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BAHAMAS EDITION

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008





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& By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter —

PANIC struck the FNM
when Minister of Education
- Carl Bethel checked himself
into the Accident and Emer-
gency. reom.at.-Princess.Mar-
garet Hospital yesterday morn-
ing.

The minister had been ‘feeling
faint while attending the launch
of the Public Service Improve-
ment Programme at police

headquarters in East Street,

Nassau. ;

Mr Bethel admitted himself
to hospital at around 11am and
preliminary .tests showed he had
an elevated blood sugar. ;

_ However, he was soon sta-
bilised and resting comfortably.

project

THE Inter-American Devel-

opment Bank yesterday

- announced the approval of a
$100 million loan to the
Bahamas to support a pro-
gramme to improve transport
in New Providence.

Nassau already has more than
900 miles of roads but the net-
work’s capacity is insufficient
for its growing volume of traffic.

The 25-year IDB loan will
assist the Ministry of Public
Works and Transport in com-
pleting the New Providence
Transport Programme, which
h:.s an estimated total cost of
$162 million.

The programme has faced
escalating costs in recent years
due to the high demand for con-
struction services, equipment,
materials and labour in The
Bahamas, conditions that were
exacerbated by disruptions such
as the hurricanes of 2005.

The New Providence Trans-
port Programme foresees the
construction of nine miles of
new roads and the improvement
of 14 miles of existing roads,
mostly by widening. Part of the
work was completed using
resources from an earlier loan.

The new loan also supports
the institutional strengthening
of the Ministry of Public Works
and Transport. It will finance
key studies on traffic manage-

ment for downtown Nassau and
routine road maintenance in

SEE page 10



WINES & SPIRITS

Bethel’s family

not concerned

as tests reveal
low blood sugar

Mr Bethel’s brother-in-law
and Minister of Labour Dion
Foulkes said both the family
and the party are no longer dis-
tressed.

He added: “The family are

not concerned. I visited him
today (Friday) and he is doing
very well. He is in a very good
mood and he is very jovial, and
the matter is a very minor mat-
ter. We expect him to be dis-

FNM Minister
hospitalised



charged very soon.”

Mr Bethel was unusually qui-
et in the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, and appeared to
fall asleep while resting on his
arm.

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THE sentencing hearing of
convicted drug trafficker
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles was
adjourned to next Friday.

Knowles was found guilty on
two drug trafficking charges fol-
lowing a retrial in March. A US
Grand Jury convicted Knowles
of conspiracy to import cocaine
and conspiracy to possess
cocaine with intent to distrib-
ute the illegal. drug. Knowles,
who was classified as a “drug
kingpin” by US president
George W Bush, was extradited
from The Bahamas in August
2006 on federal narcotics

- charges.

‘Knowles spent six years in
Her Majesty’s Prison fighting

extradition to the United States.

US authorities claimed that
Knowles was a participant in a
conspiracy between 1995 and
1996 to import several thousand
kilograms of.cocaine into the

TIM CLARKE/Tribune staff

UPSET LOAD: Shortly after 1 pm A 40-foot flatbed truck carrying lumber overturned on Cumberland Street, in the heart of _
downtown Nassau, at around 1pm yesterday, causing a massive traffic back-up. The driver escaped with no injuries.

Man shoots
woman near
Corner Motel

POLICE confirmed yes-
terday that they are looking
for a suspect involved in the
shooting of a woman early
Friday morning at the Corner
Motel on Carmichael Road.

Supt Walter Evans said
that around 4am yesterday,
the woman was standing in

front of the Corner Motel
with a few persons, when a
“light-complexion male

. emerged and shot her in the

shoulder.” None of the other
persons was injured.

She was rushed to Princess
Margaret Hospital and is list-
ed in stable condition.









Shipping firm
closes its doors

@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

PRESS were turned away as
Pioneer Shipping closed its
gates for the last time on Fri-
day afternoon. However,
unpaid staff made redundant
with just days notice were anx-
ious to be heard.

Around 39 staff, who had

worked at the shipping dock on‘

Bay Street, were told their jobs
would be made redundant just a
week before the dock closed



yesterday, with no confirmation
of redundancy pay.
Concerned employees said
they had been given nothing in
writing until their last day when
a letter signed by company pres-
ident Arthur Thompson was
presented to each employee,
calculating the pay owed to
them: two weeks salary instead
of notice, two weeks vacation
pay and two weeks pay for

SEE page 10

United States using "go fast"
vessels.

The court also ordered the
forfeiture of $13.9 million,
which represents the money
received in exchange for and

‘used to facilitate the distribu-

tion of narcotics, according to
US officials. Knowles faces a
maximum statutory sentence of

‘life imprisonment on each

count.
Numerous attempts to eae

Knowles' US attorney Jacob.

Rose for comment on the hear-
ing, which was scheduled to
begin yesterday, proved unsuc-
cessful up to press time yester-
day. It is understood however
that the US probation office
was expected to hand over its
pre-sentencing investigation
report on Knowles, outlining

SEE page 3
Obituary
notice is

discovered

near body.

a By BPENT O° AN
Vo awe Staifi: Teporter-
bacan@tribunemedia.net

POLICE have confirmed that
they did find another person’s obit:
uary near the body. of the man who
was stabbed to death and left at
Clifton Pier, a senior official said
yesterday.

Chief Supt Glenr Miller, officer
in charge of the Central Detective
Unit, confirmed this as police were
still awaiting a positive identifi-
cation on the manj who was fouhd
on rocks with-multiple stab
wounds to the upper‘body.

The positive identification
police are seeking will be carried
out either by a relative, or by fim

_gerprinting, said Mr Miller.

A Jamaican passport was also
found near the body/of the victim,
who was said to have been in his
thirties. He was found on Wednes-
day morning wearing a T-shirt,
camouflage jacket and jeans and
clutching a stab wound to the
upper chest with pools of dried
blood visible on the rocks beneath
him.

When asked if it is susnected
the man was wanted by police for
questioning, Mr Miller said: “If it
is who we think it is, we wanted to
see him in connection with a
homicide.”

Though police have not yet
commented on who the person is
in the obituary, sources have indi-
cated to The Tribune that it might
be that of the person the dead man

SEE page 9 »



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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Black people
losing ‘self-
discipline’

m= By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

BLACK people may be los-
‘ing the “self-discipline” to
achieve their potential “in a
world which is still not ready to
accept them on their face”, one
of the foremost scholars on
Jamaican political philesopher
Marcus Garvey told an audi-
ence at the College of the
Bahamas.
Giving a talk which described
the manner in which Garvey
was born to a poor family in
Jamaica at the end of the 19th
century and dedicated his early

years to educating himself

before inspiring a mass move-
ment advancing a pan-africanist'
philosophy, Professor Robert
Hill claimed that understand-
ing how Garvey became the
man he was is as significant as
his belief system.

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He was presenting the talk at
the College on Thursday night,
entitled “Marcus Garvey’s mis-
sion” — despite suffering a
major setback in the form of
having his bag, containing his
prepared notes, lost enroute to
Nassau earlier in the week.

Garvey founded the. Univer-
sal Negro Improvement Asso-
ciation in 1914 and advocated
those of African descent return-
ing to their ancestral territories.

Prof Hill.said of the fact that
the UNIA leader has long been
associated with images where
he dons his “gentlemanly”
attire, academic robes or mili-
tary plumes: “There is validity
(to identifying Garvey with
these images), but that’s not my
Garvey, my Garvey is the little
boy who took a book of gram-
mar to work every day. Without
that he could never have
acquired knowledge — what he
did to reverse the tide against
Africa. It didn’t just fall out of
the sky.”

He added: “My fear is that is
being lost. That self-discipline
to achieve that in the face of a
world which is not ready to face
black people on their face —
that’s what we have to deal
with.” ;

Prof Hill said Garvey’s story
is “much more complex and
pertinent than the pastiche that
(he). has been reduced to.”

’ Inspired by his own experi-
ences in his youth, Garvey
advised that people should
“never stop learning’’, should
read for at least four hours a
day, and should “rely on the
knowledge of those who came
before you,” said the academic.

Prof Hill’s talk at the College,

which was attended by around

40 people, was.arranged by the..

Bahamas Association for Cul-

“tural Studies, headed by Patricia
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The Nassau Music Society,
represented by president
Patrick Thomson (right, cen-
tre) and Linda Thomson (left,

centre), present director and:

conductor of the Bahamas
Concert Orchestra Jo Anne
Connaughton, with a cheque
for $2,000 to help with the
expenses of running the two
orchestras that she directs.
Around them are members
of the junior or apprentice

-orchestra, which number

around 45 players, who range
in age from four years old.
The senior orchestra has 60
players. a

The Nassau Music Society,

is sponsored by SG Hambros,
Royal/Fidelity, Pictet Bank
and Trust and RoyalStar
Assurance, and its represen-
tatives said they are very excit-
ed about the revival of the
Bahamas concert orchestras,
senior and junior, and hope
to be able to incorporate them
into their annual programme

of concerts during the coming -
" sedsons.

"It is wonderful to see kids
at such a young age taking

. part in playing classical music

and hopefully if more children
become involved in activities

- such as music, some of the

problems that the school sys-
tem appears to be experienc-
ing will diminish," Mr Thom-
son said.

"We support Jo Anne and
the Orchestra wholeheartedly.
We are trying to arrange for
them to play with a pianist and
cellist from Europe next April
or May."

He added: "The Nassau
Music Society is also in the
process.of awarding a schol-

arship from the Nassau Music
Society Foundation and the

.winner ‘will be announced at

the beginning of June, 2008,
by the Lyford Cay Founda-
tion, who administers the
scholarship fund."

Photo: Eric Rose

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Airline may cut
flights to Nassau

= By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

FLIGHTS to Nassau could
be cut by American Airlines to
meet the cost of soaring fuel
prices.

The rising cost of fuel led AA
to announce on Wednesday
that it will start charging $15 for
the first item! of checked lug-
gage and will reduce domestic
flights across the US.

’ Now chairman and CEO
Gerard Arpey has confirmed
that flights from New York and

Miami to unidentified
Caribbean destinations are like-
ly to be considered for the chop.

Caribbean tourism ministers
have been invited to attend a
special meeting to discuss the
impact of possible flight cuts by
American and other US-carri-
ers.

An American Airlines
spokesman said: “There are no
specifics to share at this time
regarding flights that will be cut.
Some of those detailed deci-
sions simply have not been
made. I don’t have a timeline

for when the specific flight cut
decisions will be made, but you
could expect to hear some

specifics in the next few weeks.” -

Neko Grant, Minister of
Tourism'for the Bahamas, who
will attend the AA meeting in

’ Antigua on Thursday, said: “It

is difficult to say how it would
affect us until they advise us on
what they intend to do. We

could be in an advantageous |

position because of our prox-
imity, but as the price of oil con-
tinues to go ‘up, we are con-
cerned and we will seek to man-

age the situation as best we
can.”

Airlines are warning that the
whole industry will have to be
reshaped as a result of record
oil prices.

Director of Communications
for Virgin Atlantic, Paul
Charles, says over the next few
months, it will be a case of sur-
vival of the fittest.

"A 20 per cent rise (in oil
prices) in a couple of weeks
time is enough to test any of the
strongest airlines," Mr Charles
said.

Graduate beats personal
tragedy to complete 14
year degree programme

WHEN Gordon Lightbrourn
walks across the platform at the
Diplomat Centre to receive his
graduation diploma as one of
the 2008 graduates from the
College of The Bahamas, he
will feel as if he has completed a
marathon.

Finally finishing his bache-
lor’s degree programme in law
and criminal justice has taken
more stamina, determination
and will to struggle against the
odds than even running a 26.2
mile race — because it has taken
him close to 14 years.

He will graduate with credit
and an overall GPA of 3.25 but
grades don’t even scratch the
surface of his story.

Gordon completed an‘asso-
ciate’s degree in computer data
processing in 1994 and confi-
dently enrolled for a bachelors
degree. in:electronics, little real-

ising that.he and electronics -~

were not going to be a happy
partnership. He quickly decided
he needed to change and won-
dered what he could transfer to.

He then remembered some-
thing his aunt had told him
when he was a boy: she had pre-
dicted that he would be a musi-
cian and do something in law.

“I used to ask a lot of ques-
tions when I was a child,” recalls
Gordon, “and a lot of people
commented on my logical way
of thinking. ‘You have a
lawyer’s mind’ they would say.”
As for the music, Gordon sings
and writes gospel songs, has
won a Marlin award for album
of the year and is the composer
of the song, ‘Stop Blowing Bub-
bles’, which has become his sig-
nature song.

So, after the disaster with the
electronics programme, he
switched majors to law and
criminal justice but, after a pos-
itive start, things started to go
wrong. His wife became sick
and her health slowly deterio-
rated. /

She was diagnosed with poly-
cystic kidney syndrome, a pro-
gressive genetic disorder of the
kidneys which leads to kidney
failure, and lymphangioleiomy-
omatosis, a rare lung disease in
which cysts block small airways.

Gordon’s progress in the new
programme was thus hindered
by his wife’s chronic illness and

Business owners reluctant

the need to care for her. He
became a part-time student but
was still unable to attend class-

es and was forced to withdraw:

from a number of courses.

Sometimes a whole academic
year would pass without his
completing a course; his wife’s
health was a constant worry.and
he sought solace in drugs.

He was able to add credits to
his programme however, and
he always did well when he saw
a course through to its comple-
tion, but he confesses that to
look at his transcript would lead
to questions like “what in the
world is going on here?”
because, although there are a
number of As and Bs, there are



GORDON Lightbour : ;

also long gaps between courses
and many withdrawals caused
by his having to miss too many
classes.

Things reached crisis point
when his wife died from kidney
failure and lung collapse and
his 10 year period of candidacy
at the college ran out.

He was at his lowest ebb: the
woman he loved was gone, he
was no longer a student because
time had expired and he had
relapsed into drug use. The

great irony was that in spite of

everything, he needed only one
course to finish his degree but
he just could not find the will
power or the focus to do it in
time. It seemed as if he would

have to give up and start all
over again.

“Through all the bad times,
though,” says Gordon, “I could
see a ray of light in the dark-

~ ness and I knew it would con-

tinue to flicker and get brighter
if I managed to go back to
school. But I couldn’t face start-
ing all over again. I knew the
lecturers were behind me and
they encouraged me to write a
letter asking to be given special
dispensation so that I could do
the last course.”

But he procrastinated. Then,
one day he was on a bus that
stopped to jet Thaddeus
McDonald cross Thompson
Boulevard and the Dean of
Social and Educational Studies
saw Gordon and stopped to talk
through the jitney’s window. Dr
McDonald told Gordon that he

sand the whole School of Social

Studies were rooting for him
and he had to get himself back
into the college. That faith
inspired Gordon to put togeth-
er his letter asking to be read-
mitted.

Two weeks later he gave the
letter to Dr McDonald’s secre-
tary who said she would type it
for him but when he went back
to collect it, he was met by sob-
bing and crying in fhe hallway —
it was the day Dr McDonald
was murdered.

Although devastated, Gor-
don sang at Dr McDonald’s
funeral and, soon after, he
received the good news that he
had been readmitted to take his
last course in the spring semes-
ter 2008. He showed his deter-
mination and gratitude by
achieving an A-. He had fin-
ished his degree and will walk
into his future at the end of
May.

However, Gordon’s academ-
ic pursuits are not over. He now
wants to enroll in the LLB pro-
gramme and become a lawyer.
He has taken the entrance
examination and is waiting for
the result. He knows it will be
difficult because he will have to
take classes during the day and
work at night but he is undaunt-
ed by that prospect.

“J don’t think anything could
be more difficult than what I’ve
already been through,” he said,
“and I know I can do it.”

to share data for Census

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Junior Reporter

RELUCTANT business owners may be
forced to reveal confidential information
to the government for a new census exer-

cise, it has emerged. .

This comes after The Tribune learned
that some business owners are threatening
not to co-operate with the government’s
ambitious new economic census plan.

According to a Department of Statistics
representative, businesses are obligated to
answer census questions, as stated in the
Statistical Act Section (9), Subsection (1)

1973.

However, no business owners who spoke
to The Tribune this week said they were —
aware of an obligation to share their sensi-

tive information.

“Not every business is going to complete
this,” the representative of one business
said, "for one thing, the questions go too

i

far."

He and other business owners said they
are worried that their personal details will
end up being exposed for all to see, as
"nothing is confidential in the Bahamas."

Mrs Deveaux says the census “will com-
prise the sum total of a particular industry of
the economy by island and other industry

classifications."

She said it will enable the government
to "find out the number of businesses we
have and to update our Business Register
Frame and to provide a benchmark for our
national accounting system".

In measuring business activity, the
Department of Statistics hopes to collect
existing businesses’ information as it per-
tains to numbers of employees, hours
worked, total earnings, revenue, expenses,
depreciation and changes to capital.

Mr Dionsio D'Aguilar, president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, supports
businesses submitting this information to

the census.

"I don't see what the fear is. Is knowing
another business' personal information
going to make me change the way I run my
business? No."

"While the Department did a great job of
marketing the economic census, they could
be a lot more creative in getting people to

comply. As it is, people won't do it because

\

they are either lazy and/or feel no obligation
to do so," Mr D'Aguilar said. "This is what
first world countries do, but not in the
Bahamas".

On the question of how the census is
going, Mrs Deveaux replied: "Initially, when
undertaking a project of such a magnitude,
we had some challenges, however to date,
we can say that the project is coming along
well, meeting our target start-up. Field work
and questionnaire collection too is going
well". The information will be released to
the public in "report form, tentatively mid-
2010" said Mrs Deveaux.

BTC in wireless



tions infrastructure.”

network.

and upgrades.



technology deal

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company has signed a
deal with a leading US technology firm to bring a next genera-
tion communications network to the Bahamas.
The aim is to save the company several million dollars a year
and provide the country with “a world leading communica-

Sonus Networks, a Massachusetts based company, announced
in a press release yesterday that it has been chosen to replace the
legacy or older technology across the company’s entire wireline

"The Bahamas Telecommunications Company continues to
deliver on its promise to provide leading edge technology to
maintain the competitive position of the Bahamas in the glob-
al marketplace. Our customers deserve the highest quality of
voice and Internet services," said I Kirk Griffin, executive vice
president at BTC in the release. "By migrating from the tradi-
tional network to an IP-based infrastructure from Sonus Net-
works, we are bringing world class communications throughout
our region. We are preparing for the future delivery of next gen-
eration network services, enabling our business and residential
communities to remain globally competitive and connected."

