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Party leader says resignation
‘devastating blow’ to FNM

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

THE DEPAR-
TURE of Branville
McCartney as Minis-
ter of State for Immi-
gration is a ““devastat-
ing blow” to Prime
Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s adminis-
tration, PLP leader Perry
Christie claimed yesterday.

Speaking to the press outside
of the House of Assembly, Mr
Christie said that inclusive of
Mr Ingraham, Branville
McCartney was perhaps the
most popular FNM in Parlia-
ment, and his resignation has
sent shock waves throughout
the country.

Mr McCartney has so far
stated that he intends to remain
with the FNM and is supportive
of his Prime Minister. However,
Mr Christie said that if the for-
mer Minister were so inclined,
the PLP would be more than
happy to welcome him into
their tent.

“There is no question that



the PLP is a big tent.
The PLP has demon-
strated that in fact, and
in deed and in word. So
there is absolutely no
problem, if anyone
comes who is qualified
and interested in being
a part of making the
Bahamas the best little
country in the world is
welcome,” he said.
With this being now

TaN TST the third minister who

has either resigned or
has been removed from the
cabinet of the Bahamas since
the FNM took office in 2007,
Mr Christie said that PLP now
stands to capitalise on this
point.

In addition to this, he said,
the results of the Elizabeth by-
election has helped to boost the
PLP’s expectations in light of
what he claims were the over-
whelming resources that the
government had “pumped”
into the constituency to chal-
lenge the PLP for the seat.

“So that has been a test;
something for us to look and
measure ourselves by. And the

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

LIFE-SAVING charity
the Bahamas Heart Foun-
dation is concerned cardio-
thoracic surgeon Duane
Sands’ political career will
jeopardise his ability to
operate on those in need.

FNM by-election candi-
date Dr Sands is one of just
three Bahamian surgeons
able to perform cardiovas-
cular operations to save the
lives of children given the
opportunity for surgery and

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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

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18-year-old man
stabbed to death

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man became the coun-

lage home.

try’s 17th murder victim for the year on Sunday
evening when he was stabbed multiple times
after getting into a confrontation in a Black Vil-



The dead body of Livingston Davis, a resi-
dent of Bonaby Alley, off Kemp Road, was dis-
covered by police who were initially called to
the scene of a traffic accident in the area of

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RESIDENTS of the seveninedl subdivision Jubilee Gardens and private
subdivision Victoria Gardens are complaining of smoke infiltrating their

homes day and night from the nearby dump.

Jeremiah Jones (pictured) whose Jubilee Gardens house backs onto the
| think they could have done a better job getting the fire
under control, it seems like it’s always smoking.”

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Disbelief over student’s apparent suicide

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

FRIENDS and family of
Keisha Thurston are still in dis-
belief over the news of her
apparent suicide.

The athletic superstar, who
attended the College of the
Bahamas (COB), was found

dead at home by her unsus-
pecting mother.

Keisha’s routine the night
before she took her own life
was seemingly normal. She
went out with her girlfriends
and when she returned home
stayed up late, spending time
on the Internet.

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More skeletal remains
found in Grand Bahama

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT —- Human skeletal remains were discovered in
bushes in Freeport yesterday, however police officials are
unable to determine whether foul play is suspected at this

time.

Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the discovery

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Two Catholic
schools forced
to close this year

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

DECLINING year-on-
year enrollment and the eco-
nomic downturn has forced
the Catholic Board of Edu-
cation in the Bahamas to
announce that two of its
schools in Bimini and
Eleuthera will be closing
down for good come the end
of the 2010 school year.

Claudette Rolle, director
of the Catholic Board of
Education, said that for the
last five years not enough
students have enrolled at the
Holy Name primary school
in Bailey Town Bimini or St
Anne’s primary school in

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THE TRIBUNE



IITH ANNUAL SUBWAY FUN RUN WALK

CHANCE FOR BAHAMIANS TO HELP PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING SURGERY FOR YOUNGSTERS
Helping
children with
heart defects

Police name
man who died
in suspected
robbery bid

A MAN who is believed
to have bled to death after
falling from an awning
attached to the second
floor of the Rodney Bain
Building during a suspect-
ed robbery attempt was
identified by police yester-
day as Richardson Russell.

Mr Russell’s body was
found on Saturday at
around 12.20pm.

It is believed he became
wedged between a perime-
ter wall and the building
after his fall, sustaining sig-
nificant injuries to his right
leg. Police said the Fort
Charlotte resident was sus-
pected of being in the
process of trying to gain
access to the Shirley Street
building by standing on an
awning when he slipped
and fell.

Two men suffer
gunshot wountis

TWO men were in hos-
pital yesterday after suffer-
ing gunshot wounds in sep-
arate attacks.

Police reported that the
first incident took place at
around 3.13am when an
unidentified 33-year-old
man who was said to be
“making checks of govern-
ment homes under con-
struction” in the Pride
Estates area was fired
upon by another man
wearing a dark hooded
jacket.

The victim sustained
injuries to his face, neck
and thumb. The shooter,
meanwhile, fled on foot.

In the second shooting,
reported to have occurred
at 2.41pm yesterday, police
said a man was hit in his
upper right thigh after
being shot at by the occu-
pant or occupants of a
champagne coloured Nis-
san Maxima.

The culprits were report-
ed to have escaped the
area heading south along
Palm Beach Street. Emer-
gency medical personnel
transported the victim to
hospital. Police investiga-
tions are continuing into
both incidents.

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMIANS can help
battle the number one cause
of death in the country and
provide life-saving surgery for
children by participating in
the upcoming 11th annual
Subway Fun Run Walk.

Proceeds raised at the
March 20 event will go to the
volunteer-run Bahamas Heart
Association (BHA) and
Bahamas Heart Foundation
(BHF) which uses at least 98
cents of every dollar donated
to pay for life-saving opera-
tions required by children
born with heart defects as well
as essential education on how
to prevent heart disease.

BHA president Thelma
Johnson said: “Heart disease
is the number one killer in the
Bahamas, along with high
cholesterol and high blood
pressure. These diseases are
what we call a silent killer,

and we feel that if we educate
people now, particularly chil-
dren, it will help in the long
run.”

While the BHA focuses on
education, the BHF funds life-
saving procedures for chil-
dren.

Simple

Many children born with
heart defects can have simple
procedures in the Bahamas
by Dr Duane Sands and his
team, but those with more
complicated defects such as
inversion of the heart will
require surgery at Florida
hospitals and subsequent
intensive care treatment cost-
ing hundreds of thousands of
dollars.

BHF chairman RE Barnes
said the charity pays out
around $300,000 a year to
help an average of 15 chil-
dren.

However, he foresees a dif-
ficult financial year ahead as

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DOCTORS examine a aor for heart disease.

the recession slows donations
and affects prices.

The Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Florida has pre-
viously been able to offer
BHF patients treatment at a
reduced rate, but Mr Barnes
said hospital debts this year
now threaten that agreement.

“We know this year is going
to be a very difficult year, so
we are going to really count
on the public to step up and
really help this year,” Mr
Barnes said.

“Virtually every penny
raised will go directly to the
children or patients we are
helping, so when people give
they are really allowing these
children to have a full and
healthy life.”

The Subway Fun Run Walk
put on in association with Col-
ina, Club Monica, and Prime
Bahamas aims to have at least
700 people participate in the
five-mile route from Good-
man’s Bay to Subway on
Cable Beach, and back, start-
ing at 6am on Saturday,
March 20. Registration is $15
and includes a T-shirt, water
bottle and bag and can be
done on Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at Subway
restaurants on Prince Charles
Drive and Cable Beach, at the
Bahamas Heart Association
office at Eves, opposite the
Swiss Pastry Shop on West
Bay Street, or online at
www.clubmonicaathletics.com.



“Heart disease is
the number one
killer in the
Bahamas, along with
high cholesterol and
high blood pressure.
These diseases are
what we call a silent
killer, and we feel
that if we educate
people now,
particularly
children, it will help
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

PEOPLE living in homes
near the Nassau city dump
continue to be choked with
smoke as the fire smoulders
for a third week.

Residents of the govern-
ment subdivision Jubilee Gar-
dens and private subdivision
Victoria Gardens, which bor-
der the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health’s sanitary
landfill off Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, are com-
plaining of smoke infiltrating
their homes day and night.

Families living alongside
the burning wasteland say
they are forced to keep their
windows closed day and night
to try to prevent the smoke
from clogging their homes.

Lungs

But their small efforts are
doing little to protect their
health as smoke creeps into
their homes and their lungs.

Jeremiah Jones, 30, a bar-
ber whose Jubilee Gardens
house backs onto the dump
site said: “I think they could
have done a better job get-
ting the fire under control, it
seems like it’s always smok-
ing.

“We are all keeping our
windows closed during the
day because if we don’t and
we leave home, when we
come back the air is filled with
smoke.

“The only thing that saves
us is if the cold comes and the
direction of the wind goes the
other way,” Mr Jones said.

The fire is believed to have



UMA Ta ly

been set intentionally in three
areas of the landfill site on
Friday, February 12, and
spread across the 100-acre site
and around 6ft underground.

Minister for the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux told the
House of Assembly yesterday
how $400,000 has gone
towards the fire-fighting
efforts and 11 trucks have
been mobilised to fight the
fire along with six tractors,
four excavators, three water
trucks and water pumps.

He expects the smoulder-
ing to subside by the week-
end and to stop within two
weeks.

He said he intends to tight-
en controls of the area fol-
lowing the fire as it has shown
how indiscriminate dumping
has become.

“As a result of this horri-
ble experience we are autho-
rised to engage companies to
properly manage the landfill
and it’s my goal that by the
time we discuss the fiscal bud-
get in June we will have
reached an agreement for a
competent company to man-
age the landfill and put this
behind us forever,” Mr
Deveaux said.

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US $200,000 confiscated

Over $200,000 US dollars was confiscated by police yesterday
and five men - including one American - were taken into cus-
tody after police discovered the cash inside a rental car down-

town.

According to police reports, officers were conducting a
search of a Toyota Corolla, licence plate number $D1541, on
Cumberland Street, when they found the money inside two

bags.

The car’s occupants, three Grand Bahamians and an Amer-
ican man of Lauderhill, Florida, were taken into custody.

“Further investigations lead officers to another location
occupied by two other males - a 41-year-old of Mangrove Cay,
Andros and a 36-year-old of Kenwood Street, New Providence
- where (another) substantial amount of US currency was dis-
covered,” press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said.

The Andros and New Providence men were also taken into

custody. Police investigations are continuing.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 3



DEATH ROW CASE: Godfrey Sawyer

0 In brief

Man charged in
home invasion,
shoot-out appears
— magistrate



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
JEFFREY WILSON appears in
court yesterday.

A third man charged in a
home invasion and shoot-out
that took place in Coral Har-
bour nearly two weeks ago
was arraigned in a Magis-
trate’s Court yesterday.

Jeffrey Wilson, 54, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Davis in Court 5,
Bank Lane, charged with con-
spiring to commit the armed
robbery of Georgette Butler
on Thursday, February 18.

He is also charged with
breaking into Ms Butler’s
home and while armed with a
handgun, robbing her of
$30,000 in assorted jewellery,
$1,650 cash and a Dell laptop
computer valued at $1,900.

It is also alleged that Wil-
son 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. He was also charged
with receiving. Wilson was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. He was charged
along with brothers Jermaine
and Derek Stuart.

Wilson’s attorney Cecil
Hilton told the court that his
client had been in police cus-
tody since last Wednesday
and had been beaten by
police. Magistrate Rolle
ordered that Wilson be taken
to see a doctor. He has been
remanded to her Majesty’s
Prison. His case has been
adjourned to August 31 and
September 1 for the start of a
preliminary inquiry.

Man, 31, facing
multiple armed
robbery charges

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
DAVID COOPER CUNNINGHAM
arrives at court.

A 31-year-old man of
Sesame Street was arraigned
in the Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday on multiple armed rob-
bery charges.

David Cooper Cunning-
ham, who turned himself in to
police last week, was
arraigned in Court 5, Bank
Lane.

He has been charged with
Timothy Cole, 38, of Dames
Alley, in several armed rob-
beries. Cole was arraigned in
court last week.

It is alleged that Cunning-
ham, being concerned with
another, robbed several busi-
nesses, including J-Co Dis-
count Mart, Percy's Web
Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy's on Mackey Street
and the Shell service station
on Poinciana Drive.

According to court dockets,
the offences were committed
between September 2009 and
February 2010.

Cunningham, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Rolle, was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. Cunningham asked
for copies of the court dockets
and witness statements. The
cases have been adjourned to
August 31, September 1, 13,
14, 27 and 28. Cunningham
was remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison.





Justice Newman ‘concerned’

over notice of appeal delay

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

COURT of Appeal Justice
George Newman expressed
concern yesterday that prison
authorities had failed to for-
ward death row inmate God-
frey Sawyer's notice of appeal
to the court in time.

He noted that the incident
was not an isolated one.
Sawyer, 29, had signed a notice
of his intention to appeal his
murder conviction and death
sentence on November 25 last
year, which was within the
mandatory 21-day period for
filing his notice of appeal to the
appellate court.

Justice Newman noted, how-
ever, that the court’s registry
had not received that notice
until January 7 of this year.

Prosecutor Joyanne Fergu-
son Pratt noted that the Attor-
ney General's Office had also
received the notice out of time.

"In a case such as this when
aman is sentenced to death and
held by prison authorities it is
absolutely vital that prison
authorities ensure that the court
receives the notice of appeal
without delay," Justice New-
man said.

"T have read comments in
the newspapers with respect to
this appellant's decision to
appeal,” he said. "It does no
good to have a death sentence
deliberated in the press when
the man has done all that he
can do," he said.

In mid-February, the Min-
istry of National Security
announced that the Advisory
Committee of the Prerogative
of Mercy met and determined



’ ’ In a case such as
this when a man
is sentenced to death
and held by prison
authorities it is
absolutely vital that
prison authorities
ensure that the court
receives the notice of
appeal without delay."

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest had made
public statements about the
matter.

“Tt is wrong in principle that
public statements should be
made by a minister; that the

imposition of the death penalty
would come about by reading a
death warrant when the man
has done all he can to appeal,”
Justice Newman said. Sawyer’s
appeal is now expected to pro-
ceed.



Justice George Newman



that Sawyer's case was not one
that warranted mercy and that
the law should take its course.

It was subsequently
announced that Sawyer had
filed an appeal that would delay
his execution.

Sentenced

Sawyer was sentenced to
death on November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery at
Quality Discount Store in 2005.

At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as the
“worst of the worst."

Evidence revealed that
Sawyer 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 employ-
ee when the two workers tried
to stop Sawyer making his
escape with the store's cash

trays. The death penalty is no
longer the mandatory punish-
ment for murder. A 2006 Privy
Council decision found the
automatic imposition of the
death penalty was unconstitu-
tional. The punishment is now
discretionary.

Justice Newman said yester-
day that prison authorities must
make sure that when a person
signs a notice of appeal there
is someone in the prison
responsible for ensuring that
that notice is forwarded to the
court and the Attorney Gener-
al’s Office immediately.

The prosecutor, Ms Pratt,
assured the justices yesterday
that she would undertake to
relay the court’s message to
prison Superintendent Elliston
Rahming.

Sawyer’s attorney Jerone
Roberts told the court that his
client’s family had experienced
a great deal of anxiety over the
entire ordeal and the fact that

‘An outrageous lie’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Cabinet minister
and husband of Senior Justice
Anita Allen, Algernon Allen,
yesterday called the claim by
Rodney Moncur that he cam-
paigned on behalf of the PLP in
the Elizabeth by-election “an
outrageous lie.”

On Sunday, Mr Moncur,
leader of the Workers’ Party
said he would be writing to
Chief Justice Michael Barnett
to object to Senior Justice Allen
being appointed as one of the
judges set to preside over the
Elizabeth by-election court
matter. Mr Moncur alleged that
Senior Justice Allen’s husband,
Algernon Allen, had cam-
paigned for the PLP in the lead-
up to the by-election and that
this was the basis of his opposi-
tion to her appointment, as
there may be a possible con-
flict of interest.

The possibility that Mr Mon-
cur would make such an objec-
tion created the potential for
delay in the resolution of the
legal matter. The court action
was initiated by PLP candidate
Ryan Pinder, who wishes to see
the court scrutinise five protest
votes to see if they can be
included in the vote tally and
potentially secure a victory for
him in the constituency.

The by-election held on Feb-
ruary 16 in Elizabeth resulted in
the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands
receiving two more regular
votes than Mr Pinder.

Yesterday, Mr Allen said Mr
Moncur’s claims about a pos-
sible conflict of interest were
not only based on a false
premise, but also irresponsible.

“The allegation by Mr Mon-
cur that I participated in the
Elizabeth by-election is an out-
rageous lie that could only have

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attempted murder charge

A man charged with attempted murder was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Darren Jason Strachan, 28, was arraigned before Magis-
trate Derrence Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane.

It is alleged that Strachan while at Pacific Point on Febru-
ary 25 attempted to cause the death of Craig Cash.

Former Cabinet Minister attacks claim he
campaigned for PLP in Elizabeth by-election

been hatched in the fevered
brain of an incorrigible media
freak. “I did not participate in
any form or fashion in this by-
election or in any events lead-
ing up to it. Both major parties
and all other candidates in the
election are well aware of that.

“This is an irresponsible alle-
gation and an
absolute red
herring that
cannot dimin-
ish the unim-
peachable
integrity and
judicial bril-
liance and
fairness of L

RODNEY



“The first was when the by-
election was first announced I
said the PLP was making a
colossal error in contesting this
by-election and I likened their
participation therein to a man
stumbling into a pitch dark
room in which there was an
800-pound raging gorilla. I then
on that show predicted that the
FNM would win by a three-
vote majority — history has
shown that I was wrong in this
instance.”

“The second statement I
made on the show, and this was
when Ryan Pinder was my
guest, I said that given the
excellent qualities of the can-

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opinion both Ryan Pinder and
Dr Duane Sands would’ve
made excellent Members of
Parliament,” Mr Allen said.

Applauding

“Bahamians across the board
are applauding the appoint-
ment of Senior Justices Allen
and Isaacs as election court
judges in this matter.”

Mr Allen suggested Mr Mon-
cur has modelled himself as
“the great objector.”

“He objected to Dr Duane
Sands, he objected to Ryan Pin-
der and he objected to Senior
Justice Anita Allen, they are
all in my opinion, the type of
Bahamian who we need in the
public service of our country in
whatever respect they offer
themselves.”

Mr Allen outlined two
“notable” statements he made
pertaining to the by-election
during his radio show on
Love97, of which he said nei-
ther suggested favouritism
towards the PLP.

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Republicans setting filibuster record

WASHINGTON — The filibuster —
tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate — is
alternately blamed and praised for wilting
President Barack Obama's ambitious
agenda. Some even say it’s made the
nation ungovernable.

Maybe, maybe not. Obama's term still
has three years to run.

More certain, however: Opposition
Republicans are using the delaying tactic
at a record-setting pace.

"The numbers are astonishing in this
Congress," says Jim Riddlesperger, polit-
ical science professor at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth.

The filibuster, using seemingly endless
debate to block legislative action, has
become entrenched like a dandelion tap
root in the midst of the shrill partisanship
gripping Washington.

But the filibuster is nothing new. Its
use dates to the mists of Senate history,
but until the civil rights era of the 1950s it
was rarely used.

A tactic unique to the Senate, the fili-
buster means a simple majority guarantees
nothing when it comes to passing laws.

"The rules of the Senate are designed
to give muscle to the minority,” said Sen-
ate historian Donald Ritchie.

With the Senate now made up of 100
members, two for each of the 50 states, an
opposition filibuster can only be broken
with 60 votes — a three-fifths majority.

As a matter of political philosophy, the
concept of the filibuster arises from a
deep-seated, historic concern among
Americans that the minority not be steam-
rolled by the majority.

It is a brake and protective device root-
ed in the same U.S. political sensibility
that gave each state two senators regard-
less of population.

Given recent use of the filibuster by
minority Republicans and the party's suc-
cess in snarling the legislative process in
this Congress, Democrats say the minori-
ty has gone way beyond just protecting
its interests.

The frequency of filibusters — plus
threats to use them — are measured by
the number of times the upper chamber
votes on cloture. Cloture is a Senate pro-

cedure to end debate so other business
can be brought to the floor. Such votes
test the majority's ability to hold together
60 members to break a filibuster.

In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008,
there were a record 112 cloture votes. In
this session of Congress, the 111th — for
all of 2009 and the first two months of
2010 — the number already exceeds 40.

The most the Democrats have ever
used the filibuster was 58 times in the
106th Congress of 1999-2000.

During most of Obama's first year in
office and for a few weeks this year, 58
Democratic senators and two Indepen-
dents who normally vote with them held a
filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the
Senate.

That vanished last month when Mass-
achusetts Republican Scott Brown cap-
tured the seat of the late Sen. Ted
Kennedy, who died last summer.

Most notably, Brown's victory has
stymied Obama's push to overhaul health
care just as the bill was approaching the
finish line. Before Brown's election, both
the Senate and the House of Representa-
tives had passed separate versions of the
reform legislation.

Brown broke the Democratic 60-seat
majority before the two chambers could
meld differences in their bills for a final
vote in both houses.

However, one of Brown's first votes
after taking office saw him joining four
other Republicans to help Democrats
break a threatened filibuster by his party's
leaders against a job bill.

The measure, $13 billion in tax incen-
tives for businesses to hire unemployed
workers, was quickly passed the next day
with 12 Republicans joining Brown and 55
Democrats in favour of it.

Filibusters to make the Obama admin-
istration and Democrats in Congress look
inept are one thing.

Quite another is a vote against creating
jobs in an economy with nearly 10 per
cent unemployment and elections nine
months away.

(This article was written by Steven R
Hurst of the Associated Press).

tance

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An open letter
to Earl Deveaux
on the plight of

North Bimini

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The following is an open
letter to Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux.

Dear Minister Deveaux,

I am in 100 per cent in
agreement with Alfredo
Quarto’s recent open letter
(below) concerning the on-
going plight of North Bimini.

Biminites as well as count-
less members of the interna-
tional community applauded
your government's announce-
ment over a year ago that a
Marine Protected Area was
to be established to protect
the ecosystems of the region
against destruction by a rapa-
cious developer.

We have seen no evidence
of progress in establishing —
let alone enforcing — the pro-
claimed MPA. We consider
this to be a matter of the
utmost urgency.

I would ask you, Minister
Deveaux, to address our con-
cerns immediately and con-
firm that your government is
indeed putting the well-being
of the islanders and islands of
Bimini above the ambitions
of an overseas developer.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch.

February 27, 2010.

LETTERS

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To Whom it May Concern,
In December of 2008, the
Honorable Dr. Earl Deveaux
proclaimed that Bimini's long-
awaited Marine Protected
Area had been made official.
Local Biminites, as well as
legions of people around the
globe who care about Bimi-
ni, were elated with the news.
Reports from Bimini also
informed us that much stricter
regulations were to be placed
on the large development on
the North island, including the
requirement of Environmen-
tal Impact Assessments and
a definite plan for mangrove
restoration along the eastern
boundary of the resort.

To our knowledge, exten-
sive dredging, mangrove
removal, and wetland filling
is taking place along the west-
ern shore of the North Sound
right now.

We have also been unable
to confirm that any EIA's
have been completed for the
current work, or that any
actual plan for mangrove

restoration has been estab-
lished.

The Mangrove Action Pro-
ject applauds the Bahamian
government for declaring
Bimini's MPA, but without
definite boundaries, regula-
tions and enforcement the
benefits of this MPA will be
stunted.

