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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 5, 2010
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27-year-old in court

accused of killing

ex-pat businessman
Tribune Staff Reporter

A MAN appeared in court
yesterday charged with the
brutal execution-style slaying
of British ex-pat businessman
Hywel Jones.
Frankly Stubbs, 27, is
charged with the murder of
the Welsh-born financier.
He was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
court number eight, Bank
Lane. The accused was led
into court wearing blue jeans,
a blue shirt and a blue wind-
Court dockets allege that
on April 22, 2009, Stubbs -
being concerned with others
- did intentionally by means
of unlawful harm cause Jones'
death. Twenty-six witnesses
are listed on the court dock-
The accused had no attor-
ney present and was not
SEE page eight

A MAN, believed to be
Haitian, was shot dead on
Fox Hill Road last night.
The incident happened
around 7.30pm in an area
known as "The Bend". The
death brings the murder
total for the year so far to

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$10,000 worth of illegal pharmaceuticals seized in raid

MORE than $10,000 in ille-
gally sold prescription med-
ication and sexual enhance-
ment products were removed
from the streets of New Prov-
idence yesterday during the
first raid of the newly-estab-
lished Bahamas Pharmacy
Inspectors and others mem-
bers of the Council netted the
rogue pharmaceuticals by
raiding two stores, one of
them a restaurant.
The Pharmacy Council is
now urging all entities that

are illegally selling prescrip-
tion strength medication, sex-
ual enhancement and other
pharmaceutical products to
cease and desist immediate-
Pharmacy Council Chair-
man Philip Gray called on all
such entities, who through this
practice are putting the con-
sumer at risk, to contact the
Pharmacy Council or the
DEU and deliver to them the
products in question.
Entities that are not sure if
what they are selling might

be medication that requires a
prescription are also encour-
aged to contact professionals
for advice.
Following yesterday's raids,
the products were delivered
to the Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEU) where they were
inventoried and will remain
in custody for the time being.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence at the DEU offices on
Thompson Boulevard, Mr
Gray said that yesterday's
SEE page 11

By-election ballot
boxes to be brought
to court today
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Elizabeth by-election
court hearing is set to commence
on Thursday, March 11, as attor-
neys appeared before the judges
yesterday to set the groundwork
for the case.
An order was made by the court
to have the ballot boxes from the
five polling divisions affected by
the election court challenge
SEE page eight

PLP may review
policy if McCartney
goes independent
Tribune Staff Reporter

WHILE the PLP has made
a conscious decision to run a
candidate in every con-
stituency in the next general
election, the party's leader
said the policy may have to
be reviewed if the FNM
decides to not run Branville
McCartney under their party
banner in Bamboo Town.
While admitting the popu-
larity and competence of the
Bamboo Town MP, Mr
Christie said he really did not
want to be seen as "encour-
aging" to the FNM's Member
of Parliament as it will only
"feed his enemies within that
"From my perspective he
certainly is one of the exciting
personalities they have
attracted to the party. Bran
SEE page eight

Lawyer expected
in court on fraud
related charges
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LAWYER is expected
to be arraigned on fraud relat-
ed charges in a magistrate's
court early next week, police
The lawyer, and two oth-
ers, were taken into police
custody earlier this week for
questioning after several
fraud complaints were lodged
against them. After police
investigations, two of the
lawyers were released, how-
ever the third, should be
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Environment Minister

tables beach erosion

photos in Parliament

SENATOR AND CHAIRMAN of the Committee to Protect and Preserve
the Bahamas for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the
erosion of the beach to committee members Ryan Pinder and Ricar-
do Smith.

Tribune Staff Reporter

erosion on Paradise Island and
Rose Island have been tabled in
Parliament by Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux amidst
ongoing complaints over the
state of Saunders Beach.
PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger-
ald called for Minister Deveaux
to resign over the Saunders
Beach erosion he attributes to
the FNM government's dredg-
ing of Nassau harbour and
extension work at Arawak Cay
over the last six months.
But Mr Deveaux argues that
beach erosion has occurred at
several north facing beaches on
New Providence, Paradise
Island and Rose Island which
have taken a pounding from
strong wave action in extreme
weather conditions.
On Wednesday he tabled in

Parliament 14 photographs of
battered beaches on Paradise
Island and Rose Island, north
east of New Providence.
Mr Deveaux maintains that
high winds brought on by a
series of cold fronts in recent
months propelled the waves
that pounded these beaches.
"I categorically deny that
erosion at Saunders Beach has
anything to do with the dredg-
ing of the harbour or extension
of Arawak Cay," said Mr

"To suggest that these occur-
rences are caused by anything
other than the extreme weather
conditions is irresponsible.
"The only beaches not expe-
riencing it are on the lee side."
Concerned conservationist
Clint Kemp said beach erosion
is widespread despite efforts to
reverse it in some areas, how-
ever he believes it may be
attributed to sand mining off
the northeastern end of Rose
Island, and north of Salt Cay,
known as Blue Lagoon Island.
"The sand travels down the
coast," he said. "And we have
been mining the major sand

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ERODING CONFIDENCE: People walk along Cabbage Beach. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux argues that beach erosion has occurred
at several north facing beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Rose Island which have taken a pounding from strong wave action

in extreme weather conditions.

production area we have for
years and years, so it only
makes sense that obviously if
we start taking the sand away,
beaches on the northern side
of the shore will erode."
Mr Kemp would like to see
environmental research to
determine the affect sand min-
ing has on the beaches that
draw millions of tourists to the
Bahamas and thereby sustain
our number one industry.
But tonnes of sand are
required every year for con-
struction projects, and Mr
Kemp said building a golf

course alone requires around
3,000 truck-loads of sand.
The Albany development on
the southwestern coast of New
Providence will require regu-
lar sand imports to maintain
the western end of Adelaide
beach after developers cut
through the coastline to build a
marina, he said.
"It's all speculative at this
point but it's common sense,"
Mr Kemp said. "If you take the
sand and it gets depleted, you
won't have enough for the
Atlantis Resort bosses did

not return calls for comment
on the state of Cabbage Beach
before The Tribune went to
press last night, but Mr
Deveaux said Kerzner Interna-
tional has not voiced any con-
cerns to the government.
The minister said his depart-
ment hopes to mitigate beach
erosion in the long term by
removing shallow-rooted inva-
sive casuarina trees and Hawai-
ian scaveolla from the shore-
line, and replacing them with
local species such as sea grapes
and sea oats which naturally
protect the shoreline.

Bahamian-born Google

exec to give talk in Nassau

Jon Cross, a senior account manager at
Google's UK Head Office will return home
to Nassau to make a presentation on his expe-
riences with the groundbreaking internet com-
pany over the last six years.
Jon will be hosted by the Bahamas Internet
Association (BIA) and the event is being spon-
sored by Paradigm Business Solutions.
According to the BIA, "This is a timely pre-
sentation as many Bahamian residents and
businesses are seeking ways to increase their
revenues and decrease costs. Also, well estab-
lished businesses are learning that the culture
of the workplace is changing and employees
are demanding more flexibility and teamwork.
"These traditionally run businesses are try-
ing to learn how to foster a positive and flexi-
ble work culture, while maintaining their stan-
dards and profitability. Many are looking to the
internet for the answers and tools to address
these goals," said the association in a state-
Jon's presentation will aim to address these
concerns. The BIA said he will share his expe-
riences of working on major internet advertis-
ing campaigns that have run on the Google
network, and explain how internet advertis-
ing can generally benefit companies.
Jon will also explain how Google's model
fosters innovation and how Bahamian com-

panies can emulate Google's innovative and
flexible work culture.
He said: "Even though I've lived away from
Nassau for the past 18 years, I still consider it
home and I visit almost every year. I'm thrilled
to be sharing some of my experiences at
Google with other Bahamians."

