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Freeport, Bahamas - After 37 years of making a tasteful and educational contribution to the Grand Bahama culinary scene, Chef Roland Boulet will be returning to his European homeland in April 2012.
A 38-year-old Abaco man was arraigned in a magistrate's court yesterday in connection to the murder of Wendal Miller, who was stabbed in the neck last week.
Rodriguez Jean Pierre, of Charles Boo Yard, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Carolita Bethell where he was formally charged with killing 59-year-old Miller.
Pierre was not required to enter a plea.
According to initial police reports, Miller was found bleeding from a neck wound on Saturday, near the Road Traffic Department on Crockett Drive and Bay Street in Marsh Harbour, Abaco around 2:30 p.m.
Police said he got into a fight at a home in the slum community of The Mudd.
He was with his friends when the altercation took place, police reported.
Prosecutor Ercel Dorsett told the court that he intends to proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI), which means that the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court.
Before the case was adjourned, Pierre, who was not represented by an attorney, expressed concern that he was not able to afford an attorney. However, Bethell explained that a crown attorney will likely be appointed to him during the proceedings at the Supreme Court level.
The matter was adjourned until June 15, at which time the VBI is expected to be presented.
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The comments of Haitian President Michel Martelly to Haitian-Bahamians when he recently visited The Bahamas led to much debate. Martelly advised Bahamians of Haitian descent to form a voting bloc, and to vote for the party that has their best interests at heart. His remarks exposed raw emotions on the immigration issue in our country.
This question seems presumptuous since Haiti, which lost some 300,000 people (more than the combined population of Dominica, Montserrat, Anguilla, BVI, Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts, Cayman Islands and Antigua) in the earthquake of January 12, 2010, bounced back almost immediately in terms of daily survival.
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Funeral service for Mr. Arnold Coakley, 99 yrs., a resident of Coakley Bight, Andros, who died on 25th February, 2012, will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Behring Point, Andros, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Ethan P.J. Ferguson, assisted by Catechist Mizpah Braynen. Interment follows in Behring Point Public Cemetery.
Left to mourn his passing are his children: Myterine Coakley & Rudolph (Lovinia Coakley)
Grand-children: Sharon Coakley, Alvin (Dianne Coakley), Dellarese Neymour, Lorenda (Aaron Woodside), Vanria Coakley, Deon (Sharmine Neymour), Andy (Sharon Smith), Yvonne Ferguson, Lindamae Coakley, Eddie (Carla Smith), Evelyn Hanna, Sandy Smith, Martha Coakley, Kenwood (Ann Smith), Kenworth (Dorothy Smith), Steve (Shenica Smith), Lorene Smith, Quincy (Shanna Smith), Cody and Latia Smith, Shawn Gray, Shavorn Gray and Leroy Hamilton, Anthony Coakley, Fantella, Linda & Natalie Gray, Dr. Deborah Campbell-Hunt, Kirkwood (Paulette), Kirvin (Michelle) & Kendrick (Shanique) Campbell.
Great Grand-children: Shawn, Shantell & Shawnell Hinsey, Samantha, Devonya & Alvonya Coakley, Lauren & Erin Woodside, Shakeva, RBPF#3379 Bernard & Brian Ferguson, Deandra, Keithera & Antoine Coakley, Shante Coakley, Deandra and Deon Jr., Shanera, Lisha, Javon, Jade, Tario, Ebony, April, Zebulon, Travis, Gabriel & Evan Hanna, Romero, Marcin, Britany, Kadesha, Vernell, EdDeka, Canesha, Marno, Eric, Allayiah, Tameka, Charlsan, Chandor, Kenwood Jr.,Joshua , Kenworth Jr., Stevano, Justin, Christina, Quinzano, Andrea, Zhivago, Zintworn, Wendell, Roshae, Angelo, Delmar, Oscar, P'Ashe Jones, Kristoff, Kaden, K'Shawn, Kristal, Kirvinique, Kirvin Jr., Kendrick Jr. & Teshawn Campbell, Shawn Jr.
Great Great-grand Children: Shawn Jr., Okia Dames & Danté Coakley.
Adopted Son: Oswald Poiter
Adopted Daughters: Rosemary Hamilton & Lillian Gray
Sister in-law: Jean Coakley
Nieces: Olga, Glovina, Leoma, Prescola, Florence, Gladys, Corrine, Stephanie, Naomi, Valerie, Shelia & Rosalee Coakley
Nephew: Carl & Daniel Coakley, William Braynen, Vivian & Milton Coakley
Grand Nieces: Isabella, Beulah, Melony, Mary, Joan, Elizabeth, Cindy, Malinda, Sharon, Maureen, Yuga, Peggy, Carol, Helen, Shyann, Deidre, Keisha, Daisy, Lorie, Kadesha, Tasha, Doreen, Deloris, Mary & Rozana
Grand Nephews: Bradley, Leo, Austin, Lance, Eddie, Andrew, Clement, Joshua, Floyd, Ossie, Neville, Robbie, Miah, Everett, Gulfred, Mario, Cardinal, Kenneth, George, Adrian, Marco, Daniel, Devon & Dominick,
Other relatives and friends: Charles Smith, Mizpah Braynen & Family, Flossiemae Belle & Family, Florence Coakley & Family (Nassau), Mr. and Mrs. Benry Smith, Betty Neymour & Family, Anna Neymour & Family, Voilane Braynen & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Neymour & Family, Magnolia Neymour & Family, Fr. Don Haynes, Fr. Kerr, Fr. Ethan Ferguson, Rev. & Mrs. Raymond Mackey, Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Thompson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Fedor Sands, Mr. & Mrs. George Neymour, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Johnson & Family, Prescott, Stacy, Nelson and Ronnie Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Tyrone Stuart & Family, Kelly, Wade, Isamae Braynen, Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Neymour, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bain, Lisa Moultrie & Family, Mr. and Mrs. Beechram Braynen & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Neymour, Frankie Neymour, Evelyn Braynen, Iris Braynen, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Neymour, Mr. And Mrs. Garnett Thompson & Family, Geneiva Braynen & Family, Agnes Leadon, Yvonne Russell & Family, Rev. Bruce Farrington & Family, Bishop Elis Farrington & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Mackey, Gloria Johnson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mackey, Linwood Mackey, The Leadon, Coakley, Bain, Anderson, Stubbs, Thompson, Rolle and the entire Central Andros Anglican families.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church in Andros from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
Two years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a group of 10 organizations have banded together to host a concert to raise funds to assist the people of Haiti.
The concert dubbed "Haiti's Help Is Your Yes!" will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Enoch Beckford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. Admission is free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted.
Performing gospel and conscious music will be Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).
They are expecting the 3,000-seat auditorium to be filled at capacity to hear the uplifting music, guest pastor Maxso Joseph and amputee victims from Haiti.
"The primary purpose of the concert is to sensitize Haitians and Haitians of Bahamian descent, Bahamians and the world to Haiti's current plight and pain," said concert organizer Robert Dieudonne. "Two years after the earthquake, Haiti is still in need of prayer. Haiti is still in need of participation in its restoration."
Organizations comprising the Power of 10 group include the Haitian Embassy, United Associations of Haitians in The Bahamas, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, the Haitian Pastors Association, Real Men Ministries, Haitian Chapter Viahmo, Bahamas Faith Ministries Intl., True Vision Media Group, Church of the Nazarene and Benedict Larmartine.
