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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 03-07-2012
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Call for probe into voter fraud Volume: 108 No.81WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS& SHOWERS HIGH 82F LOW 72F F NM CANDIDATE Desmond Bannister is asking that an official hearing be held into his claims of voter fraud in North Andros within the next 14 days. After the PLP denied flyi ng Nassau and Grand Bahama residents in to regis ter in Mr Bannisters prospect ive constituency, he revealed yesterday that a list of alleged illegal voters have already been turned over to local offi c ials, and offered to name the political operatives responsible for the scam. Mr Bannister said: This is an act of deception that can lead to prosecution, and it is an act that we will expose in t he interest of protecting our vibrant Bahamian democra cy. We have compiled several lists of such persons. We have FNM hopeful seeks hearingo ver claims TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM D D O O W W N N T T O O W W N N A A R R T T T T O O U U R R SEEARTSSECTIONC TRACKANDFIELD SCHOOL STARS BATTLE IT OUT PICTURE SPECIAL IN SPORT NOW HELPUS TOREACH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR BREAST C AN CER C AMPAIGN, TURN TO OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $200,000 By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net LONG Island DNA candidate Mario Cartwright claims the FNM is copying (his plans with their campaign to win the constituency. Speaking in response to Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams promises to constituents, Mr Cartwright said he doubts they plan to deliv er. He claimed their cam By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said customs and immigration officers at the airport are breaching their terms of employment by refusing to work the shift system outlined in their contracts. Claiming that the civil servants stance is politically motivated, Mr Ingraham said it is unthinkable that people would do such nonsense The reality is that most of those (Customs hired by the government on the basis that they would work shifts. Many of them have signed a letter confirming, that's how they got hired and so the fact that they dont want to work that way is putting their own jobs in their B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net F ORMER member of parliament Edward Dud Maynard broke down in tears yest erday over the growing disp arity between the ideals and a spirations of the countrys trailblazers and the younger g eneration. Addressing students at a symposium commemorating t he 50th anniversary of the Womens Suffrage Move B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net M INISTER of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing yesterday defended the govern m ents decision to borrow more than $200 million from the Inter-American DevelopmentB ank (IDB saying it was necessary for vital infrastructure development. W ORK is underway to transform the former Wyn dham, Sheraton, and Nassau B each properties into the world-class Baha Mar resort, slated for opening in 2014. During a recent tour of the property, The Tribune was given full access to the resorts construction site as the multi-billion dollar resort begins to take shape. See page 12 of todays Tribune for a spread of photographs on the tour, and be sure to check out www.tri bune242.com for a special video on the property. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham will hold a meeting with Long Island fishermen to discuss growing concerns about marine poachers in the area. During the FNMs Long Island constituency office opening on Monday, Mr Ingraham announced he will be returning on Friday along with the commodore of the Defence Force to speak with local fishermen about the poaching problem in particular the practice of Bahamian vessels hiring illegal workers as crew members. He said: I know that you continue to have serious concerns about our fisheries industry, a backbone of the Long Island economy, and you continue to hold serious concerns about our ability to police our resources and to keep you and your industry safe from poachers. I have already given immigration clear policy INSIDE B AHA MAR FORMER MP IN TEARS FOR NEXT GENERATION 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 1 1 1 1 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 1 1 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 PMWARNSAIRPORTSTAFF PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham welcomed as he arrives at a rally in Long Island, where he endorsed candidate Loretta Butler-Turner. C ON CERN OVER MARINE POACHERS DNACANDIDATES OPYCAT CLAIM L AING:DECISION TO B ORR OW W AS RIGHT

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B Y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT The murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis opened in the S upreme Court yesterday with testimony from eye-wit nesses who recalled how 23year-old Markinson Justin w as struck by a car that left the scene. The matter being heard b efore Senior Justice Hartman Longley. Johnson, 23, and Glinton, 3 2, are accused of being concerned together and inten tionally causing the death of J ustin at Explorers Way on July 12, 2011. It is alleged that some time after 8am, the accused were ina gold 2000 Buick Century that struck and killed the victim, who was walking. According to the prosecu tion, Justin landed on the ground about 88 feet from the point of impact and sustained multiple injuries. Paul Wallace-Whitfield is representing Johnson, who is out on bail. K Brian Hanna is representing Louis. Prosecutors Durell Taylor and Olivia Blatch are appear ing on behalf of the Crown. In its opening address, the prosecution claimed Johnson and Louis intentionally struck Justin and then left the scene. Police Corporal Lincoln Dawkins of the Criminal Records Office was the pros ecutions first witness. He took photographs of the scene, the victim, and the Buick Century. Cpl Dawkins compiled an album, which included photographs of a broken car windshield, dents on the front and top of the vehicle, and suspected human flesh on the windshield and vehicle. He also took pictures of wounds on the victims chest, thigh, right leg, and the back of the head. Andre Burrows, an eye-witness, testified that he was driving east on Explorers Way around 8am when he saw a young man standing under a Poinciana tree. He said he saw the man run towards a gold Buick that was travelling in the westbound lane, getting into a scuffle with the passenger. Mr Burrows said the vehicle then crossed into the east bound lane of Explorers Way, and headed east. The driver then turned around again and headed west at high speed, he said. Burrows said Justin was walking east on the northern side of the road when the vehicle crossed over in the eastbound lane and struck him. Mr Burrows said he heard a loud bam and saw the Buick drive off heading west. He said Justin was lying life less on the ground. Mr Burrows said two persons were in the vehicle at the time. Juliann Kemp also took the stand. She testified that she saw a man taking off his shirt and running east after a champagne-colored Buick on Explorers Way. The vehicle turned around. It picked up speed and went across to the next side of the road and hit the man, she recalled. Ms Kemp said the cars windshield cracked when it struck Justin. When asked by Mr Hanna whether Justin had jumped on the vehicle, Ms Kemp replied, No. Traffic Police Corporal 1324 Mick Sears said he went to Explorers Way to investigate an accident involving a pedestrian. He said he found a black tshirt and one black tennis shoe, then proceeded to Rand Memorial Hospital where he spoke with a doctor. Cpl Sears said he saw the body of a dark man with severe injuries, then returned to the scene, where he and PC 2877 Ian Saunders took measurements. PC Saunders, a traffic reconstruction officer, said according to their measure ments, the vehicle was trav elling at about 51mph when it struck Justin. He said that the driver left the westbound lane, crossed over into the eastbound lane, and hit Justin on the north ern shoulder. Maltide Time, mother of the victim, said she identified her sons body at the hospi tals morgue on July 12, 2011. The trial will resume today. Two accused of m ur der ing man struck by car THE ACCUSED, Glinton Louis, left, and Coletor Johnson. All the fun of the FAIR THEREDCROSS hosted a fair at the weekend in the grounds of Government House, bringing out families to join in the fun and the fundraising. The event included fairground rides, face painting, games, stalls and a host of activities. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff GOVERNORGENERAL Sir Arthur Knowles and his wife, Joan, take a l ook around the Red Cross Fair.