BTC is said to have estimated that, by choosing Sonus tech-
nology, it will save over a million dollars a year in energy costs
and approximately another million dollars a year in maintenance

The plan between the companies also includes a disaster
recovery site located in Miami, to allow BTC to quickly recov-
er the islands' communications network in the event of an
occurance, such as a hurricane, that causes outages in Nassau.

"BTC is taking a leap forward, and investing in the future of
communications," said Hassan Ahmed, CEO and chairman at
Sonus Networks. "BTC is ahead of many major carriers in its
adoption of IP-based telephony. We are proud to be chosen for
this country-wide deployment, and look forward to continuing
our relationship with BTC, enabling it to deliver new services to
‘| both business and home subscribers."

The network components will be primarily installed in Grand
Bahama and New Providence. The Family Islands will be served
by this centralised equipment over the BTC network.

BTC will also have equipment located in Miami to deal with
traffic to local US carriers, as well as function as a disaster
recovery site. If an unforeseen event occurs, the islands' com-
munications network can be quickly recovered by the back up
network components located in Miami.












































Convicted drug

trafficker awaits
sentencing fate

FROM page one

rs FT amn cs oes

recommendations on how long
a convicted drug trafficker
should spend in jail, recom-
mended fine and terms of his
probation following his release.
Yovanny Lopez Public Affairs
Specialist in the US Attorney's
Office, Southern District of
Florida, confirmed that the sen-
tencing hearing is scheduled to
continue on Friday, May 30.

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Corrosive ocean water closer to shore

SEATTLE — The ocean is getting more

corrosive closer to shore decades earlier than
anyone expected, thanks in large part to the
carbon dioxide being pumped into the air by
human activities, new research shows.

The increasingly acidic water threatens the
survival of a wide range of organisms, includ-
ing certain microscopic plants and animals
called plankton found at the base of the food
chain; shellfish such as oysters, mussels and
clams; juvenile forms of different marine ani-
mals; and coral. The acidity can dissolve the
shells and skeletons of these creatures.

Carbon dioxide — made infamous for fuel-
ing global warming — partially is absorbed by
the world’s oceans, but it changes the pH or
acidity of the seawater. Scientists collecting
water samples from Canada to Mexico last
summer found surprisingly acidic conditions
near the coasts. ; '

“This is what we might expect the surface
water pH to be 100 years from now,“ said
Richard Feely, an oceanographer with
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab-
oratory in Seattle. He’s the lead author of a
paper released Thursday in the online version
of the journal Science.

About one-third of the carbon dioxide pro-
duced when fossil fuels are burned sinks into
the ocean. Windy conditions found from ear-
ly spring to late summer cause an upwelling of

deeper, more acidic water to near the sur- =.

face along the West Coast.

Earlier work by Feely and colleagues doc-
umented more corrosive water in the open
ocean at deeper depths; the new study marks
the first time researchers looked at the shal-
lower coastal shelf, where more marine plants
and animals could be at risk. The study doc-
umented corrosive water as close as four
miles from the northern California coast.

“This is a startling result,” said Edward
Miles, a professor with the University of
Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and
School of Marine Affairs. He was not part of
the study.

“It means the global community needs to

pay much more attention to documenting
what is going on in the global coastal ocean as
well,“ he said.

Next Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell is host-
ing a field hearing in Seattle on the effects of
climate change and ocean acidification on
this region. Last year, the Washington sena-
tor sponsored a bill to create a national pro-

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While small, shelled organisms are most
obviously at risk from the harmful effects of
high levels of carbon dioxide, these creatures
are the prey of larger marine life, including
salmon and, ultimately, orcas.

Climate change “could really dramatically
affect the oceans and Puget Sound,” said Cia-
ran Clayton, a Cantwell spokeswoman.

“Worst case scenario, it’s a complete col-

lapse of food chains.“

Terrie Klinger from the UW School of
Marine Affairs will be among those testifying
next week. She’s not sure what to expect in
coming decades — the research is still
nascent. The trouble is that a variety of
changes — warmer water temperatures, less
oxygen, increased ultraviolet radiation — can
add up in unpredictable ways.

“Research is tending to focus on negative
responses because those are of concern to
economic and social systems,” she said. “But
there is evidence of potential for positive
responses.“

Some sea grasses do better with higher
temperatures and acidity, and certain plank-

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“My own opinion is the ocean won’t be

‘empty,” Klinger said. “But 100 years from

now it could look very different.” .:....- 5
Brett Bishop, owner of Little Skookum

Shellfish Growers in Shelton, who also will °

testify, is anxious all the same.
“Increased acid in seawater might dissolve
the shells of our shellfish crops,” he said after

learning about the new research. “Very scary

stuff.”

The research was part of the North Amer-
ican Carbon Programme West Coast Cruise
with support from the National Science Foun-
dation and Oregon State University. Other
researchers working with Feely were
NOAA’s Christopher Sabine and scientists
from OSU, the University of Baja California
and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. More test-
ing is planned for next year.

“This is a really more widespread prob-
lem than just the areas we’ve been able to
study so far,” Feely said. “We need to look at
these areas really carefully.”

(This article is by Lisa Stiffler - c.2008 Seat-
tle Post-Intelligencer).

Bahamas.

BEC reply
must have

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE tell me your article
on page eight of this morning’s
Tribune was a joke, as I found it
quite comical. How’can anyone,

especially BEC themselves:

launch an attack on columnist
Adrian Gibson for his truth and
factual article printed just a few
days ago?

_ While the following is not
directed at everyone in BEC as
it is never wise to paint every-
one with the same brush, the
entire corporation and general
public nonetheless should take
note.

Quite frankly BEC should
take Mr Gibson’s constructive
criticism well as I for one will
not be so kind. Please stop with
the excuses that ...we are so
“highly admired”. throughout

- the Caribbean, because you're

not and if you are it is by Sth
world countries with no power.
Instead of trying to improve and
fix the ever so many problems
the corporation has they run
pathetic excuses through the
media as in today’s article being
a prime example. “We light up
your life”, at the end of the day
I don’t know if they could light
a candle... with a match!

The daily outages on this
island is unacceptable and unex-
plainable. Your storage issues
to be blunt is a “you” problem
and not the consumer’s
(although indirectly it is, as the
monthly bill is padded to a lev-
el Bill Gates couldn’t afford).
If you had any form of compe-
tition, arrangements would have
been made a long time ago to
make the corporation more effi-
cient and profitable. That's what
happens in the private sector,

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net






Mr General Manager, when
business trends change so does
the business, they adapt,
improve service, cut unneces-
sary costs, etc. I know this
sounds like a foreign concept
to the corporation but I swear it
is true, it happens on a daily
basis in the private sector. And
please, stop bragging about
your employment being 100 per
cent Bahamian, as you are
about 50 per cent overstaffed
to begin'with and furthermore
many of them couldn’t organise
a one car funeral.
Additionally if you are so
proud to be a 100 per cent
Bahamian run corporation (and

‘most of the time we should all

be proud of this fact), with your
track record I suggest some
changes should seriously be
considered as I wouldn’t brag
about my staff if my company
had that level of service. |
The year is 2008 people, and
with the exorbitant rates you
are charging (one of the highest
in the world I might add, and
believe me, I've researched this
for years) there should be no
excuse for frequent power out-
ages and more importantly low

‘voltage ruining all of our appli-

ances and electronics. It has got
to the point where I now unplug
everything before I go to bed
so at least I. know something
will be in working order for the
morning. And while we are on
the low voltage subject can
someone in BEC please tell me
what is going on with my claim

| been a joke

since it was submitted to Mr
Thompson on August 21, 2007?
I finally got an inspector to my
house in January 2008 who
admitted fault due to low volt-
age and to date I have not
received a penny for an air-con-
ditioning unit that has run me
well over $2000. In other coun-
tries, and I quote from this
morning’s article “throughout
the Caribbean”, not only would
I be compensated, but my
monthly power bill would also
be compensated should numer-
ous outages occur.

Other countries in the world I
am sure could use the same
excuses but don't and it shows
with their level of quality and
service. If you are going to
charge one of the highest rates
in the world, provide horrible
service, have an apathetic con-
sumer base and still lose mil-
lions of $$$ then quite frankly I
don’t know if even.the Lord can
help you. I could go on and on,
but some of us have to get to
work. Some free advice; take
Mr Gibson’s article as con-
structive criticism and look in
the mirror and improve. We all
have to go through this exer-
cise at some point in our lives,
God knows.I have many times.

On a final note, I would love
to attend the same meeting Mr
Gibson does with the general
manager as I would too love to
be enlightened on the areas I
have missed in this intriguing
corporation known as the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion.

CHRISTOPHER
ARMALY
Nassau,

May 22, 2008.

We must save,

not punish, our

Bahamian youth

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Why are the media and
politicians killing our youth?
Why is it everyday I read in
the newspaper of the media

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PIERROT HYPPOLITE OF DEAN’S
LEAN, FORT CHARLOTTE, P.O. BOX SB-50296, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 24TH day of MAY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,

VACANCIES

Success Training College‘anticipates the following
full-time vacancies beginning this fall:

Faculty Positions
Accounting/Business
Information Technology
Mathematics
English Language
Allied Health Science

Administrative Position

portraying our youth nega-
tively and the politicians jump-
ing on the bandwagon to try
and further their political
agenda? Shame! Shame!
Shame!

Why is the media drumming
on an institution that believes
in saving our youth? Why are
they pursuing these stories to
put pressure on the educa-
tional institution to throw this
youth to the wolves?

What they should be doing
is applauding this institution
for saving our young people.
When are we, as citizens,
going to come together and
put a stop to the press that
could violate and destroy the
life of a youth who may have
made a mistake? Is that the
end of life for the person?
Please I beg you, politicians
and all concerned, let it rest.

Give kudos to this great
institution for giving our youth
another chance and attack the
ones who do not have the
“guts” to support our young
people when they fall. The
newspaper’s headlines should
read “School most worthy of
praise as they are in the busi-
ness of saving our young chil-
dren’s lives, not throwing
them away.”

I say to the faculty of that
school to keep up the awe-
some job you are doing. You
may not have been able to

prevent the situation this time,
but at least you did not try to
throw it into the hands of our
dangerous and reckless media.
Do not allow the media and
politics to dictate or determine
how you choose to save our
youth of this nation. They too
should be in the business of
saving our young people,
especially the males. However,
sad but true, They are not.

We Bahamians always
speak of how our boys are “no
good”, do you believe expos-
ing the whole nation to this
behaviour everyday makes the
situation for the young boy,
or the young girl any better?
No it does not. If this were
any of their children do you
believe they would want to
continue to rape these chil-
dren by way of the press? So
why do it to other parents’
children? Some of us pretend
that we want our youth to pre-
vail, but in the end “once it
isn’t our child” we are cool
with it. This is not the attitude
to take if we truly want our
nation to progress.

Signed,

A student who is extremely
grateful and happy to have
been given a second chance
by a school to complete my
education because they are in
the business of saving our
youth.

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Program Dev/Admin Officer

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NOTICE

Interested persons should submit letter of interest
along with curriculum vitae to the President, Success
Training College, Bernard Road, Nassau, by May 30,
2008. Applicants with relevant mater’s degree and
at least five years experience preferred for faculty
positions, but individuals with bachelor’s level
qualification may also be considered.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELA HORACE OF ROSE
STREET, FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 24TH
day of MAY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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gramme in a ceremony at the Paul H Farquharson Police Conference Centre, East Street, yesterday.

Public service
begins a ‘long
journey’ to its
lasting reform



= By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

COMING away from a government agency
frustrated and with a frown on your face may
become a thing of the past if the Bahamas’ first
public Service Improvement Programme,
launched yesterday, has its intended effect.

According to Prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, the Bahamas will be among the pioneers in
the region as it sets out on the “long journey” to
transform ina “scientific and measured way” the
way in which the public sector services the needs

-of the population.

Starting this month, academics and students at
the College of the Bahamas will begin the first
phase of the Public Service Improvement Pro-
gramme, carrying out customer satisfaction sur-
veys and holding focus groups.

The information gathered will allow the
researchers to determine a “baseline” from which
the public’s perception of the performance of
government agencies can be measured over time
to determine what advances are made as the pro-
gramme proceeds.

The data will also feed into ihe design of each
department’s improvement programme set to get
underway later in the year.

Public officers will are set to be interviewed, so
their “attitudes, behaviours and values” can be
gauged in an effort to identify the department’s
“organisational culture” and how it effects per-
formance.

Within each agency, Service Improvement

Teams will be formed, with certain people desig-
nated “change agents” for their department. It is
hoped that public service officers will in this way
be encouraged to “buy-in” to the programme.
Mr Ingraham, explaining that a well function-
ing public service is crucial to good governance
and the “effective and responsive delivery” of
services to the public, said that he has a “long-
standing commitment” to public sector reform.

“We expect that in the future individuals walk-
ing away from a public sector agency will increas-
ingly have a public service experience that is dif-
ferent from what it is now,” he said.

Along with the: College of the Bahamas, the
government is also partnering with a regional
inter-government agency, the Caribbean Centre
for Development Administration (CARICAD) to
achieve its objectives. CARICAD is a CARI-

-COM agency specialising in transforming and

modernising public sectors in the Caribbean.

Mr Ingraham, who has ministerial responsibil-_
ity for the public service, said that the decision to
partner with these institutions was based ‘on a.

recognition of the “inherent pitfalls” in mandat-

. Ing a public agency — the Department of Public
Service — to transform itself and other public.

agencies.
Some of the outcomes the government aims
to produce in government departments include

increased accessibility, professionalism, timeli-

ness and effective communication.

Bahamas Public Service Union president John
Pinder said the union welcomes the initiative and
believes public service providers will get onboard,
as Mr Ingraham indicated that they must in order
for the SIP to be successful.

He said he agreed with the six “pilot agencies”
chosen by the government to test the programme
— the Department of Public Service, the Registrar
General’s Office, the Building Control Division,

the Road Traffic Department, the Department of .

Physical Planning and the Passport Office. “Cer-
tainly they were some of the areas that had chal-
lenges when it relates to service.’

However, he said that the government must
also recognise that efficient delivery of services in
the public sector is also hindered by a lack of
technology, training and human resources provi-

. sions.

“It should come with two things: a price, as it
relates to salaries, and secondly, better equip-
ment. If they provide the public service with the

right equipment and tools they can certainly per- -

form their duties more effectively,” he said.

Why you Vex?



@ By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

“I vex because I am getting
tired of hearing.that the PLP is
doing this and doing that and
visiting (their constituencies).
All these people having the
wool pulled over their eyes,
because when they were in
power did these people ever see
them or hear from them? They
just trying to sweeten them up
to try and win the next election.

“Wake up people! I vex also
because these people expect the
FNM to change the Bahamas
around in one week. Rome was-
n't built in a day you know!
They have to clean up all the



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mess the PLP left behind or
under the carpet!”
— Getting Very Mad.

“I am sick and tired of the
street vendors and hawkers that
line up each day along our
streets selling their fruits, cloth-
ing, phonecards and other items
without any regards for vehicu-
lar traffic.

“They cause the delay in traf-
fic and they have their goods
all displayed in such a nasty
manner and make our island
look so bad. I can’t wait to see

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them all go away,”
- ?ve Had Enough.

“T vex because politicians
wastin’ too much time in the
House of Assembly doing tit-
for-tats like schoolchildren.

“T want to see something
done in parliament to improve
my life and not listen toaa
bunch of loud mouth, grown
people playing throwin’ jeers.”

- Ralph N, Winton Estates

“IT vex because there isn’t
enough on this island to do ona

Sunday.

Other than church and the
movies, you are pretty much out
of choices because all form of
entertainment is shut down.
Yeah, the shops downtown are
open, but they cater to tourists.

“We need more wholesome
recreational activities that we
all can enjoy to change up the
boredom of life in this country.
And maybe that will keep more
kids out of trouble, too — keep
them from going to the cay or
the tracks doing fool.”

- Greg S, Sea Breeze.

Industrial company
in $7m investment
into Freeport plant

m= By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A new major
industrial company, with an
investment of over $7 million,
has joined Grand Bahama’s
Industrial Sector.

Nassau Island Development
has opened a sand mining and
marine development operation
in Freeport.

About 30 Bahamians have
been employed so far at the

‘facility, located on just over 18

acres of industrial property off
the Warren J Levarity High-
way.

Senator Kay Smith, parlia-
mentary secretary in the Prime
Minister’s Office, spoke at the
official opening held at the
Grand Bahama Yacht Club on
Thursday evening.

Nassau Island Development

president Larry Ferguson was
present at the opening. Several
persons from the Freeport busi-
ness community were also in
attendance.
- Ms Smith said that Nassau
Island Development is a wel-
comed business venture in
Grand Bahama.

“Nassau Island Development
has come to GB at an oppor-

tune time. This business fits the ,

bill as a new job creating enter-
prise,” she said.

“We applaud NID for its con-
fidence in Grand Bahama
despite what might seem as
much uncertainty.

“We are happy to welcome
you as part of a business com-
munity that has learned to be
patient, creative and resilient,”
Senator Smith said.

Senator Smith said that
Freeport offers opportunities
not only to international com-
panies, but to Bahamian com-
panies as well.

She said investors 1 like Nas-.
sau Island Development:are | |

joining others already here:
Hutchison, which is currently
operating in three business sec-
tors — ports, hotels and proper-
ty development; the mega ship
repair facility; Harcourt Devel-
opment — with hotel and con-
dominium interests; Sands
Brewery and a the host of small
and medium size investors.

Senator Smith said the sale
of BORCO also bodes well for
Grand Bahama.

She stated that the renewed
business activity there, together
with the anticipated redevelop-

However, Ms Smith stated
that future of Freeport “hangs
in the balance” as a result of
the ongoing ownership dispute
at the Grand Bahama Port
Authority.

“It is impossible for me to:
address you today and not reit-
erate what is being said around '
this island and indeed around
our country; a resolution to the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty matter is now urgent; long
overdue. Freeport’s future
hangs in the balance.

“Perhaps this is a good time



“It is impossible for me to
address you today and not reit-

erate what is being said around

this island, and indeed around
our country; a resolution to
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority is now urgently long
overdue. Freeport’s future
hangs in the balance.”



ment of the Royal Oasis Hotel
by Harcourt Development, will
bring important investment and
job creating dollars into the
economy. ,

“I am confident that Grand
Bahama’s future will be bright
again; that unemployment and
underemployment will be
replaced by job and employ:
ment growth,” she said. .~-.

