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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 03-08-2012
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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 PLP TELLS ROADWORK-HIT STORES... ABDUCTED MO THER FORCED TO HAND OVER $3,500 Volume: 108 No.82THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND SHOWERS HIGH 83F LOW 74F STORE owners who suf fered or had to close down b ecause of the government road works scheme were promised their financial prob l ems will go away if the PLP wins the next election, it was claimed yesterday. The losses incurred by busin esses over the past two years a combined total in the tens of millions of dollars, accord ing to Coconut Grove Business League representative Ethic Bowe will be paidb ack in full if the government changes hands, CGBL members said. The league, which was originally made up of 50 busi nesses in the Baillou Hill Road and Market Street area, has now merged with business owners on Prince Charles Dri-ve, bringing the number to more than 100. The group claims to have suffered massive financial consequences after the government converted Baillou Hill Road and Market Street into one-way thoroughfares and began the New Provi dence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP Businesses were cut off from their customers during the works, sometimes for months at a time. Mr Bowe claims he was give n assurances by PLP leader Perry Christie that business owners would be compensat e d if the party is re-elected. He said this promise is the main reason the league has not moved forward with itsl egal case against the govern ment. Mr Bowe said: We are waiting until after elections to continue our case. We orig inally won and then the gov e rnment won their appeal on a technicality. We intend to file a civil suit but we are waiting for elections to be done with. Mr Christie told us our problems will go away if the PLP wins and the DNA has told us the same. Do not get me wrong, this is not about politics. It is not political, we just want what we are due. Rupert Roberts, owner of Super Value, said he was called into a meeting with a leader of a top political party and told to wait six weeks and his problems would be no more. He called me and said he knows me and he knows what TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S FAMILYREBOUNDSFROMDEATHOFMOTHERSEERELIGIONPAGE28 PULLOUTSPECIAL P P R R O O P P E E R R T T I I E E S S F F O O R R S S A A L L E E Well fix your cash pr oblems NOW HELPUS T OREACH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU C AN HELP OUR BREAS T CANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN T O OUR CENTRE SPREAD $1M By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net DEFENDANTS fitted with ankle monitoring bracelets have sought to violate their bail conditions or tamper with the device an average of more than 22 times each. Since the launch of the elec tronic monitoring programme in December 2010, 315 per sons have been fitted with the device, and more than 7,100 offender alarms have been recorded, according to a report from ICS Bahamas, the company that facilitated the programme. Most of the offenders, the report said, were attempting to go to night clubs or events outside curfew hours. A small number tried to commit other crimes in the process and were arrested immediately by the police By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net AN EX-POLICEMAN convicted of manslaughter was denied bail yesterday by a judge who deemed him a flight risk in the face of a pos sible life sentence. Former corporal Donovan Gardiner, who was discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police Force shortly after his S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 CONSTRUCTIONWORK on Prince Charles Road earlier this year. Business owners on Prince Charles Drive have joined forces with those in the Baillou Hill Road and Market Street area in claiming they have suf fered massive financial losses during the New Providence Road Improvement Project. EX-POLICEMAN DENIED B AIL DEFEND ANTS TAMPER WITH ANKLE BRACELETS 7,000 TIMES im lovin it By BRITTANY KEMP and MICHELLE GREENE BREAST cancer has torn apart countless lives in the Bahamas, a fact Yvette Cargill knows well not just as the former president of the Sister Sister sup port group, but also as a survivor of the disease. She was diagnosed on HELP US SAVE WOMEN LIKE YVETTE S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 Police reports were sketchy last night, but it is understood that the m other, the wife of a businessman, had taken her two children to s chool early that morn ing. She returned to her Paradise Island condo-m inium around noon o nly to find two young people the boy might have been about 18 and the girl about 15 loi tering near the property. It is understood that s omeone walking in the a rea earlier that morning had seen the chilA MOTHER was abducted from her Paradise Island h ome yesterday morning by two teenagers who ordered her to drive them to a Carmichael Road bank, where she was forced to withdraw $3,500. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3

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LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012THE TRIBUNE P OPULAR German reality television show Die Geissens has been filming in The Bahamas this week, after a local realtor attracted the multi-millionaire Geissenf amily to the country. Gavin Christie, of CA C hristie Real Estate, hosted reality television stars Robert Geissen,his wife, and two daughters asthey search for unique real estate, and tours ome of the islands of The Bahamas. After Geissen contacted Christie expressing interest in purchasing aluxuryvacation home in The Bahamas, the r ealtorencouragedGeissen to film the prime time show during his visit. I saw it as a unique opportunity to tap into the German market, and showcase TheB ahamas to that part of the world, said Christie.b elieve the show can boost both the tourism, and real estate industries by luring thousands to the country during and long after the show iso n air. Season two of Die Geissens had more than than 20 million viewers throughout Europe. The show has been compared to the American r eality show K eeping Up With The Kardashians When the show's third season airs in Europe later this year, the sun, sand, sea and culture of The Bahamas willb e showcased in millions of homes throughoutGermany,a nd in other European countries. During their visit, the family experienced a Junkanoo rush out, toured Atlantis, vis-i ted Exuma cays to swim with sharks and sting rays, and dined at Graycliff in its world famous wine cellar, before departing The Bahamas last Saturday. Germans Kardashians visit Bahamas

