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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE government is taking
steps to have a man hanged
who committed a murder
described by a top judge as one
of the “worst of the worst.”

The Ministry of National
Security yesterday confirmed
that the Advisory Committee
of the Prerogative of Mercy
met and determined that God-
frey Sawyer’s case was not one
that warranted mercy and the
law should take its course.

Sawyer, 29, was sentenced to
death November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Quality Discount
Store employee Sterling
Eugene during an armed rob-
bery.

According to the evidence
from his trial, the condemned
man shot Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was try-
ing to get up off the ground fol-
lowing a struggle involving the
pair and another employee
when the two workers tried to
stop Sawyer making his escape
with the store’s cash trays.

In handing down her sen-
tence, Justice Allen stated: “I

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worst’ murder

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmekenzie@tribunemedia.net

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among the “worst of the years ago

worst” and warranted the
death penalty.
Godfrey Sawyer, 29, was

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convicted on June 16, this year of the armed robbery of
Quality Discount Store and the murder of Sterling Eugene.

According to evidence produced at the trial, Sawyer went
ito the store in the middle of the day armed with a handgun
land robbed the female employees there, taking the cash

trays with him.

Eugene, along with another male employee who had
been at the back of the store during the robbery, attempted

to stop athe a leaving.

GODFREY SAWYER was sen-
tenced to death in November.

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is the ‘worst of the worst’, in
that it was committed with a
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By ALISON LOWE
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THE Ministry of Education’s Sexual Complaints Unit
has travelled to Eleuthera to probe new allegations that a
male teacher inappropriately touched girls at the Central

Eleuthera High School.

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, a relative of one of
the girls involved said she was impressed with how quickly
the Ministry had reacted, with officials set to launch their
investigations tomorrow.

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EMPLOYERS and
workers braced for an
increase in national insur-
ance contributions
expected early this year
are still in the dark about
when the rise might hap-

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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PARTY operatives from
the various political parties
are compiling a list of names
to be challenged on election
day. They have been working
feverishly over the past few
weeks — going door to door,

meeting family members —
all in an attempt to verify
names on the election roll for
the Elizabeth by-election.
“While we had a lot of dif-
ficulty in the beginning, we
are now much more comfort-
able with what we are finding.
Poll workers who are within

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Plans to prorogue Parliament extended

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE government’s plans to prorogue Parliament at the end
of January have been extended. The likely new date is March,
according to parliamentary secretary, Maurice Tynes.

Mr Tynes said his office has not been advised of a day, but he

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apologised for failing to
comply with the legal
requirement that he dis-
close his financial position
ona yearly basis.

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mitted my schedule to dis-
tract me from completing
this obligation...I offer no
excuse; I blame no one for
my not having done so.
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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A MAN who is alleged to
have shot dead two men in
Bain Town was arraigned in a
magistrate’s court yesterday.

Police have charged Richard

Police charge Richard McKinney with murders of Wilton Omar Smith, Lashown Davis

McKinney, 30, with the mur-
ders of Wilton Omar Smith, 30,
of Roberts Drive, Bamboo
Town, and Lashown Davis, 29,
of Rupert Dean Lane.

Both men were gunned
down at Rupert Dean Lane

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was a revenge attack.
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man reportedly pulled out a
handgun and fired gunshots at
one of the men and then at the
second who came to question
him. The deaths of Mr Smith
and Mr Davis raised the coun-
try’s homicide count to 10.
McKinney was not represent-
ed by an attorney at his arraign-
ment before Magistrate Caroli-
ta Bethell in Court 8, Bank
Lane. He was not required to
enter a plea to the murder
charge. He was also not
required to enter a plea to a
charge of possessing a firearm
with intent to endanger life. It is
alleged that on February 5, he

was in possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger the life
of Mervin Davis.

McKinney, of Woods Alley,
off Market Street, told the mag-
istrate that while at the Central
Detective Unit, he tried to get
officers to check his cellular
phone records.

He claims he was not in the
area when the murders
occurred, and had only been
informed of the incident by text
message. McKinney was
remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison. His case was adjourned
to February 18, for a hearing
date.

Job scheme attracts 2,500-plus applicants

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

MORE than 2,500 unem-
ployed Bahamians have applied
for temporary work in the pub-
lic and private sectors through
the government job stimulus
programme initiated in Novem-
ber.

Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing expects that up
to 600 of these applicants have
already started their six-month
stints at various government
departments and private insti-
tutions. The Ministry of Public
Works and Transport hired 150
people last week to carry out
street naming, house number-
ing, maintenance of govern-
ment buildings and cemetery
repairs, while the Department
of Lands and Local Govern-
ment placed 110 temporary
workers at public and private
institutions in December.
Lands and Local Government
Department staff interviewed
120 applicants of different ages
and skill sets, found 45 of them
had limited academic qualifica-
tions and skills, but the scheme
aims to help them develop new
job skills and be more employ-
able at the end of their tenure.

Mr Laing anticipates that half
of the 2,500 temporary employ-
ees estimated to gain employ-
ment through the scheme will
work in the public sector, while
the other half will be employed
by private businesses.

Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government Byran
Woodside said: “The program-
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fact private companies are still
requesting the services of per-
sons employed in the pro-
gramme, and the participants
have expressed their profound
appreciation to the government
for this much needed and time-
ly opportunity.”

Rewards

Although the scheme will
only temporarily drop the
unemployment rate, which last
stood at 14.2 per cent in New
Providence and over 17 per
cent in Grand Bahama, Mr
Laing said the human rewards
should not be overlooked.

He said: “If the 2,500 per-
sons are engaged by the time
the figures are measured, it will
be a full percentage point drop,
but I think the more important
impact is what it means for the
individuals who don’t have any
income. “We need a more
robust economy to absorb
many more people, but the pro-
gramme itself is intended to
impact those 2,500 peoples
lives, and if they are now get-
ting $250 a week, that is the
greatest human impact and that
is the one we really want.”

But president of The Nassau
Institute Joan Thompson says
the government programme
and internal hiring of tempo-
rary workers will only put fur-
ther stress on already stretched
public funding.

Mrs Thompson said: “When
this money is spent and gone
there still won’t be any new
jobs. They need to get out of
the way and these jobs will
spontaneously come about, but
it’s a tough period and it’s not
necessarily the government’s
fault, it’s an over-blown credit
that created a false economy
across the world.”

Mrs Thompson said the
scheme would not be necessary
if unemployed workers
dropped their standards to take
on menial jobs which may be
available while waiting for
secure permanent employment
and put the scheme down to
politics. “It’s not an economic
response to a changed market,”
she said. “It’s politics. I think
in due course we will get
through it. We may learn some
lessons, and we may not, but I
doubt these political parties will
really understand what needs
to be done, which is downsize
government by at least 50 per
cent, then those resources will
be freed for the private sector.”

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Ryan Pinder has renounced
his US citizenship, says PLP

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
has renounced his US citizen-
ship, according to his party.

PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts confirmed the move
yesterday, claiming that Mr Pin-
der in fact went ahead with the
renunciation prior to nominat-
ing as a candidate on January
29.

This conflicted to some news
reports late last night that sug-
gested the would-be MP plans
to, but has yet to actually go
through with, the process of
eliminating his US status.

Mr Pinder did not return a
phone call seeking comment on
the step yesterday, but Mr
Robert said the 35-year-old by-
election candidate took the
decision to drop his second cit-
izenship of his own volition and



not as a result of any pressure
from the party.

Earlier in January, Mr Pin-
der, who is employed by Flori-
da-based law firm Becker and
Poliakoff as a Nassau-based
consultant, defended his right
to hold dual citizenship in the
face of criticism that it was
inappropriate for someone
seeking public office, calling the
fact that he did a “non-issue.”

“There’s no violation of the
Constitution and it’s not an
issue that is relevant to the peo-
ple of Elizabeth,” Mr Pinder
told The Tribune on January

11. He also asserted that his
allegiance was to the Bahamas,
and that his status in the US
did not conflict with this in any-
way.

However, news reports quot-
ing Mr Pinder last night sug-
gested that the would-be politi-
cian felt questions about his loy-
alty to the Bahamas had proven
to be a “distraction” during his
campaign to represent the Eliz-
abeth constituency.

Both Workers’ Party leader
and candidate in the by-elec-
tion, Rodney Moncur, and
National Development Party
candidate Andre Rollins had
criticised the fact that Mr Pin-
der held dual citizenship, sug-
gesting it drew into question his
eligibility to hold public office
in the Bahamas and the likeli-
hood that he would act in the
best interests of Bahamian con-
stituents if elected.

The FNM has been less
vociferous in its commentary



RYAN PINDER

on Mr Pinder’s status, however
Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham did
make remarks earlier this week
in the constituency suggesting
his party’s candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, would be more loyal to
Elizabeth constituents given his
single, rather than dual, citi-
zenship.

The Constitution states in
Article 48 that no person shall
be qualified to be elected as a
Member of the House of
Assembly who is a citizen of
another country having become
such a citizen voluntarily, or is,
by virtue of his own act, under
any acknowledgment of alle-
giance, obedience or adherence
to a foreign power or state.

But as Mr Pinder is a
Bahamian born in Nassau, of a
Bahamian father and Ameri-
can mother, he acquired US cit-
izenship at birth automatically,
rather than voluntarily.

Workers’ Party leader says he has proven himself best Elizabeth candidate

Rodney Moncur: I won TV political debate

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FOLLOWING the widely
viewed political debate on JCN
TV, Workers Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur has claimed that
he was the outright victor and
has proven himself to be the
best candidate to represent the
people of Elizabeth.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Moncur
said that his strategy leading
into the debate was to desta-
bilise and eliminate his “main
opponent”, Ryan Pinder after
having already “defeated” the
FNM’s Dr Duane Sands “from
a constitutional standpoint.”

Mr Moncur said: “The PLP
had the building packed and
they had a very hostile crowd.
So I changed my strategy to
humour them before I launched
my attack. I think I have
knocked Sands out in terms of
his eligibility as it relates to the
constitution, and as it relates to
the debate my strategy was to
knock Pinder out first.

“So I spoke to him in a
tongue that he understood. So

Man arraigned
on rape charge

A 20-year-old Faith
Avenue man was yesterday
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
Court on a rape charge.

It is alleged that Rachard
Fenelus raped a 16-year-
old girl on January 23,
2010.

Fenelus, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusola Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to enter a
plea to the charge. He was
granted bail in the sum of
$8,000 with one surety. The
case has been adjourned to
June 28.

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when I said to him that (PLP
leader Perry) Christie does not
support him, he knew that I was
privy to exactly what the PLP’s
internal problems were.”

The Workers’ Party leader
added that if Bahamians were
honest and did not allow them-
selves to be swayed by party
affiliation, they would have to
admit that he was the best can-
didate in the debate.

Superior

“Tf political tribalism and all
that is put aside, I am the supe-
rior candidate. Ryan Pinder is
lost in this whole battle and I
say this with the greatest humil-
ity— without any arrogance. I
am the superior candidate to
Cassius Stuart and Dr Andre
Rollins. That is a fact, and the
Bahamas knows what my his-
tory is,” he said. Along with Mr
Moncur and Mr Pinder at the
February 9 debate were
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment leader Cassius Stuart and
National Development Party
candidate Dr Andre Rollins.

Each candidate was offered
an opportunity by the host
Wendall Jones to introduce
themselves and answer ques-
tions on what they would do if
elected as the next MP for Eliz-
abeth. The FNM’s candidate
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date who did not participate in
the debate. NDP candidate Dr
Rollins said that he was pleased
that persons thought he did well
during the debate.

However, Dr Rollins said he
personally felt he could have
done better and hopes that such
debates become a fixture in all
future elections. He said:
“There were many issues I
would have liked to touch on,
but the time constraints did not
allow. Hopefully there would
be further opportunities for
Bahamians to appreciate that
I have many ideas to offer
about improving the state of
our nation.

“T really liked that the debate
allowed the opportunity for the
people to know a lot about me
and to realise that I am an up
and coming politician who has a
great deal to offer. For those
who thought that I won the
debate, I am appreciative that
they are giving me a vote of
support and confidence and I
hope that translates into sup-
port in the votes on February
16 from the constituents of Eliz-
abeth,” he said.

Attempts to reach BDM can-
didate Cassius Stuart and PLP
candidate Ryan Pinder for com-
ment on their debate perfor-
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Dr Sands always supported a health plan

DURING THE Elizabeth by-election
campaign over the past few weeks, the PLP
has tried to make the voters of that con-
stituency believe that Dr Duane Sands — the
FNM’s candidate for the vacant seat — is not
interested in the poor because he was against
National Health Insurance.

Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a matter of fact we do not know of any
doctor who publicly admitted to being
against insurance for general health care.
(The National Health Insurance Act 2006
was tabled in parliament by the Christie gov-
ernment on November 15, 2006).

However, there were many doctors, some
of them quite vocal, who expressed the belief
that the scheme as then proposed would not
solve the Bahamas’ healthcare problems.
On the contrary it would never be able to
deliver the standard of care promised by the
PLP government’s Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion.

In various statements, one before the
Rotary Club of Nassau on March 16, 2006,
Dr Sands made it clear that he believed
every Bahamian was entitled to health care
as of right.

“The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion and the National Health Insurance plan
are admirable and universally held,” Dr
Sands told Rotary. However, “they will not
be achieved with this plan as currently out-
lined and will likely cause far more damage
than ever anticipated.”

Dr Robin Roberts, chairman of the
National Coalition for Health Care Reform
— the brother of PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts — was of the same opinion.

In Dr Roberts’ view the plan advanced by
the PLP’s Blue Ribbon Commission raised
many unanswered questions. “We believe
it to be our responsibility and the responsi-
bility of all right-minded thinking Bahamians
to raise those questions and to engage in
true and meaningful consultation with Gov-
ernment in seeking answers,” he said.

In expressing his concern, Dr Sands gave
the analogy of a flight to London. “In the
economy class,” he said, “sit the majority
of travellers. Space is limited but comfortable
and the food is palatable. Up from there is
business class, with larger seats, more space
and sumptuous fare ... exceeded only by
the plush and posh environment of first class.
Same plane, same pilot no difference in des-
tination or safety. One size does not fit all.
Everyone cannot afford Atlantis or Ocean
Club — but they certainly should continue to
exist.”

It was because of his concern for those in
economy class — the poor of this country—
that he disagreed with the national health
plan as then designed. He saw the plan as a
“frightenly retrogressive step that will lead to
less accountability, longer waiting times and
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plan that offered first class seats that could
not be delivered to the poor.

“For the sake of all Bahamians,” said Dr
Robin Roberts, “let’s take the time to get it
right!”

But an election was around the corner. It
was more important for the PLP to win that
election rather than to get it right.

Tribune files are filled with public state-
ments by Dr Sands, saying ‘yes we need pub-
lic health,’ but let’s get it right or the people’s
lot will be worse than what they now have.

And so how Dr Bernard Nottage — who
as Minister of Health on rejoining the PLP
was given the task of taking the PLP’s health
plan to the people — could say with a
straight face that his “impression” was that
Dr Sands did not support National Health
Insurance, is beyond comprehension. No
wonder the general public do not trust most
politicians.

Dr Sands said it many times over that he
supported national health insurance, but not
the plan devised as an election-gimmick by
the PLP government. He believed the
Bahamian people — especially the poor —
deserved better.

Now we invite Dr Nottage to recall one of
the consultative meetings that Dr Marcus
Bethel — at the time the PLP government’s
Minister of Health — held with a group of
physicians at the School of Nursing. The
meeting was to discuss government’s nation-
al health insurance plan.

According to our records, Dr Nottage,
who then headed his own party, the CDR —
he had not yet returned to the fold of his old
party the PLP — sat quietly throughout the
discussion — that is until towards the end. It
was then that it is claimed he dropped his
verbal “bomb.” We understand that the gist
of his angry remarks was that the Blue Rib-
bon Commission hadn’t a clue what it was
doing. It was basing its conclusions on faulty
information, and as such the plan was not
sustainable.

We certainly got the impression at the
time that Dr Sands and Dr Nottage were
singing from the same hymn sheet. But, one
must remember that when Dr Nottage was
singing his song, he headed his own political
party in Opposition to the PLP. However, in
the interim he rejoined his old government,
became its Minister of Health and took the
PLP’s health scheme to the public. Today, he
is in Elizabeth trying to get his party’s can-
didate elected, and in the bargain misrepre-
senting the position of the opposition can-
didate — Dr Duane Sands.

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misrepresentation alone should make voters
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I didn't expect to be
imposing on you so soon
after you so kindly pub-
lished my recent letter about
how gangsterism came to
the Bahamas during the
Colombian cocaine era.
However, an article in
another newspaper has
prompted me to recall how
everybody lost respect for
Public Disclosure as a result
of the revelations of the
Commission of Enquiry in
1984.

Some members of the
Opposition at the time the
Disclosure Act was passed
in 1976 were of the view that
it was never intended for
certain people but that then
Prime Minister Lynden Pin-
dling intended to use it
against his opponents.

After the Disclosure Act
came into force in 1978 Sen-
ators and Members of Par-
liament faithfully filled out
their disclosure forms every
year. Members in opposition

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to the PLP Government
were particularly careful to
disclose in great detail.

Then something hap-
pened. The finances of Sir
Lynden were examined by
Inspector Frank Richter on
behalf of the Commission of
Enquiry into drug trafficking
through the Bahamas.

It's a long sordid story
but briefly Inspector Richter
found that from 1977
through 1983 Sir Lynden
had deposits of $3.5 million
in his bank accounts over
and above his salary and
allowances. The money
came from different sources
including “loans” from the
principals of Freeport, pay-
ments from Everette Ban-
nister and some unidentified
deposits.

It transpired that Sir Lyn-
den had not declared some
of these deposits to the Dis-

closure Commission. The
Act clearly sets out what the
Disclosure Commission
should do in cases of non-
disclosure, incomplete dis-
closure or false disclosure.

But in the case of Sir
Lynden? Well, the Disclo-
sure Commission did noth-
ing. One member, a highly
respected senior public ser-
vant, resigned, reportedly in
disgust. So the credibility of
the Disclosure Act and the
Disclosure Commission
went to hell along with a lot
of other things in our coun-
try during those terrible
days.

One Member of Parlia-
ment said he would never
disclose again. I don't know
whether he carried out that
threat, but from then on
many Members of Parlia-
ment were not all that par-
ticular about filling out their
annual forms.

LONG MEMORY
Nassau,
February10, 2010.

Perry Christie has forgotten Farm Road

EDITOR, The Tribune.

There is continuous erosion
in the inner-city. The escala-
tion of serious crimes has
gripped us all. Regardless
who is involved, the fear of
criminals pouncing on inno-
cent victims exists. Even
though we must not concede
to criminals and their activi-
ties, we must be mindful that
crime is happening far too
often and too many law-abid-
ing people are being taken
advantage of.

Even though crime is
almost nationwide there are
serious pockets of criminal
elements that seem to have
been nurtured from the lack
of cooperation by neighbours
and the lack of attention by
the relevant authorities.
Token visits in the communi-
ties once in a while can do
precious little to alleviate the
vexing problems. But the bla-
tant dishonesty is perpetrat-
ed by the PLP, they would
want sensible Bahamians to
believe that a programme
could prevent drug dealers
from killing each other and
that lovers who cannot com-
municate sometimes take
their differences too far. The
truth is not in the PLP.

As far as the cries in the
inner-city are concerned,
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Simeon Hall are few in the
church who have shown some
interest. Also Debbie Bartlet-
te’s thirst for the real news
began to search for meaning-
ful programmes and how the
implementation of these pro-
grammes can move closer
from the horizon. But to be
honest there has been a few
who thought it important
enough to visit and listen to
the cries of some of the peo-
ple, but while many have
resigned that they chose to
live in the conditions they are
in, some pray for a better way.

Several months ago I was
part of a media team that ven-
tured to take the cameras
through the Hay Street, West
Street, Hospital Lane, Masons
Addition and surrounding
areas. The close up graphic
details of accounts of the con-
stant sound of machine guns
shooting at anytime of the
day, painted a picture of the
“wild, wild west.” The grim
reality of people being shot
and killed all too often, forced
me to gulp from the imagina-
tion of the pain that must
have been visited on the fam-
ilies of both criminals and vic-
tims. The relevant authorities
must know of this, but noth-
ing has changed.

The residents in the Farm
Road area expressed how
they expected their represen-
tative Perry Gladstone
Christie to make a difference
but he turned out to be noth-
ing more than a “puff of
wind”, shuffling and dancing
while his constituents suffer.

They claim that he has not
gone back to see his con-
stituent, other than to take
photos. Mr Christie as prime
minister did nothing then and
it would appear that he could
care less now.

I dare Mr Christie to say
what positive impact he had
or is having, or what encour-
agement or influence he is
using to help the people he
encouraged to vote for him.
But the people of Farm Road
are only experiencing what
the rest of the Bahamas knew
all along and that is, a man
who is constantly late for
everything certainly cannot
manage himself.

I strongly suggest that the
time Mr Christie uses to sell
the myth to the people of
Elizabeth that the shortcom-
ings in their constituency is
because someone else caused
it only shows that he would
do anything and say anything
just to get his hands on the
country’s power structure
once again, nothing more and
nothing less, and to hell with
the people of Farm Road or
Elizabeth Constituency. At
least this is my opinion from
my own observations.

Robert Collier said, “One
comes to believe whatever
one repeats to oneself suffi-
ciently often, whether the
statement is true or false. It
comes to be the dominating
thought in one’s mind.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Fishermen fear Freeport boat will soon start large-scale tuna fishing

FISHERMEN fear large-scale tuna
fishing by a Freeport boat rigged with
a mile-long net will commence in the
coming weeks with government sup-
port.

The Department of Agriculture and
Marine Resources director and deputy
director did not return calls from The
Tribune yesterday about the reports,
however fishermen say they have been
informed that a vessel docked at a
Grand Bahama marina is licensed to

‘Stop dumping garbage
in our protected areas’

Trust seeks clampdown after refuse found in Bonefish Pond National park



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By ALESHA CADET

THE Bahamas National
Trust is appealing to law
enforcement agencies to take
a strong stand against those
who dump refuse in protected
areas following the discovery
of garbage deposits in the
Bonefish Pond National Park.

This comes after two massive
clean-ups and an investment of
well over $100,000 in a board-
walk and viewing platform at
the park. BNT deputy execu-
tive director Lynn Gape said
the offenders deposited the
waste alongside a newly
cleaned road which the Trust
is in the process of completing.

A statement from the BNT
said the latest report of dump-
ing is disheartening, as a great
deal of time and energy have
been spent improving the area
so Bahamians can enjoy the
park. BNT executive director
Eric Carey said the last step in
their efforts to improve the
park is the completion of the
road, which will cost more than
$40,000. The new infrastruc-
ture makes it easier for educa-
tors to take students on field
trips into the wetland. The
viewing platform also acts as a
staging area for snorkelling and
kayaking tours. “We have to
protect the resource so people
can be able to enjoy it, creating
new business opportunities,”
Mr Carey said.

According to the BNT,
Bonefish Pond has been the
victim of indiscriminate dump-
ing for many years.

“This is not a place for
dumping. Through awareness
and education, we want people
to know that,” Mr Carey said.

The BNT, with the assistance
of the Ministry of the Environ-
ment, International Coastal
Clean-up and other agencies
has been able to remove much
of the debris.

Tamica Rahming, director of
the park said, “To date, we
have removed over 35 tons of
garbage. We encourage people
to come out, we want people
to see what’s happening.

“Tt is not the majority of the
Bahamian public, its just a few
individuals (who are dumping).
We urge people to report to the
BNT and police officials when
they see people dumping,” Ms
Rahming said.

Man receives jail
term for possessing
unlicensed firearm

FREEPORT - A 22-year-
old man was sentenced to
serve nine months in prison
after pleading guilty to pos-
session of an unlicensed
firearm.

Jhatorae Roberts, 22, and
Vaughn Cooper, 25, appeared
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones on charges
of possession of an unlicensed
firearm and ammunition.

Roberts pleaded guilty the
charges. Cooper was dis-
charged by the court.

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net tuna on an unprecedented scale.

They say the Bahamian-registered
boat, estimated to be more than 100 ft
long, is rigged with a mile-long, 900 ft
deep net; has a Mediterranean crew
trained in large-scale fishing and
intends to sell the haul outside the
Bahamas.

An Abaco lobster and sport fisher-
man, who did not want to be named,
said ministry officials told him the net
fishing of tuna, never before practiced

ST, CECILIA'S CATHOLIC CHURC

in the country, is an experiment. But
he is concerned it will greatly deplete
local tuna stocks and harm the multi-
million dollar sportfishing industry, as
well as harm protected species such
as dolphins and juvenile fish.

Indiscriminate

He said: “It’s indiscriminate fishing
so everything that comes up in the net
is going to die in it.

“And from my understanding they
are going to be targetting tuna in the
Bahamas, especially in the Abacos and
in the Tongue of the Ocean, and they
are going to exploit them out.

“There’s nothing of that magnitude
here now, and having seen tuna
decline over the past 20 years, I am
now concerned something of this mag-
nitude would really hurt our industry.

“Why would they let something of
that scale come in to experiment?

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LOCAL NEWS



Minister visits area at centre ©8 residents seek date

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT -— Environ-
ment Minister Earl Deveaux
visited Bahama Rock yes-
terday to see the mound of
dirt north of Warren Levar-
ity Highway which has
sparked environmental con-
cerns among residents of
West Grand Bahama.

Mr Deveaux, who is here
attending the Bahamas
International Maritime Con-
ference, met and spoke with
local officials about the dirt,
which is being hauled from
the other side of the high-
way.

“They (Bahama Rock)



EARL DEVEAUX

are moving their offices
from where they are now
because they are scheduled
to start mining the site on



which their office is current-
ly located,” he said.

“They are not destroying
the mangroves and that is
not founded in anything
they showed me today,” he
told The Tribune.

Bahama Rock is a mining
plant that exports aggregate
products used in the con-
struction industry.

The company wants to
excavate about 1,000 acres
of land on the opposite side
of the highway from its cur-
rent operation, to allow for
future development of
another deep water harbour.