She added that restoring the
Grand Bahama economy is high
on FNM’s agenda.

for the Grand Bahama Port

‘Authority to remember just

what they mean to the 230
square miles of Freeport, its res-
idents, and the economic life of
Grand Bahama and the
Bahamas.

“We. are grateful for this
investment and for this new
employment, particularly while

--others seem ‘to place selfish, nar-

row personal interests ahead of

' the interests of Freeport and its

people,’ she said.

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BHS unveils national

education p

A MAJOR milestone was
achieved on Thursday when the
Bahamas Humane Society pre-
sented its “humane education”
resource materials for teachers
to acting director of education
Lionel Sands.

Several senior education per-
sonnel were present, including
Leandra Archer, who has sup-
ported the project for the past
two years.

BHS said the project is “cru-
cial” to promoting responsible
animal ownership and care.

The BHS had provided the
Department of Education with
research findings carried out by
USA acknowledged world
expert, Dr Randolph Lock-
wood, showing there is a proven
correlation between young peo-
ple being allowed to disrespect
or abuse animals and a higher
possibility of them growing up
to be disrespectful and violent
toward people.

At the extreme end of the
scale, it has been shown that
many convicted mass murder-
ers abused animals as children
and that such behaviour was not

. addressed early enough.

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i.

“Throwing a rock at a bird or
kicking a street potcake might
be regarded as childish mischief
but if this antisocial, cruel
behaviour is. ignored docu-
mented cases have shown the
degree of cruelty has escalated
to include abuse of people,”
said the BHS in a press release.

“The solution is to educate

young people and create greater -

awareness of teachers and par-
ents of possible consequences
of ignoring early signs of delin-

quent behaviour toward animals -

and nipping it in the bud.”

The BHS said it is aware that
world leader animal welfare
organisations, including the
Royal Society for the Preven-
tion of Cruelty to Animals
(RSE the American Soci-

ety, for the Prevention of Cru-, ..
elty to Animals;(ASPCA),.the:.
World Society for the, Protec-.. .

tion of Animals (WSPA) and

the’Humane Society of the”

Rotaract Charter Club set up

THE Rotary Club of East
Nassau has announced the
establishment of its own
Rotaract Charter Club.

This charter is the newest
addition to the RCEN family,
which includes three Interact
clubs at the highschool level.

Rotaract is the next level and
is designed to prepare upcom-
ing professionals and business



LEFT TO RIGHT: BHS Team — Stephen Turnquest, Stephanie Dawes,
Inspector Percy Grant, president Kim Aranha and Kevin Degenhard.
Department of Education Team — acting director Lionel Sands, deputy
director Leandra Archer, Lonice Hart, Barbara Dorsett, Shirley Ferguson

and senior education officer Glenda Rolle.

Stat report cruelty

Anyone wishing to report cruelty to animals or to seek .
advice on animal care can contact the BHS by emailing: b-

humane@hotmail.com

United States (HSUS), have
produced humane education
materials, so it set about select-
ing and adapting units for
Bahamian use.

“Following many months of
research, re-crafting, typing,
compiling and collating, and
getting copyright permission,
the Bahamian materials took
form. All four organisations
above sent their respective
experts to Nassau where they.
teamed up with BHS at a num-
ber of meetings over two years
with enthusiastic education offi-
cers from the Department of
Education,” the BHS said.

-Senior education officer
Glenda Rolle has worked with
the BHS team to make the
hopes of encouraging. all young |

“people to. respect! aniifials a Teal-

ity.
BHS éxecutivé’ director,

“Kevin Degenhard; said” et

people for the final stage of
serving the community as full-
fledged Rotarians.

Interested persons between
the ages of 18 and 30 are wel-
come to join the Rotary Club
of East Nassau Rotaract mem-
bers at 6pm on Monday after-
noons at the Taj Mahul restau-
rant located top of the hill Par-
liament Street.



goal is to sensitise the next gen-
eration to the very real needs
of animals and by so doing,
encourage the next generation
of parents and animal owners
to be more humane people.

“The evidence before us
today is that too many people
give little regard to suffering
animals. The overworked sur-
rey horses in ill fitting harness-
es, abused sea turtles laid out
for hours in the baking sun, the
endless stream of unwanted cats
and dogs arriving at the BHS
daily and the killing and muti-
lation of street dogs by angry
people testify to this.”

The obstacle of funding the
publication of some 190
resource packs to cover every

,sSchool.was, overcome. when, the.....

“Lyford Cay Foundation award-
“ed the BHS, $7,500 off-the bill”

which Seis snudecd.
” beyond $9,000. oe

roject

AdWorks design artists
donated the designs for the cov-
ers, then several days of BHS
volunteers and staff packing
ring binders with more than
33,000 sheets of printed paper
resulted in the binders emerg-
ing, providing every school in
the country. with humane edu-
cation resources. _

The department of education
said it will continue to work
with BHS education officer,
Inspector Percy Grant, rolling
out training for the teachers and
principals who will undertake

' to deliver the responsible ani-

mal ownership messages over
the coming years.

The approach, the BHS said,
is consistent with the Six Pillars
of Character system applied in
Bahamian schools where posi-
tive character traits are encour-
aged.

Mr Degenhard has been sec-
onded from the RSPCA to the
BHS since 2004, and he returns
to the RSPCA in England later
this week.

He said: “I am very proud of
the BHS making this excellent
contribution to animal welfare
and community service across
the whole country and we are
most grateful to our newfound
friends in the Department of
Education who had the fore-
sight to recognise this need. The
teachers who will be delivering
the lessons in this resource pack
have our complete admiration
and our full support.

“Having had several negative
experiences facing too much
indifference to animals needs,
flagrant disregard of the law and
a lack of will to implement pro-
posed law to protect animals
adequately, the degree of co-
operation which we have

received from education pro-’

fessionals really gives me hope.
I.willleave.the, Bahamas much
happier because of what has
happened here today and I
thank eveLyone who’ helped
“make it happen”.



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Opposition calls on FNM
to relaunch Grand
Bahama schemes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net















| FREEPORT - The Grand Bahama economy would
improve significantly if the projects cancelled when the

FNM came to power were relaunched, members of the

opposition claim.

PLP national vice chairman Constance McDonald and
other party members on Grand Bahama are calling on
government to recommence the projects that were started
in Freeport by the former PLP government.

They say this will result in the injection of millions of dol-
lars into the economy, which suffered when the projects
were cancelled.

_ The former government had signed a contract and start-

ed work on the new $8 million school at Heritage, identified

land for a new hospital, and started construction on the new

College of the Bahamas campus.

During a press conference held this week, Ms McDonald,
Forrester Carroll, Patrick Davis and Cassieta McIntosh
expressed concern about the economic situation on Grand
Bahama.

“The economy has.stopped here and the government is
the problem,” said Mr Carroll.

“The most important thing is that PLP left certain pro-
jects, agreements, and certain contracts in place which — if
the FNM simply adopts and continues — would boost the
economy,” said Mr Davis.

Ms McDonald said the government has not been proac-
tive in coming up with “sound economic policies” to address
the economic situation in Freeport.

“We want to see what it is they are doing. We have not
heard it verbalised yet and we have not even heard recog-

- nition that we have a problem, and we all know that things
have slowed down in Nassau, and have stopped in

Freeport,” she said.

“IT have not heard the government say what they are
going to do to boost the economy and they are making
excuses about cleaning up the mess of the PLP to cover
their inadequacies,” said Ms McDonald.

Ms McDonald said the FNM had promised when it came
to office to deal with the ownership dispute at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.

“The Port Authority situation is something that needs to
be done and finished with.

“When the government came to power they said they will
deal with that and one year has passed and nothing has
been done about it.

Mr Carroll said that the government appears to be
“standing by, helpless.”

“We are calling on them to start building the hospital, to
start work again on the COB’s new site, and to resume the

“new Heritage School that was Started by Patrick McDon-
ald,” said Mr Davis. -

“We want to put our men aad women back to work and
we are asking the government to put political and person-
al issues aside and simply proceed with. the plan that the
PLP had in place,” he said.

The PLP is also asking government to re-implement
various government tax exemptions, including the stamp
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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008, PAGE 7



Ambition fulfilled

A NEW book, the product
of many years of research, ful-
fils the ambition of one of The
Bahamas’ best-loved histori-
ans.

Husband and wife writing
team Jim and Anne Lawlor
produced what is described as
“the only authoritative
account of Harbour Island’s
history and its people” as a
tribute to the late Dr Paul
Albury.

Mrs Lawlor is Dr Albury’s
daughter and she undertook
the enormous task of compil-
ing ’Briland’s history because
it was something her father
always wanted to do.

Dr Albury is best-known for
two books, The Story of The
Bahamas and The Paradise
Island Story, but it was always
his ambition to write Harbour
Island’s history as well.

Mr and Mrs Lawlor “took
up the gauntlet” - investing
countless hours of work in the
project - to produce a hand-
some book which incorporates
some of Dr Albury’s own
research and “poetic prose”.

Called The Harbour Island
Story, the book has been
issued by Macmillan
Caribbean and it traces the
island’s key role in Bahamian
history since the Eleutheran
Adventurers first settled near
Preacher’s Cave.

In its earliest years, "Briland
ranked with Nassau as the
country’s most important set-
tlement, while its harbour
became a major attraction for
seafarers of all kinds.

It was from there that
Colonel Andrew Deveaux
launched his assault on New
Providence to relieve the
island of Spanish occupation.

’Briland’s magnificent set-
ting, and its attractive Loyalist
architecture, have attracted
tourists for many years. Now,
of course, it is home to many
celebrities as well as a

Years of research bear fruit for one
of Bahamas’ best-loved historians



“The entire story is told ina
free-flowing style and the
chapters on shipbuilding,
wrecking and hurricanes are

particularly enjoyable, incor-

porating some of Dr Paul
Albury’s wonderful stories.”



Bahamian population dating
back many generations.

Dr Albury had a special
affection for ’Briland, having
been born there in the early
years of the 20th century.
There’s no doubt that he
would be proud indeed that
his daughter and her husband
have devoted so much time
and energy to complete the
work he began many years
ago.

.Mrs Lawlor, professor of.

English at The College of the
Bahamas, also worked with
her husband on the second
edition of The Paradise Island
Story. -

In a dedicanon to Dr
Albury, they say his “passion
for history” lives on in The
Harbour Island Story, with
some of his notes being incor-
porated into the text.

Mr and Mrs Lawlor did
additional research in Nassau,
London,.Bermuda and the
United States before writing
what is expected to be the

Dr Gail Saunders

most definitive history of the
island.

Historian Dr Gail Saunders,
in a foreword, describes the
book as “a well-documented,
informative and entertaining
account” of ’Briland.

And she describes it as “a
must” for all Bahamians,
scholars, visitors and students,
declaring that it is likely to be
the standard text on ’Briland

. for many years to come.

“The entire story is told in a
free-flowing style and the
chapters on shipbuilding,
wrecking and hurricanes are
particularly enjoyable, incor-
porating some of Dr Paul
Albury’s wonderful stories,”

she writes.

The 308-page book also
includes many photographs of
’Briland buildings, residents
and events from times past.
There are also maps, prints
and statistics galore - enough
material, in fact, to satisfy the
most demanding reader.

Using official, church, oral

and private sources, the
authors offer fresh insights
into many aspects of ’Briland
history.

Dr Saunders cites, in partic-
ular, their account of Lord
Dunmore’s laying out of Dun-

more Town in 1791 and the

settlement’s expansion
between 1836 and 1892.

Every aspect of ’Briland’s
past is covered, including pira-
cy, wrecking and, of course,
the slavery and emancipation
which were to lay the founda-
tion for today’s community.

In fact, anyone with ’Bri-
land roots could find some-
thing here about their own
forebears. There is an abun-
dance of tables recording ex-
slaves turned mariners, day
school teachers, ’Brilanders
who went “on the Contract”
to the US, inhabitants at vari-
ous points in the island’s his-
tory, and even the captains
and crews of wrecking vessels.

Overall, the book captures
the special flavour of a spe-
cial place, with the authors
recording island development
right up to the present day, as
’Briland enjoys. unparalleled
prosperity as home to the
stars.

“Nobody cares who they
are. Famous, not-famous, rich,
poor, black, white — it makes
no difference,” they write, in

' describing Harbour Island’s

very special social mix.

*Briland-born and reared.

straw vendor Jacqueline Per-

centie, who is quoted in the

book, probably speaks for all
when she looks back on her
78 years on the island and
says: “I am very blessed.”

Keeping Grand Bahama beaches clean

of garbage.

Lucaya International School's year five class
organised a beach clean-up at Fortune Point for

their classmates.

It was part of their ‘action’ study unit, where
they: get involved in a project relating to their
studies and are encouraged to take their learning .

beyond the classroom.

The unit, their teachers say, enables them to
make a difference in their world.
This class chose to study pollution and the



SOME of the students are pictured at Fortune Point beach, which is near the school, collecting bags packed full

°

ronment.

_ effects of technological advances on the envi-

All the LIS primary classes from year one

through six came out on a Friday afternoon to
help clean-up the beach.
The students said they were very proud of their.

hard work and picked up more than 20 large

garbage bags full of trash, including large items

such as computer screens and monitors, metal

frames, broken plastic chairs and old umbrellas.







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accept our prayers and,

Because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing
without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your
commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord.

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Arthur Chase
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
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Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
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7a.m. Fellowship of Worship Leaders
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11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr.

PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)

11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton

6:30 p.m. ’ Providence Men
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Crawford St, Oakes Field
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8:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)

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are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to prevail in the Methodist Cases
and for an end to the upsurge in violence. The fast begins weekly after the
evening meal on Thursday and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim
unswervingly: “My God and My Right.”

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS 5

FINANCE MINISTER ZHIVARGO LAING ADDRESSES BAHAMAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Trade unit established to monitor
international trade negotiations

@ By Lindsay Thompson

THE Ministry of Finance
has established an interna-
tional trade unit to monitor
negotiations in world trade
agreements, Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing
disclosed. He was addressing
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce on trade matters
at their Annual General
Meeting held at the British
Colonial Hilton Wednesday.

“We have determined that
we have established an inter-
national trade unit with a
director and full-time staff to
monitor the assessment in
negotiating and consulting on
matters of international trade
arena,” Mr Laing said.

“We are going to augment
the research capacity of that

international trade unit

through a relationship with
the College of the Bahamas
in which they will be con-

tracted to do trade-related.

research, supported by con-
sultants locally and interna-
tionally.”

This, he said, will realise a
permanent human resource
capacity in the government for
the development of the coun-
try’s international trade policy.

Mr Laing also proposed that
the trade commission of the
country has to be-a much
more enhanced feature of its
trade policy development.

“We will charge the trade
commission with informing
and receiving input from the
private sector on matters relat-
ing to trade.

“The trade commission
ought to have the benefit of a
secretariat with the ability to

“do its administrative work and ©

have the support of the inter-



said He told the group of busi-
nesspersons that the govern-
ment engaged a Canadian
consultancy firm to assist with
its international trade policy
development, in particular,
providing advice on joining
the World Trade Organisation
and negotiations on the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
with Europe.

The Bahamas obtained
WTO Observer Status in 2000
and applied for membership
therein in 2001.

Trading

Mr Laing said the Bahamas |

has started the process of
reapplying for membership in
the WTO, as it would be to
its “advan-

tage” to

complete

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with the

European

Union, he said. a
“The Bahamas has to, with

. other Caribbean;nations, ;

make determinations about

2 ~. What it is going to do about
national trade unit,” Mr Laing |. i eOMe

t . vee oN

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(CBI) and Caribbean-Cana-

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. those. will not continue as uni-
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Laing said. He said that there
is no other arrangement the
Bahamas is contending: Nego-
tiations on the Free Trade
Area of the Americas



Knowles:

A NASSAU private school is celebrating a
double triumph in the Bahamas National Math

Competition.

Tambearly students pulled off victories in
both the 4-6 and 7-9 age categories, with

‘

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE Zhivargo Laing addresses the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on:
Wednesday May 21 at the British Colonial Hilton.

(FTAA) are stalled, and

WTO rounds are stalled but

are likely to resume at. some
point. “But this administra-

_ tion has determined that no

TAMBEARLY’S DOUBLE MATHS TRIUMPH

PICTURED with Alice Langford, the Principal, are from left Nathaniel Pulley; Bernard Farquharson and Nicholas





















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longer can it pursue its inter-
national trade policy in the

“haphazard manner that has

been our mainstay today,” Mr
Laing said.

AKL





Nicholas Knowles and Bernard Farquharson
respective winners. Here, Tambearly’s math

. team of Nathaniel Pulley, Bernard Farquharson

2



and Nicholas Knowles is seen with school prin-
cipal Alice Langford.



Tess OF SUCCESS: Nathaniel em Bernard rere and Nicholas Knowles. .



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008, PAGE 9



Government
move to right
housing faults



Ministry to launch
TRA ace
over the Internet



THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is
gearing up for a grand anniversary celebra-

tion for Bahamahost, which will include the’

launch of an internet version of the training
programme.

Diana Black-Brooks, senior manager of Edu-
cation and Training in the ministry, explained
that the online version of the hospitality train-
ing programme is in the final stages of devel-
opment.

Tourism officials said they hope that the
programme will be completed and approved
for use by September, when Bahamahost’s
30th anniversary will be celebrated.

The online Bahamahost will be launched by
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant,
Ms Black-Brooks said. __

-“So for all you busy persons who may not
think that you have the time to sift through
two weeks or eight weeks of the programme,
you will be able to do it online,” she said.

Bahamahost information is already avail-
able at: http://www.bahamas.com.

Approximately 31,000 individuals have
passed through the programme in three
decades, including public service drivers, hote-

liers, police officers, immigration officers, cus-
toms officers, court employees and private pro-
fessionals.

Ms Black-Brooks said Bahamahost’s repu-
tation has brought the Bahamas regional
acclaim.

- “It is such a powerful tool,” she said. “We
have our partners from across the Caribbean.
They have come to the Bahamas to learn how
we do it.”

Ms Black Brooks disclosed the plans after
training the 4th Long Island session of
Bahamahost, where 19 residents successfully
completed the course at an accelerated gradu-
ation rate.

In the past year, training courses have been
held on Long Island, Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera
and Inagua.

