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Policeman’s family
in home invasion

By AVA TURNQUEST
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

In yesterday’s Tribune it
was reported how a man was
shot during an armed robbery

A POLICEMAN’S daugh-
ter fled hooded gunmen by
leaping from a moving car
after she and her mother had
been terrorised and kid-
napped.

The pair were abducted
after two armed robbers
broke into the police officer’s
home in the Gladstone Road
area.

When the women said they
had no money, the gunmen
forced the terrified pair into
the family’s 2002 Ford Expe-
dition.

The culprits then drove
south on Gladstone Road
where they released the
policeman’s wife.

His daughter, who is
believed to be in her twen-
ties, reportedly escaped by
jumping from the vehicle as
it set off. She received minor
injuries. The vehicle was later
recovered in the Carmichael
Road area.

Over the past two weeks,
police have reported numer-

at Oleander Avenue on Mon-
day. He was later named as
Henry McPhee.

Mr McPhee was shot in the
head while his girlfriend and
daughter were tied up and
robbed of valuables.

Police will not confirm
whether they believe the two
incidents are linked.

They are also staying tight-
lipped about yesterday’s
home invasion. Sources also
cannot confirm at this time
whether the invasion was a
random selection or if the sus-
pects had targeted the police
officer’s residence.

Despite the latest attacks,
the police held a press con-
ference yesterday to report
that their latest initiative to
deal with this recent spate of
home invasions was garner-
ing some significant success.

This new strategy, officials
said, has made a “break
through” by intensifying their
focus on repeat offenders.

ASP Clayton Fernander,

ous home invasions and
armed robberies throughout
New Providence.

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PLP files by-election
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By NOELLE NICOLLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

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FILING its Elizabeth

by-election court challenge

yesterday, the Progressive Liberal Party says it has
good reason to believe the move will produce positive
results for their candidate, Ryan Pinder.

Party operatives claim,
the presiding officer made an error in judgment, con-

trary to the mandate of

in two of the five instances,

the Parliamentary Election

Acts, in requiring voters to cast their ballots on

coloured slips.
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Hotels ‘likely
to start hiring
staff this year’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

Sawyer has filed a Notice
of Application for Extension
of Time Within Which to
Appeal and a Notice of
Appeal, Minister of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turn-
quest said in a statement

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HOTELS are “very opti-
mistic” that their business
prospects are up in 2010 and it
is likely that a signficant num-
ber will begin to hire new
employees this year after hav-
ing to cut back their staffing
levels in 2008 and 2009, the
Minister of Labour said.

Dion Foulkes said signs
indicate that unemployment
levels, which ballooned to
14.6 per cent in New Provi-
dence and 18.1 per cent in
Grand Bahama 18.1 per cent
as of November 2009 — leav-
ing 47,560 looking for work
— have “stabilised” and
upward trends in unemploy-
ment in the hotel industry in
particular may now begin to
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LOCAL NEWS





Government getting
Peatly to mobilise
heavy equipment
for dump fire

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

OVERNMENT is
getting ready to
mobilise “massive

amounts of heavy equip-
ment” to tackle the wide-
spread fire at the city dump
that has been clouding parts
of New Providence with tox-
ic fumes for several weeks.

Officials are assessing the
situation at the city dump off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway to see how much
equipment will be required
to “spread out” the material
accumulated in the landfill
site as a means of beginning
to more effectively contain
the fires. It is also being cal-
culated how much this exer-
cise will cost the government.

Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux said: “All of
the dump now is smoulder-
ing and in order to address
the smouldering problem we
have to spread out the dump
to bring it down to a lower
level, and once we’ve done
that we can then cover it with
fill and or extinguish it with
chemicals and water. Until
we are able to do that, which
means the mobilisation of
massive amounts of equip-
ment, we will continue to
have the smouldering.”

Meanwhile, as officials
seek to deal with the imme-
diate problem presented by
the ongoing blaze and bil-
lowing smoke emanating
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< ore eS as : ee ——.. going forward to reduce the
chance of future fires.

Dr Deveaux made these
comments to the media yes-
terday before he went into a
Cabinet meeting with his
ministerial colleagues, where
he was expected to provide
an update on the dump fire
problem to the government.

Thick smoke rising from
the burning site — where
firefighters are currently
fighting one “very large” fire,
and several smaller ones,
according to Dr Deveaux —
has affected large parts of

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bune last week that they are

living in fear for their health
and their homes.

Dr Deveaux said that min-
imising the likelihood of haz-
ardous fires breaking out at
the site in future comes down
to better management of the
waste that is brought there.

He hopes that more
resources can ultimately be
channelled into the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health Services — the gov-
ernment entity that has
responsibility for the dump
— to enable them to deal
with the issue more compe-
tently and in a sustainable
manner.

A large part of this
approach would revolve
around recycling more of
what is brought to the dump.

“A lot of the material is
recyclable but we haven’t
been doing that to the extent
that we should, and as it
accumulates the risk of fire
accumulates. The end goal is
to recycle as much as we
could and when we have a
sufficient volume of material
that we could document, we
can migrate seamlessly into a
waste-to-energy facility,” said
Dr Deveaux.

The Environment Minis-
ter said he has met with Stan-
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structed the landfill, as part
of an effort to arrive at some
better short and long-term
solutions for the city dump.

Jeffrey Deleveaux, direc-
tor of fire services, last week
described the fire currently
burning as the “worst of the
worst” — the largest in the
dump’s history — and said it
could continue to burn “for

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LOCAL NEWS



Man in court in

connection with home

invasion, shoot-out

A MAN charged ina hone

invasion and shoot-out that
took place in Coral Harbour }
last Thursday was arraigned }

in a magistrate’s court yester- {

day.

at $1,900.

It is also alleged that Stuart :
had been in possession of a }
handgun with intent to endan- }
ger the life of Corporal 340 :
Fox, Constable 2889 Barr and }
with intent to resist lawful }
arrest. Stuart was not required }
to enter a plea to the charges. :
His brother, Derek Stuart, 49, }
of Rock Crusher is charged }
with conspiring to commit the }
armed robbery of Georgette }
Butler. Butler pleaded not :
guilty to the charge. Both men }
are expected back in court }

today.

Mailhoat concerns

for Exuma residents

By ALESHACADET _|

THE people of Exuma

are concerned they will be :

without mailboat service
for some time after the
motor vessel The Grand
Master ran aground and
was badly damaged last
week.

find out what became of
the ship’s cargo, which
was bound for their com-
munity.

Strong waves caused the }

vessel to run aground last

Wednesday on a reef close

to Stocking Island off the
coast of Great Exuma.
The ship’s captain,
known as “Captain
Lance”, said he could not
release much information

about the condition of the i

ship, but admitted it is in
a bad state and requires a
great deal of work.

“We are working daily
trying to save the boat,”
he said.

The Tribune under-
stands that tugboats were
used last week in a failed

attempt to pull the strand- ;
ed vessel free of the rocks. }
Residents of Exuma are i

concerned that the Grand
Master is “finished”.
One Exumian who did

not wish to be named said :

the boat was approaching
Great Exuma at around
5.30 on the morning of
the accident and it is
believed that it had trou-

ble navigating the shallow i

waters.

“From Wednesday to
Saturday, we got no news
on our freight stored on
The Grand Master boat;
we want to know if it was
destroyed or not, and
when can we be able to
get it,” the resident
added.

The vessel was eventu-
ally freed using underwa-
ter welding techniques. It

is said that the owners are }

now deciding whether to

take the vessel to Cuba or }

Freeport for repairs.

Jermaine Stuart, 37, of St
Alban’s Drive was arraigned }
in Court 5, before Magistrate }
Derrence Davis, charged with :
armed robbery, burglary, i
firearm possession and receiv- }
ing. It is alleged that Stuart on }
February 18 broke into the }
home of Georgette Butler on :
February 18. It is further}
alleged that Stuart, while }
armed with a handgun, robbed }
Butler of $30,000 in assorted }
jewellery, $1,650 cash and a}
Dell laptop computer valued }

They are also anxious to }

Man in court charged with
murder and armed robbery

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A 38-YEAR-OLD man of
Dames Alley was arraigned in a
magistrate’s court yesterday on
a long list of serious charges,
including murder, attempted
murder and armed robbery.

Timothy Cole hobbled to
Court Bank Lane under police
escort to face multiple charges.
Police said that Cole was
released from prison last May
after serving 18 years in prison
for armed robbery.

Police have charged Cole with
the December 2009 murder of
Darron Farrington and the
attempted murder of Lavardo Bethell. Far-
rington became the country’s 80th murder vic-
tim in 2009 when two gunmen opened fire on
a group of men at Strachan’s Corner off East
Street on the night of December 15.

According to reports, Farrington, 38, a steel
worker was reportedly standing with friends
outside a house when two armed gunmen
emerged from a track road and began shoot-
ing.

Farrington collapsed as he was shot in the
chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bethell was shot in his lower leg.

Cole was not required to enter a plea to the
murder and attempted murder charges. He
was also not required to enter a plea to 14
counts of armed robbery.

It is alleged that Cole, while armed with a
handgun and concerned with another, robbed
several businesses, including J-Co Discount
Mart, Percy’s Web Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy’s on Mackey Street and the Shell ser-

TIMOTHY COLE



vice station on Poinciana Dri-
ve. According to court dockets,
Cole committed the offences
between September 2009 and
|) February 2010.

He was also charged with pos-
session of a firearm with intent
to endanger life and with intent
to commit an indictable offence,
possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.

Cole was also arraigned on a
charge of stealing a Ford F-150
truck and receiving the stolen
vehicle.

Cole pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

He also pleaded not guilty to
the charge of causing grievous
harm to Edward Dawkins on February 3.

Cole’s attorney Geoffrey Farquharson told
the court that his client had been shot in the
course of his arrest and needed further medical
attention.

He also told the court that a quantity of
cash, a set of keys and a cellular phone had
been taken from Cole by police. Farquharson
said that Cole had instructed him to request
that his belongings be turned over to his attor-
ney.

The prosecution claimed, however, that
some items taken from Cole were obtained
during the committal of offences for which he
had been charged.

Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered that only
the property not in dispute should be handed
over to Mr Farquharson. Cole was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison. His murder case has
been adjourned to March 1| and transferred
to Court 10, Nassau Street. His other cases
were adjourned to March 2.

Ministry staff could take action over
alleged mould-related health hazards

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia. net

ABOUT 200 government
employees could bring work at
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture to a grinding halt
on Friday if no effort is made
to move them to a building
that is free of the mould-relat-
ed health hazards they claim
plague them at their current
work place.

The entire staff of the Min-
istry of Youths, Sports and
Culture have been advised by
Bahamas Public Service Union
President John Pinder that the
drastic action may be the only
way to get government to take
definite action in the face of
their complaints.

Tensions rose after several
deadlines given by the govern-
ment late last year for moving

JOHN PINDER



office and experts have looked
at the building and only set-
tled late last year on the fact
that we have to move out of
the building in order for them
to make the necessary repairs
to the building.

“Ever since then we’ve been
looking at alternative sites. We
need 15,000 square feet to
accommodate all the offices
we have now and to give all
the services to the public that
we do and that’s not been an
easy thing to find in one loca-
tion.

“We did not want to split up
the staff because that would
cause more problems for the
ministry. The union has been
kept updated all along,” said
the minister.

But Mr Pinder said: “We
can’t continue to ask and to
beg our members to work with
the government. It’s been

the employees passed without
them being relocated, while
around 350 staff from the Min-
istry of Education — which is
housed in the same Thompson
Boulevard building — have
been assured that they will be
temporarily relocated to the
Teachers and Salaried Work-
ers Co-operative Credit Union
building on East Street next
week.

Mr Pinder claims there are
several viable options for the
relocation of the 200 remaining
staff, including the old Bacardi
administrative office building,
the former UPS building on
East Bay Street or Beaumont
House downtown, and the gov-
ernment is simply “dragging
its feet.”

“We’ve been trying for the

last three years trying to get
the problem resolved but the
government keeps moving the
deadline of when they are sup-
posed to move. The final dead-
line was December 31, 2009,
and the people not moved
yet.”

Yesterday Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture
Charles Maynard said he was
“caught by surprise” by the
BPSU’s announcement that
staff would be staying away
from work if a solution to the
relocation question is not
found by Friday.

“They are well aware that
this is a problem (the mould
infestation within the building,
which workers have blamed
for causing ill health) that has
existed prior to us coming to

Taxi drivers stage protest in Rawson Square

TAXI drivers who were shocked to find them-
selves threatened with arrest for soliciting busi-
ness on Woodes Rodgers Walk after an alleged
change in government policy were yesterday
reassured that they could return to the site — at
least for now.

Around 20 taxi drivers staged an impromptu
protest outside the Churchill Building on Raw-
son Square to make their frustration known to
government ministers ahead of the morning ses-
sion of Cabinet.

However, after a brief discussion with a senior
police officer, who swiftly appeared on the scene
flanked by about five or six other officers, the
group dispersed, claiming the policeman told
them they could continue to drive up to the
area outside the fence bordering on Festival
Place for the time being.

Taxi driver Ivan Campbell said the officer
informed him that a meeting will be held on
Thursday regarding the issue, to which taxi dri-
vers will be invited.

The drivers were relieved, but some remained
angry that police had sought to enforce this
apparently new rule so vigorously before inform-
ing them of any change.

“T don’t want to be working honestly and
somebody arrests me. Don’t do that to me. If I
was a bad citizen I could understand that, but I
don’t want to be working honestly and someone
threatens me with arrest when I have not com-
mitted any offence,” said taxi driver Felton Cox.

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The Tribune was yesterday unable to ascer-
tain if the officer who allegedly threatened
the drivers with arrest was enforcing a new
policy.

While there has for some time now been a
10-taxi limit in place within the boundaries of
Festival Place in light of enhanced interna-
tional security demands, taxi drivers said they
were unaware of any new regulations govern-
ing who could access the area immediately
outside of Festival Place where cruise passen-
gers stream out as they begin their visit to
Nassau.

Yesterday, Environment Minister Dr Earl
Deveaux, who has responsibility for the
Port Department, said he was not aware of
any new policy relating to taxi drivers.

“[’m not responsible for taxi drivers, (but) I
would be surprised if Commander (Patrick)
McNeil (port controller) has put in place any
new regulations to change the long existing
rules we’ve had out there,” he said.

A message left for Minister of Works Neko
Grant, who has responsibility for relations
between the government and taxi drivers, was
not returned up to press time.

Attempts to reach senior officers at the Cen-
tral Police station yesterday were unsuccessful
as phone lines at the station were said to be out
of service.

A message left for Mr McNeil was not
returned.

three years, when will it end?
It’s time to put our foot down
and unless staff refuse to go to
that place they will keep drag-
ging their feet.

“T advised the staff that if
they don’t have an official
memo from the permanent
secretary by the end of work
on Friday, they will only go in
on Monday to pack to prepare
to get into another building.”

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Police seek man for questioning in
connection with alleged fraud matters

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
police are searching for a Freeport |')
man who they want to question in con-
nection with several alleged fraud mat-
ters.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the
police are seeking the public’s assis-
tance in locating 45-year-old Edward
Farquharson.

The incidents in question took place in 2009 and 2010, and
are under investigation by the Commercial Crimes Section
of the Central Detective Unit.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts
of Farquharson is asked to call 911 immediately.

Edward Farquharson



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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Two remanded to
prison pending =—
hail hearing =

TWO men were
remanded to prison on
Monday pending a bail
hearing over marijua-
na possession charges.

Samuel Emmanuel
Knowles, 34, of Yel-
low Elder Gardens
and Jamal Maycock, of
Hay Street were
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with conspir-
ing to possess a quan-
tity of marijuana with
intent to supply and
possession of marijua-
na with intent to sup-
ply.
Both men pleaded
not guilty to the
charges which state
that the men commit-
ted the offences on
February 19.

According to the
prosecution, the men
were found in posses-
sion of 11 pounds of
marijuana.

Both men were
remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison and
are expected back in
court on February 25
for a bail hearing.

¢ A man was sen-
tenced to two years in
prison on Monday
after pleading guilty to
weapons and ammuni-
tions charges.

Mark Munnings, 29,
of Eneas Street was
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with posses-
sion of an unlicensed
firearm as well as
ammunition.

According to court
dockets, Munnings on
February 18 was found
in possession of a
black and silver. 38
revolver and five .38
bullets.

Munnings was sen-
tenced to two years
imprisonment on cach
count.

The sentences are to
run concurrently.

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Appellate court ruling allows tourist
drowning case to be heard in US

LAWYERS for an American
tourist who drowned while on
vacation at a Grand Bahama
resort are heralding a recent Unit-
ed States appellate court ruling
that allows the case to heard in
the US as a significant win for for-
eigners hurt or killed in the
Bahamas due to hotel negligence.

Daisy Scott Emory, 48, of
Orlando, Florida, drowned while
vacationing at the Island Seas on
Grand Bahama in 2006, to be
heard in the US.

In December, the US' 11th Cir-
cuit Court of Appeals issued a rul-
ing that will allow the case to pro-
ceed in US courts. This reversed a
US District Court's decision last
year to dismiss the case on the
grounds that the Bahamas was the
correct venue for the plaintiff's
claims.

"The significance of this impor-
tant decision is that persons
injured or killed in the Bahamas
or the Caribbean may have the
opportunity to have their case
resolved in a United States court-
room,” said the family’s lawyer
Robert Parks, who was born in
the Bahamas and is now a partner
in the Law Offices of Robert



“The significance of this important
decision is that persons injured or
killed in the Bahamas or the
Caribbean may have the opportunity
to have their case resolved in a
United States courtroom.”



Parks, PL, a Florida-based firm.
According to lawyers for her
estate, Emory visited the Island
Palm Resort on Grand Bahama
with her daughter, sister, and two
cousins. The 48-year-old bought a
discounted vacation package at
the Grand Bahama resort in 2006.
Part of the package's conditions
required Emory to tour the Island
Palm's sister hotel, the Island Seas,
and also attend a timeshare pre-
sentation, it is reported. While at
the Island Seas, Emory and her
party purchased tickets for a
banana boat ride from Paradise
Watersports, a vendor that oper-
ated a kiosk near the front desk.
Her legal team said that Emory
notified George Douglas, a Par-
adise Watersports employee in

charge of towing the banana
boats, that she and another mem-
ber of her party could not swim,
according to D’Alemberte.

It is reported that Mr Douglas
then gave Emory a life vest that
was too small and worn, but
assured her that it would keep her
afloat if necessary. However, the
boat capsized while carrying
Emory and three of her family
members, and Emory fell into the
water and drowned.

Emory's legal team has argued
that a US courtroom was the
proper forum for this case because
many interested parties in the
matter, including the personal rep-
resentative of Emory’s estate, her
daughter Rene Wilson, is a Flori-
da resident, adding that the key

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witnesses in the case, including
family members, friends, doctors,
and Emory's employer, are Amer-
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Yesterday, President of the
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organisation of which the Island
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bers — declined to comment
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precedent for negligence cases

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security that looks after the wel-
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My by-election observations
‘2 TOUGH CALL

By LARRY SMITH

ugh Call is no

shell-shocked poll

worker, but we

thought that a

look at the over-

all numbers in last week's

bye-election would be
instructive.

Taking the official num-
bers at face value (there
were complaints that many
registered illegally), there
were 4,942 registered voters
in the Elizabeth constituen-
cy — an increase of 691
since 2007 — but more than
a third of them stayed home
on February 16.

And despite all the talk of
a surge in support for new
parties, the BDM, NDP and
WP won only 209 votes col-
lectively — about 4 per cent
of the total cast. So my first
observation is that support
for splinter candidates
remained low, and is consis-
tent with past experience.

In the 2007 general elec-
tion, a single splinter candi-
date (Bernard Rolle) won
72 votes in Elizabeth, or less
than 2 per cent of the 3907
cast. And overall in 2007,
splinter candidates (the
BDM and several indepen-
dents) received only about 3
per cent of the vote.

In fact, the electoral high
point for candidates not
drawn from the two major
parties was 2002, when they
collectively won 7.5 per cent
of the vote. But that was due
largely to the fact that the






Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major par-
ties. Support in the recent bye-
election was evenly divided at
1501 for the FNM and 1499 for

the PLP.



PLP refrained from fielding
candidates against several
independents (all former
FNMs).

Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major
parties. Support in the
recent bye-election was
evenly divided at 1501 for
the FNM and 1499 for the
PLP. This compares to the
2007 general election, when
the PLP won 1940 votes to
the FNM's 1895 (in percent-
age terms roughly 50 to 47).

After all the campaign-
ing by the well-oiled party
machines, a low 65 per cent
turnout produced a desulto-
ry draw. This inconclusive
result contrasted sharply
with the 92 per cent turnout
in the last general election,
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Bahamian elections, and a
clearcut victory for the PLP.

So my second observa-
tion is that despite a huge
effort (consuming the scarce
time, money and resources
of ministers and parliamen-
tarians), the two major par-
ties were barely able to
energise their bases — those
folks who will vote PLP or
FNM no matter what. So the
big question is, who stayed
home and why? And did
they want to reprimand Per-
ry Christie or warn Hubert
Ingraham?

Effective

Well, surely the most
effective way to do either
would have been to vote for
the splinter candidates. So
was the low turnout simply
idleness on the part of voters
who knew that this election
would not make the slightest
difference in the scheme of
things? Or were many of
them illegally registered?

This brings me to my
third observation, which is
that both major parties
agree that many voters reg-
istered illegally. So the big
question is — how did that
happen and will the prob-
lem be fixed for the next
time?

During the chaotic voter
registration of 2007 presided
over by Perry Christie, only
eight days intervened
between changing the con-
stituency boundaries and
dissolving parliament. This
meant that voters’ cards
were issued in a rush, and
numerous mistakes were
likely to have been made.
But what was the problem

CASSIUS STUART

this time? We deserve a full
explanation of any flaws in
the voter registration
process so that they can be
fixed prior to the next elec-
tion.

My fourth observation
has to do with race. In 2007
the “no-turning-back” PLP
sharply criticised the FNM
for running Brent Symon-
ette, a wealthy white scion of
the old Bay Street power
clique who, they said, held
the party in his financial
clutches. Yet this time
around they happily ran
Ryan Pinder, the son of a
wealthy white lawyer from
Spanish Wells whose pro-
fessional ties lie solely in the
United States, and who was
nominated due to the will-
ingness of the Pinder family
to bankroll his election.

Finally, a review of pre-
vious elections may be help-
ful in the present analysis.
There were 150,799 regis-
tered voters in the May 2,
2007 general election. The
FNM contested all 41 con-
stituencies, the PLP con-
tested 39, the BDM contest-
ed 16, and there were 15

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Independent candidates,
two of whom were incum-
bents.

Recounts

Although then Prime
Minister Christie conceded
defeat at about 10.30 pm on
election day, there were pro-
tracted recounts the day
after as strong rumours cir-
culated that the FNMs close
victory would be over-
turned.

But official results even-
tually gave the FNM 23
seats with about 50 per cent
of the vote, while the PLP
won 18 seats with almost 47
per cent.

Christie decided to take
several cases to the Election
Court but lost all of them,
ringing up a million dollars
in legal costs. And now the
PLP wants to take the Eliz-
abeth results to court. Since
the outcome will not alter
the balance of power in par-
liament, this can only be
seen as (a) false bravado on
the part of an embarrassed
leadership, or (b) anger aris-
ing from a feeling of entitle-






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ment to rule.

Speaking of costs it would
be interesting to see how the
major parties have handled
court fees over the years,
and to what extent they
have met other financial
obligations such as travel
and media expenses. In fact,
it would be useful to know
just how much it costs to run
a political campaign (both
bye-elections and general
elections), where the money
comes from and how it is
accounted for and disbursed
by the major parties.

In fact, the issue of cam-
paign financing should be a
big part of the debate on
broadcasting codes spon-
sored by the new Utilities
Regulation and Competition
Authority. Should political
parties receive public funds
for their campaigns? Should
private contributions be ful-
ly disclosed? Should cam-
paign expenses be limited
by law? These are all critical
questions that demand
answers.

And just for the record, in
the 2002 general election the
PLP won almost 52 per cent
of the vote compared to the
FNMs 41 per cent.

In 1997 the FNM won
almost 58 per cent of the
vote.

And in 1992 they won 55
per cent.

Before that the PLP com-
fortably won elections in
1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1968
and 1967. The first Bahami-
an election contested by a
political party (the PLP) was
in 1956

What do you think?

Send comments to

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LOCAL NEWS



Leslie Miller — ‘Ryan Pinder
is right to fight for Elizabeth’

Former MP says this election court case not like the others

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A FRESH election court battle is
brewing as Progressive Liberal Party
candidate for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder
prepares to test the validity of five
protested votes cast in his favour. The
feeling is all too familiar to former
PLP Baillou Hills MP, Leslie Miller,
who declined to mount a similar chal-
lenge two years ago but believes this
time victory is worth fighting for.

In an interview with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Miller dismissed as “‘idi-
otic” the suggestion by Free National
Movement leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, that the PLP should

be required to pay a deposit to ensure
debts incurred from a court challenge
are paid. Mr Ingraham is claiming the
party has a history delinquency.

Mr Miller was the only person fol-
lowing the 2007 general election to
bow out after contemplating an elec-
tion court bid. He made a conscious
decision not to file a challenge like
two of his fellow MPs, because he
appreciated the considerable resources
involved in doing so.

He saved himself potentially mil-
lions of dollars, unlike former PLP
candidate, Pleasant Bridgewater, who
owes around $1 million for the Marco
City election court case she lost, and
Allison Maynard-Gibson, former PLP
candidate for Pinewood, who also

incurred large legal costs. But, Mr
Miller said yesterday, “In the case of
Elizabeth, it is a totally different situ-
ation. You cannot equate Elizabeth
with Baillou Hills or any other con-
stituency following the 2007 elections.
I would have gone to court myself in
circumstances such as these — no ifs,
ands or buts.

Pressure

“With all the pressure applied to
the voters and all the pressure applied
to the returning officer and his cohorts,
I think it is only fair that what is about
to happen takes place.”

He was referring to the PLP’s objec-
tion to Minister of National Security

LESLIE MILLER

Tommy Turnquest being part of the
FNM’s recount team, as he is the min-
ister responsible for elections. The
opposition feels that as such, he should
not be involved in partisan political
exercises.

The PLP also claims that voters and
the returning officer, Jack Thompson,
were intimidated by the presence of
government officials such as Mr Turn-
quest at the polling stations.

Mr Miller noted that “Every minis-
ter represents the government. (Mr
Turnquest’s) view is the government’s
view. He had the full power and
authority and should he ashamed of
himself. “I prefer elections to be won
at the ballot box. When you clearly
get the majority of the votes and you




RYAN PINDER

move on. You win, you win; you lose,
you lose, and you go home. But when
you see these questionable tactics tak-
ing place you can see why chaos enters
the picture and people refer to the
court system to get fair play.”

According to Mr Miller, even
though he decided against an election
court challenge because of the costs, all
such instances are a “political sham” as
no one really expects to pay.

He claimed that when the FNM con-
tested the MICAL seat following the
2002 general election, Johnley Ferug-
son, who lost to PLP candidate Alfred
Gray, did not pay his court debts until
the eve of the next general election,
when he ran and lost in South
Eleuthera.

Moves to help prevent traffic fatalities in Grand Bahama in 2010

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Road Traffic Department
and the Royal Bahamas Police Force are making
efforts to help prevent traffic fatalities from hap-
pening in Grand Bahama in 2010.

Both police officers and members of Road
Traffic were out on the streets on Monday morn-
ing handing out road safety flyers and checking
vehicle registrations.

Basil Rahming, Deputy Controller of Road
Traffic, said the exercise is a joint effort with the
police to promote the message of road safety
and to ensure that vehicles on the road are prop-
erly registered.

Police and Road Traffic officials were sta-
tioned at three major traffic locations throughout
the island between 8am and 9am.

Road Safety mascot ‘PC Road Rick’ was at
the intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing
Hole Road distributing flyers to motorists trav-
elling from the western part of Grand Bahama.

“Our objective really is to have a year go by
without any traffic fatalities on Grand Bahama,”
said Mr Rahming.

“Given the fine condition of the roads and the
fact that there is minimal traffic on the island,
there really is no need for anyone to be losing
their lives on the road.”

Mr Rahming expressed concern about speed-
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anyone not coming in to register their vehicles.

“The police are out here with us and they are
looking out for persons driving uninsured and
unlicenced vehicles, especially vehicles that are
not inspected and defective, ” he said.

Exercises

Mr Rahming said they will continue to conduct
similar road exercises throughout the year.

“We have deployed our Road Safety mascot
known as PC Road Rick, who is helping us to dis-
tribute our road safety message throughout the
community.

“We want to continue to sensitise the public
about the urgent need for road safety. We want
to keep road safety foremost in their minds and
we will continue to conduct exercises like this
throughout the year,” he said.

Although the seatbelt law has not been
enforced, Mr Rahming urged motorists to buck-
le up while driving.

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own life, so whether the law has been officially
brought into force or not, we should always buck-
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PLP files by-election
court challenge

FROM page one

tification of results rests on
the status of five protest
votes, cast in favour of the
Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP). If these votes are cer-
tified in election court, the
tables could turn on Dr
Duane Sands, Free National
Movement (FNM) candi-
date, who is currently up by
two votes.

The five protested votes
cast for the PLP were dis-
tributed evenly across five
polling divisions: 4, 5, 7, 8,
10. In the case of polling

division number eight, the
protested vote was cast by
a resident who had a valid
voter registration card and
was on the certified register
for that polling division.
The voter in question was
challenged by the Free
National Movement (FNM)
on election day, because
agents claimed to have evi-
dence the voter did not actu-
ally reside in the constituen-
cy.
Valentine Grimes, PLP
stalwart, said the FNM had a
legitimate complaint that the
voter was not a resident in

polling division number
eight, but it was bogus to
claim the voter was not a
member of the constituen-
cy. He said the voter actual-
ly lives in polling division
number five.

In an instance such as this,
it was within the prerogative
of the returning officer to
have the voter swear an oath
and vote on a regular white
ballot, according to Mr
Grimes. This would consti-
tute a challenged vote, nota
protested vote. Challenged
votes are counted regularly
with all other white ballot

Robbery victims
in kidnap terror

FROM page one

robbery squad, confirmed to The Tribune that
repeat offenders continue to pose a challenge,
as Statistics depict a high recidivism rate.
Police also issued a number of tips that can
decrease your vulnerability to home invasion

and armed robbery.

They include: having house keys ready
before you get to your door; keeping trees
low to ensure clear visibility of the surrounding
area from your house; installing proper light-
ing, alarms or surveillance outside.

“Persons should not only ensure their homes
are properly secured but also be aware of per-
sons that they hire to do work for them in

their home,” said ASP Fernander.

“Most people don’t perform the proper
background check on people they allow to do
work for them.

“You should also secure valuables as best

you can whenever you allow these strangers

today.

into your home.”

It is believed Ellison Greenslade, the Com-
missioner of Police, will hold a press confer-
ence to address mounting concerns sometime

.

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PLP ELIZABETH candidate Ryan Pinder with supporters on polling night.

votes. Mr Grimes said the
presiding officer made a
mistake in having the vote
cast on a protested ballot.

