreed to counsel. During yesterdays hearing, Mr Mangra argued there were a number of inconsistencies in the testimony of the victim, who told the court she and Fraser had sexual rela t ions as many as 48 times. He pointed out that in an earlier trial, she said they only had sex 15 times. However, Justice Stanley John questioned if the num b er of occasions matter, as there is ample evidence that sexual encounters tookp lace. What she is consistent with is that several incidents of sexual intercourse between t he appellant and herself took place between July and February, the justice said. Appellate Court president J ustice Anita Allen and Jus tice Abdulai Conteh agreed. Mr Mangra retorted that the allegations should be proven, which he contends was not the case. You really want us to believe a 16-year-old girl would come out in public andm ake up all of this? Justice John asked. Mr Mangra complimented the victims intelligence, but s aid she is no innocent babe and based on the testimony of her mother, is very cunning and full of guile. T he case resumes today at 10am. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE legal feud between two wealthy Israeli brothers over $100 million could come to an end on March 16. Rami Weisfisch and Amir Weissfisch have until this date to come up with a settlement agreement proposal, and will return to the Court of Appeal on April 25 to say whether they were successful. Nicholas Lavender QC, and Brian Moree QC, the attor neys for Rami and Amir respectively, informed Justices Christopher Blackman, Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh of the brothers deci sion to work out a settlement. The brothers were joint owners of one of the most prominent metal trading firms in London Metals Resources Group (MRG Mr Weisfisch (the brothers spell their surname differently) ran MRG, which became a dominant force in the global cobalt market in 1999 and closed in 2000. His brother Amir was his partner. Amir took legal action in England in 2006, claiming Rami refused to account to his brother for their partner ship profits over an eight-year period. Last October, Justice Stephen Isaacs the fourth Supreme Court judge to have presided over the case, each of the others having recused themselves for various reasons described the brothers as being "locked in what began as an accounting exercise, but evolved into a pitched battle over the proceeds of a metal trading business accumulated between 1992 and 2000". Justice Isaacs, who dismissed a recusal application by elder brother Rami, said there appeared to be "many millions of dollars earned by the business over that period, which is to be divided equal ly" between the two brothers. Mr Weisfisch appealed that ruling, but has now agreed with his brother to move towards resolution. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012, PAGE 3 B y LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net MURDER convict Maxo Tido dismissed his attorney Roger Gomez II during hisr esentencing in Supreme Court yesterday morning. The remand prisoner said his decision to relieve the attorney of his duties came as a result of Mr Gomez havi ng visited him only once since the matter wasa djourned on Friday, February 10. Tido told Senior Justice Jon Isaacs he was upset with the attorneys lack of inter-e st in the case. On February 10, Mr Gomez appeared before Senior Justice Isaacs and informed the court he did not have the trial transcripts and w ould need them to prepare submissions on sentencing. J erone Roberts, another attorney who is following the case, offered to give him the documents. However, Mr Gomez said y esterday he never got the transcripts and so was not in a position to move the matter forward. Tido, who was sentenced to die in 2006, saw this decis ion overturned by the London-based Privy Council inJ une of 2011. On March 20, 2006, a jury convicted Tido of murdering 16-year-old Donnell Conover in 2002. Her body was foundo ff Cowpen Road battered and bruised, her skull crushed. Evidence also revealed that parts of Ms Conover's body were burned after her death. A month after his conviction, then Senior Justice Ani-t a Allen (now Court of Appeal President) ruled that the crime committed by Tido warranted the death penalty. The decision came days a fter the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in place up until that point in the Bahamas was not constitutional. In 2009, the Committee for t he Prerogative of Mercy decided the law should takei t's course, as Tido's case was not one that warranted mercy. However, Tido appealed to the Privy Council, the highest court of appeal recognised int he Bahamas, which ruled that the killing of Conover did not warrant execution. Senior Justice Isaacs adjourned the matter March 13. A COMMITTEE has been f ormed to investigate claims o f courterfeit pharmaceutical d rug sales. In partnership with the Bahamas Pharmacy Council, the Ministry of Health has launched a probe into alle-g ations that the drugs are b eing imported and distribu ted by at least one local pharmacy. Chief Medical Officer Merceline Dahl-Regis will chair the committee, whichw ill be assisted in its investigation by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO A MOH press statement released yesterday read: The ministry advises that the com m ittee which has been man dated to expedite its work, will conduct investigations,m ake an assessment, and report to the Minister of Health with appropriate rec-o mmendations for action to address any and all adverse findings. MURDER CONVICT DISMISSES ATTORNEY DURING RESENTENCING END IN SIGHT TO FEUD? PROBE INTO FAKE DRUGS Cour t hear s bishop s se x con viction appeal BISHOP RANDYFRASER pictured at the time of his conviction for having sex with a dependent. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff


