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Home invasion:
Police make
another arrest

By AVA
TURNQUEST

AFTER a massive
manhunt, police may
have apprehended the
final suspect in con-
nection with a trau-
matic home invasion
Thursday evening.

Around 8pm Thurs-
day, three men armed
with handguns held a
family at gunpoint in



By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE largest fire in the his-
tory of the New Providence
landfill site is expected to con-
tinue burning for months per-
petuating fears toxic smoke
will choke the island.

A week after the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health sanitary landfill site in
Harrold Road was set alight
in three areas and spread
across the surface of the 100
acre site and deep under-
ground, clouds of hazardous
smoke continue to billow
from the wasteland.

The haze is filtering into
government housing subdivi-
sions bordering the site and
Fire Services Director Jeffrey
Deleveaux said a shift in wind
direction could prove disas-
trous for residents of Jubilee
Gardens directly south of the
site.

They remember how hot
ash fell from the sky when the
landfill caught fire two years
ago, and they had to water

SEE page 13

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

their own home, forc-
ing them to surrender
their possessions.

The family of five
unknowingly inter-
rupted the robbers
when they returned
home that evening.
They were held
hostage until the men
had finished and made
their escape.

Police on the way
to the scene encoun-
tered a suspicious
looking vehicle that fit
the description of the
getaway car. When
they signaled for the
car to stop, the sus-
pects sped off. The
police pursued the
white Honda in a high
speed chase through
the area until the men
abandoned the vehicle
and started to shoot at
police while fleeing on
foot.

Police officers
returned fire, arresting
two of the men after
shooting one in the

SEE page 13



By ALISON LOWE leaving a constituency

Tribune Staff Reporter without a Member of Par-
alowe@tribunemedia.net liament.

Yesterday the Parlia-

FOR the first time in mentary Commissioner

Bahamian electoral history, | confirmed in a statement,

MAJOR COMPLEXES
a seat is vacant in the following the marathon

House of Assembly and two-day by-election vote | IN FREEPORT AND

there is no sure time frame '
in which it will be filled, SEE page 14 ABACO




Election Court
move ‘next week’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



* PAGE TWO
THE Progressive Liberal Par-
ty is set to file an application
early "next week" to initiate
election court proceedings in
connection with the Elizabeth
by-election results. Lo
Having been informed by- BY-ELECTION
election returning officer Jack
Thompson yesterday of the par-
ty's intention to invoke Section
69 (1) of the Election Act, the
PLP's legal team is said to be preparing the nec-
essary documents to start legal action. By law,
this must be done within 10 day's of the recount.
The crux of the anticipated election court case
centres around five protest ballots cast in favour
of Ryan Pinder. Because of the slim margin of
votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and
Ryan Pinder of the PLP — who received 1,501
and 1,499 regular votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and prevent an official
winner from being certified, it is argued.
"Tt is important that the public understand that

SEE page 14



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Jack Thompson.

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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010

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LOCAL NEWS



Government signs two contracts worth a total of $37 million

Major complexes to be

built in Freeport, Abaco



DIRECTOR of the National Insurance Board Algernon Cargill signs
the contract for the new $18 million government complex to be

constructed in Freeport by the NIB.

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The gov-
ernment yesterday signed an
$18 million contract in
Freeport and a $19 million
contract in Abaco for the con-
struction of two new govern-
ment complexes on those
islands.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) director
Algernon Cargill attended
both signings, the first of
which was held in Grand
Bahama.

Minister of Works Neko
Grant and Fletcher McIntosh
of FES Construction signed
the contract for the construc-
tion of a 65,000 sq ft complex
on the Mall Drive.

The project is expected to
be completed by August 2011.
An additional $900,000 has
been allocated for any unfore-
seen costs in construction.

Mr Ingraham said six acres
of land was made available
by the Grand Bahama Port

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Authority to the government.

Describing the project as
“another important develop-
ment” for the island of Grand
Bahama, Mr Ingraham
expects that some 250 con-
struction jobs will be created
here on the island.

The new building will pro-
vide much needed office
space for various depart-
ments. The Ministry of
Finance will also be relocated
there.

Happy

“Tam happy to be here wit-
nessing the signing of the con-
tract for the 65,000 sq ft gov-
ernment complex which is
being built primarily to house
Customs and Immigration,
Education and the Passport
Offices are coming along, but
the building is being built for
Customs and Immigration,”
said Mr Ingraham.

Additionally, the prime
minister announced that the
government will also cause
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ARCHITECTURAL renderings of the new $18 million government ee to be constructed in riespott by the National Insurance
Board. (Inset, above right:) PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham delivers the keynote address at the contract signing ceremony for the
new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance Board. The ceremony took place yester-
day on the complex site, the Mall Drive, Freeport.

in Freeport. The NIB is
financing the new complexes,
both in Freeport and Abaco.

Mr Ingraham said govern-
ment will occupy the building
on lease-to-purchase terms as
it is doing now with the build-
ings in Nassau that house the
Ministry of Education and
Ministry of Health.

The new building and office
spaces will enhance the vari-
ous government departments’
ability to deliver efficient ser-
vice to the public, he said.

“The building is also being
constructed duty paid and we
expect government revenue
to increase as a result of con-
struction,” he added.

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“T think it is important to
acknowledge that all profes-
sional services connected to
the development of the com-
plex have been sourced here
in Grand Bahama - the archi-
tect, the engineer and consul-
tants are all Grand Bahama
based companies. We sought
to make it a Grand Bahama
project.

“T am pleased to say that
we continue to do all we can
to generate more economic
activity for Grand Bahama.
You remain hopeful that bet-
ter days will come your way
not long from now,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham
stated that before the 1980s,
the government was slow in
establishing its physical pres-
ence in Freeport. Govern-

SPAY DAY

ment offices and agencies,
including the police and
courts were housed in facili-
ties made available by either
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority or private sector
landlords. “Still, today Immi-
gration is housed in rented
accommodations,” he said.

“When I became Minister
of Housing in 1982, it was my
view that that was an unac-
ceptable state of affairs and
we planned and began the
construction of the first gov-
ernment complex in this city
down here at the NIB.”

Mr Ingraham said the FNM
government has constructed
four primary and three high
schools, the Supreme Court
and Magistrate Court com-
plex, the Office of the Prime
Minister, and the Gerald
Bartlett Police Headquarters
in Freeport.



ANOTHER rendering of the new
$18 million government complex
to be constructed in Freeport

Free spay/neuter
and vaccinations

Programme starting in Mason’ S Addition today

THIS morning, BAARK vol-
unteers will partner with the
Bahamas Humane Society and
Proud Paws for the first ever
official Spay Day event.

The community of Mason’s
Addition in Nassau has been
chosen as the first neighbor-
hood in which they will be talk-
ing with the residents and
arranging free appointments
and transportation for animals
to and from the vet’s office.

The residents of Mason’s
Addition are invited to speak
with the Spay Day volunteers
from 10am as they walk
throughout the neighbourhood
arranging for pets or strays to
receive these important treat-
ments for free.

Participating residents will
also receive promotional items
from Purina.

Over the last two months,
BAARK raised more than
$5,500 to provide
spay/neuter/vaccination services
for 110 dogs and cats in New
Providence. PURINA matched
their efforts with a donation of
$5,500 and promotional items
to give out in the community
of Mason's Addition.

“BAARK and their Spay
Day partners are very pleased
to now double the number to
220 animals that will be
spayed/neutered and vaccinated
for free in February 2010,”
BAARK chairman Laura Kim-
ble said.

“The rate at which dogs and
cats can breed is staggering.
One unspayed dog, her mate
and their puppies can create
67,000 dogs in justyears. For
cats, it’s 420,000 in seven years.
So it’s easy to see why we have
the problems

we do. Tremendous as the
problem of pet overpopulation
is, it can be solved if each of us
takes just one small step, start-
ing with not allowing our ani-
mals to breed,” she said.

“There are simply not
enough homes and as a result,



Back row left to right: Diane Sturm, Lissa McCombe, Kim Aranha,
president of the Bahamas Humane Society; Joanne Dods, Brock
North, Chandra Parker McCallum, vice chairman of BAARK. Front
row: Richard Curry, Purina rep for Bahamas Wholesale Agencies:
Laura Kimble, chairman of BAARK; Pat Francis, Irene Graham, Bar-
bara and Jack Christofilis.

as many as 50 dogs are killed at
the Government Pound every
Friday.

“The harsh reality is that for
every new litter of puppies or
kittens you allow your pet to
have, it means other animals
will have to be put down.

Myths

“We chose the theme ‘Have
a heart’ for Spay Day 2010
because we hope that once
everyone realises what happens
to animals as a direct result of
not spaying and neutering our
pets, we will all take this issue
much more seriously.”

Stephen Turnquest, execu-
tive director of the Bahamas
Humane Society, said: “One of
the myths I hear frequently is
that by neutering an animal it
somehow takes away their pet’s
‘manhood’ but this is simply not
true. Pets do not have egos and
neutering or spaying will not

cause an emotional reaction or
identity crisis.”

According to Mr Turnquest,
spaying or neutering pets will
help them live longer healthier
lives, and make them less like-
ly to roam the streets or create
a public nuisance by barking,
howling or marking territory.

Neutered dogs can become
even better protectors. They
focus on their family and home
rather than trying to get out
and reproduce.

Of course, vaccinations are
essential to prevent diseases
like distemper, preventing
needless suffering and veteri-
nary bills.

The Spay Day team is also
encouraging prospective pet
owners to consider adoption
from the Humane Society as
opposed to buying or breeding.

“They have healthy, sweet
pets that make great compan-
ions including beautiful cross
breeds waiting desperately for
good homes,” Ms Kimble said.





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LOCAL NEWS



Psychiatrist

claims Pinder :

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puzzled

over murder

convictions

CONVICTED double mur- }
derer Frank Pinder says he is } |
still puzzled over the sequence }
of events that led to his being }
charged and ultimately con- : }
victed, a psychiatrist said yes-

terday.

Pinder, 33, was convicted
last November of the murders }
of Glenwood Neely Jr and :

James Mitchell Smith Jr.

The two men were report- }
ed missing almost two weeks }
before their bodies were dis- ;
covered in a remote area of i [>
The Bluff, South Andros, in }

an advanced state of decom- if :

position in October 2006.

Yesterday, Pinder was back
before Senior Supreme Court }
Justice Anita Allen for his sen- }

tencing hearing.

Psychiatrist Dr Nelson i |
Clarke told the court that Pin- } [
der maintains he had no }
involvement in the deaths of
Neely and Smith and that he is }
puzzled over the sequence of }
events that took him to court. }

Shirley Street

Probation officer Lisa Bow-
leg testified that Pinder said

he believed that he was unfair-
ly convicted and did not have a }

fair trial.

Pinder’s sentencing hearing }

road work
ping up

has been adjourned to March
12, 2010, when his defence

attorney Ian Cargill and pros- }
ecutor Lorna Longley-Rolle }
are expected to make their }

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* A 31-YEAR-OLD Quakoo }

: By NOELLE NICOLLS
i Tribune Staff Reporter

Deon Elspbunrwas accused nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

of being found in possession }

Sciemia sacs crae Cree nea motorists will be relieved to
a ees know there is an end in sight
Hepburn had initially plead- | t0 the Shirley Street road-
ed not guilty to the charge at | Works that has disrupted

submissions.

COURTBRIEFS



Street man was fined $2,500
after pleading guilty to a mar-
ijuana possession charge.

30, 2008.

2008.

Street man was fined $1,500

terday.

Lane.

ruary 17.

charge.

BlackBerry
subscribers to
receive credit

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany is offering credit to subscribers of its ,
BlackBerry system as compensation for the

temporary loss of service.

Yesterday the BTC BlackBerry system was

down for at least eight hours.

To compensate for the inconvenience
caused, Marlon Johnson, BTC vice-president
of marketing, sales and business development,
said subscribers would receive a $10 credit
that will take effect in a subsequent billing

cycle.

Service was interrupted due to a technical
failure in the system. Technicians were able to
fix the system after being in communication
with BlackBerry’s Canadian parent company,
Research In Motion (RIM), and BTC’s US

based vendor Nortel.

On Thursday, however, dur-
ing the defence stage of his tri- | (BTC) is scheduled to com-
al, Hepburn pleaded guilty to ;
the charge and was convicted }
by Magistrate Carolita Bethell. :
? begin repaving between Vil-

¢ A 42-YEAR-OLD Brougham :

ANGRY motorists have complained the trenches were deep and unavoidable. They are spaced out
across the entire designated area.

DISGRUNTLED

The Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company

plete work on Tuesday.
Immediately after, the Min-
istry of Works is on track to

lage Road and Mackey

} ] i Street.
after pleading guilty to a mar- }
ijuana possession charge yes- : and running fibre optic
, ; ? cables as a part of our ongo-
Dwight Bell was arraigned + ing work to improve con-
before Magistrate Carolita ¢ poctivity and quality of ser-
Bethell in Court Eight, Bank vice throughout our tele-

It is alleged that he was phone and Internet net-

. ”
found in possession of 47 } works,

grams of marijuana with intent spokesman Marlon Johnson.
to supply on Wednesday, Feb- : . :
? was slated to begin repaving

Bell pleaded guilty toa sim- Shirley Street at the end of
ple possession charge and the }
prosecution dropped the intent }

i began before the Christmas

“We are digging trenches

said BTC

The Ministry of Works

January, in accordance with
repaving exercises that

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who are making news in their
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holidays. The road between
Frederick Street and Mack-
ey Street was paved but the
original schedule was
changed to accommodate
BTC, according to acting
director of works, Gordon
Major.

BTC confirmed a decision
was made to conduct infra-
structure work prior to the
laying of fresh tar in order to
prevent a major disruption
to the public once the new
road was in place.

Angry motorists have
complained the trenches
were deep and unavoidable.
They are spaced out across
the entire designated area.
One motorist said she
almost found herself in an
accident when drivers
stopped suddenly to navi-
gate safe passage through
the trenches.

Mr Johnson said BTC was
advised not to close up the
holes, which would have
been their usual practice
once work was completed,
since the Ministry planned
to start the reconstruction
of the road right away.





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Woods: Sorry, sorry and sorry again

NEW YORK — This was one spotlight he
never sought, probably never dreamed of,
and most definitely avoided for as long as
humanly possible. When Tiger Woods
claimed the stage for his TV apology — and
make no mistake, it was a stage, pure and
simple — his mission was to be authentic
and sincere.

Or, at least, as authentic and sincere as
managing and repairing a multinational, mul-
timedia, multimillion-dollar brand can ever
be.

"There are some things I want to say,"
golf's most towering figure told us, his eyes
wide, his tone low, his backdrop blue velvet.
If only it were that simple.

This may indeed have been a sincere apol-
ogy. It certainly felt moving at times. Tiger
Woods may be genuinely remorseful and
desperate to make amends to all those peo-
ple, from his wife to his fans, who have been
demanding some kind of resolution after
those ugly revelations of infidelity and
months of silence.

But the circumstances of his mea culpa —
the infomercial manner in which it was set up,
teased, stylized and delivered as regularly
scheduled programming — obscured any
genuine message struggling to punch through.

So many of the talking heads in the runup
to Woods' 13 minutes talked about how he
needed to be genuine, human, a real person.
Yet in America, that's only part of the story.
Americans want humanity in their country,
but they admire message management, too
— and Woods has wanted control to a fault.

Even with his dented image, the story of
Tiger Woods on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, was a
choreographed yarn being spun by the plan-
et's best imagemakers and brand managers
— storytellers as adept at their craft as the
candidates for Best Director at next mon-
th's Oscars.

"This is a box, all wrapped up. Anyone
can see it. It's so clear that he has controlled
it and packaged it,” said Leila Brammer, a
communications expert at Gustavus Adol-
phus College in St. Peter, Minn., who studies
how public figures repair their images.

Woods, or the people managing him, cer-
tainly took pains to cover all of the cultural
bases. His statement ranged from place to
place, wounded party to wounded party,
managing to invoke all of the requisite
images of recovery in modern America.

He said sorry three times and took the
blame, shifting it to no one except the safe
scapegoat of the media. He talked about the
"the issues I'm facing,” the work he had to do
on himself and the people he'd let down. He
used the language of the 12-step programme.
He admitted he had a problem. He said fam-
ily came first. He even invoked old-time reli-
gion — Buddhism, in this case, reflecting his
status as not only a cultural symbol but a
multicultural one.

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He went on too long. He didn't allow
questions. He wanted to talk to the public but
kept everyone out of the room except the
exact 40 people his handlers picked. He made
an obvious play to keep women — the inter-
est group he has most offended — front and
centre, including his mother.

The choreography was hardly surprising
from a man who built his career around con-
trolling the message. But the stakes couldn't
have been higher — not just for his personal
life and image but for the fiscal health of
Brand Tiger. In a way, Friday's apology was
an economic stimulus for the mini-economy
that is Tiger Woods.

"We think of it as just being about Tiger.
Well, it's a lot more than just Tiger. It's all the
people who are depending on Tiger for a
living,” said Jeffrey Bell, a partner at Gallatin
Public Affairs, a strategic public-relations
firm that has helped clients overcome image
crises. That overcoming, for Woods, began
earlier this week with a carefully staged pho-
to designed to look like it wasn't — an image
of him running (in Nike gear, of course) that
was given to a photographer who was
informed well in advance that he'd be jogging
by. Same story with golfing photos of Woods
that emerged Thursday.

The teasers fit well with television, which
adores few things more than being able to air
a live event under controlled circumstances.

The Golf Channel served up completely
packaged pregame and postgame shows to
accentuate the dramatic arc of hero rising,
hero falling, hero redeemed.

But in the end, this scripting reveals a key
trait about Americans and their idols. In a
culture that has arrived at a curious three-way
intersection of therapy, authenticity and Hol-
lywood endings, we must have a signpost
that we can move on. Closure is everything.

Look at the scripted truths of reality TV
and the carefully managed sensibilities of
weekday morning programming: Americans
hunger to be handed a feeling that no matter
how messy life — married life, in this case —
becomes, things ultimately make sense.

The sad fact is that it almost doesn't mat-
ter whether Tiger Woods’ apology was sin-
cere. What matters — for his business, for
golf, even for plain old us — is that it
appeared to be. "The American people are
incredibly forgiving of those who ask for for-
giveness. But you have to ask for it in a sin-
cere way," said Gerald Patnode, a branding
expert at York College in Pennsylvania.

So forget whether you think the apology
was any good; for its purposes, it was good
enough. It reconciled private and public,
puritanism and prurience, condemnation and
forgiveness. It was enough verisimilitude for
the moment at hand. Now we can move on to
more important things.

(This article was written by Ted Anthony of
the Associated Press).





A story worth
telling — but why
the distortions?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On page one of Thursday
February 11th edition of the
Punch, appeared an article
under the heading, “Trail
Blazer Cleophas trod a path
others trembled to tread”, by
P Anthony White. A story,
but, for the interspersion of a
number of often repeated
misinformation and distor-
tions by its writer, is worth
telling, if only to bring sanity
to supporters of both major
parties and others in our
midst who, after decades of
racial rhetoric by PLP politi-
cians and indeed many in the
FNM party, continue to sow
seeds of disunity and mistrust
among our people of colour in
this nation.

Cleophas was a close friend
and colleague of mine, a rela-
tionship that is more fully
detailed in my memoirs.
White wrote in his article, that
Stafford Sands had a difficul-
ty with existing under a PLP
government. Did not many
persons inclusive of you and
me, Mr White? Unlike you
and others, me and many
more stayed and fought the
status quo, and that Sands had
become wealthy over the
years. A little research by you,
Mr White, would have
revealed that Stafford Loft-
house Sands was an only child
born to wealthy parents who,
(parents) came from wealthy
families also. His father, for
whom I worked in 1942, was
the owner of one of the two
major food stores in Nassau,
City Meat Market, situated
on the comer of East and Bay
streets. On the south side of
Bay Street.

The other food store, JP
Sands Lumber Yard and
Food Store was on the north
side of Bay Street, occupying
all of that area on the east
side of the Royal Bank of
Canada inclusive of the prop-
erty on which now stands Sco-
tia Bank. The reason for
Sands packing up and leaving
the Bahamas was two fold.
(One) in mid-1966, he, Sands,
had sold City Meat Market to
Winn Dixie, an American
food chain, apparently with-
out obtaining the Govern-
ment’s permission to do so,
as required by law, when sell-
ing to non Bahamians and
(two) he was terminally ill
(cancer). Pindling had threat-
ened him with prosecution for
the sale, and the best treat-
ment to be obtained for his
illness at the time was in
Europe.

He did not take Pindling’s
threat lightly. They were the
deciding factors in his deci-
sion to move to Europe. I

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used to visit him whenever I
was in London and he was in
residence. On one of my visits
he told me that Pindling had
invited him to come back to
the Bahamas, but he had no
interest in such a visit, he did
not trust Pindling and he
needed to stay close to his
doctors, because he required
regular medical attention.

His life in Europe was not
one of ease and splendor; but
one of pain and physical deca-
dence. When he, Sir Stafford,
decided to call it quits, he, the
man, that the PLP painted as
a racist and villain, recom-
mended a man of colour
(Black) to succeed him as the
representative for the City of
Nassau, a predominantly
white Constituency. Cleophas
Adderley was that man, and
he held the seat until he
decided that he could not go
along with the political antics
of his so-called discriminating
and victimising black broth-
ers.

Contrary to what you, Mr
White, may have thought,
Cleophas, along with Sir
Roland and Mike Light-
bourne, who along with me
were expelled from the FNM
in early 1973 for supporting
me in the Abaco fight to
remain a Crown colony under
Great Britain rather than
being in a Bahamas under a
Pindling-led PLP government.
A fear that present conditions
in the nation, almost four
decades later, has proven to
be well founded.

During the first Convention
held by the FNM party since
its formation and after the
1972 general elections, a deci-
sion was made to invite
Symonette, Adderley and
Lightbourne, back to the par-
ty, in order to strengthen their
(FNM) opposition position in
parliament. (Five seats).

Cleophas was really disillu-
sioned and fed up with the
FNM’s leadership and openly
let it be known that he would
not be seeking another term
in parliament as an FNM, this
was long before the bound-
ary changes. In 1976, when
the Parliamentary group,
exclusive of Maurice Moore,
quit the FNM and formed the
BDP with Henry Bostwick as
leader, Cleophas again made
it quite clear that he had no
intention of running again for
any party. As for your insis-
tence, Mr White, that the
UBP was disbanded, and cer-
tain members along with per-
sons from the defunct NDP
and the Free PLP formed the
FNM, I will say this, Mr
White, a lie if repeated often

enough will, eventually be
believed by the person repeat-
ing it.

Firstly, Orville Turnquest,
the ex deputy leader of the
NDP and Kendal Isaacs, who
was not and never had been
affiliated with any political
party, were not founding
members of the FNM. They
both became members after
its (FNM) formation. Sec-
ondly, the UBP was never dis-
banded, no political entity
with nine sitting members in
parliament and four in the
senate, and enjoying the sta-
tus of Her Majesty’s Loyal
opposition in parliament
would be so stupid as to dis-
band, a five year old imbecile,
would not believe such an
outrageous lie Mr White, to
make such a statement in the
printed media, is, to say the
least, an insult to the intelli-
gence of the reading public.
It was a merger of the two
parties, I was the National
Chairman of the UBP and
had a leading role in the
orchestration of that merger.
In my Memoirs, you will find
it in full and unabridged
detail.

The founding members of
the FNM party were the Par-
liamentary members of the
UBP and its party officers and
the eight parliamentary mem-
bers of the Free PLP. Listed
below are their names and
status. From the United
Bahamian Party were:- Geof-
frey Johnstone MP. (Leader),
Errington WI Watkins
(Chairman), David Light-
bourne (Treasurer), Sir
Roland T Symonette MP,
Norman S Solomon, MP,
Cleophas Adderley, MP,
Peter Graham, MP, Donald
D’Albenas, MP, Noel
Roberts, MP, Sherwin
Archer, MP, and Reginald
Lobosky, Senator.

The Free PLP’s were: Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield MP
(Leader) Dr Curtis McMillan
MP, Dr Elwood Donaldson,
MP, Maurice Moore, MP,
Arthur Foulkes, MP, George
Thompson, MP, James Shep-
herd, MP and Warren Levar-
ity, MP.

History, is History, whether
it treats one kindly or unkind-
ly, depends on the perfor-
mance of the individual,
organisation or entity
involved, it must be recorded
as accurately as humanly pos-
sible, the same goes for inci-
dents and events, as it is for
posterity. False and inaccu-
rate information on individ-
uals or events for whatever
reasons makes a mockery of
the recording process. A
writer once noted “Truth
thrust to earth will rise again.”

EWI WATKINS
Nassau,
February, 2010.




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The Bahamas, intend to change my name to CARLETON

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to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

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How quick the Bahamian Government is to leap to do
whatever some international agency suggests or advises. They
say jump and our Government says, how high and immediate-
ly passes laws to comply. Anything to please who is so far
away. The implication is that our Bahamas is alert and sensitive.
But is it no more than like a trained monkey though?