The second instance of
poor decision making on
the part of a presiding offi-
cer, according to Mr
Grimes, is the case of a
protested voter who had
documents with contradic-
tory dates of birth.

Mr Grimes said the voter
had a legitimate voter’s
card and was on the offi-
cial register, but the date
of birth printed on the
voter’s card was different
than the date of birth print-
ed on the counter foil or
duplicate record of the
voter’s card.

There was no dispute as
to the voter’s identity,
according to Mr Grimes,
and the voter was able to
produce a passport to con-
firm the date printed on the
voter’s card was correct.

“Again the presiding offi-



cer wrongly required her to
vote on the coloured bal-
lot. There is no dispute
over who she is or dispute
that she is on the register,
so the presiding officer
wrongly required her to
vote on coloured ballot,”
said Mr Grimes.

Had these errors not
been made, the PLP would
have collected two addi-
tional votes in the original
count on election day, said
Mr Grimes.

The Parliamentary Elec-
tions Act accounts for three
instances in which the pre-
siding officer should require
a voter to vote on a
coloured ballot. All three
instances relate to the pre-
siding officer being unsatis-
fied as to the identity of the
voter or the right of the vot-
er to vote.

The Acct lists the following
conditions: “(a) such per-
son’s voter’s card has any
defect; (b) the entry relat-

ing to such person in the
register is incorrect; or (c)
such person has a voters
card but his name does not
appear in the register for
the relevant constituency
or polling division.”

Mr Grimes said three of
the five protest votes cast
for Mr Pinder fell under the
third condition and were
ruled correctly by the pre-
siding officer. The voters
had voter’s cards but their
names were not on the reg-
ister.

In the court hearing, Mr
Pinder will have to prove
those voters should have
been on the register. Mr
Grimes said the PLP was
confident they could prove
the residents should have
been on the register. He
said the Parliamentary
Registration Department is
a party to the action and
they will have to agree or
disagree with the case pre-
sented.

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Hotels ‘likely to start
hiring staff this year’

FROM page one

“We are in constant dia-
logue with the major busi-
ness houses on a weekly basis
to monitor employment lev-
els. The hotels are very opti-
mistic. Things are improving,
the Christmas season was
beyond expectations here in
New Providence and in
Grand Bahama.

“We anticipate based on
the occupancy levels at all of
the hotels and the projec-
tions that the hotels will
begin to hire new people
now, as Atlantis did last
year,” said Mr Foulkes.

The most recent Industry
Performance and Outlook
Survey conducted by the

Bahamas Hotel Association bears out Mr
Foulke’s assessment to some extent.

“The survey does indicate for the first
time in a two-year period that we will begin
to see some type of (upward) movement of
employment levels (in the hotel industry),”
said Robert Sands, President of the BHA.

“If we look at the trend from 2008 when



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there was the large impact of
lay offs and then 2009, which
was really the highest level of
the economic decline, what we
are seeing in 2010 is that for
the first time some of our
hotels see the potential for
employment to be up in 2010
versus being down significantly
in 2008 and then staying down
in 2009.”

However, Mr Sands noted
that of all hotels surveyed, the
“overwhelming majority” — 73
per cent — say they see
employment levels at their
properties remaining the same
in 2010.

“Twenty-seven per cent of
our hotels see it being up some
and a small percentage up
more than normal in 2010,”

added the BHA President.

“When

that.”

we say slight

improvements...we’re looking at our worst
case scenario and then growing from

The data used in the survey was gathered
in November and December of 2009 and
published several weeks ago on the organ-
isation’s website, Bhahotels.com.

Condemned inmate’s appeal
delays any possible execution

FROM page one

Committee of the Preroga-
tive of Mercy met and deter-
mined on February 1 that
Sawyer's case did not war-
rant mercy and the law —
capital punishment —
should take its course.
Sawyer, 29, was sen-
tenced to death November
9, 2009, by Senior Justice
Anita Allen for the murder
of Quality Discount Store
employee Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery.
At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as
the “worst of the worst".
Evidence revealed that he
shot Mr Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was
trying to get up off the
ground following a struggle
involving the pair and
another employee when the
two workers tried to stop
Sawyer making his escape

with the store's cash trays.
When handing down her
sentence, Justice Allen stat-
ed: "I am of the view that
this offence is the ‘worst of
the worst', in that it was
committed with a firearm
and was committed in fur-
therance of armed robbery
in the circumstances ... lam
satisfied beyond a reason-
able doubt that in this case
the imposition of the most
severe penalty for murder,
namely death, is deserved.

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

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

the robbery to pay his rent.

Following the Advisory
Committee's recommenda-
tion the next step towards
carrying out the death sen-
tence, under the law, would
be for a death warrant to be
read to Sawyer. However,
his decision to appeal his
punishment has halted this
process.

Last year the Advisory
Committee recommended
that mercy was not appro-
priate in the case of murder
convict Maxo Tido. Howev-
er Tido has not been exe-
cuted since notification of
his intended fate prompted
the convict to lodge an
appeal to the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
against the Court of
Appeal's affirmation of his
2006 murder conviction.

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

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Dr Martin Luther King essay competition

UNITED States and
Bahamian government offi-
cials together with princi-
pals, teachers, students, and
family members attended
the US Embassy’s fourth
annual Dr Martin Luther
King, Jr essay competition
awards ceremony on Friday,
February 5. The ceremony
was held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel.

A total of 65 essays were
received from 14 public and
private schools in New
Providence and the Family
Islands.

Students were asked to
use a quote from Dr King
about personal integrity and
responsibility to answer one
of the following questions:
“How can you or how have
you demonstrated personal
integrity and responsibility
to improve conditions in
your community?” or
“Choose an important fig-
ure in your life who best
exemplifies Dr King’s quote
and explain how that indi-
vidual has demonstrated
personal integrity and
responsibility.”

In her remarks, US
Ambassador Nicole Avant
told the audience that Dr
King and countless other
activists that she would not
be able to thank in person,
paved the way for her to be
where she is today.

“T believe it is Dr Martin
Luther King Jr who
deserves the credit for keep-
ing the African American
people hopeful, focused and
determined.”

Winners announced at
annual awards ceremony

Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister also
gave remarks and presented
prizes to the winners.

The first place winner
from a New Providence
school was Shaquille Sands,
a grade 12 student from C
W Saunders Baptist School.

Shaquille received a lap-
top computer and books
about Barack Obama and
Dr King.

Her essay detailed her
efforts to improve her grade
point average from a ‘D’ to
an ‘A’. Shaquille is current-
ly the deputy head girl at
her school.

The first place winner
from the Family Islands was
Michael Cooper, an grade
11 student from the Bishop
Michael Eldon School in
Freeport.

Laptop

He also received a laptop
computer and books about
Barack Obama and Dr
King.

Michael wrote about his
math teacher Hewitt Tay-
lor, who put his students’
needs before his own, and
worked extra hours to
ensure that no one failed his
class.

The second place winner
was Tramaine Thompson, a
grade 10 student from Man-

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grove High School, Man-
grove Cay, Andros.

Tramaine described his
father as a role model who
taught him the importance
of treating people with
respect and being account-
able for his actions.

The third place winner
was Nakhaz Gay, a grade
11 student at Faith Temple
School in New Providence.

He wrote about the
importance of setting an

example for young boys to
follow through his involve-
ment in youth activities.

The fourth place winner
was Na’eem Mclver, a
grade 11 student at West-
minster College, New Prov-
idence.

Na’eem said his late
grandfather John Edward
Alfred Johnson was the
Martin Luther King Jr of his
family.

He wrote about how his
grandfather risked his job
and fought against racial
discrimination in the
Bahamas.

Miciah Bostwick, a grade
11 student at Westminster

College, New Providence;
D’Anthra Adderley, a grade
12 student at St. Andrew’s,
and Kalene Jones, a grade
12 student at San Salvador
High all received “hon-
ourable mentions.”

These students were
awarded with books about
Dr King.

Success

The US Embassy thanked
the Bahamian government
and corporate sponsors who
all contributed to making
the event a success.

These sponsors included

the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel which provided the
venue and refreshments;
Bahamasair, which provided
airfare for the first place
Family Island winner and a
parent; Flamingo Air, which
provided airfare for the sec-
ond place Family Island
winner and a parent,
Breezes Bahamas (Super-
clubs), which provided hotel
accommodations for both
Family island winners and
their accompanying parents;
the Ministry of Education,
which provided books about
Dr King, and Cable 12 for
taping the programme for
future broadcast.



GRADE 11, BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA

“Pride and Purpose!”, “Speed and Accu-
racy!”, “Let us shoot for the moon!” are all
phrases that I hear on a regular basis. Since
my high school life began, I’ve heard them
chanted into my ears.

Mr Hewitt Taylor, math teacher at Bish-
op Michael Eldon School, is an inspiration
to those who come into contact with him.
He exemplifies what it is to have integrity
and the ability to handle responsibility. He
is a powerful example of what Dr Martin
Luther King said about a person’s charac-
ter: “The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy.”

For Mr Taylor, there are no times of
comfort. Nary a time will you see Mr Tay-
lor not zipping past you in the hallway with
intent on getting to his desk so that he can
get some work done. When he isn’t in the
hallway, he is surely at his desk helping a
student — even during lunchtime. His life is
packed with students for whom he wants
nothing but the best. Mr Taylor accepts
the responsibility that accompanies the role
of being a teacher.

A “true” teacher handles a student’s or
group’s needs before his own; and Mr Tay-
lor does just that. I can truly say that he
does this from personal experience. When
Tentered the seventh grade, it was he who
put in the time to help me with my profi-
ciency in Mathematics. I would struggle
and struggle during that period; but he
always assured my class that: “As long as
we remain vigilant towards our work, the
results will come in the future. “

He displayed integrity with those words
because, instead of reprimanding us for
our failures, he motivated and encouraged
us. I was spurred to do better rather than to
accept the defeat of three or four failing
grades in that one semester. Mr Taylor’s
honesty spurs his students to look past the
objective of getting a good grade in a class.
He says that the grades that we receive on
paper do not count if they do not reflect the
education that we take away from school.
He explains that education is the key in
this life and numbers do not count in the
long run.

When a people get into situations that
seem to be negative, their patience and
calmness, as well as their feelings are test-

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FIRST PLACE winner of the New Providence schools Michael Cooper (centre) accepts his award
from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left) and US Ambassador Nicole Avant (right).

ed. Hewitt Taylor adheres to the morals
of never allowing himself to let his emotions
get the best of him. He shows responsibil-
ity by being mature enough not to take his
anger out on a student, when that student
makes a mistake. Many a time have I heard
him say: “Students, do not allow me to
explode in this classroom.” The humorous
part is that, of the hundreds of times that I
have heard him say to my classmates and
me, when we were being disruptive, never
has he gone through with his threat. That’s
not to say that he is all talk and no action.
Truthfully, if Mr Taylor does “explode”
on a student, it will not be a sight that any-
one wants to see.

I remember a time two years back when
I started to loathe math. Mr Taylor could
see my frustrations, even when I was on
my way to class; but he would not draw
attention to it. He kept teaching just as he
normally would and he decided to stop
teaching one day and asked the class if we
were all right. I saw that he glanced at a few
of us and gave us a look, a look that said:
“You can do it”. It was interesting because
that same day, he had just passed out our
test from the previous week—one that I,

unfortunately, had failed. When class was
dismissed that day, he called for all the stu-
dents that failed to come to him. I went,
thinking, ‘““Why must I have to deal with
math again?” He sat there and I lined up
with the few of us that failed. He got us
together and lectured us with the intention
of getting the message that we would work
together so that no one gets left behind.

That motivated me to do better. It
showed that he would do what he had to for
all of his students to be sailing on the same
boat. He told us that day that, when a stu-
dent in his class fails, everyone else in the
class including him fails. I understood that
if he wanted the best for us, then I had to
work harder and want the best for myself.

Mr Taylor is a powerful character who
does not have to answer the questions: “Do
you have integrity?” or “Are you respon-
sible?” His actions speak for themselves.
His example is inspiring: he truly demon-
strates that the measure of a man is where
he stands in challenge. Though Mr Tay-
lor’s challenges do come, he handles them
as tactfully as possible. He is the true epit-
ome of what it means to be a responsible
person with integrity.

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FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE NEVV PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION



SHAQUILLE SANDS
GRADE 12, C W SAUNDERS BAPTIST
SCHOOL

Topic

How can you or how have you
demonstrated personal integrity and
responsibility to improve conditions
in your community?

Repeating the words of Mr Bur-
rows, a religious education teacher at
my school, I asked myself, "What is
that thing in me that says, ‘I have the
ability to be a responsible student
leader with integrity’?"

I did some soul searching and
recalled one of the memorable quo-
tations of the great Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr: “Life's most persistent and
urgent question is, 'What are you
doing for others’?”

To answer this burning question, I
will begin by sharing one of my great-
est achievements as a young and aspir-
ing student leader at C W Saunders
High School.

It was during the campaign for stu-
dent heads at my school that I real-
ized that character wrought by per-
sonal integrity was the key to my suc-
cess.

It was then that I came to appreciate
Dr King’s declaration: “A man should
not be judged by the color of his skin,
but by the content of his character.”

This famous quotation brought
home to me the message that the Min-
istry of Education promotes: “Char-
acter Counts!”

To demonstrate that I have shown
personal integrity and responsibility
to improve conditions in my commu-
nity, I am pleased to take this oppor-
tunity to share a bit of my past chal-
lenges and triumphs.

I recall the days not so long ago
when I was a ‘D’ average student.



This was the turning point in my
life. I identified with Dr King’s state-
ment that "the ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands in
moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of chal-
lenge and controversy."

I took responsibility to improve my
grade point average. I am now an ‘A’
average student.

I became that change that I wanted
to see. I was reminded by the words of
Dr King that “change does not roll in
on the wheels of inevitability, but
comes through continuous struggle”.

I aspired passionately in my quest
for the post of Head Girl at my school,
even though I had doubts that I would
be one of the four chosen to lead.

Nevertheless, I held fast to the
words of Dr King that, “Faith is taking
the first step even when you don't see
the whole staircase”.

Inspired by persons like Dr King, I
proceeded to prove to myself, my
teachers and my colleagues that I
could be a student leader for all to
emulate.

I successfully secured the Deputy
Head Girl post. I became a leader of
integrity and begun living a more
transparent lifestyle.

It was then that I decided to be
responsible for my actions, as I knew
that I would be accountable for them:
The microscope would be on me at all
times.

Cognizant of this, I adhere to the
school’s rules - not because all eyes
are on me, but because I know that I
must be a good example for my peers.

Tensure that the length of my skirt is
not above my knees and that I wear
only one pair of earrings while in
school. I am on time for classes and do
not encourage disruptive behavior in
the classroom setting. Tirelessly and
unwavering, I demonstrate responsi-
bility by staying behind daily after class

me 4



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FIRST PLACE WINNER of New Providence schools Shaquille Sands (centre)
accepts her award from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left) and US

Ambassador Nicole Avant (right).

to tidy up behind my colleagues in an
effort to assist my teacher in any way I
can.

In 2009, I entered the HIV Speech
Competition sponsored by the Min-
istry of Health’s Youth for Positive
Living Department.

I entered this competition to help
promote the importance of safe sex
among my peers nation-wide.

In my neighborhood, I adhere to
the moral principle called cleanliness.

Tensure that my trash bins have lids
on them at all times. I use concrete



SECONID! PLACE

TRAMAINE THOMPSON

GRADE 10,

MANGROVE CAY HIGH SCHOOL
MANGROVE CAY, ANDROS

It was not until recently that I paid
attention to who Dr Martin Luther King
really was. Maybe this is because of how
passionately my history teacher spoke
about him. The word integrity truly
applies to Dr King’s character and also to
my role model — my father — who is the
epitome of all that Dr King stands for
and died for.

Mr Michael Thompson is one person
who immediately comes to mind when I
read the quote. Michael is my father, and
I think of him with pride. He has never
done anything that has been a disap-
pointment — except when I am not
allowed to have my own way, but that is
expected from every parent. “Daddy” is
an orphan who at a young age was taken
from the Ranfurly Home for Children
and brought to the island of Mangrove
Cay, Andros, where we still live. There
used to be talk about Daddy being abused
as a child by the people who adopted
him, but this did not make him bitter; it
only made him a hard worker. Today he
still demonstrates the quality of diligence
and responsibility.

“Thompson”, as mommy calls him,
was very strict on us, seven kids in all,
especially my brothers. Today, however
they are good young men with children of
their own. I can use words like caring,

blocks to reinforce the lids, ensuring
that dogs cannot overturn the bins.

This habit not only keeps my sur-
roundings clean but prevents the
spread of airborne viruses, flies and
rodents. In addition, when dogs bring
trash into my yard, I voluntarily pick it
up and discard it.

When stumbling across a beautiful
and fluffy lost pet, I demonstrate both
integrity and responsibility by follow-
ing through that it is returned to its
rightful owner - no matter how great
the temptation of wanting to keep it

for myself. Not returning lost pets has
become a nationwide problem!

I display soundness of moral char-
acter by conducting myself in a manner
that would not be offensive to others
or embarrassing to my family, girls
and women in my community.

I practice telling the truth when
recalling or giving account of inci-
dences. In the capacity of mediator to
arguments between my friends, I prac-
tice fairness in my decision-making
process.

I want to be known and remem-
bered among my peers as a leader who
is fair to all with whom I interact and
represent.

In my church community, I display
the importance of responsibility by
regularly attending practice sessions
as a member of the youth choir and
the marching band.

T have learnt to play the saxophone
which is my favorite pastime.

Like me, other students found read-
ing music challenging. I saw fit to lead
out in the challenge to show the
younger children that reading music
Is easy.

Being one of the first to grasp the
concept of reading music, I was there-
by able to motivate and tutor others
who were struggling.

I enjoyed helping others to become
proficient at playing their instruments
of choice. This was a very fulfilling
experience and I enjoyed touching
lives in this way.

Like Sir Lynden Pindling, I want
to empower youth not to underesti-
mate themselves. I want them to be
more than conquerors and never to
lose faith.

I am destined to be that female
leader who works toward improving
my community and the mindset of my
people towards a better Bahamas. I
aspire to be like Dr Martin Luther
King: “T have a dream.”

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION

against wrong. He would often quote the
Scriptures as a reminder of the values we
need to live by. I cannot recall an instance
when my father was ever caught in a lie or
did anything dishonest. He often encour-
ages others to make right decisions, espe-
cially in his capacity as a Pastor. My father
truly brings integrity to life, and he
encourages us to be honest in the way
we live.

He is also a very responsible role mod-
el and is truly devoted to his family. He
sacrificed a lot to take care of such a big
family. My father is a very hard worker; it
is as though he never sleeps or rests. He is
very determined to provide for his fami-
ly and to work for God. He does fishing
for a living but mainly sponging, which he
learned to do from a boy. The sea can be
very treacherous, but my dad has never
shirked his responsibilities. Even though
he may think that I do not pay attention,
I admire him greatly and people in our
society really respect him. This makes
me proud of him: there are not many
fathers like my daddy today. Whether he
is tempted or enjoying the life that God
has given him, he praises his God.

Because of him, many lives have been
changed. He knows when someone
needs encouraging words or some great
gifts to uplift their spirits. He says, “God
has brought us from a long way”. He is
certainly right, because God has turned
his life around and is using him to change
his community. One day I asked Daddy,
“Daddy were you always this nice to peo-

SECOND PLACE WINNER Tramaine Thompson (centre) accepts the award from
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of YVRAS; Nicole Henfield, manager of customer experience at NAD,
and John Terpstra, vice-president of operations at NAD.

NAD staff to volunteer at Vancouver
airport as the Winter Olympics end

THIS week, two volunteers
from Nassau Airport Develop-
ment’s customer experience
department will head to Van-
couver International Airport
(YVR) as the 2010 Winter
Olympics come to a close.

Nicole Henfield, manager of
customer experience at NAD,
and NAD concierge Elizabeth
Ferguson, will volunteer at
YVR during the final days of
the games.

YVR officials are anticipat-
ing approximately 39,000 ath-
letes, spectators and journalists
from around the world to
return home through the air-
port on March 1, the day after
the official closing ceremony.

The airport’s busiest day on
record saw 26,000 passengers
travel through Vancouver
International.

All hands will be on deck to
accommodate the mass exodus
from Vancouver.

NAD volunteers have spent
the past two weeks reviewing

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will be all about customer ser-
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“T am looking forward to get-
ting the hands-on experience
and to see how the airport will
function when all of its
resources are put to the test,”
she said.

According to John Terpstra,
NAD’s vice-president of oper-
ations, “Vancouver Interna-
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facilities for this for the past
seven years.”

“We wanted to expose our
staff to how an airport of that
size functions under extraordi-
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Recently, he faced a challenge that
hurt him badly. Some people with whom
he had a close relationship spoke ill of
him and wronged him terribly.

I was so affected to see my father so
torn, but he handled himself with grace.
Instead of getting revenge, as I might
have done or giving up, he continued to
work hard, and helped those same indi-
viduals.

What a man! I admire the way he
demonstrated integrity despite being
wronged. Because of that, God has
opened doors for him and provided
opportunities, simply because my Daddy
showed strength of character.

From being an orphan, to unfair treat-
ment as a boy and being talked about
and cursed by those whom he thought
loved him, Daddy — Michael Thompson —
still stayed the same and stuck to his prin-
ciples. This is true integrity. As a result, he
is honored, first through the writing of
this essay but also by those who com-
mend him and constantly seek his guid-
ance in personal matters. “Daddy” may
not know anything about his biological
family, but he is surrounded by us -mom-
my and the many people who have adopt-
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and responsibility. This fine gentleman
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THIRD PLACE

NAKHAZ GAY

GRADE 11, FAITH TEMPLE SCHOOL
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

VA | RD PLACE DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION

A community without integrity is bound to
be chaotic. Whenever integrity comes to
mind, I instantly think of Nelson Mandela, a
man of great integrity. He stood up for what
he believed in — at the expense of his own
freedom. Integrity is defined as the “sound-
ness of moral character”. A person of integri-
ty is often described as honorable,
respectable, and powerful. The world could
be a better place, if we all had integrity.
Instead of living life cautiously and defen-
sively, we could live in peace and harmony.
Nelson Mandela said that “The first thing is to
be honest with yourself... Great peacemak-
ers are all people of integrity, of honesty and
of humility.” But a world of integrity has to
start in the communities. If everyone in a
community lives honest lives filled with love
and makes an honest living for themselves, it
will be considered a good community — which
everyone will enjoy. In order to have this
community, we all will have to do our part. I
demonstrate personal integrity by setting an
example for young boys growing up. I also
demonstrate integrity and responsibility by
being involved in productive activities and
by showing respect to my fellow man.

I live in a community where it seems that
doing ‘right’ things is wrong and doing
‘wrong’ things is right. Smoking, drinking,
and gambling are emulated by youth; they
are considered ‘fun’. I, on the other hand,
refuse to participate in such foolish acts.
There are many negative influences in my
community, but I live above those influences
— although a lot of children my age do not. I
promised myself that I would not fall under
negative peer-pressure and I would be an
example to the younger generation of chil-
dren coming up. As a child maybe seven or
eight years old, I remember looking up to
my neighbor Vado because he was a good
basketball player and he had a positive atti-
tude. I knew some day I would fill his shoes
and someone would look up to me in the
way that I looked up to him. It would not be
responsible for me to lead someone astray.
After all, I was not led astray. Just as the old
saying goes “Tf it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.
Instead of participating in gang activities, I am
a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist
Mass Youth Choir, a member of the Pathfind-
er Club and a player on my school’s basket-
ball team. These three groups keep me out of
problems and it also gives me opportunities to
show people my talents. The Mass Youth
Choir not only shows talents, it is also a min-



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resenting Flamingo Air (sponsor), third place
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istry: we sing at a lot of functions and are }
often on the Bahamas’ local television station }
ZNS. If it was not for the Pathfinder club I
would be a totally different person. I have }
spent many hours in Pathfinder meetings. }
We go on hikes and marches, we learn rope
tying and do community service by helping in i
the orphanages or retirement homes. They
taught me a lot of life lessons that I will not }
forget. At times I feel like quitting some of
these groups, but winners would not be win- i
ners if they quit. When I joined these groups,
I took a great responsibility and it would be
irresponsible of me to quit. At the end of the
day these groups help me to be a better per- :

son.

I show respect to my fellow man. Respect :
is something you have to give to get. In my }
community I respect everyone. I do not show
any acts of hatred to anyone — although some }
people try to make me. It is hard to be kind to ;
everyone in a neighborhood, because some
people are not nice people. Some people are }
grouchy, but I do not think any less of them
because of it. It helps to have people in the }
community to respect other people, their }
people’s property and to set a standard for :

others among them to see.

Integrity and responsibility comes with wis- ‘
dom and insight on how and why to use them. :
If everyone shows more integrity and respon- }
sibility in his or her community, we can make
the world a better place. We can be role mod- i
els in our community, join various groups }
that help the community or just show love to i

everyone in the community.



NA’EEM MCIVER
GRADE 11, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Integrity: a word meaning “to have qualities such as
good character, honesty and wholeness.” Dr Martin
Luther King Jr strongly believed in personal integrity.
One of his famous quotes says, “The ultimate measure
of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of chal-
lenge and controversy.” In my opinion my great grand-
father the late great John Edward Alfred Johnson
(June 14, 1912 — October 31, 1950), AKA “Jack”, best
exemplified this quote.

Jack Johnson lived his life as “‘a jack-of-all-trades”.
He was a carpenter first, then a butler and valet. As a
carpenter he assisted with the enlargement of Oakes
Airfield and the construction of Windsor Field, today
Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. He also
helped with the construction of the Nassau Beach
Hotel, the Churchill Building, Potter’s Cay Dock and
the College of the Bahamas. As a valet and butler, he
was employed by three Anglican Bishops, three Roman
Catholic Bishops, Sir Harry Oakes, Sir Robert
McAlpine, Graycliff Restaurant and the Buena Vista
Restaurant. He also worked at Government House
under three Governors, one of whom was King Edward
VIII (The Duke of Windsor) — Governor of the
Bahamas from 1940 to 1945. Doing all of these things
gave my great grandfather a good reputation for his
hard work, dedication and professional ethics. Jack
also established the Johnson & Johnson Domestic
Training School in Lewis Street - where he taught
classes for many years — to assist Bahamians who
wished to be trained in the domestic field.

Jack Johnson was a man who exemplified Dr King’s
quote because he always did what was needed to be
done when it was necessary. He was like the Martin
Luther King of my family. If there was one thing that
Jack didn’t like it was discrimination — especially racial
discrimination. During his days as a butler for the
Duke of Windsor, there was a rule that, during dinner
parties, all of the coloured butlers must wear white
gloves; the white butlers were allowed to serve bare-
handed. At the time it was believed that colored peo-
ple were unclean. This angered Jack and he refused to
do it. He was willing to risk his job to say that, if the
white butlers didn’t have to wear the white gloves,
then he shouldn’t have to either. He knew that the
white man and he were equally clean — and equal.

Jack also played important parts in various strikes,
riots and political issues. A member of the Progressive
Liberal Party since it began in 1953, Jack Johnson
fought for constitutional, political and social reform
alongside many of the Bahamas’ political heroes,
including Sir Randolph Foulkes, Dames Doris Johnson,
Sir HM Taylor, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Lynden Oscar
Pindling. He also played a very active role in the Bur-
ma Road Riots of 1942. Black construction workers
fought for wages equal to those of their white Ameri-
can co-workers, paid almost twice the salary of the
black workers. Jack was also known as the leader in the
fight against social injustice and racial inequality. He
even led strikes for better working conditions at Gov-

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FOURTH PLACE WINNER Na'eem Mclver (centre) accepts
the award from Krystine Brathwaite, sales associate at
SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas (sponsor) and Tyrone
Fitzgerald, legal counsel of the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity and essay judge.

ernment House and other establishments.

In 1950 Jack became a taxicab driver. For many
years he would talk to all who would listen, as he drove
about his beautiful country and its friendly people.
When the taxicab strike in Nassau took place in 1958,
he played a major role. The strike occurred because the
taxicab drivers objected to airline passengers being
carried by tour company cars from what at the time was
known as the new Nassau International Airport at
Windsor Field.

The final example I will give you of how Jack John-
son exemplifies Dr King’s words about integrity is the
fact that he had undying love for his fellow men, which
was shown by his unselfish contributions to his com-
munity. Sometimes Jack was called “The Mayor of
Lewis Street”, because he worked vigorously to help
those who needed help in his community. Because of
his outstanding contributions he was given The Queen
Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and was appoint-
ed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Even when the odds were against him, John
Edwards Alfred Johnson still fought for his rights.
Jack showed his true self when faced with any chal-
lenge. Growing up poor and barely able to make ends
meet made him realise that he wasn’t going to let any-
one bring him down any further and that he was going
to make it to the top. Jack once said that the first time
he attended St Agnes Anglican Church he had no
shoes, but later he didn’t know what pair of shoes to
choose. It just goes to show that, if you fight for what
you think is right, you will succeed.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

THE NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR, celebrating 25 years, opened
their newspaper painting and photo expo on Friday at the
Central Bank as part of the anniversary celebrations. Attend-

ing were the Governor General Arthur Hanna, Fred Mitchell
MP for Fox Hill, Sir Durward Knowles and many others.



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By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

to start the day, or end a chilly February

N this chilly weather, tea is a great way
night. Just wrap up in some flannels and

socks, and sip a cup of warmth.





Tea has that tempting invigoration The
that gets your blood turning warm. Itis best sell-
an incredible friendly warming drink ing tea in
perfect to strike up a conversation with the Unit- al
friends or family, says Stephen Twining, ed King- SU eS
corporate relations manager at Twin- dom _ is

ings of London Teas.

“What excites me is showing people
just what a wonderful gift of nature is
this thing we call tea,” he said.

Tribune Taste spoke with Mr Twin-
ing, the tenth generation member of
the famed Twining tea legacy. He is
also the Corporate Relations manager
of Twinings of London Twinings is a
venerable three hundred year global
enterprise and the originator of the
classic Earl Grey Tea.

Tea is now produced in over 30 coun-
tries in the world. Early on, Mr Twin-
ing insisted on setting the context of
his family’s London-based tea brand,
which was started in 1706 by Thomas
Twinings.

“In the city of London, and the
financial district today, there were 2000
coffee houses,” said Mr Twinings.
“Men didn’t have offices in those days,
so they did business over a cup of cof-
fee.”

Their only other option was to drink
strong spirits like rum and brandy until
the reinvention of tea which brought
about a healthy alternative filled with
antioxidants to stop the free radicals
that damage the cells in our bodies.

“If you prevent them from getting
damaged, you stay well,” he said. Tea is
not a cure for anything, but Mr Twin-
ings swears it can help prevent you
from getting sick. (See Tribune Health
next week for tea’s benefit on the
heart)

“In the olden days, tea was taxed
very high in London. Persons would
buy a cup of tea once or twice a week
at no particular time of day, just not at
several times a day,” Mr Twinings
explained. Ladies would not go into a
coffeehouse, because it was socially
unacceptable to do so.

Thomas Twinings realised the
demand for tea so he was able to open
to world’s first dry tea and coffee shop
in London on 216 Strand, London,
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the Earl Grey Tea. It was named after
a British Prime Minister who held office
in the 1830s. Mr Twinings explained
that the company used to mix a partic-
ular brand of tea for the Earl.

