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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 03-06-2012
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THE International Press Institute announced from Vienna today that it will be honouring Sir Etienne Dupuch posthumously as the worlds longest serving editor. The award will be presented at the IPI World Con gress 2012 to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in June. We are deeply honoured to give this award to the longest-serving editor of the world, said IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie. There is no-one who is more deserving for recognition than Sir Etienne Dupuch, not only did he serve the Nassau Tribune for 54 years, he did so with the utmost integrity and value for press freedom. Sir Etienne and The Tribune joined the International Press Institute in the mid1960s. My father was such a giant of a man that it is difficult to know where to begin, said Mrs Eileen Dupuch Carron in paying tribute to her fathers achievements. She said:His influence touched every aspect of the life of this country as he battled to improve the lot of his people and firmly establish their right to know and freely express their views. He was so passionate about a free press that he was willing to, and in fact did, suffer great financial losses over the years. However, in the end he was vindicated. When he passed the Torch, he knew that democracy had been firmly established in this small part of the world and that his newspaper was on solid ground. She added: The fact that we have the tradition of a free press in the Bahamas today can be attributed to his lifetime struggles. Born in 1899, Sir Etienne served as editor and publisher of The Tribune in the Bahamas for an astounding 54 years, said the IPI. He passed away in 1991 at the age of 92, and his life and legacy remain an inspiration for defenders of press free dom. Sir Etienne began his career delivering newspapers, and became editor in 1919 after serving in the First World War. The Nassau Tribune was launched by his father, Leon Dupuch, in 1903, under the slogan Being Bound to Swear to the Dogmas of no Master. The newspaper was envisioned to serve all of society. NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Airport chaos over union row Volume: 108 No.80TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND ASHOWER HIGH 80F LOW 70F By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingrahams stern warning to airport customs and immigration officers seems to have fallen on deaf ears, as they continued to defy their shift system yesterday. After a weekend of chaos, the Lynden Pindling Interna tional airport again struggled to process passengers in a timely fashion, although senior officials from both departments once again cov ered for staff who refused to work outside the 9am 5pm work day outlined in General Orders for public servants. However, Mr Ingrahams warning to the officers that they return to work or face the consequences, was yester day portrayed as the result of a misunderstanding by labour attorney Obie Ferguson. Workers defy shift systemy et again T RY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ROYALVISIT T T H H E E P P R R I I N N C C E E W W H H O O W W O O N N T T H H E E N N A A T T I I O O N N S S H H E E A A R R T T SEEPAGES2, 11, 12 INSIDE N OW HELPUS T O REACH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU C AN HELP OUR BREAS T CANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $200,000 im lovin it By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net THE Government will borrow an additional $65 million from the Inter-American Development Bank to complete the already over-budget New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Project, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced yesterday. Addressing members in the House of Assembly Mr Ingraham said the projected total cost of the IDB funded por tion of the project is now estimated at $206 million. He said: To date the IDB By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net BAHAMAS Hot Mix received more than $12 mil lion worth of contracts from Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles almost 80 per cent of the funds issued to sub-contractors for the ongoing New Providence roadworks according to a report tabled in the House yesterday. The Public Accounts Committees Review of the Nassau Road Improvement Pro ject and Related Government S pending, presented by comm ittee chairman, Bain and Grants Town MP Bernard Nottage, alleged that Bahamas Hot Mix benefit ed from (a ship with JCCC. By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net THE Ministry of Environment wants Water and Sewage Corporation workers to pass a literacy test before they can be made permanent, it was revealed yesterday. Bahamas Utilities, Services and Allied Workers Union By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net A HEATED row broke out in the House of Assembly yesterday after Public Accounts Committee chairman Dr Bernard Nottage claimed the pace and opera tion of the New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Project was affected by polit ical considerations. JOURN ALISM HONOUR FOR TRIBUNE GIANT HOT MIX HANDED $12M IN CONTRACTS SIRETIENNEDUPUCH, who is posthumously being honoured as the worlds longest serving editor. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 9 9 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 LITERA CY DEMAND ROW IN HOUSE GOVT TO BORROW EXTRA $65M


By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net ROYAL fanfare continued y esterday as Prince Harry e nded his brief Diamond Jubilee tour of the country with a youth rally and defence force inspection. Exposed to a cultural extravaganza at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, Prince Harry extended personal encouragement to thousands of students on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. The young prince was joined by Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year for 2011 Anna Albury, a blind girl who gave a rousing speech to her peers and diplo mats. Anna told the crowds that the visit of our Prince Harry was an opportunity for the nations youth to showcase our unique, vibrant culture through expressions of music, dance, and drama. She said: There are some elements of our society that h ave some concern to all of u s, like in other countries, negative behaviour, poor attitudes, evil-doing, and yes some criminal activity, but let us be determined for each one of us to change one. Change must come from each one of us, Anna said. Anna beat out 115 of the best and brightest minds in local primary schools to capture the top award of primary school student of the year. As Head Girl at Hope Town School in Abaco, she main tained a grade point average of 3.80. She is also a member of Hope Town School Swim Team. Anna credited her success as the result of her own steadfast determination and support from her parents, teachers, and friends. Encouraging young persons to remain devoted to their dreams despite inevitable obstacles, she underscored the importance of striving towards increased global involvement. Anna said: My fellow youth, I encourage you to be committed to pursuing your dreams even though you may face struggles or difficulty. Challenges and obstacles will come, but be determined to rise and overcome them. The world is our stage and we must be significant players on it. She added: We may be a country made up of many islands and cays but let us work diligently to be patriot ic, loyal, show integrity, and commitment to being an important part of the global village. Yes, we must move forward upward onward and together. Public and private schools, along with youth groups, marched past the young prince displaying their respec tive banners with accompani ment by the Royal Bahamas Police Youth Band. The rally included perfor m ances from: the Bahamas National Boys Choir, Bahamas All Stars and a Junkanoo rush out. Prince Harry said: You are a magnificent spectacle. Youre doing your country proud and looking damn smart. He added: I congratulate