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Last week we reviewed what we believe will be the 'sexy' general election races to watch in New Providence, namely Bamboo Town, Montagu and Fort Charlotte.
This week we would like to Consider This...are there any 'sexy' or especially thought-provoking campaigns that should be more closely watched in the Family Islands? We can think of several and suggest that those worth watching closely are Long Island, The Exumas and Ragged Island and both Andros seats.
Long Island has traditionally been a seat where men have dominated that island's politics. If Loretta Butler-Turner, the FNM's candidate, wins there, she will score a historic achievement because there has never been a female Member of Parliament on Long Island. Whether her claim that her grandmother, Sir Milo Butler's wife Lady Caroline, is from Long Island will be sufficient to gain her the victory remains to be seen. It is more likely that her party affiliation will play a greater role in her successful bid than any familial connection to the island.
Mario Cartwright possibly represents the DNA's best chance for winning a seat in the upcoming foray. Mario was born on Long Island, lives there and is a known quantity. His father ran for the PLP on Long Island and whether he is able to succeed where his father did not remains to be seen.
Alex Storr, the PLP's Long Island standard bearer, is neither from there nor does the PLP have a track record of successfully convincing Long Islanders that a PLP should represent them. He has a challenge ahead for his candidacy to gain sufficient traction in order to prevail.
Mangrove Cay and South Andros
None of the candidates in Mangrove Cay and South Andros provide any real inspiration to the people there. Picewell Forbes, the incumbent PLP Member of Parliament, has not been particularly star-studded in Parliament, and his representation of that constituency during the last five years has been lackluster.
Ronald Bosfield, the FNM's standard bearer and the winner of the by-election in 1997, will best be remembered during his last outing as a nondescript and uninspiring sleeper.
Whitney Bastian, the independent candidate and one-term Member of Parliament for South Andros, also has considerable challenges to conquer.
Wayde Forbes Ferguson, the DNA candidate, is as generally unknown as the other candidates are uninspiring. None of the candidates are thrilling prospects for the people of the constituency that was long-represented by Sir Lynden, who, despite his notable national contributions and legacy, left little of note for his constituents during his many years as their representative. The race in Mangrove Cay and South Andros will, perhaps more than any other, represent a melee of the mediocre.
North Andros and the Berry Islands
The exceptionally impressive candidates in North Andros are at polar opposites to their colleagues in South Andros. Each of the offerings for the three major parties is remarkable in his own right. Captain Randy Butler (DNA), Dr. Perry Gomez (PLP) and Desmond Bannister (FNM) are all stellar candidates, so impressive that it could cause one to wonder in amazement as to whether, at least in the case of the two major parties, the candidates in North Andros were selected by the same persons who chose their South Andros counterparts.
Given his impressive ministerial performance over the past five years, Desmond Bannister is the candidate to beat. He is perhaps the best candidate that the FNM has ever fielded in that constituency although he has taken a calculated risk of abdicating what would have been a safe seat for him in Carmichael. Desmond Bannister was born in Staniard Creek, grew up there and in Mastic Point and has strong family ties in the constituency, which he hopes will contribute to his success.
Dr. Perry Gomez is a prominent medical doctor who is best known for his sustained efforts in the battle against AIDS in The Bahamas. His roots go deep in the Berry Islands and he also hopes that this fact will not be lost on the voters of North Andros.
Captain Randy Butler, the DNA candidate, is a high profile aviation businessman who heads up SkyBahamas and represents the kind of individual who would bring tremendous business experience to Parliament and governance.
This race will be very interesting to watch, although we think that Desmond Bannister presently has the advantage.
The Exumas and Ragged Island
The PLP's candidate for The Exumas and Ragged Island, Anthony Moss, who is the parliamentary incumbent, is also lackluster, does not excite the voter and has spent a 'sleepy' decade in Parliament. His selection is shrouded in controversy and some of the island's stalwart PLP supporters still question whether the selection process was open, transparent and democratic. Whether some of the prominent PLP stalwarts on Exuma will support him will be an important factor in how that contest will be played out. George Smith's views about Moss' parliamentary performance and his electability are well-known and to what extent the party leadership will attempt to reconcile with Smith's views and that of other noted PLP supporters on Exuma who disagree with Moss' candidacy will be revealing.
Phenton Neymour, the current FNM Member of Parliament for South Beach has apparently determined that he has been a failed MP in that constituency and has opted to move to Exuma for fear that he might not be re-elected in South Beach. Notwithstanding this, Neymour is personable, outgoing and confident and the FNM party machinery will be in full gear for his candidacy.
Floyd Armbrister, the DNA's candidate, was born in Steventon, Exuma and is a bright, talkative, aggressive individual who will likely take votes from disgruntled and disaffected PLPs.
Reginald Smith, the independent candidate, is a former ZNS broadcaster, and is currently a realtor on Exuma. He is smart, affable, and speaks with a rich accent. Born in Georgetown, he is an attractive candidate who promises to raise the standard of debate and speak to the vision that Exuma could play an important role in the development of a modern Bahamas.
The contest in The Exumas and Ragged Island is shaping up to be a race best described as one where it appears that the voters don't like what they have and are not confident of what they might get. The outcome will depend on whether the candidates can count on party loyalties and how the significant number of workers from Long Island who have moved into the Exuma Cays since the last general election will influence the vote.
