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By DANA SMITH email@example.com TOURISTS and business travellers were left waiting in line for hours some even fainting due to the heat and humidity after Customs and Immigration officers failed to show up to work at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Saturday afternoon, according to an e-mail sent to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson was even forced to work the booths to process passengers because of the shortage of employees, it is claimed. At a press conference in Exuma on Saturday, Mr Ingraham said he believes the reported protest is politically motivated and read from an e-mail received from the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD detailed Saturdays chaotic situation. I got the following e-mail from the NAD... it says that none of the immigration line officers showed up such very few senior officers showed, he said. Jack Thompson actually had to man a booth to process passengers. Between 11am and 3pm, the airport literally had more than a hundred passengers backed up into the new US terminals. Longer lines than weve ever seen before, Mr Ingraham read. Some people were in the queue for approxiNASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Welcome fit for a prince Volume: 108 No.79MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 79F LOW 66F DELIGHTED spectators gathered at Rawson Square yesterday to greet Prince Harry as he toured the Queens Jubilee Exhibition in Rawson and Parliament Squares. Representing his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II for the first time, the 27-yearold prince will meet with thousands of the nations youth at a rally and cultural show at the National Stadium today. Later today, the prince will inspect nearly 100 honour guards at the Royal Defence Force Base, according to officials, and will also lay a wreath at HMB Flamingo monument. The troupe of 96 guards is the largest group in the RBDFs history. Prince Harrys visit is the second stop on a celebratory tour of Commonwealth coun tries on behalf of his grandmother, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this year. Speaking to the cheering crowds at Rawson Square yesterday, he said: The Bahamas holds a special place in Her Majestys heart. Her love for this realm and you, the Bahamian people, stretch es back over the decades, right to that first visit in 1966. During his address, Prince Harry highlighted the accom plishments of The Bahamas during the 60-year reign of his grandmother, whose coronation was held on June 2, 1953. The Bahamas has flourished in education, where 90 per cent of your teachers are Bahamian-trained; in sports, where you plan to send a team to London for the Olympics; your development and infrastructure, which has seen such rapid growth, both in public works and such forward-looking projects as The Elizabeth Estates, which is named after my grandmother. These provide good, lowPrince Harry starts visit to The Bahamas T RY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOW HELPUS T O REA CH T O FIND OUT HOW Y OU C AN HELP OUR BREAS T C ANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN T O OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $200,000 JAMAICAHARDTIMESSEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B R R E E N N O O W W I I N N S S A A G G A A I I N N SEE SPORT FOR THE FULL STORY By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A SEVERELY decom posed, decapitated body was washed up at James Cistern, Eleuthera, yesterday, less than 24 hours after two more bodies were discovered in the same location. Police believe the bodies were illegal immigrants who may have fell off a Haitian vessel last week. Supt Paul Rolle, of the Central Detective Unit, said information is sketchy and the bodies have not been identified. The bodies were washed up in James Cistern. We know all three are male. Two were found on Saturday around 6pm, the other around 7am on Sunday. That one was severely decomposed and the head was missing. We believe that man was attacked by critters of the deep before the body washed ashore. We cant say sharks because something else may have attacked the body, he said. BODYEATEN BYCRITTERS OF THE DEEP PRINCE HARRY greets members of the public after the Service of Morning Prayer at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday. It is one of several events in The Bahamas commemorating the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Ulric Woodside /BIS By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MASSIVE fire ripped through a Haitian village over the weekend, destroying nine homes and leaving more than a dozen people homeless. Police say the fire started around 8.43pm on Friday at a shanty town in Gamble Heights, off Baillou Hill Road South. Fire Chief Walter Evans said within minutes of the fire being reported the first fire MASSIVE FIRE IN HAITIAN VILL A GE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 AIRPOR T CHA OS AS S TAFF FAIL TO SHOW UP im lovin it
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE PRINCE HARRY jokes with a youngster during his visit to Harbour Island. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff P RINCE HARRY r eceives a portrait of himself, sketched by artist J amal Rolle, during the opening of an exhibition in honour of theDia mond Jubilee of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in Rawson Square. Photo: Derek Smith /BIS PRINCE HARRY at Harbour Island, above, and on board a Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel, below.
