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Former Prime Minister

thanks delegates for

vote of confidence

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Prime Minister
Perry Christie last night
thanked delegates to the PLP's
50th convention for returning
him as their leader.
Careful not to speak on the
intensive assault his leadership
faced behind the scenes in going
into the convention, Mr Christie
would only say that he was
"humbled" by the party's vote
of confidence for him to con-
tinue on in service as party
"I would also like to publicly
thank my parliamentary col-
leagues who earlier expressed
their unanimous confidence in
my continued leadership of this
great and historic organization.
I want all of you to know how
humbled I am by your vote of
confidence in me and how
inspired I am by the call to con-
tinued service you have sound-
ed in my favour.
"I accept that call and I-do
so with the solemn assurance I
now give you, that I will bring to
the leadership of our party in
opposition all of the passion, all
of the dedication, all of the for-
titude, and all of the wisdom
and skill we will need to secure
the Progressive Liberal Party's
return to the government of this
country in the next election,.

whenever it is called," he said.
Mr Christie assured PLPs
gathered that he has learned
"sohne valuable lessons" from
the party's defeat in the last
general election. The next time
around, he said, the party will
not make these same mistakes
I "I promise you that!" he
; "You know, there were some
vho were ready to count me
out, and to write all of us off.
But, just look at us now. We
may be bloodied but, by the
grace of God, we are unbowed.
We were down for a while but
not down for the count! We
have lifted ourselves up and are
ready for war. We are standing
SEE page 10

Government blasted

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP Leader Perry Christie
lambasted the government last
night for its slow response to
dealing with the surging levels
of crime throughout the
Focusing the majority of his
closing remarks at the party's
50th convention on crime, Mr
Christie said that the country is

crying out for help and
implored government to rein-
troduce the Urban Renewal
Programme in its entirety.
"Last year we recorded the
highest murder rate in the his-
tory of our country. Crime has
become a great, big galloping
demon let loose in the land. It is
devouring our young. People of
all ages are terrified as never
before, afraid to come out of
their houses, afraid to go to
sleep, afraid to go anywhere,



over surging crime
even to church. "Crime has got- And now you even have busi-
ten so bad you now have kids nessmen being kidnapped from
killing kids in school. You now their homes and taken to their
have kids killing kids walking offices at gunpoint.
home from school. You now "Rapes and robberies are
have people getting gunned skyrocketing. Domestic vio-
down right smack in the centre lence is at an all-time high.
of the city. You now have mur- Dope dealing and drug using
ders in broad daylight in park- are in resurgence. And there
ing lots and at bus stops. You are more guns in circulation
now have car chases through than you can count. There are

the streets of the capital and
you have guns going off in dri-
ve-by shootings at high noon.

SEE page 10

More charges expected in housing probe

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORT Charlotte MP Alfred Sears advised his party to take a
sober look at its performance in government during the last five
years and acknowledge that though there were many accomplish-
ments, the PLP made many mistakes.
"For example, we were slow in making decisions and slow in
informing the Bahamian people of the initiatives and programmes
of the government," said Mr Sears last night at the party's con-
vention on Cable Beach. "We failed to disclose details of investment
projects in a timely fashion; we allowed a perception to develop that
we were giving away land to foreigners while Bahamians felt that
the land was becoming beyond their reach; we demonstrated a
lack of resolve in enforcing the code of conduct among our col-
leagues; and we failed to develop an inclusive culture in our nation-
al organs and constituency branches to welcome new people into
our party."
Mr Sears said that Bahamians expect that the PLP would demon-
strate honesty and maturity to acknowledge these mistakes. And,
he continued, the party must also reshape its image, work hard on
the ground, and propose relevant programmes to deal with the cur-
rent and future challenges facing the country.
Mr Sears challenged his party to be an "all inclusive party"
embracing and reaching out to white Bahamians.
"There are many talented young white Bahamians not trapped
by the stereotypes of the past, who are embarrassed by the current
leadership of the FNM, the reckless management of the economy,
poor environmental stewardship, the lack of any effective strategy
to fight crime," said Mr Sears.
"These Bahamians must be made to feel the welcome under the
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE charges are expected
to be brought in the housing
investigation in the next week,
officer in charge of the inquiry,
Assistant Superintendent
Stephen Hinsey, said yesterday.
Asked to confirm whether
the investigation was still active,
ASP Hinsey said that this was
"very much" the case.

If charges indeed materialise,
they will be the first in the inves-
tigation since early November
of last year, when a secretary
at the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture was charged with
fraud by false pretences, forgery
and uttering a false document.
Patricia Strachan, 54, of Tall
Pines, pleaded not guilty to
those charges and was granted
- and posted bail in the
amount of $3,000 with one sure-

OFFICER IN CRASH: Around 10 am yesterday morning a motorcycle office
bus in Joe Farrington Road, Nassau. The officer was taken to the hospital w
ver of the bus was not injured but a little shoken up.

Ms Strachan remains to date
the only person charged in the
investigation into allegations of
corruption in the ministry of
housing, launched by police at
the request of former Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom in
November 2006 after numerous
allegations were brought to
public attention in the media.
The year 2007 was a quiet
year for the investigation, with
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over murder

Tribune Staff Reporter
iPOLICE report they are
making progress in the coun-
try's 13th murder of the year,
revealing yesterday that a 17-
year-old boy is being questioned
in this latest homicide.
Other persons are also being
sought by police for question-
ing, Assistant Supt. Walter
Evans said Friday. Police also
released the identity of the vic-
tim, Jameel Wilchcombe, 17, of
Pinewood Drive.
On Thursday, Wilchcombe
was stabbed to death during an
altercation near a City Market
Food Store at the East Street
South Shopping Plaza. He was a
senior at the nearby C V Bethel
High School.
Reports indicate that the
teenager was trying to defend
his younger brother during a
run-in with "two young men"
around 3.10 pm when he was
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Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE the total volume of
repairs to houses built by the
PLP may have turned out to be
greater than the repairs
required to repair those built
under the earlier FNM admin-
istrations, this is attributable to
the greater number of homes
built under the PLP's housing
programme, Golden Gates MP
Shane Gibson said.
Mr Gibson, former Housing
and National Insurance Minis-
ter, used his platform at the
50th PLP convention on Thurs-
day to report to PLP supporters
on a litany of alleged failures
on the part of the FNM gov-
ernment in relation to its hous-
ing programme.
The comments are the latest

in an ongoing and bitter verbal
tit-for-tat between the parties
over each other's records and
intentions when it comes to
government-built housing.
"Our number of repairs are
higher because the volume of
our work was greater," said Mr
Gibson, referring to the cor-
rective work that the FNM has
now undertaken on numerous
homes built under the PLP's
housing programme.
Mr Gibson charged that,
percentage-wise, the amount of
"faulty" work done in the area
of housing was greater under
the former FNM government
prior to their election loss to
the PLP in 2002.
"When I was appointed a
minister of the Cabinet with
responsibilities for the Ministry
of Housing and National Insur-
ance, I met a long list of prob-

lems and challenges left behind
by the previous administra-
tion," he said.
Both the quality and quanti-
ty of homes was lacking, he sug-
Some 90 per cent of the
homes built by the FNM in Mil-
lennium Gardens and in Pine
Forest, Grand Bahama,
required repairs, and govern-
ment rental units were in a
"deplorable condition," Mr
Gibson claimed.
The Golden Gates MP said
that "dozens" of people were
found to be living in govern-
ment-constructed accommoda-
tion that had no indoor plumb-
ing "and in some instances no
indoor or out house bathroom
Further, he said, there was
no housing programme in exis-
tence in North Andros, Man-

grove Cay, Exuma or Abaco.
He pointed out that despite
having to spend financial
resources on ameliorating prob-
lems left' behind by the FNM
government, his former min-
istry still went on to develop 24
The PLP have condemned
the current government for not
yet beginning their construc-
tion programme.
However, the FNM have said
that they are unable to do so
at this time as the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation from
where funds are derived to sup-
port housing developments --
was left "broke" by the PLP,
and that the remaining
resources are being directed
towards repairing faulty homes
before new ones are started.
Earlier this month, it
emerged that because the

Christie administration did not
vest the land, on which some
government homes were built,
in the Ministry of Housing, res-
idents were left legally inca-
pable of having mortgages exe-
cuted to pay back the govern-
ment for their new living
The woes of the Mortgage
Corporation were another focus
of Mr Gibson's presentation on
Thursday night. He claimed
that the Mortgage Corporation
was, and is, suffering.from
"gross overcrowd(ing)"- a real-
isation that, he said, caused a
proposal to be made and grant-
ed by the Cabinet for a new
building to be constructed.
However, staff have claimed
that they have been told they
will not be moved to that build-
ing, Mr Gibson claimed.
That's something that Prime

Minister Ingraham last week
appeared to admit stating in
parliament that the Mortgage
Corporation "doesn't need"
new premises.
Mr Gibson said: "I am proud
of my performance as Minister
of Housing and National Insur-
ance. I am proud of my
unmatched record of con-
structing more than 1,300
homes in my three and a half
years as the minister, especially
compared to the 50 plus houses
the previous administration
built in their first time."
He pledged his support for
Mr Christie, following his unop-
posed re-election as party
leader. "I salute you, I.encour-
age you, and I congratulate you
in advance for what you, sir,
will cause this'country to
become," he said.


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Smith slams FNM decisions


Smith slammed the FNM govern-
ment for its public policy decisions,
stating that the choices offered and
pursued by the PLP provide the
"greatest good for the greatest num-
ber" of Bahamians.
"The decisions made by each gov-
ernment show that there are real dif-
ferences on matters of public policy
between the Progressive Liberal Par-
ty and the Free National Move-
ment," Mr Smith said during his
speech at the PLP's 50th national
convention at the Wyndham Cable
Beach Resort on Thursday night.
"The PLP, from the point of view
of the greatest good for the greatest
number, is simply better because it
more consistently acts on the basis of
bigger, bolder ideas for a better
Bahamas," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith gave as an example each
government's approach to the New
Providence Road Improvement Pro-

"So for the FNM
to say that there
is no money for
housing is to say
that housing in
simply not high
among the list of

"The PLP's approach was to break
the contract up into smaller elements
so that the Bahamian contractors
could do it and Bahamians did.
"The FNM's approach before 2002
was to contract the entire project out
to one foreign firm. To show that .the
philosophy of the FNM government
has not changed since its defeat in

2002, the FNM government in 2008
proudly announced that the contract
for road improvement has been
awarded to a South American firm,
even though, incidentally the first
foreign contractor failed to deliver
because of bankruptcy," Mr Smith
Mr Smith also criticised the FNM
government over its decision not to
relocate the downtown Nassau com-
mercial ports.
"There is wide consensus that Bay
Street is in urgent need of serious
"There are almost 20 vacant retail
spots on Bay Street. The PLP had a
solution and central to this solution
was the plan to relocate the port of
New Providence.
"This was significant because the
projected impact went far beyond
Bay Street and the many persons
who work there," Mr Smith said.
The PLP's plan for the port's relo-
cation, according to the St Thomas
More MP, assured opportunities for
a new generation of entrepreneurs,
the potential to reduce traffic con-

gestion and a sure economic stimulus
for Andros.
"Consider the increased potential
to commute to and from Andros on
a daily basis. We believed then, as
we believe now, that removing the
port from Bay Street would do the
greatest good for the greatest num-
ber significantly better than what is
being tinkered now," he said.
Mr Smith also addressed the straw
market issue, saying that straw ven-
dors deserve a modern straw mar-
ket on Bay Street.
"We started the work on a new
$23 million state-of-the-art facility.
The FNM stopped the contract and
have announced plans to turn the
site into a park even without provid-
ing any plan acceptable to the straw
vendors as to their future where-
abouts. The PLP remains persuad-
ed that a straw market on Bay Street
represents the greatest good for the
greatest number," he said.
Mr Smith also criticised the FNM
government over its land ownership
policies, claiming that the PLP built
1,400 houses in five years between

2002 and 2007, while the FNM in
their first 12 years built less than half
that amount and since returning to
office have not built any houses.
"Instead they cry that the housing
cannot happen because there is no
money. That is simply not true. The
government of the Bahamas each
year now collects over one billion in
revenues. It is for ministers to decide
on how that money is spent. That
becomes a matter of priorities.
"So for the FNM to say that there
is no money for housing is to say that
housing is simply not high among the
list of priorities," Mr Smith said.
The St Thomas More MP also
blasted the FNM government over
its decision not to renew the first-
time home owners exemption.
"The FNM says the country can-
not afford the exemption. We say
that given the benefits of home own-
ership to the social fabric of this
country and the additional benefit
of the economic stimulus, we cannot
afford not to have the exemption,"
he said.

