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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

POLICE are investigating
several police officers accused
of orchestrating strip club
operations following two raids
in Nassau this weekend.

The officers under investi-
gation were among 107
women patrons arrested in a
raid at The Ranch in Mackey
Street at lam on Saturday, and
29 men arrested at Charms in
Centreville two hours later.

Three men from Atlanta,
Georgia, were charged with
stripping at The Ranch night-
club, and three women, two
Colombians and a Jamaican,
are charged with stripping at
Charms.

The six foreigners have been

detained at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre in
Nassau pending further inves-
tigations into nudity and pros-
titution charges.

Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
said the investigation is being
dealt with by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force’s
(RBPF) legal team and would
not release identities of the
foreigners yesterday.

Meanwhile investigators are
questioning a number of
RBPF officers amid claims the
strip club events were organ-
ised by a ring of police offi-
cers stationed within various
factions of the police force.

While police would not con-
firm the names of the officers
involved nor the number, a

SEE page 10

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IN his final address to Eliza-
beth constituents, the PLP’s
Ryan Pinder said he has solu-
tions to the country’s problems
and called on voters to “send
a strong message” to a “neglect-
ful” FNM-led government.

“Send a clear message to this
FNM government that they are
not to play games with you...
Tomorrow morning you should
be out in droves, trying Ryan —
Ryan the LION! The pro-
grammes and policies I pledge
to you both locally and in
national debate in parliament
offer solutions to many of the
problems this failed FNM gov-
ernment has put our country
in,” said Mr Pinder.

The tax attorney and current
PLP vice chairman accused the
government of “orchestrating”
the by-election to distract the
country from its failings in the
areas of the economy, crime,
tourism and financial services.

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tion to keep our minds off of
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The by-election was precipi-
tated when former Elizabeth
MP, ex-PLP Malcolm Adder-
ley resigned his seat in Janu-
ary, blaming PLP leader Perry
Christie for undermining him
as a representative.

The PLP has alleged that
Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham mas-
terminded Mr Adderley’s res-
ignation.

Economic

Speaking from the PLP’s
Prince Charles rally site last
night, Mr Pinder spoke of how
the country now finds itself in
the “worst economic times
since the 1920s”, not just as a
result of the global economic
downturn, but also FNM gov-
ernment policies; how murder
has reached record highs due
to the party being “bankrupt”
of vision to address crime; and
how the government has
allegedly been delinquent in its
responsibilities to advance the
tourism and financial services
sectors.

“T want you to be thinking
about the fact that this govern-
ment has caused us to fall bad-
ly behind our competitors in
the region in tourism and finan-
cial services. Their response to
our lagging behind in tourism
performance has been to blame
the recession. Yet some of our

neighbours to the south are
showing steady improvements
in their product and their num-
bers, even while rebounding
from the global recession. The
FNM simply has no vision to
move our tourism product for-
ward,” said Mr Pinder.

Describing the theme of his
message to Elizabeth con-
stituents throughout the by-
election campaign as one of
“peace, love and prosperity”,
Mr Pinder said that as an MP
he would be particularly
focused on “advancing eco-
nomic opportunity and empow-
erment for all here in Elizabeth
...8o that there is less depen-
dence on central government
and greater reliance on each
other to lift the constituency to
the heights we can achieve.”

“Hand-outs only last for so
long. What you have to demand
now Elizabeth is a Represen-
tative who will commit to sup-
plying the tools and the practi-
cal solutions, policies and pro-
grammes to help you ‘fish’ for
yourselves and finally stand on
your own feet — not ‘pie in the
sky’ promises. ’m that man!”
he added.

Mr Pinder described himself
as “rooted and grounded in a
genuine love for this con-
stituency” and ready to be an
“unrelenting voice” for the “too
long neglected” area once in
parliament.

Christie ‘pleased’
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP leader Perry Christie
is “very, very pleased” with
how the party’s by-election
campaign has progressed,
adding that he feels the level
of organisation and unity
shown by those involved puts
the party in good stead going
into the 2012 general election.

“Tm really coming into (the
election today) happy. ’'m
happy with the way in which
we have campaigned at every
level. Though we were caught
by surprise with the
announcement by Malcolm
(Adderley, former PLP MP
for Elizabeth who resigned
his seat in January), we pre-
pared ourselves very quickly.
We were very efficient in our
approach to advising and
informing constituents of why
we thought our candidate was
the best person,” said Mr
Christie yesterday.

“We feel that we have
addressed perceived weak-
nesses and strengthened our-
selves.”

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ure to successfully organise
and communicate its message
to voters during the 2007 gen-
eral election was identified by
US political communications
firm Quinlan, Greenberg and
Rosner and some high-rank-
ing PLPs as a key component
of the then-governing party’s
loss at the polls.

Today, the PLP leader said
he feels the party’s work in
the run-up to the by-election
in promoting Ryan Pinder as
the preferred candidate for
Elizabeth has paid off and
shown that it has responded
to the criticisms.

Mr Christie told The Tri-
bune: “What I think has hap-
pened is that, as a result of
my making key appointments
(such as) Obie Wilchombe to
head Opposition Business in
the House and to handle pub-
lic relations in the campaign
and Bernard Nottage as cam-
paign co-ordinator — he ran
against me (for the leadership
of the party in the November
convention) and is now
entirely in charge of campaign
— that has brought a level of
unity to the party.

“We are all working togeth-
er, all united and I have been
very, very, pleased. It has had
the wonderful result of show-
ing a level of organisation that
has impressed people.”







THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



FNM CAMPAIGN

‘I will be a tireless
worker for Elizabeth’

Duane Sands
sends last
public plea
to voters

BY-ELECTION



By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

IN his last public plea to
voters hours before today's
by-election, Dr Duane Sands
promised to work tirelessly for
the people of the Elizabeth
constituency if elected.

Speaking to supporters at
the Free National Movement's
mass rally last night, Dr Sands
urged voters to send a clear
message to the opposition
Progressive Liberal Party
when they cast their ballots
today and sweep him into the
House of Assembly.

"Give me the chance to
serve you in government. I
pledge that I will work hard
for you every day,” he said.

He also charged that for the
past seven years, the PLP
"neglected" Elizabeth con-
stituents — a reference to for-
mer area MP Malcolm Adder-
ley.

Mr Adderley resigned from
the House and the PLP last
month, claiming he wanted to

TWO’S COMPANY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham with FNM candidate Duane Sands.

leave politics because he was,
among other things, "under-
mined" as a representative by
the PLP top brass.

"This great ship called Eliz-
abeth with its precious cargo
of 5,000 voting souls has been
adrift in a most perilous storm.
The PLP captain and crew
long abandoned their posts.
Because of their spite and
indifference, you were left to
fend for yourselves," Dr Sands
said.

Scandals

"They found and shared
treasures like Anna Nicole
and Korean Boats," he said,
referring to two scandals
which shook the PLP during
their 2002-2007 term in office.
"They crafted empty promises
but delivered broken dreams.
For seven years they engorged

themselves and ignored you.
Now they say they want to
come back to save you. And
they come bearing gifts, they
will offer you gifts, take the
gifts ... but this time tell them
ain’t nothing happening!"

As he roused his support-
ers, Dr Sands urged them to
put their trust in him as a rep-
resentative. He referenced his
nearly 20 year career as a dis-
tinguished heart surgeon as
proof of his commitment to
public service.

"IT can see the results of my
work on the medical land-
scape of my country. Most of
all, I can see it in the faces of
the people and the families,
whose lives I have impacted.

"T have tried to make a dif-
ference. I have tried to make
my country and my people
just a little bit better off. I
have tried to do my part. Now

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PM national address did not flout broadcasting rules

AFTER investigating a com-
plaint by PLP MP Bernard
Nottage, the Utilities Regula-
tion and Competition Authori-
ty has officially rejected the crit-
icism that the prime minister’s
national address violated
broadcasting rules because it
was a “political” speech during
an election period.

URCA also said it found no
reason to support the MP’s call
for the opposition party to be
given an opportunity to
“respond” on air to the prime
minister’s address in the run up
to the Elizabeth by-election,
which takes place today.

“Having carefully reviewed
the issues raised by Dr Nottage,
the provisions of Clauses seven
and 16 of the Interim Code, the
submissions put forward by the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas (BCB) and the
recording of the prime minis-
ter’s national address on Feb-
ruary 4, URCA is satisfied that:
The subject broadcast was not a
political broadcast within the
terms of Clause 7 of the Interim
Code as neither the prime min-
ister nor the governing party
purchased any broadcast air
time and the subject matter of
the prime minister’s broadcast
was not ‘for the purpose of
inviting support for the pro-
gramme of the governing par-
ty’,” stated URCA.

It added that an “objective”
interpretation of clause 16 of
the Interim Code, which the
PLP had said the national
address violated, shows that the
contents of the address were in
conformity with that clause.

URCA said that contrary to
Dr Nottage’s assertions, the
PLP has not got a “commen-
surate right to broadcast air
time to reply to a national
address made by a minister of
government under clause 16 in
the interim code except by pur-
chasing such broadcast air time
under Clause 8 of the interim
code” however it added that
the code prohibits this during
an election period.

These comments, included in
URCA’s decision and the rea-
sons for it, were published on
its website, Urcabahamas.com,
on Friday.

A message left for Dr Not-
tage, the PLP’s campaign co-
ordinator, seeking comment on

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Opposition MP
Bernard Nottage’s
criticism rejected

URCA’s stance was not
returned up to press time yes-
terday. As campaign co-ordi-
nator, it was Dr Nottage who
first lodged the complaint that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham’s February 4 televised
address, which touched on the
economy, crime, education,
health, foreign investment and
other national issues, should
not have been aired as it was
intended to attract political sup-
port for the governing party
and such broadcasts are not
allowed during an election peri-
od, under clause seven of
URCA’s interim broadcasting
code.

Denied

Having requested and been
denied by the BCB’s general
manager an opportunity to
“respond” to the address with a
political broadcast, Dr Nottage
wrote on the same date to the
executive director of URCA,
Michael Symonette, again
protesting the broadcast and
the BCB’s refusal to allow the
PLP to respond.

“Dr Nottage contended that
the prime minister’s intended
broadcast was a clear violation
of the terms and spirit of the
Interim Code, and the BCB’s
refusal to allow the official
opposition equal air time to
reply amounted to a policy that
favoured one political party to
the disadvantage of the other
in respect of broadcast time.

“Dr Nottage urged URCA
to act in a manner that protects
and guarantees equal broadcast
rights and privileges to the offi-
cial opposition, and enclosed a
copy of the letter to the gener-
al manager of the BCB,”
URCA stated.

The BCB’s position was that
the prime minister’s “annual
National New Year’s message”
— which was not paid for by a
political party, nor contained a
message that was intended to
sway anyone to vote for the

party, according to the BCB —
was allowed under Clause 16
of the Interim Code.

A back and forth exchange
of letters took place between
the BCB and Dr Nottage, with
Dr Nottage disagreeing with
the BCB’s interpretation of the
code. Meanwhile, according to
its legal responsibilities, URCA
launched its own investigation
into the source of the dispute,
resulting in Friday’s decision in
support of the BCB’s stance.

I offer myself for a different
kind of service. No less impor-
tant, but different!"

Speaking to The Tribune
ahead of last night's rally, Dr
Sands remained calm as he
reflected on his short cam-
paign and entry into front line
politics. "I'm happy, I think
we've run the campaign that
we wanted to run, produced
what I think was an above
board fair campaign. Our mes-
sage has gotten out and has
resonated with the voters," he
told The Tribune.

Aside from last night's rally
and plans to contact a few vot-
ers he had not yet spoken to,
Dr Sands did not intend on
anymore rigorous campaign-
ing. "I don't think there is any
point in scrambling around at
this point. At this point it's
time to relax and hope and
pray that things turn out,” he
said.

s
BERNARD NOTTAGE



RALLYING CRY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. FNM’s Elizabeth
candidate Duane Sands is pictured behind him.



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The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Some airport workers resent discipline

IT IS difficult to understand what com-
plaint airport workers have against what some
call “management’s practices.”

One supervisor, backed by other employ-
ees, at the Lynden Pindling International Air-
port recently complained that they have
received directives from senior management
in the security division not to associate with
employees from the Computed Tomography
X Ray (CTX) department that screens bag-
gage for United States departures.

So what is so wrong with that? If they read
the newspapers they should know that the
US is demanding extraordinary security on
anything entering its country. And so, to
demand there be no intermingling of staff in
these areas is obviously connected with secu-
rity.

Tener our Bahamian supervisor, used
to doing it the Bahamian way, sees this restric-
tion as “a type of police based mentality they
use to intimidate the staff. It needs to be
made a big deal because we are being treated
like a military function, which we are not.”

Well, for the information of this supervisor
and those who might be of like-mind, the
United States is at war. Former vice presi-
dent Dick Cheney was even up to yesterday
berating the Obama White House for not
acknowledging that the US is at war —
despite the fact that President Obama has
repeatedly declared his country’s state of war
with Afghanistan’s Taliban. The President
certainly sent enough troops in to that coun-
try to make his point. But Mr Cheney is either
deaf, blind or just sheer obstinate to accepting
the facts. And so if in the US section at the
airport there is a military air about clearing
baggage entering the US, just accept the fact
that the US is at war. It is not prepared to
accept the Bahamian’s laid-back attitude
when it comes to protecting its country against
an unwanted terrorist.

So Bahamians get used to it, and get over
it. You are now working under more disci-
plined rules, rules foreign to most Bahamians.

Osbourne Ferguson, Airport Authority
director of security, denies that management
has given the instructions claimed by the
supervisor. He said management had the best
interest of workers at heart and was trying to
do its best. He wanted an opportunity to
address their concerns.

Recently airport workers from several
departments complained that they were frus-
trated over salary and workers’ rights, to the
point that they were considering industrial
action. They claim that some of the issues go
way back, pre-dating the new management at
the airport.

Some told The Tribune that they are just
waiting to see their February 20 pay cheque
before they take “drastic action.” If this hap-
pens it could mean problems next week.

Should the employees decide to take their
“drastic action” they could seriously affect
the United States pre-clearance department at



the airport. This would be most unwise, espe-
cially in these economically challenged times
when anyone with a job — no matter how
lowly — feels they are abundantly blessed.

These workers would also misjudge the
mood of the Americans, who could use the
excuse to pack their bags and go home.
Bahamians might find that their “drastic
action” has put them out on the sidewalk
with not enough change to get a bus ride to
town.

We do not doubt that some of the employ-
ees might have problems, but none so serious
as to justify “drastic action.”

From what they told us of their complaints
it would seem that many of them have never
had a serious job to know that when you are
employed you are expected to arrive to work
on time, work to the best of your ability, not
take several hours for lunch and duck out
early. That is the nonsense that has infected
most of the civil service, but it is another ball
game in the private sector, where an employ-
ee can lose his job for being persistently late
for work.

Yet this is what a worker in the domestic
transit department told our reporter and
expected to be taken seriously. Said the work-
er: “Passenger screeners have a lot of minor
infractions on their files for coming in late,
leaving early, or calling in sick without a doc-
tor’s note.

“Management frowns on these things.
They lord this over the passenger screeners to
make them docile. They use this against them
to keep them quiet.”

What this worker doesn’t seem to under-
stand is that each one of these so-called
“minor infractions” would lead to quick dis-
missal in the real world. Employees are not
paid to come in late, leave early, call in sick
without a doctor’s note — even though some
of these notes are bogus. Management is not
using this to make them docile. They are
using it to discipline Bahamians out of their
easy-come, easy-go ways and to demand that
they improve their work ethic if they want
to continue at the airport.

If the airport is to be efficient, and give the
air of efficiency, managers cannot have
employees lounging all over the place, legs
spread eagle and arms folded. This half dead
attitude of many security, who used to lounge
in chairs along the arrival entrance drew many
comments from passengers, and even more
snide remarks. The atmosphere has much
improved in this area as security is starting to
look like security, up on their feet with an
air of efficiency about them.

From what airport workers have told our
reporters they have no cause for “drastic
action”, maybe a grumble or two to a super-
visor, but, unless they are not telling the full
story, there’s no need for an upheaval. Just get
on and do a job that would be accepted by
international — not Bahamian — standards
— and make your country proud.





A nation of
big talkers,
small doers

EDITOR, The Tribune.

What can I do?......

What difference will it
make? Who cares?......

I have heard these senti-
ments hundreds of times in the
last few months as we have
mounted a grass roots cam-
paign against the governmen-
t’s plan to build the new
Bunker C power plant at Wil-
son City in Abaco. It is tragic
to me that so many in our coun-
try feel such a sense powerless-
ness or apathy over our nation-
al affairs. We seem to have
become a nation of big talkers
and small doers.

Everyone has an opinion,
but very few are willing to step
up and invest their time, energy
or money to make a difference.

This is not a new phenome-
non in our culture as we suffer
from the hangover of our colo-
nial past. We are not a culture
that encourages free thinking
and personal responsibility in
managing our lives. We have
been cultured in the matrix of
dependence, where the gov-
ernment, the church and any
other authority knows best.
We are still a plantation culture
waiting for the master to pro-
vide for us. We do not have the
confidence in ourselves as a
people to take a stand against
misappropriated authority. We
are afraid to lose favour with
whoever the authority may be
for fear that we may lose a con-
tract or not get a turkey for
Christmas. We have been
reduced to a people who wash
about on the waves of radio
talk and blow around in the
winds of political rhetoric. This
is not us. These are not the
people I know. We Bahamians
are strong-willed, big-hearted
people with indomitable spir-
it. Where are these Bahamians
now? Where are the people
that will stand for what is right
simply because it is
right? Where are the people
who will think for themselves,
not just of themselves. Where
are the people who will follow
their hearts towards salvation
and their minds towards reso-
lution, instead of blindly fol-
lowing the establishment
toward ruin and despair? Who
will be the one that stands
and declares that the emperor
has no clothes.

Bahamas, we are better than
this! We deserve better than
this. We heard from the gov-
ernment that Wilson City was a
“done deal”, that it was “not
up for discussion.” The last
time I checked, the people were
still the government and there
is nothing in our constitution
about “done deals.” There can
never be “done deals” when
the deals are duplicitous,
destructive, and irresponsi-
ble. The government cannot be

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allowed to secretly cut deals
(however well meaning or well
intentioned) that endanger the
human and environmental
rights of the people.

A few months ago a small
group of people formed a new
activist group called Abaco
CARES (Abacocares.org) to
promote respect for local rights,
advocate against irresponsible
development and to hold deci-
sion-makers accountable for
their decisions. During a recent
protest in Marsh Harbour
against the Wilson City Plant, I
was approached by a govern-
ment representative who asked
me, “what difference do you
think this small group of people
is going to make?” I responded
that we were protesting because
it was the right thing to do and
we hoped that others would
become aware of the issues and
the government would listen.
It turns out that the govern-
ment is now considering chang-
ing the fuel source at Wilson
City from the destructive
Bunker C to a cleaner burning
fuel. I doubt the government
would have ever considered this
change if not for the voice of a
small group of people.

There has been a great deal
of local criticism against the
efforts of our group, with claims
of foreign involvement, fringe
fanatics, and so on. This is not
surprising to me given the
nature of our culture, and I say
“our” culture as my family has
been in the Bahamas for 320
years and the majority of our
group is Bahamian. Ours is
mcreasingly a culture of rumour
and innuendo, of entitlement
to opinion without the incon-
venient burden of fact. The crit-
icism of our efforts is largely
based on the unwillingness of
the general public to do the
research themselves and engage
in any substantive debate. After
the September 10th public
meeting in Marsh Harbour,
hours of government presenta-
tion was taken by many as the
gospel truth. The health risk of
Bunker C to our children and
grandchildren, the potential for
environmental disaster and the
simple untruths of prevailing
wind information presented by
BEC were not enough to make
some people stop and think.
The Government presented an

Environmental Impact Study
that subsequent independent
scientific review has proven
laughable.

Abaco CARES is not
against development for Aba-
co. We realize the need for
more power and the fact that
development is inevitable. But
if we set out to do something,
let’s do it right. There is good
development and clean power
generation, so why do we settle
for carelessness and medioc-
rity? We cannot stand by in
silence as the government
devises “done deals” that will
destroy the very reasons we
love this island and why visi-
tors from around the world
come to enjoy Abaco. The
reality of the Wilson City Pow-
er Station is that it was simply a
very poor decision based on
even poorer information and
lack of vision. There was no
local consultation, no thought
of approaching Abaco's need
for additional power as an
opportunity to unfold a new
vision of alternative
energy. History will be a harsh
judge of this administration’s
decision to site this plant at Wil-
son City and we can only pray
that in time this wrong can be
corrected.

Iam a great believer in the
Bahamian spirit, and I am con-
fident that many of the answers
to our current struggles lie in
the hearts of our people. It is
this spirit that must be
unleashed and encouraged to
thrive. I encourage all Bahami-
ans to engage this debate and
be vigilant protectors of this
most fragile country we have
been blessed to live in. My
hope is that Wilson City
becomes a catalyst for an envi-
ronmental movement in our
country that holds the govern-
ment accountable to the highest
standards in all
development. We are better
than this and my hope is that in
the years to come we will
be able to say to our children
and grandchildren that we were
the generation that made a dif-
ference. Remember the words
of Margaret Mead: “Never
underestimate the power of a
small group of committed peo-
ple to change the world, in fact
it is the only thing that has.”
Your voice matters. Come join
our small group and let it be
heard.

CAPT. CLINT KEMP
President,

Abaco CARES,
February 12, 2010

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NOTICE is hereby given that Dr. Carlos O. Thomas
of Clifton Bay Drive, PO. Box CB 11278 Nassau,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16 day of FEBRUARY 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

GN-1000

MINISTRY OF FIN ANCE

PUBLIC NOTICE

LICENSING AUTHORITY

The public is advised that the meeting
of the New Providence Licensing
Authority, scheduled for 17 February
2010 is postponed until Wednesday, 24
February 2010. You may contact the
office on Frederick Street for any further
information.

The Chairman apologizes for any
inconvenience caused.



IN response to Mr Harris’ letter in the January 23 issue of The
Tribune, we would like to comment as we believe we are the
named four “inconsiderate” ladies who “jog in the road of
West Bay Street running into the east bound traffic.”

First of all, we do not consider ourselves joggers but runners
who have completed many marathons, and we are currently
training for one. Runners are supposed to run facing traffic, so
that they can see what is coming towards them and avoid being
hit. Cyclists travel with traffic as they are on a vehicle. We are
very careful when we run, and we have chosen to run on the
road as it is our safest option.

The side walk is sporadic at best throughout Cable Beach,
until the hotel strip, where we do run an the beautiful median.
Due to the number of miles we run, we try to avoid running on
concrete as it is a much harder surface than asphalt, leading to
more injuries. The only time any of us have had serious falls has
been while running on the sidewalk. It is an extremely uneven
surface, with multiple raised edges and cracks that are very
easy to trip over. The sidewalks in the Cable Beach area cross
driveways. In our experience, driver’s often do not look both
ways or come to a full stop when exiting a driveway. They do not
look for pedestrians on the sidewalk, and we have had some
near misses while running on the sidewalk. If we are in the
road, we can see them, and it is more likely that they will see us.

It is dangerous to run near the bush on the side of the road,
as anyone can be hiding there. Several runners have been
attacked in the Cable Beach area while running close to the
bush. We run in a group on the road for safety.

At the early hour we run, there is little traffic on the road. The
only time we ever run when the sun is coming up is on Saturday,
when we run up to 20 miles. Again, we start extremely early to
avoid most of the traffic. We all run with flashing lights, and
reflectors on our clothes and shoes. We form a single file line
when there is a car in our lane. We have witnessed several
serious accidents which have usually been caused by speeding
and dangerous driving. The biggest problem on the Cable
Beach strip is not runners, but drivers who do not observe the
speed limit, which is why the police ticket drivers, not runners.

While running off road, as Mr Harris suggested, we were
held up at gunpoint and one of our vehicle’s stolen in broad day-
light at Fort Charlotte. We have never had a terrifying experi-
ence like this while running on the roads.

We hope we have made our decision to run in the road clear
to Mr Harris.

THE FOUR
LADY
RUNNERS
Nassau,
February, 2010.





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Pinder edges out Sands
in Tribune online poll |

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RODNEY MONCUR

PLP candidate Ryan Pin-
der narrowly beat out the
FNM’s Duane Sands in
terms of popularity among
Tribune readers.

The latest online poll on
tribune242.com asked
which candidate in the Eliz-
abeth by-election
impressed readers the most.

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Voting details for
Elizabeth by-election

POLLING locations will be thrown
open at 8am today in the Elizabeth con-
stituency, remaining open until 6pm to
give time for constituents to cast their
ballot.

There are two polling places and six
polling stations where voters can mark
their support for one of the five candi-
dates on offer — the PLP’s Ryan Pinder,
the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands, the Nation-
al Development Party’s Dr Andre
Rollins, the Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment’s Cassius Stuart, or the Workers’
Party’s Rodney Moncur.

Voters in polling division numbers 1, 4,
6, 8, 9 will go to Faith Temple Christian
Academy on Pine Barren Road and vot-
ers in polling divisions numbers 2, 3, 5, 7,
10 and 11 will go to Thelma Gibson Pri-
mary School in Elizabeth Estates. Voters
can determine which division they are in
by referring to the list of voters pub-
lished in the official gazette.

Rules

Outlining the rules for voting in an
election, Parliamentary Commissioner
Errol Bethel has stated that those regis-
tered Elizabeth voters who have to work
on the day of election are entitled to two
hours off, in addition to the normal time
allotted for lunch.

This does not apply to employees
whose work starts at or after 10am, or
concludes at or before 4pm.

Those who are eligible to vote are: reg-
istered as a voter, a citizen of the
Bahamas, 18 years of age or older, and
should have been living in the con-
stituency for at least three months before
they registered. They must not be subject
to any legal incapacity (not in prison or
of unsound mind).

“Anyone who was left the constituen-
cy within six months is not entitled to
vote. People who have been outside of
the constituency for this period and are
still on the list should not come to vote.

“They cannot legally vote if they have
moved out for more than six months. If
they are not entitled to vote and they
vote charges can be brought against them
because they are committing an offence,”
Mr Bethel said.

Booth

When voting, voters must produce a
voter’s card (passport or driver’s licence)
for identification. Once polling agents
go through the process of verifying their
identity and legitimacy as a voter, he or
she is “inked”, given a ballot paper and
instructions to go into the booth, and
mark his or her ‘X’ next to the name and
symbol of the chosen candidate.

“He is told to fold the paper in such a
way that no one can see who he voted for
and show the presiding officer a signature
on the back of the paper. This is impor-
tant because we want to ensure that the
paper that goes into the box is the paper
that we gave to the person to use for vot-
ing,” Mr Bethel said.

The only persons allowed in the polling
places are: polling clerks, the presiding
and returning officers, the candidates,
police officers, the permitted number of
election agents (not exceeding three at
any time) and a friend of an incapacitat-
ed voter.

The sale of alcohol beverages at busi-
nesses in the constituency and within a
five-mile boundary of the constituency
is prohibited during polling hours and
cell phones and photographic equipment
are not allowed in polling booths.



Independents show well
in reader popularity vote

Ryan Pinder led the pack
with 179 votes, closely fol-
lowed by Duane Sands with
140.