cost housing to Bahamian families, he said. Prince Harry added: The Bahamas has made these huge strides, guided with surety by its political leaders and its eight Bahamian Governors-General from Sir Milo Butler to Sir Arthur Foulkes. As a country, its growth and prosperity are matched only by its continuing power of welcome. The first diplomatic engagement was a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes at Government House on Mount Fitzwilliam. The prince exchanged gifts with Sir Arthur and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who presented him with two pieces of artwork a painting and a ceramic piece. Also present were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette; former Governors-General Sir Orville Turnquest, Dame Ivy Dumont and Arthur Hanna; President of the Senate Lynn Holowesko, and Speaker of the House of Assembly Alvin Smith. Prince Harry recently qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot, and is a captain in the British Army Air Corps. Outfitted in the No 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals, Prince Harry also attended a morning prayer service at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday. The uniform consists white tunic and blue trousers with the cavalry's distinctive red stripe down the side. The prince wore the light blue beret of the Army Air Corps, instead of the traditional forage cap, gold epaulettes, and three medals his Afghanistan campaign medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal and her Diamond Jubilee medal. According to reports, Prince Harry had never before worn the ensemble publicly. Crowds gathered outside the church as fans waited to catch a glimpse of the young prince. The shrieks of delight continued as he shook hands with eager spectators during his walkabout of the exhibition depicting the Queens reign. Following his remarks, Prince Harry cut the ribbon and unveiled a portrait of his grandmother erected alongside the statue of Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth IIs great-great grandmother. The Governor-General then escorted him on a tour of the exhibition displayed in Rawson and Parliament Squares. Most notably were the Queens first official visit in 1966, the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM in 1985 and her return official visit in 1994. Officially known as Prince Henry of Wales, he arrived on Saturday from Belize and is scheduled to leave for Jamaica tonight. The prince will then travel to Brazil to help launch a government trade mission in Rio. Last night, the prince boarded a Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel for Eleuthera, where he will visit young defence force officers. Prince Harry will also travel to Staniel Cay, Exuma, briefly touring the Exuma Land and Sea Park, followed by a visit to Windermere Island where his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, vacationed during their honeymoon. He is also expected to meet with a cousin India Hicks, granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten of Burma, and his late mother's bridesmaid, who now lives in the Bahamas. Prince Harry is the youngest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and the fourth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is third in the line of succession to the throne. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, PAGE 3 f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e WHETHER you call it Daylight Savings Time, Daylight Saving Time, or DST, dont spring forward and turn the clocks ahead until 2am tomorrow. The term to spring forward refers to when peo ple set the clocks one hour forward, marking the start of DST. It is a term that is easy to remember for many people in countries such as Canada, the UK and the US. This is because the DST start date coincides with the spring season in these countries. It is the time of the year when the days begin to have longer hours of sunlight after the winters end, in addition, DST gives us an extra hour of daylight in the afternoons or evenings. DST will end 2am on Sunday, November 4, when we fall back and the clocks are turned back one hour. The term to fall back is associated with the fall (autumn the DST schedule ends in the fall. The fall season and the end of DST mark a period when the days become darker, when there are fewer hours of sunlight during the day as winter approaches. TIME T O PUT YOUR CLOCKS F OR W ARD W W e e l l c c o o m m e e f f i i t t f f o o r r a a p p r r i i n n c c e e PRINCE HARRY, wearing the 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals, arrives at Government House in Nassau. Photo: John Stillwell /AP P RINCE HARRY s hares a joke with youngsters during his visit to Harbour Island. P hoto: F elip Major / Tribune Staff PRINCE HARRY receives a gift from Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. I READ with interest the newspaper report on page five of The Tribune this morning Insurance Board issues response to drugs claims. I congratulate NIBand the Government for making every effort to ensure that Bahamians receive qualityd rugs, in their response to claims that generic and inferior drugs are being issued to participants of the drug plan. But what is going to stop this scenario? Pharmacist buys NIB drug from authorised wholesaler. (The price of these drugs are g enerally lower). P harmacist then buys an equal amount of t he same brand of drugthrough parallel i mport from a gray market distributor at an even cheaper price, and sells that gray market drug to the NIB cus tomer and claims from government for a bigger profit. T he pharmacist then sells the drug, which was originally purchased from an autho rised distributor for the NIB patient, to a paying customer not on the planandmakes abigger profit. NIBsinventory report shows 1 in and1 out. Inmy opinion, the only way for the government to stop corruption and profiteering andprotectBahamians from inferior drugs and coun terfeits is to control the import of gray market drugs. And the best way to do that is to prevent the influx of parallelimportsand encourage retailers to purchasewhen possible, from manufacture authorized distributors.Keeping in mind that not only will there be less concern about quality ofdrugs available, butthese are the distributors who pay taxes,employ Bahamiansandcontribute thousands of dollars in dona t ionsto the local economy. E ven if we can prove where a parallel imported drug came from originally, (which is goingt o beextremely difficult atbest!)that does nottake away thefact that products will enter which were not meant for sale in thisregion. ie.expiry dates meant for markets withl ess humidity and package inserts with labelsthat are not in English, and in other cases tampered and with broken seals. If this drug is taken out of the box,put in a plasticziplockand re-labelled by the pharmacist, who would know the difference? Contrary to popular belief,putting the proper controls in place does not prevent people from having access to low cost drugs. For persons who cannot afford branded drugs, there are manyexcellent qualitygeneric brands available. Wecan continue in The Bahamaswith parallel imports of drugs, leaving the door wide open for the benefit of a few, or we can put the proper controls in place to protect the majority of Bahamians. A CONCERNED CITIZEN Nassau, February 24, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. THANKS for allowing me space in your valuable column to express my view on two topics: men of the cloths involvement in politics andt he stewardship of the Free National Movement Government over the past five years. First, it is my view that men and women of the cloth have a r ight under our Constitution to align themselves with any political party that they chose and top ropagate such affiliation openl y insofar that they do not i nfringe upon the rights and f reedom of other members of the country or are in conflictw ith the public interests. I submit that it is a tragedy and miscarriage of justice to maroon men and women who are preachers to an islandw here they are mere spectat ors and observers in a p rocess which may be termed t he most significant in the constitutional framework of o ur democracy. I further submit, that nothing is wrong for a preacher to ask Gods blessing on his party of choice and also to ask fort hat party to rise to the office of governing the country. After a ll, man does not dictate to God; he only prays, makes intercessions and supplications;b ut God answers according to his plan. Those who hold opposing views to mine are within their right to do so. But for goodness sake, no one has the right to take away from a pastor or a minister of the Gospel his right to openly s upport and to campaign on behalf of his/her party. I think we need to credit the Bahamian people and vis itors with more intelligence and to note that people will choose their politics regard less of Pastors, parents, or associates views. Bahamians are smart and m ake up their own mind as t o which party will serve their best interest. Hence, I go against the grain, and encourage pastors to get involved and to speak truth to perc eived and real issues, so that the masses will have the benefit of your thoughts andi deas. Above all, to maintain loyalty to God, to engage in private and public devotion to God Almighty, perchance he hears and answers. As it relates to the stewardship of the Free NationalM ovement over the past near f ive years, I am satisfied that this was one of if not the most b usiest and productive of all governments of this country. I tip my hat to the Rt Hon-o urable PM Mr Hubert Ingrah am and his government for his diligence and fortitude in steering the ship of state in seemingly rough times. Lets not forget that without pain, there will be nog ains. The road works; selling of BTC, dredging of the harbour; relocating the port from Bay Street to Arawak Cay; downsizing ZNS; the introduction of the drug prescrip t ion plan; the introduction of t he employment benefit; preparing more courts for the administration of justice; ther edevelopment of Saunders B each; steering the progress of Baha Mar, completion of t he National Stadium and progress towards the completion of the Lynden Pindling International Airport; ther eplacing of the water mains in most areas of New Provi dence and the rebuilding of the Straw Market. These are just a few of the visible things that this government has done, over the past four years plus. By the way, there was great stride made in public health; the redevelopment oft he Rand Hospital in Grand Bahama, etc. Sadly, crime continues to be the Achilles heels of this government notwithstanding i ts best effort to provide the police with most of the tools they need to fight crime. T here is obviously too m uch crime of all sorts and it i s incumbent upon the powers t hat be to provide the preventative strategies to offseta nd to circumvent the crimin al activities that have engrossed our nation. Beyond this, I submit humbly that this governmenth as earned its pay for the perio d for which it has been electe d. Hence, all the ramblings a nd the blindness of those who refuse to see must be replaced w ith recognition of the positive t hings that have been done. In any event, politics which is all about people; has become all about winning at any cost. F inally, I encourage all to speak truth peaceably, be k ind and tolerant of each other; lift the fallen; feed the hungry and hold fast to the wordsp ulled from our National Anthem March on to glory your bright banners waving hightill the road we trod, lead unto our God, March on Bahama Land. At the end of the day; whomever God places in charge are those we a ll must support and help them to succeed. Conse q uently, let God be truth and all men liars. PERRY E NEWTON Nassau, March 2, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 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 T HURSDAY was the first time since a irport construction started that we visite d the Lynden Pindling International Airport a magnificent structure in progress a nd one of which all Bahamians should be immensely proud. W e arrived by Jet Blue from Fort Lauderdale shortly after 5pm only to learn that Immigration and Customs officers, work-i ng to general orders, had just walked off the job. Senior staff were filling in. As JetB lue was the only aircraft on the ground at t he time, passengers and baggage seemed t o be moving smoothly. M ixing among baggage handlers we were told that the union had informed its memb ership that the prime minister had said that their industrial agreement was no longer valid and so the union had decided tor evert to General Orders, which stipulates that working hours are from 9am to 5pm. It was then 5pm and they were headed home. We were also told that they were working on a shift system, which obviously would reduce their overtime pay a savings to their employers, the Bahamian taxpayer.T hey did not like this because, they claimed, it was the airline paying for their overtime, not the government. If this is true, no wonder airlines are complaining about the Bahamas being an expensive port of call. I t was because of these loud complaints ridiculous costs that were pricing the B ahamas out of the tourism business that the shift system was ordered by the PLP government in 2006. T he PLP introduced two shifts 8am to 4pm and 4pm to midnight. A flat fee was set for any time worked by either shift over the specified time. T he union has argued that this remu neration was contrary to the Employment Act and that any overtime should be paid o n the basis of time and a half with double time for holidays. This was the unions biggest issue. We have since learned thatw hat we were being told and obviously w hat workers had been told was not true. Mr Ingraham had met with the Bahamas Customs and Immigration Allied WorkersU nion on February 25 and had already agreed to these demands. As far as gov ernment was concerned, there was no longer a union issue. No wonder Labour Minister Dion Foulkes expressed bafflement on learning of the unrest. The more these workers talked, the more we realised t hat innocent, hardworking people, were b eing duped by irresponsible leaders for political reasons. These tactics are the fastest way for union leaders to lose credibility, and eventually destroy their union, and the jobs of their members. It was also obvious that the unrest was politically motivated because no prime minister could revoke an industrial agreement as workers had been told he had done. This was an agreement that pro t ected workers rights. If this were so, u nion lawyer Obie Ferguson would have c ertainly rushed the matter to court to protect