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Our ewixie over
cold case’ murders

Police
launch
new bid
to solve
mystery
killings

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE grieving families of two
murder victims poured their
hearts out yesterday as a new
initiative was launched to bring
closure to some of the coun-
try’s long unsolved cases.

Emotions ran high at the
police’s Central Detective Unit
as senior police officers and rel-
atives of Jacoby Thurston and
Sergeant Kevin Williams came
together to plead for informa-
tion that could bring these
“cold cases” back to life and
help provide closure to the vic-
tims’ long-suffering families.

Superintendent Stephen
Dean, director of the newly-
formed National Crime Pre-
vention Office, and Assistant
Superintendent Bernard
Bonamy Jr, head of the Homi-
cide Unit, said the press con-
ference was the first of what is
intended to be a series of public
appeals in coming weeks and
months to raise awareness of
murder cases that may have
slipped from the public con-
sciousness.

Bringing home the signifi-
cance of the appeal, Lynn
Thurston, sister of Jacoby
Thurston, who was shot dead
in the South Beach area on
March 1, 2008, told of how the
lack of closure on her brother’s
death has taken a huge emo-
tional toll on her family.

“Tam so tired of seeing my
mum crying, and most of all my

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Turn clocks forward by an
hour before you go to sleep
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Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

HELP US FIND JUSTICE: Lynn Thurston, sister of the late Jacoby Thurston, appeals to the public to come forward with any information on the murder of her

brother.



Election court: Parliamentary

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner
Errol Bethel was questioned extensively
yesterday regarding discrepancies in the
protest votes cast in the Elizabeth by-elec-

tion.

Mr Bethel was the first and only witness
to take the stand yesterday during day two

Movie spotlight on Bahamas

Best of 14 films to be announced at BAFTA awards

Body found in

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT - An unidenti-
fied body was discovered inside
a burning vehicle on Grand
Bahama Highway early yester-
day morning, police reported.

The gruesome discovery was
sometime after 4am when fire-
men and police officers
responded to a vehicle fire on
Grand Bahama Highway East.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
said police received a report
that a vehicle was on fire in the
bushes and dispatched a team
to investigate.

When police arrived at the
scene, they found a Chevy Cav-
alier car in the median on fire
and the charred remains of a
body in the driver’s seat.

It is not known whether the
victim is male or female.

SEE page three

of the Elizabeth election court hearing.

Philip “Brave” Davis, lead attorney for
Progressive Liberal Party candidate Leo
Ryan Pinder, opened yesterday’s proceed-
ings by outlining the election court peti-
tion.

Mr Davis then read into the record the
affidavit of Stafford Coakley, a licensed
surveyor. According to Mr Coakley’s affi-
davit, Mr Pinder — the petitioner — had
asked him to mark out the residences of

BY MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net 14

THE best of 14 films set in the Bahama
islands will be announced at the British Acad-
emy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
awards next Friday.

Budding British filmmakers selected to
spend 14 days on one of 14 islands in the

se March 20th Goodman's Bay

Commissioner questioned

the protested voters on a map of the Eliza-
beth constituency. According to the sur-
veyor, all but five of the protest voters
resided in the Elizabeth constituency. The
surveyor found that one of the voters in
question lived at a home in Commonwealth
Boulevard which does not fall within the
boundary of the Elizabeth constituency.

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Bahamas to make a short film entirely on loca-
tion. Their films are now available to see on the

Islands Film Challenge website.
Online viewers around the world can vote

for their favourite movie and have the chance of
winning a 14-night island-hopping vacation in
the Bahamas, while the filmmakers are bracing
themselves for a £14,000 cash prize to be award-
ed to the winner at the BAFTA red carpet

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Ventilator for
Sick children
named in honour
of Roger Carron

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By REUBEN
SHEARER

Tribune Features
Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia. net

A NEW ventilator to
be used in the care of crit-
ically ill infants has been
named in honour of the
late Roger Carron, for-
mer managing editor of
The Tribune, after his
friends made a substan-
tial donation to the high-
ly successful Breathe
Easy Campaign.

The machine is one of
six ventilators which,
along with two incuba-
tors, have been acquired
by the campaign. All but

SEE page 3

Elderly woman
lirives into sea

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net



TRAFFIC was backed up on
Eastern Road yesterday as curi-
ous motorists slowed to observe
an unusual accident in which
an elderly lady drove headlong
into the shallow water of the
Montagu shoreline.

Family members of Con-
stance “Connie” Cancino,
understood to be in her seven-
ties, said Mrs Cancino may
have had a diabetic “fainting”
incident behind the wheel
before she accidentally accel-
erated off the edge of the Sail-
ing Club’s parking lot, drop-
ping several feet onto the rocks
below and continuing to careen
into the water beyond.

A Haitian man, Nicholas
Mercellus, who was working in
the area when the accident
occurred at around 12.25pm,
said he ran to Mrs Cancino’s
rescue, managing to maneou-
vre the car and the elderly lady
to safety out of the water and
on to the rocky ground about
20ft from the edge of the park-
ing lot. When The Tribune
arrived on the scene, Mrs Can-
cino was being tended to in her
car by paramedics, who then
lifted her on a stretcher from
the vehicle and into a waiting
ambulance. Her son, Lindsey
Cancino, and daughter-in-law
were with her, having rushed
to the scene, as well as an inves-

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N the minds of many people, Africa is more like
one large country than a continent. They have
trouble recognising that it is comprised of 53

countries (if you include the neighbouring islands)
and as such there is huge diversity represented
there. While it is true that one could find similarities
among different countries, using these to make
generalisations about the whole continent is as
erroneous as doing so for any other continent.

Obviously, the only way to
have a clearer image of
Africa is to know more about
its countries and ethnic
groups. I had the opportunity
to expand my knowledge this
past semester, which I spent
studying in Ghana, a country
on the coast of West Africa.

As could be expected, I
noted many cultural similar-
ities between the Bahamas
and Ghana during my time
abroad. Aside from more
obvious examples like food, I
found that many Ghanaians
held the same perceptions
(and the accompanying com-
plications) about the West
Indies that people in the
Bahamas have about Africa
— they had no real under-
standing of the region at all.

Technically, I'm a double
member of the West Indies,
because my mother is
Bahamian and my father is
Jamaican. However, I identi-
fy more with the Bahamas
because I was born and
raised there. Interestingly,
when I was in Ghana, I had
to ‘own’ being Jamaican
almost to the point of exclud-
ing my Bahamian identity —
not out of any personal wish,
but because when I tried to
explain my heritage, Jamaica
was the one place and idea
people could latch on to.

Whenever people asked
me where I was from and I
said the Bahamas, nine times
out of 10 they would not
Know where the country is
or would not have heard of it.
So by way of explanation I
would add that I am also
Jamaican and try and
describe the two nations in

relation to one another.
Sometimes I would respond
with "I'm from the Bahamas,
in the Caribbean", but this
rarely helped because for
whatever reason people
heard “Cuba”, and I would
be back at the beginning.

I know the Bahamas is a
small nation, but I grew up
thinking that at least half of
the world knew about it
because of being such a huge
tourist destination. Howev-
er, in Ghana the concept of
tourism doesn't exist in the
minds of most people. They
just don’t have the resources
to travel and explore ‘exotic’
locations, so there is a small
chance they would hear of
the Bahamas otherwise.
Now, if we produced star
football (soccer) players we
would have a much better
chance of making a strong
impression on them.

Most of my days in Ghana
I was constantly reminded of
my claim to my Jamaican-
ness, whether through
explaining where I've come
from or because of my nat-
ural hairstyle. There was one
day that was solely the prop-
erty of the Bahamian side of
me. I took a day trip to Accra
(the capital) to visit the Uni-
versity of Ghana. I needed
to look in their Music
Department's library for
information relating to my
research. Imagine my sur-
prise when, within that tiny
library, I stumbled upon the
Masters thesis of E Clement
Bethel. I was so surprised
and delighted that I called
my mother to tell her. Later
that day I saw a picture of





MODERN Ghana, like many of the sub-Saharan countries on the western
coast of Africa, was shaped by its experiences with the transatlantic
slave trade. Pictured here is a wall of remembrance, a memorial to the
slave trade in Benin.



GABRIELLE, third from right, is pictured with some members of her
group in traditional Ghanaian dress after taking a dance lesson.

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our prime minister in a
newspaper belonging to a
man sitting in front of me
on a tro-tro (a kind of bus).
I was so shocked that
before I knew what I was
doing I had reached over
and pointed him out.

As I said earlier, aside
from that one day, in many
respects the rest of my time
in Ghana ‘belonged’ to my
Jamaican self. Apart from
the US, I think Jamaica is
the country most revered
there. Whenever I men-
tioned my connection to
Jamaica to a male friend he
would get excited and
inevitably ask me if my
father had dreadlocks or
smoked (marijuana). On
occasion, I had to endure
the uttering of stereotypi-
cal Jamaican expletives or
expressions. Once or twice,
when I mentioned the
Jamaican side, I was told
that this couldn't possibly
be true because I don't
have an accent and was
asked if I know or could
speak patois to prove
myself. | even met Ghana-
ians who were so enam-
oured with Jamaica and
Rastafarianism that they
cultivated the accent and
vernacular.

In addition to these per-
sonal encounters (which
occurred at least weekly) I
had daily reminders cour-
tesy of Jamaican flags on
the dashboard of taxis,
painted on walls and stuck
on the bumpers of cars.
Other than Ghanaian high-
life, the most popular music
was Jamaican, and could be
heard in private and pub-
lic spaces along with Amer-
ican hip-hop.

My reason for going into
all this detail is to show




how Ghanaians’ view of
me, and by extension the
West Indies, was informed
primarily by their knowl-
edge of one country there.
Admittedly, I elicited some
of these responses because
I brought up Jamaica on
my own. However, this
does not change the fact
that the overwhelming
impression of Ghanaians’
was based on the Jamaican
culture they received in the
media. Moreover, because
Jamaica has such a strong
world presence, I probably
would have used her as a
point of reference to aid
my explanations even if I
did not have a personal
connection to her.

As Bahamians, I know
we are fiercely proud of
our heritage and the diver-
sity of the Caribbean, and
bristle for example at the
use of Jamaican actors to
play the role of Bahamians
or other West Indians in
movies. We are similar, but
in no way would we accept
someone painting our
entire region with one
green, black and yellow
brush stroke. By the same
token, we have to be care-
ful that we do not let our-
selves think of people in
Africa based on what we
hear about countries like
Nigeria, South Africa and
Sierra Leone that, like
Jamaica, all have a strong
world presence. In fact,
Africa is a far more diverse
continent than our tiny
region. We have to be so
careful not to let the media
colour the way we think
about it, even if all we can
do is recognise that we
Know very little and thus
stop ourselves from jump-
ing to any conclusions.

¢ See next week’s Tribune for the third installment of Gabrielle's
African journal: “Twilight Tapping, Midnight Moving”. Her first arti-
cle can be found at: http://www.tribune242.com/searchre-
sults/0223010_Ghana_news_pg16



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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Will Jerusalem spat undo peacemaking?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden's trip to Israel and the
West Bank was designed to underscore
the Obama administration's commitment
to support Israeli security as it approach-
es indirect negotiations with the Pales-
tinians.

But the jarring Israeli announcement
that 1,600 Jewish homes would be con-
structed in east Jerusalem rattled the exer-
cise, focusing attention on serious differ-
ences between the U.S. and Israel on key
elements of any peace deal before the
negotiations had even begun.

The spat embarrassed Biden, a close
supporter of Israel, and prompted him to
condemn the Israeli move, an exception-
ally strong diplomatic criticism. On Thurs-
day, in another speech in Jerusalem, he
tried to smooth over the situation by
extolling the countries’ close relationship.

"The Israeli bilateral relationship with
the United States has just become much
more difficult,” said Haim Malka, deputy
director of the Middle East program at
the Center for Strategic and Internation-
al Studies, after the housing announce-
ment.

"Tt is hard to remember a time when a
senior U.S. official used the word 'con-
demn' to describe the actions of any ally,
let alone a close ally such as Israel, but that
is precisely what the vice president did,"
Malka said.

The Obama administration favours a
broad Israeli withdrawal from the West
Bank as part of a statehood deal and
implies U.S. support for east Jerusalem
as the Palestinian capital. But there are
deep doubts in Israel that a treaty sharply
reducing its territory would enhance the
country's security.

The housing announcement was gener-
ated by the Interior Ministry, headed by a
hard-line opponent of negotiations over
Jerusalem's future.

But while internal politics is just beneath
the surface, the issue of the city's future is
bound to take front and center at some
point if serious peace talks get under way.

Biden's aim was to inform Israel and
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id security backing from the Obama
administration.

But lots of space, approaching a chasm,
was apparent when Biden told the Pales-
tinians that the state they seek should be
viable and contiguous — that is, without
Israeli settlements in the way.

Biden's remarks would seem to under-
cut any Israeli hopes of retaining some of
the towns that have grown up on the West
Bank amid the Palestinians — and more
significantly Jewish housing in east
Jerusalem.

The long and tortured history of U.S.
mediation shows minds can be changed,
though.

Under U.S. pressure at Camp David in
1977, for instance, Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin yielded to Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat's demands for
recovery of every inch of territory Egypt
lost in the 1967 Six-Day War to secure a
peace treaty.

And Sadat reconsidered his initial view
that conditions were not yet right for full
peace between the two countries and
appropriately should be deferred to a lat-
er generation.

The very fact that a hardline Israeli
leader and the president of Egypt were
willing to negotiate peace terms itself was
a remarkable turnabout.

This time around, there also are signs of
compromise. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-
jamin Netanyahu has agreed to the con-
cept of a Palestinian state.

And Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas has agreed to U.S. mediator
George Mitchell's plan for four months
of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and
the Palestinians with only a partial and
temporary halt to Israeli construction on
the West Bank.

But Abbas is straightforward in what
he wants, saying Israel's plan for more
housing in east Jerusalem threatens the
negotiations before they get off the

Bi This editorial is by Barry Schweid,
who has reported on Mideast diplomacy
for The Associated Press since 1973.







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Can tipping
points make a
change in the

Bahamas?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In his book “The Tipping
Point,” Malcolm Gladwell
speaks extensively about social
epidemics and how changing
little things can make a big dif-
ference. He speaks to the rise
and fall of crime in New York
City. Most of us have heard
about the crime wave that
impacted New York City, with
rising murder rates and violent
crimes, just like we read about
crime everyday in our local
papers.

An interesting point in the
book suited for Nassau is the
Broken Windows Theory,
which was the work of crimi-
nologists James Q. Wilson and
George Kelling. Their argu-
ment is that crime is the result
or will escalate from disorder.
The theory as discussed by
Gladwell, “If a window is bro-
ken and left unrepaired, peo-
ple walking by will conclude
that no one cares and no one is
in charge.” This leads to more
broken windows, disorder,
chaos, and anything goes.

Under the Power of Context,
Gladwell argues that “epi-
demics are sensitive to the con-
ditions and circumstances of the
times and places in which they
occur.” A perfect example, as
highlighted in the book, is that
of New York City and the esca-
lating violent crime on the sub-
ways. In the 1980s the subway
cars were dirty, filled with trash,
and covered with graffiti. Beat-
ing fares and jumping turnstiles
was common practice. There-
fore, the subway system itself
created a sense of chaos, disor-
der, and lawlessness. This led
to a rampant escalation in
crime. How did the authorities
tip this crime epidemic? They
put into practice the Broken
Window Theory. They won the
war against graffiti. They
cracked down on fare beaters.
They kept the subway clean.
They cracked down on drunk-
enness and bad behaviour.
Police made their presence
known. The result: They
cleaned up the subway system
and thus cracked down on
many other crimes and crimi-
nals. When Rudy Giuliani was
elected as Mayor, he trans-
ferred this theory to the City
at large and the rest is history.

What lessons can we learn
for the Bahamas?

What does it say when street
lights are not maintained?
When unlicensed vehicles are
seen on the streets? When dri-
vers run red lights? These small
individual infractions create a
complete sense of lawlessness
on our streets. So people will
think nothing about running
through a yellow or red light

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that |, SHEENA SHEVONE STYLES
nee EVANS of the Southern District of the Island of Nassau,
Bahamas, P.O. Box SB-52329 intend to change my name from
SHINNA_SHEVONE STYLES nee EVANS (also known as
SHENNA SHEVONE STYLES nee EVANS) to SHEENA SHEVONE
STYLES nee EVANS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Director of Immigration, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BERNARDO GEDEUS of
MONASTERY PARK, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration’
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 6'" day of MARCH, 2010 to the
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and blocking the intersection,
restricting the flow of traffic.

What happens when down-
town is left dirty and smelling of
urine? When school kids fight
in front of our tourists? When
buildings are left in a shabby
state? When fowl language and
drunkenness is a normal occur-
rence? It creates a sense of law-
lessness, where people will
engage in petty theft and offer
drugs to our tourists.

What happens in our educa-
tion system when school cam-
puses are dirty? When graffiti is
left on the walls? When a small
population of students disrupts
the educational process for
everyone? When parents do
not take the time to monitor
their children’s homework and
insist that failure is not an
option? We end up with a bro-
ken education system and a
national grade average of D.

What happens when the
court system is broken? When
thugs walk the streets on bail
and recommit crimes? When
the Government fails to ensure
that the law is enforced? When
the Government fails to carry
out the wish of the people and
enforce capital punishment?
When persons accept the pro-
ceeds of crime and protect fam-
ily and friends involved in
crime? When the Government
and its Minister of National
Security talks big on dealing
with crime and imposing a zero
tolerance strategy, yet they
back it up with little action?
When the Government and
Opposition cannot work
together to advance the coun-
try? When two major political
parties engage in petty politics?
You end up with violent crime
as an everyday occurrence.

Where people live in fear.
Where criminals think nothing
of gunning someone down in
broad daylight. You create a
society where criminals have
no fear and respect for the law
and the judiciary. The list could
goon......

As in New York, the elected
leadership took the initiative
and created an environment
that led to a tipping point in
crime. Likewise, our elected
leadership should take the ini-
tiative to lead the way and set
an example for us all. Unfor-
tunately, this has not been the
case. However, can we as indi-
viduals create tipping points in
this country?

Here are a few thoughts: Can
we all take the initiative to get
involved in our children’s edu-
cation? Can we clean up our
individual properties and thus
clean up our neighbourhoods?
Can we not accept and toler-
ate the proceeds of crime? Can
we not cover for our children
and family members when we
know they are involved in
crime? Can we not harbour
criminals and those out on bail
that are still committing crimes?
Can we begin to lift up one
another and not tear each oth-
er down by gossip? Can we
hold our elected leaders
accountable and not allow them
to buy us out? Can we treat
each and every tourist like a
king or queen to ensure that
they spend their scarce dollars
here in the Bahamas? Can we
impose hefty penalties for
crimes such as the possession
of illegal firearms? The list of
questions could go on and
impact every aspect of our lives.

Without leadership, change
can happen and it can start with
each of us! The message could
spread quickly.

JEROME R PINDER
Nassau,
February 9, 2010.

TAC CT CA CTF

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Our world is controlled by the media, it is important the
kind of message leaders such as politicians, churches, musi-
cians, scientists and others put out there as we can see what dam-
age nuclear weapons can do in the hands of the wrong country

leader.

The same also applies with what is preached and what sci-
entists say, or politicians do, however my main point has to do
with media and music industries. In my opinion one of the
most influential of all in the world reaching just about every cor-
ner of the earth is music and media.

Whatever messages we send through music and media will be
received by the world if music of love is sent it will be received,
likewise music of hate or war it will be received. Musicians try
to justify writing about violence by saying it is simply their past
life style. Past or present what you are sending the world is
getting is violence. If you are a leader think like a leader a
good leader don’t send messages of killing and robbing innocent
people. People I ask the music media the young people don’t
need the violence, please become a leader and not a follower.

JEFFREY
WILLIAMS
Nassau,
March, 2010.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF STEPHEN A. HEPBURN
late of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence ane of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby givan that all persons having
any claims or demands against the above-named
Estate are requested to send the same duly certified

to the undersigned on or before the 3

1" day of March,

7010 aftar which the sole Executlx and Trustee

will proceed to distribute the assets of the decaased
among the persons entitled thereto having regard
only to the claims of which the Executrix shall then

have had nobee.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all parsons
indabted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before the date herainbefora mentioned.

SEARS & CO

Attomeys-at-Law
P. ©. Box N-3645
#10 Market Straet North
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LOCAL NEWS



Taxi union employee gets two
year's for possessing firearm

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A TAXI union employee
caught by police with an unli-
censed firearm was sentenced
to two years in prison by Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel yester-
day.

Miguel Francis, 27, of
Watlins Street, and three oth-
ers of the same address, were
charged with possession of an
unlicensed firearm and ammu-
nition in Court 8, Bank Lane,
after police searched their
home with a warrant and
found a .380 handgun and sev-
en rounds of .380 ammunition.

Francis pleaded guilty on

both counts as he admitted to
owning the weapon found ina
bureau drawer in his bedroom
and said the others were not
aware of it.

Takara Smith, 23, Natasha
Victor, 19 and Korell Smith,
26, pleaded not guilty on both
counts and were acquitted of
the charges.

Police prosecutor Inspector
Ercell Dorsett told the court
police searched Francis’ home
at 7am on March 9 and took all
four residents into custody in
connection with the find.

Francis admitted owning the
firearm and ammunition with-
out permission from the licens-
ing authority, and asked Mag-
istrate Bethel to pardon the
others.

He said: “That was mine and
they have nothing to do with it.
That’s why I plead guilty. am
not going to lie to you.