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By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l johnson@tribunemedia.net A FORMER Long Island MP said choosing another Free National Movement representative would not be a good move for the island. Philip Smith, who represented Long Island, Exuma and Cat Island for the PLP between 1977 and 1992, said either the PLP or DNA would be a better choice after 15 years of sub-par FNM rep resentation. Larry Cartwright and the FNM have been an abysmal failure to the people of Long Island, he said. Mr Smith was responding to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who at the FNM constituency office opening in Buckleys on Monday night, asked Long Islanders for their continued support. know were gonna win Long Island, Mr Ingraham said. And so Long Island, I want you to stick with us because Ive got to go to make sure that we win the government. Mr Ingraham thanked the crowd for their loyalty, not ing that some of you are disappointed that we did not do more for you than we did. But, Mr Ingraham said, compared to the neglect suffered under the PLP, youd have to agree that we did a lot for you. Maybe not enough, but we did a lot for you. Mr Smith does not agree. He accused the FNM and current MP Larry Cartwright of taking advantage of Long Island. He and the FNM took advantage of the people throughout their time in power. Cartwright got elected in 1992 on a commitment of loy alty. He did nothing but serve his own interests and got elected again in 1997 and then in 2007. Theyve done no g ood for the communities in Long Island. Discussing the challenge of supplying sufficient drinking water for the island, Mr Smith said between 2002 and 2007, the PLP did more to find the solution to end that problem as opposed to the FNM that has had 15 years of gover nance. Regarding Loretta ButlerTurner, FNMs new candidate for the seat, he said: Shes discovered that her perform ance in Montagu was not up to par and shes hoping that her family connections to Long Island and Mr Ingrahams support will be enough. When one looks at the PLP and DNA candidates running for Long Island, Alex Storr and Mario Cartwright, they can both claim an excel lent background of service to the community. Mr Smith said he can say with confidence that either would better serve the intere sts of the Long Island, as he has known both candidates and their families for a long time. I trust that the people will look at the history of all three candidates to decide who is best to represent them and their needs, and not serve Mr Ingrahams inflated opinion of himself, he said. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net HUNDREDS of Long Islanders turned out to show t heir support for FNM candi date Loretta Butler-Turner, as did Prime Minister HubertI ngraham who described h er as passionate in her com mitment to advancing equali ty for all Gods children. D uring Mondays opening of the partys constituency office on the island, Mr Ingra h am told the crowd Mrs Butler-Turner has a progressive vision for the country and will be committed to delivering to the people of the Long Island. H e said: Loretta is in publ ic life, not because of what she can get, but because of what she can give back to herc ountry. Mr Ingraham went on to assure those gathered thati nfrastructural improvements will be a priority in Long Island if the FNM is re-elected. H e said the party has already delivered on some infrastructural needs, includi ng rebuilding seawalls, paving roads and dredging around docks. If returned to government, the FNM will continue to u pgrade public facilities and e ducational institutions, Mr Ingraham said. Our long-term national v ision is to ensure that every major island has the critical infrastructure need e d for development, he said. Investments in infrastructure will help to attract d omestic and foreign invest ment. He also said the following a reas of Long Island will have access to six television chan nels by the end of the month: Simms, Stella Maris, Millerton, Burnt Ground, Seym ours, Clarence Town, Dunm ore, Hard Bargain, Mortimors and Gordons Settle ment. M r Ingraham promised to deliver on the construction of a new airport with a 7,000 ft r unway in Deadmans Cay and provide all of Long Island with potable water through the construction of a Reverse O smosis plant. During its next term in office, the FNM also intends t o construct a small commu nity hospital on the island, befitting your station and development. The FNMs campaign team w ill move to Golden Gates o n Thursday and Eleuthera this weekend. For more pictures from the rally, see page 11 By DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net P LP LEADER Perry C hristie has been a total abysmal failure in terms of his impact on the justice system, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. A fter coming under fire f rom the PLP over crime leve ls and what they claim is a slow rate of conviction, Mr Ingraham hit back at a press conference in Exuma over the weekend. He said the FNMh as taken concrete steps to e nsure the Bahamian criminal justice system works. When we came to office we met two Supreme Court judges who were trying criminal cases in Nassau. We have n ow five such persons in o ffice, Mr Ingraham said. He also pointed out that Freeport, Grand Bahama has its own full-time judge, bringing the total to six. Responding to PLP claims of slow conviction rates, Mr Ingraham said: For the firstt ime in many years, persons charged with serious offenses last year, 2011, have a lready gone through the system and been tried in the court, convicted, sentenced, a nd are now residing in Fox H ill Prison. We have a court and a judge whos only job is to tryc urrent cases, meaning that any case that came up between 2010 and today, that i s all that judge is supposed to do. There are another two j udges who try the cases dati ng back to before 2010, and o ne more whose job it is to retry cases if the Court of A ppeal deems it necessary, h e explained. Mr Ingraham said: We now have case management, we nowh ave the police working with t he Office of the Attorney Gene ral from start to finish. When a serious offence i s committed, when the p olice are doing their investigation, we have lawyers who are working with themf rom day one... so we can a pprove the quality of the c ases that we take to the Supreme Court. We are very proud of our r ecord and (PLP leader Perry Christie) ought to be ashamed of himself to even talk abouti t because he was an abysmal f ailure. An abysmal failure to t he criminal justice system of the Bahamas a total a bysmal failure. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, PAGE 3 A NGLICAN Archbishop D rexel Gomez said yesterday that he did not appear at a PLP event as an official representative of the church. On Monday, Prime Minist er Hubert Ingraham called o n PLP leader Perry Christie t o apologise for allowing Archbishop Gomez to make remarks at a PLP North Andros constituency opening on Friday, in support of hisb rother and PLP candidate f or the area, Dr Perry Gomez. The prime ministers comments came during the official opening of the FNM Long Island constituency office on Monday. He said: I do call u pon Perry Christie to apolog ise for that. He knows better. Mr Ingraham said the FNM recently came under fire for holding political events andm eetings during lent. Well w hat do you think about a bishop on a political podium during lent? he asked the crowd. D escribing Dr Gomezs accomplishments, including his career in the fight against AIDSa s the director of the National AIDS Programme, Archbish op Gomez said he would be a good representative for the North Andros constituency. Yesterday, the archbishop t old the media that as the olde st living sibling, he thought it proper that he introduce his brother to the people of NorthA ndros. He noted that he did so wearing his clerical collar under a suit rather than a cass ock, as he was not representi ng the church at the time. ARCHBISHOP DEFENDS PLP ATTENDANCE F ORMER LONG ISLAND MP BACKS ANYONE BUT FNM Christie a total abysmal failur HUNDREDS TURN OUT T O SUPPORT BUTLER-TURNER AT RALLY PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham in Long Island on Monday, where he spoke out to support local FNMcandidate Loretta Butler-Turner.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I WAS most disappointed to read in the papers that Fr Sebastian Campbell has criticised politicians for having political rallies during the seas on of Lent. I was also most d istressed at the language u sed by the good Father when he described our important national debate as a political circus, and accused our p olitical leaders of jonesing for power. It is a pity that Fr Campbell should feed into the view h eld by some shallow-minde d people that there is somet hing inherently wrong with p olitics. Politics is most cert ainly not a circus, even t hough in our Bahamian cult ure we approach everything important, even religion, with a certain amount of exubera nce. Politics is about the import ant business of governance and the affairs of state. It is t he business of nurturing our parliamentary democracy and a ll the rights which flow from it, including freedom of relig ion. T here is no more important p art of this business in a democratic country than the process of conducting a national debate and having the people elect who will gov-e rn them for the next five y ears. Indeed, religious leaders should be encouraging their followers to pay attention to politics, participate in the process and most certainly to register and vote. I ts one thing for politicians i n the heat of battle to use h yperbolic language criticising one another, but its unbecoming of a respected religious leader to describe polit-i cal leaders as jonesing for power. Is this the same Fr Campb ell who is relentlessly camp aigning for us to honour our national heroes, most of whom were politicians? Ands uppose politicians start negatively characterising preachers? What a field day theyc ould have! I see nothing wrong with holding political rallies during Lent. Lent is one of several seasons in the liturgical life of the apostolic churches R oman Catholic, Orthodox a nd Anglican. There are other holy seasons such as Advent, Easter, and Pente-c ost. In the ancient church, Lent was mainly about preparing p ersons for Baptism at Easter. I t is a season of self-examination, penance and special efforts to improve our pract ice of Christianity. At the beginning of the Lenten season, we place ashes on our foreheads to remind us that w e are dust and to dust we shall return. B ut we dont go around for the rest of Lent in sackcloth and ashes flagellating ourselves and trying to look miserable. We will celebrate the Resurrection of Christ at Easter, but we know that he rose f rom the dead two thousand y ears ago, and that makes the C hristian happy at all times. I see no conflict between my religious exercises during this season and my attending a nd participating in political rallies, and I dont think the politicians are encroaching on holy ground when they c ontinue with the business of t he state and with the busin ess of our parliamentary p rocesses. D emocratic politics is nece ssarily adversarial, and we s hould celebrate that. Some people will carry anything too far, even religion.B ut the vast majority of Bahamians are quite capable o f conducting their politics with good cheer, not allowi ng it to divide them from their loved ones, friends and f ellow citizens who happen to have a different opinion. B y the way, in Britain in 1 992 the general election t he actual voting day was during Lent, 10 days before Easter. And in 2007, Prime Minister Perry Christie had the House of Assembly dis-s olved during the Wednesday o f Holy week! CHRISTIAN Nassau, March, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 LEADERS of the Bahamas Customs a nd Immigration Allied Workers Union are scheduled to meet with Labour Minister Dion Foulkes this morning to clarifyw hat their lawyer, Obie Ferguson, is now dismissing as a misunderstanding. One would have thought that if union leaders were sincere in their misunderstanding story and the unrest had no political overtones then the union w ould have ordered the immigration staff b ack to work until the matter could be clarified. Apparently, this is not the case. Up to y esterday, some airport immigration staff were still working under General Orders 9am to 5pm with senior officers filli ng in after they have gone home. A ccording to Mr Ferguson, the chaos caused by Immigration officers abandoning their stations on Saturday, was no s trike, no sick out, no industrial action. He then added: We actually have a right to strike as we have taken the strike vote but it was none of those things. H aving repudiated their own industrial agreement with government an agreement that provides for a strike vote a nd opted to go with General Orders, it is now debatable whether their strike vote is still valid. Mr Ferguson could well findt hat having abandoned the agreement, the union can no longer strike. We suggest that lawyer and union have drifted up a creek of confusion. They might find thatw ithout their strike paddle a mere misunderstanding will not be a sufficient excuse for their irresponsible behaviour. O n Saturday, Prime Minister Ingraham ordered them back to work, unless, of course they were prepared to face thec onsequences of disobeying orders. He t old them that the shift system, which eliminates their exorbitant overtime, was still in effect. In fact, said Mr Ingraham, if many of them would check their terms and condi tions of employment they will find that s ince 1996 nearly all of them had been hired by the public service with a condition in their contract, which said you shall worko n a shift. Persons who do not return to work forthwith, he warned, will be dealt with by the public service without regard to any other consideration. We are serious about this. This brought several officers back to the job, but we understand that there is still unrest at the airport. M r Ingraham made it clear that government was never going back to the days of paying millions and millions of dollars ino vertime pay to customs and immigration officers. He said that they would receive whatever overtime pay was specified under the Employment Act no more. So no amount of agitation on the part of immigration officers will change that u nchangeable position, he said. We i ncreased pay for officers in immigration and customs so that a student coming out of high school with several BGCSEs atg rade C and above can start working as a trainee for $18,000 per year. He suggested that this was more than many would e arn in the private sector. T he Bahamian taxpayer has a right to know how much these persons are now