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Title: The Tribune.
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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Gas prices up again Volume: 107 No.302WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 89F LOW 78F By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net GAS prices are expected to rise after the government announced yesterday increases in gas and diesel margins for petroleumr etailers. In a press release, the Ministry of Labour andS ocial Development said that after consultation with the Petroleum Retailers Association, it was agreed to increase the gasoline andd iesel margins. T his change in the margin will result in a ten cent per gallon increase in the retail p rice of gasoline and a fifteen cent increase in the retail price of diesel. These changes take effect today. Oswald Moore, president of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA the margins means that gas will go up but not by a significant amount. Gas prices have been going down. In fact, there is one chain of stations that is below five dollars now. In the near future, gas prices will go down even more, itll be about 60 to 80 cents less, he said. So the 10 to 15 cents increase will not burden the public like if gas prices were still high. Gas will go up but it will still be lower than it was a short time ago. Mr Moore also thanked the government for recognising the retailers plight. He said: We appreciate they have considered our sit uation and understand our struggle. This is the first increase for diesel in 30 years and in 10 years for gas. The public needs to understand that when the price of gas goes up and Gasoline up 10, diesel tor ise by 15 TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A RTS C C O O N N T T E E S S T T A A N N T T S S L L I I N N E E U U P P F F O O R R C C U U L L T T U U R R E E P P A A G G E E A A N N T T SEEARTSSECTIONC SWIMMING A A R R I I A A N N N N A A W W I I N N S S 2 2 0 0 0 0 F F O O R R T T I I G G E E R R S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE i m lovin it B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net DNA Leader Branville McCartney is willing to sac rifice his own political career t o teach Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham a lesson in humility. S peaking with T he Trib une, M r McCartney said he is strongly considering running in North Abaco if only to show the Prime Ministert hat he is a force to be reckoned with even if it means hell lose his seat. Running in North Abaco is a strong possibility. Because I am the leader of t he DNA, I determine w here I want to go. If I were to go in North Abaco, even if I were not successful, the amount of votes I will get will cause the PLP to win, he said. Right now, I am only waiting to see what the boundaries commission comes up with before I make the decision of where I am going to run. Of course, I would prefer to stay in By CHESTER ROBARDS Senior Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net THE Department of Public Prosecutions recently increased its staffing levels with the addition of several Assistant Counsel and a Senior Counsel, Attorney General John Delaney announced yesterday, also revealing that its staff levels remain below what is optimal for the office to function at its peak. By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon in connection with a major pipe theft from a Water and Sewerage plant five days ago. Nickolo Cartwright, of No. 31 Dignity Gardens and Mark Campbell of Cowpen Road appeared before Magistrate MARK CAMPBELL is seen going to court along with Nickolo Cartwright yesterday where the pair faced charges of stealing pipe from a Water and Sewerage plant.Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff BRAN AIMS TO TEACH INGRAHAM A LESSON EXTRA STAFF AT DEPARTMENT OF PROSECUTIONS G G a a s s p p r r i i c c e e s s h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n g g o o i i n n g g d d o o w w n n . I I n n f f a a c c t t , t t h h e e r r e e i i s s o o n n e e c c h h a a i i n n o o f f s s t t a a t t i i o o n n s s t t h h a a t t i i s s b b e e l l o o w w f f i i v v e e d d o o l l l l a a r r s s n n o o w w . I I n n t t h h e e n n e e a a r r f f u u t t u u r r e e , g g a a s s p p r r i i c c e e s s w w i i l l l l g g o o d d o o w w n n e e v v e e n n m m o o r r e e , i i t t l l l l b b e e a a b b o o u u t t 6 6 0 0 t t o o 8 8 0 0 c c e e n n t t s s l l e e s s s s . O O s s w w a a l l d d M M o o o o r r e e B B P P R R A A p p r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 TWO CHARGED OVER PIPE METAL THEFT


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THREE Bahamian men and four Haitians were arraigned in Magistrates C ourt yesterday afternoon on multiple drug possession charges. B ahamian nationals Quinton Smith, 37; Glenroy Fox, 3 4; and Kylon Arnette, 30, went before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane facing eight charges. These men were also charged with helping four alleged accomplices, all Haitian men, land in the Bahamas without authority from the D epartment of Immigration. R enest Michel, 29; Lionel Sylvestre, 25; Jerry Saint Louis, 25; and Johnny Pierre, 34; along with the Bahamians, w ere charged with: possession of Indian h emp and cocaine with intent to supply; importing Indian hemp a nd cocaine; conspiracy to possess I ndian hemp and cocaine with intent to supply; conspiracy to import the t wo dangerous drugs. Michel, Sylvestre, Saint L ouis and Pierre were also charged with illegally landing in the Bahamas. The prosecution alleges that these offenses occurred o n Friday, October 7, at the Crossing, Great Inagua. Smith, Michel, Fox, and Arnette pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against them while Saint Louis and Pierre only pleaded guilty toi llegally landing in the Bahamas. Sylvestre, also known as L ionel Francois, pleaded g uilty to possession of Indian h emp and cocaine with intent t o supply and importing Indian hemp and cocaine. However, he pleaded not g uilty to the charges of cons piracy to possess and import the dangerous drugs. M agistrate Bethel adjourned the matter to Tuesday, October 18 for a b ail hearing and a detailed report of the incidents as t he prosecution indicated that they had not yet received all the relevant information. The prosecution estimated t hat 59 pounds of marijuana was seized along with four pounds of cocaine. Attorney and Member of Parliament V Alfred Gray represented Quinton Smith, Lionel Sylvestre and KylonA rnette; while Tecoyo Bridgewater appeared for Glenroy Fox. T he other accused men w ere not represented. T hey were all remanded to H er Majestys Prison until next weeks hearing. The Bahamas own street philosopher SEVEN MAN REMANDED OVER DRUG CHARGES THESE MEN were charged in court yesterday for marijuana and cocaine possession Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff down nothing extra comes our way. This extra money will help us try to stabilise our business and deal with the many institutions to which we are indebted. These margin changes only apply to retailers. In August, petroleum r etailers voted unanimously for strike action after the months of negotiations with the government stalled. Retailers were asking for an increase of 30 cents per gallon on gasoline and 20 cents per gallon diesel. Although the government has agreed in principle to an increase, retailers claimed t hey were given no clear timeline despite the urgent need for action. After the strike vote, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the government would revisit the issue when fuel prices go down and even consider deregulating the sector entirely. The association represents 85 per cent of gas retailers. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e GAS PRICES GOING UP AGAIN