“T had it for a reason; not to
harm nobody, but for my own
protection, just in case. I apol-
ogise.”

However, Francis did not
admit his previous convictions
when prompted.

Inspector Dorsett told the
court the 27-year-old had been
jailed for two months after a
Nassau Street magistrate con-
victed him of possession of an
unlicenced shotgun in 2003.

But Francis, who said he
now works for the taxi union,
pleaded with the magistrate to
give him another chance
before she had him impris-

oned.

“You have known for some
time, especially since your pre-
vious conviction, that this is
unlawful,” the magistrate said.

“You caused three people
to be brought before the court
because of your actions.

“And I have heard your
apology, but it is unlawful to
have this.

“So often, day by day, per-
sons have committed crimes
with these weapons, persons
are killed with these weapons,
and that’s why the law takes a
very serious view with this.

“In most jurisdictions, in
England for example, the min-
imum sentence is five years.

“T sentence you now to a
minimum of two years in

prison.”

Ms Bethel then encouraged
Francis to take advantage of
the learning opportunities and
rehabilitation programmes in
prison and asked if he would
be interested in taking acade-
mic classes in English, mathe-
matics, computer science and
the literary arts, or workshops
in construction, electrical work
or carpentry.

Francis indicated he had an
interest in carpentry.

“You want to go into car-
pentry?” Ms Bethel asked.
“Fantastic. I will make a note
of it.”

He was handcuffed and led
out of the court to be taken to
Her Majesty’s Prison in Fox
Hill.

Rodney Bain Building set for renovations

By ALESHA CADET



THE decrepit Rodney Bain
Building on Shirley and Parlia-
ment Streets is set to be reno-
vated in hopes that it will once
again accommodate employees
of the Registrar General’s
Office.

According to Gordon Major,
acting director of the Ministry
of Works, “a private architect
surveyed the building and it can
be repaired.”

Mr Major said when the nec-
essary funds become available a
date will be set to start repair
work on the now vacant build-
ing.

“We are putting together a
Cabinet paper, initially looking
at the Registrar Department to
go back there,” Mr Major said.

In December 2005, staff of
the Rodney Bain Building had
to be evacuated after water and
sewerage came pouring down
from galvanised ceiling pipes,
flooding corridors and displac-

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British Colonial celebrates 10
years under Hilton brand

CELEBRATING its tenth
year as a Hilton property, the
British Colonial Hilton in Nassau
is co-hosting 10 events from
which part - if not all - proceeds
will be donated to a local charity.

The year 2009/2010 is consid-
ered a milestone for the British
Colonial Hilton Nassau and as a
tribute to each year of service
and commitment to its name,
guests and clients, each month
there will be an event co-hosted
by the Hilton.

The first event was the ‘Ulti-
mate Fashion Show’. It was held
in January and its purpose was to

spark awareness of the
AIDS/HIV virus.

It was held in the Governors
Ballroom and was given the
stamp of approval from the
AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas.

There was also the ‘Final Fri-
days’ event in the newly opened
bar and lounge named Bullion.
Proceeds from this event went
to the Haiti relief effort.

Most recently, the Hilton was
fortunate enough to be a part of
the ‘Pretty in Pink’ event, which
allowed persons around the
island to come and view a pho-

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to exhibition of some of the
cancer survivors on the island
and to become more aware of
the disease, its cause and pre-
vention. This event was also
held in Bullion.











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(BTC) would like to advise the general public that for
the period Monday, March 15th to Friday, March 19th,
technicians will be conducting necessary Upgrades

to its network. As a result, subscribers residing in West

Grove and Vista Marina may experience disruptions

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ing almost 100 workers.

The problem led to the clo-
sure of the Registrar General’s
Office. Employees refused to
return to the Rodney Bain
Building because they felt con-
ditions were not bearable for
staff or the public.

Some of the staff of the Reg-
istrar General’s Office were
then moved to the number 50
Shirley Street office where they
worked in shifts and rotation
schedules.

The Rodney Bain Building
was Officially closed in January
2006.

Government at the time had
yet not decided if it was going
to demolish or renovate the
condemned building.

Earlier this month, a man
identified as Richardson Russell
bled to death after falling from
an awning attached to the sec-
ond floor of the Rodney Bain
Building. Police believe he was
attempting to break into the
building when he fell to his
death.



crime



¢ A NASSAU Village man was
held up at gunpoint in his
own home early yesterday
morning. Police were called
to the scene of an armed rob-
bery at around 2.50am.
According to reports, two
men, one of them allegedly
armed with a handgun,
approached the resident and
demanded cash. The culprits
robbed the man of an unde-
termined amount of money
and fled the area on foot ina
southern direction.

¢ A SEARCH BY Central
Detective Unit officers of a
home on Knowles Drive, off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, turned up 2 1/2 Ibs
of suspected marijuana and a
small amount of hash oil.
The police officers executed
the search warrant at around
4am yesterday. Two men,
aged 48 and 16, along with a
37-year-old woman were tak-
en into police custody in con-
nection with the matter.

¢ WHILE ON ROUTINE PATROL
in the Mount Royal Avenue
area yesterday morning, offi-
cers of the Mobile Division
observed a man acting suspi-
cious. The officers were in
the vicinity of Kenwood
Street when they stopped
and searched him. The man,
a 17-year-old resident of
Hampton Street, had a small
amount of suspected cocaine
on him. He was taken into
custody.

¢ CRIME WATCH MEETING:
OFFICERS of the South-
western Division are hosting
a crime watch meeting for
Coral Harbour residents
tonight at 5pm. The venue is
the Noni Café in the Coral
Harbour Shopping Centre.

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The incumbent, under the supervision of the Director of the CDC Caribbean
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Emory University nurses

experience rewarding
visit to South Eleuthera

NURSE Kelly laughs with a senior.

Bahamas Ambassador a featured guest on Washington

BY KHYLE QUINCY
PARKER

Press Attaché

Embassy of The Bahamas

WASHINGTON, DC —

B ahamas Ambassador
to the United States
Cornelius A Smith was a fea-
tured guest on the Washington,
DC, radio programme “Let’s
Get It On” last week.

He talked about how the
Bahamas was responding to
changes in the international
financial regulatory regime, and
how the Caribbean ‘Diaspora’
in the DC area was responding
to the crisis in Haiti.

The show, hosted by Warren
Powell and sponsored by the



It’s



National Alliance of Postal and
Federal Employees, aired
online and over a local AM
radio station. The programme
is broadcast throughout the US
and in seven countries around
the world.

On Financial Services

On the question of how the
recent focus of US and other
world authorities on offshore
financial jurisdictions has affect-
ed the financial services indus-
try in The Bahamas, Ambas-
sador Smith pointed out that
every offshore financial services
centre has been affected “one
way or the other.”

“The Bahamas has certainly
been affected, but not to that
great an extent,” Mr Smith said.

TARPUM Bay, Eleuthera -
A partnership between Island
Journeys, the Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing at
Emory University in Atlanta,
Georgia and the Ministry of
Public Health earlier this year
has proven to be beneficial
once again.

A group of nine nurses and
three faculty members from
Emory visited South Eleuthera
for a one-week trip of service
learning activities that would
change their lives and also pos-
itively impact the residents.
Strategies included giving sup-
port to the local nurses on the
island, sharing information with
the residents, holding public
health campaigns and dis-
cussing the possibility of devel-
oping a more comprehensive
health care system.

Island Journeys not only
arranged interesting work expe-
riences but also tourist related
outings that left a lasting
impression. One such unique
journey included a trip to Ban-
nerman Town in South
Eleuthera that even many
Bahamians have not experi-
enced.

For the past seven years the
Emory nurses, which include
first year and up to graduate
programme students, have vis-
ited Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay,
Palmetto Point, Governor’s
Harbour and other settlements.

“The Bahamas has been
involved in the financial ser-
vices sector since the mid-1950s,
so we are a very matured juris-
diction.

“We have always prided our-
selves that we were not — and
we still are not — a tax haven.

“(We are), rather, a financial
services jurisdiction which lives
up to all of our international
obligations in terms of regula-
tory affairs, and in terms of
ensuring that persons who
come and put their money in
The Bahamas (are not putting)
money that was supposed to be
paid as taxes to the countries
from which they have come,
but (rather that the monies they
are putting into our jurisdiction
are legitimate investments).”

He noted the retooling of the
regulatory regime overseeing
the financial services sector of
the economy of The Bahamas
in 2000, in response to the

NURSE Janet takes a clinic patient’s pressure.

Besides the cross-training
exercises, successful initiatives
have been implemented in clin-
ics, schools and home and the
visiting nurses have had a dose
of reality of what life is like for
an island nurse who is some-
times on call, 24/7. As first time
visitor Azmina Babwani recog-
nised, “Nurses on the island
have more extensive duties.”

Vocations

Shared vocations are impor-
tant and Island Journey’s direc-
tor Shaun Ingraham stressed
that the ultimate goal of the
nurses’ visit is the partnership
and the training that can be
completed right in Eleuthera.
Registered nurse Bianca
Edwards is now confident that
she will pursue a Masters
Degree after discussions with
one of the Emory nurses who is
in a Masters programme, and
Rock Sound Clinic nurse Vel-

implementation of more strin-
gent standards by countries in
the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development
(OECD).

“Once we met those stan-
dards,” Mr Smith said, “one of
the first countries we signed a
Tax Information Exchange
Agreement (TIEA) with was
the United States.”

The ambassador stressed the
positive working relationship
between the regulatory agen-
cies of the US and The
Bahamas, but pointed out that
relatively recently, the OECD
countries — including the US —
had once again “changed the
rules.”

“They have moved the goal-
post,” he said.

Mr Smith explained that the
OECD now requires that in
addition to meeting the previ-
ous standard, countries must
now also sign TIEAs with 12

ma Dorsett is planning her
Emory trip for later this year.

For visiting nurse Janet Sack-
ey the Eleuthera journey was
her first service trip and her
first time to the Bahamas.

Her group promoted healthy
living and lifestyles and taught
seven different classes to junior
and senior high students at var-
ious schools. “Our classes
included hygiene, drugs and
conflict resolution, clinics and a
health fair. I loved my visit and
the spirit of the people is a tes-
tament to the people and we
enjoyed ourselves,” she said.

Group leader Corrine Abra-
ham who is head of Interna-
tional Service Learning at the
School of Nursing shared her
delight with their work and
complimented their partnership
with Island Journeys.

“Last year at the Rock
Sound Clinic, there were 27
registered ante-natal patients
and the women were healthy
18- to 25-year-olds. Over the



past five years, the pregnancy
rate has slightly increased but
not significantly in teens which
leads us to believe that our edu-
cation programmes have
helped.”

Ms Abraham explained that
they are only in the community
for five days and it is fascinating
when things are put into per-
spective.

“This programme is so rich
and in returning you get to see
the impact of the initiatives that
were implemented and to see
people leading more healthy
lifestyles. The teamwork
between Emory, Island Jour-
neys, the Ministry of Health
and the community is truly
remarkable,” she said.

“The Emory nursing pro-
gram in Eleuthera isn’t just
about projects, it’s about a long-
term commitment and rela-
tionship,” said Ian Carey of
Island Journeys who headed up
the logistics and supplies for
the group.



DC talk radio programme

other countries. He said that
The Bahamas would have
signed 17 TIEAs by the March
30 deadline.

“So we will meet the stan-
dard, and exceed the standard,
but one of the things that Iam
concerned about is that we just
want a level playing field — that
every country ought to meet
the same standard. What you
require of us, you are to require
of everybody else.”

On Caribbean
‘Diaspora’

Mr Smith noted that
Caribbean nationals have, since
the 1940s, migrated in large
numbers to the US. In fact, he
quipped that there might be as
many Caribbean nationals liv-
ing in the US as there are living
in the Caribbean.

The reasons for this migra-
tion, he said, include labour — as

during “the Contract,” for
example, when thousands of
Caribbean nationals migrated
to the US as labourers in the
agricultural sector — coupled
with education and other moti-
vators.

Mr Smith said the entire
region was concerned about the
catastrophic earthquake that
killed hundreds of thousands
and displaced more than a mil-
lion in Haiti on January 12.

In response to the tremen-
dous need, many people of
Caribbean heritage intended to
meet during March 2010 to find
ways to help, in terms of skills
that may be needed, funds that
could be raised, and a network
to ensure that both the skills
and the funds reach the need.

“It provides a real opportu-
nity for us to realise how inter-
connected we are,” he said,
“and how we are all our broth-
ers’ keeper.”

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, SHARI ELIZABETH
JANINE QUANT of NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change
my name child’s name from SAPHIRRE KIARA FAITH
CLEARE to SAPHIRRE KIARA FAITH FERGUSON. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL

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SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
11:30am Speaker

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Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. ¢ Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m.
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Public Works and Transport

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(BIS photo/Simon Lewis)
MINISTER for Public Works and Transport Neko Grant is pic-
tured behind the wheel of a driving simulator during the gradu-
ation exercise for 11 students that participated in the Safe Dri-
ving Simulator Programme. Several of the students and organ-
isers are pictured looking on. Also pictured at right is the Mem-
ber of Parliament for Pineridge and Deputy Speaker of the
House of Assembly Quasi Thompson, and the Member of Par-
liament for the Eight Mile Rock Constituency Vernae Grant.

BY SIMON LEWIS

FREEPORT - Minister for Public Works and Transport
Neko Grant said his ministry has heightened its campaign
promoting road safety the Bahamas.

Mr Grant’s comments came during the inaugural gradua-
tion ceremony for the Safe Driving Simulator Programme, an
initiative of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Pharma-
Chem Technologies, on Thursday.

Eleven senior high school students from Sir Jack Hayward
High School, St Georges High and Eight Mile Rock High
School participated in the initial programme, which also had
the cooperation of the Road Traffic Department and the
Ministry of Education.

Mr Grant said the Road Traffic Department will continue
to partner with others in advancing public education pro-
grammes to promote road safety.

“Tt allows our message of road safety to reach many more
individuals,” he said.”

“Tt allows us to gain greater insight into the context in
which motor vehicle collisions occur, thereby allowing us to
target our efforts from public education to road network
design with greater precision, and it contributes to the overall
effectiveness and sustainability of the various programs that
are implemented.”

Mr Grant noted that during the past year, particular
emphasis has been placed on increasing awareness of the
highway code.

“We have also continued to remind the public of risks to
safe driving that includes failure to use seat belts and car
seats, excessive speed, impairment as a result alcohol con-
sumption, and distraction as a result of cellular phone use.

“Tt is against this background that we welcome this pro-
gramme that assists students at this early age in acquiring the
skills to make good decisions regarding road use before their
first encounter on the streets as licensed driver.”

Prevention

Mr Grant said the programme also complements the
efforts of the Road Traffic Department of the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport in the promotion of road safety
and prevention of traffic related injuries and death.

He told graduates that after completing the Safe Driving
Simulator Programme they would soon be of the verge of
achieving another of many milestones in their life, a driver’s
license, after practical instructions and examination.

“T would remind you that along with a driver’s license
comes much responsibility. It is therefore my hope that as
graduates of this course and as future motor vehicle drivers,

Bahamas and Belize working together
to address lionfish in marine waters

IN an effort to address the
threats of lionfish throughout
the Caribbean, the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources
(DMR) and The Nature Con-
servancy (TNC) in the
Bahamas collaborated with
Ecomar, a non-profit envi-
ronmental organisation based
in Belize to conduct a two-
day exchange training exer-
cise in New Providence on
lionfish safe capture and han-
dling techniques for both
Belize and Bahamian fisher-
men.

Lionfish initiatives have
been a priority in Belize since
their first sighting in 2008.

Fortunately for them they
have not yet seen tremen-
dously high numbers or large
sizes.

Their goal therefore is to
address this problem now.
These efforts come following
the Bahamas’ launch of a
regional project entitled “Mit-
igating the Threats of Inva-
sive Alien Species in the Insu-
lar Caribbean” in which the
Bahamas will take a local and
regional research, training and
management approach to the
lionfish invasion.

Exchange

Last month, the DMR and
TNC conducted a lionfish
exchange workshop with per-
sons from Belize including
their local fishermen, one of
the government’s protected
area managers and a repre-
sentative from Ecomar to
help address the “coming of
the lionfish” in Belize.

Valentine Rosado of Eco-
mar and Isaias Majil, the pro-
tected area manager, spoke
about some of the efforts
being conducted in Belize to
address the lionfish invasion
and the need to increase both
their community outreach and
capturing of lionfish efforts.

Lakeshia Anderson and
Jared Dillet, assistant fisheries
officers at DMR, who have
been conducting efforts to

PHOTOS 4A, B and C: ARMANDO Ramirez, vice-president of Rio Grande Fishermen Producers
Cooperative; Felicity Burrows of TNC and Frederick Arnett Il of DMR.

(Photo by Felicity Burrows, TNC, and Jared Dillet, DMR)



combat lionfish in Bahamian
marine waters discussed at the
meeting the development of
the Bahamas’ National Lion-
fish Response Plan (accessi-
ble online at
www.bahamas.qov.bs) which
includes communication and
community outreach strate-
gies, and methods of captur-
ing, handling and preparing
lionfish for consumption.
During the workshop, the
Belize participants, represen-
tatives from DMR, the TNC,
the Bahamas National Trust

and a local fisherman also had
an opportunity to practice
those lionfish capturing and
handling methods in the field.

Fishermen Garth
Longsworth said, “I have nev-
er seen lionfish so big in open
waters before.”

On the second day of the
exchange, the Belize partici-
pants along with representa-
tives from DMR and TNC
participated in lionfish prepa-
ration methods for consump-
tion at the Agriculture and
Marine Resources Expo on

Gladstone Road. Participants
demonstrated and learned
how to properly handle, clean,
fillet and cook lionfish.

Additionally, persons had
an opportunity to taste the
lionfish once cooked.

Many were stunned at how
tasty the fish are once prop-
erly prepared.

In addition to the lionfish
exchange activities, Caswelt
Mounts from DMR and Felic-
ity Burrows accompanied the
Belize participants on a tour
of Tropic Seafood and Par-

adise Fisheries where they
had the opportunity to talk
with persons regarding the
lobster fisheries industry in
the Bahamas.

They also visited the Pot-
ter’s Cay dock and Montague
ramp and spoke with local
fishermen about the
Bahamas’ fisheries in general.

Mr Majil said he was glad
that the fishermen from
Belize had an opportunity to
see how productive the lob-
ster market is in the Bahamas.

you will always remember to apply the lessons learnt in your
travel on our streets and highways.

“Furthermore, it is my hope that as graduates of this
course, that you will share your knowledge with friends and
family members bearing in mind that it is only through a
united effort that we will reduce the number of road traffic
related injuries and deaths in the Bahamas,” he said.

The issue of young persons and road safety is widely dis-
cussed at the national and international level, Mr Grant
explained.

“This is due to the prevalence of road traffic injuries and
death in this age group.”

Mr Grant said the World Health Organisation lists road
traffic injuries as the leading cause of death globally among
persons 15 to 19 years old, and it also lists injuries as the sec-
ond leading cause of death globally among persons 10 to 14
years old and 20 to 24 years old.

In the Bahamas from a general perspective, road traffic
injuries and road traffic deaths remain a source of concern
for the country, he said.

Within the last two years, young persons under 26 have
accounted for 50 per cent of all road traffic deaths.

Further statistics reveal that during 2008, 45 traffic fatali-
ties took place of which 22 were person 0 to 25-years-old, Mr
Grant said.

During the past year, some 56 traffic fatalities were record-
ed and 29 of those involved persons 0 to 25 years old.

The minister thanked Pietro Stefanutti, president of Phar-
maChem Technologies, for initiating the project and the
Grand Bahama Port Authority for its support.

Mr Stefanutti’s son was killed in a traffic accident a few
years ago and he wanted to do something in memory of his
son.



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SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2010, PAGE 11



Our heartache over

‘cold case’ murders

FROM page one

daddy, crying daily, because we
have no resolution. It has been
heartwrenching for our family.
Two years has gone by and nothing
has been said to us, no one has
come forward to say anything.

“Tf anyone out there has any
information, please come forward
so we can be at peace,” said Mrs
Thurston, as she fought back tears.

Janet Williams, sister of 37-year-
old Sgt Kevin Williams said that
what is hardest for her family is
the feeling that there are people
out there who are withholding the
critical information that could lead
to the arrest and conviction of the
person who killed her brother.

“Tf you know absolutely any-
thing that would lead to anything
— the questioning or conviction
of the person involved — please
come forward. I have nephews, two
sons and two nieces who don’t
know their uncle because they
came after he died. What is a
shame is to see that there are peo-
ple out there who know, but
because it didn’t happen to them,
they couldn’t care less. That’s a
real shame. Then when it happens
to them they want everybody and
their mama to help them. I’m ask-
ing you, as a sister, as a mother,
do please assist not just our family
to solve this murder, but all those
other families out there who want
closure on their family member,”
she said.

Supt Dean said that under the
leadership of recently-appointed
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade
the police force has been “re-ener-
gised” in its fight against crime.

“What we are embarking on is
looking at all of our files that we
consider cold case files. We are
looking particularly at our homi-
cides where we’ve reached a dead
end in our investigations and need
public assistance to solve these
matters.

“Using the media and with the

families of some murder victims,
we are here today to plead with
members of the public that if they
have information on the murders
we have highlighted today, to
please contact us.

“We know based on our
inquiries into these matters that
there are persons out there who
have information on these homi-
cides. We have to go back to that
time when we were our neighbours
keepers. We are pleading with you,
if you have the information, bring
it in. This is no time to be protect-
ing a loved one, a brother, a friend.
We are saying to you we are seri-
ous about getting these perpetra-
tors off the streets and the police
will not stop until we have all of
them in custody.”

