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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 12, 2010
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE disgraced former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands has pleaded for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to become more engaged in the plight of the British overseas territory over which the United Kingdom assumed control. Michael Misick said the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI tance of Caricom and partic ularly The Bahamas no one less than Prime Minister of the Bahamas himself to educate on our behalf (and to intervene on our behalf with his counterpart in London (British Prime Minister Gordon Brown). Mr Misick was the highest profile member of the Turks N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K WEATHER SUNWITH T-STORM HIGH 87F LOW 72F SEEPAGEB1 S P O R T S City Markets cuts net losses by 55 per cent SEEPAGE NINE High School track and field By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A N investigation is under way into claims that civil ser vants at the Ministry of Agric ulture coerced a businessm an into inflating company invoices in order to pocket the extra cash, The Tribune c an reveal. The alleged fraud came to the attention of ministry officials in late February, duri ng its Agribusiness expo at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre. A griculture Minister Larry Cartwright, who con firmed an investigation was u nder way, said ministry o fficials "kind of suspected" something was amiss when they noticed that a bill for tent rentals for the recent expo varied significantly from what the ministry paid for tents during the same event in previous years. "It was brought to my attention and I am having it investigated," Mr Cartwright told The Tribune According to a well-placed source, a business owner renting tents to the ministry for the event was asked by a high-ranking civil servant to adjust an invoice by several thousand dollars, with i nstructions that the public servant would take the extra money. T he source further claimed that the business owner was promised more government w ork if this request was agreed to. When these claims were put to Mr Cartwright, he d enied a high-ranking employee was involved. He said the investigation w as in its initial stages and that the person/s believed to be behind the alleged scheme has not yet been i dentified. "There have been no firings, the ministry wasn't ablet o identify any particular person as yet," he said. When asked if he suspected the allegations may be part of wider fraudulent acts throughout the ministry, the Long Island representative said: "It is difficult to say but this is the first time I heard about a matter like that." At the moment, it does not appear that the ministry will file criminal charges against any employee if their suspi cions are substantiated. "From our end, no, we will not file charges. I would expect to hear from the sales person, they should have gone to police," said Mr Cartwright. The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com Try our Big Breakfast Sandwich Ministry probes fraud allegations Claims that businessman was coerced into inflating invoices B y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o rBa h a m a s S u p e r m a r k e t s p a r e n t o f t h e 1 1 s t r o n g C i t y M a r k e t s f o o d s t o r e c h a i n s l a s h e d i t s n e t l o s s e s b y 5 5 p e r c e n t d u r i n g i t s 2 0 0 9 f i s c a l y e a r t o $ 6 0 6 9 m i l l i o n i t s c h i e f e x e c u t i v e t e l l i n g T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s y e s t e r d a y t h a t w h i l e c u s t o m e r c o u n t w a s u p b y a c o u p l e o f p e r c e n t a g e p o i n t s i t h a d a l o n g l o n g l o n g w a y t o g o t o r e t u r n t o p r o f i t a b i l i t y T h e p u b l i c l y t r a d e d f i r m u n v e i l i n g u n a u d i t e d m a n a g e m e n t a c c o u n t s f o r t h e y e a r t o J u n e 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n d a r d s c h e c k l i s t d o c u m e n t t h a t w o u l d b e u s e d i f B I C A a d o p t e d t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l F i n a n c i a l R e p o r t i n g S t a n d a r d s ( I F R S ) f o r s m a l l a n d m e d i u m s i z e d e n t e r p r i s e s r a n t o j u s t 2 5 0 p a g e s H e a l s o c l a r i f i e d s t a t e m e n t s m a d e p r e v i o u s l y t h a t a d o p t i o n o f t h e I F R S s t a n d a r d s c o u l d r e d u c e a u d i t f e e s b y 1 0 2 0 p e r c e n t t e l l i n g T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s t h a t t h e c o s t r e d u c t i o n s w e r e l i k e l y t o c o m e f r o m B a h a m i a n a c c o u n t a n t s a n d a u d i t o r s n o t h a v i n g t o a s s i s t s m a l l a n d m e d i u m s i z e d b u s i n e s s c l i e n t s w i t h t h e i n i t i a l p r e p a r a t i o n o f t h e i r f i n a n c i a l s t a t e m e n t s d u e t o t h e s i m p l i f i e d s t a n d a r d s T h i s w o r k M r C h i p m a n e x p l a i n e d w a s d i s t i n c t a n d s e p a r a t e f r o m t h e a c t u a l a u d i t i t s e l f s i n c e i t i n v o l v e d h e l p i n g c l i e n t s p r e p a r e f o r t h e p r o c e s s s i n c e m a n y d i d n o t k n o w h o w t o p r e p a r e f i n a n c i a l s t a t e m e n t s A u d i t f e e s b y t h e m s e l v e s t h e B I C A p r e s i d e n t s a i d m a y n o t c h a n g e a d d i n g t h a t t h e I F R S s t a n d a r d s f o r s m a l l a n d m e d i u m s i z e d b u s i n e s s e s w e r e s t i l l s t a n d a r d s a n d t h e w o r k r e q u i r e d w o u l d h a v e n o i m p a c t o n t h e a d o p t i o n o f o n e s t a n d a r d o v e r t h e o t h e r H e a d d e d : I n m o s t c a s e s s m a l l a n d m e d i u m e n t e r p r i s e c l i e n t s u s e a u d i t o r s o r a u d i t o r s s p e n d t i m e a s s i s t i n g i n p r e p a r i n g t h e f i n a n c i a l s H o w e v e r a s a r e s u l t o f s i m p l e r a c c o u n t i n g a n d r e p o r t i n g s t a n d a r d s t h e r e s h o u l d b e a r e d u c t i o n i n c o s t a s c l i e n t s s h o u l d b e a b l e t o p r o d u c e a n d p r e p a r e t h e i r o w n s t a t e m e n t s i n p r e p a r a t i o n f o r a n a u d i t M r C h i p m a n s a i d a b o u t 5 0 p e r s o n s r o u g h l y 2 5 p e r c e n t o f B I C A l i c e n s e e s a t t e n d e d T u e s d a y n i g h t s m e e t i n g t o d i s c u s s w h e t h e r t h e I F R S f o r s m a l l a n d m e d i u m s i z e d b u s i n e s s e s s h o u l d b e a d o p t e d D i f f e r e n t v a r i a t i o n s a n d o p i n i o n s w e r e e x p r e s s e d h e A c c o u n t a n t s t o d e c i d e o n s m a l l f i r m s t a n d a r d s n e x t w e e kS E E p a g e 5 B $ 6 m g a i n s s e e t a x a m n e s t y c o n t i n u e C i t y M a r k e t s c u t s n e t l o s s e s b y 5 5 % A u d i t s e t t o b e c o m p l e t e d e n d A p r i l / e a r l y M a y 2 0 1 0 C u s t o m e r c o u n t r i s e s a c o u p l e o f p e r c e n t a g e p o i n t s a s g r o c e r y c h a i n c o n t i n u e s r e c o v e r y p l a n L i k e f o r l i k e s a l e s d o w n 1 0 % f o r F e b r u a r y p e r i o d c o m p a r e d t o 1 8 % d e c l i n e y e a r o v e r y e a r f o r f i r s t h a l f B U S I N E S S V olume: 106 No.92FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net A TTORNEYS for Dr Duane Sands yesterday sought to have the election court petition of Leo Ryan Pinder struck out, claimi ng it was fundamentally flawed. T he court, however, did n ot accede to the application and also refused a subsequent application by Dr Sands legal team for a s tay of proceedings and for leave to appeal the decis ion in the Court of Appeal. T he Elizabeth by-elect ion court case began before Senior Justices Anita Allen and Jon Isaacs yesterday with the court h earing preliminary argum ents raised by counsel for Free National Movem ent candidate Dr Duane Sands. QC Thomas Evans w ho is lead counsel for Dr Sands submitted that the FNM bid to have PLP election court petition struck out fails SEE page 11 ASOLOMONS WHOLESALE advertise ment that appeared in yesterdays Tribune contained inaccurate information. The correct version is in todays edition, on Page 12. The Tri bune apologises for any inconvenience this error may have caused. SOLOMONS WHOLES ALE AD FAMILY members and close friends gathered at D W Davis Junior High last night in a memorial service for Keisha Thurston. The young athletes apparent suicide has shocked all who knew her. Just 18 years old, Keisha was in her second semester at the College of the Bahamas on an athletic scholarship, and proactive in the athletic community through its womens volleyball team. Keisha was found hanging from a rope at the familys home in McKinney Drive, Nassau, on Sunday, Feb ruary 28. REMEMBERING TRA GIC KEISHA MICHAELANDCARAL THURSTON the parents of Keisha, at the memorial service last night. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Former T urks and Caicos Premier wants Prime Minister to assist territory SEE page eight CLAIMS that children are being trafficked from Haiti into the Bahamas to be used for sex and forced labour have been raised for a second time in a US government report this time attributed to independent social workers. The State Departments 2009 Human Rights Report, released yesterday, said representatives of non-govern mental organisations on the ground in Haiti reported the problem of child trafficking for sexual and labour purposes, especially to the Domini can Republic and the Bahamas. The researchers noted that Haiti continues to be a source country for persons trafficked to a number of other places as well, including Jamaica, the United States, Europe and Canada. The report said: Trafficked citizens reported con ditions of bonded servitude, slavery, and forced labour. Extreme poverty and lack of employment were among key risk factors supporting human trafficking. It added that no information could be collected on the principal traffickers, their networks, or methods, and noted that there were no anti-traf ficking laws in Haiti and US report contains claims that children trafficked from Haiti for sex in Bahamas SEE page eight

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AN all-points bulletin has been issued for 48-y ear-old Kirkwood Mario Storr who is wanted for questioning in connectionw ith murder. Storrs last known address is Johnson Terrace. He is described as being of dark complexion, medium build, 5 tall and weighing 150lbs. Storr is considered armed and extremely dan gerous. Persons with any infor m ation about his whereabouts are asked to contact the following numbers: Police emergency at 919/911; police control room at 322-3333; Crime Stoppers at 328-8477; the Southeastern police station at 392-4333/9 or the nearest police station. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net THE arraignment of a police officer facing a number of fraud charges was postponed until Monday for court dockets to be put in order. Eddie Florival, 40, of Sweet Lane off Faith Avenue, had been orderedto appear before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane yesterday morning to be arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretences and abetment to commit fraud. Some of the charges were concerned with others who had already been charged: prison inmate Shane Mackey, 29; prison officer Freeman Basden, 45, of Cox Way; and Tamanica Bethel, 38, a store manager of Whites Lane. But when Florival, who is currently free on bail, appeared before Ms Bethelat 10am she said she could not arraign him on the charges as the particulars were inconsistent and listed others who had already been charged. The magistrate asked for Royal Bahamas Police Force prosecutor Erecell Dorsett to re-order the dockets and for Florival to return to court at 2pm. However Florivals arraignment was then further postponed until Monday as Ms Bethel was still not satisfied with the dockets. And as she began to read two charges stating Florival was concerned with others in a conspiracy to commit fraud by false pretences and abetment to commit fraud, she asked the prosecutor why the dockets were not directed solely to Florival. Referring to the others named in the docket, she asked: Why arent they here? I dont have a difficulty reading the charges to him, but when you bring it on the same docket, and my docket has a person already charged with abetment on the same facts how can you charge him unless you put a new docket in? Inspector Dorsett said his officers had not understood the command to correct the dockets, and Ms Bethel made the prosecutor give his assurance the new dockets would be corrected and submitted on Monday morning. They have already taken a lot of my court time so they better get this fixed, she said. Florival remains on bail. Arraignment of officer postponed THE CARMICHAEL Road Detention Centre along with Her Majestys Prison once again featured negatively in the United States governments Human Rights Report which was released yesterday. Calling conditions at the prison harsh, the US report said that overcrowding remainsa major problem in the mens maximum security block. Originally built in 1953 to hold 450 inmates, it held 624 of the countrys 1,319 prisoners, the report prepared by the US Department of State reads. The remaining prisoners w ere held in mediumand minimum-security units that were at intended capacity. A remand centre held 265 detainees. Male prisoners in the maximum-security unit were crowded into poorly ventilated and poorly lit cells that generally lacked regular running water. Prisoners lacked beds, slept on concrete floors, and if not participating in work programmes, were locked in small cells. Maximum-security inmates w ere allowed outside for exercise four days a week for one hour per day. Inmates complained of inadequate potable water, lack of medical care, and poor treatment, the report states. The US State Departments report further said that there continued to be allegations of abuse by prison guards. Local attorneys and human rights observers asserted that the prisons Internal Affairs Unit lacked the independence needed to investigate impartially allegations of abuse and misconduct; it conducted no investigations during the year. Access Conditions for female prisoners were less severe than for men; however, women did not have access to the same workrelease programmes available to male prisoners. Despite the existence of a separate section to hold offenders between the ages of 16 and 18, the report said there is occasional mixing of juveniles and adult inmates depending on the severity of their crimes. A s it concerns the Carmichael Road Immigrant Detention Centre, the US report said that the facility held up to 500 detainees (with tent space for an additional 500), and women and men were held separately. It said: Haitians and Jamaicans were the most commonly interdicted migrants. The highest occupancy during the year was approximately 664. Observers complained of continuing abuse by guards, although immigration officials stated that no such complaints were filed during the year. However, human rights groups have expressed their concern that complaint investigations were being handled internally without any independent review or oversight. Children under the age of 14 were held in the womens d ormitory. Many children arriving with both parents were not allowed contact with the father except during weekly visitation. Despite the possibility of being held for months, children did not have access to education. The government made improvements to the Carmichael Road centre during the year, including benches for seating and recreation, cable television, bunk mattresses, fans, and 100 roll-away mattresses for o verflow. Two nurses conducted medical screening of detainees on a weekly basis; authorities issued care packages upon entry into the facility and installed a washer and dryer and additional pay phones for detainee use. (Amnesty International well as local media wrote and released reports throughout the year alleging systemic abuse of detainees at the Carmichael Road centre. In February the media reported that three Cuban detainees went on a hunger strike to protest conditions at the centre. Detainees In an expansive interview with a local daily newspaper in June, an anonymous former officer at the centre alleged widespread abuse of detainees that included killings. Media reports also claimed that detainees exchanged sex for food due to insufficient rations. Neither domestic nor international human rights groups made any requests to visit the detention centre or prison during the