EMBASSYESSAYCONTEST W W R R I I T T E E R R S S O O F F T T O O M M O O R R R R O O W W NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mitchell fury at visa fraud claim Volume: 108 No.67THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL HIGH 82F LOW 69F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PLP MP Fred Mitchell moved quickly to file a lawsuit yesterday after a Wikileaks document claiming the Fox Hill MP pressured Foreign Affairs staff to grant visas to 30 ineligible Chinese nationals was tabled in the Senate. The document details a conversation between a senior Foreign Affairs official and a former US Embassy consular chief, in which it was claimed the visa applicants were sponsored by former PLP MP Sid ney Stubbs. The civil servant accused Mr Mitchell, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, of complic ity in visa fraud by pressuring his staff to issue visas to ineligible visa applicants and, specifically, to unqualified Chinese nationals, the embassy official wrote in his cable to the State Depart ment. The Foreign Affairs staffer MP accused o ver Chinese applications C HICKEN McBITES N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHY BUY ANYWHERE EL SE ?!?!Most extensive line in the Bahamas of HURRICANE RESISTANT Windows and Entrance External & NOW Internal Doors Call STORM FRAME WINDOWS for your free estimate today 325-6633 By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN accused of a triple shooting that killed two men and injured another was arraigned at a Magistrates Court yesterday. Kenneth Knowles, 32, of Pinewood Gardens, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, at Court One, Nassau Street, on two charges of murder and one attempted murder. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT: The Grand Bahama Shipyard is offering a $50,000 reward for informa tion leading to the recovery of $300,000 worth of equipment stolen from its yard last week. Rueben Byrd, senior vice By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com POLICE moved yesterday to calm visitor fears after two journalists claimed money was stolen from their room at the Nassau Royal Palm Hotel on West Bay Street. Central Division com manding officer Supt Stephen Dean said despite the victims claims that the incident was just one in a long list of similar thefts, this is not the case. He said: I was expecting By AVA TURNQUEST firstname.lastname@example.org BAHAMIANS were urged to exact greater personal responsibility in the leadership of the country as the Democratic National Alliance launched its national slate of candidates last night. The party announced Gal leria Cinemas Ltd CEO, and candidate for Nassau Village, Chris Mortimer as the new deputy leader during their Peoples Summit hosted at the Wyndham Nassau Resort ballroom. DNA Leader Branville McCartney reiterated his party's promises and policies on immigration, electoral reform, Family Island development, the regularization of generational land, and finance sector reform. Among the listed initiatives, Mr McCartney said his administration would ensure that the post of Prime Minis ter is limited to two terms. A DNA government would also seek to establish a Code of Conduct Act for public officials, and make amendments to the Public Disclosure Act to ensure accountability among politicians after they have left service, Mr McCartney said. The DNA leader also out lined plans for the introduction of a value added tax sys tem and the decentralization of the population in New Providence through expanded training opportunities and job creation in Andros. Heralding his partys achievement as the first third party to produce a full slate of candidates, Mr McCartney said the milestone is evident of a sweeping change in the CHRIS MORTIMER applauds last night. He has been named deputy to Branville McCartney. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff MOR TIMER N AMED DN A DEPUT Y LEADER I NSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE SEEPAGES14-17 THE US Embassy has announced the four winners of this years Martin Luther King Civil Rights Essay Contest. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to explore the life of Dr King and reflect on how civil rights and diversity affect their lives today. More than 90 high school students throughout the Bahamas submitted entries in the sixth annual contest, which focused on the contributions made by American civil rights leaders who were influenced Dr King. The winners were: Cedric Munroe of Doris Johnson Senior High School in New Providence, who wrote on Dr Maya Angelou. Benita Delaney of Sunland Baptist Academy in Grand Bahama, who wrote about John R Lewis. Devin Major of the Moores Island All-age School on Moores Island, Abaco, who wrote about Reverend Jesse Jackson. Stevanno Miller of Preston Albury High School in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, who wrote on Reverend Jesse Jackson. O riginally, two winners were going to be chosen to receive the grand prize a new Apple iPad 2 and have their winning essays featured in national newspapers, but the Embassys aid they had so many top class entries this year, they had to choose four. See pages 14-17. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERS REWARD OFFER BY SHIPYARD POLICE EASE THEFT FEARS im lovin it
cultural mind set of the nation since the party was formed nine months ago. We have been divided by mere colours; weve been brainwashed to believe that, because of political ties, we cannot work together to move this nation forward, that somehow one group is smarter than the other, that somehow we cannot co-exist, Mr McCartney said. Truly, you dont believe that? Its not too late to shake off that force of complacency that has brought us oppression, insensitivity, ignorance, bitterness and false impression that you dont deserve better, and so, you should not receive better." If elected to government, Mr McCartney said his administration would regularize the status of children born abroad to Bahamian married women, and limit the issuance of work permits unless there were "no trained Bahamians available or unwilling" to accept the job. Penalties under the Immigra tion laws would be increased and the harbouring of illegals would be made an offence, he said. Within the partys first and second term, Mr McCartney said his administration would expand housing and training facilities at both the College of the Bahamas and the B ahamas Technical and V ocational Institute on Andros and Grand Bahama. The upgrades would be exacted through public and private partnerships, Mr McCartney said, with the development of flagship schools for Film and Creative Arts, and Science and Technology in Grand Bahama, and Marine and Agricultural Sci ence in Andros. This gradual population shift and decentralization of the population from New Providence back to the islands will not only go a long way in family island redevelopment, but it will also play a significant role in alleviating the stresses and social chaos that come along with overpopulation, Mr McCartney said. Along with job creation, this move will have a drastic impact on incidents of crime in our society. Mr McCartney also pledged to honour the tripartite agreement within the first 60 days of office by establishing union representation in the training and promotions o f Public Service employees, h eads of Government meetings and other international forums where workers rights are affected. Mr McCartney underscored his administrations commitment to reducing the cost of living and doing business in the county through adherence to recommendations put forth by the National Energy Policy Committee. We are one vote away from possessing the Promise Land, he said. One vote away from Bahamian ownership! One vote away from not being second class citizens in your own country! I say ring the bell Ingra ham, ring it loudly, bring it on, we are ready. The DNA is ready. The Bahamas is ready. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e SUPPORTERS cheer on the DNAat last nights rally. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff MORTIMER NAMED DNA DEPUTY LEADER C HRISMORTIMER a ddresses a jubilant crowd.