this sacred contract. But obviousl y union leaders and their political handlers, thought it best to embarrass the n ation by reverting to General Orders, knowing that chaos would be created at the airport. And, of course, this was a spe-c ial weekend a Prince of the Realm was in town and it was important that theB ahamas put its best national foot forw ard. W e have since discovered that at no t ime did the Prime Minister make any threat against the unions 2005 industrial a greement. If what we had been told at the airport was correct, union leaders had misinformed their members. O bviously they had not been told that the Prime Minister had not only agreed their overtime, but had approved their hazard allowance, the on-call allowance, and the shift premium. The shop steward and the union leader has also admitted that all union matters for workers atA rawak Cay have been satisfactorily addressed their health and safety issues have been resolved. We have since learned that Customs was never a problem at the airport, and t hat on Sunday 12 immigration officers reported for work. A t a press conference in Exuma, Mr Ingraham said that the activities of the immigration officers and the union, in par t icular, appear to be motivated by something other than legitimate grievances. He was satisfied that it is politically motivated. He made it clear that unions are no different from anybody else. When election is coming up, lots of people think now is the time to make my d emands, But the reality is, when we are doing business like this, it doesnt matterw hether its election time or not election t ime, I should do what is simply best for the Bahamas while Im in this office... and so I cant be pressured by any such peo p le. He made it clear that persons who do not return to work, forthwith, will be dealt with by the public service without regard to any other consideration. Immigration officers were sufficiently wise to take him seriously. We understand t hey returned to their posts yesterday. T here are many hardworking, decent men and women in this union who are being led astray by their leaders. It is now time that union members start selecting better leadership. What they also have to understand is that unlike many of their fellow men and women they are lucky to have a secure job. They would be foolish to let politics and politicians ruin it for them. On leaders of faith and politics LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Politics enters chaos at airport BASRABahamas Air Sea Rescue AssociationANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGBASRA Headquarters, March 29th, 2012@ 7pm.All members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Concer ns over flow of drugs
By DANA SMITH email@example.com THE government will be accepting bids for the construction of a community hospital in Exuma before the end of the month, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told constituents Saturday night at the opening of the FNMs Exuma constituency office. He also promised residents cable service before the Easter holiday. M ore than 200 people donn ing red showed up for the 8pm rally after a spirited greeting for the prime minis-ter at Exumas International Airport. Im here in Exuma and I a m here to deliver even more f or you because I have brought you one of your own, Mr Ingraham said, referring to Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour who is running for the seat. You know, Exuma used to be a big time place. You used to have two ministers in the Cabinet. Why are you set tling for a back-bencher? Why are you asking for a backbencher? You can have a general you know. The PLP promised to build a harbour, bring mid-sized cruise ships, and construct a hospital but did not deliver, he said. They are not in the delivery business you know. Thats the business we are in. If you like promises, well the PLP is the party for you. You stick with them. By this Thursday, plans for the new community hospital will be presented to Exumas Town Planning Committee, Mr Ingraham said. And we expect to go to tender for the construction of your hospital and the one in Marsh Harbour by the end of this month March. Mr Ingraham also said he wants Exuma to know that we are quite aware of all your concerns, including the demand for cable services. You know, the cable man only wants to put cable where he is going to make money. But we want to make sure that every Bahamian can watch ZNS. We want to make sure you can watch ABC, CBS and NBC. And you can watch CNN and some other channels. You can watch me in the House, too he said. The communities from Hoopers Bay to Moss Town to Farmers Hill, Rokers Point, Rolleville and Baraterre in the West, and in the East from Nicholls Town, Rolle Town, Forbes Hill, Hartwell, Moore Hill and Williams Town, expect to get your cable, to be able to watch me on television, before Easter. Mr Ingraham also noted that Exumas population grew from 3,571 in 2000 to 7,314 in 2010. He attributed this to economic activity and Bahamians coming to Exuma looking for opportunities. The Prime Minister and the FNM campaign team will be in Golden Gates on Thursday; Central and South Eleuthera on Saturday; Marsh Harbour, Abaco on March 15, and Grand Bahama on March 17. Mr Ingraham also told the crowd he will return once more to Exuma for a mass rally before the general election. Also speaking at the rally were State Minister for Social Development Loretta ButlerTurner, senator Anthony Musgrove, State Minister for Housing and National Insur ance Brensil Rolle, State Min ister for Lands and Local Government Byron Woodside, and Exuma candidate Mr Neymour. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, PAGE 5 Hospital deal near for Exuma THE CROWD greeting Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in Exuma.Photos courtesy of FNM photos AWARM welcome for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in Exuma.
GOLDEN GIRL Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie b elieves she is being used as a political tool. And although she was critical of not being officially invited to the open-ing of the new Thomas A R obinson Stadium, she made i t clear that shes not endorsing any political party. F erguson-McKenzie, the national 200 metres record holder, made the following statement over the weekend in regards to her affiliationa nd participation in the u pcoming general election. She said:I pray that as a c ountry of a blessed nation a country of hardworking, dedicated people we can come to that place of divine balance.As individuals, wea re treated by others how we a llow others to treat us. Over my life span, I have h ad mentors in my life that taught me to be honest, hard working, disciplined, respectful, etc. Always expecting the best in and from others as theB ible says, two are better than o ne; because they have a good reward for their labour, For if they fail, the one will lift up his fellow: But woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath another to help him up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 When you surround yourself with the right kind of people, you enter into the Godordained power of agreement. Just a week ago, I spoke o ut about not getting a notification about the opening of t he Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium then three days later I have individuals calling