If our Government is intelligent and sensitive, why does it
not, without any outside intervention at all, see and hear what
needs to be done to improve the quality of life for its citizens?
For me it is as if this country is not being governed and we are
all already in the hands of barbarians and have been left to their
mercy.

Why are we allowed, in a Bahamas which pretends to be so
up to date — so with it — so forever on the cutting edge, sub-
jected to motor bike noises, and music in vehicles, these togeth-
er, unrelenting, and so utterly unbearably loud. My house is
without end shaking, the windows rattling.

Is Government not put in place, politicians voted for, to pro-
vide the people protection from whoever would violate or
subject us to what is anti-social in the extreme?

How sensitive could a Government be that says nothing
and does nothing about such a vexing disturbance? How sen-
sitive or with it can a Government be that does nothing and says
nothing about cigarette smoking in public places?

There is certainly something contradictory going on regard-
ing our Government's swiftness to react on the one hand and
being so slow to react on the other hand in matters which
impact so extremely adversely the quality of life in the local
environment which we all have to share and call home and
make a home in, but is left to be and to feel so uncomfortable,
so disturbed, so without peace day or night.



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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



National Prescription Drug plan ‘will also benefit all the Family Islands’

THE project management team of the National Insurance
Board has assured health professionals that the National Pre-
scription Drug Plan will not only benefit Nassau, but all the Fam-
ily Islands.

NPDP project managers recently travelled to Abaco to meet
with public and private health professionals practising on that
island regarding the Plan.

During the presentation, Algernon Cargill, director of NIB,
emphasised that the Plan will benefit all islands of the Bahamas, by
providing more than 150 prescription drugs and medical supplies
free-of-charge to members who suffer from 11 chronic non-com-
municable diseases. “This plan is not only for Nassau, or Grand
Bahama, rather, it will be introduced throughout all the Family of
Islands. We will be visiting the islands to share the highlights of the
National Prescription Drug Plan to ensure that we can register all
eligible Bahamians,” Mr Cargill said.

Following a detailed presentation on the plan, Abaco physicians,
nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals participated in
a question and answer session with the NIB team.

Several persons also commented on the value of the plan to
Abaconians. Dr Benerji Swarna, district medical officer at the

Brrr ... cold spell
likely to last until
end of February

Brief respite of warmer temperature expected to end on Tuesday

By ALESHA CADET



PHYSICIANS, nurses, and other health professionals recently assem-
bled at St John The Baptist Church Hall, Marsh Harbour, Abaco to
learn about the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP) presented by
the project managers.

Marsh Harbour Clinic, said that he believes the NPDP is a positive
programme for patients with chronic illnesses.

“The basic problem that we have in Abaco with chronic diseases
is that many of those patients are not able to buy all of the pre-
scribed drugs so when you prescribe four or five drugs to them, they
may take one or two of them if they are available at the government

clinic, and those needed from the private pharmacies, they are not
purchasing due to their economic conditions.”

Antoinette Cumberbatch, district nursing supervisor in Abaco
and the mainland cays, added, “I think the implementation of
this programme is needful because here in the Abacos we have
many individuals with chronic diseases and I know they will direct-
ly benefit. “Sometimes we face challenges with getting the drugs
at the government clinics, and if we have this national prescription
drug plan in place, we will now have the option to access the med-
ication at the private facilities.”

Emma Dawkins, acting manager of NIB’s local offices in Marsh
Harbour and Coopers Town, said, “I think that it is important for
the stakeholders to carry this information correctly because in
Abaco we have many persons without insurance, including some
fishermen and taxi drivers, and some of them do have chronic
diseases. “If these persons receive the correct information, then
they will be able to benefit from the programme. I believe that it
was a good idea for the NIB team to physically come to Abaco, and
really inform us on the prescription drug plan because all we
knew was what we heard on television, but now we understand the
depth of it, and we are grateful,” she said.

FU CU Seale



BAHAMIANS will have to wrap up warm for
a bit longer, as forecasters say they expect the
cold weather to stay with us at least until the
end of the month.

However, for those not enjoying the cooler
temperatures, they will get a brief respite starting
today and continuing until Tuesday.

Chief meteorologist officer Basil Dean told
The Tribune that the warmer temperatures are
expected to last for a few days.

But following the short warm spell, the cold
weather will return to the Bahamas.

Jeoffrey Greene of the Nassau forecast office
said there are cold fronts “piling up one behind
the other” at the moment.

“We are not going to get the temperatures

that people would prefer, back in the 80s
(degrees), not this week or next week,” Mr
Greene said.

He explained that the north winds from the
United States and Canada are pushing the cold
fronts south towards the Bahamas.

But regardless of how chilly it may feel to
some right now, Mr Dean said that these are by
far not the coldest temperatures that the
Bahamas has experienced.

“We've had a streak of temperatures, during
the past few days temperatures were below aver-
age,” he said.

While temperatures this winter dipped as low
as 54 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature
recorded in the Bahamas was 41.4 degrees on
February 20, 1981.

“This year we’ve had the lowest being 54
degrees as of February 12, 2010,” Mr Dean said.

THE FML GROUP OF COMPANIES makes a $30,000 donation to World Relief
through the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) which will use the
funds to provide much needed medical supplies for those suffering in Haiti.
On January 25, 2010, the FML Group of Companies made a public commit-
ment, and through this donation is one step closer to accomplishing its goal
of extending donations totalling $250,000 to organisations who they feel
are doing good work towards relief efforts in Haiti. Pictured here (I-r) are FML
Group of Companies chief operations officer Damian Flowers, NPCC director
Gillian Watson and FML director of business development and marketing Greer
Flowers.

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WORLD HARMONY RUN

Bahamas hosting new
Providence Torch Run



(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
JAYASHRI Wyatt and Boijayanti Gomez, runners in the World Harmony
Run, pass the Harmony Torch to Natishka Silver, an athlete at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas on Thursday, February 18. The Bahamas is the
forth of 100 nations around the world where the Harmony Torch is
being carried.

FOR the first time ever, the Bahamas today hosts the New
Providence Torch Run as part of the World Harmony Run,
bringing together youth, sports and civic groups in a display of
unity for peace.

As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, pass-
ing it from hand to hand, travelling over 100 nations around the

lobe.
: Today, the torch returns to Nassau after having travelled to
Grand Bahama and Exuma.

The torch run begins and ends with a cultural display and rally
at Arawak Cay. The New Providence Torch Run starts at 9am
and will be 24 miles long. It will bring together government and
private schools, police cadets, Defence Force officers and civic
stakeholders.

The World Harmony Run's website states that the annual
event is held to promote international friendship and under-
standing, and does not seek to raise money or highlight any
political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peo-
ples of all nations.

Ceremonies and various celebrations for the event were held
last week in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Exuma prior to the
actual torch run.

The entire Bahamas leg of World Harmony Run is being held
under the patronage of Governor-General's Arthur Hanna.




(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
ATHLETES running in the World Harmony Run make their way along

Poinciana Drive on Thursday, February 18, carrying the Harmony
Torch, which will be passed on to the College of the Bahamas athletes.





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LOCAL NEWS



Freeport welcomes one of largest ever container ships

ONE of the largest container ships ever made
its maiden voyage to the Bahamas on Wednesday
when the MSC Tomoko docked at Freeport Har-
bour.

The MSC Tomoko, operated by Mediter-
ranean Shipping Co, arrived from a stop in Nor-
folk, Virginia before continuing on its trek to
Asia through the Suez Canal.

Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Com-
pany, Freeport Container Port and Grand
Bahama Airport Company, described the ves-
sel as being as big as an aircraft carrier, but with
a wider hull. MSC Tomoko docked with 8,800
containers.

“ (This) augurs well for expansion plans for
the container port involving the addition of 10
more cranes and six berths - to make 2,000 metres
of quay berthing space,” said Mr Gilbert.

The harbour can accommodate the largest ves-
sels in the world and those being planned.

Another large MSC vessel is expected next

week and Mr Gilbert noted that the harbour in
Grand Bahama, the deepest and largest in the

THE WORLD’S largest container ship, the MSC Tomoko. (Inset:) A closer view.



Caribbean, provides the foundation for the most
diversified port in the western hemisphere.

Sidney Poitier International
Conference and Film Festival

A first for the College of the Bahamas



SIDNEY POITIER

ASSOCIATE Professor of
English at the College of the
Bahamas (COB) Dr Ian Stra-
chan has urged a rediscovery
of the relationship between cel-
ebrated actor, author and
humanitarian Sir Sidney Poitier
and the Bahamas, as COB pre-
pares to host the Sidney Poitier

International Conference and
Film Festival from February 23-
27.

Sir Sidney has been widely

recognised not only for his
groundbreaking contributions
to the arts, but because many of
his roles challenged pre-con-

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and socio-economic status.

Appearing in more than 50
films, Sir Sidney — who grew up
in Cat Island — set for himself
standards of performance that
were viewed as impossible for
black actors at the time.

Among his most distin-
guished achievements is an
Academy Award win in 1963
for his lead role in the film
‘Lilies of the Field’.

Dignity

Dr Strachan credited Sir Sid-
ney with playing roles of dig-
nity, intelligence, intensity and
integrity.

“Our work as scholars is to
look and find the truth and, as
with any artist or public figure,
there is good and bad. So if you
look at the papers that will be
presented, we are looking at
the limitations of his career but
also looking at the achieve-
ments as well,” said Dr Stra-
chan, chair of the conference
planning committee.

“Bahamians need to redis-
cover and rethink their rela-
tionship with Sidney Poitier
and we are only doing our-
selves and future generations
a disservice by refusing to
embrace someone who has
never denied us. I don’t think
he ever has and if you spoke
to him today, I don’t think he
would.”

COB PRESIDENT rom M. Hodder (left) announcing the Sidney Poitier International Conference and
Film Festival with her colleagues Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, chair of the School of English Studies
(centre), and conference committee chair and Associate Professor of English Dr lan Strachan.

In his books, Sir Sidney has
recognised his Bahamian roots,
outlining how his childhood in
Cat Island was a critical part of
his formative development
before he moved to the United
States. He authored the books
‘This Life’, “The Measure of a
Man’ and ‘Life Beyond Mea-
sure’.

The Sidney Poitier Confer-
ence and Film Festival will
allow scholars to explore and
debate his achievements, con-
tributions and legacy.

International scholars as well
as faculty from the college will
present a range of papers at the
day sessions while in the
evenings over 20 of Sir Sidney’s
films will be shown in total at
various COB venues.

COB president Janyne Hod-
der hailed Sir Sidney as a tal-
ented artist, activist and human-
itarian.

“Sidney Poitier is man who
stands for deep and enduring
values. Sidney Poitier has stood
throughout his life for human
rights, for freedom from
oppression and for hope. This
makes the man and the artist
equally deserving of this con-
ference’s academic celebra-
tion,” she said.

Chair of the School of Eng-
lish Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones
explained that hosting this kind
of scholarly event is becoming a
part of the tradition of COB
and the School of English Stud-
ies.

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“Freeport Container Port has a very bright
future and continues to grow larger daily and is
one of the proud jewels of Hutchison Wham-
poa's investments in Grand Bahama,” said Mr
Gilbert.

MSC Tomoko was piloted into the harbour
by Freeport Harbour Company’s director Orlan-
do Forbes along with her captain, Master Mariner
Captain Tihomir Djura Andric, who has visited
Freeport on a few occasions dating back to 2000.

MSC Tomoko draws 45 to 46 feet of water.

Manuel Ruiz, managing director of MSC said
the Tomoko is visiting as part of a relatively new
service operated by MSC which features several
ships - most of them smaller in size than MSC
Tomoko. Its circuit includes: New York; Balti-
more; Norfolk; Freeport, Bahamas; the Suez
Canal, Jedha, Saudi Arabia; Colombo, Sri Lanka;
Singapore; Chiwan, China; Hong Kong; Shang-
hai; Ningbo, China; Chiwan, China; Yiantian,
China; Singapore; Salalah, Oman.

Ross University assists with
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ROSS STUDENT and co-director of the Ross SMP Health Initia-
tive, Chris Hancock (right) takes the blood pressure of a fellow
Ross student.

STUDENTS faculty and staff of
Ross University Bahamas gathered
to register as potential blood
donors for the community of
Grand Bahama last week.

The initiative began through the
coordination of two Ross medical
students, Stacey O'Brien and
Christopher Hancock, who are co-
directors of the SMP Health Ini-

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tiative at Ross, which sponsored CHRIS HANCOCK and

the database registration and Stacey O'Brien, Ross Uni-

health fair.

Christopher Hancock provided
more information on the initiative:
“Throughout the semester we
worked with Dixie Jones, director
of Health Education and Promotions Department, and nurse
Yvonne Clark on setting up different programmes between
Ross and the Grand Bahama Health Services. On this particu-
lar project we are also working with Dr Josephine Bartlett and
the deputy lab manager Meritta Strachan.”

Stacey O’Brien added, “The SMP Health Initiative wanted to
aid in improving the blood supply here in Grand Bahama after
we toured the Rand Hospital and saw the limited blood supply
first hand. We contacted the lab at the Rand and we learned that
a small, but steady blood supply is what was needed to meet the
needs of Grand Bahama. Our desire to help was very well
received by the Health Services and it was decided that along
with immediate donations, creating a database of potential
donors from the Ross Community was the best way to give back
to the Grand Bahama Community that graciously host us dur-
ing our medical education.”

The health fair portion of the event was geared toward the
students learning more about their current state of health.

Blood pressure, glucose and height and weight measure-
ments were provided and details filled in to a ‘healthy living
passport’ provided by the Public Hospitals Authority which
allows an individual to document their personal details as well
as keep track of their progress, or lack thereof, from one assess-
ment time to another.

Each individual also filled out a blood donation questionnaire.

It is important to note that no Ross student performed blood
withdrawal, and Rand staff was on hand to do so. The Ross
medical students did, however, perform all the other testing
under the supervision of the Rand personnel.

The event was a great success and Ross University plans to
continue this initiative in each semester which is three times per
calendar year.

versity students, who coor-
dinated the blood registra-
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By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemdia.net

AS THE 28th Annual Hugh
Campbell Basketball Classic contin-
ues to progress towards champi-
onship weekend, inntesity has risen
to new levels as teams vie for an
opportunity to advance and remain
in contention.

ANATOL RODGERS
TIMBERWOLVES -— 52

NORTH ANDROS
SEMINOLES — 44

e The Seminoles became the first
family island casuality of the tourna-
ment when the GSSSA's newcomers
recorded their first win in tourna-
ment, history.

Sharpshooting guard Tyler Thomp-
son led Anatol Rodgers with a game
high 19 points and was one of three
Timberwolves in double figures.

Johnathan Gordon and Justino
Almonard finished with 10 points
apiece.

Richard Miller led the Seminoles
with a game high 25 points in a los-
ing effort.

SUNLAND BAPTIST
ACADEMY STINGERS — 53

ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
GIANTS — 45

e The Stingers nearly blew a 14
point second half lead, but with cluth
plays from their point guard down
the stretch separated themselves and
denied the Giants a second consec-
utive fourth quarter comeback.

Rashad Knowles scored eight of
his game high 17 points in the fourth
quarter to lead the Stingrays to a
win in the opening game of session
two.

Tied at 12 in the second quarter,
the Stingers closed on a 13-4 run to
take a 25-16 lead at the half.

Verdell Grant's tip in early in the
third quarter gave the Stingers a 36-
22 lead as the game appeared to be
slipping away from the Giants.

Junior boys star Anwar Neely
ignited a run for the Giants which
trimmed the defecit to just four at
the end of the third.

Neely scored on consecutive fast-
breaks and Dwight Moss dished an
assist to Kristoff Wood to make the

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20,

score 36-30.

Clayton Panza capped the 10-0
run with a runner for a 36-32 lead
headed into the fourth quarter.

Moss brought the Giants within a
single possession with a pair of free
throws, 38-36.

The Stingers’ considerable size
advantage paid off in the fourth
quarter with a series of second and
third shot opportunities which kept
the Giants at bay.

With his four trips to the line in
the quarter, Moss kept the Giants
within striking distance.

He made just one of two at the
line with an opportunity to tie, but
pulled the Giants within one, 40-39
with 3:08 left to play.

Knowles would respond for the
Stingers on the very next posession
and extended the lead to three with
a running layup.

Grant added another basket to for
a five point advantage before the
Giants responded with a 5-0 run of
their own to tie.

Moss'layup tied the game at 44
with 1:55 left to play.

Knowles would again respond
with a basket to regain the lead for
the Stingers.

Moss again made just one of two
at the line with an opportunity to
tie, and the Stingers would respond
with a second chance score by Grant
for a 48-45 lead with 53 seconds left
to play.

A series of desperation threes by
the Giants fell short, and Knowles
sealed the Stingers win with a three
point play for the game’s final mar-

in.

Grant added 15 points to
Knowles'game high score while
Valentino Mitchell added nine.

Moss led the Giants with 14, Neely
added 11 and Panza finished with
nine.

Other results of yesterday's open-
ing session included:

University School Bulls — 73
Heritage Academy Flames — 24

Galilee Miracles — 46
Preston Albury Stallions — 40

Westminster College Diplomats — 76
North Eleuthera Lions — 12

Games will continue all weekend
with the winners of each pool facing
offin the tournament semifinals Sun-
day at 2pm and Spm respectively.



2010





A PLAYER from the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves glides through the defense of the North Andros Seminoles for a jumper. The
Timberwolves went on to win the game 52-44.



MORE SCENES FROM 28TH ANNUAL HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSIC

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



SPORTSNOTES

TENNIS
KNOWLES IN SEMIS

e AFTER taking a break
to recover from an injury
that prevented him from
playing in the Australian
open, Mark Knowles and his
new doubles partner Mardy
Fish are now playing in the
semifinal of their first tour-
nament for the year.

Playing at the Regions
Morgan Keegan Champi-
onships & Cellular South
Cup in Memphis, Tennessee,
Knowles and Fish will play
against the team of John
Isner and Sam Querrey
today.

If they advance to the
final, they will play on Sun-
day.

Knowles and Fish are the
number two seeds in the
tournament. Knowles’ imme-
diate past partner Mahesh
Bhupathi from India and his
new partner Max Mirnyi
were the top seeds, but they
got eliminated in the first
round.

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TRACK
ROAD RUNNERS MEET

today at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium. The meet will begin
at 9 a.m.

It will serve as a qualifier
for the Carifta Games that

day weekend.

SWIMMING
BARRACUDA
SWIM MEET

Federation will continue its
2009/2010 calendar year today

Aquatic Center. The meet,

hich d Friday
Hi ree tamale pene! ; Burrows will both swim in
The meet is being used asa } the “A” final of the 100 fly
qualifier for the Carifta } this evening seeded 5th and
Games that will be held in }

Kingston, Jamaica over the | S4W the duo both swim the

; 50 freestyle and compete for

night, will resume at 9 a.m.

Easter holiday weekend.



Vanderpool-Wallace, Burrows and Lightbourne to

ARIANNA Vanderpool-

: Wallace, Vereance Burrows
; and Teisha Lightbourne are
: competing in their respective
i NCAA Conference Swim-
i ming Championships this
:? weekend.

will be held in the Cayman }
Islands over the Easter holi-

Vanderpool-Wallace
(Auburn University) and

? Burrows (University of Ken-
? tuckey) are both competing
i at the 2010 Southeastern
? Conference Championships,
? scheduled from Feb. 17-20 at
i University of Georgia,
: ? Gabrielsen Natatorium and

Seco ame eae ? Lightbourne (Northwestern
? University) at the Big 10
: Championships at Purdue

Rea ce Bengt University in Indiana

Vanderpool-Wallace and

6th respectively. Yesterday

their schools in the 200
freestyle relay.

Arianna was seeded 12th
going into the prelims and
swam to a 5th place finish in
the “A” final in a time of
22.32 (NCAA “B” qualifying
time), while Burrows who
was seeded 8th in a time of
20.07 going into the prelims
did not qualify to swim in the
finals and placed 20th overall
in a time of 20.13 (NCAA
“B” qualifying time)

Vanderpool-Wallace and
Burrows also swam the 50 fly
leg of the 200 medley relay
on the opening day of com-
petition and helped their
team to a fourth and sixth
place finish respectively.

Vanderpool-Wallace is
also swimming thel00 yd
freestyle and is seeded 2nd
in that event and Burrows
will also swim the 100 free
and is seeded 38th going into

the preliminarys on Saturday.

Teisha Lightbourne is
swimming at the Big 10
Championships in West
Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue
University. Lightbourne
swam the 50 yd free leg of
the 200 medley relay for
Northwestern and finished
7th overall, swam the 50 free
and qualified for the “C”
final with a 24th place finish
in a time of 23.27.

Also swimming for their
college teams in the NCAA
are Alicia Lightbourne
(sophmore) who swims for
the Crimson Tide at Harvard
Univeristy who will compete
at the ECAC Championships
from February 26th — 28th
and Ariel Weech, who is in
her freshman year for the
Huskers at Nebraska, will
swim in the Big 12 Champi-
onships, February 24th —
27th.



compete in NCAA Conference Swimming Championships

¢ THE Road Runners ;
Track Club will hold their }
annual track and field classic

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace





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TRIBUNE SPORTS



SPORTS



Strokers still
undefeated
in Masters

Softhall League

THE Micholette Strokers }
remained undefeated in the
Masters Softball League with }
a 16-4 rout over the Tony }
Tiger Royals in one of the }
four games played last week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sport- }

ing Complex.

In the other games played, }
the William Construction Jets }
clobbered the Six Pack Abs i
18-1; the Alco Raiders pound- }
ed the St. Anges Lions 15-5 ; |
and the Bamboo Shack Bulls }
knocked off the Andreaus }

Brokers 12-4.

e Summaries of the games

played are as follows:
Strokers 16, Royals 4:

Lester Dean went 3-for-4 with
a RBI, scoring three times; }
Everette ‘Abe’ Johnson was :
3-for-4 with two RBI and a }
run scored and Ronald ‘Big
Boy’ Seymour was a perfect }
2-for-2 with two RBI and }

High school players benefit trom softhall clinic

three runs scored in the win.
Dean also got the win on
the mound over Harold
‘Banker’ Fritzgerald.
Anthony ‘Stiuck-A-Ton’
Johnson went 2-for-3 with a
run scored in the loss.

Jets 18, Abs 1: Jeff Cooper ;

was 3-for-4 with four RBI and | Senior Sports Reporter

[ . 9 ? bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
Smith 3-for-4 with a pair of |
RBI and runs scored and }
Gary ‘Super’ Johnson a per- ;
fect 3-for-3 with three RBI ? the appearance of American
and two runs scored in the : Olympic softball pitcher great
; : ? Monica Abbott.

Bertie Murray Sr. picked }

up the win and Joe Miller was ; pitcher in the world, headed a

i delegation that stopped in town

Raiders 15, Lions 5: Gay- : yesterday on their seven day

lord Knowles was 3-for-5 with : Caribbean cruise on board the

: ? MSC Poesia.
scored; tony Henfield went 2- :

for-4 with two RBI and a run Peak Performance coach Mare

and Glenroy ‘Flo’ Saunders } Dagenais and Men’s Fastpitch

went 3-for-4 with three RBI } star Dave Paetkau conducted a

i clinic for female players from

? the United States and Canada

over thwe mound over Ken } between the ages of 10-18 years

i old.
Barrett McDonald went 1- ;

for-3 wirth two RBI and a run i Sporting Complex featured

scored and George Turner } players from the College of the

was a perfect 3-for-3 with a i Bahamas, St. Augustine’s Col-

i lege, CR Walker Secondary
Bulls 12, Brokers 4: Rod- :
ney Albury was 3-for-4 with

two RBI and three runs; Ken } areas:

Symonette was 1-for-4 with }
three RBI and arun; Wilton :

Bain 3-for-4 with a RBI and i vision and

two runs and Lopez Huyler :

1-for-4 with two RBI and a how to fix the most common

: hitti blems.
Paul Moss picked up the } itting problems.

win and Larry Forbes took : ness for pitchers, modern

i pitching techniques and drills

for-3 with two runs in a losing ena

as many runs scored; Brad

win.

tagged with the loss.

two RBI and three runs

and a run scored in the win.
Saunders picked up the win

O’Brien.

run in the loss.

run scored in the win.
the loss.

