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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER No jobs being lost at Atlantis Volume: 108 No.48FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNANDA SHOWER HIGH 79F LOW 67F B y CHESTER ROBARDS T ribune Senior Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org P RIME Minister Hubert I ngraham reassured Bahamians last night that the failed deal between Atlantis andB rookfield Asset Management will have no adverse affect on jobs. He insisted that the creditors of the property a re seeking to keep it running and profitable. Have no fear, no jobs are b eing lost, the lenders will come to terms among themselves, said Mr Ingraham. In the meantime, until something happens between the lenders, Mr Kerzner still owns Atlantis and he is still running Atlantis. We were happy with him last year, were happy with him today. However, speaking at the Marathon constituency office last night, where Earl Deveaux officially passed the torch to Heather Hunt, his successor for the area, Mr Ingraham reiterated that Kerzner Internationals use of the Atlantis Paradise Island properties as collateral for a m ulti-billion dollar loan was a very bad decision. He also insisted that there i s nothing the government of t he Bahamas can do if Atlantis has defaulted on its loans. There is nothing the government could do about a bank that lends you money and you dont pay them back a nd you put your building up for it and the bank wants to sell it, he said. Now, the bank has an interest in making sure it can get its money back. The people who lent money to Atlantis have an interest in making sure they can get their money back. So, it is in their interest to make sure Atlantis succeeds and makes money so that they can eventually get their money back. The opposition has chided Mr Ingraham for being mum on the deal between Kerzner International and Brookfield Asset Management. Prime Minister speaks out at Mar athon rally TRY OUR McFLURRY BOUNTY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham says Sir Jack Hayward can appoint whom he wishes to serve as chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority as long as the individual is considered fit for a work permit by the government. The Port Authority has not appointed a chairman since 2009 when the government refused to renew the work permit of former chairman Hannes Babak. Sir Jack can appoint who ever he wants to be chairman so long as he is a fit person; we are only concerned with who is fit from the point of view of getting permission from the government, Mr Ingraham said. Prime Minister Ingrahams comments came while addressing questions from the media in Grand Bahama on Wednesday at the Office of the Prime Minister. He said the government did not find Hannes Babak to be a suitable person to head the Port Authority. We find Hannes Babak unacceptable. We came to that conclusion for good, By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org UNION officials suspect a meeting with Labour Minis ter Dion Foulkes, scheduled for next week, is nothing but a publicity stunt with the general election looming. Sloane Smith, vice-president of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU said he hopes Mr Foulkes is not disrespecting the union by using their issues to gain political points. Its almost as if the minis ter is acting like the issue has just come up, said Mr Smith. This is a matter two years in the making. We have been making noise formally as a union from 2010, and before that behind the scenes for months. Now all of a sudden he desperately wants to help us and rectify the situation. We know elections are right around the corner. So his efforts now do not give the impression of sincerity. B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k email@example.com P RINCESS Margaret Hospital officials are appealing to corporate Bahamas and the p ublic to make donations to a new digital mammography machine that will replace then ear obsolete equipment they a re using. So far, the hospital along w ith other organisations have raised more than $100,000 toward the new equipment that will include a new moni t or, software and storage space for digital images. More than 12 years old, the current mammography machine is not only less cost efficient, but has also at times,c reated a backlog of patients. A ccording to Dr Solange Payne, director of radiology, the hospital has seen sixw eeks upward to four months o f back log with routine patients. However, anyone with lumps, discharge or urgent cir cumstances is seen immediately. D r Payne explained that PMHs equipment has seen a great amount of traffic as it is the only government owned im lovin it TOMORROW, DONTMISSTHETRIBUNESBIGTFOR . FOOD COUPONS AND SPECIALS NEWS SPORTS FASHION FOOD TRAVEL MOVIES MUSIC TV NYTIMES HOSPITALS PLEA TO FUND NEW MACHINE UNION WARY OF MEETING WITH MINISTER S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 POR T CHAIRMAN MUS T BE FIT F OR WORK PERMIT PRIME MINISTERHubert Ingraham with the new candidate for Marathon, Heather Hunt, who was literally passed the electoral torch by Earl Deveaux last night. Photo: Chester Robards /Tribune Staff
By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org P RINCE Charles Drive will open in sections as the New Providence Road Improvement Project moves further west, according to Ministry of Works officials. Drivers were left frustrated yesterday as the closure of a portion of the road led to lengthy traffic delays. Prince Charles Drive is c losed between College Gardens Road and Winters Road, meaning drivers must divert through Beatrice Avenue, Sea Breeze Lane or Fox Hill Road. S pokesperson Shenique A lbury said the ministry does realise there has been some inconvenience, but added t hat staff are working as hard and diligently as they can. We understand there has b een some levels of frustration from motorists, but were making every effort to keep it on track so we can keep up the good progress, Ms Albury said. S he explained that this portion of Prince Charles Drive is critical to the road improvement project, b ut said they are currently working on the last section t hat requires major divers ions. Once we get beyond that, we feel that we will be ablet o use a diversion scheme t hat is not as lengthy, she said. Ms Albury also pointed o ut that yesterdays closing of the Prince Charles Drive entrance to St AugustinesC ollege was for one day only. The work on Prince Charles Drive consists of w idening the road area, constructing underground utility ducts, and repaving the entire r oad. Water mains, drainage systems and ducts for BTC,B EC, and Cable Bahamas are all currently being placed u nderground. Once this is completed, the above ground construction w ill begin. Were working in phases, Ms Albury said. Wered oing layers and layers and a ll of this takes time. The project is still on target to be fully completed by summ er. On Wednesday, Ms Albury said: We have now g otten to the point where we have crossed the halfway mark. We are not workingi n as many areas and most o f these areas have gotten up to the first level of asphalt. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Prince Charles closes down as construction work begins T HE CLOSURE o f Prince Charles Drive has left many motorists unhappy, with lengthy traffic delays yesterday after the road was closed off. The work will see the road widened and repaved. P hotos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff WORKERS get the construction work at Prince Charles Drive under way. AROADSIGN warns drivers of the closure of Prince Charles Drive for construction work.
