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Candidate ruled out because of personal cheque
By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
FIVE of the six expected
parliamentary candidates suc-
cessfully submitted their nomi-
nations yesterday for the Eliz-
abeth by-election - but United
Christian Love Revolution
Movement hopeful Godfrey
"Pro" Pinder missed out on the
Mr Pinder arrived just a
minute before the nomination
office at Thelma Gibson Pri-
mary School in Commonwealth
Drive, Elizabeth Estates, closed
at noon (see story, page 2).
The nomination office
opened at 9am with the Free
National Movement (FNM)
being the first to submit the
SEE page 8B
IN Friday's Tribune under
the headline 'Elizabeth By-
election Nomination Day' it
was reported that FNM can-
didate Dr Duane Sands was
put off by a small number of
greedy voters who demand-
ed money or goods in return
for their support.
The Tribune would like to
clarify that this was a para-
phrasing of Dr Sands' state-
ment and not a direct quote.
Dr Sands never used the
word "greedy" to describe
voters in Elizabeth.
However, he did say that
while on the campaign trail
he spoke with a "minute"
number of people who asked
for money, goods or services
from the Free National
FNM CANDIDATE for next month's by-election race in the Elizabeth con-
stituency shakes hands with Immigration Director Jack Thompson, who
presided over thes nomination process at Thelma Gibson Primary School.
BAHAMAS DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT Leader Cassius Stuart shakes hands
with Immigration Director Jack Thompson after he nominated himself as a can-
didate for the Elizabeth by-election.
WORKERS' PARTY CANDIDATE Rodney Moncur nominates himself in the
heated by-election race. Despite meagre campaign funding, he believes he will
toppled the political heavyweights.
TAX ATTORNEY Ryan Pinder, the PLP's candidate for the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion, gives a wave after nominating as a candidate in the upcoming Elizabeth
GODFREY PINDER, of theUnited Chrisitian Love Revolution Movement, sits
in disappointment after Director of Immigration Jack Thompson informed him
that his nomination application for the by-election race was rejected.
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTY candidate for the Elizabeth by-election Dr
Andre Rollins (left) challenges Progressive Liberal Party hopeful for the area
Ryan Pinder to a public debate.
I P H O T O S : T~~~I M L R E/RIN S A F
By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT - The
daughter of FNM Senator
David Thompson was air-
lifted to Doctor's Hospi-
tal in New Providence
after falling from the win-
dow of a three-story
house early Friday morn-
tained an injury to the
SEE page nine
New initiative to help
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE major Haitian
association in the Bahamas
is calling on the Bahami-
an public and internation-
al donors to support a new
initiative aimed at getting
cash directly into the hands
of the most needy victims
of the earthquake.
The United Association
of Haitians and Bahami-
ans in the Bahamas yes-
SEE page seven
armed robbery spree
POLICE are investigat-
ing a string of armed rob-
beries that took place
across the capital this
Ten separate robberies
have been reported since
Monday, all perpetrated
by men armed with hand-
guns, the latest taking
place just after noon yes-
terday at the Oakes Field
shopping centre parking
SEE page nine
Ministry to keep mum
on school controversy
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS it seeks legal advice
on the way forward, the
Ministry of Education has
said it will make "no fur-
ther statements with
respect to the details of the
incidents" that led to the
transfer of administrators
in the Eleuthera school
The Ministry said it is
SEE page nine
PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010
WHO CONTENDERS, WHO PRETENDERS?
BDM LEADER Cassius Stuart, along with a few supporters, walks to the by-
election nomination room yesterday.
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM's Duane Sands denies
running 'dirty campaign'
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Free National Movement's
candidate for the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion race denied that his party is
running a "dirty" campaign.
Dr Duane Sands said he wants
to win "fairly and squarely" and
will not engage in unscrupulous pol-
"We have not run a dirty cam-
paign, we have not imported votes into this constituency. We
are following the law, we are going to run a very clean,
above board campaign subject to scrutiny. And I can say that
without fear of contradiction," he said yesterday, after offi-
cially nominating himself as the FNM's candidate for the
Workers' Party candidate Rodney Moncur has accused the
FNM and PLP of offering jobs and drink to voters. Bahamas
Democratic Movement leader Cassius Stuart has com-
plained that supporters from the two major parties have
told voters he has dropped out of the by-election.
But Dr Sands insisted his campaign has been run with
"There's not going to be any mud-slinging, there's not
going to be any subterfuge. We're going to win this the old-
fashioned way. We're going to earn the trust of the people,"
He also responded to claims that ineligible voters may
have been imported to the area in an attempt to tip the
"When (those allegations) are substantiated I can assure
you that the Free National Movement will ensure that any-
body who is not eligible to vote will not be, or should not be,
allowed to vote. We have no interest in trying to win this
thing any way other than fairly and squarely."
For the rest of his campaign he plans to continue meeting
the people of Elizabeth, spreading his message and outlin-
ing his party's mandate. Chief among voter concerns are
crime, unemployment, flooding, a lack of street signs, and
cars speeding through their neighborhoods - issues Dr
Sands is prepared to address.
If he is successful in securing a victory in Elizabeth, Dr
Sands admitted he will have to scale down his medical prac-
tice. Some have criticised the doctor, a heart specialist at the
Princess Margaret Hospital, for turning his attention to pol-
itics instead of focusing on patients.
These criticisms "amuse" him, he said, adding that he
wants to be a politician so he can better serve the Bahami-
PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL PARTY candidate Ryan Pinder with his sup-
get ready to
Development Party (NDP) chairman Dr
Andre Rollins, who was elected as his par-
ty's candidate after a public debate and
primary Wednesday night. He arrived at
the Thelma Gibson Primary School at
10.30am with a contingent of around five
supporters, carrying his $400 nomination
fee in a plastic bag filled with quarters.
In the opinion of the 34-year-old dentist,
his zeal to serve his country makes him the
best man to represent the area. A new-
comer to politics - he founded the NDP in
late 2008 - Dr Rollins hopes this passion
will help him clinch the win in next mon-
"I'm passionate, I got fire in my belly,
I'm ready to let it release. Until you get
serious you cannot continue to complain
about your country and continue to do
the same thing over and over again - that's
insanity," he said.
The self-described "quiet storm",
Bahamas Democratic Party leader Cas-
sius Stuart, arrived at the nomination site
with nearly a dozen subdued supporters,
who escorted him to the nomination room.
Afterwards, Mr Stuart declared himself
the best choice for Elizabeth, considering
the novice political hopefuls fielded by
the Free National Movement and the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party.
"We have been investing in this cam-
paign for the last 10 years. People like the
FNM candidate or the PLP candidate,
they're newcomers. Nobody knows who
they are and perhaps (they are) running on
the party's ticket. I've been making sure
that the Bahamian people realise I've been
fighting for them."
He is confident that voters in Elizabeth
are ready to break away from the two-
party system after years of unsatisfactory
"We are on the precipice of change and
people want something new, especially
the residents of Elizabeth. They call me up
and say 'Mr Stuart, they've treated us like
dogs, we have no representation'. It is
time for us to now take a new direction,"
he told reporters yesterday.
When asked what sets him apart from
the other candidates, the by-election hope-
ful said he can help fix ailing government
"What I'm offering is hope to all those
broken systems so we can begin to fix our
country bit by bit, making sure that we
get rid of those leaders who are putting us
in this quagmire."
Another hopeful is Rodney Moncur, of
the Workers' Party, a vocal death penalty
supporter. If he wins, he promised to set
up an employment agency for out-of-work
"We have pledged to the voters of this
constituency that based on our history of
struggle that I'm the best candidate for
the constituency. We will set up an
employment agency, we will agitate for
Crown land and we will provide the best
kind of representation Elizabeth has ever
had," he said.
Young people and party founders show supp
By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
email@example.com .. .
A LIVELY PLP campaign brought out dozens of young
people and founding party members to escort Elizabeth by-
election candidate Ryan Pinder to submit his nomination
The first-time parliamentary candidate exuded confidence
as he was paraded to the nomination office alongside the
late Lynden Pindling's widow Lady Marguerite Pindling and
party leader Perry Christie, flanked by a crowd of noisy sup-
Mr Pinder claims to have personal ties with Elizabeth as his
father Marvin Pinder represented much of the same area
under the former constituency Malcolm Creek, and when
chosen to represent the PLP following Malcolm Adderley's
January 6 resignation, he adopted the slogan 'Right man,
right time, right place'.
And Mr Christie said the saying sums up his chosen can-
didate as Mr Pinder represents the future of the party while
he must also live up to standards set by his father.
He hopes the fresh opportunity Mr Pinder presents to the
constituency will help the PLP regain the Elizabeth seat and
forecast a general election win in 2012.
"We have to work very hard in order to give people an
opportunity to overcome the Malcolm Adderley saga and see
Ryan Pinder as a prototype for the future of leadership in this
country," the party leader said.
"We are going to work very had to overcome all of the neg-
SThne people are excited and the
support is strong. Every event
is bigger and better and I cer-
tainly think the momentum is going to
go on until election day when we
bring it home for the PLP."
atives that were left in place by the representation he gave or
lack of representation he gave.
