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Former Minister
of State denies
lack of support for
FNM campaign

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

FORMER Minister of State
for Immigration Branville
McCartney last night hit out at
suggestions by senior FNM offi-
cials that he was to blame for the
party’s less than stellar perfor-
mance in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion.

According to sources within
the FNM, Mr McCartney was
berated at an FNM council meet-
ing last week where a number of
meritorious council members
(MCM) took the MP to task for
the poor showing at the polls in
Polling Division 11.

This division, which was head-
ed by the FNM’s Minister of

State for the Environment Phen-
ton Neymour, was also worked
by Mr McCartney who these
sources claim, failed to show any
“inspiration in his designated
duties.”

This lack of “inspiration” they
claimed was due to the suspicion
that the MP was not in favour of
the party’s candidate Dr Duane
Sands, who Mr McCartney could
possibly see as another challenger
for the leadership of the party if
and when the opportunity arose.

“So it came as no surprise to
me that he would have resigned,”
the source added. “Who knows,
maybe he was trying to pre-empt
what was already in the process
of being done.”

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US voices concern
over the Bahamas’
extradition process

THE United States’ govern-
ment has expressed concern
over the Bahamas’ tedious
extradition process that allows
subjects of US extradition
requests to continue illegal
activities while on bail await-
ing resolution in their case.

This country was also one of
four Caribbean nations includ-
ed on the US’s newest list of
"major illicit drug producing
and/or drug-transit countries."

Officials estimate that
between 12 to 15 major

SEE page six

Resistance to
large scale
HUTTE BIRS OTE

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Bahamian
brothers Paul and David
Mellor — who are propos-
ing to pursue a venture to
harvest yellow fin tuna in
Bahamian waters using purse
seine nets — were confront-
ed with overwhelming resis-

SEE page six



FORMER MINISTER
OF STATE for
Immigration Branville
ileeTat a eM ees
resigned from the
Cabinet.



Alarm at erosion
of Saunders Beach

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE current level of beach
erosion at Saunders Beach has
alarmed some environmental
activists, who are calling on
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux to be held account-
able.

The Committee to Protect
and Preserve the Bahamas for
Future Generations questioned
the validity of findings in the
environmental impact assess-

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NASSAU AND BAHAM/?

ISLANDS”

LEADING NEWSPAPER

‘I want to run
for FNM in
Bamboo Town

at next election’

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

IN LIGHT of his resignation
from the Cabinet, Former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
hoped he would not be denied
a nomination to run as an FNM
in the Bamboo Town con-
stituency whenever the next
general election is called.

Speaking to The Tribune at
his constituency office yester-
day, the popular MP said he
was hopeful Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham would not
seek to “punish” him as he has
not yet even made up his mind
if he will in fact run again for
the House of Assembly.

“T had five years to serve.
Right now I have two more
years. If I don’t get a nomina-
tion from the party I doubt I
will run as an Independent —
or anything else for that matter.
I would have done my time,
and I would have done my time
well. I guarantee you that. I
would have done my time well
and I will move on,” he said.

As he is widely considered
to be one of the few Members
of Parliament who can claim to
have a “sure seat” due to his
representation and work in the
area, it is often said that Mr
McCartney does not need the
FNM backing to win his seat in
Bamboo Town.

SEE page 11

Lack of information
On prescription drug plan
aggravates pharmacists

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PHARMACISTS are
growing more aggravated
over the lack of information
provided to them about the
Chronic Disease Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan.

Since the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) started
marketing the plan to bene-
ficiaries in January, phar-

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Man stabbed,
hit on head

In Pobhery
attempt

A 25-YEAR-OLD
man of Stapledon Gar-
dens was stabbed and hit
in the head with a rock
in a robbery attempt by
four men yesterday
morning.

The victim was walk-
ing in the Millennium
Gardens area at around
11.15am when he was
attacked by four men.

Police said it is report-
ed that one of the men
reportedly hit the victim
in the head with a stone
while another produced
a knife, stabbing the vic-
tim once in his left leg
and twice in his the right
leg.

The Stapledon Gar-
dens man was taken to
hospital where he is list-
ed in serious but stable
condition. Police are
investigating the matter.

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‘US airline suspends flights

to Governor’s Harbour

American Eagle cites
airport concerns

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A MAJOR US airline has
announced that it will be
immediately suspending its
flights to Governor’s Har-
bour, Eleuthera due to con-
cerns over the airport there.

American Eagle sent an
email to its relevant partners
in the travel industry yester-
day stating that due to
“recent changes” at the Gov-
ernor’s Harbour Interna-
tional Airport it is suspend-
ing its four days-a-week Mia-
mi-Governors Harbour route
effective immediately and
indefinitely.

The 64-seater plane will
now fly into North Eleuthera
“until the problems at GHIA
have been fixed”, according
to American Eagle’s region-
al sales manager for the
Bahamas and Florida, Tra-
cie Hoo-Glinton, who apol-
ogised in the email for the
inconvenience.

The airline has been flying
the route since late last year.

In a statement issued yes-
terday afternoon, former
tourism minister Obie Wilch-
combe yesterday said the
Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace must
provide a “full explanation
as to why his ministry has
failed to maintain the Gov-
ernors Harbour Internation-
al Airport to ensure compli-

ance with FAA Standards.”

“The minister must inform
the public the last time an
audit was conducted on the
GHIA and must also disclose
when audits were undertak-
en at all other airports in the
Bahamas. It begs the ques-
tion as to who is asleep at
the wheel,” said Mr Wilch-
combe.

“Although alternative
arrangements have been
made to accommodate
inbound and outbound
flights at the North Eleuthera
Airport this will seriously
inconvenience local and
tourist travellers,” he added.

Transportation

Ms Hoo-Glinton stated in
her email, forwarded to the
media by Mr Wilchcombe,
that American Eagle is plan-
ning on providing bus trans-
portation between the two
airports.

“For GHB departing pas-
sengers, our customers will
be expected to arrive at the
airport at least two hours
before scheduled departure
time to catch the chartered
bus. If passengers arrive lat-
er than this, then they will
be responsible for their own
transportation to North
Eleuthera to catch the flight.
I appreciate any help you can
give in advising our mutual
customers of these changes,

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notice,” she added.

The change to the route
means that American Eagle
will now be flying to North
Eleuthera seven days a week.

“Once we receive an
update from the government
on the GHB airport, we will
resume our operations to this
airport and advise accord-
ingly,” said the airline offi-
cial.

Yesterday David Johnson,
deputy director of tourism,
said the Ministry of Tourism
was alerted to American
Eagle’s plans on Monday
night. He said the ministry
was not aware of the airline’s
concerns about the airport
as it “doesn’t get directly
involved in technicalities of

airports” but suggested that
the Department of Civil Avi-
ation, which has direct
responsibility for the main-
tenance of airports, could
have been.

Landing

“The access remains,
except there is the inconve-
nience of landing in North
Eleuthera. That’s an interim
measure while technical
matters that need to be
done get done,” said Mr
Johnson.

Asked if he was aware
how soon necessary adjust-
ments might be made to the
airport, Mr Johnson said he
expected to be updated on

this by yesterday evening or
this morning.

As for whether the issues
deterring American Eagle
from landing in Governor’s
Harbour could affect other
airlines which service the
airport, Mr Johnson said
this is unlikely.

American Eagle’s plane
is “by far the largest” that
lands in Governor’s Har-
bour and “brings require-
ments that may be more
onerous compared to those
of a 19-seater plane,” he
noted.

In a statement released to
ZNS news late last night,
Mr Vanderpool Wallace
said the Governor’s Har-
bour airport has not been
downgraded but is under-
going systemic improve-
ments and the changes at
the airport referred to by
American Eagle are “actu-
ally improvements regard-
ing the removal of two air-
line towers that will make
flying into the airport safer.”

He said Mr Wilchcombe’s
call for a full explanation of
the suspension of service by
American Eagle “unfortu-
nately reveals a profound
lack of understanding of the
airline business.”

The minister added that
it is as a result of combined
initiatives by the Depart-
ment of Civil Aviation and
the Ministry of Tourism that
American Eagle “has more
than doubled its services to
the out islands over the
course of the last year.”

Plans to rebuild
OPBAT hanger

THE United States’ gov-
ernment plans to rebuild the
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos' (OPBAT) hang-
er on Inagua sometime this
year.

According to the newest
US International Narcotics
Report, released by the US
State Department on Mon-
day, pending successful con-
clusion of lease negotiations
with the Bahamian govern-
ment, OPBAT construction
will start this year with a
2012 completion target date.

Helicopters

"The new hangers will
allow (the US) to base heli-
copters flying in support of
OPBAT on Great Inagua,"
said the report.

Since Hurricane Ike
destroyed the original
OPBAT hanger in 2008, US
helicopters have operated
out of Providenciales in
nearby Turks and Caicos.

The report also noted that
the Bahamian government
further developed OPBAT's
maritime interdiction abili-
ties by basing four intercep-
tor boats — which were
acquired under Operation
Enduring Friendship in 2008

— on New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Inagua.

Still, the US advised that
"these capabilities could be
developed further by sta-
tioning the two new boats
received in 2009 on Grand
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In 2007, US officials her-
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most successful internation-
al drug interdiction partner-
ships in the world.

It is a multi-agency inter-
national drug interdiction
effort created in 1982 to
stem the flow of illegal drugs
through the Bahamas and
into the US.

The report also added that
throughout 2009, the US
provided resident, mobile
and on-the-job training in
maritime law enforcement,
engineering and profession-
al development for the
RBDF.

Also, at the end of 2009
the US Department of
Defence was slated to deliv-
er two additional 43-foot
interceptor boats and com-
munications equipment to
the RBDF.

INDEX

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an all-points bulletin
asking the public to
assist them in determin-
ing the whereabouts of
Kevano Musgrove, 24,
who is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection
with murder and posses-
sion of an unlicensed
firearm.

He is considered
armed and extremely
dangerous.

Musgrove’s last
known address was
Halsmere Road in High-
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He is described as
being of light brown
complexion and of medi-
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weighing 140 lbs.

Persons with any
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



FNM defectors
weigh in on
McCartney
resignation

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff
Reporter

nnicolls @tripbunemedia.net

FRESH on the heels of
his resignation from the
Cabinet, Branville
McCartney may now
have to face political iso-
lation according to his
predecessor.

Tennyson Wells, like
Mr McCartney, repre-
sented the constituency
of Bamboo Town under
the banner of the FNM.
He resigned his Cabinet
seat in 2000 to vie for the
leadership of the party,
which he lost to Tommy
Turnquest. Mr Wells lat-
er quit the party after
what he termed “serious
differences of opinion”
and sat in parliament as
an independent.

Commenting on what
he thinks the future will
hold for Mr McCartney,
Mr Wells said: “I think
he will have to continue
to look over his back,
look over his shoulder,
because the rest of his
colleagues are not going
to stand with him
whether he is right or
wrong. The vast majority
are not going to stand
with him even if they
know he was right.

Reality

“They want to main-
tain or enhance their
position. They are not
going to stand up like
men and women. That is
the sad reality of politics
in this country.”

In a statement released
by Mr McCartney over
the weekend, the former
Minister of State for
Immigration said the
main reason he quit was
a feeling of stagnation
and a sense that he was
not fully utilising his
“political potential.”

Mr Wells said he was
not surprised by the res-
ignation, even though he
had not followed the sit-
uation closely, as such
conflicts are a feature of
FNM governments.

He pointed to the
example of his colleague
Pierre Dupuch, another
former member of an
FNM Cabinet who was
fired by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in
2000, after being accused
of undermining Mr
Ingraham’s authority.

Yesterday, Mr Wells
said he feels that despite
his five-year sabbatical
from politics, Mr Ingra-
ham has changed little.

“He basically wants to
do everything himself,
which is impossible and
the country suffers from
it and will continue to
suffer from it. No man is
an island and we are all
interdependent. Each of
us ought to consider oth-
er people’s views and
give them consideration.
No one has all the
answers to all the prob-
lems in the country.
When we realise this it
will be better for every-
body,” Mr Wells said.

UA

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

HAVING served under
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette, former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
was given immense latitude to
perform his duties and thanked
both men for the opportunity to
serve the people of the
Bahamas.

In relation to Mr Symonette,
Mr McCartney said he learned
a lot from the DPM and quite
frankly liked his approach to
the way he handled a plethora
of issues.

“He (Mr Symonette) is a
very practical man, knowl-
edgeable, and to the point,” Mr
McCartney said.

“The Prime Minister is also a
person who I have learned a lot
from as well. I think he has the
best interest of the country at
heart. He makes decisions and
he is very direct.”

Soberly

Mr McCartney has gone on
the record to admit that his
decision to resign from Cabi-
net was not an easy one, that it
was well thought out and sober-
ly contemplated.

“Tt was not an easy decision,
but one that needed to be
made, because of my determi-
nation and resolve that it was
and continues to be the right
thing to do, not in any way
motivated by conventional wis-
dom, the prevailing consensus
or the latest snapshot of public

RESIGNATION OF BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY. | © _ |
McCartney thanks PM and

Symonette for chance to serve

PUTHIN' DA ENVELOF

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5 CANT FudOTion
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opinion, but right according to
my personal convictions.

“The factors that motivated
this run the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more com-
pelling than others. In the fore-

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front are my feelings of stagna-
tion and the inability to fully
utilise my political potential at
this time,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said that while the resignation

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PROGRESSIVE Young
Liberals chairman Aarone
Sargent said the departure
of Branville McCartney
from the Cabinet has made
him wonder whether
democracy and freedom of
expression exist in the FNM.

In a statement issued to
The Tribune yesterday, the
PLP youth arm’s boss noted
that the FNM often prides
itself on being the party that
makes way for its younger
members.

“How sad it is that this
statement has the FNM eat-
ing its words due to the res-
ignation from ministerial
work of one its future lead-
ers: Branville McCartney. It
would be understandable if
the reason for the resigna-
tion was due to personal rea-
sons, but to actually have it
said that it was due to stag-
nation on behalf of the pow-
ers that be is atrocious,” he
said.

Mr Sargent said while the
FNM claims to have “test-
ed hands and proven lead-
ership” it seems that Mr
McCartney “slipped right
through the fingers of these
so-called tested hands like
so many other issues such as
crime and the economy.”

“How sad it is
that this state-
ment has the
FNM eating its
words due to
the resigna-
tion from min-
isterial work
of one its
future leaders:
Branville
McCartney.



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of a Minister or Minister of
State is always regrettable, he
could not say he was complete-
ly surprised by Mr McCartney’s
decision.

“Each of us in politics are
bound to follow what we
believe to be the best course of
action in the interest of the peo-
ple we are privileged to repre-
sent and in accordance with our
own convictions and percep-
tions at any given time. I have
no doubt that Mr McCartney,
as he indicates, has given seri-
ous consideration to the action
he has taken.

“T regret that in the forefront
of his considerations leading to
this decision are, as he put it,
‘my feelings of stagnation and
the inability to fully utilise my
political potential at this time’.
I should only like to remind
him of what he himself says in
his press release, which is ‘that
in life nothing comes before its
time’.

“T thank Mr McCartney for
his service to the Bahamian
people and to my government.
My colleagues and I look for-
ward to working closely with
him in the best interest of the
people of the Bamboo Town
Constituency and the country
as a whole,” he said.



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If a Haitian wasn’t there, it didn’t happen

ALTHOUGH Bamboo Town MP
Branville McCartney went to great lengths to
express his loyalty to Prime Minister Ingra-
ham on resigning from the Cabinet, and to
explain that the main reason for his return-
ing to the back bench was a feeling of “stag-
nation and the inability to fully utilise his
political potential at this time,” Bahamians
are not satisfied. They want a more com-
plex explanation.

Mr McCartney said that the factors that
motivated his decision to leave the Ingra-
ham Cabinet — but not his Bamboo con-
stituency — ran “the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more compelling than
others.”

However, the silence imposed on Cabinet
ministers and the idea of collective respon-
sibility for decisions taken were the straws
that broke his camel’s back.

This explanation was not good enough for
many Bahamians — the story was not plau-
sible unless there was a Haitian somewhere
in the mix. It reminded us of a lifetime ago
when studying American history and reading
of a mini-skirmish in Boston square on
March 5, 1770. The skirmish, involving a
few British soldiers defending a sentry who
was being harassed by some town folk, has
gone down in history as the “Boston Mas-
sacre.” Shots were fired killing three per-
sons and wounding two others who later
died. Crispin Attucks, an escaped slave, was
one of the dead. He was recorded as the
first black to fall in the American revolu-
tion. On reading this a fellow student chuck-
led: “Well you should’ve known — nothing
ever happens unless Cuffy was there!”

And so it is with the Haitians in the
Bahamas. Nothing bad seems to happen
unless a Haitian is at the root of the evil.

Crime is escalating — blame the Haitian.
The hospital is overcrowded — Haitian
women have too many babies. The schools
are full — too many Haitian children, study-
ing harder than Bahamians and taking the
top places in the classroom. The Bahamas is
being creolised and soon Haitians will take
over our country. And so the litany of com-
plaints against the Haitians escalates.

In some quarters the hatred being stirred
up against these people is starting to sound
like Hitler’s hate campaign in Nazi Ger-
many, which resulted in the deaths of six
million Jews. All of Hitler’s personal miseries
— and later the world’s evils — were laid at
the feet of the Jews. Hitler eventually saw it
as his duty to cleanse the German race of
their influence.

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Prime Minister Ingraham and Mr McCart-
ney are at loggerheads as to the final solution
for the Haitian problem. It is claimed that
Mr McCartney as Minister of State for Immi-
gration was determined to cleanse the
Bahamas of Haitians — we presume only
the illegal ones. However, so it is claimed, he
was crushed when Prime Minister Ingraham
announced, without consulting or inform-
ing him, that he had ordered the temporary
release of all Haitians from the Detention
Centre after an earthquake had pulverised
Port-au-Prince, making their repatriation
impossible. In releasing them from deten-
tion, Mr Ingraham had made the same deci-
sion as had the Americans, and other world
leaders. To have done otherwise would not
only have been unchristian, but would have
isolated the Bahamas as a pariah in our
hemisphere. And so, once again the Haitian
is to blame. This, say the chatter-box pundits,
is what hastened Mr McCartney’s Cabinet
departure.

We all know — as do the Haitians who
have lived here for many years and been
assimilated in our society — that the
Bahamas cannot accommodate anymore
Haitian immigrants. We all know that there
has to be a solution to the overcrowding in
our inner cities, but to blame all of our prob-
lems, especially crime, on the Haitians is
not only unfair, but untrue.

To confirm our beliefs we spoke yester-
day with Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston
Rahming who says that “crime is a Bahami-
an problem.” He said that 94 per cent of
the prison population are full-blooded
Bahamians — no trace of a Haitian in their
background.

Of late there has been a slight increase of
persons born here, who have Bahamian pass-
ports, but because of their parentage
describe themselves as Haitian-Bahamian.
These come mainly from Abaco. For exam-
ple, 10 persons were admitted to prison on
Monday — eight of them were full Bahami-
ans, two were Haitian-Bahamians, both from
Abaco.

Generally Haitians are arrested for drugs,
incest, causing grievous harm or carrying
arms, usually a cutlass, not a gun.

They have not been brought in for armed
robbery or murder — this is left to Bahami-
ans, and usually those let lose by the courts
on bail.

And, so, although Haitian immigration is
a problem, it is not our main problem. It is
about time Bahamians take responsibility
for their behaviour and realise that they are
their own worst enemy.





Deeply disturbed
by talk show host’s
passionate dislike
for Ingraham

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I was in Nassau on Thurs-
day, February 27, and I tuned
into Love 97 FM to listen at
the talk show hosted by Mr
Allen and I found the entire
show very amusing.

Mr Peet was the guest on
the show. A part of their dis-
cussion was about monies that
are reported to be owed. It
was clear that they were try-
ing to say that a party is not
responsible for any debts it is
only a candidate that can be
held responsible. Well blow
me down, I would like to
know why a party goes all out
to make sure that the voters
know a candidate is running
on a particular slate whether
it is FNM, PLP, BDM or
Workers Party. I firmly
believe that if one is running
on any party’s slate then that
party should be responsible
to see that any debts incurred
are paid.

I am deeply disturbed by
the trend that is being set
when Mr Allen is hosting
these shows because over the
past four to six months it has
been very obvious to me and
other listeners that the host
has a passionate dislike for
the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham.

I have known Mr Allen for
almost 30 years and I person-
ally know how he felt about
the PLP for a long time and it
is disturbing to hear him cut
off callers to the show if they
are saying something good
about the FNM and the Prime
Minister. His excuse that he
can’t let one caller take up
too much time is flimsy at best
because I have heard some

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callers that I have timed for 8
to 10 minutes it doesn’t mat-
ter as long as they are putting
down the FNM or the PM.
There is one such caller
known as “pauper” who he
at times will allow to call sev-
eral times a show and time
doesn’t seem to matter. Some
people should be very grateful
but then I guess I expect too
much.

On Thursday’s show there
was discussion about the
Chief Justice and his political
alliance, well it appears that
the political alliance of the
former Chief Justice was
okay. Well I wonder why and
I did not hear either of these
two men have anything to say
about someone being
appointed a few years ago
under circumstances which
left much to be desired, but
again it appears to be okay as
long as it is not the FNM that
is doing the appointing.

I also heard a bunch of
foolishness about the UBP.
Apparently it is all right if you
and your family were UBP
for many years just as long as
you switch and say that you
are now PLP, but it is not
okay if you were PLP and
switch to become FNM, not
UBP because they are no
more.

I could not believe it when
Theard Mr Peet say that all of
the violence in politics was
caused by FNMs and Mr

Allen sat there and did not
open his mouth to correct him
because there are thousands
of Bahamians who have heard
from many platforms what Mr
Allen had to say and who he
thought was responsible for
the violence in politics over
the past 25 to 30 years.

Private radio talk shows as
far as I know were allowed
by the FNM for the first time
in Bahamian history and you
are allowed to get on and say
what ever you feel like as long
as it is decent and not libel
but Iam sure that it was nev-
er intended to be dictatorial.
It was meant to be democrat-
ic where everyone got the
same chance to voice opin-
ions.

Mr Allen, I can tell you
from personal experience that
hatred will consume any
human being, I personally had
to ask God to help me over-
come this serious illness
because it was eating me up
inside and taking the joy out
of my life and I thank God
that he helped me to over-
come.

If this type of thing contin-
ues I will have no choice but
to ask all of my friends to stop
supporting programmes of
this nature and then maybe
there will be an awakening in
the radio media.

ABNER PINDER

Spanish Wells,

February 27, 2010.

P.S. Politics: A strife of
interests masquerading as a
contest of principles. The con-
duct of public affairs for pri-
vate advantage. —Ambrose
Bierce.

Election Court bills and who should pay them

EDITOR, The Tribune.

When we mere mortals are
involved in litigation a poten-
tial defendant can ask the
court to make an order for
security for costs against the
plaintiff. This is done in the
case where there is a signifi-
cant risk of defendants suf-
fering injustice of having to
defend proceedings with no
real prospect of recovering
their costs should they win.
Given the PLP party’s track
record when it comes to pay-
ing bills, why do they feel this
should not apply to them?

Their excuse for the party
not paying the election court
costs of 2007 was that the
action was brought by Pleas-
ant Bridgewater, not the par-
ty. I seem to remember the

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party having a distinct interest
in the outcome of that mat-
ter. As in the current election
court spectacle, they have said
it is not the party but the can-
didate who must fund the lit-
igation.

Yet again the PLP as a par-
ty were not silent during the
campaigning. Mr Pinder was-
n’t standing as an individual
running for the Elizabeth seat.
Mr Pinder ran as the candi-
date put forward by the PLP
and in the name of the party.
Was he not wearing a PLP
shirt, shouting to a PLP
crowd, being cheered by PLP
pom-pom waving voters and
endorsed by Mr Christie and
the party? Had he been the
clear victor the PLP, as a par-
ty, would have ensured we all
knew it.

It is interesting to note how
the PLP as a party which has
much to campaign, argue and
point fingers about during an

election, then withers from
the limelight when the ques-
tion of who pays the bills aris-
es. They simply try and pass
the buck. The party acts as
though it is above the law. It
acts as though the rules which
apply to the regular hard
working citizens don’t apply
to them.

The example they set is a
disgrace when struggling
Bahamians can’t find the
money to pay their water,
electricity, phone and other
bills. Yet find it and pay them
they do.

The position taken by the
PLP as a party begs the ques-
tion, how united is the party if
it doesn’t support its candi-
dates through the whole cam-
paign process; even if that
process takes them to court?

ACID PEN
Nassau,
February, 2010.

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I have waited to hear whether Mr Christie or someone in the
party would condemn the hitting of the Deputy Prime Minister
by a PLP supporter.

Mr Christie can yell and shout when he wants to, yet he has
not condemned this action. What kind of a person or leader can-
not see that it is wrong to condone such behaviour? Would he
have been silent if someone had slapped his former DPM,
Mrs Pratt? No wonder children are misbehaving in public
schools, and think it is all right.
















Serious inquiries only please

VOTER
Nassau,
February 23, 2010.

AYER CRCeg TH

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

TUT Tey

EDITOR, The Tribune.



(a) ALANNAH LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March
1, 2010 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

On my last visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros, I was appalled
to learn that a certain police officer has been driving his car
unlicensed since April 2009.

There appears to be little or no regard paid to this matter
as the officer can be seen jetting around the island in his
vehicle without a care in the world, while the jobless sacrifice
the little that they have to ensure that they operate within
the law.

How then can this officer enforce the law which he him-
self does not follow? What a sad state of affairs considering
the already shocking home invasion and robbery that dis-
rupted the peace and tranquility of that quaint island com-
munity.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd.
of 2nd Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named
Company are required on or before the 15th day of April,
2010 to send their names and addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such debts are proved.




March 3, 2010

ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

C. ANDRE FOX
Nassau,
March 1, 2009





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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



0 In brief

Former hank
manager charged
in shares scheme

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A FORMER bank manager
and a stock broker charged in
a scheme involving the pur-
chase and sale of Common-
wealth Bank shares were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
Court yesterday.

Wayde Bethel, 50, of South
Ocean, appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane, along
with Hiram Cox, 42, of Coral
Heights, formerly a senior
stock broker with Colina
Financial Advisors Limited
(now CFAL).

The two men were
arraigned on charges relative
to an alleged scheme over the
sale of stock options owned
by Commonwealth Bank Lim-
ited; in breach of the Securi-
ties Industry Act.

Bethel, a former manager
of Commonwealth Bank, East
Bay Street, has been charged
alone with dealing in securi-
ties.

It is alleged that between
November 2005 and February
2006, Bethel, not being a reg-
istered stockbroker, disposed
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.

Securities

Bethel and Cox also have
been charged together with
employing a scheme in con-
nection with the purchase of
securities.

Court dockets allege that
the two men employed a
scheme in connection with the
purchase of sureties with
intent to defraud another and
knowingly used the power of
attorney which purported to
convey an authority that it did
not possess, for the purchase
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.

The two men are also
charged with directly engag-
ing in an act in connection
with the sale of securities. It is
alleged that they sold securi-
ties owned by Commonwealth
Bank Ltd while purporting
that they belonged to another.

The men have been
charged with employing a
scheme in connection with the
sale of securities and omitting
a material fact in order to mis-
lead another.

It is alleged that they failed
to tell the purchasers of the
shares that the person selling
the shares was not the owner
of said shares.

Both men pleaded not
guilty to all charges at the
arraignment.

Attorney Rawson McDon-
ald, who represents Bethel,
told the court that his client
had no matters pending
before the courts and is a
banker by profession although
he now works in the time
share business.

Last November, Bethel lost
his appeal against his 2006 dis-
missal from Commonwealth
Bank.

Attorney Charles McKay,
who represents Cox, told the
court that his client is an
investment banker by profes-
sion.

Attorney Gavin Gaskin of
the Attorney General’s Office
did not object to them being
granted bail.

Bethel and Cox were grant-
ed bail in the sum of $50,000
each, with two sureties. The
case has been set for trial on
September 27.

The Attorney General’s
Office is expected to prose-
cute the case.

Prosecutors yesterday
declined to comment on how
much money was involved in
the alleged stock dealing
scheme, but noted that it was
a significant amount.

Teen charged with
possessing weapons
and ammunition

A 18-year-old man charged
with weapons and ammuni-
tion possession was granted
bail in the sum of $10,000 yes-
terday by a Magistrate’s
Court.

Treverse Robinson is
charged with being found in
possession of a black and sil-
ver .25mm Beretta handgun
and three .25 mm bullets on
February 28.

The accused, who was
arraigned on the charges
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell, pleaded not guilty.

The case has been
adjourned to September 23.

Miracle Landscaping and General Maintenance owner takes Frank Smith to task

Contractor fires broadside at
MP in ‘cronyism’ controversy

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

LOCAL contractor Clement Chea yes-
terday blasted St Thomas More MP Frank
Smith for suggesting that his company was
chosen for a government contract because
he is an "FNM crony."

The married father-of-four said he fears
his home will now attract thieves who will
assume he is the beneficiary of lucrative
government contracts instead of an entre-
preneur trying to make ends meet.

He is also worried that the reputation of
his nearly two-year-old business will be neg-
atively affected by any perceived alliance
with the FNM.

Mr Chea, owner of Miracle Landscap-
ing and General Maintenance, said: “I am
not a political operative or politically moti-
vated. Mr Smith is making claims about me
making this $377,000 like I got this kind of
money laying up in my house.

“That kind of money might have been
in my account at one point but was paid



out to various compa-
nies and more than 20
employees over two
years."

Mr Chea denies he
ever had a contract
with the Department
of Environmental
Health, saying he was
simply one of many
contractors hired to
clean up Bain and
Grants Town from Hutchinson Street to
Hospital Lane, where he was responsible for
land clearing, the removal of derelict cars
and the demolition of abandoned homes
from November 2008 to January 2010.

The contractor also said that far from
being courted as a “crony”, he was actually
“turned around” for nearly two months
before he got the job and never met or
spoke to Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux or any other ministry big-wigs
before he was employed.

This comes after Mr Smith claimed in
the House of Assembly that the Free

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National Movement was awarding public
contracts to party "cronies" without public
tender. He also accused the Ministry of the
Environment of paying millions to local
companies for clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no consistent
practice of newspaper ads inviting tenders
or bids.”

Mr Smith claimed that more than a mil-
lion was paid out to "FNM operatives."

Also mentioning two other businesses,
Mr Smith said contractor Clement Chea
was paid more than $377,000 for "removal
of debris.”

When asked yesterday if he fears these
statements will negatively impact his busi-
ness, Mr Chea said: "I don't know if it
affects my reputation because my company
is relatively new but if I am looking to com-
pete with any major company, it makes
people wonder.

"T understand there are all kinds of
weapons you can use to fight political wars
but make sure your information is geared
towards the truth and not a statement that
makes people raise their eyebrows."



‘Preserve our
health and safety’

Homeowners call for dump to be closed

FIREFIGHTERS try to
control the fire in this
file photo.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

NEIGHBOURS of the
smouldering city dump are call-
ing for it to be closed to save
their health and safety.

Homeowners in the govern-
ment subdivision of Jubilee
Gardens hoped the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health’s sanitary landfill off
Tonique Darling-Williams
Highway would have been
closed and relocated when they
moved into the affordable
housing off Fire Trail Road.

Fires are not unusual at the
100-acre dump site and many
residents remember the March
2008 fire that ripped through
the pine forest barrier between
their homes and the dump and
spread into their backyards.

Although Minister of the
Environment Earl Deveaux has
apologised for the discomfort
and frustration caused by the
fire, mobilised $480,000 worth
of resources to extinguish it and
made plans to better manage
the dump in future, residents
want the site to be closed for
good. They see the landfill site
as a constant health and safety
hazard as well as a fire risk.

Jubilee Gardens mother of
four Maria Jenoure, 46, is con-
cerned that the toxic smoke fil-
tering into her home even when
the windows are kept closed
will harm her and her family.

“It’s wrong of government to
provide homes when the dump
is right there,” the Princess
Margaret Hospital laboratory
technician said. “Both political
parties said they were going to
do something about it and
somehow it’s never been done.

“T think everybody’s afraid

to touch it but it’s a situation
we just have to deal with. It is a
concern for everybody’s
health.”

Shelley Rolle, 26, said the
mound of waste that towers
over homes in Victoria Gar-
dens is more than an eye-sore.