B y SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com T HE FNM has done little to nothing in Grand Bahama in the past five years buti gnore the needs of the people, Senator Dr Michael Darville said yesterday. D r Darville, who is the P LPs candidate for Pineridge, said despite what Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham a nd the FNM may say, they have turned their back on Grand Bahama ever sincet hey became government. They had the ball in their court for the past five years and did nothing. It does not makea ny sense for them to blame the PLP for what has happened in Grand Bahama when theyh ave been the government for five years, he said. Under the FNM, the unemployment rate skyrocketed, businesses have closed, there is an excessive use of the social s ervice programme, people are o ut of work and the list goes on. The fact is the people in Grand Bahama are hurting.T hey need jobs. If the FNM did any actual work on the ground they would know that. D r Darville was respondi ng to comments made by the Prime Minister while speaking with the media in F reeport, Wednesday. In that interview, Mr Ingraham accused the PLP of turningt heir back on Grand Bahama. Well I thought a good example of turning a back on Grand Bahama was the plansw e had for the new Accident and Emergency and theatres that sat down for five years andn othing happened with them that is a good example of who turns their back on whom, the Prime Minster said. Look at the school that we built, the opening of the new a dministrative complex, the w ork we did in East Grand Bahama and the list goes on and on. One of the thingsa bout my opponents is that they are very boldfaced people. They dont concern thems elves with the facts. They will t ell you an outright lie and they will repeat it over and over and they will have some people w ho believe them. How could they fix their mouth to talk about who looks after Grand Bahama and who doesnt is b eyond my comprehension but I have to learn how to comprehend it and respond to it. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012, PAGE 3 B y LAMECH JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org THE relative of a 30-yearold woman who was sexually assaulted and murdered on aF riday the 13th morning two y ears ago told the Supreme Court what transpired hours before the incident. In yesterdays proceedings, Patrina Rolle, a cousin of the v ictim Chrishonda Swain, g ave evidence about the m orning in question. The prosecution alleges that on Friday, August 13, 2010, 29-year-old Phillip McCartney killed Swain, whose body was found on a track road. M s Rolle told Justice B ernard Turner and a 12member jury that she, Swain a nd another cousin Lakeisha Lockhart, had gone to the Yardee Dance on Soldier Road, having caught a ride from the Four Quarters Sports bar in Pinewood Gar-d ens with a male friend shortl y before 2am. Ms Rolle said she and Ms Lockhart wanted to go home after nearly two hours at the sports bar, however Chrish onda had said she wanted g o somewhere else. S he said when they got to the club, they had to wait to enter because police officers were breaking up a fight. At first we went to the rest room, she said, adding that after that, we stood lil ways o ff from the bar. M s Rolle said that within two to five minutes the vict im had spotted her boyfriends friend, but the witness said she did not pay any attention to this person. After leaving the club because it was smoky andd ark inside, she said the t hree women began walking on soldier road, until a car pulled up next to them. They all eventually got in to the two door, gray silveri sh Mirage she said, because t he cousins did not want C hrishonda to go by herself. Ms Rolle noted that the cars sound system and customised steering wheel which bore a horn stood out to her, along with the wavelike patterns in the dark tinte d windows. W hen prosecutor Jillian Williams asked the witness i f she knew the driver or could describe him, she said He had a baseball cap on. He had fair skin and no facial hair, she added. M s Rolle said when she and M s Lockhart were dropped off in Pinewood Gardens, the victim looked fine. The next time she saw Swain, it was after her body h ad been discovered in Southe rn New Providence, the witn ess told the court. When cross-examined by defence attorney Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, the witness admitted persons were taking photos at the Yardee Dance and that her c ousin had given the impress ion she did not want to be on camera. S he said the victim was texting on her Motorola Razor cell phone throughout their time at the club. Mrs Farquharson-Seymour asked the witness if policei nvestigators had asked for h er cell number, but she said they had not. Regarding the car Ms Rolle described, the defence suggested she did not ment ion certain details to the p olice in her first statement o n the day the incident took place. After reading the statement, she affirmed that the details were not there, but said she did give them to police. S he denied the suggestion s he and Lakeisha Lockhart met up to co-ordinate their d escriptions of the car, but admitted Ms Lockhart had joined her at the Central Detective Unit, where she was invited to attend an identification parade. A sked if she picked out a nyone, Ms Rolle replied, I think I did. At this point, the defence asked to make submissions to the court in the absence of t he jury. A s a result of the discuss ions between Justice Turner, lead prosecutor Jillian Williams and Mrs Farquharson-Seymour, the trial was adjourned until next week Monday at 11am. The judge will to deliver his d ecision regarding yesterdays d iscussions in the hour before the trial resumes. Relative tells court of build-up to sex attack By DANA SMITH email@example.com DNA candidate for Long Island Mario Cartwright claims the constituency has long been neglected and now the list of problems goes on and on. According to Mr Cartwright, a Long