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POLICE are investigating three serious traffic accidents that have left two men dead and two others fighting for their lives in hospital. In the first incident, the driver of a motorcycle collid ed with a jeep on Cowpen Road around 9.30pm Saturday. He was taken to hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The second accident occurred on East Street shortly after 1am on Mon day. The driver of a grey motorcycle collided with a Honda. He died at the scene. The third accident report edly occurred shortly after 3am on Monday on Carmichael Road, west of the Southwest Plaza. Police say the driver of a red Mitsubishi Mirage, occupied by a man and woman, was travelling east on Carmichael Road when the driver lost control and ran into a tree. The driver was seriously injured and died at the scene. The woman was also injured and taken to hospital where at present her con dition is unknown. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Sex claim over male teacher Volume: 108 No.90TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND ASHOWER HIGH 83F LOW 72F B y KHRISNA VIRGIL email@example.com T HE Ministry of Education is yet again investigating one of its male teachers on claimso f alleged sexual misconduct with a student. He is the seventh teacher t o be accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour since the Ministry established its Sex ual Complaints Unit in 2009, s pecifically to investigate and uncover child abuse. Yesterday, ministry officials released a statement con firming that a probe immediately began into the allegations that involve a male teacher from an Abaco high school. They did not give a date or time of the allegations. The teacher has since been placed on administrative leave as police continue their investigations, the release said. A team of Ministry officials were also dispatched to the island yesterday morning. While education officials remained tightlipped up to p ress time, The Tribune has learned that a female student of Haitian descent reportedt hat she and the teacher had e ngaged in sexual acts. The Tribune has also learned that the student also claims to still have text mes sages to prove an continuing relationship between them. Since 2009, several cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving public school teach ers or support staff with students of various ages have been investigated by the Complaints Unit. Ultimately six men have been tried before the courts. A case in January of this year saw Trinidadian teacher Andre Birbal, 48, found guilty and convicted in the Supreme Court of having unnatural sexual intercourse with two Allegations of sexual misconduct TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOW HELPUS TOREACH TO FIND OUT HOW YOU C AN HELP OUR BREAS T CANCER CAMPAIGN, TURN T O OUR CENTRE SPREAD WEVE RAISED $1M $206,000 A A N N E E W W E E R R A A F F O O R R S S A A N N D D A A L L S S SEEPAGE TWO AND BUSINESS SECTION MISICKALERT A NINTERPOLalert has b een issued for the arrest of Michael Misick, former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of a corruption probe. p age 10 CHRIS TIEONFRAUDCLAIM P LPleader Perry Christie has hit out at claims over voter fraud in North Andros, saying that the accusations are nothing m ore than voter intimidation. p age 8 DNA:ABACOPRIORITY DNA candidate Roscoe Thompson says projects inA baco should have been the G overnments top priority. page 5 INSIDE POLICE are requesting the publics assisting in locating am issing teen. Deon Green, 14, of Braziletta Street, Pinewood G ardens was last seen around 8 pm on Saturday, March 17, at his residence wearing a red T-shirt. D eon is an 8th grade student of C H Reeves Junior High School. He is described as having a slim built, medium brown complexion and stands about 5 feet tall. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Deon is asked to contact police at 919, 322-3333, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS. Police do not have an available photo of the teen. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OPENING the debate on the Freedom of Information Act, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said while the bill increases the democratic process, he cautioned against the common practice of using the media, in particular social media, to spread propaganda. During his contribution in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Deveaux singled out websites T WODEADINTRAFFICACCIDENTS THE BODY of the driver of this red Mitsubishi Mirage is taken away after it hit a tree on Carmichael Road.Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest followed through on his promise to consider suing a political candidate if he did not retract a slanderous remark reportedly made against him. However, yesterday, PLP candidate for Tall Pines Leslie Miller claimed Mr Turn BOY, 14, GOES MISSING TURNQUEST TO SUE WARNING OVER PROPAGAND S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 i m lovin it
By DANA SMITH d firstname.lastname@example.org A FTER a six-month, $17.5 million renovation, Sandals R oyal Bahamian Resorts cele brated the official opening of its Balmoral Tower yester day. D amaged in Hurricane Irene, the former Manor Building has come back under a new name and was fully r efurbished with contempor ary rooms, a penthouse fitness centre with ocean views, p ersonal butler service for every room, ground-floor rooms with patios, and seaf ront rooms with balconies. O n hand for the ceremony was Tourism and Aviation M inister Vincent VanderpoolW allace, who praised Sandals for being an enormous con tributor to the tourism indus t ry, offering high quality experiences and adding val-ue to the Bahamian brand. H e recalled a time in the Bahamas when all-inclusive r esorts like Sandals were not welcome. We had this mistaken b elief that somehow people who bought all-inclusives c ame onto the property, they s pent all their money at the property, and then they went back home, Mr Vanderpool-W allace said. We then did a wonderful piece of research which s howed, without question, t hat the people who come to t his particular property, their expenditure outside the prope rty is substantial. In fact, in many cases, is greater than the expenditure of peoplew ho go and stay at EP hotels so there is no question whatsoever that the contribution t hat this property has made t o tourism in the Bahamas has been quite significant. The new Balmoral Tower w as inspired by the 1940s Balmoral Club which sat on the original Sandals property and m uch of the old club still remains. Speaking on the new renovations, CEO Adam Stewart s aid the original property gained so much legacy and history during its time as thec lub, but Sandals is always about modernising. Customers change. You know, they want bigger rooms these days. They want plas ma televisions, they want more marble... so yourea lways faced with the decision as to whether you demol ish everything or whether you can renovate it and make it work, he said. This building has so much history to it that it literally shouldnt be allowed to bed emolished. Its an heirloom o f the Bahamas. Sandals welcomed the first guest of the Balmoral Tower o n March 1 and chairman, Gordon Butch Stewart, said the hotel is looking for 40m ore employees for hire as a result of the renovations. Last week, general manag er, Patrick Drake, told Tribune Business the resort is recording strong occupancies for the month, with all the available floors on the Balmoral Tower full. For more, see Business section. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE A new dawn at TOURISMMINISTER Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace watches as doves are released at the opening ceremony at the renovated Sandals. ASTAFFMEMBER pours a cocktail for a visitor. A MARCHINGBAND on the dock, as Sandals and its staff looked at their sharpest for the reopening. Photos: Felip Major /Tribune Staff T HERENOVATED S andals complex. B UTLERS w aiting to serve visitors to the new Sandals complex, which was reopened yesterday with a grand ceremony.
EDITOR, The Tribune. MINISTER Tommy Turnquest wants an apology from an Australian journalist. His Australian documentary, now showing on YouTube, presents the Bahamas as a country under siege by crime and violence. M r Turnquest wants an apology? Excuse me, but is Mr Turnquest living in a bub ble? Do the politicians care to know what is really going on? Recently at home, I was robbed of everything of value I have ever owned, and then two weeks later, another break-in, but this time at 3 am with a gun held to my head. In recounting this to others, nine times out of ten, I am told of similar occurrences. One friend, raped and robbed at gunpoint, at 3 am on Cable Beach; she was then dragged in a choke-hold witha gun to her head, right along West Bay Street in a search for money in her car. Anoth er relayed a situation where employers at a small company were advised that a young man who'd been working there for a month wasn't coming back as he didn't need to work now. Hed been working only for a short while just to save the money to buya gun. Another friends husband, followed from the bank at 1:30 in the afternoon, held at g unpoint when he stopped his car which was overheating. This was on the new highway going north to Saunders Beach. Every time I turn around, I hear more and more. The client of mine who won't go out to drop the garbage after dark; she keeps it till the next day. Another who told me that there had been four robberies on her street the previous week. It goes on and on; this journalist is telling it like it is. It is bad. These politi cians are in denial; the coun try is in a crisis and laws need to be brought in now to get these morally unacceptable individuals and their guns off the streets. The murderers, rapists and gun toting punks must be held without bail, and incarcerated where they cant terrorise lawabiding Bahamians who are afraid to live their lives, becoming prisoners in their own homes. TRUTH MUST BE TOLD Nassau, March 19, 2012. EDITOR, The Tribune. BOTH major political parties, the Free National Move-m ent (FNM O pposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP election mode as they canvass throughout the commonwealth of the Bahamas seeki ng to convince the Bahamian e lectorate to support their 38 candidates. T o date, many of the constituency offices of both parties have been officiallyo pened. In fact, on Saturday, March 10, the constituency office of PLP candidates Greg ory Moss (Marco City T anisha Tynes (East Grand Bahama) was opened in Freeport, Grand Bahama.T he rallies of both parties are drawing massive crowds. This is seen by some political ana-l ysts as an indication that the general election will be a close contest. So far, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA opened some constituency offices. The party has alsoh eld a series of street meetings throughout New Provi dence and Abaco. According to the March 8 edition of The Freeport News, the new opposition party held a street m eeting in Central and South A baco in early March for its standard bearer for that area, Roscoe Thompson III. A ccording to the report, about 500 residents attended the event. Considering the population size of Abaco, thatw as a modest showing. To the best of my finite knowledge, I dont believe t hat the DNA has held a rally in Grand Bahama. If they have, then obviously the par t ys public relations machine i s doing a poor job of dissem inating the message of the party. M oreover, I cannot say with certainty if any of its five candidates for Grand Bahama h ave opened a constituency office. I stand to be corrected, but I understand that the DNA has an office in the Mil l ennium House in Freeport. If none of the candidates on Grand Bahama has yet to open a campaign office, then this is perhaps an indication that the coffers of the party arent that deep after all. There were rumours circul ating through the press in m id-2011 that DNA Leader a nd Bamboo Town Member of Parliament Branville M cCartney was being financed by some very wealthy white knights who had defected from the FNM. I t was rumoured that these p owerful benefactors were deeply dissatisfied with the w ay the governing FNM was b eing run. But it now seems as if these r umours were just that rumours. I seriously doubt ift he party has the kind of f inancial resources that the FNM and the PLP have to run an effective campaign. We should not kid ours elves, it takes millions of dol l ars to win general elections in The Bahamas. Bahamians w ould be hard-pressed to cast their ballots for candidates they perceive to be broke. Why should I vote for a man who is in the same financial p redicament I am in? The DNA started out with a big bang in Grand Bahama l ast year as it introduced some of its candidates at the Grand Lucayan Resort, but ita ppears as if the party has lost significant momentum in recent times. To its credit, though, the party launched itsU nemployment Registration and Food Assistance Drive in Grand Bahama in early M arch. For what its worth, I see this as a shrewd political strat-e gy to endear itself to the r eported 11,000-plus unem ployed Grand Bahamians who are struggling to makee nds meet. As the adage goes, the way to a mans heart is through h is stomach. Nevertheless, I seriously doubt if this will be enough to give the fledgling new party even one seat in Grand Bahama. Right now, it appears as if the only relevant contenders are the FNMa nd