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By DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net A 27-YEAR-OLD man is the countrys latest murderv ictim after his sister found him dying in their back yard. He had been shot multiple times. It is understood that Clyde McKenzie, of Whyllys Close, off Market Street, was killed shortly after 10pm yesterday. It is understood that he was o n his way to purchase a drink from a neighbour when his sister heard multiple gunshots. Its claimed she went into t he back yard where she found her brother lying unresponsive on the ground with several gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital by private vehicle where he was pronounced dead. His death marks the countrys 24th murder for this year. A lso yesterday, two men were injured by women known to them, in two separate stabbing incidents thato ccurred around the same time. After 10pm, a 32-year-old man of Turks Court, Flamingo Gardens got into an argument with a woman he knew, resulting in him being stabbed in his neck and back. Also after 10pm, a 35-yearo ld man of Excellence Estates was stabbed in the back after getting into an argument with a woman he knew. B oth were taken to hospital where they are detained in stable condition. Police are investigating all incidents and appealing to members of the public who may have any information to contact them at 919, 322-3333; the Central Detective Unit at 5 02-9991, 502-9910; or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. Police also released a crime tip for Bahamians,e ncouraging them to establish a neighbourhood watch programme. As citizens, you can assist in the fight against crime. Become acquainted with your neighbours and be the eyes and ears for each other, the police stated. Establish an a ctive neighbourhood watch and create a bond through such service. An active neighbourhood w atch will definitely reduce crime and improve your community, police said. For more information on establishing a neighbourhood watch, contact the National Crime Prevention Office at 302-8430/1. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012, PAGE 3 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net FOUR more chronic diseases have been added to the National Drug Pre-s cription Plan. Chief pharmacist Dr Brenna BrownTurnquest confirmed yesterday that more than 17,000 Bahamians are enrolled in the plan, which funds an estimated $85,000 worth of prescriptions per week. In addition to new medication, Dr Brown-Turn quest said two diseases already included under the plan also will be expanded. Eligible persons can now apply for treatment for epilepsy, sickle cell anemia, thyroid disorders, and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH Were also expanding two diseases, Dr Brown-Turnquest said. Ischaemic heart disease has been changed to just Ischemia to include patients who had a stroke or peripheral artery disease. Were also expanding psychiatric diseases, she said. Were combining major depression a nd psychosis into one category, psychi atric illnesses. This will allow for patients that have any psychiatric diagnosis to accessm edication available under the plan. New medications concern treatment for diabetes, cholesterol and hyperten-s ion. The changes will increase the plans spending by $800,000 per year, according to Dr Brown-Turnquest. She said: The expansions were made because of prevalence, requests from the community, physicians and also civic groups. For the treatments for the diseases, some of them there have been changes to the treatment and we wanted to make sure it was readily available to patients. In response to alarming data from the Ministry of Health and private insurance companies indicating that one in three Bahamians suffers from one or more chronic illnesses, NIB launched the plan in September 2010. Chronic ailments also covered by the plan include arthritis, asthma, breast cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, high cholesterol, hypertension, and prostate cancer. T he plan initially provided prescription drugs and associated medical supplies free of charge to Bahamians in four categories NIB pensioners, NIB invalids, children, and Bahamians over 65 years. Seven new groups were added early l ast year. These include: Indigent per sons; staff of Her Majestys Prison and the Industrial Schools; members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defence Force; officers employed in the public service; persons receiving ante-natal care, care connected with child birth, post natal care or any other medical care associated with pregnancy; and persons in receipt of disable ment benefit assessed at 100 per cent under the National Insurance (Benefit and Assistance) Regulations. Eligible persons may apply to activate membership in the Drug Plan by completing application forms available at local offices of the NIB, doctors offices, government and private clinics and most pharmacies. Application forms can also be downloaded from www.nibdrugplan.com. Woman finds brother dying from gun shots in back yard By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net THERE is a good chance the FNMs North Andros can didate will have his request for an investigation into voter fraud claims granted within the next two weeks, The Tribune understands. Minister of Education Desmond Bannisters call for a probe came after he turned over a list of suspected illegal voters to local authorities. The PLP denies it flew Nas sau and Grand Bahama residents in to register in North Andros, but Mr Bannister offered to name the political operatives responsible. It is claimed that more than 30 persons, who left North Andros between three and 10 years ago, are now registered to vote there in the upcoming election. The Tribune understands the FNM has in its posses sion sworn statements from some of these individuals, confirming they were flown into the island by PLP operatives. B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net FORMER member of parliament Leslie Miller hit back a t Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday saying that he has been the victim oft heir continuous personal a ttacks. Mr Miller, the PLPs Tall Pines candidate, claimed he is clueless as to why the Prime Minister would say the PLP is desperate, when it is evi-d ent the FNM takes every chance to mud-sling him and his colleagues. It has come to me that Mr Ingraham is sending people door-to-door in Tall Pines to spread lies about me, but no m atter what he does, we will win that seat by a large margin. They want to condemn y ou, castrate you, and you just sit silent as they continue to say whatever and then wheny ou blast them out, they want to run to the media, he said. Referring to two FNM c andidates who he claims made disparaging remarks a gainst him, Mr Miller said t heir leader should have rectified the situation instead of allowing the slander to cont inue. Mr Ingraham was right there, said Mr Miller, andh e could have put a stop to i t. He is the Prime Minister, and had the opportunity to say Look here cut out the foolishness, stop talkin garbage and stick to the issues. He sat and was laughing with them. In