The NCPO Director said the
cases that the force was choosing to
highlight yesterday all involved a
similar “modus operandi”, with the
victims being shot dead after a
door was kicked in.

“Families who may be watching,
who may be wondering why police
have not called them — everyone
will be called in. We’ll be looking at
every unsolved homicide. This is
just the beginning,” Supt Dean
added. He assured those who may
have tips to offer on the cases that
their identities will be held in the
strictest of confidence.

The outstanding cases highlight-
ed yesterday were: Quincy Hamil-
ton (killed 19/9/2009, Pinewood
Gardens area), Genevieve
Thurston and Lynden Pratt (dou-
ble homicide on Sequoia Street,
26/1/2008), Avery Humes
(5/1/2008, Prince Charles area),
Marvin Seymour (22/1/2008, South
Beach area), Daryl Saunders
(17/9/2008, Marshall Road area),
Romell Dames (former police offi-
cer, 17/10/2008, Garden Hills area),
Jacoby Thurston (1/3/2008, South
Beach area), and Sergeant Kevin
Williams (15/5/2001, Fox Hill area).

Members of the public can call
the police on 328-TIPS or 502 9978.

FROM page one

When Mr Bethel took the stand, attor-
ney David Higgins who represents him
and Returning Officer Jack Thompson,
read his affidavit into the court’s record.
Mr Davis then began his cross-examina-
tion of Mr Bethel. During the cross-
examination, Mr Bethel admitted that a
part of his duty was to verify whether
persons whose names appeared on the
register were in fact there. He said that
his duties were to advise persons of the
fact that they were not on the register if
it came to his attention. Those notices
he said could be sent to their addresses.

Letters are being used to identify the
voters whose votes are being protested in
the proceedings — in order to protect
their identity. Mr Davis pointed out that
the issue with Voter A was over two dif-
ferent listed addresses.

Mr Davis noted that the voter had
one address that would put the voter in
the Fox Hill Constituency and another
that would put the voter in the Eliza-
beth constituency. He noted that on the
voter’s card the word Elizabeth was writ-
ten over Fox Hill. Mr Bethel said that
Fox Hill had been stamped over Eliza-
beth. He said that Fox Hill had been
stamped there just prior to the May 2007
general elections. Polling division 12 is
now in Fox Hill he said. The other listed
address for the voter was South Pine
Barren Road, West Barn Close. Mr

FROM page one

event. The competition was launched
in October by the Bahamas Tourist
Office in London, in cooperation with
the British National Film and Television
School and British Airways. Its aim was
to promote the diversity of the Bahamas
on an international scale comparable
with the Miss Universe Pageant held at
the Atlantis hotel in August last year.

Director of Tourism Vernice Walkine
said: “The Ministry of Tourism is always
seeking to use effective media to advance
the reputation of our country and
enhance our profile as a vacation desti-
nation of choice.

“Here is our chance, as Bahamians,
to help UK filmmakers make the best
possible film about the islands on which
we live, showing the people of the UK
why they should visit our islands.”

The 14 films tell unique stories set
entirely on the island locations, show-
casing the features of the individual
islands through documentary, comedy

Election court

Davis pointed out that according to the
voter’s card, voter A was in Elizabeth
polling division 4. He pointed out that the
voter had voted in May 2007 and in the
same constituency in February 2010. Mr
Bethel said he could not confirm which
was the correct address. He accepted Mr
Davis’ suggestion that the register had to
be corrected or voter’s card cancelled
and a new one issued in this case.

In relation to a voter identified as vot-
er C, the issue arose as to what appeared
on the counterfoil relative to the voter’s
date of birth. It was revealed that the
date of birth listed on the register was dif-
ferent than that listed on the counter-
foil. Mr Bethel admitted that the error
was on the counterfoil. In relation to a
voter identified as voter E who appeared
in polling division 8, Mr Bethel pointed
out that the discrepancy over the omis-
sion of Alligator Close to the voter’s
address listed on the register was because
the computer could only take so many
characters. The voter’s full address would
have read South Sandilands Road, West
Fox Hill Road, Alligator Close.

In relation to voter D who voted in
polling division 7, Mr Davis noted that in
the constituency column, the word Eliz-
abeth had been there but was crossed
out and replaced with Yamacraw. He

Movies set in Bahamas

or action films. Bahamians were invited
to participate as actors and island envoys
to the visiting filmmakers, but the fact
local filmmakers were not allowed to
participate angered some in the local arts
community.

Around a dozen Bahamian artists
insulted by the support of foreign talent
over local filmmakers staged a protest
outside the Ministry of Tourism office
in George Street on February 4.

And Bahamas Film Festival founder
and director Celi Moss intends to fea-
ture the protest in his upcoming docu-
mentary about the lack of support for
Bahamian artists at home.

In addition to showing how the 14
Island Film Challenge excludes Bahami-
an filmmakers while promoting British
talent, the writer and director of ‘Balls
Alley’ intends to show how Oscar-win-
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also pointed out that in the polling divi-
sion column; seven was marked out and
replaced with 8. This was also reflected
on the counterfoil. Mr Bethel admitted
that the address West Commonwealth
Boulevard, South Malaysia Way would
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tions. In the oath the voter had sworn
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subsequently admitted that the correc-
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constituency. Mr Davis suggested to him,
however, that he was wrong to direct
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gestion. Mr Davis concluded his cross-
examination yesterday by highlighting
voter F. According to Mr Davis, voter F
had been a registered voter from Novem-
ber 23, 2005 and had been placed in the
Yamacraw constituency, polling division
6. Mr Bethel, however, told the court
that he had never encountered the voter.

The election court hearing is expected
to resume on Monday at 10.30 am. Dr
Sands’ legal team is expected and attor-
neys for Mr Bethel and Returning Offi-
cer Jack Thompson are expected to begin
their cross-examination.

while Hollywood success Tyler Perry’s
films are praised by the Ministry of
Tourism over local talent.

He said: “We are always looking for
other persons to promote our country
for us rather than using Bahamian peo-
ple. “We have a lot of talent here, and
we don't expect the government to
finance our films, but at the same time we
don't expect them to launch other peo-
ple's careers.

“Bahamians are being overlooked as
part of our overall mindset, and that has
to change. There is no Bahamian inclu-
sion to take us to the next level,” Mr
Moss said. “Instead of creating more
Tyler Perrys we are giving the opportu-
nities to foreign filmmakers and I think
it’s very hypocriticial.”

To see the 14 films set in New Provi-
dence, Andros, Crooked Island, Abaco,
Eleuthera, Mayaguana, Exuma, Inagua,
Long Island, Cat Island, Bimini, Grand
Bahama, Harbour Island and San Sal-
vador, log on to www. 14islandsfilmchal-
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

CHRIS ‘Fireman’ Brown
was the first Bahamian to
secure his berth in the final
of an event at the 12th IAAF
World Indoor Championships
in Doha, Qatar.

On the first of the three day
championships yesterday that
featured all of the Bahamians
in their individual events,
Brown survived the first two
rounds of the men’s 400
metres.

Coming back in the final
event during the evening ses-
sion, Brown clocked 46.64
seconds to win the last of two
semifinals to post the fourth
best qualifying time.

In the final today, Brown
will run out of lane five. He
will be sandwiched between
a pair of Americans, (lane
four) Jamaal Torrence, the
second place finisher in his
heat in 46.69 and (lane six)
Bershawn Jackson, the win-
ner of heat one in 46.13.

Michael Marthieu, the oth-
er Bahamian entered in the
two lap race on the 200
metres track, ran out of lane
one in the first heat, but his

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fifth place time of 47.09 didn’t
get him into the final.

During the first round in
the morning session, Mathieu
qualified for the semi’s after
he finished second in the first
heat in 47.10 behind Russian
Dmitry Buryak, the winner in
47.03.

Brown easily won the last
of the five heats in 46.95, fol-
lowed by Russian Denis
Alekseyev in 47.18.

Also today, Rodney Green
will run out of lane three in
the last of three semi’s in the
men’s 60 metres where the
first two of each heat plus the
two fastest times will advance
to the final today as well.

Green emerged out of the
fourth of seven heats with a
second place finish in 6.73 as
he trailed American Mike
Rodgers, the winner in 6.69.

The men’s 4 x 400 relay
team, comprising of Brown,
Mathieu, Andretti Bain,
La’Sean Pickstock and Juan
Lewis will run out of the last
of two heats today.

They are in lane five with
Poland in four and Belgium
in six. Russia is in one, France
in two and Botswena in three.
Jamaica and the United States
will run out of lanes five and

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six respectively in the first
heat.

The first two finishers of
each heat plus the two fastest
times will advance to Sun-
day’s grand finale.

Also on Sunday, two other
athletes will attempt to reach
the final of their respective
events.

First up will be veteran
sprinter Chandra Sturrup in
the women’s 60 semifinal.

Sturrup will run out of lane
six in the second of three
heats along side Olesya Povh
of Ukraine in lane four and
American Mikele Barber in
lane six.

Jamaican Veronica Camp-
bell-Brown, back from an
injury season last year, heads
heat one in lane five and
American Carmelita Jeter in
lane three in the third heat.

In yesterday’s heats, Stur-
rup was second in 7.22 behind
Campbell-Brown, who won
the second of five heats in
7.21. LaVerne Jones-Ferrette
of the Virgin Islands had the
fastest qualifying time in win-
ning heat three in 7.14.

In other results from yes-
terday, Christine Amertil fell
short of advancing to the
women’s 400 final and both







OFFICIALS stand in the arena as preparations are made for the World Indoor Athletics Champi-
onships in Doha Qatar Tuesday March 9. 2010. The championships begin on Friday March 12, 2010.

Donald Thomas and Trevor
Barry didn’t make it out of
the men’s high jump qualify-
ing round.

Although she turned in a
season’s best of 52.36, it was
only good enough for a fourth
place in the first of the two
women’s 400 semi’s.

The first three finishers
advanced to the final that saw
Aliann Pompey of Guyana

clinch the third and final spot
in the heat in 52.59.

Russian Tatyana Firova
won the race in 51.36.

As the first Bahamian to
compete in the first event yes-
terday, Amertil posted 52.50
for second place behind
American Debbie Dunn
(52.24) to move onto the
sem1’s.

And in the men’s high

jump, Barry produced a sea-
son’s best of 2.23 metres or
7-feet, 4-inches and Thomas
did 2.18m or 7-2 for 11th and
15th respectively.

Neither marks were good
enough to crack the top eight
for the final. The last qualifier
was American Dusty Jonas
with 2.26m or 7-5. The first
qualifier was Russian Ivan
Ukhov with 2.29m or 7-6 1/4.



BLTA release
names of
national teams

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association has
released the names of some
of its national teams, a num-
ber of parents questioned why
some of the top players are
not included.

For the Fed Cup, the
female version of the men’s
Davis Cup, the team will be
comprised of Kerrie
Cartwright, Simone Pratt and
Gabrielle Moxey.

The team will be coached
by Paula Whitfield, assisted
by Dr. Ella Strachan.

They will travel to Ecuador
where they will join 11 other
countries in two pools. Those
countries are Bermuda, Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Hon-
duras, Jamaica, Mexico, Pana-
ma, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago.

A number of persons with-
in the BLTA have questioned
why the top two female play-
ers in the country, Nikkita
Fountain and Larika Russell
from Grand Bahama have not
been included on the team.

“Nikkita and Larika are
both on government subven-
tion, yet they are being asked
to sit home and watch the
Bahamas embarrassed at

an elite event,” the parents
wrote in a letter to the media.

“A parent who is a board
member is also named as a
manager of the team which
could worsen an already bad
situation. The coaches and
managers selected for the
teams are also interesting and
potentially harmful.

“Shouldn’t the Bahamas
send certified coaches with
our teams who would be able
to assist players with their
overall development and
team strategy during matches.
Does the BLTA wish for the
Bahamas to do well or fail
before even traveling to the
events?”

In trying to explain what
transpired, BLTA president
Steve Turnquest said both
Fountain and Russell knew

exactly what they had to do

and neither of them did it.

“We had an end of the year }
tournament for the top eight
players and it was mandatory
that they show up and com-
pete and we select the team }

from there,” Turnquest said.

“But they didn’t show. In }
fact, Larika didn’t show up i
for the last two years. She did- i
n’t call to say why. She didn’t }
say anything to the tourna- }
ment director (Mickey)

Williams.”

Turnquest said since taking
over as president, his admin-
istration have put the criteria i
in place for those players who
are eligible for national team }

selection.

“We just don’t want any- }
body to assume that because
I’m the number one player,
I’m automatically on the team }
and you do it at the expense

Scotiabank National Track and Field
Championships coming to a close

included Simone Pratt, one of
our traveling junior players.

of some other player who is
willing and trying to move
on,” Turnquest pointed out.
“The girls who played in
the end of the year tourna-
ment, we considered them.
One of the girls who made it,
she couldn’t go because of
college classes. That’s why we

She just turned 14, so we gave }

her the opportunity.”

The parents, however, also :

: By BRENT STUBBS
: Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

questioned why Pratt was not }

named to the World Junior

Cup team.

e That team comprises of :

the following:

Girl’s Under 14 — Gabriela }
Bowe, Grand Bahama - }
Catholic High; Erin Strachan, }
N.P. — Queen’s College and

Dominique Mortier, N.P. —
Kingsway.

Boy’s Under 14 — Phillip :
Major, Andros - North }
Andros High; Treajh Fergu- }
son, N.P. - NCA and Justin

Roberts, N.P.

Artie Johnson of Eleuthra
will travel as the coach. He
will be assisted by Alexandria }

Bowe of Grand Bahama.

Turnquest said they made }
every effort to select the best }
team possible, based on the
performances of the players i

in the local tournaments.

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AS the Bahamas Association of Ath-
? letic Associations’ Scotiabank National
Track and Field Championships wind
? down, president Mike Sands said he’s
been very pleased with what he has seen
so far.

The championships got started on
Thursday and will wrap up this afternoon
? at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and
i Field Stadium, starting at noon.

“[’m very encouraged with the enthu-
siasm and the amount of athletes partici-
pating,” Sands said. “I’m particularly
pleased with the record number of Fami-
: ly Island schools participating as well.

“The competition is very keen and
some of the times were not what we
expected and we can attribute that to the
? weather that we are having. But it tells me
i that the future of track and field is very
bright.”

Although there are no participation
from Grand Bahama as the athletes are
i competing in their High School Track and
i Field Championships this weekend as
i well, Sands said they their initiation of the
i bantam (13 years and under division) has
i created a lot of excitement in the meet.

i Both the Nationals here and the cham-
i pionships in Grand Bahama serves a qual-
i ifier for the Carifta Games that is sched-
i uled for the Easter holiday weekend in the
i Cayman Islands.

i The final trials where the athletes have
? Grand Bahama are expected to partici-

pate is scheduled for the weekend of April
8-9 at the TAR Stadium.

Additionally, Sands said they have pro-
vided some incentive for this year’s cham-
pionship where some of the top relay
teams will get a chance to travel to
Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious
Penn Relays, scheduled for April 28-30.

“A number of coaches are looking for-
ward to it,” Sands said. “I had a discussion
with the Family Island coaches last night
and my friends from Moores Island said
they are already packing their bags
because they know they will have some of
their teams going to the Penn Relays.”

Sands said he was encouraged to watch
the senior boys’ 100 metre final on Thurs-
day night where there was five represen-
tatives from the Family Islands with two
coming from Moores Island.

The race was won by Trevor Mackey of
Dorish Johnson in 11.09 seconds, followed
by Laron Hield of Moores Island in 11.26.
Shawn Moss of Central Eleuthera took
third in 11.42.

The under-20 girls 100 was won by
V’Alonee Robinson of St. Augustine’s
College in 12.23. Goria Ferguson of LNC
in 12.47 with SAC’s Anthonique Strachan
third in 12.76.

Anthony Farrington of CV Bethel took
the under-17 boys 100 in 11.21. Teran
Adderley of Queen’s College was second
in 11.46 and Toriano Adderley of ARH
was third in 11.52.

Marva Etienne of CR Walker emerged
as the uinder-17 girls champion in 12.45.
Devynne Charlton of SAC was second in
12.63 with Gregina Higgs of CV Bethel



third in 12.91.

Lorman Johnson of AF Adderley was
the winner of the under-15 boys 100 in
11.70. Todd Isaacs of SAC got second in
12.12 and Wray Stubbs of ZCS came in
third in 12.18.

SAC’s Makeya White took the under-
15 girls century in 12.99, followed by
Camisha Mis sick in 13.19 and Faythe
Miller of Queen’s College in 13.36.

Winning the under-13 boys straight
away race was Kirby Albury of SWAA in
13.60. Jameiko Rolle of SC McPherson
was second in 13.70 and Sahthorne
Williams of LW Young got third in 13.73.

And in the under-13 girls division, the
winner was Asia Butler of SAC in 13.31,
just ahead of her team-mate Taj Dorsett
(13.68). Ronika Major of NGM was third
in 14.11.

¢ Results of some of the field events
contested earlier yesterday are as follows:

Under-13 boys high jump — Cameron
Oliver of CH Reeves, 1.45 metres or 4-
feet, 9-inches; Adrian Thompson of TA
Thompson, 1.42m or 4-7 3/4 and Stephon
Augustine of CH Reeves, 1.27m or 4-2.

Under-17 girls shot put — Shaunae
Miller of SAC, 10.19m or 33-5 1/4; Pre-
cious Aranha of CI Gibson, 9.64m or 31-
7 1/2 and Kadia Johnson of HO Nash,
9.02m or 29-7 1/4.

Under-15 girls discus — Brashe Wood of
SAC, 28.28m or 92-9; Terrannise Taylor
of SC Bootle, 25.55m or 83-10 and
Astarzia Walker of Spanish Wells, 23.35m
or 76-7.

