The Tribune
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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 15, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Man in late 30s

found shot dead

in the street

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN in his late thirties
was found shot to death in the
street early yesterday morning
after armed men reportedly
attempted to enter a home in
an over-the-hill neighbourhood.
The 16th murder for 2008
occurred at around 3am at Old
Boat Alley, off Market Street, a
short distance from St Agnes
According to initial police
reports, the two would-be
intruders attempted to enter a
residence in the area. The
homeowner, however, report-
edly alerted neighbours to the
activity of the masked men.
People in the area then start-
ed to make noise, according to
police, disrupting the plans of
the assailants, who ran from the
As they left, gun shots were
heard, and the victim was found
dead in the road having been
fatally shot.
Authorities have not as yet
released his identity.
Assistant Superintendent
Leon Bethel, officer in charge
of the Homicide Squad of the
Central Detective Unit, told
The Tribune yesterday that
police do not yet have a motive
for the killing.
However, he said, detectives
are currently out actively inves-
tigating the matter.
This murder comes nearly
two weeks after the 14th and
15th murders were recorded in
the country. On March 1st at
4am, Jacoby Thurston was shot
in the head and body after
intruders kicked down the door
to his Taylor Street home and
riddled him with bullets.
Thurston's daughter and girl-
friend, who were asleep in
another room, were unharmed
during the slaying.
Some 90 minutes later, in a
separate incident, Richal Eti-
enne was fatally shot in the

Police have recovered
another dead body in the
area of the South Beach
pools. This is the fourth
body found in just over a
Authorities made the
discovery yesterday after-
noon, and the decom-
posed body had to be lift-
ed from the sea.
Three other bodies, all
believed to be that of
Haitians who were aboard
a vessel that ran aground
in the area over a week
ago, were found last week-
It is believed that this
latest victim was also on
the vessel.
Authorities do not
know the identities of any
of the victims, and autop-
sies have been ordered to
officially determine the
cause of death in each of
the four cases.

head in an robbery in the Cow-
pen Road area.
Johnsy Luc, 29, of
Carmichael Road and Yvon
John, 27, of Farrington Road
were charged in Magistrate's
Court last Monday with the
murder of Etienne before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez.
Fifteen of the sixteen murder
victims this year have been men.
The one exception was Jenny
Thurston, 43, who was killed in
Pinewood Gardens in a double
homicide that also left Lynden
Oscar Pratt, 26, dead.

ZNS planning to bring in outside

consultants to get house in order
Tribune Staff Reporter
ZNS is seeking to bring in outside consultants to assist in getting
its house in order after five years without an audit that has con-
tributed to a massive debt build-up.
On Thursday Senator Kay Forbes, parliamentary secretary in the
prime minister's office with responsibility for broadcasting, told the
Senate that there had been a five year failure on the part of the cor-
poration to carry out its legal obligation to have an annual audit.
This audit is required under the act governing the corporation.
Describing this amount of time as "extreme", Broadcasting Cor-
poration chairman Michael Moss said that it is going to be a serious
feat for the corporation to now catch up on five years of auditing in
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STUDENTS of RM Bailey High school's business department learned some of the necessary skills you need on the job
and other tools they would need when they join the world of work yesterday at the 2008 Business seminar at Crystal Palace.

Christie told: Don't blame PM

for Harrah's oull-out from deal

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Senator Kay
Smith crilicised PILP Leader
Perry Christie for his "desper-
ate" alltempt to blame Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham for
Harrah's pull-out from the
Baha Mar Cable Beach project.
Speaking in tlie Senate, Mrs
Smith described Mr Christie as
a Il..hiiiii il" leader cooking
up half Irutlhs when he knew all
along the Irutli of what the real
circumstances were for Harrahl's
withdrawal from the $2.9 bil-
lion project.
"It is quite amazing the extent
to which members of the for-
nier administration will go in
their alttcmpt to convince the
Bahamian people or them-
selves-- that they were a good
governmecnl, instead of a gov-
ernmenl of all talk, which by
now the whole nation knows,"
she told Ihe Senate.
She said that the PLP gov-
erniiiiicn talked a lot, signed
many agriencilets and posed for
photos, built got very little done.
Under lihe I'1I', she said, very
little came on st rcai.
'lhe laha Mar deal was a
classic example, she said.
"Thev lalkedc abot it as ift'
aldkinig would briug it lo a con-
clusion. Iut, C\ivryhody(...knew
that the Bahal Mar 'people had
trouble pinning down I former

PM Christie and getting him to
the table when it mattered,"
Senator Smith said.
Senator Smith, parliamentary
secretary in the Prime Minis-
ter's Office, was speaking in
Senate on a resolution to trans-
fer of property to Baha Mar
Development for the develop-
ment of the Cable Beach strip.
She seconded the motion to
transfer property to Baha Mar,
stating that the project would
further enhance opportunities
for Bahamians.
Last week, Harrah's
announced it was pulling out of'
the deal to develop thlie C(able
Beach Resorts, citing comments
made in the House of Assembly
by Prime Minister Ingraham,
which questioned whether Baha
Mar had "the money to under-
take the project," as one of the
mniany reasons for its decision.

Harrah's was also upset by the
"long delays in reaching agree-
ment with the government."
Baha Mar was in a joint ven-
ture partnership with the
renowned casino resort opera-
tor to redevelop and revitalise
the Cable Beach Strip.
Senator Smith said Mr
Christie agreed in the hearing of
the nation, broadcast live from
the House of Assembly, what
the real circumstances were for
Harrah's withdrawal, but still
held a press conference the next
day bl.ining Mr Ingraham.
In the House on March 10
Mr Christie said it seemed to
him "that they (Harrah's) were
looking for a way out and they
used the speech and the words
of the Prime Minister as an
excuse, or part excuse for the
way out."
However, the following day
in reading a statement to the
press on behalf of his party, Mr
Christie said that Mr Ingraham
by his comments in parliament
must "accept the blame and
responsibility for setting back, if
not killing, what promised to be
the largest single development
in our history."
"He shamelessly claimed that
it was all the fault of Prime Min-
ister Ingraham. that Mr Ingra-
ham sabotaged the deal," said
Senator Smith.
"The leader of the party
opposite now says that it was
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0 40

up allnight

Man accused

of unlawful

sex with


daughter, 12

presented before the Chief
Magistrate yesterday as a 24-
year-old man was charged with
having unlawful sexual inter-
course with the 12-year-old
daughter of a senior politician.
Thomas Harris, 24, of Butler
Street, was arraigned before
Roger Gomez in Court Num-
ber One, Bank Lane, charged
with committing the sexual
offence during December, 2007.
Harris was dressed in a blue
shirt and khaki trousers at the
arraignment. where he was not
required to enter a plea to the
charge. *
The politician, whose name
has to be withheld to protect
the identity of the victim, is list-
ed as one of several witnesses in
the case.
Prosecuting Officer, Althea
Poitier told the court that Har-
ris was already on $8,000 bail
for another matter, but there
was no objection to bail being
granted in this case.
Harris, was subsequently
granted $10,000 bail by the
Chief Magistrate. The case was
adjourned to April 1 and trans-
ferred to Court 11, Nassau
According to the Sexual
Offences and the Domestic Vio-
lence Act, on the first offence.
anyone convicted of having sex-
ual intercourse with a minor
under the age of 14 years, with
the consent of the minor, is sub-
ject to seven years in prison.

Tributes paid to

former Cabinet

Minister Jeffrey


THE Prime Minister and Il,
Leader of the Opposition lh) u
both extended condolences lo
the family of Jeffrey Thoimp
son, a former Cabinet minist'i
in the first majority rule gov-
ernment, who died on Thurs-
"My colleagues and I join iih
Opposition in mourning ti'"
passing of Jeffrey M 'Tho1plk';
yesterday afternoon and c
extend sincere condolence; 1to
his daughters and to all his oth-
er relatives and close friend, "
said Mr Ingraham yesterday\ iii a
written statement.
With Mr Thompson's deilt'Il
only three members of thc li i
cabinet in 1%907 are still li\i;:
today (Governor ctin. Il
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0 In brief

Man admits

assault with

Intent to rape
A 26-year-old man pleaded
guilty yesterday to assaulting a
woman with intent to rape
Isaac Sidney Green of Sir
Lynden Pindling Estates
allegedly assaulted the woman
with intent to rape her on Sat-
urday, February 2.
Green, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at Court One
Bank Lane, pleaded guilty and
was remanded until Monday
when he will return to court to
be sentenced.

Freeport man
accused of



Tribune Freeport

man was charged with firearm
and ammunition possession in
Freeport Magistrate's Court
Kweeamad Pratt, 35, of
Sunridge Road, Freeport,
appeared before Magistrate
Helen Jones.
It is alleged that on March
12, Pratt was found in posses-
sion of a .40 Austria Glock
with a magazine containing
nine live rounds of ammuni-
Paul Wallace-Whitfield rep-
resented Pratt, who pleaded
not guilty. The matter was
adjourned to July 30 for trial.
He was denied bail and
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison in Fox Hill until that

Annual spelling bee competition students called on Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable Beach on Friday, March 14,
2008. Mr. Ingraham gave his best wishes to the students.