The stage has been set and the only truism is that "it ain't long now"! It will be interesting to see, despite the candidates who have already been presented, whether there will be last minute adjustments in candidates for any number of presently unforeseen reasons. The only critical date for concretizing any uncertainty in that regard is nomination day. Nonetheless, there are many sexy races, and in the words of a fallen master politician, "The world is watching"!
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A new wave of optimism is washing over the tourism sector as hotels and tour operators report robust activity and new partnerships at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
The 30th annual event, held at Atlantis this year, officially kicks off today following the prime minister's remarks last night. Caribbean Marketplace brings together hundreds of delegates from around the world, creating investment opportunities, exposure and a buzz for The Bahamas.
The Sheraton on Cable Beach is one of the tourism staples looking to promote and polish its product.
Manny Corral, the director of sales and marketing, is busily broadcasting the hotel's new branding to the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino. The name incorporates casino by promoting the joint facilities it shares with the Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino, which also falls under the Baha Mar banner.
Calling the move a "natural partnership", Corral told Guardian Business the hotel is driven to market itself more effectively and ramp up offerings to the public.
"What we are doing here is meeting with all of our key clients to negotiate 2012 contracts and also forecast business expectations this year," he added. "We have projected a renewed level of optimism for 2012. This is based on actual bookings and reservations made on the system, looking into the first quarter and into May."
Year-on-year, the Sheraton executive revealed a projected increase of anywhere between five and 20 percent on bookings over this time period.
Much stronger group business and wedding demand has helped fuel the push, he explained.
Perhaps the most exciting development for the Sheraton is a new relationship with tour operator Golden Vacations. Beginning on February 15, the operator plans to run a charter program from Ecuador into Nassau for two months.
"It is the first time we have done this. We are working closer with them to make sure it is successful," he told Guardian Business. "It will no doubt open the door to more programs from South America."
Corral said the Latin American market and Europe hold "great potential" for the country and renewed efforts are being made to court these areas of the world.
It's a concept not unfamiliar for Expedia Inc, the online travel website with annual gross bookings of more than $25 billion.
Vice president of lodging for Latin America and the Caribbean, Marco Tagliatta, is another delegate at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
Central to Expedia's message this year is the growth of business beyond the U.S. Pointing out the website doesn't control ticket prices, what it can influence, with the help of Bahamian stakeholders, is the development of enticing and competitive packages.
"We want to sell air tickets with hotel nights and create more value for the customer from these kinds of products," Tagliatta explained. "Packages are very important for The Bahamas. So we're working with our partners to make this destination competitive."
Equally significant for hotels in the country is to keep up with the latest marketing trends online, the Expedia executive said. Customers are increasingly picky on the information displayed online so they can make an informed decision, he added, making it essential for stakeholders to keep up with trends.
The Bahamas must continue to look beyond the U.S. while making these adjustments by fostering markets in Europe, Canada and Latin America.
Consistent with Sheraton's projections, Expedia is already seeing reason for optimism this year.
The first few weeks of January, Tagliatta revealed, show a year-on-year rise of 30 percent, according to their data.
The key will be keeping this momentum going through the work being done at Marketplace 2012.
"There is a lot of optimism right now for The Bahamas," he told Guardian Business. "We all hope this will be a turning around moment. We can feel a new energy for the destination."
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO people were in police custody yesterday suspected of involvement in the theft of thousands of dollars of copper wiring from a ZNS transmitter site last week, which disabled the corporation's national radio station.
Meanwhile, executives at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas said they are looking into how they can heighten security at their South Beach transmission site after Thursday's brazen daylight robbery. The removal of the valuable metal from the site was the third such robbery to disrupt the BCB's operations since 2006. Two men claiming to be Bahamas Electricity Corporation employees in a truck wit ...
The Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) is encouraging insurance companies to make it easier for farmers, whose crops were destroyed during Hurricane Irene, to claim benefits.
"We want to take this opportunity to make an appeal to persons in authority to ensure that those persons, farmers in particular in the islands who lost quite a bit of their vegetation, to have those restored because they rely on those as income for their family," BCC Vice President Victor Cooper said yesterday during a press conference at Cousin McPhee AME Church to announce a National Day of Prayer to be led by the council.
While seeking to help farmers, Cooper also said the council is organizing other relief efforts.
"Right now churches are in the process locally of raising funds to assist persons in our Family Islands whose homes were damaged in Irene. So the hurricane relief fund is going. Once we visited the island of Exuma, we got firsthand knowledge of persons needing help.
"And so we saw several homes that were damaged and immediate steps and efforts were put in place to secure funds to ensure that those homes could be restored."
Several islands sustained damage as a result of the storm.
BCC President Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson said that despite the destruction on some islands, Bahamians are blessed in that no lives were lost during the storm.
The day of prayer will be on Wednesday and BCC officials will meet at 10 locations across New Providence between noon and 1 p.m.
The meetings are scheduled for Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market Street; Lynden Pindling International Airport; Potter Cay Dock; Arawak Cay; Rawson Square; Paradise Island next to the taxi stand; the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base; Yamacraw Beach; South Beach Pools and Clifton Heritage Park.