another instance Mr Miller claimed, he, the PLP deputy Chairman Keith Bell, and other candidates were again spoken of poorly at an F NM constituency office opening. At the opening for Z hivargo Laing's headquart ers last week, Mr Turnquest went on the podium and said some of my police friends sayI should drop something on Keith Bell. I know Keith Bell would like that, but I dontg o that way, he said. Mr Miller further slammed Mr Turnquest for attempting to tarnish the names of peoplew ho have worked hard to develop good reputations. He said: Turnquest made those damning remarks about K eith Bell, a man with a wife and three children, a top of the line lawyer, who I am told w as among the highest scoring young lawyers in his time, called to the Bar. Bell is an ex first class police officer in this countrya s well. He is a brilliant mind, but why would you have to say such things? It is now time to speak to t he issues that deeply affect people instead of attacking the character of those who w ant to make a difference in this country, Mr Miller said. MILLER HITS OUT AT INGRAHAM OVER PERSONAL ATTACK V OTER FRAUD PROBE LIKELY T O GO AHEAD LESLIEMILLER, t he PLPcandidate for Tall Pines. F OUR CHR ONIC DISEASES ADDED T O DRUG PRESCRIPTION PLAN

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EDITOR, The Tribune. DR RODGERS recently announced his remedy to save h omes from foreclosure. In summary, he suggested: reduce the Central B ank Prime Rate from 5.25 p er cent to 2.25 per cent or lower Banks could reduce the p rincipal on their troubled mortgages by 50 per cent... the Government s hould take immediate steps to establish a Foreclosure Trust Fund of $150m. F irst, times are difficult and families losing their homes must be devastated, but to suggest that reducing the Prime Lending rate to 2 per cent would help save a home from foreclosure is not possi ble. The Nassau Institute worked the sums back in June 2 011, and the results tell a dif ferent story. Secondly, to state that b anks should reduce the prin cipal of mortgages in default by 50 per cent is reckless.B anks lent money to the bor r owers in good faith, and at market values. It is worth noting that banks here are notr esponsible for the world's economic woes. Third, Government has no m oney to establish a Foreclo sure Trust Fund. As Milton Friedman is reported to haves aid, government has no money, they must take it from the taxpayer one way or another taxes and/or debt, etc. Its always curious how so many people justifiably take issue with government pro grammes, yet believe they can design them and everything will work just fine. Freiderich Hayek called that The Fatal Conceit He was right when noting: The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. Its difficult times like this when families should come together to see how they can best help each other. Sometimes foreclosure is the only option but some people have b een lucky enough to move in with their family members and rent their home to keep t he payments current. Banks also help if borrowers do not pretend they dont exist. Thep ossibilities will vary with e ach circumstance. Even with his scheme, Dr Rodgers laments, You cant s ave all of the mortgages. Some of them are going to go down because people have no j obs and no monies at all. Taking tax dollars from Bahamians so people in thep olitical class and Civil Service can decide who they want to give it to is a dangerous precedent. It would be prefer able for people with like minds to Dr. Rodgers risk some of their own money to be altruistic with. Maybe a private trust fund to help the less fortunate retain their homes is possible. That way it might be exempt of the polit ical gamesmanship like so many other Government schemes in the past. Altruism with other peoples money creates more problems than it solves. The Nassau Institute P.O. Box SS-6972, Nassau, March 7, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. PERRY Gladstone Christie seems to be proud of his news logan; I am the bridge from S ir Lynden to the future Really? What does he really mean? Well, maybe we should revisit the past. When the PLP won the g overnment in 1966, it inheri ted a disciplined and admired Civil Service. Fast track on t he Bridge to the future. We now have a bloated and inefficient Civil Service witha n entrenched history of malfeasance. I remember quite well w hen the ubiquitous drug t rade was at its peak in the seventies and eighties. Every family island settlement locat-e d on the coastline had a major drug trafficker operating therein. Virtually all oft he local drug barons were PLP Generals. Fast forward on the Bridge, the drug boys who are not awaiting extradition have graduated into enforcers and cold blooded hit-men. S ir Lynden craftily cultivated a culture of mistrust of foreigners and white people, and it kept him in power for a long time. Fast forward on the Bridge the New PLP are s till chewing on this old, stale, c ontaminated bone, thereby keeping the PLPs spirit of xenophobia fully entrenched.W e put Bahamians first, is merely their euphemism for intolerance. Let me explain. This slogan i s calculated to infer that the FNM puts foreigners and white people first. They are well aware that this is a lie, but they dont care as long as their supporters suck it up. T he FNM parliamentarians a re all raw bone Bahamians, it is so disingenuous and silly to accuse them of putting for-e igners before Bahamians. Unfortunately, the PLP ( true to form) continue to live down to my low estimation of them. However, I expected at least one new candidate to defy the norm. Dr MichaelD arville is a well liked, well respected, prominent physician in Freeport. I know hisf ather and I know him. Regrettably, he has fallen p rey to the PLPs Achilles h eel, Race division. I am a proud Bahamian w hose ancestral roots are deeper than the hole that the PLP are digging for themselves. I love the Bahamas more than any other countrya nd Bahamians more than any other nationality. As a real Bahamian man, my priority has always been; God, country, mother, wife, and daughters. Perhaps, that is w hy I chose to marry a B ahamian woman, cause I put Bahamians first. In the Bahamas, there is e mpirical data that Bahamian women have excelled moreso than Bahamian men. Consequently, eligible successful Bahamian males are in short supply. I suspect that there are scores of successfule ligible single Bahamian w omen who would have wanted to marry prominent Bahamians like Dr Darville, Jerome Fitzgerald, Philip Davis, Fred Mitchell, Obie W ilchcombe. The first three a re married to foreign women. Is that putting B ahamians first? The other two obviously dont think Bahamian women are goode nough to marry. Them two almost eighty and never walk down the aisle. D ont get me wrong, I have n o beef with Bahamians marrying foreign. Their spousal choice is their business. How-e ver, when you enter politics and start being hypocriticalyou make it my business!F