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HN wants security
feposit irom the PLP

PM says $1 million still
owed to govt after last
election court challenge

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

AS the PLP is still $1 million
in debt to the FNM from the
failed Marco City court chal-
lenge, the governing party will
seek the court’s agreement to
require the PLP to put up a secu-
rity deposit for court costs should
it lose its Elizabeth protest.

This will ensure that the
Opposition will have the funds to
pay its debt if it loses its Eliza-
beth Constituency court chal-
lenge, said Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham who made the
statement yesterday at a press
conference at FNM headquar-
ters.

He accused the PLP of having
a history of abusing the
Bahamas’ national institutions
by not paying their court costs
and other debts owed to a num-
ber of government corporations.

The PLP has announced that
it will file an election court chal-
lenge to have its candidate, Ryan
Pinder, declared the proper and
lawful winner of the Elizabeth
by-election on the basis that a
clear majority of the voters did in
fact vote for him.

The crux of the anticipated
election court case centres
around five protest ballots cast in
favour of Mr Pinder. Due to the
slim margin of votes between Dr
Duane Sands of the FNM and

Ryan Pinder of the PLP — who
received 1,501 and 1,499 regu-
lar votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and pre-
vent an official winner from
being certified, it is argued.

However, the prime minister
said that if the FNM is to go into
another court battle with the
PLP over another seat in the
House of Assembly, the opposi-
tion needs to prove they have
the ability to pay their bills.

“T want to give them notice
that we will be seeking the agree-
ment of the court for them to be
required to put up security for
costs, so that if they lose — as
we believe they will — there will
be money to pay their obliga-
tion this time,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham also noted yes-
terday that the PLP also owes
ZNS $236,000. This amount he
said was incurred by that party
during the last general election in
2007

“Despite not paying their
general election bill, they felt
they were entitled to even more
time during the Elizabeth by-
election. With the extraordinary
amount of funds the PLP spent
in Elizabeth during this by-elec-
tion, they had more than enough
money to pay their other debts,
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eligibility in election court

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday that
whether Ryan Pinder of the
PLP was in fact eligible to run in
the Elizabeth constituency by-
election will be a preliminary
issue raised by the Free Nation-
al Movement in the election
court.

The PLP has announced that
it will file an election court chal-
lenge to have Mr Pinder
declared the proper and lawful
winner of the hotly contested
Elizabeth by-election on the
basis that a clear majority of the
voters did in fact vote for him.
The crux of the anticipated elec-
tion court case centres around
five protest ballots cast in favour
of Ryan Pinder. Due to the slim
margin of votes between Dr
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RYAN PINDER

received 1,501 and 1,499 regular
votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and
prevent an official winner from
being certified, it is argued.
“When we go to court we will
have Duane Sands’ passport.

SEE page 10



ities.

Haitians crowd
studio seeking
personal ID card

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia. net

ABOUT 10 police officers descended on
a Carmichael Road business place last week
after reports that Haitian migrants were
being told they could obtain a personal iden-
tification card there that would protect them
from apprehension by Immigration author-

A crowd of Haitians were found outside
Latoya Portraits, a Carmichael Road pho-
tography studio on Thursday when The Tri-
bune arrived.

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Ingraham speaks to the media
and FNM supporters yesterday.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said government will con-
duct a social assessment of
the Pinder’s Point and Lewis
Yard communities to deter-
mine whether a new com-
munity will be built for the
relocation of residents.

Emissions from the near-
by industrial plants have
been a continuing problem
in those communities for
many years.

In 1995, residents of Pin-
der’s Point had to be evacu-
ated from their homes as a
result of a major tank fire
at BORCO, where some
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the former BORCO plant,
which is currently undergo-
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increase storage capacity to
about 20 million barrels.

While in Grand Bahama,
Mr Ingraham expressed
concern about the proximi-
ty of homes near the plant.

“T think many of the
houses are too close to the
plant and it would be in the
interest of public health and
safety if they were not
there,” he said on Friday.

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More support for ‘Breathe Easy Campaign

Donations from the
Bahamas National Trust,
Premier Importers and
Higgs and Johnson

CORPORATE partners
continue to support the
“Breathe Easy Campaign”
benefiting the Princess
Margaret Hospital’s
Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit.

Earmarked for high risk,
premature, low birth-
weight, or critically ill new-
borns, the “Breathe Easy
Campaign” is a nationwide
fund-raiser that will pro-
vide ventilators designed to
breathe for a newborn who
is physically unable to
breathe.

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thy cause, the Bahamas
National Trust employees
took up a collection in sup-
port of the Breathe Easy
Campaign presenting a
$1,430 cheque to the cam-
paign. The entire team at
the Bahamas National
Trust donate funds each
year for a worthy cause.
This year, the Breathe Easy
Campaign was the recipi-
ent of the generous per-
sonal donations.

Long standing commu-
nity partner Premier
Importers also felt it was
important to lend support
to such a worthy cause by
presenting a cheque
towards the Breathe Easy
Campaign in the amount
of $2,500. As stated by

Mr Joe Lleida "this
meaningful donation to the
Breathe Easy Campaign is
another way to give back
to the community, and we
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tions to become involved
and do their part in help-
ing the programme to reach
their goal. We are delighted
to be able to provide funds
for such a great initiative."

Higgs and Johnson Cor-
porate Services also joined
the campaign by presentin-
ga cheque in the amount of
$1,000 in addition to a per-
sonal donation from the fir-
m's partner of an addition-
al $1,000 towards the
national fund-raiser.

"On behalf of the direc-
tors of H&J Corporate Ser-
vices Ltd, we are pleased
to donate to the Breathe
Easy Campaign whose goal
is to improve care and
treatment of premature
babies at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital. It is our
hope that our contribution
will put the 'Breathe casy
Campaign’ closer to that
goal," said Surinder Deal,
Director, H&G Corporate.

"On behalf of the
‘Breathe Easy Campaign’, I
would like to thank all of
our supporters for their
generous donations which
will help save the lives of
hundreds of premature
babies who would be
unable to breathe without
the assistance of these ven-
tilators,” said Michele
Rassin. “We are delighted
to be able to raise funds for
such a worthy cause as no
child should have to strug-
gle for that first breath. We
would like to say a very
heartfelt thank you to all
of the donors who have
contributed to this life-sav-
ing campaign."

Organized by The Tri-
bune Media Group, the
Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, Tile King, Doctors Hos-
pital, Bahamas Realty, and
the Rotary Club of East

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Nassau, the campaign has
nearly reached its goal with
approximately $259,000
being raised to benefit crit-
ically ill newborns, with the
end goal being $300,000.
Using the funds that were
allocated, four ventilators

tact The Tribune Media
Group, Doctors Hospital or
The Tile King, please make
cheques payable to the
“Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal Foundation", Breathe
Easy Campaign or call 302-
4707.

and two incubators have
been purchased for the
Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal's Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit.

Persons interested in
making a donation towards
the campaign should con-

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STEPHEN LLEIDA, Premier Importers; Chris Lleida, Premier Importers; Patrice Solomon, PMH; Joe
Lleida, Premier Importers; Sandra Orlander, PMH; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nas-

sau; and Theresa Farrington, PMH.



PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Directors Zarina Fitzgerald, Surinder Deal and Manager Hollie Lunn-
Donathon of H&J Corporate Services Ltd.; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nassau;
PMH Nurse and Theresa Farrington, PMH; KellyAnne Smith, Rotary Club of East Nassau.

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LOCAL NEWS



Arrests after

police searches

over weekend

ROUTINE searches

executed by patrol officers

resulted in several arrests
over the weekend.

RBPF Press Officer
Chrislyn Skippings said
that the increased police
presence is a result of the
force’s increased effort to
restore the Bahamas to a
place where residents and
visitors can live, visit,
work and play.

“This is our main goal
and we are doing every-
thing to ensure its success.

Police officers are going to

be very scrutinizing and
very watchful for cues

towards any possible crim-

inal activity.”

Tourism Police recov-
ered a small amount of
ammunition while on
patrol in the area of
George Street late Satur-
day night. Officers con-
ducted a search on a male
resident of Rodgers cor-
ner off Blue Hill Road
and took him into custody
after finding the ammuni-
tion.

Weapons

Mobile officers have
taken a total of four men
into custody this weekend
after two vehicle searches
uncovered weapons and
ammunition. Early Satur-

day morning while on rou-

tine patrol, police con-
ducted a search of a Nis-
san Altima, which was
occupied by two men.
They uncovered a small
amount of ammunition in
the vehicle, however
police also recovered
additional ammunition
after executing a search
warrant on the driver’s
home shortly afterwards.
Then, on Friday around
5.55pm, mobile officers
apprehended two men in
the Windsor Lane area
after a vehicle search

uncovered a handgun with

ammunition.

While on routine patrol,
officers stopped a navy
blue coloured Maxima
and upon discovering the
weapon, took both males,

ages 26 of Monastery Park

and 27 of Windsor Lane
into custody.

Earlier Friday, Drug
Enforcement Unit patrol
officers observed a male
acting suspiciously on
Lyon Road off Sutton
Street. The man ran off
and subsequently evaded
the police before they
could approach him. Fur-
ther search of the area
produced separately a
handgun and a shotgun
both with ammunition.

Police are investigating
all matters.

Officer Skippings

admitted that public infor- |

mation and support has
been invaluable, with citi-
zens reporting criminal
activity and calling in sus-
picious behaviour.

“This is what we want
everyone to do. It’s the
only way we can rid our
streets of criminals and
those with criminal intent.
By focusing on minor
offences, we hope to dis-
courage negative behav-
iour on all levels.”

¢ POLICE have identi-
fied the man who died
after a double shooting in
the area of Scott Street

and West Street last week.

He is 19-year-old Randal
Thomson.

Three injured in shooting

THREE men were wound-
ed during a shooting at Cow-
pen Road Saturday evening.
Around 10.43pm, police

received information that
three men, ages 19, 21 and 26,
were taken to hospital by
EMS personnel.

The 26-year-old Cowpen
Road resident was treated
and discharged while the oth-
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at sea yesterday after-
noon. Royal Bahamas
Defence Force officers
were able to successfully
rescue all passengers,
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amount of cash and fled the
area in a Chevy truck. Police
are investigating.

in stable condition.

This incident follows a
shoot-out that took place the
previous day at Gladstone
Road. Around 12.32pm on
Friday, a combined contingent
of officers acting on informa-
tion went to the area where
they were met by a man who
pulled out a handgun and
threatened to shoot them.

Officers shot the man in his
right thigh and took a revolver
and ammunition from him.
The man is currently in cus-
tody for questioning in con-
nection with numerous armed
robberies and other offences.

Police are investigating both

DRUG ARRESTS

Police officers at the Lyn-
den Pindling International
Airport arrested a 24-year-old
man of Red Land Acres in the
Customs Hall on Saturday.
Sometime around 1.05pm, the
man was found in possession
of two kilograms of a sub-
stance suspected to be
cocaine.

On Friday morning, Drug
Enforcement Unit officers act-
ing on information executed

matters. a search warrant on an apart-
ment complex on Prince
ARMED ROBBERY Charles Drive.

Officers took a male resi-
dent of High Vista into cus-
tody after a search turned
up a small quantity of what
they suspected to be mari-
juana.

Investigations continue in
both matters.

Two men dressed in dark
clothing conducted an armed
robbery at McCullough Cor-
ner early Saturday morning.

Sometime around 4.30 am
police received information
that when a McCullough Cor-
ner resident returned home
he was approached by two
men armed with a handgun.
They demanded cash.

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NI Fund stable during
global financial crisis



By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net





FREEPORT - _ The
National Insurance Fund
experienced no significant
erosion in value during the
recent global financial crisis
because of the National Insur-
ance Board’s investments in
government building projects,
according to NIB director
Algernon Cargill.

“Our investments in gov-
ernment and quasi-govern-
ment debt issues, as well as
specific building projects used
by the government and its
agencies, have performed sat-
isfactorily and are currently
yielding above market
returns,” he said.

Mr Cargill was speaking in
Grand Bahama on Friday at
the contract signing for the
construction of a new gov-
ernment complex in Freeport.

The NIB is financing the
project in Freeport at a cost of
$18 million and a second com-
plex in Abaco at a cost of
some $19.6 million.

FES Construction has been
awarded the contract in
Freeport, and WOSLEE
Contractors Ltd has awarded
the contract in Abaco.

Mr Cargill stated that lease
financing of the government
buildings have generally
earned a yield of approxi-
mately 7.25 per cent per
annum.

“Given NIB’s long term
investment horizon, having
the present 7.5 per cent of the
National Insurance Fund in
real estate is a healthy diver-
sification of the its investment
portfolio by any standard,”
he said.

NIB Reserves currently
stands at some $1.6 billion,










































which represents an accumu-
lation of income from contri-
butions and investments, less
benefits and expenses, over
the almost 36-year life of the
NIB programme.

Mr Cargill noted that a
constant challenge for NIB
is finding safe and produc-
tive investment opportunities
for the National Insurance
Fund.