"The Power of 10 have realized this finger-tapping won't work and that we need a consolidated effort, a collaborative front in order to bring any real effectiveness -- even in a small way," said Dieudonne. "So we've committed to come together to focus on particular projects and we will focus on the kids, the domestic servants, kids who can't go to school but are allowed to work 12 to 16 hours a day just to have a place where they can be accommodated. We're going to focus on the more than 100,000 amputees who are still waiting on prosthetics, wheelchairs, therapy, and vocational training."
The billions of dollars that have been collected, Dieudonne says can go towards constructing infrastructure. He says they are interested in dealing with the human element and building lives - that is where they will focus their support.
Dieudonne says people have no excuse not to help their Haitian neighbors because if they want to adopt a family, they will help them do that. If someone wants to adopt a child, he says they will help them do that. And any denomination from $20 to $2,000 is acceptable. And he says sponsors will know where their aid money goes because they will receive a call from the recipient to say they received it.
New Haitian Mission Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Cherelus Exante, who has an ongoing effort feeding, clothing and educating 50-plus orphans in an orphanage, says the concert people will be given the opportunity to partner with actual efforts now. And get the assistance they need to create initiatives of their own.
"Two years on, we are not here only to organize the concert, but to also give God thanks, and to thank the people of The Bahamas for standing with the Haitian people to help Haiti, so we continue to do work in Haiti and provide aid to Haitians," said Rev. Exante.
What: Haiti's Help Is Your Yes! concert
When: Friday, January 13
Where: Enoch Beckford Auditorium, Carmichael Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted
Performers: Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).
As a Caribbean Canadian living in the Canadian diaspora, I am always delighted when initiatives are announced to improve the social and economic upliftment of people and institutions in the Caribbean Commonwealth region. At the same time, regional recipients are urged to pay greater attention to what is being offered and most importantly whether the assistance is sustainable and what are the likely long-term qualitative outcomes.
Unfortunately, many of the regional agencies that have made decisions to accept assistance often ignore these important questions as the ulterior motive seems to be survival, as the fee for service is advanced to meet day-to-day operating expenses.
If my memory serves me correctly, following the 1979 revolution in Grenada, Washington and many of its regional allies became so agitated that the imminent birth of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) became a reality. Many selected regional organizations operating mainly out of Barbados benefitted greatly from Washington's agitation and fear.
In addition to receiving large amounts of grants and contributions from various United States donors, representatives of these organizations were regularly hosted and dined in Washington by Reaganites like Elliot Abrahams, Robert McFarlane, Jean Kirkpatrick and Ollie North. Former prime ministers, John 'Tom' Adams of Barbados and Eugenia Charles of the Commonwealth of Dominica, relations to the above Reaganites were well-known.
The OAS was an active partner in the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which resulted in the broadening of their Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and later formation and support of local National Development Foundations (NDF). It is clear that Washington's motive at the time was to use the local NDFs as local vehicles to strengthen small enterprises and contain "regional leftists" as a result of the process that was taking place in Grenada. These local NDFs survived for a while but later became unsustainable when Washington pulled the CBI funding plug. It was indeed a very sad spectacle.
Once again, the OAS and its Washington organs have now found new institutional collaborators in the region by promising to focus on the creation of small business centers in the region. While I am not in a position to make a detailed critique of Caribbean Export's motives, evidence would indicate, like its father in Georgetown, it is at a 'stand still' and any foreign assistance that it can derive for the next few years that will assist in daily operations, Caribbean Export and the other regional collaborators will remain blessed.
I find the Caribbean Export collaborative initiatives with the OAS quite disturbing. Why am I disturbed? At a time when Canada and CARICOM countries are about to sign the CARIBCAN trade agreement, we have heard nothing from this organization that would demonstrate its interest and operational mandate if pushing Caribbean exports in the Canadian marketplace.
There is no doubt that the development and sustainability of small enterprises in the region is very important to the economy. However, the success and sustainability of these enterprises will not be as a result of cash infusion and ignoring rural populations. Small enterprise development in Caribbean economies must allow for extensive global links, ensuring that rural communities get access to some of these initiatives, culturally driven and influenced and de-emphasis on bogus foreign consultants plagiarizing others' work and arriving with multitude of three-ring binders and USB hubs. In essence, those regional collaborators who have bought into the OAS expedition must be reminded that residents' success, growth, sustainability and expanded knowledge should come first before organizational survival.
The OAS and PADF have been quite visible in many roguish and corrupt Latin countries. They have claimed success with their micro-enterprise development initiatives and are feeling that they could be used as models in the Caribbean Commonwealth member states. While this might very well be the truth on their outcomes, Commonwealth Caribbean organizations must understand that there is no homogeneity between Spanish- and English-speaking Caribbean people and carte blanche importation of models must be accepted with care and caution.
The OAS and their NGO affiliate have done some very good work on the arts and craft industry in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, this industry seems to be on the decline in the region, as we see the growing arrival and display of foreign arts on our local retail shelves. What is also disheartening about the presence of these items on our local shelves is the blind eye given by state organs that have the responsibility for monitoring the imports of certain goods in the state.
It will be interesting to see how the OAS/PADF regional collaborative initiatives on small business center development will pan out.
Pardon my ignorance. I thought previous PADF/NDF initiatives were geared to establish entrepreneurship centers.
oIan Francis resides in Toronto and is a frequent contributor on Caribbean affairs. He is a former assistant secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grenada and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In his latest role, Bahamian performer Craig Pinder takes on Shakespeare's tragic character of Othello, a cultural outsider in his community whose actions challenge society's rigid expectations of his character.
Though Pinder's story is one of triumph rather than tragedy, his international career in theater has kept him at a distance from his Bahamian home. Recently however, with a string of Bahamian parts played out both on the stage and on screen, Pinder looks to The Bahamas as a promising place of growth in performing arts with the right encouragement he's seen instituted in the places he's lived abroad.
"Every time I come back to The Bahamas, I'm always astounded at how much natural talent and ability Bahamians have," he said. "All I see is opportunities that are needed for kids and adults to help them develop that creativity, like a National Youth Theatre Program and workshops besides a thriving scene of theatrical productions."
"I think The Bahamas can be a center for theater - the talent and desire is here. The response to Othello is fantastic, people are keen and longing for it," he continued. "Theater needs funding. It hardly makes any money, especially good theater. But just because it doesn't make any money doesn't make it less valid. That needs to be respected - it's not a waste of money to invest in these projects."
Though he lives and works in the UK to pursue a fulfilling stage acting career, Craig Pinder's Bahamian roots run as deep as his love for performance. Inspired by his father Bill Pinder, who he performed alongside as a young boy of eight years old in productions in The Bahamas, he was bitten by the bug.
It wasn't until high school at Queen's College, however, that his English teacher, Rodger Kelty, pointed out that his love for performance matched his inherent talent when, at his teacher's urging, Pinder recited passages from Henry V in the fashion of Lawrence Olivier.
"Afterwards, he came up to me and said I should go into acting, but I didn't think it was possible," remembered Pinder. "The people I knew who did acting were TV stars and it seemed so far away, so inaccessible. How could a Bahamian do it? It seemed to be an impossible dream."