Interestingly, the three
independent candidates
showed strongly as well,
especially the NDP’s Andre
Rollins, who secured 69
votes. He was followed by
the Workers’ Party’s Rod-
ney Moncur, who got 43
votes, and the BDM’s Cas-
sius Stuart, who got 24.

Commenting on the poll,
Nadia said Ryan Pinder has
a plan to “empower the
good people of Elizabeth
and make them business
owners.”

She said: “There are a lot
of young Bahamians with
brilliant ideas but no one
to help them see their
visions become reality. As a
young Bahamian I plan to
own my own business
someday and if I have
someone believing in my
vision and willing to help
me execute my vision then
that person has my vote.

Ryan, thousands are
behind you!”

P Saunders said: “Ryan
Pinder is the best person I
can see for Elizabeth right
now. He is so intelligent
and most of all he sticks to
the issues. What I like
about him is, he has a
dynamic plan for Elizabeth.
He will do well because he
is a people person.”

However, according to
Natasha, a vote for the
FNM candidate is a vote

LIZABETH

YeELECTIOIN



for progress.

She said: “Dr Duane
Sands, is definitely the best
man to represent the peo-
ple of Elizabeth.”

P Jones added that Dr
Sands has “more knowl-
edge” of the Constitution
than the other candidates
and has a better under-
standing of the plight of
common people.

I Fa Common Sense said
he is voting for Rodney
Moncur because he has
proven himself over the
years.

“He has stood up against
Pindling, Ingraham and
Christie in the pursuit of
what he sees as just,” the
reader said. “If I needed to
select one of these gentle-
men to guard my back or
take up my cause, I would
have the greatest confi-
dence in Mr Moncur. He is
a lobbyist par excellence
and a self-made and self-
taught man... I think you
gat them Rodney!”

Bernie does not think
Cassius Stuart will be able
to win, but noted that he
has been a constant in the
political arena for some
time.

“He truly deserves an
opportunity to be in parlia-
ment. I hope he continues
with his agenda into the
next general election and
he just might get there,” he
said.

Fears of another
— quake in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

HUNDREDS of houses
that survived Haiti's killer
quake still stand empty even
as quake victims desperate for
shelter crowd the streets. The
reason is fear: Nobody is quite
sure they can withstand
another quake, according to
Associated Press

At least 54 aftershocks
have shuddered through
Haiti's shattered capital since
a Jan. 12 quake killed more
than 200,000 people. They
have toppled weakened build-
ings faster than demolition
crews can get to them, send-
ing up new clouds of choking
dust. On Monday, three chil-
dren were killed when a
school collapsed in the north-
ern city of Cap-Haitien. It
wasn't clear what caused the
collapse, which occurred after
a late-night tremor and heavy
rains.

"I tried sleeping in the
house for a night, but an after-
shock came and I ran out-
side," said Louise Lafonte, 36,
who beds down with her fam-
ily of five in a tent beside her
seemingly intact concrete
house. "I'm not going inside
until the ground calms down."

That may be awhile. Seis-
mologists say more, damag-
ing aftershocks are likely and
there's even a chance of
another large quake follow-
ing quickly after the initial
catastrophe in the capital of 3
million people.

In 1751, a large quake hit
the island that Haiti shares
with the Dominican Repub-
lic. About a month later,
another one destroyed Port-
au-Prince.

A magnitude-7.4 quake
that killed more than 18,000
people in northwestern
Turkey in 1999 was followed
three months later by another
of magnitude-7.2 only 100
kilometers (60 miles) from the
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Ministry of Tourism staff
rewarded for hard work





































Legal Notice

NOTICE
ZINFANDEL
VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CAWNPORE
COMPANY LIMITED

— -,——

*
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of CAWNPORE COMPANY LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STAPLETON
PLAINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CARDALL SQUARE INC.

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Pa

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CARDALL SQUARE
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

been struck off the Register.

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(Liquidator)

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MINISTRY of Tourism
employees were rewarded
for hard work and dedica-
tion at the annual Ministry
of Tourism Signature
Awards (MOTSA) on
February 5.

Dereka Moultrie of the
Onshore Communications
Unit was named ‘All-star
Employee’ while Bonnie
Rolle, also of Onshore
Communications, received
the ‘Director General’s
Award’ for performance
and innovation.

Efficiency

Antoinette Davis of the
Family Island Unit
received the ‘Permanent
Secretary’s Award’ for
efficiency and profession-
alism, and the ‘Minister of
Tourism’s Team Award’
went to the Visitor Rela-
tions Unit, which interacts
closely with guests who
have been victims of
crime, accidents, poor ser-
vice or other misfortunes.

The unit also recognises
guests who have been
long-time visitors to the
country.

Ms Moultrie hopes the
awards programme con-
tinues to motivate Min-
istry of Tourism and Avi-
ation employees and all
tourism sector workers.

“This sends a message
that despite the challenges

encountered, once indi-
viduals perform and
remain committed to the
organisation, and the pas-
sion still remains, the

reward will come,” she
said.
Committed

“Tt encourages persons
to remain committed,
knowing that at the end of
the day, their just reward
will come.”

Ms Rolle agreed with
this sentiment.

“To me, the MOTSA
award validates my belief
that the seed of dedica-
tion, commitment and
hard work will bring forth
good fruit, not always
immediately but in due
time,” she said.

“While I feel that it
should be self gratifying
to perform well regardless
if recognition is given or
not, I believe that the
recognition of staff mem-
bers makes one feel
appreciated it. Appreciat-
ed staff members are pro-
ductive staff members.”

Other awards were the
‘Supervisor of the Year’,
which went to Maxine
Williamson of the Visitor
Relations Unit, and the
‘Rising Star Award’,
which went to Elizabeth
Rodgers of human
resources department.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GRANDA OVERSEAS
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ULTRAFLIGHT CORP.

—

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ULTRAFLIGHT CORP. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KAMMERAY ISLAND
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Jamaicans charged with possession
Of drugs, firearms and ammunition

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Two Jamaicans were charged in the
Freeport Magistrate’s Court with possession of drugs,
firearms and ammunition.

Ryan O’Neal Young, 30; and Mohan McIntyre, 30; both
of Kingston, appeared in Court 2 before Magistrate Andrew
Forbes. K Brian Hanna represented the men.

Young pleaded guilty to possessing an unlicensed firearm,
ammunition and dangerous drugs.

According to reports, DEU officers conducted a search at
a home in Fortune Point on February 11, where they found
a small quantity of marijuana in a kitchen drawer and a .40
pistol with seven live rounds of ammunition in a bedroom.

Magistrate Forbes sentenced Young to 18 months in prison
on the firearm and ammunition charges, and two months on
the drugs charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty, and the charges were with-
drawn. He was discharged by the court and handed over to
Bahamas Immigration for further investigation.

e THREE MEN were arraigned in a Nassau Magistrate’s
Court yesterday, charged with possession of marijuana with
intent to supply.

It is alleged that on Saturday, February 13, Kareem Light-
bourne, 25, of Crawford Street; David Farrington, 42, of
Kiki Street; and Marcus Mortimor, 23, of Skyline Drive;
were found in possession of three pounds of marijuana with
intent to supply.

The men, who were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

They were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison and are
expected to appear again on Friday for a bail hearing.

e A CAR chase from Tonique Williams Darling Highway
to Stapledon Gardens on Sunday night ended in the arrest of
three men and the recovery of a firearm.

Officers on patrol attempted to stop three men in a white
Honda Accord on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway at
around 11.50pm.

The suspects sped off and police followed them to Sta-
pledon Gardens, where the runaway car eventually came to
a stop.

Police searched the vehicle and recovered a .40 pistol and
eight live rounds of ammunition.

Three men, ages 18, 20 and 23, have been arrested in con-
nection with the find and remain in custody pending further
investigations.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NEW KOMEN INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INVIT INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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NOTICE
ZEMPHIB VALLEY INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ZEMPHIB VALLEY INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

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Town meeting to debate concerns as Andros rocked by vicious assault

Elderly couple recovering

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

AN ELDERLY couple bru-
tally attacked by an intruder as
they slept at home in a quiet
Andros settlement are steadily
recovering from life-threaten-
ing stab wounds.

Mangrove Cay retirees pas-
tor Catherine Nairn, 70, and
her husband of more than 50
years Corporal Carl Nairn, 73,

were stabbed and beaten by the
intruder at around 4am on Sat-
urday and both lost a lot of
blood as they waited for assis-
tance.

Their son, Andrae Nairn,
principal at Central Andros
High School in Fresh Creek,
North Andros, said his mother
was stabbed in the neck and hit
in the face, while his father,
who is blind, was stabbed in the
neck and back.

They were taken to the air-

































Legal Notice

NOTICE
ABLETON TRAMS
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

REXBURG INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WOOLERHOUSE
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIOGNIER HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

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port in a private vehicle and
airlifted to hospital in Nassau
where they are both said to be
making steady recoveries.

Former police officer Cor-
poral Nairn was released from
hospital on Sunday while Rev
Nairn, the pastor of St John’s
Baptist Church, remained for
observation.

Mr Nairn, one of the couple’s
10 children, said: “Their well-
being is my biggest concern. We
wish something like this never
happened, but since it hap-
pened, we just want them to
recover fully and for them to
be able to go on, and not have
to worry about anything of this
sort happening again.”

The attack has rocked the
peaceful community of 1,500
where violent crime is a rarity,
and residents have raised con-
cerns about Mangrove Creek’s
readiness to respond to such
attacks in the aftermath.

A town meeting will address
their concerns in the presence
of police and healthcare offi-
cials at the Mangrove Cay court
rooms at 6 o’clock tonight, chief
councillor Lynward Saunders
said.

He added: “This attack came
out of nowhere and the police
couldn’t respond in time
because they don’t have a vehi-
cle. We need to be more visible
in our community, be more
informed, discuss the way for-
ward for protecting ourselves
and focus on protecting our
neighbourhoods.”

Corporal and Reverend
Nairn have lived in Mangrove

Letal Sati

Creek all their lives, where Rev
Nairn had a long career as a
teacher before she retired from
Burnt Rock Primary School.
Locals say she recognised her
attacker as a former student.

Burnt Rock Primary School
principal Kenva Wallace said:
“T think it is an isolated attack
and not related in any way to
the school.

“She got along well with the
students and she spent a lot of
her own time trying to help
them achieve. I was devastat-
ed when I heard about the
attack, I couldn’t believe it at
first and then I couldn’t figure
out why. It’s just terrible.”

Mr Nairn said his parents
were well-known and respected
in the community.

“The last thing that would
come to somebody’s mind is
that they would be attacked by
anybody for any reason,” he
said. “It most certainly was a
shock. But they are recovering
quite nicely and they are fully
aware of what happened.

“T know the police will do
their investigations, and every-
thing that needs to happen will
happen.They are very much
strong people, but it will take
some time for them to get over
the psychological aspect of it.

“The important thing is that
they are recovering, and they
are doing well.”

Police have arrested a 30-
year-old male resident of
Grants in Mangrove Cay, who
is currently helping with the
investigation.

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DUB SOUND
INTERNATIONAL INC.

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Notice i hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 20K, the
dissolution of DUE SOUND INTERNATIONAL INC.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolitian has been

istued und the Company hes theretore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ROSEPINE FIELDS LIMITED

—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ROSEPINE FIELDS LIMITED has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-

sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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NOTICE
KESHANDI VALLEY INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-

ton 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 20000), the dissolution of KESHANDI VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution

has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,

(Liquidator

Prosecution seeks
adjournment in the

THE Coroner's
inquest into the death
of 18-year-old Brenton
Smith hit another snag
yesterday as the prose-
cution requested an
adjournment.

The inquest, which
had been adjourned on
February 4 after a juror
was unable to attend
court, had to be put off
again.

Prosecutor Stephanie
Pintard told the Coro-
ner William Campbell
that she had a trial
scheduled in Supreme
Court for Monday morning and that lead prosecutor
and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethell was unable to appear due to circum-
stances beyond her control.

BRENTON SMITH

Proceed

The inquest is expected to proceed this morning.

Smith was shot on the night of July 9, 2009 as he
and a friend walked along a shortcut near the City
Market food store on the corner of Village Road and
Wulff Road.

Earlier that night, the food store had been robbed.

Attorney Romona Farquharson represents Corporal
Kelsie Munroe — the police officer who is alleged to
have shot Brenton.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethel and Stephanie Pintard are appearing for
the Crown.

Attorney Roger Gomez Jr is representing the Smith
family.



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NOTICE
YELLO HONDO HOLDINGS LTD.

— /

Notice is hereby given that in acconance with Section 138
(8) ot the International Business Companies Act 2000), the
dissolution of VELLO HONDO HOLDINGS LTD.
has been completed: a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been stewck off the

Register.

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COBRA OCEAN INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of COBRA OCEAN INC,
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has

been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

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(Liquidators

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HOLDINGS INC.

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Noted & hereby fiver that in accordance with Sectot 138
(8) of the International Busimess Companies Act 20(K), the
dissolution of KEVE OCEAN HOLDINGS INC. has
been completed: a Certificate of Dissolution has been is
sued and the Company has therefore been struck otf the

Register.

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(Liquidatar)

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LOCAL NEWS



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DESMOND BANNISTER

MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister has
assured North Eleuthera High
School parents that he will
“seek to have the media cor-
rect” the negative perception
of the school created by press
coverage of sexual abuse
claims on the island.

According to a government
statement, when Mr Bannister
met with the parents earlier
this week, they complained
that the press had caused
them “much embarrassment”
by attributing all the allega-
tions of impropriety “solely to
their school”.

When claims of certain
teachers stationed on the
island sexually mistreating
students first arose several
weeks ago, it prompted the
Ministry of Education to reas-
sign the North Eleuthera
High’s principal and vice prin-
cipal.

The parents responded by
keeping their children out of
school and demanding the
return of the two administra-
tors — who, officials were
quick to point out, were not
moved because they were
guilty of indiscretions, but
rather because they were
needed to fill gaps in the sys-
tem caused by investigations
into allegations of impropriety
elsewhere in North Eleuthera.

Investigations

These widespread investi-
gations were launched in the
aftermath of North Eleuthera
High School security guard
Adrian White being charged
in June of last year with inde-
cently assaulting eight girls
there.

In his meeting with the par-
ents, Mr Bannister commend-
ed them for actively being
involved in the lives of their
children. He asked all parents
to give their full support to
the school’s new principal,
and work along with the PTA
president.

Mr Bannister said he was
pleased to learn that the par-
ents had “acted positively”
and allowed the children to
return to school, as keeping
them away would have been
against the law.

The statement said: “The
minister assured the parents
that he has the best interest of
the students, teachers and
parents of the North
Eleuthera High School at
heart, and that his decisions
were made after careful
reflection.”

Accompanying Mr Bannis-
ter on the trip were: psycholo-
gist Dr David Allen, North
Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith,
Director of Education Lionel
Sands, Education Permanent
Secretary Elma Garraway,
and other education officials.

They visited a number of
schools, including James Cis-
tern Primary, PA Gibson Pri-
mary, Gregory Town Primary,
Spanish Wells All-Age
School, North Eleuthera Pri-
mary, Harbour Island All-
Age School, and North
Eleuthera High.

Mr Bannister took account
of the various challenges fac-
ing the schools, including ter-
mite-ridden structures, bro-
ken windows and fencing,
electrical problems, shortages
of classroom space, and a lack
of proper signage.

He said all these needs will
be assessed and prioritised
with regard to the funds that
are available, and that a
repair and refurbishment pro-
gramme will be launched in
the summer.

Before leaving each school,
the minister expressed his
gratitude for the performance
of the administrators, teachers
and students, who he said are
working diligently despite lim-
ited resources, and assured
them that the Ministry of
Education will do its best to
meet their needs.

Reports: Birbal retains
lawyer in student sex case

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemdia.net



FREEPORT - Trinidadi-
an teacher Andre Birbal
could soon be extradited to
the Bahamas to face charges
stemming from allegations
of sexual misconduct at the
Bight Mile Rock High
School.

There are unconfirmed
reports that an attorney in
Freeport has been retained
on behalf of Mr Birbal, who
is currently fighting extradi-
tion from the United States.

In January, Attorney
General John Delaney indi-
cated that extradition pro-

Teacher could soon be extradited to Bahamas

ceedings were underway in
the United States and that
Birbal might be seeking to
challenge his extradition to
the Bahamas.

The Tribune attempted to
reach Mr Delaney for an
update on extradition pro-
ceedings in the United
States, but he could not be
reached up to press time
yesterday.

Birbal fled the country a
year ago after police inves-
tigations were launched into
complaints by two former
students at the Eight Mile
Rock High School.

He was arrested in New

York on a traffic violation
last May. During a check,
US authorities discovered
that Bahamian police had
issued a warrant of arrest for
Birbal with Interpol.

Charges

The AG’s office in the
Bahamas applied to US offi-
cials for Birbal’s extradition
to the Bahamas to face
charges of unnatural sexual
intercourse.

Birbal is one of three
teachers accused of sexual
misconduct with students at
the EMRHS.

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Anthony James Russell, 66

“, of #5 Labour Street
will be held on
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lsth, 2:45 pom. at
Our Lady's Catholic
Church, Deveaux
Street. Fr. Michael
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Maxwell Johnsen will
officiate. Interment
will follow in the
Catholic Cemetery,
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Anthony 1s survived by: sisters, Paulette and Angela
Dean: brothers, Leo Moss and Sinclair Dean: aunts,
Rosalie Dean, Maria Armbrister, and Mable Butler;
nieces and nephews, Melinda Lockhart, Malissa Maura-
Pratt, Eric and Caroline Shaw-Moss, Arlington and
Neville Butler; grand nieces and nephews, Toni Bethell,
Paige-Elisabeth Ryan, Tino Jr. and Tyler Pratt, Nyzohn
Ene Small, Derek Ryan II, sister-in-law: Klare Shaw-
Moss; cousins, Peter and Patricia Curry & Family,
Henry and Shirley Saunders & Family, Eliva Hart and
Family, Sylvia Naim and Family, Perry Saunders and
Family, Derek Saunders and Family, Jerome Saunders
and Family, Gregory Saunders and Family, Norma and
James Timothy and Family, Ann and Kirk Dorsett &
Family, Deborah and Derron Lewis, Phillip and Carmel
Armbrister & Family, Gaynell Bullard and Family,
Andrew Armbrister Jr., Ann-Marie Rolle, Antonio
Armbrister (Toronto, Canada), Anthony Dean and
Family, John Dean and Family, Barbara Dean and
Family, Brent Saunders and Family, Brian Saunders
and Family, Thomas, Astrid, Opal, and Crug Saunders,
Sherry Stubbs and Family, and Janet Fowler & Family,
Emil Moxey (New York), Ella Whitfield, Tommy
Gibson (Bluff Eluethera), special family frend, Advilda
Grant.

Other Relatives and Friends, Maude Miller and Family,
De Granville Panza and Family, Johnson Family, Alex
Williams and Family, Aaron Penn and Family, Eleanor
Tinker and Family, Melvina Lockhart and Family,
Derek Ryan, The Entire Labour Street Family, Royal
Bank of Canada Staff (Mail Room), Other relatives
and friends too nutmerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from
10:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church
from 1:45 p.m. until service time.

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Police found in strip raid face probe
FROM page one

source listed eight officers, including four women and an
officer from the Special Intelligence Branch suspected of
organising the illicit events.

Assistant Superintendent Hulan Hanna said: “While I will
not confirm the names, there are police officers that we have
been questioning in connection with this matter and the
whole episode is the subject of a very intensive and aggressive
police investigation to determine whether our officers were
involved as patrons or organisers.

“We need to determine what the officers were doing there
before we can speak about the strip clubs, because we have to
determine what was the function of these establishments,
and we don’t want to say anything that would compromise the
investigation.

“Everything is allegations, until it’s proved otherwise.

“So I will not reveal the specific numbers at this point,
but I can say several female officers have been implicated; the
bulk of officers we are investigating are female officers from
various departments.”

The raids were conducted by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and Department of Immigration officers.

Immigration staff are working to determine whether the
accused American, Colombian and Jamaican strippers vio-
lated immigration laws.
























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NOTICE
TIMBERLY PLOW
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WICKSVILLE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHARLESWORTH
PLAINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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NOTICE
ERISSOME OCEAN CORP.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ERISSOME OCEAN CORP.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

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(Liquidator)

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FROM page one

Police arrested two pilots,
men aged 25 and 40, as well as
a 37-year-old Grand Bahama
man and a 49-year-old Nassau
Village man after the flight
landed at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport in Nas-
sau at around 7pm on Sunday.

Unconfirmed reports claim
the drugs were brought in on a
Southern Air charter flight
transporting Bahamian and
Haitian passengers from Haiti
to Nassau on a twin engine N-
155 aircraft.

The airplane has reportedly
been seized by Bahamas Cus-
toms and was held in the
domestic flights area of the air-
port yesterday.

FROM page one

However police would not
confirm the name of the com-
mercial airline when ques-
tioned yesterday, nor would
officials confirm the suspects’
identities or where in Haiti the
flight had originated.

Drugs Enforcement Unit
(DEU) Superintendent
Anthony Ferguson said:
“There is an investigation
going on in respect to the dis-
covery of drugs.

“T don’t want to mention the
name of the airline because we
don’t want to pain the airline
itself.

“We have made arrests and
the people were taken into cus-
tody, but we have not yet com-
pleted our investigations.”

The arrests come weeks

after $3 million worth of
cocaine and over $50,000
worth of marijuana was found
hidden in the fuel tank of a 65
ft Haitian freighter off the
coast of Great Inagua on Jan-
uary 27 and five Haitian men
were charged in connection
with the find.

Fears of a rise in drug traf-
ficking after Haiti was devas-
tated by a magnitude-7.0
earthquake on January 12
were addressed by Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest last week when he
stated the Bahamian drug
interdiction programme and
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) would
mitigate any possible increase.

Supt Ferguson said: “We are

desist from disseminating and covering
FNM rallies while she is still employed in
her position at BIS.

“The Bahamas Information Services is a
government agency to deal with govern-
ment matters and not political matters,” he
said.

“It is disgraceful and deplorable that
this lady is being used to deal with their
matters. She stays in Grand Bahama but
she comes to Nassau to move around with
the Prime Minister. That is totally unac-
ceptable.”

Mr Roberts added that he would encour-
age the FNM to stop using the govern-
ment’s resources in this campaign and fight
for the Elizabeth seat on the issues.

Echoing these comments, PLP leader
Perry Christie said his speech tonight will
focus on these “unfair practices” which he
says have come to the fore in the Elizabeth

PLP chairman

“Overall I am of the view there has to be
much greater vigilance on the part of those
who regulate elections as to infractions to
ensure fair and ethical practices in such
elections because it is so easy for govern-
ment to overwhelm the process by offering
jobs giving all sorts of infrastructural
improvements just come in as a result of
the election and cast an unfair pall over this
whole thing,” said Mr Christie.

“There are rules that govern these
things. I’m prepared to concede that past
governments have had such situations and
would have probably, in all probability,
done the same thing. I’m talking about
moving forward now if we are to learn
anything from this process there has to be
a decision on the part of all to review rules
that govern elections to ensure people’s
rights are protected in terms of their inter-

by-election campaign. ests.”

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NOTICE
HONOUR OAK
CORPORATION

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HONOUR OAK CORPORATION has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DOLCETTO
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ZIBETH LIMITED

— -,—

#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of ZIBETH LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Pilots, passengers arrested
after drugs found on flight

concerned with drugs coming
out of Haiti into the Bahamas.
We have had incidents of
drugs coming in on aircraft in
the past but not on a regular
basis.

“We are going to continue
to be vigilant, that is the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force with
our law enforcement partners,
and we are going to keep an
eye on this.”

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ter flights between Nassau and
Cape Haitian in northern Haiti
and the Haitian capital of Port-
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well as Cuba, the Dominican
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road-naming honour

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humbled by that gesture,”
said Mr Watson, when con-
tacted by The Tribune for
comment yesterday.

"It was mentioned to me
sometime early last year and I
did not object,” he said,
adding that the decision came
from Cabinet.

According to a government
notice published in The Tri-
bune on February 9, the Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport intends to name the
newly constructed South-
west/Adelaide by-pass road-
way after Mr Watson.

When asked why he felt he
was chosen to be the road's
namesake, the current chair-
man of the Airport Authority
speculated that his ties with
the community — he served
as member of Parliament for
the Adelaide area from 1982
to 2002 — were behind the
honour.

He also feels that his work
as the country's first minister
of public works and public
enterprise — a post he held
for a little over two years dur-
ing the former Ingraham
administration — may also
have been a factor in the gov-
ernment's choice.

"When we (the Free

structure in many family
islands and we built a num-
ber of roadways and repaired
many in Nassau,” he said,
adding that at that time the
ministry was progressive in
improving roadways, repair-
ing docks and dilapidated
schools and extending tele-
phone and water services
throughout the country.

"So I suspect that is the rea-
son why they thought of me,”
said Mr Watson, who at one
point was dubbed Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham's
"right hand man" when he
served as his second-in- com-
mand.

Tennyson Wells, a former
FNM Cabinet minister who
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independent MP, also
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standing service to the area.

"Frank represented the
area for a long time, I guess
probably longer than most
people. I have no difficulty
with it — I think overall he
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Elizabeth vote
‘right down
to the wire’

FROM page one

National Movement first)
came to office in 1992 we did
a lot. We extended the infra-

ing to be a very tight one, and as such he has instructed all
of his workers to realize the importance of “every single
vote.”

Likewise, the PLP’s Ryan Pinder was not taking too much
stock of his party’s individual polls and continued to work in
the constituency up until late last night.

According to political sources the inclusion of the third
and fourth party candidates is causing some problems for
both major parties. As of yesterday, the National Develop-
ment Party’s candidate Dr Andre Rollins was said to be
gathering “significant” support in the Elizabeth constituency,
possibly affecting the polls of both the PLP and the FNM.

As such, the NDP’s candidate said that he was hopeful of
the accuracy of both the PLP and FNM’s polls and that he
would be more than simply a “spoiler” in today’s election
and actually come out victorious over the other candidates.

“T think that it would do our democracy really good,”
Dr Rollins said, “to have a new political party and its can-
didate be able to force both mainstream political parties to
not take the Bahamian people for granted and go beyond
being a spoiler and actually gain a victory over both the PLP
and the FNM.”

Even the Worker’s Party leader Rodney Moncur was
still hopeful of an upset today.

“I feel and sense change in the air. I expect a miracle
(today). My campaign has had the least financial and human
resources and we have persevered and spoken with as many
people as we could. I believe our performance at the debate
effected the campaign as well and I feel that both the PLP
and the FNM will be defeated today.

“T have said before that I am the only candidate who is
willing to come to work all day, being the only full time MP.
And if it is not God’s will that I am victorious I will remain
committed to the people of Elizabeth and the entire
Bahamas. But I believe that change is in the air and I am
ever praying that the people of Elizabeth will bring about
this change and reject both the PLP and the FNM and give
me the victory,” he said.

However, Dr Sands and Mr Pinder each maintain that
they are equally the best candidate to represent the people
of Elizabeth in the House of Assembly.

Dr Sands said last night at the FNM’s mass rally that he
would work hard for the people of Elizabeth every day.

Along with Dr Sands, Mr Pinder, Dr Rollins and Mr
Moncur, the Bahamas Democratic Movement is also running
a candidate in their leader Cassius Stuart.