Portfolio

“Though loans make up a
very small part of the Board-
’s investment portfolio, it is
an important part, because
the alternative would be that
NIB funds would not be opti-
mally deployed, in some cases
earning no interest at all; and
so, projects like this one,
where NIB enters into a
finance lease agreement with
the government continue to
serve NIB well, and also allow
us to simultaneously fulfil our
mandate of assisting with the
infrastructural development
of the Bahamas,” he said.

The complex in Freeport
will consist of 65,000 sq ft and
is expected to be completed
by August 2011. It will house
the Customs and Immigration
Departments, Education and
Passport Offices and Ministry
of Finance.

The Government Admin-
istration Building in Abaco is
being built on nine acres of
land in Marsh Harbour. Con-
struction is expected to be
completed in December 2011.
It will house the Magistrate’s
Court, Ministry of Works,
Department of Immigration,
the Licensing Authority, and
Environmental Health, the
National Insurance Board
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STARTING today The Tri-
bune will be featuring a young
Bahamian caricature artist who
will be capturing local happen-
ings throughout the country.
Jamaal Rolle, 25, will offer visu-
al socio-political news com-
mentary in a bi-weekly comic
entitled “Pushin da Envelope.”

Mr Rolle has been freelanc-
ing since grade school, and his
first paid portrait was actually a
mischievous sketch of his math
teacher that he’d doodled in the
same class. When the teacher
discovered the sketch by mis-
take, instead of scolding the
young artist as expected, he
laughed and bought it from him
for $10; telling him that if this is
what he wanted to do for a liv-
ing he should keep it up. The
young artist said that although
he’d already known he wanted
to be a professional artist, this
experience solidified his deter-
mination and confidence in his
own ability. Throughout high
school he continued to draw
portraits of political figures and
was often commissioned by his
teachers.

Nowadays, tourists and resi-
dents can enjoy live portraits
and caricatures by Mr Rolle at
his stall in Marina Village at
Atlantis, Paradise Island. The
artist has been working there
since the plaza first opened
alongside his father, artist and
bronze sculptor Harry Rolle.

“It has been five years since
the opening of Marina Village,”
Mr Rolle added, “and I feel as
though I’ve been able to really
establish myself locally and
internationally as a portrait and
caricature artist.”

But what many do not know,
is that this RM Bailey High
School graduate is the artist
behind the iconic unofficial
Barack Obama presidential
campaign poster, which is her-
alded as one of the first to visu-
ally pair the current President of
the United States with Martin
Luther King, Jr.

Mr Rolle has attributed his
initiative and persistence as
major factors in his ability to
maintain a lifestyle as an artist,
and depicts his pilgrimage to
the United States in 2009 to pre-
sent portraits to both the Martin
Luther King Jr Collection at
Morehouse College and to the
Rev. Al Sharpton at a Martin
Luther King Jr rally in Wash-
ington D.C., as a perfect exam-

le.

“What is so surreal was how
it was so unofficial and it just

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FREEPORT -— Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said while they are expect-
ing to be able to swear in
the new Member of Parlia-
ment for the Elizabeth Con-
stituency on February 24, it
is uncertain whether that
will happen.

After a recount of the bal-
lots early Friday morning,
FNM candidate Dr Duane
Sands still held onto the
lead by a margin of two
votes over PLP candidate
Ryan Pinder.

Pinder, however, is ques-
tioning five votes and the
PLP had indicated its inten-
tion to take the matter to
the Election Court to decide
on the protest votes.

The by-election has been

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will be sworn on February 24

the topic of heated public
debate in the newspapers
and radio talk shows.

Former PLP MP Malcolm
Adderley, who previously
held the Elizabeth seat,
resigned his seat in parlia-
ment in January. He blamed
the PLP leadership for
“undermining” him as a
political representative for
the area.

Both the FNM and PLP
parties had launched aggres-
sive campaigns in the Eliza-
beth constituency, leading
up to the by-election.

While in Grand Bahama
on Friday, Prime Minister
Ingraham said that he will
reserve his comments on the
by-election until he arrives
back in Nassau where he
expects to hold a press con-
ference on Sunday at FNM
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not think it would.

“Tt will not affect it in the
least because we go back to
the House on Wednesday,
February 24, and we are
going to do some mid-term
budget statements on Feb-
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“We expect to be able to
swear the new member on
the 24. It’s now uncertain
whether that will happen or
will not happen, but what-
ever happens we will do
budget statements, return
to Parliament on Monday,
Wednesday, and Thursday,
and soon thereafter we will
prorogue and come back
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terday expressed confidence
that he will be certified as the
duly elected Member of Par-
liament for the Elizabeth con-
stituency following an elec-
tion court challenge mounted
by the PLP.

Speaking in the presence
of dozens of Free National
Movement supporters at the
party’s headquarters on
Mackey Street yesterday, Dr
Sands expressed gratitude to
the voters of Elizabeth for
their participation in last
week’s by-election; particu-
larly those who voted for him
and the FNM.

“Tam particularly pleased
with the participation of the
young people, many of whom
voted for the first time on
Tuesday,” he said. Dr Sands
also commended the other
candidates in the by-election
for running what he described
as a “vigorous campaign.”

“With the by-election now
completed, I am proud to be
the member elect for Eliza-
beth. I intend to serve all of
the people with the same pas-
sion and with the same ener-
gy that I brought to my cam-
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he had placed in him as well
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“T pledge to honour that
trust through hard work and
a commitment to the values
of hard work and integrity
and accountability,” he said.

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PRESIDENT Hugo
Chavez accused his adver-
saries on Sunday of sabo-
taging Venezuela's electric-
ity grid as part of a broader
plan aimed at bringing
about the system's collapse
— and his downfall, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said authorities
must be “on the alert" and
apprehend anyone who cuts
electricity cables connected
to the grid.

Such sabotage has caused
power failures in some
regions and exacerbated the
effects of severe energy
shortages, he said.

"Be on the lookout!
Patrols must be carried out
to capture the saboteurs
because those responsible
must be caught and put in
prison,” Chavez said dur-
ing his weekly television
and radio program, “Hello
President."

The accusations were
vague and Chavez provided
no evidence supporting
them.

Energy Minister Ali
Rodriguez echoed the alle-
gations.

"I have no doubt that
many of the failures that are
occurring are the product
of sabotage. We are inves-
tigating," Rodriguez said.

Opposition leaders
scoffed at the president's
claim, saying Chavez is try-
ing to shed the blame for
power shortages that critics
say his government caused
by failing to invest enough
in electricity production
over the last decade.

"The president is a great
manipulator and he uses
lies to fool the people,”
Juan Jose Molina, an oppo-
sition politician, said in a
telephone interview.

He noted more than a
dozen projects to build ther-
moelectric plants have been
delayed.

"It's Chavez's own
incompetence that's going
to bring him down," Molina

said. "We want to get him
out (of office) with votes."

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France in Haiti: A fresh start by Sarkozy?

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WORLD VIEW

By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant

and former Caribbean
Diplomat)
AT LAST a French Presi-

dent visited Haiti — a country
that contributed greatly to
France’s accumulation of
wealth in the 18th Century
and which France impover-
ished for a century after that.

Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in
devastated Haiti on Febru-
ary 17, a month and five days
after a massive earthquake
ravaged the capital, Port-au-
Prince killing more than
200,000 people; maiming tens
of thousands of others, and
wreaking billions of dollars
in damage.

The extent of the damage
and loss of life in Haiti were
undoubtedly due to the coun-
try’s lack of physical infra-
structure and its poor build-
ing standards, neither of
which could be accomplished
in a situation where 70 per
cent of its gross domestic
product was paid over to
France for over a century.

This is not to ignore the
excesses of Haitian govern-
ments, particularly under the
Duvaliers, which also
deprived the country of
monies that should have
been pumped into construct-
ing infrastructure, providing
education and health facili-
ties, and establishing regula-
tory bodies to ensure higher
standards across a range of
activity including the con-
struction of buildings.

The harsh imposition by
France of a levy of 90 mil-
lion gold francs, which Haiti
did not finish repaying until
1947, also does not excuse
recent Haitian governments
and political parties for fail-
ing to spend aid funds on an
agreed and country-wide
development programme
instead of on narrow political
interests.

Indeed, on any pro-
gramme for constructing a
new Haiti — both in a physical
and societal sense — Haitian
governments should be mind-
ful that not only the Haitian
people but the entire inter-
national community will want
guaranteed machinery to
ensure that aid money is
spent on sustainable devel-
opment.

The challenge is huge.
Taking Haiti off the world’s
“sick man” list is not a short-
term or cheap affair.

The Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB)
has calculated that the
rebuilding programme will
cost US$14 billion and will
take at least 10 years.

And, while there have
been mountainous pledges of
assistance from many gov-
ernments as television images
riveted the eyes of the world
on Haiti, experience of pre-
vious disasters elsewhere in
the world teaches that
pledges often fall by the way
side as soon as the cameras
move on.

Acknowledging “the
wounds of colonization” and
saying that he knows well
“the story of our countries
on the question of debt”,
President Sarkozy, in addi-
tion to cancelling all of
Haiti’s US$77 million debt to
France, also promised to pro-
vide aid of US$400 million
over the next two years.

Included in the aid pack-
age is US$40 million in sup-
port of the Haitian govern-
ment’s budget.

This latter commitment
was warmly welcomed by
Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean-
Max Bellerive who described
it as “crucial” and added: It
means we are going to use it
the way we want.” The
Prime Minister’s statement
is understandable given that
the government has to try to
provide some basic services,
such as policing, to the coun-
try in circumstances where
government revenues must
be very little.

But the question still aris-
es as to whether the French
government’s pledge to Haiti
is enough.

Haiti’s exiled former Pres-
ident Jean Bertrand Aristide
had calculated the sum that







France extracted from Haiti,
as the price for recognising
its participation in the inter-
national community in 1825,
as US$21 billion in today’s
values.

As Sarkozy was entering
Haiti, Professor Norman Gir-
van of the University of the
West Indies, and former Sec-
retary-General of the Asso-
ciation of Caribbean States,
in an invited comment to the
Associated Press was pretty
clear about France’s obliga-
tion to Haiti and what
Sarkozy should do.

He declared: “If President
Sarkozy were to make resti-
tution in the name of all the
decent people of the French
Republic for the historic
wrong; and support the
efforts of the Haitian people
to rebuild their shattered
lives and their economy with
the resources thereby pro-
vided, he would undoubtedly
gain the respect of the entire
world and be a prime candi-
date for the award of the
Nobel Prize for 2010.”

Somehow, I don’t believe
that President Sarkozy will
be a Nobel Prize recipient for
returning to Haiti what was
so callously extracted from
it, and which is the underly-
ing basis for its persistent
poverty and underdevelop-
ment.

And, it is instructive that
the Haitian government is
not pushing it. Millien
Romage, a legislator for
Aristide’s party also told the
Associated Press: "This is not
a time to be making loud
demands. We don't want to
fight. But perhaps the French
could recognize their debt by
helping us to get out of
poverty. They can help build
roads, houses, schools."

Sarkozy has at least made
a start and it is to be hoped
that when France joins other
nations at a high-level inter-
national donors’ conference
for Haiti, which will be held
in New York next month, the
French government will open
its cheque book more gener-
ously to a country that it
exploited and impoverished.

Canada, which has no his-
tory of exploitation of Haiti
(or any other country for that
matter) has been far more





SIR RONALD SANDERS

generous than France.

Even before the calami-
tous January earthquake,
Canada had pledged more
than US$500 million to Haiti
over the next five years.

And, in a visit that pre-
ceded Sarkozy’s, Canadian
Prime Minister, Stephen
Harper, discussed with the
Haitian President, Rene
Preval, the creation of a com-
mon fund for Haiti’s recovery
to be managed jointly by the
Haitian government and
donors.

A partnership between the
Haitian government and the
international community is
crucial to the successful con-
struction of Haiti and to the
restoration of its society.

Calls for the Haitian gov-
ernment to be “masters of
their own development”,
should be tempered with
realism. Governance in Haiti
was fractious before the
earthquake, the government
is Now in tatters, and many
who were leaders in Haitian
society were victims of the
earthquake.

In this connection, Haiti
needs a lot of help, including
help in the governance of the
country over the next few
years.

The representative of the
14 governments of the
Caribbean Community, for-
mer Jamaican Prime Minis-
ter, P J Patterson, put the
task ahead in clear terms at
the Ministerial Conference
on Haiti held in Canada on
January 25 when he said:
“Reconstructing Haiti needs
to encompass more than
replacing destroyed buildings
and infrastructure and evis-
cerated institutions and must
include a developmental
dimension. Rebuilding
should therefore also include
the empowerment of the
Haitians by the teaching of
new skills.”

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JAMAAL ROLLE and Kirk Johnson with Bahamian students enrolled at Moore House College.

FROM page five Artist

competitions, led to his steadily-
growing list of renowned clien-
tele, such as the First Lady of
California Maria Shriver, Amer-
ican Idol winner Jordan Sparks,
teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus,
country singer Carrie Under-
wood, NBA hall of famer
Patrick Ewing, and Kerzner
International President Sol
Kerzner.

His local clientele are just as
title-heavy. Commissions
include Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, PLP leader Perry
Christie, Dr Myles Munroe,
Lady Margaret Pindling,
Thomas A Robinson and the
Bahamas Ambassador to Wash-

ington CA Smith.