We are hereby asking for
any current information about
the state of Bimini's Marine
Protected Area, as well as the
confirmation that the exten-
sive mangrove removal tak-
ing place on North Bimini has
been permitted by the Local
and Central Government.

The issues surrounding
Bimini's mangroves are cared
about by far too many peo-
ple to remain silent for this
long.

We have respected a
request to "quiet down" for
many months, but have heard
nothing in response for our
courtesy.

We look forward to any
information.

For the Mangroves And
the Mangrove Communities!

Alfredo Quarto,

Executive Director

Mangrove Action Project

mangroveap@olympus.net



History has proven socialised
universal health care is inevitable

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re:Dr Ken Knowles seems
to misunderstand concept of
health care insurance vouch-
ers. Tribune — February 18,
2010.

In the above letter, I am
accused of misunderstanding
the concept of vouchers for
the purchase of health care
insurance and medication.
Maybe so. However, I do
understand that the charita-
ble use of vouchers for those
too poor to afford health care,
might well create a group of
resentful second class citizens.
When it comes to health care,
I find the suggestion of a two-
tiered system based on one’s
financial worth to be repug-
nant, and stand by my assess-
ment of vouchers and their
impracticability.



Yes, I believe that in order
to help the less fortunate, the
government needs to run the
health care industry, as there
is no feasible alternative on
the horizon. (Anyway, if I’m
going to be screwed, I’d
rather it be done by someone
with a demonstrated flair for
it). At the risk of sounding
like a do-gooder, the Holy
Grail for a universal health
care system would be equal
access to affordable health
care for all. To date, Insur-
ance companies, Pharmaceu-
tical companies and the Med-
ical Establishment have failed
us miserably, so we may as
well face the facts and try a
very different approach. Most
people are well aware that
governments everywhere are
usually not the brightest and
best at running anything oth-
er than into debt. However,

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NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID ALAN WENN of SEAVIEW
DRIVE, P.O. BOX N-10520, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registratior/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 23" day of February, 2010 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

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one can expect from any gov-
ernment anywhere ensures
that at least we would all be
treated equally! The mediocre
health care we could also
expect would be better than
none at all for far too many of
our citizens.

History has proven over
and over that socialised med-
icine/universal health care is
inevitable. We may not like
it, we may think of many
rational reasons why it should
not be, but eventually it will
occur anyway. Rather than
knee-jerk opposition to it, we
should probably consider try-
ing to mould it into a viable,
equitable, sustainable and
possibly even — wait for the
oxymoron — a reasonably
well run government depart-
ment.

Get used to the idea.

KEN W KNOWLES, MD

Nassau,
February 18, 2010.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.



The practice of presenting
the results of your online
polls as news really must
stop. A self-selecting sample
of respondents does not cre-
ate statistically reliable
information. You don’t even
disclose that the sample is
non-random or explain the
issues that exist with this
method of data collection.
Assuming that the average
reader is aware of such sta-
tistical nuances is a bit naive.

While there may have
been misleading topics
reported on in the past, I
have a particular concern
with polling related to elec-
tion candidates. Presenting
“popularity votes” on candi-
dates in an election in this
manner is irresponsible and
potentially unethical. Indi-
vidual voters are often
swayed by the leanings of
the crowd and influencing
these voters with such arti-
cles is entirely possible, par-
ticularly on the day of the
election.

Presenting opinions is
encouraged. Presenting
made-up statistics is not.

R KNOWLES
Nassau,
February 16, 2010.



THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Investigation into
Officers arrested
in raid at ‘an
atlvanced stage

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net :

AN investigation into
whether a group of police
women played a part in
organising an illegal male
strip show has reached an
“advanced” stage and is

expected to conclude soon, }

a senior police officer said.

The officers under inves- }

tigation were among 107
female patrons arrested in
a raid at The Ranch on
Mackey Street at lam two
weeks ago. Some 29 men
were also arrested at the

Charms club in Centreville

at the time.

Three men from
Atlanta, Georgia, were
charged with stripping at
The Ranch nightclub, and
three women, two Colom-
bians and a Jamaican, are
charged with stripping at
Charms.

In the days after the
raid, police investigators
confirmed they were
“intensively” pursuing the
possibility that the strip
club events were to some
extent organised by a ring

of police officers stationed

within various depart-
ments of the police force.

While police would not
confirm the names of the
officers or the number of
individuals involved, a
source claimed eight offi-
cers, including four
women, were suspected of
organising the illegal
events.

More than two weeks

on, Assistant Commission- }

er of Police Hulan Hanna
said that the investigation

remains underway, headed }

by the Deputy Commis-
sioner Marvin Dames, and
the possibility that the
officers were involved as
more than observers has
not been ruled out.

“The deputy commis-

sioner who has responsibil- }

ity for discipline in the
force will ultimately have
charge of how that will be

disposed of. But ultimately

a very, very comprehen-

sive investigation has been }

carried out and we pretty
much have that to the
point of making determi-
nations one way or the
other,” said ACP Hanna.
“It’s safe to say we look
at all aspects of the offi-
cers’ alleged involvement.
“Was it at the organis-
ing level, was it at the
observing level, or what
else their presence there
might have led to or been
involved with — even to
the point of any criminal

offences or breaches,” said }

Mr Hanna.

The suspected strippers
were charged and sent to
the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.



A ROW erupted between the gov-
ernment and opposition sides of the
House of Assembly yesterday after
Member of Parliament for St
Thomas More Frank Smith accused
the Free National Movement of
awarding public contracts to party
"cronies" without public tender.

Several members from the gov-
ernment'’s side called on Mr Smith to
provide proof to back up his claims
or withdraw his statements while
opposition members rallied behind
their colleague.

In the morning session of the mid-
year budget debate, Mr Smith
accused the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment of spending over $18 mil-
lion on clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no con-
sistent practice of newspaper ads
inviting tenders or bids.”

Mr Smith later withdrew this asser-
tion after Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux pointed out that the
figures the PLP MP quoted in his
speech amounted to less than $2 mil-
lion, a fraction of the $18 million he
was alleging was spent.

Dr Deveaux also pointed out that
documents Mr Smith tabled only
showed a combined $10,600 payment
to two maintenance companies.



FRANK SMITH and Earl Deveaux

Mr Smith claimed that duplicate
payments were made to different
contractors for the some road side
work in the Kennedy Subdivision on
December 10, 2009.

He then tabled several documents
to support his claim. The Tribune
obtained a copy of these documents.

According to the documents Mr
Smith tabled it appears that two
companies, G W Maintenance and
Beckford's Landscaping and Truck-

ing Services, were paid $6,000 and
$4,600 respectively on December 10,
2009 for work in the Kennedy Sub-
division.

Mr Smith claimed that these doc-
uments were proof of an “all-out
raid of the cookie jar" or a misuse of
public funds.

Mr Smith further alleged that
$1.29 million was paid out to "FNM
operatives".

He said Hiriam Kelly of Hiriam
Construction was paid $332,637 for
"special projects". He said another
contractor Clement Chea was paid
more than $377,000 for "removal of
debris". Dean's Cleaning and Main-
tenance was paid $580,675 for "spe-
cial projects”.

Mr Smith said this amounted to
$1.29 million in public spending with
no public bidding before the con-
tracts were awarded, but did not
table additional documents in the
morning session to support these
claims.

"And this is so to alow FNM
operatives to gain access and they
are having a field day raiding that
cookie jar.

"All were rewarded were having
supported the powers that be in the
red shirt," charged Mr Smith. "Even

- Row in House after MP
makes cronyism claims

with the national debt approaching
$4 billion this is just the tip of the ice-
berg of how badly this government is
managing this economy Mr Speak-
er.”

This statement elicited cries from
the government's side as Dr
Deveaux rose on another point of
order telling the House he possessed
a copy of every cheque issued by his
ministry. Dr Deveaux also chal-
lenged Mr Smith's earlier claim that
$18 million was mismanaged by the
Ministry of Environment, telling the
House that Mr Smith's numbers only
totaled $1.2 million.

In the afternoon session, Mr
Deveaux told parliament he had no
objections to Mr Smith's claims of
financial misuse but only wanted to
see evidence to support the argu-
ment.

He said he too was looking into
payments made to companies under
the government's environmental
clean-up campaign.

"T have a list of all of the contrac-
tors who were hired on the pro-
gramme and the amount paid to
them," Dr Deveaux said as he
promised to table this document in
future for the benefit of members of
the House.

‘Immediate rebound’ needed for economic growth

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

AN immediate rebound in
the country's depressed tourism
industry and small business
development over the medium-
term are needed to ensure eco-
nomic growth, said State
Finance Minister Zhivargo
Laing in the House of the
Assembly yesterday.

These issues are the focus of
the government, said Mr Laing,
while it steers the country
towards a path of recovery.

"There is no question what-
soever that growing this econ-
omy requires us to increase our
tourism product. That is the
most immediate thing that we
can do today to grow this econ-
omy,” Mr Laing said.

Since the global financial cri-
sis hit in late 2008 the country's
tourism product suffered, as
many prospective visitors tight-
ened their purse strings and
forewent luxury expenditures.

To ensure the economy's via-
bility - in the face of rising gov-
ernment debt and high unem-
ployment levels - the country's
tourism product must rebound
quickly to provide much need-
ed jobs.

Mr Laing, giving his mid-
year budget contribution, said
that increased focus must be
put on attracting tourist
arrivals, particularly more stop-
over arrivals.

He said tourism officials are

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noting that air arrivals are
trending in the right direction
with the number of available
air seats to the Bahamas now at
over 400,000.

He added that while the
country's tourism industry has
suffered a loss in American and
European travelers, visitors
from Canada - a country that
was not hard hit by the global
financial crisis - continues to
grow.

To sustain economic growth
over the medium term, the gov-
ernment must make it easier
for small businesses to start up
and operate, while creating a
more modern, competitive
business environment.

"It is very important for
Bahamian entrepreneurs and
international investors to
believe and to experience an
easier time of doing business
in the Bahamas and that we are
doing the necessary to ensure
that that happens," said Mr
Laing.

The Marco City MP told
Parliament that the Bahamas,
like other nations, has experi-
enced the worst economic
recession seen in his lifetime.

He added that throughout
the crisis, government nurtured
the economy, helped struggling
citizens and laid the founda-
tion for a strong rebound. He
also defended government's
decision to increase public
spending, arguing that this gave
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during the current economic
downturn.

"We had hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in capital pro-
jects in this country, creating
jobs but also laying the foun-
dation for the necessary
mordernising and upgrading of
infrastructure in the country,”
he said.

"In the process of trying to
provide the relief in this crisis,
we've had to use tremendous
public resources.

“We've expended significant
funds in supporting our econo-
my, in bringing relief to our

people and also in trying to lay
a foundation for a more robust,
more competitive and more
modern economy.”

As a result of this, he said
hundreds of workers and scores
of contractors were able to con-
tinue working.

He also noted how govern-
ment helped to keep other
struggling Bahamians' heads
above water through national
assistance projects: Some
15,065 persons were aided by
the National Unemployment
Benefit Programme to the tune
of $22,350,000; through gov-



ernment's increased $12 mil-
lion to the Department of
Social Services, and some 2,500
Bahamians have _ been
employed through govern-
ment's temporary job pro-
gramme.

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Bromeliad Society of Broward County’s

45th anniversary visit to the Bahamas

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HANGING OUT- Members of the Steering Committee for the upcoming Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB) are polishing up plans for Thursday's "Ramble of all Rambles". The 25-year-old HSB
will host the 45-year-old Broward Bromeliad Society to a tour of three fabulous bromeliad gardens,
including this one, owned by Beryl Sheasby, (laughing in flowered jacket), chairman of the organ-
ising committee. Flanking Mrs Sheasby are three past presidents of the HSB, from left: Rosemary Han-
na, Sarah Lobosky and Cindy Wilde who will also host a garden tour. In the back are HSB’s second
vice-president Stephen McKinney (far left) and HSB vice-president Dail Pearce who will guide the tours.

In front are members of the luncheon committee, (from left): Kimberley Rolle, Pearl Hollingsworth,
Barbara Hepburn. Among those not pictured are HSB president Dorothy Bowleg and Janet Brown,

host for one of the garden tours.





























Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
INCORPORATION LTD.

es

*

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CHRISTMAS FLOW-
ERS INCORPORATION LTD. has been completed;

a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KARPO NATURE

TRAILS LIMTED
— * _—
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of KARPO NATURE
TRAILS LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ACHILLEA BUSINESS CORP.

—“—

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

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

THE Bromeliad Society
of Broward County
(BSBC) is celebrating its
45th anniversary with a vis-
it to three of the Bahamas’
most fascinating bromeli-
ad gardens on Thursday.

Organised by Beryl
Sheasby, a member of both
the Bromeliad Society
International (BSI) and the
Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB), the trip
is being billed by the BSBC
as the “Ramble of All
Rambles”.

“This is eco-tourism in
action,” said Mrs Sheasby,
who has visited gardens in
many countries.

Gardens

“We can be fairly certain
that they will all enjoy the
beautiful gardens of Nas-
sau and tell their friends to
come with them to see
more on future visits.”

Asked about the signifi-
cance of the visit, the
organising committee said,
“That the Bromeliad Soci-
ety chose to visit us, the
Bahamas!”

Officers and members of
the 25-year-old HSB will
act as volunteer hosts in
the three extraordinary
gardens selected for the
Ramble by the more than
30 visiting horticulturalists
with special interests in
bromeliads.

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Bromeliads are relatives
of pineapples, “air plants”
and Spanish Moss.

The Bahamian gardens
to be honoured by the vis-
it of the society are:

Historic

A terraced hillside gar-
den featuring hundreds of
species of bromeliads, cre-
ated on a vacant lot and
owned by David and Beryl
Sheasby; a historic hilltop
and terraced gardens of
rare plants owned, restored
and expanded by Jeffrey
and Janet Brown, and the
charming Bahamian gar-
den created and owned by
Gordon and Cindy Wilde,
all BSI members.

The BSBC members are
travelling to the Bahamas
on the “Celebration” cruise
ship.

ae esey LUI
OB CHES
HPCC thy

WHAT kind of monetary
institution would be best for
the Bahamas — a central bank,
currency board or private cur-
rency?

These will be the questions
discussed during a presenta-
tion by Dr Lawrence H
White, professor of Econom-
ics at George Mason Univer-
sity at 6.30pm Thursday,
March 11, at the Atlantis Con-
ference Centre, Paradise
Island. Dr White is also a spe-
cialist in the theory and his-
tory of monetary and bank-
ing institutions. He received
his A.B. degree from Harvard
and his Ph.d. from the Uni-
versity of California.

In his presentation he will
discuss the Bahamas’ current
monetary system and how the
Central Bank influences the
economy. He will also draw
comparisons between the
Bahamas’ monetary system
and those of similar countries.
He will discuss what practical
alternative monetary systems
are available and whether a
different monetary system
would better serve the
Bahamas.

A three-course dinner will
be served and there will be a
cash bar.

The event is sponsored by
The Nassau Institute.



Celebrating World
_ Day of Prayer
_ Cameroon-style

IN celebration of

i World Day of Prayer

i 2010, a special service

i will be held this Friday

? at the Rhodes Memorial
i Methodist Church, Mon-
i trose Avenue, at 7.30

pm.
This year’s service is

i written by the Commit-
? tee of Cameroon, and

? those attending are

i asked to wear African

i dress if possible, or

? bright coloured prints.

The Republic of

? Cameroon is said to be

i “Africa in miniature.” It
i iS a country of great cul-
i tural diversity with more
i than 240 ethnic groups

i and languages.

Slides will be shown at

i the service depicting the
i people and the land of

i Cameroon, and refresh-
; ments will also reflect

? the cuisine of the

i African country — curry
i: dishes, root vegetables

* and soup, sweets from

fruit and flour will be
served.

World Day of Prayer
begins when the first ser-
vice is held in Tonga,
where the new day
begins, and continuing
around the world until
the final service takes
place, some 35 hours lat-
er, in Western Samoa,
on the other side of the
International Date Line.

By then the day will
have been celebrated in
over 170 countries with
some countries holding
as many as 5,000 ser-
vices.

International chairper-
son of World Day of
Prayer committee here
in Nassau, S Annette
Poitier, has been invited
to be this year’s speaker.

“IT was elected to this
post in 2007 at the
World Day of Prayer
quadrennial meeting
held in Toronto, Cana-
da. Since 2007, I have
conducted workshops
and spoken at services in
many areas of the world,
including Tonga,
Malaysia, the United
Kingdom, United States,
Canada, Nairobi, and
most recently in Grana-
da,” she said.

The theme for this
year’s service is “Let
Everything That Has
Breath Praise The
Lord.”

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yesterday presented a cheque in the amount of
$195,252.77 to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas
Disaster Relief Fund, proceeds raised during a
two-night, commercial-free telethon that aired on
all TV and radio stations simultaneously on Janu-
ary 25 and 26.

The effort was coordinated by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce along with Rotary Clubs
since the 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, dev-
astating what was already the poorest country in

(Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A.)

the region.
Some $250,000 was pledged during the telethon
based at the British Colonial Hilton where the vol- HELP US HELP HAITI NATIONAL TELETHON committee makes presentation to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas.
unteer phone bank was stationed both nights. Pictured left to right are Paul McWeeney, managing director Bank of the Bahamas; Philip Simon, executive director of the
_A major concert at Arawak Cay on the second Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Janet Johnson, Disaster Relief chair for the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas; Felix Stubbs assis-
night helped raise funds. . . tant governor to the Bahamas for Rotary District 7020; Diane Phillips, Telethon committee chair and Khaalis Rolle, president of
“Pledges are continuing to come in daily, but the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.

needs are so great that we did not want to delay
presenting the funds collected to-date so that mem-
bers of Rotary could continue meeting the growing
needs of hundreds of thousands who are still home-
less, in desperate need of shelter, food, water and
medical supplies,” said Diane Phillips, who chaired
the telethon committee.

“This effort, the results of which we are seeing
this morning, shows what a community can do
when it comes together for a cause in which it
believes,” said Khaalis Rolle, Chamber of Com-
merce president.

Commended

“Every single person who contributed from
organisers who devoted hundreds of hours, to
musicians who shared their talent, to media houses
who promoted and aired the telethon without
charge are all to be commended,” he said.

“People cared. They came together putting aside
other needs and we trust that their efforts will ease
the pain and make life a little bit better for many
who have suffered so in Haiti.”

According to Rotary Club spokesman Janet
Johnson, who heads the disaster relief arm, Nassau
Rotarians who visited Haiti as recently as last week
said conditions had deteriorated with thousands of
temporary tents, raw sewage, lack of sufficient
drinking water and a fear of malaria with the rainy
season less than a month away.

“But every contribution helps and the funds we
are receiving today will buy supplies that could
make the difference between life and death,” said
Ms Johnson.

The presentation was held at Bank of the
Bahamas which has been at the forefront of the
volunteer efforts, handling the fee-free accounts
and collecting goods for the donation of goods in
all its branches throughout the country as well as in
relief depot boxes in partner locations including
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was made sometime after 1lam in the
vicinity of an unfinished building on
McKenzie Street by a construction work-

er.

This is the second skeletal remains
found here on Grand Bahama within a

24-hour period.

Ms Mackey said police received a call
at about 11.12am and went to the rear of
a building that is under construction on

McKenzie Street.

The remains were in bushes some 75
meters from the street. Police cordoned
off the area as a few onlookers stood
watching from across the street, near the

Old Lucaya Medical Centre.

ASP Mackey said that bones were scat-

tered in the area.

“It appears that (the remains) have
been there for sometime. We cannot say
how long, but we know that it is the
remains of a human,” she told reporters

at the scene.

“We do not know if it is an adult or
child, and so the bones will be sent to
the lab for analysis so that a determina-

tion can be made.”

Ms Mackey said Police do not know if
foul play was involved and have not clas-
sified the incident as a homicide.

In 2003, the badly decomposed body of

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fact that Ministers continue to
fall is again indicative of the
weakening of the Ingraham
government,” Mr Christie said.
Since his resignation remarks
were released on Sunday, the
PLP was quick to cast the
blame of Mr McCartney’s
departure on the Prime Minis-
ter, claiming that the young
junior Minister was being sti-
fled by Mr Ingraham and his
departure was an indictment on
the current government.
However, the FNM in turn
have issued their own state-
ment, claiming that the PLP’s
chairman, Bradley Roberts has
again demonstrated his “igno-
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procedures of the governmental
system with his public remarks.

“Contrary to his twisting of
the facts, former Minister of
State Branville McCartney was
not responsible ‘for driving the
immigration policy of the gov-
ernment’.

“As the PLP’s Chairman
should know, but has yet to ful-
ly appreciate, government pol-
icy is made by the Cabinet of
the Bahamas and not an indi-
vidual minister.

“Unfortunately, it was often
the case in the Christie admin-
istration that individual minis-
ters, such as Mr Roberts, often
did as they pleased, ignoring
the basic tenets of our system of

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a missing mother was discovered in the
same building on McKenzie Street. The
victim’s hands and feet were bound.
Although no positive identification has
been made in connection with the badly
burned body found in West End on Sun-
day, police are following several leads

Sometime after 2pm on Sunday the
body was discovered in the Pelican Lakes

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area, near Bootle Bay. Police do not
know if the remains are that of a man or
woman.
Foul play is suspected and investiga-
tions are continuing into the matter.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey is still
encouraging persons with information

who can assist with their investigation

government,” the statement
read.

In fact, the FNM said that
the PLP were quite accustomed
to this process as they failed to
consult but rather ran their var-
ious ministries as “individual
fiefdoms.”

“Clearly, Mr Roberts is hap-
py to distort how our govern-
mental system works because
he often failed to act in a colle-
gial and collaborative manner
when in government. He and
his colleagues would return to
government with that same
mindset.

“Further, it is the portfolio
Minister, not a Minister of
State, who has overall respon-
sibility and oversight of a par-
ticular ministry.

“Tn this instance, Brent

to contact the police at 350-3107 or 352-
9774/5 or 911.

Symonette bears primary
responsibility for immigration
matters as Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Immigration.
Unfortunately, this will not be
the last time that Mr Roberts
demonstrates his wilful igno-
rance of our democratic system.

“But there is one area in
which Mr Roberts can claim
considerable expertise. He is
expert at the bombast, harsh
words and disrespect of which
he accuses others. Indeed, this
was a hallmark of his period in
government and it is his hall-
mark as the primary spokesman
for the PLP,” the FNM said.

Repeated attempts to reach
Mr McCartney for an official
comment on his resignation was
unsuccessful up to press time
last night.

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At 2.30am she updated her

i Facebook status by saying:

“Keisha Thurston thinks it’s
hard to keep my eyes on the
future, when my heart longs
for the past...”

The last message she sent
out to the world was just over
three hours before her death.
It read: “The longest distance
on the earth is not south to
north, it is when I stand in
front of you and you ignore

me ... (how could the silence

be so loud?).”

These posts may have
seemed like innocent adoles-
cent banter to some, but they
sound ominous to Helen
Arnett, director of counseling
services at The Christian
Counseling Centre. Not just
because Keisha is suspected
of suicide, but as a young adult
in general, the messages con-
tain telltale signs of loneliness
and abandonment.

“In my journey with per-
sons and relationships that
really does not sound that
healthy. “You ignore me’ indi-
cates abandonment. The
future is difficult and she has a
longing for the past. These are
big issues. Some people build
their lives on attachment to
relationships, so it is difficult

when they (have to deal with

loss),” said Mrs Arnett, who
recalled humanitarian Mother

i Theresa stating one of the
i worst diseases in the Western
? world is loneliness and aban-

donment

From all outward indica-
tions, Keisha’s friends and
family saw her as a successful,
happy, young adult. She
entered the COB in 2009 on
an academic scholarship and

moved quickly to become

involved in the athletic com-

: munity.

