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Representatives of the offshore banking sector held an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday to address the detention of a senior Swiss banking executive by immigration officials following a round-up, and have called on the government to take a "more sensitive approach" to enforcing the country's laws so as to avoid harming the industry.
Guardian Business understands that many members of the financial community were shocked by the detention of the senior official, reported to be the executive director of UBS (Bahamas), Emmanuel Fiaux, on Tuesday during a morning immigration enforcement exercise.
Drivers were stopped in the streets and questioned about their identity during the road blocks, with some asked to produce evidence of their immigration status.
Fiaux was reported to have been taken to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre temporarily after he was unable to produce documentation to prove his ability to reside in The Bahamas, although this could not be confirmed up to press time yesterday.
Following the detention of Fiaux, bankers who spoke with Guardian Business on condition of anonymity expressed concern that such incidents are "the last thing The Bahamas needs" at a time when the offshore banking sector is already being squeezed competitively by increased and evolving international regulatory demands.
Contacted for comment by Guardian Business, the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT) and the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) issued a joint statement yesterday confirming that they had held a meeting yesterday morning with Christie and acting Minister of Immigration Philip Brave Davis, as well as Minister of Financial Services Ryan Pinder, to "discuss various issues around immigration and labor in light of the recent immigration round-ups that have been widely reported".
"AIBT and BFSB executives expressed that while the industry understands and respects the government's ongoing efforts to enforce the country's immigration laws, the industry believes that it is critically important that a more calibrated and sensitive approach be taken, so as to avoid unnecessary detentions of individuals duly authorized to live and work in The Bahamas.
"It was further stressed that we must work together to ensure that no harm is inflicted on The Bahamas' reputation as a welcoming nation.
"We look forward to engaging the government in a broader dialogue around issues of labor, immigration and economic development" said the joint statement. "All stakeholders understand fully that access to financial and human capital are vital, and we must explore meaningful reform to existing regulations and procedures which will encourage the long-term growth and development of the nation."
The statement further noted that all three ministers were receptive to the concerns expressed and reinforced their understanding of the value of the financial services industry to the country. The prime minister invited the executives to a follow-up meeting with the respective portfolio ministers.
The organizations called on their members to contact them with any questions and/or concerns about these matters "so that we can work to provide clarity and support to the industry around these issues".
Forty suspected Cuban migrants were arrested near Cay Sal on Monday after evading capture since last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
There were 39 adults and one child in the group.
They were arrested for illegal entry into The Bahamas.
The statement said the ministry received reports that officers on patrol saw a go fast vessel with an estimated 40 people on board heading north from La Isabella, Cuba, as early as October 24.
"The go fast vessel was observed reportedly offloading these suspected Cuban migrants onto a deserted cay near Cay Sal," the statement said.
"The report is that the go fast vessel was subsequently stopped in international waters. Two smugglers were reportedly found on board the vessel and were detained. The migrants however evaded capture until October 28," the statement said.
Immigration Director William Pratt told The Nassau Guardian that the U.S. Coast Guard spotted the group and apprehended the migrants before turning them over to Bahamian authorities.
U.S. authorities arrested the smugglers, who are reportedly American, Pratt said.
Pratt said immigration authorities hope to repatriate the first group of Cubans by the end of next week.
Last week, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell and Cuban Ambassador to The Bahamas Ernesto Soberon Guzman exchanged diplomatic notes cementing a new standard operation procedures between the two countries.
This will allow Cuban detainees to be repatriated in a matter of weeks as opposed to the previous months-long process.
Mitchell said in the past, bureaucracy has "bogged down" the repatriation process for Cubans.
In some instances, Cubans have lingered in the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for over nine months, officials said.
Mitchell said the new procedures will also allow time for the government to uphold its obligations through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to ensure proper screening for political asylum.
A big Christmas tree lighting bash happened this past Saturday at the Flamingo Gardens Community Center on Bahamas Boulevard, off Carmichael Road.