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SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACKWARD BY MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE best of 14 films set in the Bahama islands will be announced at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA awards next Friday. Budding British filmmakers selected to spend 14 days on one of 14 islands in the Bahamas to make a short film entirely on location.Their films are now available to see on the 14 Islands Film Challenge website. Online viewers around the world can vote for their favourite movie and have the chance of winning a 14-night island-hopping vacation in the Bahamas, while the filmmakers are bracing themselves for a ,000 cash prize to be award ed to the winner at the BAFTA red carpet Movie spotlight on Bahamas SEE page 11 Best of 14 films to be announced at BAFTA awards Tim Clarke /Tribune staff HELPUSFINDJUSTICE: Lynn Thurston, sister of the late Jacoby Thurston, appeals to the public to come forward with any information on the murder of her brother. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net T HE grieving families of two murder victims poured their hearts out yesterday as a new initiative was launched to bring closure to some of the coun trys long unsolved cases. Emotions ran high at the polices Central Detective Unit as senior police officers and relatives of Jacoby Thurston and Sergeant Kevin Williams came together to plead for information that could bring these cold cases back to life and help provide closure to the victims long-suffering families. Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of the newlyformed National Crime Pre vention Office, and Assistant Superintendent Bernard Bonamy Jr, head of the Homicide Unit, said the press con ference was the first of what is intended to be a series of public appeals in coming weeks and months to raise awareness of murder cases that may have slipped from the public consciousness. Bringing home the signifi cance of the appeal, Lynn Thurston, sister of Jacoby Thurston, who was shot dead in the South Beach area on March 1, 2008, told of how the lack of closure on her brothers death has taken a huge emotional toll on her family. I am so tired of seeing my mum crying, and most of all my SEE page 11 By REUBEN S HEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net A NEW ventilator to be used in the care of critically ill infants has been named in honour of the l ate Roger Carron, former managing editor of T he Tribune, a fter his friends made a substant ial donation to the highly successful Breathe Easy Campaign. The machine is one of six ventilators which, along with two incubators, have been acquired by the campaign. All but ROGERCARRON SEE page 3 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT An unidentified body was discovered inside a burning vehicle on Grand Bahama Highway early yester day morning, police reported. The gruesome discovery was sometime after 4am when firemen and police officers responded to a vehicle fire on Grand Bahama Highway East. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police received a report that a vehicle was on fire in the bushes and dispatched a team to investigate. When police arrived at the scene, they found a Chevy Cavalier car in the median on fire and the charred remains of a body in the drivers seat. It is not known whether the victim is male or female. Body found in burning vehicle By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Errol Bethel was questioned extensively yesterday regarding discrepancies in the protest votes cast in the Elizabeth by-election. Mr Bethel was the first and only witness to take the stand yesterday during day two of the Elizabeth election court hearing. Philip Brave Davis, lead attorney for Progressive Liberal Party candidate Leo Ryan Pinder, opened yesterdays proceed ings by outlining the election court petition. Mr Davis then read into the record the affidavit of Stafford Coakley, a licensed surveyor. According to Mr Coakleys affi davit, Mr Pinder the petitioner had asked him to mark out the residences of the protested voters on a map of the Elizabeth constituency. According to the surveyor, all but five of the protest voters resided in the Elizabeth constituency. The surveyor found that one of the voters in question lived at a home in Commonwealth Boulevard which does not fall within the boundary of the Elizabeth constituency. Election court: Parliamentary Commissioner questioned SEE page 11 SEE page thr ee By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net T RAFFIC was backed up on Eastern Road yesterday as curio us motorists slowed to observe an unusual accident in which an elderly lady drove headlong into the shallow water of the Montagu shoreline. Family members of Con stance Connie Cancino, understood to be in her seventies, said Mrs Cancino may have had a diabetic fainting incident behind the wheel before she accidentally accel erated off the edge of the Sailing Clubs parking lot, drop ping several feet onto the rocks below and continuing to careen into the water beyond. A Haitian man, Nicholas Mercellus, who was working in the area when the accident occurred at around 12.25pm, said he ran to Mrs Cancinos rescue, managing to maneou vre the car and the elderly lady to safety out of the water and on to the rocky ground about 20ft from the edge of the parking lot. 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WHILEmany view Africa as o ne large country, like the Caribbean, the unique history of each African nation has led to the development of a distinct c ulture. Pictured here is t he Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Centre, dedicated to the pioneering ideals of the first president of Ghana after it gained i ndependence in 1 957 the first nation in SubSaharan Africa to do so. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The second of four articles telling the story of Bahamian student Gabrielle Misiewiczs African adventure. I N the minds of many people, Africa is more like one large country than a continent. They have trouble recognising that it is comprised of 53 countries (if you include the neighbouring islands and as such there is huge diversity represented there. While it is true that one could find similarities among different countries, using these to make generalisations about the whole continent is as erroneous as doing so for any other continent. our prime minister in a newspaper belonging to a man sitting in front of me on a tro-tro (a kind of bus I was so shocked that before I knew what I was doing I had reached over and pointed him out. As I said earlier, aside from that one day, in many respects the rest of my time in Ghana 'belonged' to my Jamaican self. Apart from the US, I think Jamaica is the country most revered there. Whenever I mentioned my connection to Jamaica to a male friend he would get excited and inevitably ask me if my father had dreadlocks or smoked (marijuana occasion, I had to endure the uttering of stereotypical Jamaican expletives or expressions. Once or twice, when I mentioned the Jamaican side, I was told that this couldn't possibly be true because I don't have an accent and was asked if I know or could speak patois to prove myself. I even met Ghanaians who were so enamoured with Jamaica and Rastafarianism that they cultivated the accent and vernacular. In addition to these personal encounters (which occurred at least weekly) I had daily reminders cour tesy of Jamaican flags on the dashboard of taxis, painted on walls and stuck on the bumpers of cars. Other than Ghanaian highlife, the most popular music was Jamaican, and could be heard in private and public spaces along with American hip-hop. My reason for going into all this detail is to show how Ghanaians view of me, and by extension the West Indies, was informed primarily by their knowledge of one country there. Admittedly, I elicited some of these responses becauseI brought up Jamaica on my own. However, this does not change the fact that the overwhelming impression of Ghanaians was based on the Jamaican culture they received in the media. Moreover, because Jamaica has such a strong world presence, I probably would have used her as a point of reference to aid my explanations even if I did not have a personal connection to her. As Bahamians, I know we are fiercely proud of our heritage and the diver sity of the Caribbean, and bristle for example at the use of Jamaican actors to play the role of Bahamians or other West Indians in movies. We are similar, but in no way would we accept someone painting our entire region with one green, black and yellow brush stroke. By the same token, we have to be careful that we do not let ourselves think of people in Africa based on what we hear about countries like Nigeria, South Africa and Sierra Leone that, like Jamaica, all have a strong world presence. In fact, Africa is a far more diverse continent than our tiny region. We have to be so careful not to let the media colour the way we think about it, even if all we can do is recognise that we know very little and thus stop ourselves from jump ing to any conclusions. R R ef lections a sta girl of an (almost Dreadlock GABRIELLE, third from right, is pictured with some members of her group in traditional Ghanaian dress after taking a dance lesson. MODERN Ghana, like many of the sub-Saharan countries on the western coast of Africa, was shaped by its experiences with the transatlantic slave trade. Pictured here is a wall of remembrance, a memorial to the slave trade in Benin. Obviously, the only way to have a clearer image of Africa is to know more about its countries and ethnic groups. I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge this past semester, which I spent studying in Ghana, a country on the coast of West Africa. As could be expected, I noted many cultural similarities between the Bahamas and Ghana during my time abroad. Aside from more obvious examples like food, I found that many Ghanaians held the same perceptions (and the accompanying complications) about the West Indies that people in the Bahamas have about Africa they had no real under standing of the region at all. Technically, I'm a double member of the West Indies, because my mother is Bahamian and my father is Jamaican. However, I identify more with the Bahamas because I was born and raised there. Interestingly, when I was in Ghana, I had to own being Jamaican almost to the point of excluding my Bahamian identity not out of any personal wish, but because when I tried to explain my heritage, Jamaica was the one place and idea people could latch on to. Whenever people asked me where I was from and I said the Bahamas, nine times out of 10 they would not know where the country is or would not have heard of it. So by way of explanation I would add that I am also Jamaican and try and describe the two nations in relation to one another. Sometimes I would respond with "I'm from the Bahamas, in the Caribbean", but this rarely helped because for whatever reason people heard Cuba, and I would be back at the beginning. I know the Bahamas is a small nation, but I grew up thinking that at least half of the world knew about it because of being such a huge tourist destination. However, in Ghana the concept of tourism doesn't exist in the minds of most people. They just dont have the resources to travel and explore exotic locations, so there is a small chance they would hear of the Bahamas otherwise. Now, if we produced star football (soccer would have a much better chance of making a strong impression on them. Most of my days in Ghana I was constantly reminded of my claim to my Jamaicanness, whether through explaining where I've come from or because of my nat ural hairstyle. There was one day that was solely the property of the Bahamian side of me. I took a day trip to Accra (the capital versity of Ghana. I needed to look in their Music Department's library for information relating to my research. Imagine my sur prise when, within that tiny library, I stumbled upon the Masters thesis of E Clement Bethel. I was so surprised and delighted that I called my mother to tell her. Later that day I saw a picture of See next week's Tribune for the third installment of Gabrielle's African journal: Twilight Tapping, Midnight Moving. Her first article can be found at: http://www.tribune242.com/searchre sults/0223010_Ghana_news_pg16

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EDITOR, The Tribune. In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell speaks extensively about social epidemics and how changing little things can make a big difference. He speaks to the rise and fall of crime in New York City. Most of us have heard about the crime wave that impacted New York City, with r ising murder rates and violent crimes, just like we read about crime everyday in our local papers. An interesting point in the book suited for Nassau is the Broken Windows Theory, which was the work of criminologists James Q. Wilson and G eorge Kelling. Their argument is that crime is the result or will escalate from disorder. The theory as discussed by Gladwell, If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. This leads to more broken windows, disorder, chaos, and anything goes. Under the Power of Context, G ladwell argues that epidemics are sensitive to the con ditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur. A perfect example, as highlighted in the book, is that of New York City and the escalating violent crime on the subways. In the 1980s the subway cars were dirty, filled with trash, and covered with graffiti. Beating fares and jumping turnstiles was common practice. Therefore, the subway system itself created a sense of chaos, disor der, and lawlessness. This led to a rampant escalation in crime. How did the authorities tip this crime epidemic? They put into practice the Broken Window Theory. They won the war against graffiti. They cracked down on fare beaters. They kept the subway clean. They cracked down on drunk enness and bad behaviour. Police made their presence known. The result: They cleaned up the subway system and thus cracked down on many other crimes and criminals. When Rudy Giuliani was elected as Mayor, he transferred this theory to the City at large and the rest is history. What lessons can we learn for the Bahamas? What does it say when street lights are not maintained? When unlicensed vehicles are seen on the streets? When dri vers run red lights? These small individual infractions create a complete sense of lawlessness on our streets. So people will think nothing about running through a yellow or red light and blocking the intersection, restricting the flow of traffic. What happens when downtown is left dirty and smelling of urine? When school kids fight in front of our tourists? When buildings are left in a shabby state? When fowl language and drunkenness is a normal occurrence? It creates a sense of lawlessness, where people will engage in petty theft and offer drugs to our tourists. What happens in our education system when school campuses are dirty? When graffiti is left on the walls? When a small population of students disrupts the educational process for everyone? When parents do not take the time to monitor their childrens homework and insist that failure is not an option? We end up with a broken education system and a national grade average of D. What happens when the court system is broken? When thugs walk the streets on bail and recommit crimes? When the Government fails to ensure that the law is enforced? When the Government fails to carry out the wish of the people and enforce capital punishment? When persons accept the pro ceeds of crime and protect family and friends involved in crime? When the Government and its Minister of National Security talks big on dealing with crime and imposing a zero tolerance strategy, yet they back it up with little action? When the Government and Opposition cannot work together to advance the country? When two major political parties engage in petty politics? You end up with violent crime as an everyday occurrence. Where people live in fear. Where criminals think nothing of gunning someone down in broad daylight. You create a society where criminals have no fear and respect for the law and the judiciary. The list could go on As in New York, the elected leadership took the initiative and created an environment that led to a tipping point in crime. Likewise, our elected leadership should take the initiative to lead the way and set an example for us all. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. However, can we as individuals create tipping points in this country? Here are a few thoughts: Can we all take the initiative to get involved in our childrens education? Can we clean up our individual properties and thus clean up our neighbourhoods? Can we not accept and tolerate the proceeds of crime? Can we not cover for our children and family members when we k now they are involved in crime? Can we not harbour criminals and those out on bail that are still committing crimes?C an we begin to lift up one another and not tear each other down by gossip? Can we hold our elected leaders accountable and not allow them to buy us out? Can we treat each and every tourist like a king or queen to ensure that they spend their scarce dollars here in the Bahamas? Can we impose hefty penalties for crimes such as the possession of illegal firearms? The list of questions could go on and impact every aspect of our lives. Without leadership, change can happen and it can start with each of us! The message could spread quickly. JEROME R PINDER Nassau, February 9, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON (AP d ent Joe Biden's trip to Israel and the W est Bank was designed to underscore t he Obama administration's commitment to support Israeli security as it approaches indirect negotiations with the Palest inians. But the jarring Israeli announcement t hat 1,600 Jewish homes would be cons tructed in east Jerusalem rattled the exerc ise, focusing attention on serious differences between the U.S. and Israel on key elements of any peace deal before the n egotiations had even begun. The spat embarrassed Biden, a close supporter of Israel, and prompted him toc ondemn the Israeli move, an exceptiona lly strong diplomatic criticism. On Thurs day, in another speech in Jerusalem, he tried to smooth over the situation bye xtolling the countries' close relationship. "The Israeli bilateral relationship with the United States has just become much m ore difficult," said Haim Malka, deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, after the housing announce m ent. "It is hard to remember a time when a senior U.S. official used the word 'con demn' to describe the actions of any ally, let alone a close ally such as Israel, but that is precisely what the vice president did,"M alka said. The Obama administration favours a broad Israeli withdrawal from the West B ank as part of a statehood deal and implies U.S. support for east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. But there are deep doubts in Israel that a treaty sharply reducing its territory would enhance the country's security. The housing announcement was genera ted by the Interior Ministry, headed by a hard-line opponent of negotiations over Jerusalem's future. But while internal politics is just beneath the surface, the issue of the city's future is bound to take front and center at some point if serious peace talks get under way. Biden's aim was to inform Israel and its foes, including Iran, that Israel has solid security backing from the Obama a dministration. B ut lots of space, approaching a chasm, w as apparent when Biden told the Palestinians that the state they seek should be viable and contiguous that is, withoutI sraeli settlements in the way. Biden's remarks would seem to underc ut any Israeli hopes of retaining some of t he towns that have grown up on the West B ank amid the Palestinians and more significantly Jewish housing in east Jerusalem. T he long and tortured history of U.S. mediation shows minds can be changed, though. U nder U.S. pressure at Camp David in 1 977, for instance, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin yielded to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's demands forr ecovery of every inch of territory Egypt lost in the 1967 Six-Day War to secure a peace treaty. A nd Sadat reconsidered his initial view that conditions were not yet right for full peace between the two countries and appropriately should be deferred to a lat e r generation. The very fact that a hardline Israeli leader and the president of Egypt were willing to negotiate peace terms itself was a remarkable turnabout. This time around, there also are signs of c ompromise. Israeli Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu has agreed to the concept of a Palestinian state. A nd Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to U.S. mediator George Mitchell's plan for four months of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians with only a partial and temporary halt to Israeli construction on the West Bank. B ut Abbas is straightforward in what he wants, saying Israel's plan for more housing in east Jerusalem threatens the negotiations before they get off the ground. n This editorial is by Barry Schweid, who has reported on Mideast diplomacy for The Associated Press since 1973. Can tipping points make a change in the Bahamas? 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By ALESHA CADET THE decrepit Rodney Bain Building on Shirley and Parliament Streets is set to be renov ated in hopes that it will once again accommodate employees o f the Registrar Generals Office. According to Gordon Major, acting director of the Ministry o f Works, a private architect s urveyed the building and it can be repaired. Mr Major said when the nec essary funds become available a d ate will be set to start repair w ork on the now vacant buildi ng. We are putting together a Cabinet paper, initially lookinga t the Registrar Department to go back there, Mr Major said. I n December 2005, staff of the Rodney Bain Building had t o be evacuated after water and sewerage came pouring down from galvanised ceiling pipes, flooding corridors and displac i ng almost 100 workers. The problem led to the closure of the Registrar Generals Office. Employees refused tor eturn to the Rodney Bain B uilding because they felt con d itions were not bearable for staff or the public. Some of the staff of the Registrar Generals Office were t hen moved to the number 50 S hirley Street office where they worked in shifts and rotation schedules. The Rodney Bain Building w as officially closed in January 2006. G overnment at the time had yet not decided if it was going to demolish or renovate thec ondemned building. E arlier this month, a man i dentified as Richardson Russell bled to death after falling from an awning attached to the sec ond floor of the Rodney Bain Building. Police believe he wasa ttempting to break into the b uilding when he fell to his d eath. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A NASSAU Village man was held up at gunpoint in his own home early yesterday morning. Police were called to the scene of an armed robbery at around 2.50am. According to reports, two men, one of them allegedly armed with a handgun, approached the resident and demanded cash. The culprits r obbed the man of an undetermined amount of money and fled the area on foot in a southern direction. A SEARCH BY Central Detective Unit officers of a home on Knowles Drive, off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, turned up 2 1/2 lbso f suspected marijuana and a small amount of hash oil. The police officers executed the search warrant at around 4 am yesterday. Two men, aged 48 and 16, along with a 37-year-old woman were taken into police custody in conn ection with the matter. WHILE ON ROUTINE PATROL in the Mount Royal Avenue area yesterday morning, offic ers of the Mobile Division observed a man acting suspicious. The officers were in the vicinity of KenwoodS treet when they stopped and searched him. The man, a 17-year-old resident of Hampton Street, had a small amount of suspected cocaine on him. He was taken into custody. C RIME WATCH MEETING: OFFICERS of the Southwestern Division are hostinga crime watch meeting for Coral Harbour residents tonight at 5pm. The venue is the Noni Caf in the Coral Harbour Shopping Centre. Rodney E Bain Building. crime BRIEFS C ELEBRATING its tenth year as a Hilton property, the B ritish Colonial Hilton in Nassau is co-hosting 10 events from w hich part if not all proceeds will be donated to a local charity. The year 2009/2010 is considered a milestone for the British Colonial Hilton Nassau and as a tribute to each year of service and commitment to its name,g uests and clients, each month there will be an event co-hosted by the Hilton. The first event was the Ultim ate Fashion Show. It was held in January and its purpose was to s park awareness of the AIDS/HIV virus. I t was held in the Governors Ballroom and was given the s tamp of approval from the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas. There was also the Final Fridays event in the newly opened bar and lounge named Bullion. Proceeds from this event wentt o the Haiti relief effort. Most recently, the Hilton was fortunate enough to be a part of the Pretty in Pink event, whicha llowed persons around the island to come and view a pho t o exhibition of some of the cancer survivors on the island a nd to become more aware of the disease, its cause and prev ention. This event was also held in Bullion. British Colonial celebrates 10 years under Hilton brand Rodne y Bain Building set for renovations T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A TAXI union employee c aught by police with an unlicensed firearm was sentenced to two years in prison by Magistrate Carolita Bethel yesterday. M iguel Francis, 27, of Watlins Street, and three others of the same address, were charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammun ition in Court 8, Bank Lane, after police searched their h ome with a warrant and found a .380 handgun and seven rounds of .380 ammunition. F rancis pleaded guilty on both counts as he admitted to o wning the weapon found in a bureau drawer in his bedroom and said the others were not aware of it. Takara Smith, 23, Natasha V ictor, 19 and Korell Smith, 26, pleaded not guilty on both counts and were acquitted of the charges. Police prosecutor Inspector E rcell Dorsett told the court police searched Francis home at 7am on March 9 and took all four residents into custody in connection with the find. Francis admitted owning the firearm and ammunition without permission from the licensing authority, and asked Magistrate Bethel to pardon the others. He said: That was mine and t hey have nothing to do with it. Thats why I plead guilty. I am not going to lie to you. I had it for a reason; not to harm nobody, but for my own p rotection, just in case. I apologise. However, Francis did not admit his previous convictions when prompted. I nspector Dorsett told the court the 27-year-old had been jailed for two months after a Nassau Street magistrate convicted him of possession of an unlicenced shotgun in 2003. But Francis, who said he now works for the taxi union, pleaded with the magistrate to give him another chance before she had him imprisoned. You have known for some time, especially since your previous conviction, that this is unlawful, the magistrate said. You caused three people t o be brought before the court because of your actions. And I have heard your apology, but it is unlawful to have this. So often, day by day, persons have committed crimes with these weapons, persons are killed with these weapons, and thats why the law takes a very serious view with this. In most jurisdictions, in England for example, the minimum sentence is five years. I sentence you now to a minimum of two years in prison. M s Bethel then encouraged Francis to take advantage of the learning opportunities and rehabilitation programmes in prison and asked if he would b e interested in taking academic classes in English, mathematics, computer science and the literary arts, or workshops in construction, electrical work o r carpentry. Francis indicated he had an interest in carpentry. You want to go into carpentry? Ms Bethel asked. Fantastic. I will make a note of it. He was handcuffed and led out of the court to be taken to Her Majestys Prison in Fox Hill. Taxi union employee gets two years for possessing firearm

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BY KHYLE QUINCY PARKER Press Attach Embassy of The Bahamas W ASHINGTON, DC B ahamas Ambassador to the United States Cornelius A Smith was a fea tured guest on the Washington,DC, radio programme Lets Get It On last week. H e talked about how the Bahamas was responding to changes in the international financial regulatory regime, and how the Caribbean Diaspora in the DC area was respondingto the crisis in Haiti. The show, hosted by Warren Powell and sponsored by the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, aired online and over a local AM radio station. The programme is broadcast throughout the US and in seven countries around the world. On Financial Services On the question of how the recent focus of US and other world authorities on offshore financial jurisdictions has affected the financial services indus try in The Bahamas, Ambassador Smith pointed out that every offshore financial services centre has been affected one way or the other. The Bahamas has certainly been affected, but not to that great an extent, Mr Smith said. The Bahamas has been involved in the financial services sector since the mid-1950s, so we are a very matured juris diction. We have always prided ourselves that we were not and we still are not a tax haven. (We are services jurisdiction which lives up to all of our international obligations in terms of regula tory affairs, and in terms of ensuring that persons who come and put their money in The Bahamas (are not putting money that was supposed to be paid as taxes to the countries from which they have come, but (rather that the monies they are putting into our jurisdiction are legitimate investments). He noted the retooling of the regulatory regime overseeing the financial services sector of the economy of The Bahamas in 2000, in response to the implementation of more stringent standards by countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD Once we met those standards, Mr Smith said, one of the first countries we signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA the United States. The ambassador stressed the positive working relationship between the regulatory agencies of the US and The Bahamas, but pointed out that relatively recently, the OECD countries including the US had once again changed the rules. They have moved the goal post, he said. Mr Smith explained that the OECD now requires that in addition to meeting the previous standard, countries must now also sign TIEAs with 12 other countries. He said that The Bahamas would have signed 17 TIEAs by the March 30 deadline. So we will meet the stan dard, and exceed the standard, but one of the things that I am concerned about is that we just want a level playing field that every country ought to meet the same standard. What you require of us, you are to require of everybody else. On Caribbean Diaspora Mr Smith noted that Caribbean nationals have, since the 1940s, migrated in large numbers to the US. In fact, he quipped that there might be as many Caribbean nationals living in the US as there are living in the Caribbean. The reasons for this migration, he said, include labour as during the Contract, for example, when thousands of Caribbean nationals migrated to the US as labourers in the agricultural sector coupled with education and other motivators. Mr Smith said the entire region was concerned about the catastrophic earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and displaced more than a mil lion in Haiti on January 12. In response to the tremendous need, many people of Caribbean heritage intended to meet during March 2010 to find ways to help, in terms of skills that may be needed, funds that could be raised, and a network to ensure that both the skills and the funds reach the need. It provides a real opportunity for us to realise how interconnected we are, he said, and how we are all our brothers keeper. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) Sisters Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month11:30am SpeakerBro. 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A group of nine nurses and three faculty members from Emory visited South Eleuthera for a one-week trip of service learning activities that would change their lives and also pos itively impact the residents. Strategies included giving sup-p ort to the local nurses on the island, sharing information with the residents, holding public health campaigns and discussing the possibility of developing a more comprehensive health care system. Island Journeys not only a rranged interesting work experiences but also tourist related outings that left a lasting impression. One such unique journey included a trip to Bannerman Town in South Eleuthera that even manyB ahamians have not experienced. F or the past seven years the Emory nurses, which include first year and up to graduate programme students, have visited Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay, Palmetto Point, Governors Harbour and other settlements. Besides the cross-training exercises, successful initiatives have been implemented in clinics, schools and home and the visiting nurses have had a dose of reality of what life is like for an island nurse who is sometimes on call, 24/7. As first time visitor Azmina Babwani recognised, Nurses on the island have more extensive duties. Vocations Shared vocations are important and Island Journeys director Shaun Ingraham stressed that the ultimate goal of the nurses visit is the partnership and the training that can be completed right in Eleuthera. Registered nurse Bianca E dwards is now confident that she will pursue a Masters Degree after discussions with one of the Emory nurses who is in a Masters programme, and Rock Sound Clinic nurse Vel ma Dorsett is planning her Emory trip for later this year. For visiting nurse Janet Sackey the Eleuthera journey was her first service trip and her first time to the Bahamas. Her group promoted healthy living and lifestyles and taught seven different classes to junior and senior high students at various schools. Our classes included hygiene, drugs and c onflict resolution, clinics and a health fair. I loved my visit and the spirit of the people is a testament to the people and we enjoyed ourselves, she said. Group leader Corrine Abra ham who is head of International Service Learning at the School of Nursing shared her d elight with their work and complimented their partnership with Island Journeys. Last year at the Rock Sound Clinic, there were 27 registered ante-natal patients and the women were healthy 18to 25-year-olds. Over the past five years, the pregnancy rate has slightly increased but not significantly in teens which leads us to believe that our education programmes have helped. Ms Abraham explained that they are only in the community for five days and it is fascinating when things are put into perspective. This programme is so rich a nd in returning you get to see the impact of the initiatives that were implemented and to see people leading more healthy lifestyles. The teamwork between Emory, Island Jour neys, the Ministry of Health and the community is truly remarkable, she said. The Emory nursing program in Eleuthera isnt just about projects, its about a longterm commitment and relationship, said Ian Carey of Island Journeys who headed up the logistics and supplies for the group. Emory University nurses experience rewarding visit to South Eleuthera Bahamas Ambassador a featured guest on Washington DC talk radio programme NURSE Janet takes a clinic patients pressure. NURSE Kelly laughs with a senior.