Pilots furious over grass-cutting

AIRLINE pilots are furious
over grass-cutting activities at
Lynden Pindling International
Airport, claiming they are dis-
rupting take-off and landing
operations by private and com-
mercial aircraft.
They say "strange" decisions
by airport management are
leading to main runways being
closed during peak operating
hours, causing delays and incon-
And they warn the grass-cut-
ting could lead to an "incident"
unless it is carried out with
proper thought and prepara-
The pilots have complainedd
that unnecessary runway clo-
sures are helping to give Nas-

Management at Lynden Pindling International

Airport accused of making 'strange' decisions

sau's international airport a bad
reputation among visiting pilots.
One airline captain, Paul
Harding, told The Tribune that
whoever is making these deci-
sions has "zero aviation skills"
because the consequences are
"multiple and begging for an
He said: "Twice in a week
recently when the winds were
very strong out of the south-
east, runway 041 was 'closed for
grass cutting' for three hours in

the morning. Sure enough,
when the wind was howling
from the east 'they' closed run-
way 09 with the same excuse.
"For those who are not
aware, this makes aircraft and
crews tackle what is called a
'cross wind landing' where the
aircraft has to overcome the
effect of being blown sideways
down the runway."
He said this created a "major
task" for smaller planes.
"Unnecessary runway clo-
sures now have aircraft having
to taxi all around the airport to
take their place in a now grow-
ing queue for the 'active run-
way' prompting delays on both
departures and arrivals all hav-
ing to use the same piece of
concrete!" said Mr Harding.
"This long period on the
ground with engines running is
burning what are called 'fuel
reserves and minimums'.
"Commercial carriers now,
because of the delay, sometimes
reach their 'minimum' and have
had to return to the ramp for
additional fuel required for the
safety of the flight.
"Aircraft have been heard
having to shut down engines
due to overheating while in the
queue for the active runway.
All this chaos 'to cut grass'!"
Mr Harding said the control
tower was asked on the radio
by pilots sitting in the queue
"was it really necessary to cut
grass during these busiest
They replied that they all
agreed on the poor decision.
"Added to the insult we sit
there looking at this brown
stubble 'they' call grass, which is

"Unnecessary runway
closures now have aircraft
having to taxi all around the
airport to take their place in a
now growing queue for the
'active runway' prompting
delays on both departures and
arrivals all having to use the
same piece of concrete!"

Paul Harding

not causing any obstruction,
being 'mowed' sending clouds
of dust and stones on to the run-
"With plans for a new Inter-
national Airport to be con-
structed we could do well to
first play the part out there on
the runways with logical, safe
decisions from airport manage-
A representative of the Nas-
sau Airport Development Com-
pany (NAD) told The Tribune
that the Civil Aviation Depart-
ment is in charge of runway clo-
She said that NAD oversees
the grass-cutting exercises "a
requirement at any airport",
and asks Civil Aviation to
advise them on the best time to
close runways.
Ivan Cleare, deputy director
of the Department of Civil Avi-

ation, said he was not aware of
any situation where main run-
ways have been closed during
periods of high winds to facili-
tate grass-cutting.
He said the department had a
"safety first" attitude and would
normally suspend grass-cutting
during periods of extreme wind.
Mr Cleare also wondered if
the pilot making the claims had
reported the issue to the rele-
vant government authority
before contacting the press as
the matter had never been
reported to him.
"Normally, when we have
strong winds for whatever rea-
son, we would suspend grass-
cutting...we know better than
that because safety first.
"(However) I cannot answer
you properly without an inves-
tigation (first)".

Cashiers charged with stealing

money from their workplace

TWO cashiers accused of
stealing money from their
place of employment were
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
It is alleged that Shameka
Rhodriguez, 21, of Dignity
Gardens between December

of last year and Sunday, March
2, stole from News Cafe,
located on Paradise Island, a
total of $10,136, which she had
access to by reason of her
Rhodriguez, who was
arraigned on four counts of

stealing by reason of employ-
ment before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at Court One
Bank Lane, pleaded guilty to
all charges.
Anothci woman, Diana Sev-
mour, 22, of Elizabeth Estates,
was also arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Gomez on
the charge of stealing by rea-
son of employment.
It is alleged that between
Friday, February 1, and Sun-
day, February 24 of this year,
she stole from News Cafe on
Paradise Island $1,726 which
she had access to by reason of
her employment. Seymour
pleaded guilty to the charge.
Both women are expected to
return to court on April 8 for



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0 In brief

US studies

rebels' data

for Hugo

Chavez link

Brasilia, Brazil

A senior US official said on
Thursday that American inves-
tigative teams were working in
Bogota, Colombia's capital, and
Washington to pull information
from recently seized computers
to try to better understand the
operations of the Revolution-
ary Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC, according to the
New York Times News Service.
One of the main issues the
investigators are trying to
resolve is the nature of the rela-
tionship between the FARC
and Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's
president, according to the offi-
cial, who spoke on the condi-
tion of anonymity because of
the delicacy of the matter.
The laptops and hard drives
were seized during a raid on the
Marxist guerrillas March 1 that
killed a senior FARC comman-
der and started a brief diplo-
matic crisis in the region.
Colombian officials have said
that information seized in the
raid shows that the Venezuelan
government may have chan-
neled about $300 million to the
Last week, Chavez denied
that he was providing financial
support to the FARC, saying,
."I would never do it," the news-
paper El Universal reported.
President Bush responded
Wednesday to reports of the
possible link between the guer-
rilla group and Chavez by
accusing the Venezuelan of
sponso ig "-terrorists." Earlier
this month. Alvaro Uribe,
Colombia's president and a
staunch American ally, said he
would use the information to
file charges against Chavez in
thP international Criminal
Court, but it is unclear whether
Colombia's government will fol-
low through with that threat.
But U.S. officials say it is too
early to tell whether the com-
puters contain information that
would persuade the United
States to add Venezuela to its
list of state sponsors of terror-
ism. Five countries Cuba,
Iran, North Korea, Sudan and
Syria are currently on the
Still, Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice, speaking to
reporters here as she began her
two-day visit to Brazil and
Chile, did not discount the pos-
sibility that Venezuela could be
added to the list.
"Obviously, we will follow
the situation closely and we will
see what emerges," she said.
"We do have to be concerned
about terrorism, we have to be
concerned about the safety and
well-being of countries in the
region, that they should not be
subject to terrorist activities or
terrorists' acts that are either
within their borders or beyond
their borders."
The Colombian government
seized several computers after
the March 1 raid, which was
conducted in Ecuador. The
attack killed Raul Reyes, a
senior FARC leader. Rafael
Correa, Ecuador's president,
expressed outrage at Colombi-
a's raid into-Ecuador's territory,
while a furious Chavez ordered
10 tank battalions to the
Venezuelan-Colombian border
in case, he said, Colombia
decided to invade.
Diplomats in the region
scrambled to prevent a further
escalation of tensions, with
some cutting off ties to Colom-
bia. Most condemned the
Colombian raid as a violation
of Ecuador's sovereignty.
Brazil, using its influence as the
region's largest country, urged
Uribe to apologize to Correa.
The crisis was then referred to

the Organization of American
States in Washington and final-
ly defused last Friday when the
leaders of Colombia, Ecuador
and Venezuela shook hands at a
summit meeting in the Domini-
can Republic.
While the diplomatic dispute
seems to be over, the investiga-
tion into the captured comput-
ers is moving ahead. The senior
American official said that the
Colombian government had
sought the help of American
experts to help decipher the
information contained on the


More details revealed about the

Economic Partnership Agreement

In a town meeting on Wednes-
day night, government and pri-
vate sector representatives pro-
duced more information about
the Economic Partnership Agree-
ment. Here is a summary of some
of that information:
The economic partnership
agreement is a free trade agree-
ment currently under negotiation
between the 26 countries of the
European Union (EU) and. the
forum of Caribbean countries,
CARIFORUMe, countries
include Antigua and Barbuda,
The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,
Dominica, Dominican Republic,
Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,
St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines,
Suriname and Trinidad and Toba-
It was precipitated by the fact
that the long-standing trade
agreement between the EU and
the African, Caribbean and Pacif-
ic countries (ACP) which
favoured the ACP countries, was
ruled unfair by the World Trade
Organisation of which many
countries in the world, other than
the Bahamas, are members.
Under that "unfair" agreement,
the Bahamas, among other coun-
tries, had duty free access to EU
markets for its products sig-
nificantly, lobsters, rum and poly-
mers but did not return the
same advantage to those EU
countries. Under the EPA, it will
have to do just that and more.
but will also get more in terms of
access to Europe.
The EPA has a "Trade in
Goods" component and a "Trade
in services" component. The
goods component has already
been negotiated and finalized
since last December. Provisions
have been made to eliminate "on
a phased basis" customs duties
on exports from the EU into
ACP countries such as the
According to the Ministry of
Finance, CARIFORUM coun-
tries have agreed to a framework
in which "sensitive" goods will
still attract duty, some will attract
no duty, and others will have their
duty "phased out" over the "short
and medium term." The "phase
out" period begins three years
after the signing set to take
place in June and continues
for 25 years. Minister of State
Zhivargo Laing has stated that
relative to its trade with the US,
Canada and Japan, the Bahamas
does not import a lot from the
EU, and as such, the loss of rev-
enue through the duty phase-out
is not a major problem for the
Since requesting an extension
from the EU at the end of last
year, the Bahamas still has a num-
ber of months to negotiate its
"services offer'. This involves the
government liaising with the pri-
vate sector to determine what
offer they are willing to make to
the EU in terms of the extent that
they will open up their sector to
outside competition. That offer
will then- be reviewed by the EU