“We would write up the ingredients,
mix them together, and put your name
on it,” he said.

Twinings’ biggest gripe is never trade-
marking their ‘Earl Grey’ product line
as other tea companies have adopted
the name.

“If I had a time machine I would go
back to the early 1800’s and copyright
it. But it’s fine, because we still have
the current Earl Grey sign on our box-
es as the authentic original,” he said.

Some teas taste better with certain
foods then some wines, he added.

For example, in the days of the great
British breakfast, there was a quite
strong robust tasting food, and you
need a strong brand to stand up to that.
Therefore the English Breakfast was
created in the 1930s

“If I don’t have a cup of coffee I'll
have a cup of English Breakfast Tea,”
said Mr Twining. “It gets my blood
turning, as I do tend to drink it at dif-
ferent times of the day.”

“TI can’t explain the joys of tea to
me,” he said. “I drink around 15 cups
of it a day,” said Mr Twining who says
he is addicted to its flavor.

“Twinings makes over 200 tea
blends. You have a good section of
about 25 to 30 different flavors sold
here locally.”

According to him besides the regular
Earl Grey (a Bahamian favourite),
Twinings produces Lady Grey, Green
Tea and Mint, Green Tea and Lemon
and Ginger teas and Prince of Wales
teas.

“Tea to me is just like wine.” He
explained that if you have a Shiraz from
one country, it will not taste the same as
a Shiraz from another country. “You
won't get exactly the same flavours,
because it’s grown in different places.”

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terns and textures these
androsia pieces will be a phys-

ical definition haute couture. ;
Rachel Turnquest Garcia is }

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pageant held in the Bahamas :

last year.

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business administration.

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show will start at Spm sharp.

5288.

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“Absolutely wonderful” remarked one
patron. “Better than I've seen on Broadway”
added another.

The enthusiastic cast bubbled with energy.
Heather McDonald, Dora Brown, Faye Thomp-
son, Allesandro Major, Kenton Pinder, Javan
Hunt, and Tony Lowe engaged the audience
with their songs so much so that the first few
rows of the auditorium especially burst into
spontaneous applause and never stopped clap-
ping. A standing ovation followed.

The accolades flowed following the first two

stage.

performances, and a large contingent of the
audience were our ‘snowbirds.'
Grand Bahama, from large North American
cities, heaped praise on our home-grown pro-
duction proving once again that shows at the
Regency Theatre can hold their own on any

Visitors to

Already it is a wildly popular show and every-
one is excited about doing it again Friday
through Sunday this week (February 26-28).
Director of Ain't Misbehavin', Gloria McGlone,
has double cast several of the roles in order to

give more performers a chance to strut their

only.

Launch Party in Toronto

TORONTO, CANADA - Bahamas’

cine and @ Nesom deere i ? sweetheart TaDa was the international
8 & i guest performer for this event, present-

? ed by JJisJeni.com on February 17.
JJisJeni.ccom is the new website of
i celebrity radio personality JJ ‘Jeni"

Aerie Thesisciel rca: i McKenzie, who although Canadian by
Tei Gall Bes ee aa ? birthright, is also a true ‘island girl’. Born
8 P ? in Halifax, Nova Scotia, raised in Toron-

Tetecetve tickeiewall aes. i to, Ontario, JJ relocated to the beautiful
? islands of The Bahamas in 1990 where

the true course of her life began. JJ is the
recipient of numerous DJ Awards
(future Entertainment) and in only 2
years, is already a force to be reckoned
with in the Toronto entertainment scene.

JJ: "From the first day I hit the air-
waves here in Toronto I fell in love with
the sound of the city and the Toronto
Urban Music scene has become my pas-
sion! I’m very excited about the web-
site and it’s potential to open the way

city!

Tiger still holds golf hostage

MARANA, Ariz.

THE LATEST gossip has
Tiger Woods resuming his
therapy some 2,000 miles
away from where he made
his public apology last Fri-
day, which — if true —
would be a comical coinci-
dence in one respect, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

He made more news in
Arizona when he wasn't even
there.

If nothing else, last week
showed how much control
Woods wields in the world
of golf.

The opening round of the
Match Play Championship
typically is one of the most
exciting days in golf, and it
was every bit of that. Not
because Steve Stricker
became only the second No.
1 seed to go home or because
18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa
won his last three holes to
stay. The buzz centered on
Woods’ camp announcing
that he was going to make
his first public appearance in
three months.

PGA Tour commissioner
Tim Finchem might have set
arecord by meeting with the
media three times in five
days. The first session

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Wednesday was to say very
little. The third one Sunday
was to take blame for not
saying enough. In between
was a news conference at the
Sawgrass Marriott before
more media than ever has
covered The Players Cham-
pionship.

Ernie Els was upset, and
this was after he won his
match.

Upon hearing that Woods
was to speak in the middle of
the first World Golf Champi-
onship of the year, Els tried
to choose his words carefully
until he said to Golfweek
magazine, "It's selfish.” And
that was putting it mildly.

Other players who felt just
as strongly managed to bite
their tongues, or at least ask
that tape recorders be turned
off.

Ian Poulter inquired about
the scene at the TPC Sawgrass
during his final match, and
when it was suggested that the
only new development was
Woods being seen and heard,
Poulter stretched out his arms
as if to say, "There is nothing
else to add."

Not that someone didn't try.

After winning the Match
Play Championship — the
biggest win of his career and

his first victory on American
soil — the Englshman
dressed all in pink nearly
turned red when he heard a
question from the back of the
room.

"Does the Tiger Woods
drama take away or diminish
this championship to you in
any way, just the media atten-
tion?"

Poulter's eyes widened and
he stared for a second.

"Next question,” he replied.

Some players get tired of
taking Tiger questions when
he's winning all the time. They
don't like them any more
when he's simply reading a
statement into a camera.

The Golf Writers Associa-
tion of America usually does-
n't get this worked up unless
the shuttle bus at the U.S.
Open is running late. Woods
created a flurry of passionate
opinions that led the group to
reject an offer of three seats in
the room where Woods
spoke, lobby for more
reporters, receive a compro-
mise of six seats, then vote 19-
3 (with four abstentions) not
to participate.

Could this all have been
avoided? Woods said he was
on a break from therapy
(without saying what kind of

stuff, so you may just want to see it twice! Local
dance instructor Georgia Taylor makes her
debut Friday night.

The show continues with curtain time of Spm
on Friday and Saturday nights (February 26-
27) and a special Sunday matinee at 3pm, Feb-
ruary 28. Due to the immense popularity of
the show, advance ticket purchase is highly rec-
ommended. Tickets are available at the Sev-
enteen Shop downtown and Island Java in Port
Lucaya. The Regency Theatre box office opens
one hour prior to showtime on show nights




and further even more success stories
this year! " . JJ is now the mid-day mix
announcer on Flow 93.5 in Toronto,
after getting her start in the Bahamas
on 100 Jamz.

Superstar hip-hop artist Drake was
also sighted at Home Nightclub in
Toronto, Ontario Canada for what has
been described as the hottest entertain-
ment industry party of the year in the



THIS NOV. 21, 2009, file photo shows Tiger Woods, daughter
Sam Woods, and wife Elin Nordegren, before an NCAA college
football game in Stanford, Calif.

therapy) and was to return
the next day. Even if he had
waited until the tournament
was over, and had spoken on
Monday, it still would have
meant notifying everyone on
Saturday — and that would
have stolen attention away
from Poulter’s 7-and-6 semi-
final victory over Sergio Gar-
cia.

In the end, the resentment

was over Woods still calling
the shots. Most agree that he
should have lost that right
through so many selfish deci-
sions that culminated with a
sordid sex scandal, which
brought disgrace to his family
and damage to a sport that
made him who he is, or was. It
may be years before the
extent of that damage is
known.



1. THE EUGENE
DUPUCH Law School
Students’ Association
invites you to a Mix and
Minele and Silent Auction
on Friday evening 7pm to
midnight at the Humidor@
Graycliff. Donation $65.
2.25 NORTH host a night
of music at the Royal Nas-
sau Sailing Club Saturday,
February 27 from 8-10 pm.
The band billed as Nas-
sau’s only active rock band
includes John Chrstie, Joe
Euteneur, Dereck Roder-
ick and Kyle Baley. The
evening features lots of
music, food, cash bar and is
open to the public.

3. ADRASTRA GAR-
DENS continues its “ All
about...” series of educa-
tional workshops and semi-
nars designed for children
between the ages of 5-12
with “ All about Reptiles.”
The event takes place on
February 27 from 10 am to
noon. Participants will
learn not only how to iden-
tify a reptile, but also dis-
cover why many of these
cold blooded creatures are
masters of design, amour
and sometimes masters of
danger. Each workshop is
equivalent to one commu-
nity service hour. Registra-
tion is $6 per child and $8
per adult. Contact Philippa
Moss at phillippa@ardas-
tra.com or 323-5806.

4. GREEN EARTH FES-
TIVAL begins on Sunday,
February 28, from 12
noon-6pm at The Retreat
(Bahamas National Trust)
on Village Road. Admis-
sion is $5 for Adults, and
$2 for Children. Part of
the proceeds will be donat-
ed to a health charity.
Vendors will be selling
vegan, vegetarian, natural,
organic products and
healthy drinks. They will
also sell items such as
hand made jewelry and
bags, natural bath, body
and hair products. An
acupuncture booth and
chiropractic and yoga ther-
apies will also be available.
There will be a children’s
corner with games and
activities. Chrissy Love will
release her debut record at
the event.

5, LESLIE VANDER-
POOL, the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival
founder and executive
director will continue her
acting classes on Mondays
and Wednesday until
March 29.

Ms Vanderpool is offering
6 weeks of on-camera and
stage acting classes in the
Sandy Port Beach Resort
Conference Room, 6.30
pm-8.30pm. Cost: $40/indi-
vidual classes, $400/6
weeks classes. Telephone:
356-5939.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.





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Interview with Arjuna Watson

FROM page 12

like seeing a piece in a gallery
and being inspired to paint
something similar but differ-
ent. I don't think anyone's
concept is exactly true to
them. I think we all just
rework different concepts
based on our own realities.
Everyone sees things com-
pletely differently. I am a
result of EVERYTHING
that I see.

Describe the conflict, if any,

you feel between making art
and making money?

I don't think about the money
when I make art. I give a lot
of my paintings away. If I
have any left, and my wife
doesn't like them ,I just give
them away. I feel a blessing
when I give....

Are you surprised by to
public's acceptance of your
work?

Yeah. People seem to dig it. I
am completely surprised that
people like my work because
I don't really think when I
paint. I don't edit myself
when I paint, I put it all up.
Some people would rather me
tone things down when I
speak or paint but I say things
as they are and I paint the
same way. I don't really like
be a public figure, I don't like
being at shows but I appreci-
ate people's concepts of what
they think my paintings are
and what they represent. And
that, to me, is fulfillment.

How long have you been an
artist?

It depends. Do you call your-
self an artist once you have
sold a painting? I've been
painting for a long time, ever
since I was a kid. I was never
formally taught, just kinda
pointed in the right direction.

But I sold my first piece in
2007.

Which of your pieces are
you most excited about?
Iam most excited about the
way I utilised corners in this
show. A corner is a wasted
space, no one really hangs a
painting in a corner. I have
been thinking about utilizing
that wasted space and a few of
the pieces in this show are
actually built on frames that
sit right in corners. They have
great shape and functionality
to them.

Describe your moving away

from stencil cutting and into
amore freehand style?

It was an experiment that
worked out. I still like sten-
cils and I still like the propa-
ganda value of stencil but it is
just good to experiment and
move and flow. You get \
pulled in all sorts of directions
and it is good to experiment.

cannot progress.
How do you think years of

cutting stencils has affected
your style?

Well stencils is only part of it.

T used to just use spray paint.

realistic, less cartoonlike.

experimenting more.

What is your favorite medi-
um these days?

so smooth.

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Bahamas

FOR THIS year's Trans-

i forming Spaces Art Tour

Stencils made my stuff more : StingraeStudio will be host-

F pee i i ing another exciting array of
rom Tat came my current } Bahamian realistic artists in

style which I would say is : their beautiful tropical gar-

more realistic. Right now I : qa,

am experimenting with dis- }
tortion and texture. Stencils } showing a group of his small-

helped me understand mono- i er realistic works that depict

chrome images and from that } jhe beauty of The Bahamas

I started looking deeper and i and its people (especially
} geared towards for those per-
? sons who have no more room
: on their walls!) in addition to

? another series of tasteful

At the moment I really love ? nudes for the more mature

enamel paint on Dacron can- } aydience:
vas. It feels like butter moving } f
on a hot frying pan ..it is just i artist, will exhibit his popular

The artist Malcolm is

Thierry Lamare, a master

signature original works on
paper beautifully displayed in
his trademark driftwood
frames. He will also be show-
ing a range of affordable
Giclee prints;

Kevin Cooper from
Eleuthera is also a realistic
artist who captures the beau-
ty of his island in his work.

Two groups of St Andrew's
students who attend after
school art classes with Mal-
colm will be displaying their
amazing talent: Helena, Sid-
ney, The Hussey twins Gabby
and Sacha, are joined by
Amanda, Lauren, Nicolas
and Tyler. They are showing
a series of abstract water-

TRANSFORMING
SPACES - the popu-
lar art bus tour that
allows patrons to
visit several art gal-
leries over one
weekend will take
place this year on
Saturday and Sun-
day March 13-14.
Organisers of the
sixth annual event
announced that the
tour will include
stops to 9 galleries-
Doongalik Studios
Art Gallery at Village
Road, Ladder
Gallery at NPCC,
New Providence Art
& Antiques, Pink
‘Un, Popop Studios,
Post House Gallery,
PRO Gallery at COB,
StingraeStudio and
The Hub.

them!

during the storms.
black and white prints;
This garden Studio is where

Ciarra,

from the Chilean vineyard

which will be graciously

donated by Butler & Sands.
Don't miss the art event of

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FROM page 12

: help from neighbouring coun-
? tries Haiti will recover from its
: devastation.

“This is the main image being

i used for all our promotions.
i Painted in the colors of the
: Haitian flag, the painting rep-
? resents new growth, and a new
? beginning. It represents unity,
i as countries around the world
i are coming together and work-
i ing as one, to help rebuild
i? Haiti,” she explained.

Twenty to seventy per cent

of profits earned (It varies from
i artist to artist) will be donated
i to the initiative.

And while the money could

: have been donated to any other
: relief effort, Mrs Aylen said that
i she chose orphanages for a spe-
cial reason.

The Beauty of the

Without experimentation you }

“T am a mother myself and it
seems only natural that I want
to help and dedicate this entire

: exhibit to the kids. Its is very

colours as well as four new

portraits of children. You { Bahamians tend to discriminate

would swear that a more } Haitian people and I thought

mature artist had produced ; to myself that if we are doing it

i for the kids no one can possible
The landscape artist popu- | S@Y 20,” she said.

larly known as Crab, will }

showcase furniture pieces pro- } larly interested in art can still

duced from recycled native make econtrbudon by donat
trees that have been uprooted } 178 any Sul of money orby Biv=
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; Pp gtapicl } be handed over to the Rotary
AnnaLiza will exhibit her ? Club of East Nassau, who will
i ensure that all of the funds get

i to Haiti directly. The show will

the unbelievable Chef Nikki be held at the Nassau Yacht

_ is offering her } Cqyb located on East Bay street
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? and we know that a lot of per-
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i home from work. The admis-
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010

difference

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HE entire world felt the “shake”, heard the
cries, and watched as tears trickled down the
faces of victims devastated by the 7.0 magni-
tude earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince last
month and for that moment made television view-
ers stop to think “this could be me”.
With that in mind, people all around the world are coming
together to bring healing to the nation of Haiti and its people.
And likewise, in the spirit of benevolence and humanitarianism
Bahamian fine artists and photographers are also joining forces in

a “one night only” art exhibition to raise funds for orphanages that
were demolished in the disaster.

This, however, is no ordinary showcase, works of all different

mediums will be exhibited.

And while art aims to express an idea or belief, the show goes




Fashion
Mystique

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beyond simply telling a story, or sharing an experience. It aims to
get others involved in something of a much greater value.
A heartwarming experience, the art show not only seeks to
attract art fanatics, but those who can afford to render their time
to a worthy initiative also.
"What we need right now is support from any and everyone.
This is a big deal because any funds that we raise will be donated
to rebuild orphanages in Haiti,” said Christine Aylen, organizer
of the show. "If you love art come out, you might find a piece that
you like, if you don't like art still come because there are oth-

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er things that can be donated," she said.

Over 60 pieces of art will be on display. While they don’t
follow a specific theme, they will elicit very strong emo-
tions while depicting experiences from victims during the



disaster.

Some of the work will make you laugh, and some will
make you cry but Mrs Aylen said the main thing the artists
are trying to do is get persons to empathise with the people

of Haiti so that it will enable them to make a contribution.

In one of the pieces she painted, Mrs Aylen tells an

incredible survival story of one of the victims.

"This was inspired by the story of a woman who was

buried in the rubble for six days after the earthquake. Tangled
and trapped underground, her fingers pinned under a rock. Her
husband never gave up and dug at the ground with his bare hands
until rescue workers could free her. While they were working on get-
ting her out, she called out to her husband, “Even if I die, [love you

so much. Don't forget it.’

"After she was pulled from the rubble, her first words were "Thank
you God!’ then she burst into song, singing ‘Don't be afraid of death.’
This woman of strong faith was asked if she thought she would sur-
vive. Her response was, "Yeah why not?’,’ Mrs Aylen told Tribune

Arts.

The “We Shall Overcome” painting communicates the idea

of strength, hope, unity, and serves as reassurance that with

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Interview with Arjuna Watson for Transforming Spaces

MUSE IT Will be the featured
show in the Ladder Gallery at NPCC
for Transforming Spaces 2010. The
Show will run from March 12 - April
Sth 2010.

What is the name of your new
show?

Muse Part IT is the name of the new
show. It is a continuation of a previ-
ous show at The Hub. That show
was painted around 4 women. I was-
n't finished with the concept of Muse
yet. I still am not.

Describe the content of the show?
I'm going to focus more on portraits
in this show. Muse featured a lot of
nudes and this show is less about the
nude form than the face. It is a lot
about tone and depth. That is the
direction that I’m going in. That was
the calling I had, so I went in it.

What are you hoping to achieve
with this collection?

Tam not hoping to achieve anything.
I am just painting. Whether you like
it or you don't.

What are your outside influences?
Urban art - world wide. And cur-
rent news. It affects all of us. When
I paint I think a lot about just what
happened on that day. I don't listen
to music when I paint because I feel
like when I paint it is kind of like a
trance. I just get into it and cant
move away from it until it is done.
And when I do move away I see dif-
ferent things. I paint until I drop.
Sometimes 6 - 7 hours at a time in
the middle of the night.

How much planning goes into your
shows?

A lot. Months of work go into the
show. A lot of sleepless nights. I
make all my own frames and stretch
all of my own canvasses. Then I
prime them...and sit and wonder
what is going to go on there. I think
a lot before I begin but once I start I
move very quickly.

When do you paint?

Mainly at night, when I have fewer
distractions. Once the kids are in
bed and the house goes quiet.

How long does it take you to finish
a piece?

Lately I have been painting 3 or
more paintings at once because I see
different things when I turn from
one canvas to another. It is a bit
chaotic but it works. I don't really
know how long it takes to finish a
piece, anywhere from 7 -8 hours toa

few days.

What is the line up for the rest of
2010?

After Transforming Spaces I will be
using my studio as private gallery
called CUBE 2 WEST. The space
will be open by appointment only
and will be a new western location
for a few select artists to display their
art. | want to stay away from gener-
ic art and I want to concentrate on
innovative, outward thinking and
expressive artists. It will not be the
only place I will be showing my art.
I don't want to pigeonhole my self.
Its about different people seeing
your art in different spaces. The
gallery will be a small intimate space.
Right now it is more of a work in
progress.

Do you think the space affects the

art?

Yeah it can, most of my paintings
are large and you have to stand back
to get a better perspective so I need
more space. Also the color of the
walls and the light affect the way a
piece looks. Different gallery spaces
control all these elements in different
ways and that affects the way the
art looks.

What do you think the role of any
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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Robbery victims in kidnap terror C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.78WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDYWITH SHOWERS HIGH 79F LOW 69F F E A T U R E S SEETHEARTSSECTION S P O R T S Art to make a difference SEEPAGETHIRTEEN Falcons flying high By AVA TURNQUEST aturnquest@tribunemedia.net A POLICEMAN’S daught er fled hooded gunmen by l eaping from a moving car after she and her mother had been terrorised and kid-n apped. The pair were abducted after two armed robbers broke into the police officer’s h ome in the Gladstone Road area. When the women said they h ad no money, the gunmen forced the terrified pair into the family’s 2002 Ford Expedition. T he culprits then drove south on Gladstone Road where they released the policeman’s wife. His daughter, who is believed to be in her twen ties, reportedly escaped by jumping from the vehicle as it set off. She received minor injuries. The vehicle was later recovered in the Carmichael Road area. Over the past two weeks, police have reported numerous home invasions and armed robberies throughout New Providence. I n yesterday’s T ribune i t w as reported how a man was shot during an armed robbery at Oleander Avenue on Monday. He was later named as Henry McPhee. Mr McPhee was shot in the h ead while his girlfriend and daughter were tied up and robbed of valuables. P olice will not confirm whether they believe the two incidents are linked. They are also staying tightl ipped about yesterday’s home invasion. Sources also cannot confirm at this timew hether the invasion was a random selection or if the suspects had targeted the police officer’s residence. Despite the latest attacks, the police held a press con ference yesterday to report that their latest initiative to deal with this recent spate of home invasions was garnering some significant success. This new strategy, officials said, has made a “break through” by intensifying their focus on repeat offenders. ASP Clayton Fernander, officer-in-charge of the armed Policeman’s family in home invasion The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page eight By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n nicolls@tribunemedia.net FILING its Elizabeth by-election court challenge y esterday, the Progressive Liberal Party says it has g ood reason to believe the move will produce positive results for their candidate, Ryan Pinder. Party operatives claim, in two of the five instances, the presiding officer made an error in judgment, contrary to the mandate of the Parliamentary Election Acts, in requiring voters to cast their ballots on coloured slips. N o official winner was declared in the Elizabeth by-election after two full days of recounting. The cerPLP files by-election court challenge SEE page eight By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net HOTELS are “very opti mistic” that their business prospects are up in 2010 and it is likely that a signficant number will begin to hire new employees this year after having to cut back their staffing levels in 2008 and 2009, the Minister of Labour said. Dion Foulkes said signs indicate that unemployment levels, which ballooned to 14.6 per cent in New Providence and 18.1 per cent in Grand Bahama 18.1 per cent as of November 2009 leaving 47,560 looking for work have “stabilised” and upward trends in unemploy ment in the hotel industry in particular may now begin to reverse. Hotels ‘likely to start hiring staff this year’ CONDEMNED inmate Godfrey Sawyer has filed an appeal that will delay anyp ossible execution until an appellate court reviews his case. S awyer has filed a Notice of Application for Extension of Time Within Which to Appeal and a Notice ofA ppeal, Minister of Nationa l Security Tommy Turnquest said in a statement yesterday. C onsequently, "the sent ence of death will not be carried out until after the determination of the relevant proceedings". The news comes several weeks after the Advisory Condemned inmate’ s appeal delays possible execution SEE page nine SEE page nine TIMOTHY COLE is led into court yesterday to face multiple charges. Cole was arraigned in a magistrate’s court on a long list of serious charges, including murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. SEEPAGETHREE MAN CHAR GEDWITHMURDER, ARMEDROBBERY 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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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net G OVERNMENT is getting ready tom obilise “massive amounts of heavy equipment” to tackle the widespread fire at the city dump that has been clouding partso f New Providence with toxic fumes for several weeks. Officials are assessing the situation at the city dump offT onique Williams-Darling Highway to see how much e quipment will be required t o “spread out” the material accumulated in the landfill s ite as a means of beginning to more effectively contain the fires. It is also being cal-c ulated how much this exercise will cost the government. E nvironment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux said: “All of the dump now is smoulder-i ng and in order to address the smouldering problem we h ave to spread out the dump to bring it down to a lower level, and once we’ve donet hat we can then cover it with fill and or extinguish it with chemicals and water. Until we are able to do that, which means the mobilisation ofm assive amounts of equipment, we will continue to have the smouldering.” M eanwhile, as officials seek to deal with the immed iate problem presented by the ongoing blaze and billowing smoke emanatingf rom the 100-acre landfill site, discussions are under w ay as to what can be done going forward to reduce the chance of future fires. D r Deveaux made these comments to the media yesterday before he went into a Cabinet meeting with his ministerial colleagues, whereh e was expected to provide an update on the dump fire problem to the government. T hick smoke rising from the burning site where firefighters are currentlyf ighting one “very large” fire, and several smaller ones, a ccording to Dr Deveaux has affected large parts of New Providence, but in par t icular residents of the near by Jubilee Gardens government subdivision. Residents told The Tri bune last week that they are living in fear for their health and their homes. D r Deveaux said that minimising the likelihood of haz ardous fires breaking out at the site in future comes down to better management of the waste that is brought there. He hopes that more resources can ultimately be channelled into the Department of Environmental Health Services the gov ernment entity that has responsibility for the dump to enable them to deal with the issue more competently and in a sustainable manner. A large part of this approach would revolve around recycling more of what is brought to the dump. “A lot of the material is recyclable but we haven’t been doing that to the extent that we should, and as it accumul.ates the risk of fire accumulates. The end goal is to recycle as much as we could and when we have a sufficient volume of material that we could document, we can migrate seamlessly into a waste-to-energy facility,” said Dr Deveaux. The Environment Minis ter said he has met with Stantec, the company that constructed the landfill, as part of an effort to arrive at some better short and long-term solutions for the city dump. Jeffrey Deleveaux, director of fire services, last week described the fire currently burning as the “worst of the worst” the largest in the dump’s history and said it could continue to burn “for months”. Yesterday, firefighters also expressed concern that squatters in the bushy areas around the city dump, who often cook over open fires, are contributing to the problem. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPOR TS SECTION Local News.....P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,16 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Sports...........................................P13,14,15 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION Business................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Comics......................................................P8 Taste....................................................P9,10 Arts....................................................P11,12 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 PAGES USA TODA Y MAIN SECTION 12 P AGES Government getting ready to mobilise heavy equipment for dump fire FIREFIGHTERS work diligently to control the fire at the city dump. CONTROL Taking Felip Major /T ribune staff

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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net ABOUT 200 government employees could bring work at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to a grinding halt on Friday if no effort is made to move them to a building that is free of the mould-relat ed health hazards they claim plague them at their current work place. The entire staff of the Min istry of Youths, Sports and Culture have been advised by Bahamas Public Service Union President John Pinder that the drastic action may be the only way to get government to take definite action in the face of their complaints. Tensions rose after several deadlines given by the government late last year for moving the employees passed without them being relocated, while around 350 staff from the Min istry of Education – which is housed in the same Thompson Boulevard building – have been assured that they will be temporarily relocated to the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union building on East Street next week. Mr Pinder claims there are several viable options for the relocation of the 200 remaining staff, including the old Bacardi administrative office building, the former UPS building on East Bay Street or Beaumont House downtown, and the government is simply “dragging its feet.” “We’ve been trying for the last three years trying to get the problem resolved but the government keeps moving the d eadline of when they are supposed to move. The final deadline was December 31, 2009, and the people not moved yet.” Yesterday Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said he was “caught by surprise” by the BPSU’s announcement that staff would be staying away from work if a solution to the relocation question is not found by Friday. “They are well aware that this is a problem (the mould infestation within the building, which workers have blamed for causing ill health) that has existed prior to us coming to office and experts have looked at the building and only set tled late last year on the fact that we have to move out of the building in order for them to make the necessary repairs to the building. “Ever since then we’ve been looking at alternative sites. We need 15,000 square feet to accommodate all the offices we have now and to give all the services to the public that we do and that’s not been an easy thing to find in one loca tion. “We did not want to split up the staff because that would cause more problems for the ministry. The union has been kept updated all along,” said the minister. But Mr Pinder said: “We can’t continue to ask and to beg our members to work with the government. It’s been three years, when will it end? It’s time to put our foot down and unless staff refuse to go to that place they will keep drag ging their feet. “I advised the staff that if they don’t have an official memo from the permanent secretary by the end of work on Friday, they will only go in on Monday to pack to prepare to get into another building.” C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Wong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242 2335 2335 Soft and durable Diversatex Soft and durable DiversatexTM TMcushion is fade and mildew cushion is fade and mildew resistant and is available in resistant and is available in blue, green or terracotta blue, green or terracotta x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsOutdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A 38-YEAR-OLDman of Dames Alley was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday on a long list of serious charges, including murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. T imothy Cole hobbled to Court Bank Lane under police escort to face multiple charges. Police said that Cole was released from prison last May after serving 18 years in prison f or armed robbery. P olice have charged Cole with the December 2009 murder of D arron Farrington and the attempted murder of Lavardo Bethell. Farr ington became the country’s 80th murder victim in 2009 when two gunmen opened fire on a group of men at Strachan’s Corner off East Street on the night of December 15. According to reports, Farrington, 38, a steel w orker was reportedly standing with friends o utside a house when two armed gunmen e merged from a track road and began shooti ng. Farrington collapsed as he was shot in the c hest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. B ethell was shot in his lower leg. C ole was not required to enter a plea to the m urder and attempted murder charges. He was also not required to enter a plea to 14 counts of armed robbery. It is alleged that Cole, while armed with a h andgun and concerned with another, robbed s everal businesses, including J-Co Discount Mart, Percy’s Web Shop on Wulff Road, W endy’s on Mackey Street and the Shell service station on Poinciana Driv e. According to court dockets, Cole committed the offences between September 2009 and February 2010. He was also charged with poss ession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and with intentt o commit an indictable offence, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. Cole was also arraigned on a c harge of stealing a Ford F-150 truck and receiving the stolen vehicle. Cole pleaded not guilty to the charges. He also pleaded not guilty to t he charge of causing grievous harm to Edward Dawkins on February 3. Cole’s attorney Geoffrey Farquharson told t he court that his client had been shot in the course of his arrest and needed further medical attention. H e also told the court that a quantity of c ash, a set of keys and a cellular phone had b een taken from Cole by police. Farquharson said that Cole had instructed him to request t hat his belongings be turned over to his attorney. The prosecution claimed, however, that s ome items taken from Cole were obtained during the committal of offences for which he had been charged. Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered that only the property not in dispute should be handed over to Mr Farquharson. Cole was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. His murder case hasb een adjourned to March 1 and transferred to Court 10, Nassau Street. His other cases were adjourned to March 2. Man in court charged with murder and armed robbery By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Grand Bahama police are searching for a Freeportm an who they want to question in conn ection with several alleged fraud matters. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the p olice are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 45-year-old EdwardF arquharson. T he incidents in question took place in 2009 and 2010, and are under investigation by the Commercial Crimes Section of the Central Detective Unit. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Farquharson is asked to call 911 immediately. Police seek man for questioning in connection with alleged fraud matters A MANcharged in a home invasion and shoot-out that took place in Coral Harbour last Thursday was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday. Jermaine Stuart, 37, of St Alban’s Drive was arraigned in Court 5, before Magistrate Derrence Davis, charged with armed robbery, burglary, firearm possession and receiving. It is alleged that Stuart on February 18 broke into the home of Georgette Butler on February 18. It is further alleged that Stuart, while armed with a handgun, robbed Butler of $30,000 in assorted jewellery, $1,650 cash and a Dell laptop computer valued at $1,900. It is also alleged that Stuart had been in possession of a handgun with intent to endanger the life of Corporal 340 Fox, Constable 2889 Barr and with intent to resist lawful arrest. Stuart was not requiredto enter a plea to the charges. His brother, Derek Stuart, 49, of Rock Crusher is charged with conspiring to commit the armed robbery of Georgette Butler. Butler pleaded not guilty to the charge. Both men are expected back in court today. Man in court in connection with home invasion, shoot-out Ministry staff could take action over alleged mould-related health hazards TAXI drivers who were shocked to find them selves threatened with arrest for soliciting busi ness on Woodes Rodgers Walk after an alleged change in government policy were yesterday reassured that they could return to the site at least for now. Around 20 taxi drivers staged an impromptu protest outside the Churchill Building on Rawson Square to make their frustration known to government ministers ahead of the morning ses sion of Cabinet. However, after a brief discussion with a senior police officer, who swiftly appeared on the scene flanked by about five or six other officers, the group dispersed, claiming the policeman told them they could continue to drive up to the area outside the fence bordering on Festival Place for the time being. Taxi driver Ivan Campbell said the officer informed him that a meeting will be held on Thursday regarding the issue, to which taxi dri vers will be invited. The drivers were relieved, but some remained angry that police had sought to enforce this apparently new rule so vigorously before inform-ing them of any change. don’t want to be working honestly and somebody arrests me. Don’t do that to me. If I was a bad citizen I could understand that, but I don’t want to be working honestly and someone threatens me with arrest when I have not com mitted any offence,” said taxi driver Felton Cox. The Tribune was yesterday unable to ascer tain if the officer who allegedly threatened the drivers with arrest was enforcing a new policy. While there has for some time now been a 10-taxi limit in place within the boundaries of Festival Place in light of enhanced international security demands, taxi drivers said they were unaware of any new regulations governing who could access the area immediately outside of Festival Place where cruise passen gers stream out as they begin their visit to Nassau. Yesterday, Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux, who has responsibility for the Port Department, said he was not aware of any new policy relating to taxi drivers. “I’m not responsible for taxi drivers, (but would be surprised if Commander (Patrick McNeil (port controller new regulations to change the long existing rules we’ve had out there,” he said. A message left for Minister of Works Neko Grant, who has responsibility for relations between the government and taxi drivers, was not returned up to press time. Attempts to reach senior officers at the Central Police station yesterday were unsuccessful as phone lines at the station were said to be out of service. A message left for Mr McNeil was not returned. T axi drivers stage protest in Rawson Square By ALESHA CADET THE people of Exuma are concerned they will be without mailboat service for some time after the motor vessel The Grand Master ran aground and was badly damaged last week. They are also anxious to find out what became of the ship’s cargo, which was bound for their community. Strong waves caused the vessel to run aground last Wednesday on a reef close to Stocking Island off the coast of Great Exuma. The ship’s captain, known as “Captain Lance”, said he could not release much information about the condition of the ship, but admitted it is in a bad state and requires a great deal of work. “We are working daily trying to save the boat,”he said. The Tribune under stands that tugboats were used last week in a failed attempt to pull the strand ed vessel free of the rocks. Residents of Exuma are concerned that the Grand Master is “finished”. One Exumian who did not wish to be named said the boat was approaching Great Exuma at around 5.30 on the morning of the accident and it is believed that it had trou ble navigating the shallow waters. “From Wednesday to Saturday, we got no news on our freight stored on The Grand Master boat; we want to know if it was destroyed or not, and when can we be able to get it,” the resident added. The vessel was eventu ally freed using underwa ter welding techniques. It is said that the owners are now deciding whether to take the vessel to Cuba or Freeport for repairs. Mailboat concerns for Exuma residents Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an a war d. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. JOHNPINDER T IMOTHY COLE Edward Farquharson