Government accused of 'stop,

review and cancel' approach

FORMER South Eleuthera
MP and Speaker of the House
of Assembly Oswald Ingraham
on Thursday criticised the pre-
sent government for what he
termed its "stop, review and
cancel" approach.
"In South Eleuthera some
honest, hard working people are
beginning to feel the effects of
the stop, review and cancel
process of an uncaring FNM
government," Mr Ingraham said
during his speech at the PLP's
50th national convention.
"When I first became the
member of parliament for
South Eleuthera, the economy
there was dead, dead and even
more dead, and it has been that
way for most of the FNM's first
two terms in power," Mr Ingra-
ham said.
The MP stated that during
the five years of the Christie

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administration, the economy of
South Eleuthera was resurrect-
ed from the dead.
"There have been at least five
major projects (and) develop-
ments for that part of the island,
allowing employment and
entrepreneurial opportunities
for all," he said, citing the Cot-
ton Bay, Windermere, Cape
.Eleuthera and Royal Island
developments," he said.
Partisan hypocrisy, he said,
"has become a real threat to the
deepening of our consciousness
as a people with the re-election
of Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
"People now live in fear of

losing their jobs and being vic-
timised in other horrific ways
in this country," he said.
MP Ingraham said that this is
not the kind of environment the
PLP envisioned for a 21st cen-
tury Bahamas.
"In fact, essential to our prin-
ciples is the dogged determina-
tion to always provide for
Bahamians, the kind of democ-
racy that ensures above all the
freedom to fully participate in
the political process of this
country without fear of undue
repercussions," he said.
As it relates to the "stop, can-
cel and review" approach of the
Ingraham administration, the
MP said that there is "void of
the foresight and conviction to
their immediate predecessors,
sadly we are all now feeling the
impact of their blatant incom-
Comparing the different lead-
ership styles of the PLP and the
FNM, Mr Ingraham said that
his party moved the country for-
ward "in such a dramatic fash-
ion that it ensures its economic
viability for decades to come,"
whereas "the unruly force of
the FNM (is) only interested in
winning elections on good pub-
lic relations and lies, and are
happy to perpetuate the unac-
ceptable practice of making
deals with secret forces to prey
on the vulnerability of the
Bahamian electorate by openly
buying votes."

porters brighten up the annual
convention by waving banners
and making clear where their loy-
alities lie. Yesterday they heard a
series of speeches attacking the
current FNM government while
hailing the PLP as the party which
benefits the majority of Bahami-


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Super votes for super delegates and electors

THE IDEA of one person, one vote
has never enjoyed widespread acceptance
among this nation's leaders.
Rank and file Democrats, for instance,
complained fiercely in 2000 when Al Gore
won the majority of the votes for presi-
dent but lost the election based on the
votes cast by the electors in the Electoral
The Electoral College sprang from the
minds of this nation's founders who were
wary of giving absolute power to average
citizens who may not always make deci-
sions in the best interests of the nation.
Now Democrats are confronted by the
possibility that one of their presidential
candidates could win the popular vote but
lose the nomination to represent their par-
ty due to votes cast by Democratic
Hillary and Bill Clinton have been
actively wooing their party's superdele-
gates with the argument that it's OK for
them to support Hillary even if their state's
popular vote went for Barack Obama.
It is somewhat like determining what
the definition of "is" is.
Technically, the Clintons are right-.
The superdelegates are there to select
the candidate they believe will best repre-
sent their party in the general election.
Should Obama come out with the win-
ner in the popular vote at the end of the
Democratic primary process and then lose
the nomination to Clinton, charges of steal-
ing away the opportunity to elect the
nation's first black president could tear
apart the Democratic Party.
Each party used to select presidential
nominees in the smoke-filled back rooms
at nominating conventions.
There was merit to this process.
Party leaders and power brokers con-
sidered all the angles, made deals and cut
corners to put forth the strongest ticket.
After the head-banging brawl known as
the 1968 Democratic National Conven-
tion, changes were made to cede power
to Democrats who cast votes during the
primary campaigns.
Because there remained a wariness
among Democratic party leaders about
the judgment of the hoi polloi, the
superdelegate rule was adopted following

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2008 at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel.

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the 1980 election.
Superdelegates can disregard the out-
come of Democratic primaries or paucus-
es. They are automatically selected based
on their status in the party as current and
former office holders and party officials. In
a different era, they would be in those
smoke-filled back rooms.
The Republicans also appoint selected
party officials as unpledged delegates, but
without the fanfare and controversy.
Once the tickets are established by the
major political parties, voters can prepare
to cast their ballots to select the next pres-
ident in the general election.
What few voters realize, however, is that
they are not voting the presidential candi-
date of their choice.
Only the Electoral College electors vote
for the presidential candidates.
The electors, like the superdelegates,
are able to vote for whichever candidate
they want despite efforts to discourage
faithless electors.
Similar to the thinking of present-day
party officials, the nation's founders dis-
trusted the direct election of the president
d-ue to concerns that unqualified and
unscrupulous candidates could manipu-
late public opinion.
In addition, the founders believed the
Electoral College, a concept that has been
used for centuries, overcame the likeli-
hood that concentrated population cen-
tres would be able to elect a president
despite the desires of the less populated
regions of the nation.
Even today, without the Electoral Col-
lege it is easy to envision presidential cam-
paigns crafted solely to appeal to the most
populated states and urban areas at the
expense of the citizens who live in the
greater portion of the nation.
Whether it would be a smart move or
not, getting rid of superdelegates would
be an easy rule to change for party leaders.
Changing the Electoral College, howev-
er, would require amending the Constitu-
Perhaps we should just trust the nation's

(This article was written by Rowland
Nethaway of Cox New Service).

I suffered

tyranny at

the hands of

a bully boss

EDITOR, The Tribune. prides itself in being the firs
and best in most things.Thi
KINDLY permit me a organisation as I remember i
space in your valuable paper has a peculiar culture, on
to comment on an article writ- where "when you are liked
ten by Miss Yvette Bethel in you are loved and lifted high
your February 19, 2008 edi- put on by staff after hours, I but when you are disliked yo
tion entitled "There are bully was penalised for fraternising are despised and relegated t
bosses lurking around the with the junior staff. a life in the dungeon".
office". If I did not attend any func- Yes they make frequent
While I am no fan of her tions, I was penalised for being public contributions to van
articles, this particular one was anti-social. ous causes, but in my estima
on point. As a matter of fact, It just never ended. I tion, they are tantamount to
had I not known better, I applied for positions in other nothing more than a peac
would have thought that she departments, but later found offering, a lame attempt t
was speaking directly to my out through the grapevine that cleanse the multitude of sin
plight on the job. I never got them because she committed against their staJ
Unfortunately for me, I made it a point to portray me by those bullying bosse
have had an up close and per- as a non-cooperative trouble- whom they fail to reprimand
sonal encounter with one such maker to the other managers. How happy I am to be free
bully in the workplace. You Finally, I grabbed the bull from that tyranny. How sad
know the type, to the unsus- by the horns and asked for a am for those whom I've lel
pecting she was personable, transfer, behind.
delightful, even Christian. She Instead, her manager, upon It took me a while to realis
sang in her church's choir and her recommendation; offered that I was being viewed as th
was a devout member of her me a demotion, odd-ball in the equation.
local congregation. She dis- My bully boss's wicked, It was I who chose to thin
played good Christian chari- grimy tentacles were far and make a contribution
ty and gave tirelessly to vari- reaching, and she used the art regardless of the negative
ous charitable and civic organ- of deceitful manipulation to reception from the boss.
isations. convince even those occupy- It was I who chose to pursu
The truth be told. however, ing the top brass to see higher education, despite th
no one save her direct support through her tinted lenses. It fact that she never saw it nec
staff could begin to tell how was beyond me how her boss- essary to go beyond a hig
vindictive, mean-spirited, dou- es either intentionally or school certificate.
ble-faced and downright nasty unwittingly allowed her to run It was I who chose to tak
this bully of a boss really was. this game for so long without the high road and leave wit
She adhered to no particular intervening, my dignity, despite her cor
code of ethics on the job, yet Every attempt I made to stant efforts to brow bea
there seemed to be no nega- speak out was met with more demoralise and commit fir
tive repercussions for her. hostility than the previous degree murder on my career
She used every opportunity one. It became crystal clear to Ye's it was I who chose nc
to spread negative vibes about me, that the unspoken rule to conform, but to go on gi
me to the staff and customers about managers sticking ing of my personal best unt
and harassed me to the extent together was playing out in the day I made my triumphal
that I spent hours in any given my case. exit.
day responding to her memos I vividly recall the wide- All things considered,
about what I did, what I failed spread allegations that my bul- matters not that I. neve
to do or what I thought I ly boss and so many others ascended to the ranks of man
could have done differently. like her were known company agement there, for I woul
The attacks became more mattresses, hence manage- have been a rare breed among
personal as the days went by. ment's apparent inability to them anyway.
If I walked slowly I was cited effectively deal with her.
for being lethargic. What was disheartening was BULLIED BUT
If I walked swiftly, I was cit- that I did not work for a mom NOT BITTER
ed for rushing in the office. If and pop store. Nassau,
I attended personal functions workedfor a bankthat February 20, 2008.

Ambitious completion date of

project is absolutely hilarious
EDITOR, The Tribune. decaying line of hotels into a read another hilarious con

WHEN the Cable Beach
Baha Mar development was
announced it was greeted with
excitement to hopefully raise a

NOTICE is hereby given the JACKIE DEMP$STER of PRISON
LANE, P.O. BOX EE-17118, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 23RD day of February, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau,

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We will re-open for business as usual on Monday, March 3.
We apologise to our valued customers and regret any
'inconvenience this may cause. All other sections of the
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new era, what year was that?
2004 and was destined to be
completed by 2009. Having
been involved in projects
throughout the Caribbean I
thought the claims for com-
pletion of this ambitious pro-
ject were hilarious and look
where it is now, nothing but
some renovations to hotels
that will eventually under the
final plan be demolished. The
real project hasn't even start-
ed. I wonder when it will be
completed, certainly not by
Today we see the announce-
ment in The Tribune that
Baha Mar is set to transform
West Bay Street with a four-
lane highway and a total of six
roundabouts. Once again I




ment that, according to Mr
John Pagano, this road will be
complete by the end of this
year 2008. Now I know that
gambling by residents of the
Bahamas at the moment is
illegal in the Bahamas, but I
would like to wager $1,000
that this highway with it's six
roundabouts will not be oper-
ational, that means driving
cars on it, by the end of 2008.
It's not even been finally
designed let alone tendered.
So come on Mr Pagano place
your bet and try prove me

February, 2008.