the PLP. The DNA a ppears to be inconsequential in Grand Bahama. I think that the time has now come for Branville McCartney and his five cand idates for Grand Bahama to s tart holding rallies on the island like the two major p olitical parties. While the party continues to hold rallies or street meet-i ngs in New Providence, nothing, to the best of my knowledge, has been held on Grand B ahama. I would like to hear h is five candidates outline their plans for the island on a podium before an audience.I would also like to see how many people the party would be able to draw to its politicale vents. I would like to see if the DNA can go head to head with the FNM and the PLP in terms of attracting massive crowds to its rallies. I think a rally would tell us once andf or all if the DNA is the real deal or if it is just hype. Appearing in the printed media to complain about oil drilling in the Bahamas; or appearing in TV and radio c ommercials telling Bahamia ns to raise a finger in support of their party will not cut the mustard. Also, I dontt hink going from door-to-door on the campaign trail will be of much help. The DNA needs to get its message acrosst o the Grand Bahamian elec torate by holding rallies. If the DNA thinks that it c an win in Grand Bahama without holding any rallies, then it is woefully ignorant ofB ahamian politics. When one c onsiders how deeply polarised The Bahamas has become, no political party cana fford to take Grand Bahama for granted. To not hold ral lies in Grand Bahama would b e politically counterproductive for the DNA. KEVIN EVANS F reeport, Grand Bahama, March 11, 2012. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 T HERE WAS excitement in Grand Bahama when in a jocular remark which translated meant that the PLPs election promises will happen when chickens grow t eeth! Prime Minister Ingraham r emarked: Down in West End Mr Sammons is coming back and so is Jack Tar! T he tongue-in-cheek remark was made in answer to all the promises that the PLP were making about what they would do if they won the 2012 election. What Mr Ingraham was in fact telling the large crowd at the o pening of the Russell Town, Eight Mile R ock constituency office on Saturday was t hat if they believe the PLPs promises then they will also believe that Mr Sammons the one-time saviour of West End and hisJ ack Tar hotel were also returning. If this were true it would be a jubilant day forW est Enders for whom Mr C A Sammons a nd his hotel were their sole support, until t he PLP government and the unions arrived and upset the happy relationship. Things went sour. Mr Sammons, at that time 84 y ears old and in failing health, closed his hotel and left. Overnight 400 Bahamians were without employment. At the time PLP West End MP Moses Hall criticised Mr S ammons for such an unkind act. In typical addled PLP logic, Mr Hall thought that no matter how unfairly his governmenth ad treated the Sammons group Jack Tar would continue to operate in the inter est of the Bahamian people. A t the time, we asked Mr Hall how many of his all for me baby political colleagues and even he himself would have dug deep into their pockets int he interest of the Bahamian people. The question was never answered. But we know the answer. Not one of them felt that deeply for their own people so why should Mr Sammons, a generous foreigner, spurned and mistreated by the Pindlingg overnment and the unions, be held to a h igher standard of duty to Bahamians? However, Mr Pindling was so sure of himself in the 1990s that the future of theJ ack Tar Hotel became an important issue in the Marco City by-election. He promised that if his man won that election the Jack Tar hotel would reopen. His man won, but Jack Tar remained closed. It was looking for a buyer. Chaos followed, and West Endh as never been the same since. When Jack Tar closed, Mr Hall and the s elf-styled PLP mayor of West End, businessman Artis Neely, who led the attack on the Jack Tar enterprise, were jubilant. The best thing that ever happened, chortled Mr Hall. We have outgrown Jack Tar. Jack Tar is irrelevant to us. As for the equally short-sighted Mr N eely, he believed that the closure of the hotel represents an opening of a new era of prosperity in the West End. He welcomed the closure. He believed that it m eant full occupancy for his guest house, a nd prosperity for his restaurant. No such thing happened. His pockets quickly felt t he pinch. A year later, both he and Mr Hall were singing the blues. Not only did the closure affect the residents of West End, but it had an adverse affect on the whole of Grand Bahama. W est Enders had full employment, but so d id the Grand Bahamians who commuted t he 44 miles to work at the hotel. We have gone back in time, an unem ployed young man told The Tribune in J une 1991. Things used to be tough, but now that the Jack Tar is closed things haveg otten tougher, I mean real tough. When J ack Tar was open we were sure of work. T hey used to be the backbone of this settlement. When a group of young people was a sked to comment on their MPs comment about the closure being the best thing for West End, one of them spoke for them all: Nobody should be happy that Jack T ar closed, he said. Jack Tar never treat ed the people bad. I remember when the West End people used to have steak ont heir table. Thats when Jack Tar was open. In 11 years in West End, the hotel had l ost $27 million. It was being squeezed by the union, not allowed their essential immigration permits, and even denied the usual rebates under the Hotel Encour-a gement Act. The irony of the situation at that time was that while a reputable and most desirable investor was being pressured out, shady investors seemed to have special protection. Joe Lehder, for example, att he time the uncrowned king of Normans C ay, could boast that he had paid his dues and was now a member of the club. And Hawks Nest had an unusually long ands uccessful run again like the Lehder case only American pressure broke up that drug nest. And so we would suggest that if PLP leader Perry Christie is as he claimed last week the bridge between Sir Lyn d en and the new generation of PLP leaders, he is inviting Bahamians to cross av ery shaky bridge. Based on past experience and the many unfulfilled promises during the PLPs fiveyear administration, we would bet on chickens growing teeth before we would put any faith in any of the PLPs election promises. DNAneeds to hold GBrallies LETTERS l email@example.com PMIngraham and his biting sarcasm Absolutely no apology necessary EDITOR, The Tribune. I SEE that former Governor General Arthur Hanna attended a recent PLP rally in North Andros. To my rec ollection, no former Bahami an Governor General has attended a partisan political event such as a rally after demitting office. This includes Sir Milo Butler, Sir Henry Taylor, Sir Clifford Darling, Dame Ivy Dumont and Sir Orville Turnquest. The Governor General is a symbol of unity and is above partisan politics. Former Governors General should acquit themselves with the decorum befitting their former office. Mr. Hannas attendance at the PLP rally was clearly inappropriate. It was also inappropriate of the PLP to have Mr. Hanna attend the rally. This showed a lack of respect by the PLP and the Leader of the Opposition for the Office of Governor General and the longheld custom of former Governors General not engaging in partisan political activity. The PLP seems so desper ate to win at any costs that they are willing to disrespect the Office of Governor General. DISAPPOINTED Nassau, March 7, 2012. G G o o v v e e r r n n o o r r a a t t P P L L P P r r a a l l l l y y