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and dredged the Freeport
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plained of constant loud
noise and damage to their
homes as a result of the
underground blasting asso-
ciated with this project.

Mr Deveaux noted that an
environmental impact
assessment (EJA) for the
proposed expansion was
conducted by the govern-
ment’s Bahamas Environ-
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SEE page seven



from Earl Deveaux

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The Grand Bahama Committee of Con-

i cerned Residents told The Tribune yesterday that its
i members are upset because there has been no word on
: when Environment Minister Earl Deveaux will meet with
? residents about the proposed expansion of the contro-
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Mr Deveaux has been in Freeport since Wednesday

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i meet with concerned Grand Bahamians, however com-
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: had heard nothing about a date, time, or venue.

“We need to know as a community what time he will

: meet with us, and where he will meet about information
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? committee member Troy Garvey earlier this week.

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Men wanted for questioning by police



Area at centre of
environmental
concerns

FROM page six

Commission to come down
here and do a thorough
overview with the commu-
nity on the EIA,” he said.

“Tam well aware of some
of the nuisance created with
respect to noise and dam-
age to certain homes, and I
am equally aware of what
steps and efforts have been
made to try and mitigate
them. Whether there has
been a satisfactory conclu-
sion in the minds of the res-
idents of West Grand
Bahama, I cannot speak to
that,” said Mr Deveaux.

“Mr Weech has been here
to share it, but this is an
extraordinarily emotive
issue that has been subject
to very strident comments
in the press,” he said.

Mr Deveaux said Bahama
Rock has also done several
EIAs which were submitted
to the Grand Bahama Port

Authority’s Environment
Department and published
on its website.

“Tt dealt with a number of
complaints and I saw an
overview of the EIA where
they essentially went into
West Grand Bahama and
tested some of the blasting
and noise level in houses to
determine what was satis-
factory and moderated their
blasting plans to accommo-
date those specific parame-
ters. I don’t know the extent
to which that was shared
with the community,” he
said.

Mr Deveaux explained
that Bahama Rock and the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority have a “symbi-
otic relationship” in which
the company is allowed to
mine rock in exchange for
creating depth in the water,
which allows the harbour
to better accommodate
cruise ships and commer-
cial ships.

(While supplies last.)

THE following persons are
wanted for questioning in connec-
tion with ongoing investigations
by the Central Detective Unit.

All suspects are considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the
suspects’ whereabouts is asked to
please contact police on the emer-
gency line 919/911; CDU at 502-
9930/9991; the Police Control
Room at 322-3333; Crime Stop-
pers at 328-8477 or the nearest
police station.

1. Brent Felix McPhee, alias
Brent Glinton, BJ and Smiley,
aged 22, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a burglary.

His last known address is #2 Ole-
ander Avenue, South Beach.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’8” tall, weigh-
ing 128 Ibs, of thin build.









2. Franklyn Stubbs, alias Franky,
aged 27, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a case of steal-
ing from a vehicle.

His last known address is
Muncur Alley, off Kemp Road.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 61” tall, weigh-
ing 145 Ibs, of thin build.

3. Tavarie Maycock/Williams,
alias Culmer, aged 30, is wanted

for questioning in connection with
an investigation into threats of
death.

His last known address is #15
Esmeralda Street, East Street near
Auto Fresh.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’6’ tall, weigh-
ing 135 Ibs, of slim build.









4. Fredrick Montgomery Neely,
alias Barber, aged 27, is wanted
for questioning in connection with
a armed robbery.

His last known address is
Carmichael Road.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’0” tall, weigh-
ing 180 Ibs, of medium build.

5. Arroyo Dwight Clarke, aged
25, is wanted for questioning in
connection with an armed robbery.

His last known address is New-
bold Street.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’7” tall, weigh-
ing 220 Ibs, of medium build.

6. Timothy Cole, alias Timothy
Gooding, aged 27, is wanted for
questioning in connection with an
armed robbery.

His last known address is Woods
Alley.

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The committee is opposed to the proposed expansion of
Bahama Rock’s digging and blasting activities, and has
urged Mr Deveaux not to grant the company permission to
cross the Warren Levarity Highway.

The company has already hauled large amounts of dirt
across the highway to an area near wetlands and mangroves
along the north shore.

Bahama Rock general manager Walter Reed recently
told The Tribune that the area is being prepared for the relo-
cation of its offices across the highway.

He said they were granted a building permit for the site in
2007.

Mr Barr and Mr Garvey said no one has told the residents
about what is going on at the site or whether the company
had received approval from the government.

“We need some answers. Everyone is telling us they don’t
know anything about it, but we think there is a plan to start
dredging on this side (of the highway), Mr Barr said.

Mr Garvey added: “We are not going to sit back and
allow them to do what they want to do. We need to preserve
our land for our children.”

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Elizabeth’s ‘great debate’

YOUNG MAn’s VIEW

ADRIAN GIBSON



By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

THERE was nothing
great about the so-called
“great debate” for Eliza-
beth as it was merely a
chaotic sham. Disappoint-

ingly, it turned out to be
nothing more than a politi-
cal sideshow—a farce.
Jones Communication
Network CEO Wendall
Jones had a noble idea in
organizing such a debate,
however, it was poorly

organized, the audience
was too rowdy and certain
participants were overly
incendiary. Frankly, the
televised broadcast of the
debate began with technical
glitches.

The “great debate” was

There’s been a lot of
talk about the recall.
Here are the facts.

Toyota Motor Sales USA's voluntary
safety recall affects only vehicles made
in North America (the models and mod-
el years are listed below in Toyota’s
correspondence).

Executive Motors imports the vast
majority of its units from Japan, and
these are not affected by either the ac-
celerator pedal defect or the recall.

The only Toyota vehicles affected in
the Bahamas are units that were made
in the US and imported by individuals,
plus a few sold by Executive Motors -
specifically the Avalon sedan, Tundra
truck and some Camry models.

As part of a company-wide pro-
gramme announced last week, Toyota
is undertaking a top-to-bottom qual-
ity review to ensure that all its vehicles
meet the highest safety standards and
that all customer complaints are re-
sponded to promptly and effectively.

Recalls are, in fact, an action of
goodwill on the part of the manufactur-
er to keep customers safe. And a num-

As Consumer Reports’ senior di-
rector of automotive testing David
Champion confirmed recently: “We
think Toyota makes a very, very good
car. They’re usually very good in terms
of crash tests. They come with all the
latest safety features. Their reliability in
the past has been excellent. And once
this recall has gone through, we would
not have any hesitation in recommend-
ing a Toyota vehicle.”

Owners who have purchased an
affected vehicle from Executive Motors
will be contacted by our Service
Department to make an appointment
to have their vehicle fixed.

Toyota’s engineers have developed
and rigorously tested an effective solu-
tion to address the potential for sticking
accelerator pedals.

A precision-cut steel reinforcement
bar will be installed into the pedal as-
sembly, thereby eliminating the excess
friction that has caused pedals to stick
in rare instances.

Individuals who bought vehicles
in the US should register their model,
year and vehicle identification number
(VIN) with Executive Motors as soon as
possible.

Detailed information and answers
to questions about the recall are
available at www.toyota.con/yrecall.
Customers may call Executive Motors
Service Department at 397-1700 for
assistance.

Toyota began making automobiles
in 1937 and is now the world’s largest
auto maker. Toyota’s corporate vision is
to meet global mobility needs in a way
that respects the Earth and all people.

Executive Motors is the exclusive
franchised dealer for Toyota, which
has been marketing vehicles in the
Bahamas for over 40 years. Our facto-
ry-trained technicians are here to help
you.

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ogise for any incovenience caused by
the recall.

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hardly an intellectual
exchange or debate of
ideas, but instead descend-
ing into much posturing,
lots of finger-jabbing, ruffi-
an-like browbeating, and
politically tune-deaf and
comical response. Honestly,
there were many instances
where the debate was tan-
tamount to a laugh fest.
Several times during the
great debate, I thought that
I was watching an episode
of BET’s Comicview and
was thoroughly enter-
tained!

However, the campaign
gimmicks put on air during
the debate set a horrible
precedent for the future of
political debates, which are
evidently needed in our
political culture.

None of the candidates
enunciated a_ clearly
defined vision beyond what
is commonly uttered. Say
what you may about Work-
ers Party leader Rodney
Moncur, but he was unam-
biguous—to say the least—
in his responses. On the
other hand, there were sev-
eral instances where some
of the other respondents
offered answers steeped in
the language of insincerity,
of cloudy vagueness, out-
right evasion and, for polit-
ical mileage, that straddled
the political fence.

The political modus
operandi—our level of
political discourse—is
advancing with glacier-like
slowness. Bahamians
remain too concerned with
flag-wagging, pom-poms, t-
shirts, free booze and grill-
outs, many times politically
vacillating and playing
musical chairs between the
major parties.

A truly organized politi-
cal debate should be a set-
ting where the candidates
face-off, one where multi-
media personnel producing
catchy sound bites are
absent and where the spin-
doctors are unable to coach
a candidate. The idea of a

political debate is to dis-
play thinking and speaking
skills while under pres-
sure—devoid of prefabri-
cated responses—to shape
a candidate’s image in a
voter’s mind and to
increase voter confidence.

Opportunity

In its truest sense, a polit-
ical debate should be an
opportunity for candidates
to present their views on
the major issues affecting
this country as a whole and,
more specifically, their con-
stituencies. It should pro-
vide an opportunity for
candidates to explain the
manifesto of their party and
to state their plans for mov-
ing the country forward,
whilst also providing an
opportunity for counter-
arguments to be expressed
and for candidates to
demonstrate why their
position is better than their
opponents. It should not
merely be about asking and
answering questions, but
instead serve as an oppor-
tunity for demanding
accountability while also
delving into a candidate’s
track record.

A debate format is sup-
posed to be governed by a
memorandum of under-
standing between the par-
ticipants; however, there
was hardly any evidence of
this during the sidesplitting
outfit on Tuesday. Prior to
actually watching the
debate, I thought that the
FNM and Dr Duane Sands
were displaying political
cowardice and taking a
grave political risk by blow-
ing-off the debate. In some
ways, I still do. Initially, I
saw Dr Sands’ refusal to
participate as politically
insincere, as hiding behind
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s coat instead of
facing the nation and, like
the song about Jerry
Roker, of giving the slip
and ducking. However,
after a night of comic relief
and glee, in hindsight I now
believe that the FNM may

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FROM page eight

have foreseen the hysteria
of the “great debate.” That
said, I do believe that if the
debate had taken on a dif-
ferent format, Dr Sands
should have been present
to champion the vision set
out in his mini-manifesto,
which he claims to have
written. Nation-building
cannot occur without a
meeting of the minds and
true representation for the
people of Elizabeth (or any
other constituency)
demands that politicians
move beyond their wound-
ed egos.

Relative to the recent
debate, there appeared to
be a lack of audience-con-
trol and Mr Jones—whom I
deeply respect—could have
been better steered and
redirected and/or demand-
ed responses (e.g., while
the other participants
avoided questions on the
crucial issue of citizenship,
only NDP Dr Andre
Rollins and Mr Moncur
addressed the issue without
Mr Jones demanding a
response from PLP candi-
date Ryan Pinder or BDM
leader Cassius Stuart). Sev-
eral times, Mr Jones was
also heard cautioning peo-
ple and promising to call
the police to maintain con-
trol. One noticeable high-
point is that the questions
asked addressed a wide-
range of issues.

Furthermore, the
coloured podiums—six
weeks after junkanoo and
on the eve of Trinidad’s
Carnival—was comedic and
indicated that something
was amiss and that the
“great debate” would not
be taken seriously.

Even more, Jones Com-
munications should have
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control, and avoid displays
of outright partisanship and
heckling. When having
such a debate no audience
member is supposed to
respond, but instead should
listen to the candidate’s
ideas and offer an informed
response at the polls. A
debate is supposed to fea-
ture a reserved audience—
it should have had an audi-
ence of professionals and
members of civil society.

Frankly, while the syco-
phants parade throughout
Elizabeth, it is clear that
Bahamian politics must
become idiot-proof!

The debate left PLP can-
didate Ryan Pinder, in
some instances, seemingly
offering recited responses.
At times, he appeared
uncomfortable in his own
skin. Mr Pinder’s shrill,
crackling voice made his
ideas—some of which were
first-rate—less forceful.
More than anyone else, Mr

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was a mere chaotic sham

RODNEY MONCUR, Ryan Pinder, Andre Rollins and Cassius Stuart.

Pinder linked his responses
to the electorate in Eliza-
beth.

T have also been told that
in order to eliminate an
electoral challenge on the
grounds of his citizenship—
if he wins—Mr Pinder has
renounced his US citizen-
ship.

Honesty

Rodney Moncur’s
straightforward honesty,
controversial and comical
gestures were enrapturing.
I kept tuned in because of
Mr Moncur, and I do
believe that he is a true
nationalist and means well.

Cassius Stuart was of no
consequence.

Mr Stuart—clothed in an
ill-advised bright, wedding
suit—performed poorly,
certainly much less than is
expected of someone who
has been involved in about
three elections thus far.

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appears to have a fixation
with quarters as he yet
again produced one at the
debate, was impressive,
although he—like Mr Mon-
cur—prefaced much of his
responses with political
potshots.

Dr Rollins was less stiff
in the way he presented
himself.

Future elections should
feature full-scale public
debates—throughout the
archipelago—starting six
months in advance of an
election.

Furthermore, rather than
a political party believing
that its candidate would be
ambushed in a debate, the
most prominent future
debates should be con-
ducted by a moderator
agreed upon by all partici-
pants and open to all
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Plans to prorogue
Parliament extended

FROM page one

believes Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham still intends to go forward
with the prorogation. This would
result in all parliamentary business
currently on the Government's agen-
da to be discontinued, having to be
re-introduced in the new session.

The next meeting of Parliament is
scheduled for February 24. Tabled
for discussion that day is a mid-term
budget review, which could take up to
one week to discuss, said Carl Bethel,
Member of Parliament for Sea
Breeze.

“Obviously a political event arose
which superseded (the plan to pro-
rogue Parliament). Whether or not
we will eventually prorogue at some
point is the solely the decision of the
prime minister. There has been a
change, because the original
announcement was for the end of
January. It obviously has not been
able to be accomplished,” said Mr
Bethel.

He said the prime minister in con-
sultation with the Cabinet would
decide the next move after the mid-
term budget debate.

Certain initiatives are now in limbo,
such as the proposed amendments to
the Sexual Offences Act banning
marital rape. Prime Minister Ingra-
ham indicated last month his inten-
tion to debate the amendments
before Parliament was prorogued.

“T know it won’t be on (the next)
agenda, but I always believe my
Prime Minster. I trust him. I think he
is just as passionate about ensuring
women, men and all Bahamians have
equal opportunities to present to
court to have justice done. I know
that is definitely his mantra,” said
Minister of State for Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner, the key
backer of the bill.

She plans to be absent at the next
sitting of Parliament, as she will be
travelling to Washington, DC to pro-
mote the International Year of
Women.

Another urgent matter of Parlia-
ment will be swearing in the new
Member of Parliament for Elizabeth.
Once the speaker of the House is
advised of the return of the writ of the
by-election, Mr Tynes said the new
Member of Parliament could be
sworn. He anticipated that would
occur during the next meeting after
the February 24 sitting of Parliament.

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Uncertainty over when

NIB rise will happen

FROM page one

pen.

Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing said he does not know when National
Insurance Board (NIB) contributions will be
raised from 8.8 per cent to the expected 10.8
per cent to cover the cost of the new unem-
ployment benefits scheme and national drug
prescription plan.

And the business sector hopes the rise from
5.4 to 6.4 per cent for employers, and 3.4 to 4.4
per cent for employees, will be held off until
the economy has revived.

But the NIB unemployment benefits scheme
has already paid out more than the $20 million
allocated for the scheme, as the latest figures
show $21,816,554 was distributed to 14,692
beneficiaries between April and January.

And funding will also be required for the
national prescription drug plan expected to
provide 170 prescription medications for 11
chronic non-communicable diseases to NIB
contributors from June.

President of the Bahamas Employers Con-
federation Brian Nutt said: “We hate to see
tax increase anywhere but most employers
recognise that this is part of the social ser-

vices provided in developing and
developed countries and we have
to accept that fact.

“We are hoping there is a little
bit longer of a delay. Although
things appear to be improving, we
still have a long ways to go. It’s
hard to say when we will be
ready.”

Joan Thompson, president of
free market advocate group The
Nassau Institute, argues the latest
government schemes will only
increase debt for the government
and businesses.

She said: “We have to distin-
guish between the role of govern-
ment and charity. The government
is not a charitable organisation,
nor should it be, because they
have to take other people’s money to be char-
itable.

“The government is certainly pressed on
the issue because they have the power to tax,
and the power to tax is the power to destroy.
The government has so much power it can
end up destroying business.”

The Minister of State for Finance asserted in
December the government will consult the



business community before
implementing the increase once a
date is set.

He maintains the contribution
increase is a small price for busi-
nesses and the working popula-
tion to pay for an unemployment
safety net.

And the national prescription
drug plan is intended to provide
easier access to medication for
common non-communicable dis-
eases such as asthma, arthritis,
heart disease, hypertension,
breast and prostate cancer, and
is expected to serve as a precursor
for a national health insurance

ZHIVARGO LAING plan.

The plan will be implemented
in phases to first assist the elder-
ly, the infirm, children and students, by pro-
viding them with free medication.

Health officials maintain one in every three
Bahamian households is affected by one of
the 11 most common chronic non-communi-
cable diseases and immediate access to essen-
tial drugs will help patients manage their ill-
nesses and help reduce their financial burden
associated with purchasing the drugs.

FROM page one

She said the alleged sexual mis-
conduct perpetrated against the 15-
year-old came to light after the girl
confided in a teacher at the school,
who then told the student to inform
the principal.

It was after the principal called the
girl’s parents to the school that it then
emerged that at least two other pupils
were claiming they had also been tar-
geted by the teacher.

The girl’s mother has now given a
statement to police on the island.

“Apparently he was doing it to oth-
er students, spanking them on the hip
in an inappropriate way. She said
you’re wrong for that, don’t try that
with me, and then when she went to
ask him to explain something about a
project, he said “You know just what
to do’, and as she was walking away
he put his hand up her skirt.”

Meanwhile, according to District
Superintendent for Central Andros,
North Andros and the Berry Islands

Ministry officials

Harcourt Davis, which covers the
North Andros High School from
where the latest allegations on that
island come, a decision is now pend-
ing on behalf of the Ministry as to
the way forward in handling those
involved in the Andros situation.

Yesterday Mr Davis stated that the
allegations, which he said involve one
teacher and one student, and revolved
around “words exchanged” rather
than actual allegations of sexual
abuse.

He said the decision to have the
reports investigated were taken as a
proactive measure to avoid any pos-
sibility that the situation could esca-
late into something more serious.

“We just want to make sure that
nothing happens,” said Mr Davis. He
said he felt that the island’s school
administrators acted appropriately in
the circumstances.

Mr Davis’ version of events dif-
fered slightly from those of another

source yesterday, who alleged that
the complaints against the teacher
were made by “several” rather than
just one student.

The source concurred with Mr
Davis’ assertion that the reports were
not of actual abuse — stating instead
that there were verbal “advances”
made.

“Several teachers had heard the
complaints, but did nothing,” added
the source.

These latest child abuse allegations
emerged weeks after the Ministry of
Education moved several principals in
the Eleuthera school district in the
wake of their investigations into wide-
spread allegations of sexual molesta-
tion of children by adults on the
island.

The administrators were not
accused of having perpetrated the
abuse, but it is understood their trans-
ferral was necessitated by the deci-
sion to send the District Superinten-
dent, Rudolph Smith, on extended
leave after he was alleged to have
fallen down in his duties as child sex

allegations emerged.

Having found that preliminary
investigations in Eleuthera revealed a
“Pandora’s box” of molestation
claims, and in light of previous con-
troversies involving alleged abuse in
the Eight Mile Rock high school in
Grand Bahama — where teachers,
administrators, parents and others
were said to have missed opportuni-
ties to act on allegations made — the
Ministry has now gone into high gear
to identify and act upon any poten-
tially explosive situations that might
escalate to the detriment of students.

One official said the Ministry is
now doing its best to send a strong
message that such behaviour will not
be taken lightly and that the protec-
tion of children is of great impor-
tance, after uncovering evidence that
inappropriate practices involving
teachers and students have in fact
been “going on for decades” thanks
toa culture in which allegations were
not taken seriously, or those in lead-
ership positions in the school did not
take a proactive stance.

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LOCAL NEWS



Political parties preparing voter black list

FROM page one

the staging area during the
course of the day will be mon-
itoring the persons who come
to vote against the list of peo-
ple we have been able to find
or get information on. They
will be able to point out any
persons we feel are not eligi-
ble to vote,” said Dr Bernard
Nottage, campaign manager
for the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP).

Each of the 12 polling divi-
sions are assigned division
managers or team captains, in
the case of the two major
political parties. Members of
parliament and government
ministers were assigned the
responsibility, in the case of
the Free National Movement
(FNM). The PLP is drawing
from a body of experienced
election agents in the party,
as well as senators, and party
officers.

“The onus is on me (as the
team captain) to make sure
the integrity of the register is
intact. It is in my interest to
ensure only people who live
and reside in the polling divi-
sion vote. In my party’s per-
spective that is definitely on
me. That is why I would have
spent the past three weeks
going door-to-door to famil-
larize myself with the people
who will be voting on election
day, finding as many as I can


















possibly locate. Ultimately, at
the end of the day, the onus
falls squarely at the Parlia-
mentary Registration Depart-
ment,” said Loretta Butler-
Turner, Minister of State for
Social Development, who is
responsible for polling divi-
sion number eight.

The alarm was raised a few
weeks ago when party mem-
bers complained they were
unable to find hundreds of
people on the register during
house-to-house visitations.
The nature of the irregularities
being found are similar: New
registrants failing to satisfy the
condition of eligibility of resid-
ing in the constituency for
three months, and old regis-
trants satisfying the condition
of ineligibility by living out-
side the constituency for more
than six months. There were
some instances of deceased
voters still being on the list.

At an FNM press confer-
ence last week, party leader,
Prime Minister Ingraham,
said: “The FNM will not be
going to election court. We
win elections on election day
or we lose elections on elec-
tion day.”

The register being used for
the Elizabeth by-election is
the same register from the
2007 general election. Typi-
cally a register dies shortly in
advance of the next general
election. When this happens,

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appreciation for your kind words of comfort
offered, during our time of bereavement.
Through your prayers, phone calls, visits
gifts, and cards and on out pouring of love
demonstrated, They were a source of
Strength and helped to uplift our hearts

during this period.

Special thanks to our family and friencds
especially those who travelled with ws to
Long (sland for the Interment.

Remembering Bishop Pinder with undying
love, his family, The Church of God family,
The Christian Conununity and
The Nation at large

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all voters are required to re-
register in the constituency of
their most current residence.

As the 2007 register is still
current, only new residents in
Elizabeth, or residents who
recently turned voting age,
were required to register. In
general, the Parliamentary
Registration Department
depends on the integrity of
voters, who no longer live in
the constituency, to make
efforts to take their name of
the list, or refrain from vot-
ing.

Ms Butler-Turner called
Elizabeth a very transient con-
stituency, based on the num-
ber of apartment buildings,
duplexes and multiplexes,
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many residents flow in and out
of the community over the
course of an election cycle.

“A person walking into my
polling division, who I know
clearly (is ineligible) and I
have evidence to substantiate
my claim, I can challenge
them when they appear to
vote. At that time the return-
ing officer will either pursue
one of two options, given the
circumstances. He might have
them vote on a coloured ballot
or might have them swear an
oath that they do live in Eliz-
abeth; it is up to the discre-
tion of the returning officer,”
said Ms Butler-Turner.

The latter process exposes
the voter to committing the
criminal offence of perjury,
should they lie. If a voter is
indeed ineligible, but their
name is on the list, their vote
is counted as valid unless chal-
lenged.

Dr Nottage said, although

the PLP was able to locate a
number of suspect people
over the past ten days, they
continue to find irregularities,
and plan to continue working
around the clock on the veri-
fication process, up to elec-
tion day. He said he could not
say whether the PLP planned
to produce affidavits or any
physical evidence on election
day, although they were col-
lecting evidence and were
ready to file challenges should
the need arise.

“The PLP will be guided by
what happens on election day.
What we have said is that if
the register is not an authentic
register it could end up in the
election court. I guess it will
depend on the number of such
cases which we encounter and
the impact they have on the
election results,” said Dr Not-
tage.

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Murderer a step closer to hanging

FROM page one

in the circumstances ...

I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt

that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for
murder, namely death, is deserved.”

“There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and savage
attack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the convict showed
a callous disregard for human life when he shot his victim while he

was on the ground.”

She noted further that Sawyer had expressed no remorse for the
murder. In his confession to police, Sawyer said he committed

the robbery to pay his rent.

According to the statement from the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest has now
advised the Governor General of the Advisory Committee’s deci-

sion, reached on February 1.

The next step towards carrying out the death sentence, accord-
ing to the law, would be for a death warrant to be read to Sawyer,
however this could be halted if he chooses to appeal his murder

conviction.

The Advisory Committee’s recommendation in October of last
year that mercy was not appropriate in the case of murder convict
Maxo Tido has yet to result in the hanging of Tido, since notifi-
cation of his intended fate spurred the convict to lodge an appeal
to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council against the Court
of Appeal’s affirmation of his 2006 murder conviction.

This left the government without the legal right to continue
with his execution for the time being.

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at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating will
be Pastor. Laurent

H. Papoulote. Interment will follow in
the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen &

Spikenard Roads.

