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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER PM:FNM expects to win Brans seat V olume: 107 No.103SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER BRIGHTAND SUNNY HIGH 86F LOW 74F By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter B RANVILLE McCart ney has little chance of retaining his seat in Bam boo Town after the next e lection, suggested Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham who yesterday said the constituency is a Free National Movement stronghold. Mr Ingraham said until the FNM selected the former Cabinet minister as its candidate for Bamboo Town for the 2007 general election, Mr McCartney had no ties to the area. The Prime Minister also suggested that voters in the area only threw their sup port behind Mr McCartney because he ran on the FNM's ticket. "The FNM will run in Bamboo Town, the FNM expects to win in Bamboo Town. It's been our seat for a long time. The FNM introduced Mr McCartney to Bamboo Town he had no connection with Bamboo Town whatsoever I asked him to go and run in Bamb oo Town, I asked Bamboo Town to accept him as our man," said the Prime Minister at a press conference int he Cabinet Office yester day. "Bamboo Town accepted h im as our man, I will now g o back to Bamboo Town, apologise to them for giving them a man who quit on them and ask for their forgiveness and seek to find in conjunction with them another person. I hope they can trust me this time," he told The Tribune Mr McCartney, former minister of state for immigration, resigned from the party on Monday, the same day the House of Assembly began debating the contro versial sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications. He resigned from Cabinet last year. Mr McCartney also voted against the sale of 51 per cent of BTC's shares to Cable & Wireless, along with every present Opposition MP. Ing r aham sa ys Bamboo T own is par ty stronghold TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDE TODAY: FUN GAMES AND PUZZLES IN YOUR FREE KIDSCOOP NEWS ALLSMILES: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham greets recruits who have been selected to become officers in the new Border Control Department that will accommodate both the Customs and Immigration departments at Super Club Breezes yesterday. SEE PAGETHREE NEWBORDERCONTROLRECRUITSMEETPM FELIPEMAJOR/TRIBUNESTAFF B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE desperate plea of residents at the All SaintsC amp for Aids victims was answered yesterday when BEC restored electricity to the shelter. The community had been without electricity since February 23 when BEC shut offt he power in response to an unpaid $78,000 bill. All Saints Camp admini strator Diana Ingraham said the residents were completely surprised BEC RESTORES ELECTRICITY TO ALL SAINTS CAMP SEE page seven By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter PRIME Minister Ingraham will close the current voters' register in June or July of this year meaning that only those on the new register will be eligible to vote in the next election. This move will give the Parliamentary Registrar more time to peruse the new voters' register. It will also allow the Parlia mentary Registrar to give the Boundaries Commission a more accurate representation of the number of eligible voters in each constituency. Once the current register is void, members of the Boundaries Commission will be appointed, the Prime Minister said. "I can tell you this, sometime after June of this year I propose to cause the current register of voters to die by that I mean to come to an end which would mean only persons who are reg istered on the new register will be eligible to vote," said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. PM will close voter register in June or July SEE page seven QUES TIONS OVER PMS A CCIDENTAL NO VOTE WITH Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham accidental ly voting against the sale of BTC before quickly correcting himself, questions have been raised by some members of the public as to whether or not his original vote should have been counted. On the radio programme Real Talk Live with host Ortland Bodie Jr yesterday, a number of people called in stating the Prime Ministers initial vote should have counted. However, according to the acting chief clerk at the House of Assembly, Rule 59.20 allows for a Member of Parliament to change his vote. THE OPPOSITION reacts to the Prime Ministers acciden tal no vote in the House of Assembly on Thursday. SEE page seven By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter SOME BTC workers who had their salaries cut this week were wrongfully targetted, according to a union boss. It was confirmed yesterday that around 50 managers and 450 line staff were penalised with salary deductions in the middle of February for their involvement in the first Raw son Square protest against the sale of majority shares of BTC to Cable and Wireless. However, according to Bahamas Public Managers Union (BCPMU William Carroll, some of the cuts were indiscriminate, and need to be corrected." He explained that some of the penalised employees were on legitimate leave or were just about to go on retirement. Mr Carroll said these work ers must have been targetted by mistake. When asked if any action will be taken over the matter, Mr Carroll said: "We are currently working with management staff and all others to try and get everything settled." This revelation comes after it was reported that an emergency meeting was held on Thursday at BTC headquarters between the BTC unions and the companys executive management over the cuts. No information was released following the meeting, but Tri bune sources say the unions have promised their members to deal with the matter as soon as possible, hopefully by next week. The unions reportedly got involved in the matter after angry BTC workers contacted them complaining their pay had been docked. Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Evans and BTC chairman Julian Francis could not be reached for comment. UNION B OSS CL AIMS SOME BTC STAFF WR ONGLY TARGETTED IN SALARY CUTS SEE page seven


P R I M E M i n i s t e r H u b e r t I n g r a h am r e mi n d ed Cu s t o ms a nd Immigr at io n o ffi ce rs y es t e r d a y o f h i s g o v e r n m e n t s "z ero toler ance" p olicy for d ish o n e s t y He emphasised that no one wi l l b e a l lo w ed t o s te a l f ro m the governm ent's C ustom s revenues. M r Ingr aham w as a ddressing re cru it s w ho h ave be en sel ec ted to become officers in the new B o r d e r Co n t r o l D e p a r t m e n t tha t w ill ac com m odat e b oth the C u s t o m s a n d I m m i g r a t i o n departments. The prime minister said his g o v er n me n t h a s n o to l e ra n c e for "dishonesty, for slackness, f o r b a d c o m p a n y o r b a d habits." He said: "I came to speak to you so that there is no misun d e r s t a n d i n g a s t o w h a t i s re quir ed of ea ch of yo u. I w an t t o t a k e s p e ci a l c ar e to s ay t o y o u i n t h e p l a i n e s t l a n g u a g e p oss ible we de m a nd th at yo u b e h on est in t he e xe cu tio n o f your duty. "The s yste m will no t con sid er that you may have just got t e n m a r r i e d n e e d t o p a y a c hild 's sch ool tu itio n, are h elp ing your fa m ily to m eet exp enses, ran short on your rent m o ney, need to pay your bank car loan if you are dishonest you will go. T h e r e i s n o c i r c u ms t a n c e u nde r w h ich y ou may b orr ow' f ro m t he g ov er nm ent s re ve nu e. T h at 's st ea li ng th at 's i ll eg al an d that w ill get you fi red," he said. Mr I n g r a h a m a l s o s t re ss e d t h a t o f f i c e r s c a n n o t a c c e p t mo n e y o r o t h e r i n c e n t iv e s in exchange for waiving Customs duty, or allow an individual to enter t h e country w ho does not meet the requirements. "A nd i t does n't m at ter if y ou c l a i m t o h a v e s e e n o t h e r s engage in these dishonest and ille gal acti vities. W hen you w itn es s d ish o ne st y, y ou r r es po n si bil it y i s t o r epo rt it n ot t o i m itate it. Re g a rd l e s s t o y o u r d e t e r minat ion, y ou must at al l t im e s eve ry day, even w he n you ar e not f eel in g 1 00 p er cen t, be hav e in a manner that makes you a cr edit to y our co unt ry that is courteous, respectful and pro fessional," he said. H e t old the recrui ts t hat the y are th e v ery first class to cross tra in to func tion as bo th C us toms and Imm igrat ion officer s, "so you are a f irst look at the fu tu re o f B ah am i an b ord er c ont r o l "It is dif ficult f o r m e to ove r s t a t e t h e i mp o r t a n c e o f y o u r job s a nd futu re care ers to the s af et y an d pr og re ss o f ou r co un try," the prime m in ister sa id. H e em ph asi sed tha t C u sto m s d ut ie s f or m t he l ar g es t a nd m o s t i m p o rt a n t s ou r ce of go v er n m e n t r e v e n u e t h a t i s r e v e n u e w hich pays you r and every o t her p ublic of ficer's sala ry." "It is reven ue that pro vides pol ice an d D e fence Force protection to our coun t ry, our ho s p i t a l s c l i n i c s a n d s c h o o l s ; i t bui lds ou r roa ds, po rts an d airp o r t s i t i s r e v e n u e w h i c h m a kes ever y w heel o f go vernme n t t u r n To s a y t h a t y o u r e f f i c i e n c y i s i m p o r t a n t i s a n und erstate m ent ," he said LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SA TURDA Y MARCH 26, 201 1, P AGE 3 PM emphasises zer o tolerance' policy to Customs and Immigration of ficers POLI CE h a v e re ve ale d tha t the c o untry 's 26 th homic id e vict im was n ot stab bed in a b arb ersh o p as stat ed i n th ei r in it ial report. Th is came aft er M etil lu s Ch ip m an o wn e r o f th e "It Is W hat It I s Barb er S h op an d L o un ge" o n Ro b in s on Ro ad an d Fo u rt h Stre et, denied th e police re po r t, te ll ing The Tribu ne that it has caused his business to suffer. Sgt Chrislyn Skippings, press liaison officer, confirmed that d e s pi te t he i ni ti al r e p o rt "th e alt ercat io n t o ok p lace o u tsi d e o f th e est ab li sh men t af te r th e gro u p of men w ere ask ed to l eave". A f ter b ein g s tab b ed s o me d is ta n ce fr o m th e b ar b er s ho p t h e vi ct i m t ri ed t o ru n aw ay, b u t co l l ap s ed at t h e j u n ct i o n o f F o u r t h Street and Palm Tree Avenue. 