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org PERSONAL attacks are p art of public life and MPs should not be too sensitive,Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said. R esponding to Marathon MP Earl Deveauxs contribution to the debate on the F reedom of Information Act yesterday, Mr Mitchell said that having been in publicl ife for 20 years, he has been s ubjected to all manner of vile, vicious, political attacks, and takes the criti-c ism as part of the job choosing not to whine about it. H e said: I have always taken it to be that you are in the public domain, and I dont whine about being attacked publicly. I have a voice and i n a democracy I simply use all the voices I have to defend myself. It is in my view an occupational hazard of being a public figure in the Bahamaso r any other western count ry. While supporting the Bill as an effort to deepen thec ountrys democracy, Mr Deveaux lamented the use of the media to spread propa g anda and publicly attack government officials and in some cases their relatives. He said: The outright a ttempts at character and political assassination, which have come to be common p lace in our political discourse, are a danger to our way of life. But Mr Mitchell pointed o ut that the media is not the only place where personal attacks are launched. H e said it is hard to remain civil in Parliament while the Free National Movement ise ngaged in the nastiest camp aign in our political histo ry. He said: They make alle g ations of fraud, vote buying and violence, all of which I am satisfied they know to be n onsense, but doing so for purely political reasons and then expect us to come here and be civil in the House of A ssembly. Mr Mitchell said he sup ports a Freedom of Infor m ation Act but urged the government to follow through and enforce the legislation. I hear what you say about the philosophy of the freedom of information, but if you talk t he talk, you need to walk the walk, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012, PAGE 5 By LAMECH JOHNSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Democratic National Alliances Central and South Abaco candidate Roscoe Thompson says Abacos latest infrastructural projects should have been the Governments top priority for the island during their term in office. The statement by the Aba conian followed after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his Cabinet Ministers boasted at the FNM rally on Thursdayof the nearly completed $27 million airport terminal, the proposal of a new hospital anda completed administration complex for all government offices in a single location. Speaking on the terminal and hospital developments yesterday afternoon, Mr Thompson said: My understanding is, in priorities, it comes first. The airport and your hospital are your first two because with them youre allowed development and growth. Without them, youre not going to get investors to come in. The government complex couldve waited a couple years. Mr Thompson contends that there was a less costly alternative for the govern ment to constructing a multimillion dollar complex. They couldve gone and purchased Dove plaza and Memorial Plaza for $5 million and saved the Bahamian people $22 million. Why are we not stopping and thinking of what we are doing? Were just borrowing and borrowing and borrowing. The DNA candidate admit ted that the new airport terminal is a good thing, but said there was not sufficient planning into its location on the existing grounds. I think they have to take another look at it because it is so close to the car mat. Why wasnt it put further back you know, for expansion in years to come? Mr Thompson was not the only resident who felt the two major projects shouldve been top priority. A souvenir shop owner who wished to remain anonymous said both were promised nearly two decades ago but still appreciates that its underway. Im all for it, she said. Theyve been promising Abaco people that airport terminal now since I moved here in the 1990s and its finally coming around. As regards to that new hospital, Abaco definitely needs it because we have quite a few lil government clinics and stuff, but they arenot enough. Byron Glinton, director of reservations and leisure sales at the Abaco Beach resort, welcomes the new develop ments with open arms and said they were a necessity fora boost in business and com forts for tourists and locals. He said the new terminal is a vast improvement considering the number of visi tors that come to the island compared to other islands. Having an airport that have visitors outside after checking in, in all sorts of weather, this new one, its a vast improvement. Travel should be an enjoy able experience and the airport is really a living room to your country. So if you make your living room extremely welcoming and nice, youre going to be looking at overall, a very satisfied guest experi ence. Regarding the hospital, he says its welcome news to locals, visitors and second home owners who have complaints and fears that there is no hospital to treat them if they fall ill or cannot afford the cost to travel to Nassau. To hear the news from Dr Hubert Minnis that theyre going to have a medical func tioning hospital is welcome news. All of that is going to be strong for the local economy and its going to give people a lot more confidence. Mr Glinton says the busi ness at the resort has improved in the past year and revenue has definitely improved compared to last year and the rest of the year is looking extremely positive. The resort is looking for ward to rewards from major fishing tournaments sched uled in weeks to come and other group conventions booked to be hosted at the resort. The group business was not as good as it was last year, but we are showing good signs. DNA HITS OUT OVER FNM PRIORITIES F OR ABACO Mitchell: MPs should not be too sensitive over personal attacks such