you all. The young people of the Bahamas are living up to the country's motto: Forward, Upward, Onward, Together. Following the rally, the 27year-old prince engaged leaders from youth civic and religious groups in the country at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Charles Maynard underscored the importance of youth development as a source of energy and hope for the future of the country. We value our youth as architects of change and agents of development, he said. We are proud of our more than 300 youth organisations registered with the ministry. These entities afford young people experiences and support necessary to enhance their ability to face the chal lenges of the modern world we live in, meanwhile empowering them to grow into pro ductive citizens. Prince Harry shook hands and made brief conversation with representatives from 10 different youth-based organi sations, including: the Scout Association of the Bahamas, Environmental Clubs, Junior Achievement, Royal Bahamas Police Force Cadets, and the Governor General Youth Award. The young prince recently qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot, and is a captain in the British Army Air Corps. Yesterday, Prince Harry visited the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base to inspect the guards, lay a wreath at HMB memorial site and commemorate his diplomatic visit on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. During his brief address, he expressed gratitude to fallen officers and commended RBDF officers present on their professionalism and exemplary conduct during their parade. In the past, Bahamians have fought tragically, he said. Some have laid down their lives for their country and their call to freedom. Their steadfastness and courage back then are reflected in your obvious professionalism on parade today. You are a credit to your nation. The trip wasnt all plain sailing a journey to Eleuthera was complicated when the RBDFboat he was travelling in broke down, forc ing him to transfer to another boat in the convoy for the rest of the journey. Prince Harry has left for Jamaica where he will participate in further celebrations commemorating his grandmother's 60-year-reign over the Commonwealth. 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. For more pictures, see pages 11 and 12. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Welcome for prince who won the nations heart PRINCEHARRY with Anna Albury, a blind girl from Hope Town School in Abaco, who was named the Primary School Student of the Year, and who joined the prince in giving a speech at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium yesterday. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff ou are a magnificent spectacle. Y oure doing your country proud and looking damn smar t P rince Harry


By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net IN RESPONSE to Educa tion Minister Desmond Ban nister alleging FNM voter fraud, PLP leader Perry Christie said the claim reflects the ministers fear of losing the election. Media reports said Mr Bannister claimed the PLP is desperate to win North Andros and party members are even flying persons down to North Andros to register to vote. He said he has given the names of those involved to the parliamentary commissioner for investigation. Speaking at a press confer ence in the Opposition Room at the House of Assembly,Mr Christie said: Well let me just say again that the Progressive Liberal Party does not engage in any kind of fraud or manipulation of voting rights to the electoral register. We have challenged the parliamentary commissioner to investigate all allegations we assume Mr Bannister will advise them of. After determining that PLP North Andros candidate Dr Perry Gomez is ahead of him in polling, Mr Bannister has resorted to all sorts of planted information (and ular newspaper and it reflects his fear, Mr Christie claimed. Let me just say without fear of contradiction... we will not compromise in our effort to ensure that Mr Bannister is defeated in North Andros. Mr Christie stated he will personally be with Dr Gomez every step of the way and will not allow Mr Bannister to succeed in the election with all of the tricks hes trying (and the misinformation hes putting in place. The reason why I feel so personally strong about it, I actually have my father who is a Nicholls Town man and so therefore I have a vested interest in ensuring that this good man who will be running for the PLP will in fact be in parliament in the next general election and nothing Mr Bannister will do will deter us from ensur ing that that takes place, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012, PAGE 3 The US Coast Guard has called off its search for a Canadian woman believed to have gone overboard on a Bahamas cruise. Search and rescue crews trolled the waters between Freeport, Bahamas, and the Port of Palm Beach in Florida for about 84 hours, covering an area of nearly 7,300 square miles (18,900 square kilome-ters). They ended their search Thursday night. The boyfriend of the 47year-old woman says he last saw her early Wednesday as the Bahamas Celebration was returning to Florida. He alerted the ships crew, prompting the search. Her identity has not yet been released. By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net UNDER the PLPs aggressive Housing Programme, more homes were built in five years than the FNM built in 15, according to party deputy leader Philip Brave Davis. Speaking at the opening of the Golden Gates constituency office last night in support of incumbent Shane Gibson, Mr Davis said Mr Gibson and the PLP have a stellar record with Bahamians. Your ambitious, hardworking MP has continued the promise of the PLP to wipe every tear from every eye, he said. In 2002 we began an aggressive housing programme across the country. And by the end of 2007 more than 1,400 homes were built by your PLP government. Mr Gibson headed that programme and moved thousands of families from paying rent to being homeowners for the first time, he said. In fact, the record shows the PLP government built more homes for the Bahamian people in five years than the entire FNM government built in the 15 years while in government. Mr Davis asked constituents to look around New Providence and name a subdivision that was built and completed by the FNM since they came into office five years ago. They cancelled Dignity Gardens Number Two and made it painfully difficult for persons to move into their homes after having paid their money, he said. They dont care about the Bahamian people, you know. When the PLP took office in 2002, they turned around a depressed economy, Mr Davis claimed. Unemployment figured were in the double digits, revenue had declined, crime had drastically increased, and tourism arrivals had plummeted, he said. The national debt, over $700 million, was like a runaway train with no good fiscal management plan. And the list went on and on. Things were so bad under that failed Ingraham government back in 2002, you fired them and elected Shane and the PLP as the government to fix the country. And fix it we did! The PLP implemented an award-winning Urban Renewal Programme that brought order and spirit back into communities, they created investment opportunities and substantially grew foreign investments, he said. Mr Davis also said in five years the PLP increased government revenue by 56 per cent, PLP leader Perry Christie did not raise a single tax on Bahamians, and they slowed growth on the national debt and reduced unemployment to less than eight per cent. DAYLIGHT Saving Time 2012 will officially begin at 2am on Sunday, March 11 and will continue until 2am on Sunday, November 4, 2012, when Standard Time will resume. A TOTAL of 260 police o fficers have been promoted, it was announced yesterday. T he commissioner of police issued a statement noting that the promotions werec arried out in accordance with Article 119 (5 constitution and after con-s ultation with the Police Promotion Board. The promotions are effective from January 1, and include 123 new sergeants and 135 new corporals. By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net