By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN accused of possessing fake Bahamian cur rency notes was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday morning. Marvin Curtis, 34, of Sunlight Cottage appeared before Magistrate Guillimi na Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street in connection with the alleged offence, reportedly committed on Sunday, February 12. It is alleged that Curtis was in possession of 15 fake Bahamian $50 notes bearing the serial numbers B629061 and B071194. The prosecution claims the accused knew the notes were forged, but purported that they were genuine. Curtis denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. The prosecution offered no objection to bail, and Curtis was granted a $2,000 bond with one surety. He returns to Magistrates Court for trial on September 5, when two witnesses are expected to give evidence. Curtis was not represented by an attorney at yesterdays proceeding. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 3 MAN ACCUSED OVER FAKE BAHAMIAN CURRENCY By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org AMERICAN Embassy Consular Chief John Armstrong said this year, keeping US visa appointments will be much easier for Family Island residents. Embassy officials say they have noticed that many Fam ily Islanders find it hard to make it to morning interviews because of flight schedules, so they want to make the process more user friendly. From now on, Mr Armstrong said, Wednesday after noon will be reserved for interviews with non-New Providence residents. He said: They can fly in on the same day and leave. A courier service could then deliver their passports back. Mr Armstrong said anyone who needs a Wednesday afternoon appointment because they are travelling from a Family Island should make this known to embassy officials ahead of time. Embassy officials say that if the response to the service substantial, more afternoon sessions could be offered. There is no end date for the new provision. B y LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE manslaughter and abetment trial of two police officers charged in connec-tion with the death of a father-of-six began yesterday in Supreme Court. Cpl Donovan Gardiner and Constable Tavares Bowleg, charged with the death of 28-year-old Desmond Key, sat in the prisoners dock as prosecutor Linda Evans gave her opening statement and called the first witness to give evidence. Shatia Seymour, an eye-witness on the night of June 17, 2007, told the court her version of what transpired before Key was arrested and detained at the Grove Police Station. Ms Seymour said her car ran out of gas on Robinson Road near the thenclosed Shell Service Station, and her brother-in-law Desmond Key pulled up in his Nissan Maxima to offer help. She said a police car pulled up shortly after and two officers, one of whom she identified as Tavaris Bowleg, got out and approached them, asking why they were on the service stations property. She said Bowleg asked the deceased for his name and chastised him when he did not give a proper answer. The officer inspected Keys licence plate and disc, and noticing suggestions of forgery, told the deceased he was going to be arrested. She said Key ran away but then turned back around, to show the officers he couldve gotten away if he wanted to. He was handcuffed and placed in the police car before a third off-duty officer arrived on the scene. Seymour said she was questioned about her relationship to Key and explained he was her brother-in-law. Key was taken to the nearby Grove Police Station and after managing to restart her car, Seymour told Keys girlfriend of the situation before returning with her to the station, but they were denied access to him. During cross-examination, attorney Wayne Munroe suggested the incident did not transpire the way Seymour described. She disagreed, but when asked admitted that Key appeared to be drunk at the time. She insisted the deceased did not curse at police. Ian Cargill, the other defence attorney, questioned Seymours credibility as a witness on the premise that she lied to the police about her relationship with the deceased. The witness admitted Key was not her actual brother-in-law but said she considered him as such, as she was in a relationship with his brother. Seymour said she did not consider this lying. Mr Cargill disagreed, saying lying to police without reason is always a criminal offence. When he questioned her version of events, Seymour admitted that in some ways, the officers carried out the jobs professionally and respectfully. The trial resumes today at 10am in the Ansbacher House courtroom on Bank Lane before Justice Vera Watkins. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l firstname.lastname@example.org A SUPREME Court judge delayed her change-of-plea ruling in the case of disbarred attorney Ralph Jan Ward, who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2 million from his clients. The decision by Justice Vera Watkins to postpone her ruling until March 19 came as a result of a ruling in the Court of Appeal on a similar request. On Monday, February 13, the appellate court ordered a retrial in the case of Angelo Rahming, a man who initially pleaded guilty to killing Troy Seymour in November 2006. The incident took place during an armed robbery after the deceased picked up a deposit bag for his employer, KFC. Rahming admitted guilt to the offence in May 2010 before Senior Supreme Court Justice Hartman Longley, only to ask the court if he could withdraw the plea four months later. He claimed he was intoxicated when he entered his guilty plea, but Senior Justice Longley sentenced Rahming to life in prison for murder and 20 years for armed robbery. That decision was appealed and the appellate court ordered a retrial of the matter, after the Crown admitted that the judge was unfair in not allowing the accused man to withdraw the plea. Yesterday, Justice Watkins told the court she wished to review the case and the recent ruling by the higher court before making a decision. Last July, Ward pleaded guilty to stealing $1.9 million from eight of his clients, breaching their trust. Ward was retained by the victims to complete land sales. Justice Watkins initially delayed his sen tencing to allow him to return the money he had stolen. However, when he reappeared to report on whether he was able to do so, Ward informed the court of his decision to withdraw his guilty plea and enter a not-guilty plea. Last month, Wards attorney Murrio Ducille argued that his client had not received proper legal advice before entering his plea. He said his client had no experience in criminal law, despite his legal training. Prosecutor Eucal Bonaby contended that withdrawing the plea would be an abuse of the process. POLICE have identified the female tourist who drowned in Exuma on Monday morning. Teresa Mische, 63, of Washington DC, was part of a diving team that left the Nassau Yacht Club and headed to the Exuma Cays. Police say the first mate noticed she was attached to the tug line of the boat unconscious He placed her onboard the boat and administered CPR.She was also supplied with oxygen but did not regain consciousness. She was taken to Norman's Cay and then flown to the Lynden Pindling International Airport on a private plane where her body was collected by a local funeral home. Police say the US Embassy has been informed of the woman's death. By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A SOLDIER Road man accused of defrauding a commercial bank of more than $13,000 was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Lettero Poitier, 32, of Gog gle-Eye Road appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street on 15 charges of forged document possession, use of said documents and fraud byfalse pretences. It is alleged that on five occasions between Novem ber 9, 2011 and February 12, 2012, he defrauded First Caribbean International Bank of $13,300. It is claimed he used fake FCIB cheques at the Mall at Marathon branch, drawn on the account of D Patric Paton, knowing they were not genuine. Poitier denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was granted $10,000 bail and returns to court for trial on September 14. Trial of police officers begins at Supreme Court DELAY IN RULING OVER CHANGE OF PLEA RALPH JAN WARD, who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $2m from clients but who is seeking to change his plea to not guilty. FRAUD CHARGE SUSPECT BAILED DROWNED TOURIST NAMED EMBASSY TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS EASIER FOR FAMILY ISLANDERS They can fly in on the same da y and lea ve. A courier service could then deliver their passports back. J J o o h h n n A A r r m m s s t t r r o o n n g g