“Art isn’t really taken that
seriously here, it’s more of a
hobby — so there is not a lot
of encouragement because it
isn’t as lucrative. I’ve found my
niche and the Internet is work-
ing for me. It’s a really big mar-
ket — we’re no longer limited
to some 300,000 people. I
receive support and commis-
sions via e-mail from all over
the world.”

Managing his growing e-com-
merce, live commission stall at
Marina Village, and a new Tri-
bune art comic, keeps Mr Rolle
fully engaged at the moment;

but in the future he also looks to
purse private instruction and
non-profit charity commis-
sions.

“T want to encourage and fos-
ter young talent. I once had a
teacher who told me not to take
art seriously because artists only
make money after they die. It
was a discouraging thing to say
but this only gave me more dri-
ve to disprove this fact. It is pos-
sible to have a career as an
artist. Right now I probably
make more than that teacher.
Don’t let anyone discourage
you.”

Be sure to look out every
Monday and Thursday in The
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Govt to consider new community for
Pinder's Point, Lewis Yard residents

FROM page one

sion with Vopak,” he said.

The students and teachers at Lewis Yard
Primary were dismissed from school on a few
occasions after becoming ill as a result of the
strong odours emanating from the industrial
plants.

Parents and residents have called for the
relocation of the school and the Pinder’s Point
community.

There have been various health complaints
from residents, including respiratory prob-
lems, skin, eye and nose irritations, vomiting,
and nausea as a result of fumes.

Vopak Bahamas has denied the operation is

responsible for any illnesses experienced by
residents of Pinder's Point.

The company has installed a number of
emission monitors around the facility and
along the fence line to detect emissions.

Prime Minister Ingraham said government
will hold meetings with the community first
before making any decisions.

“We will undertake a social assessment to
see who all lives in the various houses, how
many people, etc, and to see whether or
not it is possible for a new community to be
created and for the school to be relocated,
and the various services the community
requires.

“We would seek to do so with the support of
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FNM SUPPORTERS at yesterday’s press conference.

FROM page one

They will see he is a Bahamian.
We will say he has never held
any other citizenship at any oth-
er time and we will call upon
them to show Mr Ryan Pinder’s
American passport to show us
where it was marked cancelled
by the Americans before the
nomination date,” Mr Ingraham
said yesterday while speaking
at a press conference at the Free
National Movement’s head-
quarters on Mackey Street.

“Tt is very important for the
process, for the court to know
upfront that each person who
is before it is qualified to be
here,” Mr Ingraham said. Ques-
tions regarding the process of
a dual citizen renouncing Amer-
ican citizenship emerged with
the entrance of Mr Pinder as
the PLP candidate in the Eliza-
beth constituency by-election.

The tax attorney was born to
a Bahamian father, former PLP
MP for Malcolm Creek Marvin
Pinder, and an American moth-
er. In January, Mr Pinder, who
is employed by Florida-based
law firm Becker and Poliakoff
as a Nassau-based consultant,
defended his right to hold dual
citizenship in the face of criti-
cism that it was inappropriate
and unconstitutional for some-
one seeking public office in the
Bahamas. At the time he called
his dual-citizenship a “non-
issue." During the week prior
to the by-election, however,
PLP chairman Bradley Roberts
said Mr Pinder had renounced
his US citizenship prior to nom-
inating as a by-election candi-
date on January 29. Mr Pinder
had stated that his decision was

Eligibility
a personal one, adding that he
was not pressured by his party
to give up his American citi-
zenship.

Mr Ingraham said yesterday
that an issue arises if a person
has been taking full advantage
of their American citizenship
by for instance paying income
taxes and voting in the United
States.

“There is nothing wrong with
him or anybody else being an
American citizen and running
for office. Just being a citizen
is not an offence by itself
because any of our children
could be born in America, grow
up in the Bahamas, live here
and never take advantage of
their American citizenship. That
would not disqualify them from
running for office,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

He further pointed out, how-
ever, that if a person is an
American citizen and proceeds
to take advantage of that citi-
zenship by for instance regis-
tering to vote, participating in
US elections and paying income
taxes; those are things that say a
person has accepted US citi-
zenship.

“Tf you have done that then
you need to get rid of that citi-
zenship before you nominate
and certainly before you are
elected. If you didn’t do that
before you nominated then
your nomination is a nullity.
That certainly will be a prelim-
inary point that the FNM will
put forward,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham yesterday



expressed regret that the PLP
had announced that the five
persons whose votes had been
challenged were in their favour.

“Tt was wrong for the PLP to
announce that those five per-
sons voted for them. We all
know who they are; all the poll
workers know who they are.
The PLP can’t go to court and
succeed unless the five persons
show up in court,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

“The FNM expects to win
what the PLP is taking to court
so we don’t need to consider
any further steps. We chal-
lenged those five voters. In the
case of four of them we have
very good evidence that they
had no entitlement whatsoever
to vote,” Mr Ingraham said.

Mr Ingraham also addressed
concerns expressed by the PLP
over National Security Minis-
ter Tommy Turnquest’s pres-
ence in the recount room at
Thelma Gibson Primary School.

“Cabinet ministers have
always participated in election
recounts. This was the way it
was under the PLP administra-
tion and this was the way it was
under our administration. Mr
Tommy Turnquest was at the
recount at my instructions and
my insistence,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham also said that
he was deeply concerned over
the level of hostility that
emerged during the by-election.

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I intend to have a discussion
with Mr Christie. I am very con-
cerned and the Bahamas ought
to be concerned with some of
the persons who are hanging
around the PLP leadership,” he
said.

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FREEPORT, Bahamas -
Sanitation Services
announced the success of
their recent receptacle bin
campaign, with overwhelm-
ing support from residents
redeeming coupons for
new, properly sized bins.

During the month of
December, households
within the campaign’s pilot
area received coupons for
the purchase of brand new
32-gallon bins at reduced
costs.

Non-commercial single
family and duplex proper-
ties were eligible for the
pilot once they fell within
the “Big Area” bounded by
Settlers Way to the north,
Coral Road to the east,
Lunar Blvd to the south,
and The Mall to the west.

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were distributed by Urban
Renewal and more than 50
per cent were redeemed at
Dolly Madison,” said Sani-
tation Services’ general
manager, Mr Lou Carroll.
“This is very encouraging,
especially in light of the fact
that persons only had one
month to redeem them.”

Last summer, Sanitation
Services published a series
of Public Service
Announcements, advising
residents that the collection
of garbage from 55 gallon
bins would soon be discon-
tinued. In the spirit of the
holiday season, the Decem-
ber coupon campaign was
a demonstration of Sanita-
tion Services’ goodwill to
hundreds of residents in
need of assistance, to
enable them to comply with
the new receptacle regula-
tions.

Collaborating with them
were the Keep Grand
Bahama Clean Committee
(KGBC), Urban Renewal,
and the Grand Bahama
Utility Company.

Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coor-
dinator, Urban Renewal
Grand Bahama, expressed
her pleasure with the pro-
gramme’s success.

“We were happy to offer
our support in distributing
the coupons.

“This approach was
viewed as the most effec-
tive means of getting help
to persons who were in
need of the bins and would
benefit most.”

“Given the time frame of
one month to redeem the
coupons, we feel that the
“Receptacle Bin Cam-
paign” was very successful,”
she said.

According to Mrs Naki-
ra Wilchcombe, KGBC
Chairperson, follow-up
exercises have revealed
small pockets of households
within the pilot area that
have yet to comply with the
new regulations.

“We have noticed several
areas within the “Big Area”
that still have a need.
Therefore, KGBC, in con-



RECENT SANITATION CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS — Seen from left to right: Miss Olethea Gardiner,
Environmental Officer, GBPA; Mrs Prescola Barbes, Director of Human Resources, Sanitation

Services; Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama; Mr Lou Carroll, General
Manager, Sanitation Services; Mr Rico Cargill, Environmental Officer - GBPA; and Miss Jennifer
Ellis, Assistant Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama.

junction with Urban
Renewal, are making door-
to-door visits on such
households,” Mrs Wilch-
combe stated.

To further assist such
groups, Sanitation Services
will extend their coupon
distribution for a longer
period so that on a monthly
basis, specific households
will be able to redeem
coupons and purchase
proper receptacle bins.

“We will continue to sup-
port those who cannot

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roll said.

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health risks to individuals,
their children and sanita-
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individuals to take advan-
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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.76MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDY ANDBREEZY HIGH 79F LOW 71F I N S I G H T SEE PAGE1C S P O R T S Candidate’s lack of voting record called into question SEEPAGETWELVE Title wins for Arianna VanderpoolWallace By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A S the PLP is still $1 million in debt to the FNM from the failed Marco City court challenge, the governing party will seek the court’s agreement to require the PLP to put up a security deposit for court costs should it lose its Elizabeth protest. This will ensure that the Opposition will have the funds to pay its debt if it loses its Eliza beth Constituency court chal lenge, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham who made the statement yesterday at a press conference at FNM headquarters. He accused the PLP of having a history of abusing the Bahamas’ national institutions by not paying their court costs and other debts owed to a num ber of government corporations. The PLP has announced that it will file an election court chal lenge to have its candidate, Ryan Pinder, declared the proper and lawful winner of the Elizabeth by-election on the basis that a clear majority of the voters did in fact vote for him. The crux of the anticipated election court case centres around five protest ballots cast in favour of Mr Pinder. Due to the slim margin of votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and Ryan Pinder of the PLP who r eceived 1,501 and 1,499 regu lar votes respectively these protest votes are crucial and pre vent an official winner from being certified, it is argued. However, the prime minister said that if the FNM is to go into another court battle with the PLP over another seat in the House of Assembly, the opposition needs to prove they have the ability to pay their bills. “I want to give them notice that we will be seeking the agree ment of the court for them to be required to put up security for costs, so that if they lose as we believe they will there will be money to pay their obligation this time,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham also noted yesterday that the PLP also owes ZNS $236,000. This amount he said was incurred by that party during the last general election in 2007. “Despite not paying their general election bill, they felt they were entitled to even more time during the Elizabeth byelection. With the extraordinary amount of funds the PLP spent in Elizabeth during this by-election, they had more than enough money to pay their other debts, inclusive of sums owed to PM says $1 million still owed to govt after last election court challenge The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com FNM wants security deposit from the PLP I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate SEE page 11 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham speaks to the media a nd FNM supporters yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net ABOUT 10 police officers descended on a Carmichael Road business place last week after reports that Haitian migrants were being told they could obtain a personal identification card there that would protect them from apprehension by Immigration authorities. A crowd of Haitians were found outside Latoya Portraits, a Carmichael Road photography studio on Thursday when The Tribune arrived. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday that whether Ryan Pinder of the PLP was in fact eligible to run in the Elizabeth constituency byelection will be a preliminary issue raised by the Free National Movement in the election court. The PLP has announced that it will file an election court chal lenge to have Mr Pinder declared the proper and lawful winner of the hotly contested Elizabeth by-election on the basis that a clear majority of the voters did in fact vote for him. The crux of the anticipated election court case centres around five protest ballots cast in favour of Ryan Pinder. Due to the slim margin of votes between Dr Duane Sands of the FNM and Mr Pinder of the PLP who received 1,501 and 1,499 regular votes respectively these protest votes are crucial and prevent an official winner from being certified, it is argued. “When we go to court we will have Duane Sands’ passport. FNM to question Ryan Pinder’s eligibility in election court SEE page 10 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said government will con duct a social assessment of the Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard communities to determine whether a new com munity will be built for the relocation of residents. Emissions from the nearby industrial plants have been a continuing problem in those communities for many years. In 1995, residents of Pin der’s Point had to be evacuated from their homes as a result of a major tank fire at BORCO, where some 800,000 gallons of crude oil ignited when lightning struck an oil tank. Vopak has now acquired the former BORCO plant, which is currently undergoing major expansion to increase storage capacity to about 20 million barrels. While in Grand Bahama, Mr Ingraham expressed concern about the proximi ty of homes near the plant. “I think many of the houses are too close to the plant and it would be in the interest of public health and safety if they were not there,” he said on Friday. “I am going to drive by there to have a physical view of it. I have seen the plant and we have been in discus Govt to consider new community for Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard residents SEE page nine RYAN PINDER Haitians crowd studio seeking personal ID card S EE page 11