SUB-PAR construction work on houses built before May 2007 caused several families to be relocated from government subdivisions, Housing Minister Neko Grant revealed yesterday. Since then, more then $3 million has been spent on home repairs, he told parliament. The minister was answering opposition member of parliament and former housing minister Shane Gibsons questions on the number of homes needing repairs following the PLPs term in office. Mr Grant said: The government had to relocate some 1 5 families since May 2, 2007 due to shoddy construction. These homes were built prior to May 2, 2007. One family is still to be relocated from Dignity Gardens Subdi vision. When later asked by The Tribune to list the subdivisions where the faulty homes were located, he said Housing Permanent Secretary Loraine Armbrister would be able to assist. However, messages left for the permanent secretary were not returned. More recently, Mr Grant said, eight families in the Ardastra Estates Subdivision near Boyd Road and one family in the Wellington Pinder Heights Subdivision in Grand Bahama have been relocated pending repairs on their homes. The homeowners were properly advised and relocated to comfortable accommodations and in every instance the repairs were funded from the requisite budget provision, he said. Mr Grant told MPs that a n umber of homeowners in New Providence made complaints during the Christie administration about shod dy construction work, termite infestation and the deterio rating conditions of their homes, but no budget provision was made to address these concerns. Mr Gibson asked the minister whether the repair jobs went out to tender and who had the responsibility of selecting the contractors. The minister responded that since May 2007, all repair contracts were awarded by an in-house procurement committee. This process involved inviting three reputable builders from the Ministry's Approved Builder's list to bid on the scope of works. The bids were analysed by the committee and recommendations put to the permanent secretary, he said. An in-house estimate is u ndertaken for each repair job as a yardstick for the evaluation of the bids. None of the contracts exceeded $50,000. A bid process did not exist under the Christie government, however any repairs undertaken were funded solely from the (Bahamas Mortgage) Corporation's sole account and jobs were awarded on a selective, partisan basis, Mr Grant said. Mr Gibson has come under fire in recent weeks over claims that he mismanaged the BMC and caused millions in debt after FNM Elizabeth candidate and BMC chairman Dr Duane Sands said more than 800 homeowners were overcharged by the BMC from 2002 to 2007 through contingency fees. He also said the corporation's finances were mismanaged to the point where approximately $1.874 million held in BMCs name was f ound in bank accounts for which BMC had no record. Mr Gibson disputed Dr Sands claims, saying they were merely meant to distract Bahamians from the FNMs record of failure. D AYLIGHT SAVINGS C ORRECTION SEARCH FOR PASSENGER ABANDONED Poor construction work forced families to move MORE HOMES BUILT IN FIVE YEARS UNDER PLP THAN BY FNM IN 1 260 POLICE OFFICERS PROMOTED THIS YEAR CHRISTIE HITS BACK AT CLAIMS OF VOTER FRAUD NEKOGRANT, who said that 15 families had to be moved since 2007 due to shoddy construc tion work.


EDITOR, The Tribune. AFTER reading the article in last Fridays (February 24 newspaper on Insurance Board Issues Response To Drugs Claims, I am becoming more concerned about the safety of prescription medicines in our country. I have, from time to time, discussed with friends and family the health hazards faced by resi dents of other countries when I read reports about gray market and counterfeit drugs. I would hate to think that we, in the Bahamas, are exposed to inferior and fake drugs. I would hate to imagine that my parents, children, sister, brother, friend, or anyone else for that matter, is ingesting medications that may not help their ailment or could cause harm or even death! So these are my questions: Are the drugs obtained from private pharmacies or from government clinics of high quality? When I purchase from a private pharmacy, am I being ripped off? What national system is in place to ensure that inferior and fake medicines do not appear on our local market? What system is in place to punish unscrupulous peo ple if they were caught sell ing inferior or fake medicines? I would feel comforted if the answers to the above questions would lead me to believe that the health of my family and friends is protected from substandard medicines. I dont think I am asking for much. CONCERNED BAHAMIAN Nassau, February 29, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. AFTER witnessing the events concerning the visit of the Haitian President, I feel compelled to write. Why are Bahamians not demanding immigration reform? How is it that Haitian sloops going 40 miles an hour are able to reach Nassaus southern shores without detection? Could it be that some of our Defence Force officers are complicit? Surely not? Mr Ingraham/Mr Christie, have you ever heard of stings? It is an excellent way to weed out corruption. Get some advice from the Americans. Why is it that we dont even know who is on this island? B iometric identity cards should be mandatory for all with proof of status. Those that dont qualify send them home. Citizenship should only be given to those that possess a working knowledge of our language, culture, and they should be able to contribute. For those children who were born to illegal immi grants, they should be offered citizenship, but at age 18. But this law needs to be revisited immediately and brought to referendum. Mr Christie, I have a problem with you taking my mon ey (health insurance health care to illegals by the thousands, especially when t here is no effort being made to stop the influx. I beg of you gentlemen, for get about the votes, find some patriotism, and stop kicking this can down the road. Remember history. If the status quo remains, ethnic unrest in the Bahamas will be inevitable, and the blame will be laid squarely at the feet of every PM that has led this country, and all your dubious accomplishments will be rendered null and void. FORMER FNM SUPPORTER Nassau, February 19, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. I T NEVER ceases to amaze how some politicians and pundits make up new rules to justify their own false notions and prejudices. We have been treated to such a spectacle by a few who have criticised the wife of the Prime Minister, and the Bahamian Ambassador to China, Ellie Chase Campbell, for attending political rallies. It was suggested that Mrs Ingraham not attend rallies because she is a civil servant. On the face of it alone, it is a silly suggestion that the wife of the Prime Minister be b anned from attending politi cal events because she is a p ublic officer. To extend the absolutely ridiculous nature of this suggestion, every public officer whose spouse is a politician should be banned from attending political events with their husband or wife. Of course, over the years, the public officer spouses of Bahamian politicians of just about every political stripe have attended political events. So, why is there a new rule all of a sudden for Mrs Ingraham? Individuals can make up their own minds on this question. Further, Mrs Ingraham has attended many other political events with her husband over the years. Again, why this new rule in the case of spouse of the sitting Prime Minister? The matter of a public officer attending a political rally with a spouse engaged in politics is a common practice not only in The Bahamas. In fact, Cherie Blair, as the wife of then sitting UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, served as a recorder. A recorder is a permanent part-time judge. Yet, Mrs Blair attended many political events with her spouse when he was Prime Minister. For the record, public officers are restricted from runn ing for national political o ffice, but may seek election t o office in local government. Public officers are also restricted from speaking from the public platform on a political agenda. Notwithstanding, the PLP regularly had civil servants address their conventions with no outcry from a number of people, like the Opposition Leader in the Senate Allyson Maynard Gibson, now vocal about who should or should not attend political events. Further, the idea that anyone who works for the Government and is paid out of public funds is a public servant under the Constitution and laws of The Bahamas is patently nonsensical. The most obvious group of persons who are paid by the Public Treasury but are not considered public officers are elected politicians. What about the matter of principal diplomats attending political events? Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other principal diplomats a re appointed by the Prime Minister and can come from inside or outside the public service. The Prime Minister need not consult with the Public Service Commission if he decides to appoint someone from outside the service, and a person so appointed does not become a public officer under the Constitution and laws of The Bahamas. If a public officer is appointed Ambassador, he or she remains a public officer. The present Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of F oreign Affairs, Dr Patricia R odgers, served as High C ommissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to several European countries and returned to the Ministry as a public officer at the end of her term. A number of Bahamian politicians have become Ambassadors, and two James Moultrie and Anthony Rolle served as Ambassador and Member of Parliament at the same time. They were not public officers. So all the noise about an Ambassador being seen at a political rally is sheer nonsense. An Ambassador who is not a public officer has every right to attend political rallies, speak at them and to campaign if he or she sees fit. FOR THE RECORD Nassau, March 1, 2012 EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS 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 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 LABOUR lawyer Obie Ferguson, pleading a misunderstanding, yesterday said that at a meeting with the Prime Minister on February 25, the Bahamas Customs and Immigration Allied Workers Union had made its position clear: We said that they would not be working under the shift system, but instead under General Orders, which required the officers to report in to work at 9am and leave at 5pm and off on Saturdays and Sundays. Gawblimey, whats the man talking about? Is he suggesting that about 200 Immigration officers are to be allowed to close down this countrys major industry so that they can go fishing? If this is so, somebody must be losing their marbles! When we arrived at the airport last week, the first Immigration officers were leaving their posts, claiming they were now working 9am to 5pm under General Orders. Asking questions of airport staff,w e were told that the union had repre sented to their members that Prime Min ister Ingraham had said that their industrial agreement with government was no longer legal. If this were so, they had decided to abandon their agreement and work under General Orders. I n view of Mr Fergusons statement in todays Tribune, it was the union, and notMr Ingraham who had abandoned the industrial agreement. If this is so, then either union members at the airport had been lied to by their leaders, or they mis understood what they had been told. I n this column yesterday, we said that because of the sanctity of such an industrial agreement written to protect the workers it would be more than Mr Ingraham would dare do to scrap the doc ument. When we got to our office and learned that Mr Ferguson had not challenged such an arbitrary action in the courts, we knew something was wrong. And just as to tear up such an agreement would have been more than the Prime Minister would dare do, we now question how the union could unilaterally walk away from the same agreement and arbitrarily choose General Orders. Mr Ferguson says union leaders now want another meeting to clarify some discrepancies that clearly exist especial ly with regards to the work schedule. If such discrepancies existed, then why didnt Mr Ferguson or union leaders contact the Prime Minister or Labour Leader Dion Foulkes to request such a meeting? Instead, an attempt was made by the union to try to wreck this countrys economy. Do they really expect the public to believe that their actions were not politi cally motivated? Clearly, comments yesterday morning to the various talk shows demonstrate that their actions do not have the support of the public. Mr Ferguson says that under General Orders Immigration staff are off on Saturdays and Sundays. Does this mean that on Saturdays and Sundays the airport is to close? What workers do not understand is that every industry is challenged by competition. It is a miracle that the Bahamas is still in the tourist business, because this country has almost priced itself out of the market. What workers do not appreciate is that it is better to try to reduce expenses to keep the business coming, rather than lose the business. When this happens, workers are the ultimate losers they are out of work. One only has to recall the recent dilemma that led to the shut down of the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Although KFC had a good product, staff were being paid more than the competition. This meant cer-t ain closure unless KFC could compete with market prices. Not being managers of busi nesses, the average worker does not understand the problems. It is, therefore, iniqui tous of union leaders to take advantage of their ignorance. Of course, when it comes to business, union leaders are equally as igno-r ant and so it becomes a case of the blind leading the blind. If unionists dont want to work week ends unless they get time and a half, then another plan has to be worked out. Workers neednt say as we were told at the air port that it is all right because the airlines a re willing to pay the overtime. This is just not true. The major complaint is from the airlines. They think the fees are out of line. Hotels are always complaining that the Bahamas does not have enough airlift to fill their rooms. These extra fees are at the root of the airlines problems. And this is why many are reluctant to include Nassau as a destination. Government should explore the possibility of training a special weekend staff that will be paid a set salary no time and a half or double time. Also extra staff at a set rate, who would work exclusively the night shift. This would certainly give more employment, and help reduce the overtime that could eventually put this country out of business. According to Mr Ferguson, the chaos created at the airport over the weekend was no strike, no sick out, no industrial action. Then, pray tell, what was it? Obvi ously, the union has coined a new word for wreckers at work. We do not think Bahamians are willing to sacrifice their futures for a handful of workers who expect a handout because an election is in sight. Unionism in this country is quickly wearing out its welcome. Political row over rallies LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Immigration wants Saturdays and Sundays off Action is needed o v er Haitian immig ration C C o o n n c c e e r r n n s s a a b b o o u u t t m m e e d d i i c c i i n n e e s s