26th murder victim not killed in barber shop "I am vex at all these pedes t r i a n s w h o w a i t t o c r o s s t h e road w hen m y light turns green instead of crossing on the red ligh t. E s pecia lly w hen t here i s a l in e o f tr af fic du rin g mo rn in g rush w aiti ng to get out of a corner, these carefree pedestrians j u st s a un te r a c ro s s th e s t re et n ot l oo ki ng l eft o r ri gh t, as if t h e y g o t a b u m p e r o n t h e y backside." PEEVED OFF "I vex d at d ese brilliant roa d e ngin eers with hu ndr ed of millions of dollars in the 21st cen t ur y r o ad imp ro ve men ts ai n' t cr eating at the same tim e some o f f r o a d j i t n e y s t o p s s o t h a t wh e n t he j it n e y st o p o n Ea s t Street north, traffic behind all t h e w a y d o wn t o Ea s t S t r e e t south don't have to stop also." PROACTIVE "I ve x da t p eo pl e i s u si ng ne ts to cat ch all the f ish and e ndang er e d d u c ks i n L ak e K i l l a r n ey I f w e have law s t o li mi t and pres erve group er, c raw fis h, cor al, t ak in g be ac h sa nd a n' al l d at pl us a l l s o r t s o f r e g u l a t i o n t o p r e se rv e an d pr ot ec t i ndi sc ri m i na te plunde ring a f ew m il es a w ay on o u r c oa st a n' oc e an d en h o w com e w e peopl e i s can' t see dat da l akes is the sam e ?" M A TH E M A T IC A L G E N IU S "I am v ex t hat our nat ion has t h o u s a n d s o f p r e a c h e r s r e v erends, doctors, apostles, etc many of whom want to follow o ur L ord God Jes us C hri st, y et f ew ar e p re p ar ed to w a lk th e s t r e e t s g h e t t o s a m o n g t h e p o or s ic k, de st it ut e, va g ra nt s who han g ou t' at cer tain area s and to preac h like hi m, m orally a n d s p i r i t u a l e d u c a t i n g a n d uplifting the neediest. "( Y 'all wond er w h y we hav e t h e mo ra l an d sp ir i tu a l p ro b le m s w e hav e. ) A ll t hey se em to want is to stay in their air-con ditioned churches and wait for people to come to church and talk money. My Lord and Sav i o u r J e s u s Ch r i s t c o u l d h a v e ha d all the m aterial w ealth, but n o h e wal k e d wi th th e p oo r on foot with sandals, and gave u p h i s l i f e a n d c h a n g e d t h e world that we may all benefit and have everlasting life." REPENTANT SINNER "I am astonished that all the highl y ed ucat ed per sons in conflict situations cannot think of more po sitive solu tions suc h as e v e r y o n e a s k i n g f o r t h e A l m i g h t y s h e l p a n d s i t t i n g down and compromise, then if t h a t f a i l s t h e y c o u l d a l w a y s select their best champion and have an arm wrestling contest o n Sa und ers Beach to de cide ." WEARY I a m v e x t h a t t h e y o u n g g a r b a g e m a n w h o s p i l t t h e garb age from his tr uck onto the road refused to put it back in hi s tr uc k w as r ud e an d i n su lt i ng a n d g a v e a b a d i ma g e t o t h e r e s t o f g a r b a g e m e n w h o a r e h ardw ork i n g and provide goo d service." HOME OWNER W H Y Y O U V E X ? RECRUITS: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham greets the new recruits of the Border Control Department yesterday at Super Club Breezes. INSIGHT F o r t h e s to r i e s b e h in d th e n e w s, r e a d I n s ig h t o n M o n d a y s


EDITOR, The Tribune. STRAWBusiness Person Societys response to the remarks made by our Prime Minister at FNM rally on Saturday, March 19, 2011. His position as to what will be on display in the new Straw Market. Dear Honourable Prime Minister: Sir, we are very concern about the interest and benefits of the straw vendors. You promised, in 1992, a government in the sunshine with openness and accountability. If this is the case, why are the straw vendors so much in the dark when it comes to the decision making of the new straw market? Sir, please tell us when the straw vendors interest will be represented around the decision-making table of the new straw market. We are being told that meetings concerning the new straw market are being held almost daily. We, the association, was invited to about two meetings. Straw vendors are concerned about their future and they want answers and the association needs to be put in a position by your administration to give the answers which seek. How can we do this, if every time we hear something essential as it relates to the new straw market it is in a public forum presented by you or one of your ministers of cabinet? No association of this society should be treated in this man ner by our government. For we have young and elderly members coming to tell us how they cannot get any information on their stalls. These persons who are coming to us indicate that they cant sleep at night because they dont know what is going to happen. When I think about the treatment of straw vendors, my mind goes on the story of King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylonian, in the Bible. He was a king who was an oppressor of the people. For all the contribution of the straw vendors, the straw vendors are treated as the least in the tourism industry. This needs to stop! The association is not in a position to provide them with any comfort as it relates to their concerns. The association is just in the dark as they are. Something is wrong with this picture and in my opinion, this cant be right. For people whos pent their whole life building a tourism product in which almost the whole country feels the need to be proud of. It would be good to hear the straw vendors get some credit from this administration for giving them the opportunity to build a new straw market. Iw ould also like to hear the straw vendors being recognised and appreciated also as your administration continuously boasts about the partys accomplishments and the construction of the new straw market. Please remember, straw vendors money goes directly too ur economy. Because of the US currency we receive from our clients, we can stabilize the action of the domestic currency. Straw vendors generate a financial value that to a great extent is distributed among various stakeholders such as suppliers of goods and services, employ e es, banks, other creditors and to the society in the form of taxes. Now, we would like to respond to your remark at the rally as to what will be on display in the new straw market. It is a known fact that in our country, the food stores donto nly sell food, the gas stations dont only sell gas and the lumber yards dont only sell lumber. Why then should the straw vendors be expected to sell only straw products? Moreover, straw vendors were cleared to sell other items beside locally made products almost 37 years ago by the (government with all due respect, straw vendors are looking to do business the way they did before the market was destroyed by fire in 2001. We cant agree with any administration that is trying to change the way they met us doing business. Your administration should be trying to advance us at the same magnitude that you are trying to advance BTC. We also want to address the issue of the straw vendors stalls being taking away from them by this administration with the aim to accommodate new applicants. It appears that this administration has a new plan for an old established market with its original members. Sir, we thought the new market is a replacement for the old market that was destroyed by fire. Why are persons stall being taken and new applicants being accepted? In conclusion, during the construction phase of the new straw market, we were denied an input by this administration. If there is no secrecy involved or hidden agendas, we are calling on you not to deny us an input in the decision of the transition to the new straw market. We want a peaceful transition. We expect you to be an open and transparent administration (government for all. The straw vendors interest should be fairly represented. We are calling on you to make this happen! REV ESTHER DAWKINSTHOMPSON President, Straw Business Persons Society, Nassau, March 22, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 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. Publisher/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 WASHINGTON For decades, the United States has been the West's indispensable go-to power for leading international military endeavours. Now it is struggling to shed that role as it tries to take a step back in the confrontation with Libya. But it's easier said than done. Each passing day is drawing the Pentagon deeper into the ground battle in Libya against the forces of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. This was driven home when NATO agreed late this week to take over just part of the military operations against Libya enforcement of the newly established no-fly zone, following days of discord and hard bargaining among its members. U.S. officials still hope NATO also will assume responsibility for attacks on Gadhafi's ground forces and other targets, the toughest and most controversial portion of the operation. But that was still up in the air. Otherwise, attacks on ground forces will continue to be overseen by the coalition nominally led by Washington. This is a responsibility the U.S. absolutely does not want to bear. The last thing that President Barack Obama needs is to be left holding the bag on Libya. With U.S. budgets and troop levels already heavily strained by prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama can ill afford overseeing another war in another Muslim country. His press secretary, Jay Carney, said Friday that agreement had been reached on a political level for NATO to assume control of the entire Libya mission but that the military plans associ ated with it were still being worked out. It appeared that the United States, along with France and Great Britain, would maintain primary responsibility for attacks on Gadhafi's ground forces and air defence systems. Carney declared, "What we will not be is in the lead, either in the no-fly zone or the civilian protection." The administration clings to its insistence that it will not send U.S. troops into Libya. But it may be hard to stand fast. "Because we were present at the creation, we are partly responsible for how this goes. And if it goes south, or toward any other endgame that requires decision making and further effort, we will be implicated at some level," said Michael O'Hanlon, a foreign policy fellow at the Brook ings Institution. "So if more military operations are needed in the future, let's say arming the rebels, we may have to be involved with special forces and helping to do that. There are all sortsof ways I can imagine us having to do more in the future, even if we don't have to do more now," O'Hanlon said. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO secretarygeneral, said in Brussels that the NATO alliance eventually could take more responsibility, "but that decision has not been reached yet." Some NATO countries, particularly the sole Muslim member, Turkey, have balked at any involvement in attacks on ground targets. NATO has no procedures for taking formal votes. All of its actions must be unanimous among its 28 members. The U.S had hoped the alliance would reach a consensus before week's end for NATO to take full control of the military operation authorized by the United Nations, including the protection of Libyan civilians and support of humanitarian aid efforts on the ground. But it was not clear when those outstanding issues might be tackled. The military operation has cost the U.S. close to $1 billion in less than a week and has drawn criticism in Congress from members of both parties. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested a further agreement could come as early as next week. "All 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operations plan for NATO to take on the broader civilian protection mission," she said Thursday. But lines of authority still were anything but clear. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Libya airstrikes aren't the only major U.S. military involvements right now. Some 14 Navy ships and their aircraft and 17,000 American sailors and Marines are deployed off the coast of Japan as part of relief efforts. Whether rushing food and supplies to Japanese earthquake-tsunami victims or taking the lead in air strikes in Libya, the U.S. long has been looked to by its Western allies as the undisputed, essential leader for international military operations. After all, the U.S. has what the Pentagon calls "unique capabilities" to operate globally as the world's remaining military superpower, with annual defence spending 10 times that of next-place China. No other country has the bombers, cruise missiles, aircraft carriers, refueling aircraft and command and control facilities that the United States does. Thus, Obama confidently took the lead in launching this past week's rain of airstrikes on Libya, some from a stealth bomber that flew from as far away as an Air Force base in Missouri. But he made clear he wanted to pass the reins quickly. It may turn out to be not so simple to claim a back seat. Being the indispensable world military power can have its liabilities. Not wanting to follow the go-it-alone course that predecessor President George W. Bush projected, Obama set two hard-and-fast rules for American engagement in Libya: no U.S. troops on the ground and no involvement without other nations going along. "It underscores these actions are interna tional in nature," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said. The U.S. has had a hard time persuading NATO to contribute more forces in the past in Afghanistan. Obama has lately emphasized that the mission in Libya is intended to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi's wrath and not to remove the autocrat of 42 years from power. Yet these recent statements seem hard to square with the president's parallel insistence that Gadhafi must go. Regardless of what role NATO or others eventually assume, "the U.S. is exercising de facto command because it has the special intel ligence, targeting and command and control assets needed to coordinate the effort," said Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. 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IN RECENT weeks I have listened to interviews on radio and television with Sgt Chaswell Hanna talking about crime statistics, murders, armed robberies and firearms. It appears to me that he has done an excellent job researching the crime figures in our country. It would be great if Sgt Hanna could be hosted on more of the talk shows to enlighten the public of our present state of crime and what needs to be done. I think Mr Hanna is an asset to the Roy al Bahamas Police Force. A few decades ago bank robberies in New Providence and Grand Bahama was the most prevalent crime. The Bankers Association at the time took immediate steps to introduce elaborate security measures to prevent and detect the crime. Among the measures taken was the opening of a fund to encourage per sons with information on bank robberies and the criminals engaged in such crime. It was a successful move by the bankers as soon the police were able to make arrests of persons involved and the bank robberies stopped for a while. It is very rare now that the crime is committed in The Bahamas. As far as I am aware that fund no longer exists. It is my view, which is supported by statements made by Sgt Hanna, that guns are the most frequent weapons used in murders in T he Bahamas. It the police can control and eradicate the trafficking in guns the murder count can be reduced. It is my recommendation, that like the bankers of decades ago the merchants in The Bahamas should contribute towards a reward fund to eradicate the guns from our country. Persons in those areas where persons can be found on the streets or in vehicles with illegal guns could be motivated by cash rewards to provide information to the police in confidence. Police officers, who through good police work recover guns could also be rewarded. We have to use every means at our disposal to eradicate the guns. It is also recommended that rewards be pub lished for information on the murders. It is my opinion, that the work presently being done by the police in the detection of mur ders, which is commendable would be even better if persons could be motivated to give information about these crimes. The recent appointment of the magistrate to give priority to gun possession cases could be very effective in the struggle to eradicate the guns. PAUL THOMPSON Nassau, March 23, 2011. EDITOR, The TribunIe THE OPPOSITION wanted the government Members of Parliament to have open minds and vote against the sale of BTC to Cable & Wireless. When they're the opposition they expect the government party supporters to have open minds, i.e. oppose any govern ment initiative. But when they're the governing party they expect their members to toe the party line. People who said nothing when their party was selling BTC now have a laundry list of complaints, most of which are fabricated or meaningless in the scheme of things. Take the line that BTC is a national treasure for example. Here is one of the last vestiges of minority rule and colonial ism, and now they want to "save it"? What happened to all the other left overs from colonial ism and minority rule that seem to have been systematically destroyed or are unwanted? How about the so-called lack of transparency? We've seen more information on this from the government than anything in memory. So what's the deal? The latest one is Mr. Branville McCartney asking his former colleagues in the gov ernment to rise above the poli tics and vote against the BTC sale. Presumably that means he is not playing politics? This is a conundrum that is not easily solved within the framework of party politics, but maybe a little intellectual honesty by some in the political class would help rid us of most of this silliness. There are far too many things that deserve scrutiny in the public sector, no matter which party is governing to waste energy on this sort of nonsense. Mind you, there is one way to solve their puzzle. Abandon the idea of the Party Whip. But since we never hear Opposition parties mention this novel concept, we must assume some of them prefer the intellectual dishonesty. If those in the opposition would have tried a little intel lectual honesty on this one they would have even voted in favour of the sale to Cable & Wireless. RICK LOWE Nassau, March 24, 2011. Intellectual dishonesty and Opposition politics Open a fund to eradicate guns from our country


C HEVRON Bahamas has announced its 10th Annual Texaco Road Safety SpeechC ompetition, which will run from April 14-16. The final will take place on S aturday, April 16 at the Perf orming Arts Centre at the College of the Bahamas. Under the theme, Texaco Bahamas: Stay Safe, Lose The Distractions, the competition will draw challengers f rom islands throughout the a rchipelago. Making the announcement, Ryan Bain, district sales mana ger for Chevron Bahamas, said that contributing to thee ducational development is p riority for his company w hich is the founding sponsor and developer of the competition. S cholarships will once again be awarded to the top three finishers: $10,000 for the win-n er, $6,000 and $3,000 to the s tudents placing second and third respectively. As we have done in the p ast, we will be inviting the participation of top debaters and speech makers from then ations schools and such youth organisations as Junior Achievement, Gentlemans Club, the Junior Minister of T ourism programme, Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, and the R otary Club of Abaco, he said. We are grateful to have t he partnership of Toastmasters, Junior Achievement, Scotiabank, Higgs and Johns on, PricewaterhouseCoopers a nd Bahamasair again. Over the years, such partnership has helped to underwrite the success of the competition, making it one of the most prestigious of its kind. T he speech competition w as established in 2002 and it has since become an annual event, supported by both thep ublic and private sectors. By invitation only, the competi-t ion seeks out students who h ave demonstrated a serious i nterest in community activities and debating. The challenge was designed to accom p lish several important pur poses. Ten years ago, the mana gers of Chevrons Bahamas o perations, then known as Texaco Bahamas, became concerned that road