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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER 2012s first murder victim Volume: 108 No.35TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER WINDY, NOT ASWARM HIGH 71F LOW 59F By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org P OLICE are investigating the first recorded murder of the year which claimed thel ife of a man in his late 30s. A nd last night, officers also discovered human skeletal remains at Marshall Road. T he gender of the body, which was found shortly after 6pm, could not be determined as the remains were said to b e severely decomposed. With last years record murder toll at 127, police have called a joint press briefing with the Bahamas Christian Council today. The first murder victim of the new year was stabbed in front of his home on St Michael's Road, off Prince Charles Drive, on Sunday. According to police, the man was discovered with multiple stab wounds about his body shortly before 11.30pm. The victim was then taken to hospital by ambulance w here he later died. Meanwhile, police are ques tioning a 30-year-old man in c onnection with a shooting incident which occurred ear lier in the day. A ccording to reports, the 3 2-year-old victim was shot in his arm on Homestead Street, off Wulff Road, shortly before3 pm. The victim was taken to hospital and has since been released. P olice are also investigat ing two separate Friday shootings. In the first incident, a 36year-old man was shot on Doyle Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, shortly before 11pm. According to police, a man wearing dark clothing shot him in his abdomen The second incident occurred around the same time at a house on First Street, Coconut Grove, when a man was shot in his arm. One stabbed, and sk eleton disco vered TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THEVALLEY BOYSSTRIKE BACK A DANCER from the Valley Boys at the New Year Junkanoo. After a disappointing result on Boxing Day, the Valley Boys struck back to claim the New Year title. For more pictures and all the action from Junkanoo, turn to pages 2 and 12. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff WOMAN T T H H E E W W O O M M A A N N B B E E H H I I N N D D F F L L O O R R A A L L A A R R T T S S SEEWOMANONPAGE12B PROVIDENCEHOLIDAYBASKETBALLCLASSIC C C L L A A S S S S I I C C T T I I T T L L E E F F O O R R R R A A T T T T L L E E R R S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE A IR traffic at the Lynden P indling International Airport was hit by widespread delays y esterday, one of the busiest and most profitable days in the industry. Last night, carriers lamented costly delays in excess of t wo hours with a much broader impact on goodwill as cust omers suffered through grounded and returned flights. Executives at the Nassau A irport Development com pany pointed to flight congestion, and the saturation of Miami airspace, which result-e d in a hold on traffic. However, a person close to t he situation said that with the e xception of a one-hour main tenance delay, at least five flights from Miami, FortL auderdale, Orlando and F reeport were affected by the action of Air Traffic Con trollers yesterday. By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com POLICE hailed the New Years day Junkanoo parade a s a success, underscoring their zero tolerance mandate yesterday. S upt Stephen Dean, National Crime Prevention Office, said there were a few minor incidents which led to several arrests. The minor infractions, according to Supt Dean, were the regular unlawfully car rying arms, disorderly behaviour and possession of a quantity of dangerous drugs. Regarding to changes to their strategies from the previous parade he said: We have closed in all the gaps that we deemed necessary and that is working extremely BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT: LOVED ones yesterday mourned the death of Free National Movement campaign general Stephen Cartwright. Mr Cartwright, 58, of Arden Forest, was killed and another man seriously injured following a traffic accident in the Lucaya area on Friday evening. 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 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 TRIBUTES TO FNM C AMPAIGN CHIEF AIRPORT HIT BY DELAYS ZERO TOLERANCE PR OVES A SUCCESS
well. Last week, police issued a strong warning to would-be criminals that they would continue with their zero toler ance mandate. Sgt Chrislyn Skippings, police press liaison officer, had spoken to the press on the sidelines of several arraignments related to crim inal matters occurring during the Boxing Day parade and advised persons that if you feel like youre not going to behave yourself at the Junkanoo parade, stay home. There will be no room for you. We will seek you out and we will put you before the courts. Officers were praised and applauded by spectators during the New Years parade for their strong presence and action taken against persons looking to cause disturbances. Yesterday morning, during the breaks between groups coming into Rawsons Square, officers escorted at least three men in handcuffs through the square to be taken to the Central Police Station. The officers received hand claps and positive shouts from the crowd. By LAMECH JOHNSON email@example.com D EFENDING champions T he Valley Boys have been declared the unofficial winners of the New Years DayJ unkanoo parade for a sec ond straight year, redeeming themselves from a fourthp lace Boxing Day finish. W ith more than a half a century under its belt, the historic group edged out One Family and the Shell Saxons Superstars, who ranked seco nd and third respectively. T he Roots, Music Makers, and the Prodigal Sons ranked fourth, fifth and sixth place. S ix Category A groups and a greater number of Category B, D and F groups stormed t he main strip of downtown i n the glowing costumes and huge banners, attempting to sway thousands of spectators w ith their music, vibrancy and energy. Yesterdays parade kicked o ff exactly at midnight, and without incident, as more than a dozen groups came to Bay a nd Shirley streets with dif ferent themes but a common goal. For Valley Boys, the New Y ears win makes up for a less than stellar performance at Boxing Day, as group leaders admitted to The Tribune last week. For One Family, it was a c hance duplicate and improve t heir splendid performance from the Boxing Day parade and wow the crowd oncem ore to pull off a victory they f elt was theirs at last weeks parade. A two straight victory for the Shell Saxon Superstars would have quelled talks that their victory during last w eeks parade was handed to them and not deserved. The Saxons were out of the g ates first with the theme Soaring to New Heights Forward, Upward, Onward, Together. The moment the group hit t he downtown strip, screams filled the air as the spectators were forced to their feet byt he level of energy given off b y the Saxons. Their theme, according to a synopsis submitted by the group, calledf or the people of Bahamas to live in prosperity, peace, love and unity. T he crowds grew even m ore intense as the brass sections of the group began playing well known songs such as Ill fly away written by Albert E Brumley (1929 a nd Everythings Gonna Be A lright by Bob Marley, sending the crowd into a frenzy as they joined ins inging. The Saxons were followed by the Prodigal Sons who perf ormed with the theme Junkanoo: A Celebration of Life. The group, hoping to change their placing from fifth t o first, focused their theme on the deep history of Junkanoo, which was reflect e d most through their