Ms Black-Brooks said Bahamahost will con-
tinue to work with the Ministry of Education
and the College of the Bahamas, seeking to
be included in the public school and tertiary
curricula.

She said tourism officials also hope that

- Bahamahost will eventually be a prerequisite

for entrance into the tourism industry.

Early detection
aids cancer fight

THE Cancer Society of the

_ Bahamas is urging Bahamians

to take advantage of the bene-
fits of early cancer detection.

In a statement issued yester-
day, the society noted that many
Bahamians have already been
diagnosed with cancer, but that
this is not a death sentence —
“in fact, many men and women
are leading normal, fulfilled
lives to a ripe age, but knowl-
edge is the key.

“Anyone can have cancer,
male and female, rich and poor,
black and white, from any
neighborhood and every reli-
gion or from any country in the

Police probe 28th

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is suspected of killing. The same
sources have also indicated that
the killing of the unidentified man,
who was most likely Jamaican,
may be in retaliation for his sus-

world. No one is exempted.
Some even inherit it through
generations,” the society
warned. “The more we are edu-
cated about cancer and life
afterwards, the more we will see
that it is just a ‘bump in the
road’, it is not the end of the
road.”

With this in mind, the Can-
cer Society of the Bahamas’
Living Beyond Cancer support
group, will hold its second annu-
al “Look good, feel better sem-
inar” on Saturday the May 31
from 10am to 4pm

Each female participant will
be given a rose and a bag of

pected role in that homicide.

Mr Miller said on Thursday
that it appeared likely that his
death occurred at some time
during the previous night, as his
body showed no signs of
decomposition.

While stab wounds were the

INSIGHT

treats, the statement said. The
theme is “Mind, body and soul”
and it will encourage the par-
ticipants to relax, rejuvenate
and enjoy life.

The speakers will include
Ivoine Ingraham on nutrition
and a healthy lifestyle, Dr
Richelle Knowles on skin can-
cer and the symptoms, and Dr
Wayne Thompson on relation-
ships and food for the soul.

Straw work, clothing, and
jewellery will be on sale. Mani-
cures will also be available.

The society said the seminar
is free and open to the public,
and that lunch will be provided.

murder

only visible injuries to the body
of the dead man, an autopsy
will be performed to ascertain if
these specific injuries caused his
death, police have said.

This man, according to The
Tribune’s records, is the 28th
murder victim for the year.

For the stories behind the news,
read Insight on Mondays



By Matt Maura

HOUSING officials had to
spend the first year of the
FNM’sadministration correct-
ing “many of the mistakes” left
behind by the previous govern-
ment, Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell told the House of
Assembly.

Mr Russell said the work has
included the installation of
roads, water, electricity and
sewerage systems and repairs
and/or renovations to what he.
termed “defective homes.”

Addressing parliament on a »

Resolution for the Conveyance
of 88.279 acres of land in Spring
City, Abaco for the purpose of
continuing the Government’s
Housing Development, Mr
Russell said that while the pre-
vious administration continues
to say that they built and com-
pleted more than 1,300 homes
over their five-year term in
office, his figures show differ-
ently. —

Mr Russell said that upon
taking office, officials met a sit-
uation at the Department of
Housing where 86 houses were
incomplete; hundreds more
where people lived without con-
veyances and/or mortgages, 40
houses that were “supposedly
completed” but where’ persons
could not move into because
the infrastructure was not com-

pleted; three houses in which .

persons resided who claimed

that the houses were gifts from

the minister and that they did |

not have to pay mortgage; rent’
“or anything else.”

He said that, additionally?
there were 400 houses on mort-
gage but with no insurance; 10
homes with mortgages that
were “bought-out” but had
“deliberately not been placed
on the Bahamas Mortgage Cor-.
poration’s (BMC) books” for

four years and that the BMC
and Department of Housing
were “broke, both owing mil-
lions to other corporations, con-
tractors and to each other.”

“The previous government
talked about the continuation
of government .. . the people
who are saying that we have not
built one house do not believe
that government.is continuous.
I presume that they expected, or
wanted, this minister of hous-
ing to ignore these problems,
to walk away from incomplete
houses, to ignore houses that
people could not live in, not to
connect the electricity, the tele-
phones and the sewer systems
and they did not want us to
complete, subdivisions with no
infrastructure.”

The housing minister said the
ministry chose to complete
unfinished houses, repair defec-
tive homes, secure ownership
of land, conveyances and mort-
gages so that the BMC could
generate a cash flow toward the
creation of new housing subdi-
visions and the building of new
homes.

He said the Department of
Housing is putting the required
infrastructure — electricity,
water, roads, phone and sewer-
age — in place in Dignity Gar-
dens No 2, which will put 33
Bahamian families into homes
“soon” and which will make it
easier for the BMC to develop a
cash flow in order to restart the
government’s housing pro-
gramme.

Mr Russell said that while

“not one new house” was built
in Dignity Gardens No 1, offi-
cials installed a lift station in

order to “stop the honey wagon |

from travelling the streets of the
community to pump the honey
from the pit and dripping it
along the road en route to the
sewer plant and clean-up site.”
“We have more than 63

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defective houses requiring
repairs which we are seeking to
make acceptable to. the owners,
27 of which contracts have
already been issued,” Mr Rus-
sell added.

He said the department will
have to repair 51 of the 87 hous-
es built in Excellence Gardens
Subdivision. Forty-two of the
houses are currently under
repair. Mr Russell'said 18 con-
veyances and mortgages have
been executed.

He said 27 of the 29 houses
that were built in Adelaide Vil-
lage have to be repaired, with
22 of those homes requiring
“serious and costly repairs.”
Engineers from the Ministry of
Works have reviewed the
“structural failures and have
recommended the way for-
ward.”

“The repairs will start soon
in our attempt to bring an .
acceptable level of satisfaction
to these homeowners,” he
added.

‘Mr Russell said that 81 of the
94 houses built in Pride Estates
No 1 will have to be repaired.
Thirty-five of the homes have
already been repaired with
work underway on the remain-
ing 46. He said that all 10 homes
built in West heights in West
End, Grand Bahama are under
contract for repairs.

“We have had to install in
each house a bathroom window,
security screens, eaves vents and |
have had to remove the carpet
and tile the floor of the living-
room, reconfigure the entrances .
to prevent water ingress under
the door and anchor eight of

the houses by adding: proper

foundations in all four corners.

“We have not built one
house,” Mr Russell said, “but
what we have done is to repair
the houses built to make fami-
lies’ lives more secure and com-

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every year of service.
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commitment to when the mon-
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cials were shocked by the let-
ter and told employees they will

need something in writing from.

the company owner, Ray
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Mr Dean returned to Pioneer
with several other former
employees yesterday in the
hope of speaking to Mr Thomp-
son.

He said: itd doesn’t say ‘when

they will start paying or how:

auch, because,it' says they;may
pay in instalments, but there are
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Those who were made jeden
dant yesterday received similar
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Marines avoid action

d rushed to the Labour
Board ‘to seek government sup-
port.

A woman, who has worked
for Pioneer for 27 years, said:
‘When we leave here today,
that’s it. We are all out of a job,
we have no type of income
coming in to pay the bills or the
mortgage. —

“We are all.trying to figure
out where the next meal is
going: ‘to be coming from. That
is-what,we live off of.”

Another woman who has
worked for Pioneer for 20 years
added: “The management has
told us there is no money so it
ain’t easy.

“These are hard economic
times and they’re sending us out
there with nothing and we did-
n’t have-any time to save mon-
ey or prepare.

“We spent all this time work-
ing here, building it up, and
then they just want to slip away
and leave us with nothing. For

all of us the anger and the

xesentment is building.”
Pioneer Shipping’s former
employees expect to be paid

,when the dockyard and prop-
‘erty on Bay Street is sold.

Company bosses declined the
opportunity to speak to the
press and ordered reporters to
remain outside their gates.

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criminal charges against two
officers in command of a unit
involved in the shooting deaths
of as many as 19 civilians in
northeastern Afghanistan last
year after a car bomb struck the
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Human rights groups said

_ that up to 19 unarmed civilians

were killed and 50 people were
wounded along a six-mile
stretch of road near Jalalabad,
as the convoy fired automatic
weapons along the route back
to its base.

A statement released Friday
said Lt. Gen. Samuel T. Hel-

‘land, commander of Marine

forces in the Middle East and
Afghanistan, had determined
that the officers in command
and the troops in the convoy
“acted appropriately and in
accordance with the rules of
engagement and tactics, tech-

‘niques and procedures in place

at the time in response to a
complex attack.”

His decision, based on find-
ings of a Marine court of inquiry
into the commanding officers’
role in the shootings, means that
no criminal charges will be
brought against the two officers,
Maj. Fred C. Galvin, the com-
mander of F Company, 2nd
Marine Special Operations Bat-
talion, and Capt. Vincent J.
Noble, the platoon leader and
mission commander at the time.
Neither officer fired his weapon.

But those two officers and a.
third, Capt. Robert Olsen, will
face “appropriate administra-
tive actions” stemming from
those shootings or perhaps from
another, undisclosed episode
that occurred within days of the
first, according to the statement.

“Administrative actions” can
may range from simple repri-
mands to punishment that could
severely damage the officers’
careers.

No details were given about
what behavior warranted the
administrative actions.

In the course of the inquiry,
the Marine Corps did uncover
“administrative, manning and
training issues,” and senior offi-
cers will take action to prevent
the repeating of those errors,
the statement said.The allega-
tions, and the responses of the
officers’ defenders, followed a
narrative that is by now familiar

from the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq.

The Afghanistan Indepen-
dent Human Rights Commis-

sion said the Marines had fired

wildly and without cause at
civilians and vehicles, while
lawyers for the officers under
scrutiny said they and the men
under their command had car-
ried out an appropriate and dis-
ciplined response to a danger-
ous ambush.

Helland’s decision seems cer-
tain to generate another round
of complaints from human
rights activists, who say senior
officers tend to rule in favor of
actions that defend the lives of

troops even if civilians are

wounded or killed.

John Sifton, director of One
World Research, an organiza-
tion that investigates human
rights cases, said that some of
the shootings under review
might have been a justified
response to the attack, but that
the scale and duration of the
shootings raised significant
questions.

“When you look at the
amount of shooting — the
whole route back to barracks,
over multiple miles of road —
you have to ask yourself
whether it was justified,” Sifton
said.

Shortly after the shootings,
Company F was ordered to
leave Afghanistan 'by Lt. Gen.
Frank Kearney of the Army,
who then was serving as com-
mander of Special Operations
forces in the Middle East.

The case also created tensions
within the American military.

An Army commander for
that region of Afghanistan,
along the border with Pakistan,
publicly apologized to the fam-
ilies of those he said had been
unjustifiably killed by members
of the Marine unit. In addition,
Army officers paid consolation
money to the victims’ families
after a preliminary inquiry
found no evidence that the unit
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Tory wins Labour bastion
in blow to British leader

@ By JOHN F. BURNS
CREWE, England

Voters in this old railway
town in Britain’s industrial Mid-
lands sent a powerful message
to Prime Minister Gordon
Brown and the governing Labor
Party on Thursday, electing a
Conservative candidate by a
wide margin in a parliamentary
constituency that had been a
Labor bastion for decades,
according to the New York
Times News Service.

Overturning a Labor majori-
ty that had been more than
7,000 votes at the general elec-
tion in 2005, the Conservative
candidate, Edward Timpson,
inflicted a heavy defeat on the
Labor candidate, Tamsin Dun-
woody. In the results of the by-
election, which were announced
in the early hours of Friday, the
Conservative majority over
Labor was more than 7,800
votes. A record turnout of near-
ly 60 percent in the constituen-
cy, Crewe and Nantwich, yield-
ed the first Conservative gain
from Labor in a by-election
since 1978, when a Conserva-
tive victory in the Ilford con-
stituency east of London fore-

shadowed Margaret Thatcher’s .

landslide general election win
the following year.

In Thursday’s vote, Timpson
won 49 percent to Dunwoody’s
30 percent, with Britain’s third
major party, the Liberal
Democrats, taking 14 percent.

But in Britain, as in many
other countries, by-elections can
produce results that prove poor
predictors of the voting patterns
in general ‘elections, and pun-
dits here were cautious in pro-
jecting what Thursday’s result
might portend for the next gen-
eral election, which must be
held by May 2010. But the scale

of Labor’s defeat, and the fact.

that the vote became a virtual
referendum on the performance
of Prime Minister Brown, who
leads the Labor Party, appeared
ominous for Brown and his par-
ty. For Brown, who has led the
government for less than 11
months since taking over from
Tony Blair, the result was a
severe embarrassment and
seemed certain to provoke new
restlessness within Labor ranks,
if not a push for his resignation.
Both Conservative and Labor
comunitted the full force of their
national political organizations
here, and officials of the two
parties said that Brown’s uncer-
tain performance as prime min-
ister was the burning issue on
voters’ doorsteps.

The vote was the second this
month in which Labor has tak-
en a severe pummeling. Three

weeks ago, the job of London’s |
mayor was won by Boris John- ©

‘son, the Conservative candidate,
by a 140,000-vote margin over
the Labor incumbent, Ken Liv-
ingstone. In that campaign, too,
the widespread unpopularity of
Labor and of Brown appeared
to have been a decisive factor,
prompting a growing sense that
Britain’s electorate is growing
tired of Labor, which has ruled
the country for 11 years. In local
elections across other parts of
Britain on the day of the Lon-
don vote, Labor picked up only
24 percent of the total vote,
against 45 percent for the Con-
servatives, and lost more than
300 council seats.

A large part of Labor’s prob-
lem has been the accelerating
economic slowdown in Britain
after more than a decade of
unparalleled prosperity. The
credit crunch that began in the
United States reached Britain
in full force over the winter,
leuding to falling housing prices,
rising inflation and widespread
job losses, particularly in the
financial sector. The rapid rise
in oil prices has added to the
gloom, with the price of a gallon
of gasoline at British pumps
now at more than $10 a gallon,
about 70 percent of which goes
to the government in taxes.

Brown, 57, was bound to pay
a political price for the eco-
nomic problems, particularly
since he served 10 years under
Blair as chancellor of the
Exchequer, Britain’s finance
minister, and often boasted of
his success in the years of pros-
perity, just as he has been saying
lately that he is the man to
guide Britain out of its current
problems. But opinion polls
have shown a sharp turn in the
public mood against him per-
sonally, in ways that appear
linked in part to the issue of
personality and in part toa
series of government blunders.

Blair, travelling the world
making handsomely compen-

sated speeches, serving as a spe-
cial Middle East envoy and
earning millions as a consultant
to banks and investment houses,
continues to throw his own
shadow over his successor.
Although Britons tired of Blair
over the Iraq war, effectively
forcing his resignation after
three successive election victo-
ries, he is remembered as a
debonair, intellectually agile fig-
ure who seemed in tune with a
country in the process of rapid
social and economic change.
Brown, whose relentless
efforts to push Blair into hand-
ing over thé prime minister’s
job have been richly chronicled

in a recent spate of memoirs by .
-Labor insiders, including one

by Cherie Blair, the former
prime minister’s wife, has cut a
contrasting figure since taking
over as head of the government
last June. Earnest but dour,
hard-working but humorless,
always laden with statistics-







laden chronicles of Labor
achievements, he has seemed
dull and cumbersome in com-
parison to Blair, in the view of
many Britons.

In the Crewe by-election, all
this was compounded by wide-
spread anger, especially among
traditional Labor voters, over
what has come to be seen as the
worst of the government’s mis-
cues, a decision by Brown, while
still finance minister last year, to
eliminate the 10 percent income
tax bracket for Britain’s poor-
est-paid workers. As a caval-
cade of Labor ministers
returned to London from cam-
paigning in. Crewe this month
with word of the disdain for
Labor among its own past vot-
ers, Brown sought to limit the
political damage by announc-
ing a tax cut for 22 million tax-
payers, amounting to’ $5.3 bil-
Honye fee Uae! <

But the move appeared to
backfire in Crewe, with many

voters describing it as a political
bribe. Notably, Brown made no
campaign appearances in
Crewe, prompting David
Cameron, 41, the Conservative
leader, to accuse Brown of hun-
kering down in his Downing
Street “bunker.”



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N.A‘S°S*AUCRE VENT S.-GQAPTURED.ON.CA

held its 7th annual

ball in celebration of
life on 10th May, 2008, at Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort Cable.

In a message to the Cancer
Society the Minister of Health
and Social Development gave the
following message:-

“As the Cancer Society of The
Bahamas hosts its 7th Annual
Gala Ball, I commend the Presi-
dent and members (past and pre-
sent) for their dedicated service in
the fight against cancer. Since |
the inception of this organization | |
in 1976, the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas has extended its
activities throughout the islands
of The Bahamas as it continues to
conduct cancer screening/testing
clinics; raise awareness of cancer:
prevention and treatment; and
provide support for cancer
patients, survivors and their fam-:
ilies.”

1. Senator and Attorney Allyson
Maynard-Gibson former Attorney
General and Minister of Health and
Social Development and Dr. Hubert

_A. Minnis, Minister of Health and
Social Development sharing a non-

* political moment on the dance
floor.

heer 4 th ANNUAL CANCER SOCIETY B

* 2. Retirees Emily and Joseph
Glass take time out to enjoy a beau-
tiful evening without any hindrance
of children or grandchildren.

3. From Left: Lloyd Nesbeth,
Director and Finance Controller of
General Brokers and Agents Ltd.;
Orinthia Nesbeth, General Manag-
er and Co-owner of General Bro-
kers and Agents Ltd.; Meta Bethell
and Earl Bethell, General Manager,
Sheraton Hotel. Beh

4. From Left: Us Ambassador
Ned L. Siegal; Stephanie Siegel;
Terrance Fountain, President, The
Cancer Society of The Bahamas;
Governor General Arthur D. Hanna;
Patricia Fountain; Madame Xluling,
Ambassordor of the People’s
Republic of China Dingsaing Hu

5. -Teacher Mitzi Adderley
Thompson and Attorney Andrew
Thompson. Ms. Thompson is the
grand daughter of the late A. F.
Adderley and Mr. Thompson is the
grandson of the late Justice
Maxwell J. Thompson.

6. Janice Longley, Loan Office at
Scotiabank; Clement Longley, own-
er of Longley’s Auto Repair, West
and Adderley Streets.

7. What’s the big laugh all
about? Well ask Mrs. Marlene
Bloomfield and Dr. Homer Bloom-
field shown having a wonderful
time at the Cancer Society Ball.