Yet while studying Chemistry at Reading University in England in the 1970s, Pinder still couldn't avoid his true calling. He joined the Drama Society on campus and immediately landed his first major lead role as Romeo in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
"I was there studying chemistry, but my heart was in drama," he laughed.
So after graduating and while working and living at home in The Bahamas and with the urging of his mentor Audry Grindrod, he worked towards earning his London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) gold medal. When the opportunity presented itself to try out for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) while he completed his LAMDA, he took it and earned one of the only two spots available for his division. Pinder eluded such talent as a dedicated performer during his time at RADA from 1979-1981 that he left with the Ronson Prize for the most Promising Actor Award.
With that under his belt, Pinder went on to lead the actor's life first in New York City with off-Broadway stage acting stints and small TV roles interspersed with odd jobs, and then finally to London, where he set his sights on a major stage career.
"I think I'm more of a theater person - some people, the camera loves them, but theater is me," he said. "London was and still is a theater place with a lot of big name actors. They have a tradition of it."
Since then, Pinder has become a stage sensation in the UK acting world, breaking out with his first major lead role, Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables", and then, upon joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, many notable roles in Shakesperean productions. He's also had notable roles in "Mamma Mia!", "Sweeney Todd", "Footloose" and "Death of a Salesman", among other diverse roles in emerging plays.
Yet Pinder experienced great fulfillment when he was finally able to make a big impact in the Bahamian performing scene, playing a part in Kareem Mortimer's groundbreaking film, "Children of God".
"It was a fantastic experience and it was the first time I think I've ever played a Bahamian and it felt very strange and very wonderful - I could actually 'act' being Bahamian instead of putting on an American or British accent," he remembered. "It just meant so much to me to do that."
He then also took part in the film "Wind Jammers" and in "The Tempest", which he also co-directed as part of the Bahamian theater festival, Shakespeare in Paradise. Such opportunities were invaluable to the actor who finds theater and film developing at an exciting pace in his homeland.
"At the back of my mind, I always wanted to come back and do something in the creative environment here because it's a part of me. It's a part of my cultural background and as an actor, you're really acting parts of yourself," he said. "If you spend your entire career not referring to your own culture, you're missing a huge part of your creative spectrum."
Likewise, he also pointed out that if a society misses out on its cultural aspects like theater - indeed, all arts - it suffers a lack of benefits the arts can bring not only as an enjoyable and thought-provoking pastime to its patrons, but as a fulfilling activity for its artists and amateurs.
Rising crime rates certainly have a multitude of contributors, but with a lack of an infrastructure not only to encourage arts developments with funding at the professional level, but also at the amateur level with students, the youth will continue to misdirect their energy into dangerous and unfulfilling pastimes when the alternative could easily be presented to them.
"People seem to think the arts aren't important. Generally politicians cut arts funding because it's seen as a luxury, but I say you think that at your peril," said Pinder. "If you're going through tough times, how can a society heal its suffering without addressing it?"
"Art is important because it tells us about ourselves, our experiences, about what we all have in common, all these feelings we can't explain or control that are irrational," he continued. "But if you see something that touches on those experiences, it often helps you to deal with them. It's a mirror to nature, as Shakespeare said, it's a way of finding out what we're about and a way to help ourselves to be better, happier, more in control and more fulfilled, more whole."
The 84th annual Academy Awards took place Sunday night, February 26th, 2012 in
Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese came out as the big winner with 6 Oscars. Meryl Streep took a Best Actress award for her role in
The Iron Lady.
The Artist took Best Picture, Best Director ( Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Music Score, An Oscar record took place with Canadian, Christopher Plummer's win
for Best Supporting Actor, making him the oldest actor ever to claim an Oscar.
Enclosed is the full list of the 2012 winners...
Dr. Gary Conille, the prime minister of Haiti, in an address delivered in Varsovie, Poland, recently informed the world that 99 percent of the grants, gifts and help offered to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, went to the NGOs; the government received the remaining one percent.
The result is clear to the naked eye. Haiti is almost as fragile before and after the earthquake under the republic of the NGOs. Once more Haiti is providing a lesson to the world: Surrendering your economy to the NGOs might be a sure way to kill it.
In a previous essay, "The Entrenched Business of the NGOs", I laid down the modus operandi that the NGOs operate under. They define their own needs that may or may not be in sync with the needs of the country they are trying to save. Those perceived needs became entrenched policy options and the country is derailed for the foreseeable future.
It was the story of Rwanda, which was an NGO republic before the intra-tribal genocide.
It is now the story of Haiti, which is the republic of NGOs par excellence.
According to Bill Clinton, there are 10,000 NGOs in Haiti, making that country have more aid groups and charities per capita than any place on the planet.
Timothy Schwartz in his book "Travesty in Haiti" stated: "My own research on this matter suggests that at least 90 percent of the money are rife with corruption, functionally inert or give money intended for the poor to people who do not need it."
The NGOs are private businesses relying on carcasses such as Haiti to remain alive.
In a feature story related by Kenneth Kidd, Eric Klein, one of those flower children of America, landed in Haiti after Sri Lanka. His frustration was expressed in these words: "I am so sick and tired of the NGOs coming up with excuses; there are no excuses for them. They are bloated with money, staff, and yet daily life for 1.3 million homeless Haitians has not much changed in the two years since the earthquake."
Item - The American Red Cross in a policy option chose to ally itself with the merchants providing drinking water to the refugees. The same amount of money could have be used to render the city's municipal water system - DINEPA - more functional in providing drinking water from the tub to the home as it is done in New York City or any civilized city of the world. The funding for water having run out, Haiti finds itself worse off than before.
Item - The CRH in a policy option under protest from the very Haitian government has built a giant favela named Canaan on the skirts of the capital city with buildings no larger than slave cages to house refugees from the earthquake. That amount of money could be used to rehabilitate the rural villages, reinserting those refugees in the villages, as such contributing to building a stable and strong Haiti.
Item - Action against Hunger has established a successful food stamp program for those in need. The organization could have promoted clean energy use by providing stamps for cooking gas instead of coal made from trees that are soon becoming endangered species in Haiti.
Item - Red Cross International has been building identical homes for people in the mountains of Jacmel that are not larger than a cage that could accommodate 20 chickens according to the account of a peasant of the locality.
I have attended enough Clinton Global Foundation forums to conclude in spite of the good faith of President Bill Clinton in gathering NGOs and celebrities to come to the aid of the non-developed countries, the best aid any mogul of development can provide to a country is to usher in good governance and the sentiment of appurtenance. With good governance and the sentiment of appurtenance, the country can pull itself up by its own bootstraps and produce as such sustainable development.
Haiti is awash with development aid, yet it was much better off when, as a young lad, there was no aid à gogo as I am observing now. International aid for Haiti is like welfare to a child who should go to school and learn to become a responsible citizen.
The genesis of the NGOs republic can be traced to the same Clinton administration that made the policy option to earmark all the USAID funding to the NGOs, where the documentation is in the dots and the comma instead of the purpose and the meaning and the coordination of the funding. It is still the policy of the U.S. administration today.
The story of the developing world has proven that China is now a global powerhouse because the state has taken clear and visible objectives to lift millions of Chinese out of poverty. The story that China is using low wages to reach that objective is a fallacy because wages are lower in Africa, South America or Haiti than in China. The truth is the government, not the NGOs, is in the driver's seat.