That night at 7:30 there will also be a praise rally at Pinewood Gardens Park. Similar prayer sessions are scheduled for the Family Islands.
Funeral Service for Franklyn Norman Turnquest, age 58 years, of Nassau Village, will be held on Saturday 10th, September 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints, on Calvary Hill Anglican Church, Joan's Heights, South Beach. Officiating will be Rev. Father Colin Saunders assisted by Rev. Father Sebastian Campbell, Rev. Father Berkley Smith and other ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Mercianna Turnquest; one son: Lester Turnquest; two daughters: Delglica, Franklee Turnquest; one daughter-in-law: Portia Turnquest; two grandchildren: Xelvran and Lester Jr.; five brothers: Martin, Ashwood, Sherwin, Sherlock and Sterling Turnquest; six sisters: Alfreda, Frankilee, Rachael, Annie, Rosalee and Andra; seven brothers-in-law: Kenrad Wilchombe Sr., Freddie Nabbie Jr, Ivan, Harold, Prince, Patrick, Leroy and Neville McPhee, Delton Bain Sr. and Frank Stuart; six sisters-in-law: Patty Turnquest, Yvonne Miller, Elizabeth Stubbs, Rita King, Cynthia Bain, Princess Ferguson, Gwendolyn Stuart, Brenda and Dr. Evaneth McPhee and Sellistine; two uncles: Freeman and Willard Cartwright; three aunts: Esther and Rose Cartwright and Faith Hepburn; twenty three nephews: Owen Joe, Marco, Sherron, Kenrad Jr, Sanchos Sr., Max, Kennard, Shashake, Ashwood Jr, Tanario, Austin, Maranio, Jakeim, Delton Jr., Terrance, Kenneth, Philip, Edward, Anthony, Patrick, Alex, Gregory and Dr. Alva Smith; twenty three nieces: Sheyna, Tiffany, Tasheena, Ashnique, Tonia, Destiny, Sabrina, Arinthia, Sandra, Kayla, Karen, Kenva, Kathy, Deborah, Monique, Esthermae, Berilyn, Usheika, Quetelle, Deidre, Erica,Tiffany and Jan; four grand nephews: Sanchos Jr., Kenard Jr, Nicholas, Kellon; Other relatives and friends including: All Saints Anglican Church Family, Management and Staff of Dozier Heavy Equipment Company, Ethlyn Smith and Family, Uricka Smith and Family, Dr. Nicholas Hepburn, Collona Wallace, Rose Barrett, Reverend Dr. Philip McPhee and Family, Maedawn Munroe, Pascal Hepburn and Family, Lynden Hepburn, Kendal Hepburn, Cherise, Marion McPhee and Family, Verna Wilson and Family, Mrs. Johnson and Family, Brenda, Kermit, Birdie, Eloise, Kay, Nora, Paulette, Una, Christine, Mavis, Philip, Patrick, Ellis, Simeon, Stephen, Lagloria, Pamela, Andrew, Noel Jeffrey, Kisyla, Charity, Ovinia, Asnthia, Crachine, Stephanie, Silas, Enoch, Roston, Roosevelt, Tony, Ashwood, Shawn, Andy, Marcia, Philip Brice, Malcolm, David Vernish, Janette Horlston, Richard, Calvin, Charles, Antoinette, Antela, Raymond, Oris, Winifred, Thelma, Ramon, Frederick, Inez, Cornelius, Thomas, Mary, Freeman, Susan, Alice, Dorothy, Timothy, Kenneth Cheryl Deal, Patrick Bowe, The Turnquest, Major, Burrows, Cartwright, Knowles, Smith, Dean and Wells families of Long Island and the community of Jackson Street, Nassau Village and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium,
Ernest and York Streets on Friday September 9th, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
A WOMAN was stabbed to death yesterday in an alleged domestic dispute in South Beach.
Police found the woman lying on her back with multiple stab wounds "all across her body" in an apartment complex on Bougainvillea Boulevard.
She became the country's 38th homicide victim, and the second woman in two weeks to be murdered. Police would not confirm what weapon was used to inflict the wounds, although onlookers claimed it was a cutlass.
Superintendent Theophilus Cunningham said a man is helping with inquiries.
Tribune sources claim the man was taken to the hospital by ambulance, as he was "cut up real bad".
It is unclear if the wounds were self-inflicted, or whether they resulted ...
The Baptist Sports Council (BSC) got in a limited number of games during the second week of its 2012 basketball season before the rain came on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
Temple Fellowship 41, St. John's No. 2 29
Tamico Coakley scored 13 points, Dominique Bethel had 12 and Edajh Fox scored 10 as Temple Fellowship stayed unbeaten in the 15-and-under division. Sylvester Moss scored 13 and Brentino Nottage had 10 in a losing effort.
Temple Fellowship 40, St. John's 38
Jason Cambridge scored 10 points and DeShawn Dames had six in the win. Marvin Josey scored a game-high 14 in the loss.
St. John's 17, ENYPD 13
Jamal Simon scored eight and Devaughn Nixon had seven in the win for St. John's No. 1 15-and-under team. Justin Ferguson scored seven in the loss.
