N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.195WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNYWITH T-STORM HIGH 92F LOW 80F By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org REPEATED efforts to address the countrys immi-g ration problems were blocked by the man him self, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, claimed BranvilleM cCartney, leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA Mr McCartney said he resigned as Minister of State for Immigration after Prime Minister Ingraham told him on repeated occasions that h is efforts amounted to grand-standing. Mr Ingraham could not be reached for comment. When I resigned I said my hands are tied. We are being stagnated. My hands are tied. Those are the words I used. When you have persons telling you, no one told youto do this; you did not get my permission to do that. When you have persons ahead of you telling you that, TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 242.394.4111 www.bahamahandprints.com Located on Ernest & Mackey Streets Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm THE NEW BAG COLLECTION IS HERE!STOP BY THE BOUTIQUE & CHOOSE FROM SEVERALNEW STYLES, NEW PRINTS & NEW COLOUR COMBINATIONS READJOHNMARQUISTODAY ONTHELEADERSHIPOFTHEPLP SEEPAGESIX TOMORROW Bran:why I quit my job at Immigration DRUG DEALERS BURNED BODY FOUND IN CAR CONVICTED drug dealer Teron F owler was the man found dead inside his burned out car on Hanna Road, according to a number of police sources. F owler was at the centre of the infam ous Cabinet fight between former Pro gressive Liberal Party Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson and then PLP Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith. T he married father-of-two was released from prison last December after serving a drug-related sentence. F owler was shot a number of times b efore his car was set afire, said police. DNAleader claims his plans w er e b loc k ed by PM SEE page eight By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net SILT run-off from the Baha Mar construction site has seeped into a fresh water pond near Ruby Avenue. Heavy rain last week Thursday forced sedi ment through silt tents that construction workers had put in place to mitigate against contamination of the wet land, said Robert Sands, senior vice-president of governmental and exter nal affairs at Baha Mar. Mr Sands said the company was alerted about the incident by Cable Beach area residents and quickly took SEE page nine SIL T RUN-OFF FROM BAHA MAR PROJECT SEEPS INTO POND A THIN FILM o f suspected sediment was visible on turtles swimming (right in the fresh water pond near Ruby Avenue (above Felip Major / Tribune staff By SANCHESKA BROWN DESPITE numerous complaints from the Bahamian public, US Embassy officials say they are still not accommodating any tourist visas at this time. Last week, the embassy said due to the large number of students attempting to go back to school in the next two months, college students will get first priority when it comes to visas. Since this announcement, Bahamians have called The Tribune to voice their concern. One woman said: I already paid for my By SANCHESKA BROWN AN ELDERLY woman is fighting the Bahamas Electricity Corporation for com pensation after a power surge two years ago destroyed nearly $3,000 worth of appliances in her home. Pensioner Rosena Johnson, 84, says in 2009, BEC employees were trimming trees in her neighbourhood when one of the trees fell on a power line. The impact caused a power surge that not only turned off her electricity but fried all of her appliances, including a refrig US EMBASSY STILL NOT ISSUING T OURIS T VISAS DESPITE COMPLAINTS SEE page nine SEE page eight WOMAN FIGHTS BEC FOR COMPENSATION AFTER $3,000 SURGE DAMAGE SOME Harbour Island residents were without power for 13 hours yesterday, after a lightning storm knocked out power on the island. Residents complained of an electrical crisis because of damaged lines linking the island and Eleuthera. The problem SEE page nine HARBOUR ISLAND RESIDENTS CL AIM ELECTRIC AL CRISIS SEE page nine
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE NATIONAL YOUTH CHOIR toured Cuba this year. One of the highl ights was a performance at the residence of the Ambassador to the Bahamas in Cuba. It also performed at the Milanes Theatre in Pinar Del Rio city and the theatre San Jose de Las Lajas. The final performance wasa t Cathedral Square with the Cuban National Choir. TOURS D o n a l d K n o w l e s / C h o i r P h o t o g r a p h e r THENATIONALYOUTH CHOIR
By LAMECH JOHNSON A WOMAN appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday to face allegations that she stole from five individuals. Melissa Deal, 30, of Lumum ba Lane was arraigned before Magistrate Derrence RolleDavis in Court 5, Bank Lane, charged with committing fraud under false pretenses, breach of trust, and stealing by reason of service. The alleged victims are Marvin Archer, Felonie Shepherd, Idamae Russell, Adam McSweeney and Edison Mackey. It is alleged that between Fri day, August 7, 2008 and Friday, March 19, 2010, Ms Deal stole $4,400 from Marvin Archer under false pretenses and as a result breach of trust. It is alleged that Deal stole $4,400 from Felonie Shepherd between Thursday, September 18, 2008 and Friday, March 9, 2011. In the matter involving Idamae Russell, it is alleged that the accused stole $6,000 from her between October 7, 2008 and March 22, 2010. It is alleged that Deal stole $4,000 from Adam McSweeny between April 30, 2008 and August 27, 2008. She is also accused of stealing $4,350 from Edison Mackey between May 20 and May 30, 2008. Deal, who is a mother of six, was not required to enter a plea in any of the five matters. A preliminary inquiry will be held to determine if their is sufficient evidence for the cases to be heard in the Supreme Court. She was not allowed bail as she was already on bail in connection with other matters. Magistrate Rolle-Davis remanded her to Her Majestys Prison until July 26. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, PAGE 3 OFFICERS of the S outhwestern Division discovered a marijuana field on Cowpen Road and arrested five people in connection with severalb reak-ins and armed robb eries during a special operation. The mission was part of the division's ongoing efforts to send a clear message to law breakers that they will be caught,s enior officers said. Officers arrested two men on Monday a 21year-old Fox Hill resident and a 39-year-old resident of Roland Street, Ridgeland Park in connectiont o a spate of home breakins in Pride Estates and the surrounding areas. The men were detained a fter police confiscated a number of items theyb elieve to have been stolen, including flat s creen televisions, cell p hones, a watch and a mini lap top. P ress liaison officer S ergeant Chrislyn Skipp ings yesterday warned t he public not to buy items they think might be stolen, as this could lead to criminal charges. T he other three sus p ects were detained in connection with armed r obberies. Police are questioning the two men and one juvenile about a number of armed robberies in the A llen Drive area. No one has been taken i nto custody in connect ion with the Cowpen Road marijuana field, but police investigations cont inue. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com MISHANDLING of the regularisation process for immigrants could breed cultural animosity, warned a political hopeful who accused the government of mixing pol itics with cultural affairs. During a tour of the constituency yes terday, PLP candidate for Carmichael Dr Danny Johnson criticised the government's decision to establish a unit to fast-track more than 1,000 long-standing citizenship applications. As he seeks to represent an area which harbours one of the largest shanty towns on the island, Dr Johnson said that he would have preferred for the government to encourage national dialogue on the issue. Dr Johnson said: "Why now? If you are going to regularise those two buildings over there, I would do that in my first term in office, I would not wait until the last six months of my term in office to undergo a massive regularisation plan that includes giving out passports and getting people involved in something that has been a hot button topic for years. "To do that right before a general elec tion is problematic, it is dishonest, and it is going to cause confusion that we do not need in this country at this time." Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette recently disclosed that a special team of 12 workers was hired to process 762 citizenship applications and about 600 per manent residency applications from individuals of various nationalities that have been "sitting in the filing cabinets for long periods of time because some form of document was not there." The employees were hired under the government's recently announced job-creation programme. Dr Johnson said: "I would have liked to see a discussion, a national dialogue at the level of the College of the Bahamas to flesh out exactly what these expectations are with this process that we're going through and make sure that the expectation and outcomes match each other." It was further revealed that 1,144 appli cants were granted citizenship between May 2, 2007 and June 30, 2010. In that same time, 1,165 permanent residence applications were approved; 1,506 spousal permits and 10,012 permits to reside. Dr Johnson congratulated new citizens and regularised persons during an interview with the Tribune yesterday; however, he said that while he empathises with the plight of stateless persons, the process must be done in a "certain form and fashion". Dr Johnson said: "It's simple, never try to accomplish a big thing in a abrupt and hasty fashion. Managers and middle-managers try to do things right, leaders do what is right. We are about doing what is right to integrate our Haitian brothers and sisters into this community. They have been here for years, they are a part of our culture, they are a part of the economy, they are a part of the schools, they are a part of the community. "We have to lead the charge as to how we are going to integrate them, that is the dialogue. It could take time but it has to be done properly. If you rush it, we're gonna make big mistakes and I think we're gonna set ourselves back many, many years. "I think it's inconsistent, if you rush something you're going to have many inconsistencies, and the inconsistencies are going to make other people feel that they have been left out or in some way slipped short, that they have been hoodwinked or that there has been some discrepancy involved in this process and hence I have to tell you, wrong time, wrong method." He added: "You do not bring politics into your cultural affairs. We have to support them but there is a way to do it and to politicise it is not the way to do it. Between May 2, 2002 and May 2, 2007, under the PLP administration, Mr Symon ette said, the government granted 2,083 citizenship requests; 1,582 permanent resi dence, 2,286 spousal permits and 22,839 requests for permits to reside. He said the department does not have collated statistics on the number of rejected applications. F IVE ARRESTS IN SPECIAL POLICE OPERATION POLICENEWS Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in theirn eighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org THE land in Mackey Yard, curr ently under development for a 250l ot subdivision, was always Crown Land and never owned by the Mackey family, according to Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell. Haitian residents who formerly lived in the housing scheme offC armichael Road, were under the impression that the land was owned by Kenny Mackey. After the Christmas fire that levelled the housing scheme, residents claimed they received permission from Mr Macke y to live on the land. M r Russell said the Mackey family leased the land from the gov ernment some years ago, and it had b een assumed for some time that t hey owned the land. The Christ mas fire prompted an investigation, which revealed that the Mackeyf amily stopped paying their lease and the land was all along Crown Land, according to Mr Russell. W hen T he Tribune c ontacted Mr Mackey, earlier this year, he denied being responsible for the land. He confirmed, however, that his f amily was once involved with the land, and authorised some people to live there. The only one who had permis sion are those my parents left there and one or two offspring who aren o longer even there. Those peo ple came there, they were told not to build, said Mr Mackey, speaking of newer residents. M r Russell said the Office of the P rime Minister looked into who owned the land. In one instance, he said a woman, who was not a Mackey was said to be collecting rent. It is not clear on whose behalf she acted. He said the investigation ended once the government deter m ined the status of the land. It was not my investigation. It was the PM who was looking att hat. Once the land was turned over t o me, it became my job to ensure the persons who are on the land move off so we can do the subdivision, and that persons who have any claim to the land as Bahamians, and only Bahamians, can apply for ap iece of the land. I am not involved with the investigation part of it, said Mr Russell. The land many, many years ago w as leased to a Mackey, who after a while stopped paying the lease. That i s why we assumed all along the land was owned by the Mackeys. After the fire, an investigation was conducted and it determined the land was owned by the Bahamas g overnment. Then some time afterwards the land was turned over to t he minister of housing, he said. The Ministry of Housing initiated its plan to transform the almost eight-acre plot into a government subdivision once the status of the l and was cleared. A fter the Christmas fire, governm ent agencies documented 150 H aitians living in the yard, accord ing to Mr Russell. A complete list of a ll residents was administered by t he Office of the Prime Minister, he said. Residents on that list who are B ahamian and qualify for the housing scheme, will constitute the group being offered preference when buying a lot in the new sub division, said Mr Russell. So far, he said, he has seen no applications from amongst that group. H e also said the Land Adjudica tion Act gives Bahamians who have been living on a piece of land for ac ertain number of years the opport unity to apply for the adjudication of that land. The Act states: If the Adjudication Officer is satisfied that a person is in open and peaceable possession of a parcel of not more than one a cre or in the discretion of the Adjudication Officer not more than one and one quarter acre and has been in such possession by himself o r his predecessors, for an uninterrupted period of 12 years or more; a nd has a good claim to the parcel by the production of relevant documents and oral evidence and that as far as can be ascertained no other person has acquired a title theret o under any law relating to prescription or limitation, the Adjudic ation Officer shall record that person as the owner of the parcel and declare his title to be absolute by issuing to the person after a period of 90 days a certificate of title. T he governments strategy has b een to target shanty towns on gove rnment-owned land first, according t o Brensil Rolle, Garden Hills Member of Parliament and Parliam entary Secretary in the Ministry of H ousing. The government has compiled a list of shanty towns, according to T ribune s ources; however it has yet to publish the list. It is unclear how many shanty towns on the list are located on Crown Land. Mr Rolle said he does not have a copy of the list. The Ministry of Works will have t o require privately owned land to be developed in accordance with their building codes and their stan-d ards. Our position is, before the gov ernment could cause other people to do some things it has to do some things itself. That is why we are clearing land and causing it to be put in a position to develop, saidM r Rolle. MINISTEROFHOUSING Kenneth Russell PLP CANDIDATE HITS OUT AT GOVT OVER REGULARISATION PROCESS MOTHER OF SIX ACCUSED OF STEALING COURT NEWS MELISSA DEAL outside of court.