"We want to continue to demonstrate to the people of
this constituency that we are the party of choice and that
they should see in the PLP a party that has not only given
them a good representative, but one that is with a good team
and has a good message."
Mr Pinder said his campaign has consisted of meeting Eliz-
abeth constituents, by going from door to door to talk to
them about the issues he intends to address as their genuine
And that challenges to winning the seat are simply in meet-
ing every voter in the vast size of the area, while Mr Christie
commented on the added complication of a large number of
registered voters who are no longer living in the area.
ort for PLP candidate
Further challenges include winning over the 59 per cent of
voters who are women, although it appeared yesterday that
Mr Pinder had that under control.
Several young women shouted "We love you Ryan!" and
reached out to touch him as he went into the nomination
office at Thelma Gibson Primary School in Elizabeth Estates
with his wife and children, and when they were confronted by
opposition party members about their choice of candidate,
one woman belted out: "We trying' Ryan! We trying' Ryan!".
Mr Pinder said he was humbled by the support and his
campaign will continue to build right up until he wins the seat
on February 16. "The people are excited and the support is
strong," Mr Pinder said. "Every event is bigger and better and
I certainly think the momentum is going to go on until elec-
tion day when we bring it home for the PLP.
"We are campaigning hard. We are running an honest
campaign, we don't mud-sling, we don't do personal attacks
in the PLP, we run on the issues, we run on what's important
Elizabeth and what's important to the Bahamas."
The parliamentary hopeful vowed to create a skills bank in
the constituency and match the unemployed with jobs, while
operating a small business platform to assist entrepreneurs
and support small businesses.
"We're not looking for short-term fixes," Mr Pinder said.
"What the constituents want is a long term sustainable eco-
nomic plan where they can be empowered and they can own
a piece of the economy and they can be business owners and
employers rather than employees, that is what my platform is
focused on and what my outline for the area is going to con-
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LACKING the elaborate fanfare that
accompanied candidates from the political
juggernauts the PLP and FNM, four men
from fledgling parties arrived at Thelma
Gibson Primary School to be nominated in
the upcoming by-election race.
But the day ended in disappointment
for Godfrey "Pro" Pinder of the United
Christian Love Revolution Movement,
whose forms were rejected because he did
not have the cash on hand to pay the $400
Mr Pinder arrived at the nomination
site at 11.58am, two minutes before the
nomination doors were set to close. He
ran several yards towards the nomination
room where he presented his application
and supporting documents to Director of
Immigration Jack Thompson, who
presided over the process.
However, the man who described him-
self as "love in action" had to dash to his
car after being told he did not have the
required application fee. Just after noon,
past the nomination deadline, Mr Pinder
returned with his cheque book in hand.
However his personal cheque was reject-
ed by Jack Thompson who explained that
under election rules only cash or a man-
ager's cheque could be accepted.
The dejected lawyer declined interviews
afterwards and walked quietly to his car.
He would only say that he arrived late
because he was handling a matter in court.
The remaining three hopefuls were con-
fident that their platforms were enough
to influence voters in the Elizabeth con-
stituency to give less established political
parties a chance.
The first to nominate was National
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010, PAGE 3
NDP candidate Andre Rollins |
clashes with PLP supporters
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
EMOTIONS ran high outside the by-
election nomination room yesterday as a
passionate nominee from the National
Development Party (NDP) attempted
to sway staunch Progressive Liberal Par-
Dr Andre Rollins, of the newly
formed NDP, was the first candidate
from a fledgling party to arrive for nom-
ination at the Thelma Gibson Primary
School in Elizabeth Estates. He wore a
simple blue T-shirt and jeans, instead of
clothes bearing his party's logo, and
proudly carried his nomination fee in a
plastic bag filled with 1,600 quarters
Around 10.20am, an eager Dr Rollins
burst through a crowd of nearly 100 emo-
tional PLP supporters who were escort-
ing Ryan Pinder to the nomination room.
Dr Rollins desperately tried to nomi-
nate himself before the PLP's candidate,
screaming to the police officers guarding
the door to let him in because, "The PLP
is not ready! The PLP is not ready!"
However, Ryan Pinder was allowed
to enter first with about two dozen of
Dr Rollins and a small group of NDP
supporters were left to wait their turn
outside along with a feisty crowd of pom-
pom waving PLPs, some who screamed
"Ryan or nothing!" .
While he waited, the political new-
comer said he planned to pay his fee in
loose change as a statement on the eco-
nomic hardship many Bahamians face
today. "This is 1,600 quarters, $400 dol-
lars," said Dr Rollins. "If we get 1,600
votes we are very confident that we will
win this by-election. Many Bahamians
right now cannot afford $400, we have
persons today who may have paid (with)
four blue Marlin bills. A lot of Bahami-
ans can't find a blue Marlin now on land,
let alone in the sea, and so what I'm say-
ing is we as a people have to start to
think about the small man."
The crowd was not stirred by Dr
One angry PLP supporter who said
she recently lost her job, interjected
exclaiming, "What you ga' do for me?
What you ga' do for me? You come here
showing' that bag o' money, that can't do
nothing' for nobody. Find me a job."
At one point Dr Rollins confronted
the crowd, telling them he thought PLPs
in the Elizabeth constituency had want-
ed PLP treasurer Craig Butler to repre-
sent them instead of Mr Pinder.
Mr Butler had previously indicated
his interest to represent the constituency
but lost in his bid to Mr Pinder who was
elected by the PLP as their official nom-
inee. "We heard that Lizzy wanted But-
ler. Why didn't the PLP allow the people
of this constituency to choose for them-
selves who they want," Dr Rollins shout-
ed. This question was answered with
screams of "We trying' Ryan! We trying'
Ryan! We trying' Ryan!"
In the midst of this frenzy Dr Bernard
Nottage, PLP MP for Bain and Grants
Town, appeared and tried to calm the
rowdy crowd. He asked the PLPs to qui-
et down several times before the crowd
finally dispersed. The Elizabeth by-elec-
tion is set for February, 16.
THE nation's top photogra-
phers are coming together for
the first time in years to sup-
port a noble cause.
Members of the Bahamas
Professional Photographers and
(BPPVA) will be taking pho-
tos of the public to be sold as
keepsakes at the centre court
in the Mall at Marathon today
from noon to 8pm. The pro-
ceeds will go to the Haiti relief
"The whole idea is to pre-
serve the family and to rebuild
Haiti," said Kemuel Stubbs,
president of the BPPVA. "This
would be a good time to
encourage Bahamians to have
photos of their loved ones so
that going forward, they would
have a record to keep.
It's the organisation's first
project after a long hiatus. Mr
Stubbs explained that they
came up with the idea of raising
money for Haiti by helping
Bahamians "record" memories
of their loved ones, after seeing
the aftermath of the earthquake
on the news.
"I saw bodies being dumped
in trucks for deposit in mass
graves, and I remember the cor-
respondent mentioning that no
one was being documented,"
said Mr Stubbs. "So I thought
about our association going
down to Haiti and photograph-
ing the persons who got killed."
He said the identification of
the dead is important if those
who survive are to find closure.
Mr Stubbs was therefore
relieved when he learned that
CARICOM had dispatched a
forensic team from the Inter-
national Criminal Police Organ-
isation (Interpol) to Haiti this
OFFICERS of the Bahamas Professional Photographers and Video-
graphers Association will be taking photos today at the Mall at
Marathon for the Bahamas Red Cross' Haiti Relief Fund.
week to assist with the identifi-
cation of Haitians killed in the
On hand at today's event will
be photographer Keith
Dawkins, Portia King, Fabian
Whymms and Craig Adderley,
as well as Antoine Ferrier, a
well-known Haitian portrait
The photos will be offered at
low prices, packages starting at
$5 for a 4x7; $10 for a 5x7; $20
for an 8x10, and will be printed
on the spot.
Grocery items will also be
accepted in exchange for the
photos, but Mr Stubbs said
receipts must be included as
proof of purchase.
Bahamians thanked for Haiti quake response
THE Embassy of Haiti in the Bahamas yes-
terday released a statement "sincerely" thanking
the Bahamian people and the government for
their prompt reaction in assisting the victims of
the January 12 earthquake which practically
destroyed Port-au-Prince and its outskirts as well
as other cities such as Leogane, Petit-Goave and
"Thanks are especially addressed to govern-
mental and non-governmental organizations,
diplomatic and consular missions, religious, bank-
ing and non-profit institutions, civil organisa-
tions, health professionals and different clubs
and groups of volunteers who worked together to
aid Haiti in
this very difficult and trying time," the embassy
The Embassy also emphasised the efforts made
by the Bahamian media immediately after the
earthquake to inform the public in general and in
particular the Haitian community.
"For this, we would like to thank them as
"The Embassy would like, on behalf of the
Haitian people and government, to express its
gratitude to all those who, in one way or anoth-
er, have fully and without any personal interest,
devoted themselves to the process of Haiti's
recovery. To the Haitian community living in
the Bahamas: "Anbasad la di kenbe f6 pa lage
(the Embassy says, stay strong, don't give up)."