EDITOR, The Tribune I HAVE heard many refer to election time as silly season. But I only thought it was because the level of propaganda would escalate to extreme proportions. I have seen easily verifiable facts misconstrued and misrepresented by the PLP hoping that the Bahamian people are the same people who they kept in the dark by not opening the airwaves. But nothing could adequately prepare me for the blatant lie told about the n umber of jobs created between 2002-2007. I am actually stunned that a man could look right in the camera and say that 20,000 jobs were created by the still shell shocked PLP. Remember they still have not come to grips yet that they lost the election, when they thought they were doing so well. The not so unusual behaviour of the PLP is sickening to put it mildly, so much so that they have shamelessly adopted the game plan to say they started everything that the FNM is doing. But they still dont get it. Most Bahamians eyes are wide open. The admission that they took five years to just talk, meet, plan and further discuss all of these projects that we see today without, not as much as putting one single shovel in the ground, is a testament that they are just talk and no action. They literally talked for five years, nothing more and nothing less. It took five years to discuss the Straw Market, late again. It took five years to discuss BahaMar, no shovel, late again. It took five years to discuss the airport, no shovel, no asphalt, no building, much too late again. Does anyone in the PLP have one ounce of shame? I snt it clear that Christie talks and Ingraham delivers? W hy are we stating the obvious? The Achilles heel for the PLP is that the Bahamian people, especially the sensib le PLPs, can see that New Providence and several family islands have changed right before our very eyes and will never be the same again. How could we imagine what the residents of the East-e rn end of the island feel when they see clean fresh water? On another note, the financial experts in the PLP came out of the woodwork to scream bloody murder w hen the government wisely opened the share offering for the Arawak Port Development. The scare tactics were done in an effort to prevent the average people like me from getting a piece of the Bahamian Dream, but shazzam, the participation was so overwhelming that it was reported to be oversubscribed three times. The stunning revelation from all of this is that the regular folk from over the hill realise that the Rt Honourable Hubert Alexander Ingraham was looking out for their best interest. Had this been the PLP, they would have never opened this to the masses. The same few insiders of the PLP would have been rubbing their hands w ith glee and saying in unison All for me baby, all for me! The oversubscription also said in no uncertain terms that the people are not checking for the PLP. This must be disheartening. No amount of confession on the PLPs behalf for not delivering is going to help them; in fact it will definitely be to the contrary. To the Bahamians who believe that they must be obligated to the PLP because their grandmother was a PLP, wake up, that era is long gone. Come to the 21st Century. You owe no one anything. Your children and generations yet unborn depend ona man who does, not talk. Think about it. IVOINE W INGRAHAM Nassau, February 4, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS 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 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished 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 Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 WE have always had Haitians in the Bahamas. Like all Bahamians they cameby different routes. Peaceful citizens, they were fully embraced by the locals, and many of them made outstanding contributions to their new country. For example, the first black man to sit in the House of Assembly remaining there for 33 years was Stephen Dillet, a Haitian by birth. His mother was African, his father a French Army Officer. In Haitis revolution of 1802, young Stephen and his mother were put on a boat headed for Cuba to find safe haven. However, their boat was captured by a British privateer and taken to Nassau, where the Dillets settled, and Stephen later entered politics. He was also an active Free Mason, having been appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 1857. Another account of his life has him settling in the US where he owned slaves, then coming to Nassau where, in addition to being a member of the House,he was the islands coroner and postmaster. It is recorded that at one time the historic Balcony House on Market Street now a museum and believed to be the oldest house in the Bahamas dating back to 1788 was his home. And so, over the years, Haitians settled in the Bahamas, fully participated in the islands activities, were embraced by other Bahamians all, at one time or another, themselves immigrants and were solidly woven into the Bahamas human fabric. In those days, no one questioned their identity or their right to be here. Today, how ever, the story has changed. Bahamians whose tendrils once clung to Mother Haiti are terrified to share their now shame ful secret with their fellow Bahamians. Over the years, the situation changed. T he PLP came on the scene with the late Sir Lynden Pindling promising that no longer would Bahamians be hewers of wood and drawers of water. Manual labour was not only demeaning, but abhorrent to Bahamian ears thats Haitian work! And so Bahamians left the farms.S lowly Haitians started to fill the gaps. This was a different type of Haitian they were even unsettling to their Haitian broth ers who had quietly settled here and become Bahamians. Haitian-Bahamians feared that the spotlight would also be turned on them. They, like many Bahami a ns, did not welcome the unskilled who had started to infiltrate the country, and who, as the illegal numbers increased, grew into what is today the Haitian problem. On a radio talk show in 2006, Bahamian Paul Cumberbatch, describing himself as a small farmer with more than 200 acres of land, had a serious complaint with then PLP Minister Shane Gibson, who at the time headed Immigration. Mr Cumberbatch said he needed 500 Haitians on his farm, and did not agree that any of those already in the Bahamas should be sent back to Haiti. He felt that all those with jobs legal or illegal should be regularised and only the jobless should be returned to Haiti. When Sir Lynden was prime minister, he said, no minister could do what Shane (Gibson deputy prime minister Arthur Hanna, who had Immigration in his portfolio, and later when the late Sir Clement Maynard headed Immigration he was given whatever work permits he needed for his Haitians. Those were peaceful days, he said. And so this is how Haitian immigration grew into todays social problem Bahamians refused to work the land themselves labelling it as Haitian work. And PLP politicians pandering to the needs of their supporters by giving them permits to bring in unlimited numbers of unskilled workers to replace Bahamians on the farm. These Haitians, according to Mr Cumberbatch, were landed at the Coral Harbour Defence Force base. Some Bahamians, who were able to get unlim ited numbers of permits, developed side businesses by farming out their Haitians to other Bahamians who had no political godfathers at a good price, of course. Today, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, now in charge of Immigration, is trying to regularise the status of foreigners, among them Haitians. As for work permits, more than half approved were for unskilled jobs such as handymen and housekeepers. Mr Symonette said that them ajority of people who received Bahamian citizenship were born in the Bahamas to foreigners and/or lived here all their lives. Many others were women married to Bahamian men. The Oppositions claim that 10,000 people were awarded citizenship was grossly exaggerated, he said. People keep talking about 10,000 citi zenships given by the FNM. Thats wrong, wrong, wrong, said Haitian Ambassador Antonio Rodrigue. During the year, he said, we had about 500 renounce so where are those 10,000? Mr Rodrigue wanted to know. B ahamian voters have to remember that this is silly season when lies abound. To qualify as an intelligent and responsible voter, they will have to be smarter than the liars and themselves search for the truth. PLPfailed to deliver in its time LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org How and why the Haitian problem grew WANTED WANTED A leading local wholesaler seeks a qualified person for the position of:SALES REPRESENTATIVEThe sales representative will be responsible for selling a wide range of premium health and beauty aid brands and other consumer products within The Bahamas.Skills & Educational RequirementsAssociates degree in business or equivalent with a minimum of three years sales experience, preferably in the consumer products industry.Effective communication and presentation abilities.Effective time management, planning, and organizing skills.Proficiency in a variety of computer applications.Self-motivated team player. Candidates should possess a reliable motor vehicle and be willing to travel to the Family Islands. Please send application letter and rsum by February 23rd, 2012 to: SALES REPP.O. Box N-7504 Nassau, Bahamas or Fax 393.0440We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. EDITOR, The Tribune. THE Nassau Guardian r eported on February 4, 2012, that a businessman was fined and given probation after police collectively found 1.5lbs of marijuana on his person and his business storage and conference room lasty ear. T he defendant, Charles Major III, was allowed by the prosecutor to plead guilty to simple possession of drugs as opposed to possession of drugs with intent to supply. My limited knowledge of the drug trade tells me that 1.5lbs of marijuana sells for $1500. A package of dope sells for $5. This means that the defendant collectively had 150 $5.00 packages. This is comparable to a businessman having 150 half pints of Bacardi Gold in his possession and telling the police that he intended to drink all of them. I think it isf air to say that Mr Major won himself a stroke of luck. The magistrate did say that the number of packages in the defendants possession implied that he was intending to supply others with thed rugs. The defence lawyer s aid that Mr Major came from a prominent family and was actively involved in the sporting community. The prosecu tion apparently agreed with the defendants prominence in society and did not charge him with possession with the intent to supply. I wonder what Corey Clarke must now be saying in prison. He was found with 6.5 ounces of marijuana at a business establishment earlier this year. He also pleaded guilty to simple possession but this was refused by the prosecution and as such he was givent he mandatory sentence of four years on January 17, 2012, by the magistrate for intent to supply. Justice in the Bahamas, despite efforts by the government in its crime package billsl ast year, is still not balanced a nd questionable at best. Will it be fair to say that Mr Clarke does not come from a prominent family? At least no men tion was made of this by the defence. We cant expect our citizens to continue to respect and have faith for the law if they continue to witness others receiving preferential treatment. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, February 7, 2012. A balanced judiciary?