By KHRISNA VIRGIL O PPOSITION MPs are accusing the government of c oncocting a sinister plan to privatise the Water and Sewerage Corporation which will result in a monopoly on w ater supply in New Providence. In a press statement issued yesterday, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said top government officials are rushing adeal that will grant a new southwest New Providence water franchise to the Con solidated Water Company ( CWCO). Mr Roberts claimed the move fits with a track record of gross mismanagement and neglect that has caused the N assau water supply to be rationed and a host of other problems in the FamilyI slands. N oting the high level of unemployment, Mr Roberts said Bahamian taxpayers are carrying a heavy financial burden in the form of the huge subsidies being given to WSC. This government has decided to clandestinely cede control of the corporation with the greatest potential forf inancial solvency and posi tive national social impact to yet another foreign-led entit y, Mr Roberts claimed. He said negotiations are underway that will bind the WSC to Consolidated Water o n a long term basis. Such an agreement would authorise the CWCO to pro v ide water for Western New P rovidence, including Lyford Cay and the Old Fort Development, he said. The agreement will enable CWCO to provide an esti mated 1.8 million gallons per d ay to New Providence, caus ing them to be the sole provider of potable water, he said. M r Roberts said: The PLP views this move as a brazen attempt by the FNM governm ent under the leadership of Minister (Earl Jr Minister (Phenton mour, to complete its improp e r giveaway of $332 million worth of WSC contracts. H e added that the PLP believes that as water is a national security issue, the government needs to set in motion its stop, review and cancel process to discontinue a deal that is almost done. Attempts to reach Mr Ney mour were not successful. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011, PAGE 3 B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net THE PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party and Free National Movement candidates for Bamboo Town said t hey are not concerned about the possibility of losing to i ncumbent, Branville McCartney. W hen asked what they t hought their chances were in Bamboo Town, Renward Wells, the PLP candidate,and Cassius Stuart, the F NM candidate, both said D NA leader Mr McCartney has no chance of retaining his seat. M r Wells said: I dont t hink its going to be a close r ace at all. In fact, I am going to win by more than 50 per c ent of the vote. Mr McCartn ey will be pleasantly surp rised. I know Bamboo Town has b een FNM since 1987 but that w as because of Tennyson W ells. Mr Wells convinced t hem that FNM was the better party and now I will convince them that PLP is the way to go. Cassius Stuart is my biggest competition, we are both cut from the same cloth. M r McCartney will be easy to beat. Mr Stuart agreed that Mr McCartney is no competition and said he wont even get o ne per cent of the vote. Everyone who stood with Mr McCartney now stands with me. He has some support but it is nothing significant, he said. The people are tired of persons being elected on the FNM ticket then abandoning them for their own personal interests. They always knew Mr McCartney had an ulterior m otive because he painted his constituency office green and not red. I am going to knock Bran o ut. The only running hell be doing is out of Bamboo Town. The comments from both men came after Prime Minist er Hubert Ingraham said B amboo Town is a test case to see which one of the men will emerge as the winn er. H e said: I have taken two g entlemen who wanted to be leaders and put them up as candidates. There is another member there, in the person of the Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town, who wants to be a leader. H e added:We have asked them to fight in their league down there to see which one of them is eligible to be leader. You have to win first. For his part, Mr McCartney said the fact that the three men, two of whom were at one point leaders of third parties, are running in the same constituency is no coincidence. H e said: The whole thing is a ploy for Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie to get Renward Wells and Cassius Stuart out o f the way to stop them from joining forces. They planned this whole thing from the beginning to put us against each other. T he prime minister has i ndicated that he will not cut the boundaries of Bamboo Town even if the Bounda ries Commission recomm ends it. RIVALS SAY THEY DO NOT FEAR RISK OF LOSING TO DNA DNALEADER Branville McCartney, whose chances of retaining his Bamboo Town seat have been dismissed b y his would-be rivals, PLPcandidate Renward Wells and FNMcandidate Cassius Stuart OPPOSITION MPS ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF SINISTER PLAN TO PRIVATISE WATER COMPANY


EDITOR, The Tribune. With 104 persons slaughtered thus far for the year, and with eight months to go before general elections must be called, the Prime Minister finally gavea national address outlining what his government intends to do in order to arrest the everescalating rate of crime, especially serious and violent crime. And I must be impressed? I certainly am not! In his opening sentence, Mr Ingraham referred to crime as the most pressing issue in our nation. My thinking is that the government must certainly know that crime did not just become the most pressing malady affecting this country, so why is he just making this speech? He proposed a number of amendments that will be quickly made to the penal code designed to keep violent criminals in jail and/or strengthen bail and sentencing guidelines. Admittedly some of these measures may actually prevent more murders. So why wait until 104 of our family and loved ones are already in the graveyard? In fact, why wait until the 300 plus who were killed over the past four years of this administration are pushing up daisies? Could it be that this government, just like the previous one and all the others in my life time, continue to be 100 per cent reactive rather than proactive? They do nothing to prevent the mess, but have all man ner of wonderful solutions to clean up the mess after we are all knee-deep in it, especially if general elections are near. The government is propos ing a mandatory minimum sen tence of four years imprison ment for anyone convicted of illegal possession of a firearm. IfI were a criminal, this would