urthermore a word of caution to the aforementioned big three, you are being disrespectful to your wives when you continue to bray like a jackass we put Bahamians first. J ust for the record, Hubert Alexander Ingraham, has done more for Bahamians than any other Bahamian, former Prime Ministers or otherwise. His regime has benef ited Bahamians of all comp lexions and class distinction, especially the poor. So please stop this repugnant nonsense, we put Bahamians first. THE SCRIBBLER Nassau, F ebruary 27, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm BAHAMAS Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union leaders and their legal adviser, having met with Labour Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday morning, have gone undercover and sworn e veryone to secrecy about the outcome o f those talks. Meanwhile up until yesterday the labour unrest with immigration officers continued at Lynden PindlingI nternational Airport. Over the weekend, the union repudiated its industrial contract under which t hey had agreed to work a shift system, o pting instead to work under General Orders, which gives them a 9am to 5pm job, with no work on Saturdays and Sund ays. It virtually means that about 200 civil servants are in a position to wreck this countrys main industry tourism. Their action affects the livelihoods including t heir own of every Bahamian, be they hotel waiter or waitress, taxi driver, or b usiness owner. Prime Minister Ingraham said it was unthinkable that people would do such nonsense. A lthough it has been denied on all sides, Mr Ingraham is satisfied that what is happening at the airport is politically moti vated. T he situation reminds us of one of our favourite TS Eliot poems Macavity, the Mystery Cat. Macavitys a Mystery Cat: hes called the Hidden Paw For hes the master criminal who can d efy the Law. Hes the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squads despair: For when they reach the scene of crime Macavitys not there! Macavity might not be there, but in this one we see his paw prints all over thep lace. The reality is that most of those (Customs) officers, said Mr Ingraham, wereh ired 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 theyd ont want to work that way is putting their own jobs in their hands for them to decide themselves. Ominous words. We would advise these civil servants to take those words seriously. From experience and we have been around a very long time and seen the outcome of many ill-conceived union threats the only persons to suffer in the end are u nion members the union leaders continue to draw their fat cheques, while the workers are looking for another job. So,r emember, Immigration officers, your jobs are in your own hands let union leaders mislead you at your peril. B ut, its election time, and the unions a re on the rumble. The vice-president of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union has downplayed r eports of possible protest action from his quarters, but wants to know how much longer his union has to wait for its new agreement. Until after the election, would b e our friendly advice. He did not want to get to the point of a p rotest, he just wanted to get back to the negotiating table. Were reasonable people, he said. I mean we know whats going on in thee conomy, but yet we expect to be fairly compensated for the work we do its stressful. At least they are a few steps ahead of t heir Immigration colleagues they know whats going on in the economy, and because of that they should thank God t hey have a job. It might be stressful, but imagine what the stress would have been like if Mr Ingraham had followed thew orld trend and fired half the civil ser v ice to reduce the countrys debit. These civil servants should show some gratitude, and consideration for their country. All of them have jobs, while many of their fellow Bahamians in the private sector are losing their homes and dont know where then ext penny is coming from. Now is not the time for sabre rattling. Banish old Macavity the cat that always has an alibi, and one or two to spare and get back to work. The announcement of an election is only a few weeks, if not days away, so ifw orkers want a fair hearing they should wait to hold discussions with whatever government they return at the polls. Christies Bridge nonsense LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Airport negotiators sworn to silence This is no r emedy

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T RAINING and certifica tion of drivers is the most i mportant change needed to improve public transporta-t ion, according to readers in a T ribune242 poll. As part of The Tribune o ngoing campaign to improve the bus service, readers were a sked what they think should b e prioritised for change. The regularisation of bus d rivers was backed by 220 voters, while 107 readers said passenger security was paramount. Ninety-one voters thought something should bed one about the number of bus companies in operation, and 4 7 voters thought the roadworthiness of vehicles should be the top priority. Readers commenting on t he poll expressed their support of critical changes to the countrys public transporta tion system. R ecord keeping on the number of buses in operationis essential, according to Bahamianpeople, who said that two areas should be pri oritised. T he reader wrote: The two m ost important ones, in my opinion, would be training and certification of bus drivers andthe number of bus companies in operation. Safe driving, knowing (and stickinga ssigned routes and certificat ion (whatever that means a bit self-explanatory. If you d on't know that then one should not be on the road. The number of bus companiesi n operation however is essential. Once you can keep a record of this (owner, employ-e es, etc...) it can be monitored and controlled. Other readers suggested that the system be based on a n American model, and include assigned bus stops. Noun said: There should b e only one bus company, like a real system how it is setup in the US. Also all of those dis t ractions need to be taken away l ike DVD players, CD players loud music, rims and tints these buses should be plain likea gain how the bus systems are set up in the US and a dress code/uniform must be worn. Genus86 wrote: Bus driv ers need to be salaried. There needs to be a bus depot. Routes need to bep osted somewhere readily available to the public. The buses need to use bio-diesel.T he buses should run on a schedule. College Kid added: They need to change ALL of the a bove!!! Thanks to all of those who took part and dont forget to c heck www.tribune242.com for a brand new poll. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012, PAGE 5 Readers have their say on jitney services Chart by amcharts.com THETRIBUNE has been asking readers what they think the most important change is in terms of improving public transportation.