choreograph and off the shoulder performances. N ext in route, with theme Carnival World, the Music Makers came to Bay Street and lived up their name ast hey dazzled the crowd with Stop the world and let me off by Ian Clarke and Amazing Grace. Following after them were the One Family JunkanooG roup who came ready to b attle with a theme focused on The Glitz and Glamour of Fashion. They stunned thec rowd with their banner, a f ashion hall, which held beau tiful female models who exited the banner and catwalked for the audience, much to their delight. The next banner brought t o Bay and Shirley Streets by an A group was perhaps the most impressive seen up tot hat point. The Roots Junkanoo Group, bearing the theme Atlantis: Sunrise to Sunrise displayed a banner depicting the Royal Towers of the Atlantis Resort, the Mayan water slide and the mystique of an enchanted ris ing sun. According to their submitted synopsis, their theme and costumes paid tribute to Sol Kerzner, whose dream of Atlantis encouraged other men who have passed on but played significant roles in the idea, design and development of Atlantis, notable the late Gordon Butch Kerzner and Jackson L Burnside III. Once Roots and a few of the smaller division B and D groups exited Rawsons Square, the crowd went crazy as they gazed upon a huge f loat making its way towards the centre of that strip. The group that promised to deliv-e r a first place performance w ere on their way. The Valley Boys pulled through Bay Street andw owed the crowd with their bright, colourful and well designed costumes based ont heir theme The Magnificent W etlands of The Bahamas. Their dozen-plus off the shoulder dancers displayed the main point of their theme, which was to portray life in t he Wetlands and many t hings persons would experience if they lived or visited three habitats that comeu nder the protection of the Bahamas National Trust. At the parade yesterday, s pectator Ronicka Jones pred icted a Saxons victory. I think the Saxons executed their theme the best, Ms J ones said. I like them and I thought they were very lively. S helby Gordon, a youngster, said: I think Valley Boys won the parade becauset hey came out to win. Their costumes were really pretty and creative. It was designed really nice. K rysta Smith and Bryan Bastian, attorney and intern at Murrio Ducille Attorney at Law Chambers gave their views on the parade itself and their winners of the event. M s Smith said: I think J unkanoo was good. I thought the groups could have come a little bit harder but still enjoy a ble. Well I missed the Sax o ns first lap, so Im waiting to see them but I thought Roots did a very good job. And of course, Im a Music Maker so of course Im gonna be biased. M r Bastian, a One Family warrior said this: I thought they (One Familyr eally well and the music was good. Their performance and everything was smooth sail ing. They executed their theme and I hope they will New Years Parade. Having resided in The Bahamas for a few years, first time Junkanoo goer Keithley Woolward, St Kitts and Nevis native and lecturer at the College of The Bahamas, said that the fans were the real winners of the parade. All the groups did really well but I think the real win ners are the spectators because theyre getting a wonderful experience being out here and enjoying thrilling hours of music and culture from different groups. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 THE TRIBUNE ZERO TOLERANCE PROVES A SUCCESS f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 f f o o r r m m o o r r e e p p i i c c t t u u r r e e s s Valley Boys strike back A FLOAT b y One Family. A MUSICIAN f rom the Roots group, right, a nd one of the Valley Boys on parade, far right. P hotos: F elip Major /Tribune Staff
STAFF at the Government P rinting Department are a sked to report to work immediately, according to an urgent request sent by the C abinet Office. Deputy Permanent Secretary Anita Beneby issued the directive to employees of the d epartment at Old Trail Road in a statement sent Saturday. The Bahamas Government Printing Department is responsible for the printing of all Acts and Statutory I nstruments. By KHRISNA VIRGIL firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE say they are foll owing significant leads into t he murder of a 27-year-old man who was shot dead on Fire Trail Road two days before the new year. Three men, ages 25, 24, and 18, are being questioned a bout the incident. T he shooting occurred at 1pm on Friday, December 30. Police believe the victim was walking on the street whenhe was approached by a Hond a Accord occupied by three men. According to police, two of the men exited the vehicle, one of whom was armed with a handgun. He then shot the v ictim in the head. The man was pronounced dead when emergency med-i cal services arrived to the scene. Ali McIntosh, leader of the B ahamas Constitution Party ( BCP), told what happened shortly after shots were heard. She said: "I was eating b runch when I heard about two shots. My mother thought it was a car backfiring so I continued to have breakfast, but when I saw the police, that made me realise that something had happened. I ran outside and saw a man lying there with blood coming out of his head he h ad two shots to the head." W hile Ms McIntosh did not see the attackers, she claimed t he men could have been waiting on the victim as he w alked home from a nearby c onvenience store. She said she has been left distraught by the murder and questioned: What could be so desperate that you would want to kill somebody? To take somebodys life? I wish these young men would stop the carnage. N ot long after, police canvassed the area for clues and information. Superintendent Stephen Dean said: We are going door-to-door trying to ascertain whether we can determine who might be responsible. He added the police were confident that the motive as well as those responsible would soon be determined. By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com THE Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPFn ight quashed rumours of a murderous start of the new year after word spread of ap ossible triple homicide. On January 1, users on two major social media websites discussed the alleged massacre. One Facebook user said: Its only the first day of the new year and people already killing, a whole three in one day! A Twitter user tweeted: Three murders and its day one, something is wrong my people. However, the RBPF said in a press statement: No murders have been recorded for the year (January 1 T he release went on to remind persons how official crime news would be provid e d to the public. Additionally, police wish to inform the public that anyi nformation relating to crime (ie murders, armed robbery, etc.) will be disseminated through the official office of Public Affairs & Communi cations Department of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. They urged the public to be vigilant in their contributions in making the Bahamas safer for all. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012, PAGE 3 TRIPLE MURDER RUMOUR QUASHED Police have significant leads into mans murder THE scene of the crime as the body is taken away, as reported in Saturdays Big T. I ran outside and saw a man lying there with blood coming out of his h ead he had two shots to the head. A A l l i i M M c c I I n n t t o o s s h h POLICEare hunting two men after an armed robbery. The robbery took place at Hill Top Convenience Store, on Prison Lane, at about 7.45pm on Friday, December 30. According to police, two men, armed with handguns, entered the store and robbed it of an undisclosed amount of cash. One man was wearing a grey hooded jacket and jeans pants, the other wore dark clothing. The pair fled the area on foot into McCullough Corner. Meanwhile, a number of motorists have been issued traffic tickets in New Providence as police continue to crack down on a range of traffic rule breaches. During the past week, police cited 103 drivers for various traffic infractions and placed two matters before the traffic courts. Offences included driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, failing to keep left, unlicensed and unin spected vehicles,and failing to change ownership. URGENTCALLISSUEDTOALL GOVERNMENTPRINTINGSTAFF CRIME IN BRIEF THE team working on the construction of the new Criti cal Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital have r eportedly been making sig nificant progress. The contractors say the p roject is still on budget, and r emains on schedule for its June 2013 completion date. The biggest excitement is t he fact that the project has been designed and is being constructed by Bahamians.I m really proud of the fact that we are predominantly Bahamian consultants, said Michael Diggiss of Michael D iggiss and Associates, lead consultant for the project. We are working along with Beck in Atlanta which is headed by a Bahamian. We a re working with Cavalier which is a Bahamian company and they are hiring Bahamians ubcontractors which really is a testament to the fact that with a collaborative effort, with Bahamian professionalsi n the construction industry, we can really develop a first class product for the benefit o f the country. Doug Thompson, president of Cavalier Construction, not e d that the excavation of the site is complete. Construction o f the compounds retaining walls is the next step. He said: Along Shirley Street, ther etaining walls are well on their way and ahead of sched ule. We are proceeding with the back-fill and compactiono f that area. Weve completed the majority of the enabling works except for the garbage e nclosure and Ministry of Education additional parking. Next, we will continue on witht he new entry block. CRITICAL CARE BLOCK ON SCHEDULE
EDITOR, The Tribune. There apparently is a lot of furore in New Providence over the persistent rumour t hat the leadership of the Free National Movement (FNMh as secretly teamed up with Bamboo Town Member ofP arliament Branville McCartneys new political organization, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA Rumours of an alleged deal by the two political parties toj oin forces were first brought to the publics attention by journalist Steve McKinney on his radio talk show Hard Copy. Apparently many rankand-file Progressive LiberalP arty (PLP unsettled by this latest turn of events. The rumour that McCartney has merged withP rime Minister Hubert Ingraham and the FNM is very disconcerting to many Opposi-t ion supporters for one obvious reason: The PLP would face an insurmountable task in winning the government in the 2012 General Elections if it is indeed true that the DNA has joined forces with the FNM. McCartney, however, continues to deny these persistent rumours. Interestingly, Opposition Leader PerryC hristie and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham have been silent on this issue. I understand that Steve McKinney was supposed to run as a DNA candidate in the Fort Charlotte con stituency in 2012. However, the popular talk show host and the DNA Leader have had one or two minor disagreements that have beenp layed out in the public domain. McKinney has accused the DNA Leader of making a backdoor deal with powerful operatives of the governing party. McKinney alleges that McCartney has made a back door deal for himself as well as six other prominent DNAc andidates; the so-called Elite S even, as they are called by M cKinney. Apparently, this is the rea son why McKinney has changed his mind about running on the DNAs ticket. The DNA, on the other hand, contends that McKinney decided not to run because ofa money dispute he had with the party. McKinney, howev er, has gone as far as producing a letter which allegedly proves that he was ratified by the DNA party. Clearly, the onus is on McCartney and his leadership team to prove that McKinney is bluffing, to put it mildly. Nevertheless, if it is indeed true that a coalition between the FNM and the DNA has been formed, why is this such a big deal with McKinney and his rabid listeners? T his wouldnt be the first t ime that two political parties have joined forces. Just recently, members of theB ahamas Democratic Movement (BDM F NM. Also, several members of the National Development Party (NDP PLP. So, why all the hoopla over rumours of an FNM-D NA coalition? Whats the point? We must bear in mind that M cCartney is a politician. McCartney knows that he c ould lose Bamboo Town to e ither the PLP or the FNM if h e doesnt do something drast ic to save his political life. Every politician has a sense of political self-preservation. And Branville McCartney is no different. I have statedb efore that the Bamboo Town incumbent is in grave danger of losing his seat now that he has severed ties with the governing party. It must also be rememb ered that the FNM has been i n existence now since 1971. The FNM has played a pivotal role in the deepening oft rue democracy in The Bahamas. These people talk as if M cCartney has signed up to join either the Nazi Party or the Klu Klux Klan. There is nothing wrong with the DNAa nd the FNM joining political forces. The two political parties would be a force to be r eckoned with at the polls. Had it not been for Hubert Ingraham, McCartney wouldn ot have been the current MP f or Bamboo Town. Further, there would not have even been a DNA party.B ut as I have said earlier, McCartney has denied these rumours. I will take the Bamboo Town MPs words at face val ue. Perhaps the instigators of this rumour have planned tod erail the DNA campaign by accusing McCartney of being a closet FNM. T hese people are well aware that the FNM will go limping into the 2012 General Elections. It is quite possi ble that these people want the Bahamian electorate to believe that the DNA and the FNM are one and the same party. McCartney and his team have gone to great lengths to prove to the Bahamian electorate that the DNA is a genuinely newp olitical party. Quite frankly, I cannot understand why t hese PLP supporters are so up in arms over this rumour. Maybe this is proof that they are really afraid of an FNM-D NA coalition. If the PLP is s o confident that it will form the next government of The Bahamas, why are so many of its supporters so fixated on t his rumour? Initially, I was one of many B ahamians who believed that t he DNA had made very little headway among the Bahami-a n electorate since its incept ion in early 2011. But I was proved wrong by the strong,e nthusiastic support that the p arty currently has on its Facebook page and the many s treet rallies that the party has held throughout Nassau in r ecent times. There are many y oung Bahamians who are attracted to the new party. It r emains to be seen, though, if this enthusiasm will trans late into votes on election day.P ersonally, I dont think it will. All the same, McCartney has assembled a cadre of talented and successful Bahamians to run under his p artys banner in the upcoming election. However, the partys main Achilles heel is the Bahamian peoples penchant for voting mostly for the two major political par ties. This will be a major hur dle facing the new party in 2 012. I f McKinney is correct, then McCartney has made the right decision from a political standpoint. As it stands right n ow, the candidates of the D NA party will not collect their election deposits on elec tion day. Therefore, it would b e a shrewd move by McCartney to go back home to the F NM. I believe that Ingraham would accept him and his tal ented candidates without hes i tation. K EVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama. December 27, 2011.