EDITOR, The Tribune. THE STATEMENT, there is more of us than them seemst o be taking deep roots in the p sychic of a number of persons within the Bahamian society. This statement was reportedly made at a gathering on F ort Charlotte, where a loud c rowd of our Creole speaking brothers and sisters were i n attendance. The influential Bahamian speaker got up and made the remark, to the con-s ternation of the Bahamians who heard it and are still puzzled to this very day as what it m eant. A midst the untimely remarks made by Haitian President Michel Martelly,d uring his recent unannounced (to the Bahamian public) visit to New Provi-d ence, confusion reigned as to the implications of his message to the crowd at Joe Farrington Auditorium. From the many flags that were waving it was evident, all were of the nation of Haiti; not a singleo ne was raised in honour of The Bahamas. It is obvious that many present were persons who were granted citizenship, according to the message delivered to them on that o ccasion. T he apparent lack of allegiance to The Bahamas should not surprise any of us.I t is due in part to the process or lack thereof, in how we in this country grant citizenship. The process should be a trans-p arent one with clear and deliberate instructions to be undertaken by the applicant. T hey should know and be able to answer some basic his torical facts about the country a nd they should be able to a c ertain degree speak some basic (at least conversation al) English. T here are a number of persons who owe no allegiance to this country and today or tomorrow the economy changes for the worst or they get an opportunity to go to the United States and that is where their being Bahamian status will come to a suddenh alt. M any of the talk show hosts w ere inundated with calls from persons questioning and e xpressing very passionately, what rights the president of Haiti had in making the remarks which he made. T hese questions and comm ents went on for approximately a full week. One f emale caller in particular w ith a Creole sounding accent called one of the radio hosts a nd said that she did not see anything wrong with what thep resident had said, because it i s more of us than it is of you all. That is the second time within a short period of time s uch remarks were made. It c auses one to wonder, just how widespread is this trend o f thinking in the country. With this entire episode what really ticked a lot of Bahamians off was the seemingly sneaky and mysterious w ay the president came into the country. In the past many l eaders of other countries c ame to The Bahamas as private citizens, in most instances they came and left withouta ny fanfare, most Bahamians never even knew that they were in the country. On the other hand whenever they arem aking state visits it would usually be broadcast for all and sundry to know. P ersonally the first time I heard about his coming I was at the traffic light at the junc-t ion of Wulff Road and East S treet. A long-time Haitian resident was pushing an old shopping cart and he paused by my car window and made the comment: Bahamians really want to know how many Haitians are in theB ahamas? You just wait u ntil the president comes from Haiti. I drove off pondering whether I had missed the news of an upcoming visit by the Haitian President. A f ew days later I learnt that I w as not alone, but the majority of the Bahamian populous w as also unaware of the visit. Lest we forget, it was about 25 to 30 years now since mostB ahamian couples generally, and women in particular, started conscientiously pract ising family planning. On the o ther hand, the Haitian women have been having multiple births in comparisont o the Bahamian women. It has long been speculated that this strategy is a diabolicalp lot to over-populate the country with their offspring. What would be of interest is the number of births to Haitian vs Bahamian women for the past five years. We would like to see the actual num b ers, not the ratio. It may be advisable for the remainder of The Bahamas, inclusive of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Exuma to implement some, i f not all, of the strategies curr ently practised by Long Islanders. The statement it is more of u s than it is of them cannot and should not now or in the immediately foreseeable future be taken lightly. Wakeu p Bahamians before they make it mandatory for you to speak Creole to obtain cert ain jobs and other positions in The Bahamas. Thank you for graciously a llowing me to share my t hought with the country at large. M ICHAEL E TURNER Nassau, February 20, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 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 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm A MERICANS belief in global warmi ng is on the rise, along with temperatures a nd surprising weather changes, according to a new university poll. The survey by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College says 62 per cent of those asked last December thinkt