The secret to spread development in the world is to usher in good governance with clear-set objectives of facilitating the distribution of wealth with equity.
Haiti should start at least instituting the Ministry or Under Ministry of the Coordination of the NGOs. As such, the vision of the government will be filtered down and implemented in a coordinated fashion for the benefit of the nation, making the need for the NGOs incrementally obsolete.
Jean H. Charles MSW, JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Darlin Jean was convicted this week in the Supreme Court of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Jean, 27, was charged with having unlawful sex with a young girl on August 30, 2010.
He was represented by Nassau attorney Raquel Huyler.
The trial opened on Monday before Senior Justice Hartman Longley. Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch of the Attorney General's Office appeared on behalf of the Crown.
As the prosecution called its first witness to the stand, Jean decided to change his plea to guilty.
Justice Longley remanded Jean to Her Majesty's Prison until March 26 for sentencing.
The comments of Haitian President Michel Martelly to Haitian-Bahamians last week have dominated public discourse since Martelly advised Bahamians of Haitian descent to form a voting bloc, and to vote for the party that has their best interests at heart. His remarks exposed raw emotions on the immigration issue in our country.
The modern Bahamas is a nation created through migration. The Amerindians Christopher Columbus met here 520 years ago are no more. Europeans and Africans displaced those people when permanent contact was made between the old and new worlds.
Today's Bahamas is even more ethnically and culturally dynamic. People from the Middle East, China and India also call this country home. They bring their experiences to our cultural mix, expanding The Bahamas.
The Bahamian relationship with the Haitians who migrate here is complicated. Haitians have come to The Bahamas since the creation of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. With the collapse of Jean Claude Duvalier's regime in the mid-1980s, however, those flows increased as Haiti's poor looked for new lives in new places.
Some Bahamians resent the large number of poor Haitians who have come here looking for a second chance. Some Haitians are upset at the discriminatory treatment they have received from some Bahamians.
Martelly should not have gotten involved in Bahamian politics while visiting. Staying out of local politics while on foreign trips is a convention of diplomacy, but his intrusion into Bahamian politics is no excuse for bigotry and xenophobia.
The Government of The Bahamas has as a responsibility carrying out the laws of the country. It should provide our border protection officers with all the resources needed to prevent people from illegally entering Bahamian territory. Foreigners who come here illegally should be repatriated in accordance with the law.
But what must be remembered is that those who are given citizenship are Bahamians once that decision is made. They should be afforded the same rights and privileges as other Bahamians.
We can debate who should be given permanent residence as opposed to citizenship. Countries have the authority to set residency standards based on the consensus of the times. However, we should not disparage those given status or argue that they are lesser citizens if citizenship was granted.
In deciding to become part of our community these new Bahamians bring different ideas, languages, traditions, foods and energies to our already multicultural society. And as a culturally richer community we should work together to solve common problems.
Haitian-Bahamians should not close themselves off and form exclusive political blocs to defend themselves. Haitian-Bahamians should, like all other Bahamians, examine the various political parties and candidates and determine who is best to advance The Bahamas.
Conversely, 'native' Bahamians should not fear the inclusion of new people into our commonwealth. What should exist is an immigration policy that can reasonably control who comes to The Bahamas. We should seek to recruit people from around the world - in the numbers we think reasonable - to add skills to our country. In doing so, we as a nation become stronger.
When governments are unable to police the flow of people to a territory, the established community becomes suspicious. Hence, it is important for clear immigration policy to exist and resources to be provided to help ensure the policy is enforced.
We hope the passions cool on this issue. Ethnic rivalry has made many countries unstable and has led to conflict and war.
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Funeral Service for Deaconess Audrey Myrtle Darville, age 70 years, of #10 Karl Drive, Claridge Dale, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, Jean Street, Gleniston Gardens. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred N. Brown, assisted by Deaconess Shirley Barr. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving and devoted husband of 49 years: Donald Alexander Darville; her children and their spouses: Anthony and Alice Darville, Jeffrey and Rhonda Darville and Angela and Baldwin Evans; her grand children and their spouses: Kristi and Don Deveaux, Jeffrey Brittany Darville, Antone Darville, Audra Darville and Blaire Evans; her sisters and their spouses: Joyce Darville and Family, Verna Knowles of Maryland and Family, Linda and Rob Nichols; one brother: Eric Knowles, and the families of Glen and Ezra Knowles; sisters-in-laws: Nita Knowles and Irene Knowles and family; other relatives and friends including: Etoile Maxine Darville and family, Clarence and Carol Harrison and family, Angelia and Guy Robertson and family and family of Livingston Darville; Angela Bethel Darville, Aunt Elva Knowles and family, the Evans family, the Moxey family, the Johnson family, the Stubbs family, Staff of Bahamas Bus and Truck, Staff of Elite Motors, Staff of Atlantis Finance and Laundry Departments, Staff of Holowesko Pyfrom Fletcher, Pastor Alfred Brown and Central Baptist Church family, Bahamas Harvest Church family, Calvary Bible Church family, Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, Dr. Charles Diggiss, Dr. Charles Osazuwa, Dr. James Iferenta, Nurse Clarke, Nurse Major and neighbours and friends of Claridge Dale Gardens and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ladies Friendship Club of Long Island, (Day Care Center for the Aged) Scotiabank, Buckleys, Long Island. Deposits can be made at any Scotiabank branch in Nassau or cheques mailed to P. O. Box N-7518, Nassau.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday February 10th, 2012, from 10:00 a.m until 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday February 11th, 2012, from 12:00 noon until service time.