The Christmas spirit was in high gear as a large number of the area's young boys and girls flocked the center for an enjoyable time. In attendance were many of the older residents of the community and a good bit of others from outside the constituency. A refreshing day unfolded, and as for Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson, he was able to experience one of those special moments devoid of politics. On Saturday, I observed a scenario that should be emulated throughout the island of New Providence.
The center is a multi-purpose sports compound, actually. There is the park at the front that accommodates softball and baseball. Adjacent is a court where basketball and volleyball can be played. The building situated in the middle of the complex, houses the new office of the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) and will be utilized also by the amateur boxing and judo programs.
Plans are ongoing to install conditioning equipment for athletes and others who are just primarily interested in health and physical care. At the rear of the building are the tennis courts. On Saturday, the Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF) staged an exhibition on the tennis facility. Dr.
Johnson was in his element, delightfully soaking up the atmosphere and the excitement of the hundreds who came out.
"This is amazing, and this sort of situation, it would be good, if we could have in as many communities as possible. Just to see the young boys and girls enjoying themselves is special. I would like to see the center grow to the point whereby it is used daily," said Dr. Johnson.
The center certainly is the exact template that is appropriate to assist with the development process of sports for community youngsters. On the other hand, the older boys and girls of the community now have right in their backyard, facilities that will enable them to train and develop different skill sets. A challenge goes out to the country's leaders of programs in boxing, judo, tennis, softball, volleyball, baseball and basketball.
Presently, the judo federation, the Amateur Boxing
Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB), and the Bahamas Boxing Commission are working closely with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to grow the sports scene at the Flamingo Gardens center. The view here is that executives of all organizations related to facilities at the center are indeed obligated to make contact with the ministry with a strong view to coming up with plans for exhibitions and actual competitions in the respective disciplines.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture seems to be very serious about making the center a leading location for sporting activities. In place as the administrator of the facility is Clayton Fernander who is ably assisted by Leevan Hinsey. They are at the center daily and can be reached at 676-5995.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The family of a mother who was aboard a Haitian vessel that ran aground just over a week ago in the Exuma cays, waited for hours outside Princess Margaret Hospital's morgue yesterday to find out if she died in the tragedy.
Jimmy Bazil, 35, said after contacting relatives in Haiti last week he learnt that his sister, Mellean Cadte, 29, was on the boat.
According to defense force officials, at least 30 migrants drowned, but only six bodies were recovered from the water. RBDF Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux said the organization was unable to retrieve the rest.
Another 110 Haitians were rescued -- 19 women and 91 men -- in the Exumas.
Bazil said when he went to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre last week to find out whether his sister was among the survivors, officials told him there was no record of her.
He said since then, he and his father, Mark Bazil, have feared the worst, but not knowing what happened to Cadte has been tough to bear.
He said he has been grappling with the thought that Cadte's body may have been lost to the ocean.
"We don't know if her body is here," Bazil said. "There were a lot of people lost. A lot of people died.
"There have been some people who were found, but not all. We just want to know."
Bazil speculated that Cadte, who he said was recently deported from New Providence, did not inform her relatives in New Providence of her plans because they would have discouraged her from traveling on the vessel.
"She never told us she was coming because she knew that we would not accept her coming in the boat like that," he said.
"That is why she just came in the boat by herself like that. I feel so bad. It is my sister."
Bazil said his family was trying to get Cadte the necessary documents to live legally in The Bahamas.
He believes she attempted the perilous journey out of desperation to be with her 8-year-old son for the holidays.
After several hours of waiting, Bazil was informed that he would have to return to the morgue today.
He said officials informed him that the coroner was awaiting certain documents before the identification process could be conducted.
Tribune Staff Reporter
FRIENDS of a 23-year-old mother-of-one who is believed to have committed suicide have expressed shock and disbelief at her death.
The body of Acassia Porter was discovered hanging from a ceiling by a leather belt on Monday evening at the home she shared with her young son on Quick Silver Drive, off Carmichael Road.
Ms Porter was taken to hospital by emergency services but pronounced dead on arrival.
Sources close to Ms Porter said she had appeared stressed last week and it was also revealed she had recently broke off an engagement.