to inform me that I am endorsing another political party. There was an ad out in w hich my name was ment ioned and the idea appears t hat I am endorsing this party. I have not personally heard t he advertisement but I am i mploring individuals to stop misrepresenting and misusing their power. Why do we always have t o assume the worst from an i ndividual? Most of the time that assumption is always incorrect. Being quick to judge is a death to mankind. First I am (and any athl ete for that matter) an a mbassador for the Bahamas. As we try to do everything possible to make sure our fellow Bahamians do it bigger and better than the generation before. After all, I was helped by my heroes/heroines as a little girl growing up. So here is my advice to all parties vying to run this beautiful country in the next elect ion. Start by stop misleading the people. I say let your w ork speak for itself isnt that what Democracy is about? Bahamians have the right to vote for who they feel besti s getting the job done (for eg k eeping unemployment low, crime/murder rate low, low illiteracy, etc.) Focus on these points and show Bahamians that as a unit we can get the job done. Bahamians have the freedomt o vote for whatever political party they feel best represents their ideology. Stop the name calling, jeering and focus on what m atters... the people.And a word of advice to the winning p arty treat the citizen of the opposing parties just like your own followers. They will love you for that. I do not endorse nor am I affiliated with any party. When I do or if I do my c ountry will know. I am regi stered to vote, and so I am e ncouraging all Bahamians to register and vote for the part y of choice do it peacefull y and in love. I endorse the Bahamas! LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By DANA SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org THE Bahamas Petroleum Company will begin drilling for oil off Bahamian shores this year, according to a DNA s tatement released yesterday. Montagu candidate Ben A lburys sources and research revealed the companys (BPC plans, the party said, adding: BPC, which was granted a new series of agreements and p ermits from the previous gove rnment in 2005, will begin d rilling this year. T hey were further informed, they said, that BPC h as been encouraged not to b egin drilling until after the general election. Environment Ministers E arl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour have denied the claims of oil drilling, Mr Ney m our stating its not something they want to explore. Y et the DNA claimed Mr Deveaux gave misleading remarks suggesting a moratorium on offshore drilling permits. His remarks led most Bahamians to believe oil exploration was unlikely in t he near future; however, the minister did not share with the general public that the governments moratorium did not apply to existing permits like B PCs, they continued. The Bahamian public s hould know that there are 12 u ndisclosed companies, primarily based in China, that B PC has been petitioning to d rill in the Bahamas, the statement said. In BPCs offer to investors (found onb pcplc.com), they describe the Bahamas as a giant oil reserve in the making further b ragging about attractive fiscal terms, like low royalties a nd no corporation taxes. In order to raise public awareness and protect the interest of all Bahamians, Mr Albury and the DNA d emanded to know why Bahamians are not aware of t he alleged drilling, how Bahamians will be protected from risks, how the Bahamas will benefit from the drilling, and if China is benefiting. M r Deveaux said the gove rnments stance on oil d rilling hasnt changed. The Bahamas has a moratorium in place and it will r emain in place, he said. E nvironment State Minis ter Phenton Neymour also denied the drilling claims ands aid he would not comment further until he personally sees the DNAs statement. Golden Girl Debbie:Im no political tool CLAIM OVER OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING D EBBIEFERGUSONMCKENZIE
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, PAGE 7 By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter s email@example.com THE BAHAMAS will not a mend existing environmental l egislation or create any laws as a result of the multi-island c oral reef mission which has just been completed, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said. M r Deveaux made the statement while taking ques tions from the press on the Khaled bin Sultan Living O ceans Foundation (KSLOF i n the Bahamas one of the m ost comprehensive analy ses and satellite mapping exercises of Bahamian reefse ver done. T he team is on a five-year expedition to map and study coral reefs across the world. The Bahamas was the first location to be studied. The group of scientists and r esearchers completed three missions in 2011, at Cay Sal Bank, Hogsty Reef and several reefs around Andros. M r Deveaux said while no new laws will come out of the study, the information will be u sed to help enforce those already in existence. What we expect to happ en is the information will be a n asset to us by adding to what we already know. We have recently amended the Bahamas National Trust Act, as well as passed the Planning and Subdivi s ion Act and a Forestry Act. We have also declared a pol icy that we will declare at least 20 per cent of the land a nd water in the Bahamas as permanent protected a reas. We have already exceed ed that goal because of the three acts I mentioned andw e are as high a 50 per cent, h e said. This survey will help us document the remote parts of the Bahamas where we could not have gotten to otherwise. Itll tell us the conditions of t he coral reefs and what we need to do to mitigate the destruction in terms of regulations. It will also help us bet t er maintain the health of our coral reef system. This will be the first time m any Bahamians would have seen Cay Sal in any way or shape and certainly the firstt ime many Bahamians would h ave seen Hogsty Reef. It will also tell us a lot about how t he conditions are and whether or not our fishing activities or the activities of our neighbours have acceler a ted coral reef destruction. According to Captain Philip Renaud, executive director of the foundation, the i nformation gathered from the expedition will be freely s hared with the government s o it can be used to help pre serve coral reefs in the Bahamas. H is Royal Highness Prince K haled bin Sultan, president and chairman of the founda tion, said he hopes the expe dition will encourage people to better appreciate the coral reefs, the seas and the oceans. T he team will next travel to Jamaica, then to Colombia, the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia and the G reat Barrier Reef. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Although members of the Common-w ealth Electrical Workers U nion have voted in favour of a strike, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said a cooling off period is required before he can certify the strike vote. Grand Bahama Power C ompany workers took a s trike vote on Wednesday at the Department of Labour. Of the 111 workers, 89 voted 88 voted Yes and one voted No. M inister Foulkes was in G rand Bahama on Thursday in conciliation meetings with C EWU officials and GBPC executives concerning a labour dispute over the ter-m ination of a long-time employee. We met for some three hours and I felt the talks werep roductive, and another meeting is set for 10am on Mon day, he told The Tribune. C EWU president Leslie Lightbourne said they were hoping to receive a strike cert ificate from the minister on Friday. M r Lightbourne said the termination was not in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement. He said that Power Company CEO Sarah McDonald terminated a 40-year employ e e last month regarding a minor oil spill incident. They are saying that the w orker was terminated in refe rence to a section in the government law that speaks about spilling oil to the environment, but we are saying it did not go into the environ-m ent, he said. M r Lightbourne said the oil spill went in the coffer damn, which is a protective concrete enclosure to contain the spill. That is why they build a coffer damn in case there is as pill, to stop if from going in t he environment and so they can clean it up. But they try to make it seems as if the spill was to the environment and they used t hat section, and that is where w e have a problem, he explained. In our labour contract that is a minor breach you get a verbal warning, Mr Light-b ourne said. He said that an employee is allowed up to three written letters. After a fourth writtenl etter the individual is then termination. Mr Lightbourne said d epending on the outcome of Mondays meeting, the union would decide what steps it w ould take. Minister says cooling off period needed before strike is valid O CHANGE TO LAWS OVER REEF LABOURMINISTER Dion Foulkes has been in conciliationm eetings between union officials and executives from Grand Bahama Power Company.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE By Constable 3011 MAKELLE PINDER DOMESTIC violence is violence that is against the law that can be perpetuateda gainst a current spouse, members of the family and friends living together or separated. Does your partner..... Hit, kick or slap you or the children? Display extremely jealous or possessive behaviort owards you? Exhibit disrespect of your opinion and makes all o f the decisions? Break things in anger and threaten you with weapons? Have a violent history and brags about mistreating o thers? Blame you and others f or their own failure or belittles you verbally? Pressure you for sex and believes that you are just a sex object? Behaviors worsen when using prohibited drugs or a lcohol and Make you feel e xtremely fearful? Always ask for second chances and say that they will change? Makes your family worr y about your safety? Safety Plan T hink of a safe place to go if an argument occursavoid rooms with no exits(bathr oom), or rooms with weapons(kitchen Establish a code word or s ign so that family friend t eacher or co-workers can know when to call for help. Be aware of domestic violences helters in your area. Keep m oney with you at all times. M emorise all important phone numbers and make a list of safe people to contact. The police play an important part in stopping the cycleo f violence. The police will c onduct risk assessment, which i ncludes interviews from all parties. Officers will automatically consider victims safety, privacy and protection. Matters involving children will be prioritised and forwarded to the Departmento f Social Services. Physical injuries will be referred to health-care professionals. The police will enter and s earch premises without a warrant if they suspect domestic violence haso ccurred and the victims life is in further danger. Thep olice will take the offender i nto custody if they believe t he victim or the victims property is in further danger. The police will ask the M agistrate to make a tem porary protection order by telephone, fax, radio or as imilar device. I f you prefer not to get the police involved, remember to file a police report, even if you do not want your abuser arrested. It documents the abuse. Save all evidencef rom the assault. Apply for a protection order. For more information, contact police at 919 orC rime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence 8476 (Family Island y ou know individuals who may need support, contact the Department of SocialS ervices hotline at 322-2763. MY WORD is my bond! That expression held great meaning to buyers and sellers in the old days. Most real estate sales werem ade with a handshake and a v erbal promise to complete the t ransaction at some future date. Later, as a show of good intentions, purchasers would give sellers a deposit until the sale was sealed. This deposit had more ceremonial significance than monetary assurance of a completed sale. T oday, deposits are a part of e very real estate transaction to m ake the agreement binding. The amount is usually 10 per cent, but the deposit is negotiable between buyers and sellers. There is, however, a strong message attached to the amount of money tendered by pur-c hasers. As the saying goes, Money talks! If vendors are p resented with two identical offers on their home, one with a 10 per cent deposit, and the other with a 5 per cent deposit, which do you think they are most likely to accept? Sellers believe the higher deposit indi-c ates buyers who are more quali fied to complete the purchase. H aving said that, understand that the deposit money is just one factor to be considered when buying or selling a property. The amount of the deposit is relative and depends on the unique nature of each property. Morei nformation is available from y our BREA real estate agent. M ike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) Money talks when it comes to sealing the deal Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office TACKLING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012, PAGE 11 By TRIBUNE INTERNS BRITTANY KEMP and MICHELLE GREENE ANDROS, we have the best c andidate, the best team and the best leader, and we are ready to govern and improve the quality of life for you, said Philip Brave Davis as he introducedthe new candidate for North A ndros and the Berry Islands at t he PLP rally in Andros last Friday. The MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador assured the people that Dr Perry Gomez is a major part of the PLP. Dr G omez will restore governance t o our beloved country... indeed he is a man that US President Bill Clinton has called a National Treasure. In his remarks, Davis referred t o the 1956 general election and c ongratulated Androsians for being pacesetters by electing PLP members into the House of Assembly at that time. He added that this is an accomplishment for Androsians and they shouldb e proud. H e then referred to the new candidates for North Andros, Dr Perry Gomez (PLPof Education Desmond Bannister (FNM He compared the two candid ates, saying that Dr Gomez is c apable of and ready to provide responsible representation, whereas Bannister had abandoned his constituency in Carmichael, running from hisp oor record there and is now a sking the people of Andros to send him back to the House of Assembly. Mr Davis did not hold back in his remarks regarding the FNM party, including their leader,P rime Minister Hubert Ingrah am. He referred to the Prime Minister as Papa Clown saying, Hubert Papa Clown Ingraham is a desperate man who realises that he is about to lose power,h e has been losing his cool. All of a sudden, he said, weeks before an election, they want