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IN an effort to address the threats of lionfish throughout t he Caribbean, the Departm ent of Marine Resources (DMR servancy (TNC Bahamas collaborated with Ecomar, a non-profit environmental organisation based i n Belize to conduct a twod ay exchange training exercise in New Providence on lionfish safe capture and hand ling techniques for both B elize and Bahamian fisherm en. Lionfish initiatives have been a priority in Belize since their first sighting in 2008. Fortunately for them they h ave not yet seen tremendously high numbers or large sizes. Their goal therefore is to address this problem now. T hese efforts come following the Bahamas launch of a regional project entitled Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean in which the Bahamas will take a local and r egional research, training and m anagement approach to the l ionfish invasion. Exchange Last month, the DMR and TNC conducted a lionfishe xchange workshop with persons from Belize including their local fishermen, one of t he governments protected a rea managers and a representative from Ecomar to help address the coming of the lionfish in Belize. Valentine Rosado of Ecom ar and Isaias Majil, the protected area manager, spoke about some of the effortsb eing conducted in Belize to address the lionfish invasiona nd the need to increase both their community outreach and capturing of lionfish efforts. L akeshia Anderson and Jared Dillet, assistant fisheries officers at DMR, who have been conducting efforts to combat lionfish in Bahamianm arine waters discussed at the meeting the development of the Bahamas National Lionfish Response Plan (accessi ble online at www.bahamas.gov.bs ) which includes communication and community outreach strate g ies, and methods of capturing, handling and preparing lionfish for consumption. During the workshop, the Belize participants, representatives from DMR, the TNC, t he Bahamas National Trust a nd a local fisherman also had an opportunity to practice those lionfish capturing andh andling methods in the field. Fishermen Garth Longsworth said, I have nev e r seen lionfish so big in open waters before. On the second day of the exchange, the Belize particip ants along with representatives from DMR and TNC participated in lionfish prepa r ation methods for consumption at the Agriculture and Marine Resources Expo on G ladstone Road. Participants demonstrated and learned how to properly handle, clean,f illet and cook lionfish. Additionally, persons had an opportunity to taste thel ionfish once cooked. Many were stunned at how tasty the fish are once prop erly prepared. I n addition to the lionfish exchange activities, Caswelt Mounts from DMR and Felic i ty Burrows accompanied the Belize participants on a tourof Tropic Seafood and Par a dise Fisheries where they had the opportunity to talk with persons regarding thel obster fisheries industry in the Bahamas. They also visited the Potters Cay dock and Montaguer amp and spoke with local f ishermen about the Bahamas fisheries in general. Mr Majil said he was glad t hat the fishermen from Belize had an opportunity to see how productive the lob ster market is in the Bahamas. 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Eleven senior high school students from Sir Jack Hayward H igh School, St Georges High and Eight Mile Rock High School participated in the initial programme, which also had the cooperation of the Road Traffic Department and the Ministry of Education. Mr Grant said the Road Traffic Department will continue to partner with others in advancing public education programmes to promote road safety. It allows our message of road safety to reach many more individuals, he said. It allows us to gain greater insight into the context in which motor vehicle collisions occur, thereby allowing us to target our efforts from public education to road network design with greater precision, and it contributes to the overall effectiveness and sustainability of the various programs that are implemented. Mr Grant noted that during the past year, particular emphasis has been placed on increasing awareness of the highway code. We have also continued to remind the public of risks to safe driving that includes failure to use seat belts and car seats, excessive speed, impairment as a result alcohol consumption, and distraction as a result of cellular phone use. It is against this background that we welcome this pro gramme that assists students at this early age in acquiring the skills to make good decisions regarding road use before their first encounter on the streets as licensed driver. Pr evention Mr Grant said the programme also complements the efforts of the Road Traffic Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in the promotion of road safety and prevention of traffic related injuries and death. He told graduates that after completing the Safe Driving Simulator Programme they would soon be of the verge of achieving another of many milestones in their life, a drivers license, after practical instructions and examination. I would remind you that along with a drivers license comes much responsibility. It is therefore my hope that as graduates of this course and as future motor vehicle drivers, you will always remember to apply the lessons learnt in your travel on our streets and highways. Furthermore, it is my hope that as graduates of this course, that you will share your knowledge with friends and family members bearing in mind that it is only through aunited effort that we will reduce the number of road traffic related injuries and deaths in the Bahamas, he said. The issue of young persons and road safety is widely discussed at the national and international level, Mr Grant explained. This is due to the prevalence of road traffic injuries and death in this age group. Mr Grant said the World Health Organisation lists road traffic injuries as the leading cause of death globally among persons 15 to 19 years old, and it also lists injuries as the second leading cause of death globally among persons 10 to 14 years old and 20 to 24 years old. In the Bahamas from a general perspective, road traffic injuries and road traffic deaths remain a source of concern for the country, he said. Within the last two years, young persons under 26 have accounted for 50 per cent of all road traffic deaths. Further statistics reveal that during 2008, 45 traffic fatali ties took place of which 22 were person 0 to 25-years-old, Mr Grant said. During the past year, some 56 traffic fatalities were recorded and 29 of those involved persons 0 to 25 years old. The minister thanked Pietro Stefanutti, president of PharmaChem Technologies, for initiating the project and the Grand Bahama Port Authority for its support. Mr Stefanuttis son was killed in a traffic accident a few years ago and he wanted to do something in memory of his son. Public Works and Transport Ministry heightens its campaign promoting road safety (BIS photo /Simon Lewis) MINISTER for Public Works and Transport Neko Grant is pictured behind the wheel of a driving simulator during the gradu-a tion exercise for 11 students that participated in the Safe Driv ing Simulator Programme.Several of the students and organisers are pictured looking on. Also pictured at right is the Member of Parliament for Pineridge and Deputy Speaker of theH ouse of Assembly Quasi Thompson, and the Member of Parl iament for the Eight Mile Rock Constituency Vernae Grant. SAFE DRIVING GRADUATES: ELEVEN public high school students received successfully completed the inaugural Safe Driving Simulator Programme. Pictured (in the front row from left to right) are: Mary Cooper, Director of Education; Neko Grant, MP, Minister of Public Works and Transport; Ginger Moxey, vice-president of the GBPA; and Pietro Stefanutti, president of PharmaChem Technologies (GB the graduates. PHOTOS 4A, B and C:ARMANDO Ramirez, vice-president of Rio Grande Fishermen Producers Cooperative; Felicity Burrows of TNC and Frederick Arnett II of DMR. 4c 4A 4B ( Photo by Felicity Burrows, TNC, and Jared Dillet, DMR)

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM daddy, crying daily, because we have no resolution. It has been heartwrenching for our family. Two years has gone by and nothing has been said to us, no one has come forward to say anything. If anyone out there has any information, please come forward so we can be at peace, said Mrs Thurston, as she fought back tears. Janet Williams, sister of 37-yearold Sgt Kevin Williams said that what is hardest for her family is the feeling that there are people out there who are withholding the critical information that could leadto the arrest and conviction of the person who killed her brother. If you know absolutely anything that would lead to anything the questioning or conviction of the person involved please come forward. I have nephews, two sons and two nieces who dont know their uncle because they came after he died. What is a shame is to see that there are people out there who know, but because it didnt happen to them, they couldnt care less. Thats a real shame. Then when it happensto them they want everybody and their mama to help them. Im asking you, as a sister, as a mother, do please assist not just our family to solve this murder, but all those other families out there who want closure on their family member,she said. Supt Dean said that under the leadership of recently-appointed Commissioner Ellison Greenslade the police force has been re-energised in its fight against crime. What we are embarking on is looking at all of our files that we consider cold case files. We are looking particularly at our homicides where weve reached a dead end in our investigations and need public assistance to solve these matters. Using the media and with the families of some murder victims, we are here today to plead with members of the public that if they have information on the murders we have highlighted today, to please contact us. We know based on our inquiries into these matters that there are persons out there who have information on these homicides. We have to go back to that time when we were our neighbours keepers. We are pleading with you, if you have the information, bring it in. This is no time to be protecting a loved one, a brother, a friend. We are saying to you we are serio us about getting these perpetrators off the streets and the police will not stop until we have all of them in custody. The NCPO Director said the cases that the force was choosing to highlight yesterday all involved a similar modus operandi, with the victims being shot dead after a d oor was kicked in. Families who may be watching, who may be wondering why police have not called them everyone will be called in. Well be looking at every unsolved homicide. This is just the beginning, Supt Dean added. He assured those who may h ave tips to offer on the cases that their identities will be held in the strictest of confidence. The outstanding cases highlighted yesterday were: Quincy Hamilton (killed 19/9/2009, Pinewood Gardens area), Genevieve Thurston and Lynden Pratt (double homicide on Sequoia Street, 2 6/1/2008), Avery Humes (5/1/2008, Prince Charles area Marvin Seymour (22/1/2008, South Beach area), Daryl Saunders (17/9/2008, Marshall Road area Romell Dames (former police offi cer, 17/10/2008, Garden Hills area), Jacoby Thurston (1/3/2008, South Beach area), and Sergeant Kevin W illiams (15/5/2001, Fox Hill area Members of the public can call the police on 328-TIPS or 502 9978. Our heartache over cold case murders FROM page one When Mr Bethel took the stand, attorney David Higgins who represents him and Returning Officer Jack Thompson, read his affidavit into the courts record. Mr Davis then began his cross-examination of Mr Bethel. During the crossexamination, Mr Bethel admitted that a part of his duty was to verify whether persons whose names appeared on the register were in fact there. He said that his duties were to advise persons of the fact that they were not on the register if it came to his attention. Those notices he said could be sent to their addresses. Letters are being used to identify the voters whose votes are being protested in the proceedings in order to protect their identity. Mr Davis pointed out that the issue with Voter A was over two different listed addresses. Mr Davis noted that the voter had one address that would put the voter in the Fox Hill Constituency and another that would put the voter in the Elizabeth constituency. He noted that on the voters card the word Elizabeth was written over Fox Hill. Mr Bethel said that Fox Hill had been stamped over Elizabeth. He said that Fox Hill had been stamped there just prior to the May 2007 general elections. Polling division 12 is now in Fox Hill he said. The other listed address for the voter was South Pine Barren Road, West Barn Close. Mr Davis pointed out that according to the voters card, voter A was in Elizabeth polling division 4. He pointed out that the voter had voted in May 2007 and in the s ame constituency in February 2010. Mr Bethel said he could not confirm which was the correct address. He accepted Mr Davis suggestion that the register had to be corrected or voters card cancelled and a new one issued in this case. In relation to a voter identified as voter C, the issue arose as to what appeared on the counterfoil relative to the voters d ate of birth. It was revealed that the date of birth listed on the register was different than that listed on the counterfoil. Mr Bethel admitted that the error was on the counterfoil. In relation to a voter identified as voter E who appeared in polling division 8, Mr Bethel pointed out that the discrepancy over the omission of Alligator Close to the voters a ddress listed on the register was because the computer could only take so many characters. The voters full address would have read South Sandilands Road, West Fox Hill Road, Alligator Close. In relation to voter D who voted in polling division 7, Mr Davis noted that in the constituency column, the word Elizabeth had been there but was crossed o ut and replaced with Yamacraw. He also pointed out that in the polling division column; seven was marked out and replaced with 8. This was also reflected on the counterfoil. Mr Bethel admitted that the address West Commonwealth Boulevard, South Malaysia Way would be in the Elizabeth constituency but the S for South was marked out and N for north was placed there instead, which would place the voter out of Elizabeth. Mr Davis pointed out that the oath taken by the voter also contained corrections. In the oath the voter had sworn that they lived in Elizabeth. Mr Bethel subsequently admitted that the corrections had been made by his office. Mr Bethel contended that the error was that the voter was obviously in the wrong constituency. Mr Davis suggested to him, however, that he was wrong to direct that such corrections be made. Mr Bethel, however, did not accept this suggestion. Mr Davis concluded his crossexamination yesterday by highlighting voter F. According to Mr Davis, voter F had been a registered voter from November 23, 2005 and had been placed in the Yamacraw constituency, polling division 6. Mr Bethel, however, told the court that he had never encountered the voter. The election court hearing is expected to resume on Monday at 10.30 am. Dr Sands legal team is expected and attorneys for Mr Bethel and Returning Officer Jack Thompson are expected to begin their cross-examination. Election court FROM page one event. The competition was launched in October by the Bahamas Tourist Office in London, in cooperation with the British National Film and Television School and British Airways. Its aim was to promote the diversity of the Bahamas on an international scale comparable with the Miss Universe Pageant held at the Atlantis hotel in August last year. Director of Tourism Vernice Walkine said: The Ministry of Tourism is always seeking to use effective media to advance the reputation of our country and enhance our profile as a vacation destination of choice. Here is our chance, as Bahamians, to help UK filmmakers make the best possible film about the islands on which we live, showing the people of the UK why they should visit our islands. The 14 films tell unique stories set entirely on the island locations, showcasing the features of the individual islands through documentary, comedy o r action films. Bahamians were invited to participate as actors and island envoys to the visiting filmmakers, but the fact local filmmakers were not allowed to participate angered some in the local arts community. Around a dozen Bahamian artists insulted by the support of foreign talent over local filmmakers staged a protest outside the Ministry of Tourism office in George Street on February 4. And Bahamas Film Festival founder and director Celi Moss intends to feature the protest in his upcoming documentary about the lack of support for Bahamian artists at home. In addition to showing how the 14 Island Film Challenge excludes Bahamian filmmakers while promoting British talent, the writer and director of Balls Alley intends to show how Oscar-winning Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier has done little to promote Bahamian arts, while Hollywood success Tyler Perrys films are praised by the Ministry of Tourism over local talent. He said: We are always looking for other persons to promote our country for us rather than using Bahamian people. We have a lot of talent here, and we don't expect the government to finance our films, but at the same time we don't expect them to launch other people's careers. Bahamians are being overlooked as part of our overall mindset, and that has to change. There is no Bahamian inclu sion to take us to the next level, Mr Moss said. Instead of creating more Tyler Perrys we are giving the opportunities to foreign filmmakers and I think its very hypocriticial. To see the 14 films set in New Providence, Andros, Crooked Island, Abaco, Eleuthera, Mayaguana, Exuma, Inagua, Long Island, Cat Island, Bimini, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and San Salvador, log on to www.14islandsfilmchallenge.co.uk. Movies set in Bahamas FROM page one

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I NSIDE Scotiabank Track and Field Championships TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net CHRIS Fireman Brown was the first Bahamian to secure his berth in the final of an event at the 12th IAAF W orld Indoor Championships i n Doha, Qatar. O n the first of the three day c hampionships yesterday that featured all of the Bahamians in their individual events,B rown survived the first two rounds of the mens 400 metres. C oming back in the final e vent during the evening session, Brown clocked 46.64 seconds to win the last of two semifinals to post the fourth best qualifying time. In the final today, Brown w ill run out of lane five. He will be sandwiched between a pair of Americans, (lane four) Jamaal Torrence, the second place finisher in his heat in 46.69 and (lane six B ershawn Jackson, the winn er of heat one in 46.13. Michael Marthieu, the oth er Bahamian entered in the t wo lap race on the 200 metres track, ran out of laneone in the first heat, but his fifth place time of 47.09 didnt get him into the final. During the first round in the morning session, Mathieuq ualified for the semis after h e finished second in the first heat in 47.10 behind Russian Dmitry Buryak, the winner in 47.03. Brown easily won the last of the five heats in 46.95, fol-l owed by Russian Denis A lekseyev in 47.18. A lso today, Rodney Green w ill run out of lane three in t he last of three semis in the m ens 60 metres where the f irst two of each heat plus the two fastest times will advance t o the final today as well. G reen emerged out of the fourth of seven heats with a s econd place finish in 6.73 as he trailed American Mike Rodgers, the winner in 6.69. The mens 4 x 400 relay team, comprising of Brown, M athieu, Andretti Bain, LaSean Pickstock and Juan L ewis will run out of the last o f two heats today. They are in lane five with Poland in four and Belgium in six. Russia is in one, France i n two and Botswena in three. J amaica and the United States will run out of lanes five and six respectively in the first heat. The first two finishers of each heat plus the two fastestt imes will advance to Sund ays grand finale. Also on Sunday, two other athletes will attempt to reach the final of their respective events. First up will be veteran s printer Chandra Sturrup in t he womens 60 semifinal. S turrup will run out of lane s ix in the second of three h eats along side Olesya Povh o f Ukraine in lane four and A merican Mikele Barber in lane six. J amaican Veronica Camp b ell-Brown, back from an injury season last year, heads h eat one in lane five and American Carmelita Jeter in lane three in the third heat. In yesterdays heats, Sturrup was second in 7.22 behind C ampbell-Brown, who won the second of five heats in 7 .21. LaVerne Jones-Ferrette o f the Virgin Islands had the fastest qualifying time in winning heat three in 7.14. In other results from yest erday, Christine Amertil fell s hort of advancing to the womens 400 final and both Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry didnt make it out oft he mens high jump qualifyi ng round. Although she turned in a seasons best of 52.36, it was o nly good enough for a fourth place in the first of the two womens 400 semis. T he first three finishers advanced to the final that saw Aliann Pompey of Guyana clinch the third and final spot in the heat in 52.59. R ussian Tatyana Firova w on the race in 51.36. As the first Bahamian to compete in the first event yest erday, Amertil posted 52.50 for second place behind American Debbie Dunn( 52.24) to move onto the semis. And in the mens high jump, Barry produced a seasons best of 2.23 metres or7 -feet, 4-inches and Thomas d id 2.18m or 7-2 for 11th and 15th respectively. Neither marks were good e nough to crack the top eight for the final. The last qualifier was American Dusty Jonasw ith 2.26m or 7-5. The first qualifier was Russian Ivan Ukhov with 2.29m or 7-6 1/4. Bahamians do well at IAAF O FFICIALS s tand in the arena as preparations are made for the World Indoor Athletics Champi onships in Doha Qatar Tuesday March 9. 2010. The championships begin on Friday March 12, 2010. By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AFTER the Bahamas L awn Tennis Association has released the names of some of its national teams, a num b er of parents questioned why s ome of the top players are not included. For the Fed Cup, the f emale version of the mens Davis Cup, the team will be comprised of Kerrie Cartwright, Simone Pratt and G abrielle Moxey. The team will be coached by Paula Whitfield, assisted by Dr. Ella Strachan. T hey will travel to Ecuador where they will join 11 other countries in two pools. Those countries are Bermuda, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago. A number of persons with in the BLTA have questioned why the top two female play-ers in the country, Nikkita Fountain and Larika Russell from Grand Bahama have not been included on the team. Nikkita and Larika are both on government subvention, yet they are being asked to sit home and watch the Bahamas embarrassed at an elite event, the parents wrote in a letter to the media. A parent who is a board member is also named as a manager of the team which couldworsen an already bad situation. The coaches and managers selected for the teams are also interesting and potentially harmful. Shouldnt the Bahamas send certified coaches with our teams who would be ableto assist players with their overall development and team strategy during matches. Does the BLTA wish for the Bahamas to do well or fail before even traveling to the events? In trying to explain what transpired, BLTA presidentSteve Turnquest said both Fountain and Russell knew exactly what they had to do and neither of them did it. We had an end of the year tournament for the top eight players and it was mandatory t hat they show up and compete and we select the team from there, Turnquest said. But they didnt show. In f act, Larika didnt show up for the last two years. She didnt call to say why. She didnt s ay anything to the tourna ment director (Mickey Williams. T urnquest said since taking over as president, his administration have put the criteriai n place for those players who are eligible for national team selection. We just dont want anybody to assume that because Im the number one player, Im automatically on the team and you do it at the expense of some other player who is willing and trying to move on, Turnquest pointed out. The girls who played in the end of the year tourna ment, we considered them. One of the girls who made it, she couldnt go because of college classes. Thats why we included Simone Pratt, one of our traveling junior players. She just turned 14, so we gave her the opportunity. The parents, however, also questioned why Pratt was not named to the World Junior Cup team. That team comprises of the following: Girls Under 14 Gabriela Bowe, Grand Bahama Catholic High; Erin Strachan, N.P. Queens College and Dominique Mortier, N.P. Kingsway. Boys Under 14 Phillip Major, Andros North Andros High; Treajh Ferguson, N.P. NCA and Justin Roberts, N.P. Artie Johnson of Eleuthra will travel as the coach. He will be assisted by Alexandria Bowe of Grand Bahama. Turnquest said they made every effort to select the best team possible, based on the performances of the players in the local tournaments. BLTA release names of national teams By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AS the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations Scotiabank National Track and Field Championships wind down, president Mike Sands said hes been very pleased with what he has seen so far. The championships got started on Thursday and will wrap up this afternoon at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, starting at noon. Im very encouraged with the enthusiasm and the amount of athletes participating, Sands said. Im particularly pleased with the record number of Family Island schools participating as well. The competition is very keen and some of the times were not what we expected and we can attribute that to the weather that we are having. But it tells me that the future of track and field is very bright. Although there are no participation from Grand Bahama as the athletes are competing in their High School Track and Field Championships this weekend as well, Sands said they their initiation of the bantam (13 years and under division created a lot of excitement in the meet. Both the Nationals here and the cham pionships in Grand Bahama serves a qualifier for the Carifta Games that is sched uled for the Easter holiday weekend in the Cayman Islands. The final trials where the athletes have Grand Bahama are expected to partici pate is scheduled for the weekend of April 8-9 at the TAR Stadium. Additionally, Sands said they have pro vided some incentive for this years championship where some of the top relay teams will get a chance to travel to Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, scheduled for April 28-30. A number of coaches are looking forward to it, Sands said. I had a discussion with the Family Island coaches last night and my friends from Moores Island said they are already packing their bags because they know they will have some of their teams going to the Penn Relays. Sands said he was encouraged to watch the senior boys 100 metre final on Thursday night where there was five representatives from the Family Islands with two coming from Moores Island. The race was won by Trevor Mackey of Dorish Johnson in 11.09 seconds, followed by Laron Hield of Moores Island in 11.26. Shawn Moss of Central Eleuthera took third in 11.42. The under-20 girls 100 was won by VAlonee Robinson of St. Augustines College in 12.23. Goria Ferguson of LNC in 12.47 with SACs Anthonique Strachan third in 12.76. Anthony Farrington of CV Bethel took the under-17 boys 100 in 11.21. Teran Adderley of Queens College was second in 11.46 and Toriano Adderley of ARH was third in 11.52. Marva Etienne of CR Walker emerged as the uinder-17 girls champion in 12.45. Devynne Charlton of SAC was second in 12.63 with Gregina Higgs of CV Bethel third in 12.91. Lorman Johnson of AF Adderley was the winner of the under-15 boys 100 in 11.70. Todd Isaacs of SAC got second in 12.12 and Wray Stubbs of ZCS came in third in 12.18. SACs Makeya White took the under15 girls century in 12.99, followed by Camisha Mis sick in 13.19 and Faythe Miller of Queens College in 13.36. Winning the under-13 boys straight away race was Kirby Albury of SWAA in 13.60. Jameiko Rolle of SC McPherson was second in 13.70 and Sahthorne Williams of LW Young got third in 13.73. And in the under-13 girls division, the winner was Asia Butler of SAC in 13.31, just ahead of her team-mate Taj Dorsett (13.68 in 14.11. Results of some of the field events contested earlier yesterday are as follows: Under-13 boys high jump Cameron Oliver of CH Reeves, 1.45 metres or 4feet, 9-inches; Adrian Thompson of TA Thompson, 1.42m or 4-7 3/4 and Stephon Augustine of CH Reeves, 1.27m or 4-2. Under-17 girls shot put Shaunae Miller of SAC, 10.19m or 33-5 1/4; Pre cious Aranha of CI Gibson, 9.64m or 317 1/2 and Kadia Johnson of HO Nash, 9.02m or 29-7 1/4. Under-15 girls discus Brashe Wood of SAC, 28.28m or 92-9; Terrannise Taylor of SC Bootle, 25.55m or 83-10 and Astarzia Walker of Spanish Wells, 23.35m or 76-7. Scotiabank National Track and Field Championships coming to a close I I N N S S I I G G H H T T For the stories behind the ne ws, read Insight on Monda ys See more pictures on pg 10