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012, PAGE 5 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Grand Bahamas latest murder victim has been identified as Allen Furtile, who was shot and killed Saturday night on Church Hill Road. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said the incident has been classified as the islands third homicide for the y ear. An emergency call went out at around 11pm after neighbours reported hearing gunfire. Responding officers found Furt iles body behind an apartment b uilding riddled with bullets. P olice say the incident is under a ctive investigation. Grand Bahama police are also busy looking into four separate armed robberies that occurred in the Freeport area over the weekend. In three of the matters, the victims were women who were robbed at gunpoint in their own homes. Asst Supt Mackey said one of the robberies took place at about 3.45am S unday on Nansen Avenue. T he victim told police a man weari ng dark clothes and carrying a handg un entered her home and demanded cash. He made off with an undetermined amount of cash and several valuable items. A Britannia Estates woman was robbed under similar circumstances early Saturday morning. She told police that at around 3.48am, a tall dark man armed with a handgun entered her home and d emanded cash. H e was reported to be wearing a b lack mask and green shorts. He robbed the woman of cash and other property. A Bering Lane woman also called police to say she had been the victim of an armed robber in her home at around 6am that morning. She said the man robbed her and members of her family of cash while wearing a mask, short blue jeans and a long sleeve shirt. F our hours later, police were c alled to the scene of an armed robb ery on East Indianman Road. The male victim told officers he had just arrived at home around 10am and was getting out of his car, when three men attacked him and robbed him of cash and other items. Latest Grand Bahama murder victim identified By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net MANSLAUGHTER convict and ex-policeman Donovan Gardiner will learn tomorrow if a Supreme Court judge will grant him bail pending the outcome of a constitutional hearing. The former corporal, who was discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police Force shortly after being convicted of manslaughter last Friday evening, will return to court before Justice Vera Watkins to learn if he will remain at Her Majestys Prison. In yesterday afternoons bail application, defence attorney Wayne Munroe, assisted by Tecoyo Bridgewater and Tonique Lewis, argued for bail pending the outcome of a constitutional motion filed by the defence following the conviction of their client. A nine-member jury, having heard evidence for more than two weeks, convicted the ex-police officer of causing the death of 28-year-old Desmond Key. The prosecution claimed that on the Fathers Day evening of June 17, 2007, Gardiner assaulted the father of six with a baseball bat in a cell at the Grove Police Station. Key died of his injuries seven months later in hospital. The jury returned a 6-3 guilty verdict. However, Mr Munroe filed a constitutional appeal on the grounds thatp rosecution failed to disclose a number of documents and information to the defence. Prosecutor Linda Evans objected to Gardiner being granted bail. She said the verdict had been p assed and added that Gardiner faces up to life imprisonment for the conviction. The prosecutor further not ed the seriousness of the offence, which she said increased the likelihood of the former law enforcer becoming a flight risk. She also said Gardiner was safer behind bars as opposed to on the streets. Mr Munroe retorted that his client, a committed man who served 22 years on the police force, would not run or hide from the conviction. He contended that giving h is client bail pending the motions outcome would not be a complication of the judi cial process. Justice Watkins said she would review the matter and return with a decision at 1pmt omorrow. BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT A Supreme C ourt jury was empanelled on Monday in the murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis, but the matter was adjourned to allow defence counsel Paul Wallace-Whitfield to meet with his client. Senior Justice Hartman Longley adjourned the matter to Tuesday morning when the prosecution is expected to open its case against the p air. P rosecutors Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch, of the Attorney Generals Office, are appearing on behalf of the Crown. Johnson, 23, of Drake Avenue; and Louis, 32, of Garden Villas, are accused of the hit-and-run death of Markinson Justin, 23. Justin was struck by a car last July while walking on Explorer's Way near East Atlantic Drive. Mr Wallace-Whitfield is representing Johnson and K Brian Hanna is representing Louis. B y LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE COURT of Appeal deferred its decision in the cases of two men appealing against their sentences after being convicted of possessing drugs with intent to supply. Following arguments from Jomo Campbell and Murrio Ducille, attorneys for Anthony Armbrister and Andrew Davis respectively, appellate court president Justice Anita Allen said the decisions would be announced at a later date a s they are matters of public i nterest. J ustices Allen, Christopher Blackman and Abdulai Conteh were told the four-year sentences meted out to the men were excessive and harsh. Armbrister, a penile cancer p atient, was one of the first persons to receive the new, longer minimum sentence after the law was amended on November 4, 2011. He pleaded guilty a week later to having 51 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $2,000. He told Magistrate Carolita Bethell that the drugs were to be sold to pay his medical bills. The magistrate said her hands were tied on the question of sentencing, because of the new law. In December, Davis pleaded guilty to possessing six ounces of marijuana valued at $300. He claimed he was going to smoke it with friends. Yesterday, both attorneys argued that the sentences were disproportionate considering the amount of drugs involved. Mr Ducille argued that the new law did not entirely remove a magistrates discret ion regarding the minimum s entence for the offence. H e also said that despite his client having two previous convictions, he should not be in prison and that a fine was more appropriate in the circumstances. Meanwhile, Mr Campbell c ontended that his client was a man of good character, having only one previous convic tion for simple drug posses sion in 2001. Deputy director of public prosecutions Franklyn Williams responded, saying that despite the circum stances, the men pleaded guilty to a grave offence. MURDER JURY READY DELAY OVER DRUG DEALERS APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE GUILTY POLICEMAN AWAITS BAIL VERDICT FORMER policeman Donovan Gardiner is led away from court.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Democratic National Alliance leader Branville McCartney warned Grand Bahamians that the next general election must be held within the next eight weeks. He said: I ask for your support and for you to support our candidates. There is eight weeks before this next election and I have no doubt that the Prime Minister will call the election on or before May 2. I would like for everyone to register to vote and pick up their registration card, and go out on election day and vote DNA look for the lighthouse! Mr McCartney and DNA deputy leader Chris Mortimer were in Grand Bahama on Saturday along with the partys five candidates for the island. They met with supporters and undecided voters at Les Fountain. Mr McCartney is asking Bahamians to give the DNA an opportunity to be the next government of the Bahamas. He said the country is in a bad state. We are in a state in this country that we have never b een in before; our crime rate is out of control, never has it been this bad. When I left Nassau, it was 23 murders. Our immigration problem has also never been this bad; things are bad and out of control. The economy is not working the way it is we need to diversify our economy, he said. Mr McCartney said Grand Bahama should be the centre of manufacturing and information technology for the entire region. He also believes the education system needs to be brought up to 21st century standards. According to Mr McCartney, the biggest problem in Grand Bahama is employment. Recent labour surveys indicate the rate of unemployment has climbed to 21.2 per cent on the island. Last week, the DNA launched an unemployment/ food drive in Freeport in an effort to assist people struggling to find work and feed their families. The party has already starte d delivering care packages to residents, according to Pineridge candidate Osman Johnson. Mr