to sign contracts to repair schools. They are breaking the treas ury as cronies of the FNM are b eing awarded contracts to pave roads, paint schools some two and three times and open clinics built since 2007. Davis said there is no need for a Prime Minister who will only w ork some of the time, but rather a ll of the time. Mr Davis asked North Andros constituents for their continuous support to the PLP in this election. Perry Christie and the PLP will form the next Government oft he Commonwealth of the B ahamas, he said. Davis hits out at PMat PLPrally t ruck was on the scene. The first responding vehicle got there before 9 pm. After seeing the gravity of the situation, four more trucks were dispatched to assist. On arrival to the area firefighters met nine single storey wooden structures engulfed in flames. All nine homes were completely destroyed. Therew ere no casualties or injuries during the blaze, h e said. We have not determined the cause of the blaze but our investigations are ongoing. At least 15 people were left homeless. Three other buildings were damaged but not destroyed. ASP Evans said police are not sure if the displaced Haitians were legal citizens or if they werer eceiving assistance from the Department of Social Services. Minister of Social Services Loretta Butler Turner could not be contacted for comment. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e MASSIVE FIRE IN HAITIAN VILLAGE
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE by SIR RONALD SANDERS A RECENT statement by t he Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM Rocque, that the region has been overly ambitious in itsi ntegration targets, coming from the person who is expected to drive the regional integration process, is cause for disappointment. T he Secretary-General said that we (presumably heads o f government) set overambitious and unrealistic targ ets and he describes this as a mistake. But, surely the m istake was not setting ambit ious targets; the mistake was not taking action to achieve them. Having declared, as long a go as 1989, that a Caribbean S ingle Market and Economy ( CSME) was not only desira ble but essential if the member states of CARICOMw ere not to be relegated to t he backwater of international economic progress, it took 17 years to launch efforts to establish the CSME. Five years after its launch, at a retreat in Guyana in 2011, the heads decided to pauset he single economy process a decision that the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, described in a letter tot he Secretary-General as sliding backwards in a dynamic world. Everyone would agree that a Single Economy by 2015 c annot now be achieved. Hav i ng dithered, delayed and dallied for 22 years since a nnouncing the ambition in 1989, of course its achievement by 2015 is now an unre alistic proposition. But, could i t not now have been within t he regions grasp if, over the past 20 years, steady work had been done to integrate the regions economy more closely and for the benefit of itsp eople? In his remarks on February 29, the Secretary-General referred to a report of consultants on the restructuringo f CARICOM. That report has not been released to the public, but it has been seenb y some commentators, including me. The SecretaryGeneral says that it will be discussed by Heads of Government when they hold a meeting in Suriname in early March. But, it would have b een much better if the report had been released ahead of the meeting to the public, and sent to civil society organisations, private sector groupings and trade unions for their comments. Had this been done, heads of government would have been able to take account of a wide cross-section of Caribbean opinion in deciding how to respond to the report. Hopefully, the leaders might still decide that such a wide consultation process would be beneficial. The report itself is very use ful as a basis for discussion on the way forward for CARICOM, but it is not without its weaknesses. In its mechanical approach to the well-known difficulties and its reiteration of many of the reforms that have been tirelessly proposed over the years, the report fails to make the point that CARICOM is the only viable instrument open to its member-countries to maintain their identity, strengthen their bargaining capacity in the international community, and collectively improve the quality of life of their people. Individual nations may flirt with this organisation or that grouping of nations for the temporary and transient benefits they receive, but at the end of the day, it is CARICOM alone that gives them each an equal voice free of threat, and the real opportunity for mutually beneficial programmes. In this regard, mention should be made of an editor ial in the Jamaica Observer published on the same day as the Secretary-Generals speech and entitled CARICOM must be enlarged to survive. The editorial argued that CARICOMs survival requires that emphasis be placed on widening CARICOM to be truly Caribbean in its ambit and it calls for the inclusion of the DominicanR epublic and Cuba as full members of CARICOM. Apart from the fact that neither Cuba nor the Domini-c an Republic would see any particular advantage at this time in joining CARICOM, the current 15 members of CARICOM have failed tom ake the regional grouping work for themselves; how w ould they make it work any better with two huge addit ional partners whose agenda d iffers considerably from t heirs? T here is every good reason for CARICOM membercountries as a group to engage in selected forms of coopera-t ion with countries of the w ider Caribbean, but unless t hey deepen their own a rrangements, they would only further weaken them s elves by seeking to widen the m embership of CARICOM. Deepening their own arrangements should include: (a duction (b allocation ( c) full freedom of movem ent of people at least from the OECS to other CARICOM countries for at least 10 years to begin with; ( d) establishment of regiona l institutions for regulating certain activities such as banking and insurance; (e r egion-wide regional security s ystem that would include a rapid response unit for serio us crimes; (f international community not only on trade, but also ond ebt and climate change; and ( g) harmonising foreign policy against a backdrop of agreed principles. Secretary-General La Rocque was very firm that we need to agree on critical things that must get done; focus on them; get them done.No quarrel there. Neither he nor heads of gov e rnment need look any further than the paper entitled, Reenergising CARICOM thatG renada Prime Minister, Till man Thomas, commissioned in 2011 during his tenure as chairman of the organisation. It was set aside by heads of gov ernment when they mistak enly, as Prime Minister Gon-s alves has emphasised, decided to put the single market and economy on pause. The Thomas paper identified several areas as priorities. Among them is Governance: the creation of a legal basis for implementing decisions of heads of government in: (i the Common Market/Free Trade Area, (ii Trade Policy, (iii Security and (iv and Climate Change Policy. Prioritising the benefits of economic integration was another and it included: priority action for a regional agricultural pro duction and food security programme; maritime transport services and a renewable energy production programme. It also called for the Caribbean Development Bank to convene a consortium of the principal regional public sector agencies and interested private sector entities for setting up public-private partnerships, and for more coherent and consistent access to and use of external assistance. Importantly, the paper also identified mobilising civil society in support of regional inte gration as a critical factor. The Thomas paper, too, should be put in the public domain, and at the risk of losing three months, when heads meet in Suriname they might consider putting on the agenda of their July meeting only two subjects the Tillman Thomas paper and the Con sultants report on restructuring CARICOM. They priotorize narrow ambitions that can be achieved by resolve, and actually deliver benefits to the regions people. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sir ronaldsanders.com The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat Ambition without action is failure WORLDVIEW