Damien Forsythe, event organiser for the
Bahamas Internet Association, said: "I've know
Jon for a few years and I've visited his London
Google office in person and I'm very excited to
hear more in his presentation."
Chad Bowe, one of the principals of the BIA
and co-owner of Paradigm Business Solutions,
added: "We are thrilled to be part of an event
like this where someone born and raised in
Nassau and who is working with one of the
most prominent internet companies of our
time will offer invaluable advice."
If booked in advance online, the three-course
lunch and presentation is $40 per person. Oth-
erwise the price is $55 at the door, if space
remains available.
The Bahamas Internet Association is an
independent, non-profit group that promotes
effective and profitable use of the internet by
Bahamian residents and businesses.


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Two held by police
after suspected

marijuana found
A MAN and a woman
are in police custody after
officers of the Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU)
seized five and a half
pounds of suspected mari-
juana from a residence on
Harmony Hill off Village
The DEU officers car-
ried out a search of the
house at around 9.30am
The persons taken into
custody for questioning in
connection with the matter
are a 38-year-old man and a
30-year-old woman.


* A MASKED man,
reportedly armed with a
handgun, robbed the
Jubilee Convenience Store
on Fire Trail Road yester-
day afternoon.
Shortly after 12:20pm,
police arrived at the scene
and were told that a
masked man, wearing a
green striped shirt and blue
jeans, and allegedly armed
with a handgun, entered the
store demanding cash.
The culprit robbed the
store of an undetermined
amount of cash and fled the
area in a black Honda
Accord with the licence
plate number 173007.


* ACTING on a tip, offi-
cers of the Drug Enforce-
ment Unit (DEU) searched
a bushy area in the Excel-
lence Estates area off
Carmichael Road at around
2.30pm yesterday. The offi-
cers discovered a handgun
with a small amount of
ammunition under a stone.
No one was taken into
custody. Police are investi-

Man charged

with sex with

underage girl

man accused of having
sex with an underage
girl was arraigned in a
Magistrate's Court yes-
It is alleged that
Edward Renaldo Rolle
of Foxdale, on February
28, had unlawful inter-
course with a girl
between 14 and 16 years
of age.
Rolle, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusolla Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to
enter a plea to the
He was granted $7,500
bail with one surety.
The case has been
adjourned to June 17 for
the commencement of a
preliminary inquiry.
Sergeant Herbert Dun-
combe prosecuted the


websites come

in for criticism

Tribune Staff Reporter

were evasive yesterday when
confronted with questions
about the
In the wake of several com-
plaints, The Tribune sought to
clarify whether government
websites are developed and
managed according to a web-
site development plan or a
national information technol-
ogy policy, and whether the management
team has the relevant train-
ing or a background in tech-
Standards vary as to the
management of ministry web-
sites. Some ministries have
their own domain names, such
as the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA), which came
under criticism Wednesday by
member of parliament Fred
Mitchell. Most ministries have
sub-domain names under the
main government website.
Speaking of the govern-
ment's main domain, web
developer Chris Thronebury
of 242 Studios, said: "It is hor-
rid. There is no flow to it. You
have different departments
with different looks. I don't
know what the real facts are,
but most government agen-
cies look to get stuff for the
cheapest they can get it and
that is exactly what it looks
like. Pages take a long time
to load. There is no clean nav-
Government websites are
managed by a web team in the
Data Processing Unit (DPU)
at the Ministry of Finance.
Comment could not be
obtained from the Deputy
National Co-ordinator for
Information Technology,
Wade Watson; the director of
web design, the director of the
Information Technology Unit
and two web administrators
stationed in the DPU.
One administrator hung up
after stating the only person
able to comment on the web-
site was the deputy national
co-ordinator. Mr Watson
instructed The Tribune to
write to the financial secre-
tary in the Ministry of Finance
about any statements for pub-
lication in the newspaper.
"I am not at liberty to dis-
close any information on
behalf of the Ministry of
Finance. I am not at liberty
and don't have the authority
to comment," said Mr Wat-
Mr Thronebury, who has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in
interactive media design, said
he is not sure what the pur-
pose of the government's web-
site is. He said all websites
should have a clear purpose,
which should be readily dis-

"In visiting it I don't really
get a strong sense of what they
want me to do when I get to
their website. The scrolling
news ticker at the top is pret-
ty antiquated. The look of the
menu bar on the left is poor.
Design wise, the header leaves
a lot to be desired. It looks
like someone's brother's
cousin did it. They just took a
lot of Bahamian pictures and
faded them into each other.
You can't kill the designer
because that is what the client
may have wanted it to look
like," he said.
One government employee
said each ministry has the ulti-
mate choice of what to do
with their website, although
the DUP prefers all websites
to operate under the main
government domain.

FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell
criticised the website of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In light of the MOFA pro-
jecting to be $250,000 under
budget, Mr Mitchell asked this
week for an explanation of
why the money was not put
to use on the website.
"The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has a website. The
website is symptomatic per-
haps of what is happening
there. Nothing has been pub-
lished on the ministry's web-
site since the budget state-
ment of the minister last year
prior to July 1," said Mr
"Since that time presum-
ably something has been done
but there is nothing that is
projected on the official site
of the ministry. There is a rea-
son that you have websites
available these days. It allows
the public access to informa-
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the business of the country,"
he said.
A government official in the
MOFA said no one is working
on the site right now because
they are in the process of
transferring it to the platform.
That process is being co-ordi-
nated by the administrative
office and the permanent sec-
The condition of the
MOFA website is consistent
with several other government
websites, which have outdated
information, in some cases
from as far back as 2006.
"The template is very limit-
ing. In the very beginning they
said they wanted it not to be
too flashy or flamboyant. The
policy was to have a very aus-
tere looking site. Now they
want it to be more interesting
than it is," said a website con-
tent manager in one of the
Despite the inadequacies
identified by private and pub-
lic sector commentators, some
administrators say the website
is useful. In the case of the
Department of Culture, web-
master Francis Fox said pri-
mary and secondary school
students, and College of the
Bahamas students especially,
use the website for assign-
"People find it tremen-
dously useful. That is the rep-
utation we have, and the Cul-
tural Resource Centre. Peo-
ple have written books and
done degree theses from the
resource centre. People find
the website to be extremely
helpful in doing culture
research. They look to the
website for a lot of historical
information," said Mr Fox.