he Earth is getting warmer. Thats up from 55 per cent in the spring of that year and 58 per cent in December 2010. It is the highest proportion in two years. Nearly half the people who say they believe in global warming base that on p ersonal observations of the weather. Climate researchers say that's reaching the correct conclusion for reasons that arentq uite right. When asked an open-ended question about why they thought the Earth was w arming, one-quarter of those surveyed pointed to temperatures they experience and another quarter cited other weather changes. O ne in seven mentioned melting glaci ers and polar sea ice, and one in eight noted media coverage. O nly eight per cent mentioned scientific research. It seems to be driven by an increased c onnection that the public is making between what they see in terms of weath er conditions and climate change, said Chris Borick, the director MuhlenbergC ollege Institute of Public Opinion. The poll was conducted from Dec. 4 to Dec 21, after the US experienced a record 1 4 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2011, including killer tornadoes, an unusual northeastern hurricane, a devastatings outhwestern drought and floods along m ajor rivers. At the same time, this poll was done before the official start of winter, so peo-p le were not yet affected by what has been a mild season for many regions. Borick said that after the previous two w inters, which were quite snowy, belief i n global warming dropped dramatically. So he says the findings from a fresh poll tobe conducted in upcoming weeks may a gain reflect views based on the latest w eather trend. C limate scientists say daily local weather is not evidence of climate change. But they also say long-term climate change is so dramatic that people recognise and experience it. Im pleased that Americans believe in thermometers, said University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver. People feel confident about what they personally experience. They mix up the difference between weather and climate. Its not unexpected. I ts human nature. While it is a misconception to think that every short-term extreme weather event like a flood or drought is caused by climate change, a warming world does make such events more frequent, Weaver s aid. NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt called strange daily weather the visceral experience of climate for people. E arlier versions of the Michigan and Muhlenberg survey showed that Americans' belief in global warming peaked inD ecember 2008 with 72 per cent. In the most recent survey, 78 per cent of Democrats, 55 per cent of independentsa nd 47 per cent of Republicans said they thought there was solid evidence of cli mate change. Of those who did not believe climate c hange was occurring, 81 per cent thought that scientists were overstating the evidence for their own interest. T he survey of 887 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. T he findings are similar to other recent p olls, including a 2010 AP-Stanford Uni versity Poll showing three out of four Americans thought global temperaturesw ere going up, said Stanford poll chief Jon Krosnick. That survey, too, indicated local weathe r affected people's views about climate c hange. This article is by Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press More of us than them? LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Changing views on climate change EDITOR, The Tribune. The desire of power in excess caused angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall Francis Bacon I EXPECT to be ridiculed for what I am about to say; however I am no stranger to ridicule. My attitude has always been and shall thus remain they can all go to hell col lectively and individually. In my view, what transpired at the opening of the Thomas A Robinson stadium was at the least a travesty. I come from a different era and therefore am totally unaligned with the fiasco which was presented as entertainment. Primarily males who jumped and screamed and made little sense in what was passed on as songs. Every one of them mouthing lines over and over that should best be forgotten. Of course, the naysayers will differ with my views at the crass attempts at entertainment. What a cruel mess! The purpose of this is not to ridicule the entertainers. I was shocked that the man Tommy Robinson was totally left out of the proceedings. Of course there were announcers extolling the virtues of Tommy Robinson over the years. What aboutT ommy Robinson the man. The man who is yet alive, vibrant and very much alive. One would get the impression from the programme, had passed on to some greater reward. How is it possible that this great living man was written totally out of the programme? Why good lord was he not allowed to voice his appreciation to the Bahamian people? Why? The least that one would have expected to make the evening complete was to see this great Bahamian who has contributed so much and continues to give unselfishly of himself being allowed to voice his appreciation and thanks to the Bahamian people. Alas that was orchestrat ed not to be. In this era when there are all kinds of knighthoods being passed around to the likes of Bill Allen, Arlington Butler, Arthur Foulkes, Sol Kerzner and others, why has this icon of Bahamian class, a philan thropy been overlooked, nay excluded? Why? I see him as the Last Buccaneer who mouthed these