Ms Porter's parents were too distraught to speak yesterday.
Reports yest ...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUMBER of persons set to vote in North Andros have changed their registration since the start of the voter fraud probe, according to FNM candidate for the area Desmond Bannister.
The tribunal has set the course for a fairer process of elections in the country, said Mr Bannister, sitting MP for Carmichael and Minister of Education.
"I can tell you that any number of people have called and told me that they will get legitimate," Mr Bannister said.
"I know a number of people have changed their registration.
He added: "The law of the country provides for how and where people are to vote. You cannot ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by Hon. Branville McCartney, M.P. on March 29th, 2012 at the
Street Meeting in Carmichael at the Southern Shores Constituency office opening.
When the Rally is Over
Good evening BAHAMAS!
Good evening my fellow Bahamians!
The Bahamas is now on the brink of economic collapse and social decay. We need REAL CHANGE. And, we need REAL CHANGE NOW.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration confirms
that a peaceful, but noisy
demonstration occurred today in Miami outside the
Ingraham Building, home of the Bahamas Consulate.
Using loud speakers and placards, eight demonstrators
demanded better treatment for four female Cuban Nationals detained at
the Carmichael Road Detention Center. The protest lasted two hours,
from 11am to around 1pm in the afternoon. There were no physical attacks
on the building housing the Bahamas Consulate or on its staff; all are
Nassau, Bahama - DW Davis Junior
High School wins the Highest Enrollment Award Floating Trophy in the Junior
Achievement Bahamas (JA) First Cycle of the Elementary and Juniors Programme.
The Certificate Presentation Exercise was held March 23, 2012 at Golden Gates Outreach Ministries,
Carmichael Road. Other winners include: the Grates Initiative Award
Primary School, Xavier's and Our
Lady's Catholic Primary Schools; the Grates Initiative Award Junior School, C.
H. Reeves Junior High School...
Kevin Theodore Rolle age 44 years of Allens Drive off Carmichael Road died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday 23rd March, 2012.
He is survived by his wife: Diana Rolle; mother: Gloria Rolle; 1 son: Kevin Rolle Jr.; 1 step son: Lynden Taylor; daughters: Shaqua Taylor, Cleo Stubbs; sisters: Sherise Blount, Cindy Robins; brother: Gregory Rolle; grandparents: Ruth Rolle; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
The trial for a woman accused of murdering her husband has been put off until July 2013.
Supreme Court Justice Vera Watkins had to delay the start of Mikiko Black's trial because her lawyer, Ian Cargill, is presently involved in an armed robbery trial before Justice Bernard Turner.
Black is charged with the April 19, 2010 shooting death of her husband Able Seaman Leonardo Black at their apartment off Carmichael Road.
This is the second postponement in the trial.
In May 2011, Watkins released the jury after learning that the prosecution had failed to disclose crucial material to the defense.
She said at the time: "It is with regret that I have to discharge you. I feel it is my duty in order to ensure that the defendant has a fair trial."
Black, who is on bail, returns to court for the start of her trial on July 1.
Eucal Bonaby appeared for the Crown.
Police have named an inmate who escaped from the Chest Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital as a suspect in a series of rapes and break-ins in the Carmichael Road area.
Officers issued a wanted poster on Friday naming Frederick Green, 29, as a person of interest in the matters.
The circumstances surrounding Green's escape on February 21 are still the subject of an internal investigation, to determine if there was any complicity on the part of the officer who was assigned to guard him, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said Sunday.
Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian that he was unaware that the escapee was now being sought in other crimes.
However, he added that, "It was not surprising."
Green, who also uses the surname Neely, was on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons on an armed robbery charge.
From the outset, officials acknowledged that a lack of manpower could have played a role in the escape. Following the incident, Turnquest said ideally two officers should have been guarding Green.
At the time Turnquest said, "We would like to get to the stage where we're able to have two prison officers guard inmates at the hospital [but] we had more than just that inmate at the hospital. There were at least two others [there] and I'm advised that we had prison officers elsewhere. We also had a situation where we had to move around prison [guards] on that midnight shift."
Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming said that the guard left Green unattended for a brief period when he went to use the restroom.
When the officer returned, Green, who had been restrained at the ankles was gone, Rahming said. The officer reportedly saw Green getting into a car.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the Free National Movement (FNM) will both conduct exit polls of voters from today's advanced poll to get an indication of the outcome of the May 7 election, their respective chairmen said yesterday.
Nearly 8,000 people are eligible to vote in today's poll, including police officers and defence force officers, election day workers, politicians, overseas voters and people with travel plans or medical appointments.
This is the first time that people other than uniformed officers and poll workers will be able to vote in the advanced poll.
FNM Chairman Carl Bethel said his party expects to garner the most votes from the 7,865 people registered.
"The party will be of course considering all the evidence that we are able to glean from the advanced poll voting process, as to how we think it went," said Bethel, who was a guest on the Guardian Radio talk show 'Darold Miller Live'.
"There are many ways in which exit polls are done.
"We have our ways of knowing... We expect that we will get the majority of votes of the majority of persons who vote [Tuesday], whether they are police (officers), defence force officers, the general public, special voters, we anticipate the majority."
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said based on early talks with a number of voters registered for the advanced poll, the PLP is confident that it will secure most of their support.
"The voters who will vote [Tuesday] will come from different constituencies and the numbers are not evenly spread across but it gives an indication [of Election Day]," Roberts told The Nassau Guardian.
"We will get some preliminary numbers and we have already spoken to many of those persons who will vote [Tuesday]."
Voters will be able to vote between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m at two polling stations in New Providence, the Bahamas Tourism Training Centre at The College of The Bahamas and the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Early voters in Bains Town and Grants Town, Englerston, Fox Hill, Marathon, Nassau Village, South Beach, MICAL, Centreville, Fort Charlotte, Golden Gates, Montagu, Pinewood and St. Anne's will vote at the gymnasium.
Early voters in Bamboo Town, Elizabeth, Golden Isles, Mount Moriah, Southern Shores, Yamacraw, Carmichael, Garden Hills, Killarney, Sea Breeze and Tall Pines will vote at the college.
Eligible voters overseas will vote at Bahamas embassies or consulates.
And Family Island voters eligible to vote in the advanced poll will vote at various locations, churches and court houses.
The Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) said yesterday its stands "diametrically opposed" to gambling and if a referendum is held it would do everything in its power to make that position known.
Responding to a promise made by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on the campaign trail to hold a referendum on a national lottery and gambling within its first 100 days, President of the BCC Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson said the council "would preach the message" concerning gambling.
He was speaking at a press conference at Cousin McPhee Cathedral on Carmichael Road.
Patterson said he still thinks more people are opposed to gambling than those who support it.
"I took an interest and drove around the other day [and] I have not seen one gambling house or one café... in Lyford Cay," he said. "I haven't seen any in Cable Beach; I've not seen any out east; [and] none in Blair either."
Patterson said he does not think the owners of gambling operations live in the depressed areas where their businesses are located.
Despite this, Patterson said the council will support the government in all of its endeavors.
"It is time for us to put down our colors and unite as one Bahamas," he said.
He continued, "We have a great country to build, so let us all get involved and do our part to make this the best little country in the world.
"If the government fails, we all lose. If they succeed, we all win. So let us all help the government of The Bahamas to succeed so we all can win."
Patterson also responded to United States President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he supports gay marriage.
"Marriage is between a man and a woman," Patterson said. "That's our position. It's not going to change.
"People always say if America sneezes The Bahamas [will] catch the cold. That's what they believe. I strongly believe that there are still some moral issues in this country that we hold dear."
Patterson was responding to a question from a reporter.
He said he believes that there is nothing that will cause Bahamians to go against the word of God.
"We know we have a fight," he said. "The church is in a battle every day. We understand this and we are prepared to fight this battle."
A group of Cuban nationals was picked up by the U. S. Coast Guard in Bahamian waters on Thursday, the Department of Immigration reported yesterday.