earning, and how much they had earned in t he carefree days of overtime pay. Many businesses in the private sector have switched to the shift system, knowing how employees can fiddle overtime. O vertime can be the death knell to any business and should be outlawed in government service because of lack of p roper supervision. In 1996, The Tribune did a survey of salaries of the BEC staff, only to discover that when overtime wasa dded, they were making more than highly skilled professionals. For example, common labourers at the corporation in 1996 earned in basic payb etween $16,000 and $19,000 a year, jack hammer operators and tree trimmers took home between $16,000 and $29,000. How e ver, by the time they collected their over time pay, their wages could be in the region of $40,000 to $45,000 a year. Bahamiant axpayers were being bled to death. W e strongly suggest that if immigration staff want to operate under General Orders, then after the 9am to 5pm shift goh ome, bring in newly recruited staff con tracted to work only the night shift and weekends at a fixed rate of pay. T his should mark the final year that unions can strong arm a government for benefits the country cannot afford onlyb ecause it is an election year. As we have already suggested, unions should not be allowed to negotiate with government during an election year. They should get all of these matters out of the way the year before. Public service unions have been allowed to have their way for far too long. Politics and Lent can mix LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Union leaders meet today with Labour Minister EDITOR, The Tribune. THERE is a saying that can be found in almost all major r eligious text or Bible: Ye shall know them by their fruits. That is to say, know them not so much by what t hey say but rather by what they do. One can glean much about the two major political parties, PLP and FNM, by doing a comparison of their words to their works. To put this fully into context we need to understand that politics is a game of persuasion and perception. Sometimes we are persuaded to perceive a political organisation in a way that is not rational or realistic especially when you compare their words to action. This is really a perfect time in our political history, here in the Bahamas, to compare the two main parties their words to their deeds. Take the current campaign slogans, for example. The PLP says Believe in the Bahamas and Put Bahamians First. The FNM says simply, We Deliver! They also say that they can be Trusted and that they have Proven this to be so. I will deal with the latter first as it is the easiest to decipher. I think that all reasonable and informed persons within the Bahamas can come to the basic conclusion that the We Deliver message from the FNM has been earned and therefore they can claim ownership of this as their slogan. Moreover, it resonates with the vast majority of Bahami ans, I believe. Many of us may differ in terms of our opinion on the cost or manner in which cer tain things were delivered. H owever, there is no dis puting the fact that much of what was promised, by theF NM, has been delivered in their current term in office. I could go into a whole list of things or programmes that h ave been achieved by the FNM during its current term in office but I think it is fair to say that most, if not all Bahamians, are aware of many of these new or enhanced benefits. The second part of the FNMs current slogan says Trusted and Proven. Again, it is not difficult for reason able people to associate this slogan with the Ingraham led FNM government. People generally elect a government to do, for them, the things that they might not be able to do for themselves. Some of these provisions might include building schools, passing laws, improv ing infrastructure, providing essential services, etc. Whenever we vote for a person or a party to govern our concerns or affairs, I think that most of us do so with the trust that, in government, these individuals will have the political will to deliver on the promises made during a cam paign. We trust that these honourable men and women would seek to put in place policies, laws and things for the benefit of the people that they govern. To this end, I think that the FNM government has proven, for the most part, worthy of that trust. The PLPs slogan of Believe in the Bahamas is extremely vague and unclear. When you try to reconcile this slogan with the party that is using it, it becomes even more confusing. I, personally, believe in the Bahamas. As I am sure that m ost Bahamians do. I am vested in the Bahamas. I was born in the Bahamas. I wasr aised in the Bahamas. I was educated, work and live in the Bahamas. I am married and raising a f amily, of my own, here in the Bahamas. I respect and abide by the laws of the Bahamas. I believe in the Bahamas! It is the only home that I have known. Now, what does that have to do with the PLP? Is it that a vote for the PLP solidifies or somehow reinforces my belief in the Bahamas? Con versely, if I voted FNM or DNA, I no longer believe in the Bahamas? Is the message here that the FNM as government believes less in the Bahamas than does the PLP as government? I just do not see the connection of the slogan to the party. The PLP loves to talk about how much they believe in the Bahamas and how much they care for Bahamians. Howev er, upon closer examination the words really do not meet with action. Their record of under achievement in gov ernment is a testament to this fact. I can go on with a list of so many ways in which the PLPs words did not match their actions, but I think that there is one thing that absolutely crystallizes the point The Straw Market! Consider this, prayer without action is powerless faith without works is dead vision without implemen tation is worthless Political rhetoric without political will leads to failure. DWAYNE LOCKHARTGAILLARD Nassau, March, 2012. Political rhetoric vs politcial will EDITOR, The Tribune. AS THE Chief Councillor for Spanish Wells, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and praise the athletes from Spanish Wells AllAge School and their coaches for the performance that they put on at a Track and Field meet in North Andros on the weekend of Feb. 10 and 11th, 2012. These young athletes won a total of 28 medals First Place 9 Second Place8 Third Place. This just goes to show the other children in the Bahamas that with dedicated effort and good coaches they can achieve great things at home or abroad. ABNER PINDER Spanish Wells, February 20, 2012 W W e e l l l l d d o o n n e e , c c o o a a c c h h e e s s