8. Edmond Dorsett, Senior
Assistant Manager of Administra-
tion, Central Bank of The Bahamas;
Kelsie Dorsett, Acting Director
Department of Statistic; Virgel
Lightbourne, Kinder Care Early
Learning Centre and Michael Light-
bourne, Deputy Governor Central
Bank of The Bahamas.

9. Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-
Evans with her husband former
Justice of the Supreme Court Attor-
ney Thomas Evans, QC.

10. Former Magistrate Cleopatra
Christie; Gavin G. Christie, a Sales
Agent/Property Manager with C.A.
Christie, Real Estate and Linda
Carey-Jarrett.

11. Miami Cousul Officer,
Pamela Wright — enjoying the
evening with Peter Garraway, Own-
er of Satellite Bahamas top of the
hill, Mackey Street.

12. World Famous Lou Adams
Band — Patrick Ferguson, Keyboard;
Eric Cash, Bass; Lou Adams, Band
Leader and Trumpeter; Lenny Per-
pall, Drums; Paul G. Davis, Gui-
tarist and vocalist Donald Butler.





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& By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter —

PANIC struck the FNM
when Minister of Education
- Carl Bethel checked himself
into the Accident and Emer-
gency. reom.at.-Princess.Mar-
garet Hospital yesterday morn-
ing.

The minister had been ‘feeling
faint while attending the launch
of the Public Service Improve-
ment Programme at police

headquarters in East Street,

Nassau. ;

Mr Bethel admitted himself
to hospital at around 11am and
preliminary .tests showed he had
an elevated blood sugar. ;

_ However, he was soon sta-
bilised and resting comfortably.

project

THE Inter-American Devel-

opment Bank yesterday

- announced the approval of a
$100 million loan to the
Bahamas to support a pro-
gramme to improve transport
in New Providence.

Nassau already has more than
900 miles of roads but the net-
work’s capacity is insufficient
for its growing volume of traffic.

The 25-year IDB loan will
assist the Ministry of Public
Works and Transport in com-
pleting the New Providence
Transport Programme, which
h:.s an estimated total cost of
$162 million.

The programme has faced
escalating costs in recent years
due to the high demand for con-
struction services, equipment,
materials and labour in The
Bahamas, conditions that were
exacerbated by disruptions such
as the hurricanes of 2005.

The New Providence Trans-
port Programme foresees the
construction of nine miles of
new roads and the improvement
of 14 miles of existing roads,
mostly by widening. Part of the
work was completed using
resources from an earlier loan.

The new loan also supports
the institutional strengthening
of the Ministry of Public Works
and Transport. It will finance
key studies on traffic manage-

ment for downtown Nassau and
routine road maintenance in

SEE page 10



WINES & SPIRITS

Bethel’s family

not concerned

as tests reveal
low blood sugar

Mr Bethel’s brother-in-law
and Minister of Labour Dion
Foulkes said both the family
and the party are no longer dis-
tressed.

He added: “The family are

not concerned. I visited him
today (Friday) and he is doing
very well. He is in a very good
mood and he is very jovial, and
the matter is a very minor mat-
ter. We expect him to be dis-

FNM Minister
hospitalised



charged very soon.”

Mr Bethel was unusually qui-
et in the House of Assembly on
Wednesday, and appeared to
fall asleep while resting on his
arm.

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THE sentencing hearing of
convicted drug trafficker
Samuel "Ninety" Knowles was
adjourned to next Friday.

Knowles was found guilty on
two drug trafficking charges fol-
lowing a retrial in March. A US
Grand Jury convicted Knowles
of conspiracy to import cocaine
and conspiracy to possess
cocaine with intent to distrib-
ute the illegal. drug. Knowles,
who was classified as a “drug
kingpin” by US president
George W Bush, was extradited
from The Bahamas in August
2006 on federal narcotics

- charges.

‘Knowles spent six years in
Her Majesty’s Prison fighting

extradition to the United States.

US authorities claimed that
Knowles was a participant in a
conspiracy between 1995 and
1996 to import several thousand
kilograms of.cocaine into the

TIM CLARKE/Tribune staff

UPSET LOAD: Shortly after 1 pm A 40-foot flatbed truck carrying lumber overturned on Cumberland Street, in the heart of _
downtown Nassau, at around 1pm yesterday, causing a massive traffic back-up. The driver escaped with no injuries.

Man shoots
woman near
Corner Motel

POLICE confirmed yes-
terday that they are looking
for a suspect involved in the
shooting of a woman early
Friday morning at the Corner
Motel on Carmichael Road.

Supt Walter Evans said
that around 4am yesterday,
the woman was standing in

front of the Corner Motel
with a few persons, when a
“light-complexion male

. emerged and shot her in the

shoulder.” None of the other
persons was injured.

She was rushed to Princess
Margaret Hospital and is list-
ed in stable condition.









Shipping firm
closes its doors

@ By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

PRESS were turned away as
Pioneer Shipping closed its
gates for the last time on Fri-
day afternoon. However,
unpaid staff made redundant
with just days notice were anx-
ious to be heard.

Around 39 staff, who had

worked at the shipping dock on‘

Bay Street, were told their jobs
would be made redundant just a
week before the dock closed



yesterday, with no confirmation
of redundancy pay.
Concerned employees said
they had been given nothing in
writing until their last day when
a letter signed by company pres-
ident Arthur Thompson was
presented to each employee,
calculating the pay owed to
them: two weeks salary instead
of notice, two weeks vacation
pay and two weeks pay for

SEE page 10

United States using "go fast"
vessels.

The court also ordered the
forfeiture of $13.9 million,
which represents the money
received in exchange for and

‘used to facilitate the distribu-

tion of narcotics, according to
US officials. Knowles faces a
maximum statutory sentence of

‘life imprisonment on each

count.
Numerous attempts to eae

Knowles' US attorney Jacob.

Rose for comment on the hear-
ing, which was scheduled to
begin yesterday, proved unsuc-
cessful up to press time yester-
day. It is understood however
that the US probation office
was expected to hand over its
pre-sentencing investigation
report on Knowles, outlining

SEE page 3
Obituary
notice is

discovered

near body.

a By BPENT O° AN
Vo awe Staifi: Teporter-
bacan@tribunemedia.net

POLICE have confirmed that
they did find another person’s obit:
uary near the body. of the man who
was stabbed to death and left at
Clifton Pier, a senior official said
yesterday.

Chief Supt Glenr Miller, officer
in charge of the Central Detective
Unit, confirmed this as police were
still awaiting a positive identifi-
cation on the manj who was fouhd
on rocks with-multiple stab
wounds to the upper‘body.

The positive identification
police are seeking will be carried
out either by a relative, or by fim

_gerprinting, said Mr Miller.

A Jamaican passport was also
found near the body/of the victim,
who was said to have been in his
thirties. He was found on Wednes-
day morning wearing a T-shirt,
camouflage jacket and jeans and
clutching a stab wound to the
upper chest with pools of dried
blood visible on the rocks beneath
him.

When asked if it is susnected
the man was wanted by police for
questioning, Mr Miller said: “If it
is who we think it is, we wanted to
see him in connection with a
homicide.”

Though police have not yet
commented on who the person is
in the obituary, sources have indi-
cated to The Tribune that it might
be that of the person the dead man

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Black people
losing ‘self-
discipline’

m= By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

BLACK people may be los-
‘ing the “self-discipline” to
achieve their potential “in a
world which is still not ready to
accept them on their face”, one
of the foremost scholars on
Jamaican political philesopher
Marcus Garvey told an audi-
ence at the College of the
Bahamas.
Giving a talk which described
the manner in which Garvey
was born to a poor family in
Jamaica at the end of the 19th
century and dedicated his early

years to educating himself

before inspiring a mass move-
ment advancing a pan-africanist'
philosophy, Professor Robert
Hill claimed that understand-
ing how Garvey became the
man he was is as significant as
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He was presenting the talk at
the College on Thursday night,
entitled “Marcus Garvey’s mis-
sion” — despite suffering a
major setback in the form of
having his bag, containing his
prepared notes, lost enroute to
Nassau earlier in the week.

Garvey founded the. Univer-
sal Negro Improvement Asso-
ciation in 1914 and advocated
those of African descent return-
ing to their ancestral territories.

Prof Hill.said of the fact that
the UNIA leader has long been
associated with images where
he dons his “gentlemanly”
attire, academic robes or mili-
tary plumes: “There is validity
(to identifying Garvey with
these images), but that’s not my
Garvey, my Garvey is the little
boy who took a book of gram-
mar to work every day. Without
that he could never have
acquired knowledge — what he
did to reverse the tide against
Africa. It didn’t just fall out of
the sky.”

He added: “My fear is that is
being lost. That self-discipline
to achieve that in the face of a
world which is not ready to face
black people on their face —
that’s what we have to deal
with.” ;

Prof Hill said Garvey’s story
is “much more complex and
pertinent than the pastiche that
(he). has been reduced to.”

’ Inspired by his own experi-
ences in his youth, Garvey
advised that people should
“never stop learning’’, should
read for at least four hours a
day, and should “rely on the
knowledge of those who came
before you,” said the academic.

Prof Hill’s talk at the College,

which was attended by around

40 people, was.arranged by the..

Bahamas Association for Cul-

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centre), present director and:

conductor of the Bahamas
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Connaughton, with a cheque
for $2,000 to help with the
expenses of running the two
orchestras that she directs.
Around them are members
of the junior or apprentice

-orchestra, which number

around 45 players, who range
in age from four years old.
The senior orchestra has 60
players. a

The Nassau Music Society,

is sponsored by SG Hambros,
Royal/Fidelity, Pictet Bank
and Trust and RoyalStar
Assurance, and its represen-
tatives said they are very excit-
ed about the revival of the
Bahamas concert orchestras,
senior and junior, and hope
to be able to incorporate them
into their annual programme

of concerts during the coming -
" sedsons.

"It is wonderful to see kids
at such a young age taking

. part in playing classical music

and hopefully if more children
become involved in activities

- such as music, some of the

problems that the school sys-
tem appears to be experienc-
ing will diminish," Mr Thom-
son said.

"We support Jo Anne and
the Orchestra wholeheartedly.
We are trying to arrange for
them to play with a pianist and
cellist from Europe next April
or May."

He added: "The Nassau
Music Society is also in the
process.of awarding a schol-

arship from the Nassau Music
Society Foundation and the

.winner ‘will be announced at

the beginning of June, 2008,
by the Lyford Cay Founda-
tion, who administers the
scholarship fund."

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Airline may cut
flights to Nassau

= By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

FLIGHTS to Nassau could
be cut by American Airlines to
meet the cost of soaring fuel
prices.

The rising cost of fuel led AA
to announce on Wednesday
that it will start charging $15 for
the first item! of checked lug-
gage and will reduce domestic
flights across the US.

’ Now chairman and CEO
Gerard Arpey has confirmed
that flights from New York and

Miami to unidentified
Caribbean destinations are like-
ly to be considered for the chop.

Caribbean tourism ministers
have been invited to attend a
special meeting to discuss the
impact of possible flight cuts by
American and other US-carri-
ers.

An American Airlines
spokesman said: “There are no
specifics to share at this time
regarding flights that will be cut.
Some of those detailed deci-
sions simply have not been
made. I don’t have a timeline

for when the specific flight cut
decisions will be made, but you
could expect to hear some

specifics in the next few weeks.” -

Neko Grant, Minister of
Tourism'for the Bahamas, who
will attend the AA meeting in

’ Antigua on Thursday, said: “It

is difficult to say how it would
affect us until they advise us on
what they intend to do. We

could be in an advantageous |

position because of our prox-
imity, but as the price of oil con-
tinues to go ‘up, we are con-
cerned and we will seek to man-

age the situation as best we
can.”

Airlines are warning that the
whole industry will have to be
reshaped as a result of record
oil prices.

Director of Communications
for Virgin Atlantic, Paul
Charles, says over the next few
months, it will be a case of sur-
vival of the fittest.

"A 20 per cent rise (in oil
prices) in a couple of weeks
time is enough to test any of the
strongest airlines," Mr Charles
said.

Graduate beats personal
tragedy to complete 14
year degree programme

WHEN Gordon Lightbrourn
walks across the platform at the
Diplomat Centre to receive his
graduation diploma as one of
the 2008 graduates from the
College of The Bahamas, he
will feel as if he has completed a
marathon.

Finally finishing his bache-
lor’s degree programme in law
and criminal justice has taken
more stamina, determination
and will to struggle against the
odds than even running a 26.2
mile race — because it has taken
him close to 14 years.

He will graduate with credit
and an overall GPA of 3.25 but
grades don’t even scratch the
surface of his story.

Gordon completed an‘asso-
ciate’s degree in computer data
processing in 1994 and confi-
dently enrolled for a bachelors
degree. in:electronics, little real-

ising that.he and electronics -~

were not going to be a happy
partnership. He quickly decided
he needed to change and won-
dered what he could transfer to.

He then remembered some-
thing his aunt had told him
when he was a boy: she had pre-
dicted that he would be a musi-
cian and do something in law.

“I used to ask a lot of ques-
tions when I was a child,” recalls
Gordon, “and a lot of people
commented on my logical way
of thinking. ‘You have a
lawyer’s mind’ they would say.”
As for the music, Gordon sings
and writes gospel songs, has
won a Marlin award for album
of the year and is the composer
of the song, ‘Stop Blowing Bub-
bles’, which has become his sig-
nature song.

So, after the disaster with the
electronics programme, he
switched majors to law and
criminal justice but, after a pos-
itive start, things started to go
wrong. His wife became sick
and her health slowly deterio-
rated. /

She was diagnosed with poly-
cystic kidney syndrome, a pro-
gressive genetic disorder of the
kidneys which leads to kidney
failure, and lymphangioleiomy-
omatosis, a rare lung disease in
which cysts block small airways.

Gordon’s progress in the new
programme was thus hindered
by his wife’s chronic illness and

Business owners reluctant

the need to care for her. He
became a part-time student but
was still unable to attend class-

es and was forced to withdraw:

from a number of courses.

Sometimes a whole academic
year would pass without his
completing a course; his wife’s
health was a constant worry.and
he sought solace in drugs.

He was able to add credits to
his programme however, and
he always did well when he saw
a course through to its comple-
tion, but he confesses that to
look at his transcript would lead
to questions like “what in the
world is going on here?”
because, although there are a
number of As and Bs, there are



GORDON Lightbour : ;

also long gaps between courses
and many withdrawals caused
by his having to miss too many
classes.

Things reached crisis point
when his wife died from kidney
failure and lung collapse and
his 10 year period of candidacy
at the college ran out.

He was at his lowest ebb: the
woman he loved was gone, he
was no longer a student because
time had expired and he had
relapsed into drug use. The

great irony was that in spite of

everything, he needed only one
course to finish his degree but
he just could not find the will
power or the focus to do it in
time. It seemed as if he would

have to give up and start all
over again.

“Through all the bad times,
though,” says Gordon, “I could
see a ray of light in the dark-

~ ness and I knew it would con-

tinue to flicker and get brighter
if I managed to go back to
school. But I couldn’t face start-
ing all over again. I knew the
lecturers were behind me and
they encouraged me to write a
letter asking to be given special
dispensation so that I could do
the last course.”

But he procrastinated. Then,
one day he was on a bus that
stopped to jet Thaddeus
McDonald cross Thompson
Boulevard and the Dean of
Social and Educational Studies
saw Gordon and stopped to talk
through the jitney’s window. Dr
McDonald told Gordon that he

sand the whole School of Social

Studies were rooting for him
and he had to get himself back
into the college. That faith
inspired Gordon to put togeth-
er his letter asking to be read-
mitted.

Two weeks later he gave the
letter to Dr McDonald’s secre-
tary who said she would type it
for him but when he went back
to collect it, he was met by sob-
bing and crying in fhe hallway —
it was the day Dr McDonald
was murdered.

Although devastated, Gor-
don sang at Dr McDonald’s
funeral and, soon after, he
received the good news that he
had been readmitted to take his
last course in the spring semes-
ter 2008. He showed his deter-
mination and gratitude by
achieving an A-. He had fin-
ished his degree and will walk
into his future at the end of
May.

However, Gordon’s academ-
ic pursuits are not over. He now
wants to enroll in the LLB pro-
gramme and become a lawyer.
He has taken the entrance
examination and is waiting for
the result. He knows it will be
difficult because he will have to
take classes during the day and
work at night but he is undaunt-
ed by that prospect.

“J don’t think anything could
be more difficult than what I’ve
already been through,” he said,
“and I know I can do it.”

to share data for Census

@ By LISA LAWLOR
Tribune Junior Reporter

RELUCTANT business owners may be
forced to reveal confidential information
to the government for a new census exer-

cise, it has emerged. .

This comes after The Tribune learned
that some business owners are threatening
not to co-operate with the government’s
ambitious new economic census plan.

According to a Department of Statistics
representative, businesses are obligated to
answer census questions, as stated in the
Statistical Act Section (9), Subsection (1)

1973.

However, no business owners who spoke
to The Tribune this week said they were —
aware of an obligation to share their sensi-

tive information.

“Not every business is going to complete
this,” the representative of one business
said, "for one thing, the questions go too

i

far."

He and other business owners said they
are worried that their personal details will
end up being exposed for all to see, as
"nothing is confidential in the Bahamas."

Mrs Deveaux says the census “will com-
prise the sum total of a particular industry of
the economy by island and other industry

classifications."

She said it will enable the government
to "find out the number of businesses we
have and to update our Business Register
Frame and to provide a benchmark for our
national accounting system".

In measuring business activity, the
Department of Statistics hopes to collect
existing businesses’ information as it per-
tains to numbers of employees, hours
worked, total earnings, revenue, expenses,
depreciation and changes to capital.

Mr Dionsio D'Aguilar, president of the
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, supports
businesses submitting this information to

the census.

"I don't see what the fear is. Is knowing
another business' personal information
going to make me change the way I run my
business? No."

"While the Department did a great job of
marketing the economic census, they could
be a lot more creative in getting people to

comply. As it is, people won't do it because

\

they are either lazy and/or feel no obligation
to do so," Mr D'Aguilar said. "This is what
first world countries do, but not in the
Bahamas".

On the question of how the census is
going, Mrs Deveaux replied: "Initially, when
undertaking a project of such a magnitude,
we had some challenges, however to date,
we can say that the project is coming along
well, meeting our target start-up. Field work
and questionnaire collection too is going
well". The information will be released to
the public in "report form, tentatively mid-
2010" said Mrs Deveaux.