not deter me at all. Guns were manufactured to do one thing, and that is to kill. And obviously if I have one ille gally in my possession I have one intention, I probably have been to prison before, and the prospect of spending four more years in Fox Hill will not prompt me to dispossess myself of my weapon. If the mandato ry minimum sentence for this offence was 15 years, I might think about that before deciding to carry a gun. The government is proposing an amendment to our law making the death penalty applicable for persons convicted of murdering any member of the security forces, Customs, Immigration, Prison Ser vice and the judiciary. What happens if my sisters boyfriend with premeditation, murders her because she want ed to abandon the relationship? I will then be forced to pay for his room, board and protection while ensuring that he receives free cigarettes and internet probably for the rest of his life at a cost of $18,000 per year. Not only is this insane, but it t ells me that the government places more value on the life of a police officer than it does on the life of my sister. This is the kind of foolishness that emanates from a reactive government that just wants to show that it is doing something. I f the government were truly serious about capital punishm ent, it would abandon the Privy Council forthwith, respect the will of the vast majority of Bahamians and hang all murderers. Every last one! The bottom line is this: it defies logic how any governmentc an pretend to be serious about implementing capital punishment while holding onto the Privy Council. That is simply not a credible proposition. But again, this is the kind of farce that happens when a government is engaged in window-dressing. Mr Ingraham said that the government will provide $1 million to Urban Renewal-type programmes geared toward saving our inner-city youth who might be inclined to go astray into a life of criminality. To put this into perspective, over the past ten years, our governments have probably spent more than $500 million on roads for us to walk and drive our automobiles on. But $1 million is supposed to be sufficient to invest in our young people? My true feelings on this cannot be printed in your esteemed publication. So the question is: Was I impressed by the Prime Ministers national address on crime? Absolutely not! WELLY FORBES Nassau, October 7, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 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 Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 ON MONDAY, Prime Minister Ingraham announced the appointment of the Constituencies (Boundaries w hich is expected to make its recommendations to Parliament by the end of this year with voters cards ready for issue by early in the New Year. B y October 7, 134,000 voters had a lready registered in the 41 electoral constituencies for the 2012 election. They are still registering. However, the Boundaries Commission now has sufficient numbers tos tudy the shifts in population in the vario us constituencies, and make recommendations to government on how the boundaries should be drawn for this election. The Constitution provides for a minimum of 38 House members. Presentlyt here are 41 (one extra seat added by the P LP in 2007), and so, if the population shifts warrant it, at least three constituencies can be eliminated and merged. What a difference five years can make w ith a decisive prime minister at the helm. A t this time five years ago, then Prime Minister Perry Christie was still dither i ng. He had not yet announced the close of t he register, because of the poor turnout of citizens. By November 2006 just over 63,000 voters had registered in New Providence out of a projected 120,000 voters. A ccording to Mr Christie, he could not c lose the register because Bahamians were not registering fast enough, which resulted in him not being able to appoint a Boundaries Commission to decide elec t oral boundaries. O n March 22, 2007 Mr Christie said that there were compelling reasons why the work of the commission had to be delayed, which had nothing to do with inaction by the commission or the government. Instead, he said, the delay, regrett ably as it was, was the direct result of the v ery slow process of Bahamians registering to vote. By comparison, Mr Ingraham announced this week that by the first week in January 2012 the Parliamentary Regis-t ration Department is expected to start the distribution of voters cards. By the same time five years ago Mr Christie was still begging Bahamians to register so that the Commission could make a decision ont he boundaries. Apparently, Mr Christie refused to recognise that many Bahamians are very much like him slow to decide and even slower to act. Although Mr Christie was advised to announce a closure date early in 2006 for the 2007 election as Mr Ingraham had done earlier this year for t he 2012 election he refused to do so. He was told that the only way to get Bahamians to move was to fix a date the floodgates would open, and registra-t ion offices would be filled. This seemed to t ake an extra long time for Mr Christie to compute and so three months before the 2007 election the Boundaries Commissioners were still floundering still noth-i ng to report. It was only on the morning o f March 19, 2007 two months before the election that Mr Christie presented the House with the Boundaries report. It did not take a genius to predict that the 2007 election was going to be one ofc onfusion. Up to that point political cand idates were not even certain of their districts. First Bahamians were blamed because they were too slow to register. And naturally at the end of the day, some-o ne else had to be blamed for the i nevitable confusion that was to follow when voting did start. Naturally, the poor P arliamentary Commissioner, through no f ault of his own, had to be the fall guy for the indecision at the top. Here it was March 19, 2007 with Mr Christie standing before the House witht he Boundaries Commissions report to be p resented. One of the Commissioners sig natures was missing that of Brent Symonette, the only Opposition member on the committee. Mr Symonette hadr efused to sign because the PLP members h ad shunted him aside, treating his opinion with complete contempt. This will not hap pen this year as Mr Symonette, again appointed to the Commission, is one of the two members representing the government. At this point in 2007, the Constitution was closing in on Mr Christie. If he didnt d o his famous two-step shuffle quickly, o n May 22 Parliament would automatically dissolve itself without him. It was a huffing and a puffing to the fin ish line, which was eventually announced for May 2. The results were inevitable t he FNM won 23 of the 41 seats with the PLP winning the other 18. And now five years later Bahamians face a new election with a decisive man at the top. It is now up to the electorate to decide whethert hey are going to entrust their future to a leader of indecision, or one of decision. It is only a matter of months before Bahamians are called upon to make that decision. Anti-crime measures not enough LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net FNMand PLPprepare