EDITOR, The Tribune. T his past weekend we celebrated what we called our 38th anniversary of Independence. But, just what is it that we c elebrate? I ask this quest ion in all seriousness. I ask the thinking citizen t o objectively look at his/her e nvironment social, physi cal, spiritual, political, economic and familial and determine for his or herself if what we have is good or if it needs improvement. If it is good, sleep well. If it needs improvement, become an a ctive part of the solution r ather than a casual part of t he problem. We suffer from a serious d isconnect between those citizens who seem able to i nsulate themselves from deprivation financial or social and whose who are m ired in pain. I consider our acceptance o f a horrendous murder rate most disturbing. Yes, politicians, religious leaders ands ocial activists offer criticism of either the government a nd they must accept their share of blame or the police; but, the community c ontinues to facilitate casual lawbreaking and teaching p etty thievery to our children. S ome well-to-do Christ ians regularly go to Church but rail against the institution of NationalH ealth Insurance as their having to pay for some deadbeats medical care. Never mind Biblical injunc t ions to providing for the p oor and dispossessed as n ecessary to serve God. E ven though public education is generally failing to meet the needs of our young, we still have a cadre of talented citizens who are ignored by the government and business when it comes t o challenging opportunities. A case in point is the awarding of a contract to a company out of Singapore by t he Government, without offering a bid opportunity t o Bahamians, to craft a system for providing government services online. Mini sters, who are not themselves experts in software d evelopment, advised by public servants who are not experts in software devel-o pment either, contracted with a foreign company at a c ost of $10,000,000 of tax dollars to provide a service that they could not thems elves knowledgeably assess. T he thinking must be that s ince the Singaporean live in a country with a respected government-on-line regime, they must know what they are doing. If you are going to make such a determina t ion without having the skill set yourself then make it about Bahamian talent, who could themselves augmentt heir skills from outside as t hey know is required. The government signed a contract for $71,000,000 to build less than seven miles o f airport roadway albeit f our lanes of road with u nderground utilities and landscaping with a sister company to the company which loaned them 80 per c ent of the total contracted p rice at a discounted intere st rate. The government s igned this contract, again w ithout going to competit ive bid, and did so before the planned road was engineered and technically designed. Yes, there were and are pretty pictures but these are not engineering design w orks as far as I am able to d iscern. I mproving New Providence roadways is a good i nitiative. But, the approach we are now suffering t hrough is not a good idea insulting to the community and expensive to many citiz ens. One could go into so m uch more, and I would be happy to do so, but I really dont want to ask you tob urden yourself with too much of my ruminations; r ather, I would like to encourage you to demand more. Demand excellence a nd integrity from your political leaders, religious l eaders, business leaders, civic leaders, educators andp ublic service institutions. Y ou get what you require and insist on. Require more of leaders and refuse toa ccept less. PHILIP P SMITH Nassau, J uly 12, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 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. Publisher/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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm MONDAYS rainstorm did The Tribune a favour by dampening the ardour of the number of Bahamians who wanted to climb The Tribunes stairs to welcome back our former managing editor, John Marquis. Not only did the half dozen who managed to brave the storm want to welcome him, but they also wanted to bend his ear about some of their problems and get his facile pen to champion their causes. However, the rain did not dampen the phone calls a mixed bag at that. Many callers were delighted that he was back, but others mainly worried Opposition politicians were concerned that he might have crawled under the Immigration net and somehow found his way through the cracks in the floorboards and settled back into his editorial chair on Shirley Street. However, funniest of all was a website, popularly associated with the PLP. Whoever is behind those rantings are now having an epileptic fit about Mr Marquis return many of them feared his pen when he was here, and as a consequence hated his guts. They now want to blame the FNM government for his return. In this particular case, no government or branch of government can stop copy from Mr Marquis keyboard sliding through the Internet and into the columns ofThe Tribune. This is once no Immigration permit is required and no immigration fee has to be paid. These retards must still be in the stone age of journalism if they believe that an edi tor has to be in the same country as the newspaper he is editing. If todays technology had been available during the Pindling administration we would have been able to have thumbed our nose at the Father of the Nation and told him to take a leap from the nearest hillock. As the Pindling regime was nearing its end, todays telecommunications technology was in its embryonic stage. We closely watched it grow, had the next Tribune generation trained from the moment it started to take its first baby steps. We were the first to experiment with it by the publication of The Miami Herald in our own plant using satellite technology from The Heralds Miami plant. That day we celebrated our freedom. We have now perfected the system, and so should this country ever suffer the misfortune of threats to press freedom through Immigration restrictions as happened under the Pindling regime, The Tribune is insulated and ready for them. We recall how easy it was three years ago when we were in Vienna to continue our work at The Tribune as though we had neve r left our office. Telecommunications is one of the many technologies that governments are going to find impossible to control much of it has already slipped the noose. And so, yes, John Marquis, through the columns of The Tribune, is now back in town. Before he retired from The Tribune it was agreed that he would take a long rest, a world tour, get his own affairs in order, outline at least one book that we knew he was interested in writing, and then turn his attention back to the Bahamas. That day is now here. The Bahamas is really Mr Marquis second home. Having lived and worked here from his early twenties, he knows most of the top players, is close to many grassroots Bahamians and certainly knows where skeletons are hidden in many of the cupboards. No wonder there are those who were pleased to see his back, but what they did not know was that when he left, he did not close the door behind him. Yes, John Marquis is back. Although his home is still in England and he has no phys ical presence in the Bahamas, he will be vis iting with us once a week through the columns of The Tribune. Here at The Tribune we welcome his return! WHAT IS BAHAMIAN CULTURE? DNA leader Branville McCartney is upset because he says that classes he started when he was minister of state for Immigration was stopped after his resignation from the FNM government. However, Deputy Prime Min ister Brent Symonette denies this. He says that classes were stopped while Mr McCart ney was still minister of state. Mr Symonette added that the classes were only a one morning issue and not a comprehensive programme that lasted weeks. Mr McCartney says that the classes would have ensured that the applicants could speak English, recite the national anthem, and pledge of allegiance, have an appreciation of Bahamian culture, our national heroes and various other vital aspects of our country. It would be interesting to know what these subjects embraced especially who are our national heroes. We dont believe many Bahamians would know the answers to most of these ques tions. Independence: Just what is it we are celebrating? LETTERS l email@example.com Return of John Marquis to The Tribune EDITOR, The Tribune. We have a new breed of criminals that do n ot care. They will rob you, and even after they have your possessions, they will still shoot and kill you. This is a summary of the statement made by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade to the media this week on crime and the mounting murder count. If this is true, theni t seems as if no one in the Bahamas is safe f rom this carnage of crime. W hat is the use of complying with a robbers demand Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings (Police Press Liaison Officer commissioner says that this new breed of criminals will shoot and kill you anyhow? Surely there must be something that law abiding citizens can do to protect themselves. Are we as law-abiding citizens to arm ourselves also if this new breed of crim inals cant remain off the streets because of a failed criminal justice system? The com m issioner did say that these men are locked up by police and then repeatedly given bail. Inferring from the commissioners state ments, crime in the Bahamas is much bigger than most of us think. The commissioner himself seemed to be a bit flustered at this new development of thisn ew breed of criminals. As good citizens, t he time is now for us as the commissioner s aid, to turn these criminals in. Time is not on our side Bahamas. Today, it could be me. Today it could be you. This is serious business. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, July 12, 2011. POLICE C OMMISSIONERS S T A TEMENT VERY CONCERNING EDITOR, The Tribune. Mr Ryan Pinder, Member of Parliament, is correct to question why the Government has not circulated the new Customs Act throughout the business community for dis cussion. But on the other hand, he confirms reading all 350 pages of it, yet he has not circulated it to the business community for discussion. You've gotta love it when elections are in the air. This "political fight" reminds me of another great quote by H. L. Mencken: "A national political campaign is better than the best cir cus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hang ings thrown in." Surely if circulating the Bill is so important, and I agree it is, all Mr. Pinder has to do is send copies around and the matter is resolved ? One often wonders if our Parliament is elected to solve problems or create them? RICK LOWE www.weblogbahamas.com Nassau, July 19, 2011. To circulate amended Customs Act or not EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Omega College Class of 2011 ON page A9 of todays Nassau Guardian, I note with interest that there is not one male in the graduating class. Just a thought to ponder. PAT STRACHAN Nassau, July 18, 2011. JUSTA THOUGHT TO PONDER
s outh side of Athol Island and secured them to an a nchorage there. The large wooden boat sinking in shallow waters n ear Williams Street, off East Bay Street, is the only one r emaining on the eastern side of Potters Cay and will soon be removed, Commander McNeil said. Now efforts are being d irected to the western side o f Potters Cay dock where b oats will be towed from this weekend if owners do notc laim their vessels. However Commander McNeil does not have the right to refuse boat ownerst he right to anchor off Montagu. We advise them to carry their boats home or to am arina, because they cannot be in the restricted area, he said. But there is limited a nchorage for small boats in Nassau Harbour and they dont want to pay for the m arina, or carry the boats home, so they responded by m oving, and the problem has shifted to some place else. Now there is nothing I c an do about it because theres nothing that would s upport me in moving them. Commander McNeil said 80 per cent of the boats littering the harbour were collecting rain water and as it a ppeared no one was looking a fter them, they were soon l ikely to sink. A Montagu resident said: Hopefully all of them will sink and be removed, speaking of the boats in the new location. There is no need for Bahamians to have such ridiculous amounts of hope that they will one day fixt hese boats that litter the har bour and bays of Nassau. Commander McNeil b elieves the problem lies w ith citizens relying on gov ernment to protect their investments. I dont know why citi zens want the Port to take on their responsibility, he said. They want government to find them a place to put their boat, but the govern m ent cant address every thing its their responsibili ty, their investment there is only so much in the coffers oft he public treasury and its not for private sector investment. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, PAGE 5 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Hundreds of the people, including persons up to 60 years old, are turning out to register for the governments job readiness programme on Grand Bahama. Sarah Rahming, executive officer at the Labour Department, said it was a busy sec ond day of registration yesterday at the Jack Hayward High School. Between 400 and 500 applicants had been processed during the morning hours and many persons were still turning up to register in the afternoon. It has been a nonstop process and per sons have been flowing in continuously, Mrs Rahming told The Tribune. Selected Men and women young and old turned out in large numbers in hopes of being among the 1,000 persons who will be select ed for training and job placement on Grand Bahama. Jack Hayward is one of four locations that persons can register. Registration is also being held at the Eight Mile Rock gymnasi um, as well as High Rock Primary and West End Primary Schools. The government has allocated $25 mil lion for the National Job Readiness Training initiative to provide Bahamians with training and job placement for a period of 52 weeks. It is hoped that the programme will pre pare Bahamians to take full advantage of the new opportunities when the economy rebounds after the recession. Ms Rahming said: We are seeing a lot of high school students and persons over 30 years of age straight up to the age of 60. For the most part applicants, are bringing what is required of them for registration, including original documents and copies of documents, including the four pages of their passport, birth certificate, NIB card, and academic certificates; we then have to look at all original documents and certify them, she said. Elise Lord, a young mother of three, was one of many persons waiting in line for hours at Jack Hayward. Oppor tunity Ms Lord was laid off during downsizing at a local law firm in Freeport. She thinks the programme is an opportunity for her to gain training in a new area. It has been hard finding another job to help take care of my family and I see this as a great opportunity for training. Ive always wanted to go back to school but I do not have the funds right now and this will give me and others the opportunity to gain a new skill without paying for it. I see it as something positive to look for ward to. I hope it is not another political thing... and I thank God for this opportuni ty, said Ms Lord. Tasha Bullard-Rolle, conciliation officer at the Labour Department, also reported that there has been a diversified group of applicants registering at the Eight Mile Rock gym. Registration will continue until Friday, July 22. On Wednesday registration will continue for persons with surnames begin ning with the letters N to R; and on Thursday with surnames beginning with T to Z. There will be open registration on Friday. 60YEAR-OLDS SIGN UP F OR JOB TRAINING IN GRAND B AHAMA HUNDREDS TURN OUT TOREGISTER B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m email@example.com B OATERS ordered to move vessels from ther estricted area of Nassau H arbour have relocated them to Montagu Foreshore to the annoyance of residents in the area. Around 20 small boats, 1530ft recreational vessels, have taken up residence in the s hallow waters off Montagu t his week after a crackdown o n boats illegally anchored i n the restricted area around P otters Cay dock. R esidents said there were two or three boats anchored off Montagu last week, but since the forced removal of boats on the eastern side of the dock on Sunday, the number has swelled to an e stimated 20. And more could arrive this weekend as the move to c lean up the area around the Paradise Island bridges cont inues. Port Controller Patrick McNeil called for boat own e rs to move their vessels from the restricted area of the har bour around Potters Cay dock by July 1, or have themr emoved on their behalf, as p art of a public-private ini tiative to clean up the central area of Nassau Harbour. On Sunday the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and port staff towed six to eight boats left on the eastern sideo f Potters Cay dock to the Areas residents annoyed as vessels shifted from Nassau Harbour THEBOATS were moved from Nassau Harbour to Montagu Foreshore. Felip Major /Tribune staff