As new developments spring
up in the area she is concerned
for the health of the burgeoning
communities.

“The area is getting so popu-
lated now and these fires keep
happening,” the Atlantis cock-
tail waitress said.

“It’s getting ridiculous. I am
glad to go to work just to get
out of here, and it shouldn’t be
like that. We should be com-
fortable in our homes.”

Others described how flies
swarm in the subdivisions dur-
ing the hot summers, and rats
scurry into the streets while the
stench of garbage hangs in the
alr.

Dread

Keturie Williams, 31, who
lives with his wife and mother
in Jubilee Gardens, said: “We
dread the summer; the flies
come in swarms and there will
be so many on the windowsill
you can hardly see the window.

“It would be best to move
that dump. I hope they can find
a solution.”

His mother Pleasant Gould,
78, agreed: “They should move
it if there is somewhere else to
put it. I am sure the govern-
ment can find somewhere.”

The relocation of the sani-
tary landfill site is also desired
by Jeremiah Jones whose home
backs onto the now sparse pine
forest and the dump.

“When you don’t have the
smoke, you have the smell,” the

Haitian/Bahamian solidarity forum

ANEW association is set
to hold a Haitian/Bahamian
solidarity forum in Nassau
tomorrow.

The Lambi Coalition,
established by several
human rights groups and
political activists, has invit-
ed a number of speakers
including Erin Greene, Bet-

OTe emilee



ty Godet, Mark Desmangles and Jah Blyden, to address the meet-
ing. The forum, entitled “What Does Haitian-Bahamian Solidar-
ity Mean to You?” will begin at 6.30pm at the Orion Academy on
East Street, next to the Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene.
Formed in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that dev-
astated Haiti on January 12, the Lambi Coalition was created to be
an African-led effort to build and nurture Haitian-Bahamian sol-
idarity. “Lambi” is the Creole word for “Conch” and has been cho-
sen given the conch shells’ long-standing association with the idea

of resistance for Africans.

A statement issued by the group explained that in 1791, when a
group of enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti launched their
struggle for freedom, they blew into the conch shell to rally other
Africans to the movement. In other parts of the world, the conch
shell has been used similarly by enslaved Africans.

In the short-term, the organisation seeks to play a role in pro-
viding relief for the earthquake victims. Toward this end, Lambi is
working along with other organisations to hold a benefit concert.
Canned goods, which will be collected at the gate instead of mon-
ey, will be delivered to reputable grass-roots organisations in

Haiti, the statement said.

Lambi’s long-term projects include working to bridge the gap
between the Creole and Anglophone communities in the Bahamas
by facilitating dialogue between these two groups. In addition, it
wants to work within the Creole community to raise awareness of
Bahamian immigration regulations and human rights norms; com-
bat anti-Haitian prejudices in the community, and push for
enhanced customer service and policy reform at the Department
of Immigration — including automatic Bahamian citizenship for chil-
dren born in the Bahamas. “Lambi will also work to educate the
wider community about the current political situation in Haiti
and will establish ties with grass-roots organisations in Haiti who
are working to restore democracy there,” the statement said.

30-year-old barber said.

“People want to know how
long we are going to have to
wait for them to really address
the problem. Are they going to
wait until people get sick? They
need to address the problem
long term.”

Mr Jones wants to see the
FNM government carry out
more efficient waste manage-
ment, recycling and convert



waste to energy. Concerned res-
idents of the area are encour-
aged to come out today at 4pm
for a meeting on Jubilee Gar-
dens Park to make government
aware of the concerns regarding
the dump site. Details of a long-
term plan for the sanitary land-
fill have been requested by The
Tribune, however, Minister
Deveaux did not respond
before press time yesterday.






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SIMEON HALL

A CALL for politicians and
lawyers to lead a fight to erad-
icate lawlessness has been
issued by New Covenant Bap-
tist Church pastor Bishop
Simeon Hall.

As murder suspects are
freed on bail and lawlessness
escalates, Bishop Hall said he
predicts Bahamians gripped
by fear and despair will turn
to vigilantism.

“We make a clarion and
urgent call on all leaders
throughout the country to
move quickly to seek a
greater response to the night-
mare of crime which engulfs
our land,” Bishop Hall said.

“The dark night of lawless-
ness must be met with laws
which are Draconian and
enforceable.

“While all sectors must par-
ticipate in this crusade, parlia-
mentarians and lawyers must
lead this fight.”

Bishop Hall argues that law
must remain at the forefront
of the crusade against crime in
the country.

“The courts, lawyers, mag-
istrates and judges must do
more to protect the innocent
in our society by ridding us of
persons who are intent on
destroying the civility we once
enjoyed,” he said.

“There is a powerful group
of persons who are benefiting
from crime and the change we
so badly need cannot be
expected to be initiated by
them,” Bishop Hall said.

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Bahamian drug trafficking
organisations are operating in
the Bahamas. The Dominican
Republic, Haiti and Jamaica
were also on the list, which was
included in a US international
narcotics control strategy
report, released by the US State
Department on Monday.

On the extradition front, that
report said this country's "over-
burdened" legal system is to
blame for delays in trials which
provide an opportunity for
those accused of serious crimes
to be released on bail.

"Despite the Bahamian gov-
ernment's strong commitment
to joint counter-narcotics
efforts and to extradite drug
traffickers to the US, the slow
movement of extradition

requests through the overbur-
dened Bahamian judicial sys-
tem is a source of concern,"
said the report.

"There have been credible
reports of subjects of US extra-
dition requests continuing to
participate in illegal drug smug-
gling activities while on bail
awaiting resolution of their cas-
es."

The report added that
despite Bahamian prosecutors’
vigorous pursuit of US extra-
dition requests defendants are
able to appeal a magistrate's
decision locally and at our ulti-
mate court of appeal, the Unit-
ed Kingdom's Privy Council.

"This process often adds
years to an extradition proce-

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Concern over extradition process

"

dure," said the report, which
noted that there are currently
51 US extradition requests
pending in the Bahamas and
encouraged the government to
increase the resources and man-
power available to prosecutors,
judges and magistrates.

The report also noted that
marijuana grown on family
islands and uninhabited cays
continues to plague local
authorities.

"There are no official esti-
mates of hectares of marijuana
under cultivation in the
Bahamas. (US) and host coun-
try enforcement agencies
believe Jamaican nationals are
involved in the cultivation of
marijuana on the Bahamas'

remote islands and cays, how-
ever only a fraction of the mar-
Juana seizures in 2009 were in
plant form. Most marijuana
loads were found concealed
aboard smuggling vessels or
stashed on sparsely populated
islands."

In terms of drug trafficking,
the report said that cocaine
enters the Bahamas through go-
fast boats, small commercial
freighters or small planes from
Jamaica, Hispaniola and
Venezuela.

US law enforcement say
sport fishing boats and pleasure
craft then transport this cocaine
from the Bahamas to Florida,
"blending into the legitimate
vessel traffic that moves daily
between these locations."

US officials estimates that
this accounts for five per cent of

the cocaine flow into America.

Larger boats transport mari-
juana from Jamaica into the
Bahamas and then into the US,
in a similar manner as cocaine,
the report said.

The report noted that the
Bahamian authorities seized
1,823 metric tons of cocaine and
almost 11 metric tons of mari-
juana from January to October,
2009. The Drug Enforcement




Unit (DEV) arrested over
1,000 persons on related
offences and seized more than
$4 million in cash.

From January to October
2009, the Barack Obama
administration and Bahamian
law enforcement assets inter-
dicted seven vessels and dis-
rupted many attempts to smug-
gle illicit drugs into the
Bahamas, said the report.

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However, according to Mr McCartney, he has
always supported the FNM’s candidate in Eliza-
beth and any suggestion otherwise is completely
ridiculous. Further to that, he added that if he
did not support Dr Sands he would not have cam-
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tance at a town meeting on Grand Bahama.

A large crowd turned out at the Rand
Nature Centre, where the Mellors tried to
convince people that their plans to establish
a tuna farm would be a “fantastic” venture
for the Bahamas.

However, environmentalist and conser-
vation experts and some local fishermen dis-
agree, warning that purse seining, if permit-
ted, would wipe out tuna as well as other
fish species caught as by-catch in purse seine
nets.

Pericles Maillis, Bahamas National Trust
(BNT) executive member, Dr David Philip
of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation,
and Craig Riker, President of the Grand
Bahama Scuba Dive Association, attended
the meeting.

A commercial fishing vessel has already
been acquired by the Mellors, who are active-
ly seeking investors for their venture, known
as the Bahamas Pelagic Aquaculture Tuna
Programme, which will also include the
establishment of a tuna farm.

Although the Mellors claim to have
received written support from the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources, Mr Mail-
lis said it must be a “bad mistake.”

He noted that the Government has
already given its assurance to the Trust that
it will not happen.

“This purse seine offends the very soul of
the Bahamian people and the conservation

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ethic that we have been working to achieve,
with the support of the Government all these
years,” Mr Maillis said.

“Whoever they have spoken with has
made a bad mistake in not coming to the
Trust, and bringing this out in the open.”

Mr Maillis said the Trust is opposed to
mass fishing methods such as purse seine
nets.

He noted that the sports fishing and sec-
ond home tourism sector, which pumps mil-
lions into the Bahamian economy every year,
would be severely impacted.

“Yes, they take some fish, but that is a
drop in the bucket compared to purse seine
which is going to take 40,000 pounds at a
time.

“That is more than all the recreational
tuna caught in the Bahamas in one haul, we
don’t want that,” he said.

David Mellor said their venture will create
many jobs, attract university researchers and
scientists, and provide all Bahamians access
to fresh tuna, which has never been done.

“Tuna is a natural resource that is right off-
shore that we have not exploited. If we do it
correctly, Tuna Aquaculture is a win, win for
the Bahamas.

Tuna Aquaculture is a means to increase
tuna industry efficiency while reducing tuna
species exploitation.

Mr Mellor claims the yellow fin tuna can-

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not be over-fished. “They are multiple
spawners, spawning 46 times a year,” he
explained.

He said they will take their vessels some
five to 25 miles off shore and drop purse
seine in 300ft of water. The cages that will be
used in the operation are able to withstand
Category 5 hurricane conditions.

Mr Mellor said they want to educate all
Bahamians about their Pelagic Aquaculture
Tuna Programme.

“We came into what we knew was going to
be a hostile crowd and looking around it is
mainly the ‘Conchy Joes,’ the white Bahami-
ans, but we want to educate all Bahamians
and once we educate all Bahamians we
believe they will be on our side,” he said.

“We honestly believe this is going to be
fantastic for the Bahamas. We should not
shut this down. We have spoken with the
government but it has not been passed, it is
being proposed and the government was
misinformed about what is going on, and
now they are being informed and they are
looking at the whole subject of Aquaculture
in a new light. It will be a wait and see.

“As Bahamians we truly believe in this
drearn. Yes, it is ambitious, but it will happen
here in the Bahamas and we are hoping it
will happen in the near future,” he said.

Although there were a few supporters,
the overwhelming majority of persons were
opposed to the venture. Several Bahamian
fishermen were opposed to it.

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not “working hard enough” is nothing more than
a vicious lie.

“T said publicly on radio my support for Dr
Sands. I said that Dr Sands is the best man for the
job. My record will speak for itself. You can ask
people who campaigned with me,” he said.

To Mr McCartney’s credit, the MP did note in
his resignation letter that he had withheld making this announce-
ment until after the by-election so that it would not hurt the party’s
chances in Elizabeth.

Reiterating this point, the Bamboo Town MP said he could
not possibly be blamed for what happened in Elizabeth as all indi-
cators were revealing that the election was going to be a “close
race.”

In fact, other sources within the party have suggested that it was
the Prime Minister’s change in Immigration policy following the
earthquake in Haiti that caused the party a number of voters who
decided not to show up at the polls.

However, Mr McCartney would not respond to this aspect and
maintained that he will be focusing his attention on the affairs of his
constituency at this time.

He did say, however, that he remains of the view that if he
were to make a push for the leadership of the FNM at some later
date, his resignation from the Cabinet of the Bahamas would not
be held against him.

“T acted on my personal convictions. And when you act on that
you are doing what is right. And when you are doing what is right,
how can that hurt you?

“T have not resigned from the party or from my constituency. I
intend now to even speak more on other national issues without
Cabinet collective responsibility,” he said.

As such, the MP said that he will continue to champion the
cause of the Bahamian people at large on national issues which will
range from Immigration to crime, to land security and border
protection.





































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Freeport man charged with assault, causing damage and harm sentenced to three years

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

A FREEPORT man was sen-
tenced to three years in prison after
being convicted of various offences
in the Magistrate’s Court.

Odrick Bartlett, 23, appeared in
Court One before Magistrate Deb-
bye Ferguson on Monday on charges
of assault with a dangerous instru-
ment, causing damage and causing
harm in relation to a complaint made
on January 26, 2010.

Bartlett is accused of causing harm

to the complainant and causing dam-
age to the person’s vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to the charges
and was convicted and sentenced to
one year on each count to run con-
secutively.

In his second arraignment, Bartlett
appeared in Court 2 before Magis-

trate Andrew Forbes, where he
pleaded guilty to the charges of caus-
ing harm, assault with a deadly
instrument, and threats of death.

It was alleged that he caused harm
to a 29-year-old man of Beacons-
field on February 26, 2010. He was
sentenced to six months in prison.

It is further alleged that he assault-
ed and made threats of death to a 59-
year-old woman of Sierra Leon Dri-
ve on January 29, 2010. He was sen-
tenced to two years in prison for the
offence.

All of the sentences are to run
concurrently.

IDB opens business competition
to Bahamas and wider Caribbean

THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation
has encouraged Bahamians to advance
their business ideas through an Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank (IDB) initiative
designed to empower lower-income com-
munities throughout the Caribbean.

The initiative is a business plan compe-
tition that specifically looks to directly ben-
efit lower income communities through
linkages with the tourism sector.

Individuals in the Bahamas and other
Caribbean countries are being asked to
send executive summaries for businesses
to the Opportunities for the Majority Office
of the IDB.

The best entries will be selected for
development into business plans, which

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INTELLIGENT AND EAGER TO PLEASE: Golden Retrievers will be a star attraction at the dog show.

i Annual All Breed and Obedience Show set
for March 20 weekend at Botanical Gardens

THE Bahamas Kennel Club
is hosting free handling classes
for dogs and their owners on
March 7 and 14 at the Botanical
Gardens at 3pm ahead of its

will be evaluated to find the competition’s
winner. “The objective of the competition
is to create mutually beneficial links
between the local economy and the tourism
sector through innovative business models
that include the majority (ow income com-
munities) as suppliers and distributors in
the value chains of companies engaged in
tourism so that a larger part of the wealth
generated directly benefits the community,”
said the competition invitation from the
IDB.

The invitation also set out the competi-
tion deadlines:

April 9, 2010 — Deadline for submitting a
three-page executive summary of entrant’s
project and a one-page company outline.



April 12 —- 24 - A panel of judges selects
the 10 most promising projects for further
development. May 3 - June 25 — Chosen
applicants continue to develop their exec-
utive summaries into business plans. Prior
to this, they will attend a workshop that
will give additional instructions.

July 23 — Finalists present their business
plans to a panel of independent judges and
up to three companies awarded consultan-
cy services.

The competition is open to the Bahamas,
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago. Entries should be
sent in PDF format to om-idb@iadb.org.
Further information may be obtained at
http://www.majoritymarkets.org.

© In brief

band was the beneficiary of
the proceeds from the annu-
al Epiphany Organ Recital
given by Dr Sparkman Fer-
guson at Christ Church
Cathedral. The 60-minute
organ recital brought out an
audience of 300.

The presentation of the
17 new instruments took
place on last Thursday fol-
lowing the school’s morning
mass. The school’s principal
Valencia Saunders and
music teacher Cathy Jir-
jahlke thanked Dr Ferguson
for the new instruments and
vowed to create a solid
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Rising sea levels and their
threat to our coastline

‘2 TOUGH CALL

ARGUABLY, our most
valuable national asset is the
shoreline — the transition zone
between land and sea that sur-
rounds our islands. So we
should all be acutely aware of
what is happening to the coast
that could affect our invest-
ments and quality of life.

Over the millennia, shore-
lines have advanced and
retreated as sea levels rose or
fell over a range of some 500
feet. The difference today is
that there are now millions of
people living on densely devel-
oped shorelines around the
world, so even a relatively small
change in sea level can have a
big impact.

Sea levels have been rising
since the end of the last ice age,
about 10,000 years ago. Mea-
surements from around the
world show a rise of almost 20
centimeters since 1880 — about
eight inches — and if this grad-
ual pace continues, we can
expect a rise of another foot
above current sea level by the
end of this century.

That's right in the middle of
the range projected by the
UN's Intergovernmental Pan-
el on Climate Change (IPCC)
in 2007. But unfortunately, the
rise won't be constant. In fact,
scientists say the rate of
increase is accelerating as the
world gets warmer, and they
are not sure how long the ice
sheets on land will survive.

In 2007 the IPCC did not
factor melting ice sheets into
their projections. Their report
provided a conservative fore-
cast for sea level rise from ther-
mal expansion of the oceans



and from the melting of moun-
tain glaciers, but didn't assign
numbers to the contribution
from melting ice sheets because
of the uncertainties involved.

In the last century, sea level
rise was mostly due to thermal
expansion (if you heat 50 gal-
lons of water to 100 degrees
Fahrenheit you will have rough-
ly 51 gallons). But in recent
years, scientists have deter-
mined that the Greenland ice
sheet and the Arctic Ocean
pack ice are rapidly falling
apart. And the latest studies
show that the West Antarctica
ice sheet is also melting.

In fact, planners in Rhode
Island and Miami-Dade Coun-
ty have concluded that a mini-
mum of a three- to five-foot sea
level rise should be anticipat-
ed by 2100. A California report
assumes a possible 4.6-foot rise
by 2100, while the Dutch
assume a 2.5-foot rise by 2050
in the design of their tidal gates.
In the Bahamas, a three-foot
rise would affect 11 per cent of
our land area, without taking
account of storm surges. And
the World Bank says this would
lead to a 5 per cent loss in
GDP.

According to Dr Orrin
Pilkey, professor emeritus at
Duke University in North Car-
olina, "A number of studies

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LARRY SMITH

examining recent ice sheet
dynamics have suggested that
an increase of seven feet or
more is not only possible, but
likely. Certainly, no one should
be expecting less than a three-
foot rise in sea level this centu-

Pilkey is one of the world's
leading coastal geologists,
famous for his battles with the
US Army Corps of Engineers.
His recently published book,
The Rising Sea, co-written with
Rob Young, director of the
Programme for the Study of
Developed Shorelines, argues
that without thoughtful plan-
ning, the economic and human
consequences of sea level rise
will be disastrous.

"Governments and coastal
managers should assume the
inevitability of a seven-foot rise
in sea level," Pilkey says. "This
number is not a prediction. But
we believe that seven feet is the
most prudent, conservative
long-term planning guideline
for coastal cities and commu-
nities, especially for the siting of
major infrastructure.”

He is convinced that the
continued development of
many low-lying coastal areas —
including much of the US east
coast — is foolhardy and irre-
sponsible. In our region, Miami
and New Orleans will be heav-

ily impacted by sea level rise,
and it is clear that we face hard
and controversial choices,
including abandoning storm-
damaged property, changing
where and how we build, and
setting coastal management
policies that make sense.

This theme was taken up
recently by local coastal expert
Neil Sealey during a public
meeting at the Bahamas
National Trust. Sealey is a for-
mer lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas who has written
several textbooks on regional
geography. His talk focused on
climate change and beach ero-
sion in the Bahamas.

"Sea level rise by itself
won't destroy our beaches," he
said. "They simply retreat and
build up in a new position. The
problem arises when something
is done to the beach to stop it
adjusting. And our low-lying
land already floods during
storms, so we don't have to wait
for sea level rise to make the
right decisions."

Apart from their commer-
cial value (to tourism and fish-
eries), beaches and mangroves
protect the coast from flooding
and storm damage, so we
should do everything possible
to preserve them. But casuari-
nas, seawalls, roads and other
structures along the shore pro-
mote erosion and should be
removed wherever possible,
Sealey said.

"Seawalls scour beaches and
eventually get undermined, so
they have to be rebuilt at more
cost," he said. "Beach replen-
ishment is similarly costly and
temporary. If we study the con-

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sequences of shoreline infra-
structure, the clear lesson is —
don't build along the shore.
This is a critical problem for
the Bahamas. We need to
restore dunes and wetlands,
create buffer zones along the
coast, remove invasives and
monitor developments as they
proceed.”

He called for the Bahamas
to set up a regime to govern
shoreline conservation and
development throughout the
islands as Barbados did some
15 years ago. And the new
Planning and Subdivision Bill
that is expected to become law
this summer does contain some
protections along these lines.

Specifically, it prohibits con-
struction within "significant
wildlife habitat, wetland, wood-
land or area of natural or sci-
entific interest; significant cor-
ridor, coastline or shoreline of
the ocean or a lake; or signifi-
cant natural corridor, feature
or area." It also designates
areas that should not be devel-
oped, for reasons of "flooding,
erosion, subsidence, instability,
conservation or other environ-
mental considerations."

But in the Bahamas, the
consequences of sea level rise
extend far beyond the shore
and are a complex problem,
especially where infrastructure
is concerned.

For example, the Lynden
Pindling airport now being
redeveloped at great expense
will flood as the water table ris-
es in response to higher sea lev-
el. The College of the Bahamas
in Oakes Field is barely a foot
above sea level and already
floods when it rains, so this will
only get worse. In fact, experts
say that inland inundation and
salinisation will become huge
issues because our groundwater
is tidal and directly linked to
sea level.

And of course, these fore-
casts do not take account of
storm surges or other coastal
effects. So they give only a par-
tial picture of vulnerability.
The message for decision mak-
ers is that sea level rise is real
and will only get worse.

The more pessimistic fore-
casts point out that melting of
the West Antarctica ice sheet
will raise sea level by 16 feet,
while melting of the Greenland
ice sheet will add another 20
feet.

The question is, how long
will it take for this to happen? If
global warming continues
unabated, scientists fear we
could reach a tipping point that
would lead to a rapid loss of
ice.

The ramifications of a major
sea level rise are massive. Agri-

culture will be disrupted, water
supplies will turn salty, storms
and flood waters will reach fur-
ther inland, governments will
be disrupted and millions of
environmental refugees will be
created. For example, 15 mil-
lion people live at or below
three feet elevation in
Bangladesh alone.

But even if we ignore such
catastrophic predictions,
Bahamians will undoubtedly
feel the effects of sea level rise
in the next decades. According
to Pilkey, (writing for an Amer-
ican audience) we should pro-
hibit the construction of high-
rises and major infrastructure
in vulnerable areas. And we
should seek to relocate dam-
aged buildings and infrastruc-
ture away from these shorelines
rather than rebuilding in the
same place.

You may not know it, but
the Bahamas does have a
national climate change policy
which acknowledges our vul-
nerabilities (it was formulated
in 2005 and is available on the
BEST Commission website).
But it seems that this recogni-
tion is only just beginning to
percolate through the labyrinth
of government — otherwise,
why would we keep investing
millions to rebuild seawalls
around the country, among oth-
er contradictory practices.

Implementation of this poli-
cy rests heavily on the devel-
opment of a national land use
plan, something which is pre-
scribed by the new Planning
and Subdivision Bil.

The policy calls for a coastal
zone management authority,
adaptation strategies for agri-
culture, promotion of energy
efficiency, alternative fuels and
green vehicles, updating build-
ing codes and planning guide-
lines, working with insurers on
risk management, protecting
freshwater resources, forests
and other vital ecosystems, and
educating the public.

Interestingly, the policy
makes some of the same rec-
ommendations that Professor
Pilkey makes—we should
assess the feasibility of relocat-
ing vulnerable settlements and
infrastructure and prevent such
development in the future.
Meanwhile, Philip Weech, of
the BEST Commission, and
Arthur Rolle, of the Met
Office, are developing comput-
er models to better define the
impacts we can expect from sea
level rise and climate change.

What do you think?
Send comments to

larry@tribunemedia.net
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LOCAL NEWS

FROM page one

ment conducted to assess the impact of
the harbour dredging and Arawak Cay
extension.

The environmental review conclud-
ed Saunders Beach would not be neg-
atively impacted by the development
work, although there would be slight
alterations to tidal flows and wave
directions and direct loss of seagrasses,
sponges and small corals.

“Even though we warned that the
beach would slowly disappear, even
we are surprised at the deterioration in
six short months. The beach has erod-
ed three to four feet in certain areas
and rocks are now exposed where
there was sand a few months ago,”
said Jerome Fitzgerald, committee
chairman, at a press conference yes-
terday.

Mr Fitzgerald called for the resig-
nation of the Minister, who he said
has lost credibility over his handling of
the harbour dredging and container
port relocation. He said Saunders
Beach has been the best quality beach
for “regular Bahamians” for genera-
tions, based on the quality of sand and
water.

Minister Deveaux said the cover-
age of Mr Fitzgerald’s public relations

Beach erosion

effort equates to an exercise in pan-
dering to the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty senator’s ego. He claims Mr
Frtizgerald has a political agenda, as he
has publicly declared his ambition to
contest the member of parliament seat
for Marathon, currently occupied by
Mr Deveaux, in the next general elec-
tion.

“Mr Frtizgerald will have to find me
on the field of battle in Marathon to
win. I am going to concede the weath-
er has had an impact on the contour of
the beach and if you wait a few weeks
the same weather wave action will
bring the sand back,” said Mr
Deveaux, who visited the beach yes-
terday.

“The weather this year has been the
worst since the sixties, and the weath-
er this last couple of weeks has been
particularly bad. It has had a significant
impact on the entire northern shore
of the Bahamas. It has nothing to do
with Arawak Cay. It has to do with
long sustained wave action and the
relentless pounding of the sea,” said
Mr Deveaux, who pointed out Cab-
bage Beach, Jaws Beach, Caves Beach,
and several other beaches have suf-

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for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the erosion of the beach to com-
mittee members Ryan Pinder and Ricardo Smith.

fered similar effects.

Saunders Beach has eroded at the
most western end almost to the point of
fully exposing the break wall, at some
points. Withering roots from the casua-
rina trees, which formerly lined the
beach, can be seen intertwined with
the last mounds of sand. Rusted metal,
formerly buried beneath up to three

feet of sand are now exposed on the
shore line.

“Our purpose today is not to talk
about the port being moved to Arawak
Cay or that it should be at Southwest
New Providence. This is not political as
there is sufficient blame to be cast in
both directions. This is a plea, a cry
for help to save and preserve these

beaches. It is also, to make the public
aware and to demand that the govern-
ment call the experts to attend to both
beaches to limit or abate this erosion,”
said Paul Moss, who is also a commit-
tee member.

The Minister indicated the relent-
less wave activity that impacted Saun-
ders Beach, also resulted in the destruc-
tion of the break wall on the shore of
the Western Esplanade. He said a com-
pany was hired to repair the wall, but
was unable to pour concrete up to
three weeks into the contract, because
of poor weather conditions.

“The only permanent solution to
that kind of natural occurrence is to
put whale tales in the water and have
constant human interaction. Coastal
engineers generally design impedi-
ments to shape the waves as they come
to the shore and direct the sand and
coastal activity to form the beach in a
particular direction. This can be com-
plemented with dune stabilisation and
the proper planting of vegetation like
sea grapes, button wood, sea purslane,
sea oats and railroad vine,” said the
Minister.

Once the inland construction is com-
pleted, the sand dune stabilisation
activity will commence with the plant-
ing of supportive vegetation, according
to the Minister.

FROM page one

macists say they have been
waiting on the necessary infor-
mation to determine whether
the plan makes sound business
sense.

The number of actual con-
tracts the NIB will secure with
private pharmacies is still up in
the air, but there may be hope
in sight. The draft contract,
freshly vetted by the attorney
general’s office, was circulated
to the BPA yesterday.

Although the file format in
which it was received was not
conducive to proper editing,
according to the BPA, it was a
step forward in the process.
They requested a more user
friendly version to distribute to
members.

Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis had a meeting sched-
uled with the BPA yesterday,
but he had to cancel due to an
infirmity. However, it was
rescheduled for today. The
BPA is waiting for a meeting
to be called with the NIB. They
plan to meet next week with
members and open an invita-
tion to the NIB.

“The NIB is producing a
business plan. It is a new way of
doing business for the pharma-
cies. Every individual business
person in the association will
make a business decision about
whether the plan works for
them and whether they want to
sign on. At the end of the day it
is the individual business’s mon-
ey. It is a legal arrangement
with the NIB,” said Dr Marvin
Smith, president of the
Bahamas Pharmacy Associa-
tion (BPA).

According to Mr Smith, the
first time the BPA was
approached as a body to review
the NIB’s plan was January 14.
This was over one week after a
public relations firm, The

Drug plan

Counsellors Limited, was con-
tracted to start marketing the
plan.

This may not have been the
most prudent move, according
to some pharmacists.

A pharmacist, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said
the publicity campaign was suc-
cessful to the point that cus-
tomers at private pharmacies
started to ask questions, but a
bit premature, because phar-
macy owners had no answers.
Customers are reportedly con-
fused that the pharmacies know
little of the specific details.

“Tt is aggravating. It is not so
much we want to rush the NIB,
we want the information when
it is ready, but there is sort of
this dichotomy that these two
actions are diametrically
opposed to each other. You are
saying to major stakeholders
we don’t have the information,
but everything in the public, the
media is we are ready, we are
ready, we are ready,” said Mr
Smith.

NIB Director Algernon
Cargill disputes ever saying the
plan was ready to go. He said
the NIB worked around the
clock to get the necessary and
requested information together
for pharmacists.

“Whether they say it directly,
it is implied. If they are on
radio, TV and newspaper all
the time, the implication is we
are ready. You don’t have to
come out and say we are ready.
If you are out there saying, it is
coming, it is coming, we are
prepared, then (the public) will
assume we are ready,” said Mr
Smith.

Mr Cargill said the NIB
recognises information for the
pharmacists has been delayed,
however it was not because

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they were hiding the informa-
tion or not being forthcoming;
the information simply was not
ready up until this point.

“T think we should also
recognise the information we
have now developed has
required countless hours to pre-
pare. Now that we have put this
effort in, we feel now we can
have a productive meeting,” he
said.

The NIB maintains public
relations has focused on phase
one of the process, which is
beneficiary registration. Over
35,000 subscribers are being
registered, while there are less
than 100 pharmacies to be reg-
istered.

“Beneficiary registration will
take several weeks and months
of work. It makes good busi-
ness sense to start beneficiary
registration as soon as possible.
That is called scheduling,” said
Mr Cargill.

Information disclosed about
the plan details the process for
beneficiaries. The plan will
allow NIB pensioners, invalids,
and Bahamians pursuing full-
time education under 25 years
old, to access free or discounted
medication for up to 11 differ-
ent chronic diseases by using a
NIB issued swipe card for use
in public and private pharma-
cies.

“To me, it is impossible to
have the customers enrolled if
















you have nowhere for them to
go,” said Mr Smith speaking
about the fact that no pharma-
cies have signed on to the plan
as yet, although several have
indicated to the NIB their
intention to be involved.

He said there may be more
beneficiaries to pharmacists,
but the process involved in get-
ting pharmacies up to speed is
much more extensive. He said
pharmacies have to deal with
issues related to an intake of
new stock, policies relating to
reimbursement of expired

stock, information technology
infrastructure to operate the
new swipe cards, space avail-
ability, maintaining separate
paper work for government and
NIB plan holders and non plan
holders, additional security for
staff to accommodate the
increase in customers.

“There is nothing in the new
regulations that will mandate
the private pharmacies to sign
on. It is entirely voluntary. We
will certainly encourage them
to join the plan because the
benefits they will accrue are

‘I want to run for FNM’

FROM page one

However, despite this, the MP maintains that he came into
Bamboo Town as and FNM and he will leave Bamboo Town as an

FNM.

Having resigned from his Cabinet post over the weekend, Mr
McCartney said that he will now focus his time on his family and
the constituency of Bamboo Town, giving both the “representation
and support they need and deserve at this time.”

“My strengths will be invested in making them stronger. My
energy and ambition will hopefully lead to greater opportunities for
them. There have indeed been some very thrilling high points
along the way, one of which I am very proud to share with you
today. My wife Lisa, my daughters Kasia and Tai and I have wel-
comed a new member to our family, Lawrence Khail McCartney.