words; O England is a pleasant place for them thats rich and high, But England is a cruel place for such poor folk as I. Thus it is with Tommy Robinson. I know he will continue to press on for as long ash e shall live to give of his best to the Bahamas and Bahamians. Personally, I feel sick at heart not to see another Bahamian such as Mr Harold Munnings being totally neglected, he has given much of himself for the good of this unforgiving country by misguided politicians who have given nothing and truly have nothing to give of themselves. I therefore urge Thomas Augustus Robinson my friend and brother over the last six ty-five years to personally thank the Bahamian people for sharing their love and support over these many, many years. Your mother and father will be smiling all over heaven and telling anyone that will listen; Thats my Boy. When revealed truth has given aim and directions to knowledge, knowledge of all kinds will minister to revealed truth. John Henry Newman. Tis a sad day in this land. The intellectual pygmies are now in charge of the univer sity. GEORGE A CAPRON Nassau, February 27, 2012. Stadium opening was a travesty


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012, PAGE 5 THE FNM hit out the PLP y esterday, branding it a party that does nothing but criticise what they cant do. The governing party was responding to comments madeb y the opposition in relation t o the opening of the Thomas A Robinson Stadium. A statement from the FNM said the new stadium is a source of pride for all Bahamians. While PLP opposition p oliticians like to sit on the sidel ines, denigrate every project they were incapable of producing and engage in divisive politicking, this FNM government has completed and delivered a state-of-the-art sports facility that also creates jobo pportunities for Bahamians. Our youth and athletes have now access to superior conditions to train and compete. Sports-related tourism, as w ell as contractors and vendors associated with the facility will benefit, as will all Bahamians,t he statement said. The upward trend in tourism, with an estimated i ncrease of 11 per cent arrivals for the first quarter of thisy ear, goes to show that our e fforts have been paying off f or the benefit of the people. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The Democratic National Alliance has launched an Unemployment Registration and FoodA ssistance Drive on Grand Bahama to assist those struggling to find work and feed their families. Over 100 persons have already registered for assistance in the last two days, according to Ewurabena Appiah, public relations officer for the DNA. R egistration is being held at the DNA Headquarters in Freeport in the Millennium Building between 9am and 4pm until Friday, March 2. Persons wishing to register should to bring along a passport, police record, resume and voters card. M s Appiah said unemployment, underemployment and an overall lack of opportunities on Grand Bahama have l eft many unable to provide even the most basic necessities for their families. The Democratic National Alliance has a comprehensive economic policy focusing on job creation and training opportunities in some of the premier industries; although the party under-s tands that in the interim there is a real need to provide tangible assistance to residents on Grand Bahama Island, who have struggled to keep their heads above water, she said. She said the drive is going well and persons with various skills are coming int o the register for assistance. Persons seem very pleased to have an opportunity like this being afforded to them and they have been very co-operative as far as bringing documents and providing us the relevant information that we need, she said. It all boils down to the fact that people need to get back to work, and they want to work and they are willing to take a dvantage of any opportunity available to them. We have various persons coming to register; we are seeking a lot of persons who are proficient in office work and skilled workers with construction training, she said. M s Appiah said the DNA will create a database and liaise with employers looking to place qualified, unemployed potential employees in positions as they become available. She noted that they are also offering care packages to residents in need. Based on the Thy Brothers Keeper programme founded by DNA leader Branville McCartney in the Bamboo Town constituency, the concept allows other Bahamians to support their fellow man at a time that we need it the most, Ms Appiah said. S he said the DNA will hand deliver care packages to each person that registers with them. AFTER spending almost $1,000 in p rocessing fees, a Bahamian inventor claims he was ripped off by American p atent attorneys. A nthony Collie, a taxi driver and builder, said his patents for a hurricane a nd tornado roof tie should have never b een issued in their error-laden state. T he device, for which he obtained t hree patents, aims to prevent the roofs of buildings and homes from being torn o ff in high winds. Mr Collie said his patent woes date back to 2002, when he first came up with the idea. H e said: I built one and sketched it out, the others were more complicated so I could not build them on my own. He took all of his sketches to a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland, where attorneys assured him they would comp ile everything needed for the patents and