By JOHN MARQUIS WHEN the PLP was toppled at the polls in 2007, e veryone expected the ousted p rime minister, Perry C hristie, to be jettisoned by the party as the scapegoat for its defeat. Incredibly, he survived the post-election flak to beat off all other contenders for the party leadership and seems set to lead the P LP into next years elect ion. SOON after the 2007 general election, when the PLP were unceremoniously d umped into what we all hoped would be the garbage bin of history, I wrote an I NSIGHT article saying the p arty couldnt possibly seek t he publics support again w ith Perry Christie at the h elm. I f memory serves me right, I wrote something like this: The one certainty in the election aftermath is that the PLP cant go into the 2012 campaign with Christie as its leader. T here was nothing particu larly original about this statement. Nearly everyone w as saying it. A t about the same time, I suggested that Bernard Nottage Olympic sprinter turned medical doctor was the last man standing in the tussle for the PLP leadership and that his comparative commonsense and rationality would be a godsend to a party on its knees. Nottage, whatever his f aults, appeared to offer quie t maturity, a measure of g ravitas and something by way of cool judgment thath is fellow contenders s eemed to lack. If there was one thing the PLP needed badly, it was a level-headed action manr eady to grapple with the multitude of problems facing the party at the time. Mantle B y the late summer of 2007 it looked an odds-on bet that Dr Nottage wouldp ick up the mantle and offer a thoroughly discredited party a fresh start. However,it was not to be. By the time I left Nassau two years ago, N ottage had become nigh invisible on the political scene. His fans said he was biding his time. Critics felt he was scared to commit himself. Whatever his reasons, his indecision gave Christie pre cious time to dig in for the long haul. Miraculously and incredibly, Christie is still in place. Condemned as indecisive by his critics, as a study in still life by The Tribune, and a vacillating invertebrate by the cruellest of his detractors, he has somehow managed to survive four years of leadership wrangling with his status intact. While conspirators, naysayers and sceptics have been whispering behind his back, the genial ex-premier and fabled junkanoo dancer has shimmied and shuffled his way through the raucous throng to emerge once more as the only contender with enough grassroots support to carry the day. He reminds me of something an American newspa per editor once told me about his early days in jour nalism. I worked out very quickly that so long as I could stay sober, all other contenders for the editorship would fall down drunk around me, he said. In his own way, Christie h as done just that. While pretenders like Obie Wilchcombe, Frank Smith and P aul Moss have come and g one (nothing to do with b ooze, incidentally), he stands as immoveable andi nscrutable as those famous s tone faces on Easter Island. No matter how much buffeting dear old Perry takes from the sundry windbags around him, he seems to remain admirably unruffled and intact. J udging from afar and I c onfess four thousand miles of ocean do blur ones pers pective I now see Philip Brave Davis as the only p ossible leader-in-waiting, the sole heir apparent to Pindlings tarnished crown. There are, however, one o r two impediments to his progress. According to his critics, D aviss acknowledged skills as a courtroom advocate do not translate well into the political arena. J ust before I left Nassau i n 2009, he was described to me by a political observer as less charismatic thana BEC light-pole with an oratorical style guaranteed to send you to sleep quick er than a boxful of m ogadons. If youre looking for a bit of zest and razzle-dazzle, Brave Davis is emphatically not your man, the observer said. If you want to light up the n ight sky at big political rallies, better to buy a box of fireworks than rely on Davis to deliver any verbal pyrotechnics, he added. So, with the election less than a year away, Christie appears to be the only PLP politician with enough sup port and survival savvy to lead the party into the fray. Lamentable as he was as a prime minister last time around, hes the best the party has. Doesnt say much for the PLP, does it? The biggest fear for those, like me, who have real concern for the future of the Bahamas is that any sugges tion of a vacuum at the top of the PLP in the future leaves the way open for the Marleys Ghost of Bahami an politics, Fred Mitchell. There is no doubt that madcap Fred has entertained notions about leading the party ever since he sat on that hillock as a boy and fantasised about being prime minister. Over the years, his every move has been carefully choreographed to achieve that aim. At first he was seen by the late Sir Lynden Pindling as a r eal prospect. Then The Chief saw the light, changed his mind and saw him for w hat he was shaping up to b e, a political liability of m ammoth proportions. O n Mitchells own admiss ion, Pindling told him in his e arly days in politics that he had a personality disorder, a damning put-down that the indignant young politician felt inclined to reject. Those observing from the sidelines found themselves nodding i n agreementwith Pindling, that is, not Mitchell. In the dust-up that foll owed, both men threatened to reveal details of each othe rs private life, establishing a new low for political d ebate in the Bahamas and s parking speculation in every bar-room from West E nd, Grand Bahama, to Mathew Town, Inagua. Unfortunately, neither delivered on his threat, leaving Bahamians in a state of sus-p ense wondering what the heck they were talking a bout. Pr otest Subsequently, fiery Fred s et the Bahamas constitu tion ablaze under the fig tree in Parliament Square, sent the ashes to Pindling top rotest the disciplinary action proposed by the Bahamas Bar Council against him, and threatenedt o smite the hand of every enemy that dares to launch out against him. S o seemingly reckless was M itchells behaviour at the time that some felt he was a compelling candidate for therapy. One group of PLPsf elt he needed a good spanking and said so publicly. To make things worse, his first excursion into foreign affairs led to his ill-considered suggestion to invade Haiti and topple the military regime then in power. They were the days when he headed his own political par ty the Peoples Democratic Force. The scheme reflected per fectly Mitchells grandiose notions about his own importance and infallibility, but prompted others to look askance at the young firebrand and wonder whether he was not several planks short of a truckload in the brain department. Astonishingly, Fred felt 200 dinghy-borne marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force would make short work of Haitis army, which then consisted of 5,000 troops full of ill-will who would not have taken kindly to a Bahamian assault on their national sovereignty. Had Mitchells plan gone ahead, it would have been the Bahamas own version of the Bay of Pigs debacle of 1961, the ill-starred US invasion of Castros Cuba which left a number of desperadoes dead on the beach a nd Americas foreign policy in tatters. His idea would have been a good one, his critics sugg ested, only if Fred himself w ere allowed to lead the c harge on to Haitis northe rn shoreline. A ll this, together with his five disastrous years as Minister of Foreign Affairs, ought to have been enough to see off any fanciful notions Mitchell might have had about national leaders hip. But no. Hes still hanging in there, the PLPs in-houseW alter Mitty, a very poor pastiche of Barack Obama w ho still, unbelievably, sees himself as a rising political s uperstar. I ts partly because of Christies taste for procrast ination and prevarication that the PLP is still burdened with Fred, an irritant Hubert Ingraham wisely refused to accommodatew ithin the FNM. While Mitchell was flying a ll over the world as the nations foreign affairs spe cialist, apparently makingu p policy on the hoof, Christie maintained his Buddha-like silence and inscrutability. C ritics gained the impress ion that Mitchell was a law unto himself, jetting off atg reat public expense to burn ish his image as an inter national negotiator while his boss sat bemused in his Nassau bunker wondering whath e would get up to next. Its Christies apparent inertia that causes most con cern. In the face of crisis, he appears to be overcome by head-to-toe paralysis, a pathological incapacity tos lap down recalcitrant colleagues and lay down the law. The consensus seems to be that Perry is a very nice man who lacks the cutting edge required to control a mixed bag of opportunists and liberty-takers like the PLP hierarchy. Mavericks like Kenyatta Gibson lost patience and jumped ship. Others wondered how long Christie could brazen it out in the face of sustained and usually justified crit icism. Well, now we know. As the 2012 election looms ever closer, a former prime minister who once looked doomed for political obliv ion now appears set to lead the charge into next years campaign. Whats worse, some observers feel that, despite his dire showing last time around, he has a rea sonable chance of winning. For the FNM, the PLPs failure to find an alternative to Christie is a blessing. They can think of no bigger boost for their election chances than the continuing leadership of Perry Christie, a man more hesitant than H amlet and as dynamic as a dodo. With the old leader still in place, it will be much easierf or the FNM to convince the electorate that little has changed in a party that dis-g raced itself during 25 years o f Lynden Pindlings rule and made a complete hash of everything during the disastrous comeback admin istration of 2002-2007. Change Many of the more intelligent PLPs are aware of this and want change before its too late. Others see ponder ous Perry as the best of a bad bunch. As the next few months tick away, they will be hoping that the alleged failings of the FNM in pow er will be enough to see them through, especially as the new DNA party threatens to split the anti-PLP vote. However, it would be the height of foolhardiness if, at some future date, they were to opt for Mitchell in des peration. A party whose credibility is already threadbare would have none at all if the Fox Hill fantasist were to emerge as their default candidate in the leadership race. Not only would the bell toll loudly for the PLP itself. It would boom across the B ahamas like a signal of impending doom. As I wrote once before, the nation would be chanc i ng its arm to let Fred Mitchell lead a junkanoo parade, never mind a majorp olitical party. Y ou can, therefore, imagine my despair when I caught sight of an Internet story just a few days ago suggesting that the dreaded Fred, after three decades of disorientated rambling round the foothills of Bahamian politics, is actually positioning himself for a do-or-die crack at the top job. This story said Mitchell still harboured a desire to fly in the face of his critics and make a late grab for power. The man who threatened to expose Pindlings alleged peccadilloes, torched the constitution in an act of petulant rage, proposed an act of war on a neighbouring state, and flew all over the world achieving nothing as Minister of Foreign Affairs is reportedly hell-bent on turning his boyhood fantasies into fact. Please tell me its not true. And if its true, please reas sure me that no-one would be daft enough to support him. Your future depends on it. PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE M ARQUIS AT L ARGE P LPLEADERPERRY CHRISTIE : Miraculously and incredibly, h e is still in place. FREDMITCHELL: A late grab for power? PHILIPDAVIS: The only possible leader in waiting. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Some 700 marijuana plants with an estimate street value of $700,000 were discovered in East Grand Bahama on Tuesday. Police reported that a team of officers spotted a small marijuana field in bushes in the South Riding Point area on the north side of the Grand Bahama High way. ASP Loretta Mackey, press liaison offi cer, said the discovery was made around 10.45am on Tuesday. No arrest has been made and police are continuing their investigation into this lat est matter. This is the third field that has been discovered this year in bushes in East Grand Bahama, which is a hot spot for illegal cultivation of marijuana. In June, police discovered 5,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street val ue of $5 million in East Grand Bahama. The field was discovered several miles east of the water tanks on Grand Bahama Highway. In April, 15,000 marijuana plants with estimated street value of $15 million were discovered in bushes east of the waters tanks in East Grand Bahama. A makeshift tent was discovered in the area and officers also found a hose that was used to construct an irrigation system to water the plants. No arrests have been made in connection with these discoveries. Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact DEU at 350-3107/8 or call 911. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The Tribune has learned that the elderly man who died in a traffic accident is 68-year-old Leonard Knowles. Knowles, a resident of South Bahamia, was driving his truck on East Sunrise Highway on Saturday around 8pm when he crashed into tree. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of death. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIM NAMED 700 MARIJU AN A PL ANT S ARE DISCOVERED BY POLICE W W h h i i l l e e c c o o n n s s p p i i r r a a t t o o r r s s , n n a a y y s s a a y y e e r r s s a a n n d d s s c c e e p p t t i i c c s s h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n w w h h i i s s p p e e r r i i n n g g b b e e h h i i n n d d h h i i s s b b a a c c k k , t t h h e e g g e e n n i i a a l l e e x x p p r r e e m m i i e e r r a a n n d d f f a a b b l l e e d d j j u u n n k k a a n n o o o o d d a a n n c c e e r r h h a a s s s s h h i i m m m m i i e e d d a a n n d d s s h h u u f f f f l l e e d d h h i i s s w w a a y y t t h h r r o o u u g g h h t t h h e e r r a a u u c c o o u u s s t t h h r r o o n n g g t t o o e e m m e e r r g g e e o o n n c c e e m m o o r r e e a a s s t t h h e e o o n n l l y y c c o o n n t t e e n n d d e e r r w w i i t t h h e e n n o o u u g g h h g g r r a a s s s s r r o o o o t t s s s s u u p p p p o o r r t t t t o o c c a a r r r r y y t t h h e e d d a a y y . TELL ME ITS NOT TRUE