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CORPORATE partners continue to support the Breathe Easy Campaign” b enefiting the Princess M argaret Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Earmarked for high risk, premature, low birthw eight, or critically ill newb orns, the “Breathe Easy C ampaign” is a nationwide f und-raiser that will prov ide ventilators designed to breathe for a newborn who is physically unable to breathe. The latest community citizens to support this worthy cause, the Bahamas National Trust employees t ook up a collection in supp ort of the Breathe Easy C ampaign presenting a $1,430 cheque to the campaign. The entire team at the Bahamas National Trust donate funds each y ear for a worthy cause. T his year, the Breathe Easy C ampaign was the recipie nt of the generous pers onal donations. Long standing community partner Premier Importers also felt it was important to lend support to such a worthy cause by presenting a cheque t owards the Breathe Easy C ampaign in the amount o f $2,500. As stated by M r Joe Lleida "this meaningful donation to the Breathe Easy Campaign is another way to give back to the community, and we encourage other organisations to become involved a nd do their part in helpi ng the programme to reach their goal. We are delighted to be able to provide funds for such a great initiative." H iggs and Johnson Corporate Services also joined the campaign by presenting a cheque in the amount of $ 1,000 in addition to a pers onal donation from the firm's partner of an addition-a l $1,000 towards the n ational fund-raiser. "On behalf of the directors of H&J Corporate Services Ltd, we are pleased to donate to the Breathe Easy Campaign whose goal is to improve care and t reatment of premature babies at the Princess Mar garet Hospital. It is our hope that our contributionw ill put the 'Breathe easy C ampaign' closer to that goal," said Surinder Deal, Director, H&G Corporate. "On behalf of the 'Breathe Easy Campaign', I would like to thank all of our supporters for theirg enerous donations which will help save the lives of hundreds of premature babies who would beu nable to breathe without the assistance of these ventilators,” said MicheleR assin. “We are delighted t o be able to raise funds for such a worthy cause as no child should have to struggle for that first breath. We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to all of the donors who have contributed to this life-sav ing campaign." Organized by The Tribune Media Group, the Princess Margaret Hospital, Tile King, Doctors Hospital, Bahamas Realty, and the Rotary Club of East Nassau, the campaign has n early reached its goal with a pproximately $259,000 being raised to benefit critically ill newborns, with the end goal being $300,000. U sing the funds that were allocated, four ventilators and two incubators have b een purchased for the P rincess Margaret Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Persons interested in m aking a donation towards the campaign should contact The Tribune Media G roup, Doctors Hospital or T he Tile King, please make cheques payable to the “Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation", Breathe E asy Campaign or call 3024707. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News...........P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,15 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Sports............................................P12,13,14 Advt.......................................................P16 BUSINESS SECTION Business..........P1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 INSIGHT SECTION Insight..........................................P1,2,3,4,7,8 Advt..........................................................P5 Comics....................................................P6 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES REAL EST A TE GUIDE 20 P AGES USA TODA Y MAIN SECTION 12 P AGES More support for ‘Breathe Easy Campaign’ B AHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST s taff with Eric Carey presenting a cheque to Michele Rassin on behalf of the Breathe Easy Campaign. STEPHEN LLEIDA , Premier Importers; Chris Lleida, Premier Importers; Patrice Solomon, PMH; Joe L leida, Premier Importers; Sandra Orlander, PMH; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nas s au; and Theresa Farrington, PMH. PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Directors Zarina Fitzgerald, Surinder Deal and Manager Hollie LunnDonathon of H&J Corporate Services Ltd.; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nassau; PMH Nurse and Theresa Farrington, PMH; KellyAnne Smith, Rotary Club of East Nassau. Donations from the Bahamas National Trust, Premier Importers and Higgs and Johnson Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.

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THREE men were wounded during a shooting at Cowpen Road Saturday evening.A round 10.43pm, police received information that three men, ages 19, 21 and 26, were taken to hospital byE MS personnel. The 26-year-old Cowpen Road resident was treated and discharged while the oth-e r two remained in hospital in stable condition. This incident follows a shoot-out that took place thep revious day at Gladstone R oad. Around 12.32pm on Friday, a combined contingent of officers acting on information went to the area where they were met by a man who pulled out a handgun and t hreatened to shoot them. O fficers shot the man in his right thigh and took a revolver and ammunition from him. The man is currently in custody for questioning in connection with numerous armed r obberies and other offences. P olice are investigating both matters. ARMED ROBBERY T wo men dressed in dark c lothing conducted an armed r obbery at McCullough Corner early Saturday morning. S ometime around 4.30 am police received information t hat when a McCullough Corner resident returned home he was approached by two men armed with a handgun. They demanded cash. The culprits robbed the m an of an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area in a Chevy truck. Police are investigating. D RUG ARRESTS Police officers at the Lynden Pindling International Airport arrested a 24-year-old man of Red Land Acres in the C ustoms Hall on Saturday. S ometime around 1.05pm, the man was found in possession of two kilograms of a substance suspected to be cocaine. On Friday morning, Drug E nforcement Unit officers acti ng on information executed a search warrant on an apartment complex on Prince Charles Drive. Officers took a male resid ent of High Vista into cust ody after a search turned u p a small quantity of what they suspected to be marij uana. Investigations continue in b oth matters. 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RBPF Press Officer Chrislyn Skippings said that the increased police presence is a result of the force’s increased effort to restore the Bahamas to a p lace where residents and v isitors can live, visit, w ork and play. “This is our main goal and we are doing everything to ensure its success. P olice officers are going to b e very scrutinizing and v ery watchful for cues t owards any possible crimi nal activity.” T ourism Police recovered a small amount of ammunition while on patrol in the area of George Street late Saturd ay night. Officers conducted a search on a male r esident of Rodgers corn er off Blue Hill Road and took him into custody a fter finding the ammunit ion. W eapons Mobile officers have taken a total of four men into custody this weekend after two vehicle searches uncovered weapons and ammunition. Early Saturd ay morning while on routine patrol, police con ducted a search of a Nis-s an Altima, which was o ccupied by two men. T hey uncovered a small amount of ammunition in the vehicle, howeverp olice also recovered additional ammunition after executing a searchw arrant on the driver’s home shortly afterwards. Then, on Friday around 5.55pm, mobile officersa pprehended two men in t he Windsor Lane area after a vehicle search uncovered a handgun witha mmunition. While on routine patrol, officers stopped a navy blue coloured Maximaa nd upon discovering the weapon, took both males, ages 26 of Monastery Park and 27 of Windsor Lane into custody. Earlier Friday, Drug Enforcement Unit patrol o fficers observed a male a cting suspiciously on L yon Road off Sutton Street. The man ran off and subsequently evaded the police before they could approach him. Further search of the area produced separately a handgun and a shotgun both with ammunition. Police are investigating all matters. Officer Skippings admitted that public information and support has been invaluable, with citizens reporting criminal activity and calling in sus picious behaviour. “This is what we want everyone to do. It’s the only way we can rid our streets of criminals and those with criminal intent. By focusing on minor offences, we hope to discourage negative behaviour on all levels.” POLICE have identi fied the man who died after a double shooting in the area of Scott Street and West Street last week. He is 19-year-old Randal Thomson. Arrests after police searches over weekend Three injured in shooting A HAITIAN vessel carrying nine people to Haiti caught fire whilea t sea yesterday aftern oon. Royal Bahamas D efence Force officers were able to successfully rescue all passengers, who are now in the custody of immigration offi-c ials in Eleuthera. Haitian vessel catches fire P HOTO: C APT. ANDREW MALONE

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STARTING today The Tribune will be featuring a young Bahamian caricature artist who will be capturing local happenings throughout the country. Jamaal Rolle, 25, will offer visua l socio-political news commentary in a bi-weekly comic entitled “Pushin da Envelope.” Mr Rolle has been freelancing since grade school, and his first paid portrait was actually a mischievous sketch of his math teacher that he’d doodled in the same class. When the teacher d iscovered the sketch by mistake, instead of scolding the young artist as expected, he laughed and bought it from him for $10; telling him that if this is what he wanted to do for a living he should keep it up. The young artist said that although he’d already known he wanted to be a professional artist, this experience solidified his determination and confidence in his own ability. Throughout high school he continued to draw portraits of political figures and was often commissioned by his teachers. Nowadays, tourists and residents can enjoy live portraits and caricatures by Mr Rolle at his stall in Marina Village at Atlantis, Paradise Island. The artist has been working there since the plaza first opened alongside his father, artist and bronze sculptor Harry Rolle. “It has been five years since the opening of Marina Village,” Mr Rolle added, “and I feel as though I’ve been able to really establish myself locally and internationally as a portrait and caricature artist.” But what many do not know, is that this RM Bailey High School graduate is the artist behind the iconic unofficial Barack Obama presidential campaign poster, which is heralded as one of the first to visually pair the current President of the United States with Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr Rolle has attributed his initiative and persistence as major factors in his ability to maintain a lifestyle as an artist, and depicts his pilgrimage to the United States in 2009 to pre s ent portraits to both the Martin Luther King Jr Collection at Morehouse College and to the Rev. Al Sharpton at a Martin Luther King Jr rally in Washington D.C., as a perfect exam ple. “What is so surreal was how it was so unofficial and it just happened to be so big. It wasn’t planned for me to present to Rev. Sharpton on stage. I just wanted him to have the portrait. Before I could even think about what was happening I heard over the sound system, ‘and now all the way from the Bahamas Jamaal Rolle!’ and everyone started clapping and cheering. You can imagine how I felt with all those people they were probably blown away wondering how I got there and why I was there. I went on stage, addressed the crowd, pre sented the reverend with the portrait and after that everyone went crazy. All the major networks were all over me trying to figure out who I was and where I came from. I got official recog nition for my campaign por traits, before people were selling them and claiming them as their own work.” This exposure, paired with his performance in various art C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Artist to ‘push da envelope’ in The Tribune By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The National Insurance Fund experienced no significant erosion in value during the recent global financial crisis because of the National Insurance Board’s investments in government building projects, according to NIB director Algernon Cargill. “Our investments in government and quasi-government debt issues, as well as specific building projects used by the government and its agencies, have performed satisfactorily and are currently yielding above market returns,” he said. Mr Cargill was speaking in Grand Bahama on Friday at the contract signing for the construction of a new government complex in Freeport. The NIB is financing the project in Freeport at a cost of $18 million and a second com plex in Abaco at a cost of some $19.6 million. FES Construction has been awarded the contract in Freeport, and WOSLEE Contractors Ltd has awarded the contract in Abaco. Mr Cargill stated that lease financing of the government buildings have generally earned a yield of approximately 7.25 per cent per annum. “Given NIB’s long term investment horizon, having the present 7.5 per cent of the National Insurance Fund in real estate is a healthy diver sification of the its investment portfolio by any standard,” he said. NIB Reserves currently stands at some $1.6 billion, which represents an accumulation of income from contributions and investments, less benefits and expenses, over the almost 36-year life of the NIB programme. Mr Cargill noted that a constant challenge for NIB is finding safe and productive investment opportunities for the National Insurance Fund. Portfolio “Though loans make up a very small part of the Board- ’s investment portfolio, it is an important part, because the alternative would be that NIB funds would not be optim ally deployed, in some cases earning no interest at all; and so, projects like this one, where NIB enters into a finance lease agreement with the government continue to serve NIB well, and also allow us to simultaneously fulfil our mandate of assisting with the i nfrastructural development of the Bahamas,” he said. The complex in Freeport will consist of 65,000 sq ft and is expected to be completed by August 2011. It will house the Customs and Immigration Departments, Education and Passport Offices and Ministry of Finance. The Government Administration Building in Abaco is being built on nine acres of land in Marsh Harbour. Construction is expected to be completed in December 2011. It will house the Magistrate’s Court, Ministry of Works, Department of Immigration, the Licensing Authority, and Environmental Health, the National Insurance Board and other government offices. NI Fund stable during global financial crisis PUSHIN’ DAENVELOPE B YJAMAALROLLE SEE page nine