Mortimer said it is sad that so many people are hurting, without jobs and with their homes under foreclosure on Grand Bahama. The DNA, he said, will put Bahamians first. We have to save this country for our children and for the future generation of unborn Bahamians, he said. Mr McCartney said the DNA will invest in people, and empower Bahamians so they can be owners in their own country. Our greatest resource is people. If you invest in people and in their minds, you build the country, he said. Roads can get pot holes and buildings could fall down, but if you build the people, the people will build the country, and that is what the DNA is all about. We will invest in Bahamians. DNA:Technology is key to futur DNA LEADER Branville McCartney addresses people in Grand Bahama, where he predicted an electon date of May 2 if not earlier. Photo: Denise Maycock REPRESENTATIVES of the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the B ahamas will travel to Lond on, England for this years t he Commonwealth Nurses Federation conference. The conference will take place just before Commonwealth Day, March 10 and 11, under the theme: Our Health: Our Common Wealth. It will be an important opportunity for the 16 Bahamian delegates, led by NACB president Persephone Munnings, to showcase their commitment to improving the health and wellb eing of citizens of the Comm onwealth, the association said. T wo Bahamian nurses will make presentations at the conference, which the NACB said will go a long way to strengthen its international profile. Association first vice-president Kateca Grahams presentation will be entitled Candid voices in the evaluation process of the School of Nursing, while Public Hospitals Authority (PHA ing service advisor Willamae Stuart will speak on Innovations for excellence in nursing: Bahamian perspective. The conference will focus on: Meeting the health Mill ennium Development Goals (MDGs The regulation of nursing and midwifery. Using information technology to improve care. The health effects of climate change. Developing a healthy workforce and healthy systems of work. Innovation and excellence in nursing practice. While in London, the deleg ation will meet Bahamas H igh Commissioner to Britain Paul Farquharson. The NACB said in a statement: This conference promises to be a monumental and historic one for the Bahamas and the Bahamian nursing profes sion, which is sending one of the largest delegations of Bahamian nurses to date. BY all accounts, the late Francis Alexander Garraway was a man well ahead of his time. A land surveyor and con summate professional, Mr Garraways resourcefulness, creativity and insatiable desire for knowledge will be memo rialised through a special endowment established in his name at the College of the Bahamas. In a tribute to his memory and legacy, Mr Garraways family gave a $100,000 gift to COB to establish the Francis Alexander Garraway Memorial Endowment. The endowment will fund scholarships in perpetuity for undergraduate engineering students at the college. Daddy always stressed the need for more qualified sur veyors in the Bahamas and encouraged those he worked with to get formal qualifications and become certified. It was this lack of national capacity that brought my father and many other quali fied West Indian surveyors to the Bahamas, in the first place, Eleanor Philips said. But the role of COB cant be understated in the national development of our human resources in this country and this scholarship and endowment will do a lot to encourage students to enter the [surveying] field. Mr Garraway migrated to the Bahamas from Dominica in 1955 to join the Crown Lands Department, now the Department of Lands and Surveys. He remained committed to lifelong learning and often encouraged colleagues and his children to pursue higher learning and professional certifications. That is why the endowment to fund scholarships at the college is such a fitting tribute, his family said. Daddy always taught us to give back, and this is what today is all about. Education was very important to my father and he ensured through great personal sacrifice that we all received a university education. All four of the Garraway children attended COB and we are all in some way, shape or form affiliated with the col lege, Mrs Philips said. Mr Garraways family and closest friends gathered at the Chapter One bookstore at COB for a private announcement of the gift, a collective contribution from his wife, children and extended family members. Beginning in the Fall of 2012, the endowment will fund four-year scholarships for full-time civil engineering majors with an interest in land surveying, who demonstrate financial need. COB president Dr Betsy Vogel-Boze said she was delighted to receive the gift and noted that it was representative of two very important things nation building and philanthropy. We appreciate this gift today as it is an investment in this college and the nation. We are grateful to his friends and family for their tremen dous generosity and their vote of confidence in the college, our present and our future, said Dr Boze. This endowment will support and foster scholarships and innovation in the areas of land surveying and civil engineering, which Mr Gar raway loved and held dear. And it will touch the lives of many people in tertiary education in perpetuity. Stafford Coakley, president of the Land Surveyors Association, fondly remembered the passion and ingenuity of his former colleague and friend. He had a knack for sim plicity; the most complex astrology problem, trigonometry and math problems were simplified using his approach. I and many others were recip ients of that simplicity, he recalled. The thing that stands out about Francis is that he was a surveyors surveyor. Anything that you wanted to know, he had the solution or he knew where to find the solution. When people were talking about satellite dishes, he was building them. NURSES WILL TRAVEL TO CONFERENCE COLLEGE PRESIDENT Dr Betsy Boze and Michael Garraway, son of the late Francis Garraway, sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Francis Alexander Garraway Memorial Endowment. C OLLEGE ENDOWMENT IS L AS TING LEGA CY OF VISION AR Y SUR VEY OR The report stated this relationship dates back to even before JCCC won its bid for the road improvement project in 2007. JCCC utilised preliminary prices provided by Bahamas Hot Mix Co Ltd with respect to the water mains, base, and asphalt prior to JCCC putting in their tender for the pro ject, Dr Nottage read. JCCC explained that they had a prior relationship with B ahamas Hot Mix Co Ltd from 2001 when they first bid on the project. The report pointed out that Bahamas Hot Mix Co Ltd was the only sub-contractor consulted by JCCC prior to it putting in its bid for the road improvement project. It was one of 14 companies sub-contracted, the report said, it was sub-contracted for five separate items, including the items it had provided preliminary prices for. Well drilling and laying w ater mains, kerbs, asphalt and base were the items Bahamas Hot Mix was responsible for, according to the report. As of September 2011 total payments to sub-contractors was $15,464,108.16, Dr Nottage read, with Bahamas Hot Mix receiving exactly $12,035,380.63. Bahamas Hot Mix received over 77 per cent of all subcontractor payments. The Committee concluded Bahamas Hot Mix benefited from this special relation s hip with JCCC as it received an extraordinary percentage of subcontracts. The report also stated it is of note that the Fox Hill Road and Eastern Road intersection construction in front of the headquarters of the Deputy Prime Minister and St Annes MP was ulti mately contracted to Bahamas Hot Mix by The Government of The Bahamas in May 2011. The opposition has repeatedly accused Deputy Prime M inister Brent Symonette of conflict of interest, alleging that, despite his denials, he benefits from government contracts awarded to certain companies, including Bahamas Hot Mix. Mr Symonette has strenu ously denied this, explaining that while his childrens trust may have a small investment in the company, he does not, and that he played absolutely no part in any of the competitive processes or negotiations of contracts. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e HOT MIX HANDED $12M IN CONTRACTS