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B y DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net A MANaccused of pulling a gun on police officers after a high-speed chase was acquitted yesterday. G ary Pierre, 30, was a ccused of drawing a pellet gun on two officers on April 7, 2011. T he prosecution, led by K ristan Stubbs, alleged offi cers had pursued Pierre in a high-speed chase through theS oldier Road area before he p ulled out the gun. On seeing the weapon, offi cers drew their own guns and P ierre was shot in his left s houlder, it was claimed. Defence attorney Calvin Seymour countered the prosecution, stating none of it was true. M r Seymour said Pierre never had a pellet gun and the officers were following h im in a chase and shot at h im, resulting in his injury. Justice Indra Charles sum m arised the evidence to a jury o f nine before they were excused to deliberate. A fter about two hours of deliberation, the Supreme Court jury acquitted Pierre of two counts of firearm possession with intent to put one in f ear. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, PAGE 5 The Bahamas own street philosopher By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter l johnson@tribunemedia.net UNION members have warned BTC there will be industrial action unless it fulfils its promises over contract negotiations. T he union is unhappy that B TC has not completed negotiations since its sale to Cable and Wireless Communications last April, and members of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers U nion staged a demonstrat ion outside BTC headquarters on John F Kennedy Drive yesterday afternoon. BCPOU president Bernard Evans urged BTC to keep itsp romise over contract negotiat ions or else there will be m ore demonstrations to come. Mr Evans said: Our current industrial agreement expired in September 2010.T he union was told in late 2009 to wait on renewing the contract pending the poten-t ial sale of BTC. The union said that BTC is well positioned financially t o grant our requests, which w e might add, falls well within contracts awarded to us in the past. Mr Evans said the company is expected to surpass all init ial projections concerning revenue. The union said the company had cut staff by 300 a nd reduced the percentage of salary towards the staff pension plan, but added that CWC had seen a $20 million increase in profits by Sep-t ember of last year. The new owners were also a warded 60% of net profit, despite the signed agreement between the company and government to split profit 51:49. M r Evans and union members promised industrial action until the contract nego-t iations are dealt with. In response to yesterdays action, BTC CEO Geoff H ouston reiterated the comp anys ambition concerning the organisation and its staff, which is to shape an agreement that is customer and performance driven, and anchored by a market-leading employee proposition. H e said: The discussions we have been having with our union partners have always been around these themes. So my hope is that while we mayd iffer on the specifics of some parts of the agreement, we allm anage to keep in our sights these principles which are critical to succeed against agile and aggressive competitionn ow and in the near future. The CEO noted that management will continue ton egotiate in good faith and do all it can to keep the communications open and up f ront. H e concluded: All BTC stakeholders must accept the reality that the company must be fundamentally changed if it is to compete successfully. MAN CLEARED OF GUN OFFENCES Union warns of action over lack of negotiations UNION protesting outside BTC headquarters yesterday. P hoto: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff

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IT'S not often that professional critics like Tough Call feel the need to offer kudos tot hose in office. After all, they can draw on the multiple resources of the state (including a $2.5 milliona-year information service) to stroke themselves. And hopefully, the constructivec riticism contained in this column is at least partly responsible for moving things along. However, in the case of the Montagu foreshore, we intend to make a big exception. Frankly, it was easy for me to b elieve that this multi-dimensional problem would never b e effectively addressed by any government. A horrifyi ng thought. T hat dread feeling was a ppropriately boiled down in t his quote from Dr Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, a University o f Miami marine biologist who lives in Montagu Heights and has been studying Nas s au harbour and other marine areas of the Bahamas for m any years. If we cant fix the Montagu ramp, she said incredulously, we cant fix anything in this country. W ell, it has taken more t han 20 years, and a lot of handwringing and behind the s cenes effort, but finally the multiplicity of issues affecting t he Montagu foreshore are b eing addressed. The r esponse is not perfect, but a b rief look at the record is instructive and credit should be given where it is due. Here is an excerpt from one of my earlier descriptions oft he conditions that used to exist in this area: The Montagu shoreline is o ne of the few open spaces left on this island. But despite its use by inner city families, cookout vendors, sailing enthusiasts and pleasure boaters, over the years it has been allowed to degeneratei nto a monstrous public health and safety hazard. The beach has all but disappeared due to man-made erosion, and the inappropriately-placed seawall has to be rebuilt at great expense everyf ew years. The complex intersection is a traffic and pedestrian safety hazard, And there is a significant public health threat from pollution caused by garbage, oil and fuel discharges, human and animal w aste, sewerage and storm water runoff. Despite the stench and the garbage, the ramshackle mark et is visited by confused t ourists and people who stop t heir vehicles without warni ng to chat or park. Trailers block the road during rush h ours, leading to miles of daily traffic jams and endless frustration for the 50,000 peo p le living out east. The 1960s-vintage ramp w as never meant for comm ercial traffic. The market originated in the 1970s with one or two casual fishermen hawking their catch to p assers-by. But over the last 2 0 years, one of our few recreational areas has been transf ormed into a public slaughterhouse and commercial boat r amp without the slightest t hought and without any r emedial action so far. F ish vendors moved to the ramp in numbers after the closure of Potters Cay in 1991 following an outbreak of conch poisoning. At that time,m ore than 1,000 people were hospitalised from eating conch infected with bacteria p icked up from polluted water around the Paradise Island bridge. There are now several lay ers of commerce at the ramp. They include vendors who buy marine products from thef ishermen, freelance fish cleaners; and others who capitalise on the market by providing produce, ice, phone cards or cigarettes. There are also lunch ladies, and lately some entrepeneurs have setu p shop in their cars to sell T-shirts and souvenirs. There is also rising tension between the merchandisers of the marketplace and the jet ski operators who haul and launch their boats at Mont agu. So in 2004, with much fanf are, the Christie administration appointed a parliament ary committee to come up w ith solutions for the traff ic, health, environmental and r elated problems at the Montagu ramp. It was led by i ndependent MP Pierre Dupuch, and spent two years looking at the problem. Forty years ago, the committee said in its majority r eport, there was no traffic j am caused by people buying fish or trailers being backed across the street. And the entrails from the catch of a l one fisherman's family were q uickly swept away with the tides. Today, the commercial a rea has expanded and in a few years the eastern fores hore will be illegally comm ercial. T he report pointed to the l ack of toilet and waste facilities in a popular recreational area, and noted that the site was too small to justify a major investment in publicf acilities, and that the commercial activities conflicted with the use of