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, PAGE 7 A LOCAL social activism group is calling for a deepening of Bahamian democr acy by the introduction of local governm ent to New Providence. T he Bain and Grants Town Association commended the government for the smooth running of the recently held Local Government elections in the Family I slands, and asked why a system which has s urvived for 15 years in the rest of the country has yet to be implemented in the c apital, where more than two thirds of the p opulation lives. The time has come, indeed come and gone, for a mode rn, effective a nd transparent system of Local Government to be introd uced in New P rovid ence and we hereby i ssue a very strong and urgent call for its formulation and implementation at the very earliest time possib le, said Rev CB Moss, president of the a ssociation. A ccording to Rev Moss, Local Government should have been implemented in New Providence first and then extended to the Family Islands. N ew Providence is one of the few sign ificant democratic population centres in the world with only a single level of gove rnment, he pointed out. This anomaly has contributed to the s tagnation of the development of the Bahamian society, as residents witht remendous potential residing in commun ities are underutilised and marginalised and their communities and the nation is deprived of their leadership skills and abilities to the detriment of all. Surely 41 persons in the national parliament cannot be expected, nor relied upon, to understand local concerns and a spirations, and to move the entire nation forward, upward, and onward. R ev Moss pointed out that successive g overnments have promised to implement Local Government in New Providence, but n one of them have delivered Bain Grants Town, also known as Over-the Hill, has long been ready, willing and ablet o embrace Local Government in order to r evitalise and renew what is the heartland of the Bahamas, he s aid. ATLANTA students will learn more about protecting the environment while on a week-long excursion in the Bahamas. Ten students from Atlanta travelled to Nassau on July 16 to take part in the 2011 Frank Ski Kids Foundation Planet Green Marine Biology Science Excursion. The finalists were chosen after competing in the foun dations essay competition entitled Massive oil spills, nuclear contamination, pollution, over-fishing and cli mate change are killing our oceans. What are the long term effects on humanity if our oceans are not protect ed? Frank Ski is a leading radio personality in Atlanta. He is the host of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show with Wanda Smith, and he is devoted to protecting the environment. Every year, the Frank Ski Kids Foundation hosts an excursion outside of the United States to expose stu dents to different eco-environments. The mission of the nonprofit foundation is to expose children to environ mentalism through science, technology, athletics and arts. As a part of their oneweek trip to the Bahamas, the students will take a scu ba diving certification course at Stuart Coves, a one day expedition to the Island School in Eleuthera and a trip to Blue Lagoon Island. While in the Bahamas, the foundation will be assisted by the Ministry of Tourism, Breezes Resort, Mt Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church, the Island School, SkyBa hamas Airlines and Stuart Coves Dive Bahamas. T HE US Embassys acting deputy chief of Mission Bradley Lynn and regional security officer Derrick Boyd presented a Mac BookP ro computer forensics laptop package valued at more than $14,000 to the Royal B ahamas Police Forces Central Detective Unit. The package represents the first installm ent of a complete computer forensics lab valued at more than $100,000, due to be donated to the RBPF in late Fall 2011. The presentation was made to ASP Clayt on Fernander, ASP Bernard Bonamy and S ergeant Dale Strachan on Monday. The RBPF received the equipment as a result of its collaboration with the USD epartment of States Anti-Terrorism Assis tance (ATA Members of the CDU as well as the Royal Bahamas Defence Force have already r eceived two training sessions as part of the three phase course on the digital forensic investigations. T he third phase will include the donation of a complete computer forensics lab as well a s two weeks of specialised training. The forensics equipment package can be used to investigate and analyse computerr elated crimes as well as develop evidence in cases involving computers, including drug trafficking, money laundering and counter terrorism investigations. This donation is just one example of the U S Embassys ongoing collaboration with the Royal Bahamas Police Force in its fight against crime and countering terrorism andw e look forward to facilitating future train ing and equipment opportunities, said Bradley Lynn, the embassys acting deputy chief of mission. CALL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NEW PROVIDENCE G ROUPWANTSDEEPENINGOFBAHAMIANDEMOCRACY REV CB MOSS president of the B ain and Grants Town Association. FROM LEFT: ASP Bernard Bonamy; acting deputy chief of mission Bradley Lynn; assistant regional s ecurity officer Derrick Boyd; ASP Clayton Fernander and Sergeant Dale Strachan. Police receive digital forensics equipment from US Dept of State A TLANTA STUDENTS ON WEEK-LONG MISSION IN BAHAMAS SCHOLARS OF the Frank Ski Kids Foundation. CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press A BRITISH TOURIST was shot and killed during a robbery and his brother was wounded, Venezuelan police said Tuesday. Thomas Ossel suffered a mortal wound in the jaw and his brother, Jack, also was wounded in the attack on Venezuela's Margarita Island, regional police official Luis Garavin told the Venezuelan radio station Union Radio. He said the shooting happened Monday as the two men were leaving an upscale inn to return home from the island, which is one of Venezuela's leading tourist destinations. Investigators believe gunmen tried to rob the men and apparently opened fire when they resisted, Garavin said. Britain's Foreign Office confirmed Ossel's death and said its officials were "providing consular assistance to the family." Venezuela has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America. Last year, it report ed a rate of 48 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants. BRITISH TOURIST SLAIN IN VENEZUELA INTERNATIONALNEWS
PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By LARRYSMITH I N Awide-ranging i nterview on ZNS last w eek, former Bar Association president and top trial lawyer Wayne Munroe point-ed out some of the critical failures of our criminal justice system while offering up s ome practical solutions. B ut the unfortunate thing about what he had to say is that it has all been said before over the years in one form or another and largely ignored by the political class, according to Munroe. "It's a systems issue that we diagnosed well before 2002 and the system has only gotten worse since then," het old Jerome Sawyer, host of ZNS' nightly interview show, The Sawyer Report D efying conventional wisdom, he claimed "the fixesa re not in the judicial system b ut in the executive system, o n the prosecutorial side. It is not the courts that are to blame. We spend time mak-i ng recommendations and governments come and go but nothing ever changes." M unroe was called to the B ar in 1990 and has been calling for reform of the criminal justice system ever s ince. He pointed to the high level of frustration among lawyers like himself who hadg iven freely of their time o ver the years to study the system and recommend improvements. We could have transformed our criminal justice system, but we haven't, and t his has had an impact on me, on my family and on my country. Crime is committed against all of us, because you c an't build a wall big enough to keep the criminals out." He has concluded that o nly one of two explanations can account for this failure to act either the politicians d on't want to improve the system, or they will only make changes that they can get credit for: "Politically,u nless you can take credit for something, you are unlikely to do it." A mong the issues Munroe covered in the hour-long interview were legal aid, judi-c ial delays, double booking b y lawyers, bail, and the death penalty. He argued that simple things could be done at little cost that would impact all of these issues. For example, after the Privy Council's 2006 decision overturning the mandatory death sentence for convicted murderers in the Bahamas, Munroe said he and others called for legislation to define what types of murder were death-eligible." "But nothing happened," he said. "The governmentc hanged in 2007, and still t here was no legislation. The Court of Appeal said in 2008 that we needed to legislate, but again nothing happened. The Privy Council said this year that the death penaltyn eeds to be defined, which is done by legislation. The government said it would do something, but has delayed again. And we called for this five years ago." H e said the onus was on l egislators to legislate, and once they do the courts will apply the law. There areb elieved to be over 200 outstanding capital cases, and if politicians were serious about the death penalty, they wouldi dentify the barriers to implementation and then remove those barriers through legis l ation. Dela ys A mong the barriers he identified are the right of appeal beyond the PrivyC ouncil to the Inter-Ameri can Commission on Human Rights and to the Commit tee on the Prerogative of M ercy, which includes the Minister of National Security and the Attorney-General. The delays involved in these appeals often mean that convicts cannot be executed within the five-year rule e stablished by the Privy Council. "If you cut out the InterA merican Human Rights Commission then you should be able to execute the death penalty within three and a half years from sentencing," he said. "If you have a sensible system for the Prerogative of Mercy Committee, that appeal can be done in a f airly short period and would be the last hope of avoiding execution." A nother cause of delay in i mplementing the death penalty is the appointment of lawyers to represent convicts in the Court of Appeal. "If lawyers are not willing to do the job then time passesa nd you may not be able to execute," he said, arguing that the solution to this was sensible legal aid. He said an effective system of legal aid could be o rganized through the Bar A ssociation rather than by setting up a public defenders office within the government." The only administrative cost would be for a retired judge to manage the system and vet it for quality control. if youa re going to execute someone we should ensure they have proper representation." H e said the extent of legal aid would be determined by the budget available. It couldb e limited to the trial process o r extended as far as the ini tial detention in a police sta tion. The reality is that most p eople cannot afford legal representation yet all the wealth, power and resourceso f the state are arrayed against them. "People can be in custody up to 96 hours without an a ttorney to advise them. For a large portion of society, when you come to trial the o nly way you are represented is by the Crown appointing a lawyer for you. Quite often p eople are astounded by what happens in the system look at Ivan Johnson, who isb eing educated daily by his treatment. What would it be like if he could not afford counsel?" As far as bail was con cerned, Munroe said persons charged with serious offences are automatically remanded in the first instance, unless medical conditions warranto therwise or a judge conside rs the evidence too weak. "Before you get bail a judge will say 'when can this man be tried?' So if they were serious, and didn't want this man to get bail, theyw ould schedule a trial. If this man is a career criminal why delay the trial? It would be better to try him and get him sentenced." Trials Incessant delays in the courts were the result of sys t ems failures, Munroe said. "Time is a finite resource, so if you waste time trying hopeless matters then you d on't have time to try those that have substance. This year four judges directeda cquittals in a number of case s where there was no evi dence. Those trials occupied six to eight weeks of court time, which is no longer available to try cases that do have sufficient evidence." H e said the problems stemmed from a lack of leadership in the Attorney-General's Office and poor evalu ation of cases being sent to trial. "Prosecutors decide what c ases to bring and ultimately that is the responsibility of the attorney-general," he said. "In recent memory weh ave not had an AG who was conversant with the criminal justice system from actual experience of it That is most unfortunate when serious crime is on the rise." The fixes that are needed are not in the judicial system but in the executive system, he argued. Magistrates set 30 or more cases a day and may still be finished by 1pm because of the inability ofc ases to proceed, often b ecause a witness does not appear. "There is a need for some 10,000 witnesses across all of the courts on New Providence every day and youh ave two or three policemen serving all of