( There is one point in this letter that must be corrected. M r Evans claims that a lthough Mr McCartney continues to deny that there hasb een a secret deal for him to rejoin the FNM, Opposition Leader Perry Christie and Prime Minister Ingraham have both been silent on the matter. This is not true. Although Mr Christie has made no comment, in an article published in The Tribune on December 21, Mr Ingraham denied the rumour. Ed). EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 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 U NIONS seem to follow a pattern, they rattle their sabres at tourisms busiest time o f the year, or when an election is nearing. The reasoning seems to be that these are the times when the boss is most vulnerable, so they toss him to the ground and pick his pockets. T rue or false, that is the perception. For several days now, there has been discontent at the airport. A strike for the busy new years weekend was threatened. Although a strike did not materialise there was chaos at the airport yesterday. We know that at least one businessman c ancelled plans to travel to the US over the weekend because of strike talk union leaders refused to confirm or deny whether the strike was on or off. The businessman feared that if he left the country he might not be able to return for early m orning meetings on Tuesday. There were p robably others in the same situation. Of course, no one knows how many weekend visitors coming into the country mighta lso have cancelled because of the uncertainty. As one businessman close to the tourist i ndustry commented yesterday: Todays union leaders are a different breed, they have no interest in nation building. It seems unconscionable that anyone w ould try to destroy new business coming into a country that has suffered such a long economic downturn. But that is just what all this work-to-rule and strike at t he airport did over a weekend that promised good business for the country. It is interesting to note that the union making the most noise, is a breakaway union, which as yet has no contract with the government. Union leaders are tom eet with Labour Minister Dion Foulkes next week Tuesday, January 10 to negotiate their first contract. When a Tribune reporter tried to get information on Friday as to whether the newly-formed Bahamas Customs, Immi gration and Allied Workers Union (BCI A WU) intended to go through with its strike threat, all union vice-president Sloane Smith would say was: I offer noi nformation today on what may possibly be going on at the airport. I will not say there is a strike or there isnt a strike. Things are unfolding the way they should. T hat is all I am prepared to say. In other words, the travelling public can go you-know-where as far as unionists are concerned. They forget that these are the tourists who put bread on their tables and when the tourists are gone so is the bread. Members of the BCIAWU were once a part of John Pinders Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU government contract. The BCIAWU is negotiating a contract for the first time. They have listed several items that they w ant clarified and incorporated into their contract. Employees are repeatedly being d isciplined for lateness, although the contract states this should not occur more than four times per month, is one of their complaints. Obviously, they are referring to the BPSU contract, which the BCI A WU abandoned on breaking away from the BPSU. At the moment, they have no contract as a reference point. We had to read this lateness demand several times, and still we cannot believe that persons interested in holding down a job are trying to negotiate slackness intot heir contract. Its an absolutely preposterous demand, which should be tossed out before any negotiations begin. Anyone interested in giving an honest days work has no right to demand the right to be late for work. J ust imagine everyone in a department d eciding to have a lie in on a Monday morning. There would be chaos in that department. The taxpayers of this countryh ave the right to demand more. What man or woman in the private sector can arrive late on the job without a valid excuse, and w hen that so-called valid excuse starts to form a pattern, the man or woman is eventually written up, and if there is no improvement, he or she is fired. T hat is the general problem with the public service there are many excep tions, of course but as a general rule too many are not serious. They are not serious a bout work and they are not serious about serving the public. However, they are very serious about their days off, their overtime, and being allowed to be late for work one day in every week of the year. Four late days a month, translates into 4 8 late days a year. What private company would tolerate this? What taxpayer would expect to get away with such dumb shenanigans at his own place of business, yet he is expected to foot the bill for a public servant to have the right to do so. Its now time for the public to have a say i n some of these contracts, after all they are the ones footing these bills. We hope that the right to be late for w ork is removed completely from all contracts. The main trouble with the public service is that it lacks discipline. What we have found in our years in business is that w hat is granted as a generous considera tion when built into a contract suddenly becomes a right. One can be certain that every week of each month a staff member will be late because it is now his right no reasons are needed for the lateness. How can a department head manage a department efficiently if he/she has to work with staff who have such rights. We still cant believe that union leaders would insult the publics intelligence by threatening to strike for such nonsense. FNM-DNA coalition a clever move LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Unionists want right to be late for work EDITOR, The Tribune. ACCORDING to the law, stealing by reason of employment is a crime. There should be no difference in profession, class or connection, whether it is political or professional. There are many who have been arrested, charged, tried and imprisoned for stealing while employed. How come the small man from over the hill, the people who have no connections and the less educated have to endure the indignity of being paraded through Bank Lane, shuffling in slave style chains around their ankles while others are almost rewarded. The consistency of complaints for people who retain lawyers and get nothing in return, is greater more than ever these days. Very recent ly a few lawyers have been accused of using clients monies and could not give an account for how or what it was used for in the clients interest. The puzzling part of all of this is that the ordinary peo ple who are humiliated doing the Bank Lane Shuffle have stolen or misappropriated hundreds of dollars, but some of these lawyers use hundreds of thousands and even mil lions of dollars of clients money. These lawyers never are seen through Bank Lane and even have the option of negotiating with the victims. How come? The small people from over the hill are dis respected and treated like dogs while the lawyers are almost celebrated for being slick. Why is this happening? How come the police are not pursuing these persons as they do others for petty crimes? Why is the public getting the impression that only a few could break the law and get away with it scott free? The politicians seem to totally disregard the reputation of its candidates. My friend George Smith saw something written on the wall, but no one is paying attention. Time will tell exact ly what he saw. By the way, there are some who still occupy a seat in the House of Assembly who I believe must be thoroughly investigated, the results made public so the people can see that membership does not have its privileges. IVOINE INGRAHAM Nassau, December 30, 2011. Double standards