Funeral service for Ethelyn Bernice Michael, age 93 years, 6 Tower Estates Drive, Sans Souci, formerly of Deadman's Cay, Long Island, will be held on Saturday February 11th 2012 at 10:00a.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads, officiating will be Canon Basil L. Tynes, assisted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson and Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment will follow in St. Mary's the Virgin Cemetery, Virginia and Nassau Streets.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter: Yvonne M. Michael-Deveaux-Shaw; three grand children: Renee L. Deveaux, Marie Deveaux-Sands and Neil C. Shaw; eight great grand children: Jordan Armbrister, Amron, Alizsha and Simone Sands, Joy and Haley Smith and Alaina and Liam Shaw; grand-son-in-law: Vernon Smith, grand daughter-in-law: Stephanie Shaw; eighteen nieces: Dale McLeod, Carmen Smith, Lady Aloma Allen, Brenda Brace, Helen Scott, Carolyn Wilson, Patricia Carter, Barbara Jean Haines, Joanna Martin, Dorothy Colbert, Carolyn Bell, Carol D. Russell, Gail Malone, Courtney, Judy and Bernadette Nesbit, Gladys White and Ingrid Scott; fifteen nephews: Cleaso Munnings, Phillip, Paul and Glen White, Perry and Johnnie Scott, Elton Nesbitt Jr., Samuel and Emanuel Nesbitt, Martin L. and Walter Mann, Don McLeod, Keith Smith, Sir William Allen, Donnie Carter and William Haines; thirty-one grand nieces and nephews: Gerald Cooper, Patrick and Dia Carter-Webb and family, Robert, Leslie, Libby and Kevin Shelby, Kelly, Chris, Jules, Jason and Eli, William and Andrew Allen and Karen Allen-Howard and family, Elgin, Maurice, Keisha and Karlean Smith, Michael A. Lillian M. Robin D. and Angel K. Wilson, Melodye M., Jacobs, Tanya Crosson, Katie Scott , Lance, Jamal and Lyvette Munnings and Katia and Kavan Scott; seven great grand nieces and nephews: Kyle, Kaleah A. Waters and family, Lauren E. Jacobs, Samira A. Cummings, Asiah A Moore, Trenae L. and Trinity L. Crosson; other family and friends including: Cynthia Wells and family, William and Lynn Wells and family, Harriet Womach and family, Trixie Hanna, Paula Hanna-Miller and Rupert Miller, Dillis and Henry Storr and family, The Hon. Perry Christie and Bernadette Christie and family, Carnetta Burrows and family, Hinton Burrows and family, Virgie Carroll and family, Christine and Ben Johnson and family, Myrtis Turnquest and family, Ralph and Joan Munnings and family, Agnes Munnings, Shane Russell and family, Leona Davis-Rahming and family, Debra .Knowles-Clark, Bea Wilson and family, Nora, Florence Fornof, Edwin Burrows, Gwendolyn Brawdley, Violet Knowles, Rosmond Wells and family The Wells and Turnquest families, Peter and John Michael and family and Emile and Julia Michael-Griffith and family; numerous god-children too many to mention including: Paula Hanna-Miller, Samuel and Jere Cumberbatch and family, Katie Smith and family and Joanne Hanna; dear friends including: Madeline Thompson, Gloria Knowles and family, Alva Moxey and family, Orry J. Sands and family, Ian Mortemore and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simmons and family, Althea Malone, Marge Ferguson, Doris Fitzgerald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Demeritte, Ricardo and Ethelyn Davis and family, Maria Campbell, Thelma Thompson, Mrs. Brennen, Elsie Thompson, Corin and Audrey Fountain, Mary Sinclair-Profilo and family, Mavis Davis and family, Eula Bain, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Cartwright, Ela Forbes, Velma Turnquest, Mavis Johnson, Tremmie D. Thompson, St. Barnabas Church and ACW family, Canon Basil Tynes and family, Inga Saunders and family, St. George's Church family and Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton, Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Thompson, Alma Oliver and others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday February 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday February 11th, 2012 from 9:00a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Deaconess Patricia Ann Sands, 56 yrs., a resident of Elizabeth Estates, who died on 28th January, 2012, will be held at Robinson Morris Chapel AME Church, Ridgeland Park West, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Prince O. Bodie, assisted by Rev. Cephas Rolle & other Ministers. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Patricia is survived by two children: Rudolf Anton and Kristen Sands.
Two step children: Tamara Pierre and Jameel Sands
Four Grandchildren: Antonious Sands, Bernard Morris, Carlos and Antoniesh Sands
Daughter-in-law: Felecia Sands
One sister: Mary Knowles
One brother: Robert L. Young
Three step-sisters: Deidree Barr, Andrea Francis and Maxine Young
(4) Adopted sisters: Keva Williams, Glenda Williams, Claudine Thurston and Linda Masekenuba
One step-brother: Robert S. Young
(8) Sisters-in-law: Carydah and Sheila Sands, Debbie Sands of Cape Coral, Florida, Julie Glover of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Shirley Maycock of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Verline Sands of Fort Pierce, Florida, Sandra Young and Teresita Ferguson.
(6) Brothers-in-law: George Seymour, Dwight Glover of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Harry Sands of Cape Coral, Florida, Rufus Sands Jr. of Ft. Pierce Fl., Peter Sands and Sherman Barr.
Nieces: Keva Smith, Anjanette Seymour, Tammy, Sheka, Erika and Marvanette Young, Tara and Alicia Ferguson, Shafena Brown, Sherrill Poitier, Robin Young, Minette Stuart, Pecola and Francis Newton, Celeste, Catherine and Toya Romer.
Nephews: Durant Smith, Philmon and Travis Clarke, Carlo, Marco, and Jeremy Ferguson of London, England, Dr. Copelin Seymour, Jean, Joe and Dion Stuart, Montgomery Brown, Curtell, Lloyd, Drexell, Mario and Yarri Young.
37 Grandnieces and Nephews
Adopted Daughters: Robyn Seymour and Shenika McIntosh
Numerous cousins, and a host of other family and friends including: Gelita and Felamese Sawyer and family of Dundas Town, Abaco, Jay and Janet Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell and Family, Salvera Archer and family, Pastor Prince and Donella Bodie and family, Calvese Horton and family, Stanley Nixon and family, Blossom Neeley and family, Precious Bailey and family The family of the late Mother Merle Rolle-Williams, Donald Masekenuba, Jenny Smith and family, Betsy Deveaux, Edith Rolle and family, Ulah Dean and family, Elizabeth Williams and family, Bruce and Grace Dean, Godfrey Thurston, Bro. Vance Major and Family, Leon, Deon and D'Angelo Rahming, Gardenia Hepburn, Nathalie McPhee, Rosenell Horton and family, Edith Rolle, Anthony and Valderine Hamilton, Bernard and Laverne Crawley, Constantine Eugene, Brian and Laverne Rolle, Marion Rolle, Jean and Sharon Gideon and family, the McBride family, Mavis and Shakera and family, Philip Brown and family, Vision Community Church, Elizabeth Estates Family and the Marsh Harbour and Dundas Town, Abaco Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Kathleen Mary Allen, 61 yrs., a resident of Garden Hills Estate #1, who died at 30th January, 2012, will be held at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Baillou Hill Road South, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred Stewart. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Survived by 5 daughters: Karen Williams, Vonchelle Ettiene, Erica, Melanie and Tamara Allen.
One Son: Glenroy Saunders Jr.
Two Stepdaughters: Inez Knowles & Lanette Gray
Two Sons-In-Law: Daylen Williams & Raphael Ettienne
Two Step-Step-Sons-In-Law: James Knowles & Shawn Gray
Four Sisters: Patsy Joseph, Lydia McSweeney, Cynthia Gibson & Vera Chase
Two Brothers: Christopher Nottage & Luther Nottage
One Granddaughter-In-Law: Selensia Williams
One Grand-Son-In-Law: Kendrick Bauld
Sixteen Grandchildren: Latoya Bauld, Latonya, Daylen Jr. andLatia Williams, Jave, Jyles and Jayden Ettiene, Kwayne Rolle, Raeven Lewis and Shazenya Smith.
Cynara Forbes, Jasper and Samantha Knowles, Myra, Shan and Alexandria.
Five Great Grandchildren: Lacardo and Karae McKinney, Carlos Jr. and Carlvontae Johnson, Daylensia Willliams.
Aunt: Elizabeth Butler
Six Sisters-In-Laws: Lucinda , Patricia, Susan, Dorothyand Jasmine Allen, Matilda Roberts, Mary Williams and Shirley Rozier.
Four Brothers-In-Laws: Joseph and Cecil Allen, Rodney Roberts, Brandford Chase and Dwight Rozier.