Some tourism points
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Here are some passing points on tourism:
THE use of the Defence Force Pop Band at the Cacique
Awards brings up a question: Does the Royal Bahamas Defence
have a Business Licence and does the Defence Force Act per-
mit them to engage in work for monetary gain, outside of their
primary work?
Speech by the minister suggesting we launch an over-the hill
tourism effort: Whatever happened to People-to-People? Sir
Clement Maynard and the PLP originally created that success-
ful programme.
By the way Minister, the average stay-over visitor pays upfront
for their room and meals, some as pure all-inclusive, every
meal paid for and the others within meal plans, like Atlantis.
The young school girl from Abaco seriously does the Min-
ister think we are going to fall for that gimmick? Come off it, if
that was totally her composition then there is nothing wrong with
Bahamian education.
January 31, 2008.


S.AI UIUAY, 1-t- U/Anr I "., cuuo, roL- p


0 In brief

Drug arrest

at Bimini

Acting on information
received, a team of Grand
Bahama and New Providence
Drug Enforcement Unit offi-
cers, travelled-to Bimini this
morning (21.2.08), where they
executed a search warrant on a
house in Alice Town ,suspected
of containing dangerous and/or
firearms, around 7:00am.
During the search,at which
the homeowner was present,
officers discovered and seized
a clear plastic bag from a
clothes hamper in the bedroom,
which was found to contain
approximately two (2) pounds
of marijuana.
As a result, the twenty-six
year old male was arrested and
flown to Grand Bahama, along
with the illegal drugs.

Boat thieves

The two Freeport male resi-
dents who were intercepted by
GB Marine Patrol officers on
Sunday morning (17.2.08),while
travelling at high speed aboard
a boat that was reported stolen
earlier that morning in Abaco
and taken into custody, were
formally charged in the
Freeport Magistrate Court on
Wednesday (20.2.08).
Thirty-two year old Ernest
Joseph and eighteen year old
Larry Dorelus, both of Garden
Villas, faced charges of stealing
and receiving a 21 ft Paramount
speedboat with a 130 horse-
power(hp) Johnson engine
attached, from Rich Boat
Rentals dock in Marsh Har-
Doreus was also charged
with:' assaulting Jeffier Nelson
with a deadly instrument, a
handgun, at Garden Villas on
Friday 4.1.08.
Additionally, Doreus was also
charged with breaking into the
dwelling houses of: Lolita Out-
ten at Aramanda Court, Joseph
Pratt at,Woodthrush, Lane,
.Gary Knowles at Spinney Road
and Taleus Fatal at Gough
Lane, during which it is alleged
that a quantity of jewellery,
appliances, cellphones,watches
and a motorcycle were stolen.
They were both sentenced to
four years at Her Majestys
Prison, Fox Hill, on those
charges to which they pleaded
The 'assault with a deadly
instrument' charge against
Doreus, to which he pleaded
not guilty, was adjourned to the
25.6.08 for trial.
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson
ordered that all of the recov-
ered stolen properties, be
returned to the owners.

Wanted man

One of the four Grand
Bahama men wanted by the
police in connection with recent
serious criminal offences( and
for whom the news media
issued an APB), was taken
down without incident early
Wednesday morning(20.2.08),
by a Central Detective Unit
Thirty-five year old Robert
Angelo Holbert of #86A
Tamarind Street, was arraigned
in the Eight Mile Rock Magis-
trate Court Thursday morning
(21.2.08) on 'burglary and caus-
ing damage' charges.
The prosecution is alleging
that Holbert, being concerned
together with others on Mon-
day 11.2.08 at Bootle Bay,did
break and enter the dwelling
house of Larry Getty situated
at Larry getty Resort, with
intent to commit a felony there-
also, at the same time, date
and place, being concerned
together with others, caused
material damage to one door
and one door jamb, together

valued at $409.47 cents,the
property of Larry Getty.
Holbert pleaded not guilty to
both charges.
Magistrate Gwen Claude
adjourned the case to the
22.5.08 and granted the defen-
dant bail in the sum of $5,000
with two sureties on the first
charge and $500 cash on the
second charge.
Holbert was also ordered to
report in at the Eight Mile Rock
Police Station every Friday
before 9:00am.

'Businesses sponsor BHS kennels'

THE Bahamas Humane Society, with the assistance
of SMG Construction and other Bahamian and Amer-
ican companies, has demolished some of its old kennels
and built new ones.
The Humane Society had been worried about the
prohibitive costs of renovating its block of twelve
boarding kennels, which deteriorated over the years
because of storm damage.
BHS manager Percy Grant approached the man-
agement at SMG Construction who, in turn, contacted
a number of other companies, both in New Providence
and Florida, resulting in the partial demolition of the
old kennels and the rebuilding of new ones within a
two-day time span.
BHS executive director Kevin Degenhard said the
experience was "just like one of those extreme
makeover TV shows."
"There were about 25 builders from many different
companies energetically working as a single team and
getting the job done in record time.
"I do not recall a building project being completed so
quickly and so enthusiastically. I was particularly

impressed with how everyone pulled together, not
only to get the job done, but also by how tidy they left
the site afterwards," he said.
Mr Degenhard said that the new roof, new doors,
new dog beds and clean drains and gullies, were the
only evidence that there had been a building site at the
"Simply incredible," he said.
"On behalf of the BHS board directors, staff, vol-
unteers and dogs, our sincere thanks go to Solmar
Developments; Charlotteville Developments; Turn-
berry Developments; UCAR Agencies; Charles E
Carey and Sons; Sunex International; SMG Construc-
tion and Rentrac, plus some anonymous donors.
"The Poop Deck (west) also deserves thanks for
providing lunches for all the workers."
Percy Grant said "We are so grateful because this
gives us our much-needed kennel space back and it
allows us to resume the boarding of dogs for residents
of New Providence. This was a wonderful community-
led project showing a real commitment to animal wel-
fare needs."

Elcott Colby congratulates

MP Glenys Hanna-Martin

ELCOTT Colby, one of
three candidates who was
vying for the chairmanship of
the PLP; yesterday congratu-
lated Englerston MP Glenys
Hanna-Martin on winning the
Mrs Hanna-Martin made
history on Thursday when the
party delegates voted her in
as the PLP's first woman
"I wish to congratulate Mrs
Glenys Hanna-Martin on her
new position as chairman of
the Progressive Liberal Party.
This occasion, for her and the
PLP, must be particularly aus-
picious as she is the first
woman to hold that position in
any political party in the
Bahamas." Mr Colby said.
He also publicly stated his
support for Mrs Hanna-Mar-
tin and said that he is offer-
ing her "all of his resources"
to assist her in her new job.
"I encourage Mrs Hanna-
Martin to consider the vision,
plans, and objectives for re-
organising the PLP as outlined
in my platform," he said.

Mr Coleby further cau-
tioned the PLP leaders to
remain open-minded about
making "the necessary struc-
tural and functional align-
ments to the organisation,
(including) strengthening the
party's public relations and
effectively managing intra-
functional relationships, as
they position the PLP to
regain the government of the
"I encourage the party to
leave no stone unturned as it
seeks to decisively address all


Tribune Staff Reporter ,

"Man I vex because
Bahamian people really don't
know how to drive! Someone
need to go investigate Road
Traffic because you can't tell
me these fools on the road ain'
buying their license! When it
ain' someone crawling in front
of me in the morning, like
they ain' got nowhere to go,
someone always trying' to cut
you off or make a third lane in
the road.
"And I see so many acci-
dents lately because people so
impatient and ain' know the
rules of the road. If you trying
to reverse onto the main road,
you ain' got the right of way so
don't come speeding out like
you own the street! No won-
der ya' car get mash up, but
you mash someone else own
up too.
"I scared to be on the road
now, man, Bahamians need to
go back to driving school."
Melanie S, Cable Beach.

"I vex at the pollution
trucks causing on dis island.
When da government gonna
sort out the emissions and
(EIGHTY!!!) for having one
blown bulb on my car?" -
Simon, Nassau

"I vex at how some of these
Bahamian people who are
sales clerks in these upscale
designer stores look down
their noses at people with
money in their pocket. Just
because I come in your shop
dress down in shorts and flip
flops don't mean I don't have
any money!
"Please give me service like
you would give the dressed-
up woman who comes to place
an expensive item on lay-
away. No matter how casual I
am look, honey, I only do cash
and carry." K D, New Prov-

"I vex that these young boys
still ain' get their life together.
I tired of picking up a paper or
turning on the news and hear-

ing about another school boy
who get stab up. When these
teenagers ga' realise nothing
that is going on in their life is
that serious to kill over?
"What is this world coming
to when children ain' have no
respect for human life and will
kill you quick over something
so petty?" Nathaniel R, East
Street South.

"You know what I really
can't stand? How rude and
nasty some people who work
in customer service are. Is it
my fault that you are a recep-
tionist or secretary and you
hate your job? All I want is
for you to answer the phone,
be pleasant, and direct my call.
"Some people act like it will
hurt them to say 'good morn-
ing' or 'good afternoon' to
you. Even worse when you try
and leave a message for some-


critical areas of the party's
machinery." he said.
Mr Coleby also commended
PLP leader Perry Christie and
the parliamentary caucus "for
their public stance of neutral-
ity" during the chairmanship
"The election campaign was
lively and intense and demon-
strated that democracy is alive
and well in the Progressive
Liberal Party," he said.
According to the unofficial
results, Mrs Hanna-Martin
received 433 votes, while Mr
Coleby received 299, and par-
ty newcomer Omar Archer
received only 14 votes.
Mrs Hanna-Martin, who
said that she was humbled by
the confidence the delegates
have shown in her, told The
Tribune on Thursday that she
will now concern herself with
helping the PLP to become
the next government.
One Grand Bahama dele-
gate claimed that Mrs Hanna-
Martin's victory signifies that
Mr Christie is on his way out
as party leader.

iK N ad sbu i

The Second Annual

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APRIL 11, 12,1&/

Registration Open to A

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Bankers League
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Registration Feb: $150.00 perteam
Deadline for team entries:
March 21,2008

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Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the month of February, 2008, has been designated Career and Technical
Education Month by the international Association for Career and Technical Education and
the local chapter, Bahamas Association for Career and Technical Education;

AND WHEREAS, profound economic and technological changes in our society and
industries are reflected in the structure and nature of work, thereby placing new and
additional responsibilities on our education system;

AND WHEREAS, career and technical education provides Bahamian students with a
school-to-careers connection and is the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce,
which fosters productivity in industry and business and prepares Bahamian youth for
leadership in the workplace;

AND WHEREAS, career and technical education gives our students experiences in
practical, meaningful applications of basic skills, and presents individuals of all ages with
lifelong opportunities to learn new skills and to assist them in making satisfying
career choices;

AND WHEREAS, career and technical educators contribute immensely to the growth
and vitality of business and industry by preparing our young people for careers in their
chosen fields of discipline;

AND WHEREAS, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture wishes to urge
all citizens of The Bahamas to become familiar with the services offered through the
career and technical programmes in our educational institutions and other establishments
in our community and to participate in and support these programmes;

NOW THEREFORE, I Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the period beginning and ending 1st February, 2008 as

I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 19th day of
February, 2008




0 In brief

Teenager hit in
foot during
exchange of
fire with police

AN early morning
exchange of gun-fire with
police, left a 16-year-old boy
nursing gun shot wounds to
his foot.
According to a statement
released by Assistant Super-
intendent Walter Evans, at
around 1.30am yesterday,
police responded to a call of
suspicious persons lurking in
the area of 'Muck-A-Mucks'
located on Blue Hill Road.
Arriving in the area, offi-
cers saw two men, who fit the
description given in the report,
fleeing the vicinity.
Gun shots were heard and
police returned fire, hitting
one of the suspects in his right
foot. The 16-year-old was
found with a bag containing a
small quantity of cocaine,
police said.
The victim was taken to
hospital where his condition
is listed as stable.