It was unclear why it took the department so long to report the apprehension.
While the statement from the department did not say how many Cubans were picked up, The Nassau Guardian confirmed that it was a group of 19 men.
The statement said the immigrants are detained at the Detention Center on Carmichael Road, but did not go beyond that.
The Bahamas government would have to get permission from the Cuban government in order to repatriate the Cubans.
In the past, The Bahamas government has run into problems in seeking to have Cubans repatriated as the Cuban government does not approve repatriations for Cubans who have been out of the country for a certain period of time.
In some instances, a third country has had to be identified to accept Cuban immigrants.
While local officials considered the diplomatic channels to take in relation to the Cubans, The Nassau Guardian confirmed that more than 80 Haitian immigrants were repatriated to Haiti yesterday.
Immigration officers also reportedly rounded up 39 undocumented Haitian nationals in Mayaguana, Eleuthera and Abaco last weekend.
Sapphire Funeral Service
Miss. Dorrie Mae Charlton age 62 years of #12 Zarconia Close, off Prince Charles Drive and formerly of Abraham's Bay Mayaguana will be held on Saturday, June 02, 2012 at 11am at Cousin McPhee Cathedral AME Church, Carmichael Road. Pastor Ellison Greenslade, assisted by Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
The Radiance of this "Sapphire of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of her:
Sisters: Roslyn (Samuel) Johnson, Esereine Christie, Rovina Charlton, Brunell (Felix) Jones, Alfreda Gibson, Valerie (Dennis) Bain, Laverne Audrey, Melva (Edgar) Kemp;
Brothers: Lionel (Rochelle), Reginald (Lillian), Burntle "Mack", Albert , Hasten, Clyde, Shelmar "Ronnie" and Floyd (Colletta) Farrington;
Children: Davisha, Lavaranae "Jelise", Marcian and Marina Charlton;
Aunts: Mable Edwards, Enid Roberts and Elvie Pratt;
Uncles: Victor (Jerry), Herbert (Dr. Lorett) and Leslie (Judy) Brown;
Nieces and Nephews: Vanessa (Clement) Rolle, Lionel Jr. (Dr. Chimone), Lavar (Latoya), Valdeana and Dennis Bain, Felix Jones Jr., Damon Charlton, Chanez and Chanae Gibson, Nekia Bain, Gerad, Julien and Keisha Bain, Keturah, Kanashé, Lorran, Janeice, Kaylesa, Clydena, Delano, Nakita, Mario, Maisha, D'angelo, D'mitry, Laquana, Manduwel, Regina, Reshanda, Phelica, Christopher, Jeremy, Matisco and Ethan Charlton. Darren, Tashana, Floyd Jr., Brittney, Bienka and Javaise Farrington. Eureka, Symphony, Jonathan, Kirk, Lakita Goozé, René, Jamaal, Mcarthur, Lazar, Demar, Inoa, Latera, Laniece, Lanae, Lateisha, Lachea, Lavonté, Yasmine & Lori Charlton. Kyle and Lavette Albury, Hesley, Kevin (Jennifer), Kenris, Yolanda, Tangela, Kamari, Kwabena, Kanaya, Theus, Ramon, Lisa, Drucilla, Roslyn, Travetta, Travet, Marissa, Shanique Charlton, Pandora (Vincent) Forbes;
Numerous Grandnieces and Nephews Including: Laranda and Essence, Christopher Jr., Chrishan and Christina, Jeremy Jr., Manisha and Vallant Charlton, Certina, Celina and Cerina, Fredia and Maheima Rolle., Angela, Loron, Gabriel, Jayda and Julien Bain Jr., Nakeira, Mauricio, Lionel III, Leigha and Liam Charlton. Brian, Ryan, Brianna and Rihanna Goozé, Conrade Wallace, Izreal and Elijah McKenzie, Manalia Knowles, Regan Major and Cordia Humes;
Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Valderine Deveaux, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Curry, Angel, The McPhee Sisters, Ms. Farquharson, Pastor Ellison and Leila Greenslade and The Entire Bible Truth Ministries Family, Rev. Ranford Patterson and The Cousin McPhee Church Family, Rev. Howard Williamson and The Robinson Morris Church Family, Arnold and Linda Brown, Mable Farquharson, Rita Nicholas, Leslie Samuels of Miami Florida, Susan Hall, Levy, Wellington and Ivy Charlton, Techla, Olga, Clyde, Jeff and Cora Hepburn, Adena Fox, Hardy, Sylvia, Franka, Dorall, Grandville, Marv and Kyle Weech, Florence Fowler, Emily Charlton, Maurice Brooks, Vincent and Ethel McPhee, Mavis Williams, Esther Ferguson, Mr. Bernard Dupuch and their families;