“Keisha was a member of
the women’s volleyball team.
She was an integral part of
the sporting landscape within
the college community. She

: was only a first year but she
i was a Starter and very talent-

ed. She made a good contri-
bution in just her first year,”
said Kimberley Rolle, direc-
tor of athletics at COB.
Keisha made her love of
singing, sports, and having a
good time known. She was

: private with some of her

interests, preferring rather for
individuals to discover on
their own who she was.

In her own words, Keisha
said of who she is: “I’m not
the perfect soul to mess with...
am not the perfect girl to han-
dle.... but one thing I know
for sure is that I can rock your

world....”

She was a member of the
first COB women’s team to
travel internationally on an
intercollegiate tour. For this
and other contributions, Ms
Rolle said the college com-

? munity was seeking to con-

sole her family with the
knowledge that their daugh-
ter was a history-maker at
COB and an integral part of

Disbelief

the family.

“Needless to say her team-
mates, the coaching staff, are
taking it very hard, because
everyone has a lot of ques-
tions for which there are real-
ly no answers,” said Ms Rolle.

Members of the volleyball
team participated in a coun-
seling session yesterday. The
COB counsellors have also
been canvassing the campus,
speaking with Keisha’s
friends and teachers.

“Most of the team mem-
bers have been open to coun-
selling, but it will be an on-
going process. They have a
range of emotions: confusion,
anger, disbelief. Those are
normal when you’ve lost
someone you love and who
you miss. Grieving is a nat-
ural process, so the counsel-
lors encourage them to
grieve. It helps to bring clo-
sure, but it doesn’t end
there,” said Ms Rolle.

Some of Keisha’s friends
are taking it so hard, Mrs
Arnett said they are display-
ing signs of suicidal ideation
themselves. One friend post-
ed a comment on Keisha’s
Facebook page stating she
was coming to join Keisha
because they promised never
to leave each other and she
preferred to suffer with her
friend.

“To me I always say you
err on the side of caution.
You take every threat seri-
ously and you try to see who
is in the network to stand by
and support the person. It is
very, very important for (her
friends and family) to do grief
counselling to talk about their
loss,” said Mrs Arnett.

“This is a major loss, espe-
cially for the relatives and
close friends. It is so trau-
matic because she took her
life. It is not like she was lying
in bed with lupus or HIV and
they got to visit her. This is
someone they went out with
the day before, or saw in class
and then they got this horri-
ble news. They would really
need some intervention,” said
Mrs Arnett.

Suicidal tendencies are
often difficult to detect, but
Mrs Arnett said some signs
are individuals who give away
personal items uncharacter-
istically; individuals who ear-
lier looked depressed and
then all of a sudden look
upbeat, or the reverse sce-
nario; individuals who isolate
themselves or have a preoc-
cupation with death.

“Don’t be afraid to ask
someone if they are suicidal.
It is a myth that if you talk to
someone you think is suicidal
you are going to give them
more ideas to go ahead and
do it. Many times by asking
you give the person hope they
can share with you. If you
avoid it, they may say ‘wow, I
want to talk about it, but I
don’t think they can handle
it’,” said Mrs Arnett.

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Bahamas and Malta

LOCAL NEWS

GOVERNOR GENERAL of the
Bahamas Arthur Hanna shares
some thoughts during a lun-
cheon at Government House
after the presentation of Letters
of Credence by the High Com-
missioner of Malta to the
Bahamas.

Peter Ramsay/BIS

THE WIFE of High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of Malta
to the Bahamas Mark Miceli-

By BETTY VEDRINE
Bahamas Information
Services

THE appointment of the
first High Commissioner of
the Republic of Malta to
the Bahamas brings with it
the opportunity for the two
countries to exchange
expertise on tourism, finan-
cial services, and offers the
Bahamas better access to
the Mediterranean market.

Presenting his Letters of
Credence to the Governor
General Arthur Hanna last
Thursday, High Commis-
sioner of Malta Mark
Miceli-Farrugia said his
country would be happy to
assist the Bahamas in the

fields of education, horti-
culture and e-government.
During the ceremony at
Government House, Mr
Miceli-Farrugia expressed
his pleasure at becoming
the new High Commission-
er of Malta to the Bahamas.
“T look forward to rein-
forcing the bonds of friend-
ship and cooperation, which
have linked our two coun-
tries even before the estab-
lishment of diplomatic rela-
tions in 2004,” he said.
The economies of Malta
and the Bahamas, both
archipelagic countries, are
based mainly on tourism
and financial services, mak-
ing it a possible to exchange
of information, he

explained.

As a result, both coun-
tries can exchange informa-
tion about the experiences
and know-how they have
garnered over the years, the
High Commissioner said.

“On the one hand, we can
address the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas’ intent to
develop state-of-the-art e-
government and upgrade its
educational and horticul-
tural facilities; to certify its
financial services system by
the OECD and to preserve
and restore its heritage
sites.”

He added that Malta has
recently recorded success-
es in all these fields and
would welcome the oppor-

tunity to assist the Bahamas
in any or all of them.

Malta offers Bahamian
products and services an
ideal base from which to
explore Mediterranean
markets thanks to Malta’s
strategic central location
in that region, its mem-
bership to the European
Union, and the country’s
familiarity with neigh-
bouring North African
nations and certain Gulf
States, the High Commis-
sioner said.

The Governor General
said that both countries
share a wide base of link-
ages founded on common
aspects of history and
development.

Farrugia talks with Honorary
Consul for Malta in the
Bahamas Gerard Wirth at Gov-
ernment House.

“Our paths are crossing
yet again with the
Bahamas joining Malta in
the United Nations Eco-
nomic and Social Council
(ECOSOC), the work of
which will impact so many
of the important issues of
our present day,” he said.

The new High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of
Malta followed his visit to
Government House with a
courtesy call on the Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham.

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Rock Sound Eleuthera for the institutions
to be able to sustain themselves financially.

Presently there are just over sixty stu-
dents at each school. The CBOE reports
that 100 plus students are necessary for the
schools to be “self sustaining”.

Extra subsidies from the board to the
schools - to the tune of $2,535 per student at
Holy Name and $1,417 at St Anne’s “just to
meet basic expenses” - had been a serious
drain on its resources in 2008 and 2009.

The CBOE travelled to Eleuthera two
weeks ago and Bimini last week to break
the news to parents.

The move comes as CBOE has already
been engaged in “phasing out” the St Vin-
cent De Paul school in Lewis Yard Grand
Bahama for several years, and this year
will see the school closed for good once
the last term comes to an end.

Ms Rolle said that the economic down-
turn was the final nail in the coffin for the
Bimini and Eleuthera schools - which are 67
and 53 years old respectively - as an even
greater proportion of parents withdrew
their children from the private schools in

Two Catholic schools forced to close this year

favour of placing them in the free public
education system.

The schools have traditionally been part
funded by government grants and partly
by fees paid by parents.

The bulk of the fall off in student num-
bers she blamed on “shifting demograph-
ics” in the communities the schools have
served, as parents have moved into others
islands or other parts of the same island in
search of work, said Ms Rolle. Additional-
ly, the launch of another private school in
Bimini also affected student intake.

Yesterday Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister said he had been
briefed on the decision by the Board and
the Ministry of Education stands ready to
provide spaces for the displaced students
and any qualified teachers.

Mts Rolle noted that there should be
more than enough space within the public
schools in the areas where the Catholic
schools are located as they have been sim-
ilarly affected by low enrollment.

The Board Director added that it is the

CBOE’s expectation that the nine teachers
and three clerical staff currently employed
at the Eleuthera and Bimini schools are
set to be redeployed to other Catholic
schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama
or Abaco.

In contrast to the situation in Bimini and
Eleuthera, Mrs Rolle said enrollment has
been growing in Abaco, and schools in New
Providence are not under consideration for
closure.

As to how the communities took the
news, Ms Rolle said parents and students
were “sad” but that the announcement was
not a bolt from the blue.

“They understood and saw this had been
coming for some years, though there were
questions about whether anything could
be done to save the schools at this stage.

“We understand because right now you
look at it as affectng the community. Part of
it is when they’ve been there for decades
the populace is looking at it as part of the
nucleus of the community being weak-
ened.”

FROM page one

survival by the Bahamas Heart
Foundation (BHF).

Children born with a hole in
the heart require surgery in
order to grow and develop in
a normal way and go on to live
healthy lives, and BHF volun-
teers work tirelessly to raise
funds for this surgery provided
by Dr Sands and his team.

However, BHF chairman RE
Barnes is concerned Dr Sands
political career could eclipse his
professional demands while
there are only two surgeons in
the country to take up the
workload.

“We are nervous because he
is one of the only cardiotho-
racic surgeons who can do it,”
Mr Barnes said.

Dr Sands’s partner Henry
Coleman would be unwilling to
take on an increased workload
after 35 years in the field, and
Dr Ramphal would be unable
to absorb the demand alone.

However, Dr Sands said
more physicians may step up
to the operating table in future

Heart Foundation

should his political career take
off.

And if his political demands
increase, the rare surgery he
provides will be the last thing
he stops.

“At the end of the day I have
made a commitment that come
what may I will continue to be
available for medical care
regardless of what I am doing,
involved in politics or not,” Dr
Sands said.

“Tam not stopping now, and
Tam not going to allow patients
to suffer because I am involved
in something else.

“There are precedents for
people who do what I do to
maintain their clinical practice
even while engaged in an active
political career.

“And I will continue to serve
in whatever capacity I can.”

The surgeon of 16 years per-
formed an operation yesterday
as well as seven surgeries at the
end of last week.

However, his time in surgery

will be sacrificed when his
presence is required in the
upcoming election court chal-
lenge.

As Dr Sands gained 1,501
votes in the February 16 by-
election for Elizabeth, and
PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
gained 1,499 votes, Mr Pinder
is challenging the legitimacy of
five protest votes in court in
the hope he will be declared
by-election winner and MP for
Elizabeth.

Dr Sands’ political future is
currently in limbo, and he is
taking it one day at a time.

“What is not possible is to
predict the future,” the heart
surgeon said. “I don’t know
what is going to happen, it
really depends on a lot of dif-
ferent things. But I will con-
tinue to serve in whatever
capacity I can.”

For more news about the
Bahamas Heart Foundation
turn to page two.

Man stabbed to death

FROM page one

Poinciana Drive and Hospital Lane at around 11.38pm.

According to police, it appeared Mr Davis had got into the
Pontiac Bonneville car, license plate number 182812, after
receiving stab wounds to the chest and lower back.

It is suspected that it was after driving the car some distance
that the victim crashed the car into another vehicle, a Toyota
Corolla, license plate number 111837.

A police statement on the incident issued yesterday after-
noon stated that officers investigating the killing are following

significant leads.



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SOUTH ELEUTHERA EMERGENCY PARTNERS (SEEP)



Grand Bahama's

PTT th Lmergency Operations Centre
a step closer to completion



CONSTRUCTION of the new terminal for Western Air is already
underway and is scheduled for completion by late summer.

SCHEDULED for completion by the end of summer, the new
$4 million state-of-the art Western Air terminal currently under
construction at the Grand Bahama International Airport is
expected to bring an added boost to the island’s airlift and
struggling economy.

Welcoming the news were officials of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA), who applauded Western Air’s invest-
ment.

“We’re excited and supportive of meaningful ventures that will
spur this island’s economy. An expanded terminal gives birth to
more employment opportunities for Bahamians. Also, greater
airlift means increased traffic with an influx of more visitors from
the other islands and abroad,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA presi-
dent.

The new multi-million dollar facility is being built just west of
the airport’s current domestic terminal.

Upon completion it will house Western Air’s terminal, cor-
porate office and maintenance facility.

Flights

Western Air presently offers 12 flights daily between Freeport
and Nassau, six flights daily between Nassau and Marsh Harbour
and four flights daily between Nassau, Bimini, Exuma, Congo
Town and San Andros. They also offer charter flights through-
out the Bahamas, Caribbean including Cuba, South and Central
America.

According to Rex Rolle, president and CEO of the company,
once construction is completed on the airline’s Freeport termi-
nal, the new site will become its northern hub.

“With an increase in facilities, fleet, and our efficient staff, it
is our intent to begin direct flights to Haiti, Jamaica, Turks and
Caicos, and eventually Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach,
Florida,” he said.

Derek Newbold, business development manager at GBPA, is
optimistic about the venture.

“GBPA is aggressively pursuing new interests and business
development for Grand Bahama Island. One of the unique fea-
tures of our island is a modern airport with US pre-clearance. So
we’re definitely supportive of Western Air’s initiative to take
advantage of this feature to expand their business and provide
greater access to the island,” Mr Newbold said.

Western Air, entirely Bahamian owned and operated, cur-
rently has a fleet of 11 aircraft.

!

NEW AIR TERMINAL FOR FREEPORT: GBPA and Western Air offi-
cials tour site of new $4 million air terminal under construction at
the Grand Bahama International Airport. Pictured from left to right
are: lan Rolle, president of the GBPA group; Derek Newbold,
business development manager at GBPA, and Rex Rolle, president
and CEO for Western Air.

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South Eleuthera Emergency
Partners, better known as
SEEP, are one step closer to
completing their Emergency
Operations Centre (EOC)
which houses the area’s ambu-
lance and fire truck, and is used
as a venue for community func-
tions such as the farmers’ mar-
ket.

Thanks to a grant by the
Lyford Cay Foundation, SEEP
recently added six large cus-
tom-made roll-up doors to its
EOC.

The doors, approximately 11
feet high and 12 feet wide
opened up new opportunities
for the non-profit organisation
that operates the volunteer fire
department and ambulance ser-
vices for Southern Eleuthera.

The doors are of enormous
importance because not only
do they bring the centre to an
80 per cent completion, they
also add a whole new dimen-
sion and meaning to the versa-
tility of the centre, opening new
opportunities for the non-prof-
it and the community at large,
the organisation said.

For the community, the
installation of the doors created
employment for six people in
the depressed Eleuthera econ-
omy over a four-week period
and it also added profit to some
of the local businesses.

Exciting

For SEEP, other exciting
activities at the centre are being
realised, positively impacting
the non-profit and the resi-
dents.

With a more secured build-
ing, the ambulance, fire truck, a
recently donated jaws of life,
an additional water pump and
other fire fighting gear are now
properly stored, ensuring a
longer life span.

“The doors not only protect
the vehicles and emergency
equipment from the wear and
tear caused by the sun and salt
air,” said director Shaun Ingra-
ham, “But they bring the build-
ing closer in line to an all pur-
pose community centre and
offers shelter during times of
emergencies like a hurricane.”

Sourced and provided by a
local hardware store, these
industrial doors are made of
aluminum and can withstand
high winds and are built for low
maintenance, safety and long
lasting dependability and they
also provide a weather-tight
seal.

When a function is held at
the emergency operations cen-
tre, there is the flexibility to
have all six doors open or the
choice of keeping some of the
doors open and others closed.

The centre has become a big
hit with the locals with the most
recent partnerships with the

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DIRECTOR Shaun Ingraham (left) and volunteer
Ricardo Edwards review parts for the door.

Island School and Cape
Eleuthera Institute, local farm-
ers and artisans who host a
farmer’s market at the end of
each month.

“This has been a great suc-
cess,” said Mr Ingraham “as we
are now able to set up the mar-
ket the night before because
the doors are added security
and also the people and their
products are protected from
wind, sun and rain.”

Another new partnership
involves a “12 weeks to well-
ness programme” headed by
the Seventh Day Adventist
Church.

Each evening during the
week more than 50 people from
Governor’s Harbour to Rock
Sound travel to the EOC to
exercise and learn how to live
healthy lifestyles.

Mr Ingraham and his board
of directors said they are grate-
ful for the partnerships and sup-
port from key players like the
Lyford Cay Foundation and for
their volunteers who help in all
areas of the operations.





WORKERS install one of the 11 foot x 12-foot
doors at the SEEP Emergency Operations Cen-
tre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. The four-week
project helped employ six persons.



PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham

PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham



THE SECOND Farmers’ Market was held at the end of January at
the SEEP EOC. The newly installed doors are in the background
and provide a backdrop at the “Lion Fish” demonstration table.

The EOC has come a long
way since it started laying the
foundation just over two years
ago. In March 2009, SEEP part-
nered with the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the Ministry
of Health to broaden their
work and garner more support
when they dedicated their fire

truck and ambulance. To mark
another milestone, SEEP will
host an open house and dedi-
cation set for March 14 at 2pm
and the celebrations will
include local residents and a
group of 70 Island Journeys vol-
unteers from Clemson Univer-
sity, North Carolina.

PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham

THE SEEP Emergency Operations Centre facilitated the first farmers’ market in South Eleuthera in an
open environment since doors were not installed at the time.

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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 Christie:PLP would welcome Branville C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.83TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY, T-STORMS HIGH 78F LOW 61F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S A man’s definition of sexy SEEPAGE NINE Primary School softball By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p turnquest@ tribunemedia.net THE DEPAR TURE of Branville McCartney as Minis ter of State for Immi g ration is a “devastat ing blow” to Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham’s administ ration, PLP leader Perry C hristie claimed yesterday. Speaking to the press outside o f the House of Assembly, Mr Christie said that inclusive of M r Ingraham, Branville McCartney was perhaps the most popular FNM in Parliament, and his resignation has sent shock waves throughout the country. Mr McCartney has so far stated that he intends to remain with the FNM and is supportive of his Prime Minister. However, Mr Christie said that if the former Minister were so inclined, the PLP would be more than happy to welcome him into their tent. “There is no question that the PLP is a big tent. T he PLP has demon strated that in fact, andi n deed and in word. So there is absolutely no p roblem, if anyone comes who is qualified and interested in being a part of making the Bahamas the best little country in the world is welcome,” he said. With this being now the third minister who has either resigned or has been removed from the cabinet of the Bahamas since the FNM took office in 2007, Mr Christie said that PLP now stands to capitalise on this point. In addition to this, he said, the results of the Elizabeth byelection has helped to boost the PLP’s expectations in light of what he claims were the overwhelming resources that the government had “pumped” into the constituency to chal lenge the PLP for the seat. “So that has been a test; something for us to look and measure ourselves by. And the Party leader says resignation ‘devastating blow’ to FNM The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com witha FastTrack Loan. EDUCATIONAL LOAN FINDTODAY’SCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net AN 18-YEAR-OLDman became the country’s 17th murder victim for the year on Sunday evening when he was stabbed multiple times after getting into a confrontation in a Black Vil lage home. The dead body of Livingston Davis, a resident of Bonaby Alley, off Kemp Road, was dis covered by police who were initially called to the scene of a traffic accident in the area of By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net LIFE-SAVING charity the Bahamas Heart Foundation is concerned cardio thoracic surgeon Duane Sands’ political career will jeopardise his ability to operate on those in need. FNM by-election candi date Dr Sands is one of just three Bahamian surgeons able to perform cardiovascular operations to save the lives of children given the opportunity for surgery and 18-year-old man stabbed to death SEE page 11 The Bahamas Heart Foundation concerned over Dr Duane Sands’ political career SEE page 11 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net FRIENDS and family of Keisha Thurston are still in dis belief over the news of her apparent suicide. The athletic superstar, who attended the College of the Bahamas (COB dead at home by her unsuspecting mother. Keisha’s routine the night before she took her own life was seemingly normal. She went out with her girlfriends and when she returned home stayed up late, spending time on the Internet. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Human skeletal remains were discovered in bushes in Freeport yesterday, however police officials are unable to determine whether foul play is suspected at this time. Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the discovery By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net DECLINING year-onyear enrollment and the economic downturn has forced the Catholic Board of Education in the Bahamas to announce that two of its schools in Bimini and Eleuthera will be closing down for good come the end of the 2010 school year. Claudette Rolle, director of the Catholic Board of Education, said that for the last five years not enough students have enrolled at the Holy Name primary school in Bailey Town Bimini or St Anne’s primary school in Disbelief over student’s apparent suicide SEE page eight SEE page eight Mor e skeletal r emains found in Grand Bahama Two Catholic schools forced to close this year SEE page 11 SEE page eight RESIDENTSFEELTHEEFFECTSOFDUMPFIRE RESIDENTS of the government subdivision Jubilee Gardens and private subdivision Victoria Gardens are complaining of smoke infiltrating their homes day and night from the nearby dump. Jeremiah Jones (pictured dump site said: “I think they could have done a better job getting the fire under control, it seems like it’s always smoking.” SEE FULL STORY ONPAGETWO P ERRYCHRISTIE