has provided some $129 million in two loans leaving a funding gap of $77 million, $30 million in respect to fuel escalation, $19 million in contingencies, $14 million of variations and modifications, $9 million due to delay in pro ject completion and $5 million in professional and engineering fees. The Government is now seeking a further loan from the IDB in the amount of $65 million to meeta funding gap. The NPIIP was expected to be completed by the end of January 2012, however due to challenges and complexities of the project, the Prime Minster said the gov ernment is currently negotiating an Addendum to finalise a revised completion date. Mr Ingraham listed the challenges of the project as;u nforeseen site works, the discovery of mapped, unmapped and unaccounted for underground utilities, theneed for additional water works due to the poor con dition of pipes, changes in t he designs carried out in densely populated areas, escalation in the price of fuel, utility underground congestion and conflicts and land acquisition. The Prime Minister announced that in addition to the roads already being worked on under the NPIIP a contract has been awarded to make improvements to the Joe Farrington, Fox Hill and Yamacraw Roads intersection. Work is expected to begin on that shortly. He said construction drawings have also been completed for the construction of a dou ble roundabout at the East Bay and Shirley Streets and Village Road intersection. Construction of these roundabouts are also scheduled to begin soon. Despite the many challenges of the project, the Prime Minister said society asa whole will reap significant benefits. Already many residents in Eastern New Providence are experiencing better water pressure resulting from the 24-inch water main installed from Robinson Road at 2nd Street to Fox Hill Road. As well, under the Airport Gateway projects a 24-inch water main is being installed along JFK Drive from LPIA to the Tonique Williams Darling Highway, he said. This main when commissioned will provide improved water services, pressure and water quality to residents in the west, central and south. On completion of these water works, some 70 per cent of Water and Sewerage customers will experience much improved water service, pressure and quality. Mr Ingraham said he has also been assured that by the end of the month works will be completed on the following roads to allow two way traffic; Market Street from Duke Street to Robinson Road; Prince Charles from Fox Hill Road to Marathon Road and Baillou Hill Road South to Solider Road. The Prime Minister admitted that the NPIIP has been vexing and tortuous and suggested an independent review of the governments administration of the project. He said the report will be made public so that appropriate lessons may be learnt from the experience and inform public policy in the future. The NPIIP originally began in 1994. The first contractor hired, Associated Asphalt (AA resulting in works coming to a halt in 2002. Prior to its stop page AA completed Charles Saunders Highway, the Milo Butler Highway and the Gladstone Road Realignment valued at $11.4 million. The project was put to bid in 2004 and again in January of 2006 after no contractors submitted a bid. On April 4,2007, four international com panies were invite to bid on the project. In September of 2008, the government awarded $119.9 to Jose Cartellone Constuc ciones Civiles (JCCC plete the NPIIP. Work began on January 5, 2009. A sum of $15 million has been paid to JCCC for esca lation costs up to October 31, 2011 out of a projected sum of $30 million. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012, PAGE 9 By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net TWO men and a juvenile were remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned in connection with two homicides. In the first of three arraignments before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, a 16-year-old boy was charged with the death of Deangelo Thurston, the countrys 19th homicide victim. It is alleged that on Saturday, February 25, the young man shot and killed the Third Street, Coconut Grove resident. The victim was found dead in a night club on Cordeaux Avenue and Key West Street. The teen also faced an attempted murder charge. It is alleged he shot Darrell Armbrister in the club on the same night. The prosecution also alleged 22year-old Craig Davis abetted the juvenile in the murder of Thurston. The pair were not required to enter pleas to the charges. They were informed by the chief magistrate that the prosecution would present them will a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on May 24, forwarding the case directly to Supreme Court for trial. Davis made claims of police brutality when given the chance speak by Chief Magistrate Gomez. He said: I was beaten dead bad and forced to sign a statement I couldnt even read cause I cant read good. Krysta Mason-Smith, attorney for the teenager, made similar complaints. She then requested he be taken to hospital for treatment, and the chief magistrate made an order for both men to see a doctor. The attorney also asked that her client be remanded to the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys instead of prison, but the prosecution objected on the basis that there have been frequent escapes from the facility in recent times, and said they consider the accused to be a flight risk. The prosecutor added that young men of the same age charged with similar serious crimes were also held at the prison. Chief Magistrate Gomez said he would follow up on reports of construction being done at Simpson Penn and fixed a hearing for March 13 to decide based on his findings where the teen would be held until the end of the trial. In the meantime, he remanded both to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. Aldreco Miller, 22 was the last defendant to be remanded to prison following his arraignment on a murder charge. It is claimed that he killed 19-yearold Renardo Minnis on Monday, February 27. Miller was not required to enter a plea to the charge. The accused also made claims of being beaten by police and said he did not understand how officers could pick me up off the road and charge me with a murder he knew nothing about. Chief Magistrate told the accused he would surely receive a fair trial, before remanding him to prison until completion of the trial. While presenting the committees review of the NPIIP and related government spending in the House of Assembly, Dr Nottage said evidence showed the contractor was directed by the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT west route by August 31, 2010 for political and public relations reasons. In a Dispute Board Meeting, the Permanent Secretary of the MOWT expressed the governments concerns about the negative effect the project might have on the General Elections scheduled for mid2012. Indeed, the pressure was brought to bear for the public to be reassured the end was in sight when it was clear this was not the case, he said. Furthermore, the Cabinet made a concerted decision to open construction on additional fronts recognising there would be a significant cost increase as well as a significant inconvenience and disruption to lives of Bahamians. Your committee concluded that these directives by the government were taken for purely political considerations. Dr Nottage said the committee spent a considerable time reviewing the NPIIP because of the concern expressed by the Auditor General in his 2009 report and because of the many complaints expressed publicity by thousands of road users. After three months of interviews, he said the committee found a gross amount of issues that caused delays in the project that were avoidable and a direct result of negligence, including poor coordination of utilities, poor quality of work, failure to comply with financial obligations in contract, traffic mismanagement, cost overruns and political influence. Chaos erupted after Dr