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and a final deal hammered out.
Services in the Bahamas, for
example medical or recreational,
are set to have to say what depth
of liberalisation they are happy
with by stating whether they are
for or against the delivery of their
services to the EU, or EU ser-
vices to the Bahamas, via any one
of four "modes of delivery".
These modes range from allowing
the service to be provided "cross
border" between countries to
allowing a company to set up a
physical presence such as a
subsidiary branch in the other
Heads of Government of
CARIFORUM countries agreed
in Jamaica in September 2007 to
allow greater EU access to the
domestic services sector in the
following areas: Computer and
related services, research and
development, other business ser-
vices, telecommunications, envi-
ronmental services, tourism and
travel related services, recre-
ational: cultural and sporting ser-
vices and transport services. The
Bahamas is set to open up 116
out of its 155 different services
sectors, or 75 per cent of the total.
Within this liberalisation, how-
ever. the Bahamas can also out-
line its "horizontal commit-
ments." These are standards cur-
rently in place that they can tell
the EU they would like to main-
tain, including exchange control
and immigration regulations and
the national investment policy.
The implementation of the
EPA will have the knock-on
effect of requiring the Bahamas
to enact additional pieces of leg-
islation, introduce a competition
policy, take extra steps to ensure
transparency in government's
procurement of goods and ser-
vices, and in particular to
"reform" the Customs depart-
ment. The country will have to
meet international standards in
terms of its protection of intel-
lectual property rights and per-
sonal data and know and record
more specifically than ever before
where goods are coming from
into the country in order to
ensure that they attract the cor-
rect amount of duty.

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Facilitating these adjustments
have been identified as particular
"challenges" for the Bahamas by
those with knowledge of the
agreement. However, they have
also been identified by some as
positive byproducts of the EPA
that will contribute to the
advancement of the Bahamas as
a whole. According to Ministry
of Finance, the EU has engaged
"independent experts in 11 areas
to assess the technical assistance
needs of the countries" in light
of the recognition that these "sig-
nificant reforms" will be needed.
It has also earmarked over 100
million euros to fund this assis-
The EPA has further implica-
tions for Bahamian culture and
the environment, as it contains
chapters emphasising the need
for sustainable development and
energy sources within those coun-
tries party to it. Some examples
of what the EPA encourages with
regard to these areas, are "eco-
innovation related to energy effi-
ciency and renewable sources of
energy" as well as "cooperation
in the performing arts through
professional exchanges (and)
training" and joint arts produc-
tions between the EU and CAR-
IFORUM. "Exchanges of exper-

tise and best practices regarding
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Mr. Clean supports sex slavery

HOW CAN a husband keep his wife
from finding out that he spent $80,000 on
Don't ask Eliot Spitzer. Client 9 has
degrees from Princeton and Harvard, but
he couldn't figure that out.
Spitzer got caught giving $4,300 to a
young New York prostitute that he sum-
moned to a Washington hotel the night
before Valentine's Day.
Over the previous months, Spitzer sup-
posedly shelled out 80 grand for adulterous
rendezvouses with ladies of the night.
Think of how many starving children
that would feed.
That's what people say when politicians
waste money.
So, how do you know when you've paid
too much for a prostitute?
When alarm bells ring at the FBI and
the IRS.
Spitzer bought so much sex that federal
law enforcement officials launched an
investigation into the suspicious way he
was moving funds between accounts. .
If Spitzer had only patronized more rea-
sonably priced whores, he probably could
have maintained his job as New York's
governor and chief enforcer of law, ethics
and morality.
When Spitzer busted a call-girl opera-
tion as New York's squeaky-clean top pros-
ecutor, he bullied'the defendants and railed
about the evils of the sex-for-hire industry,
which he called "modern-day slavery."
Knowing what we know about him now,
Spitzer may have been collecting phone
numbers from the call girls while he was
telling the public how prostitution degrades
everyone associated with it.
As a rising star in the Democratic Party,
Spitzer was often talked about as an excel-
lent presidential candidate.
He was going to clean up the sleaze in
Albany before moving from the governor's
mansion to the White House.
Americans may have dodged a bullet
with the derailment of Spitzer's political
At least, he won't have the opportunity
to become the second president to get
caught in the Oval Office "in flagrante
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nation the spectacle of him standing before
television cameras wagging his finger and
lying through his teeth.
"I did not have sexual relations with that
woman, Kristen."
Kristen was the 22-year-old hooker
Spitzer selected from the Emperors Club
VIP service where women can be pur-
chased for thousands of dollars an hour
for sexual trysts.
Spitzer reportedly haggled over the price
for Kristen, identified as Ashley Alexandra
DuprC), before settling on $4,300.
If Spitzer calls that haggling, I'd like to
introduce him to any number of sailors I
knew in the Navy.
For some reason, a lot of high-profile
men feel the need to cheat on their wives.
Leading presidential candidate Gary
Hart comes to mind.
Hart was the frontrunner for the Demo-
cratic nomination in 1988 when he dared
the press to prove the rumoUrs that he
was an adulterous womanizer.
,In short order, the press revealed Hart's
extramarital affair with model Donna Rice,
complete with photos of Rice sitting on
Hart's lap on the luxury yacht Monkey
Business down in Bimini.
Hart dropped out of the race.
Republican politicians House Speaker
Newt Gingrich, Sen. David Vitter, Sen.
Larry Craig and Rep. Bob Livingston all
got caught up in sex scandals.
Infidelity appears to be bipartisan.
Would women in the same positions do
the same?
If so, would the husbands also stand like
drugged zombies beside their cheating
wives as the powerful women expressed
regret for their indiscretions while promis-
ing to devote more time to their loving
Perhaps that will be when equality of
the sexes is finally realized.
Spitzer's adultery was even more scan-
dalous since he held himself out to be a
crusader against prostitution rings, mon-
ey laundering and lawbreaking.
In the end, Client 9 was just another

(This article was written by Rowland
Nethaway of the Waco Tribune-Herald).

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THERE are eight FNM par-
liamentarians domiciled in Grand
Bahama, three of whom are gov-
ernment ministers, but where are
One year ago, they were very
visible, all over Grand Bahama,
demonstrating, making noise and
getting up in the PLP face, but
today we can't find any of them,
even if we use a magnifying glass;
except, of course, for Zhivargo
Laing who has gotten himself
embroiled in that recent, alleged
nepotism debacle.
Grand Bahama is on the brink
of total economic isolation, but
the voices of those who promised
us that "Trust" agenda, cannot
be heard anywhere.
I certainly don't have to remind
you about all the good things they
promised you before the general
elections; I only have to remind
you that, we told you not to trust
them; that they were lying to you;
that all they wanted was power,
but, of course,.you didn't listen. In
their defence, they will attempt
to blame the Grand Bahama Port
Authority for the mess, with
which we are faced, but remind
them that before the election they
blamed the PLP, so, now, they
will have to take the blame. My
daughter-in-law tells me that Nas-
sau is also in the economic dol-
She manages her father's con-
struction steel company and had
to lay off five workers this week
because she couldn't even make
her payroll last week.
Who do we hold responsible
for this mess? The FNM govern-
ment, of course.
We were doing very well when
the PLP was the government;
there was no talk about layoffs
and cutbacks; the country was in
an upbeat mode and very posi-
tive about the future, but then
they (FNM) came with their talk
about Contract stoppages and
reviews and then everything
Grand Bahama has become a
desert of economic deprivation
under this Ingraham administra-
tion; not only that, it has, also,
become a den of political victim-
isation for all suspected PLP sup-
porters working in government
and/or government corporations.