THE Democratic National Alliance last night hit out at r umours that the partys S outh Abaco candidate has chosen to join the Free N ational Movement. DNA chairman Mark H umes said the false claims are merely political mischief in the run-up to the next general elections. Mr Humes said the FNM was only interested in seeki ng out weak links in the par t y. He added: This is political season, they have to do that in order to try and get p eople to second guess us. Every rumour so far this season has been false. The FNM is courting a lot of DNAs because now theyr ecognise the value of the DNA. The FNM is gonna play a g ame, gonna try and see if there are any weak links in the DNA, not because they are really interested in these guys. They are only paying a game. They play games with the B ahamian people. This is what were tired of. I n an interview with T he Tribune last week, DNA cand idate for South Abaco Roscoe Thompson denied claims that he has been in talks with the FNM. The rumours intensified with reports that Prime Mini ster Hubert Ingraham was on t he island yesterday. However last night, FNM chairman Carl Bethel dis missed the rumours as pure-l y speculative, pointing out that Mr Ingraham was the representative for North Aba co, and Mr Thompson is a resident of the island. M r Thompson said while the FNM and the Progressive Liberal Party havea pproached him about joining their respective parties, he has chosen the DNA a decision he upheld last night. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012, PAGE 5 B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT: Police are continuing their investigations into the apparent drowning of a 60-year-old man in waters o ff Eight Mile Rock. A ccording to reports, the victim and another man were out fishing when the canoe they were on capsised in waters off Russell Town, Eight Mile Rock. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said them en left on a fishing trip around 4pm on an 18ft canoestyle boat on Saturday. While returning to shore, the boat capsized a short distance from the shoreline and the men s tarted swimming for safety. O ne man disappeared under the water. The second man, aged 51, was able to make to shore, and alerted police his fishing partner was missing at sea. Asst Supt Mackey said Police, BASRA and DefenceF orce officers conducted a search for the missing man. The body of the victim was recovered in waters around 6pm in the Hanna Hill area. It was transported to the Rand M emorial Hospital, where a d octor pronounced him dead. Police have not released the name of the deceased. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. AS HE does every year, S anta Claus paid a special visit to the patients and staff at Doctors Hospital on Christ m as Day. He and his elves, as well as a violinist and a cellist, came bearing music and holiday c heer. Santa even had a gift for every patient and staff mem-b er. It was a nice surprise that he came in to see me, said p atient Claude Quant. When youre in hospital and going through what youre going through, especially at thist ime of year, its really nice to have someone come in and cheer you up. Man drowns as canoe capsizes SANTA and Mrs Claus chat with patient Claude Quant and give him a Christmas present. S ANTAVISITSHOSPITALPATIENTS THECANOE in which two men went fishing and which capsized, leaving one man dead. DNADENIESCLAIMSOF CANDIDATEDEFECTION D NACANDIDATE R oscoe Thompson, who has denied claims he has been in talks with the FNM. DEFENCE Force officers d elivered hams and turkeys t o families across New Provid ence on Christmas Eve. The initiative was launched b y Commodore Roderick B owe, who said he chose to u se the Defence Force Rangers for this effort, to give t he young officers an opport unity to learn about national s ervice and the importance of giving. A t the same time, the Welfare, Morale and Recreation Department of the RoyalB ahamas Defence Force, h eaded by force chaplin Past or Prince Bodie, distributed hams and turkeys to the families of Defence Force officers who died in the service. A statement from the force s aid: During this festive season Commodore Bowe wish es to thank all who have a ssisted the Royal Bahamas Defence in fulfilling its mandate. Additionally, he wishes t o express sincere gratitude t o the government of the B ahamas for its continued support and commitment to R BDF. Finally, the comman der of the Defence Force wishes the people of theB ahamas a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. RBDFDELIVERS THE FESTIVE FEAST DIANNA ROLLE receiving a ham from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. From left: Sub Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux (Rangers director Dianna Rolle, Roberto Larrimore (RangerRanger P etty Officer Maxwell Lloyd (Rangers administrator
Last night, family members expressed their gratitude to the Grand Bahama community for support offered. Mr Cartwright, operations man ager at Deluxe Clearners, has been classified as the islands 10th traffic fatality for 2011. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said investigations are continuing into a two-car crash that occurred shortly after 11pm at Midshipman and Balao roads. According to reports, a red 2004 Lincoln LS, which was being driven by a 22-year-old male resident of Fortune Point, collided with the gray Nissan Frontier driven by Mr Cartwright. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. The victims were taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital. The 22-year-old victim was reportedly airlifted for further medical treatment in New Providence. Meanwhile, police are urg ing motorists to drive with care and to obey speed limits and road signs. More than 30 motorists were found in breach of the traffic laws during a road check exercise conducted by police on Saturday. A spokesman said officers were at Sea Horse Road in Lucaya around 4pm checking for traffic violations. She reported that motorists were cited for various offences, including dark window tints, speeding, not wearing seat belts, unlicensed vehicles, invalid inspection sticker, defective windshield, and missing license plates. By KHRISNA VIRGIL k firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER Governor Gen eral Sir Clifford Darling will b e laid to rest on Thursday. The state funeral will take place at the Zion BaptistC hurch, on East and Shirley streets, at 11am. His body will be interred at the WesternC emetery. According to the Cabinet Office, the fourth Bahamianborn governor's body will lie in the state foyer of the House of Parliament from today at 2.30pm to sunset tomorrow. Sir Clifford, described as one of the major nation builders of the modern Bahamas, died in the Princess Margaret Hospital at 5am on Tuesday, December 27, after battling a long illness. He was sworn in at Gov ernment House on January 2, 1992, by Chief Justice Joaquim