ensure the documents were in order. I told them that my drawings were n ot the best so they needed to be sent to a professional to make them clearer and s harper, he said. A lmost three years later, he received his f irst official patent from the United States P atent and Trademark Office dated January 4, 2005. After amending the invention t wice, Mr Collie was sent two other patents. However, he now claims none of the information contained in any of the patents isc orrect and that including travel costs, he spent $45,000 on the documents. H e said: The summary of the invention, its background, the description, even the detailed description is wrong. The drawings are also missing numbers and s ufficient labelling to let people know what is going on. B ecause of the costs, Mr Collie said h e even had to ask his mother to finish paying for his taxi. M r Collie also submitted an idea and s igned a contract worth $13,000 for a r ound window with a firm that advertise s on numerous cable TV channels. The company, based in Pittsburgh P ennsylvania, boasts of being America's largest inventor service firm, he said. Almost 10 years after his patent woes b egan, he wants permission from the police to protest outside the US E mbassy, after his numerous appeals to the Maryland law office and a letter to President Obama fell on deaf ears. TWO SHOT T WO men are in hospital after separate shooting incidents on Monday. According to police, a phone card vendor was robbed and shoti n the abdomen by another m an armed with a handgun shortly after 7pm. The victim was selling phone cards in the area of East Streetand Ridgeland Park East, according to police, who said the gunman escapedw ith an undetermined amount of cash and phone cards. The vendor was taken to hospital by ambulance and is in serious condition. The second shooting o ccurred less than two hours later in the area of Market Street and Wulff Road. A 25-year-old man was shot in the arm while walking on Wulff Road, according to police, who said the B lack Village resident is now in stable condition at hospital. MURDER PROBE P OLICE are questioning seven Abaco men in connection with a recent murder ont he island. Investigators have identif ied the 22-year-old Abaco m an whose body was found r iddled with bullets as Stanley McIntosh of East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour. A ccording to reports, Mr McIntosh was found near the Solid Gold Bar on Don McK-a y Boulevard shortly before 5 am on Sunday. Investigations continue. The Bahamas o wn street philosopher Food drive and voting drive by DNA INVENTOR:ATTORNEYS RIPPED ME OFF FNM HITS OUT AT ANT DO PLP


By LARRY SMITH Heres to the bootleggers of the Bahamas, W ho sit on rye kegs, resting feet on beer kegs, S inging yes, we want no bananas. bootlegger's toast Ever heard of the Bahama Q ueen? N ot a mailboat, but a flesh and blood woman who, for a few years during the Roaring Twenties, became an international celebrity as a bootlegger in Nassau. Gertrude Lythgoe was the only woman to hold a whole-s ale liquor license here at a time when women were to be seen and not heard. H er autobiography has just b een republished along with t he memoirs of several other rum-runners by Flat Hamm ock Press, which says its mission is to is to salvage many of the maritime classicso f the past and introduce t hem and the authors to todays readers. Most of these accounts h ave long been out of print. But now they have been updated for modern readersw ith added insight, informat ion and photographs. For example, Lythgoes brief memoir (available in local bookstores or from Media Enterprises) includes the full series of newspaper articlest hat made her famous. In those days, the Bahamas was considered a land of rascals, rogues and peddlers (no c omments from the peanut gallery, please). And accord ing to the London Daily N ews, Bay Street was little more than a row of crazy old liquor stores, unpainted andd ilapidated, (that en it the nickname of booze avenue. As you might imagine, liquor smuggling was big busi-n ess back then and it attracted a variety of adventurers,r enegades and entrepeneurs to little old Nassau. Gertrude Lythgoe, the newspapers wrote, stands alone andf earless a women who would grace any London drawing room...she has com-m anded the respect and homage of this motley and dubious throng, (and known in the trade as theq ueen of the bootleggers. Buying and selling liquor was never a crime in theB ritish Empire, but the temperance movement in America managed to pass legislat ion in 1919, over a president ial veto, banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. So for 13 long years, the F BI and the US Coast Guard fought a rough and tumble war to stem the flow of illegall iquor from Canada, Mexico, C uba and the Bahamas. According to an official Coast Guard history, Enormous profits were to be made, with stories of 700 per cent or more for the more popularS cotch or Cognac. Probably the only reliable clue to the extent of the trade were the statistics on liquor passingt hrough Nassau en route to the US: 50,000 quarts in 1917 t o 10,000,000 in 1922. P erhaps an even better measure of the demand for alcohol was the fact thatA merican doctors earned $40 million in 1928 by writing whiskey prescriptions. And the legal exception for sacra-m ental wine was equally abused. P ublisher Robert McKenna says the Prohibition period was so unbelievable that most