year. However, organisations pro viding aid, counselling services, and religious instruction had regular access to inmates, the report read. SEEPAGESIX Prison criticised in Human Rights Report Man wanted for questioning in connection with mur der EDDIE FLORIVAL THE Royal Bahamas Police Force commissioned seven new vehicles last night to assist in their presence in the Eastern, Western, and Southern districts of New Providence. Speaking with the press at the Central Detective Unit's headquarters on Thompson Boulevard, Superintendent Stephen Dean said they want the public to know that the funds that the police force has received to assist in the fight against crime are being utilised properly. "We will be developing new strategies in fighting crime and this is a testament to the general public today that we are seri ous, and this is also a message to the criminal element, and we want them to know that we are hot on their trails," he said. Superintendent Dean said he also wanted to assure the public that they will be having a strong presence at the nation al high school track and field competition. As such, he said, gangs and troublemakers should be forewarned that the police will be there in "full force." The vehicles that were presented to CDU were four Jeep Explorers, two Dodge Chargers, and one Jeep Chero kee. POLICE COMMISSIONSEVENNEWVEHICLES THESEVENNEW police vehicles at yesterdays presentation on Thompson Boulevard. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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THE BROADCASTING C orporation of the Bahamas h as denied that any tampering with employee evaluation forms took place, as claimed in an article appearing in yest erdays T ribune A ccording to a statement issued by the government-run n ews agency, in mid-2009 the Broadcasting Corporation ( BCB) began training all managers and staff to enhance the productivity and efficien cy of all aspects of its operat ions with particular emphasis on performance. This, the BCB said, was in accordance with industrial a greements with both the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union a nd Bahamas Communicat ions and Managerial Union (BCPOU and BCPMU necessitated a change in the evaluation system which r equires persons to be more a ccountable for their performance. The process is still in its infancy stage and will u ndoubtedly experience a number of growing pains as the changes are quite signifi cant compared with evaluat ions in previous years. The corporation denies any tampering as alleged. Out of the 240 plus staff eval u ated, less than six per cent of the evaluation forms reviewed, following com p laints made of procedural n on-compliance, were found to have not followed procedure, the BCB said. The statement further state d that the BCB will follow a ll procedures which call for evaluations to be redone foll owing the appropriate guidelines, noting that the B CPOU and the BCPMU are aware of the situation and the steps being taken. On Thursday, The Tribune r eported that staff at ZNS were in shock after learning that a senior manager at the Broadcasting Corporation h ad allegedly tampered with employee evaluation forms. The claims of tampering w hich allegedly saw staff m embers scores lowered, to the potential detriment of their promotion and salary adjustment hopes came to l ight this week when certain e mployees obtained copies of their evaluation forms only to f ind the documents had been altered after being signed by t heir immediate supervisor. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net ADVERTISEMENTS for a commercial party in the residential area of West Ridge, reportedly to be held at the home of opposition member Philip Brave Davis, have angered at leasto ne resident. According to a flyer advertising the party, billed as Platinum Status, patrons must pay $20 to enjoy music, food and an open bar at the "Davis residence" in West Ridge this coming Saturday. There is also a $100 champagne room, The Tribune was told. According to one of the event's multiple sponsors, the party is being organised by Mr Davis' son. Yesterday, an employee at the Department of Physical Planning said internal records did not show an application for a permit to host a commercial party in West Ridge, as is required under zoning guidelines. The area in western New Providence is zoned strictly for single-family dwellings, the employee said, adding that such a party would require permission from his department. According to physical planning guidelines, the permit application should have been submitted for review at least two weeks before the party. One resident is afraid the event will attract scores of patrons due to the multiple radio commercials promoting the party. She is concerned about possible traffic congestion and the potential for violent behaviour from intoxicated party-goers. "It's pretty much like having a night club in a residential area. We all know the amount of violence happening at night clubs and I'm worried the party will end with a shooting or stabbing. Worried "I'm worried that if it happened once it would keep happening because they would think that it's okay," said the concerned resident, who did not want to be named. Meanwhile, the physical planning employee said if residents complain to police on the night of the party, the event will be shut down if the organisers cannot produce the required perm it. He added that party organisers would need another permit from the Licensing Authority if alcohol is on sale at the event. But yesterday an employee from the Licens ing Authority claimed there was no need for a permit at a "private party." Attempts to reach Mr Davis for comment were unsuccessful up to press time last night. Concern over party reportedly planned at Brave Davis home BCB: No tampering of employee valuations forms occurred Resident fears possible traffic congestion, violent behaviour P HILIPBRAVEDAVIS

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I am writing concerning the letter that appeared in your newspaper dated February 17, 2010 under the heading Concern about the new rule at Queens College. I am also in agreement with the letter writer. Primary school children are to be dropped at the security gate and its up to these children to walk up that long drive and go to class. Bear in mind these include grade one children who are as young as five years old. A lot of these children do not want to go to school and therefore wander around the school hoping to delay the start of school and possibly getting into mischief: This is all over an alleged child abduction which QC, along with the police, say did not happen. If it did not happen, why are we, the innocent parents, being made to suffer for this childs imagination? This child should be dealt with and not the rest of the student body. We need some sort of communication from the Administration of QC, who from what I understand do not have children themselves, so they are unable to understand the concern that we have for our children. We as parents entrust our children to QC every day, and we expect the same trust returned to us. QC in my opinion is falling down on their part of the agreement, unless they have administration or teachers down at the bottom of the drive for us parents to hand our children off to, they have failed! Not us parents! Also nights the chil-d ren are released and they wander all over the field and parking lots looking for their parents which may not have even arrived in the parking lot yet. There is no supervision and this situation that QC has created could result in major probl ems and law suits against the school. What happens when someones child is beaten as the previous letter writer says or even worse really kidnapped? I also want the opportunity to meet with the other parents and teachers in the morning. The ELC was a very loving sect ion of the school where parents chatted before and after school together outside the classrooms. But the primary school is another matter. I understand that after about grade three there should be no need for parents to walk the kids up the drive, but we still should be afforded that right. If QC does not want outside people on the campus, have them issue two walking passes for every child in the primary school. The reason I say two is that it took two people to make the child so therefore a minimum of two passes should be needed. The same