these summons. Why should the police be serving summons? At the police station you should be given something t hat says come back on this d ate for your summons. That's terribly simple, but if you never been in the systemi t might not occur to you." He said defence attorneys often double booked cases b ecause they expected adjournments, "and if I have one case for the day and it doesn't come off, it means t hat one poor client has to pay my fee for the entire day, which would not be fair, righto r just." The way to fix this, was to set a "date certain" for tri-a ls, so that everyone would know that the scheduled case would proceed on the appointed day. I f the prosecution was not ready to proceed the case would be dismissed and if the defence was not ready, the case would still go on. Currently, most cases are adjourned four or five times, h e said. If trials had to proceed, lawyers would have toc hange their behaviour. According to Munroe, "the judge and jury are there every morning, but whether there is a case ready to go is another matter. So you have all of these problems, and they are compounded when you have unrepresented people who might not know their rights until they ask in court and a judge has to assistt hem. I t's like pulling teeth sometime to get the prosecution to produce the simplest thing. All of this leads to delay but it's driven by the system, not the judges." I t was the failure of the political class to improve the criminal justice system over the past 20 years that led Munroe to offer as a candidate for the newly formed D emocratic National A lliance a party with no track record that says it is committed to fixing the sys-t em within 18 months of taking office. "When I looked at the two m ajor parties, these were the same people who I had been interacting with since 1990 when I was called to the Bar. T he only person who has moved off the scene was (former prime minister) Sir Lyn d en Pindling, so if they were not responding from 1990 to 2010 why would joining themm ake a difference?" he asked. "They never showed me the simplest respect of tak i ng my work seriously. I found the DNA had a mind set and a vision that would be most likely to implement what we are seeking to do. I am not content with how things are going so my choice w as made as a matter of necessity. We are reaching the point where we are aboutt o lose this country and we have to do something to stop it." What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com Lawyers practical solutions to criminal justice failures erator, a microwave, two televisions and two computers. Since then Ms Johnson says she has been attempting to collect on the com panys promise to pay for her destroyed appliances, but she has been constantly getting the run around. I had to pay almost $3,000 to replace my stuff. They said they were going to pay me and it has been two years with out me seeing a single dollar. I been in every office in BEC at least twice. Ihave taken them all the receipts from the appliances I replaced. Some BEC men even been in here and took pic tures and notes of all my destroyed stuff but they are still refusing to pay me. They are making a fool of me, turning me around and not giving me any answers. They think I am stupid becauseI am old, but they owe me and refuse to pay. To add insult to injury, Ms Johnson said BEC tried to turn her power offon Monday until she pays the entire bill in full. They tried to turn my power off, but the guy couldnt get in the back because I have a bad dog. But what amI supposed to do? I do not work, the only money I get is from National Insur ance and I pay $150 every month on my light bill. They want me to pay the $700 in full and I dont have it. Ms Johnson said she made an appointment to see her Member of Par liament, Phenton Neymour, but he can celled the meeting and never rescheduled. BEC spokesperson, Arnette Ingraham admitted Ms Johnson had a legitimate claim, but said it is still pending. Regardless of what some people may think, we do pay people once BEC had determined we were at fault. We told her to bring in all her invoices and there are still some things missing in her file that is stopping us from moving forward. We sent her a letter in September requesting repair quotes and as far as the files show, we still dont have them. We would gladly pay her if everything was in order. We just need some additional infor mation to process the claim. Mrs Ingraham also said there was a discrepancy in some of the bills. BEC only pays for appliances if they cannot be fixed. It seems that Ms Johnson bought new appliances without attempting to get them fixed. Another problem is that her quotes dont seem to match up with her appliances. Ms Johnson says the entire ordeal had drained her emotionally and men tally, but despite it all she will continue to fight to get what is rightfully hers. Residents of the area near Marigold Farm Road off Joe Farrington Road heard four gunshots shortly after 3 pm Monday. When several of them went to inspect the scene, they found a Dodge Charger engulfed in flames, a source inside the Central Detective Unit told The Tribune yesterday. Firemen were called to the scene and once the flames were extinguished, they found the corpse inside the car. Although police sources told The Tribune they have con nected Fowler to the scene, Assistant Commissioner Glenn Miller would only say the force believes he is the victim. "I think we do suspect so, but we don't have that evidence at this point to say conclusively," said Mr Miller. Police yesterday said they did not have a motive for the attack. Fowler spent time behind bars in the United States on charges of importing and attempting to distribute cocaine into that country. He was arrested in November 2007 on a sealed indictment dating back from November 2006. At the time of his arrest, he was travelling on a fraudulent passport. Fowler worked as a casino inspector at the Gaming Board while Mr Gibson served as board chairman. A fight broke out between Mr Smith and Mr Gibson as they discussed the reported firing of Fowler from the Board. In 2008, Mr Smith Fowler's former attorney said publicly that Mr Gibson was the aggressor in the Cabinet fight. Mr Gibson has denied this account and has said Mr Smith started the altercation, which caused $769 worth of damage to the Cabinet Room. Police have appealed for anyone with information on the crime to contact them at 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. DR UG DEALERS BURNED B OD Y F OUND IN CAR FROM page one WOMAN FIGHTS BEC FOR C OMPENSATION AFTER $3,000 SURGE DAMAGE FROM page one PENSIONER ROSENA JOHNSON said she has been attempting to collect on the companys promise to pay for her destroyed appliances. 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, PAGE 9 ABahamian owned group of companies is seeking a nancial contoller. Applicants should possess the following qualications. Knowledge and Education: 1) A professional accounting designation (CA or CPA) 2) A minimum of ve years industry experience as a nancial controller in managerial capacity. Skills: 1) Excellent interpersonal skills 2) Excellent managerial skills 3) Strong computer skills 4) Strong analytical skills 5) Strong oral and written skills 6) Able to work in a very dynamic environment Job responsibilities include the following: 1) Supervising the complete accounting cycle for ve companies 2) Preparing monthly nancial statements for ve companies 3) Human resources function including payroll for 120 plus employees 4) Co-ordinating all other areas of the business to ensure optimal efciency 5) Dealing with all governement reporting requirements 6) Dealing with all shareholder inquiriesInterested persons should apply no later than July 25, 2011. Apply to: DA 95561R c/o The Tribune P.O. Box N-3207 Nassau, Bahamas FINANCIAL CONTROLLER w hat are you to do? Mr McCartney asked. We do not have the political will to deal with this illegal immigration problem. We can deal with it, but we just need the political will. We won't eradicate it totally, b ut we can bring it down to a mana geable level. The Free National M ovement (FNM t he political will to deal with it for some reason. Every time I tried to do things there was a problem, he said. Mr McCartney said he had three key initiatives that were not sup-p orted in the FNM Cabinet. One i nitiative was a recommendation t o amend the Immigration Act to m ake it an offence for Bahamians to harbour illegals. T his amendment, he said, would p lace a greater burden of responsibility on land owners and landlords, as well as employers if they rented or leased to and employed illegal immigrants. That was something I had put forward and it was dismissed. That i s not an offence in the Bahamas. I t ried to put it by way of an amendm ent, but it was dismissed. The p olitical will was not there. At the e nd of the day nothing came out o f it, said Mr McCartney. Asked if the amendment would open the way for discriminatory practices like Arizona-style profiling, Mr McCartney said, No man. What is discriminatory if I say, I am not going to rent to you b ecause you are here illegally. If you have a lease agreement, you can have that in there. You ought to confirm the status of your tenant. It is not discriminatory. I do not see how that comes into play. You o ught to be in a position to say, Look, the law says I can be fined if I rent to someone illegally. The o nus ought to be on the landlords to make sure whoever they rent to is here legally, said Mr McCartney. During his tenure at immigration, Mr McCartney said he also started a special unit to deal specifi cally with the problem of shanty towns. The unit was cross-departmental, including representatives from the Ministry of Housing, the Attorney Generals Office, Ministry of Works and the Ministry of S ocial Services, among others. The unit was operational for under a year, leading up to Mr M cCartneys resignation. During its time of operation, Mr McCartney said, he was catching a lot of hell for it. The fact of the matter is, we started going into these shanty towns from a legal and humane b asis, and we started the process o f dealing with the elimination of these shanty towns. And then I was told I was grandstanding. My hands were tied. I subsequently resigned, said Mr McCartney. At every step of the way, Mr McCartney said he met up against a brick wall. It was no different, he s aid, when he launched a prog ramme called immigration watch in 2009. Although it was designed for implementation across the country, the programme targeted the southern end of New Providence, particularly the Marshall Road area, according to Mr McCartney, because that is where a lot of boats come in. Immigration watch was set up similar to a crime watch. Community members would assist the law enforcement agencies by participating in an immigration watch. They would call the government a gencies if they heard about illeg al activity, or spotted incoming ships they believed were suspicious l ooking. M r McCartney said he was told that is not a policy of the FNM and why am I doing that. I shortly after resigned. Everything I triedt o do, they did not have the political will. I am not talking about doing it in an inhumane way. I am talking a bout doing it right. I am not talking about being discriminatory. I am talking about doing it right. O ver and repeatedly I was told f rom the man himself that I was g rand standing, said Mr McCartney. steps to rectify the problem and w orkers have put berms in place to divert run off away from the wetland. H owever, when T he Tribune v isi ted the site yesterday, a thin film of suspected sediment was visible on turtles swimming in the pond and ita ppeared as if some run-off was still making its way into the area despite company preventative measures. As a result of heavy rains a small portion of the silt tents which were put in place were compromised (so sediment laden run-off was allowed t o flow into the wet land, this inci dent took place last week Thursday," Mr Sands said. We acknowledged the incident during the post-storm inspection aswe do whenever there are major rains in that area. Urgent steps were taken to fix the broken fence, install added barriers and implement additional preventative measures." Mr Sands said turbidity levels h ave significantly decreased since last week and he said the developers have evidence to support this. We have taken a series of photos since last week up until the 18th which shows stages of decreasedt urbidity which means water is beginning to clear in the wetlands. This matter is on the way to cor recting itself." H e stressed that Baha Mar is committed to having the least pos sible negative impact on the envir onment but conceded that some times "accidents" happen. "From time to time things may happen which are accidents but nota s a direct result of negligence," he said. Baha Mar has notified the BEST C ommission in writing about the incident, said Mr Sands however he could not say if the agency had performed independent checks of the area. A ttempts to reach the commis sion's director Philip Weech were unsuccessful up to press time. An employee at BEST said he was out o f office until Friday. cruise. I had to wait an extremely l ong time to get my passport and t hat held me up in applying for my visa. Now the embassy is telling me I cant get a visa until the end of September but my cruise is in A ugust. What am I supposed to d o now? What gives them the r ight to tell me I cant get my visa? This is ridiculous. Another woman said: I understand that students need to go to school but just like they are tellingm e I should have applied early, they need to tell them to do the s ame. Who is going to give me t he money back I spent to go on my cruise? Embassy visa officer Kyle H atcher said while the embassy sympathises with the cruise ship passengers, it is not a priority att his time. H e said: I understand what they are going through, but it is the responsibility of the individual t o make their appointment well ahead of their trip. We have made every effort to i nform the public to apply as earl y as possible. We also encouraged people not to book a trip before you get your visa. As much as we would like to, we just cannot accommodate everyone. We have a limitedc apacity and we are working 110 per cent to help everyone. Mr Hatcher said the embassy is providing expedited visas, but only in emergency situations. He said: We have to process at least 1,500 students. We have tog et them to school on time, that is our priority right now. We have shifted our priority to students. We have set aside appointmentsj ust for them. You can still apply for your visa but you wont get a date until t he end of September. Mr Hatcher says the way things are looking the date may bee xtended to as late as October. T hose who qualify for expedit ed visas include applicants requir ing urgent medical treatment in t he US; applicants who must a ttend the funeral of a close rela tive; students whose classes start before the next available appointment; exchange visitors whose programme starts before the next available appointment; applicants c laiming urgent business travel that could not have been previously planned, and temporary workers whose job starts before the next available appointment. The embassy is encouraging all applicants to apply for a visa well in advance of making their travel plans. A pplicants meeting the requirements for an expedited visa a ppointment are encouraged to submit a request to email@example.com. was still not resolved into yesterday evening. Arnette Ingraham, of Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC power was interrupted in Harbour Island and Eleuthera around 10pm Monday. M s Ingraham said power was restored within an hour on mainland Eleuthera, where the problem was originally located. However, Harbour Island was without power until 3am. Between 65-70 per cent of Harbour Island was restored at 3am (Tuesday). Power went off again at 1.30pm to facilitate more repairs, said Ms Ingraham. Although it appeared that power was fully restored at 5pm, BEC techn icians had further difficulties in Harbour Island and had to take the island off the grid. Silt run-off from Baha Mar project seeps into pond FROM page one Harbour Island r esidents c laim electrical crisis FROM page one US EMBASSY STILL NOT ISSUING TOURIST VISAS DESPITE COMPLAINTS FROM page one Bran:why I quit my job at Immigration FROM page one D NALEADER B ranville McCartney