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com DESPITE the challenges of contesting an expanded constituency, Killarney incumbent Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday he is more than confident he will be re-elected. Changes in constituency boundaries last year, specifically the elimination of the Clifton seat, significantly increased the size of Killarney. However, Dr Minnis said he is not worried about losing his seat because his work speaks for itself. Ive been going out everyday, Monday through Saturday, because there is a larger area to cover. I have a whole lot more constituents and I want to ensure that every area is covered and every house is visited. I am confident but not overconfident. That is why I continue to go out personally. I still communicate with my constituents and my office is always open, he said. I feel like I have done a lot but there is still more thatI could have done. There were obstacles and disappointments but we got through them. Moving for ward the only thing I am requesting is more communi ty involvement. We can help ourselves and utilise the resources we have within the community. Dr Minnis said he is campaigning on accountability and community building. I am developing a Killarney plan where all the con stituents will have an input. Down the road, they will evaluate me based on this plan and let me know how I have done as their MP. I am also pushing for community build i ng. Every community has dif ferent issues and concerns. The problems in Gambier wont be the same as problems in South Ocean. Dr Minnis will be running against Jerome Gomez andR ozanna Prodesta Moore, who represent the PLP and the DNA respectively. Dr Minnis said he hopes to establish associations in each area and crime watch groups in each community. Oakes Field, Rock Crusher, Highland Park, Highland Ter race, Vista Marina, Prospect Ridge, Grove West, SkylineD rive East, Skyline Lakes, Perpall Tract West and Stapleton Garden West, were all cut from Killarney when the boundaries were changed. Atlantic Drive West, Westridge, Sandy Port, Sea Beach, Tropical Gardens, Gambier Village, Old Fort Bay, Mt Pleasant Village,L yford Cay, Love Beach, Jacaranda, South Ocean, Charlottesville and Turnberry were all added. Minnis more than confident of Killarney re-election I am developing a Killarney plan where all the constituents will ha v e an input. Do wn the road, they will evaluate me based on this plan and let me know how I have done as their MP. I am also pushing for community building. H H u u b b e e r r t t M M i i n n n n i i s s
TWO senior lawyers are calling for the creation of a Bahamas aircraft registry, saying it could lead to a host of related businesses and industries. They said such a registry would create jobs, fuel economic diversity, potentially boost Family Island business and eventually generate multi-millions of dollars in revenue. "Discussions of a Bahamas aircraft registry have been going on and off for years," said Callenders & Co senior partner Colin Callender. "The establishment of a registry always seemed to be desirable, but distant. Today, there is a heightened sense of readiness and urgency. Thus, we at Callenders & Co are willing to take the lead in driving the process for the creation of a Bahamas aircraft registry, without which we will continue to lose market share to other jurisdictions like Cayman and Aruba who are equipped to be one-stop-shops for high net worth individuals, and with which we can diversity the economy, create jobs and potentially create an entirely new industry. One of Callenders senior associates, Llewellyn BoyerCartwright, a 29-year veteran commercial pilot and flight instructor, has married his airline and aviation training with his legal skills. In January, Mr BoyerCartwright became the first Bahamian to be admitted to the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association. He said the Bahamas is "perfectly situated" to create an aircraft registry. "Look at the success we have enjoyed with the Bahamas Maritime Registry. There were doubting Thomases when that was first proposed, but the income it has generated not just in fees but in related service industries with businesses like the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Bradford Marine has been substantial, far surpassing anyone's early expectations, he said. According to the pilotturned-lawyer, a registry will serve multiple goals. "The first thing most people think of is satisfying the needs of high net worth individuals," said Mr BoyerCartwright, who joined Bahamasair at 19 and went on to certify on several Boeing models and fly for major international carriers. "The person who owns a mega-yacht he can now register in the Bahamas is likely to have a private aircraft, most likely a jet, that he'd like to register here as well and he may even own a second or third home. He wants to do all of his business with one firm and within one jurisdiction whose politics and policies, language and culture he understands. However, if we are unable to meet those needs, we are in effect driving business to competing jurisdictions where they can be accommodated and by doing that we are potentially losing out on real estate transactions, vacation spend, indirect revenue and other investment opportunities. Business from high net worth individuals is only a small part of what both Callenders lawyers think an aircraft registry can bring to the Bahamas. Mr Boyer-Cartwright said: "A host of other related services unfolds chartering, leasing, financing, provisioning, repair, airframe mechanics, power plant, avionics technicians. I foresee a day when the Bahamas becomes a major regional hub for both airlines and general aviation and would even go so far as to predict that such a hub could exist on a large Family Island within fast ferry reach of New Providence, opening up hundreds of jobs. Not everyone has to be a banker, lawyer or doctor to succeed. This could transform a Family Island from bust to boom and make it the surprise business story of the LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 7 Law firm calls for creation of Bahamas aircraft registry COLIN CALLENDER and Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright urged the creation of a Bahamas aircraft registry. Roland Rose/DP&A
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Shipping company eases fears over move FREEPORT THE management of Mediterranean Shipping Company has moved to assure the public of their commitment to both Grand Bahama and the country following claims the company was set to relocate. For more than a decade, the Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the worlds leading global shipping lines, has called the Bahamas home and over time has tranformed the way thousands of companies throughout the country do business, the management said in a statement. The success of MSC in Grand Bahama has also translated into success for the Freeport Container Port, which is one of Grand Bahamas largest employers. Due to the companys success MSC Geneva opted to expand to Nassau in late 2007, allowing Nassau retailers to connect with more than 270 ports worldwide, and ship to five continents under one Bill of Lading, saving the consumer much needed transshipment costs. We are committed to the island, said Manuel Ruiz, general manager of MSC Bahamas. It is unfortunate that rumours in the marketplace have created a lot of talk about us leaving. This simply is not true and we want to assure our clients and most importantly our investors we are here to stay. Mr Ruiz noted that the volume of business in the cargo industry has decreased over the last two years, but said that was to be expected with the state of the world econo my. We have spent the last 11 years growing our company from three staff to over 50, he said. At the end of the day, we are part of the community. The community is built a nd developed by the people that live in it, so it is vitally important to us to continue to contribute both from a business and a local community standpoint. MSC, which is headquar t ered in Geneva, Switzerland, has been in the shipping busi ness since 1970. MSC Bahamas launched a new service between Port Everglades, Florida and Nassau, on October 29, 2007. ANMSC vessel the company has been based in the Bahamas for more than a decade.