These eight FNM parliamentari-
ans have done their jobs well, of
purging the system and making
sure that all PLP's were dismissed
from their jobs; and any with con-
tracts were cancelled.
To Perry Christie's credit, he
never stooped so low as to cause
Bahamians to be dismissed from
their jobs simply because they
were suspected FNM supporters.
If Christie were so inclined to
conduct his affairs in that man-
ner, Lady Wallace-Whitfield
would not have remained
employed where she was when
the PLP became the Govern-
ment; Christie would have
changed management at the con-
sumer affairs office here in
Freeport and Sawyer would not
have been employed at BTVI's
office here in Grand Bahama.
If Christie were as animalistic
and heartless, as those dictators in
the FNM, all those names men-
tioned, would have been replaced
with known PLP's; but he is not a
political animal, and I am not so
sure if that isn't one of his politi-
cal downfalls.
The Royal Oasis hotel, which
Grand Bahamians were antici-
pating would inject some eco-
nomic life into Freeport's and, by
extension, Grand Bahama's dead
economy, will not begin, I am
told, in earnest until year 2010.
In the meantime, tentative plans
are to repair and put back into
operation, about 100 rooms at the
old Bahamas Princess, to accom-
modate the timeshare owners
who are threatening to sue, unless
they get their things back.
Why wouldn't these, normal-
ly, loud-mouth FNM's talk that? I
am told this from very creditable
sources, within the organization
and if I can get this information,
so can the FNM.
If the PLP was in power, the
FNM would have been all over
us on this matter and so we are
calling on them, at least, one out
of the eight of them, to say some-
thing to us: what about you, Sen-
ator McAlpine?
Or has Ingraham put a gag

order on you speaking to the
If you were to ask my opinion,
as to why the bottom has fallen
out of our economy since the
FNM came to office, I would
opine that it was because of
Ingraham's silly, irresponsible and
undemocratic remarks made
shortly after he took office- on
May 3, 2007 when he declared
that all contracts entered into dur-
ing Christie's five-year tenure in
office, would be stopped,
reviewed, adjusted and/or can-
celled, if he saw fit.
That, in my view, was the single
most damaging cause to our econ-
When investors and/or poten-
tial investors heard those irre-
sponsible statements coming from
the country's chief executive, they
simply adopted a more cautious
What they are doing now is
stepping back, slowing down their
operations and waiting to see
whom this Ingraham fellow real-
ly is, before moving forward or
I have just been given a copy of
both major newspapers, and
headlined on the front page of
both of them is the story about
"Harrah's" pulling out from their
joint venture deal with Baha Mar
for the redevelopment of the
Cable Beach strip.
They cited Ingraham's irre-
sponsible remarks, made in par-
liament, in connection with the
Cable Beach deal, as their rea-
son for not going forward as a
partner anymore.
Any sensible BahAmianrpoliti-'
cian ought to know what not to_
say, publicly, for fear of scaring
investors away.
If they don't know what or
what not to say, by now, espe-
cially when they've been in the
parliament as long as Ingraham
has, should be thrown out of the
place on their heads.
The country cannot afford
Ingraham and risk turning good
investors away; nothing is worth
that. Those are my views.
Grand Bahama,
March 10, 2008.

Airport incident investigated

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I READ with dismay Ms
Thompson's letter of March 3rd,
entitled "Scared and offended by
airport experience". We want
everyone to have a safe and
friendly experience at the Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port, and certainly don't want
people to be scared at any time,
so I investigated the incident
I also regret the fact that Ms
Thompson was surprised at our

new parking rates in the short
term parking lot. We tried
through print advertising, radio
and television, as well as new sig-
nage, to widely inform the public
but unfortunately we clearly
missed Ms Thompson.
Sometimes people are caught
without sufficient funds to pay
for their parking at the airport
once they go to leave. In that
event, it is our policy to ask for
some item of value such as a
phone, passport or the like as a
guarantee that they will return to
pay the difference. In this regard
our parking attendant was mere-
ly following policy when he asked
for something of value while Ms
Thompson went to retrieve mon-
ey (from the bank machine pre-
sumably). I feel compelled to
write because the young man in

question is, in our view, a fine
person who meant no disrespect,
and is upset that this unfortunate
misunderstanding occurred.
I am hopeful that the need for
this policy will be greatly reduced
in the near future as we introduce
the ability to pay through credit
cards at the parking booths.
I regret that this misinterpre-
tation occurred and wish Ms
Thompson all the best in her
future travels.
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United States of America, deceased.

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"I vex at how slack and no-manners
people who work for the government
is. I want to know why dem lazy people
who is spend all day just answering the
phone is find it so hard to transfer a call
or tell me what position someone have,
like dey keeping some big secret.
"If I calling to speak with a director
and I ask you what his name is first,
why the operator have to transfer me to
someone else?
"You ain' know who you working' for,
"If someone take a government post
dey need to realise dey work fa' me and
every other regular Bahamian. Dey ain'

no better dan me," DeAndrah S., Eliz-
abeth Estates.
"I vex because I only get two weeks of
vacation a year and I think it's
unhealthy. It could start to affect my
ability to function. My boss needs to
realise that they're going to lose a very
valuable member of their team if they
don't deal with this situation! And the
same applies for all my co-workers!"
Mentally Exhausted from Winton
"I vex because I always hearing bout
dese older Bahamian men foolin'
around with lil' girls who still playing'
with Barbie and ting. We always talking'
'bout Christian nation dis, Christian
nation that, when dis island full a per-
verts and sex maniacs!

"Some of dese parents know what
their lil' girls is be into but instead of
talking' sense to dem bout condoms they
want preach abstinence. Parents need to
remember how it was for them and be
real man. But people keep ya' children
in ya' house and away from the TV
because das a next route for dem to get
corrupt. And throw dem sexual preda-
tors in Fox Hill and throw away da'
key," Denise S., Monastery Park.
"I vex because I always broke. Some
days I barely have a dollar to catch the
bus, yet I work hard, man. Every time I
look price on everything going up, but
my bills ain' going down.
"I mussie got to start selling' tamarind
and peanuts after work like dem rastas
to make it." Broke and Busted in Coral



teacher to be

chosen in April

THE Ministry of Education, M 1a'
Youth, Sports and Culture has try announces plans
announced plans fer the eighth
Mainn]TP.nv-.ro T no~n f th ko V lq J

r4atijai on eacner or ie i ear
Award, slated for Saturday,
April 5, at the British Colonial
Hilton starting at 7.30 pm.
Under the theme, "Celebrat-
ing Quality Teachers: Achieving
our dreams through Educa-
tion", the event will recognize
the achievements of 12 out-
standing teachers who have
been selected as finalist from
their school districts to deter-
mine who will be the National
Teacher of the Year for
The National Teacher of the
Year awardee will receive
$7,000 in cash prizes from the
Ministry of Education and local
law firm Higgs and Johnson; a
weekend stay at a local resort
and an all-expense paid trip to
an international conference and
the prestigious Crystal Lamp of
Co-committee chairman Anz-
lo Strachan said: "This is an
exciting time in the calendar for
teachers because it gives them
an opportunity to be recognized
for their hard work and com-
mitment to education in the
Prior to the award night, dis-
trict finalists from New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and the
Family Islands will gather in the
capital for a packed itinerary.
On Wednesday, April 2, the
teachers will be hosted to a
reception by the Bahamas

for eighth award scheme

Union of Teachers (BUT) and
on Thursday, April 3, they will
pay a courtesy call on the Min-
ister of Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture Carl Bethel
and other senior education offi-
cials at the ministry's head-
quarters on Thompson Boule-
Other activities planned for
the celebration is The National
Teacher of the Year Church
Service which is being held at
Epiphany Anglican Church on
Prince Charles Drive, on Thurs-
day, April 3, at 7.30 pm.
Officiating will be the Rt
Reverend Drexel Gomez,
Archbishop of the West Indies
and Bishop of the Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos Islands.
The service will be broadcast
live on ZNS 1240 AM to allow
Family Islanders to participate
in the celebrations.
On Friday, April 4, the final-
ists, along with school winners,
their guests, and committee
members, will travel to Harbour
Island onboard Bahamas Fer-
ries for a day of relaxation and
Family Island hospitality.
The BUT introduced The
Teacher of the Year Awards
programme to recognize and
pay tribute to the excellent

teachers in the public school
system throughout The
Bahamas. Awards were pre-
sented in four categories named
after former union executives
and a founding member. In
1998, the Ministry of Education
combined forces with the BUT
to continue the recognition'f
teachers, hence the 'National-
Teacher of the Year Awards'
was born.
The objectives of the Awards
Programme are to highlight the
significant role of teachers in
nation building, to honour and
reward teachers for their out-
standing contributions in the
'filed of education and to
encourage and motivate teach-
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The programme also allows
teachers to showcase and share
their teaching talents with col-
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HISTORY was made last night as Englekrtbn
MP Glenys Hanna-Martin became th first
woman in Bahamian political history to chair
the meeting of a National General Council of
a major political party.
Mrs Hanna-Martin won the chairmanship of
the party on February 22 over Elcott Coleby
and Omar Archer.
Thursday's meeting of the NGC was a night
of firsts for the PLP as Darrin Rodgers, acting
chairman of the Progressive Young Liberals
and rnewly-elected National Party vice-chair-
man, and Nikki Bethell, became the youngest

vice-chairs of the PLP. Both are 26 years of age.
Mrs Hanna-Martin also presented her
appointed vice-chairs in what was another first
for a major political party.
Of Mrs Hanna-Martin's appointed vice-
chairs, five were women. Named as vice-chairs
were Rosel Wilson, vice- chair of the National
Progressive Institute, Juanita Percentie of
North Eleuthera, Janice McKinney of Inagua,
former Senator Paulette Zonicle and Nikki
Bethell, assistant secretary of NPI.
Mrs Hanna-Martin promises a bold and rev-
olutionary agenda for the coming year.