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LAWYERS for an American tourist who drowned while on vacation at a Grand Bahama resort are heralding a recent United States appellate court ruling that allows the case to heard in the US as a significant win for foreigners hurt or killed in the Bahamas due to hotel negligence. Daisy Scott Emory, 48, of Orlando, Florida, drowned while vacationing at the Island Seas on Grand Bahama in 2006, to be heard in the US. In December, the US' 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that will allow the case to proceed in US courts. This reversed a US District Court's decision last year to dismiss the case on the grounds that the Bahamas was the correct venue for the plaintiff's claims. "The significance of this important decision is that persons injured or killed in the Bahamas or the Caribbean may have the opportunity to have their case resolved in a United States courtroom,” said the family’s lawyer Robert Parks, who was born in the Bahamas and is now a partnerin the Law Offices of Robert Parks, PL, a Florida-based firm. According to lawyers for her estate, Emory visited the Island Palm Resort on Grand Bahama with her daughter, sister, and two cousins. The 48-year-old bought a discounted vacation package at the Grand Bahama resort in 2006. Part of the package's conditions required Emory to tour the Island Palm's sister hotel, the Island Seas, and also attend a timeshare presentation, it is reported. While at the Island Seas, Emory and her party purchased tickets for a banana boat ride from Paradise Watersports, a vendor that operated a kiosk near the front desk. Her legal team said that Emory notified George Douglas, a Paradise Watersports employee in charge of towing the banana boats, that she and another member of her party could not swim, according to D’Alemberte. It is reported that Mr Douglas then gave Emory a life vest that was too small and worn, but assured her that it would keep her afloat if necessary. However, the boat capsized while carrying Emory and three of her family members, and Emory fell into the water and drowned. Emory's legal team has argued that a US courtroom was the proper forum for this case because many interested parties in the matter, including the personal rep resentative of Emory’s estate, her daughter Rene Wilson, is a Florida resident, adding that the key witnesses in the case, including family members, friends, doctors, and Emory's employer, are American residents. Yesterday, President of the Bahamas Hotel Association an organisation of which the Island Seas and Island Palm are members declined to comment specifically on the ruling. "It would be improper for me to discuss anything related to litigation involving any of our member hotels, especially where there is current legal action taking place," Mr Sands told The Tribune. When pressed on what possible impact this ruling could have for other resorts in the Bahamas and if he thought this could set a precedent for negligence cases emerging from the Caribbean to be heard in the US, Mr Sands said, "The reality is that no two cases are the same, each case must be based on its own merit. I don't wish to get into any hypothetical discussion regarding the merits or demerits of a particular case. He added that "any litigation is of concern to our sector but we are satisfied as a sector that all that our independent properties exercise a level of precaution and security that looks after the welfare of all our guests." Attempts to get a comment from officials at the Island Palm proved fruitless because the hotel is currently closed. Messages left at the Island Seas for comment were not returned up to press time. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM btntf "!*b""$'$"$ &"! nbbbbrfn :22')/225),1,6+ ) RUH[FHOOHQWZRRGRRUQLVKFDOO 05&)/2256 DW :H%ULQJGXOOZRUQRXWRRUVEDFN WROLIHZHDOVRLQVWDOODOOW\SHV RIRRUV T WO men were remanded to prison on Monday pending a bail hearing over marijuana possession charges. S amuel Emmanuel K nowles, 34, of Yellow Elder Gardens and Jamal Maycock, of Hay Street were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethellin Court 8, Bank Lane, c harged with conspiri ng to possess a quant ity of marijuana with intent to supply and possession of marijua-na with intent to supp ly. B oth men pleaded n ot guilty to the c harges which state t hat the men committ ed the offences on February 19. According to the p rosecution, the men were found in possess ion of 11 pounds of marijuana. Both men were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison and are expected back in court on February 25 f or a bail hearing. A man was sent enced to two years in p rison on Monday a fter pleading guilty to weapons and ammunitions charges. M ark Munnings, 29, of Eneas Street was arraigned before Mag istrate Carolita Bethellin Court 8, Bank Lane, charged with posses sion of an unlicensed f irearm as well as a mmunition. According to court dockets, Munnings onF ebruary 18 was found in possession of a black and silver. 38 revolver and five .38b ullets. Munnings was sentenced to two years imprisonment on eachc ount. The sentences are to run concurrently. Two remanded to prison pending bail hearing Appellate court ruling allows tourist drowning case to be heard in US T T h h e e s s i i g g n n i i f f i i c c a a n n c c e e o o f f t t h h i i s s i i m m p p o o r r t t a a n n t t d d e e c c i i s s i i o o n n i i s s t t h h a a t t p p e e r r s s o o n n s s i i n n j j u u r r e e d d o o r r k k i i l l l l e e d d i i n n t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s o o r r t t h h e e C C a a r r i i b b b b e e a a n n m m a a y y h h a a v v e e t t h h e e o o p p p p o o r r t t u u n n i i t t y y t t o o h h a a v v e e t t h h e e i i r r c c a a s s e e r r e e s s o o l l v v e e d d i i n n a a U U n n i i t t e e d d S S t t a a t t e e s s c c o o u u r r t t r r o o o o m m . . T HEMedDentCo Health Centre in Nassau has com mended its director, Dr Gloria Ageeb, and medical assistant Moniquea Fortune on their relief work in Haiti. On January 12, Haiti experienced an earthquake with the magnitude of 7.0. W hen the call was made for volunteers Dr Gloria Ageeb did not hesitate. She and Ms Fortune were among the first from the Bahamas to travel to the stricken nation and render medical assistance to the earthquake victims there. BAHAMIANSCOMMENDEDFORHAITIRELIEFWORK (L-R and Moniquea Fortune assisting at the home of Dr Claude Selena, one of the locations where they attended to injured residents of Haiti.

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By LARRYSMITH T ough Call is no s hell-shocked poll worker, but we thought that a look at the overall numbers in last week's bye-election would be instructive. Taking the official numb ers at face value (there were complaints that many registered illegally), there were 4,942 registered voters in the Elizabeth constituen-c y an increase of 691 s ince 2007 but more than a third of them stayed home on February 16. A nd despite all the talk of a surge in support for new p arties, the BDM, NDP and WP won only 209 votes collectively about 4 per cento f the total cast. So my first observation is that support f or splinter candidates remained low, and is consistent with past experience. I n the 2007 general election, a single splinter candid ate (Bernard Rolle 72 votes in Elizabeth, or less than 2 per cent of the 3907c ast. And overall in 2007, splinter candidates (the BDM and several independents) received only about 3 per cent of the vote. I n fact, the electoral high point for candidates not drawn from the two majorp arties was 2002, when they collectively won 7.5 per cent o f the vote. But that was due largely to the fact that the PLP refrained from fielding candidates against severali ndependents (all former FNMs). E lizabeth is clearly a marginal seat for both major parties. Support in ther ecent bye-election was evenly divided at 1501 for the FNM and 1499 for theP LP. This compares to the 2007 general election, when t he PLP won 1940 votes to the FNM's 1895 (in percentage terms roughly 50 to 47). A fter all the campaigning by the well-oiled party m achines, a low 65 per cent turnout produced a desultory draw. This inconclusiver esult contrasted sharply with the 92 per cent turnout in the last general election, w hich was on par with most Bahamian elections, and a clearcut victory for the PLP. S o my second observation is that despite a huge e ffort (consuming the scarce time, money and resources of ministers and parliamen-t arians), the two major parties were barely able to energise their bases thosef olks who will vote PLP or FNM no matter what. So the b ig question is, who stayed home and why? And did they want to reprimand Per-r y Christie or warn Hubert Ingraham? Ef fective Well, surely the most e ffective way to do either would have been to vote for the splinter candidates. So was the low turnout simply idleness on the part of votersw ho knew that this election would not make the slightest difference in the scheme oft hings? Or were many of them illegally registered? T his brings me to my third observation, which is that both major partiesa gree that many voters registered illegally. So the big question is how did that happen and will the problem be fixed for the nextt ime? During the chaotic voter registration of 2007 presided over by Perry Christie, only eight days intervenedb etween changing the constituency boundaries and dissolving parliament. This meant that voters’ cards were issued in a rush, andn umerous mistakes were likely to have been made. But what was the problem t his time? We deserve a full explanation of any flaws in t he voter registration process so that they can be fixed prior to the next elec-t ion. My fourth observation has to do with race. In 2007 the “no-turning-back” PLP sharply criticised the FNMf or running Brent Symonette, a wealthy white scion of the old Bay Street power clique who, they said, held the party in his financialc lutches. Yet this time around they happily ran Ryan Pinder, the son of aw ealthy white lawyer from Spanish Wells whose prof essional ties lie solely in the United States, and who was nominated due to the will-i ngness of the Pinder family to bankroll his election. Finally, a review of previous elections may be helpful in the present analysis.T here were 150,799 registered voters in the May 2, 2007 general election. The FNM contested all 41 con stituencies, the PLP cont ested 39, the BDM contested 16, and there were 15 Independent candidates, two of whom were incumbents. Recounts Although then Prime M inister Christie conceded defeat at about 10.30 pm on e lection day, there were protracted recounts the day after as strong rumours cir-c ulated that the FNMs close victory would be overturned. But official results eventually gave the FNM 23s eats with about 50 per cent of the vote, while the PLP won 18 seats with almost 47 per cent. Christie decided to take s everal cases to the Election Court but lost all of them, ringing up a million dollarsi n legal costs. And now the PLP wants to take the Eliza beth results to court. Since the outcome will not alter the balance of power in par-l iament, this can only be seen as (a the part of an embarrassed leadership, or (b ing from a feeling of entitlem ent to rule. Speaking of costs it would b e interesting to see how the major parties have handled court fees over the years,a nd to what extent they have met other financial obligations such as travela nd media expenses. In fact, it would be useful to know j ust how much it costs to run a political campaign (both bye-elections and generale lections), where the money comes from and how it is a ccounted for and disbursed by the major parties. In fact, the issue of camp aign financing should be a big part of the debate on b roadcasting codes sponsored by the new Utilities Regulation and CompetitionA uthority. Should political parties receive public fundsf or their campaigns? Should private contributions be fully disclosed? Should campaign expenses be limited by law? These are all criticalq uestions that demand answers. And just for the record, in the 2002 general election the PLP won almost 52 per cento f the vote compared to the FNMs 41 per cent. In 1997 the FNM won a lmost 58 per cent of the vote. A nd in 1992 they won 55 per cent. Before that the PLP comf ortably won elections in 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1968 and 1967. The first Bahamian election contested by a political party (the PLPi n 1956. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net O r visit: www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Legal NoticeNOTICE SEVENTEEN-SEVENTEEN LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8Act 2000, the dissolution of SEVENTEEN-SEVENTEEN LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register. ARGOSA CORP. 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INC.(Liquidator My by-election observations DUANESANDS RYAN PINDER C ASSIUSSTUART A NDREROLLINS RODNEYMONCUR Elizabeth is clearly a marginal seat for both major parties. Support in the recent byeelection was evenly divided at 1501 for the FNM and 1499 for the PLP.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The Road Traffic Department a nd the Royal Bahamas Police Force are making e fforts to help prevent traffic fatalities from happening in Grand Bahama in 2010. Both police officers and members of Road Traffic were out on the streets on Monday morn-i ng handing out road safety flyers and checking vehicle registrations. Basil Rahming, Deputy Controller of Road T raffic, said the exercise is a joint effort with the police to promote the message of road safety a nd to ensure that vehicles on the road are prope rly registered. Police and Road Traffic officials were stat ioned at three major traffic locations throughout the island between 8am and 9am. R oad Safety mascot ‘PC Road Rick’ was at the intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing Hole Road distributing flyers to motorists trave lling from the western part of Grand Bahama. “Our objective really is to have a year go by w ithout any traffic fatalities on Grand Bahama,” said Mr Rahming. “Given the fine condition of the roads and the f act that there is minimal traffic on the island, there really is no need for anyone to be losingt heir lives on the road.” Mr Rahming expressed concern about speeding, particularly in the out-lying settlements of Grand Bahama. He noted that the speed limit in all settlements i s 20mph. In Freeport, the maximum speed limit is 45mph for cars and 30mph for trucks and large buses, he said. Mr Rahming stressed that it i s important that motorists ensure that their vehicles are licensed, insured and inspected for 2010. H e noted that they have had problems with persons not coming in to the department to licence t heir vehicles for the current year. While a significant percentage of the popul ation has licenced their vehicles, we are concerned about those persons who fail to come in. “Everybody knows that their licence expires on y our birthday, and so there really is no excuse for a nyone not coming in to register their vehicles. The police are out here with us and they are looking out for persons driving uninsured and unlicenced vehicles, especially vehicles that are not inspected and defective, ” he said. Exercises M r Rahming said they will continue to conduct s imilar road exercises throughout the year. “We have deployed our Road Safety mascot known as PC Road Rick, who is helping us to distribute our road safety message throughout thec ommunity. We want to continue to sensitise the public about the urgent need for road safety. We want to keep road safety foremost in their minds and we will continue to conduct exercises like this t hroughout the year,” he said. A lthough the seatbelt law has not been e nforced, Mr Rahming urged motorists to buck le up while driving. “When you buckle up you are protecting your own life, so whether the law has been officially brought into force or not, we should always buckle our seatbelts,” he said. Moves to help prevent traffic fatalities in Grand Bahama in 2010 ROAD SAFETY EXERCISE: Pictured (left to right of the Traffic Division; Deputy Controller of Road Traffic Basil Rahming; Road Safety mascot PC Road Rick, and J R Frazer, chairman of the Grand Bahama Road Safety Committee distributing road safety flyers to motorists on Grand Bahama. n Road Traffic Department, Royal Bahamas Police Force link up B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net A FRESH election court battle is brewing as Progressive Liberal Party candidate for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder prepares to test the validity of five protested votes cast in his favour. The feeling is all too familiar to former PLP Baillou Hills MP, Leslie Miller, who declined to mount a similar chall enge two years ago but believes this time victory is worth fighting for. In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Miller dismissed as “idiotic” the suggestion by Free National Movement leader, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, that the PLP should be required to pay a deposit to ensure debts incurred from a court challenge are paid. Mr Ingraham is claiming thep arty has a history delinquency. Mr Miller was the only person following the 2007 general election to bow out after contemplating an elect ion court bid. He made a conscious decision not to file a challenge like two of his fellow MPs, because he appreciated the considerable resources involved in doing so. H e saved himself potentially millions of dollars, unlike former PLP candidate, Pleasant Bridgewater, who owes around $1 million for the Marco C ity election court case she lost, and Allison Maynard-Gibson, former PLP candidate for Pinewood, who also incurred large legal costs. But, Mr Miller said yesterday, “In the case of Elizabeth, it is a totally different situ-a tion. You cannot equate Elizabeth with Baillou Hills or any other constituency following the 2007 elections.I would have gone to court myself in c ircumstances such as these – no ifs, ands or buts. Pressure “With all the pressure applied to t he voters and all the pressure applied to the returning officer and his cohorts,I think it is only fair that what is about to happen takes place.” H e was referring to the PLP’s objection to Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest being part of the FNM’s recount team, as he is the minister responsible for elections. Theo pposition feels that as such, he should not be involved in partisan political exercises. The PLP also claims that voters and t he returning officer, Jack Thompson, were intimidated by the presence of government officials such as Mr Turnquest at the polling stations. Mr Miller noted that “Every minist er represents the government. (Mr Turnquest’s) view is the government’s view. He had the full power and authority and should he ashamed of h imself. “I prefer elections to be won at the ballot box. When you clearly get the majority of the votes and you move on. You win, you win; you lose, you lose, and you go home. But when you see these questionable tactics tak-i ng place you can see why chaos enters the picture and people refer to the court system to get fair play.” According to Mr Miller, even t hough he decided against an election court challenge because of the costs, all such instances are a “political sham” as no one really expects to pay. He claimed that when the FNM cont ested the MICAL seat following the 2002 general election, Johnley Ferugson, who lost to PLP candidate Alfred Gray, did not pay his court debts until t he eve of the next general election, when he ran and lost in South Eleuthera. Leslie Miller – ‘Ryan Pinder is right to fight for Elizabeth’ RYAN PINDER LESLIE MILLER Former MP says this election court case not like the others

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INC.(Liquidator Legal NoticeNOTICEBRILAND VILLAS LTD.Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8 Act 2000, the dissolution of BRILAND VILLAS LTD.has been completed; a Certicate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register. ARGOSA CORP. INC.(Liquidator tification of results rests on the status of five protest votes, cast in favour of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP tified in election court, the t ables could turn on Dr D uane Sands, Free National M ovement (FNM date, who is currently up by two votes. The five protested votes c ast for the PLP were dist ributed evenly across five polling divisions: 4, 5, 7, 8, 1 0. In the case of polling division number eight, the protested vote was cast bya resident who had a valid voter registration card and was on the certified register for that polling division. T he voter in question was challenged by the Free National Movement (FNM on election day, because agents claimed to have evidence the voter did not actua lly reside in the constituenc y. Valentine Grimes, PLP s talwart, said the FNM had a l egitimate complaint that the v oter was not a resident in polling division number eight, but it was bogus to claim the voter was not a member of the constituency. He said the voter actually lives in polling division n umber five. In an instance such as this, it was within the prerogative of the returning officer to have the voter swear an oath and vote on a regular white b allot, according to Mr G rimes. This would constitute a challenged vote, not a p rotested vote. Challenged v otes are counted regularly w ith all other white ballot votes. Mr Grimes said the presiding officer made a mistake in having the vote c ast on a protested ballot. T he second instance of poor decision making on t he part of a presiding offic er, according to Mr G rimes, is the case of a protested voter who had documents with contradic-t ory dates of birth. Mr Grimes said the voter had a legitimate voter’s card and was on the official register, but the date of birth printed on the voter’s card was different t han the date of birth printe d on the counter foil or d uplicate record of the voter’s card. T here was no dispute as t o the voter’s identity, according to Mr Grimes, and the voter was able to produce a passport to confirm the date printed on the voter’s card was correct. “Again the presiding officer wrongly required her to vote on the coloured ballot. There is no dispute o ver who she is or dispute t hat she is on the register, so the presiding officer w rongly required her to v ote on coloured ballot,” s aid Mr Grimes. Had these errors not been made, the PLP wouldh ave collected two additional votes in the original count on election day, said Mr Grimes. The Parliamentary Elections Act accounts for three instances in which the pres iding officer should require a voter to vote on a c oloured ballot. All three instances relate to the pre-s iding officer being unsatisf ied as to the identity of the voter or the right of the voter to vote. The Act lists the following conditions: “(a son’s voter’s card has any defect; (b ing to such person in the register is incorrect; or (c such person has a voters c ard but his name does not a ppear in the register for the relevant constituency o r polling division.” M r Grimes said three of t he five protest votes cast for Mr Pinder fell under the third condition and werer uled correctly by the presiding officer. The voters had voter’s cards but their names were not on the register. In the court hearing, Mr Pinder will have to prove t hose voters should have b een on the register. Mr G rimes said the PLP was confident they could provet he residents should have b een on the register. He said the Parliamentary Registration Department isa party to the action and they will have to agree or disagree with the case pre sented. PLP files by-election court challenge F ROM page one robbery squad, confirmed to The Tribune that repeat offenders continue to pose a challenge, as statistics depict a high recidivism rate. Police also issued a number of tips that can d ecrease your vulnerability to home invasion a nd armed robbery. They include: having house keys ready before you get to your door; keeping treesl ow to ensure clear visibility of the surrounding area from your house; installing proper light-ing, alarms or surveillance outside. “Persons should not only ensure their homes are properly secured but also be aware of per-s ons that they hire to do work for them in their home,” said ASP Fernander. Most people don’t perform the proper b ackground check on people they allow to do w ork for them. “You should also secure valuables as best you can whenever you allow these strangers i nto your home.” It is believed Ellison Greenslade, the Commissioner of Police, will hold a press confer e nce to address mounting concerns sometime t oday. Robbery victims in kidnap terror FROM page one PLPELIZABETH candidate Ryan Pinder with supporters on polling night.

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C ommittee of the Prerogative of Mercy met and determined on February 1 that Sawyer's case did not warrant mercy and the law – capital punishment should take its course. Sawyer, 29, was sentenced to death November9, 2009, by Senior Justice Anita Allen for the murdero f Quality Discount Store employee Sterling Eugene during an armed robbery.A t his sentencing, Justice Allen described his crime as the "worst of the worst". Evidence revealed that he s hot Mr Eugene in the back a nd the buttocks as he was trying to get up off the ground following a struggle involving the pair and another employee when thetwo workers tried to stop Sawyer making his escape with the store's cash trays. When handing down her s entence, Justice Allen state d: "I am of the view that t his offence is the 'worst of the worst', in that it wasc ommitted with a firearm a nd was committed in furtherance of armed robbery in the circumstances ... I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that in this case the imposition of the most severe penalty for murder,n amely death, is deserved. " There is no doubt that this was a cold-blooded ands avage attack on an u narmed victim, and the actions of the convict showed a callous disregard for human life when he shoth is victim while he was on the ground." She noted further that S awyer had expressed no remorse for the murder. In his confession to police, Sawyer said he committed the robbery to pay his rent. Following the Advisory C ommittee's recommendat ion the next step towards c arrying out the death sentence, under the law, wouldb e for a death warrant to be r ead to Sawyer. However, his decision to appeal his punishment has halted this process. Last year the Advisory Committee recommended that mercy was not appro-p riate in the case of murder c onvict Maxo Tido. Howev er Tido has not been exec uted since notification of h is intended fate prompted the convict to lodge an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Councila gainst the Court of Appeal's affirmation of his 2006 murder conviction. T his left the government without the legal right to continue with his execution for the time being. “We are in constant dialogue with the major business houses on a weekly basis t o monitor employment levels. The hotels are very optim istic. Things are improving, the Christmas season was beyond expectations here in New Providence and in Grand Bahama. “We anticipate based on the occupancy levels at all of the hotels and the projections that the hotels will begin to hire new people now, as Atlantis did last year,” said Mr Foulkes. The most recent Industry P erformance and Outlook Survey conducted by the Bahamas Hotel Association bears out Mr F oulke’s assessment to some extent. “The survey does indicate for the first t ime in a two-year period that we will begin t o see some type of (upward employment levels (in the hotel industry s aid Robert Sands, President of the BHA. “If we look at the trend from 2008 when there was the large impact of l ay offs and then 2009, which was really the highest level of the economic decline, what we are seeing in 2010 is that for the first time some of our hotels see the potential for employment to be up in 2010v ersus being down significantly in 2008 and then staying down in 2009.” However, Mr Sands noted that of all hotels surveyed, the “overwhelming majority” 73 per cent say they see e mployment levels at their properties remaining the same in 2010. “Twenty-seven per cent of our hotels see it being up some and a small percentage up more than normal in 2010,” a dded the BHA President. When we say slight i mprovements...we’re looking at our worst case scenario and then growing from t hat.” T he data used in the survey was gathered i n November and December of 2009 and p ublished several weeks ago on the organisation’s website, Bhahotels.com. FROM page one Condemned inmate’s appeal delays any possible execution Hotels ‘likely to start hiring staff this year’ FROM page one DIONFOULKES

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INC.(Liquidator UNITED States and Bahamian government officials together with principals, teachers, students, and family members attended the US Embassy’s fourth annual Dr Martin Luther King, Jr essay competition awards ceremony on Friday, February 5. The ceremony was held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. A total of 65 essays were r eceived from 14 public and p rivate schools in New Providence and the Family Islands. Students were asked to use a quote from Dr King about personal integrity andr esponsibility to answer one o f the following questions: How can you or how have y ou demonstrated personal integrity and responsibility to improve conditions in your community?” or “Choose an important figure in your life who best exemplifies Dr King’s quote a nd explain how that indiv idual has demonstrated personal integrity and r esponsibility.” In her remarks, US Ambassador Nicole Avant told the audience that Dr King and countless other activists that she would not b e able to thank in person, p aved the way for her to be where she is today. I believe it is Dr Martin L uther King Jr who d eserves the credit for keeping the African American people hopeful, focused and determined.” Minister of Education Desmond Bannister also gave remarks and presented prizes to the winners. T he first place winner from a New Providence school was Shaquille Sands, a grade 12 student from C W Saunders Baptist School. Shaquille received a lapt op computer and books a bout Barack Obama and D r King. H er essay detailed her e fforts to improve her grade p oint average from a ‘D’ to a n ‘A’. Shaquille is currentl y the deputy head girl at h er school. The first place winner from the Family Islands wasM ichael Cooper, an grade 11 student from the Bishop Michael Eldon School in Freeport. Laptop He also received a laptop computer and books about B arack Obama and Dr King. M ichael wrote about his math teacher Hewitt Taylor, who put his students’ needs before his own, and worked extra hours toe nsure that no one failed his class. T he second place winner w as Tramaine Thompson, a grade 10 student from Mangrove High School, Mangrove Cay, Andros. Tramaine described his father as a role model who t aught him the importance of treating people with respect and being accountable for his actions. The third place winner was Nakhaz Gay, a grade 1 1 student at Faith Temple S chool in New Providence. H e wrote about the i mportance of setting an example for young boys to follow through his involvement in youth activities. The fourth place winner was Na’eem McIver, a grade 11 student at Westminster College, New Providence. Na’eem said his late grandfather John Edward Alfred Johnson was the Martin Luther King Jr of his f amily. H e wrote about how his g randfather risked his job and fought against racial discrimination in the Bahamas. Miciah Bostwick, a grade 11 student at Westminster College, New Providence; D’Anthra Adderley, a grade 12 student at St. Andrew’s, and Kalene Jones, a grade 12 student at San Salvador High all received “honourable mentions.” These students were awarded with books about Dr King. Success T he US Embassy thanked t he Bahamian government and corporate sponsors who all contributed to making the event a success. These sponsors included the British Colonial Hilton Hotel which provided the venue and refreshments; Bahamasair, which provided airfare for the first place Family Island winner and a parent; Flamingo Air, which provided airfare for the second place Family Island winner and a parent, Breezes Bahamas (Superclubs), which provided hotel a ccommodations for both F amily island winners and t heir accompanying parents; the Ministry of Education, which provided books about Dr King, and Cable 12 for taping the programme for future broadcast. Dr Martin Luther King essay competition MICHAEL COOPER GRADE 11, BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA “Pride and Purpose!”, “Speed and Accuracy!”, “Let us shoot for the moon!” are all phrases that I hear on a regular basis. Since my high school life began, I’ve heard them chanted into my ears. Mr Hewitt Taylor, math teacher at Bishop Michael Eldon School, is an inspiration to those who come into contact with him. He exemplifies what it is to have integrity and the ability to handle responsibility. He is a powerful example of what Dr Martin Luther King said about a person’s character: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” For Mr Taylor, there are no times of comfort. Nary a time will you see Mr Taylor not zipping past you in the hallway with intent on getting to his desk so that he can get some work done. When he isn’t in the hallway, he is surely at his desk helping a student – even during lunchtime. His life is packed with students for whom he wants nothing but the best. Mr Taylor accepts the responsibility that accompanies the role of being a teacher. A “true” teacher handles a student’s or group’s needs before his own; and Mr Tay l or does just that. I can truly say that he does this from personal experience. WhenI entered the seventh grade, it was he who put in the time to help me with my profi ciency in Mathematics. I would struggle and struggle during that period; but he always assured my class that: “As long as we remain vigilant towards our work, the results will come in the future. “ H e displayed integrity with those words because, instead of reprimanding us for our failures, he motivated and encouraged us. I was spurred to do better rather than to accept the defeat of three or four failing grades in that one semester. Mr Taylor’s honesty spurs his students to look past the objective of getting a good grade in a class. He says that the grades that we receive onp aper do not count if they do not reflect the education that we take away from school. He explains that education is the key in this life and numbers do not count in the long run. When a people get into situations that seem to be negative, their patience and calmness, as well as their feelings are tested. Hewitt Taylor adheres to the morals of never allowing himself to let his emotions get the best of him. He shows responsibil ity by being mature enough not to take his anger out on a student, when that student makes a mistake. Many a time have I heard him say: “Students, do not allow me to explode in this classroom.” The humorous part is that, of the hundreds of times that I have heard him say to my classmates and me, when we were being disruptive, never has he gone through with his threat. That’s not to say that he is all talk and no action. Truthfully, if Mr Taylor does “explode” on a student, it will not be a sight that any one wants to see. I remember a time two years back when I started to loathe math. Mr Taylor could see my frustrations, even when I was on my way to class; but he would not draw attention to it. He kept teaching just as he normally would and he decided to stop teaching one day and asked the class if we were all right. I saw that he glanced at a few of us and gave us a look, a look that said: “You can do it”. It was interesting because that same day, he had just passed out our test from the previous weekone that I, unfortunately, had failed. When class was dismissed that day, he called for all the stu dents that failed to come to him. I went, thinking, “Why must I have to deal with math again?” He sat there and I lined up with the few of us that failed. He got us together and lectured us with the intention of getting the message that we would work together so that no one gets left behind. That motivated me to do better. It showed that he would do what he had to for all of his students to be sailing on the same boat. He told us that day that, when a student in his class fails, everyone else in the class including him fails. I understood that if he wanted the best for us, then I had to work harder and want the best for myself. Mr Taylor is a powerful character who does not have to answer the questions: “Do you have integrity?” or “Are you respon sible?” His actions speak for themselves. His example is inspiring: he truly demonstrates that the measure of a man is where he stands in challenge. Though Mr Taylor’s challenges do come, he handles them as tactfully as possible. He is the true epitome of what it means to be a responsible person with integrity. FIRST PLACE WINNER FAMILY ISLAND SCHOOLS FIRST PLACE winner of the New Providence schools Michael Cooper (centre f rom Education Minister Desmond Bannister (leftright Winners announced at annual awards ceremony