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TWO men were in hosp ital yesterday after suffering gunshot wounds in separate attacks. Police reported that the first incident took place at around 3.13am when an unidentified 33-year-old m an who was said to be making checks of governm ent homes under cons truction” in the Pride E states area was fired u pon by another man wearing a dark hooded jacket. The victim sustained i njuries to his face, neck and thumb. The shooter, meanwhile, fled on foot. I n the second shooting, reported to have occurred at 2.41pm yesterday, police said a man was hit in hisu pper right thigh after b eing shot at by the occu pant or occupants of a champagne coloured Nis-s an Maxima. The culprits were report ed to have escaped the area heading south alongP alm Beach Street. Emergency medical personnel transported the victim to hospital. Police investigat ions are continuing into both incidents. Two men suffer gunshot wounds A MAN who is believed t o have bled to death after falling from an awning attached to the second floor of the Rodney Bain Building during a suspected robbery attempt was identified by police yesterd ay as Richardson Russell. M r Russell’s body was found on Saturday at around 12.20pm. It is believed he became wedged between a perimet er wall and the building after his fall, sustaining sig nificant injuries to his rightl eg. Police said the Fort C harlotte resident was susp ected of being in the process of trying to gaina ccess to the Shirley Street b uilding by standing on an awning when he slipped and fell. Police name man who died in suspected robbery bid Over $200,000 US dollars was confiscated by police yesterday and five men including one American were taken into custody after police discovered the cash inside a rental car downtown. According to police reports, officers were conducting a search of a Toyota Corolla, licence plate number SD1541, on Cumberland Street, when they found the money inside two bags. The car’s occupants, three Grand Bahamians and an American man of Lauderhill, Florida, were taken into custody. “Further investigations lead officers to another location occupied by two other males a 41-year-old of Mangrove Cay, Andros and a 36-year-old of Kenwood Street, New Providence where (another covered,” press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said. The Andros and New Providence men were also taken into custody. Police investigations are continuing. Five men in custody as US $200,000 confiscated By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIANS can help battle the number one cause of death in the country and provide life-saving surgery for children by participating in t he upcoming 11th annual S ubway Fun Run Walk. Proceeds raised at the March 20 event will go to the v olunteer-run Bahamas Heart A ssociation (BHA B ahamas Heart Foundation (BHF cents of every dollar donated t o pay for life-saving operations required by children b orn with heart defects as well as essential education on how t o prevent heart disease. B HA president Thelma Johnson said: “Heart disease is the number one killer in the Bahamas, along with high c holesterol and high blood pressure. These diseases are w hat we call a silent killer, and we feel that if we educate people now, particularly children, it will help in the long run.” While the BHA focuses on education, the BHF funds lifesaving procedures for chil-d ren. Simple M any children born with h eart defects can have simple procedures in the Bahamas b y Dr Duane Sands and his t eam, but those with more c omplicated defects such as i nversion of the heart will r equire surgery at Florida h ospitals and subsequent i ntensive care treatment costi ng hundreds of thousands of d ollars. B HF chairman RE Barnes s aid the charity pays out a round $300,000 a year to h elp an average of 15 child ren. However, he foresees a diff icult financial year ahead as the recession slows donations and affects prices. T he Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida has previously been able to offer BHF patients treatment at ar educed rate, but Mr Barnes said hospital debts this yearn ow threaten that agreement. We know this year is going to be a very difficult year, sow e are going to really count on the public to step up and really help this year,” MrB arnes said. Virtually every penny raised will go directly to the children or patients we areh elping, so when people give t hey are really allowing these children to have a full and h ealthy life.” The Subway Fun Run Walk put on in association with Col i na, Club Monica, and Prime Bahamas aims to have at least7 00 people participate in the f ive-mile route from Goodman’s Bay to Subway on Cable Beach, and back, starti ng at 6am on Saturday, M arch 20. Registration is $15 and includes a T-shirt, water bottle and bag and can bed one on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Subway restaurants on Prince Charles D rive and Cable Beach, at the B ahamas Heart Association office at Eves, opposite the S wiss Pastry Shop on West Bay Street, or online at www.clubmonicaathletics.com. Helping children with heart defects DOCTORS examine a child for heart disease. THE SANITARY LANDFILL SITE looms over the Victoria Gardens subdivision off Gladstone Road. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net P EOPLE living in homes near the Nassau city dump continue to be choked with s moke as the fire smoulders f or a third week. Residents of the govern ment subdivision Jubilee Gar dens and private subdivision Victoria Gardens, which bor der the Department of Envir onmental Health’s sanitary l andfill off Tonique WilliamsDarling Highway, are complaining of smoke infiltrating their homes day and night. Families living alongside the burning wasteland say they are forced to keep theirw indows closed day and night t o try to prevent the smoke from clogging their homes. Lungs But their small efforts are doing little to protect their health as smoke creeps into their homes and their lungs. Jeremiah Jones, 30, a barber whose Jubilee Gardens house backs onto the dump site said: “I think they could have done a better job get ting the fire under control, it seems like it’s always smoking. “We are all keeping our windows closed during the day because if we don’t and we leave home, when we come back the air is filled with smoke. “The only thing that saves us is if the cold comes and the direction of the wind goes the other way,” Mr Jones said. The fire is believed to have been set intentionally in three areas of the landfill site on Friday, February 12, and spread across the 100-acre site and around 6ft underground. Minister for the Environ ment Earl Deveaux told the House of Assembly yesterday how $400,000 has gone towards the fire-fighting efforts and 11 trucks have been mobilised to fight the fire along with six tractors, four excavators, three water trucks and water pumps. He expects the smoulder ing to subside by the week end and to stop within two weeks. He said he intends to tighten controls of the area fol lowing the fire as it has shown how indiscriminate dumping has become. “As a result of this horri ble experience we are authorised to engage companies to properly manage the landfill and it’s my goal that by the time we discuss the fiscal budget in June we will have reached an agreement for a competent company to man age the landfill and put this behind us forever,” Mr Deveaux said. Dump fire: Residents complain of smoke in homes In brief 11TH ANNUAL SUBWAY FUN RUN WALK C HANCEFOR B AHAMIANSTOHELPPROVIDELIFE SAVINGSURGERYFORYOUNGSTERS Families have to keep windows closed day and night as blaze smoulders for third week Heart disease is the number one killer in the B ahamas, along with h igh cholesterol and h igh blood pressure. T hese diseases are w hat we call a silent k iller, and we feel that if we educate people now, particularly children, it will helpi n the long run.” THELMA JOHNSON EARLDEVEAUX

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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net FORMER Cabinet minister a nd husband of Senior Justice Anita Allen, Algernon Allen, yesterday called the claim by Rodney Moncur that he cam paigned on behalf of the PLP in the Elizabeth by-election “an outrageous lie.” On Sunday, Mr Moncur, leader of the Workers’ Party s aid he would be writing to Chief Justice Michael Barnett to object to Senior Justice Allen being appointed as one of the judges set to preside over the Elizabeth by-election court matter. Mr Moncur alleged thatS enior Justice Allen’s husband, Algernon Allen, had camp aigned for the PLP in the leadup to the by-election and that this was the basis of his opposi tion to her appointment, as there may be a possible con flict of interest. The possibility that Mr Mon cur would make such an objection created the potential for delay in the resolution of the legal matter. The court action was initiated by PLP candidate Ryan Pinder, who wishes to see the court scrutinise five protest votes to see if they can be included in the vote tally and potentially secure a victory for him in the constituency. The by-election held on Feb ruary 16 in Elizabeth resulted in the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands receiving two more regular votes than Mr Pinder. Yesterday, Mr Allen said Mr Moncur’s claims about a possible conflict of interest were not only based on a false premise, but also irresponsible. “The allegation by Mr Moncur that I participated in the Elizabeth by-election is an outrageous lie that could only have been hatched in the fevered brain of an incorrigible media freak. “I did not participate in any form or fashion in this byelection or in any events leading up to it. Both major parties and all other candidates in the election are well aware of that. “This is an irresponsible allegation and an absolute red herring that cannot dimin ish the unim peachable integrity and judicial brilliance and fairness of Senior Justice Anita Allen,” he said. Applauding “Bahamians across the board are applauding the appoint ment of Senior Justices Allen and Isaacs as election court judges in this matter.” Mr Allen suggested Mr Moncur has modelled himself as “the great objector.” “He objected to Dr Duane Sands, he objected to Ryan Pinder and he objected to Senior Justice Anita Allen, they are all in my opinion, the type of Bahamian who we need in the public service of our country in whatever respect they offer themselves.” Mr Allen outlined two “notable” statements he made pertaining to the by-election during his radio show on Love97, of which he said neither suggested favouritism towards the PLP. “The first was when the byelection was first announced I said the PLP was making a colossal error in contesting this by-election and I likened their participation therein to a man stumbling into a pitch dark room in which there was an 800-pound raging gorilla. I then on that show predicted that the FNM would win by a threevote majority history has shown that I was wrong in this instance.” “The second statement I made on the show, and this was when Ryan Pinder was my guest, I said that given the excellent qualities of the candidates for both major parties the pity is that the system does not allow for a junior and a senior Member of Parliament for that seat because in my opinion both Ryan Pinder and Dr Duane Sands would’ve made excellent Members of Parliament,” Mr Allen said. B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net COURT of Appeal Justice George Newman expressed concern yesterday that prison authorities had failed to forward death row inmate Godfrey Sawyer's notice of appeal to the court in time. He noted that the incident was not an isolated one. Sawyer, 29, had signed a notice of his intention to appeal his murder conviction and death sentence on November 25 last year, which was within the mandatory 21-day period for filing his notice of appeal to the appellate court. Justice Newman noted, however, that the court’s registry had not received that notice until January 7 of this year. Prosecutor Joyanne Ferguson Pratt noted that the Attor ney General's Office had also received the notice out of time. "In a case such as this when a man is sentenced to death and held by prison authorities it is absolutely vital that prison authorities ensure that the court receives the notice of appeal without delay," Justice Newman said. "I have read comments in the newspapers with respect to this appellant's decision to appeal," he said. "It does no good to have a death sentence deliberated in the press when the man has done all that he can do," he said. In mid-February, the Ministry of National Security announced that the Advisory Committee of the Prerogative of Mercy met and determined that Sawyer's case was not one that warranted mercy and that the law should take its course. It was subsequently announced that Sawyer had filed an appeal that would delay his execution. Sentenced Sawyer was sentenced to death on November 9, 2009 by Senior Justice Anita Allen for the murder of Sterling Eugene during an armed robbery at Quality Discount Store in 2005. At his sentencing, Justice Allen described his crime as the "worst of the worst." Evidence revealed that Sawyer 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. The death penalty is no longer the mandatory punishment for murder. A 2006 Privy Council decision found the automatic imposition of the death penalty was unconstitutional. The punishment is now d iscretionary. Justice Newman said yesterday that prison authorities must make sure that when a person signs a notice of appeal there is someone in the prison responsible for ensuring that that notice is forwarded to the court and the Attorney General’s Office immediately. The prosecutor, Ms Pratt, assured the justices yesterday that she would undertake to relay the court’s message to p rison Superintendent Elliston Rahming. Sawyer’s attorney Jerone Roberts told the court that his client’s family had experienceda great deal of anxiety over the entire ordeal and the fact that Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest had made public statements about the matter. “It is wrong in principle that public statements should be made by a minister; that the imposition of the death penalty would come about by reading a death warrant when the man has done all he can to appeal,” Justice Newman said. Sawyer’s appeal is now expected to proceed. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 3 A man charged with attempted murder was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court yesterday. Darren Jason Strachan, 28, was arraigned before Magis trate Derrence Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane. It is alleged that Strachan while at Pacific Point on Febru ary 25 attempted to cause the death of Craig Cash. Mr Cash was reportedly shot in his abdomen during a shooting on Mermaid Boulevard off Carmichael Road last Thursday. Police responded to reports of gunfire at 9.20am and said the young man had been shot in the abdomen and taken to hospital in a private vehicle. Strachan was also charged with possession of a firearm whilst committing an indictable offence. He was granted $50,000 bail with one surety and ordered to report to the nearest police station every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Man, 28, arraigned on attempted murder charge Justice Newman ‘concerned’ over notice of appeal delay A 31-year-old man of Sesame Street was arraignedin the Magistrate’s Court yes terday on multiple armed robbery charges. David Cooper Cunningham, who turned himself in to police last week, was arraigned in Court 5, Bank Lane. He has been charged with Timothy Cole, 38, of Dames Alley, in several armed rob beries. Cole was arraigned in court last week. It is alleged that Cunning ham, being 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 service station on Poinciana Drive. According to court dockets, the offences were committed between September 2009 and February 2010. Cunningham, who was arraigned before Magistrate Derrence Rolle, was not required to enter a plea to the charges. Cunningham asked for copies of the court dockets and witness statements. The cases have been adjourned to August 31, September 1, 13, 14, 27 and 28. Cunningham was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison. Man, 31, facing multiple armed r obber y char ges A third man charged in a h ome invasion and shoot-out that took place in Coral Harbour nearly two weeks ago was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court yesterday. Jeffrey Wilson, 54, was arraigned before Magistrate Derrence Davis in Court 5, B ank Lane, charged with conspiring to commit the armedrobbery of Georgette Butler on Thursday, February 18. He is also charged with breaking into Ms Butler’s home and while armed with a handgun, robbing her of $30,000 in assorted jewellery, $1,650 cash and a Dell laptop computer valued at $1,900. It is also alleged that Wilson had been in possession ofa handgun with intent to endanger the life of Corporal 340 Fox, Constable 2889 Barr and with intent to resist lawful arrest. He was also charged with receiving. Wilson was not required to enter a plea to the charges. He was charged along with brothers Jermaine and Derek Stuart. Wilson’s attorney Cecil Hilton told the court that his client had been in police custody since last Wednesday and had been beaten by police. Magistrate Rolle ordered that Wilson be taken to see a doctor. He has been remanded to her Majesty’s Prison. His case has been adjourned to August 31 and September 1 for the start of a preliminary inquiry. Man charged in home invasion,s hoot-out appears before magistrate ‘An outrageous lie’ T im Clarke/ T ribune staff JEFFREY WILSON appears in c ourt yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff DAVID COOPER CUNNINGHAM arrives at court. In brief DEATHROWCASE: Godfrey Sawyer " I n a case such as t his when a man is sentenced to deatha nd held by prison a uthorities it is absolutely vital thatp rison authorities e nsure that the court receives the notice ofa ppeal without delay." Former Cabinet Minister attacks claim he campaigned for PLP in Elizabeth by-election RODNEY MONCUR Justice George Newman

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E DITOR, The Tribune. Re:Dr Ken Knowles seems to misunderstand concept of h ealth care insurance vouch ers. Tribune – February 18, 2010. In the above letter, I am accused of misunderstandingt he concept of vouchers for the purchase of health care insurance and medication.M aybe so. However, I do understand that the charitable use of vouchers for those too poor to afford health care, might well create a group of resentful second class citizens. When it comes to health care,I find the suggestion of a twotiered system based on one’s financial worth to be repugnant, and stand by my assess ment of vouchers and their impracticability. Y es, I believe that in order to help the less fortunate, the government needs to run the health care industry, as there i s no feasible alternative on the horizon. (Anyway, if I’m going to be screwed, I’d r ather it be done by someone with a demonstrated flair for it). At the risk of soundingl ike a do-gooder, the Holy Grail for a universal health care system would be equala ccess to affordable health care for all. To date, Insurance companies, Pharmaceutical companies and the Med ical Establishment have failed us miserably, so we may as well face the facts and try av ery different approach. Most people are well aware that governments everywhere are usually not the brightest and best at running anything oth er than into debt. However, t he customary incompetence one can expect from any government anywhere ensures that at least we would all be t reated equally! The mediocre health care we could also expect would be better than n one at all for far too many of our citizens. History has proven over a nd over that socialised med icine/universal health care is inevitable. We may not likei t, we may think of many rational reasons why it should not be, but eventually it will occur anyway. Rather than knee-jerk opposition to it, we should probably consider try ing to mould it into a viable, e quitable, sustainable and possibly even wait for the oxymoron a reasonably well run government depart ment. Get used to the idea. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, February 18, 2010. E DITOR, The Tribune. The following is an open letter to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux. Dear Minister Deveaux, I am in 100 per cent in a greement with Alfredo Quarto's recent open letter (belowg oing plight of North Bimini. B iminites as well as countl ess members of the international community applauded y our government's announcem ent over a year ago that a M arine Protected Area was to be established to protect the ecosystems of the region against destruction by a rapa-c ious developer. W e have seen no evidence of progress in establishing let alone enforcing the proclaimed MPA. We considert his to be a matter of the u tmost urgency. I would ask you, Minister Deveaux, to address our concerns immediately and con-f irm that your government is i ndeed putting the well-being of the islanders and islands of Bimini above the ambitions of an overseas developer. Y ours sincerely, J eremy Stafford-Deitsch . February 27, 2010. To Whom it May Concern, In December of 2008, the H onorable Dr. Earl Deveaux p roclaimed that Bimini's longa waited Marine Protected A rea had been made official. L ocal Biminites, as well as legions of people around the globe who care about Bimini, were elated with the news. R eports from Bimini also informed us that much stricter regulations were to be placed o n the large development on the North island, including ther equirement of Environment al Impact Assessments and a definite plan for mangrove r estoration along the eastern boundary of the resort. To our knowledge, extensive dredging, mangrove removal, and wetland filling is taking place along the western shore of the North Sound right now. We have also been unable to confirm that any EIA's have been completed for thec urrent work, or that any actual plan for mangrove r estoration has been established. The Mangrove Action Project applauds the Bahamian government for declaring Bimini's MPA, but without definite boundaries, regulations and enforcement the benefits of this MPA will be stunted. W e are hereby asking for a ny current information about the state of Bimini's Marine P rotected Area, as well as the confirmation that the extensive mangrove removal taking place on North Bimini has been permitted by the Local a nd Central Government. T he issues surrounding B imini's mangroves are cared about by far too many people to remain silent for this l ong. We have respected a request to "quiet down" form any months, but have heard n othing in response for our courtesy. W e look forward to any information. F or the Mangroves And the Mangrove Communities! A lfredo Quarto , Executive Director M angrove Action Project m angroveap@olympus.net C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt . P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The filibuster t ool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate is a lternately blamed and praised for wilting P resident Barack Obama's ambitious agenda. Some even say it's made the nation ungovernable. M aybe, maybe not. Obama's term still has three years to run. M ore certain, however: Opposition R epublicans are using the delaying tactic a t a record-setting pace. "The numbers are astonishing in this Congress," says Jim Riddlesperger, politi cal science professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. The filibuster, using seemingly endless d ebate to block legislative action, has b ecome entrenched like a dandelion tap root in the midst of the shrill partisanship gripping Washington. B ut the filibuster is nothing new. Its use dates to the mists of Senate history, but until the civil rights era of the 1950s it w as rarely used. A tactic unique to the Senate, the filibuster means a simple majority guarantees nothing when it comes to passing laws. " The rules of the Senate are designed to give muscle to the minority," said Senate historian Donald Ritchie. With the Senate now made up of 100 members, two for each of the 50 states, an opposition filibuster can only be brokenw ith 60 votes a three-fifths majority. As a matter of political philosophy, the concept of the filibuster arises from a d eep-seated, historic concern among Americans that the minority not be steamrolled by the majority. It is a brake and protective device rooted in the same U.S. political sensibility that gave each state two senators regard less of population. G iven recent use of the filibuster by minority Republicans and the party's success in snarling the legislative process in this Congress, Democrats say the minori ty has gone way beyond just protecting its interests. The frequency of filibusters plus threats to use them are measured by the number of times the upper chamber votes on cloture. Cloture is a Senate procedure to end debate so other business c an be brought to the floor. Such votes t est the majority's ability to hold together 6 0 members to break a filibuster. In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, there were a record 112 cloture votes. Int his session of Congress, the 111th for all of 2009 and the first two months of2 010 the number already exceeds 40. T he most the Democrats have ever u sed the filibuster was 58 times in the 106th Congress of 1999-2000. During most of Obama's first year in o ffice and for a few weeks this year, 58 Democratic senators and two Independents who normally vote with them held af ilibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the S enate. That vanished last month when Mass achusetts Republican Scott Brown capt ured the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last summer. Most notably, Brown's victory has s tymied Obama's push to overhaul health care just as the bill was approaching the finish line. Before Brown's election, both the Senate and the House of Representa t ives had passed separate versions of the reform legislation. Brown broke the Democratic 60-seat majority before the two chambers could meld differences in their bills for a final vote in both houses. H owever, one of Brown's first votes after taking office saw him joining four other Republicans to help Democrats b reak a threatened filibuster by his party's leaders against a job bill. The measure, $13 billion in tax incen tives for businesses to hire unemployed workers, was quickly passed the next day with 12 Republicans joining Brown and 55 Democrats in favour of it. F ilibusters to make the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress look inept are one thing. Quite another is a vote against creating jobs in an economy with nearly 10 per cent unemployment and elections nine months away. (This article was written by Steven R Hurst of the Associated Press). An open letter to Earl Deveaux on the plight of North Bimini LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Republicans setting filibuster record '$9,'$/$1:(11RI6($9,(: '5,9(3%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 History has proven socialised universal health care is inevitable EDITOR, The Tribune. The practice of presenting the results of your online polls as news really must stop. A self-selecting sample of respondents does not cre ate statistically reliable information. You don’t even disclose that the sample is non-random or explain the issues that exist with this method of data collection. Assuming that the average reader is aware of such statistical nuances is a bit naive. While there may have been misleading topics reported on in the past, I have a particular concern with polling related to election candidates. Presenting “popularity votes” on candidates in an election in this manner is irresponsible and potentially unethical. Individual voters are often swayed by the leanings of the crowd and influencing these voters with such articles is entirely possible, particularly on the day of the election. Presenting opinions is encouraged. Presenting made-up statistics is not. R KNOWLES Nassau, February 16, 2010. Stop pr esenting r esults of online polls as news

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B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net AN immediate rebound in t he country's depressed tourism industry and small business development over the mediumterm are needed to ensure eco nomic growth, said State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing in the House of the A ssembly yesterday. T hese issues are the focus of t he government, said Mr Laing, while it steers the country towards a path of recovery. "There is no question what soever that growing this econ omy requires us to increase our tourism product. That is the most immediate thing that we can do today to grow this economy," Mr Laing said. S ince the global financial crisis hit in late 2008 the country'st ourism product suffered, as m any prospective visitors tightened their purse strings and forewent luxury expenditures. T o ensure the economy's viability in the face of rising gov ernment debt and high unemployment levels the country's tourism product must rebound quickly to provide much need ed jobs. Mr Laing, giving his midy ear budget contribution, said that increased focus must be p ut on attracting tourist arrivals, particularly more stop-o ver arrivals. He said tourism officials are noting that air arrivals are trending in the right direction with the number of availablea ir seats to the Bahamas now at over 400,000. He added that while the country's tourism industry has suffered a loss in American and E uropean travelers, visitors f rom Canada a country that w as not hard hit by the global financial crisis continues to grow. To sustain economic growth over the medium term, the government must make it easier for small businesses to start up and operate, while creating am ore modern, competitive business environment. " It is very important for Bahamian entrepreneurs and international investors to believe and to experience an easier time of doing business in the Bahamas and that we are doing the necessary to ensure that that happens," said Mr Laing. The Marco City MP told Parliament that the Bahamas,l ike other nations, has experienced the worst economicr ecession seen in his lifetime. He added that throughout the crisis, government nurtured the economy, helped struggling citizens and laid the foundation for a strong rebound. He also defended government's decision to increase public spending, arguing that this gave thousands of Bahamians relief during the current economic downturn. "We had hundreds of mill ions of dollars in capital projects in this country, creating jobs but also laying the foundation for the necessary mordernising and upgrading of i nfrastructure in the country,” h e said. " In the process of trying to provide the relief in this crisis, we've had to use tremendous public resources. “We've expended significant funds in supporting our economy, in bringing relief to our people and also in trying to lay a foundation for a more robust, more competitive and morem odern economy.” As a result of this, he said hundreds of workers and scores of contractors were able to continue working. H e also noted how governm ent helped to keep other s truggling Bahamians' heads above water through national assistance projects: Some 15,065 persons were aided by the National Unemployment Benefit Programme to the tune of $22,350,000; through gov ernment's increased $12 million to the Department of Social Services, and some 2,500B ahamians have been employed through government's temporary job programme. A ROW erupted between the gove rnment and opposition sides of the H ouse of Assembly yesterday after Member of Parliament for St Thomas More Frank Smith accused the Free National Movement of awarding public contracts to party "cronies" without public tender. Several members from the government's side called on Mr Smith to provide proof to back up his claims or withdraw his statements while opposition members rallied behind their colleague. I n the morning session of the midyear budget debate, Mr Smith accused the Ministry of the Environment of spending over $18 mill ion on clean-up programmes "with no clearly stated guidelines, no consistent practice of newspaper ads i nviting tenders or bids.” M r Smith later withdrew this asser t ion after Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux pointed out that thef igures the PLP MP quoted in his s peech amounted to less than $2 million, a fraction of the $18 million he w as alleging was spent. Dr Deveaux also pointed out that documents Mr Smith tabled only s howed a combined $10,600 payment to two maintenance companies. Mr Smith claimed that duplicate payments were made to different contractors for the some road side work in the Kennedy Subdivision on D ecember 10, 2009. H e then tabled several documents t o support his claim. T he Tribune o btained a copy of these documents. A ccording to the documents Mr S mith tabled it appears that two companies, G W Maintenance and Beckford's Landscaping and Trucki ng Services, were paid $6,000 and $ 4,600 respectively on December 10, 2 009 for work in the Kennedy Subdivision. Mr Smith claimed that these documents were proof of an "all-out raid of the cookie jar" or a misuse of public funds. Mr Smith further alleged that $1.29 million was paid out to "FNM operatives". He said Hiriam Kelly of Hiriam Construction was paid $332,637 for "special projects". He said anotherc ontractor Clement Chea was paid more than $377,000 for "removal of debris". Dean's Cleaning and Maintenance was paid $580,675 for "spec ial projects". Mr Smith said this amounted to $1.29 million in public spending with n o public bidding before the cont racts were awarded, but did not t able additional documents in the morning session to support thesec laims. " And this is so to allow FNM operatives to gain access and they a re having a field day raiding that cookie jar. "All were rewarded were having s upported the powers that be in the red shirt," charged Mr Smith. "Even w ith the national debt approaching $ 4 billion this is just the tip of the iceb erg of how badly this government is managing this economy Mr Speaker.” This statement elicited cries from the government's side as Dr Deveaux rose on another point of order telling the House he possessed a copy of every cheque issued by his ministry. Dr Deveaux also challenged Mr Smith's earlier claim that $18 million was mismanaged by the Ministry of Environment, telling theH ouse that Mr Smith's numbers only totaled $1.2 million. In the afternoon session, Mr Deveaux told parliament he had no o bjections to Mr Smith's claims of financial misuse but only wanted to see evidence to support the argum ent. H e said he too was looking into p ayments made to companies under the government's environmentalc lean-up campaign. " I have a list of all of the contractors who were hired on the prog ramme and the amount paid to them," Dr Deveaux said as he promised to table this document in f uture for the benefit of members of the House. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ‘Immediate rebound’ needed for economic growth Row in House after MP makes cronyism claims By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net AN investigation into whether a group of police women played a part in organising an illegal male strip show has reached an “advanced” stage and is expected to conclude soon,a senior police officer said. The officers under investigation were among 107 female patrons arrested in a raid at The Ranch on Mackey Street at 1am two weeks ago. Some 29 men were also arrested at the Charms club in Centrevilleat the time. Three men from Atlanta, Georgia, were charged with stripping at The Ranch nightclub, and three women, two Colombians and a Jamaican, are charged with stripping at Charms. In the days after the raid, police investigators confirmed they were “intensively” pursuing the possibility that the strip club events were to some extent organised by a ring of police officers stationed within various departments of the police force. While police would not confirm the names of the officers or the number of individuals involved, a source claimed eight officers, including four women, were suspected of organising the illegal events. More than two weeks on, Assistant Commission er of Police Hulan Hanna said that the investigation remains underway, headed by the Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames, and the possibility that the officers were involved asm ore than observers has not been ruled out. “The deputy commissioner who has responsibil ity for discipline in the force will ultimately have charge of how that will be disposed of. But ultimatelya very, very comprehens ive investigation has been carried out and we pretty much have that to the point of making determi nations one way or the other,” said ACP Hanna. safe to say we look at all aspects of the officers’ alleged involvement. “Was it at the organising level, was it at the observing level, or what else their presence there might have led to or been involved with even to the point of any criminal offences or breaches,” said Mr Hanna. The suspected strippers were charged and sent to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. Investigation into officers arrested in raid at ‘an advanced’ stage FRANK SMITH and Earl Deveaux