Gonsalves-Sabola, succeeding Sir Henry Taylor, who retired the previous day. A former taxicab driver, he served as general secretary of The Bahamas Taxicab Union for eight years and as presi dent for ten. In the early 1950s, Sir Clif ford bargained with hotels for better treatment for taxi drivers. In 1957, as president, Sir C lifford blockaded and closed the airport. A general strike followed in January, 1958. W ith Sir Clifford's help, an agreement among hotels, tour services and taxicab operatorsw as reached. Sir Clifford served as a PLP senator from January 1964 toJ anuary 1967. He then served as a Englerston MP from Jan uary 1967 to October 1969, when he was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of State. In November 1971, he was named Minister of Labour and National Insurance. He was responsible for the introduction of the National Insurance programme on October 7, 1974. Sir Clifford was elected Speaker of the House in 1977 and knighted by the Queen the same year. He was a Stal wart Councilor, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member of the Progres sive Liberal Party. Sir Clifford is survived by his second wife, Lady Ingrid Darling, and seven children, Clifford Darling Jr., Andrea Darling-Thompson, Sharlene Hanna, Theresa McPhee, Rushena Darling, Lakreisha Darling and Charles Darling. I t is understood that a US pilot arriving at Odyssey Aviation complained about waiting four hours for taxi clearance. A Delta passenger from Atlanta told of how many t imes they had to circle the a irport and go sightseeing in the air before being given clearance to land. It was further reported that Pineapple Air had to refund two Junkanoo groups for thec harter flights they had booked t o Freeport because its aircraft was number 25 in line to taxi. The aircraft had to return to the gate after waiting moret han an hour for clearance. T he delays will also be costly for Bahamasair. Reports i ndicate the airline will have to p rovide ground transportat ion, meals and hotel accommodation for passengers who will have a lay over. It isf eared passengers from Seatt le, San Francisco and New Y ork might not be able to get flights out before January 4. The long delays will increase the fuel bills for all airlines, including Bahamasair.B ecause of the public holiday, B ahamasair also will have a heavy overtime bill for ground crew, who will have to service flights finishing more than two hours after schedule. It was speculated last night t hat Flight 327 from Nassau to F ort Lauderdale by way of Freeport would be too late for US preclearance in Freeport, which would mean that pas-s engers will have to clear US C ustoms in Fort Lauderdale. For Bahamians traveling on to Fort Lauderdale, unlesst hey have a US visa, they will not be able to travel. Those Bahamians who are travelingo n a police certificate only m ust pre-clear in the Bahamas. If this happens, then Bahamasair is obliged to house these passengers in Freeport overnight which will be another heavy cost for the airline. T he industry was reportedly dealt a major blow over the Christmas weekend due to the work-to-rule initiated by bargaining agents, the Bahamas Air Traffic Cont rollers Union (BATCU T he union ceased industrial action on Friday after two weeks, a decision that hasb een upheld according to BATCU president Roscoe Perpall. The system is operating at c apacity due to NADs Phase 2 construction, Mr Perpall said. There are no more gate f acilities for airplanes to park. Several aircrafts are waiting for gates, but there is a lack of availability of gate facilities a t this point. Mr Perpall explained that controllers were working to e nsure optimum use of the airport, and highlighted that there has been a drastici mprovement due to their concerted efforts. In a statement yesterday, N AD's vice-president of mark eting and communications, V ernice Walkine maintained that every effort was being made by air traffic controllers to expedite flight arrivals and departures. L ast night, Sky Bahamas c hief executive Randy Butler said that pilots and crews were unconvinced that the labour dispute did not have an impact on yesterdays debacle. This system runs like a scie nce, its planned, Mr Butler s aid. It is always expected that New Years or the day after is the busiest time of travel. Theres just no excusef or that, no excuse ever. M r Butler explained that delays on the runway account for up to 7,000 gallons of addi-t ional fuel. Paired with holiday wages and conciliatory items for customers, Mr But-l er said that the labour disp ute has challenged an already fragile industry and economy. When you have people not enthused, this happens, he said. I sympathise with them, its bad that the air traf-f ic controllers have to take this type of action to get their concerns addressed. However, Odyssey guest services manager Zelda Evans contended that the delays w ere largely due to the satur ation of Miami airspace. Ms Evans explained that due to the proximity of Nassau andU S airports, all flights must be cleared through the Miami flight centre after saturation levels reach a certain point. This had absolutely nothing to do with the union, Ms Evans said. This is one of the b usiest days of the year for departures, everybody just trying to get back home and we had an exceptional Christ m as/New Year season. Last night, staff within the department of Civil Aviation s aid they were to busy dealing with the influx of traffic to provide an update on thee xtent of delays. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 THE TRIBUNE F UNERAL services for F ather Theophile Brown, O.S.B., former Prior of St Augustines Monastery and teacher at St Augustines College, were held Friday morning at Mary Mother of the Church Benedictine Abbey,in Richmond, Virginia. Interment followed in the church cemetery. F r Theophile, 86, died on Christmas eve after suffering f or several months with tongue and throat cancer. Born on August 24, 1925 in Richmond, Va., the third son of Thomas and Sarah Brown,he is survived by an older brother, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. O n July 11, 1950, Father T heophile professed his first vows at St Johns Monastery, Collegeville, Minnesota, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1956. He was the first Afro-American priest to be ordained from the Diocese of Richmond. A fter his ordination he was a ssigned to St Augustines Monastery in Nassau where he was prior for 10 years. He also taught at St Augustines C ollege and assisted at parishes in Nassau for 38 years. In 1994 he transferred to M ary Mother of the Church A bbey in Richmond to be n earer his family. He served h is new community as Prior a nd later as novice master. He w as spiritual director to the Benedictine Oblates. He also taught French at Benedictine College Preparatory School. Father Theophile was an a ccomplished musician and p layed the organ at the liturgy a t the Abbey. He also assisted in celebrating weekend Mass at various parishes in the C atholic Diocese of Richm ond and served many years a s chaplain of the Little Sist ers of the Poor. Father T heophile was very active in h is monastic community until three months before his death. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 am Frid ay, December 30, at Mary M other of the Church Bened ictine Abbey. TRIBUTES PAID TO FATHER THEOPHILE FATHERTHEOPHILEBROWN, who has died, aged 86. STATE FUNERAL FOR SIR CLIFFORD 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 Airport hit by delays TRIBUTES TO FNM CAMPAIGN CHIEF