“The birth of each of our children has provided us unbounded
joy and emotion and a welcome reminder that life is more about the
moments than the occasions, and success in life depends on how
well you are able to determine and manage the order of your pri-
orities — by the acceleration of some, the abeyance of others and
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great from the increased num-
ber of patrons who would nor-
mally patronise the clinics or
public hospital pharmacy sys-
tem,” said Mr Cargill.

“The plan will go through
with or without the support of
the majority of private phar-
macies. We would want the
majority to participate but not
everyone will sign on. It will be
a lot more successful if we have
the majority of pharmacies to
be involved,” he said.

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Annual luncheon
for Retired Police
Officers Association

SCORES of courageous men and women
who dedicated years of service to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force gathered to celebrate
with their former colleagues at the Retired
Police Officers Association's annual lun-
cheon.

Held at the hall of Christ the King Church
in Ridgeland Park West, the event honoured
retired officers for their tremendous service
to the country, treating them to a generous

lunch and entertainment.

Association President Grafton Ifill hosted
the event.

The association, formed in 2004, was
established under RBPF retired Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson.

The group advocates for benefits for
retired officers including discounts at local
stores and increased national insurance ben-
efits.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

TWO Americans still

jailed on kidnapping charges

in Haiti will have to wait for
their freedom. The judge
says he's not ready to
release his decision after
holding a final hearing,
according to Associated
Press.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil
tells The Associated Press
he is consulting with prose-
cutors on the charges against
Laura Silsby and Charisa
Coulter.

Saint-Vil earlier said he
would probably order their
release after Tuesday's hear-
ing.

The two missionaries

seemed in good spirits
before they were taken back
to jail. They were visited by
U.S. Embassy personnel.
Saint- Vil previously freed
eight other Americans
detained with the pair for
trying to take 33 children
out of Haiti without proper
papers after the country’s
devastating earthquake.

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

ank Franks’ Fun
House, the newest spot

for tasty grilled home-
made hot dogs, is located in
the peaceful serene vicinity
of Wilton Street off Mount
Royal Avenue.

It’s a location one may miss if
not in the know, but a spot you’re
sure to return to again and again
once you’ve had just one bite of
their delicious hot dogs.



Variety on a bun is what Hank
Franks’ offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar cheese
and sautéed onions, to the unusual
but delicious cole slaw hot dog.

Or try another interesting idea-
the breakfast hot dog made with
golden fried eggs.

To accompany your hot dogs, the
staff literally will crank out home-
made French fries, using a potato
slicer right in front of your eyes.

When Craig Ferguson, owner of
Hank Franks’ Fun House decided
to open this snack spot he aimed
for something brand new and fresh.





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VARIETY on a bun is what Hank
Franks’ offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar
cheese and sautéed onions, to
the unusual but delicious cole
slaw hot dog.

He did not just want to open a hot
dog diner, he wanted a spot that
will keep patrons coming back.

“The fact that we are at a Sta-
tioned location makes it easier for
people to patronise the diner,” he
said.

What sets Hank Franks’ apart
from the other hot dog snack spots
is the fact that their hot dogs are
grilled and their variety of top-
pings.

“We are the only spot that serves
grilled hot dogs and our bread is
ordered fresh everyday,” he said.

“One can also get a good deal
with us. You can get a hot dog with
fries and drink for a reasonable
price,” he added.

Nothing beats a hot dog when it
comes to a quick lunch.

“If a person has only half an
hour for lunch, the only amount
of time that we need is five min-
utes. And when you think about
it one gets value for their meal at
Hank Franks’,” Mr Ferguson told
Tribune Taste.

Hank Franks opened in Janu-
ary and has enjoyed an excellent
reception from the community.

“Every month is much better
than the previous. As people
become familiar with Hank
Franks’ they begin to come to our
spot more often. And everyone
who has had Hank Franks’ hot dog
shares the experience with others,”
he said.

As their business continue to
grows, Mr Ferguson said that they
intend to branch off, opening
another location for the diner.

“We want a much more central
location so that we can make Hank
Franks’ known to all,” he said.



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raise money for the dam-
aged orphanages in Haiti at
an art exhibit , Thursday,
March 4, at 5.30pm-10pm
at the Nassau Yacht Club.
Contact Donna Knowles
at: 393 5132.

* ROTARY CLUB OF

NASSAU BIATHLON
The Rotary Club of Nassau
hosts a 4 mile bike/6.6 run
biathlon, Saturday, March
6, 7am at Goodman's Bay.
Registration begins
6.30am. Enter a two-person
team with one biker and
one runner, do both seg-
ments, or just walk. This
event also includes a health
booth and souse out. All
proceeds in aid of Rotary
Club charities. See
www.rotarynassau.com

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ART CLASSES -
SESSION ONE

Popop Studios began their
first session of art classes,
last Monday, March 1-end-
ing March 27, 2010. Class-
es in art therapy, figure
painting, and workshops in
sculpture and photogra-
phy-taking, and jewelry-
making classes are avail-
able. The second cycle of
courses start on the first
Saturday after the Easter
Holidays.

Mark Redgrave, Katrina
Cartwright, Nadia Camp-
bell, Heino Schmid, and
Duke Wells are facilitators
of the classes at Popop Stu-
dios Center for the Visual
Arts. Cost is $150. Space
limited. T: 322-7834. See
www.popopstudios.com

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MAKING MONDAYS

This program, started
March 1, runs through
April 5, and gives young
persons an in-depth look at
business ownership. For six
consecutive Mondays,
6:30pm-9pm at Planet Play,
attendees enjoy a night
jam-packed with activities,
money lessons, games,
competitions and special
lectures. Cost: $260/per
teen. T: 376-9449. E:
info@creativewealthba-
hamas.com

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FAIR 2010

The Bahamas Red Cross
Society holds its annual
fair, Saturday, March 6 @
12 pm in the Lower Gar-
dens, Government House
Grounds. Enjoy a fun-filled
day of family entertain-
ment complete with pop-
corn, conch fritters, hoopla,
hamburgers, bingo, disco,
game and so much more!
Tickets at the gates.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
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HEN Yasmine John-
son and Greg
Wilkinson step into
the lobby of their workplace
_each morning, they often con-
sider how they can take Mari-
_o’s Entertainment and Bowling
Palace to the next level, main-
taining its wow factor and cut-
_ting edge appeal.
| The $10 million bowling facility,
next to Robin Hood in the Summer
Winds Plaza, is an entertainment cen-
_ tre catering to toddlers, teenyboppers,
grownups, church goers and senior cit-
izens, that stirs up the feeling of being
in a Las Vegas hotel, Chuck EB’
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To have a facility of its kind, on par
with similar ones in the United States
is “phenomenal,” a representative
from the American Bowling Associa-
tion told executives of Mario’s Bowl-
ing last month.

Mario’s exceeded this man’s expec-
tations, as he said it had “enough val-
ue to surpass most of its world class
counterparts in elegance and appear-
ance.”

To Yasmine Johnson, daughter of
Leslie Miller, and director of market-
ing and public relations, this is good
news, and enough reason why “we
should be able to take it to another
level.”

And the brainchild behind the
design for the entertainment facility
agrees. Greg Wilkinson said,“We
wanted to create an environment
where people know that they are com-
ing to a nice place. People are con-
trolled in the environment that they
are placed in.”

A panoramic view of Mario’s Bowl-
ing and Entertainment Palace at the
entrance is enough to take your breath
away. The colors are intentionally
calming and soothing to the mind, said
Mr Wilkinson. It represents some-
thing of an art deco feel, very modern
and posh.

US Bowling who designs the lanes
for the Lucky Strike Lanes franchise in
the United States outfitted Mario’s
main attraction, 50 bowling lanes.
There are 26 lanes on one side, and 24

SEE page 11

Avante Guarden rocks the Bahamian music scene

_ By JEFFARAH GIBSON
_ Tribune Features Writer

THE diversity of the music industry
| in the Bahamas is present in a new
local band “Avante Guarden”, whose
| music is not the upbeat rhythms of
| reggae, or the soothing timbre of
| rhythm and blues, but instead is the
rotund drumming, heavy guitar riffs,
_ and lush vocals of hard rock.
As the new Bahamian hard rock
band, the five member group is offi-
| cially introducing themselves and their
| music to the local audience.

Each member of AG completes the
| puzzle, bringing together every piece
_ necessary for a successful emergence.

Their music is not the usual fare
played on the local radio stations, it’s
| different and that is what Avante
| Guarden exemplifies.

Representing their breakaway from
| music typically heard by Bahamian

listeners is "Almost Home", the
| band's first album expected to debut
| this month.

There are a total of nine tracks on
| the album. And amongst the ringing
melodies hes beautiful passages
birthed from the mind and spoken
| from the heart.

Their music is beyond the surface,

and while there are songs that one can
| groove to, their songs are thought pro-
| voking and heartfelt.

"This is what AG is about, making
| beautiful music, music that one can
| relate to. We try to make the best
| music that we can," Vallon Thomp-
| son guitarist and song writer for

Avante Guarden told Tribune Enter-
tainment.

All of the songs on the album are
original compositions by the band.

The majority of the songs on
“Almost Home” were written by Val-
lon. Lead singer Jaynedoh wrote one
of the peices.

“Vallon is so good at what he does.
His lyrics are just beautiful because
he takes it to another level. He’s has
some of the best work,” Jaynedoh
said.

“Brave and New” is one of the
songs on the album that typifies a
thoughtful piece of work and is a trib-
ute to human “beingness” Vallon said.

“This song is about recognising that
even though we as human beings are
different, we are still the same. Show
me the difference within us and I can
show you a thousand things the same.
It’s more of breaking down those bar-
riers that hinder us from being the
people that we are when no one is
looking,” he explained.

Their music is already beginning to
reach many, since they are slowly
building a supportive fan base here in
the Bahamas.

“We have a number of AG sup-
porters, and our fan base is continuing
to grow. There are some hard-core
rappers who are fans of our band.
They are at almost every one of our
performances,” Jaynedoh said.

And even thought their growing fan
base is an encouragement, both Vallon
and Jaynedoh admit that it is difficult
to be an emerging hard rock band in
the Bahamas.

And after they have left their
imprints on the music industry in the
Bahamas, they are setting their sights
on the international music world.

“We want to take our music to the



BAHAMIAN hard rock band Avante Guarden performs on stage.

world. But before we do that we want
to gain the respect of our fellow
Bahamians,” Vallon said.

It took a while for Avante Guarden
to fully establish themselves as a hard
rock band, since it was a hassle finding
the right person with the right voice.

Once Vallon, who in fact started
the band, found those pieces, he knew
Avante Guarden would be a force to
be reckoned with in the music indus-
try.

"There were many experimental
compositions to fine tune the sound of
AG and there were many singers. AG
went through about no less than six
vocalists in its initial stages seeking

Mr J on the money we want

_ By JEFFARAH GIBSON
| Tribune Features Writer

LOCAL Bahamian artists are
spreading their wings, and making
their imprints on the international
music scene. And Bahamian Reggae
artist Gesner “Mr J” Dalmond is no
different since he recently collaborat-
ed with Canadian gospel artist DJ
Evangelist on his new song “Money
We Want”.

“Money We Want” a song that
addresses the issue of poverty is cur-
rently circulating the local airwaves in
Canada. With an optimistic mindset
the artists believe the song will be
accepted by a global audience.

Its all-embracing message is what
really ignites conversation and a
change of perception with regards to
poverty -something that most people
are fighting so hard to relinquish in
their life.

And with their smooth lyrical flow
accented by underlying tones and
melodies, they hope the issue of pover-
ty jumps at listeners inviting meaning-
ful reflection.

Mr J said the main purpose of the
song is to get persons to see that pover-
ty is something that can be eradicated
from one’s life through personal suc-

cess.

“Poverty is prevalent in many soci-
eties throughout the world, which
makes this song universal. However,
poverty begins as a mental state. Yes
there are many persons that have been
born into poverty, but it is their mind-
set that keeps them in that position.
The issue of poverty can be removed if
they change their mindset,” Mr J told
Tribune Entertainment.

“Money We Want” has initiated
conversation both negative and posi-
tive in the Canadian community.

“There are persons who love the
song who said that the message actu-
ally speaks to them. Then again there
are others who maintain the belief
that Christians should not talk about
gaining prosperity. Despite that, this
song is about moving from one point
in life to another. Its not about gaining
prosperity but showing people that
just because your family might have
poverty been stricken doesn’t mean
that they will also be that way,” he
said.

Both Mr J and DJ Evangelist are
hard at work shooting the video “Mon-
ey We Want”. The video which is set in
Canada will compliment the music
communicating the message of the
song even more effectively.

“The video starts off with me getting
ready to go on his daily mission, as the
day progresses I am met with a variety
of unusual circumstances. The video is
very good and it shows the message
in an even brighter light,” he said.

“Money We Want” is professional-
ly recorded. However it is in the pro-
duction stages right now.

“Since it is our goal to go global with
the song, we are trying to get the video
played on major music stations like
MTV, the Caribbean music station
Tempo, as well as local television sta-
tions in the Bahamas,” he said .

Mr J is Bahamian-born of Haitian
descent and has been a reggae artist
since 1996. While this was not always
his dream, he said listening to other
artist like Christian Massive and Peter
Runks who tell stories through their
music encouraged him to enter the
profession.

He has written eight songs so far
that he said will be recorded on an
album he plans to release sometime
in the near future. He also just recent-
ly celebrated the release of his first
official video entitled “More Luv”.

With his own music and collaborat-
ing with other artist he channels his
inner voice, sending a message of hope
to the hopeless.

the right voice for the it's particular
style,” Vallon said.

Later he met Jaynedoh who faced a
similar problem.

“ She had been searching for some-
one who was good at producing rock
music and I was looking for someone
who could sing the music,” he said.

They came together with three oth-
er band members Ashley Algreen the
lead guitarist, Gary Francis, bass gui-
tarist, and Bailey the drummer to form
an electrifying assembly

This is just the beginning for this
hard rock band. People can expect to
see much more of Avante Guarden
in the near future.



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Mario’s Bowling
offers family fun

FROM page 10

on the other.

In addition to bowling, children
man the machines with access to
over 100 arcade games to choose
from, as well as Nintendo Wii, PS3
and X-Box 360 favourites.

There are also a number of meet-
ing rooms already utilised by many
civic groups.

“At night, we sometimes have cos-
mic bowling where the whole facili-
ty is dark and we have a light show,”
said Mrs Johnson.

Even Sir Sidney Poitier, a Bahami-
an screen legend, has a VIP room
befitting his name. It is equipped
with four lanes for persons who want
that private bowling experience, with
acapacity of 30 persons. Prices start
at $1500 for two hours and each
additional hour is $500.

This package includes full access
to a waiter, bartender, and a special
buffet.

The menu includes buffalo wings,
grouper fingers, conch fritters, spring
rolls, fruit and vegetables platters,
cheese platters and a choice of two
beverages, all topped off with a
house wine of your choice.

Private and upscale events are
hosted inside the VIP room at least 3
times a week and the Academy
Award-winning actor will be the
guest of honour at Mario’s grand
opening next month.

Membership packages for the VIP
room are stacked with freebies, like
the platinum package which not only
gives you use of the VIP room, but
also the upscale Elements Ultra
Lounge, packages are between $800
and $5000.

Countless other local legends can
be found on “The Wall-Those Who

Made A Difference,” in black and
white framed photos.

After the exertion of a few bowl-
ing games, relax in Mario’s electronic
massage chairs made available to
soothe tired athletes with assistance
from a therapist.

And if you wish to let off some
steam, there is a 150 person capacity
nightclub upstairs with VIP private
rooms for hire and waiting service
provided.

“The nightclub is very upscale,
and the whole design concept is for
the mature customer that wants to go
out in an elegant environment,” says
Mr Wilkinson.

Elements Lounge and Nightclub is
outfitted with higher end sound
proof rooms where persons can sit in
a private dining room overlooking
the facility.

Fridays, and Saturdays tend to be
booked solid by both Bahamians
and visitors (thanks to aggressive
marketing by the Ministry of
Tourism).

Mario’s Signature Pro shop offers
personal customised bowling balls
and shoes.

The ice cream parlour, sub sand-
wich parlour, and concession stand
will open in a matter of days. A
food court which can hold up to 250
persons features Tuscanos and
Noble Romans which offers gourmet
pizzas and signature sandwiches.

Mrs Johnson said that Mario’s
provides the ideal venue for fami-
lies because, “ there’s nowhere an
adult can go at night and take their
kids other than at Atlantis or the
Marina Village.”

That’s the premise that they built
the facility on.

“At Mario’s, your kids can bowl,
be taught how to bowl, enjoy our

ELEMENTS Ultra-Lounge

video arcade, and you can enjoy a
nightclub, a restaurant and just sit
back, relax, and lounge while the
kids have fun.”

There are lane side coordinators
that teach can teach you to bowl for
at no cost. There’s also a handicap
ramp where handicapped persons
can bowl themselves. There is also a
skating rink.

“Mario’s Bowling and Entertain-
ment Palace offers group packages,
at different prices, but are not limit-
ed to set prices,” said Mrs Johnson.

“We have birthday packages, and
school packages, just call us and we
will fit your budget.”

“Whatever you want, we can
make it happen. Nobody gets turned
away at Mario’s,” she said. “We try

to accommodate everyone as best
as we can.”

Rounding off their steady week-
end flow, Sundays will draw an even
bigger crowd, and offer a special buf-
fet, $25 for adults and $15 for kids,
which includes bowling games.

At Mario’s, security 1s very impor-
tant with a strong security and police
presence on the weekends. Security
is at the door, metal detectors are
always active, and other measures
are taken to ensure the full safety
of the building.

Mrs Johnson emphasised the
importance of there being no swear-
ing and fighting on the premises.

“We have no problems asking you
to leave,” she said, explaining their 3
strike policy which eventually leads



to the dismissal or permanent ban-
ning of people who distrub the peace
from Mario’s.

“We will not tolerate anything
negative in Mario’s. We will not
deal with any vulgar behaviour or
anything, as we have no tolerance
period.”

Leslie Miller, former PLP MP set
about building one of the largest ten-
pin bowling facilities in the world
and the only one in the Bahamas
after his son’s death in 2002. Mario’s
Entertainment and Bowling Palace
has created 72 jobs so far. The Miller
family, including the other siblings
Leslia Miller and Montgomery Fer-
guson, hopes that its efficient serving
staff and clean facilities will keep it
on the cutting edge.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

Transforming Spaces - the popular art bus tour that allows patrons to visit several art galleries over one
weekend will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday March 13-14. The tour will be visits to 9 galleries:
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at Village Road, Ladder Gallery at NPCC, New Providence Art & Antiques,
Pink 'Un, Popop Studios, Post House Gallery, PRO Gallery at COB, StingraeStudio and The Hub.

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a collaborative visual experience of Paintings
and Sculpture by Averia Wright and Toby Lunn

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Gallery on Village

Road will showcase
the collaborative works of
ceramicist Averia Wright and
painter Toby Lunn for this
year's Transforming Spaces
Art Tour.

These two young Bahamian artists
have found a common thread in
colour, line, space and form to make
bold statements using different medi-
ums in an exciting presentation.
They both use organic free forms
and earth tones to make very per-
sonal statements. New abstract
expressions of art to inspire and heal
the viewer rise up from the tangible
fierce heat of the furnace that fires
the clay and the metaphorical fire
of metamorphosis that gives feeling
to the paint.

eAVERIA WRIGHT, in her first
Exhibition in The Bahamas as a
fine arts graduate, said : “The sto-
ries of mythologies, mysteries and
the mystical expressions of life
take me deep into my roots - my
place of inspiration - to create
exotic life forms and elements of

my hands to create something from
the earth is a primitive necessity.
Manipulating slabs and coils of
clay to make a three dimensional
object from an image in my mind,
or from doodles or sketches is truly
a passion. Adding metal to my cre-
ations is a challenge as metal’s ten-
sile strength allows the mechanisa-
tion of my ceramic sculptures to
work. Whereas clay will bend with
the possibility of melting and
breaking, metal on the other hand
bends readily. Working with metal,
although tedious, is something I
hope to continue to do. Exploring
how far I can work with these
materials inspires me to continue
on this journey.”

Averia studied Fine Art with a
concentration in Ceramics at the
University of Tampa where she
transferred from the College of
The Bahamas. She was first intro-
duced to ceramics at COB under
the tutelage of Joann Behagg and
was inspired to further her studies
in this discipline with renowned
Bahamian art educator, Kendra
Frorup.

¢ TOBY LUNN, no stranger to the
Exhibition circuit, has entered a

not only in my personal life but
also in my newest body of work. I
am using the myth of the phoenix
bird that rises from the ashes, using
adversity and experiences as tools
of expression. I am taking the sym-
bol of birds in flight and allowing
my painted expressions to soar at
their own altitude. The lotus flower
has also become important in my
recent work. All of the symbols I
use are references to healing -
internal and external - not just for
me, but for the viewer as well.”

Toby received a BFA Degree
from the Maryland Institute Col-
lege of Art and has held numerous
exhibitions at Popop Studios,
Doongalik Studios, Van Brugel's
Restaurant, as well as abroad at
the Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami
Florida. He has also provided pri-
vate art classes to interested mem-
bers of the public.

Both artists are sales representa-
tives at the Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery at Marina Village Paradise
Island. They soon realised the sym-
biosis in the quality of their work and
felt that Transforming Spaces was the
perfect opportunity to showcase this
multi media experience.

“We are proud and
privileged to pre-
sent the work of
these two extremely
talented artists who
are making signifi-
cant contributions to
the development of
art in The Bahamas
and by extension,
the world.”

ileged to present the work of these
two extremely talented artists who
are making significant contributions
to the development of art in The
Bahamas and by extension, the world.
The treasury of our country lies in
these innovations - in the infinite pos-
sibilities being constantly investigated
and improved upon by Bahamian



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THIS year the Popop Gallery's focus is to experi-
ment and to educate as it continues its series of invi-
tational exhibitions related to getting back to basics.
This year's Transforming Spaces exhibition will show-

case dynamic designs.

The Gallery has invited 10 artists/designers to create
a ‘Chair’ using a budget of 100 dollars. The only two
criteria are that the 100 dollars be exhausted in one way
or another; and that the chair be functional and avail-
able for sitting on during the exhibition.

Popop is excited by the unique idea of 'The Chal-
lenge’ as they are asking the artists to challenge not
only the interpretation of the problem but also the
use of materials, the management of the funds and
the balance of aesthetics and function.







THE ProGallery Presents 'Tag’ - an
experimental Group exhibition featur-
ing the works of student artists.

Participants said, “ As students, we
often produce art for the purpose of
fulfilling the requirements of assign-
ments and the demands of lectures.
"Tag' serves as an opportunity for unre-
stricted artistic expression and self-
exploration. Each artist is afforded the
chance to put forward work that speaks
to his or her true aesthetic. The collec-
tive works serve as thumb prints that
identify who we are, not just as artists
but as diverse human beings.”

The ProGallery is located at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, the S Block rm
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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net FORMER Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney last night hit out at suggestions by senior FNM offi cials that he was to blame for the party’s less than stellar perfor mance in the Elizabeth by-election. According to sources within the FNM, Mr McCartney was berated at an FNM council meeting last week where a number of meritorious council members (MCM the poor showing at the polls in Polling Division 11. This division, which was head ed by the FNM’s Minister of State for the Environment Phen ton Neymour, was also worked by Mr McCartney who these sources claim, failed to show any “inspiration in his designated duties.” This lack of “inspiration” they claimed was due to the suspicion that the MP was not in favour of the party’s candidate Dr Duane Sands, who Mr McCartney could possibly see as another challenger for the leadership of the party if and when the opportunity arose. “So it came as no surprise to me that he would have resigned,” the source added. “Who knows, maybe he was trying to pre-empt what was already in the process of being done.” 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 McCartney: I won’t take blame for Elizabeth vote C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.84WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 73F LOW 58F Former Minister of State denies lac k of support for FNM campaign The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com FINDTODAY’SCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND SEE page six INSIDE “PUSHIN’ D A ENVELOPE’S” TAKE ONTHERESIGNATION OF BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY ANDMORENEWS PAGETHREE B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net IN LIGHT of his resignation from the Cabinet, Former Min ister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney said he hoped he would not be denieda nomination to run as an FNM in the Bamboo Town constituency whenever the next general election is called. Speaking to The Tribune at his constituency office yester day, the popular MP said he was hopeful Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham would not seek to “punish” him as he has not yet even made up his mind if he will in fact run again for the House of Assembly. “I had five years to serve. Right now I have two more years. If I don’t get a nomination from the party I doubt I will run as an Independent or anything else for that matter. I would have done my time, and I would have done my time well. I guarantee you that. I would have done my time well and I will move on,” he said. As he is widely considered to be one of the few Members of Parliament who can claim to have a “sure seat” due to his representation and work in the area, it is often said that Mr McCartney does not need the FNM backing to win his seat in Bamboo Town. ‘I want to run for FNM in Bamboo T own at next election’ SEE page 11 THE United States' government has expressed concern over the Bahamas' tedious extradition process that allows subjects of US extradition requests to continue illegal activities while on bail awaiting resolution in their case. This country was also one of four Caribbean nations includ ed on the US’s newest list of "major illicit drug producing and/or drug-transit countries." Officials estimate that between 12 to 15 major By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Bahamian brothers Paul and David Mellor who are propos ing to pursue a venture to harvest yellow fin tuna in Bahamian waters using purse seine nets were confronted with overwhelming resis By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THEcurrent level of beach erosion at Saunders Beach has alarmed some environmental activists, who are calling on Environment Minister Earl Deveaux to be held accountable. The Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for Future Generations questioned the validity of findings in the environmental impact assess By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net PHARMACISTS are growing more aggravated over the lack of information provided to them about the Chronic Disease Prescrip tion Drug Plan. Since the National Insur ance Board (NIB marketing the plan to bene ficiaries in January, pharUSvoices concern over the Bahamas’ extradition process SEE page six Resistance to large scale tuna fishing SEE page six Alarm at erosion of Saunders Beach SEE page 11 Lack of information on prescription drug plan aggravates pharmacists SEE page 11 FORMER MINISTER OF STATE for Immigration Branville M cCartney who has r esigned from the Cabinet.

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THE United States' gov ernment plans to rebuild the Operation Bahamas Turksa nd Caicos' (OPBAT e r on Inagua sometime this y ear. According to the newest US International NarcoticsR eport, released by the US State Department on Monday, pending successful conclusion of lease negotiations with the Bahamian government, OPBAT construction will start this year with a 2012 completion target date. Helicopter s "The new hangers will allow (the US copters flying in support of OPBAT on Great Inagua," said the report. Since Hurricane Ike destroyed the original OPBAT hanger in 2008, US helicopters have operated out of Providenciales in nearby Turks and Caicos. The report also noted that the Bahamian government further developed OPBAT's maritime interdiction abili ties by basing four intercep tor boats which were acquired under Operation Enduring Friendship in 2008 on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Inagua. Still, the US advised that " these capabilities could be d eveloped further by stat ioning the two new boats received in 2009 on Grand Bahama and GreatI nagua.” Successful In 2007, US officials heralded OPBAT as one of the most successful internation al drug interdiction partnerships in the world. It is a multi-agency inter national drug interdiction effort created in 1982 to stem the flow of illegal drugs through the Bahamas and into the US. The report also added that throughout 2009, the US provided resident, mobile and on-the-job training in maritime law enforcement, engineering and profession al development for the RBDF. Also, at the end of 2009 the US Department of Defence was slated to deliv er two additional 43-foot interceptor boats and com munications equipment to the RBDF. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News...................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,11,12 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Sports.......................................................P9,10 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION Business......................................P1,2,3,4,5,7 Advt...........................................................P6 Comics.....................................................P8T aste....................................................P9,10 Arts....................................................P11,12 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 P AGES USA TODA Y MAIN SECTION 12 P AGES By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net A MAJOR US airline has announced that it will be i mmediately suspending its f lights to Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera due to conc erns over the airport there. A merican Eagle sent an e mail to its relevant partners in the travel industry yester-d ay stating that due to recent changes” at the Governor’s Harbour International Airport it is suspend ing its four days-a-week Miami-Governors Harbour route effective immediately and indefinitely. T he 64-seater plane will n ow fly into North Eleuthera until the problems at GHIA h ave been fixed”, according t o American Eagle’s region a l sales manager for the Bahamas and Florida, Tracie Hoo-Glinton, who apol ogised in the email for the inconvenience. The airline has been flying the route since late last year. I n a statement issued yesterday afternoon, former tourism minister Obie Wilch combe yesterday said theM inister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace must provide a “full explanation as to why his ministry hasf ailed to maintain the Governors Harbour Internation al Airport to ensure compliance with FAA Standards.” The minister must inform t he public the last time an a udit was conducted on the G HIA and must also disclose when audits were undertak-e n at all other airports in the B ahamas. It begs the question as to who is asleep at the wheel,” said Mr Wilchcombe. “Although alternative arrangements have been made to accommodate i nbound and outbound f lights at the North Eleuthera A irport this will seriously i nconvenience local and t ourist travellers,” he added. Transportation M s Hoo-Glinton stated in her email, forwarded to the media by Mr Wilchcombe,t hat American Eagle is planning on providing bus transp ortation between the two a irports. “For GHB departing pass engers, our customers will b e expected to arrive at the a irport at least two hours before scheduled departure time to catch the charteredb us. If passengers arrive lat er than this, then they will be responsible for their ownt ransportation to North Eleuthera to catch the flight.I appreciate any help you can give in advising our mutualc ustomers of these changes, e specially given the short n otice,” she added. The change to the route m eans that American Eagle will now be flying to North E leuthera seven days a week. “Once we receive an update from the government o n the GHB airport, we will resume our operations to this a irport and advise accordingly,” said the airline official. Y esterday David Johnson, deputy director of tourism, s aid the Ministry of Tourism w as alerted to American Eagle’s plans on Monday n ight. He said the ministry w as not aware of the airline’s concerns about the airport as it “doesn’t get directly involved in technicalities of a irports” but suggested that t he Department of Civil Aviation, which has direct r esponsibility for the maintenance of airports, could h ave been. Landing “The access remains, except there is the inconven ience of landing in North E leuthera. That’s an interim m easure while technical m atters that need to be d one get done,” said Mr J ohnson. Asked if he was aware how soon necessary adjustments might be made to thea irport, Mr Johnson said he expected to be updated on this by yesterday evening or this morning. As for whether the issues deterring American Eagle from landing in Governor’s Harbour could affect other a irlines which service the a irport, Mr Johnson said this is unlikely. American Eagle’s plane is “by far the largest” that lands in Governor’s Harb our and “brings requirements that may be more onerous compared to those o f a 19-seater plane,” he n oted. I n a statement released to Z NS news late last night, M r Vanderpool Wallace s aid the Governor’s Harbour airport has not been downgraded but is undergoing systemic improve-m ents and the changes at t he airport referred to by American Eagle are “actually improvements regard ing the removal of two airline towers that will make flying into the airport safer.” He said Mr Wilchcombe’s c all for a full explanation of t he suspension of service by American Eagle “unfortun ately reveals a profound l ack of understanding of the a irline business.” The minister added that it is as a result of combined initiatives by the Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Tourism that American Eagle “has more t han doubled its services to the out islands over the course of the last year.” USairline suspends flights to Governor’s Harbour A 25-YEAR-OLD man of Stapledon Gardens was stabbed and hit in the head with a rock in a robbery attempt by four men yesterday morning. The victim was walki ng in the Millennium G ardens area at around 1 1.15am when he was attacked by four men. Police said it is reported that one of the men r eportedly hit the victim i n the head with a stone w hile another produced a knife, stabbing the vict im once in his left leg a nd twice in his the right leg. The Stapledon Gardens man was taken to hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Police are i nvestigating the matter. Man stabbed, hit on head in robbery attempt POLICE have issued an all-points bulletin asking the public to assist them in determining the whereabouts of Kevano Musgrove, 24, who is wanted for ques tioning in connection with murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Musgrove’s last known address was Halsmere Road in High bury Park, Nassau. He is described as being of light brown complexion and of medi um build, 5” tall and weighing 140 lbs. Persons with any information concerning Musgrove are asked to contact police at the following numbers: Police Emergency at 919/911; CDU at 5029991/9930; Police Control Room at 322-3333; Crime Stoppers at 3288477, or contact the nearest police station. Plans to rebuild OPBAThanger Man wanted for questioning in connection with mur der Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y . OBIE WILCHCOMBEand Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. American Eagle cites airport concerns