TWO fundrasing initiatives for the College of the Bahamas have been announced, including a raffle which will gift a Mercedes Benz to a lucky winner. Representatives of the District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas, Scottish Constitution (DGL SC the fundraisers in a press conference at Tyreflex Star Motors. Speaking on behalf of the nine daughter Lodges of DGL, District Grand Master Charles Johnson announced the districts pledge of a $ 100,000 endowment fund to C OB over the next four years via an annual national raffle and gala ball. Tyreflex Star Motors agreed to partner with theDGL as a co-sponsor of this years raffle prize: a 2012 Mer-c edes Benz C180. The grand prize drawing will take place March 10 at the DGLs Gala Ball at the Wyndham Cable Beach Resort. Chairman of the DGL fundraising committee Courtney Strachan said the ball would not only serve as the culmination of DGLs 2012 national raffle campaign but would also serve to introduce the public to an event that is expected to become a cornerstone of the Bahamian social calendar. Promising a sophisticated fine dining experience accentuated by top-class entertain ment and a feast for all the senses, Mr Strachan pointed out a reward for each patron far beyond the various prizes t hat will be featured during t his years ball the reward of helping continue the legacy of the nations premier institution for higher learning. COB president Dr Betsy Vogel Boze thanked the DGL SC for its decision toa ssist the college. Dr Boze said such efforts demonstrate the continued commitment of the fraternal body to the success of COB students, as the college already benefits from scholarships offered by Lodge St Michael 1634 SC and Lodge St David 1741 SC both daughter Lodges of DGL. Speaking on behalf of Tyreflex Star Motors managing director Patrick Knowles, Dellareese Edgecombe said the company is excited to be a part of this years DGL raffle, especially considering the districts various programmes focused on the mentorship of young men. Tickets for this years raffle may be obtained via a $50 endowment fund contribution a t the following ticket sales l ocations: Andeaus Insurance (Trinity Plaza, West Bay Street and St Alban's Drive); West Bay Pharmacy (Hoffer Plaza, Cable Beach); and Quality Food Store (Galleria Plaza, JFK Drive). R affle tickets can also be purchased directly from DGL members or by calling 424-2926 in New Providence or 727-8020 in Grand Bahama. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-Up Truck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 Isuzu D-Max QP-2010.qxd 1/6/10 9:34 PM Page 1 Fundraising ventures to help college
c laimed Mr Mitchell and Mr S tubbs said the applicants represented several business-es in China but that in all but one case, a check turned up no record of these companies existing. Denying the accusations in a statement yesterday, Mr Mitchell said he demands an apology from FNM Senator Dion Foulkes, who tabled the document. He said Mr Foulkes put forward false a llegations made by a disg runtled employee. During his speech, Mr Foulkes said come election day, Bahamians will remember that under the last PLP administration, a senior consular officer reported to the United States Embassy that visas were being issued to patently ineligible applicants. He said voters will remember that the officer also alleged that a senior PLP cabinet minister received a portion of whatever fee the Chinese nationals paid for the visa. According to the US Embassy cable, Mr Stubbs invited the 30 Chinese nationals, purported to be high-level managers at large Chinese corporations, to the Bahamas for business. However, a search by the Chinese Embassy in the Bahamas, conducted at the request of ministry staff, revealed no record of any of the companies in question with the exception of one described as a small mom and pop operation in China. Following the staffs decision to decline the applications on this basis, the civil servant claimed, Mr Mitchell appointed another official who would have authority to overturn denied visa applications, but this provoked a strike at the consular division when staff members walked off the job. The document noted the strike was widely reported in the local media but was attributed to administrative issues. Mr Foulkes told the senate outrages such as the Chinese visa scandal will cause the PLP to lose the upcoming election. He said: When overseas students and government workers go to the polls to vote, they will remember the shame and scandal which the PLP and Perry Christie brought to this country. They will remember the Harachi scandal, where a foreign investor said he gave the PLP $10 million in exchange for a promise of a bank licence. The PLP never gave him the bank licence and he left the Bahamas. He made other allegations which I will deal with later. Mr Foulkes said voters will also remember Mr Christie's promise to conduct a forensic accounting report and tell the public exactly how much money Harachi gave him and the PLP. He said: As is the norm with Perry Christie, we never saw the forensic report because he never intended to do one. Just talk. It isnt too late for him to fulfil this promise to the Bahamian people. Mr Foulkes also accused PLP deputy leader Philip Davis of telling lies about people and advised him to remember the airport scandal where heavy equipment was grounded by the police because it was purchased from the proceeds of drug trafficking. I believe one of the tractors is still behind the Airport Police Station. Mr Foulkes, who will represent the FNM in Yamacraw in the upcoming election, noted that the opposition held a meeting in that constituency this week. He said: My name was called more than the PLP candidates name. It is obvious to all that the PLP intends to run a negative campaign. What they said about me was all lies. But I dont expect anything different from them. They are not going to address the issues. I predict that they will continue to lie on FNM candidates because that is what their advisers from the United States have told them to do. In his response to Mr Foulkes speech, Mr Mitchell said: Today, well worn stories were repeated by a government minister quoting a disgruntled employee about me as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The stories are totally and absolutely untrue. A writ is being filed and this is being issued against that employee for repeating false, malicious allegations. The allegations are in every particular untrue, false and misleading. I demand a retraction and apology from the minister from forthwith for repeating these false statements in public if he has any decency. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e calls so I double-checked our records. There has been no recent or recurring complaints of breaking and entering." The last theft complaints from rooms at the Royal Palm were in 2005 and 2007, according to local press reports. Mr Dean said police are continuing to investigate the matter. For the second day, the manager of the resort could not be reached for comment, despite several messages being left. Front desk clerks said he was in a meeting, and later that he left the resort. On Tuesday, Californian Sharon Cummings said her visit to Nassau quickly turned into a "nightmare" after $900 was stolen from a safe in the room she shared with her husband. She said the couple visit various Caribbean countries and submit articles to Budget Travel Magazine, an authoritative guide to inexpensivel odgings in vacation destinations. The magazine, owned by world renowned travel expert Arthur Frommer, has a strong online following and the print edition reaches more than 600,000 Americans a month. Mrs Cummings added that she and her husband are outraged that nothing has been done to tighten security, as this is not the first theft from the hotel room. "After someone came in here and took our money, the police told us they have on numerous occasions come in and told management that their security system is not upt o par," she claimed. In 2007, The Tribune reported that a guest of the Royal Palm told police her jewellery and cell phone had been stolen from her room by three men seen walking casu ally from the hotel. Mitchell fury at visa fraud claim POLICEEASETHEFTFEARS f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e FREDMITCHELLMP