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012, PAGE 7 POLICEofficers hosted a special party at theh eadquarters on East Street on Friday. The force welcomed in a host of summer stud ents who were rewarded for their hard work w ith a party. The youngsters took p art in games, tucked i nto the food on offer and were given prizes for t aking part in competitions and events during the day. Photos: Tim Clarke / T ribune Staff POLICE GIVE A FESTIVE TREAT TO SUMMER STUDENTS
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Sale Starts Tuesday, January 3 Friday, January 6, 2012 Located: Harbour Bay Shopping Center By SIR RONALD SANDERS 2012 DAWNS on a gloomy h orizon for the 15 countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM It is a dawn whose breaking, although foretold, was largely ignored. If the inertia continues in the vague hopet hat external conditions will improve to the extent that g lobal buoyancy will lift the region, it is a hope withoutb asis. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF apart from Guyana, Suriname and St Lucia each of whose economies grew by 4.4 per c ent in 2010 the other 12 C ARICOM countries experienced no meaningful growtha nd the economies of most of them contracted, including oil-rich Trinidad and Tobago (-0.6 per cent Although official figures are not yet available for 2011, it is clear that economic and financial conditions continued to deteriorate with rising debt a nd weak fiscal performance in the majority of countries. In t he seven Organization of Eastern Caribbean States( OECS), there is increasing c oncern about the quality of assets in the banking system, particularly of indigenous banks with urgent action required to improve the situa tion. The debt burden of many CARICOM countries andthe region as a whole is quite alarming. Apart from Suriname, no CARICOM c ountry has a debt to Gross D omestic Product (GDP ratio below 50 per cent. The ratio is over 100 per cent in St Kitts-Nevis, Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada. It is prettyc lose to that figure in Antigua and Barbuda and Belize. It is significant that while Caribbean countries watch, with increasing unease, theu nproductive debates in the European Union (EU its crisis in sovereign debt, and in the US on its rising debt and fiscal weaknesses, regional a uthorities have not even starte d a discussion about their own encircling predicament. O f paramount importance is how can CARICOM count ries achieve a higher sustainable rate of growth to help r educe their serious debt burd en and improve their peoples living standards? IMF programmes are in place inA ntigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica and St. KittsN evis, but these are aimed at preserving economic stability, they cannot produce the r equired economic growth. The solution to the problem lies in both national and regional approaches. The government of each country hast o devise programmes of r ecovery and growth linked to creative utilisation of its resource endowment. They also have to stop the pretence t hat, acting alone, they have the capacity to overcome their overwhelming difficulties. The seven small memberstates of the OECS, in particular, have to turn words intoa ction by intensifying their proclaimed integration arrangements at every level. Not one of them will recover or prosper by clinging tob arren sovereignty. For them, it should be more not less integration including joint Regulatory authorities for onshore and offshore banks, and for i nsurance companies. They s hould also establish joint missions for overseas representat ion and, where this cannot be achieved at institutions such a s the UN agencies and the World Trade Organisation, j oint support offices should be p ut in place manned by the best available persons. Donor countries and r egions, such as the EU, Canada and the United States h ave grown tired of waiting for the region to propose sustainable projects and prog rammes for which they could provide financial support. They are unwilling to contin ue to prop-up the regions traditional uncompetitive pro-d uction in circumstances w here they too must be watchful of the cost of living in their own countries, and the use of tax dollars. T he region has to forget the idea that Europe, America or anywhere else owes it help b ecause of past relationships. T he decision of the British government to maintain theo ppressive Air Passenger D uty on travel to the C aribbean despite regional p rotestations should have m ade that reality crystal clear. Even if it is true that some European countries do owe the region, they feel that debt has been paid and, while they remain willing to be helpful as part of their assistance to d eveloping countries, they want Caribbean countries tod emonstrate that they are o verhauling their arrangements to make themselves m ore competitive and less reliant on aid. T hey would also like to see t he Caribbean put up regional projects to utilise 200 million Euros (US$258 million set aside for the area over the period 2006 to 2011, that has b een languishing in the European Development Fund. C ARICOM as a whole r equires new external diplo matic/economic planning strategies and initiatives in o rder to be effective. Old ways of doing business are no longer viable. These strategies and initiatives, including re-thinking the priorities of the Caribbean Single Market, should be part of a new policy direction that takes full account of the changed global dynamics. B ut where is the leadership to produce them comingf rom? Where is the new t hinking responsive to the new realities? In 2011, both the technical a nd political leadership of C ARICOM failed to inspire t he people of the Caribbean with a sense of hope in fulfilment of their desire for improved standards of living, for more employment, for g reater food security, for personal safety and for the assurance that their countries could compete in the world and be respected. Regional authorities, such as the CARICOM Secretariat,t he OECS Secretariat, and the C aribbean Development Bank (CDB already provided new policyd irections for the consideration of the political leadership. At least by now, they should have posed the rele-v ant questions about what n ew direction, and how its elements can be financed. But, this has not happened. The regional private sector has also not produced proposals for new arrangements that could diversify and expand the regions production and make it competitive. Too many companies cont inue to rely on governments to protect them from compe-t ition and to subsidise their o perations either directly or through donors. The regional ship needs an e xtensive overhaul and the r egional journey needs a r evamped chart to guide it through the turbulence which lashes it on every side. It also urgently requires dedicated captaincy at the highest politi cal level not only to pilot it, but also to inspire all its crew and all its passengers to work together for its safe passage. In 2012, it cannot be business as usual. The passengers on the regional ship theC aribbean people expect b etter. The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplo m at Responses and previous commentaries: www.sir-r onaldsanders.com. Agloomy start to 2012 for the Caribbean Community W W O O R R L L D D V V I I E E W W The regional ship needs an extensive overhaul and the regional journey needs a revamped chart to guide it through the turbulence which lashes it on every side. It also urgently requires dedicated captaincy at the highest political level not only to pilot it, but also to inspire all its crew and all its passengers to work together for its safe passage.