for an election EDITOR, The Tribune. WHEN I saw Mr Perry Christie making up his face and whining outside the beautiful brand new Straw Market I remembered the old saying, Time and tide wait for no man. This includes Mr. Christie and the PLP who spent the last four years complaining a bout just about everything Prime Minister Ingraham has done. I want to congratulate the Gov ernment for the very attractive new home for the straw vendors. As a Bahamian I am so proud that we finally have a new Straw Market thanks to Mr. Ingraham, and no thanks to Mr. Christie. Mr Christie seems to believe that the world will forever wait for him to make up his mind. The Bahamas doesnt have the luxury of waiting for him to stop being late on just about everything. Thank God Mr Ingraham came back and got the country moving again with the new airport, roads, Baha Mar and so many other t hings. God help us if Mr Christie was in office when the world econ omy went down. It is very unlikely that we would have gotten a new prescription drug benefit, the unemployment benefit, new job training, many more resources for the courts and the police, and bet ter water pressure and clean water f rom Grants Town to Marathon. While Mr Ingraham lives by the motto, Time and tide wait for no man, Mr Christie seems to live by the belief that time and tide will wait on him to make a decision, any decision. Now, a word to the straw vendors. There are many wonderful vendors who work hard and do us proud. But there is that group of ungrateful vendors that this country apparently can never do enough for. They are spoiled and think that this country owes them something. They better realise that most Bahamians are tired of their con stant complaining. This new Straw Market belongs to all of us and not just them. We want them to keep it c lean, pay their fair share, behave properly and show more manners to their customers. The country has now spent millions to provide them with somewhere to make a living. Most other people have to pay for far greater overhead and expenses to run their business. Instead of complaining show some gratitude and thank Mr. Ingraham Some people are so hypocriti cal. For five years some vendors remained absolutely quiet when Mr. Christie was in office. They remained quiet even though he never built the new Straw Market. They remained quiet when former Min ister Leslie Miller suggested that t he price for the new Straw Market was padded and said that a new Market could be built for less than the price tag the PLP came up with. Now, even though they have a new Market built by the FNM, these same people with their loud mouths are complaining. Instead of cheering on Mr. Christie when he w ent to look at the new Market, they should have said, Thank you for coming to visit, but when Papa come well have to thank him for keeping his word and giving us this new home we can call our own. BLS Nassau, October 9, 2010. T ime and tide wait for no man


By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net NEW postgraduates on Grand Bahama say theyd ecided to further their educ ation in an effort to help enhance the countrys number one industry. Over the weekend, three G rand Bahamian tourism e xecutives obtained Master of Management degrees in Hospitality and Tourism through Revans University/ IMCA. Graduates Raylene Gard iner, Shamine Johnson and Carmel Churchill want to focus on the challenges that face tourism in the Bahamasa nd in particular Grand Bahama, and explore untapped and underdevel o ped areas of the industry. Shamine Johnson, a manager with the Bahamas Hotel Association and Marina Operators of the Bahamas ( MOB), also announced that she received confirmation that she and her fellow postgradu-a tes will travel to Trinidad and Tobago in January 2012 to present their collaborative paper, Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries: E xploring the Linkages. A press statement said: The news was the icing on the cake for the three Grand Bahamian hospitality professionals who submitted ana bstract for approval to the s cientific committee for the upcoming international conference. The event is being hosted b y the University Of the West I ndies in collaboration with the Ted Rogers School of H ospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University in Canada and London Metropolitan University. It will afford the Grand B ahama contingent an oppor tunity to showcase the potential for cultural tourism in theB ahamas. T he graduates said they hope to expand the countrys main industry and have already conducted research and made suggestions on how t o further develop the industry. A ccording to research cond ucted by Carmel Churchill, a group sales manager at the Grand Lucayan Resort, 40 per cent of overnight visitors t o Grand Bahama come to t he island on a cruise. S he said: By enhancing s ervices and offerings at the resort, an increased demand w ould be generated for the island of Grand Bahama, thusr esulting in increased air trave l over the next one to three years and beyond. Raylene Gardiner, associa tion manager for Old Bahama Bay-West End R esort, said there is a growing t rend in the Bahamas of visi tors using condo resorts, and enhancement of managerial policies and procedures is n eeded in order to see further d evelopment in this area. Shamine Johnson said: The island of Grand Bahama i s strategically positioned to be the hub of maritime activ i ty for the region. Despite fluctuations in the global economy, the maritime industrys growth is evident in terms of employment, e ntrepreneurial activity, and t ax revenue generation. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011, PAGE 5 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net E XECUTIVES at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort are e xcited about a $17.5 million upgrade which will turn the p roperty into a brand new h otel. The improvements include the gutting and renovation of an historic 144 room structure, The Manor; overhaul of the propertys three pools; and upgrades to the decks and the hotels original lobby. Aside from the 144 rooms which are closed for renovat ions, the hotel is currently at full occupancy, said Butch Stewart, founder and chairman of Sandals Resorts. It is a trend the hotel boss expects to continue when those rooms are re-opened to g uests on March 1, 2012. Were less 144 rooms, but its full and itll be full on the first of March, he said. The building, which was constructed in the 1950s, was l ast refurbished in 1995 but the ongoing renovations will make the building more mod-e rn and add expansive seaside balconies to 44 rooms. Weve gut it to the bone, taken out all the plumbing, all the electrical wiring, all the fire safety equipment and w ere going to rebuild it, make it more spectacular. Were g oing to change the actual architecture, actually improve it dramatically from the outside. Were putting enormous balconies on the bedrooms that never had balconies facing out to sea its all beachf ront accommodation. There were 44 rooms that I believe never had balconies, theyre going to have great big balconies that can accommod ate butler service and room s ervice, said Mr Stewart during an