It is alleged that on Sunday, February 12, he killed Anthony Miller, 26, and 24year-old Alexandria Farrington, and tried to kill Olivia Sawyer. On the day in question, a man armed with a handgun opened fire on a group of people at Mackey Yard aftera fight broke out at a party off Fire Trail Road shortly before 2am. As a result of the argument, Farrington and Miller were shot multiple times and died in hospital. Both were taken by private vehicle. Sawyer was also injured and hospitalised. Knowles was not required to enter a plea to the charges d ue to their nature. He was t old that a Voluntary Bill of I ndictment would be served against him on April 17. Chief Magistrate Gomez explained the Bill would speed up the trial process by sending the matter directly to the Supreme Court. He was not eligible for bail and was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Before he was escorted out of court, defence attorney Stanley Rolle informed the court that his client was on prescribed medication which needed to be continued. Chief Magistrate Gomez acknowledged Mr Rolles request that the accused be allowed to continue receiving medication blood thinners while behind bars. president of operations, is asking the publics assistance in locating three missing fairwater propeller cones, which are made of brass or bronze and weigh 7,000 lbs. He believes the items were taken by thieves for their scrap metal value which would be anywhere around $5,000. We are assuming that the equipment was stolen for scrap metal. We have contacted the scrap metal companies and we have had no response, said Mr Byrd. The matter has been reported to the Police and investigations are under way, but shipyard officials are also appealing to the public to assist them in locating the propellers. We need as much information from the public because somebody has obviously seen this leave the yard or the island. Somebody has had to have seen this and knows something about it, Mr Byrd said. He stressed that the items belong to their customers and are needed so they can complete their work on the vessels docked at the shipyard. We did notify the client and he is very grateful that we have taken action by putting a reward out for this. Between all three pieces the value to us and the customers is somewhere in the neighbourhood of $300,000, and the scrap value is somewhere around $5,000 thats it, so its not worth it, he said. Mr Byrd said there is a strong possibility someone on the inside might be involved as a certain piece of equipment is needed to load the cone propellers. He noted that each cone can weigh between 1,000lbs to 3,000lbs. I would hate to say it, but of course we would (have to assume that someone insideh as something to do with this, he said. Mr Byrd said the shipyard has experienced thefts over the past year and has been actively investigating those incidents along with the police. He noted that before the scrap metal ban they were losing copper, but the incidents had ceased after the government-imposed a ban on cooper and scrap metal export. Mr Byrd said the sudden rise in price for copper and brass is enticing thieves to s trike businesses again. It will cost the shipyard in excess of $200,000 if we can not recover the items. To build a new piece, to get it cast and balanced, it would be 16 to 20 weeks, he stated. He further explained that if work on the cargo vessel is not completed in time and the shipyard could lose millions of dollars if the vessel is contracted for charter service. Management is deeply concerned about the direct impact that these thefts will have on their business, said Mr Byrd. The marine industry is a very small industry and any news of failure will hinder the companys progress and will directly affect the economy of Grand Bahama, he said. The company employs 300 B ahamians and more than 1 00 subcontractors, and supp orts many local businesses indirectly. Kendrick Knowles, health, safety, security manager, said they have beefed up security and have installed additional surveillance at the yard. This is really a vexing problem to us. This has to stop, he said. Marilyn Johnson, human resources manager, said they have contacted union officials and have launched an internal investigation. Mr Byrd said if it is found t hat an employee is involved, t he individual would be susp ended, discharged and prosecuted. Anyone with information or tips can call the Royal Bahamas Commercial Crimes Unit in Grand Bahama at 350-3099. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 11 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e 32-YEAR-OLD Kenneth Knowles at court yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff Reward offer by shipyard FROM LEFT, Human Resource manager Marilyn Johnson, Mr Rueben Byrd, senior v ice-person of operat ions; and Kenderick K nowles, health, safety and security manager, announce the reward. Photo: Denise Maycock MANACCUSEDOFMURDERS
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE COMMONWEALTH Bank is reporting another strong year with comprehensive net income of $51.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, and the banks total assets expanded to a new milestone of $1.5 billion which represented a growth of 6.5% since December 2010. Commonwealth Bank continues to outperform all expectations in the face of a delayed global and national recovery. We are extremely pleased with the banks financial performance over the past year. Net income of $51.8 represents the second most profitable year in the banks history, the highest being our 2010 earnings of $53.8 million. This confirms the viability of our business strategy. said William B Sands Jr, executive chairman. With the slow economic recovery, Bahamians continue t o be faced with significant c hallenges. Commonwealth B ank shares in the indomitable Bahamian spirit that drives us to overcome all obstacles to success. This underscores our financial performance which we have attained as a result of prudent credit risk management, expense moderation and the banks commitment to provide superior personal banking services to all Bahami ans. The board of directors of C ommonwealth Bank at their February 2012 meeting, declared an extraordi nary common share dividend of five cents per share payable on February 29 to shareholders of record on February 22. The executive chairman said:Commonwealth Bank has had a long history of sharing our success with our shareholders and we are extremely p leased that during these diff icult times we are able to pay an extra-ordinary dividend to ease the burdens being experienced by our shareholders. The bank reported strong profitability with earnings per share of $0.47, return on assets of 3.18% and return on equity of 26.9%. The bank continues to maintain strong capital and liquidity ratios well in excess of regulatoryr equirements. In addition, the b ank has not changed its high ly conservative approach in making collective credit impairment allowances against non impaired loans. These underscore the banks primary objective of ensuring its safety and soundness. While we are pleased with the banks performance in 2011, we recognise the ongoing challenges of our environment. We remain resolute in attaining our vision of producing long-term profitable growth and delivering value to our customers, shareholders and the communities we serve, said executive chairman Sands. We wish to thank our customers for their loyalty and continued patronage. Also, we would like to acknowledge and thank our dedicated and hardworking staff for their unwavering commitment to service excellence. Our strong results would not be possible without the support from these stakeholders. Commonwealth Bank is the largest Bahamian bank and t he largest Bahamian-owned c ompany listed on BISX. The b ank is a market leader in service and convenience, operating eleven branches in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama and employs over 500 staff. Please visit the banks website at www.combankltd.com for information on Commonwealth Banks dividend payment history, other financial reporting information and a full set of audited financial statements which will be pub-l ished on our website within the time frame established by BISX. 65% growth for Commonwealth WILLIAMBSANDS JR, the executive chairman of Commonwealth Bank, has reported another strong year.