Macedonia 35, Mt. Nebo 20 (19-and-under)
Delano Knowles came up with 16 and Karon Pratt had six in Macedonia's second straight win. Percy Rolle had seven in the loss.
Saturday March 24, 2012
10 a.m. - Macedonia vs. Temple Fellowship (15-and-under)
11 a.m. - ENYPD vs. Hope Center (15-and-under)
12 noon - Temple Fellowship vs. St. Mark's (19-and-under)
1 p.m. - BIBA vs. Golden Gates No. 2 (men)
2 p.m. - Mt. Nebo vs. St. Mark's (19-and-under)
3 p.m. - Temple Fellowship vs. Macedonia (men)
4 p.m. - Evangelistic Center vs. Hope Center (men)
10 a.m. - St. John's No. 1 vs. St. John's No. 2 (15-and-under)
11 a.m. - Christian Tabernacle vs. Macedonia No. 1 (19-and-under)
12 noon - Macedonia No. 2 vs. Golden Gates (19-and-under)
1 p.m. - South Beach vs. ENYPD (men)
2 p.m. - St. Mark's vs. St. John's (men)
3 p.m. - Church of Nazarene vs. Golden Gates No. 1 (men)
The government has approved the purchase of the One&Only Ocean Club by a New York-based industrial group owned by a Ukrainian-born billionaire, that will upgrade and expand the property in addition to other vacant land on Paradise Island.
Amidst a flurry of other announcements related to tourism development, Prime Minister Perry Christie has revealed that the Access Industries group, founded by Len Blavatnik, is to become the new owner of the key Paradise Island asset following negotiations with the government and owners Brookfield Real Estate Financial Partners.
His comments, made during the 2014/2015 budget communication in Parliament yesterday, confirm information revealed exclusively by Guardian Business that the resort was set to be acquired by a Ukrainian-born U.S. billionaire. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Blavatnik is now a U.S. citizen and is ranked by Forbes magazine as the world's 39th richest person, with an estimated fortune of US$18.7 billion.
Access Industries' portfolio includes interests in natural resources and chemicals; media and telecommunications and real estate. It is the owner of the Warner Music Group and hotels in Florida, France and Argentina.
The prime minister suggested the sale should ensure the resort's position is further strengthened and more job opportunities are created.
Christie said: "The injection of additional capital into the upgrading and expansion of the Ocean Club by Access Industries not only assures further direct investment inflows into the Bahamas economy, but additional jobs, the positioning of the Ocean Club as the nation's premier ultra-luxury resort, and a partnership to leverage other economic expansion opportunities with a worldwide conglomerate."
Speaking of Atlantis, Christie said that its owners, Brookfield Real Estate Financial Partners, are "aggressively pursuing plans for refinancing, refurbishment, and adding other features, which will further enhance its premier position in the marketplace".
Christie said all of these plans will be implemented during this current budget cycle.
"These initiatives will not only strengthen the position of the property, but also positively impact job creation, both at the resort and within the local economy," he added of Atlantis' plans.
Noting also ongoing development at Baha Mar, scheduled to open in December, and Albany, where a $140 million expansion is underway, Christie said that "several substantial proposals" are being considered for the South Ocean Beach Resort property.
"Each of the proposals envisions a mixed resort/residential/casino/complex which would significantly expand the local product offerings and brands. I remain optimistic about an early successful outcome for South Ocean Beach Resort, which together with Baha Mar, Albany, the Holowesko Lyford Cay hotel and the thriving commercial and private residential developments in western New Providence, will have an enormous impact on our economy starting in the next few months and continuing for the next decade."
Christie also touched on plans for the renewal of downtown Nassau, telling parliamentarians that in the coming months "much progress will be made towards the rejuvenation of the area into "a vibrant, attractive and exciting waterfront city, through several initiatives as part of an overall master plan to be further developed with the input of professional planners, stakeholders, local entrepreneurs and other interested parties including cruise lines and major suppliers."
"The main area of focus will stretch from Arawak Cay to Potter's Cay, and will embrace public infrastructure enhancements, private investments, public/private sector partnerships and participation by local and international bodies interested in preserving the city's rich history, culture and environment.
A scenic boardwalk on reclaimed land, together with a myriad of entrepreneurial opportunities, are envisioned stretching all the way from the Hilton hotel to Potter's Cay," said Christie.
"My government has started a dialogue with the owners of cruise lines for the renewal and expansion of attractions, tours, shopping, cultural experiences and things to do in a pleasant, visitor-friendly, safe, well-landscaped and clean environment, that would improve visitor satisfaction and increase visitor spending to become the highest in the region.
"In the months ahead and in the ensuing period, the downtown area will benefit from new construction and community activities, creating many new jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities and enhanced government revenue," he added.
A murder accused had an unexplained injury on the left side of his forehead following his arrest in 2010, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
The defense alleges that Kevano Musgrove received the bruise to his head while in police custody.
Musgrove, 25, is on trial for the murder of David Bowleg Jr., whose bullet-riddled body was found in the backseat of a car at South Beach on February 25, 2010.
Musgrove was examined by Dr. Yvette Cargill on March 9, 2010, one day after his admission to Her Majesty's Prisons.
