Citation
The Tribune

Material Information

Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title:
Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
Publisher:
Tribune
Publication Date:
Frequency:
Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
Language:
English
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

Subjects

Genre:
newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
Bahamas

Notes

General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
This item was contributed to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) by the source institution listed in the metadata. This item may or may not be protected by copyright in the country where it was produced. Users of this work have responsibility for determining copyright status prior to reusing, publishing or reproducing this item for purposes other than what is allowed by applicable law, including any applicable international copyright treaty or fair use or fair dealing statutes, which dLOC partners have explicitly supported and endorsed. Any reuse of this item in excess of applicable copyright exceptions may require permission. dLOC would encourage users to contact the source institution directly or dloc@fiu.edu to request more information about copyright status or to provide additional information about the item.
Resource Identifier:
09994850 ( OCLC )

Downloads

This item has the following downloads:


Full Text
Pim blowin’ it

18F
67F

SUNSHINE
AND CLOUDS

Volume: 106 No.82

HIGH
LOW



ie Minister in
shock resignation

Branville McCartney
quits Immigration job

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter

alowe@
tribunemedia.net

he had been “unable
to fully utilise his
political potential.”
In a statement
issued before Mr
McCartney formally
announced his deci-
sion to the Press,
Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said
that while the resig-
nation of a Cabinet Minis-
ter is “always regrettable”

SEE page 10

Bahamas Mortgage Corporation denies
‘cronyism’ behind awarding of contract

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE Ingraham
administration suf-
fered a blow yester-
day when one of its
youngest and most
popular Cabinet Ministers —
Branville McCartney —
resigned from his appoint-
ed position, claiming he felt



BRANVILLE
MCCARTNEY

THE Bahamas Mortgage Corporation’s managing director
and chairman yesterday denied accusations from the PLP that
“cronyism” drove it to award a $152,000 contract to a former
FNM political candidate.

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the decision by the

SEE page 14

SB OS: 4

Sy": Gh” Double,
Bedestal Desk

Secretarial
thai

99)
Secretarial) Desk. wypulh, EOS,

Wolehs eebuen,

"r vat 2

ty a

45x 24° Salesmans, Desk



m Lhe Tribune

= USA TODAY

BAHAMAS EDITION

www.tribune242.com

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

UU

HEROES

SEE PAGE FIVE



LI



THE MAN’S body is removed from the scene at the Rodney Bain building.

A MAN who police believe was trying to
break in to the Rodney Bain building on
Shirley and Parliament streets was killed
after falling from a second floor awning.

The unidentified man’s body was found on
Saturday at 12.20pm.

Police said it appears he was trying to
gain access to the building by standing on an
awning when he slipped and fell.

According to witnesses on the scene, there

to death.





was broken glass and traces of blood on the
wall where the man fell.

It is believed he became wedged between = i
a perimeter wall and the building after his cide.
fall. It is not known if he was conscious at
this time. He sustained significant injuries to
his right leg, and it is believed he may have
cut a major artery which caused him to bleed

Police are investigating the incident.

On the G67

FISH GO WRAP

OeTH BeAciee
Ce? PALLET



PRICE — 75¢ (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25)

SEE INSIGHT SECTION 14B

Teenage girl
found hanged

A YOUNG college stu-
dent was found hanged yes-
terday afternoon in what
police described as an
“apparent suicide”.

Keisha Thurston, 18, a
recent CC Sweeting High
School graduate, was found
hanging from a rope — [R@EEMIM son
reportedly a skipping rope —
which was attached to rafters at the home she
shared with her family.

Devastated relatives gathered at the house in
McKinney Drive, off Fire Trail Road, Nassau,
yesterday huddling together and trying to make

SEE page 12

Lawyer and
activist dies
of suspected
heart attack

PROMINENT lawyer
and human rights activist
Eliezer Regnier died on Sat-
urday of a suspected heart
attack while behind the
wheel of his car.

Mr Regnier, 57, a well-
known advocate for Haitian
migrants, was visiting a
client on Step Street, in Fox
Hill, Nassau, shortly after
7pm when he died.

According to reports, his
vehicle was not moving but
the engine was running at
the time.

Emergency medical per-
sonnel attempted to resus-
citate him without success,
and the lawyer was pro-
nounced dead at the scene.

Theresa Gibson, Mr Reg-

SEE page 12



Burned body is

found in bushes

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune FreeportReporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

A BADLY burned body
was discovered in bushes in
the West End area of Grand
Bahama yesterday afternoon.

Sources believe it could be
that of a teenage court wit-
ness who went missing more
than six months ago.

Police investigating the
grisly find suspect foul play
is involved and have classi-
fied the incident as a homi-

Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said the
remains were discovered
sometime after 2pm at Peli-

SEE page 12

eNews (om elma cela

â„¢ Trademark of Royal Bank of Canad:



RBC Royal Bank
of Canada

Na

RBC

la
® The Lion & Globe symbol and RBC are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. ®



NASSAU AND BAHAM/?

ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER



PAGE 2, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



Sean, 21,
Fox Hill:

"I feel as though some fault
lies with the Government. The
legal system is too relaxed.
Government should also do
more to tackle unemployment.
If you think about it most politi-
cians are lawyers.

“They don't really care about
criminals — in fact they make

these cases — the more they
get in trouble the better it is for
them.

“We need to tighten up the
law, there are too many
allowances made for repeat
offenders.”

their money from dealing with















































= alt

“Lose Yourself In Style"

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
and
Saturday F:30 am - 4:00 pm

#572 Mockey Street
(Old Howse of Music Building) next to KC

Tel: 393-0551
Thank You For Shopping With Us!

CL SC

FABAIC GARE

LOCAL NEWS

Crime: What do employed men think?

Glen Dean, 50,
Elizabeth Estates:
"This is clearly a social prob-
lem. There is a lack of proper
upbringing in the home nowa-
days. There are too many sin-
gle-mothers struggling to pro-
vide for the household and
father's not setting the right
example."

Danny, 28,
Marathon:

"Things are really tough. There
is a lot of poverty in the country
— everyone broke. Guys don't
want to work these little jobs
here and there because it's just
not enough to pay the bills.”

Peter Cartwright, 52,
Winton Meadows:
"Home owners need to be
aware and ready for these crim-
inals. I have mixed emotions
about having a gun in the
household. It can be very good
for safety but at the same time
there are a lot of dangers that
come with owning a weapon
and having it in your home —
especially if there are children
in the house. It's also very dan-
gerous because sometimes hav-
Ing it can aggravate the situa-
tion or turn into negative con-
sequences if they get your gun.
Be very aware of your sur-

roundings."

Reginald Demeritte , 61,
Fox Hill:

"The crime is ridiculous. One
of my boys just got shot in
‘Yamacraw, whatever the police
are doing it is obviously not
working. “These fellas picking
up speed! Less than two days
between invasions? That could
have never happened before...
it’s terrible, truly out of hand.
But we as Bahamians, we don't
feel it until it happens to us or
affects us personally — and then
we want to do something, then
we say ‘it's bad, it's out of con-
trol’. The system is not right,
but what are they going to do
about it? Nothing. They’re still

ee Bee Bie 3
Fertilizer, Fungicide,
NAO TOS
ge Da (Cee Cs
322-2197

Received a

best buy rating for

yfiut
energy and money wilh this
ENERGY STAR® qualified washer,

yf (ROK (INGE

32 Guiomalic cycles and the Alra Rall Acton”

Whir lpao |
Classic Ton load Wosher
WTW57ESVH

$1,250

e co
WOVE £3 /o when you poy eash

Master tae

Edd mc ed et eee ee

RAL RTA tac

Save weer,

Whirl BO ol

Classic Gas Dryer

WGDS700VH

$1200

beeen eda eM nal ste Nts em Ree EMSC] fee ole MO te OP Dee]
ieee eee le Moment tet a sept met



WITH the steady
increase in armed rob-
beries and home inva-
sions over the past few

weeks, The Tribune
asked employed men for
their opinions about the
rise in criminal activity.
The salaried men held
conflicting views over the
Government and the
community's responsi-
bility — also calling into
question current personal
firearm restrictions.

going to put criminals back out
on bail again and again.”

John Davis, 60,
Yamacraw:

"People have to keep their
eyes open. Don't let yourself
be a victim due to carelessness.
Pay close attention to your sur-
roundings and if you believe
you are being followed, listen to
the police warnings and get toa
well-lit area or police station.
Also, Bahamians needs to stop
displaying their valuables so
casually — don't let everyone
see what you have.”

Clement Williams, 44,
Kennedy:

"On the subject of home inva-
sions, unless it’s a retaliation,
as a hard-working Bahamian I
am very disturbed by the
increased number. Someone,
unprovoked, can just break into
your home and take your life,
everything you've worked for. I
can understand why more and
more people have guns because
you have to protect your fami-

Jeffrey Fowler, 53,
Garden Hills:

"It's outrageous and people
with licensed guns can't even
use them until the criminal is
already inside their home? I've
experienced a home invasion
and armed robbery before and
when the police came they were
more of an aggravation to me
rather than actually investigat-
ing the matter."

=== The Tribu
: a Poo
eee
CLEMENT, 44

BAHAMAS COALITION OF EVANGELICAL PASTORS
Gay cruise ship seen as possible
threat to morality and decency

Pastors voice concern about potential visit to Bahamas

BY AVA TURNQUEST
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A GROUP of evangelical
pastors are concerned that the
visit of a gay cruise ship to the
Bahamas could potentially
threaten the "morality and
decency" of the country's
"Judeo-Christian" heritage.

In response to the resur-
gence of intent made by gay
cruise organisers to make the
Bahamas its port-of-call, the
Bahamas Coalition of Evan-
gelical Pastors has reaffirmed
its opposition.

Due to the potentially last-
ing negative effect they feel
such events will impact, the
group pledged: “Please be
assured that we would be tak-

ing the very same position,
and with the same fervour, if
this were a cruise dedicated
to self-proclaimed adulterers,
fornicators, liars or any other
such biblically defined sinful
behaviour, who have it as
their determined end purpose
to have that sinful behaviour
accepted as a morally legiti-
mate lifestyle.”

Defended

Two weeks ago, organisers
of the expected gay cruise,
defended their decision to
come to the Bahamas, arguing
that the homophobic inci-
dents experienced in the
Bahamas happen everywhere.

FOR SALE

a

FOX HILL CREEK

Fan C

3000 sq. ft. home on 10,000 sq. ft. lot,
3 bed 3 bath, open kitchen, dining & living room,
portico & office, covered patio, garage & generator,
50 ft. of dock space.

$989,000.00

Exclusively By

BAYFRONT REALTY
Call George Kelly at Phone 457-2058 to view

NEW PRIGE










“It is our hope that
the Ministry of
Tourism and the
organisers of these
types of events would
make a concerted
effort to communi-
cate our country’s
societal and cultural
norms regarding
homosexual conduct,
especially in public
places.”
ESS)

Cindy Brown, Miami Gay
Pride operations director,
claims the only way to affect a
change in public perception
of homosexuals was to “allow
them to see who we really
are”.

While the Evangelical Pas-
tors maintain their intent is
not to discourage any indi-
vidual from visiting the
Bahamas, they feel it is imper-
ative that visiting persons are
not allowed to mock the
country’s values and ideals by
“openly flaunting” contrary
social behaviour.

A statement said: “It is our
hope that the Ministry of
Tourism and the organisers
of these types of events would
make a concerted effort to
communicate our country’s
societal and cultural norms
regarding homosexual con-
duct, especially in public
places.”

The pastors maintained
that they were in no way a
hate group, but instead seek
means to “ prayerfully, law-
fully, and lovingly” prevent
the Bahamas from ‘falling
prey’ to the evolving global
mentality towards homosexu-
ality as a legitamate and
acceptable lifestyle.



THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS BY THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE

Threat of further
delay to Elizabeth
by-election result

By AVA TURNQUEST

PRELIMINARY objections
by a third party candidate
threatens to delay the final
result of the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion even further.

Workers’ Party leader Rod-
ney Moncur believes there
could be a possible conflict of
interest concerning one of the
election court judges, Senior
Justice Anita Allen.

Mr Moncur claims Justice
Allen’s husband Algernon cam-
paigned on behalf of the PLP in
the lead-up to the by-election.
He now plans to pen a formal
complaint to Chief Justice
Michael Barnett.

However, FNM candidate Dr
Duane Sands hit back by claim-
ing Mr Moncur had blown the

Four taken to hospital
with knife wounds

FOUR people were taken
to hospital with knife wounds
sustained during stabbing
attacks over the weekend.

There were two attacks on
Saturday and Sunday, with
attacks occurring within an
hour of each other on both
days.

On Sunday, around
11.45am, police responded to
Scott and West streets where
it is alleged that two brothers,
aged 22 and 19, got into an
argument that resulted in the
19 year old being stabbed in
the back.

Less than 30 minutes prior,
police were at Walnut Street,
Pinewood Gardens, where a
man got into an altercation
with another man whom
police allege was known to
him. The victim was subse-
quently stabbed in the upper
back and was taken to the
hospital by emergency ser-
vices where he is in serious
condition. Police have taken
into custody a 22-year-old
man of McKinney Drive,
Carmichael Road, in connec-
tion with this matter.

On Saturday, around 2.12
pm, police received informa-
tion of a stabbing at Millenni-
um Gardens. Officers were
told a man got into an alterca-
tion with two other men,
which resulted in him being
stabbed to the stomach.

The victim was taken to
hospital where he is in seri-
ous condition.

Police are also investigat-
ing a stabbing in which a
woman received multiple
knife wounds. The incident
occurred at around 1.22pm on
Saturday at Roberto Drive,
off Robinson Road.

According to reports, a
woman got into an altercation
with a man known to her
which resulted in her being
“stabbed multiple times about
the body”. The victim was
taken to hospital where she
was treated and later allowed
home.

Police are questioning a 34-
year-old resident of
Carmichael Road.

COMPLETE
ALARM SYSTEM
Meta Oia

, noe
www.dragonshield.net



RODNEY MONCUR

situation out of all proportion,
and he urged the public to have
faith in the justice system.

Dr Sands added: “We need
to understand that the people
who hold positions in our jus-
tice system were appointed for
their expertise and integrity.”

Mr Allen could not be con-
tacted for comment last night.

However, PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts denied Mr
Allen had any involvement.

He said: “I did not see Mr
Allen anywhere near our cam-
paign.”

By-election contenders are
expected to appear before the
Supreme Court on Thursday
for a hearing date to be set.
While all parties expressed a
desire to resolve the election
dispute quickly, this latest
obstacle could prolong pro-
ceedings.

The election court was called
by Ryan Pinder (PLP) who
gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands’
1,501. Mr Pinder is challenging
that five protest votes that were
cast in his favour should be
counted, thus making him the
elected MP for Elizabeth.






































a)
eT
Net

DEVASTATED: Charred
debris after the fire at a
building on Shirley Street
on Saturday night.




Felipé Major/Tribune staff

STC CeO!



THE body of a man burned
beyond recognition was found in
a building ravaged by fire on
Saturday night.

Police first received a report
about the blaze at a structure on
Shirley Street, directly opposite
the Ebenezer Methodist Church,
at around 8.50pm.

Fire Services responded and
found the southeastern section
of a multi-purpose single-storey,
stone structure engulfed in
flames. The building was exten-
sively damaged, and on comple-
tion of extinguishing the blaze
officers discovered the body of a
man. The building appears to
have been used as small efficien-
cy apartment.

Among the wreckage there
were the remains of a bed, tables
and other furniture.

The bathroom area, however,
remained intact.

It is not known how the blaze
started and the identity of the
man has yet to be established,
but police investigations are con-
tinuing.

PT

Pitman Certificate Course

A

TS

all SU

ee ely

rT footed Re $299 vg
$399 m

Madeira
Location

NM Upholstery









Lae a Pe OT

50-75%,

Wee dar eae ed
Rugs * Notions * Curtains
Photo & Scrapbook Albums

eMC ma leleectey



Ca

Madeira St. [242] 325-8233 * Robinson Rd.[242] 322-3080




























TOSHIBA

Leading Innovation >>>

aE EES

Micronet TECHNOLOGY

va.

3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed
1 pc Dresser

1 pc Mirror

2 pc Nightstands

1 pc 5 Drawer Chest

$3,730
$3,940

Queen 8-Pc Set
«King_8 PeSet

Check us out!