Island native, issues like unemployment, inadequate infrastruc ture, archaic schools and an airport in disrepair, have been frustrating the community for some time. The FNM has given Long Islanders very little to nothing over the last five years, he said, adding that the con stituents view both the FNM and PLP with suspicion. They appear to be in collab oration, he said. Speaking of PLP nominee Alex Storr and the FNMs Loretta Butler-Turner, Mr Cartwright said: As far as my opponents go, they really have no zest or interest in Long Island. If any one of them win, they will disappear until the next election. Mr Cartwright said he felt the most logical choice to bring about change in Long Island was to offer himself as a candidate, and he is confi dent the DNA will win. I was born and raised in Long Island. I am of the people of Long Island, I am for the people for Long Island, and I will back the ambitions of Long Island, he said. Im very confident I will win by a comfortable margin. I think I can do very well. As the former president of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce, Mr Cartwright said he has significant ties on the island and believes he can offer Long Islanders excellent representation. Im a businessman here, I live here and Im accessible to them, Mr Cartwright said. I can represent them very SEN ATOR HITS OUT AT FNMRECORD LONG ISL AND HAS LONG BEEN NEGLECTED DRMICHAELDARVILLE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7
EDITOR, The Tribune. AS Asupporter of the Free National Movement (FNMa nd a voter in the great cons tituency of Marco City, I am very disappointed in several political moves that were made on Grand Bahama by the governing party in the p ast two months. I had voted for the FNM in 1997, 2002 and in 2007. In the 2 007, general election I had supported Zhivargo Laing. Like many Grand Bahamians,I was utterly flabbergasted after hearing in the press that the Marco City incumbent w ill be moving to the cons tituency of Fort Charlotte in New Providence to run against Progressive LiberalP arty (PLP Andre Rollins. I have said before that this m ove could end up backfiring on Laing and the FNM. Fort Charlotte will be very difficult for Laing or any other FNM candidate for that matter to win. Right now, the mood of the c ountry, particularly in New Providence should be a major cause of concern for every single candidate of the FNM. True, the constituency of Fort Charlotte has been restruct ured by the Boundaries C ommission. I am hearing that several polling divisions that are pur p orted to have many loyal FNM supporters have been added to Fort Charlotte. This was done in order to help theF NM candidate win, accord ing to critics of the FNM. Having said that, Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham and the FNM hierarchy must certainly know that bound a ries dont vote, people do. W hile I appreciate the fact that the final decision on who will be running and where hasb een settled by the leadership of the FNM, I am still of the view that Laing should have b een kept on Grand Bahama, notwithstanding the negative campaign of the PLP public relations machine. A lso, why hasnt Senator Michael Pintard been given a nomination to run in Grand B ahama? I find it utterly amazing that Senator Pintard has been given a nominationt o run in the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador constituency, a PLP bastion. The current Member of Parliament for that constituency is Official Opposi tion Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis. Davis is one of the most powerful and influential politicians in The Bahamas. In my estimation, Pintard simply doesnt stand a chance against the noteda ttorney. I nterestingly, Pintard first ran a s an FNM candidate in the Centreville constituency in the 1 997 general election. He went up against the present Opposition Leader Perry G Christie. It seems as if the FNM has a p ropensity of running Pintard i n constituencies he has no realistic chance of winning. A s with the case of Laing, P intard should have been giv en a nomination in Grand B ahama. I had heard rumours circulating through the presst hat Pintard was going to r eceive the nomination for East Grand Bahama. Instead, the governing party has decided to send the noted playw right and poet to a con s tituency where the PLP incumbent is deeply e ntrenched. I dont believe that the team the FNM has assembled to contest the five seats in Grand Bahama is going to do w ell at all. I could be wrong. But as a Grand Bahamian s upporter of the FNM, I c an tell you that I am not at all impressed with the team Ingraham has put together. A s an objective observer of Bahamian politics, I am of the opinion that the five candi dates of the PLP are more p alatable and impressive to the average Grand Bahamian voter. It pains me to say t his, but it looks like there is a dearth of talent within the FNM on Grand Bahama. Inf act, I would even go as far a s saying that this is by far the most unimpressive team in the history of the FNM onG rand Bahama. Like many Grand Bahamians, I am not impressed at all. T o put it mildly, this is a very subpar team. And this is at a time when many Grand Bahamians have been b rought down on their knees because of the worst reces sion in living memory. I dont believe that this slate of candidates, if elected to Parliament, will stand up to a powerful company like the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC of struggling consumers who are buckling under the weight of exorbitant electricity bills. Moreover, what are the plans of the FNM candidates to nurse Grand Bahamas ailing economy back to some semblance of health? To be sure, I am not the only FNM supporter who is not at all impressed with this slate of candidates. I have heard a few FNM supporters on Grand Bahama voicing their utter dissatisfaction with this team Ingraham has assembled. Ingraham might as well have kept Kenneth Russell and Verna Grant on the FNM ticket. I