person does not pick up the child every night. We do need more understanding from the administration of Queens College. I only can say that the people that can afford to will move their chil dren to other schools like St Andrews. We are paying a lot of money each term for our kids in QC and we are being dictated to. I have had an experience at another private school in Nassau and parents were allowed to walk their kids to and from class everyday. MARSHA BETHELL Nassau, February, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IN A letter published in Wednesdays Tribune retired assistant police commissioner Paul Thompson urged government to introduce legislation to ban smoking in public places. About four years ago it was announced that government was drafting legislation to protect non-smokers from the dangerous fumes of smokers. However, nothing more was heard of the draft. Whether it was never brought forward due to the slow-moving Christie administration or whether there were protests behind the scenes that stayed the draughtsmans hand, we shall probably never know. However, the matter is once more before the public. There must be a movement out there whether organised or not that is becoming agitated by the proliferation of smoke in certain public places. We say this because of the number of telephone calls that we are suddenly receiving from those who want us to put our fingers to our keyboard and reopen the issue. This is an issuethat we have written about many times before. Mr Thompson has now re-opened the debate. But this time because of the increas ing respiratory problems in this country, it is time for smoking to be taken beyond the debating stage. Action is now necessary. The smoking lobby will protest that they have rights too. We agree they have rights, but the rights extend only to destroying their own health, not the health of others. Each mans right ends when it infringes on the rights of others. And second hand smoke is that infringement from which in a public place the non-smoker has a right to be pro tected. No one is asking for legislation that will ban the committed smoker from blackening his own lungs. All that is being asked is that he remove himself and his dirty weed a safe distance from those who dont want to share his fate. There is now conclusive evidence that inhaling second hand smoke causes lung cancer in non-smokers. This has been proven by scientists over many years. However, in 1604 James 1 of England (James VI of Scotland scientist to tell him what was so obvious to the eye and the resulting congestion in the chest. The king described smoking as a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless. Four centuries ago James would have had no problem banning such an evil, which he saw not only as a great vanity, but a great contempt of Gods good gifts, that the sweetness of mans breath, being a good gift of God, should be wilfully corrupted by this stinking smoke. James did not know then what we know now. According to statistics there are about 3,400 cancer deaths annually among adult non-smokers in the US due to their exposure to second hand smoke. The US Surgeon General has estimated that living with a smoker increases a nonsmokers chance of developing cancer by 20 to 30 per cent. It has also been suggested by some researchers that there is evidence that second hand smoke may increase the risk of breast cancer, nasal sinus cavity cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer in adults, and leukemia, lymphoma, and brain tumours in children. However, it is claimed that more research is nec essary to conclusively confirm what present research so far is suggesting. In the US second hand smoke is believed to be the cause of about 46,000 heart disease deaths each year. The researchers have gone so far as to suggest that second hand smoke might be linked to the risk of a stroke and hardening of the arteries. Researchers also say that second hand smoke can cause an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS tions, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and more severe asthma. It can also slow the growth of childrens lungs and cause breathlessness and wheezing. There is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke, say the experts. Studies have shown that even low levels of second hand smoke exposure can be harmful. The only way to fully protect non-smokers from second hand smoke exposure is to completely eliminate smoking in indoor spaces. Apparently separating smokers from non-s mokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot completely eliminate sec ond hand smoke exposure. So what are we waiting for? Time is overdue for the complete banning of smoking in all public places. The smoker can light up in the wide open spaces on the outside where he has all the freedom he needs to do harm to himself. We need more understanding from administration of Queens College LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Ban smoking in public places EDITOR, The Tribune I feel obliged to comment on the letters written in the paper between Mr Abner Pinder and Mr Algernon Allen. I am a devoted listen er to "Issues of the Day" and although I may not completely agree withthe comment by Mr Pinder that Mr Allen "hates" Prime Minis ter Ingraham I would say that Mr Allen is no Wendall Jones. Mr Jones manages each guest and caller with integrity and respect. I find him sometimes to be painfully non-biased. Mr Allen on the other hand needs to realize that the show is aforum for guests and callers.He is to act as a mediator between the two. When Mr Allen is not laughing, he is running on with his own life experi ences. To you, Mr Allen, I say: Take a step back and humble yourself. Learn from your co-worker Mr Wendall Jones. Mediate, do not bully. And to Mr Pinder: Go ahead and express yourself for you are not alone. A CONCERNED READER Nassau, March 5, 2010. Mediate, do not bully, Mr Allen EDITOR, The Tribune. My husband and I make our home in Marsh Harbour during the winter months and are just concluding our fifth season here. It is very fulfilling for us to be involved in our community, and have c ome to appreciate the concerns of this country, from food supply stability to immigration issues. In regards to the latter I had occasion to help with one young ladys desire to establish herself as a Bahamian who, even though born here, was essentially without any legal status. I will withhold comment on the laborious, time consuming, frustrating, and inefficient bureaucracies that she encountered along the way to legally accord herself franchise in a country which had always been her home. I came alongside her (and her b rother) and made another trip to Nassau (her sixth) this time with her mother, to get proof of her birth from PMH. We were successful and I would like to thank publicly Ms Ellis from Medical Records at Princess Margaret Hospital who works in a very crowded setting. She is to be commended for a job well done, and has been instrumental in the process for two young people to be embraced legally into a nation which has always been home to them. They can now become solid contributing members of Bahamian society. It is only a matter of how far you go back in your heritage to find parents, grandparents, great grandparents or great great grandparents who did the same thing for you so that you would have a nation to call your own. It was very satisfying to facilitate this process, and I encourage other young people to persevere in their application to do the same. The Bahamas will be the better for it as we live according to the Scripture, Micah 6:8, He has shown you, women and men, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. DEBORAH R BALLARD Nassau, February 27, 2010. Having a nation to call your own EDITOR, The Tribune. The young management of the Port are putting on a good face, however, everyone knows that with Sir Jack still cruising there has to be a person who was there till the New Year as you simply can not leave such an enterprise without a pilot. Surely it is time that GBPA make the appropriate announcement who is the chief who is running and acting as chairman of the port?Yes, we are told we should become washers of windows, but the real potential is not there but in what the management of the GBPA and the group of companies can generate. None of us can be reassured when we know the immediate past chair did not have his permit renewed for whatever reason, but who is running the show? Time to be transparent Grand Bahama Port Authority. W DARVILLE Freeport, February, 2010. Its time to be transparent, GBPA