Americans do notu nderstand what happened. It was brought about by a well-organised movement andl ed to a polarised political and social climate. The first heroes of this era were the rum-runners, lawbreakersw ho were viewed as Robin Hood-like figures. One was a Florida boatb uilder named Bill McCoy, whose liquor could always be relied upon to be the best, or the real McCoy. A nond rinker himself, McCoy started out by hauling rum from Bimini to Miami. And Tough C alls grandfather a strict Methodist teetotaller was on Bimini at the time as ana gent for Pop Symonettes l iquor business. He tasted the liquid that arrived in barrels to make sure it was rum and then spat it out. But as the Coast Guard became more effective, ther um runners changed their tactics stationing their British-registered ships just outside the US three-mile lim i t, waiting for the wellinformed to come to them. M cCoy was the popularly a ccepted founder of Rum Row, which was a regular sight all along the easterns eaboard until the US extended its territorial waters to 12 miles in the mid-1920s. McCoys bootlegging exploits were immortalised byR obert Ripley, in his hugely popular syndicated newspa-p er column Believe It Or Not, during the 1940s And from her autobiography, it is clear that Gertrude Lythgoe carried a big torch for him. S he was the daughter of B ritish immigrants to the US and began her career as a secretary in California. Later, she landed a job with a London import-export firm and when Prohibition was declared went to Nassau to represent whiskey suppliers.F rom a rented warehouse on Market Street and a room at the old Lucerne Hotel onF rederick Street she built a t hriving business. T he Lucerne was opened in 1913 by Ron Lightbourns g randfather, Roger Moore Lightbourn. And during the 1920s, it was known as theb ootleggers HQ: All types a nd nationalities conversed on the front verandah waiting for the ringing of the dinn er bell, Gertrude recalled in her memoir. Many newspaper reporters and featurew riters sat by the hour gathe ring rich material to be woven into fiction. The characters she knew included champion beer drinker Big Dutch; a representative of an English tobac-c o firm who passes directly to his room with a very important and upstage attitude; Tony, the scion of a wealthy P hiladelphia family who spoke seven languages but was rarely sober; a Palm B each society parasite known as the count; a pompous British army major; and ac owboy called Tex with a weakness for wine, women and song. At the time and perhaps a ppropriately the Lucerne was run by an American nurse named Dorothy Don nelle, whose previous engagement had been ata n insane asylum inI ndiana. Her affectionate nickname was mother. I n her b ook, Gertrude describes a typical car trip around New Provi-d ence shortly after her arrival: We startedf rom Bay Street, with its row o f little shops, on past the site f or the 300-room (Old Colonial) hotel, by the esplanade, F ort Charlotte, past beautiful white beaches until we came to the caves...we then passed as tretch of scrub palm trees, s isal and a few houses...We returned by way of the Queens Staircase...and p assed a prison constructed of native stone containing 101 cells...then we passed theq uite modern Bahama Gene ral Hospital...(arriving at the hotel ready for more daiquiri cocktails and dinner. Perhaps Gertrudes biggest claim to fame was the journey she undertook with ther eal McCoy to Rum Row, supervising her own whiskey consignment. It was on the Arethusa, a Gloucester-built s chooner that McCoy had bought for $21,000 but which took in $100,000 per voyage. O ff the New Jersey coast, as many as 60 ships could be seen at one time on RumR ow. This floating community was completely lawless, and many crews armed them s elves against both government enforcers and fellow smugglers, who would some t imes sink a ship and hijack its cargo rather than make the run for fresh supplies. Buta ccording to Gertrude, McCoy was ever the perfect g entleman a man of the superior business type, he had not time for dissipating or for celebrating when in port, she w rote approvingly. M cCoy retired in the mid1920s to live on his fortune following a brief prison term,a nd died in 1948. Gertrude moved to Miami and also lived in New York and D etroit, where she became a p ioneer in the car rental busin ess. The Wall Street Journal estimated her worth at mill ions, but no-one really knew. She died in 1974 at the age of 86. M eanwhile, the decrepit Lucerne Hotel site of many a drinking party and orgy ( as Sir Etienne Dupuch described the goings on there) was pulled down soon after its owner, Roger Lightbourn,d ied in 1956. It was replaced by a boring building called Norfolk House. N assau as we know it today is largely a creation of the rev enue earned from bootlegg ing. The harbour was d redged in 1923, with the spoil used to create Clifford Park; water was piped fromt he western well fields to a new tower on Fort Fincastle hill; electricity supply wase xpanded; roads were tarred and the first sewerage system was installed in 1930. A nine-hole golf course o pened near Fort Charlotte and the new Hotel Colonial was the centre of Nassau'ss ocial life. Nearby Paradise Island beach became a major attraction for tourists, many of whom arrived on the firsta ir passenger services from Miami. But just as we are experi encing today there was a seamier side to the prosperity.A government inquiry found that juvenile vagrancy and crime were rampant, accom panied by drinking, bad language and vandalism, leading to the establishment of the Boys Industrial School in 1928. When Prohibition ended in 1933, most of the vagabonds and entrepeneurs vanished. But some, like Pop Symonette and George Murphy, parlayed their profits into huge business and political empires. And my grandfather? Well, he stayed on to become a district commissioner at Bimini, and despite meeting a lot of hard drinkers along the way (including Ernest Heming way), he never touched a drop until the day he died in 1979. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribune media.net or visit www.bahamapundit.com. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Hers to the bootleggers of the Bahamas