Drug arrest

in Pinewood
A Pinewood Gardens man
is in police custody following a
drug arrest in the area on
According to police reports,
officers from the Drug
Enforcement Unit executed a
search warrant on a Pinewood
Gardens home at around 7.25
Inside the home they found
a plastic bag containing one
pound of marijuana.
The bag was hidden under a
liquefied petroleum gas tank.
As a result, a 38-year-old
man was arrested and taken
into custody.

Annual General Meeting of the Bahamas National Trust

MEMBERS are invited to attend the annual gen-
eral meeting of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT),
to be held on Thursday, April 10.
The election of nine Trust members to the BNT
council will take place during the general meeting.
"If any member wishes to make a nomination
regarding these nine positions, the nomination must
be received in writing at the Trust's headquarters in
Nassau at least 30 days before the annual general
meeting. "Nominations must be signed by a mem-

ber in good standing and endorsed by two additional
members, also in good standing. The nomination
should be accompanied by a written confirmation
from the nominee that they are willing to serve as well
as a brief curricula vitae," the BNT said.
The BNT is advising members that in order to be
eligible to vote at the general meeting, membership
must be in good standing at least 30 days prior to
the meeting. "Notice of any motion proposed to be
made at a general meeting by any person not being a

member of council shall be sent to the secretary of the
Bahamas National Trust 14 days before the general
"Such notices shall be signed by a proposer and
two seconders being members of the Bahamas Nation-
al Trust and no motion made by any member other
than a member of Council shall be entertained by a
general meeting unless notice thereof had been given
aforesaid," the BNT said.

BTVI students take part in
BTVI students take part in

three-week training

PIC IN JASON's pics called
STUDENTS of the Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Insti-
tute's (BTVI) recently took part
in a three-week training pro-
gramme at the Ministry of
During the three-week ses-
sion, students were exposed to
janitorial techniques to enhance
their work productivity. The
students were shown what kind
of skills are needed to be
employable. Each student was
provided with information on
"practical steps to conflict reso-
lution, interpersonal interaction,
work ethic improvement and
professional grooming," BTVI
said in a press release.
Raquel Bethel, an instructor
of industry training for BTVI
said: "This experience has been
very rewarding. The opportu-
nity to observe the blossoming
of students from reluctance and
resistance, to acceptance and
change, has been one that I will
always remember."
BTVI described the Ministry
of Health's commitment to
workplace training and basic
skills as "nothing less than
"Employees were able to

Sunday, February 24, 2008
l1:30 am.Speaker
Elder Sidney Burrows
Blue Hill Gospel Chapel, U.M.D. Rally
and Breaking of Bread Service
Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m.
SCommunity Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)
SSisters' Prayer Meeting: 10:00 amJ. (2nd Thursday of each month)

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
ium Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
D 11:00AM Rev. Mark Carey
Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
Bernard Road
11:00AM Rev. James Neilly
Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Mrs. Minerva Knowles
7:00PM No Service
East Shirley Street
11:00AM Rev. Charles New
7:00PM Rev. Charles New
Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Rev. Philip Stubbs
11:00AM Mrs. Kenris Carey

'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Mr. Henry Knowles/Mr. Carl Campbell
'METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.
Your Host: Mr. Henry Knowles/Mr. Carl Campbell
EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH will be holding a Walk For Peace
on Friday, February 29, 2008 assembling in the main car park of
Ebenezer at 6:30 pm. An Ecumenical Service of Prayer will be held
in the Sanctuary Immediately following the walk. Come out and
join us. Peace begins with me, begins with you. Together we can
make The Bahamas peaceful again.

@rant's iaoton Weglep eArthaobiet QtICurcb
(Balltou Hil Rd 8 ChaUpd Street) PO Box CB-1304
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427

7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Jamieko Forde
11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside
7:00 p.m. Bro. Sidney Pinder/Board of Children, Youth &
Young Adults
"Cain -ui, .i. rcairesiuponiim ,f [.aeo..r us.i.-ii eer:7

develop both their personal
skills and knowledge of their
field, and the Ministry of Health
will reap the customer service
benefits of this as the pro-
gramme continues. It is also an
investment in the organizations

success and competitive edge.
BTVI look forward to working
with the Ministry of Health on
this exciting approach."
BTVI's customised training
programmes allows for the
training and the professional

development of it's staff in the
areas of technical and soft skills.
During the three (3) week ses-
sion at the Ministry of Health
students were exposed to jani-
torial techniques to enhance
their work productivity, along


BTVI students
attend a three-
work training
programme at
the Ministry of

with an Employability Skills
component that provided each
student with practical steps to
Conflict Resolution, Interper-
sonal Interaction, Work Ethic
Improvement and Professional

Fl DR LINDA Rimmer, senior vice-president of Junior Achievers International
Sand a member of Junior Achievement Bahamas, yesterday paid a courtesy
call on Governor General Arthur D Hanna at Government House. From left
are Shanae Strachan, public relations director of the Junior Achievers Asso-
[ citation; An-Leslie Musgrove; Lionel Elliott, executive director of Junior
SAchievers Bahamas; Governor General Arthur D Hanna; Dr Linda Rimmer,
and Felix Stubbs.

u PHOTO: Derek Smith/BIS

Grounded In The Past &
s,.,. Geared To The Future

Worship time: llam & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am

The Madeira Shopping
(Next door to CIBC) Rev. Dr. Franklin Know


Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE- 16807
Telephone number 325-5712
EMAIL lynnk@batelnet.bs


VWorship Time: a.m. & p.r .m.

S Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to l0:45a.m."

Church School during Worship Service
Place: Twynam Heights
offPrince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
P.O.Box SS-5631
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587



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uSunday School: 10am

Preaching 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed. Prayer & Praise 7:30pm

Pastor:H. Mills

"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622
; I -

George Street, New Providence
The Bahamas

Due to the annual general meeting
(A.G.M.) on Sunday 24th February,
2008 there will be one combined
Eucharist Service at 8:30 a.m.

Students of St. Anne's School and St.
John's College, who are members of
the Cathedral are reminded to wear
their school uniforms at the 8:30 a.m.

service in celebration
Schools Sunday.

of Anglican

There will be no evensong.







THIS week In Days Gone

By looks back at the National



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A Proclamation issued by the Prime Minister Lynden
Pindling making November 26 National Women's Day
was read by National Women's Movement president
Senator Dr Doris Johnson.
It was on November 26, 1962, that women.were
allowed to cast their votes for the first time. That date was
therefore picked by the prime minister to be declared
National Women's Day.
A wreath was laid at the base of the "Bahamian
Woman" statue on the Wharf by Sylvia Johnson, wife of
Oscar Johnson, MP for Cat Island, on behalf of the
National Women's Movement in the Commonwealth.
Representatives from other organizations attended
the ceremony, including the Council of Women of the
Bahamas, the Anglican Church Women, Toastmasters, St
John's YWA, Bahamas Mother's Club, Bahamas Chari-
ty Club, Catholic Women's League,.Good Friends Guild,
Good Neighbours Club, Salvation Army, Killarney Wom-
Sen's Charity Club, Bethel Missionary Society, Mount
Zion Missionary Society, and Zion Baptist Church.
Dr Johnson is pictured at centre above reading the
Proclamation issued by the prime minister declaring
November 26 National Women's Day. Below, Mrs. Sylvia
Johnson lays a wreath at the base of the statue while Dr.
Doris Johnson looks on.




PRIME Minister
Lynden Oscar
members of the
National Wom-
en's Movement.

ThrdyJl 2,17

SOME of the over 100 delegates from New Providence and the
Family Islands attending the seventh annual national Women's Con-

Kirk Douglas movie to

be shown on Sunday

BAHAMIANS are invited to attend a screening of a
spiritual movie this Sunday at 5pm at
the Unity Centre of Light on East
Avenue, north of Centreville.
The movie which will be shown is
"Illusion", starring Kirk Douglas.
"We are thrilled to bring you this i t '
upcoming spiritual cinema classic,
starring Kirk Douglas in the role of "
his lifetime: An ailing film producer
faces his past with a visit from a
ghostly colleague, who takes him
through the Akashic records, show-
ing him film reels from his unac-
knowledged son's life.
"Can he make a difference at this point in their lives.
Affecting and intense, this feature will have you on the edge
of your seats. This one is for the adults in the family," the
Unity Centre of Light said.
The film is written and directed by, and starring Michael
Goorjian. The feature runs 106 minutes. The Unity Centre
of Light is asking attendees for a $10-donation. The $10 will
include popcorn and a drink.

MEMBERS of the Bahamas
National Commission for Inter-
national Women's Year: (-r)
Willamar Bridgewater, Dame
Albertha Isaacs, Alma Hutchin-
son, Shirley Oakes-Butler,.Dr
Doris Johnson, Sister Mae-.
dene Russell, Pauline Allen and ..
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108 Montrose Avenue
P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnetbs
THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness
for Christ in The Bahamas"
FEBURARY 24, 2008.
COLLECT: Almighty God, whose most dear son went not up to joy
but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was
crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus
Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Huggins (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Arthur Chase
Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
11:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly/ Men Of Action/
READY Fresh Expression
6:30 p.m. Circuit Service MCCA Men's Lord's Day
(Rose Street, Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
11:00 a.m. Sis. Patrice Strachan
(28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
9:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Huggins
8:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Circuit Mission & Evangelism Committee
Thrift Shop and other Ministries
Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to prevail in
the Methodist Cases and for an end to the upsurge in violence.
The fast begins weekly after the evening meal on Thursday and
ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly: "My God
and My Right."
"Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns of
Inspiration" On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.; "Family
Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; "To God be the Glory" ZNS 1,
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.