Numerous Nieces and Nephews: Tiffany Lundy, Tameka Grant, Michelle, Lorraine,Elechiemae, Joyce, Jasmine, Edney, Dwayne and Douglas Joseph. Maxine, Magaret, John, Ishmael, Edisson, Kevin Miller, Garvin, Dwayne andBrano Gibson. Stacia, Tanya and Corey Chase. Linda, Lenora, Henrietta and Hubert Allen. Judith Rolle, Dorothy Mackey and Donna Saunders.
Cousins: Lily Burrows, Rena Whylly, Clara Brown, Granville Butler Jr., Gregory Butler, Ida and Esther Butler, Carol Brown, Merlease Bain, Catherine Butler, Father Bradley Miller, Lunan, Tamika, Dale, Pinky, Karen Burrows, Doreen, Tasha, Wedley, Deon, Cleveland, RenaeWhylly, Katie, Marva, Ernest, James, Wendel, Marvin, Carlton, Cassandra, Sabrina, Doris and Rudy, Gladyss, DiedrePinder, Nae and Emily, Betty Hanna and Eleanor Cartwright, Bernadette and Sherry, Andrew and Clay.
Numerous Family and Friends: Miriam and Frianca Rolle and family, Lydia Strachan and family, Alfred Stewart and family, Laverne Stewart, Dorothy Smith and family, Curly McKinney, Shantell Evans and family, Immacula Forbes and family, Marc Hall, Bernice Kelley, Tino Cash, Kia Nairn, Sylvia McKenzie, Dorcas& Reginald Rolle, Anatole Major, Shirley Stubbs, Linda Eades and family, Nick & Natalia Horisberger and family, Linda and Jacquelyn Gomez, Maria Glinton and family, Beatrice Davis and family, Alice Rolle and family, Mable Stubbs and family, Ellen Moxey and family, Marie McPhee and family, Louise Richieand family, Beccamae and Princess Stubbs, Doris and Christine Rolle, Doris Whymns and family, Cynara Wilson, John Brown, Rowena Brown, Jean Bullard, Nelly Smith and family, Melba Gibson and family, Kilroy & Jacquelyn Wilson,The Drug Enforcemnt Unit Family, Battery &Tyre Specialist Family, Fingertips Family and the doctors and nurses of The Princess Margaret Oncology Department, and other family and friends too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
After the havoc created by the right (Duvalier father and son) on the soul and the spirit of the Haitian people, the left (Aristide and Preval) was supposed to bring about corrective measures to repair and to rebuild the soul and the spirit of the people. It has almost completely disintegrated the remaining veins of the pulse of the nation.
The ravages wrought upon by the right, Duvalier father and son, is on record. More than 10,000 state-sponsored assassinations. More than one million Haitian people, during 30 years of the Duvalier regime, forced to choose the road of exile under the fear of political persecution. Complete stagnation of the economy, fragmentation of the social ethos and decomposition of the family structure. In addition, we find some two million peasants leaving their home to establish themselves in shantytowns around the capital and the principal cities of the country, compromising an ordered urbanization process for the foreseeable future.
The revolution of February 7, 1986, led mainly by a group of Catholic clergy well enthused into the theology of liberation, was supposed to bring about peace, democracy and development to Haiti; it has instead generated more conflicts and more division within the Haitian family.
It is true the revolution was kidnapped at first by the military with its wave of repression and ill-conceived policies from 1986 to 1991 but on February 7, 1991, Jean Bertrand Aristide, a defrocked priest, was enthroned president with a popular mandate. The people at home and abroad were expecting at least and at last peace and democracy.
They got instead government sponsored measure and practices to divide the Haitian family. While the militia under the Duvalier's regime was in uniform and under an authoritative scheme, the chimers (another appellation for the militia) under the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide had no uniform and were free to strike without permission from a chain of command.
It was indeed mayhem at any hour of day and night. Young boys armed with the most sophisticated weapons were ransacking peaceful citizens. Kidnapping became a fashionable tool at the disposal of the government. The situation was so explosive that the entire population, students, businessmen and the civil society (along with the international) put their strength together to force the Aristide regime to leave the country.
The Preval government that succeeded after the hiatus of a provisional government as corrupt as the legitimate one did not make life easier for the Haitian family.
Preval's laissez grainer culture became the best emulation of Petion's laissez faire model. During the last eight years, it was the culmination in Haiti of the government existing for itself and not for serving its citizens. Personal security, environmental security, public health security as well as food security was at the lowest level ever. Adding to this situation, an act of God in the form of a major earthquake disaster brought Haiti to its knees.
The remnants of the Preval regime still haunt the Martelly government. The Senate that commands a majority voice due to the corruption of the electoral board is still dictating the agenda of the new government. Issues of double nationality, a dubious challenge over the arrest of a sitting legislator (who did not spend one day in jail) have priority over the essential topics of a national budget for sustainable development, revival of the environment and organization of the new university Henry Christophe, donated as a gift by the people of the Dominican Republic.
Where do we stand if neither the right, nor the left have handy solutions for rebuilding the Haitian economy? The answer to the question goes beyond the confines of the Republic of Haiti.
The United States went to Iraq to instill the elements of democracy, yet it is leaving not entrenching the basics rudiments of dreaming, living and building together a nation hospitable to all.
MINUSTHA, the UN stabilization force dispatched to Haiti with ample resources to facilitate the nation building process, will leave the country with the same negative result.
The reasons are simple. Learning to live together with an equitable distribution of the national resources amongst all the sectors of the nation is the key ingredient to create wealth, maintain peace and sustainable development.
Haiti will have to find its own formula, with neither the right nor the left nor the MINUSTHA to build the accompanying sentiment necessary to create wealth for all.
These aspirations that guided the founding fathers in building the first free black nation in the Western Hemisphere have found fertile ground in other parts of the world.
The Haitian nation will need to unlearn the lessons of laissez faire of Alexander Petion and laissez grainer (do as you please) of Rene Preval, the lessons of organized chaos of Jean Bertrand Aristide to forge a country where all the children, well fed by the government, will go to school. It will be also a Haiti where the peasants with assistance from the state will grow exotic, organic, tropical produce sold all over the world; the Diaspora armed with human and financial resources shall return home to bring back their experience for the benefit of all.
We learned enough from the right, the left and the MINUSTHA to build on our own this path of sustainable development!
Jean H. Charles MSW, JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Service for Deaconess Audrey Myrtle Darville, 70, of #10 Karl Drive, Claridge Dale, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, Jean Street, Gleniston Gardens. Officiating will be Pastor Alfred N. Brown, assisted by Deaconess Shirley Barr. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her loving and devoted husband of 49 years: Donald Alexander Darville; her children and their spouses: Anthony and Alice Darville, Jeffrey and Rhonda Darville and Angela and Baldwin Evans; her grand children and their spouses: Kristi and Don Deveaux, Jeffrey Brittany Darville, Antone Darville, Audra Darvi ...
The majority of people who received Bahamian citizenship between November 18, 2011 and January 13, 2012 were born in The Bahamas to foreigners and lived here all their lives, but some of them spent a good part of their childhood in Haiti, according to information obtained by The Nassau Guardian.
These individuals born in The Bahamas had a constitutional entitlement to apply for citizenship. These are primarily people in their early 20s, who as citizens are now entitled to register to vote and to enjoy all the entitlements and benefits of being a citizen of The Bahamas.