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Escaped prisoner Paul Rigby Jr and ay oung woman were arraigned i n the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court following his r ecapture early Wednesday morning. Rigby, 26, of Martin Town, E ight Mile Rock, and RubyAnn Appalonia Clarke, 18, of Nansen Avenue, Freeport,a ppeared before Magistrate G wen Claude on charges in connection with his escape from police custody last weeke nd. Rigby escaped from the Eight Mile Rock Police Sta t ion on March 3. He was a pprehended by police early Wednesday morning at a residence in the Nansen Avenue area. Clarke was arrested and t aken into police custody. A t the arraignment, Clarke pleaded guilty to harbouring a n escaped prisoner and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. R igby pleaded guilty to escape, and damage to the Police Station. He pleadedn ot guilty to assaulting a p olice officer. Magistrate Claude deferred sentencing on the guilty pleas u ntil June 20 when Rigby returns for trial on the assault charge. TOASTMASTERS Area 8 7 will hold its Internationa l Speech and Table Topics contest today (Thursday 6.30pm at the Praise Room,E vangelistic Temple, C ollins Avenue, 4th Terrace W. T he event will see contestants from Division I Area 87 compete for a chance to take on the winners of the other six areas at Division L evel. T he Division Level winners will then go on to compete at the District Level inS outh Florida, after which, i f successful, they would chal lenge at International Level a t Headquarters in California. Admission to the event is free. TOASTMASTERS TO HOLD SPEECH CONTEST TODAY ESCAPED PRISONER ARRAIGNED IN COURT B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Police statements taken from murder accused Glinton Louis and Coletor Johnson indicatedt hat the victim, Markinson J ustin, approached their car and attacked Johnson, the Supreme Court heard yesterday. Officer Darcy Williams took statements from the pairo n July 13, 2011 following t heir arrest. It is alleged that Johnson and Louis were in a gold coloured Buick Century wheni t struck and killed Justin, 26, who was walking on Explorers Way. Dr Ana Tancawan, a p athologist at the Rand Memorial Hospital, said Justin suffered several abra-s ions, internal organ and tissue damage, and significant blood loss. O fficer Williams, of the C entral Detective Unit, said he charged Johnson and Louis after receiving Justinsd eath certificate. He said they were cooperative and gave statem ents after being cautioned. T hese were entered into evidence and read in court yesterday. J ohnson told police Justin was a former boyfriend and the father of her daughter. T hey met in 2006. After she b ecame pregnant and moved out of her parents house, she said, Justin became abusive t o her. She described a very tumul tuous relationship, involving c onstant physical abuse, threats and harassment. Johnson said Justin choked her while she was eightm onths pregnant, tried to throw her and the baby downs tairs, and once sprained her a rm. She said the victim would also come to her job and harass her, and send her threatening text messages. The harassment continued a fter she left him, Johnson s aid. She said Justin once kicked down her apartment door and beat her and their daughter because they would not let him in. Johnson said she was afraid t o stay at her apartment, as o n one occasion, faeces was smeared all over the door. She said she reported Justin to the police on a few occa-s ions and had him bound over to keep the peace, but he continued to harass her. In his statement, Louis said J ustin came to his apartment, threw the daughters clothing on the porch and said sinceh e was seeing Coletor now, it came with the package. On July 12, Louis said he w as taking Johnson to work a nd had stopped at the intersection of East Atlantic Drive and Explorers Way. H e said Justin came toward the car and started hitting Johnson. He said Justin then t ried to grab Johnson and pull h er out of the car. Louis said he turned the car to the left to shake Justin off, t hen drove down the street and turned around. He said he then noticed J ustin running directly toward t he vehicle as if he was going to drop kick the car. After they collided, Louis s aid he did not know what to do, so he drove off. He said he did not mean to h it Justin. Louis said they went to the police station to report the incident, but did not knowJ ustin was dead. Pair accused of murder claimed victim had harassed woman P AULRIGBYJR o utside court.

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B y DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net THE DNA is prepared to take bold and decisive action if the FNM fails to properly respond to its questions about oil drilling. T he party claimed the r esponses issued by Environment Ministers Earl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour were inadequate considering the seriousness of the issue. Last Monday, the DNA c laimed the Bahamas Petrol eum Company has plans to begin drilling for oil off Bahamian shores this year. DNA Montagu candidate Ben Albury said good sources c onfirmed BPCs plans. T he party said: BPC, which was granted a new s eries of agreements and permits from the previous government in 2005, will begind rilling this year. When questioned about this, Mr Deveaux and Mr N eymour both denied it, e mphasising the governments stance on oil drilling hasnt changed. The Bahamas has a moratorium in place and it will remain in place, Mr Deveauxs aid. We, in the DNA, believe this response is disrespectful and inadequate given the magnitude of what is at stake, the fledgling party said. We are prepared toh old these elected officials accountable and challenge the media not to be dismissed with answers meant to curtail any further inquiry. The DNA demanded the g overnment fully explain its p osition on oil exploration in the Bahamas, and say specifi cally if the moratorium applies t o BPCs existing permits. The party also wants to know the names of the 12 undisclosed companies that BPC has been petitioning to drill for oil in the Bahamas. The DNA said it understands most of these compan ies are of Chinese origin. T he party also asked if a deal was negotiated to allow the government to receive 12.5 per cent of the proceeds from oil drilling with the other 87.5 per cent going to theo il companies. If true, the DNA believes this to be another sweetheart deal that the FNM has configured for a foreign company, the party said. The DNA also asked what t he FNM is doing to ensure t hat the environment is protected in the case of an oil spill. Reports estimate that oil reserves in the Bahamas are worth over $1 trillion. The D NA wants FNM governm ent to know that this will not be another BTC situation. The DNA urges the FNM government to be transparent with the Bahamian peoplea nd explain the full details of the oil deal with the Bahamas Petroleum Company and how t he lives of Bahamians will be a ffected, the party said. If the FNM government fails to demonstrate adequatea nswers to the listed questions then the DNA is prepared to take bold and decisive action. Ben Albury, DNA Candidate for Montagu, has begun an online petition of Bahamia ns prepared to demonstrate t heir disapproval through protest. We hope to avoid this course of action. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Environment released its own statement reiterating theg overnments position on oil exploration and exploitation within Bahamian waters. The minister advises that, notwithstanding the pressure of commercial interests, the same rationale which led theg overnment to impose the m oratorium on oil exploration exists today, it said. Prior to even considering oil drilling in the Bahamas, the ministry said it would seek t o have comprehensive and r obust provisions in place. Environmental policy, safet y policy, tax policy, revenue policy, training and employment policy, contingencyp lans and insurance requirements would all have to be in place before oil drilling can b e allowed, the ministry said. Further, consideration would not be finalised without opportunities for wide publicd ialogue, it said. The moratorium, which binds all interested parties, affords govern-m ent the opportunity to properly prepare for the future. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012, PAGE 7 DNA:Oil drilling answers inadequate

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OPINION By JOHN DINKELMAN US Embassy Charg dAffaires SECRETARY Clinton has noted that What we arelearning around the world is t hat if women are healthy and e ducated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish.A nd when families flourish, communities and nations will flourish. These words have particul ar relevance as we celebrate International Women's Day around the world and as we continue to make strides for w omen's progress. Women are a cornerstone of Americas foreign policy b ecause the simple fact is that no country can hope to move ahead if it is leaving half of its people behind. Women and girls drive our economies. They build peace and prosperity. Investing in women means investing in global economic progress,p olitical stability, and greater prosperity for everyone the world over. In December, President Obama released the first-ever US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security,c harting a roadmap for how the United States will accelerate and institutionalise efforts across the government to advance women's participation in preventing conflict and keeping peace. This initiative represents a f undamental change in how t he US will approach its diplomatic, military, and developm ent-based support to w omen in areas of conflict, by ensuring that their perspectives and considerations of gender are woven into the f abric of how the United States approaches peace processes, conflict prevention, t he protection of civilians, and humanitarian assistance. I nternational Womens Day is an opportunity to renew the call for action, investment, and commitment to women's equality. We are a t a moment of historic opportunity. S ecretary Clinton has referred to this era as the Participation Age. This is a time where every individual, regardless of gend er or other characteristics, is p oised to be a contributing a nd valued member of their s ociety. Around the world, we are w itnessing examples of the Participation Age. Most n otable in the Bahamas is the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Womens Suffrage Movement when women voted for t he first time on November 26, 1962. T he US Embassy applauds the Womens Bureau, the College of the Bahamas and all of the students, academics and family members who part icipated in the three-day e vent in recognition of this c ritical milestone. W e also congratulate the U S Embassys 2012 International Woman of CourageA ward winner, the Hono urable Janet G Bostwick, who was selected in recogni-t ion of her pioneering work o ver the last four decades in a dvancing womens rights. As she noted in her in speech at the College of the B ahamas on Tuesday, women have made great strides in the Bahamas and its importantf or the next generation to c ontinue to the fight for equality. The US Embassy stands r eady to partner with women leaders throughout the Bahamas as you work toa dvance the social, political and economic rights for all Bahamians. We will continue to invest i n women through profes sional exchanges in the United States, such as the Intern ational Visitor Leadership Programme; training oppor tunities in the Bahamas and r egionally; and targeted supp ort to civil society organisa tions focused on empowering women and girls. M ay we all use International Womens Day as an opportunity to honour the a chievements of Bahamian female trailblazers from all walks of life with the recogni tion of the essential role thatw omen can and must play in building just and sustainable communities in the 21st century. As we honour them today, may we also renew our col lective resolve to work for the cause of equality each and every day of the year. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Honouring women in an age of participation This is a time where every individual, regardless of gender or other characteristics, is poised to be a contributing and valued member of their society. J J o o h h n n D D i i n n k k e e l l m m a a n n

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net FORMER cabinet minister and speaker and of the House of Assembly Janet Bostwick challenged Bahamian women to fight against the shameful gender inequalities that s till exist today. Speaking at a symposium honouring the legacy of theW omens Suffrage Movement on Tuesday, the first female member of parliament said she has mixed feelings about thep rogress of the womens rights movement in the Bahamas. While acknowledging that m ost of the issues outlined by the suffragettes have been overcome, Mrs Bostwick e xplained that activists rested on their laurels after achieving equal voting rights. Since then, Mrs Bostwick said, the movement has not mobilised to fight other i nequalities such as spousal r ape and the right to transfer citizenship. Mrs Bostwick said: As w omen, we have become c omplacent, materialistic and quiet. We have never been m ore educated, nor have we e ver enjoyed greater levels of i nfluence, yet this is hardly reflected in our involvement in seeking social justice and true equality. It is shameful that we in this age and at this timea ccept it. It is an equal shame that we are prepared in this day and age to accept that a man may rape his wife and be immune to legal sanctions. We who cried out against r ape are painfully silent when our children are being abused a nd raped and murdered. We are not agitating for laws and practices to afford us t ime to be at the schools at crucial times, like at the times t o receive our childrens r eports, but we are fighting for e mployment contracts to give us time off on our birthdays. We