"All said and done, the Embassy would like to
point out that it has noted with satisfaction the
solidarity of the Bahamian people toward its
Haitian brothers and sisters, a solidarity which is
marked with compassion and generosity. For
this, the Embassy would like to say thank you,
thank you very much."
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Can another speech change Washington?
WHAT happens next?
As pundits parse the words of President
Obama's first State of the Union address to
determine whether he got back his groove,
I'm concerned more with whether what
follows will give the country back its swag-
Mr. Obama's ability to deliver a good
speech never has been in question. What's
in doubt is whether he and Congress final-
ly can deliver the goods.
The president said that he's "never been
more hopeful about America's future."
I have never been more hopeless about
In what should have been called the State
of the Dis-Union address, Mr. Obama said,
"In this new decade, it's time the American
people get a government that matches their
decency; that embodies their strength."
That was true in the last decade, too. So
I don't share the president's optimism that
his audience in the House chamber
Wednesday night will give up the "same
tired battles that have dominated Wash-
ington for decades" and "try something
As the president noted, it's an election
year. That means we are in for even more
of the nonsense we've witnessed on Capitol
Hill for the past 12 months.
It means Congress will not meet the pres-
ident's challenge to "invest in our people
without leaving them a mountain of debt."
And Congress will ignore the admonitions
Mr. Obama expressed when he said: "Let's
meet our responsibility to the citizens who
sent us here. Let's try common sense."
Once again, sense isn't always common.
Though Republicans boisterously
applauded the president when he insisted
that jobs would be this year's top priority,
don't expect any more cooperation on this
issue than we saw on health care reform.
The GOP already has complained that
the $30 billion in repaid Troubled Asset
Relief Programme money that Mr. Oba-
ma wants to use to create jobs should be
used to reduce the deficit. So the deficit
that didn't matter to the many Republi-
cans who in 2008 voted to spend that mon-
ey to bail out Wall Street is now a para-
mount concern when it comes to bailing
out Main Street. Surprised?
It would be nice if both parties moved
past their dysfunction, as Mr. Obama chal-
lenged them to do: "To Democrats, I would
remind you that we still have the largest
majority in decades, and the people expect
us to solve some problems, not run for the
It was good to see Mr. Obama finally
standing up to his party. But for all their
lofty goals and ideals, the Scaredycrats can't
get out of their own way. Look for their
dust as they head for those hills.
"And if the Republican leadership is
going to insist that 60 votes in the Senate
are required to do any business at all in
this town, then the responsibility to govern
is now yours as well," the president said.
"Just saying no to everything may be good
short-term politics, but it's not leadership.
We were sent here to serve our citizens,
not our ambitions."
Strong words from a president who's
often been short on leadership. Too bad
they won't mean much.
A telling moment of what's to come in
Washington came when Mr. Obama com-
ments about the tax cuts his administra-
tion has given to first-time home buyers
and small businesses failed to elicit praise
from the stone-faced Republicans in the
"I thought," Mr. Obama joked, "that I'd
get applause on that one."
A red-faced John Boehner, the House
minority leader, barely could hide his con-
tempt behind the feigned smile he gave
the president in response.
Why would the Party of No suddenly
become the Party of Yes now that they can
filibuster because of Scott Brown's elec-
tion to the Senate? The idea that the GOP
actually might change is a nice thought,
It also would be nice to believe that an
hour-plus-long speech that promised every-
thing but the moon really could bring about
change. But we've heard such speeches
before. Still, I'd love for Mr. Obama and
Congress to prove me wrong.
(This article was written by Rhonda Swan
of c.2010 Cox Newspapers).
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Reference is made to the
recent article (Tough Call by
Larry Smith) under the head-
ing - "Fossil fuel projects
and renewable energy".
The decision, which has
already been taken and con-
veyed to the writer, that auto-
motive diesel oil (ADO) and
not Bunker 'C' will be burnt
at the Wilson City plant might
well have been lost to most
readers because of the exten-
sive references in the article to
heavy fuel oil. The article also
makes reference to various
other matters, some of which
in the Corporation's view,
need to be clarified. In this
regard, the following should
1) While a significant quan-
tity of the electricity con-
sumed by residents at Little
Harbour, a community in the
vicinity of Winding Bay, may
indeed come from solar pow-
er, some electricity is still pro-
duced by diesel generators.
For many years power was
provided to the community
by one of the residents who
had a diesel generator, via
underground cables and pow-
er transformers, a supply net-
work which no doubt still
exists. Similar installations
could be found in practically
every community of the
Bahamas prior to BEC estab-
lishing its numerous power
plants making a 24/7 electric-
ity service, with all associated
modern conveniences, avail-
able to 99 per cent of the pop-
ulation in our island nation.
2) The use of solar power at
Little Harbour is commend-
able. BEC encourages others
who can afford it to follow
suit. The average customer,
however, cannot afford such a
luxury. The cost to produce
power by solar is more expen-
sive than producing power by
the conventional means BEC
3) The article notes that air
conditioning is not used. This
comfort is presumably reluc-
tantly being given up by the
residents as use of air condi-
tioning would require more
than doubling the number of
solar panels and storage bat-
teries at significantly
increased cost. Also, a num-
ber of the residents do not
stay at the homes full time,
presumably and perhaps
understandably visiting at
cooler times of the year.
4) In addition to the initial
capital cost, maintenance and
replacement cost for storage
batteries to provide electrici-
ty when the sun sets, the envi-
ronmental impact associated
with disposal of the batteries
at the end of their useful life
must not be overlooked.
5) Bunker 'C' (heavy fuel
oil) is used in both first world
and developing countries. It
is used on every continent.
Prior to the expansion of liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) ter-
minals in North America,
about nine per cent of elec-
tricity consumed in North
America was produced by
burning heavy fuel oil. LNG,
(another fuel which environ-
mental groups in the
Bahamas appear to object to)
has displaced a large percent-
age of the heavy fuel oil that
was being burnt in North
today, approximately three
per cent of the electricity con-
sumed in North America is
still produced from burning
heavy fuel oil.
6) Heavy fuel oil has been
used for ages without nega-
tive impact to those involved
in its use or to those in the
immediate and general envi-
rons of its use. It can be safe-
ly used. More than 90 per cent
of the shipping in the world -
cruise ships, cargo ships, con-
tainer vessels, etc - which call
at every conceivable port in
the world, burn heavy fuel oil.
7) The article refers to
heavy fuel oil as a "carcino-
genic residue". This statement
is very misleading and regret-
table. Heavy fuel oil, similar
to many products used in
households on a daily basis,
is safe when used properly.
Therefore, to suggest health
concerns due to the use of
heavy fuel oil in power plants
is not correct nor is the prop-
er context being used. While
ingestion is ill advised, the
same can be said for many
other household products.
8) Plans for the construc-
tion of the power plant in Wil-
son City were announced
more than a year prior to any
construction activity com-
mencing. Abaconians were
used for the land clearing, sur-
veying, and construction of
the power lines amongst oth-
9) Prior to clearing of any
land for the Wilson City Pro-
ject, and after Friends of the
Environment objected to the
Snake Cay site, Friends of the
BEC's representative to view
the suitability of the Wilson
City site. No objection was
10) Air monitors have been
installed at the Wilson City
site and the surrounding
areas. Data on emissions will
be independently monitored
and various stakeholders will
be afforded access to the data.
11) Development of pow-
er plants, whether fueled by
conventional means or using
renewable sources, will
impact the environment in
some way. The key is to bal-
ance development with the
sustainability of and care for
the environment. Regrettably,
a "not in my back yard" syn-
drome appears to be engulf-
ing communities worldwide
resulting in objection to con-
struction of power plants gen-
erally, whether fueled by con-
ventional or renewable
12) BEC is committed to
the sustainability of the envi-
13) BEC is pursuing the
use of renewable energy on a
utility scale. However, it
should be noted that at pre-
sent, production of power by
renewable energy is more
costly than by conventional
14) BEC will continue to
promote conservation and
other related measures to lim-
it the use of fossil fuels where
15) Mistakes were made at
Clifton Pier in the past and
many lessons were learned
from the mistakes and chal-
lenges. Clifton Pier is present-
ly undergoing a transforma-
tion. There is now great con-
cern for the sustainability of
the environment and signifi-
cant effort is being put into
ensuring achievement of that
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AIRPORT AUTHORITY SECURITY STAFF CONCERNS
Aviation Minister 'moved immediately
to have worker
Tribune Staff Reporter
After receiving notice of
security staff complaints at the
Airport Authority, Tourism
and Aviation Minister Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace moved to
have permanent secretary,
Hyacinth Pratt, immediately
investigate the matter.
The minister was responding
to a request from security work-
ers for a high level intervention
from Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport in
view of complaints about the
conduct of management.
Airport Authority chairman
Frank Watson disputes the
statement that workers have
submitted complaints to the
various chains of command. He
said he has no knowledge that
workers are dissatisfied with
the performance of Security
Director Osbourne Ferguson
as he has had no complaints.