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THE Bromeliad Society o f Broward County ( BSBC) is celebrating its 4 5th anniversary with a visi t to three of the Bahamas’ most fascinating bromeli-ad gardens on Thursday. Organised by Beryl Sheasby, a member of both the Bromeliad Society International (BSI H orticultural Society of the Bahamas (HSB is being billed by the BSBC as the “Ramble of All Rambles”. “This is eco-tourism in action,” said Mrs Sheasby, who has visited gardens in many countries. Gardens “We can be fairly certain t hat they will all enjoy the beautiful gardens of Nassau and tell their friends to c ome with them to see more on future visits.” A sked about the significance of the visit, the organising committee said, That the Bromeliad Socie ty chose to visit us, the B ahamas!” Officers and members of t he 25-year-old HSB will a ct as volunteer hosts in the three extraordinary gardens selected for the Ramble by the more than 30 visiting horticulturalists with special interests in bromeliads. Bromeliads are relatives o f pineapples, “air plants” a nd Spanish Moss. T he Bahamian gardens t o be honoured by the visit of the society are: Historic A terraced hillside garden featuring hundreds of s pecies of bromeliads, crea ted on a vacant lot and o wned by David and Beryl Sheasby; a historic hilltop and terraced gardens of rare plants owned, restored a nd expanded by Jeffrey a nd Janet Brown, and the c harming Bahamian gard en created and owned by G ordon and Cindy Wilde, a ll BSI members. The BSBC members are t ravelling to the Bahamas on the “Celebration” cruise ship. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bromeliad Society of Broward County’s 45th anniversary visit to the Bahamas IN celebration of World Day of Prayer 2 010, a special service w ill be held this Friday a t the Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church, Montrose Avenue, at 7.30 pm. This year’s service is written by the Commit-t ee of Cameroon, and those attending are asked to wear African dress if possible, or bright coloured prints. The Republic of Cameroon is said to be Africa in miniature.” It is a country of great cultural diversity with more than 240 ethnic groups and languages. Slides will be shown at t he service depicting the p eople and the land of C ameroon, and refreshm ents will also reflect t he cuisine of the A frican country curry dishes, root vegetables and soup, sweets from fruit and flour will be served. World Day of Prayer begins when the first serv ice is held in Tonga, where the new day begins, and continuing a round the world until t he final service takes p lace, some 35 hours later, in Western Samoa, on the other side of theI nternational Date Line. By then the day will have been celebrated in over 170 countries with some countries holding as many as 5,000 ser vices. I nternational chairpers on of World Day of Prayer committee here in Nassau, S AnnetteP oitier, has been invited to be this year’s speaker. “I was elected to this post in 2007 at theW orld Day of Prayer q uadrennial meeting held in Toronto, Cana da. Since 2007, I have c onducted workshops and spoken at services in many areas of the world, including Tonga,M alaysia, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Nairobi, and most recently in Grana-d a,” she said. The theme for this year’s service is “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord.” Celebrating World Day of Prayer, Cameroon-style WHAT kind of monetary i nstitution would be best for the Bahamas – a central bank, currency board or private cur-r ency? These will be the questions discussed during a presentat ion by Dr Lawrence H W hite, professor of Economics at George Mason Univer sity at 6.30pm Thursday, M arch 11, at the Atlantis Con ference Centre, Paradise Island. Dr White is also a specialist in the theory and hist ory of monetary and bank ing institutions. He received h is A.B. degree from Harvard a nd his Ph.d. from the University of California. In his presentation he will d iscuss the Bahamas’ current m onetary system and how the Central Bank influences the economy. He will also drawc omparisons between the Bahamas’ monetary system and those of similar countries. H e will discuss what practical alternative monetary systems are available and whether a different monetary system w ould better serve the Bahamas. A three-course dinner will b e served and there will be a cash bar. The event is sponsored by T he Nassau Institute. Presentation to focus on monetary issues HANGING OUT Members of the Steering Committee for the upcoming Horticultural Society of the Bahamas (HSB will host the 45-year-old Broward Bromeliad Society to a tour of three fabulous bromeliad gardens, including this one, owned by Beryl Sheasby, (laughing in flowered jacket ising committee. Flanking Mrs Sheasby are three past presidents of the HSB, from left: Rosemary Han na, Sarah Lobosky and Cindy Wilde who will also host a garden tour. In the back are HSB’s secondv ice-president Stephen McKinney (far left I n front are members of the luncheon committee, (from left B arbara Hepburn. Among those not pictured are HSB president Dorothy Bowleg and Janet Brown, h ost for one of the garden tours. S a r a P a r k e r

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Help Us Help Haiti Telethon committee y esterday presented a cheque in the amount of $ 195,252.77 to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, proceeds raised during a t wo-night, commercial-free telethon that aired on a ll TV and radio stations simultaneously on Janua ry 25 and 26. The effort was coordinated by the Bahamas C hamber of Commerce along with Rotary Clubs s ince the 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, devastating what was already the poorest country in the region. Some $250,000 was pledged during the telethon based at the British Colonial Hilton where the volunteer phone bank was stationed both nights. A major concert at Arawak Cay on the second n ight helped raise funds. Pledges are continuing to come in daily, but the needs are so great that we did not want to delay p resenting the funds collected to-date so that memb ers of Rotary could continue meeting the growing n eeds of hundreds of thousands who are still homeless, in desperate need of shelter, food, water and medical supplies,” said Diane Phillips, who chaired the telethon committee. “This effort, the results of which we are seeing this morning, shows what a community can do when it comes together for a cause in which it b elieves,” said Khaalis Rolle, Chamber of Commerce president. Commended Every single person who contributed from organisers who devoted hundreds of hours, to musicians who shared their talent, to media houses who promoted and aired the telethon withoutc harge are all to be commended,” he said. People cared. They came together putting aside other needs and we trust that their efforts will easethe pain and make life a little bit better for many w ho have suffered so in Haiti.” According to Rotary Club spokesman Janet Johnson, who heads the disaster relief arm, Nassau Rotarians who visited Haiti as recently as last weeks aid conditions had deteriorated with thousands of temporary tents, raw sewage, lack of sufficient drinking water and a fear of malaria with the rainy season less than a month away. “But every contribution helps and the funds we are receiving today will buy supplies that could make the difference between life and death,” saidM s Johnson. T he presentation was held at Bank of the B ahamas which has been at the forefront of the volunteer efforts, handling the fee-free accounts and collecting goods for the donation of goods ina ll its branches throughout the country as well as in relief depot boxes in partner locations including City Market stores and Kelly’s at the Mall at Marathon. Help Us HelpHaiti Telethon committee presents cheque HELP US HELP HAITI NATIONAL TELETHON committee makes presentation to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas. P ictured left to right are Paul McWeeney, managing director Bank of the Bahamas; Philip Simon, executive director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Janet Johnson, Disaster Relief chair for the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas; Felix Stubbs assist ant governor to the Bahamas for Rotary District 7020; Diane Phillips, Telethon committee chair and Khaalis Rolle, president of B ahamas Chamber of Commerce. RUNNERS from the Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas cruise ship took part in one leg of the Super Dare race through Nassau on Sunday. The race is part of a three-day fun-filled event organised by Urban Dare which takes place at Royal Caribbean’s ports of call. The event includes activities onboard and on land. It’s a adventure team race that is part photo hunt, part trivia and part dare challenges.The passengers that took part in the race departed Miami last Friday and stopped at Cococay Island on Saturday before arriving in Nassau on Sunday. They then returned to Miamii. ( P h o t o b y R o l a n d R o s e f o r D P & A . ) Proceeds handed to Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund FASTTRACK: Cruise passengers take part in race

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM fact that Ministers continue to fall is again indicative of the weakening of the Ingraham government,” Mr Christie said. Since his resignation remarks were released on Sunday, the PLP was quick to cast the blame of Mr McCartney’s departure on the Prime Minister, claiming that the young junior Minister was being stifled by Mr Ingraham and his departure was an indictment on the current government. However, the FNM in turn have issued their own state ment, claiming that the PLP’s chairman, Bradley Roberts has again demonstrated his “ignorance” of the basic norms and procedures of the governmental system with his public remarks. “Contrary to his twisting of the facts, former Minister of State Branville McCartney was not responsible ‘for driving the immigration policy of the gove rnment’. “As the PLP’s Chairman should know, but has yet to fully appreciate, government pol icy is made by the Cabinet of the Bahamas and not an individual minister. “Unfortunately, it was often the case in the Christie admini stration that individual ministers, such as Mr Roberts, often did as they pleased, ignoring the basic tenets of our system of government,” the statement read. In fact, the FNM said that the PLP were quite accustomed t o this process as they failed to consult but rather ran their various ministries as “individual fiefdoms.” “Clearly, Mr Roberts is happy to distort how our governmental system works because he often failed to act in a collegial and collaborative manner w hen in government. He and his colleagues would return to government with that same mindset. “Further, it is the portfolio Minister, not a Minister of State, who has overall responsibility and oversight of a particular ministry. In this instance, Brent Symonette bears primary responsibility for immigration matters as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. U nfortunately, this will not be the last time that Mr Roberts demonstrates his wilful ignorance of our democratic system. “But there is one area in which Mr Roberts can claim considerable expertise. He is expert at the bombast, harsh words and disrespect of which h e accuses others. Indeed, this was a hallmark of his period in government and it is his hallmark as the primary spokesman for the PLP,” the FNM said. Repeated attempts to reach Mr McCartney for an official comment on his resignation was unsuccessful up to press time l ast night. At 2.30am she updated her Facebook status by saying: “Keisha Thurston thinks it’s hard to keep my eyes on the future, when my heart longs for the past....” The last message she sent out to the world was just over three hours before her death. It read: “The longest distance on the earth is not south to north, it is when I stand in front of you and you ignore me ... (how could the silence be so loud?).” These posts may have seemed like innocent adolescent banter to some, but they sound ominous to Helen Arnett, director of counseling services at The Christian Counseling Centre. Not just because Keisha is suspected of suicide, but as a young adult in general, the messages contain telltale signs of loneliness and abandonment. “In my journey with persons and relationships that really does not sound that healthy. ‘You ignore me’ indicates abandonment. The future is difficult and she has a longing for the past. These are big issues. Some people build their lives on attachment to relationships, so it is difficult when they (have to deal with loss),” said Mrs Arnett, who recalled humanitarian Mother Theresa stating one of the worst diseases in the Western world is loneliness and abandonment From all outward indications, Keisha’s friends and family saw her as a successful, happy, young adult. She entered the COB in 2009 on an academic scholarship and moved quickly to become involved in the athletic community. “Keisha was a member of the women’s volleyball team. She was an integral part of the sporting landscape within the college community. She was only a first year but she was a starter and very talented. She made a good contribution in just her first year,” said Kimberley Rolle, direc tor of athletics at COB. Keisha made her love of singing, sports, and having ag ood time known. She was private with some of her interests, preferring rather for individuals to discover on their own who she was. In her own words, Keisha said of who she is: “I’m not the perfect soul to mess with... am not the perfect girl to han-d le.... but one thing I know for sure is that I can rock your world....” She was a member of the first COB women’s team to travel internationally on an intercollegiate tour. For this and other contributions, Ms Rolle said the college community was seeking to console her family with the knowledge that their daughter was a history-maker at COB and an integral part of the family. “Needless to say her teammates, the coaching staff, are taking it very hard, because everyone has a lot of ques-t ions for which there are really no answers,” said Ms Rolle. Members of the volleyball team participated in a counseling session yesterday. The COB counsellors have also been canvassing the campus, speaking with Keisha’s friends and teachers. Most of the team members have been open to counselling, but it will be an ongoing process. They have a range of emotions: confusion, anger, disbelief. Those are normal when you’ve lost someone you love and who you miss. Grieving is a natu ral process, so the counsellors encourage them to grieve. It helps to bring closure, but it doesn’t end there,” said Ms Rolle. Some of Keisha’s friends are taking it so hard, Mrs Arnett said they are displaying signs of suicidal ideation t hemselves. One friend posted a comment on Keisha’s Facebook page stating she was coming to join Keisha because they promised never to leave each other and she preferred to suffer with her friend. To me I always say you err on the side of caution. Y ou take every threat seriously and you try to see who is in the network to stand by and support the person. It is very, very important for (her friends and family) to do grief counselling to talk about their l oss,” said Mrs Arnett. “This is a major loss, espec ially for the relatives and close friends. It is so trau matic because she took her life. It is not like she was lying in bed with lupus or HIV and they got to visit her. This is someone they went out with t he day before, or saw in class and then they got this horrib le news. They would really need some intervention,” said Mrs Arnett. Suicidal tendencies are often difficult to detect, but Mrs Arnett said some signs are individuals who give away personal items uncharacter istically; individuals who ear lier looked depressed and then all of a sudden look upbeat, or the reverse sce nario; individuals who isolate themselves or have a preoccupation with death. “Don’t be afraid to ask someone if they are suicidal. It is a myth that if you talk to someone you think is suicidal you are going to give them more ideas to go ahead and do it. Many times by asking you give the person hope they can share with you. If you avoid it, they may say ‘wow, I w ant to talk about it, but I don’t think they can handle it’,” said Mrs Arnett. was made sometime after 11am in the vicinity of an unfinished building on McKenzie Street by a construction worker. This is the second skeletal remains found here on Grand Bahama within a2 4-hour period. M s Mackey said police received a call at about 11.12am and went to the rear of a building that is under construction on McKenzie Street. The remains were in bushes some 75 meters from the street. Police cordonedo ff the area as a few onlookers stood w atching from across the street, near the Old Lucaya Medical Centre. ASP Mackey said that bones were scattered in the area. “It appears that (the remains b een there for sometime. We cannot say h ow long, but we know that it is the r emains of a human,” she told reporters at the scene. “We do not know if it is an adult or child, and so the bones will be sent to the lab for analysis so that a determina-t ion can be made.” Ms Mackey said Police do not know if foul play was involved and have not classified the incident as a homicide. In 2003, the badly decomposed body of a missing mother was discovered in the same building on McKenzie Street. The victim’s hands and feet were bound. Although no positive identification has b een made in connection with the badly b urned body found in West End on Sunday, police are following several leads into the matter. Sometime after 2pm on Sunday the body was discovered in the Pelican Lakes area, near Bootle Bay. Police do not know if the remains are that of a man or woman. Foul play is suspected and investigat ions are continuing into the matter. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey is still encouraging persons with information who can assist with their investigation to contact the police at 350-3107 or 3529774/5 or 911. FROM page one Disbelief F ROM page one Christie FROM page one Skeletal remains found POLICEAT the scene where the remains were found.D e r e k C a r r o l l

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B y BETTY VEDRINE B ahamas Information S ervices T HE appointment of the f irst High Commissioner of t he Republic of Malta to t he Bahamas brings with it the opportunity for the two countries to exchange expertise on tourism, financial services, and offers theB ahamas better access to the Mediterranean market. P resenting his Letters of Credence to the Governor General Arthur Hanna last Thursday, High Commiss ioner of Malta Mark M iceli-Farrugia said his country would be happy to assist the Bahamas in the fields of education, horticulture and e-government. D uring the ceremony at Government House, Mr Miceli-Farrugia expressedh is pleasure at becoming t he new High Commissioner of Malta to the Bahamas. “I look forward to reinforcing the bonds of friendship and cooperation, which have linked our two coun t ries even before the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2004,” he said. The economies of Malta and the Bahamas, both archipelagic countries, are b ased mainly on tourism a nd financial services, mak ing it a possible to exchange of information, he explained. As a result, both count ries can exchange informa tion about the experiences and know-how they haveg arnered over the years, the H igh Commissioner said. “On the one hand, we can address the Commonwealth of the Bahamas’ intent to develop state-of-the-art egovernment and upgrade itse ducational and horticultural facilities; to certify its financial services system by the OECD and to preserve and restore its heritage sites.” H e added that Malta has r ecently recorded success es in all these fields and would welcome the opportunity to assist the Bahamas in any or all of them. M alta offers Bahamian products and services an ideal base from which toe xplore Mediterranean m arkets thanks to Malta’s strategic central location in that region, its membership to the European Union, and the country’s familiarity with neigh b ouring North African nations and certain Gulf States, the High Commissioner said. The Governor General said that both countries s hare a wide base of linka ges founded on common aspects of history and development. “Our paths are crossing yet again with the Bahamas joining Malta in the United Nations Eco n omic and Social Council (ECOSOC which will impact so many of the important issues of our present day,” he said. The new High Commissioner of the Republic ofM alta followed his visit to Government House with a courtesy call on the PrimeM inister Hubert Ingraham. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Opportunities for Bahamas and Malta GOVERNOR GENERAL of the B ahamas Arthur Hanna shares s ome thoughts during a luncheon at Government House after the presentation of Letters of Credence by the High Commissioner of Malta to theB ahamas. THE WIFE of High Commiss ioner of the Republic of Malta to the Bahamas Mark MiceliF arrugia talks with Honorary C onsul for Malta in the Bahamas Gerard Wirth at Government House. P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S survival by the Bahamas Heart Foundation (BHF Children born with a hole in the heart require surgery in order to grow and develop in a normal way and go on to live healthy lives, and BHF volun teers work tirelessly to raise funds for this surgery provided by Dr Sands and his team. However, BHF chairman RE Barnes is concerned Dr Sands political career could eclipse his professional demands while there are only two surgeons in the country to take up the workload. “We are nervous because he is one of the only cardiothoracic surgeons who can do it,” Mr Barnes said. Dr Sands’s partner Henry Coleman would be unwilling to take on an increased workload after 35 years in the field, and Dr Ramphal would be unable to absorb the demand alone. However, Dr Sands said more physicians may step up to the operating table in future should his political career take off. And if his political demands increase, the rare surgery he provides will be the last thing he stops. “At the end of the day I have made a commitment that come what may I will continue to be available for medical care regardless of what I am doing, involved in politics or not,” Dr Sands said. “I am not stopping now, and I am not going to allow patients to suffer because I am involved in something else. “There are precedents for people who do what I do to maintain their clinical practice even while engaged in an active political career. “And I will continue to serve in whatever capacity I can.” The surgeon of 16 years per formed an operation yesterday as well as seven surgeries at the end of last week. However, his time in surgery will be sacrificed when his presence is required in the upcoming election court chal lenge. As Dr Sands gained 1,501 votes in the February 16 byelection for Elizabeth, and PLP candidate Ryan Pinder gained 1,499 votes, Mr Pinder is challenging the legitimacy of five protest votes in court in the hope he will be declared by-election winner and MP for Elizabeth. Dr Sands’ political future is currently in limbo, and he is taking it one day at a time. “What is not possible is to predict the future,” the heart surgeon said. “I don’t know what is going to happen, it really depends on a lot of different things. But I will continue to serve in whatever capacity I can.” For more news about the Bahamas Heart Foundation turn to page two. Poinciana Drive and Hospital Lane at around 11.38pm. According to police, it appeared Mr Davis had got into the Pontiac Bonneville car, license plate number 182812, after receiving stab wounds to the chest and lower back. It is suspected that it was after driving the car some distance that the victim crashed the car into another vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, license plate number 111837. A police statement on the incident issued yesterday afternoon stated that officers investigating the killing are following significant leads. Rock Sound Eleuthera for the institutions to be able to sustain themselves financially. Presently there are just over sixty students at each school. The CBOE reports that 100 plus students are necessary for the schools to be “self sustaining”. Extra subsidies from the board to the schools to the tune of $2,535 per student at Holy Name and $1,417 at St Anne’s “just to meet basic expenses” had been a serious drain on its resources in 2008 and 2009. The CBOE travelled to Eleuthera two weeks ago and Bimini last week to break t he news to parents. The move comes as CBOE has already been engaged in “phasing out” the St Vincent De Paul school in Lewis Yard Grand Bahama for several years, and this year will see the school closed for good once the last term comes to an end. Ms Rolle said that the economic downturn was the final nail in the coffin for the B imini and Eleuthera schools which are 67 and 53 years old respectively as an even greater proportion of parents withdrew their children from the private schools in favour of placing them in the free public education system. The schools have traditionally been part funded by government grants and partly by fees paid by parents. The bulk of the fall off in student num bers she blamed on “shifting demographics” in the communities the schools have served, as parents have moved into others islands or other parts of the same island in search of work, said Ms Rolle. Additional ly, the launch of another private school in Bimini also affected student intake. Yesterday Minister of Education Desmond Bannister said he had been briefed on the decision by the Board and the Ministry of Education stands ready to provide spaces for the displaced students and any qualified teachers. Mrs Rolle noted that there should be more than enough space within the public schools in the areas where the Catholic schools are located as they have been sim ilarly affected by low enrollment. The Board Director added that it is the CBOE’s expectation that the nine teachers and three clerical staff currently employed at the Eleuthera and Bimini schools are set to be redeployed to other Catholic schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama or Abaco. In contrast to the situation in Bimini and Eleuthera, Mrs Rolle said enrollment has been growing in Abaco, and schools in New Providence are not under consideration for closure. As to how the communities took the news, Ms Rolle said parents and students were “sad” but that the announcement was not a bolt from the blue. “They understood and saw this had been coming for some years, though there were questions about whether anything could be done to save the schools at this stage. “We understand because right now you look at it as affectng the community. Part of it is when they’ve been there for decades the populace is looking at it as part of the nucleus of the community being weakened.” FROM page one Man stabbed to death FROM page one Hear t Foundation FROM page one Two Catholic schools forced to close this year