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Obama the 'outsider' from inside DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - The throw-
the-bums-out mentality is so strong in Amer-
ican politics that even the ultimate insider -
the president of the United States - is run-
ning against Washington.
Casting yourself as an outsider from
inside the White House is no easy trick,
especially when your party controls both
houses of Congress. But that doesn't stop
Barack Obama from trying.
"At stake right now is not just our ability
to solve this problem," President Obama
said Wednesday, referring to the U.S. health
care system, "but our ability to solve any
problem. The American people want to
know if it's still possible for Washington to
look out for their interests and their future."
It may seem like a stretch, but it makes
political sense for President Obama to run
against Washington. Other presidents,
including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton,
did it for most of their terms. President
George W. Bush convinced voters he was a
regular Joe rather than the privileged son of
a former president - George H.W. Bush
- who served for years in Washington.
Voters despise the place.
Almost nine out of 10 Americans say
officials in Washington are heavily influ-
enced by special interests and only care
about getting re-elected, according to a
recent CNN/Opinion Research poll. Nearly
as many say Washington politicians are out
of touch. "Honest" is a word that only 22 per
cent of Americans would use to describe
their national leaders.
A CBS News/New York Times poll in
early February found 81 per cent saying it's
time to elect new people to Congress, with
just 8 per cent saying most members deserve
These are anemic numbers, even for
Washington. The anti-establishment fervor
has many consequences:
* The once-dismissed loose confedera-
tion of "tea party" activists opposed to big
government, bailouts and higher taxes is
causing heartburn for establishment candi-
dates across the country.
* Republican Scott Brown won the seat
long held by Sen. Ted Kennedy after promis-
ing to change Washington's ways.
* Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lost a GOP
primary fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Forced to choose between two incumbents,
Texas voters sided heavily against the one
who works in Washington.
No stranger to the politics of change,
President Obama is trying to find his footing
in an unfriendly landscape. And so there he
was Wednesday, spinning his White House
service into an anti-Washington crusade.
President Obama said: "I spent seven

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hours at a summit where Democrats and
Republicans engaged the public in substan-
tive discussion about health care."
The spin: He is uniting a divided capital.
President Obama said: "So now is the
time to make a decision about how to final-
ly reform health care so that it works, not
just for the insurance companies, but for
America's families and businesses."
The spin: He's not beholden to special
interest groups like the rest of Washington.
President Obama said: "I'll leave it to
others to sift through the politics. Because
that's not what this is about. That's not why
we're here."
The spin: He's above politics. He's not
part of that mess in Washington.
And, finally, President Obama said his
health care plan "incorporates the best ideas
from Democrats and Republicans - includ-
ing some of the ideas that Republicans
offered during the health care summit."
The spin: He's a get-it-done public ser-
vant, not a Washington ideologue.
It wasn't always this way. For many
decades, Washington was a town politicians
proudly called their own - the pinnacle of
their profession. But as the public's faith in
government started its long decline in the
1960s, presidents and other politicians began
distancing themselves from the nation's cap-
ital. Reagan's election in 1980 made anti-
Washington rhetoric a cliche for future pres-
idents. Indeed, the cornerstone of Presi-
dent Obama's campaign was his promise to
make Washington work for the public. But
the burdens of governing have largely stifled
his "change we can believe in" agenda.
A month ago, while scrambling to recov-
er from Brown's election, President Oba-
ma warned lawmakers that voters will pun-
ish them in November if they fail to fix
health care. "If Congress decides we're not
going to do it, even after all the facts are
laid out, all the options are clear, then the
American people can make a judgment as to
whether this Congress has done the right
thing for them or not," he said.
Note that President Obama referred to
the Democratic-led Congress as "this Con-
gress" as if it weren't part of the political
structure that he's leading. Was he distanc-
ing himself from a Democratic Congress?
It seemed so.
"They are waiting for us to act," President
Obama said Wednesday. "They are waiting
for us to lead. And as long as I hold this
office, I intend to provide that leadership."
And as long as he lives in Washington,
President Obama is likely to run against it.
(This article was written by Ron Fournier
of the Associated Press).

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read what I can only
describe as the slanted, irre-
sponsible diatribe by one
Abner Pinder by letter in
your newspaper of Wednes-
day, 3rd March, 2010 cap-
tioned "Deeply Disturbed
by Talk Show Host's Pas-
sionate Dislike for Ingra-
ham" and I now respond
It is clear to me that Mr
Pinder is one of the intoler-
ant and unfortunate num-
ber of Bahamians whose
views and ears have been so
bludgeoned by years of par-
tisanship and self-serving
propaganda that they can-
not discern balance or fair-
ness if it is as big as an ele-
My guest on Issues of the
Day on the show that pre-
ceded Mr Vincent Peet was
the Honourable Tommy
Turnquest who like Mr Peet
was treated by me with the
same courtesy, respect and
license to express his views.
Mr Turnquest received an
overwhelming number of
positive and very partisan
calls. After the show with
Mr Turnquest I was bom-
barded by calls to my office
and my home and
approached in public places
by persons of the view that I
allowed Mr Turnquest to be
an apologist for Mr Ingra-
ham and the FNM govern-
ment and allowed callers to
unfairly attack the PLP and
the Honourable Perry
Christie. I reply to them as I
now reply to Mr Pinder-
"That's the way of democ-
racy, get used to it. Grow
As regards Mr Pinder's
statement that I allow an
unfair imbalance of calls to
the show I say, that is utter
nonsense; and as for the
'Pauper' who he refers to as
a caller on more than one
occasion, there is the proud
FNM Calvin Farquharson
who defends his party on my
show and is allowed the
same unbridled expression. I
do, unapologetically, cut off
any caller who ventures into
defamatory statements and
seeks to abuse the right to
free expression.
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ministers of the Free
National Movement have
privately and publicly
applauded the fairness,
objectivity and balance
which typify my hosting of
Issues of the Day, a view
widely held by other politi-
cal groupings and in the
wider community. For Mr
Pinder's information I have
personally contacted the
leadership of the FNM on
several occasions to urge
them to facilitate guests for
my show so as to assure bal-
Yet the most vile, danger-
ous and objectionable part
of Mr Pinder's statement of
intolerance is in his written
words "...I will have no
choice but to ask all my
friends to stop supporting
programmes of this nature
and then maybe there will
be an awakening in the
radio media."
This naked threat to and
intimidation of democratic
expression by Mr Pinder in
calling for a boycott of
media that allows freedom
of expression within the
ambits of our laws and con-
stitution depicts a "Jim
C, i- ' mentality that is most
frightening; and I hope and
pray that Mr Pinder's
"friends" are not as Nean-
derthal as he is in appreciat-
ing this deepening and
maturing of our democracy.
Given their respective his-
tory I verily believe that
both Mr Ingraham and the
newspaper to which Mr Pin-
der writes his letter should
find these naked threats to
constitutionally guaranteed
freedoms quite uncomfort-
Furthermore, many of Mr
Pinder's "friends" are an
important and integral part
of Jones Communications,
and many of his "friends"
have been lifted and lauded
by Love 97 and Jones Com-
munications in ceremonies
and awards befitting their
notable contributions to our

beloved Bahamas.
As for Mr Pinder's fool-
ish assertion that I hate Mr
Ingraham, and his infantile
advice to me in that regard,
I say to Mr Pinder "You just
don't get it".
The time, history and
Algernon Allen of which
you presumably speak have
long been dead and buried
and a renaissance man has
replaced him. One who is
happy with his life and cir-
cumstances and grateful for
the many blessings which
God has bestowed upon him
and his loved ones. This new
Algernon Allen has recom-
mitted his life to family and
country as never before.
This One Bahamas man has
embraced friend and foe
alike and has renewed bro-
ken friendships with plea-
sure. No, Mr Pinder, I do
not hate or dislike Mr Ingra-
ham, quite to the contrary.
What I do hate is blind intol-
erance; I despise words of
advice that ill-disguise polit-
ical operatives about their
infernal mischief; and I pity
the Abner Pinders of my
country who speak and
write words of venom,
threats and untruth in a
shameful attempt to posi-
tion me and mine and to sti-
fle democracy. IT WILL
Sir Lynden Pindling
shaped my youth and posi-
tive appreciation of self; Mr
Ingraham led me to oppor-
tunities to assist my coun-
try's development in ways
that I would never have
imagined; and Mr Christie
reached his hand of friend-
ship over years of partisan-
ship and acrimony to ensure
me equality of opportunity
in my country. I will be eter-
nally grateful to these three
men, but I have not allowed
and will not allow this grati-
tude to cause me to be
"bound to swear to the dog-
mas" of any of them.
Yours in One Bahamas.