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Plans for protected

marine reserves

gaining momentum

"TAneSt RpGovernment 'working feverishly'
THE government is "work-. on proposals, sa..ys Cartwrig..ht
ing feverishly" towards turn-
ing five proposed marine pro- well underway. We are work- what challenges the govern-
tected areas into actual pro- ing on them and the ministry ment faced in bringing the
tected marine reserves, Min- will soon be making an MPAs to fruition, Mr
ister of Agriculture and announcement on the Bimini Cartwright said it required
Marine Resources Larry one." extensive planning and con-
Cartwright told The Tribune. Government is also propos- ference with local fishermen
During a telephone inter- ing MPAs in Exuma, South to outline boundaries.
view on Thursday, Minister Abaco, Eleuthera and Con- He said the government has
Cartwright said a series of ception Island, which is now a faced a little opposition during
town meetings on the issue land reserve for foreign- its town meetings with family
were held to raise awareness owned land, Mr Cartwright islanders.
of the government's commit- said. According to the website "(There has been) a little
ment and to get input from www.friendsoftheenviron- opposition but the majority of
Family Island communities. ment.org, talk of creating the fishermen realized that
The first marine protected MPAs first surfaced eight there was a need to make
area (MPA) will be in North years ago in 2000, when the steps towards conservation."
Bimini, Minister Cartwright Department of Fisheries, the According to The World
said, and plans for the area Bahamas Reef Environmen- Conservation Union, a marine
are "well underway". tal Education Foundation, protected area is "any area of
"We're working feverishly The Bahamas National Trust, inter-tidal or sub-tidal terrain,
on them," said the minister and researchers proposed the together with its overlying
when asked of the status of establishment of the first of waters and associated fauna,
the marine protected areas. five nationwide "no-take" flora, historical and cultural
"There have been several marine areas. features, which has been
meetings in Bimini the North These areas are designed to reserved by law or other effec-
Bimini Reserve is going to be protect grouper, conch, spiny tive means to protect part or
the first one that we establish lobster and Elkhorn coral. all of the enclosed environ-
(into a protected area) that's When asked by The Tribune ment."
Mr Crtraiht lV dPL nnin

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Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2008
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Williams (HC)
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rVal t-ar wrigl l expialnel
how the areas will ensure
marine life has an adequate
timespan to mature before
being harvested:
"(The areas) will become
no-take zones all year round
and it means they will become
nurseries. Spawning, aggrega-
tions and young fish, crawfish,
turtles, marine species in gen-
eral spawn and grow and you
know once they get big
enough they start wandering
off and go in the areas where
fishermen can harvest them."






DR ORLANDO MOSS, the Director of the Mississippi Valley State University, paid a courtesy visit to the
National Youth Choir on Tuesday. The choir is in town on tour.

GAYLE BARROW, from the Nation-
al Youth Choir Security, presents Dr
Orlando Moss, the Director of the
Mississippi Valley State University
Choir, with one of the choir's CDs
on Tuesday.

Felipe Major/Tribune staff

Grounded In The Past &
Geared To The Future
tip time: llam & 7pm
day School: 9:45am
*ayer time: 6:30pm
o Madeira Shopping
[ext door to CIBC) Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles


stor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

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

worship Time: la.m. & -p.m.

P ?-ear 7Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m.-

Church School during Worship Service
Place: Twhvnam Heights
qffPrince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
PO.Box SS-5o31
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number 324-2587



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Adult Edo. i'.i,
Spanish '.
Evening '.'.. ,t.,, ,:

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WEDNESDAY at 7-30 p.m.
Selective hn, 1 "1 ,
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FRIDAY at 7:30 p.m.
Youth .i r r, I ir.
Sunday ,: , i n 'l '1 1 l I F'.FiE 'ir IF

Assembly Of God

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St. Anselm's Catholic Church

Bernard Road, Fox Hill

Church Services for Holy Week:
March 16th, 2008 March 24th, 2008

Palm (Passion) Sunday
One Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Parishioners are asked to gather in the front of the
chapel for the blessing of palms and procession.

Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:30 p.m.
Followed by All Night Vigil of the Blessed

Good Friday
Children's Liturgy 9:00 a.m.
Good Friday Liturgy 12:00 noon
Day of Fast and Abstinence from all meaty
products for those who are 14 59 years of age

Holy Saturday
Reflection for the Elect in the courtyard
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Easter Sunday
Easter Vigil 5:00 a.m.
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord 10:00 a.m.

Easter Monday
One Mass 8:00 a.m.




Sir Harry Oakes' grandson charged with

possessing firearm, live ammunition

MICHAEL (fakes Sr', grandson of the
late multi-millionaire Sir Harry Oakes,
was charged in Magistrate's Court on
Wednesday on two counts of possession of
an unlicensed firearm and two counts of
possession of live ammunition for the
Oakes Sr, according to court dockets,
was found last Sunday in possession of a
.22 magnum revolver without holding a
special licence for the weapon.
Also, police report that Oakes Sr was
found with a beretta shotgun, for which he

did not have a licence. Oakes Sr was
charged with possession of 22 rounds of
ammunition for the Magnum pistol, and
for possession of 44 shotgun shells for the
Appearing before Magistrate Renee
McKay, Oakes Sr pleaded not guilty to all
charges and- the matter was adjourned
until March 27.
Wayne Munroe is representing the
Sir Harry, Oakes' grandfather, was a
prominent Canadian businessman who

moved to New Providence in the late
1930s. He bought and developed over
7,000 acres at Lake Cunningham, built a
golf course on Cable Beach, and paved an
area in western New Providence known as
Oakes Field.
On July 7, 1943, Sir Harry was mur-
dered in his mansion in Nassau.
His son-in-law was initially accused of
his murder, but was later acquitted after
the evidence against him was' suspected of
being tampered with.
Sir Harry's death remains a mystery.


Floating book fair set to open

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FROM March 20 to April 2,
the floating book fair Logos II
will be berthed at Prince
George Wharf.
Open from 10am to 9pm
Monday through Saturday and
from 2pm to 9pm on Sundays,
the Logos II book fair offers
for sale more than 5,000 differ-
ent book titles at "affordable
prices" including areas such as
science, technology, children's
books, sports, hobbies, cook-
ery, novels, dictionaries and
Christian books.
According to Humberto Mar-
tin, international project man-
ager for Logos II, these books

have been carefully chosen to
be of interest to every member
of the family and to meet with
the educational and social needs
of the local community.
A programme of onshore and
onboard activities is also
Persons interested in the vol-
unteer programme are asked to
e-mail to caribbean2008@mvl-
The Logos II is part of the
worldwide ministry of Opera-
tion Mobilisation, an interna-
tional and interdenomination-
al Christian organisation with
about 5,000 people serving in

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over 100 countries, and on the
ships MV Doulos, MV Logos
Hope and MV Logos II. Since
1989 the Logos 11 has visited
more than 78 countries all over
the world receiving more than
nine million visitors on board.
The Logos II's main purpose
is to help contribute to the well-
being of countries visited by
bringing knowledge, help and
hope. The Logos II community
strongly believes that books are
the key to knowledge the tool
that empowers people to shape
and improve their own quality
of life and contribute to their
communities and societies.

Schedule of Services for Holy Week & Easter
March 16th March 23rd, 2008

Sunday March 16th Sunday of The
Passion & Palm Sunday

7:30 a.m. Distribution of Palms & Holy Eucharist ,

8:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

The Liturgy of the Palms
Procession & Liturgy for Palm Sunday

Blessing & Distribution of Palms
Holy Eucharist

Evensong, Sermon & Benediction

Monday March 17th 1:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

Tuesday March 18th 7:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

Wednesday March 19th 7:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist

7:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Renewal of Priestly Vows
& Blessing of Holy Oils "I,

Thursday March 20th Maundy Thursday 7:30 p.
Commemoration of the Last Supper, Washing of Feet &,
Watch before the Altar of Repose

,Friday March 21st Good Friday 9:004a.m. A
The Good Friday Liturgy

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108 Montrose Avenue
P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnet.bs
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness
for Christ in The Bahamas"
16, 2008.
COLLECT: Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the
form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and
King, to the glory of God the Father.
Eternal God, in your tender love towards the human race you sent
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take our flesh and to suffer
death upon a cross. Grant that we may follow the example of his
great humility, and share in glory of his resurrection; through the
same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Huggins(Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neill (Holy Communion)
(Andrew Lord's Day)
10:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
11:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(Andrew Lord's Day)
6:30 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Holy Communion)
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.
11:00 a.m. Sis. Annette Poitier
(28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
9:00 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
(Fire Trail Rd)
8:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
5:30 p.m. Friday Children's Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday New Creation Fellowship
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 upsisrr violence.
TI, "ast begins weekly after the evening meal ,,. ..a. sday and
ends 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 '.NS~. Tuesday 7:3Q0p.m.; "To God be the Glory" ZNS 1,
TuesdayWp s'
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United Missions Department
will be hosting its


United Missions Conference
under the theme
"Strengthen The Things That Remain" Reu.3:2a
Believers Gospel Chapel
Starting Palm Sunday, 16th March 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
Week Nights 7:30 p.m.
Good Friday morning, 21st March at 10:00 a.m.,7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday Evening
Live Broadcast on ZNS 1 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Pastor Rex Major Palm Sunday Morning, 10:00 a.m.
Pastor David Cartwright Monday Evening, 7:30 p.m.
Senior Pastor Lyall Bethel Tuesday Evening, 7:30 p.m.
Evangelist Kevin C. T, Knowles -Wednesday Evening, 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Allan Lee Thursday Evening, 7:30 p.m.
Senior Pastor Edward W. Allen Good Friday Morning, 10:00 a.m.
Pastor Michael Johnson Good Friday Evening, 7:30 p.m.
Senior Pastor Thomas Roberts Easter Sunday Evening, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Day Session at East Street Gospel Chapel with
Chief Superintendent Hulan Hanna
Thursday afternoon, 20th March 2008 12:30 2:00 p.m.