am of the view that the FNM stood a better chance of at least holding onto either two or three of its seats with its 2007 slate of can didates. I dont believe that the FNM can sweep Grand Bahama with this present team. Anyone who sees what is going on in Grand Bahamaw ith respect to the stagnant e conomy and then turn around and say that the FNM will win all of the seats is unrealistically optimistic. The way things are going r ight now, I would even be s urprised if the FNM manages to win one seat on Grand B ahama. I have said before that Grand Bahama is experiencing a paradigm shift froma political standpoint. Anyone who denies this is either living on the planet Pluto or is j ust plain naive. W hile I am not blaming the Ingraham administration for the economic slump on GrandB ahama, I am still of the view that more could have been done to revitalise the econo-m y. For instance, the FNM government could have built an airport in either West End or East End, Grand Bahama in order to help the sagging tourism industry. The FNM government is presently build i ng a $27 million airport (Leonard M Thompson Inter national Airport) in Abaco, so why hasnt the same thing been done for Grand Bahama, FNM country? M y mother was recently u njustly fired from her job at one of the major hotels on the island. She now has very fewo ptions because of the situa tion in Grand Bahama. There are hardly any jobs on this island. I am very disappointedw ith how things have gone in Grand Bahama over the past four-plus years. And to add i njury to insult, the FNM has fielded a slate of candidates who are nowhere near theq uality of the 2007 group of c andidates. As it stands right now, the PLP candidates should win at least four of thef ive seats with their hands tied behind their backs and their eyes blindfolded. W hile I will be collecting my voters card, I will not be voting this time around. I will use my voters card as an i dentity card, thats all. The FNM got three valuable votes out of my house in Marco C ity in 2002 and in 2007. My family had even voted in the Pineridge constituency in 1997f or the governing party. But I can say without hesitation that I will not be going to the polls on election day. I dont care when PM Ingraham rings the proverbial bell. Also, my brother who has supported the FNM all of his life has vowed to vote against the party. Like me, he too is very unhappy with the candidates the FNM has fielded. The day that the FNM announced that Zhivargo Laing will be leaving Marco City was the day I decided that I wont be voting at all. For too long now, Grand Bahamians have been treated like pawns in a chess game by politicians. For too long, we have been taken for granted. This is one Marco City constituent who will be boycotting this election. KEVIN EVANS A disgruntled Marco City constituent, Freeport, GB January 17, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 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 THE SOUND bites being fired off by opposition politicians over the collapse of the Kerzner agreement with its Brookfieldc reditor gives the impression that they are i ntent in order to deal a mortal political b low to Prime Minister Ingraham on striking fear in Kerzners staff just at a t ime when the resort is experiencing a favourable turn-around in business. A lthough the Kerzner attempt at an ownership transfer failed last week, the c urrent dispute is between creditors, a ggrieved that a junior in their midst appears to have outsmarted the remaining s ix, all senior in the creditor lineup. They feared that Brookfield, in its proposed $175 million debt-for-equity swap, would be the sole beneficiary to any future success of the resort, leaving them empty h anded. They appealed to a court in Delaware, which stopped the ownership t ransfer pending a court hearing. Brookf ield, instead of wasting precious time in court, cancelled the Kerzner agreement, in the meantime continuing to try to broker a deal with its fellow lenders. T he Atlantis resort and the One & Only O cean Club remain in Kerzner hands and under Kerzner management. Kerzner Intern ational president, George Markantonis, has repeatedly assured his staff and the public that the Kerzner-Brookfield transactionw ould in no way affect their jobs. Prime Minister Ingraham has also been given assurances that as far as the present trans-a ction is concerned, Bahamians almost 8 ,000 of them have no reason to fear. What they do not realise is that the debt crisis in Greece now tottering on theb rink of default could create such an economic tsunami that international commerce, including tourism, could grind to a s udden halt. And as everything has a log ical conclusion, the results would be no tourists, no jobs, no hotels. In these circumstances, employment at Atlantis w ould suffer a faster after-shock, forcing downsizing more than the present squabbles among Kerzner lenders. A nd so, as the Kerzner president has said, not only would the lenders foreclosing or putting the company into bankruptcyb e very far fetched, but so would the loss of local jobs. At present, said Mr Markantonis, its really looking like a nice Janu ary and a strong winter. He hinted that a dditional staff might even be taken on. In fact, Atlantis is too big to fail. It would cost more to go into bankruptcy t han to keep the hotel open and continue to fight for business with a dedicated not a politically spooked staff as impor tant members of the team. B ased on a $3 billion valuation of the property stamp tax alone would be $360 million. (See Tribune Business Editor Neil Hartnells article in todays Business sec tion). Opposition Leader Perry Christie has berated Prime Minister Ingraham for not telling the Bahamian people on Fridayt hat the Brookfield deal had failed. How c ould anyone speak on this matter with a ny authority when no one not even the Kerzner team knew what was going o n at that time. Mr Ingraham could have opened his mouth and babbled a lot of n