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PAUL Hutton-Ashkenny. president
of IndiGO Networks congratulated tech-
nical services consultant Ernesto Gongo-
ra on his 10 years of dedicated service to
the company.
Mr Gongora, the newest 10-year vet-
eran at IndiGO Networks, joined the
Systems Resource Group of companies
in 1998 as a customer service engineer.
"With his already extensive technical
background, Mr Gongora's skills were a
perfect complement to the support and
maintenance of customer's networked
system installations.
"Ernesto's prior telecommunications
experience allowed him to take a pivotal
role in IndiGO's migration to the supply
and support of business telephone sys-
tems as that market became liberalised,"
IndiGO said in a statement.
In 2001, Mr Gongora was named
employee of the year after proving him-
self to be indispensable to the successful
completion of several large phone sys-
tem installation projects for the compa-
ny's corporate customers.
He is certified by Mitel to install and

maintain Mitel business PBX systems,
and is also currently working towards
certification on Nortel Networks PBX
systems, as the company expands on its
complimentary relationship with Nor-
tel. "In 2004, IndiGO became a fully
licensed provider of telephone lines, in
competition with BTC, and Mr Gongo-
ra's history with PBX systems was key to
offering a total solution to the compa-
ny's clients, with customers then able
to also have telephone lines to their
PBX systems from IndiGO.
"Today, IndiGO Networks is a multi-
faceted organisation that delivers a full
one-stop telecommunication solution
for the Bahamian consumer and local
and international businesses alike. As
a fully-fledged domestic and interna-
tional telecommunications carrier, Indi-
GO offers a complete suite of products
and services in their corporate and res-
idential divisions. We are pleased to
have Ernesto as an integral part of our
team and we salute his dedication and
exemplary work ethic," the telecom-
munications company said.

wood, CFO of
IndiGO Networks
presents Ernesto
Gongora with his
long service
plaque acknowl-
edging his 10th

Urban Renewal Livable

Neighborhood workers

to empower communities

Managers and coordinators attend entrepreneurship seminar

* By Llonella Gilbert
Bahamas Information

CENTRE managers and
facility coordinators within the
Urban Renewal Livable Neigh-
bourhood Programme attend-
ed a one-day entrepreneurship
seminar at the Ministry of
Housing and National Insur-
ance on Wednesday, February
Outlining the purpose of the
seminar, permanent secretary
in the Ministry of Housing
Camille Johnson said that cen-
tre managers and coordinators
"at the frontlipe" have to be
aware of the government pro-
grammes which are available,
so that they can advise people
with whom they come into con-
tact how to increase wealth and
improve business opportunities
within their communities.
Ms Johnson explained that
the ministry also appreciates
that Urban Renewal is a "mul-
ti-component, overarching con-
cept involving many agencies,
departments and ministries of

"We are here to do
the work of the peo-
ple, for the people,
and as we look at
trying to increase
the wealth of people
in our community,
we want to be
trained so we can
direct our managers
and our facilitators
to where they need
to go to get the help
they need ..."

government and it is treated as
"Speakers from the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC), the Ministry
of Tourism, the Bahamas Tech-
nical and Vocational Institute
(BTVI) and the Bahamas
Development Bank will expose

the centre managers and the
community project facilitator
to available government initia-
tives and assist in their under-
standing of the dynamics of
small businesses," she said.
A forum will follow in April
or May, at which persons in the
Englerston community inter-
ested in business will hear pre-
sentations from the same peo-
ple who spoke at the seminar
this week.
Ms Johnson explained that
the community of Englerston
has been chosen to demonstrate
how the new thrust of the
Urban Renewal Livable Neigh-
bourhood programme will
Projects have been selected
for execution in this area to
show how the goals identified
can be achieved, she said.
The government, the perma-
nent secretary said, has
promised that the new thrust of
the programme will foster and
support an improved quality of
life for Bahamians.
The Urban Renewal pro-
gramme was re-launched in

New Providence and Grand
Bahama and has four key objec-
tives, including increasing pub-
lic safety, wealth and indepen-
dence and to give people a
sense of responsibility.
The one-day seminar fea-
tured topics on job search tech-
niques and ideas on how to start
your own business.
The speakers advised the cen-
tre managers on careers in
tourism, creating jobs in tourism
and on how to start a business.
The attendees were also told
how the Bahamas Development
Bank assists individuals in
becoming entrepreneurs.
The.Urban Renewal co-ordi-
nator in New Providence Ella
Lewis said, "We are here to do
the work of the people, for the
people, and as we look at trying
to increase the wealth of people
in our community, we want to
be trained so we can direct our
managers and our facilitators
to where they need to go to get
the help they need to make
themselves able to take better
care of themselves financially."

Abaco Club shows

appreciation for an

exemplary employee

THE ABACO Club on Winding Bay is showing appreciation for one
of its employees who went above and beyond the call of duty to make
a visiting couples' stay in the Bahamas a pleasurable experience.
Danny McKinney, a night manager at the Abaco Club a Ritz-Carl-
ton managed property "played a pivotal role recently in demon-
strating how powerful personal initiative and teamwork are to enhanc-
ing the satisfaction levels of travellers," the club said.
"In an industry where the competitive positioning of destinations
depends so much on the experience afforded to visitors as they arrive,
while they are at the destination, and as they leave, Mr McKinney and
a host of dedicated employees from a variety of complementary
tourism organizations rose to the occasion and illustrated there are per-
sons who will go the extra mile to ensure a memorable trip to the
The Abaco Club said in a statement that Mr McKinney was able to
assist two vacationers who left the club after their stay there to catch
a Bahamasair flight to Nassau.
"Upon arriving at the airport in Marsh Harbour, one of the travellers
realized he was missing his Movado watch, which has tremendous
sentimental value to him. Fortunately for the gentlemen, Mr McKin-
ney was taking the same flight. In true Ritz-Carlton style, he greeted the
couple. Upon hearing of their dilemma, he immediately took steps to
alleviate their stress by reassuring them if the watch had been left at the
Abaco Club, it would be returned. Mr McKinney immediately began
the recovery process for the members," the club said.
After the couple arrived in Nassau, Mr McKinney did not leave
the visitors to their own devices, the club said, but became-their "ulti-
mate host, not only facilitating their check-in for a connecting flight, but
also ensuring their minds were not focused on the missing watch."
"He accomplished this by arranging an informative tour of New
Providence and Paradise Island for the couple with Rodney Johnson,
a taxi and tour operator. Most amazing is the fact that, before the cou-
ple's plane took off for Florida hours later, the watch ws 'on the
ecstatic gentleman's wrist. This extraordinary feat was made possible
through the exemplary efforts of a number of individuals in Abaco and
New Providence, including Raquell Knowles, Darrin Bodie and Mad-
jorie Mills at the Abaco Club, and Kim Cartwright, Geneva Johnson
and Deloris Brenenn at Bahamasair, and all those at the US pre-
clearance at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau,"
the club said.
"This account of service excellence is remarkable not so much
because of the situation, but due to the responsibility and ownership a
diverse group of individuals took to resolve a situation," said Scott
Bragg. general manager at the Abaco Club.
"They did so in a manner which made the members feel as though
nothing was more important than them. We at the Abaco Club wish to
commend this commitment and dedication," he said. "From the trav-
ellers' perspective, they indicated they would always remember the
wonderful time they had at the Abaco Club. They also stated in
unequivocal terms, they would never forget the many persons in the
Bahamas who gave willingly of themselves to ensure they left with
smiles on their faces."


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vehicles, "where is, as is":-

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Nissan Ad Wagon

2. Vehicles can be viewed at the Ministry of National Security between
the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

3. Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelopes and clearly
addressed as follows:-

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4. Tenders are to reach the Ministry of National Security, Churchill
Building by 5:00 pm 29th February 2008.

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of National Security

Zonta Club on 'PACE' to find

new facility for teen mothers

* By Matt Maura
Bahamas Information

OFFICIALS of the Zonta Club
of Nassau and the PACE Foun-
dation on Thursday moved one
step closer to fulfilling their goal
of securing a permanent home
for the PACE Programme for
teenage mothers, with a tour of a
site members hope will result in
the purchase of the property and
the structure which sits on it.
The site is located in the heart
of the inner-city, just off East and
Plantol Streets.
Sonia Brown, president of the
PACE Foundation, said the pur-
chase of the property and the
building, estimated at a cost of
$250,000, will be ideal for a num-
ber of reasons.
"We feel that this is a great
location because the building is
located on East Street and that's
a plus for so many reasons, as
many of the young ladies enrolled
in the programme are from the
inner-city and need transporta-
tion to and from school, and so
we will be able to solve that prob-
lem because of the availability of
numerous buses on East Street,"
Ms Brown said.
"Additionally there is an
opportunity, in terms of space, to
add classrooms to the current
infrastructure and of course our
students are pregnant and the
hospital is in close proximity and
so for those reasons we cannot
beat the location even if we have
to do some work on the building.
Ms Brown said the Foundation
has been reviewing a number of
alternatives with regards to the
establishment of a permanent
home for the programme for a
number of years.
One such alternative was to

secure a piece of property upon
which they could "build from
"We actually developed full
plans for that effort, but as a
result of constant prodding, this
property became available and
so we are seeking support from
the general public and the busi-
ness community to help us pur-
chase it.
"We will have to make some
renovations to the building.
"While the full extent of those
renovations and the associated
costs that may be involved are
still to be determined, there are
just too many plusses that go
along with this site that just can-
not be denied," Ms Brown said.
The PACE Foundation was
formed in 2001 out of the Zonta
Club of Nassau whose members
had been working with the PACE
Programme for more than 12
years prior to the establishment of
the Foundation.
The PACE Programme was
established in 1969 and is cur-
rently housed in the Central
Gospel Chapel Sunday school
room. which has been its base of
operations for more than 20
"One of the reasons the Foun-
dation was formed, in terms of
lending support, was to ensure
that we get a proper facility for
the PACE programme which
needs to be expanded because of
the amount of pregnancies we
have among our teenagers." she
Ms Brown explained that the
enrollment numbers at PACE
change during the course of the
year. depending on the amount
of teenagers who become preg-
"The annual average of those
participating in the programme

has been around 150 girls. "The
2007 figures show that there were
almost 400 teen pregnancies
recorded in the Bahamas. That
means that there is more to be
done and that there are girls out
there who are just not getting the
help that they need," Ms Brown
Minister of State for Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner applauded the Zonta
Club, the PACE Foundation and
the PACE programme for their
"outstanding work" in helping to
eradicate the number of "multiple
births" in teens.
Mrs Butler-Turner said the
government of the Bahamas will
continue to work hand-in-hand
with the Foundation and the pro-
She said that it will involve a
"combined effort" from the Min-
istry of Education and the
Department of Social Services.
"We do believe that it is an
excellent step in the right direc-
tion in terms of acquiring a build-
ing of their own because of the
number of students they have to
deal with and so it would be very
good for government to partner
with this because this will help to
eradicate the multiplicity in preg-
nancies in teenagers," Mrs Butler-
Turner said.
"We have already formed a
partnership as the Department of
Social Services already assists
with the programme in terms of
providing Social Workers and
additional programmes."
Mrs Butler-Turner said the
government is very grateful for
the fact that the Zonta Club and
the PACE Foundation have tak-
en the lead in this effort, "as it is
a very necessary service that is
being offered to our communi-

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10th and 11th high school students build a bridge

INTEGRATED Building Ser-
vices (IBS), a Bahamian engineering
and consulting firm, is using popsicle
sticks to expose 10th and llth grade
high school students to the critical
services that engineers provide by
hosting the first IBS build-a-bridge
The popsicle bridge building con-

test is based on the traditional com-
petitions in the civil engineering
community. Developing Bahamian
engineers, IBS said, starts with
piquing their interest in the industry
and the goal of the build-a-bridge
challenge is to provide a fun way to
familiarise students with engineering
and the applies sciences. Thirteen

high schools in New Providence will
participate in the first challenge.
These teams will build bridges
using only popsicle sticks and white
glue which will be provided by IBS.
Each team's bridge will be loaded
until it collapses. The lightest bridge
that carries the greatest load will be
declared the winner. Challenge win-

ners will receive prizes. Nick Dean,
principal of IBS said, "The IBS
group of engineers is committed to
making engineering exciting to
Bahamian students.
"We intend for this competition
to be an annual event and we hope
that, through this experience, more
young people will be inspired to

become engineers." The IBS build-
a-bridge challenge is endorsed by
the Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sports, and Culture as well as the
Bridge Authority and the Bahamas
Society of Engineers.
The judging will take place at
Holy Trinity Activities Centre on
Thursday April 3.

The Bahamas,

Mexico reaffirm



AMBASSADOR of Mexico to the Bahamas Rosaura Leonora Rueda Guti6rrez presents her letters of cre-
dence to the Governor General Arthur D Hanna at government House on Thursday, February 21, 2008.