as Bahamasuncensored and Bahamas Press, claimingt hat those and other similar s ites lack journalistic decency. He said: The outright attempts at character and political assassination, which have come to be commonplace ino ur political discourse, are a d anger to our way of life. M r Deveaux said his own personal experience illustrates the importance of nurturinga culture of decency in journalism. I can cite many examples, b ut the efforts by some aspiring candidates seeking fame and their friends broadcast and social media who seek to destroy my character, hard earned reputation, and that of my wife stand out in my m ind as individuals who will not use self imposed standards of ethics, decency or truth to deter them from gaining their political end or serv-i ng their paymasters. They will live to regret their behaviour, he said. Mr Deveaux said the act seeks to reinforce and give further effect to the fundamental principles underlying the system of a Constitutiona l Democracy, including increasing governmental accountability, transparency and public participation in national decisions. T his is accomplished, he said b y granting the public access to records held by public authorities, subject to various exemptions. Exemptions will be used to ensure public accountabili-ty while maintaining essential confidentiality in necessary or s ensitive matters involving the government. Mr Deveaux added that the act provides an opportunity for the general public to gaini nsight into how the governm ent functions and how money is spent. This freedom of information law has the potential to dispel fears about secret deals, cronyism, personal favours preferential contracts, and o ther perversions of the public interest for private gain, he said. While urging journalists and civic leaders to use theF reedom of Information Act p roperly, Mr Deveaux said he also encourages civil servants and ministers to be open with the public, as they have a right to know what is being done on their behalf by their representatives. WARNING OVER SPREADING OF PROPAGANDA ON SOCIAL MEDIA f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e HEAD-TO-HEAD in the House of Assembly, Earl Deveaux and Fred Mitchell exchange arguments over the Freedom of Information Act and personal attacks received by MPs. Photos: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE B y LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter l firstname.lastname@example.org A FOX Hill man is on bail after he pleaded not guilty to using a popular restaurantsa ccount to defraud a local b ank of more than $5,000 last December. Shervaughn Watson, 35, of Springfield Road, was granted the bond yesterday morning when the prosecution offeredn o objection, revealing the a ccused had no previous brushes with the law. It is claimed that on December 9, 2011, Watson used counterfeit cheques drawn on the account of S enior Frogs to obtain mone y from four branches of Scotia Bank Bahamas Limited: Malborough Road, Wulff Road-Jerome Avenue, East Bay Street and the main branch on Rawsons Square. H e allegedly obtained a combined $5,187.33 from the f our locations. The accused denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. T he matter was adjourned for trial to May 4. Magistrate Guillimina of Court 10, Nassau Street is presiding over the case. By LAMECH JOHNSON T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN from the nations second city was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection fraud crimes c ommitted a decade ago. Leroy Bowe, 42, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, appearedb efore Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street facing four charges of f raud by false pretences. I t is claimed Bowe used a fake name, Leroy Glenn Miller, to obtain four govern m ent issued documents between March and August 2002. On March 28 of that y ear, he allegedly obtained a National Insurance card using the fake name, and obtained av oters card on April 3. I n July, he obtained a Bahamian passport before getting a drivers licence onA ugust 28, it is alleged. T he Drum Fish Drive resi dent denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty. He was granted $10,000 bail after the prosecution offered no objection, and was ordered to return t o court for trial on October 29. q uest initiated this war with personal attacks on a number of PLPs, creating a cause and e ffect situation. Responding to news of the suit, Mr Miller said: He has ar ight to do what he wants. H owever, Tommy started this war first with his attacks on a number of people during ther allies. The MP for Mount Moria h claims damages caused by slander and/or falsehood published, according to the Supreme Courts civil registryc ause list. The former MP for Blue Hills contends that this is nots o. He says its a normal thing during the election season for candidates to hit out at the other with jokes, but says T urnquest started it and took it to another level, creating cause and effect. If you attack me, I will c ounter attack but I never initiated any attack. I never called his wifes name. I neverc alled anyones name. Tommy Turnquest, he ini tiated these attacks from the F NMs very first rally in Tall Pines. Afterwards he called me out by name again at another FNM rally. M r Miller says he was not the only PLP to come under attack from the national secur ity minister. He also made crude remarks about the lawyer Keith Bell, a good man ofg ood reputation and character who has kids. Mr Miller said the PLP do n ot initiate attacks on its opposition, instead they focus on the issues. The former MP concluded t hat there are persons in the Bahamas who hold them selves equal to their countrym en and others who believe t hemselves to be superior. Mr Turnquest feels he is better than everybody elsew here he can attack and make jokes about people and there are no repercussions. H e said he has no problems with Turnquest taking the matter to court as it was his constitutional right to do so. H owever, he said that the plaintiff should consider not attacking others first. of his former students at the Eight Mile Rock High School in Grand Bahama. Former Governor's Harbour High School, Eleuthera teacher Orville Clarke, 37, was remanded to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in 2010 after he was accused of assaulting several female students months before his arraignment. During that same year, two teachers in Freeport were placed on leave pending the findings of an investigation into student-teacher sex alle gations. Also in 2010, Oswald Poitier, a volunteer music teacher at the North Andros High School was told that he would stand trial for allegedly hav ing sex with two female students. In 2009, 55-year-old John Ingraham, a former Jack