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 THE TRIBUNE All three bodies are being transported to the capital for autopsies. I have officers on t he ground who are wrapping up another investigation who will take over the investiga-t ion. L ast week, a 40-foot fiber glass vessel ran aground near Eleuthera. ImmigrationD irector Jack Thompson said 14 persons were found in the community 12 men and twow omen. Mr Thompson added that the type of vessel used sur-p rised him, as it seemed to be an upgrade from the usual wooden sloop used to trans port immigrants from Haiti. mately two hours. There were people who fainted and no nurse was on duty, and unfortunately there were significant press calls on the British Airways flight to cover Prince H arrys visit they were very unhappy. The e-mail said the airport expected yesterday to be even more chaotic as a 25 per cent increase in passengers was expected and they felt they could not operate if immigration and customsw orkers, again, failed to show. With more than 5,200 passengers expected tomorrow( Sunday), the key to avoiding complete and irrevocable d isaster such as someone having a heart attack due to circumstances is to have sufficient immigration officers on duty full complement,o pposed to five or six as we had today. After reading the e-mail, Mr Ingraham told the press: The activities of the immigration officers and the union, i n particular, appear to be m otivated by something other than legitimate grievances. Indeed, I think it is politicallym otivated. He was referring to the Bahamas Customs and Immig ration Allied Workers Union ( BCIAW) who he met with on February 25 to discuss i ssues involving work hours, overtime, and their 2005 Industrial Agreement. H e would not expand on t he comment but later said u nions are no different from anybody else. When election is coming up lots of people think now is the time to make myd emands, Mr Ingraham said. But the reality is, when we are doing business like this, it doesnt matter whether its election time or not election time, I should do what is simply best for the Bahamasw hile Im in this office... and so I cant be pressured by any such people. Speaking of their absence on Saturday afternoon, Mr I ngraham stated the shift syst em is in effect and nearly a ll of them had been hired by the public service with a c ondition in their contract that sates they shall work on shift. Persons who do not return to work, forthwith, will be dealt with by the public service without regard to anyo ther consideration. We are serious about this, he said. A call to Mr Thompson confirmed he was still in the booth processing passengers but he would not comment further. Airport worker Debra Johnson said operations were moving smoothly in the customs hall, yesterday, and about eleven immigration officers and five customs officers showed up for work. BCIAWs acting president, S loane Smith, could not be r eached for comment. It was last Wednesday that officers walked off the job afterM r Smith advised staff to revert to the work schedule set for public servants in General O rders: from 9am to 5pm. T he shift system has been a long-standing contentious issue for the workers, whof eel that there are no guidelines to organize and evenly distribute overtime work. A t February 25s meeting, M r Ingraham advised that workers will be compensated for overtime pay as far back a s March 31, 2010. POLICE are investigating two separate shooting incidents that have left two men i n hospital. The first incident took place around 5pm on Friday at Market Street off Robinson Road. Police say the victim was s itting inside a white Honda when he was approached by three men in an F-150 truck. It is reported that one of t he men pulled out a handgun and fired gunshots which resulted in the 31-year-oldM alcom Road resident being shot. He was taken to hospital where he is detained in serious, but stable condition. Active police investigations continue. The second shooting inci dent occurred around 4.30am Saturday. Police say the 23-year-old victim on arriving at his Fox Hill Road home was a pproached by a man armed with a handgun. The man demanded the keys to his Nis san Maxima. A struggle followed between the culprit and thev ictim, which resulted in the victim being shot in his back. He was taken to hospital where he is also listed in seri o us, but stable condition. The culprit reportedly fled the area on foot, south alongF ox Hill Road. Police are investigating both incidents and are appeal ing to members of the public who may have any information to contact them at 919, 322-3333, the CDU at 5029991, 502-9910 or Crime Stop pers anonymously at 328TIPS. 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 chaos as staff fail to show up B ODYEATEN B YCRITTERS OF THE DEEP D IRECTORof Immigration Jack Thompson reportedly had to process passengers himself. TWO MEN IN HOSPIT AL AFTER SHOOTINGS TWO men, ages 25 and 22, are in police custody after they were found in possession of a stolen vehicle, a laptop and an assortment of jewellery. Police say officers of the Southwestern Division arrested the men around 11.30am on Friday at the intersection of Faith Avenue and Carmichael Road. Police are actively search ing for a third male who evaded police during the arrest. Active police investigations continue. BURGLARY SUSPECTS HELD POLICE are requesting the publics assistance in locating a man responsible for an armed robbery at John Chea Convenience Store Friday. Police say a male entered the Wulff Road location shortly after 5.00pm allegedly armed with a handgun and demanded cash. The culprit reportedly robbed the establishment of an undetermined amount of money and fled the area on foot in an unknown direction. Police are investigating and are appealing to mem bers of the public who may have any information regarding this incident to contact police. POLICE PLEA OVER R OBBER Y POLICEofficers have retreived a drugs haul, thought to be marijuana. Two men, ages 29 and 26, are in police custody after they were found in posses sion of a quantity of suspected marijuana. Officers of the Mobile Division arrested the men at about 5pm on Friday. Police say the men, residents of Bamboo Town, were arrested at Emiel Drive in Bamboo Town after they were found in possession of a quantity of suspected mar ijuana. Active police investigations continue. MARIJU AN A ARRESTS MADE