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TRAMAINE THOMPSON GRADE 10, M ANGROVE CAY HIGH SCHOOL MANGROVE CAY, ANDROS It was not until recently that I paid attention to who Dr Martin Luther King really was. Maybe this is because of how passionately my history teacher spoke about him. The word integrity truly applies to Dr King’s character and also to my role model – my father – who is the epitome of all that Dr King stands fora nd died for. Mr Michael Thompson is one person who immediately comes to mind when I read the quote. Michael is my father, andI think of him with pride. He has never done anything that has been a disap pointment – except when I am not allowed to have my own way, but that is expected from every parent. “Daddy” isa n orphan who at a young age was taken from the Ranfurly Home for Children and brought to the island of Mangrove Cay, Andros, where we still live. There used to be talk about Daddy being abused as a child by the people who adopted him, but this did not make him bitter; it only made him a hard worker. Today he still demonstrates the quality of diligence a nd responsibility. “Thompson”, as mommy calls him, was very strict on us, seven kids in all, especially my brothers. Today, however they are good young men with children of their own. I can use words like caring, generous and funny to describe him. But he also is never scared to speak out against wrong. He would often quote the Scriptures as a reminder of the values wen eed to live by. I cannot recall an instance when my father was ever caught in a lie or d id anything dishonest. He often encourages others to make right decisions, especially in his capacity as a Pastor. My father truly brings integrity to life, and he encourages us to be honest in the way we live. He is also a very responsible role model and is truly devoted to his family. He sacrificed a lot to take care of such a bigf amily. My father is a very hard worker; it is as though he never sleeps or rests. He is very determined to provide for his fami ly and to work for God. He does fishing for a living but mainly sponging, which he learned to do from a boy. The sea can be very treacherous, but my dad has never shirked his responsibilities. Even though he may think that I do not pay attention,I admire him greatly and people in our society really respect him. This makes me proud of him: there are not many fathers like my daddy today. Whether he is tempted or enjoying the life that God has given him, he praises his God. Because of him, many lives have been changed. He knows when someone needs encouraging words or some great g ifts to uplift their spirits. He says, “God has brought us from a long way”. He is certainly right, because God has turned his life around and is using him to change his community. One day I asked Daddy, “Daddy were you always this nice to people?” He replied, “No, but we have to give to get.” This taught me the impor tance of treating people with respect and being accountable for my actions, regard-l ess of what others do. Recently, he faced a challenge that h urt him badly. Some people with whom he had a close relationship spoke ill of him and wronged him terribly. I was so affected to see my father so torn, but he handled himself with grace. Instead of getting revenge, as I might have done or giving up, he continued to work hard, and helped those same indi viduals. W hat a man! I admire the way he demonstrated integrity despite being wronged. Because of that, God has opened doors for him and provided opportunities, simply because my Daddy showed strength of character. From being an orphan, to unfair treatment as a boy and being talked about and cursed by those whom he thoughtl oved him, Daddy – Michael Thompson – still stayed the same and stuck to his prin ciples. This is true integrity. As a result, he is honored, first through the writing of this essay but also by those who commend him and constantly seek his guidance in personal matters. “Daddy” may not know anything about his biological family, but he is surrounded by us – momm y and the many people who have adopted him as their father. Despite the challenges, he has repeatedly shown integrity and responsibility. This fine gentleman certainly embodies the spirit of Dr King. I am truly proud to be his daughter. CONTINUES ONPAGE12 C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SHAQUILLE SANDS GRADE 12, C W SAUNDERS BAPTIST SCHOOL Topic How can you or how have you demonstrated personal integrity and responsibility to improve conditions in your community? Repeating the words of Mr Burrows, a religious education teacher at my school, I asked myself, "What is that thing in me that says, ‘I have the ability to be a responsible student leader with integrity’?" Idid some soul searching and recalled one of the memorable quotations of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others’?” To answer this burning question, I will begin by sharing one of my greatest achievements as a young and aspiring student leader at C W Saunders High School. It was during the campaign for student heads at my school that I realized that character wrought by personal integrity was the key to my success. It was then that I came to appreciate Dr King’s declaration: “A man should not be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.” This famous quotation brought home to me the message that the Ministry of Education promotes: “Character Counts!” To demonstrate that I have shown personal integrity and responsibility to improve conditions in my community, I am pleased to take this opportunity to share a bit of my past challenges and triumphs. I recall the days not so long ago when I was a ‘D’ average student. This was the turning point in my life. I identified with Dr King’s statement that "the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." I took responsibility to improve my grade point average. I am now an ‘A’ average student. I became that change that I wanted to see. I was reminded by the words of Dr King that “change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle”. I aspired passionately in my quest for the post of Head Girl at my school, even though I had doubts that I would be one of the four chosen to lead. Nevertheless, I held fast to the words of Dr King that, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase”. Inspired by persons like Dr King, I proceeded to prove to myself, my teachers and my colleagues that I could be a student leader for all to emulate. I successfully secured the Deputy Head Girl post. I became a leader of integrity and begun living a more transparent lifestyle. It was then that I decided to be responsible for my actions, as I knew that I would be accountable for them: The microscope would be on me at all times. Cognizant of this, I adhere to the school’s rules not because all eyes are on me, but because I know that I must be a good example for my peers. I ensure that the length of my skirt is not above my knees and that I wear only one pair of earrings while in school. I am on time for classes and do not encourage disruptive behavior in the classroom setting. Tirelessly and unwavering, I demonstrate responsibility by staying behind daily after class to tidy up behind my colleagues in an effort to assist my teacher in any way I can. In 2009, I entered the HIV Speech Competition sponsored by the Ministry of Health’s Youth for Positive Living Department. I entered this competition to help promote the importance of safe sex among my peers nation-wide. In my neighborhood, I adhere to the moral principle called cleanliness. I ensure that my trash bins have lids on them at all times. I use concrete blocks to reinforce the lids, ensuring that dogs cannot overturn the bins. This habit not only keeps my surroundings clean but prevents the spread of airborne viruses, flies and rodents. In addition, when dogs bring trash into my yard, I voluntarily pick it up and discard it. When stumbling across a beautiful and fluffy lost pet, I demonstrate both integrity and responsibility by following through that it is returned to its rightful owner no matter how great the temptation of wanting to keep it for myself. Not returning lost pets has become a nationwide problem! I display soundness of moral character by conducting myself in a manner that would not be offensive to others or embarrassing to my family, girls and women in my community. I practice telling the truth when recalling or giving account of incidences. In the capacity of mediator to arguments between my friends, I practice fairness in my decision-making process. I want to be known and remembered among my peers as a leader who is fair to all with whom I interact and represent. In my church community, I display the importance of responsibility by regularly attending practice sessions as a member of the youth choir and the marching band. I have learnt to play the saxophone which is my favorite pastime. Like me, other students found reading music challenging. I saw fit to lead out in the challenge to show the younger children that reading music is easy. Being one of the first to grasp the concept of reading music, I was thereby able to motivate and tutor others who were struggling. I enjoyed helping others to become proficient at playing their instruments of choice. This was a very fulfilling experience and I enjoyed touching lives in this way. Like Sir Lynden Pindling, I want to empower youth not to underestimate themselves. I want them to be more than conquerors and never to lose faith. I am destined to be that female leader who works toward improving my community and the mindset of my people towards a better Bahamas. I aspire to be like Dr Martin Luther King: “I have a dream.” FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE NEW PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS SECOND PLACE DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION THIS week, two volunteers from Nassau Airport Development’s customer experience department will head to Van couver International Airport (YVR Olympics come to a close. Nicole Henfield, manager of customer experience at NAD,and NAD concierge Elizabeth Ferguson, will volunteer at YVR during the final days of the games. YVR officials are anticipating approximately 39,000 athletes, spectators and journalists from around the world to return home through the airport on March 1, the day after the official closing ceremony. The airport’s busiest day on record saw 26,000 passengers travel through Vancouver International. All hands will be on deck to accommodate the mass exodus from Vancouver. NAD volunteers have spent the past two weeks reviewing material on policies and proce dures to handle the crowd, cue management and passenger care. For Mrs Henfield the trip will be all about customer service. “I am looking forward to get ting the hands-on experience and to see how the airport will function when all of its resources are put to the test,” she said. According to John Terpstra, NAD’s vice-president of operations, “Vancouver International has been preparing their facilities for this for the past seven years.” “We wanted to expose our staff to how an airport of that size functions under extraordinary circumstances,” said Mr Terpstra. “And while our numbers here at LPIA are much smaller we range between 2,100 to 7,000 departing pas sengers per day there are still valuable lessons to learn through this exercise.” NAD staff to volunteer at Vancouver airport as the Winter Olympics end YVRAS OFFICIALS presented NAD volunteers with official Vancouver Winter Olympics gear (left to right operations at NAD; Elizabeth Ferguson, NAD concierge; Coleen Rogers of YVRAS; Nicole Henfield, manager of customer experience at NAD, and John Terpstra, vice-president of operations at NAD. SECOND PLACE WINNER Tramaine Thompson (centre Tramaine Wright, director of sales and marketing at the British Colonial Hilton (sponsorright F IRST PLACE WINNER o f New Providence schools Shaquille Sands (centre accepts her award from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left A mbassador Nicole Avant (right

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INC.(Liquidator THIRD PLACE NAKHAZ GAY GRADE 11, FAITH TEMPLE SCHOOL NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS A community without integrity is bound to be chaotic. Whenever integrity comes to mind, I instantly think of Nelson Mandela, a man of great integrity. He stood up for whathe believed in – at the expense of his own freedom. Integrity is defined as the “soundness of moral character”. A person of integrity is often described as honorable, respectable, and powerful. The world could be a better place, if we all had integrity. Instead of living life cautiously and defensively, we could live in peace and harmony. Nelson Mandela said that “The first thing is to be honest with yourself . . . Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty and of humility.” But a world of integrity has to start in the communities. If everyone in a community lives honest lives filled with love and makes an honest living for themselves, it will be considered a good community – which everyone will enjoy. In order to have this community, we all will have to do our part. I demonstrate personal integrity by setting an example for young boys growing up. I also demonstrate integrity and responsibility by being involved in productive activities and by showing respect to my fellow man. I live in a community where it seems that doing ‘right’ things is wrong and doing ‘wrong’ things is right. Smoking, drinking,and gambling are emulated by youth; they are considered ‘fun’. I, on the other hand, refuse to participate in such foolish acts. There are many negative influences in my community, but I live above those influences although a lot of children my age do not. I promised myself that I would not fall under negative peer-pressure and I would be an example to the younger generation of children coming up. As a child maybe seven or eight years old, I remember looking up to my neighbor Vado because he was a good basketball player and he had a positive attitude. I knew some day I would fill his shoes and someone would look up to me in the way that I looked up to him. It would not be responsible for me to lead someone astray. After all, I was not led astray. Just as the old saying goes “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. Instead of participating in gang activities, I am a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Mass Youth Choir, a member of the Pathfinder Club and a player on my school’s basketball team. These three groups keep me out of problems and it also gives me opportunities to show people my talents. The Mass Youth Choir not only shows talents, it is also a ministry: we sing at a lot of functions and are often on the Bahamas’ local television station ZNS. If it was not for the Pathfinder club I would be a totally different person. I have spent many hours in Pathfinder meetings. We go on hikes and marches, we learn rope tying and do community service by helping in the orphanages or retirement homes. They taught me a lot of life lessons that I will not forget. At times I feel like quitting some of these groups, but winners would not be winners if they quit. When I joined these groups, I took a great responsibility and it would be irresponsible of me to quit. At the end of the day these groups help me to be a better person. I show respect to my fellow man. Respect is something you have to give to get. In my community I respect everyone. I do not show any acts of hatred to anyone – although some people try to make me. It is hard to be kind to everyone in a neighborhood, because some people are not nice people. Some people are grouchy, but I do not think any less of them because of it. It helps to have people in the community to respect other people, their people’s property and to set a standard for others among them to see. Integrity and responsibility comes with wisdom and insight on how and why to use them. If everyone shows more integrity and responsibility in his or her community, we can make the world a better place. We can be role models in our community, join various groups that help the community or just show love to everyone in the community. THIRDPLACE NA’EEM MCIVER GRADE 11, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE Integrity: a word meaning “to have qualities such as good character, honesty and wholeness.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr strongly believed in personal integrity. One of his famous quotes says, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” In my opinion my great grandfather the late great John Edward Alfred Johnson (June 14, 1912 – October 31, 1950 exemplified this quote. Jack Johnson lived his life as “a jack-of-all-trades”. He was a carpenter first, then a butler and valet. As a carpenter he assisted with the enlargement of Oakes Airfield and the construction of Windsor Field, today Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. He also helped with the construction of the Nassau Beach Hotel, the Churchill Building, Potter’s Cay Dock and the College of the Bahamas. As a valet and butler, he was employed by three Anglican Bishops, three Roman Catholic Bishops, Sir Harry Oakes, Sir Robert McAlpine, Graycliff Restaurant and the Buena Vista Restaurant. He also worked at Government House under three Governors, one of whom was King Edward VIII (The Duke of Windsor Bahamas from 1940 to 1945. Doing all of these things gave my great grandfather a good reputation for his hard work, dedication and professional ethics. Jack also established the Johnson & Johnson Domestic Training School in Lewis Street – where he taught classes for many years – to assist Bahamians who wished to be trained in the domestic field. Jack Johnson was a man who exemplified Dr King’s quote because he always did what was needed to be done when it was necessary. He was like the Martin Luther King of my family. If there was one thing that Jack didn’t like it was discrimination – especially racial discrimination. During his days as a butler for the Duke of Windsor, there was a rule that, during dinner parties, all of the coloured butlers must wear white gloves; the white butlers were allowed to serve barehanded. At the time it was believed that colored people were unclean. This angered Jack and he refused to do it. He was willing to risk his job to say that, if the white butlers didn’t have to wear the white gloves, then he shouldn’t have to either. He knew that the white man and he were equally clean – and equal. Jack also played important parts in various strikes, riots and political issues. A member of the Progressive Liberal Party since it began in 1953, Jack Johnson fought for constitutional, political and social reform alongside many of the Bahamas’ political heroes, including Sir Randolph Foulkes, Dames Doris Johnson, Sir HM Taylor, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling. He also played a very active role in the Burma Road Riots of 1942. Black construction workers fought for wages equal to those of their white American co-workers, paid almost twice the salary of the black workers. Jack was also known as the leader in the fight against social injustice and racial inequality. He even led strikes for better working conditions at Gov ernment House and other establishments. In 1950 Jack became a taxicab driver. For many years he would talk to all who would listen, as he drove about his beautiful country and its friendly people. When the taxicab strike in Nassau took place in 1958, he played a major role. The strike occurred because the taxicab drivers objected to airline passengers beingc arried by tour company cars from what at the time was known as the new Nassau International Airport at Windsor Field. The final example I will give you of how Jack Johnson exemplifies Dr King’s words about integrity is the fact that he had undying love for his fellow men, which was shown by his unselfish contributions to his com m unity. Sometimes Jack was called “The Mayor of Lewis Street”, because he worked vigorously to help t hose who needed help in his community. Because of his outstanding contributions he was given The Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Even when the odds were against him, John Edwards Alfred Johnson still fought for his rights.J ack showed his true self when faced with any challenge. Growing up poor and barely able to make ends m eet made him realise that he wasn’t going to let anyone bring him down any further and that he was going to make it to the top. Jack once said that the first time he attended St Agnes Anglican Church he had no shoes, but later he didn’t know what pair of shoes to choose. It just goes to show that, if you fight for what you think is right, you will succeed. FOURTHPLACE FOURTH PLACE WINNER Na'eem McIver (centre the award from Krystine Brathwaite, sales associate at SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas (sponsor Fitzgerald, legal counsel of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and essay judge. DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITIONDR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION (L-R , managing director of Bahamasair (sponsor resenting Flamingo Air (sponsor winner Nakhaz Gay, and Julian Reid, assistant news director at ZNS, and an essay judge.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR PHOTOS: Donald Knowles /Choir photographer C C E E L L E E B B R R A A T T I I N N G G 2 2 5 5 Y Y E E A A R R S S THE NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR, celebrating 25 years, opened their newspaper painting and photo expo on Friday at the Central Bank as part of the anniversary celebrations. Attending were the Governor General Arthur Hanna, Fred MitchellM P for Fox Hill, Sir Durward Knowles and many others.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net I N t his c hill y w eat her, tea is a great way t o st ar t t h e da y, or end a chilly February night. Just wrap up in some flannels and s oc ks, and sip a cup of w ar m t h . Tea has that tempting invigoration t hat gets your blood turning warm. It is an incredible friendly warming drink perfect to strike up a conversation with friends or family, says Stephen Twining, corporate relations manager at Twin-i ngs of London Teas. “What excites me is showing people just what a wonderful gift of nature is this thing we call tea,” he said. Tribune Taste spoke with Mr Twining, the tenth generation member of the famed Twining tea legacy. He is also the Corporate Relations manager of Twinings of London Twinings is a venerable three hundred year global enterprise and the originator of the classic Earl Grey Tea. Tea is now produced in over 30 countries in the world. Early on, Mr Twining insisted on setting the context of his family’s London-based tea brand, which was started in 1706 by Thomas Twinings. “In the city of London, and the financial district today, there were 2000 coffee houses,” said Mr Twinings. “Men didn’t have offices in those days, so they did business over a cup of coffee.” Their only other option was to drink strong spirits like rum and brandy until the reinvention of tea which brought about a healthy alternative filled with antioxidants to stop the free radicals that damage the cells in our bodies. “If you prevent them from getting damaged, you stay well,” he said. Tea is not a cure for anything, but Mr Twinings swears it can help prevent you from getting sick. (See Tribune Health next week for tea’s benefit on the heart) “In the olden days, tea was taxed very high in London. Persons would buy a cup of tea once or twice a week at no particular time of day, just not at several times a day,” Mr Twinings explained. Ladies would not go into a coffeehouse, because it was socially unacceptable to do so. Thomas Twinings realised the demand for tea so he was able to open to world’s first dry tea and coffee shop in London on 216 Strand, London, WC2R 1AP. The b est selling tea in the Unit ed Kingdom ist he Earl Grey Tea. It was named after a British Prime Minister who held office in the 1830s. Mr Twinings explained that the company used to mix a particular brand of tea for the Earl. “We would write up the ingredients, mix them together, and put your name on it,” he said. Twinings’ biggest gripe is never trademarking their ‘Earl Grey’ product line as other tea companies have adopted the name. “If I had a time machine I would go back to the early 1800’s and copyright it. But it’s fine, because we still have the current Earl Grey sign on our boxes as the authentic original,” he said. Some teas taste better with certain foods then some wines, he added. For example, in the days of the great British breakfast, there was a quite strong robust tasting food, and you need a strong brand to stand up to that. Therefore the English Breakfast was created in the 1930s “If I don’t have a cup of coffee I’ll have a cup of English Breakfast Tea,” said Mr Twining. “It gets my blood turning, as I do tend to drink it at different times of the day.” “I can’t explain the joys of tea to me,” he said. “I drink around 15 cups of it a day,” said Mr Twining who says he is addicted to its flavor. “Twinings makes over 200 tea blends. You have a good section of about 25 to 30 different flavors sold here locally.” According to him besides the regular Earl Grey (a Bahamian favourite Twinings produces Lady Grey, Green Tea and Mint, Green Tea and Lemon and Ginger teas and Prince of Wales teas. “Tea to me is just like wine.” He explained that if you have a Shiraz from one country, it will not taste the same asa Shiraz from another country. “You won’t get exactly the same flavours, because it’s grown in different places.” Stephen Twinings t as t y legacy Tea’s

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ATTENTION fashionista! HIGH fashion will hit the runway as the "High Fashion Fantasy Presents: Mystique" show is set to take flight this weekend. This Sunday elite models of the OlinSha's modeling agency will strut their stuff on catwalks, sporting culturallys ignificant designs by the tal ented Bahamian designer Rachel Turnquest Garcia. And with bold color palettes, an assortment of patterns and textures these androsia pieces will be a phys-i cal definition haute couture. R achel Turnquest Garcia is no amateur in the fashion industry in the Bahamas. Her designs have braced the runways at the Miss Universe pageant held in the Bahamas last year. She holds a Bachelors degree in fashion merchan dising and a Masters degree in business administration. The show will be held at OlinSha's Modeling agency located 9th terrace off Collins Avenue. The cocktail recep tion will begin at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm sharp. To reserve tickets call 3255288. High Fashion Mystique C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e F REEPORT, G rand Bahama -Despite the chilly temperatures outs ide, the vibe was hot and the joint w as jumpin' as the highly anticipated m usical Ain't Misbehavin' opened at the Regency Theatre last weekend F ebruary 19 and 20. The crowd of theatre-goers had their fingers snapping, toes tapping, and nothing but compliments for the talented young Bahamian performers. “Absolutely wonderful” remarked one patron. “Better than I've seen on Broadway” added another. The enthusiastic cast bubbled with energy. Heather McDonald, Dora Brown, Faye Thompson, Allesandro Major, Kenton Pinder, Javan H unt, and Tony Lowe engaged the audience w ith their songs so much so that the first few rows of the auditorium especially burst into s pontaneous applause and never stopped clapping. A standing ovation followed. The accolades flowed following the first two performances, and a large contingent of the audience were our 'snowbirds.' Visitors to Grand Bahama, from large North American cities, heaped praise on our home-grown production proving once again that shows at the Regency Theatre can hold their own on any stage. Already it is a wildly popular show and everyone is excited about doing it again Friday through Sunday this week (February 26-28 Director of Ain't Misbehavin', Gloria McGlone, has double cast several of the roles in order to give more performers a chance to strut their stuff, so you may just want to see it twice! Local dance instructor Georgia Taylor makes her debut Friday night. The show continues with curtain time of 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights (February 2627) and a special Sunday matinee at 3pm, February 28. Due to the immense popularity of the show, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets are available at the Seventeen Shop downtown and Island Java in Port Lucaya. The Regency Theatre box office opens one hour prior to showtime on show nights only. Ain’t Misbehavin’ opens to rave reviews things 2 DO 1. THE EUGENE DUPUCH Law School Students' Associationi nvites you to a Mix and Mingle and Silent Auction on Friday evening 7pm tom idnight at the Humidor@ Graycliff. Donation $65. 2. 25 NORTH host a night of music at the Royal Nas-s au Sailing Club Saturday, February 27 from 8-10 pm. T he band billed as Nassau’s only active rock band includes John Chrstie, JoeE uteneur, Dereck Roderick and Kyle Baley. The e vening features lots of music, food, cash bar and is open to the public. 3. ADRASTRA GARDENS continues its “ All about...” series of educational workshops and semi-n ars designed for children between the ages of 5-12 with “ All about Reptiles.”T he event takes place on February 27 from 10 am to n oon. Participants will learn not only how to iden tify a reptile, but also disc over why many of these cold blooded creatures are m asters of design, amour and sometimes masters of danger. Each workshop ise quivalent to one community service hour. Registra tion is $6 per child and $8 per adult. Contact Philippa Moss at phillippa@ardas t ra.com or 323-5806. 4. GREEN EARTH FES TIVAL begins on Sunday, February 28, from 12n oon-6pm at The Retreat (Bahamas National Trust on Village Road. Admis-s ion is $5 for Adults, and $2 for Children. Part of the proceeds will be donated to a health charity. Vendors will be sellingv egan, vegetarian, natural, organic products and healthy drinks. They will also sell items such as hand made jewelry andb ags, natural bath, body and hair products. An acupuncture booth and chiropractic and yoga therapies will also be available. There will be a children's corner with games and activities. Chrissy Love will release her debut record at the event. 5. LESLIE VANDERPOOL, the Bahamas International Film Festival founder and executive director will continue her acting classes on Mondays and Wednesday until March 29. Ms Vanderpool is offering 6 weeks of on-camera and stage acting classes in the Sandy Port Beach Resort Conference Room, 6.30 pm-8.30pm. Cost: $40/individual classes, $400/6 weeks classes. Telephone: 356-5939. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. MARANA, Ariz. THE LATEST gossip has Tiger Woods resuming his therapy some 2,000 miles away from where he made his public apology last Friday, which if true would be a comical coincidence in one respect, according to the Associated Press . He made more news in Arizona when he wasn't even there. If nothing else, last week showed how much control Woods wields in the world of golf. The opening round of the Match Play Championship typically is one of the most exciting days in golf, and it was every bit of that. Not because Steve Stricker became only the second No. 1 seed to go home or because 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa won his last three holes to stay. The buzz centered on Woods' camp announcing that he was going to make his first public appearance in three months. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem might have set a record by meeting with the media three times in five days. The first session Wednesday was to say very little. The third one Sunday was to take blame for not saying enough. In between was a news conference at the Sawgrass Marriott before more media than ever has covered The Players Championship. Ernie Els was upset, and this was after he won his match. Upon hearing that Woods was to speak in the middle of the first World Golf Champi onship of the year, Els tried to choose his words carefully until he said to Golfweek magazine, "It's selfish." And that was putting it mildly. Other players who felt just as strongly managed to bite their tongues, or at least ask that tape recorders be turned off. Ian Poulter inquired about the scene at the TPC Sawgrass during his final match, and when it was suggested that the only new development was Woods being seen and heard, Poulter stretched out his arms as if to say, "There is nothing else to add." Not that someone didn't try. After winning the Match Play Championship the biggest win of his career and his first victory on American soil the Englishman dressed all in pink nearly turned red when he heard a question from the back of the room. "Does the Tiger Woods drama take away or diminish this championship to you in any way, just the media attention?" Poulter's eyes widened and he stared for a second. "Next question," he replied. Some players get tired of taking Tiger questions when he's winning all the time. They don't like them any more when he's simply reading a statement into a camera. The Golf Writers Associa tion of America usually doesn't get this worked up unless the shuttle bus at the U.S. Open is running late. Woods created a flurry of passionate opinions that led the group to reject an offer of three seats in the room where Woods spoke, lobby for more reporters, receive a compromise of six seats, then vote 193 (with four abstentions to participate. Could this all have been avoided? Woods said he was on a break from therapy (without saying what kind of therapy) and was to return the next day. Even if he had waited until the tournament was over, and had spoken on Monday, it still would have meant notifying everyone on Saturday and that would have stolen attention away from Poulter's 7-and-6 semi final victory over Sergio Garcia. In the end, the resentment was over Woods still calling the shots. Most agree that he should have lost that right through so many selfish decisions that culminated with a sordid sex scandal, which brought disgrace to his family and damage to a sport that made him who he is, or was. It may be years before the extent of that damage is known. Tiger still holds golf hostage THIS NOV. 21, 2009, file photo shows Tiger Woods, daughter Sam Woods, and wife Elin Nordegren, before an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. TORONTO, CANADA Bahamas' sweetheart TaDa was the international guest performer for this event, presented by JJisJeni.com on February 17. JJisJeni.com is the new website of celebrity radio personality JJ 'Jeni" McKenzie, who although Canadian by birthright, is also a true 'island girl'. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, raised in Toronto, Ontario, JJ relocated to the beautiful islands of The Bahamas in 1990 where the true course of her life began. JJ is the recipient of numerous DJ Awards (future Entertainment years, is already a force to be reckoned with in the Toronto entertainment scene. JJ: "From the first day I hit the airwaves here in Toronto I fell in love with the sound of the city and the Toronto Urban Music scene has become my passion! I’m very excited about the web site and it’s potential to open the way and further even more success stories this year! " . JJ is now the mid-day mix announcer on Flow 93.5 in Toronto, after getting her start in the Bahamas on 100 Jamz. Superstar hip-hop artist Drake was also sighted at Home Nightclub in Toronto, Ontario Canada for what has been described as the hottest entertainment industry party of the year in the city! Rachel Turnquest Garcia T aDa suppor ts JJ is Jeni Website Launch Party in Toronto TaDa