He is survived by his life-time partner:
Lorina Brave; His children: Julie,
Shemen, Messesly, Nila, Dee Dee,
Clotaire, Samuel, Vivian, Laurius,
Jackson, Nadege and Jackie Dorsainvil,
Gertha Brave Dorsainvil, Fritznel Brave,
Bernard Lynda and Nadine Dorsainvil;
grand-children: Island Pierre, Ethan
Dorsainvil, Paula Dorsainvil, Mackinly
Dorsainvil, Devenson, Robinson,
Farrah, Darling Pierre, Giland Pierre,
Merline Pierre, Johnathan Dorsainvil,
Brianna Dorainvil, Laterio Dorsainvil,
Keanna Dorsainvil; numerous brothers
& sisters including: Mesancia, Dieulla,
Medius and Dieufort Dorsainvil; a host
of other relatives and friends including:
Clodina, Maria Louis and Nadilia Jean.

Relatives and friends may pay their last
respect at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey
Street South, on Friday from 10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at
the church from 9:00 a.m. until service
time.



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he addressed the party’s
mass rally in Elizabeth
last night.

Earlier this week it
was reported that, like
many other members
of parliament, Mr
Ingraham has not com-
plied with the Public
Disclosures Act for the
past several years.

He admitted not
having made sucha
disclosure in accor-
dance with the Act
since before the 2007
general election. The
Act was passed in an
effort to ensure elect-
ed and publicly
appointed officials do
not corruptly enrich
themselves off the
public purse during
their tenure in office.

Mr Ingraham gave
his apology for this
omission as he accused
the PLP of being “dis-
tinctly different” to the
FNM, taking “neither
responsibility nor
blame for anything.”

His speech focused
on the charge that the
PLP, despite bold and
elaborate public
promises, failed to
deliver when it came
to developing and
advancing The
Bahamas during their
last term in office.

“Tf talk was the same
as action, Perry
Christie would be the
one of the most pro-
ductive men in the his-
tory of the Bahamas.
Or maybe even the
world. But talking
doesn’t provide people
with jobs or improved
health care or scholar-
ships or social assis-
tance when they are
hurting.”

By contrast, the
FNM leader told the
gathered crowd that
the FNM’s record is
one which shows it
does not simply talk
about improving the
country, but acts.

“They talked about
removing freight and
container traffic off
Bay Street. That’s all
they talked about but
they never ever did
anything about it other
than a supposed costly
study.

“We'll do it. We will
remove freight and
container traffic from
Bay Street, build a
port at Arawak Cay in
conjunction with all, or
some or none of the
private sector groups
with whom we are hav-
ing discussions. And
we will start the pro-
ject this year and we
will be ready with the
Port next year, God
willing,” he said.

He went on to urge
Elizabeth constituents
to vote for the party’s
candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, “a serious man
with a long record of
accomplishments.”

Mr Ingraham
described the surgeon
aS a man with “a fine
mind and a good
heart” who “will use
all of his gifts in the
service of Elizabeth.”

“We need you to
send Duane Sands to
the House so he can
help your FNM team
to create jobs and busi-
ness opportunities. We
need Duane Sands to
help us to pursue the
strategies needed to
combat crime here in
Elizabeth and across
the country.

“We need Duane
Sands to help us create
an affordable national
health insurance pro-
gramme.

“Duane Sands will
not only be a fine rep-
resentative for Eliza-
beth, he will also be a
key figure on an FNM
team that is delivering
for you,” said Mr
Ingraham.





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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas men’s national
softball team are eager to get start-
ed at the Central American and
Caribbean Games’ qualifying tour-
nament in San Andres, Colombia.

When contacted at their hotel
yesterday, Grand Bahamian pitch-
er Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely said the
team had settled in, got in a work-
out and was just waiting on the
completion of the technical meet-
ing that was held last night.

The meeting was to have sorted
out any problems and also con-
firmed the schedule, which has the
Bahamas set to open up against
El Salvador today.

The Bahamas, managed by Per-
ry Seymour and coached by Bob-



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“We feel we have a very good team. We
don’t know what the starting line-up will
be, but everybody is ready to compete.”



by Saunders and Alphonso ‘Chick-
en’ Albury, are also expected to
play Puerto Rico this afternoon.

“We had a good flight coming
over, but when we got here, the
hotel wasn’t what we had expect-
ed,” Neely said. “But we’re staying
right on the beach front with the
rest of the teams, so we’re making
the best of it.”

Neely, who will join ace Edney
‘the Heat’ Bethel, Alcott Forbes
and Darren Mortimer in the pitch-

To

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Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely

ing rotation, said they had a team
meeting and everybody have
agreed that there is more at stake
than their living accommodations.

“We came here to do a job and
that is to qualify for CAC, so we
have decided to get ourselves
ready to play ball,” Neely said.
“We really want to qualify.”

The Bahamas is placed in Sec-
tion A with the Dominican
Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico,
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Atlantis, Paradise Island;
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and females).

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up for ‘An Evening
of All Star Boxing’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

LOCAL boxing enthusiasts
prepare for a intra-club show-
down as fighters from around
the country gear up for an
eagerly anticipated slugfest.

Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club and Lion Den Box-
ing Club will team up to pre-
sent "An Evening of All Star
Boxing,” Saturday February
13th at the Carmichael Road
Police Station's Basketball
court at 4pm.

The event is promised to
feature a cadre of boxers the
capital and the Family Islands

Boxers from Champion
Amateur Boxing CLub,
South Side Marlin Boxing
Cub, from the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Club and
Mecher "Pain" Major Boxing
Club, and the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Clubs out of
Freeport Grand Bahama have
already confirmed their par-
ticipation.

Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club Organizer, Andre
Seymour, said the tournament
will be a perfect way to show-
case the talent of the young
boxers and the start the year
off on a positive note.

"This is the first tourney for
the year, and we are opening



the season for the year on a
positive note. This is an all
star classic where all the clubs
from around the Bahamas
were invited," he said, "We
want to showcase all of our
boxers from primary school
to senior, "This is apart of the
development programme, we
usualy focus on the interna-
tional level but we want to
focus on the young guys
here."

The main event will feature
Godfrey Pinder vs Rasheild
Williams, fighting for Welter-
weight title left vacant by the
departure of Taureno John-
son, who has joined the pro-
fessional ranks.

"We expect to have a great
evening to start the season.
We are ready to get rolling
and start the year off on the
right foot and there will be
alot of new boxers and a lot of
beginners,” Seymour said.
"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have a
fighter travelling to the Con-
tinnetal Youth Champi-
onships, a team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, and in
March seniors will compete
at the commonweatlh
champs. So amateur Boxing
will be rolling from Saturday
onward."

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Men's national softball team eager to get on the field

Islands and Panama.

However, Neely was unable to
confirm if any of the teams had
dropped out as that would have
only been confirmed at the tech-
nical meeting last night.

With the exception of pitcher
Anton ‘Bookie’ Gibson, all of the
players selected to the team, are in
Colombia.

The remainder of the squad are
Eugene Pratt, Jamal ‘Sarge’ John-
son, Phil Culmer, Orlando
McPhee, Winston Seymour, Rick-
ey Rolle, Dwayne Mackey, Marvin
‘“Tougie’ Wood, Terran Wood,
Sherman Ferguson, Van ‘Lil Joe’
Johnson, William Delancy and
Renaldo Rolle.

The head of the delegation is
Jeffery Henfield. Michael Hanna is
travelling as an umpire.

“We feel we have a very good

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team. We don’t know what the
starting line-up will be, but every-
body is ready to compete,” Neely
said.

“We had a good workout this
morning. We went over our signs
and I think everybody is in a good
frame of mind. We know what our
mission is and that is to qualify for
the CAC Games.”

It’s not known exactly how the
team will have to finish in order to
qualify for the CAC Games. But
the Bahamas is scheduled to play
its final divisional game on Febru-
ary 16 against Panama.

The semifinal is set for February
17th with the championship on
February 19th. The team is due to
return home on February 20,
hopefully as Neely sees it, with a
qualifying spot for the CAC
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CLUB MONICA MEET

e THE next event on the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations’ calen-
der will be the Club Monica
Track and Field Classic this
weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium.

The championships will
get started at 6 p.m. tonight
and will continue on Satur-
day at noon. The meet will
serve as a qualifier for the
Carifta Games.

SWIMMING
CARIFTA TIME TRIALS

e THE Bahamas Swim-
ming Federation will hold
the first of its two Carifta
time trials this weekend at
the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Center.

The time trials will begin
tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will
contrinue on Saturday at
9:30 a.m.

Second time trials will
take place over the weekend
of March 5-6.

The Carifta Swimming
Championships will take
place in Kingston, Jamaica
from April 3-6.

BASKETBALL
BSC SEASON OPENING

e THE Baptist Sports
Council will begin its 2010
Kendal Rolle Basketball
Classic on Saturday at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex with the following
games on tap:

Court One — 10 am Lat-
ter-Day vs Faith United
(15); 11 am Latter-Day vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon
Macedonia vs Salvation
Army (19); 1 pm Christian
Tabernacle vs Golden Gates
(M) and 2 pm Calvary Bible
vs BIBA (M).

Court Two — 10 am Mace-
donia vs Christian Taberna-
cle (15); 11 am Christian
Tabernacle vs Faith United
(19); 1 p.m. Temple Fellow-
ship vs Cousin McPhee (19);
1 pm New Bethlehem vs
Temple Fellowship (M) and
2pm Bahamas Harvest vs
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Scotiabank sponsors High School
Track and Field Championships

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WITH a record 61 schools confirmed
to participate, the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations announced
the sponsorship of Scotiabank for the
21st National High School Track and
Field Championships.

The championships, scheduled for
the weekend of March 11-13 at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field
Stadium, will come on the heels of the
Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s Track and Field Cham-
pionships (February 23-26) and the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Secondary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships (March 3-5).

Sherwin Stuart, first vice president
of the BAAA, said the championships,
initiated back in 1989, have grown by
leaps and bounds with more than 1,200
athletes from throughout the country
participating.

Stuart noted that the championships
will serve as a qualifier for the Carifta
Games, scheduled for April 4-6 in the
Cayman Islands, the Junior Central
American and Caribbean Champi-
onships in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic from July 2-4 and the World
Junior Championships in Moncton,
Canada from July 20-25.

At a press conference yesterday at
the stadium, Stuart expressed thanks
and appreciation on behalf of the exec-
utive board, headed by Mike Sands, for
Scotiabank’ commitment to the cham-
pionships.

Leah R. Davis, Senior Manager —
Products, Marketing and Public Rela-
tions for Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd,
said they are delighted to be partnering
with the BAAA once again.

Their last effort came at the Bound
for Beijing Olympic trials in 2008.

“This year, in keeping with our Bright
Future programme, which embraces
opportunities for children in our com-
munity, we are excited to sponsor the
High School Nationals,” she said.

“Tt is through the tireless efforts of the
BAAA that we’ve seen and continue
to see Bahamian athletes excel in the
international arena. However, it is on
this level in the schools that the hard
work and rigorous preparation begins.”

As the title partner of the champi-
onships, Davis said Scotiabank saluted
the work of the BAAA in the devel-
opment of track and field in the country
and its investment in Bahamian youth.

“We are proud of this three-day

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the very best of luck.”

Stuart noted that since the inception
of the championships, the St.
Augustine’s College Big Red Machine
have led the way in winning the title, but
he noted the other schools in both the
private and public schools are closing
the gap.

One of those schools is the Queen’s
College Comets, whose head coach
Gary Markham noted that they have
restructured their athletic programme in
a way that they will better challenge
SAC this year.

“We've had a steady rise over the
last 6-7 years in a bid to top the other
schools,” Markham said. “We all know
about SAC’s supremacy over the last
21 years because we have a superior
amount of talent in their school.

“However, we can score enough
points that we will be able to overtake
SAC. We have some extremely talented
athletes in the lower age bracket and
some extremely talented international
athletes in the senior bracket.”

Patrick Bodie, a hurdler represent-
ing the Comets, said he’s confident that
Queen’s College have a team this year
that can compete with SAC.

“T think this track meet will be a good
one for all of the athletes as we pre-
pare for the many meets coming up,”
Bodie said. “I think the High School
meet should be a very good meet.”

But Dianne Woodside, one of the
coaches for the Big Red Machine, said
SAC will welcome all challengers, not
just from New Providence, but Grand
Bahama and the other Family Islands.

“We thrive on persons trying to cap-
ture the crown that we have held for
so many years,” she pointed out. “Last
year, we captured five of the six divi-
sions in the nationals and so we are not
going to lay down and just let anybody
come in and take the title from us.”

SAC’s senior girls’ distance runner
Deshana Burnside said she’s proud to
be a member of the Big Red Machine
because she’s confident that they will
once again reign supreme at the cham-
pionship.

“If everybody trains hard and works
hard, we will accomplish our goal,” she
summed up.

Don Ferguson, a member of the CV
Bethel High School, said the frontrun-
ners were well known. But people
should watch out for Stingrays, who will
make their presence felt.

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ON SUNDAY, February 14 starting at 6 a.m. Marathon Bahamas will
take off from Montagu Bay and ending up at Arawak Cay.

QUEEN’S College coach Gary Markham (left) speaks about the Comets for the
BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Track and Field Championships. Next to
Markham are Comets’ hurdler Patrick Bodie; BAAA’s public relations officer Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson and BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart.



SAC’S coach Dianne Woodside (middle) puts a case forward for St. Augustine’s Col-
lege as they prepare for the BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Champi-
onships. At left is BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart; Scotiabank’s Senior Man-
ager - Products, Marketing and Public Relations, Leah R. Davis; Woodside; SAC’s dis-
tance runner Deshana Burnside and CV Bethel’s Don Ferguson.

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ON Valentine’s Day, Sun-
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marathon running back to our
shores.

Marathon running in the
Bahamas is nothing new. It’s
just that it hasn't been held on
a consistent basis, so people
tend to forget that over the
years, there have been quite a
few of them.

There was the Blue Water
Marathon.

Remember the Quincenten-
nial Marathon.

And of course we still think
about the Central American
and Caribbean Championships’
marathon.

Marathon Bahamas is com-
ing — Sunday, February 14
starting at 6 a.m. from Mon-
tagu Bay and ending up at
Arawak Cay.

Sunshine Insurance, headed
by Franklyn Wilson and the
organising committee, headed
by Brian Moodie, should be
commended for the initiative
in putting the 26.2 mile event
together, although they had a
very short to do it.

Generally, marathon running
is geared specifically to those
older competitors who would
have probably wound down
their athletic careers and are
just interested in staying in
shape or trying to achieve a
personal goal of competing in
the most gruelling event in
track and field.

And over the years, there
have been quite a number of
competitors who have made

Grand Bahamian Delroy
Boothe still holding the men’s
national record of two hours,
34 minutes and 49 seconds,
while Giselle Pyform has the
female record of 2hr54:37.

Tonight at the Pepsi Health
Expo at Atlantis on Paradise
Island where the competitors
can also get their race pack-
ages, Marathon Bahamas will
honour a number of distance
runners, including Boothe and
Pyfrom, who have made their
mark over the years.

Among the list are my Pastor
and his brother, the Rev. David
S. Johnson and Emmit John-
son, Dereck Cambridge,
Anthony Dean, Anthony
‘Marathon Man’ Williams, Sam
Williams, William ‘Knuckle-
head’ Johnson, Jeff Johnson,
Sheldon Barr, Philip Watkins,
Rupert Gardiner, Donald Kerr,
Rudolph Miller, Alvy Penn,
Gary Davis, Oscar Francis, Per-
ry Christie, Whelma Cole-
brooke, Rochelle Miller, Lucille
Guerrier and Cleso Munnings.

Although the majority of the
above mentioned are not
actively involved, there should
be a number of competitors
who we expect to see rise to
the forefront on Sunday.

The good thing with
Marathon Bahamas is that the
organisers are making it possi-
ble for competitors of all ages
to participate.

There's the full fledged 26.2
mile marathon.

If that's too long, then you



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can participate in the 13.1 half
marathon.

Even if that isn't enough,
you can team up with about
five other people and partici-
pate in the relay.

Whatever you decide, the
marathon provides an oppor-
tunity for a great deal of
Bahamians to compete.

On January 30, more than 30
Bahamians participated in the
ING Miami Marathon and Half
Marathon. Some of them got
their feet wet, while others were
in their multiple appearances.

All indications point to a lot
of Bahamians lining up on Feb-
ruary 14.

The good thing about
marathon running is there is
no specific time to beat. Every-
body competing just wants to
complete the course. It’s really
a personal achievement to do
so. So I anticipate that there
will be a lot of people who are
eagerly awaiting for Olympian
Pauline Davis-Thompson to
fire the starting gun to get the
race underway.

I know I can't wait.





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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Murderer a step closer to hanging C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.68FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 82F LOW 62F B U S I N E S S BUSINESSSTARTSON1B S P O R T S ‘Extreme’ concern on $867 million project’s woes SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE13 GSSSAJunior Boys Championships By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE government is taking steps to have a man hanged who committed a murder described by a top judge as one of the “worst of the worst.” The Ministry of National Security yesterday confirmed that the Advisory Committee of the Prerogative of Mercy met and determined that God frey Sawyer’s case was not one that warranted mercy and the law should take its course. Sawyer, 29, was sentenced to death November 9, 2009 by Senior Justice Anita Allen for the murder of Quality Discount Store employee Sterling Eugene during an armed robbery. According to the evidence from his trial, the condemned man shot Eugene in the back and the buttocks as he was trying to get up off the ground fol lowing a struggle involving the pair and another employee when the two workers tried to stop Sawyer making his escape with the store’s cash trays. In handing down her sentence, Justice Allen stated: “I am of the view that this offence is the ‘worst of the worst’, in that it was committed with a firearm and was committed in furtherance of armed robbery Go v er nment mo ves towards execution The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com 1996: THE NOTICE OF EXECUTION is posted before Thomas Reckley is brought to the gallows in 1996.The last hanging in the Bahamas was in January 2000, but now, ten years later, the government is taking steps to have murderer Godfrey Sawyer executed. B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Ministry of Education’s Sexual Complaints Unit has travelled to Eleuthera to probe new allegations that a male teacher inappropriately touched girls at the Central Eleuthera High School. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, a relative of one of the girls involved said she was impressed with how quickly the Ministry had reacted, with officials set to launch their investigations tomorrow. S E E P A G E 1 1 a lleged to have accidentally shot the boy. MrMunroe, clad in a dark suit and sun-g lasses, emerged from the Coroner's Court flanked by two police officers. Appearings toic, the officer was followed by several members of the Smith family, including g randmother Shirley Smith, as he made the short walk from the court in Royal Vict oria Gardens to the post office car park. As Mr Munroe walked away, Brenton's f ather Hector Smith clutched his sobbing wife. M agistrate Campbell selected the six women and one man panel from a pool of a bout 25 potential jurors. S e veral times throughout the proceedi ngs, Mr Campbell advised the panel to put a side all information they may have heard about the case through the media and sim-p ly focus on the evidence to be presented in thecourtroom. A fter the jurors were sworn in, the magistrate stressed that the inquest was simply an avenue to determine the circums tances surrounding Brenton's death and wasnotmeant to establish criminal liabilit y. He explained that if, for example, a verdict of murder or manslaughter is determined at the end of the inquest the person i n question would have to answer that charge in another court and would be pre-s umed innocent until found otherwise. He also explained that Mr Munroe, as an inter-e sted party in the case, had a right to ask questions throughout the proceedings and m ake submissions to the court. During the hearing, attorney Damien G omez who represents the Smith estate was granted a brief adjournment on the g rounds that he had only received witness statements from the Attorney General'sO ffice yesterday morning. Mr Gomez told the court that he would be able to begin p roceedings the next day once he had the opportunity to study the statements. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions i n the Office of the Attorney General Cheryl Grant-Bethel said an autopsy report a nd photographic evidence pertaining to the case would be made available to the interested parties attorneys for the Smith f amily and the officer who is reported to have shot the boy yesterday afternoon. A ttorney Joseph Darceuil represented Mr Munroe yesterday. A ssisting Magistrate Campbell are Ms Grant-Bethel, along with Stephanie Pintard, Anthony Delaney and Inspector Cephas Rolle. Mr Gomez is assisted by H arvey Tynes and Roger Gomez. Brenton, a graduate of St Augustine's C ollege, was accidentally shot and killed s hortly before 8pm, on July 9, as he walked through a popular shortcut in the Village R oad area. Police had been chasing two s uspected armed robbers who held up the n earby City Market food store shortly b efore Brenton was killed. After the shooting, the RBPF said it did not suspect that B renton was in the store during the robb ery. Ten witnesses are expected to be called t o testify today. By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net T he Bahamas Public Service U nion will hold an emergency m eeting on Wednesday to g auge whether the membership o f the country’s largest trade u nion is in favour of holding a s trike, its president said. John Pinder made these c omments after going public w ith his great “disappointment” a t Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham for committing to pay themoney the governmento wes to nurses, teachers and d octors – but failing to consider o utstanding sums due to n umerous other civil servants. The BPSU chief warned the p rime minister not to “take my h umbleness for weakness or to t hink because I respect him I a mnot strong,” adding that while the union would like to c ontinue to have cordial relat ions with the government, it is prepared to take industriala c tion “if this is the only lang uage the government unders tands.” I call on all of our members to s addle up their horses and t o circle the wagons!” said Mr P i nder at a press conference at BPSU headquarters on Wulff R oad. The unionist’s position was backed up by opposition spokesman on the Public Serv ice, Fred Mitchell, who accused the prime minister of “cherry picking when it comes to fulfilling the government’s obligations to the public service.” Mr Mitchell further charged that Mr Ingraham owes the country an explanation as to “what has materially changed with respect to the financial circumstances of the country that w ould allow him to do today w hat he said he could not do six months ago.” I s he now engaged in pure p olitics seeking to fool people t hat he cares for them when all t hat he is doing is playing cynic a l political games with the lives o f the Bahamian workers?” a s ked Mr Mitchell. Calls to Mr Ingraham and m inister of state with responsibility for the public service, Zhivargo Laing, were not r eturned up to press time yesterday. Both were off the island onofficial business. Speaking on Friday on the final night of his party’s political convention at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Mr Ingraham announced that his government is now able to pay outstanding salary increases and other lump sums owed to teachers, nurses and doctors under their indust rial agreements with the gove rnment. He added that the government would also seek tob e gin discussions with the B ahamas Nurses Union over i mplementation of its members’ h ealth insurance, postponed by t h e government in May in light o f revenue shortfalls, prompting a m assive sick-out by nurses. “We gat the money!” Mr I ngraham exclaimed, noting that the public purse had recently benefitted from the r eceipt of $66.6 million as a result of the acquisition of the South Riding Point Holdings oil storage facility in Grand Bahama by Statoil Hydro. In his press statement, Mr Pinder said: “While we celebrate with those unions in having their matters resolved we are very disappointed that the prime minister being the minister responsible for public service, completely disregarded the fact that there are financial items in our industrial agreement dating back as far as 2007 that have still not been resolved.” Mr Pinder pointed to several articles of the industrial agreement that have not been honoured, among them the requirement that civil servants be reimbursed if they take educational courses that are “relevant to their duties and responsibilities.” And he said that the prime minister should adjust Immigration and Customs officers’ salaries upwards, in light of plans to implement a shift system for them which would eliminate overtime payments. “Wewill now ask him to please make the necessary adjustments,” said Mr Pinder. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNETO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net SENIOR Justice Anita Allen yesterday sentenced a man to death for the murder of a Quality Discount Store employee four years ago, stating that the murder was among the “worst of the worst” and warranted the death penalty. Godfrey Sawyer, 29, was convicted on June 16, this year of the armed robbery of Quality Discount Store and the murder of Sterling Eugene. A ccording to evidence produced at the trial, Sawyer went to the store in the middle of the day armed with a handgun and robbed the female employees there, taking the cash trays with him. Eugene, along with another male employee who had been at the back of the store during the robbery, attempted to stop Sawyer from leaving. There was a struggle between them outside and Sawyer was able to free himself. Before running away, however, he shot Eugene in the back and buttocks as the employee tried to get up off the ground. The wounds would prove fatal.PlannedSenior Justice Allen noted that in his c onfession to police, the convict admitted that he had planned and executed the armed robbery to pay his rent. “His actions clearly show that he planned the armed robbery and took the firearm with him to prevent any resistance to the armed robbery and to kill if necessary to achieve his aim,” the judge stated in her ruling. The prosecution sought the death penalty for Sawyer and submitted that the crime was not only senseless, but brutal, heinous and cold blooded. Sawyer’s attorney Gina Morley, however, had asked the court to find that the murder was not the “worst of the worst” or “the rarest of the rare.” In her sentence, handed down yesterday, Senior Justice Allen stated, “There is no doubt that this case falls into the class of case which the Court of Appeal says is a worse case and for which the most serious punishment may bei mposed. “There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and savage attack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the convict showed a callous disregard for human life when he shot his victim while he was on the ground.” She noted further that Sawyer has expressed no remorse for the murder. Senior Justice Allen also noted that this kind of case is too prevalent in the Bahamas today and that the “objectives of sentencing in this case must be firstly punishment and secondly deterrence.” In her judgment, Senior Justice Allen also stated, “I am of the view that this offence is the ‘worst of the worst’, in that itwas committed with a firearm and was committed in furtherance of armed robbery in the circumstances I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for murder, namely death, is deserved.” Lorna Longley-Rolle and Eucal Bonaby appeared for the Crown. Death sentence for ‘worst of worst’ murderTim Clarke /Tribune staff DETECTIVE CORPORAL 1476 Kelsie Munroe leaves court yesterday. T im Clarke /Tribune staff IM CFAMILY AND FRIENDS of Brenton Smith outside of Coroner’s court yesterday.Bahamas Public Service Union to hold strike talksFamily attend inquest FROM page one nMan convicted of killing Quality Discount Store employee four years ago TRIAL: GODFREYSAWYER, 29 Senior Justice A nita Allen SEE page 12 GODFREYSAWYER was sentenced to death in November. Ministry officials probe new claims against teacher SEE page 10 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@ tribunemedia.net EMPLOYERS and workers braced for an increase in national insurance contributions expected early this year are still in the dark about when the rise might hap By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net PARTY operatives from the various political parties are compiling a list of names to be challenged on election day. They have been working feverishly over the past few weeks going door to door, meeting family members all in an attempt to verify names on the election roll for the Elizabeth by-election. “While we had a lot of difficulty in the beginning, we are now much more comfortable with what we are finding. Poll workers who are within Uncertainty over when NIB rise will happen SEE page 10 Political parties preparing voter black list By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE government’s plans to prorogue Parliament at the end of January have been extended. The likely new date is March, according to parliamentary secretary, Maurice Tynes. Mr Tynes said his office has not been advised of a day, but he SEE page 12 Plans to prorogue Parliament extended SEE page 10 PRIME Minister Ingraham yesterday publicly apologised for failing to comply with the legal requirement that he disclose his financial position on a yearly basis. “I regret that I have permitted my schedule to dis tract me from completing this obligation...I offer no excuse; I blame no one for my not having done so. I’m sorry and I will correct this situation forthwith,” said the Prime Min ister and FNM leader, as PM apologises for failing to annually disclose financial position SEE page 12