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net HAVING served under Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, former Minister of State for Immigration Branville McCartney said he was given immense latitude to perform his duties and thanked both men for the opportunity to serve the people of the Bahamas. In relation to Mr Symonette, Mr McCartney said he learned a lot from the DPM and quite frankly liked his approach to the way he handled a plethora of issues. “He (Mr Symonette very practical man, knowledgeable, and to the point,” Mr McCartney said. “The Prime Minister is also a person who I have learned a lot from as well. I think he has the best interest of the country at heart. He makes decisions and he is very direct.” Soberly Mr McCartney has gone on the record to admit that his decision to resign from Cabinet was not an easy one, that it was well thought out and soberly contemplated. “It was not an easy decision, but one that needed to be made, because of my determin ation and resolve that it was and continues to be the right thing to do, not in any way motivated by conventional wis dom, the prevailing consensus or the latest snapshot of public opinion, but right according to my personal convictions. “The factors that motivated this run the full gamut of issues and emotions, some more compelling than others. In the forefront are my feelings of stagna tion and the inability to fully utilise my political potential at this time,” he said. Prime Minister Ingraham said that while the resignation of a Minister or Minister of State is always regrettable, he could not say he was completely surprised by Mr McCartney’s decision. “Each of us in politics are bound to follow what we believe to be the best course of action in the interest of the people we are privileged to represent and in accordance with our own convictions and perceptions at any given time. I have no doubt that Mr McCartney, as he indicates, has given serious consideration to the action he has taken. “I regret that in the forefront of his considerations leading to this decision are, as he put it, ‘my feelings of stagnation and the inability to fully utilise my political potential at this time’.I should only like to remind him of what he himself says in his press release, which is ‘that in life nothing comes before its time’. “I thank Mr McCartney for his service to the Bahamian people and to my government. My colleagues and I look forward to working closely with him in the best interest of the people of the Bamboo Town Constituency and the country as a whole,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J Ja a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Wong’s Plaza • Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance McCartney thanks PM and Symonette for chance to serve IN yesterday’s Tribune , the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Heart Foundation was incor rectly referred to as the Bahamas Heart Foundation. The Sir Victor Sassoon Foundation, chaired by RE Barnes, is one of two nonprofit organisations supporting heart health in the Bahamas, the other being the Bahamas Heart Association. The Tribune apologises for any confusion this error may have caused. CORRECTION PROGRESSIVE Young Liberals chairman Aarone Sargent said the departure of Branville McCartney from the Cabinet has made him wonder whether democracy and freedom of expression exist in the FNM. In a statement issued to The Tribune yesterday, the PLP youth arm’s boss noted that the FNM often prides itself on being the party that makes way for its younger members. “How sad it is that this statement has the FNM eating its words due to the res ignation from ministerial work of one its future lead ers: Branville McCartney. It would be understandable if the reason for the resigna tion was due to personal reasons, but to actually have it said that it was due to stagnation on behalf of the pow ers that be is atrocious,” he said. Mr Sargent said while the FNM claims to have “tested hands and proven lead ership” it seems that Mr McCartney “slipped right through the fingers of these so-called tested hands like so many other issues such as crime and the economy.” ‘Do democracy and freedom of expr ession exist in FNM?’ N OELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net F RESH on the heels of h is resignation from the C abinet, Branville M cCartney may now have to face political isolation according to his predecessor. Tennyson Wells, like Mr McCartney, repres ented the constituency of Bamboo Town under t he banner of the FNM. H e resigned his Cabinet seat in 2000 to vie for the l eadership of the party, which he lost to Tommy T urnquest. Mr Wells later quit the party after what he termed “serious d ifferences of opinion” and sat in parliament as a n independent. Commenting on what he thinks the future will h old for Mr McCartney, Mr Wells said: “I think h e will have to continue to look over his back, look over his shoulder, b ecause the rest of his c olleagues are not going t o stand with him whether he is right or wrong. The vast majoritya re not going to stand with him even if they know he was right. Reality “They want to maintain or enhance theirp osition. They are not going to stand up like men and women. That isthe sad reality of politics i n this country.” I n a statement released by Mr McCartney over the weekend, the former Minister of State for Immigration said the main reason he quit wasa feeling of stagnation and a sense that he was not fully utilising his “political potential.” Mr Wells said he was n ot surprised by the res ignation, even though he had not followed the situation closely, as such conflicts are a feature of FNM governments. He pointed to the example of his colleague Pierre Dupuch, another former member of an FNM Cabinet who was fired by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in 2000, after being accused of undermining Mr Ingraham’s authority. Yesterday, Mr Wells said he feels that despite his five-year sabbatical from politics, Mr Ingraham has changed little. “He basically wants to do everything himself, which is impossible and the country suffers from it and will continue to suffer from it. No man is an island and we are all interdependent. Each of us ought to consider other people’s views and give them consideration. No one has all the answers to all the prob lems in the country. When we realise this it will be better for every body,” Mr Wells said. FNM defectors weigh in on McCartney resignation RESIGNATIONOFBRANVILLEMCCARTNEY P R OGRESSIVE Y OUNG L IBERALS CHAIRMAN SPEAKS OUT “How sad it is that this statement has the FNM eating its words due to the r esigna tion from ministerial work of one its future leaders: Branville McCartney. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. B RENTSYMONETTE HUBERTINGRAHAM

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EDITOR, The Tribune. When we mere mortals are i nvolved in litigation a poten tial defendant can ask the court to make an order for s ecurity for costs against the plaintiff. This is done in the case where there is a signifi-c ant risk of defendants suffering injustice of having to defend proceedings with no real prospect of recovering their costs should they win. Given the PLP party’s track record when it comes to paying bills, why do they feel this should not apply to them? Their excuse for the party not paying the election court costs of 2007 was that the action was brought by Pleasant Bridgewater, not the party. I seem to remember the party having a distinct interest in the outcome of that mat ter. As in the current election c ourt spectacle, they have said it is not the party but the candidate who must fund the liti gation. Yet again the PLP as a par ty were not silent during the c ampaigning. Mr Pinder wasn’t standing as an individual running for the Elizabeth seat. Mr Pinder ran as the candi date put forward by the PLP and in the name of the party. Was he not wearing a PLP shirt, shouting to a PLP crowd, being cheered by PLP pom-pom waving voters and endorsed by Mr Christie and the party? Had he been the clear victor the PLP, as a party, would have ensured we all knew it. It is interesting to note how the PLP as a party which has much to campaign, argue and point fingers about during an election, then withers from the limelight when the ques tion of who pays the bills aris e s. They simply try and pass the buck. The party acts as though it is above the law. It a cts as though the rules which apply to the regular hard working citizens don’t applyt o them. The example they set is a disgrace when struggling Bahamians can’t find the money to pay their water, electricity, phone and other bills. Yet find it and pay them they do. The position taken by the PLP as a party begs the ques tion, how united is the party if it doesn’t support its candidates through the whole campaign process; even if that process takes them to court? ACID PEN Nassau, February, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. I was in Nassau on Thursday, February 27, and I tuned into Love 97 FM to listen att he talk show hosted by Mr Allen and I found the entire show very amusing. Mr Peet was the guest on the show. A part of their discussion was about monies that are reported to be owed. It was clear that they were tryi ng to say that a party is not responsible for any debts it is only a candidate that can be h eld responsible. Well blow me down, I would like to know why a party goes all out to make sure that the votersk now a candidate is running o n a particular slate whether it is FNM, PLP, BDM orW orkers Party. I firmly b elieve that if one is running on any party’s slate then that party should be responsible to see that any debts incurreda re paid. I am deeply disturbed by the trend that is being set when Mr Allen is hosting t hese shows because over the past four to six months it has b een very obvious to me and o ther listeners that the host has a passionate dislike for the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham. I have known Mr Allen for a lmost 30 years and I person ally know how he felt about the PLP for a long time and it i s disturbing to hear him cut off callers to the show if they are saying something good a bout the FNM and the Prime M inister. His excuse that he can’t let one caller take up too much time is flimsy at best because I have heard some callers that I have timed for 8 to 10 minutes it doesn’t matter as long as they are putting down the FNM or the PM. There is one such caller k nown as “pauper” who he at times will allow to call seve ral times a show and time doesn’t seem to matter. Some people should be very gratefulb ut then I guess I expect too much. On Thursday’s show there w as discussion about the C hief Justice and his political a lliance, well it appears that the political alliance of the f ormer Chief Justice was o kay. Well I wonder why and I did not hear either of these two men have anything to say about someone being a ppointed a few years ago under circumstances which left much to be desired, but again it appears to be okay as long as it is not the FNM that i s doing the appointing. I also heard a bunch of f oolishness about the UBP. A pparently it is all right if you and your family were UBP for many years just as long as y ou switch and say that you a re now PLP, but it is not okay if you were PLP and switch to become FNM, notU BP because they are no more. I could not believe it when I heard Mr Peet say that all of t he violence in politics was c aused by FNMs and Mr Allen sat there and did not open his mouth to correct him because there are thousands o f Bahamians who have heard f rom many platforms what Mr Allen had to say and who he t hought was responsible for the violence in politics over the past 25 to 30 years. Private radio talk shows as far as I know were allowed by the FNM for the first time i n Bahamian history and you are allowed to get on and say what ever you feel like as long as it is decent and not libel but I am sure that it was never intended to be dictatorial. It was meant to be democrati c where everyone got the same chance to voice opini ons. Mr Allen, I can tell you f rom personal experience that hatred will consume any human being, I personally had t o ask God to help me overcome this serious illness because it was eating me up inside and taking the joy out of my life and I thank God that he helped me to overcome. If this type of thing contin ues I will have no choice butt o ask all of my friends to stop supporting programmes of t his nature and then maybe there will be an awakening in t he radio media. ABNER PINDER Spanish Wells, F ebruary 27, 2010. P .S. Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The con duct of public affairs for pri v ate advantage. Ambrose Bierce. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm ALTHOUGH Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney went to great lengths toe xpress his loyalty to Prime Minister Ingraham on resigning from the Cabinet, and to explain that the main reason for his return ing to the back bench was a feeling of “stagnation and the inability to fully utilise his political potential at this time,” Bahamians are not satisfied. They want a more complex explanation. Mr McCartney said that the factors that m otivated his decision to leave the Ingraham Cabinet but not his Bamboo constituency ran “the full gamut of issues and emotions, some more compelling than others.” However, the silence imposed on Cabinet ministers and the idea of collective respon sibility for decisions taken were the straws that broke his camel’s back. This explanation was not good enough for many Bahamians the story was not plau sible unless there was a Haitian somewhere in the mix. It reminded us of a lifetime ago when studying American history and reading of a mini-skirmish in Boston square on March 5, 1770. The skirmish, involving a few British soldiers defending a sentry who was being harassed by some town folk, has gone down in history as the “Boston Massacre.” Shots were fired killing three per sons and wounding two others who later died. Crispin Attucks, an escaped slave, wasone of the dead. He was recorded as the first black to fall in the American revolu tion. On reading this a fellow student chuckled: “Well you should’ve known nothing ever happens unless Cuffy was there!” A nd so it is with the Haitians in the Bahamas. Nothing bad seems to happen unless a Haitian is at the root of the evil. Crime is escalating blame the Haitian. The hospital is overcrowded Haitian women have too many babies. The schools are full too many Haitian children, studying harder than Bahamians and taking the top places in the classroom. The Bahamas is b eing creolised and soon Haitians will take over our country. And so the litany of complaints against the Haitians escalates. In some quarters the hatred being stirred up against these people is starting to sound like Hitler’s hate campaign in Nazi Ger many, which resulted in the deaths of six million Jews. All of Hitler’s personal miseries and later the world’s evils were laid at t he feet of the Jews. Hitler eventually saw it as his duty to cleanse the German race of their influence. Nassau’s talk-show chatter now is that Prime Minister Ingraham and Mr McCartney are at loggerheads as to the final solutionf or the Haitian problem. It is claimed that Mr McCartney as Minister of State for Immigration was determined to cleanse the Bahamas of Haitians we presume only the illegal ones. However, so it is claimed, he was crushed when Prime Minister Ingraham announced, without consulting or informing him, that he had ordered the temporary release of all Haitians from the DetentionC entre after an earthquake had pulverised Port-au-Prince, making their repatriation impossible. In releasing them from deten tion, Mr Ingraham had made the same decision as had the Americans, and other world leaders. To have done otherwise would not only have been unchristian, but would have isolated the Bahamas as a pariah in our hemisphere. And so, once again the Haitian is to blame. This, say the chatter-box pundits, is what hastened Mr McCartney’s Cabinet departure. We all know as do the Haitians who have lived here for many years and been assimilated in our society that the Bahamas cannot accommodate anymore Haitian immigrants. We all know that there has to be a solution to the overcrowding in our inner cities, but to blame all of our problems, especially crime, on the Haitians is not only unfair, but untrue. To confirm our beliefs we spoke yester day with Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston Rahming who says that “crime is a Bahami an problem.” He said that 94 per cent of the prison population are full-blooded Bahamians no trace of a Haitian in their b ackground. Of late there has been a slight increase of persons born here, who have Bahamian pass ports, but because of their parentage describe themselves as Haitian-Bahamian. These come mainly from Abaco. For example, 10 persons were admitted to prison on Monday eight of them were full Bahamians, two were Haitian-Bahamians, both from A baco. Generally Haitians are arrested for drugs, incest, causing grievous harm or carrying arms, usually a cutlass, not a gun. They have not been brought in for armed robbery or murder this is left to Bahami ans, and usually those let lose by the courts on bail. And, so, although Haitian immigration is a problem, it is not our main problem. It is about time Bahamians take responsibility for their behaviour and realise that they are their own worst enemy. Deeply disturbed by talk show host’s passionate dislike for Ingraham LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net If a Haitian wasn’ t there, it didn’t happen EDITOR, The Tribune. On my last visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros, I was appalled to learn that a certain police officer has been driving his car unlicensed since April 2009. There appears to be little or no regard paid to this matter as the officer can be seen jetting around the island in his vehicle without a care in the world, while the jobless sacrifice the little that they have to ensure that they operate within the law. How then can this officer enforce the law which he himself does not follow? What a sad state of affairs considering the already shocking home invasion and robbery that disrupted the peace and tranquility of that quaint island com munity. C. ANDRE FOX Nassau, March 1, 2009 Appalled to learn of police of ficer driving unlicensed car Election Court bills and who should pay them EDITOR, The Tribune. I have waited to hear whether Mr Christie or someone in the party would condemn the hitting of the Deputy Prime Minister by a PLP supporter. Mr Christie can yell and shout when he wants to, yet he has not condemned this action. What kind of a person or leader cannot see that it is wrong to condone such behaviour? Would he have been silent if someone had slapped his former DPM, Mrs Pratt? No wonder children are misbehaving in public schools, and think it is all right. VOTER Nassau, February 23, 2010. W W a a i i t t i i n n g g f f o o r r M M r r C C h h r r i i s s t t i i e e t t o o c c o o n n d d e e m m n n t t h h e e h h i i t t t t i i n n g g o o f f D D P P M M

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B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net NEIGHBOURS of the smouldering city dump are calling for it to be closed to save their health and safety. Homeowners in the governm ent subdivision of Jubilee Gardens hoped the Department of Environmental Health’s sanitary landfill off Tonique Darling-Williams Highway would have been closed and relocated when they moved into the affordable housing off Fire Trail Road. F ires are not unusual at the 100-acre dump site and many residents remember the March 2008 fire that ripped through the pine forest barrier between their homes and the dump and spread into their backyards. Although Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux has apologised for the discomfort and frustration caused by the fire, mobilised $480,000 worth of resources to extinguish it and made plans to better manage the dump in future, residents want the site to be closed for good. They see the landfill site as a constant health and safety hazard as well as a fire risk. Jubilee Gardens mother of four Maria Jenoure, 46, is concerned that the toxic smoke filtering into her home even when the windows are kept closed will harm her and her family. “It’s wrong of government to provide homes when the dump is right there,” the Princess Margaret Hospital laboratory technician said. “Both political parties said they were going to do something about it and somehow it’s never been done. “I think everybody’s afraid t o touch it but it’s a situation we just have to deal with. It is a concern for everybody’s health.” Shelley Rolle, 26, said the mound of waste that towers over homes in Victoria Gardens is more than an eye-sore. As new developments spring u p in the area she is concerned for the health of the burgeoning communities. “The area is getting so populated now and these fires keep happening,” the Atlantis cock tail waitress said. “It’s getting ridiculous. I am glad to go to work just to get out of here, and it shouldn’t be like that. We should be com fortable in our homes.” Others described how flies swarm in the subdivisions dur ing the hot summers, and rats scurry into the streets while the stench of garbage hangs in the air. Dr ead Keturie Williams, 31, who lives with his wife and mother in Jubilee Gardens, said: “We dread the summer; the flies come in swarms and there will be so many on the windowsill you can hardly see the window. “It would be best to move that dump. I hope they can find a solution.” His mother Pleasant Gould, 78, agreed: “They should move it if there is somewhere else to put it. I am sure the govern ment can find somewhere.” The relocation of the sanitary landfill site is also desired by Jeremiah Jones whose home backs onto the now sparse pine forest and the dump. “When you don’t have the smoke, you have the smell,” the 30-year-old barber said. “People want to know how long we are going to have to wait for them to really address the problem. Are they going to wait until people get sick? They need to address the problem long term.” Mr Jones wants to see the FNM government carry out more efficient waste management, recycling and convert waste to energy. Concerned residents of the area are encouraged to come out today at 4pm for a meeting on Jubilee Gardens Park to make government aware of the concerns regarding the dump site. Details of a longterm plan for the sanitary landfill have been requested by The Tribune, however, Minister Deveaux did not respond before press time yesterday. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net LOCAL contractor Clement Chea yesterday blasted St Thomas More MP Frank Smith for suggesting that his company was chosen for a government contract because he is an "FNM crony." The married father-of-four said he fears his home will now attract thieves who will assume he is the beneficiary of lucrative government contracts instead of an entrepreneur trying to make ends meet. He is also worried that the reputation of his nearly two-year-old business will be negatively affected by any perceived alliance with the FNM. Mr Chea, owner of Miracle Landscaping and General Maintenance, said: “I am not a political operative or politically motivated. Mr Smith is making claims about me making this $377,000 like I got this kind of money laying up in my house. “That kind of money might have been in my account at one point but was paid out to various companies and more than 20 employees over two years." Mr Chea denies he e ver had a contract with the Department of Environmental Health, saying he was simply one of many contractors hired to clean up Bain and Grants Town from Hutchinson Street to Hospital Lane, where he was responsible forl and clearing, the removal of derelict cars and the demolition of abandoned homes from November 2008 to January 2010. The contractor also said that far from being courted as a “crony”, he was actually “turned around” for nearly two months before he got the job and never met or spoke to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux or any other ministry big-wigsb efore he was employed. This comes after Mr Smith claimed in the House of Assembly that the Free National Movement was awarding public contracts to party "cronies" without public tender. He also accused the Ministry of the Environment of paying millions to local companies for clean-up programmes "withn o clearly stated guidelines, no consistent practice of newspaper ads inviting tenders or bids." Mr Smith claimed that more than a million was paid out to "FNM operatives." Also mentioning two other businesses, Mr Smith said contractor Clement Chea was paid more than $377,000 for "removal of debris." W hen asked yesterday if he fears these statements will negatively impact his business, Mr Chea said: "I don't know if it affects my reputation because my company is relatively new but if I am looking to compete with any major company, it makes people wonder. "I understand there are all kinds of weapons you can use to fight political warsb ut make sure your information is geared towards the truth and not a statement that makes people raise their eyebrows." Contractor fires broadside at MP in ‘cronyism’ controversy By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A FORMER bank manager and a stock broker charged in a scheme involving the purchase and sale of Commonwealth Bank shares were a rraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Wayde Bethel, 50, of South Ocean, appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane, along with Hiram Cox, 42, of Coral Heights, formerly a senior stock broker with Colina F inancial Advisors Limited (now CFAL The two men were arraigned on charges relative to an alleged scheme over the sale of stock options owned by Commonwealth Bank Limited; in breach of the Securit ies Industry Act. Bethel, a former manager o f Commonwealth Bank, East Bay Street, has been charged alone with dealing in securities. It is alleged that between November 2005 and February 2006, Bethel, not being a reg-i stered stockbroker, disposed of securities belonging to C ommonwealth Bank Ltd. Securities Bethel and Cox also have been charged together with employing a scheme in connection with the purchase ofs ecurities. Court dockets allege that t he two men employed a scheme in connection with the purchase of sureties with intent to defraud another and knowingly used the power of attorney which purported to convey an authority that it did not possess, for the purchase of securities belonging to Commonwealth Bank Ltd. The two men are also charged with directly engag ing in an act in connection with the sale of securities. It is alleged that they sold securi ties owned by Commonwealth Bank Ltd while purporting that they belonged to another. The men have been charged with employing a scheme in connection with the sale of securities and omittinga material fact in order to mislead another. It is alleged that they failed to tell the purchasers of the shares that the person selling t he shares was not the owner of said shares. Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges at the arraignment. Attorney Rawson McDonald, who represents Bethel, t old the court that his client had no matters pending before the courts and is a banker by profession although he now works in the time share business. Last November, Bethel lost his appeal against his 2006 dismissal from Commonwealth Bank. Attorney Charles McKay, who represents Cox, told the court that his client is an investment banker by profession. Attorney Gavin Gaskin of the Attorney General’s Office did not object to them being granted bail. Bethel and Cox were grant ed bail in the sum of $50,000 each, with two sureties. The case has been set for trial on September 27. The Attorney General’s Office is expected to prose cute the case. Prosecutors yesterday declined to comment on how much money was involved in the alleged stock dealing scheme, but noted that it was a significant amount. Former bank manager charged in shares scheme A CALL for politicians and lawyers to lead a fight to eradi cate lawlessness has been issued by New Covenant Baptist Church pastor Bishop Simeon Hall. As murder suspects are freed on bail and lawlessness escalates, Bishop Hall said he predicts Bahamians gripped by fear and despair will turn t o vigilantism. “We make a clarion and urgent call on all leaders throughout the country to move quickly to seek a greater response to the nightmare of crime which engulfs our land,” Bishop Hall said. “The dark night of lawlessn ess must be met with laws w hich are Draconian and enforceable. “While all sectors must participate in this crusade, parliamentarians and lawyers must lead this fight.” Bishop Hall argues that law must remain at the forefront of the crusade against crime in t he country. “The courts, lawyers, magistrates and judges must do more to protect the innocent in our society by ridding us of persons who are intent on destroying the civility we once enjoyed,” he said. “There is a powerful group o f persons who are benefiting from crime and the change we so badly need cannot be expected to be initiated by them,” Bishop Hall said. Politicians and lawyers urged to lead crime fight A NEW association is set to hold a Haitian/Bahamian solidarity forum in Nassau tomorrow. The Lambi Coalition, established by several human rights groups and political activists, has invited a number of speakers including Erin Greene, Betty Godet, Mark Desmangles and Jah Blyden, to address the meeting. The forum, entitled “What Does Haitian-Bahamian Solidarity Mean to You?” will begin at 6.30pm at the Orion Academy on East Street, next to the Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene. Formed in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that dev astated Haiti on January 12, the Lambi Coalition was created to be an African-led effort to build and nurture Haitian-Bahamian sol idarity. “Lambi” is the Creole word for “Conch” and has been cho sen given the conch shells’ long-standing association with the idea of resistance for Africans. A statement issued by the group explained that in 1791, when a group of enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti launched their struggle for freedom, they blew into the conch shell to rally other Africans to the movement. In other parts of the world, the conch shell has been used similarly by enslaved Africans. In the short-term, the organisation seeks to play a role in pro viding relief for the earthquake victims. Toward this end, Lambi is working along with other organisations to hold a benefit concert. Canned goods, which will be collected at the gate instead of mon ey, will be delivered to reputable grass-roots organisations in Haiti, the statement said. Lambi’s long-term projects include working to bridge the gap between the Creole and Anglophone communities in the Bahamas by facilitating dialogue between these two groups. In addition, it wants to work within the Creole community to raise awareness of Bahamian immigration regulations and human rights norms; com bat anti-Haitian prejudices in the community, and push for enhanced customer service and policy reform at the Department of Immigration – including automatic Bahamian citizenship for children born in the Bahamas. “Lambi will also work to educate the wider community about the current political situation in Haiti and will establish ties with grass-roots organisations in Haiti who are working to restore democracy there,” the statement said. Haitian/Bahamian solidarity forum ‘Preserve our health and safety’ A 18-year-old man charged with weapons and ammuni tion possession was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 yes terday by a Magistrate’s Court. Treverse Robinson is charged with being found in possession of a black and sil ver .25mm Beretta handgun and three .25 mm bullets on February 28. The accused, who was arraigned on the charges before Magistrate Carolita Bethell, pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to September 23. T een char ged with possessing weapons and ammunition S IMEON HALL Miracle Landscaping and General Maintenance owner takes Frank Smith to task FRANKSMITH FIREFIGHTERS try to control the fire in this f ile photo. C ITYDUMPFIRE In brief Homeowners call for dump to be closed FORGING ties.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamian drug trafficking organisations are operating in the Bahamas. The Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica were also on the list, which was included in a US international narcotics control strategy report, released by the US State Department on Monday. On the extradition front, that report said this country's "overburdened" legal system is to blame for delays in trials which provide an opportunity for those accused of serious crimes to be released on bail. "Despite the Bahamian government's strong commitment to joint counter-narcotics efforts and to extradite drug traffickers to the US, the slow movement of extradition requests through the overburdened Bahamian judicial system is a source of concern," said the report. "There have been credible reports of subjects of US extradition requests continuing to participate in illegal drug smuggling activities while on bail awaiting resolution of their cases." The report added that despite Bahamian prosecutors' vigorous pursuit of US extradition requests defendants are able to appeal a magistrate's decision locally and at our ultimate court of appeal, the United Kingdom's Privy Council. "This process often adds years to an extradition procedure," said the report, which noted that there are currently 51 US extradition requests pending in the Bahamas and encouraged the government to increase the resources and manpower available to prosecutors, judges and magistrates. The report also noted that marijuana grown on family islands and uninhabited cays continues to plague local authorities. "There are no official estimates of hectares of marijuana under cultivation in the Bahamas. (US try enforcement agencies believe Jamaican nationals are involved in the cultivation of marijuana on the Bahamas' remote islands and cays, however only a fraction of the marijuana seizures in 2009 were in plant form. Most marijuana loads were found concealed aboard smuggling vessels or stashed on sparsely populated islands." In terms of drug trafficking, the report said that cocaine enters the Bahamas through gofast boats, small commercial freighters or small planes from Jamaica, Hispaniola and Venezuela. US law enforcement say sport fishing boats and pleasure craft then transport this cocaine from the Bahamas to Florida, "blending into the legitimate vessel traffic that moves daily between these locations." US officials estimates that this accounts for five per cent of the cocaine flow into America. Larger boats transport marijuana from Jamaica into the Bahamas and then into the US, in a similar manner as cocaine, the report said. The report noted that the Bahamian authorities seized 1,823 metric tons of cocaine and almost 11 metric tons of marijuana from January to October, 2009. The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU 1,000 persons on related offences and seized more than $4 million in cash. From January to October 2009, the Barack Obama administration and Bahamian law enforcement assets interdicted seven vessels and disrupted many attempts to smuggle illicit drugs into the Bahamas, said the report. tance at a town meeting on Grand Bahama. A large crowd turned out at the Rand Nature Centre, where the Mellors tried to c onvince people that their plans to establish a tuna farm would be a “fantastic” venture for the Bahamas. However, environmentalist and conservation experts and some local fishermen disagree, warning that purse seining, if permitted, would wipe out tuna as well as other fish species caught as by-catch in purse seine nets. P ericles Maillis, Bahamas National Trust (BNT of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation, and Craig Riker, President of the Grand Bahama Scuba Dive Association, attended the meeting. A commercial fishing vessel has already been acquired by the Mellors, who are actively seeking investors for their venture, known as the Bahamas Pelagic Aquaculture Tuna Programme, which will also include the establishment of a tuna farm. Although the Mellors claim to have received written support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Mr Maillis said it must be a “bad mistake.” He noted that the Government has already given its assurance to the Trust that it will not happen. “This purse seine offends the very soul of the Bahamian people and the conservation ethic that we have been working to achieve, with the support of the Government all these years,” Mr Maillis said. “Whoever they have spoken with has made a bad mistake in not coming to the Trust, and bringing this out in the open.” M r Maillis said the Trust is opposed to mass fishing methods such as purse seine nets. He noted that the sports fishing and second home tourism sector, which pumps millions into the Bahamian economy every year, would be severely impacted. “Yes, they take some fish, but that is a d rop in the bucket compared to purse seine which is going to take 40,000 pounds at a time. “That is more than all the recreational tuna caught in the Bahamas in one haul, we don’t want that,” he said. David Mellor said their venture will create many jobs, attract university researchers and scientists, and provide all Bahamians access t o fresh tuna, which has never been done. “Tuna is a natural resource that is right offshore that we have not exploited. If we do it correctly, Tuna Aquaculture is a win, win for the Bahamas. Tuna Aquaculture is a means to increase tuna industry efficiency while reducing tuna species exploitation. Mr Mellor claims the yellow fin tuna cannot be over-fished. “They are multiple spawners, spawning 46 times a year,” he explained. He said they will take their vessels some five to 25 miles off shore and drop purse seine in 300ft of water. The cages that will be used in the operation are able to withstand C ategory 5 hurricane conditions. Mr Mellor said they want to educate all Bahamians about their Pelagic Aquaculture Tuna Programme. “We came into what we knew was going to be a hostile crowd and looking around it is mainly the ‘Conchy Joes,’ the white Bahamians, but we want to educate all Bahamiansa nd once we educate all Bahamians we believe they will be on our side,” he said. We honestly believe this is going to be fantastic for the Bahamas. We should not shut this down. We have spoken with the government but it has not been passed, it is being proposed and the government was misinformed about what is going on, and now they are being informed and they arel ooking at the whole subject of Aquaculture in a new light. It will be a wait and see. As Bahamians we truly believe in this dream. Yes, it is ambitious, but it will happen here in the Bahamas and we are hoping it will happen in the near future,” he said. Although there were a few supporters, the overwhelming majority of persons were opposed to the venture. Several Bahamianf ishermen were opposed to it. However, according to Mr McCartney, he has a lways supported the FNM’s candidate in Elizabeth and any suggestion otherwise is completely ridiculous. Further to that, he added that if he did not support Dr Sands he would not have campaigned for him, and the suggestion that he was not “working hard enough” is nothing more than a vicious lie. “I said publicly on radio my support for Dr Sands. I said that Dr Sands is the best man for the j ob. My record will speak for itself. You can ask people who campaigned with me,” he said. To Mr McCartney’s credit, the MP did note in his resignation letter that he had withheld making this announcement until after the by-election so that it would not hurt the party’s chances in Elizabeth. Reiterating this point, the Bamboo Town MP said he could not possibly be blamed for what happened in Elizabeth as all indicators were revealing that the election was going to be a “close r ace.” In fact, other sources within the party have suggested that it was the Prime Minister’s change in Immigration policy following the earthquake in Haiti that caused the party a number of voters who decided not to show up at the polls. However, Mr McCartney would not respond to this aspect and maintained that he will be focusing his attention on the affairs of his constituency at this time. He did say, however, that he remains of the view that if he were to make a push for the leadership of the FNM at some later date, his resignation from the Cabinet of the Bahamas would not be held against him. “I acted on my personal convictions. And when you act on that you are doing what is right. And when you are doing what is right, how can that hurt you? “I have not resigned from the party or from my constituency. I intend now to even speak more on other national issues without Cabinet collective responsibility,” he said. As such, the MP said that he will continue to champion the cause of the Bahamian people at large on national issues which will range from Immigration to crime, to land security and border protection. Large scale tuna fishing FROM page one FROM page one Concern over extradition process McCartney: I won’t take blame for Elizabeth vote FROM page one