onsensical platitudes that might have sounded good, but would have meant n othing because he like everyone else knew nothing. A wise man does not open his mouth unless he is sure of what h e is going to say. This was a fight among lenders as they saw a lucrative deal about to slip through their fingers. Mr Christie accused Mr Ingraham of not fighting for Bahamian jobs. How could M r Ingraham enter the debate until he received an application from Brookfield f or the governments approval of the transa ction? It was at that point that he could have had his say and presented Bahamian demands, but before Mr Ingraham could properly read the application, Brookfield w ithdrew it. What did Mr Christie want Mr I ngraham to do fly to wherever the creditors were meeting, kick the door in a nd demand an audience? The idea, although ridiculous, is good political fodder for the ignorant. Mr Christie knows hei s just making political noise. If he sincerely wanted to save Bahamian jobs he would stop ringing alarm bells. A nd if Atlantis employees really want to s ave their jobs they will close their ears to the sky is falling myths and avoid the dis aster into which Chicken Little led his f riends by his false alarm. According to the nursery rhyme, a very foolish Chicken Little was in the woods o ne day when an acorn fell on his tail. The silly little chick decided that the sky was falling, and so he ran to alert all his farm yard friends. When he told Henny Pen n y, she wanted to know how he knew that the sky was falling in. I saw it with my eyes, said Chicken Little. I heard it withm y ears. Some of it fell on my tail. We will run, said Henny Penny, and tell the king. They lined up three more friends,f rightening them into action with the same end-of-the-world story. Eventually, they came to the den of Foxy Loxy, who lis tened to the sky is falling in tale, and told t hem: We will run, he said. We will run into my den, and I will tell the king. They ran into Foxy Loxys den, B ut they did not come out again! And that is just what will happen to Atlantis staff if they pay serious attention to all of these Chicken Littles, Henny Pen-n ys, Turkey Lurkeys, Ducky Luckys and Goosey Looseys running around in todays political arena ringing false alarm bells. Atlantis might have problems, but so far the sky has not fallen in. Why I will boycott the election LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Dont listen to the messengers of doom EDITOR, The Tribune. AS A resident of Spanish Wells I have waited now for a week to see if any of the PLP loudmouths and some Inter net site called Bahamas Press who carried on in the media and also in Parliament back in July about the fact that they had finally gotten rid of Abner Pinder as the Chief Councillor for Spanish Wells and he had been replaced by one of their people, Gilbert Pinder and none of them have been decent enough to admit that Gilbert Pinder had resigned since sometime in December 2011 and now Abner Pinder has had to come back as Chief Councillor to take care of the people of Spanish Wells the way that he did before. It is really no surprise because they always refuse to admit it when they make a BOO-BOO. Everyone knows this to be a fact. A SPANISH WELLS RESIDENT Spanish Wells January 18, 2012. (Mr Abner Pinder was recalled to his post and sworn in as Spanish Wells chief councillor on Thursday, January 12, after the resignation of Gilbert Pinder, manager of Ronalds Service Centre and campaign general for PLP North Eleuthera candidate Clay Sweeting. Gilbert Pinder defeated Abner Pinder for the post in June last year. It was Mr Abner Pinders first defeat in 15 years. Gilbert Pinder (PLP out, and Abner Pinder (FNM is back in. Ed). Pinder back in role
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE Bahamas is getting a boost in its effort to reduce t he $4.25 billion national debt courtesy of the Japanese government. M inister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing yest erday signed a technical agreement with a Japanese special fund and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDBg rant. At a press conference with Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Yamaguchi and the IDBs country representative Astrid Wynter, M r Laing said the funds will be used to support n ew and existing government programmes designed to strengthen ourf ramework of fiscal accountability. T he funding consists of $612,000 provided by the special fund through the IDB and $153,000 which was raised locally. T he Bahamas, like many countries around the world, had to increase its level of n ational debt in order to minimise the impact of the global recession and support t he countrys economy and financial systems, Mr Laing s aid. He said that the grant will be used to modernise and r eform the Bahamas financial systems, ensuring they are in line with international standards and best practices. The focus of this technical co-operation is to support our fiscal rebalancing t hrough improving our current system of revenue coll ection, with emphasis on p roperty tax administration a nd strengthening of our debt management systems, he said. E xpressing the countrys gratitude to Japan and IDB, Mr Laing said the project is a timely one for the country, as it will funnel additional resources to government initiatives already in motion in the financial sector, such as the debt management committee. Mr Laing said: I express t he thanks of the government of the Bahamas for this grant facility and remain confident that the relationship between the Bahamas, Japan and IDB will continue t o grow as we continue to w ork in the interest of advancing our countries and their institutions. By KHRISNA VIRGIL k firstname.lastname@example.org A LOCAL doctor is calli ng on the government to create legislation allowing for everyone diagnosed with canc er to be recorded in a national database. Princess Margaret Hospital o ncologist Dr DuVaughn C urling said many of the unanswered questions