By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org FEWER than 25 persons have been convicted and sentenced for murder out of the nearly 450 homicides that have taken place since the FNM took office, according to PLP deputy leader Philip Brave Davis. At a press conference yesterday afternoon, Mr Davis claimed the FNM is utterly incapable of sending murder cases to trial within a reasonable time period. Since the FNM took office, 443 persons have been murdered. Murders have doubled under their watch doubled, he said. This government has secured fewer than 25 sentences for murder in nearly five years. This is a national emergency. Mr Davis pointed out there are as many as 305 persons out on bail for murder right now. He also accused the government of failing to protect Bahamians by dismantling PLP programmes targeted at expediting convictions and reducing crime. South Beach PLP candidate, Cleola Hamilton, who also spoke yesterday, stated even she and her family have been victims of an attack by accused men out on bail. They came to her house and put a gun in (her she said. I am at the moment now where I fear for my life because they are out on bail, again. I dont know when they are going to come and gun me down in my driveway, so this is very close to my heart. I feel that no Bahamian should be going through what I am going through right now none. Swift Justice, Urban Renewal, School Policing, and Witness Protection will all be re-implemented by the PLP should they take office this coming election. Dr Davis claimed these programmes were ended by the FNM solely because they were organised under the PLP. Under the PLPs Swift Justice initiative, for one year not one case was dropped from the judicial calendar for reasons within the control of the Attorney Generals office. The Swift Justice Initiative proved that murder trials could be held within 12 months and when murder trials are held within 12 months, there is no bail, he said. It is my view that had the government, once elected, continued the Swift Justice Initiative as was implemented by the PLP, the number 25 would be much, much higher. Operation Cease Fire is a new programme that the PLP plans to implement. It will focus on repeat offenders, saturation patrols in high crime areas, and direct intervention in the cycle of revenge killings with new outreach workers trained in conflict mediation. The FNM ignored crime during their tenure in office and scrambled to throw together some legislation before the upcoming election, Mr Davis said. They were worried about politics, not because they suddenly cared. The measures they offered last year were much too little, much too late. Their campaign thus far has been a parade of self-congratulation. They are slapping themselves on the back when its a slap in the face to the thousands of Bahamians affected by crime and violent crime. SATURDAYS Englerston community convention, host ed by independent candidate for the area Alex Morley, was attended by about 30 people. S everal proposed projects came out of the convention, including: Repairing and upgrading Englerston Park Hosting a basketball tour nament/ Englerston Day Hosting an Englerston community book drive M r Morley gave a keynote speech that focused on African Unity in Englerston and the nation. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 13 ENGLERSTON INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE ADDRESSES CONVENTION PLPhits out at low murder conviction rate ALEXMORLEY addresses the community convention.
by CEDRIC MUNROE Its not a past tense for me. Dr King continues toh ave an impact on my life, as he does upon the lives of many people in the world. A dream never dies. Im trying to be that fair person, that kind, generous and courageous person, that loving person that Dr Martin Luther King Jr was and encouraged us to become. Maya Angelou. Marguerite Ann Johnson, more commonly known as Dr Maya Angelou, was born on April 4, 1928. She is a known actress, activist, poet, author and an Academy of Achievement inductee. This Phenomenal Woman has inspired many persons. She has inspired me to write poetry of my own, a few of which have won awards. Dr Angelou fights for civil rights. She advocates equality among all races and same sex marriages, and motivates teen mothers and neglected persons to surmount their struggles. Maya Angelou has travelled the world teaching moral values and virtues. She has been the voice for those who dont have the courage to speak. Dr Angelou volunteers her time at high schools around America to divulge her life experiences. Having been a teenage mother, she knows the cruel pejoratives that premature mothers face. She has dedicated a portion of her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings to them. Dr Angelou has counselled teen mothers, built their courage and motivated them to aspire for transcendence. In addition, Dr Angelou has focused on neglect within the black community. After witnessing blacks fighting blacks and committing adultery, she perceives these as acts of negligence. To this end, Dr Angelou has spent much time educating blacks o f the importance of being t heir brothers keeper. T hrough her lectures at Wake Forest University, she has encouraged youths to be concerned for the welfare of others. Furthermore, Dr Angelou is an advocate of same sex marriage. Dr Kings teachings are evident in the works of Dr Angelou. In order to eradicate this prejudice in society, Dr Angelou has used her poetry to make others tolerant and more accepting of the gay community. She has recited her poem, Still I Rise at same sex conferences across America. Presently, she fights for the rights of gays with the intention of abolishing discrimination against them. Both Dr King and Dr Angelou have inspired me to be a difference maker. I have made it my goal to make the world a more peaceful place. At my school, Im the vicepresident of the Interact Club. Weve donated money and labour to the needy, and also comforted the elderly. My student council body and I have implemented a peer-tutoring programme, to work with the academically challenged at my school. Additionally, as a prefect, I h ave taken time to talk with m y male peers about anger m anagement. Dr Angelous words, You may encounter many defeats but you must never be defeated serves as my motto. Dr King inspired Dr Maya Angelou, and she has inspired me. Now, I must inspire my peers to personify Dr Kings morals. DRMARTINLUTHERKINGJRCIVILRIGHTSESSAYCONTEST WINNERS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Inspired by Maya Angelou T T h h e e w w i i n n n n e e r r s s o o f f t t h h e e U U S S E E m m b b a a s s s s y y s s s s i i x x t t h h a a n n n n u u a a l l D D r r M M a a r r t t i i n n L L u u t t h h e e r r K K i i n n g g J J r r C C i i v v i i l l R R i i g g h h t t s s E E s s s s a a y y C C o o n n t t e e s s t t h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n a a n n n n o o u u n n c c e e d d . H H e e r r e e , a a n n d d o o n n p p a a g g e e s s 1 1 5 5 1 1 7 7 , w w e e p p r r e e s s e e n n t t t t h h e e e e s s s s a a y y s s w w r r i i t t t t e e n n b b y y t t h h e e f f o o u u r r w w i i n n n n e e r r s s . CEDRIC MUNROE, of Doris Johnson Sr High School, Nassau, grade 12 POET MAYA ANGELOU, w ho said of Martin Luther King Jr, A dream never dies.