Mike Moss was a perfect 3-
effort.

weekend’s schedule
Today’s schedule

condition Raiders.
Sunday’s schedule

Jets vs Tony’s Tiger Royals.

this weekend
Team W L Pct. GB GR

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Kers 4 6 .400 6 4
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NPBA action continues tonight with double header

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AMERICAN softball Peaeniea Abbott gives some instructions to the young players on hand for yesterday’s camp at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

By BRENT STUBBS

LOCAL high school softball
players benefited greatly from

Abbott, arguably the top

While here, Abbott, Softball

The clinic at the Baillou Hills

High, DW Davis Junior High.
It focused on the following

¢ HITTING - Mental tough-
ness at the plate, How to train

decision-making skills and

¢ PITCHING — Mental tough-

¢ PERFORMANCE TRAINING —

; : i How to increase bat speed
© Here's a look at this ? and hitting power, Top 20
i speed & agility drills for soft-

ra ? ball and top 10 factors that
11 am William Construc- ? affects the development of

tion Jets vs St. Agnes Lions; 1 } athletic talent.

pm Bamboo Shack Bulls vs
Tony’s TRiger Royals; 3 pm :
Six Pack Abs vs Alco Aiur- How wecnieuth ane
? crowd and get noticed. How

1 pm Micholette Strokers reas Academe For
vs Andeus Insurance Brokers; ee

3 pm William Construction year-old who led the United

« Sandi Readius ani States to victory at the 2008
ancings Heading 1! } Olympic Games, said while this
i is her first trip here, she had a

Micholette Strokers 10 0 Healy 200d Gmc,

¢ RECRUITING - What are col-

lege coaches looking for.

Abbott, the 6-foot-3, 24-

“I’m glad that some of the

local girls came out. This is a
Bamboo Shack Bulls 8 2 i beautiful complex,” said

a ; i Abbott in an interview at the
William Construction Jets : Baillou Hills Sporting Com-

plex.
“Hopefully they will all get

tice and put into effect so that
they can get better at their own
game.”

A member of the Florida
Pride women’s professional
fastpitch team, Abbott will
head the US team to the World
Championships in Venezuela
in September.

“Our chances are good, but
one day we’re up and one day
we’re down,” said Abbott
about the US’s chances at the
championships. “I think if we
can all stay focus, we will do
very well.”

Abbott said one of the rea-
sons they concentrated on was
the players’ ability to stay focus
on the instructions that she and
the other coaches imparted.

“We just want them to make
good habits. I know it’s not
easy, but if they stick with it
and continue to do it, eventu-
ally it will become nature,” she
said.

Brinesha Fawkes, a 14-year-
old 10th grader from SAC, who
got the opportunity to get some
personal tips from Abbott as
she worked with the pitchers,
said it was a great learning
experience.

“I learnt how to do one or
two drills that I hope to put
into practice when I go back
to school,” said the junior girls
pitching ace.

Two of the local high school
coaches who participated in the

clinic said they all learned some
valuable lessons as well.

“TI think the clinic is a won-
derful idea, but I would like to
see more of it coming to the
Bahamas,” said SAC’s coach
Michelle Wilson. “I hope that
the Ministry of Sports and the
Bahamas Softball Federation
can bring in more clinics like
this for the young girls to learn
the game.”

Wilson said the clinic defi-
nitely proved that there is a lot
of talent in the country, but it’s
not utilising it. However, she
indicated that she hoped to
build on what she learnt so the
level of play of the Big Red
Machine will continue to
improve.

CR Walker’s coach Tyrice
Curry said the clinic was also
beneficial to the Knights sport-
ing programme.

“T didn’t really know about
it, now that we are here, I hope
that our girls will learn the dif-
ferent skills they have impart-
ed,” she said.

“It’s good to learn the dif-
ferent aspects of the game, so I
will definitely impart this in our
programme when we start next
week. But I hope that this will
be a continuous training for all
the schools and coaches.”

Dalton Ruer, founder of
Cross Training Softball, said
they are so delighted to be here
teaching the young players how



to get over their fear of playing
the game.

“So it’s exciting to work with
them and to push them beyond
what they are capable of
doing,” he said. “They then
realise that they can do things
that they only see women on
television do.

“So we’re glad to be here
and to work with our girls
internationally as well as work
with some of the Bahamas
from the Bahamas as they get a
chance to know each other and
realise that they have friends
around the world in the sport.”

Reece Oslinker, founder of
Smooth Sailing, was responsi-
ble for bringing the contingent
of 160 people on the cruise that
travelled from Fort Lauderdale
to Key West, Grand Cayman
and Jamaica before returning
to Florida.

“Hopefully we will do this
as a yearly event,” said Oslink-
er, who noted that while there
were clinics conducted on
board the ship as they cruised,
this was the only stop that they
came on land to do some drills.

Oslinker said they intend to
come back next year, but they
plan to have it organised in a
way where there will be a few
games played among the visit-
ing players and the local play-
ers.

Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion president Burkett Dorsett





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sention of softball
equipment to
Bhamas Softball
Federation presi-
dent Burkett
Dorsett (third from
left). Pictured from
left are coach
Michelle Wilson,
coach Godfrey
Burnside, Dorsett,
Ruer, Bahamas
Olympic Associa-
tion president
Wellington Miller
and Reece Osinker,
founder of Smooth
Sailing Cruises.

said the clinic was a golden
opportunity for the local play-
ers to learn the technical
aspects of the game.

“We’re very pleased with
Reece and Monica for spear-
heading this programme,”
Dorsett said. “We invited all
of the schools, so we thought
that with this being the mid-
term break, we would have had
more schools involved.”

Godfrey ‘Gully’ Burnside,
one of the few New Providence
Softball Association coaches
who participated, said he was
thrilled to get involved.

“When I look at pitching,
some of the mechanics here
and the exercise that they did is
so beneficial to what we are
doing,” he said.

“If we can just gravitate to
this, I think we can definitely
improve softball in the
Bahamas, especially for
females. But I think the clinic
could have been better with
more local coaches and play-
ers involved.”

Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion president Wellington
Miller was on hand to get a
glimpse of Abbott as he
watched her conduct the clinic.

“T think it’s a great opportu-
nity for people to meet a play-
er like Monica and I hope that
the young ball players will learn
a lot so softball can move on,”
Miller said.



THE New Providence Bas-
ketball Association will con-
tinue its regular season action
with a double header tonight
at the CI Gibson Gymnasi-
um, starting at 7 p.m.

e Heading into the action,
here’s a look at the league
standings in the two divisions:

VINCE FERGUSON
DIVISION

Electro Telecom Cybots 7-1
Real Deal Shockers 6-2

Coca Cola Explorers 3-4
B-Reddies 3-4

Outdoor Lighting Falcons 3-6
Multi Experience Jumpers 1-6
Royal Bahamas Defense Force
Mariners 2-4

Leaders Scorer

Cecil Mackey — Crime Stoppers
- 19.4

Rebounds

Kendrick Bullard — Shockers -
6.3

Assists

Freddy Lightbourne — Crime
Stoppers - 1.9

Steals

Gavin Cunningham — Shockers
-1.6

Blocks

Daron Knowles — Crime Stop-
pers - 2.1

JOHN ARCHER
DIVISION

Commonwealth Bank Giants 7-0
Y’Cares Wreckers 6-4

Police Crime Stoppers 5-3
Security & General Stars 4-4
Ultimate Building Pros 3-3
College of Bahamas Caribs 2-7

Leading Scorer

Michael Bain - Giants - 25.1
Rebounds - Jeremy Hutchin-
son — Giants - 9.3

Assists - Michael Bain — Giants
-2.7

Steals - Jackson Jacob — Fal-
cons - 2.0

Blocks - Danny Miller — Pros -
0.8

Darren Knowles

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Michael Bain

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LOCAL NEWS



Toxic fume fire to Durn for months’

FROM page one

the roofs of their homes to
keep them from burning.

Although the smoke is not
yet as thick as they remem-
ber in the fires of March 2008,
Mr Deleveaux expects it to
continue burning for months
rather than weeks.

He said: “It couldn’t be
worse, it couldn’t get worse,
this is the worst of the worst.

“Two years ago we had a
problem, but it was nothing
like this.

“We are trying to reduce
the amount of smoke in the
area, because if the wind shifts
the people in Jubilee Gardens
are up the creek. ”

Health Minister Hubert
Minnis was astounded the fire
could burn for so long,
exclaiming: “It must be Judg-
ment Day!”

And he advised nearby res-
idents to keep their windows
closed, or leave the area if
they suffer from asthma or
respiratory illness.

Department of Environ-
mental Services director
Melanie McKenzie was said
to be too busy fighting the fire
on the front line to speak to
The Tribune yesterday.

Mr Deleveaux said the
blaze was intentionally set in
three areas at around 7.30 last
Friday night before it spread
across the entire site and to
waste below the surface.
There were three fire engines
on site to control the blaze
yesterday morning and a trac-
tor was used to dig up the
burning embers.

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Another resident added:
“Living here is dangerous and
that is something that we
always keep at the back of
our minds. Always.”

Minister of Housing Ken-
neth Russell failed to return
calls from The Tribune yes-
terday. Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux said he is
awaiting a report about the
fire from the Department of
Environmental Health.

Home invasion:
Police make
another arrest

FROM page one

leg. The third man contin-
ued on foot, eluding offi-
cers by jumping into the

Meanwhile families living
just metres away are living in
fear for their safety.

A Jubilee Gardens resident
who only wanted to be named
as Carlton, 19, is afraid there
will be explosions in the land-
fill and at three gas tank stor-
age units in Gladstone Road,
putting government subdivi-
sion residents in his area and
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munities.

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this is from the dump, and
there might be all kinds of
dangerous fumes.”

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ger posed by the dump is an
ongoing concern.

He said: “I feel as if they

bush. Since then, police
have canvassed the sur-
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numerous road blocks in
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ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION FALLOUT

PLP to make Election Court move ‘next week’

FROM page one

the present position is that no
one is or can be declared the
winner of the Elizabeth by-
election. Indeed the outcome
of the by-election will remain
up in the air until such time as
the Election Court rules on
the matter," stressed PLP
leader Perry Christie yester-
day.

Protest ballots are cast
when a person's voter's card
has a defect; the entry relating
to such person in the voter
register is incorrect; or the
person has a voter's card but
his name does not appear in
the register for the relevant
constituency or polling divi-
sion, the Election Act states.

These protest ballots, cast
on yellow ballots rather than
white, were not added to the
official tally however Section
69 (1) of the Act has a provi-
sion for them to be included.
That section states that if the
number of regular votes cast
in favour of a candidate is
equal to or exceeds the num-
ber of regular votes cast for
any other candidate for that
constituency but is less than
the combined number of reg-
ular and protest votes cast for
another candidate, then the
protest votes received by all
the candidates shall be taken
into account and their validi-
ty determined by an Election
Court.

Confident

With this in mind, Mr
Christie is confident that
Ryan Pinder will be declared
by the election court to be the
next Member of Parliament
for the Elizabeth constituen-
cy.

"Our legal team is satisfied
that when the protest ballots
are scrutinised in accordance
with well established legal
principles and judicial prece-
dent, the electorate of Eliza-
beth will be shown conclu-
sively to have elected Leo
Ryan Pinder as their repre-
sentative," said Mr Christie.

But chairman of the Free
National Movement Carl
Bethel has a different opin-
ion. "The Free National
Movement won the by-elec-
tion on the ground, we held it
in the (recount) room and we
will define it wherever else
the PLP wants to take it. Eliz-
abeth is FNM and we trust
that the election court will
agree with us that the duly
elected Member of Parlia-
ment for Elizabeth is Dr
Duane Sands!" he said.

Meantime, there is concern
from some quarters that the
expected court case will take
months to convene and make
a judgment, leaving the peo-
ple of Elizabeth in limbo with-
out representation in the
House of Assembly. But Mr
Pinder, a tax attorney, thinks
a delay is unlikely.

"The law says election
court takes precedence. It’s
not a traditional election court
case where there is weeks and

"The Free
National Move-
ment won the by-
election on the
ground, we held
it in the (recount)
room and we will
define it wherev-
er else the PLP
wants to take it.



Carl Bethel

weeks of hearing — it is a nar-
row scope of review. I can't
see why this can’t be heard in
one day,” Mr Pinder said.

According to PLP lawyer
Valentine Grimes, the party
may also ask the Supreme
Court to review three other
ballots that were rejected by
returning officer Jack Thomp-
son, because the voters either
wrote Ryan Pinder's name or
placed their inky thumbprint
next to his box instead of
marking an 'X’.

"But we may include three
other votes which were on
white ballots which were
rejected by the returning offi-
cer," said Mr Grimes.

The only other candidate
to receive protest votes was
Cassius Stuart of the BDM,
with one such vote.

recount, ending at around midnight Thursday, that nobody
could yet be declared the duly elected MP for Elizabeth.

Errol Bethel said this was in light of the declared intention
of PLP candidate Ryan Pinder — who was found to have
received two fewer “regular” votes than the FNM’s Dr Duane
Sands, who took the lead with 1,501 votes at the end of the
recount — to seek to have a small number of “protest” votes
cast in his name considered or “tested” by an election court for
inclusion in the final vote tally.

Several sources with whom The Tribune conferred on the
matter, including Maurice Tynes, Clerk of the House of
Assembly, and former FNM leader and Henry Bostwick, QC,
said they could not recall a by-election ever being taken to
election court to be decided.

Mr Tynes noted it would be the first time that the House of
Assembly will be left with a seat vacant for an indefinite peri-
od of time.

Normally if a sitting MP resigns or dies, it is expected that an
MP would quickly take up his seat as representative around a
month later once a by-election takes place and a new repre-
sentative is chosen by a constituency’s residents. Today, with
the PLP promising to launch legal action, no winner has been
declared by the Parliamentary Commissioner in the Eliza-
beth by-election and the constituents must wait to see how long
it takes for the court to hear and determine the case.

Yesterday, Elizabeth resident Ella Thompson said she is
nonetheless in favour of the matter going to election court.

“T prefer it go through election court. Let justice prevail. If
the FNM gone win let them win fair,” she said.

ee fades
PLP SUPPORTERS dressed in their party colours during the recount.

History is made hy vacant House seat

FROM page one

The Parliamentary Commissioner’s statement confirmed
yesterday that, following a recount of the votes, Dr Duane
Sands (FNM) got 1,501 votes, Ryan Pinder (PLP) got 1,499
plus five protest votes, Dr Andre Rollings (NDP) got 72
votes, Cassius Stuart (BDM) got 115 votes plus one protest
vote and Rodney Moncur (Workers’ Party) got 21 votes.

Limbo

Carl Bethel, FNM Chairman and an attorney, said yesterday
he does not think the constituency will be left in electoral
limbo for much longer.

“The courts are aware of the constitutional imperative that
every constituency should be represented in parliament and so
the court will make arrangements on an expedited basis for any
election court matter to be dealt with expeditiously,” he pre-
dicted.

He also added that just because the PLP would like to see
the “protest” votes “tested” by a judge, it is not a foregone con-
clusion that this will happen despite the party’s desire for it, as
they must prove that there is a legal basis for such scrutiny.

Mr Pinder’s move to have the matter heard in the election
court is in accordance with Section 69 of the Parliamentary
Elections Act, which states that if a candidate wins a total num-
ber of “regular” votes which are equal to or exceed those of an
opposing candidate, but that total number — in Dr Sand’s case,



1,501 — fails to exceed the total number of “regular” votes plus
the total number of “protest” votes cast for the other candidate
“then the protest votes received by all the candidates shall be
taken into account and their validity determined by an election
court.”

Mr Pinder received 1,499 regular votes, and a total of five
protest votes — votes which were cast on a coloured ballot
paper because the presiding officer was not satisfied as to
the identity of the voter or his entitlement to vote.

Those protest votes were not counted in the initial tally, but
if they were, would bring Mr Pinder’s total vote count to two
greater than that of Dr Sands, making him the duly elected
member of parliament for Elizabeth.

The PLP immediately gave notice of its intention to take
legal action over the protest votes on Thursday night, when the
recount came to a close and PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts
said yesterday it is likely the legal action will be initiated next
week.

Such a step must be taken within 10 days of the results of the
election to be effective.

The fact that the party suggested it will take the matter to an
election court means that when Parliament meets again for the
first time in over a month next week, Wednesday, February 24,
no new Member of Parliament will be sworn in to represent
Elizabeth as had been expected.

Speaking in Grand Bahama yesterday, Prime Minister and
FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham described the possibility that
a member would be sworn in that day as “uncertain.”

Mr Ingraham said that he will reserve further comment on
the by-election until he arrives back in Nassau where he
expects to hold a press conference tomorrow at FNM Head-
quarters at 3pm.RE



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AFTER a massive
manhunt, police may
have apprehended the
final suspect in con-
nection with a trau-
matic home invasion
Thursday evening.

Around 8pm Thurs-
day, three men armed
with handguns held a
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE largest fire in the his-
tory of the New Providence
landfill site is expected to con-
tinue burning for months per-
petuating fears toxic smoke
will choke the island.

A week after the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health sanitary landfill site in
Harrold Road was set alight
in three areas and spread
across the surface of the 100
acre site and deep under-
ground, clouds of hazardous
smoke continue to billow
from the wasteland.

The haze is filtering into
government housing subdivi-
sions bordering the site and
Fire Services Director Jeffrey
Deleveaux said a shift in wind
direction could prove disas-
trous for residents of Jubilee
Gardens directly south of the
site.

They remember how hot
ash fell from the sky when the
landfill caught fire two years
ago, and they had to water

SEE page 13

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

their own home, forc-
ing them to surrender
their possessions.

The family of five
unknowingly inter-
rupted the robbers
when they returned
home that evening.
They were held
hostage until the men
had finished and made
their escape.

Police on the way
to the scene encoun-
tered a suspicious
looking vehicle that fit
the description of the
getaway car. When
they signaled for the
car to stop, the sus-
pects sped off. The
police pursued the
white Honda in a high
speed chase through
the area until the men
abandoned the vehicle
and started to shoot at
police while fleeing on
foot.

Police officers
returned fire, arresting
two of the men after
shooting one in the

SEE page 13



By ALISON LOWE leaving a constituency

Tribune Staff Reporter without a Member of Par-
alowe@tribunemedia.net liament.

Yesterday the Parlia-

FOR the first time in mentary Commissioner

Bahamian electoral history, | confirmed in a statement,

MAJOR COMPLEXES
a seat is vacant in the following the marathon

House of Assembly and two-day by-election vote | IN FREEPORT AND

there is no sure time frame '
in which it will be filled, SEE page 14 ABACO




Election Court
move ‘next week’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



* PAGE TWO
THE Progressive Liberal Par-
ty is set to file an application
early "next week" to initiate
election court proceedings in
connection with the Elizabeth
by-election results. Lo
Having been informed by- BY-ELECTION
election returning officer Jack
Thompson yesterday of the par-
ty's intention to invoke Section
69 (1) of the Election Act, the
PLP's legal team is said to be preparing the nec-
essary documents to start legal action. By law,
this must be done within 10 day's of the recount.
The crux of the anticipated election court case
centres around five protest ballots cast in favour
of Ryan Pinder. Because of the slim margin of
votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and
Ryan Pinder of the PLP — who received 1,501
and 1,499 regular votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and prevent an official
winner from being certified, it is argued.
"Tt is important that the public understand that

SEE page 14



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Jack Thompson.

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LOCAL NEWS



Government signs two contracts worth a total of $37 million

Major complexes to be

built in Freeport, Abaco



DIRECTOR of the National Insurance Board Algernon Cargill signs
the contract for the new $18 million government complex to be

constructed in Freeport by the NIB.

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The gov-
ernment yesterday signed an
$18 million contract in
Freeport and a $19 million
contract in Abaco for the con-
struction of two new govern-
ment complexes on those
islands.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham and National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) director
Algernon Cargill attended
both signings, the first of
which was held in Grand
Bahama.

Minister of Works Neko
Grant and Fletcher McIntosh
of FES Construction signed
the contract for the construc-
tion of a 65,000 sq ft complex
on the Mall Drive.

The project is expected to
be completed by August 2011.
An additional $900,000 has
been allocated for any unfore-
seen costs in construction.

Mr Ingraham said six acres
of land was made available
by the Grand Bahama Port

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Authority to the government.

Describing the project as
“another important develop-
ment” for the island of Grand
Bahama, Mr Ingraham
expects that some 250 con-
struction jobs will be created
here on the island.

The new building will pro-
vide much needed office
space for various depart-
ments. The Ministry of
Finance will also be relocated
there.

Happy

“Tam happy to be here wit-
nessing the signing of the con-
tract for the 65,000 sq ft gov-
ernment complex which is
being built primarily to house
Customs and Immigration,
Education and the Passport
Offices are coming along, but
the building is being built for
Customs and Immigration,”
said Mr Ingraham.

Additionally, the prime
minister announced that the
government will also cause
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Board. (Inset, above right:) PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham delivers the keynote address at the contract signing ceremony for the
new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance Board. The ceremony took place yester-
day on the complex site, the Mall Drive, Freeport.

in Freeport. The NIB is
financing the new complexes,
both in Freeport and Abaco.

Mr Ingraham said govern-
ment will occupy the building
on lease-to-purchase terms as
it is doing now with the build-
ings in Nassau that house the
Ministry of Education and
Ministry of Health.

The new building and office
spaces will enhance the vari-
ous government departments’
ability to deliver efficient ser-
vice to the public, he said.

“The building is also being
constructed duty paid and we
expect government revenue
to increase as a result of con-
struction,” he added.

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“T think it is important to
acknowledge that all profes-
sional services connected to
the development of the com-
plex have been sourced here
in Grand Bahama - the archi-
tect, the engineer and consul-
tants are all Grand Bahama
based companies. We sought
to make it a Grand Bahama
project.

“T am pleased to say that
we continue to do all we can
to generate more economic
activity for Grand Bahama.
You remain hopeful that bet-
ter days will come your way
not long from now,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham
stated that before the 1980s,
the government was slow in
establishing its physical pres-
ence in Freeport. Govern-

SPAY DAY

ment offices and agencies,
including the police and
courts were housed in facili-
ties made available by either
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority or private sector
landlords. “Still, today Immi-
gration is housed in rented
accommodations,” he said.

“When I became Minister
of Housing in 1982, it was my
view that that was an unac-
ceptable state of affairs and
we planned and began the
construction of the first gov-
ernment complex in this city
down here at the NIB.”

Mr Ingraham said the FNM
government has constructed
four primary and three high
schools, the Supreme Court
and Magistrate Court com-
plex, the Office of the Prime
Minister, and the Gerald
Bartlett Police Headquarters
in Freeport.



ANOTHER rendering of the new
$18 million government complex
to be constructed in Freeport

Free spay/neuter
and vaccinations

Programme starting in Mason’ S Addition today

THIS morning, BAARK vol-
unteers will partner with the
Bahamas Humane Society and
Proud Paws for the first ever
official Spay Day event.

The community of Mason’s
Addition in Nassau has been
chosen as the first neighbor-
hood in which they will be talk-
ing with the residents and
arranging free appointments
and transportation for animals
to and from the vet’s office.

The residents of Mason’s
Addition are invited to speak
with the Spay Day volunteers
from 10am as they walk
throughout the neighbourhood
arranging for pets or strays to
receive these important treat-
ments for free.

Participating residents will
also receive promotional items
from Purina.

Over the last two months,
BAARK raised more than
$5,500 to provide
spay/neuter/vaccination services
for 110 dogs and cats in New
Providence. PURINA matched
their efforts with a donation of
$5,500 and promotional items
to give out in the community
of Mason's Addition.

“BAARK and their Spay
Day partners are very pleased
to now double the number to
220 animals that will be
spayed/neutered and vaccinated
for free in February 2010,”
BAARK chairman Laura Kim-
ble said.

“The rate at which dogs and
cats can breed is staggering.
One unspayed dog, her mate
and their puppies can create
67,000 dogs in justyears. For
cats, it’s 420,000 in seven years.
So it’s easy to see why we have
the problems

we do. Tremendous as the
problem of pet overpopulation
is, it can be solved if each of us
takes just one small step, start-
ing with not allowing our ani-
mals to breed,” she said.

“There are simply not
enough homes and as a result,



Back row left to right: Diane Sturm, Lissa McCombe, Kim Aranha,
president of the Bahamas Humane Society; Joanne Dods, Brock
North, Chandra Parker McCallum, vice chairman of BAARK. Front
row: Richard Curry, Purina rep for Bahamas Wholesale Agencies:
Laura Kimble, chairman of BAARK; Pat Francis, Irene Graham, Bar-
bara and Jack Christofilis.

as many as 50 dogs are killed at
the Government Pound every
Friday.

“The harsh reality is that for
every new litter of puppies or
kittens you allow your pet to
have, it means other animals
will have to be put down.

Myths

“We chose the theme ‘Have
a heart’ for Spay Day 2010
because we hope that once
everyone realises what happens
to animals as a direct result of
not spaying and neutering our
pets, we will all take this issue
much more seriously.”

Stephen Turnquest, execu-
tive director of the Bahamas
Humane Society, said: “One of
the myths I hear frequently is
that by neutering an animal it
somehow takes away their pet’s
‘manhood’ but this is simply not
true. Pets do not have egos and
neutering or spaying will not

cause an emotional reaction or
identity crisis.”