5B MADEIRA STREET, PALMDALE = 242.328 3040 » WWW MICRONET. BS





BOOK-KEEPING & ACCOUNTS

CLASS STARTS TODAY

CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED
EGR Mey tice MMI te gee Be Pas ee Pas]



CARPET, FURNITURE, MARBLE & TILE CARE

‘THe Moar THO eH Reon & CLAS Tse) Eee, ce THe kip @ PReR!
Baas UY PROPESHINAL, CERTIFIED SRE CAPE & LPR STRRY (WARE SST EMA

* Carpet, Upbolkeiery, Stone aed Marble Clearing &
Resteraion Speciakst

® Peach Clearong Syeiermes rermoers Deep & Heap
Soil, Bacteria, Crraee, Wakes oad Sune from
Carpeting & Poniivaire, revoring then 00 like mew
aia fraction of repbecement cra

® Carpet, Sofas, Lovescat, Chin, [iniag Char, Con,
Bows, Growl. Ties, Marble & Shoe
Porn, Wool & Sik Carpet Cleasing Specials

® Marble Polehing, Kietoriion & Lan
* Wood Ploor Rerwration

4mhonsed Atom lech Profecseal Centracior

CALL PROCHEM BAHAMAS
PHONE: 323-8083 -, 323-1594

CARY WE CAN D4) IT BAGHT!

* an ee poral wore oe

Ge dd Rale ee AE

PROCHEM SYSTEM cans

—

= al “a |

;-— a —- — -

Pi LTaET Ly

ee aces

FRO BM waite

PARIS LOVE
Sse

Galleria enn

The Mafl-at-Marnthea
BOX OFFICE (PENS AT (0-i AM TAD

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 26TH, 2010

mew | 10 | 425 [ wn | can | 025 | 05 |

cous nw] [ve [8 [os [ne
samme seat fen foam fe]

memes [ofan Tr [om [em
prewcvvceson iw | | nas | an | ts | 25 | |
prow rams wma uove | 10 | sa | am |. | 5 | on |
jepceoroananess | 100 | 325 | mk | an | oan | nas |
wecow ic | te | 3 | am | is | 90 | so |

reser werooon | 15 {as | an | cs | tn | |

este R Le ms!

Faewounon [vn [398 wa [oun [a0 | wns]
fasermesow [van [3a [wa [oon [+0 | me
reveracison——w [van [328 [wa [aos [5 | a
pe

Use your e-card bo reserve tickets al 360-3549 ar veil us al
waw, bahamaslocal.com

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM







PAGE 4, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, PO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

TELEPHONES
Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986
Advertising Manager - (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department - (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax: - (242) 328-2398

WEBSITE
www.tribune242.com — updated daily at 2pm

Disappearing reefs threaten marine life

WE WANT to thank our loyal readers
who from time to time send us news item
they think might interest us, but which we
might have missed.

In the past week we have received infor-
mation picked up on the BBC about the
lack of needed knowledge in the Caribbean
about the warning signs of an approaching
tsunami, and information from London’s
Mail Online about disappearing coral reefs.

The Mail article by David Derbyshire in
San Diego reports scientists as predicting
that the rising acid levels in the “seas and the
warmer ocean temperatures are wiping out
the spectacular reefs enjoyed by millions of
divers, tourists and wildlife lovers.

“The destruction would also be a disaster
for tropical fish and marine life which use
coral reefs as nurseries and feeding grounds,”
Mr Derbyshire wrote.

Dr Jacob Silverman from the Carnegie
Institution in Washington, was quoted as
saying that rising levels of carbon dioxide
in the atmosphere were making seas more
acidic.

And so, although scientists are disputing
whether global man-caused greenhouse gas
in the atmosphere is warming the climate,
there now is evidence that it is certainly
warming our seas, creating more acid, which
in turn is breaking up subterranean coral.

Dr Silverman’s studies have led him to
believe that reefs stop growing and start
breaking up when the amount of greenhouse
gas reaches twice its pre-industrial level.

He predicted that if present trends con-
tinue this could happen by the end of the
century.

“These ecosystems, which harbour the
highest diversity of marine life in the oceans,
may be severely reduced within less than
100 years,” he said.

Dr Silverman told the annual meeting of
the American Association for the Advance-
ment of Science in San Diego that reef-build-
ing corals are highly sensitive to the acidity
and temperature of the seawater in which
they grow.

To illustrate the article a dramatic photo-
graph was shown of a mass of dead coral,
bleached white. The photo was taken at
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, known for its
abundant marine life. Scientists believe that
rising levels of acid in the sea will kill these
reefs within a century.

If man does nothing to reverse this trend,
and if it continues at the present rate, anoth-
er source of man’s food will disappear.
Recently, there was the bee scare. Scientists
were alarmed at the rapidly decreasing

NEE

Prince Charles Drive

colony of bees. Without them there would be
no pollination, and without pollination man’s
food chain would collapse.

Recently, we saw a scientist showing a
Bahamian farmer how to care for tomato
plants. He told him that every day he should
stop at each plant and gently agitate the
branch with a flick of the finger. We asked
why. “Pollination,” he replied, “we have to
do the work of the bees, when there are no
bees.”

And so man’s fish supply is being threat-
ened, his meat supply is threatened — no
feed for the animals — and his plant supply
is threatened, while man still debates
whether it’s necessary to reduce industrial
carbon-dioxide emissions. So whichever way
we approach the problem, man is digging
his own grave. And don’t forget, the homes
of Bahamians sit atop coral reefs.

And now for the lack of knowledge in the
Caribbean to recognise an approaching
tsunami.

Dr Hermann Fritz, a civil engineering
professor from the Georgia Institute of Tech-
nology, and four Haitian colleagues trav-
elled around the coast of Haiti gathering
information about a tsunami that was trig-
gered by the 7.0 Port-au-Prince earthquake.

"This was a relatively small event," Dr
Fritz told BBC News. "Most of the fatalities
were due to the earthquake, but at least
three victims we know of survived the earth-
quake and were hit by the wave."

These three victims were a father and his
two young sons. They were standing close to
the shore in Petit Paradis, watching the wave
instead of heading for higher ground.

"And on the border [with the Dominican
Republic], fishermen were taking photos
and videos of the draw-down of the sea,"
he said.

This ominous draw-back in the water lev-
elis a classic sign that a big wave is approach-
ing.
Te demonstrated a lack of [tsunami] edu-
cation,” Dr Fritz said. "It was pure luck that
the misinformation did not kill more people
in this case."

And on Saturday before the all-clear was
called on the tsunami watch in Hawaii —
the result of the Chile earthquake — a CNN
announcer reporting from high ground drew
viewers attention to a lone figure on the
beach below watching as the ocean sucked
the sea from the beach. He was obviously a
tourist unaware that this was the first sign of
an approaching tsunami.

Instead of fleeing for high ground, he
stood and watched.



' *Your Ticket, Voucher &

hy

Cruise Centre*

/

a) Your only professional TRAVEL CONSULTANTS

in the East

b) We offer Airline Ticketing, domestic &

international to anywhere

c) We issue car Vouchers for all sizes by
Dollar-Thrifty-Alamo-Budget & Hertz
d) We offer Hotels through-out Florida and

worldwide

e) We offer Cruises on Carnival, Royal Caribbean

& Bahamas Celebration

f) Our Domestic Carriers are SouthernAir

Dress Shoes starting @

Ladies Jeans $19.99

Y Care’s

FASHION CENTER

A 2010 math
examination for
math teachers

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It is abundantly clear that
the Honourable Desmond
Bannister, Minister of Edu-
cation, is dealing at this
moment with some really big
problems. This includes the
formulation of a 10-year plan
to replace the Draft presented
at the 2009 Education Sum-
mit.

One always hesitates to
make unsolicited suggestions.
BUT there is a simple one
that could be helpful — the
addition of a Math Exam for
Math Teachers to the 2010
academic testing calendar.
The logic of this proposal is as
follows:

The videos “Academic Fail-
ure & The Skills Gap”

(HYPERLINK

“http:/Avww.vimeo.com/66290
6'http://www.vimeo.com/662906
) and “Teachers Also Count”

(HYPERLINK

"http:/Avww.vimeo.com/73543
61 "http:/Avww.vimeo.com/73543
61) deal with the known aca-
demic failure of students in
the Public Schools— particu-
larly in mathematics.

Now there may be as many
as 700 teachers teaching
mathematics; but what do we
know about them? Accord-
ing to the second video —

“There is a complete
absence of publicly available
data on what teachers know
and can do. However, the
high student failure and illit-

LETTERS

letters@tripbunemedia.net



eracy rates (measures of what
students know and can do)
strongly suggest that the aver-
age public school teacher is
ineffective.” Therefore, there
appears to be a hidden critical
mathematics skills shortage in
the Public School teaching
corps.

In this regard one should
note that the UK apparently
has a similar mathematics
learning crisis, a crisis report-
ed by HYPERLINK
"http:/Awww.telegraph.co.uk/j
ournalists/julie-henry/" Julie
Henry, the Education Corre-
spondent for the London
Telegraph ( HYPERLINK
"http:/Awww.telegraph.co.uk/j
ournalists/julie-henry/"
www.telegraph.co.uk/jour-
nalists/julie-henry/).

“Primary school teachers
have such a poor grasp of
basic maths that they strug-
gle to solve sums that 11 year
olds should be able to answer.
Only four out of 10 teachers
could work out that 2.1 per
cent of 400 is 8.4. A test of
simple maths skills taken by
teachers from schools across
the country has revealed a
“shocking” lack of mental
arithmetic ability and basic
maths knowledge.

“A generation of teachers
did not fully understand the
subject. Our obsession with
generic teaching skills has
crowded out time in which we
could be making sure that
people actually have the basic
content and knowledge of
content that they need...Prob-
ably more than half of them
know so little maths that they
cannot be conveying mathe-
matics to their children in the
classroom.”

This suggests that getting
such data on the Bahamas, if
it is not now available, could
be a good starting point for
reform in math teaching
instruction. A 2010 Math
Exam for Math Teachers
would differ from the BGCSE
Exam for Students in one
important respect, the addi-
tion of a section where each
teacher lists the math courses
taken in their secondary and
tertiary education.

The results could lend great
substance and support to the
Minister, the Department of
Education, itself, and Parlia-
ment to the reforms contained
in a revised 2009 10-Year
Plan.

This seems like a logical
first step to cure the basic-
math skills shortage.

RALPH J MASSEY
Nassau,
February 22, 2010.

What shall we do when Govt
watches its society in peril?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In response to the article in last Satur-
day’s paper entitled “Contradictions of The
Government,” I am in total agreement. Like
Mr Obediah Smith said, in a country claim-
ing to be so “cutting edge” and “with it”, we
as Bahamian citizens are faced with tremen-
dous hardships and annoyances.

Simple social nuisances plague our lives on

a daily basis.

For example, the hundreds of motorcy-
cle riders that constantly travel through res-
idential areas, exceeding the speed limits at
decibels an ENT Specialist would only term
“deafening”, not to mention, without hel-

mets.

I can recall when my daughter was born
last year, her being startled and awoken at
least twice to three times nightly by the loud,
malfunctioning noises made by these preva-
lent 650 dirt bikes. This is absolutely absurd!

Without surprise, traffic police casually
pass by, seemingly oblivious to the fact that

eyes.

laws are being violated before their very

We are a nation thriving off our Tourism
Industry. When I encounter foreigners and
begin a conversation, they reveal their level
of shock and frustration that this is the norm
for us and that nothing is being done or will
be done in the foreseeable future about

enforcing law and order. How sensitive or

insensitive is our government to allow us to
endure such atrocities in a city that is 21 x7
miles? I am almost certain that there is
something contradictory going on regard-
ing our government actions and response

toward the very dilemmas that will/can crip-

Then there are the infamous jitney dri-

vers who continuously endanger passengers
and other motorists’ lives by racing and dri-

ving ever so recklessly.

$14.99

Ladies Scrubs for Vets, Nurses, Babysitter

9519.99 2 for 530.00

40% - 50% Off Selected Ladies Tops
25% Off Children’s Clothing

@ FREECARD

Find any four matching rurbers

WesternAir, Sky Bahamas & Bahamasair

g) PLAN SMART you next trip, by calling

Our experienced, knowledgeable and friendly

Agents who are at you service,

DU Ae

| OPEN FROM 9A.M. - 5:30P.M.

and von a FREE card of same value

Fi

Phones lor $59.99

iE.

Wednesdays double day find winning card, gat double ihe earn

Tm tE Ta
EPFL

ae
RPL OT OE

value 55 tor $10, $10 for $20 ete.

Bahama Avenue
EMEC SEE



Nassau,

ple our economy and harm our citizens.

What shall we do as a nation to protect
ourselves when the government sits so
relaxed and watches its own society in per-
il? Surely, something must be done.

SUELLYN SMITH

February, 2010.

Ways to combat crime

EDITOR, The Tribune.



Ican enumerate the serious crimes that have directly impact-
ed many persons I know within the last 60 days, but I am
reluctant as it might engender more fear. Suffice it to say that
I, like you, no doubt, am wondering: when will our govern-
ment’s resolve to deal with crime match or exceed that of ban-
dits’ determination to cause us harm?

I believe we can demonstrate our seriousness to curb the
scourge of crime by doing the following five things within the

next 45 days:

1) Amend the firearms act to require 25 years mandatory sen-

tence for unlicensed firearm.

2) Amend the dangerous drugs act to require life sentence for
drug trafficking with no eligibility for parole.

3) Institute mandatory 15 years sentencing for house break-
ing with eligibility for parole after three years based on evidence
of rehabilitation and skills training.

4) Double the number of lawyers in the Office of the Attor-

ney General.

5) Increase the number of Supreme Court and Appellate
Court judges by an aggregate of 25.

Would instituting the foregoing cost taxpayers money? At
least $10 million annually, less than $8 per month for each
taxpayer. I would argue that that is a low price to pay for a life

and reduced anxiety.

Of course this is just the beginning, but we need to start
somewhere. What are we waiting for?

LYNDEN NAIRN
Nassau,
February 22, 2010.

WAREHOUSE SALE

15kw. Diesel Generator, Store Fixture’s & Fittings, Slat-wall,
Work Overall's $5.00, Blank CD's, Blank ID Cards, White Schq
Shirts $1-5, Long Sleeve Shirts, Men’s Jeans Size 50, Office L
Stand Fan's, Shade Stand, 2 & 4 Arm Rack’s, Full Length Mirrg
Asst. Glass Shelves, Rivet Rite Shelving. Maderia Shopping C
behind Mystical Gym. At gym take first left, first stairs on left.

Contact 465-8648





THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 5



A life.



=

DR PAUL ALBURY gave
the annual Discovery Day
speech for 25 years at the
East Nassau Rotary Club.



dedicated to

Bahamian history

By AVA TURNQUEST
aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

IT CAN be argued that
without accurate knowledge of
the past, an individual is ill-
equipped for the future.

This week’s Unsung Hero
dedicated his life not only to
the preservation of, but the
thorough documentation of
Bahamian history.

Paul Albury was born in
Harbour Island in the early
1920s and led a culturally rich
and philanthropic life. Presi-
dent of the Bahamas Histori-
cal Society Jim Lawlor met with
East Nassau Rotarians last
week to share the life of his
father-in-law, one of the organ-
isation’s founding members and
renowned Bahamian historian.

“Tf he had lived in a different
time he would have received
more acknowledgment,” Mr
Lawlor explained of the histo-
rian’s minimal public recogni-
tion despite numerous contri-
butions. His only honour was
his appointment within the
Rotary International organisa-
tion as a Paul P Harris Fellow
in 1980.

Highlighting his critical
involvement in the founding of
the Rotary Club of Nassau —
and shortly after the Rotary
Club of East Nassau — Mr
Lawlor provided a pictorial
timeline of the historian’s life
and his contributions to the
Bahamian historical, social and
political landscape.

Sir Lynden Pindling said of
him: “Since East Nassau Rotary
Club was incorporated seven-
teen years ago, the podium at
each Discovery Day meeting
has been occupied by our
revered Dr Paul — Fellow and
Historian — who unfailingly
has delighted us with his wis-
dom, wit and wealth of knowl-
edge of the Bahamian scene.”

Dr Albury was instrumen-
tal in improving race relations
in the early 1960s through his
political and philanthropic
efforts as a member of the UBP
and Rotary International.

In his Rotary Club of East

CHINA



HEROES

PRIDE OF THE BAHAMAS



Nassau presidential acceptance
speech, he said: “Throughout
the world today there is a con-
tinuous flow of suggestions as
how best to improve relations
between the races. Today, I
would like to offer a very sim-
ple solution — a solution that is
in full accord with the Rotary
idea. Let us endeavour to drop
the sophisticated approach, let
us approach the matter in an
almost childlike manner. Let us
get to know each other — that
is the crux of the matter — to
get to know each other.”

As an educator he has
taught at the Harbour Island
All Age School, St Andrew’s
International School and the
College of the Bahamas. As an
historian, he is best remem-
bered as the President of the
Bahamas Historical Society. A
founding member, he published
two history books in his life-
time.

Familiar to all Bahamians,
his first book, “The Story of the
Bahamas” has been used
nationally as curriculum text
for the Bahamas Junior Cer-
tificate since the early 90s. His
second book, which has since
been updated by Mr Lawlor
and his wife, “The Paradise
Island Story”, chronicles the
transformation of early Nassau
from the 18th century until
2004.

In The Harbour Island Sto-
ry, the Lawlors realised Dr



Albury’s passion and love for
Harbour Island and his dedica-
tion to preserving its rich histo-
ry. Mr Lawlor is currently seek-
ing funding to publish a biog-
raphy of Paul Albury’s life.

“He was very charismatic,
and he passed on to me his
enthusiasm and passion for his-
tory. I have the full book writ-
ten,” Mr Lawlor mused, “but
not the financial means to pub-
lish it.”

Paul Albury died in 1987,
just five days before the
Bahamas Historical Society
building was opened, a project
to which he devoted much of
his time and energy.

The Bahamas Historical
Society is a non-profit cultural
and educational organisation
dedicated to stimulating interest
in Bahamian History. Located
on Shirley Street and Elizabeth
Avenue, the society maintains a
voluntary museum that seeks
to collect and preserve historic
Bahamian materials.

Interested person can visit
www.bahamshistoricalsoci-
ety.com for more information.

eee
sy

a ti)
PHONE: 822-2157



JUST WEST OF CITY MARKET, TONIQUE DARLING HIGHWAY

a ee a he ee id



WW
Ogoern Payment

for Government Workers

Mae eA MRO ie le tL
eet mel meee ee
eee ee eel cme)

SHH HI!

H

to arrive...
gael,

7

MONTHLY

PAYMENTS
STARTING AS LOW

$280

TEL: (242) 341-0449 + (242) 341-2249 + FAX: (242) 361-1136
Visit our Website: www.autohl.com



PUSHIN’ DA ENVELO
By Jamaal Rolle

Orange
Black
Brown

Silver
White
Turquoise

Royal Blue

| akerh

Rosetta St.

+ Ph: 325-3336



TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM



PAGE 6, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

LOCAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



Physically Challenged Children’s Committee raffle.

THE winners of the Physically Chal-
lenged Children's Committee raffle, which
was held in December at Kelly’s Home
Centre, Marathon Mall, have been
announced:

1st Prize: A Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback
was won by Tiffany Ferguson of Elizabeth
Estates, ticket number 00474

2nd Prize: A cruise (donated by Arawak
Homes and Freeport Oil Co.) was won by
Candince Turnquest of Nicholl's Town,
Andros, ticket number 12976.

3rd Prize: A gift certificate donated by
Royal Star Assurance was won by Laine }
Lee Johnson of West Bay Street, ticket }

number 02207.

Ath Prize: A gift certificate donated by
Bahamas First General Insurance was won ;
by Mary Maynard of South Ocean, ticket }

number 12803.

5th Prize: A gift certificate donated by
British American Financial was won Ama- }
liko Carroll of West Avenue, Carmichael ;

Road, ticket number 04229.

EMR Teacher
trial postponed

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The trial of music teacher
Edward Buchanan, who is accused of inde-
cently assaulting a student at Eight Mile
Rock High School, has been postponed to
April 29.

Buchanan appeared in the Eight Mile
Rock Magistrate’s Court on Thursday with
his attorney Murrio Ducille for trial, but
they were informed that the case had been
postponed to April.

The 56-year-old is one of three teachers
who have been removed from the school
following complaints of alleged sexual mis-
conduct with students.

He was charged on October 22 with inde-
cent assault.

Attorney Calvin Seymour represented
Buchanan at his arraignment.

It is alleged that Buchanan indecently
assaulted a 14-year-old female student at
the school in September of 2008.

He was not required to enter a plea to the
charge and was granted $5,000 bail with
one surety.

yYOuR CONNFCTONeTO THE WORBLO

PUBLIC NOTICE
SMS Platform System Upgrade

By MIKE LIGHTBOURN the appearance of your property at

little cost, thus improving the appear-

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
(BTC) would like to advise the general public that
a new text messaging platform will be installed on
Tuesday, March 2nd between the hours of 12am

and 6am.

The installation will

able and robust system.

Therefore, SMS(Text Message) service will be dis-
rupted due to the upgrade. As a result, subscrib-
ers may experience delays in sending and receiv-

ing text messages.

When a homeowner repeatedly
defaults on their mortgage, they
face the option of foreclosure. Fore-
closure can be devastating, both
emotionally and financially.

Regrettably, nearly seven out of
ten homeowners in the US proceed
through foreclosure without ever
listing their home for sale. Although
we do not have local statistics, we
can assume the pattern is similar
here. This is due largely to per-
ceived myths about the process, and
we need to put one of these mis-
conceptions to rest.

If you list your home for sale with
a licensed Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA) agent, the property will
be marketed properly with exposure in both
the print media, online, and by other means,
provided it’s priced at market value.

The seasoned broker will be able to advise
you on the steps you need to take to improve



ance and obtaining the best possible
price for you.

Homeowners believe there is a
stigma attached to having their
homes appear in foreclosure notices.
This can be avoided by working with
your BREA broker and listing your
home exclusively with the broker.

Homeowners often assume that
there’s not enough time to close on a
sale before the bank advertises the
foreclosure. Not true — banks are
often happy to have a qualified bro-
ker involved in the process. Check
with your loan officer!

If the bank is kept informed and
briefed regularly on the marketing
plan and response from purchasers, and agrees
on the asking price, they are often happy to let
the broker go to work for them.

Foreclosure is a lengthy process and there is
time to negotiate a better result, but you need
to start today.

Technicians will work to ensure that disruption in
service is kept at a minimum.

www.btcbahamas.com « www.facebook.com/mybte

DOWNTOWN

ASSAU

PARTNERSHIP

ourner-

ouglass (_ollege

“Bri a ge ing OUppor fantly fo the ¢ Commun ity’

Position Available

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

Planning on becoming a
School Guidance Counselor
or Community Counselor?

THEN REGISTER ie OW

FOR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN:

All candidates must possess the following:

« Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

* Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals

«A demonstrated record of superior managerial and administrative skills
* Ability to utilize technology to maximize performance

« General understanding of business operations

« Intense desire to be part of a major transformation of the City of Nassau

Psychology
.. Counseling

Fully accredited comprehensive, research-based program.
Experienced, qualified Instructors and mentors.

Emphasis on multicultural issues and diversity.
Supervised, field-based practicum. 1
Convenient payment plan.

Exceptional administrative skills are required for:

* Oversight of day-to-day operations

* Coordination and accounting for all meetings

« Maintenance of all financial records (accounts payables and receivables)
* Bank reconciliation and preparation of periodic financial reports

* Organising and maintaining project databases, records and files

* Supervision of project employees

« Administrative coordination with consultants as required

«Administrative support as necessary to the Managing Director

The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) is a public-private
sector organisation charged with the revitalization of Nassau.

Bachelor - level Degree

+ Public Riminigtezica
- Secondary Education
* Administration & Management
~ Early Childhood Educabon
* Human Resources Management
- Psychology & Counselling
* Accounting
- Business Administration
+" Information Systems Administration

Wasters Degree ‘
« Applied Social Sciences with concentrations ir
Public Administration, Urban Education (Reading)

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:

Downtown Nassau Partnership
Market Street (North)
PO Box N-8834
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 242-323-2998
Email: info@downtownnassau. org

Cries al pe eT

REGISTER TODAY! PAYROLL DEDUCTION NOW AVAILABLE FOR GOVERNMENT WORKERS!!!

Applications should be received by Monday, March 8, 2010.
Only applicants who have been short-listed will be contacted.

eC Pers C Oni he en eile)
eee er PotD
Email: sojouwmerdouglassnassauépmail_com

Fite mes Mets
ec ee
Nassau, AP, The Bahamas

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM

www.sdc.edu





THE TRIBUNE



MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 7

LOCAL NEWS



USCS TTC
AEST LC ee LU)

THE majority of smouldering fires at
the city dump could be extinguished by

tomorrow following an extensive “doz-
ing and dousing” operation over the

weekend.

Following weeks of fires and heavy,
toxic smoke development, residents in
the vicinity of the landfill off Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway may soon be
able to breathe clean air again.

Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Envi-
ronment, said that half of the combustible

material had now been cleared.

The emergency operation, which is
costing the Government nearly $500,000,
uses heavy machinery to “scrape” areas

where fires are burning under the piles

garbage.

The smouldering material is then
doused with water and covered with fill.

The undertaking is a 10-hour-a-day
exercise involving four excavators, four
bulldozers, two water trucks, four water
pumps and 14,000 cubic yards of fill.



Electoral reform
back on the agenda

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

DESPITE pleas by senior
justices to make electoral
reform a priority after the
2007 general election, the gov-
erning Free National Move-
ment and opposition Pro-
gressive Liberal Party have
failed in their responsibilities,
according to the National
Development Party (NDP).

This failure has resulted in
the courts having to intervene
once again to settle a parlia-
mentary election, in the case
of the Elizabeth by-election,
and the clock is ticking with
the general election expected
to be just around the corner.

“(The failures) underscore
the prevailing view that our
political leaders have no plan
for our national development,
and therefore continue to
address national issues with a
reactive, rather than a proac-
tive approach,” said Andre
Rollins, NDP executive coun-
cil chairman.

The NDP is proposing a set
of electoral reforms, includ-
ing establishing a fixed date
for all general elections, mak-
ing it mandatory for voter reg-
isters to be updated every
year, and making it illegal for
any candidate, sitting mem-
ber of the House of Assembly
or cabinet minister to serve
as a poll worker during an
election or party agent dur-
ing the recount process.

The latter proposal was the
source of most contention
during the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion. The PLP claimed the
electoral system worked
against their candidate Ryan
Pinder, because of political
interference on the part of the
government. Party leader,
Perry Christie, said the FNM
displayed a grave an abuse of
power by involving govern-
ment ministers in the electoral
process.

Bradley Roberts, PLP
chairman, said his personal
view was that cabinet minis-
ters should not be on the lines
of the polling station unless
it is in the constituency they
represent. He believed the
same should apply in the case
of an election recount. These
are conditions he would sup-
port in the case of electoral
reform.

The PLP put forward a
platform for electoral review
years ago, but Mr Roberts
could not readily recall the
details or when they were pre-
sented.

Duane Sands, FNM candi-
date for Elizabeth, said it is
the conduct of public officials
that determine whether a con-
flict of interest is in play, not
necessarily their status. He
said he did not observe any

The Tribune wants to
hear from people who
are making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for
a good cause,
campaigning for
improvements in the area
or have won an award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.



DR. ANDRE ROLLINS



“We take liberty with
accusations about peo-
ples’ characters, their
families and smile and
say that is politics.”



DUANE SANDS

intimidation of voters or elec-
tion officials during the Eliz-
abeth by-election.

Hyperbole

Mr Sands said the claims of
the PLP would be very seri-
ous if they were true. He said
politicians are prone to hyper-
bole and embellishment that
can be disruptive and danger-
ous. “Bear in mind this is a
criticism being levied by a
political organisation. They
are prone to create political
mischief. If it is to be deter-
mined whether there as
indeed a conflict, who adju-
dicates that determination?
Who is the objective observ-
er? As they say, the truth shall
set you free. I was there and I
certainly did not see any
abuse, but now you can ques-
tion my objectivity,” he said.

Mr Roberts also questioned
who would be an objective
arbitrator of what is hyper-
bole. He said it was a matter
for the person consuming the
information to determine
“what makes sense and what
is foolishness”. He said the
media had a role to play in
figuring out if politicians were
lying or telling the truth.

“That is where the Fourth
Estate comes in. In the US,
when you have a politician
that makes statements like
that they take them to task,



The

Rea



went





DUANE SANDS

but not here. In the US they
will play them over and over
again. They have things like
the CNN Truth Squad,” said
Mr Roberts.

The only way to solve the
problem of political wran-
gling, according to Mr Sands,
is to have a change in political
culture, not just electoral
reform.

“We take liberty with accu-
sations about peoples’ char-
acters, their families and smile
and say that is politics,” said
Mr Sands, who said he was
baselessly accused by candi-
date Rodney Moncur of vio-
lating the constitution.

He said the returning offi-
cer, Jack Thompson, was
attacked in a vicious Internet
article, when he “is probably
one of the civil servants we
should be most proud of in
this country.”

“When we descend to start
making comments as strong
as those that have been made,
while those who make them
may understand they are
benign and made for political
purposes, some of our people
may not and they may believe
the persons to whom those
accusations are made are
actually horrible people and
the consequences can be
tremendous,” he said.

On the matter of political
culture, Mr Roberts said:
“That is a factor all around
the world as a part of human
beings. Some of them go off
to extremes: how do you con-
trol that? That is like trying to
control a man’s eye sight:
where he can look and where
he can see; you can’t do that.
In any extremes people make
that are against the law, you
have laws of defamation that
are there.”

| DEA

FACTORY UNLOCKED iPhone 3G{5)

Felipe Major/Tribune staff

er

IN THIS FILE PHOTO, firemen tackle the smouldering

KIDZ CITY

BIG SALE

15% OFF STOREWIDE
10% OFF WITH CREDIT CARD

15% Off Shoes, Socks, Hair Accessories, Christening
Suits, Under Clothing & Boys Linen Suits.

Sale Starts

Thursday February 26th - Saturday March 6th

Montrose Avenue and Oxford Street
(2 doors North of Multi-Discount)
P.O. Box N-1552, Nassau, Bahamas

Phone: 323-3460
Monday - Friday - 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday - 9AM - 5PM

=

JAGUARâ„¢

+

PREMIER AUTO SALES & SERVICE

Sole Authorized Land Rover & Jaguar Dealer in the Bahamas

Harold Road & Knowles Drive
By Appointment Only
To Book Your Appointment Call: 767-0000

§ 99.95 ~ Introductory Service Special

Oil Change with New Filter
Under Hood Inspection
Under Chassis Inspection
Check Brakes

Top Of All Fluids

Car Wash

Certified technicians to service and maintain your:
Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Rolls

Royce, and Ferrari

“EXCLUSIVITY HAS ITS REWARDS"








@ we’ve got it

Custom

COMPUTERS LIMITED

4 Stores at Cable Beach & East Bay St »
Sales: 242.396.1100 © Service: 242.396.1115

www. CUStomcomputers. bs
solutions @customcomputers.bs

1668 & 3268

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM







Earn Your Degree at Daytona State Col lege,
in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Apply for admission on Tuesday, March 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, One Bay St., Nassau.

Download required documents at www.daytonastate.edu/admissions/bahamas/
and bring them with you on March 9,
cam your Associate of Arts'University Transfer degree, or study Hospitality and Culina

Management, Computer Science, Business Administration, Allied Health, Aut i Service
Management Technology and much mare!

* Close to home * Expert faculty * Personal attention
* Scholarships available!




































lw
a
* State-of-the-art facilities 2

Experience what it’s like to be a college student living in the heart of Daytona Beach, Florida -
ihe World’s Most Famous Beach!

Enjoy varsity sports, student activities and cultural events. Make lifelong friendships with
American and fellow international students from all over the world. ; i

www.DaytonaState.edu

Oe ed a

The buffet restaurant Seagrapes is back with a fun modern
look but the same great family feel! So come and watch
delicious entrees come to life at our live-action cooking

stations while relaxing in our new dining room!

Adult Child
Breakfast 7:00am -12noon $23 $13
Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm $40 $20
Sunday Brunch 12noon - 3:00pm $29 $14

Dise DAELGE de

Having a family reunion? Want to dine after church?
Or eat with your fellow club members?
Then call now and ask about our great Group Rates!

For more information call 363.2000 ext 63401/4.

ATLANTIS

- PARADISE ISLAND,





PAGE 8, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

LOCAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



To OAS or not

BY SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a Consultant
and former Caribbean diplo-
mat)

t a meeting

of leaders of

Latin

America
and the Caribbean on Feb-
ruary 23, Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM) gov-
ernments supported a joint
“Declaration on (the) Falk-
lands Islands Issue.”

The Declaration “con-
firmed their support of
Argentina’s legitimate rights
in the sovereignty dispute
with the United Kingdom
over the Falkland Islands
Issue,” and recalled “region-
al interest in having the gov-
ernments of Argentina and
the United Kingdom resume
negotiations to find a fair,
peaceful and definitive solu-
tion to the dispute over the
sovereignty” of the Falk-
lands/Malvinas islands.
They went further to call on
the European Union (EU)
countries to amend their
charter to remove the Falk-
land Islands from the list of
overseas territories associ-
ated with the EU.

The support of Latin
American countries for
Argentina in this matter is
quite understandable. They
have links of language, cul-
ture, history and proximity
that go back centuries.

But the support of CARI-
COM countries for Argenti-
na’s “legitimate rights” is
puzzling. Both the UK and
Argentina have claimed the
Falklands/Malvinas for
almost two hundred years.
So what now makes
Argentina’s rights more
“legitimate” than Britain’s?





SIR RONALD SANDERS

And, why call for “negotia-
tions” between Argentina
and Britain to find “a fair
peaceful and definitive solu-
tion” to the dispute if it has
already been decided that
Argentina’s rights are “legit-
imate”?

Unless there is something
they have not made public,
this position by Caribbean
governments appears on the
surface to run counter to
their own national interests.

Right

The Caribbean has
always strongly supported a
people’s right to self-deter-
mination. It is in fulfilment
of their own right to self-
determination that
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries are
independent states. In this
regard, since the people of
the Falklands/Malvinas have
consistently and over-
whelmingly chosen to be
British, Caribbean govern-
ments would certainly not
argue that the manifest wish
of the people of the Falk-
lands/Malvinas should be
ignored, particularly since

ight

Britain has exercised de fac-
to sovereignty over the
islands continuously since
1833.

The national interests of
twelve of the fourteen inde-
pendent CARICOM coun-
tries are much more bound-
up with Britain than they are
with Argentina. CARI-
COM’s trade with Britain
far exceeds trade with
Argentina; investment in
CARICOM countries from
Britain is much greater than
any investment from
Argentina; official develop-
ment assistance from Britain
to CARICOM countries
directly and indirectly
(through the European
Union and the Common-
wealth for instance) is much
larger than any assistance
from Argentina; the num-
ber of tourists from Britain
to CARICOM countries is
considerably greater than
from Argentina; and far
more CARICOM nationals
live, work and study in
Britain than in Argentina.

What appears to have
triggered this discussion at
the 33-nations Cancun meet-
ing is the fact that a British
oil exploration company,
Desire Petroleum Plc,
announced that it had start-
ed drilling for oil 60 miles
(100 kilometers) north of
the Falklands/Malvinas.
Argentina objects to this
development.

In giving support to
Argentina, CARICOM

SEE page nine

KINGSWAY ACADEMY
SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Kingsway Academy, a leading Bahamian (K-12) school with a

reputation for excellence in academics,

athletics and the arts;

a commitment to Christian values; and a strong tradition of
public service, is inviting applicants for 2 (two) prestigious
3-year scholarships for students entering Grade 10 in

September 2010.

(A) The Grace Tatham Kemp Scholarship

Named in honour of Kingsway’s founder,
Mrs. Grace Tatham Kemp. This scholarship is for a well-rounded
student with proven, strong academic performance.

(B) The Ned Wallace Sports Scholarship

Named in honour of one of Kingsway’s earliest building
contractors and a former member of the Board, Mr. Ned Wallace.
This scholarship is for a well-rounded student with proven,
strong academic and sports performance.

Interested students should submit the following application

package:

¢ Completed Kingsway High School Application Form
(available at the Kingsway High School Office or may be
e-mailed upon request).
Recommendation letter from your school’s Principal.
Recommendation letter from your school’s Coach if applying
for the sports scholarship.
Personal statement sharing your school, church and
community involvement, as well as your plans for the future.
Transcript of your last 3 (three) academic years
(Grades 7, 8 and 9 to date). Transcripts will only be
considered valid if they are submitted in your school’s
sealed envelop with your school’s stamp or seal.

Note:

Short-listed candidates will be

invited to sit the

scholarship examination and appear at an interview.

Deadline:

Complete application package should be

submitted by 4:00 p.m. at the High School Office no later

than Monda

March 1*, 2010

“Enter to be Trained in the King’s Way.
Exit to be the Difference.”

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM



THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 9



LOCAL NEWS



to OAS: That is the question

FROM page eight

countries run the risk of
compromising their own
interest. For instance, where
would they stand if
Venezuela objected to oil
exploration off part of
Guyana, despite long-stand-
ing international arbitrations
and agreements confirming
Guyana’s title? Also, where
would these countries stand
if Venezuela objected to oil
explorations that might be
granted by some of them
near Aves Island/Bird Rock
to which Venezuela lays a
claim? In the case of Belize
where Guatemala claims the
entire country, the same
argument applies.

Grouping

Then we come to the
matter of the creation of a
grouping of these 33 coun-
tries that excludes Canada
and the United States. Some
of the Latin American lead-
ers — in particular those with
a strong anti-American posi-
tion — proclaimed to the
media that this new group-
ing should replace the Orga-
nization of American States
(OAS).

Well, replacing the OAS
is simply in no country’s
interest — not even those
with the most rabid anti-
American governments.
There has to be a forum in
the Hemisphere where all
its countries are represented
and where discussions can
take place at all levels of
government and on all
issues. And that organiza-
tion is clearly the already
well-established OAS. In
this regard, Cuba should
return to the Organization
and the exclusion of the pre-
sent elected government of
Honduras should cease.



‘There is absolutely nothing
wrong with Latin American and
Caribbean countries establishing a
grouping that is not an alterna-
tive to the OAS, but is additional to

it.’



In any event, I suspect
that only a very few govern-
ments touted the idea of an
“alternative” organization
to the OAS and even fewer
would have supported it.
Certainly for CARICOM
countries, there is no other
organization in which they
can engage the US govern-
ment on a regular and sus-
tained basis at all levels.
That alone makes the OAS
worthwhile for them.

Further, CARICOM gov-
ernments greatly value their
relations with Canada which
has been an ally and part-
ner for generations in the
Hemisphere and in the
Commonwealth. They
would want deeper not dis-
tant relations with Canada.

There is absolutely noth-
ing wrong with Latin Amer-
ican and Caribbean coun-
tries establishing a grouping
that is not an alternative to
the OAS, but is additional
to it.

However, no one should
believe that it will be any-
thing more than an oppor-
tunity for dialogue at the
level of leaders. It will have
no secretariat and therefore
little means of implement-
ing decisions; decisions will
have to be made by consen-
sus, therefore no binding
decisions will be made; and,
in truth, the grouping is so
amorphous and made up of
countries at such different
levels of development and

with such differing interests
and ambitions, that its meet-
ings will be largely obliga-
tory and its decisions only
declaratory.

Welcomed

The Summit “Declaration
of Cancun” does have as
one of its objectives “the
coordination of regional
positions ahead of meetings
and conferences of global
reach... to project the
region and increase its influ-
ence.” This is to be wel-
comed provided that the
view of smaller Caribbean
islands are seriously consid-
ered and reflected by the
larger Latin American
states.

This brings us to the OAS
itself. The US government
should regard this move by
Latin American and
Caribbean countries to set
up a Hemispheric grouping,
which deliberately excludes
it, as a firm warning that its
neglect of Latin America
and the Caribbean’s devel-
opment needs and issues,
and its oftentimes casual dis-
missal of their positions is
not in the interest of the
United States. The authori-
ties in Washington need to
engage Latin American and
Caribbean countries as gen-
uine partners and neigh-
bours and a strengthened
and revitalized OAS is the
place to do so.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Recruiting Now for the April 2010 intake

— UK distance learning from —
RDI in Bahamas

World Class UK university qualifications from the world's leading provider

Student Testimonial

hie lnina
E4, Buona Management

Olan t Want to
nee learning bere aue

5 BTL
ck amd #@ é

Sill Business & Management tbop up, Ba

(Hons) Accountancy & Financial

v friends and collea
they fully support you bn ¥
programme of stucy ar
ane wery etfickent in the

mmunicatian.”

De ese oe oP |

BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMMES

« University of Wales - BA (ons) business

(lop wp

= University of Teeccide -

Psychology

specialisms in Marketing,
Finance, Banking
« University of Sunderland

BA (Hons)

Management itop up}

* University of Derby

BSc (Hons |

LLB, BSc (Hors)

Business Lomputing [top up

= Sheffield Hallarn Liniversity -

BSc (Hirns)

nternational Hospitality & Tourism

(lop wpe

Beem lds mae e ee iets)
EWU aed eee ee
low as US$231

# Develop your career while studying
Pm eat mea tema ces
eM et em eee
PUP Cite mam tie
Pur re mec etait

Featured Programme:
UNIVERSITY OF WALES MBA
ihe. me LO
complete in minimum of one year.
Cea el ey
ieee ee ee

Call 1 888 496 6173
(TOLL FREE) today,
(Occ oie te eel me ele

Aer R ee

aoe ed

Pee ee eo ee tLe ea

Et elt Be elle)
aot nM s a et

7 ema infomirdicaribbean.cam

« Higher National Diploma (entry to top up
Degrees through 2-year AND) in Bosiness
and Management, information
Technokegy, Travel and Toarisrri,
Marketing, Finance

MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMMES

«MBA - University of Bradford (ANBA,
EQHUIIS. accredited), University ot
Sunderland, University of Wales

a hiSe in Puldic Administration &
Development - University of Birmingham

ohSe¢ Mlarkering & Managenwn
of Bradford

a hiSe Finance, Accounting & Managemen -
University of Bradford

2 hiSe information Technology - University
of Teesside

2 hlSe Teleconmmmnunications - Birmingham

UR ar ity

City Unltarsiny
# helSe international Hospitality Managernerit
Shetield Hallam University
# Diploma in hlanagement - University of
Wales (pre-MBA for non-degres holders)
+ Certificate in Management

- Laniversiny of Wales

Se TIT ATT]
mihout
fencer ea



In this connection,
CARICOM — countries
should indicate their support
for the re-election on March
23 of the incumbent Secre-
tary-General, Jose Miguel
Insulza. His task over the
last five years in a fractious
organisation, which also
relies on consensus for deci-
sion-making, has not been
easy. But, he has tried to
introduce reforms and he
has been the most forceful
Secretary-General the OAS

Saturday,

has seen for a long time.
Additionally, he has been
very mindful of his obliga-
tions to his Caribbean mem-
ber states.

He has also taken on Hugo
Chavez over violations of
media freedom in
Venezuela and he has not
been afraid to point out
shortcomings by the US
government. To have
offended both these adver-
saries, he must have done
something right for the rest.

Over the next five and final
years as Secretary-General,
Insulza can be bold in giving
the OAS real direction in
reforming its mandate and
establishing it as a meaning-
ful forum for settling hemi-
spheric issues and advanc-
ing democracy, development
and human rights.
Responses and previous com-
mentaries at: www.sirronald-
sanders.com ronaldsanders.com/>

Night at the Acropolis

"THE HELLENIC BALL 2010

13th Miarch

Die Dmperial Ballroom, Atlantis, Paradise Island

S

' or
a
——=— =

4 oe ie
â„¢ =

kerzne

I : Dnimmnas

Break away from the ordinary
and discover how to experience
life to the fullest. The Isuzu

D-MAX is the ultimate

multi-purpose pick-up truck
Which enables you to drive
through tough roads and load
a variety of cargoes. It is

Specially designed to he

powerful, stylish and highly
functional. The Isuzu D-MAX
is one tough vehicle that

will never let you down!

Soot haakey 3

Julius Bar

TYREFLEX STAR MOTORS

Call us today for your new Isuzu D-MAX Pick-Up Truck at 325.4961
Wulff Road, P. 0. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas ¢ Fax: 323.4667



TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM



PAGE 10, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



Cabinet Minister in shock resignation

FROM page one

he was “not completely sur-
prised” by the Bamboo
Town MP’s move, of which
he said he was apprised dur-
ing the course of the day by
Mr McCartney.

Mr Ingraham said: “Each
of us in politics are bound to

The premier retailer in The
Bahamas, has an opening for

the position of:

Jr. Graphic Designer

Please hand to:

follow what we believe to be
the best course of action in
the interest of the people we
are privileged to represent
and in accordance with our
own convictions and percep-
tions at any given time. I have
no doubt that Mr McCart-

ney, as he indicates, has given
serious consideration to the
action he has taken.

“T regret that in the fore-
front of his considerations
leading to this decision are,
as he put it, ‘my feelings of
stagnation and the inability

We Should Talk

John Bull Ltd. is looking for people who:

+ Know what it means to give outstanding

customer service

* Have an interest in retail sales and

management

family

+ Desire to bring fun and enthusiasm to our

+ Truly believe the customer always comes first

We offer:

+ A great group of people to work with

+ A competitive benefits package

+ An outstanding employee discount policy

+ All of the training you'll need to be highly

successful

The Marketing Department

#284 Bay St.
P.O. Box N-3737
Nassau, Bahamas

oy
phe

Computer A

Only those interested in helping us uphold our
world famous reputation for customer service
need apply. If you want to learn more about
retail for a future career or would like to grow
with us, please complete an application form
(available at all locations) and attach a current
resume, photo and a copy of current police
certificatie, NIB card and Passport (first 4

pages).

Lignum Institute
of Technology

lication Courses

Microsoft Word & Excel 2007

Intermediate

Begins: March 20,2010

arch 20", 2010

Register Now!

Space is Limited
Contact: 393-2164
Harbor Bay shopping»Centre
Email: info@ligumtech.com
www.lignumtech.com



to fully utilize my political
potential at this time’. I
should only like to remind
him of what he himself says
in his press release, which is
‘that in life nothing comes
before its time’.”

The Prime Minister added
in his statement that Mr
McCartney had “been kind
enough to share with me a
copy of a press release he
intends to issue with regard to
his resignation”, however, no
such statement was forth-
coming from Mr McCartney
up to press time yesterday.
Several phone messages
seeking comment from the
MP went unreturned up to
press time.

Nor was there any word on
who might replace Mr
McCartney at the Depart-
ment of Immigration.

The 42 year old’s decision
to step down comes just over
two weeks after police report-
ed that they were investigat-
ing a death threat against
him, which called for Mr
McCartney to “resign or be
killed.” The call came in the
form of an anonymous letter.
It was the second death
threat to a government min-
ister in a month, after Youth,
Sports and Culture Minister
Charles Maynard was also
threatened in a letter signed
by “The Brothers”.

There was no suggestion
yesterday that Mr McCart-
ney’s decision came as a
result of this threat, which
police sources said was being
taken very seriously.

In a statement issued short-

ly after the Prime MInister’s,
the PLP said Mr McCart-
ney’s resignation as State
Minister for Immigration “is
a source of serious concern
for the country” as the coun-
try is “in the midst of a crisis
in immigration.”

The party added that, given
the reasons given by the MP
as noted in the Prime Minis-
ter’s statement, it was also a
“serious indictment” of Mr
Ingraham’s government.

“His resignation has
exposed the truth of how Mr
Ingraham governs the coun-
try and his party. The PLP
believes that the country is
not well served by the con-
duct of public affairs led with
bombast, harsh words and
disrespect as a hall mark of
governance. We warned
against it from the day Mr.
Ingraham first took office.
Now the FNM has turned on
one of its own. The country
must be told the truth, the
whole truth and nothing but
the truth on this matter.”

While Mr McCartney’s
move will inevitably lead to
speculation that his dissatis-
faction with his political expe-
rience within the governing
party might serve as a preface
to him switching political alle-
giances, PLP Chairman
Bradley Roberts yesterday
said neither he nor any of his
parliamentary colleagues
have had “any conversation
with Mr McCartney” about
his decision. “We just heard
about it today,” he stated.

Yesterday an FNM gov-
ernment insider said he was



Share your news

The Tribune wants to hear

from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps

you are raising funds for a

good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

Tf so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.














.

HUBERT INGRAHAM



“shocked” by the Bamboo
Town MP’s decision. “He’s
a great guy, a wonderful guy
who has a great future in pol-
itics”, admitting that yester-
day’s resignation could
“make it difficult” for Mr
McCartney to achieve his
potential in this regard.

Mr McCartney was
appointed to the post of State
Minister for Immigration in
2008, after previously serv-
ing as State Minister for
Tourism and Aviation. An
attorney by profession, he
was elected to parliament for
the first time in the 2007 gen-
eral election.

During his time at Immi-
gration Mr McCartney was
vocal about his focus on get-
ting the country’s rampant
immigration problem under
control and on improving
customer service and effi-
ciency within the Depart-
ment.

The Prime Minister yes-
terday thanked Mr McCart-
ney for his “service to the
Bahamian people and to my
Government.”

“My colleagues and I look
forward to working closely
with him in the best interest
of the people of the Bamboo
Town Constituency and the
country as a whole,” he said.

1 60+ Prescription Drugs & Medical Supplies

for ] ] Chronic Diseases artitis. asthma, treast cancer,
diabetes, glaucoma, high cholesterol), hypertension, choaenmic heart
disease, major depression, prastate cancer and psychosis,

at $0 Charge to Members.

Now pre-registering
NIB Pensioners, NIB Invalids, and children under 18 years
for under 25 years ff in full-time education}

Pre-Registration Dates & Venues:

IN NASSAU:
Princess Margaret Hospitcl, February 25th - March Sth, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 pom,
NIB Mew Providerice offices, ongoing from February 24th.

IN GRAND BAHAMA:

NIB offices in Freeport, 6 Mile Rock. East End & West End. ongoing trom February 25th.

THE FAMILY ISLANDS:

AI NIB local offices. angeing tom February 22nd.

Note: Please bring NIB card, valid phote id and nome ond address of
physician whe is prescribing your medication of heating your condition,



TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM





PAGE 12, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS

Burned body is found in bushes

Charlean Edwina Wilchcombe, of Brink
FROM page vane Hill Road, Lincoln Green, was last seen on

August 4 at the Columbus House for Girls.
Ms Wilchcombe was to appear as a witness



Lawyer and activist dies
of suspected heart attack

can Lakes, east of Bootle Bay.
“A passer-by along on the northern side of

Queens Highway saw the badly-burned body
lying on the ground and alerted the police,”

she said.

Ms Mackey said police are unable to deter-
mine whether the victim is that of a man or

woman.

She said police have not received any miss-
ing person’s report within the last 24 hours.

However, an 18-year-old Grand Bahama
woman still remains missing since last August.

teenager.

in a court matter, but disappeared two months
before the case was scheduled to be heard.
Police believed she was being hidden to
prevent giving evidence in court and had
appealed to the public for help in locating the

A missing poster was released by police in
October, 2009, and again on February 4, 2010.

Anyone with information pertaining to this
matter is asked to call police at 350-3107, 352-
9774/5 or 911.

Teenage girl found hanged.

FROM page one

sense of the teenager’s
death. While some were
quietly sobbing, others
screamed out in agony.
Family friend and pastor
Rev Sebastian Campbell
told the media he had
received a phone call from
Keisha earlier yesterday
and that everything had

Rev Campbell said:
“Then she was left alone all
by herself and we’re still
trying to get to the bottom
of this as to what could have
really led to this traumatis-
ing experience.

“Tt tells us that we can’t
even begin to understand
the depth of the anguish
and depression which per-
sons like this are going
through.

“Right now the family is
all traumatised, all shaken
up and we pray to God that
somehow we will be able to
get to the bottom of it to
understand what led to all
of this so that it won’t be
repeated once again.”

Rev Campbell said there
is a “great need” for
Bahamians to open up and
express problems so they
might receive counselling.

FROM page one

nier’s partner of almost 18
years, said he had suffered
for many years with con-
gestive heart failure, a con-
dition where the heart’s
pumping power is weaker
than normal.

Describing Mr Regnier
as her “everything”, Ms
Gibson said he will be sore-
ly missed by the Bahami-
an and Haitian communi-
ties, including his many
clients.

The work he did, she
said, included fighting for
the rights and proper treat-
ment for Haitians and
those of Haitian descent
living in the Bahamas.

Mr Regnier, who emi-
grated from Haiti at age six
with his parents, was a well-
known activist, who fought
many causes on behalf of
the Haitian people in the
Bahamas.

The last time The Tri-
bune spoke to the lawyer,
he was concerned about
how the 7.0 magnitude

earthquake that struck
Haiti happened just as the
country was finally making
some strides in regaining
stability.

Mr Regnier also had
some run-ins with the law,
and last July he was
arraigned in a Magistrate’s
Court in connection with
an alleged housebreaking
ring.

A post-mortem exami-
nation is scheduled for this
week to determine Mr
Regnier’s exact cause of
death.



| IN LOVING MEM ORY |

appeared to be “in place”.

< ANDRE},
*scHoo *



Bernadette Ann Ferguson Brown
19th June, 161] - lst March, 2004



gy
@ world school

St Andrew’s School, The International School of The Bahamas,
an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, invites
applications from qualified and experienced Bahamian candidates
for the following teaching vacancies, with effect from August 2010.
Full information regarding the school may be found at its website:
www.st-andrews.com.

We had a wondertul, wife , mother, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and friend

Her smile was made of sunshine,
And her heart was solid gold;
Her eves were bright as shinning star
And in her cheeks roses you see.

thas been one year since you left ws.
We miss vou and love you more each day.

Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary You will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

academic qualifications for the position(s) for which they apply, including

a teaching qualification and a bachelor’s degree, and normally need

to have a minimum of two years successful school-based experience.
Desirable qualifications, in addition to those specified for individual

posts, are that teachers have successful experience in an independent |
and/or international school and an advanced degree. Applications from -
candidates able to coach team sports or advise school clubs and activities

are particularly welcomed. Secondary (/.e. middle and upper) school
teachers will be expected to undertake the responsibility of a homeroom.

Cherished memories held by your husband, Warren Brown; daughters,
Waerdissa and Warnika Brown; sisters Cora, Edleen, Marita, Theresa;
brothers, Clarence and Kervin, brothers-in-law,nieces and nephews,

aunt Beryl, cousin, neighbors, friends and church family |

oe a =

Please note that applications received from non-Bahamian candidates
will not be considered at this time, although permanent residents with the
right to work are invited to submit their papers for future consideration.
Applications from candidates living outside The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas will not be acknowledged or considered at this stage of the
recruiting process. If the school is unable to recruit any position locally, it
will advertise internationally.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

The school is authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of
the International Baccalaureate Organization. Candidates for all posts in
the primary school should be committed to the principles of, and preferably
trained in, the PYP.

Primary School Spanish: Candidates should be familiar with ACTFL
standards and be able to work as a contributing member of a school-wide
team.

Primary School Music: Candidates must be fully qualified and have
successful teaching experience at all Years from Pre Reception to Year 6.
They must also have successful experience in organizing primary school
music and drama performances.

Primary School Library Media Specialist: The primary school library
media specialist develops, implements and interprets an effective library
media and IT programme for students in Pre Reception to Year 6.
Candidates must be fully qualified and have successful experience as
a school librarian, multi media specialist, educational technologist or IT
teacher.

Interested candidates should apply by letter, email or fax as soon as
possible. All applications MUST include the following:



Letter of application

A personal statement detailing the candidate’s educational philosophy
A full curriculum vitae,

Either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email
numbers of three people who may be approached for confidential
professional references or the name and address of the recruiting
agency from which the candidate’s confidential dossiers may be
obtained.

DED BATH 6 HOM
Tlom¢ dal¢




Please direct all correspondence to:

Allison Collie, Head of the Primary School:
Email: Allison.Collie@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 677 7846

The closing date for applications is 12 March 2010. Applications
from unqualified candidates, applications arriving without
the full information requested, applications from outside The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this
date will not be considered

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM





PAGE 14, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



FROM page one

BMC to select Catsan and
Chipman Limited — the
accounting firm of former
FNM St Thomas More can-
didate Reece Chipman —
despite the fact that other
“big reputable” firms
responded to its tender
process with lower bids equat-
ed to “a scandalous abuse of
the public purse.”

However Jerome Godfrey,
BMC’s managing director,

Bahamas Mortgage Corporation denies ‘cronyism’

and chairman Kenyatta Gib-
son, the FNM MP for
Kennedy, yesterday defend-
ed the more expensive con-
tract as one which offered the
corporation greater value for
money than any of the com-
peting bids as Catsan and
Chipman committed to doing
substantially more work than
the other firms for a “capped”
sum.

Mr Gibson retorted that the
claims made by the PLP
chairman represents “the kind
of low-minded politics that
one comes to expect from
Bradley Roberts”.

“He continuously contorts,
distorts and twists the truth
to suit his political ends. He
should be ashamed of him-
self,” said the MP.

The firm owned by Mr

President’s Scholars Programme

The College of The Bahamas

is accepting applications for the President's Scholars Programme.
This exciting scholarship programme provides academic and
leadership development while cultivating student excellence

and a commitment to service.

REQUIREMENTS
¢ Cumulative GPA of 3.5
¢ SAT scores of 1800 or
pass 7 BGCSE core
subjects with a minimum

of 5 A grades

+ Active participation in
extra curricular activities
+ Proven leadership

activities

BENEFITS
¢ $28,000 scholarship
¢ Stipend for books
+ Intensive leadership

training

+ Private study lounge

¢ International conferences
+ Leadership retreats

¢ Mentorship and
internships

rlltca Ey ALLEL from ey SIA LEMME a ee ee EDT Ee Mita a
Cec Cerca eC Mem tea eed ee
Applications may be turned into the Admissions Office, Phone 42-4589,

we Tt

I

ir hy FN ri ul ai
Aah 1prat Pa |

econ be al al

FAIR 2

LOWER GARDENS







Chipman, also President of
the Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants, was
one of seven accounting firms
that participated in an open
bid process launched by the
BMC last year.

The Request for Proposal
issued on October 20, 2009,
called for the companies to
“provide a proposal for an
Operation Audit and a full
assessment of a Mortgage
Processing Software Solution”
for the lending corporation.

In a press conference held
at PLP Headquarters on Far-
rington Road yesterday, Mr
Roberts said the following
companies came forward with
bids: Catsan and Chipman
Limited ($152,000), Ernst and
Young ($130,000), KPMG
($87,000), Accounting Out-
source Services ($74,000 to
$84,000), Deloitte and Touche
($80,000), FT Consultants
($60,000 to $70,000) and Bak-
er, Tilly Gomez ($57,500).

Mr Roberts said: “While
the details of the award sum
were not disclosed in the let-
ter of February 22, one would
logically assume that the con-
tract sum was $152,000. That
being the case, it begs the fol-
lowing question: Why were
the bids of the other well-
established and reputed
accounting firms rejected
even though the bids submit-
ted were substantially lower
than the submission of Cat-
san and Chipman, a relatively
new firm?

“The award of this contract
is a scandalous abuse of the
public purse. Further, it is a
slap in the face of and an
insult to the principle of mer-
itocracy. It is also a clear case
of political patronage, crony-
ism and a grave injustice
against persons and institu-
tions not connected to the
FNM elite.”

The party chairman added
the contract “comes at a time
when the Mortgage Corpora-
tion is severely financially
challenged, the budgetary
deficit continues to grow, the
national debt is just under a
record four billion dollars,
and the government is strug-
gling to deliver the necessary
and requisite public goods

THE PTA OF St

PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts

and services that provide for
the basic essential items of
food and water for Bahami-
ans.”

Mr Godfrey said the bids
received from the companies
—- confirming the list given by
Mr Roberts, but with the
addition of Price Water-
HouseCoopers — were
reviewed by a committee
within the BMC charged with
that responsibility. This com-
mittee “went through the
scope of works presented by
each accounting firm” within
their proposal and “at the end
of the day it was felt that the
work Catsan and Chipman
was offering to perform was
exactly what they were look-
ing for.”

“Tt was at least two or three
times as much work as other
accounting firms had offered
in terms of the scope of work
they’d do,” he stated.

Mr Gibson said the BMC
stands behind its decision to
select Catsan and Chipman
Ltd. He said the company
offered to do three months
more worth of work for the
amount offered — which
“was just $12,000” above the
nearest bid, from Ernst and
Young — and “promised they
wouldn’t come back with any
additional billing.”

“They answered the ques-
tion we put in our proposal
more fully and agreed to do

hah

WOULD LIKE TO THANK

ALL WHO SUPPORTED OUR



more in their scope of work
than anyone else did. It’s like
if you are laying carpet and
you have one company offer-
ing to move furniture out as
well as lay the carpet, and not
charging extra, and you have
one which says we’re going to
lay the carpet but you have
to move the furniture. It was-
mt an increase in scope. They
just offered to do more. Every
company could’ve done it, but
they offered it,” said the MP.

Mr Gibson questioned
whether Mr Roberts would
prefer to see the government
“disqualify all former FNM
and PLP candidates from
doing business with the gov-
ernment.”

Meanwhile, asked what
consequences he would con-
sider appropriate if his alle-
gations are correct, Mr
Roberts said the matter is
one for the public to deter-
mine.

“Whenever you have evi-
dence that a government is
reckless with scarce public
funds it means that the gov-
ernment is being unfair, and
it’s up to the public to decide
at the appropriate time
whether they want to contin-
ue with a government that
operates in such a manner.

“A government is sup-
posed to be for, and on
behalf of, all the people,” he
stated.

MMIT ACADEMY

CARNIVAL AT SUMMIT ACADEMY
Held on Saturday, 6th February 2010

A. Wong & Son - Abaco Markets - AID

EVENT SPONSORS:

v

All Star Family Karate & Judo - Bahama Divers - Baha Mar
Rahamasair - Bahamas Automotive Services (Lamont Feaste}
Rahamas Fernes - Bamboo Shack - Bank of The Bahamas

Bejeweled by Dagny - Bianca Knowles - British Colonial Hilton
BTC - Cate Skans - Centreville Pharmacy
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Albury - Checkers Cafe - Colgate
Denny Burnside - Frank Benoit - GEMS 105.9FM- Geoffrey Jones & Co.
Island Cellular - John Bull - J$ Johnson - La Casita
Ludy Knowles - Lullaby - Mademotselle
Manio’s Bowling & Entertamment Palace ~ Mastermixx
Nassau Gals - New Oriental Cleaners - Plait Lady
Poop Deck at Yacht Haven - Premium Food Services
Purity Bakery ~ Q Club - Sannio ~ Sawyer's Food Products
Mr. & Mrs. Sean McWeenev - Sharon Aitken - Sharon Wilson
Sirnature Stiles - Summit Academy Sudent Council Association
Sunshine Insurance - The Smile Center - Thompson Trading
Timeless Tattoo ~ Zara & Hayley Wilson

We would abo lie toa a special thank pou tocar teachers, admirstruior, clase mothers and fathers,
futile: and freends who helped make this even! an usqualified secvess.

WE LONOK FORWARD TO SEEING TOU AGATN SONS



TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM





THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 19



LOCAL NEWS

In their ongoing efforts to support The Great Commission Min-
istries, Diamonds International Nassau donated blankets for
distribution to persons in need.

Adi Kaniel, general manager, said Diamonds International felt
it was important to once again assist The Great Commission, as
the organisation does so much to assist those who are less for-

tunate in our community.

Minalee Hanchell, who accepted the blankets on behalf of
The Great Commission Ministries, expressed her gratitude and
explained that given the recent cold weather there was a great

need for the items.

PICTURED from left to right: Kevin Hanna, Diamonds International,

Minalee Hanchell, Great Commission Ministries, Adi Kaniel, Dia-

monds International, Anthony Gibson, Diamonds International, Kash

Jagyasi, Diamonds International, and Anthony Smith, Diamonds

International.

BY BAHAMAS INFORMA-
TION SERVICES

TWO modern 4,200 sq ft
greenhouses have been ordered
for farmers in North Andros,
confirmed Edison M Key, exec-
utive chairman of the Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC).

Coming out of Jamaica, they
will be erected on two acres at
the site of the proposed agri-
industrial park.

“This could be the beginning
of a new era in the sense of
training for persons interested
in grafting and budding and the
propagation of especially fruit
trees,” said Mr Key.

“This will help to support the
facilities that we are putting in
place to assist the farmers with
their land preparation.

“Hopefully, within the next
three to four months, we would
have that well under way.”

Mr Key and his team toured
the site last weekend, and visit-
ed farmers remaining at the for-
mer BARTAD satellite farm
system.

Accompanying him were
general manager, Benjamin

te)




a ra



ABAIC management team inspects spray equipment purchased for
farmers in North Andros. Pictured from right: executive chairman,
Edison M Key; assistant general manager, Arnold Dorsett; general
manager, Benjamin Rahming and domestic investment officer,
Alphonso Smith.

Rahming; assistant general
manager (agriculture), Arnold
Dorsett; domestic investment
officer, Alphonso Smith and
agriculture services officer,
Ayrett Lightbourne.

Mr Key sees the greenhouses
as a means of speeding up pro-
duction, thereby allowing farm-
ers a wider range of opportuni-

BAIC EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, Edison M Key wants to recondition and
place into service farm equipment that was gifted to the Bahamian
people. Pictured from left inspecting equipment: assistant general
manager, Arnold Dorsett; Mr Key; general manager, Benjamin Rah-
ming; domestic investment officer, Alphonso Smith and agriculture

services officer, Ayrett Lightbourne

Eleuthera,

Bahamas

Saturday

Ride for Hope is a truly memorable
annual charitable bike-a-thon which
raises money for cancer patient
care, treatment, early detection, and
Bahamas-based cancer research.
Here's what participants say:
“Congratulations on organizing such
a truly amazing day. Thank you
so much for the countless hours
you put into organizing an incredible
day for a great cause!! We had
a ball and can’t stop talking about
how well it was done! ... it was
truly an inspiring time, what a
great experience!”

MORE INFO AND REGISTER
RIDEFORHOPEBAHAMAS.COM

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM

ties. “They can be a big sup-
port in the production of
seedlings, in that we grow the
plants in the greenhouses and
they can be planted directly
into the fields,” he explained.

Presently there are two func-
tional greenhouse operations
in The Bahamas — the high-end
Lucayan Tropical and Ridge-
farms.

Mr Dosett said the system
for North Andros is a proto-
type which will eventually be
leased to qualified persons.

“Hopefully, we would see
more farmers, having gone







VISA

WORLDWIDE PARTNER

through the training and having
seen the advantages of green-
houses, purchasing their own
systems, thereby increasing pro-
duction further,” he said.

In welcoming the prospects
of greenhouse farming to North
Andros, Mr Smith, noted that
this has been one of the better
seasons for farmers.

“Farmers have done excep-
tionally well due in no small
measure to the trust that BAIC
has placed in farmers at North
Andros,” he said.

“They have assisted them
with fertilizers, equipment, and
the necessary chemicals. BAIC
has done a lot for the farmers
and that has helped them to
produce a lot this year.”

Mr Key is also eyeing oppor-
tunities for some 1,600 acres at
the BARTAD site “that is just
sitting idle. It is land that has
been prepared; beautiful land
and beautiful soil for food pro-
duction, plants of all types, and
small ruminants.”

Already BAIC has prepared
pastures and provided top-
breed goats for persons at
BARTAD interested livestock
production. “We are making
some progress and I am very
pleased,” said Mr Key. “There
has been an increase in pro-
duction. More land has been
prepared for the people and
they are expanding their fields.”

EXPERIENCE THE EXCITEMENT OF THE
2010 FIFA WORLD CUPâ„¢ PLUS A SAFARI, COURTESY OF VISA!

Use your Scotiabank Vina onedit ar debit card for all your purchases and you can win a trig for tea to three qualifying AEA World Cupâ„¢ matches
plus 6 safari. Por ewery purchase of US $2 or more, you'll receive one chance to win. Combert ends March 31, 2070. Prive craw April 14, 2070.





Andros. Pictured above, Nelson Mackey of Sunco Wholesale
Seafood explains the process to BAIC executive chairman Edison M
Key (left) assistant general manager Arnold Dorsett (right) and a
BAIC team.

Gladstone Thurston/BIS Photos

Apoly today and get 10 chances to win with your first purchase.

For more information see your local branch, or visit us online.

. i
Authearized by Onder

mnder ihe Garin Board





PAGE 20, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE

LOCAL NEWS

Fr

POLICE HIT THE RIGHT P= ==:
NOTE ON WALKABOUT =

THE POLICE held a walkabout in Nassau on Saturday, accom-
panied by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, pictured here on
Deveaux Street and Palm Tree Avenue.





Felipé Major/Tribune staff

NC Mol Tele \VAle)
eves
We are with an

TAIN ALCIA II
pay

el

Ike ROLY?
BAF Financial is
our company.

Aye) ees Melee) meee
Start with as little as $500
(Guaranteed returns

emma ee alae Le

Moke an fsfs) ea with oo Financia

ela) sella Umea le

242-461-1000

urate erat baste Le te us eet

a er

CE em

| ns oe. 8 (Fae
www.mybatsolutions.com pce he y Goo

. Cer

TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM





Full Text



PAGE 1

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.82MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNSHINE ANDCLOUDS HIGH 78F LOW 67F I N S I D E SEEPAGEFIVE I N S I D E SEEINSIGHTSECTION14B I N S I D E SEEPAGEFIVE B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@ t ribunemedia.net THE Ingraham administration suf fered a blow yesterday when one of its youngest and most popular Cabinet Ministers – Branville McCartney – resigned from his appoint ed position, claiming he felt h e had been “unable to fully utilise his political potential.” In a statement issued before Mr McCartney formally announced his decision to the Press, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said t hat while the resignation of a Cabinet Minister is “always regrettable” The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com Write on! Mt Carmel Preparatory Academy UNSUNG HEROES FINDTODAY’SCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 Cabinet Minister in shock resignation Branville McCartney quits Immigration job SECRETSOUND Pushin’ Da Envelope A YOUNG college stud ent was found hanged yesterday afternoon in what p olice described as an “apparent suicide”. Keisha Thurston, 18, a r ecent CC Sweeting High School graduate, was foundh anging from a rope – reportedly a skipping rope – w hich was attached to rafters at the home she shared with her family. Devastated relatives gathered at the house in M cKinney Drive, off Fire Trail Road, Nassau, yesterday huddling together and trying to make SEE page 12 Teenage girl found hanged SEE page 10 A MAN who police believe was trying to break in to the Rodney Bain building on Shirley and Parliament streets was killed after falling from a second floor awning. The unidentified man’s body was found on Saturday at 12.20pm. Police said it appears he was trying to gain access to the building by standing on an awning when he slipped and fell. According to witnesses on the scene, there was broken glass and traces of blood on the wall where the man fell. It is believed he became wedged between a perimeter wall and the building after his fall. It is not known if he was conscious at this time. He sustained significant injuries to his right leg, and it is believed he may have cut a major artery which caused him to bleed to death. Police are investigating the incident. MANDIES‘BREAKING INTO’ BUILDING THEMAN’S body is removed from the scene at the Rodney Bain building. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f K eisha Thurston P ROMINENT lawyer and human rights activist Eliezer Regnier died on Saturday of a suspected heart attack while behind the wheel of his car. Mr Regnier, 57, a wellknown advocate for Haitian migrants, was visiting a client on Step Street, in Fox Hill, Nassau, shortly after 7 pm when he died. According to reports, his vehicle was not moving but the engine was running at the time. Emergency medical per sonnel attempted to resuscitate him without success, and the lawyer was pro nounced dead at the scene. Theresa Gibson, Mr RegBy DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune FreeportReporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net A BADLY burned body was discovered in bushes in the West End area of Grand Bahama yesterday afternoon. Sources believe it could be that of a teenage court witness who went missing more than six months ago. Police investigating the grisly find suspect foul play is involved and have classi fied the incident as a homicide. Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said the remains were discovered sometime after 2pm at Peli Burned body is found in bushes SEE page 12 Lawyer and activist dies of suspected heart attack SEE page 12 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Mortgage Corporation’s managing director and chairman yesterday denied accusations from the PLP that “cronyism” drove it to award a $152,000 contract to a former FNM political candidate. PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the decision by the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation denies ‘cronyism’ behind awarding of contract SEE page 14 BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY

PAGE 2

B Y AVA TURNQUEST a turnquest@tribunemedia.net A GROUP of evangelical pastors are concerned that the visit of a gay cruise ship to the Bahamas could potentially threaten the "morality and decency" of the country's "Judeo-Christian" heritage. In response to the resurgence of intent made by gay cruise organisers to make the Bahamas its port-of-call, the Bahamas Coalition of Evangelical Pastors has reaffirmed its opposition. Due to the potentially last ing negative effect they feel such events will impact, the group pledged: “Please be assured that we would be tak i ng the very same position, and with the same fervour, if this were a cruise dedicated to self-proclaimed adulterers, fornicators, liars or any other such biblically defined sinful behaviour, who have it as their determined end purpose to have that sinful behaviour accepted as a morally legiti mate lifestyle.” Def ended Two weeks ago, organisers of the expected gay cruise, defended their decision to come to the Bahamas, arguing that the homophobic incidents experienced in the Bahamas happen everywhere. Cindy Brown, Miami Gay Pride operations director, claims the only way to affect a change in public perception of homosexuals was to “allow them to see who we really are”. While the Evangelical Pas tors maintain their intent is not to discourage any indi vidual from visiting the Bahamas, they feel it is imper ative that visiting persons are not allowed to mock the country’s values and ideals by “openly flaunting” contrary social behaviour. A statement said: “It is our hope that the Ministry of Tourism and the organisers of these types of events would make a concerted effort to communicate our country’s societal and cultural norms regarding homosexual con duct, especially in public places.” The pastors maintained that they were in no way a hate group, but instead seek means to “ prayerfully, law fully, and lovingly” prevent the Bahamas from ‘falling prey’ to the evolving global mentality towards homosexu ality as a legitamate and acceptable lifestyle. Sean, 21, Fox Hill: "I feel as though some fault lies with the Government. The legal system is too relaxed. Government should also do more to tackle unemployment. If you think about it most politicians are lawyers. “They don't really care about criminals in fact they make their money from dealing with these cases the more they get in trouble the better it is for them. “We need to tighten up the law, there are too many allowances made for repeat offenders." Glen Dean, 50, Elizabeth Estates: "This is clearly a social problem. There is a lack of proper upbringing in the home nowadays. There are too many single-mothers struggling to provide for the household and father's not setting the right example." Danny, 28, Marathon: "Things are really tough. There is a lot of poverty in the country everyone broke. Guys don't want to work these little jobs here and there because it's just not enough to pay the bills." Peter Cartwright, 52, Winton Meadows: "Home owners need to be aware and ready for these criminals. I have mixed emotions about having a gun in the household. It can be very good for safety but at the same time there are a lot of dangers that come with owning a weapon and having it in your home – especially if there are children in the house. It's also very dangerous because sometimes hav ing it can aggravate the situation or turn into negative consequences if they get your gun. Be very aware of your surroundings." Reginald Demeritte , 61, Fox Hill: "The crime is ridiculous. One of my boys just got shot in Yamacraw, whatever the police are doing it is obviously not working. “These fellas picking up speed! Less than two days between invasions? That could have never happened before... it’s terrible, truly out of hand. But we as Bahamians, we don't feel it until it happens to us or affects us personally – and then we want to do something, then we say 'it's bad, it's out of con trol'. The system is not right, but what are they going to do about it? Nothing. They’re still going to put criminals back out on bail again and again." John Davis, 60, Yamacraw: "People have to keep their eyes open. Don't let yourself be a victim due to carelessness. Pay close attention to your sur roundings and if you believe you are being followed, listen to the police warnings and get to a well-lit area or police station.A lso, Bahamians needs to stop displaying their valuables so c asually don't let everyone see what you have." Clement Williams, 44, Kennedy: "On the subject of home invasions, unless it’s a retaliation,a s a hard-working Bahamian I am very disturbed by the i ncreased number. Someone, unprovoked, can just break into your home and take your life, everything you've worked for. I can understand why more and more people have guns because you have to protect your family." Jeffrey Fowler, 53, Garden Hills: "It's outrageous and people with licensed guns can't even use them until the criminal is already inside their home? I've experienced a home invasion and armed robbery before and when the police came they were m ore of an aggravation to me rather than actually investigat ing the matter." WITH the steady increase in armed robberies and home invasions over the past few weeks, The Tribune asked employed men for their opinions about the rise in criminal activity. T he salaried men held c onflicting views over the G overnment and the c ommunity's responsib ility also calling into question current personal f irearm restrictions. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Crime: What do employed men think? T ALK S TREET REGINALD, 61 SEAN, 21 G LEN, 50 JEFFREY, 53 J OHN, 60 CLEMENT, 44 Gay cruise ship seen as possible threat to morality and decency B AHAMAS C OALITION OF EVANGELICAL PASTORS Pastors voice concern about potential visit to Bahamas “It is our hope that the Ministry of Tourism and the organisers of these types of events would make a concerted effort to communicate our country’s societal and cultural nor ms r egar ding homosexual conduct, especially in public places.”

PAGE 3

C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Mirror 1 pc Mirror 2 pc Nightstands 2 pc Nightstands 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest Queen 8 Pc Queen 8 Pc $3,730 $3,730 King 8 Pc Set King 8 Pc Set $3,940 $3,940Solid Wood Solid WoodT T h h e e T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWong’s Plaza Wong’s Plaza Madeira Street Madeira Street (242 (242 2335 2335Financing Available Through Commonwealth Bank L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a FOUR people were taken to hospital with knife wounds sustained during stabbing attacks over the weekend. There were two attacks on Saturday and Sunday, with attacks occurring within an hour of each other on both days. On Sunday, around 11.45am, police responded to Scott and West streets whereit is alleged that two brothers, aged 22 and 19, got into an argument that resulted in the19 year old being stabbed in the back. Less than 30 minutes prior, police were at Walnut Street, Pinewood Gardens, where a man got into an altercation with another man whom police allege was known to him. The victim was subse quently stabbed in the upper back and was taken to the hospital by emergency ser vices where he is in serious condition. Police have taken into custody a 22-year-old man of McKinney Drive, Carmichael Road, in connection with this matter. On Saturday, around 2.12 pm, police received information of a stabbing at Millennium Gardens. Officers were told a man got into an altercation with two other men, which resulted in him being stabbed to the stomach. The victim was taken to hospital where he is in serious condition. Police are also investigat ing a stabbing in which a woman received multiple knife wounds. The incident occurred at around 1.22pm on Saturday at Roberto Drive, off Robinson Road. According to reports, a woman got into an altercation with a man known to her which resulted in her being “stabbed multiple times about the body”. The victim was taken to hospital where she was treated and later allowed home. Police are questioning a 34year-old resident of Carmichael Road. Four taken to hospital with knife wounds THE body of a man burned beyond recognition was found ina building ravaged by fire on Saturday night. Police first received a report about the blaze at a structure on Shirley Street, directly opposite the Ebenezer Methodist Church, at around 8.50pm. Fire Services responded and found the southeastern section of a multi-purpose single-storey, stone structure engulfed in flames. The building was extensively damaged, and on completion of extinguishing the blaze officers discovered the body of a man. The building appears to have been used as small efficiency apartment. Among the wreckage there were the remains of a bed, tables and other furniture. The bathroom area, however, remained intact. It is not known how the blaze started and the identity of the man has yet to be established, but police investigations are continuing. D EVASTATED: C harred debris after the fire at a b uilding on Shirley Street o n Saturday night. By AVA TURNQUEST PRELIMINARY objections by a third party candidate threatens to delay the final result of the Elizabeth by-election even further. Workers’ Party leader Rodney Moncur believes there could be a possible conflict of interest concerning one of the election court judges, Senior Justice Anita Allen. Mr Moncur claims Justice Allen’s husband Algernon campaigned on behalf of the PLP in the lead-up to the by-election.He now plans to pen a formal complaint to Chief Justice Michael Barnett. However, FNM candidate Dr Duane Sands hit back by claiming Mr Moncur had blown the situation out of all proportion, and he urged the public to have faith in the justice system. Dr Sands added: “We need to understand that the people who hold positions in our jus-t ice system were appointed for t heir expertise and integrity.” Mr Allen could not be contacted for comment last night. However, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts denied Mr Allen had any involvement. He said: “I did not see Mr Allen anywhere near our campaign.” By-election contenders are expected to appear before the Supreme Court on Thursday for a hearing date to be set. While all parties expressed a desire to resolve the election dispute quickly, this latest obstacle could prolong proceedings. The election court was called by Ryan Pinder (PLP gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands’ 1,501. Mr Pinder is challenging that five protest votes that were cast in his favour should be counted, thus making him the elected MP for Elizabeth. Threat of further delay to Elizabeth by-election result P RELIMINARYOBJECTIONSBYTHIRDPARTYCANDIDATE Man’s badly burned body found in fire-ravaged building Felip Major /Tribune staff RODNEY MONCUR C rime report

PAGE 4

EDITOR, The Tribune. I t is abundantly clear that the Honourable Desmond Bannister, Minister of Education, is dealing at this moment with some really big problems. This includes the formulation of a 10-year plan to replace the Draft presented at the 2009 Education Sum-m it. One always hesitates to make unsolicited suggestions. BUT there is a simple one that could be helpful the a ddition of a Math Exam for M ath Teachers to the 2010 a cademic testing calendar. The logic of this proposal is as f ollows: T he videos “Academic Failure & The Skills Gap” ( HYPERLINK "http://www.vimeo.com/66290 6 "http://www.vimeo.com/662906 ) and “Teachers Also Count” ( HYPERLINK "http://www.vimeo.com/73543 61"http://www.vimeo.com/735436 1 ) deal with the known acad emic failure of students in t he Public Schools– particularly in mathematics. N ow there may be as many as 700 teachers teaching mathematics; but what do we know about them? According to the second video – There is a complete absence of publicly available data on what teachers know and can do. However, the high student failure and illit eracy rates (measures of what students know and can do)s trongly suggest that the average public school teacher is ineffective.” Therefore, there appears to be a hidden critical mathematics skills shortage in the Public School teaching corps. In this regard one should note that the UK apparently h as a similar mathematics learning crisis, a crisis report e d by HYPERLINK "http://www.telegraph.co.uk/j ournalists/julie-henry/" Julie Henry, the Education Correspondent for the London T elegraph ( HYPERLINK " http://www.telegraph.co.uk/j o urnalists/julie-henry/" w ww.telegraph.co.uk/jour nalists/julie-henry/). Primary school teachers have such a poor grasp ofb asic maths that they strugg le to solve sums that 11 year o lds should be able to answer. Only four out of 10 teachers could work out that 2.1 per c ent of 400 is 8.4. A test of simple maths skills taken by teachers from schools acrosst he country has revealed a “shocking” lack of mental arithmetic ability and basic maths knowledge. “A generation of teachers did not fully understand the subject. Our obsession with generic teaching skills has crowded out time in which we could be making sure that people actually have the basic content and knowledge of content that they need...Probably more than half of them know so little maths that they c annot be conveying mathematics to their children in the c lassroom.” T his suggests that getting s uch data on the Bahamas, if i t is not now available, could be a good starting point for r eform in math teaching instruction. A 2010 Math E xam for Math Teachers w ould differ from the BGCSE Exam for Students in onei mportant respect, the addit ion of a section where each teacher lists the math courses t aken in their secondary and tertiary education. The results could lend great substance and support to the M inister, the Department of Education, itself, and Parliament to the reforms contained in a revised 2009 10-YearP lan. T his seems like a logical f irst step to cure the basicm ath skills shortage. R ALPH J MASSEY N assau, February 22, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt . P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WE WANT to thank our loyal readers who from time to time send us news item they think might interest us, but which we might have missed. In the past week we have received information picked up on the BBC about the lack of needed knowledge in the Caribbean about the warning signs of an approaching tsunami, and information from London’s Mail Online about disappearing coral reefs. The Mail article by David Derbyshire in San Diego reports scientists as predicting that the rising acid levels in the “seas and the warmer ocean temperatures are wiping out the spectacular reefs enjoyed by millions of divers, tourists and wildlife lovers. “The destruction would also be a disaster for tropical fish and marine life which use coral reefs as nurseries and feeding grounds,” Mr Derbyshire wrote. Dr Jacob Silverman from the Carnegie Institution in Washington, was quoted as saying that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere were making seas more acidic. And so, although scientists are disputing whether global man-caused greenhouse gas in the atmosphere is warming the climate, there now is evidence that it is certainly warming our seas, creating more acid, which in turn is breaking up subterranean coral. Dr Silverman’s studies have led him to believe that reefs stop growing and start breaking up when the amount of greenhouse gas reaches twice its pre-industrial level. He predicted that if present trends continue this could happen by the end of the century. “These ecosystems, which harbour the highest diversity of marine life in the oceans, may be severely reduced within less than 100 years,” he said. Dr Silverman told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego that reef-building corals are highly sensitive to the acidity and temperature of the seawater in which they grow. To illustrate the article a dramatic photo graph was shown of a mass of dead coral, bleached white. The photo was taken at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, known for its abundant marine life. Scientists believe that rising levels of acid in the sea will kill these reefs within a century. If man does nothing to reverse this trend, and if it continues at the present rate, another source of man’s food will disappear. Recently, there was the bee scare. Scientists were alarmed at the rapidly decreasing colony of bees. Without them there would be no pollination, and without pollination man’s food chain would collapse. Recently, we saw a scientist showing a Bahamian farmer how to care for tomato plants. He told him that every day he should stop at each plant and gently agitate the branch with a flick of the finger. We asked why. “Pollination,” he replied, “we have to do the work of the bees, when there are no bees.” And so man’s fish supply is being threatened, his meat supply is threatened no feed for the animals and his plant supply is threatened, while man still debates whether it’s necessary to reduce industrial carbon-dioxide emissions. So whichever way we approach the problem, man is digging his own grave. And don’t forget, the homes of Bahamians sit atop coral reefs. And now for the lack of knowledge in the Caribbean to recognise an approaching tsunami. Dr Hermann Fritz, a civil engineering professor from the Georgia Institute of Tech nology, and four Haitian colleagues trav elled around the coast of Haiti gathering information about a tsunami that was triggered by the 7.0 Port-au-Prince earthquake. "This was a relatively small event," Dr Fritz told BBC News. "Most of the fatalities were due to the earthquake, but at least three victims we know of survived the earthquake and were hit by the wave." These three victims were a father and his two young sons. They were standing close to the shore in Petit Paradis, watching the wave instead of heading for higher ground. "And on the border [with the Dominican Republic], fishermen were taking photos and videos of the draw-down of the sea," he said. This ominous draw-back in the water level is a classic sign that a big wave is approaching. "It demonstrated a lack of [tsunami] education," Dr Fritz said. "It was pure luck that the misinformation did not kill more people in this case." And on Saturday before the all-clear was called on the tsunami watch in Hawaii the result of the Chile earthquake a CNN announcer reporting from high ground drew viewers attention to a lone figure on the beach below watching as the ocean sucked the sea from the beach. He was obviously a tourist unaware that this was the first sign of an approaching tsunami. Instead of fleeing for high ground, he stood and watched. A 2010 math examination for math teachers LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Disappearing reefs threaten marine life WAREHOUSE SALE15kw. 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 E DITOR, The Tribune. I n response to the article in last Saturd ay’s paper entitled “Contradictions of The G overnment,” I am in total agreement. Like Mr Obediah Smith said, in a country claiming to be so “cutting edge” and “with it”, we a s Bahamian citizens are faced with tremend ous hardships and annoyances. S imple social nuisances plague our lives on a daily basis. For example, the hundreds of motorcy cle riders that constantly travel through residential areas, exceeding the speed limits at decibels an ENT Specialist would only term “deafening”, not to mention, without helmets. I can recall when my daughter was born last year, her being startled and awoken at least twice to three times nightly by the loud, malfunctioning noises made by these preva lent 650 dirt bikes. This is absolutely absurd! Then there are the infamous jitney dri vers who continuously endanger passengers and other motorists’ lives by racing and driving ever so recklessly. W ithout surprise, traffic police casually p ass by, seemingly oblivious to the fact that l aws are being violated before their very e yes. W e are a nation thriving off our Tourism Industry. When I encounter foreigners and begin a conversation, they reveal their level o f shock and frustration that this is the norm f or us and that nothing is being done or will b e done in the foreseeable future about e nforcing law and order. How sensitive or insensitive is our government to allow us to endure such atrocities in a city that is 21 x 7 miles? I am almost certain that there is something contradictory going on regard ing our government actions and response toward the very dilemmas that will/can cripple our economy and harm our citizens. What shall we do as a nation to protect ourselves when the government sits so relaxed and watches its own society in per il? Surely, something must be done. SUELLYN SMITH Nassau, February, 2010. What shall we do when Govt watches its society in peril? EDITOR, The Tribune. I can enumerate the serious crimes that have directly impacted many persons I know within the last 60 days, but I am reluctant as it might engender more fear. Suffice it to say that I, like you, no doubt, am wondering: when will our government’s resolve to deal with crime match or exceed that of bandits’ determination to cause us harm? I believe we can demonstrate our seriousness to curb the scourge of crime by doing the following five things within the next 45 days: 1) Amend the firearms act to require 25 years mandatory sen tence for unlicensed firearm. 2) Amend the dangerous drugs act to require life sentence for drug trafficking with no eligibility for parole. 3) Institute mandatory 15 years sentencing for house breaking with eligibility for parole after three years based on evidence of rehabilitation and skills training. 4) Double the number of lawyers in the Office of the Attorney General. 5) Increase the number of Supreme Court and Appellate Court judges by an aggregate of 25. Would instituting the foregoing cost taxpayers money? At least $10 million annually, less than $8 per month for each taxpayer. I would argue that that is a low price to pay for a life and reduced anxiety. Of course this is just the beginning, but we need to start somewhere. What are we waiting for? LYNDEN NAIRN Nassau, February 22, 2010. Ways to combat crime

PAGE 5

By AVA TURNQUEST aturnquest@tribunemedia.net IT CANbe argued that without accurate knowledge of the past, an individual is illequipped for the future. This week’s Unsung Hero dedicated his life not only to the preservation of, but the thorough documentation of Bahamian history. Paul Albury was born in Harbour Island in the early 1920s and led a culturally richand philanthropic life. President of the Bahamas Historical Society Jim Lawlor met with East Nassau Rotarians last week to share the life of his father-in-law, one of the organisation’s founding members and renowned Bahamian historian. “If he had lived in a different time he would have received more acknowledgment,” Mr Lawlor explained of the historian’s minimal public recognition despite numerous contributions. His only honour washis appointment within the Rotary International organisation as a Paul PHarris Fellow in 1980. Highlighting his critical involvement in the founding of the Rotary Club of Nassau and shortly after the Rotary Club of East Nassau Mr Lawlor provided a pictorialtimeline of the historian’s life and his contributions to the Bahamian historical, social and political landscape. Sir Lynden Pindling said of him: “Since East Nassau Rotary Club was incorporated seventeen years ago, the podium at each Discovery Day meeting has been occupied by our revered Dr Paul Fellow and Historian who unfailingly has delighted us with his wisdom, wit and wealth of knowledge of the Bahamian scene.” D r Albury was instrumental in improving race relations in the early 1960s through his political and philanthropic efforts as a member of the UBP and Rotary International. In his Rotary Club of East Nassau presidential acceptance speech, he said: “Throughout the world today there is a continuous flow of suggestions as how best to improve relationsb etween the races. Today, I would like to offer a very simple solution a solution that is in full accord with the Rotary idea. Let us endeavour to drop the sophisticated approach, let us approach the matter in an almost childlikemanner. Let us get to know each other that i s the crux of the matter – to get to know each other.” As an educator he has taught at the Harbour Island All Age School, St Andrew’s International School and the College of the Bahamas. As an historian, he is best remem bered as the President of theB ahamas Historical Society. A founding member, he published two history books in his life time. Familiar to all Bahamians, his first book, “The Story of the Bahamas” has been used nationally as curriculum text for the Bahamas Junior Cer t ificate since the early 90s. His second book, which has since been updated by Mr Lawlor and his wife, “The Paradise Island Story”, chronicles the transformation of early Nassau from the 18th century until 2004. In The Harbour Island Stor y, the Lawlors realised Dr Albury’s passion and love for Harbour Island and his dedication to preserving its rich history. Mr Lawlor is currently seeking funding to publish a biog-r aphy of Paul Albury’s life. “He was very charismatic, and he passed on to me his enthusiasm and passion for history. I have the full book written,” Mr Lawlor mused, “but not the financial means to publish it.” Paul Albury died in 1987, j ust five days before the Bahamas Historical Society building was opened, a project to which he devoted much of his time and energy. The Bahamas Historical Society is a non-profit cultural and educational organisation dedicated to stimulating interesti n Bahamian History. Located on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, the society maintains a voluntary museum that seeks to collect and preserve historic Bahamian materials. Interested person can visit www.bahamshistoricalsociety.com for more information. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A life dedicated to Bahamian history P RIDEOFTHEBAHAMAS HEROES DR PAUL ALBURY gave the annual Discovery Day speech for 25 years at the East Nassau Rotary Club.

PAGE 6

C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM All candidates must possess the following: Exceptional administrative skills are required for: The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP sector organisation charged with the revitalization of Nassau. PARTNERSHIPDOWNTOWN B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The trial of music teacher Edward Buchanan, who is accused of indecently assaulting a student at Eight Mile Rock High School, has been postponed to April 29. Buchanan appeared in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court on Thursday with his attorney Murrio Ducille for trial, butt hey were informed that the case had been postponed to April. The 56-year-old is one of three teachers who have been removed from the school following complaints of alleged sexual misconduct with students. He was charged on October 22 with indecent assault. Attorney Calvin Seymour represented Buchanan at his arraignment. It is alleged that Buchanan indecently a ssaulted a 14-year-old female student at t he school in September of 2008. H e was not required to enter a plea to the c harge and was granted $5,000 bail with o ne surety. EMR Teacher trial postponed By M IKE LIGHTBOURN When a homeowner repeatedly defaults on their mortgage, they face the option of foreclosure. Foreclosure can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. R egrettably, nearly seven out of t en homeowners in the US proceed through foreclosure without ever listing their home for sale. Althoughw e do not have local statistics, we can assume the pattern is similar here. This is due largely to perc eived myths about the process, and w e need to put one of these misconceptions to rest. If you list your home for sale with a licensed Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA be marketed properly with exposure in botht he print media, online, and by other means, p rovided it’s priced at market value. The seasoned broker will be able to advise y ou on the steps you need to take to improve t he appearance of your property at little cost, thus improving the appearance and obtaining the best possiblep rice for you. Homeowners believe there is a stigma attached to having their h omes appear in foreclosure notices. T his can be avoided by working with y our BREA broker and listing your home exclusively with the broker. H omeowners often assume that there’s not enough time to close on a sale before the bank advertises thef oreclosure. Not true – banks are o ften happy to have a qualified broker involved in the process. Check with your loan officer! If the bank is kept informed and briefed regularly on the marketing plan and response from purchasers, and agreeso n the asking price, they are often happy to let the broker go to work for them. Foreclosure is a lengthy process and there is time to negotiate a better result, but you need t o start today. MYTH BUSTING THE winners of the Physically Challenged Children's Committee raffle, whichw as held in December at Kelly’s Home C entre, Marathon Mall, have been a nnounced: 1st Prize: A Chevrolet Aveo Hatchback was won by Tiffany Ferguson of Elizabeth Estates, ticket number 00474 2 nd Prize: A cruise (donated by Arawak H omes and Freeport Oil Co.) was won by C andince Turnquest of Nicholl's Town, A ndros, ticket number 12976. 3rd Prize: A gift certificate donated by Royal Star Assurance was won by LaineL ee Johnson of West Bay Street, ticket n umber 02207. 4th Prize: A gift certificate donated by Bahamas First General Insurance was won by Mary Maynard of South Ocean, ticket number 12803. 5 th Prize: A gift certificate donated by B ritish American Financial was won Amal iko Carroll of West Avenue, Carmichael R oad, ticket number 04229. Physically Challenged Children’s Committee raffle

PAGE 7

NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n nicolls@tribunemedia.net D ESPITE pleas by senior j ustices to make electoral reform a priority after the 2 007 general election, the governing Free National Movement and opposition Pro-g ressive Liberal Party have f ailed in their responsibilities, a ccording to the National Development Party (NDP This failure has resulted in the courts having to intervene once again to settle a parlia m entary election, in the case of the Elizabeth by-election, and the clock is ticking with the general election expected to be just around the corner. “(The failures t he prevailing view that our p olitical leaders have no plan for our national development, and therefore continue to a ddress national issues with a reactive, rather than a proactive approach,” said Andre R ollins, NDP executive coun cil chairman. The NDP is proposing a set o f electoral reforms, includi ng establishing a fixed date for all general elections, making it mandatory for voter reg-i sters to be updated every year, and making it illegal for any candidate, sitting mem b er of the House of Assembly or cabinet minister to serve as a poll worker during an election or party agent dur i ng the recount process. The latter proposal was the source of most contentiond uring the Elizabeth by-election. The PLP claimed the electoral system worked against their candidate RyanP inder, because of political interference on the part of the government. Party leader,P erry Christie, said the FNM displayed a grave an abuse of power by involving governm ent ministers in the electoral process. Bradley Roberts, PLP chairman, said his personal view was that cabinet minis ters should not be on the lines of the polling station unless it is in the constituency they represent. He believed the same should apply in the case of an election recount. These are conditions he would sup port in the case of electoral reform. The PLP put forward a platform for electoral review years ago, but Mr Roberts could not readily recall the details or when they were pre sented. Duane Sands, FNM candi date for Elizabeth, said it is the conduct of public officials that determine whether a conflict of interest is in play, not necessarily their status. He said he did not observe any intimidation of voters or elec tion officials during the Eliz a beth by-election. Hyperbole Mr Sands said the claims of the PLP would be very seri o us if they were true. He said politicians are prone to hyperbole and embellishment that c an be disruptive and danger ous. “Bear in mind this is a criticism being levied by a political organisation. Theya re prone to create political mischief. If it is to be determined whether there asi ndeed a conflict, who adju dicates that determination? Who is the objective observer? As they say, the truth shall s et you free. I was there and I certainly did not see any abuse, but now you can question my objectivity,” he said. Mr Roberts also questioned who would be an objective arbitrator of what is hyperbole. He said it was a matter for the person consuming the information to determine “what makes sense and what is foolishness”. He said the media had a role to play in figuring out if politicians were lying or telling the truth. “That is where the Fourth Estate comes in. In the US, when you have a politician that makes statements like that they take them to task, but not here. In the US they w ill play them over and over again. They have things like the CNN Truth Squad,” said Mr Roberts. T he only way to solve the problem of political wran gling, according to Mr Sands, is to have a change in political c ulture, not just electoral reform. We take liberty with accusations about peoples’ characters, their families and smile and say that is politics,” saidM r Sands, who said he was baselessly accused by candi date Rodney Moncur of vio lating the constitution. He said the returning offi cer, Jack Thompson, was attacked in a vicious Internet a rticle, when he “is probably one of the civil servants we should be most proud of in this country.” When we descend to start making comments as strong as those that have been made, while those who make them may understand they are benign and made for political purposes, some of our people m ay not and they may believe the persons to whom those accusations are made are actually horrible people and the consequences can be tremendous,” he said. On the matter of political culture, Mr Roberts said: “That is a factor all around the world as a part of human beings. Some of them go off to extremes: how do you control that? That is like trying to control a man’s eye sight: where he can look and where he can see; you can’t do that. In any extremes people make that are against the law, you have laws of defamation that are there.” C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .,'=&,7< %,*$/( b))(:,'( b)):,7+&5(',7 &$5' T HE majority of smouldering fires at the city dump could be extinguished by t omorrow following an extensive “dozing and dousing” operation over the w eekend. Following weeks of fires and heavy, t oxic smoke development, residents in the vicinity of the landfill off Tonique W illiams-Darling Highway may soon be able to breathe clean air again. E arl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, said that half of the combustible m aterial had now been cleared. The emergency operation, which is c osting the Government nearly $500,000, uses heavy machinery to “scrape” areas w here fires are burning under the piles garbage. T he smouldering material is then doused with water and covered with fill. T he undertaking is a 10-hour-a-day exercise involving four excavators, fourb ulldozers, two water trucks, four water pumps and 14,000 cubic yards of fill. Most of dump fires could be out by tomorrow after weekend operation Electoral reform back on the agenda D R. ANDRE ROLLINS DUANESANDS IN THIS FILE PHOTO, firemen tackle the smouldering blaze. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are 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 awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. e take liberty with accusations about peoples’ characters, their families and smile and say that is politics.” DUANE S ANDS

PAGE 8

BY SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) A t a meeting o f leaders of L atin America and the Caribbean on February 23, Caribbean Community (CARICOM e rnments supported a joint Declaration on (the l ands Islands Issue.” T he Declaration “conf irmed their support of Argentina’s legitimate rights in the sovereignty dispute with the United Kingdom over the Falkland IslandsI ssue,” and recalled “regional interest in having the gove rnments of Argentina and t he United Kingdom resume negotiations to find a fair, p eaceful and definitive solut ion to the dispute over the s overeignty” of the Falklands/Malvinas islands. They went further to call ont he European Union (EU countries to amend their charter to remove the Falkland Islands from the list of overseas territories associated with the EU. The support of Latin A merican countries for A rgentina in this matter is q uite understandable. They have links of language, cul-t ure, history and proximity t hat go back centuries. But the support of CARICOM countries for Argenti n a’s “legitimate rights” is puzzling. Both the UK and Argentina have claimed the Falklands/Malvinas fora lmost two hundred years. So what now makes Argentina’s rights more legitimate” than Britain’s? A nd, why call for “negotiations” between Argentina and Britain to find “a fair peaceful and definitive solution” to the dispute if it has already been decided that Argentina’s rights are “legiti mate”? U nless there is something they have not made public, t his position by Caribbean g overnments appears on the s urface to run counter to their own national interests. Right T he Caribbean has always strongly supported a people’s right to self-deter-m ination. It is in fulfilment of their own right to selfdetermination that Caribbean Community (CARICOM independent states. In this regard, since the people of the Falklands/Malvinas havec onsistently and overwhelmingly chosen to be British, Caribbean govern m ents would certainly not argue that the manifest wish of the people of the Falk lands/Malvinas should be i gnored, particularly since Britain has exercised de facto sovereignty over the islands continuously since 1833. The national interests of twelve of the fourteen inde-p endent CARICOM countries are much more boundup with Britain than they are with Argentina. CARICOM’s trade with Britain far exceeds trade with Argentina; investment in C ARICOM countries from B ritain is much greater than any investment from A rgentina; official developm ent assistance from Britain t o CARICOM countries directly and indirectly (through the European Union and the Commonwealth for instance) is much l arger than any assistance f rom Argentina; the number of tourists from Britain t o CARICOM countries is c onsiderably greater than f rom Argentina; and far more CARICOM nationals live, work and study in Britain than in Argentina. What appears to have triggered this discussion at the 33-nations Cancun meeti ng is the fact that a British oil exploration company, Desire Petroleum Plc, a nnounced that it had starte d drilling for oil 60 miles ( 100 kilometers) north of the Falklands/Malvinas. Argentina objects to thisd evelopment. In giving support to Argentina, CARICOM To OAS or not to OAS: That is the question C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 8, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<6&+2/$56+,3$11281&(0(17.LQJVZD\$FDGHP\OHDGLQJ%DKDPLDQVFKRROZLWK UHSXWDWLRQIRUH[FHOOHQFHLQDFDGHPLFVDWKOHWLFVDQGWKHDUWV FRPPLWPHQWWR&KULVWLDQYDOXHVDQGVWURQJWUDGLWLRQRI SXEOLFVHUYLFHLVLQYLWLQJDSSOLFDQWVIRUWZRf SUHVWLJLRXV VFKRODUVKLSVIRUVWXGHQWVHQWHULQJ*UDGHLQ $fKH*UDFHDWKDP.HPSFKRODUVKLS 1DPHGLQKRQRXURI.LQJVZD\VIRXQGHU 0UV*UDFHDWKDP.HPSKLVVFKRODUVKLSLVIRUDZHOOURXQGHG VWXGHQWZLWKSURYHQVWURQJDFDGHPLFSHUIRUPDQFH%fKHHG:DOODFHSRUWVFKRODUVKLS 1DPHGLQKRQRXURIRQHRI.LQJVZD\VHDUOLHVWEXLOGLQJ FRQWUDFWRUVDQGDIRUPHUPHPEHURIWKH%RDUGUHG:DOODFH 7KLVVFKRODUVKLSLVIRUDZHOOURXQGHGVWXGHQWZLWKSURYHQ VWURQJDFDGHPLFDQGVSRUWVSHUIRUPDQFH ,QWHUHVWHGVWXGHQWVVKRXOGVXEPLWWKHIROORZLQJDSSOLFDWLRQ SDFNDJH &RPSOHWHG.LQJVZD\+LJKFKRRO$SSOLFDWLRQ)RUP DYDLODEOHDWWKH.LQJVZD\+LJKFKRROIFHRUPD\EH HPDLOHGXSRQUHTXHVWf HFRPPHQGDWLRQOHWWHUIURP\RXUVFKRROVULQFLSDO 5HFRPPHQGDWLRQOHWWHUIURP\RXUVFKRROV&RDFKLIDSSO\LQJ IRUWKHVSRUWVVFKRODUVKLS HUVRQDOVWDWHPHQWVKDULQJ\RXUVFKRROFKXUFKDQG FRPPXQLW\LQYROYHPHQWDVZHOODV\RXUSODQVIRUWKHIXWXUH 7UDQVFULSWRI\RXUODVWWKUHHfDFDGHPLF\HDUV *UDGHVDQGWRGDWHf 7UDQVFULSWVZLOORQO\EH FRQVLGHUHGYDOLGLIWKH\DUHVXEPLWWHGLQ\RXUVFKRROV VHDOHGHQYHORSZLWK\RXUVFKRROVVWDPSRUVHDO 1RWH 6KRUWOLVWHGFDQGLGDWHVZLOOEHLQYLWHGWRVLWWKH VFKRODUVKLSH[DPLQDWLRQDQGDSSHDUDWDQLQWHUYLHZ 'HDGOLQH&RPSOHWHDSSOLFDWLRQSDFNDJHVKRXOGEH VXEPLWWHGDWWKH+LJK6FKRRO2IFHQRODWHU WKDQRQGD\DUFK VW SEE page nine WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS

PAGE 9

countries run the risk of c ompromising their own i nterest. For instance, where would they stand if Venezuela objected to oil exploration off part of Guyana, despite long-standing international arbitrationsand agreements confirming G uyana’s title? Also, where w ould these countries stand i f Venezuela objected to oil explorations that might be granted by some of them near Aves Island/Bird Rock t o which Venezuela lays a c laim? In the case of Belize w here Guatemala claims the e ntire country, the same a rgument applies. Gr ouping T hen we come to the m atter of the creation of a g rouping of these 33 countries that excludes Canada and the United States. Someo f the Latin American leaders – in particular those witha strong anti-American position – proclaimed to the m edia that this new grouping should replace the Orga nization of American States( OAS). W ell, replacing the OAS i s simply in no country’s interest – not even thosew ith the most rabid antiA merican governments. There has to be a forum in the Hemisphere where allits countries are represented and where discussions can take place at all levels of government and on alli ssues. And that organizat ion is clearly the already well-established OAS. Int his regard, Cuba should r eturn to the Organization and the exclusion of the pre sent elected government of Honduras should cease. In any event, I suspect t hat only a very few governm ents touted the idea of an alternative” organization to the OAS and even fewer would have supported it. Certainly for CARICOM countries, there is no other organization in which they can engage the US governm ent on a regular and sust ained basis at all levels. T hat alone makes the OAS w orthwhile for them. F urther, CARICOM gov e rnments greatly value their relations with Canada which h as been an ally and partner for generations in the Hemisphere and in the C ommonwealth. They would want deeper not dist ant relations with Canada. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Latin Amer-i can and Caribbean countries establishing a grouping t hat is not an alternative to the OAS, but is additional to it. H owever, no one should believe that it will be anyt hing more than an opportunity for dialogue at the level of leaders. It will have no secretariat and therefore little means of implementing decisions; decisions willh ave to be made by consen sus, therefore no binding decisions will be made; and, in truth, the grouping is soa morphous and made up of c ountries at such different levels of development and with such differing interests a nd ambitions, that its meeti ngs will be largely obligat ory and its decisions only declaratory. Welcomed T he Summit “Declaration of Cancun” does have as one of its objectives “the coordination of regional positions ahead of meetings and conferences of global reach to project the r egion and increase its influe nce.” This is to be welc omed provided that the v iew of smaller Caribbean i slands are seriously conside red and reflected by the larger Latin American states. This brings us to the OAS itself. The US government should regard this move by Latin American and C aribbean countries to set up a Hemispheric grouping, which deliberately excludes i t, as a firm warning that its n eglect of Latin America a nd the Caribbean’s development needs and issues, and its oftentimes casual dis m issal of their positions is not in the interest of the United States. The authori t ies in Washington need to e ngage Latin American and Caribbean countries as genuine partners and neigh bours and a strengtheneda nd revitalized OAS is the place to do so. I n this connection, CARICOM countries should indicate their support for the re-election on March 23 of the incumbent Secre-t ary-General, Jose Miguel Insulza. His task over the last five years in a fractious organisation, which also relies on consensus for decision-making, has not been easy. But, he has tried to i ntroduce reforms and he h as been the most forceful S ecretary-General the OAS h as seen for a long time. Additionally, he has been very mindful of his obligations to his Caribbean member states. H e has also taken on Hugo Chavez over violations of media freedom in Venezuela and he has not been afraid to point out shortcomings by the US government. To have o ffended both these advers aries, he must have done s omething right for the rest. O ver the next five and final years as Secretary-General, Insulza can be bold in giving the OAS real direction in reforming its mandate ande stablishing it as a meaningful forum for settling hemispheric issues and advancing democracy, development and human rights. Responses and previous comm entaries at: www.sirronalds anders.com C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 ot to OAS: That is the question FROM page eight There is absolutely nothing wrong with Latin American and Caribbean countries establishing ag rouping that is not an alternative to the OAS, but is additional to it.’

PAGE 10

he was “not completely surp rised” by the Bamboo T own MP’s move, of which h e said he was apprised during the course of the day by Mr McCartney. Mr Ingraham said: “Each of us in politics are bound to follow what we believe to be the best course of action in t he interest of the people we a re privileged to represent a nd in accordance with our own convictions and perceptions at any given time. I have no doubt that Mr McCartney, as he indicates, has given serious consideration to the a ction he has taken. I regret that in the foref ront of his considerations leading to this decision are, as he put it, ‘my feelings of stagnation and the inability to fully utilize my political potential at this time’. I s hould only like to remind h im of what he himself says i n his press release, which is ‘that in life nothing comes before its time’.” The Prime Minister added in his statement that Mr McCartney had “been kinde nough to share with me a copy of a press release he intends to issue with regard to his resignation”, however, no such statement was forthcoming from Mr McCartney up to press time yesterday. S everal phone messages s eeking comment from the M P went unreturned up to press time. Nor was there any word on who might replace Mr M cCartney at the Departm ent of Immigration. T he 42 year old’s decision t o step down comes just over t wo weeks after police reporte d that they were investigat ing a death threat against him, which called for Mr McCartney to “resign or be k illed.” The call came in the form of an anonymous letter. I t was the second death t hreat to a government mini ster in a month, after Youth, S ports and Culture Minister C harles Maynard was also t hreatened in a letter signed by “The Brothers”. There was no suggestion yesterday that Mr McCartney’s decision came as a result of this threat, which police sources said was being t aken very seriously. In a statement issued shortly after the Prime MInister’s, the PLP said Mr McCartn ey’s resignation as State M inister for Immigration “is a source of serious concern for the country” as the country is “in the midst of a crisis in immigration.” The party added that, given the reasons given by the MPa s noted in the Prime Minister’s statement, it was also a “serious indictment” of Mr Ingraham’s government. “His resignation has exposed the truth of how Mr Ingraham governs the count ry and his party. The PLP b elieves that the country is n ot well served by the conduct of public affairs led with bombast, harsh words and disrespect as a hall mark of g overnance. We warned a gainst it from the day Mr. I ngraham first took office. N ow the FNM has turned on o ne of its own. The country m ust be told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on this matter.” While Mr McCartney’s m ove will inevitably lead to speculation that his dissatisf action with his political exper ience within the governing p arty might serve as a preface t o him switching political alleg iances, PLP Chairman B radley Roberts yesterday said neither he nor any of his parliamentary colleagues have had “any conversation with Mr McCartney” about his decision. “We just heard about it today,” he stated. Y esterday an FNM government insider said he was “shocked” by the Bamboo Town MP’s decision. “He’sa great guy, a wonderful guy w ho has a great future in politics”, admitting that yesterday’s resignation could make it difficult” for Mr McCartney to achieve his p otential in this regard. Mr McCartney was appointed to the post of State M inister for Immigration in 2008, after previously servi ng as State Minister for Tourism and Aviation. An attorney by profession, he w as elected to parliament for the first time in the 2007 gene ral election. During his time at Immigration Mr McCartney wasv ocal about his focus on getting the country’s rampant i mmigration problem under control and on improving c ustomer service and efficiency within the Department. T he Prime Minister yesterday thanked Mr McCart-n ey for his “service to the B ahamian people and to my Government.” “My colleagues and I look forward to working closelyw ith him in the best interest of the people of the Bamboo Town Constituency and thec ountry as a whole,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JohnBullLtd.islookingforpeoplewho: Weoffer:WeShouldTalkexcitingcareerinretailLooking foran?The premier retailer in The Bahamas,hasanopeningfor thepositionof: Jr. Graphic DesignerPlease hand to: T he Marketing Department # 284 Bay St. P.O. Box N-3737N assau, Bahamas Know what it means to give outstanding customer service Have an interest in retail sales and management Desire to bring fun and enthusiasm to our family Truly believe the customer always comes first A great group of people to work with A competitive benefits package An outstanding employee discount policy All of the training you'll need to be highly successful Onlythoseinterestedinhelpingusupholdour worldfamousreputationforcustomerservice n eedapply. Ifyouwanttolearnmoreabout retail forafuturecareerorwouldliketogrow withus, pleasecompleteanapplicationform( available atalllocations)andattachacurrent resume, photo and a copy of current police certificatie, NIB card and Passport (first 4 p ages). HUBERTINGRAHAM FROM page one Cabinet Minister in shock resignation Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for ag ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986a nd share your story.

PAGE 11

C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 6W $QGUHZ6FKRRO7KH,QWHUQDWLRQDO6FKRRORI7KH%DKDPDV DQDXWKRUL]HG,QWHUQDWLRQDO%DFFDODXUHDWH:RUOG6FKRROLQYLWHV DSSOLFDWLRQVIURPTXDOLHGDQGH[SHULHQFHG %DKDPLDQFDQGLGDWHV IRUWKHIROORZLQJWHDFKLQJYDFDQFLHVZLWKHIIHFWIURP $XJXVW )XOOLQIRUPDWLRQUHJDUGLQJWKHVFKRROPD\EHIRXQGDWLWVZHEVLWHZ ZZVWDQGUHZVFRP &DQGLGDWHVVKRXOGEHTXDOLHGWHDFKHUVZKRSRVVHVVWKHQHFHVVDU\ D FDGHPLFTXDOLFDWLRQVIRUWKHSRVLWLRQVfIRUZKLFKWKH\DSSO\LQFOXGLQJ D WHDFKLQJTXDOLFDWLRQDQGEDFKHORUGHJUHHDQGQRUPDOO\QHHG WRKDYHPLQLPXPRIWZR\HDUVVXFFHVVIXOVFKRROEDVHGH[SHULHQFH 'HVLUDEOHTXDOLFDWLRQVLQDGGLWLRQWRWKRVHVSHFLHGIRULQGLYLGXDO SRVWVDUHWKDWWHDFKHUVKDYHVXFFHVVIXOH[SHULHQFHLQDQLQGHSHQGHQW DQGRULQWHUQDWLRQDOVFKRRODQGDQDGYDQFHGGHJUHH$SSOLFDWLRQVIURP FDQGLGDWHVDEOHWRFRDFKWHDPVSRUWVRUDGYLVHVFKRROFOXEVDQGDFWLYLWLHV DUHSDUWLFXODUO\ZHOFRPHG6HFRQGDU\ LH PLGGOH DQG XSSHUf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