Polling stations open today at 8am and will close at 6
pm. The results are expected to be reported live on all
media and radio stations and readers can find up-to-the-
minute reports at www.tribune242.com throughout the day.

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By REUBEN SHEARER
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rshearer@tribunemedia.net

A RIGOROUS fitness chal-
lenge, resembling NBC’s
Biggest Loser competition
begins this Friday, incorporat-
ing boot camp style exercises

and strict eating regiments.

Eleven women will take part in The
‘Bahamas Greatest Loser Competition’
being sponsored by Javon Medical Cen-
tre, Bahama Health, Royal Bahamas
Police Force, Royal Bank of Canada,
and Commonwealth Bank.

But it’s all up to participants to take it
to the next level, and to take the advice
of specialists at Jovan Medical Centre,
where Dr Cyprian Strachan is the chief
physician.

Persons will take part in a variety of
exercises including pushing tyres, tram-
poline and medicine ball exercises, agili-
ty work and bosu training during the
eight week challenge.

“People are fighting high blood pres-
sure, diabetes and people can’t take off
the weight,” he said, noticing a serious
trend in his own clientele. “People are
trying to keep their health New Year’s
resolutions, and are being unsuccessful.”

“Every two weeks we expect them to
weigh in and bring their diet journal to be
reviewed.”

We will offer tips, and make adjust-
ments to their weight.

“We will have two open air challenges
in the park, to award individual prizes
for winners in those challenges. We won’t
force our participants to participate in
those challenges.

“We will try to make a dent in people’s
difficulties in losing weight. We want to
see if offering a prize will be significant in
getting them to lose weight.”

The women will also benefit from two
sessions of training workouts with Nat-
Bro’s Natasha Brown, fitness instructor.

There will be weekly tips published in
The Tribune and other local tips for them
to follow during the entire competition.

Follow up visits will happen every two
weeks to evaluate what they are eating,
outside of the weigh-in every week. The
two weeks are to assess what they are
eating, how well they are coping and
adjusting to their diets, and workouts.

“Their weight is going to be based on
the percentage of their weight loss,” said

Dr Strachan.

“If somebody starts out at 200 pounds
and they lose 20 pounds, its going to be
based on the percentage of 20 pounds
compared to 200.”

“That person has lost 10 percent, as
opposed to somebody who started out
at 200 pounds, if they lose 50 pounds,
they would’ve lost 25 per cent of their
weight.”

Four gyms have offered to give free
memberships -Mystical Fitness & Health
Spa, Body Zone Fitness, Better Bodies
Gym, and Iron Man Gym No. 1.

Dr Strachan focuses a little harder on
weight loss. He is a general practitioner
physician, with a special focus on weight
loss.

“My purpose is to stimulate a greater
interest in healthy lifestyles and to help
inspire and encourage persons who are
trying to lose weight and improve their
general health,”

The competition begins with a weigh in
and measuring at Mystical Fitness gym
on February 19-20 and finishes eight
weeks later, on April 16 and 17 at the
same venue.

Competition will be for best individual
losers as well a group prize for the best
five member team from amongst the
banks, the churches, insurance compa-
nies, government offices and uniformed
officers.

The entrance fee is $15 per person
with part proceeds in aid of the Diabetic
Association of the Bahamas. All entrants
will receive a prize. Winners’ gifts
include supplement supplies for three
months, exercise apparel, 3 months free
supply of drinking water and free gym
membership for three months.

Fitness guru Natasha Brown is partic-
ularly stoked about her plans to assist
contestants.

Ms Brown will conduct hour long
workouts to challenge each person car-
diovascularly, and make sure that their
fitness level is on par to handle rigorous
fitness sessions.

“This is something that a lot of trainers
don’t focus on,” she said. “But in my
fitness training, this is what I am focusing
on, stamina and endurance.

It is in that determination and pushing
she says, that you truly find out who you
are.

“T want all competitors to walk away
with mental toughness, self determina-
tion, a fighting spirit, humble attitude
and the guts to fight no matter whatever
is thrown your way.”

No matter who we are, it will show us
that we are survivors at the end of the
day. “I train to target the mind body
and soul, so that you can connect with
your spirit from deep within,” she said.

Ms Brown says having endurance will
sustain people through their daily living.
It’s the only way they’re going to get the
results.

“No one should want to have the same
mindset that they’ve had over the years.
You have to take your mind to another
level,” she said.

“T know that deep down in our bellies
lies the strength that we need. Depth
and spirit is in our core and we’ve been
equipped spiritually with some tools.”

Ms Brown is extremely passionate
about her responsibility to “push her stu-
dents beyond their limits, physically and
mentally.”

There is no way of shying from
extreme workouts in order to see a dif-
ference, she said. “When you come to
me there has to be a difference,” Ms
Brown said.

“It’s very motivating, knowing that
there’s a prize involved,” said the fitness
instructor.

Justina Rolle, a client of Dr Strachan is
losing weight for her April wedding. Ms
Rolle is 29 years old, and hopes to lose 40
to 50 pounds of excess weight by early
April.

This will be the icing on her cake, as
she hopes to take home the $4,000 cash
prize to pay for the expenses of her wed-
ding slated for the third week of April.

Ms Rolle just jotned Solomon’s Biggest
Loser competition, and recently signed
up for Dr Strachan’s weight loss compe-
tition yesterday morning.

She says that being at a “solid” size
(weight-wise), it has been hard finding
clothing that fits the way she would want
to look ideally. But she plans to do what-
ever it takes to ultimately put an end to
her use of girdles, and other weight
manipulation tactics.

Ms Rolle’s game plan for her diet is a
bit ambitious, as she plans to stick to a
strict regiment of salt free boiled foods,
the substitution of sugar with honey, and
no red meat. All of her diet plans may be
subject to change under Ms Brown’s
advisement.

“T realise that there is no pain, no gain,
and I want to take it beyond my limits.”

When I started exercising, my whole
mood changed, and my whole outlook
on life became more positive and opti-
mistic, filled with lots of energy.”

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 9B

(CY WOMEN & SEX

Dutiful sex

YOUNG girls
reading today's
title may seem sad
and disillusioned
at the idea that
having sex could
become a ‘dutiful
act’. Young peo-
ple are surround-
ed with images of
carefree, high intensity erotica. Add in their limited knowl-
edge of human sexuality and relationships, and this pro-
vides fertile ground for unrealistic expectations. The word
dutiful implies a lack of personal desire and rather some-
thing that you feel you ‘have to do." Is it true that all cou-
ples succumb to ‘dutiful sex’ at some point or another in
their relationship? Do women always have to be the ones
to give in?

If we asked newly formed couples if they thought they
had similar sexual needs and drive they would probably
agree. The honeymoon’ or ‘infatuation’ stage, when every-
thing is sexually charged and exciting, often camouflages
the true picture. When the relationship moves into a com-
fortable stage, and things start to relax, then reality sets in.
The realisation that they are not so well matched sexually
is a huge disappointment and the conflict begins. Dating
couples often struggle for years with these problems, but
have difficulty ending the relationship because of the bond-
ing glue that joins them. The longer they are together, the
tighter the glue, and the dissatisfaction persists.

What does ‘not well matched’ really mean? Is it possi-
ble to be that similar in sexual needs? Just the fact that we
are of different genders means that our bodies function in
completely different ways. Throw in that we are individ-
uals within a couple and inevitably we have different
things going on in our lives. Isn't that just life?

If we view it this way, then it does not seem so shocking
that someone may not actually desire sex when the other
does. Think back to the last time you had sex just so you
could get a little peace and get to sleep? Or the time
when it was just easier to give in to the constant nagging
and pouting. Contrary to what most people think, men are
sometimes ‘not in the mood’. However, due to the rapid
feedback from their erections a situation can very easily
change and become sexual.

Short term dips in desire are inevitable and usually can
be worked out. This is when playful bartering can often be
implemented so that both feel they have won. But what
happens when one person feels they always have to per-
suade, push, and almost beg the other? Constant fighting
and tension enters the bedroom. In many cases the dete-
rioration has been so insidious that it is hard to pin point the
primary cause. Did the anger reduce the desire or did the
lack of desire cause the anger? What has happened to the
other person to make them so disinterested in sex?

If the ultimate goal is to make each other happy by the
giving and receiving of pleasure then simple solutions to
rectifiable obstacles seem obvious. For example, being
more flexible around each others time clocks, sleep needs,
improving personal hygiene are a few of the common
problems. For some people, sexual discrepancies only
start to show themselves as they age. With the hormone
decline, health complications, medications and surgeries,
interest in sexual activity can become a problem. If you are
both on the same page then it is an easy adjusting to the
new lifestyle. But if one person or both are unhappy then
the smartest thing to do is to get early professional help.

Probably the most common cause of minimal partici-
pation resulting in ‘dutiful sex’ is boredom. It is not unusu-
alin long term relationships for there to be a certain rou-
tine in the love making. A sense that you know what is
coming next makes the experience predictable and safe.
There may also be a lack of skillful lovemaking and a
woman's needs may not even be considered. The problems
fester away and a sense of ‘what is the point’ develops.

The danger in letting problems drag on is that they
start affecting other areas of your life. When it starts to feel
as if you are getting very little out of the relationship,
then even dutiful sex disappears. All too often the break
down is accompanied by the removal of all affection, and
the bonding glue becomes unstuck.

It would be wrong to ignore the significance of per-
forming our ‘wifely duties’, because of the importance of
maintaining the intimate bond. However, feeling this way
all the time is not recommended because of the lack of per-
sonal fulfillment. Look inside yourself, ask yourself ques-
tions about your love life and do not settle for mediocrity.










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Flea control essential steps

LAST week we spoke about the
life cycle and facts about fleas. It
was mentioned that one must
include treatment of the yard, house
and pet if one is to be successful in
controlling these wingless blood-
sucking insects that are so annoy-
ing to pets and their owners.

Treating the yard

e One should treat shady areas,
damp areas, doghouses and other
areas where your pet spends the
majority of its time. Use the recom-
mended residual sprays for longer
lasting effect. Personally if you are
not using a pesticide company, I like
the ADAMS plus yard spray. The
active ingredient is PERMETHRIN
and it kills and repels fleas, ticks,

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mosquitoes, ants, and other annoy-
ing insects. A dose of 6 ounces to 1
quart of water should be used.
Spraying is most effective when the
ground is damp (keep pets out until
completely dry). Repeat spraying
every 3 to 4 weeks. These products
should not be used on the pet. One
can tack a” No Pest Strip” under-
neath the floor of the doghouse to

aid in repelling fleas.

Treating the house

e One should use an environ-
mental control FOGGER. A mini-
mum of 3 should be used. Most over
the counter foggers are totally
worthless. Mycodex, and ADAMS
have some exceptional products. For
the house, however I would recom-
mend a professional exterminator
in severe cases. The most effective
flea control products are prevented
from being sold over the counter at
food stores and pet stores, as a result
of the current laws on control prod-
ucts. If you have carpet in the house,
we recommend that you vacuum the
house thoroughly, at least once a
week to remove flea eggs.

e Bathe the pet every two weeks
in a flea and tick shampoo like
ADAMS or DAVIS © or
MYCODEX 3X. These products
are safe and can be used as often as
necessary to keep the pet clean and
remove fleas. Most over the counter
shampoos will dry out the hair coat
if used too frequently. A common
complaint we hear from clients using
over the counter products is ' I
bathe my pet, but now he even
scratches more.’

Use Frontline Top spot Topical
solution every 4 weeks. This solution
is applied to the skin of your pet
monthly. It is safe for both dogs and
cats. The cost of this product is
about the same as the cost of a bath-
only it is done just once each month.

Do not bathe your pet 48 hours
before or 48 hours after application
of the Frontline Top Spot. eUse a
flea collar that kills or inactivate
flea eggs so that they cannot hatch.
The Ovitrol Flea egg collar is effec-
tive for about 6 months. All pets in
the household must be treated at
the same time. To win the war
against fleas, it is important to treat
the yard, house and pet at the same
time using the appropriate recom-
mended products for each. Don't
waste your money on the over the
counter product from Walmart,
Super Value or City Market. Quick
cures do not work eg Bathing in
Aloe or giving garlic in the food.
There is no free lunch...do it right or
lose the war. Veterinarians are the
flea experts, don't believe a sales-
man from a pet store - ask us for
help and we will give you the best
and most recent information on flea
control.





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Younger Boss, Older Worker: A
Multigenerational Collaboration

hey have the qualifications

and the results to match.

They are young, highly dri-
ven, talented, energetic, and
they move through your organi-
sation at warp speed. They are
the young executives or man-
agers that skipped through the
ranks or joined your company
at a senior level.

The company has big plans for the
young leaders but you are reporting to
one of them and you don’t feel
engaged, you feel fearful. You don’t
feel energetic, you feel drained, voice-
less, over worked and perhaps angry.

Based on interactions with a wide
variety of businesses here are typical
descriptions of the characteristics of
younger bosses by employees of any
generation:

- Younger bosses are not always sen-
sitive to members of the team. These
managers appear to be more focused
on their personal performance and
results and how employees can con-
tribute to their success.

- Some younger managers lack the
maturity and wisdom to resolve com-
plex or emotionally charged situations.

- Younger bosses sometimes con-
tribute to making the work environ-
ment highly political. Employees
describe not being comfortable speak-
ing up with younger bosses so they
become adept at tip-tocing around
issues in the office.

- Younger managers may intention-
ally or unintentionally create unhealthy
competition that can lead to tension
among team members and divisiveness
instead of collaboration.

- Younger managers sometimes don’t

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listen to long tenured employees
because they perceive them as com-
plainers or as being resistant to change.

As a result there is no communica-
tion flow so younger managers make
mistakes.

- Younger bosses are sometimes
indecisive due to their lack of knowl-
edge and experience.

- Younger managers don’t always
have true authority. They can claim
the executive or managerial job title,
they are making the money but they
don’t have actual authority because
someone else is calling the shots. At
times they can’t even approve a cheque
for $50.

- Younger employees tend to be
more comfortable communicating
about difficult subjects via email. This
is suboptimal for long tenured employ-
ees because by communicating about
difficult subject matter via email, it
becomes infinitely more difficult to get
the message across accurately and con-
structively.

The intent here is not to say that all
young bosses are the same because in
the real world there are always varia-
tions. For instance, while long tenured
employees can display problem solv-
ing prowess with the ability to inte-
grate distinct technical and interper-
sonal skills some young bosses may
also possess this characteristic.

Differences between Generations
in the Workplace

In a 2007 Forbes Article, author Tara
Weiss quotes Jill Arlinghaus at Burke
Incorporated saying, “Younger
employees grew up using computers
and Web-based applications, so learn-
ing new ones comes more intuitively
to them.

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Long tenured employees tend to val-
ue loyalty and they show up at work on
time or even an hour before time and
they work until the job is done. Young
bosses tend to work endless hours,
sending emails to their direct reports at
2 in the morning.

Long tenured employees are often
repositories of institutional knowledge.
They understand operations and they
may have experienced various restruc-
turing exercises so they may have a
deep understanding of the business.
Long tenured employees can be key
points of contact if younger employ-
ees need information about what hap-
pened in the past but this won’t happen
if the long tenured employee is per-
ceived as resistant to change.

Long tenured employees sometimes
resist change saying things like: “We
tried that before and it didn’t work”
or “It is fine the way it is” and this per-
petuates the stereotype.

In addition to change resistance, long
tenured employees can be perceived
as difficult for young bosses to man-
age because they perceive long tenured
employees as know-it-alls. Long
tenured employees may even show dis-
respect to younger bosses because they
feel they were not considered for a
“deserved” promotion.

Coexistence — Making Differences Work

In a 2004 study conducted for the
Society of Human Resources Manage-
ment, one of the findings was that
keeping workers of different genera-
tions apart is not a successful practice.
Their findings indicated that diversity
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dynamic group of young women with the help

of an equally dynamic young man is seeking

o reach their peers with an inspirational mes-
sage of self confidence by encouraging them to sim-

ply BU.

Lynelle Brennen and Jewel
Carey, two of the Earth Angels
models involved recently sat
down with Tribune Woman to
discuss the programme which
seeks to foster positive character
in young people.

The modeling company wants
to be more than just pretty faces,
“We want to be models with a
cause.” Inspiring young ladies is
something Lynelle is passionate
about. “This project seeks to
reach women through fashion
and music, something almost all
girls are interested. And what
sets us apart is that we can relate
to them. I came from a single
parent home and so I grew up in
the ‘ghetto’ so I understand
what they may be going through.
But what we want to tell them
is, it doesn’t matter where you
come from, you will get there
someday.

The girls explained that there
are eight members in BU each
with a different platform or cause
they wish to spotlight. Jewel’s
cause - autism awareness is per-
sonal, as her 4- year- old brother
was diagnosed with the condition.
“ T want people to be aware of
the fact that autism is a disorder
and not a disease and that there
are ways that people who have it
are able to communicate non-ver-
bally. My job is to help others
understand autism and give an
idea of the signs people should
look out for. I do this through my
facebook page and on a weekly
blog.”

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group plans is a visit to the Girls
Industrial School in early March.
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organisations will be targeted.

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issues, such as fashion. We also
are looking to take a female per-
former with us so that we can
encourage those girls who are
artistic to develop their talents,”
Lynelle said.

“ Too many times, people are
told that they must enter fields
like medicine or law to make mon-
ey, But many people are artistic or
creative and so we want to let
them know that you don’t have
to be ‘book smart’, you can just
go for it.”

Jewel added,” We want to
make fashion, culture more of a
staple in the economy and to
help generate revenue. It takes
visionary minds to do this.”

The BU campaign will include
a different motivational poster
every two months. The first one
encourages young ladies to resist
temptation. It features a Garden
of Eden setting and the words:
It’s Hard Being Tempted, Have
Courage BU. They are also
working on a public service
announcement to be played on
local TV stations.

Jewel said, “We want to
encourage young people to get
involve in activities that will bet-
ter themselves and we want to
show that there can be positive
things to put in the paper other
than crime. We want to encour-
age persons to embrace the fam-
ily structure and to encourage
more men to become role models
for young people. We want to
give them the message that they
never have to conform to soci-
ety’s ideals. You can never have
enough programmes and activi-
ties that target young people.”

To date, the group has
received quite a following with
a facebook fan base of more than
2,000 persons.

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
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mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

POLICE are investigating
several police officers accused
of orchestrating strip club
operations following two raids
in Nassau this weekend.

The officers under investi-
gation were among 107
women patrons arrested in a
raid at The Ranch in Mackey
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29 men arrested at Charms in
Centreville two hours later.

Three men from Atlanta,
Georgia, were charged with
stripping at The Ranch night-
club, and three women, two
Colombians and a Jamaican,
are charged with stripping at
Charms.

The six foreigners have been

detained at the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre in
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tigations into nudity and pros-
titution charges.

Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
said the investigation is being
dealt with by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force’s
(RBPF) legal team and would
not release identities of the
foreigners yesterday.

Meanwhile investigators are
questioning a number of
RBPF officers amid claims the
strip club events were organ-
ised by a ring of police offi-
cers stationed within various
factions of the police force.

While police would not con-
firm the names of the officers
involved nor the number, a

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IN his final address to Eliza-
beth constituents, the PLP’s
Ryan Pinder said he has solu-
tions to the country’s problems
and called on voters to “send
a strong message” to a “neglect-
ful” FNM-led government.

“Send a clear message to this
FNM government that they are
not to play games with you...
Tomorrow morning you should
be out in droves, trying Ryan —
Ryan the LION! The pro-
grammes and policies I pledge
to you both locally and in
national debate in parliament
offer solutions to many of the
problems this failed FNM gov-
ernment has put our country
in,” said Mr Pinder.

The tax attorney and current
PLP vice chairman accused the
government of “orchestrating”
the by-election to distract the
country from its failings in the
areas of the economy, crime,
tourism and financial services.

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tion to keep our minds off of
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The by-election was precipi-
tated when former Elizabeth
MP, ex-PLP Malcolm Adder-
ley resigned his seat in Janu-
ary, blaming PLP leader Perry
Christie for undermining him
as a representative.

The PLP has alleged that
Prime Minister and FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham mas-
terminded Mr Adderley’s res-
ignation.

Economic

Speaking from the PLP’s
Prince Charles rally site last
night, Mr Pinder spoke of how
the country now finds itself in
the “worst economic times
since the 1920s”, not just as a
result of the global economic
downturn, but also FNM gov-
ernment policies; how murder
has reached record highs due
to the party being “bankrupt”
of vision to address crime; and
how the government has
allegedly been delinquent in its
responsibilities to advance the
tourism and financial services
sectors.

“T want you to be thinking
about the fact that this govern-
ment has caused us to fall bad-
ly behind our competitors in
the region in tourism and finan-
cial services. Their response to
our lagging behind in tourism
performance has been to blame
the recession. Yet some of our

neighbours to the south are
showing steady improvements
in their product and their num-
bers, even while rebounding
from the global recession. The
FNM simply has no vision to
move our tourism product for-
ward,” said Mr Pinder.

Describing the theme of his
message to Elizabeth con-
stituents throughout the by-
election campaign as one of
“peace, love and prosperity”,
Mr Pinder said that as an MP
he would be particularly
focused on “advancing eco-
nomic opportunity and empow-
erment for all here in Elizabeth
...8o that there is less depen-
dence on central government
and greater reliance on each
other to lift the constituency to
the heights we can achieve.”

“Hand-outs only last for so
long. What you have to demand
now Elizabeth is a Represen-
tative who will commit to sup-
plying the tools and the practi-
cal solutions, policies and pro-
grammes to help you ‘fish’ for
yourselves and finally stand on
your own feet — not ‘pie in the
sky’ promises. ’m that man!”
he added.

Mr Pinder described himself
as “rooted and grounded in a
genuine love for this con-
stituency” and ready to be an
“unrelenting voice” for the “too
long neglected” area once in
parliament.

Christie ‘pleased’
with campaig

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP leader Perry Christie
is “very, very pleased” with
how the party’s by-election
campaign has progressed,
adding that he feels the level
of organisation and unity
shown by those involved puts
the party in good stead going
into the 2012 general election.

“Tm really coming into (the
election today) happy. ’'m
happy with the way in which
we have campaigned at every
level. Though we were caught
by surprise with the
announcement by Malcolm
(Adderley, former PLP MP
for Elizabeth who resigned
his seat in January), we pre-
pared ourselves very quickly.
We were very efficient in our
approach to advising and
informing constituents of why
we thought our candidate was
the best person,” said Mr
Christie yesterday.

“We feel that we have
addressed perceived weak-
nesses and strengthened our-
selves.”

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ure to successfully organise
and communicate its message
to voters during the 2007 gen-
eral election was identified by
US political communications
firm Quinlan, Greenberg and
Rosner and some high-rank-
ing PLPs as a key component
of the then-governing party’s
loss at the polls.

Today, the PLP leader said
he feels the party’s work in
the run-up to the by-election
in promoting Ryan Pinder as
the preferred candidate for
Elizabeth has paid off and
shown that it has responded
to the criticisms.

Mr Christie told The Tri-
bune: “What I think has hap-
pened is that, as a result of
my making key appointments
(such as) Obie Wilchombe to
head Opposition Business in
the House and to handle pub-
lic relations in the campaign
and Bernard Nottage as cam-
paign co-ordinator — he ran
against me (for the leadership
of the party in the November
convention) and is now
entirely in charge of campaign
— that has brought a level of
unity to the party.

“We are all working togeth-
er, all united and I have been
very, very, pleased. It has had
the wonderful result of show-
ing a level of organisation that
has impressed people.”




THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



FNM CAMPAIGN

‘I will be a tireless
worker for Elizabeth’

Duane Sands
sends last
public plea
to voters

BY-ELECTION



By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

IN his last public plea to
voters hours before today's
by-election, Dr Duane Sands
promised to work tirelessly for
the people of the Elizabeth
constituency if elected.

Speaking to supporters at
the Free National Movement's
mass rally last night, Dr Sands
urged voters to send a clear
message to the opposition
Progressive Liberal Party
when they cast their ballots
today and sweep him into the
House of Assembly.

"Give me the chance to
serve you in government. I
pledge that I will work hard
for you every day,” he said.

He also charged that for the
past seven years, the PLP
"neglected" Elizabeth con-
stituents — a reference to for-
mer area MP Malcolm Adder-
ley.

Mr Adderley resigned from
the House and the PLP last
month, claiming he wanted to

TWO’S COMPANY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham with FNM candidate Duane Sands.

leave politics because he was,
among other things, "under-
mined" as a representative by
the PLP top brass.

"This great ship called Eliz-
abeth with its precious cargo
of 5,000 voting souls has been
adrift in a most perilous storm.
The PLP captain and crew
long abandoned their posts.
Because of their spite and
indifference, you were left to
fend for yourselves," Dr Sands
said.

Scandals

"They found and shared
treasures like Anna Nicole
and Korean Boats," he said,
referring to two scandals
which shook the PLP during
their 2002-2007 term in office.
"They crafted empty promises
but delivered broken dreams.
For seven years they engorged

themselves and ignored you.
Now they say they want to
come back to save you. And
they come bearing gifts, they
will offer you gifts, take the
gifts ... but this time tell them
ain’t nothing happening!"

As he roused his support-
ers, Dr Sands urged them to
put their trust in him as a rep-
resentative. He referenced his
nearly 20 year career as a dis-
tinguished heart surgeon as
proof of his commitment to
public service.

"IT can see the results of my
work on the medical land-
scape of my country. Most of
all, I can see it in the faces of
the people and the families,
whose lives I have impacted.

"T have tried to make a dif-
ference. I have tried to make
my country and my people
just a little bit better off. I
have tried to do my part. Now

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PM national address did not flout broadcasting rules

AFTER investigating a com-
plaint by PLP MP Bernard
Nottage, the Utilities Regula-
tion and Competition Authori-
ty has officially rejected the crit-
icism that the prime minister’s
national address violated
broadcasting rules because it
was a “political” speech during
an election period.

URCA also said it found no
reason to support the MP’s call
for the opposition party to be
given an opportunity to
“respond” on air to the prime
minister’s address in the run up
to the Elizabeth by-election,
which takes place today.

“Having carefully reviewed
the issues raised by Dr Nottage,
the provisions of Clauses seven
and 16 of the Interim Code, the
submissions put forward by the
Broadcasting Corporation of
the Bahamas (BCB) and the
recording of the prime minis-
ter’s national address on Feb-
ruary 4, URCA is satisfied that:
The subject broadcast was not a
political broadcast within the
terms of Clause 7 of the Interim
Code as neither the prime min-
ister nor the governing party
purchased any broadcast air
time and the subject matter of
the prime minister’s broadcast
was not ‘for the purpose of
inviting support for the pro-
gramme of the governing par-
ty’,” stated URCA.

It added that an “objective”
interpretation of clause 16 of
the Interim Code, which the
PLP had said the national
address violated, shows that the
contents of the address were in
conformity with that clause.

URCA said that contrary to
Dr Nottage’s assertions, the
PLP has not got a “commen-
surate right to broadcast air
time to reply to a national
address made by a minister of
government under clause 16 in
the interim code except by pur-
chasing such broadcast air time
under Clause 8 of the interim
code” however it added that
the code prohibits this during
an election period.

These comments, included in
URCA’s decision and the rea-
sons for it, were published on
its website, Urcabahamas.com,
on Friday.