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net F ORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson hasc alled on the government to i mmediately create a website where members of the publiccan easily find out which accused criminals have been released on bail. The proposal was one of several put forward by the PLP S enator and leader of Opposit ion business in the Senate duri ng Wednesdays session. M rs Maynard-Gibson sugg ested this website should be l aunched right away by the government to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Monitor ing The Senators other proposals included that anyone who attacks or threatens a policem an or judge should be tried r ight away; that accused murderers should be subject to i mmediate trials so as to avoid t he chance of them being r eleased on bail; that electronic monitoring of those on bail should be implemented; that regular checks on the status ofe vidence, witnesses and those accused in crimes should bem ade to ensure that cases do n ot fall by the wayside. Mrs Maynard-Gibson said crime should not be made intoa political football, but noted t hat the FNMs general elec tion campaign included the message that if you want to reduce crime, vote FNM. Well, the FNM has been in charge since 2008 and crime h as steadily increased since then, she said, quoting several recent crime related headl ines. Mrs Maynard-Gibson accused the government of dismantling a multi-faceted s trategy to address the probl ems in the administration of j ustice and crime left in place by the former PLP government p rior to the 2007 election. Projects Unfortunately law and order is another area where projects left in place were not built on. They were stopped or cancelled and Urban Renewal w as subsequently reinstated. I u nderstand that Swift Justice i s partially reinstated. I do not understand why games wouldb e played or risks taken with t he safety of our citizens and the vitality of our tourist industry. Urban Renewal and Swift Justice were working for the benefit of Bahamians. If they were not prefect they should have been fixed, not stopped a nd reinstated two years later while crime continues to spiral out of control, said the Sena tor. S he said that if the 2009 murd er rate were to take into account all of the unclassified deaths the increase in the ratef rom 2008 to 2009 would be just under 40 per cent. They show murders (are 85 to end December 2009. We know that the police reported more than 100 deaths, some of w hich are yet to be classified. W e Bahamians know that they w ere not due to natural causes and we know that they arec rimes, which is why the police a re involved, she said. Law It seems people are more a nd more feeling that they must take the law into their own hands because the gov ernment seems to be inept and u nable and at very least, help l ess. Bahamians are under siege in their homes. Home invasions are increasing. Bahamians are not safe on the streets. Tourists are not safe on Bay Street. Mrs Maynard-Gibson comm ended the police force for its e fforts to combat crime but a dded that the full effectiveness of their attempts will bed iminished unless matters can b e swiftly brought to trial. Judges are ready to hear matters. They can only hear what is brought before them. They do not prepare matters for trial, said the former Attorney General. She suggested that full and e ffective collaboration between various government agencies is lacking and that this is imping i ng upon the number of matters which are being put forward for trial. Call for website to name accused criminals on bail IN the first of a planned series of exercises, officers of the Southwestern Division last week conducted an operation to ensure the businesses in that area were secure,s chool children were not harassing m embers of the community and motorists were abiding by the laws of the road. The police officers set out last Friday at about 2.45pm to carry out operation disrupt with the aim of disrupting persons who seem to h ave little or no regard for law and o rder. T he operation commenced at the junction of Baillou Hill Road and Carmichael Road, and officers paid specific attention to school child ren who usually annoy members o f the community after school, the p olice said in a press release. A dditionally, road checks were c onducted, halting bus drivers w hose licences were expired or did not meet the required dressed code. T he officers also conducted a walkabout in the community, assuring residents of the polices commitment to reducing and eventually e radicating crime. Residents were encouraged to be their brothers keeper and to report a ll suspicious persons, vehicles and a ctivities. The residents were excited and pledged their support, the polices aid. F urther, officers also ensured that the business community of Carmichael was secured. Patrols were increased during the evening thus creating a safer environment for businesses. The operation was a success, and t he officers arrested two men for s uspected dangerous drugs, four men for house break-ins and recove red three suspected stolen vehic les. This initiative is just the beginning of a number of activities geared toward ensuring the resi-d ents and business communities of t he Southwestern Division (Carmichaelo f the Southwestern Division are f ocused and determined to create a safe environment for persons to live, work, visit and play, the polices press statement said. Police officers carry out operation disrupt Former Attorney General makes proposals to tackle crime SENATOR Allyson Maynard-Gibson

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX % DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH 127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $ 5*26$&253 /LTXLGDWRUf THE Keep Grand Bahama Clean C ommittees (KGBC nity clean-up for the year is planned for this Saturday in Coral Gardens. KGBC in conjunction with Domin ion Community Church, Access Ministries and the Seahorse Urban R enewal, will spearhead an early morning clean-up of loose litter throughout the community, beginninga t 7.30am. The event culminates with a much anticipated health fair and fun day. To increase public awareness a mongst Coral Gardens residents and garner support for Saturday morn ings event, representatives of the var ious groups took to the streets on W ednesday afternoon distributing fly ers and speaking with residents. Nakira Wilchcombe, KGBC chairp erson, described the clean-ups as an i ntegral part of their mission and invited Coral Gardens residents, civic groups, other organisations and the general public to join in the activities. P rior to Saturdays clean-up, KGBC p articipated in a special assembly at the nearby Walter Parker PrimaryS chool. Committee members were on h and to spread the message of love o f country and the environment to the entire gathering of students, fac u lty and administrators. A ddressing them was KGBC member Rehuder Rolle of Love 97. Excited We are excited to stop by your school to encourage you to Keep G rand Bahama Clean. Even though you are young now, youre not too young to begin to be proactive and a ware of the importance of keeping G rand Bahama and your entire country, clean. A highlight of the school visit was a special appearance by Kentucky Fried C hickens mascot Chicky. KFC is an official corporate partner o f the Keep Grand Bahama Clean initiative. Once again, KFC has joined forces with KGBC in an effort to reach the y outh in our schools by using our much-loved Chicky to reinforce the importance of their part in keeping Grand Bahama Clean, said Aniska S aunders, assistant marketing man ager at KFC. Through anti-littering campaigns we hope to promote pride in our c ountry and personal responsibility in keeping our island litter free whichi s a benefit we all enjoy. School visits and community cleanups will continue throughout the course of the year, along with other special KGBC-sponsored events. Community clean-up on Saturday KGBC SCHOOL VISITS Keep Grand Bahama Clean committee members partici pated in a special morning assembly at Walter Parker Primary School. Some of the students got up close and personal with the KFC mascot Chicky as he helped spread