Nottage tabled the PAC findings and Pinderidge MP Kawsi Thompson attempted to present an additional minority report. Opposition members contended, under the rules of the House, there were no provisions made for a separate minority report to be tabled. Dr Nottage said, while the opposition has no objection to the minority report, the government was going about it in the wrong way. Mr Thompson contended, that the opposition was afraid of the findings, a charge Dr Nottage denied. (BUSAWU Dwayne Woods said he met with Minister Phenton Neymour yesterday to discuss the number of workers yet to be made permanent, despite working at WSC for years. Last Thursday, corporation employees abstained from work in protest, claiming some staff have been work ing there more than a decade without being granted permanent status. At yesterdays meeting, Mr Woods said the union and the ministry are progressing slowly towards the goal of regularising employees, buttwo things stand in the way. Those are the only two issues that affects the permanency of the workers, Mr Woods said. They want to propose a contributory pension plan, which is new to the corporation, and they want a literacy test done before they can regularise these workers. The ministry is prepared to move forward with regularising some 50 workers, he said, but those two differences must be worked out. This is something I will have to take back to the workers, Mr Woods said. We feel as though the persons should have been regularised based on the fact that they are doing their duty... basically based on the time they already spent here. He said some workers have been there for as many as 11 years and are still not permanent. The corporation feels as though we ought to file a dispute with the labour board, well like I said well go back to our membership (with the new terms). The union and workers will meet as soon as tomorrow and meet again with Mr Neymouron Thursday, Mr Woods said. Last Thursday, Mr Neymour said: Over the years the government has shown a commit ment to regularise a number of the contract workers that existed when we were elected in 2007 and we have begun that process. However it is important that the policies and procedures are consistent. Sir Etienne kept these principles alive; his editorials on social justice and freedom of press were influential. When the Progressive Liberal Party came to power, Sir Etiennef oresaw the troubles that lay ahead and despite attempts to pressure the newspaper and even to close it down, he remained committed to a free press. He also taught and inspired many journalists sucha s Sir Arthur Foulkes, the c urrent Governor-General of the Bahamas, many Bahamian journalists and expatriate John Marquis, who still writesa weekly column for The Tribune. Sir Etienne also published two books including The Tri bune Story, which was about the difficulty he faced in run ning the newspaper and raising a family. He also served in the Bahamas House of Assembly for 31 years, where he acted as a catalyst for civil rights, proposing a Resolution to ban racial discrimination in public places in 1956. He also served in the Legislative Council and the Senate. Along with his brother, Eugene Dupuch, QC, Sir Etienne championed human rights and equal rights for all regardless of race or colour. Sir Etienne was also recognised internationally for his achievements with an OBE (Order of the British Empire and knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and a papal knighthood from Pope Pius XII. He also received a medal from the Royal Arts Society and a citation from the Asso ciated Press Editors Associa tion for his services to journalism in the Bahamas and the Commonwealth. His legacy, said IPI, lives on through his family, especially through his daughter, Eileen Carron, who took over from her father in 1972, and is still the publisher ofT he Tribune today. She told I PI: We, The Tribune family, are grateful to IPI for this recognition. It is significant that it will come only a few months after the Bahamas legislature will have passed into law a Freedom of Infor m ation Act. She added: Of course for the Bahamas it is indeed a tremendous honour that one of its sons has received this international recognition. No matter what is said about these islands at least we can be proud that today we have a robust democracy with a free press. The Prime Minister said: Persons who do not return to work, forthwith, will be dealt with by the public service without regard to any other consideration. We are serious about this. Mr Ingraham issued the warning at an emergency press conference in Exuma on Saturday. He said: "Longer lines than we've ever seen before. Some people were in the queue for approximately two hours." "There were people who fainted and no nurse was on duty. Unfortunately there were significant press calls on the British Airways flight to cover Prince Harry's visit they were very unhappy." Mr Ferguson, legal representative of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Worker's Union, said union officials have already met with Mr Ingraham once in the past week, but are now seeking another meeting to clarify some discrepancies that "clearly exist especially with regards to the work schedule." He said: "We hope that when we meet with him we can clear up the matters discussed in the previous meeting (February 25 "In that meeting, we said that they would not be working under the shift system but instead under General Orders, which required the officers to report in to work at 9am and leave at 5pm and off on Saturdays and Sundays." Mr Ferguson claimed the chaos over the weekend was not the result of an attempt to attack the government or seek revenge for the unpopular shift system. "There was no strike, no sick out, no industrial action. We actually have a right to strike as we have gotten the strike vote, but it was none of those things, he said. If the union succeeds in again meeting with Mr Ingra ham, a formal agreement on work hours is expected in writing, Mr Ferguson said. Boy, 16, denied bail in murder case LITERACY DEMAND 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 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 OVER UNION ROW ROW IN HOUSE OVER REVIEW OF NASSAU IMPROVEMENT PROJECT JOURNALISM HONOUR FOR TRIBUNE GIANT GOVERNMENT TO BORROW EXTRA $65M


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012, PAGE 11 A whirlwind trip that took the Bahamas by storm DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER Brent Symonette shakes the hand of Prince Harry as he concludes his visit to the Bahamas and sets off for Jamaica. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff WHENHARRY MET SARKIS Prince Harry talks to Sarkis Izmirlian, chairman and CEO of Baha Mar, at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in The Bahamas. PRINCE HARRY pays a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Joan Lady Foulkes at Government House on Mount Fitzwilliam, on Sunday, where they are joined by, left, the wife of the P rime Minister, Delores Ingraham and the Prime Minister, Hubert A Ingraham. Photo: Derek Smith /BIS THEPRINCE in Rawson Square opening an exhibition in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Derek Smith /BIS


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Wre here for Harry AGIRL PROUDLY holds up her Bahamian flag as she tries to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry, inset, at the Thomas ARobinson National Stadium yesterday. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff PRINCEHARRY joins youngsters at the stadium. THE PRINCE speaks to one of the youngsters in a junkanoo costume. THECROWD gets into the mood at the stadium, joining in with the dancing. THEPRINCE watches on during the event at the new national stadium with Education Minister Desmond Bannister. THEPRINCE and Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard wave to participants at the stadium. A J UNKANOOPARADE entertains the crowds and the prince at the stadium. YOUNGSTERS combine sport and dance during the ceremony. PRINCE HARRY shares a chat with student Alexio Gilbert, from SC McPherson, at the national stadium.