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T ARPUM BAY, Eleuthera South Eleuthera Emergency Partners, better known as SEEP, are one step closer to completing their Emergency Operations Centre (EOC w hich houses the area’s ambulance and fire truck, and is used as a venue for community functions such as the farmers’ market. Thanks to a grant by the Lyford Cay Foundation, SEEP recently added six large custom-made roll-up doors to its EOC. The doors, approximately 11 f eet high and 12 feet wide opened up new opportunities for the non-profit organisation that operates the volunteer fire department and ambulance services for Southern Eleuthera. The doors are of enormous i mportance because not only do they bring the centre to an 80 per cent completion, they also add a whole new dimension and meaning to the versatility of the centre, opening new o pportunities for the non-profi t and the community at large, t he organisation said. F or the community, the installation of the doors created employment for six people in the depressed Eleuthera economy over a four-week period and it also added profit to some o f the local businesses. Exciting F or SEEP, other exciting activities at the centre are being r ealised, positively impacting t he non-profit and the residents. With a more secured build ing, the ambulance, fire truck, a recently donated jaws of life, an additional water pump and other fire fighting gear are now properly stored, ensuring a longer life span. The doors not only protect t he vehicles and emergency equipment from the wear and tear caused by the sun and salt air,” said director Shaun Ingraham, “But they bring the building closer in line to an all pur pose community centre and offers shelter during times of emergencies like a hurricane.” S ourced and provided by a local hardware store, thesei ndustrial doors are made of aluminum and can withstand high winds and are built for low maintenance, safety and long lasting dependability and they also provide a weather-tight seal. W hen a function is held at the emergency operations centre, there is the flexibility to have all six doors open or the choice of keeping some of the doors open and others closed. The centre has become a big hit with the locals with the most recent partnerships with the Island School and Cape E leuthera Institute, local farmers and artisans who host a farmer’s market at the end of each month. “This has been a great success,” said Mr Ingraham “as we are now able to set up the mar ket the night before because t he doors are added security and also the people and their products are protected from wind, sun and rain.” Another new partnership involves a weeks to wellness programme” headed by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Each evening during the week more than 50 people from Governor’s Harbour to Rock Sound travel to the EOC to exercise and learn how to live healthy lifestyles. Mr Ingraham and his board of directors said they are grateful for the partnerships and support from key players like the Lyford Cay Foundation and for their volunteers who help in all areas of the operations. The EOC has come a long way since it started laying the foundation just over two years ago. In March 2009, SEEP partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Ministry of Health to broaden their work and garner more support when they dedicated their fire truck and ambulance. To mark another milestone, SEEP will host an open house and dedi cation set for March 14 at 2pm and the celebrations will include local residents and a group of 70 Island Journeys volunteers from Clemson Univer sity, North Carolina. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Emergency Operations Centre a step closer to completion SCHEDULED for completion by the end of summer, the new $ 4 million state-of-the art Western Air terminal currently under c onstruction at the Grand Bahama International Airport is expected to bring an added boost to the island’s airlift and struggling economy. Welcoming the news were officials of the Grand Bahama P ort Authority (GBPA ment. “We’re excited and supportive of meaningful ventures that will s pur this island’s economy. An expanded terminal gives birth to more employment opportunities for Bahamians. Also, greatera irlift means increased traffic with an influx of more visitors from the other islands and abroad,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA presid ent. The new multi-million dollar facility is being built just west of the airport’s current domestic terminal. Upon completion it will house Western Air’s terminal, corporate office and maintenance facility. Flights W estern Air presently offers 12 flights daily between Freeport and Nassau, six flights daily between Nassau and Marsh Harbour a nd four flights daily between Nassau, Bimini, Exuma, Congo Town and San Andros. They also offer charter flights throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean including Cuba, South and Central A merica. According to Rex Rolle, president and CEO of the company, o nce construction is completed on the airline’s Freeport termi nal, the new site will become its northern hub. With an increase in facilities, fleet, and our efficient staff, it is our intent to begin direct flights to Haiti, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and eventually Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida,” he said. Derek Newbold, business development manager at GBPA, is optimistic about the venture. “GBPA is aggressively pursuing new interests and business development for Grand Bahama Island. One of the unique features of our island is a modern airport with US pre-clearance. So w e’re definitely supportive of Western Air’s initiative to take advantage of this feature to expand their business and provide greater access to the island,” Mr Newbold said. Western Air, entirely Bahamian owned and operated, cur rently has a fleet of 11 aircraft. Grand Bahama’s airlift set to take off CONSTRUCTION of the new terminal for Western Air is already underway and is scheduled for completion by late summer. N EW AIR TERMINAL FOR FREEPORT: G BPA and Western Air officials tour site of new $4 million air terminal under construction at the Grand Bahama International Airport. Pictured from left to right are: Ian Rolle, president of the GBPA group; Derek Newbold, business development manager at GBPA, and Rex Rolle, president and CEO for Western Air. LARGE doors installed at the SEEP Emergency Operations Centre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, offer protection and allow the building to serve as a community centre and hurricane shelter. P H O T O : A z a l e t a I s h m a e l N e w r y P H O T O : S h a u n I n g r a h a m P H O T O : S h a u n I n g r a h a m P H O T O : S h a u n I n g r a h a m S OUTH ELEUTHERA EMERGENCY PARTNERS (SEEP WORKERS install one of the 11 foot x 12-foot doors at the SEEP Emergency Operations Centre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. The four-week project helped employ six persons. THE SEEP Emergency Operations Centre facilitated the first farmers’ market in South Eleuthera in an open environment since doors were not installed at the time. DIRECTOR Shaun Ingraham (left Ricardo Edwards review parts for the door. A z a l e t a I s h m a e l N e w r y THE SECOND Farmers’ Market was held at the end of January at the SEEP EOC. The newly installed doors are in the background and provide a backdrop at the “Lion Fish” demonstration table.


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THE DEPAR-
TURE of Branville
McCartney as Minis-
ter of State for Immi-
gration is a ““devastat-
ing blow” to Prime
Minister Hubert
Ingraham’s adminis-
tration, PLP leader Perry
Christie claimed yesterday.

Speaking to the press outside
of the House of Assembly, Mr
Christie said that inclusive of
Mr Ingraham, Branville
McCartney was perhaps the
most popular FNM in Parlia-
ment, and his resignation has
sent shock waves throughout
the country.

Mr McCartney has so far
stated that he intends to remain
with the FNM and is supportive
of his Prime Minister. However,
Mr Christie said that if the for-
mer Minister were so inclined,
the PLP would be more than
happy to welcome him into
their tent.

“There is no question that



the PLP is a big tent.
The PLP has demon-
strated that in fact, and
in deed and in word. So
there is absolutely no
problem, if anyone
comes who is qualified
and interested in being
a part of making the
Bahamas the best little
country in the world is
welcome,” he said.
With this being now

TaN TST the third minister who

has either resigned or
has been removed from the
cabinet of the Bahamas since
the FNM took office in 2007,
Mr Christie said that PLP now
stands to capitalise on this
point.

In addition to this, he said,
the results of the Elizabeth by-
election has helped to boost the
PLP’s expectations in light of
what he claims were the over-
whelming resources that the
government had “pumped”
into the constituency to chal-
lenge the PLP for the seat.

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something for us to look and
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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LIFE-SAVING charity
the Bahamas Heart Foun-
dation is concerned cardio-
thoracic surgeon Duane
Sands’ political career will
jeopardise his ability to
operate on those in need.

FNM by-election candi-
date Dr Sands is one of just
three Bahamian surgeons
able to perform cardiovas-
cular operations to save the
lives of children given the
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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18-year-old man
stabbed to death

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man became the coun-

lage home.

try’s 17th murder victim for the year on Sunday
evening when he was stabbed multiple times
after getting into a confrontation in a Black Vil-



The dead body of Livingston Davis, a resi-
dent of Bonaby Alley, off Kemp Road, was dis-
covered by police who were initially called to
the scene of a traffic accident in the area of

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RESIDENTS of the seveninedl subdivision Jubilee Gardens and private
subdivision Victoria Gardens are complaining of smoke infiltrating their

homes day and night from the nearby dump.

Jeremiah Jones (pictured) whose Jubilee Gardens house backs onto the
| think they could have done a better job getting the fire
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Disbelief over student’s apparent suicide

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

FRIENDS and family of
Keisha Thurston are still in dis-
belief over the news of her
apparent suicide.

The athletic superstar, who
attended the College of the
Bahamas (COB), was found

dead at home by her unsus-
pecting mother.

Keisha’s routine the night
before she took her own life
was seemingly normal. She
went out with her girlfriends
and when she returned home
stayed up late, spending time
on the Internet.

SEE page eight

More skeletal remains
found in Grand Bahama

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT —- Human skeletal remains were discovered in
bushes in Freeport yesterday, however police officials are
unable to determine whether foul play is suspected at this

time.

Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the discovery

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schools forced
to close this year

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

DECLINING year-on-
year enrollment and the eco-
nomic downturn has forced
the Catholic Board of Edu-
cation in the Bahamas to
announce that two of its
schools in Bimini and
Eleuthera will be closing
down for good come the end
of the 2010 school year.

Claudette Rolle, director
of the Catholic Board of
Education, said that for the
last five years not enough
students have enrolled at the
Holy Name primary school
in Bailey Town Bimini or St
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IITH ANNUAL SUBWAY FUN RUN WALK

CHANCE FOR BAHAMIANS TO HELP PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING SURGERY FOR YOUNGSTERS
Helping
children with
heart defects

Police name
man who died
in suspected
robbery bid

A MAN who is believed
to have bled to death after
falling from an awning
attached to the second
floor of the Rodney Bain
Building during a suspect-
ed robbery attempt was
identified by police yester-
day as Richardson Russell.

Mr Russell’s body was
found on Saturday at
around 12.20pm.

It is believed he became
wedged between a perime-
ter wall and the building
after his fall, sustaining sig-
nificant injuries to his right
leg. Police said the Fort
Charlotte resident was sus-
pected of being in the
process of trying to gain
access to the Shirley Street
building by standing on an
awning when he slipped
and fell.

Two men suffer
gunshot wountis

TWO men were in hos-
pital yesterday after suffer-
ing gunshot wounds in sep-
arate attacks.

Police reported that the
first incident took place at
around 3.13am when an
unidentified 33-year-old
man who was said to be
“making checks of govern-
ment homes under con-
struction” in the Pride
Estates area was fired
upon by another man
wearing a dark hooded
jacket.

The victim sustained
injuries to his face, neck
and thumb. The shooter,
meanwhile, fled on foot.

In the second shooting,
reported to have occurred
at 2.41pm yesterday, police
said a man was hit in his
upper right thigh after
being shot at by the occu-
pant or occupants of a
champagne coloured Nis-
san Maxima.

The culprits were report-
ed to have escaped the
area heading south along
Palm Beach Street. Emer-
gency medical personnel
transported the victim to
hospital. Police investiga-
tions are continuing into
both incidents.

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMIANS can help
battle the number one cause
of death in the country and
provide life-saving surgery for
children by participating in
the upcoming 11th annual
Subway Fun Run Walk.

Proceeds raised at the
March 20 event will go to the
volunteer-run Bahamas Heart
Association (BHA) and
Bahamas Heart Foundation
(BHF) which uses at least 98
cents of every dollar donated
to pay for life-saving opera-
tions required by children
born with heart defects as well
as essential education on how
to prevent heart disease.

BHA president Thelma
Johnson said: “Heart disease
is the number one killer in the
Bahamas, along with high
cholesterol and high blood
pressure. These diseases are
what we call a silent killer,

and we feel that if we educate
people now, particularly chil-
dren, it will help in the long
run.”

While the BHA focuses on
education, the BHF funds life-
saving procedures for chil-
dren.

Simple

Many children born with
heart defects can have simple
procedures in the Bahamas
by Dr Duane Sands and his
team, but those with more
complicated defects such as
inversion of the heart will
require surgery at Florida
hospitals and subsequent
intensive care treatment cost-
ing hundreds of thousands of
dollars.

BHF chairman RE Barnes
said the charity pays out
around $300,000 a year to
help an average of 15 chil-
dren.

However, he foresees a dif-
ficult financial year ahead as

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DOCTORS examine a aor for heart disease.

the recession slows donations
and affects prices.

The Jackson Memorial
Hospital in Florida has pre-
viously been able to offer
BHF patients treatment at a
reduced rate, but Mr Barnes
said hospital debts this year
now threaten that agreement.

“We know this year is going
to be a very difficult year, so
we are going to really count
on the public to step up and
really help this year,” Mr
Barnes said.

“Virtually every penny
raised will go directly to the
children or patients we are
helping, so when people give
they are really allowing these
children to have a full and
healthy life.”

The Subway Fun Run Walk
put on in association with Col-
ina, Club Monica, and Prime
Bahamas aims to have at least
700 people participate in the
five-mile route from Good-
man’s Bay to Subway on
Cable Beach, and back, start-
ing at 6am on Saturday,
March 20. Registration is $15
and includes a T-shirt, water
bottle and bag and can be
done on Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays at Subway
restaurants on Prince Charles
Drive and Cable Beach, at the
Bahamas Heart Association
office at Eves, opposite the
Swiss Pastry Shop on West
Bay Street, or online at
www.clubmonicaathletics.com.



“Heart disease is
the number one
killer in the
Bahamas, along with
high cholesterol and
high blood pressure.
These diseases are
what we call a silent
killer, and we feel
that if we educate
people now,
particularly
children, it will help
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Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

PEOPLE living in homes
near the Nassau city dump
continue to be choked with
smoke as the fire smoulders
for a third week.

Residents of the govern-
ment subdivision Jubilee Gar-
dens and private subdivision
Victoria Gardens, which bor-
der the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health’s sanitary
landfill off Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, are com-
plaining of smoke infiltrating
their homes day and night.

Families living alongside
the burning wasteland say
they are forced to keep their
windows closed day and night
to try to prevent the smoke
from clogging their homes.

Lungs

But their small efforts are
doing little to protect their
health as smoke creeps into
their homes and their lungs.

Jeremiah Jones, 30, a bar-
ber whose Jubilee Gardens
house backs onto the dump
site said: “I think they could
have done a better job get-
ting the fire under control, it
seems like it’s always smok-
ing.

“We are all keeping our
windows closed during the
day because if we don’t and
we leave home, when we
come back the air is filled with
smoke.

“The only thing that saves
us is if the cold comes and the
direction of the wind goes the
other way,” Mr Jones said.

The fire is believed to have



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been set intentionally in three
areas of the landfill site on
Friday, February 12, and
spread across the 100-acre site
and around 6ft underground.

Minister for the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux told the
House of Assembly yesterday
how $400,000 has gone
towards the fire-fighting
efforts and 11 trucks have
been mobilised to fight the
fire along with six tractors,
four excavators, three water
trucks and water pumps.

He expects the smoulder-
ing to subside by the week-
end and to stop within two
weeks.

He said he intends to tight-
en controls of the area fol-
lowing the fire as it has shown
how indiscriminate dumping
has become.

“As a result of this horri-
ble experience we are autho-
rised to engage companies to
properly manage the landfill
and it’s my goal that by the
time we discuss the fiscal bud-
get in June we will have
reached an agreement for a
competent company to man-
age the landfill and put this
behind us forever,” Mr
Deveaux said.

TCU GS CN Bees
US $200,000 confiscated

Over $200,000 US dollars was confiscated by police yesterday
and five men - including one American - were taken into cus-
tody after police discovered the cash inside a rental car down-

town.

According to police reports, officers were conducting a
search of a Toyota Corolla, licence plate number $D1541, on
Cumberland Street, when they found the money inside two

bags.

The car’s occupants, three Grand Bahamians and an Amer-
ican man of Lauderhill, Florida, were taken into custody.

“Further investigations lead officers to another location
occupied by two other males - a 41-year-old of Mangrove Cay,
Andros and a 36-year-old of Kenwood Street, New Providence
- where (another) substantial amount of US currency was dis-
covered,” press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said.

The Andros and New Providence men were also taken into

custody. Police investigations are continuing.

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DEATH ROW CASE: Godfrey Sawyer

0 In brief

Man charged in
home invasion,
shoot-out appears
— magistrate



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
JEFFREY WILSON appears in
court yesterday.

A third man charged in a
home invasion and shoot-out
that took place in Coral Har-
bour nearly two weeks ago
was arraigned in a Magis-
trate’s Court yesterday.

Jeffrey Wilson, 54, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Davis in Court 5,
Bank Lane, charged with con-
spiring to commit the armed
robbery of Georgette Butler
on Thursday, February 18.

He is also charged with
breaking into Ms Butler’s
home and while armed with a
handgun, robbing her of
$30,000 in assorted jewellery,
$1,650 cash and a Dell laptop
computer valued at $1,900.

It is also alleged that Wil-
son 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. He was also charged
with receiving. Wilson was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. He was charged
along with brothers Jermaine
and Derek Stuart.

Wilson’s attorney Cecil
Hilton told the court that his
client had been in police cus-
tody since last Wednesday
and had been beaten by
police. Magistrate Rolle
ordered that Wilson be taken
to see a doctor. He has been
remanded to her Majesty’s
Prison. His case has been
adjourned to August 31 and
September 1 for the start of a
preliminary inquiry.

Man, 31, facing
multiple armed
robbery charges

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
DAVID COOPER CUNNINGHAM
arrives at court.

A 31-year-old man of
Sesame Street was arraigned
in the Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday on multiple armed rob-
bery charges.

David Cooper Cunning-
ham, who turned himself in to
police last week, was
arraigned in Court 5, Bank
Lane.

He has been charged with
Timothy Cole, 38, of Dames
Alley, in several armed rob-
beries. Cole was arraigned in
court last week.

It is alleged that Cunning-
ham, being concerned with
another, robbed several busi-
nesses, including J-Co Dis-
count Mart, Percy's Web
Shop on Wulff Road,
Wendy's on Mackey Street
and the Shell service station
on Poinciana Drive.

According to court dockets,
the offences were committed
between September 2009 and
February 2010.

Cunningham, who was
arraigned before Magistrate
Derrence Rolle, was not
required to enter a plea to the
charges. Cunningham asked
for copies of the court dockets
and witness statements. The
cases have been adjourned to
August 31, September 1, 13,
14, 27 and 28. Cunningham
was remanded to Her
Majesty’s Prison.





Justice Newman ‘concerned’

over notice of appeal delay

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

COURT of Appeal Justice
George Newman expressed
concern yesterday that prison
authorities had failed to for-
ward death row inmate God-
frey Sawyer's notice of appeal
to the court in time.

He noted that the incident
was not an isolated one.
Sawyer, 29, had signed a notice
of his intention to appeal his
murder conviction and death
sentence on November 25 last
year, which was within the
mandatory 21-day period for
filing his notice of appeal to the
appellate court.

Justice Newman noted, how-
ever, that the court’s registry
had not received that notice
until January 7 of this year.

Prosecutor Joyanne Fergu-
son Pratt noted that the Attor-
ney General's Office had also
received the notice out of time.

"In a case such as this when
aman is sentenced to death and
held by prison authorities it is
absolutely vital that prison
authorities ensure that the court
receives the notice of appeal
without delay," Justice New-
man said.

"T have read comments in
the newspapers with respect to
this appellant's decision to
appeal,” he said. "It does no
good to have a death sentence
deliberated in the press when
the man has done all that he
can do," he said.

In mid-February, the Min-
istry of National Security
announced that the Advisory
Committee of the Prerogative
of Mercy met and determined



’ ’ In a case such as
this when a man
is sentenced to death
and held by prison
authorities it is
absolutely vital that
prison authorities
ensure that the court
receives the notice of
appeal without delay."

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest had made
public statements about the
matter.

“Tt is wrong in principle that
public statements should be
made by a minister; that the

imposition of the death penalty
would come about by reading a
death warrant when the man
has done all he can to appeal,”
Justice Newman said. Sawyer’s
appeal is now expected to pro-
ceed.



Justice George Newman



that Sawyer's case was not one
that warranted mercy and that
the law should take its course.

It was subsequently
announced that Sawyer had
filed an appeal that would delay
his execution.

Sentenced

Sawyer was sentenced to
death on November 9, 2009 by
Senior Justice Anita Allen for
the murder of Sterling Eugene
during an armed robbery at
Quality Discount Store in 2005.

At his sentencing, Justice
Allen described his crime as the
“worst of the worst."

Evidence revealed that
Sawyer 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 employ-
ee when the two workers tried
to stop Sawyer making his
escape with the store's cash

trays. The death penalty is no
longer the mandatory punish-
ment for murder. A 2006 Privy
Council decision found the
automatic imposition of the
death penalty was unconstitu-
tional. The punishment is now
discretionary.

Justice Newman said yester-
day that prison authorities must
make sure that when a person
signs a notice of appeal there
is someone in the prison
responsible for ensuring that
that notice is forwarded to the
court and the Attorney Gener-
al’s Office immediately.

The prosecutor, Ms Pratt,
assured the justices yesterday
that she would undertake to
relay the court’s message to
prison Superintendent Elliston
Rahming.

Sawyer’s attorney Jerone
Roberts told the court that his
client’s family had experienced
a great deal of anxiety over the
entire ordeal and the fact that

‘An outrageous lie’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Cabinet minister
and husband of Senior Justice
Anita Allen, Algernon Allen,
yesterday called the claim by
Rodney Moncur that he cam-
paigned on behalf of the PLP in
the Elizabeth by-election “an
outrageous lie.”

On Sunday, Mr Moncur,
leader of the Workers’ Party
said he would be writing to
Chief Justice Michael Barnett
to object to Senior Justice Allen
being appointed as one of the
judges set to preside over the
Elizabeth by-election court
matter. Mr Moncur alleged that
Senior Justice Allen’s husband,
Algernon Allen, had cam-
paigned for the PLP in the lead-
up to the by-election and that
this was the basis of his opposi-
tion to her appointment, as
there may be a possible con-
flict of interest.

The possibility that Mr Mon-
cur would make such an objec-
tion created the potential for
delay in the resolution of the
legal matter. The court action
was initiated by PLP candidate
Ryan Pinder, who wishes to see
the court scrutinise five protest
votes to see if they can be
included in the vote tally and
potentially secure a victory for
him in the constituency.

The by-election held on Feb-
ruary 16 in Elizabeth resulted in
the FNM’s Dr Duane Sands
receiving two more regular
votes than Mr Pinder.

Yesterday, Mr Allen said Mr
Moncur’s claims about a pos-
sible conflict of interest were
not only based on a false
premise, but also irresponsible.

“The allegation by Mr Mon-
cur that I participated in the
Elizabeth by-election is an out-
rageous lie that could only have

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attempted murder charge

A man charged with attempted murder was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Darren Jason Strachan, 28, was arraigned before Magis-
trate Derrence Davis in Court 5, Bank Lane.

It is alleged that Strachan while at Pacific Point on Febru-
ary 25 attempted to cause the death of Craig Cash.

Former Cabinet Minister attacks claim he
campaigned for PLP in Elizabeth by-election

been hatched in the fevered
brain of an incorrigible media
freak. “I did not participate in
any form or fashion in this by-
election or in any events lead-
ing up to it. Both major parties
and all other candidates in the
election are well aware of that.

“This is an irresponsible alle-
gation and an
absolute red
herring that
cannot dimin-
ish the unim-
peachable
integrity and
judicial bril-
liance and
fairness of L

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“The first was when the by-
election was first announced I
said the PLP was making a
colossal error in contesting this
by-election and I likened their
participation therein to a man
stumbling into a pitch dark
room in which there was an
800-pound raging gorilla. I then
on that show predicted that the
FNM would win by a three-
vote majority — history has
shown that I was wrong in this
instance.”