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM help from neighbouring count ries Haiti will recover from its devastation. “This is the main image being u sed for all our promotions. Painted in the colors of theH aitian flag, the painting represents new growth, and a new beginning. It represents unity, a s countries around the world are coming together and worki ng as one, to help rebuild Haiti,” she explained. Twenty to seventy per cent of profits earned (It varies from artist to artist) will be donated t o the initiative. And while the money could have been donated to any other relief effort, Mrs Aylen said that she chose orphanages for a spec ial reason. “I am a mother myself and it s eems only natural that I want to help and dedicate this entire e xhibit to the kids. Its is very sad to see the way some Bahamians tend to discriminate Haitian people and I thought to myself that if we are doing it f or the kids no one can possible s ay no,” she said. T hose who are not particul arly interested in art can still make a contribution by donating any sum of money or by givi ng books and other school supp lies. All of the donations will be handed over to the Rotary C lub of East Nassau, who will ensure that all of the funds get t o Haiti directly. The show will b e held at the Nassau Yacht C lub located on East Bay street b eginning at 5:30 pm until 10 p m. “We want to eliminate all of the excuses and the Yacht C lub is a very central location a nd we know that a lot of pers ons take this route on their way home from work. The admission is also free,” she said. The exhibition will be held o n for one night only on March 4 th. like seeing a piece in a gallery and being inspired to paint something similar but different. I don't think anyone's concept is exactly true to them. I think we all just rework different concepts based on our own realities. Everyone sees things completely differently. I am a result of EVERYTHING that I see. Describe the conflict, if any, you feel between making art and making money? I don't think about the money when I make art. I give a lot of my paintings away. If I have any left, and my wife doesn't like them ,I just give them away. I feel a blessing when I give. Are you surprised by to public's acceptance of your work? Yeah. People seem to dig it. I am completely surprised that people like my work becauseI don't really think when I paint. I don't edit myself when I paint, I put it all up. Some people would rather me tone things down when I speak or paint but I say things as they are and I paint the same way. I don't really like be a public figure, I don't like being at shows but I appreciate people's concepts of what they think my paintings are and what they represent. And that, to me, is fulfillment. How long have you been an artist? It depends. Do you call yourself an artist once you have sold a painting? I've been painting for a long time, ever since I was a kid. I was never formally taught, just kinda pointed in the right direction. But I sold my first piece in 2007. Which of your pieces are you most excited about? I am most excited about the way I utilised corners in this show. A corner is a wasted space, no one really hangs a painting in a corner. I have been thinking about utilizing that wasted space and a few of the pieces in this show are actually built on frames that sit right in corners. They have great shape and functionality to them. Describe your moving away from stencil cutting and into a more freehand style? It was an experiment that worked out. I still like stencils and I still like the propaganda value of stencil but it is just good to experiment and move and flow. You get pulled in all sorts of directions and it is good to experiment. Without experimentation you cannot progress. How do you think years of cutting stencils has affected your style? Well stencils is only part of it. I used to just use spray paint. Stencils made my stuff more realistic, less cartoonlike. From that came my current style which I would say is more realistic. Right now I am experimenting with distortion and texture. Stencils helped me understand monochrome images and from thatI started looking deeper and experimenting more. What is your favorite medium these days? At the moment I really love enamel paint on Dacron canvas. It feels like butter moving on a hot frying pan ..it is just so smooth. Art to make a difference F ROM page 12 FROM page 12 Interview with Arjuna Watson FOR THISyear's Transforming Spaces Art Tour StingraeStudio will be host ing another exciting array of Bahamian realistic artists in their beautiful tropical gar den. The artist Malcolm is showing a group of his small er realistic works that depictt he beauty of The Bahamas a nd its people (especially g eared towards for those persons who have no more room on their walls!) in addition to another series of tasteful nudes for the more mature audience; T hierry Lamare , a master artist, will exhibit his popular signature original works on paper beautifully displayed in his trademark driftwood frames. He will also be showing a range of affordable Giclee prints; Kevin Cooper from Eleuthera is also a realistic artist who captures the beau ty of his island in his work. T wo groups of St Andrew's s tudents who attend after s chool art classes with Malcolm will be displaying their amazing talent: Helena, Sid ney, The Hussey twins Gabby and Sacha, are joined by Amanda, Lauren, Nicolasa nd Tyler. T hey are showing a series of abstract watercolours as well as four new portraits of children. You would swear that a more mature artist had produced them! The landscape artist popularly known as Crab, will showcase furniture pieces produced from recycled native trees that have been uprooted during the storms. A new photographer AnnaLiza will exhibit her black and white prints; This garden Studio is where the unbelievable Chef Nikki Ciarra , is offering her scrumptious conch chowder cooked in her own special way along with the Aliwen brand of red and white wines from the Chilean vineyard which will be graciously donated by Butler & Sands. Don't miss the art event of the year! For additional infor mation visit www.transform ingspacesbahamas.com The Beauty of the Bahamas TRANSFORMING SPACES the popular art bus tour that allows patrons to visit several art galleries over one weekend will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday March 13-14. Organisers of the sixth annual event announced that the tour will include stops to 9 galleriesDoongalik Studios Art Gallery at Village Road, Ladder Gallery at NPCC, New Providence Art & Antiques, Pink 'Un, Popop Studios, Post House Gallery, PRO Gallery at COB, StingraeStudio and The Hub. T RANSFORMING SPACES A p a i n t i n g b y A r j u n a W a t s o n

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C M Y K C M Y K I N S I D E High Fashion Mystique See page 10 W EDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 Tea’s tasty legacy See page nine By JEFFARAH GIBSON T HE entire world felt the “shake”, heard the c r ies, and w atc h ed as t ears tr ickled down the f aces of victims de v a st at ed by the 7.0 magnit ude earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince last month and for that moment made television viewers st op t o t hink “t his could be me”. With that in mind, people all around the world are coming together to bring healing to the nation of Haiti and its people. And likewise, in the spirit of benevolence and humanitarianism B ahamian fine artists and photographers are also joining forces in a “one night only” art exhibition to raise funds for orphanages that were demolished in the disaster. This, however, is no ordinary showcase, works of all different mediums will be exhibited. And while art aims to express an idea or belief, the show goes b eyond simply telling a story, or sharing an experience. It aims to get others involved in something of a much greater value. A heartwarming experience, the art show not only seeks to attract art fanatics, but those who can afford to render their time to a worthy initiative also. "What we need right now is support from any and everyone. This is a big deal because any funds that we raise will be donated to rebuild orphanages in Haiti,” said Christine Aylen, organizer o f the show. "If you love art come out, you might find a piece that y ou like, if you don't like art still come because there are other things that can be donated," she said. Over 60 pieces of art will be on display. While they don’t f ollow a specific theme, they will elicit very strong emot ions while depicting experiences from victims during the disaster. Some of the work will make you laugh, and some will make you cry but Mrs Aylen said the main thing the artists are trying to do is get persons to empathise with the people of Haiti so that it will enable them to make a contribution. In one of the pieces she painted, Mrs Aylen tells an incredible survival story of one of the victims. "This was inspired by the story of a woman who was buried in the rubble for six days after the earthquake. Tangled and trapped underground, her fingers pinned under a rock. Her husband never gave up and dug at the ground with his bare hands until rescue workers could free her. While they were working on get ting her out, she called out to her husband, ‘Even if I die, I love you so much. Don't forget it.’ "After she was pulled from the rubble, her first words were 'Thank you God!' then she burst into song, singing 'Don't be afraid of death.' This woman of strong faith was asked if she thought she would sur vive. Her response was, 'Yeah why not?',” Mrs Aylen told Tribune Arts. The “We Shall Overcome” painting communicates the idea of strength, hope, unity, and serves as reassurance that with MUSE II Will be the featured show in the Ladder Gallery at NPCC for Transforming Spaces 2010. The Show will run from March 12 April 5th 2010. What is the name of your new show? Muse Part II is the name of the new show. It is a continuation of a previ ous show at The Hub. That show was painted around 4 women. I was n't finished with the concept of Muse yet. I still am not . Describe the content of the show? I'm going to focus more on portraits in this show. Muse featured a lot of nudes and this show is less about the nude form than the face. It is a lot about tone and depth. That is the direction that I'm going in. That was the calling I had, so I went in it. What are you hoping to achieve with this collection? I am not hoping to achieve anything. I am just painting. Whether you like it or you don't. What are your outside influences? Urban art world wide. And current news. It affects all of us. When I paint I think a lot about just what happened on that day. I don't listen to music when I paint because I feel like when I paint it is kind of like a trance. I just get into it and cant move away from it until it is done. And when I do move away I see different things. I paint until I drop. Sometimes 6 7 hours at a time in the middle of the night. How much planning goes into your shows? A lot. Months of work go into the show. A lot of sleepless nights. I make all my own frames and stretch all of my own canvasses. Then I prime themand sit and wonder what is going to go on there. I think a lot before I begin but once I start I move very quickly. When do you paint? Mainly at night, when I have fewer distractions. Once the kids are in bed and the house goes quiet. How long does it take you to finish a piece? Lately I have been painting 3 or more paintings at once because I see different things when I turn from one canvas to another. It is a bit chaotic but it works. I don't really know how long it takes to finish a piece, anywhere from 7 -8 hours to a few days. What is the line up for the rest of 2010? After Transforming Spaces I will be using my studio as private gallery called CUBE 2 WEST. The space will be open by appointment only and will be a new western location for a few select artists to display their art. I want to stay away from generic art and I want to concentrate on innovative, outward thinking and expressive artists. It will not be the only place I will be showing my art. I don't want to pigeonhole my self. Its about different people seeing your art in different spaces. The gallery will be a small intimate space. Right now it is more of a work in progress. Do you think the space affects the art? Yeah it can, most of my paintings are large and you have to stand back to get a better perspective so I need more space. Also the color of the walls and the light affect the way a piece looks. Different gallery spaces control all these elements in different ways and that affects the way the art looks. What do you think the role of any gallery is? It is to make people think. It is not just to make money. It is to take people away from their day to day reality and to put them into the artists reality. Even if it is just for that moment they get to see something that no one else can see in a painting, that's just beautiful. I Interview with Arjuna Watson for Transforming Spaces SEE page 11 SEE page 11 Art difference to make a TRANSF ORMING SP ACES The Tribune SECTIONB




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By AVA TURNQUEST
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

In yesterday’s Tribune it
was reported how a man was
shot during an armed robbery

A POLICEMAN’S daugh-
ter fled hooded gunmen by
leaping from a moving car
after she and her mother had
been terrorised and kid-
napped.

The pair were abducted
after two armed robbers
broke into the police officer’s
home in the Gladstone Road
area.

When the women said they
had no money, the gunmen
forced the terrified pair into
the family’s 2002 Ford Expe-
dition.

The culprits then drove
south on Gladstone Road
where they released the
policeman’s wife.

His daughter, who is
believed to be in her twen-
ties, reportedly escaped by
jumping from the vehicle as
it set off. She received minor
injuries. The vehicle was later
recovered in the Carmichael
Road area.

Over the past two weeks,
police have reported numer-

at Oleander Avenue on Mon-
day. He was later named as
Henry McPhee.

Mr McPhee was shot in the
head while his girlfriend and
daughter were tied up and
robbed of valuables.

Police will not confirm
whether they believe the two
incidents are linked.

They are also staying tight-
lipped about yesterday’s
home invasion. Sources also
cannot confirm at this time
whether the invasion was a
random selection or if the sus-
pects had targeted the police
officer’s residence.

Despite the latest attacks,
the police held a press con-
ference yesterday to report
that their latest initiative to
deal with this recent spate of
home invasions was garner-
ing some significant success.

This new strategy, officials
said, has made a “break
through” by intensifying their
focus on repeat offenders.

ASP Clayton Fernander,

ous home invasions and
armed robberies throughout
New Providence.

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FILING its Elizabeth

by-election court challenge

yesterday, the Progressive Liberal Party says it has
good reason to believe the move will produce positive
results for their candidate, Ryan Pinder.

Party operatives claim,
the presiding officer made an error in judgment, con-

trary to the mandate of

in two of the five instances,

the Parliamentary Election

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coloured slips.
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Hotels ‘likely
to start hiring
staff this year’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

Sawyer has filed a Notice
of Application for Extension
of Time Within Which to
Appeal and a Notice of
Appeal, Minister of Nation-
al Security Tommy Turn-
quest said in a statement

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tence of death will not be
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HOTELS are “very opti-
mistic” that their business
prospects are up in 2010 and it
is likely that a signficant num-
ber will begin to hire new
employees this year after hav-
ing to cut back their staffing
levels in 2008 and 2009, the
Minister of Labour said.

Dion Foulkes said signs
indicate that unemployment
levels, which ballooned to
14.6 per cent in New Provi-
dence and 18.1 per cent in
Grand Bahama 18.1 per cent
as of November 2009 — leav-
ing 47,560 looking for work
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upward trends in unemploy-
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particular may now begin to
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Government getting
Peatly to mobilise
heavy equipment
for dump fire

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

OVERNMENT is
getting ready to
mobilise “massive

amounts of heavy equip-
ment” to tackle the wide-
spread fire at the city dump
that has been clouding parts
of New Providence with tox-
ic fumes for several weeks.

Officials are assessing the
situation at the city dump off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway to see how much
equipment will be required
to “spread out” the material
accumulated in the landfill
site as a means of beginning
to more effectively contain
the fires. It is also being cal-
culated how much this exer-
cise will cost the government.

Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux said: “All of
the dump now is smoulder-
ing and in order to address
the smouldering problem we
have to spread out the dump
to bring it down to a lower
level, and once we’ve done
that we can then cover it with
fill and or extinguish it with
chemicals and water. Until
we are able to do that, which
means the mobilisation of
massive amounts of equip-
ment, we will continue to
have the smouldering.”

Meanwhile, as officials
seek to deal with the imme-
diate problem presented by
the ongoing blaze and bil-
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chance of future fires.

Dr Deveaux made these
comments to the media yes-
terday before he went into a
Cabinet meeting with his
ministerial colleagues, where
he was expected to provide
an update on the dump fire
problem to the government.

Thick smoke rising from
the burning site — where
firefighters are currently
fighting one “very large” fire,
and several smaller ones,
according to Dr Deveaux —
has affected large parts of

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living in fear for their health
and their homes.

Dr Deveaux said that min-
imising the likelihood of haz-
ardous fires breaking out at
the site in future comes down
to better management of the
waste that is brought there.

He hopes that more
resources can ultimately be
channelled into the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health Services — the gov-
ernment entity that has
responsibility for the dump
— to enable them to deal
with the issue more compe-
tently and in a sustainable
manner.

A large part of this
approach would revolve
around recycling more of
what is brought to the dump.

“A lot of the material is
recyclable but we haven’t
been doing that to the extent
that we should, and as it
accumulates the risk of fire
accumulates. The end goal is
to recycle as much as we
could and when we have a
sufficient volume of material
that we could document, we
can migrate seamlessly into a
waste-to-energy facility,” said
Dr Deveaux.

The Environment Minis-
ter said he has met with Stan-
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structed the landfill, as part
of an effort to arrive at some
better short and long-term
solutions for the city dump.

Jeffrey Deleveaux, direc-
tor of fire services, last week
described the fire currently
burning as the “worst of the
worst” — the largest in the
dump’s history — and said it
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Man in court in

connection with home

invasion, shoot-out

A MAN charged ina hone

invasion and shoot-out that
took place in Coral Harbour }
last Thursday was arraigned }

in a magistrate’s court yester- {

day.

at $1,900.

It is also alleged that Stuart :
had been in possession of a }
handgun with intent to endan- }
ger the life of Corporal 340 :
Fox, Constable 2889 Barr and }
with intent to resist lawful }
arrest. Stuart was not required }
to enter a plea to the charges. :
His brother, Derek Stuart, 49, }
of Rock Crusher is charged }
with conspiring to commit the }
armed robbery of Georgette }
Butler. Butler pleaded not :
guilty to the charge. Both men }
are expected back in court }

today.

Mailhoat concerns

for Exuma residents

By ALESHACADET _|

THE people of Exuma

are concerned they will be :

without mailboat service
for some time after the
motor vessel The Grand
Master ran aground and
was badly damaged last
week.

find out what became of
the ship’s cargo, which
was bound for their com-
munity.

Strong waves caused the }

vessel to run aground last

Wednesday on a reef close

to Stocking Island off the
coast of Great Exuma.
The ship’s captain,
known as “Captain
Lance”, said he could not
release much information

about the condition of the i

ship, but admitted it is in
a bad state and requires a
great deal of work.

“We are working daily
trying to save the boat,”
he said.

The Tribune under-
stands that tugboats were
used last week in a failed

attempt to pull the strand- ;
ed vessel free of the rocks. }
Residents of Exuma are i

concerned that the Grand
Master is “finished”.
One Exumian who did

not wish to be named said :

the boat was approaching
Great Exuma at around
5.30 on the morning of
the accident and it is
believed that it had trou-

ble navigating the shallow i

waters.

“From Wednesday to
Saturday, we got no news
on our freight stored on
The Grand Master boat;
we want to know if it was
destroyed or not, and
when can we be able to
get it,” the resident
added.

The vessel was eventu-
ally freed using underwa-
ter welding techniques. It

is said that the owners are }

now deciding whether to

take the vessel to Cuba or }

Freeport for repairs.

Jermaine Stuart, 37, of St
Alban’s Drive was arraigned }
in Court 5, before Magistrate }
Derrence Davis, charged with :
armed robbery, burglary, i
firearm possession and receiv- }
ing. It is alleged that Stuart on }
February 18 broke into the }
home of Georgette Butler on :
February 18. It is further}
alleged that Stuart, while }
armed with a handgun, robbed }
Butler of $30,000 in assorted }
jewellery, $1,650 cash and a}
Dell laptop computer valued }

They are also anxious to }

Man in court charged with
murder and armed robbery

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A 38-YEAR-OLD man of
Dames Alley was arraigned in a
magistrate’s court yesterday on
a long list of serious charges,
including murder, attempted
murder and armed robbery.

Timothy Cole hobbled to
Court Bank Lane under police
escort to face multiple charges.
Police said that Cole was
released from prison last May
after serving 18 years in prison
for armed robbery.

Police have charged Cole with
the December 2009 murder of
Darron Farrington and the
attempted murder of Lavardo Bethell. Far-
rington became the country’s 80th murder vic-
tim in 2009 when two gunmen opened fire on
a group of men at Strachan’s Corner off East
Street on the night of December 15.

According to reports, Farrington, 38, a steel
worker was reportedly standing with friends
outside a house when two armed gunmen
emerged from a track road and began shoot-
ing.

Farrington collapsed as he was shot in the
chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bethell was shot in his lower leg.

Cole was not required to enter a plea to the
murder and attempted murder charges. He
was also not required to enter a plea to 14
counts of armed robbery.

It is alleged that Cole, while armed with a
handgun and concerned with another, robbed
several businesses, including J-Co Discount
Mart, Percy’s Web Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy’s on Mackey Street and the Shell ser-

TIMOTHY COLE



vice station on Poinciana Dri-
ve. According to court dockets,
Cole committed the offences
between September 2009 and
|) February 2010.

He was also charged with pos-
session of a firearm with intent
to endanger life and with intent
to commit an indictable offence,
possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.

Cole was also arraigned on a
charge of stealing a Ford F-150
truck and receiving the stolen
vehicle.

Cole pleaded not guilty to the
charges.

He also pleaded not guilty to
the charge of causing grievous
harm to Edward Dawkins on February 3.

Cole’s attorney Geoffrey Farquharson told
the court that his client had been shot in the
course of his arrest and needed further medical
attention.

He also told the court that a quantity of
cash, a set of keys and a cellular phone had
been taken from Cole by police. Farquharson
said that Cole had instructed him to request
that his belongings be turned over to his attor-
ney.

The prosecution claimed, however, that
some items taken from Cole were obtained
during the committal of offences for which he
had been charged.

Chief Magistrate Gomez ordered that only
the property not in dispute should be handed
over to Mr Farquharson. Cole was remanded
to Her Majesty’s Prison. His murder case has
been adjourned to March 1| and transferred
to Court 10, Nassau Street. His other cases
were adjourned to March 2.

Ministry staff could take action over
alleged mould-related health hazards

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia. net

ABOUT 200 government
employees could bring work at
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture to a grinding halt
on Friday if no effort is made
to move them to a building
that is free of the mould-relat-
ed health hazards they claim
plague them at their current
work place.

The entire staff of the Min-
istry of Youths, Sports and
Culture have been advised by
Bahamas Public Service Union
President John Pinder that the
drastic action may be the only
way to get government to take
definite action in the face of
their complaints.

Tensions rose after several
deadlines given by the govern-
ment late last year for moving

JOHN PINDER



office and experts have looked
at the building and only set-
tled late last year on the fact
that we have to move out of
the building in order for them
to make the necessary repairs
to the building.

“Ever since then we’ve been
looking at alternative sites. We
need 15,000 square feet to
accommodate all the offices
we have now and to give all
the services to the public that
we do and that’s not been an
easy thing to find in one loca-
tion.

“We did not want to split up
the staff because that would
cause more problems for the
ministry. The union has been
kept updated all along,” said
the minister.

But Mr Pinder said: “We
can’t continue to ask and to
beg our members to work with
the government. It’s been

the employees passed without
them being relocated, while
around 350 staff from the Min-
istry of Education — which is
housed in the same Thompson
Boulevard building — have
been assured that they will be
temporarily relocated to the
Teachers and Salaried Work-
ers Co-operative Credit Union
building on East Street next
week.

Mr Pinder claims there are
several viable options for the
relocation of the 200 remaining
staff, including the old Bacardi
administrative office building,
the former UPS building on
East Bay Street or Beaumont
House downtown, and the gov-
ernment is simply “dragging
its feet.”

“We’ve been trying for the

last three years trying to get
the problem resolved but the
government keeps moving the
deadline of when they are sup-
posed to move. The final dead-
line was December 31, 2009,
and the people not moved
yet.”

Yesterday Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture
Charles Maynard said he was
“caught by surprise” by the
BPSU’s announcement that
staff would be staying away
from work if a solution to the
relocation question is not
found by Friday.

“They are well aware that
this is a problem (the mould
infestation within the building,
which workers have blamed
for causing ill health) that has
existed prior to us coming to

Taxi drivers stage protest in Rawson Square

TAXI drivers who were shocked to find them-
selves threatened with arrest for soliciting busi-
ness on Woodes Rodgers Walk after an alleged
change in government policy were yesterday
reassured that they could return to the site — at
least for now.

Around 20 taxi drivers staged an impromptu
protest outside the Churchill Building on Raw-
son Square to make their frustration known to
government ministers ahead of the morning ses-
sion of Cabinet.

However, after a brief discussion with a senior
police officer, who swiftly appeared on the scene
flanked by about five or six other officers, the
group dispersed, claiming the policeman told
them they could continue to drive up to the
area outside the fence bordering on Festival
Place for the time being.

Taxi driver Ivan Campbell said the officer
informed him that a meeting will be held on
Thursday regarding the issue, to which taxi dri-
vers will be invited.

The drivers were relieved, but some remained
angry that police had sought to enforce this
apparently new rule so vigorously before inform-
ing them of any change.

“T don’t want to be working honestly and
somebody arrests me. Don’t do that to me. If I
was a bad citizen I could understand that, but I
don’t want to be working honestly and someone
threatens me with arrest when I have not com-
mitted any offence,” said taxi driver Felton Cox.

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The Tribune was yesterday unable to ascer-
tain if the officer who allegedly threatened
the drivers with arrest was enforcing a new
policy.

While there has for some time now been a
10-taxi limit in place within the boundaries of
Festival Place in light of enhanced interna-
tional security demands, taxi drivers said they
were unaware of any new regulations govern-
ing who could access the area immediately
outside of Festival Place where cruise passen-
gers stream out as they begin their visit to
Nassau.

Yesterday, Environment Minister Dr Earl
Deveaux, who has responsibility for the
Port Department, said he was not aware of
any new policy relating to taxi drivers.

“[’m not responsible for taxi drivers, (but) I
would be surprised if Commander (Patrick)
McNeil (port controller) has put in place any
new regulations to change the long existing
rules we’ve had out there,” he said.

A message left for Minister of Works Neko
Grant, who has responsibility for relations
between the government and taxi drivers, was
not returned up to press time.

Attempts to reach senior officers at the Cen-
tral Police station yesterday were unsuccessful
as phone lines at the station were said to be out
of service.

A message left for Mr McNeil was not
returned.

three years, when will it end?
It’s time to put our foot down
and unless staff refuse to go to
that place they will keep drag-
ging their feet.

“T advised the staff that if
they don’t have an official
memo from the permanent
secretary by the end of work
on Friday, they will only go in
on Monday to pack to prepare
to get into another building.”

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Police seek man for questioning in
connection with alleged fraud matters

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama
police are searching for a Freeport |')
man who they want to question in con-
nection with several alleged fraud mat-
ters.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the
police are seeking the public’s assis-
tance in locating 45-year-old Edward
Farquharson.

The incidents in question took place in 2009 and 2010, and
are under investigation by the Commercial Crimes Section
of the Central Detective Unit.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts
of Farquharson is asked to call 911 immediately.

Edward Farquharson



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Two remanded to
prison pending =—
hail hearing =

TWO men were
remanded to prison on
Monday pending a bail
hearing over marijua-
na possession charges.

Samuel Emmanuel
Knowles, 34, of Yel-
low Elder Gardens
and Jamal Maycock, of
Hay Street were
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with conspir-
ing to possess a quan-
tity of marijuana with
intent to supply and
possession of marijua-
na with intent to sup-
ply.
Both men pleaded
not guilty to the
charges which state
that the men commit-
ted the offences on
February 19.

According to the
prosecution, the men
were found in posses-
sion of 11 pounds of
marijuana.

Both men were
remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison and
are expected back in
court on February 25
for a bail hearing.

¢ A man was sen-
tenced to two years in
prison on Monday
after pleading guilty to
weapons and ammuni-
tions charges.

Mark Munnings, 29,
of Eneas Street was
arraigned before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethell
in Court 8, Bank Lane,
charged with posses-
sion of an unlicensed
firearm as well as
ammunition.

According to court
dockets, Munnings on
February 18 was found
in possession of a
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Daisy Scott Emory, 48, of
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vacationing at the Island Seas on
Grand Bahama in 2006, to be
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In December, the US' 11th Cir-
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US District Court's decision last
year to dismiss the case on the
grounds that the Bahamas was the
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Parks, PL, a Florida-based firm.
According to lawyers for her
estate, Emory visited the Island
Palm Resort on Grand Bahama
with her daughter, sister, and two
cousins. The 48-year-old bought a
discounted vacation package at
the Grand Bahama resort in 2006.
Part of the package's conditions
required Emory to tour the Island
Palm's sister hotel, the Island Seas,
and also attend a timeshare pre-
sentation, it is reported. While at
the Island Seas, Emory and her
party purchased tickets for a
banana boat ride from Paradise
Watersports, a vendor that oper-
ated a kiosk near the front desk.
Her legal team said that Emory
notified George Douglas, a Par-
adise Watersports employee in

charge of towing the banana
boats, that she and another mem-
ber of her party could not swim,
according to D’Alemberte.

It is reported that Mr Douglas
then gave Emory a life vest that
was too small and worn, but
assured her that it would keep her
afloat if necessary. However, the
boat capsized while carrying
Emory and three of her family
members, and Emory fell into the
water and drowned.

Emory's legal team has argued
that a US courtroom was the
proper forum for this case because
many interested parties in the
matter, including the personal rep-
resentative of Emory’s estate, her
daughter Rene Wilson, is a Flori-
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witnesses in the case, including
family members, friends, doctors,
and Emory's employer, are Amer-
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Yesterday, President of the
Bahamas Hotel Association — an
organisation of which the Island
Seas and Island Palm are mem-
bers — declined to comment
specifically on the ruling.

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to discuss anything related to liti-
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is current legal action taking
place," Mr Sands told The Tri-
bune.

When pressed on what possi-
ble impact this ruling could have
for other resorts in the Bahamas
and if he thought this could set a
precedent for negligence cases

emerging from the Caribbean to
be heard in the US, Mr Sands said,
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are the same, each case must be
based on its own merit. I don't
wish to get into any hypothetical
discussion regarding the merits or
demerits of a particular case.

He added that “any litigation
is of concern to our sector but we
are satisfied as a sector that all
that our independent properties
exercise a level of precaution and
security that looks after the wel-
fare of all our guests."

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from officials at the Island Palm
proved fruitless because the hotel
is currently closed. Messages left
at the Island Seas for comment
were not returned up to press
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My by-election observations
‘2 TOUGH CALL

By LARRY SMITH

ugh Call is no

shell-shocked poll

worker, but we

thought that a

look at the over-

all numbers in last week's

bye-election would be
instructive.

Taking the official num-
bers at face value (there
were complaints that many
registered illegally), there
were 4,942 registered voters
in the Elizabeth constituen-
cy — an increase of 691
since 2007 — but more than
a third of them stayed home
on February 16.

And despite all the talk of
a surge in support for new
parties, the BDM, NDP and
WP won only 209 votes col-
lectively — about 4 per cent
of the total cast. So my first
observation is that support
for splinter candidates
remained low, and is consis-
tent with past experience.

In the 2007 general elec-
tion, a single splinter candi-
date (Bernard Rolle) won
72 votes in Elizabeth, or less
than 2 per cent of the 3907
cast. And overall in 2007,
splinter candidates (the
BDM and several indepen-
dents) received only about 3
per cent of the vote.

In fact, the electoral high
point for candidates not
drawn from the two major
parties was 2002, when they
collectively won 7.5 per cent
of the vote. But that was due
largely to the fact that the






Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major par-
ties. Support in the recent bye-
election was evenly divided at
1501 for the FNM and 1499 for

the PLP.



PLP refrained from fielding
candidates against several
independents (all former
FNMs).

Elizabeth is clearly a mar-
ginal seat for both major
parties. Support in the
recent bye-election was
evenly divided at 1501 for
the FNM and 1499 for the
PLP. This compares to the
2007 general election, when
the PLP won 1940 votes to
the FNM's 1895 (in percent-
age terms roughly 50 to 47).

After all the campaign-
ing by the well-oiled party
machines, a low 65 per cent
turnout produced a desulto-
ry draw. This inconclusive
result contrasted sharply
with the 92 per cent turnout
in the last general election,
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Bahamian elections, and a
clearcut victory for the PLP.

So my second observa-
tion is that despite a huge
effort (consuming the scarce
time, money and resources
of ministers and parliamen-
tarians), the two major par-
ties were barely able to
energise their bases — those
folks who will vote PLP or
FNM no matter what. So the
big question is, who stayed
home and why? And did
they want to reprimand Per-
ry Christie or warn Hubert
Ingraham?

Effective

Well, surely the most
effective way to do either
would have been to vote for
the splinter candidates. So
was the low turnout simply
idleness on the part of voters
who knew that this election
would not make the slightest
difference in the scheme of
things? Or were many of
them illegally registered?

This brings me to my
third observation, which is
that both major parties
agree that many voters reg-
istered illegally. So the big
question is — how did that
happen and will the prob-
lem be fixed for the next
time?

During the chaotic voter
registration of 2007 presided
over by Perry Christie, only
eight days intervened
between changing the con-
stituency boundaries and
dissolving parliament. This
meant that voters’ cards
were issued in a rush, and
numerous mistakes were
likely to have been made.
But what was the problem

CASSIUS STUART

this time? We deserve a full
explanation of any flaws in
the voter registration
process so that they can be
fixed prior to the next elec-
tion.

My fourth observation
has to do with race. In 2007
the “no-turning-back” PLP
sharply criticised the FNM
for running Brent Symon-
ette, a wealthy white scion of
the old Bay Street power
clique who, they said, held
the party in his financial
clutches. Yet this time
around they happily ran
Ryan Pinder, the son of a
wealthy white lawyer from
Spanish Wells whose pro-
fessional ties lie solely in the
United States, and who was
nominated due to the will-
ingness of the Pinder family
to bankroll his election.