about the prevalence of cancer in t he Bahamas could be tackl ed if specific information was kept in a central location. Dr Curling said new laws s hould obligate doctors to report to a central body anyone who is diagnosed anyt ype of cancer. H e said: We have a hospital-based registry, so that a nything that comes into P rincess Margaret gets placed into the database. We don't have the ability to pop up ands ay I want all of the cancers in Andros this year. With the public registry here, we have the ability to d o that when the information is recorded, but thats just for the patients that come in to P MH. W ithout such a central resource, Dr Curling, said we are never going to be able to s ay what the actual complete incidence of breast cancer or prostate cancer is. D r Curling explained that t here is no system in place to conduct research according to d emographics. H e said: If I want data for all of the women between 18 and 50 on Cat Island that gotd iagnosed with colon cancer in the past five years, I should be able to type that, click a button and it comes up. That is the only way that we will be able to address the specific needs and identify the c luster areas of where there m ight be some problems. According to Dr Curling, such legislation exists for pers ons diagnosed with HIV and syphilis. It has been estimated that 3 4 per cent of Bahamian b reast cancer sufferers are diagnosed at 44 years old or y ounger, compared to only 12 p er cent of American women in the same age range. This means one in every t hree women diagnosed with breast cancer in the Bahamas will be diagnosed before the age of 50. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012, PAGE 5 Japanese grant to reduce debt Z HIVARGOLAING has signed a technical agreement for a $765,000 g rant. CALL TO CREATE NATIONAL D ATABASE OF CANCER CASES
FREEPORT Were v ery much oriented towards building business ties, said t he US Embassys economic officer Kyle Hatcher during his first official trip to Grand Bahama. Part of my portfolio is to do outreach as much as I can outside of Nassau. Freeport is the economic engine and o n an economic and political level, its good for us to get out and build those relations hips, he said. Mr Hatchers comments were welcomed by the exec-u tives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA with whom he held discus sions. GBPA president Ian Rolle said: We certainly welcome your involvement and want t o see an even greater United States presence. Our whole city is a free trade zone and Freeport is far b etter suited for growth than anywhere else in the Bahamas. Our message is about using this unique situation in Freeport to benefit the islands residents and our brothers and sisters in the entire Bahamas. Opportunities for devel oping sister-city relationships between Freeport and key US cities were discussed, along with the prospect of establishing information technology programmes or related businesses in the Bahamas. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, even the smallest countries have burgeoning IT industries, and here youve got an incredibly smart and educated workforce, Mr Hatcher said. The discussions touched on possible economic opportunities available through bilateral partnerships, as well as social issues. Citing his countrys signifi cant involvement in the fight against AIDS as an example, Mr Hatcher encouraged more non-governmental agencies (NGOs advantage of available grant funds. The current call for pro posals expires on March 15 and details of the application process are available on the embassys website. The more partnerships we can foster, the better, said Mr Rolle. Mr Hatcher agreed: There is much potential here, along with expertise, will power and governmental goodwill on this side. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE EMB ASSY OFFICER LOOKS TO BUILD TIES WITH BUSINESS GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes (right S obern Guzmn, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the Bahamas in a courtesy call at Government House on January 17. Photo: Derek Smith /BIS CUBANAMBASSADORWELCOMED F ROM LEFT, G BPA president Ian Rolle; Mr Hatcher; GBPA vice-president Ginger Moxey; and Derek Newbold, GBPA business development manager. To advertise in The Tribune, cont act 502-2352
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012, PAGE 7 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com F REEPORT A mans b ody was discovered on the roadside in the Kennedy Drive area early Thursday morning, and police later found his vehicle abandoned several miles away. The body was identified by p olice as that of 46-year-old F ranklyn McIntosh of North B ahamia. Police officials are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the mans death. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, saidp olice are awaiting the results o f an autopsy to determine w hether foul play was involved. Meanwhile, police investigations are continuing into the matter. According to police reports, sometime around3 .18am police discovered the b ody of a black man on the s ide of the road at Kennedy Drive. Mr Mackey reported that a few hours after the body was found Central Detective Unit officers recovered the victims car at Watkins Lanes off Pio-n eers Way. The investigations are i n the preliminary stage and the incident has not been classified, Mackey said. The police are urging members of public who have any information thatc an assist them with their i nvestigation to contact offic ers. To contact the police, call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The sentencing of convicted rapistE ric ONeil Strachan has been postponed a third time because a psychiatric report is still lacking. A new hearing has been f ixed for February 22. S enior Justice Hartman Longley, who presided over the rape trial last September,i nitially set sentencing for November 11, 2010. At the hearing, Strachans a ttorney Devard Williams requested a