* By Lindsay Thompson
Bahamas Information
THE Bahamas will give
"the utmost consideration" to
the United Mexican States
candidature for a non-perma-
nent seat on the United
Nations Security Council for
2009-2010, Governor General
Arthur Hanna said Thursday
as both countries pledged
renewed support on diplo-
matic levels.
The commitment was made
as the Governor General
*accepted Letters of Credence
presented by Rosaura Leono-
ra Rueda Gutierrez, Ambas-
sador of the United Mexican
States to the Bahamas in a
ceremony at Government
Mr Hanna expressed
"warmest thanks" to Mexican
President Fefipe Calderon
Hinojosa for renewing Mexi-
co's commitment to the fur-
ther strengthening of relations
between both countries.
"The establishment of diplo-
matic relations between our
two countries three decades
ago was predicated upon our
mutual desire to forge closer
and friendlier ties and to
uphold the principles of the
United Nations Charter of the
Organisation of American
States," the Governor Gener-
al said.
"This cooperation is a
benchmark for developing and
strengthening our bilateral
Mexico is being viewed as
an emerging global power and
in this vein, the Governor
General said, the Bahamas
we'romes the country's aware-
ner of the importance of mul-
til; -ralism.
VWe welcome especially,
th call for the consolidation
of multilateralism in objective
institutions such as the United
"This is significant because
the United Nations deals with
both issues of common inter-
national significance as well
as threats to peaceful and pro-
gressive co-existence," he said.
Mr Hanna said of impor-
tance to the Bahamas is Mex-
ico's stated commitment as a
member of the Organsiation




AMBASSADOR of Mexico to the Bahamas Rosaura Leonora Rueda
GutiBrrez chats with the Governor General Arthur D. Hanna after the
presentation of her letters of credence at Government House on
Thursday, February 21, 2008.

for Economic Cooperation
and Development (OECD) to
ensuring that the OECD's reg-
ulations follow principles in a
"fair, just and equitable envi-
ronment for all."
He also relayed the
Bahamas' appreciation to
Mexico for assistance in the
educational, technical, scien-
tific and cultural areas in col-
laboration with both the pub-
lic and private sectors.
The Governor General told
the Mexican Ambassador that
given her background in inter-
national economic relations,
her tenure will mark "a sound,
expanded mutually beneficial
partnership between both
Ambassador Rueda-Gutier-
rez. 52, is a career diplomat
and has worked for the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs of
Mexico since 1974. She is also
the Ambassador of Mexico to
She said Mexico shares with
the Bahamas the commitment
to consolidate multilateralism
and the view that the UN is a
privileged forum for the set-
tlement of disputes, the pro-
motion of cooperation and

development to achieve the
Millennium Development
"Promoting the common
goals of peace, the values of
democracy, respect for the
rule of law, human rights and
freedoms, international coop-
eration, the fight against
poverty, the search of sustain-
able development as well as
the regional integration are
some of the important coinci-
dences between our nations,"
Ambassador Rueda-Gutier-
rez said.
She said that both countries
could enhance their shared
interest, dialogue and efforts
in areas such as reform to the
UN Security Council, climate
change, and the fight against
drugs. She also commended
the Bahamas for ratifying the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test-
ban Treaty last November.
"My Government has
instructed me to reiterate its
readiness to meet cooperation
requirements from the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas, both
in technical and scientific as
well as in the cultural and edu-
cational levels," Ambassador
Rueda-Gutierrez said.

SPEAKING to a packed audi-
torium at St Anne's School on
Wednesday, during the opening
ceremony for the 18th Anglican
Schools Festival, Archbishop
Drexel Gomez told students that
participation in a competition is
more important than victory.
He told the crowd of students,
parents and teachers that the fes-
tival is aimed at developing well-
rounded individuals, and he
encouraged students to pursue
excellence in whatever they do.
"Here in our Diocese we have
sought to pursue excellence in
education," he said. "We have
done so and we have had to over-
come many hurdles in pursuit of
that goal. We have not yet
reached where we would like to
be. But we are still continuing in
that journey. It is our hope that
our Anglican system will continue
to grow and develop and we will
continue to produce students who
are well-rounded and equipped
for life."
Over 1,000 students from St
Anne's School, St John's College,
the Bishop Michael Eldon School
in Freeport and St Andrew's
Anglican School in Exuma gath-
ered in Nassau for the biennial
event, which is being hosted by
St Anne's.
The Festival brings together
students to compete in the areas
of soccer, track and field, swim-
ming, basketball, spelling, speech
and elocution, cheerleading and
Archbishop Gomez said that
he sees the festival, which began
25 years ago, as part of the Dio-
cese's approach to giving children
a "holistic" education embrac-
ing both the academic and ath-
letic areas, as these are equally
important for the overall devel-
opment of students.
"We need to be able to be well-

STUDENTS of St Anne's School attend the opening ceremony for the 18th
annual Anglican School Festival on Thursday. The event ends this Sunday.

ANGLICAN Archbishop Drexel
Gomez gives his address at the
opening of the 18th annual Angli-
can School Festival on Thursday.

rounded and we need to be able
to participate on different levels.
I am very pleased that this sys-
tem has developed, and whose
expansion is appreciated by par-
ents, teachers, and by the stu-
dents," he said.
Also speaking during the open-
ing ceremony was Cynthia Wells,
principal of the:St Anne's School.
She also emphasised to the stu-
dents the importance of paftici-

nation. "We encourage all par-
ticipants to recognize that com-
petition involves at least one win-
ner and one loser, therefore they
should focus on performing at
their best, rather than perform-
ing simply to win," she said.
First results from festival show
that the Bishop Michael Eldon
School is the winner of the cheer-
leading competition and the
spelling Competition. St John's
College won the basketball cham-
The track and field events will
be held today at 10am at the
Thomas A Robinson Stadium.
General admission is $5, VIP tick-
ets cost $10. Students wearing
school uniforms will only be
charged $1.
One Sunday, which has been
declared as "Anglican Schools
Sunday" by Archbishop Gomez,
students will attend and partici-
pate in services at Anglican
Churches throughout the
The festival will end with a
Gospel concert at the National
Centre for the Performing Arts
at 8pm on Sunday evening.
Admission is $10.

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P 1S R B Y ,0E I

Perry Christie

humbled by vote

of confidence

FROM page one

Touching on the public resignation of one of his own Parlia-
mentary colleagues, the now Independent MP for Kennedy Keny-
atta Gibson, Mr Christie said that as some have chosen to leave the
party, many more have stepped up to take their place.
"For every one who left, 10 more have come. The door that
revolves to let someone out keeps turning to let someone in," Mr
Christie said.
Mr Christie said that for those who thought that the PLP would
be weakened by those have chosen to leave, need only to look at the
delegation gathered to see that that their public departure has
ultimately "strengthened" the many who stayed.
"More than that, they have multiplied our numbers! And our
numbers will continue to grow mightily in the months and years
ahead because each and every day that the FNM remains in pow-
er only serves to remind us that only the PLP can be counted on to
govern our country with vision and with purpose!
"Only the PLP can be counted on to govern with equality and
fairness! And only the PLP can be counted upon to hear the cries
of the people and lift them up, just as we've been doing ever since
the flag of this party was first hoisted in our land 55 years ago.
"So keep on marching, fellow delegates, keep on marching
toward our next date with destiny!
"We may be in the wilderness now, but it is only for a time and
that time will be short. Our time will come again and it will come
again soon. And when it comes, as come it must, we will resume the
progress of the Bahamian people toward a more peaceful and
prosperous society for all," he said.

According to Chief Supt. Stephen Dean, officer-in-charge of
the Southeastern division, officers on mobile patrol in the area got
a report of a fight at the plaza. Once at the scene, officers found
Wilchcombe lying on the ground with stab wounds in his chest.
He was surrounded by a group of students, police reported. He
was rushed to Princess Margaret Hospital, but was pronounced
dead shortly after his arrival.
On Thursday, CSP Dean issued a plea to parents to take greater
interest in the whereabouts, activities and behaviour of their chil-
dren in the wake of mounting youth violence.
"We haveha too many children hanging about after school, at
shopping centres and such. We had officers patrolling around the
school (Thursday) but there are hundreds of students and police
can't see everything."
Unsuccessful attempts were made yesterday to contact school
principal Eulise Beneby for comment, but she was not at the
school, which is in the middle of mid-term break, a school repre-
sentative said. Wilchcombe is the third high school student to be
killed this year, and the second murder victim in four months
enrolled at the C V Bethel school. Two weeks ago, C C Sweeting
senior Rico Farrington was stabbed to death,while at school. Two
students, who are brothers, were taken into police custody as a
result. However, only one student, a junior at the school, was
charged with Farrington's death. In January, DeAngelo Cargill, a
12th grader at C R Walker Senior High Schooti,was shot and
killed during a daylight drive-by shooting on Bay Street.
Four months ago, 17-year-old George Oliver, also a student of C
V Bethel, was shot and killed at the Town Centre Mall.

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Government attacked

over the crime surge

FROM page one

no 'ifs', 'ands' or butss' about
it: crime in this country is out of
control. And our people are
screaming out for help. But who
is listening? And who will
help," he asked.
Mr Christie said that the
Urban Renewal Programme
was designed and implemented
to help "rebuild" the lives of
disadvantaged youth, the elder-
ly, the poor, the sick, and their
environs. In doing this, he said,
the PLP was also making a
"direct attack" on the root caus-

es of crime in the country.
"Putting band-aids on a sore
is one thing, but if you really
want the sore to fully heal, to go
away and not come back; you
need to find out what caused
the sore in the first place. And
you have to treat it so that it
heals! That's what Urban
Renewal was to the problem of
crime. It was a systematic
attempt to tackle the problem
of crime at its roots, even while
we were putting the police in a
stronger position to take crimi-
nals off our streets," he said.
With this in mind, Mr
Christie said that Urban

Sears urges

PLP to accept

Renewal was an "enormous"
success, having won internal
acclaim and numerous awards
in the policing community
around the world.
"Former Commissioner Paul
Farquharson hailed it as an
indispensable component of the
national strategy for law
enforcement. He said, "The
establishment and expansion of
Urban Renewal projects in the
over-the-hill communities has
become a viable tool to reduce
and control crime. I submit that
Urban Renewal is perhaps the
boldest initiative to crime fight-
ing in recent times.

"His Grace Archbishop
Gomez pronounced it the single
most important form of social
intervention to be introduced
in our country since Indepen-
dence," he said.
Despite all of this, however,
Mr Christie said that the FNM
within only weeks of coming to
office decided to scrap Urban
"When I first heard of the
FNM's plans to dismantle
Urban Renewal, I honestly
couldn't believe it. However
they put it, stop, review, cancel,
change or relaunch. It was
insane," he exclaimed.

More charges expected

in housing investigation

FROM page one

some commentators initially suggesting that the progress of the
inquiry was being held back for "political reasons."
This suggestion was denied by the officer in charge of the case
at the time, Superintendent Keith Bell.
The public was left to wonder what had come of the investigation
when police openness regarding its status seemed to close down,
particularly towards the middle of last year.
Assistant Commissioner in charge of crime, Ellison Greenslade,
had initially told the media in April that he would "respond very
soon" with an update on its progress.
In July, Mr Greenslade refused to comment on the investigation.
Starting in 2006 numerous contractors and ministry employees
made allegations against some Ministry of Housing employees
and contractors, claiming that some of their questionable prac-
tices ultimately adversely affected the interests of low-cost home
The unacceptable state of some of the homes built under the for-
mer government has been attributed by some of those who brought
their complaints to the media to corruption that allegedly had
occurred at various levels.