BTC in wireless



tions infrastructure.”

network.

and upgrades.



technology deal

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company has signed a
deal with a leading US technology firm to bring a next genera-
tion communications network to the Bahamas.
The aim is to save the company several million dollars a year
and provide the country with “a world leading communica-

Sonus Networks, a Massachusetts based company, announced
in a press release yesterday that it has been chosen to replace the
legacy or older technology across the company’s entire wireline

"The Bahamas Telecommunications Company continues to
deliver on its promise to provide leading edge technology to
maintain the competitive position of the Bahamas in the glob-
al marketplace. Our customers deserve the highest quality of
voice and Internet services," said I Kirk Griffin, executive vice
president at BTC in the release. "By migrating from the tradi-
tional network to an IP-based infrastructure from Sonus Net-
works, we are bringing world class communications throughout
our region. We are preparing for the future delivery of next gen-
eration network services, enabling our business and residential
communities to remain globally competitive and connected."

BTC is said to have estimated that, by choosing Sonus tech-
nology, it will save over a million dollars a year in energy costs
and approximately another million dollars a year in maintenance

The plan between the companies also includes a disaster
recovery site located in Miami, to allow BTC to quickly recov-
er the islands' communications network in the event of an
occurance, such as a hurricane, that causes outages in Nassau.

"BTC is taking a leap forward, and investing in the future of
communications," said Hassan Ahmed, CEO and chairman at
Sonus Networks. "BTC is ahead of many major carriers in its
adoption of IP-based telephony. We are proud to be chosen for
this country-wide deployment, and look forward to continuing
our relationship with BTC, enabling it to deliver new services to
‘| both business and home subscribers."

The network components will be primarily installed in Grand
Bahama and New Providence. The Family Islands will be served
by this centralised equipment over the BTC network.

BTC will also have equipment located in Miami to deal with
traffic to local US carriers, as well as function as a disaster
recovery site. If an unforeseen event occurs, the islands' com-
munications network can be quickly recovered by the back up
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Convicted drug

trafficker awaits
sentencing fate

FROM page one

rs FT amn cs oes

recommendations on how long
a convicted drug trafficker
should spend in jail, recom-
mended fine and terms of his
probation following his release.
Yovanny Lopez Public Affairs
Specialist in the US Attorney's
Office, Southern District of
Florida, confirmed that the sen-
tencing hearing is scheduled to
continue on Friday, May 30.

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Corrosive ocean water closer to shore

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anyone expected, thanks in large part to the
carbon dioxide being pumped into the air by
human activities, new research shows.

The increasingly acidic water threatens the
survival of a wide range of organisms, includ-
ing certain microscopic plants and animals
called plankton found at the base of the food
chain; shellfish such as oysters, mussels and
clams; juvenile forms of different marine ani-
mals; and coral. The acidity can dissolve the
shells and skeletons of these creatures.

Carbon dioxide — made infamous for fuel-
ing global warming — partially is absorbed by
the world’s oceans, but it changes the pH or
acidity of the seawater. Scientists collecting
water samples from Canada to Mexico last
summer found surprisingly acidic conditions
near the coasts. ; '

“This is what we might expect the surface
water pH to be 100 years from now,“ said
Richard Feely, an oceanographer with
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab-
oratory in Seattle. He’s the lead author of a
paper released Thursday in the online version
of the journal Science.

About one-third of the carbon dioxide pro-
duced when fossil fuels are burned sinks into
the ocean. Windy conditions found from ear-
ly spring to late summer cause an upwelling of

deeper, more acidic water to near the sur- =.

face along the West Coast.

Earlier work by Feely and colleagues doc-
umented more corrosive water in the open
ocean at deeper depths; the new study marks
the first time researchers looked at the shal-
lower coastal shelf, where more marine plants
and animals could be at risk. The study doc-
umented corrosive water as close as four
miles from the northern California coast.

“This is a startling result,” said Edward
Miles, a professor with the University of
Washington’s Climate Impacts Group and
School of Marine Affairs. He was not part of
the study.

“It means the global community needs to

pay much more attention to documenting
what is going on in the global coastal ocean as
well,“ he said.

Next Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell is host-
ing a field hearing in Seattle on the effects of
climate change and ocean acidification on
this region. Last year, the Washington sena-
tor sponsored a bill to create a national pro-

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cation.

While small, shelled organisms are most
obviously at risk from the harmful effects of
high levels of carbon dioxide, these creatures
are the prey of larger marine life, including
salmon and, ultimately, orcas.

Climate change “could really dramatically
affect the oceans and Puget Sound,” said Cia-
ran Clayton, a Cantwell spokeswoman.

“Worst case scenario, it’s a complete col-

lapse of food chains.“

Terrie Klinger from the UW School of
Marine Affairs will be among those testifying
next week. She’s not sure what to expect in
coming decades — the research is still
nascent. The trouble is that a variety of
changes — warmer water temperatures, less
oxygen, increased ultraviolet radiation — can
add up in unpredictable ways.

“Research is tending to focus on negative
responses because those are of concern to
economic and social systems,” she said. “But
there is evidence of potential for positive
responses.“

Some sea grasses do better with higher
temperatures and acidity, and certain plank-

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“My own opinion is the ocean won’t be

‘empty,” Klinger said. “But 100 years from

now it could look very different.” .:....- 5
Brett Bishop, owner of Little Skookum

Shellfish Growers in Shelton, who also will °

testify, is anxious all the same.
“Increased acid in seawater might dissolve
the shells of our shellfish crops,” he said after

learning about the new research. “Very scary

stuff.”

The research was part of the North Amer-
ican Carbon Programme West Coast Cruise
with support from the National Science Foun-
dation and Oregon State University. Other
researchers working with Feely were
NOAA’s Christopher Sabine and scientists
from OSU, the University of Baja California
and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. More test-
ing is planned for next year.

“This is a really more widespread prob-
lem than just the areas we’ve been able to
study so far,” Feely said. “We need to look at
these areas really carefully.”

(This article is by Lisa Stiffler - c.2008 Seat-
tle Post-Intelligencer).

Bahamas.

BEC reply
must have

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLEASE tell me your article
on page eight of this morning’s
Tribune was a joke, as I found it
quite comical. How’can anyone,

especially BEC themselves:

launch an attack on columnist
Adrian Gibson for his truth and
factual article printed just a few
days ago?

_ While the following is not
directed at everyone in BEC as
it is never wise to paint every-
one with the same brush, the
entire corporation and general
public nonetheless should take
note.

Quite frankly BEC should
take Mr Gibson’s constructive
criticism well as I for one will
not be so kind. Please stop with
the excuses that ...we are so
“highly admired”. throughout

- the Caribbean, because you're

not and if you are it is by Sth
world countries with no power.
Instead of trying to improve and
fix the ever so many problems
the corporation has they run
pathetic excuses through the
media as in today’s article being
a prime example. “We light up
your life”, at the end of the day
I don’t know if they could light
a candle... with a match!

The daily outages on this
island is unacceptable and unex-
plainable. Your storage issues
to be blunt is a “you” problem
and not the consumer’s
(although indirectly it is, as the
monthly bill is padded to a lev-
el Bill Gates couldn’t afford).
If you had any form of compe-
tition, arrangements would have
been made a long time ago to
make the corporation more effi-
cient and profitable. That's what
happens in the private sector,

LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net






Mr General Manager, when
business trends change so does
the business, they adapt,
improve service, cut unneces-
sary costs, etc. I know this
sounds like a foreign concept
to the corporation but I swear it
is true, it happens on a daily
basis in the private sector. And
please, stop bragging about
your employment being 100 per
cent Bahamian, as you are
about 50 per cent overstaffed
to begin'with and furthermore
many of them couldn’t organise
a one car funeral.
Additionally if you are so
proud to be a 100 per cent
Bahamian run corporation (and

‘most of the time we should all

be proud of this fact), with your
track record I suggest some
changes should seriously be
considered as I wouldn’t brag
about my staff if my company
had that level of service. |
The year is 2008 people, and
with the exorbitant rates you
are charging (one of the highest
in the world I might add, and
believe me, I've researched this
for years) there should be no
excuse for frequent power out-
ages and more importantly low

‘voltage ruining all of our appli-

ances and electronics. It has got
to the point where I now unplug
everything before I go to bed
so at least I. know something
will be in working order for the
morning. And while we are on
the low voltage subject can
someone in BEC please tell me
what is going on with my claim

| been a joke

since it was submitted to Mr
Thompson on August 21, 2007?
I finally got an inspector to my
house in January 2008 who
admitted fault due to low volt-
age and to date I have not
received a penny for an air-con-
ditioning unit that has run me
well over $2000. In other coun-
tries, and I quote from this
morning’s article “throughout
the Caribbean”, not only would
I be compensated, but my
monthly power bill would also
be compensated should numer-
ous outages occur.

Other countries in the world I
am sure could use the same
excuses but don't and it shows
with their level of quality and
service. If you are going to
charge one of the highest rates
in the world, provide horrible
service, have an apathetic con-
sumer base and still lose mil-
lions of $$$ then quite frankly I
don’t know if even.the Lord can
help you. I could go on and on,
but some of us have to get to
work. Some free advice; take
Mr Gibson’s article as con-
structive criticism and look in
the mirror and improve. We all
have to go through this exer-
cise at some point in our lives,
God knows.I have many times.

On a final note, I would love
to attend the same meeting Mr
Gibson does with the general
manager as I would too love to
be enlightened on the areas I
have missed in this intriguing
corporation known as the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion.

CHRISTOPHER
ARMALY
Nassau,

May 22, 2008.

We must save,

not punish, our

Bahamian youth

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Why are the media and
politicians killing our youth?
Why is it everyday I read in
the newspaper of the media

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that PIERROT HYPPOLITE OF DEAN’S
LEAN, FORT CHARLOTTE, P.O. BOX SB-50296, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 24TH day of MAY, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,

VACANCIES

Success Training College‘anticipates the following
full-time vacancies beginning this fall:

Faculty Positions
Accounting/Business
Information Technology
Mathematics
English Language
Allied Health Science

Administrative Position

portraying our youth nega-
tively and the politicians jump-
ing on the bandwagon to try
and further their political
agenda? Shame! Shame!
Shame!

Why is the media drumming
on an institution that believes
in saving our youth? Why are
they pursuing these stories to
put pressure on the educa-
tional institution to throw this
youth to the wolves?

What they should be doing
is applauding this institution
for saving our young people.
When are we, as citizens,
going to come together and
put a stop to the press that
could violate and destroy the
life of a youth who may have
made a mistake? Is that the
end of life for the person?
Please I beg you, politicians
and all concerned, let it rest.

Give kudos to this great
institution for giving our youth
another chance and attack the
ones who do not have the
“guts” to support our young
people when they fall. The
newspaper’s headlines should
read “School most worthy of
praise as they are in the busi-
ness of saving our young chil-
dren’s lives, not throwing
them away.”

I say to the faculty of that
school to keep up the awe-
some job you are doing. You
may not have been able to

prevent the situation this time,
but at least you did not try to
throw it into the hands of our
dangerous and reckless media.
Do not allow the media and
politics to dictate or determine
how you choose to save our
youth of this nation. They too
should be in the business of
saving our young people,
especially the males. However,
sad but true, They are not.

We Bahamians always
speak of how our boys are “no
good”, do you believe expos-
ing the whole nation to this
behaviour everyday makes the
situation for the young boy,
or the young girl any better?
No it does not. If this were
any of their children do you
believe they would want to
continue to rape these chil-
dren by way of the press? So
why do it to other parents’
children? Some of us pretend
that we want our youth to pre-
vail, but in the end “once it
isn’t our child” we are cool
with it. This is not the attitude
to take if we truly want our
nation to progress.

Signed,

A student who is extremely
grateful and happy to have
been given a second chance
by a school to complete my
education because they are in
the business of saving our
youth.

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Student Activities Coordinator
Program Dev/Admin Officer

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NOTICE

Interested persons should submit letter of interest
along with curriculum vitae to the President, Success
Training College, Bernard Road, Nassau, by May 30,
2008. Applicants with relevant mater’s degree and
at least five years experience preferred for faculty
positions, but individuals with bachelor’s level
qualification may also be considered.

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELA HORACE OF ROSE
STREET, FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for

registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 24TH
day of MAY, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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KEY STRATEGY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham officially launched the Public Service Improvement Pro-
gramme in a ceremony at the Paul H Farquharson Police Conference Centre, East Street, yesterday.

Public service
begins a ‘long
journey’ to its
lasting reform



= By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

COMING away from a government agency
frustrated and with a frown on your face may
become a thing of the past if the Bahamas’ first
public Service Improvement Programme,
launched yesterday, has its intended effect.

According to Prime minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, the Bahamas will be among the pioneers in
the region as it sets out on the “long journey” to
transform ina “scientific and measured way” the
way in which the public sector services the needs

-of the population.

Starting this month, academics and students at
the College of the Bahamas will begin the first
phase of the Public Service Improvement Pro-
gramme, carrying out customer satisfaction sur-
veys and holding focus groups.

The information gathered will allow the
researchers to determine a “baseline” from which
the public’s perception of the performance of
government agencies can be measured over time
to determine what advances are made as the pro-
gramme proceeds.

The data will also feed into ihe design of each
department’s improvement programme set to get
underway later in the year.

Public officers will are set to be interviewed, so
their “attitudes, behaviours and values” can be
gauged in an effort to identify the department’s
“organisational culture” and how it effects per-
formance.

Within each agency, Service Improvement

Teams will be formed, with certain people desig-
nated “change agents” for their department. It is
hoped that public service officers will in this way
be encouraged to “buy-in” to the programme.
Mr Ingraham, explaining that a well function-
ing public service is crucial to good governance
and the “effective and responsive delivery” of
services to the public, said that he has a “long-
standing commitment” to public sector reform.

“We expect that in the future individuals walk-
ing away from a public sector agency will increas-
ingly have a public service experience that is dif-
ferent from what it is now,” he said.

Along with the: College of the Bahamas, the
government is also partnering with a regional
inter-government agency, the Caribbean Centre
for Development Administration (CARICAD) to
achieve its objectives. CARICAD is a CARI-

-COM agency specialising in transforming and

modernising public sectors in the Caribbean.

Mr Ingraham, who has ministerial responsibil-_
ity for the public service, said that the decision to
partner with these institutions was based ‘on a.

recognition of the “inherent pitfalls” in mandat-

. Ing a public agency — the Department of Public
Service — to transform itself and other public.

agencies.
Some of the outcomes the government aims
to produce in government departments include

increased accessibility, professionalism, timeli-

ness and effective communication.

Bahamas Public Service Union president John
Pinder said the union welcomes the initiative and
believes public service providers will get onboard,
as Mr Ingraham indicated that they must in order
for the SIP to be successful.

He said he agreed with the six “pilot agencies”
chosen by the government to test the programme
— the Department of Public Service, the Registrar
General’s Office, the Building Control Division,

the Road Traffic Department, the Department of .

Physical Planning and the Passport Office. “Cer-
tainly they were some of the areas that had chal-
lenges when it relates to service.’

However, he said that the government must
also recognise that efficient delivery of services in
the public sector is also hindered by a lack of
technology, training and human resources provi-

. sions.

“It should come with two things: a price, as it
relates to salaries, and secondly, better equip-
ment. If they provide the public service with the

right equipment and tools they can certainly per- -

form their duties more effectively,” he said.

Why you Vex?



@ By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

“I vex because I am getting
tired of hearing.that the PLP is
doing this and doing that and
visiting (their constituencies).
All these people having the
wool pulled over their eyes,
because when they were in
power did these people ever see
them or hear from them? They
just trying to sweeten them up
to try and win the next election.

“Wake up people! I vex also
because these people expect the
FNM to change the Bahamas
around in one week. Rome was-
n't built in a day you know!
They have to clean up all the



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mess the PLP left behind or
under the carpet!”
— Getting Very Mad.

“I am sick and tired of the
street vendors and hawkers that
line up each day along our
streets selling their fruits, cloth-
ing, phonecards and other items
without any regards for vehicu-
lar traffic.

“They cause the delay in traf-
fic and they have their goods
all displayed in such a nasty
manner and make our island
look so bad. I can’t wait to see

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them all go away,”
- ?ve Had Enough.

“T vex because politicians
wastin’ too much time in the
House of Assembly doing tit-
for-tats like schoolchildren.

“T want to see something
done in parliament to improve
my life and not listen toaa
bunch of loud mouth, grown
people playing throwin’ jeers.”

- Ralph N, Winton Estates

“IT vex because there isn’t
enough on this island to do ona

Sunday.

Other than church and the
movies, you are pretty much out
of choices because all form of
entertainment is shut down.
Yeah, the shops downtown are
open, but they cater to tourists.

“We need more wholesome
recreational activities that we
all can enjoy to change up the
boredom of life in this country.
And maybe that will keep more
kids out of trouble, too — keep
them from going to the cay or
the tracks doing fool.”

- Greg S, Sea Breeze.

Industrial company
in $7m investment
into Freeport plant

m= By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A new major
industrial company, with an
investment of over $7 million,
has joined Grand Bahama’s
Industrial Sector.

Nassau Island Development
has opened a sand mining and
marine development operation
in Freeport.

About 30 Bahamians have
been employed so far at the

‘facility, located on just over 18

acres of industrial property off
the Warren J Levarity High-
way.

Senator Kay Smith, parlia-
mentary secretary in the Prime
Minister’s Office, spoke at the
official opening held at the
Grand Bahama Yacht Club on
Thursday evening.

Nassau Island Development

president Larry Ferguson was
present at the opening. Several
persons from the Freeport busi-
ness community were also in
attendance.
- Ms Smith said that Nassau
Island Development is a wel-
comed business venture in
Grand Bahama.

“Nassau Island Development
has come to GB at an oppor-

tune time. This business fits the ,

bill as a new job creating enter-
prise,” she said.

“We applaud NID for its con-
fidence in Grand Bahama
despite what might seem as
much uncertainty.

“We are happy to welcome
you as part of a business com-
munity that has learned to be
patient, creative and resilient,”
Senator Smith said.

Senator Smith said that
Freeport offers opportunities
not only to international com-
panies, but to Bahamian com-
panies as well.

She said investors 1 like Nas-.
sau Island Development:are | |

joining others already here:
Hutchison, which is currently
operating in three business sec-
tors — ports, hotels and proper-
ty development; the mega ship
repair facility; Harcourt Devel-
opment — with hotel and con-
dominium interests; Sands
Brewery and a the host of small
and medium size investors.