the area as a p ublic park. It called for relo cating the vendors and ban ning the sale of fish or other products at the ramp. Then opposition MP Brent Symonette dissented from the majority report, arguing that the vendors could continue to be accommodated in the area, a nd that many of the traffic p roblems could be solved by improvements to the Johnson Road, Fox Hill Road and Blair intersections with theE astern Road. H owever, no action was taken to implement any of these recommendations, so in 2009 a new public/private sect or committee was appointed by Montagu MP Loretta Butl er-Turner to take another l ook at the problem. Their report concluded that the ramp had become a chaotic free-for-all leading to tension among vendors, diss atisfaction among residents a nd constituents and risks for r ecreational users. It called for redevelopment of the e ntire area as a public park. T hat proposal also lang uished. Initially, ButlerT urner said it would cost millions and could not be covered by the budget, so the government was seeking to break it into more manage a ble pieces. But eventually, action was t aken. The Ministry of Works began to implement plans to upgrade the Fox Hill, John son Road and Blair junctions w ith the Eastern Road, as w ell as some reconfiguration of the ramp area. These plans were develo ped from a traffic study years ago that looked at all intersections from Goodmans B ay to Fox Hill in the con text of the multi-million-dollar New Providence Road Improvement Project that is n earing completion. The Fox Hill junction was completed last year. The Blair a nd Johnson Road intersec tions, the reconfiguration of the ramp area, and a newr oundabout at the junction of Shirley Street and Eastern Road, will all be completed by early April, insiders say.T wo commercial-grade public toilet facilities will also be built to this deadline one near the fort and one near the r amp. The existing vendors have all been documented and reg-u larised they will be accommodated near the old hotel pier. Boat trailers will access the ramp just east of the exist ing traffic lights, and turning and parking will be on the reclaimed area, off the main road. Private contractors will be h ired to handle solid waste d isposal, running water will be available for the first time, and waste from the toilet blocks will apparently be col-l ected in septic tanks. T he reconfiguration of the ramp and the roundabout is expected to cost some $300,000. The Eastern Road i ntersections are costed at under $150,000 each. The b each restoration undertake n by Kerzner International was completed at a cost of $1.8 million. Ultimately, the plan is for t he entire area to come under t he management of an a uthority similar to the downt own straw market. These works will mark a major i mprovement in quality of life o n the eastern end of the i sland just as the roadworks a nd Saunders Beach restoration have radically transformed the western district. This is what governments are supposed to do. Electronic Infrastructure In addition to a massive p rogramme of renewal for the c ountry's physical infrastruc ture especially on New Providence the governmenti s also upgrading its electronic infrastructure. Just before Christmas, I w ent online and paid my property tax with a credit card and a few clicks of the mouse. I can also pay traffic fines, r enew my driver's license and apply for a business license online. I can do those things because last summer, the Bahamas launched ar evamped and expanded egovernment online platform with the help of informa tion communication experts f rom the government of Singapore. Over the mid-term, more e Services will be rolled out, including work permit applications and renewals, andp ayment of Customs duties, passport applications and post office box rentals. The goal is to provide best-in-class eServices and increase the countrys ranking to become one of the most attractive countries in the Caribbean to visit, live, work and do business. A ccording to the 2012 United Nations E-government Survey rankings, we still havea long way to go. South Korea is the world leader in this regard, followed by the Netherlands, the UnitedK ingdom and Denmark, with the United States, Canada, France, Norway, Singapore and Sweden close behind. In Korea, the governments main website has developed into an integrated portal w here citizens can find almost every service they want, on b oth a national and local level. S ome developing countries h ave begun to catch up with h igher-income countries s uch as Kazakhstan, Chile, Malaysia, Colombia and C ypress. Barbados is the subregional leader among Caribbean countries, followedb y Antigua and Barbuda and the Bahamas. B ut we still rank 65th in w orld e-government development out of a total of 159 countries. The UN survey found that g overnments have begun to m ove from a decentralised single-purpose organization m odel of e-government to an integrated, unified whole-ofg overnment model for the p eople. This approach supp orts the strengthening of i nstitutional linkages with greater efficiency and effectiveness of governance systems; and better public service delivery. A number of countries around the world (especially the United Kingdom and the U nited States) have also been opening previously lockedup government-held data sets, providing raw data to t heir citizens. And citizens have actively taken up and made use of these data, theU N report says. In this context, freedom of Information (FOIw arrants attention. FOI is an important cornerstone of open data use because the lat ter can only take place when t here is a right to access government information. In 1990, only 13 countries h ad adopted FOI laws, where as there are currently 90 out of 193 UN members (or 48p er cent) that have adopted s uch laws around the world. The Bahamas is currently in the process of passing its ownf reedom of information act. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Montagu foreshore earns praise for government

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, PAGE 9 ment, Mr Maynard said he felt that young people were wasting hardearned opportunities by indulgingin drugs and distancing themselves f rom social history. We have taken over our country politically, but our children are falling behind, Mr Maynard said. That is a grievous feeling to me, i t makes me feel like Ive made sacrifices in vain. Some of us risked our l ives, we risked all, so you could have. Its emotional for me because when I was making three pounds a week, my mother gave ten shillingso f that to the organisation, he said. Im not upset about that. I just feel that lying down on Bay Street Black Tuesday hasnt come home to you people. Heralded as one of the most significant achievements in Bahamian history, Womens Suffrage wasa chieved when a bill to grant equal voter's rights to women under the General Assembly Elections Act 1959 was passed on February 23, 1961. After more than a decade of petitioning, the legislation came intoe ffect on June 30, 1962. M r Maynard explained that the w omen activists employed every resource available and sacrificed everything to achieve their goal even at the cost of physical harm. The suffragettes faced staunch o pposition, according to Mr Mayn ard, who said the most formidable opponent to the movement was Sir Stafford Sands. Stafford Sands said that it would never happen, Mr Maynard said. Not even over