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Our ewixie over
cold case’ murders

Police
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to solve
mystery
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By ALISON LOWE
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THE grieving families of two
murder victims poured their
hearts out yesterday as a new
initiative was launched to bring
closure to some of the coun-
try’s long unsolved cases.

Emotions ran high at the
police’s Central Detective Unit
as senior police officers and rel-
atives of Jacoby Thurston and
Sergeant Kevin Williams came
together to plead for informa-
tion that could bring these
“cold cases” back to life and
help provide closure to the vic-
tims’ long-suffering families.

Superintendent Stephen
Dean, director of the newly-
formed National Crime Pre-
vention Office, and Assistant
Superintendent Bernard
Bonamy Jr, head of the Homi-
cide Unit, said the press con-
ference was the first of what is
intended to be a series of public
appeals in coming weeks and
months to raise awareness of
murder cases that may have
slipped from the public con-
sciousness.

Bringing home the signifi-
cance of the appeal, Lynn
Thurston, sister of Jacoby
Thurston, who was shot dead
in the South Beach area on
March 1, 2008, told of how the
lack of closure on her brother’s
death has taken a huge emo-
tional toll on her family.

“Tam so tired of seeing my
mum crying, and most of all my

SEE page 11

SPRING FORWARD,
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HELP US FIND JUSTICE: Lynn Thurston, sister of the late Jacoby Thurston, appeals to the public to come forward with any information on the murder of her

brother.



Election court: Parliamentary

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner
Errol Bethel was questioned extensively
yesterday regarding discrepancies in the
protest votes cast in the Elizabeth by-elec-

tion.

Mr Bethel was the first and only witness
to take the stand yesterday during day two

Movie spotlight on Bahamas

Best of 14 films to be announced at BAFTA awards

Body found in

UTA TS Te

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT - An unidenti-
fied body was discovered inside
a burning vehicle on Grand
Bahama Highway early yester-
day morning, police reported.

The gruesome discovery was
sometime after 4am when fire-
men and police officers
responded to a vehicle fire on
Grand Bahama Highway East.

Asst Supt Loretta Mackey
said police received a report
that a vehicle was on fire in the
bushes and dispatched a team
to investigate.

When police arrived at the
scene, they found a Chevy Cav-
alier car in the median on fire
and the charred remains of a
body in the driver’s seat.

It is not known whether the
victim is male or female.

SEE page three

of the Elizabeth election court hearing.

Philip “Brave” Davis, lead attorney for
Progressive Liberal Party candidate Leo
Ryan Pinder, opened yesterday’s proceed-
ings by outlining the election court peti-
tion.

Mr Davis then read into the record the
affidavit of Stafford Coakley, a licensed
surveyor. According to Mr Coakley’s affi-
davit, Mr Pinder — the petitioner — had
asked him to mark out the residences of

BY MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net 14

THE best of 14 films set in the Bahama
islands will be announced at the British Acad-
emy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
awards next Friday.

Budding British filmmakers selected to
spend 14 days on one of 14 islands in the

se March 20th Goodman's Bay

Commissioner questioned

the protested voters on a map of the Eliza-
beth constituency. According to the sur-
veyor, all but five of the protest voters
resided in the Elizabeth constituency. The
surveyor found that one of the voters in
question lived at a home in Commonwealth
Boulevard which does not fall within the
boundary of the Elizabeth constituency.

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Bahamas to make a short film entirely on loca-
tion. Their films are now available to see on the

Islands Film Challenge website.
Online viewers around the world can vote

for their favourite movie and have the chance of
winning a 14-night island-hopping vacation in
the Bahamas, while the filmmakers are bracing
themselves for a £14,000 cash prize to be award-
ed to the winner at the BAFTA red carpet

SEE page 11

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named in honour
of Roger Carron

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By REUBEN
SHEARER

Tribune Features
Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia. net

A NEW ventilator to
be used in the care of crit-
ically ill infants has been
named in honour of the
late Roger Carron, for-
mer managing editor of
The Tribune, after his
friends made a substan-
tial donation to the high-
ly successful Breathe
Easy Campaign.

The machine is one of
six ventilators which,
along with two incuba-
tors, have been acquired
by the campaign. All but

SEE page 3

Elderly woman
lirives into sea

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net



TRAFFIC was backed up on
Eastern Road yesterday as curi-
ous motorists slowed to observe
an unusual accident in which
an elderly lady drove headlong
into the shallow water of the
Montagu shoreline.

Family members of Con-
stance “Connie” Cancino,
understood to be in her seven-
ties, said Mrs Cancino may
have had a diabetic “fainting”
incident behind the wheel
before she accidentally accel-
erated off the edge of the Sail-
ing Club’s parking lot, drop-
ping several feet onto the rocks
below and continuing to careen
into the water beyond.

A Haitian man, Nicholas
Mercellus, who was working in
the area when the accident
occurred at around 12.25pm,
said he ran to Mrs Cancino’s
rescue, managing to maneou-
vre the car and the elderly lady
to safety out of the water and
on to the rocky ground about
20ft from the edge of the park-
ing lot. When The Tribune
arrived on the scene, Mrs Can-
cino was being tended to in her
car by paramedics, who then
lifted her on a stretcher from
the vehicle and into a waiting
ambulance. Her son, Lindsey
Cancino, and daughter-in-law
were with her, having rushed
to the scene, as well as an inves-

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N the minds of many people, Africa is more like
one large country than a continent. They have
trouble recognising that it is comprised of 53

countries (if you include the neighbouring islands)
and as such there is huge diversity represented
there. While it is true that one could find similarities
among different countries, using these to make
generalisations about the whole continent is as
erroneous as doing so for any other continent.

Obviously, the only way to
have a clearer image of
Africa is to know more about
its countries and ethnic
groups. I had the opportunity
to expand my knowledge this
past semester, which I spent
studying in Ghana, a country
on the coast of West Africa.

As could be expected, I
noted many cultural similar-
ities between the Bahamas
and Ghana during my time
abroad. Aside from more
obvious examples like food, I
found that many Ghanaians
held the same perceptions
(and the accompanying com-
plications) about the West
Indies that people in the
Bahamas have about Africa
— they had no real under-
standing of the region at all.

Technically, I'm a double
member of the West Indies,
because my mother is
Bahamian and my father is
Jamaican. However, I identi-
fy more with the Bahamas
because I was born and
raised there. Interestingly,
when I was in Ghana, I had
to ‘own’ being Jamaican
almost to the point of exclud-
ing my Bahamian identity —
not out of any personal wish,
but because when I tried to
explain my heritage, Jamaica
was the one place and idea
people could latch on to.

Whenever people asked
me where I was from and I
said the Bahamas, nine times
out of 10 they would not
Know where the country is
or would not have heard of it.
So by way of explanation I
would add that I am also
Jamaican and try and
describe the two nations in

relation to one another.
Sometimes I would respond
with "I'm from the Bahamas,
in the Caribbean", but this
rarely helped because for
whatever reason people
heard “Cuba”, and I would
be back at the beginning.

I know the Bahamas is a
small nation, but I grew up
thinking that at least half of
the world knew about it
because of being such a huge
tourist destination. Howev-
er, in Ghana the concept of
tourism doesn't exist in the
minds of most people. They
just don’t have the resources
to travel and explore ‘exotic’
locations, so there is a small
chance they would hear of
the Bahamas otherwise.
Now, if we produced star
football (soccer) players we
would have a much better
chance of making a strong
impression on them.

Most of my days in Ghana
I was constantly reminded of
my claim to my Jamaican-
ness, whether through
explaining where I've come
from or because of my nat-
ural hairstyle. There was one
day that was solely the prop-
erty of the Bahamian side of
me. I took a day trip to Accra
(the capital) to visit the Uni-
versity of Ghana. I needed
to look in their Music
Department's library for
information relating to my
research. Imagine my sur-
prise when, within that tiny
library, I stumbled upon the
Masters thesis of E Clement
Bethel. I was so surprised
and delighted that I called
my mother to tell her. Later
that day I saw a picture of





MODERN Ghana, like many of the sub-Saharan countries on the western
coast of Africa, was shaped by its experiences with the transatlantic
slave trade. Pictured here is a wall of remembrance, a memorial to the
slave trade in Benin.



GABRIELLE, third from right, is pictured with some members of her
group in traditional Ghanaian dress after taking a dance lesson.

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our prime minister in a
newspaper belonging to a
man sitting in front of me
on a tro-tro (a kind of bus).
I was so shocked that
before I knew what I was
doing I had reached over
and pointed him out.

As I said earlier, aside
from that one day, in many
respects the rest of my time
in Ghana ‘belonged’ to my
Jamaican self. Apart from
the US, I think Jamaica is
the country most revered
there. Whenever I men-
tioned my connection to
Jamaica to a male friend he
would get excited and
inevitably ask me if my
father had dreadlocks or
smoked (marijuana). On
occasion, I had to endure
the uttering of stereotypi-
cal Jamaican expletives or
expressions. Once or twice,
when I mentioned the
Jamaican side, I was told
that this couldn't possibly
be true because I don't
have an accent and was
asked if I know or could
speak patois to prove
myself. | even met Ghana-
ians who were so enam-
oured with Jamaica and
Rastafarianism that they
cultivated the accent and
vernacular.

In addition to these per-
sonal encounters (which
occurred at least weekly) I
had daily reminders cour-
tesy of Jamaican flags on
the dashboard of taxis,
painted on walls and stuck
on the bumpers of cars.
Other than Ghanaian high-
life, the most popular music
was Jamaican, and could be
heard in private and pub-
lic spaces along with Amer-
ican hip-hop.

My reason for going into
all this detail is to show




how Ghanaians’ view of
me, and by extension the
West Indies, was informed
primarily by their knowl-
edge of one country there.
Admittedly, I elicited some
of these responses because
I brought up Jamaica on
my own. However, this
does not change the fact
that the overwhelming
impression of Ghanaians’
was based on the Jamaican
culture they received in the
media. Moreover, because
Jamaica has such a strong
world presence, I probably
would have used her as a
point of reference to aid
my explanations even if I
did not have a personal
connection to her.

As Bahamians, I know
we are fiercely proud of
our heritage and the diver-
sity of the Caribbean, and
bristle for example at the
use of Jamaican actors to
play the role of Bahamians
or other West Indians in
movies. We are similar, but
in no way would we accept
someone painting our
entire region with one
green, black and yellow
brush stroke. By the same
token, we have to be care-
ful that we do not let our-
selves think of people in
Africa based on what we
hear about countries like
Nigeria, South Africa and
Sierra Leone that, like
Jamaica, all have a strong
world presence. In fact,
Africa is a far more diverse
continent than our tiny
region. We have to be so
careful not to let the media
colour the way we think
about it, even if all we can
do is recognise that we
Know very little and thus
stop ourselves from jump-
ing to any conclusions.

¢ See next week’s Tribune for the third installment of Gabrielle's
African journal: “Twilight Tapping, Midnight Moving”. Her first arti-
cle can be found at: http://www.tribune242.com/searchre-
sults/0223010_Ghana_news_pg16
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





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

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

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

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Will Jerusalem spat undo peacemaking?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden's trip to Israel and the
West Bank was designed to underscore
the Obama administration's commitment
to support Israeli security as it approach-
es indirect negotiations with the Pales-
tinians.

But the jarring Israeli announcement
that 1,600 Jewish homes would be con-
structed in east Jerusalem rattled the exer-
cise, focusing attention on serious differ-
ences between the U.S. and Israel on key
elements of any peace deal before the
negotiations had even begun.

The spat embarrassed Biden, a close
supporter of Israel, and prompted him to
condemn the Israeli move, an exception-
ally strong diplomatic criticism. On Thurs-
day, in another speech in Jerusalem, he
tried to smooth over the situation by
extolling the countries’ close relationship.

"The Israeli bilateral relationship with
the United States has just become much
more difficult,” said Haim Malka, deputy
director of the Middle East program at
the Center for Strategic and Internation-
al Studies, after the housing announce-
ment.

"Tt is hard to remember a time when a
senior U.S. official used the word 'con-
demn' to describe the actions of any ally,
let alone a close ally such as Israel, but that
is precisely what the vice president did,"
Malka said.

The Obama administration favours a
broad Israeli withdrawal from the West
Bank as part of a statehood deal and
implies U.S. support for east Jerusalem
as the Palestinian capital. But there are
deep doubts in Israel that a treaty sharply
reducing its territory would enhance the
country's security.

The housing announcement was gener-
ated by the Interior Ministry, headed by a
hard-line opponent of negotiations over
Jerusalem's future.

But while internal politics is just beneath
the surface, the issue of the city's future is
bound to take front and center at some
point if serious peace talks get under way.

Biden's aim was to inform Israel and
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administration.

But lots of space, approaching a chasm,
was apparent when Biden told the Pales-
tinians that the state they seek should be
viable and contiguous — that is, without
Israeli settlements in the way.

Biden's remarks would seem to under-
cut any Israeli hopes of retaining some of
the towns that have grown up on the West
Bank amid the Palestinians — and more
significantly Jewish housing in east
Jerusalem.

The long and tortured history of U.S.
mediation shows minds can be changed,
though.

Under U.S. pressure at Camp David in
1977, for instance, Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin yielded to Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat's demands for
recovery of every inch of territory Egypt
lost in the 1967 Six-Day War to secure a
peace treaty.

And Sadat reconsidered his initial view
that conditions were not yet right for full
peace between the two countries and
appropriately should be deferred to a lat-
er generation.

The very fact that a hardline Israeli
leader and the president of Egypt were
willing to negotiate peace terms itself was
a remarkable turnabout.

This time around, there also are signs of
compromise. Israeli Prime Minister Ben-
jamin Netanyahu has agreed to the con-
cept of a Palestinian state.

And Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas has agreed to U.S. mediator
George Mitchell's plan for four months
of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and
the Palestinians with only a partial and
temporary halt to Israeli construction on
the West Bank.

But Abbas is straightforward in what
he wants, saying Israel's plan for more
housing in east Jerusalem threatens the
negotiations before they get off the

Bi This editorial is by Barry Schweid,
who has reported on Mideast diplomacy
for The Associated Press since 1973.







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Can tipping
points make a
change in the

Bahamas?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In his book “The Tipping
Point,” Malcolm Gladwell
speaks extensively about social
epidemics and how changing
little things can make a big dif-
ference. He speaks to the rise
and fall of crime in New York
City. Most of us have heard
about the crime wave that
impacted New York City, with
rising murder rates and violent
crimes, just like we read about
crime everyday in our local
papers.

An interesting point in the
book suited for Nassau is the
Broken Windows Theory,
which was the work of crimi-
nologists James Q. Wilson and
George Kelling. Their argu-
ment is that crime is the result
or will escalate from disorder.
The theory as discussed by
Gladwell, “If a window is bro-
ken and left unrepaired, peo-
ple walking by will conclude
that no one cares and no one is
in charge.” This leads to more
broken windows, disorder,
chaos, and anything goes.

Under the Power of Context,
Gladwell argues that “epi-
demics are sensitive to the con-
ditions and circumstances of the
times and places in which they
occur.” A perfect example, as
highlighted in the book, is that
of New York City and the esca-
lating violent crime on the sub-
ways. In the 1980s the subway
cars were dirty, filled with trash,
and covered with graffiti. Beat-
ing fares and jumping turnstiles
was common practice. There-
fore, the subway system itself
created a sense of chaos, disor-
der, and lawlessness. This led
to a rampant escalation in
crime. How did the authorities
tip this crime epidemic? They
put into practice the Broken
Window Theory. They won the
war against graffiti. They
cracked down on fare beaters.
They kept the subway clean.
They cracked down on drunk-
enness and bad behaviour.
Police made their presence
known. The result: They
cleaned up the subway system
and thus cracked down on
many other crimes and crimi-
nals. When Rudy Giuliani was
elected as Mayor, he trans-
ferred this theory to the City
at large and the rest is history.

What lessons can we learn
for the Bahamas?

What does it say when street
lights are not maintained?
When unlicensed vehicles are
seen on the streets? When dri-
vers run red lights? These small
individual infractions create a
complete sense of lawlessness
on our streets. So people will
think nothing about running
through a yellow or red light

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nee EVANS of the Southern District of the Island of Nassau,
Bahamas, P.O. Box SB-52329 intend to change my name from
SHINNA_SHEVONE STYLES nee EVANS (also known as
SHENNA SHEVONE STYLES nee EVANS) to SHEENA SHEVONE
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of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
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later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

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MONASTERY PARK, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration’
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
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and blocking the intersection,
restricting the flow of traffic.

What happens when down-
town is left dirty and smelling of
urine? When school kids fight
in front of our tourists? When
buildings are left in a shabby
state? When fowl language and
drunkenness is a normal occur-
rence? It creates a sense of law-
lessness, where people will
engage in petty theft and offer
drugs to our tourists.

What happens in our educa-
tion system when school cam-
puses are dirty? When graffiti is
left on the walls? When a small
population of students disrupts
the educational process for
everyone? When parents do
not take the time to monitor
their children’s homework and
insist that failure is not an
option? We end up with a bro-
ken education system and a
national grade average of D.