"I think the workers are just
being required to do their jobs
and they are resisting, finding
excuses why they should not do
their jobs. Every day we are
working at enhancing produc-
tivity by way of supervision and
direction and training," said Mr
lace said he had no immediate
plans to hold meetings with
staff members himself, but he
considered it important for the
issues to be verified and
"Based on our
there is cause for c
management are f
what those concern
first instance, it is i
managers to mana
istry of Tourism a
won't be getting
directly until and
Some of the con
flied by the minister
cation and concern
some of the claim
lated appear mine
as a whole could ci
"Tell them comn
not aware of the c
had the general mE
Bahamas Public S
President, John P
and they could n
with anything of
"i vex at the PLP and FNM who holding
them big rallies on the main Prince Charles
Road with their jungalus supporters block-
ing up the road and walking big and bold in
the street like they got a bumper on they
"It took me mussy 45 minutes to get from
the light by Sea Breeze to the wash house
on Prince Charles Wednesday night because
them biggety people was acting like they
own the road. And the police was right
there, standing around like mannequins
instead of trying to improve to the flow of
- Mad Motorist.
they do not want to work they Mr Watson said the security
can go home. There are plenty division had been improving
of people that are looking for over the past few months with
work these days. We are happy respect to indiscipline amongst
to hire new people," said Mr the workers. He said there are
Watson. still "some bad apples" that are
Workers interviewed by The not performing as well as they
Tribune Wednesday said they should. He said security staff
were ready to take industrial work on three shifts and before
action over complaints ranging each change of shift they have a
from salary-related issues to meeting. "There is more than
nepotism. They claim to be on ample time for the staff to
the breaking point, based on a express their concerns. We
ly to ensure number of "internal scandals" bend over backwards to try to
satisfaction since the New Year, along with meet their needs," he said.
some long-standing issues. Minister Vanderpool-Wal-
investigation "We have had meetings to lace said the supervisory man-
concern. The ask questions in reference to agement in the security division
ully aware of our concerns, to find out how and the general management
ns are. In the they are going to be rectified, of the Airport Authority have
important for but management turns a deaf already mobilised to conduct
ge. The Min- ear to everyone. We have had meetings with individual staff
and Aviation people suspended and termi- members and groups to try to
ag involved nated without proper warning resolve the issues.
unless it is or evidence," said one security "They have told us they are
unless it Vander- officer, who was unwilling to walking around now and gath-
risk being victimised by dis- ering a great deal more of the
closing her name. information. Without a doubt
cerns identi- "We are appealing now to it is safe to say we are monitor-
r include out- the prime minister to come ing the situation very closely,"
ie payments, down and do a walk about with he said.
al communi- the minister of aviation. We When asked to verify what
ns about the have never seen any of them actions have been taken my the
lent. He said come down to interact with the management, Mr Watson said
us when iso- staff. The staff would be able he would not contradict the
or, but taken to further voice their concerns minister. "No complaint has
create a major because we have gone through been laid before me as far as I
the chain of command with our am aware that has not been
e to me. I am immediate supervisors, their dealt with. We have no out-
complaints. I managers, the general manager, standing complaints. A few staff
manager (Jerry the union and recently the members did come to me with
11 the (the chairman, and still we are not complaints, some are things we
service Union going to get any resolution, could address, some are things
inder) today because this has been going on in progress that would be dealt
lot come up for the past three years," she with in an appropriate time,"
substance. If said. said Mr Watson.
"I vex because I couldn't get any peace or
quiet one night this week because the FNM
was on their flatbed truck blasting music
past my apartment. I couldn't watch TV,
couldn't read because they want to play
"Is that anyway to get votes? Unless you
appeal to the lowest common denomina-
- Vex on Joe Farrington Road.
"I vex at all these morning radio deejays
who spend most of their airtime talking
foolishness instead of playing music. Most of
what they saying is ignorant or offensive
anyway, with no facts, just their uninformed
opinion. Don't y'all get paid to play music
not run ya mouth?"
- Tired of the radio.
"I vex that these political parties have
money to waste campaigning in Elizabeth
during these tough times. They promising
all this and that but I know when whoever
win they will sit in their comfy seat in the
House and forget all their constituents.
Bahamians need to stop falling for politricks
and realise politicians only in it for their
ego. If you want a job go to school and
work hard instead of waiting for your MP to
give you a hand-out."
- Open your eyes.
Court dismisses appeal of men
wanted for extradition to US
THE Court of Appeal on Thursday affirmed the consti-
tutionality of the Bahamas' Listening Devices Act and dis-
missed the appeal of several men wanted for extradition to
the United States.
Alleged drug lord Melvin Maycock Sr, Melvin Maycock
Jr, Lynden Dean, Bryan Deal, Tory Lockhart, Laron Lock-
hart, Wilfred Ferguson, Carl Culmer, Derek Rigby, Trevor
Roberts Devroy Moss, Sheldon Moore, Shanto Curry and
Gordon Newbold, who are on bail, are all wanted for extra-
dition to the United States.
US federal prosecutors requested the men's extradition
in June 2004, alleging they were a part of a multinational
The evidence on which US prosecutors are relying in
support of requests for their extradition was gathered
through phone taps. Attorneys for the men, however, chal-
lenged the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act.
The Act gives the Commissioner of Police the power to
authorise the conduct of wiretaps where there is a reasonable
suspicion that an offence will be committed.
Attorney Maurice Glinton, who first filed the constitu-
tional challenge in 2006 and was one of the lead attorneys in
the hearing, had contended that the law does not meet con-
stitutional requirements and that the Act authorises the
use of a power to invade the privacy of an individual.
He also held that the extent of that power should properly
be vested in the courts themselves so that if it is to be exe-
cuted by any person who is not a judge it can only be under
the judge's supervision.
A judgment handed down by Court of Appeal Presi-
dent Dame Joan Sawyer on Thursday dismissed the appeals.
The court also ordered that their extradition case proceed.
The extradition proceedings had been halted because of
the constitutional challenge.
Assistant deputy director of prosecutions Franklyn
Williams argued the case for the Attorney General's Office
and was assisted by Basil Cumberbatch.
Harl Taylor murder case retrial set for July 12
THE retrial of Troyniko
McNeil who is accused of the
murder of internationally
known handbag designer Harl
Taylor has been set for July 12.
McNeil, 23, who is on
$30,000 bail, appeared before
Senior Supreme Court Justice
Jon Isaacs on Wednesday for
the fixture hearing.
Last July, McNeil's three-
week-long trial before Senior
Justice Anita Allen ended in a
McNeil is accused of causing
37-year-old Mr Taylor's death
between Saturday, November
17, and Sunday, November 18,
2008, while being concerned
The handbag designer was
found dead in his bedroom at
Mountbatten House on West
Hill Street with multiple stab
wounds. A broken knife was
found on his bed.
During his first trial, McNeil
pleaded not guilty to the mur-
der charge and denied any
involvement in Mr Taylor's
Prosecutor Olivia Nixon said
that the Crown is prepared to
proceed with the retrial on July
McNeil's attorney Murrio
Ducille said that he agreed to
have another matter set for that
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Safety measures under way
KLG Investments Ltd - Aquapure - has donated 1,000
cases of purified drinking water to the Haiti Relief effort
through the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist
Six thousand gallons of drinking water will be trans-
ported on Sunday aboard a vessel chartered to take vital
supplies to the stricken nation.
Because of the weight of water, very limited quantities
can be flown in, although Aquapure had sent in 200 last
week by air through the joint effort of the BCMC and the
Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas.
In conjunction with its raw material suppliers, Aqua-
pure is setting up a special price for an additional 10,000
cases of water to be sold to charities and other civic
organizations involved with the relief effort in Haiti.
"To help with this terrible tragedy, we were able to get
our bottle supplier and our box supplier to offer their
products to us at a cost price for this effort and Aquapure
will fill and pack the cases at no charge" said Alex
Knowles, managing director of KLG Investments Ltd.
"Aquapure has always done its part in helping the
local community, but this situation in Haiti is so immense
that it commands a joint effort by all who are willing to
lend a helping hand," he said.
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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Quinn McCartney
addressed members of the Freeport busi-
ness community on Wednesday, assuring
them that "immediate changes" are
underway to ensure a safer environment
in Grand Bahama.
While speaking at the Chamber of
Commerce's monthly meeting, Mr
McCartney said that significant changes
have been made and will continue to be
made to strengthen the team here.
He noted that promotions were made
at the senior level of the police force in
Grand Bahama - "perhaps the largest
single senior promotions in the history of
the Grand Bahama district."
Three assistant superintendents were
promoted to the rank of superintendent
and four chief inspectors and inspectors
have been promoted to the rank of assis-
"This is indeed a significant promo-
tion exercise at the senior level for Grand
Bahama,'" he said.
In addition to these promotions, ACP
McCartney noted that seven senior offi-
cers from New Providence and the Fam-
ily Islands will be transferred to take up
positions here on February 8.
The additional senior officers, he said,
will supplement the recently promoted to
ensure that every major division has a
superintendent at the helm, supported
by an assistant superintendent and
"These moves are being made in the
force throughout the Bahamas to put in
place divisional executive committees
that will be charged with providing strong
and effective leadership of the area over
which they have responsibility," he
He also announced the reopening of
the Bazaar Police Station, and the com-
mencement of a 24-hour operation at
the High Rock Police Station.