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Associated Press A SPACE SHUTTLEleft t he International Space Stat ion for the very last time Tuesday, heading home to e nd the 30-year run of a vessel that kept U.S. astronauts f lying to and from orbit l onger than any other rocketship. A tlantis slipped away after p erforming a partial lap a round the space station. T en pairs of eyes pressed a gainst the windows, four in the shuttle and six in the station. All that remains of N ASA's final shuttle voyage is the touchdown, targeted f or the pre-dawn hours of Thursday back home in Florida. "Get her home safely and enjoy the last couple days in s pace shuttle Atlantis," the s tation's Mission Control t old commander Christopher F erguson and his crew. Replied Ferguson: "It's b een an incredible ride." The voice emanating from t he shuttle Mission Control Center cracked with emo t ion, as the lead team of controllers signed off for the very last time. Another team w ill take over late Tuesday for landing. "When you walk out the door of MCC there, turn a round and make a memory," urged Ferguson. Flight director Kwatsi A libaruho did just that a ctually turning around a couple of times on his way out. He'll return to Mission Control on landing day as a bystander, one of dozens of "extras" expected to jam thec ontrol room. "The sense of wanting to be a part of that moment is very strong and is going tobe building," Alibaruho later told reporters. In keeping with tradition, A tlantis' departure was marked by the ringing of the naval ship's bell aboard the space station. The undock-i ng occurred nearly 250 miles above the Pacific. "Atlantis departing the International Space Station f or the last time," space station astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. announced, ringing the b ell three times. "We'll miss y ou guys. Godspeed." Ferguson thanked the six station residents for theirh ospitality, then added: "We'll never forget the role the space shuttle played i n its creation. Like a proud p arent, we anticipate great things to follow ... Farewell, ISS. Make us proud." Salute A s a final salute, the space station rotated 90 degrees to provide never-before-seen v iews of the complex. Atlantis flew halfway around the outpost, camerasw hirring aboard both craft to record the historic event. Flight controllers savored the dual TV images of thes huttle the last ever seen from orbit and the sta tion. Mission Control calledi t the second-best view on Earth. "It must look pretty spec tacular," Ferguson said. A nd it did: Atlantis sail ing serenely against the black void of space, its pay l oad bay wide open, and the space station, its huge solar wings glowing golden in thes unlight. "We just want to give you a final goodbye," Ferguson t old the station inhabitants just before Atlantis disappeared from sight. To ensure their safe return to Earth, Ferguson and his crew conducted one final s urvey of the shuttle following the undocking, using the robotic arm and a lasert ipped extension. Experts on t he ground scrutinized the images for signs of microm eteorite damage. A tlantis spent eight days at the space station and left behind a year's worth of supp lies, insurance in the event c ommercial providers encounter delays in launching their own cargo ships. I t was the 37th shuttle mis sion, over more than 12 years, dedicated to buildinga nd maintaining the space s tation the largest struc ture ever to orbit the planet. All told, shuttles spent 276 d ays or nearly 40 weeks docked to the station. It's now a sprawling complex w ith multiple science labs 13 rooms in all and more than 900,000 pounds of mass, most of that delivered b y shuttles. "So large that some astronauts have even momentar i ly gotten lost in it you can take it from me," said Mission Control communi-c ator Daniel Tani, a former station resident. "Of course, the ISS wouldn't be here without the space shuttle so. .. we wanted to say thank you and farewell to the magnificent machines that deliv e red, assembled and staffed o ur world-class laboratory in space." NASA and its internat ional partners mean to keep i t running until at least 2020. With the retirement of the shuttle fleet, the space sta-t ion now must rely solely on other countries for restocking, at least until the first priv ately funded rocket blasts o ff with a load. That could come by year's end. Astronaut launches from U .S. soil, however, are three to five years away at best. Until then, Americans willc ontinue flying to and from t he space station via Russ ian Soyuz capsules at a hefty price. Colleagues Before leaving, the A tlantis crew gave their sta tion colleagues a small U.S. flag that flew on the inau g ural shuttle voyage in 1981. The flag is the prize for the first rocket maker thatb rings Americans back to the station, launching from America. President Barack Obama d escribed it last week as "a capture-the-flag moment here for commercial space f light." Obama wants private companies taking over E arth-to-orbit operations so NASA can concentrate on sending astronauts beyond. T he goals: an asteroid by 2 025 and Mars by the mid2030s. Alibaruho alluded to the p otential difficulties ahead, as he described how he's dealt with his own discomf orts regarding the end of t he shuttle program and the uncertain future for space exploration. I try to look at that as an adventure, rather than focusing too much on the memo-r ies," he said. A tlantis will join Discov ery and Endeavour in retire ment after this 13-day journ ey, the 135th for the shuttle program. All three will become museum displays. A s it turns out, Tuesday marked the 36th anniversary of the undocking of the Apollo spacecraft from a S oviet Soyuz in the first-ofits-kind joint flight. Nearly six years passed b etween the end of that 1975 mission and the start of NASA's next: the spaces huttle. Mission Control said that gap five years and nine months is the mark tob eat this time around. And it said it was starting the clock. A PHOTO MADE f rom NASA television shows the Atlantis as it passes under a solar panel on the Internatoinal Space Station after undocki ng Tuesday. Atlantis is the last Space Shuttle that will go to the International Space Station. (AP B EIRUT Associated Press SYRIANsecurity forces opened fire on a funeral procession Tuesday, killing up to 10 people in a city that has been besieged for days by some of the most severe violence seend uring the country's fourmonth-old uprising, activists said. Dozens of people possibly as many as 50 have been killed in Homs since Saturday, according to activists, human rights groups and witnesses. Syria has banned independentm edia coverage, making it difficult to verify accounts from witnesses or Syrian authorities. "We haven't slept since yesterday," a Homs resident toldThe Associated Press by telephone, the cracks of heavy machine-gun fire in the background. "I am lying down on t he floor as I talk to you. Other people are hiding in bathrooms." Snipers were positioned on rooftops, keeping a close watchon the deserted streets, he said, asking that has named not be published for fear of reprisals. The shooting outside the Khaled bin Al-Waleed mosquee rupted shortly after noon as families held funeral processions for 10 people killed a day before during a security sweep, said the Local Coordination Committees, an umbrella group that helps organize and document the protests in Syria. The mother of a man being b uried was among those killed at the funeral procession, said Mohammed Saleh, an activist in Homs. The LCC confirmed 10 people were killed in the funeral procession shooting, said a spokesman for the group, Omar Idilbi. The figure could not be independently confirmed. Damascus-based AbdulKarim Rihawi, head of the Syr ian Human Rights League, also said there were casualties in Homs, as did witnesses. But they did not have an exact figure. Homs, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Damascus, hasbeen under siege following reports of a wave of sectarian killings on Saturday and Sun day that left 30 people dead. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Saleh, the activist in Homs, confirmed the death toll was 30 and said they have the names of the victims. But other activists said the toll was lower and blamed security forces for the killings. The discrepancy points to the confusion surrounding the vio lence in a country that has prevented any independent media coverage. But it also illuminates the fear a mong some opposition members that reports of sectarian conflict would discredit their movement internationally at a time when the pro-democracy forces are hoping for greater support from the West. SYRIA FORCES FIRE ON FUNERAL PROCESSION SHUTTLE LEAVES THE SPACE STATION FOR THE LAST TIME E NDOF AN ERA ASVESSEL30-YEARRUN COMESTO A CLOSE W W e e l l l l n n e e v v e e r r f f o o r r g g e e t t t t h h e e r r o o l l e e t t h h e e s s p p a a c c e e s s h h u u t t t t l l e e p p l l a a y y e e d d i i n n i i t t s s c c r r e e a a t t i i o o n n . L L i i k k e e a a p p r r o o u u d d p p a a r r e e n n t t , w w e e a a n n t t i i c c i i p p a a t t e e g g r r e e a a t t t t h h i i n n g g s s t t o o f f o o l l l l o o w w . . . F F a a r r e e w w e e l l l l , I I S S S S . M M a a k k e e u u s s p p r r o o u u d d . Commander Christopher Ferguson
INTERNATIONALS NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, PAGE 11 J ERUSALEM Associated Press ISRAELInaval command os on Tuesday seized control of a French ship attempting to break Israel'ss ea blockade of the Gaza S trip and towed it into port, reporting no resistance during the takeover in interna tional waters. The takeover was the latest in a series of run-ins on the high seas between the Israeli navy and pro-Palestinian activists trying to breach the blockade. In the most contentious incident, nine Turkish activists were killed in a clash with Israeli commandos last year. Tuesday's operation at sea was far more subdued than the deadly clash last year. The navy intercepted the "Dignity al-Karama" some 40 miles (65 kilome ters) off the coast and boarded the ship without incident after the crew ignored calls to change course. "The takeover was orderly and done with restraint," the navy's deputy comman der, Brig. Gen. Rani BenYehudah told reporters at the southern Israeli port of Ashdod. "Nobody was hurt and the ship wasn't damaged." The military had warned it would stop any attempt to break the sea blockade of Gaza, which Israel imposed four years ago in what it says is a measure to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group. The boat was not carry ing aid supplies. The white boat was taken to the port in Ashdod, where foreign activists were to be questioned and then deported "to their countries of origin as soon as possible," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. Passengers included activists from France, Swe den, Canada and Greece. There were also three journalists, including an Israeli, and several crew members. In Paris, a spokeswoman for the organisers said the group had no contact with the ship's passengers. "We have reasserted our request for the French authorities to be very firm in order to protect and repatriate as soon as possible our fellow citizens but also all the members of the Flotilla," said Julien Rivoire, a spokesman for A French boat for Gaza. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said his government advised activists not to take part in the flotilla because such activities "can only reinforce tensions." He also said the Gaza blockade must be lift ed. The Dignity al-Karama was the only ship remaining from a larger protest flotilla that had hoped to sail weeks ago but was blocked by Greek authorities. There have been charges that Israel's seizure of boats on the high seas is piracy and contrary to international law. Israel claims it has the right to enforce a quar antine on Gaza to prevent weapons from reaching the territory's militant Hamas rulers, and many international law experts have backed up Israel's con tention. In a text message sent to reporters, the Hamas gov ernment in Gaza condemned the seizure of the boat. Israel imposed the embargo in 2007 after Hamas, an Iranian-backed militant group dedicated to Israel's destruction, seized control of Gaza. Critics say the blockade has failed to weaken the group and instead has hurt the territory's economy, collectively punishing its 1.6 million people. Israel withdrew its forces and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but it continues to control most border cross ings, as well as its coastline and airspace. The Israeli military released video footage of what it said was Tuesday's takeover. It showed several soldiers on board the Dig nity al-Karama as a pair of navy boats bobbed in the water nearby. The military said the operation went smoothly, and soldiers gave the activists water and snacks. With the land blockade greatly eased in he wake of the clash with the Turkish flotilla, large amounts of consumer goods now flow into Gaza. But restrictions remain on importing con struction materials, which are sorely needed to repair damage caused by an Israeli military offensive two years ago. Israel says items like metal, cement and glass could be diverted for mili tary purposes, and has approved individual construction projects in coordination with the international community. Despite the restrictions, builders in Gaza under Hamas supervision con structed a new shopping mall that was opened for business Tuesday in Rimal, an upscale neighborhood in Gaza City. The $4 million, three-story mall includes only the second