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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham s aid while they are expecti ng to be able to swear in the new Member of Parliament for the Elizabeth Constituency on February 24, it is uncertain whether that w ill happen. A fter a recount of the ballots early Friday morning,F NM candidate Dr Duane S ands still held onto the lead by a margin of twov otes over PLP candidate R yan Pinder. Pinder, however, is questioning five votes and the PLP had indicated its intention to take the matter to the Election Court to decide on the protest votes. T he by-election has been the topic of heated public d ebate in the newspapers a nd radio talk shows. F ormer PLP MP Malcolm Adderley, who previously held the Elizabeth seat, resigned his seat in parliament in January. He blamed the PLP leadership for undermining” him as a political representative for the area. Both the FNM and PLP parties had launched aggressive campaigns in the Elizabeth constituency, leading up to the by-election. While in Grand Bahama on Friday, Prime Minister I ngraham said that he will reserve his comments on the by-election until he arrives b ack in Nassau where he e xpects to hold a press conf erence on Sunday at FNM H eadquarters at 3pm. When asked by reporters i f the challenge of the results in the Elizabeth Cons tituency by-election by the P LP will affect the pror oguing of the House of Assembly, Mr Ingraham did not think it would. “It will not affect it in the least because we go back to the House on Wednesday,F ebruary 24, and we are going to do some mid-term budget statements on February 25. “We expect to be able to s wear the new member on t he 24. It’s now uncertain w hether that will happen or will not happen, but whatever happens we will do budget statements, return to Parliament on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday,a nd soon thereafter we will prorogue and come back with instructions,” Mr Ingraham said. T HE Free National Movement’s Dr Duane Sands yes terday expressed confidence t hat he will be certified as the d uly elected Member of Par liament for the Elizabeth con s tituency following an election court challenge mounted by the PLP. Speaking in the presence o f dozens of Free National Movement supporters at the party’s headquarters on Mackey Street yesterday, Dr S ands expressed gratitude to the voters of Elizabeth for their participation in last w eek’s by-election; particu larly those who voted for him and the FNM. I am particularly pleased with the participation of the young people, many of whom v oted for the first time on T uesday,” he said. Dr Sands also commended the other candidates in the by-electionf or running what he described as a “vigorous campaign.” “With the by-election now c ompleted, I am proud to be the member elect for Eliza beth. I intend to serve all of the people with the same pas-s ion and with the same energy that I brought to my campaign,” Dr Sands said. The PLP has announced that it will file an election court challenge to have Mr Ryan Pinder declared the proper and lawful winner of the Elizabeth by-election on the basis that a clear majority o f the voters did in fact vote for him. “Once this process is conc luded for the final certificat ion of the election results, I look forward to other oppor t unities to express my gratitude to the people of Elizabeth,” Dr Sands said. He thanked Prime MinisterI ngraham for the confidence he had placed in him as well as his support. “I pledge to honour that t rust through hard work and a commitment to the values of hard work and integrity a nd accountability,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WAREHOUSE SALE1 5kw. Diesel Generator, Store Fixture’s & Fittings, Slat-wall, Men Work Overall’s $5.00, Blank CD’s, Blank ID Cards, White School Shirts $1-5, Long Sleeve Shirt’s, Men’s Jeans Size 50, Office Desk, Stand Fan’s, Shade Stand, 2 & 4 Arm Rack’s, Full Length Mirror’s, Asst. Glass Shelves, Rivet Rite Shelving. Maderia Shopping Centre behind Mystical Gym. At gym take first left, first stairs on left.Contact 465-8648 W e are looking to fill the following positions with energetic, d ynamic and team oriented individuals. T hey are available on both a Part-Time and Full-Time basis. 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"Be on the lookout! Patrols must be carried out to capture the saboteurs because those responsible must be caught and put in prison," Chavez said during his weekly television and radio program, "Hello President." The accusations were vague and Chavez provided no evidence supporting them. Energy Minister Ali Rodriguez echoed the allegations. "I have no doubt that many of the failures that are occurring are the product of sabotage. We are investigating," Rodriguez said. Opposition leaders scoffed at the president's claim, saying Chavez is trying to shed the blame for power shortages that critics say his government caused by failing to invest enough in electricity production over the last decade. "The president is a great manipulator and he uses lies to fool the people," Juan Jose Molina, an opposition politician, said in a telephone interview. He noted more than a dozen projects to build thermoelectric plants have been delayed. "It's Chavez's own incompetence that's going to bring him down," Molina said. "We want to get him out (of office Chavez: Saboteurs targeting power grid

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By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean D iplomat) AT LAST a French President visited Haiti – a country that contributed greatly to France’s accumulation of wealth in the 18th Centurya nd which France impoveri shed for a century after that. Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in devastated Haiti on February 17, a month and five days after a massive earthquake ravaged the capital, Port-auPrince killing more than 200,000 people; maiming tenso f thousands of others, and wreaking billions of dollars in damage. T he extent of the damage and loss of life in Haiti were undoubtedly due to the coun-t ry’s lack of physical infras tructure and its poor buildi ng standards, neither of which could be accomplished i n a situation where 70 per cent of its gross domestic product was paid over toF rance for over a century. T his is not to ignore the excesses of Haitian governments, particularly under the Duvaliers, which also deprived the country of monies that should haveb een pumped into constructing infrastructure, providing education and health facilities, and establishing regulatory bodies to ensure higher standards across a range of a ctivity including the construction of buildings. The harsh imposition by France of a levy of 90 mil l ion gold francs, which Haiti did not finish repaying until 1947, also does not excuse recent Haitian governmentsand political parties for failing to spend aid funds on an agreed and country-wide d evelopment programme instead of on narrow political interests. I ndeed, on any pro g ramme for constructing a new Haiti – both in a physical and societal sense – Haitian governments should be mind ful that not only the Haitian people but the entire inter n ational community will want guaranteed machinery to ensure that aid money iss pent on sustainable development. The challenge is huge. Taking Haiti off the world’s sick man” list is not a shortterm or cheap affair. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB has calculated that the rebuilding programme will cost US$14 billion and will take at least 10 years. And, while there have been mountainous pledges of assistance from many gov ernments as television images riveted the eyes of the world on Haiti, experience of pre vious disasters elsewhere in the world teaches that pledges often fall by the way side as soon as the cameras move on. Acknowledging “the wounds of colonization” and saying that he knows well “the story of our countrieson the question of debt”, President Sarkozy, in addi tion to cancelling all of Haiti’s US$77 million debt to France, also promised to provide aid of US$400 million over the next two years. Included in the aid package is US$40 million in support of the Haitian government’s budget. This latter commitment was warmly welcomed by Haiti’s Prime Minister, JeanMax Bellerive who described it as “crucial” and added: It means we are going to use itthe way we want.” The Prime Minister’s statement is understandable given that the government has to try to provide some basic services, such as policing, to the coun-try in circumstances where government revenues must be very little. But the question still arises as to whether the French government’s pledge to Haiti is enough. Haiti’s exiled former President Jean Bertrand Aristidehad calculated the sum that France extracted from Haiti, as the price for recognising i ts participation in the intern ational community in 1825, as US$21 billion in today’s values. As Sarkozy was entering Haiti, Professor Norman Gir-v an of the University of the W est Indies, and former Secr etary-General of the Association of Caribbean States, in an invited comment to the Associated Press was pretty clear about France’s obliga-t ion to Haiti and what S arkozy should do. H e declared: “If President Sarkozy were to make resti-t ution in the name of all the d ecent people of the French R epublic for the historic wrong; and support the efforts of the Haitian peoplet o rebuild their shattered lives and their economy with the resources thereby pro-v ided, he would undoubtedly g ain the respect of the entire world and be a prime candidate for the award of the N obel Prize for 2010.” Somehow, I don’t believe that President Sarkozy willb e a Nobel Prize recipient for r eturning to Haiti what was so callously extracted from it, and which is the underlying basis for its persistent poverty and underdevelopment. A nd, it is instructive that the Haitian government is not pushing it. Millien Romage, a legislator for Aristide's party also told the Associated Press: "This is not a time to be making loud d emands. We don't want to fight. But perhaps the French could recognize their debt byh elping us to get out of poverty. They can help build roads, houses, schools." Sarkozy has at least made a start and it is to be hoped that when France joins other nations at a high-level intern ational donors’ conference for Haiti, which will be held in New York next month, theF rench government will open i ts cheque book more gener ously to a country that it exploited and impoverished. C anada, which has no history of exploitation of Haiti (or any other country for that matter) has been far more generous than France. Even before the calamitous January earthquake, Canada had pledged moret han US$500 million to Haiti over the next five years. A nd, in a visit that preceded Sarkozy’s, Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen H arper, discussed with the H aitian President, Rene P reval, the creation of a common fund for Haiti’s recovery t o be managed jointly by the Haitian government and donors. A partnership between the Haitian government and the i nternational community is crucial to the successful construction of Haiti and to the restoration of its society. Calls for the Haitian gove rnment to be “masters of their own development”, should be tempered withr ealism. Governance in Haiti was fractious before the earthquake, the government i s now in tatters, and many w ho were leaders in Haitian s ociety were victims of the earthquake. I n this connection, Haiti needs a lot of help, including help in the governance of the c ountry over the next few years. The representative of the 1 4 governments of the C aribbean Community, for mer Jamaican Prime Minister, P J Patterson, put thet ask ahead in clear terms at the Ministerial Conference on Haiti held in Canada on J anuary 25 when he said: “Reconstructing Haiti needs to encompass more than replacing destroyed buildings a nd infrastructure and evis cerated institutions and must include a developmentald imension. Rebuilding should therefore also include the empowerment of the Haitians by the teaching of n ew skills.” C M Y K C M Y K THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM France in Haiti: A fresh start by Sarkozy? WORLDVIEW S IRRONALDSANDERS

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y MIKE L IGHTBOURN M y home won’t sell! We’ve heard that complaint from more than one homeowner over the years as t hey’ve come to us for help in selling their p roperty. T he answer is usually simple. The most common reason why a home w on’t sell is because it’s overpriced. All too frequently, an owner will cling to an unrealistic price, determined that “the right person” is out there – it’s just a m atter of finding them. In the meantime, the marketing has become stale, the home gets worn and the price inevitably drops. The truth is, it’s the purchasers and not the vendors who will determine the market value of a home. A nd while a vendor may initially dism iss a professional appraiser’s value as being too low, ask yourself this? Would you pay more for a house than t he appraised value? Now, bear in mind that most Bahamas Real Estate Association brokers and pur c hasers will view the new listing within the first few weeks. If it’s overpriced, interest in the property will die quickly. And so purchasers w ill look elsewhere, narrowing the number of people you can appeal to. Let’s say someone did agree to an inflate d purchase price. Once the appraisal comes in, do you think the bank will lend the money? Another concern is this; if a real estate broker agrees to take on an overpriced house because they want the listing, will o ther brokers use your property as a m eans of selling their own listings? Some brokers may use your listing as a barom eter to measure other homes priced more r ealistically. P urchasers are smart and will shop around and make their own comparisons. S o, it’s really no use trying to push a $500,000 home for $600,000. Purchasers viewing homes priced correctly at $600,000 will note the difference in the properties. * Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Trouble selling your home in the Bahamas? FREEPORT, Bahamas – Grand Bahama’s attempt to become a mecca for manufacturing got a shot in the arm when Business Development team members of T he Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, recently traveled to Anaheim, California. The purpose was first-time participation in the weeklong M edical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M The largest design and manu facturing tradeshow of its k ind, MD&M is held several times throughout the year, w ith the West Coast show b eing the largest. T he medical manufacturing industry is a $146 billion industry that has posted ac onsistent growth rate of 8 per cent or higher over the last 10 years. Fifty per cent of all medical devices sold w orldwide are produced in the United States. “The response has simply been phenomenal,” commented Mr Derek Newbold, Business Development Manager – GBPA. “Our purpose in attending was to educate them regarding numerous o pportunities that exist in Grand Bahama for manufacturing companies and they were excited to learn more.” This year’s event attracted 1,300 exhibitors, more t han 95 per cent of whom were manufacturing companies, and over 200,000 square f eet of products and different e quipment were on display. “Opportunities for free t rade, tax exemptions and o ur proximity to the USA m ainland were well-received. These, combined with Freeport’s deep water Har-b our, world-class trans-shipment facility, available land for development, and a modern airport with US prec learance, were some of the advantages we outlined to them,” Mr Newbold said. “Many of the manufacturers were unaware of the many off-shore benefits of doing business here. “Additionally, our warm tropical climate in comparison to the harsh winter weather of the Northern and Midwestern states was a major selling point at this particular time of year,” Mr N ewbold added. T he MD&M tradeshow featured products geared t owards the medical indust ry, including needles, prost hetic arms, laser technology, catheters, orthopaedic products, etc. In addition tom edical products, the show also saw the launch of nonmedical related cutting-edge products, including manufacturing equipment which can be used locally. Exhibitors came from Europe, the Middle East,USA, Latin America, and Asia, with The Bahamas being the only exhibitor from the Caribbean region. Citing Costa Rica as an example, Mr Newbold stated t hat Costa Rica recently a ttracted 29 new foreign investments, largely in part t hrough promotional and m arketing efforts. Therefore, GBPA is committed to continued participation in such events.Man-u facturers won’t know about us unless we tell them,” Mr Newbold said. The GBPAaiming to attract manufacturers R EAL E STATE

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They will see he is a Bahamian. We will say he has never held any other citizenship at any othe r time and we will call upon them to show Mr Ryan Pinder’s American passport to show us where it was marked cancelled by the Americans before the nomination date,” Mr Ingraham said yesterday while speaking at a press conference at the Free National Movement’s headq uarters on Mackey Street. “It is very important for the process, for the court to know upfront that each person who is before it is qualified to be here,” Mr Ingraham said. Questions regarding the process ofa dual citizen renouncing American citizenship emerged with the entrance of Mr Pinder as the PLP candidate in the Elizabeth constituency by-election. The tax attorney was born to a Bahamian father, former PLP MP for Malcolm Creek Marvin Pinder, and an American mother. In January, Mr Pinder, who is employed by Florida-based law firm Becker and Poliakoff as a Nassau-based consultant, defended his right to hold dual citizenship in the face of criticism that it was inappropriate and unconstitutional for someone seeking public office in the Bahamas. At the time he called his dual-citizenship a "nonissue." During the week prior to the by-election, however, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said Mr Pinder had renounced his US citizenship prior to nominating as a by-election candi date on January 29. Mr Pinder had stated that his decision was a personal one, adding that he was not pressured by his party to give up his American citizenship. Mr Ingraham said yesterday that an issue arises if a person has been taking full advantage of their American citizenship by for instance paying income taxes and voting in the United States. “There is nothing wrong with him or anybody else being an American citizen and running for office. Just being a citizen is not an offence by itself because any of our children could be born in America, grow up in the Bahamas, live here and never take advantage of their American citizenship. That would not disqualify them from running for office,” Mr Ingraham said. He further pointed out, however, that if a person is an American citizen and proceeds to take advantage of that citizenship by for instance regis tering to vote, participating in US elections and paying income taxes; those are things that say a person has accepted US citizenship. “If you have done that then you need to get rid of that citizenship before you nominate and certainly before you are elected. If you didn’t do that before you nominated then your nomination is a nullity. That certainly will be a prelim i nary point that the FNM will put forward,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham yesterday expressed regret that the PLP had announced that the five persons whose votes had been challenged were in their favour. It was wrong for the PLP to announce that those five persons voted for them. We all know who they are; all the poll workers know who they are. The PLP can’t go to court and succeed unless the five persons show up in court,” Mr Ingraham said. The FNM expects to win what the PLP is taking to court so we don’t need to consider any further steps. We challenged those five voters. In the case of four of them we have very good evidence that they had no entitlement whatsoever t o vote,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham also addressed concerns expressed by the PLP over National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest’s presence in the recount room at Thelma Gibson Primary School. “Cabinet ministers have always participated in election r ecounts. This was the way it was under the PLP administration and this was the way it was under our administration. Mr Tommy Turnquest was at the recount at my instructions and my insistence,” Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham also said that h e was deeply concerned over the level of hostility that emerged during the by-election. “As soon as things cool down I intend to have a discussion with Mr Christie. I am very con cerned and the Bahamas ought to be concerned with some of the persons who are hanginga round the PLP leadership,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F ROM page one Eligibility F NMSUPPORTERS a t yesterday’s press conference.