Senator Smith said the sale
of BORCO also bodes well for
Grand Bahama.

She stated that the renewed
business activity there, together
with the anticipated redevelop-

However, Ms Smith stated
that future of Freeport “hangs
in the balance” as a result of
the ongoing ownership dispute
at the Grand Bahama Port
Authority.

“It is impossible for me to:
address you today and not reit-
erate what is being said around '
this island and indeed around
our country; a resolution to the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty matter is now urgent; long
overdue. Freeport’s future
hangs in the balance.

“Perhaps this is a good time



“It is impossible for me to
address you today and not reit-

erate what is being said around

this island, and indeed around
our country; a resolution to
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority is now urgently long
overdue. Freeport’s future
hangs in the balance.”



ment of the Royal Oasis Hotel
by Harcourt Development, will
bring important investment and
job creating dollars into the
economy. ,

“I am confident that Grand
Bahama’s future will be bright
again; that unemployment and
underemployment will be
replaced by job and employ:
ment growth,” she said. .~-.

She added that restoring the
Grand Bahama economy is high
on FNM’s agenda.

for the Grand Bahama Port

‘Authority to remember just

what they mean to the 230
square miles of Freeport, its res-
idents, and the economic life of
Grand Bahama and the
Bahamas.

“We. are grateful for this
investment and for this new
employment, particularly while

--others seem ‘to place selfish, nar-

row personal interests ahead of

' the interests of Freeport and its

people,’ she said.

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BHS unveils national

education p

A MAJOR milestone was
achieved on Thursday when the
Bahamas Humane Society pre-
sented its “humane education”
resource materials for teachers
to acting director of education
Lionel Sands.

Several senior education per-
sonnel were present, including
Leandra Archer, who has sup-
ported the project for the past
two years.

BHS said the project is “cru-
cial” to promoting responsible
animal ownership and care.

The BHS had provided the
Department of Education with
research findings carried out by
USA acknowledged world
expert, Dr Randolph Lock-
wood, showing there is a proven
correlation between young peo-
ple being allowed to disrespect
or abuse animals and a higher
possibility of them growing up
to be disrespectful and violent
toward people.

At the extreme end of the
scale, it has been shown that
many convicted mass murder-
ers abused animals as children
and that such behaviour was not

. addressed early enough.

|
i.

“Throwing a rock at a bird or
kicking a street potcake might
be regarded as childish mischief
but if this antisocial, cruel
behaviour is. ignored docu-
mented cases have shown the
degree of cruelty has escalated
to include abuse of people,”
said the BHS in a press release.

“The solution is to educate

young people and create greater -

awareness of teachers and par-
ents of possible consequences
of ignoring early signs of delin-

quent behaviour toward animals -

and nipping it in the bud.”

The BHS said it is aware that
world leader animal welfare
organisations, including the
Royal Society for the Preven-
tion of Cruelty to Animals
(RSE the American Soci-

ety, for the Prevention of Cru-, ..
elty to Animals;(ASPCA),.the:.
World Society for the, Protec-.. .

tion of Animals (WSPA) and

the’Humane Society of the”

Rotaract Charter Club set up

THE Rotary Club of East
Nassau has announced the
establishment of its own
Rotaract Charter Club.

This charter is the newest
addition to the RCEN family,
which includes three Interact
clubs at the highschool level.

Rotaract is the next level and
is designed to prepare upcom-
ing professionals and business



LEFT TO RIGHT: BHS Team — Stephen Turnquest, Stephanie Dawes,
Inspector Percy Grant, president Kim Aranha and Kevin Degenhard.
Department of Education Team — acting director Lionel Sands, deputy
director Leandra Archer, Lonice Hart, Barbara Dorsett, Shirley Ferguson

and senior education officer Glenda Rolle.

Stat report cruelty

Anyone wishing to report cruelty to animals or to seek .
advice on animal care can contact the BHS by emailing: b-

humane@hotmail.com

United States (HSUS), have
produced humane education
materials, so it set about select-
ing and adapting units for
Bahamian use.

“Following many months of
research, re-crafting, typing,
compiling and collating, and
getting copyright permission,
the Bahamian materials took
form. All four organisations
above sent their respective
experts to Nassau where they.
teamed up with BHS at a num-
ber of meetings over two years
with enthusiastic education offi-
cers from the Department of
Education,” the BHS said.

-Senior education officer
Glenda Rolle has worked with
the BHS team to make the
hopes of encouraging. all young |

“people to. respect! aniifials a Teal-

ity.
BHS éxecutivé’ director,

“Kevin Degenhard; said” et

people for the final stage of
serving the community as full-
fledged Rotarians.

Interested persons between
the ages of 18 and 30 are wel-
come to join the Rotary Club
of East Nassau Rotaract mem-
bers at 6pm on Monday after-
noons at the Taj Mahul restau-
rant located top of the hill Par-
liament Street.



goal is to sensitise the next gen-
eration to the very real needs
of animals and by so doing,
encourage the next generation
of parents and animal owners
to be more humane people.

“The evidence before us
today is that too many people
give little regard to suffering
animals. The overworked sur-
rey horses in ill fitting harness-
es, abused sea turtles laid out
for hours in the baking sun, the
endless stream of unwanted cats
and dogs arriving at the BHS
daily and the killing and muti-
lation of street dogs by angry
people testify to this.”

The obstacle of funding the
publication of some 190
resource packs to cover every

,sSchool.was, overcome. when, the.....

“Lyford Cay Foundation award-
“ed the BHS, $7,500 off-the bill”

which Seis snudecd.
” beyond $9,000. oe

roject

AdWorks design artists
donated the designs for the cov-
ers, then several days of BHS
volunteers and staff packing
ring binders with more than
33,000 sheets of printed paper
resulted in the binders emerg-
ing, providing every school in
the country. with humane edu-
cation resources. _

The department of education
said it will continue to work
with BHS education officer,
Inspector Percy Grant, rolling
out training for the teachers and
principals who will undertake

' to deliver the responsible ani-

mal ownership messages over
the coming years.

The approach, the BHS said,
is consistent with the Six Pillars
of Character system applied in
Bahamian schools where posi-
tive character traits are encour-
aged.

Mr Degenhard has been sec-
onded from the RSPCA to the
BHS since 2004, and he returns
to the RSPCA in England later
this week.

He said: “I am very proud of
the BHS making this excellent
contribution to animal welfare
and community service across
the whole country and we are
most grateful to our newfound
friends in the Department of
Education who had the fore-
sight to recognise this need. The
teachers who will be delivering
the lessons in this resource pack
have our complete admiration
and our full support.

“Having had several negative
experiences facing too much
indifference to animals needs,
flagrant disregard of the law and
a lack of will to implement pro-
posed law to protect animals
adequately, the degree of co-
operation which we have

received from education pro-’

fessionals really gives me hope.
I.willleave.the, Bahamas much
happier because of what has
happened here today and I
thank eveLyone who’ helped
“make it happen”.



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Opposition calls on FNM
to relaunch Grand
Bahama schemes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net















| FREEPORT - The Grand Bahama economy would
improve significantly if the projects cancelled when the

FNM came to power were relaunched, members of the

opposition claim.

PLP national vice chairman Constance McDonald and
other party members on Grand Bahama are calling on
government to recommence the projects that were started
in Freeport by the former PLP government.

They say this will result in the injection of millions of dol-
lars into the economy, which suffered when the projects
were cancelled.

_ The former government had signed a contract and start-

ed work on the new $8 million school at Heritage, identified

land for a new hospital, and started construction on the new

College of the Bahamas campus.

During a press conference held this week, Ms McDonald,
Forrester Carroll, Patrick Davis and Cassieta McIntosh
expressed concern about the economic situation on Grand
Bahama.

“The economy has.stopped here and the government is
the problem,” said Mr Carroll.

“The most important thing is that PLP left certain pro-
jects, agreements, and certain contracts in place which — if
the FNM simply adopts and continues — would boost the
economy,” said Mr Davis.

Ms McDonald said the government has not been proac-
tive in coming up with “sound economic policies” to address
the economic situation in Freeport.

“We want to see what it is they are doing. We have not
heard it verbalised yet and we have not even heard recog-

- nition that we have a problem, and we all know that things
have slowed down in Nassau, and have stopped in

Freeport,” she said.

“IT have not heard the government say what they are
going to do to boost the economy and they are making
excuses about cleaning up the mess of the PLP to cover
their inadequacies,” said Ms McDonald.

Ms McDonald said the FNM had promised when it came
to office to deal with the ownership dispute at the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.

“The Port Authority situation is something that needs to
be done and finished with.

“When the government came to power they said they will
deal with that and one year has passed and nothing has
been done about it.

Mr Carroll said that the government appears to be
“standing by, helpless.”

“We are calling on them to start building the hospital, to
start work again on the COB’s new site, and to resume the

“new Heritage School that was Started by Patrick McDon-
ald,” said Mr Davis. -

“We want to put our men aad women back to work and
we are asking the government to put political and person-
al issues aside and simply proceed with. the plan that the
PLP had in place,” he said.

The PLP is also asking government to re-implement
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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008, PAGE 7



Ambition fulfilled

A NEW book, the product
of many years of research, ful-
fils the ambition of one of The
Bahamas’ best-loved histori-
ans.

Husband and wife writing
team Jim and Anne Lawlor
produced what is described as
“the only authoritative
account of Harbour Island’s
history and its people” as a
tribute to the late Dr Paul
Albury.

Mrs Lawlor is Dr Albury’s
daughter and she undertook
the enormous task of compil-
ing ’Briland’s history because
it was something her father
always wanted to do.

Dr Albury is best-known for
two books, The Story of The
Bahamas and The Paradise
Island Story, but it was always
his ambition to write Harbour
Island’s history as well.

Mr and Mrs Lawlor “took
up the gauntlet” - investing
countless hours of work in the
project - to produce a hand-
some book which incorporates
some of Dr Albury’s own
research and “poetic prose”.

Called The Harbour Island
Story, the book has been
issued by Macmillan
Caribbean and it traces the
island’s key role in Bahamian
history since the Eleutheran
Adventurers first settled near
Preacher’s Cave.

In its earliest years, "Briland
ranked with Nassau as the
country’s most important set-
tlement, while its harbour
became a major attraction for
seafarers of all kinds.

It was from there that
Colonel Andrew Deveaux
launched his assault on New
Providence to relieve the
island of Spanish occupation.

’Briland’s magnificent set-
ting, and its attractive Loyalist
architecture, have attracted
tourists for many years. Now,
of course, it is home to many
celebrities as well as a

Years of research bear fruit for one
of Bahamas’ best-loved historians



“The entire story is told ina
free-flowing style and the
chapters on shipbuilding,
wrecking and hurricanes are

particularly enjoyable, incor-

porating some of Dr Paul
Albury’s wonderful stories.”



Bahamian population dating
back many generations.

Dr Albury had a special
affection for ’Briland, having
been born there in the early
years of the 20th century.
There’s no doubt that he
would be proud indeed that
his daughter and her husband
have devoted so much time
and energy to complete the
work he began many years
ago.

.Mrs Lawlor, professor of.

English at The College of the
Bahamas, also worked with
her husband on the second
edition of The Paradise Island
Story. -

In a dedicanon to Dr
Albury, they say his “passion
for history” lives on in The
Harbour Island Story, with
some of his notes being incor-
porated into the text.

Mr and Mrs Lawlor did
additional research in Nassau,
London,.Bermuda and the
United States before writing
what is expected to be the

Dr Gail Saunders

most definitive history of the
island.

Historian Dr Gail Saunders,
in a foreword, describes the
book as “a well-documented,
informative and entertaining
account” of ’Briland.

And she describes it as “a
must” for all Bahamians,
scholars, visitors and students,
declaring that it is likely to be
the standard text on ’Briland

. for many years to come.

“The entire story is told in a
free-flowing style and the
chapters on shipbuilding,
wrecking and hurricanes are
particularly enjoyable, incor-
porating some of Dr Paul
Albury’s wonderful stories,”

she writes.

The 308-page book also
includes many photographs of
’Briland buildings, residents
and events from times past.
There are also maps, prints
and statistics galore - enough
material, in fact, to satisfy the
most demanding reader.

Using official, church, oral

and private sources, the
authors offer fresh insights
into many aspects of ’Briland
history.

Dr Saunders cites, in partic-
ular, their account of Lord
Dunmore’s laying out of Dun-

more Town in 1791 and the

settlement’s expansion
between 1836 and 1892.

Every aspect of ’Briland’s
past is covered, including pira-
cy, wrecking and, of course,
the slavery and emancipation
which were to lay the founda-
tion for today’s community.

In fact, anyone with ’Bri-
land roots could find some-
thing here about their own
forebears. There is an abun-
dance of tables recording ex-
slaves turned mariners, day
school teachers, ’Brilanders
who went “on the Contract”
to the US, inhabitants at vari-
ous points in the island’s his-
tory, and even the captains
and crews of wrecking vessels.

Overall, the book captures
the special flavour of a spe-
cial place, with the authors
recording island development
right up to the present day, as
’Briland enjoys. unparalleled
prosperity as home to the
stars.

“Nobody cares who they
are. Famous, not-famous, rich,
poor, black, white — it makes
no difference,” they write, in

' describing Harbour Island’s

very special social mix.

*Briland-born and reared.

straw vendor Jacqueline Per-

centie, who is quoted in the

book, probably speaks for all
when she looks back on her
78 years on the island and
says: “I am very blessed.”

Keeping Grand Bahama beaches clean

of garbage.

Lucaya International School's year five class
organised a beach clean-up at Fortune Point for

their classmates.

It was part of their ‘action’ study unit, where
they: get involved in a project relating to their
studies and are encouraged to take their learning .

beyond the classroom.

The unit, their teachers say, enables them to
make a difference in their world.
This class chose to study pollution and the



SOME of the students are pictured at Fortune Point beach, which is near the school, collecting bags packed full

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ronment.

_ effects of technological advances on the envi-

All the LIS primary classes from year one

through six came out on a Friday afternoon to
help clean-up the beach.
The students said they were very proud of their.

hard work and picked up more than 20 large

garbage bags full of trash, including large items

such as computer screens and monitors, metal

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS 5

FINANCE MINISTER ZHIVARGO LAING ADDRESSES BAHAMAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Trade unit established to monitor
international trade negotiations

@ By Lindsay Thompson

THE Ministry of Finance
has established an interna-
tional trade unit to monitor
negotiations in world trade
agreements, Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing
disclosed. He was addressing
the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce on trade matters
at their Annual General
Meeting held at the British
Colonial Hilton Wednesday.

“We have determined that
we have established an inter-
national trade unit with a
director and full-time staff to
monitor the assessment in
negotiating and consulting on
matters of international trade
arena,” Mr Laing said.

“We are going to augment
the research capacity of that

international trade unit

through a relationship with
the College of the Bahamas
in which they will be con-

tracted to do trade-related.

research, supported by con-
sultants locally and interna-
tionally.”

This, he said, will realise a
permanent human resource
capacity in the government for
the development of the coun-
try’s international trade policy.

Mr Laing also proposed that
the trade commission of the
country has to be-a much
more enhanced feature of its
trade policy development.

“We will charge the trade
commission with informing
and receiving input from the
private sector on matters relat-
ing to trade.

“The trade commission
ought to have the benefit of a
secretariat with the ability to

“do its administrative work and ©

have the support of the inter-



said He told the group of busi-
nesspersons that the govern-
ment engaged a Canadian
consultancy firm to assist with
its international trade policy
development, in particular,
providing advice on joining
the World Trade Organisation
and negotiations on the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
with Europe.

The Bahamas obtained
WTO Observer Status in 2000
and applied for membership
therein in 2001.

Trading

Mr Laing said the Bahamas |

has started the process of
reapplying for membership in
the WTO, as it would be to
its “advan-

tage” to

complete

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European

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“The Bahamas has to, with

. other Caribbean;nations, ;

make determinations about

2 ~. What it is going to do about
national trade unit,” Mr Laing |. i eOMe

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Bahamas is contending: Nego-
tiations on the Free Trade
Area of the Americas



Knowles:

A NASSAU private school is celebrating a
double triumph in the Bahamas National Math

Competition.

Tambearly students pulled off victories in
both the 4-6 and 7-9 age categories, with

‘

MINISTER OF STATE FOR FINANCE Zhivargo Laing addresses the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on:
Wednesday May 21 at the British Colonial Hilton.

(FTAA) are stalled, and

WTO rounds are stalled but

are likely to resume at. some
point. “But this administra-

_ tion has determined that no

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longer can it pursue its inter-
national trade policy in the

“haphazard manner that has

been our mainstay today,” Mr
Laing said.

AKL





Nicholas Knowles and Bernard Farquharson
respective winners. Here, Tambearly’s math

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THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2008, PAGE 9



Government
move to right
housing faults



Ministry to launch
TRA ace
over the Internet



THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is
gearing up for a grand anniversary celebra-

tion for Bahamahost, which will include the’

launch of an internet version of the training
programme.

Diana Black-Brooks, senior manager of Edu-
cation and Training in the ministry, explained
that the online version of the hospitality train-
ing programme is in the final stages of devel-
opment.

Tourism officials said they hope that the
programme will be completed and approved
for use by September, when Bahamahost’s
30th anniversary will be celebrated.

The online Bahamahost will be launched by
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant,
Ms Black-Brooks said. __

-“So for all you busy persons who may not
think that you have the time to sift through
two weeks or eight weeks of the programme,
you will be able to do it online,” she said.

Bahamahost information is already avail-
able at: http://www.bahamas.com.

Approximately 31,000 individuals have
passed through the programme in three
decades, including public service drivers, hote-

liers, police officers, immigration officers, cus-
toms officers, court employees and private pro-
fessionals.

Ms Black-Brooks said Bahamahost’s repu-
tation has brought the Bahamas regional
acclaim.

- “It is such a powerful tool,” she said. “We
have our partners from across the Caribbean.
They have come to the Bahamas to learn how
we do it.”

Ms Black Brooks disclosed the plans after
training the 4th Long Island session of
Bahamahost, where 19 residents successfully
completed the course at an accelerated gradu-
ation rate.

In the past year, training courses have been
held on Long Island, Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera
and Inagua.

Ms Black-Brooks said Bahamahost will con-
tinue to work with the Ministry of Education
and the College of the Bahamas, seeking to
be included in the public school and tertiary
curricula.