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Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT: The Progressive Liberal Party candidates on Grand Bahama expressed concern over the firing of 72e mployees from Hutchison Whampoas business operations. S enator Michael Darville, candidate for Pineridge; Attorney Gregory Moss, cand idate for Marco City; and J ulian Russell, the candidate f or Eight Mile Rock, issued a statement about the increasi ng unemployment rate on the island. We express our deep conc ern and absolute shock a bout the distressing news that some 70 employees of Hutchison Whampoas business operations here in Grand Bahama have been terminated, adding to thisi slands already painfully high unemployment rate that is estimated to be well in excess o f 20 per cent, the statement said. We are told that the mass ive downsizing exercise that h as taken place affected workers here at the Contain er Port as well as at the airport and Hutchisons hotel o perations. Obviously, given the state o f Grand Bahamas depressed e conomy, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will use this as an excuse to ward off criticism of his FNM governmen-t s cruel neglect of Grand Bahama over the past fourplus years, which has createda n economic environment that makes it difficult for businesses to meet their responsib ilities to their employees. D r Darville said companies w hich have closed under this FNM government in the last f ew years include, Fenestration Glass Company, the Home Center, Freeport Con-c rete, the Yamaha dealership, t he Bowling Alley, Stone Crab restaurant, three restaurants operated by Rick Hayward, the Native Hut restaurant, Papa John Pizza, a McDonalds franchise, andc ountless small shops. He also stated that many other businesses are operat i ng with reduced staff levels. Thats how bad the situa tion is here in Grand Bahama a s a result of the mismanagem ent of this countrys econo my generally by Mr. Ingra ham and his FNM government, Darville said. To make matters worse, the Prime Minister himself c hose to personally contribute t o the problems that have crippled Grand Bahamas economy by engaging in an acrimonious dispute with SirJ ack Hayward, one of the principal owners of the Grand Bahama Port Authority( GBPA), for reasons that are still unclear to residents of Grand Bahama. This dispute escalated in D ecember of 2009 when Mr. I ngraham, at a press conference at Sir Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport in New Providence shortly before leaving for a climate changec onference in Europe, a nnounced that his government would not renew the work permit of Hannes Babak, the then chairman of the GBPA. Mr Darville claims that B abak had been hand-picked by Sir Jack and Lady Henrietta St. George, widow of the l ate Edward St. George, the other co-owner of the GBPA, to be the companys chairmanb ecause it was believed that h e was the best person to do what Edward St. George did so well, and that was encourage investors and new busin esses to come to Grand Bahama. Since then, Mr. Ingraham h as chosen to ignore the fact that as a result of technological advances, we live in a shrinking world in which the d ecisions he makes as Prime M inister are instantly known globally by persons who are i nterested in doing business in The Bahamas. Senator Darville believes that due to Mr Ingrahams ongoing dispute with the leade rship of the GBPA, even to the extent of reportedly refus ing to meet with them to try a nd resolve their differences, will continue to do serious damage to Grand Bahamase conomy. He said the PLP is ready and prepared to restore good governance to the country. M inister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing saidt he termination of Hutchison w orkers is not good news for a very troubled Grand Bahama economy. He said: It is a sad situat ion, especially for the per s ons involved, who I am sure would not have wanted this k ind of news at any time especially around the holiday season just before the beginning of the new year. Minister Laing, MP for M arco City, said arrange ments will be made to pro vide assistance to the disp laced workers. He said government will provide some assistancet hrough the Social Services Department and the Unemployment Benefit Programme, as well as offering c ounselling. Mr Laing said that the globa l economic situation continu es to affect some places more than others. He said: I am told that what (Hutchison r eflection of some restructur i ng the company is seeking to do. We ourselves have to be mindful of the global economic situation that continues to be tentative in many ways, and continues to have s ome downside even though in some places there is mixed story about positive news, andi n other places the news not so positive. But here in Grand B ahama things continue to be very difficult and we have to be vigilant. By KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com CONCERNS have been r aised over the government's f ailure to name any Bahamians as recipients of national honours for 2011. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, on Monday, December 13, 2010, awarded2 4 persons who were hono ured in the Queen's Birthday Honours during a ceremony at Government House. Mr Ingraham told the group their contributions were important to the country's progress and develop-m ent. R eceiving the highest award was Kerzner International CEO Sir Sol Kerzner. He was given the Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St.M ichael and St George ( KCMG). In light of that fact, the Progressive Liberal Party is now calling for an explanation of why there has been no honours given to Bahamians for more than a year. I n a press release yesterd ay, PLP spokesman Fred Mitchell took the government to task on their "disgraceful" actions regarding the awards. He said: The Free National Movement administrationm ust explain to the Bahamian p eople why for the second time in a row, the government has not provided national honours for deserving Bahamians. They did not do so for the Queens birthday list and nowh ave not done so for this New Y ear. This is surely disgraceful. Each year there are deserving Bahamians who should be honoured by their country. Noting that the PLP, had p assed a law to abolish the Q ueens Honours system, Mr Mitchell said the FNM has refused to enact the law. He said as this is the case, the system should be used. So what we have is the system left to us by the British.S ince we have it we should u se it. In addition, Mr Mitchell said he has made recommendations for recipients of the prestigious award, however nothing has crystallized. I have on two occasions p rovided recommendations to the Prime Minister regarding Queen's honours, one for a former Parliamentarian and the other for a deserving police The Prime Minister last y ear personally assured me t hat the honour for the Parliamentarian would be considered. Nothing has been done. Mr Mitchell is now calling on the government to fully enforce the National HeroesD ay legislation that will create t he opportunity for deserving Bahamians to receive national honours. CONCERNS RAISED OVER LACK OF NATIONAL HONOURS FOR BAHAMIANS Concern over 72 job losses S EN M ichael Darville makes a statement to the press on the 72 terminations at Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company, and Freeport Harbour Company alongside, left, Julian Russell, PLP Can-d idate Central Grand Bahama, and Gregory Moss, PLP Marco City Candidate.