According to Mr Turnquest,
spaying or neutering pets will
help them live longer healthier
lives, and make them less like-
ly to roam the streets or create
a public nuisance by barking,
howling or marking territory.

Neutered dogs can become
even better protectors. They
focus on their family and home
rather than trying to get out
and reproduce.

Of course, vaccinations are
essential to prevent diseases
like distemper, preventing
needless suffering and veteri-
nary bills.

The Spay Day team is also
encouraging prospective pet
owners to consider adoption
from the Humane Society as
opposed to buying or breeding.

“They have healthy, sweet
pets that make great compan-
ions including beautiful cross
breeds waiting desperately for
good homes,” Ms Kimble said.


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LOCAL NEWS



Psychiatrist

claims Pinder :

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puzzled

over murder

convictions

CONVICTED double mur- }
derer Frank Pinder says he is } |
still puzzled over the sequence }
of events that led to his being }
charged and ultimately con- : }
victed, a psychiatrist said yes-

terday.

Pinder, 33, was convicted
last November of the murders }
of Glenwood Neely Jr and :

James Mitchell Smith Jr.

The two men were report- }
ed missing almost two weeks }
before their bodies were dis- ;
covered in a remote area of i [>
The Bluff, South Andros, in }

an advanced state of decom- if :

position in October 2006.

Yesterday, Pinder was back
before Senior Supreme Court }
Justice Anita Allen for his sen- }

tencing hearing.

Psychiatrist Dr Nelson i |
Clarke told the court that Pin- } [
der maintains he had no }
involvement in the deaths of
Neely and Smith and that he is }
puzzled over the sequence of }
events that took him to court. }

Shirley Street

Probation officer Lisa Bow-
leg testified that Pinder said

he believed that he was unfair-
ly convicted and did not have a }

fair trial.

Pinder’s sentencing hearing }

road work
ping up

has been adjourned to March
12, 2010, when his defence

attorney Ian Cargill and pros- }
ecutor Lorna Longley-Rolle }
are expected to make their }

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* A 31-YEAR-OLD Quakoo }

: By NOELLE NICOLLS
i Tribune Staff Reporter

Deon Elspbunrwas accused nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

of being found in possession }

Sciemia sacs crae Cree nea motorists will be relieved to
a ees know there is an end in sight
Hepburn had initially plead- | t0 the Shirley Street road-
ed not guilty to the charge at | Works that has disrupted

submissions.

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Street man was fined $2,500
after pleading guilty to a mar-
ijuana possession charge.

30, 2008.

2008.

Street man was fined $1,500

terday.

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ruary 17.

charge.

BlackBerry
subscribers to
receive credit

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany is offering credit to subscribers of its ,
BlackBerry system as compensation for the

temporary loss of service.

Yesterday the BTC BlackBerry system was

down for at least eight hours.

To compensate for the inconvenience
caused, Marlon Johnson, BTC vice-president
of marketing, sales and business development,
said subscribers would receive a $10 credit
that will take effect in a subsequent billing

cycle.

Service was interrupted due to a technical
failure in the system. Technicians were able to
fix the system after being in communication
with BlackBerry’s Canadian parent company,
Research In Motion (RIM), and BTC’s US

based vendor Nortel.

On Thursday, however, dur-
ing the defence stage of his tri- | (BTC) is scheduled to com-
al, Hepburn pleaded guilty to ;
the charge and was convicted }
by Magistrate Carolita Bethell. :
? begin repaving between Vil-

¢ A 42-YEAR-OLD Brougham :

ANGRY motorists have complained the trenches were deep and unavoidable. They are spaced out
across the entire designated area.

DISGRUNTLED

The Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company

plete work on Tuesday.
Immediately after, the Min-
istry of Works is on track to

lage Road and Mackey

} ] i Street.
after pleading guilty to a mar- }
ijuana possession charge yes- : and running fibre optic
, ; ? cables as a part of our ongo-
Dwight Bell was arraigned + ing work to improve con-
before Magistrate Carolita ¢ poctivity and quality of ser-
Bethell in Court Eight, Bank vice throughout our tele-

It is alleged that he was phone and Internet net-

. ”
found in possession of 47 } works,

grams of marijuana with intent spokesman Marlon Johnson.
to supply on Wednesday, Feb- : . :
? was slated to begin repaving

Bell pleaded guilty toa sim- Shirley Street at the end of
ple possession charge and the }
prosecution dropped the intent }

i began before the Christmas

“We are digging trenches

said BTC

The Ministry of Works

January, in accordance with
repaving exercises that

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holidays. The road between
Frederick Street and Mack-
ey Street was paved but the
original schedule was
changed to accommodate
BTC, according to acting
director of works, Gordon
Major.

BTC confirmed a decision
was made to conduct infra-
structure work prior to the
laying of fresh tar in order to
prevent a major disruption
to the public once the new
road was in place.

Angry motorists have
complained the trenches
were deep and unavoidable.
They are spaced out across
the entire designated area.
One motorist said she
almost found herself in an
accident when drivers
stopped suddenly to navi-
gate safe passage through
the trenches.

Mr Johnson said BTC was
advised not to close up the
holes, which would have
been their usual practice
once work was completed,
since the Ministry planned
to start the reconstruction
of the road right away.





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Woods: Sorry, sorry and sorry again

NEW YORK — This was one spotlight he
never sought, probably never dreamed of,
and most definitely avoided for as long as
humanly possible. When Tiger Woods
claimed the stage for his TV apology — and
make no mistake, it was a stage, pure and
simple — his mission was to be authentic
and sincere.

Or, at least, as authentic and sincere as
managing and repairing a multinational, mul-
timedia, multimillion-dollar brand can ever
be.

"There are some things I want to say,"
golf's most towering figure told us, his eyes
wide, his tone low, his backdrop blue velvet.
If only it were that simple.

This may indeed have been a sincere apol-
ogy. It certainly felt moving at times. Tiger
Woods may be genuinely remorseful and
desperate to make amends to all those peo-
ple, from his wife to his fans, who have been
demanding some kind of resolution after
those ugly revelations of infidelity and
months of silence.

But the circumstances of his mea culpa —
the infomercial manner in which it was set up,
teased, stylized and delivered as regularly
scheduled programming — obscured any
genuine message struggling to punch through.

So many of the talking heads in the runup
to Woods' 13 minutes talked about how he
needed to be genuine, human, a real person.
Yet in America, that's only part of the story.
Americans want humanity in their country,
but they admire message management, too
— and Woods has wanted control to a fault.

Even with his dented image, the story of
Tiger Woods on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, was a
choreographed yarn being spun by the plan-
et's best imagemakers and brand managers
— storytellers as adept at their craft as the
candidates for Best Director at next mon-
th's Oscars.

"This is a box, all wrapped up. Anyone
can see it. It's so clear that he has controlled
it and packaged it,” said Leila Brammer, a
communications expert at Gustavus Adol-
phus College in St. Peter, Minn., who studies
how public figures repair their images.

Woods, or the people managing him, cer-
tainly took pains to cover all of the cultural
bases. His statement ranged from place to
place, wounded party to wounded party,
managing to invoke all of the requisite
images of recovery in modern America.

He said sorry three times and took the
blame, shifting it to no one except the safe
scapegoat of the media. He talked about the
"the issues I'm facing,” the work he had to do
on himself and the people he'd let down. He
used the language of the 12-step programme.
He admitted he had a problem. He said fam-
ily came first. He even invoked old-time reli-
gion — Buddhism, in this case, reflecting his
status as not only a cultural symbol but a
multicultural one.

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He went on too long. He didn't allow
questions. He wanted to talk to the public but
kept everyone out of the room except the
exact 40 people his handlers picked. He made
an obvious play to keep women — the inter-
est group he has most offended — front and
centre, including his mother.

The choreography was hardly surprising
from a man who built his career around con-
trolling the message. But the stakes couldn't
have been higher — not just for his personal
life and image but for the fiscal health of
Brand Tiger. In a way, Friday's apology was
an economic stimulus for the mini-economy
that is Tiger Woods.

"We think of it as just being about Tiger.
Well, it's a lot more than just Tiger. It's all the
people who are depending on Tiger for a
living,” said Jeffrey Bell, a partner at Gallatin
Public Affairs, a strategic public-relations
firm that has helped clients overcome image
crises. That overcoming, for Woods, began
earlier this week with a carefully staged pho-
to designed to look like it wasn't — an image
of him running (in Nike gear, of course) that
was given to a photographer who was
informed well in advance that he'd be jogging
by. Same story with golfing photos of Woods
that emerged Thursday.

The teasers fit well with television, which
adores few things more than being able to air
a live event under controlled circumstances.

The Golf Channel served up completely
packaged pregame and postgame shows to
accentuate the dramatic arc of hero rising,
hero falling, hero redeemed.

But in the end, this scripting reveals a key
trait about Americans and their idols. In a
culture that has arrived at a curious three-way
intersection of therapy, authenticity and Hol-
lywood endings, we must have a signpost
that we can move on. Closure is everything.

Look at the scripted truths of reality TV
and the carefully managed sensibilities of
weekday morning programming: Americans
hunger to be handed a feeling that no matter
how messy life — married life, in this case —
becomes, things ultimately make sense.

The sad fact is that it almost doesn't mat-
ter whether Tiger Woods’ apology was sin-
cere. What matters — for his business, for
golf, even for plain old us — is that it
appeared to be. "The American people are
incredibly forgiving of those who ask for for-
giveness. But you have to ask for it in a sin-
cere way," said Gerald Patnode, a branding
expert at York College in Pennsylvania.

So forget whether you think the apology
was any good; for its purposes, it was good
enough. It reconciled private and public,
puritanism and prurience, condemnation and
forgiveness. It was enough verisimilitude for
the moment at hand. Now we can move on to
more important things.

(This article was written by Ted Anthony of
the Associated Press).





A story worth
telling — but why
the distortions?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

On page one of Thursday
February 11th edition of the
Punch, appeared an article
under the heading, “Trail
Blazer Cleophas trod a path
others trembled to tread”, by
P Anthony White. A story,
but, for the interspersion of a
number of often repeated
misinformation and distor-
tions by its writer, is worth
telling, if only to bring sanity
to supporters of both major
parties and others in our
midst who, after decades of
racial rhetoric by PLP politi-
cians and indeed many in the
FNM party, continue to sow
seeds of disunity and mistrust
among our people of colour in
this nation.

Cleophas was a close friend
and colleague of mine, a rela-
tionship that is more fully
detailed in my memoirs.
White wrote in his article, that
Stafford Sands had a difficul-
ty with existing under a PLP
government. Did not many
persons inclusive of you and
me, Mr White? Unlike you
and others, me and many
more stayed and fought the
status quo, and that Sands had
become wealthy over the
years. A little research by you,
Mr White, would have
revealed that Stafford Loft-
house Sands was an only child
born to wealthy parents who,
(parents) came from wealthy
families also. His father, for
whom I worked in 1942, was
the owner of one of the two
major food stores in Nassau,
City Meat Market, situated
on the comer of East and Bay
streets. On the south side of
Bay Street.

The other food store, JP
Sands Lumber Yard and
Food Store was on the north
side of Bay Street, occupying
all of that area on the east
side of the Royal Bank of
Canada inclusive of the prop-
erty on which now stands Sco-
tia Bank. The reason for
Sands packing up and leaving
the Bahamas was two fold.
(One) in mid-1966, he, Sands,
had sold City Meat Market to
Winn Dixie, an American
food chain, apparently with-
out obtaining the Govern-
ment’s permission to do so,
as required by law, when sell-
ing to non Bahamians and
(two) he was terminally ill
(cancer). Pindling had threat-
ened him with prosecution for
the sale, and the best treat-
ment to be obtained for his
illness at the time was in
Europe.

He did not take Pindling’s
threat lightly. They were the
deciding factors in his deci-
sion to move to Europe. I

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used to visit him whenever I
was in London and he was in
residence. On one of my visits
he told me that Pindling had
invited him to come back to
the Bahamas, but he had no
interest in such a visit, he did
not trust Pindling and he
needed to stay close to his
doctors, because he required
regular medical attention.

His life in Europe was not
one of ease and splendor; but
one of pain and physical deca-
dence. When he, Sir Stafford,
decided to call it quits, he, the
man, that the PLP painted as
a racist and villain, recom-
mended a man of colour
(Black) to succeed him as the
representative for the City of
Nassau, a predominantly
white Constituency. Cleophas
Adderley was that man, and
he held the seat until he
decided that he could not go
along with the political antics
of his so-called discriminating
and victimising black broth-
ers.

Contrary to what you, Mr
White, may have thought,
Cleophas, along with Sir
Roland and Mike Light-
bourne, who along with me
were expelled from the FNM
in early 1973 for supporting
me in the Abaco fight to
remain a Crown colony under
Great Britain rather than
being in a Bahamas under a
Pindling-led PLP government.
A fear that present conditions
in the nation, almost four
decades later, has proven to
be well founded.

During the first Convention
held by the FNM party since
its formation and after the
1972 general elections, a deci-
sion was made to invite
Symonette, Adderley and
Lightbourne, back to the par-
ty, in order to strengthen their
(FNM) opposition position in
parliament. (Five seats).

Cleophas was really disillu-
sioned and fed up with the
FNM’s leadership and openly
let it be known that he would
not be seeking another term
in parliament as an FNM, this
was long before the bound-
ary changes. In 1976, when
the Parliamentary group,
exclusive of Maurice Moore,
quit the FNM and formed the
BDP with Henry Bostwick as
leader, Cleophas again made
it quite clear that he had no
intention of running again for
any party. As for your insis-
tence, Mr White, that the
UBP was disbanded, and cer-
tain members along with per-
sons from the defunct NDP
and the Free PLP formed the
FNM, I will say this, Mr
White, a lie if repeated often

enough will, eventually be
believed by the person repeat-
ing it.

Firstly, Orville Turnquest,
the ex deputy leader of the
NDP and Kendal Isaacs, who
was not and never had been
affiliated with any political
party, were not founding
members of the FNM. They
both became members after
its (FNM) formation. Sec-
ondly, the UBP was never dis-
banded, no political entity
with nine sitting members in
parliament and four in the
senate, and enjoying the sta-
tus of Her Majesty’s Loyal
opposition in parliament
would be so stupid as to dis-
band, a five year old imbecile,
would not believe such an
outrageous lie Mr White, to
make such a statement in the
printed media, is, to say the
least, an insult to the intelli-
gence of the reading public.
It was a merger of the two
parties, I was the National
Chairman of the UBP and
had a leading role in the
orchestration of that merger.
In my Memoirs, you will find
it in full and unabridged
detail.

The founding members of
the FNM party were the Par-
liamentary members of the
UBP and its party officers and
the eight parliamentary mem-
bers of the Free PLP. Listed
below are their names and
status. From the United
Bahamian Party were:- Geof-
frey Johnstone MP. (Leader),
Errington WI Watkins
(Chairman), David Light-
bourne (Treasurer), Sir
Roland T Symonette MP,
Norman S Solomon, MP,
Cleophas Adderley, MP,
Peter Graham, MP, Donald
D’Albenas, MP, Noel
Roberts, MP, Sherwin
Archer, MP, and Reginald
Lobosky, Senator.

The Free PLP’s were: Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield MP
(Leader) Dr Curtis McMillan
MP, Dr Elwood Donaldson,
MP, Maurice Moore, MP,
Arthur Foulkes, MP, George
Thompson, MP, James Shep-
herd, MP and Warren Levar-
ity, MP.

History, is History, whether
it treats one kindly or unkind-
ly, depends on the perfor-
mance of the individual,
organisation or entity
involved, it must be recorded
as accurately as humanly pos-
sible, the same goes for inci-
dents and events, as it is for
posterity. False and inaccu-
rate information on individ-
uals or events for whatever
reasons makes a mockery of
the recording process. A
writer once noted “Truth
thrust to earth will rise again.”

EWI WATKINS
Nassau,
February, 2010.




The Public is hereby advised that |, CARLETON SEVE
ALASTAIR BURROWS, of Lyford Cay, New Providence,
The Bahamas, intend to change my name to CARLETON

EVE BURROWS WILLIAMS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

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How quick the Bahamian Government is to leap to do
whatever some international agency suggests or advises. They
say jump and our Government says, how high and immediate-
ly passes laws to comply. Anything to please who is so far
away. The implication is that our Bahamas is alert and sensitive.
But is it no more than like a trained monkey though?

If our Government is intelligent and sensitive, why does it
not, without any outside intervention at all, see and hear what
needs to be done to improve the quality of life for its citizens?
For me it is as if this country is not being governed and we are
all already in the hands of barbarians and have been left to their
mercy.

Why are we allowed, in a Bahamas which pretends to be so
up to date — so with it — so forever on the cutting edge, sub-
jected to motor bike noises, and music in vehicles, these togeth-
er, unrelenting, and so utterly unbearably loud. My house is
without end shaking, the windows rattling.

Is Government not put in place, politicians voted for, to pro-
vide the people protection from whoever would violate or
subject us to what is anti-social in the extreme?

How sensitive could a Government be that says nothing
and does nothing about such a vexing disturbance? How sen-
sitive or with it can a Government be that does nothing and says
nothing about cigarette smoking in public places?

There is certainly something contradictory going on regard-
ing our Government's swiftness to react on the one hand and
being so slow to react on the other hand in matters which
impact so extremely adversely the quality of life in the local
environment which we all have to share and call home and
make a home in, but is left to be and to feel so uncomfortable,
so disturbed, so without peace day or night.



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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



National Prescription Drug plan ‘will also benefit all the Family Islands’

THE project management team of the National Insurance
Board has assured health professionals that the National Pre-
scription Drug Plan will not only benefit Nassau, but all the Fam-
ily Islands.

NPDP project managers recently travelled to Abaco to meet
with public and private health professionals practising on that
island regarding the Plan.

During the presentation, Algernon Cargill, director of NIB,
emphasised that the Plan will benefit all islands of the Bahamas, by
providing more than 150 prescription drugs and medical supplies
free-of-charge to members who suffer from 11 chronic non-com-
municable diseases. “This plan is not only for Nassau, or Grand
Bahama, rather, it will be introduced throughout all the Family of
Islands. We will be visiting the islands to share the highlights of the
National Prescription Drug Plan to ensure that we can register all
eligible Bahamians,” Mr Cargill said.

Following a detailed presentation on the plan, Abaco physicians,
nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals participated in
a question and answer session with the NIB team.

Several persons also commented on the value of the plan to
Abaconians. Dr Benerji Swarna, district medical officer at the

Brrr ... cold spell
likely to last until
end of February

Brief respite of warmer temperature expected to end on Tuesday

By ALESHA CADET



PHYSICIANS, nurses, and other health professionals recently assem-
bled at St John The Baptist Church Hall, Marsh Harbour, Abaco to
learn about the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP) presented by
the project managers.

Marsh Harbour Clinic, said that he believes the NPDP is a positive
programme for patients with chronic illnesses.

“The basic problem that we have in Abaco with chronic diseases
is that many of those patients are not able to buy all of the pre-
scribed drugs so when you prescribe four or five drugs to them, they
may take one or two of them if they are available at the government

clinic, and those needed from the private pharmacies, they are not
purchasing due to their economic conditions.”

Antoinette Cumberbatch, district nursing supervisor in Abaco
and the mainland cays, added, “I think the implementation of
this programme is needful because here in the Abacos we have
many individuals with chronic diseases and I know they will direct-
ly benefit. “Sometimes we face challenges with getting the drugs
at the government clinics, and if we have this national prescription
drug plan in place, we will now have the option to access the med-
ication at the private facilities.”

Emma Dawkins, acting manager of NIB’s local offices in Marsh
Harbour and Coopers Town, said, “I think that it is important for
the stakeholders to carry this information correctly because in
Abaco we have many persons without insurance, including some
fishermen and taxi drivers, and some of them do have chronic
diseases. “If these persons receive the correct information, then
they will be able to benefit from the programme. I believe that it
was a good idea for the NIB team to physically come to Abaco, and
really inform us on the prescription drug plan because all we
knew was what we heard on television, but now we understand the
depth of it, and we are grateful,” she said.

FU CU Seale



BAHAMIANS will have to wrap up warm for
a bit longer, as forecasters say they expect the
cold weather to stay with us at least until the
end of the month.

However, for those not enjoying the cooler
temperatures, they will get a brief respite starting
today and continuing until Tuesday.

Chief meteorologist officer Basil Dean told
The Tribune that the warmer temperatures are
expected to last for a few days.

But following the short warm spell, the cold
weather will return to the Bahamas.

Jeoffrey Greene of the Nassau forecast office
said there are cold fronts “piling up one behind
the other” at the moment.

“We are not going to get the temperatures

that people would prefer, back in the 80s
(degrees), not this week or next week,” Mr
Greene said.

He explained that the north winds from the
United States and Canada are pushing the cold
fronts south towards the Bahamas.

But regardless of how chilly it may feel to
some right now, Mr Dean said that these are by
far not the coldest temperatures that the
Bahamas has experienced.

“We've had a streak of temperatures, during
the past few days temperatures were below aver-
age,” he said.

While temperatures this winter dipped as low
as 54 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature
recorded in the Bahamas was 41.4 degrees on
February 20, 1981.

“This year we’ve had the lowest being 54
degrees as of February 12, 2010,” Mr Dean said.

THE FML GROUP OF COMPANIES makes a $30,000 donation to World Relief
through the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) which will use the
funds to provide much needed medical supplies for those suffering in Haiti.
On January 25, 2010, the FML Group of Companies made a public commit-
ment, and through this donation is one step closer to accomplishing its goal
of extending donations totalling $250,000 to organisations who they feel
are doing good work towards relief efforts in Haiti. Pictured here (I-r) are FML
Group of Companies chief operations officer Damian Flowers, NPCC director
Gillian Watson and FML director of business development and marketing Greer
Flowers.

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WORLD HARMONY RUN

Bahamas hosting new
Providence Torch Run



(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
JAYASHRI Wyatt and Boijayanti Gomez, runners in the World Harmony
Run, pass the Harmony Torch to Natishka Silver, an athlete at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas on Thursday, February 18. The Bahamas is the
forth of 100 nations around the world where the Harmony Torch is
being carried.

FOR the first time ever, the Bahamas today hosts the New
Providence Torch Run as part of the World Harmony Run,
bringing together youth, sports and civic groups in a display of
unity for peace.

As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, pass-
ing it from hand to hand, travelling over 100 nations around the

lobe.
: Today, the torch returns to Nassau after having travelled to
Grand Bahama and Exuma.

The torch run begins and ends with a cultural display and rally
at Arawak Cay. The New Providence Torch Run starts at 9am
and will be 24 miles long. It will bring together government and
private schools, police cadets, Defence Force officers and civic
stakeholders.

The World Harmony Run's website states that the annual
event is held to promote international friendship and under-
standing, and does not seek to raise money or highlight any
political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peo-
ples of all nations.

Ceremonies and various celebrations for the event were held
last week in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Exuma prior to the
actual torch run.

The entire Bahamas leg of World Harmony Run is being held
under the patronage of Governor-General's Arthur Hanna.




(BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)
ATHLETES running in the World Harmony Run make their way along

Poinciana Drive on Thursday, February 18, carrying the Harmony
Torch, which will be passed on to the College of the Bahamas athletes.





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LOCAL NEWS



Freeport welcomes one of largest ever container ships

ONE of the largest container ships ever made
its maiden voyage to the Bahamas on Wednesday
when the MSC Tomoko docked at Freeport Har-
bour.

The MSC Tomoko, operated by Mediter-
ranean Shipping Co, arrived from a stop in Nor-
folk, Virginia before continuing on its trek to
Asia through the Suez Canal.

Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Com-
pany, Freeport Container Port and Grand
Bahama Airport Company, described the ves-
sel as being as big as an aircraft carrier, but with
a wider hull. MSC Tomoko docked with 8,800
containers.

“ (This) augurs well for expansion plans for
the container port involving the addition of 10
more cranes and six berths - to make 2,000 metres
of quay berthing space,” said Mr Gilbert.

The harbour can accommodate the largest ves-
sels in the world and those being planned.

Another large MSC vessel is expected next

week and Mr Gilbert noted that the harbour in
Grand Bahama, the deepest and largest in the

THE WORLD’S largest container ship, the MSC Tomoko. (Inset:) A closer view.



Caribbean, provides the foundation for the most
diversified port in the western hemisphere.

Sidney Poitier International
Conference and Film Festival

A first for the College of the Bahamas



SIDNEY POITIER

ASSOCIATE Professor of
English at the College of the
Bahamas (COB) Dr Ian Stra-
chan has urged a rediscovery
of the relationship between cel-
ebrated actor, author and
humanitarian Sir Sidney Poitier
and the Bahamas, as COB pre-
pares to host the Sidney Poitier

International Conference and
Film Festival from February 23-
27.

Sir Sidney has been widely

recognised not only for his
groundbreaking contributions
to the arts, but because many of
his roles challenged pre-con-

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and socio-economic status.