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FREEPORT, Bahamas Sanitation Services announced the success of t heir recent receptacle bin c ampaign, with overwhelmi ng support from residents redeeming coupons for new, properly sized bins. During the month of December, households w ithin the campaign’s pilot a rea received coupons for t he purchase of brand new 3 2-gallon bins at reduced c osts. Non-commercial single family and duplex properties were eligible for the pilot once they fell withint he “Big Area” bounded by Settlers Way to the north, C oral Road to the east, L unar Blvd to the south, and The Mall to the west. Three hundred coupons w ere distributed by Urban R enewal and more than 50 per cent were redeemed at Dolly Madison,” said Sani t ation Services’ general manager, Mr Lou Carroll. “This is very encouraging, especially in light of the fact that persons only had one month to redeem them.” Last summer, Sanitation S ervices published a series o f Public Service A nnouncements, advising residents that the collectiono f garbage from 55 gallon b ins would soon be discontinued. In the spirit of the holiday season, the Decem b er coupon campaign was a demonstration of Sanita tion Services’ goodwill to hundreds of residents inn eed of assistance, to enable them to comply with the new receptacle regula-t ions. C ollaborating with them were the Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee (KGBCa nd the Grand Bahama Utility Company. Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coord inator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama, expressedher pleasure with the pro gramme’s success. We were happy to offer o ur support in distributing the coupons. “This approach was v iewed as the most effect ive means of getting help to persons who were in need of the bins and wouldbenefit most.” “Given the time frame of one month to redeem the coupons, we feel that the “Receptacle Bin Cam paign” was very successful,” she said. According to Mrs Nakira Wilchcombe, KGBC Chairperson, follow-up exercises have revealed small pockets of households within the pilot area thathave yet to comply with the new regulations. “We have noticed several areas within the “Big Area” that still have a need. Therefore, KGBC, in conj unction with Urban R enewal, are making doorto-door visits on such households,” Mrs Wilch-c ombe stated. To further assist such groups, Sanitation Services will extend their coupon distribution for a longer period so that on a monthly basis, specific households w ill be able to redeem c oupons and purchase p roper receptacle bins. “We will continue to supp ort those who cannot a fford to help themselves i n complying with the requirements for garbage bins within the city ofF reeport and encourage those who can afford it, to support this effort, to make our city a healthy place in which to reside,” Mr Carroll said. “Our chief concern is the w elfare of all in the comm unity. Oversized bins pose h ealth risks to individuals, their children and sanita-t ion workers. Loose g arbage is unhealthy and u nsightly and leads to the transmission of diseases. “So, we are excited to be a ble to allow even more individuals to take advantage of the opportunity to receive regulated bins at a discounted cost,” Mr Carroll added. Additional coupons are s lated for distribution in F ebruary, March and April, c overing Pine Ridge, Marco City and Lucaya respec-t ively. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Nassau Collins Ave 242 322 2341 Thompson Blvd 242 325 87 76 Soldier Rd North 242 393 6286 Family Islands Freeport 242 352 7119 Abaco 242 367 2688 Exuma 242 336 2420www.jsjohnson.com Sanitation Services campaign ‘a success’ PAULAMAE Russell, the National Public Officer of the Year 2008/2009, completed the Public Financial Management: Planning and Control Training Course held at the RIPA International Institution in London from August 17 – 28,2 009. As the winning officer, Mrs Russell, Finance Officer II, assigned to the C abinet Office was able t o choose a course that would serve to facilitate h er career and enhance her professional developm ent. The National Public Officer of the Programme i s a service wide employee and reward prog ramme. The Award seeks to align career aspirations with changing organisational needs. T he purpose of the fully funded course that Mrs Russell took was primarily to help public sector o rganisations improve their financial management practices. K ey elements of the course included practical a pplications relating to the budget cycle; the medium term expenditure framework; resource accounting a nd budgeting; public debt management; delivering effective transactional services; taxation; expendit ure review, audit and standards of public life. The course also included field trips to Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Highway Agency. T he participants were also required to develop a Personal Development Plan. T he plan was intended to meet their own learning o bjectives and targets, and finding a practical solu tion to enhance their organisation’s strategic/opera tional activities. National Public Officer of the Year 2008/9 completes course PAULAMAE RUSSELL , the National Public Officer of the Y ear 2008/2009 award winner. RECENT SANITATION CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS Seen from left to right: Miss Olethea Gardiner, Environmental Officer, GBPA; Mrs Prescola Barbes, Director of Human Resources, Sanitation Services; Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama; Mr Lou Carroll, General M anager, Sanitation Services; Mr Rico Cargill, Environmental Officer – GBPA; and Miss Jennifer E llis, Assistant Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama.




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HN wants security
feposit irom the PLP

PM says $1 million still
owed to govt after last
election court challenge

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

AS the PLP is still $1 million
in debt to the FNM from the
failed Marco City court chal-
lenge, the governing party will
seek the court’s agreement to
require the PLP to put up a secu-
rity deposit for court costs should
it lose its Elizabeth protest.

This will ensure that the
Opposition will have the funds to
pay its debt if it loses its Eliza-
beth Constituency court chal-
lenge, said Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham who made the
statement yesterday at a press
conference at FNM headquar-
ters.

He accused the PLP of having
a history of abusing the
Bahamas’ national institutions
by not paying their court costs
and other debts owed to a num-
ber of government corporations.

The PLP has announced that
it will file an election court chal-
lenge to have its candidate, Ryan
Pinder, declared the proper and
lawful winner of the Elizabeth
by-election on the basis that a
clear majority of the voters did in
fact vote for him.

The crux of the anticipated
election court case centres
around five protest ballots cast in
favour of Mr Pinder. Due to the
slim margin of votes between Dr
Duane Sands of the FNM and

Ryan Pinder of the PLP — who
received 1,501 and 1,499 regu-
lar votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and pre-
vent an official winner from
being certified, it is argued.

However, the prime minister
said that if the FNM is to go into
another court battle with the
PLP over another seat in the
House of Assembly, the opposi-
tion needs to prove they have
the ability to pay their bills.

“T want to give them notice
that we will be seeking the agree-
ment of the court for them to be
required to put up security for
costs, so that if they lose — as
we believe they will — there will
be money to pay their obliga-
tion this time,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham also noted yes-
terday that the PLP also owes
ZNS $236,000. This amount he
said was incurred by that party
during the last general election in
2007

“Despite not paying their
general election bill, they felt
they were entitled to even more
time during the Elizabeth by-
election. With the extraordinary
amount of funds the PLP spent
in Elizabeth during this by-elec-
tion, they had more than enough
money to pay their other debts,
inclusive of sums owed to

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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia. net

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday that
whether Ryan Pinder of the
PLP was in fact eligible to run in
the Elizabeth constituency by-
election will be a preliminary
issue raised by the Free Nation-
al Movement in the election
court.

The PLP has announced that
it will file an election court chal-
lenge to have Mr Pinder
declared the proper and lawful
winner of the hotly contested
Elizabeth by-election on the
basis that a clear majority of the
voters did in fact vote for him.
The crux of the anticipated elec-
tion court case centres around
five protest ballots cast in favour
of Ryan Pinder. Due to the slim
margin of votes between Dr
Duane Sands of the FNM and
Mr Pinder of the PLP — who

RYAN PINDER

received 1,501 and 1,499 regular
votes respectively — these
protest votes are crucial and
prevent an official winner from
being certified, it is argued.
“When we go to court we will
have Duane Sands’ passport.

SEE page 10



ities.

Haitians crowd
studio seeking
personal ID card

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia. net

ABOUT 10 police officers descended on
a Carmichael Road business place last week
after reports that Haitian migrants were
being told they could obtain a personal iden-
tification card there that would protect them
from apprehension by Immigration author-

A crowd of Haitians were found outside
Latoya Portraits, a Carmichael Road pho-
tography studio on Thursday when The Tri-
bune arrived.

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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said government will con-
duct a social assessment of
the Pinder’s Point and Lewis
Yard communities to deter-
mine whether a new com-
munity will be built for the
relocation of residents.

Emissions from the near-
by industrial plants have
been a continuing problem
in those communities for
many years.

In 1995, residents of Pin-
der’s Point had to be evacu-
ated from their homes as a
result of a major tank fire
at BORCO, where some
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struck an oil tank.

Vopak has now acquired
the former BORCO plant,
which is currently undergo-
ing major expansion to
increase storage capacity to
about 20 million barrels.

While in Grand Bahama,
Mr Ingraham expressed
concern about the proximi-
ty of homes near the plant.

“T think many of the
houses are too close to the
plant and it would be in the
interest of public health and
safety if they were not
there,” he said on Friday.

“Tam going to drive by
there to have a physical view
of it. I have seen the plant
and we have been in discus-

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More support for ‘Breathe Easy Campaign

Donations from the
Bahamas National Trust,
Premier Importers and
Higgs and Johnson

CORPORATE partners
continue to support the
“Breathe Easy Campaign”
benefiting the Princess
Margaret Hospital’s
Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit.

Earmarked for high risk,
premature, low birth-
weight, or critically ill new-
borns, the “Breathe Easy
Campaign” is a nationwide
fund-raiser that will pro-
vide ventilators designed to
breathe for a newborn who
is physically unable to
breathe.

The latest community
citizens to support this wor-

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thy cause, the Bahamas
National Trust employees
took up a collection in sup-
port of the Breathe Easy
Campaign presenting a
$1,430 cheque to the cam-
paign. The entire team at
the Bahamas National
Trust donate funds each
year for a worthy cause.
This year, the Breathe Easy
Campaign was the recipi-
ent of the generous per-
sonal donations.

Long standing commu-
nity partner Premier
Importers also felt it was
important to lend support
to such a worthy cause by
presenting a cheque
towards the Breathe Easy
Campaign in the amount
of $2,500. As stated by

Mr Joe Lleida "this
meaningful donation to the
Breathe Easy Campaign is
another way to give back
to the community, and we
encourage other organisa-

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tions to become involved
and do their part in help-
ing the programme to reach
their goal. We are delighted
to be able to provide funds
for such a great initiative."

Higgs and Johnson Cor-
porate Services also joined
the campaign by presentin-
ga cheque in the amount of
$1,000 in addition to a per-
sonal donation from the fir-
m's partner of an addition-
al $1,000 towards the
national fund-raiser.

"On behalf of the direc-
tors of H&J Corporate Ser-
vices Ltd, we are pleased
to donate to the Breathe
Easy Campaign whose goal
is to improve care and
treatment of premature
babies at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital. It is our
hope that our contribution
will put the 'Breathe casy
Campaign’ closer to that
goal," said Surinder Deal,
Director, H&G Corporate.

"On behalf of the
‘Breathe Easy Campaign’, I
would like to thank all of
our supporters for their
generous donations which
will help save the lives of
hundreds of premature
babies who would be
unable to breathe without
the assistance of these ven-
tilators,” said Michele
Rassin. “We are delighted
to be able to raise funds for
such a worthy cause as no
child should have to strug-
gle for that first breath. We
would like to say a very
heartfelt thank you to all
of the donors who have
contributed to this life-sav-
ing campaign."

Organized by The Tri-
bune Media Group, the
Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, Tile King, Doctors Hos-
pital, Bahamas Realty, and
the Rotary Club of East

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Nassau, the campaign has
nearly reached its goal with
approximately $259,000
being raised to benefit crit-
ically ill newborns, with the
end goal being $300,000.
Using the funds that were
allocated, four ventilators

tact The Tribune Media
Group, Doctors Hospital or
The Tile King, please make
cheques payable to the
“Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal Foundation", Breathe
Easy Campaign or call 302-
4707.

and two incubators have
been purchased for the
Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal's Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit.

Persons interested in
making a donation towards
the campaign should con-

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STEPHEN LLEIDA, Premier Importers; Chris Lleida, Premier Importers; Patrice Solomon, PMH; Joe
Lleida, Premier Importers; Sandra Orlander, PMH; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nas-

sau; and Theresa Farrington, PMH.



PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Directors Zarina Fitzgerald, Surinder Deal and Manager Hollie Lunn-
Donathon of H&J Corporate Services Ltd.; Michele Rassin, President, Rotary Club of East Nassau;
PMH Nurse and Theresa Farrington, PMH; KellyAnne Smith, Rotary Club of East Nassau.

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Arrests after

police searches

over weekend

ROUTINE searches

executed by patrol officers

resulted in several arrests
over the weekend.

RBPF Press Officer
Chrislyn Skippings said
that the increased police
presence is a result of the
force’s increased effort to
restore the Bahamas to a
place where residents and
visitors can live, visit,
work and play.

“This is our main goal
and we are doing every-
thing to ensure its success.

Police officers are going to

be very scrutinizing and
very watchful for cues

towards any possible crim-

inal activity.”

Tourism Police recov-
ered a small amount of
ammunition while on
patrol in the area of
George Street late Satur-
day night. Officers con-
ducted a search on a male
resident of Rodgers cor-
ner off Blue Hill Road
and took him into custody
after finding the ammuni-
tion.

Weapons

Mobile officers have
taken a total of four men
into custody this weekend
after two vehicle searches
uncovered weapons and
ammunition. Early Satur-

day morning while on rou-

tine patrol, police con-
ducted a search of a Nis-
san Altima, which was
occupied by two men.
They uncovered a small
amount of ammunition in
the vehicle, however
police also recovered
additional ammunition
after executing a search
warrant on the driver’s
home shortly afterwards.
Then, on Friday around
5.55pm, mobile officers
apprehended two men in
the Windsor Lane area
after a vehicle search

uncovered a handgun with

ammunition.

While on routine patrol,
officers stopped a navy
blue coloured Maxima
and upon discovering the
weapon, took both males,

ages 26 of Monastery Park

and 27 of Windsor Lane
into custody.

Earlier Friday, Drug
Enforcement Unit patrol
officers observed a male
acting suspiciously on
Lyon Road off Sutton
Street. The man ran off
and subsequently evaded
the police before they
could approach him. Fur-
ther search of the area
produced separately a
handgun and a shotgun
both with ammunition.

Police are investigating
all matters.

Officer Skippings

admitted that public infor- |

mation and support has
been invaluable, with citi-
zens reporting criminal
activity and calling in sus-
picious behaviour.

“This is what we want
everyone to do. It’s the
only way we can rid our
streets of criminals and
those with criminal intent.
By focusing on minor
offences, we hope to dis-
courage negative behav-
iour on all levels.”

¢ POLICE have identi-
fied the man who died
after a double shooting in
the area of Scott Street

and West Street last week.

He is 19-year-old Randal
Thomson.

Three injured in shooting

THREE men were wound-
ed during a shooting at Cow-
pen Road Saturday evening.
Around 10.43pm, police

received information that
three men, ages 19, 21 and 26,
were taken to hospital by
EMS personnel.

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in stable condition.

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shoot-out that took place the
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they suspected to be mari-
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By DENISE MAYCOCK
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FREEPORT - _ The
National Insurance Fund
experienced no significant
erosion in value during the
recent global financial crisis
because of the National Insur-
ance Board’s investments in
government building projects,
according to NIB director
Algernon Cargill.

“Our investments in gov-
ernment and quasi-govern-
ment debt issues, as well as
specific building projects used
by the government and its
agencies, have performed sat-
isfactorily and are currently
yielding above market
returns,” he said.

Mr Cargill was speaking in
Grand Bahama on Friday at
the contract signing for the
construction of a new gov-
ernment complex in Freeport.

The NIB is financing the
project in Freeport at a cost of
$18 million and a second com-
plex in Abaco at a cost of
some $19.6 million.

FES Construction has been
awarded the contract in
Freeport, and WOSLEE
Contractors Ltd has awarded
the contract in Abaco.

Mr Cargill stated that lease
financing of the government
buildings have generally
earned a yield of approxi-
mately 7.25 per cent per
annum.

“Given NIB’s long term
investment horizon, having
the present 7.5 per cent of the
National Insurance Fund in
real estate is a healthy diver-
sification of the its investment
portfolio by any standard,”
he said.

NIB Reserves currently
stands at some $1.6 billion,










































which represents an accumu-
lation of income from contri-
butions and investments, less
benefits and expenses, over
the almost 36-year life of the
NIB programme.

Mr Cargill noted that a
constant challenge for NIB
is finding safe and produc-
tive investment opportunities
for the National Insurance
Fund.

Portfolio

“Though loans make up a
very small part of the Board-
’s investment portfolio, it is
an important part, because
the alternative would be that
NIB funds would not be opti-
mally deployed, in some cases
earning no interest at all; and
so, projects like this one,
where NIB enters into a
finance lease agreement with
the government continue to
serve NIB well, and also allow
us to simultaneously fulfil our
mandate of assisting with the
infrastructural development
of the Bahamas,” he said.

The complex in Freeport
will consist of 65,000 sq ft and
is expected to be completed
by August 2011. It will house
the Customs and Immigration
Departments, Education and
Passport Offices and Ministry
of Finance.

The Government Admin-
istration Building in Abaco is
being built on nine acres of
land in Marsh Harbour. Con-
struction is expected to be
completed in December 2011.
It will house the Magistrate’s
Court, Ministry of Works,
Department of Immigration,
the Licensing Authority, and
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bune will be featuring a young
Bahamian caricature artist who
will be capturing local happen-
ings throughout the country.
Jamaal Rolle, 25, will offer visu-
al socio-political news com-
mentary in a bi-weekly comic
entitled “Pushin da Envelope.”

Mr Rolle has been freelanc-
ing since grade school, and his
first paid portrait was actually a
mischievous sketch of his math
teacher that he’d doodled in the
same class. When the teacher
discovered the sketch by mis-
take, instead of scolding the
young artist as expected, he
laughed and bought it from him
for $10; telling him that if this is
what he wanted to do for a liv-
ing he should keep it up. The
young artist said that although
he’d already known he wanted
to be a professional artist, this
experience solidified his deter-
mination and confidence in his
own ability. Throughout high
school he continued to draw
portraits of political figures and
was often commissioned by his
teachers.

Nowadays, tourists and resi-
dents can enjoy live portraits
and caricatures by Mr Rolle at
his stall in Marina Village at
Atlantis, Paradise Island. The
artist has been working there
since the plaza first opened
alongside his father, artist and
bronze sculptor Harry Rolle.

“It has been five years since
the opening of Marina Village,”
Mr Rolle added, “and I feel as
though I’ve been able to really
establish myself locally and
internationally as a portrait and
caricature artist.”

But what many do not know,
is that this RM Bailey High
School graduate is the artist
behind the iconic unofficial
Barack Obama presidential
campaign poster, which is her-
alded as one of the first to visu-
ally pair the current President of
the United States with Martin
Luther King, Jr.

Mr Rolle has attributed his
initiative and persistence as
major factors in his ability to
maintain a lifestyle as an artist,
and depicts his pilgrimage to
the United States in 2009 to pre-
sent portraits to both the Martin
Luther King Jr Collection at
Morehouse College and to the
Rev. Al Sharpton at a Martin
Luther King Jr rally in Wash-
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happened to be so big. It wasn’t
planned for me to present to
Rev. Sharpton on stage. I just
wanted him to have the portrait.
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what was happening I heard
over the sound system, ‘and
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FREEPORT -— Prime
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said while they are expect-
ing to be able to swear in
the new Member of Parlia-
ment for the Elizabeth Con-
stituency on February 24, it
is uncertain whether that
will happen.

After a recount of the bal-
lots early Friday morning,
FNM candidate Dr Duane
Sands still held onto the
lead by a margin of two
votes over PLP candidate
Ryan Pinder.

Pinder, however, is ques-
tioning five votes and the
PLP had indicated its inten-
tion to take the matter to
the Election Court to decide
on the protest votes.

The by-election has been

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will be sworn on February 24

the topic of heated public
debate in the newspapers
and radio talk shows.

Former PLP MP Malcolm
Adderley, who previously
held the Elizabeth seat,
resigned his seat in parlia-
ment in January. He blamed
the PLP leadership for
“undermining” him as a
political representative for
the area.

Both the FNM and PLP
parties had launched aggres-
sive campaigns in the Eliza-
beth constituency, leading
up to the by-election.

While in Grand Bahama
on Friday, Prime Minister
Ingraham said that he will
reserve his comments on the
by-election until he arrives
back in Nassau where he
expects to hold a press con-
ference on Sunday at FNM
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results in the Elizabeth Con-
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PLP will affect the pro-
roguing of the House of
Assembly, Mr Ingraham did
not think it would.

“Tt will not affect it in the
least because we go back to
the House on Wednesday,
February 24, and we are
going to do some mid-term
budget statements on Feb-
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“We expect to be able to
swear the new member on
the 24. It’s now uncertain
whether that will happen or
will not happen, but what-
ever happens we will do
budget statements, return
to Parliament on Monday,
Wednesday, and Thursday,
and soon thereafter we will
prorogue and come back
with instructions,” Mr
Ingraham said.

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Sands confident he will
be the MP for Elizabeth

THE Free National Move-
ment’s Dr Duane Sands yes-
terday expressed confidence
that he will be certified as the
duly elected Member of Par-
liament for the Elizabeth con-
stituency following an elec-
tion court challenge mounted
by the PLP.

Speaking in the presence
of dozens of Free National
Movement supporters at the
party’s headquarters on
Mackey Street yesterday, Dr
Sands expressed gratitude to
the voters of Elizabeth for
their participation in last
week’s by-election; particu-
larly those who voted for him
and the FNM.

“Tam particularly pleased
with the participation of the
young people, many of whom
voted for the first time on
Tuesday,” he said. Dr Sands
also commended the other
candidates in the by-election
for running what he described
as a “vigorous campaign.”

“With the by-election now
completed, I am proud to be
the member elect for Eliza-
beth. I intend to serve all of
the people with the same pas-
sion and with the same ener-
gy that I brought to my cam-
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that it will file an election
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CARACAS, Venezuela

PRESIDENT Hugo
Chavez accused his adver-
saries on Sunday of sabo-
taging Venezuela's electric-
ity grid as part of a broader
plan aimed at bringing
about the system's collapse
— and his downfall, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Chavez said authorities
must be “on the alert" and
apprehend anyone who cuts
electricity cables connected
to the grid.

Such sabotage has caused
power failures in some
regions and exacerbated the
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"Be on the lookout!
Patrols must be carried out
to capture the saboteurs
because those responsible
must be caught and put in
prison,” Chavez said dur-
ing his weekly television
and radio program, “Hello
President."

The accusations were
vague and Chavez provided
no evidence supporting
them.

Energy Minister Ali
Rodriguez echoed the alle-
gations.

"I have no doubt that
many of the failures that are
occurring are the product
of sabotage. We are inves-
tigating," Rodriguez said.

Opposition leaders
scoffed at the president's
claim, saying Chavez is try-
ing to shed the blame for
power shortages that critics
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out (of office) with votes."

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WORLD VIEW

By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant

and former Caribbean
Diplomat)
AT LAST a French Presi-

dent visited Haiti — a country
that contributed greatly to
France’s accumulation of
wealth in the 18th Century
and which France impover-
ished for a century after that.

Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in
devastated Haiti on Febru-
ary 17, a month and five days
after a massive earthquake
ravaged the capital, Port-au-
Prince killing more than
200,000 people; maiming tens
of thousands of others, and
wreaking billions of dollars
in damage.

The extent of the damage
and loss of life in Haiti were
undoubtedly due to the coun-
try’s lack of physical infra-
structure and its poor build-
ing standards, neither of
which could be accomplished
in a situation where 70 per
cent of its gross domestic
product was paid over to
France for over a century.

This is not to ignore the
excesses of Haitian govern-
ments, particularly under the
Duvaliers, which also
deprived the country of
monies that should have
been pumped into construct-
ing infrastructure, providing
education and health facili-
ties, and establishing regula-
tory bodies to ensure higher
standards across a range of
activity including the con-
struction of buildings.

The harsh imposition by
France of a levy of 90 mil-
lion gold francs, which Haiti
did not finish repaying until
1947, also does not excuse
recent Haitian governments
and political parties for fail-
ing to spend aid funds on an
agreed and country-wide
development programme
instead of on narrow political
interests.

Indeed, on any pro-
gramme for constructing a
new Haiti — both in a physical
and societal sense — Haitian
governments should be mind-
ful that not only the Haitian
people but the entire inter-
national community will want
guaranteed machinery to
ensure that aid money is
spent on sustainable devel-
opment.

The challenge is huge.
Taking Haiti off the world’s
“sick man” list is not a short-
term or cheap affair.

The Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB)
has calculated that the
rebuilding programme will
cost US$14 billion and will
take at least 10 years.

And, while there have
been mountainous pledges of
assistance from many gov-
ernments as television images
riveted the eyes of the world
on Haiti, experience of pre-
vious disasters elsewhere in
the world teaches that
pledges often fall by the way
side as soon as the cameras
move on.

Acknowledging “the
wounds of colonization” and
saying that he knows well
“the story of our countries
on the question of debt”,
President Sarkozy, in addi-
tion to cancelling all of
Haiti’s US$77 million debt to
France, also promised to pro-
vide aid of US$400 million
over the next two years.

Included in the aid pack-
age is US$40 million in sup-
port of the Haitian govern-
ment’s budget.

This latter commitment
was warmly welcomed by
Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean-
Max Bellerive who described
it as “crucial” and added: It
means we are going to use it
the way we want.” The
Prime Minister’s statement
is understandable given that
the government has to try to
provide some basic services,
such as policing, to the coun-
try in circumstances where
government revenues must
be very little.

But the question still aris-
es as to whether the French
government’s pledge to Haiti
is enough.

Haiti’s exiled former Pres-
ident Jean Bertrand Aristide
had calculated the sum that







France extracted from Haiti,
as the price for recognising
its participation in the inter-
national community in 1825,
as US$21 billion in today’s
values.

As Sarkozy was entering
Haiti, Professor Norman Gir-
van of the University of the
West Indies, and former Sec-
retary-General of the Asso-
ciation of Caribbean States,
in an invited comment to the
Associated Press was pretty
clear about France’s obliga-
tion to Haiti and what
Sarkozy should do.

He declared: “If President
Sarkozy were to make resti-
tution in the name of all the
decent people of the French
Republic for the historic
wrong; and support the
efforts of the Haitian people
to rebuild their shattered
lives and their economy with
the resources thereby pro-
vided, he would undoubtedly
gain the respect of the entire
world and be a prime candi-
date for the award of the
Nobel Prize for 2010.”

Somehow, I don’t believe
that President Sarkozy will
be a Nobel Prize recipient for
returning to Haiti what was
so callously extracted from
it, and which is the underly-
ing basis for its persistent
poverty and underdevelop-
ment.

And, it is instructive that
the Haitian government is
not pushing it. Millien
Romage, a legislator for
Aristide’s party also told the
Associated Press: "This is not
a time to be making loud
demands. We don't want to
fight. But perhaps the French
could recognize their debt by
helping us to get out of
poverty. They can help build
roads, houses, schools."

Sarkozy has at least made
a start and it is to be hoped
that when France joins other
nations at a high-level inter-
national donors’ conference
for Haiti, which will be held
in New York next month, the
French government will open
its cheque book more gener-
ously to a country that it
exploited and impoverished.

Canada, which has no his-
tory of exploitation of Haiti
(or any other country for that
matter) has been far more





SIR RONALD SANDERS

generous than France.

Even before the calami-
tous January earthquake,
Canada had pledged more
than US$500 million to Haiti
over the next five years.

And, in a visit that pre-
ceded Sarkozy’s, Canadian
Prime Minister, Stephen
Harper, discussed with the
Haitian President, Rene
Preval, the creation of a com-
mon fund for Haiti’s recovery
to be managed jointly by the
Haitian government and
donors.

A partnership between the
Haitian government and the
international community is
crucial to the successful con-
struction of Haiti and to the
restoration of its society.

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should be tempered with
realism. Governance in Haiti
was fractious before the
earthquake, the government
is Now in tatters, and many
who were leaders in Haitian
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earthquake.

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mer Jamaican Prime Minis-
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on Haiti held in Canada on
January 25 when he said:
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to encompass more than
replacing destroyed buildings
and infrastructure and evis-
cerated institutions and must
include a developmental
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JAMAAL ROLLE and Kirk Johnson with Bahamian students enrolled at Moore House College.

FROM page five Artist

competitions, led to his steadily-
growing list of renowned clien-
tele, such as the First Lady of
California Maria Shriver, Amer-
ican Idol winner Jordan Sparks,
teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus,
country singer Carrie Under-
wood, NBA hall of famer
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Kerzner.

His local clientele are just as
title-heavy. Commissions
include Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, PLP leader Perry
Christie, Dr Myles Munroe,
Lady Margaret Pindling,
Thomas A Robinson and the
Bahamas Ambassador to Wash-

ington CA Smith.

“Art isn’t really taken that
seriously here, it’s more of a
hobby — so there is not a lot
of encouragement because it
isn’t as lucrative. I’ve found my
niche and the Internet is work-
ing for me. It’s a really big mar-
ket — we’re no longer limited
to some 300,000 people. I
receive support and commis-
sions via e-mail from all over
the world.”

Managing his growing e-com-
merce, live commission stall at
Marina Village, and a new Tri-
bune art comic, keeps Mr Rolle
fully engaged at the moment;

but in the future he also looks to
purse private instruction and
non-profit charity commis-
sions.

“T want to encourage and fos-
ter young talent. I once had a
teacher who told me not to take
art seriously because artists only
make money after they die. It
was a discouraging thing to say
but this only gave me more dri-
ve to disprove this fact. It is pos-
sible to have a career as an
artist. Right now I probably
make more than that teacher.
Don’t let anyone discourage
you.”

Be sure to look out every
Monday and Thursday in The
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Govt to consider new community for
Pinder's Point, Lewis Yard residents

FROM page one

sion with Vopak,” he said.

The students and teachers at Lewis Yard
Primary were dismissed from school on a few
occasions after becoming ill as a result of the
strong odours emanating from the industrial
plants.

Parents and residents have called for the
relocation of the school and the Pinder’s Point
community.

There have been various health complaints
from residents, including respiratory prob-
lems, skin, eye and nose irritations, vomiting,
and nausea as a result of fumes.

Vopak Bahamas has denied the operation is

responsible for any illnesses experienced by
residents of Pinder's Point.

The company has installed a number of
emission monitors around the facility and
along the fence line to detect emissions.

Prime Minister Ingraham said government
will hold meetings with the community first
before making any decisions.

“We will undertake a social assessment to
see who all lives in the various houses, how
many people, etc, and to see whether or
not it is possible for a new community to be
created and for the school to be relocated,
and the various services the community
requires.

“We would seek to do so with the support of
the community,” said Mr Ingraham.

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FNM SUPPORTERS at yesterday’s press conference.

FROM page one

They will see he is a Bahamian.
We will say he has never held
any other citizenship at any oth-
er time and we will call upon
them to show Mr Ryan Pinder’s
American passport to show us
where it was marked cancelled
by the Americans before the
nomination date,” Mr Ingraham
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National Movement’s head-
quarters on Mackey Street.

“Tt is very important for the
process, for the court to know
upfront that each person who
is before it is qualified to be
here,” Mr Ingraham said. Ques-
tions regarding the process of
a dual citizen renouncing Amer-
ican citizenship emerged with
the entrance of Mr Pinder as
the PLP candidate in the Eliza-
beth constituency by-election.

The tax attorney was born to
a Bahamian father, former PLP
MP for Malcolm Creek Marvin
Pinder, and an American moth-
er. In January, Mr Pinder, who
is employed by Florida-based
law firm Becker and Poliakoff
as a Nassau-based consultant,
defended his right to hold dual
citizenship in the face of criti-
cism that it was inappropriate
and unconstitutional for some-
one seeking public office in the
Bahamas. At the time he called
his dual-citizenship a “non-
issue." During the week prior
to the by-election, however,
PLP chairman Bradley Roberts
said Mr Pinder had renounced
his US citizenship prior to nom-
inating as a by-election candi-
date on January 29. Mr Pinder
had stated that his decision was

Eligibility
a personal one, adding that he
was not pressured by his party
to give up his American citi-
zenship.

Mr Ingraham said yesterday
that an issue arises if a person
has been taking full advantage
of their American citizenship
by for instance paying income
taxes and voting in the United
States.

“There is nothing wrong with
him or anybody else being an
American citizen and running
for office. Just being a citizen
is not an offence by itself
because any of our children
could be born in America, grow
up in the Bahamas, live here
and never take advantage of
their American citizenship. That
would not disqualify them from
running for office,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

He further pointed out, how-
ever, that if a person is an
American citizen and proceeds
to take advantage of that citi-
zenship by for instance regis-
tering to vote, participating in
US elections and paying income
taxes; those are things that say a
person has accepted US citi-
zenship.

“Tf you have done that then
you need to get rid of that citi-
zenship before you nominate
and certainly before you are
elected. If you didn’t do that
before you nominated then
your nomination is a nullity.
That certainly will be a prelim-
inary point that the FNM will
put forward,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham yesterday



expressed regret that the PLP
had announced that the five
persons whose votes had been
challenged were in their favour.

“Tt was wrong for the PLP to
announce that those five per-
sons voted for them. We all
know who they are; all the poll
workers know who they are.
The PLP can’t go to court and
succeed unless the five persons
show up in court,” Mr Ingra-
ham said.

“The FNM expects to win
what the PLP is taking to court
so we don’t need to consider
any further steps. We chal-
lenged those five voters. In the
case of four of them we have
very good evidence that they
had no entitlement whatsoever
to vote,” Mr Ingraham said.

Mr Ingraham also addressed
concerns expressed by the PLP
over National Security Minis-
ter Tommy Turnquest’s pres-
ence in the recount room at
Thelma Gibson Primary School.

“Cabinet ministers have
always participated in election
recounts. This was the way it
was under the PLP administra-
tion and this was the way it was
under our administration. Mr
Tommy Turnquest was at the
recount at my instructions and
my insistence,” Mr Ingraham
said.

Mr Ingraham also said that
he was deeply concerned over
the level of hostility that
emerged during the by-election.

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I intend to have a discussion
with Mr Christie. I am very con-
cerned and the Bahamas ought
to be concerned with some of
the persons who are hanging
around the PLP leadership,” he
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ber coupon campaign was
a demonstration of Sanita-
tion Services’ goodwill to
hundreds of residents in
need of assistance, to
enable them to comply with
the new receptacle regula-
tions.

Collaborating with them
were the Keep Grand
Bahama Clean Committee
(KGBC), Urban Renewal,
and the Grand Bahama
Utility Company.

Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coor-
dinator, Urban Renewal
Grand Bahama, expressed
her pleasure with the pro-
gramme’s success.

“We were happy to offer
our support in distributing
the coupons.

“This approach was
viewed as the most effec-
tive means of getting help
to persons who were in
need of the bins and would
benefit most.”

“Given the time frame of
one month to redeem the
coupons, we feel that the
“Receptacle Bin Cam-
paign” was very successful,”
she said.

According to Mrs Naki-
ra Wilchcombe, KGBC
Chairperson, follow-up
exercises have revealed
small pockets of households
within the pilot area that
have yet to comply with the
new regulations.

“We have noticed several
areas within the “Big Area”
that still have a need.
Therefore, KGBC, in con-



RECENT SANITATION CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS — Seen from left to right: Miss Olethea Gardiner,
Environmental Officer, GBPA; Mrs Prescola Barbes, Director of Human Resources, Sanitation

Services; Mrs Tirzah Carey, Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama; Mr Lou Carroll, General
Manager, Sanitation Services; Mr Rico Cargill, Environmental Officer - GBPA; and Miss Jennifer
Ellis, Assistant Coordinator, Urban Renewal Grand Bahama.

junction with Urban
Renewal, are making door-
to-door visits on such
households,” Mrs Wilch-
combe stated.

To further assist such
groups, Sanitation Services
will extend their coupon
distribution for a longer
period so that on a monthly
basis, specific households
will be able to redeem
coupons and purchase
proper receptacle bins.

“We will continue to sup-
port those who cannot

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afford to help themselves
in complying with the
requirements for garbage
bins within the city of
Freeport and encourage
those who can afford it, to
support this effort, to make
our city a healthy place in
which to reside,” Mr Car-
roll said.

“Our chief concern is the
welfare of all in the com-
munity. Oversized bins pose
health risks to individuals,
their children and sanita-
tion workers. Loose

garbage is unhealthy and
unsightly and leads to the
transmission of diseases.

“So, we are excited to be
able to allow even more
individuals to take advan-
tage of the opportunity to
receive regulated bins at a
discounted cost,” Mr Car-
roll added.

Additional coupons are
slated for distribution in
February, March and April,
covering Pine Ridge, Marco
City and Lucaya respec-
tively.

Nassau Collins Ave 242 322 2341

Family Islands Freeponama 3527

National Public
Officer of the
Year 2008/9

completes course

PAULAMAE Russell, &
the National Public Offi- |

cer of the Year 2008/2009,
completed the Public
Financial Management:
Planning and Control
Training Course held at
the RIPA International
Institution in London
from August 17 - 28,
2009.

As the winning officer,
Mrs Russell, Finance
Officer II, assigned to the
Cabinet Office was able
to choose a course that
would serve to facilitate
her career and enhance
her professional develop-
ment.

The National Public
Officer of the Programme
is a service wide employ-



PAULAMAE RUSSELL, the
National Public Officer of the

ee and reward pro- Year 2008/2009 award winner.

gramme.

The Award seeks to align career aspirations with
changing organisational needs.

The purpose of the fully funded course that Mrs
Russell took was primarily to help public sector
organisations improve their financial management

practices.

Key elements of the course included practical
applications relating to the budget cycle; the medium
term expenditure framework; resource accounting
and budgeting; public debt management; delivering
effective transactional services; taxation; expendi-
ture review, audit and standards of public life.

The course also included field trips to Her
Majesty’s Treasury and the Highway Agency.

The participants were also required to develop a
Personal Development Plan.

The plan was intended to meet their own learning
objectives and targets, and finding a practical solu-
tion to enhance their organisation’s strategic/opera-

tional activities.

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