accidentsa nd fatalities were increasing in this country, Mr Bain said. It was an ever greater con c ern that many of the persons involved were very young people, our hope for the future of this country. The c ompany was eager to find a way to contribute to raising awareness among them of this life-changing problem. The T exaco Road Safety Speech C ompetition was born of this g oal. To be eligible to compete i n the Texaco Road Safety Speech Competition, an indi-v idual must: Be in good standing with an eligible organisation and/or school. The organisation a nd/or school must also be in good standing. Have advanced to the f inal round of competition in t he organisation and/or have been identified as the top debater by the school princi p al. The current first place winner/Texaco youth safetys pokesperson is not eligible to compete in the competition again. Each participant must n otify Chevron in writing if they are a relative of any gove rnment official of the B ahamas, along with the n ature of the relationship. Failure to disclose this information will result in immedi-a te disqualification from the competition. Final approval to particip ate will be given based upon a review of applications. Each participant is expected to take part in all p re-events of the competition Each participant must be present to compete. Partici-p ation by audio and video t ape and teleconference is not permitted. Competition rules, establ ished by Chevron Bahamas L td and Toastmasters Bahamas Division I, are reviewed annually by bothp artners and updated as nec essary. K aren Mortimer of Road T raffic Department said an a verage of 50 people die in road accidents every year and others are left injured or dis a bled. The seatbelt law is now being enforced and shee nsured that the breathalyser l aw will soon come on stream. 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The government implemented the initiative several weeks ago to provide relief for 200 laid-off workers at Our Lucaya. The government has joined forces with a number of industry partners on Grand Bahama to provide six-month apprenticeships. T he government has also offered to p rovide training for the laid-off workers at BTVI and the College of the Bahamas. Minister Foulkes noted that 37 of the 38 workers have applied to be part of the training programme. H e stated that the Hutchison Group has offered 40 apprenticeships. Statoil will get back to us next week and we are waiting on the numbers from the Grand Bahama Port Authority and BORCO, he said on Thursday. Mr Foulkes previously announced that government will pay the tuition fort raining at BTVI and will pay salaries f or those doing apprenticeships. He encouraged persons who are interested in participating in the training and apprenticeship programmes to register at the Department of Labour on Monday. P ersons must bring their identification documents. The minister also announced that the government has partnered with local stakeholders to implement a pilot programme for at-risk students in the public education system on Grand Bahama. The Cabinet of the Bahamas has o fficially approved a programme called Inter-Development and Intervention Programme targeted toward 50 male students, initially in the public school system. These students are generally stud ents who are identified by guidance counselors at various high schools as at-risk with some challenge either with academic or behavior problems, he said. THE Department of I mmigration this week r epatriated 12 Dominic an nationals nine men and three women to Puerta Plata in the Dominican Republic this week. The twelve Dominicans were intercepted by the US Coast Guard in a small sea vessel off the coast of Inagua on Sunday, March 20. The migrants were turned over to Bahamas Immigration officials for processing. A small team of Immigration o fficers from the D epartments Enforcement Unit accompanied t he group to the D ominican Republic. Immigration a pprehension exercise a t Old Fort Bay IMMIGRATION officers conducted routine inquires and checks at a construction site in Old Fort Bay, New P rovidence on Tuesday. S ix persons were a pprehended and found t o be without status, a mong them one J amaican, two Haitians, one Italian and two Dominicans. The Department is processing and will repatriate the six indi viduals to their respec-t ive countries. T WELVE DOMINICANS A RE REPATRIATED Former resort employees apply for apprenticeship programme L EAH DAVIS o f Scotiabank; Audley Hanna of Higgs and Johnson; Ryan Bain of Chevron; Demekas Fos t er of Toastmasters, and Karen Mortimer of Road Traffic. TEXACO COMPETITION ADVOCATING TAY SAFE, LOSE THE DISTRACTIONS


DOCTORS Hospital is u rging people to come out and support those suffering from Parkinsons dis ease by participating in a f un run/walk to assist the K ingdor National Parkin son Foundation in its efforts. In a press statement, the CI accredited Doctors Hospital, posed the question: Can you imagineb eing motionless, unable to move various parts of the body as you desire? Well, Parkinsons dise ase is just that, a nervous system disorder that grad ually results in slow move m ent to complete stiffness. As the disease progresses throughout the brain, the more it interferes with daily activities. Symptoms Doctors Hospital said it is important to pay atten tion to the symptoms that can range from tremor to rigid muscles to slow movement. Research indicates that there is no cure in sight and the cause of the disease still remains a mystery, however medicine is available to treat the disease as well as a lifestyle change, exercise, surgery and therapy, the hospital said. The fun run/walk will take place on Saturday, April, starting at 6am at Montague Beach. There will also be the Kingdor Parkinsons Foundation Annual Ball at the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday May 7, starting at 7pm. For additional information or to pledge your support, please call visit the website L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(, MARCH 27TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Deacon Tezel Anderson/Bro. Jamicko Forde11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside7:00 p.m. Great Methodist Hymn Singing CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2011 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerPastor Dexter Duvalier THE Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS competition in which two lucky winners will be awarded with a scholarship for a New York art summer camp. High school students aged 13 to 17 can compete for a chance to win a scholarship to French Woods Performing Arts Summer Camp in New York State from August 7 28. This also includes the winners airfare. Application deadline is April 1 and forms are avail able at the Societys Facebook page. The date of the competition is April 16 and 17. Interviews will be conducted on the first day and auditions the second day. Interested students must prepare a perfor mance piece that is three to five minutes long and be avail able for an interview and auditions. Applicants must be Bahamian citizens, or longterm residents, having lived in Grand Bahama for at least four years. Participants will be required to present a reference letter from their schools music, dance or drama teacher and a $10 application fee also applies. Students must also write a 200-word essay that describes why they would be a good candidate to attend French Woods Performing Arts Summer Camp and how they think the camp will benefit them. All participants must have a valid passport, visas if necessary, and provide a copy of their latest report card. To submit an application or for more information contact the Grand Bahama Per forming Arts Society at By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services PUBLIC Health officials use of innovative t echnology such as Geog raphical Information M apping Systems (GIS track and map persons infected with tuberculosis is expected to further a dvance the surveillance a nd management of those cases in the Bahamas, Mini ster of Health Dr Hubert M innis said. D r Minnis said the implementation of the GISm apping system will also a llow public health officials to provide more regular updates on disease protocols and procedures which he says will accelerate the reduction of the incidences and the prevalence of tuberculosis in the Bahamas. He said public health officials have a lready seen a decrease in the numb er of persons infected with, and t reated for, tuberculosis from 46 case s in 2009, to 33 in 2010. T he Health Ministers comments c ame during the annual observance of World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday. The Day is designed to build public awareness to the global epidemic of tuberculosis and address efforts to eliminate the disease. T uberculosis remains one o f the worlds deadliest dise ases despite the efforts of world health officials and continues to infect onethird of the worlds population with almost nine million persons becoming sick from the disease annually. There are almost two million deaths annually. T uberculosis is also the leading cause of death in persons infected with theh uman immunodeficiency virus (HIV While deaths from tuberculosis do occur in t he Bahamas, particularly in persons co-infected with HIV, the Ministry of Health has recogn ised the need for greater outreach t o this vulnerable population and h as adopted a more collaborative approach to TB/HIV activities fore nhanced health outcomes for coi nfected persons, Dr Minnis added. He said the dedicated efforts of the National TB Programme, the DOTS (Directly Observed Therapy Short-Course Strategy) Programme, the National Disease Surveillance U nit, in particular the tuberculosis t eam, have contributed to the decline in the number of cases. D r Minnis said his ministry, with the support of the Pan American H ealth Organisation and other partn ers, also facilitated the training of s taff in the TB Unit via online courses, participation in regional conferences on TB and Lung Diseases and quarterly participation in telephone discussions on the management of TB cases and TB/HIV cases in the region and internationally, which has also positively impacted the surveillance, treatment and care of cases. Such training paid dividends as staff from the TB Unit and Princess Margaret Hospital laboratory partic-i pated in developing and implementing a Caribbean guideline for the care, treatment and control of TB and TB/HIV, Dr Minnis said. Our National TB programme utilises quality laboratory procedures and with contact tracing activities, e nsures that all individuals who may h ave been exposed to tuberculosis b y coming into contact with a case, are effectively screened and placedo n the appropriate treatment protoc ol. Dr Minnis said despite the success, public health officials will remain vigilant in monitoring and responding to all reported cases of tuberculosis. Together we are forging new and stronger partnerships in the fight a gainst tuberculosis and we will move t oward the goal of eliminating this disease from our shores, Dr Minnis a dded. Health officials to use innovative technology to track TB cases HEALTHMINISTER Dr Hubert Minnis Doctors Hospital continues support for Kingdor National Parkinson s Foundation FROMLEFT: Mavis Darling Hill, founder of the Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation; Charles Sealy, CEO of Doctors Hospital; Michele Rassin, vice-president of Doctors Hospital. DALIA FELDMAN founder of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, speaks to school children at Lucaya International School about the upcoming competition. All schools on the island have been notified. Students are encouraged to get more information f rom their school music, dance or drama teacher. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 28-Feb-11 11-Feb-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.545071 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 30-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 '$9((1),21$$5067521* RI :(67%$<675((73%2;1$66$8 %$+$0$6 M r Ingraham spoke to r eporters yesterday, a day b efore his scheduled trip to C anada for the annual meet i ng of the Inter-American Development Bank where he will lead a trade and investment promotion mission. The trip will allow the Prime Minister and accompanying government minist ers to identify additional trade and investment opport unities with Canadians. H e will be joined by the Attorney General, Senator J ohn Delaney, QC, Tourism M inister Senator Vincent V anderpool-Wallace and Minister of State, Zhivargo Laing who is attending the IDB meeting and who left for Canada yesterday. "I've got to give 90 days notice of that. I'm now thinking of giving that notice sometime during the month of April, so sometime towards the end of J une or July I intend to bring the current register to an end. The Boundaries Com mission will be appointed after that." When asked if elections will be called this year, Mr Ingraham quipped: "No man knows of the hour but one and he ain' talking." T he rule states: If a Member claims that he voted in error, or that his vote has been wrongly counted, his vote may be altered on the ruling of the Speaker or the chairman before the result of the position has been declared. While the governing Free National Movem ent had the majority of the votes in the House of Assembly to approve the sale even with Mr Ingrahams being counted against the sale others suggested the Prime Ministers v ote would have been a symbolic gesture against Cable and Wireless, which would damage the governments campaign going into the next general election. T he PLP has already started to disseminate the video of Mr Ingrahams faux pas online through various social media websites. Thev ideo depicts how Mr Ingraham, distracted b y his Blackberry, accidentally voted against the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and W ireless and quickly corrects himself. How ever, the Opposition at this time had already burst into cheers and laughter. when the BEC truck pulled up at the camp y esterday evening. It was amazing, all the residents were cryi ng they were so happy, said Ms Ingraham. She said the residents even celebrated the reconnection with a street party, singing songs of thanks and praise. BEC reconsidered its position on the camps u npaid bill after T he Tribune h ighlighted the i ssue earlier this week. Ms Ingraham and the All Saints Camp community wants to express gratitude to its supporters, who responded immediately with food, clothing and donations. They also thanked BEC for the companys generosity. In a statement, BEC management confirmed p ower had been restored to the camp but said the centre is still in significant arrears dating back several years. A ccording to the statement, very little payment had been made on the account, and BEC had no choice but to disconnect the power. The camp, on Lazaretto Road, provides r oom and board to adults and children living with HIV/Aids, other illnesses and the impov-e rished. BEC said: "Through donations by concerned citizens, (camp operators payment towards reducing the significant arrears." E lectricity chiefs contended that while the sum was far below what is normally required to restore power to a disconnected service, once payment was received, power was immediately restored. The corporation noted that they will be working closely with the centre to identifya reas of high energy consumption and introduce effective conservation measures in the h opes of reducing electricity usage at the camp. Make A Wish Bahamas also released a statement yesterday thanking all personsi nvolved with assisting in the effort to have t he centres electricity restored. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F REEPORT A woman w ho gave evidence at a recent murder trial in the Supreme Court was charged with perjury in the Freeport Magistrates Court yesterday. B elinda Young was arraigned in Court Two beforeM agistrate Andrew Forbes. She was not required to enter a plea to the charge. She was not represented by counsel and elected to standt rial in the Supreme Court. O n March 9, Young was a key witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of her ex-boyfriend Troy Stephen Williams Jr, who was charged with the murder of 42-year-o ld Stanley McDonald Butt erfield. Williams and Young were initially charged with Butterfields murder, however the Office of the Attorney Gen-e ral withdrew charges against Y oung in exchange for her becoming a witness for the Crown. Young had testified on the third day of the trial that the p olice had forced her to sign a written statement and threatened to send her back to jail if she didnt sign it. Following her testimony on March 9, prosecutors informedt he court that it did not wish to p roceed with the matter against Williams and entered a nolle prosequi application in the Supreme Court. Williams was discharged of m urder. D uring her arraignment yesterday, Young was granted $5,000 bail with one surety. The matter was adjourned to April 11, 2011. Woman charged with perjury DISNEY CRUISE REPORTS CREWMEMBER MISSING AT SEA MIAMI Associated Press A CREWMEMBERon a Disney cruise ship has been reported missing at sea off the western coast of Mexico. Disney Cruise Lines spokeswoman Christi Donnan says the female crewmember was reported missing Tuesday morning after she failed to report for a scheduled shift on the Disney Wonder. The woman's name was not released. Donnan says Disney conducted a thorough search of the ship Tuesday. The Mexican Navy was searching along the ship's route from Los Angeles. The U.S. Coast Guard and FBI were also notified. Investigators from the Bahamas Maritime Authority will meet the ship Friday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. All three Disney cruise ships are registered in the Bahamas. FROM page one BEC restores electricity to the All Saints Camp PM:FNM expects to win Brans seat FROM page one BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY FROM page one PMs accidental no vote PM WILL CLOSE V O TERS REGISTER IN JUNE OR JULY FROM page one ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Associated Press A TOP African Union official on Friday called for a transition period in Libya that would lead to democratic elections, a rare rebuke from African leaders who appear to be pushing for political reforms that could lead to Col. Moammar Gadhafi's ouster. A Libyan government delegation met in Ethiopia with five African heads of state who plan to develop a road map to encourage political reform in the North African country. Rebel leaders indicated that they had no representatives at the talks. African Union commission chairman Jean Ping said in an opening speech that the AU favors an inclusive transitional period that would lead to democratic elections. Ping stressed the inevitability of political reforms in Libya and called the aspirations of the Libyan people "legitimate." He said the international community needed to agree on a way forward. "We are convinced, at the African Union level, that there is a sufficient basis for reaching a consensus and making a valuable contribution to finding a lasting solution in Libya," he said. The statement calling for a transition toward elections is the strongest Libya-related statement to come out of the AU since the Libya crisis began, and could be seen as a strong rebuke to a leader who has long been well regarded by the continental body. AFRICAN UNION: LIBYA NEEDS DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS


S A T U R D A Y M A R C H 2 6 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 9 INSIDE Local sports news By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter I N the 1980s, we saw the emergence of twin sisters Dawn and Dianne Wood side. Today, identical twin brothers Latario and Lathone Minns are making the headlines. E v en if t he y a re no t c ha l le ng e d b y th eir com petito r s on the fie ld at the T h o m a s A R o b i n s o n T r a c k a n d F ie ld St ad iu m, th e d yn a mi c d uo fin d th emsel ves b attlin g it out for b r a gg ing rights at h ome. Y e s t e r d a y L a t a r i o p u l l e d o f f a nothe r sen s a tiona l win ov er L a tho ne in the un de r-2 0 bo ys tr ipl e j um p fi nal a t th e Ba ham as As soc ia tion of At h let i c A s s o ciat i on s Sc ot ia ba nk N ation al Trac k a nd Fi eld Cha mpio n s h i p s W h il e La ta ri o so ar e d 1 6 55 m e tre s o r 5 4-fe et, 3 3/4 -inc he s to w in, L a thon e c lea r e d 1 5.7 3m o r 51-7 1/ 4 for se con d plac e The Tele os Ch r i s ti an A c a d e m y s 1 7 y e a r o l d s n e a r e s t r i v a l J e reom e Mc Don al d of Go ve rnme nt H igh go t thi r d w ith 14. 54 m o r 47 -8 1 / 2 In t he pro c es s, b oth bro th er s s ha tt e r e d A l l e n M o r t i m e r s n a t i o n a l j unior rec ord of 15 .7 5m or 51 -8 1 /4 t h at wa s s e t b ac k i n 19 94 A s t h e c h a m p i o n L a t o n e M i n n s n a m e al one wil l be placed i n the r ecor d b o o k B ut toge ther, the y also surpassed t he qualify ing standards of 15 .30m f o r t h e P a n A m J u n i o r C h a m p i o n s h i p s 1 5 1 0 m f o r t h e C a r i f t a G ame s an d 14 .50m f o r t he Wor l d Youth C hamp ionship s Firs t of al l, I w ant to tha nk the Lo rd f o r a l l o w i n g m e t o p a rt i c i p a t e a t s u ch a hig h lev el, Lata rio state d. I t hi nk my pe rf or man ce wa s excep t i o n a l I t w a s g o o d t o c o m p e t e aga inst m y brot her. He p ush me ." L atar io h owever admi tt ed th at h e d i d n t a n t i c i p at e b r ea k i n g t h e natio nal ju nior rec ord, but ba sed on the w ay thei r tra inin g we nt thi s y ea r with co ac h Pete r Pra tt, he said th ey cou ld e xpe ct any thing F u r t h e r m o r e h a v i n g h a d t h e a dv a n t a g e i n th e i r h e a d -t o -h e a d c o nfr o n t a ti o n L a t a ri o M in n s sa i d h e j u st si mp l y d i dn t w a n t to g o h om e a s th e l o s e r H e w a s g o i n g t o t e a s e m e L a tario Minns sta ted. Lath one Minn s b ette r kn own fo r his pe rforman ce s in the long ju mp, sai d, de spi te t he los s, he w as p le as ed w i t h h i s p e r f o r m a n ce b e ca u s e h e ac c omp lishe d hi s g oa l in m ak ing the qual ifyin g sta ndards. I a l s o p u s h e d m y b r o t h e r t o b r e a k t h e j u n i o r n a t i o n a l r e c o r d h e s t a t e d "S o it wa s a p rivil ege to be he re and c ompe te a t suc h a hig h le ve l." N obod y wa s m ore proud of the ir pe rform anc e s t han co ac h Pra tt, w ho ac know le dge d tha t the goa l for the d u o i s t o q u a l i f y f o r t h e 2 0 1 2 O ly m pi c G am es i n L o n do n En gl a n d I only need t he m to go 16.40m (539 3/4 ) bu t th ey told me th ey are lo oki ng f or 16 .8 0 m (55 -1 1 /2 )," Prat t proc la im ed. "I wa nt th em to hav e a t l e a s t t h e B s t a n d a r d f o r th e O l y m pi c s th i s y e a r a n d i f t h e y c a n d o t h a t, t he y co u l d g o f o r t he A s t a n da r d n e xt y e a r STAYING HEALTHY W ith both compe titors turning 18 ne xt ye ar, Pra tt said if the y ca n stay h e a l t h y h e d o e s n t s e e w h y t h e y both ca n't jum p a t le ast 17 .05 m (55 11 1/4) or better. Whi le th e b oys t r ip l e ju mp was the marquee event on the field on day two of the championships yes terda y, some o ther outstan ding pe rfor manc es w er e pr oduce d pr ior t o t h e b r e a k f o r t h e o p e n i n g c e r e monies. R ob yn Po rter of AF Add erle y se t a m e e t re c o rd of 8. 6 0 m o r 2 8 -2 3 /4 to w i n t h e un d e r -1 3 g i rl s s h ot p ut e ra s i n g t h e m a r k o f 8 1 9 m o r 2 6 1 0 1 / 2 b y Laquell Harris last year. B ra d s ha e W o o d o f S t A u g u st in e s C ollege posted a ma r k of 3 2.93m or 108-0 to win the under-15 girls' dis cu s an d l o we r h e r r ec o r d s e t l a s t year. A n o t h e r r e c o r d c a m e f r o m S C McPherson's Edward Kemp in the un d er 13 g ir l s s h ot pu t w he n s he t hr e w 9. 15m or 3 00 1/ 4 t o s m as h A dr i an G r an t 's m ar k o f 8 .6 0m o r 28-2 3/4 last year as well. Also on the field, St Augustine's A n dr i e l S t ra c h a n c l e a re d 1 6 0 m o r 5 3 to w in th e u n de r -1 7 g i rl s h ig h ju m p to e qua l the Ca rifta Ga mes' q ua lify ing mark. T h e boy s un der-1 7 long j ump saw the top three finishers all attain the Carifta qualifying mark of 6.45m or 2 1 -1 Te mp le C h ris tia n 's Tra e C a re y wo n wi t h 6 68 m or 21 1 1; D ar i en Duncombe of Queen's College got second with 6.48m or 21-3 1/4 and SAC's Mar k Duncombe was th ird with 6.45m or 21-1. A n d D r e x e l M a y c o c k o f C R W a l k e r t o ss e d t h e u n d e r -1 7 b o y s d is cus with a heave of 41.49m or 137-7 t o s u r p a s s t h e C a r i f t a q u a l i f y i n g mark of 41.00m or 134-6. On the trac k be for e the break for t h e o p e n i n g c e r e m o n i e s S A C s D e v y n n e C h a r lt o n a n d A n dr i e l S tr a ch an p r od u ce d a 1 2 f i ni s h in t he under-17 girls' 100 hurdles in 14.50 a nd 1 5 .0 0 t o be a t o ut C a th ol ic Hi gh 's Alexis Smith (16.30). Bo th Ch arlto n and S trac ha n w e nt under the meet record of 15.04 that Devin Cart wrigh t set in 2009. But in posting her name on the record, Charlton also surpassed the Carifta time of 14.70. Patric k Bo die of Que en's Co lleg e won the under-20 boys 110 hurdles in 14.60, just off the Carifta time of 14.30. St Augustine's Charles Sealy g o t a di sta n t se co n d in 1 5 .4 3 a n d C V B et hel's Dons hannon F ergus on of C V Bet hel was thir d i n 15.67 in a r a c e t h a t s a w a c o m p e t i t o r f r o m Grand Bahama hit a hurdle to get knocked out of contention. I was p l ea s e d wi t h my pe r f o r mance. I felt I executed well," Bod ie said. "I felt t he pres ence o f the boy from Freeport, but I really did n 't k now w hat ha ppen. I'm ju s t gl ad I won it." HIGHLIGHTS SAC 's Kirk Lew is wa s the win ner o f the und er-17 boy s 11 0 hurdles in 1 4. 98 ove r HO Na sh' s X av ie r C oa kl e y i n 1 5 1 1 G e r r i o R a h m i n g o f Queen's College got third in 15.51. SAC also got 1-2 in the under-20 girls 100 hurdles as Kryshell Rolle r a n 1 4 7 0 a n d Y a z m in e Pi c k e ri n g d i d 16.82. T if fa ny Rol le of C I Gi bs on was third in 17.33. One o f th e hig hlig hts on the trac k s a w J o h n i q u e D a v i d c a m e f r o m behind to out-sprint the field in the u nder-20 g irls 3, 000 in 1 1:5 6.5 9 o ver SAC's Hollie Rolle ( 12:0 1.66) and C a t h o l i c H i g h s K r e e H a n n a (12:03.91). T wins battle it out for bragging rights in track and field SOARING: Lathone Minns soars in the air to second place in the under-20 boys triple jump. M I N N S B R O T H E R S M A K I N G H E A D L I N E S HIGH FLYER: Latario Minns soars to victory in the under-20 boys triple jump. LADY ANGELS BOUNCE BACK SEE ST ORY ON PG 1 0


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A nd r e L e v a r i t y a l s o h a s o n e C AR I FT A q u a l if y i n g t i me in t h e b o y s' 1 11 2 g ro u p S h a n n o n A lb u ry L a u re n Al b u ry a n d Aa ro n L e va ri t y a l s o p o s t e d p e r s o n a l b e s t t im e s a n d n o w a l l me mb e rs o f t h e t e a m, w i t h o u t e xc e p t io n h a v e a my ri a d o f q u a l ify ing ti m e s fo r th e N ati on al Ch a m p io n sh i p s i n Ju n e B a h a ma s S wi mm i ng F ed era ti on a n n oun ce s C A R IF T A N a ti on a l T ea m FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Joanna Evans, Dustin Tynes, Coach Andy Loveitt, Taryn Smith and Maya Albury. BAHAMAS Govern m e nt D e part me n ta l S o ft b a ll As so c ia t io n 's c o mmissioner Sharon the General' Storr as sured t hat he int ends to do al l w it hi n his pow er t o c reat e a fami l y atmos ph ere a nd in gra tiate a safe fr i e nd ly environment for families and friends at the home of the league: Blue Hills Sporting Complex. In this vein, Storr announced that J a s o n S w e et i ng a pl ay e r w i t h t he B T C L azers, has b een susp ende d for three g a me s ef f e c t i v e i m m e di a t el y f o r u s e o f o b s c e n e l a n g u a g e a r o u n d t h e b a l l park. F u rth er S to rr als o dis clo se d th at C h a r l e s C h u c k i e S m i t h a player/coach with the BTC Ringers, h as bee n re pr i ma nded fo r m aki n g di s paraging remarks to a game official. Sweeting was t o l d t h at "It is hop ed th a t y o u u n d e r s ta n d t h e g r a v it y o f y o u r m i s d e e d a n d s e e k t o m a k e am en ds It is ant ici pated that you wi l l fully cooperate with the code of con duct of the association in the future." Sw e et i n g h as be en as ke d t o f or w ar d a l et t er of apol ogy i n or der t o be r ei nstated and will be place on probation for the remainder of the season. O n t h e o t h e r h a n d S m i t h w a s issued a warning by Storr. Y o u r fu t u re a ct io n s a r o u n d t h e a ct i vi t i es of t he B G DS A w i l l b e cl o se l y m o n i t o r e d a n d a s s e s s e d h e s t r es s e d. "I t i s ho pe d t ha t t h er e w i l l be n o f u r t h e r n e e d f o r d i s c i p l i n a r y a ct i on T he B GD SA in di c at ed t h at i t is mandated to provide clean whole some recreation for its constituents Government workers and it intends to do just that. Ou r m ain a im is to h av e f am ily a n d f r i e n d s c o m e o u t f o r a d a y o f e n j o y m e n t w i t h t h e i r l o v e o n e s Sto rr sta ted Let it be sa id tha t n o one i s g o i ng to inhi bit t hat goal es pecia lly p lay er s, co ac he s o r ma na ge rs w i t h p o o r a t t i t u d e s o r i l l a d v i s e d b e h a v i o u r Softball c o m m i s s i o n e r penalises some players BASEBALL R I C H A R D S O N M O VE U P T H E A t l a n t a B r a v e s h a v e an n o un ce d t ha t t he y h a ve in v i t ed o utfie lde r An toa n R ic ha r d son to try out for their spring training squad. Richardson has had a steady climb th r o ug h t h e Br av es mi no r l eag ue organisation. T h e B r a v e s w i l l p l a y t h e M e t s today at 1:10 p.m. and they will face the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. BASKETBALL NPBA ACTION W HILE the defe nd ing c ha mpi ons C om monw e alth B an k Gia nts sta ye d undefeated in the New Providence B a s ke t ba l l A sso c i a ti o n, th e M ai l bo a t Cy b o t s m a d e s u r e t h a t t h e y k e p t pa ce with their peers in the pos tseason. On Thursday night at the CI Gib son Gymnasium, the John Archer's p en na nt w in ni ng G ia nt s k noc k ed o ff the fourth place PJ Stingers 112-106 to swe ep t hei r fi rs t r oun d b es tof three playoff series. Mark Hanna scored 28 points in t h e w i n b u t D e v o n Fe r g u so n e x pl o d ed f o r a ga m e h i g h 4 6 i n a lo s in g effort. I n t h e op en er t h e s eco nd pl ace Cy b o t s al s o s we p t a s i d e t h e t h