Appearing in more than 50
films, Sir Sidney — who grew up
in Cat Island — set for himself
standards of performance that
were viewed as impossible for
black actors at the time.

Among his most distin-
guished achievements is an
Academy Award win in 1963
for his lead role in the film
‘Lilies of the Field’.

Dignity

Dr Strachan credited Sir Sid-
ney with playing roles of dig-
nity, intelligence, intensity and
integrity.

“Our work as scholars is to
look and find the truth and, as
with any artist or public figure,
there is good and bad. So if you
look at the papers that will be
presented, we are looking at
the limitations of his career but
also looking at the achieve-
ments as well,” said Dr Stra-
chan, chair of the conference
planning committee.

“Bahamians need to redis-
cover and rethink their rela-
tionship with Sidney Poitier
and we are only doing our-
selves and future generations
a disservice by refusing to
embrace someone who has
never denied us. I don’t think
he ever has and if you spoke
to him today, I don’t think he
would.”

COB PRESIDENT rom M. Hodder (left) announcing the Sidney Poitier International Conference and
Film Festival with her colleagues Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, chair of the School of English Studies
(centre), and conference committee chair and Associate Professor of English Dr lan Strachan.

In his books, Sir Sidney has
recognised his Bahamian roots,
outlining how his childhood in
Cat Island was a critical part of
his formative development
before he moved to the United
States. He authored the books
‘This Life’, “The Measure of a
Man’ and ‘Life Beyond Mea-
sure’.

The Sidney Poitier Confer-
ence and Film Festival will
allow scholars to explore and
debate his achievements, con-
tributions and legacy.

International scholars as well
as faculty from the college will
present a range of papers at the
day sessions while in the
evenings over 20 of Sir Sidney’s
films will be shown in total at
various COB venues.

COB president Janyne Hod-
der hailed Sir Sidney as a tal-
ented artist, activist and human-
itarian.

“Sidney Poitier is man who
stands for deep and enduring
values. Sidney Poitier has stood
throughout his life for human
rights, for freedom from
oppression and for hope. This
makes the man and the artist
equally deserving of this con-
ference’s academic celebra-
tion,” she said.

Chair of the School of Eng-
lish Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones
explained that hosting this kind
of scholarly event is becoming a
part of the tradition of COB
and the School of English Stud-
ies.

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Grounded In The Past &
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a.

Worship time: lam & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm
Place: The Madeira
Shopping Center

Pastor Knowles can be heard each
morning on Joy 101.9 at 8:30 a.m.

Rey. Dr. Franklin Knowles

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

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“Freeport Container Port has a very bright
future and continues to grow larger daily and is
one of the proud jewels of Hutchison Wham-
poa's investments in Grand Bahama,” said Mr
Gilbert.

MSC Tomoko was piloted into the harbour
by Freeport Harbour Company’s director Orlan-
do Forbes along with her captain, Master Mariner
Captain Tihomir Djura Andric, who has visited
Freeport on a few occasions dating back to 2000.

MSC Tomoko draws 45 to 46 feet of water.

Manuel Ruiz, managing director of MSC said
the Tomoko is visiting as part of a relatively new
service operated by MSC which features several
ships - most of them smaller in size than MSC
Tomoko. Its circuit includes: New York; Balti-
more; Norfolk; Freeport, Bahamas; the Suez
Canal, Jedha, Saudi Arabia; Colombo, Sri Lanka;
Singapore; Chiwan, China; Hong Kong; Shang-
hai; Ningbo, China; Chiwan, China; Yiantian,
China; Singapore; Salalah, Oman.

Ross University assists with
ETE TUE MS TTBS]

(Photo: The Bahamas Weekly)
ROSS STUDENT and co-director of the Ross SMP Health Initia-
tive, Chris Hancock (right) takes the blood pressure of a fellow
Ross student.

STUDENTS faculty and staff of
Ross University Bahamas gathered
to register as potential blood
donors for the community of
Grand Bahama last week.

The initiative began through the
coordination of two Ross medical
students, Stacey O'Brien and
Christopher Hancock, who are co-
directors of the SMP Health Ini-

The Bahamas Weekly
tiative at Ross, which sponsored CHRIS HANCOCK and

the database registration and Stacey O'Brien, Ross Uni-

health fair.

Christopher Hancock provided
more information on the initiative:
“Throughout the semester we
worked with Dixie Jones, director
of Health Education and Promotions Department, and nurse
Yvonne Clark on setting up different programmes between
Ross and the Grand Bahama Health Services. On this particu-
lar project we are also working with Dr Josephine Bartlett and
the deputy lab manager Meritta Strachan.”

Stacey O’Brien added, “The SMP Health Initiative wanted to
aid in improving the blood supply here in Grand Bahama after
we toured the Rand Hospital and saw the limited blood supply
first hand. We contacted the lab at the Rand and we learned that
a small, but steady blood supply is what was needed to meet the
needs of Grand Bahama. Our desire to help was very well
received by the Health Services and it was decided that along
with immediate donations, creating a database of potential
donors from the Ross Community was the best way to give back
to the Grand Bahama Community that graciously host us dur-
ing our medical education.”

The health fair portion of the event was geared toward the
students learning more about their current state of health.

Blood pressure, glucose and height and weight measure-
ments were provided and details filled in to a ‘healthy living
passport’ provided by the Public Hospitals Authority which
allows an individual to document their personal details as well
as keep track of their progress, or lack thereof, from one assess-
ment time to another.

Each individual also filled out a blood donation questionnaire.

It is important to note that no Ross student performed blood
withdrawal, and Rand staff was on hand to do so. The Ross
medical students did, however, perform all the other testing
under the supervision of the Rand personnel.

The event was a great success and Ross University plans to
continue this initiative in each semester which is three times per
calendar year.

versity students, who coor-
dinated the blood registra-
tion and health fair.



CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL

CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS ° Tel: 325-2921

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010
11:30am Speaker

Pastor Marcel Lightbourne
Topic: “Our Se To Each Other’’

Grace Pe et 1 Perec Church
A Society of The Free Methodiat Church of
Horth America

iS Ae Ps ie ee es

——. Worship Time: [lasm, & 7p. mM.

("wal ‘ait ")

~ Prayer Time: 10:1 5a.m. to 10:45 am

Church School during Worship Service
Place: [wynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O. Box §8-5651

Telephone number: 324-2538
‘lelefax number: 324-2587
THE TRIBUNE



By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemdia.net

AS THE 28th Annual Hugh
Campbell Basketball Classic contin-
ues to progress towards champi-
onship weekend, inntesity has risen
to new levels as teams vie for an
opportunity to advance and remain
in contention.

ANATOL RODGERS
TIMBERWOLVES -— 52

NORTH ANDROS
SEMINOLES — 44

e The Seminoles became the first
family island casuality of the tourna-
ment when the GSSSA's newcomers
recorded their first win in tourna-
ment, history.

Sharpshooting guard Tyler Thomp-
son led Anatol Rodgers with a game
high 19 points and was one of three
Timberwolves in double figures.

Johnathan Gordon and Justino
Almonard finished with 10 points
apiece.

Richard Miller led the Seminoles
with a game high 25 points in a los-
ing effort.

SUNLAND BAPTIST
ACADEMY STINGERS — 53

ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE
GIANTS — 45

e The Stingers nearly blew a 14
point second half lead, but with cluth
plays from their point guard down
the stretch separated themselves and
denied the Giants a second consec-
utive fourth quarter comeback.

Rashad Knowles scored eight of
his game high 17 points in the fourth
quarter to lead the Stingrays to a
win in the opening game of session
two.

Tied at 12 in the second quarter,
the Stingers closed on a 13-4 run to
take a 25-16 lead at the half.

Verdell Grant's tip in early in the
third quarter gave the Stingers a 36-
22 lead as the game appeared to be
slipping away from the Giants.

Junior boys star Anwar Neely
ignited a run for the Giants which
trimmed the defecit to just four at
the end of the third.

Neely scored on consecutive fast-
breaks and Dwight Moss dished an
assist to Kristoff Wood to make the

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20,

score 36-30.

Clayton Panza capped the 10-0
run with a runner for a 36-32 lead
headed into the fourth quarter.

Moss brought the Giants within a
single possession with a pair of free
throws, 38-36.

The Stingers’ considerable size
advantage paid off in the fourth
quarter with a series of second and
third shot opportunities which kept
the Giants at bay.

With his four trips to the line in
the quarter, Moss kept the Giants
within striking distance.

He made just one of two at the
line with an opportunity to tie, but
pulled the Giants within one, 40-39
with 3:08 left to play.

Knowles would respond for the
Stingers on the very next posession
and extended the lead to three with
a running layup.

Grant added another basket to for
a five point advantage before the
Giants responded with a 5-0 run of
their own to tie.

Moss'layup tied the game at 44
with 1:55 left to play.

Knowles would again respond
with a basket to regain the lead for
the Stingers.

Moss again made just one of two
at the line with an opportunity to
tie, and the Stingers would respond
with a second chance score by Grant
for a 48-45 lead with 53 seconds left
to play.

A series of desperation threes by
the Giants fell short, and Knowles
sealed the Stingers win with a three
point play for the game’s final mar-

in.

Grant added 15 points to
Knowles'game high score while
Valentino Mitchell added nine.

Moss led the Giants with 14, Neely
added 11 and Panza finished with
nine.

Other results of yesterday's open-
ing session included:

University School Bulls — 73
Heritage Academy Flames — 24

Galilee Miracles — 46
Preston Albury Stallions — 40

Westminster College Diplomats — 76
North Eleuthera Lions — 12

Games will continue all weekend
with the winners of each pool facing
offin the tournament semifinals Sun-
day at 2pm and Spm respectively.



2010





A PLAYER from the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves glides through the defense of the North Andros Seminoles for a jumper. The
Timberwolves went on to win the game 52-44.



MORE SCENES FROM 28TH ANNUAL HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSIC

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff



SPORTSNOTES

TENNIS
KNOWLES IN SEMIS

e AFTER taking a break
to recover from an injury
that prevented him from
playing in the Australian
open, Mark Knowles and his
new doubles partner Mardy
Fish are now playing in the
semifinal of their first tour-
nament for the year.

Playing at the Regions
Morgan Keegan Champi-
onships & Cellular South
Cup in Memphis, Tennessee,
Knowles and Fish will play
against the team of John
Isner and Sam Querrey
today.

If they advance to the
final, they will play on Sun-
day.

Knowles and Fish are the
number two seeds in the
tournament. Knowles’ imme-
diate past partner Mahesh
Bhupathi from India and his
new partner Max Mirnyi
were the top seeds, but they
got eliminated in the first
round.

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TRACK
ROAD RUNNERS MEET

today at the Thomas A.
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium. The meet will begin
at 9 a.m.

It will serve as a qualifier
for the Carifta Games that

day weekend.

SWIMMING
BARRACUDA
SWIM MEET

Federation will continue its
2009/2010 calendar year today

Aquatic Center. The meet,

hich d Friday
Hi ree tamale pene! ; Burrows will both swim in
The meet is being used asa } the “A” final of the 100 fly
qualifier for the Carifta } this evening seeded 5th and
Games that will be held in }

Kingston, Jamaica over the | S4W the duo both swim the

; 50 freestyle and compete for

night, will resume at 9 a.m.

Easter holiday weekend.



Vanderpool-Wallace, Burrows and Lightbourne to

ARIANNA Vanderpool-

: Wallace, Vereance Burrows
; and Teisha Lightbourne are
: competing in their respective
i NCAA Conference Swim-
i ming Championships this
:? weekend.

will be held in the Cayman }
Islands over the Easter holi-

Vanderpool-Wallace
(Auburn University) and

? Burrows (University of Ken-
? tuckey) are both competing
i at the 2010 Southeastern
? Conference Championships,
? scheduled from Feb. 17-20 at
i University of Georgia,
: ? Gabrielsen Natatorium and

Seco ame eae ? Lightbourne (Northwestern
? University) at the Big 10
: Championships at Purdue

Rea ce Bengt University in Indiana

Vanderpool-Wallace and

6th respectively. Yesterday

their schools in the 200
freestyle relay.

Arianna was seeded 12th
going into the prelims and
swam to a 5th place finish in
the “A” final in a time of
22.32 (NCAA “B” qualifying
time), while Burrows who
was seeded 8th in a time of
20.07 going into the prelims
did not qualify to swim in the
finals and placed 20th overall
in a time of 20.13 (NCAA
“B” qualifying time)

Vanderpool-Wallace and
Burrows also swam the 50 fly
leg of the 200 medley relay
on the opening day of com-
petition and helped their
team to a fourth and sixth
place finish respectively.

Vanderpool-Wallace is
also swimming thel00 yd
freestyle and is seeded 2nd
in that event and Burrows
will also swim the 100 free
and is seeded 38th going into

the preliminarys on Saturday.

Teisha Lightbourne is
swimming at the Big 10
Championships in West
Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue
University. Lightbourne
swam the 50 yd free leg of
the 200 medley relay for
Northwestern and finished
7th overall, swam the 50 free
and qualified for the “C”
final with a 24th place finish
in a time of 23.27.

Also swimming for their
college teams in the NCAA
are Alicia Lightbourne
(sophmore) who swims for
the Crimson Tide at Harvard
Univeristy who will compete
at the ECAC Championships
from February 26th — 28th
and Ariel Weech, who is in
her freshman year for the
Huskers at Nebraska, will
swim in the Big 12 Champi-
onships, February 24th —
27th.



compete in NCAA Conference Swimming Championships

¢ THE Road Runners ;
Track Club will hold their }
annual track and field classic

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace


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TRIBUNE SPORTS



SPORTS



Strokers still
undefeated
in Masters

Softhall League

THE Micholette Strokers }
remained undefeated in the
Masters Softball League with }
a 16-4 rout over the Tony }
Tiger Royals in one of the }
four games played last week-
end at the Baillou Hills Sport- }

ing Complex.

In the other games played, }
the William Construction Jets }
clobbered the Six Pack Abs i
18-1; the Alco Raiders pound- }
ed the St. Anges Lions 15-5 ; |
and the Bamboo Shack Bulls }
knocked off the Andreaus }

Brokers 12-4.

e Summaries of the games

played are as follows:
Strokers 16, Royals 4:

Lester Dean went 3-for-4 with
a RBI, scoring three times; }
Everette ‘Abe’ Johnson was :
3-for-4 with two RBI and a }
run scored and Ronald ‘Big
Boy’ Seymour was a perfect }
2-for-2 with two RBI and }

High school players benefit trom softhall clinic

three runs scored in the win.
Dean also got the win on
the mound over Harold
‘Banker’ Fritzgerald.
Anthony ‘Stiuck-A-Ton’
Johnson went 2-for-3 with a
run scored in the loss.

Jets 18, Abs 1: Jeff Cooper ;

was 3-for-4 with four RBI and | Senior Sports Reporter

[ . 9 ? bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
Smith 3-for-4 with a pair of |
RBI and runs scored and }
Gary ‘Super’ Johnson a per- ;
fect 3-for-3 with three RBI ? the appearance of American
and two runs scored in the : Olympic softball pitcher great
; : ? Monica Abbott.

Bertie Murray Sr. picked }

up the win and Joe Miller was ; pitcher in the world, headed a

i delegation that stopped in town

Raiders 15, Lions 5: Gay- : yesterday on their seven day

lord Knowles was 3-for-5 with : Caribbean cruise on board the

: ? MSC Poesia.
scored; tony Henfield went 2- :

for-4 with two RBI and a run Peak Performance coach Mare

and Glenroy ‘Flo’ Saunders } Dagenais and Men’s Fastpitch

went 3-for-4 with three RBI } star Dave Paetkau conducted a

i clinic for female players from

? the United States and Canada

over thwe mound over Ken } between the ages of 10-18 years

i old.
Barrett McDonald went 1- ;

for-3 wirth two RBI and a run i Sporting Complex featured

scored and George Turner } players from the College of the

was a perfect 3-for-3 with a i Bahamas, St. Augustine’s Col-

i lege, CR Walker Secondary
Bulls 12, Brokers 4: Rod- :
ney Albury was 3-for-4 with

two RBI and three runs; Ken } areas:

Symonette was 1-for-4 with }
three RBI and arun; Wilton :

Bain 3-for-4 with a RBI and i vision and

two runs and Lopez Huyler :

1-for-4 with two RBI and a how to fix the most common

: hitti blems.
Paul Moss picked up the } itting problems.

win and Larry Forbes took : ness for pitchers, modern

i pitching techniques and drills

for-3 with two runs in a losing ena

as many runs scored; Brad

win.

tagged with the loss.

two RBI and three runs

and a run scored in the win.
Saunders picked up the win

O’Brien.

run in the loss.

run scored in the win.
the loss.

Mike Moss was a perfect 3-
effort.

weekend’s schedule
Today’s schedule

condition Raiders.
Sunday’s schedule

Jets vs Tony’s Tiger Royals.

this weekend
Team W L Pct. GB GR

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Tony’s Tiger Royals 27 they can take home and prac-

Kers 4 6 .400 6 4
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NPBA action continues tonight with double header

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St. Anges Lions 1 7 .125 8 6

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AMERICAN softball Peaeniea Abbott gives some instructions to the young players on hand for yesterday’s camp at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

By BRENT STUBBS

LOCAL high school softball
players benefited greatly from

Abbott, arguably the top

While here, Abbott, Softball

The clinic at the Baillou Hills

High, DW Davis Junior High.
It focused on the following

¢ HITTING - Mental tough-
ness at the plate, How to train

decision-making skills and

¢ PITCHING — Mental tough-

¢ PERFORMANCE TRAINING —

; : i How to increase bat speed
© Here's a look at this ? and hitting power, Top 20
i speed & agility drills for soft-

ra ? ball and top 10 factors that
11 am William Construc- ? affects the development of

tion Jets vs St. Agnes Lions; 1 } athletic talent.

pm Bamboo Shack Bulls vs
Tony’s TRiger Royals; 3 pm :
Six Pack Abs vs Alco Aiur- How wecnieuth ane
? crowd and get noticed. How

1 pm Micholette Strokers reas Academe For
vs Andeus Insurance Brokers; ee

3 pm William Construction year-old who led the United

« Sandi Readius ani States to victory at the 2008
ancings Heading 1! } Olympic Games, said while this
i is her first trip here, she had a

Micholette Strokers 10 0 Healy 200d Gmc,

¢ RECRUITING - What are col-

lege coaches looking for.

Abbott, the 6-foot-3, 24-

“I’m glad that some of the

local girls came out. This is a
Bamboo Shack Bulls 8 2 i beautiful complex,” said

a ; i Abbott in an interview at the
William Construction Jets : Baillou Hills Sporting Com-

plex.
“Hopefully they will all get

tice and put into effect so that
they can get better at their own
game.”

A member of the Florida
Pride women’s professional
fastpitch team, Abbott will
head the US team to the World
Championships in Venezuela
in September.

“Our chances are good, but
one day we’re up and one day
we’re down,” said Abbott
about the US’s chances at the
championships. “I think if we
can all stay focus, we will do
very well.”

Abbott said one of the rea-
sons they concentrated on was
the players’ ability to stay focus
on the instructions that she and
the other coaches imparted.

“We just want them to make
good habits. I know it’s not
easy, but if they stick with it
and continue to do it, eventu-
ally it will become nature,” she
said.

Brinesha Fawkes, a 14-year-
old 10th grader from SAC, who
got the opportunity to get some
personal tips from Abbott as
she worked with the pitchers,
said it was a great learning
experience.

“I learnt how to do one or
two drills that I hope to put
into practice when I go back
to school,” said the junior girls
pitching ace.

Two of the local high school
coaches who participated in the

clinic said they all learned some
valuable lessons as well.

“TI think the clinic is a won-
derful idea, but I would like to
see more of it coming to the
Bahamas,” said SAC’s coach
Michelle Wilson. “I hope that
the Ministry of Sports and the
Bahamas Softball Federation
can bring in more clinics like
this for the young girls to learn
the game.”

Wilson said the clinic defi-
nitely proved that there is a lot
of talent in the country, but it’s
not utilising it. However, she
indicated that she hoped to
build on what she learnt so the
level of play of the Big Red
Machine will continue to
improve.

CR Walker’s coach Tyrice
Curry said the clinic was also
beneficial to the Knights sport-
ing programme.

“T didn’t really know about
it, now that we are here, I hope
that our girls will learn the dif-
ferent skills they have impart-
ed,” she said.

“It’s good to learn the dif-
ferent aspects of the game, so I
will definitely impart this in our
programme when we start next
week. But I hope that this will
be a continuous training for all
the schools and coaches.”

Dalton Ruer, founder of
Cross Training Softball, said
they are so delighted to be here
teaching the young players how



to get over their fear of playing
the game.

“So it’s exciting to work with
them and to push them beyond
what they are capable of
doing,” he said. “They then
realise that they can do things
that they only see women on
television do.

“So we’re glad to be here
and to work with our girls
internationally as well as work
with some of the Bahamas
from the Bahamas as they get a
chance to know each other and
realise that they have friends
around the world in the sport.”

Reece Oslinker, founder of
Smooth Sailing, was responsi-
ble for bringing the contingent
of 160 people on the cruise that
travelled from Fort Lauderdale
to Key West, Grand Cayman
and Jamaica before returning
to Florida.

“Hopefully we will do this
as a yearly event,” said Oslink-
er, who noted that while there
were clinics conducted on
board the ship as they cruised,
this was the only stop that they
came on land to do some drills.

Oslinker said they intend to
come back next year, but they
plan to have it organised in a
way where there will be a few
games played among the visit-
ing players and the local play-
ers.

Bahamas Softball Federa-
tion president Burkett Dorsett





rT, “SET «DALTON Ruer,
ae Se i Nf * vin founder of Cross
ee Ld oe eae) Training Softball

from Atlanta, Geor-
-s) gia (third from

"| right) makes a pre-
sention of softball
equipment to
Bhamas Softball
Federation presi-
dent Burkett
Dorsett (third from
left). Pictured from
left are coach
Michelle Wilson,
coach Godfrey
Burnside, Dorsett,
Ruer, Bahamas
Olympic Associa-
tion president
Wellington Miller
and Reece Osinker,
founder of Smooth
Sailing Cruises.

said the clinic was a golden
opportunity for the local play-
ers to learn the technical
aspects of the game.

“We’re very pleased with
Reece and Monica for spear-
heading this programme,”
Dorsett said. “We invited all
of the schools, so we thought
that with this being the mid-
term break, we would have had
more schools involved.”

Godfrey ‘Gully’ Burnside,
one of the few New Providence
Softball Association coaches
who participated, said he was
thrilled to get involved.

“When I look at pitching,
some of the mechanics here
and the exercise that they did is
so beneficial to what we are
doing,” he said.

“If we can just gravitate to
this, I think we can definitely
improve softball in the
Bahamas, especially for
females. But I think the clinic
could have been better with
more local coaches and play-
ers involved.”

Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion president Wellington
Miller was on hand to get a
glimpse of Abbott as he
watched her conduct the clinic.

“T think it’s a great opportu-
nity for people to meet a play-
er like Monica and I hope that
the young ball players will learn
a lot so softball can move on,”
Miller said.



THE New Providence Bas-
ketball Association will con-
tinue its regular season action
with a double header tonight
at the CI Gibson Gymnasi-
um, starting at 7 p.m.

e Heading into the action,
here’s a look at the league
standings in the two divisions:

VINCE FERGUSON
DIVISION

Electro Telecom Cybots 7-1
Real Deal Shockers 6-2

Coca Cola Explorers 3-4
B-Reddies 3-4

Outdoor Lighting Falcons 3-6
Multi Experience Jumpers 1-6
Royal Bahamas Defense Force
Mariners 2-4

Leaders Scorer

Cecil Mackey — Crime Stoppers
- 19.4

Rebounds

Kendrick Bullard — Shockers -
6.3

Assists

Freddy Lightbourne — Crime
Stoppers - 1.9

Steals

Gavin Cunningham — Shockers
-1.6

Blocks

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LOCAL NEWS



Toxic fume fire to Durn for months’

FROM page one

the roofs of their homes to
keep them from burning.

Although the smoke is not
yet as thick as they remem-
ber in the fires of March 2008,
Mr Deleveaux expects it to
continue burning for months
rather than weeks.

He said: “It couldn’t be
worse, it couldn’t get worse,
this is the worst of the worst.

“Two years ago we had a
problem, but it was nothing
like this.

“We are trying to reduce
the amount of smoke in the
area, because if the wind shifts
the people in Jubilee Gardens
are up the creek. ”

Health Minister Hubert
Minnis was astounded the fire
could burn for so long,
exclaiming: “It must be Judg-
ment Day!”

And he advised nearby res-
idents to keep their windows
closed, or leave the area if
they suffer from asthma or
respiratory illness.

Department of Environ-
mental Services director
Melanie McKenzie was said
to be too busy fighting the fire
on the front line to speak to
The Tribune yesterday.