interview in the Piano Room on the ground floor of The Manor. Sandals is also putting in a new insulation system which should slash its energy consumption by as much as 45 per cent. I t should also lower electricity bills which Mr Stewart compared to a monthly natural disaster. Were putting in what they call an EIFS (exterior insula-t ion and finish system) which wraps around the building. It insulates the building so t hat the air-conditioning can cool better and by doing that, t he electricity consumption will go down. And, we have just installed a brand new air-conditioning chiller which is water cooled, which is 20 odd per cent moree fficient than air-cooled (systems). Along with the styrofoam w rapping and better insulat ion, we hope to be about 35 t o 45 per cent less in (energy consumption by having a more efficient system. Now, the electricity bills are so high every time we geta monthly bill its like an e arthquake, said Mr Stewart. At the end of August, Sandals Royal Bahamian closed for four weeks to address structural and other damage caused by Hurricane Irene. T he property, which has more than 400 rooms, reopened for guests on Septem-b er 28. SANDALS DEVELOPMENT LIKE A BRAND NEW HOTEL ANARTISTSIMPRESSION of the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort upgrade BUTCHSTEWART, chairman of Sandals Resorts, said the hotel is at full occupancy POSTGRADUATES SAY THEY CHOSE EDUCATION TO HELP THE NATION P OSTGRADUATES i n Grand B ahama have earned degrees in hospitality and tourism


D espite the shortage of manpower, Mr Delaney commended the Department of Public Prosecutions for its ability to implement several new initiatives while operat i ng with a complement of prosecutors below needed levels. S peaking at a press confer ence at his office, Mr Delaney introduced the seven new Assistant Counsel, as well as nine attorneys from the Royal Bahamas Police Force. These additional manpower resources will now enable the department to bet t er staff the specialized practice groups, advise police dur ing early stages of investigations of serious matters, i mplement criminal case management review of files for prosecution, and execute oth-e r initiatives, he said. There is considerable demand for legal services int he Department of Public Prosecutions. We estimate that there will continue be a need for additional capacityi n the Department of Public Prosecutions. He added that the depart m ent has yet to fill the rank of Chief Counsel, who will head one of four special prosecution teams. These special prosecution teams were rec o mmended and introduced by the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP G raham-Allen when she took office last year. Ms Graham-Allen said yesterday that she also intro d uced the witness care programme, criminal case man agement and the prosecution t eams. My role is to bring structure to the department ofp ublic prosecution, she said. The members of the public will see that they have already started feeling the effects ofi t. The DPP also added that there has been greater coop e ration between the police and the Department of Public Prosecutions since the beginning of the year. The police have been receiving legala dvice from the department that will assist in the prosecution of cases, she said. You will not see us on the scene of a crime that is not our responsibility, Ms Graham-Allen said. M r Delaney contended that with the implementation of several new directives aimeda t strengthening the judicial process, especially with regard to criminal matters, theres hould be fewer incidents within the system. The more capacity we have, the better we are able tom eet those demands, he said. I sincerely hope that there is a lesser incidence of there b eing any case of unpre paredness. Derence Rolle-Davis in Court Five, Bank Lane to answer toa charge of stealing and r eceiving. The prosecution alleges that the accused men being c oncerned together on Friday, O ctober 7 stole 29 18X18 metal pipes property of the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation. The two were also charged with receivi ng these metal pipes on the s ame date in question. After Magistrate RolleDavis read the charges to Cartwright, 38, and Campbell, 26 who both pleaded not guilty to the offences he informed them that their c harges were selectable, a llowing them to have their case tried before his court or the next highest one. Both men chose the Magistrates Court over the Supreme Court. The judge then raised the issue of bail. H owever, prosecution offered n o objection to the defendants receiving bail, seeing that both men had no previous convictions or pending matters before the courts. Magistrate Rolle-Davis granted the men $15,000 bail, e ach with a surety. They will r eturn to court on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 when trial is expected to begin. Four witnesses are listed on the court dockets. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bamboo Town, but running against the Prime Minister is an option. He refused to come to me, so Ill go to him. Mr McCartneys comments came after Mr Ingra ham said in the House of Assembly, Monday, he would not eliminate the Bamboo Town constituen cy, even if the Boundaries Commission recommended it. He said he would rather see the three men vying for the seat fight it out to see who is eligible to be a leader. Renward Wells (PLP Cassius Stuart (FNM running against Mr McCartney, who won the Bamboo Town seat in 2007 as an FNM. The Prime Minister, in referring to Mr McCartney, commented: When I was younger, I had hard mouth, but I could back it up. I was nt just arrogant and biggety. I was able to back up what I said. Laughing off Mr Ingrahams comments, Mr McCartney said the Prime Minister did not back up any of the promises he made to the Bahamian peo ple. He did not back up what he promised to do with crime. He did not back up what he promised to do with illegal immigration and he did not back up what he promised to do with the road works. He is a dismal failure in all of these areas. If he really wanted to back up some thing he would run against me in Bamboo Town, leader against leader. Mr McCartney also said the Prime Ministers premature statements means that he sees him as a threat and his waters are obviously running. I am not arrogant. The DNA has only been in existence for five months, but they got my name in their mouths, left right and centre. Why is he worrying about me? He needs to focus on the country and not what I may or may not be doing. Mr McCartney added that while he respects both Leader of the PLP, Perry Christie and Mr Ingraham, they both need to retire before they com pletely destroy what little legacy they may leave behind. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e TWO MEN ARE CHARGED OVER PIPE METAL THEFT M ARK CAMPBELL, c entre,and Nickolo Cartwright outside court yesterday Photo: F elip Major / Tribune Staff EXTRA STAFF AT DEPARTMENT OF PROSECUTIONS BRAN AIMS TO TEACH INGRAHAM A LESSON BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY left, leader of the DNA, is aiming to oust Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, even if it costs his own political career, he says