What happens when the
court system is broken? When
thugs walk the streets on bail
and recommit crimes? When
the Government fails to ensure
that the law is enforced? When
the Government fails to carry
out the wish of the people and
enforce capital punishment?
When persons accept the pro-
ceeds of crime and protect fam-
ily and friends involved in
crime? When the Government
and its Minister of National
Security talks big on dealing
with crime and imposing a zero
tolerance strategy, yet they
back it up with little action?
When the Government and
Opposition cannot work
together to advance the coun-
try? When two major political
parties engage in petty politics?
You end up with violent crime
as an everyday occurrence.

Where people live in fear.
Where criminals think nothing
of gunning someone down in
broad daylight. You create a
society where criminals have
no fear and respect for the law
and the judiciary. The list could
goon......

As in New York, the elected
leadership took the initiative
and created an environment
that led to a tipping point in
crime. Likewise, our elected
leadership should take the ini-
tiative to lead the way and set
an example for us all. Unfor-
tunately, this has not been the
case. However, can we as indi-
viduals create tipping points in
this country?

Here are a few thoughts: Can
we all take the initiative to get
involved in our children’s edu-
cation? Can we clean up our
individual properties and thus
clean up our neighbourhoods?
Can we not accept and toler-
ate the proceeds of crime? Can
we not cover for our children
and family members when we
know they are involved in
crime? Can we not harbour
criminals and those out on bail
that are still committing crimes?
Can we begin to lift up one
another and not tear each oth-
er down by gossip? Can we
hold our elected leaders
accountable and not allow them
to buy us out? Can we treat
each and every tourist like a
king or queen to ensure that
they spend their scarce dollars
here in the Bahamas? Can we
impose hefty penalties for
crimes such as the possession
of illegal firearms? The list of
questions could go on and
impact every aspect of our lives.

Without leadership, change
can happen and it can start with
each of us! The message could
spread quickly.

JEROME R PINDER
Nassau,
February 9, 2010.

TAC CT CA CTF

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Our world is controlled by the media, it is important the
kind of message leaders such as politicians, churches, musi-
cians, scientists and others put out there as we can see what dam-
age nuclear weapons can do in the hands of the wrong country

leader.

The same also applies with what is preached and what sci-
entists say, or politicians do, however my main point has to do
with media and music industries. In my opinion one of the
most influential of all in the world reaching just about every cor-
ner of the earth is music and media.

Whatever messages we send through music and media will be
received by the world if music of love is sent it will be received,
likewise music of hate or war it will be received. Musicians try
to justify writing about violence by saying it is simply their past
life style. Past or present what you are sending the world is
getting is violence. If you are a leader think like a leader a
good leader don’t send messages of killing and robbing innocent
people. People I ask the music media the young people don’t
need the violence, please become a leader and not a follower.

JEFFREY
WILLIAMS
Nassau,
March, 2010.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF STEPHEN A. HEPBURN
late of the Southern District of the Island of New
Providence ane of the Islands of the Commonwealth

of The Bahamas, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby givan that all persons having
any claims or demands against the above-named
Estate are requested to send the same duly certified

to the undersigned on or before the 3

1" day of March,

7010 aftar which the sole Executlx and Trustee

will proceed to distribute the assets of the decaased
among the persons entitled thereto having regard
only to the claims of which the Executrix shall then

have had nobee.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all parsons
indabted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before the date herainbefora mentioned.

SEARS & CO

Attomeys-at-Law
P. ©. Box N-3645
#10 Market Straet North
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executrix and Trustee


THE TRIBUNE

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LOCAL NEWS



Taxi union employee gets two
year's for possessing firearm

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A TAXI union employee
caught by police with an unli-
censed firearm was sentenced
to two years in prison by Mag-
istrate Carolita Bethel yester-
day.

Miguel Francis, 27, of
Watlins Street, and three oth-
ers of the same address, were
charged with possession of an
unlicensed firearm and ammu-
nition in Court 8, Bank Lane,
after police searched their
home with a warrant and
found a .380 handgun and sev-
en rounds of .380 ammunition.

Francis pleaded guilty on

both counts as he admitted to
owning the weapon found ina
bureau drawer in his bedroom
and said the others were not
aware of it.

Takara Smith, 23, Natasha
Victor, 19 and Korell Smith,
26, pleaded not guilty on both
counts and were acquitted of
the charges.

Police prosecutor Inspector
Ercell Dorsett told the court
police searched Francis’ home
at 7am on March 9 and took all
four residents into custody in
connection with the find.

Francis admitted owning the
firearm and ammunition with-
out permission from the licens-
ing authority, and asked Mag-
istrate Bethel to pardon the
others.

He said: “That was mine and
they have nothing to do with it.
That’s why I plead guilty. am
not going to lie to you.

“T had it for a reason; not to
harm nobody, but for my own
protection, just in case. I apol-
ogise.”

However, Francis did not
admit his previous convictions
when prompted.

Inspector Dorsett told the
court the 27-year-old had been
jailed for two months after a
Nassau Street magistrate con-
victed him of possession of an
unlicenced shotgun in 2003.

But Francis, who said he
now works for the taxi union,
pleaded with the magistrate to
give him another chance
before she had him impris-

oned.

“You have known for some
time, especially since your pre-
vious conviction, that this is
unlawful,” the magistrate said.

“You caused three people
to be brought before the court
because of your actions.

“And I have heard your
apology, but it is unlawful to
have this.

“So often, day by day, per-
sons have committed crimes
with these weapons, persons
are killed with these weapons,
and that’s why the law takes a
very serious view with this.

“In most jurisdictions, in
England for example, the min-
imum sentence is five years.

“T sentence you now to a
minimum of two years in

prison.”

Ms Bethel then encouraged
Francis to take advantage of
the learning opportunities and
rehabilitation programmes in
prison and asked if he would
be interested in taking acade-
mic classes in English, mathe-
matics, computer science and
the literary arts, or workshops
in construction, electrical work
or carpentry.

Francis indicated he had an
interest in carpentry.

“You want to go into car-
pentry?” Ms Bethel asked.
“Fantastic. I will make a note
of it.”

He was handcuffed and led
out of the court to be taken to
Her Majesty’s Prison in Fox
Hill.

Rodney Bain Building set for renovations

By ALESHA CADET



THE decrepit Rodney Bain
Building on Shirley and Parlia-
ment Streets is set to be reno-
vated in hopes that it will once
again accommodate employees
of the Registrar General’s
Office.

According to Gordon Major,
acting director of the Ministry
of Works, “a private architect
surveyed the building and it can
be repaired.”

Mr Major said when the nec-
essary funds become available a
date will be set to start repair
work on the now vacant build-
ing.

“We are putting together a
Cabinet paper, initially looking
at the Registrar Department to
go back there,” Mr Major said.

In December 2005, staff of
the Rodney Bain Building had
to be evacuated after water and
sewerage came pouring down
from galvanised ceiling pipes,
flooding corridors and displac-

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CELEBRATING its tenth
year as a Hilton property, the
British Colonial Hilton in Nassau
is co-hosting 10 events from
which part - if not all - proceeds
will be donated to a local charity.

The year 2009/2010 is consid-
ered a milestone for the British
Colonial Hilton Nassau and as a
tribute to each year of service
and commitment to its name,
guests and clients, each month
there will be an event co-hosted
by the Hilton.

The first event was the ‘Ulti-
mate Fashion Show’. It was held
in January and its purpose was to

spark awareness of the
AIDS/HIV virus.

It was held in the Governors
Ballroom and was given the
stamp of approval from the
AIDS Foundation of the
Bahamas.

There was also the ‘Final Fri-
days’ event in the newly opened
bar and lounge named Bullion.
Proceeds from this event went
to the Haiti relief effort.

Most recently, the Hilton was
fortunate enough to be a part of
the ‘Pretty in Pink’ event, which
allowed persons around the
island to come and view a pho-

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technicians will be conducting necessary Upgrades

to its network. As a result, subscribers residing in West

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ing almost 100 workers.

The problem led to the clo-
sure of the Registrar General’s
Office. Employees refused to
return to the Rodney Bain
Building because they felt con-
ditions were not bearable for
staff or the public.

Some of the staff of the Reg-
istrar General’s Office were
then moved to the number 50
Shirley Street office where they
worked in shifts and rotation
schedules.

The Rodney Bain Building
was Officially closed in January
2006.

Government at the time had
yet not decided if it was going
to demolish or renovate the
condemned building.

Earlier this month, a man
identified as Richardson Russell
bled to death after falling from
an awning attached to the sec-
ond floor of the Rodney Bain
Building. Police believe he was
attempting to break into the
building when he fell to his
death.



crime



¢ A NASSAU Village man was
held up at gunpoint in his
own home early yesterday
morning. Police were called
to the scene of an armed rob-
bery at around 2.50am.
According to reports, two
men, one of them allegedly
armed with a handgun,
approached the resident and
demanded cash. The culprits
robbed the man of an unde-
termined amount of money
and fled the area on foot ina
southern direction.

¢ A SEARCH BY Central
Detective Unit officers of a
home on Knowles Drive, off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway, turned up 2 1/2 Ibs
of suspected marijuana and a
small amount of hash oil.
The police officers executed
the search warrant at around
4am yesterday. Two men,
aged 48 and 16, along with a
37-year-old woman were tak-
en into police custody in con-
nection with the matter.

¢ WHILE ON ROUTINE PATROL
in the Mount Royal Avenue
area yesterday morning, offi-
cers of the Mobile Division
observed a man acting suspi-
cious. The officers were in
the vicinity of Kenwood
Street when they stopped
and searched him. The man,
a 17-year-old resident of
Hampton Street, had a small
amount of suspected cocaine
on him. He was taken into
custody.

¢ CRIME WATCH MEETING:
OFFICERS of the South-
western Division are hosting
a crime watch meeting for
Coral Harbour residents
tonight at 5pm. The venue is
the Noni Café in the Coral
Harbour Shopping Centre.

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Emory University nurses

experience rewarding
visit to South Eleuthera

NURSE Kelly laughs with a senior.

Bahamas Ambassador a featured guest on Washington

BY KHYLE QUINCY
PARKER

Press Attaché

Embassy of The Bahamas

WASHINGTON, DC —

B ahamas Ambassador
to the United States
Cornelius A Smith was a fea-
tured guest on the Washington,
DC, radio programme “Let’s
Get It On” last week.

He talked about how the
Bahamas was responding to
changes in the international
financial regulatory regime, and
how the Caribbean ‘Diaspora’
in the DC area was responding
to the crisis in Haiti.

The show, hosted by Warren
Powell and sponsored by the



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National Alliance of Postal and
Federal Employees, aired
online and over a local AM
radio station. The programme
is broadcast throughout the US
and in seven countries around
the world.

On Financial Services

On the question of how the
recent focus of US and other
world authorities on offshore
financial jurisdictions has affect-
ed the financial services indus-
try in The Bahamas, Ambas-
sador Smith pointed out that
every offshore financial services
centre has been affected “one
way or the other.”

“The Bahamas has certainly
been affected, but not to that
great an extent,” Mr Smith said.

TARPUM Bay, Eleuthera -
A partnership between Island
Journeys, the Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing at
Emory University in Atlanta,
Georgia and the Ministry of
Public Health earlier this year
has proven to be beneficial
once again.

A group of nine nurses and
three faculty members from
Emory visited South Eleuthera
for a one-week trip of service
learning activities that would
change their lives and also pos-
itively impact the residents.
Strategies included giving sup-
port to the local nurses on the
island, sharing information with
the residents, holding public
health campaigns and dis-
cussing the possibility of devel-
oping a more comprehensive
health care system.

Island Journeys not only
arranged interesting work expe-
riences but also tourist related
outings that left a lasting
impression. One such unique
journey included a trip to Ban-
nerman Town in South
Eleuthera that even many
Bahamians have not experi-
enced.

For the past seven years the
Emory nurses, which include
first year and up to graduate
programme students, have vis-
ited Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay,
Palmetto Point, Governor’s
Harbour and other settlements.

“The Bahamas has been
involved in the financial ser-
vices sector since the mid-1950s,
so we are a very matured juris-
diction.

“We have always prided our-
selves that we were not — and
we still are not — a tax haven.

“(We are), rather, a financial
services jurisdiction which lives
up to all of our international
obligations in terms of regula-
tory affairs, and in terms of
ensuring that persons who
come and put their money in
The Bahamas (are not putting)
money that was supposed to be
paid as taxes to the countries
from which they have come,
but (rather that the monies they
are putting into our jurisdiction
are legitimate investments).”

He noted the retooling of the
regulatory regime overseeing
the financial services sector of
the economy of The Bahamas
in 2000, in response to the

NURSE Janet takes a clinic patient’s pressure.

Besides the cross-training
exercises, successful initiatives
have been implemented in clin-
ics, schools and home and the
visiting nurses have had a dose
of reality of what life is like for
an island nurse who is some-
times on call, 24/7. As first time
visitor Azmina Babwani recog-
nised, “Nurses on the island
have more extensive duties.”

Vocations

Shared vocations are impor-
tant and Island Journey’s direc-
tor Shaun Ingraham stressed
that the ultimate goal of the
nurses’ visit is the partnership
and the training that can be
completed right in Eleuthera.
Registered nurse Bianca
Edwards is now confident that
she will pursue a Masters
Degree after discussions with
one of the Emory nurses who is
in a Masters programme, and
Rock Sound Clinic nurse Vel-

implementation of more strin-
gent standards by countries in
the Organisation for Economic
Cooperation and Development
(OECD).

“Once we met those stan-
dards,” Mr Smith said, “one of
the first countries we signed a
Tax Information Exchange
Agreement (TIEA) with was
the United States.”

The ambassador stressed the
positive working relationship
between the regulatory agen-
cies of the US and The
Bahamas, but pointed out that
relatively recently, the OECD
countries — including the US —
had once again “changed the
rules.”

“They have moved the goal-
post,” he said.

Mr Smith explained that the
OECD now requires that in
addition to meeting the previ-
ous standard, countries must
now also sign TIEAs with 12

ma Dorsett is planning her
Emory trip for later this year.

For visiting nurse Janet Sack-
ey the Eleuthera journey was
her first service trip and her
first time to the Bahamas.

Her group promoted healthy
living and lifestyles and taught
seven different classes to junior
and senior high students at var-
ious schools. “Our classes
included hygiene, drugs and
conflict resolution, clinics and a
health fair. I loved my visit and
the spirit of the people is a tes-
tament to the people and we
enjoyed ourselves,” she said.

Group leader Corrine Abra-
ham who is head of Interna-
tional Service Learning at the
School of Nursing shared her
delight with their work and
complimented their partnership
with Island Journeys.

“Last year at the Rock
Sound Clinic, there were 27
registered ante-natal patients
and the women were healthy
18- to 25-year-olds. Over the



past five years, the pregnancy
rate has slightly increased but
not significantly in teens which
leads us to believe that our edu-
cation programmes have
helped.”

Ms Abraham explained that
they are only in the community
for five days and it is fascinating
when things are put into per-
spective.

“This programme is so rich
and in returning you get to see
the impact of the initiatives that
were implemented and to see
people leading more healthy
lifestyles. The teamwork
between Emory, Island Jour-
neys, the Ministry of Health
and the community is truly
remarkable,” she said.

“The Emory nursing pro-
gram in Eleuthera isn’t just
about projects, it’s about a long-
term commitment and rela-
tionship,” said Ian Carey of
Island Journeys who headed up
the logistics and supplies for
the group.



DC talk radio programme

other countries. He said that
The Bahamas would have
signed 17 TIEAs by the March
30 deadline.

“So we will meet the stan-
dard, and exceed the standard,
but one of the things that Iam
concerned about is that we just
want a level playing field — that
every country ought to meet
the same standard. What you
require of us, you are to require
of everybody else.”

On Caribbean
‘Diaspora’

Mr Smith noted that
Caribbean nationals have, since
the 1940s, migrated in large
numbers to the US. In fact, he
quipped that there might be as
many Caribbean nationals liv-
ing in the US as there are living
in the Caribbean.

The reasons for this migra-
tion, he said, include labour — as

during “the Contract,” for
example, when thousands of
Caribbean nationals migrated
to the US as labourers in the
agricultural sector — coupled
with education and other moti-
vators.

Mr Smith said the entire
region was concerned about the
catastrophic earthquake that
killed hundreds of thousands
and displaced more than a mil-
lion in Haiti on January 12.

In response to the tremen-
dous need, many people of
Caribbean heritage intended to
meet during March 2010 to find
ways to help, in terms of skills
that may be needed, funds that
could be raised, and a network
to ensure that both the skills
and the funds reach the need.

“It provides a real opportu-
nity for us to realise how inter-
connected we are,” he said,
“and how we are all our broth-
ers’ keeper.”

PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, SHARI ELIZABETH
JANINE QUANT of NASSAU, BAHAMAS, intend to change
my name child’s name from SAPHIRRE KIARA FAITH
CLEARE to SAPHIRRE KIARA FAITH FERGUSON. If there
are any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll,
you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

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11:30am Speaker

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Public Works and Transport

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(BIS photo/Simon Lewis)
MINISTER for Public Works and Transport Neko Grant is pic-
tured behind the wheel of a driving simulator during the gradu-
ation exercise for 11 students that participated in the Safe Dri-
ving Simulator Programme. Several of the students and organ-
isers are pictured looking on. Also pictured at right is the Mem-
ber of Parliament for Pineridge and Deputy Speaker of the
House of Assembly Quasi Thompson, and the Member of Par-
liament for the Eight Mile Rock Constituency Vernae Grant.

BY SIMON LEWIS

FREEPORT - Minister for Public Works and Transport
Neko Grant said his ministry has heightened its campaign
promoting road safety the Bahamas.

Mr Grant’s comments came during the inaugural gradua-
tion ceremony for the Safe Driving Simulator Programme, an
initiative of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Pharma-
Chem Technologies, on Thursday.

Eleven senior high school students from Sir Jack Hayward
High School, St Georges High and Eight Mile Rock High
School participated in the initial programme, which also had
the cooperation of the Road Traffic Department and the
Ministry of Education.

Mr Grant said the Road Traffic Department will continue
to partner with others in advancing public education pro-
grammes to promote road safety.

“Tt allows our message of road safety to reach many more
individuals,” he said.”

“Tt allows us to gain greater insight into the context in
which motor vehicle collisions occur, thereby allowing us to
target our efforts from public education to road network
design with greater precision, and it contributes to the overall
effectiveness and sustainability of the various programs that
are implemented.”

Mr Grant noted that during the past year, particular
emphasis has been placed on increasing awareness of the
highway code.

“We have also continued to remind the public of risks to
safe driving that includes failure to use seat belts and car
seats, excessive speed, impairment as a result alcohol con-
sumption, and distraction as a result of cellular phone use.

“Tt is against this background that we welcome this pro-
gramme that assists students at this early age in acquiring the
skills to make good decisions regarding road use before their
first encounter on the streets as licensed driver.”

Prevention

Mr Grant said the programme also complements the
efforts of the Road Traffic Department of the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport in the promotion of road safety
and prevention of traffic related injuries and death.

He told graduates that after completing the Safe Driving
Simulator Programme they would soon be of the verge of
achieving another of many milestones in their life, a driver’s
license, after practical instructions and examination.

“T would remind you that along with a driver’s license
comes much responsibility. It is therefore my hope that as
graduates of this course and as future motor vehicle drivers,

Bahamas and Belize working together
to address lionfish in marine waters

IN an effort to address the
threats of lionfish throughout
the Caribbean, the Depart-
ment of Marine Resources
(DMR) and The Nature Con-
servancy (TNC) in the
Bahamas collaborated with
Ecomar, a non-profit envi-
ronmental organisation based
in Belize to conduct a two-
day exchange training exer-
cise in New Providence on
lionfish safe capture and han-
dling techniques for both
Belize and Bahamian fisher-
men.

Lionfish initiatives have
been a priority in Belize since
their first sighting in 2008.

Fortunately for them they
have not yet seen tremen-
dously high numbers or large
sizes.

Their goal therefore is to
address this problem now.
These efforts come following
the Bahamas’ launch of a
regional project entitled “Mit-
igating the Threats of Inva-
sive Alien Species in the Insu-
lar Caribbean” in which the
Bahamas will take a local and
regional research, training and
management approach to the
lionfish invasion.

Exchange

Last month, the DMR and
TNC conducted a lionfish
exchange workshop with per-
sons from Belize including
their local fishermen, one of
the government’s protected
area managers and a repre-
sentative from Ecomar to
help address the “coming of
the lionfish” in Belize.

Valentine Rosado of Eco-
mar and Isaias Majil, the pro-
tected area manager, spoke
about some of the efforts
being conducted in Belize to
address the lionfish invasion
and the need to increase both
their community outreach and
capturing of lionfish efforts.

Lakeshia Anderson and
Jared Dillet, assistant fisheries
officers at DMR, who have
been conducting efforts to

PHOTOS 4A, B and C: ARMANDO Ramirez, vice-president of Rio Grande Fishermen Producers
Cooperative; Felicity Burrows of TNC and Frederick Arnett Il of DMR.

(Photo by Felicity Burrows, TNC, and Jared Dillet, DMR)



combat lionfish in Bahamian
marine waters discussed at the
meeting the development of
the Bahamas’ National Lion-
fish Response Plan (accessi-
ble online at
www.bahamas.qov.bs) which
includes communication and
community outreach strate-
gies, and methods of captur-
ing, handling and preparing
lionfish for consumption.
During the workshop, the
Belize participants, represen-
tatives from DMR, the TNC,
the Bahamas National Trust

and a local fisherman also had
an opportunity to practice
those lionfish capturing and
handling methods in the field.