Mr Deleveaux said the
blaze was intentionally set in
three areas at around 7.30 last
Friday night before it spread
across the entire site and to
waste below the surface.
There were three fire engines
on site to control the blaze
yesterday morning and a trac-
tor was used to dig up the
burning embers.

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Another resident added:
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that is something that we
always keep at the back of
our minds. Always.”

Minister of Housing Ken-
neth Russell failed to return
calls from The Tribune yes-
terday. Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux said he is
awaiting a report about the
fire from the Department of
Environmental Health.

Home invasion:
Police make
another arrest

FROM page one

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LOCAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION FALLOUT

PLP to make Election Court move ‘next week’

FROM page one

the present position is that no
one is or can be declared the
winner of the Elizabeth by-
election. Indeed the outcome
of the by-election will remain
up in the air until such time as
the Election Court rules on
the matter," stressed PLP
leader Perry Christie yester-
day.

Protest ballots are cast
when a person's voter's card
has a defect; the entry relating
to such person in the voter
register is incorrect; or the
person has a voter's card but
his name does not appear in
the register for the relevant
constituency or polling divi-
sion, the Election Act states.

These protest ballots, cast
on yellow ballots rather than
white, were not added to the
official tally however Section
69 (1) of the Act has a provi-
sion for them to be included.
That section states that if the
number of regular votes cast
in favour of a candidate is
equal to or exceeds the num-
ber of regular votes cast for
any other candidate for that
constituency but is less than
the combined number of reg-
ular and protest votes cast for
another candidate, then the
protest votes received by all
the candidates shall be taken
into account and their validi-
ty determined by an Election
Court.

Confident

With this in mind, Mr
Christie is confident that
Ryan Pinder will be declared
by the election court to be the
next Member of Parliament
for the Elizabeth constituen-
cy.

"Our legal team is satisfied
that when the protest ballots
are scrutinised in accordance
with well established legal
principles and judicial prece-
dent, the electorate of Eliza-
beth will be shown conclu-
sively to have elected Leo
Ryan Pinder as their repre-
sentative," said Mr Christie.

But chairman of the Free
National Movement Carl
Bethel has a different opin-
ion. "The Free National
Movement won the by-elec-
tion on the ground, we held it
in the (recount) room and we
will define it wherever else
the PLP wants to take it. Eliz-
abeth is FNM and we trust
that the election court will
agree with us that the duly
elected Member of Parlia-
ment for Elizabeth is Dr
Duane Sands!" he said.

Meantime, there is concern
from some quarters that the
expected court case will take
months to convene and make
a judgment, leaving the peo-
ple of Elizabeth in limbo with-
out representation in the
House of Assembly. But Mr
Pinder, a tax attorney, thinks
a delay is unlikely.

"The law says election
court takes precedence. It’s
not a traditional election court
case where there is weeks and

"The Free
National Move-
ment won the by-
election on the
ground, we held
it in the (recount)
room and we will
define it wherev-
er else the PLP
wants to take it.



Carl Bethel

weeks of hearing — it is a nar-
row scope of review. I can't
see why this can’t be heard in
one day,” Mr Pinder said.

According to PLP lawyer
Valentine Grimes, the party
may also ask the Supreme
Court to review three other
ballots that were rejected by
returning officer Jack Thomp-
son, because the voters either
wrote Ryan Pinder's name or
placed their inky thumbprint
next to his box instead of
marking an 'X’.

"But we may include three
other votes which were on
white ballots which were
rejected by the returning offi-
cer," said Mr Grimes.

The only other candidate
to receive protest votes was
Cassius Stuart of the BDM,
with one such vote.

recount, ending at around midnight Thursday, that nobody
could yet be declared the duly elected MP for Elizabeth.

Errol Bethel said this was in light of the declared intention
of PLP candidate Ryan Pinder — who was found to have
received two fewer “regular” votes than the FNM’s Dr Duane
Sands, who took the lead with 1,501 votes at the end of the
recount — to seek to have a small number of “protest” votes
cast in his name considered or “tested” by an election court for
inclusion in the final vote tally.

Several sources with whom The Tribune conferred on the
matter, including Maurice Tynes, Clerk of the House of
Assembly, and former FNM leader and Henry Bostwick, QC,
said they could not recall a by-election ever being taken to
election court to be decided.

Mr Tynes noted it would be the first time that the House of
Assembly will be left with a seat vacant for an indefinite peri-
od of time.

Normally if a sitting MP resigns or dies, it is expected that an
MP would quickly take up his seat as representative around a
month later once a by-election takes place and a new repre-
sentative is chosen by a constituency’s residents. Today, with
the PLP promising to launch legal action, no winner has been
declared by the Parliamentary Commissioner in the Eliza-
beth by-election and the constituents must wait to see how long
it takes for the court to hear and determine the case.

Yesterday, Elizabeth resident Ella Thompson said she is
nonetheless in favour of the matter going to election court.

“T prefer it go through election court. Let justice prevail. If
the FNM gone win let them win fair,” she said.

ee fades
PLP SUPPORTERS dressed in their party colours during the recount.

History is made hy vacant House seat

FROM page one

The Parliamentary Commissioner’s statement confirmed
yesterday that, following a recount of the votes, Dr Duane
Sands (FNM) got 1,501 votes, Ryan Pinder (PLP) got 1,499
plus five protest votes, Dr Andre Rollings (NDP) got 72
votes, Cassius Stuart (BDM) got 115 votes plus one protest
vote and Rodney Moncur (Workers’ Party) got 21 votes.

Limbo

Carl Bethel, FNM Chairman and an attorney, said yesterday
he does not think the constituency will be left in electoral
limbo for much longer.

“The courts are aware of the constitutional imperative that
every constituency should be represented in parliament and so
the court will make arrangements on an expedited basis for any
election court matter to be dealt with expeditiously,” he pre-
dicted.

He also added that just because the PLP would like to see
the “protest” votes “tested” by a judge, it is not a foregone con-
clusion that this will happen despite the party’s desire for it, as
they must prove that there is a legal basis for such scrutiny.

Mr Pinder’s move to have the matter heard in the election
court is in accordance with Section 69 of the Parliamentary
Elections Act, which states that if a candidate wins a total num-
ber of “regular” votes which are equal to or exceed those of an
opposing candidate, but that total number — in Dr Sand’s case,



1,501 — fails to exceed the total number of “regular” votes plus
the total number of “protest” votes cast for the other candidate
“then the protest votes received by all the candidates shall be
taken into account and their validity determined by an election
court.”

Mr Pinder received 1,499 regular votes, and a total of five
protest votes — votes which were cast on a coloured ballot
paper because the presiding officer was not satisfied as to
the identity of the voter or his entitlement to vote.

Those protest votes were not counted in the initial tally, but
if they were, would bring Mr Pinder’s total vote count to two
greater than that of Dr Sands, making him the duly elected
member of parliament for Elizabeth.

The PLP immediately gave notice of its intention to take
legal action over the protest votes on Thursday night, when the
recount came to a close and PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts
said yesterday it is likely the legal action will be initiated next
week.

Such a step must be taken within 10 days of the results of the
election to be effective.

The fact that the party suggested it will take the matter to an
election court means that when Parliament meets again for the
first time in over a month next week, Wednesday, February 24,
no new Member of Parliament will be sworn in to represent
Elizabeth as had been expected.

Speaking in Grand Bahama yesterday, Prime Minister and
FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham described the possibility that
a member would be sworn in that day as “uncertain.”

Mr Ingraham said that he will reserve further comment on
the by-election until he arrives back in Nassau where he
expects to hold a press conference tomorrow at FNM Head-
quarters at 3pm.RE



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Home invasion: Police make another arrest 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 Toxic fume fire to ‘burn for months’ C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.75SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY AND PLEASANT HIGH 76F LOW 65F N E W S SEE PAGESIX S P O R T S Welcome for mega container SHIP SEE PAGE11 Basketball classic hots up The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED ANDREAL ESTATE I N S I D E By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Liberal Party is set to file an application early "next week" to initiate election court proceedings in connection with the Elizabeth by-election results. Having been informed byelection returning officer Jack Thompson yesterday of the party's intention to invoke Section 69 (1 PLP's legal team is said to be preparing the nec essary documents to start legal action. By law, this must be done within 10 day's of the recount. The crux of the anticipated election court case centres around five protest ballots cast in favour of Ryan Pinder. Because of the slim margin of votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and Ryan Pinder of the PLP who received 1,501 and 1,499 regular votes respectively these protest votes are crucial and prevent an official winner from being certified, it is argued. "It is important that the public understand that PLP set to make Election Court move ‘next week’ GOVERNMENT SIGNS CONTRACTS FOR MAJOR COMPLEXES IN FREEPOR T AND ABACO PAGE TW0 COLD SPELL EXPECTED TO C ONTINUE UNTIL END OF MONTH P AGE FIVE SIDNEY POITIER INTERNATIONAL C ONFEREN CE AND FILM FESTIVAL P A GE EIGHT ROSS UNIVERSITY HELPS WITH GRAND B AHAMA BLOOD SUPPL Y PAGE EIGHT INSIDE S E E P A G E S 6 A N D 7 By AVA TURNQUEST AFTER a massive manhunt, police may have apprehended the final suspect in con nection with a trau matic home invasion Thursday evening. Around 8pm Thurs day, three men armed with handguns held a family at gunpoint in their own home, forcing them to surrender their possessions. The family of five unknowingly inter rupted the robbers when they returned home that evening. They were held hostage until the men had finished and made their escape. Police on the way to the scene encoun tered a suspicious looking vehicle that fit the description of the getaway car. Whent hey signaled for the c ar to stop, the susp ects sped off. The police pursued the white Honda in a high speed chase through the area until the men abandoned the vehicle and started to shoot at police while fleeing on foot. Police officers returned fire, arresting two of the men after shooting one in the SEE page 13 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE largest fire in the history of the New Providence landfill site is expected to continue burning for months perpetuating fears toxic smoke will choke the island. A week after the Depart ment of Environmental Health sanitary landfill site in Harrold Road was set alight in three areas and spread across the surface of the 100 acre site and deep under ground, clouds of hazardous smoke continue to billow from the wasteland. The haze is filtering into government housing subdivisions bordering the site and Fire Services Director Jeffrey Deleveaux said a shift in wind direction could prove disastrous for residents of Jubilee Gardens directly south of thesite. They remember how hot ash fell from the sky when the landfill caught fire two years ago, and they had to water By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net FOR the first time in Bahamian electoral history, a seat is vacant in the House of Assembly and there is no sure time frame in which it will be filled, leaving a constituency without a Member of Par liament. Yesterday the Parlia mentary Commissioner confirmed in a statement, following the marathon two-day by-election vote History is made by vacant House seat TOXICSMOKEFEARS: Firefighters battle the city dump blaze. The landfill site is expected to continue burning for months. SEE page 13 ANGER OVER SHIRLEY STREETTRENCHES F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f X ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION BY-ELECTION returning officer Jack Thompson. SEE page 14 SEE page 14 T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f MOTORISTS have become frustrated by roadworks on Shirley Street. Full story on Page 3.

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THIS morning, BAARK volunteers will partner with the B ahamas Humane Society and Proud Paws for the first ever official Spay Day event. The community of Mason’s Addition in Nassau has been chosen as the first neighborhood in which they will be talking with the residents and arranging free appointments and transportation for animals to and from the vet’s office. The residents of Mason’s Addition are invited to speak with the Spay Day volunteers from 10am as they walk throughout the neighbourhood arranging for pets or strays to receive these important treat ments for free. Participating residents will also receive promotional items from Purina. Over the last two months, BAARK raised more than $5,500 to provide spay/neuter/vaccination services for 110 dogs and cats in New Providence. PURINA matched their efforts with a donation of $5,500 and promotional items to give out in the community of Mason's Addition. “BAARK and their Spay Day partners are very pleased to now double the number to 220 animals that will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated for free in February 2010,” BAARK chairman Laura Kimble said. “The rate at which dogs and cats can breed is staggering. One unspayed dog, her mate and their puppies can create 67,000 dogs in justyears. For cats, it’s 420,000 in seven years. So it’s easy to see why we have the problems we do. Tremendous as the problem of pet overpopulation is, it can be solved if each of us takes just one small step, starting with not allowing our animals to breed,” she said. “There are simply not enough homes and as a result, as many as 50 dogs are killed at the Government Pound every Friday. “The harsh reality is that for every new litter of puppies or kittens you allow your pet to have, it means other animals will have to be put down. Myths “We chose the theme ‘Have a heart’ for Spay Day 2010 because we hope that once everyone realises what happens to animals as a direct result of not spaying and neutering our pets, we will all take this issue much more seriously.” Stephen Turnquest, executive director of the Bahamas Humane Society, said: “One of the myths I hear frequently is that by neutering an animal it somehow takes away their pet’s ‘manhood’ but this is simply not true. Pets do not have egos and neutering or spaying will not cause an emotional reaction or identity crisis.” According to Mr Turnquest, spaying or neutering pets will help them live longer healthier lives, and make them less likely to roam the streets or create a public nuisance by barking, howling or marking territory. Neutered dogs can become even better protectors. They focus on their family and home rather than trying to get out and reproduce. Of course, vaccinations are essential to prevent diseases like distemper, preventing needless suffering and veterinary bills. The Spay Day team is also encouraging prospective pet owners to consider adoption from the Humane Society as opposed to buying or breeding. “They have healthy, sweet pets that make great companions including beautiful cross breeds waiting desperately for good homes,” Ms Kimble said. BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The government yesterday signed an $18 million contract in Freeport and a $19 million contract in Abaco for the construction of two new government complexes on those islands. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and National Insurance Board (NIB Algernon Cargill attended both signings, the first of which was held in Grand Bahama. Minister of Works Neko Grant and Fletcher McIntosh of FES Construction signed the contract for the construc tion of a 65,000 sq ft complex on the Mall Drive. The project is expected to be completed by August 2011.An additional $900,000 has been allocated for any unforeseen costs in construction. Mr Ingraham said six acres of land was made available by the Grand Bahama Port A uthority to the government. D escribing the project as “another important development” for the island of Grand Bahama, Mr Ingraham expects that some 250 construction jobs will be created here on the island. The new building will provide much needed office space for various departments. The Ministry of Finance will also be relocated there. Happy “I am happy to be here witnessing the signing of the contract for the 65,000 sq ft government complex which is being built primarily to house Customs and Immigration, Education and the Passport Offices are coming along, but the building is being built for Customs and Immigration,” said Mr Ingraham. Additionally, the prime minister announced that the government will also cause repair work to be undertaken on the existing NIB building in Freeport. The NIB is financing the new complexes, both in Freeport and Abaco. Mr Ingraham said government will occupy the building on lease-to-purchase terms as it is doing now with the buildings in Nassau that house the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. The new building and office spaces will enhance the vari ous government departments’ ability to deliver efficient service to the public, he said. “The building is also being constructed duty paid and we expect government revenue to increase as a result of construction,” he added. Sour ced “I think it is important to acknowledge that all professional services connected to the development of the complex have been sourced here in Grand Bahama the archi tect, the engineer and consul tants are all Grand Bahama based companies. We sought to make it a Grand Bahama project. “I am pleased to say that we continue to do all we can to generate more economic activity for Grand Bahama. You remain hopeful that bet ter days will come your way not long from now,” he said. Prime Minister Ingraham stated that before the 1980s, the government was slow in establishing its physical presence in Freeport. Government offices and agencies, including the police and courts were housed in facilities made available by either the Grand Bahama Port Authority or private sector landlords. “Still, today Immigration is housed in rented accommodations,” he said. “When I became Minister of Housing in 1982, it was my view that that was an unac ceptable state of affairs and we planned and began the construction of the first gov ernment complex in this city down here at the NIB.” Mr Ingraham said the FNM government has constructed four primary and three high schools, the Supreme Court and Magistrate Court complex, the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Gerald Bartlett Police Headquarters in Freeport. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Major complexes to be built in Freeport, Abaco ARCHITECTURAL renderings of the new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance Board. (Inset, above right: new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the National Insurance Board. The ceremony took place yesterday on the complex site, the Mall Drive, Freeport. Government signs two contracts worth a total of $37 million DIRECTOR of the National Insurance Board Algernon Cargill signs the contract for the new $18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport by the NIB. S h a r o n T u r n e r / B I S P h o t o s ANOTHER rendering of the new $ 18 million government complex to be constructed in Freeport Free spay/neuter and vaccinations SPAYDAY Programme starting in Mason’ s Addition today Back row left to right: Diane Sturm, Lissa McCombe, Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society; Joanne Dods, Brock North, Chandra Parker McCallum, vice chairman of BAARK. Front row: Richard Curry, Purina rep for Bahamas Wholesale Agencies; Laura Kimble, chairman of BAARK; Pat Francis, Irene Graham, Bar bara and Jack Christofilis.

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com pany is offering credit to subscribers of its BlackBerry system as compensation for the temporary loss of service. Yesterday the BTC BlackBerry system was down for at least eight hours. To compensate for the inconvenience caused, Marlon Johnson, BTC vice-president of marketing, sales and business development, said subscribers would receive a $10 credit that will take effect in a subsequent billing cycle. Service was interrupted due to a technical failure in the system. Technicians were able to fix the system after being in communication with BlackBerry’s Canadian parent company, Research In Motion (RIM based vendor Nortel. BlackBerry subscribers to r eceive cr edit A 31-YEAR-OLD Q uakoo Street man was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to a mar ijuana possession charge. D eon Hepburn was accused of being found in possession of 120 grams of marijuana with i ntent to supply on September 30, 2008. Hepburn had initially pleade d not guilty to the charge at h is arraignment in October 2008. On Thursday, however, dur i ng the defence stage of his tri al, Hepburn pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted b y Magistrate Carolita Bethell. A 42-YEAR-OLD B rougham Street man was fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to a mar ijuana possession charge yesterday. D wight Bell was arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court Eight, BankL ane. It is alleged that he was found in possession of 47 grams of marijuana with intentto supply on Wednesday, February 17. Bell pleaded guilty to a sim ple possession charge and the prosecution dropped the intent charge. CONVICTED double murd erer Frank Pinder says he is still puzzled over the sequence of events that led to his being charged and ultimately convicted, a psychiatrist said yesterday. Pinder, 33, was convicted last November of the murdersof Glenwood Neely Jr and James Mitchell Smith Jr. The two men were reported missing almost two weeks before their bodies were discovered in a remote area of The Bluff, South Andros, in an advanced state of decomposition in October 2006. Yesterday, Pinder was back b efore Senior Supreme Court Justice Anita Allen for his sentencing hearing. Psychiatrist Dr Nelson Clarke told the court that Pin-d er maintains he had no involvement in the deaths of Neely and Smith and that he is puzzled over the sequence ofe vents that took him to court. Probation officer Lisa Bowleg testified that Pinder saidh e believed that he was unfairly convicted and did not have a f air trial. Pinder’s sentencing hearing has been adjourned to March 12, 2010, when his defence attorney Ian Cargill and prosecutor Lorna Longley-Rolle are expected to make their submissions. Psychiatrist claims Pinder ‘puzzled’ over murder convictions COURT BRIEFS B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net DISGRUNTLED motorists will be relieved tok now there is an end in sight to the Shirley Street roadworks that has disrupted traffic for almost two weeks. T he Bahamas Telecom munications Company (BTC plete work on Tuesday.I mmediately after, the Min istry of Works is on track to begin repaving between Vil l age Road and Mackey Street. “We are digging trenches and running fibre optic c ables as a part of our ongoing work to improve connectivity and quality of ser vice throughout our telep hone and Internet net works,” said BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson. The Ministry of Works was slated to begin repaving Shirley Street at the end of January, in accordance with repaving exercises that began before the Christmas holidays. The road between Frederick Street and Mack-e y Street was paved but the o riginal schedule was changed to accommodate BTC, according to actingd irector of works, Gordon Major. BTC confirmed a decision was made to conduct infra-s tructure work prior to the l aying of fresh tar in order to prevent a major disruption to the public once the new road was in place. Angry motorists have complained the trenches were deep and unavoidable.T hey are spaced out across t he entire designated area. One motorist said she almost found herself in an accident when drivers stopped suddenly to navigate safe passage through the trenches. Mr Johnson said BTC was advised not to close up the holes, which would have been their usual practice once work was completed, since the Ministry planned to start the reconstruction of the road right away. Shirley Street road work wrapping up ANGRY motorists have complained the trenches were deep and unavoidable. They are spaced out across the entire designated area. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. On page one of Thursday February 11th edition of the Punch, appeared an article under the heading, “Trail Blazer Cleophas trod a path others trembled to tread”, by P Anthony White. A story, but, for the interspersion of a number of often repeated misinformation and distortions by its writer, is worth telling, if only to bring sanity to supporters of both major parties and others in our midst who, after decades of racial rhetoric by PLP politicians and indeed many in the FNM party, continue to sow seeds of disunity and mistrust among our people of colour in this nation. Cleophas was a close friend and colleague of mine, a relationship that is more fully detailed in my memoirs. White wrote in his article, that Stafford Sands had a difficulty with existing under a PLP government. Did not many persons inclusive of you and me, Mr White? Unlike you and others, me and many more stayed and fought the status quo, and that Sands had become wealthy over the years. A little research by you, Mr White, would have revealed that Stafford Lofthouse Sands was an only child born to wealthy parents who, (parents families also. His father, for whom I worked in 1942, was the owner of one of the two major food stores in Nassau, City Meat Market, situated on the comer of East and Bay streets. On the south side of Bay Street. The other food store, JP Sands Lumber Yard and Food Store was on the north side of Bay Street, occupying all of that area on the east side of the Royal Bank of Canada inclusive of the property on which now stands Sco tia Bank. The reason for Sands packing up and leaving the Bahamas was two fold. (One had sold City Meat Market toW inn Dixie, an American food chain, apparently without obtaining the Government’s permission to do so, as required by law, when selling to non Bahamians and ( two) he was terminally ill ( cancer). Pindling had threat e ned him with prosecution for the sale, and the best treatment to be obtained for his illness at the time was in Europe. He did not take Pindling’s threat lightly. They were the deciding factors in his decision to move to Europe. I used to visit him whenever I was in London and he was in residence. On one of my visits he told me that Pindling had invited him to come back to the Bahamas, but he had no interest in such a visit, he did not trust Pindling and he needed to stay close to his doctors, because he required regular medical attention. His life in Europe was not one of ease and splendor; but o ne of pain and physical decadence. When he, Sir Stafford, decided to call it quits, he, the man, that the PLP painted asa racist and villain, recommended a man of colour (Black representative for the City of Nassau, a predominantly white Constituency. Cleophas Adderley was that man, and he held the seat until he decided that he could not go along with the political antics of his so-called discriminating and victimising black brothers. Contrary to what you, Mr White, may have thought, Cleophas, along with Sir Roland and Mike Lightbourne, who along with me were expelled from the FNM in early 1973 for supporting me in the Abaco fight to remain a Crown colony under Great Britain rather than being in a Bahamas under a Pindling-led PLP government.A fear that present conditions in the nation, almost four decades later, has proven to be well founded. During the first Convention held by the FNM party since its formation and after the 1972 general elections, a decision was made to invite Symonette, Adderley and Lightbourne, back to the par ty, in order to strengthen their (FNM parliament. (Five seats Cleophas was really disillu sioned and fed up with the FNM’s leadership and openly let it be known that he would not be seeking another term in parliament as an FNM, this was long before the boundary changes. In 1976, when the Parliamentary group, exclusive of Maurice Moore, q uit the FNM and formed the B DP with Henry Bostwick as l eader, Cleophas again made it quite clear that he had no intention of running again for any party. As for your insistence, Mr White, that the UBP was disbanded, and certain members along with per sons from the defunct NDP and the Free PLP formed the FNM, I will say this, Mr White, a lie if repeated often enough will, eventually be believed by the person repeating it. Firstly, Orville Turnquest, the ex deputy leader of the NDP and Kendal Isaacs, who was not and never had been affiliated with any political party, were not founding members of the FNM. They both became members after its (FNM ondly, the UBP was never disbanded, no political entity with nine sitting members in parliament and four in the senate, and enjoying the status of Her Majesty’s Loyal opposition in parliament would be so stupid as to disband, a five year old imbecile, would not believe such an outrageous lie Mr White, to make such a statement in the printed media, is, to say the least, an insult to the intelligence of the reading public. It was a merger of the two parties, I was the National Chairman of the UBP and had a leading role in the orchestration of that merger. In my Memoirs, you will find it in full and unabridged detail. The founding members of the FNM party were the Parliamentary members of the UBP and its party officers and the eight parliamentary members of the Free PLP. Listed below are their names and status. From the United Bahamian Party were:Geoffrey Johnstone MP. (Leader Errington WI Watkins (Chairman bourne (Treasurer Roland T Symonette MP, Norman S Solomon, MP, Cleophas Adderley, MP, Peter Graham, MP, Donald D’Albenas, MP, Noel Roberts, MP, Sherwin Archer, MP, and Reginald Lobosky, Senator. The Free PLP’s were: Cecil Wallace-Whitfield MP (Leader MP, Dr Elwood Donaldson, MP, Maurice Moore, MP, Arthur Foulkes, MP, George Thompson, MP, James Shepherd, MP and Warren Levar-i ty, MP. History, is History, whether it treats one kindly or unkindly, depends on the performance of the individual, organisation or entity i nvolved, it must be recorded a s accurately as humanly pos s ible, the same goes for incidents and events, as it is for posterity. False and inaccurate information on individ uals or events for whatever reasons makes a mockery of the recording process. A writer once noted “Truth thrust to earth will rise again.” EWI WATKINS Nassau, February, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 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 NEW YORK This was one spotlight he never sought, probably never dreamed of, and most definitely avoided for as long as h umanly possible. When Tiger Woods c laimed the stage for his TV apology and m ake no mistake, it was a stage, pure and s imple his mission was to be authentic a nd sincere. Or, at least, as authentic and sincere as m anaging and repairing a multinational, multimedia, multimillion-dollar brand can ever b e. "There are some things I want to say," g olf's most towering figure told us, his eyes wide, his tone low, his backdrop blue velvet. I f only it were that simple. This may indeed have been a sincere apology. It certainly felt moving at times. Tiger Woods may be genuinely remorseful and desperate to make amends to all those peo p le, from his wife to his fans, who have been demanding some kind of resolution aftert hose ugly revelations of infidelity and months of silence. But the circumstances of his mea culpa the infomercial manner in which it was set up, teased, stylized and delivered as regularly s cheduled programming obscured any genuine message struggling to punch through. S o many of the talking heads in the runup to Woods' 13 minutes talked about how he n eeded to be genuine, human, a real person. Yet in America, that's only part of the story. Americans want humanity in their country, but they admire message management, too and Woods has wanted control to a fault. E ven with his dented image, the story of Tiger Woods on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, was ac horeographed yarn being spun by the planet's best imagemakers and brand managers storytellers as adept at their craft as the candidates for Best Director at next mon th's Oscars. "This is a box, all wrapped up. Anyone can see it. It's so clear that he has controlled i t and packaged it," said Leila Brammer, a communications expert at Gustavus Adol p hus College in St. Peter, Minn., who studies how public figures repair their images. W oods, or the people managing him, certainly took pains to cover all of the cultural bases. His statement ranged from place to place, wounded party to wounded party, managing to invoke all of the requisite i mages of recovery in modern America. He said sorry three times and took the b lame, shifting it to no one except the safe scapegoat of the media. He talked about the " the issues I'm facing," the work he had to do on himself and the people he'd let down. He u sed the language of the 12-step programme. He admitted he had a problem. He said fam i ly came first. He even invoked old-time religion Buddhism, in this case, reflecting his s tatus as not only a cultural symbol but a multicultural one. And yet ... He went on too long. He didn't allow questions. He wanted to talk to the public but kept everyone out of the room except the e xact 40 people his handlers picked. He made a n obvious play to keep women the intere st group he has most offended front and c entre, including his mother. T he choreography was hardly surprising from a man who built his career around cont rolling the message. But the stakes couldn't have been higher not just for his personal l ife and image but for the fiscal health of Brand Tiger. In a way, Friday's apology wasa n economic stimulus for the mini-economy that is Tiger Woods. " We think of it as just being about Tiger. Well, it's a lot more than just Tiger. It's all the people who are depending on Tiger for a living," said Jeffrey Bell, a partner at Gallatin Public Affairs, a strategic public-relationsf irm that has helped clients overcome image crises. That overcoming, for Woods, begane arlier this week with a carefully staged pho to designed to look like it wasn't an image of him running (in Nike gear, of course was given to a photographer who was informed well in advance that he'd be jogging b y. Same story with golfing photos of Woods that emerged Thursday. T he teasers fit well with television, which adores few things more than being able to air a live event under controlled circumstances. The Golf Channel served up completely packaged pregame and postgame shows to accentuate the dramatic arc of hero rising, hero falling, hero redeemed. B ut in the end, this scripting reveals a key trait about Americans and their idols. In ac ulture that has arrived at a curious three-way intersection of therapy, authenticity and Hol l ywood endings, we must have a signpost that we can move on. Closure is everything. Look at the scripted truths of reality TV and the carefully managed sensibilities of weekday morning programming: Americans h unger to be handed a feeling that no matter how messy life married life, in this case b ecomes, things ultimately make sense. The sad fact is that it almost doesn't mat t er whether Tiger Woods' apology was sincere. What matters for his business, for golf, even for plain old us is that it appeared to be. "The American people are incredibly forgiving of those who ask for forg iveness. But you have to ask for it in a sin cere way," said Gerald Patnode, a brandinge xpert at York College in Pennsylvania. So forget whether you think the apology w as any good; for its purposes, it was good enough. It reconciled private and public, p uritanism and prurience, condemnation and forgiveness. It was enough verisimilitude for t he moment at hand. Now we can move on to more important things. (This article was written by Ted Anthony of the Associated Press). A story worth telling – but why the distortions? LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Woods: Sorry, sorry and sorry again $1'/(<-($1%$37,67(RI 0$5*$5(77($9(18(&$50,&+$(/52$' 1$66$8%$+$0$6 $1'/(<-($1%$37,67(RI 0$5*$5(77($9(18(&$50,&+$(/52$' 1$66$8%$+$0$6 EDITOR, The Tribune. How quick the Bahamian Government is to leap to do whatever some international agency suggests or advises. They say jump and our Government says, how high and immediately passes laws to comply. Anything to please who is so far away. The implication is that our Bahamas is alert and sensitive. But is it no more than like a trained monkey though? If our Government is intelligent and sensitive, why does it not, without any outside intervention at all, see and hear what needs to be done to improve the quality of life for its citizens? For me it is as if this country is not being governed and we are all already in the hands of barbarians and have been left to their mercy. Why are we allowed, in a Bahamas which pretends to be so up to date so with it so forever on the cutting edge, subjected to motor bike noises, and music in vehicles, these together, unrelenting, and so utterly unbearably loud. My house is without end shaking, the windows rattling. Is Government not put in place, politicians voted for, to provide the people protection from whoever would violate or subject us to what is anti-social in the extreme? How sensitive could a Government be that says nothing and does nothing about such a vexing disturbance? How sensitive or with it can a Government be that does nothing and says nothing about cigarette smoking in public places? There is certainly something contradictory going on regarding our Government's swiftness to react on the one hand and being so slow to react on the other hand in matters which impact so extremely adversely the quality of life in the local environment which we all have to share and call home and make a home in, but is left to be and to feel so uncomfortable, so disturbed, so without peace day or night. OBEDIAH MICHAEL SMITH Nassau, Feb. 12, 2010. The contradictions of Government