Government committed to reviewing

prison legislation, says Thrnquest

* By Matt Maura
THE government is commit-
ted to undertaking a critical
review of the current prison leg-
islative framework with a view
to modernising the legislation
to reflect internationally accept-
ed norms and best practices of
Prison and Correctional Ser-
vices worldwide, Minister of
National Security Tommy Turn-
quest said Thursday.
Mr Turnquest said draft leg-
islation is being reviewed by rel-
evant stakeholders and that, fol-
lowing consultations, the gov-
ernment will finalise the legis-
lation and take it before parlia-
Addressing a one-day senior
management retreat hosted by
the senior commander of Her
Majesty's Prison, Mr Turnquest
said there must be changes in
mindsets from the colonial

"lock them down and throw the
key away approach" to one that
embodies rehabilitation and re-
integration into society.
"That strategy, along with
legislative reform, is the only
way to effect real prison
reform," Mr Turnquest said.
Mr Turnquest said the

Bahamas is a "vastly different
place" than it was when the first
buildings were constructed at
Fox Hill in the 1950s.
"International circumstances
have changed, and our own
national consciousness towards
prisons has also changed," Mr
Turnquest said.
The National Security Min-
ister said, as a result, the prison
service must adapt to this mod-
ern environment by adopting
the operational norms that are
consistent with internationally
accepted best practices and the
nation's developing national
consciousness on corrections.
"Fundamentally, the prison
service must see itself as an inte-
gral component in the govern-
ment's anti-crime strategy," Mr
Turnquest said. "Statistics show
that the overwhelming majority
of inmates spend a relatively
short time in prison and are

then released back into society
and strong evidence indicates
that in a small society such as
ours, it is very easy for many of
the ex-inmates to resume their
criminal activities once outside
and end up returning to prison.
"The prison's operations,
there-fore, must be geared
towards the objective of posi-
tively impacting those who are
entrusted to your care and con-
trol, in assisting them to choose
an alternative to criminal activ-
ity," Mr Turnquest added.
Mr Turnquest said that, in
effecting Prison reform, officials
must also "critically review" the
conditions under which inmates
are housed. He said a "different
set of norms" must operate for
remanded persons (those per-
sons who are awaiting trial) and
another set for juveniles.
"In all circumstances, we
must ensure that basic human

rights are adhered to," he said.
Mr Turnquest told partici-
pants that "real prison reform"
must begin with them as they
are the agents of change at Her
Majesty's Prison.
He said they must buy into
the vision of an institution
which has a multi-faceted role
of incarceration, rehabilitation
and re-integration and one that
is "inextricably interwoven into
our national crime policy."
"Now is the time for you to
engage in a critical review and
analysis of all of your proce-
dures and processes to deter-
mine if they are the most effi-
cient and effective means of
achieving your objectives.
"You ought not to be bound
by bad precedent," Mr Turn-
quest said. "Because you have
been doing something for
decades or that a particular
practice was in the prison from

its inception, doesn't mean that
there is not a better way of
doing it. You must find that bet-
ter way."
Mr Turnquest said the pris-
on's administrative and man-:
agement capabilities must also
be further upgraded to reflect:
changes in modern manage-
ment which, he said, is charac-'
terised by openness, trans-:
parency and accountability.
"You are now managing al
totally different organisation,
and you must be receptive to
acquiring new skill sets to better:
prepare you to function effec-,
tively," Mr Turnquest said.
"These include inter-personal
and people skills, academic dis-
ciplines, like law, criminal jus-
tice, accounting, psychology,
sociology, counselling and
importantly, computer technol-
ogy and information manage-
ment skills."

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Mike Smith: Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada


:,; MIKE SMITH, former Parliamentarian and Parliamentary Secretary (left) was presented his Instruments of MIKE SMITH, former Parliamentarian and Parliamentary Secretary is pictured at.Government House
". Appointment as High Commissioner to Canada, by Arthur Hanna, Governor General of the Bahamas at Gov- with (from left) Jamal Smith, Suzanne Smith, H. E. Smith, Governor General H. E. Hanna, Makrisha
ernment House on Thursday. Looking on at far left is Chief Protocol Officer Andrew McKinney. Campbell, and Lesley Campbell.

Responsible parenting 'critical to reducing violence'

IBy Matt Maura

RESPONSIBLE parenting is criti-
cal in reducing the amount of violence
Snd poor behaviour exhibited by some
of the country's children and young
; dults. Director of the Department of
sociall Services Mellany Zonicle said
this week.
Addressing a parents' night seminar
hosted by the administration, staff and
i students of the Mabel Walker Primary
School, Ms Zonicle said parents can
help reduce the likelihood of poor
behaviour and/or violence in their chil-
dren by giving "thoughtful attention"
how that child is raised, by providing
' loving and peaceful home environ-
Slent and by monitoring the influences
heir child/children are exposed to.
"Children need their parents because
the experiences they have early in life
set the foundation for their future
health and well-being," Ms Zonicle
Said. "While there is no simple, fool-
proof way to ensure that a child won't
I urt him or herself or others, one way
parents can reduce the likelihood of
Sad behaviour or violence is to be the
Sest parent possible and by ensuring
that he/she becomes a happy, self-ful-
tilled individual."
Ms Zonicle said top experts in child
Development have noted three major
conditionss under which children thrive:
adequate income, good parenting and
supportive communities.

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SEIRVICES Mellany Zonicle was guest speaker at Mabel Walker Primary School's 7th annual Parents Month
celebration on Tuesday, March 11 under the theme, "Parents, Your Children Need You".

"If we examine these three condi-
tions, we find that income is impor-
tant for obvious reasons (as) parents
who work must balance work and fam-
ily life," she noted. "With regard to
good parenting, addiction to drugs or
alcohol or having serious illnesses can

cause parents to face added challenges.
"The third condition refers to most
parents not having the assistance of an
extended family, consequently need-
ing the community at large to provide
wholesome after-school and summer
programmes," she added.

Ms Zonicle said that for one reason
or the other, some parents are not able
to carry out their responsibilities and
that the Government has to step in.
She said the Department of Social
Services has several divisions to assist
in this event, including th'e Children

and Family Services and Child Care
Facilities divisions, which handle com-
plaints of child abuse, neglect and
abandonment and also offer support
to dysfunctional homes, while identi-
fying alternative placement for chil-
She said parents can help their
child/children to develop into "loving
and responsible" persons by demon-
strating several proper skill-sets at
"For example, using 'Do as I say,
not as I do' is not a good parenting
technique. If you scream, shout, throw
a tantrum, abuse or hit others, your
child will most likely do the same.
When you see a problem with the
child, do something about it right away
(and) encourage co-operation by giving
choices, expressing clear expectations
and setting appropriate limits.
"Parents should also take time to
listen to their children, to plan events
with them, to know what they are
doing and if you have internet, to know
the potential dangers the internet can
inflict upon your child.
"Another action a parent can take to
ensure their child develops into loving
and responsible adults, is to help them
to be good at something positive.
When you practise these types of
behaviours with children, it will have a
positive outcome on them," Ms Zoni-
cle added.

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A growing appreciation

for Bahamian agriculture

BAHAMAS Agricultural, Marine Resources, and Agri-business Exposition award winners are pictured with Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Lawrence 'Larry' Cartwright, BAIC Executive Chairman Edison Key, and other officials during Thursday's presentation ceremony.

Minister vows


to local food


* By Gladstone Thurston

THE Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources remains
committed to increasing the lev-
el of appreciation for Bahamian
grown and processed food com-
modities, Minister Larry
Cartwright said Thursday.
"We are committed to the
development and sustainabili-
ty of agriculture and agri-busi-
ness in the Bahamas," he said at
the awards ceremony for the
Agricultural, Marine Resources
and Agri-business Exposition.
Hosted by the ministry and
Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporation (BAIC),
Mr Cartwright described Expo
last November as a real indica-
tion of his ministry's focus and
steadfast commitment to the
agriculture and agri-business
One hundred and fifteen par-
ticipants from throughout the

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister, Lawrence 'Larry' Cartwright (centre), BAIC Executive Chairman
Edison M Key (left) and Permanent Secretary Coleen Nottage.

islands showcased innovative
agricultural strategies and best
practices, and gave demonstra-
tions in greenhouse techniques,
hydroponics and hybridisation.
Apprentices from 20 schools
along with 15 professional chefs
showcased their culinary skills.
More than 200 of the best-bred
farm animals from throughout

the islands were on display.
BAIC executive chairman Edi-
son Key underscored the need
for food security.
"As an independent nation,
food security is an objective we
must pursue as a matter of
national priority," he said. "If
we don't take care of ourselves,
who is going to?
"Feeding ourselves is far too
important a task to be left to
exporters out of Florida and/or
elsewhere. Remember the
predicament we found ourselves
in the last time the United
States closed its borders?
"At BAIC we are accelerat-
ing our efforts to inspire as
many more Bahamians as pos-
sible to become involved in
business, especially in food pro-
duction," said Mr Key.
The costrof hosting the event

- at the Gladstone Road Agri-
culture Centre was $136,014.
Funding was secured from var-
ious line items in the budgets
of the ministry and BAIC, Mr
Cartwright told those gathered
at the GRAC site.
Financial support and partic-
ipation also came from the Min-
istry of Education, the Inter-
American Institute for Co-oper-
ation in Agriculture, Walpole
Feed (USA), and Executive
Motors (Nassau).
"The Department of Agri-
culture is committed to the
development of a thriving agri-
culture industry in The
Bahamas," said Mr Cartwright.
"Let us work together to make
agriculture and agri-business a
strong pillar within the Bahami-
an economy."