Fishermen Garth
Longsworth said, “I have nev-
er seen lionfish so big in open
waters before.”

On the second day of the
exchange, the Belize partici-
pants along with representa-
tives from DMR and TNC
participated in lionfish prepa-
ration methods for consump-
tion at the Agriculture and
Marine Resources Expo on

Gladstone Road. Participants
demonstrated and learned
how to properly handle, clean,
fillet and cook lionfish.

Additionally, persons had
an opportunity to taste the
lionfish once cooked.

Many were stunned at how
tasty the fish are once prop-
erly prepared.

In addition to the lionfish
exchange activities, Caswelt
Mounts from DMR and Felic-
ity Burrows accompanied the
Belize participants on a tour
of Tropic Seafood and Par-

adise Fisheries where they
had the opportunity to talk
with persons regarding the
lobster fisheries industry in
the Bahamas.

They also visited the Pot-
ter’s Cay dock and Montague
ramp and spoke with local
fishermen about the
Bahamas’ fisheries in general.

Mr Majil said he was glad
that the fishermen from
Belize had an opportunity to
see how productive the lob-
ster market is in the Bahamas.

you will always remember to apply the lessons learnt in your
travel on our streets and highways.

“Furthermore, it is my hope that as graduates of this
course, that you will share your knowledge with friends and
family members bearing in mind that it is only through a
united effort that we will reduce the number of road traffic
related injuries and deaths in the Bahamas,” he said.

The issue of young persons and road safety is widely dis-
cussed at the national and international level, Mr Grant
explained.

“This is due to the prevalence of road traffic injuries and
death in this age group.”

Mr Grant said the World Health Organisation lists road
traffic injuries as the leading cause of death globally among
persons 15 to 19 years old, and it also lists injuries as the sec-
ond leading cause of death globally among persons 10 to 14
years old and 20 to 24 years old.

In the Bahamas from a general perspective, road traffic
injuries and road traffic deaths remain a source of concern
for the country, he said.

Within the last two years, young persons under 26 have
accounted for 50 per cent of all road traffic deaths.

Further statistics reveal that during 2008, 45 traffic fatali-
ties took place of which 22 were person 0 to 25-years-old, Mr
Grant said.

During the past year, some 56 traffic fatalities were record-
ed and 29 of those involved persons 0 to 25 years old.

The minister thanked Pietro Stefanutti, president of Phar-
maChem Technologies, for initiating the project and the
Grand Bahama Port Authority for its support.

Mr Stefanutti’s son was killed in a traffic accident a few
years ago and he wanted to do something in memory of his
son.



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Our heartache over

‘cold case’ murders

FROM page one

daddy, crying daily, because we
have no resolution. It has been
heartwrenching for our family.
Two years has gone by and nothing
has been said to us, no one has
come forward to say anything.

“Tf anyone out there has any
information, please come forward
so we can be at peace,” said Mrs
Thurston, as she fought back tears.

Janet Williams, sister of 37-year-
old Sgt Kevin Williams said that
what is hardest for her family is
the feeling that there are people
out there who are withholding the
critical information that could lead
to the arrest and conviction of the
person who killed her brother.

“Tf you know absolutely any-
thing that would lead to anything
— the questioning or conviction
of the person involved — please
come forward. I have nephews, two
sons and two nieces who don’t
know their uncle because they
came after he died. What is a
shame is to see that there are peo-
ple out there who know, but
because it didn’t happen to them,
they couldn’t care less. That’s a
real shame. Then when it happens
to them they want everybody and
their mama to help them. I’m ask-
ing you, as a sister, as a mother,
do please assist not just our family
to solve this murder, but all those
other families out there who want
closure on their family member,”
she said.

Supt Dean said that under the
leadership of recently-appointed
Commissioner Ellison Greenslade
the police force has been “re-ener-
gised” in its fight against crime.

“What we are embarking on is
looking at all of our files that we
consider cold case files. We are
looking particularly at our homi-
cides where we’ve reached a dead
end in our investigations and need
public assistance to solve these
matters.

“Using the media and with the

families of some murder victims,
we are here today to plead with
members of the public that if they
have information on the murders
we have highlighted today, to
please contact us.

“We know based on our
inquiries into these matters that
there are persons out there who
have information on these homi-
cides. We have to go back to that
time when we were our neighbours
keepers. We are pleading with you,
if you have the information, bring
it in. This is no time to be protect-
ing a loved one, a brother, a friend.
We are saying to you we are seri-
ous about getting these perpetra-
tors off the streets and the police
will not stop until we have all of
them in custody.”

The NCPO Director said the
cases that the force was choosing to
highlight yesterday all involved a
similar “modus operandi”, with the
victims being shot dead after a
door was kicked in.

“Families who may be watching,
who may be wondering why police
have not called them — everyone
will be called in. We’ll be looking at
every unsolved homicide. This is
just the beginning,” Supt Dean
added. He assured those who may
have tips to offer on the cases that
their identities will be held in the
strictest of confidence.

The outstanding cases highlight-
ed yesterday were: Quincy Hamil-
ton (killed 19/9/2009, Pinewood
Gardens area), Genevieve
Thurston and Lynden Pratt (dou-
ble homicide on Sequoia Street,
26/1/2008), Avery Humes
(5/1/2008, Prince Charles area),
Marvin Seymour (22/1/2008, South
Beach area), Daryl Saunders
(17/9/2008, Marshall Road area),
Romell Dames (former police offi-
cer, 17/10/2008, Garden Hills area),
Jacoby Thurston (1/3/2008, South
Beach area), and Sergeant Kevin
Williams (15/5/2001, Fox Hill area).

Members of the public can call
the police on 328-TIPS or 502 9978.

FROM page one

When Mr Bethel took the stand, attor-
ney David Higgins who represents him
and Returning Officer Jack Thompson,
read his affidavit into the court’s record.
Mr Davis then began his cross-examina-
tion of Mr Bethel. During the cross-
examination, Mr Bethel admitted that a
part of his duty was to verify whether
persons whose names appeared on the
register were in fact there. He said that
his duties were to advise persons of the
fact that they were not on the register if
it came to his attention. Those notices
he said could be sent to their addresses.

Letters are being used to identify the
voters whose votes are being protested in
the proceedings — in order to protect
their identity. Mr Davis pointed out that
the issue with Voter A was over two dif-
ferent listed addresses.

Mr Davis noted that the voter had
one address that would put the voter in
the Fox Hill Constituency and another
that would put the voter in the Eliza-
beth constituency. He noted that on the
voter’s card the word Elizabeth was writ-
ten over Fox Hill. Mr Bethel said that
Fox Hill had been stamped over Eliza-
beth. He said that Fox Hill had been
stamped there just prior to the May 2007
general elections. Polling division 12 is
now in Fox Hill he said. The other listed
address for the voter was South Pine
Barren Road, West Barn Close. Mr

FROM page one

event. The competition was launched
in October by the Bahamas Tourist
Office in London, in cooperation with
the British National Film and Television
School and British Airways. Its aim was
to promote the diversity of the Bahamas
on an international scale comparable
with the Miss Universe Pageant held at
the Atlantis hotel in August last year.

Director of Tourism Vernice Walkine
said: “The Ministry of Tourism is always
seeking to use effective media to advance
the reputation of our country and
enhance our profile as a vacation desti-
nation of choice.

“Here is our chance, as Bahamians,
to help UK filmmakers make the best
possible film about the islands on which
we live, showing the people of the UK
why they should visit our islands.”

The 14 films tell unique stories set
entirely on the island locations, show-
casing the features of the individual
islands through documentary, comedy

Election court

Davis pointed out that according to the
voter’s card, voter A was in Elizabeth
polling division 4. He pointed out that the
voter had voted in May 2007 and in the
same constituency in February 2010. Mr
Bethel said he could not confirm which
was the correct address. He accepted Mr
Davis’ suggestion that the register had to
be corrected or voter’s card cancelled
and a new one issued in this case.

In relation to a voter identified as vot-
er C, the issue arose as to what appeared
on the counterfoil relative to the voter’s
date of birth. It was revealed that the
date of birth listed on the register was dif-
ferent than that listed on the counter-
foil. Mr Bethel admitted that the error
was on the counterfoil. In relation to a
voter identified as voter E who appeared
in polling division 8, Mr Bethel pointed
out that the discrepancy over the omis-
sion of Alligator Close to the voter’s
address listed on the register was because
the computer could only take so many
characters. The voter’s full address would
have read South Sandilands Road, West
Fox Hill Road, Alligator Close.

In relation to voter D who voted in
polling division 7, Mr Davis noted that in
the constituency column, the word Eliz-
abeth had been there but was crossed
out and replaced with Yamacraw. He

Movies set in Bahamas

or action films. Bahamians were invited
to participate as actors and island envoys
to the visiting filmmakers, but the fact
local filmmakers were not allowed to
participate angered some in the local arts
community.

Around a dozen Bahamian artists
insulted by the support of foreign talent
over local filmmakers staged a protest
outside the Ministry of Tourism office
in George Street on February 4.

And Bahamas Film Festival founder
and director Celi Moss intends to fea-
ture the protest in his upcoming docu-
mentary about the lack of support for
Bahamian artists at home.

In addition to showing how the 14
Island Film Challenge excludes Bahami-
an filmmakers while promoting British
talent, the writer and director of ‘Balls
Alley’ intends to show how Oscar-win-
ning Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier has
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sion column; seven was marked out and
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ber 23, 2005 and had been placed in the
Yamacraw constituency, polling division
6. Mr Bethel, however, told the court
that he had never encountered the voter.

The election court hearing is expected
to resume on Monday at 10.30 am. Dr
Sands’ legal team is expected and attor-
neys for Mr Bethel and Returning Offi-
cer Jack Thompson are expected to begin
their cross-examination.

while Hollywood success Tyler Perry’s
films are praised by the Ministry of
Tourism over local talent.

He said: “We are always looking for
other persons to promote our country
for us rather than using Bahamian peo-
ple. “We have a lot of talent here, and
we don't expect the government to
finance our films, but at the same time we
don't expect them to launch other peo-
ple's careers.

“Bahamians are being overlooked as
part of our overall mindset, and that has
to change. There is no Bahamian inclu-
sion to take us to the next level,” Mr
Moss said. “Instead of creating more
Tyler Perrys we are giving the opportu-
nities to foreign filmmakers and I think
it’s very hypocriticial.”

To see the 14 films set in New Provi-
dence, Andros, Crooked Island, Abaco,
Eleuthera, Mayaguana, Exuma, Inagua,
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

CHRIS ‘Fireman’ Brown
was the first Bahamian to
secure his berth in the final
of an event at the 12th IAAF
World Indoor Championships
in Doha, Qatar.

On the first of the three day
championships yesterday that
featured all of the Bahamians
in their individual events,
Brown survived the first two
rounds of the men’s 400
metres.

Coming back in the final
event during the evening ses-
sion, Brown clocked 46.64
seconds to win the last of two
semifinals to post the fourth
best qualifying time.

In the final today, Brown
will run out of lane five. He
will be sandwiched between
a pair of Americans, (lane
four) Jamaal Torrence, the
second place finisher in his
heat in 46.69 and (lane six)
Bershawn Jackson, the win-
ner of heat one in 46.13.

Michael Marthieu, the oth-
er Bahamian entered in the
two lap race on the 200
metres track, ran out of lane
one in the first heat, but his

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fifth place time of 47.09 didn’t
get him into the final.

During the first round in
the morning session, Mathieu
qualified for the semi’s after
he finished second in the first
heat in 47.10 behind Russian
Dmitry Buryak, the winner in
47.03.

Brown easily won the last
of the five heats in 46.95, fol-
lowed by Russian Denis
Alekseyev in 47.18.

Also today, Rodney Green
will run out of lane three in
the last of three semi’s in the
men’s 60 metres where the
first two of each heat plus the
two fastest times will advance
to the final today as well.

Green emerged out of the
fourth of seven heats with a
second place finish in 6.73 as
he trailed American Mike
Rodgers, the winner in 6.69.

The men’s 4 x 400 relay
team, comprising of Brown,
Mathieu, Andretti Bain,
La’Sean Pickstock and Juan
Lewis will run out of the last
of two heats today.

They are in lane five with
Poland in four and Belgium
in six. Russia is in one, France
in two and Botswena in three.
Jamaica and the United States
will run out of lanes five and

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six respectively in the first
heat.

The first two finishers of
each heat plus the two fastest
times will advance to Sun-
day’s grand finale.

Also on Sunday, two other
athletes will attempt to reach
the final of their respective
events.

First up will be veteran
sprinter Chandra Sturrup in
the women’s 60 semifinal.

Sturrup will run out of lane
six in the second of three
heats along side Olesya Povh
of Ukraine in lane four and
American Mikele Barber in
lane six.

Jamaican Veronica Camp-
bell-Brown, back from an
injury season last year, heads
heat one in lane five and
American Carmelita Jeter in
lane three in the third heat.

In yesterday’s heats, Stur-
rup was second in 7.22 behind
Campbell-Brown, who won
the second of five heats in
7.21. LaVerne Jones-Ferrette
of the Virgin Islands had the
fastest qualifying time in win-
ning heat three in 7.14.

In other results from yes-
terday, Christine Amertil fell
short of advancing to the
women’s 400 final and both







OFFICIALS stand in the arena as preparations are made for the World Indoor Athletics Champi-
onships in Doha Qatar Tuesday March 9. 2010. The championships begin on Friday March 12, 2010.

Donald Thomas and Trevor
Barry didn’t make it out of
the men’s high jump qualify-
ing round.

Although she turned in a
season’s best of 52.36, it was
only good enough for a fourth
place in the first of the two
women’s 400 semi’s.

The first three finishers
advanced to the final that saw
Aliann Pompey of Guyana

clinch the third and final spot
in the heat in 52.59.

Russian Tatyana Firova
won the race in 51.36.

As the first Bahamian to
compete in the first event yes-
terday, Amertil posted 52.50
for second place behind
American Debbie Dunn
(52.24) to move onto the
sem1’s.

And in the men’s high

jump, Barry produced a sea-
son’s best of 2.23 metres or
7-feet, 4-inches and Thomas
did 2.18m or 7-2 for 11th and
15th respectively.

Neither marks were good
enough to crack the top eight
for the final. The last qualifier
was American Dusty Jonas
with 2.26m or 7-5. The first
qualifier was Russian Ivan
Ukhov with 2.29m or 7-6 1/4.



BLTA release
names of
national teams

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association has
released the names of some
of its national teams, a num-
ber of parents questioned why
some of the top players are
not included.

For the Fed Cup, the
female version of the men’s
Davis Cup, the team will be
comprised of Kerrie
Cartwright, Simone Pratt and
Gabrielle Moxey.

The team will be coached
by Paula Whitfield, assisted
by Dr. Ella Strachan.

They will travel to Ecuador
where they will join 11 other
countries in two pools. Those
countries are Bermuda, Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Hon-
duras, Jamaica, Mexico, Pana-
ma, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago.

A number of persons with-
in the BLTA have questioned
why the top two female play-
ers in the country, Nikkita
Fountain and Larika Russell
from Grand Bahama have not
been included on the team.

“Nikkita and Larika are
both on government subven-
tion, yet they are being asked
to sit home and watch the
Bahamas embarrassed at

an elite event,” the parents
wrote in a letter to the media.

“A parent who is a board
member is also named as a
manager of the team which
could worsen an already bad
situation. The coaches and
managers selected for the
teams are also interesting and
potentially harmful.

“Shouldn’t the Bahamas
send certified coaches with
our teams who would be able
to assist players with their
overall development and
team strategy during matches.
Does the BLTA wish for the
Bahamas to do well or fail
before even traveling to the
events?”

In trying to explain what
transpired, BLTA president
Steve Turnquest said both
Fountain and Russell knew

exactly what they had to do

and neither of them did it.

“We had an end of the year }
tournament for the top eight
players and it was mandatory
that they show up and com-
pete and we select the team }

from there,” Turnquest said.

“But they didn’t show. In }
fact, Larika didn’t show up i
for the last two years. She did- i
n’t call to say why. She didn’t }
say anything to the tourna- }
ment director (Mickey)

Williams.”

Turnquest said since taking
over as president, his admin-
istration have put the criteria i
in place for those players who
are eligible for national team }

selection.

“We just don’t want any- }
body to assume that because
I’m the number one player,
I’m automatically on the team }
and you do it at the expense

Scotiabank National Track and Field
Championships coming to a close

included Simone Pratt, one of
our traveling junior players.

of some other player who is
willing and trying to move
on,” Turnquest pointed out.
“The girls who played in
the end of the year tourna-
ment, we considered them.
One of the girls who made it,
she couldn’t go because of
college classes. That’s why we

She just turned 14, so we gave }

her the opportunity.”

The parents, however, also :

: By BRENT STUBBS
: Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

questioned why Pratt was not }

named to the World Junior

Cup team.

e That team comprises of :

the following:

Girl’s Under 14 — Gabriela }
Bowe, Grand Bahama - }
Catholic High; Erin Strachan, }
N.P. — Queen’s College and

Dominique Mortier, N.P. —
Kingsway.

Boy’s Under 14 — Phillip :
Major, Andros - North }
Andros High; Treajh Fergu- }
son, N.P. - NCA and Justin

Roberts, N.P.

Artie Johnson of Eleuthra
will travel as the coach. He
will be assisted by Alexandria }

Bowe of Grand Bahama.

Turnquest said they made }
every effort to select the best }
team possible, based on the
performances of the players i

in the local tournaments.

INSIGHT

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read Insight on Mondays

AS the Bahamas Association of Ath-
? letic Associations’ Scotiabank National
Track and Field Championships wind
? down, president Mike Sands said he’s
been very pleased with what he has seen
so far.

The championships got started on
Thursday and will wrap up this afternoon
? at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and
i Field Stadium, starting at noon.

“[’m very encouraged with the enthu-
siasm and the amount of athletes partici-
pating,” Sands said. “I’m particularly
pleased with the record number of Fami-
: ly Island schools participating as well.

“The competition is very keen and
some of the times were not what we
expected and we can attribute that to the
? weather that we are having. But it tells me
i that the future of track and field is very
bright.”

Although there are no participation
from Grand Bahama as the athletes are
i competing in their High School Track and
i Field Championships this weekend as
i well, Sands said they their initiation of the
i bantam (13 years and under division) has
i created a lot of excitement in the meet.

i Both the Nationals here and the cham-
i pionships in Grand Bahama serves a qual-
i ifier for the Carifta Games that is sched-
i uled for the Easter holiday weekend in the
i Cayman Islands.

i The final trials where the athletes have
? Grand Bahama are expected to partici-

pate is scheduled for the weekend of April
8-9 at the TAR Stadium.

Additionally, Sands said they have pro-
vided some incentive for this year’s cham-
pionship where some of the top relay
teams will get a chance to travel to
Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious
Penn Relays, scheduled for April 28-30.

“A number of coaches are looking for-
ward to it,” Sands said. “I had a discussion
with the Family Island coaches last night
and my friends from Moores Island said
they are already packing their bags
because they know they will have some of
their teams going to the Penn Relays.”

Sands said he was encouraged to watch
the senior boys’ 100 metre final on Thurs-
day night where there was five represen-
tatives from the Family Islands with two
coming from Moores Island.

The race was won by Trevor Mackey of
Dorish Johnson in 11.09 seconds, followed
by Laron Hield of Moores Island in 11.26.
Shawn Moss of Central Eleuthera took
third in 11.42.

The under-20 girls 100 was won by
V’Alonee Robinson of St. Augustine’s
College in 12.23. Goria Ferguson of LNC
in 12.47 with SAC’s Anthonique Strachan
third in 12.76.

Anthony Farrington of CV Bethel took
the under-17 boys 100 in 11.21. Teran
Adderley of Queen’s College was second
in 11.46 and Toriano Adderley of ARH
was third in 11.52.

Marva Etienne of CR Walker emerged
as the uinder-17 girls champion in 12.45.
Devynne Charlton of SAC was second in
12.63 with Gregina Higgs of CV Bethel



third in 12.91.

Lorman Johnson of AF Adderley was
the winner of the under-15 boys 100 in
11.70. Todd Isaacs of SAC got second in
12.12 and Wray Stubbs of ZCS came in
third in 12.18.

SAC’s Makeya White took the under-
15 girls century in 12.99, followed by
Camisha Mis sick in 13.19 and Faythe
Miller of Queen’s College in 13.36.

Winning the under-13 boys straight
away race was Kirby Albury of SWAA in
13.60. Jameiko Rolle of SC McPherson
was second in 13.70 and Sahthorne
Williams of LW Young got third in 13.73.

And in the under-13 girls division, the
winner was Asia Butler of SAC in 13.31,
just ahead of her team-mate Taj Dorsett
(13.68). Ronika Major of NGM was third
in 14.11.

¢ Results of some of the field events
contested earlier yesterday are as follows:

Under-13 boys high jump — Cameron
Oliver of CH Reeves, 1.45 metres or 4-
feet, 9-inches; Adrian Thompson of TA
Thompson, 1.42m or 4-7 3/4 and Stephon
Augustine of CH Reeves, 1.27m or 4-2.

Under-17 girls shot put — Shaunae
Miller of SAC, 10.19m or 33-5 1/4; Pre-
cious Aranha of CI Gibson, 9.64m or 31-
7 1/2 and Kadia Johnson of HO Nash,
9.02m or 29-7 1/4.

Under-15 girls discus — Brashe Wood of
SAC, 28.28m or 92-9; Terrannise Taylor
of SC Bootle, 25.55m or 83-10 and
Astarzia Walker of Spanish Wells, 23.35m
or 76-7.

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