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B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net M ORE than 2,500 unemp loyed Bahamians have applied for temporary work in the public and private sectors through t he government job stimulus programme initiated in Novem b er. Minister of State for Finance Z hivargo Laing expects that up to 600 of these applicants havea lready started their six-month stints at various governmentd epartments and private institutions. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport hired 150 p eople last week to carry out street naming, house numberi ng, maintenance of government buildings and cemetery r epairs, while the Department of Lands and Local Government placed 110 temporary workers at public and private i nstitutions in December. Lands and Local Government D epartment staff interviewed 120 applicants of different ages and skill sets, found 45 of themh ad limited academic qualifica tions and skills, but the schemea ims to help them develop new job skills and be more employ able at the end of their tenure. Mr Laing anticipates that half o f the 2,500 temporary employees estimated to gain employment through the scheme will work in the public sector, while the other half will be employed by private businesses. Minister of State for Lands a nd Local Government Byran Woodside said: “The programm e’s success is attested by the fact private companies are still requesting the services of per-s ons employed in the programme, and the participants have expressed their profound appreciation to the government for this much needed and timel y opportunity.” Rewards Although the scheme will only temporarily drop the u nemployment rate, which last s tood at 14.2 per cent in New Providence and over 17 per c ent in Grand Bahama, Mr Laing said the human rewards should not be overlooked. He said: “If the 2,500 pers ons are engaged by the time the figures are measured, it will b e a full percentage point drop, but I think the more important impact is what it means for thei ndividuals who don’t have any income. “We need a more r obust economy to absorb many more people, but the prog ramme itself is intended to impact those 2,500 peoples l ives, and if they are now getting $250 a week, that is the g reatest human impact and that i s the one we really want.” But president of The Nassau I nstitute Joan Thompson says the government programme a nd internal hiring of temporary workers will only put further stress on already stretched public funding. M rs Thompson said: “When this money is spent and gone there still won’t be any new j obs. They need to get out of the way and these jobs will s pontaneously come about, but it’s a tough period and it’s notn ecessarily the government’s fault, it’s an over-blown credit t hat created a false economy across the world.” Mrs Thompson said the s cheme would not be necessary if unemployed workers d ropped their standards to take on menial jobs which may be a vailable while waiting for secure permanent employment and put the scheme down to politics. “It’s not an economic response to a changed market,” she said. “It’s politics. I think in due course we will get through it. We may learn some lessons, and we may not, but I doubt these political parties will really understand what needs to be done, which is downsize government by at least 50 per cent, then those resources will be freed for the private sector.” By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A MAN who is alleged to h ave shot dead two men in Bain Town was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday. Police have charged Richard McKinney, 30, with the murders of Wilton Omar Smith, 30, of Roberts Drive, BambooT own, and Lashown Davis, 29, of Rupert Dean Lane. Both men were gunned down at Rupert Dean Lane around 10am on Friday, February 5, in what police suspect was a revenge attack. A ccording to police reports, a man was seen walking up to one of the victims and there was an exchange of words. The man reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired gunshots at one of the men and then at the second who came to question h im. The deaths of Mr Smith and Mr Davis raised the count ry’s homicide count to 10. McKinney was not represented by an attorney at his arraignm ent before Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank L ane. He was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. He was also notr equired to enter a plea to a charge of possessing a firearm w ith intent to endanger life. It is alleged that on February 5, he was in possession of a firearm with intent to endanger the life o f Mervin Davis. M cKinney, of Woods Alley, off Market Street, told the magistrate that while at the Central Detective Unit, he tried to get o fficers to check his cellular phone records. He claims he was not in the area when the murders o ccurred, and had only been informed of the incident by text message. McKinney was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. His case was adjourned to February 18, for a hearing date. Job scheme attracts 2,500-plus applicants C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM O FFERGOODUNTILFEBST ATDOWNTOWNLOCATIONONLY Man accused of double murder DOUBLEMURDERCHARGE: Richard McKinney was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Police charge Richard McKinney with murders of Wilton Omar Smith, Lashown Davis F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net F OLLOWING the widely viewed political debate on JCNT V, Workers Party leader Rodney Moncur has claimed that h e was the outright victor and has proven himself to be the best candidate to represent the people of Elizabeth. In an interview with The Trib une y esterday, Mr Moncur said that his strategy leadingi nto the debate was to destabilise and eliminate his “main o pponent”, Ryan Pinder after having already “defeated” the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands “froma constitutional standpoint.” Mr Moncur said: “The PLP h ad the building packed and they had a very hostile crowd.S o I changed my strategy to humour them before I launched m y attack. I think I have knocked Sands out in terms of his eligibility as it relates to the constitution, and as it relates to the debate my strategy was to knock Pinder out first. “So I spoke to him in a t ongue that he understood. So when I said to him that (PLP l eader Perry) Christie does not support him, he knew that I wasp rivy to exactly what the PLP’s internal problems were.” The Workers’ Party leader added that if Bahamians were honest and did not allow them selves to be swayed by party affiliation, they would have to admit that he was the best can didate in the debate. Super ior If political tribalism and all that is put aside, I am the superior candidate. Ryan Pinder is lost in this whole battle and I say this with the greatest humil ity– without any arrogance. I am the superior candidate to Cassius Stuart and Dr Andre Rollins. That is a fact, and the Bahamas knows what my history is,” he said. Along with Mr Moncur and Mr Pinder at the February 9 debate were Bahamas Democratic Move ment leader Cassius Stuart and N ational Development Party candidate Dr Andre Rollins. Each candidate was offered an opportunity by the host Wendall Jones to introduce themselves and answer questions on what they would do if elected as the next MP for Elizabeth. The FNM’s candidate Dr Sands was the only candidate who did not participate in t he debate. NDP candidate Dr R ollins said that he was pleased that persons thought he did well d uring the debate. However, Dr Rollins said he personally felt he could have d one better and hopes that such debates become a fixture in all future elections. He said: “There were many issues I would have liked to touch on, but the time constraints did not allow. Hopefully there would b e further opportunities for Bahamians to appreciate thatI have many ideas to offer about improving the state of our nation. “I really liked that the debate a llowed the opportunity for the people to know a lot about me and to realise that I am an up a nd coming politician who has a great deal to offer. For those who thought that I won thed ebate, I am appreciative that they are giving me a vote of s upport and confidence and I h ope that translates into sup port in the votes on February 16 from the constituents of Elizabeth,” he said. Attempts to reach BDM candidate Cassius Stuart and PLP candidate Ryan Pinder for comment on their debate performance were unsuccessful up to press time last nigh t. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A 20-year-old Faith Avenue man was yesterdaya rraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on a rape charge. I t is alleged that Rachard Fenelus raped a 16-yearold girl on January 23, 2010. Fenelus, who was arraigned before Magis trate Subusola Swain in Court 11, Nassau Street, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He was granted bail in the sum of $8,000 with one surety. The case has been adjourned to June 28. Man arraigned on rape charge Rodney Moncur: I won TV political debate Workers’ Party leader says he has proven himself best Elizabeth candidate RODNEYMONCUR makes a point at the televised debate. By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net PLP candidate Ryan Pinder has renounced his US citizens hip, according to his party. PLP chairman Bradley Roberts confirmed the move y esterday, claiming that Mr Pinder in fact went ahead with the r enunciation prior to nominating as a candidate on January 29. T his conflicted to some news reports late last night that suggested the would-be MP plans to, but has yet to actually go through with, the process of e liminating his US status. Mr Pinder did not return a phone call seeking comment on the step yesterday, but Mr Robert said the 35-year-old bye lection candidate took the decision to drop his second citizenship of his own volition and not as a result of any pressure from the party. E arlier in January, Mr Pinder, who is employed by Florida-based law firm Becker and Poliakoff as a Nassau-based consultant, defended his right to hold dual citizenship in the face of criticism that it was i nappropriate for someone seeking public office, calling the fact that he did a “non-issue.” “There’s no violation of the Constitution and it’s not an issue that is relevant to the people of Elizabeth,” Mr Pindert old T he Tribune o n January 1 1. He also asserted that his allegiance was to the Bahamas, and that his status in the US d id not conflict with this in anyway. However, news reports quoting Mr Pinder last night suggested that the would-be politician felt questions about his loyalty to the Bahamas had proven to be a “distraction” during his c ampaign to represent the Elizabeth constituency. Both Workers’ Party leader a nd candidate in the by-election, Rodney Moncur, and N ational Development Party candidate Andre Rollins had criticised the fact that Mr Pinder held dual citizenship, suggesting it drew into question his eligibility to hold public office in the Bahamas and the likelihood that he would act in theb est interests of Bahamian constituents if elected. The FNM has been less v ociferous in its commentary o n Mr Pinder’s status, however P rime Minister and FNM l eader Hubert Ingraham did make remarks earlier this week in the constituency suggesting his party’s candidate, Dr Duane Sands, would be more loyal to Elizabeth constituents given his single, rather than dual, citizenship. The Constitution states in Article 48 that no person shallb e qualified to be elected as a M ember of the House of A ssembly who is a citizen of a nother country having become such a citizen voluntarily, or is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state. But as Mr Pinder is a Bahamian born in Nassau, of a Bahamian father and American mother, he acquired US cit-i zenship at birth automatically, r ather than voluntarily. Ryan Pinder has renounced his US citizenship, says PLP RYAN PINDER X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION

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EDITOR, The Tribune. There is continuous erosion in the inner-city. The escalation of serious crimes has gripped us all. Regardless who is involved, the fear of criminals pouncing on innocent victims exists. Even though we must not concede to criminals and their activities, we must be mindful that crime is happening far too often and too many law-abiding people are being takena dvantage of. Even though crime is almost nationwide there are serious pockets of criminal elements that seem to have been nurtured from the lack of cooperation by neighboursa nd the lack of attention by t he relevant authorities. Token visits in the communi ties once in a while can do precious little to alleviate the vexing problems. But the bla tant dishonesty is perpetrated by the PLP, they would want sensible Bahamians to believe that a programme could prevent drug dealers from killing each other and that lovers who cannot communicate sometimes take their differences too far. The truth is not in the PLP. As far as the cries in the inner-city are concerned, Bishop Neil Ellis and Bishop Simeon Hall are few in the church who have shown some interest. Also Debbie Bartlette’s thirst for the real news began to search for meaningful programmes and how the implementation of these programmes can move closer from the horizon. But to be honest there has been a few who thought it important enough to visit and listen to the cries of some of the people, but while many have resigned that they chose tol ive in the conditions they are in, some pray for a better way. Several months ago I was part of a media team that ven tured to take the cameras through the Hay Street, West Street, Hospital Lane, MasonsA ddition and surrounding a reas. The close up graphic details of accounts of the con stant sound of machine guns shooting at anytime of the day, painted a picture of the “wild, wild west.” The grim reality of people being shot and killed all too often, forced me to gulp from the imagination of the pain that must have been visited on the fam ilies of both criminals and victims. The relevant authorities must know of this, but nothing has changed. The residents in the Farm Road area expressed how they expected their representative Perry Gladstone Christie to make a difference but he turned out to be nothing more than a “puff of wind”, shuffling and dancing while his constituents suffer. They claim that he has not gone back to see his constituent, other than to take photos. Mr Christie as prime minister did nothing then and it would appear that he could care less now. I dare Mr Christie to say what positive impact he had or is having, or what encour agement or influence he is using to help the people he encouraged to vote for him. But the people of Farm Road are only experiencing whatt he rest of the Bahamas knew all along and that is, a man who is constantly late for everything certainly cannot manage himself. I strongly suggest that the time Mr Christie uses to sellt he myth to the people of E lizabeth that the shortcomings in their constituency is because someone else caused it only shows that he would do anything and say anything just to get his hands on the country’s power structure once again, nothing more and nothing less, and to hell with the people of Farm Road or Elizabeth Constituency. At least this is my opinion from my own observations. Robert Collier said, “One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement is true or false. It comes to be the dominating thought in one's mind.” IVOINE W INGRAHAM Nassau, February, 2010. E DITOR, The Tribune. I didn't expect to be i mposing on you so soon after you so kindly published my recent letter about how gangsterism came to the Bahamas during theC olombian cocaine era. H owever, an article in a nother newspaper has prompted me to recall how everybody lost respect for P ublic Disclosure as a result o f the revelations of the Commission of Enquiry in 1984. Some members of the Opposition at the time theD isclosure Act was passed i n 1976 were of the view that it was never intended for certain people but that then Prime Minister Lynden Pind ling intended to use it a gainst his opponents. After the Disclosure Act came into force in 1978 Senators and Members of Par-l iament faithfully filled out t heir disclosure forms every year. Members in opposition t o the PLP Government were particularly careful to disclose in great detail. T hen something happened. The finances of Sir L ynden were examined by Inspector Frank Richter on behalf of the Commission ofE nquiry into drug trafficking through the Bahamas. I t's a long sordid story but briefly Inspector Richter found that from 1977t hrough 1983 Sir Lynden had deposits of $3.5 million i n his bank accounts over and above his salary and allowances. The moneyc ame from different sources including “loans” from the principals of Freeport, payments from Everette Bannister and some unidentifiedd eposits. It transpired that Sir Lynden had not declared someo f these deposits to the Disc losure Commission. The Act clearly sets out what the D isclosure Commission s hould do in cases of nondisclosure, incomplete disclosure or false disclosure. But in the case of Sir Lynden? Well, the Disclo-s ure Commission did nothi ng. One member, a highly r espected senior public servant, resigned, reportedly in disgust. So the credibility of t he Disclosure Act and the D isclosure Commission went to hell along with a lot of other things in our country during those terrible days. O ne Member of Parliam ent said he would never disclose again. I don't know whether he carried out that threat, but from then on m any Members of Parliam ent were not all that particular about filling out their annual forms. L ONG MEMORY N assau, February10, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm DURING THE Elizabeth by-election campaign over the past few weeks, the PLPhas tried to make the voters of that cons tituency believe that Dr Duane Sands the F NM’s candidate for the vacant seat is not i nterested in the poor because he was against National Health Insurance. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a matter of fact we do not know of any doctor who publicly admitted to beinga gainst insurance for general health care. (The National Health Insurance Act 2006 was tabled in parliament by the Christie government on November 15, 2006). However, there were many doctors, some o f them quite vocal, who expressed the belief that the scheme as then proposed would not solve the Bahamas’ healthcare problems. O n the contrary it would never be able to d eliver the standard of care promised by the P LP government’s Blue Ribbon Commiss ion. In various statements, one before the Rotary Club of Nassau on March 16, 2006, Dr Sands made it clear that he believed every Bahamian was entitled to health care a s of right. “The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commission and the National Health Insurance plan are admirable and universally held,” Dr S ands told Rotary. However, “they will not b e achieved with this plan as currently outlined and will likely cause far more damage than ever anticipated.” D r Robin Roberts, chairman of the N ational Coalition for Health Care Reform the brother of PLP chairman Bradley Roberts was of the same opinion. In Dr Roberts’ view the plan advanced by the PLP’s Blue Ribbon Commission raised many unanswered questions. “We believe it to be our responsibility and the responsibility of all right-minded thinking Bahamians to raise those questions and to engage in true and meaningful consultation with Government in seeking answers,” he said. I n expressing his concern, Dr Sands gave the analogy of a flight to London. “In the economy class,” he said, “sit the majorityof travellers. Space is limited but comfortable a nd the food is palatable. Up from there is b usiness class, with larger seats, more space and sumptuous fare exceeded only by t he plush and posh environment of first class. Same plane, same pilot no difference in des tination or safety. One size does not fit all. Everyone cannot afford Atlantis or OceanC lub but they certainly should continue to exist.” It was because of his concern for those in economy class the poor of this country that he disagreed with the national health plan as then designed. He saw the plan as a “frightenly retrogressive step that will lead to less accountability, longer waiting times and reduced quality (of health care plan that offered first class seats that could not be delivered to the poor. “For the sake of all Bahamians,” said Dr R obin Roberts, “let’s take the time to get it right!” But an election was around the corner. It was more important for the PLP to win that election rather than to get it right. T ribune files are filled with public statements by Dr Sands, saying ‘yes we need publ ic health,’ but let’s get it right or the people’s lot will be worse than what they now have. And so how Dr Bernard Nottage who a s Minister of Health on rejoining the PLP was given the task of taking the PLP’s health p lan to the people could say with a straight face that his “impression” was that D r Sands did not support National Health Insurance, is beyond comprehension. No wonder the general public do not trust mostp oliticians. Dr Sands said it many times over that he s upported national health insurance, but not the plan devised as an election-gimmick by t he PLP government. He believed the Bahamian people especially the poor deserved better. Now we invite Dr Nottage to recall one of the consultative meetings that Dr Marcus B ethel at the time the PLP government’s Minister of Health held with a group of physicians at the School of Nursing. The meeting was to discuss government’s national health insurance plan. A ccording to our records, Dr Nottage, who then headed his own party, the CDR he had not yet returned to the fold of his old party the PLP sat quietly throughout the discussion that is until towards the end. It was then that it is claimed he dropped his verbal “bomb.” We understand that the gistof his angry remarks was that the Blue Ribbon Commission hadn’t a clue what it was doing. It was basing its conclusions on faulty information, and as such the plan was not sustainable. We certainly got the impression at the time that Dr Sands and Dr Nottage were s inging from the same hymn sheet. But, one must remember that when Dr Nottage was singing his song, he headed his own political party in Opposition to the PLP. However, in the interim he rejoined his old government, became its Minister of Health and took the PLP’s health scheme to the public. Today, hei s in Elizabeth trying to get his party’s candidate elected, and in the bargain misrepresenting the position of the opposition can didate Dr Duane Sands. Really the PLP are just too much. This misrepresentation alone should make voters think twice before casting their ballots for the PLP candidate on Tuesday. Not that there’s anything wrong with the candidate it’s the party that’s the problem. Perry Christie has forgotten Farm Road LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Dr Sands always supported a health plan How public disclosure lost credibility

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By ALESHA CADET THE Bahamas National Trust is appealing to law enforcement agencies to take a strong stand against those who dump refuse in protected areas following the discovery o f garbage deposits in the Bonefish Pond National Park. This comes after two massive clean-ups and an investment of well over $100,000 in a boardwalk and viewing platform at the park. BNT deputy executive director Lynn Gape said the offenders deposited the w aste alongside a newly cleaned road which the Trust is in the process of completing. A statement from the BNT said the latest report of dumping is disheartening, as a great deal of time and energy have been spent improving the area so Bahamians can enjoy the p ark. BNT executive director Eric Carey said the last step in t heir efforts to improve the park is the completion of the road, which will cost more than $40,000. The new infrastructure makes it easier for educa t ors to take students on field trips into the wetland. The v iewing platform also acts as a staging area for snorkelling and k ayaking tours. “We have to protect the resource so people can be able to enjoy it, creating new business opportunities,” Mr Carey said. According to the BNT, Bonefish Pond has been the victim of indiscriminate dumping for many years. “This is not a place for dumping. Through awarenessand education, we want people to know that,” Mr Carey said. The BNT, with the assistance of the Ministry of the Environment, International Coastal Clean-up and other agencieshas been able to remove much of the debris. Tamica Rahming, director of the park said, “To date, we have removed over 35 tons of garbage. We encourage peopleto come out, we want people to see what’s happening. “It is not the majority of the Bahamian public, its just a few individuals (who are dumping We urge people to report to theBNT and police officials when they see people dumping,” Ms Rahming said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1-800-6-NO-DUTY ColombianEmeralds.comExclusive seller of Celebrating lifes most memorable moments. NASSAU: Cel ebr ati ng lif s mo st mem ora ble mo ments. $99 YOUR CHOICESterlingSilverandStainless SteelBangleswithDiamonds Regular Price $200 $3999StainlessSteelCross with 18K Yellow GoldR egularPrice$80 $6999StainlessSteelBracelet with 18K Yellow GoldRegular Price $140 StainlessSteelBracelet with 18K Yellow GoldR egular Price $160 $799 9 ‘Stop dumping garbage in our protected areas’ FREEPORT – A 22-yearold man was sentenced to serve nine months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm. Jhatorae Roberts, 22, and Vaughn Cooper, 25, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Roberts pleaded guilty the charges. Cooper was dis charged by the court. Man r eceives jail term for possessing unlicensed firearm FISHERMEN fear large-scale tuna fishing by a Freeport boat rigged with a mile-long net will commence in the c oming weeks with government support. The Department of Agriculture and Marine Resources director and deputy director did not return calls from The T ribune y esterday about the reports, however fishermen say they have been informed that a vessel docked at a Grand Bahama marina is licensed to net tuna on an unprecedented scale. They say the Bahamian-registered boat, estimated to be more than 100 ft l ong, is rigged with a mile-long, 900 ft deep net; has a Mediterranean crew trained in large-scale fishing and intends to sell the haul outside the Bahamas. A n Abaco lobster and sport fisherman, who did not want to be named, said ministry officials told him the net fishing of tuna, never before practiced in the country, is an experiment. But he is concerned it will greatly deplete local tuna stocks and harm the multimillion dollar sportfishing industry, as well as harm protected species such a s dolphins and juvenile fish. Indiscriminate He said: “It’s indiscriminate fishing so everything that comes up in the net is going to die in it. “And from my understanding they are going to be targetting tuna in the Bahamas, especially in the Abacos and i n the Tongue of the Ocean, and they are going to exploit them out. “There’s nothing of that magnitude here now, and having seen tuna decline over the past 20 years, I am n ow concerned something of this magnitude would really hurt our industry. “Why would they let something of that scale come in to experiment? “Our tourist industry here depends on sportfishing and it would be far more beneficial to keep it as a sport a nd not kill them out. “I’m just kind of looking out for the future.” The netting of tuna is known to threaten dolphins and porpoises trave lling with the fish and conservationists are keen to protect declining populations in Abaco and the Tongue of the Ocean. Fishermen fear Freeport boat will soon start large-scale tuna fishing EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Bahamas National Trust Eric Carey shows the media some of the trash that was dumped at the Bonefish pond. Trust seeks clampdown after refuse found in Bonefish Pond National park CHILDREN pictured at Bonefish Pond National Park learn about the importance of wetlands and how they will be affected by climate change. SNORKELLING (above and below T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE following persons are wanted for questioning in connection with ongoing investigations b y the Central Detective Unit. A ll suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to please contact police on the emerg ency line 919/911; CDU at 5029 930/9991; the Police Control R oom at 322-3333; Crime Stoppers at 328-8477 or the nearest police station. 1. Brent Felix McPhee, alias Brent Glinton, BJ and Smiley, a ged 22, is wanted for questioning in connection with a burglary. His last known address is #2 Oleander Avenue, South Beach. He is described as being of dark brown complexion, 5” tall, weighi ng 128 lbs, of thin build. 2. Franklyn Stubbs, alias Franky, a ged 27, is wanted for questioning i n connection with a case of steali ng from a vehicle. His last known address is Muncur Alley, off Kemp Road. H e is described as being of dark brown complexion, 6” tall, weighing 145 lbs, of thin build. 3. Tavarie Maycock/Williams, alias Culmer, aged 30, is wanted for questioning in connection with an investigation into threats of death. H is last known address is #15 E smeralda Street, East Street near Auto Fresh. He is described as being of dark brown complexion, 5’ tall, weighing 135 lbs, of slim build. 4 . Fredrick Montgomery Neely, a lias Barber, aged 27, is wanted for questioning in connection witha armed robbery. His last known address is Carmichael Road. He is described as being of dark brown complexion, 5” tall, weighi ng 180 lbs, of medium build. 5. Arroyo Dwight Clarke, aged 25, is wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery. His last known address is Newb old Street. H e is described as being of dark brown complexion, 5” tall, weighi ng 220 lbs, of medium build. 6 . Timothy Cole, alias Timothy Gooding, aged 27, is wanted for questioning in connection with ana rmed robbery. His last known address is Woods Alley. He is described as being of medium complexion, 6” tall, weighing 140 lbs, of slim build. Men wanted for questioning by police 1 2 3 4 5 6 C ommission to come down h ere and do a thorough overview with the commu nity on the EIA,” he said. am well aware of some o f the nuisance created with respect to noise and damage to certain homes, and Ia m equally aware of what steps and efforts have been made to try and mitigate them. Whether there hasb een a satisfactory conclus ion in the minds of the res idents of West Grand Bahama, I cannot speak tot hat,” said Mr Deveaux. “Mr Weech has been here to share it, but this is an e xtraordinarily emotive i ssue that has been subject t o very strident comments in the press,” he said. Mr Deveaux said Bahama R ock has also done several EIAs which were submitted to the Grand Bahama Port A uthority’s Environment Department and published on its website. It dealt with a number of complaints and I saw an overview of the EIA where they essentially went intoW est Grand Bahama and t ested some of the blasting and noise level in houses to determine what was satis-f actory and moderated their blasting plans to accommodate those specific parameters. I don’t know the extentt o which that was shared with the community,” he said. Mr Deveaux explained t hat Bahama Rock and the Grand Bahama Port Authority have a “symbi-o tic relationship” in which t he company is allowed to m ine rock in exchange for creating depth in the water, which allows the harbour to better accommodate cruise ships and commercial ships. The committee is opposed to the proposed expansion of Bahama Rock’s digging and blasting activities, and has urged Mr Deveaux not to grant the company permission to cross the Warren Levarity Highway. The company has already hauled large amounts of dirt across the highway to an area near wetlands and mangroves along the north shore. Bahama Rock general manager Walter Reed recently told The Tribune that the area is being prepared for the relo cation of its offices across the highway. He said they were granted a building permit for the site in 2007. Mr Barr and Mr Garvey said no one has told the residents about what is going on at the site or whether the companyhad received approval from the government. “We need some answers. Everyone is telling us they don’t know anything about it, but we think there is a plan to start dredging on this side (of the highway Mr Garvey added: “We are not going to sit back and allow them to do what they want to do. We need to preserve our land for our children.” Area at centre of environmental concerns GB residents seek date from Earl Deveaux FROM page six FROM page six Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award.If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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B y ADRIAN GIBSON a jbahama@hotmail.com THERE was nothing great about the so-called “great debate” for Elizab eth as it was merely a c haotic sham. Disappointingly, it turned out to be nothing more than a politic al sideshowa farce. J ones Communication N etwork CEO Wendall Jones had a noble idea in organizing such a debate, however, it was poorly organized, the audience was too rowdy and certain p articipants were overly i ncendiary. Frankly, the t elevised broadcast of the debate began with technical glitches. The “great debate” was hardly an intellectual exchange or debate of i deas, but instead descendi ng into much posturing, l ots of finger-jabbing, ruffian-like browbeating, and politically tune-deaf and comical response. Honestly, there were many instances w here the debate was tant amount to a laugh fest. S everal times during the great debate, I thought thatI was watching an episode of BET’s Comicview and was thoroughly entertained! H owever, the campaign g immicks put on air during t he debate set a horrible p recedent for the future of p olitical debates, which are evidently needed in our political culture. N one of the candidates enunciated a clearly defined vision beyond what i s commonly uttered. Say what you may about Workers Party leader RodneyM oncur, but he was unambiguousto say the least i n his responses. On the other hand, there were seve ral instances where some o f the other respondents offered answers steeped in t he language of insincerity, of cloudy vagueness, outr ight evasion and, for political mileage, that straddled the political fence. T he political m odus operandi our level of p olitical discourseis advancing with glacier-like slowness. Bahamians r emain too concerned with flag-wagging, pom-poms, ts hirts, free booze and grillouts, many times politicallyv acillating and playing m usical chairs between the major parties. A truly organized politic al debate should be a setting where the candidates face-off, one where multimedia personnel producingc atchy sound bites are absent and where the spindoctors are unable to coacha candidate. The idea of a political debate is to dis play thinking and speaking skills while under pres-s uredevoid of prefabric ated responsesto shape a candidate’s image in a voter’s mind and to i ncrease voter confidence. Opportunity I n its truest sense, a polit ical debate should be an opportunity for candidatest o present their views on the major issues affecting this country as a whole and, more specifically, their constituencies. It should pro vide an opportunity for candidates to explain the manifesto of their party and to state their plans for moving the country forward, whilst also providing an opportunity for counterarguments to be expressed and for candidates to demonstrate why their position is better than their opponents. It should not merely be about asking and answering questions, but instead serve as an oppor tunity for demanding accountability while also delving into a candidate’s track record. A debate format is sup posed to be governed by a memorandum of understanding between the participants; however, there was hardly any evidence of this during the sidesplitting outfit on Tuesday. Prior to actually watching the debate, I thought that the FNM and Dr Duane Sands were displaying political cowardice and taking a grave political risk by blow ing-off the debate. In some ways, I still do. Initially, I saw Dr Sands’ refusal to participate as politically insincere, as hiding behind Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham’s coat instead of facing the nation and, like the song about Jerry Roker, of giving the slip and ducking. However, after a night of comic relief and glee, in hindsight I now believe that the FNM may C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T o : E x e c u t i v e M o t o r s Thers been a lot of talk about the recall. Here are the facts.T oyota Motor Sales USAs voluntary s afety recall affects only vehicles made in North America (the models and model years are listed below in Toyota’s correspondence). Executive Motors imports the vast majority of its units from Japan, and these are not affected by either the accelerator pedal defect or the recall. The only Toyota vehicles affected in the Bahamas are units that were made i n the US and imported by individuals, plus a few sold by Executive Motors speci cally the Avalon sedan, Tundra truck and some Camry models. As part of a company-wide programme announced last week, Toyota is undertaking a top-to-bottom quality review to ensure that all its vehicles meet the highest safety standards and that all customer complaints are responded to promptly and effectively. Recalls are, in fact, an action of goodwill on the part of the manufacturer to keep customers safe. And a number of top automakers have issued signicant vehicle recalls at various times over the years. As Consumer Reports’ senior director of automotive testing David Champion conrmed recently: “We think Toyota makes a very, very good car. They’re usually very good in terms of crash tests. They come with all the l atest safety features. Their reliability in t he past has been excellent. And once this recall has gone through, we would not have any hesitation in recommending a Toyota vehicle.” Owners who have purchased an affected vehicle from Executive Motors will be contacted by our Service Department to make an appointment to have their vehicle xed. Toyota’s engineers have developed and rigorously tested an effective solution to address the potential for sticking accelerator pedals. A precision-cut steel reinforcement bar will be installed into the pedal assembly, thereby eliminating the excess friction that has caused pedals to stick in rare instances. Individuals who bought vehicles in the US should register their model, year and vehicle identi cation number (VIN possible. Detailed information and answers to questions about the recall are available at www.toyota.com/recall. C ustomers may call Executive Motors S ervice Department at 397-1700 for assistance. Toyota began making automobiles in 1937 and is now the world’s largest auto maker. Toyota’s corporate vision is to meet global mobility needs in a way that respects the Earth and all people. Executive Motors is the exclusive f ranchised dealer for Toyota, which h as been marketing vehicles in the Bahamas for over 40 years. Our factory-trained technicians are here to help you. Toyota and Executive Motors apologise for any incovenience caused by the recall. Elizabeth’s ‘great debate’ was a mere chaotic sham Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIAN GIBSON SEE page nine