F REEPORT The Grand Bahama Shipyard graduated another eight apprentices from its inh ouse training initiative, which the company said aims to help lift the skill lev e l of the islands workforce. The 7th annual apprentice graduation ceremony was held at the Grand Lucayan Resort under the theme: Embracing an exciting future with wisdom, pride and responsibility. Chairman and CEO of the shipyard Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch said of this years graduates: They should never settle for less than excitement at work, always reach for goals that give reason for pride, and their wisdom will develop. He said they now have the basis to become real trades men in the ship repair business. Fifty-six Bahamians have now graduated from the apprenticeship programme and taken up key positions at the shipyard. The programme offers a four-year certificate course to eight students each year. Top students were also recognised during the evening. They were: Shaunley Kemp CEOs Award Wellington Wildgoose Most Outstanding student Whitfield Bain Managers Award Ashley Burnett Most Improved The guest speaker for the event was Grand Bahama Port Authority vice-presi dent Ginger Moxey, who congratulated the graduates on behalf of the executive team of the GBPA. We commend and applaud you for your discipline and dedication to broadening your base and finding your abilities. The time and effort that you have invested will produce fruits. You are preparing your selves to meet the market demand for skilled labourers and for the countless oppor tunities that will come as a result of your training, she said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011, PAGE 7 :LQ)5((D PPRJU DP IRU OLIH Bringing SEXYBackThe All-New SONATANew Sonata GLS features: push button start 6-speed automatic transmission advanced airbag system anti-lock break system 18 inch alloy wheels USB & iPod connectivity power drivers seat remote audio steering wheel control and much more #1 AUTO DEALER IN THE BAHAMAS Part of the Automall groupEAST SHIRLEY STREET 322-3775 325-3079Visit our showroom at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport or Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916 www.automallbahamas.com W I N N E R o f t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l C a r o f t h e Y e a r A w a r d Push Button StartLuxury interior LATEST GROUP OF APPRENTICES GRADUATE FROM GRAND BAHAMA SHIPYARD TRAINING T HE GROUP o f graduates showing off their awards after the latest inhouse training scheme by the Grand Bahama Shipyard GRADUATES are congratulated as they receive their certificates in the 7th annual apprentice graduation ceremony held by the Grand Bahama Shipyard. The ceremony was staged at the Grand Lucayan Resort


Opinion B y PETER YOUNG T HE growing public clamour in Britain for a referendum on the nations membership of the European Union should come as no surprise. T he current eurozone sovereign debt crisis has helped to bring the issue to a head even though Britain did nota dopt the euro when it was introduced in 1999. While the ConservativeLiberal Democratic coalition government seeks to convince the markets that its own deficit reduction programme is working, prime m inister David Cameron has s tated that the threat to the UK economy from the euro zone crisis is now as serious a s the banking meltdown of 2 008. But, alarming as that is, the concerns of the general public as well as the polit i cal class go far wider. In 1975, British people voted in a referendum inf avour of continued membership of the then European Economic Community which dealt with trade ands ocial matters. At the time, t his was important for Britain as a major trading nation. S uccessive governments signed the Single European Act in 1986 establishing the single market (eliminationo f restrictions among member countries on trade and free competition but short of a single economic area); the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 (creation of the EU and paving the way to polit ical integration); and the Treaty of Lisbon in 2007 (in all but name a new EU constitution with greater powers) which was another sig nificant step towards the dream of the founding fathers to build a supranational federalist Europe. Despite these major developments, which radically changed the nature of European cooperation, there has been no formal test of British public opin ion on the issue by means of a referendum for some 35 years. Traditionally, in Britains parliamentary democracy voters expect their elected representatives to reflect their views and to protect their interests, though a referendum may be held on a major constitutional issue. In the view of increasing numbers of eurosceptics, Britain has been drawn progressively in to an EU monolith, which, through its unelected Commission in Brussels, has imposed exces sive influence and control over its member states and seeks to regulate them to an unacceptable extent; in particular, the ever greater social burdens imposed by the EU bureaucracy on employers through unaf fordable consumer protec tion, health and safety measures and environmental rules. There is also major concern about the repercussions of free movement of people within the EU. Indeed, such interference from Brussels in its bid for harmonsation is at the core of its ultimate ideal of full p olitical integration and, a s one of its few law-abiding members which adheres faithfully to EU directives and legislation, Britain isp enalised more than others. Another major irritant for Britons arises from inter pretation of human rights. T he European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR was created under theC ouncil of Europe in 1950 a nd was signed at the time by Britain. It represented an attempt to prevent repetition of the atrocities and other human rights violations of the Second World War and tos trengthen the rule of law and democracy in Europe. Although it predated the E U, adherence to it now a ppears effectively to be a condition of EU membership. More recently, the UKs Human Rights Act (1998 gave further effect in domestic law to the rights conferred under the ECHR. Increasingly, however, interpretation of the law has seemed to protect the socalled human rights of undeserving people; for example, failed asylum seekers and convicted terrorists whose deportation to their own countries has been prevent ed. At the Conservative Partys recent conference in Manchester, Home Secre tary Theresa May is reported to have told delegates that human rights laws were making a mockery of the way Britain deals with asylum seekers and tries to deport those convicted of terrorist offences. So there is growing pressure to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights which protects peo ple but recognises that with rights come responsibilities and obligations. As the eurozone crisis deepens, with the President of the European Commis sion describing it as the worst in the EUs history, expert opinion is now begin ning to accept that this com mon EU currency cannot work without a common economic policy and fiscal integration among the 17 of its member states in the eurozone. While disenchantment with the EU