his dead body, and when it happened and he lost thee lections in 1967, he won but he resigned. He said he would not take his seat in House of Assembly. Mr Maynard added: Thats why I get angry when they say they dont want Sands picture on the dollar bill. You need to have his picturet here. We need to let the children know thats the nigga. Im not talking about colour of skin, Im talking about bad ways. You had suffragettes from the PLP, UBP, independents, but them ost important thing is they got t ogether like a hand in a glove and t hey worked together, he said. Among the many women who toiled selflessly to achieve this milestone, lead suffragettes were: Mary Ingraham, Mabel Walker, Geor-g iana Symonette, Eugenia Lockhart, M ildred Moxey, Ethel Kemp and Dame Doris Johnson. Under the theme Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond, a symposium reflecting on gender equality and the his-t oric status advancement of Bahamian women began yesterday. Joined by children and siblings of leading suffragettes, Mr Maynard spoke of his personal experiences as a witness and participant in the revolutionary movement. M r Maynard is the son of suffragette Georgianna Symonette and the father of Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Development. Other relatives present were: Juliette Barnwell, daughter of MabelW alker; Alice Musgrove-Rolle, d aughter of Mary Ingraham; Wallis C arey, daughter of Eugenia Lockhart; and Shirley Cooper, sister of Dame Doris Johnson. Descendants encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities available tot hem and to become active particip ants in the countrys development. Mr Maynard said: All of us here at this table were not people who worked because we wanted to necessarily, we worked because we were told to and then we got to love it so much we couldnt stop. H e added: Our mothers made sacrifices and they made sacrifices with you in mind, even before you were conceived. You have to make an effort to make something of yourselves, be one of the leaders in this country. You dont have to be primem inister to be leader, you dont have to be an MP to be leader. Its not good enough for some to go away to college and study medicine and become a doctor or a lawyer. You must think of this coun-t ry and future generations, the way w e did. J ointly organised by the Bureau of Women's Affairs and the College of The Bahamas, the four-day event will feature panelists from institutions in Jamaica, Trinidad and Toba-g o, the United Kingdom, Canada, a nd the United States. Panel discussions engaged the following themes: Gender Equality in The Bahamas; Envisioning the Future: Tools for Transformations; and Gender Transformation: Moving Beyond Boundaries. M r Maynard added: People made sacrifices, people did without, people tookchances with their lives. I was shot at trying to make things better for you all before you were born. Im not asking you to feel indebted to me for it, you should be indebt-e d to yourself to do the best you can. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham revealed in the H ouse of Assembly on Mond ay that the government will b orrow an additional $65 million from the IDB to complete the already over-budget New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Project. O nce issued, it will take the governments existing road p roject loan to $206 million. Mr Laing compared the government borrowing money for the road works to homeowners borrowing mon e y for renovations. He said: If you had to fix your house for the benefit ofy our family, and you had to borrow, you would do so especially if you had the m eans and you could service y our debt. The benefits of these road works will far exceed the temporary trouble.T his is not money to pay a light bill or rent. This money is being borrowed for necessary i nfrastructure improvements. We have the ability to borrow money from an institu-t ion of which we are a mem ber and we have the ability to pay the money back. Mr Laing accused the opposition of muddying the f acts while they are, in fact, t o blame for the amount of m oney being borrowed. What the opposition did not say was that they caused af ive-year delay that caused the government to waste moret han $40 million, he said. M r Laing also said while he s ympathises with those who may have lost their jobs due to the NPIIP, it is the cost that i s paid for necessary development. We have to do what is best for all, not just some. Ia ccept some people were a ffected negatively but in the long term it is in the best interest of the majority. Not j ust with better roads, but bet ter quality water, which is a basic human right. T he government will bor row $30 million for fuel escalation, $19 million in contin gencies, $14 million for variat ions and modifications, $9 million due to delays in project completion and $5 mil l ion in professional and engineering fees. provided the first list of names for the administrator in North Andros. There will be more lists. We have requested that a h earing be conducted within 1 4 days in accordance with the rights guaranteed to legitimate residents of the con-s tituency pursuant to the provisions of section 21 (2 Parliamentary Elections Act. M r Bannister noted that a nyone whose registration has been challenged will have the right to appear before the R eturning Officer to prove they live in the North Andros and Berry Islands constituen-c y. If any of the persons cannot prove that they are ordinarily resident in the cons tituency, then I expect that the authorities will take appropriate action to prose c ute them for the false oath that they have taken. On Tuesday, opposition leader Perry Christie said he would approve of a full investigation of Mr Bannistersc laims, dismissing them as an attempt to gain ground after realising PLP candidate Dr Perry Gomez is "ahead of him in polling. Yesterday, Mr Bannister said: I welcome his commentt hat the Parliamentary Comm issioner should probe the registration process and turn over his findings to the police immediately. In the spirit of co-operation I am prepared to assist M r Christie. I am prepared to provide the names of the PLP operatives who have been flying unqualified persons in to Andros free of charge to regi ster to vote in that cons tituency. H e said he has also informed the Parliamentary Commissioner of the factt hat one of the persons who was involved in the process of registering voters in the constituency holds a post ofr esponsibility in the local PLP branch, and has campaigned in her PLP regalia while involved in the registrationp rocess. One need only look at her facebook postings during the time that she was involved in the registration process to see that this person could not be fair, unbiased and dispassion-a te in carrying out her duties. There is compelling reason to review the list of persons that she scrutinised for registration, and if any are f ound to be unqualified, to require her to explain her a ctions to the police. Mr Bannister noted that North Andros is a very small community, and everyone knows who has been away for y ears. Interestingly enough, he s aid, the first name that voters in North Andros submit ted to the administrator for s crutiny is that of the daughter of the other person who was initially responsible for verifying the residence ofp ersons who sought to register as voters in the constituency. This person has lived in N ew Providence for several years and works at a pharmacy in New Providence. I anticipate, in the interest of fairness, that the Parliamentary Commissioner will review her registration documents to seeh ow that person came to be r egistered in the North Andros and Berry Islands Constituency. I cannot conceive for the l ife of me that the mother can truthfully claim that she did n ot know that her daughter was illegally registered in the constituency. If the mother is the person who verified her daughters documents so that s he could be registered as a v oter in the constituency, then s he too should receive a visit from the police, as Mr Christie suggested, he said. M r Bannister said the FNM looks forward to being granted a hearing within 14 days on the first list, and plans tom ove forward with the other lists immediately after. Former MPin tears for next generation f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e CALL FOR PROBE INTO VOTER FRAUD 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 LAING:DECISION TO BORROW WAS RIGHT