the anti-littering message. CORAL GARDENS CLEAN-UP Representatives f rom the Keep Grand Bahama Clean committee and other organisations delivered personal invitations to C oral Gardens residents in advance of Saturdays clean-up in their community. Pictured (l-r Munroe, KGBC committee member; Rowena Albury,f acilitator with Seahorse Urban Renewal; Nola McKenzie, resident, and Geneva Rutherford, direc-t or of community relations at GBPA. THE Bahamas has been awarded a signal honour by being given the opportunity to contribute to the Commonwealths review of human rights records and laws, said Ambassador Joshua Sears, Director General ofthe Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ambassador travelled to Lond on this week to attend the two-day Commonwealth Mid-Term Review of Universal Periodic Review Process which concludes today. One of the primary instruments of the Human Rights Council establ ished by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2006 is to monitor and review the human rights records of 192 member states of the international community. Expert A n expert panel convened in London to review the implementation of the Universal Period Review Process and to make recommendations to the UN. A document of best practices in t he Commonwealth will be one of the outcomes of this review. To date, 142 countries of the UN have been reviewed. The Bahamas was the first CARICOM country to be reviewed, which was done at the Third Session inD ecember 2008, and Ambassador Sears has been invited to share the Bahamas and Caribbean experience with the Commonwealth Expert Group. Secretary General Kamelesh Sharm a delivered the keynote address and the panel engaged in two days of intensive discussions, which made an important contribution to the UN review process. Ambassador Sears said that this opportunity to contribute to the Com-m onwealths position of the review of this new instrument and the further development of human rights laws and practices globally is an honour for the Bahamas. Bahamas awarded signal honour of helping with Commonwealths human rights review JOSHUASEARS Ambassador Joshua Sears in London for two days of intensive discussions

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORTTHE arrival of one of the worlds largest cargo ships in Grand Bahama this week signals the importance of the Freeport Container Port in the face of a growing global population and the expansion of Chinas exports, said Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux. A nd although the amount of shipping traffic at the port i s still down due to the global r ecession, things are slowly starting to look up with more orders from China. Dr Deveaux was in Freeport on Wednesday for the arrival of the Northern Jasper one of the largest cont ainer vessels in the world. The vessel, which is operated by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC arrived in port carrying some 8 ,200 containers. Minister Deveaux and Container Port CEO Gary Gilbert went onboard the ship, where they presented a plaque toC aptain Seredyn Dariusz and chief engineer Scarlat Alexandru to commemorate the occasion. This ship (Northern J asper) is the biggest ship we ever had in Grand Bahama so this is a real big plus for Grand Bahama, Mr Gilbert told reporters. T his is the second mega container ship of its kind that has docked at the harbour here. The Tomoko, the sister ship o f Northern Jasper, came in February, carrying some 8,000 containers. Dr Deveaux said the ships arrival is a very significant one, not only for the contain er port, but also for GrandBahama and the Bahamas. In order for this ship to go into New York they have tol ower the top deck to get under the bridge, but yet Freeport is able to accommodate it. This ship is about half the s ize of the one that will come l ater in the year that actual carries 14,000 containers (and that cant even go on the east ern seaboard of the US, yet the freight of the world will come to Grand Bahama to unload containers. MSC is one of our biggest (ont he Bahamas is seeking to promote the maritime register, said Dr Deveaux. H e noted that the ports proximity to the eastern seaboard of the US makes Freeport a vital link in international shipping fromS outh America to Asia and Europe. Dr Deveaux said the continued expansion of the container port and the harbour inF reeport is important as the world population grows ande xports continue to increase from China. He reported that China e xports for February increased by 46 per cent compared to last year this time. Minister Grant said Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams decision to approve the container port for Freeport wast he right decision. He noted t hat the port continues to pro vide hundreds of jobs for Bahamians. Mr Gilbert said Freeport has the deepest harbour in theW estern Hemisphere, with a depth of 54ft to accommodate the largest vessels in the world. He said every week one of M SCs mega container vessels will dock at the containerp ort. In addition to MSC, Mr Gilbert revealed that the con t ainer port is looking for another a major shipping customer. He said that business at the container port is still down, but has improved slightly over the recession. We are not to the 2,000 l evels but at the rest of Hutchisons other ports we are starting to see more orders coming from China ports. They are not as long in dura-t ion but we are back about 25 per cent of what we were at the low of last year, and that is not all the way to when we were 30 per cent down from2 008. So it is a very good sign that things are coming back,h e said. Mr Gilbert said that expan sion is continuing withB ahama Rock to excavate the harbour for an additional 1,800 meters of quay side and other 10 cranes. He said their safety record at the container port is very good, with no fatalities,a lthough there were minor a ccidents. One of worlds largest cargo ships in Freeport ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Dr Earl Deveaux (right GO ANDtell your young men these things. Under no circumstances should you e ver become verbally abusive to a police officer. Even if you are inno cent, you are exposing yourself to p otential violence. A police officer deals on a daily basis with members of the generalp ublic who are cursing at him in the c ourse of doing his duty. It is quite human to lash out at the officer; I know I dont feel served and pro t ected when someone is writing me a ticket for speeding. Truth be known, most officers in this count ry just ignore the verbal threats against their p erson. They appreciate the violent language of our new culture, and the immaturity of some people. The problem comes when the officer is in a combative state, because he mayb e stopping cars to look for a criminal whose profile you fit. Any resistance including verbal abuse on your part, c ould escalate the situation rapidly and dangerously. Always remember, we outnumber t he Bad Guys. DArcy Rahming is a violent crime researcher and Adjunct Faculty Member at theC ollege of the Bahamas. He holds Black Belts in several martial arts and is an internationally renowned seminar leader for corporations, pri-v ate groups and police and security groups. Y ou can follow him on his blog at www.sto plivinginfear.org. S TOP L IVING IN F EAR A VOID B EING N EXT H OW TO A VOID B EING S HOT BY THE P OLICE P ART 3 D Arcy Rahming