Hayward High School teacher was charged in the Magistrate's court with having sex with a 12-year-old girl. By PACO NUNEZ T ribune News Editor T HE claims of voter fraud i n North Andros are nothing more than an attempt to intimidate voters, opposition leader Perry Christie said last night. A ddressing the crowd at t he opening of the PLPs Fox H ill constituency office, Mr Christie said it is one thing when the FNM attacks opposition MPs, but another thing entirely when civilians are thet arget. And make no mistake about it thats what these cooked-up allegations of voter fraud are all about: (Prime M inister) Hubert Ingraham is t rying to intimidate voters in North Andros and voters everywhere, he said. M r Christie said that for years, Mr Ingrahams detractors have accused him of act-i ng like a dictator. This voter fraud story is more of the same Hubert Ingraham sending a message t hat hes going to intimidate Bahamians who dont support him, he said. M r Christie said the PLP is working carefully to make sure all voters are registered in the right place under the new rules. If there is any confusion on the part of voters, as theya djust to new rules, it will be sorted out, and its hardly worthy of screaming and shouting from the Prime Minister, unless the Prime Minister is, as always, seeking to d istract from his record of failure, he said. H earings in North Andros a re already underway followi ng claims by the FNM candidate, Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, that PLP o peratives have been flying v oters in from other islands t o register in the constituency. The governing party has produced two lists of voters t hey want local authorities a nd election officials to invest igate. The FNM is said to have in its possession sworn state m ents from some of these i ndividuals, confirming they w ere flown into the island by PLP agents. SEX CLAIM OVER MALE TEACHER 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 TURNQUEST TO SUE OVER SLANDEROUS REMARK Christie says voter fraud claims are just intimidation F REDMITCHELL a t the opening of the Fox Hill constituency office for the PLP last night, where the leader of the Opposition, Perry Christie, h it back over claims of voter fraud in North Andros. Photos: T im Clarke / Tribune Staff MAN BAILED OVER FRAUD ALLEGATION CHARGED OVER DECADE-OLD CRIME
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012, PAGE 9 FREEPORT THE Grand Bahama Performing A rts Society has announced the return of its scholarship competition for high school students. On April 21, two lucky students will win an all-expensesp aid trip to French Woods S ummer Camp for the Performing Arts in upstate New York. T he competition is open to all high school students w ho will be between the ages of 13 and 17 on August 2012. An informational meeting w ill take place on Thursday, M arch 22, at the Wallace Groves Auditorium, Mary Star of the Sea School, at 7pm. A ll interested students and t heir parents are encouraged to attend to find out more about the camp, the application process and the competi tion. GBPAS committee members and last years competition winners will be on hand to answer questions after a short pre-s entation. T he application deadline is Friday, March 30. Applications can be obtained by e-mailing the GBPAS at gbperform@g mail.com, or from music, dance or drama teachers. T o be eligible, students must be citizens or residents who have lived on Grand Bahama for at least four years. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Bahamian consumers could substantially lower their electricity bills on Grand Bahama by implementing the right energy solu-t ion technology in their h omes and businesses. A t a town meeting hosted by Power Plus Bahamas, a group of energy technology experts from the US shared the latest in solar and othere nergy saving technology and products that can reduce energy consumption bym uch as 80 per cent. The h igh cost of electricity has b een a major issue for residents and businesses on the island. The fuel surcharge is based on the world marketm ovements in the price of o il, which could be very costl y. Community activist Troy Garvey said Power Plus Bahamas, has partnered with Power Plus Electric, Gen Pro,a nd Net Zero out of the United States to bring energy saving solutions to GrandB ahama consumers. J eremy Anderson, CEO of P ower Plus Electric; Mr Dwight Patterson, CEO of GENPRO Energy Solutions; and Anthony Cannon of Net Zero Development Groupw ere in Grand Bahama on T hursday. Mr Anderson said a n assessment must be conducted in order to determine the right energy solution for the consumer. According to some assessm ents conducted in Grand Bahama, he noted that consumers can save as much as8 0 per cent on their power b ills. We want to help the average residential and commercial consumer to live and conduct business without struggling to pay their power bill, he said. We go in and assess the situ ation and help Power Plus B ahamas use the right technology by finding out where the power is going, how much consumers are spending, and find areas where we can eliminate ord rastically cut back their energy consumption, he said. Mr Anderson said Bahamia ns should consider using s olar technology, energy effic ient lighting and installing proper insulation in their homes and buildings. Dwight Patterson, CEO of Gen Pro, said his companym anufactures renewable energ y products and distribute r enewable energy systems to companies throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas. He said that there is lighting technology that canr educe a consumers power bill up to 70 per cent. There are also pool pump t echnology and other cooling t echnology which does not use u tility and allows consumers to replace existing AC or pool pumps, Patterson said. He noted that anytime oil is used as the primary producero f electricity, the cost of elect ricity will always fluctuate b ased on the cost of a barrel of oil. If you can produce your own energy in any format you have control of your owne nergy cost, he said. Grand Bahamians urged to save energy and save money THE Bahamas Kennel C lub held its annual all-breed Obedience and Agility Trials at the Atlantis resort over thew eekend. Although the obedience competition is in its 31st year, this was the first time the clubo ffered agility trials as well. In addition to support from Atlantis, the show was also s ponsored by Purina, which over the past two years had done a great deal to prepare for the addition of the agility c omponent, helping fund seminars, workshops and equipment. O ne of the highlights of the show was a relay between a U S agility team, two Bahamian agility teams and one Puer to Rican agility team. T he completion was fierce with all of the teams completing