Mr McCartney said that a new era in
the Royal Bahamas Police Force was
ushered in on January 4 when significant
changes took place in the command
structure of the police force.
"There is no doubt that crime and the
fear of crime are the most topical issues
on the minds of residents, and so the
expectation is that this new executive
management team, and the officers we
command, will do much in a short period
of time to reverse the negative trends
that we have witnessed in our country
for the past decade or two."
"Let me warn you, however, that the
state that this country now finds itself in
did not happen overnight, and therefore
it cannot be fixed overnight," he said.
Mr McCartney said the Commissioner
of Police Ellison Greenslade is expected
to announce his policing plan for 2010
He stressed that there is need for
greater partnerships to be established
between the police, members of the com-
munity, corporate Bahamas, government
agencies and NGOs.
"It is impossible for just over 3,000
police officers to police an archipelago
like the Bahamas that comprises of
approximately 320,000 citizens and resi-
dents, and that welcomes to its shores in
excess of four million visitors each year."
Mr McCartney said everyone must
play their part in making the Bahamas a
safe place to live, work, and visit.
NIB staff receive detailed briefing
on National Prescription Drug Plan
TOP managers and customer
service staff of the National
Insurance Board (NIB)
received a detailed briefing this
week on the National Prescrip-
tion Drug Plan (NPDP) which
is expected to be launched by
Dr Stanley Lalta, project
manager for NPDP, told NIB
staff that one in three Bahami-
ans or one person in every
household is affected by chron-
ic diseases which adversely
impact quality of life, produc-
tivity and personal finances.
He added that one of the
major constraints people with
chronic diseases encounter is
inadequate access to their pre-
scription drugs either because
of long waiting lines and
unavailability in the public sec-
tor or the cost of drugs in the
According to Dr Lalta the
NPDP is focused on both treat-
ment and prevention.
In the treatment component
it seeks to enhance access to
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when you need them in the
right quantity at a limited cost
to you which means that you
can be more compliant in seek-
ing and using medication and
that hopefully should have the
beneficial impact we're look-
ing for," Dr Lalta said.
The first phase of the plan
will provide prescription drugs
from an approved list free of
charge to members.
This will cover approximate-
ly 30,000 to 35,000 persons
including NIB pensioners, NIB
invalids and children under 18
years of age or under 25 years if
in full time education.
In order to be eligible for
membership in the plan these
persons must be diagnosed by a
licensed physician with one or
more chronic diseases includ-
ing arthritis, asthma, breast can-
cer, diabetes, glaucoma, high
"Better access means
that you can get the
drugs on time when
you need them in the
right quantity at a lim-
ited cost to you which
means that you can be
more compliant in
seeking and using
medication and that
hopefully should have
the beneficial impact
we're looking for."
Dr. Stanley Lalta
ischaemic heart disease, major
depression, prostate cancer and
Tami Francis, manager of
NPDP, said both public and pri-
vate pharmacies will be con-
tracted to provide drugs
approved by the NPDP.
Registered members of the
plan will receive a swipe card
from the NPDP which they
must present to any participat-
ing pharmacy at the time of fill-
ing/claiming their prescription.
Mrs Francis said all NIB
departments will be needed to
successfully implement the
"The next steps for imple-
mentation of the plan are com-
pleting our regulations, imple-
menting an IT system that is
currently underway, recruit-
ment and training staff that is
now in progress, contracting
pharmacies and conducting
public outreach," she said.
FREEPORT MAGISTRATE'S COURT
Man charged with firearm
and ammunition possession
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - A man was arraigned on firearm and ammunition
possession charges in the Freeport Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Brandon Forbes, 28, of Adventurer's Way, appeared before
Magistrate Andrew Forbes in Court Two, where he was charged
with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
It is alleged that on January 26, the accused was found in pos-
session of a firearm and ammunition at a residence in Freeport. He
pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Forbes was represented by Carlson Shurland. He was denied bail
and remanded to Fox Hill Prison until June 17 for trial.
In other court matters, a 22-year-old man was charged with
housebreaking and stealing.
Ashley Moss, a resident of Coral Reef Estates, appeared before
Magistrate Andrew Forbes.
It is alleged that on January 26, the accused broke into a resi-
dence in Freeport and stole several items.
Moss pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was granted $10,000
bail and the matter was adjourned to May 17 for trial.
Three men were also charged in separate housebreaking inci-
dents that occurred in the Eastern District.
Michael Saunders, 29, of Freeport, was charged with one count
of housebreaking that occurred in January. He pleaded not guilty
and was granted $3,000 bail.
Alphonso Alfred Bethel, 19, of Freeport, pleaded not guilty to
two counts of housebreaking that occurred in January. He was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison until his trial later this year.
A 16-year-old juvenile was arraigned on one count of house-
breaking. He pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was remanded
to the Simpson Penn School for Boys in New Providence until his
April 13 trial.
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New move to help quake victims , ,
Public and international donors urged to support move
FROM page one
terday announced the launch
of its "Haiti Direct Aid Pro-
gram" through which they
hope to remit millions of dol-
lars to Haitians now and into
the future to help fund imme-
diate and long term needs,
including financing micro-
loans to business people who
may have lost their means of
making a living as a result of
the catastrophic natural dis-
announced by UAHB Presi-
dent Antoine St Louis and
UAHB member Robert
Dieudonne at a press confer-
ence held by UAHB at Lam-
our Hall on East Street yes-
terday, is a partnership
between UAHB, the Haitian
Pastors Association in the
Bahamas, the Haitian
Bahamian Development Cen-
tre and various other organi-
sations and individuals.
"There are alot of organi-
sations doing a lot of work
but notwithstanding all the
millions being raised for med-
ical supplies, millions for
infrastructure rebuilding, we
know there are some corners
and some crevices that we can
reach with our associations
and affiliations that these
mainstream organizations will
not reach," said Robert
Dieudonne, of UAHB.
"This programme was
encouraged by the people
who are making the statement
'I would like my money to
reach those in Haiti who are
most affected.' That is basi-
cally what brought birth to
the idea of the programme.
To reach people more direct-
ly than some conventional
programmes that are in
"It is called Haiti Direct
Aid and it is just that. We
have deployed a task force in
Haiti and we will continue to
have persons go down who
will seek to foster relation-
ships with existing organisa-
tions, secular and churches,
in determining the need of
"They are compiling a list
of names of persons in Haiti,
victims of the earthquake, and
we would then remit monies
directly to these individuals.
These monies will be collect-
ed here from the various
churches, organizations and
indiviudals and from interna-
tional persons who have
pledged," said Mr Dieudonne.
Identifying some of the
advantages of having cash at
hand, Mr Dieudonne outlined
how immediate access to
funds would assist those who
are at present forced to
"queue for hours" for one
meal and a bottle of water to
be able to buy food that can
feed their family for a more
substantial period of time.
Meanwhile, cash will assist
Haitians who may be trying
to relocate from Port au
Prince to rural provincial
areas, where they often have
friends or family who can help
them and provide shelter.
"For most Haitians that's
where they came from. It's
like if something happened in
Nassau, people would go back
to Eleuthera, Abaco, Andros,
etc. That's what they've been
doing. It's also easier for them
to get treatment at the hospi-
tals in the provinces," said
UAHB President Antoine St
According to the UAHB,
hundreds of thousands of
Haitians have already fled
from Port au Prince to Cape
Haitien and Port de Paix
alone and facilitating this relo-
cation is a major goal of the
"Haiti's Direct Aid Program"
Mr Dieudonne added:
"There is a question of what
can cash do, or where will
they buy goods from. I have
been down to Haiti, I have
seen the small merchants set-
ting up, I have seen the snack-
food stalls set up, I know the
reality of Haiti and those
who've visited Haiti know
that the small business soci-
ety is a big business.
"We know that its more
important for a father not to
stand in line for two and a half
hours waiting on one plate of
food and a bottle of water if
he can spend $10 US dollars
and buy food and water for
his family for a day.
"It's more important for a
lady to be able to get on a bus
and pay $20 US dollars and
get into a province rather than
wait and hope to get on a bus
and sleep on the streets for a
few days because she had no
access to cash. Cash is essen-
tial at this time.".
In the medium term,
through the fund UAHB
plans to make available a
small loan facility whereby
Haitians who lost their busi-
nesses or means of making a
living in the earthquake can
get access to seed funds of
between $1000 or $2000 to set
up new businesses or re-start
an old one.
"The entire downtown
market was destroyed, those
people will need at a mini-
mum micro-loans to help
begin to re-organise them-
selves," said Mr Dieudonne.
He admitted that there are
"grey areas" which will be
addressed in terms of how
UAHB can ensure the money
is reaching those most in need
and being used appropriately.
"There are areas of concern
about who qualifies for the
aid, how do we know it will
reach the person, and we
understand there is nothing
that is fool proof. However
we will base our programme
on the integrity of the persons
sitting before you (several
Haitian Bahamian pastors,
part of UAHB), their ability
to go down there their affilia-
tion with the churches in
Haiti. There are churches in
Haiti that are affiliated with
churches belonging to the
Christian Council. We will
continue to consult with them
and have their affiliate
churches submit names to us,"
said Mr Dieudonne.