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THE Bahamas Kennel Club is hosting free handling classes for dogs and their owners on March 7 and 14 at the Botanical Gardens at 3pm ahead of its annual All Breed and Obedi ence Dog Show. The show, scheduled for the weekend of March 20 at the same venue, will offer spectators a chance to meet and learn about a variety of breed dogs. One of the breeds that will be participating in the show this year will be the Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager to please attitude, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States according to American Kennel Club (AKC registration statistics. The work ing ability that has made the Golden Retriever such a use ful hunting companion also makes him an ideal guide, assistance and search and rescue dog. The golden-coloured coat is the hallmark of this versatile breed, and can range from light to dark gold. The Golden Retriever originated in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800s and was used predominantly for hunting. The breed was developed by Lord Tweedmouth, whose goal was to create a superb retriever suited to the Scottish climate, terrain and available game. He crossed his original "Yel low Retriever" with the Tweed Water Spaniel (now extinct found on his estate. Later integrations of Irish Setter, Bloodhound, and more Tweed Water Spaniel produced the retriever we know today. This active and energetic sporting breed can adapt to many different living situations but requires daily exercise. His water-repellent double-coat sheds seasonally and needs regular brushing. With his friendly temperament and striking golden colour, this breed is both beau tiful to look at and a joy to own. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREE HANDLING CLASSES FOR DOGS AND OWNERS INTELLIGENT ANDEAGERTO PLEASE: Golden Retrievers will be a star attraction at the dog show. THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation has encouraged Bahamians to advance their business ideas through an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB designed to empower lower-income communities throughout the Caribbean. The initiative is a business plan competition that specifically looks to directly benefit lower income communities through linkages with the tourism sector. Individuals in the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries are being asked to send executive summaries for businesses to the Opportunities for the Majority Office of the IDB. The best entries will be selected for development into business plans, which will be evaluated to find the competition’s winner. “The objective of the competitionis to create mutually beneficial links between the local economy and the tourism sector through innovative business models that include the majority (low income communities) as suppliers and distributors in the value chains of companies engaged in tourism so that a larger part of the wealth generated directly benefits the community,” said the competition invitation from the IDB. The invitation also set out the competi tion deadlines: April 9, 2010 – Deadline for submitting a three-page executive summary of entrant’s project and a one-page company outline. April 12 – 24 – A panel of judges selects the 10 most promising projects for further development. May 3 – June 25 – Chosen applicants continue to develop their executive summaries into business plans. Prior to this, they will attend a workshop that will give additional instructions. July 23 – Finalists present their business plans to a panel of independent judges and up to three companies awarded consultancy services. The competition is open to the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Entries should be sent in PDF format to om-idb@iadb.org. Further information may be obtained at http://www.majoritymarkets.org. IDB opens business competition to Bahamas and wider Caribbean ST John’s College school b and was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the annual Epiphany Organ Recital given by Dr Sparkman Ferguson at Christ Church C athedral. The 60-minute organ recital brought out an a udience of 300. T he presentation of the 17 new instruments took place on last Thursday fol l owing the school’s morning mass. The school’s principal Valencia Saunders andm usic teacher Cathy Jir j ahlke thanked Dr Ferguson for the new instruments and vowed to create a solid school band. Dr Sparkman Ferguson donates 17-piece band to St John’s College By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net A FREEPORT man was sent enced to three years in prison after being convicted of various offences in the Magistrate’s Court. O drick Bartlett, 23, appeared in Court One before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson on Monday on charges of assault with a dangerous instrument, causing damage and causingh arm in relation to a complaint made on January 26, 2010. Bartlett is accused of causing harm t o the complainant and causing damage to the person’s vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to one year on each count to run con-s ecutively. In his second arraignment, Bartlett appeared in Court 2 before Magist rate Andrew Forbes, where he pleaded guilty to the charges of causing harm, assault with a deadly instrument, and threats of death. It was alleged that he caused harm t o a 29-year-old man of Beaconsfield on February 26, 2010. He was sentenced to six months in prison. I t is further alleged that he assaulted and made threats of death to a 59year-old woman of Sierra Leon Drive on January 29, 2010. He was sentenced to two years in prison for theo ffence. All of the sentences are to run concurrently. Freeport man charged with assault, causing damage and harm sentenced to three years In brief n Annual All Breed and Obedience Show set for March 20 weekend at Botanical Gardens

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ARGUABLY, our most valuable national asset is the shoreline the transition zone between land and sea that surrounds our islands. So we should all be acutely aware of w hat is happening to the coast that could affect our investments and quality of life. Over the millennia, shorelines have advanced and retreated as sea levels rose or fell over a range of some 500 feet. The difference today is that there are now millions of p eople living on densely developed shorelines around the world, so even a relatively small change in sea level can have a big impact. Sea levels have been rising since the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. Measurements from around the world show a rise of almost 20 centimeters since 1880 about eight inches and if this gradual pace continues, we can expect a rise of another foot above current sea level by the end of this century. That's right in the middle of the range projected by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC in 2007. But unfortunately, the rise won't be constant. In fact, scientists say the rate of increase is accelerating as the world gets warmer, and they are not sure how long the ice sheets on land will survive. In 2007 the IPCC did not factor melting ice sheets into their projections. Their report provided a conservative fore cast for sea level rise from thermal expansion of the oceans and from the melting of mountain glaciers, but didn't assign numbers to the contribution from melting ice sheets because of the uncertainties involved. In the last century, sea level rise was mostly due to thermal expansion (if you heat 50 gallons of water to 100 degrees Fahrenheit you will have roughly 51 gallons). But in recent years, scientists have determined that the Greenland ice sheet and the Arctic Ocean pack ice are rapidly falling apart. And the latest studies show that the West Antarctica ice sheet is also melting. In fact, planners in Rhode Island and Miami-Dade County have concluded that a minimum of a threeto five-foot sea level rise should be anticipated by 2100. A California report assumes a possible 4.6-foot rise by 2100, while the Dutch assume a 2.5-foot rise by 2050 in the design of their tidal gates. In the Bahamas, a three-foot rise would affect 11 per cent of our land area, without taking account of storm surges. And the World Bank says this would lead to a 5 per cent loss in GDP. According to Dr Orrin Pilkey, professor emeritus at Duke University in North Carolina, "A number of studies examining recent ice sheet dynamics have suggested that an increase of seven feet or more is not only possible, but likely. Certainly, no one should be expecting less than a threefoot rise in sea level this century." Pilkey is one of the world's leading coastal geologists, famous for his battles with the US Army Corps of Engineers. His recently published book, The Rising Sea, co-written with Rob Young, director of the Programme for the Study of Developed Shorelines, argues that without thoughtful planning, the economic and human consequences of sea level rise will be disastrous. "Governments and coastal managers should assume the inevitability of a seven-foot rise in sea level," Pilkey says. "This number is not a prediction. But we believe that seven feet is the most prudent, conservative long-term planning guideline for coastal cities and communities, especially for the siting of major infrastructure." He is convinced that the continued development of many low-lying coastal areas including much of the US east coast is foolhardy and irresponsible. In our region, Miami and New Orleans will be heavily impacted by sea level rise, and it is clear that we face hard and controversial choices, including abandoning stormdamaged property, changing where and how we build, and s etting coastal management policies that make sense. This theme was taken up recently by local coastal expert Neil Sealey during a public meeting at the Bahamas National Trust. Sealey is a former lecturer at the College of the Bahamas who has written s everal textbooks on regional geography. His talk focused on climate change and beach erosion in the Bahamas. "Sea level rise by itself won't destroy our beaches," he said. "They simply retreat and build up in a new position. The problem arises when something is done to the beach to stop it adjusting. And our low-lying land already floods during storms, so we don't have to wait for sea level rise to make the right decisions." Apart from their commercial value (to tourism and fish eries), beaches and mangroves protect the coast from flooding and storm damage, so we should do everything possible to preserve them. But casuari nas, seawalls, roads and other structures along the shore promote erosion and should be removed wherever possible, Sealey said. "Seawalls scour beaches and eventually get undermined, so they have to be rebuilt at more cost," he said. "Beach replen ishment is similarly costly and temporary. If we study the consequences of shoreline infrastructure, the clear lesson is don't build along the shore. This is a critical problem for the Bahamas. We need to restore dunes and wetlands, c reate buffer zones along the coast, remove invasives and monitor developments as they proceed." He called for the Bahamas to set up a regime to govern shoreline conservation and development throughout the islands as Barbados did some 1 5 years ago. And the new Planning and Subdivision Bill that is expected to become law this summer does contain some protections along these lines. Specifically, it prohibits construction within "significant wildlife habitat, wetland, woodland or area of natural or scientific interest; significant corridor, coastline or shoreline of the ocean or a lake; or significant natural corridor, feature or area." It also designates areas that should not be developed, for reasons of "flooding, erosion, subsidence, instability, conservation or other environmental considerations." But in the Bahamas, the consequences of sea level rise extend far beyond the shore and are a complex problem, especially where infrastructure is concerned. For example, the Lynden Pindling airport now being redeveloped at great expense will flood as the water table rises in response to higher sea level. The College of the Bahamas in Oakes Field is barely a foot above sea level and already floods when it rains, so this will only get worse. In fact, experts say that inland inundation and salinisation will become huge issues because our groundwater is tidal and directly linked to sea level. A nd of course, these fore casts do not take account of storm surges or other coastal effects. So they give only a par tial picture of vulnerability. The message for decision makers is that sea level rise is real and will only get worse. The more pessimistic forec asts point out that melting of the West Antarctica ice sheet will raise sea level by 16 feet, while melting of the Greenland ice sheet will add another 20 feet. The question is, how long will it take for this to happen? If global warming continues unabated, scientists fear we could reach a tipping point that would lead to a rapid loss of ice. The ramifications of a major sea level rise are massive. Agriculture will be disrupted, water supplies will turn salty, storms and flood waters will reach further inland, governments will be disrupted and millions of environmental refugees will be c reated. For example, 15 million people live at or below three feet elevation in Bangladesh alone. But even if we ignore such catastrophic predictions, Bahamians will undoubtedly feel the effects of sea level rise in the next decades. According t o Pilkey, (writing for an American audience) we should prohibit the construction of highrises and major infrastructure in vulnerable areas. And we should seek to relocate damaged buildings and infrastructure away from these shorelines rather than rebuilding in the same place. You may not know it, but the Bahamas does have a national climate change policy which acknowledges our vulnerabilities (it was formulated in 2005 and is available on the BEST Commission website). But it seems that this recognition is only just beginning to percolate through the labyrinth of government otherwise, why would we keep investing millions to rebuild seawalls around the country, among other contradictory practices. Implementation of this policy rests heavily on the development of a national land use plan, something which is prescribed by the new Planning and Subdivision Bill. The policy calls for a coastal zone management authority, adaptation strategies for agriculture, promotion of energy efficiency, alternative fuels and green vehicles, updating building codes and planning guidelines, working with insurers on risk management, protecting f reshwater resources, forests and other vital ecosystems, and educating the public. Interestingly, the policy makes some of the same rec ommendations that Professor Pilkey makeswe should assess the feasibility of relocat ing vulnerable settlements andi nfrastructure and prevent such development in the future. Meanwhile, Philip Weech, of the BEST Commission, and Arthur Rolle, of the Met Office, are developing computer models to better define the impacts we can expect from sea level rise and climate change. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Rising sea levels and their threat to our coastline

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macists say they have been waiting on the necessary information to determine whether the plan makes sound business sense. The number of actual contracts the NIB will secure with private pharmacies is still up in the air, but there may be hopein sight. The draft contract, freshly vetted by the attorney general’s office, was circulated to the BPA yesterday. Although the file format in which it was received was not conducive to proper editing, according to the BPA, it was a step forward in the process. They requested a more user friendly version to distribute to members. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis had a meeting scheduled with the BPA yesterday,but he had to cancel due to an infirmity. However, it was rescheduled for today. The BPA is waiting for a meeting to be called with the NIB. They plan to meet next week with members and open an invita tion to the NIB. “The NIB is producing a business plan. It is a new way of doing business for the pharma cies. Every individual business person in the association will make a business decision about whether the plan works for them and whether they want tosign on. At the end of the day it is the individual business’s money. It is a legal arrangement with the NIB,” said Dr Marvin Smith, president of the Bahamas Pharmacy Associa tion (BPA According to Mr Smith, the first time the BPA was approached as a body to review the NIB’s plan was January 14. This was over one week after a public relations firm, The Counsellors Limited, was contracted to start marketing the p lan. This may not have been the most prudent move, according to some pharmacists. A pharmacist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the publicity campaign was successful to the point that customers at private pharmacies started to ask questions, but a bit premature, because pharmacy owners had no answers. Customers are reportedly confused that the pharmacies know little of the specific details. “It is aggravating. It is not so much we want to rush the NIB, we want the information when it is ready, but there is sort of this dichotomy that these two actions are diametrically opposed to each other. You are saying to major stakeholders we don’t have the information, but everything in the public, the media is we are ready, we are ready, we are ready,” said Mr Smith. NIB Director Algernon Cargill disputes ever saying the plan was ready to go. He said the NIB worked around the clock to get the necessary and requested information together for pharmacists. “Whether they say it directly, it is implied. If they are on radio, TV and newspaper all the time, the implication is we are ready. You don’t have to come out and say we are ready. If you are out there saying, it is coming, it is coming, we are prepared, then (the public assume we are ready,” said Mr S mith. Mr Cargill said the NIB recognises information for the pharmacists has been delayed, however it was not because they were hiding the information or not being forthcoming; the information simply was not ready up until this point. “I think we should also recognise the information we have now developed has required countless hours to prepare. Now that we have put this effort in, we feel now we can have a productive meeting,” he said. The NIB maintains public relations has focused on phase one of the process, which is beneficiary registration. Over 35,000 subscribers are being registered, while there are less than 100 pharmacies to be registered. “Beneficiary registration will take several weeks and months of work. It makes good business sense to start beneficiary registration as soon as possible. That is called scheduling,” saidMr Cargill. Information disclosed about the plan details the process for beneficiaries. The plan will allow NIB pensioners, invalids, and Bahamians pursuing fulltime education under 25 years old, to access free or discounted medication for up to 11 different chronic diseases by using a NIB issued swipe card for use in public and private pharma cies. “To me, it is impossible to have the customers enrolled if you have nowhere for them to go,” said Mr Smith speaking about the fact that no pharmacies have signed on to the plan as yet, although several have indicated to the NIB their intention to be involved. He said there may be more beneficiaries to pharmacists, but the process involved in getting pharmacies up to speed is much more extensive. He said pharmacies have to deal with issues related to an intake of new stock, policies relating to reimbursement of expired stock, information technology infrastructure to operate the new swipe cards, space availability, maintaining separate paper work for government and NIB plan holders and non plan holders, additional security for staff to accommodate the increase in customers. “There is nothing in the new regulations that will mandate the private pharmacies to sign on. It is entirely voluntary. We will certainly encourage them to join the plan because the benefits they will accrue are great from the increased number of patrons who would normally patronise the clinics or public hospital pharmacy system,” said Mr Cargill. “The plan will go through with or without the support of the majority of private pharmacies. We would want the majority to participate but not everyone will sign on. It will bea lot more successful if we have the majority of pharmacies to be involved,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM However, despite this, the MP maintains that he came into Bamboo Town as and FNM and he will leave Bamboo Town as an FNM. Having resigned from his Cabinet post over the weekend, Mr McCartney said that he will now focus his time on his family and the constituency of Bamboo Town, giving both the “representation and support they need and deserve at this time.” “My strengths will be invested in making them stronger. My energy and ambition will hopefully lead to greater opportunities for them. There have indeed been some very thrilling high points along the way, one of which I am very proud to share with you today. My wife Lisa, my daughters Kasia and Tai and I have welcomed a new member to our family, Lawrence Khail McCartney. “The birth of each of our children has provided us unbounded joy and emotion and a welcome reminder that life is more about the moments than the occasions, and success in life depends on how well you are able to determine and manage the order of your pri orities by the acceleration of some, the abeyance of others and the acceptance that in life nothing comes before its time,” he said. ment conducted to assess the impact of the harbour dredging and Arawak Cay extension. The environmental review concluded Saunders Beach would not be negatively impacted by the development work, although there would be slight alterations to tidal flows and wave directions and direct loss of seagrasses, sponges and small corals. “Even though we warned that the beach would slowly disappear, even we are surprised at the deterioration in six short months. The beach has eroded three to four feet in certain areas and rocks are now exposed where there was sand a few months ago,” said Jerome Fitzgerald, committee chairman, at a press conference yesterday. Mr Fitzgerald called for the resignation of the Minister, who he said has lost credibility over his handling of the harbour dredging and container port relocation. He said Saunders Beach has been the best quality beach for “regular Bahamians” for generations, based on the quality of sand and water. Minister Deveaux said the coverage of Mr Fitzgerald’s public relations effort equates to an exercise in pandering to the Progressive Liberal Party senator’s ego. He claims Mr Frtizgerald has a political agenda, as he has publicly declared his ambition to contest the member of parliament seat for Marathon, currently occupied by Mr Deveaux, in the next general election. “Mr Frtizgerald will have to find me on the field of battle in Marathon to win. I am going to concede the weather has had an impact on the contour of the beach and if you wait a few weeks the same weather wave action will bring the sand back,” said Mr Deveaux, who visited the beach yesterday. “The weather this year has been the worst since the sixties, and the weather this last couple of weeks has been particularly bad. It has had a significant impact on the entire northern shore of the Bahamas. It has nothing to do with Arawak Cay. It has to do with long sustained wave action and the relentless pounding of the sea,” said Mr Deveaux, who pointed out Cabbage Beach, Jaws Beach, Caves Beach, and several other beaches have suffered similar effects. Saunders Beach has eroded at the most western end almost to the point of fully exposing the break wall, at some points. Withering roots from the casuarina trees, which formerly lined the beach, can be seen intertwined with the last mounds of sand. Rusted metal, f ormerly buried beneath up to three feet of sand are now exposed on the shore line. “Our purpose today is not to talk about the port being moved to Arawak Cay or that it should be at Southwest New Providence. This is not political as there is sufficient blame to be cast in both directions. This is a plea, a cry f or help to save and preserve these beaches. It is also, to make the public aware and to demand that the government call the experts to attend to both beaches to limit or abate this erosion,” said Paul Moss, who is also a committee member. The Minister indicated the relentless wave activity that impacted Saunders Beach, also resulted in the destruction of the break wall on the shore of the Western Esplanade. He said a company was hired to repair the wall, but was unable to pour concrete up to three weeks into the contract, because of poor weather conditions. “The only permanent solution to that kind of natural occurrence is to put whale tales in the water and have constant human interaction. Coastal engineers generally design impediments to shape the waves as they come to the shore and direct the sand and coastal activity to form the beach in a particular direction. This can be complemented with dune stabilisation and the proper planting of vegetation like sea grapes, button wood, sea purslane, sea oats and railroad vine,” said the Minister. Once the inland construction is completed, the sand dune stabilisation activity will commence with the planting of supportive vegetation, according to the Minister. S ENATOR AND CHAIRMAN o f the Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas f or Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the erosion of the beach to committee members Ryan Pinder and Ricardo Smith. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f FROM page one Beach erosion FROM page one ‘I want to run for FNM’ FROM page one Drug plan

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Annual luncheon for Retired Police Officers Association RETIRED police officers share laughs at a recent luncheon hosted by the Retired Police Officers Association. RETIREDPOLICE officers at the luncheon. S CORES of courageous men and women w ho dedicated years of service to the Royal B ahamas Police Force gathered to celebrate with their former colleagues at the Retired Police Officers Association's annual luncheon. Held at the hall of Christ the King Church in Ridgeland Park West, the event honoured retired officers for their tremendous service t o the country, treating them to a generous l unch and entertainment. A ssociation President Grafton Ifill hosted t he event. The association, formed in 2004, was established under RBPF retired Commissioner Paul Farquharson. The group advocates for benefits for retired officers including discounts at local stores and increased national insurance bene fits. Police unveil three new patrol cars C OMMISSIONER OF POLICE ELLISON GREENSLADE a nd Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames discuss the increased benefits of the new police vehicles. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT Tommy LaRoda, along with mobile patrol officers, gives a demonstra t ion on the upgraded features of three new patrol cars. The cars, worth a little over $50,000 each, are the first set of a fleet which the police have ordered and plan to distribute throughout the islands. ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER Hulan Hanna introduces the parents of Austin Ta-Shawn Goodman a physically disabled 10-year-old boy. Mr Hanna highlighted the child's respect and appreciation for the police force, as well as his fascination with patrol cars, during the ceremony to commission the new vehicles. Austin died February 10th due to cardio-respiratory failure. Mr Hanna said the young boy’s positive and ‘god-fearing’ demeanor despite the numerous physical complications he faced in his life inspired all those around him. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti TWOAmericans still jailed on kidnapping charges in Haiti will have to wait for their freedom. The judge says he's not ready to release his decision after holding a final hearing, according to Associated Press. Judge Bernard Saint-Vil tells The Associated Press he is consulting with prosecutors on the charges against Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter. Saint-Vil earlier said he would probably order their release after Tuesday's hearing. The two missionaries seemed in good spirits before they were taken back to jail. They were visited by U.S. Embassy personnel. Saint-Vil previously freed eight other Americans detained with the pair for trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without proper papers after the country's devastating earthquake. Haiti judge not ready to release two US missionaries

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer H ank Franks’ Fun House, t he ne w est spo t for tasty grilled homemade hot dogs, is located int he peaceful ser ene vicinity of Wilton Street off Mount Royal Avenue. It’s a location one may miss if not in the know, but a spot you’re sure to return to again and again once you’ve had just one bite of their delicious hot dogs. Variety on a bun is what Hank Franks’ offersfrom the chili hot dogs smothered in cheddar cheese and sauted onions, to the unusual but delicious cole slaw hot dog. Or try another interesting ideathe breakfast hot dog made with golden fried eggs. To accompany your hot dogs, the staff literally will crank out home made French fries, using a potato slicer right in front of your eyes. When Craig Ferguson, owner of Hank Franks’ Fun House decided to open this snack spot he aimed for something brand new and fresh. H e did not just want to open a hot dog diner, he wanted a spot that will keep patrons coming back. The fact that we are at a sta tioned location makes it easier for people to patronise the diner,” he said. What sets Hank Franks’ apart f rom the other hot dog snack spots is the fact that their hot dogs are grilled and their variety of top p ings. “We are the only spot that serves g rilled hot dogs and our bread is ordered fresh everyday,” he said. “One can also get a good deal w ith us. You can get a hot dog with fries and drink for a reasonable price,” he added. Nothing beats a hot dog when it comes to a quick lunch. If a person has only half an hour for lunch, the only amount of time that we need is five min utes. And when you think about it one gets value for their meal atH ank Franks’,” Mr Ferguson told Tribune Taste . Hank Franks opened in January and has enjoyed an excellent reception from the community. “Every month is much better than the previous. As people become familiar with Hank Franks’ they begin to come to our spot more often. And everyone who has had Hank Franks’ hot dog shares the experience with others,” he said. As their business continue to grows, Mr Ferguson said that they intend to branch off, opening another location for the diner. “We want a much more central location so that we can make Hank Franks’ known to all,” he said. h o t b t i e dg s o C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e that V ARIETY o n a bun is what Hank Franks’ offersfrom the chili hot dogs smothered in cheddar cheese and sauted onions, to the unusual but delicious coles law hot dog.

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e things 2 DO By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net W H EN Yasmine Johnson and Greg Wilkinson step into t he lobby of their workplace e ach morning, they often cons ider how they can take Mario’s Entertainment and Bowling Palace to the next level, maintaining its wow factor and cutt ing edge appeal. The $10 million bowling facility, next to Robin Hood in the SummerW inds Plaza, is an entertainment centre catering to toddlers, teenyboppers, g rownups, church goers and senior citizens, that stirs up the feeling of being in a Las Vegas hotel, Chuck E’ C heese, and Dave & Busters all at once. To have a facility of its kind, on par w ith similar ones in the United States is “phenomenal,” a representative from the American Bowling Associat ion told executives of Mario’s Bowling last month. Mario’s exceeded this man’s expect ations, as he said it had “enough value to surpass most of its world class counterparts in elegance and appearance.” To Yasmine Johnson, daughter of L eslie Miller, and director of marketing and public relations, this is good n ews, and enough reason why “we s hould be able to take it to another level.” A nd the brainchild behind the d esign for the entertainment facility agrees. Greg Wilkinson said,“We w anted to create an environment w here people know that they are coming to a nice place. People are cont rolled in the environment that they are placed in.” A panoramic view of Mario’s Bowli ng and Entertainment Palace at the e ntrance is enough to take your breath away. The colors are intentionallyc alming and soothing to the mind, said Mr Wilkinson. It represents somet hing of an art deco feel, very modern a nd posh. US Bowling who designs the lanes f or the Lucky Strike Lanes franchise in the United States outfitted Mario’sm ain attraction, 50 bowling lanes. T here are 26 lanes on one side, and 24 Mario’s Bowling offers family fun S EE page 11 B y JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer THE diversity of the music industry in the Bahamas is present in a new local band “Avante Guarden”, whose music is not the upbeat rhythms of reggae, or the soothing timbre of rhythm and blues, but instead is the rotund drumming, heavy guitar riffs, and lush vocals of hard rock. As the new Bahamian hard rock band, the five member group is officially introducing themselves and their music to the local audience. Each member of AG completes the puzzle, bringing together every piece necessary for a successful emergence. Their music is not the usual fare played on the local radio stations, it’s different and that is what Avante Guarden exemplifies. Representing their breakaway from music typically heard by Bahamian listeners is "Almost Home", the band's first album expected to debut this month. There are a total of nine tracks on the album. And amongst the ringing melodies lies beautiful passages birthed from the mind and spoken from the heart. Their music is beyond the surface, and while there are songs that one can groove to, their songs are thought pro voking and heartfelt. "This is what AG is about, making beautiful music, music that one can relate to. We try to make the best music that we can," Vallon Thompson guitarist and song writer for Avante Guarden told Tribune Enter tainment. All of the songs on the album are o riginal compositions by the band. T he majority of the songs on “Almost Home” were written by Vallon. Lead singer Jaynedoh wrote one of the peices. “Vallon is so good at what he does. His lyrics are just beautiful because he takes it to another level. He’s hass ome of the best work,” Jaynedoh said. “Brave and New” is one of the songs on the album that typifies a thoughtful piece of work and is a tribute to human “beingness” Vallon said. “This song is about recognising that even though we as human beings are different, we are still the same. Show me the difference within us and I can show you a thousand things the same. It’s more of breaking down those barriers that hinder us from being the people that we are when no one is looking,” he explained. Their music is already beginning to reach many, since they are slowly building a supportive fan base here in the Bahamas. “ We have a number of AG sup porters, and our fan base is continuing to grow. There are some hard-core rappers who are fans of our band. They are at almost every one of our performances,” Jaynedoh said. And even thought their growing fan base is an encouragement, both Vallon and Jaynedoh admit that it is difficult to be an emerging hard rock band in the Bahamas. And after they have left their imprints on the music industry in the Bahamas, they are setting their sights on the international music world. “We want to take our music to the world. But before we do that we want to gain the respect of our fellow Bahamians,” Vallon said. It took a while for Avante Guarden to fully establish themselves as a hard rock band, since it was a hassle finding the right person with the right voice. Once Vallon, who in fact started the band, found those pieces, he knew Avante Guarden would be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. "There were many experimental compositions to fine tune the sound of AG and there were many singers. AG went through about no less than six vocalists in its initial stages seeking the right voice for the it's particular style," Vallon said. Later he met Jaynedoh who faced a similar problem. “ She had been searching for some one who was good at producing rock music and I was looking for someone who could sing the music,” he said. They came together with three other band members Ashley Algreen the lead guitarist, Gary Francis, bass guitarist, and Bailey the drummer to form an electrifying assembly This is just the beginning for this hard rock band. People can expect to see much more of Avante Guarden in the near future. A vante Guar den r ocks the Bahamian music scene BAHAMIAN hard rock band Avante Guarden performs on stage. Mr J on the money we want By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer LOCAL Bahamian artists are spreading their wings, and making their imprints on the international music scene. And Bahamian Reggae artist Gesner “Mr J” Dalmond is no different since he recently collaborated with Canadian gospel artist DJ Evangelist on his new song “Money We Want”. “Money We Want” a song that addresses the issue of poverty is currently circulating the local airwaves in Canada. With an optimistic mindset the artists believe the song will be accepted by a global audience. Its all-embracing message is what really ignites conversation and a change of perception with regards to poverty -something that most people are fighting so hard to relinquish in their life. And with their smooth lyrical flow accented by underlying tones and melodies, they hope the issue of poverty jumps at listeners inviting meaning ful reflection. Mr J said the main purpose of the song is to get persons to see that poverty is something that can be eradicated from one’s life through personal success. “Poverty is prevalent in many societies throughout the world, which makes this song universal. However, poverty begins as a mental state. Yes there are many persons that have been born into poverty, but it is their mind set that keeps them in that position. The issue of poverty can be removed if they change their mindset,” Mr J told Tribune Entertainment. “Money We Want” has initiated conversation both negative and posi tive in the Canadian community. “There are persons who love the song who said that the message actu ally speaks to them. Then again there are others who maintain the belief that Christians should not talk about gaining prosperity. Despite that, this song is about moving from one point in life to another. Its not about gaining prosperity but showing people that just because your family might have poverty been stricken doesn’t mean that they will also be that way,” he said. Both Mr J and DJ Evangelist are hard at work shooting the video “Money We Want”. The video which is set in Canada will compliment the music communicating the message of the song even more effectively. “The video starts off with me getting ready to go on his daily mission, as the day progresses I am met with a variety of unusual circumstances. The video is very good and it shows the message in an even brighter light,” he said. “Money We Want” is professional ly recorded. However it is in the production stages right now. “Since it is our goal to go global with the song, we are trying to get the video played on major music stations like MTV, the Caribbean music station Tempo, as well as local television stations in the Bahamas,” he said . Mr J is Bahamian-born of Haitian descent and has been a reggae artist since 1996. While this was not always his dream, he said listening to other artist like Christian Massive and Peter Runks who tell stories through their music encouraged him to enter the profession. He has written eight songs so far that he said will be recorded on an album he plans to release sometime in the near future. He also just recently celebrated the release of his first official video entitled “More Luv”. With his own music and collaborating with other artist he channels his inner voice, sending a message of hope to the hopeless. A LONGVIEW of the 50 Ultra-Modern Bowling Lanes at Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace. ART FOR HAITI EVENT @ NASSAU YACHT CLUB Bahamian and Haitian artists come together to raise money for the dama ged orphanages in Haiti at an art exhibit , Thursday, March 4, at 5.30pm-10pm at the Nassau Yacht Club. Contact Donna Knowles at: 393 5132. ROTARY CLUB OF NASSAU BIATHLON The Rotary Club of Nassau hosts a 4 mile bike/6.6 run biathlon, Saturday, March 6, 7am at Goodman's Bay. Registration begins6 .30am. Enter a two-person team with one biker and one runner, do both segments, or just walk. This event also includes a health booth and souse out. All proceeds in aid of Rotary C lub charities. See www.rotarynassau.com POPOP EDUCATION: A RT CLASSES S ESSION ONE Popop Studios began their first session of art classes, last Monday, March 1-ending March 27, 2010. Classes in art therapy, figure painting, and workshops ins culpture and photogra phy-taking, and jewelrymaking classes are available. The second cycle of courses start on the first Saturday after the Easter Holidays. Mark Redgrave, Katrina Cartwright, Nadia Campbell, Heino Schmid, and Duke Wells are facilitators of the classes at Popop Stu dios Center for the Visual Arts. Cost is $150. Space limited. T: 322-7834. See www.popopstudios.com TEEN MONEY MAKING MONDAYS This program, started March 1, runs through April 5, and gives young persons an in-depth look at business ownership. For six consecutive Mondays, 6:30pm-9pm at Planet Play, attendees enjoy a night jam-packed with activities, money lessons, games, competitions and special lectures. Cost: $260/per teen. T: 376-9449. E: info@creativewealthbahamas.com RED CROSS FAIR 2010 The Bahamas Red Cross Society holds its annual fair, Saturday, March 6 @ 12 pm in the Lower Gardens, Government House Grounds. Enjoy a fun-filled day of family entertainment complete with pop corn, conch fritters, hoopla, hamburgers, bingo, disco, game and so much more! Tickets at the gates. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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o n the other. In addition to bowling, children man the machines with access to over 100 arcade games to choose from, as well as Nintendo Wii, PS3 and X-Box 360 favourites. T here are also a number of meeting rooms already utilised by many civic groups. At night, we sometimes have cosmic bowling where the whole facility is dark and we have a light show,” s aid Mrs Johnson. Even Sir Sidney Poitier, a Bahamia n screen legend, has a VIP room b efitting his name. It is equipped w ith four lanes for persons who want t hat private bowling experience, with a capacity of 30 persons. Prices start a t $1500 for two hours and each a dditional hour is $500. This package includes full access to a waiter, bartender, and a special b uffet. The menu includes buffalo wings, grouper fingers, conch fritters, springr olls, fruit and vegetables platters, cheese platters and a choice of two b everages, all topped off with a h ouse wine of your choice. Private and upscale events are h osted inside the VIProom at least 3 t imes a week and the Academy Award-winning actor will be the g uest of honour at Mario’s grand opening next month. Membership packages for the VIP r oom are stacked with freebies, like t he platinum package which not only gives you use of the VIP room, but also the upscale Elements UltraL ounge, packages are between $800 and $5000. Countless other local legends can b e found on “The Wall-Those Who Made A Difference,” in black and w hite framed photos. After the exertion of a few bowling games, relax in Mario’s electronic m assage chairs made available to soothe tired athletes with assistance from a therapist. A nd if you wish to let off some steam, there is a 150 person capacity nightclub upstairs with VIP private rooms for hire and waiting service provided. “The nightclub is very upscale, a nd the whole design concept is for the mature customer that wants to go out in an elegant environment,” saysM r Wilkinson. E lements Lounge and Nightclub is o utfitted with higher end sound p roof rooms where persons can sit in a private dining room overlooking t he facility. F ridays, and Saturdays tend to be b ooked solid by both Bahamians and visitors (thanks to aggressive marketing by the Ministry of T ourism). Mario’s Signature Pro shop offers personal customised bowling balls a nd shoes. T he ice cream parlour, sub sandwich parlour, and concession standw ill open in a matter of days. A f ood court which can hold up to 250 p ersons features Tuscanos and N oble Romans which offers gourmet pizzas and signature sandwiches. M rs Johnson said that Mario’s p rovides the ideal venue for famil ies because, “ there’s nowhere an a dult can go at night and take their kids other than at Atlantis or the Marina Village.” That’s the premise that they built t he facility on. “At Mario’s, your kids can bowl, be taught how to bowl, enjoy our v ideo arcade, and you can enjoy a nightclub, a restaurant and just sit back, relax, and lounge while thek ids have fun.” There are lane side coordinators that teach can teach you to bowl for at no cost. There’s also a handicap ramp where handicapped persons can bowl themselves. There is also a skating rink. Mario’s Bowling and Entertainm ent Palace offers group packages, a t different prices, but are not limited to set prices,” said Mrs Johnson. We have birthday packages, and s chool packages, just call us and we will fit your budget.” “Whatever you want, we can m ake it happen. Nobody gets turned away at Mario’s,” she said. “We try t o accommodate everyone as best as we can.” Rounding off their steady week e nd flow, Sundays will draw an even bigger crowd, and offer a special buffet, $25 for adults and $15 for kids, which includes bowling games. At Mario’s, security is very important with a strong security and police presence on the weekends. Security i s at the door, metal detectors are a lways active, and other measures a re taken to ensure the full safety of the building. M rs Johnson emphasised the i mportance of there being no swear ing and fighting on the premises. “We have no problems asking you t o leave,” she said, explaining their 3 strike policy which eventually leads t o the dismissal or permanent banning of people who distrub the peace from Mario’s. We will not tolerate anything negative in Mario’s. We will not deal with any vulgar behaviour or anything, as we have no tolerance period.” Leslie Miller, former PLP MP set about building one of the largest tenp in bowling facilities in the world a nd the only one in the Bahamas a fter his son’s death in 2002. Mario’s Entertainment and Bowling Palaceh as created 72 jobs so far. The Miller f amily, including the other siblings Leslia Miller and Montgomery Ferguson, hopes that its efficient serving s taff and clean facilities will keep it on the cutting edge. C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Mario’s Bowling offers family fun F ROM page 10 ELEMENTS Ultra-Lounge