psychiatric evaluation of his client and the judge adjourned sentencing to November 29, 2010. A t the second hearing, prosecutors informed the court that the psychiatric report was still not complete and the matter was adjourned t o yesterday. S trachan was found guilty of raping a 69-year-old woman at Eight Mile Rockl ast December. He was also found him guilty of two counts of attempted rape and o ne count of indecent assault. The victim was staying with a relative in Andros Town, Eight Mile Rock, on Decem-b er 10, 2010 when the incident occurred. The woman testified that Strachan dragged her from a living room sofa to his bedr oom and raped her. A t trial, Strachan denied raping the victim. He claimed the sex was consensual andt hat the elderly woman made sexual advances on him. Rapists sentencing is delayed for third time CONVICTED rapist Eric ONeil Strachan is escorted by officers. MANS BODY DISCOVERED BY THE ROADSIDE well in parliament. He made the decision to a ccept the DNA nomination a round mid-December and prior to Christmas, he visited the homes of nearly 600 LongI slanders. I must say, for the most part, I was warmly receiveda nd was embraced by the p eople. I got the feeling that people are ready for change, he said. I think they need some one who can make genuine steps to improve the econom-i c stakes of Long Island. The F NM have been here for 15 of the last 25 years and we got v ery little to nothing in return. The greatest issue plaguing Long Island is unemploy ment, caused by the slow e conomy, Mr Cartwright said. He hopes to solve this is by upgrading Deadmans CayA irport into an international f acility and port of entry. M r Cartwright explained that islands such as Exuma, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and Abaco have strong economies because each hasa n international airport. Tourists want convenience, h e said they do not like layovers and connections. Once tourists and investors can more easily arrive in Long Island, he hopes hotels and o ther business will not be far behind. We are proud people, Mr C artwright said. We want to work, but we need jobs and the government has denied usa dequate infrastructure. Better regulation of commercial fishing and a more modern high school are oth e r key issues for the candidate. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e 3 3 LONG ISLAND HAS LONG BEEN NEGLECTED MARIOCARTWRIGHT
H owever, he explained last night that it would have been inappropriate and unhelpful to speak about the Atlantis matter day after day while still trying to focus on the peoples business. He also told reporters while in G rand Bahama this week that the Government did not have an opportunity to approve the Brookfield purchase orh ave it transferred to them, before a judge ordered the deal stopped. And Brookfield withdrew its application tog overnment. I think it is important for the government to keep people informed and abreast about developments atA tlantis, Mr Ingraham said. It is especially critical for people to be informed while all this false information, misinformation and specula tion on the matter at hand continues day after day. Our overriding responsibility is for t he protection of Bahamian jobs and the long term viability of Atlantis. Mr Ingraham said Atlantis is one of t he leading resorts in the Bahamas and i t has been good for the Bahamas. Sol Kerzner has been good for us and good to the Bahamas, he said. We have your back and we have your best interest at heart. We are connected, we are involved and we are e ngaged. valid, sound reasons, and recent events have reaffirmed and reconfirmed to us that heis not a suitable person to be in charge of the Port, said t he Prime Minister. M r Babak, an Austrian, was forced to step down as chairman when his work permit expired in December 2009. The governments decision n ot to renew Babaks permit r esulted in a fall out with Sir Jack Hayward, one of the principal owners of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, who felt the organisation was left leaderless without any e xplanation given by the government. Mr Ingraham, however, said Sir Jack was told a lie. I met with Sir Jack on many occasions. I am delighted that Sir Jack has now comet o the conclusion that we can h ave a chat as we used to in t he past thats uninfluenced by any other considerations. See, for instance, Sir Jack was told a lie. He put it in the newspaper. He said that weh ad refused Hannes Babak a work permit without telling him anything, etc that is a total lie. Mr Ingraham said he had dispatched Branville McCartney, the then Minister ofI mmigration, to Freeport to have a meeting with Babak to tell him that the government no longer regarded him as someone who should be in charge of the Port Authority, and that the governmentw ould not give him a work permit when his expired. He had his notice. Hannes Babak was not satisfied with that. He got Sir Albert Miller to call me saying he will comet o Nassau to see me. They both came. He (Babak w hether McCartney spoke for the government or for hims elf. I assured him that Mr M cCartney came to Grand B ahama to see you upon my instruction and he delivered the message I sent, that you are not the person we areg oing to support to be in charge of the Port. Sir Jack never knew any of that, he was told something different, Mr Ingrahame xplained. W hen asked why the gove rnment came to its conclusion about Babak, he did not wish to say why. Asked whether he would support a foreigner orB ahamian as chairman of the Port Authority, the Prime Minister said Sir Jack can appoint whomever he wants to be on his team so long as he is a fit person. We cant determine who y ou want to appoint your chairman, we are delighted to support whatever you want to do with your chairmanship so long as the individual is someone that we regard as fit to have a work permit in theB ahamas. You must bear in m ind that Mr Hannes Babak came to the Bahamas on the basis that he was a person who did