Yesterday, Dr. Hasting Johnson read her notes for the court. Johnson said his colleague observed superficial bruises to Musgrove's wrists in addition to the bruise to the forehead.
He said that Musgrove did not receive any medication for his injuries.
Johnson explained that this probably meant that the injuries were healing and treatment was unnecessary.
Rodger Thompson, the prosecutor, asked Johnson what sort of injuries he would expect to see if person was cuffed in a chair and thrown on a tiled floor.
Johnson said it was possible that no injuries would be seen, depending on the level of force used and condition of the floor.
Johnson agreed with defense attorney Murrio Ducille that the injuries observed on Musgrove occurred while he was in police custody.
The case continues before Justice Indra Charles today.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Landscape Association's (BLA) co-chair yesterday said it was "wonderful" that the Government seemed to be recognising its certification accomplishments, after his company and others won a $2.2-$2.3 million contract from Baha Mar when a Florida-headquartered bidder withdrew.
The $2.6 billion Cable Beach developer had initially awarded the landscaping contract for the re-routed West Bay Street, and the road running south from the project site, to Austin Outdoor, a move that prompted an outcry from the BLA, which described it as a "slap in the face" to its bid to raise Bahamian industry standards.
However, Robert Sands, ...
EDITOR, The Tribune.
What a difference a day makes. Mrs Hamilton running up and down saying she has the nomination for South Beach. In South Beach we had a very bad experience with Agatha Marcellus who in my opinion will go down in history as the worst Member of Parliament South Beach ever saw. We in South Beach are not anti-feminist but this is all about getting rid of a sorry FNM government. There are times when we must wonder when the leaders of our party should say what they mean and mean what they say. You say you are doing things differently, but everywhere you go you hear the leaders say Hamilton getting the nomination and South Beach voters say: "Hell no"! What reason would she g ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The Southeastern Police Summer Camp highlighted the
importance of trees to the more than 200 children attending the program
this summer. The tree planting ceremony was held at the South Beach
Police Station, where three palm tress were planted. The trees, soil
and fertilizer were donated through the collaborative effort of
corporate citizens and plant nurseries.
campers, ages 6 through 17, have learned much so far, including road
safety; fire prevention; the use of the police canine unit in combating
crimes; and they have also visited many historical sites around New
Providence to increase their appreciation for their country...
KLR Management Group Ltd. Secures Nominations For Bahamian Artists at the 6th Annual South Florida Gospel Music Awards
The Bahamas - A business still considered to be in its infancy and a well kept
Caribbean music industry secret, KLR Management Group Ltd. is already proving
to be successful in taking clients to the international arena.
Management Group Ltd. President, Keith Rolle officially released the names of
artists he represents, who are now nominees in the 6th Annual South Florida
Gospel Music Awards at Covenant Centre International on November 4th and 5th in
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida...
Prime Minister Perry Christie will convene a meeting of the Leadership Council of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) this month to make a determination on disciplinary action for Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins, according to PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.
Roberts was responding to questions about National Review's revelation that the Disciplinary Committee of the PLP recommended Rollins be suspended from the party for "no less than six months".
National Review quoted a party source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
When asked about the suspension, Roberts said he has not seen a report with any such recommendation.
He suggested that National Review has more information than he does.
"The Leadership Council, we have not met," Roberts said.
"The prime minister, who heads that, sir, will call that committee - the Leadership Committee - sometime this month when he returns from China.
"The report will be made at that time and a determination made with regard to Dr. Rollins."
Rollins appeared before the Disciplinary Committee three times.
In the House of Assembly last August, the outspoken MP said the country needs new leadership.
He also said he is tired of hearing Christie quote scripture.
Not long after, Rollins was fired as chairman of the Gaming Board.
Despite being asked by the National General Council to apologize to Christie in the House, he refused.
Roberts said he believes there has been far too much media attention on the matter.
He suggested the media has an agenda, but did not explain the comment.
"You see anybody [expressing] any concerns about it; only you, the members of the press," he said.
"I do not hear a single person from Fort Charlotte asking about it.
"I repeat, sir, I do not hear a single person from Fort Charlotte asking about it."
In October, more than 30 constituents, who represent what Roberts called the "nucleus and backbone" of the Fort Charlotte branch, met over Rollins.
Several members expressed their displeasure with his performance in the House of Assembly and in his constituency.
Asked whether those members have changed their tone, Roberts said, "They accepted that when the council meets that they [will] have a decision on the matter".
Several PLP MPs and Senator Keith Bell have publically expressed concerns over Rollins' verbal attack on Christie.
South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton inferred Rollins was a "turncoat" in the House.
Rollins could not be reached for comment.
Both the Free National Movement (FNM) and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) have more new faces on their tickets than old.
Although some faces are familiar, the FNM is offering 20 new candidates and 18 incumbents, while the PLP is offering 21 new candidates and 17 incumbents.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham indicated weeks ago that the FNM's slate will include many new people.
"The party is very grateful to all the people who served, but no job is permanent, whether it's mine or anybody else's. We all have a season or a time and the party will do what it considers to be best," he said.
Seven of the current FNM MPs have not been renominated: Larry Cartwright, Kendal Wright, Brent Symonette, Earl Deveaux, Verna Grant, Kenneth Russell and Alvin Smith.