I PHOTOS: Derek Smith/BIS *


HOPE TOWN, the venue for the annual Writers Read. Pictured is the
iconic "candy cane" lighthouse.

THE Hope Town Harbour Lodge in beautiful Hope
Town, Abaco, was the venue for the annual Writers Read
sponsored by The Hope Town Writers Circle.
This two-day annual event attracted writers from across
the United States who travelled to Hope Town or planned
their vacations to attend this function.
These nights of creativity and skills in writing captivated
the audience with all forms of the spoken word. But the
nights belonged to 93-year-old Adelaide Cummings, author
of the book "Finale".
She has earned the respect of those who come every
year just to hear her read. She sets the pace for the younger
poets and writers and is a "hard" act to follow. Mrs Cum-
mings lives in Massachusetts.
The Commonwealth Writers of The Bahamas (TCWB)
also travelled from Nassau to attend this much anticipated
gathering of writers.
They were Vera Chase, Margaret Hepburn-McKay,
Stephanie Rahming, Keisha Kerr and Stacia Major.
Abaco's hospitality was in high gear as Jermaine Davis
was waiting at the airport to take these Nassau tourists
on a historic tour of Marsh Harbour.
Breakfast at The Curly Tail Restaurant and Conch Inn
started the day with visits to The Abaco Tourist Office,
Radio Abaco with Silbert Mills and The Forest Hill Acad-
Then, it was off to the docks to catch the departing
Albury's Ferry to Hope Town.
There was standing room only at The Hope Town Har-
bour Lodge as Vera Chase represented her organisation
with the reading of her poem, "Take Me Back To Hope
Town", and short story, "The Early Inhabitants of The
The visitors thanked Audrey Malone and The Hope
Town Writers Circle, Danny Trembley. James (Jimmy)
Davis, Jermaine Davis, Curly Tail Restaurant and Conch
Inn, Abaco Tourism Office, particularly Doranell Swain,
Melinda Williams, and Kendy Williams, Forest Hill Acad-
emy, Silbert Mills, Radio Abaco, Abaco Inn, and The
Hope Town Harbour Lodge.

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Whereas this shall duly serve as public notice that effective immediately
I will not be held responsible for any debts incurred in my name by Mrs.
Rhonda Price/Neill, residing in Nassau.Whereabouts are unkno\vn.
I will not be held responsible for her actions alone, or her actions by
association with others. Futhermore, I do not condone her decision
to continue engaged in gainful employment at Curly's Daiquiri and
Internet Bar, located West Bay Street, Cable Beach owned and operated by
Vincent C. McDonald without .the required documentation which
contravenes Immigration Act Part IV Sec.28
Stephen Price
Nassau, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given the CHARLENE JOSEPH of TAYLOR
ALLEY, P.O. BOX N-8202, 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 8TH day of MARCH, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N 7147, Nassau,

The Public is hereby advised that I, ANASTASIA
LEWIS of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to ANASTASIA FLOREASE
MUNNINGS. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JOANN BOWLEG of
#22 CLARKE AVE., Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas,
intend to change my child's name from JOVANNIE
BOWLEG to JOVANNIE JOHNSON. if there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

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FROM page one
the 18 months allocated.
According to the chairman, who was brought in at the end of Jan-
uary, the corporation is still trying to find out why no audit was con-
ducted during that period.
"We have to focus on whether the failings are issues of compe-
tency or whether it's just a lack of focus and we have not quite made
those determinations yet," he said.
What is known, said Mr Moss, is that up until the 2002 election,
the corporation had been audited annually. After the election,
the corporation's financial controller and general manager were
replaced. There has not been an audit since.
The chairman revealed that a committee has now been appoint-
ed to "bring focus" to the outstanding debt problem that the cor-
poration is facing. That group has "some hard expectations as to col-
lections that we expect to take place on a monthly basis," he said.
In her contribution in the Senate Ms Forbes said that ZNS is
owed $4 million. She also revealed that the broadcasting corpora-
tion's pension fund is underfunded by $12 million.
Mr Moss told The Tribune that some of the $4 million owed to the
corporation composed of unpaid advertising fees will
undoubtedly now have to be written off. Exactly how much cannot
be known because there are no "good accounts" to refer to, he said.
"We're doing our best now to actively pursue those sums that can
be collected and remove those figures from our books that are
uncollectable," he explained.
The issue is compounded by the fact that some of the amounts
owed to the corporation are in dispute. "People are saying 'Maybe
you did run the ad but no one in authority here requested you to,
maybe you took a notice from somewhere who was not authorised
to tell you to do so'. People are saying 'No we've paid that already
it just appears that you've failed to apply appropriate credit to
our account'."
He added: "This is one of the big challenges you have when
you have a set of accounts that have not been gone through and
cleaned up in detail."
Mr Moss said that as far as he is aware a public corporation
operating for five years without a single audit is unprecedented in
the Bahamas. "I think Bahamasair went for three years but I've nev-
er heard of any being five years in arrears."
"It's indicative of a lot of weaknesses," he added.

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Arthur Hanna, Sir Clement
Maynard, and Mr Warren
"On behalf of the Progres-
sive Liberal Party, my wife,
Bernadette, and on my own
behalf, I extend condolences to
Mr Thompson's entire family,"
said PLP Leader Perry Christie

in a statement yesterday. "He
was one of the great patriots of
his time and an important
builder of the modern
Bahamas. May he rest in
Mr Thompson was a found-
ing member of the National
Committee for Positive Action
(NCPA), a pressure-group with-
in the PLP which, in the early

1960's, facilitated both the
ascendancy of Sir Lynden Pin-
dling and the radicalization of
the PLP's struggle for Majority
Mr Thompson was elected to
the House of Assembly in the
historic 1967 elections and
appointed Minister of Internal
Affairs in the first PLP cabinet.
He served with great credit as a

minister and parliamentarian
and was highly regarded for his
personal decency and concilia-
tory manner.
Following his retirement from
politics, Mr Thompson pursued
legal studies in England and was
called to both the English and
Bahamian bars. He was later
appointed to the Supreme
Court bench as a judge.

Christie told: Don't blame PM

for Harrah's pull-out from deal

FROM page one
the intemperate words of Mr
Ingraham that brought about
the pull-out- of Harrah's. He
knows better than that. But in
their desperation to smear and
discredit, even the most blatant
contradictions are not beyond
them," she said.
During a resolution to autho-
rise the transfer of land in Cable
Beach to the developers of the
Resort, Mr Ingraham said he
doubted the ability of Baha Mar
to finance the project, but was

confident that Harrah's could
do it.
Mr Christie claimed that Mr
Ingraham's attempt to vilify,
stop and review any project left
in place by the PLP, was
responsible for destroying the
single greatest investment in the
history of the Bahamas.
The project, if completed,
would have provided some
5,000 jobs for Bahamians.
Senator Smith explained that
all the Prime Minister did was
to share his misgivings with the
Bahamian people about the

state of the deal. "That is exact-
ly what a good leader, a real
Prime Minister, ought to do. A
good Prime Minister does not
paint a picture of peaches and
cream for his people when he
knows that it is a false picture.
That's caring about people and
not things," she said.
She stressed that a good
Prime Minister does not make
wild speeches about invest-
ments for one billion, two bil-
lion, $20 billion and $29 billion,
when he knows full well that no
such billions are on the table.

"A good Prime Minister does
not mislead his people for tem-
porary political brownie points
when he knows what the real
truth is. That's caring about
people and not things.
"A good Prime Minister gives
the people his honest assess-
ment of what the position is
when it comes to matters that
can affect the future of the
nation, and the hopes and
dreams of thousands of
Bahamians," she said.