Mr Dieudonne said he is
hopeful that even after the
current media focus on Haiti
fades, UAHB will be able to
garner support for its pro-
gramme to continue helping
to rebuild Haiti.
"It will lose media appeal
but in our hearts and the
minds of those who have a
heart for Haiti we hope that
once the project is properly
launched and we can display
that what we are doing is
effective we think we can get
alot of corporate partners to
buy into it."
The two to five million dol-
lar goal is one that it expects
can be reached over a number
of years with the assistance of
corporate and international
donors, as well as individuals
in The Bahamas.
You can donate to the
UAHB "Haiti Direct Aid
Program" at First Caribbean
Bank, account number
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Money Problems! Are cruise ships sucking us dry?
BY PIERRE VL DUPUCH
THE question is often
asked why Bay Street has
become a honky-tonk town,
selling rip-offs and T-shirts.
The simple answer is that
there is no business and
without business any area
becomes a ghost town.
But the cruise ship pas-
sengers seem to be increas-
ing; hell, we just spent $50
million making a deeper
harbour to accommodate
the biggest cruise ship in the
world. For the past 30 years,
the Government has been
playing the numbers game.
They have been impressed
with quantity not quality of
the tourists who come here.
The "spin doctors" say
that cruise ship passenger
spending has gone up. This
may very well be true. What
they fail to tell you is that if
two tourists, sitting in a ten-
foot boat in the middle of
the harbour exchange a
tooth pick for a dollar that's
considered "spending" in
The Bahamas. Never mind
that that money never gets
ashore here and really ben-
efits nobody in The
Bahamas, it is still consid-
ered "spending" in The
And so all money spent
on a cruise ship as soon as it
enters Bahamian waters, is
considered "money spent in
The Bahamas." The fact is
this money cannot be con-
sidered "Bahamian rev-
enue," it is simply "money
spent in The Bahamas."
Why should this matter?
After all, the cruise ship
pays dockage fees to The
Bahamas Government. But
what about the goods sold
on board the ship in direct
competition to the Bahami-
an business on land? The
cruise ship sails into town,
pays no freight and duty on
the goods they display and
sell in their stores; they pay
no real property tax; they
pay no business license fee
and they have a captive mar-
The land based business,
on the other hand, pays
freight and import duties on
all goods they sell; they pay
a business license fee and
they pay real property tax.
And to add insult to injury,
they must pay cruise direc-
tors (I think they now call
themselves an association), a
fee..sometimes as high as
$300,000 for passengers to
buy anything from them.
All this added up goes to
the item cost of the goods
sold by the land based oper-
ation to tourists from the
cruise ship. Common sense
dictates that the goods sold
on land must be higher than
those sold on the boat. In
other words, if the cruise
ship line buys a T-shirt from
a supplier and the land
based store buys the identi-
cal T-shirt from the same
supplier, the cruise ship can
sell it cheaper to the tourist.
So why buy on land? True,
both sales would be consid-
ered "money spent in The
Bahamas" but only the sale
made by the land based
shop could be considered
Is there a simpler expla-
nation for Bay Street going
broke? There's plenty mon-
ey being "spent" here but
The Bahamas is not bene-
fitting from it.
Some cruise lines go even
further. Local tour opera-
tors must book all their
tours through the cruise line,
which in turn inflates the
price to the tourist.
I am told they refuse to
deal with tour operators
who use the Internet to
book the potential customer.
And we wonder what is hap-
pening to the local tour
This takes no rocket sci-
entist to figure out. It's plain
for the town idiot to see.
Why doesn't the Govern-
ment take action? Is there
And could that plan be
possibly tied up with the
newly created creature
called the Downtown Nas-
Stay tuned. There's a lot
more to come.
FROM page one
nomination papers for their
candidate, Dr Duane Sands,
flanked by his brother Robert
"Sandy" Sands, vice president
of external affairs for Baha
Mar, and government ministers
Earl Deveaux, Tommy Turn-
quest and Dion Foulkes as well
as FNM party chairman Carl
Bethel. A throng of supporters
dressed in bright red FNM t-
shirts gathered at the Believers
Gospel Chapel on Prince
Charles Drive where they
danced to music blasting from a
nearby party truck decorated
with giant posters of Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham and
red, white and blue flags.
They walked in procession
before the truck and were the
first party to submit their can-
didate's nomination papers
shortly after 10am.
As they left the building, the
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)
supporters had gathered out-
side, more than 100 people
wearing yellow PLP t-shirts and
waving pom-poms danced to
the music blaring from loud-
speakers on two trucks parked
outside the school gates.
The supporters rushed into
the school with candidate Ryan
Pinder, who was accompanied
by his wife and children, his
mother and father, former Mal-
colm Creek MP Marvin Pinder,
and party leader Perry Christie,
chairman Bradley Roberts and
MPs Brave Davis and Shane
As Mr Thompson presented
him with a receipt for the $400
fee and nomination forms with
a list of five people in the con-
stituency who had nominated
him, Mr Pinder jumped up
from the table and raised his
arm in the air. The crowd of
around two dozen supporters
in the room cheered as he
hugged and kissed his wife,
mother and daughter, before
giving the peace sign to the
cameras and quickly changing it
to the PLP "OK" hand signal.
Mr Pinder was greeted by a
cheering crowd in the school
courtyard and National Devel-
opment Party (NDP) candidate
Andre Rollins -who had been
waiting to submit his nomina-
tion before the PLP went in-
asked Mr Pinder if he would
engage in a live debate.
Mr Pinder backed away qui-
etly without answering the
NDP candidate, who walked
into the nomination room with
a plastic bag containing 1,600
quarters - his nomination fee
- which Dr Rollins said repre-
sented the 1,600 votes he needs
to win the seat.
The fourth candidate to nom-
inate was Bahamas Democrat-
ic Movement leader Cassius
Stuart who kept his entrance
low-key with just 10 support-
ers wearing purple party t-shirts
and calling for change.
Rodney Moncur from the
Workers' Party was the final
candidate to successfully sub-
mit his nomination at around
11am with six supporters at his
side. Mr Moncur, sporting sun-
glasses and a suit, gave a speech
outside the school gates slam-
ming the FNM and PLP, and
arguing how he is the right man
to represent the people of Eliz-
abeth as an activist and sup-
porter of capital punishment.
United Christian Love Rev-
olution Movement leader God-
frey "Pro" Pinder pulled into
the school parking lot at
11.59am, and after asking Tri-
bune reporters for directions to
the nomination office ran to
submit his nomination before
the office closed at noon.
Although Mr Thompson
kept the office open for Mr Pin-
der to return to his car and
retrieve his nomination papers
and his cheque book, he could
not accept the personal cheque
as legislation requires the pay-
ment be made in cash or by cer-
tified cheque. The attorney and
parliamentary hopeful dressed
in a suit, pink shirt and tie,
solemnly returned to his car,
declining to speak to the press
any more than to say he had
been in court that morning
which was the reason for his
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010, PAGE 9
Police probe armed robberies across capital
FROM page one
According to police, the victim, a white man,
was approached by another man who bran-
dished a handgun and demanded cash.
The victim turned over the money and the
culprit escaped in a right-hand drive, grey
coloured Honda, heading west on Carter
Just after 9 o'clock that morning, police
were contacted about an armed robbery on
Sandford Drive, off Marlin Drive. A woman
was just arriving at the home of a family mem-
ber when two men, one with a handgun,
approached her and demanded the keys to
her 2003 black Toyota Corolla.
The men fled the area in the car, which was
recovered a short time later.
On Thursday night, just after 8pm, another
armed robbery took place at Coral Lakes. A
woman was about to enter her home when
she was accosted by a man armed with a hand-
gun who demanded cash. He robbed the victim
of her handbag and fled in a waiting vehicle
driven by another man.
Another female victim was attacked just
before 7pm on Wednesday while walking on
Rosetta Street. She told police she was
approached by a man wearing a white t-shirt,
a white and blue jacket and short pants.
The robber brandished a handgun and
demanded cash. After the victim complied,
he made off with cash, fleeing the scene in a
red two-door sports utility vehicle.
At around 2pm on the same day, police
received information of an armed robbery at a
phone card booth on East Street South.
Officers were told that a man armed with a
handgun robbed the booth and its occupants of
several phone cards and jewellery. He also
stole an employee's Mazda SUV, which he
used to make his getaway heading north on
East Street. About an hour earlier, another
armed robbery was reported in Stapeldon Gar-
dens. Police were told that a woman arriving
home was attacked by a man wearing a white
shirt, blue jeans and a yellow and green turban.
The man brandished a handgun and demand-
ed the keys to her vehicle.
He made off with the victim's Grey Toyota
Rav 4, plate number 20337 and her handbag
containing her passport, cell phone and other
The victim reported that the robber was
accompanied by a slim man, but said she did
not see in which direction they headed after
Wednesday's three incidents came on the
heels of four other armed robberies earlier in
The first is reported to have taken place at
around 9.30am in the parking lot of the Old
Sunshine Theatre on Baillou Hill Road.