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have foreseen the hysteria of the “great debate.” That said, I do believe that if the debate had taken on a different format, Dr Sands should have been present t o champion the vision set o ut in his mini-manifesto, w hich he claims to have written. Nation-building cannot occur without a meeting of the minds and true representation for the people of Elizabeth (or any other constituency) demands that politicians m ove beyond their wounde d egos. Relative to the recent debate, there appeared tobe a lack of audience-control and Mr Joneswhom I deeply respectcould have been better steered and r edirected and/or demande d responses (e.g., while t he other participants a voided questions on the c rucial issue of citizenship, o nly NDP Dr Andre Rollins and Mr Moncur addressed the issue without Mr Jones demanding a response from PLP candidate Ryan Pinder or BDM leader Cassius Stuart). Seve ral times, Mr Jones was also heard cautioning peo ple and promising to callt he police to maintain cont rol. One noticeable high p oint is that the questions asked addressed a wide-r ange of issues. F urthermore, the coloured podiumssix weeks after junkanoo andon the eve of Trinidad’s Carnivalwas comedic and indicated that something was amiss and that the great debate” would not b e taken seriously. Even more, Jones Com m unications should have s pecifically identified persons and invited an audi ence, in order to maintain control, and avoid displays of outright partisanship and h eckling. When having s uch a debate no audience member is supposed to r espond, but instead should l isten to the candidate’s i deas and offer an informed response at the polls. A debate is supposed to fea-t ure a reserved audience it should have had an audience of professionals and members of civil society. Frankly, while the sycophants parade throughout Elizabeth, it is clear that B ahamian politics must b ecome idiot-proof! T he debate left PLP candidate Ryan Pinder, ins ome instances, seemingly offering recited responses. At times, he appeared uncomfortable in his owns kin. Mr Pinder’s shrill, c rackling voice made his ideassome of which were first-rateless forceful.M ore than anyone else, Mr Pinder linked his responses to the electorate in Eliza beth. I have also been told that i n order to eliminate an electoral challenge on the g rounds of his citizenship i f he winsMr Pinder has r enounced his US citizenship. Honesty Rodney Moncur’s straightforward honesty, controversial and comical gestures were enrapturing. I kept tuned in because of Mr Moncur, and I do believe that he is a true n ationalist and means well. C assius Stuart was of no consequence. Mr Stuartclothed in an ill-advised bright, weddings uitperformed poorly, certainly much less than is expected of someone whoh as been involved in about three elections thus far. Dr Andre Rollins, who appears to have a fixation with quarters as he yet a gain produced one at the d ebate, was impressive, although helike Mr Monc urprefaced much of his r esponses with political p otshots. Dr Rollins was less stiff in the way he presentedh imself. Future elections should feature full-scale public debatesthroughout the archipelagostarting six months in advance of an election. F urthermore, rather than a political party believing t hat its candidate would be ambushed in a debate, them ost prominent future debates should be conducted by a moderator agreed upon by all partici-p ants and open to all m edia houses. Overall, the FNM may have won and gained them ost by staying away! C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM was a mere chaotic sham FROM page eight R ODNEYMONCUR , Ryan Pinder, Andre Rollins and Cassius Stuart.

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM She said the alleged sexual misconduct perpetrated against the 15year-old came to light after the girl confided in a teacher at the school, who then told the student to inform the principal. It was after the principal called the girl’s parents to the school that it then emerged that at least two other pupils were claiming they had also been targeted by the teacher. The girl’s mother has now given a statement to police on the island. “Apparently he was doing it to other students, spanking them on the hip in an inappropriate way. She said you’re wrong for that, don’t try that with me, and then when she went to ask him to explain something about a project, he said ‘You know just what to do’, and as she was walking away he put his hand up her skirt.” Meanwhile, according to District Superintendent for Central Andros, North Andros and the Berry Islands Harcourt Davis, which covers the North Andros High School from where the latest allegations on that island come, a decision is now pending on behalf of the Ministry as to the way forward in handling those involved in the Andros situation. Yesterday Mr Davis stated that the allegations, which he said involve one teacher and one student, and revolved around “words exchanged” rather than actual allegations of sexual abuse. He said the decision to have the reports investigated were taken as a proactive measure to avoid any possibility that the situation could escalate into something more serious. “We just want to make sure that nothing happens,” said Mr Davis. He said he felt that the island’s school administrators acted appropriately in the circumstances. Mr Davis’ version of events dif fered slightly from those of another source yesterday, who alleged that the complaints against the teacher were made by “several” rather than just one student. The source concurred with Mr Davis’ assertion that the reports were not of actual abuse stating instead that there were verbal “advances” made. “Several teachers had heard the complaints, but did nothing,” added the source. These latest child abuse allegations emerged weeks after the Ministry of Education moved several principals in the Eleuthera school district in the wake of their investigations into widespread allegations of sexual molestation of children by adults on the island. The administrators were not accused of having perpetrated the abuse, but it is understood their trans ferral was necessitated by the decision to send the District Superintendent, Rudolph Smith, on extended leave after he was alleged to have fallen down in his duties as child sex allegations emerged. Having found that preliminary investigations in Eleuthera revealed a “Pandora’s box” of molestation claims, and in light of previous controversies involving alleged abuse in the Eight Mile Rock high school in Grand Bahama where teachers, administrators, parents and others were said to have missed opportunities to act on allegations made the Ministry has now gone into high gear to identify and act upon any potentially explosive situations that might escalate to the detriment of students. One official said the Ministry is now doing its best to send a strong message that such behaviour will not be taken lightly and that the protec tion of children is of great impor tance, after uncovering evidence that inappropriate practices involving teachers and students have in fact been “going on for decades” thanks to a culture in which allegations were not taken seriously, or those in leadership positions in the school did not take a proactive stance. p en. Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said he does not know when National Insurance Board (NIB raised from 8.8 per cent to the expected 10.8 per cent to cover the cost of the new unemployment benefits scheme and national drug p rescription plan. A nd the business sector hopes the rise from 5.4 to 6.4 per cent for employers, and 3.4 to 4.4 per cent for employees, will be held off until the economy has revived. But the NIB unemployment benefits scheme h as already paid out more than the $20 million allocated for the scheme, as the latest figures show $21,816,554 was distributed to 14,692 b eneficiaries between April and January. A nd funding will also be required for the n ational prescription drug plan expected to provide 170 prescription medications for 11c hronic non-communicable diseases to NIB c ontributors from June. President of the Bahamas Employers Confederation Brian Nutt said: “We hate to see tax increase anywhere but most employers recognise that this is part of the social serv ices provided in developing and d eveloped countries and we have t o accept that fact. “We are hoping there is a little bit longer of a delay. Although things appear to be improving, we still have a long ways to go. It’s hard to say when we will ber eady.” Joan Thompson, president of free market advocate group The Nassau Institute, argues the latest government schemes will only increase debt for the governmenta nd businesses. She said: “We have to distinguish between the role of government and charity. The government i s not a charitable organisation, nor should it be, because they have to take other people’s money to be chari table. The government is certainly pressed on t he issue because they have the power to tax, a nd the power to tax is the power to destroy. T he government has so much power it can e nd up destroying business.” The Minister of State for Finance asserted in D ecember the government will consult the b usiness community before i mplementing the increase once a d ate is set. He maintains the contribution increase is a small price for businesses and the working population to pay for an unemployment safety net. A nd the national prescription drug plan is intended to provide easier access to medication for common non-communicable diseases such as asthma, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension,b reast and prostate cancer, and is expected to serve as a precursor for a national health insurance plan. T he plan will be implemented in phases to first assist the elderly, the infirm, children and students, by prov iding them with free medication. H ealth officials maintain one in every three B ahamian households is affected by one of t he 11 most common chronic non-communic able diseases and immediate access to essen t ial drugs will help patients manage their illnesses and help reduce their financial burden a ssociated with purchasing the drugs. b elieves Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham still intends to go forward with the prorogation. This would result in all parliamentary business currently on the Government's agenda to be discontinued, having to be r e-introduced in the new session. T he next meeting of Parliament is scheduled for February 24. Tabled for discussion that day is a mid-term budget review, which could take up toone week to discuss, said Carl Bethel, M ember of Parliament for Sea B reeze. “Obviously a political event arose which superseded (the plan to prorogue Parliament). Whether or not we will eventually prorogue at some point is the solely the decision of thep rime minister. There has been a change, because the original announcement was for the end of January. It obviously has not been able to be accomplished,” said Mr Bethel. H e said the prime minister in consultation with the Cabinet would decide the next move after the mid-t erm budget debate. C ertain initiatives are now in limbo, s uch as the proposed amendments to the Sexual Offences Act banning m arital rape. Prime Minister Ingra ham indicated last month his intention to debate the amendmentsb efore Parliament was prorogued. I know it won’t be on (the next agenda, but I always believe my Prime Minster. I trust him. I think he is just as passionate about ensuring women, men and all Bahamians have equal opportunities to present to c ourt to have justice done. I know that is definitely his mantra,” said Minister of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner, the key backer of the bill. She plans to be absent at the next s itting of Parliament, as she will be t ravelling to Washington, DC to promote the International Year of Women. A nother urgent matter of Parliam ent will be swearing in the new Member of Parliament for Elizabeth. Once the speaker of the House is a dvised of the return of the writ of the by-election, Mr Tynes said the new Member of Parliament could be s worn. He anticipated that would occur during the next meeting after the February 24 sitting of Parliament. 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the staging area during the c ourse of the day will be moni toring the persons who come t o vote against the list of people we have been able to find or get information on. They will be able to point out any persons we feel are not eligi-b le to vote,” said Dr Bernard N ottage, campaign manager for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Each of the 12 polling divisions are assigned division managers or team captains, int he case of the two major p olitical parties. Members of parliament and government ministers were assigned the responsibility, in the case of the Free National Movement (FNM f rom a body of experienced e lection agents in the party, as well as senators, and party officers. “The onus is on me (as the t eam captain) to make sure t he integrity of the register is intact. It is in my interest to ensure only people who live and reside in the polling division vote. In my party’s perspective that is definitely onm e. That is why I would have s pent the past three weeks going door-to-door to familiarize myself with the people w ho will be voting on election day, finding as many as I can possibly locate. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the onusf alls squarely at the Parliam entary Registration Department,” said Loretta ButlerTurner, Minister of State for Social Development, who is responsible for polling division number eight. T he alarm was raised a few w eeks ago when party members complained they were unable to find hundreds of people on the register during house-to-house visitations. The nature of the irregularitiesb eing found are similar: New r egistrants failing to satisfy the condition of eligibility of residing in the constituency for three months, and old registrants satisfying the condition o f ineligibility by living outside the constituency for more t han six months. There were some instances of deceased voters still being on the list. At an FNM press conference last week, party leader, Prime Minister Ingraham, s aid: “The FNM will not be g oing to election court. We w in elections on election day o r we lose elections on election day.” T he register being used for the Elizabeth by-election is the same register from the2 007 general election. Typically a register dies shortly in advance of the next general election. When this happens, all voters are required to reregister in the constituency of their most current residence. As the 2007 register is still current, only new residents inE lizabeth, or residents who recently turned voting age, were required to register. In general, the Parliamentary Registration Department depends on the integrity of voters, who no longer live in the constituency, to make e fforts to take their name of t he list, or refrain from voting. M s Butler-Turner called E lizabeth a very transient con stituency, based on the number of apartment buildings, duplexes and multiplexes,s pecifically on the western side of Fox Hill Road. She said many residents flow in and out of the community over the course of an election cycle. A person walking into my p olling division, who I know c learly (is ineligible have evidence to substantiate my claim, I can challenge them when they appear to vote. At that time the return-i ng officer will either pursue o ne of two options, given the circumstances. He might have them vote on a coloured ballot or might have them swear an oath that they do live in Elizabeth; it is up to the discretion of the returning officer,”s aid Ms Butler-Turner. The latter process exposes the voter to committing the criminal offence of perjury, should they lie. If a voter is indeed ineligible, but their name is on the list, their votei s counted as valid unless challenged. Dr Nottage said, although the PLP was able to locate a number of suspect people over the past ten days, theyc ontinue to find irregularities, a nd plan to continue working a round the clock on the verification process, up to election day. He said he could not say whether the PLP planned to produce affidavits or anyp hysical evidence on election d ay, although they were collecting evidence and were ready to file challenges should the need arise. “The PLP will be guided by what happens on election day. What we have said is that ift he register is not an authentic register it could end up in the election court. I guess it will depend on the number of such cases which we encounter and the impact they have on the election results,” said Dr Not-t age. SEEPAGETHREE C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM in the circumstances ... I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for murder, namely death, is deserved.” “There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and savage a ttack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the convict showed a callous disregard for human life when he shot his victim while he w as on the ground.” She noted further that Sawyer had expressed no remorse for the murder. In his confession to police, Sawyer said he committed the robbery to pay his rent. According to the statement from the Ministry of National Security, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest has now advised the Governor General of the Advisory Committee’s deci-s ion, reached on February 1. The next step towards carrying out the death sentence, accordi ng to the law, would be for a death warrant to be read to Sawyer, however this could be halted if he chooses to appeal his murder conviction. The Advisory Committee’s recommendation in October of last year that mercy was not appropriate in the case of murder convict Maxo Tido has yet to result in the hanging of Tido, since notification of his intended fate spurred the convict to lodge an appealt o the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council against the Court of Appeal’s affirmation of his 2006 murder conviction. T his left the government without the legal right to continue with his execution for the time being. he addressed the party’s m ass rally in Elizabeth l ast night. E arlier this week it was reported that, like many other members of parliament, Mr Ingraham has not complied with the Public Disclosures Act for the past several years. He admitted not having made such a disclosure in accordance with the Acts ince before the 2007 general election. The Act was passed in an effort to ensure electe d and publicly appointed officials do not corruptly enrich t hemselves off the public purse during t heir tenure in office. Mr Ingraham gave h is apology for this o mission as he accused the PLP of being “distinctly different” to the FNM, taking “neither responsibility nor blame for anything.” His speech focused o n the charge that the P LP, despite bold and elaborate public p romises, failed to d eliver when it came t o developing and advancing The Bahamas during their last term in office. “If talk was the same as action, Perry Christie would be the one of the most productive men in the history of the Bahamas. Or maybe even thew orld. But talking doesn’t provide people with jobs or improved health care or scholarships or social assistance when they are hurting.” By contrast, the F NM leader told the gathered crowd that the FNM’s record is one which shows it does not simply talk about improving the country, but acts. They talked about r emoving freight and container traffic off Bay Street. That’s all they talked about but they never ever did anything about it other than a supposed costly study. “We’ll do it. We will remove freight and container traffic from Bay Street, build a port at Arawak Cay in conjunction with all, or some or none of the private sector groups with whom we are having discussions. And we will start the pro ject this year and we will be ready with the Port next year, God willing,” he said. He went on to urge Elizabeth constituents to vote for the party’s candidate, Dr Duane Sands, “a serious man with a long record of accomplishments.” Mr Ingraham described the surgeon as a man with “a fine mind and a good heart” who “will use all of his gifts in the service of Elizabeth.” “We need you to send Duane Sands to the House so he can help your FNM team to create jobs and business opportunities. We need Duane Sands to help us to pursue the strategies needed to combat crime here in Elizabeth and across the country. “We need Duane Sands to help us create an affordable national health insurance pro gramme. “Duane Sands will not only be a fine rep resentative for Elizabeth, he will also be a key figure on an FNM team that is delivering for you,” said Mr Ingraham. FROM page one Murderer a step closer to hanging P olitical parties preparing voter black list FROM page one DRBERNARDNOTTAGE PM apologises for failing to a nnually disclose financial position FROM page one