by BENITADELANEY MARTIN Luther King Jr once said: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. (The Quotations page, 1) Dubbed one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever prod uced, John R Lewis decide d at a young age that he would be an instrument of change in the American Society. The words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr resonated with John Lewis, fueling his desire to become an activist. Compelled by observing the social prejudice around him, he did not allow his humble beginnings to deter him from his ambitious dream of becoming a world changer. (US House of Representat ives, 1) T hroughout his life, Lewis h as made some outstanding contributions in efforts to eradicate injustice. While in college, he organised sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters. He and his colleagues were humiliated, beleaguered, abused and eventually imprisoned; but nonetheless, their efforts remained relentless in the struggle for equality. In the 1960s, he became a freedom rider, opposing the discrimination against black people on interstate buses. During these rides, John Lewis jeopardised his safetyb y sitting in seats reserved for white clients. He was so passionate in his pursuit to help end segregation that he was involved in audacious demonstrations; despite his awareness that the repercussions of his actions could endanger his ability to graduate from American Baptist Theological Seminary. (Academy Of Achievement, 1), (The MartinL uther King, Jr Research and E ducation Institute, 1) John Lewis had an integral part in the formation of the Student Nonviolent Co-ordi nating Committee. As president, he was responsible for the arrangement of a cam p aign called Mississippi Freed om Summer which sought to implement voting rights for blacks in the South. (Academy Of Achievement, 1) Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war. Martin Luther King Jr. This powerful quote is a very realistic one; fighting for peace does not require physical blows but it is essential that it leaves an impact. In order to leave an impact, we must devise strategies that are so elaborate that they successfully counteract the matter we are against (Good Reads, 1 I would consider myself a peacemaker in my community. I detest the very thought of violence and disharmony, therefore, I strive to resolve conflicts in a peaceful manner. When I observe tension between two individuals, I usually get feedback from both sides in order to identify the problem and help to find a solution that will bring about reconciliation. I believe wholeheartedly, Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger. (Full Life Study Bible p 944). My passive personality contributes to my natural instinct to avoid confrontations. I guess you can say I was born to be an advocate for peace. As a mixed race child, I have learnt to focus on how our differences make us unique, rather than how theys eparate us. My upbringing has increased my sensitivity toward matters of equality among people. I am infuriated when crude racial remarks are made and always driven to provide a strong defence. Int he words of Mahatma Gand hi, I believe we must be the change we wish to see in the world. (Schipul, 1 DRMARTINLUTHERKINGJRCIVILRIGHTSESSAYCONTEST WINNERS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 15 The Tomlinson Scholarship***US$15,000.00 per year***Heading to Canada for University? M cGill University M cMaster University University of Guelph U niversity of Toronto U niversity of Waterloo University of Western Ontario If you are planning to attend one of these s chools then apply NOW for one of our s cholarships!Undergraduates onlyApplications must be in by M arch 31st, 2012 Application forms may be obtained by writing t o The Tomlinson Scholarship, P.O. Box N 4857, Nassau, Bahamas T he Tomlinson Scholarship is funded by H igh Tor Limited and family members in memory of Mr. Joseph Tomlinson A A p p e e a a c c e e m m a a k k e e r r w w h h o o p p u u t t h h i i s s s s a a f f e e t t y y a a t t r r i i s s k k BENITA DELANEY, of Sunland Baptist Academy, Freeport, Grand Bahama, grade 12
b y DEVINMAJOR I TOO have felt the sting of inequality. In times like these, I have derived strength from those who have been at the helm of black struggle. Dr Martin Luther King and his predecessor Jesse Jackson have been my motivation. At a time when it was dangerous to stand for right, these men made themselves targets to empower black people. They fixed their eyes on the future, despite the mountain that stood in their way. Indeed, I am a new student to Moores Island and many days I feel, making it from one day to the next is a mountain I must climb. Daily, I go to a school where I am the new girl and I am no ones sister or cousin. To everyone, I am a stranger. This new road I am on is a lonely one but like Dr King and Jesse Jackson, I want to defy the odds. Yes, I am a victim of teenage pregnancy, but this does not mean that I have to choose that path. Jesse Jacksons example empowers me to soar further than those around me could ever imagine. So, this means refusing the sexual advances of my classmates and enduring the hardships of being thought of as unpopular. As a black student, Mr Jackson was enrolled at an all-white school and scared off by an angry mob of whites for his beliefs. Despite this, Jacksons charge was, Excellence is doing your best against the odds, as I run for President, I run against the odds. I too want to rise above the things that challenge me and make myself and my environment better. Many high school teens celebrate with their classmates when they do wrong. I know these students are behaving in this way because they are simply bored and have not found their calling in life. I believe that, if our school had enough after school programmes, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good. For example, although junkanoo isnt a really big thing in Moores Island, starting a junkanoo group helped many teenagers to occupy their time. Because Moores Island All-age is ostracised from main stream Bahamas and generally does not get the financial support from the Ministry of Education, this reality prodded me to advocate for a Technical Cadet programme. This programme is desperately needed at my school to create the proper business mindset for our future graduates. Our high schoolers desperately need this programme, because for most of them Abaco is the world and the c ore subjects here is not adeq uately preparing them for the future. Jackson and Dr King were both men that faced inequalities fiercely. As for me, I will not allow the inadequa cies which exist at my school t o prevail. I will make this island a better place through the power of the pen and my voice. Moores Island Allage School will be better because I am prepared to knock until the door is opened. DRMARTINLUTHERKINGJRCIVILRIGHTSESSAYCONTEST WINNERS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 THE TRIBUNE I will make this island a better place DEVIN MAJOR, of Moores Island All-age School, Moores Island, Abaco grade 10. THE MEMORIAL to Dr Martin Luther King, who has served as an inspiration to following generations in the struggle against inequality.
THE entire world owes a debt of gratitude to the Civil Rights Movement and, in particular, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. His sacrifice and the stand he took to empower black people have changed race relations worldwide. Many black Americans experienced firsthand the Jim Crow laws that enforced segregation. The Civil Rights Movement was organised to change the regulations which denied blacks the same rights as other Americans. Dr King made an invaluable contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. Amongst the numerous Civil Rights leaders in the United States, I am humbled to focus on the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Born in Greenville, South Carolina,in 1941, Jackson worked closely with Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dr King chose Jackson to form a group of black business and religious leaders in Chicago. The group begana successful programme called Operation Breadbasket, whose sole purpose was to develop greater job opportunities for blacks. In 1971, Jesse Jackson began another group called People United to Solve Humanity (PUSH organisation encouraged large businesses to give jobs to blacks. The group also started educational and job training programmes to enhance the skills of blacks. Later, Jesse Jackson felt that Black Power could be further gained through the ballot box. He travelled the country telling blacks to claim their right to vote. His idea was the more blacks who voted gave them a better chance to elect blacks into positions of power as head councillors, as mayors of cities, and as members of congress. They would get jus-tice more effectively this way. Martin Luther King Jr and Jesse Jackson shared the same goal, An equal place for black Americans in the life of the United States. ( A Histo ry of the Twentieth Century page 131). After Jackson lost his first race for President of the United States, he worked to regis-ter new voters. Two million more democratic voters registered between 1984 and 1986, most of whom were blacks. As a black political leader, he was able to change the thinking of many American voters. In addition to his political career, he encouraged many students in the inner cities to avoid drugs and embrace a good education. My community is rapidly changing. A number of foreign nationals as well as Bahamians from other islands are taking up residence. There is a need for these persons to adjust and feel accepted. As I have a responsibility to contribute to a more peaceful and non-violent world, I ensure that these persons are made to feel a part of the community. Therefore, whenever we are on the basket ball court, I ensure that those of my age are involved in the game. When there are community events, I interact with them and ask my peers to be kind to them. I also try to be a positive role model. I attend church regularly and take part in a number of community functions. I talk with my peers and encourage them to stay away from gangs. As a young teenager, I also show respect for myself and persons older than I. Like Dr King and Reverend Jesse Jackson, I am determined to make a difference. What better way to begin by making a positive impact on my peers! One day, I hope I am able to influence someone positive ly, leaving an everlasting impact on his/her life. DRMARTINLUTHERKINGJRCIVILRIGHTSESSAYCONTEST WINNERS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012, PAGE 17 A A t t e e e e n n a a g g e e r r d d r r a a w w i i n n g g i i n n s s p p i i r r a a t t i i o o n n f f r r o o m m J J a a c c k k s s o o n n a a n n d d K K i i n n g g STEVANNO MILLER, of Preston Albury High, Rock Sound, Eleuthera, grade 11.