According to police, an armed man wearing a
blue tam and navy blue sweater robbed a
woman of her 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara.
A few hours later, a man wearing a blue shirt
with a towel over his face robbed the G 7 L
store on Carmichael Road. He made off with
cash and a burgundy coloured jeep, plate num-
Later that day, the Please One store was
robbed by two gun-toting men who made off
with cash and the company's white van, plate
Just before 10am on Tuesday, a phone booth
on Carmichael Road was robbed by a man
wearing jeans and a blue jacket.
Police are investigating all the incidents.
Ministry of Education to make no more
comments while seeking legal advice
FROM page one
"working diligently with all relevant agencies and authorities to
finalise the clearly defined process to be taken by all stake-
holders in such matters."
The statement came as tensions continued over the Min-
istry's decision to relocate the Principal and Vice Principal of
the North Eleuthera High School, along with several other
senior administrators on the island, earlier this week.
The shifts came amidst the Ministry's concerns over child sex
abuse allegations in Eleuthera communities, although none
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of the administrators moved has been implicated in this activ-
In an "urgent" statement released yesterday, education offi-
cials stated: "The public is advised that the activities which
occasioned the recent reassignment of administrators in the
Eleuthera district are under active investigation.
"As such, no further statements will be made with respect to
the details of the incidents. The Ministry is aware of the legal
issues involved in these incidents, and as we seek to obtain
advice, we ask all concerned to be mindful of the rights of
It added: "We wish to reaffirm to the people of Eleuthera that
the reassignment of the principals were predicated on the pro-
vision of equitable leadership for the schools of the district.
"The education of all our students in a safe and nurturing
environment remains the mission of the Ministry of Education.
We are aware that your children, our students, are the nation's
Minister of Education Desmond Bannister has committed
himself to visiting Eleuthera next week to speak with parents
about the Ministry's decision and any issues they may have with
Parents kept around 200 children out of North Eleuthera
High School each day this week to protest the Ministry's deci-
sion to move the Principal, who many parents and the executive
of the Parent Teachers Association had credited with enhanc-
ing discipline and educational standards at the school since
she arrived last September.
FROM page one
head and suffered a broken ankle.
Senator Thompson told The Tribune that he received
information that his daughter had fallen from a window
onto a concrete surface and sustained injuries to her foot
"She is at Doctor's Hospital now undergoing surgery.
We are concerned about the bleeding in her head and we
are hoping that everything is okay," he said.
According to reports, it is believed that the incident
occurred in the early morning hours of Friday at a resi-
dence in the Lucaya area off Balao Road.
She was taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital and lat-
er airlifted to Nassau.
Details are very sketchy. Police officials were unaware
of the incident.
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the safety and general well
being of athletes. Nautilus is
further providing service
from among its staff to aug-
ment the many volunteers
from the community.
Speaking on behalf of
Marathon Bahamas, Ms.
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Health & Life Insurance
Manager for Sunshine
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Marathon Volunteer coor-
dinator, expressed her plea-
sure "on this very high qual-
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the many official sponsors
and providing from its staff
many volunteers to join our
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our runners in this historic ..
* THE New Providence
Basketball Association will
be joining forces with its
members to aid earthquake
NPBA president Keith
'Belzee' Smith has
announced that they have
earmarked Saturday, Feb-
ruary 6 at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium as a special day
to raise funds for the people
"We are asking persons
to make a donation of ten
dollars and a canned good,"
Smith said. "All cash pro-
ceeds of the door will be
given to the Red Cross to
assist them with their Haiti
"We are also asking
Churches o forge a part-
nership with us by providing
the use of their praise and
worship teams in this
The evening will get start-
ed with a game featuring
players from the New Prov-
idence Women Basketball
Association at 6:30 p.m.
Following the Praise and
Worship experience, there
will be a Haitian/Bahami-
an All-Star game at 9 p.m.
Persons wishing to be a
part of the event are urged
to contact Keith Smith at
323-0314-5 or 424-6950,
Alsworth 'Whitey' Pick-
stock at 393-0426 or Edgar
Pickstock at 393-0426 or
The Tribune wants to
hear from people who are
making news in their
you are raising funds for
a good cause,
improvements in the area
or have won an award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.
Centreville Primary boys takes volleyball title
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
COACH Pedro Pierre
was not satisfied with
his Centreville Pri-
mary winning just the Prima-
ry Schools Sports Associa-
tion's boys basketball title.
He wanted the volleyball
crown as well.
Pierre guided Centreville
to a three-set upsetting victo-
ry over Columbus in the final
of the week-long tournament
on Friday at the Kendal
"Automatic. Point blank I
told our kids this is our year,"
a jubilant Pierre said. "This
is the first volleyball for us,
so it feels great to be champi-
Centreville pulled off an
impressive 17-6, 9-17 and 15-
13 triumph over Columbus in
a see-saw battle that went
right down the wire. It was
reminiscent of their 12-11 win
over Stephen Dillet in the
basketball final last year.
"We got relaxed and they
just let up," said Pierre in try-
ing to determine exactly what
happened in the second set of
the volleyball game. "But we
had number five and he saved
the day for us."
Number five whom Pierre
was referring to was Valerio
Nesbitt, who played an all-
around game, along with
Keanu Rolle for a 1-2 punch
Nesbitt, a sixth grader and
team captain, said it was a
"I think we had a head start
and that helped us," Nesbitt
said. "I think the team per-
formed very well. We were
bumping and serving and hit-
ting. We really wanted to
Rolle, one of the stars in
Centreville's basketball tri-
umph, said it was good to win
the championship again for
"Columbus was solid. They
had a big guy who was spiking
the ball," Rolle said. "At first
we couldn't stop him, but we
found a way when we just
waited to receive the ball and
that is how we won."
Last year, Columbus had to
settle for second place and
they ended up in that same
position again this year.
Coach Lawrence Sweeting
said this time around,
"I think Centreville had a
very good team. We defeated
them in the round robin play
and we knew that we would
have met them again in the
final," he said. "They just
played better than us."
Javon Taylor and Jermaine
Marvelous counteract with a
1-2 tandam for columbus.
While the boys game was
decided right at the end, the
girls game was not as fiercely
contested as Yellow Elder
also pulled off a double feat
with a two-set sweep over
Yellow Elder, winner of the
girls basketball tournament,
easily disposed of Garvin
Tynes 17-9, 17-6 as
Desmonique Stubbs and
Robin Porter came through
with some tremendous serves.
In the first set, Stubbs
scored the final eight points
from the service line to seal
the initial win for Yellow
Elder. Then in the second set,
Porter opened up with the
first five points from the line
and finished off with the last
five to seal the deal.
Porter said she anticipated
the type of performance they
"I think that it was good
how we played," she said. "I
love my performance as well."
Garvin Tynes' coach Jan-
ice Williams said her team just
fell apart after losing the first
"I'm not disappointed in
them though. I though we
would come third behind
Claridge," she said. "So
although we didn't win, I'm
still proud of them getting
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Warner brings stirring 12-
year NFL career to an end
KURT Warner has called
an end to one of the great sto-
rybook careers in NFL history.
The 38-year-old quarterback
announced his retirement
from the game on Friday after
a dozen years in a league that
at first rejected him, then
revered him as he came from
nowhere to lead the lowly St.
Louis Rams to two Super
Bowls, winning the first of
Written off as a has-been,
he rose again to lead the long-
suffering Arizona Cardinals to
the Super Bowl a year ago.
"I'm excited about what's
next," Warner said. "Before I
was always excited about next
Warner walked away with a
year left on a two-year, $23
million contract, knowing he
still had the skills to play at the
He had one of the greatest
postseason performances ever
in Arizona's 51-45 overtime
wild card victory over Green
Bay on Jan. 10, but sustained a
brutal hit in the Cardinals' 45-
14 divisional round loss at New
Orleans six days later.
"He has had a dominant
career. He's a good person,"
Cardinals defensive tackle
Darnell Dockett said. "He's
got to do what's best for his
family. He played long
enough. He took us to the
Super Bowl last year. We had
a great season this year. It's a
good thing. If you're going to
go out, go out on top."
ARIZONA Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner speaks to reporters in the locker room Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at the NFL football
team's practice facility in Tempe, Ariz., the day after the Cardinals lost to the New Orleans Saints in a divisional playoff game.
Warner leaves the game
with a legacy that could land
him in the Hall of Fame even
though he didn't start his first
game until he was 28.
In a comparison with the 14
quarterbacks to make the Hall
of Fame in the last 25 years,
Warner has a better career
completion percentage, yards
per pass attempt and yards per
game. Only Dan Marino had
more career 300-yard passing
In 124 regular-season games,
Warner completed 65.5 per-
cent of his passes for 32,344
yards and 208 touchdowns. He
and Fran Tarkenton are the
only NFL quarterbacks to
throw for 100 touchdowns and
14,000 yards for two teams.