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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Dec-09 31-Dec-09TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Jan-10 31-Dec-09 31-Jan-10 12-Feb-10 31-Jan-00MARKET TERMS Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds10-Jan-10 31-Dec-09 10-Jan-10 NAV Date 31-Dec-09 10-Jan-10 31-Oct-09 B y ALESHA CADET B AHAMIANS will have to wrap up warm for a bit longer, as forecasters say they expect the c old weather to stay with us at least until the end of the month. H owever, for those not enjoying the cooler temperatures, they will get a brief respite starting t oday and continuing until Tuesday. Chief meteorologist officer Basil Dean told The Tribune that the warmer temperatures are expected to last for a few days. But following the short warm spell, the cold w eather will return to the Bahamas. Jeoffrey Greene of the Nassau forecast office s aid there are cold fronts “piling up one behind the other” at the moment. We are not going to get the temperatures t hat people would prefer, back in the 80s (degrees Greene said. He explained that the north winds from the U nited States and Canada are pushing the cold f ronts south towards the Bahamas. But regardless of how chilly it may feel to some right now, Mr Dean said that these are by far not the coldest temperatures that the B ahamas has experienced. “We’ve had a streak of temperatures, during t he past few days temperatures were below average,” he said. W hile temperatures this winter dipped as low as 54 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature recorded in the Bahamas was 41.4 degrees on February 20, 1981. “This year we’ve had the lowest being 54 d egrees as of February 12, 2010,” Mr Dean said. Brrr ... cold spell likely to last until end of February THE project management team of the National Insurance Board has assured health professionals that the National Prescription Drug Plan will not only benefit Nassau, but all the Family Islands. NPDP project managers recently travelled to Abaco to meet w ith public and private health professionals practising on that i sland regarding the Plan. During the presentation, Algernon Cargill, director of NIB, emphasised that the Plan will benefit all islands of the Bahamas, by providing more than 150 prescription drugs and medical supplies free-of-charge to members who suffer from 11 chronic non-communicable diseases. “This plan is not only for Nassau, or Grand Bahama, rather, it will be introduced throughout all the Family of Islands. We will be visiting the islands to share the highlights of theN ational Prescription Drug Plan to ensure that we can register all e ligible Bahamians,” Mr Cargill said. Following a detailed presentation on the plan, Abaco physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals participated in a question and answer session with the NIB team. Several persons also commented on the value of the plan to Abaconians. Dr Benerji Swarna, district medical officer at the Marsh Harbour Clinic, said that he believes the NPDP is a positive programme for patients with chronic illnesses. “The basic problem that we have in Abaco with chronic diseases is that many of those patients are not able to buy all of the prescribed drugs so when you prescribe four or five drugs to them, they m ay take one or two of them if they are available at the government clinic, and those needed from the private pharmacies, they are not purchasing due to their economic conditions.” Antoinette Cumberbatch, district nursing supervisor in Abaco and the mainland cays, added, “I think the implementation of this programme is needful because here in the Abacos we have m any individuals with chronic diseases and I know they will directl y benefit. “Sometimes we face challenges with getting the drugs at the government clinics, and if we have this national prescription drug plan in place, we will now have the option to access the medication at the private facilities.” Emma Dawkins, acting manager of NIB’s local offices in Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town, said, “I think that it is important for the stakeholders to carry this information correctly because in Abaco we have many persons without insurance, including somef ishermen and taxi drivers, and some of them do have chronic d iseases. “If these persons receive the correct information, then they will be able to benefit from the programme. I believe that it was a good idea for the NIB team to physically come to Abaco, and really inform us on the prescription drug plan because all we knew was what we heard on television, but now we understand the depth of it, and we are grateful,” she said. National Prescription Drug plan ‘will also benefit all the Family Islands’ PHYSICIANS , nurses, and other health professionals recently assemb led at St John The Baptist Church Hall, Marsh Harbour, Abaco to learn about the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP the project managers. FOR the first time ever, the Bahamas today hosts the New Providence Torch Run as part of the World Harmony Run, bringing together youth, sports and civic groups in a display of unity for peace. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, pass ing it from hand to hand, travelling over 100 nations around the globe. Today, the torch returns to Nassau after having travelled to Grand Bahama and Exuma. The torch run begins and ends with a cultural display and rally at Arawak Cay. The New Providence Torch Run starts at 9am and will be 24 miles long. It will bring together government and private schools, police cadets, Defence Force officers and civic stakeholders. The World Harmony Run's website states that the annual event is held to promote international friendship and understanding, and does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations. Ceremonies and various celebrations for the event were held last week in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Exuma prior to the actual torch run. The entire Bahamas leg of World Harmony Run is being held under the patronage of Governor-General's Arthur Hanna. Bahamas hosting new Providence Torch Run ( BIS photo /Letisha Henderson) ATHLETES running in the World Harmony Run make their way along Poinciana Drive on Thursday, February 18, carrying the Harmony Torch, which will be passed on to the College of the Bahamas athletes. ( BIS photo /Letisha Henderson) JAYASHRI Wyatt and Boijayanti Gomez, runners in the World Harmony Run, pass the Harmony Torch to Natishka Silver, an athlete at the Col lege of the Bahamas on Thursday, February 18. The Bahamas is the forth of 100 nations around the world where the Harmony Torch is being carried. WORLDHARMONYRUN THE FML GROUP OF COMPANIES makes a $30,000 donation to World Relief through the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC funds to provide much needed medical supplies for those suffering in Haiti. On January 25, 2010, the FML Group of Companies made a public commitment, and through this donation is one step closer to accomplishing its goal of extending donations totalling $250,000 to organisations who they feela re doing good work towards relief efforts in Haiti. Pictured here (l-r Group of Companies chief operations officer Damian Flowers, NPCC director Gillian Watson and FML director of business development and marketing Greer Flowers. FMLGROUPOFCOMPANIES HELPSHAITIRELIEF T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Brief respite of warmer temperature expected to end on Tuesday

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A SSOCIATE Professor of English at the College of theB ahamas (COB chan has urged a rediscovery of the relationship between celebrated actor, author and humanitarian Sir Sidney Poitier a nd the Bahamas, as COB prepares to host the Sidney PoitierI nternational Conference and Film Festival from February 232 7. Sir Sidney has been widely r ecognised not only for his groundbreaking contributions t o the arts, but because many of his roles challenged pre-conceived notions about race, class a nd socio-economic status. Appearing in more than 50 f ilms, Sir Sidney – who grew up in Cat Island – set for himself standards of performance that were viewed as impossible for black actors at the time. A mong his most distinguished achievements is anA cademy Award win in 1963 for his lead role in the film Lilies of the Field’. Dignity Dr Strachan credited Sir Sid n ey with playing roles of dig nity, intelligence, intensity and i ntegrity. “Our work as scholars is to look and find the truth and, as with any artist or public figure, there is good and bad. So if you l ook at the papers that will be presented, we are looking att he limitations of his career but also looking at the achievem ents as well,” said Dr Strachan, chair of the conference p lanning committee. “Bahamians need to redis c over and rethink their relationship with Sidney Poitier a nd we are only doing ourselves and future generations a disservice by refusing to embrace someone who has never denied us. I don’t think he ever has and if you spoke to him today, I don’t think he would.” I n his books, Sir Sidney has recognised his Bahamian roots, o utlining how his childhood in Cat Island was a critical part of his formative development before he moved to the United States. He authored the books This Life’, ‘The Measure of a Man’ and ‘Life Beyond Mea s ure’. The Sidney Poitier Confer e nce and Film Festival will allow scholars to explore and debate his achievements, contributions and legacy. International scholars as well a s faculty from the college will present a range of papers at the d ay sessions while in the evenings over 20 of Sir Sidney’s f ilms will be shown in total at various COB venues. COB president Janyne Hodder hailed Sir Sidney as a tal ented artist, activist and human-i tarian. “Sidney Poitier is man who s tands for deep and enduring values. Sidney Poitier has stood t hroughout his life for human rights, for freedom from o ppression and for hope. This makes the man and the artist e qually deserving of this conference’s academic celebrat ion,” she said. Chair of the School of Eng lish Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones explained that hosting this kind of scholarly event is becoming a part of the tradition of COB and the School of English Stud ies. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) Sisters’ Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month11:30am SpeakerPastor Marcel LightbourneTopic: “Our Responsibilities To Each Other” Grant’s Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 T he Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427( www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2010T heme: “ But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord”7 :00 a.m. Rev. Philip Stubbs/ Bro. Ernest Miller1 1:00 a.m.R ev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Nathalie Thompson 7:00 p.m. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Rev. Carla Culmer (HC S TUDENTS faculty and staff of R oss University Bahamas gathered to register as potential blood d onors for the community of Grand Bahama last week. T he initiative began through the coordination of two Ross medical students, Stacey O'Brien and Christopher Hancock, who are codirectors of the SMP Health Init iative at Ross, which sponsored the database registration and h ealth fair. Christopher Hancock provided m ore information on the initiative: “Throughout the semester we worked with Dixie Jones, director of Health Education and Promotions Department, and nurse Yvonne Clark on setting up different programmes between R oss and the Grand Bahama Health Services. On this particular project we are also working with Dr Josephine Bartlett and t he deputy lab manager Meritta Strachan.” Stacey O’Brien added, “The SMP Health Initiative wanted to a id in improving the blood supply here in Grand Bahama after we toured the Rand Hospital and saw the limited blood supply f irst hand. We contacted the lab at the Rand and we learned that a small, but steady blood supply is what was needed to meet the needs of Grand Bahama. Our desire to help was very well received by the Health Services and it was decided that along with immediate donations, creating a database of potential d onors from the Ross Community was the best way to give back to the Grand Bahama Community that graciously host us dur i ng our medical education.” The health fair portion of the event was geared toward the s tudents learning more about their current state of health. Blood pressure, glucose and height and weight measurements were provided and details filled in to a ‘healthy living passport’ provided by the Public Hospitals Authority which allows an individual to document their personal details as wella s keep track of their progress, or lack thereof, from one assess ment time to another. E ach individual also filled out a blood donation questionnaire. It is important to note that no Ross student performed blood w ithdrawal, and Rand staff was on hand to do so. The Ross medical students did, however, perform all the other testing under the supervision of the Rand personnel. The event was a great success and Ross University plans to continue this initiative in each semester which is three times per calendar year. Ross University assists with Grand Bahama's blood supply Sidney Poitier International Conference and Film Festival ONE of the largest container ships ever made i ts maiden voyage to the Bahamas on Wednesday when the MSC Tomoko docked at Freeport Harbour. The MSC Tomoko, operated by Mediterranean Shipping Co, arrived from a stop in Nor-f olk, Virginia before continuing on its trek to A sia through the Suez Canal. Gary Gilbert, CEO of Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port and Grand Bahama Airport Company, described the vessel as being as big as an aircraft carrier, but with a wider hull. MSC Tomoko docked with 8,800 c ontainers. (This the container port involving the addition of 10 more cranes and six berths to make 2,000 metres of quay berthing space,” said Mr Gilbert. The harbour can accommodate the largest vess els in the world and those being planned. Another large MSC vessel is expected next w eek and Mr Gilbert noted that the harbour in Grand Bahama, the deepest and largest in the C aribbean, provides the foundation for the most diversified port in the western hemisphere. “Freeport Container Port has a very bright f uture and continues to grow larger daily and is one of the proud jewels of Hutchison Whampoa's investments in Grand Bahama,” said Mr Gilbert. MSC Tomoko was piloted into the harbour b y Freeport Harbour Company’s director Orland o Forbes along with her captain, Master Mariner Captain Tihomir Djura Andric, who has visited Freeport on a few occasions dating back to 2000. MSC Tomoko draws 45 to 46 feet of water. Manuel Ruiz, managing director of MSC said the Tomoko is visiting as part of a relatively new s ervice operated by MSC which features several s hips most of them smaller in size than M SC Tomoko. Its circuit includes: New York; Baltimore; Norfolk; Freeport, Bahamas; the Suez Canal, Jedha, Saudi Arabia; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Singapore; Chiwan, China; Hong Kong; Shangh ai; Ningbo, China; Chiwan, China; Yiantian, China; Singapore; Salalah, Oman. Freeport welcomes one of largest ever container ships COB PRESIDENT Janyne M. Hodder (left Film Festival with her colleagues Dr Marjorie Brooks-Jones, chair of the School of English Studies (centre ( Photo: The Bahamas Weekly) ROSS STUDENT and co-director of the Ross SMP Health Initiative, Chris Hancock (right Ross student. A first for the College of the Bahamas THE WORLD’S largest container ship, the MSC Tomoko. (Inset: A closer view . The Bahamas Weekly CHRIS HANCOCK and Stacey O’Brien, Ross University students, who coordinated the blood registration and health fair. SIDNEYPOITIER

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 INSIDE Softball clinic TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TENNIS KNOWLES IN SEMIS AFTER taking a break to recover from an injury that prevented him from playing in the Australian open, Mark Knowles and his new doubles partner Mardy Fish are now playing in the semifinal of their first tour nament for the year. Playing at the Regions Morgan Keegan Champi onships & Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, Knowles and Fish will play against the team of John Isner and Sam Querrey today. If they advance to the final, they will play on Sun day. Knowles and Fish are the number two seeds in the tournament. Knowles’ immediate past partner Mahesh Bhupathi from India and his new partner Max Mirnyi were the top seeds, but they got eliminated in the first round. TRACK ROAD RUNNERS MEET THE Road Runners Track Club will hold their annual track and field classic today at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. It will serve as a qualifier for the Carifta Games that will be held in the Cayman Islands over the Easter holi day weekend. SWIMMING BARRACUDA SWIM MEET THE Bahamas Swimming Federation will continue its 2009/2010 calendar year today at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center. The meet, which opened up on Friday night, will resume at 9 a.m. The meet is being used as a qualifier for the Carifta Games that will be held in Kingston, Jamaica over the Easter holiday weekend. SPORTS NOTES ARIANNA VanderpoolWallace, Vereance Burrows and Teisha Lightbourne are competing in their respective NCAA Conference Swimming Championships this weekend. Vanderpool-Wallace (Auburn University Burrows (University of Kentuckey) are both competing at the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championships, scheduled from Feb. 17-20 at University of Georgia, Gabrielsen Natatorium and Lightbourne (Northwestern University) at the Big 10 Championships at Purdue University in Indiana. Vanderpool-Wallace and Burrows will both swim in the “A” final of the 100 fly this evening seeded 5th and 6th respectively. Yesterday saw the duo both swim the 50 freestyle and compete for their schools in the 200 freestyle relay. Arianna was seeded 12th going into the prelims and swam to a 5th place finish in the “A” final in a time of 22.32 (NCAA “B” qualifying time), while Burrows who was seeded 8th in a time of 20.07 going into the prelims did not qualify to swim in the finals and placed 20th overall in a time of 20.13 (NCAA “B” qualifying time) Vanderpool-Wallace and Burrows also swam the 50 fly leg of the 200 medley relay on the opening day of competition and helped their team to a fourth and sixth place finish respectively. Vanderpool-Wallace is also swimming the100 yd freestyle and is seeded 2nd in that event and Burrows will also swim the 100 free and is seeded 38th going into the preliminarys on Saturday. Teisha Lightbourne is swimming at the Big 10 Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University. Lightbourne swam the 50 yd free leg of the 200 medley relay for Northwestern and finished 7th overall, swam the 50 free and qualified for the “C” final with a 24th place finish in a time of 23.27. Also swimming for their college teams in the NCAA are Alicia Lightbourne (sophmore the Crimson Tide at Harvard Univeristy who will compete at the ECAC Championships from February 26th – 28th and Ariel Weech, who is in her freshman year for the Huskers at Nebraska, will swim in the Big 12 Champi onships, February 24th – 27th. Vanderpool-Wallace, Burrows and Lightbourne to compete in NCAA Conference Swimming Championships Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemdia.net AS THE28th Annual Hugh C ampbell Basketball Classic continu es to progress towards championship weekend, inntesity has risen to new levels as teams vie for an opportunity to advance and remainin contention. A NATOL RODGERS TIMBERWOLVES – 52 N ORTH ANDROS SEMINOLES – 44 The Seminoles became the first f amily island casuality of the tournament when the GSSSA's newcomers recorded their first win in tournament, history. S harpshooting guard Tyler Thomps on led Anatol Rodgers with a game high 19 points and was one of three Timberwolves in double figures. J ohnathan Gordon and Justino Almonard finished with 10 points apiece. R ichard Miller led the Seminoles w ith a game high 25 points in a losi ng effort. S UNLAND BAPTIST ACADEMY STINGERS – 53 ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE GIANTS – 45 The Stingers nearly blew a 14 p oint second half lead, but with cluth plays from their point guard down the stretch separated themselves and d enied the Giants a second consec utive fourth quarter comeback. Rashad Knowles scored eight of h is game high 17 points in the fourth q uarter to lead the Stingrays to a win in the opening game of session two. T ied at 12 in the second quarter, the Stingers closed on a 13-4 run to take a 25-16 lead at the half. V erdell Grant's tip in early in the third quarter gave the Stingers a 3622 lead as the game appeared to be slipping away from the Giants. J unior boys star Anwar Neely ignited a run for the Giants which trimmed the defecit to just four att he end of the third. Neely scored on consecutive fastbreaks and Dwight Moss dished an assist to Kristoff Wood to make the score 36-30. Clayton Panza capped the 10-0 run with a runner for a 36-32 lead headed into the fourth quarter. Moss brought the Giants within a single possession with a pair of freet hrows, 38-36. T he Stingers' considerable size advantage paid off in the fourth quarter with a series of second and third shot opportunities which kept the Giants at bay. With his four trips to the line in t he quarter, Moss kept the Giants within striking distance. H e made just one of two at the l ine with an opportunity to tie, but pulled the Giants within one, 40-39 with 3:08 left to play. Knowles would respond for the S tingers on the very next posession a nd extended the lead to three with a running layup. Grant added another basket to for a five point advantage before the G iants responded with a 5-0 run of their own to tie. Moss'layup tied the game at 44 w ith 1:55 left to play. K nowles would again respond with a basket to regain the lead for the Stingers. M oss again made just one of two at the line with an opportunity to tie, and the Stingers would respondw ith a second chance score by Grant for a 48-45 lead with 53 seconds left to play. A series of desperation threes by the Giants fell short, and Knowles sealed the Stingers win with a three point play for the game's final mar-g in. Grant added 15 points to Knowles'game high score while Valentino Mitchell added nine. M oss led the Giants with 14, Neely added 11 and Panza finished with nine. O ther results of yesterday's opening session included: U niversity School Bulls 73 Heritage Academy Flames 24 G alilee Miracles 46 Preston Albury Stallions 40 W estminster College Diplomats 76 N orth Eleuthera Lions 12 Games will continue all weekend w ith the winners of each pool facing off in the tournament semifinals Sunday at 2pm and 5pm respectively. Five teams advance in Hugh Campbell A P LAYER from the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves glides through the defense of the North Andros Seminoles for a jumper. The Timberwolves went on to win the game 52-44. M ORE SCENES FROM 28TH ANNUAL HUGH CAMPBELL BASKETBALL CLASSIC T im Clarke / Tribune staff