increases in parts of Europe witness the public opposition to the Lisbon Treaty in France, the Netherlands and Ireland and now the reluctance in Ger m any to bail out Greece t he goal of full political integration in a union of nearly 500 million people in 27 countries remains. But thisl ikewise cannot be achieved without some form of effective economic and fiscal union. I t is clear that Britain will not allow herself to be forced into a European statew hich does not command t he support of her own peo ple. Assuming that the EU does not implode as a result of a collapse of the euro zone, the likely way forward is a split between thosem ember states which are prepared to accept greater fiscal union and more social h armonization and others w ho will still adhere to the Single European Market because they wish to contin ue to trade within the EU on a preferential basis. Such diversity is not necessarily fanciful. Denmark, Sweden and others (as well as Britain) are not members of the eurozone, and Britain also does not, for example, participate in the open frontiers Schengen Agreement. For the immediate future, the Coalition argues that a referendum on the issue of full EU membership would bring no benefit, would damage economic confidence and would not be in Britains overall interest. It follows that it would be better not to risk complete withdrawal from the EU but rather to seek to repatriate more powers from Brussels, including control over immi gration from other EU countries, while at the same time opting out of any fur ther integration. As the issue is likely to remain at the top of the political agenda, government ministers need to draw a distinction between full membership involving fur ther interference and demands from Brussels together with more political integration and more limited cooperation on trade and other matters. There is to be a one-day debate in the House of Commons sometime before Christmas on whether to hold a referendum about leaving the EU. Our political leaders need to protect Britains overall interests. But they would do well to heed the growing strength of eurosceptic pub lic opinion. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BRITAIN LOOKING FOR A NEW PLACE IN EUROPEAN POLITICS AS DEBATE SWELLS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has stated that the threat to the UKeconomy from the eurozone crisis is now as serious as the b anking meltdown of 2008 A A s s t t h h e e e e u u r r o o z z o o n n e e c c r r i i s s i i s s d d e e e e p p e e n n s s , w w i i t t h h t t h h e e P P r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t o o f f t t h h e e E E u u r r o o p p e e a a n n C C o o m m m m i i s s s s i i o o n n d d e e s s c c r r i i b b i i n n g g i i t t a a s s t t h h e e w w o o r r s s t t i i n n t t h h e e E E U U s s h h i i s s t t o o r r y y , e e x x p p e e r r t t o o p p i i n n i i o o n n i i s s n n o o w w b b e e g g i i n n n n i i n n g g t t o o a a c c c c e e p p t t t t h h a a t t t t h h i i s s c c o o m m m m o o n n E E U U c c u u r r r r e e n n c c y y c c a a n n n n o o t t w w o o r r k k w w i i t t h h o o u u t t a a c c o o m m m m o o n n e e c c o o n n o o m m i i c c p p o o l l i i c c y y a a n n d d f f i i s s c c a a l l i i n n t t e e g g r r a a t t i i o o n n P P e e t t e e r r Y Y o o u u n n g g


P ANAMA CITY, Panama Except for the eponymous s traw hat, Panama has never been on my personal radar. Years ago I knew it as a n exus of American imperiali sm a colonial enclave c arved out of Colombia in 1903 to facilitate the US cons truction and operation of t hat engineering wonder known as the Panama Canal, t he worlds most strategic waterway. The Canal Zone was a source of friction between Panama and the UnitedS tates for decades, culminating in the 1964 riots that were s uppressed by US troops. As a result, in 1977 the US agreed to transfer the canal to Panama with effect from 1 999. American troops were used again in 1989 to topple the military dictator Manuel Noriega, who was lateri mprisoned in the US and France on drug trafficking and money laundering c harges. So it was an entirely unexpected experience for me tov isit a stable, prosperous and d emocratic Panama for the first time via Copa Airlines new direct flight betweenP anama City and Nassau. The $514 roundtrip flight has enjoyed passenger load fac t ors of more than 80 per cent since its launch last June, with most arrivals staying on Paradise Island but 10 per centg oing on to Grand Bahama and/or the out islands. Today, Panamas military h as been replaced by a 15,000man police force, and General Noriega is about to be extradited from France backh ome, where he is expected to serve at least part of a 20year sentence for humanr ights abuses committed dur ing the 1980s. This should complete Panamas transformation into a modern, glob ally connected, democratic state. The countrys tourism motto where the world meets is more apt than might at first appear. Over six million passengers transit through Tocu men International Airport here each year, making it one of the busiest air hubs in Latin America. And some 38 shipsa day make the 10-hour journey through the canal in fact, they are lined up like taxis at the misty Pacific coast entrance overlooked by our hotel. And since Panama occupies a three million-year-old land bridge linking North and South America, the isthmusis a biodiversity hotspot that has become a magnet for international scientists. This is reflected by a vast national park system that takes up about a quarter of the country, as well as by the presenceof the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, one of the worlds elite biological research centres. But though it is a year behind schedule, the star envi ronmental attraction here is the $96 million Panama Bio diversity Museum now under construction. Conceived and designed by acclaimed archi-tect Frank Gehry, whose buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Spain are legendary tourist attractions, the museum is expected to receive some 600,000 visitors a year when it opens in 2012. Built on 70 acres of reclaimed land on the A mador Causeway at the P acific entrance to the canal j ust a few blocks from the main cruise port the museum will trace Panamas i ncredible biodiversity through a series of eight openair pavilions on two levelsp rotected by immense architectural canopies. This structure will be surrounded by a botanic park and is expected to generate revenues of $60 m illion a year. I visited the projects head q uarters in the old US Officers Club at Fort Amador, next to the construction site, where architectural modelsa re on display. Nearby is a marine field station operated by the Smithsonian, and a 30minute bus ride towards the interior delivers you to the stunningly beautiful 55,000-a cre rainforest of Soberania N ational Park. The more obvious meaning of the slogan where thew orld meets refers to the canal itself, a 50-mile waterway blasted through the mountains from Colon on the Caribbean coast to Panama City on the Pacific coast, that transformed global trade w hen it opened in 1914. More than 26,000 workers died building the