FROM page one
big tent of the visionary Progressive Liberal Party. There are
.young Bahamian professionals who have a loyalty to no party,
but will be persuaded to support the PLP by the cogency of our pro-
grammes, the dynamism of our leadership and the efficiency and
inclusiveness of our party," added Mr Sears.
He also said that the tradition of bipartisanism must be resur-
rected in Bahamian politics in the process of nation building.
Mr Sears laid out eleven policysuggestions for his party going
forward. Some of these include internal modernization of the par-
ty to transform the PLP into a transparent, accountable, inclusive
and efficient organization; the development of a five-year nation-
al development plan; and the transformation of the educational sys-
tem to ensure a more literate, and socially responsible citizenry.


Darfur bombing, banditry

hampering aid delivery -

United Nations agencies


The already difficult human-
itarian situation in the Darfur
region of Sudan has worsened
further as a result of new fight-
ing and increased banditry,
U.N. aid agencies said Friday.
The U.N. refugee agency
_ -1 -.- .. . -1-1 . -1-

try depend. Sudanese forces
began bombing areas in West
Darfur earlier this month in a
renewed attempt to defeat
rebel groups who have been
fighting the government for
over four years. The conflict is
estimated to have cost some
200,000 lives and displaced at
I--- n C '- - --I .- C-

Friday to reach the border
area where newly arrived
refugees from Darfur have
been gathering.
The aid workers, who evac-
uated the area Monday for
safety reasons, turned back
because they could hear
bombs exploding on the other
side of the border.
"The bombing is taking
place so close that it's danger-
ous to go there, even on the
Chadian side of the border,"
Male told The Associated
Press by telephone from the
capital N'Djamena.
"We have seen helicopters,
and we think they were the
ones doing these'things," he
UNHCR estimates that
some 10,000 refugees from
Darfur have arrived in Chad
since bombing began Feb. 8,
but Male said the precise
number was difficult to deter-
mine because people were
crossing back and forth,
depending on the security sit-
uation on the day.
A team of local staff is pro-
viding minimum medical care
to wounded Darfurians in the
border town of Birak, he said,
but about 20-30 people need
to be transported to a clinic
further inside Chad. The Cha-
dian government has resisted
such a move because of con-
cerns that refugees are
fomenting unrest in the coun-
try, which itself is in the mid-
dle of a simmering civil war.
Male said aid agencies were
hoping that a cease-fire in
Darfur might stabilize the sit-
uation and give them a win-

dow of opportunity to provide
humanitarian assistance to
refugees and internally dis-
'placed people on both sides
of the border.
For now, he said, refugees
on the Chadian side are man-
aging to get by with supplies
they brought over and gener-
ous help from the local popu-
But the situation could
change within weeks if aid
supplies do not resume, Male
Darfur has been the site of
the most expensive and com-
plex humanitarian operation
since the conflict there began
in 2003.
Earlier this year the U.N.
Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs asked
for $930 million to respond to
the crisis, a large part of which
goes toward supplying millions
of people with food.
Christiane Berthiaume, a
spokeswoman for the World
Food Program in Geneva, said
Friday that 30 aid trucks have
been stolen at gunpoint since
the beginning of the year, and
18 local drivers have been kid-
napped. Four trucks and their
drivers have since been
Contractors employed b7
the agency in Darfur are used
to working in difficult condi-
tions, "but now it's really get-
ting very bad," she said.
The agency said its staff -
like those of other organiza-
tions only travel outside
major cities by helicopter for
safety reasons, at a cost of
some $1.9 million a month.

Teen questioned over murder its mistakes
FROM page one

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Europe's truffle harvests drying up

AUPS, France

hilippe Daniel
opens a slim
briefca-,e so bu-
er, can glimp,-.
his wares, then snaps it shut
with a wars glance o'er his
Daniel is not dealing in
contraband but in truffl-e -
tubers prized for their head
fragrance and rich. earth fla-
vor. One of the %world's most
sought-after gastronomical
treasures, truffles fetch astro-
nomical prices. and sellers
like Daniel are alw\ js alert
for spying competitors.
Daniel used to deal in big
quantities. But for the past
five years, drought has been
parching the \ lr region of
southeast France as well as
truffle-producing regions in
Italy and Spain and today
he can fit his entire w\eeklN
harvest in a single plastic bag
He's not the onl\ one.
Organizers at the market
in the Var village of Aups.
S where Daniel plies his wares.
have had to suspend the
weekly wholesale auction.
where middlemen used to bid
tens of thousands of dollars
for mounds of truffles. The
reason: these
days there sim-
ply aren't
enough of the
fragrant fungi.
Now, foodies
and tourists buy-
ing truffles by
the piece hate
replaced the
middlemen. and
most transac-
tions at the
once-bustling .
market are mea-
sured in grams.
,-A ,,.At.thg Aups,, f ,f
market. the
price has more
than doubled over the past
five years, to about $560 a
Farmers say production is
down by 50-75 percent this
winter season and they blame
global warming, warning that
if thermometers keep rising
as many scientists predict
they could France's black
truffle will one day be just a
This is not the first time
weather has caused a dra-
matic downturn in French
truffle production. A severe
drought in the early '60s more
than halved the harvest,
bringing it down to about 50
tons. But the trufficulteurs,
as truffle farmers are known,
contend this current dry spell
is longer and more acute.
"Climate change has got
the seasons out of whack, it's
hotter than it used to be and
it rains lots less," said Jean

is feared gli

M onte-
sjno7. b. a
teur for
more than
S, half a cen-
.A--" ].. ^ tury. "I
w- \ant m.
-J grandson
to take
over. but
: if things
continue like this, who knows
if there will be anything left."
Production in France has
been in slow decline for 100
years from 1,000 tons a
year to just 50 tons, according
to the Agriculture Ministry
- under the march of urban
sprawl into the fungus' forest
habitat and the migration of
farming folk to cities.
Truffles grow underground,
in the root systems of host
trees. Shriveled, black-
skinned and egg-shaped, they
are hard to distinguish from
clods of dirt.
Specially trained dogs sniff
and dig them out, and are
rewarded with doggy treats.
Pigs bigger, hungrier and
harder to manage have
largely fallen out of favor.
Families jealously guard
the whereabouts of the rich-
est corners of the forest.
Wealthier producers electric-

AND EGGS are a time tested pairing and mate well in this Truffled Egg Crostin as seen here in this Thursdad
obal warming is drying up the harvests.

fence their plantations to dis-
courage wtild boars and
Chefs hase for centuries
used trulfles to dress up all
sorts ol dishe, from cream\
sauces to mashed potatoes
and scrambled eggs. The ISth
and lqth century\ French epi-
curean Jean Anihelme Bril-
lat-Savatin lamouisl called
the truffle the "diamond of
the kitchen," and hailed it as
an aphrodisiac that "makes
women more tender and men
more amiable."
Legend has it that
Napoleon went on a diet of
truffle-stuffed turkey and
champagne in a desperate
attempt to conceive a male
heir. A son, Napoleon
Franqois-Joseph Charles, was
born March 20, 1811.
Truffles need just the right
amount of rain at just the
right time to thrive: Too little
desiccates them; too much
drowns them.
With annual rainfall in the
Var down from around 40
inches in 1996 to under half
that last year, Aups' once-
abundant wild truffles have
all but disappeared. Only one
of the market's sellers, Jean
Paul, still strikes out into the
hardy oak forests that sur-
round the village to hunt wild

truffles. The few h finds are
pun., he said
The drought has also hit
production else~ here in
France and in Europe's other
main trulfle producing
regions. in Spain and Italy.
Croatia and Belgium also
produce truffles in smaller
quantities, as do North Car-
olina and Oregon.
Last year, the harvest of
Italy's prized white truffle was
down as much as 75 percent
from 2006, according to
Andrea Rosin, the head of
truffle export company
Tartufingros. Spain's 2007
black truffle harvest was
down more than half from
five years earlier, said Daniel
Oliach, of a growers' associa-
tion in the northeastern
region of Catalonia.
In Italy, white truffle prices
were up about 60 percent in
2007 from the previous year,
and one white truffle, a giant
weighing about 3 pounds, 4
ounces, fetched a record
$330,000 at auction.
Stanley Ho, the East Asian
gambling king, placed the
winning bid for the truffle
which had been dug up in
Tuscany, in central Italy.
Hong Kong's South China
Morning Post reported it was
eaten days later, prepared by

two high-caliber chefs tor a
2110-uest banquet Ho
reportedly missed the feast
because ot poor health
Nov'ida\s -sa\ the truffi-
culieurs. onl\ trulflcs culti-
\ated in irrigated plantations
ha\e much of a chance of sur-
\ i mg the sunbaked summers.
-An\ one \w hIo,oiosn't trrir ,
gate. will noi hla.\e slinglw
truffle, not a singldrone," saidH
veteran Montesano, whose
face is as deeply etched as the
wind-blown hills around
Aups. Montesano waters his
25-acre plantation of French
oaks, the black truffle's pre-
ferred host, with groundwa-
ter pumped from deep-lying
Climate scientists say it is
too early to link the drought
to global warming, but point
to computer models that sug-
gest the entire Mediterranean
basin is getting warmer and
The Met Office, Britain's
weather agency, says that by
2030, Mediterranean rainfall
is expected to be down by
one-quarter, and annual aver-
age air temperatures are like-
ly to be up in Europe by as
much as 6 degrees Centigrade
by 2080.
Changing climate could
mean changing truffle terrain.


.y Feb. 21, 2008 photo. It

Already. producers in the
southern hemisphere and in
China are making inroads.
France imported 33 tons of
fresh or frozen truffles from
China in 2007. overtaking
French production for the
first time. At under $20 a
pound, the Chinese variety is
lar cheaper than European
truffles, but Aups trufficul-
iteur Lucien Barbaroux, .60,
says he's sure his customers
can tell the difference in qual-
ity. "Our clients here are now
connoisseurs .and they're not
about to be duped," he said.
"They know how to recog-
nize the real stuff."
Australia and New
Zealand, which introduced
truffles from Europe about
20 years ago, now produce a
half ton of the fungus annu-
ally mostly for domestic
consumption, said Ian Hill,
the New Zealand-based
author of "Taming the Truf-
fle" and other books on fungi.
"If Europe's catastrophic
decline continues, it could
well be that the Southern
Hemisphere will overtake
production in the north," Hill
said in a telephone interview.

Associated Press writer Nat-
acha Rios in Paris contributed
to this report.