Wright, Grant and Russell all wanted nominations. However, the Constituencies Commission cut out the constituencies of the first two, while Russell was fired from the Cabinet and asked not to seek nomination.
The House of Assembly passed a resolution late last year to bring effect to the recommendations of the Constituencies Commission to reduce the number of seats in Parliament from 41 to 38.
Of the 16 FNM MPs who will run again, some of them are offering in other constituencies.
Phenton Neymour, the MP for South Beach, is running in Exuma and Ragged Island; Desmond Bannister, MP for Carmichael, is running in North Andros and the Berry Islands; Loretta Butler-Turner, the MP for Montagu, is running in Long Island; Sidney Collie, the MP for Blue Hills, is running in MICAL and Zhivargo Laing, the MP for Marco City, is running in Fort Charlotte.
Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson will be contesting Southern Shores, a new constituency.
The FNM is also running Dr. Duane Sands, who lost his bid for the Elizabeth seat in the 2010 by-election, and Senator Dion Foulkes, who lost during the 2007 general election in the MICAL constituency.
On the PLP's side, four MPs will retire from politics: Oswald Ingraham, Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, Alfred Sears and Vincent Peet.
The PLP is touting "experience, new generation and new ideas".
In the PLP's newest advertisement that features several of the newcomers, PLP Leader Perry Christie says the party has recruited a new generation of leaders. He adds that together they have drafted new blueprints to tackle the issues.
Christie, who has been in politics for more than three decades, says he "sees himself as a bridge from [the former late Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling] to the new generation".
However, Ingraham says the PLP is a throwback to the past.
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has mostly political newcomers. However, the DNA, which was formed last year, also has a few familiar faces, including Wallace Rolle, who ran on the PLP ticket in the 2007 general election; DNA Leader Branville McCartney, MP for Bamboo Town, and Rodney Moncur, former Worker's Party leader.
An American Border Patrol agent captured a 39-year-old Bahamian who has been accused of smuggling a kilogram of cocaine into Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a Bahamasair flight.
Civil servant Maceo Seymour was arrested by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent at Hollywood International Airport around 7:30 p.m. on February 15, according to court documents.
The criminal complaint said the officer searched a black bag Seymour claimed as his own and found a brick-shaped item. The contents tested positive in the field as cocaine, according to the complaint.
Seymour allegedly waived his right to remain silent and told the officer he found the drugs at Yamacraw Beach three days prior to his arrest around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m, the complaint said.
Seymour allegedly told the officer that he believed the drugs were worth between $18,000 to $20,000 and he planned to try to find a buyer in Florida, the complaint said.
Seymour pleaded not guilty in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to the charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow set his bail at $250,000 on the condition that his sureties can show that the security is from a legitimate source.
Tuesday 25th September 2012 6:00 PM
Prostate Screenings September 25th – South Beach Clinic PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS History: - Established in the Bahamas on 20th April, 2001 under the auspices of the Head Office in Downers Grove Illinois. Objectives: - Give Support to Men afflicted with the disease; Educate the population on the effects of the Disease and Advocate Men to take action about Screening and early Detection of Prostate-related illness. Procedure: - Make Presentations at Health Fairs, Men Groups, Corporate Institutions and Religious and other Organizations on the Details and effects of the Prostate and the illness associated with it. Activities: - Organize an Annual Walk to create Awareness and Advocacy, entitled ‘1,000 Man-Walk’ and Four Annual Clinics in the Month of September, Screening Men of the Bahamas for signals, signs of Prostate Cancer. The screenings (PSA & DRE)* are held at the Government Poly-technical Clinics of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach and Fleming Street all in the Month of September. Additional screenings for General Health ailments mainly Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol in particular are conducted simultaneously. The General Health Screenings and the PSA and DRE are conducted by Volunteer Doctors, Phlebotomists and Other Caregivers and volunteer Coordinators, together with the Members of Us TOO Bahamas Chapter. Chapters: -Us TOO Bahamas has successfully established new “Chapters” in Freeport, Exuma and Cat Island and are progressively organizing several other new Chapters in the Archipelago, particularly Andros, and Eleuthera. Support: -Small tokens of appreciation are appropriate to the Volunteers and Care-givers and any ‘much needed’ Assistance (technical and financial) and/or new Volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated. Financial Assistance: -Contact and Donations to “Us TOO Bahamas” may be made through the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at our ‘Fixed Address’ attention Prostate Cancer or addressed individually as follows: Chapter Leader - Valentine Maura P.O. Box CB 11915 Telephone (393-4060; 636-9023) Secretary - Wendell Barry – P.O. Box N4671 Telephone (325-0823; 465-2235) Treasurer – Charles Sands - P.O. Box N 1503 Telephone (393-2439; 436-5117) Members – any of the active known-Personnel Meetings are held on the Third (3rd) Thursday of each Month at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas Complex, South of the ZNS Building, off Collins Avenue. PSA - Blood Extraction and Lab-Testing (prostate influenced) DRE – Digital Examination of the Prostate (finger & texture) Both save many lives as “Early Detection” of Cancer may be treated successfully before it progresses. On average, One (1) out of every Six (6) Men will get Prostate Cancer or at least an “Enlarged Prostate”. If appropriate, further testing – a Biopsy - will be made to confirm existence of the Cancer and determine the Stage – One to Four – of the Cancer and the Pace or Speed of its progress by the “Gleason Score” Grading. Consultation with a certified Medical Specialist – the Urologist should then be made to understand the Cancer, the Treatment available and the Method preferable and suitable, considering the Health of the Patient and other considerations, such as finance and age. An Oncologist after examination with evidence of Cancer treats the Patient with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation. A high number of the PSA reading (above) may not indicate Prostate Cancer and may conflict with the condition of the DRE. Likewise, an effected Prostate, resulting from the DRE (exam) may not show a high PSA Reading. Both are necessary for a clear indication on Prostate Examination. Us Too Bahamas Chapter Prostate Cancer Support, Education & Awareness
This is the second part of my response to a recent column by Philip Galanis in which he describes the PLP as "The Bahamas' first and some would argue only nationalist party", and proceeds to list some "accomplishments" of the PLP.