not need to work. He got permanent residence on being able to work in his own business, not to go and work for somebody else as a work permit holder. Soh e could run his own business a s much as he like, Mr Ingrah am said. Mr Ingraham said he has had a very good chat with Sir Jack and supports the plans they have for Freeport. I am of the view that Sir Jack is going to be cooperative with the government and the government will be cooperative with him. They have some plans they will announce in duec ourse and we will be in support of those, he said. Mr Ingraham stated that Zhivargo Laing has indicated governments willingness to undertake specific investment promotion for Grand Bahama. We made available half a m illion dollars from the government and asked the business community and Port in Grand Bahama to match us and we will take Freeport on the road, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE We only hope the ministry does not disrespect us by sending persons who cannot help us to our next meeting. This better not be a publicity stunt. In fact, once we sit at the table, we are hoping the government just says we have completed what you asked so lets move on. If this is whats going to happen then there is no need to negotiate. As a matter of fact there is no need to negotiate. You cant negotiate something you already agreed to. Mr Smiths comments came after Mr Foulkes announced yesterday that he certified a strike vote for the BCIAWU. He said: I met with the unions on Wednesday for three hours. We have agreed to meet again on February 7 to continue our discussion. There were several matters raised in the meeting so we are giving the various part ners involved additional time to consider. Even though the strike vote has been certified, I am hopeful that the leadership in customs and immigration will allow the process to work and will not engage in any indus trial action. We are hopeful we will get their matters resolved. While Mr Smith remained tight-lipped on whether or not the union is prepared to strike, he said he hopes it doesnt have to come to that. Once persons come to the table to resolve these issues seriously and fairly there is no need for further action on our behalf. However, I want to caution the minister that our members are not pleased. Its been two years. They are tired, he said. While we will be patient and we are encouraging our members to be patient, we do not want to be disrespected. If they feel it, they will meet the government with the type of resistance that meets that lev el of disrespect. We are hoping this will not be the case. We are hoping there is some real intent to resolve the issues, a sincere attempt not just because it is political season. Mr Foulkes also certified a strike vote for the union at First Caribbean Bank. 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 PORT CHAIRMAN MUST BE FIT FOR WORK PERMIT UNION W AR Y OF MEETING WITH MINISTER We find Hannes B abak unaccepta ble. We came to t hat conclusion for g ood, valid, sound reasons, and recent events have reaffirmed and reconfirmed to us that he is not a suitable person to be in charge of the Port. P P r r i i m m e e M M i i n n i i s s t t e e r r H H u u b b e e r r t t I I n n g g r r a a h h a a m m HANNESBABAK, whose potential role as port chairman hasp rompted Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham to speak out. No jobs being lost at Atlantis EARLDEVEAUX, right, passes on the electoral torch for Marathon to new candidate Heather Hunt. Photo: Chester Robards /Tribune Staff
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012, PAGE 9 machine with consistent manp ower. S he said: There is anothe r mammography machine at the RAND Memorial Hospital to do screening for G rand Bahama, however t here has been a lack of radi ologists. Really and truly to tackle all the screening, we need to have more mammographym achines and that is some thing that really should be done so it reaches every body. T he new digital machine, however, will allow images to be instantaneously seen on a computer screen, stored into a data base, and retrieved as n eeded. Dr Payne explained the machine's age has presented a many challenges for the department. As a result, she said, we have down time due to machine failure, and equip ment failure or the need to replace parts, the machine is now to the point where they don't even make the parts anymore. Yes, we could continue to fix it, but the rate at which wec ould continue, it just becomes less cost-effective. As breast cancer is preva lent in the Bahamas, Dr Payne said a new digital machine will boost radiology's sub-par equipment capa b ilities. During the past 10 years, the development of digital imaging and the whole use ofc omputers and the use of the Internet, along with the type of equipment that now isa vailable has totally changed, she said. The common man doesn't h ave pictures everybody has digital. Why is it that the hospital is still limping along with the film? Dr Payne said the number o f patients seen every day c ould be doubled with the digital machine. The new equipment will a lso use 30 per cent less radiation. Mammography is the only r ecognized way of screening for breast cancer. It has been proven and doc u mented that screening mammography, decreases mortality and the morbidity associ ated with breast cancer. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e 1 1 Hospitals plea to fund new machine DIRECTOR OF RADIOLOGY Solange Payne Fielding and Sandra Donald explain the need for the new machine. T HE DARK ROOM where film is developed. DIRECTOR OF RADIOLOGY Solange Payne Fielding shows X-rays which will soon be the thing of the past. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff C AROLINE W ILLIAMS, t ech nologist for radiolo gy, works on a tenyear-old mammo gram machine in the Princess Mar garet Hospital. N URSES s till have to search through paper files, which will soon be a thing of the past with more modern equipment.