She said tourism officials also hope that

- Bahamahost will eventually be a prerequisite

for entrance into the tourism industry.

Early detection
aids cancer fight

THE Cancer Society of the

_ Bahamas is urging Bahamians

to take advantage of the bene-
fits of early cancer detection.

In a statement issued yester-
day, the society noted that many
Bahamians have already been
diagnosed with cancer, but that
this is not a death sentence —
“in fact, many men and women
are leading normal, fulfilled
lives to a ripe age, but knowl-
edge is the key.

“Anyone can have cancer,
male and female, rich and poor,
black and white, from any
neighborhood and every reli-
gion or from any country in the

Police probe 28th

FROM page one

is suspected of killing. The same
sources have also indicated that
the killing of the unidentified man,
who was most likely Jamaican,
may be in retaliation for his sus-

world. No one is exempted.
Some even inherit it through
generations,” the society
warned. “The more we are edu-
cated about cancer and life
afterwards, the more we will see
that it is just a ‘bump in the
road’, it is not the end of the
road.”

With this in mind, the Can-
cer Society of the Bahamas’
Living Beyond Cancer support
group, will hold its second annu-
al “Look good, feel better sem-
inar” on Saturday the May 31
from 10am to 4pm

Each female participant will
be given a rose and a bag of

pected role in that homicide.

Mr Miller said on Thursday
that it appeared likely that his
death occurred at some time
during the previous night, as his
body showed no signs of
decomposition.

While stab wounds were the

INSIGHT

treats, the statement said. The
theme is “Mind, body and soul”
and it will encourage the par-
ticipants to relax, rejuvenate
and enjoy life.

The speakers will include
Ivoine Ingraham on nutrition
and a healthy lifestyle, Dr
Richelle Knowles on skin can-
cer and the symptoms, and Dr
Wayne Thompson on relation-
ships and food for the soul.

Straw work, clothing, and
jewellery will be on sale. Mani-
cures will also be available.

The society said the seminar
is free and open to the public,
and that lunch will be provided.

murder

only visible injuries to the body
of the dead man, an autopsy
will be performed to ascertain if
these specific injuries caused his
death, police have said.

This man, according to The
Tribune’s records, is the 28th
murder victim for the year.

For the stories behind the news,
read Insight on Mondays



By Matt Maura

HOUSING officials had to
spend the first year of the
FNM’sadministration correct-
ing “many of the mistakes” left
behind by the previous govern-
ment, Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell told the House of
Assembly.

Mr Russell said the work has
included the installation of
roads, water, electricity and
sewerage systems and repairs
and/or renovations to what he.
termed “defective homes.”

Addressing parliament on a »

Resolution for the Conveyance
of 88.279 acres of land in Spring
City, Abaco for the purpose of
continuing the Government’s
Housing Development, Mr
Russell said that while the pre-
vious administration continues
to say that they built and com-
pleted more than 1,300 homes
over their five-year term in
office, his figures show differ-
ently. —

Mr Russell said that upon
taking office, officials met a sit-
uation at the Department of
Housing where 86 houses were
incomplete; hundreds more
where people lived without con-
veyances and/or mortgages, 40
houses that were “supposedly
completed” but where’ persons
could not move into because
the infrastructure was not com-

pleted; three houses in which .

persons resided who claimed

that the houses were gifts from

the minister and that they did |

not have to pay mortgage; rent’
“or anything else.”

He said that, additionally?
there were 400 houses on mort-
gage but with no insurance; 10
homes with mortgages that
were “bought-out” but had
“deliberately not been placed
on the Bahamas Mortgage Cor-.
poration’s (BMC) books” for

four years and that the BMC
and Department of Housing
were “broke, both owing mil-
lions to other corporations, con-
tractors and to each other.”

“The previous government
talked about the continuation
of government .. . the people
who are saying that we have not
built one house do not believe
that government.is continuous.
I presume that they expected, or
wanted, this minister of hous-
ing to ignore these problems,
to walk away from incomplete
houses, to ignore houses that
people could not live in, not to
connect the electricity, the tele-
phones and the sewer systems
and they did not want us to
complete, subdivisions with no
infrastructure.”

The housing minister said the
ministry chose to complete
unfinished houses, repair defec-
tive homes, secure ownership
of land, conveyances and mort-
gages so that the BMC could
generate a cash flow toward the
creation of new housing subdi-
visions and the building of new
homes.

He said the Department of
Housing is putting the required
infrastructure — electricity,
water, roads, phone and sewer-
age — in place in Dignity Gar-
dens No 2, which will put 33
Bahamian families into homes
“soon” and which will make it
easier for the BMC to develop a
cash flow in order to restart the
government’s housing pro-
gramme.

Mr Russell said that while

“not one new house” was built
in Dignity Gardens No 1, offi-
cials installed a lift station in

order to “stop the honey wagon |

from travelling the streets of the
community to pump the honey
from the pit and dripping it
along the road en route to the
sewer plant and clean-up site.”
“We have more than 63

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defective houses requiring
repairs which we are seeking to
make acceptable to. the owners,
27 of which contracts have
already been issued,” Mr Rus-
sell added.

He said the department will
have to repair 51 of the 87 hous-
es built in Excellence Gardens
Subdivision. Forty-two of the
houses are currently under
repair. Mr Russell'said 18 con-
veyances and mortgages have
been executed.

He said 27 of the 29 houses
that were built in Adelaide Vil-
lage have to be repaired, with
22 of those homes requiring
“serious and costly repairs.”
Engineers from the Ministry of
Works have reviewed the
“structural failures and have
recommended the way for-
ward.”

“The repairs will start soon
in our attempt to bring an .
acceptable level of satisfaction
to these homeowners,” he
added.

‘Mr Russell said that 81 of the
94 houses built in Pride Estates
No 1 will have to be repaired.
Thirty-five of the homes have
already been repaired with
work underway on the remain-
ing 46. He said that all 10 homes
built in West heights in West
End, Grand Bahama are under
contract for repairs.

“We have had to install in
each house a bathroom window,
security screens, eaves vents and |
have had to remove the carpet
and tile the floor of the living-
room, reconfigure the entrances .
to prevent water ingress under
the door and anchor eight of

the houses by adding: proper

foundations in all four corners.

“We have not built one
house,” Mr Russell said, “but
what we have done is to repair
the houses built to make fami-
lies’ lives more secure and com-

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d rushed to the Labour
Board ‘to seek government sup-
port.

A woman, who has worked
for Pioneer for 27 years, said:
‘When we leave here today,
that’s it. We are all out of a job,
we have no type of income
coming in to pay the bills or the
mortgage. —

“We are all.trying to figure
out where the next meal is
going: ‘to be coming from. That
is-what,we live off of.”

Another woman who has
worked for Pioneer for 20 years
added: “The management has
told us there is no money so it
ain’t easy.

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times and they’re sending us out
there with nothing and we did-
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ey or prepare.

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then they just want to slip away
and leave us with nothing. For

all of us the anger and the

xesentment is building.”
Pioneer Shipping’s former
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press and ordered reporters to
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Human rights groups said

_ that up to 19 unarmed civilians

were killed and 50 people were
wounded along a six-mile
stretch of road near Jalalabad,
as the convoy fired automatic
weapons along the route back
to its base.

A statement released Friday
said Lt. Gen. Samuel T. Hel-

‘land, commander of Marine

forces in the Middle East and
Afghanistan, had determined
that the officers in command
and the troops in the convoy
“acted appropriately and in
accordance with the rules of
engagement and tactics, tech-

‘niques and procedures in place

at the time in response to a
complex attack.”

His decision, based on find-
ings of a Marine court of inquiry
into the commanding officers’
role in the shootings, means that
no criminal charges will be
brought against the two officers,
Maj. Fred C. Galvin, the com-
mander of F Company, 2nd
Marine Special Operations Bat-
talion, and Capt. Vincent J.
Noble, the platoon leader and
mission commander at the time.
Neither officer fired his weapon.

But those two officers and a.
third, Capt. Robert Olsen, will
face “appropriate administra-
tive actions” stemming from
those shootings or perhaps from
another, undisclosed episode
that occurred within days of the
first, according to the statement.

“Administrative actions” can
may range from simple repri-
mands to punishment that could
severely damage the officers’
careers.

No details were given about
what behavior warranted the
administrative actions.

In the course of the inquiry,
the Marine Corps did uncover
“administrative, manning and
training issues,” and senior offi-
cers will take action to prevent
the repeating of those errors,
the statement said.The allega-
tions, and the responses of the
officers’ defenders, followed a
narrative that is by now familiar

from the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq.

The Afghanistan Indepen-
dent Human Rights Commis-

sion said the Marines had fired

wildly and without cause at
civilians and vehicles, while
lawyers for the officers under
scrutiny said they and the men
under their command had car-
ried out an appropriate and dis-
ciplined response to a danger-
ous ambush.

Helland’s decision seems cer-
tain to generate another round
of complaints from human
rights activists, who say senior
officers tend to rule in favor of
actions that defend the lives of

troops even if civilians are

wounded or killed.

John Sifton, director of One
World Research, an organiza-
tion that investigates human
rights cases, said that some of
the shootings under review
might have been a justified
response to the attack, but that
the scale and duration of the
shootings raised significant
questions.

“When you look at the
amount of shooting — the
whole route back to barracks,
over multiple miles of road —
you have to ask yourself
whether it was justified,” Sifton
said.

Shortly after the shootings,
Company F was ordered to
leave Afghanistan 'by Lt. Gen.
Frank Kearney of the Army,
who then was serving as com-
mander of Special Operations
forces in the Middle East.

The case also created tensions
within the American military.

An Army commander for
that region of Afghanistan,
along the border with Pakistan,
publicly apologized to the fam-
ilies of those he said had been
unjustifiably killed by members
of the Marine unit. In addition,
Army officers paid consolation
money to the victims’ families
after a preliminary inquiry
found no evidence that the unit
had come under any gunfire
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Tory wins Labour bastion
in blow to British leader

@ By JOHN F. BURNS
CREWE, England

Voters in this old railway
town in Britain’s industrial Mid-
lands sent a powerful message
to Prime Minister Gordon
Brown and the governing Labor
Party on Thursday, electing a
Conservative candidate by a
wide margin in a parliamentary
constituency that had been a
Labor bastion for decades,
according to the New York
Times News Service.

Overturning a Labor majori-
ty that had been more than
7,000 votes at the general elec-
tion in 2005, the Conservative
candidate, Edward Timpson,
inflicted a heavy defeat on the
Labor candidate, Tamsin Dun-
woody. In the results of the by-
election, which were announced
in the early hours of Friday, the
Conservative majority over
Labor was more than 7,800
votes. A record turnout of near-
ly 60 percent in the constituen-
cy, Crewe and Nantwich, yield-
ed the first Conservative gain
from Labor in a by-election
since 1978, when a Conserva-
tive victory in the Ilford con-
stituency east of London fore-

shadowed Margaret Thatcher’s .

landslide general election win
the following year.

In Thursday’s vote, Timpson
won 49 percent to Dunwoody’s
30 percent, with Britain’s third
major party, the Liberal
Democrats, taking 14 percent.

But in Britain, as in many
other countries, by-elections can
produce results that prove poor
predictors of the voting patterns
in general ‘elections, and pun-
dits here were cautious in pro-
jecting what Thursday’s result
might portend for the next gen-
eral election, which must be
held by May 2010. But the scale

of Labor’s defeat, and the fact.

that the vote became a virtual
referendum on the performance
of Prime Minister Brown, who
leads the Labor Party, appeared
ominous for Brown and his par-
ty. For Brown, who has led the
government for less than 11
months since taking over from
Tony Blair, the result was a
severe embarrassment and
seemed certain to provoke new
restlessness within Labor ranks,
if not a push for his resignation.
Both Conservative and Labor
comunitted the full force of their
national political organizations
here, and officials of the two
parties said that Brown’s uncer-
tain performance as prime min-
ister was the burning issue on
voters’ doorsteps.

The vote was the second this
month in which Labor has tak-
en a severe pummeling. Three

weeks ago, the job of London’s |
mayor was won by Boris John- ©

‘son, the Conservative candidate,
by a 140,000-vote margin over
the Labor incumbent, Ken Liv-
ingstone. In that campaign, too,
the widespread unpopularity of
Labor and of Brown appeared
to have been a decisive factor,
prompting a growing sense that
Britain’s electorate is growing
tired of Labor, which has ruled
the country for 11 years. In local
elections across other parts of
Britain on the day of the Lon-
don vote, Labor picked up only
24 percent of the total vote,
against 45 percent for the Con-
servatives, and lost more than
300 council seats.

A large part of Labor’s prob-
lem has been the accelerating
economic slowdown in Britain
after more than a decade of
unparalleled prosperity. The
credit crunch that began in the
United States reached Britain
in full force over the winter,
leuding to falling housing prices,
rising inflation and widespread
job losses, particularly in the
financial sector. The rapid rise
in oil prices has added to the
gloom, with the price of a gallon
of gasoline at British pumps
now at more than $10 a gallon,
about 70 percent of which goes
to the government in taxes.

Brown, 57, was bound to pay
a political price for the eco-
nomic problems, particularly
since he served 10 years under
Blair as chancellor of the
Exchequer, Britain’s finance
minister, and often boasted of
his success in the years of pros-
perity, just as he has been saying
lately that he is the man to
guide Britain out of its current
problems. But opinion polls
have shown a sharp turn in the
public mood against him per-
sonally, in ways that appear
linked in part to the issue of
personality and in part toa
series of government blunders.

Blair, travelling the world
making handsomely compen-

sated speeches, serving as a spe-
cial Middle East envoy and
earning millions as a consultant
to banks and investment houses,
continues to throw his own
shadow over his successor.
Although Britons tired of Blair
over the Iraq war, effectively
forcing his resignation after
three successive election victo-
ries, he is remembered as a
debonair, intellectually agile fig-
ure who seemed in tune with a
country in the process of rapid
social and economic change.
Brown, whose relentless
efforts to push Blair into hand-
ing over thé prime minister’s
job have been richly chronicled

in a recent spate of memoirs by .
-Labor insiders, including one

by Cherie Blair, the former
prime minister’s wife, has cut a
contrasting figure since taking
over as head of the government
last June. Earnest but dour,
hard-working but humorless,
always laden with statistics-







laden chronicles of Labor
achievements, he has seemed
dull and cumbersome in com-
parison to Blair, in the view of
many Britons.

In the Crewe by-election, all
this was compounded by wide-
spread anger, especially among
traditional Labor voters, over
what has come to be seen as the
worst of the government’s mis-
cues, a decision by Brown, while
still finance minister last year, to
eliminate the 10 percent income
tax bracket for Britain’s poor-
est-paid workers. As a caval-
cade of Labor ministers
returned to London from cam-
paigning in. Crewe this month
with word of the disdain for
Labor among its own past vot-
ers, Brown sought to limit the
political damage by announc-
ing a tax cut for 22 million tax-
payers, amounting to’ $5.3 bil-
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But the move appeared to
backfire in Crewe, with many

voters describing it as a political
bribe. Notably, Brown made no
campaign appearances in
Crewe, prompting David
Cameron, 41, the Conservative
leader, to accuse Brown of hun-
kering down in his Downing
Street “bunker.”



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held its 7th annual

ball in celebration of
life on 10th May, 2008, at Wynd-
ham Nassau Resort Cable.

In a message to the Cancer
Society the Minister of Health
and Social Development gave the
following message:-

“As the Cancer Society of The
Bahamas hosts its 7th Annual
Gala Ball, I commend the Presi-
dent and members (past and pre-
sent) for their dedicated service in
the fight against cancer. Since |
the inception of this organization | |
in 1976, the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas has extended its
activities throughout the islands
of The Bahamas as it continues to
conduct cancer screening/testing
clinics; raise awareness of cancer:
prevention and treatment; and
provide support for cancer
patients, survivors and their fam-:
ilies.”

1. Senator and Attorney Allyson
Maynard-Gibson former Attorney
General and Minister of Health and
Social Development and Dr. Hubert

_A. Minnis, Minister of Health and
Social Development sharing a non-

* political moment on the dance
floor.

heer 4 th ANNUAL CANCER SOCIETY B

* 2. Retirees Emily and Joseph
Glass take time out to enjoy a beau-
tiful evening without any hindrance
of children or grandchildren.

3. From Left: Lloyd Nesbeth,
Director and Finance Controller of
General Brokers and Agents Ltd.;
Orinthia Nesbeth, General Manag-
er and Co-owner of General Bro-
kers and Agents Ltd.; Meta Bethell
and Earl Bethell, General Manager,
Sheraton Hotel. Beh

4. From Left: Us Ambassador
Ned L. Siegal; Stephanie Siegel;
Terrance Fountain, President, The
Cancer Society of The Bahamas;
Governor General Arthur D. Hanna;
Patricia Fountain; Madame Xluling,
Ambassordor of the People’s
Republic of China Dingsaing Hu

5. -Teacher Mitzi Adderley
Thompson and Attorney Andrew
Thompson. Ms. Thompson is the
grand daughter of the late A. F.
Adderley and Mr. Thompson is the
grandson of the late Justice
Maxwell J. Thompson.

6. Janice Longley, Loan Office at
Scotiabank; Clement Longley, own-
er of Longley’s Auto Repair, West
and Adderley Streets.

7. What’s the big laugh all
about? Well ask Mrs. Marlene
Bloomfield and Dr. Homer Bloom-
field shown having a wonderful
time at the Cancer Society Ball.

8. Edmond Dorsett, Senior
Assistant Manager of Administra-
tion, Central Bank of The Bahamas;
Kelsie Dorsett, Acting Director
Department of Statistic; Virgel
Lightbourne, Kinder Care Early
Learning Centre and Michael Light-
bourne, Deputy Governor Central
Bank of The Bahamas.

9. Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-
Evans with her husband former
Justice of the Supreme Court Attor-
ney Thomas Evans, QC.

10. Former Magistrate Cleopatra
Christie; Gavin G. Christie, a Sales
Agent/Property Manager with C.A.
Christie, Real Estate and Linda
Carey-Jarrett.

11. Miami Cousul Officer,
Pamela Wright — enjoying the
evening with Peter Garraway, Own-
er of Satellite Bahamas top of the
hill, Mackey Street.

12. World Famous Lou Adams
Band — Patrick Ferguson, Keyboard;
Eric Cash, Bass; Lou Adams, Band
Leader and Trumpeter; Lenny Per-
pall, Drums; Paul G. Davis, Gui-
tarist and vocalist Donald Butler.





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