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C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 13 INSIDE Stubb’s Opinion TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas men’s national softball team are eager to get started at the Central American and Caribbean Games’ qualifying tournament in San Andres, Colombia. When contacted at their hotel y esterday, Grand Bahamian pitche r Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely said the t eam had settled in, got in a workout and was just waiting on the c ompletion of the technical meeti ng that was held last night. T he meeting was to have sorted o ut any problems and also confirmed the schedule, which has the Bahamas set to open up against El Salvador today. T he Bahamas, managed by Perr y Seymour and coached by Bobb y Saunders and Alphonso ‘Chicken’ Albury, are also expected to play Puerto Rico this afternoon. “We had a good flight coming o ver, but when we got here, the hotel wasn’t what we had expect ed,” Neely said. “But we’re staying right on the beach front with the rest of the teams, so we’re making the best of it.” Neely, who will join ace Edney the Heat’ Bethel, Alcott Forbes and Darren Mortimer in the pitchi ng rotation, said they had a team meeting and everybody have agreed that there is more at stake than their living accommodations. We came here to do a job and that is to qualify for CAC, so we have decided to get ourselves ready to play ball,” Neely said. “We really want to qualify.” The Bahamas is placed in Section A with the DominicanR epublic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Aruba, El Salvador, the US Virgin Islands and Panama. However, Neely was unable to confirm if any of the teams had dropped out as that would haveo nly been confirmed at the techn ical meeting last night. With the exception of pitcher Anton ‘Bookie’ Gibson, all of the players selected to the team, are in Colombia. The remainder of the squad are Eugene Pratt, Jamal ‘Sarge’ Johnson, Phil Culmer, OrlandoM cPhee, Winston Seymour, Ricke y Rolle, Dwayne Mackey, Marvin ‘Tougie’ Wood, Terran Wood, Sherman Ferguson, Van ‘Lil Joe’ J ohnson, William Delancy and Renaldo Rolle. The head of the delegation is J effery Henfield. Michael Hanna is t ravelling as an umpire. “We feel we have a very good team. We don’t know what the starting line-up will be, but everybody is ready to compete,” Neely said. We had a good workout this m orning. We went over our signs and I think everybody is in a good frame of mind. We know what our mission is and that is to qualify for the CAC Games.” It’s not known exactly how the team will have to finish in order to qualify for the CAC Games. Butt he Bahamas is scheduled to play i ts final divisional game on February 16 against Panama. The semifinal is set for February 1 7th with the championship on February 19th. The team is due to return home on February 20,h opefully as Neely sees it, with a q ualifying spot for the CAC Games. Men’s national softball team eager to get on the field e feel we have a very good team. We d on’t know what the starting line-up will be, but everybody is ready to compete Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely sports N OTES By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net LOCALboxing enthusiasts prepare for a intra-club showdown as fighters from around the country gear up for an eagerly anticipated slugfest. Carmichael Knockout Boxing Club and Lion Den Box ing Club will team up to pre sent "An Evening of All Star Boxing," Saturday February 13th at the Carmichael Road Police Station's Basketball court at 4pm. The event is promised to feature a cadre of boxers the capital and the Family Islands Boxers from Champion Amateur Boxing CLub, South Side Marlin Boxing Cub, from the YMCA and Genesis Boxing Club and Mecher "Pain" Major Boxing Club, and the YMCA and Genesis Boxing Clubs out of Freeport Grand Bahama have already confirmed their par ticipation. Carmichael Knockout Boxing Club Organizer, Andre Seymour, said the tournament will be a perfect way to show case the talent of the young boxers and the start the year off on a positive note. "This is the first tourney for the year, and we are opening the season for the year on a positive note. This is an all star classic where all the clubs from around the Bahamas were invited," he said, "We want to showcase all of our boxers from primary school to senior, "This is apart of the development programme, we usualy focus on the international level but we want to focus on the young guys here." The main event will feature Godfrey Pinder vs Rasheild Williams, fighting for Welter weight title left vacant by the departure of Taureno Johnson, who has joined the professional ranks. "We expect to have a great evening to start the season. We are ready to get rolling and start the year off on the right foot and there will be alot of new boxers and a lot of beginners," Seymour said. "This is a busy year for us internationally so we want to start getting guys prepared as quickly as possible. We have a fighter travelling to the Con tinnetal Youth Champi onships, a team of a boxers to Cayman Islands, andin March seniors will compete at the commonweatlh champs. So amateur Boxing will be rolling from Saturday onward." Local boxers gear up for ‘An Evening of All Star Boxing’ RUNNING MARATHON BAHAMAS PRIZES Marathon Bahamas is pleased to announce that first place finishers in the full marathon are to receive wonderful complimentary vaca-tion stays in Nassau as well as complimentary flights with Spirit Airlines. Atlantis, Paradise Island; Sheraton Nassau BeachResort; Breezes Bahamas; and, Wyndham Nassau Resort are each providing vacation stays for winners in the following categories: First place overall, male or female; First place female from among our visitors; First place male from among our visitors; First place female from among residents of The Bahamas; First place male from among residents of The Bahamas; and First place in the open Wheel Chair cate gory (from among both males and females). Bally Total Fitness is pro viding a Gym membership each for the first place finishers among male and female residents of The Bahamas in the Marathon. BahamasAir, the National Flag Carrier, is offering a round trip ticket in the Bahamian network for the top male and female Bahami an/Bahamian Residents fin ishers, in the adult and junior categories, for the marathon and half marathon divisions. SEE page 14 A F A dderley’s Alvario Miller tries to control the ball against DW Davis. DW Davis won 52-44 in OT. AF Adderely’s Maccior Fowler lays the ball up. DW Davis’ big man Shamar Rolle controls the middle. GSSSA JUNIOR BOYS CHAMPIONSHIPS F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS PAGE 14, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ON Valentine’s Day, Sunshine Insurance will bring marathon running back to our shores. Marathon running in the Bahamas is nothing new. It's just that it hasn't been held on a consistent basis, so people tend to forget that over the years, there have been quite a few of them. There was the Blue Water Marathon. Remember the Quincenten nial Marathon. And of course we still think about the Central American and Caribbean Championships' marathon. Marathon Bahamas is coming – Sunday, February 14 starting at 6 a.m. from Mon tagu Bay and ending up at Arawak Cay. Sunshine Insurance, headed by Franklyn Wilson and the organising committee, headed by Brian Moodie, should be commended for the initiative in putting the 26.2 mile event together, although they had a very short to do it. Generally, marathon running is geared specifically to those older competitors who would have probably wound down their athletic careers and are just interested in staying in shape or trying to achieve a personal goal of competing in the most gruelling event in track and field. And over the years, there have been quite a number of competitors who have made their mark in the event with Grand Bahamian Delroy Boothe still holding the men’s national record of two hours, 34 minutes and 49 seconds, while Giselle Pyform has the female record of 2hr54:37. Tonight at the Pepsi Health Expo at Atlantis on Paradise Island where the competitors can also get their race packages, Marathon Bahamas will honour a number of distance runners, including Boothe and Pyfrom, who have made their mark over the years. Among the list are my Pastor and his brother, the Rev. David S. Johnson and Emmit John son, Dereck Cambridge, Anthony Dean, Anthony ‘Marathon Man’ Williams, Sam Williams, William ‘Knuckle head’ Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Sheldon Barr, Philip Watkins, Rupert Gardiner, Donald Kerr, Rudolph Miller, Alvy Penn, Gary Davis, Oscar Francis, Per ry Christie, Whelma Colebrooke, Rochelle Miller, Lucille Guerrier and Cleso Munnings. Although the majority of the above mentioned are not actively involved, there should be a number of competitors who we expect to see rise to the forefront on Sunday. The good thing with Marathon Bahamas is that the organisers are making it possi ble for competitors of all ages to participate. There's the full fledged 26.2 mile marathon. If that's too long, then you can participate in the 13.1 half marathon. Even if that isn't enough, you can team up with about five other people and partici pate in the relay. Whatever you decide, the marathon provides an opportunity for a great deal of Bahamians to compete. On January 30, more than 30 Bahamians participated in the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Some of them got their feet wet, while others were in their multiple appearances. All indications point to a lot of Bahamians lining up on Feb ruary 14. The good thing about marathon running is there is no specific time to beat. Everybody competing just wants to complete the course. It's really a personal achievement to do so. So I anticipate that there will be a lot of people who are eagerly awaiting for Olympian Pauline Davis-Thompson to fire the starting gun to get the race underway. I know I can't wait. Marathon Bahamas set for Valentine’s Day OPINION ON SUNDAY, February 14 starting at 6 a.m. Marathon Bahamas will take off from Montagu Bay and ending up at Arawak Cay. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WITH a record 61 schools confirmed to participate, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations announced the sponsorship of Scotiabank for the 21st National High School Track and Field Championships. The championships, scheduled for the weekend of March 11-13 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, will come on the heels of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Track and Field Championships (February 23-26 Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Championships (March 3-5 Sherwin Stuart, first vice president of the BAAA, said the championships, initiated back in 1989, have grown by leaps and bounds with more than 1,200 athletes from throughout the country participating. Stuart noted that the championships will serve as a qualifier for the Carifta Games, scheduled for April 4-6 in the Cayman Islands, the Junior Central American and Caribbean Championships in Santo Domingo, DominicanR epublic from July 2-4 and the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada from July 20-25. At a press conference yesterday at the stadium, Stuart expressed thanks and appreciation on behalf of the executive board, headed by Mike Sands, for Scotiabank’ commitment to the championships. Leah R. Davis, Senior Manager – Products, Marketing and Public Relations for Scotiabank (Bahamas said they are delighted to be partnering with the BAAA once again. Their last effort came at the Bound for Beijing Olympic trials in 2008. “This year, in keeping with our Bright Future programme, which embraces opportunities for children in our com munity, we are excited to sponsor the High School Nationals,” she said. “It is through the tireless efforts of the BAAA that we’ve seen and continue to see Bahamian athletes excel in the international arena. However, it is on t his level in the schools that the hard work and rigorous preparation begins.” As the title partner of the champi onships, Davis said Scotiabank saluted the work of the BAAA in the devel opment of track and field in the country and its investment in Bahamian youth. “We are proud of this three-day event. We welcome all Bahamians to support our young athletes and wish those competing here at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium the very best of luck.” Stuart noted that since the inception of the championships, the St. Augustine’s College Big Red Machine have led the way in winning the title, but he noted the other schools in both the private and public schools are closing the gap. One of those schools is the Queen’s College Comets, whose head coach Gary Markham noted that they have restructured their athletic programme in a way that they will better challenge SAC this year. “We’ve had a steady rise over the last 6-7 years in a bid to top the other schools,” Markham said. “We all know about SAC’s supremacy over the last 21 years because we have a superior amount of talent in their school. “However, we can score enough points that we will be able to overtake SAC. We have some extremely talented athletes in the lower age bracket and some extremely talented international athletes in the senior bracket.” Patrick Bodie, a hurdler representing the Comets, said he’s confident that Queen’s College have a team this year that can compete with SAC. “I think this track meet will be a good one for all of the athletes as we prepare for the many meets coming up,” Bodie said. “I think the High School meet should be a very good meet.” But Dianne Woodside, one of the coaches for the Big Red Machine, said SAC will welcome all challengers, not just from New Providence, but Grand Bahama and the other Family Islands. “We thrive on persons trying to capture the crown that we have held for so many years,” she pointed out. “Last year, we captured five of the six divisions in the nationals and so we are not going to lay down and just let anybody come in and take the title from us.” SAC’s senior girls’ distance runner Deshana Burnside said she’s proud to be a member of the Big Red Machine because she’s confident that they will once again reign supreme at the championship. “If everybody trains hard and works hard, we will accomplish our goal,” she summed up. Don Ferguson, a member of the CV Bethel High School, said the frontrunners were well known. But people should watch out for Stingrays, who will make their presence felt. Scotiabank sponsors High School Track and Field Championships TRACK CLUB MONICA MEET THE next event on the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ calender will be the Club Monica Track and Field Classic this weekend at the Thomas A.R obinson Track and Field S tadium. The championships will get started at 6 p.m. tonight and will continue on Saturday at noon. The meet wills erve as a qualifier for the C arifta Games. S WIMMING CARIFTA TIME TRIALS THE Bahamas Swimming Federation will holdthe first of its two Carifta time trials this weekend at t he Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center. The time trials will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. and willc ontrinue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Second time trials will t ake place over the weekend o f March 5-6. T he Carifta Swimming C hampionships will take place in Kingston, Jamaica f rom April 3-6. BASKETBALL B SC SEASON OPENING THE Baptist Sports Council will begin its 2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Classic on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the followingg ames on tap: C ourt One – 10 am Latter-Day vs Faith United ( 15); 11 am Latter-Day vs G olden Gates (19 Macedonia vs Salvation A rmy (19 Tabernacle vs Golden Gates (M vs BIBA (M C ourt Two – 10 am Mace d onia vs Christian Tabernacle (15 Tabernacle vs Faith United( 19); 1 p.m. Temple Fellowship vs Cousin McPhee (19 1 pm New Bethlehem vs T emple Fellowship (M 2 pm Bahamas Harvest vs Latter-Day (M S ports Notes FROM page 13 QUEEN’S College coach Gary Markham (left BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Track and Field Championships. Next to M arkham are Comets’ hurdler Patrick Bodie; BAAA’s public relations officer Alpheus Hawk’ Finlayson and BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart. SAC’S coach Dianne Woodside (middle lege as they prepare for the BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Champi onships. At left is BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart; Scotiabank’s Senior Man a ger Products, Marketing and Public Relations, Leah R. Davis; Woodside; SAC’s distance runner Deshana Burnside and CV Bethel’s Don Ferguson. STUBBS


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Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE government is taking
steps to have a man hanged
who committed a murder
described by a top judge as one
of the “worst of the worst.”

The Ministry of National
Security yesterday confirmed
that the Advisory Committee
of the Prerogative of Mercy
met and determined that God-
frey Sawyer’s case was not one
that warranted mercy and the
law should take its course.

Sawyer, 29, was sentenced to
death November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Quality Discount
Store employee Sterling
Eugene during an armed rob-
bery.

According to the evidence
from his trial, the condemned
man shot Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was try-
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pair and another employee
when the two workers tried to
stop Sawyer making his escape
with the store’s cash trays.

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convicted on June 16, this year of the armed robbery of
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land robbed the female employees there, taking the cash

trays with him.

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THE Ministry of Education’s Sexual Complaints Unit
has travelled to Eleuthera to probe new allegations that a
male teacher inappropriately touched girls at the Central

Eleuthera High School.

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, a relative of one of
the girls involved said she was impressed with how quickly
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EMPLOYERS and
workers braced for an
increase in national insur-
ance contributions
expected early this year
are still in the dark about
when the rise might hap-

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Political parties preparing voter black list

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PARTY operatives from
the various political parties
are compiling a list of names
to be challenged on election
day. They have been working
feverishly over the past few
weeks — going door to door,

meeting family members —
all in an attempt to verify
names on the election roll for
the Elizabeth by-election.
“While we had a lot of dif-
ficulty in the beginning, we
are now much more comfort-
able with what we are finding.
Poll workers who are within

SEE page 12

Plans to prorogue Parliament extended

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE government’s plans to prorogue Parliament at the end
of January have been extended. The likely new date is March,
according to parliamentary secretary, Maurice Tynes.

Mr Tynes said his office has not been advised of a day, but he

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apologised for failing to
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requirement that he dis-
close his financial position
ona yearly basis.

“T regret that I have per-
mitted my schedule to dis-
tract me from completing
this obligation...I offer no
excuse; I blame no one for
my not having done so.
I'm sorry and I will cor-
rect this situation forth-
with,” said the Prime Min-
ister and FNM leader, as

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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A MAN who is alleged to
have shot dead two men in
Bain Town was arraigned in a
magistrate’s court yesterday.

Police have charged Richard

Police charge Richard McKinney with murders of Wilton Omar Smith, Lashown Davis

McKinney, 30, with the mur-
ders of Wilton Omar Smith, 30,
of Roberts Drive, Bamboo
Town, and Lashown Davis, 29,
of Rupert Dean Lane.

Both men were gunned
down at Rupert Dean Lane

around 10am on Friday, Feb-
ruary 5, in what police suspect
was a revenge attack.
According to police reports,
a man was seen walking up to
one of the victims and there
was an exchange of words. The

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man reportedly pulled out a
handgun and fired gunshots at
one of the men and then at the
second who came to question
him. The deaths of Mr Smith
and Mr Davis raised the coun-
try’s homicide count to 10.
McKinney was not represent-
ed by an attorney at his arraign-
ment before Magistrate Caroli-
ta Bethell in Court 8, Bank
Lane. He was not required to
enter a plea to the murder
charge. He was also not
required to enter a plea to a
charge of possessing a firearm
with intent to endanger life. It is
alleged that on February 5, he

was in possession of a firearm
with intent to endanger the life
of Mervin Davis.

McKinney, of Woods Alley,
off Market Street, told the mag-
istrate that while at the Central
Detective Unit, he tried to get
officers to check his cellular
phone records.

He claims he was not in the
area when the murders
occurred, and had only been
informed of the incident by text
message. McKinney was
remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison. His case was adjourned
to February 18, for a hearing
date.

Job scheme attracts 2,500-plus applicants

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

MORE than 2,500 unem-
ployed Bahamians have applied
for temporary work in the pub-
lic and private sectors through
the government job stimulus
programme initiated in Novem-
ber.

Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing expects that up
to 600 of these applicants have
already started their six-month
stints at various government
departments and private insti-
tutions. The Ministry of Public
Works and Transport hired 150
people last week to carry out
street naming, house number-
ing, maintenance of govern-
ment buildings and cemetery
repairs, while the Department
of Lands and Local Govern-
ment placed 110 temporary
workers at public and private
institutions in December.
Lands and Local Government
Department staff interviewed
120 applicants of different ages
and skill sets, found 45 of them
had limited academic qualifica-
tions and skills, but the scheme
aims to help them develop new
job skills and be more employ-
able at the end of their tenure.

Mr Laing anticipates that half
of the 2,500 temporary employ-
ees estimated to gain employ-
ment through the scheme will
work in the public sector, while
the other half will be employed
by private businesses.

Minister of State for Lands
and Local Government Byran
Woodside said: “The program-
me’s success is attested by the

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fact private companies are still
requesting the services of per-
sons employed in the pro-
gramme, and the participants
have expressed their profound
appreciation to the government
for this much needed and time-
ly opportunity.”

Rewards

Although the scheme will
only temporarily drop the
unemployment rate, which last
stood at 14.2 per cent in New
Providence and over 17 per
cent in Grand Bahama, Mr
Laing said the human rewards
should not be overlooked.

He said: “If the 2,500 per-
sons are engaged by the time
the figures are measured, it will
be a full percentage point drop,
but I think the more important
impact is what it means for the
individuals who don’t have any
income. “We need a more
robust economy to absorb
many more people, but the pro-
gramme itself is intended to
impact those 2,500 peoples
lives, and if they are now get-
ting $250 a week, that is the
greatest human impact and that
is the one we really want.”

But president of The Nassau
Institute Joan Thompson says
the government programme
and internal hiring of tempo-
rary workers will only put fur-
ther stress on already stretched
public funding.

Mrs Thompson said: “When
this money is spent and gone
there still won’t be any new
jobs. They need to get out of
the way and these jobs will
spontaneously come about, but
it’s a tough period and it’s not
necessarily the government’s
fault, it’s an over-blown credit
that created a false economy
across the world.”

Mrs Thompson said the
scheme would not be necessary
if unemployed workers
dropped their standards to take
on menial jobs which may be
available while waiting for
secure permanent employment
and put the scheme down to
politics. “It’s not an economic
response to a changed market,”
she said. “It’s politics. I think
in due course we will get
through it. We may learn some
lessons, and we may not, but I
doubt these political parties will
really understand what needs
to be done, which is downsize
government by at least 50 per
cent, then those resources will
be freed for the private sector.”

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Ryan Pinder has renounced
his US citizenship, says PLP

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
has renounced his US citizen-
ship, according to his party.

PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts confirmed the move
yesterday, claiming that Mr Pin-
der in fact went ahead with the
renunciation prior to nominat-
ing as a candidate on January
29.

This conflicted to some news
reports late last night that sug-
gested the would-be MP plans
to, but has yet to actually go
through with, the process of
eliminating his US status.

Mr Pinder did not return a
phone call seeking comment on
the step yesterday, but Mr
Robert said the 35-year-old by-
election candidate took the
decision to drop his second cit-
izenship of his own volition and



not as a result of any pressure
from the party.

Earlier in January, Mr Pin-
der, who is employed by Flori-
da-based law firm Becker and
Poliakoff as a Nassau-based
consultant, defended his right
to hold dual citizenship in the
face of criticism that it was
inappropriate for someone
seeking public office, calling the
fact that he did a “non-issue.”

“There’s no violation of the
Constitution and it’s not an
issue that is relevant to the peo-
ple of Elizabeth,” Mr Pinder
told The Tribune on January

11. He also asserted that his
allegiance was to the Bahamas,
and that his status in the US
did not conflict with this in any-
way.

However, news reports quot-
ing Mr Pinder last night sug-
gested that the would-be politi-
cian felt questions about his loy-
alty to the Bahamas had proven
to be a “distraction” during his
campaign to represent the Eliz-
abeth constituency.

Both Workers’ Party leader
and candidate in the by-elec-
tion, Rodney Moncur, and
National Development Party
candidate Andre Rollins had
criticised the fact that Mr Pin-
der held dual citizenship, sug-
gesting it drew into question his
eligibility to hold public office
in the Bahamas and the likeli-
hood that he would act in the
best interests of Bahamian con-
stituents if elected.

The FNM has been less
vociferous in its commentary



RYAN PINDER

on Mr Pinder’s status, however
Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham did
make remarks earlier this week
in the constituency suggesting
his party’s candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, would be more loyal to
Elizabeth constituents given his
single, rather than dual, citi-
zenship.

The Constitution states in
Article 48 that no person shall
be qualified to be elected as a
Member of the House of
Assembly who is a citizen of
another country having become
such a citizen voluntarily, or is,
by virtue of his own act, under
any acknowledgment of alle-
giance, obedience or adherence
to a foreign power or state.

But as Mr Pinder is a
Bahamian born in Nassau, of a
Bahamian father and Ameri-
can mother, he acquired US cit-
izenship at birth automatically,
rather than voluntarily.

Workers’ Party leader says he has proven himself best Elizabeth candidate

Rodney Moncur: I won TV political debate

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FOLLOWING the widely
viewed political debate on JCN
TV, Workers Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur has claimed that
he was the outright victor and
has proven himself to be the
best candidate to represent the
people of Elizabeth.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Moncur
said that his strategy leading
into the debate was to desta-
bilise and eliminate his “main
opponent”, Ryan Pinder after
having already “defeated” the
FNM’s Dr Duane Sands “from
a constitutional standpoint.”

Mr Moncur said: “The PLP
had the building packed and
they had a very hostile crowd.
So I changed my strategy to
humour them before I launched
my attack. I think I have
knocked Sands out in terms of
his eligibility as it relates to the
constitution, and as it relates to
the debate my strategy was to
knock Pinder out first.

“So I spoke to him in a
tongue that he understood. So

Man arraigned
on rape charge

A 20-year-old Faith
Avenue man was yesterday
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
Court on a rape charge.

It is alleged that Rachard
Fenelus raped a 16-year-
old girl on January 23,
2010.

Fenelus, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusola Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to enter a
plea to the charge. He was
granted bail in the sum of
$8,000 with one surety. The
case has been adjourned to
June 28.

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when I said to him that (PLP
leader Perry) Christie does not
support him, he knew that I was
privy to exactly what the PLP’s
internal problems were.”

The Workers’ Party leader
added that if Bahamians were
honest and did not allow them-
selves to be swayed by party
affiliation, they would have to
admit that he was the best can-
didate in the debate.

Superior

“Tf political tribalism and all
that is put aside, I am the supe-
rior candidate. Ryan Pinder is
lost in this whole battle and I
say this with the greatest humil-
ity— without any arrogance. I
am the superior candidate to
Cassius Stuart and Dr Andre
Rollins. That is a fact, and the
Bahamas knows what my his-
tory is,” he said. Along with Mr
Moncur and Mr Pinder at the
February 9 debate were
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment leader Cassius Stuart and
National Development Party
candidate Dr Andre Rollins.

Each candidate was offered
an opportunity by the host
Wendall Jones to introduce
themselves and answer ques-
tions on what they would do if
elected as the next MP for Eliz-
abeth. The FNM’s candidate
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date who did not participate in
the debate. NDP candidate Dr
Rollins said that he was pleased
that persons thought he did well
during the debate.

However, Dr Rollins said he
personally felt he could have
done better and hopes that such
debates become a fixture in all
future elections. He said:
“There were many issues I
would have liked to touch on,
but the time constraints did not
allow. Hopefully there would
be further opportunities for
Bahamians to appreciate that
I have many ideas to offer
about improving the state of
our nation.

“T really liked that the debate
allowed the opportunity for the
people to know a lot about me
and to realise that I am an up
and coming politician who has a
great deal to offer. For those
who thought that I won the
debate, I am appreciative that
they are giving me a vote of
support and confidence and I
hope that translates into sup-
port in the votes on February
16 from the constituents of Eliz-
abeth,” he said.

Attempts to reach BDM can-
didate Cassius Stuart and PLP
candidate Ryan Pinder for com-
ment on their debate perfor-
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Dr Sands always supported a health plan

DURING THE Elizabeth by-election
campaign over the past few weeks, the PLP
has tried to make the voters of that con-
stituency believe that Dr Duane Sands — the
FNM’s candidate for the vacant seat — is not
interested in the poor because he was against
National Health Insurance.

Nothing could be further from the truth.
As a matter of fact we do not know of any
doctor who publicly admitted to being
against insurance for general health care.
(The National Health Insurance Act 2006
was tabled in parliament by the Christie gov-
ernment on November 15, 2006).

However, there were many doctors, some
of them quite vocal, who expressed the belief
that the scheme as then proposed would not
solve the Bahamas’ healthcare problems.
On the contrary it would never be able to
deliver the standard of care promised by the
PLP government’s Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion.

In various statements, one before the
Rotary Club of Nassau on March 16, 2006,
Dr Sands made it clear that he believed
every Bahamian was entitled to health care
as of right.

“The goal of the Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion and the National Health Insurance plan
are admirable and universally held,” Dr
Sands told Rotary. However, “they will not
be achieved with this plan as currently out-
lined and will likely cause far more damage
than ever anticipated.”

Dr Robin Roberts, chairman of the
National Coalition for Health Care Reform
— the brother of PLP chairman Bradley
Roberts — was of the same opinion.

In Dr Roberts’ view the plan advanced by
the PLP’s Blue Ribbon Commission raised
many unanswered questions. “We believe
it to be our responsibility and the responsi-
bility of all right-minded thinking Bahamians
to raise those questions and to engage in
true and meaningful consultation with Gov-
ernment in seeking answers,” he said.

In expressing his concern, Dr Sands gave
the analogy of a flight to London. “In the
economy class,” he said, “sit the majority
of travellers. Space is limited but comfortable
and the food is palatable. Up from there is
business class, with larger seats, more space
and sumptuous fare ... exceeded only by
the plush and posh environment of first class.
Same plane, same pilot no difference in des-
tination or safety. One size does not fit all.
Everyone cannot afford Atlantis or Ocean
Club — but they certainly should continue to
exist.”

It was because of his concern for those in
economy class — the poor of this country—
that he disagreed with the national health
plan as then designed. He saw the plan as a
“frightenly retrogressive step that will lead to
less accountability, longer waiting times and
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plan that offered first class seats that could
not be delivered to the poor.

“For the sake of all Bahamians,” said Dr
Robin Roberts, “let’s take the time to get it
right!”

But an election was around the corner. It
was more important for the PLP to win that
election rather than to get it right.

Tribune files are filled with public state-
ments by Dr Sands, saying ‘yes we need pub-
lic health,’ but let’s get it right or the people’s
lot will be worse than what they now have.

And so how Dr Bernard Nottage — who
as Minister of Health on rejoining the PLP
was given the task of taking the PLP’s health
plan to the people — could say with a
straight face that his “impression” was that
Dr Sands did not support National Health
Insurance, is beyond comprehension. No
wonder the general public do not trust most
politicians.

Dr Sands said it many times over that he
supported national health insurance, but not
the plan devised as an election-gimmick by
the PLP government. He believed the
Bahamian people — especially the poor —
deserved better.

Now we invite Dr Nottage to recall one of
the consultative meetings that Dr Marcus
Bethel — at the time the PLP government’s
Minister of Health — held with a group of
physicians at the School of Nursing. The
meeting was to discuss government’s nation-
al health insurance plan.

According to our records, Dr Nottage,
who then headed his own party, the CDR —
he had not yet returned to the fold of his old
party the PLP — sat quietly throughout the
discussion — that is until towards the end. It
was then that it is claimed he dropped his
verbal “bomb.” We understand that the gist
of his angry remarks was that the Blue Rib-
bon Commission hadn’t a clue what it was
doing. It was basing its conclusions on faulty
information, and as such the plan was not
sustainable.

We certainly got the impression at the
time that Dr Sands and Dr Nottage were
singing from the same hymn sheet. But, one
must remember that when Dr Nottage was
singing his song, he headed his own political
party in Opposition to the PLP. However, in
the interim he rejoined his old government,
became its Minister of Health and took the
PLP’s health scheme to the public. Today, he
is in Elizabeth trying to get his party’s can-
didate elected, and in the bargain misrepre-
senting the position of the opposition can-
didate — Dr Duane Sands.

Really the PLP are just too much. This
misrepresentation alone should make voters
think twice before casting their ballots for
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How public
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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I didn't expect to be
imposing on you so soon
after you so kindly pub-
lished my recent letter about
how gangsterism came to
the Bahamas during the
Colombian cocaine era.
However, an article in
another newspaper has
prompted me to recall how
everybody lost respect for
Public Disclosure as a result
of the revelations of the
Commission of Enquiry in
1984.

Some members of the
Opposition at the time the
Disclosure Act was passed
in 1976 were of the view that
it was never intended for
certain people but that then
Prime Minister Lynden Pin-
dling intended to use it
against his opponents.

After the Disclosure Act
came into force in 1978 Sen-
ators and Members of Par-
liament faithfully filled out
their disclosure forms every
year. Members in opposition

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to the PLP Government
were particularly careful to
disclose in great detail.

Then something hap-
pened. The finances of Sir
Lynden were examined by
Inspector Frank Richter on
behalf of the Commission of
Enquiry into drug trafficking
through the Bahamas.