March 3, 2010.

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Construction of theatre suites

to cut hospital costs by $14m

THE construction of three new surgical theatre suites and support facilities at the
Princess Margaret Hospital will result in a savings of $14 million for the state-owned
facility, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.
Addressing parliamentarians during his mid-term budget debate contribution,
Dr Minnis said the savings will come as a result of a reduction in the average length
of stay for patients.
He said the average length of stay at PMH currently stands at 7.7 days. Once the
theatres and support facilities are completed, that figure is expected to decrease to
6.5 days.
"With the introduction of our additional theatres and more Out Patient surgery,
we should be able to decrease our average length of stay by 1.2 days, which will
reflect a savings of about $14 million to our institution," Dr Minnis said.
"Therefore one can see the benefit of moving ahead with the construction of
those three new theatres."
Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by November of next
year, at a cost of $5.35 million.

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) entered into a contract with the Inte-
grated Architect Lead Design Team, a Bahamian consortium, late last year for the
design and construction of the three new operating theatres and support facilities.
Dr Minnis noted that the project is the largest capital investment project at PMH
in the past decade.
In addition to the three new theatres, there will be day surgery clinics, post-
surgery clinics, a Central Surgical Supplies Department (CSSD) and a Medical Sur-
gical Supplies Department (MSSD).
At the contract signing for the project last November, Dr Minnis said: "Obviously
the need to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital is pressing and is driven by cur-
rent and projected issues such as population growth, changes in the levels and pat-
terns of diseases, and changing methods and techniques in patient care, et cetera.
"Recognising that a new hospital will take, at a minimum, about six years to plan
and construct, we have determined that key areas for improvements and devel-
opment in the existing facility must be addressed in the interim. This includes urgent
developments in areas such as the Emergency Room, Eye Wing, Dialysis Unit and
the operating theatres."
Dr Minnis said healthcare officials expect similar savings at the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, which is also undergoing a theatre ren-
ovation/expansion programme at an estimated cost of $1.6million.
Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2010, with a projected completion date
of September 2010.

Group health

insurance for

nurses set for April

Minister outlines progress of public health initiatives

Tribune Staff Reporter

PUBLIC health nurses can
expect their group health insurance
to be implemented in April, Min-
ister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
This statement came as he out-
lined the progress of several public
health initiatives during his contri-
bution to the 2009/2010 mid-year
budget debate in the House of
Assembly yesterday.
He said that, as promised by gov-
ernment, public health nurses
received salary increases in Janu-
ary, 2010.
He added that progress is being
made on providing health insur-
ance coverage to these nurses, as
outlined in their 2005 Industrial
Agreement, and this slated to be
implemented by April this year.
This should come as good news
to public nurses who staged a mas-
sive sick-out last year after Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
government would delay imple-
menting their health coverage
because of the troubled economy.
Yesterday, Dr Minnis said public
health nurses and doctors all
received salary increases this bud-
get year, costing the government
The minister said that nurses
"continue to play an integral role in
the national delivery of health
care" underscoring the need for
the recruitment of nurses to
become a top priority issue.

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He said that as of February,
2010, 127 high school seniors in
New Providence took part in the
Nursing Cadet Programme.
Touching on other health issues,
Dr Minnis noted that in the cur-
rent fiscal year - which began on
July, 1 2009 - the Public Hospitals
Authority received a budget allo-
cation of $181,455,991 or 80.3 per
cent of the health budget and 11.9
per cent of the national budget.

Another $3 million was allocated
for capital development projects.
He said for the first time in its 10
year history, the Public Hospital's
Authority had a reduction in over-
time costs. For the first half of the
2009/2010 fiscal year, expenditure
on PHA overtime decreased by
seven per cent compared to the
corresponding period in 2008/2009.

This netted the PHA more than
half a million dollars in savings due
to improved staff scheduling and
other resource management strate-
gies, said Dr Minnis.
The PHA also achieved savings
in electricity and gasoline use, over-
seas patient referrals and contracts
for medical services. The agency
recorded a $494,772 savings in elec-
tricity due to the installation of
timers on its air conditioning units
and a policy of turning off
machines when staff are away from
work areas.
He added that despite the down-
turn in the economy, revenue col-
lection at the Princess Margaret
Hospital has shot up by 12 per cent
or $362,442 for the year thus far.


Move to cut visa application rejection rate

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - Nearly 30 per
cent of visa applications by
Bahamians wishing to study in
the UK were rejected by the
British Consulate General
because persons had failed to
apply properly.
Jasmine Boria-Djellali, senior
entry clearance officer at the
British Consulate General in
New York, reported that the
Consulate processed a total of
65 applications from the
Bahamas in 2009.
"We had a refusal rate of 27
per cent and that is why we are
here today trying to inform stu-
dents the correct way to apply,
and meet with our stakeholders
so we can drop the refusal
rate," she said on Wednesday in
Mrs Djellali said the required
maintenance forms/letters writ-
ten by banking institutions in
the Bahamas are often not
properly worded and can cause
delays in the processing of stu-
dent visa applications.
"I have a big concern with
that. And I think it would be
worth us meeting with bank
branches here to discuss how
things should be worded.
"I looked at someone's bank
letter and it was completely
wrong in comparison to what
we require. The letter is saying
this person has an amount of
funds on the date, but it should
say that the individual has held
the amount of funds for the
past 28 days continuously and
has not dropped," she
explained. Mrs Djellali gave an
extensive presentation about
the visa application process,
including the requirements of
Tier 4 student visa application,
and the Student Visitor Cate-
gory application.
Principals, teachers, and stu-
dents from Sunland Baptist
School, Tabernacle Baptist
Academy, and Eight Mile Rock
High attended the meeting held
at the Foster B Pestaina Hall.
The foreign students con-
tribute significantly to the UK
economy, which saw an injec-
tion of �2.5 billion last year in
tuition fees alone.
"We do value students
because they are a big value to
the UK economy," said Mrs
Djellali, noting that some
70,000 visa applications are
processed each year at the
British Consulate in New York.
The Tier 4 student visa appli-
cation was introduced on
March 31, 2009, and all educa-

tional institutions or universi-
ties in the UK are to be listed
on the UKBGA register list.
Mrs Djellali stated that visa
applications must be support-
ed by a Certificate of Accep-
tance for Study (CAS) from the
institution at which the student
will study, a maintenance
requirement form, and all orig-
inal documents such as school
transcripts, degrees, and pass-
port. The Tier 4 applications
are available online at
Persons can also apply
Students are required to
complete biometrics for finger-
prints and photographs.
Appointments can be made
online for the biometric clinic,
which is held on the second
Tuesday of each month in Nas-
sau. The visa application fee is
$239 US, plus a return fee of
$20 for UPS to have passports
and other paperwork returned
to applicants.
Mrs Djellali said the pro-
cessing of applications usually
takes between five to 10 busi-
ness days, but can be longer
during the busy summer sea-
son. She warned that applicants
submitting forged documents
can face a 10-year ban to the
UK. "We have not experienced