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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net LOCAL high school softball players benefited greatly fromt he appearance of American Olympic softball pitcher great Monica Abbott. Abbott, arguably the top pitcher in the world, headed ad elegation that stopped in town yesterday on their seven day Caribbean cruise on board the MSC Poesia. While here, Abbott, Softball P eak Performance coach Marc D agenais and Men’s Fastpitch star Dave Paetkau conducted a clinic for female players from t he United States and Canada between the ages of 10-18 years old. The clinic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex featured players from the College of the Bahamas, St. Augustine’s Col lege, CR Walker Secondary High, DW Davis Junior High. It focused on the following areas: HITTING – Mental tough ness at the plate, How to train vision and decision-making skills and how to fix the most common hitting problems. PITCHING – Mental toughness for pitchers, modern pitching techniques and drills from Abbott. PERFORMANCE TRAINING – How to increase bat speed and hitting power, Top 20 speed & agility drills for softball and top 10 factors that affects the development of athletic talent. RECRUITING – What are college coaches looking for. How to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. How important is Academic Performance. Abbott, the 6-foot-3, 24year-old who led the United States to victory at the 2008 Olympic Games, said while this is her first trip here, she had a really good time. “I’m glad that some of the local girls came out. This is a beautiful complex,” said Abbott in an interview at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. “Hopefully they will all get some good information that they can take home and prac tice and put into effect so that they can get better at their own game.” A member of the Florida Pride women’s professional fastpitch team, Abbott will head the US team to the WorldC hampionships in Venezuela in September. Our chances are good, but one day we’re up and one dayw e’re down,” said Abbott about the US’s chances at the championships. “I think if we can all stay focus, we will do very well.” Abbott said one of the reasons they concentrated on was the players’ ability to stay focus on the instructions that she and the other coaches imparted. “We just want them to make good habits. I know it’s not easy, but if they stick with it and continue to do it, eventually it will become nature,” she said. Brinesha Fawkes, a 14-yearold 10th grader from SAC, who got the opportunity to get some personal tips from Abbott as she worked with the pitchers, said it was a great learning experience. “I learnt how to do one or two drills that I hope to put into practice when I go back to school,” said the junior girls pitching ace. Two of the local high school coaches who participated in the clinic said they all learned some valuable lessons as well. “I think the clinic is a wonderful idea, but I would like to see more of it coming to the Bahamas,” said SAC’s coach Michelle Wilson. “I hope thatt he Ministry of Sports and the Bahamas Softball Federation c an bring in more clinics like this for the young girls to learnt he game.” Wilson said the clinic definitely proved that there is a lot of talent in the country, but it’s not utilising it. However, she indicated that she hoped to build on what she learnt so the level of play of the Big Red Machine will continue to improve. CR Walker’s coach Tyrice Curry said the clinic was also beneficial to the Knights sporting programme. “I didn’t really know about it, now that we are here, I hope that our girls will learn the different skills they have impart ed,” she said. “It’s good to learn the dif ferent aspects of the game, so I will definitely impart this in our programme when we start next week. But I hope that this will be a continuous training for all the schools and coaches.” Dalton Ruer, founder of Cross Training Softball, said they are so delighted to be here teaching the young players how to get over their fear of playing the game. “So it’s exciting to work with them and to push them beyond what they are capable of doing,” he said. “They then realise that they can do thingst hat they only see women on television do. So we’re glad to be here and to work with our girlsi nternationally as well as work with some of the Bahamas from the Bahamas as they get a chance to know each other and realise that they have friends around the world in the sport.” Reece Oslinker, founder of Smooth Sailing, was responsible for bringing the contingent of 160 people on the cruise that travelled from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, Grand Cayman and Jamaica before returning to Florida. “Hopefully we will do this as a yearly event,” said Oslinker, who noted that while there were clinics conducted on board the ship as they cruised, this was the only stop that they came on land to do some drills. Oslinker said they intend to come back next year, but they plan to have it organised in a way where there will be a few games played among the visiting players and the local players. Bahamas Softball Federa tion president Burkett Dorsett said the clinic was a golden opportunity for the local players to learn the technical aspects of the game. “We’re very pleased with Reece and Monica for spear heading this programme,” D orsett said. “We invited all of the schools, so we thought t hat with this being the midterm break, we would have hadm ore schools involved.” Godfrey ‘Gully’ Burnside, one of the few New Providence Softball Association coaches who participated, said he was thrilled to get involved. “When I look at pitching, some of the mechanics here and the exercise that they did is so beneficial to what we are doing,” he said. “If we can just gravitate to this, I think we can definitely improve softball in the Bahamas, especially for females. But I think the clinic could have been better with more local coaches and play ers involved.” Bahamas Olympic Associa tion president Wellington Miller was on hand to get a glimpse of Abbott as he watched her conduct the clinic. “I think it’s a great opportunity for people to meet a player like Monica and I hope that the young ball players will learn a lot so softball can move on,” Miller said. High school players benefit from softball clinic C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Micholette Strokers r emained undefeated in the M asters Softball League with a 16-4 rout over the Tony T iger Royals in one of the four games played last weekend at the Baillou Hills Sport-ing Complex. In the other games played, the William Construction Jets clobbered the Six Pack Abs 18-1; the Alco Raiders pound-ed the St. Anges Lions 15-5 and the Bamboo Shack Bulls k nocked off the Andreaus Brokers 12-4. Summaries of the games p layed are as follows: S trokers 16, Royals 4: L ester Dean went 3-for-4 with a RBI, scoring three times; E verette ‘Abe’ Johnson was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and Ronald ‘Big Boy’ Seymour was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBI and three runs scored in the win. Dean also got the win on t he mound over Harold ‘Banker’ Fritzgerald. Anthony ‘Stiuck-A-Ton’ J ohnson went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the loss. J ets 18, Abs 1: J eff Cooper w as 3-for-4 with four RBI and as many runs scored; Brad Smith 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and runs scored and Gary ‘Super’ Johnson a per-f ect 3-for-3 with three RBI a nd two runs scored in the win. Bertie Murray Sr. picked u p the win and Joe Miller was tagged with the loss. Raiders 15, Lions 5: Gaylord Knowles was 3-for-5 witht wo RBI and three runs scored; tony Henfield went 2for-4 with two RBI and a runa nd Glenroy ‘Flo’ Saunders went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in the win. Saunders picked up the win over thwe mound over KenO ’Brien. Barrett McDonald went 1for-3 wirth two RBI and a run scored and George Turner was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run in the loss. Bulls 12, Brokers 4: Rodn ey Albury was 3-for-4 with t wo RBI and three runs; Ken Symonette was 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run; Wilton Bain 3-for-4 with a RBI andt wo runs and Lopez Huyler 1 -for-4 with two RBI and a r un scored in the win. Paul Moss picked up the win and Larry Forbes tookthe loss. Mike Moss was a perfect 3for-3 with two runs in a losing effort. Here’s a look at this w eekend’s schedule Today’s schedule 1 1 am William Construction Jets vs St. Agnes Lions; 1pm Bamboo Shack Bulls vs Tony’s TRiger Royals; 3 pm Six Pack Abs vs Alco Aiurcondition Raiders. Sunday’s schedule 1 pm Micholette Strokers vs Andeus Insurance Brokers; 3 pm William Construction Jets vs Tony’s Tiger Royals. Standings heading into this weekend Team W L Pct. GB GR Micholette Strokers 10 0 1,000 4 Bamboo Shack Bulls 8 2 .800 2 4 William Construction Jets 6 3 .666 31/2 5 Six Pack Abs 5 5 .500 5 4 Andeaus Insurance Brokers 4 6 .400 6 4 Tony’s Tiger Royals 2 7 .222 71/2 5 Alco Air Conditon Raiders 2 7 .222 71/2 5 St. Anges Lions 1 7 .125 8 6 Strokers still undefeated in Masters Softball League THE New Providence Basketball Association will continue its regular season action with a double header tonight at the CI Gibson Gymnasi um, starting at 7 p.m. Heading into the action, here’s a look at the league standings in the two divisions: VINCE FERGUSON DIVISION Electro Telecom Cybots 7-1 Real Deal Shockers 6-2 Coca Cola Explorers 3-4 B–Reddies 3-4 Outdoor Lighting Falcons 3-6 Multi Experience Jumpers 1-6 Royal Bahamas Defense Force Mariners 2-4 Leaders Scorer Cecil Mackey – Crime Stoppers 19.4 Rebounds Kendrick Bullard – Shockers 6.3 Assists Freddy Lightbourne – Crime Stoppers 1.9 Steals Gavin Cunningham – Shockers -1.6 Blocks Daron Knowles – Crime Stop pers 2.1 JOHN ARCHER DIVISION Commonwealth Bank Giants 7-0 Y’Cares Wreckers 6-4 Police Crime Stoppers 5-3 Security & General Stars 4-4 Ultimate Building Pros 3-3 College of Bahamas Caribs 2-7 Leading Scorer Michael Bain Giants 25.1 Rebounds Jeremy Hutchinson – Giants 9.3 Assists Michael Bain – Giants 2.7 Steals Jackson Jacob – Fal cons 2.0 Blocks Danny Miller – Pros 0.8 NPBA action continues tonight with double header DALTON Ruer, founder of CrossT raining Softball from Atlanta, Georgia (third fromr ight) makes a presention of softball equipment to B hamas Softball F ederation president Burkett Dorsett (third froml eft). Pictured from left are coach Michelle Wilson, c oach Godfrey B urnside, Dorsett, Ruer, Bahamas O lympic Associat ion president Wellington Miller and Reece Oslnker,f ounder of Smooth S ailing Cruises. Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y . Darren Knowles Michael Bain Jackson Jacob Freddie Lightbourne Danny Miller Jeremy Hutchinson A MERICAN softball star Monica Abbott gives some instructions to the young players on hand for yesterday’s camp at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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the roofs of their homes to keep them from burning. Although the smoke is not yet as thick as they remem-ber in the fires of March 2008, Mr Deleveaux expects it to continue burning for monthsrather than weeks. He said: “It couldn’t be worse, it couldn’t get worse, this is the worst of the worst. “Two years ago we had a problem, but it was nothing like this. “We are trying to reduce the amount of smoke in the area, because if the wind shifts the people in Jubilee Gardens are up the creek. ” Health Minister Hubert Minnis was astounded the fire could burn for so long, exclaiming: “It must be Judgment Day!” And he advised nearby residents to keep their windows closed, or leave the area if they suffer from asthma or respiratory illness. Department of Environmental Services director Melanie McKenzie was said to be too busy fighting the fire on the front line to speak to The Tribune yesterday. Mr Deleveaux said the blaze was intentionally set in three areas at around 7.30 last Friday night before it spread across the entire site and to waste below the surface. There were three fire engines on site to control the blaze yesterday morning and a trac tor was used to dig up the burning embers. Meanwhile families living just metres away are living in fear for their safety. A Jubilee Gardens resident who only wanted to be named as Carlton, 19, is afraid there will be explosions in the landfill and at three gas tank storage units in Gladstone Road, putting government subdivision residents in his area and nearby Victoria Gardens at risk. Residents as far away as Soldier Road have reported the smell of toxic smoke in their neighbourhoods, and Carlton called for the landfill to be closed and moved to an island or cay away from communities. He said: “When these governments come into power they say they are building houses just to show they are doing something, but they don’t consider the welfare of the people. “From the beginning they shouldn’t have considered placing us here as human beings because that’s our lives at risk. “It’s a major concern, and we could hardly sleep during the last fire because we were thinking what if our house caught fire? “But on top of that this smoke is dangerous. We may be able to endure it, but we have young children, and people have babies who could get sick or die from this. “This isn’t a regular fire, this is from the dump, and there might be all kinds of dangerous fumes.” And for Carlton the danger posed by the dump is an ongoing concern. He said: “I feel as if they won’t do anything until something major happens. The only thing they can do is move the dump because it’s an ever occurring problem and it’s going to recur and recur, because it will always catch fire.” Another resident added: “Living here is dangerous and that is something that we always keep at the back of our minds. Always.” Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell failed to return calls from The Tribune yesterday. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said he is awaiting a report about the fire from the Department of Environmental Health. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANDROS CAT ISLAND E LEUTHERA M AYAGUANA SAN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA C ROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND A BACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. K EY WEST W EST PALM BEACH F T. LAUDERDALE T AMPA ORLANDOL ow: 43F/6C L ow: 51F/11C Low: 54F/12C Low: 58F/14C Low: 57F/14C Low: 62F/17C Low: 65F/18C L ow: 55F/13C H igh: 70F/21C H igh: 69F/21C High: 74F/23C High: 74F/23C H igh: 74F/23C High: 72F/22C H igh: 74F/23C L ow: 57F/14C High: 70F/21C L ow: 61F/16C H igh: 74F/23CRAGGED ISLANDL ow: 62F/17C High: 76F/24C L ow: 66F/19C High: 75F/24C L ow: 60F/16C H igh: 72F/22C L ow: 60F/16C H igh: 72F/22C L ow: 64F/18C High: 78F/26C Low: 61F/16C High: 74F/23C Low: 64F/18C H igh: 76F/24C Low: 68F/20C High: 80F/27C Low: 61F/16C H igh: 74F/23C High: 70F/21CF REEPORT NASSAU M IAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTPartly sunny and pleasant Clear to partly cloudyMostly sunnyCloudy and windy; possible t-storm A couple of showers possible H igh:7 L ow:6 H igh:7 H igh:8 H igh:8 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelA couple of showers possible H igh:86L ow:6 L ow:7 L ow:7 AccuWeather RealFeel 76F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperaturei s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 64F 75-67F 81-72F 98-78F 82-74F L ow:7 TODAYTONIGHTSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY ALMANACHigh ..................................................72F/22C Low ....................................................59F/15C Normal high ......................................77F/25C Normal low ........................................64F/18C Last year's high ..................................83F/28C Last year's low ..................................59F/15C As of 1 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ..................................................0.65" Normal year to date ......................................2.94" Statistics are for Nassau through 1 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TI DESFORNA SSAU F irst FullLast New Feb. 21Feb. 28Mar. 7Mar. 15Sunrise . . . . . . 6:41 a.m. Sunset . . . . . . . 6:07 p.m. Moonrise . . . . 10:12 a.m. Moonset . . . . . . . . . none T oday Sunday M onday Tuesday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 11:30 a.m.2.15:42 a.m.0.3 -----5:44 p.m.0.0 1 2:12 a.m.2.56:38 a.m.0.4 12:22 p.m.2.06:36 p.m.0.0 1:11 a.m.2.57:41 a.m.0.4 1:24 p.m.2.07:38 p.m.0.0 2:16 a.m.2.68:49 a.m.0.4 2:34 p.m.2.08:47 p.m.-0.1 W ednesday T hursday F riday 3:23 a.m.2.79:55 a.m.0.1 3:43 p.m.2.29:55 p.m.-0.3 4:26 a.m.2.910:56 a.m.-0.1 4 :48 p.m.2.511:00 p.m.-0.6 5:24 a.m.3.111:50 a.m.-0.4 5 :47 p.m.2.6----MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. A BACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:NW at 4-8 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles72F Sunday:E at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles74F Today:NE at 6-12 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles75F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles74FT oday:E at 4-8 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:ENE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles75F Today:NE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:ENE at 8-16 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Today:NE at 4-8 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles75F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles74F Today:N at 3-6 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles74F Sunday:E at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles76F Today:E at 4-8 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles74F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles73F Today:NE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:ENE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Today:ENE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Today:NE at 7-14 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:ENE at 7-14 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles77F Today:NE at 6-12 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles74F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles73F Today:NE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Today:NE at 4-8 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles75F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles74F U V IN DEXTO DAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexT Mnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by A ccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather.com H Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 62F/17C H i g h s : 6 2 F / 1 7 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 91F/33C H i g h s : 9 1 F / 3 3 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 77F/25C H i g h s : 7 7 F / 2 5 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 60F/16C H i g h s : 6 0 F / 1 6 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 64F/18C H i g h s : 6 4 F / 1 8 C Savannah S a v a n n a h H ighs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a H ighs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C D aytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 69F/21C H i g h s : 6 9 F / 2 1 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Miami M i a m i Highs: 74F/23C H i g h s : 7 4 F / 2 3 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 74F/23C H i g h s : 7 4 F / 2 3 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o mi n g o Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 91F/33C H i g h s : 9 1 F / 3 3 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 50F/10C H i g h s : 5 0 F / 1 0 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 62F/17C H i g h s : 6 2 F / 1 7 C Atlanta Highs: 62F/17C Kingston Highs: 86F/30C Caracas Highs: 89F/32C Panama City Highs: 89F/32C Limon Highs: 83F/28C Managua Highs: 91F/33C Cozumel Highs: 82F/28C Belize Highs: 77F/25C Charlotte Highs: 60F/16C Charleston Highs: 64F/18C Savannah H ighs: 66F/19C Pensacola H ighs: 66F/19C D aytona Beach Highs: 66F/19C Tampa Highs: 69F/21C Freeport Highs: 70F/21C Miami Highs: 74F/23C Nassau Highs: 74F/23C Havana Highs: 78F/26C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 82F/28C San Juan Highs: 83F/28C Santa Domingo Highs: 83F/28C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 91F/33C Port-au-Prince Highs: 87F/31C Cape Hatteras H ighs: 50F/10C Aruba Curacao Highs: 88F/31C Antigua Highs: 84F/29C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda H ighs: 62F/17C INSURANCEMANAGMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceS hown is today's w eather. Temperatures a re today's highs and t onight's lows. N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW S E 4 -8 knots N S EW S E 4-8 knots N S EW S E 4 -8 knots N S EW E E E E W 4 -8 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 8 -16 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots Toxic fume fire to ‘burn for months’ THE DUMP BLAZE continues to smoulder. F ROM page one leg. The third man continued on foot, eluding officers by jumping into the bush. Since then, police have canvassed the surrounding areas, setting up numerous road blocks in an attempt to capture the final gunman. Up to press time police sources were unable to confirm whether the suspect they arrested yesterday afternoon was con nected to this matter. Police investigations continue. FROM page one Home invasion: Police make another arrest T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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the present position is that no one is or can be declared the winner of the Elizabeth byelection. Indeed the outcome of the by-election will remain up in the air until such time as the Election Court rules on the matter," stressed PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday. Protest ballots are cast when a person's voter's card has a defect; the entry relating to such person in the voter register is incorrect; or the person has a voter's card but his name does not appear in the register for the relevant constituency or polling divis ion, the Election Act states. T hese protest ballots, cast on yellow ballots rather than white, were not added to the official tally however Section 69 (1 sion for them to be included. That section states that if the number of regular votes cast in favour of a candidate is equal to or exceeds the num-ber of regular votes cast for any other candidate for that constituency but is less thant he combined number of regular and protest votes cast for a nother candidate, then the protest votes received by all the candidates shall be taken into account and their validi-ty determined by an Election Court. Confident With this in mind, Mr Christie is confident that Ryan Pinder will be declared by the election court to be the next Member of Parliament for the Elizabeth constituen cy. "Our legal team is satisfied that when the protest ballotsare scrutinised in accordance with well established legal principles and judicial precedent, the electorate of Elizabeth will be shown conclu sively to have elected Leo Ryan Pinder as their representative," said Mr Christie. But chairman of the Free National Movement Carl Bethel has a different opinion. "The Free National Movement won the by-election on the ground, we held itin the (recount will define it wherever else the PLP wants to take it. Elizabeth is FNM and we trust that the election court will agree with us that the duly elected Member of Parliament for Elizabeth is Dr Duane Sands!" he said. Meantime, there is concern from some quarters that the expected court case will take months to convene and makea judgment, leaving the people of Elizabeth in limbo without representation in the House of Assembly. But Mr Pinder, a tax attorney, thinks a delay is unlikely. "The law says election court takes precedence. It's not a traditional election court case where there is weeks and weeks of hearing it is a narrow scope of review. I can't see why this can’t be heard in one day," Mr Pinder said. According to PLP lawyer Valentine Grimes, the party may also ask the Supreme Court to review three other ballots that were rejected by returning officer Jack Thomp son, because the voters either wrote Ryan Pinder's name or placed their inky thumbprint next to his box instead of marking an 'X'. "But we may include three other votes which were on white ballots which were rejected by the returning officer," said Mr Grimes. The only other candidate to receive protest votes was Cassius Stuart of the BDM, with one such vote. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest at the Elizabeth by-election recount. PLP SUPPORTERS dressed in their party colours during the recount. PLP to make Election Court move ‘next week’ ELIZABETHBY-ELECTION FALLOUT F ROM page one recount, ending at around midnight Thursday, that nobody could yet be declared the duly elected MP for Elizabeth. Errol Bethel said this was in light of the declared intention of PLP candidate Ryan Pinder who was found to have received two fewer “regular” votes than the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands, who took the lead with 1,501 votes at the end of the recount to seek to have a small number of “protest” votes cast in his name considered or “tested” by an election court for inclusion in the final vote tally. Several sources with whom The Tribune conferred on the matter, including Maurice Tynes, Clerk of the House of Assembly, and former FNM leader and Henry Bostwick, QC, said they could not recall a by-election ever being taken to election court to be decided. Mr Tynes noted it would be the first time that the House of Assembly will be left with a seat vacant for an indefinite peri od of time. Normally if a sitting MP resigns or dies, it is expected that an MP would quickly take up his seat as representative around a month later once a by-election takes place and a new repre sentative is chosen by a constituency’s residents. Today, with the PLP promising to launch legal action, no winner has been declared by the Parliamentary Commissioner in the Elizabeth by-election and the constituents must wait to see how long it takes for the court to hear and determine the case. Yesterday, Elizabeth resident Ella Thompson said she is nonetheless in favour of the matter going to election court. “I prefer it go through election court. Let justice prevail. If the FNM gone win let them win fair,” she said. Limbo Carl Bethel, FNM Chairman and an attorney, said yesterday he does not think the constituency will be left in electoral limbo for much longer. “The courts are aware of the constitutional imperative that every constituency should be represented in parliament and so the court will make arrangements on an expedited basis for any election court matter to be dealt with expeditiously,” he pre dicted. He also added that just because the PLP would like to see the “protest” votes “tested” by a judge, it is not a foregone conclusion that this will happen despite the party’s desire for it, as they must prove that there is a legal basis for such scrutiny. Mr Pinder’s move to have the matter heard in the election court is in accordance with Section 69 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, which states that if a candidate wins a total num ber of “regular” votes which are equal to or exceed those of an opposing candidate, but that total number in Dr Sand’s case, 1,501 fails to exceed the total number of “regular” votes plus the total number of “protest” votes cast for the other candidate “then the protest votes received by all the candidates shall be taken into account and their validity determined by an election court.” Mr Pinder received 1,499 regular votes, and a total of five protest votes votes which were cast on a coloured ballot paper because the presiding officer was not satisfied as to the identity of the voter or his entitlement to vote. Those protest votes were not counted in the initial tally, but if they were, would bring Mr Pinder’s total vote count to two greater than that of Dr Sands, making him the duly elected member of parliament for Elizabeth. The PLP immediately gave notice of its intention to take legal action over the protest votes on Thursday night, when the recount came to a close and PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday it is likely the legal action will be initiated next week. Such a step must be taken within 10 days of the results of the election to be effective. The fact that the party suggested it will take the matter to an election court means that when Parliament meets again for the first time in over a month next week, Wednesday, February 24, no new Member of Parliament will be sworn in to represent Elizabeth as had been expected. Speaking in Grand Bahama yesterday, Prime Minister and FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham described the possibility that a member would be sworn in that day as “uncertain.” Mr Ingraham said that he will reserve further comment on the by-election until he arrives back in Nassau where he expects to hold a press conference tomorrow at FNM Head quarters at 3pm.RE Histor y is made by vacant House seat FROM page one " The Free N ational Move m ent won the byelection on the gr ound, we held it in the (r ecount) room and we will define it wherever else the PLP wants to take it. Carl Bethel The Parliamentary Commissioner’s statement confirmed yesterday that, following a recount of the votes, Dr Duane Sands (FNMPLP plus five protest votes, Dr Andre Rollings (NDP votes, Cassius Stuart (BDM vote and Rodney Moncur (Workers’ Party RECOUNTRESULTS