“The second statement I
made on the show, and this was
when Ryan Pinder was my
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opinion both Ryan Pinder and
Dr Duane Sands would’ve
made excellent Members of
Parliament,” Mr Allen said.

Applauding

“Bahamians across the board
are applauding the appoint-
ment of Senior Justices Allen
and Isaacs as election court
judges in this matter.”

Mr Allen suggested Mr Mon-
cur has modelled himself as
“the great objector.”

“He objected to Dr Duane
Sands, he objected to Ryan Pin-
der and he objected to Senior
Justice Anita Allen, they are
all in my opinion, the type of
Bahamian who we need in the
public service of our country in
whatever respect they offer
themselves.”

Mr Allen outlined two
“notable” statements he made
pertaining to the by-election
during his radio show on
Love97, of which he said nei-
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Republicans setting filibuster record

WASHINGTON — The filibuster —
tool of obstruction in the U.S. Senate — is
alternately blamed and praised for wilting
President Barack Obama's ambitious
agenda. Some even say it’s made the
nation ungovernable.

Maybe, maybe not. Obama's term still
has three years to run.

More certain, however: Opposition
Republicans are using the delaying tactic
at a record-setting pace.

"The numbers are astonishing in this
Congress," says Jim Riddlesperger, polit-
ical science professor at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth.

The filibuster, using seemingly endless
debate to block legislative action, has
become entrenched like a dandelion tap
root in the midst of the shrill partisanship
gripping Washington.

But the filibuster is nothing new. Its
use dates to the mists of Senate history,
but until the civil rights era of the 1950s it
was rarely used.

A tactic unique to the Senate, the fili-
buster means a simple majority guarantees
nothing when it comes to passing laws.

"The rules of the Senate are designed
to give muscle to the minority,” said Sen-
ate historian Donald Ritchie.

With the Senate now made up of 100
members, two for each of the 50 states, an
opposition filibuster can only be broken
with 60 votes — a three-fifths majority.

As a matter of political philosophy, the
concept of the filibuster arises from a
deep-seated, historic concern among
Americans that the minority not be steam-
rolled by the majority.

It is a brake and protective device root-
ed in the same U.S. political sensibility
that gave each state two senators regard-
less of population.

Given recent use of the filibuster by
minority Republicans and the party's suc-
cess in snarling the legislative process in
this Congress, Democrats say the minori-
ty has gone way beyond just protecting
its interests.

The frequency of filibusters — plus
threats to use them — are measured by
the number of times the upper chamber
votes on cloture. Cloture is a Senate pro-

cedure to end debate so other business
can be brought to the floor. Such votes
test the majority's ability to hold together
60 members to break a filibuster.

In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008,
there were a record 112 cloture votes. In
this session of Congress, the 111th — for
all of 2009 and the first two months of
2010 — the number already exceeds 40.

The most the Democrats have ever
used the filibuster was 58 times in the
106th Congress of 1999-2000.

During most of Obama's first year in
office and for a few weeks this year, 58
Democratic senators and two Indepen-
dents who normally vote with them held a
filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the
Senate.

That vanished last month when Mass-
achusetts Republican Scott Brown cap-
tured the seat of the late Sen. Ted
Kennedy, who died last summer.

Most notably, Brown's victory has
stymied Obama's push to overhaul health
care just as the bill was approaching the
finish line. Before Brown's election, both
the Senate and the House of Representa-
tives had passed separate versions of the
reform legislation.

Brown broke the Democratic 60-seat
majority before the two chambers could
meld differences in their bills for a final
vote in both houses.

However, one of Brown's first votes
after taking office saw him joining four
other Republicans to help Democrats
break a threatened filibuster by his party's
leaders against a job bill.

The measure, $13 billion in tax incen-
tives for businesses to hire unemployed
workers, was quickly passed the next day
with 12 Republicans joining Brown and 55
Democrats in favour of it.

Filibusters to make the Obama admin-
istration and Democrats in Congress look
inept are one thing.

Quite another is a vote against creating
jobs in an economy with nearly 10 per
cent unemployment and elections nine
months away.

(This article was written by Steven R
Hurst of the Associated Press).

tance

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of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Request for Contractors Pre-Qualification

The National Insurance Board (NIB) is seeking to pre-qualify contractors to bid on
structural concrete repair works to be completed at the Freepor? Lana! Office Buckiing, East

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March 3 to March 10, 2010,

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Document on or before Noon on March 10), 2010),

An open letter
to Earl Deveaux
on the plight of

North Bimini

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The following is an open
letter to Environment Minis-
ter Earl Deveaux.

Dear Minister Deveaux,

I am in 100 per cent in
agreement with Alfredo
Quarto’s recent open letter
(below) concerning the on-
going plight of North Bimini.

Biminites as well as count-
less members of the interna-
tional community applauded
your government's announce-
ment over a year ago that a
Marine Protected Area was
to be established to protect
the ecosystems of the region
against destruction by a rapa-
cious developer.

We have seen no evidence
of progress in establishing —
let alone enforcing — the pro-
claimed MPA. We consider
this to be a matter of the
utmost urgency.

I would ask you, Minister
Deveaux, to address our con-
cerns immediately and con-
firm that your government is
indeed putting the well-being
of the islanders and islands of
Bimini above the ambitions
of an overseas developer.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch.

February 27, 2010.

LETTERS

letters@triounemedia.net



To Whom it May Concern,
In December of 2008, the
Honorable Dr. Earl Deveaux
proclaimed that Bimini's long-
awaited Marine Protected
Area had been made official.
Local Biminites, as well as
legions of people around the
globe who care about Bimi-
ni, were elated with the news.
Reports from Bimini also
informed us that much stricter
regulations were to be placed
on the large development on
the North island, including the
requirement of Environmen-
tal Impact Assessments and
a definite plan for mangrove
restoration along the eastern
boundary of the resort.

To our knowledge, exten-
sive dredging, mangrove
removal, and wetland filling
is taking place along the west-
ern shore of the North Sound
right now.

We have also been unable
to confirm that any EIA's
have been completed for the
current work, or that any
actual plan for mangrove

restoration has been estab-
lished.

The Mangrove Action Pro-
ject applauds the Bahamian
government for declaring
Bimini's MPA, but without
definite boundaries, regula-
tions and enforcement the
benefits of this MPA will be
stunted.

We are hereby asking for
any current information about
the state of Bimini's Marine
Protected Area, as well as the
confirmation that the exten-
sive mangrove removal tak-
ing place on North Bimini has
been permitted by the Local
and Central Government.

The issues surrounding
Bimini's mangroves are cared
about by far too many peo-
ple to remain silent for this
long.

We have respected a
request to "quiet down" for
many months, but have heard
nothing in response for our
courtesy.

We look forward to any
information.

For the Mangroves And
the Mangrove Communities!

Alfredo Quarto,

Executive Director

Mangrove Action Project

mangroveap@olympus.net



History has proven socialised
universal health care is inevitable

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Re:Dr Ken Knowles seems
to misunderstand concept of
health care insurance vouch-
ers. Tribune — February 18,
2010.

In the above letter, I am
accused of misunderstanding
the concept of vouchers for
the purchase of health care
insurance and medication.
Maybe so. However, I do
understand that the charita-
ble use of vouchers for those
too poor to afford health care,
might well create a group of
resentful second class citizens.
When it comes to health care,
I find the suggestion of a two-
tiered system based on one’s
financial worth to be repug-
nant, and stand by my assess-
ment of vouchers and their
impracticability.



Yes, I believe that in order
to help the less fortunate, the
government needs to run the
health care industry, as there
is no feasible alternative on
the horizon. (Anyway, if I’m
going to be screwed, I’d
rather it be done by someone
with a demonstrated flair for
it). At the risk of sounding
like a do-gooder, the Holy
Grail for a universal health
care system would be equal
access to affordable health
care for all. To date, Insur-
ance companies, Pharmaceu-
tical companies and the Med-
ical Establishment have failed
us miserably, so we may as
well face the facts and try a
very different approach. Most
people are well aware that
governments everywhere are
usually not the brightest and
best at running anything oth-
er than into debt. However,

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID ALAN WENN of SEAVIEW
DRIVE, P.O. BOX N-10520, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registratior/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 23" day of February, 2010 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box N-7147,

Nassau, Bahamas.

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the customary incompetence
one can expect from any gov-
ernment anywhere ensures
that at least we would all be
treated equally! The mediocre
health care we could also
expect would be better than
none at all for far too many of
our citizens.

History has proven over
and over that socialised med-
icine/universal health care is
inevitable. We may not like
it, we may think of many
rational reasons why it should
not be, but eventually it will
occur anyway. Rather than
knee-jerk opposition to it, we
should probably consider try-
ing to mould it into a viable,
equitable, sustainable and
possibly even — wait for the
oxymoron — a reasonably
well run government depart-
ment.

Get used to the idea.

KEN W KNOWLES, MD

Nassau,
February 18, 2010.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.



The practice of presenting
the results of your online
polls as news really must
stop. A self-selecting sample
of respondents does not cre-
ate statistically reliable
information. You don’t even
disclose that the sample is
non-random or explain the
issues that exist with this
method of data collection.
Assuming that the average
reader is aware of such sta-
tistical nuances is a bit naive.

While there may have
been misleading topics
reported on in the past, I
have a particular concern
with polling related to elec-
tion candidates. Presenting
“popularity votes” on candi-
dates in an election in this
manner is irresponsible and
potentially unethical. Indi-
vidual voters are often
swayed by the leanings of
the crowd and influencing
these voters with such arti-
cles is entirely possible, par-
ticularly on the day of the
election.

Presenting opinions is
encouraged. Presenting
made-up statistics is not.

R KNOWLES
Nassau,
February 16, 2010.
THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Investigation into
Officers arrested
in raid at ‘an
atlvanced stage

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net :

AN investigation into
whether a group of police
women played a part in
organising an illegal male
strip show has reached an
“advanced” stage and is

expected to conclude soon, }

a senior police officer said.

The officers under inves- }

tigation were among 107
female patrons arrested in
a raid at The Ranch on
Mackey Street at lam two
weeks ago. Some 29 men
were also arrested at the

Charms club in Centreville

at the time.

Three men from
Atlanta, Georgia, were
charged with stripping at
The Ranch nightclub, and
three women, two Colom-
bians and a Jamaican, are
charged with stripping at
Charms.

In the days after the
raid, police investigators
confirmed they were
“intensively” pursuing the
possibility that the strip
club events were to some
extent organised by a ring

of police officers stationed

within various depart-
ments of the police force.

While police would not
confirm the names of the
officers or the number of
individuals involved, a
source claimed eight offi-
cers, including four
women, were suspected of
organising the illegal
events.

More than two weeks

on, Assistant Commission- }

er of Police Hulan Hanna
said that the investigation

remains underway, headed }

by the Deputy Commis-
sioner Marvin Dames, and
the possibility that the
officers were involved as
more than observers has
not been ruled out.

“The deputy commis-

sioner who has responsibil- }

ity for discipline in the
force will ultimately have
charge of how that will be

disposed of. But ultimately

a very, very comprehen-

sive investigation has been }

carried out and we pretty
much have that to the
point of making determi-
nations one way or the
other,” said ACP Hanna.
“It’s safe to say we look
at all aspects of the offi-
cers’ alleged involvement.
“Was it at the organis-
ing level, was it at the
observing level, or what
else their presence there
might have led to or been
involved with — even to
the point of any criminal

offences or breaches,” said }

Mr Hanna.

The suspected strippers
were charged and sent to
the Carmichael Road
Detention Centre.



A ROW erupted between the gov-
ernment and opposition sides of the
House of Assembly yesterday after
Member of Parliament for St
Thomas More Frank Smith accused
the Free National Movement of
awarding public contracts to party
"cronies" without public tender.

Several members from the gov-
ernment'’s side called on Mr Smith to
provide proof to back up his claims
or withdraw his statements while
opposition members rallied behind
their colleague.

In the morning session of the mid-
year budget debate, Mr Smith
accused the Ministry of the Envi-
ronment of spending over $18 mil-
lion on clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no con-
sistent practice of newspaper ads
inviting tenders or bids.”

Mr Smith later withdrew this asser-
tion after Environment Minister Dr
Earl Deveaux pointed out that the
figures the PLP MP quoted in his
speech amounted to less than $2 mil-
lion, a fraction of the $18 million he
was alleging was spent.

Dr Deveaux also pointed out that
documents Mr Smith tabled only
showed a combined $10,600 payment
to two maintenance companies.



FRANK SMITH and Earl Deveaux

Mr Smith claimed that duplicate
payments were made to different
contractors for the some road side
work in the Kennedy Subdivision on
December 10, 2009.

He then tabled several documents
to support his claim. The Tribune
obtained a copy of these documents.

According to the documents Mr
Smith tabled it appears that two
companies, G W Maintenance and
Beckford's Landscaping and Truck-

ing Services, were paid $6,000 and
$4,600 respectively on December 10,
2009 for work in the Kennedy Sub-
division.

Mr Smith claimed that these doc-
uments were proof of an “all-out
raid of the cookie jar" or a misuse of
public funds.

Mr Smith further alleged that
$1.29 million was paid out to "FNM
operatives".

He said Hiriam Kelly of Hiriam
Construction was paid $332,637 for
"special projects". He said another
contractor Clement Chea was paid
more than $377,000 for "removal of
debris". Dean's Cleaning and Main-
tenance was paid $580,675 for "spe-
cial projects”.

Mr Smith said this amounted to
$1.29 million in public spending with
no public bidding before the con-
tracts were awarded, but did not
table additional documents in the
morning session to support these
claims.

"And this is so to alow FNM
operatives to gain access and they
are having a field day raiding that
cookie jar.

"All were rewarded were having
supported the powers that be in the
red shirt," charged Mr Smith. "Even

- Row in House after MP
makes cronyism claims

with the national debt approaching
$4 billion this is just the tip of the ice-
berg of how badly this government is
managing this economy Mr Speak-
er.”

This statement elicited cries from
the government's side as Dr
Deveaux rose on another point of
order telling the House he possessed
a copy of every cheque issued by his
ministry. Dr Deveaux also chal-
lenged Mr Smith's earlier claim that
$18 million was mismanaged by the
Ministry of Environment, telling the
House that Mr Smith's numbers only
totaled $1.2 million.

In the afternoon session, Mr
Deveaux told parliament he had no
objections to Mr Smith's claims of
financial misuse but only wanted to
see evidence to support the argu-
ment.

He said he too was looking into
payments made to companies under
the government's environmental
clean-up campaign.

"T have a list of all of the contrac-
tors who were hired on the pro-
gramme and the amount paid to
them," Dr Deveaux said as he
promised to table this document in
future for the benefit of members of
the House.

‘Immediate rebound’ needed for economic growth

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

AN immediate rebound in
the country's depressed tourism
industry and small business
development over the medium-
term are needed to ensure eco-
nomic growth, said State
Finance Minister Zhivargo
Laing in the House of the
Assembly yesterday.

These issues are the focus of
the government, said Mr Laing,
while it steers the country
towards a path of recovery.

"There is no question what-
soever that growing this econ-
omy requires us to increase our
tourism product. That is the
most immediate thing that we
can do today to grow this econ-
omy,” Mr Laing said.

Since the global financial cri-
sis hit in late 2008 the country's
tourism product suffered, as
many prospective visitors tight-
ened their purse strings and
forewent luxury expenditures.

To ensure the economy's via-
bility - in the face of rising gov-
ernment debt and high unem-
ployment levels - the country's
tourism product must rebound
quickly to provide much need-
ed jobs.

Mr Laing, giving his mid-
year budget contribution, said
that increased focus must be
put on attracting tourist
arrivals, particularly more stop-
over arrivals.

He said tourism officials are

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noting that air arrivals are
trending in the right direction
with the number of available
air seats to the Bahamas now at
over 400,000.

He added that while the
country's tourism industry has
suffered a loss in American and
European travelers, visitors
from Canada - a country that
was not hard hit by the global
financial crisis - continues to
grow.

To sustain economic growth
over the medium term, the gov-
ernment must make it easier
for small businesses to start up
and operate, while creating a
more modern, competitive
business environment.

"It is very important for
Bahamian entrepreneurs and
international investors to
believe and to experience an
easier time of doing business
in the Bahamas and that we are
doing the necessary to ensure
that that happens," said Mr
Laing.

The Marco City MP told
Parliament that the Bahamas,
like other nations, has experi-
enced the worst economic
recession seen in his lifetime.

He added that throughout
the crisis, government nurtured
the economy, helped struggling
citizens and laid the founda-
tion for a strong rebound. He
also defended government's
decision to increase public
spending, arguing that this gave
thousands of Bahamians relief

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during the current economic
downturn.

"We had hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in capital pro-
jects in this country, creating
jobs but also laying the foun-
dation for the necessary
mordernising and upgrading of
infrastructure in the country,”
he said.

"In the process of trying to
provide the relief in this crisis,
we've had to use tremendous
public resources.

“We've expended significant
funds in supporting our econo-
my, in bringing relief to our

people and also in trying to lay
a foundation for a more robust,
more competitive and more
modern economy.”

As a result of this, he said
hundreds of workers and scores
of contractors were able to con-
tinue working.

He also noted how govern-
ment helped to keep other
struggling Bahamians' heads
above water through national
assistance projects: Some
15,065 persons were aided by
the National Unemployment
Benefit Programme to the tune
of $22,350,000; through gov-



ernment's increased $12 mil-
lion to the Department of
Social Services, and some 2,500
Bahamians have _ been
employed through govern-
ment's temporary job pro-
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HANGING OUT- Members of the Steering Committee for the upcoming Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB) are polishing up plans for Thursday's "Ramble of all Rambles". The 25-year-old HSB
will host the 45-year-old Broward Bromeliad Society to a tour of three fabulous bromeliad gardens,
including this one, owned by Beryl Sheasby, (laughing in flowered jacket), chairman of the organ-
ising committee. Flanking Mrs Sheasby are three past presidents of the HSB, from left: Rosemary Han-
na, Sarah Lobosky and Cindy Wilde who will also host a garden tour. In the back are HSB’s second
vice-president Stephen McKinney (far left) and HSB vice-president Dail Pearce who will guide the tours.

In front are members of the luncheon committee, (from left): Kimberley Rolle, Pearl Hollingsworth,
Barbara Hepburn. Among those not pictured are HSB president Dorothy Bowleg and Janet Brown,

host for one of the garden tours.





























Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
INCORPORATION LTD.

es

*

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CHRISTMAS FLOW-
ERS INCORPORATION LTD. has been completed;

a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the

Company has therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
KARPO NATURE

TRAILS LIMTED
— * _—
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of KARPO NATURE
TRAILS LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has

therefore been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ACHILLEA BUSINESS CORP.

—“—

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

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

THE Bromeliad Society
of Broward County
(BSBC) is celebrating its
45th anniversary with a vis-
it to three of the Bahamas’
most fascinating bromeli-
ad gardens on Thursday.

Organised by Beryl
Sheasby, a member of both
the Bromeliad Society
International (BSI) and the
Horticultural Society of the
Bahamas (HSB), the trip
is being billed by the BSBC
as the “Ramble of All
Rambles”.

“This is eco-tourism in
action,” said Mrs Sheasby,
who has visited gardens in
many countries.

Gardens

“We can be fairly certain
that they will all enjoy the
beautiful gardens of Nas-
sau and tell their friends to
come with them to see
more on future visits.”

Asked about the signifi-
cance of the visit, the
organising committee said,
“That the Bromeliad Soci-
ety chose to visit us, the
Bahamas!”

Officers and members of
the 25-year-old HSB will
act as volunteer hosts in
the three extraordinary
gardens selected for the
Ramble by the more than
30 visiting horticulturalists
with special interests in
bromeliads.

-_

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WAN SI XING LIMITED

— 4—

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of WAN SI XING LIMIT-
ED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution
has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MANNETTE RIVER CORP.

— fj—

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

been struck off the Register.

ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HAPDANK INC.

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

the Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Bromeliads are relatives
of pineapples, “air plants”
and Spanish Moss.

The Bahamian gardens
to be honoured by the vis-
it of the society are:

Historic

A terraced hillside gar-
den featuring hundreds of
species of bromeliads, cre-
ated on a vacant lot and
owned by David and Beryl
Sheasby; a historic hilltop
and terraced gardens of
rare plants owned, restored
and expanded by Jeffrey
and Janet Brown, and the
charming Bahamian gar-
den created and owned by
Gordon and Cindy Wilde,
all BSI members.

The BSBC members are
travelling to the Bahamas
on the “Celebration” cruise
ship.

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WHAT kind of monetary
institution would be best for
the Bahamas — a central bank,
currency board or private cur-
rency?

These will be the questions
discussed during a presenta-
tion by Dr Lawrence H
White, professor of Econom-
ics at George Mason Univer-
sity at 6.30pm Thursday,
March 11, at the Atlantis Con-
ference Centre, Paradise
Island. Dr White is also a spe-
cialist in the theory and his-
tory of monetary and bank-
ing institutions. He received
his A.B. degree from Harvard
and his Ph.d. from the Uni-
versity of California.

In his presentation he will
discuss the Bahamas’ current
monetary system and how the
Central Bank influences the
economy. He will also draw
comparisons between the
Bahamas’ monetary system
and those of similar countries.
He will discuss what practical
alternative monetary systems
are available and whether a
different monetary system
would better serve the
Bahamas.

A three-course dinner will
be served and there will be a
cash bar.

The event is sponsored by
The Nassau Institute.



Celebrating World
_ Day of Prayer
_ Cameroon-style

IN celebration of

i World Day of Prayer

i 2010, a special service

i will be held this Friday

? at the Rhodes Memorial
i Methodist Church, Mon-
i trose Avenue, at 7.30

pm.
This year’s service is

i written by the Commit-
? tee of Cameroon, and

? those attending are

i asked to wear African

i dress if possible, or

? bright coloured prints.

The Republic of

? Cameroon is said to be

i “Africa in miniature.” It
i iS a country of great cul-
i tural diversity with more
i than 240 ethnic groups

i and languages.

Slides will be shown at

i the service depicting the
i people and the land of

i Cameroon, and refresh-
; ments will also reflect

? the cuisine of the

i African country — curry
i: dishes, root vegetables

* and soup, sweets from

fruit and flour will be
served.

World Day of Prayer
begins when the first ser-
vice is held in Tonga,
where the new day
begins, and continuing
around the world until
the final service takes
place, some 35 hours lat-
er, in Western Samoa,
on the other side of the
International Date Line.

By then the day will
have been celebrated in
over 170 countries with
some countries holding
as many as 5,000 ser-
vices.

International chairper-
son of World Day of
Prayer committee here
in Nassau, S Annette
Poitier, has been invited
to be this year’s speaker.

“IT was elected to this
post in 2007 at the
World Day of Prayer
quadrennial meeting
held in Toronto, Cana-
da. Since 2007, I have
conducted workshops
and spoken at services in
many areas of the world,
including Tonga,
Malaysia, the United
Kingdom, United States,
Canada, Nairobi, and
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The theme for this
year’s service is “Let
Everything That Has
Breath Praise The
Lord.”

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yesterday presented a cheque in the amount of
$195,252.77 to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas
Disaster Relief Fund, proceeds raised during a
two-night, commercial-free telethon that aired on
all TV and radio stations simultaneously on Janu-
ary 25 and 26.