A message left for Dr Not-
tage, the PLP’s campaign co-
ordinator, seeking comment on

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Opposition MP
Bernard Nottage’s
criticism rejected

URCA’s stance was not
returned up to press time yes-
terday. As campaign co-ordi-
nator, it was Dr Nottage who
first lodged the complaint that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham’s February 4 televised
address, which touched on the
economy, crime, education,
health, foreign investment and
other national issues, should
not have been aired as it was
intended to attract political sup-
port for the governing party
and such broadcasts are not
allowed during an election peri-
od, under clause seven of
URCA’s interim broadcasting
code.

Denied

Having requested and been
denied by the BCB’s general
manager an opportunity to
“respond” to the address with a
political broadcast, Dr Nottage
wrote on the same date to the
executive director of URCA,
Michael Symonette, again
protesting the broadcast and
the BCB’s refusal to allow the
PLP to respond.

“Dr Nottage contended that
the prime minister’s intended
broadcast was a clear violation
of the terms and spirit of the
Interim Code, and the BCB’s
refusal to allow the official
opposition equal air time to
reply amounted to a policy that
favoured one political party to
the disadvantage of the other
in respect of broadcast time.

“Dr Nottage urged URCA
to act in a manner that protects
and guarantees equal broadcast
rights and privileges to the offi-
cial opposition, and enclosed a
copy of the letter to the gener-
al manager of the BCB,”
URCA stated.

The BCB’s position was that
the prime minister’s “annual
National New Year’s message”
— which was not paid for by a
political party, nor contained a
message that was intended to
sway anyone to vote for the

party, according to the BCB —
was allowed under Clause 16
of the Interim Code.

A back and forth exchange
of letters took place between
the BCB and Dr Nottage, with
Dr Nottage disagreeing with
the BCB’s interpretation of the
code. Meanwhile, according to
its legal responsibilities, URCA
launched its own investigation
into the source of the dispute,
resulting in Friday’s decision in
support of the BCB’s stance.

I offer myself for a different
kind of service. No less impor-
tant, but different!"

Speaking to The Tribune
ahead of last night's rally, Dr
Sands remained calm as he
reflected on his short cam-
paign and entry into front line
politics. "I'm happy, I think
we've run the campaign that
we wanted to run, produced
what I think was an above
board fair campaign. Our mes-
sage has gotten out and has
resonated with the voters," he
told The Tribune.

Aside from last night's rally
and plans to contact a few vot-
ers he had not yet spoken to,
Dr Sands did not intend on
anymore rigorous campaign-
ing. "I don't think there is any
point in scrambling around at
this point. At this point it's
time to relax and hope and
pray that things turn out,” he
said.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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Some airport workers resent discipline

IT IS difficult to understand what com-
plaint airport workers have against what some
call “management’s practices.”

One supervisor, backed by other employ-
ees, at the Lynden Pindling International Air-
port recently complained that they have
received directives from senior management
in the security division not to associate with
employees from the Computed Tomography
X Ray (CTX) department that screens bag-
gage for United States departures.

So what is so wrong with that? If they read
the newspapers they should know that the
US is demanding extraordinary security on
anything entering its country. And so, to
demand there be no intermingling of staff in
these areas is obviously connected with secu-
rity.

Tener our Bahamian supervisor, used
to doing it the Bahamian way, sees this restric-
tion as “a type of police based mentality they
use to intimidate the staff. It needs to be
made a big deal because we are being treated
like a military function, which we are not.”

Well, for the information of this supervisor
and those who might be of like-mind, the
United States is at war. Former vice presi-
dent Dick Cheney was even up to yesterday
berating the Obama White House for not
acknowledging that the US is at war —
despite the fact that President Obama has
repeatedly declared his country’s state of war
with Afghanistan’s Taliban. The President
certainly sent enough troops in to that coun-
try to make his point. But Mr Cheney is either
deaf, blind or just sheer obstinate to accepting
the facts. And so if in the US section at the
airport there is a military air about clearing
baggage entering the US, just accept the fact
that the US is at war. It is not prepared to
accept the Bahamian’s laid-back attitude
when it comes to protecting its country against
an unwanted terrorist.

So Bahamians get used to it, and get over
it. You are now working under more disci-
plined rules, rules foreign to most Bahamians.

Osbourne Ferguson, Airport Authority
director of security, denies that management
has given the instructions claimed by the
supervisor. He said management had the best
interest of workers at heart and was trying to
do its best. He wanted an opportunity to
address their concerns.

Recently airport workers from several
departments complained that they were frus-
trated over salary and workers’ rights, to the
point that they were considering industrial
action. They claim that some of the issues go
way back, pre-dating the new management at
the airport.

Some told The Tribune that they are just
waiting to see their February 20 pay cheque
before they take “drastic action.” If this hap-
pens it could mean problems next week.

Should the employees decide to take their
“drastic action” they could seriously affect
the United States pre-clearance department at



the airport. This would be most unwise, espe-
cially in these economically challenged times
when anyone with a job — no matter how
lowly — feels they are abundantly blessed.

These workers would also misjudge the
mood of the Americans, who could use the
excuse to pack their bags and go home.
Bahamians might find that their “drastic
action” has put them out on the sidewalk
with not enough change to get a bus ride to
town.

We do not doubt that some of the employ-
ees might have problems, but none so serious
as to justify “drastic action.”

From what they told us of their complaints
it would seem that many of them have never
had a serious job to know that when you are
employed you are expected to arrive to work
on time, work to the best of your ability, not
take several hours for lunch and duck out
early. That is the nonsense that has infected
most of the civil service, but it is another ball
game in the private sector, where an employ-
ee can lose his job for being persistently late
for work.

Yet this is what a worker in the domestic
transit department told our reporter and
expected to be taken seriously. Said the work-
er: “Passenger screeners have a lot of minor
infractions on their files for coming in late,
leaving early, or calling in sick without a doc-
tor’s note.

“Management frowns on these things.
They lord this over the passenger screeners to
make them docile. They use this against them
to keep them quiet.”

What this worker doesn’t seem to under-
stand is that each one of these so-called
“minor infractions” would lead to quick dis-
missal in the real world. Employees are not
paid to come in late, leave early, call in sick
without a doctor’s note — even though some
of these notes are bogus. Management is not
using this to make them docile. They are
using it to discipline Bahamians out of their
easy-come, easy-go ways and to demand that
they improve their work ethic if they want
to continue at the airport.

If the airport is to be efficient, and give the
air of efficiency, managers cannot have
employees lounging all over the place, legs
spread eagle and arms folded. This half dead
attitude of many security, who used to lounge
in chairs along the arrival entrance drew many
comments from passengers, and even more
snide remarks. The atmosphere has much
improved in this area as security is starting to
look like security, up on their feet with an
air of efficiency about them.

From what airport workers have told our
reporters they have no cause for “drastic
action”, maybe a grumble or two to a super-
visor, but, unless they are not telling the full
story, there’s no need for an upheaval. Just get
on and do a job that would be accepted by
international — not Bahamian — standards
— and make your country proud.





A nation of
big talkers,
small doers

EDITOR, The Tribune.

What can I do?......

What difference will it
make? Who cares?......

I have heard these senti-
ments hundreds of times in the
last few months as we have
mounted a grass roots cam-
paign against the governmen-
t’s plan to build the new
Bunker C power plant at Wil-
son City in Abaco. It is tragic
to me that so many in our coun-
try feel such a sense powerless-
ness or apathy over our nation-
al affairs. We seem to have
become a nation of big talkers
and small doers.

Everyone has an opinion,
but very few are willing to step
up and invest their time, energy
or money to make a difference.

This is not a new phenome-
non in our culture as we suffer
from the hangover of our colo-
nial past. We are not a culture
that encourages free thinking
and personal responsibility in
managing our lives. We have
been cultured in the matrix of
dependence, where the gov-
ernment, the church and any
other authority knows best.
We are still a plantation culture
waiting for the master to pro-
vide for us. We do not have the
confidence in ourselves as a
people to take a stand against
misappropriated authority. We
are afraid to lose favour with
whoever the authority may be
for fear that we may lose a con-
tract or not get a turkey for
Christmas. We have been
reduced to a people who wash
about on the waves of radio
talk and blow around in the
winds of political rhetoric. This
is not us. These are not the
people I know. We Bahamians
are strong-willed, big-hearted
people with indomitable spir-
it. Where are these Bahamians
now? Where are the people
that will stand for what is right
simply because it is
right? Where are the people
who will think for themselves,
not just of themselves. Where
are the people who will follow
their hearts towards salvation
and their minds towards reso-
lution, instead of blindly fol-
lowing the establishment
toward ruin and despair? Who
will be the one that stands
and declares that the emperor
has no clothes.

Bahamas, we are better than
this! We deserve better than
this. We heard from the gov-
ernment that Wilson City was a
“done deal”, that it was “not
up for discussion.” The last
time I checked, the people were
still the government and there
is nothing in our constitution
about “done deals.” There can
never be “done deals” when
the deals are duplicitous,
destructive, and irresponsi-
ble. The government cannot be

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allowed to secretly cut deals
(however well meaning or well
intentioned) that endanger the
human and environmental
rights of the people.

A few months ago a small
group of people formed a new
activist group called Abaco
CARES (Abacocares.org) to
promote respect for local rights,
advocate against irresponsible
development and to hold deci-
sion-makers accountable for
their decisions. During a recent
protest in Marsh Harbour
against the Wilson City Plant, I
was approached by a govern-
ment representative who asked
me, “what difference do you
think this small group of people
is going to make?” I responded
that we were protesting because
it was the right thing to do and
we hoped that others would
become aware of the issues and
the government would listen.
It turns out that the govern-
ment is now considering chang-
ing the fuel source at Wilson
City from the destructive
Bunker C to a cleaner burning
fuel. I doubt the government
would have ever considered this
change if not for the voice of a
small group of people.

There has been a great deal
of local criticism against the
efforts of our group, with claims
of foreign involvement, fringe
fanatics, and so on. This is not
surprising to me given the
nature of our culture, and I say
“our” culture as my family has
been in the Bahamas for 320
years and the majority of our
group is Bahamian. Ours is
mcreasingly a culture of rumour
and innuendo, of entitlement
to opinion without the incon-
venient burden of fact. The crit-
icism of our efforts is largely
based on the unwillingness of
the general public to do the
research themselves and engage
in any substantive debate. After
the September 10th public
meeting in Marsh Harbour,
hours of government presenta-
tion was taken by many as the
gospel truth. The health risk of
Bunker C to our children and
grandchildren, the potential for
environmental disaster and the
simple untruths of prevailing
wind information presented by
BEC were not enough to make
some people stop and think.
The Government presented an

Environmental Impact Study
that subsequent independent
scientific review has proven
laughable.

Abaco CARES is not
against development for Aba-
co. We realize the need for
more power and the fact that
development is inevitable. But
if we set out to do something,
let’s do it right. There is good
development and clean power
generation, so why do we settle
for carelessness and medioc-
rity? We cannot stand by in
silence as the government
devises “done deals” that will
destroy the very reasons we
love this island and why visi-
tors from around the world
come to enjoy Abaco. The
reality of the Wilson City Pow-
er Station is that it was simply a
very poor decision based on
even poorer information and
lack of vision. There was no
local consultation, no thought
of approaching Abaco's need
for additional power as an
opportunity to unfold a new
vision of alternative
energy. History will be a harsh
judge of this administration’s
decision to site this plant at Wil-
son City and we can only pray
that in time this wrong can be
corrected.

Iam a great believer in the
Bahamian spirit, and I am con-
fident that many of the answers
to our current struggles lie in
the hearts of our people. It is
this spirit that must be
unleashed and encouraged to
thrive. I encourage all Bahami-
ans to engage this debate and
be vigilant protectors of this
most fragile country we have
been blessed to live in. My
hope is that Wilson City
becomes a catalyst for an envi-
ronmental movement in our
country that holds the govern-
ment accountable to the highest
standards in all
development. We are better
than this and my hope is that in
the years to come we will
be able to say to our children
and grandchildren that we were
the generation that made a dif-
ference. Remember the words
of Margaret Mead: “Never
underestimate the power of a
small group of committed peo-
ple to change the world, in fact
it is the only thing that has.”
Your voice matters. Come join
our small group and let it be
heard.

CAPT. CLINT KEMP
President,

Abaco CARES,
February 12, 2010

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of Clifton Bay Drive, PO. Box CB 11278 Nassau,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16 day of FEBRUARY 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

GN-1000

MINISTRY OF FIN ANCE

PUBLIC NOTICE

LICENSING AUTHORITY

The public is advised that the meeting
of the New Providence Licensing
Authority, scheduled for 17 February
2010 is postponed until Wednesday, 24
February 2010. You may contact the
office on Frederick Street for any further
information.

The Chairman apologizes for any
inconvenience caused.



IN response to Mr Harris’ letter in the January 23 issue of The
Tribune, we would like to comment as we believe we are the
named four “inconsiderate” ladies who “jog in the road of
West Bay Street running into the east bound traffic.”

First of all, we do not consider ourselves joggers but runners
who have completed many marathons, and we are currently
training for one. Runners are supposed to run facing traffic, so
that they can see what is coming towards them and avoid being
hit. Cyclists travel with traffic as they are on a vehicle. We are
very careful when we run, and we have chosen to run on the
road as it is our safest option.

The side walk is sporadic at best throughout Cable Beach,
until the hotel strip, where we do run an the beautiful median.
Due to the number of miles we run, we try to avoid running on
concrete as it is a much harder surface than asphalt, leading to
more injuries. The only time any of us have had serious falls has
been while running on the sidewalk. It is an extremely uneven
surface, with multiple raised edges and cracks that are very
easy to trip over. The sidewalks in the Cable Beach area cross
driveways. In our experience, driver’s often do not look both
ways or come to a full stop when exiting a driveway. They do not
look for pedestrians on the sidewalk, and we have had some
near misses while running on the sidewalk. If we are in the
road, we can see them, and it is more likely that they will see us.

It is dangerous to run near the bush on the side of the road,
as anyone can be hiding there. Several runners have been
attacked in the Cable Beach area while running close to the
bush. We run in a group on the road for safety.

At the early hour we run, there is little traffic on the road. The
only time we ever run when the sun is coming up is on Saturday,
when we run up to 20 miles. Again, we start extremely early to
avoid most of the traffic. We all run with flashing lights, and
reflectors on our clothes and shoes. We form a single file line
when there is a car in our lane. We have witnessed several
serious accidents which have usually been caused by speeding
and dangerous driving. The biggest problem on the Cable
Beach strip is not runners, but drivers who do not observe the
speed limit, which is why the police ticket drivers, not runners.

While running off road, as Mr Harris suggested, we were
held up at gunpoint and one of our vehicle’s stolen in broad day-
light at Fort Charlotte. We have never had a terrifying experi-
ence like this while running on the roads.

We hope we have made our decision to run in the road clear
to Mr Harris.

THE FOUR
LADY
RUNNERS
Nassau,
February, 2010.


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LOCAL NEWS



Pinder edges out Sands
in Tribune online poll |

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RODNEY MONCUR

PLP candidate Ryan Pin-
der narrowly beat out the
FNM’s Duane Sands in
terms of popularity among
Tribune readers.

The latest online poll on
tribune242.com asked
which candidate in the Eliz-
abeth by-election
impressed readers the most.

OSU GI



Voting details for
Elizabeth by-election

POLLING locations will be thrown
open at 8am today in the Elizabeth con-
stituency, remaining open until 6pm to
give time for constituents to cast their
ballot.

There are two polling places and six
polling stations where voters can mark
their support for one of the five candi-
dates on offer — the PLP’s Ryan Pinder,
the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands, the Nation-
al Development Party’s Dr Andre
Rollins, the Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment’s Cassius Stuart, or the Workers’
Party’s Rodney Moncur.

Voters in polling division numbers 1, 4,
6, 8, 9 will go to Faith Temple Christian
Academy on Pine Barren Road and vot-
ers in polling divisions numbers 2, 3, 5, 7,
10 and 11 will go to Thelma Gibson Pri-
mary School in Elizabeth Estates. Voters
can determine which division they are in
by referring to the list of voters pub-
lished in the official gazette.

Rules

Outlining the rules for voting in an
election, Parliamentary Commissioner
Errol Bethel has stated that those regis-
tered Elizabeth voters who have to work
on the day of election are entitled to two
hours off, in addition to the normal time
allotted for lunch.

This does not apply to employees
whose work starts at or after 10am, or
concludes at or before 4pm.

Those who are eligible to vote are: reg-
istered as a voter, a citizen of the
Bahamas, 18 years of age or older, and
should have been living in the con-
stituency for at least three months before
they registered. They must not be subject
to any legal incapacity (not in prison or
of unsound mind).

“Anyone who was left the constituen-
cy within six months is not entitled to
vote. People who have been outside of
the constituency for this period and are
still on the list should not come to vote.

“They cannot legally vote if they have
moved out for more than six months. If
they are not entitled to vote and they
vote charges can be brought against them
because they are committing an offence,”
Mr Bethel said.

Booth

When voting, voters must produce a
voter’s card (passport or driver’s licence)
for identification. Once polling agents
go through the process of verifying their
identity and legitimacy as a voter, he or
she is “inked”, given a ballot paper and
instructions to go into the booth, and
mark his or her ‘X’ next to the name and
symbol of the chosen candidate.

“He is told to fold the paper in such a
way that no one can see who he voted for
and show the presiding officer a signature
on the back of the paper. This is impor-
tant because we want to ensure that the
paper that goes into the box is the paper
that we gave to the person to use for vot-
ing,” Mr Bethel said.

The only persons allowed in the polling
places are: polling clerks, the presiding
and returning officers, the candidates,
police officers, the permitted number of
election agents (not exceeding three at
any time) and a friend of an incapacitat-
ed voter.

The sale of alcohol beverages at busi-
nesses in the constituency and within a
five-mile boundary of the constituency
is prohibited during polling hours and
cell phones and photographic equipment
are not allowed in polling booths.



Independents show well
in reader popularity vote

Ryan Pinder led the pack
with 179 votes, closely fol-
lowed by Duane Sands with
140.

Interestingly, the three
independent candidates
showed strongly as well,
especially the NDP’s Andre
Rollins, who secured 69
votes. He was followed by
the Workers’ Party’s Rod-
ney Moncur, who got 43
votes, and the BDM’s Cas-
sius Stuart, who got 24.

Commenting on the poll,
Nadia said Ryan Pinder has
a plan to “empower the
good people of Elizabeth
and make them business
owners.”

She said: “There are a lot
of young Bahamians with
brilliant ideas but no one
to help them see their
visions become reality. As a
young Bahamian I plan to
own my own business
someday and if I have
someone believing in my
vision and willing to help
me execute my vision then
that person has my vote.

Ryan, thousands are
behind you!”

P Saunders said: “Ryan
Pinder is the best person I
can see for Elizabeth right
now. He is so intelligent
and most of all he sticks to
the issues. What I like
about him is, he has a
dynamic plan for Elizabeth.
He will do well because he
is a people person.”

However, according to
Natasha, a vote for the
FNM candidate is a vote

LIZABETH

YeELECTIOIN



for progress.

She said: “Dr Duane
Sands, is definitely the best
man to represent the peo-
ple of Elizabeth.”

P Jones added that Dr
Sands has “more knowl-
edge” of the Constitution
than the other candidates
and has a better under-
standing of the plight of
common people.

I Fa Common Sense said
he is voting for Rodney
Moncur because he has
proven himself over the
years.

“He has stood up against
Pindling, Ingraham and
Christie in the pursuit of
what he sees as just,” the
reader said. “If I needed to
select one of these gentle-
men to guard my back or
take up my cause, I would
have the greatest confi-
dence in Mr Moncur. He is
a lobbyist par excellence
and a self-made and self-
taught man... I think you
gat them Rodney!”

Bernie does not think
Cassius Stuart will be able
to win, but noted that he
has been a constant in the
political arena for some
time.

“He truly deserves an
opportunity to be in parlia-
ment. I hope he continues
with his agenda into the
next general election and
he just might get there,” he
said.

Fears of another
— quake in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

HUNDREDS of houses
that survived Haiti's killer
quake still stand empty even
as quake victims desperate for
shelter crowd the streets. The
reason is fear: Nobody is quite
sure they can withstand
another quake, according to
Associated Press

At least 54 aftershocks
have shuddered through
Haiti's shattered capital since
a Jan. 12 quake killed more
than 200,000 people. They
have toppled weakened build-
ings faster than demolition
crews can get to them, send-
ing up new clouds of choking
dust. On Monday, three chil-
dren were killed when a
school collapsed in the north-
ern city of Cap-Haitien. It
wasn't clear what caused the
collapse, which occurred after
a late-night tremor and heavy
rains.

"I tried sleeping in the
house for a night, but an after-
shock came and I ran out-
side," said Louise Lafonte, 36,
who beds down with her fam-
ily of five in a tent beside her
seemingly intact concrete
house. "I'm not going inside
until the ground calms down."

That may be awhile. Seis-
mologists say more, damag-
ing aftershocks are likely and
there's even a chance of
another large quake follow-
ing quickly after the initial
catastrophe in the capital of 3
million people.

In 1751, a large quake hit
the island that Haiti shares
with the Dominican Repub-
lic. About a month later,
another one destroyed Port-
au-Prince.

A magnitude-7.4 quake
that killed more than 18,000
people in northwestern
Turkey in 1999 was followed
three months later by another
of magnitude-7.2 only 100
kilometers (60 miles) from the
initial epicenter.

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LOCAL NEWS



Ministry of Tourism staff
rewarded for hard work





































Legal Notice

NOTICE
ZINFANDEL
VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CAWNPORE
COMPANY LIMITED

— -,——

*
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of CAWNPORE COMPANY LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STAPLETON
PLAINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CARDALL SQUARE INC.

—

Pa

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CARDALL SQUARE
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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MINISTRY of Tourism
employees were rewarded
for hard work and dedica-
tion at the annual Ministry
of Tourism Signature
Awards (MOTSA) on
February 5.

Dereka Moultrie of the
Onshore Communications
Unit was named ‘All-star
Employee’ while Bonnie
Rolle, also of Onshore
Communications, received
the ‘Director General’s
Award’ for performance
and innovation.

Efficiency

Antoinette Davis of the
Family Island Unit
received the ‘Permanent
Secretary’s Award’ for
efficiency and profession-
alism, and the ‘Minister of
Tourism’s Team Award’
went to the Visitor Rela-
tions Unit, which interacts
closely with guests who
have been victims of
crime, accidents, poor ser-
vice or other misfortunes.

The unit also recognises
guests who have been
long-time visitors to the
country.

Ms Moultrie hopes the
awards programme con-
tinues to motivate Min-
istry of Tourism and Avi-
ation employees and all
tourism sector workers.

“This sends a message
that despite the challenges

encountered, once indi-
viduals perform and
remain committed to the
organisation, and the pas-
sion still remains, the

reward will come,” she
said.
Committed

“Tt encourages persons
to remain committed,
knowing that at the end of
the day, their just reward
will come.”

Ms Rolle agreed with
this sentiment.

“To me, the MOTSA
award validates my belief
that the seed of dedica-
tion, commitment and
hard work will bring forth
good fruit, not always
immediately but in due
time,” she said.

“While I feel that it
should be self gratifying
to perform well regardless
if recognition is given or
not, I believe that the
recognition of staff mem-
bers makes one feel
appreciated it. Appreciat-
ed staff members are pro-
ductive staff members.”

Other awards were the
‘Supervisor of the Year’,
which went to Maxine
Williamson of the Visitor
Relations Unit, and the
‘Rising Star Award’,
which went to Elizabeth
Rodgers of human
resources department.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GRANDA OVERSEAS
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ULTRAFLIGHT CORP.

—

é

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ULTRAFLIGHT CORP. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KAMMERAY ISLAND
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Jamaicans charged with possession
Of drugs, firearms and ammunition

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Two Jamaicans were charged in the
Freeport Magistrate’s Court with possession of drugs,
firearms and ammunition.

Ryan O’Neal Young, 30; and Mohan McIntyre, 30; both
of Kingston, appeared in Court 2 before Magistrate Andrew
Forbes. K Brian Hanna represented the men.

Young pleaded guilty to possessing an unlicensed firearm,
ammunition and dangerous drugs.

According to reports, DEU officers conducted a search at
a home in Fortune Point on February 11, where they found
a small quantity of marijuana in a kitchen drawer and a .40
pistol with seven live rounds of ammunition in a bedroom.

Magistrate Forbes sentenced Young to 18 months in prison
on the firearm and ammunition charges, and two months on
the drugs charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.

McIntyre pleaded not guilty, and the charges were with-
drawn. He was discharged by the court and handed over to
Bahamas Immigration for further investigation.

e THREE MEN were arraigned in a Nassau Magistrate’s
Court yesterday, charged with possession of marijuana with
intent to supply.

It is alleged that on Saturday, February 13, Kareem Light-
bourne, 25, of Crawford Street; David Farrington, 42, of
Kiki Street; and Marcus Mortimor, 23, of Skyline Drive;
were found in possession of three pounds of marijuana with
intent to supply.

The men, who were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

They were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison and are
expected to appear again on Friday for a bail hearing.

e A CAR chase from Tonique Williams Darling Highway
to Stapledon Gardens on Sunday night ended in the arrest of
three men and the recovery of a firearm.

Officers on patrol attempted to stop three men in a white
Honda Accord on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway at
around 11.50pm.

The suspects sped off and police followed them to Sta-
pledon Gardens, where the runaway car eventually came to
a stop.

Police searched the vehicle and recovered a .40 pistol and
eight live rounds of ammunition.

Three men, ages 18, 20 and 23, have been arrested in con-
nection with the find and remain in custody pending further
investigations.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NEW KOMEN INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INVIT INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ZEMPHIB VALLEY INC.

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ZEMPHIB VALLEY INC.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)
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Town meeting to debate concerns as Andros rocked by vicious assault

Elderly couple recovering

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

AN ELDERLY couple bru-
tally attacked by an intruder as
they slept at home in a quiet
Andros settlement are steadily
recovering from life-threaten-
ing stab wounds.

Mangrove Cay retirees pas-
tor Catherine Nairn, 70, and
her husband of more than 50
years Corporal Carl Nairn, 73,

were stabbed and beaten by the
intruder at around 4am on Sat-
urday and both lost a lot of
blood as they waited for assis-
tance.

Their son, Andrae Nairn,
principal at Central Andros
High School in Fresh Creek,
North Andros, said his mother
was stabbed in the neck and hit
in the face, while his father,
who is blind, was stabbed in the
neck and back.

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Legal Notice

NOTICE
ABLETON TRAMS
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

REXBURG INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WOOLERHOUSE
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
VIOGNIER HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

port in a private vehicle and
airlifted to hospital in Nassau
where they are both said to be
making steady recoveries.

Former police officer Cor-
poral Nairn was released from
hospital on Sunday while Rev
Nairn, the pastor of St John’s
Baptist Church, remained for
observation.

Mr Nairn, one of the couple’s
10 children, said: “Their well-
being is my biggest concern. We
wish something like this never
happened, but since it hap-
pened, we just want them to
recover fully and for them to
be able to go on, and not have
to worry about anything of this
sort happening again.”

The attack has rocked the
peaceful community of 1,500
where violent crime is a rarity,
and residents have raised con-
cerns about Mangrove Creek’s
readiness to respond to such
attacks in the aftermath.