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C M Y K C M Y K I N S I D E Mario’s Bowling offers family fun S ee page 10 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 D o ongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village R oad will showcase the collaborative works of ceramicist Averia Wright andp ainter Toby Lunn for this y ear's Transforming Spaces Art Tour. These two young Bahamian artists have found a common thread in colour, line, space and form to make bold statements using different medi ums in an exciting presentation. They both use organic free forms and earth tones to make very personal statements. New abstract expressions of art to inspire and heal the viewer rise up from the tangible fierce heat of the furnace that fires the clay and the metaphorical fire of metamorphosis that gives feeling to the paint. AVERIA WRIGHT, in her first Exhibition in The Bahamas as a fine arts graduate, said : “The stories of mythologies, mysteries and the mystical expressions of life take me deep into my roots my place of inspiration to create exotic life forms and elements of the deep turquoise seas. My medium of choice is clay. Working with my hands to create something from the earth is a primitive necessity.M anipulating slabs and coils of c lay to make a three dimensional object from an image in my mind, or from doodles or sketches is truly a passion. Adding metal to my creations is a challenge as metal's tensile strength allows the mechanisation of my ceramic sculptures tow ork. Whereas clay will bend with the possibility of melting and breaking, metal on the other hand bends readily. Working with metal, although tedious, is something I hope to continue to do. Exploring how far I can work with these materials inspires me to continue on this journey.” Averia studied Fine Art with a concentration in Ceramics at the University of Tampa where she transferred from the College of The Bahamas. She was first introduced to ceramics at COB under the tutelage of Joann Behagg and was inspired to further her studies in this discipline with renowned Bahamian art educator, Kendra Frorup. TOBY LUNN, no stranger to the Exhibition circuit, has entered a new phase in his work and said: “Taking Flight is a metaphor describing a recent transformation, not only in my personal life but also in my newest body of work. I am using the myth of the phoenix bird that rises from the ashes, using adversity and experiences as tools of expression. I am taking the symbol of birds in flight and allowing my painted expressions to soar at their own altitude. The lotus flower has also become important in my recent work. All of the symbols I use are references to healing internal and external not just for me, but for the viewer as well.” Toby received a BFA Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has held numerous exhibitions at Popop Studios, Doongalik Studios, Van Brugel's Restaurant, as well as abroad at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami Florida. He has also provided private art classes to interested members of the public. Both artists are sales representatives at the Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at Marina Village Paradise Island. They soon realised the symbiosis in the quality of their work and felt that Transforming Spaces was the perfect opportunity to showcase this multi media experience. Jackson Burnside, owner of the gallery said, “We are proud and privileged to present the work of these two extremely talented artists who are making significant contributions to the development of art in The Bahamas and by extension, the world. The treasury of our country lies in these innovations in the infinite possibilities being constantly investigated and improved upon by Bahamian artists. This exhibition is truly a milestone in contemporary art history.” Doongalik Studios presents a collaborative visual experience of Paintings and Sculpture by Averia Wright and Toby Lunn E F arth to light THIS year the Popop Gallery's focus is to experi ment and to educate as it continues its series of invitational exhibitions related to getting back to basics . This year's Transforming Spaces exhibition will show case dynamic designs. The Gallery has invited 10 artists/designers to create a 'Chair' using a budget of 100 dollars. The only two criteria are that the 100 dollars be exhausted in one way or another; and that the chair be functional and avail able for sitting on during the exhibition. Popop is excited by the unique idea of 'The Challenge' as they are asking the artists to challenge not only the interpretation of the problem but also the use of materials, the management of the funds and the balance of aesthetics and function. Transforming Spaces the popular art bus tour that allows patrons to visit several art galleries over one weekend will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday March 13-14. The tour will be visits to 9 galleries: Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at Village Road, Ladder Gallery at NPCC, New Providence Art & Antiques, Pink 'Un, Popop Studios, Post House Galler y, PRO Gallery at COB, StingraeStudio and The Hub. [ ] By Averia Wright By Toby Lunn Ten hundred dollar chairs THE ProGallery Presents 'Tag' an experimental Group exhibition featuring the works of student artists. Participants said, “ As students, we often produce art for the purpose of fulfilling the requirements of assignments and the demands of lectures. 'Tag' serves as an opportunity for unrestricted artistic expression and selfexploration. Each artist is afforded the chance to put forward work that speaks to his or her true aesthetic. The collective works serve as thumb prints that identify who we are, not just as artists but as diverse human beings.” The ProGallery is located at the College of the Bahamas, the S Block rm S6. We are proud and privileged to present t he w or k of t hese two extremely t alent ed artists who ar e making significant contributions to the development of art in The Bahamas and by extension, the world.” Jackson Burnside ProGallery presents ‘Tag’ The Tribune SECTIONB Hot dogs that bite See page nine


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lack of support for
FNM campaign

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

FORMER Minister of State
for Immigration Branville
McCartney last night hit out at
suggestions by senior FNM offi-
cials that he was to blame for the
party’s less than stellar perfor-
mance in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion.

According to sources within
the FNM, Mr McCartney was
berated at an FNM council meet-
ing last week where a number of
meritorious council members
(MCM) took the MP to task for
the poor showing at the polls in
Polling Division 11.

This division, which was head-
ed by the FNM’s Minister of

State for the Environment Phen-
ton Neymour, was also worked
by Mr McCartney who these
sources claim, failed to show any
“inspiration in his designated
duties.”

This lack of “inspiration” they
claimed was due to the suspicion
that the MP was not in favour of
the party’s candidate Dr Duane
Sands, who Mr McCartney could
possibly see as another challenger
for the leadership of the party if
and when the opportunity arose.

“So it came as no surprise to
me that he would have resigned,”
the source added. “Who knows,
maybe he was trying to pre-empt
what was already in the process
of being done.”

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extradition process

THE United States’ govern-
ment has expressed concern
over the Bahamas’ tedious
extradition process that allows
subjects of US extradition
requests to continue illegal
activities while on bail await-
ing resolution in their case.

This country was also one of
four Caribbean nations includ-
ed on the US’s newest list of
"major illicit drug producing
and/or drug-transit countries."

Officials estimate that
between 12 to 15 major

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Resistance to
large scale
HUTTE BIRS OTE

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Bahamian
brothers Paul and David
Mellor — who are propos-
ing to pursue a venture to
harvest yellow fin tuna in
Bahamian waters using purse
seine nets — were confront-
ed with overwhelming resis-

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Alarm at erosion
of Saunders Beach

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE current level of beach
erosion at Saunders Beach has
alarmed some environmental
activists, who are calling on
Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux to be held account-
able.

The Committee to Protect
and Preserve the Bahamas for
Future Generations questioned
the validity of findings in the
environmental impact assess-

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LEADING NEWSPAPER

‘I want to run
for FNM in
Bamboo Town

at next election’

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

IN LIGHT of his resignation
from the Cabinet, Former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
hoped he would not be denied
a nomination to run as an FNM
in the Bamboo Town con-
stituency whenever the next
general election is called.

Speaking to The Tribune at
his constituency office yester-
day, the popular MP said he
was hopeful Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham would not
seek to “punish” him as he has
not yet even made up his mind
if he will in fact run again for
the House of Assembly.

“T had five years to serve.
Right now I have two more
years. If I don’t get a nomina-
tion from the party I doubt I
will run as an Independent —
or anything else for that matter.
I would have done my time,
and I would have done my time
well. I guarantee you that. I
would have done my time well
and I will move on,” he said.

As he is widely considered
to be one of the few Members
of Parliament who can claim to
have a “sure seat” due to his
representation and work in the
area, it is often said that Mr
McCartney does not need the
FNM backing to win his seat in
Bamboo Town.

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Lack of information
On prescription drug plan
aggravates pharmacists

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

PHARMACISTS are
growing more aggravated
over the lack of information
provided to them about the
Chronic Disease Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan.

Since the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB) started
marketing the plan to bene-
ficiaries in January, phar-

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LOCAL NEWS



Man stabbed,
hit on head

In Pobhery
attempt

A 25-YEAR-OLD
man of Stapledon Gar-
dens was stabbed and hit
in the head with a rock
in a robbery attempt by
four men yesterday
morning.

The victim was walk-
ing in the Millennium
Gardens area at around
11.15am when he was
attacked by four men.

Police said it is report-
ed that one of the men
reportedly hit the victim
in the head with a stone
while another produced
a knife, stabbing the vic-
tim once in his left leg
and twice in his the right
leg.

The Stapledon Gar-
dens man was taken to
hospital where he is list-
ed in serious but stable
condition. Police are
investigating the matter.

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

If so, call us on 322-1986
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‘US airline suspends flights

to Governor’s Harbour

American Eagle cites
airport concerns

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A MAJOR US airline has
announced that it will be
immediately suspending its
flights to Governor’s Har-
bour, Eleuthera due to con-
cerns over the airport there.

American Eagle sent an
email to its relevant partners
in the travel industry yester-
day stating that due to
“recent changes” at the Gov-
ernor’s Harbour Interna-
tional Airport it is suspend-
ing its four days-a-week Mia-
mi-Governors Harbour route
effective immediately and
indefinitely.

The 64-seater plane will
now fly into North Eleuthera
“until the problems at GHIA
have been fixed”, according
to American Eagle’s region-
al sales manager for the
Bahamas and Florida, Tra-
cie Hoo-Glinton, who apol-
ogised in the email for the
inconvenience.

The airline has been flying
the route since late last year.

In a statement issued yes-
terday afternoon, former
tourism minister Obie Wilch-
combe yesterday said the
Minister of Tourism, Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace must
provide a “full explanation
as to why his ministry has
failed to maintain the Gov-
ernors Harbour Internation-
al Airport to ensure compli-

ance with FAA Standards.”

“The minister must inform
the public the last time an
audit was conducted on the
GHIA and must also disclose
when audits were undertak-
en at all other airports in the
Bahamas. It begs the ques-
tion as to who is asleep at
the wheel,” said Mr Wilch-
combe.

“Although alternative
arrangements have been
made to accommodate
inbound and outbound
flights at the North Eleuthera
Airport this will seriously
inconvenience local and
tourist travellers,” he added.

Transportation

Ms Hoo-Glinton stated in
her email, forwarded to the
media by Mr Wilchcombe,
that American Eagle is plan-
ning on providing bus trans-
portation between the two
airports.

“For GHB departing pas-
sengers, our customers will
be expected to arrive at the
airport at least two hours
before scheduled departure
time to catch the chartered
bus. If passengers arrive lat-
er than this, then they will
be responsible for their own
transportation to North
Eleuthera to catch the flight.
I appreciate any help you can
give in advising our mutual
customers of these changes,

The National

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especially given the short
notice,” she added.

The change to the route
means that American Eagle
will now be flying to North
Eleuthera seven days a week.

“Once we receive an
update from the government
on the GHB airport, we will
resume our operations to this
airport and advise accord-
ingly,” said the airline offi-
cial.

Yesterday David Johnson,
deputy director of tourism,
said the Ministry of Tourism
was alerted to American
Eagle’s plans on Monday
night. He said the ministry
was not aware of the airline’s
concerns about the airport
as it “doesn’t get directly
involved in technicalities of

airports” but suggested that
the Department of Civil Avi-
ation, which has direct
responsibility for the main-
tenance of airports, could
have been.

Landing

“The access remains,
except there is the inconve-
nience of landing in North
Eleuthera. That’s an interim
measure while technical
matters that need to be
done get done,” said Mr
Johnson.

Asked if he was aware
how soon necessary adjust-
ments might be made to the
airport, Mr Johnson said he
expected to be updated on

this by yesterday evening or
this morning.

As for whether the issues
deterring American Eagle
from landing in Governor’s
Harbour could affect other
airlines which service the
airport, Mr Johnson said
this is unlikely.

American Eagle’s plane
is “by far the largest” that
lands in Governor’s Har-
bour and “brings require-
ments that may be more
onerous compared to those
of a 19-seater plane,” he
noted.

In a statement released to
ZNS news late last night,
Mr Vanderpool Wallace
said the Governor’s Har-
bour airport has not been
downgraded but is under-
going systemic improve-
ments and the changes at
the airport referred to by
American Eagle are “actu-
ally improvements regard-
ing the removal of two air-
line towers that will make
flying into the airport safer.”

He said Mr Wilchcombe’s
call for a full explanation of
the suspension of service by
American Eagle “unfortu-
nately reveals a profound
lack of understanding of the
airline business.”

The minister added that
it is as a result of combined
initiatives by the Depart-
ment of Civil Aviation and
the Ministry of Tourism that
American Eagle “has more
than doubled its services to
the out islands over the
course of the last year.”

Plans to rebuild
OPBAT hanger

THE United States’ gov-
ernment plans to rebuild the
Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos' (OPBAT) hang-
er on Inagua sometime this
year.

According to the newest
US International Narcotics
Report, released by the US
State Department on Mon-
day, pending successful con-
clusion of lease negotiations
with the Bahamian govern-
ment, OPBAT construction
will start this year with a
2012 completion target date.

Helicopters

"The new hangers will
allow (the US) to base heli-
copters flying in support of
OPBAT on Great Inagua,"
said the report.

Since Hurricane Ike
destroyed the original
OPBAT hanger in 2008, US
helicopters have operated
out of Providenciales in
nearby Turks and Caicos.

The report also noted that
the Bahamian government
further developed OPBAT's
maritime interdiction abili-
ties by basing four intercep-
tor boats — which were
acquired under Operation
Enduring Friendship in 2008

— on New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Inagua.

Still, the US advised that
"these capabilities could be
developed further by sta-
tioning the two new boats
received in 2009 on Grand
Bahama and Great
Inagua.”

Successful

In 2007, US officials her-
alded OPBAT as one of the
most successful internation-
al drug interdiction partner-
ships in the world.

It is a multi-agency inter-
national drug interdiction
effort created in 1982 to
stem the flow of illegal drugs
through the Bahamas and
into the US.

The report also added that
throughout 2009, the US
provided resident, mobile
and on-the-job training in
maritime law enforcement,
engineering and profession-
al development for the
RBDF.

Also, at the end of 2009
the US Department of
Defence was slated to deliv-
er two additional 43-foot
interceptor boats and com-
munications equipment to
the RBDF.

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Man wanted
for questioning
HRT
UTM

POLICE have issued
an all-points bulletin
asking the public to
assist them in determin-
ing the whereabouts of
Kevano Musgrove, 24,
who is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection
with murder and posses-
sion of an unlicensed
firearm.

He is considered
armed and extremely
dangerous.

Musgrove’s last
known address was
Halsmere Road in High-
bury Park, Nassau.

He is described as
being of light brown
complexion and of medi-
um build, 5°10” tall and
weighing 140 lbs.

Persons with any
information concerning
Musgrove are asked to
contact police at the fol-
lowing numbers:

Police Emergency at
919/911; CDU at 502-
9991/9930; Police Con-
trol Room at 322-3333;
Crime Stoppers at 328-
8477, or contact the
nearest police station.



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FNM defectors
weigh in on
McCartney
resignation

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff
Reporter

nnicolls @tripbunemedia.net

FRESH on the heels of
his resignation from the
Cabinet, Branville
McCartney may now
have to face political iso-
lation according to his
predecessor.

Tennyson Wells, like
Mr McCartney, repre-
sented the constituency
of Bamboo Town under
the banner of the FNM.
He resigned his Cabinet
seat in 2000 to vie for the
leadership of the party,
which he lost to Tommy
Turnquest. Mr Wells lat-
er quit the party after
what he termed “serious
differences of opinion”
and sat in parliament as
an independent.

Commenting on what
he thinks the future will
hold for Mr McCartney,
Mr Wells said: “I think
he will have to continue
to look over his back,
look over his shoulder,
because the rest of his
colleagues are not going
to stand with him
whether he is right or
wrong. The vast majority
are not going to stand
with him even if they
know he was right.

Reality

“They want to main-
tain or enhance their
position. They are not
going to stand up like
men and women. That is
the sad reality of politics
in this country.”

In a statement released
by Mr McCartney over
the weekend, the former
Minister of State for
Immigration said the
main reason he quit was
a feeling of stagnation
and a sense that he was
not fully utilising his
“political potential.”

Mr Wells said he was
not surprised by the res-
ignation, even though he
had not followed the sit-
uation closely, as such
conflicts are a feature of
FNM governments.

He pointed to the
example of his colleague
Pierre Dupuch, another
former member of an
FNM Cabinet who was
fired by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in
2000, after being accused
of undermining Mr
Ingraham’s authority.

Yesterday, Mr Wells
said he feels that despite
his five-year sabbatical
from politics, Mr Ingra-
ham has changed little.

“He basically wants to
do everything himself,
which is impossible and
the country suffers from
it and will continue to
suffer from it. No man is
an island and we are all
interdependent. Each of
us ought to consider oth-
er people’s views and
give them consideration.
No one has all the
answers to all the prob-
lems in the country.
When we realise this it
will be better for every-
body,” Mr Wells said.

UA

IN yesterday’s Tribune, the
Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation was incor-
rectly referred to as the
Bahamas Heart Foundation.

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

HAVING served under
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette, former Min-
ister of State for Immigration
Branville McCartney said he
was given immense latitude to
perform his duties and thanked
both men for the opportunity to
serve the people of the
Bahamas.

In relation to Mr Symonette,
Mr McCartney said he learned
a lot from the DPM and quite
frankly liked his approach to
the way he handled a plethora
of issues.

“He (Mr Symonette) is a
very practical man, knowl-
edgeable, and to the point,” Mr
McCartney said.

“The Prime Minister is also a
person who I have learned a lot
from as well. I think he has the
best interest of the country at
heart. He makes decisions and
he is very direct.”

Soberly

Mr McCartney has gone on
the record to admit that his
decision to resign from Cabi-
net was not an easy one, that it
was well thought out and sober-
ly contemplated.

“Tt was not an easy decision,
but one that needed to be
made, because of my determi-
nation and resolve that it was
and continues to be the right
thing to do, not in any way
motivated by conventional wis-
dom, the prevailing consensus
or the latest snapshot of public

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McCartney thanks PM and

Symonette for chance to serve

PUTHIN' DA ENVELOF

By Jaeoal Palle

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opinion, but right according to
my personal convictions.

“The factors that motivated
this run the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more com-
pelling than others. In the fore-

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front are my feelings of stagna-
tion and the inability to fully
utilise my political potential at
this time,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said that while the resignation

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PROGRESSIVE Young
Liberals chairman Aarone
Sargent said the departure
of Branville McCartney
from the Cabinet has made
him wonder whether
democracy and freedom of
expression exist in the FNM.

In a statement issued to
The Tribune yesterday, the
PLP youth arm’s boss noted
that the FNM often prides
itself on being the party that
makes way for its younger
members.

“How sad it is that this
statement has the FNM eat-
ing its words due to the res-
ignation from ministerial
work of one its future lead-
ers: Branville McCartney. It
would be understandable if
the reason for the resigna-
tion was due to personal rea-
sons, but to actually have it
said that it was due to stag-
nation on behalf of the pow-
ers that be is atrocious,” he
said.

Mr Sargent said while the
FNM claims to have “test-
ed hands and proven lead-
ership” it seems that Mr
McCartney “slipped right
through the fingers of these
so-called tested hands like
so many other issues such as
crime and the economy.”

“How sad it is
that this state-
ment has the
FNM eating its
words due to
the resigna-
tion from min-
isterial work
of one its
future leaders:
Branville
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of a Minister or Minister of
State is always regrettable, he
could not say he was complete-
ly surprised by Mr McCartney’s
decision.

“Each of us in politics are
bound to follow what we
believe to be the best course of
action in the interest of the peo-
ple we are privileged to repre-
sent and in accordance with our
own convictions and percep-
tions at any given time. I have
no doubt that Mr McCartney,
as he indicates, has given seri-
ous consideration to the action
he has taken.

“T regret that in the forefront
of his considerations leading to
this decision are, as he put it,
‘my feelings of stagnation and
the inability to fully utilise my
political potential at this time’.
I should only like to remind
him of what he himself says in
his press release, which is ‘that
in life nothing comes before its
time’.

“T thank Mr McCartney for
his service to the Bahamian
people and to my government.
My colleagues and I look for-
ward to working closely with
him in the best interest of the
people of the Bamboo Town
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If a Haitian wasn’t there, it didn’t happen

ALTHOUGH Bamboo Town MP
Branville McCartney went to great lengths to
express his loyalty to Prime Minister Ingra-
ham on resigning from the Cabinet, and to
explain that the main reason for his return-
ing to the back bench was a feeling of “stag-
nation and the inability to fully utilise his
political potential at this time,” Bahamians
are not satisfied. They want a more com-
plex explanation.

Mr McCartney said that the factors that
motivated his decision to leave the Ingra-
ham Cabinet — but not his Bamboo con-
stituency — ran “the full gamut of issues
and emotions, some more compelling than
others.”

However, the silence imposed on Cabinet
ministers and the idea of collective respon-
sibility for decisions taken were the straws
that broke his camel’s back.

This explanation was not good enough for
many Bahamians — the story was not plau-
sible unless there was a Haitian somewhere
in the mix. It reminded us of a lifetime ago
when studying American history and reading
of a mini-skirmish in Boston square on
March 5, 1770. The skirmish, involving a
few British soldiers defending a sentry who
was being harassed by some town folk, has
gone down in history as the “Boston Mas-
sacre.” Shots were fired killing three per-
sons and wounding two others who later
died. Crispin Attucks, an escaped slave, was
one of the dead. He was recorded as the
first black to fall in the American revolu-
tion. On reading this a fellow student chuck-
led: “Well you should’ve known — nothing
ever happens unless Cuffy was there!”

And so it is with the Haitians in the
Bahamas. Nothing bad seems to happen
unless a Haitian is at the root of the evil.

Crime is escalating — blame the Haitian.
The hospital is overcrowded — Haitian
women have too many babies. The schools
are full — too many Haitian children, study-
ing harder than Bahamians and taking the
top places in the classroom. The Bahamas is
being creolised and soon Haitians will take
over our country. And so the litany of com-
plaints against the Haitians escalates.

In some quarters the hatred being stirred
up against these people is starting to sound
like Hitler’s hate campaign in Nazi Ger-
many, which resulted in the deaths of six
million Jews. All of Hitler’s personal miseries
— and later the world’s evils — were laid at
the feet of the Jews. Hitler eventually saw it
as his duty to cleanse the German race of
their influence.

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Prime Minister Ingraham and Mr McCart-
ney are at loggerheads as to the final solution
for the Haitian problem. It is claimed that
Mr McCartney as Minister of State for Immi-
gration was determined to cleanse the
Bahamas of Haitians — we presume only
the illegal ones. However, so it is claimed, he
was crushed when Prime Minister Ingraham
announced, without consulting or inform-
ing him, that he had ordered the temporary
release of all Haitians from the Detention
Centre after an earthquake had pulverised
Port-au-Prince, making their repatriation
impossible. In releasing them from deten-
tion, Mr Ingraham had made the same deci-
sion as had the Americans, and other world
leaders. To have done otherwise would not
only have been unchristian, but would have
isolated the Bahamas as a pariah in our
hemisphere. And so, once again the Haitian
is to blame. This, say the chatter-box pundits,
is what hastened Mr McCartney’s Cabinet
departure.

We all know — as do the Haitians who
have lived here for many years and been
assimilated in our society — that the
Bahamas cannot accommodate anymore
Haitian immigrants. We all know that there
has to be a solution to the overcrowding in
our inner cities, but to blame all of our prob-
lems, especially crime, on the Haitians is
not only unfair, but untrue.

To confirm our beliefs we spoke yester-
day with Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston
Rahming who says that “crime is a Bahami-
an problem.” He said that 94 per cent of
the prison population are full-blooded
Bahamians — no trace of a Haitian in their
background.

Of late there has been a slight increase of
persons born here, who have Bahamian pass-
ports, but because of their parentage
describe themselves as Haitian-Bahamian.
These come mainly from Abaco. For exam-
ple, 10 persons were admitted to prison on
Monday — eight of them were full Bahami-
ans, two were Haitian-Bahamians, both from
Abaco.

Generally Haitians are arrested for drugs,
incest, causing grievous harm or carrying
arms, usually a cutlass, not a gun.

They have not been brought in for armed
robbery or murder — this is left to Bahami-
ans, and usually those let lose by the courts
on bail.

And, so, although Haitian immigration is
a problem, it is not our main problem. It is
about time Bahamians take responsibility
for their behaviour and realise that they are
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Deeply disturbed
by talk show host’s
passionate dislike
for Ingraham

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I was in Nassau on Thurs-
day, February 27, and I tuned
into Love 97 FM to listen at
the talk show hosted by Mr
Allen and I found the entire
show very amusing.

Mr Peet was the guest on
the show. A part of their dis-
cussion was about monies that
are reported to be owed. It
was clear that they were try-
ing to say that a party is not
responsible for any debts it is
only a candidate that can be
held responsible. Well blow
me down, I would like to
know why a party goes all out
to make sure that the voters
know a candidate is running
on a particular slate whether
it is FNM, PLP, BDM or
Workers Party. I firmly
believe that if one is running
on any party’s slate then that
party should be responsible
to see that any debts incurred
are paid.

I am deeply disturbed by
the trend that is being set
when Mr Allen is hosting
these shows because over the
past four to six months it has
been very obvious to me and
other listeners that the host
has a passionate dislike for
the Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham.

I have known Mr Allen for
almost 30 years and I person-
ally know how he felt about
the PLP for a long time and it
is disturbing to hear him cut
off callers to the show if they
are saying something good
about the FNM and the Prime
Minister. His excuse that he
can’t let one caller take up
too much time is flimsy at best
because I have heard some

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callers that I have timed for 8
to 10 minutes it doesn’t mat-
ter as long as they are putting
down the FNM or the PM.
There is one such caller
known as “pauper” who he
at times will allow to call sev-
eral times a show and time
doesn’t seem to matter. Some
people should be very grateful
but then I guess I expect too
much.

On Thursday’s show there
was discussion about the
Chief Justice and his political
alliance, well it appears that
the political alliance of the
former Chief Justice was
okay. Well I wonder why and
I did not hear either of these
two men have anything to say
about someone being
appointed a few years ago
under circumstances which
left much to be desired, but
again it appears to be okay as
long as it is not the FNM that
is doing the appointing.

I also heard a bunch of
foolishness about the UBP.
Apparently it is all right if you
and your family were UBP
for many years just as long as
you switch and say that you
are now PLP, but it is not
okay if you were PLP and
switch to become FNM, not
UBP because they are no
more.

I could not believe it when
Theard Mr Peet say that all of
the violence in politics was
caused by FNMs and Mr

Allen sat there and did not
open his mouth to correct him
because there are thousands
of Bahamians who have heard
from many platforms what Mr
Allen had to say and who he
thought was responsible for
the violence in politics over
the past 25 to 30 years.

Private radio talk shows as
far as I know were allowed
by the FNM for the first time
in Bahamian history and you
are allowed to get on and say
what ever you feel like as long
as it is decent and not libel
but Iam sure that it was nev-
er intended to be dictatorial.
It was meant to be democrat-
ic where everyone got the
same chance to voice opin-
ions.

Mr Allen, I can tell you
from personal experience that
hatred will consume any
human being, I personally had
to ask God to help me over-
come this serious illness
because it was eating me up
inside and taking the joy out
of my life and I thank God
that he helped me to over-
come.

If this type of thing contin-
ues I will have no choice but
to ask all of my friends to stop
supporting programmes of
this nature and then maybe
there will be an awakening in
the radio media.

ABNER PINDER

Spanish Wells,

February 27, 2010.

P.S. Politics: A strife of
interests masquerading as a
contest of principles. The con-
duct of public affairs for pri-
vate advantage. —Ambrose
Bierce.

Election Court bills and who should pay them

EDITOR, The Tribune.

When we mere mortals are
involved in litigation a poten-
tial defendant can ask the
court to make an order for
security for costs against the
plaintiff. This is done in the
case where there is a signifi-
cant risk of defendants suf-
fering injustice of having to
defend proceedings with no
real prospect of recovering
their costs should they win.
Given the PLP party’s track
record when it comes to pay-
ing bills, why do they feel this
should not apply to them?

Their excuse for the party
not paying the election court
costs of 2007 was that the
action was brought by Pleas-
ant Bridgewater, not the par-
ty. I seem to remember the

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party having a distinct interest
in the outcome of that mat-
ter. As in the current election
court spectacle, they have said
it is not the party but the can-
didate who must fund the lit-
igation.