any problems of forged docu-
ments coming from our appli-
cants in the Bahamas, but we
have seen a small number from
domestic or countries in South
America," she said.
Maintenance requirements
for applicants depend on the
duration of the course and
where they study.
She noted that students
enrolled in a course for nine
months or less studying in Lon-
don borough are required to
show they have �800 per month
for the nine months they are in
the UK. The requirement for
nine-month courses outside of
London is �600 for each month.
Persons studying on full uni-
versity degree courses of more
than nine months must show
they have the university fee for
the first year, plus �7,200 for
the first nine months.
The student visitor category
visas are issued to persons on
study for less than six months at
an approved institution in the
UK who do not want to work
and have no intention of
extending their time in the UK.
They can travel without a visa
in their passport, but they must
show an acceptance letter and
evidence showing they can sup-
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PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) ARE: Portia Sands, Fox Hill Urban Renewal; Pastor Warren Anderson,
Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Mr Mitchell; Mrs Turnquest; Pastor Rahming; Pastor Pinder; Rev
Sherelle Saunders, Faith Mission Church of God; Rev Henry Whyte, Coke Methodist Church; Deacon
Theodore Rahming, Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Rev, Sabrina Pinder, St Mark's Native Baptist
Church; and Pastor David Johnson, Macedonia Baptist Church.

Under the auspices of the Fellowship of
Churches of Fox Hill, headed by Rev Dr J
Carl Rahming and vice president Rev Dr
Carrington Pinder, the Fox Hill community
held a special service to pray for the vic-
tims of the Haiti earthquake and to make a

donation to the Red Cross' relief efforts.
The service was held on Wednesday at St
Paul's Baptist Church, where a cheque was
presented to Caroline Turnquest, director
general of the Bahamas Red Cross by Fox
Hill MP Fred Mitchell and the pastors.

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MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister (left) and Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright (right) recently toured schools on Long Island. The ministers are
pictured with Deputy Island Administrator (middle) Roderick Bowe touring the Glinton's Primary
School garden.

Education Minister

impressed with

Long Island schools

MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister and a
delegation of senior educa-
tion officials including the
Permanent Secretary Elma
Garraway visited Long
Island on Friday 26 February
to inspect all of the island's
schools and to speak with
administrators, teachers and
students about their con-
cerns regarding the delivery
of education on the island.
Member of Parliament for
the Long Island and Ragged
Island Constituency Larry
Cartwright and Chief Coun-
cillor Ian Knowles also
accompanied the group on
the tour.
Later in the evening Min-
ister Bannister addressed
students and members of
Long Island communities at
the Bahamas Outstanding
Student Foundation Awards
held at St John's Anglican
Church in Buckley's.
Mr Bannister commend-
ed Trevor Whylly, founder
and organiser of the awards
programme, for his commit-
ment to education by hon-
ouring students for their suc-
cesses over the past 15 years.
He also acknowledged
that he had previously heard
about the success of Long
Island students and that he
was impressed with the edu-
cational programmes at the
schools in Long Island.
"It is no secret in the

Bahamas that some of the
best and brightest students
can be found on this island.
It is a fact that each August
when national examination
results are released, Long
Island is always in the num-
ber one or two spot among
the Family Island Schools
and it is also among the top
in schools both private and
public schools, nation-wide,"
the minister said. He also
noted that the most recent
Grade Level Assessment
Test (GLAT) results show
that Long Island primary
schools had an overall suc-
cess rate of 80 per cent of
student passes with grades
Mr Bannister further not-
ed that some persons
attribute Long Island's suc-
cess to smaller class sizes and
teacher-student ratio but
there are islands that have
similar circumstances but do
not produce the same
"My theory of this accom-
plishment is that Long
Islanders still have that eth-
ic that long ago all schools
throughout the Bahamas
had; which is study hard,
learn your lessons and you
will succeed," he said.
During the awards cere-
mony the island's top pri-
mary and secondary school
students were presented with
certificates and plaques for

excelling in academics and
Tamara Curry of NGM
Major High School was the
island's most outstanding
student with a grade point
average of 4.0; Salathiel
Wells was recognized as the
most outstanding male with
the GPA of 3.5.
The tour circuit began at
Glinton's Primary School
where the minister spoke
with students about their
lessons and their aspirations.
He also toured the
school's garden where a lush
crop of bananas, sugar cane,
pineapples and pumpkins
were being grown.
The next stop on the tour
was the Simms Primary
School headed by Principal
Rodney Gibson.
Mr Bannister and his del-
egation visited several class-
es and tested students'
knowledge on various top-
ics. They also took the
opportunity to tour the
school's green-house and
state-of-the art pre-school
unit where the students
offered the minister words
of encouragement to per-
form his job.
The tour also included
stops at North Long Island
High, Lower Deadman's
Cay Primary, NGM Major
High, Mangrove Bush Pri-
mary and Morrisville Prima-
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Still no National

Cultural Policy four

years after draft

Tribune Staff Reporter

FOUR years after a work-
ing draft was submitted for
review there is still no
National Cultural Policy in
place for the Bahamas.
The draft document was
submitted by then Director
of Culture in the Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture
Dr Nicolette Bethel and by
Dr Daniel Glaser of the
University College London
as part of his NESTA Cul-
tural Leadership Award.
Dr Linda Moxey-Brown
was just appointed as the
new director after a two-
year period where the
department was without
official leadership.
She said she was unable
to say why the policy has yet
to be implemented as she is
still going through all of the
documents. But she said the
intention is still to develop a
Fox Hill Member of Par-
liament Fred Mitchell is crit-
ical of the government for
not allocating enough
resources for the Ministry
of Culture and developing
a cultural policy.
He said the anger
expressed by some artists in
respect of the Sidney Poitier
International Film Festival
was misdirected and should
be re-channelled to find out
what the government is
doing to fund the arts and
film in the Bahamas.
"What I encourage the
young film makers to do,
quite beside their demon-
strations and protest is to
work with the politicians
and other civic leaders to see
that we develop a cultural
policy which will encourage
tax policies and funding poli-
cies to get what is needed
for the cultural communi-
ty," said Mr Mitchell.
He said a cultural policy
could facilitate the spread
of Bahamian culture and
make a world of difference
to the tourism product.
He referred to the prac-
tice in Jamaica, where the
government hires a writer
every year at independence
time to write a script for a
national pantomime. This
was one of several examples
that could comprise a cul-
tural policy.
"Some of the older musi-
cians for example are com-
plaining that the old music
and rhythms are being lost
because there is not suffi-

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cient training of Bahamian
music and rhythms," said Mr
An insider in the Depart-
ment of Culture said since
Dr Bethel left the depart-
ment, no one has referred
to the draft policy for some
However, according to the
insider, the department is
exceeding the mandate of
the draft policy, because the
department is implementing
programmes to highlight the
Bahamas' European cultur-
al heritage, particularly in
the national arts festival. He
said the draft cultural policy
was skewed towards the
Bahamas' African heritage.
"They deal very exhaus-
tively with the Bahamian
heritage. When it comes to
the European heritage they
deal with it very scantily. If
you take the European com-
ponent from Bahamian cul-
ture it would collapse com-
pletely. Our culture now is
hybridised," the insider said.
The 47-page draft culture
policy states: "Culture is
ever-changing. This docu-
ment attempts to describe
the state of Bahamian cul-
ture at a particular juncture
in space and time. This doc-
ument cannot and will not
speak for all Bahamians in
all eras. In order for it to be
effective, it will need to be
adopted, implemented,
reviewed, re-evaluated and
revised in a timely fashion."
The main responsibilities
of the Department of Cul-
ture, according to an admin-
istrator, are the Boxing Day
and New Year's Day
junkanoo parades, Indepen-
dence celebrations and the
E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival, which is cur-
rently underway. In 2009,
some 30,000 artists partici-
pated in the arts festival.