The effort was coordinated by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce along with Rotary Clubs
since the 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12, dev-
astating what was already the poorest country in

(Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A.)

the region.
Some $250,000 was pledged during the telethon
based at the British Colonial Hilton where the vol- HELP US HELP HAITI NATIONAL TELETHON committee makes presentation to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas.
unteer phone bank was stationed both nights. Pictured left to right are Paul McWeeney, managing director Bank of the Bahamas; Philip Simon, executive director of the
_A major concert at Arawak Cay on the second Bahamas Chamber of Commerce; Janet Johnson, Disaster Relief chair for the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas; Felix Stubbs assis-
night helped raise funds. . . tant governor to the Bahamas for Rotary District 7020; Diane Phillips, Telethon committee chair and Khaalis Rolle, president of
“Pledges are continuing to come in daily, but the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce.

needs are so great that we did not want to delay
presenting the funds collected to-date so that mem-
bers of Rotary could continue meeting the growing
needs of hundreds of thousands who are still home-
less, in desperate need of shelter, food, water and
medical supplies,” said Diane Phillips, who chaired
the telethon committee.

“This effort, the results of which we are seeing
this morning, shows what a community can do
when it comes together for a cause in which it
believes,” said Khaalis Rolle, Chamber of Com-
merce president.

Commended

“Every single person who contributed from
organisers who devoted hundreds of hours, to
musicians who shared their talent, to media houses
who promoted and aired the telethon without
charge are all to be commended,” he said.

“People cared. They came together putting aside
other needs and we trust that their efforts will ease
the pain and make life a little bit better for many
who have suffered so in Haiti.”

According to Rotary Club spokesman Janet
Johnson, who heads the disaster relief arm, Nassau
Rotarians who visited Haiti as recently as last week
said conditions had deteriorated with thousands of
temporary tents, raw sewage, lack of sufficient
drinking water and a fear of malaria with the rainy
season less than a month away.

“But every contribution helps and the funds we
are receiving today will buy supplies that could
make the difference between life and death,” said
Ms Johnson.

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was made sometime after 1lam in the
vicinity of an unfinished building on
McKenzie Street by a construction work-

er.

This is the second skeletal remains
found here on Grand Bahama within a

24-hour period.

Ms Mackey said police received a call
at about 11.12am and went to the rear of
a building that is under construction on

McKenzie Street.

The remains were in bushes some 75
meters from the street. Police cordoned
off the area as a few onlookers stood
watching from across the street, near the

Old Lucaya Medical Centre.

ASP Mackey said that bones were scat-

tered in the area.

“It appears that (the remains) have
been there for sometime. We cannot say
how long, but we know that it is the
remains of a human,” she told reporters

at the scene.

“We do not know if it is an adult or
child, and so the bones will be sent to
the lab for analysis so that a determina-

tion can be made.”

Ms Mackey said Police do not know if
foul play was involved and have not clas-
sified the incident as a homicide.

In 2003, the badly decomposed body of

FROM page one

fact that Ministers continue to
fall is again indicative of the
weakening of the Ingraham
government,” Mr Christie said.
Since his resignation remarks
were released on Sunday, the
PLP was quick to cast the
blame of Mr McCartney’s
departure on the Prime Minis-
ter, claiming that the young
junior Minister was being sti-
fled by Mr Ingraham and his
departure was an indictment on
the current government.
However, the FNM in turn
have issued their own state-
ment, claiming that the PLP’s
chairman, Bradley Roberts has
again demonstrated his “igno-
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procedures of the governmental
system with his public remarks.

“Contrary to his twisting of
the facts, former Minister of
State Branville McCartney was
not responsible ‘for driving the
immigration policy of the gov-
ernment’.

“As the PLP’s Chairman
should know, but has yet to ful-
ly appreciate, government pol-
icy is made by the Cabinet of
the Bahamas and not an indi-
vidual minister.

“Unfortunately, it was often
the case in the Christie admin-
istration that individual minis-
ters, such as Mr Roberts, often
did as they pleased, ignoring
the basic tenets of our system of

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a missing mother was discovered in the
same building on McKenzie Street. The
victim’s hands and feet were bound.
Although no positive identification has
been made in connection with the badly
burned body found in West End on Sun-
day, police are following several leads

Sometime after 2pm on Sunday the
body was discovered in the Pelican Lakes

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area, near Bootle Bay. Police do not
know if the remains are that of a man or
woman.
Foul play is suspected and investiga-
tions are continuing into the matter.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey is still
encouraging persons with information

who can assist with their investigation

government,” the statement
read.

In fact, the FNM said that
the PLP were quite accustomed
to this process as they failed to
consult but rather ran their var-
ious ministries as “individual
fiefdoms.”

“Clearly, Mr Roberts is hap-
py to distort how our govern-
mental system works because
he often failed to act in a colle-
gial and collaborative manner
when in government. He and
his colleagues would return to
government with that same
mindset.

“Further, it is the portfolio
Minister, not a Minister of
State, who has overall respon-
sibility and oversight of a par-
ticular ministry.

“Tn this instance, Brent

to contact the police at 350-3107 or 352-
9774/5 or 911.

Symonette bears primary
responsibility for immigration
matters as Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Immigration.
Unfortunately, this will not be
the last time that Mr Roberts
demonstrates his wilful igno-
rance of our democratic system.

“But there is one area in
which Mr Roberts can claim
considerable expertise. He is
expert at the bombast, harsh
words and disrespect of which
he accuses others. Indeed, this
was a hallmark of his period in
government and it is his hall-
mark as the primary spokesman
for the PLP,” the FNM said.

Repeated attempts to reach
Mr McCartney for an official
comment on his resignation was
unsuccessful up to press time
last night.

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At 2.30am she updated her

i Facebook status by saying:

“Keisha Thurston thinks it’s
hard to keep my eyes on the
future, when my heart longs
for the past...”

The last message she sent
out to the world was just over
three hours before her death.
It read: “The longest distance
on the earth is not south to
north, it is when I stand in
front of you and you ignore

me ... (how could the silence

be so loud?).”

These posts may have
seemed like innocent adoles-
cent banter to some, but they
sound ominous to Helen
Arnett, director of counseling
services at The Christian
Counseling Centre. Not just
because Keisha is suspected
of suicide, but as a young adult
in general, the messages con-
tain telltale signs of loneliness
and abandonment.

“In my journey with per-
sons and relationships that
really does not sound that
healthy. “You ignore me’ indi-
cates abandonment. The
future is difficult and she has a
longing for the past. These are
big issues. Some people build
their lives on attachment to
relationships, so it is difficult

when they (have to deal with

loss),” said Mrs Arnett, who
recalled humanitarian Mother

i Theresa stating one of the
i worst diseases in the Western
? world is loneliness and aban-

donment

From all outward indica-
tions, Keisha’s friends and
family saw her as a successful,
happy, young adult. She
entered the COB in 2009 on
an academic scholarship and

moved quickly to become

involved in the athletic com-

: munity.

“Keisha was a member of
the women’s volleyball team.
She was an integral part of
the sporting landscape within
the college community. She

: was only a first year but she
i was a Starter and very talent-

ed. She made a good contri-
bution in just her first year,”
said Kimberley Rolle, direc-
tor of athletics at COB.
Keisha made her love of
singing, sports, and having a
good time known. She was

: private with some of her

interests, preferring rather for
individuals to discover on
their own who she was.

In her own words, Keisha
said of who she is: “I’m not
the perfect soul to mess with...
am not the perfect girl to han-
dle.... but one thing I know
for sure is that I can rock your

world....”

She was a member of the
first COB women’s team to
travel internationally on an
intercollegiate tour. For this
and other contributions, Ms
Rolle said the college com-

? munity was seeking to con-

sole her family with the
knowledge that their daugh-
ter was a history-maker at
COB and an integral part of

Disbelief

the family.

“Needless to say her team-
mates, the coaching staff, are
taking it very hard, because
everyone has a lot of ques-
tions for which there are real-
ly no answers,” said Ms Rolle.

Members of the volleyball
team participated in a coun-
seling session yesterday. The
COB counsellors have also
been canvassing the campus,
speaking with Keisha’s
friends and teachers.

“Most of the team mem-
bers have been open to coun-
selling, but it will be an on-
going process. They have a
range of emotions: confusion,
anger, disbelief. Those are
normal when you’ve lost
someone you love and who
you miss. Grieving is a nat-
ural process, so the counsel-
lors encourage them to
grieve. It helps to bring clo-
sure, but it doesn’t end
there,” said Ms Rolle.

Some of Keisha’s friends
are taking it so hard, Mrs
Arnett said they are display-
ing signs of suicidal ideation
themselves. One friend post-
ed a comment on Keisha’s
Facebook page stating she
was coming to join Keisha
because they promised never
to leave each other and she
preferred to suffer with her
friend.

“To me I always say you
err on the side of caution.
You take every threat seri-
ously and you try to see who
is in the network to stand by
and support the person. It is
very, very important for (her
friends and family) to do grief
counselling to talk about their
loss,” said Mrs Arnett.

“This is a major loss, espe-
cially for the relatives and
close friends. It is so trau-
matic because she took her
life. It is not like she was lying
in bed with lupus or HIV and
they got to visit her. This is
someone they went out with
the day before, or saw in class
and then they got this horri-
ble news. They would really
need some intervention,” said
Mrs Arnett.

Suicidal tendencies are
often difficult to detect, but
Mrs Arnett said some signs
are individuals who give away
personal items uncharacter-
istically; individuals who ear-
lier looked depressed and
then all of a sudden look
upbeat, or the reverse sce-
nario; individuals who isolate
themselves or have a preoc-
cupation with death.

“Don’t be afraid to ask
someone if they are suicidal.
It is a myth that if you talk to
someone you think is suicidal
you are going to give them
more ideas to go ahead and
do it. Many times by asking
you give the person hope they
can share with you. If you
avoid it, they may say ‘wow, I
want to talk about it, but I
don’t think they can handle
it’,” said Mrs Arnett.

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Bahamas and Malta

LOCAL NEWS

GOVERNOR GENERAL of the
Bahamas Arthur Hanna shares
some thoughts during a lun-
cheon at Government House
after the presentation of Letters
of Credence by the High Com-
missioner of Malta to the
Bahamas.

Peter Ramsay/BIS

THE WIFE of High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of Malta
to the Bahamas Mark Miceli-

By BETTY VEDRINE
Bahamas Information
Services

THE appointment of the
first High Commissioner of
the Republic of Malta to
the Bahamas brings with it
the opportunity for the two
countries to exchange
expertise on tourism, finan-
cial services, and offers the
Bahamas better access to
the Mediterranean market.

Presenting his Letters of
Credence to the Governor
General Arthur Hanna last
Thursday, High Commis-
sioner of Malta Mark
Miceli-Farrugia said his
country would be happy to
assist the Bahamas in the

fields of education, horti-
culture and e-government.
During the ceremony at
Government House, Mr
Miceli-Farrugia expressed
his pleasure at becoming
the new High Commission-
er of Malta to the Bahamas.
“T look forward to rein-
forcing the bonds of friend-
ship and cooperation, which
have linked our two coun-
tries even before the estab-
lishment of diplomatic rela-
tions in 2004,” he said.
The economies of Malta
and the Bahamas, both
archipelagic countries, are
based mainly on tourism
and financial services, mak-
ing it a possible to exchange
of information, he

explained.

As a result, both coun-
tries can exchange informa-
tion about the experiences
and know-how they have
garnered over the years, the
High Commissioner said.

“On the one hand, we can
address the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas’ intent to
develop state-of-the-art e-
government and upgrade its
educational and horticul-
tural facilities; to certify its
financial services system by
the OECD and to preserve
and restore its heritage
sites.”

He added that Malta has
recently recorded success-
es in all these fields and
would welcome the oppor-

tunity to assist the Bahamas
in any or all of them.

Malta offers Bahamian
products and services an
ideal base from which to
explore Mediterranean
markets thanks to Malta’s
strategic central location
in that region, its mem-
bership to the European
Union, and the country’s
familiarity with neigh-
bouring North African
nations and certain Gulf
States, the High Commis-
sioner said.

The Governor General
said that both countries
share a wide base of link-
ages founded on common
aspects of history and
development.

Farrugia talks with Honorary
Consul for Malta in the
Bahamas Gerard Wirth at Gov-
ernment House.

“Our paths are crossing
yet again with the
Bahamas joining Malta in
the United Nations Eco-
nomic and Social Council
(ECOSOC), the work of
which will impact so many
of the important issues of
our present day,” he said.

The new High Commis-
sioner of the Republic of
Malta followed his visit to
Government House with a
courtesy call on the Prime
Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham.

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FROM page one

Rock Sound Eleuthera for the institutions
to be able to sustain themselves financially.

Presently there are just over sixty stu-
dents at each school. The CBOE reports
that 100 plus students are necessary for the
schools to be “self sustaining”.

Extra subsidies from the board to the
schools - to the tune of $2,535 per student at
Holy Name and $1,417 at St Anne’s “just to
meet basic expenses” - had been a serious
drain on its resources in 2008 and 2009.

The CBOE travelled to Eleuthera two
weeks ago and Bimini last week to break
the news to parents.

The move comes as CBOE has already
been engaged in “phasing out” the St Vin-
cent De Paul school in Lewis Yard Grand
Bahama for several years, and this year
will see the school closed for good once
the last term comes to an end.

Ms Rolle said that the economic down-
turn was the final nail in the coffin for the
Bimini and Eleuthera schools - which are 67
and 53 years old respectively - as an even
greater proportion of parents withdrew
their children from the private schools in

Two Catholic schools forced to close this year

favour of placing them in the free public
education system.

The schools have traditionally been part
funded by government grants and partly
by fees paid by parents.

The bulk of the fall off in student num-
bers she blamed on “shifting demograph-
ics” in the communities the schools have
served, as parents have moved into others
islands or other parts of the same island in
search of work, said Ms Rolle. Additional-
ly, the launch of another private school in
Bimini also affected student intake.

Yesterday Minister of Education
Desmond Bannister said he had been
briefed on the decision by the Board and
the Ministry of Education stands ready to
provide spaces for the displaced students
and any qualified teachers.

Mts Rolle noted that there should be
more than enough space within the public
schools in the areas where the Catholic
schools are located as they have been sim-
ilarly affected by low enrollment.

The Board Director added that it is the

CBOE’s expectation that the nine teachers
and three clerical staff currently employed
at the Eleuthera and Bimini schools are
set to be redeployed to other Catholic
schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama
or Abaco.

In contrast to the situation in Bimini and
Eleuthera, Mrs Rolle said enrollment has
been growing in Abaco, and schools in New
Providence are not under consideration for
closure.

As to how the communities took the
news, Ms Rolle said parents and students
were “sad” but that the announcement was
not a bolt from the blue.

“They understood and saw this had been
coming for some years, though there were
questions about whether anything could
be done to save the schools at this stage.

“We understand because right now you
look at it as affectng the community. Part of
it is when they’ve been there for decades
the populace is looking at it as part of the
nucleus of the community being weak-
ened.”

FROM page one

survival by the Bahamas Heart
Foundation (BHF).

Children born with a hole in
the heart require surgery in
order to grow and develop in
a normal way and go on to live
healthy lives, and BHF volun-
teers work tirelessly to raise
funds for this surgery provided
by Dr Sands and his team.

However, BHF chairman RE
Barnes is concerned Dr Sands
political career could eclipse his
professional demands while
there are only two surgeons in
the country to take up the
workload.

“We are nervous because he
is one of the only cardiotho-
racic surgeons who can do it,”
Mr Barnes said.

Dr Sands’s partner Henry
Coleman would be unwilling to
take on an increased workload
after 35 years in the field, and
Dr Ramphal would be unable
to absorb the demand alone.

However, Dr Sands said
more physicians may step up
to the operating table in future

Heart Foundation

should his political career take
off.

And if his political demands
increase, the rare surgery he
provides will be the last thing
he stops.

“At the end of the day I have
made a commitment that come
what may I will continue to be
available for medical care
regardless of what I am doing,
involved in politics or not,” Dr
Sands said.

“Tam not stopping now, and
Tam not going to allow patients
to suffer because I am involved
in something else.

“There are precedents for
people who do what I do to
maintain their clinical practice
even while engaged in an active
political career.

“And I will continue to serve
in whatever capacity I can.”

The surgeon of 16 years per-
formed an operation yesterday
as well as seven surgeries at the
end of last week.

However, his time in surgery

will be sacrificed when his
presence is required in the
upcoming election court chal-
lenge.

As Dr Sands gained 1,501
votes in the February 16 by-
election for Elizabeth, and
PLP candidate Ryan Pinder
gained 1,499 votes, Mr Pinder
is challenging the legitimacy of
five protest votes in court in
the hope he will be declared
by-election winner and MP for
Elizabeth.

Dr Sands’ political future is
currently in limbo, and he is
taking it one day at a time.

“What is not possible is to
predict the future,” the heart
surgeon said. “I don’t know
what is going to happen, it
really depends on a lot of dif-
ferent things. But I will con-
tinue to serve in whatever
capacity I can.”

For more news about the
Bahamas Heart Foundation
turn to page two.

Man stabbed to death

FROM page one

Poinciana Drive and Hospital Lane at around 11.38pm.

According to police, it appeared Mr Davis had got into the
Pontiac Bonneville car, license plate number 182812, after
receiving stab wounds to the chest and lower back.

It is suspected that it was after driving the car some distance
that the victim crashed the car into another vehicle, a Toyota
Corolla, license plate number 111837.

A police statement on the incident issued yesterday after-
noon stated that officers investigating the killing are following

significant leads.



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THE TRIBUNE



SOUTH ELEUTHERA EMERGENCY PARTNERS (SEEP)



Grand Bahama's

PTT th Lmergency Operations Centre
a step closer to completion



CONSTRUCTION of the new terminal for Western Air is already
underway and is scheduled for completion by late summer.

SCHEDULED for completion by the end of summer, the new
$4 million state-of-the art Western Air terminal currently under
construction at the Grand Bahama International Airport is
expected to bring an added boost to the island’s airlift and
struggling economy.

Welcoming the news were officials of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA), who applauded Western Air’s invest-
ment.

“We’re excited and supportive of meaningful ventures that will
spur this island’s economy. An expanded terminal gives birth to
more employment opportunities for Bahamians. Also, greater
airlift means increased traffic with an influx of more visitors from
the other islands and abroad,” said Ian Rolle, GBPA presi-
dent.

The new multi-million dollar facility is being built just west of
the airport’s current domestic terminal.

Upon completion it will house Western Air’s terminal, cor-
porate office and maintenance facility.

Flights

Western Air presently offers 12 flights daily between Freeport
and Nassau, six flights daily between Nassau and Marsh Harbour
and four flights daily between Nassau, Bimini, Exuma, Congo
Town and San Andros. They also offer charter flights through-
out the Bahamas, Caribbean including Cuba, South and Central
America.

According to Rex Rolle, president and CEO of the company,
once construction is completed on the airline’s Freeport termi-
nal, the new site will become its northern hub.

“With an increase in facilities, fleet, and our efficient staff, it
is our intent to begin direct flights to Haiti, Jamaica, Turks and
Caicos, and eventually Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach,
Florida,” he said.

Derek Newbold, business development manager at GBPA, is
optimistic about the venture.

“GBPA is aggressively pursuing new interests and business
development for Grand Bahama Island. One of the unique fea-
tures of our island is a modern airport with US pre-clearance. So
we’re definitely supportive of Western Air’s initiative to take
advantage of this feature to expand their business and provide
greater access to the island,” Mr Newbold said.

Western Air, entirely Bahamian owned and operated, cur-
rently has a fleet of 11 aircraft.

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NEW AIR TERMINAL FOR FREEPORT: GBPA and Western Air offi-
cials tour site of new $4 million air terminal under construction at
the Grand Bahama International Airport. Pictured from left to right
are: lan Rolle, president of the GBPA group; Derek Newbold,
business development manager at GBPA, and Rex Rolle, president
and CEO for Western Air.

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TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera

South Eleuthera Emergency
Partners, better known as
SEEP, are one step closer to
completing their Emergency
Operations Centre (EOC)
which houses the area’s ambu-
lance and fire truck, and is used
as a venue for community func-
tions such as the farmers’ mar-
ket.

Thanks to a grant by the
Lyford Cay Foundation, SEEP
recently added six large cus-
tom-made roll-up doors to its
EOC.

The doors, approximately 11
feet high and 12 feet wide
opened up new opportunities
for the non-profit organisation
that operates the volunteer fire
department and ambulance ser-
vices for Southern Eleuthera.

The doors are of enormous
importance because not only
do they bring the centre to an
80 per cent completion, they
also add a whole new dimen-
sion and meaning to the versa-
tility of the centre, opening new
opportunities for the non-prof-
it and the community at large,
the organisation said.

For the community, the
installation of the doors created
employment for six people in
the depressed Eleuthera econ-
omy over a four-week period
and it also added profit to some
of the local businesses.

Exciting

For SEEP, other exciting
activities at the centre are being
realised, positively impacting
the non-profit and the resi-
dents.

With a more secured build-
ing, the ambulance, fire truck, a
recently donated jaws of life,
an additional water pump and
other fire fighting gear are now
properly stored, ensuring a
longer life span.

“The doors not only protect
the vehicles and emergency
equipment from the wear and
tear caused by the sun and salt
air,” said director Shaun Ingra-
ham, “But they bring the build-
ing closer in line to an all pur-
pose community centre and
offers shelter during times of
emergencies like a hurricane.”

Sourced and provided by a
local hardware store, these
industrial doors are made of
aluminum and can withstand
high winds and are built for low
maintenance, safety and long
lasting dependability and they
also provide a weather-tight
seal.

When a function is held at
the emergency operations cen-
tre, there is the flexibility to
have all six doors open or the
choice of keeping some of the
doors open and others closed.

The centre has become a big
hit with the locals with the most
recent partnerships with the

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PHOTO: Azaleta Ishmael-Newry



LARGE doors installed at the SEEP Emergency Operations Centre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, offer pro-

tection and allow the building to serve as a community centre and hurricane shelter.

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DIRECTOR Shaun Ingraham (left) and volunteer
Ricardo Edwards review parts for the door.

Island School and Cape
Eleuthera Institute, local farm-
ers and artisans who host a
farmer’s market at the end of
each month.

“This has been a great suc-
cess,” said Mr Ingraham “as we
are now able to set up the mar-
ket the night before because
the doors are added security
and also the people and their
products are protected from
wind, sun and rain.”

Another new partnership
involves a “12 weeks to well-
ness programme” headed by
the Seventh Day Adventist
Church.

Each evening during the
week more than 50 people from
Governor’s Harbour to Rock
Sound travel to the EOC to
exercise and learn how to live
healthy lifestyles.

Mr Ingraham and his board
of directors said they are grate-
ful for the partnerships and sup-
port from key players like the
Lyford Cay Foundation and for
their volunteers who help in all
areas of the operations.





WORKERS install one of the 11 foot x 12-foot
doors at the SEEP Emergency Operations Cen-
tre in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. The four-week
project helped employ six persons.



PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham

PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham



THE SECOND Farmers’ Market was held at the end of January at
the SEEP EOC. The newly installed doors are in the background
and provide a backdrop at the “Lion Fish” demonstration table.

The EOC has come a long
way since it started laying the
foundation just over two years
ago. In March 2009, SEEP part-
nered with the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the Ministry
of Health to broaden their
work and garner more support
when they dedicated their fire

truck and ambulance. To mark
another milestone, SEEP will
host an open house and dedi-
cation set for March 14 at 2pm
and the celebrations will
include local residents and a
group of 70 Island Journeys vol-
unteers from Clemson Univer-
sity, North Carolina.

PHOTO: Shaun Ingraham

THE SEEP Emergency Operations Centre facilitated the first farmers’ market in South Eleuthera in an
open environment since doors were not installed at the time.

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