Yet again the PLP as a par-
ty were not silent during the
campaigning. Mr Pinder was-
n’t standing as an individual
running for the Elizabeth seat.
Mr Pinder ran as the candi-
date put forward by the PLP
and in the name of the party.
Was he not wearing a PLP
shirt, shouting to a PLP
crowd, being cheered by PLP
pom-pom waving voters and
endorsed by Mr Christie and
the party? Had he been the
clear victor the PLP, as a par-
ty, would have ensured we all
knew it.

It is interesting to note how
the PLP as a party which has
much to campaign, argue and
point fingers about during an

election, then withers from
the limelight when the ques-
tion of who pays the bills aris-
es. They simply try and pass
the buck. The party acts as
though it is above the law. It
acts as though the rules which
apply to the regular hard
working citizens don’t apply
to them.

The example they set is a
disgrace when struggling
Bahamians can’t find the
money to pay their water,
electricity, phone and other
bills. Yet find it and pay them
they do.

The position taken by the
PLP as a party begs the ques-
tion, how united is the party if
it doesn’t support its candi-
dates through the whole cam-
paign process; even if that
process takes them to court?

ACID PEN
Nassau,
February, 2010.

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I have waited to hear whether Mr Christie or someone in the
party would condemn the hitting of the Deputy Prime Minister
by a PLP supporter.

Mr Christie can yell and shout when he wants to, yet he has
not condemned this action. What kind of a person or leader can-
not see that it is wrong to condone such behaviour? Would he
have been silent if someone had slapped his former DPM,
Mrs Pratt? No wonder children are misbehaving in public
schools, and think it is all right.
















Serious inquiries only please

VOTER
Nassau,
February 23, 2010.

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(a) ALANNAH LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of
the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March
1, 2010 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

On my last visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros, I was appalled
to learn that a certain police officer has been driving his car
unlicensed since April 2009.

There appears to be little or no regard paid to this matter
as the officer can be seen jetting around the island in his
vehicle without a care in the world, while the jobless sacrifice
the little that they have to ensure that they operate within
the law.

How then can this officer enforce the law which he him-
self does not follow? What a sad state of affairs considering
the already shocking home invasion and robbery that dis-
rupted the peace and tranquility of that quaint island com-
munity.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd.
of 2nd Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named
Company are required on or before the 15th day of April,
2010 to send their names and addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such debts are proved.




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Former hank
manager charged
in shares scheme

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

A FORMER bank manager
and a stock broker charged in
a scheme involving the pur-
chase and sale of Common-
wealth Bank shares were
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
Court yesterday.

Wayde Bethel, 50, of South
Ocean, appeared before Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel in
Court 8, Bank Lane, along
with Hiram Cox, 42, of Coral
Heights, formerly a senior
stock broker with Colina
Financial Advisors Limited
(now CFAL).

The two men were
arraigned on charges relative
to an alleged scheme over the
sale of stock options owned
by Commonwealth Bank Lim-
ited; in breach of the Securi-
ties Industry Act.

Bethel, a former manager
of Commonwealth Bank, East
Bay Street, has been charged
alone with dealing in securi-
ties.

It is alleged that between
November 2005 and February
2006, Bethel, not being a reg-
istered stockbroker, disposed
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.

Securities

Bethel and Cox also have
been charged together with
employing a scheme in con-
nection with the purchase of
securities.

Court dockets allege that
the two men employed a
scheme in connection with the
purchase of sureties with
intent to defraud another and
knowingly used the power of
attorney which purported to
convey an authority that it did
not possess, for the purchase
of securities belonging to
Commonwealth Bank Ltd.

The two men are also
charged with directly engag-
ing in an act in connection
with the sale of securities. It is
alleged that they sold securi-
ties owned by Commonwealth
Bank Ltd while purporting
that they belonged to another.

The men have been
charged with employing a
scheme in connection with the
sale of securities and omitting
a material fact in order to mis-
lead another.

It is alleged that they failed
to tell the purchasers of the
shares that the person selling
the shares was not the owner
of said shares.

Both men pleaded not
guilty to all charges at the
arraignment.

Attorney Rawson McDon-
ald, who represents Bethel,
told the court that his client
had no matters pending
before the courts and is a
banker by profession although
he now works in the time
share business.

Last November, Bethel lost
his appeal against his 2006 dis-
missal from Commonwealth
Bank.

Attorney Charles McKay,
who represents Cox, told the
court that his client is an
investment banker by profes-
sion.

Attorney Gavin Gaskin of
the Attorney General’s Office
did not object to them being
granted bail.

Bethel and Cox were grant-
ed bail in the sum of $50,000
each, with two sureties. The
case has been set for trial on
September 27.

The Attorney General’s
Office is expected to prose-
cute the case.

Prosecutors yesterday
declined to comment on how
much money was involved in
the alleged stock dealing
scheme, but noted that it was
a significant amount.

Teen charged with
possessing weapons
and ammunition

A 18-year-old man charged
with weapons and ammuni-
tion possession was granted
bail in the sum of $10,000 yes-
terday by a Magistrate’s
Court.

Treverse Robinson is
charged with being found in
possession of a black and sil-
ver .25mm Beretta handgun
and three .25 mm bullets on
February 28.

The accused, who was
arraigned on the charges
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethell, pleaded not guilty.

The case has been
adjourned to September 23.

Miracle Landscaping and General Maintenance owner takes Frank Smith to task

Contractor fires broadside at
MP in ‘cronyism’ controversy

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

LOCAL contractor Clement Chea yes-
terday blasted St Thomas More MP Frank
Smith for suggesting that his company was
chosen for a government contract because
he is an "FNM crony."

The married father-of-four said he fears
his home will now attract thieves who will
assume he is the beneficiary of lucrative
government contracts instead of an entre-
preneur trying to make ends meet.

He is also worried that the reputation of
his nearly two-year-old business will be neg-
atively affected by any perceived alliance
with the FNM.

Mr Chea, owner of Miracle Landscap-
ing and General Maintenance, said: “I am
not a political operative or politically moti-
vated. Mr Smith is making claims about me
making this $377,000 like I got this kind of
money laying up in my house.

“That kind of money might have been
in my account at one point but was paid



out to various compa-
nies and more than 20
employees over two
years."

Mr Chea denies he
ever had a contract
with the Department
of Environmental
Health, saying he was
simply one of many
contractors hired to
clean up Bain and
Grants Town from Hutchinson Street to
Hospital Lane, where he was responsible for
land clearing, the removal of derelict cars
and the demolition of abandoned homes
from November 2008 to January 2010.

The contractor also said that far from
being courted as a “crony”, he was actually
“turned around” for nearly two months
before he got the job and never met or
spoke to Environment Minister Earl
Deveaux or any other ministry big-wigs
before he was employed.

This comes after Mr Smith claimed in
the House of Assembly that the Free

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National Movement was awarding public
contracts to party "cronies" without public
tender. He also accused the Ministry of the
Environment of paying millions to local
companies for clean-up programmes "with
no clearly stated guidelines, no consistent
practice of newspaper ads inviting tenders
or bids.”

Mr Smith claimed that more than a mil-
lion was paid out to "FNM operatives."

Also mentioning two other businesses,
Mr Smith said contractor Clement Chea
was paid more than $377,000 for "removal
of debris.”

When asked yesterday if he fears these
statements will negatively impact his busi-
ness, Mr Chea said: "I don't know if it
affects my reputation because my company
is relatively new but if I am looking to com-
pete with any major company, it makes
people wonder.

"T understand there are all kinds of
weapons you can use to fight political wars
but make sure your information is geared
towards the truth and not a statement that
makes people raise their eyebrows."



‘Preserve our
health and safety’

Homeowners call for dump to be closed

FIREFIGHTERS try to
control the fire in this
file photo.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

NEIGHBOURS of the
smouldering city dump are call-
ing for it to be closed to save
their health and safety.

Homeowners in the govern-
ment subdivision of Jubilee
Gardens hoped the Depart-
ment of Environmental
Health’s sanitary landfill off
Tonique Darling-Williams
Highway would have been
closed and relocated when they
moved into the affordable
housing off Fire Trail Road.

Fires are not unusual at the
100-acre dump site and many
residents remember the March
2008 fire that ripped through
the pine forest barrier between
their homes and the dump and
spread into their backyards.

Although Minister of the
Environment Earl Deveaux has
apologised for the discomfort
and frustration caused by the
fire, mobilised $480,000 worth
of resources to extinguish it and
made plans to better manage
the dump in future, residents
want the site to be closed for
good. They see the landfill site
as a constant health and safety
hazard as well as a fire risk.

Jubilee Gardens mother of
four Maria Jenoure, 46, is con-
cerned that the toxic smoke fil-
tering into her home even when
the windows are kept closed
will harm her and her family.

“It’s wrong of government to
provide homes when the dump
is right there,” the Princess
Margaret Hospital laboratory
technician said. “Both political
parties said they were going to
do something about it and
somehow it’s never been done.

“T think everybody’s afraid

to touch it but it’s a situation
we just have to deal with. It is a
concern for everybody’s
health.”

Shelley Rolle, 26, said the
mound of waste that towers
over homes in Victoria Gar-
dens is more than an eye-sore.

As new developments spring
up in the area she is concerned
for the health of the burgeoning
communities.

“The area is getting so popu-
lated now and these fires keep
happening,” the Atlantis cock-
tail waitress said.

“It’s getting ridiculous. I am
glad to go to work just to get
out of here, and it shouldn’t be
like that. We should be com-
fortable in our homes.”

Others described how flies
swarm in the subdivisions dur-
ing the hot summers, and rats
scurry into the streets while the
stench of garbage hangs in the
alr.

Dread

Keturie Williams, 31, who
lives with his wife and mother
in Jubilee Gardens, said: “We
dread the summer; the flies
come in swarms and there will
be so many on the windowsill
you can hardly see the window.

“It would be best to move
that dump. I hope they can find
a solution.”

His mother Pleasant Gould,
78, agreed: “They should move
it if there is somewhere else to
put it. I am sure the govern-
ment can find somewhere.”

The relocation of the sani-
tary landfill site is also desired
by Jeremiah Jones whose home
backs onto the now sparse pine
forest and the dump.

“When you don’t have the
smoke, you have the smell,” the

Haitian/Bahamian solidarity forum

ANEW association is set
to hold a Haitian/Bahamian
solidarity forum in Nassau
tomorrow.

The Lambi Coalition,
established by several
human rights groups and
political activists, has invit-
ed a number of speakers
including Erin Greene, Bet-

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ty Godet, Mark Desmangles and Jah Blyden, to address the meet-
ing. The forum, entitled “What Does Haitian-Bahamian Solidar-
ity Mean to You?” will begin at 6.30pm at the Orion Academy on
East Street, next to the Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene.
Formed in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that dev-
astated Haiti on January 12, the Lambi Coalition was created to be
an African-led effort to build and nurture Haitian-Bahamian sol-
idarity. “Lambi” is the Creole word for “Conch” and has been cho-
sen given the conch shells’ long-standing association with the idea

of resistance for Africans.

A statement issued by the group explained that in 1791, when a
group of enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti launched their
struggle for freedom, they blew into the conch shell to rally other
Africans to the movement. In other parts of the world, the conch
shell has been used similarly by enslaved Africans.

In the short-term, the organisation seeks to play a role in pro-
viding relief for the earthquake victims. Toward this end, Lambi is
working along with other organisations to hold a benefit concert.
Canned goods, which will be collected at the gate instead of mon-
ey, will be delivered to reputable grass-roots organisations in

Haiti, the statement said.

Lambi’s long-term projects include working to bridge the gap
between the Creole and Anglophone communities in the Bahamas
by facilitating dialogue between these two groups. In addition, it
wants to work within the Creole community to raise awareness of
Bahamian immigration regulations and human rights norms; com-
bat anti-Haitian prejudices in the community, and push for
enhanced customer service and policy reform at the Department
of Immigration — including automatic Bahamian citizenship for chil-
dren born in the Bahamas. “Lambi will also work to educate the
wider community about the current political situation in Haiti
and will establish ties with grass-roots organisations in Haiti who
are working to restore democracy there,” the statement said.

30-year-old barber said.

“People want to know how
long we are going to have to
wait for them to really address
the problem. Are they going to
wait until people get sick? They
need to address the problem
long term.”

Mr Jones wants to see the
FNM government carry out
more efficient waste manage-
ment, recycling and convert



waste to energy. Concerned res-
idents of the area are encour-
aged to come out today at 4pm
for a meeting on Jubilee Gar-
dens Park to make government
aware of the concerns regarding
the dump site. Details of a long-
term plan for the sanitary land-
fill have been requested by The
Tribune, however, Minister
Deveaux did not respond
before press time yesterday.






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SIMEON HALL

A CALL for politicians and
lawyers to lead a fight to erad-
icate lawlessness has been
issued by New Covenant Bap-
tist Church pastor Bishop
Simeon Hall.

As murder suspects are
freed on bail and lawlessness
escalates, Bishop Hall said he
predicts Bahamians gripped
by fear and despair will turn
to vigilantism.

“We make a clarion and
urgent call on all leaders
throughout the country to
move quickly to seek a
greater response to the night-
mare of crime which engulfs
our land,” Bishop Hall said.

“The dark night of lawless-
ness must be met with laws
which are Draconian and
enforceable.

“While all sectors must par-
ticipate in this crusade, parlia-
mentarians and lawyers must
lead this fight.”

Bishop Hall argues that law
must remain at the forefront
of the crusade against crime in
the country.

“The courts, lawyers, mag-
istrates and judges must do
more to protect the innocent
in our society by ridding us of
persons who are intent on
destroying the civility we once
enjoyed,” he said.

“There is a powerful group
of persons who are benefiting
from crime and the change we
so badly need cannot be
expected to be initiated by
them,” Bishop Hall said.

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Bahamian drug trafficking
organisations are operating in
the Bahamas. The Dominican
Republic, Haiti and Jamaica
were also on the list, which was
included in a US international
narcotics control strategy
report, released by the US State
Department on Monday.

On the extradition front, that
report said this country's "over-
burdened" legal system is to
blame for delays in trials which
provide an opportunity for
those accused of serious crimes
to be released on bail.

"Despite the Bahamian gov-
ernment's strong commitment
to joint counter-narcotics
efforts and to extradite drug
traffickers to the US, the slow
movement of extradition

requests through the overbur-
dened Bahamian judicial sys-
tem is a source of concern,"
said the report.

"There have been credible
reports of subjects of US extra-
dition requests continuing to
participate in illegal drug smug-
gling activities while on bail
awaiting resolution of their cas-
es."

The report added that
despite Bahamian prosecutors’
vigorous pursuit of US extra-
dition requests defendants are
able to appeal a magistrate's
decision locally and at our ulti-
mate court of appeal, the Unit-
ed Kingdom's Privy Council.

"This process often adds
years to an extradition proce-

LOCAL NEWS

Concern over extradition process

"

dure," said the report, which
noted that there are currently
51 US extradition requests
pending in the Bahamas and
encouraged the government to
increase the resources and man-
power available to prosecutors,
judges and magistrates.

The report also noted that
marijuana grown on family
islands and uninhabited cays
continues to plague local
authorities.

"There are no official esti-
mates of hectares of marijuana
under cultivation in the
Bahamas. (US) and host coun-
try enforcement agencies
believe Jamaican nationals are
involved in the cultivation of
marijuana on the Bahamas'

remote islands and cays, how-
ever only a fraction of the mar-
Juana seizures in 2009 were in
plant form. Most marijuana
loads were found concealed
aboard smuggling vessels or
stashed on sparsely populated
islands."

In terms of drug trafficking,
the report said that cocaine
enters the Bahamas through go-
fast boats, small commercial
freighters or small planes from
Jamaica, Hispaniola and
Venezuela.

US law enforcement say
sport fishing boats and pleasure
craft then transport this cocaine
from the Bahamas to Florida,
"blending into the legitimate
vessel traffic that moves daily
between these locations."

US officials estimates that
this accounts for five per cent of

the cocaine flow into America.

Larger boats transport mari-
juana from Jamaica into the
Bahamas and then into the US,
in a similar manner as cocaine,
the report said.

The report noted that the
Bahamian authorities seized
1,823 metric tons of cocaine and
almost 11 metric tons of mari-
juana from January to October,
2009. The Drug Enforcement




Unit (DEV) arrested over
1,000 persons on related
offences and seized more than
$4 million in cash.

From January to October
2009, the Barack Obama
administration and Bahamian
law enforcement assets inter-
dicted seven vessels and dis-
rupted many attempts to smug-
gle illicit drugs into the
Bahamas, said the report.

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However, according to Mr McCartney, he has
always supported the FNM’s candidate in Eliza-
beth and any suggestion otherwise is completely
ridiculous. Further to that, he added that if he
did not support Dr Sands he would not have cam-
paigned for him, and the suggestion that he was








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tance at a town meeting on Grand Bahama.

A large crowd turned out at the Rand
Nature Centre, where the Mellors tried to
convince people that their plans to establish
a tuna farm would be a “fantastic” venture
for the Bahamas.

However, environmentalist and conser-
vation experts and some local fishermen dis-
agree, warning that purse seining, if permit-
ted, would wipe out tuna as well as other
fish species caught as by-catch in purse seine
nets.

Pericles Maillis, Bahamas National Trust
(BNT) executive member, Dr David Philip
of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation,
and Craig Riker, President of the Grand
Bahama Scuba Dive Association, attended
the meeting.

A commercial fishing vessel has already
been acquired by the Mellors, who are active-
ly seeking investors for their venture, known
as the Bahamas Pelagic Aquaculture Tuna
Programme, which will also include the
establishment of a tuna farm.

Although the Mellors claim to have
received written support from the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources, Mr Mail-
lis said it must be a “bad mistake.”

He noted that the Government has
already given its assurance to the Trust that
it will not happen.

“This purse seine offends the very soul of
the Bahamian people and the conservation

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ethic that we have been working to achieve,
with the support of the Government all these
years,” Mr Maillis said.

“Whoever they have spoken with has
made a bad mistake in not coming to the
Trust, and bringing this out in the open.”

Mr Maillis said the Trust is opposed to
mass fishing methods such as purse seine
nets.

He noted that the sports fishing and sec-
ond home tourism sector, which pumps mil-
lions into the Bahamian economy every year,
would be severely impacted.

“Yes, they take some fish, but that is a
drop in the bucket compared to purse seine
which is going to take 40,000 pounds at a
time.

“That is more than all the recreational
tuna caught in the Bahamas in one haul, we
don’t want that,” he said.

David Mellor said their venture will create
many jobs, attract university researchers and
scientists, and provide all Bahamians access
to fresh tuna, which has never been done.

“Tuna is a natural resource that is right off-
shore that we have not exploited. If we do it
correctly, Tuna Aquaculture is a win, win for
the Bahamas.

Tuna Aquaculture is a means to increase
tuna industry efficiency while reducing tuna
species exploitation.

Mr Mellor claims the yellow fin tuna can-

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TION has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-

tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

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not be over-fished. “They are multiple
spawners, spawning 46 times a year,” he
explained.

He said they will take their vessels some
five to 25 miles off shore and drop purse
seine in 300ft of water. The cages that will be
used in the operation are able to withstand
Category 5 hurricane conditions.

Mr Mellor said they want to educate all
Bahamians about their Pelagic Aquaculture
Tuna Programme.

“We came into what we knew was going to
be a hostile crowd and looking around it is
mainly the ‘Conchy Joes,’ the white Bahami-
ans, but we want to educate all Bahamians
and once we educate all Bahamians we
believe they will be on our side,” he said.

“We honestly believe this is going to be
fantastic for the Bahamas. We should not
shut this down. We have spoken with the
government but it has not been passed, it is
being proposed and the government was
misinformed about what is going on, and
now they are being informed and they are
looking at the whole subject of Aquaculture
in a new light. It will be a wait and see.

“As Bahamians we truly believe in this
drearn. Yes, it is ambitious, but it will happen
here in the Bahamas and we are hoping it
will happen in the near future,” he said.

Although there were a few supporters,
the overwhelming majority of persons were
opposed to the venture. Several Bahamian
fishermen were opposed to it.

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tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of ABEERAKAN COM-
PANY LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate

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therefore been struck off the Register.

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tion 138 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of CAREGG POINTE
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-

tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

been struck off the Register.

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been struck off the Register.

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not “working hard enough” is nothing more than
a vicious lie.

“T said publicly on radio my support for Dr
Sands. I said that Dr Sands is the best man for the
job. My record will speak for itself. You can ask
people who campaigned with me,” he said.

To Mr McCartney’s credit, the MP did note in
his resignation letter that he had withheld making this announce-
ment until after the by-election so that it would not hurt the party’s
chances in Elizabeth.

Reiterating this point, the Bamboo Town MP said he could
not possibly be blamed for what happened in Elizabeth as all indi-
cators were revealing that the election was going to be a “close
race.”

In fact, other sources within the party have suggested that it was
the Prime Minister’s change in Immigration policy following the
earthquake in Haiti that caused the party a number of voters who
decided not to show up at the polls.

However, Mr McCartney would not respond to this aspect and
maintained that he will be focusing his attention on the affairs of his
constituency at this time.

He did say, however, that he remains of the view that if he
were to make a push for the leadership of the FNM at some later
date, his resignation from the Cabinet of the Bahamas would not
be held against him.

“T acted on my personal convictions. And when you act on that
you are doing what is right. And when you are doing what is right,
how can that hurt you?

“T have not resigned from the party or from my constituency. I
intend now to even speak more on other national issues without
Cabinet collective responsibility,” he said.

As such, the MP said that he will continue to champion the
cause of the Bahamian people at large on national issues which will
range from Immigration to crime, to land security and border
protection.





































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been struck off the Register.

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Act 2000, the dissolution of BUNNELL VITRO
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tion has been issued and the Company has therefore

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Freeport man charged with assault, causing damage and harm sentenced to three years

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

A FREEPORT man was sen-
tenced to three years in prison after
being convicted of various offences
in the Magistrate’s Court.

Odrick Bartlett, 23, appeared in
Court One before Magistrate Deb-
bye Ferguson on Monday on charges
of assault with a dangerous instru-
ment, causing damage and causing
harm in relation to a complaint made
on January 26, 2010.

Bartlett is accused of causing harm

to the complainant and causing dam-
age to the person’s vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to the charges
and was convicted and sentenced to
one year on each count to run con-
secutively.

In his second arraignment, Bartlett
appeared in Court 2 before Magis-

trate Andrew Forbes, where he
pleaded guilty to the charges of caus-
ing harm, assault with a deadly
instrument, and threats of death.

It was alleged that he caused harm
to a 29-year-old man of Beacons-
field on February 26, 2010. He was
sentenced to six months in prison.

It is further alleged that he assault-
ed and made threats of death to a 59-
year-old woman of Sierra Leon Dri-
ve on January 29, 2010. He was sen-
tenced to two years in prison for the
offence.

All of the sentences are to run
concurrently.

IDB opens business competition
to Bahamas and wider Caribbean

THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation
has encouraged Bahamians to advance
their business ideas through an Inter-Amer-
ican Development Bank (IDB) initiative
designed to empower lower-income com-
munities throughout the Caribbean.

The initiative is a business plan compe-
tition that specifically looks to directly ben-
efit lower income communities through
linkages with the tourism sector.

Individuals in the Bahamas and other
Caribbean countries are being asked to
send executive summaries for businesses
to the Opportunities for the Majority Office
of the IDB.

The best entries will be selected for
development into business plans, which

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INTELLIGENT AND EAGER TO PLEASE: Golden Retrievers will be a star attraction at the dog show.

i Annual All Breed and Obedience Show set
for March 20 weekend at Botanical Gardens

THE Bahamas Kennel Club
is hosting free handling classes
for dogs and their owners on
March 7 and 14 at the Botanical
Gardens at 3pm ahead of its

will be evaluated to find the competition’s
winner. “The objective of the competition
is to create mutually beneficial links
between the local economy and the tourism
sector through innovative business models
that include the majority (ow income com-
munities) as suppliers and distributors in
the value chains of companies engaged in
tourism so that a larger part of the wealth
generated directly benefits the community,”
said the competition invitation from the
IDB.

The invitation also set out the competi-
tion deadlines:

April 9, 2010 — Deadline for submitting a
three-page executive summary of entrant’s
project and a one-page company outline.



April 12 —- 24 - A panel of judges selects
the 10 most promising projects for further
development. May 3 - June 25 — Chosen
applicants continue to develop their exec-
utive summaries into business plans. Prior
to this, they will attend a workshop that
will give additional instructions.

July 23 — Finalists present their business
plans to a panel of independent judges and
up to three companies awarded consultan-
cy services.

The competition is open to the Bahamas,
Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago. Entries should be
sent in PDF format to om-idb@iadb.org.
Further information may be obtained at
http://www.majoritymarkets.org.

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band was the beneficiary of
the proceeds from the annu-
al Epiphany Organ Recital
given by Dr Sparkman Fer-
guson at Christ Church
Cathedral. The 60-minute
organ recital brought out an
audience of 300.

The presentation of the
17 new instruments took
place on last Thursday fol-
lowing the school’s morning
mass. The school’s principal
Valencia Saunders and
music teacher Cathy Jir-
jahlke thanked Dr Ferguson
for the new instruments and
vowed to create a solid
school band.



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The show, scheduled for the
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Rising sea levels and their
threat to our coastline

‘2 TOUGH CALL

ARGUABLY, our most
valuable national asset is the
shoreline — the transition zone
between land and sea that sur-
rounds our islands. So we
should all be acutely aware of
what is happening to the coast
that could affect our invest-
ments and quality of life.

Over the millennia, shore-
lines have advanced and
retreated as sea levels rose or
fell over a range of some 500
feet. The difference today is
that there are now millions of
people living on densely devel-
oped shorelines around the
world, so even a relatively small
change in sea level can have a
big impact.

Sea levels have been rising
since the end of the last ice age,
about 10,000 years ago. Mea-
surements from around the
world show a rise of almost 20
centimeters since 1880 — about
eight inches — and if this grad-
ual pace continues, we can
expect a rise of another foot
above current sea level by the
end of this century.

That's right in the middle of
the range projected by the
UN's Intergovernmental Pan-
el on Climate Change (IPCC)
in 2007. But unfortunately, the
rise won't be constant. In fact,
scientists say the rate of
increase is accelerating as the
world gets warmer, and they
are not sure how long the ice
sheets on land will survive.

In 2007 the IPCC did not
factor melting ice sheets into
their projections. Their report
provided a conservative fore-
cast for sea level rise from ther-
mal expansion of the oceans



and from the melting of moun-
tain glaciers, but didn't assign
numbers to the contribution
from melting ice sheets because
of the uncertainties involved.

In the last century, sea level
rise was mostly due to thermal
expansion (if you heat 50 gal-
lons of water to 100 degrees
Fahrenheit you will have rough-
ly 51 gallons). But in recent
years, scientists have deter-
mined that the Greenland ice
sheet and the Arctic Ocean
pack ice are rapidly falling
apart. And the latest studies
show that the West Antarctica
ice sheet is also melting.

In fact, planners in Rhode
Island and Miami-Dade Coun-
ty have concluded that a mini-
mum of a three- to five-foot sea
level rise should be anticipat-
ed by 2100. A California report
assumes a possible 4.6-foot rise
by 2100, while the Dutch
assume a 2.5-foot rise by 2050
in the design of their tidal gates.
In the Bahamas, a three-foot
rise would affect 11 per cent of
our land area, without taking
account of storm surges. And
the World Bank says this would
lead to a 5 per cent loss in
GDP.

According to Dr Orrin
Pilkey, professor emeritus at
Duke University in North Car-
olina, "A number of studies

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examining recent ice sheet
dynamics have suggested that
an increase of seven feet or
more is not only possible, but
likely. Certainly, no one should
be expecting less than a three-
foot rise in sea level this centu-

Pilkey is one of the world's
leading coastal geologists,
famous for his battles with the
US Army Corps of Engineers.
His recently published book,
The Rising Sea, co-written with
Rob Young, director of the
Programme for the Study of
Developed Shorelines, argues
that without thoughtful plan-
ning, the economic and human
consequences of sea level rise
will be disastrous.

"Governments and coastal
managers should assume the
inevitability of a seven-foot rise
in sea level," Pilkey says. "This
number is not a prediction. But
we believe that seven feet is the
most prudent, conservative
long-term planning guideline
for coastal cities and commu-
nities, especially for the siting of
major infrastructure.”

He is convinced that the
continued development of
many low-lying coastal areas —
including much of the US east
coast — is foolhardy and irre-
sponsible. In our region, Miami
and New Orleans will be heav-

ily impacted by sea level rise,
and it is clear that we face hard
and controversial choices,
including abandoning storm-
damaged property, changing
where and how we build, and
setting coastal management
policies that make sense.

This theme was taken up
recently by local coastal expert
Neil Sealey during a public
meeting at the Bahamas
National Trust. Sealey is a for-
mer lecturer at the College of
the Bahamas who has written
several textbooks on regional
geography. His talk focused on
climate change and beach ero-
sion in the Bahamas.

"Sea level rise by itself
won't destroy our beaches," he
said. "They simply retreat and
build up in a new position. The
problem arises when something
is done to the beach to stop it
adjusting. And our low-lying
land already floods during
storms, so we don't have to wait
for sea level rise to make the
right decisions."

Apart from their commer-
cial value (to tourism and fish-
eries), beaches and mangroves
protect the coast from flooding
and storm damage, so we
should do everything possible
to preserve them. But casuari-
nas, seawalls, roads and other
structures along the shore pro-
mote erosion and should be
removed wherever possible,
Sealey said.

"Seawalls scour beaches and
eventually get undermined, so
they have to be rebuilt at more
cost," he said. "Beach replen-
ishment is similarly costly and
temporary. If we study the con-

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sequences of shoreline infra-
structure, the clear lesson is —
don't build along the shore.
This is a critical problem for
the Bahamas. We need to
restore dunes and wetlands,
create buffer zones along the
coast, remove invasives and
monitor developments as they
proceed.”

He called for the Bahamas
to set up a regime to govern
shoreline conservation and
development throughout the
islands as Barbados did some
15 years ago. And the new
Planning and Subdivision Bill
that is expected to become law
this summer does contain some
protections along these lines.

Specifically, it prohibits con-
struction within "significant
wildlife habitat, wetland, wood-
land or area of natural or sci-
entific interest; significant cor-
ridor, coastline or shoreline of
the ocean or a lake; or signifi-
cant natural corridor, feature
or area." It also designates
areas that should not be devel-
oped, for reasons of "flooding,
erosion, subsidence, instability,
conservation or other environ-
mental considerations."

But in the Bahamas, the
consequences of sea level rise
extend far beyond the shore
and are a complex problem,
especially where infrastructure
is concerned.

For example, the Lynden
Pindling airport now being
redeveloped at great expense
will flood as the water table ris-
es in response to higher sea lev-
el. The College of the Bahamas
in Oakes Field is barely a foot
above sea level and already
floods when it rains, so this will
only get worse. In fact, experts
say that inland inundation and
salinisation will become huge
issues because our groundwater
is tidal and directly linked to
sea level.

And of course, these fore-
casts do not take account of
storm surges or other coastal
effects. So they give only a par-
tial picture of vulnerability.
The message for decision mak-
ers is that sea level rise is real
and will only get worse.

The more pessimistic fore-
casts point out that melting of
the West Antarctica ice sheet
will raise sea level by 16 feet,
while melting of the Greenland
ice sheet will add another 20
feet.

The question is, how long
will it take for this to happen? If
global warming continues
unabated, scientists fear we
could reach a tipping point that
would lead to a rapid loss of
ice.

The ramifications of a major
sea level rise are massive. Agri-

culture will be disrupted, water
supplies will turn salty, storms
and flood waters will reach fur-
ther inland, governments will
be disrupted and millions of
environmental refugees will be
created. For example, 15 mil-
lion people live at or below
three feet elevation in
Bangladesh alone.

But even if we ignore such
catastrophic predictions,
Bahamians will undoubtedly
feel the effects of sea level rise
in the next decades. According
to Pilkey, (writing for an Amer-
ican audience) we should pro-
hibit the construction of high-
rises and major infrastructure
in vulnerable areas. And we
should seek to relocate dam-
aged buildings and infrastruc-
ture away from these shorelines
rather than rebuilding in the
same place.

You may not know it, but
the Bahamas does have a
national climate change policy
which acknowledges our vul-
nerabilities (it was formulated
in 2005 and is available on the
BEST Commission website).
But it seems that this recogni-
tion is only just beginning to
percolate through the labyrinth
of government — otherwise,
why would we keep investing
millions to rebuild seawalls
around the country, among oth-
er contradictory practices.