A town meeting will address
their concerns in the presence
of police and healthcare offi-
cials at the Mangrove Cay court
rooms at 6 o’clock tonight, chief
councillor Lynward Saunders
said.

He added: “This attack came
out of nowhere and the police
couldn’t respond in time
because they don’t have a vehi-
cle. We need to be more visible
in our community, be more
informed, discuss the way for-
ward for protecting ourselves
and focus on protecting our
neighbourhoods.”

Corporal and Reverend
Nairn have lived in Mangrove

Letal Sati

Creek all their lives, where Rev
Nairn had a long career as a
teacher before she retired from
Burnt Rock Primary School.
Locals say she recognised her
attacker as a former student.

Burnt Rock Primary School
principal Kenva Wallace said:
“T think it is an isolated attack
and not related in any way to
the school.

“She got along well with the
students and she spent a lot of
her own time trying to help
them achieve. I was devastat-
ed when I heard about the
attack, I couldn’t believe it at
first and then I couldn’t figure
out why. It’s just terrible.”

Mr Nairn said his parents
were well-known and respected
in the community.

“The last thing that would
come to somebody’s mind is
that they would be attacked by
anybody for any reason,” he
said. “It most certainly was a
shock. But they are recovering
quite nicely and they are fully
aware of what happened.

“T know the police will do
their investigations, and every-
thing that needs to happen will
happen.They are very much
strong people, but it will take
some time for them to get over
the psychological aspect of it.

“The important thing is that
they are recovering, and they
are doing well.”

Police have arrested a 30-
year-old male resident of
Grants in Mangrove Cay, who
is currently helping with the
investigation.

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NOTIC
DUB SOUND
INTERNATIONAL INC.

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Notice i hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 20K, the
dissolution of DUE SOUND INTERNATIONAL INC.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolitian has been

istued und the Company hes theretore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ROSEPINE FIELDS LIMITED

—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138

(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of ROSEPINE FIELDS LIMITED has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-

sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Leal Satice
NOTICE
KESHANDI VALLEY INC.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-

ton 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 20000), the dissolution of KESHANDI VALLEY
INC. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution

has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,

(Liquidator

Prosecution seeks
adjournment in the

THE Coroner's
inquest into the death
of 18-year-old Brenton
Smith hit another snag
yesterday as the prose-
cution requested an
adjournment.

The inquest, which
had been adjourned on
February 4 after a juror
was unable to attend
court, had to be put off
again.

Prosecutor Stephanie
Pintard told the Coro-
ner William Campbell
that she had a trial
scheduled in Supreme
Court for Monday morning and that lead prosecutor
and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethell was unable to appear due to circum-
stances beyond her control.

BRENTON SMITH

Proceed

The inquest is expected to proceed this morning.

Smith was shot on the night of July 9, 2009 as he
and a friend walked along a shortcut near the City
Market food store on the corner of Village Road and
Wulff Road.

Earlier that night, the food store had been robbed.

Attorney Romona Farquharson represents Corporal
Kelsie Munroe — the police officer who is alleged to
have shot Brenton.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl
Grant-Bethel and Stephanie Pintard are appearing for
the Crown.

Attorney Roger Gomez Jr is representing the Smith
family.



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NOTICE
YELLO HONDO HOLDINGS LTD.

— /

Notice is hereby given that in acconance with Section 138
(8) ot the International Business Companies Act 2000), the
dissolution of VELLO HONDO HOLDINGS LTD.
has been completed: a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been stewck off the

Register.

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Legal Satice
NOTICE
COBRA OCEAN INC.

as foe

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of COBRA OCEAN INC,
has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has

been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC,

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Leoal Satice
NOTICE
KEYE OCEAN
HOLDINGS INC.

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Noted & hereby fiver that in accordance with Sectot 138
(8) of the International Busimess Companies Act 20(K), the
dissolution of KEVE OCEAN HOLDINGS INC. has
been completed: a Certificate of Dissolution has been is
sued and the Company has therefore been struck otf the

Register.

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(Liquidatar)

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DESMOND BANNISTER

MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister has
assured North Eleuthera High
School parents that he will
“seek to have the media cor-
rect” the negative perception
of the school created by press
coverage of sexual abuse
claims on the island.

According to a government
statement, when Mr Bannister
met with the parents earlier
this week, they complained
that the press had caused
them “much embarrassment”
by attributing all the allega-
tions of impropriety “solely to
their school”.

When claims of certain
teachers stationed on the
island sexually mistreating
students first arose several
weeks ago, it prompted the
Ministry of Education to reas-
sign the North Eleuthera
High’s principal and vice prin-
cipal.

The parents responded by
keeping their children out of
school and demanding the
return of the two administra-
tors — who, officials were
quick to point out, were not
moved because they were
guilty of indiscretions, but
rather because they were
needed to fill gaps in the sys-
tem caused by investigations
into allegations of impropriety
elsewhere in North Eleuthera.

Investigations

These widespread investi-
gations were launched in the
aftermath of North Eleuthera
High School security guard
Adrian White being charged
in June of last year with inde-
cently assaulting eight girls
there.

In his meeting with the par-
ents, Mr Bannister commend-
ed them for actively being
involved in the lives of their
children. He asked all parents
to give their full support to
the school’s new principal,
and work along with the PTA
president.

Mr Bannister said he was
pleased to learn that the par-
ents had “acted positively”
and allowed the children to
return to school, as keeping
them away would have been
against the law.

The statement said: “The
minister assured the parents
that he has the best interest of
the students, teachers and
parents of the North
Eleuthera High School at
heart, and that his decisions
were made after careful
reflection.”

Accompanying Mr Bannis-
ter on the trip were: psycholo-
gist Dr David Allen, North
Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith,
Director of Education Lionel
Sands, Education Permanent
Secretary Elma Garraway,
and other education officials.

They visited a number of
schools, including James Cis-
tern Primary, PA Gibson Pri-
mary, Gregory Town Primary,
Spanish Wells All-Age
School, North Eleuthera Pri-
mary, Harbour Island All-
Age School, and North
Eleuthera High.

Mr Bannister took account
of the various challenges fac-
ing the schools, including ter-
mite-ridden structures, bro-
ken windows and fencing,
electrical problems, shortages
of classroom space, and a lack
of proper signage.

He said all these needs will
be assessed and prioritised
with regard to the funds that
are available, and that a
repair and refurbishment pro-
gramme will be launched in
the summer.

Before leaving each school,
the minister expressed his
gratitude for the performance
of the administrators, teachers
and students, who he said are
working diligently despite lim-
ited resources, and assured
them that the Ministry of
Education will do its best to
meet their needs.

Reports: Birbal retains
lawyer in student sex case

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemdia.net



FREEPORT - Trinidadi-
an teacher Andre Birbal
could soon be extradited to
the Bahamas to face charges
stemming from allegations
of sexual misconduct at the
Bight Mile Rock High
School.

There are unconfirmed
reports that an attorney in
Freeport has been retained
on behalf of Mr Birbal, who
is currently fighting extradi-
tion from the United States.

In January, Attorney
General John Delaney indi-
cated that extradition pro-

Teacher could soon be extradited to Bahamas

ceedings were underway in
the United States and that
Birbal might be seeking to
challenge his extradition to
the Bahamas.

The Tribune attempted to
reach Mr Delaney for an
update on extradition pro-
ceedings in the United
States, but he could not be
reached up to press time
yesterday.

Birbal fled the country a
year ago after police inves-
tigations were launched into
complaints by two former
students at the Eight Mile
Rock High School.

He was arrested in New

York on a traffic violation
last May. During a check,
US authorities discovered
that Bahamian police had
issued a warrant of arrest for
Birbal with Interpol.

Charges

The AG’s office in the
Bahamas applied to US offi-
cials for Birbal’s extradition
to the Bahamas to face
charges of unnatural sexual
intercourse.

Birbal is one of three
teachers accused of sexual
misconduct with students at
the EMRHS.

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regarding the status of the
extradition application for
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lsth, 2:45 pom. at
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Church, Deveaux
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Maxwell Johnsen will
officiate. Interment
will follow in the
Catholic Cemetery,
Tyler Street.



Anthony 1s survived by: sisters, Paulette and Angela
Dean: brothers, Leo Moss and Sinclair Dean: aunts,
Rosalie Dean, Maria Armbrister, and Mable Butler;
nieces and nephews, Melinda Lockhart, Malissa Maura-
Pratt, Eric and Caroline Shaw-Moss, Arlington and
Neville Butler; grand nieces and nephews, Toni Bethell,
Paige-Elisabeth Ryan, Tino Jr. and Tyler Pratt, Nyzohn
Ene Small, Derek Ryan II, sister-in-law: Klare Shaw-
Moss; cousins, Peter and Patricia Curry & Family,
Henry and Shirley Saunders & Family, Eliva Hart and
Family, Sylvia Naim and Family, Perry Saunders and
Family, Derek Saunders and Family, Jerome Saunders
and Family, Gregory Saunders and Family, Norma and
James Timothy and Family, Ann and Kirk Dorsett &
Family, Deborah and Derron Lewis, Phillip and Carmel
Armbrister & Family, Gaynell Bullard and Family,
Andrew Armbrister Jr., Ann-Marie Rolle, Antonio
Armbrister (Toronto, Canada), Anthony Dean and
Family, John Dean and Family, Barbara Dean and
Family, Brent Saunders and Family, Brian Saunders
and Family, Thomas, Astrid, Opal, and Crug Saunders,
Sherry Stubbs and Family, and Janet Fowler & Family,
Emil Moxey (New York), Ella Whitfield, Tommy
Gibson (Bluff Eluethera), special family frend, Advilda
Grant.

Other Relatives and Friends, Maude Miller and Family,
De Granville Panza and Family, Johnson Family, Alex
Williams and Family, Aaron Penn and Family, Eleanor
Tinker and Family, Melvina Lockhart and Family,
Derek Ryan, The Entire Labour Street Family, Royal
Bank of Canada Staff (Mail Room), Other relatives
and friends too nutmerous to mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Wednesday from
10:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursday at the church
from 1:45 p.m. until service time.

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Police found in strip raid face probe
FROM page one

source listed eight officers, including four women and an
officer from the Special Intelligence Branch suspected of
organising the illicit events.

Assistant Superintendent Hulan Hanna said: “While I will
not confirm the names, there are police officers that we have
been questioning in connection with this matter and the
whole episode is the subject of a very intensive and aggressive
police investigation to determine whether our officers were
involved as patrons or organisers.

“We need to determine what the officers were doing there
before we can speak about the strip clubs, because we have to
determine what was the function of these establishments,
and we don’t want to say anything that would compromise the
investigation.

“Everything is allegations, until it’s proved otherwise.

“So I will not reveal the specific numbers at this point,
but I can say several female officers have been implicated; the
bulk of officers we are investigating are female officers from
various departments.”

The raids were conducted by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force and Department of Immigration officers.

Immigration staff are working to determine whether the
accused American, Colombian and Jamaican strippers vio-
lated immigration laws.
























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NOTICE
TIMBERLY PLOW
INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WICKSVILLE LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHARLESWORTH
PLAINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ERISSOME OCEAN CORP.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ERISSOME OCEAN CORP.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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FROM page one

Police arrested two pilots,
men aged 25 and 40, as well as
a 37-year-old Grand Bahama
man and a 49-year-old Nassau
Village man after the flight
landed at the Lynden Pindling
International Airport in Nas-
sau at around 7pm on Sunday.

Unconfirmed reports claim
the drugs were brought in on a
Southern Air charter flight
transporting Bahamian and
Haitian passengers from Haiti
to Nassau on a twin engine N-
155 aircraft.

The airplane has reportedly
been seized by Bahamas Cus-
toms and was held in the
domestic flights area of the air-
port yesterday.

FROM page one

However police would not
confirm the name of the com-
mercial airline when ques-
tioned yesterday, nor would
officials confirm the suspects’
identities or where in Haiti the
flight had originated.

Drugs Enforcement Unit
(DEU) Superintendent
Anthony Ferguson said:
“There is an investigation
going on in respect to the dis-
covery of drugs.

“T don’t want to mention the
name of the airline because we
don’t want to pain the airline
itself.

“We have made arrests and
the people were taken into cus-
tody, but we have not yet com-
pleted our investigations.”

The arrests come weeks

after $3 million worth of
cocaine and over $50,000
worth of marijuana was found
hidden in the fuel tank of a 65
ft Haitian freighter off the
coast of Great Inagua on Jan-
uary 27 and five Haitian men
were charged in connection
with the find.

Fears of a rise in drug traf-
ficking after Haiti was devas-
tated by a magnitude-7.0
earthquake on January 12
were addressed by Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest last week when he
stated the Bahamian drug
interdiction programme and
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) would
mitigate any possible increase.

Supt Ferguson said: “We are

desist from disseminating and covering
FNM rallies while she is still employed in
her position at BIS.

“The Bahamas Information Services is a
government agency to deal with govern-
ment matters and not political matters,” he
said.

“It is disgraceful and deplorable that
this lady is being used to deal with their
matters. She stays in Grand Bahama but
she comes to Nassau to move around with
the Prime Minister. That is totally unac-
ceptable.”

Mr Roberts added that he would encour-
age the FNM to stop using the govern-
ment’s resources in this campaign and fight
for the Elizabeth seat on the issues.

Echoing these comments, PLP leader
Perry Christie said his speech tonight will
focus on these “unfair practices” which he
says have come to the fore in the Elizabeth

PLP chairman

“Overall I am of the view there has to be
much greater vigilance on the part of those
who regulate elections as to infractions to
ensure fair and ethical practices in such
elections because it is so easy for govern-
ment to overwhelm the process by offering
jobs giving all sorts of infrastructural
improvements just come in as a result of
the election and cast an unfair pall over this
whole thing,” said Mr Christie.

“There are rules that govern these
things. I’m prepared to concede that past
governments have had such situations and
would have probably, in all probability,
done the same thing. I’m talking about
moving forward now if we are to learn
anything from this process there has to be
a decision on the part of all to review rules
that govern elections to ensure people’s
rights are protected in terms of their inter-

by-election campaign. ests.”

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NOTICE
HONOUR OAK
CORPORATION

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#
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of HONOUR OAK CORPORATION has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DOLCETTO
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ZIBETH LIMITED

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#

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of ZIBETH LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Pilots, passengers arrested
after drugs found on flight

concerned with drugs coming
out of Haiti into the Bahamas.
We have had incidents of
drugs coming in on aircraft in
the past but not on a regular
basis.

“We are going to continue
to be vigilant, that is the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force with
our law enforcement partners,
and we are going to keep an
eye on this.”

Southern Air operates char-
ter flights between Nassau and
Cape Haitian in northern Haiti
and the Haitian capital of Port-
au-Prince. The airline also runs
charter flights between Nas-
sau and the Family Islands as
well as Cuba, the Dominican
Republic and Turks and
Caicos.

BRADLEY ROBERTS



Legal Notice

NOTICE
CULLS PLAINES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MESSARA VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MT. SEMILLION
HOLDINGS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 9th day of February 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

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Former Deputy Prime
Minister thrilled with
road-naming honour

FROM page one

humbled by that gesture,”
said Mr Watson, when con-
tacted by The Tribune for
comment yesterday.

"It was mentioned to me
sometime early last year and I
did not object,” he said,
adding that the decision came
from Cabinet.

According to a government
notice published in The Tri-
bune on February 9, the Min-
istry of Public Works and
Transport intends to name the
newly constructed South-
west/Adelaide by-pass road-
way after Mr Watson.

When asked why he felt he
was chosen to be the road's
namesake, the current chair-
man of the Airport Authority
speculated that his ties with
the community — he served
as member of Parliament for
the Adelaide area from 1982
to 2002 — were behind the
honour.

He also feels that his work
as the country's first minister
of public works and public
enterprise — a post he held
for a little over two years dur-
ing the former Ingraham
administration — may also
have been a factor in the gov-
ernment's choice.

"When we (the Free

structure in many family
islands and we built a num-
ber of roadways and repaired
many in Nassau,” he said,
adding that at that time the
ministry was progressive in
improving roadways, repair-
ing docks and dilapidated
schools and extending tele-
phone and water services
throughout the country.

"So I suspect that is the rea-
son why they thought of me,”
said Mr Watson, who at one
point was dubbed Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham's
"right hand man" when he
served as his second-in- com-
mand.

Tennyson Wells, a former
FNM Cabinet minister who
left the party to become an
independent MP, also
believes that Mr Watson was
chosen because of his long-
standing service to the area.

"Frank represented the
area for a long time, I guess
probably longer than most
people. I have no difficulty
with it — I think overall he
was a good representative,
most of the people there liked
him and I think most of them
still like him," said Mr Wells,
when asked by The Tribune
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Elizabeth vote
‘right down
to the wire’

FROM page one

National Movement first)
came to office in 1992 we did
a lot. We extended the infra-

ing to be a very tight one, and as such he has instructed all
of his workers to realize the importance of “every single
vote.”

Likewise, the PLP’s Ryan Pinder was not taking too much
stock of his party’s individual polls and continued to work in
the constituency up until late last night.

According to political sources the inclusion of the third
and fourth party candidates is causing some problems for
both major parties. As of yesterday, the National Develop-
ment Party’s candidate Dr Andre Rollins was said to be
gathering “significant” support in the Elizabeth constituency,
possibly affecting the polls of both the PLP and the FNM.

As such, the NDP’s candidate said that he was hopeful of
the accuracy of both the PLP and FNM’s polls and that he
would be more than simply a “spoiler” in today’s election
and actually come out victorious over the other candidates.

“T think that it would do our democracy really good,”
Dr Rollins said, “to have a new political party and its can-
didate be able to force both mainstream political parties to
not take the Bahamian people for granted and go beyond
being a spoiler and actually gain a victory over both the PLP
and the FNM.”

Even the Worker’s Party leader Rodney Moncur was
still hopeful of an upset today.

“I feel and sense change in the air. I expect a miracle
(today). My campaign has had the least financial and human
resources and we have persevered and spoken with as many
people as we could. I believe our performance at the debate
effected the campaign as well and I feel that both the PLP
and the FNM will be defeated today.

“T have said before that I am the only candidate who is
willing to come to work all day, being the only full time MP.
And if it is not God’s will that I am victorious I will remain
committed to the people of Elizabeth and the entire
Bahamas. But I believe that change is in the air and I am
ever praying that the people of Elizabeth will bring about
this change and reject both the PLP and the FNM and give
me the victory,” he said.

However, Dr Sands and Mr Pinder each maintain that
they are equally the best candidate to represent the people
of Elizabeth in the House of Assembly.

Dr Sands said last night at the FNM’s mass rally that he
would work hard for the people of Elizabeth every day.

Along with Dr Sands, Mr Pinder, Dr Rollins and Mr
Moncur, the Bahamas Democratic Movement is also running
a candidate in their leader Cassius Stuart.

Polling stations open today at 8am and will close at 6
pm. The results are expected to be reported live on all
media and radio stations and readers can find up-to-the-
minute reports at www.tribune242.com throughout the day.

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LOSCMompctition

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

A RIGOROUS fitness chal-
lenge, resembling NBC’s
Biggest Loser competition
begins this Friday, incorporat-
ing boot camp style exercises

and strict eating regiments.

Eleven women will take part in The
‘Bahamas Greatest Loser Competition’
being sponsored by Javon Medical Cen-
tre, Bahama Health, Royal Bahamas
Police Force, Royal Bank of Canada,
and Commonwealth Bank.

But it’s all up to participants to take it
to the next level, and to take the advice
of specialists at Jovan Medical Centre,
where Dr Cyprian Strachan is the chief
physician.

Persons will take part in a variety of
exercises including pushing tyres, tram-
poline and medicine ball exercises, agili-
ty work and bosu training during the
eight week challenge.

“People are fighting high blood pres-
sure, diabetes and people can’t take off
the weight,” he said, noticing a serious
trend in his own clientele. “People are
trying to keep their health New Year’s
resolutions, and are being unsuccessful.”

“Every two weeks we expect them to
weigh in and bring their diet journal to be
reviewed.”

We will offer tips, and make adjust-
ments to their weight.

“We will have two open air challenges
in the park, to award individual prizes
for winners in those challenges. We won’t
force our participants to participate in
those challenges.

“We will try to make a dent in people’s
difficulties in losing weight. We want to
see if offering a prize will be significant in
getting them to lose weight.”

The women will also benefit from two
sessions of training workouts with Nat-
Bro’s Natasha Brown, fitness instructor.

There will be weekly tips published in
The Tribune and other local tips for them
to follow during the entire competition.

Follow up visits will happen every two
weeks to evaluate what they are eating,
outside of the weigh-in every week. The
two weeks are to assess what they are
eating, how well they are coping and
adjusting to their diets, and workouts.

“Their weight is going to be based on
the percentage of their weight loss,” said

Dr Strachan.

“If somebody starts out at 200 pounds
and they lose 20 pounds, its going to be
based on the percentage of 20 pounds
compared to 200.”

“That person has lost 10 percent, as
opposed to somebody who started out
at 200 pounds, if they lose 50 pounds,
they would’ve lost 25 per cent of their
weight.”

Four gyms have offered to give free
memberships -Mystical Fitness & Health
Spa, Body Zone Fitness, Better Bodies
Gym, and Iron Man Gym No. 1.

Dr Strachan focuses a little harder on
weight loss. He is a general practitioner
physician, with a special focus on weight
loss.

“My purpose is to stimulate a greater
interest in healthy lifestyles and to help
inspire and encourage persons who are
trying to lose weight and improve their
general health,”

The competition begins with a weigh in
and measuring at Mystical Fitness gym
on February 19-20 and finishes eight
weeks later, on April 16 and 17 at the
same venue.

Competition will be for best individual
losers as well a group prize for the best
five member team from amongst the
banks, the churches, insurance compa-
nies, government offices and uniformed
officers.

The entrance fee is $15 per person
with part proceeds in aid of the Diabetic
Association of the Bahamas. All entrants
will receive a prize. Winners’ gifts
include supplement supplies for three
months, exercise apparel, 3 months free
supply of drinking water and free gym
membership for three months.

Fitness guru Natasha Brown is partic-
ularly stoked about her plans to assist
contestants.

Ms Brown will conduct hour long
workouts to challenge each person car-
diovascularly, and make sure that their
fitness level is on par to handle rigorous
fitness sessions.

“This is something that a lot of trainers
don’t focus on,” she said. “But in my
fitness training, this is what I am focusing
on, stamina and endurance.

It is in that determination and pushing
she says, that you truly find out who you
are.

“T want all competitors to walk away
with mental toughness, self determina-
tion, a fighting spirit, humble attitude
and the guts to fight no matter whatever
is thrown your way.”

No matter who we are, it will show us
that we are survivors at the end of the
day. “I train to target the mind body
and soul, so that you can connect with
your spirit from deep within,” she said.

Ms Brown says having endurance will
sustain people through their daily living.
It’s the only way they’re going to get the
results.

“No one should want to have the same
mindset that they’ve had over the years.
You have to take your mind to another
level,” she said.

“T know that deep down in our bellies
lies the strength that we need. Depth
and spirit is in our core and we’ve been
equipped spiritually with some tools.”

Ms Brown is extremely passionate
about her responsibility to “push her stu-
dents beyond their limits, physically and
mentally.”

There is no way of shying from
extreme workouts in order to see a dif-
ference, she said. “When you come to
me there has to be a difference,” Ms
Brown said.

“It’s very motivating, knowing that
there’s a prize involved,” said the fitness
instructor.

Justina Rolle, a client of Dr Strachan is
losing weight for her April wedding. Ms
Rolle is 29 years old, and hopes to lose 40
to 50 pounds of excess weight by early
April.

This will be the icing on her cake, as
she hopes to take home the $4,000 cash
prize to pay for the expenses of her wed-
ding slated for the third week of April.

Ms Rolle just jotned Solomon’s Biggest
Loser competition, and recently signed
up for Dr Strachan’s weight loss compe-
tition yesterday morning.

She says that being at a “solid” size
(weight-wise), it has been hard finding
clothing that fits the way she would want
to look ideally. But she plans to do what-
ever it takes to ultimately put an end to
her use of girdles, and other weight
manipulation tactics.

Ms Rolle’s game plan for her diet is a
bit ambitious, as she plans to stick to a
strict regiment of salt free boiled foods,
the substitution of sugar with honey, and
no red meat. All of her diet plans may be
subject to change under Ms Brown’s
advisement.

“T realise that there is no pain, no gain,
and I want to take it beyond my limits.”

When I started exercising, my whole
mood changed, and my whole outlook
on life became more positive and opti-
mistic, filled with lots of energy.”

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 9B

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Dutiful sex

YOUNG girls
reading today's
title may seem sad
and disillusioned
at the idea that
having sex could
become a ‘dutiful
act’. Young peo-
ple are surround-
ed with images of
carefree, high intensity erotica. Add in their limited knowl-
edge of human sexuality and relationships, and this pro-
vides fertile ground for unrealistic expectations. The word
dutiful implies a lack of personal desire and rather some-
thing that you feel you ‘have to do." Is it true that all cou-
ples succumb to ‘dutiful sex’ at some point or another in
their relationship? Do women always have to be the ones
to give in?

If we asked newly formed couples if they thought they
had similar sexual needs and drive they would probably
agree. The honeymoon’ or ‘infatuation’ stage, when every-
thing is sexually charged and exciting, often camouflages
the true picture. When the relationship moves into a com-
fortable stage, and things start to relax, then reality sets in.
The realisation that they are not so well matched sexually
is a huge disappointment and the conflict begins. Dating
couples often struggle for years with these problems, but
have difficulty ending the relationship because of the bond-
ing glue that joins them. The longer they are together, the
tighter the glue, and the dissatisfaction persists.

What does ‘not well matched’ really mean? Is it possi-
ble to be that similar in sexual needs? Just the fact that we
are of different genders means that our bodies function in
completely different ways. Throw in that we are individ-
uals within a couple and inevitably we have different
things going on in our lives. Isn't that just life?

If we view it this way, then it does not seem so shocking
that someone may not actually desire sex when the other
does. Think back to the last time you had sex just so you
could get a little peace and get to sleep? Or the time
when it was just easier to give in to the constant nagging
and pouting. Contrary to what most people think, men are
sometimes ‘not in the mood’. However, due to the rapid
feedback from their erections a situation can very easily
change and become sexual.

Short term dips in desire are inevitable and usually can
be worked out. This is when playful bartering can often be
implemented so that both feel they have won. But what
happens when one person feels they always have to per-
suade, push, and almost beg the other? Constant fighting
and tension enters the bedroom. In many cases the dete-
rioration has been so insidious that it is hard to pin point the
primary cause. Did the anger reduce the desire or did the
lack of desire cause the anger? What has happened to the
other person to make them so disinterested in sex?

If the ultimate goal is to make each other happy by the
giving and receiving of pleasure then simple solutions to
rectifiable obstacles seem obvious. For example, being
more flexible around each others time clocks, sleep needs,
improving personal hygiene are a few of the common
problems. For some people, sexual discrepancies only
start to show themselves as they age. With the hormone
decline, health complications, medications and surgeries,
interest in sexual activity can become a problem. If you are
both on the same page then it is an easy adjusting to the
new lifestyle. But if one person or both are unhappy then
the smartest thing to do is to get early professional help.