Only a few of the new Bahamians have Bahamian names. While the list does not reflect their parents' nationalities, most of the new citizens have Haitian names -- Similien, Joseph, Jean-Louis, Jacques, Paul, Timothee, Baptise, Clerveau, Francois and Duroseau, to name a few.
The list of names of the 151 people sworn in during the mentioned period shows that only 14 of them were born outside the country.
A few on the list were born in Haiti. One applicant, born in La Tortue in 1968, has lived in The Bahamas since 1979 and had permanent residency. Another born in Chansolme in 1947 has lived in The Bahamas since 1978.
As indicated, some of the new citizens born in The Bahamas lived outside the country.
As an example, one applicant born in Nassau in 1980 lived in The Bahamas for the first six years of his life, returned in 1999 and has lived here since.
Another who was born in The Bahamas in 1992 was taken outside the country after birth, returning in 2001 and has lived here since.
One applicant born in 1975 was taken to Jamaica at age two and returned to The Bahamas in 1991.
Another born in The Bahamas in 1991 was taken to Haiti in 1993, returned in 1999, left and went back to Haiti in 2001 and returned to The Bahamas in 2010.
Another applicant born in 1989 was taken to Haiti at an early age and returned to The Bahamas in 2000; another born in 1991 left The Bahamas at age two and returned in 1998, and another applicant born in 1983 was taken to Haiti in 1986 and returned to The Bahamas in 1998.
One new Bahamian citizen was born in The Bahamas in 1983, immediately taken to Haiti after birth and returned to The Bahamas in 1998.
Another new citizen born in 1977 was taken to Haiti shortly after birth and returned to The Bahamas in 1996, nearly 20 years later, where he received permanent residence in 2002.
One applicant born in The Bahamas in 1979 lived here until 1993 then left the country. There is no information on when this new Bahamian citizen returned here.
Another applicant born in The Bahamas in 1992 spent the first nine years of his life outside the country. He returned in 2001 and has lived here since.
Ten of the 151 people granted Bahamian citizenship in the period in question are women married to Bahamian men.
Those women benefited from an existing discriminatory clause in The Bahamas Constitution.
The Constitution does not provide for the husbands of Bahamian women to become eligible for citizenship.
It is a discriminatory clause the Ingraham administration sought unsuccessfully to change by way of a referendum a decade ago.
The Free National Movement's (FNM) Manifesto 1997 said the party believed that a review of the constitution should be undertaken to "take account of the requirements of a maturing Bahamian society with the objective of strengthening and deepening our evolving democracy."
The Ingraham administration sought to eliminate "the entrenched bias of the Constitution against Bahamian women, which denies Bahamian women privileges and entitlements granted to Bahamian men with regard to award of citizenship to children and foreign spouses."
This provision remains unchanged.
The new list of citizens shows that six Jamaican women married to Bahamian men were granted citizenship. These women resided in The Bahamas between six and 30 years.
A Haitian woman married to a Bahamian was also granted citizenship. She resided in The Bahamas for 12 years.
A Filipino woman who has lived in The Bahamas for 18 years and is married to a Bahamian is also now a citizen, as is a Trinidadian woman who has lived here for 27 years.
One applicant born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1991 was also recently sworn in. The only information on him is that he is a "periodic visitor" to The Bahamas.
Another applicant who was born in Cap Haitien, Haiti, in 1991 has lived in The Bahamas since 1997 with her parents, who are work permit holders.
A few of the new Bahamians were born in Abaco, where Haitian immigrants make up a substantial portion of the population.
In 2003, 76 or 63 percent of all babies born at the Marsh Harbour Clinic were to Haitian mothers, while 45 or 38 percent were to Bahamian mothers.
According to the Ministry of Health, this was the first district in which the number of infants born to Haitians was greater than the number of infants born to Bahamians.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette recently told The Nassau Guardian he will table the latest citizenship statistics in Parliament either today or Wednesday.
I was surfing the web recently and my search led me to September 2005. This was when there was much uproar in the Free National Movement (FNM) with regard to its leadership. Tommy Turnquest was the leader of the party and Alvin Smith was the party's leader in the House of Assembly. Turnquest was a senator at the time.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2005, the dailies reported that there was a move within the FNM to replace Smith and Turnquest with Hubert Ingraham as party leader in the House and as leader of the party. Turnquest told the press that Ingraham assured him that this was absolutely not true and that he had Ingraham's support. He said that Ingraham was his friend. On Thursday, September 29, 2005 the FNM council voted 88 to 40 in Ingraham's favor as leader of the FNM. This was a resounding defeat for Turnquest from his friend who days earlier assured him that he was not seeking to return to power.
Turnquest did not bicker publicly but went on in support of Ingraham and the FNM, who won the 2007 general election by a slight margin over the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). Ingraham did say earlier that he only wanted two terms in office but as he said, the people requested his return. Turnquest won his seat and is now minister of national security, arguably the second or third most important post in government.
During the by-election for Elizabeth, leaked cables posted by WikiLeaks stated Cassius Stuart, former leader of the Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM), refered to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, leader of the FNM, as Robert Mugabe and Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former Zimbabwean dictator and former Haitian president, respectively. Stuart also said that he could not align himself with any of the political parties because he felt that "endemic corruption" resided in both. Stuart is now the FNM's candidate for Bamboo Town and he assured the public during his official joining of the FNM that the next five years is for us.
Dr. Andre Rollins, former leader of the National Development Party (NDP), was in my view an up-and-coming champion of the people. He fought valiantly in the Elizabeth by-election and exposed improper governance tendencies in the FNM and the PLP. I always wonder how the political landscape would be like today had he stayed on his course. He is now a PLP candidate for Fort Charlotte.
Philip Russell was a Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for Freeport. He said that the DNA was a party of change and that change is now. His ratification was revoked by the DNA. He is now the Bahamas Constitution Party's candidate for East Grand Bahama.
There have been many other political moves in Bahamian politics that are food for thought. Dr. B.J. Nottage left the Coalition for Democratic Reform + Labor (CDR) to return to the PLP. In one of Dr. Nottage's speeches in 2002 while leader of the CDR, he said, "The PLP, which has had its turn governing the Bahamas for 25 years, appears still not to have reformed itself internally and the question that you must ask yourself, therefore, is whether they can be entrusted to bring the urgent and necessary reforms needed at the national level."
Charles Maynard and Phenton Neymour left the CDR and joined the FNM. They are both now ministers in the government. Renward Wells left the NDP and Rodney Moncur dissolved the Workers Party. They are now candidates for the PLP and the DNA, respectively. Dr. Madlene Sawyer left the PLP because she was not nominated and is now a candidate for the DNA.
Branville McCartney left the FNM to form and become leader of the DNA. Perry Christie left the PLP in 1984 and returned in 1990 where he eventually became the party's leader. Hubert Ingraham was fired from the PLP amid tears and he joined the FNM in a deal that made him leader of the party. In 1984, Ingraham and Christie were not happy with allegations of corruption in the PLP that had led to international attention and they spoke out against this. They ran as independents in the 1987 general election and won. Isn't it ironic that these same men who spoke out are now battling again for the leadership of The Bahamas?
They showed the courage that appears to be lacking on a national level today. Is this something that our current politicians, who seem to say "yes sir" at all manner of things, can learn from?