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012, PAGE 9 THE Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporationd onated a tractor and ancill ary farm equipment to Exum a farmers. Being able to feed ourselves is a must, said BAIC executive chairman Edison Key. No longer can wed epend on some outside s ource for our sustenance. We fed ourselves before, and at a time when farming was back-breaking. Surely we can do it even better now that modern tech-n ology has made food production so much easier. Last Thursday, BAIC hoste d a meeting between Exum a farmers and top New P rovidence buyers. Mr Key commended the Exuma Farmers Association, headed by former police deputy chief John Rolle, ford emonstrating the kind of i nterest that we need to make Exuma great again in food production. BAIC is represented in Exuma by domestic investment manager Everette Hart,a former Family Island administrator. Also participating were repr esentatives from Super Valu e food stores, Continental F oods, and the Sandals Resort at Emerald Bay. Mr Key vowed to do the best we can, within our means, to assist Exuma farm-e rs and food producers gain a n iche in the national and even international markets. Exumians have shown us that they are serious about playing a leading role in the national cause towards foods ecurity. Exuma farmers receive tractor donation from BAIC THANKS TO BAIC, Exuma farmers have a tractor and equipment. Pictured above (at right Farmers Association president John Rolle accepts the keys from BAIC executive chairman Edison Key. Photo: Derek Smith /BIS


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The union will meet with s taff to give an update on negotiations today, according to vice president Darren W oods, who said the opening of stores is dependent upon m anagement, and not e mployees. M r Woods said: The stores d idnt close because the union didnt negotiate. The stores c losed because KFC wanted to play hardball. The union has always maintained thatt he stores should have remained open. The staff that have showed u p to work on those days should be paid. The union has demanded this and we are p repared to take this matter to court. Labour relations deteriorated between the two sides following the franchises cancellation of the company's v oluntary recognition of the u nion. The nine KFC locations on New Providence haveb een closed since February 20 when staff were given an ultimatum to accept new t erms and conditions of e mployment or face termi nation. E mployees continue to r eport to work each day, according to Mr Woods. KFC Nassau has stated the n ine locations will remain c losed until an industrial a greement is reached, and it is unwilling to pay any employees during the closure period. The company claims the shutdown was a result of the illegal strike action ordered b y union bosses on Monday. T he union has maintained the sit-out on Monday was not a strike, and came inr esponse to the abrupt can cellation of union recognition and the subsequent u ltimatum placed on staff. A ssistance has been made available to workers through t he Department of Social Serv ices, according to Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, who said that some 300 familiesh ave been directly affected b y the mass closures. year-old Garden Hills man in custody in connection with her disappearance. However, Supt Paul Rolle, Head of CDU, confirmed the suspect has since been released. We arrested him on Thursday but had to release him because we could only hold him for 48 hours. We did not have sufficient evidence to hold him. We are following some leads that seem to be developing. We are still inves tigating and taking another course of action, he said. We are mostly concerned with finding her. If she is alive, we need to talk to her. If she is dead, we need to find her body. We have had some tips but nothing substantial. We are not giving up until we find her. Anya's mother, Antoinette Newton, said she thinks the police have given up. Right now the case is stag nant. The told us they arrested someone but we havent heard anything official yet. We just dont know what to do anymore. I guess, like us, they are getting discouraged as time goes on, she said. We are still hoping she is OK but we are prepared for the worst. Her kids are hold ing on but most days they are not OK. They miss their mom. They constantly watch the door like they are waiting for their mother to come home. They are not sleeping and it is so hard to explain to them what is going on because they are so young and they just don't understand. Anya was last seen wear ing khaki-coloured slacks, a