escalator in the territory and a tiny movie theater, the first in Gaza since militants burned down movie houses in the 1980s. The new one has not opened yet. Palmor said Israel welcomes development in Gaza, adding that the opening of the mall "speaks for the real economic situation in Gaza." Also Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he hopes to visit Gaza after a trip to Egypt in about two weeks. World leaders have rarely entered Gaza since Hamas took control. ISRAELI N AVY TAKES OVER GAZA -B OUND FREN CH SHIP ISRAELI NAVAL BATTLE SHIP sails after escorting the vessel the Dignity al-Karama towards the port of Ashdod ,Israel, Tuesday. Israeli naval commandos seized cont rol of a French ship attempting to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, reporting no resistance during the takeover in international waters.The navy boarded the ship after the pro-Palestinian activists on board ignored calls to change course. (AP WASHINGTON A ssociated Press T HEObama administration lacks a coherent policy for handling terror suspects captured outside of Afghanistan, the Republi-c an leaders of five House o f Representatives committees told President Barack Obama Tuesday. The lawmakers signed a letter questioning why the administration decided tot ry a suspected Somali terr orist in a civilian court in New York rather than in a military commission at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The military c aptured Ahmed Abdulkad ir Warsame on April 19 a nd then put him aboard a Navy warship, where he was interrogated at sea by intelligence officials. H e was later transferred to New York where he was indicted this month on fede ral charges. While the primary focus in the media on the Warsame case has beena bout forum selection for purposes of prosecution,o ur overarching concern is t he lack of a comprehens ive detention system to incapacitate and interrogate terrorists captured outsideo f Afghanistan," the lawmakers wrote. S igning the letter, all R epublicans, were Armed S ervices Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, Intelligence committ ee chairman Mike Rogers, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-L ehtinen, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith and Homeland Security Committee Chairman P eter King. In the letter, the mem bers cited recent congress ional testimony from Vice Adm. William McRaven, who said decisions are made on a case by case b asis on where to hold suspected terrorists captured by the U.S. military outside o f Afghanistan and Iraq. They wrote that the lack of a comprehensive military d etention system will have d etrimental results, includ ing "the loss of critical detainee-provided intelli-g ence and forcing the Unit ed States to be wholly dependent on foreign gov ernments to hold and provide access to detainees." Under interrogation, Warsame provided what U .S. officials said was important intelligence about al-Qaida in Yemen and its relationship with alShabab militants in Somalia. The two groups have been known to have ties,but the extent of that relationship has remained unclear. The FBI later stepped in and began the interrogation from scratch, in a way that could be used in court. After the FBI read Warsame his right not to incriminate himself, which include the right to remain silent and speak with an attorney, he kept talking for days. Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, disputed the Republi can claims in the letter. "The policy is fairly clear as long as you understand that it's not a black and white situation or a math problem. We hold everybody we can and get the most information we can," Smith said in an interview. The decision is either a civil-ian trial or military tribunal, and Smith said the admin istration "in this case, made the right call." The House-passed defense bill spending billhas language that would limit Obama's authority to transfer terrorist suspectsfrom the U.S. naval facility at Guantanamo to installa tions in the United States, even for trial. It also would make it difficult for the administration to move detainees to foreign coun tries. Smith said that Congress needs to "take the handcuffs off" and allow the president to use all tools available in the war on ter ror. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the let ter. NORESISTANCEREPORTED ININTERNATIONALWATERSINCIDENT TOP REPUBLICANS PRESS OBAMA ON DETENTION POLICY ISRAELI NAVAL COMMANDOS escorts the vessel the Dignity al-Karama towards the port of Ashdod,I srael, Tuesday. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NEW YORK Associated Press FOR VIEWERSof Rupert Murdoch's appearance before Parliament, the pie in the face was just icing on the cake. It was also a shocking and appalling twist: The paunchy, plaidshirted intruder armed with a loaded pie plate had gained access to the presumably secure hearing chamber and splattered Murdoch with what seemed to be foam or shaving cream. Moments later the man was seen in a corridor in police custody, himself also splattered with his foam. Moments after that, he was outdoors, being whisked away in cuffs. He was soon identified as some sort of comedian named Jonnie Marbles. "A story we just couldn't make up, no matter how hard we tried," said a shaken Fox News Channel commentator, voicing a typical response. Even without this untoward stunt, the hearing had begun with a builtin curiosity level. As MSNBC correspondent Michael Isikoff said, "Rupert Murdoch is this Wizard of Oz-type figure somebody you hear a lot about, clearly very powerful, but very rarely seen in this kind of setting where he has to answer questions in public." Presumably, many viewers had tuned in to see the man behind the curtain, especially after recent weeksof escalating coverage of phonehacking scandals and other revelations that have rocked News Corp., the global media empire of which Murdoch is chairman and CEO. Oft-repeated file footage of Mur doch pictured him on a golf course, taking a phone call in his office, and beaming alongside Rebekah Brooks, his former U.K. newspaper chief who was arrested on Sunday (and testified after him on Tuesday). But now here was a chance to see the 80-year-old media titan live, uncut and in the hot seat. The media accommodated public interest. Extensive coverage in the U.S. was provided by networks including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, Current TV, CNN International and CNN en Espanol, as well as Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, which are both owned by News Corp. Facing a horseshoe-shaped panel occupied by the British lawmakers, Murdoch was seated at a table with his son, James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer of the company. Just behind him was the elder Murdoch's attractive young wife, Wendi Deng, who looked on solemnly and occasionally seemed to pat him on the back reassuringly. If Rupert Murdoch had always seemed by reputation a larger-thanlife figure and his accomplishments seemed to bear it out here he appeared very Oz-like indeed: a wizened old man, hunched, with his face often downcast. He interrupted his son's first response, placing his hand on his son's arm and stating: "I would just like to say one sentence: This is the most humble day of my life." James Murdoch, smooth and corporate in style, did most of the talk ing. He never lost his composure and was crisply deferential, even if at times he got a bit tangled in syntax while expressing sorrow at not knowing more, and earlier, about the company he helps run: It's "a matter of deep frustration, mine, I have to tell you, I know, and I sympathize with the frustration of this committee, and it's a matter of real regret that the facts could not emerge and could not be gotten to, to my understanding, faster," he said as part of one answer. Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch refused to be upstaged, or cowed. At times, he was defiant in his lack of information. "I need to say something, and this is not an excuse, maybe it's an explanation," he declared at one point, before noting that News Corp. has 53,000 employees "who are proud and great and ethical and distin guished," and that he couldn't be expected to keep up with all of them. After more than two hours of testimony, the final questioner, Louis Mensch, was asking her first question to James Murdoch when viewers saw him glance to his left and register shock. He jumped to his feet, but Wendi Deng seemed to lunge for the would-be attacker, swatting him. After a short scuffle, he was taken away and the hearing was briefly recessed. When the questioning resumed, the public and the press had been banished. "My questions will be just as tough as ever they would have been," said Mensch, "had that unfortunate incident not occurred." Rupert Murdoch, now in his shirt sleeves and clearly unfazed by the pie ambush, waited as she phrased her next query, "Before we were so rudely interrupted ..." COMMITTEE MEMBERS react after a protestor, left checked shirt named on Twitter as Jonnie Marbles, tries to throw a paper plate covered in shaving foam over Rupert Murdoch as he gave evidence to a House of Commons Committee in London, Tuesday on the News of the World phone hacking scandal. (AP RUPERT MURDOCH SPLATTERED AT HACKING HEARING
A R T IS H O PES TO M E RG E A R T IS T S O F AL L S T YLES T H E MANY REMA KES OF T H E HI T MA R VI N'S R OO M' BA H AMA S H OS T S MIS S T EE N US A CO MPET I TI ON 2011 WEDNESD A Y JUL Y 20, 2011 T H E T RI B U N E S EC T I ON C HAPPY BIR THDA Y TO ME Kendal Hanna A Retrospective Exhibition By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor "A rt is my life, I have no other life to live," said 75 -year-old Kendal Hanna at the opening of his art exhibit in the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. The exhibitHappy Birthday to Me-The work of Kendal Hanna is a retrospective composition of the dazzling career of the celebrated abstract artist who blazed a trail in that particular form of self expression that is emulated today. Gazing at the array of vastly different paintings is almost like sitting down with Hanna and having a conversation about the many stages of his lifethe themes are ones which he finds important emancipationmeaningful a portrait of the late Bahamian businessman Vincent D'Aguilar or in same cases just fancies of imaginationbodies dancing in jubilee but all tell a story about who this man is as he puts it "One thing I'm quite certain of is my identity exists in these works. People looking at these works will know that I am a black man and that I am Bahamian." SYMBOLISM He said: "I believe in living life to the fullest and to the edge. My work is filled with symbolism. I have chosen this medium in my search for the truth and self discovery. This exhibit is my journey through life," he said. And yet despite this being a retrospective, he believes there is more to tell in the Kendal Hanna story. Hanna is ready to delve into another medium of abstract expression sculpture. He says that he has a passion for sculpture that is as strong as his desire to paint, noting that sculpture is a medium filled with much symbolism as well and that he is moved by its strong solid lines" and that he is ready to marry the two. So perhaps in a few years art patrons can expect a Kendal Hanna sculpture retrospective equally moving and expressive. According to the NAGB website: In spite of there not being many examples to follow, Kendal Hanna always knew he wanted to be an artist. At an early age he met the American artist John St John (19111986) and undertook his first formal drawing lessons with him. Later he became one of the first Bahamians to join the now famous Chelsea Pottery. At the Pottery, he became friends with future Bahamian artist luminaries such as Maxwell Taylor and Brent Malone. Hanna has always had an experimental mind and at an early stage became immersed in the ideas and possibilities of Abstract Expressionism. While he concedes that his work may be difficult, he surmises: "Everybody is more familiar with what is visible in an object, what the eye is focused on outwardly. When people express themselves like this it does surprise them. It is my subconscious mind expressing itself on In 2009, Kendal Hanna received the E. Clement Bethel Award for his contribution to Bahamian art from the College of The Bahamas. In 2011, he is being honored with a retrospective exhibition at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. A TRUE SCHOLAR Speaking at the opening on FridayEducation minister Desmond Bannister noted that Hanna is a a true scholar of the arts whose works are a treasure to behold. He said that he is a true example of what it means to rise above challenge and become a true ambassador of the Bahamas. Fellow artists John Cox and Heino Schmid also noted the achievements of the artist. Mr Cox said that Hanna's ability to focus embody such a degree of passion in abstract painting in a time when it was difficult enough to be just be a painter is a true testament to him. Mr Schmid added that Hanna attacks every painting not like its his last, but his first. He has a slow moving way of painting that is the language of his practice." Kendal Hanna Happy Birthday to Me" Retrospective Exhibition runs at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas until Monday, January 2, 2012.
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 T he picturesque Atlantis Resort served as the stunning background for the fourth consecutive year as the 50 contestants of the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant put their best stiletto foot forward before a sold out crowd of family and friends and celebrity judges on Saturday. E ig h te e n ye a r -o ld D an i e ll e Do t y f ro m Ha r li nge n, Te xas e me rg ed v ict o ri ou s su c c e e di ng th e 2 0 1 0 q ue e n K a m ie C ra w ford of Maryland. Danielle wowed everyone in a stun ning, strapless beaded white and silver e v en in g g ow n b ef ore de m on stra ti ng he r po ise as she an swe red he r fi nal qu estio n which was whether teens should under go plastic surgery. D a n i e l l e e n c o u r a g e d h e r p e e r s t o a l l o w t h e i r b od i e s t o f u ll y d e v e l op b e fo re u nd e rg o in g th e k n if e b ut al so no t ed th a t self co nfidenc e and bod y i mage a r e a lso imp ort ant t o teen s and s aid t hat o nce teens weighed all the options with their p a r e nt s i n t h e en d i t wa s a p er s o n al choice. The event held at the Paradise Island r e s o r t w a s r e p o r t e d l y a t t e n d e d b y a record s ell-out crowd of 1 ,400 including Si r S ol K erz ne r, US A mba ssa dor N ic ole Ava nt, as w ell as the r e ignin g Miss U niverse and the reigning Miss USA. According to Miss Universe organis ers, the w eb str e am of the fina le attrac ted appr oximately 150,000 view er s t his year compared to just 45,000 last year. "M iss T e en USA has become a staple on the calendar of Atlantis and the Bahamas. "E a c h y ea r th e p ag e an t e xc e e ds in the quality of its presentation. A t l a n t i s a n d t h e B a h a m a s h a v e be c om e th e id ea l sta ge for th e gi a nt ste p t a k e n b y t h e s e y o u n g w o m e n wh o s e future will always be impacted by their sta y h ere sa id At la nti s rep rese n tat iv e s. T he e xp os u r e fo r At l ant i s a nd fo r the cou ntr y is immeasurable The residu a l i m p a c t c o n ti n u e s lo n g a f t e r t h e g u e st s a nd th e c on te sta nt s c om pl e te th ei r w e e k l on g s t ay N o d o ub t A t la n ti s a nd t h e Bahamas is a winner in the Miss Teen USA pageant." P i ctured are the lad ies in c ompetiti on as well as the evening's entertainment K i a H am p t o n M i s s K en t u ck y U S A who s ang Bett er Be Re ady a s on g which was written by R&B star Ne-Yo. Miss Teen USA 2011