I would ask the "yes, yes" politicians if they don't find it odd that there are no clear leadership successors to Christie or Ingraham? This has to be especially difficult for Tommy Turnquest, who despite his unwavering loyalty to the FNM finds himself in a quandary. Christie and Ingraham did not last in politics for over 35 years because they always said yes sir. History will show where they challenged their leadership when it was evident that something wrong was amiss.
History hasn't been kind to Dr. B.J. Nottage, as all his leadership bids in the PLP were unsuccessful. Will it bode well again for Phenton Neymour and Charles Maynard? Will it bode well for Branville McCartney, who historically took a similar stance as Christie and Ingraham by going against the status quo? Will it bode well for Renward Wells, Cassius Stuart, Dr. Andre Rollins and Rodney Moncur, whose voices have been silenced on the public scene?
We are at a crossroads in our history and this election I believe will be one for the ages. No matter who wins the next general election, staunch representation will be needed to get The Bahamas on the right track and to truly empower Bahamians.
- Dehavilland Moss
I have often mentioned in this column that life is so wretched in Haiti for the majority of the population that the very fact of survival of this segment of the population is a case study worthy of a scientific sociological inquiry.
According to Leannec Hurbon (God in the Haitian Voodoo), Haitian society keeps reproducing the ubiquitous colonial model with 11 percent of the population controlling 50 percent of the national revenue. Indeed, in 1789, a decade before the Haitian revolution, the social structure was represented as such: seven percent large plantation white owners, 13 percent small plantation owners represented by the mulattoes and 80 percent black slaves condemned to perpetual servitude.
The picture today in 2012 in Haiti is not much different from the colonial era, with the peasants living in endemic and abject poverty comprising 87 percent of the population, the middle class 11 percent and the bourgeoisie at two percent. Through dictatorial, military and illiberal democratic regimes, it has been, plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose - the more things change, the more they remain the same.
It seems with the government of Michel Joseph Martelly, Haiti is turning the tide to reverse the slide.
This week on Monday, President Martelly introduced the program: Give me light, give me life - or bam lumiere, bam la vie. Shepherded by Secretary of Energy Dr. Rene Jean Jumeau, the project plans to provide electricity to 200,000 homes in two years, in particular to those in the rural areas that have never seen electricity before.
By contrast, EDH (Electricity of Haiti), which holds a monopoly in supplying electricity to the country, has only 200,000 paying customers after 40 years of existence.
On Tuesday, in a project "Aba Grangou" - Down with Hungriness - Mrs. Michel Martelly, deputized by her husband, has introduced a program that will eradicate famine in Haiti through healthy nutrition, school meals for one million children, revaluation of national produce, better warehousing and distribution of crops and, last but not least, a movement of solidarity of one for the other in the nation.
I met at the National Palace with the director of the project Klaus Eberwein on the day of the inauguration of the program to inquire what will happen on Wednesday.
He smiled and told me the president is heading to Davos to defend the cause of the Haitian people with the illustrious gathering of kings, princesses and celebrities. The event happens every year in the mountains of Switzerland, as a way of telling the downtrodden of the world that they are not forgotten.
He added with additional smile if you want a real scoop, next year President Martelly will introduce universal medical coverage for all Haitian people.
Indeed the tide is turning.
Even when the government was not yet functional, the president had already proposed a project of schooling for all, through a tax from the international calls and the money transfers from the Diaspora. He is still getting a bad rap from that segment of the population that has infused $1 billion into the national economy with no apparent result to the nation as a whole.
Turning the tide to bring a nation from squalor to splendor is not an easy proposition.
Lesly Pean, one of the most analytical minds in the Haitian intelligentsia, in an article published on January 24, 2012, titled "Social Capital and Investment", opened the eyes on the Chinese leap forward.
During the last 35 years, the Chinese government has succeeded in bringing from squalor to a relative splendor some 800 million people. This is a feat that has never been recorded anywhere and anytime, in the history of humanity.
It is not a canvass that all the social problems have been resolved. Li Minqui, in The Rise of the Middle Class and the Future of the Chinese Revolution, has catalogued during the year 2011 some 180,000 demonstrations for better worker conditions, more freedom of movement and an equitable process of privatization.
Concurrently, President Barack Obama, in the State of the Union address, placed emphasis on the same issue: "We can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair share. We can either settle for a nation where a small number of people do really well while a growing number of Americans barely get by."
It was 45 years ago that President Lyndon Johnson, in collusion with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chose the road of hospitality for all in the United States. It is a work in progress, invigorated by the determination of Obama to reclaim American values in redistributing the peace dividend by giving a fair share to each American, black or white.
The social initiatives launched by Martelly can be seen in the same light, as a work in progress because the headline in the Nouvelliste, the oldest newspaper in the country, is: "A budget without a plan of development".
Eddie Labossiere, the president of the Haitian Association of Economists, decided to cry foul concerning the national budget: "Nothing has changed; there is no transition towards rationality and growth. It is a $3 billion budget without a global vision of development. It is a budget of salaries; it is not a budget leading to results."
The key sectors such as agriculture and environment have received respectively only 6.4 percent and 1.4 percent of the national budget. The goal of the government to reach 7.8 percent is not sustainable, according to Labossiere. In addition the target of $1 billion in tax revenue out of a budget of $3 billion is too dependent on foreign support.
Are these notes of sour grapes from an economist who is not seated at the decision making table or genuine concern of a citizen who wishes Haiti well?
Only time will tell!
Martelly has already demonstrated tangible results in the last four months of his government, more than previous governments have realized in the last 40 years of governance in Haiti:
o $16 million collected through the National Funds for Education to send all children of school age to school. Nine hundred thousand new students are already attending;
o Relocation of 3,500 people from sordid camps into sustainable homes;
o Fabrication of 3,400 homes soon to be delivered to former camp refugees from the earthquake;
o Facilitation of the construction of the industrial park in the northern part of Haiti leading to 60,000 new jobs;
o Initiation of the Aba Grangou project to eliminate malnutrition and famine in the country;
o Launching of the project Give Me Light and Give Me Life to electrify 200,000 homes in two years, mostly in the rural areas.
Martelly, in spite of large outcry by legislators from the old regime who keep distracting his government from turning the tide, is steadfastly moving the ship of the nation towards safe and pleasant water. He is not confined into the capitalism or the socialism box. The interest of the nation constitutes his only guiding post.
May Michael (Martelly's namesake) the Archangel protect his front and his back so he shall continue as a vigilant captain, leading the nation into a spot where milk and honey will be the lot of everyone!
Jean H. Charles MSW JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentler Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Funeral Service for the Late Patsy Anderson, 79, of Nassau Village, will be held on Saturday February 4th, 1:00 p.m. at Abundant Life Bible Church, Abundant Life Road. Pastor F. Edward Allen assisted by Pastor Gil Maycock, Pastor Cranston Knowles, and Pastor Algernon Malcolm will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Matthew’s Church Cemetery, Shirley Street.
She is survived by her Children: Patrice Tynes and Jean Kimberley Peletierre Sands, and adopted daughter Beverly Walker. Grand Children: Michelle Larkin Rolle, Patricia Larkin, James Larkin, Jr, Chauncey Tynes, Jr, Corey Tynes, Nicole Farquharson, William Moultrie, Clevelyn Rodgers, Malik Sands. Great-Grand Children: Miguel Str ...