Probably the most common cause of minimal partici-
pation resulting in ‘dutiful sex’ is boredom. It is not unusu-
alin long term relationships for there to be a certain rou-
tine in the love making. A sense that you know what is
coming next makes the experience predictable and safe.
There may also be a lack of skillful lovemaking and a
woman's needs may not even be considered. The problems
fester away and a sense of ‘what is the point’ develops.

The danger in letting problems drag on is that they
start affecting other areas of your life. When it starts to feel
as if you are getting very little out of the relationship,
then even dutiful sex disappears. All too often the break
down is accompanied by the removal of all affection, and
the bonding glue becomes unstuck.

It would be wrong to ignore the significance of per-
forming our ‘wifely duties’, because of the importance of
maintaining the intimate bond. However, feeling this way
all the time is not recommended because of the lack of per-
sonal fulfillment. Look inside yourself, ask yourself ques-
tions about your love life and do not settle for mediocrity.










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Flea control essential steps

LAST week we spoke about the
life cycle and facts about fleas. It
was mentioned that one must
include treatment of the yard, house
and pet if one is to be successful in
controlling these wingless blood-
sucking insects that are so annoy-
ing to pets and their owners.

Treating the yard

e One should treat shady areas,
damp areas, doghouses and other
areas where your pet spends the
majority of its time. Use the recom-
mended residual sprays for longer
lasting effect. Personally if you are
not using a pesticide company, I like
the ADAMS plus yard spray. The
active ingredient is PERMETHRIN
and it kills and repels fleas, ticks,

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mosquitoes, ants, and other annoy-
ing insects. A dose of 6 ounces to 1
quart of water should be used.
Spraying is most effective when the
ground is damp (keep pets out until
completely dry). Repeat spraying
every 3 to 4 weeks. These products
should not be used on the pet. One
can tack a” No Pest Strip” under-
neath the floor of the doghouse to

aid in repelling fleas.

Treating the house

e One should use an environ-
mental control FOGGER. A mini-
mum of 3 should be used. Most over
the counter foggers are totally
worthless. Mycodex, and ADAMS
have some exceptional products. For
the house, however I would recom-
mend a professional exterminator
in severe cases. The most effective
flea control products are prevented
from being sold over the counter at
food stores and pet stores, as a result
of the current laws on control prod-
ucts. If you have carpet in the house,
we recommend that you vacuum the
house thoroughly, at least once a
week to remove flea eggs.

e Bathe the pet every two weeks
in a flea and tick shampoo like
ADAMS or DAVIS © or
MYCODEX 3X. These products
are safe and can be used as often as
necessary to keep the pet clean and
remove fleas. Most over the counter
shampoos will dry out the hair coat
if used too frequently. A common
complaint we hear from clients using
over the counter products is ' I
bathe my pet, but now he even
scratches more.’

Use Frontline Top spot Topical
solution every 4 weeks. This solution
is applied to the skin of your pet
monthly. It is safe for both dogs and
cats. The cost of this product is
about the same as the cost of a bath-
only it is done just once each month.

Do not bathe your pet 48 hours
before or 48 hours after application
of the Frontline Top Spot. eUse a
flea collar that kills or inactivate
flea eggs so that they cannot hatch.
The Ovitrol Flea egg collar is effec-
tive for about 6 months. All pets in
the household must be treated at
the same time. To win the war
against fleas, it is important to treat
the yard, house and pet at the same
time using the appropriate recom-
mended products for each. Don't
waste your money on the over the
counter product from Walmart,
Super Value or City Market. Quick
cures do not work eg Bathing in
Aloe or giving garlic in the food.
There is no free lunch...do it right or
lose the war. Veterinarians are the
flea experts, don't believe a sales-
man from a pet store - ask us for
help and we will give you the best
and most recent information on flea
control.


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Younger Boss, Older Worker: A
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hey have the qualifications

and the results to match.

They are young, highly dri-
ven, talented, energetic, and
they move through your organi-
sation at warp speed. They are
the young executives or man-
agers that skipped through the
ranks or joined your company
at a senior level.

The company has big plans for the
young leaders but you are reporting to
one of them and you don’t feel
engaged, you feel fearful. You don’t
feel energetic, you feel drained, voice-
less, over worked and perhaps angry.

Based on interactions with a wide
variety of businesses here are typical
descriptions of the characteristics of
younger bosses by employees of any
generation:

- Younger bosses are not always sen-
sitive to members of the team. These
managers appear to be more focused
on their personal performance and
results and how employees can con-
tribute to their success.

- Some younger managers lack the
maturity and wisdom to resolve com-
plex or emotionally charged situations.

- Younger bosses sometimes con-
tribute to making the work environ-
ment highly political. Employees
describe not being comfortable speak-
ing up with younger bosses so they
become adept at tip-tocing around
issues in the office.

- Younger managers may intention-
ally or unintentionally create unhealthy
competition that can lead to tension
among team members and divisiveness
instead of collaboration.

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listen to long tenured employees
because they perceive them as com-
plainers or as being resistant to change.

As a result there is no communica-
tion flow so younger managers make
mistakes.

- Younger bosses are sometimes
indecisive due to their lack of knowl-
edge and experience.

- Younger managers don’t always
have true authority. They can claim
the executive or managerial job title,
they are making the money but they
don’t have actual authority because
someone else is calling the shots. At
times they can’t even approve a cheque
for $50.

- Younger employees tend to be
more comfortable communicating
about difficult subjects via email. This
is suboptimal for long tenured employ-
ees because by communicating about
difficult subject matter via email, it
becomes infinitely more difficult to get
the message across accurately and con-
structively.

The intent here is not to say that all
young bosses are the same because in
the real world there are always varia-
tions. For instance, while long tenured
employees can display problem solv-
ing prowess with the ability to inte-
grate distinct technical and interper-
sonal skills some young bosses may
also possess this characteristic.

Differences between Generations
in the Workplace

In a 2007 Forbes Article, author Tara
Weiss quotes Jill Arlinghaus at Burke
Incorporated saying, “Younger
employees grew up using computers
and Web-based applications, so learn-
ing new ones comes more intuitively
to them.

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Long tenured employees tend to val-
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time or even an hour before time and
they work until the job is done. Young
bosses tend to work endless hours,
sending emails to their direct reports at
2 in the morning.

Long tenured employees are often
repositories of institutional knowledge.
They understand operations and they
may have experienced various restruc-
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points of contact if younger employ-
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if the long tenured employee is per-
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Long tenured employees sometimes
resist change saying things like: “We
tried that before and it didn’t work”
or “It is fine the way it is” and this per-
petuates the stereotype.

In addition to change resistance, long
tenured employees can be perceived
as difficult for young bosses to man-
age because they perceive long tenured
employees as know-it-alls. Long
tenured employees may even show dis-
respect to younger bosses because they
feel they were not considered for a
“deserved” promotion.

Coexistence — Making Differences Work

In a 2004 study conducted for the
Society of Human Resources Manage-
ment, one of the findings was that
keeping workers of different genera-
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Trump once said “It can be tough to
take orders from somebody younger
than you are. And it can be hard to
give direction to somebody older than
you are. But good managers and good
employees find a way to make it work.”

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MODELS

By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL

Tribune Features Editor
cbrennen@tribunemedia.net

dynamic group of young women with the help

of an equally dynamic young man is seeking

o reach their peers with an inspirational mes-
sage of self confidence by encouraging them to sim-

ply BU.

Lynelle Brennen and Jewel
Carey, two of the Earth Angels
models involved recently sat
down with Tribune Woman to
discuss the programme which
seeks to foster positive character
in young people.

The modeling company wants
to be more than just pretty faces,
“We want to be models with a
cause.” Inspiring young ladies is
something Lynelle is passionate
about. “This project seeks to
reach women through fashion
and music, something almost all
girls are interested. And what
sets us apart is that we can relate
to them. I came from a single
parent home and so I grew up in
the ‘ghetto’ so I understand
what they may be going through.
But what we want to tell them
is, it doesn’t matter where you
come from, you will get there
someday.

The girls explained that there
are eight members in BU each
with a different platform or cause
they wish to spotlight. Jewel’s
cause - autism awareness is per-
sonal, as her 4- year- old brother
was diagnosed with the condition.
“ T want people to be aware of
the fact that autism is a disorder
and not a disease and that there
are ways that people who have it
are able to communicate non-ver-
bally. My job is to help others
understand autism and give an
idea of the signs people should
look out for. I do this through my
facebook page and on a weekly
blog.”

One of the first events the
group plans is a visit to the Girls
Industrial School in early March.
Eventually other schools and
organisations will be targeted.

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issues, such as fashion. We also
are looking to take a female per-
former with us so that we can
encourage those girls who are
artistic to develop their talents,”
Lynelle said.

“ Too many times, people are
told that they must enter fields
like medicine or law to make mon-
ey, But many people are artistic or
creative and so we want to let
them know that you don’t have
to be ‘book smart’, you can just
go for it.”

Jewel added,” We want to
make fashion, culture more of a
staple in the economy and to
help generate revenue. It takes
visionary minds to do this.”

The BU campaign will include
a different motivational poster
every two months. The first one
encourages young ladies to resist
temptation. It features a Garden
of Eden setting and the words:
It’s Hard Being Tempted, Have
Courage BU. They are also
working on a public service
announcement to be played on
local TV stations.

Jewel said, “We want to
encourage young people to get
involve in activities that will bet-
ter themselves and we want to
show that there can be positive
things to put in the paper other
than crime. We want to encour-
age persons to embrace the fam-
ily structure and to encourage
more men to become role models
for young people. We want to
give them the message that they
never have to conform to soci-
ety’s ideals. You can never have
enough programmes and activi-
ties that target young people.”

To date, the group has
received quite a following with
a facebook fan base of more than
2,000 persons.

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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 C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.71TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, BREEZY WITH SHOWER HIGH 72F LOW 58F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMAN S P O R T S A message of self confidence: B.U. SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE12 ‘Must win’ game for men’s national team By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net POLICE are investigating several police officers accused o f orchestrating strip club operations following two raids in Nassau this weekend. The officers under investi gation were among 107 women patrons arrested in a raid at The Ranch in Mackey S treet at 1am on Saturday, and 29 men arrested at Charms in Centreville two hours later. T hree men from Atlanta, Georgia, were charged with stripping at The Ranch night c lub, and three women, two Colombians and a Jamaican, are charged with stripping at Charms. The six foreigners have been detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre in N assau pending further investigations into nudity and pros titution charges. S ergeant Chrislyn Skippings said the investigation is being dealt with by the RoyalB ahamas Police Force’s (RBPF not release identities of thef oreigners yesterday. Meanwhile investigators are questioning a number of RBPF officers amid claims thes trip club events were organised by a ring of police offi cers stationed within various f actions of the police force. While police would not confirm the names of the officers involved nor the number, a The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com Police found in strip raid to face pr obe By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@tribunemedia.net IT APPEARSthat the vote today in t he Elizabeth by-election will come right down to the wire, with both major polit ical parties reporting that their internal polls show their competitor to be slightl y in the lead. A ccording to all reports, neither the PLP, nor the FNM can legitimately lay claim to an outright victory ahead oft oday’s voting. Y esterday the FNM’s candidate Dr Duane Sands said that this race is prov Elizabeth vote ‘right down to the wir S E E P A G E 6 B B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 15 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net TWO airline pilots and two passengers were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking after five kilograms of cocaine were found on a commercial airline flight from Haiti to Nassau. AS VOTERS take to the polls today in the Elizabeth by-election, PLP chair man Bradley Roberts has called on Bahamas Information Services Deputy Director Sharon Turner to cease and By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson is thrilled over govern ment's plan to name a newly constructed road in southwest New Providence after him. "I'm exhilarated, I'm excited, very Pilots, passengers arrested after drugs are found on flight SEE page 10 SEE page 10 SEE page 15 PLP chairman: BIS Deputy Director should not cover FNM’ s rallies Former Deputy Prime Minister thrilled with road-naming honour LASTRALLYINGCALLBEFOREELIZABETH BY-ELECTION SUPPORTERS OF THEFNM (above and the PLP (belowPAGESEVEN T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f THE eyes of the entire nation will be on the Elizabeth constituency today as thousands of party supporters converge there to witness the hotly contested by-election unfold. You can follow the action in real time on tribune242.com, where by-election photos, videos, news and gossip will be updated con tinuously throughout the day. Our online team will be on the ground to bring you the latest from every polling division, branch office and party headquarters – from the latest election fashions and hairstyles to insider scoops and early predictions. Tribune website to follow by-election in r eal time SEE page 10

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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net IN his final address to Elizabeth constituents, the PLP’s Ryan Pinder said he has solutions to the country’s problemsa nd called on voters to “send a strong message” to a “neglectful” FNM-led government. “Send a clear message to this F NM government that they are not to play games with you . . . Tomorrow morning you should be out in droves, trying Ryan – Ryan the LION! The pro-g rammes and policies I pledge to you both locally and in national debate in parliament offer solutions to many of the p roblems this failed FNM government has put our country in,” said Mr Pinder. T he tax attorney and current PLP vice chairman accused the government of “orchestrating” the by-election to distract thec ountry from its failings in the a reas of the economy, crime, tourism and financial services. “They have staged a by-election to keep our minds off of t heir dismal performance as a government,” said Mr Pinder. T he by-election was precipitated when former Elizabeth MP, ex-PLP Malcolm Adderley resigned his seat in January, blaming PLP leader Perry Christie for undermining hima s a representative. The PLP has alleged that P rime Minister and FNM leader Hubert Ingraham mast erminded Mr Adderley’s resignation. Economic Speaking from the PLP’s P rince Charles rally site last night, Mr Pinder spoke of how the country now finds itself in the “worst economic times s ince the 1920s”, not just as a result of the global economic downturn, but also FNM government policies; how murder has reached record highs due t o the party being “bankrupt” of vision to address crime; and h ow the government has allegedly been delinquent in its r esponsibilities to advance the tourism and financial services sectors. “I want you to be thinking about the fact that this govern ment has caused us to fall badly behind our competitors in the region in tourism and finan cial services. Their response to o ur lagging behind in tourism performance has been to blame the recession. Yet some of our n eighbours to the south are showing steady improvements in their product and their numbers, even while rebounding from the global recession. The FNM simply has no vision tom ove our tourism product forward,” said Mr Pinder. Describing the theme of his m essage to Elizabeth cons tituents throughout the bye lection campaign as one of “peace, love and prosperity”, Mr Pinder said that as an MP he would be particularly focused on “advancing eco-n omic opportunity and empowerment for all here in Elizabeth . . . so that there is less dependence on central government and greater reliance on each other to lift the constituency to t he heights we can achieve.” Hand-outs only last for so long. What you have to demand now Elizabeth is a Represen tative who will commit to sup plying the tools and the practic al solutions, policies and prog rammes to help you ‘fish’ for yourselves and finally stand on your own feet – not ‘pie in the sky’ promises. I’m that man!” he added. Mr Pinder described himself as “rooted and grounded in a g enuine love for this cons tituency” and ready to be an “unrelenting voice” for the “too long neglected” area once in parliament. The programmes and policies I pledge t o you both locally a nd in national debate in parliament o ffer solutions to m any of the problems this failed FNM g overnment has put o ur country in.’ By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net PLP leader Perry Christie is “very, very pleased” with how the party’s by-election campaign has progressed, adding that he feels the level of organisation and unity shown by those involved puts the party in good stead going into the 2012 general election. “I’m really coming into (the election today) happy. I’m happy with the way in which we have campaigned at every level. Though we were caught by surprise with the announcement by Malcolm (Adderley, former PLP MP for Elizabeth who resigned his seat in January), we prepared ourselves very quickly. We were very efficient in our approach to advising and informing constituents of why we thought our candidate was the best person,” said Mr Christie yesterday. “We feel that we have addressed perceived weaknesses and strengthened ourselves.” The party’s perceived failure to successfully organise and communicate its message to voters during the 2007 general election was identified by US political communications firm Quinlan, Greenberg and Rosner and some high-ranking PLPs as a key component of the then-governing party’s loss at the polls. Today, the PLP leader said he feels the party’s work in the run-up to the by-election in promoting Ryan Pinder as the preferred candidate for Elizabeth has paid off and shown that it has responded to the criticisms. Mr Christie told The Tribune : “What I think has hap pened is that, as a result of my making key appointments (such as head Opposition Business in the House and to handle public relations in the campaign and Bernard Nottage as cam paign co-ordinator – he ran against me (for the leadership of the party in the November convention) and is now entirely in charge of campaign that has brought a level of unity to the party. “We are all working together, all united and I have been very, very, pleased. It has had the wonderful result of show ing a level of organisation that has impressed people.” C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Christie ‘pleased’ with campaign ‘I have solutions to country’s problems’ ELIZABETHBY-ELECTION:PLPCAMPAIGN Pinder urges voters to send strong message to FNM-led government PERRY CHRISTIE RYAN PINDER

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AFTER investigating a com plaint by PLP MP Bernard Nottage, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authori ty has officially rejected the criticism that the prime minister’s national address violated broadcasting rules because it was a “political” speech during an election period. URCA also said it found no reason to support the MP’s call for the opposition party to be given an opportunity to “respond” on air to the prime minister’s address in the run up to the Elizabeth by-election, which takes place today. “Having carefully reviewed the issues raised by Dr Nottage, the provisions of Clauses seven and 16 of the Interim Code, the submissions put forward by the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB recording of the prime minister’s national address on February 4, URCA is satisfied that: The subject broadcast was not a political broadcast within the terms of Clause 7 of the Interim Code as neither the prime minister nor the governing party purchased any broadcast air time and the subject matter of the prime minister’s broadcast was not ‘for the purpose of inviting support for the pro gramme of the governing party’,” stated URCA. It added that an “objective” interpretation of clause 16 of the Interim Code, which the PLP had said the national address violated, shows that the contents of the address were in conformity with that clause. URCA said that contrary to Dr Nottage’s assertions, the PLP has not got a “commensurate right to broadcast air time to reply to a national address made by a minister of government under clause 16 in the interim code except by pur chasing such broadcast air time under Clause 8 of the interim code” however it added that the code prohibits this during an election period. These comments, included in URCA’s decision and the reasons for it, were published on its website, Urcabahamas.com, on Friday. A message left for Dr Nottage, the PLP’s campaign coordinator, seeking comment on URCA’s stance was not returned up to press time yesterday. As campaign co-ordi nator, it was Dr Nottage who first lodged the complaint that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham’s February 4 televised address, which touched on the economy, crime, education, health, foreign investment and other national issues, should not have been aired as it was intended to attract political support for the governing party and such broadcasts are not allowed during an election peri od, under clause seven of URCA’s interim broadcasting code. Denied Having requested and been denied by the BCB’s general manager an opportunity to “respond” to the address with a political broadcast, Dr Nottage wrote on the same date to the executive director of URCA, Michael Symonette, again protesting the broadcast and the BCB’s refusal to allow the PLP to respond. “Dr Nottage contended that the prime minister’s intended broadcast was a clear violation of the terms and spirit of the Interim Code, and the BCB’s refusal to allow the official opposition equal air time to reply amounted to a policy that favoured one political party to the disadvantage of the other in respect of broadcast time. “Dr Nottage urged URCA to act in a manner that protects and guarantees equal broadcast rights and privileges to the official opposition, and enclosed a copy of the letter to the general manager of the BCB,” URCA stated. The BCB’s position was that the prime minister’s “annual National New Year’s message” which was not paid for by a political party, nor contained a message that was intended to sway anyone to vote for the party, according to the BCB – was allowed under Clause 16 of the Interim Code. A back and forth exchange of letters took place between the BCB and Dr Nottage, with Dr Nottage disagreeing with the BCB’s interpretation of the code. Meanwhile, according to its legal responsibilities, URCA launched its own investigation into the source of the dispute, resulting in Friday’s decision in support of the BCB’s stance. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PM national address did not flout broadcasting rules By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net IN his last public plea to v oters hours before today's by-election, Dr Duane Sands promised to work tirelessly for the people of the Elizabeth constituency if elected. Speaking to supporters at the Free National Movement's mass rally last night, Dr Sands urged voters to send a clear message to the opposition Progressive Liberal Party when they cast their ballots t oday and sweep him into the House of Assembly. "Give me the chance to serve you in government. I pledge that I will work hard for you every day," he said. He also charged that for the past seven years, the PLP "neglected" Elizabeth constituents – a reference to for mer area MP Malcolm Adderley. Mr Adderley resigned from the House and the PLP last month, claiming he wanted to leave politics because he was, among other things, "undermined" as a representative by the PLP top brass. "This great ship called Elizabeth with its precious cargo of 5,000 voting souls has been adrift in a most perilous storm. The PLP captain and crew l ong abandoned their posts. B ecause of their spite and indifference, you were left to fend for yourselves," Dr Sands said. Scandals "They found and shared treasures like Anna Nicole and Korean Boats," he said, referring to two scandals which shook the PLP duringt heir 2002-2007 term in office. "They crafted empty promises but delivered broken dreams. For seven years they engorged themselves and ignored you. Now they say they want to come back to save you. And they come bearing gifts, they will offer you gifts, take the gifts . . . but this time tell them ain’t nothing happening!" As he roused his supporters, Dr Sands urged them to put their trust in him as a rep resentative. He referenced his nearly 20 year career as a dis tinguished heart surgeon as proof of his commitment to public service. "I can see the results of my work on the medical landscape of my country. Most of all, I can see it in the faces of the people and the families, whose lives I have impacted. "I have tried to make a difference. I have tried to make my country and my people just a little bit better off. I have tried to do my part. Now I offer myself for a different kind of service. No less important, but different!" Speaking to The Tribune ahead of last night's rally, Dr S ands remained calm as he reflected on his short campaign and entry into front line politics. "I'm happy, I think we've run the campaign that we wanted to run, produced what I think was an aboveb oard fair campaign. Our message has gotten out and has resonated with the voters," he told The Tribune. Aside from last night's rally and plans to contact a few vot ers he had not yet spoken to, Dr Sands did not intend on a nymore rigorous campaign ing. "I don't think there is any point in scrambling around at this point. At this point it's time to relax and hope and pray that things turn out," he said. ‘I will be a tireless worker for Elizabeth’ T WO’SCOMPANY: P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham with FNM candidate Duane Sands. RALLYINGCRY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. FNM’s Elizabeth candidate Duane Sands is pictured behind him. FNMCAMPAIGN n UTILITIESREGULATIONANDCOMPETITIONAUTHORITIES Duane Sands sends last public plea to voters X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION BERNARDNOTTAGE Opposition MP Bernard Nottage’s criticism rejected