It's a long sordid story
but briefly Inspector Richter
found that from 1977
through 1983 Sir Lynden
had deposits of $3.5 million
in his bank accounts over
and above his salary and
allowances. The money
came from different sources
including “loans” from the
principals of Freeport, pay-
ments from Everette Ban-
nister and some unidentified
deposits.

It transpired that Sir Lyn-
den had not declared some
of these deposits to the Dis-

closure Commission. The
Act clearly sets out what the
Disclosure Commission
should do in cases of non-
disclosure, incomplete dis-
closure or false disclosure.

But in the case of Sir
Lynden? Well, the Disclo-
sure Commission did noth-
ing. One member, a highly
respected senior public ser-
vant, resigned, reportedly in
disgust. So the credibility of
the Disclosure Act and the
Disclosure Commission
went to hell along with a lot
of other things in our coun-
try during those terrible
days.

One Member of Parlia-
ment said he would never
disclose again. I don't know
whether he carried out that
threat, but from then on
many Members of Parlia-
ment were not all that par-
ticular about filling out their
annual forms.

LONG MEMORY
Nassau,
February10, 2010.

Perry Christie has forgotten Farm Road

EDITOR, The Tribune.

There is continuous erosion
in the inner-city. The escala-
tion of serious crimes has
gripped us all. Regardless
who is involved, the fear of
criminals pouncing on inno-
cent victims exists. Even
though we must not concede
to criminals and their activi-
ties, we must be mindful that
crime is happening far too
often and too many law-abid-
ing people are being taken
advantage of.

Even though crime is
almost nationwide there are
serious pockets of criminal
elements that seem to have
been nurtured from the lack
of cooperation by neighbours
and the lack of attention by
the relevant authorities.
Token visits in the communi-
ties once in a while can do
precious little to alleviate the
vexing problems. But the bla-
tant dishonesty is perpetrat-
ed by the PLP, they would
want sensible Bahamians to
believe that a programme
could prevent drug dealers
from killing each other and
that lovers who cannot com-
municate sometimes take
their differences too far. The
truth is not in the PLP.

As far as the cries in the
inner-city are concerned,
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church who have shown some
interest. Also Debbie Bartlet-
te’s thirst for the real news
began to search for meaning-
ful programmes and how the
implementation of these pro-
grammes can move closer
from the horizon. But to be
honest there has been a few
who thought it important
enough to visit and listen to
the cries of some of the peo-
ple, but while many have
resigned that they chose to
live in the conditions they are
in, some pray for a better way.

Several months ago I was
part of a media team that ven-
tured to take the cameras
through the Hay Street, West
Street, Hospital Lane, Masons
Addition and surrounding
areas. The close up graphic
details of accounts of the con-
stant sound of machine guns
shooting at anytime of the
day, painted a picture of the
“wild, wild west.” The grim
reality of people being shot
and killed all too often, forced
me to gulp from the imagina-
tion of the pain that must
have been visited on the fam-
ilies of both criminals and vic-
tims. The relevant authorities
must know of this, but noth-
ing has changed.

The residents in the Farm
Road area expressed how
they expected their represen-
tative Perry Gladstone
Christie to make a difference
but he turned out to be noth-
ing more than a “puff of
wind”, shuffling and dancing
while his constituents suffer.

They claim that he has not
gone back to see his con-
stituent, other than to take
photos. Mr Christie as prime
minister did nothing then and
it would appear that he could
care less now.

I dare Mr Christie to say
what positive impact he had
or is having, or what encour-
agement or influence he is
using to help the people he
encouraged to vote for him.
But the people of Farm Road
are only experiencing what
the rest of the Bahamas knew
all along and that is, a man
who is constantly late for
everything certainly cannot
manage himself.

I strongly suggest that the
time Mr Christie uses to sell
the myth to the people of
Elizabeth that the shortcom-
ings in their constituency is
because someone else caused
it only shows that he would
do anything and say anything
just to get his hands on the
country’s power structure
once again, nothing more and
nothing less, and to hell with
the people of Farm Road or
Elizabeth Constituency. At
least this is my opinion from
my own observations.

Robert Collier said, “One
comes to believe whatever
one repeats to oneself suffi-
ciently often, whether the
statement is true or false. It
comes to be the dominating
thought in one’s mind.”

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LOCAL NEWS



Fishermen fear Freeport boat will soon start large-scale tuna fishing

FISHERMEN fear large-scale tuna
fishing by a Freeport boat rigged with
a mile-long net will commence in the
coming weeks with government sup-
port.

The Department of Agriculture and
Marine Resources director and deputy
director did not return calls from The
Tribune yesterday about the reports,
however fishermen say they have been
informed that a vessel docked at a
Grand Bahama marina is licensed to

‘Stop dumping garbage
in our protected areas’

Trust seeks clampdown after refuse found in Bonefish Pond National park



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of Praias National Trust Eric Carey oe the media some of the trash that V was = dint at the Bonefish pond.

By ALESHA CADET

THE Bahamas National
Trust is appealing to law
enforcement agencies to take
a strong stand against those
who dump refuse in protected
areas following the discovery
of garbage deposits in the
Bonefish Pond National Park.

This comes after two massive
clean-ups and an investment of
well over $100,000 in a board-
walk and viewing platform at
the park. BNT deputy execu-
tive director Lynn Gape said
the offenders deposited the
waste alongside a newly
cleaned road which the Trust
is in the process of completing.

A statement from the BNT
said the latest report of dump-
ing is disheartening, as a great
deal of time and energy have
been spent improving the area
so Bahamians can enjoy the
park. BNT executive director
Eric Carey said the last step in
their efforts to improve the
park is the completion of the
road, which will cost more than
$40,000. The new infrastruc-
ture makes it easier for educa-
tors to take students on field
trips into the wetland. The
viewing platform also acts as a
staging area for snorkelling and
kayaking tours. “We have to
protect the resource so people
can be able to enjoy it, creating
new business opportunities,”
Mr Carey said.

According to the BNT,
Bonefish Pond has been the
victim of indiscriminate dump-
ing for many years.

“This is not a place for
dumping. Through awareness
and education, we want people
to know that,” Mr Carey said.

The BNT, with the assistance
of the Ministry of the Environ-
ment, International Coastal
Clean-up and other agencies
has been able to remove much
of the debris.

Tamica Rahming, director of
the park said, “To date, we
have removed over 35 tons of
garbage. We encourage people
to come out, we want people
to see what’s happening.

“Tt is not the majority of the
Bahamian public, its just a few
individuals (who are dumping).
We urge people to report to the
BNT and police officials when
they see people dumping,” Ms
Rahming said.

Man receives jail
term for possessing
unlicensed firearm

FREEPORT - A 22-year-
old man was sentenced to
serve nine months in prison
after pleading guilty to pos-
session of an unlicensed
firearm.

Jhatorae Roberts, 22, and
Vaughn Cooper, 25, appeared
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones on charges
of possession of an unlicensed
firearm and ammunition.

Roberts pleaded guilty the
charges. Cooper was dis-
charged by the court.

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net tuna on an unprecedented scale.

They say the Bahamian-registered
boat, estimated to be more than 100 ft
long, is rigged with a mile-long, 900 ft
deep net; has a Mediterranean crew
trained in large-scale fishing and
intends to sell the haul outside the
Bahamas.

An Abaco lobster and sport fisher-
man, who did not want to be named,
said ministry officials told him the net
fishing of tuna, never before practiced

ST, CECILIA'S CATHOLIC CHURC

in the country, is an experiment. But
he is concerned it will greatly deplete
local tuna stocks and harm the multi-
million dollar sportfishing industry, as
well as harm protected species such
as dolphins and juvenile fish.

Indiscriminate

He said: “It’s indiscriminate fishing
so everything that comes up in the net
is going to die in it.

“And from my understanding they
are going to be targetting tuna in the
Bahamas, especially in the Abacos and
in the Tongue of the Ocean, and they
are going to exploit them out.

“There’s nothing of that magnitude
here now, and having seen tuna
decline over the past 20 years, I am
now concerned something of this mag-
nitude would really hurt our industry.

“Why would they let something of
that scale come in to experiment?

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Minister visits area at centre ©8 residents seek date

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT -— Environ-
ment Minister Earl Deveaux
visited Bahama Rock yes-
terday to see the mound of
dirt north of Warren Levar-
ity Highway which has
sparked environmental con-
cerns among residents of
West Grand Bahama.

Mr Deveaux, who is here
attending the Bahamas
International Maritime Con-
ference, met and spoke with
local officials about the dirt,
which is being hauled from
the other side of the high-
way.

“They (Bahama Rock)



EARL DEVEAUX

are moving their offices
from where they are now
because they are scheduled
to start mining the site on



which their office is current-
ly located,” he said.

“They are not destroying
the mangroves and that is
not founded in anything
they showed me today,” he
told The Tribune.

Bahama Rock is a mining
plant that exports aggregate
products used in the con-
struction industry.

The company wants to
excavate about 1,000 acres
of land on the opposite side
of the highway from its cur-
rent operation, to allow for
future development of
another deep water harbour.

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and dredged the Freeport
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ity Highway. Residents com-
plained of constant loud
noise and damage to their
homes as a result of the
underground blasting asso-
ciated with this project.

Mr Deveaux noted that an
environmental impact
assessment (EJA) for the
proposed expansion was
conducted by the govern-
ment’s Bahamas Environ-
ment Science Technology
(BEST) Commission. He
said the report is finished
and available for viewing by
the public.

“We are committed to fix-
ing a date for Mr Weech
(director) at the BEST

SEE page seven



from Earl Deveaux

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The Grand Bahama Committee of Con-

i cerned Residents told The Tribune yesterday that its
i members are upset because there has been no word on
: when Environment Minister Earl Deveaux will meet with
? residents about the proposed expansion of the contro-
i versial Bahama Rock quarry mining operation.

Mr Deveaux has been in Freeport since Wednesday

i for the International Maritime Conference at Our Lucaya
? Resort. Before leaving Nassau the minister promised to
i meet with concerned Grand Bahamians, however com-
? mittee members said that up to press time last night, they
: had heard nothing about a date, time, or venue.

“We need to know as a community what time he will

: meet with us, and where he will meet about information
? concerning the proposed project at Bahama Rock,” said
? committee member Troy Garvey earlier this week.

“We have not heard anything from him. We would

really like to know where this meeting is going to be and
i who it is going to be with,” added another member, David
i Barr.

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LOCAL NEWS



Men wanted for questioning by police



Area at centre of
environmental
concerns

FROM page six

Commission to come down
here and do a thorough
overview with the commu-
nity on the EIA,” he said.

“Tam well aware of some
of the nuisance created with
respect to noise and dam-
age to certain homes, and I
am equally aware of what
steps and efforts have been
made to try and mitigate
them. Whether there has
been a satisfactory conclu-
sion in the minds of the res-
idents of West Grand
Bahama, I cannot speak to
that,” said Mr Deveaux.

“Mr Weech has been here
to share it, but this is an
extraordinarily emotive
issue that has been subject
to very strident comments
in the press,” he said.

Mr Deveaux said Bahama
Rock has also done several
EIAs which were submitted
to the Grand Bahama Port

Authority’s Environment
Department and published
on its website.

“Tt dealt with a number of
complaints and I saw an
overview of the EIA where
they essentially went into
West Grand Bahama and
tested some of the blasting
and noise level in houses to
determine what was satis-
factory and moderated their
blasting plans to accommo-
date those specific parame-
ters. I don’t know the extent
to which that was shared
with the community,” he
said.

Mr Deveaux explained
that Bahama Rock and the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority have a “symbi-
otic relationship” in which
the company is allowed to
mine rock in exchange for
creating depth in the water,
which allows the harbour
to better accommodate
cruise ships and commer-
cial ships.

(While supplies last.)

THE following persons are
wanted for questioning in connec-
tion with ongoing investigations
by the Central Detective Unit.

All suspects are considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the
suspects’ whereabouts is asked to
please contact police on the emer-
gency line 919/911; CDU at 502-
9930/9991; the Police Control
Room at 322-3333; Crime Stop-
pers at 328-8477 or the nearest
police station.

1. Brent Felix McPhee, alias
Brent Glinton, BJ and Smiley,
aged 22, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a burglary.

His last known address is #2 Ole-
ander Avenue, South Beach.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’8” tall, weigh-
ing 128 Ibs, of thin build.









2. Franklyn Stubbs, alias Franky,
aged 27, is wanted for questioning
in connection with a case of steal-
ing from a vehicle.

His last known address is
Muncur Alley, off Kemp Road.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 61” tall, weigh-
ing 145 Ibs, of thin build.

3. Tavarie Maycock/Williams,
alias Culmer, aged 30, is wanted

for questioning in connection with
an investigation into threats of
death.

His last known address is #15
Esmeralda Street, East Street near
Auto Fresh.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’6’ tall, weigh-
ing 135 Ibs, of slim build.









4. Fredrick Montgomery Neely,
alias Barber, aged 27, is wanted
for questioning in connection with
a armed robbery.

His last known address is
Carmichael Road.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’0” tall, weigh-
ing 180 Ibs, of medium build.

5. Arroyo Dwight Clarke, aged
25, is wanted for questioning in
connection with an armed robbery.

His last known address is New-
bold Street.

He is described as being of dark
brown complexion, 5’7” tall, weigh-
ing 220 Ibs, of medium build.

6. Timothy Cole, alias Timothy
Gooding, aged 27, is wanted for
questioning in connection with an
armed robbery.

His last known address is Woods
Alley.

He is described as being of medi-
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The committee is opposed to the proposed expansion of
Bahama Rock’s digging and blasting activities, and has
urged Mr Deveaux not to grant the company permission to
cross the Warren Levarity Highway.

The company has already hauled large amounts of dirt
across the highway to an area near wetlands and mangroves
along the north shore.

Bahama Rock general manager Walter Reed recently
told The Tribune that the area is being prepared for the relo-
cation of its offices across the highway.

He said they were granted a building permit for the site in
2007.

Mr Barr and Mr Garvey said no one has told the residents
about what is going on at the site or whether the company
had received approval from the government.

“We need some answers. Everyone is telling us they don’t
know anything about it, but we think there is a plan to start
dredging on this side (of the highway), Mr Barr said.

Mr Garvey added: “We are not going to sit back and
allow them to do what they want to do. We need to preserve
our land for our children.”

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Elizabeth’s ‘great debate’

YOUNG MAn’s VIEW

ADRIAN GIBSON



By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

THERE was nothing
great about the so-called
“great debate” for Eliza-
beth as it was merely a
chaotic sham. Disappoint-

ingly, it turned out to be
nothing more than a politi-
cal sideshow—a farce.
Jones Communication
Network CEO Wendall
Jones had a noble idea in
organizing such a debate,
however, it was poorly

organized, the audience
was too rowdy and certain
participants were overly
incendiary. Frankly, the
televised broadcast of the
debate began with technical
glitches.

The “great debate” was

There’s been a lot of
talk about the recall.
Here are the facts.

Toyota Motor Sales USA's voluntary
safety recall affects only vehicles made
in North America (the models and mod-
el years are listed below in Toyota’s
correspondence).

Executive Motors imports the vast
majority of its units from Japan, and
these are not affected by either the ac-
celerator pedal defect or the recall.

The only Toyota vehicles affected in
the Bahamas are units that were made
in the US and imported by individuals,
plus a few sold by Executive Motors -
specifically the Avalon sedan, Tundra
truck and some Camry models.

As part of a company-wide pro-
gramme announced last week, Toyota
is undertaking a top-to-bottom qual-
ity review to ensure that all its vehicles
meet the highest safety standards and
that all customer complaints are re-
sponded to promptly and effectively.

Recalls are, in fact, an action of
goodwill on the part of the manufactur-
er to keep customers safe. And a num-

As Consumer Reports’ senior di-
rector of automotive testing David
Champion confirmed recently: “We
think Toyota makes a very, very good
car. They’re usually very good in terms
of crash tests. They come with all the
latest safety features. Their reliability in
the past has been excellent. And once
this recall has gone through, we would
not have any hesitation in recommend-
ing a Toyota vehicle.”

Owners who have purchased an
affected vehicle from Executive Motors
will be contacted by our Service
Department to make an appointment
to have their vehicle fixed.

Toyota’s engineers have developed
and rigorously tested an effective solu-
tion to address the potential for sticking
accelerator pedals.

A precision-cut steel reinforcement
bar will be installed into the pedal as-
sembly, thereby eliminating the excess
friction that has caused pedals to stick
in rare instances.

Individuals who bought vehicles
in the US should register their model,
year and vehicle identification number
(VIN) with Executive Motors as soon as
possible.

Detailed information and answers
to questions about the recall are
available at www.toyota.con/yrecall.
Customers may call Executive Motors
Service Department at 397-1700 for
assistance.

Toyota began making automobiles
in 1937 and is now the world’s largest
auto maker. Toyota’s corporate vision is
to meet global mobility needs in a way
that respects the Earth and all people.

Executive Motors is the exclusive
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hardly an intellectual
exchange or debate of
ideas, but instead descend-
ing into much posturing,
lots of finger-jabbing, ruffi-
an-like browbeating, and
politically tune-deaf and
comical response. Honestly,
there were many instances
where the debate was tan-
tamount to a laugh fest.
Several times during the
great debate, I thought that
I was watching an episode
of BET’s Comicview and
was thoroughly enter-
tained!

However, the campaign
gimmicks put on air during
the debate set a horrible
precedent for the future of
political debates, which are
evidently needed in our
political culture.

None of the candidates
enunciated a_ clearly
defined vision beyond what
is commonly uttered. Say
what you may about Work-
ers Party leader Rodney
Moncur, but he was unam-
biguous—to say the least—
in his responses. On the
other hand, there were sev-
eral instances where some
of the other respondents
offered answers steeped in
the language of insincerity,
of cloudy vagueness, out-
right evasion and, for polit-
ical mileage, that straddled
the political fence.

The political modus
operandi—our level of
political discourse—is
advancing with glacier-like
slowness. Bahamians
remain too concerned with
flag-wagging, pom-poms, t-
shirts, free booze and grill-
outs, many times politically
vacillating and playing
musical chairs between the
major parties.

A truly organized politi-
cal debate should be a set-
ting where the candidates
face-off, one where multi-
media personnel producing
catchy sound bites are
absent and where the spin-
doctors are unable to coach
a candidate. The idea of a

political debate is to dis-
play thinking and speaking
skills while under pres-
sure—devoid of prefabri-
cated responses—to shape
a candidate’s image in a
voter’s mind and to
increase voter confidence.

Opportunity

In its truest sense, a polit-
ical debate should be an
opportunity for candidates
to present their views on
the major issues affecting
this country as a whole and,
more specifically, their con-
stituencies. It should pro-
vide an opportunity for
candidates to explain the
manifesto of their party and
to state their plans for mov-
ing the country forward,
whilst also providing an
opportunity for counter-
arguments to be expressed
and for candidates to
demonstrate why their
position is better than their
opponents. It should not
merely be about asking and
answering questions, but
instead serve as an oppor-
tunity for demanding
accountability while also
delving into a candidate’s
track record.

A debate format is sup-
posed to be governed by a
memorandum of under-
standing between the par-
ticipants; however, there
was hardly any evidence of
this during the sidesplitting
outfit on Tuesday. Prior to
actually watching the
debate, I thought that the
FNM and Dr Duane Sands
were displaying political
cowardice and taking a
grave political risk by blow-
ing-off the debate. In some
ways, I still do. Initially, I
saw Dr Sands’ refusal to
participate as politically
insincere, as hiding behind
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s coat instead of
facing the nation and, like
the song about Jerry
Roker, of giving the slip
and ducking. However,
after a night of comic relief
and glee, in hindsight I now
believe that the FNM may

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FROM page eight

have foreseen the hysteria
of the “great debate.” That
said, I do believe that if the
debate had taken on a dif-
ferent format, Dr Sands
should have been present
to champion the vision set
out in his mini-manifesto,
which he claims to have
written. Nation-building
cannot occur without a
meeting of the minds and
true representation for the
people of Elizabeth (or any
other constituency)
demands that politicians
move beyond their wound-
ed egos.

Relative to the recent
debate, there appeared to
be a lack of audience-con-
trol and Mr Jones—whom I
deeply respect—could have
been better steered and
redirected and/or demand-
ed responses (e.g., while
the other participants
avoided questions on the
crucial issue of citizenship,
only NDP Dr Andre
Rollins and Mr Moncur
addressed the issue without
Mr Jones demanding a
response from PLP candi-
date Ryan Pinder or BDM
leader Cassius Stuart). Sev-
eral times, Mr Jones was
also heard cautioning peo-
ple and promising to call
the police to maintain con-
trol. One noticeable high-
point is that the questions
asked addressed a wide-
range of issues.

Furthermore, the
coloured podiums—six
weeks after junkanoo and
on the eve of Trinidad’s
Carnival—was comedic and
indicated that something
was amiss and that the
“great debate” would not
be taken seriously.

Even more, Jones Com-
munications should have
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control, and avoid displays
of outright partisanship and
heckling. When having
such a debate no audience
member is supposed to
respond, but instead should
listen to the candidate’s
ideas and offer an informed
response at the polls. A
debate is supposed to fea-
ture a reserved audience—
it should have had an audi-
ence of professionals and
members of civil society.

Frankly, while the syco-
phants parade throughout
Elizabeth, it is clear that
Bahamian politics must
become idiot-proof!

The debate left PLP can-
didate Ryan Pinder, in
some instances, seemingly
offering recited responses.
At times, he appeared
uncomfortable in his own
skin. Mr Pinder’s shrill,
crackling voice made his
ideas—some of which were
first-rate—less forceful.
More than anyone else, Mr

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was a mere chaotic sham

RODNEY MONCUR, Ryan Pinder, Andre Rollins and Cassius Stuart.

Pinder linked his responses
to the electorate in Eliza-
beth.

T have also been told that
in order to eliminate an
electoral challenge on the
grounds of his citizenship—
if he wins—Mr Pinder has
renounced his US citizen-
ship.

Honesty

Rodney Moncur’s
straightforward honesty,
controversial and comical
gestures were enrapturing.
I kept tuned in because of
Mr Moncur, and I do
believe that he is a true
nationalist and means well.

Cassius Stuart was of no
consequence.

Mr Stuart—clothed in an
ill-advised bright, wedding
suit—performed poorly,
certainly much less than is
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appears to have a fixation
with quarters as he yet
again produced one at the
debate, was impressive,
although he—like Mr Mon-
cur—prefaced much of his
responses with political
potshots.

Dr Rollins was less stiff
in the way he presented
himself.

Future elections should
feature full-scale public
debates—throughout the
archipelago—starting six
months in advance of an
election.

Furthermore, rather than
a political party believing
that its candidate would be
ambushed in a debate, the
most prominent future
debates should be con-
ducted by a moderator
agreed upon by all partici-
pants and open to all
media houses.

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Plans to prorogue
Parliament extended

FROM page one

believes Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham still intends to go forward
with the prorogation. This would
result in all parliamentary business
currently on the Government's agen-
da to be discontinued, having to be
re-introduced in the new session.

The next meeting of Parliament is
scheduled for February 24. Tabled
for discussion that day is a mid-term
budget review, which could take up to
one week to discuss, said Carl Bethel,
Member of Parliament for Sea
Breeze.

“Obviously a political event arose
which superseded (the plan to pro-
rogue Parliament). Whether or not
we will eventually prorogue at some
point is the solely the decision of the
prime minister. There has been a
change, because the original
announcement was for the end of
January. It obviously has not been
able to be accomplished,” said Mr
Bethel.

He said the prime minister in con-
sultation with the Cabinet would
decide the next move after the mid-
term budget debate.

Certain initiatives are now in limbo,
such as the proposed amendments to
the Sexual Offences Act banning
marital rape. Prime Minister Ingra-
ham indicated last month his inten-
tion to debate the amendments
before Parliament was prorogued.

“T know it won’t be on (the next)
agenda, but I always believe my
Prime Minster. I trust him. I think he
is just as passionate about ensuring
women, men and all Bahamians have
equal opportunities to present to
court to have justice done. I know
that is definitely his mantra,” said
Minister of State for Social Develop-
ment Loretta Butler-Turner, the key
backer of the bill.

She plans to be absent at the next
sitting of Parliament, as she will be
travelling to Washington, DC to pro-
mote the International Year of
Women.

Another urgent matter of Parlia-
ment will be swearing in the new
Member of Parliament for Elizabeth.
Once the speaker of the House is
advised of the return of the writ of the
by-election, Mr Tynes said the new
Member of Parliament could be
sworn. He anticipated that would
occur during the next meeting after
the February 24 sitting of Parliament.

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Uncertainty over when

NIB rise will happen

FROM page one

pen.

Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo
Laing said he does not know when National
Insurance Board (NIB) contributions will be
raised from 8.8 per cent to the expected 10.8
per cent to cover the cost of the new unem-
ployment benefits scheme and national drug
prescription plan.

And the business sector hopes the rise from
5.4 to 6.4 per cent for employers, and 3.4 to 4.4
per cent for employees, will be held off until
the economy has revived.

But the NIB unemployment benefits scheme
has already paid out more than the $20 million
allocated for the scheme, as the latest figures
show $21,816,554 was distributed to 14,692
beneficiaries between April and January.

And funding will also be required for the
national prescription drug plan expected to
provide 170 prescription medications for 11
chronic non-communicable diseases to NIB
contributors from June.

President of the Bahamas Employers Con-
federation Brian Nutt said: “We hate to see
tax increase anywhere but most employers
recognise that this is part of the social ser-

vices provided in developing and
developed countries and we have
to accept that fact.

“We are hoping there is a little
bit longer of a delay. Although
things appear to be improving, we
still have a long ways to go. It’s
hard to say when we will be
ready.”

Joan Thompson, president of
free market advocate group The
Nassau Institute, argues the latest
government schemes will only
increase debt for the government
and businesses.

She said: “We have to distin-
guish between the role of govern-
ment and charity. The government
is not a charitable organisation,
nor should it be, because they
have to take other people’s money to be char-
itable.

“The government is certainly pressed on
the issue because they have the power to tax,
and the power to tax is the power to destroy.
The government has so much power it can
end up destroying business.”

The Minister of State for Finance asserted in
December the government will consult the



business community before
implementing the increase once a
date is set.