THE Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the
devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile
for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-
Prince, according to Associated Press.
Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at
3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on
record shook a swath of Chile.
All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But
twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the
eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the
Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will
"I left my country and came here because of an earthquake,"
Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes,
said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!"
"My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die
Pierre Desarmes, 34, managed to get his family out of Haiti
thanks to personal contacts at the Chilean Embassy in Port-au-
Prince and the Chilean armed forces. Nine members of his family
- his parents, two brothers and their families, and three cousins -
arrived in Santiago on a Chilean air force plane Jan. 23.
Desarmes, the lead singer of a popular Haitian reggaeton band
in Chile, still gets choked up when he recalls seeing his family for
the first time stepping off the plane.
"I saw them but I didn't believe it. I said, 'My God, they're
here.' It was a very difficult moment," he said, speaking in French
in the garden of the house the family now calls home.
"Each time I think about it, I get sad, because I realize I was able
to do this because I was here. But there are so many people who
are there and I don't know what's going to happen to them."
His relatives had to leave Haiti with only hours' notice, receiv-
ing instructions on where to go via cell phone text messages from
a relative in the United States who was in contact with Desarmes
in Santiago. Philomene didn't even have time to pack, dashing to
the Chilean Embassy when she received word the family had been
cleared to fly out.
Saturday's earthquake has made a difficult transition even more
"When the aftershocks come, they refuse to stay in the house,"
Desarmes said, sipping a Coke at a table in the garden, his relatives
sitting nearby.
"I have to talk to them all day long telling them: 'There are no
problems, it's a country that's prepared for earthquakes, it'll pass,
it's not so bad.' But they don't hear me. Psychologically for them,
they're still really affected by it."

Eleuthera power plant

staff sit out from work

Tribune Staff Reporter

the Eleuthera power plant sat out
from work for a second day yester-
day and will not return until Monday
as they await payment.
Around 30 welders, painters,
masons and general construction
workers employed by Heavy Marines
and Foundations Limited (HMF) to
work on the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration (BEC) power plant site in
Hatchett Bay received only $100 each
in their bi-monthly pay cheque last


The funds from the German com-
pany MAN Diesel Group to pay the
HMF workers were reportedly
delayed in the international transfer
from Germany.
HMF has had up to 100 workers at
the site at a time since starting on the
project in November 2008, and man-
aging director Michael Pratt said it is



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workers from the site on Wednes-
day as the funds sustaining the com-
pany need to be paid for work to
As payment from the German
company can take up to two weeks to
be cleared, HMF cannot continue to
operate on the site without funding.
However, Mr Pratt said neither
MAN Diesel or BEC are at fault.
"We know they are going to pay, it
was just a problem with the process,"
he told The Tribune.
"We depend on this, it's the only
job we have done for the last two
years. So we gave instructions for
them to not work - to hold on until we
get everything straight - because we

don't want to be in a position of fur-
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we appreciate the fact our workers
work very hard and they need the
"And we are glad everything will
be resolved by Monday," Mr Pratt
BEC general manager Kevin Bas-
den emphasised that the Corporation
and MAN Diesel have lived up to pay-
ment obligations.
BEC had someone on the site yes-
terday to investigate the situation.


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By-election ballot boxes to be brought to court

FROM page one

brought to the court at 4
o'clock this afternoon.
Attorney Philip "Brave"
Davis, who represents peti-
tioner Leo Ryan Pinder,
indicated that polling divi-
sions 4, 5, 7, 8,10 are affect-
ed by the challenge. These
ballot boxes will be opened
before the judges, the Par-
liamentary Registrar, attor-
neys and three agents for the
parties concerned in a closed
meeting. The protest ballots
will be removed and the bal-
lot boxes will then be
It was agreed yesterday
that the evidence in the case
will be presented by way of
sworn affidavits. Those affi-
davits are expected to be
filed and exchanged
between attorneys for the
concerned parties by Mon-
day, March 8. The election
court petition was filed by
Ryan Pinder of the PLP,
who gained 1,499 votes to
Dr Sands' 1,501 in the Feb-
ruary 16 Elizabeth con-
stituency by-election. Mr
Pinder is claiming that five
protest votes cast in his
favour should be counted,
thus making him the elected

MP for Elizabeth. Parliamentary Elections said. Senior Justice Allen is
"We are breaking new Act. She said that the case hearing the case with Senior
ground today. These are his- will require far greater Justice Jon Isaacs.
toric proceedings," Senior scholarship. Amidst a courtroom
Justice Anita Allen said yes- "Democracy dictates that packed with supporters of
terday. She noted that there the people of Elizabeth the FNM and PLP, Senior
is no precedent to follow as should know as soon as pos- Justice Allen warned that
no candidate has ever sible who will represent no party T-shirts or para-
invoked Section 69 of the them," Senior Justice Allen phernalia should be worn

during the election court
proceedings and that there
should be no remarks from
the public gallery. She noted
that any disruption of the
proceedings could lead to
contempt charges. She said
that the hearing is to com-
mence from 10 am to 6pm.
QC Milton Evans, who
represents the Free Nation-
al Movement's Dr Duane
Sands, told the court his
client reserves the right to
raise the issue of Pinder's
citizenship when it becomes

Cassius Stuart, Bahamas
Democratic Movement
leader, is also listed as a
respondent in the petition
and has one protest vote. He
indicated, however, that he
will not make any submis-
sions or file any affidavits,
but will exercise his right to
observe the proceedings. Mr
Stuart obtained 76 votes in
the by-election. The election
court hearing is expected to
be completed by the end of
the month.

PLP may review policy if

McCartney goes independent

FROM page one

is an example of what can happen to you and they have to be
very careful of how they deal with him. Of course any level of
turmoil they incur is to my party's benefit.
"And whatever has happened I don't think it should go to the
level when the man is not nominated by his party, but these are
the times in which we live and we have to wait and see what
takes place," he said.
As to whether or not the party would run a candidate against
Mr McCartney if he were to run as an independent MP, Mr
Christie said that that determination would have to consid-
ered very carefully.
"There is no question that this will place the spotlight on the
FNM and its leadership. You would recall during the cam-
paign that we had the message of having a good candidate, a
good team, and a good message. Having a good team is very
"From our point of view, we have always concerned ourselves
that the FNM has found it very difficult to shake the perception
that they are all gathered around looking up at the leader
waiting for him to make the call. So that younger generation has
to pay attention to this.
"And Branville is an educated man but to put that issue out
that he is shallow I found that simply amazing! But I leave that
to the FNM. This is clearly an issue they have to deal with. This
is their show and we will sit by and see what takes place," he
When Mr McCartney resigned from Cabinet he complained
of being frustrated in the execution of his duties and that his
political growth was being stagnated.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in his press release on
the matter that while the resignation of any minister is always
regrettable, he was not at all surprised at Mr McCartney's
decision. He thanked him for his service to the country and
expressed his desire to working closely with him in the best
interest of the people of Bamboo Town and the country at