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EDITOR, The Tribune . What can I do?...... What difference will it make? Who cares?...... I have heard these sentiments hundreds of times in the last few months as we have mounted a grass roots campaign against the government ’s plan to build the new Bunker C power plant at Wilson City in Abaco.It is tragic to me that so many in our country feel such a sense powerlessness or apathy over our national affairs. We seem to have become a nation of big talkers and small doers. E veryone has an opinion, b ut very few are willing to step up and invest their time, energyo r money to make a difference. T his is not a new phenomen on in our culture as we suffer f rom the hangover of our colonial past.We are not a culture t hat encourages free thinking and personal responsibility in m anaging our lives.We have been cultured in the matrix ofd ependence, where the gov ernment, the church and any o ther authority knows best. Weare still a plantation culture waiting for the master to provide for us.We do not have the confidencein ourselves as a p eople to take a stand against misappropriated authority. We a re afraid to lose favour with whoever the authority may be for fear that we may lose a contract or not get a turkey for Christmas.We have been r educed to a people who wash about on the waves of radio t alk and blow around in the winds of political rhetoric. This i s not us.These are not the people I know.We Bahamians a re strong-willed, big-hearted people with indomitable spirit. W here are these Bahamians now? Where are the people that will stand for what is right s imply because it is right? Where are the people w ho will think for themselves, not just of themselves.Where a re the people who will follow their hearts towards salvation and their minds towards reso lution, instead of blindly fol lowing the establishment t oward ruin and despair? Who will be the one that standsa nddeclares that the emperor has no clothes. B ahamas, we are better than this! We deserve better than this.We heard from the government that Wilson City was a “done deal”, that it was “notu p for discussion.”The last time I checked, the people were s till the government and there is nothing in our constitution a bout “done deals.” There can never be “done deals” when t he deals are duplicitous, destructive, and irresponsible.The government cannot be a llowed to secretly cut deals (however well meaning or well intentioned) that endanger the human and environmental rights of the people. A few months ago a small group of people formed a new activist group called Abaco CARES (Abacocares.org p romote respect for local rights, advocate against irresponsible development and to hold decision-makers accountable for their decisions.During a recent p rotest in Marsh Harbour against the Wilson City Plant, I was approached by a government representative who askedm e, “what difference do you t hink this small group of people is going to make?” I responded t hat we were protesting because it was the right thing to do and w e hoped that others would become aware of the issues and the government would listen. It turns out that the govern-m ent is now considering changi ng thefuel source at Wilson City from the destructive Bunker C to a cleaner burning fuel.I doubt the government w ould have ever considered this change if not for the voice of a small group of people. There has been a great deal of local criticism against the e fforts of our group, with claims of foreign involvement, fringe f anatics, and so on. This is not surprising to me given the n ature of our culture, and I say “our” culture as my family has been in the Bahamas for 320 years and the majority of our group is Bahamian.Ours is i ncreasingly a culture of rumour and innuendo, of entitlement t o opinion without the incon venient burden of fact.The criti cism of our efforts is largely based on the unwillingness of the general public to do the research themselves and engage in any substantive debate. After the September 10th public meeting in Marsh Harbour, h ours of government presenta tion was taken by many as the g ospel truth. T he health risk of Bunker C to our children and g randchildren, the potential for environmental disaster and the simple untruths of prevailing wind information presented by BEC were not enough to makes ome people stop and think. The Government presented an Environmental Impact Study t hat subsequent independent scientific review has proven laughable. Abaco CARES is not against development for Abaco.We realize the need for more power and the fact that development is inevitable.But if we set out to do something, l et’s do it right.There is good development and clean power generation, so why do we settle for carelessness and mediocrity?We cannot stand by in silence as the government devises “done deals” that will destroy the very reasons we love this island and why visit ors from around the world c ome to enjoy Abaco.The reality of the Wilson City Pow-e r Station is that it was simply a v ery poor decision based on e ven poorer information and l ack of vision.There was no local consultation, no thought o f approaching Abaco's need for additional power as an o pportunity to unfold a new vision of alternativee nergy. H istory will be aharsh judge of this administration’s d ecision to site this plant at Wilson City and we can only pray that in time this wrong can be corrected. I am a great believer in the B ahamian spirit, and I am con fident that many of the answers t o our current struggles lie in the hearts of our people.It is this spirit that must be unleashed and encouraged to thrive. I encourage all Bahamia ns to engage this debate and be vigilant protectors of this m ost fragile country we have been blessed to live in. My h ope is that Wilson City becomes a catalyst for an envir onmental movement in our country thatholds the government accountable to the highest standards in all development.We are better t han this and my hope is that in the years to come we willb eable to say to our children and grandchildren that we were t he generation that made a dif ference.Remember the words of Margaret Mead: “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed peop le to change the world, in fact it is the only thing that has.”Y our voice matters.Come join our small group and let it be h eard. CAPT. CLINT KEMP President, Abaco CARES,F ebruary 12, 2010 C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 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 IT IS difficult to understand what comp laint airport workers have against what some call “management’s practices.” One supervisor, backed by other employe es, at the Lynden Pindling International Airport recently complained that they have received directives from senior management in the security division not to associate with employees from the Computed TomographyX Ray (CTX gage for United States departures. S o what is so wrong with that? If they read the newspapers they should know that the U S is demanding extraordinary security on anything entering its country. And so, to demand there be no intermingling of staff in these areas is obviously connected with security. H owever, our Bahamian supervisor, used to doing it the Bahamian way, sees this restric-t ion as “a type of police based mentality they use to intimidate the staff. It needs to be m ade a big deal because we are being treated like a military function, which we are not.” Well, for the information of this supervisor and those who might be of like-mind, the United States is at war. Former vice presi d ent Dick Cheney was even up to yesterday berating the Obama White House for not a cknowledging that the US is at war despite the fact that President Obama has r epeatedly declared his country’s state of war with Afghanistan’s Taliban. The President certainly sent enough troops in to that country to make his point. But Mr Cheney is either deaf, blind or just sheer obstinate to accepting t he facts. And so if in the US section at the airport there is a military air about clearing b aggage entering the US, just accept the fact that the US is at war. It is not prepared to a ccept the Bahamian’s laid-back attitude when it comes to protecting its country against an unwanted terrorist. So Bahamians get used to it, and get over it. You are now working under more disci p lined rules, rules foreign to most Bahamians. Osbourne Ferguson, Airport Authority d irector of security, denies that management has given the instructions claimed by thes upervisor. He said management had the best interest of workers at heart and was trying to d o its best. He wanted an opportunity to address their concerns. Recently airport workers from several departments complained that they were frustrated over salary and workers’ rights, to the point that they were considering industrial action. They claim that some of the issues go w ay back, pre-dating the new management at the airport. Some told The Tribune that they are just waiting to see their February 20 pay cheque before they take “drastic action.” If this hap pens it could mean problems next week. Should the employees decide to take their “drastic action” they could seriously affect the United States pre-clearance department at the airport. This would be most unwise, espec ially in these economically challenged times when anyone with a job no matter how lowly feels they are abundantly blessed. T hese workers would also misjudge the mood of the Americans, who could use the excuse to pack their bags and go home. Bahamians might find that their “drastic action” has put them out on the sidewalkw ith not enough change to get a bus ride to town. W e do not doubt that some of the employ ees might have problems, but none so serious a s to justify “drastic action.” From what they told us of their complaints it would seem that many of them have never had a serious job to know that when you are employed you are expected to arrive to worko n time, work to the best of your ability, not take several hours for lunch and duck oute arly. That is the nonsense that has infected most of the civil service, but it is another ball g ame in the private sector, where an employee can lose his job for being persistently late for work. Yet this is what a worker in the domestic transit department told our reporter and e xpected to be taken seriously. Said the worker: “Passenger screeners have a lot of minor i nfractions on their files for coming in late, leaving early, or calling in sick without a doct or’s note. “Management frowns on these things. They lord this over the passenger screeners to make them docile. They use this against them to keep them quiet.” W hat this worker doesn’t seem to understand is that each one of these so-called minor infractions” would lead to quick dismissal in the real world. Employees are not p aid to come in late, leave early, call in sick without a doctor’s note even though some of these notes are bogus. Management is not using this to make them docile. They are using it to discipline Bahamians out of their e asy-come, easy-go ways and to demand that they improve their work ethic if they want t o continue at the airport. If the airport is to be efficient, and give the a ir of efficiency, managers cannot have employees lounging all over the place, legs s pread eagle and arms folded. This half dead attitude of many security, who used to lounge in chairs along the arrival entrance drew many comments from passengers, and even more snide remarks. The atmosphere has much improved in this area as security is starting to look like security, up on their feet with an a ir of efficiency about them. From what airport workers have told our reporters they have no cause for “drastic action”, maybe a grumble or two to a supervisor, but, unless they are not telling the full story, there’s no need for an upheaval. Just get on and do a job that would be accepted by international not Bahamian standards and make your country proud. A nation of big talkers, small doers LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Some airport workers resent discipline 127,&(LVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDW 'U&DUORV7KRPDV RI&OLIWRQ%D\'ULYH3%R[&%1DVVDX %DKDPDV LVDSSO\LQJWRWKH0LQLVWHUUHVSRQVLEOHIRU 1DWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLSIRUUHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQ DVFLWL]HQRI7KH%DKDPDVDQGWKDWDQ\SHUVRQ ZKRNQRZVDQ\UHDVRQZK\UHJLVWUDWLRQQDWXUDOL]DWLRQ VKRXOGQRWEHJUDQWHGVKRXOGVHQGZULWWHQDQG VLJQHGVWDWHPHQWRIWKHIDFWVZLWKLQWZHQW\HLJKWGD\V IURPWKH WKGD\ RI )(%58$5< WRWKH0LQLVWHU UHVSRQVLEOHIRUQDWLRQDOLW\DQG&LWL]HQVKLS3%R[ EDITOR, The Tribune. IN response to Mr Harris’ letter in the January 23 issue of The Tribune, we would like to comment as we believe we are the named four “inconsiderate” ladies who “jog in the road of West Bay Street running into the east bound traffic.” First of all, we do not consider ourselves joggers but runners who have completed many marathons, and we are currently training for one. Runners are supposed to run facing traffic, so that they can see what is coming towards them and avoid being hit. Cyclists travel with traffic as they are on a vehicle. We are very careful when we run, and we have chosen to run on the road as it is our safest option. The side walk is sporadic at best throughout Cable Beach, until the hotel strip, where we do run an the beautiful median. Due to the number of miles we run, we try to avoid running on concrete as it is a much harder surface than asphalt, leading to more injuries. The only time any of us have had serious falls has been while running on the sidewalk. It is an extremely uneven surface, with multiple raised edges and cracks that are very easy to trip over. The sidewalks in the Cable Beach area cross driveways. In our experience, driver’s often do not look both ways or come to a full stop when exiting a driveway. They do not look for pedestrians on the sidewalk, and we have had some near misses while running on the sidewalk. If we are in the road, we can see them, and it is more likely that they will see us. It is dangerous to run near the bush on the side of the road, as anyone can be hiding there. Several runners have been attacked in the Cable Beach area while running close to the bush. We run in a group on the road for safety. At the early hour we run, there is little traffic on the road. The only time we ever run when the sun is coming up is on Saturday, when we run up to 20 miles. Again, we start extremely early to avoid most of the traffic. We all run with flashing lights, and reflectors on our clothes and shoes. We form a single file line when there is a car in our lane. We have witnessed several serious accidents which have usually been caused by speeding and dangerous driving. The biggest problem on the Cable Beach strip is not runners, but drivers who do not observe the speed limit, which is why the police ticket drivers, not runners. While running off road, as Mr Harris suggested, we were held up at gunpoint and one of our vehicle’s stolen in broad day light at Fort Charlotte. We have never had a terrifying experience like this while running on the roads. We hope we have made our decision to run in the road clear to Mr Harris. THE FOUR LADY RUNNERS Nassau, February, 2010. Running on the road is our safest option

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PLP candidate Ryan Pind er narrowly beat out the FNM’s Duane Sands in terms of popularity among Tribune readers. The latest online poll on tribune242.com asked which candidate in the Elizabeth by-election impressed readers the most. Ryan Pinder led the pack w ith 179 votes, closely followed by Duane Sands with 140. Interestingly, the three independent candidates showed strongly as well, especially the NDP’s Andre Rollins, who secured 69 votes. He was followed by t he Workers’ Party’s Rodn ey Moncur, who got 43 v otes, and the BDM’s Cass ius Stuart, who got 24. C ommenting on the poll, N adia s aid Ryan Pinder has a plan to “empower the good people of Elizabeth and make them business owners.” S he said: “There are a lot of young Bahamians with b rilliant ideas but no one to help them see their visions become reality. As ay oung Bahamian I plan to own my own business s omeday and if I have someone believing in my vision and willing to help m e execute my vision then that person has my vote. R yan, thousands are behind you!” P Saunders said: “Ryan P inder is the best person I can see for Elizabeth right now. He is so intelligenta nd most of all he sticks to the issues. What I like about him is, he has a dynamic plan for Elizabeth.H e will do well because he i s a people person.” However, according to Natasha , a vote for the F NM candidate is a vote for progress. She said: “Dr Duane Sands, is definitely the best m an to represent the peop le of Elizabeth.” P Jones added that Dr S ands has “more knowle dge” of the Constitution t han the other candidates and has a better under-s tanding of the plight of c ommon people. I Fa Common Sense said he is voting for Rodney Moncur because he has proven himself over the years. “He has stood up against P indling, Ingraham and C hristie in the pursuit of w hat he sees as just,” the r eader said. “If I needed to s elect one of these gentlem en to guard my back or take up my cause, I would have the greatest confidence in Mr Moncur. He is a lobbyist par excellence and a self-made and selftaught man . . . I think you g at them Rodney!” Bernie does not think Cassius Stuart will be able t o win, but noted that he h as been a constant in the p olitical arena for some time. “He truly deserves an o pportunity to be in parlia ment. I hope he continues with his agenda into the next general election andh e just might get there,” he s aid. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM rffnb f%'*&+%"*!# " *&& POLLING l ocations will be thrown open at 8am today in the Elizabeth con-s tituency, remaining open until 6pm to g ive time for constituents to cast their ballot. T here are two polling places and six p olling stations where voters can mark their support for one of the five candidates on offer – the PLP’s Ryan Pinder, the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands, the Nation a l Development Party’s Dr Andre Rollins, the Bahamas Democratic Move ment’s Cassius Stuart, or the Workers’P arty’s Rodney Moncur. Voters in polling division numbers 1, 4, 6, 8, 9 will go to Faith Temple Christian Academy on Pine Barren Road and vot e rs in polling divisions numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 1 0 and 11 will go to Thelma Gibson Pri m ary School in Elizabeth Estates. Voters can determine which division they are inby referring to the list of voters publ ished in the official gazette. Rules Outlining the rules for voting in an election, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel has stated that those registered Elizabeth voters who have to work on the day of election are entitled to two hours off, in addition to the normal time allotted for lunch. This does not apply to employees whose work starts at or after 10am, or concludes at or before 4pm. Those who are eligible to vote are: registered as a voter, a citizen of the Bahamas, 18 years of age or older, and should have been living in the constituency for at least three months before they registered. They must not be subject to any legal incapacity (not in prison or of unsound mind). “Anyone who was left the constituen cy within six months is not entitled to v ote. People who have been outside of t he constituency for this period and are still on the list should not come to vote. They cannot legally vote if they have m oved out for more than six months. If they are not entitled to vote and they vote charges can be brought against them because they are committing an offence,”M r Bethel said. Booth When voting, voters must produce a voter’s card (passport or driver’s licencef or identification. Once polling agents go through the process of verifying their identity and legitimacy as a voter, he ors he is “inked”, given a ballot paper and i nstructions to go into the booth, and mark his or her ‘X’ next to the name and symbol of the chosen candidate. “He is told to fold the paper in such a way that no one can see who he voted for and show the presiding officer a signature on the back of the paper. This is important because we want to ensure that the paper that goes into the box is the paper that we gave to the person to use for voting,” Mr Bethel said. The only persons allowed in the polling places are: polling clerks, the presiding and returning officers, the candidates, police officers, the permitted number of election agents (not exceeding three at any time) and a friend of an incapacitated voter. The sale of alcohol beverages at busi nesses in the constituency and within a five-mile boundary of the constituency is prohibited during polling hours and cell phones and photographic equipment are not allowed in polling booths. Voting details for Elizabeth by-election Independents show well in reader popularity vote RYANPINDER DUANESANDS ANDREROLLINS RODNEYMONCUR CASSIUSSTUART X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION Pinder edges out Sands in Tribune online poll PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti HUNDREDSof houses that survived Haiti's killer quake still stand empty even as quake victims desperate for shelter crowd the streets. The reason is fear: Nobody is quite sure they can withstand another quake, according to Associated Press At least 54 aftershocks have shuddered through Haiti's shattered capital since a Jan. 12 quake killed more than 200,000 people. They have toppled weakened buildings faster than demolition crews can get to them, sending up new clouds of choking dust. On Monday, three children were killed when a school collapsed in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. It wasn't clear what caused the collapse, which occurred after a late-night tremor and heavy rains. "I tried sleeping in the house for a night, but an aftershock came and I ran outside," said Louise Lafonte, 36, who beds down with her fam-i ly of five in a tent beside her seemingly intact concrete house. "I'm not going insideu ntil the ground calms down." That may be awhile. Seismologists say more, damag ing aftershocks are likely and there's even a chance of another large quake following quickly after the initialc atastrophe in the capital of 3 million people. I n 1751, a large quake hit the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Repub lic. About a month later, another one destroyed Portau-Prince. A magnitude-7.4 quake t hat killed more than 18,000 people in northwestern T urkey in 1999 was followed three months later by another of magnitude-7.2 only 100 kilometers (60 miles initial epicenter. Fears of another q uake in Haiti

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MINISTRY of Tourism employees were rewarded for hard work and dedication at the annual Ministry of Tourism Signature Awards (MOTSA F ebruary 5. D ereka Moultrie of the O nshore Communications Unit was named ‘All-star Employee’ while Bonnie Rolle, also of Onshore Communications, received the ‘Director General’sA ward’ for performance a nd innovation. Efficiency Antoinette Davis of the Family Island Unit received the ‘Permanent S ecretary’s Award’ for efficiency and professionalism, and the ‘Minister of T ourism’s Team Award’ w ent to the Visitor Relat ions Unit, which interacts closely with guests whoh ave been victims of c rime, accidents, poor service or other misfortunes. The unit also recognises guests who have been long-time visitors to the country. Ms Moultrie hopes the a wards programme cont inues to motivate Min istry of Tourism and Avi-a tion employees and all t ourism sector workers. This sends a message that despite the challenges encountered, once individuals perform and remain committed to the organisation, and the passion still remains, the reward will come,” she s aid. C ommitted “It encourages persons to remain committed, knowing that at the end of the day, their just reward w ill come.” M s Rolle agreed with this sentiment. “To me, the MOTSA a ward validates my belief that the seed of dedication, commitment and hard work will bring forth g ood fruit, not always immediately but in due time,” she said. While I feel that it s hould be self gratifying t o perform well regardless if recognition is given orn ot, I believe that the r ecognition of staff members makes one feel appreciated it. Appreciat ed staff members are productive staff members.” Other awards were the ‘Supervisor of the Year’, w hich went to Maxine W illiamson of the Visitor Relations Unit, and the Rising Star Award’, w hich went to Elizabeth R odgers of human resources department. Ministry of Tourism staff rewarded for hard work C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX % DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT – Two Jamaicans were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court with possession of drugs, firearms and ammunition. Ryan O’Neal Young, 30; and Mohan McIntyre, 30; both of Kingston, appeared in Court 2 before Magistrate Andrew Forbes. K Brian Hanna represented the men. Young pleaded guilty to possessing an unlicensed firearm, a mmunition and dangerous drugs. According to reports, DEU officers conducted a search at a home in Fortune Point on February 11, where they found a small quantity of marijuana in a kitchen drawer and a .40 pistol with seven live rounds of ammunition in a bedroom. M agistrate Forbes sentenced Young to 18 months in prison on the firearm and ammunition charges, and two months on t he drugs charge. The sentences are to run concurrently. McIntyre pleaded not guilty, and the charges were withdrawn. He was discharged by the court and handed over to Bahamas Immigration for further investigation. THREE MENwere arraigned in a Nassau Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to supply. I t is alleged that on Saturday, February 13, Kareem Lightb ourne, 25, of Crawford Street; David Farrington, 42, of Kiki Street; and Marcus Mortimor, 23, of Skyline Drive; w ere found in possession of three pounds of marijuana with i ntent to supply. T he men, who were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita B ethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison and are expected to appear again on Friday for a bail hearing. A CAR chase from Tonique Williams Darling Highway t o Stapledon Gardens on Sunday night ended in the arrest of three men and the recovery of a firearm. Officers on patrol attempted to stop three men in a white Honda Accord on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway at around 11.50pm. T he suspects sped off and police followed them to Stapledon Gardens, where the runaway car eventually came to a stop. P olice searched the vehicle and recovered a .40 pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition. Three men, ages 18, 20 and 23, have been arrested in connection with the find and remain in custody pending further i nvestigations. Jamaicans charged with possession of drugs, firearms and ammunition D EREKA MOULTRIE ( left) and Antoinette Davis.

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SCENESFROMLASTNIGHT’SFNMANDPLPRALLIESINELIZABETH P HOTOS: FELIPEMAJOR/TIMCLARKE ALASTRALLYINGCALL P LPSUPPORTERS a t last night’s rally. A PLP SUPPORTER shows support for Ryan Pinder. PLPS enjoy last night’s rally. L IVEMUSIC g ets the crowd going at the FNMrally. LORETTA BUTLER-TURNER on stage at the FNM rally. POM-POM waving (abovebelow

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net AN ELDERLY couple brutally attacked by an intruder as they slept at home in a quietA ndros settlement are steadily recovering from life-threatening stab wounds. Mangrove Cay retirees past or Catherine Nairn, 70, and h er husband of more than 50 years Corporal Carl Nairn, 73, w ere stabbed and beaten by the intruder at around 4am on Saturday and both lost a lot of blood as they waited for assistance. T heir son, Andrae Nairn, principal at Central Andros High School in Fresh Creek, North Andros, said his mother w as stabbed in the neck and hit in the face, while his father, who is blind, was stabbed in the neck and back. They were taken to the airp ort in a private vehicle and airlifted to hospital in Nassau where they are both said to bem aking steady recoveries. Former police officer Corporal Nairn was released from hospital on Sunday while Rev Nairn, the pastor of St John’s Baptist Church, remained for observation. M r Nairn, one of the couple’s 10 children, said: “Their wellbeing is my biggest concern. We wish something like this never happened, but since it happened, we just want them to recover fully and for them to be able to go on, and not have t o worry about anything of this sort happening again.” The attack has rocked the p eaceful community of 1,500 where violent crime is a rarity, and residents have raised concerns about Mangrove Creek’s readiness to respond to such attacks in the aftermath. A town meeting will address their concerns in the presence o f police and healthcare officials at the Mangrove Cay court rooms at 6 o’clock tonight, chiefc ouncillor Lynward Saunders said. H e added: “This attack came out of nowhere and the police c ouldn’t respond in time because they don’t have a vehicle. We need to be more visible in our community, be more informed, discuss the way for-w ard for protecting ourselves and focus on protecting our n eighbourhoods.” Corporal and Reverend Nairn have lived in Mangrove C reek all their lives, where Rev N airn had a long career as a teacher before she retired from Burnt Rock Primary School. L ocals say she recognised her attacker as a former student. Burnt Rock Primary School principal Kenva Wallace said: “I think it is an isolated attack and not related in any way to the school. “She got along well with the s tudents and she spent a lot of her own time trying to help them achieve. I was devastated when I heard about the attack, I couldn’t believe it at first and then I couldn’t figure out why. It’s just terrible.” Mr Nairn said his parents were well-known and respected i n the community. “The last thing that would come to somebody’s mind is that they would be attacked by anybody for any reason,” hes aid. “It most certainly was a s hock. But they are recovering q uite nicely and they are fully a ware of what happened. “I know the police will do t heir investigations, and everyt hing that needs to happen will h appen.They are very much strong people, but it will take some time for them to get overt he psychological aspect of it. The important thing is that they are recovering, and they are doing well.” Police have arrested a 30y ear-old male resident of G rants in Mangrove Cay, who is currently helping with the investigation. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf / HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf T HE Coroner's inquest into the death of 18-year-old Brenton Smith hit another snag yesterday as the prose-c ution requested an adjournment. The inquest, which had been adjourned on February 4 after a juror was unable to attendc ourt, had to be put off again. Prosecutor Stephanie P intard told the Coroner William Campbell t hat she had a trial scheduled in Supreme Court for Monday morning and that lead prosecutora nd Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Grant-Bethell was unable to appear due to circumstances beyond her control. Proceed T he inquest is expected to proceed this morning. Smith was shot on the night of July 9, 2009 as he and a friend walked along a shortcut near the CityM arket food store on the corner of Village Road and Wulff Road. E arlier that night, the food store had been robbed. Attorney Romona Farquharson represents Corporal Kelsie Munroe – the police officer who is alleged toh ave shot Brenton. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl Grant-Bethel and Stephanie Pintard are appearing for the Crown. Attorney Roger Gomez Jr is representing the Smith family. Prosecution seeks adjournment in the Brenton Smith inquest No IPTC Header found Elderly couple recovering after brutal stabbing attack Town meeting to debate concerns as Andros rocked by vicious assault BRENTONSMITH

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BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune FreeportR eporter dmaycock@tribunemdia.net FREEPORT – Trinidadian teacher Andre Birbalc ould soon be extradited to the Bahamas to face charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct at the Eight Mile Rock HighS chool. T here are unconfirmed reports that an attorney in Freeport has been retainedo n behalf of Mr Birbal, who is currently fighting extradit ion from the United States. In January, Attorney General John Delaney indi-c ated that extradition proceedings were underway in the United States and that Birbal might be seeking toc hallenge his extradition to the Bahamas. The Tribune attempted to reach Mr Delaney for an update on extradition pro-c eedings in the United States, but he could not be reached up to press time yesterday. B irbal fled the country a year ago after police invest igations were launched into complaints by two former students at the Eight MileR ock High School. He was arrested in New York on a traffic violation last May. During a check, US authorities discoveredt hat Bahamian police had issued a warrant of arrest for Birbal with Interpol. C harges The AG’s office in the Bahamas applied to US officials for Birbal’s extraditiont o the Bahamas to face charges of unnatural sexual i ntercourse. Birbal is one of three teachers accused of sexualm isconduct with students at the EMRHS. The House of Assembly Select Committee on sexual molestation at the EMRHSh ad expressed concerns regarding the status of the extradition application for Birbal. Community activist Troy Garvey, former PTAp resident at EMRHS, said he hopes Birbal is returned to the Bahamas. “He is entitled to a fair tria l if he is extradited and residents here have to be very mindful that,” he said. Mr Garvey noted that since the allegations first surfaced,t here have been many other claims of sexual abuse at schools in the Bahamas. He commended the Inity is Strength Movement forb ringing the matter to public attention. “We have many good teachers in the system, but we have to ensure that our children are not being taken advantage of by those teach-e rs who prey on the innocent,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MINISTER of Education Desmond Bannister has assured North Eleuthera High S chool parents that he will “seek to have the media corr ect” the negative perception of the school created by press c overage of sexual abuse claims on the island. According to a government s tatement, when Mr Bannister met with the parents earliert his week, they complained that the press had caused t hem “much embarrassment” by attributing all the allegat ions of impropriety “solely to their school”. When claims of certain t eachers stationed on the island sexually mistreatings tudents first arose several weeks ago, it prompted the M inistry of Education to reassign the North Eleuthera H igh’s principal and vice principal. The parents responded by keeping their children out of school and demanding the return of the two administra tors – who, officials were quick to point out, were not moved because they were g uilty of indiscretions, but rather because they were needed to fill gaps in the system caused by investigations into allegations of impropriety elsewhere in North Eleuthera. Investigations These widespread investig ations were launched in the aftermath of North Eleuthera High School security guard Adrian White being charged in June of last year with inde cently assaulting eight girls there. In his meeting with the parents, Mr Bannister commend e d them for actively being involved in the lives of their children. He asked all parents to give their full support to the school’s new principal, and work along with the PTA president. Mr Bannister said he was pleased to learn that the parents had “acted positively” and allowed the children to return to school, as keeping them away would have been against the law. The statement said: “The minister assured the parents that he has the best interest of the students, teachers and parents of the North Eleuthera High School at heart, and that his decisions were made after careful reflection.” Accompanying Mr Bannister on the trip were: psycholo gist Dr David Allen, North Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith, Director of Education Lionel Sands, Education Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway, and other education officials. They visited a number of schools, including James Cistern Primary, PA Gibson Primary, Gregory Town Primary, Spanish Wells All-Age School, North Eleuthera Pri mary, Harbour Island AllAge School, and North Eleuthera High. Mr Bannister took account of the various challenges facing the schools, including termite-ridden structures, broken windows and fencing, electrical problems, shortages of classroom space, and a lack of proper signage. He said all these needs will be assessed and prioritised with regard to the funds that are available, and that a repair and refurbishment programme will be launched in the summer. Before leaving each school, the minister expressed his gratitude for the performance of the administrators, teachers and students, who he said are working diligently despite limited resources, and assured them that the Ministry of Education will do its best to meet their needs. Move to improve Eleuthera school image DESMONDBANNISTER Reports: Birbal retains lawyer in student sex case Teacher could soon be extradited to Bahamas

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 1 27,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX % DKDPDV $5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf s ource listed eight officers, including four women and an o fficer from the Special Intelligence Branch suspected of organising the illicit events. Assistant Superintendent Hulan Hanna said: “While I will not confirm the names, there are police officers that we have been questioning in connection with this matter and the whole episode is the subject of a very intensive and aggressivep olice investigation to determine whether our officers were i nvolved as patrons or organisers. “We need to determine what the officers were doing there before we can speak about the strip clubs, because we have to determine what was the function of these establishments,and we don’t want to say anything that would compromise the investigation. Everything is allegations, until it’s proved otherwise. So I will not reveal the specific numbers at this point, but I can say several female officers have been implicated; the bulk of officers we are investigating are female officers from various departments.” The raids were conducted by the Royal Bahamas Police F orce and Department of Immigration officers. I mmigration staff are working to determine whether the a ccused American, Colombian and Jamaican strippers violated immigration laws. P olice arrested two pilots, men aged 25 and 40, as well as a 37-year-old Grand Bahama man and a 49-year-old Nassau Village man after the flight landed at the Lynden PindlingI nternational Airport in Nassau at around 7pm on Sunday. Unconfirmed reports claim the drugs were brought in on a Southern Air charter flight transporting Bahamian and Haitian passengers from Haitit o Nassau on a twin engine N155 aircraft. The airplane has reportedly been seized by Bahamas Customs and was held in the domestic flights area of the airp ort yesterday. However police would not confirm the name of the commercial airline when questioned yesterday, nor wouldo fficials confirm the suspects’ identities or where in Haiti the flight had originated. Drugs Enforcement Unit (DEU Anthony Ferguson said: There is an investigation g oing on in respect to the discovery of drugs. “I don’t want to mention the name of the airline because we don’t want to pain the airline itself. We have made arrests and t he people were taken into custody, but we have not yet completed our investigations.” The arrests come weeks after $3 million worth of cocaine and over $50,000 worth of marijuana was found hidden in the fuel tank of a 65f t Haitian freighter off the coast of Great Inagua on January 27 and five Haitian men were charged in connection with the find. Fears of a rise in drug traff icking after Haiti was devast ated by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake on January 12 were addressed by Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest last week when he stated the Bahamian drugi nterdiction programme and O peration Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT mitigate any possible increase. Supt Ferguson said: “We are concerned with drugs coming out of Haiti into the Bahamas. We have had incidents of drugs coming in on aircraft int he past but not on a regular basis. “We are going to continue to be vigilant, that is the Royal Bahamas Police Force with our law enforcement partners, a nd we are going to keep an e ye on this.” Southern Air operates charter flights between Nassau and Cape Haitian in northern Haiti and the Haitian capital of Portau-Prince. The airline also runsc harter flights between Nass au and the Family Islands as well as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. desist from disseminating and covering FNM rallies while she is still employed in her position at BIS. “The Bahamas Information Services is a government agency to deal with government matters and not political matters,” he said. “It is disgraceful and deplorable that this lady is being used to deal with their matters. She stays in Grand Bahama but she comes to Nassau to move around with t he Prime Minister. That is totally unacceptable.” Mr Roberts added that he would encourage the FNM to stop using the government’s resources in this campaign and fight for the Elizabeth seat on the issues. Echoing these comments, PLP leader Perry Christie said his speech tonight will focus on these “unfair practices” which he s ays have come to the fore in the Elizabeth by-election campaign. “Overall I am of the view there has to be much greater vigilance on the part of those who regulate elections as to infractions to ensure fair and ethical practices in such elections because it is so easy for government to overwhelm the process by offering jobs giving all sorts of infrastructural improvements just come in as a result of the election and cast an unfair pall over this whole thing,” said Mr Christie. “There are rules that govern these things. I’m prepared to concede that past governments have had such situations and would have probably, in all probability, done the same thing. I’m talking about moving forward now if we are to learn anything from this process there has to bea decision on the part of all to review rules that govern elections to ensure people’s rights are protected in terms of their interests.” P olice found in strip raid face probe FROM page one Pilots, passengers arrested after drugs found on flight FROM page one F ROM page one PLP chairman B RADLEYROBERTS