Special Thanks To: The Staff of Executive Printers, Doctors and Nurses of Accident & Emergency Department and Female Medical II at the Princess Margret Hospital.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, June 01, 2012 from 10am to 1pm and on Saturday, June 02, 2012 at cousin McPhee Cathedral, Carmichael Road from 10am.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney recently informed the press that his party would present to the public a shadow Cabinet that would be the voice on behalf of the Bahamian people. No doubt, this shadow Cabinet will also be formed in order to keep the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government's feet to the fire.
McCartney's recent announcement concerning a shadow Cabinet is unusual in our Westminster system of parliamentary government. At least it is for a political organization that isn't even the official opposition. Usually, the party that is Her Majesty's official opposition would have a shadow Cabinet. The DNA does not have one sitting member in Parliament.
According to one of the national dailies, after stating that he has no intention of rejoining the Free National Movement (FNM), McCartney said that the membership of his party before the general election was 10,500. Since then, according to McCartney, it has grown by 1,200 financial members. Despite only securing 13,366, or 8.56 percent of the votes that were cast on Election Day, the DNA leader and his supporters seem determined to act as the official opposition party.
I think that McCartney needs to be realistic. This country's political system has developed into a two-party system. The only time that a third party had a significant impact in an election was the short-lived Bahamas Democratic Party (BDP) in 1977. The BDP secured 17,252, or 26.9 percent of the votes to the then official opposition party FNM's 9,995, or 15.6 percent of the votes that were cast that year. The BDP won six seats. The FNM managed to win just two. The incumbent governing PLP received 35,090, or 54.7 percent of the votes that were cast. The governing party won 30 seats. Just like the DNA, the BDP was an offshoot of the FNM. The one thing that I have discovered about the FNM is that it has a penchant for breaking up. Historically, the party has struggled to remain cohesive. That is why the FNM lost in 2002 and again in 2012. With the departure of McCartney and thousands of FNM supporters, the governing party was doomed to lose the election. When McCartney announced in early 2010 that he was resigning from the Cabinet of the Ingraham administration, I began to see the handwriting on the wall for the FNM.
Despite McCartney and other political analysts' claims that the DNA did not cause the FNM to lose the general election, there is strong evidence to suggest otherwise. Of the 156,088 Bahamians who cast their ballots on May 7, the PLP got 75,815, or 48.57 percent of the votes to the FNM's 65,634, or 42.05 percent.
The PLP outpolled the FNM by 10,181 votes. I firmly believe that the overwhelming majority of the 13,366 persons who supported the DNA on Election Day were disgruntled FNM supporters who were tired of former Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham. I believe that McCartney had pulled away at least 10,000 votes from the FNM. When one examines the election results, you would discover that the DNA played spoiler in 15 of the 38 contests. The DNA caused the FNM to lose Bamboo Town, Carmichael, Elizabeth, Fort Charlotte, Garden Hills, Golden Isles, Marathon, Marco City, Nassau Village, North Andros and the Berry Islands, Pinewood, Sea Breeze, South Beach and Southern Shores.
I am absolutely certain that had the DNA never been formed, Zhivargo Laing, Darron Cash, Norris Bain, Heather Hunt, Brensil Rolle, Carl Bethel, Tommy Turnquest, Kenyatta Gibson, Desmond Bannister, Byran Woodside and Monique Gomez would all presently be sitting members of Parliament.