the course in under a minute, but the Puerto Ricansc ame out on top. Bahamas Team 1 (Glen Koepp and Tara Lavallee) w ere fierce competitors, coming second, followed closely by Team USA and Bahamas Team 2. N ext year, the club said, it hopes to have at least eight teams participate in thee vent. ARTS SOCIETY OFFERS STUDENTS CHANCE By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HOUSE Speaker Alvin Smith yesterday demanded an apology from Frank Smith, MP for St Thomas More, forhis disorderly behaviour in the House of Assembly last week. The Speaker told Mr Smith he could not make a contribution on the Freedom of Information Bill without first apologising to the chamber for his previous actions. However, Mr Smith told the Speaker he did not intend anything ill towardthe House or the hallowed chamber, He refused to apologise. He then tried to continue with his contribution but was interrupted by the Speaker once again who told him he must apologise to the House and the Parliament. Mr Smith said: I stated my intention, but I will apologise because I was instructed to apologise, but I do not feel like I did anything wrong. The Speaker did not accept the apology and told the MP that it had to be unequivocal. To that, Mr Smith said: I apologise, now I shall moveon. The Speaker was referring to an incident in the House last week when Mr Smith was accused of assaulting a fellow parliamentarian and tak ing democracy to an all time low. The incident came when FNM Pineridge MP Kwasi Thompson attempted to reada Public Accounts Committee (PAC into the record, only to be set upon by Mr Smith, who attempted to shout over Mr Thompson and move his microphone. As Mr Thompson attempt ed to read the report, Fort Charlotte MP Alfred Sears and Mr Smith rose to their feet, Mr Sears repeating that he had a point of order to make and Mr Smith pushing away and covering Mr Thompsons microphone. Rising on a point of privi lege, Mr Smith denied assault ing Mr Thompson, claiming he never touched him. He said: For the record, to my recollection I never touched him and if I did it was not my intention. But Mr Thompson claims he was touched on two occa sions first when he stood to speak and again when Mr Smith attempted to move and cover his microphone. Eventually regaining control of the House, the Speak er asked what authority Mr Smith had to move the micro phone of another Member of Parliament. He said the House would move on and would not hear anything else on the matter. AGILITYCOMPETITORS Pete Drake and Sundance, Bonnie MacDonald and Katie, Richard Curry and Ari, Scott Werner and Sasha, Tara Lavallee and Kai, Glen Koepp and Sly, Sheyl a Gutierrez and Fanta, and Heidi Rivera and Hendrix. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS miniature pinscher Shorelines Luva Boy took the Bahamas Kennel Club Dog Show by storm, taking Best In Show on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: David Knowles POOCHES ON P ARADE A T SHOW SPEAKER DEMANDS SMITH APOLOG Y
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands A ssociated Press THE GOVERNMENT of the Turks and Caicos Islands says it has obtained a warrant for the arrest of a for-m er premier whom authorit ies want to question as part of a corruption probe. A government statement says the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team has been seeking to question Michael Misick for severalm onths. Misick is the focus of an investigation into allegations of corruption and money laundering during his t ime in office. Misicks whera bouts are unknown. The government said Monday it had obtained an international warrant through Interpol. Britain imposed direct rule o n the Caribbean territory in August 2009 and suspendedt he local government after a probe into allegations that local leaders misused public money and profited from the sale of government-ownedl and. WARRANT ISSUED FOR FORMER TURKS AND CAICOS PREMIER MICHAEL MISICK, the f ormer Premier o f the Turks and Caicos Islands, who has had an Interpol warrant issued for his arrest. TOULOUSE, France Associated Press A GUNMAN on a motorbike opened fire Monday at aJ ewish school, killing a rabbi and his two young sons as they waited for a bus, then chased down a 7-year-old girl, shooting her dead at pointblank range. It was the latest in a series of attacks on minorities that have raised fears of a racist killer on the loose. Authorities said the same weapon, a powerful .45-caliber handgun, was used in two other recent shootings in southwestern France, also involving an assailant who fled by motorbike. Those attacks left three people dead military paratroopers of North African and Caribbean origin. The shootings echoed across a nation that has been focused on an upcoming pres idential race in which issues about religious minorities and race have gained prominence.P resident Nicolas Sarkozy facing a hard re-election bat tle raised the terrorism a lert level in the region to its highest level, while also notinga possible racist motive. This act is despicable, it cannot go unpunished, Sarkozy said in a prime-time address to the nation. Each time this man acts, he acts to kill, giving his victims no chance. Mondays attack was as quick and methodical as it was terrifying. At around 8am, with more than 100 students and other worshippers inside a synagogue adjoining the Ozar Hatorah school, the gunman coolly got off his motor scooter. He opened fire at 30-yearold Jonathan Sandler, a rabbi who taught at the school, and his sons, 4-year-old Gabriel and 5-year-old Arieh, while they waited for a bus to a Jew ish primary school across t own. As the shots rang out, pan icked students darted inside t he school grounds and the attacker chased them, witnesses said. At one point, he grabbed the principals 7year-old daughter, Miriam Monsonego, by her hair, shot her in the head and fled. Cries of, There are shots! there are shots! rang out in the synagogue, recalled a 29year-old neighbor who gave only his first name, Baroukh. He said some children took refuge in a basement. Nicole Yardeni, a local Jewish official who saw security video of the attack, described the shooter as determined, athletic and well-toned. She said he wore a helmet with the visor down. You see a man park his motorcycle, start to shoot, enter the school grounds and chase children to catch one and shoot a bullet into herh ead, Yardeni said. Its unbearable to watch and you cant watch anymore aftert hat. He was looking to kill. Toulouse Prosecutor Michel Valet said a 17-year-old boy was also seriously wounded. He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults, Valet said. The children were chased inside the school. All of the dead were dual Israeli-French citizens, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. By 8pm, as