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and Caicos government to have been accused of malfeasance by the British-led commission of inquiry that ultimately resulted in the suspension of the countrys constiti-t ution and its democratic instit utions last year by the United Kingdom government. Mr Misick stepped down as Premier in March 2009, denying charges of corruption. The British then took direct con-t rol of governing the country f or what they forecast would be a period of up to two years a move that was criticised by Caricom as not the most effective tool to bolster goodg overnance and effective a dministration in the territor y. On Monday, a Unity march in Providenciales against the imposition of direct rule by the British, sup-p orted by both major political parties in Turks and Caicos, drew a turnout estimated at between 750 and 2,000. Putting this in perspective, there are around 8,000p eople on the countrys electoral register. Some local observers say t he turnout proves the s trength of opposition nationally to the direct British rule which also involves the suspension of trial by jury in the British Overseas Territory and more recent proposals by the British to change the i slands constitution to allow a certain class of foreign nationals to vote and seek political office in the islands. The day after the march which was heralded as an unprecedented and symbolics how of unity by the political parties the British interim government drew the ire of Turks Islanders by announcing that it would be slashingc ivil servants pay by 10 per cent effective April 1. The British put this decision down to falling revenue in a poor economy, however, former Premier Mr Misick told The Tribune yesterday that he views the action as subtlei ntimidation for misbehaviour in the wake of the protest march. Yesterday Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonettes aid the Bahamas position on the situation there has not c hanged. The Bahamas has already stated its position. The Bahamas is not going to intervene in any of the issues r egarding the TCI until they resolve their internal matters. T he PLP, meanwhile, have t aken a slightly different view of the situation. In a statement issued Tuesday, the PLP called the joint march a posi tive development in the development of Turks and Caicos democracy, adding that it is pleased the two parties have come to a joint position on the question of British rule. We urge the British to restore democratic rule to the Turks and Caicos and to resist any move that would weaken the ability of the native peo-p les of the Turks and Caicos to run their own affairs, read the statement. Yesterday Fred Mitchell, the MP for Fox Hill and former minister of foreign affairs under the Christie administration, said he believes theB ahamas and Caricom have a responsibility to keep the plight of TCI on the front burner. I will certainly try to be in touch with friends at Caricomt o see whether issue can be raised. There is a heads of g overnment meeting going on now. I dont think Caricom should ignore the fact that democracy has been suspended in TCI. TCI is an associate m ember of Caricom, so Caricom has a responsibility in line w ith the statement issued last y ear saying that they would keep it on the front burner. The MP said he is of the view that the Bahamas has a special interest in the affairs of the TCI, because anything that happens in TCI of coursea ffects us. A nd he added the PLP supports giving the TCI people the opportunity to have a general election in which they can elect the government of their choice. It is the same thing they (the British own country if there was politi cal or constitutional crisis d issolve parliament and have fresh elections, so that you d eal with new people. The way to deal with people a lleged to be individually r esponsible for criminal cond uct is to bring charges before t he courts, he said. Mr Mitchell said he and s ome of his parliamentary col leagues have discussed the possibility of mobilising the Turks and Caicos population in the Bahamas to see if we couldnt bring somem ore sensitivity on this i ssue and to help with whate ver is going on in TCI. According to Mr Misick, the population of Turks and Caicos islanders and their descendants in theB ahamas are larger than t hose who currently reside in the Turks and Caicos. Mr Misick describes the British Governor of TCI as a dictator and the current situation in the islands as an occupation by theB ritish. He told The Tribune that particularly because of the long history shared by the Bahamas and TCI, he feels the Bahamas more than any other country in Cari-c om has a greater respons ibility to educate for fairn ess and change in Turks and Caicos in the same way the Bahamas under (Sir Lynden) Pindling led the way on educating forc hange in South Africa w hen there was apartheid. I certainly take this opportunity to call on the Prime Minister to become more engaged in the matters that are taking place, in the the injustice that hast aken place in the Turks and Caicos, Mr Misick stated. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ,QROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf therefore no prosecutions or convictions during the year. This comes after noted anti-slavery campaigner Aaron Cohen warned that the Bahamas is at risk of falling into the tentacles of organised crime in the Caribbean. In an interview with The Tribune last week, he said that while the country is already a transit stop and destination for women and children either tricked or forced into servitude, the problem could be about to get much worse. He fears that in the wake of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, the Bahamas could replace that country as a chief transit hub for human traffickers. Mr Cohen pointed to the State Departments Trafficking in Persons (TIP Bahamas as a destination for sex workers from the Dominican Republic and restaveks, or children exploited for domestic labour, from Haiti. The most recent TIP report, released last week, noted that in 2008, parliament passed the Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Suppression Act which sets out penalties for offenders that range from three years to life imprisonment. However, the State Department criticised the tendency of local officials to lump human trafficking together with human smuggling the transportation of persons engaging in voluntary illegal immigration and punish the victims with arrest and deportation rather than offering them help. SEEPAGETWO You can find our interview with Aaron Cohen at: http://www.tribune242.com/editorial/Insight/03082010_slavery_Insight-pg FROM page one USreport contains claims that children trafficked from Haiti for sex in Bahamas FROM page one F ormer Turks and Caicos Premier wants Prime Minister to assist territory MICHAEL MISICK

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C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 PAGE10 Local sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BIBLECOLLEGET H E A S S E M B L I E S O F G O D I N T H E B A H A M A S EquippingfortheHarves t Empowering Believers for Effective Ministry Caribbean School of Theology Bachelors & Masters programs NOTICE PAN AMERICAN BANK LIMITED Noticeisherebygiventhatan Extraordinary GeneralMeetingo ftheShareholderswasheldon 5 th dayofDecember,2009atwhichtimeall accountsshowingthemannerinwhichthe windingupoftheabovecompanyhadbeen conductedandthepropertyoftheCompany disposedofwaslaidbefo rethemeetingand approvedbytheShareholders. PabloRodrguezMler LIQUIDATOR P.O.BoxN 1682,Nassau,Bahamas NOTICE SANTANDER MERCHANT BANK LIMITED NoticeisherebygiventhatanExtraordinary GeneralMeetingo ftheShareholderswasheldon 5 th dayofDecember,2009atwhichtimeall accountsshowingthemannerinwhichthe windingupoftheabovecompanyha dbeen conductedandthepropertyoftheCompany disposedofwaslaidbeforethemeetingand approvedbytheShareholders. PabloRodrguezMler LIQUIDATOR P.O.BoxN 1682,Nassau,Bahamas A contingent of Bahamian athletes vie for spots on the international medal stand and a n opportunity to be crowned World Champion at the biggest gathering of nations in the history of the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Nine Bahamians take to the track today on day one of the meet in Doha, Qatar. Christine Amertil, a two-time World Indoors bronze medallist in the event in 2003 and 2006, opens competition for the Bahamas in Heat One of the Women's 400m. Amertil, who has posted a season's best time of 53.43s, will run out of lane five. Also in the heat will be Debbie Dunn of the United States, world leader in the event with a time of 50.86s. In the Men's 400m, Chris Brown will start his trek towards a third World Indoors medal. Brown, who has previously captured two bronze medals in the event, will run in heat five out of lane six. Brown has posted the fastest qualifying time of his heat witha time of 46.20s. M ichael Mathieu will also join Brown in the field of quartermilers. Mathieu will run in heat one out of lane four and enters with the third fastest season's best of his heat with a time of 46.82s. Chandra Sturrup, the first Bahamian to capture a gold medal for the Bahamas at the event, when she took a first place finish in 2001, makes yet another appearance in her signature event. Sturrup will run in lane two of heat two coming in with a qualifying time of 7.20s. Sturrup will be paired against Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica who in her first appearance at the World Indoor Championships enters the heat with the fastest qualifying timeo f 7.14s. In the Men's 60m, Rodney Greene will make his first appearance at the event when he runs in heat four out of lane three. Green's time of 6.66s is the second fastest qualifying time of the heat behind Mike Rodgers of the United S tates with 6.52s. Shamar Sands will run in heat two of the 60m hurdles out of lane seven, and enters with a season's best time of 7.54s. Former world champion Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry will be the lone competitors in the field when they compete in the men's high jump. Thomas has posted a season's best leap of 2.25m while Barry has reached 2.19m on the year. With 150 countries con firmed to compete in Doha at the Aspire Dome, it surpassed the record of 147 countries set two years agon in Valencia. The World Indoor Champi onships, which were first called the World Indoor Games in Paris took place in Paris in 1985 and 69 nations took part. Bahamian athletes eye international medals HIGHAMBITION: School track and field IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS CHRISTINEAMERTIL Nine take to track today in Doha CHANDRA STURRUP SACS Danielle Gibson jumps during the long jump. CV BETHELS Terrane Roker takes part in theh igh jump during the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations annual Scotiabank Nation-a l High School Track and Field Championships. The event is taking place at the T homas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff NCAS Lathario Minnis in the triple jump. SEE PAGE 10 C ARIFTASWIMMINGTEAM PICKED

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A traditionally successful Carifta team fielded by the Bahamas Swimming Federa tion looks to extend its legacy after naming what promises to be another group of top-notch performers. T he BSF has selected and ratified a 36 member team to compete at the 25th annual Carifta Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, and Water Polo Championships Championships, April 3-6 in Kingston, Jamaica. T he Bahamas returns several veteran s wimmers from a team that finished second in the points standing last year with 691.50 p oints and tallied 18 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze. N early 20 countries will field teams for the 25th edition of the games including defending champions Aruba. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH1 27,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG & RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG R Q GD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU L V $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX % DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE PAN AMERICAN BANK LIMITED Creditors having debts or claims against the ab ove named Company are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N 1682, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 30 th day of March, A.D. 2010. Pablo Rodrguez Mller LIQUIDATOR P.O. Box N 1682, Nassau, Bahamas N OTICE S ANTANDER MERCHANT BANK LIMITED C reditors having debts or claims against t he above n amed Company are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N 1682, N assau, Bahamas on or before 30 th d ay of March, A.D. 2010. Pablo Rodrguez Mller LIQUIDATOR P.O. Box N 1682, Nassau, Bahamas 36-member team picked to compete at Carifta swimming championships THETEAM: Boys and girls Girls 15-17 Maya Albury Ashley Butler Kadesha Culmer Bria Deveaux M cKayla Lightbourn S haunte Moss J e'Nae Saunders 13-14 Gabrielle Greene Abigail Lowe B erchadette Moss L aura Morely Riquel ROlleT aryn Smith Jacinda Williams 11-12 Jourdan Bevans Leslie Campbell Joanna Evans D oran Reed S imone Sturrup A ndreas Weech Boys 15-17 Evante Gibson M atthew Lowe T oby McCarroll Delano McIntoshA rmando Moss Mancer Roberts 13-14 Zarian Cleare Peter Farquaharson Turen Moss D ustin Tynes A nibal Hernandez V aldes 11-12 Dionisio Carey Farion Cooper A aron Levarity Z ach Moses Meshach ROberts High school track and field GIRLS 100 metre heats. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM petition filed on behalf of Mr Pinder the Progressive Lib-e ral Partys candidate was f undamentally flawed. In the prayers of the petition, the petitioner asks the court to exercise the jurisdiction conferred by section 69(1 of the Parliamentary Elections Act. A petitioner who iss eeing to avail himself of the jurisdiction of the court ought to say what he is seeking, Mr Evans submitted. In this case one would expect that he would reveal exactly what it is that he seeks to receivef rom the court. If he does not do that he puts the respondents in a position of not knowing what case they have to meet, not knowing what they have to respond to, Mr E vans told the court. First of all he must assert that the voters were properly registered and entitled to vote. The petition contains no prayer in his favour. There aren o grounds given for finding that the voters were properly r egistered and entitled to v ote, Mr Evans said. A petition has particular characteristics, one of which the petitioner must set out the brief facts. Notwithstanding the discreet nature of the petition, the court must deal with i t in the same manner as it d eals with any other petition, Mr Evans said. Mr Evans argued that the defect in the petition cannot be cured by an amendment. Mr Evans also argued that the fact that he had not highlighted the issuee arlier did not prevent the court from striking out the petition. Attorney David Higgins, who is lead counsel for Returning Officer Jack Thompson and ParliamentaryC ommissioner Errol Bethel, adopted the submissions of Mr Evans. We adopt them to the extent that the petition lackst he necessary facts and g rounds as is required by a r egular petition. The petition should contain all the facts relevant to the application. The petition ought to be able to stand on its own, Mr Higgins told the court. Mr Ryans attorney Philip Brave Davis, however, m aintained that the application to have the petition struck out was misconceived. The application presupposes that we dont know why we are here, he said. Mr Davis noted that the respondents had fileda ffidavits and played an active role in the proceedings thus far. Mr Davis submitted that the application should not be entertained and should be dismissed. He said that the petition satisfied all the mandato-r y requirements. The judges, after deliberations on the matter did not accede to Mr Evans application and awarded cost for twoa ttorneys to Mr Pinders legal t eam. Mr Evans then made an a pplication to appeal the decision in the Court of Appeal and also sought a stay of the proceedings. Having regard to the nature of the proceedings, the only just remedy would be to g rant us leave to appeal and g rant us a stay, Mr Evans said. Mr Higgins also joined in the application. Mr Davis, however, opposed the application. Assuming but not conceding that there is a right ofa ppeal, it would seem to me that if a right resides now, the same right would reside at the completion of the proceedings, Mr Davis said. To this Mr Evans responded by saying, In terms of the effecto f the application, if the appeal is launched at the end it would avail us nothing. After deliberating, the judges refused that applica-t ion as well. We feel that a ny appeal which is necess ary, can be brought at the end of the process without prejudice to any of the parties, Senior Justice Allen said. Mr Evans then asked the court to grant a conservatory stay until Monday so t hat his team could approach t he Court of Appeal today. Mr Davis, however, objected stating that the court did not have the jurisdiction to grant such a stay but only a superior court. Mr Evans, however, claimed that he hado nce been involved in a case in which such a stay was granted. Senior Justice Allen, however, said that in the absence of any such authorities the court was minded not tog rant the stay. The case is now expected to proceed at 10 oclock this morning. The election court petition was filed by Ryan Pinder oft he PLP, who gained 1,499 v otes to Dr Sands' 1,501 in t he February 16 Elizabeth constituency 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. FROM page one FNM bid to have PLP election court petition struck out fails RYANPINDER


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