Nepal puts Everest off limits for Olympics

There are two routes to the
world's highest peak and both are
scheduled to be off limits to
mountaineers this spring, as Bei-
jing strives to inaugurate the sum-
mer Olympic Games free of pro-
Tibetan protests, according to the
New York Times News Sen'ice.
Beijing announced earlier this
week that the route to the summit
of Mount Everest along the north
face of the mountain, in Chinese-
controlled Tibet, would be closed.
Now, Nepal has decided that at
least between May 1 and 10,
when China has said it plans to
carry up the Olympic torch, no
one will be allowed to scale the
summit along the south face,
which is in Nepal. Nepal's tourism
minister, Subba Gurung, con-
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ernment had appealed to his
administration to help prevent
disruptions to the Olympic torch
ceremony. "Expedition teams will
not be allowed to ascend Mount
Everest from the Base Camp,"
on the Nepali side, he said. "They
are requesting us, the government
of Nepal, to be very careful on
this side," he said of the Beijing
He went on to say that his min-

istry had also pressed tour opera-
tors to be extra vigilant of teams
scheduled to climb the mountain
before May 1, allowing only
climbers who are known to the
Nepal's decision underscores
its vulnerability to pressure from
its large and powerful neighbor
to the north, even if it involves
forsaking lucrative earnings from
expedition permits. The tourism
industry is among Nepal's most

important sources of revenue, and
permits to scale Mount Everest
alone brought in $4 million into
government coffers last year, a
significant amount for what is one
of Asia's poorest countries.
China's plans to have the
Olympic torch carried into Tibet
over Mount Everest have drawn
protests from groups that advo-
cate greater autonomy for Tibet.
including among monks in the
Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

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ibet turn


Protests led by Buddhis
monks against Chinese rule ii
Tibet turned violent Friday
bathing Lhasa in smoke front
tear gas, bonfires and burned
shops, and posing a challenge
to China on whether its image
can withstand a harsh crack-
down ahead of the Beijing
Olympics, according to the
Associated Press.
From exile in India, the Dalai
Lama appealed to China not tc
use force to end the largest,
most sustained demonstrations
in nearly two decades against
Beijing's 57-year rule in Tibet.
China's government in Tibet
accused the Dalai Lama's sup-
porters of inciting the unrest
and imposed a curfew, order-
ing people to stay indoors.
Eyewitness accounts and pho-
tos posted on the Internet por-
trayed a chaotic scene in Lhasa,
the provincial capital, with
crowds hurling rocks at security
forces, hotels and restaurants.
The U.S. Embassy said Ameri-
cans had reported gunfire. U.S.
government-funded Radio Free
Asia reported two people killed.
At a demonstration outside
the United Nations in New
York, Psurbu Tsering of the
Tibetan Association of New
York and New Jersey said its
members received phone calls
from Tibet claiming 70 people
had been killed and 1,000
arrested. The reports could not
be verified.
Shops were set on fire along
two main streets surrounding
the Jokhang temple, Tibet's
most sacred shrine and the
heart of Lhasa's old city, send-
ing out thick clouds of smoke.
Young men set fire to a Chi-
nese flag and a huge bonfire
burned in a street. Armed
police in riot gear backed by
armored vehicles blocked inter-
sections, said a Tibetan guide.
The violence, which came on
the fifth day of sporadic and
largely peaceful protests, poses
difficulties for a communist
leadership that has looked to
the Aug. 8-24 Olympics as a
way to recast China as a friend-
ly, modern power. Too rough a
crackdown could put that at risk
while balking could embolden
protesters, costing Beijing
authority in often restive Tibet.
"China is afraid of letting this
protest mount. On the other
hand, the world's eyes are upon
China in advance of the
Olympics. If they're too heavy-
handed, it could cause them a
lot of problems," said Jamie
Metzl of the New York-based
Asia Society. "It's an open
question as to how much China
thinks it can afford a major cri-
sis in advance of the Summer
In an ominous turn for Bei-
jing, the street protests broad-
ened Friday. Photographs taken
by camera phone and provided
by the Indian branch of Stu-
dents for a Free Tibet showed
hundreds of Tibetans marching
through Xiahe, a Tibetan town
in the western province of Gan-
su. Robed monks displayed the
banned Tibetan national flag.
In Lhasa, the protests that
had largely been confined to
monks spilled over to ordinary
Tibetans, who vented pent-up
anger at Chinese and their busi-
nesses. Guests and employees
at the Lhasa Dong Cuo Inter-
national Youth Hostel huddled
in the lobby, away from win-
dows being smashed by pro-
"Monks and very young men
down to the age of 15-16 are
smashing the Chinese shops,
kicking in doors and windows,
setting the shops on fire and
beating the Chinese in the vicin-
ity," the Danish daily Politiken
quoted an unidentified witness
as saying.
The exiled Dalai Lama,
whom most Tibetans consider
their spiritual leader, said China
should stop using force in Tibet,"
saying he is "deeply con-
"I therefore appeal to the
Chinese leadership to stop using
force and address the long-sim-
mering resentment of the
Tibetan people through dia-
logue with the Tibetan people. I
also urge my fellow Tibetans
not to resort to violence," he
said in a statement released in
Dharimsala, India, seat of the
Actor Richard Gere, a Bud-
dhist who has spoken out for
Tibetan independence since
1978, said he was not surprised
by the uprising.

SUPPORTERS of opposition leader Raila Odinga listen to his speech during his visit to the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday March 7, 2008. An agreement, reached last week,
calls for Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Odinga to share power after both sides claimed victory in the Dec. 27 presidential election. Their dispute unleashed weeks of bloodshed,
killing more than 1,000 people and exposing divisions over land and economic inequality.

Kenyan president comes in for

criticism from the African Union

First report released on

deadly election dispute


Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki came in for criticism yester-
day as the African Union released its first report on Kenya's
deadly election dispute.
Former Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Olu Adeniji said
that, however, it will be "daunting" to find out who is responsible
for the election crisis.
Both Kibaki and his main rival, Raila Odinga, claimed to
have won a December 27 presidential vote international
observers say was deeply flawed, and their dispute touched off
weeks of violence that killed more than 1,000 people.
While the politicians have now agreed to share power, Kenya
has only begun what is likely to be a long and difficult process
of addressing problems worsened by the violence, including
simmering land disputes and resentment of Kibaki's Kikuyu eth-
nic group, long dominant in politics and the economy.
"Part of the problem that created the hold up (in resolving the
crisis) is the fact that a government had already been put in place
by President Mwai Kibaki," Adeniji told journalists after pre-
senting the mediators' first report to the AU Peace and Security
Days after his hasty swearing-in ceremony, Kibaki named
part of his Cabinet, excluding any member of the main opposi-
tion party, the Orange Democratic Movement, that Odinga
Now the Kenyan parliament is preparing to vote on laws to
implement the power sharing agreement struck Feb. 28 under
which Odinga was to become prime minister.
On Thursday, Kibaki appointed a six-member international
panel to investigate the elections, as both sides had agreed to in
the power sharing deal.
"Determining the culpability of some of the participants is
going to be a daunting task," Adeniji said.
The political violence has decreased, but parts of Kenya con-
tinue to see clashes.
Adeniji said that the AU has pledged more than $150,000 to
the mediation process, but declined to say how much had been
spent so far. He said mediators will now focus on getting the par-
ties to agree on how to address economic issues and settle land
On Tuesday, the top U.S. diplomat on Africa, Jendayi Fraz-
er, told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on
Africa that the U.S. is committing $25 million to help peace and
reconciliation in Kenya, and to help people displaced and affect-
ed by the violence to restore their lives..

KENYAN PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki, left, addresses the opening session of parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, pn
Thursday March 6, 2008. Kibaki urged lawmakers Thursday to pass the laws needed to enforce the coun-
try's new power-sharing agreement as Parliament convened for the first time since the deal was signed.

A KENYAN air force honour guard rehearse before Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki addresses the opening
session of parliament in Nairobi, Kenya.

In lagging Haiti, first lady finds positive signs


Most Haitians are unem-
ployed, but the first lady, Lau-
ra Bush, spoke to some of the
fortunate few who do have
jobs here in the poorest coun-
try in the hemisphere during
her visit Thursday, according
to the Associated Press.
Her visit was aimed at
putting a positive face on
some of the country's social
ills, though Haitian officials
point to signs of progress on
some fronts.
A young man who had
dropped out of school told
Bush how he had learned to

repair automobile fuel systems
through an American-sup-
ported jobs program and now
earned a living wage.
Several women who have
received microloans talked
about the small businesses
that they had managed to
Along the motorcade route,
however, were thousands of
jobless Haitians.
The first lady heard a class-
room of barely literate
teenagers in one of the capi-
tal's poor neighborhoods recit-
ing a Creole phrase meaning
"I can read and write."
But that is true for only
about half of Haiti's popula-

tion. Bush, who stopped
briefly in Haiti on her way to
Mexico, also met with young-
sters who had been infected
with HIV, the virus that caus-
es AIDS, but were receiving
treatment and training.
"Study hard and keep
going," Bush told the students
in the elementary Creole class.
With AIDS ravaging the
populations of many
Caribbean islands, Bush
sought to draw attention to
the U.S. administration's
AIDS relief initiative, which
has funneled billions of dol-
lars to Haiti and other affect-
ed countries, mostly in Africa.
With the backing of the White

House, Congress is consider-
ing an expansion of the plan.
"It's important for young
people to know if they do get
tested and are HIV positive,
there are good things they can
do," Bush said after meeting
with two young women and a
young man who had tested
positive and are now receiv-
ing help from a public health
organization called Gheskio,
which is supported by Wcill
Medical College of Cornell
Haiti's infection rate has
dropped significantly, from
double digits to around 3 per-
cent today.
"It's a real miracle," said

Dr. Jean William Pape, direc-
tor of Gheskio. calling the
AIDS fight a bright spot in a
country that struggles with
everything from environmen-
tal degradation to illiteracy.
The fact that the security
situation in Port-au-Prince, the
capital, allowed Bush to visit
at all was seen as a sign of
progress here.
The last White House visit
to Haiti was by the previous
first lady, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, in 1998.
"In Haiti the situation is
improving," said Jacques-
Edouard Alexis, the prime


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