He maintains the contribution
increase is a small price for busi-
nesses and the working popula-
tion to pay for an unemployment
safety net.

And the national prescription
drug plan is intended to provide
easier access to medication for
common non-communicable dis-
eases such as asthma, arthritis,
heart disease, hypertension,
breast and prostate cancer, and
is expected to serve as a precursor
for a national health insurance

ZHIVARGO LAING plan.

The plan will be implemented
in phases to first assist the elder-
ly, the infirm, children and students, by pro-
viding them with free medication.

Health officials maintain one in every three
Bahamian households is affected by one of
the 11 most common chronic non-communi-
cable diseases and immediate access to essen-
tial drugs will help patients manage their ill-
nesses and help reduce their financial burden
associated with purchasing the drugs.

FROM page one

She said the alleged sexual mis-
conduct perpetrated against the 15-
year-old came to light after the girl
confided in a teacher at the school,
who then told the student to inform
the principal.

It was after the principal called the
girl’s parents to the school that it then
emerged that at least two other pupils
were claiming they had also been tar-
geted by the teacher.

The girl’s mother has now given a
statement to police on the island.

“Apparently he was doing it to oth-
er students, spanking them on the hip
in an inappropriate way. She said
you’re wrong for that, don’t try that
with me, and then when she went to
ask him to explain something about a
project, he said “You know just what
to do’, and as she was walking away
he put his hand up her skirt.”

Meanwhile, according to District
Superintendent for Central Andros,
North Andros and the Berry Islands

Ministry officials

Harcourt Davis, which covers the
North Andros High School from
where the latest allegations on that
island come, a decision is now pend-
ing on behalf of the Ministry as to
the way forward in handling those
involved in the Andros situation.

Yesterday Mr Davis stated that the
allegations, which he said involve one
teacher and one student, and revolved
around “words exchanged” rather
than actual allegations of sexual
abuse.

He said the decision to have the
reports investigated were taken as a
proactive measure to avoid any pos-
sibility that the situation could esca-
late into something more serious.

“We just want to make sure that
nothing happens,” said Mr Davis. He
said he felt that the island’s school
administrators acted appropriately in
the circumstances.

Mr Davis’ version of events dif-
fered slightly from those of another

source yesterday, who alleged that
the complaints against the teacher
were made by “several” rather than
just one student.

The source concurred with Mr
Davis’ assertion that the reports were
not of actual abuse — stating instead
that there were verbal “advances”
made.

“Several teachers had heard the
complaints, but did nothing,” added
the source.

These latest child abuse allegations
emerged weeks after the Ministry of
Education moved several principals in
the Eleuthera school district in the
wake of their investigations into wide-
spread allegations of sexual molesta-
tion of children by adults on the
island.

The administrators were not
accused of having perpetrated the
abuse, but it is understood their trans-
ferral was necessitated by the deci-
sion to send the District Superinten-
dent, Rudolph Smith, on extended
leave after he was alleged to have
fallen down in his duties as child sex

allegations emerged.

Having found that preliminary
investigations in Eleuthera revealed a
“Pandora’s box” of molestation
claims, and in light of previous con-
troversies involving alleged abuse in
the Eight Mile Rock high school in
Grand Bahama — where teachers,
administrators, parents and others
were said to have missed opportuni-
ties to act on allegations made — the
Ministry has now gone into high gear
to identify and act upon any poten-
tially explosive situations that might
escalate to the detriment of students.

One official said the Ministry is
now doing its best to send a strong
message that such behaviour will not
be taken lightly and that the protec-
tion of children is of great impor-
tance, after uncovering evidence that
inappropriate practices involving
teachers and students have in fact
been “going on for decades” thanks
toa culture in which allegations were
not taken seriously, or those in lead-
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Political parties preparing voter black list

FROM page one

the staging area during the
course of the day will be mon-
itoring the persons who come
to vote against the list of peo-
ple we have been able to find
or get information on. They
will be able to point out any
persons we feel are not eligi-
ble to vote,” said Dr Bernard
Nottage, campaign manager
for the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP).

Each of the 12 polling divi-
sions are assigned division
managers or team captains, in
the case of the two major
political parties. Members of
parliament and government
ministers were assigned the
responsibility, in the case of
the Free National Movement
(FNM). The PLP is drawing
from a body of experienced
election agents in the party,
as well as senators, and party
officers.

“The onus is on me (as the
team captain) to make sure
the integrity of the register is
intact. It is in my interest to
ensure only people who live
and reside in the polling divi-
sion vote. In my party’s per-
spective that is definitely on
me. That is why I would have
spent the past three weeks
going door-to-door to famil-
larize myself with the people
who will be voting on election
day, finding as many as I can


















possibly locate. Ultimately, at
the end of the day, the onus
falls squarely at the Parlia-
mentary Registration Depart-
ment,” said Loretta Butler-
Turner, Minister of State for
Social Development, who is
responsible for polling divi-
sion number eight.

The alarm was raised a few
weeks ago when party mem-
bers complained they were
unable to find hundreds of
people on the register during
house-to-house visitations.
The nature of the irregularities
being found are similar: New
registrants failing to satisfy the
condition of eligibility of resid-
ing in the constituency for
three months, and old regis-
trants satisfying the condition
of ineligibility by living out-
side the constituency for more
than six months. There were
some instances of deceased
voters still being on the list.

At an FNM press confer-
ence last week, party leader,
Prime Minister Ingraham,
said: “The FNM will not be
going to election court. We
win elections on election day
or we lose elections on elec-
tion day.”

The register being used for
the Elizabeth by-election is
the same register from the
2007 general election. Typi-
cally a register dies shortly in
advance of the next general
election. When this happens,

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demonstrated, They were a source of
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all voters are required to re-
register in the constituency of
their most current residence.

As the 2007 register is still
current, only new residents in
Elizabeth, or residents who
recently turned voting age,
were required to register. In
general, the Parliamentary
Registration Department
depends on the integrity of
voters, who no longer live in
the constituency, to make
efforts to take their name of
the list, or refrain from vot-
ing.

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Elizabeth a very transient con-
stituency, based on the num-
ber of apartment buildings,
duplexes and multiplexes,
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many residents flow in and out
of the community over the
course of an election cycle.

“A person walking into my
polling division, who I know
clearly (is ineligible) and I
have evidence to substantiate
my claim, I can challenge
them when they appear to
vote. At that time the return-
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The latter process exposes
the voter to committing the
criminal offence of perjury,
should they lie. If a voter is
indeed ineligible, but their
name is on the list, their vote
is counted as valid unless chal-
lenged.

Dr Nottage said, although

the PLP was able to locate a
number of suspect people
over the past ten days, they
continue to find irregularities,
and plan to continue working
around the clock on the veri-
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to produce affidavits or any
physical evidence on election
day, although they were col-
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ready to file challenges should
the need arise.

“The PLP will be guided by
what happens on election day.
What we have said is that if
the register is not an authentic
register it could end up in the
election court. I guess it will
depend on the number of such
cases which we encounter and
the impact they have on the
election results,” said Dr Not-
tage.

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Murderer a step closer to hanging

FROM page one

in the circumstances ...

I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt

that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for
murder, namely death, is deserved.”

“There is no doubt that this was a cold blooded and savage
attack on an unarmed victim and the actions of the convict showed
a callous disregard for human life when he shot his victim while he

was on the ground.”

She noted further that Sawyer had expressed no remorse for the
murder. In his confession to police, Sawyer said he committed

the robbery to pay his rent.

According to the statement from the Ministry of National Secu-
rity, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest has now
advised the Governor General of the Advisory Committee’s deci-

sion, reached on February 1.

The next step towards carrying out the death sentence, accord-
ing to the law, would be for a death warrant to be read to Sawyer,
however this could be halted if he chooses to appeal his murder

conviction.

The Advisory Committee’s recommendation in October of last
year that mercy was not appropriate in the case of murder convict
Maxo Tido has yet to result in the hanging of Tido, since notifi-
cation of his intended fate spurred the convict to lodge an appeal
to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council against the Court
of Appeal’s affirmation of his 2006 murder conviction.

This left the government without the legal right to continue
with his execution for the time being.

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Ministries,

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at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating will
be Pastor. Laurent

H. Papoulote. Interment will follow in
the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen &

Spikenard Roads.

He is survived by his life-time partner:
Lorina Brave; His children: Julie,
Shemen, Messesly, Nila, Dee Dee,
Clotaire, Samuel, Vivian, Laurius,
Jackson, Nadege and Jackie Dorsainvil,
Gertha Brave Dorsainvil, Fritznel Brave,
Bernard Lynda and Nadine Dorsainvil;
grand-children: Island Pierre, Ethan
Dorsainvil, Paula Dorsainvil, Mackinly
Dorsainvil, Devenson, Robinson,
Farrah, Darling Pierre, Giland Pierre,
Merline Pierre, Johnathan Dorsainvil,
Brianna Dorainvil, Laterio Dorsainvil,
Keanna Dorsainvil; numerous brothers
& sisters including: Mesancia, Dieulla,
Medius and Dieufort Dorsainvil; a host
of other relatives and friends including:
Clodina, Maria Louis and Nadilia Jean.

Relatives and friends may pay their last
respect at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey
Street South, on Friday from 10:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday at
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he addressed the party’s
mass rally in Elizabeth
last night.

Earlier this week it
was reported that, like
many other members
of parliament, Mr
Ingraham has not com-
plied with the Public
Disclosures Act for the
past several years.

He admitted not
having made sucha
disclosure in accor-
dance with the Act
since before the 2007
general election. The
Act was passed in an
effort to ensure elect-
ed and publicly
appointed officials do
not corruptly enrich
themselves off the
public purse during
their tenure in office.

Mr Ingraham gave
his apology for this
omission as he accused
the PLP of being “dis-
tinctly different” to the
FNM, taking “neither
responsibility nor
blame for anything.”

His speech focused
on the charge that the
PLP, despite bold and
elaborate public
promises, failed to
deliver when it came
to developing and
advancing The
Bahamas during their
last term in office.

“Tf talk was the same
as action, Perry
Christie would be the
one of the most pro-
ductive men in the his-
tory of the Bahamas.
Or maybe even the
world. But talking
doesn’t provide people
with jobs or improved
health care or scholar-
ships or social assis-
tance when they are
hurting.”

By contrast, the
FNM leader told the
gathered crowd that
the FNM’s record is
one which shows it
does not simply talk
about improving the
country, but acts.

“They talked about
removing freight and
container traffic off
Bay Street. That’s all
they talked about but
they never ever did
anything about it other
than a supposed costly
study.

“We'll do it. We will
remove freight and
container traffic from
Bay Street, build a
port at Arawak Cay in
conjunction with all, or
some or none of the
private sector groups
with whom we are hav-
ing discussions. And
we will start the pro-
ject this year and we
will be ready with the
Port next year, God
willing,” he said.

He went on to urge
Elizabeth constituents
to vote for the party’s
candidate, Dr Duane
Sands, “a serious man
with a long record of
accomplishments.”

Mr Ingraham
described the surgeon
aS a man with “a fine
mind and a good
heart” who “will use
all of his gifts in the
service of Elizabeth.”

“We need you to
send Duane Sands to
the House so he can
help your FNM team
to create jobs and busi-
ness opportunities. We
need Duane Sands to
help us to pursue the
strategies needed to
combat crime here in
Elizabeth and across
the country.

“We need Duane
Sands to help us create
an affordable national
health insurance pro-
gramme.

“Duane Sands will
not only be a fine rep-
resentative for Eliza-
beth, he will also be a
key figure on an FNM
team that is delivering
for you,” said Mr
Ingraham.


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas men’s national
softball team are eager to get start-
ed at the Central American and
Caribbean Games’ qualifying tour-
nament in San Andres, Colombia.

When contacted at their hotel
yesterday, Grand Bahamian pitch-
er Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely said the
team had settled in, got in a work-
out and was just waiting on the
completion of the technical meet-
ing that was held last night.

The meeting was to have sorted
out any problems and also con-
firmed the schedule, which has the
Bahamas set to open up against
El Salvador today.

The Bahamas, managed by Per-
ry Seymour and coached by Bob-



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“We feel we have a very good team. We
don’t know what the starting line-up will
be, but everybody is ready to compete.”



by Saunders and Alphonso ‘Chick-
en’ Albury, are also expected to
play Puerto Rico this afternoon.

“We had a good flight coming
over, but when we got here, the
hotel wasn’t what we had expect-
ed,” Neely said. “But we’re staying
right on the beach front with the
rest of the teams, so we’re making
the best of it.”

Neely, who will join ace Edney
‘the Heat’ Bethel, Alcott Forbes
and Darren Mortimer in the pitch-

To

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Brian ‘the Ninja’ Neely

ing rotation, said they had a team
meeting and everybody have
agreed that there is more at stake
than their living accommodations.

“We came here to do a job and
that is to qualify for CAC, so we
have decided to get ourselves
ready to play ball,” Neely said.
“We really want to qualify.”

The Bahamas is placed in Sec-
tion A with the Dominican
Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico,
Aruba, El Salvador, the US Virgin

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pleased to announce that first
place finishers in the full
marathon are to receive won-
derful complimentary vaca-
tion stays in Nassau as well as
complimentary flights with
Spirit Airlines.

Atlantis, Paradise Island;
Sheraton Nassau Beach
Resort; Breezes Bahamas;
and, Wyndham Nassau
Resort are each providing
vacation stays for winners in
the following categories:

First place overall, male or
female; First place female
from among our visitors; First
place male from among our
visitors; First place female
from among residents of The
Bahamas; First place male
from among residents of The
Bahamas; and First place in
the open Wheel Chair cate-
gory (from among both males
and females).

Bally Total Fitness is pro-
viding a Gym membership
each for the first place finish-
ers among male and female
residents of The Bahamas in
the Marathon.

BahamasAir, the National
Flag Carrier, is offering a
round trip ticket in the
Bahamian network for the
top male and female Bahami-
an/Bahamian Residents fin-
ishers, in the adult and junior
categories, for the marathon
and half marathon divisions.

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up for ‘An Evening
of All Star Boxing’

By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

LOCAL boxing enthusiasts
prepare for a intra-club show-
down as fighters from around
the country gear up for an
eagerly anticipated slugfest.

Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club and Lion Den Box-
ing Club will team up to pre-
sent "An Evening of All Star
Boxing,” Saturday February
13th at the Carmichael Road
Police Station's Basketball
court at 4pm.

The event is promised to
feature a cadre of boxers the
capital and the Family Islands

Boxers from Champion
Amateur Boxing CLub,
South Side Marlin Boxing
Cub, from the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Club and
Mecher "Pain" Major Boxing
Club, and the YMCA and
Genesis Boxing Clubs out of
Freeport Grand Bahama have
already confirmed their par-
ticipation.

Carmichael Knockout Box-
ing Club Organizer, Andre
Seymour, said the tournament
will be a perfect way to show-
case the talent of the young
boxers and the start the year
off on a positive note.

"This is the first tourney for
the year, and we are opening



the season for the year on a
positive note. This is an all
star classic where all the clubs
from around the Bahamas
were invited," he said, "We
want to showcase all of our
boxers from primary school
to senior, "This is apart of the
development programme, we
usualy focus on the interna-
tional level but we want to
focus on the young guys
here."

The main event will feature
Godfrey Pinder vs Rasheild
Williams, fighting for Welter-
weight title left vacant by the
departure of Taureno John-
son, who has joined the pro-
fessional ranks.

"We expect to have a great
evening to start the season.
We are ready to get rolling
and start the year off on the
right foot and there will be
alot of new boxers and a lot of
beginners,” Seymour said.
"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have a
fighter travelling to the Con-
tinnetal Youth Champi-
onships, a team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, and in
March seniors will compete
at the commonweatlh
champs. So amateur Boxing
will be rolling from Saturday
onward."

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Men's national softball team eager to get on the field

Islands and Panama.

However, Neely was unable to
confirm if any of the teams had
dropped out as that would have
only been confirmed at the tech-
nical meeting last night.

With the exception of pitcher
Anton ‘Bookie’ Gibson, all of the
players selected to the team, are in
Colombia.

The remainder of the squad are
Eugene Pratt, Jamal ‘Sarge’ John-
son, Phil Culmer, Orlando
McPhee, Winston Seymour, Rick-
ey Rolle, Dwayne Mackey, Marvin
‘“Tougie’ Wood, Terran Wood,
Sherman Ferguson, Van ‘Lil Joe’
Johnson, William Delancy and
Renaldo Rolle.

The head of the delegation is
Jeffery Henfield. Michael Hanna is
travelling as an umpire.

“We feel we have a very good

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team. We don’t know what the
starting line-up will be, but every-
body is ready to compete,” Neely
said.

“We had a good workout this
morning. We went over our signs
and I think everybody is in a good
frame of mind. We know what our
mission is and that is to qualify for
the CAC Games.”

It’s not known exactly how the
team will have to finish in order to
qualify for the CAC Games. But
the Bahamas is scheduled to play
its final divisional game on Febru-
ary 16 against Panama.

The semifinal is set for February
17th with the championship on
February 19th. The team is due to
return home on February 20,
hopefully as Neely sees it, with a
qualifying spot for the CAC
Games.



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CLUB MONICA MEET

e THE next event on the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Associations’ calen-
der will be the Club Monica
Track and Field Classic this
weekend at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium.

The championships will
get started at 6 p.m. tonight
and will continue on Satur-
day at noon. The meet will
serve as a qualifier for the
Carifta Games.

SWIMMING
CARIFTA TIME TRIALS

e THE Bahamas Swim-
ming Federation will hold
the first of its two Carifta
time trials this weekend at
the Betty Kelly Kenning
Aquatic Center.

The time trials will begin
tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will
contrinue on Saturday at
9:30 a.m.

Second time trials will
take place over the weekend
of March 5-6.

The Carifta Swimming
Championships will take
place in Kingston, Jamaica
from April 3-6.

BASKETBALL
BSC SEASON OPENING

e THE Baptist Sports
Council will begin its 2010
Kendal Rolle Basketball
Classic on Saturday at the
Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex with the following
games on tap:

Court One — 10 am Lat-
ter-Day vs Faith United
(15); 11 am Latter-Day vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon
Macedonia vs Salvation
Army (19); 1 pm Christian
Tabernacle vs Golden Gates
(M) and 2 pm Calvary Bible
vs BIBA (M).

Court Two — 10 am Mace-
donia vs Christian Taberna-
cle (15); 11 am Christian
Tabernacle vs Faith United
(19); 1 p.m. Temple Fellow-
ship vs Cousin McPhee (19);
1 pm New Bethlehem vs
Temple Fellowship (M) and
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Scotiabank sponsors High School
Track and Field Championships

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WITH a record 61 schools confirmed
to participate, the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations announced
the sponsorship of Scotiabank for the
21st National High School Track and
Field Championships.

The championships, scheduled for
the weekend of March 11-13 at the
Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field
Stadium, will come on the heels of the
Government Secondary Schools Sports
Association’s Track and Field Cham-
pionships (February 23-26) and the
Bahamas Association of Independent
Secondary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships (March 3-5).

Sherwin Stuart, first vice president
of the BAAA, said the championships,
initiated back in 1989, have grown by
leaps and bounds with more than 1,200
athletes from throughout the country
participating.

Stuart noted that the championships
will serve as a qualifier for the Carifta
Games, scheduled for April 4-6 in the
Cayman Islands, the Junior Central
American and Caribbean Champi-
onships in Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic from July 2-4 and the World
Junior Championships in Moncton,
Canada from July 20-25.

At a press conference yesterday at
the stadium, Stuart expressed thanks
and appreciation on behalf of the exec-
utive board, headed by Mike Sands, for
Scotiabank’ commitment to the cham-
pionships.

Leah R. Davis, Senior Manager —
Products, Marketing and Public Rela-
tions for Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd,
said they are delighted to be partnering
with the BAAA once again.

Their last effort came at the Bound
for Beijing Olympic trials in 2008.

“This year, in keeping with our Bright
Future programme, which embraces
opportunities for children in our com-
munity, we are excited to sponsor the
High School Nationals,” she said.

“Tt is through the tireless efforts of the
BAAA that we’ve seen and continue
to see Bahamian athletes excel in the
international arena. However, it is on
this level in the schools that the hard
work and rigorous preparation begins.”

As the title partner of the champi-
onships, Davis said Scotiabank saluted
the work of the BAAA in the devel-
opment of track and field in the country
and its investment in Bahamian youth.

“We are proud of this three-day

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those competing here at the Thomas
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the very best of luck.”

Stuart noted that since the inception
of the championships, the St.
Augustine’s College Big Red Machine
have led the way in winning the title, but
he noted the other schools in both the
private and public schools are closing
the gap.

One of those schools is the Queen’s
College Comets, whose head coach
Gary Markham noted that they have
restructured their athletic programme in
a way that they will better challenge
SAC this year.

“We've had a steady rise over the
last 6-7 years in a bid to top the other
schools,” Markham said. “We all know
about SAC’s supremacy over the last
21 years because we have a superior
amount of talent in their school.

“However, we can score enough
points that we will be able to overtake
SAC. We have some extremely talented
athletes in the lower age bracket and
some extremely talented international
athletes in the senior bracket.”

Patrick Bodie, a hurdler represent-
ing the Comets, said he’s confident that
Queen’s College have a team this year
that can compete with SAC.

“T think this track meet will be a good
one for all of the athletes as we pre-
pare for the many meets coming up,”
Bodie said. “I think the High School
meet should be a very good meet.”

But Dianne Woodside, one of the
coaches for the Big Red Machine, said
SAC will welcome all challengers, not
just from New Providence, but Grand
Bahama and the other Family Islands.

“We thrive on persons trying to cap-
ture the crown that we have held for
so many years,” she pointed out. “Last
year, we captured five of the six divi-
sions in the nationals and so we are not
going to lay down and just let anybody
come in and take the title from us.”

SAC’s senior girls’ distance runner
Deshana Burnside said she’s proud to
be a member of the Big Red Machine
because she’s confident that they will
once again reign supreme at the cham-
pionship.

“If everybody trains hard and works
hard, we will accomplish our goal,” she
summed up.

Don Ferguson, a member of the CV
Bethel High School, said the frontrun-
ners were well known. But people
should watch out for Stingrays, who will
make their presence felt.

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ON SUNDAY, February 14 starting at 6 a.m. Marathon Bahamas will
take off from Montagu Bay and ending up at Arawak Cay.

QUEEN’S College coach Gary Markham (left) speaks about the Comets for the
BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Track and Field Championships. Next to
Markham are Comets’ hurdler Patrick Bodie; BAAA’s public relations officer Alpheus
‘Hawk’ Finlayson and BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart.



SAC’S coach Dianne Woodside (middle) puts a case forward for St. Augustine’s Col-
lege as they prepare for the BAAA’s/Scotiabank 21st National High School Champi-
onships. At left is BAAA’s first vice president Sherwin Stuart; Scotiabank’s Senior Man-
ager - Products, Marketing and Public Relations, Leah R. Davis; Woodside; SAC’s dis-
tance runner Deshana Burnside and CV Bethel’s Don Ferguson.

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ON Valentine’s Day, Sun-
shine Insurance will bring
marathon running back to our
shores.

Marathon running in the
Bahamas is nothing new. It’s
just that it hasn't been held on
a consistent basis, so people
tend to forget that over the
years, there have been quite a
few of them.

There was the Blue Water
Marathon.

Remember the Quincenten-
nial Marathon.

And of course we still think
about the Central American
and Caribbean Championships’
marathon.

Marathon Bahamas is com-
ing — Sunday, February 14
starting at 6 a.m. from Mon-
tagu Bay and ending up at
Arawak Cay.

Sunshine Insurance, headed
by Franklyn Wilson and the
organising committee, headed
by Brian Moodie, should be
commended for the initiative
in putting the 26.2 mile event
together, although they had a
very short to do it.

Generally, marathon running
is geared specifically to those
older competitors who would
have probably wound down
their athletic careers and are
just interested in staying in
shape or trying to achieve a
personal goal of competing in
the most gruelling event in
track and field.

And over the years, there
have been quite a number of
competitors who have made

Grand Bahamian Delroy
Boothe still holding the men’s
national record of two hours,
34 minutes and 49 seconds,
while Giselle Pyform has the
female record of 2hr54:37.

Tonight at the Pepsi Health
Expo at Atlantis on Paradise
Island where the competitors
can also get their race pack-
ages, Marathon Bahamas will
honour a number of distance
runners, including Boothe and
Pyfrom, who have made their
mark over the years.

Among the list are my Pastor
and his brother, the Rev. David
S. Johnson and Emmit John-
son, Dereck Cambridge,
Anthony Dean, Anthony
‘Marathon Man’ Williams, Sam
Williams, William ‘Knuckle-
head’ Johnson, Jeff Johnson,
Sheldon Barr, Philip Watkins,
Rupert Gardiner, Donald Kerr,
Rudolph Miller, Alvy Penn,
Gary Davis, Oscar Francis, Per-
ry Christie, Whelma Cole-
brooke, Rochelle Miller, Lucille
Guerrier and Cleso Munnings.

Although the majority of the
above mentioned are not
actively involved, there should
be a number of competitors
who we expect to see rise to
the forefront on Sunday.

The good thing with
Marathon Bahamas is that the
organisers are making it possi-
ble for competitors of all ages
to participate.

There's the full fledged 26.2
mile marathon.

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can participate in the 13.1 half
marathon.

Even if that isn't enough,
you can team up with about
five other people and partici-
pate in the relay.

Whatever you decide, the
marathon provides an oppor-
tunity for a great deal of
Bahamians to compete.

On January 30, more than 30
Bahamians participated in the
ING Miami Marathon and Half
Marathon. Some of them got
their feet wet, while others were
in their multiple appearances.

All indications point to a lot
of Bahamians lining up on Feb-
ruary 14.

The good thing about
marathon running is there is
no specific time to beat. Every-
body competing just wants to
complete the course. It’s really
a personal achievement to do
so. So I anticipate that there
will be a lot of people who are
eagerly awaiting for Olympian
Pauline Davis-Thompson to
fire the starting gun to get the
race underway.

I know I can't wait.