Finally, a review of pre-
vious elections may be help-
ful in the present analysis.
There were 150,799 regis-
tered voters in the May 2,
2007 general election. The
FNM contested all 41 con-
stituencies, the PLP con-
tested 39, the BDM contest-
ed 16, and there were 15

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Independent candidates,
two of whom were incum-
bents.

Recounts

Although then Prime
Minister Christie conceded
defeat at about 10.30 pm on
election day, there were pro-
tracted recounts the day
after as strong rumours cir-
culated that the FNMs close
victory would be over-
turned.

But official results even-
tually gave the FNM 23
seats with about 50 per cent
of the vote, while the PLP
won 18 seats with almost 47
per cent.

Christie decided to take
several cases to the Election
Court but lost all of them,
ringing up a million dollars
in legal costs. And now the
PLP wants to take the Eliz-
abeth results to court. Since
the outcome will not alter
the balance of power in par-
liament, this can only be
seen as (a) false bravado on
the part of an embarrassed
leadership, or (b) anger aris-
ing from a feeling of entitle-






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ment to rule.

Speaking of costs it would
be interesting to see how the
major parties have handled
court fees over the years,
and to what extent they
have met other financial
obligations such as travel
and media expenses. In fact,
it would be useful to know
just how much it costs to run
a political campaign (both
bye-elections and general
elections), where the money
comes from and how it is
accounted for and disbursed
by the major parties.

In fact, the issue of cam-
paign financing should be a
big part of the debate on
broadcasting codes spon-
sored by the new Utilities
Regulation and Competition
Authority. Should political
parties receive public funds
for their campaigns? Should
private contributions be ful-
ly disclosed? Should cam-
paign expenses be limited
by law? These are all critical
questions that demand
answers.

And just for the record, in
the 2002 general election the
PLP won almost 52 per cent
of the vote compared to the
FNMs 41 per cent.

In 1997 the FNM won
almost 58 per cent of the
vote.

And in 1992 they won 55
per cent.

Before that the PLP com-
fortably won elections in
1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1968
and 1967. The first Bahami-
an election contested by a
political party (the PLP) was
in 1956

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Leslie Miller — ‘Ryan Pinder
is right to fight for Elizabeth’

Former MP says this election court case not like the others

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

A FRESH election court battle is
brewing as Progressive Liberal Party
candidate for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder
prepares to test the validity of five
protested votes cast in his favour. The
feeling is all too familiar to former
PLP Baillou Hills MP, Leslie Miller,
who declined to mount a similar chal-
lenge two years ago but believes this
time victory is worth fighting for.

In an interview with The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Miller dismissed as “‘idi-
otic” the suggestion by Free National
Movement leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, that the PLP should

be required to pay a deposit to ensure
debts incurred from a court challenge
are paid. Mr Ingraham is claiming the
party has a history delinquency.

Mr Miller was the only person fol-
lowing the 2007 general election to
bow out after contemplating an elec-
tion court bid. He made a conscious
decision not to file a challenge like
two of his fellow MPs, because he
appreciated the considerable resources
involved in doing so.

He saved himself potentially mil-
lions of dollars, unlike former PLP
candidate, Pleasant Bridgewater, who
owes around $1 million for the Marco
City election court case she lost, and
Allison Maynard-Gibson, former PLP
candidate for Pinewood, who also

incurred large legal costs. But, Mr
Miller said yesterday, “In the case of
Elizabeth, it is a totally different situ-
ation. You cannot equate Elizabeth
with Baillou Hills or any other con-
stituency following the 2007 elections.
I would have gone to court myself in
circumstances such as these — no ifs,
ands or buts.

Pressure

“With all the pressure applied to
the voters and all the pressure applied
to the returning officer and his cohorts,
I think it is only fair that what is about
to happen takes place.”

He was referring to the PLP’s objec-
tion to Minister of National Security

LESLIE MILLER

Tommy Turnquest being part of the
FNM’s recount team, as he is the min-
ister responsible for elections. The
opposition feels that as such, he should
not be involved in partisan political
exercises.

The PLP also claims that voters and
the returning officer, Jack Thompson,
were intimidated by the presence of
government officials such as Mr Turn-
quest at the polling stations.

Mr Miller noted that “Every minis-
ter represents the government. (Mr
Turnquest’s) view is the government’s
view. He had the full power and
authority and should he ashamed of
himself. “I prefer elections to be won
at the ballot box. When you clearly
get the majority of the votes and you




RYAN PINDER

move on. You win, you win; you lose,
you lose, and you go home. But when
you see these questionable tactics tak-
ing place you can see why chaos enters
the picture and people refer to the
court system to get fair play.”

According to Mr Miller, even
though he decided against an election
court challenge because of the costs, all
such instances are a “political sham” as
no one really expects to pay.

He claimed that when the FNM con-
tested the MICAL seat following the
2002 general election, Johnley Ferug-
son, who lost to PLP candidate Alfred
Gray, did not pay his court debts until
the eve of the next general election,
when he ran and lost in South
Eleuthera.

Moves to help prevent traffic fatalities in Grand Bahama in 2010

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Road Traffic Department
and the Royal Bahamas Police Force are making
efforts to help prevent traffic fatalities from hap-
pening in Grand Bahama in 2010.

Both police officers and members of Road
Traffic were out on the streets on Monday morn-
ing handing out road safety flyers and checking
vehicle registrations.

Basil Rahming, Deputy Controller of Road
Traffic, said the exercise is a joint effort with the
police to promote the message of road safety
and to ensure that vehicles on the road are prop-
erly registered.

Police and Road Traffic officials were sta-
tioned at three major traffic locations throughout
the island between 8am and 9am.

Road Safety mascot ‘PC Road Rick’ was at
the intersection of Queens Highway and Fishing
Hole Road distributing flyers to motorists trav-
elling from the western part of Grand Bahama.

“Our objective really is to have a year go by
without any traffic fatalities on Grand Bahama,”
said Mr Rahming.

“Given the fine condition of the roads and the
fact that there is minimal traffic on the island,
there really is no need for anyone to be losing
their lives on the road.”

Mr Rahming expressed concern about speed-
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He noted that they have had problems with per-
sons not coming in to the department to licence
their vehicles for the current year.

“While a significant percentage of the popu-
lation has licenced their vehicles, we are con-
cerned about those persons who fail to come in.

“Everybody knows that their licence expires on
your birthday, and so there really is no excuse for
anyone not coming in to register their vehicles.

“The police are out here with us and they are
looking out for persons driving uninsured and
unlicenced vehicles, especially vehicles that are
not inspected and defective, ” he said.

Exercises

Mr Rahming said they will continue to conduct
similar road exercises throughout the year.

“We have deployed our Road Safety mascot
known as PC Road Rick, who is helping us to dis-
tribute our road safety message throughout the
community.

“We want to continue to sensitise the public
about the urgent need for road safety. We want
to keep road safety foremost in their minds and
we will continue to conduct exercises like this
throughout the year,” he said.

Although the seatbelt law has not been
enforced, Mr Rahming urged motorists to buck-
le up while driving.

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own life, so whether the law has been officially
brought into force or not, we should always buck-
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PLP files by-election
court challenge

FROM page one

tification of results rests on
the status of five protest
votes, cast in favour of the
Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP). If these votes are cer-
tified in election court, the
tables could turn on Dr
Duane Sands, Free National
Movement (FNM) candi-
date, who is currently up by
two votes.

The five protested votes
cast for the PLP were dis-
tributed evenly across five
polling divisions: 4, 5, 7, 8,
10. In the case of polling

division number eight, the
protested vote was cast by
a resident who had a valid
voter registration card and
was on the certified register
for that polling division.
The voter in question was
challenged by the Free
National Movement (FNM)
on election day, because
agents claimed to have evi-
dence the voter did not actu-
ally reside in the constituen-
cy.
Valentine Grimes, PLP
stalwart, said the FNM had a
legitimate complaint that the
voter was not a resident in

polling division number
eight, but it was bogus to
claim the voter was not a
member of the constituen-
cy. He said the voter actual-
ly lives in polling division
number five.

In an instance such as this,
it was within the prerogative
of the returning officer to
have the voter swear an oath
and vote on a regular white
ballot, according to Mr
Grimes. This would consti-
tute a challenged vote, nota
protested vote. Challenged
votes are counted regularly
with all other white ballot

Robbery victims
in kidnap terror

FROM page one

robbery squad, confirmed to The Tribune that
repeat offenders continue to pose a challenge,
as Statistics depict a high recidivism rate.
Police also issued a number of tips that can
decrease your vulnerability to home invasion

and armed robbery.

They include: having house keys ready
before you get to your door; keeping trees
low to ensure clear visibility of the surrounding
area from your house; installing proper light-
ing, alarms or surveillance outside.

“Persons should not only ensure their homes
are properly secured but also be aware of per-
sons that they hire to do work for them in

their home,” said ASP Fernander.

“Most people don’t perform the proper
background check on people they allow to do
work for them.

“You should also secure valuables as best

you can whenever you allow these strangers

today.

into your home.”

It is believed Ellison Greenslade, the Com-
missioner of Police, will hold a press confer-
ence to address mounting concerns sometime

.

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PLP ELIZABETH candidate Ryan Pinder with supporters on polling night.

votes. Mr Grimes said the
presiding officer made a
mistake in having the vote
cast on a protested ballot.

The second instance of
poor decision making on
the part of a presiding offi-
cer, according to Mr
Grimes, is the case of a
protested voter who had
documents with contradic-
tory dates of birth.

Mr Grimes said the voter
had a legitimate voter’s
card and was on the offi-
cial register, but the date
of birth printed on the
voter’s card was different
than the date of birth print-
ed on the counter foil or
duplicate record of the
voter’s card.

There was no dispute as
to the voter’s identity,
according to Mr Grimes,
and the voter was able to
produce a passport to con-
firm the date printed on the
voter’s card was correct.

“Again the presiding offi-



cer wrongly required her to
vote on the coloured bal-
lot. There is no dispute
over who she is or dispute
that she is on the register,
so the presiding officer
wrongly required her to
vote on coloured ballot,”
said Mr Grimes.

Had these errors not
been made, the PLP would
have collected two addi-
tional votes in the original
count on election day, said
Mr Grimes.

The Parliamentary Elec-
tions Act accounts for three
instances in which the pre-
siding officer should require
a voter to vote on a
coloured ballot. All three
instances relate to the pre-
siding officer being unsatis-
fied as to the identity of the
voter or the right of the vot-
er to vote.

The Acct lists the following
conditions: “(a) such per-
son’s voter’s card has any
defect; (b) the entry relat-

ing to such person in the
register is incorrect; or (c)
such person has a voters
card but his name does not
appear in the register for
the relevant constituency
or polling division.”

Mr Grimes said three of
the five protest votes cast
for Mr Pinder fell under the
third condition and were
ruled correctly by the pre-
siding officer. The voters
had voter’s cards but their
names were not on the reg-
ister.

In the court hearing, Mr
Pinder will have to prove
those voters should have
been on the register. Mr
Grimes said the PLP was
confident they could prove
the residents should have
been on the register. He
said the Parliamentary
Registration Department is
a party to the action and
they will have to agree or
disagree with the case pre-
sented.

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LOCAL NEWS



Hotels ‘likely to start
hiring staff this year’

FROM page one

“We are in constant dia-
logue with the major busi-
ness houses on a weekly basis
to monitor employment lev-
els. The hotels are very opti-
mistic. Things are improving,
the Christmas season was
beyond expectations here in
New Providence and in
Grand Bahama.

“We anticipate based on
the occupancy levels at all of
the hotels and the projec-
tions that the hotels will
begin to hire new people
now, as Atlantis did last
year,” said Mr Foulkes.

The most recent Industry
Performance and Outlook
Survey conducted by the

Bahamas Hotel Association bears out Mr
Foulke’s assessment to some extent.

“The survey does indicate for the first
time in a two-year period that we will begin
to see some type of (upward) movement of
employment levels (in the hotel industry),”
said Robert Sands, President of the BHA.

“If we look at the trend from 2008 when



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there was the large impact of
lay offs and then 2009, which
was really the highest level of
the economic decline, what we
are seeing in 2010 is that for
the first time some of our
hotels see the potential for
employment to be up in 2010
versus being down significantly
in 2008 and then staying down
in 2009.”

However, Mr Sands noted
that of all hotels surveyed, the
“overwhelming majority” — 73
per cent — say they see
employment levels at their
properties remaining the same
in 2010.

“Twenty-seven per cent of
our hotels see it being up some
and a small percentage up
more than normal in 2010,”

added the BHA President.

“When

that.”

we say slight

improvements...we’re looking at our worst
case scenario and then growing from

The data used in the survey was gathered
in November and December of 2009 and
published several weeks ago on the organ-
isation’s website, Bhahotels.com.

Condemned inmate’s appeal
delays any possible execution

FROM page one

Committee of the Preroga-
tive of Mercy met and deter-
mined on February 1 that
Sawyer's case did not war-
rant mercy and the law —
capital punishment —
should take its course.
Sawyer, 29, was sen-
tenced to death November
9, 2009, by Senior Justice
Anita Allen for the murder
of Quality Discount Store
employee Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery.
At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as
the “worst of the worst".
Evidence revealed that he
shot Mr Eugene in the back
and the buttocks as he was
trying to get up off the
ground following a struggle
involving the pair and
another employee when the
two workers tried to stop
Sawyer making his escape

with the store's cash trays.
When handing down her
sentence, Justice Allen stat-
ed: "I am of the view that
this offence is the ‘worst of
the worst', in that it was
committed with a firearm
and was committed in fur-
therance of armed robbery
in the circumstances ... lam
satisfied beyond a reason-
able doubt that in this case
the imposition of the most
severe penalty for murder,
namely death, is deserved.

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

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

the robbery to pay his rent.

Following the Advisory
Committee's recommenda-
tion the next step towards
carrying out the death sen-
tence, under the law, would
be for a death warrant to be
read to Sawyer. However,
his decision to appeal his
punishment has halted this
process.

Last year the Advisory
Committee recommended
that mercy was not appro-
priate in the case of murder
convict Maxo Tido. Howev-
er Tido has not been exe-
cuted since notification of
his intended fate prompted
the convict to lodge an
appeal to the Judicial Com-
mittee of the Privy Council
against the Court of
Appeal's affirmation of his
2006 murder conviction.

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

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Dr Martin Luther King essay competition

UNITED States and
Bahamian government offi-
cials together with princi-
pals, teachers, students, and
family members attended
the US Embassy’s fourth
annual Dr Martin Luther
King, Jr essay competition
awards ceremony on Friday,
February 5. The ceremony
was held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel.

A total of 65 essays were
received from 14 public and
private schools in New
Providence and the Family
Islands.

Students were asked to
use a quote from Dr King
about personal integrity and
responsibility to answer one
of the following questions:
“How can you or how have
you demonstrated personal
integrity and responsibility
to improve conditions in
your community?” or
“Choose an important fig-
ure in your life who best
exemplifies Dr King’s quote
and explain how that indi-
vidual has demonstrated
personal integrity and
responsibility.”

In her remarks, US
Ambassador Nicole Avant
told the audience that Dr
King and countless other
activists that she would not
be able to thank in person,
paved the way for her to be
where she is today.

“T believe it is Dr Martin
Luther King Jr who
deserves the credit for keep-
ing the African American
people hopeful, focused and
determined.”

Winners announced at
annual awards ceremony

Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister also
gave remarks and presented
prizes to the winners.

The first place winner
from a New Providence
school was Shaquille Sands,
a grade 12 student from C
W Saunders Baptist School.

Shaquille received a lap-
top computer and books
about Barack Obama and
Dr King.

Her essay detailed her
efforts to improve her grade
point average from a ‘D’ to
an ‘A’. Shaquille is current-
ly the deputy head girl at
her school.

The first place winner
from the Family Islands was
Michael Cooper, an grade
11 student from the Bishop
Michael Eldon School in
Freeport.

Laptop

He also received a laptop
computer and books about
Barack Obama and Dr
King.

Michael wrote about his
math teacher Hewitt Tay-
lor, who put his students’
needs before his own, and
worked extra hours to
ensure that no one failed his
class.

The second place winner
was Tramaine Thompson, a
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grove High School, Man-
grove Cay, Andros.

Tramaine described his
father as a role model who
taught him the importance
of treating people with
respect and being account-
able for his actions.

The third place winner
was Nakhaz Gay, a grade
11 student at Faith Temple
School in New Providence.

He wrote about the
importance of setting an

example for young boys to
follow through his involve-
ment in youth activities.

The fourth place winner
was Na’eem Mclver, a
grade 11 student at West-
minster College, New Prov-
idence.

Na’eem said his late
grandfather John Edward
Alfred Johnson was the
Martin Luther King Jr of his
family.

He wrote about how his
grandfather risked his job
and fought against racial
discrimination in the
Bahamas.

Miciah Bostwick, a grade
11 student at Westminster

College, New Providence;
D’Anthra Adderley, a grade
12 student at St. Andrew’s,
and Kalene Jones, a grade
12 student at San Salvador
High all received “hon-
ourable mentions.”

These students were
awarded with books about
Dr King.

Success

The US Embassy thanked
the Bahamian government
and corporate sponsors who
all contributed to making
the event a success.

These sponsors included

the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel which provided the
venue and refreshments;
Bahamasair, which provided
airfare for the first place
Family Island winner and a
parent; Flamingo Air, which
provided airfare for the sec-
ond place Family Island
winner and a parent,
Breezes Bahamas (Super-
clubs), which provided hotel
accommodations for both
Family island winners and
their accompanying parents;
the Ministry of Education,
which provided books about
Dr King, and Cable 12 for
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future broadcast.



GRADE 11, BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON
FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA

“Pride and Purpose!”, “Speed and Accu-
racy!”, “Let us shoot for the moon!” are all
phrases that I hear on a regular basis. Since
my high school life began, I’ve heard them
chanted into my ears.

Mr Hewitt Taylor, math teacher at Bish-
op Michael Eldon School, is an inspiration
to those who come into contact with him.
He exemplifies what it is to have integrity
and the ability to handle responsibility. He
is a powerful example of what Dr Martin
Luther King said about a person’s charac-
ter: “The ultimate measure of a man is not
where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy.”

For Mr Taylor, there are no times of
comfort. Nary a time will you see Mr Tay-
lor not zipping past you in the hallway with
intent on getting to his desk so that he can
get some work done. When he isn’t in the
hallway, he is surely at his desk helping a
student — even during lunchtime. His life is
packed with students for whom he wants
nothing but the best. Mr Taylor accepts
the responsibility that accompanies the role
of being a teacher.

A “true” teacher handles a student’s or
group’s needs before his own; and Mr Tay-
lor does just that. I can truly say that he
does this from personal experience. When
Tentered the seventh grade, it was he who
put in the time to help me with my profi-
ciency in Mathematics. I would struggle
and struggle during that period; but he
always assured my class that: “As long as
we remain vigilant towards our work, the
results will come in the future. “

He displayed integrity with those words
because, instead of reprimanding us for
our failures, he motivated and encouraged
us. I was spurred to do better rather than to
accept the defeat of three or four failing
grades in that one semester. Mr Taylor’s
honesty spurs his students to look past the
objective of getting a good grade in a class.
He says that the grades that we receive on
paper do not count if they do not reflect the
education that we take away from school.
He explains that education is the key in
this life and numbers do not count in the
long run.

When a people get into situations that
seem to be negative, their patience and
calmness, as well as their feelings are test-

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of never allowing himself to let his emotions
get the best of him. He shows responsibil-
ity by being mature enough not to take his
anger out on a student, when that student
makes a mistake. Many a time have I heard
him say: “Students, do not allow me to
explode in this classroom.” The humorous
part is that, of the hundreds of times that I
have heard him say to my classmates and
me, when we were being disruptive, never
has he gone through with his threat. That’s
not to say that he is all talk and no action.
Truthfully, if Mr Taylor does “explode”
on a student, it will not be a sight that any-
one wants to see.

I remember a time two years back when
I started to loathe math. Mr Taylor could
see my frustrations, even when I was on
my way to class; but he would not draw
attention to it. He kept teaching just as he
normally would and he decided to stop
teaching one day and asked the class if we
were all right. I saw that he glanced at a few
of us and gave us a look, a look that said:
“You can do it”. It was interesting because
that same day, he had just passed out our
test from the previous week—one that I,

unfortunately, had failed. When class was
dismissed that day, he called for all the stu-
dents that failed to come to him. I went,
thinking, ‘““Why must I have to deal with
math again?” He sat there and I lined up
with the few of us that failed. He got us
together and lectured us with the intention
of getting the message that we would work
together so that no one gets left behind.

That motivated me to do better. It
showed that he would do what he had to for
all of his students to be sailing on the same
boat. He told us that day that, when a stu-
dent in his class fails, everyone else in the
class including him fails. I understood that
if he wanted the best for us, then I had to
work harder and want the best for myself.

Mr Taylor is a powerful character who
does not have to answer the questions: “Do
you have integrity?” or “Are you respon-
sible?” His actions speak for themselves.
His example is inspiring: he truly demon-
strates that the measure of a man is where
he stands in challenge. Though Mr Tay-
lor’s challenges do come, he handles them
as tactfully as possible. He is the true epit-
ome of what it means to be a responsible
person with integrity.

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FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE NEVV PROVIDENCE SCHOOLS

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION



SHAQUILLE SANDS
GRADE 12, C W SAUNDERS BAPTIST
SCHOOL

Topic

How can you or how have you
demonstrated personal integrity and
responsibility to improve conditions
in your community?

Repeating the words of Mr Bur-
rows, a religious education teacher at
my school, I asked myself, "What is
that thing in me that says, ‘I have the
ability to be a responsible student
leader with integrity’?"

I did some soul searching and
recalled one of the memorable quo-
tations of the great Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr: “Life's most persistent and
urgent question is, 'What are you
doing for others’?”

To answer this burning question, I
will begin by sharing one of my great-
est achievements as a young and aspir-
ing student leader at C W Saunders
High School.

It was during the campaign for stu-
dent heads at my school that I real-
ized that character wrought by per-
sonal integrity was the key to my suc-
cess.

It was then that I came to appreciate
Dr King’s declaration: “A man should
not be judged by the color of his skin,
but by the content of his character.”

This famous quotation brought
home to me the message that the Min-
istry of Education promotes: “Char-
acter Counts!”

To demonstrate that I have shown
personal integrity and responsibility
to improve conditions in my commu-
nity, I am pleased to take this oppor-
tunity to share a bit of my past chal-
lenges and triumphs.

I recall the days not so long ago
when I was a ‘D’ average student.



This was the turning point in my
life. I identified with Dr King’s state-
ment that "the ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands in
moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of chal-
lenge and controversy."

I took responsibility to improve my
grade point average. I am now an ‘A’
average student.

I became that change that I wanted
to see. I was reminded by the words of
Dr King that “change does not roll in
on the wheels of inevitability, but
comes through continuous struggle”.

I aspired passionately in my quest
for the post of Head Girl at my school,
even though I had doubts that I would
be one of the four chosen to lead.

Nevertheless, I held fast to the
words of Dr King that, “Faith is taking
the first step even when you don't see
the whole staircase”.

Inspired by persons like Dr King, I
proceeded to prove to myself, my
teachers and my colleagues that I
could be a student leader for all to
emulate.

I successfully secured the Deputy
Head Girl post. I became a leader of
integrity and begun living a more
transparent lifestyle.

It was then that I decided to be
responsible for my actions, as I knew
that I would be accountable for them:
The microscope would be on me at all
times.

Cognizant of this, I adhere to the
school’s rules - not because all eyes
are on me, but because I know that I
must be a good example for my peers.

Tensure that the length of my skirt is
not above my knees and that I wear
only one pair of earrings while in
school. I am on time for classes and do
not encourage disruptive behavior in
the classroom setting. Tirelessly and
unwavering, I demonstrate responsi-
bility by staying behind daily after class

me 4



a

FIRST PLACE WINNER of New Providence schools Shaquille Sands (centre)
accepts her award from Education Minister Desmond Bannister (left) and US

Ambassador Nicole Avant (right).

to tidy up behind my colleagues in an
effort to assist my teacher in any way I
can.

In 2009, I entered the HIV Speech
Competition sponsored by the Min-
istry of Health’s Youth for Positive
Living Department.

I entered this competition to help
promote the importance of safe sex
among my peers nation-wide.

In my neighborhood, I adhere to
the moral principle called cleanliness.

Tensure that my trash bins have lids
on them at all times. I use concrete



SECONID! PLACE

TRAMAINE THOMPSON

GRADE 10,

MANGROVE CAY HIGH SCHOOL
MANGROVE CAY, ANDROS

It was not until recently that I paid
attention to who Dr Martin Luther King
really was. Maybe this is because of how
passionately my history teacher spoke
about him. The word integrity truly
applies to Dr King’s character and also to
my role model — my father — who is the
epitome of all that Dr King stands for
and died for.

Mr Michael Thompson is one person
who immediately comes to mind when I
read the quote. Michael is my father, and
I think of him with pride. He has never
done anything that has been a disap-
pointment — except when I am not
allowed to have my own way, but that is
expected from every parent. “Daddy” is
an orphan who at a young age was taken
from the Ranfurly Home for Children
and brought to the island of Mangrove
Cay, Andros, where we still live. There
used to be talk about Daddy being abused
as a child by the people who adopted
him, but this did not make him bitter; it
only made him a hard worker. Today he
still demonstrates the quality of diligence
and responsibility.

“Thompson”, as mommy calls him,
was very strict on us, seven kids in all,
especially my brothers. Today, however
they are good young men with children of
their own. I can use words like caring,

blocks to reinforce the lids, ensuring
that dogs cannot overturn the bins.

This habit not only keeps my sur-
roundings clean but prevents the
spread of airborne viruses, flies and
rodents. In addition, when dogs bring
trash into my yard, I voluntarily pick it
up and discard it.

When stumbling across a beautiful
and fluffy lost pet, I demonstrate both
integrity and responsibility by follow-
ing through that it is returned to its
rightful owner - no matter how great
the temptation of wanting to keep it

for myself. Not returning lost pets has
become a nationwide problem!

I display soundness of moral char-
acter by conducting myself in a manner
that would not be offensive to others
or embarrassing to my family, girls
and women in my community.

I practice telling the truth when
recalling or giving account of inci-
dences. In the capacity of mediator to
arguments between my friends, I prac-
tice fairness in my decision-making
process.

I want to be known and remem-
bered among my peers as a leader who
is fair to all with whom I interact and
represent.

In my church community, I display
the importance of responsibility by
regularly attending practice sessions
as a member of the youth choir and
the marching band.

T have learnt to play the saxophone
which is my favorite pastime.

Like me, other students found read-
ing music challenging. I saw fit to lead
out in the challenge to show the
younger children that reading music
Is easy.

Being one of the first to grasp the
concept of reading music, I was there-
by able to motivate and tutor others
who were struggling.

I enjoyed helping others to become
proficient at playing their instruments
of choice. This was a very fulfilling
experience and I enjoyed touching
lives in this way.

Like Sir Lynden Pindling, I want
to empower youth not to underesti-
mate themselves. I want them to be
more than conquerors and never to
lose faith.

I am destined to be that female
leader who works toward improving
my community and the mindset of my
people towards a better Bahamas. I
aspire to be like Dr Martin Luther
King: “T have a dream.”

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against wrong. He would often quote the
Scriptures as a reminder of the values we
need to live by. I cannot recall an instance
when my father was ever caught in a lie or
did anything dishonest. He often encour-
ages others to make right decisions, espe-
cially in his capacity as a Pastor. My father
truly brings integrity to life, and he
encourages us to be honest in the way
we live.

He is also a very responsible role mod-
el and is truly devoted to his family. He
sacrificed a lot to take care of such a big
family. My father is a very hard worker; it
is as though he never sleeps or rests. He is
very determined to provide for his fami-
ly and to work for God. He does fishing
for a living but mainly sponging, which he
learned to do from a boy. The sea can be
very treacherous, but my dad has never
shirked his responsibilities. Even though
he may think that I do not pay attention,
I admire him greatly and people in our
society really respect him. This makes
me proud of him: there are not many
fathers like my daddy today. Whether he
is tempted or enjoying the life that God
has given him, he praises his God.

Because of him, many lives have been
changed. He knows when someone
needs encouraging words or some great
gifts to uplift their spirits. He says, “God
has brought us from a long way”. He is
certainly right, because God has turned
his life around and is using him to change
his community. One day I asked Daddy,
“Daddy were you always this nice to peo-

SECOND PLACE WINNER Tramaine Thompson (centre) accepts the award from
Tramaine Wright, director of sales and marketing at the British Colonial Hilton
(sponsor) and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard (right).



YVRAS OFFICIALS presented NAD volunteers with official Vancouver

Winter Olympics gear (left to right): Deborah Coleby, director of
operations at NAD; Elizabeth Ferguson, NAD concierge; Coleen Rogers
of YVRAS; Nicole Henfield, manager of customer experience at NAD,
and John Terpstra, vice-president of operations at NAD.

NAD staff to volunteer at Vancouver
airport as the Winter Olympics end

THIS week, two volunteers
from Nassau Airport Develop-
ment’s customer experience
department will head to Van-
couver International Airport
(YVR) as the 2010 Winter
Olympics come to a close.

Nicole Henfield, manager of
customer experience at NAD,
and NAD concierge Elizabeth
Ferguson, will volunteer at
YVR during the final days of
the games.

YVR officials are anticipat-
ing approximately 39,000 ath-
letes, spectators and journalists
from around the world to
return home through the air-
port on March 1, the day after
the official closing ceremony.

The airport’s busiest day on
record saw 26,000 passengers
travel through Vancouver
International.

All hands will be on deck to
accommodate the mass exodus
from Vancouver.

NAD volunteers have spent
the past two weeks reviewing

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care. For Mrs Henfield the trip
will be all about customer ser-
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“T am looking forward to get-
ting the hands-on experience
and to see how the airport will
function when all of its
resources are put to the test,”
she said.

According to John Terpstra,
NAD’s vice-president of oper-
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facilities for this for the past
seven years.”

“We wanted to expose our
staff to how an airport of that
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tance of treating people with respect and
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Recently, he faced a challenge that
hurt him badly. Some people with whom
he had a close relationship spoke ill of
him and wronged him terribly.

I was so affected to see my father so
torn, but he handled himself with grace.
Instead of getting revenge, as I might
have done or giving up, he continued to
work hard, and helped those same indi-
viduals.

What a man! I admire the way he
demonstrated integrity despite being
wronged. Because of that, God has
opened doors for him and provided
opportunities, simply because my Daddy
showed strength of character.