Italy follows trail of secret South America

, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina MrIvT-c t' ton rroPete former ton officials

In an unusually sweeping investigation, Ital-
ian authorities are seeking to prosecute former
top officials in seven South American countries
for their roles in a secret operation in the 1970s
and 1980s by the region's security forces to crush
left-wing political dissent, according to the New
York Times News Service.
The extraordinary breadth of the seven-year
Italian investigation, into what is known as Oper-
ation Condor, has drawn in countries formerly not
thought to have been deeply involved in the shad-
owy program, particularly Peru. It has also agi-
tated political establishments up and down the
The investigation and recently declassified doc-
uments, which were reviewed by The New York
Times, suggest a complicit role of the United
States in Condor's often-deadly operations, some
of which American officials knew about before
but did little to stop.
In late December, Judge Luisianna Figliolia in
Rome issued arrest warrants for 140 former offi-
cials from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile,
Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, seeking to prose-
dute them in connection with the forced disap-
learance of 25 Italian citizens.
The Condor countries helped one another
Scate, transport, torture and ultimately make
disappear dissidents across their borders, and
dven collaborated on assassination operations in
Iurope and the United States.
i In an operation that historians call reminiscent
of the United States' modern terrorist rendition
program, the Condor countries sometimes used
an allied intelligence network to track and trans-
port terrorism suspects to a third country for
"This is the most ambitious look yet at Opera-

tion Condor," said Reed Brody, a lawyer with
Human Rights Watch in Brussels, Belgium. "I
don't know of any other case that has taken on so
While Argentina and Chile are well known to
have been at the center of Operation Condor,
the arrest warrants have forced new soul-search-
ing in Peru and a reconsideration of the country's
The 250-page indictment issued by Figliolia,
part of which was reviewed by The Times, names
four former Peruvian officials, including Peru's
dictator from 1975 to 1980, Gen. Francisco
Morales Bermudez, and his military comman-
der, Pedro Richter Prada.
The arrest orders for the Peruvians deal indi-
rectly with the June 1980 abductions of four left-
ist rebels, called Montoneros, in Lima by a joint
group of security agents loyal to Morales
Bermudez and members of Argentina's military
police.At the time, Peru had largely avoided the
guerrilla movements and brutal counterinsur-
gencies that had roiled Argentina, Chile and
Uruguay, where Operation Condor was most
But in June 1980, in the last two months
Morales Bermudez's dictatorship, members of
Argentina's 601 Battalion, a special army intelli-
gence unit, went to Peru to track down Mon-
toneros members bent on overthrowing Argenti-
na's junta.
The Argentine agents had captured one mem-
ber of.the rebel group, Federico Frias Alberga, in
Buenos Aires, and took him with them to Peru to
help identify his comrades in an elaborate sting
On June 12, 1980, Argentine and Peruvian

intelligence agents took undercover positions in a
park in Lima, the Peruvian capital, dressed as
salesmen, street artists and transients. After
Alberga exchanged a coded message with one
Montonero, the agents pounced.
They arrested her and two other Montoneros,
Noemi Giannotti de Molfino and Julio Cesar
Ramirez, according to a 2004 book by a Peru-
vian journalist, Ricardo Uceda.
The Argentines later tortured their captives at
a Peruvian military installation, according to the
account by Uceda, who interviewed a Peruvian
army intelligence agent who witnessed the torture
sessions.One week later, on June 19, according to
the declassified documents, James J. Blystone, a
political officer in the American Embassy in
Buenos Aires, described in a memo to his boss
what was to happen next.
Blystone told his boss, Ambassador Raul H.
Castro, that an Argentine intelligence source had
informed him that the four Montoneros would be
held in Peru and then "expelled to Bolivia" and
sent on to Argentina, where they would be "inter-
rogated and then permanently disappeared."
That same day Castro wrote to the secretary
of state's office in Washington that an Argen-
tine source had confirmed the abductions and a
plan to take the captured Montoneros back to
But the news of the arrests found its way into
the Peruvian news media, and because of the
public outcry the plan to return the rebels to
Argentina was dropped, according to a copy of
Castro's memo, which is among the declassified
documents obtained by the National Security
Archive, a private research institute and library.
In a phone interview, Castro, now 91, said he

n abductions

recalled "being concerned" about the Montoneros
operation. But, he said, "I don't recall what action,
if any, we took at the time."
The level of Peru's involvement in Operation
Condor was debated heavily in American intelli-
gence circles, he said.
"We couldn't agree, the Foreign Service and
Washington and the intelligence services, if Peru
was involved," Castro said.
"I thought they were very much involved. It
seemed very clear after those Montoneros were
taken to Bolivia."
Blystone, also reached by phone, said American
officials should have lobbied harder for the pris-
oners' release.
"I got all that information and I passed it on,
and we could have done something," he said.
"But we dropped the ball, let's face it."
A month later, the scandal still had not died
down when Castro met with the Argentine army
commander, Lt. Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri. Castro
prodded him so much about the Montoneros that
Galtieri waved his hand and said, "Enough is
enough," according to Castro's report to Wash-
Despite the publicity, the Argentine security
agents went ahead with their plans, which appar-
ently included taking Molfino to Spain.
Shortly afterward, on July 21, 1980, she was
found dead in a Madrid apartment.
The three other Montoneros were never found.
Peru is already reeling from the continuing
human rights trial of Alberto K. Fujimori, who
was president for a decade until 2000, and officials
there have been quick to defend those accused in
the Italian case.

Simon Romero contributed reporting from
Caracas, Venezuela, and Andrea Zarate from
Lima, Peru.




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Death toll rises to 14 in Brazil ferry boat wreck


A ferryboat wreck on the Amazon River
killed at least 14 people, Brazilian officials said
Friday, as crews searched for several more peo-
ple reported missing and feared dead, according
to the Associated Press.
The Almirante Monteiro, a two-story wooden
ferry carrying more than 100 people, sank on
Thursday after colliding with a barge loaded

with fuel tanks near the isolated .town of Ita-
coatiara in the jungle state of Amazonas.
SNinety-two people were rescued by several
small boats and the state's floating police station,
a 32-foot vessel that travels up and down the riv-
er and was in the area at the time of the ship-
wreck. After recovering 11 bodies, rescue teams
suspended their search of the murky Amazon
waters at night. Three more bodies were found
Friday, Amazonas state fire spokesman Lt. Clo-
vis Araujo said.

The dead include eight children, four women
and two men. Araujo said the ferry company
gave officials the names of 105 people aboard,
including 12 crew members, but survivors said
several more were missing who were not on the
list. "The truth is we really don't have an exact
idea of how many people were on the boat,"
Araujo said by telephone from Manaus, the
state capital.
"Ferryboats in the Amazon are like city bus-
es that pick up and drop off passengers along the

route." Officials say many of the victims were
asleep in cabins inside the vessel and were
unable to get out before it sank, while passengers
in hammocks on the deck fared better.
"I was sleeping in my hammock when I was
woken up by a lot screaming," Ruberval Almei-
da Lemos told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper.
"The boat had already started to sink, and I
didn't have time to grab a life vest."
He said he grabbed a piece of wood and threw
himself into the water.

0 In brief

Fidel Castro

says he's

relieved to be

stepping down

as president


All 46 on

Venezuela plane

killed in mountain crash

Fidel Castro said yesterday
that he's relieved to be stepping
down as Cuba's president, com-
plaining that the process of
selecting Cuba's next govern-
ment "had left me exhausted,"
according to the Associated
After nearly a half-century in
power, Castro announced Tues-
day that he wouldn't accept
another term when parliament
selects a new government on
"The night before, I slept bet-
ter than ever," Castro wrote in a
newspaper column. "My con-
science was clear and I
promised myself a vacation."
The ailing 81-year-old said
Tuesday that he's not well
enough to continue as presi-
dent. Most expect his brother
Raul, five years younger, to step
into the presidency on Sunday.
Raul Castro has been acting
president since his brother fell
ill in'July 2006.
Fidel Castro said he had
planned on taking a break from
his newspaper columns for at
least 10 days, but decided: "I
didn't have the right to keep
silent for so long."
The column published Friday
in both major government-con-
trolled newspapers focused on
the United States, with Castro
poking fun at U.S. presidential
candidates. He said word of his
retirement forced them to talk
about Cuba.
"I enjoyed observing the
embarrassing position of all the
presidential candidates in the
United States," he wrote. "One
by one, they could be seen
forced to proclaim their imme-
diate demands to Cuba so as
not to alienate a single voter."
He criticized demands by the
candidates and by President
Bush for political change on the
"'Change, change, change!'
they shouted in unison. I agree.
'Change!' But in the United
States," he wrote. "Cuba
changed a while ago and will
continue on its dialectical
He added of Bush: "'Annex-
ation, annexation, annexation!'
the adversary responds. That's
what he thinks, deep inside,
when he talks about change."
Castro asked press authori-
ties not to run the column on
page one, and the column was
printed on page four of both
That's in contrast to the front-
page play given to Castro's ear-
lier columns written before his
He titled the column "Reflec-
tions of Companion Fidel,"
rather than "Reflections of the
Commander in Chief," which
he had used earlier. State Web
sites that ran the column
changed the logo as well, replac-
ing an image of Castro in olive-
green fatigues with one of the
leader half-smiling, his hand
thrust high in a wave.
Castro remains head of the
Communist Party, the only
political faction tolerated in

CARACAS, Venezuela
All 46 people aboard a
Venezuelan passenger plane
died when it slammed into an
Andean mountain, rescue
crews confirmed Friday,
according to the Associated
"By the way it crashed we
can determine there are no
survivors," said Gen. Ramon
Vinas, head of the civil avia-
tion authority.
Search teams reached the
remote site by helicopter and
had to lower themselves with
ropes onto the "complicated"
mountainous terrain, Vinas
"The impact was direct. The
aircraft is practically pul er-
ized," firefighter Sgt. Jhonnv
Paz told the Venezuelan tele-
vision channel Globovision.
The French-made ATR 42-
300 carrying 43 passengers and
three crew members crashed
Thursday at an altitude of
13,500 feet.in an area known
as Los Conejos plateau within
the Sierra La Culata National
Park, officials said.
The plane went down about
6 miles from the airport in the
Andean city of Merida, where
the Santa Barbara Airlines
flight departed for Caracas.
Vinas said.
Once the plane took off. the
control tower received no fur-
ther communication from the
pilot, according to Jorge
Alvarez, president of Santa
Barbara, a small airline that
covers domestic routes in
Relatives and friends of the
victims gathered in
tears, some of
them embracing, at
Simon Bolivar a
International Air-
port ri ?ar Caracas.
"We join in the i r h
profound pain of
all the relatives of
our passengers and
co-workers," the
airline said in a
statement. It
pledged to cooper-
ate fully in an
Aircraft manu-
facturer ATR,
based in Toulouse,
France, said spe-
cialists from the
company and the
French Accident Bureau were
leaving immediately to assist
The weather was normal for
Merida on Thursday, with
some areas sunny and fog at
higher elevations, said Lt. Luis
Uzcategui of the Merida fire
"In that mountainous area
there always tends to be more
fog due to the altitude."
Uzcategui said.
Among the dead were the
mayor of a small town in
Merida state, Alexander
Quintero; his 11 -year-old bo,:
and two young relatives of t
federal Public Safety Vice
Minister Tarek El Aissami.
state Gov. Florencio Porras


A RELATIVE of passengers on board a commercial plane that crashed Thursday near Merida waits for news at the
desk of Venezuela's Santa Barbara airlines at the airport in Merida, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. Searchers spot-
ted the shattered wreckage of a plane carrying 46 people in the mountains of western Venezuela on Friday. All aboard
were believed killed, officials said.

Furious mob in Guatemala kidnaps 30 police officers


An angry mot, took 30 police officers
hostage in Guatemala and threatened
to kill them unless authorities release a
farm leader who was detained last
week, a police official said yesterday,
according to the Associated Press.
The crowd surrounded the police

station in the Caribbean coastal town
of Livingston on Thursday night, dis-
armed the agents and took them in
small boats to their remote village of
Maya Creek, national police
spokesman Faustino Sanchez told The
Associated Press.
Local media estimated there were
hundreds of people in the mob.
"They told us they are going to kill

them one by one," Sanchez said. "We
hope that after establishing negotia-
tions we can reach some type of agree-
ment or at least a more direct com-
munication that will help us to get
them freed."
The villagers demanded the govern-
ment free Ramiro Choc, who was
arrested on February 14 on charges of
illegal land invasion, robbery and ille-

gally holding people against their will.
Choc allegedly incited community res-
idents to invade land and take over
protected nature reserves. Maya Creek
is accessible only by boat and then a
half-hour walk through dense jungle,
Sanchez said.
The hostages have asked authorities
to send negotiators instead of backup