Warner, who grew up in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
played collegiately at North-
ern Iowa, ranks among the
career leaders in a variety of
He was also the fastest play-
er in NFL history to 10,000
yards passing and tied Dan
Marino as fastest to reach
He has the top three pass-
ing performances in Super
Bowl history. His 1,156 yards
passing in the 2008 playoffs
broke the NFL record of 1,063
he set with St. Louis in 1999.
Warner's rise from obscurity
seems the stuff of sports fic-
He played three seasons in
the Arena Football League
and one in NFL Europe,
mixed in with a sting stocking
grocery shelves back in Iowa.
Warner made the Rams as a
backup in 1998, then was thrust
into the starting role in 1999
when Trent Green was injured.
What followed was a mas-
terful and wholly unexpected
season, when he led the Rams
to a 13-3 regular-season record,
then a Super Bowl triumph
over Tennessee. He was
named the league and Super
St. Louis was upset in the
first round of the playoffs the
following season, but Warner
had them back in the big game
in 2001, where "The Greatest
Show on Turf" lost a squeaker
to New England. The season
earned him a second NFL
Venus, Serena win doubles
title at Australian Open
Mark Baker/AP Photo
SERENA Williams of the United States, right, and her sister
Venus Williams celebrate during the awarding ceremony, after
beating Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of the United
States to win the final of the Women's Doubles at the Australian
Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday Jan.
VENUS Williams is a much
better doubles partner for her
sister Serena than she is a
keeper of the score.
The Williams sisters won
their fourth Australian Open
doubles title on Friday, beating
Cara Black and Liezel Huber
6-4, 6-3 in the final at Rod
At the end, Venus couldn't
figure out why Serena was so
excited about what she thought
was a game point. And Serena
was perplexed why Venus was
so subdued on match point.
The problem: Venus had
lost track of the score.
The sisters, sitting in front
of their newly won silverware
in a news conference, couldn't
contain their laughter when
asked about the comical finish
to the match.
"I actually didn't know the
score, I thought that it was 5-
2," Venus said. "I really don't
know how I lost track. So I was
confused, but I guess that's just
"I thought, she's really hap-
py about this break. I thought,
'Wow, I've never seen her this
happy'. But I'll go with it."
Serena was happy, and con-
"Yeah, I thought, 'OK, this
is exciting. We defended our
title' and she was like, 'What's
going on?' I'm like, 'The match
is over. We're done now.' It
Venus said not knowing they
were one game away from
clinching the match might have
"I guess it's easier to hold at
3-2 instead of 4-3. I thought it
was break point," she said. "I
didn't know it was match. I
need to play all my matches
like this without knowing the
score. I think it would help."
The sisters broke Huber's
service to open the second set
and won the match when they
again broke Huber, clinching it
on a winning reflex volley by
Serena. They high-fived each
other at the side of the court
after the win.
The Williams sisters won the
Australian title for the first
time in 2001 and added cham-
pionships in 2003 and last year.
Black, of Zimbabwe, and
Huber, a South African-born
American citizen, won the
Australian Open doubles title
in 2007 and were the top-seed-
ed team in the tournament this
"I have to congratulate
Venus and Serena for a great
tournament - you guys are
too good," Black said.
It was the llth time the
Williams sisters have combined
for a Grand Slam doubles title.
Serena has 11 singles majors,
also, and is hoping for a 12th in
the Australian Open final on
Saturday against Justine
Venus Williams has also
won a mixed doubles title at
the Australian Open - in 1998
with American Jason Gimel-
stob. Serena Williams was a
losing finalist in mixed doubles
here with Max Mirnyi of
Belarus in 1999.
No. 13 Gonzaga rallies past Santa Clara 71-64
SANTA CLARA, Calif.
ALL it took was taking a
step back, clearing the mind
and keeping it simple. It helps
when you have a returning
first-team all-conference play-
er there to lead the way.
Matt Bouldin and Steven
Gray each scored 19 points,
and No. 13 Gonzaga rallied
from a 14-point deficit in the
second half to beat Santa
Clara 71-64 on Thursday night
for its ninth straight victory.
"We just kept trying to
close the gap and keep mak-
ing stops," Bouldin said. "We
were just trying to win."
Elias Harris had 16 points
and 14 rebounds for the Bull-
dogs (17-3, 6-0 West Coast
Conference), who closed with
a 12-0 run over the final 5:55
and beat the Broncos for the
eighth straight time.
"We just slowed down and
made simple plays," Gonzaga
coach Mark Few said. "We
were playing a little frantic,
just like the way we were
practicing yesterday. Some-
times you don't need to try
to make a play that has a 30
percent chance of working.
You make the simple plays."
Bouldin was at his best over
the final 15 minutes, scoring
seven points, recording two
of his four steals and three of
his six assists as the Zags
eventually got back into the
"In my mind they have an
All-American guard in
Bouldin who is not going to
get rattled," Santa Clara
coach Kerry Keating said.
"He has been through the
wars since day one."
Niyi Harrison scored 14
points to lead the Broncos (9-
14, 1-5), who have lost seven
of their past eight home
games. Robert Smith added
13 points and Marc Trasolini
"They made a couple of
pushes when we were turning
the ball over," Trasolini said.
"They were getting easy
looks, getting to the foul line
and converting our mistakes.
They just kept pushing and
Harris hit a pair of free
throws with 6:17 left to bring
Gonzaga within two. Michael
Santos converted a three-
point play to extend the lead
to 64-59, but Santa Clara did-
n't score again.
Robert Sacre hit one of two
free throws before Bouldin
made a steal and fed Gray for
a 3-pointer that pulled the
Bulldogs to 64-63 with 5:09
Mangisto Arop gave Gon-
zaga its first lead since early in
the game on a putback with
4:02 to go. The Zags con-
trolled the offensive boards,
Sacre hit a short jump hook
to make it 67-64, then the
Broncos missed two attempts
at a tying 3-pointer. With 1
second left on the shot clock,
Gray hit a layup to put the
Zags up by five with 19 sec-
onds to go. After a turnover,
Bouldin sealed it with a layup
with 7 seconds left.
"We settled down on both
ends of the court and we got
into the right spots," Few said.
Ben Margot/AP Photo
GONZAGA'S Steven Gray, right, looks for a way around Santa
Clara's Robert Smith (1) during the first half of an NCAA college
basketball game Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, in Santa Clara, Calif.
boys takes title
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into the final."
Coach Cardinal Moncur
said it was easy because vol-
leyball is all that his girls at
Yellow Elder are interested
"Volleyball, volleyball, I
can't teach PE unless they
play volleyball. This is their
sport," he charged. "This is
what they live and die for.
They are not worried about
winning or losing, just as
long as they can play vol-
Moncur, however, said he
was surprised that they won
the way they did.
"I thought that there
would have been some ral-
lies," he said. "Most of our
girls are in the d'Albenas
Club and so they are con-
stantly playing volleyball."
In the consolation game,
Oakes Field got the better
of Garvin Tynes with a 15-
9, 10-15, 15-5 win.
Zindora Munnings, who
coached Oakes Field in the
absence of head coach Mar-
garet Albury, said they
played very well.
"They were going into
the playoff a little down
after losing to Columbus,
but they lifted up their
momentum and really
played well," Mullings said.
Cory Sands, the team
captain, said they came out
and played as hard as they
could after not getting into
"We really did this for
coach Albury, who was
sick," he said.
Garvin Tynes' coach Jan-
ice Williams said they didn't
play up to par.
"They didn't want it as
bad as the other team and
that is why we lost," she
said. "We needed to put
more hustle into our serving
and bumping. They played
Michael Butler was the
key player in leading their
And in the girls consola-
tion game, Claridge pre-
vailed with a three set vic-
tory over Uriah, taking the
third and final set 15-9.
"We only had two weeks
to practice," said Claridge
coach Latoya Sturrup, not-
ing that they were still cele-
brating their victory in
junior junkanoo. "The
weather was so bad, so it's a
great feeling to win, even
though we didn't get into
Coach Frederick Carey
said his Uriah squad fell
down on the service box.
"Most of these kids are
in grade four, so I think the
experience will really help
them next year," he said.
Association public rela-
tions officer Frank Johnson
said the teams have shown
a great deal of improvement
from last year and if that is
any indication, he said the
junior schools should bene-
fit from some very good
players in the future.
route to 2 fights
OSCAR De La Hoya
thinks his promotions
company will soon wrap
up a deal for Floyd May-
weather Jr. to fight Sugar
Shane Mosley in May.
And after that, De La
Hoya still believes May-
weather will meet Manny
Pacquiao in the not-too-
"That fight has to hap-
pen," De La Hoya said
Tuesday of Mayweather-
Pacquiao, which fell apart
earlier this month in a
drug-testing dispute. "It's
too big not to happen. We
just have to cross one hur-
De La Hoya weighed in
on the state of the welter-
weight division at a news
conference to announce
the next fight for Victor
Ortiz, one of his junior
Ortiz will headline the
first Fight Night Club
show of the new year at
the downtown Club
Nokia on Feb. 25.
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GRADE 2 students of Ridgeland Primary School received awards of Excellence and Honour roll yesterday as the school honoured their out-
standing students from each grade level with the Theme "Hard Work and Determination Equal Success".
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