From being an orphan, to unfair treat-
ment as a boy and being talked about
and cursed by those whom he thought
loved him, Daddy — Michael Thompson —
still stayed the same and stuck to his prin-
ciples. This is true integrity. As a result, he
is honored, first through the writing of
this essay but also by those who com-
mend him and constantly seek his guid-
ance in personal matters. “Daddy” may
not know anything about his biological
family, but he is surrounded by us -mom-
my and the many people who have adopt-
ed him as their father. Despite the chal-
lenges, he has repeatedly shown integrity
and responsibility. This fine gentleman
certainly embodies the spirit of Dr King.
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THIRD PLACE

NAKHAZ GAY

GRADE 11, FAITH TEMPLE SCHOOL
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS

VA | RD PLACE DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION

A community without integrity is bound to
be chaotic. Whenever integrity comes to
mind, I instantly think of Nelson Mandela, a
man of great integrity. He stood up for what
he believed in — at the expense of his own
freedom. Integrity is defined as the “sound-
ness of moral character”. A person of integri-
ty is often described as honorable,
respectable, and powerful. The world could
be a better place, if we all had integrity.
Instead of living life cautiously and defen-
sively, we could live in peace and harmony.
Nelson Mandela said that “The first thing is to
be honest with yourself... Great peacemak-
ers are all people of integrity, of honesty and
of humility.” But a world of integrity has to
start in the communities. If everyone in a
community lives honest lives filled with love
and makes an honest living for themselves, it
will be considered a good community — which
everyone will enjoy. In order to have this
community, we all will have to do our part. I
demonstrate personal integrity by setting an
example for young boys growing up. I also
demonstrate integrity and responsibility by
being involved in productive activities and
by showing respect to my fellow man.

I live in a community where it seems that
doing ‘right’ things is wrong and doing
‘wrong’ things is right. Smoking, drinking,
and gambling are emulated by youth; they
are considered ‘fun’. I, on the other hand,
refuse to participate in such foolish acts.
There are many negative influences in my
community, but I live above those influences
— although a lot of children my age do not. I
promised myself that I would not fall under
negative peer-pressure and I would be an
example to the younger generation of chil-
dren coming up. As a child maybe seven or
eight years old, I remember looking up to
my neighbor Vado because he was a good
basketball player and he had a positive atti-
tude. I knew some day I would fill his shoes
and someone would look up to me in the
way that I looked up to him. It would not be
responsible for me to lead someone astray.
After all, I was not led astray. Just as the old
saying goes “Tf it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.
Instead of participating in gang activities, I am
a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist
Mass Youth Choir, a member of the Pathfind-
er Club and a player on my school’s basket-
ball team. These three groups keep me out of
problems and it also gives me opportunities to
show people my talents. The Mass Youth
Choir not only shows talents, it is also a min-



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Bahamasair (sponsor), Phyllice Colebrook, rep-
resenting Flamingo Air (sponsor), third place
winner Nakhaz Gay, and Julian Reid, assistant
news director at ZNS, and an essay judge.

istry: we sing at a lot of functions and are }
often on the Bahamas’ local television station }
ZNS. If it was not for the Pathfinder club I
would be a totally different person. I have }
spent many hours in Pathfinder meetings. }
We go on hikes and marches, we learn rope
tying and do community service by helping in i
the orphanages or retirement homes. They
taught me a lot of life lessons that I will not }
forget. At times I feel like quitting some of
these groups, but winners would not be win- i
ners if they quit. When I joined these groups,
I took a great responsibility and it would be
irresponsible of me to quit. At the end of the
day these groups help me to be a better per- :

son.

I show respect to my fellow man. Respect :
is something you have to give to get. In my }
community I respect everyone. I do not show
any acts of hatred to anyone — although some }
people try to make me. It is hard to be kind to ;
everyone in a neighborhood, because some
people are not nice people. Some people are }
grouchy, but I do not think any less of them
because of it. It helps to have people in the }
community to respect other people, their }
people’s property and to set a standard for :

others among them to see.

Integrity and responsibility comes with wis- ‘
dom and insight on how and why to use them. :
If everyone shows more integrity and respon- }
sibility in his or her community, we can make
the world a better place. We can be role mod- i
els in our community, join various groups }
that help the community or just show love to i

everyone in the community.



NA’EEM MCIVER
GRADE 11, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Integrity: a word meaning “to have qualities such as
good character, honesty and wholeness.” Dr Martin
Luther King Jr strongly believed in personal integrity.
One of his famous quotes says, “The ultimate measure
of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort
and convenience, but where he stands at times of chal-
lenge and controversy.” In my opinion my great grand-
father the late great John Edward Alfred Johnson
(June 14, 1912 — October 31, 1950), AKA “Jack”, best
exemplified this quote.

Jack Johnson lived his life as “‘a jack-of-all-trades”.
He was a carpenter first, then a butler and valet. As a
carpenter he assisted with the enlargement of Oakes
Airfield and the construction of Windsor Field, today
Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. He also
helped with the construction of the Nassau Beach
Hotel, the Churchill Building, Potter’s Cay Dock and
the College of the Bahamas. As a valet and butler, he
was employed by three Anglican Bishops, three Roman
Catholic Bishops, Sir Harry Oakes, Sir Robert
McAlpine, Graycliff Restaurant and the Buena Vista
Restaurant. He also worked at Government House
under three Governors, one of whom was King Edward
VIII (The Duke of Windsor) — Governor of the
Bahamas from 1940 to 1945. Doing all of these things
gave my great grandfather a good reputation for his
hard work, dedication and professional ethics. Jack
also established the Johnson & Johnson Domestic
Training School in Lewis Street - where he taught
classes for many years — to assist Bahamians who
wished to be trained in the domestic field.

Jack Johnson was a man who exemplified Dr King’s
quote because he always did what was needed to be
done when it was necessary. He was like the Martin
Luther King of my family. If there was one thing that
Jack didn’t like it was discrimination — especially racial
discrimination. During his days as a butler for the
Duke of Windsor, there was a rule that, during dinner
parties, all of the coloured butlers must wear white
gloves; the white butlers were allowed to serve bare-
handed. At the time it was believed that colored peo-
ple were unclean. This angered Jack and he refused to
do it. He was willing to risk his job to say that, if the
white butlers didn’t have to wear the white gloves,
then he shouldn’t have to either. He knew that the
white man and he were equally clean — and equal.

Jack also played important parts in various strikes,
riots and political issues. A member of the Progressive
Liberal Party since it began in 1953, Jack Johnson
fought for constitutional, political and social reform
alongside many of the Bahamas’ political heroes,
including Sir Randolph Foulkes, Dames Doris Johnson,
Sir HM Taylor, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Lynden Oscar
Pindling. He also played a very active role in the Bur-
ma Road Riots of 1942. Black construction workers
fought for wages equal to those of their white Ameri-
can co-workers, paid almost twice the salary of the
black workers. Jack was also known as the leader in the
fight against social injustice and racial inequality. He
even led strikes for better working conditions at Gov-

FOU RTH PLACE DR MARTIN LUTHER KING ESSAY COMPETITION





FOURTH PLACE WINNER Na'eem Mclver (centre) accepts
the award from Krystine Brathwaite, sales associate at
SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas (sponsor) and Tyrone
Fitzgerald, legal counsel of the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity and essay judge.

ernment House and other establishments.

In 1950 Jack became a taxicab driver. For many
years he would talk to all who would listen, as he drove
about his beautiful country and its friendly people.
When the taxicab strike in Nassau took place in 1958,
he played a major role. The strike occurred because the
taxicab drivers objected to airline passengers being
carried by tour company cars from what at the time was
known as the new Nassau International Airport at
Windsor Field.

The final example I will give you of how Jack John-
son exemplifies Dr King’s words about integrity is the
fact that he had undying love for his fellow men, which
was shown by his unselfish contributions to his com-
munity. Sometimes Jack was called “The Mayor of
Lewis Street”, because he worked vigorously to help
those who needed help in his community. Because of
his outstanding contributions he was given The Queen
Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and was appoint-
ed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Even when the odds were against him, John
Edwards Alfred Johnson still fought for his rights.
Jack showed his true self when faced with any chal-
lenge. Growing up poor and barely able to make ends
meet made him realise that he wasn’t going to let any-
one bring him down any further and that he was going
to make it to the top. Jack once said that the first time
he attended St Agnes Anglican Church he had no
shoes, but later he didn’t know what pair of shoes to
choose. It just goes to show that, if you fight for what
you think is right, you will succeed.

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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

THE NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR, celebrating 25 years, opened
their newspaper painting and photo expo on Friday at the
Central Bank as part of the anniversary celebrations. Attend-

ing were the Governor General Arthur Hanna, Fred Mitchell
MP for Fox Hill, Sir Durward Knowles and many others.



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to start the day, or end a chilly February

N this chilly weather, tea is a great way
night. Just wrap up in some flannels and

socks, and sip a cup of warmth.





Tea has that tempting invigoration The
that gets your blood turning warm. Itis best sell-
an incredible friendly warming drink ing tea in
perfect to strike up a conversation with the Unit- al
friends or family, says Stephen Twining, ed King- SU eS
corporate relations manager at Twin- dom _ is

ings of London Teas.

“What excites me is showing people
just what a wonderful gift of nature is
this thing we call tea,” he said.

Tribune Taste spoke with Mr Twin-
ing, the tenth generation member of
the famed Twining tea legacy. He is
also the Corporate Relations manager
of Twinings of London Twinings is a
venerable three hundred year global
enterprise and the originator of the
classic Earl Grey Tea.

Tea is now produced in over 30 coun-
tries in the world. Early on, Mr Twin-
ing insisted on setting the context of
his family’s London-based tea brand,
which was started in 1706 by Thomas
Twinings.

“In the city of London, and the
financial district today, there were 2000
coffee houses,” said Mr Twinings.
“Men didn’t have offices in those days,
so they did business over a cup of cof-
fee.”

Their only other option was to drink
strong spirits like rum and brandy until
the reinvention of tea which brought
about a healthy alternative filled with
antioxidants to stop the free radicals
that damage the cells in our bodies.

“If you prevent them from getting
damaged, you stay well,” he said. Tea is
not a cure for anything, but Mr Twin-
ings swears it can help prevent you
from getting sick. (See Tribune Health
next week for tea’s benefit on the
heart)

“In the olden days, tea was taxed
very high in London. Persons would
buy a cup of tea once or twice a week
at no particular time of day, just not at
several times a day,” Mr Twinings
explained. Ladies would not go into a
coffeehouse, because it was socially
unacceptable to do so.

Thomas Twinings realised the
demand for tea so he was able to open
to world’s first dry tea and coffee shop
in London on 216 Strand, London,
WC2R IAP.

the Earl Grey Tea. It was named after
a British Prime Minister who held office
in the 1830s. Mr Twinings explained
that the company used to mix a partic-
ular brand of tea for the Earl.

“We would write up the ingredients,
mix them together, and put your name
on it,” he said.

Twinings’ biggest gripe is never trade-
marking their ‘Earl Grey’ product line
as other tea companies have adopted
the name.

“If I had a time machine I would go
back to the early 1800’s and copyright
it. But it’s fine, because we still have
the current Earl Grey sign on our box-
es as the authentic original,” he said.

Some teas taste better with certain
foods then some wines, he added.

For example, in the days of the great
British breakfast, there was a quite
strong robust tasting food, and you
need a strong brand to stand up to that.
Therefore the English Breakfast was
created in the 1930s

“If I don’t have a cup of coffee I'll
have a cup of English Breakfast Tea,”
said Mr Twining. “It gets my blood
turning, as I do tend to drink it at dif-
ferent times of the day.”

“TI can’t explain the joys of tea to
me,” he said. “I drink around 15 cups
of it a day,” said Mr Twining who says
he is addicted to its flavor.

“Twinings makes over 200 tea
blends. You have a good section of
about 25 to 30 different flavors sold
here locally.”

According to him besides the regular
Earl Grey (a Bahamian favourite),
Twinings produces Lady Grey, Green
Tea and Mint, Green Tea and Lemon
and Ginger teas and Prince of Wales
teas.

“Tea to me is just like wine.” He
explained that if you have a Shiraz from
one country, it will not taste the same as
a Shiraz from another country. “You
won't get exactly the same flavours,
because it’s grown in different places.”

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Ain't Misbehavin’
opens fo rave reviews

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -
Despite the chilly temperatures out-
side, the vibe was hot and the joint
was jumpin’ as the highly anticipated
musical Ain't Misbehavin’ opened at
the Regency Theatre last weekend
February 19 and 20.

The crowd of theatre-goers had their fingers
snapping, toes tapping, and nothing but com-
pliments for the talented young Bahamian per-

formers.

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Rachel Turnquest Garcia

High Fashion
Mystique

ATTENTION fashionista! :
HIGH fashion will hit the :
runway as the "High Fashion :
Fantasy Presents: Mystique" :
show is set to take flight this ;

weekend.

This Sunday elite models i
of the OlinSha'’s modeling }
agency will strut their stuffon :
catwalks, sporting culturally
significant designs by the tal- ;
ented Bahamian designer }

Rachel Turnquest Garcia.

And with bold color }
palettes, an assortment of pat- }

TaDa supports JJ is Jeni Website

terns and textures these
androsia pieces will be a phys-

ical definition haute couture. ;
Rachel Turnquest Garcia is }

no amateur in the fashion
industry in the Bahamas. Her i
designs have braced the run- i
ways at the Miss Universe }
pageant held in the Bahamas :

last year.

She holds a Bachelors

degree in fashion merchan- }

business administration.

The show will be held at ;
OlinSha's Modeling agency :

located 9th terrace off Collins

show will start at Spm sharp.

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“Absolutely wonderful” remarked one
patron. “Better than I've seen on Broadway”
added another.

The enthusiastic cast bubbled with energy.
Heather McDonald, Dora Brown, Faye Thomp-
son, Allesandro Major, Kenton Pinder, Javan
Hunt, and Tony Lowe engaged the audience
with their songs so much so that the first few
rows of the auditorium especially burst into
spontaneous applause and never stopped clap-
ping. A standing ovation followed.

The accolades flowed following the first two

stage.

performances, and a large contingent of the
audience were our ‘snowbirds.'
Grand Bahama, from large North American
cities, heaped praise on our home-grown pro-
duction proving once again that shows at the
Regency Theatre can hold their own on any

Visitors to

Already it is a wildly popular show and every-
one is excited about doing it again Friday
through Sunday this week (February 26-28).
Director of Ain't Misbehavin', Gloria McGlone,
has double cast several of the roles in order to

give more performers a chance to strut their

only.

Launch Party in Toronto

TORONTO, CANADA - Bahamas’

cine and @ Nesom deere i ? sweetheart TaDa was the international
8 & i guest performer for this event, present-

? ed by JJisJeni.com on February 17.
JJisJeni.ccom is the new website of
i celebrity radio personality JJ ‘Jeni"

Aerie Thesisciel rca: i McKenzie, who although Canadian by
Tei Gall Bes ee aa ? birthright, is also a true ‘island girl’. Born
8 P ? in Halifax, Nova Scotia, raised in Toron-

Tetecetve tickeiewall aes. i to, Ontario, JJ relocated to the beautiful
? islands of The Bahamas in 1990 where

the true course of her life began. JJ is the
recipient of numerous DJ Awards
(future Entertainment) and in only 2
years, is already a force to be reckoned
with in the Toronto entertainment scene.

JJ: "From the first day I hit the air-
waves here in Toronto I fell in love with
the sound of the city and the Toronto
Urban Music scene has become my pas-
sion! I’m very excited about the web-
site and it’s potential to open the way

city!

Tiger still holds golf hostage

MARANA, Ariz.

THE LATEST gossip has
Tiger Woods resuming his
therapy some 2,000 miles
away from where he made
his public apology last Fri-
day, which — if true —
would be a comical coinci-
dence in one respect, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

He made more news in
Arizona when he wasn't even
there.

If nothing else, last week
showed how much control
Woods wields in the world
of golf.

The opening round of the
Match Play Championship
typically is one of the most
exciting days in golf, and it
was every bit of that. Not
because Steve Stricker
became only the second No.
1 seed to go home or because
18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa
won his last three holes to
stay. The buzz centered on
Woods’ camp announcing
that he was going to make
his first public appearance in
three months.

PGA Tour commissioner
Tim Finchem might have set
arecord by meeting with the
media three times in five
days. The first session

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Wednesday was to say very
little. The third one Sunday
was to take blame for not
saying enough. In between
was a news conference at the
Sawgrass Marriott before
more media than ever has
covered The Players Cham-
pionship.

Ernie Els was upset, and
this was after he won his
match.

Upon hearing that Woods
was to speak in the middle of
the first World Golf Champi-
onship of the year, Els tried
to choose his words carefully
until he said to Golfweek
magazine, "It's selfish.” And
that was putting it mildly.

Other players who felt just
as strongly managed to bite
their tongues, or at least ask
that tape recorders be turned
off.

Ian Poulter inquired about
the scene at the TPC Sawgrass
during his final match, and
when it was suggested that the
only new development was
Woods being seen and heard,
Poulter stretched out his arms
as if to say, "There is nothing
else to add."

Not that someone didn't try.

After winning the Match
Play Championship — the
biggest win of his career and

his first victory on American
soil — the Englshman
dressed all in pink nearly
turned red when he heard a
question from the back of the
room.

"Does the Tiger Woods
drama take away or diminish
this championship to you in
any way, just the media atten-
tion?"

Poulter's eyes widened and
he stared for a second.

"Next question,” he replied.

Some players get tired of
taking Tiger questions when
he's winning all the time. They
don't like them any more
when he's simply reading a
statement into a camera.

The Golf Writers Associa-
tion of America usually does-
n't get this worked up unless
the shuttle bus at the U.S.
Open is running late. Woods
created a flurry of passionate
opinions that led the group to
reject an offer of three seats in
the room where Woods
spoke, lobby for more
reporters, receive a compro-
mise of six seats, then vote 19-
3 (with four abstentions) not
to participate.

Could this all have been
avoided? Woods said he was
on a break from therapy
(without saying what kind of

stuff, so you may just want to see it twice! Local
dance instructor Georgia Taylor makes her
debut Friday night.

The show continues with curtain time of Spm
on Friday and Saturday nights (February 26-
27) and a special Sunday matinee at 3pm, Feb-
ruary 28. Due to the immense popularity of
the show, advance ticket purchase is highly rec-
ommended. Tickets are available at the Sev-
enteen Shop downtown and Island Java in Port
Lucaya. The Regency Theatre box office opens
one hour prior to showtime on show nights




and further even more success stories
this year! " . JJ is now the mid-day mix
announcer on Flow 93.5 in Toronto,
after getting her start in the Bahamas
on 100 Jamz.

Superstar hip-hop artist Drake was
also sighted at Home Nightclub in
Toronto, Ontario Canada for what has
been described as the hottest entertain-
ment industry party of the year in the



THIS NOV. 21, 2009, file photo shows Tiger Woods, daughter
Sam Woods, and wife Elin Nordegren, before an NCAA college
football game in Stanford, Calif.

therapy) and was to return
the next day. Even if he had
waited until the tournament
was over, and had spoken on
Monday, it still would have
meant notifying everyone on
Saturday — and that would
have stolen attention away
from Poulter’s 7-and-6 semi-
final victory over Sergio Gar-
cia.

In the end, the resentment

was over Woods still calling
the shots. Most agree that he
should have lost that right
through so many selfish deci-
sions that culminated with a
sordid sex scandal, which
brought disgrace to his family
and damage to a sport that
made him who he is, or was. It
may be years before the
extent of that damage is
known.



1. THE EUGENE
DUPUCH Law School
Students’ Association
invites you to a Mix and
Minele and Silent Auction
on Friday evening 7pm to
midnight at the Humidor@
Graycliff. Donation $65.
2.25 NORTH host a night
of music at the Royal Nas-
sau Sailing Club Saturday,
February 27 from 8-10 pm.
The band billed as Nas-
sau’s only active rock band
includes John Chrstie, Joe
Euteneur, Dereck Roder-
ick and Kyle Baley. The
evening features lots of
music, food, cash bar and is
open to the public.

3. ADRASTRA GAR-
DENS continues its “ All
about...” series of educa-
tional workshops and semi-
nars designed for children
between the ages of 5-12
with “ All about Reptiles.”
The event takes place on
February 27 from 10 am to
noon. Participants will
learn not only how to iden-
tify a reptile, but also dis-
cover why many of these
cold blooded creatures are
masters of design, amour
and sometimes masters of
danger. Each workshop is
equivalent to one commu-
nity service hour. Registra-
tion is $6 per child and $8
per adult. Contact Philippa
Moss at phillippa@ardas-
tra.com or 323-5806.

4. GREEN EARTH FES-
TIVAL begins on Sunday,
February 28, from 12
noon-6pm at The Retreat
(Bahamas National Trust)
on Village Road. Admis-
sion is $5 for Adults, and
$2 for Children. Part of
the proceeds will be donat-
ed to a health charity.
Vendors will be selling
vegan, vegetarian, natural,
organic products and
healthy drinks. They will
also sell items such as
hand made jewelry and
bags, natural bath, body
and hair products. An
acupuncture booth and
chiropractic and yoga ther-
apies will also be available.
There will be a children’s
corner with games and
activities. Chrissy Love will
release her debut record at
the event.

5, LESLIE VANDER-
POOL, the Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival
founder and executive
director will continue her
acting classes on Mondays
and Wednesday until
March 29.

Ms Vanderpool is offering
6 weeks of on-camera and
stage acting classes in the
Sandy Port Beach Resort
Conference Room, 6.30
pm-8.30pm. Cost: $40/indi-
vidual classes, $400/6
weeks classes. Telephone:
356-5939.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
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Interview with Arjuna Watson

FROM page 12

like seeing a piece in a gallery
and being inspired to paint
something similar but differ-
ent. I don't think anyone's
concept is exactly true to
them. I think we all just
rework different concepts
based on our own realities.
Everyone sees things com-
pletely differently. I am a
result of EVERYTHING
that I see.

Describe the conflict, if any,

you feel between making art
and making money?

I don't think about the money
when I make art. I give a lot
of my paintings away. If I
have any left, and my wife
doesn't like them ,I just give
them away. I feel a blessing
when I give....

Are you surprised by to
public's acceptance of your
work?

Yeah. People seem to dig it. I
am completely surprised that
people like my work because
I don't really think when I
paint. I don't edit myself
when I paint, I put it all up.
Some people would rather me
tone things down when I
speak or paint but I say things
as they are and I paint the
same way. I don't really like
be a public figure, I don't like
being at shows but I appreci-
ate people's concepts of what
they think my paintings are
and what they represent. And
that, to me, is fulfillment.

How long have you been an
artist?

It depends. Do you call your-
self an artist once you have
sold a painting? I've been
painting for a long time, ever
since I was a kid. I was never
formally taught, just kinda
pointed in the right direction.

But I sold my first piece in
2007.

Which of your pieces are
you most excited about?
Iam most excited about the
way I utilised corners in this
show. A corner is a wasted
space, no one really hangs a
painting in a corner. I have
been thinking about utilizing
that wasted space and a few of
the pieces in this show are
actually built on frames that
sit right in corners. They have
great shape and functionality
to them.

Describe your moving away

from stencil cutting and into
amore freehand style?

It was an experiment that
worked out. I still like sten-
cils and I still like the propa-
ganda value of stencil but it is
just good to experiment and
move and flow. You get \
pulled in all sorts of directions
and it is good to experiment.

cannot progress.
How do you think years of

cutting stencils has affected
your style?

Well stencils is only part of it.

T used to just use spray paint.

realistic, less cartoonlike.

experimenting more.

What is your favorite medi-
um these days?

so smooth.

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Bahamas

FOR THIS year's Trans-

i forming Spaces Art Tour

Stencils made my stuff more : StingraeStudio will be host-

F pee i i ing another exciting array of
rom Tat came my current } Bahamian realistic artists in

style which I would say is : their beautiful tropical gar-

more realistic. Right now I : qa,

am experimenting with dis- }
tortion and texture. Stencils } showing a group of his small-

helped me understand mono- i er realistic works that depict

chrome images and from that } jhe beauty of The Bahamas

I started looking deeper and i and its people (especially
} geared towards for those per-
? sons who have no more room
: on their walls!) in addition to

? another series of tasteful

At the moment I really love ? nudes for the more mature

enamel paint on Dacron can- } aydience:
vas. It feels like butter moving } f
on a hot frying pan ..it is just i artist, will exhibit his popular

The artist Malcolm is

Thierry Lamare, a master

signature original works on
paper beautifully displayed in
his trademark driftwood
frames. He will also be show-
ing a range of affordable
Giclee prints;

Kevin Cooper from
Eleuthera is also a realistic
artist who captures the beau-
ty of his island in his work.

Two groups of St Andrew's
students who attend after
school art classes with Mal-
colm will be displaying their
amazing talent: Helena, Sid-
ney, The Hussey twins Gabby
and Sacha, are joined by
Amanda, Lauren, Nicolas
and Tyler. They are showing
a series of abstract water-

TRANSFORMING
SPACES - the popu-
lar art bus tour that
allows patrons to
visit several art gal-
leries over one
weekend will take
place this year on
Saturday and Sun-
day March 13-14.
Organisers of the
sixth annual event
announced that the
tour will include
stops to 9 galleries-
Doongalik Studios
Art Gallery at Village
Road, Ladder
Gallery at NPCC,
New Providence Art
& Antiques, Pink
‘Un, Popop Studios,
Post House Gallery,
PRO Gallery at COB,
StingraeStudio and
The Hub.

them!

during the storms.
black and white prints;
This garden Studio is where

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: help from neighbouring coun-
? tries Haiti will recover from its
: devastation.

“This is the main image being

i used for all our promotions.
i Painted in the colors of the
: Haitian flag, the painting rep-
? resents new growth, and a new
? beginning. It represents unity,
i as countries around the world
i are coming together and work-
i ing as one, to help rebuild
i? Haiti,” she explained.

Twenty to seventy per cent

of profits earned (It varies from
i artist to artist) will be donated
i to the initiative.

And while the money could

: have been donated to any other
: relief effort, Mrs Aylen said that
i she chose orphanages for a spe-
cial reason.

The Beauty of the

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“T am a mother myself and it
seems only natural that I want
to help and dedicate this entire

: exhibit to the kids. Its is very

colours as well as four new

portraits of children. You { Bahamians tend to discriminate

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mature artist had produced ; to myself that if we are doing it

i for the kids no one can possible
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larly known as Crab, will }

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trees that have been uprooted } 178 any Sul of money orby Biv=
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AnnaLiza will exhibit her ? Club of East Nassau, who will
i ensure that all of the funds get

i to Haiti directly. The show will

the unbelievable Chef Nikki be held at the Nassau Yacht

_ is offering her } Cqyb located on East Bay street
scrumptious conch chowder : beginning at 5:30 pm until 10
cooked in her own special ; pm. “We want to eliminate all
way along with the Aliwen of the excuses and the Yacht

brand of red and white wines | Club is a very central location
? and we know that a lot of per-
i sons take this route on their way
i home from work. The admis-
: sion is also free,” she said.

the year! For additional infor- i
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010

difference

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

HE entire world felt the “shake”, heard the
cries, and watched as tears trickled down the
faces of victims devastated by the 7.0 magni-
tude earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince last
month and for that moment made television view-
ers stop to think “this could be me”.
With that in mind, people all around the world are coming
together to bring healing to the nation of Haiti and its people.
And likewise, in the spirit of benevolence and humanitarianism
Bahamian fine artists and photographers are also joining forces in

a “one night only” art exhibition to raise funds for orphanages that
were demolished in the disaster.

This, however, is no ordinary showcase, works of all different

mediums will be exhibited.

And while art aims to express an idea or belief, the show goes




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beyond simply telling a story, or sharing an experience. It aims to
get others involved in something of a much greater value.
A heartwarming experience, the art show not only seeks to
attract art fanatics, but those who can afford to render their time
to a worthy initiative also.
"What we need right now is support from any and everyone.
This is a big deal because any funds that we raise will be donated
to rebuild orphanages in Haiti,” said Christine Aylen, organizer
of the show. "If you love art come out, you might find a piece that
you like, if you don't like art still come because there are oth-

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er things that can be donated," she said.

Over 60 pieces of art will be on display. While they don’t
follow a specific theme, they will elicit very strong emo-
tions while depicting experiences from victims during the



disaster.

Some of the work will make you laugh, and some will
make you cry but Mrs Aylen said the main thing the artists
are trying to do is get persons to empathise with the people

of Haiti so that it will enable them to make a contribution.

In one of the pieces she painted, Mrs Aylen tells an

incredible survival story of one of the victims.

"This was inspired by the story of a woman who was

buried in the rubble for six days after the earthquake. Tangled
and trapped underground, her fingers pinned under a rock. Her
husband never gave up and dug at the ground with his bare hands
until rescue workers could free her. While they were working on get-
ting her out, she called out to her husband, “Even if I die, [love you

so much. Don't forget it.’

"After she was pulled from the rubble, her first words were "Thank
you God!’ then she burst into song, singing ‘Don't be afraid of death.’
This woman of strong faith was asked if she thought she would sur-
vive. Her response was, "Yeah why not?’,’ Mrs Aylen told Tribune

Arts.

The “We Shall Overcome” painting communicates the idea

of strength, hope, unity, and serves as reassurance that with

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Interview with Arjuna Watson for Transforming Spaces

MUSE IT Will be the featured
show in the Ladder Gallery at NPCC
for Transforming Spaces 2010. The
Show will run from March 12 - April
Sth 2010.

What is the name of your new
show?

Muse Part IT is the name of the new
show. It is a continuation of a previ-
ous show at The Hub. That show
was painted around 4 women. I was-
n't finished with the concept of Muse
yet. I still am not.

Describe the content of the show?
I'm going to focus more on portraits
in this show. Muse featured a lot of
nudes and this show is less about the
nude form than the face. It is a lot
about tone and depth. That is the
direction that I’m going in. That was
the calling I had, so I went in it.

What are you hoping to achieve
with this collection?

Tam not hoping to achieve anything.
I am just painting. Whether you like
it or you don't.

What are your outside influences?
Urban art - world wide. And cur-
rent news. It affects all of us. When
I paint I think a lot about just what
happened on that day. I don't listen
to music when I paint because I feel
like when I paint it is kind of like a
trance. I just get into it and cant
move away from it until it is done.
And when I do move away I see dif-
ferent things. I paint until I drop.
Sometimes 6 - 7 hours at a time in
the middle of the night.

How much planning goes into your
shows?

A lot. Months of work go into the
show. A lot of sleepless nights. I
make all my own frames and stretch
all of my own canvasses. Then I
prime them...and sit and wonder
what is going to go on there. I think
a lot before I begin but once I start I
move very quickly.

When do you paint?

Mainly at night, when I have fewer
distractions. Once the kids are in
bed and the house goes quiet.

How long does it take you to finish
a piece?

Lately I have been painting 3 or
more paintings at once because I see
different things when I turn from
one canvas to another. It is a bit
chaotic but it works. I don't really
know how long it takes to finish a
piece, anywhere from 7 -8 hours toa

few days.

What is the line up for the rest of
2010?

After Transforming Spaces I will be
using my studio as private gallery
called CUBE 2 WEST. The space
will be open by appointment only
and will be a new western location
for a few select artists to display their
art. | want to stay away from gener-
ic art and I want to concentrate on
innovative, outward thinking and
expressive artists. It will not be the
only place I will be showing my art.
I don't want to pigeonhole my self.
Its about different people seeing
your art in different spaces. The
gallery will be a small intimate space.
Right now it is more of a work in
progress.

Do you think the space affects the

art?

Yeah it can, most of my paintings
are large and you have to stand back
to get a better perspective so I need
more space. Also the color of the
walls and the light affect the way a
piece looks. Different gallery spaces
control all these elements in different
ways and that affects the way the
art looks.

What do you think the role of any
gallery is?

It is to make people think. It is not
just to make money. It is to take
people away from their day to day
reality and to put them into the
artists reality. Even if it is just for
that moment... they get to see
something that no one else can see
in a painting, that's just beautiful. I

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