white button down shirt and black shoes. She was also driving a right-hand Honda Civic. She is described as being about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with shoulder length black hair. Anyone with information on Anya's whereabouts should contact the police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502, 9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS. Her family can be contacted at 467-7533, 4649221 or 436-8952. S he ruled there was not sufficient evidence for a case against Bowleg aiding or abetting the co-accused in assaulting M r Key and directed the jury to deliver a not guilty verdict. A t yesterdays proceedings, B owleg swore on the Bible and gave his account of the night in question. H e told the jury he and C onstable Kevin Roberts were on patrol when they came upon two cars parked in the road at Robinson off Baillou Hill Road. After inquiring from the drivers am an and a woman why they were there, he inspected the mans car and found the licence disc was forged. H e said he went to arrest Key, but Key had ran away but turned around just as he h ad opened the door of the patrol car to give chase. The constable said Key was s wearing and resisting arrest so violently that it took himself, officer Roberts and a nother off duty policeman t o subdue him and place him in the patrol car. When they arrived to the s tation, where Corporal Gardiner was the only other officer present, Roberts was booking Key in. Corporal Gardiner went to the car and came back withs ome information in the form of a passport. The officer ran a name c heck in their database where it was revealed that Key had several outstanding warrants against him, three were war r ants of committal. I informed Key of this and he tried to run away. I pur s ued him, jumped on him and he struggled to get free. Constable Bowleg said prio r to the attempt escape, he had instructed his fellow constable to retrieve the fraudu lent licence disc. A fter getting Key into the cell, which had been prepared by Gardiner, he went upstairs t o prepare a report for his 4pm-12am shift, which he told Mr Munroe was completedb y the time of the next incom i ng guard. He claimed he was not made aware of the allegeda ssault on Key until he was interviewed by Insp Kenroy Ferguson in August. In cross-examination, prose cutor Evans suggested to the officer his testimony was not true and questioned how a man of his stature, 6ft 2in and 2 80lbs had struggled with a much shorter and much lighter 120lb man, consider-i ng that he had jumped Key. He disagreed and said he had tackled the prisoners legs b efore he could get out of the station but had been kicked in the face three times. He contended there was a s truggle between the two to the point that Gardiner had to help subdue Key. M s Evans asked the policeman if he recalled his conver sation with Constable Roberts a fter Key was carried back to cell. He replied that the only conversation he remembered concerned the licence disc.H owever, the prosecutor suggested he was not telling the truth and was being evasive w ith his selective memory. He disagreed saying its been five years, I cant recallh aving a conversation. P rosecutor Evans queried why counsel Munroe did not query Roberts testimony thatt he two had a conversation that did not concern the licence disc. Bowleg responded that he c ould not recall this being said by Constable Roberts. The trial resumes tomorrow. ans of Haitian descent and discussed were the negative ramifications of policies con cerning Haitians and Bahami ans of Haitian descent and what (Mr McCartney intends to do if he wins next election, Mr Dieudonne said. He said Mr McCartney should focus on key issues such as children born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents having difficulty getting enti tled documents such as citi zenship and school scholar ships. Earlier this month, the DNA publicly condemned President Martellys advice to Bahamians of Haitian descent to band together and support 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, Mr Martelly said. By being determinate in the elections they may have people taking care of them, this is the democratic way. The DNA, as well as the PLP, expressed concern over Mr Martellys comments, claiming they were the result of a political ploy by the governing party. Haitian Ambassador Anto nio Rodrigue denied those claims, stating the president was misunderstood and did not intend to interfere in Bahamian politics. Mr McCartney, as well as representatives for Metropol itan Church, could not be reached for comment. The FNM has repeatedly denied it invited Mr Martelly to the Bahamas, or encour aged him to tell HaitianBahamians who to support. The PLP has remained silent on the nature of its meeting with the HaitianBahamian community since it was uncovered by The Tri bune last week. TEACHERS and Students from Grand Bahama's Sister M ary Patricia Russell Jr High School are pictured with G overnor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes (standing, centre, front row), during a courtesy call, on Saturday, April 25, at Government House. P hoto: D erek Smith / BIS Students meet governor-general SHUTDOWN OF KFC STORES TO END TODAY 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 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e ACQUITTED OFFICER NOT PRESENT DURING ATTACK SUSPECT IN MISSING WOMAN CASE RELEASED NOWDNASEEKSHAITIANVOTES