Efforts at making propaganda fact Galanis lifts a list of accomplishments from some PLP election propaganda sheet which even the PLP leadership must not believe and he attributes them to the Perry Christie government between 2002 and 2007. Only a blind sycophant could give any credence to the list.
Galanis' rose-tinted glasses do not admit failure by his political party. He claims that the first Christie government attracted some $17 billion in foreign direct investment, some $2.5 billion of which became tangible or real. Attracting investment that is not real is a most peculiar concept. It is more peculiar, in fact, than Galanis' failure to accept that the five-phased development of Atlantis was approved by the FNM in its first term in office and is an FNM accomplishment.
Galanis claims Baha Mar as a Christie government accomplishment without acknowledging that the agreement signed by Christie's government (with U.S. partners and financiers) faltered and was rendered void, and that a new agreement (with Chinese partners and financiers) had to be negotiated by the FNM government after 2007.
Galanis claims that the Christie government created 22,000 jobs between 2002 and 2007, about half the number created by the previous FNM government. He forgot to say that the jobs created during the PLP's term in office were overwhelmingly created on projects left in train by the FNM - at Atlantis, in Abaco and in Exuma.
Indeed, in Exuma, it was just the ribbon-cutting that was left for the PLP to do at the Four Seasons. When that operation faltered in 2006 it was left to the FNM returning to office in 2007 to find a new hotel owner and operator in Sandals. If Galanis can find an anchor project undertaken in Rum Cay or in Eleuthera during Christie's first term in office he should advise Bahamians where they might find them.
Galanis is silent on Grand Bahama where the FNM attracted Hutchison Whampoa to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the development of the Transshipment Port, in redeveloping the Grand Bahama International Airport, and in the construction of the Our Lucaya Hotel.
Also on the FNM's watch mega ship care and repair was developed in Grand Bahama, the Pelican Bay resort was constructed and new investment and technology was introduced into the island's oil storage and transshipment facilities. Christie's legacy in Grand Bahama continues to be the closure of the Royal Oasis Hotel following the 2005 hurricane, a resort he was proud to open with the police band in tow, weeks after coming to office for the first time in 2002.
As Galanis seeks to give credit for development in The Bahamas he would do better to glance through the pages of the 40th Anniversary of Independence book assembled by Jones Publications. The book records, among other things, the infrastructural developments of the past 40 years of independence. The pictorial representation is incomplete but still if one were to stamp PLP or FNM on the lasting permanent improvements in our infrastructure they would overwhelmingly be stamped FNM.
Nationalists who promote the wellbeing and glory of one's own fundamental values In three non-consecutive terms in office the FNM shaped the infrastructural landscape of our country: the new town centers in South Beach, Carmichael Road and Elizabeth Estates; the new government ministry complexes - education, health, customs headquarters, new courts in New Providence.
Then there are the Judicial Complex, Police Headquarters, and new C. A. Smith government administrative complex in Grand Bahama.
The new taxi call-up system at Prince George Dock and the hair-braiders' pavilion also at the Prince George Wharf, the National Art Gallery and the Junkanoo Expo are all FNM accomplishments as are the extension and or upgrade of electricity, telephone and water services throughout the Family Islands, new community health clinics on eight Family Islands including Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and San Salvador and another in South Beach, New Providence; new schools, primary and secondary, in New Providence and also in Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Long Island, and expansion of other existing schools around the country. A new airport terminal building and runway were constructed at San Salvador and the airport at Rock Sound, Eleuthera was acquired, the runway resurfaced and a new terminal building constructed.
A new international sea port, the new airport terminal building in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the new government administration complex and the new community hospital nearing completion in central Abaco were all FNM accomplishments. And the FNM dredged and deepened Nassau Harbour (over the objections of the PLP), built the new Nassau straw market, constructed new magistrates courts and acquired and began restoration of a new judicial complex in Nassau; commenced the three-phased redevelopment of LPIA opening the new U.S. Departure terminal and leaving the International Arrival Terminal to be opened weeks following the 2012 general election.
The new library and communications center at COB was realized by the FNM as were the new national stadium, the 20-corridor-plus New Providence roads and utility upgrade project and the new four-lane Airport Gateway Project. The new adolescent and child care facility at Sandilands Hospital, the new emergency and operating theater wing at Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama; the new Critical Care Block now under construction at Princess Margaret Hospital, and new community hospitals under construction in Exuma are all FNM accomplishments. The list is unending.