a dozen police blocked access to the school, cries again echoed from within as community members mourned over the victims bodies before they were to be flown to Israel for burial. Authorities immediately increased security at schools and synagogues around the country. The attack revolted France, where school shootings are extremely rare, and drew strong condemnation fromI srael and the United States. France has suffered bouts of criminal anti-Semitism overt he years, often targeting syn agogues or Jewish cemeteries. Mondays slayings were the deadliest to target a Jew ish site since Palestinian militants shot and killed six peo ple in the popular Jo Goldenberg deli in Paris Marais district in 1982. Officials in France have been particularly sensitive toward the Jewish community because of the countrys World War II past of abetting Nazi occupiers in deporting Jewish citizens. Sarkozy and his main chal lenger, Socialist Francois Hollande, rushed to pay their respects in Toulouse. In Paris, Notre Dame Cathedral host ed a special Mass to honor the dead. Schools across the country planned a minute of silence in commemoration on Tuesday. A police official said the same .45-caliber handgun used in Mondays attack was usedi n the shootings four days ear lier that killed two paratroopers and seriously injured a third in nearby Montauban, as well as an attack that killed a paratrooper eight days ear lier in Toulouse. In Mondays attack, the killer also used a .35-caliber gun, firing at least 15 shots at the school, police officials said. Sarkozy said that Monday's shootings and the earlier paratrooper killings appeared to be motivated by racism. Of course, by attacking children and a teacher who were Jewish, the anti-Semitic motivation appears obvious, Sarkozy said. Regarding our soldiers, we can imagine that racism and murderous mad ness are in this case linked. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press ACTOR Sean Penn is being honored by a group of Nobel laureates for his relief work in Haiti following the countrys devastating January 2010 earthquake. Penn is to receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The event will be held in Chicago next month and is expected to draw such luminaries as Polands Lech Walesa and the Dalai Lama. Penn arrived shortly after Haiti's quake and established an aid organization now known as J/P Haitian Relief Organisation. The group has provided schools, medical care and housing to thou sands of people displaced by the quake. The actor issued a state ment Monday calling the award an extraordinary honor. A CT OR HON OURED F OR RESCUE EFF OR TS IN HAITI A MAN pays respect front of candles during a march, in Paris, Monday, March 19, 2012, after an assailant opened fire with two handguns Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a schoolgirl. PRAYERSFOR VICTIMS AMIDFEARS OFRACIST SERIAL KILLER A FEDERAL judge in Miami has granted a convicted Cuban spys request to return home temporarily to visit a brother suffering from lung cancer. According to Mondays order, Rene Gonzalez must return from Cuba within two weeks of his departure. Gonzalez is on probation after his release from federal prison last fall. The Justice Department argued against the request, arguing in a court filing last week that Gonzalez could get new spying instruc tions if he met with Cuban intelligence officials. Gonzalez is one of the socalled Cuban Five convicted of spying on Cuban exiles in South Florida and attempting to infiltrate mili tary installations and political campaigns. US ACTOR Sean Penn pictured in 2010 carrying the belongings of a person displaced by the earthquake as people are relocated from the Petion ville Golf Club to a new camp, Corail-Cesselesse, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. CUB AN SPY GRANTED HOME VISIT MURDER charges were filed against two male nursesS unday and a female nurse w as charged with covering up a crime in a case involving more than a dozen deaths at two Uruguayan hospitals, judicial officials said. The judge overseeing the c ase said there was no indication the two male nurses were acting together. Judge Rolando Vomero said after a court hearing that the accused admitted to causing a total of 16 deaths ofp atients, but added that the investigation continued and the number was not final. He said most of the apparent victims were not terminally ill. He said they were injected with overdoses of morphine or aid to cause death within minutes. V omero said one male n urse who worked at both h ospitals admitted being involved in five induced deaths, and the other to 11 deaths in one hospital. The judge said that from t he evidence gathered so far, it does not appear that there were any connections between the two nurses even though they both worked at the same place. Lawyer Ines Massioti, repr esenting one of the nurses charged with especially aggravated murder, told reporters that the judge had ruled the suspects could be held in jail. Massioti said her client acted out of pity. NURSES CHARGED OVER HOSPITAL DEATHS
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012, PAGE 11 Meet the stars of tomorrow FREEPORT PRIMARY SCHOOL students Neijah Darling (left c ard, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festivals Grand Bahama Adjudications at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport, March 8, 2012. Khadijah got her biggest laugh from the audience when she said she was supporting the PIP Party In Power. Photos: Eric Rose /BIS ALEXIS TURNQUEST (LEFT and T'Ahja Laing, from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, act out a scene about an older person telling a student about the old days, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival's Grand Bahama Adjudications. A NGEL ADDERLEY ( left) and Lashaunna Williams of the Maurice E. M oore Primary School perform a British scene about a book, during the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festivals Grand Bahama Adjudications. ANGEL ADDERLEY (left about a book, during the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festivals Grand Bahama Adjudications.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 THE TRIBUNE Sunday best GETTINGinto the spirit on Sunday during the parade for the 91st Church of God convention. It was one of two parades on the day, with the Anglicanc hurches also holding their annual Mothering Sunday procession. Church of God parade photos: Felip Major Anglican churches photos: Steve Hunt STARTING Y OUNG, a musician on the Church of God parade. SOME of the youngsters on the Church of God parade. THREE young drummers on the Anglican parade. ONEOF the drummers taking part in the Anglican Mothering Sunday parade. ANGLICAN marchers make their way along Bay Street past Parliament.