In the North Andros and the Berry Islands contest, Bannister lost by just 24 votes to the PLP's Dr. Perry Gomez. The DNA's Randy Butler got 85 votes. He had definitely spoiled Bannister's chances at winning that seat. In Mount Moriah, the FNM incumbent Turnquest was defeated by just 249 votes. The DNA's Wayne Munroe polled 471 votes. Again, the DNA had caused an FNM to lose his race.
In Sea Breeze, the FNM's Bethel lost that race to the PLP's Hope Strachan by just 198 votes. The DNA's Alfred Poitier got 543 votes. Had it not been for him, Bethel would have easily retained his seat. In Marco City, the FNM's Norris Bain lost to the PLP's Gregory Moss by just 241 votes. The DNA's Tonolus Sands got 304 votes. Once again a DNA candidate probably played spoiler to the FNM. In the race for Marathon, Hunt lost to the PLP's Jerome Fitzgerald by 257 votes. The DNA's Karen Davis mustered up 337 votes. Undoubtedly, she influenced the outcome of that race. In Golden Isles, the FNM incumbent Charles Maynard lost to the PLP's Michael Halkitis by 407 votes. The DNA's Farrel Goff got 581 of the votes cast. In Garden Hills, the FNM incumbent Brensil Rolle lost to the PLP's Dr. Kendal Major by 268 votes. The DNA candidate Kelphene Cunningham got 382 votes. The DNA, I believe, caused Rolle to lose his seat. In Fort Charlotte, the FNM's candidate Laing lost to the PLP's Dr. Andre Rollins by just 151 votes. The DNA's Mark Humes got 519 votes. He had clearly affected the outcome of that race.
Granted, there will be those who would argue that I have no scientific data that says that the overwhelming majority of the persons who voted DNA are disgruntled FNMs. That's a valid point. But let us remember that during the campaign the then Opposition Leader Perry G. Christie admonished his supporters at the PLP's Gold Rush rallies not to vote for the DNA, because that would be a vote for the FNM.
Christie understood then that the DNA is really a progeny of the FNM. That is why he warned his followers not to flirt with the DNA. Back then no sane person believed that the DNA would gain over 13,000 votes. But they did just that. Looking back in hindsight, PLP supporters are now denying that the DNA is really an offshoot of the FNM. They realize that the DNA played spoiler, but are unwilling to admit this fact.
While it is true that the DNA failed to win a seat, the party did affected the outcome of 15 seats, as I mentioned above. The numbers don't lie. It continues to baffle me when I hear persons downplay the DNA's negative impact that it had on the FNM.
The FNM won just nine seats. The PLP won 29. Now, had McCartney stayed with the FNM, it is quite possible that the FNM would have picked up an additional 13 to 14 seats on May 7. This means that the FNM would have won at least 22 or 23 of the 38 seats, making it the government of The Bahamas.
If McCartney keeps his political organization together for the next five years, then the official opposition will again lose in 2017. McCartney's DNA will never win the government; nor will it become the official opposition, as some of its most ardent supporters are now counting on it to become. Seems like many DNA supporters are only content with keeping the FNM out of high office. "As long as the FNM is not the government", appears to be their only consolation after failing to win just one seat on May 7.
Despite McCartney's repeated denials, the DNA aided the PLP in capturing the government. In fact, its continued presence in the Bahamian political landscape will continue to help the PLP win general elections. His announcement about his party being around for another five years must have caused great jubilation within the PLP. If McCartney and his 12,000 supporters are so determined to continue hurting the FNM, then they might as well join up with the governing PLP party. As far as I am concerned, the DNA's only meaningful role in Bahamian politics is playing spoiler to the FNM. That's all. McCartney and his people must come to grips with this stubborn fact and stop minding the noise in the market.
- Kevin Evans
To combat a society where the youth are settling for mediocre existences and idolizing criminal lifestyles the Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) Youth Ministry will host its annual Youth Alive series of events.
The week-long event which will be held Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 at the Diplomat Center on Carmichael Road and will help to refocus the youth to find value in excellence and learn to pursue greatness in their undertakings.
This year's theme "Steps to Greatness," it is hoped will encourage the youth to aspire to greatness and tell them how to do it.
A Youth Alive Summer Camp, which will engage the younger children, between the ages of seven and 18 will kick-off the event. The children will hear from to speakers who will talk to them about aspiring to greatness and how to make the small changes they will have to in their everyday lives in order to achieve their goals.
Pastor Dave Burrows and BFM senior pastor Myles Munroe will speak.
For the Youth Alive Conference which starts on Wednesday, July 4, a host of dynamic speakers will speak on various aspects of acquiring greatness.
Pastor Mike Hill, a youth ministry specialist from St. Louis, Missouri, will speak on making greatness a choice.
Much like he made a choice to stop being a secular recording artist and follow more closely the traditions of Christ, he will encourage young people to turn away from what is wrong and instead reach for better and more spiritual means to express themselves.
Pastor Dave will address steps to greatness, and break it down into mini themes like courage, character and vision.
Pastor Munroe will speak to the youth on how to be leaders despite their age. He will use his own life story as a way to inspire them.
Eric Fox, director of the youth focused organization for troubled young men, Teen Challenge, will also speak to the youth. The former drug addict will address overcoming obstacles and staying focused despite peer pressure to do otherwise.
Raymond Eneas, a young man who lived on the streets but was determined to do better than people expected of him will also speak about pursuing greatness with a passion. He will encourage the youth to keep on striving to be better than they even dream.
Youth director of Church of God of Prophecy, Pastor Timothy Johnson will speak on determining to be great and staying focused. His message to the youth will be that they can be all they want to be if they keep their eye on the prize.
For the Thursday ladies night, Pastor Angie Burrows from BFM will speak about inner beauty and greatness as it is important for her to help young people understand that it is what is in their head and heart and not what's on it that is the most vital part of life.
Brooke Eneas, a former Miss Florida Panhandle will also speak from a woman's perspective on the topic of making choices on the road to greatness. She will discuss how she acquired her master's degree and owned her own home before she had attained her 25th birthday. She will speak to the choices she made in her life to achieve her goals. She hopes the young people will take heed so they too can get where they want to go in life.
On Saturday, July 7, the annual Youth Alive concert will take place featuring gospel artists Trinidad's Sherwin Gardner, Millyon from Georgia and local artists Landlord, DJ Counsellor, Lyrically Blessed, Manifest, Ruben Heights and Najie Dunn.
The Youth Alive boat cruise closes out the week of activities on Sunday, July 8.
"At the end of the day after all the talking, singing, drama and praising I hope young people walk away feeling encouraged and inspired to pursue greatness and not settle for mediocrity," said Pastor Dave. "I want them to set goals and make plans spiritually, professionally and in other aspects of their lives. I want them to see they have the power within them to help make The Bahamas a better place. They are great and we believe in them. And with this event we as the current generation and church leaders hope to show them what we see. They all have so much potential but sometimes they just need a little boost in the right direction," he said.
Youth Alive Camp
When: Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 6
Where: Diplomatic Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily
Youth Alive Conference
When: Wednesday, July 4 - Friday, July 6
Where: Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the daytime, 7:30 p.m. until for evening sessions.
Cost: $35 optional (conference materials and tickets to concert and boat cruise)
Youth Alive Concert
When: Saturday, July 7
Where: Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Youth Alive Boat Cruise When: Sunday, July 8
Departure: Prince George Wharf
Time: 7 p.m.
Police arrest man in stolen vehicle - A 30 year old man of Eneas Lane, Bain Town is in police custody after he was found in possession of a stolen vehicle.
of the Southwestern Division arrested the man around 10:00 pm on
Thursday 02nd August, 2012 at Carmichael...
Police confiscate stolen building supplies
- Officers of the Northeastern Division uncovered a large amount of
building supplies from an abandoned building on Key West Street off