artificial lakes and channels, and three sets of locks on each end of the waterway, which raise and lower ships some 27 metres. Some of those workers were Bahamians. The Miraflores locks, on the Panama City end of the canal, are a major visitor attraction in their own right, featuring restaurants, shops, a theatre and museum. From the observation deck you can watch massive container ships towed by electric locomotives as they begin their passage to the Caribbean. Not far away is the imperial canal headquarters building, an imposing edifice built by the Americans that resembles something out of the British Raj. On the Caribbean side of the canal, near the Gatun locks, is a huge tax-free zone that describes itself as a hub in the globalized economy. The Colon Free Zone enclos es 1100 acres of warehouses, showrooms, shipping and transit systems, and its 28,000 employees break down endless container loads of goods for resale handling more than $16 billion of merchan dise a year and a quarter of a million visitors. This is the as yet unfulfilled vision of a major commercial distribution centre that the Grand Bahama Port Authority has for Freeport, and in fact both ports are operated by the same Chinese company, Hutchinson Whampoa. The free zone is strictly wholesale for re-export, our guide told us, but some shops will sell retail to for eigners. You just have to know which ones and you have to tip the security guards on the way out. It seemed like organised hustling to me, and the steamy, dirty, congested streets are certainly not designed for retail shopping. Our visit was more of an advert for trade, as well as an interesting cultural experie nce. Our mandatory guide, f or example, was part J amaican and able to switch effortlessly from street Spanish to yardie English. P anamas tourist industry is still relatively small accounting for about 15 perc ent of the gross domestic product of $44 billion. Some two million visitors are expected this year (compared to the Bahamas 5.2 million l ast year), but Copa Airlines is a major player in western h emisphere travel. One of the industrys top earners, it flies to 59 destinations in 28 coun tries from Canada to the tip of A rgentina, boasting a 90 per cent on-time record with a fleet of 70 Boeing and Embraer jets that have an average age of under five years. The Bahamas route is the m ost successful launch in our 60-year history, claimed Copas vice president of plan n ing, Joe Mohan. This was completely unexpected because the Bahamas is not well known in Latin America. Our first flight to Nassau had some 10 nationalities on board because of our wide n etwork, and load factors continue to be high although there are concerns about the lack of Spanish speakers in the Bahamas. While Copa is expected to bring some 14,000 plus Latins to Nassau this year, only about 320 Bahamians have made the reverse trip so far, according to Tourism Authority chief Gabriella Antelo. But this is sure to change as Panama becomes better known to Bahamians. And a stop-over promotion with Copa Airlines lets passengers visiting other destinations stay in Panama City at no extra fare, and benefit from special hotel and activity rates. English language skills are well developed here and the US dollar is legal tender just as it is in the Bahamas. Moreover, the shopping opportunities are enough to make any red-blooded Bahamian swoon. Albrook Mall, on the site of an old US air base near the canal, bills itself as the largest in Latin America and it is certainly the equal of any American emporium in price, presentation and selection. Casinos are also a popular attraction and international hotel brands are well repre sented in Panama City. The countrys dollarized economy rests on a welldeveloped service sector centred around the canal with GDP growth projected at 13 per cent this year. Panama is a regional base for a range of well-known corporations like Hewlett Packard, Proctor & Gamble, Sony and Caterpil lar. Major investments underway in the capital include a $5.2 billion metro rail project, the $96 million biomuseum,a $1 billion port expansion, and a $10 billion expansion of the Panama Canal that will almost double its capacity by 2014. Panama Citys soaring sky line, well-maintained infra structure and sophisticated financial services could givea false impression to travellers w ho dont venture into the countryside. More than a q uarter of the countrys population of 3.4 million lives in abject poverty, and the polit-i cal system is still dominated b y a wealthy elite. D espite a relatively low jobless rate (about 5 per cent m ost of the population earns l ess than $800 a month. But military coups are a thing of t he past and economic growth has dampened social discontent. The centre-right president, Ricardo Martinelli, is a super-m arket tycoon of Italian ancestry who won only 5 per c ent of the vote as head of a new party in 2004, was swept to power in a landslide five years later, but who has seen a s harp drop in support his vice president recently joining the opposition. The lead ers of the two main tradition a l parties Martin Torrijos (the son of General Omar Torrijos, who negotiated the c anal transfer) and Mireya Moscoso (the widow of threet ime president Arnulfo Arias) were elected prior to Mart inelli. The constitution prohibits consecutive terms, and the next presidential electioni s set for 2014. T here is one more meani ng of where the world meets that is worth ment ioning. It relates to Panama C itys eight-acre Atlapa Convention Centre near the airp ort, which can seat over 10,000 people and features two theatres with the latest audio-visual equipment, 10,000 square-feet of exhibi-t ion space, 19 meeting rooms, and a six-language translation s ystem. According to Gabriela Antelo, this superb facility is available free to groups of m ore than 500 who stay a minimum of three nights. Also included are air tickets and hotel rooms for threes peakers plus a welcome reception with a local show. Another of Panamas key t arget markets is the yankee baby boom generation. E ighty million of them are now reaching retirement age, a nd Panama is listed by Forbes Magazine and Businessweek as one of thew orlds top places for retirem ent living. Incentives include d uty-free imports, tax exemptions and service discounts, p lenty of direct flights, mod e rn medical facilities, and a cost of living one fifth that of t he United States. Although the Nassau route is doing well, we are not Copas only Caribbean destination. Our competitioni ncludes Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Dominican Republic, P uerto Rico, Haiti and St Maarten. For Bahamians interested in travelling to Panama, I found the service e xcellent during the two-anda-half hour flight to Panama City, and the 140-seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft was in goods hape. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribune m edia.net or visit www.bahamapundit.com. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011, PAGE 9 HATS OFF TO A NEW DESTINATION THE MAN in the Panama hat atop Gamboa Rainforest Resort observationt ower overlooking the Panama Canal near the Chagres R iver. Photo: D erek Smith