are not concerned with mentoring our young girls, or for you young people, girls younger than your-s elves, and we leave them to emulate jungalists. Under the theme Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioni ng the Future: 1962 and B eyond, a symposium on gender equality and advancem ent of Bahamian women b egan on Tuesday. Jointly organised by the B ureau of Women's Affairs and the College of the B ahamas, the four-day event features panelists from institutions in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. After more than a decade of petitioning, a bill to grant equal voters rights to women under the General Assembly Elections Act 1959 was passed o n February 23, 1961. The legislation came into effect on June 30, 1962. A t the event, Mrs Bostwick was acknowledged as the US Embassys 2012 International Woman of Courage, the USS tate Departments highest award for female leaders, for her contributions to the a dvancement of womens rights. Mrs Bostwick said: The suffrage movement reached a cross partisan lines, racial and social class divides. The movement was actually started by a black woman who, after party politics was introduced in the Bahamas, was a member of t he UBP. It was embraced by t he PLP, it was adopted by women without party affiliation, supported by women ofd ifferent races and social s tanding, and it was championed by progressive men. By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter ljohnson@tribunemedia.net AN OFFICER of the police forces forensics unit testified about the dis-c harged bullets and cartridges used in the February 2006 killing of businessman Keith Carey outside a local bank. Detective Sgt Earl Thompson told a Supreme Court jury yesterday that on February 27, 2006, he was given the samples that came from a .9mm calibre gunr eportedly used by Jamal Glinton. Prosecutors claim Glinton was the gunman who shot Carey as he attempted to deposit $40,000 for the Esso Service S tation which he operated. The accused, alias Bumper, was unanimously found guilty of the murder and armed robbery of Carey on April 9, 2009. He had been charged with Dwight K nowles and Sean Brown, who were unanimously convicted and sentenced f or robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. However, Glinton's conviction was s quashed in the Court of Appeal after the higher court ruled that Senior Justice Jon Isaacs was wrong in law to removet he charges of murder and armed robbery against the two co-accused from the jury at the close of the case for the defence. Senior Justice Isaacs at the time had directed the jury not to consider the charge of murder against Knowles andB rown. That direction was one of 17 grounds of appeal filed by Glinton's attorney Craig Butler. The appellate court ruled in G linton's favour though they ordered a retrial and remanded him to Her Majesty's Prison. He, however, received bail in the Supreme Court. In yestedays proceeding, officer Thompson explained to prosecutor Dar n ell Dorsette that his training and experience in weapon/ammunition forensics a llowed him to identify the likely firearm used in a crime with the ammunition itself. H e told the jury that he received from a fellow officer two bullets and four cartridges that were found at the scene oft he shooting. Sgt Thompson said from his examining of the samples, he could tell that one of the bullets was not fired, along with two of the four cartridges. His study of the samples also linked the discharged ammunition to two likely firearm production companies abroad. I n cross-examination by defence attorney Craig Butler, the officer said no testing was done to find identifying marks or body fluids. H e admitted that he was unable to tell the court anything other than the kind of gun the samples were fired from. In re-examining, Ms Dorsette asked the officer if his job or qualifications included looking for body fluids. H e said no. The trial resumes today at 10am before Justice Roy Jones. e must fight inequality OFFICER TESTIFIES ON BULLETS IN MURDER CASE B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A S the labour stand-off at t he airport continues, immigration and customs union officials have made a deal with Labour Minister Dion Foulkes not to speak to the press about their discussions going forward, Trade Union Congress president Obie Ferg uson revealed. Mr Ferguson, legal representative of the Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union, said negotiations with the minister resumed on Wednesday morning at 8am. Agreeing with Mr Foulkes n ot to discuss the contents of t he meeting, Mr Ferguson would not comment on the progress of negotiations or if the strike action would continue while negotiations are continuing. F ollowing an FNM cons tituency opening in Long Island on Monday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the recent action taken b y civil servants is politically motivated as customs and i mmigration officers were hired under the terms that they would be working shifts. The reality is that most of those (Customs hired by the government on t he basis that they would work shifts. Many of them have signed a letter confirming, thats how they got hired ands o the fact that they don't want to work that way is putting t heir own jobs in their hands for them to decide themselves, Mr Ingraham said. Responding to the Prime Ministers comments, Mr Ferguson said the unions position has nothing to do withp olitics. He said: The union has done nothing to suggest that this is a political matter. C ustoms and Immigration officials walked off the job at 5pm a week ago citing general orders. On February 29, Sloane Smith, the acting president oft he Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union, instructed members to a bandon their shift schedule as it did not comply with regu lations. The week-long action has c aused major disturbances. UNION SILENCE JANETBOSTWICK, who has challenged Bahamian women to fight against shameful gender inequalities.