Man charged with

Hywel Jones murder

FROM page one

required to enter a plea. How-
ever, before he was led out of
court, he asked the magistrate
for a chance to speak.
He told the court: "I ain'
know nothing' 'bout this."
Stubbs, of Moncur Alley,
in New Providence, was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison until Monday.
A preliminary inquiry will
be held to determine if there
is sufficient evidence for the
matter to proceed to the
Supreme Court for trial.
Earlier yesterday, Royal
Bahamas Police Force Assis-
tant Commissioner Glenn
Miller held a press conference
to announce the impending
arraignment and commend
the officers he said were
instrumental in the Hywel
Jones investigation.
"The police launched an
extensive investigation into
this brutal murder and after
many months of probing, a
suspect was identified and
taken into custody," said ACP
Miller, ahead of yesterday's
arraignment, flanked by

Superintendent Leon Bethel,
Superintendents Elaine
Sands, Elbert Ferguson and
Ashton Greenslade.
When asked if more arrests
were likely, ACP Miller
would only say that the inves-
tigation was not closed.
"The investigation certain-
ly is not closed, but I don't
want to comment in that
direction at this time. We're
still doing inquiries to deter-
mine the extent of his involve-
ment and others," he said.
Mr Jones, 55, was shot in
the back of the head on the
morning of April 22, 2009 as
he was about to enter his
company, Britannia Consul-
tant Group on West Bay
He had just got out of his
car when a gunman
approached him on foot, shot
him, and then fled.
Police reported that the
gunman escaped the area on a
Mr Jones lay comatose in
hospital before dying of his
injuries on May 8.
After his death, his family
offered a $50,000 reward for
information on his killer.




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* THE New Providence Women's Bas-
ketball Association is inviting all those play-
ers selected to participate in the 2010 Leg-
ends All-Stars to attend a practice session on
Monday at the 7 p.m. at the DW Davis
Bonnie Turnquest Culmer; Fianza Rolle;
Laurie Demeritte; Marsha Demeritte;
Andrea "Georgeous" Knowles; Pam Car-
roll; Dorothea Lafleur; Julie Swaby; Char-
lene "Swish" Smith; Toni "T-Bone" Mar-
shall; Nancy Symonette; Marilyn Toote; Jean
"Bubbles" Minus; Oria Wood; Sonia Toote;
Celestine Albury; Jackie Conyers; Vivian
Haynes; Flo Rolle; Phillipa "Smokey" Moss
Coleby; Sharon Rose; Dr. Linda Davis;
Edna Forbes; Patty Johnson; Mynez Cargill;
Denise Gordon; Christine Beneby; Chris-
tine Cunningham; Cindy Fox; Lynn Wright;
Natasha Huyler; Hattie Moxey; Margaret
Albury; Cordell Thompson and Paula Bal-
The coaches are John Todd; Winston
Symonette; Randy Cunningham; Randolph
Swaby and Ricardo "Muppet" King.
The chaperones are Dawn Knowles; Judy
Hamilton; Dianne Sands and Barbara
The All-Star game will be staged on Sat-
urday, March 27 at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-

nasium, starting at 7 p.m.
The following players have been selected
to participate in the Legends Free Throw
Competition: Elizabeth "Betty" Cole; Cyn-
thia "Mother" Pratt; Naomi Ellis; Patsy Tay-
lor; Sis. Annie Thompson; Beryl Brown;
Daisy Walker; Lady Edith Turnquest; Stel-
la Knowles; Winnifred "Winnie" Russell;
Lenora Conyers; Marie "Star" Sealey and
Angela Green Sawyer.
* THE Baptist Sports Council will con-
tinue its 2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Clas-
sic on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex with the following fixture:
Court One - 10a.m. Latter-Day vs Mace-
donia (15); 11a.m. Christian Tabernacle vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon Cousin McPhee
vs Macedonia (19); 1 p.m. St. John's vs
Christian Tabernacle (19); 2 p.m. Evange-
listic Center vs Bahamas Harvest (M); 3
p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs New Bethle-
hem (M); 4 p.m. Church of the Nazarene vs
Faith United (M).
Court Two - 10a.m. St. John's vs Chris-
tian Tabernacle (15); lla.m Salvation
Army vs Latter-Day (19); Noon Faith
United vs Temple Fellowship (19); 1 p.m.
Mt. Tabor vs Latter-Day (19); 2 p.m. Tem-
ple Fellowship vs Golden Gates (M); 3
p.m. Macedonia vs BIBA (M); 4 p.m. Mt.

Tribune Sports Reporter
the field and in marquee
events on the track pro-
pelled the St. Augustine's
Big Red Machine to a seem-
ingly insurmountable lead
and headed into the final
day of the BAISS Track and
Field Championships they
appear poised for a 22nd
consecutive title.
With a score of 742.50
points, the Big Red
Machine increased a day one
lead from 57 to nearly 200
points to gain firm control
of the three day meet.
The remainder of the top
five schools remained

unchanged in the standings.
The Queen's College
Comets are the nearest con-
tenders with 550 points, the
St Anne's Blu.5e Waves are
third with 232.5 points, the
St. John's Giants are cur-
rently fourth with 227.5
points and the St. Andrew's
Hurricanes round out the
top five with 168 points.
Just one new meet record
was set on day two when
SAC's Antonique Butler set
a new mark in the Interme-
diate girls' triple jump.
Her leap of 11.04m beat
the two-year-old mark of
10.81m by Kenya Culmer in
Carifta veteran and Big
Red Machine senior leader,
V'Alonee Robinson led the

surge for her team on day
two with a pair of first place
Robinson easily took the
Senior girls' 100m in 11.93s,
well ahead of teammate
Anthonique Strachan in
The Comets' Printassia
Johnson was third in 12.49s.
Robinson's domination
carried over to the field
when she took the long jump
with a leap of 5.47s.
The Big Red Machine
won 12 of the 16 finals con-
tested in the field, and four
of the eight events on the
track to propel themselves
far ahead of the competition.

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Federation of the Bahamas
continues to make progress
within its development pro-
gramme and provide young
fighters with opportunities to
showcase their skills at the
international level.
The Federation has select-
ed a pair of teams to compete
at international events this
month, which brings the total
number of national teams in
competition on the year up to
The national boxing senior
team which includes Carl
Hield and Valentino
Knowles, will compete at the
Commonwealth Champi-
onships, March 9-19 in India.
Both fighters currently train
in Cuba and are expected to
become the flag bearers for
the Bahamas at the 2012
Olympics in London, Eng-
The Commonwealth
Championships are expected
to be the first in a series of
tune-ups on the long road
toward qualification and the
London Games.
The Federation has offi-
cially dubbed the process the
"Reno Johnson Training Pro-
gram" to honour of the fight-
er whose historic run in 2008
made him the first Bahamian

fighter to qualify through the
International Amateur Box-
ing Association elimination
process, and came just one
win away from the medal
round at Beijing Games.
The team will be accompa-
nied by National team coach
Andre Seymour and refer-
ee/judge, Alvin Sargeant.
The team departs for com-
petition Monday, March 8th.
Among the juniors, a team
of four boxers are scheduled
to compete at a regional tour-
nament in the Cayman
Islands, March 5-9.
Grand Bahamian based
boxers Andy Moxey and
Justin Sawyer will team up
with Rashield Williams and
Godfrey Strachan from New
Arthur Missick will lead the
team as its head coach.
"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have
had a a fighter traveling to
the Continental Youth Cham-
pionships, team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, seniors
will compete at the Com-
monwealth Championships,"
Seymour said, "So amateur
boxing is in full effect and is
now will be rolling on for the
rest of the year."