JULY 22 FRIDAY AN E V EN I N G OF JAZZ & C L ASSI C AL M US IC CONC ERT The Eastern Community Association presents 'An Evening of Jazz & Classical Music Concert' featuring the Eastern Community Association Page Setters Concert Band. Begins at 7pm at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Prince Charles Dr. Dress: casual smart. Donation: $25 per person. Refreshments will be served following the concert. July 23 and 30 JUN K ANOO SUMME R F ESTIV A L The Junkanoo Summer Festival is being held at Arawak Cay from 10am8.30pm. Features top artists and musicians, story time and Bahamian games, authentic Bahamian art and craft, Junkanoo rush-outs and much more. Delicious Bahamian food and cold drinks available. ONGOING THURSDAYS JAZZ 'N WINE A T TH E WI N E LOUNGE The Wine Lounge hosts Jazz n' Wine every Thursday night featuring a live band. Located on East Bay St, adjacent to Shell gas station. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars. Telephone: 356-0614. See www.winelounge.bs. ONGOING TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS JAZZ A T TH E HIL T ON The British Colonial Hilton welcomes Vice Versa, featuring Jazz Vocalist Naomi Taylor. 6pm for start at 6.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Unwind with their sultry, smooth sounds in the elegant Bullion Bar while enjoying cocktails and delicious appetizers in the beautiful ambiance of the Hilton. Telephone: 3223301. AUG UST 2 6 & AUGU ST 8 1 2 ART C L ASSES FOR CHILDREN & POTTER Y CL ASS ES F OR ADULT S JB Pottery Studio on Cable Beach hosts art classes for kids aged 5 to 17 years and pottery classes for adults. Starting at $225 for half day rate with all materials included. Learn tie dye & batik, mosaics, drawing, sculpture, pottery and ceramics, weaving and paper making. Adults learn pottery over a 6-week period with flexible times. Tele phone: 327-8109 or 3271151. Email: behagg@coral wave.com. T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 T H I N G S 2 DO By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer AN E D GY u p sc al e se t t i n g, b ro u gh t to l i f e b y t h e u p b ea t rh yt h ms o f DJ C l ea n C u t i s w h a t t h e LI V c el eb ra ti o n i s o f f eri n g T h e p a rt y w h i ch i s sp o n s o red b y B el ved er e V o d k a H e n n e s s y P u r e W h i t e & V e u ve C l i q u o t P h a t G r o o ve 4 e ve r e n t e rt a i n me n t B l a ck B e r ry A r c Med ia, and Asu e Draw wi ll be h eld th is S a t u r d a y a t A S t o n e s T h r o w A w a y l o c a t e d W e s t Ba y S tr eet At t e n d ee s c an t a k e f u l l a d va n t ag e o f t h i s b o t t l e co n c ep t e ve n t b y h a vi n g t h ei r p er s o n al b o t t l e o f Ve u ve Cl i q u o t He n n ess y, B el ve d ere, sc o t ch wh i s k ey, Ba il ey s, P each S ch n ap p s, re d o r wh i t e w i n e O r ag n i s er s o f t h e e ve n t a r e ca l l i n g a l l t o c o m e o u t, cel eb r at e, an d to ast gl as s es to li vi n g An d si n c e li f e i s a c el eb ra ti o n w h at b e tt e r wa y t o cel eb ra te i t t h an at t h e L I V eve n t. T h i s i s a b o t t l e c o n c ep t p a rt y an d w e w an te d t o d o s o me t h i n g d i f f er e n t W e b el i ev e t h at l i f e i s a cel eb r at i o n a n d w e wan t p eo p l e to co m e o u t an d j u s t c el eb r at e t h e gi f t o f l i f e i n a gr eat wa y, s ai d L ev in W i l so n t h e eve n t' s o rga n is i er. Th i s event is s imi l ar to on e p ro mo te d b y th e o rgan i sers o f L IV i n F l o rid a, as it att ract s a so p h is ti cat ed cr o wd o n th e i nt ern at io n al sc ene. Th u s t hey exp ect t o at tr act t he sam e gro u p of att end ees at th e lo cal LIV c eleb rat i o n T h ei r a i m i s t o p r o vi d e u p s ca l e e n t e rt a i n m en t to th e Bahami a n cro wd a t a reaso n a b l e co st. And they say a t te n dees will g et th e i r m o ney w o r t h "It wi ll b e a gr eat p ar ty an d a gr eat celeb r at io n We wan t p eo p l e to c om e o ut an d h ave a g oo d t i m e P e o p l e c a n a l s o e x p e c t a g r e a t cr ow d ," h e to l d T ri bu n e En t ert ai nm en t Th e mu si c w il l b e p ro vi ded b y so u nd s f ro m DJ Cl ean Cu t. 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F o r e v e r y d o l l a r s p e n t w h e n s h i p p i n g w i t h t he Ma i lB oat Com pa ny, Poi nt s/ Mi le s are g i v en t ow ar ds e i th er a i rl i ne of y ou r choi ce Th e Ma il B oat Com pa ny L t d. ope rat e s a lo c al p as s en g er a n d fr e igh t s er v ic e in to F re e p or t G B t h re e t i m e s we e k l y a n d o ff e r s I n t e r n a t i o n a l F r e i g h t S e r v i c e f r o m 3 p o r t s i n F l o r i d a ( M i a m i F t L a u d e r d a l e a nd O r l a n do P h ot o s h ow s man ag er s a nd w in ner s f rom t he v a ri ous l oca ti o ns. M A I L B O A T C O M P A N Y L T D I N D E P E N D E N C E D A Y P ROMOTION 1 0 TH CUS T O M E R G IVE A W A Y PIC TURE s hows J os ette De meri tte an d M yria m Stap leto n ( M ai lBoa t De sig nat ed Pers on As hore & Se conda r y Person A s hore) w h o attend ed Lloy d's Maritime A c ade my in London for a 1 week Technical Fleet Management & Performance Monitoring Seminar. The annual Seminar is a prac tical guide towards improving ship performance and voyage efficiency. DARIA'S PAINTING NADINE'S PAINTING
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 2011 J us t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past Memories of 12 glorious years 1954 to 1966. Speed Week was first held at Windsor Field and later at Oakes Field over an exciting two weeks during which both international and local drivers competed. Some participants included Sterling Moss pictured with Sir Norman Solomon, also an enthusiastic com petitor Lance Reventlow, Ricardo Rodrigues, Carol Shelby, Roger Penske and many more. BY ROLAND ROSE J us t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past Hope Town, Abaco 1960 Hope Town Abaco, 2010 BY ROLAND ROSE
T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 By LESH D RIZZY DRAKE has been keeping a low profile lately, but recently he gave us a track from his sophomore project, entitled Take Care coming out later this fall. He has released a new track that has taken over the Internet and various night clubs. The brand new hit is called Marvin's Room. I n the new so ng, Dr ake i s apparent ly maki ng a dr unk c al l to his ex gir lf riend w h o h a s m o v e d o n H e m a k e s a n at t em pt t o p er s u ad e h er t o l eav e h er ma n and mee t up with him that ni ght a t th e c l ub. H e sin gs: "But I' ve been dr inki ng so mu ch th at I 'm a ca ll he r an yway and s ay, F orget th at du de t hat yo u lo ve so ba d, I k no w yo u s ti ll th in k a bo ut th e t i m es we h ad I s ay f o r g et t h a t d u d e t h at y o u t h i n k y o u f o u n d, A n d s i nc e y o u pi c k e d up I kn o w h e n ot a ro u nd ? '" The lady on t h e othe r side of the phone lin e say, "A re yo u dr unk r ight now" Dr ake also g ave us a v is ual into Marvin' s Roo m, which s hows him d rowning in alcohol T he video is s impl eh e m u s t h a v e p u t i t t o g e t h e r t h e n i g h t befor e. It s hows him st a gger ing around th e c l ub bef ore dialin g his ex. M or e t h a n o n e m on t h a f te r D r a k e c a me o u t w i th t he so ng t he re h a ve b e e n n u m e r o u s r em a k e s o f t h e s i n g l e a nd count less home made vers ion s by fans pos ted on You Tub e. It 's an epidem ic! J o jo T ey an a T ay l or C hr i s B r o wn S a mm i e R om e o Li l W a y n e a n d Ti ff a ny Green ha ve a ll jumped on the Marvin's Ro om "r e ma ke t r ai n. T ey an a Tay lor took it as fa r as ma king a video fo r her ver s ion of t he s ong. Mar vin' s Room is t urn ing i nto one of the m ost r e m ixed s ongs of 2011. Jojo added her s pin o n th e tr ack and I thi nk i t is the best r emake of the son g b y f a r s h e s o u n d s gr ea t T he t we n t y year old is all g ro w n up n ow and her t a l e n t h a s a l s o g r o wn I l o v e D r ak e, ther e i s no o ther li ke h im, b ut I ac t ually pr efer Jojo' s ver si on over his I n h e r v e r s i o n s h e r e s p o n d s t o D r a k e s d r u n k d i a l i n g c a l l s a n d s h e sings "I'm just s a yin' you could do better ." She goes on to s ing: I hear you got a new chick, a dancer lit tle Barbi e d o l l I f e e l s o p a t h e t i c b u t y o u s t i l l ha ve n't hea rd i t al l. Forge t tha t n ew g irl tha t y ou l ike so b ad, she's not craz y like me, I bet you lik e that ." Go ing f urth e r, just w e ek s a fte r, sin ge r Chri s Brown tr ied his hand at the M arvi n's Room fame and co llaborate d w ith s i n g e r S e v en f r o m R ic h G i r l a n d h i s "Deu ces" co llab or ato r Ke vin M cCall. L i k e Jo j o C hr i s B r o wn i s t e ll i n g h i s lady f rien d th at, "s he can't do bet ter ." Aft er h is re le a se, C B to ok i t t o tw i tte r and twe eted: "Hav en't g iven you'll fr ee mus ic in a while. Tho ught I wou ld do som eth ing fo r th e lad ie s N o d iss re co rd either for all the slow people out there! Ju s t w r i t i n g f r o m t h e o t h er p e r s p e ct i v e A m o n g t h e h e a p l o a d o f p e o p l e Te y a na T ay l or 's c ov e r of Ma rv i n' s ro o m als o w as a sho c k er to most her vo ice wa s s oo t h i n g an d s he s a n g h er h ea r t o u t, c al l i ng he r v e rs io n o f th e s o ng H e r R o o m T he sin ger noted : "Her Ro om" i s a d e p i c t i o n o f t h e b a t t l e b e t w e e n o u r heart s an d mind s when o ur wor lds are see mingly shattered by the d ownside of love. T his piece is int ended to relat e to ev e r y o n e t h a t s b ee n d o w n a s i m i l a r road We hope t his helps ." Now l et's tal k abo ut T if fany G reen, re m e mb e r h e r? Mi ss G re e n is th e y ou n g l a d y th a t g o t h e r tw e n t y m in u te s of f a m e on the B ET Awar ds jus t a f ew weeks ago. Sh e won a con tes t t hat h ad been spo nsore d b y B E T to pre s e nt the Vi ew er 's Ch oi ce A war d d ur in g t he br oa dc a s t Dur ing the Award s sho w the twenty t h r e ey e a r o l d w as i n t h e s p o t l i g h t w h en she was call ed up to pr esen t the aw ar d and ther e was a hu g e con fus ion a s t o w h o w o n W h i l e t h e TeleP ro mpT er r ead Rihan na, th e iPad she held in her hand s aid Chr is Brown. M is s G r een cal l s Br own s nam e f i r s t, but then quickl y corr ects her self aft er b ei n g pr om p t e d by a s t a ge m an a ge r and s he s hout s, I'm so rr y, it 's Ri hann a He r na me ha d i mme dia tel y bec om e a t re nd y t op i c o n Tw i tt e r a n d si nc e th e n e v e r y o n e w a n t s t o k n o w wh o i s t h i s T if fa ny Gr ee n c a n w e a l l sa y ov e rn i gh t star." We ll kudos t o her a nd he r futur e she mess ed up but she' s f amous now! T if fan y r el ease d her rem ake of Mar v i n' s ro om a nd c a l ls i t, W i fe y 's R o om Be f o r e s t a r t i n g t o s i n g s h e t e l l s h e r fa ns tha t she is not a singer, she' s a rapp er an d s he k n o w s t h e r e a r e l o t s o f r e m a k e s o u t o n t h e t r a c k b u t s h e s add ing a cr eat iv e twi s t t o it and giv ing th em her ve rs i on. Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y L I N E Eminem NOT AFRAID "I promise to focus solely on handling my responsibility's as a father So I solemnly swear to always treat this roof like my daughters and raise it You couldn't lift a single shingle on it Cause the way I feel, I'm strong enough to go to the club Or the corner pub and lift the whole liquor counter up Cause I'm raising the bar, I shoot for the moon But I'm too busy gazing at stars, I feel amazing and I'm not afraid" YA HEAR Nicki Minaj was in a fight? Last week, rumors spread that Nicki Minaj had been involved in a verbal altercation with a young man identified as her hypeman Safaree Samuels SB that turned physical. According to TMZ, the argument began poolside and ended with the two in a hotel room where SB allegedly hit her in the lower lip. N ic ki Min aj to ok to Twit ter de nying the rumou r : "The fac t th at y ou bel iev e a ma n e ither s l appe d or punc he d me in the fac e & did n't lea ve on a stretc he r w/ his ba lls han dgun off? #g eta F*c kinLife ." S afare e a lso too k to twit ter an d said: "4 the rec ord I w ould ne ver l ay a hand on ANY wo man, I ha ve all sisters an d N o brothe rs And th at's the last I ll say a bout th at!!! God b l e s s Here what the police report said: "Reporting officers spoke with the Complainant Nicki Minaj, who stat ed a verbal altercation took place at the location at the pool. When Minaj, returned to her hotel room, witness 1 Safaree Samuels was also back at the room. Samuels was also staying in the hotel room with the comp. Minaj told Samuels that she didn't want him taking anything out of the room. Samuels had some of his personal belongings in a suit case, and as Minaj was looking into the suitcase, Samuels grabbed the suitcase and as he was picking it up, he shoved the suitcase across Minaj's chin and lower lip." YA HEAR R.Kelly facing fore closure? The Grammy award winning artist faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion. Crain's Chicago Business reported last week Tuesday that JPMorgan Chase Bank filed the foreclosure lawsuit last month in Cook County Circuit Court. The complaint states that Kelly hasn't made monthly mortgage payments since June of last year. The principal due is more than $2.9 million. The R&B singer's spokesman, Allan Mayer, declined to comment about the foreclosure. But he tells The Associated Press that Kelly isn't in financial trouble. HELL: THE SEQUEL (EP) Bad Meets Evil FINALLY FAMOUS Big Sean PLANET PIT Pitbull PINK FRIDAY Nicki Minaj ROLLING PAPERS W iz Khalifa RECOVERY Eminem SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING LMF AO ALL 6'S & 7'S T ech N9ne MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP PRESENTS... V arious Artists WEEKEND AT BURNIES Cur r en$Y T E N R A P JOJO calls her version Marvin's Room, can't do better." THE ORIGINAL Drizzy Drake making headlines for the most remixed song of 2011. CHRIS BROWN adds his flavour to Marvin's Room. CLIPS from Teyana Taylor video as she sings her heart out in her version "Her Room". IT'S AN EPIDEMIC