Social conscience in government
Socially the FNM has been responsible for fulfilling the PLP's unfulfilled promise in virtually every sector of Bahamian life.
Since 1992 the FNM freed the airwaves and licensed private radio broadcasts, made access to cable television possible and introduced live T.V. coverage of meetings of Parliament from gavel to gavel. The FNM introduced elected local government in its second term in office - a promise first made by the PLP in the 1950s while in opposition and reiterated again in 1968 as government but never brought to fruition.
The FNM privatized BTC and liberalized the communications sector.
The FNM also increased old age pensions, established a resident Court of Appeal and appointed Bahamians as justices in that court for the first time. They established the Industrial Tribunal, introduced minimum wage, introduced sick leave and enhanced maternity leave benefits, established minimum standards and conditions of employment, reduced the work week from 48 to 40 hours, increased the school leaving age from 14 to 16, removed discrimination from our inheritance laws and provided in law that all children, regardless of the marital status of their parents, have two parents. And the FNM created the Eugene Dupuch Law School where Galanis' wife is proud to serve as principal.
The FNM also established the UWI Medical School faculty in The Bahamas, introduced unemployment benefits, introduced a prescription drug benefit and enacted a Freedom of Information Act. It is only left for the PLP to sign the appointed day notice to bring the act into force.
The FNM appointed the first Bahamian directors of Legal Affairs and of Public Works since independence, appointed the first women to the Bahamas Cabinet since independence, Doris Johnson having been dismissed prior to 1973. The FNM was also responsible for the appointment of the first female chief justice, the first female president of the Court of Appeal, the first female speaker of the House of Assembly, and since independence, the first female president of the Senate. In its second term in office the FNM caused 50 percent of the Senate to be comprised of women.
Galanis seems to believe that the PLP has a legacy in public housing. In reality the Pindling PLP government struggled to complete housing developments under development by the UBP government in Yellow Elder and Big Pond.
It was not until 1982 and the appointment of a young Hubert Ingraham to Cabinet that the PLP undertook new government housing projects - at Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, Nassau Village and Palm Tree Estates in New Providence, and housing estates were undertaken in Freeport and in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama and in Cooper's Town, Abaco. Ingraham was dismissed from Cabinet two years later and the new government housing initiative stalled. It did not resume until after the FNM's 1992 election victory after which new housing projects were undertaken at Millennium, Jubilee, and Emerald Gardens. The pace was improved under the first Christie-led government but the overall poor standard of construction of that government's housing program dramatically curtailed its benefits.
Unfinished agendas Yes, Galanis, there is an unfinished agenda for development in our country, but it is the FNM that has such an agenda. It is an agenda of the 'good' who, having been too young to be a part of the first revolution and having been forced out of the ruling party, became intent on their watch after 1992 on realizing the new long-awaited second revolution which they sought to achieve through improved social policies, enhanced economic opportunities, broadened Bahamian ownership in the economy and open, transparent and accountable government. The agenda of the PLP and in particular of this Christie led-PLP government is an unfinished agenda of obtaining privileges and benefits for a select few. It is an unfinished agenda that suggests that holding up those heroes of the first revolution imperfect - though they be - is sufficient. That is why Perry Christie could travel to Washington D.C., and talk about social justice on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech but remain silent on the shameful mismanagement of an investigation into alleged abuse in a Bahamas government detention center at home.
Yes, Galanis, the PLP is in dire need of new causes to champion. They can begin by recognizing the right of the opposition to a voice in Parliament. They can begin by championing open, honest accountability and transparent government.
They can begin by committing themselves to fiscal restraint, abandoning wasteful expenditure on useless or unnecessary expensive foreign travel, and on the granting of government contracts to politically-connected but unqualified contractors.
They can begin to act to create real jobs. They can begin by stopping the politicization of crime. They can begin by acting so as to bring honor to our name internationally.
Finally, in the spirit of championing causes and promoting transparency, Galanis might begin by telling the Bahamian people why he was denied his party's nomination to return to the House of Assembly and why, following so promising a career start, he elected to leave the engagement of the renowned accounting firm which had trained and groomed him for leadership.
A potential competitor to Bahamas tourism could spring up in two years as Fort Lauderdale launches a partnership to build an Atlantis-style water park resort with a company which worked on Paradise Island's attractions.
Currently Fort Lauderdale is one of the corridors through which thousands of U.S. tourists cruise and fly to The Bahamas but now that city's aging sports stadiums could be turned into a major water park resort by 2012.
By LAMECH JOHNSON
THE murder trial of a man charged with killing a charity worker this year was given a date for a hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday morning.
At the conclusion of 49-year-old Prince Hepburn's arraignment, Senior Justice Jon Isaacs told the accused that his trial would start on Monday, August 27, 2012. It will be heard before the Supreme Court senior justice himself.
Hepburn was charged in April this year with the death of 42-year-old Nellimae Brown.
Brown was found lifeless in the kitchen of an apartment complex at Bougainvillea Blvd, South Beach with multiple stab wounds in her body.
The murder was reported to have been committed betw ...