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012, PAGE 13 we have been going through for the past two years. He said he knows I am frustrated, butnot to let them upset me. He said The ballot box is s ix weeks away and in the next six weeks you might not have to deal with that. I thought, well thats a pretty good idea, wait a few weeks and see if they will do whatt he prime minister is insinua ting he will do but we have no faith he will do anything, Mr Roberts said. Personally, I think we should put the case on hold.W e are going to wait until after the elections. We may b e going into a new governm ent and the government may say you do not have to go to court, we know we owe you. Mr Bowe said they were also told by the DNA that their problems would go away i f they are elected. He said: Elements in the DNA are picking up the effort to take this matter to the Inter American Develop-m ent Bank (IDB h as protocols for carrying out t hese projects and the impact on commerce. So the way we have been damaged the lawyers believe if we take it to the IDB they w ill get the government to go f orward and release the money. Last July, The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the government, six months after the CGBL was awarded damages by Supreme C ourt Justice Neville Adderley. On Monday, Prime Minister Ingraham revealed in the House of Assembly that theg overnment would compens ate business owners affected b y the road works. However, he did not specify what the compensation would be. dren hanging around and asked it they were looking for someone. No one paid toom uch attention to them, thinking they were looking for work. However, as the mother opened her front door, they moved in, tied her up w ith a rope and for three h ours ransacked her home, stealing computers and laptops. I t is understood that they had earlier tried unsuccessfully to enter the condominium. T hey were armed with a knife and hammer. It is understood that while t hey were going through the house they were talking on a cell phone to an adult in Nassau who was giving them i nstructions on what to look for and what to do. They threatened her and warned what would happen i f she did anything foolish. They ordered her to take them to the Carmichael Road b ank, where she was told that there was someone waiting inside who would be watch i ng her to make certain that s he did nothing to alert bank staff. She was dropped off at the bank. They avoided the banks p arking lot, but drove to a side area where they could watch her. A ccording to the police, she withdrew $3,500. The police report said that her husbandc alled 919 to report the incid ent. Police are investigating. 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 ABDUCTED MOTHER FORCED TO HAND OVER $3,500 ell fix your cash problems A 29-YEAR-OLD woman h as been found tied up in her a partment. Acting on information, police went to the apartmenta t Rocky Pine Road, off Carmichael Road in Nassau,a t about 8pm last night. E ntering the apartment, t hey found the woman, who w as taken to hospital by a mbulance, where she is d escribed as being in a stable condition. Police are questioning a 6 3-year-old male, of St Vincent Road, off Baillou HillR oad, in connection with the i ncident. Investigations cont inue. WOMAN FOUND TIED UP IN APARTMENT

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 THE TRIBUNE g uilty verdict last Friday, will n ow await the outcome of his constitutional motion on March 20. He and his attorneys Wayne Munroe, Tecoyo Bridgewater and ToniqueL ewis, appeared before Just ice Vera Watkins seeking to be granted bail pending the outcome of the hearing. Mr Munroe is seeking to discharge the jurys 6-3 guilty verdict on the basis of the p rosecutions failure to comp ly with the provisions in a section of the Constitution regarding disclosure of evidence. A nine-member jury, havi ng heard evidence for more than two weeks, convictedG ardiner of causing the death of 28-year-old Desmond Key. The prosecution claimed t hat on the Father's Day evening of June 17, 2007, Gardiner assaulted the father ofs ix with a baseball bat in a cell at the Grove Police Station. Key died of his injuries seven months later in hospital. Gardiner applied for bail o n Monday afternoon, howe ver prosecutor Linda Evans o bjected to the application. She said the verdict had been passed and added that Gardiner faces up to life imprisonment for the conviction. T he prosecutor further noted the seriousness of the offence, which she said, along with the possible life sentence, increased the likelihood of the former law enforcer becoming a flight risk. M r Munroe claimed 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 G ardiner bail pending the m otions outcome would not be a complication of the judicial process. Justice Watkins said she would review the matter andr eturn with a decision. She did not go into details of her ruling yesterday but noted it was in writing and on r ecord. The ruling acknowledged G ardiners record of complying with previous bail condit ions, lack of criminal record p rior to the conviction, and t ies to the community through his tenure as a police officer. The judge also noted the prosecutions lack of formal evidence to support the belieft hat Gardiner would not return if granted bail. However, in her statement she said: I find that the opinion expressed by Counsel is sufficient in this regard as it appears to be based primarilyo n the fact that he has been convicted of a serious offence. She further agreed that the offence, along with the penalty of a possible life sentence, are very strong incentives f or him to run. Having regard to the circumstances, I am of the view that there is a strong likelihood of Mr Gardiner notr eturning to Court should he be remanded to bail. Gardiner was denied bail and remanded to Her M ajestys Prison. He returns to court on March 20 for the c onstitutional motion. w ith the assistance of the m onitoring centre, pinpointing their exact locations. However, the report noted, on February 10, 2012, the police aided by ElectronicM onitoring Centre (EMC representatives, conducted a 48-hour operation in which 20 offenders were apprehended and brought beforethe courts for violation of their bail conditions. Since then there were no further indications of tampering with the devices by offenders, the report said. The ICS Intervention Monitoring Centre has the ability to immediately determine sucha n act, should it take place and t o respond appropriately, while notifying officials. The programme was launched in response to the h igh number of repeat offende rs and individuals committing offences while on bail. In 2008, the government invited tenders from electronic monitoring services providers to create a systemo f pre-trial and post-trial s upervision and monitoring of low and high risk offenders. The report, which studies the first 14 months of the programme, reported that: 315 offenders have been through the programme 230f rom New Providence, 73 from Grand Bahama, nine from Abaco, one from San Salvador, one from Eleuthera and 1 from Exuma; 235 offenders are currently being monitored; bail was revoked in 10 cases because further crimes w ere committed, and in an additional seven cases b ecause the terms and condit ions were breached; 60 participants successfully completed the terms and conditions of their bail and were released from the programme; three died while on the p rogramme; The youngest person admitted to the programme was 12 years old. The oldest was 62 years old; five women have been admitted to the programme. O f the 7,100 alarms set off, the report said the offender was made to submit within two minutes in 98 per cent of cases. The two per cent who did not comply were either arreste d or came into compliance a short time thereafter, it s aid. 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 DEFENDANTS TAMPER WITH ANKLE BRACELETS 7,000 TIMES EX-POLICEMAN DENIED BAIL