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM O FFERGOODUNTILFEBS T ATDOWNTOWNLOCATIONONLY ing to be a very tight one, and as such he has instructed all o f his workers to realize the importance of “every single vote.” Likewise, the PLP’s Ryan Pinder was not taking too much stock of his party’s individual polls and continued to work int he constituency up until late last night. According to political sources the inclusion of the third and fourth party candidates is causing some problems for both major parties. As of yesterday, the National Develop-m ent Party’s candidate Dr Andre Rollins was said to be gathering “significant” support in the Elizabeth constituency, possibly affecting the polls of both the PLP and the FNM. As such, the NDP’s candidate said that he was hopeful of the accuracy of both the PLP and FNM’s polls and that he would be more than simply a “spoiler” in today’s election and actually come out victorious over the other candidates. I think that it would do our democracy really good,” D r Rollins said, “to have a new political party and its can didate be able to force both mainstream political parties to not take the Bahamian people for granted and go beyond being a spoiler and actually gain a victory over both the PLP and the FNM.” Even the Worker’s Party leader Rodney Moncur was still hopeful of an upset today. “I feel and sense change in the air. I expect a miracle (today resources and we have persevered and spoken with as many people as we could. I believe our performance at the debate effected the campaign as well and I feel that both the PLP and the FNM will be defeated today. “I have said before that I am the only candidate who is willing to come to work all day, being the only full time MP. And if it is not God’s will that I am victorious I will remain committed to the people of Elizabeth and the entire Bahamas. But I believe that change is in the air and I am ever praying that the people of Elizabeth will bring about this change and reject both the PLP and the FNM and give me the victory,” he said. However, Dr Sands and Mr Pinder each maintain that they are equally the best candidate to represent the people of Elizabeth in the House of Assembly. Dr Sands said last night at the FNM’s mass rally that he would work hard for the people of Elizabeth every day. Along with Dr Sands, Mr Pinder, Dr Rollins and Mr Moncur, the Bahamas Democratic Movement is also runninga candidate in their leader Cassius Stuart. Polling stations open today at 8am and will close at 6 pm. The results are expected to be reported live on all media and radio stations and readers can find up-to-theminute reports at www.tribune242.com throughout the day. SEE PAGES TWO, THREE, FIVE ANDSEVEN h umbled by that gesture," s aid Mr Watson, when contacted by The Tribune for comment yesterday. "It was mentioned to me sometime early last year and I did not object," he said, adding that the decision camef rom Cabinet. According to a government notice published in The Tribune on February 9, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport intends to name the newly constructed South-w est/Adelaide by-pass roadway after Mr Watson. When asked why he felt he was chosen to be the road's namesake, the current chair-man of the Airport Authority s peculated that his ties with t he community he served a s member of Parliament for t he Adelaide area from 1982 to 2002 were behind the h onour. He also feels that his work as the country's first minister o f public works and public e nterprise a post he held for a little over two years during the former Ingraham administration may also h ave been a factor in the government's choice. " When we (the Free National Movement first) came to office in 1992 we did a lot. We extended the infrastructure in many family islands and we built a number of roadways and repairedm any in Nassau," he said, a dding that at that time the m inistry was progressive in improving roadways, repairing docks and dilapidated schools and extending telephone and water services throughout the country. " So I suspect that is the reason why they thought of me," said Mr Watson, who at one point was dubbed Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's "right hand man" when he served as his second-incom-m and. Tennyson Wells, a former FNM Cabinet minister who left the party to become an independent MP, also b elieves that Mr Watson was chosen because of his longstanding service to the area. " Frank represented the a rea for a long time, I guess probably longer than most p eople. I have no difficulty with it I think overall he was a good representative, most of the people there liked him and I think most of them s till like him," said Mr Wells, when asked by The Tribune f or his opinion. P ersons objecting to this proposal are invited to send their complaints in writing to the permanent secretary at t he Ministry of Works by M arch 11. F ROM page one Former Deputy Prime Minister thrilled with road-naming honour Elizabeth vote ight down to the wir FROM page one Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. 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LASTweek we spoke about the life cycle and facts about fleas. It was mentioned that one must include treatment of the yard, house and pet if one is to be successful in controlling these wingless bloodsucking insects that are so annoying to pets and their owners. Treating the yard One should treat shady areas, damp areas, doghouses and other areas where your pet spends the majority of its time. Use the recommended residual sprays for longer lasting effect. Personally if you are not using a pesticide company, I like the ADAMS plus yard spray. The active ingredient is PERMETHRIN and it kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, and other annoying insects. A dose of 6 ounces to 1 quart of water should be used. Spraying is most effective when the ground is damp (keep pets out until completely dry). Repeat spraying every 3 to 4 weeks. These products should not be used on the pet. One can tack a" No Pest Strip" underneath the floor of the doghouse to aid in repelling fleas. Treating the house One should use an environmental control FOGGER. A minimum of 3 should be used. Most over the counter foggers are totally worthless. Mycodex, and ADAMS have some exceptional products. For the house, however I would recommend a professional exterminator in severe cases. The most effective flea control products are prevented from being sold over the counter at food stores and pet stores, as a result of the current laws on control products. If you have carpet in the house, we recommend that you vacuum the house thoroughly, at least once a week to remove flea eggs. Bathe the pet every two weeks in a flea and tick shampoo like ADAMS or DAVIS or MYCODEX 3X. These products are safe and can be used as often as necessary to keep the pet clean and remove fleas. Most over the counter shampoos will dry out the hair coat if used too frequently. A common complaint we hear from clients using over the counter products is ' I bathe my pet, but now he even scratches more.' Use Frontline Top spot Topical solution every 4 weeks. This solution is applied to the skin of your pet monthly. It is safe for both dogs and cats. The cost of this product is about the same as the cost of a bathonly it is done just once each month. Do not bathe your pet 48 hours before or 48 hours after application of the Frontline Top Spot. Use a flea collar that kills or inactivate flea eggs so that they cannot hatch. The Ovitrol Flea egg collar is effective for about 6 months. All pets in the household must be treated at the same time. To win the war against fleas, it is important to treat the yard, house and pet at the same time using the appropriate recommended products for each. Don't waste your money on the over the counter product from Walmart, Super Value or City Market. Quick cures do not work eg Bathing in Aloe or giving garlic in the food. There is no free lunch...do it right or lose the war. Veterinarians are the flea experts, don't believe a salesman from a pet store ask us for help and we will give you the best and most recent information on flea control. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Flea control essential steps By DR BASIL SANDS By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net A RIGOR OUS f i tness c hal lenge, r esembling NBC’s Biggest Loser competition begins t his Friday, incorporati ng boot camp style exercises and strict eating regiments. Eleven women will take part in The ‘Bahamas Greatest Loser Competition’ being sponsored by Javon Medical Cen tre, Bahama Health, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bank of Canada, and Commonwealth Bank. But it’s all up to participants to take it to the next level, and to take the advice of specialists at Jovan Medical Centre, where Dr Cyprian Strachan is the chief physician. Persons will take part in a variety of exercises including pushing tyres, trampoline and medicine ball exercises, agility work and bosu training during the eight week challenge. “People are fighting high blood pressure, diabetes and people can’t take off the weight,” he said, noticing a serious trend in his own clientele. “People are trying to keep their health New Year’s resolutions, and are being unsuccessful.” “Every two weeks we expect them to weigh in and bring their diet journal to be reviewed.” We will offer tips, and make adjust ments to their weight. “We will have two open air challenges in the park, to award individual prizes for winners in those challenges. We won’t force our participants to participate in those challenges. “We will try to make a dent in people’s difficulties in losing weight. We want to see if offering a prize will be significant in getting them to lose weight.” The women will also benefit from two sessions of training workouts with NatBro’s Natasha Brown, fitness instructor. There will be weekly tips published in The Tribune and other local tips for them to follow during the entire competition. Follow up visits will happen every two weeks to evaluate what they are eating, outside of the weigh-in every week. The two weeks are to assess what they are eating, how well they are coping and adjusting to their diets, and workouts. “Their weight is going to be based on the percentage of their weight loss,” said Dr Strachan. “If somebody starts out at 200 pounds and they lose 20 pounds, its going to be based on the percentage of 20 pounds compared to 200.” “That person has lost 10 percent, as opposed to somebody who started out at 200 pounds, if they lose 50 pounds, they would’ve lost 25 per cent of their weight.” Four gyms have offered to give free memberships -Mystical Fitness & Health Spa, Body Zone Fitness, Better Bodies Gym, and Iron Man Gym No. 1. Dr Strachan focuses a little harder on weight loss. He is a general practitioner physician, with a special focus on weight loss. “My purpose is to stimulate a greater interest in healthy lifestyles and to help inspire and encourage persons who are trying to lose weight and improve their general health,” The competition begins with a weigh in and measuring at Mystical Fitness gym on February 19-20 and finishes eight weeks later, on April 16 and 17 at the same venue. Competition will be for best individual losers as well a group prize for the best five member team from amongst the banks, the churches, insurance compa nies, government offices and uniformed officers. The entrance fee is $15 per person with part proceeds in aid of the Diabetic Association of the Bahamas. All entrants will receive a prize. Winners’ gifts include supplement supplies for three months, exercise apparel, 3 months free supply of drinking water and free gym membership for three months. Fitness guru Natasha Brown is partic ularly stoked about her plans to assist contestants. Ms Brown will conduct hour long workouts to challenge each person cardiovascularly, and make sure that their fitness level is on par to handle rigorous fitness sessions. “This is something that a lot of trainers don’t focus on,” she said. “But in my fitness training, this is what I am focusing on, stamina and endurance. It is in that determination and pushing she says, that you truly find out who you are. “I want all competitors to walk away with mental toughness, self determination, a fighting spirit, humble attitude and the guts to fight no matter whatever is thrown your way.” No matter who we are, it will show us that we are survivors at the end of the day. “I train to target the mind body and soul, so that you can connect with your spirit from deep within,” she said. Ms Brown says having endurance will sustain people through their daily living. It’s the only way they’re going to get the results. “No one should want to have the same mindset that they’ve had over the years. You have to take your mind to another level,” she said. “I know that deep down in our bellies lies the strength that we need. Depth and spirit is in our core and we’ve been equipped spiritually with some tools.” Ms Brown is extremely passionate about her responsibility to “push her stu dents beyond their limits, physically and mentally.” There is no way of shying from extreme workouts in order to see a difference, she said. “When you come to me there has to be a difference,” Ms Brown said. “It’s very motivating, knowing that there’s a prize involved,” said the fitness instructor. Justina Rolle, a client of Dr Strachan is losing weight for her April wedding. Ms Rolle is 29 years old, and hopes to lose 40 to 50 pounds of excess weight by early April. This will be the icing on her cake, as she hopes to take home the $4,000 cash prize to pay for the expenses of her wed ding slated for the third week of April. Ms Rolle just joined Solomon’s Biggest Loser competition, and recently signed up for Dr Strachan’s weight loss competition yesterday morning. She says that being at a “solid” size (weight-wise clothing that fits the way she would want to look ideally. But she plans to do what ever it takes to ultimately put an end to her use of girdles, and other weight manipulation tactics. Ms Rolle’s game plan for her diet is a bit ambitious, as she plans to stick to a strict regiment of salt free boiled foods, the substitution of sugar with honey, and no red meat. All of her diet plans may be subject to change under Ms Brown’s advisement. “I realise that there is no pain, no gain, and I want to take it beyond my limits.” When I started exercising, my whole mood changed, and my whole outlook on life became more positive and opti mistic, filled with lots of energy.” Dutiful sex YOUNGgirls reading today's title may seem sad and disillusioned at the idea that having sex could become a 'dutiful act'. Young people are surrounded with images of carefree, high intensity erotica. Add in their limited knowledge of human sexuality and relationships, and this provides fertile ground for unrealistic expectations. The word dutiful implies a lack of personal desire and rather something that you feel you 'have to do.' Is it true that all couples succumb to 'dutiful sex' at some point or another in their relationship? Do women always have to be the ones to give in? If we asked newly formed couples if they thought they had similar sexual needs and drive they would probably agree. The 'honeymoon' or 'infatuation' stage, when everything is sexually charged and exciting, often camouflages the true picture. When the relationship moves into a comfortable stage, and things start to relax, then reality sets in. The realisation that they are not so well matched sexually is a huge disappointment and the conflict begins. Dating couples often struggle for years with these problems, buth ave difficulty ending the relationship because of the bonding glue that joins them. The longer they are together, the tighter the glue, and the dissatisfaction persists. What does 'not well matched' really mean? Is it possi ble to be that similar in sexual needs? Just the fact that we are of different genders means that our bodies function in completely different ways. Throw in that we are individ u als within a couple and inevitably we have different things going on in our lives. Isn't that just life? If we view it this way, then it does not seem so shocking that someone may not actually desire sex when the other does. Think back to the last time you had sex just so you could get a little peace and get to sleep? Or the time when it was just easier to give in to the constant nagginga nd pouting. Contrary to what most people think, men are s ometimes 'not in the mood'. However, due to the rapid feedback from their erections a situation can very easily change and become sexual. Short term dips in desire are inevitable and usually can be worked out. This is when playful bartering can often be implemented so that both feel they have won. But what happens when one person feels they always have to per suade, push, and almost beg the other? Constant fighting and tension enters the bedroom. In many cases the deterioration has been so insidious that it is hard to pin point the primary cause. Did the anger reduce the desire or did the lack of desire cause the anger? What has happened to the other person to make them so disinterested in sex? If the ultimate goal is to make each other happy by the giving and receiving of pleasure then simple solutions to rectifiable obstacles seem obvious. For example, being more flexible around each others time clocks, sleep needs, improving personal hygiene are a few of the common problems. For some people, sexual discrepancies only start to show themselves as they age. With the hormone decline, health complications, medications and surgeries, interest in sexual activity can become a problem. If you are both on the same page then it is an easy adjusting to the new lifestyle. But if one person or both are unhappy then the smartest thing to do is to get early professional help. Probably the most common cause of minimal partici pation resulting in 'dutiful sex' is boredom. It is not unusual in long term relationships for there to be a certain routine in the love making. A sense that you know what is coming next makes the experience predictable and safe. There may also be a lack of skillful lovemaking and a woman's needs may not even be considered. The problems fester away and a sense of 'what is the point' develops. The danger in letting problems drag on is that they start affecting other areas of your life. When it starts to feel as if you are getting very little out of the relationship, then even dutiful sex disappears. All too often the break down is accompanied by the removal of all affection, and the bonding glue becomes unstuck. It would be wrong to ignore the significance of performing our 'wifely duties', because of the importance of maintaining the intimate bond. However, feeling this way all the time is not recommended because of the lack of per sonal fulfillment. Look inside yourself, ask yourself questions about your love life and do not settle for mediocrity. Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thursday 5-6pm on Island FM 102.9 For appointments: call 364 7230,email relatebahamas@yahoo.com or w.relatebahamas.blogspot.com By MAGGIE BAIN WOMEN & SEX health BODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e Bahamas G REATEST Loser Competition

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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By YVETTE BETHEL T h ey have the qualifications a nd the results to match. They are young, highly driv en, talented, energetic, and t hey move through your organis ation at warp speed. They are t he young executives or mana gers that skipped through the ranks or joined your company a t a senior level. The company has big plans for the young leaders but you are reporting to one of them and you don’t feel engaged, you feel fearful. You don’t feel energetic, you feel drained, voice-l ess, over worked and perhaps angry. Based on interactions with a wide variety of businesses here are typical descriptions of the characteristics of younger bosses by employees of any generation: Younger bosses are not always sens itive to members of the team. These managers appear to be more focused on their personal performance andr esults and how employees can contribute to their success. Some younger managers lack the maturity and wisdom to resolve complex or emotionally charged situations. Younger bosses sometimes contribute to making the work environ-m ent highly political. Employees describe not being comfortable speaking up with younger bosses so they become adept at tip-toeing around issues in the office. Younger managers may intentionally or unintentionally create unhealthy competition that can lead to tension among team members and divisiveness instead of collaboration. Younger managers s ometimes don’t l isten to long tenured employees because they perceive them as complainers or as being resistant to change. As a result there is no communication flow so younger managers make mistakes. Younger bosses are sometimes indecisive due to their lack of knowledge and experience. Younger managers don’t always have true authority. They can claim the executive or managerial job title, they are making the money but they don’t have actual authority because someone else is calling the shots. At times they can’t even approve a cheque for $50. Younger employees tend to be more comfortable communicating about difficult subjects via email. This is suboptimal for long tenured employees because by communicating aboutd ifficult subject matter via email, it becomes infinitely more difficult to get the message across accurately and con s tructively. The intent here is not to say that all young bosses are the same because in the real world there are always varia tions. For instance, while long tenured employees can display problem solving prowess with the ability to integrate distinct technical and interpersonal skills some young bosses maya lso possess this characteristic. Differences between Generations in the Workplace I n a 2007 Forbes Article, author Tara Weiss quotes Jill Arlinghaus at Burke Incorporated saying, “Youngere mployees grew up using computers and Web-based applications, so learning new ones comes more intuitively t o them. It's not that older workers aren't will i ng to learn, you have to walk them through it. The younger people are more willing to figure it out for themselves." Long tenured employees tend to value loyalty and they show up at work on time or even an hour before time and they work until the job is done. Young bosses tend to work endless hours, sending emails to their direct reports at 2 in the morning. Long tenured employees are often repositories of institutional knowledge. They understand operations and they may have experienced various restructuring exercises so they may have a deep understanding of the business. Long tenured employees can be key points of contact if younger employees need information about what happened in the past but this won’t happen if the long tenured employee is per-c eived as resistant to change. Long tenured employees sometimes resist change saying things like: “Wet ried that before and it didn’t work” or “It is fine the way it is” and this perpetuates the stereotype. In addition to change resistance, long tenured employees can be perceived as difficult for young bosses to manage because they perceive long tenured employees as know-it-alls. Long tenured employees may even show dis-r espect to younger bosses because they feel they were not considered for a “deserved” promotion. Coexistence – Making Differences Work In a 2004 study conducted for the Society of Human Resources Manage-m ent, one of the findings was that keeping workers of different generations apart is not a successful practice. T heir findings indicated that diversity of insight, skills, communication styles a nd knowledge contribute to higher performance. So how do you achieve coexistence in multi-generational workplace? Here are a few tips: Take the time to understand each others’ differences in values and skills. See differences as assets, not obstacles. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses so decide to demonstrate respect instead of impatience. Communicate appropriately with each other. Find the right balance between verbal communication and emails. Adopt situational leadership skills where you interact with employees in ways they will respond best. Gone are the days of “one-size-fits-all” leadership styles. In the Bahamas people in the work force find it difficult to give and receivec onstructive advice. This is one of the primary causes of stunted development. Learn to invite insights from each oth e r and be receptive. Don’t let your bias es and defenses interfere. The only way to achieve coexistence in a multigenerational workforce is for all generations to make commitments to modify their behaviours. Donald Trump once said “It can be tough to take orders from somebody younger than you are. And it can be hard tog ive direction to somebody older than you are. But good managers and good employees find a way to make it work.” Yvette Bethel is CEO of Organizational Soul, an HR Consulting and Leadership Development company. If you are interested in exploring how you can create higher performing team leaders, you can contact her at www.orgsoul.com*
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C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By YVETTE BETHEL T h ey have the qualifications a nd the results to match. They are young, highly driv en, talented, energetic, and t hey move through your organis ation at warp speed. They are t he young executives or mana gers that skipped through the ranks or joined your company a t a senior level. The company has big plans for the young leaders but you are reporting to one of them and you don’t feel engaged, you feel fearful. You don’t feel energetic, you feel drained, voice-l ess, over worked and perhaps angry. Based on interactions with a wide variety of businesses here are typical descriptions of the characteristics of younger bosses by employees of any generation: Younger bosses are not always sens itive to members of the team. These managers appear to be more focused on their personal performance andr esults and how employees can contribute to their success. Some younger managers lack the maturity and wisdom to resolve complex or emotionally charged situations. Younger bosses sometimes contribute to making the work environ-m ent highly political. Employees describe not being comfortable speaking up with younger bosses so they become adept at tip-toeing around issues in the office. Younger managers may intentionally or unintentionally create unhealthy competition that can lead to tension among team members and divisiveness instead of collaboration. Younger managers s ometimes don’t l isten to long tenured employees because they perceive them as complainers or as being resistant to change. As a result there is no communication flow so younger managers make mistakes. Younger bosses are sometimes indecisive due to their lack of knowledge and experience. Younger managers don’t always have true authority. They can claim the executive or managerial job title, they are making the money but they don’t have actual authority because someone else is calling the shots. At times they can’t even approve a cheque for $50. Younger employees tend to be more comfortable communicating about difficult subjects via email. This is suboptimal for long tenured employees because by communicating aboutd ifficult subject matter via email, it becomes infinitely more difficult to get the message across accurately and con s tructively. The intent here is not to say that all young bosses are the same because in the real world there are always varia tions. For instance, while long tenured employees can display problem solving prowess with the ability to integrate distinct technical and interpersonal skills some young bosses maya lso possess this characteristic. Differences between Generations in the Workplace I n a 2007 Forbes Article, author Tara Weiss quotes Jill Arlinghaus at Burke Incorporated saying, “Youngere mployees grew up using computers and Web-based applications, so learning new ones comes more intuitively t o them. It's not that older workers aren't will i ng to learn, you have to walk them through it. The younger people are more willing to figure it out for themselves." Long tenured employees tend to value loyalty and they show up at work on time or even an hour before time and they work until the job is done. Young bosses tend to work endless hours, sending emails to their direct reports at 2 in the morning. Long tenured employees are often repositories of institutional knowledge. They understand operations and they may have experienced various restructuring exercises so they may have a deep understanding of the business. Long tenured employees can be key points of contact if younger employees need information about what happened in the past but this won’t happen if the long tenured employee is per-c eived as resistant to change. Long tenured employees sometimes resist change saying things like: “Wet ried that before and it didn’t work” or “It is fine the way it is” and this perpetuates the stereotype. In addition to change resistance, long tenured employees can be perceived as difficult for young bosses to manage because they perceive long tenured employees as know-it-alls. Long tenured employees may even show dis-r espect to younger bosses because they feel they were not considered for a “deserved” promotion. Coexistence – Making Differences Work In a 2004 study conducted for the Society of Human Resources Manage-m ent, one of the findings was that keeping workers of different generations apart is not a successful practice. T heir findings indicated that diversity of insight, skills, communication styles a nd knowledge contribute to higher performance. So how do you achieve coexistence in multi-generational workplace? Here are a few tips: Take the time to understand each others’ differences in values and skills. See differences as assets, not obstacles. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses so decide to demonstrate respect instead of impatience. Communicate appropriately with each other. Find the right balance between verbal communication and emails. Adopt situational leadership skills where you interact with employees in ways they will respond best. Gone are the days of “one-size-fits-all” leadership styles. In the Bahamas people in the work force find it difficult to give and receivec onstructive advice. This is one of the primary causes of stunted development. Learn to invite insights from each oth e r and be receptive. Don’t let your bias es and defenses interfere. The only way to achieve coexistence in a multigenerational workforce is for all generations to make commitments to modify their behaviours. Donald Trump once said “It can be tough to take orders from somebody younger than you are. And it can be hard tog ive direction to somebody older than you are. But good managers and good employees find a way to make it work.” Yvette Bethel is CEO of Organizational Soul, an HR Consulting and Leadership Development company. If you are interested in exploring how you can create higher performing team leaders, you can contact her at www.orgsoul.com*
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C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010 By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor cbrennen@tribunemedia.net A dynamic gr oup of y oung w omen with the help of an eq u all y dynamic young man is seeking to reach their peers with an inspirational message of self confidence by encouraging them to simp l y BU . Lynelle Brennen and Jewel Carey, two of the Earth Angels models involved recently satd own with T ribuneWoman t o discuss the programme which seeks to foster positive character in young people. The modeling company wants to be more than just pretty faces, “We want to be models with a cause.” Inspiring young ladies is something Lynelle is passionate about. “This project seeks to reach women through fashion and music, something almost all girls are interested. And what sets us apart is that we can relate to them. I came from a single parent home and so I grew up in the ‘ghetto’ so I understand what they may be going through. But what we want to tell them is, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you will get there someday. The girls explained that there are eight members in BU each with a different platform or cause they wish to spotlight. Jewel’s cause autism awareness is per sonal, as her 4yearold brother was diagnosed with the condition. “ I want people to be aware of the fact that autism is a disorder and not a disease and that there are ways that people who have it are able to communicate non-verbally. My job is to help others understand autism and give an idea of the signs people should look out for. I do this through my facebook page and on a weekly blog.” One of the first events the group plans is a visit to the Girls Industrial School in early March. Eventually other schools and organisations will be targeted. “ We hope that we will be able to speak to them about female issues, such as fashion. We also are looking to take a female per former with us so that we can e ncourage those girls who are artistic to develop their talents,” Lynelle said. “ Too many times, people are told that they must enter fields like medicine or law to make money, But many people are artistic or creative and so we want to let them know that you don’t have to be ‘book smart’, you can just go for it.” Jewel added,” We want to make fashion, culture more of a staple in the economy and to help generate revenue. It takes visionary minds to do this.” The BU campaign will include a different motivational poster every two months. The first one encourages young ladies to resist temptation. It features a Garden of Eden setting and the words: It’s Hard Being Tempted, Have Courage BU. They are also working on a public service announcement to be played on local TV stations. Jewel said, “We want to encourage young people to get involve in activities that will better themselves and we want to show that there can be positive things to put in the paper other than crime. We want to encourage persons to embrace the family structure and to encourage more men to become role models for young people. We want to give them the message that they never have to conform to society’s ideals. You can never have enough programmes and activi ties that target young people.” To date, the group has received quite a following with a facebook fan base of more than 2,000 persons. B U MODELS WITH A CAUSE Models who seek to spread an inspirational message to the nation’s youth pictured from left to right Claudette Woodside, Jewel Carey, Lynelle Brennen, Tonya Laramore and Zoya Forbes. Missing from photoEmilio Smith and Gaichelle Ferguson