Implementation of this poli-
cy rests heavily on the devel-
opment of a national land use
plan, something which is pre-
scribed by the new Planning
and Subdivision Bil.

The policy calls for a coastal
zone management authority,
adaptation strategies for agri-
culture, promotion of energy
efficiency, alternative fuels and
green vehicles, updating build-
ing codes and planning guide-
lines, working with insurers on
risk management, protecting
freshwater resources, forests
and other vital ecosystems, and
educating the public.

Interestingly, the policy
makes some of the same rec-
ommendations that Professor
Pilkey makes—we should
assess the feasibility of relocat-
ing vulnerable settlements and
infrastructure and prevent such
development in the future.
Meanwhile, Philip Weech, of
the BEST Commission, and
Arthur Rolle, of the Met
Office, are developing comput-
er models to better define the
impacts we can expect from sea
level rise and climate change.

What do you think?
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ment conducted to assess the impact of
the harbour dredging and Arawak Cay
extension.

The environmental review conclud-
ed Saunders Beach would not be neg-
atively impacted by the development
work, although there would be slight
alterations to tidal flows and wave
directions and direct loss of seagrasses,
sponges and small corals.

“Even though we warned that the
beach would slowly disappear, even
we are surprised at the deterioration in
six short months. The beach has erod-
ed three to four feet in certain areas
and rocks are now exposed where
there was sand a few months ago,”
said Jerome Fitzgerald, committee
chairman, at a press conference yes-
terday.

Mr Fitzgerald called for the resig-
nation of the Minister, who he said
has lost credibility over his handling of
the harbour dredging and container
port relocation. He said Saunders
Beach has been the best quality beach
for “regular Bahamians” for genera-
tions, based on the quality of sand and
water.

Minister Deveaux said the cover-
age of Mr Fitzgerald’s public relations

Beach erosion

effort equates to an exercise in pan-
dering to the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty senator’s ego. He claims Mr
Frtizgerald has a political agenda, as he
has publicly declared his ambition to
contest the member of parliament seat
for Marathon, currently occupied by
Mr Deveaux, in the next general elec-
tion.

“Mr Frtizgerald will have to find me
on the field of battle in Marathon to
win. I am going to concede the weath-
er has had an impact on the contour of
the beach and if you wait a few weeks
the same weather wave action will
bring the sand back,” said Mr
Deveaux, who visited the beach yes-
terday.

“The weather this year has been the
worst since the sixties, and the weath-
er this last couple of weeks has been
particularly bad. It has had a significant
impact on the entire northern shore
of the Bahamas. It has nothing to do
with Arawak Cay. It has to do with
long sustained wave action and the
relentless pounding of the sea,” said
Mr Deveaux, who pointed out Cab-
bage Beach, Jaws Beach, Caves Beach,
and several other beaches have suf-

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for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the erosion of the beach to com-
mittee members Ryan Pinder and Ricardo Smith.

fered similar effects.

Saunders Beach has eroded at the
most western end almost to the point of
fully exposing the break wall, at some
points. Withering roots from the casua-
rina trees, which formerly lined the
beach, can be seen intertwined with
the last mounds of sand. Rusted metal,
formerly buried beneath up to three

feet of sand are now exposed on the
shore line.

“Our purpose today is not to talk
about the port being moved to Arawak
Cay or that it should be at Southwest
New Providence. This is not political as
there is sufficient blame to be cast in
both directions. This is a plea, a cry
for help to save and preserve these

beaches. It is also, to make the public
aware and to demand that the govern-
ment call the experts to attend to both
beaches to limit or abate this erosion,”
said Paul Moss, who is also a commit-
tee member.

The Minister indicated the relent-
less wave activity that impacted Saun-
ders Beach, also resulted in the destruc-
tion of the break wall on the shore of
the Western Esplanade. He said a com-
pany was hired to repair the wall, but
was unable to pour concrete up to
three weeks into the contract, because
of poor weather conditions.

“The only permanent solution to
that kind of natural occurrence is to
put whale tales in the water and have
constant human interaction. Coastal
engineers generally design impedi-
ments to shape the waves as they come
to the shore and direct the sand and
coastal activity to form the beach in a
particular direction. This can be com-
plemented with dune stabilisation and
the proper planting of vegetation like
sea grapes, button wood, sea purslane,
sea oats and railroad vine,” said the
Minister.

Once the inland construction is com-
pleted, the sand dune stabilisation
activity will commence with the plant-
ing of supportive vegetation, according
to the Minister.

FROM page one

macists say they have been
waiting on the necessary infor-
mation to determine whether
the plan makes sound business
sense.

The number of actual con-
tracts the NIB will secure with
private pharmacies is still up in
the air, but there may be hope
in sight. The draft contract,
freshly vetted by the attorney
general’s office, was circulated
to the BPA yesterday.

Although the file format in
which it was received was not
conducive to proper editing,
according to the BPA, it was a
step forward in the process.
They requested a more user
friendly version to distribute to
members.

Health Minister Dr Hubert
Minnis had a meeting sched-
uled with the BPA yesterday,
but he had to cancel due to an
infirmity. However, it was
rescheduled for today. The
BPA is waiting for a meeting
to be called with the NIB. They
plan to meet next week with
members and open an invita-
tion to the NIB.

“The NIB is producing a
business plan. It is a new way of
doing business for the pharma-
cies. Every individual business
person in the association will
make a business decision about
whether the plan works for
them and whether they want to
sign on. At the end of the day it
is the individual business’s mon-
ey. It is a legal arrangement
with the NIB,” said Dr Marvin
Smith, president of the
Bahamas Pharmacy Associa-
tion (BPA).

According to Mr Smith, the
first time the BPA was
approached as a body to review
the NIB’s plan was January 14.
This was over one week after a
public relations firm, The

Drug plan

Counsellors Limited, was con-
tracted to start marketing the
plan.

This may not have been the
most prudent move, according
to some pharmacists.

A pharmacist, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said
the publicity campaign was suc-
cessful to the point that cus-
tomers at private pharmacies
started to ask questions, but a
bit premature, because phar-
macy owners had no answers.
Customers are reportedly con-
fused that the pharmacies know
little of the specific details.

“Tt is aggravating. It is not so
much we want to rush the NIB,
we want the information when
it is ready, but there is sort of
this dichotomy that these two
actions are diametrically
opposed to each other. You are
saying to major stakeholders
we don’t have the information,
but everything in the public, the
media is we are ready, we are
ready, we are ready,” said Mr
Smith.

NIB Director Algernon
Cargill disputes ever saying the
plan was ready to go. He said
the NIB worked around the
clock to get the necessary and
requested information together
for pharmacists.

“Whether they say it directly,
it is implied. If they are on
radio, TV and newspaper all
the time, the implication is we
are ready. You don’t have to
come out and say we are ready.
If you are out there saying, it is
coming, it is coming, we are
prepared, then (the public) will
assume we are ready,” said Mr
Smith.

Mr Cargill said the NIB
recognises information for the
pharmacists has been delayed,
however it was not because

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they were hiding the informa-
tion or not being forthcoming;
the information simply was not
ready up until this point.

“T think we should also
recognise the information we
have now developed has
required countless hours to pre-
pare. Now that we have put this
effort in, we feel now we can
have a productive meeting,” he
said.

The NIB maintains public
relations has focused on phase
one of the process, which is
beneficiary registration. Over
35,000 subscribers are being
registered, while there are less
than 100 pharmacies to be reg-
istered.

“Beneficiary registration will
take several weeks and months
of work. It makes good busi-
ness sense to start beneficiary
registration as soon as possible.
That is called scheduling,” said
Mr Cargill.

Information disclosed about
the plan details the process for
beneficiaries. The plan will
allow NIB pensioners, invalids,
and Bahamians pursuing full-
time education under 25 years
old, to access free or discounted
medication for up to 11 differ-
ent chronic diseases by using a
NIB issued swipe card for use
in public and private pharma-
cies.

“To me, it is impossible to
have the customers enrolled if
















you have nowhere for them to
go,” said Mr Smith speaking
about the fact that no pharma-
cies have signed on to the plan
as yet, although several have
indicated to the NIB their
intention to be involved.

He said there may be more
beneficiaries to pharmacists,
but the process involved in get-
ting pharmacies up to speed is
much more extensive. He said
pharmacies have to deal with
issues related to an intake of
new stock, policies relating to
reimbursement of expired

stock, information technology
infrastructure to operate the
new swipe cards, space avail-
ability, maintaining separate
paper work for government and
NIB plan holders and non plan
holders, additional security for
staff to accommodate the
increase in customers.

“There is nothing in the new
regulations that will mandate
the private pharmacies to sign
on. It is entirely voluntary. We
will certainly encourage them
to join the plan because the
benefits they will accrue are

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FROM page one

However, despite this, the MP maintains that he came into
Bamboo Town as and FNM and he will leave Bamboo Town as an

FNM.

Having resigned from his Cabinet post over the weekend, Mr
McCartney said that he will now focus his time on his family and
the constituency of Bamboo Town, giving both the “representation
and support they need and deserve at this time.”

“My strengths will be invested in making them stronger. My
energy and ambition will hopefully lead to greater opportunities for
them. There have indeed been some very thrilling high points
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today. My wife Lisa, my daughters Kasia and Tai and I have wel-
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joy and emotion and a welcome reminder that life is more about the
moments than the occasions, and success in life depends on how
well you are able to determine and manage the order of your pri-
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great from the increased num-
ber of patrons who would nor-
mally patronise the clinics or
public hospital pharmacy sys-
tem,” said Mr Cargill.

“The plan will go through
with or without the support of
the majority of private phar-
macies. We would want the
majority to participate but not
everyone will sign on. It will be
a lot more successful if we have
the majority of pharmacies to
be involved,” he said.

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Annual luncheon
for Retired Police
Officers Association

SCORES of courageous men and women
who dedicated years of service to the Royal
Bahamas Police Force gathered to celebrate
with their former colleagues at the Retired
Police Officers Association's annual lun-
cheon.

Held at the hall of Christ the King Church
in Ridgeland Park West, the event honoured
retired officers for their tremendous service
to the country, treating them to a generous

lunch and entertainment.

Association President Grafton Ifill hosted
the event.

The association, formed in 2004, was
established under RBPF retired Commis-
sioner Paul Farquharson.

The group advocates for benefits for
retired officers including discounts at local
stores and increased national insurance ben-
efits.

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release his decision after
holding a final hearing,
according to Associated
Press.

Judge Bernard Saint-Vil
tells The Associated Press
he is consulting with prose-
cutors on the charges against
Laura Silsby and Charisa
Coulter.

Saint-Vil earlier said he
would probably order their
release after Tuesday's hear-
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The two missionaries

seemed in good spirits
before they were taken back
to jail. They were visited by
U.S. Embassy personnel.
Saint- Vil previously freed
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ank Franks’ Fun
House, the newest spot

for tasty grilled home-
made hot dogs, is located in
the peaceful serene vicinity
of Wilton Street off Mount
Royal Avenue.

It’s a location one may miss if
not in the know, but a spot you’re
sure to return to again and again
once you’ve had just one bite of
their delicious hot dogs.



Variety on a bun is what Hank
Franks’ offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar cheese
and sautéed onions, to the unusual
but delicious cole slaw hot dog.

Or try another interesting idea-
the breakfast hot dog made with
golden fried eggs.

To accompany your hot dogs, the
staff literally will crank out home-
made French fries, using a potato
slicer right in front of your eyes.

When Craig Ferguson, owner of
Hank Franks’ Fun House decided
to open this snack spot he aimed
for something brand new and fresh.





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VARIETY on a bun is what Hank
Franks’ offers- from the chili hot
dogs smothered in cheddar
cheese and sautéed onions, to
the unusual but delicious cole
slaw hot dog.

He did not just want to open a hot
dog diner, he wanted a spot that
will keep patrons coming back.

“The fact that we are at a Sta-
tioned location makes it easier for
people to patronise the diner,” he
said.

What sets Hank Franks’ apart
from the other hot dog snack spots
is the fact that their hot dogs are
grilled and their variety of top-
pings.

“We are the only spot that serves
grilled hot dogs and our bread is
ordered fresh everyday,” he said.

“One can also get a good deal
with us. You can get a hot dog with
fries and drink for a reasonable
price,” he added.

Nothing beats a hot dog when it
comes to a quick lunch.

“If a person has only half an
hour for lunch, the only amount
of time that we need is five min-
utes. And when you think about
it one gets value for their meal at
Hank Franks’,” Mr Ferguson told
Tribune Taste.

Hank Franks opened in Janu-
ary and has enjoyed an excellent
reception from the community.

“Every month is much better
than the previous. As people
become familiar with Hank
Franks’ they begin to come to our
spot more often. And everyone
who has had Hank Franks’ hot dog
shares the experience with others,”
he said.

As their business continue to
grows, Mr Ferguson said that they
intend to branch off, opening
another location for the diner.

“We want a much more central
location so that we can make Hank
Franks’ known to all,” he said.



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artists come together to
raise money for the dam-
aged orphanages in Haiti at
an art exhibit , Thursday,
March 4, at 5.30pm-10pm
at the Nassau Yacht Club.
Contact Donna Knowles
at: 393 5132.

* ROTARY CLUB OF

NASSAU BIATHLON
The Rotary Club of Nassau
hosts a 4 mile bike/6.6 run
biathlon, Saturday, March
6, 7am at Goodman's Bay.
Registration begins
6.30am. Enter a two-person
team with one biker and
one runner, do both seg-
ments, or just walk. This
event also includes a health
booth and souse out. All
proceeds in aid of Rotary
Club charities. See
www.rotarynassau.com

¢ POPOP EDUCATION:
ART CLASSES -
SESSION ONE

Popop Studios began their
first session of art classes,
last Monday, March 1-end-
ing March 27, 2010. Class-
es in art therapy, figure
painting, and workshops in
sculpture and photogra-
phy-taking, and jewelry-
making classes are avail-
able. The second cycle of
courses start on the first
Saturday after the Easter
Holidays.

Mark Redgrave, Katrina
Cartwright, Nadia Camp-
bell, Heino Schmid, and
Duke Wells are facilitators
of the classes at Popop Stu-
dios Center for the Visual
Arts. Cost is $150. Space
limited. T: 322-7834. See
www.popopstudios.com

e TEEN MONEY
MAKING MONDAYS

This program, started
March 1, runs through
April 5, and gives young
persons an in-depth look at
business ownership. For six
consecutive Mondays,
6:30pm-9pm at Planet Play,
attendees enjoy a night
jam-packed with activities,
money lessons, games,
competitions and special
lectures. Cost: $260/per
teen. T: 376-9449. E:
info@creativewealthba-
hamas.com

« RED CROSS

FAIR 2010

The Bahamas Red Cross
Society holds its annual
fair, Saturday, March 6 @
12 pm in the Lower Gar-
dens, Government House
Grounds. Enjoy a fun-filled
day of family entertain-
ment complete with pop-
corn, conch fritters, hoopla,
hamburgers, bingo, disco,
game and so much more!
Tickets at the gates.

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

If so, call us on 322-1986
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_By REUBEN SHEARER
_ Tribune Features Reporter
| rshearer@tribunemedia.net

HEN Yasmine John-
son and Greg
Wilkinson step into
the lobby of their workplace
_each morning, they often con-
sider how they can take Mari-
_o’s Entertainment and Bowling
Palace to the next level, main-
taining its wow factor and cut-
_ting edge appeal.
| The $10 million bowling facility,
next to Robin Hood in the Summer
Winds Plaza, is an entertainment cen-
_ tre catering to toddlers, teenyboppers,
grownups, church goers and senior cit-
izens, that stirs up the feeling of being
in a Las Vegas hotel, Chuck EB’
Cheese, and Dave & Busters all at
_ once.

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« Offers family fun



A LONGVIEW of the 50 Ultra-Modern Bowling Lanes at Mario’s Bowling and

Entertainment Palace.



To have a facility of its kind, on par
with similar ones in the United States
is “phenomenal,” a representative
from the American Bowling Associa-
tion told executives of Mario’s Bowl-
ing last month.

Mario’s exceeded this man’s expec-
tations, as he said it had “enough val-
ue to surpass most of its world class
counterparts in elegance and appear-
ance.”

To Yasmine Johnson, daughter of
Leslie Miller, and director of market-
ing and public relations, this is good
news, and enough reason why “we
should be able to take it to another
level.”

And the brainchild behind the
design for the entertainment facility
agrees. Greg Wilkinson said,“We
wanted to create an environment
where people know that they are com-
ing to a nice place. People are con-
trolled in the environment that they
are placed in.”

A panoramic view of Mario’s Bowl-
ing and Entertainment Palace at the
entrance is enough to take your breath
away. The colors are intentionally
calming and soothing to the mind, said
Mr Wilkinson. It represents some-
thing of an art deco feel, very modern
and posh.

US Bowling who designs the lanes
for the Lucky Strike Lanes franchise in
the United States outfitted Mario’s
main attraction, 50 bowling lanes.
There are 26 lanes on one side, and 24

SEE page 11

Avante Guarden rocks the Bahamian music scene

_ By JEFFARAH GIBSON
_ Tribune Features Writer

THE diversity of the music industry
| in the Bahamas is present in a new
local band “Avante Guarden”, whose
| music is not the upbeat rhythms of
| reggae, or the soothing timbre of
| rhythm and blues, but instead is the
rotund drumming, heavy guitar riffs,
_ and lush vocals of hard rock.
As the new Bahamian hard rock
band, the five member group is offi-
| cially introducing themselves and their
| music to the local audience.

Each member of AG completes the
| puzzle, bringing together every piece
_ necessary for a successful emergence.

Their music is not the usual fare
played on the local radio stations, it’s
| different and that is what Avante
| Guarden exemplifies.

Representing their breakaway from
| music typically heard by Bahamian

listeners is "Almost Home", the
| band's first album expected to debut
| this month.

There are a total of nine tracks on
| the album. And amongst the ringing
melodies hes beautiful passages
birthed from the mind and spoken
| from the heart.

Their music is beyond the surface,

and while there are songs that one can
| groove to, their songs are thought pro-
| voking and heartfelt.

"This is what AG is about, making
| beautiful music, music that one can
| relate to. We try to make the best
| music that we can," Vallon Thomp-
| son guitarist and song writer for

Avante Guarden told Tribune Enter-
tainment.

All of the songs on the album are
original compositions by the band.

The majority of the songs on
“Almost Home” were written by Val-
lon. Lead singer Jaynedoh wrote one
of the peices.

“Vallon is so good at what he does.
His lyrics are just beautiful because
he takes it to another level. He’s has
some of the best work,” Jaynedoh
said.

“Brave and New” is one of the
songs on the album that typifies a
thoughtful piece of work and is a trib-
ute to human “beingness” Vallon said.

“This song is about recognising that
even though we as human beings are
different, we are still the same. Show
me the difference within us and I can
show you a thousand things the same.
It’s more of breaking down those bar-
riers that hinder us from being the
people that we are when no one is
looking,” he explained.

Their music is already beginning to
reach many, since they are slowly
building a supportive fan base here in
the Bahamas.

“We have a number of AG sup-
porters, and our fan base is continuing
to grow. There are some hard-core
rappers who are fans of our band.
They are at almost every one of our
performances,” Jaynedoh said.

And even thought their growing fan
base is an encouragement, both Vallon
and Jaynedoh admit that it is difficult
to be an emerging hard rock band in
the Bahamas.

And after they have left their
imprints on the music industry in the
Bahamas, they are setting their sights
on the international music world.

“We want to take our music to the



BAHAMIAN hard rock band Avante Guarden performs on stage.

world. But before we do that we want
to gain the respect of our fellow
Bahamians,” Vallon said.

It took a while for Avante Guarden
to fully establish themselves as a hard
rock band, since it was a hassle finding
the right person with the right voice.

Once Vallon, who in fact started
the band, found those pieces, he knew
Avante Guarden would be a force to
be reckoned with in the music indus-
try.

"There were many experimental
compositions to fine tune the sound of
AG and there were many singers. AG
went through about no less than six
vocalists in its initial stages seeking

Mr J on the money we want

_ By JEFFARAH GIBSON
| Tribune Features Writer

LOCAL Bahamian artists are
spreading their wings, and making
their imprints on the international
music scene. And Bahamian Reggae
artist Gesner “Mr J” Dalmond is no
different since he recently collaborat-
ed with Canadian gospel artist DJ
Evangelist on his new song “Money
We Want”.

“Money We Want” a song that
addresses the issue of poverty is cur-
rently circulating the local airwaves in
Canada. With an optimistic mindset
the artists believe the song will be
accepted by a global audience.

Its all-embracing message is what
really ignites conversation and a
change of perception with regards to
poverty -something that most people
are fighting so hard to relinquish in
their life.

And with their smooth lyrical flow
accented by underlying tones and
melodies, they hope the issue of pover-
ty jumps at listeners inviting meaning-
ful reflection.

Mr J said the main purpose of the
song is to get persons to see that pover-
ty is something that can be eradicated
from one’s life through personal suc-

cess.

“Poverty is prevalent in many soci-
eties throughout the world, which
makes this song universal. However,
poverty begins as a mental state. Yes
there are many persons that have been
born into poverty, but it is their mind-
set that keeps them in that position.
The issue of poverty can be removed if
they change their mindset,” Mr J told
Tribune Entertainment.

“Money We Want” has initiated
conversation both negative and posi-
tive in the Canadian community.

“There are persons who love the
song who said that the message actu-
ally speaks to them. Then again there
are others who maintain the belief
that Christians should not talk about
gaining prosperity. Despite that, this
song is about moving from one point
in life to another. Its not about gaining
prosperity but showing people that
just because your family might have
poverty been stricken doesn’t mean
that they will also be that way,” he
said.

Both Mr J and DJ Evangelist are
hard at work shooting the video “Mon-
ey We Want”. The video which is set in
Canada will compliment the music
communicating the message of the
song even more effectively.

“The video starts off with me getting
ready to go on his daily mission, as the
day progresses I am met with a variety
of unusual circumstances. The video is
very good and it shows the message
in an even brighter light,” he said.

“Money We Want” is professional-
ly recorded. However it is in the pro-
duction stages right now.

“Since it is our goal to go global with
the song, we are trying to get the video
played on major music stations like
MTV, the Caribbean music station
Tempo, as well as local television sta-
tions in the Bahamas,” he said .

Mr J is Bahamian-born of Haitian
descent and has been a reggae artist
since 1996. While this was not always
his dream, he said listening to other
artist like Christian Massive and Peter
Runks who tell stories through their
music encouraged him to enter the
profession.

He has written eight songs so far
that he said will be recorded on an
album he plans to release sometime
in the near future. He also just recent-
ly celebrated the release of his first
official video entitled “More Luv”.

With his own music and collaborat-
ing with other artist he channels his
inner voice, sending a message of hope
to the hopeless.

the right voice for the it's particular
style,” Vallon said.

Later he met Jaynedoh who faced a
similar problem.

“ She had been searching for some-
one who was good at producing rock
music and I was looking for someone
who could sing the music,” he said.

They came together with three oth-
er band members Ashley Algreen the
lead guitarist, Gary Francis, bass gui-
tarist, and Bailey the drummer to form
an electrifying assembly

This is just the beginning for this
hard rock band. People can expect to
see much more of Avante Guarden
in the near future.



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Mario’s Bowling
offers family fun

FROM page 10

on the other.

In addition to bowling, children
man the machines with access to
over 100 arcade games to choose
from, as well as Nintendo Wii, PS3
and X-Box 360 favourites.

There are also a number of meet-
ing rooms already utilised by many
civic groups.

“At night, we sometimes have cos-
mic bowling where the whole facili-
ty is dark and we have a light show,”
said Mrs Johnson.

Even Sir Sidney Poitier, a Bahami-
an screen legend, has a VIP room
befitting his name. It is equipped
with four lanes for persons who want
that private bowling experience, with
acapacity of 30 persons. Prices start
at $1500 for two hours and each
additional hour is $500.

This package includes full access
to a waiter, bartender, and a special
buffet.

The menu includes buffalo wings,
grouper fingers, conch fritters, spring
rolls, fruit and vegetables platters,
cheese platters and a choice of two
beverages, all topped off with a
house wine of your choice.

Private and upscale events are
hosted inside the VIP room at least 3
times a week and the Academy
Award-winning actor will be the
guest of honour at Mario’s grand
opening next month.

Membership packages for the VIP
room are stacked with freebies, like
the platinum package which not only
gives you use of the VIP room, but
also the upscale Elements Ultra
Lounge, packages are between $800
and $5000.

Countless other local legends can
be found on “The Wall-Those Who

Made A Difference,” in black and
white framed photos.

After the exertion of a few bowl-
ing games, relax in Mario’s electronic
massage chairs made available to
soothe tired athletes with assistance
from a therapist.

And if you wish to let off some
steam, there is a 150 person capacity
nightclub upstairs with VIP private
rooms for hire and waiting service
provided.

“The nightclub is very upscale,
and the whole design concept is for
the mature customer that wants to go
out in an elegant environment,” says
Mr Wilkinson.

Elements Lounge and Nightclub is
outfitted with higher end sound
proof rooms where persons can sit in
a private dining room overlooking
the facility.

Fridays, and Saturdays tend to be
booked solid by both Bahamians
and visitors (thanks to aggressive
marketing by the Ministry of
Tourism).

Mario’s Signature Pro shop offers
personal customised bowling balls
and shoes.

The ice cream parlour, sub sand-
wich parlour, and concession stand
will open in a matter of days. A
food court which can hold up to 250
persons features Tuscanos and
Noble Romans which offers gourmet
pizzas and signature sandwiches.

Mrs Johnson said that Mario’s
provides the ideal venue for fami-
lies because, “ there’s nowhere an
adult can go at night and take their
kids other than at Atlantis or the
Marina Village.”

That’s the premise that they built
the facility on.

“At Mario’s, your kids can bowl,
be taught how to bowl, enjoy our

ELEMENTS Ultra-Lounge

video arcade, and you can enjoy a
nightclub, a restaurant and just sit
back, relax, and lounge while the
kids have fun.”

There are lane side coordinators
that teach can teach you to bowl for
at no cost. There’s also a handicap
ramp where handicapped persons
can bowl themselves. There is also a
skating rink.

“Mario’s Bowling and Entertain-
ment Palace offers group packages,
at different prices, but are not limit-
ed to set prices,” said Mrs Johnson.

“We have birthday packages, and
school packages, just call us and we
will fit your budget.”

“Whatever you want, we can
make it happen. Nobody gets turned
away at Mario’s,” she said. “We try

to accommodate everyone as best
as we can.”

Rounding off their steady week-
end flow, Sundays will draw an even
bigger crowd, and offer a special buf-
fet, $25 for adults and $15 for kids,
which includes bowling games.

At Mario’s, security 1s very impor-
tant with a strong security and police
presence on the weekends. Security
is at the door, metal detectors are
always active, and other measures
are taken to ensure the full safety
of the building.

Mrs Johnson emphasised the
importance of there being no swear-
ing and fighting on the premises.

“We have no problems asking you
to leave,” she said, explaining their 3
strike policy which eventually leads



to the dismissal or permanent ban-
ning of people who distrub the peace
from Mario’s.

“We will not tolerate anything
negative in Mario’s. We will not
deal with any vulgar behaviour or
anything, as we have no tolerance
period.”

Leslie Miller, former PLP MP set
about building one of the largest ten-
pin bowling facilities in the world
and the only one in the Bahamas
after his son’s death in 2002. Mario’s
Entertainment and Bowling Palace
has created 72 jobs so far. The Miller
family, including the other siblings
Leslia Miller and Montgomery Fer-
guson, hopes that its efficient serving
staff and clean facilities will keep it
on the cutting edge.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010

Transforming Spaces - the popular art bus tour that allows patrons to visit several art galleries over one
weekend will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday March 13-14. The tour will be visits to 9 galleries:
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery at Village Road, Ladder Gallery at NPCC, New Providence Art & Antiques,
Pink 'Un, Popop Studios, Post House Gallery, PRO Gallery at COB, StingraeStudio and The Hub.

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Doongalik Studios presents

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a collaborative visual experience of Paintings
and Sculpture by Averia Wright and Toby Lunn

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Gallery on Village

Road will showcase
the collaborative works of
ceramicist Averia Wright and
painter Toby Lunn for this
year's Transforming Spaces
Art Tour.

These two young Bahamian artists
have found a common thread in
colour, line, space and form to make
bold statements using different medi-
ums in an exciting presentation.
They both use organic free forms
and earth tones to make very per-
sonal statements. New abstract
expressions of art to inspire and heal
the viewer rise up from the tangible
fierce heat of the furnace that fires
the clay and the metaphorical fire
of metamorphosis that gives feeling
to the paint.

eAVERIA WRIGHT, in her first
Exhibition in The Bahamas as a
fine arts graduate, said : “The sto-
ries of mythologies, mysteries and
the mystical expressions of life
take me deep into my roots - my
place of inspiration - to create
exotic life forms and elements of

my hands to create something from
the earth is a primitive necessity.
Manipulating slabs and coils of
clay to make a three dimensional
object from an image in my mind,
or from doodles or sketches is truly
a passion. Adding metal to my cre-
ations is a challenge as metal’s ten-
sile strength allows the mechanisa-
tion of my ceramic sculptures to
work. Whereas clay will bend with
the possibility of melting and
breaking, metal on the other hand
bends readily. Working with metal,
although tedious, is something I
hope to continue to do. Exploring
how far I can work with these
materials inspires me to continue
on this journey.”

Averia studied Fine Art with a
concentration in Ceramics at the
University of Tampa where she
transferred from the College of
The Bahamas. She was first intro-
duced to ceramics at COB under
the tutelage of Joann Behagg and
was inspired to further her studies
in this discipline with renowned
Bahamian art educator, Kendra
Frorup.

¢ TOBY LUNN, no stranger to the
Exhibition circuit, has entered a

not only in my personal life but
also in my newest body of work. I
am using the myth of the phoenix
bird that rises from the ashes, using
adversity and experiences as tools
of expression. I am taking the sym-
bol of birds in flight and allowing
my painted expressions to soar at
their own altitude. The lotus flower
has also become important in my
recent work. All of the symbols I
use are references to healing -
internal and external - not just for
me, but for the viewer as well.”

Toby received a BFA Degree
from the Maryland Institute Col-
lege of Art and has held numerous
exhibitions at Popop Studios,
Doongalik Studios, Van Brugel's
Restaurant, as well as abroad at
the Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami
Florida. He has also provided pri-
vate art classes to interested mem-
bers of the public.

Both artists are sales representa-
tives at the Doongalik Studios Art
Gallery at Marina Village Paradise
Island. They soon realised the sym-
biosis in the quality of their work and
felt that Transforming Spaces was the
perfect opportunity to showcase this
multi media experience.

“We are proud and
privileged to pre-
sent the work of
these two extremely
talented artists who
are making signifi-
cant contributions to
the development of
art in The Bahamas
and by extension,
the world.”

ileged to present the work of these
two extremely talented artists who
are making significant contributions
to the development of art in The
Bahamas and by extension, the world.
The treasury of our country lies in
these innovations - in the infinite pos-
sibilities being constantly investigated
and improved upon by Bahamian



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THIS year the Popop Gallery's focus is to experi-
ment and to educate as it continues its series of invi-
tational exhibitions related to getting back to basics.
This year's Transforming Spaces exhibition will show-

case dynamic designs.

The Gallery has invited 10 artists/designers to create
a ‘Chair’ using a budget of 100 dollars. The only two
criteria are that the 100 dollars be exhausted in one way
or another; and that the chair be functional and avail-
able for sitting on during the exhibition.

Popop is excited by the unique idea of 'The Chal-
lenge’ as they are asking the artists to challenge not
only the interpretation of the problem but also the
use of materials, the management of the funds and
the balance of aesthetics and function.







THE ProGallery Presents 'Tag’ - an
experimental Group exhibition featur-
ing the works of student artists.

Participants said, “ As students, we
often produce art for the purpose of
fulfilling the requirements of assign-
ments and the demands of lectures.
"Tag' serves as an opportunity for unre-
stricted artistic expression and self-
exploration. Each artist is afforded the
chance to put forward work that speaks
to his or her true aesthetic. The collec-
tive works serve as thumb prints that
identify who we are, not just as artists
but as diverse human beings.”

The ProGallery is located at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, the S Block rm
SO.