i r d p l a c e P h i l s R o c k e t s 9 7 9 5 t o a d v a n c e to t he Vi nce Fe rgu so n' s di vis io nal final showdown. Bria n T u cke r B ain ha d 2 4 points in the win. Jermaine Storr scored a game high 26 in the loss. S P O R T S N O T E S SET TO PASS: Four J's Lady Cheetahs' Latoya Thompson concentrates as she gets set to pass the ball. W I TH t h e i r ba c ks a g a i n st th e w a l l, th e B o mm e r G La d y An g e l s a v o i de d e li m i n a t io n a n d f or c e d a f o u rt h g a m e i n t heir New P rovidence Women's Basketball As sociation best-of -five championship series. O n T h u r s d a y n i g h t a t t h e D W D a v is Gy m n as iu m t h e d e f en d i n g champions L ady A nge ls c lobber ed the pennant winning Four J's Lady Che etahs 75-6 2 to trim the defic it to 2 -1 g oi ng in t o to ni ght 's ga me at 8 p.m. S u z e tt e M c K e n z i e p l a y in g 2 7 m i n utes, was 10-of-23 from the field, 10 of-4 from the three -poin t li ne and 3 of-5 from the free throw line for a gam e hi gh 24 po ints She also h ad five rebounds and four steals. B u t it w a s S h a r r e l l e Ca s h w h o e xp l od e d f o r 2 1 p oi n t s on 7o f1 4 f rom the fie ld, 5-o f-10 from the arch and 2-of-2 from the foul line for 21 points in 323 minutes. She also had five rebounds. For the Lady Cheetahs, Taranna Pyfrom scored 18 points with eight r eb oun ds ; Ana st acia M oul tr ie ha d 1 3 p o i n t s w i t h 1 6 r e b o u n d s a n d Latoya Thompson added 10 points. T h e L a dy An ge l s t o o k a n e ar l y 1 6 1 2 l e a d a t t h e e n d o f t h e f i r s t qu a rt e r an d th e y e x t e nd e d i t t o 2 6 -2 3 at the half. They went on to open a 5 640 ad van tag e at th e end of th e third. L AD Y ANGEL S A VO ID E L I M I N A T I O N T A K I NG T H E S H O T : B o mme r G L a d y A n g el s' K a yl i ci a L ai n g g o es u p f o r a b a s k e t a s F o u r J s L a d y C h e e t a h s A u d r e y M a r t i n l o o k s o n Defeat Lady Cheetahs to force game four


INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011, PAGE 11 ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDOLow: 60F/16C Low: 65F/18C Low: 64F/18C Low: 69F/21C L ow: 69F/21C Low: 73F/23C Low: 72F/22C Low: 64F/18C High: 86F/30C High: 83F/28C High: 84F/29C High: 85F/29C High: 86F/30C High: 82F/28C High: 86F/30C L ow: 66F/19C H igh: 79F/26C Low: 69F/21C High: 82F/28CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 68F/20C High: 86F/30C Low: 71F/22C High: 85F/29C Low: 66F/19C H igh: 80F/27C Low: 68F/20C High: 83F/28C Low: 71F/22C High: 87F/31C Low: 69F/21C High: 83F/28C L ow: 69F/21C High: 85F/29C Low: 72F/22C H igh: 87F/31C Low: 68F/20C High: 83F/28C High: 78F/26CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTBright and sunny Clear and humidWarm with a bundance sunshine Sunshine P artly sunny High:86Low:7 High:87High:86High:83 AccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeelSunshine mixing with s ome clouds High:84Low:7 Low:7 Low:7 A ccuWeather RealFeel 91F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, a nd elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 73F 92-74F 92-76F 87-73F 85-72F Low:7 T ODAYTONIGHTSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY ALMANACH igh ..................................................81F/27C Low ....................................................67F/19C Normal high ......................................80F/26C N ormal low ........................................66F/19C Last year's high ..................................79F/26C Last year's low ..................................60F/16C A s of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Y ear to date ..................................................1.72" N ormal year to date ......................................4.89" S tatistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday T emperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU Last N ewFirst Full Mar. 26Apr. 3Apr. 11Apr. 17Sunrise . . . 7:08 a.m. S unset . . . 7:23 p.m. Moonrise . . 1:53 a.m. M oonset . . 12:45 p.m. T oday Sunday Monday Tuesday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 1 2:57 a.m.2.77:29 a.m.0.1 1:23 p.m.2.27:33 p.m.0.1 2:02 a.m.2.68:35 a.m.0.3 2 :31 p.m.2.18:40 p.m.0.3 3 :05 a.m.2.59:36 a.m.0.3 3:35 p.m.2.29:44 p.m.0.3 4:03 a.m.2.510:30 a.m.0.3 4:30 p.m.2.310:41 p.m.0.3 Wednesday T hursday Friday 4 :53 a.m.2.511:15 a.m.0.1 5:18 p.m.2.411:30 p.m.0.1 5:37 a.m.2.511:55 a.m.0.1 6 :00 p.m.2.5----6:17 a.m.2.512:14 a.m.0.1 6:38 p.m.2.612:31 p.m.0.0 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:SE at 4-8 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles74F Sunday:SSW at 7-14 Knots3-5 Feet7 Miles74F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:SSE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Today:SE at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:SE at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles75F Today:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:ESE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Today:SSE at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles74F Sunday:SSE at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles75F Today:SSE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:SSW at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles75F Sunday:SE at 7-14 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles75F Today:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles79F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles78F Today:ESE at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:ESE at 7-14 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles76F Today:E at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Sunday:ESE at 8-16 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:SSE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Today:E at 7-14 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles77F Sunday:ESE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Today:SE at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles76F Sunday:SSE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles76F UV IN DEXTO DAYT he higher the AccuWeather UV IndexT Mn umber, the g reater the need for eye and skin protection.F orecasts and graphics provided by A ccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather. com H L Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 97F/36C H i g h s : 9 7 F / 3 6 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 56F/13C H i g h s : 5 6 F / 1 3 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Savannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Miami M i a m i Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 94F/34C H i g h s : 9 4 F / 3 4 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 54F/12C H i g h s : 5 4 F / 1 2 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C Atlanta Highs: 66F/19C Kingston Highs: 87F/31C Caracas Highs: 89F/32C Panama City Highs: 90F/32C Limon Highs: 89F/32C Managua Highs: 97F/36C Cozumel Highs: 86F/30C Belize Highs: 85F/29C Charlotte Highs: 56F/13C Charleston Highs: 76F/24C Savannah Highs: 78F/26C Pensacola Highs: 76F/24C Daytona Beach Highs: 82F/28C Tampa Highs: 83F/28C Freeport Highs: 78F/26C Miami Highs: 86F/30C Nassau Highs: 86F/30C Havana Highs: 89F/32C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 85F/29C San Juan Highs: 85F/29C Santa Domingo Highs: 86F/30C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 89F/32C Port-au-Prince Highs: 94F/34C Cape Hatteras Highs: 54F/12C Aruba Curacao Highs: 89F/32C Antigua Highs: 87F/31C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda Highs: 66F/19C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceShown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW S E 4-8 knots N S EW S E 7-14 knots N S EW S E 4-8 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW E E E E W 7-14 knots N S EW E E E E W 7-14 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots DAMASCUS, Syria Associated Press VIOLENCEerupted around Syria on Friday as troops opened fire on protesters in several cities and proand anti-government crowds clashed on the tense streets of the capital in the most widespread unrest in years, witnesses said. Soldiers shot at demonstrators in the restive southern city of Daraa after crowds set fire to a bronze statue of the country's late president, Hafez Assad, a resident told The Associated Press. Heavy gunfire could be heard in the city center and witnesses reported several casualties, the resident said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. An activist told the AP that witnesses had reported one demonstrator shot dead by security forces in the coastal city of Latakia, and another slain in the central city of Homs. He said several people had been hospitalized in Latakia. In the capital, Damascus, people shouting in support of the Daraa protesters clashed with regime supporters outside the historic Umayyad mosque, hitting each other with leather belts. The violence erupted after tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country, shouting calls for greater freedoms in support of a more than week-long uprising in Daraa, according to witnesses, activists and footage posted online. The demonstrations and ensuing crackdown were a major escalation of the showdown between President Bashar Assad's regime and the crowds in Daraa who inspired by prodemocracy unrest elsewhere in the Arab world began protesting conditions in the drought-stricken south last week in demonstrations that have now spread around the country. An activist in Damascus in touch with eyewitnesses in the southern village of Sanamein said troops there opened fire on demonstrators trying to march to Daraa, a short distance away. He said there had been witness reports of fatalities, some claiming as many as 20 slain, but those could not be independently confirmed. Much of Damascus was tense, with convoys of young people roaming the streets in their cars, honking incessantly and waving out pictures of Bashar Assad and Syrian flags. The convoys briefly blocked streets in some areas. About 200 people demonstrated after the Friday prayers at the Thawra Bridge, near the central Marjeh Square, chanting "our souls, our blood we sacrifice for you Daraa!" and "freedom! freedom!" They were chased by security forces who beat them some of them with batons and detained others, an activist said on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisals. Thousands flooded Daraa's central Assad Square before the shooting broke out, many from nearby villages, chanting "Freed om! Freedom!" and waving Syrian flags and olive branches, a resident told The Associated Press by telephone. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, he claimed that more than 50,000 people were shouting slogans decrying presidential adviserB uthaina Shaaban, who promised Thursday that the government would consider a series of reforms in response to a week of unrest in Daraa. A human rights activist, quoting witnesses, said thousands of people gathered in the town of D ouma outside the capital, Damascus, pledging support for the people of Daraa. The activists asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. Security forces dispersed the crowd by chasing them away, beating some with batons andd etaining others, an activist said, asking that his name not be published for fear of reprisals by the government. In the city of Aleppo, hundreds of worshippers came out of mosques shouting "with our lives, our souls, we sacrifice for you Bashar" and "Only God, Syria and Bashar!" Residents in Homs said hundreds of people demonstrated in support of Daraa and demanded reforms. The activist said that in Latakia, more than 1,000 people marched in the streets after Friday prayers. In the northern city of Raqqa, scores marched and several people were detained, he said. And in the western city of Zabadani, near the border with Lebanon, several people were detained after protesting, he said. Journalists who tried to enter Daraa's Old City where most of the violence took place were escorted out of town Friday by two security vehicles. "As you can see, everything is back to normal and it is over," an army major, standing in front of the ruling Baath party head office in Daraa, told journalists before they were led out of the city. Security forces appeared to be trying to reduce tension in Daraa by dismantling checkpoints and ensuring there was no visible army presence on the streets for the first time since last Friday, when the protests began. Rattled by the unrest, the Syrian government Thursday pledged to consider lifting some of the Mideast's most repressive laws in an attempt to stop the weeklong uprising from spreading and threatening its nearly 50year rule. But the promises were immediately rejected by many activists who called for demonstrations around the country on Friday in response to a crackdown that protesters say killed dozens of anti-government marchers in Daraa. "We will not forget the martyrs of Daraa," a resident told The Associated Press by telephone. "If they think this will silence us they are wrong." Assad, a close ally of Iran and its regional proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas, has promised increased freedoms for discon tented citizens and increased pay and benefits for state workers a familiar package of incentives offered by other nervous Arab regimes in recent weeks. Shaaban, the presidential adviser, also said the Baath party would study ending a state of emergency that it put in place after taking power in 1963. The emergency laws, which have been a feature of many Arab countries, allow people to be arrested without warrants and imprisoned without trial. Human rights groups say violations of other basic liberties are rife in Syria, with torture and abuse common in police stations, detention centers and prisons, and dissenters regularly imprisoned for years without due process. The death toll from the weeklong crackdown was unclear and could not be independently confirmed, although activists say it was in the dozens before Friday and could have been as high as 100. Shaaban said 34 people had been killed in the conflict. Violence erupts around Syria, protesters shot SYRIAN SUPPORTERS of President Bashar Assad, carry his picture during a rally after Friday prayers outside the Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Friday, March 25, 2011. Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Fridayd emanding reforms and mourning dozens of protesters who were killed during a violent, week long crackdown that has brought extraordinary pressure on the country's autocratic regime, activists and witnesses said. (AP


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, SA TURDA Y MARCH 26, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE By LAMECH JOHNSON A re p r e s e n t a t i v e f ro m t h e I n t e r -A m e r i c a n I n st i t u t e fo r C oo pe r ation on Agricultur e ( II C A ) attending this week's Agricultural Science Exhibition in Nas sa u m a d e a p r e s e n ta ti o n to B a h a m i a n s c h o o l c h il d r e n about job opportunities within the industry. Astri d C le are a te ch nic ia n w it h IIC A, spok e w ith Th e Tr ib un e ab o ut t he a re a s s tu de n ts a re mo st i n te rested in. "I find more students interested in plant science. The Family Islands students are keen on that." S h e s a i d s h e b e l i e v e s t h i s i s b e c a u s e F a m i l y I s l an d er s ar e m o r e a cc u s t o me d t o w o r k in g wi t h plants in their schools. Careers highlighted in her PowerPoint presenta t ion included agr icultu ral jou rnali sm, engineer ing and mechanics. Patrice Green, an officer of the Ministry of Edu cation's Science and Technology Department, said she w ou ld l ike t o see m ore st ude nts ta ke u p a c are er in agriculture. Ms Clea r e particula r ly c aught the interest of s tud e nt s w h e n s h e t a l k e d a b o ut po p u l a r fa s tf oo d c h a i ns and the quality of their food. "It's is all about food science," she told them. Ot her top ics of d is cus s ion i nclu ded a nim al s cience and conservation. Students learn about car eer opportunities in agricultur e By LAMECH JOHNSON A PRIMARY school in Nassau will receive a greenhouse from a local Rotary Club to boost its student agriculture programme. T h e l m a G i b s o n P r i m a r y p r i n c i p a l A n g el a Ru s s e l l w h o p ar t i ci p a t e d i n t h i s wee k' s A gr i cu lt u r al S cie nc e Ex hi b it i on a t t h e K e n d a l G L I s a a cs G y m n a s i u m s a i d t h e R o t a r y C l u b o f Ea s t N as s a u ( RC E N) wi l l t o d o n at e a g r ee n h o u s e w h i c h w i l l al lo w t he s t ud en ts to g r ow veg et ab le s an d f r u i t w h i ch t h e s c h o o l ca n s e l l We h a v e a v e g e t a b l e a n d a f r u i t ga r d en W e h a v e a l a r g e am o u n t o f p i g e o n p e a s T h e s t u d e n t s h a v e g r o w n s w e e t p o t a t o e s ca s s a va s t o m a t o e s b e e t s ca b b a g es an d o k r a ," s h e t o l d T h e T r i b u n e. 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"Th e si tua ti on to da y a t th e F u k u s h i m a D a i i c h i p o w e r pl an t i s s t i ll v er y g r ave a nd se rio us. W e m ust re ma in vi gi l a n t K a n s a i d W e a r e n o t i n a p os i ti on wh er e we can be o p t i m i s t i c W e m u s t t r e a t every d evelopment with the u tmo st ca re ." T h e u n c e r t a i n si t u a t i o n h a l t e d w ork at th e nu cl ea r c o mp le x, w h ere d oz en s h ad b ee n tr ying fev eri sh ly t o st op the ove r heated plant fr om leaki ng da nge rou s rad ia tio n. Th e p l a n t h a s l e a k e d s o m e l o w l e v e ls of ra di at ion b ut a b rea c h c o u l d m e a n a m u c h l a r g e r re le a se of c ont am ina nt s. T h e g o v e r n m e n t h a s a l r e a d y o rd e re d p e op l e li v i ng 1 2 m i le s ( 2 0 k il o m e te r s) fr om t h e pl a n t t o ev ac u ate be c au se of ra dia t io n le a k s. On Fri d ay g ov e rn m e n t s p o k e s m a n Y u k i o E d a no re af fi rme d th at pe op l e farther aw ay f rom t ha t limit w e r e sa fe bu t th a t t ho se w i th i n 2 0 mi le s (30 ki lo me ters) of t he p la nt shou ld sta y in do ors. H e a d d e d t h a t s i n c e su p p l i e s a re no t be ing d el iv ere d to th e ar ea f as t en ou gh it m ay be b et ter f or resi de nts t o vo lu nt ari ly ev ac u ate to pla c es w i th b et ter fa c ili tie s. "If the cu r re nt situa tion is p rotra c te d a nd w orse ns, the n w e wi ll n ot d en y th e p ossib il it y o f ( m a n d a t o r y ) e v a c u a t i o n h e sa id. Th e po ssi bl e br ea c h i n U ni t 3 m i gh t be a c ra c k or a h o le i n t he sta inl ess st ee l c ha m be r of t h e r e a c t o r c o re o r i n t h e sp e n t f ue l po o l t ha t' s l in e d w it h se v er a l f e et of r e in f o r ce d co n cr et e. 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S u s p i c i o n s o f a p o s s i b l e b rea c h w e re ra ise d w he n tw o w o r k e r s w a d e d i n t o w a t e r 1 0 00 0 ti m es m o re rad i oa c ti v e t ha n l ev el s no rma ll y f oun d i n w a te r i n or a rou nd a rea c tor a nd suf fered skin burns the N uc l ea r an d Ind ustri al Sa fet y A ge nc y sa id K an a po log iz e d to f arm ers a n d bus iness o w ner s for the t oll the rad ia tio n ha s h ad o n t h e i r l i v e l i h o o d s : S e v e r a l c o u n tr ies have h alted s ome f ood imports fr om areas nea r the p la nt a fte r m ilk a nd p rodu c e w e r e f o u n d t o c o n t a i n e l e v a t e d l e v e l s o f r a d i a t i o n H i s sp ok esm an sa id e a rlie r in th e d a y th a t t he g o v e rn me n t a n d t h e p r i m a r y o w n e r ( T o k y o E l e c t ri c P o w e r) s h o u l d b e h e l d r e s p o n s i b l e f o r c o m p e n s a t i o n t o fa r ms su bj e c t to re s tr ic t i o ns o n shi pme nt s. 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A su sp ec te d bre ac h in t he re ac to r c ore a t on e un it of a s tric k en F uk us hi ma n uc le ar plan t c oul d m ea n m ore se rious r a dio ac tive c onta min atio n, Ja pan es e offic ial s sa id Frid ay re ve ali ng w h at may prove a major setback in the mission to bring the leaking plant under control. (AP) GREEN THUMBS: RM Bailey students display their styrocrete. LOOKING CLOSER: Albury Sales students inspecting water romer. ONLOOKERS : Uriah McPhee gather round to observe the ducks. A G R I C U L T U R A L S C I E N C E E X H I B I T I O N

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