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Johnson set to begin professional career

THIS weekend, another
talented young Bahamian
will be stepping into the ring
in the United States.
In fact, Taureano 'Reno'
Johnson actually will be
launching his professional
career when he competes in
a four-rounder against
American Cleoney Fuqua.
The event is being held at
the Center Stage in Atlanta,
Johnson, who turned 27 on
February 12, is currently
under contract with Pound
for Pound Management, who
earlier this year sealed a
three-year deal with the for-
mer outstanding amateur
boxer from Pinewood Gar-
It's just unfortunate that
Johnson has had to leave,
like so many of our previous
boxers, to get their break-
through in the fistic arena
after he's made such an
impact on the local scene.
There are others like Free-
man 'the Natural' Barr,

Jerome 'the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber' Ellis, Sher-
man 'the Tank' Williams and
Meacher 'Pain' Major, who
have all had to secure inter-
national companies to man-
age their careers.
Johnson, who made histo-
ry by becoming the first
Bahamian to earn a ranking
at both the Olympic Games
and the World Champi-
onships over the past two
years, have been contem-
plating his move to the pro-
fessional ranks for quite
some time.
He noted that he's accom-
plished all that he could as
an amateur and it's now time
for him to start to earn some
By taking on 28-year-old
Fuqua tonight, Johnson is
beginning a new chapter in
his life that hopefully will
turn out to be just as benefi-
cial for him as his past as an
However, with so many of
our fighters getting stagnated

by their handlers, who have
not always been able to
deliver on their promises to
get them into the big leagues,
Johnson should be very cau-
tious in his way forward.
He possesses all the tools
that could make for an excel-
lent pro fighter, but it's not
going to be an instant suc-
cess and he should realise
that he will have to mix the
good with the bad.
Saying all that, he should
have a good pro career
ahead of him as he prepares
for his debut tonight against
Fuqua, who is coming off a
loss in just his second pro

Last week, Frank 'Pancho'
Rahming tendered his resig-
nation as the Technical
Director of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
It's a move that the
BAAA say they never saw
coming, although Rahming

stated in his letter to secre-
tary general Timothy
Munnings that he felt too
many times that fingers were
pointed at him as the prob-
lems that existed within the
No particular incident was
listed, but the BAAA
encountered a conflict in the
dates that the association was
staging its Scotiabank
National High School Cham-
pionships and the Grand
Bahama Schools Sports
Association was putting on
its Island Championships
next weekend.
As the BAAA's nationals
is intended to bring all of the
schools in the country togeth-
er to compete against each
other head-to-head, there's
no reason why they should
clash with Grand Bahama,
the biggest supporter outside
of New Providence.
So the nationals, unfortu-
nately, will be minus the
Grand Bahama schools for
the first time, but hopefully it

won't diminish the level of
competition that will be dis-
While Rahming was fil-
ing his resignation, the
BAAA were making plans
to go to Grand Bahama
where they were able to
work out the differences
between the two bodies
over the weekend.
The BAAA indicated
that they were able to make
amendments with Grand
Bahama. But they have lost
a great deal of knowledge
and a wealth of experience
in Rahming's resignation.
Hopefully, they can get
past the latter and continue to
function without any further
disruption as the premier
sporting body in the country.
There are those who may
say it's no big deal when
the sport receives more
recognition than anybody
else. Everything that they
do is under more scrutiny
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takes huge lead

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In the Long Jump, SAC
got winning jumps from
Drashanae Rolle (bantam
girls), and Robinson.
St. Andrew's Ashton But-
ler won the Senior boys
event for his second first
place finish of the meet.
The Big Red Machine
took two of three high jump
events with Danielle Gibson
(junior girls) and Carifta
2009 medallist Jabari
They took three contested
shot put events with first
place finishes from Adrian
Grant (bantam boys),
Cymone Hamilton (senior
girls), and Kyle Higgs (inter-
mediate boys).



I J/ i ROSE COOPER, an inspector with the Bahamas Pharmacy Coun-
' Rl cil, holds up one of the products seized during a raid of a restau-
a/ / rant yesterday.

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Illegal pharmaceuticals seized

FROM page one
exercise is only the first in a
series of raids to remove ille-
gally sold pharmaceutical
products from facilities that
are not licensed pharmacies,
thereby ensuring the protec-
tion of the consumer.
Mr Gray said that these
exercises are part of the
Council's efforts to ensure
"pharmaceutical vigilance".
"Principally we are con-
cerned with facilities
encroaching on professional
pharmacies when there are

trained persons following the
prescribed guidelines for prac-
tice," Mr Gray said.
At this juncture, the Phar-
macy Council chairman said
they are not sure how and
from where these products are
entering the Bahamas.
The Council, he added, will
be working closely with the
Customs Department and oth-
er government agencies to
ensure that these types of ille-
gitimate products do not make
it into the country in future.
In addition to the prescrip-
tion strength medication

seized yesterday, were prod-
ucts such as insulin syringes
and inhalers.
There were also a large
number of sexual stimulants
and enhancers, including the
so-called "Cool Lozenge", the
"Gou Qi Capsule", "Restora-
tion" and "China Brush".
Most of these products, Mr
Gray said, only had Chinese
writing on them, thereby pre-
venting the consumer from
reading about the ingredients
or directions.
Sergeant Paul Jones, of the
DEU, said police are now in

the preliminary stages of their
investigations in this matter
and cannot say for certain if
persons will be charged as a
result of the raids.
However, Mr Gray said
that the Pharmacy Act 2009
refers to prosecution and fines
relating to these types of
offences, and going ahead
with their exercises, persons
will most definitely be
charged in future.
The Bahamas Pharmacy
Council is responsible for reg-
ulating the pharmaceutical
profession in the Bahamas.

Lawyer expected in court on fraud related charges

FROM page one
before the courts as early as Tuesday.
"On Wednesday we had three attor-
neys in custody. Two of them were
released, however one of the attorneys
was charged and is expected in court as
early as next week Tuesday," said Press
Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip-

Sgt Skippings would not divulge the
names of the lawyers - two males and
one female - in question.
She also would not say if the attorneys
are all part of the same firm or provide
any details surrounding their practice.
She could not say how many com-
plaints were made against the
However, she said the matter should
be a message that the RBPF will pursue

white collar complaints with just as much
vigour as criminal ones.
"No one is above the law and once a
matter, or a complaint is made against
you, we will definitely investigate the
matter," she told the media yesterday.
"Once that complaint is made we want
the Bahamian people to know we are
working and we will definitely put those
persons before the courts once there is
sufficient evidence to charge them."

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Eleuthera, Bahamas



March 20

Ride for Hope is a truly memorable
annual charitable bike-a-thon which
raises money for cancer patient
care, treatment, early detection, and
Bahamas-based cancer research.
Here's what participants say:
"Congratulations on organizing such
a truly amazing day. Thank you
so much for the countless hours
you put into organizing an incredible
day for a great cause!! We had
a ball and can't stop talking about
how well it was done! ... it was
truly an inspiring time, what a
great experience!"




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