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012, PAGE 11 g uidelines about the granting of work permits for nonB ahamians working on our fishing boats under the guise of being marine engin eers. We know that they are mostly fishermen, plain and s imple. M r Ingraham said that while the Defence Force will increase its presence in t he area with a new base in Ragged Island and 10 more b oats added to the forces fleet, the public must also commit to protecting marine resources and dot heir part in reporting illegal a ctivity regardless of who is involved. You must commit to being our eyes on the high s eas and reporting any inci dents of abuse even when the abuse may be taking place under cover of other o f our compatriots, he said. I n addition, Mr Ingraham s aid Bahamians need to limit the extent to which they enter into marriages of convenience with foreigners. When a Dominican fisherman marries a Bahamian to get status and then becomes engaged in fishing as a spouse of a Bahamian citizen, there is little the government can do to stop a man working to support his Bahamian wife, he said. During his trip, Mr Ingraham will be commissioning a new classroom and pre-school in Man grove Bush and a new technical and vocational block at the NGM Major High School. According to the prime minister, the Ministry of Works also will be signing contracts for the repair of the Clarence Town Dock and the construction of a new toilet block at the dock. hands for them to decide themselves, Mr Ingraham said. His comments came in Buckleys, Long Island, fol lowing the official constituency office opening forFNM incumbent Loretta But ler-Turner on Monday evening. However, Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union president Sloan Smith said they are unclear of which signed agreement Mr Ingraham is referring to. He said: What we were made to understand is that when the officers were hired they signed something that said they would eventually be made to work shift, but we haven't seen anything concrete. The only thing that we have seen concrete is the industrial agreement for 2005 to 2010 and the government really wasn't holding true to that. With a clear confusion among all parties involved, Mr Smith said they are wait ing for Mr Ingraham to agree to a meeting. The minister responsible for civil servants, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, has also echoed Mr Ingraham's sentiments. The Lynden Pindling Inter national airport struggled to process passengers in a timely fashion over the weekend up to Tuesday, although senior officials from both departments covered for staff who refused to work outside the 9am 5pm work day out lined in General Orders for public servants. Mr Ingraham warned at an emergency press conference in Exuma on Saturday that persons who did not return to work, from that day, would be dealt with by the public service without regard to any other consideration. 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 vis it they were very unhap py. paign is the same as their last. M onday night, the Prime Minister told constituents that in the FNMs next term, they will construct a new community hospital and upgrade Deadmans Cay airport with a new terminal andr unway. He also said the FNM will provide all of Long Island with potable water through the construction of new Reverse Osmosis plants and the expansion of the currentp lant in Deadmans Cay with new storage and booster tanks. Within the next seven to t en days, Mr Ingraham said, there will be a pre-bid meeting for companies bidding for the salt water project, which w ill see new water mains, w ater distribution lines, and six transmission stations b etween Grays and Salt P ond. However, Mr Cartwright said the FNM carried on with a lot of rhetoric at the r ally. The promises they are making now are the same ones they campaigned on back in 2007, he said. I feel like this is more empty promises and I doubt they p lan to deliver. Based on the FNMs tract record being in power for 15 of the last 20 years, they w ould have done it a long time ago if they wanted to do it, Mr Cartwright claimed. The FNM continues to look at Long Island as a safe seat, which is why the FNM h as taken the constituency for granted for so long, he said. Mr Cartwright said that when he was president of the Long Island Chamber of Commerce, much of what they are saying now the Chamber was advocating for, for two and a half years. Yet we got no response from them, he said. And that is why I got involved with the DNA. Mr Cartwright also said hes been campaigning on those issues since he announced his candidacy, last December. They are basically echo ing the sentiments of Mario Cartwright. I addressed the Long Island Chamber of Commerce as the DNA candidate back in January and what they said last night is what I mentioned in my speech, he said. So they are basically for lack of a better word, copy ing my plans and they recognize that they neglected the place, Ingraham himself said last night he admitted that he neglected Long Island. So what more evidence do they need to have? He continued: Every five years its the same old story, more promises and promises and they never deliver. I think its high time that they relinquish their claim to Long Island because they have done nothing for us. Let some one who is seri ous about developing Long Island represent the good people of Long Island and that will be Mario Cartwright. DNA CANDIDATES OPYCAT CLAIM DNA CANDIDATE Mario Cartwright, who has accused theF NM of copying his election tac tics in Long Island. 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 PMWARNSAIRPORTSTAFF CONCERN OVER MARINE POACHERS FNMINLONGISLAND FNMINLONGISLAND T HECROWD c heers, above, as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham endorses the candidacy of Loretta Butler-Turner, below, to stand for the FNM i n the seat of Long Island during a rally there on Monday. Photos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Alook around Baha Mar THETRIBUNE was given a tour around the Baha Mar development, to see how it is progressing, viewing construction as it is under way and to meet workers as they went about the process of creating this huge new development for The Bahamas. In these photographs, we present a glimpse at how the Baha Mar development as it currently stands. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff