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The Tribune
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27-year-old in court
accused of killing
ex-pat businessman

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN appeared in court
yesterday charged with the
brutal execution-style slaying
of British ex-pat businessman
Hywel Jones.

Frankly Stubbs, 27, is
charged with the murder of
the Welsh-born financier.

He was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
court number eight, Bank
Lane. The accused was led
into court wearing blue jeans,
a blue shirt and a blue wind-
breaker.

Court dockets allege that
on April 22, 2009, Stubbs —
being concerned with others
— did intentionally by means
of unlawful harm cause Jones’
death. Twenty-six witnesses
are listed on the court dock-
ets.

The accused had no attor-
ney present and was not

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HYWEL JONES

Man shot dead

A MAN, believed to be
Haitian, was shot dead on
Fox Hill Road last night.
The incident happened
around 7.30pm in an area
known as “The Bend”. The
death brings the murder
total for the year so far to
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27-YEAR-OLD Frankly Stubbs outside of court yesterday.

$10,000 worth of illegal pharmaceuticals seized in raid

MORE than $10,000 in ille-
gally sold prescription med-
ication and sexual enhance-
ment products were removed
from the streets of New Proy-
idence yesterday during the
first raid of the newly-estab-
lished Bahamas Pharmacy
Council.

Inspectors and others mem-
bers of the Council netted the
rogue pharmaceuticals by
raiding two stores, one of
them a restaurant.

The Pharmacy Council is
now urging all entities that

are illegally selling prescrip-
tion strength medication, sex-
ual enhancement and other
pharmaceutical products to
cease and desist immediate-
ly.
Pharmacy Council Chair-
man Philip Gray called on all
such entities, who through this
practice are putting the con-
sumer at risk, to contact the
Pharmacy Council or the
DEU and deliver to them the
products in question.
Entities that are not sure if
what they are selling might



be medication that requires a
prescription are also encour-
aged to contact professionals
for advice.

Following yesterday’s raids,
the products were delivered
to the Drug Enforcement
Unit (DEU) where they were
inventoried and will remain
in custody for the time being.

Speaking at a press confer-
ence at the DEU offices on
Thompson Boulevard, Mr
Gray said that yesterday’s

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By-election ballot
boxes to be brought
to court today

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE Elizabeth by-election
court hearing is set to commence
on Thursday, March 11, as attor-
neys appeared before the judges
yesterday to set the groundwork
for the case.

An order was made by the court
to have the ballot boxes from the
five polling divisions affected by
the election court challenge

SEE page eight

PLP may review
policy if McCartney
joes independent

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the PLP has made
a conscious decision to run a
candidate in every con-
stituency in the next general
election, the party’s leader
said the policy may have to
be reviewed if the FNM
decides to not run Branville
McCartney under their party
banner in Bamboo Town.

While admitting the popu-
larity and competence of the
Bamboo Town MP, Mr
Christie said he really did not
want to be seen as “encour-
aging” to the FNM’s Member
of Parliament as it will only
“feed his enemies within that
party”.

“From my perspective he
certainly is one of the exciting
personalities they have
attracted to the party. Bran

SEE page eight

Lawyer expected
in court on fraud

related charges

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A LAWYER is expected
to be arraigned on fraud relat-
ed charges in a magistrate’s
court early next week, police
said.

The lawyer, and two oth-
ers, were taken into police
custody earlier this week for
questioning after several
fraud complaints were lodged
against them. After police
investigations, two of the
lawyers were released, how-
ever the third, should be

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THE TRIBUNE



COMPLAINTS CONTINUE ABOUT THE STATE OF SAUNDERS BEACH



Environment Minister
tables beach erosion
photos in Parliament



SENATOR AND CHAIRMAN of the Committee to Protect and Preserve



the Bahamas for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the
erosion of the beach to committee members Ryan Pinder and Ricar-

do Smith.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia. net

PHOTOGRAPHS of beach
erosion on Paradise Island and
Rose Island have been tabled in
Parliament by Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux amidst
ongoing complaints over the
state of Saunders Beach.

PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger-
ald called for Minister Deveaux
to resign over the Saunders
Beach erosion he attributes to
the FNM government’s dredg-
ing of Nassau harbour and
extension work at Arawak Cay
over the last six months.

But Mr Deveaux argues that
beach erosion has occurred at
several north facing beaches on
New Providence, Paradise
Island and Rose Island which
have taken a pounding from
strong wave action in extreme
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Parliament 14 photographs of
battered beaches on Paradise
Island and Rose Island, north
east of New Providence.

Mr Deveaux maintains that
high winds brought on by a
series of cold fronts in recent
months propelled the waves
that pounded these beaches.

“T categorically deny that
erosion at Saunders Beach has
anything to do with the dredg-
ing of the harbour or extension
of Arawak Cay,” said Mr
Deveaux.

Irresponsible

“To suggest that these occur-
rences are caused by anything
other than the extreme weather
conditions is irresponsible.

“The only beaches not expe-
riencing it are on the lee side.”

Concerned conservationist
Clint Kemp said beach erosion
is widespread despite efforts to
reverse it in some areas, how-
ever he believes it may be
attributed to sand mining off
the northeastern end of Rose
Island, and north of Salt Cay,
known as Blue Lagoon Island.

“The sand travels down the
coast,” he said. “And we have
been mining the major sand



STATE OF CONCERN:
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Felipé Major/Tribune staff

ERODING CONFIDENCE: People walk along Cabbage Beach. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux argues that beach erosion has occurred
at several north facing beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Rose Island which have taken a pounding from strong wave action

in extreme weather conditions.

production area we have for
years and years, so it only
makes sense that obviously if
we start taking the sand away,
beaches on the northern side
of the shore will erode.”

Mr Kemp would like to see
environmental research to
determine the affect sand min-
ing has on the beaches that
draw millions of tourists to the
Bahamas and thereby sustain
our number one industry.

But tonnes of sand are
required every year for con-
struction projects, and Mr
Kemp said building a golf

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course alone requires around
3,000 truck-loads of sand.

The Albany development on
the southwestern coast of New
Providence will require regu-
lar sand imports to maintain
the western end of Adelaide
beach after developers cut
through the coastline to build a
marina, he said.

“Tt’s all speculative at this
point but it’s common sense,”
Mr Kemp said. “If you take the
sand and it gets depleted, you
won’t have enough for the
beaches.”

Atlantis Resort bosses did

not return calls for comment
on the state of Cabbage Beach
before The Tribune went to
press last night, but Mr
Deveaux said Kerzner Interna-
tional has not voiced any con-
cerns to the government.

The minister said his depart-
ment hopes to mitigate beach
erosion in the long term by
removing shallow-rooted inva-
sive casuarina trees and Hawai-
ian scaveolla from the shore-
line, and replacing them with
local species such as sea grapes
and sea oats which naturally
protect the shoreline.

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Jon Cross, a senior account manager at
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to Nassau to make a presentation on his expe-
riences with the groundbreaking internet com-
pany over the last six years.

Jon will be hosted by the Bahamas Internet
Association (BIA) and the event is being spon-
sored by Paradigm Business Solutions.

According to the BIA, “This is a timely pre-
sentation as many Bahamian residents and
businesses are seeking ways to increase their
revenues and decrease costs. Also, well estab-
lished businesses are learning that the culture
of the workplace is changing and employees
are demanding more flexibility and teamwork.

“These traditionally run businesses are try-
ing to learn how to foster a positive and flexi-
ble work culture, while maintaining their stan-
dards and profitability. Many are looking to the
internet for the answers and tools to address
these goals,” said the association in a state-
ment.

Jon’s presentation will aim to address these
concerns. The BIA said he will share his expe-
riences of working on major internet advertis-
ing campaigns that have run on the Google
network, and explain how internet advertis-
ing can generally benefit companies.

Jon will also explain how Google's model
fosters innovation and how Bahamian com-

panies can emulate Google’s innovative and
flexible work culture.

He said: “Even though I’ve lived away from
Nassau for the past 18 years, I still consider it
home and I visit almost every year. I’m thrilled
to be sharing some of my experiences at
Google with other Bahamians.”

Excited

Damien Forsythe, event organiser for the
Bahamas Internet Association, said: “I’ve know
Jon for a few years and I’ve visited his London
Google office in person and I’m very excited to
hear more in his presentation.”

Chad Bowe, one of the principals of the BIA
and co-owner of Paradigm Business Solutions,
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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



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A 21-YEAR-OLD
man accused of having
sex with an underage
girl was arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday.

It is alleged that
Edward Renaldo Rolle
of Foxdale, on February
28, had unlawful inter-
course with a girl
between 14 and 16 years
of age.

Rolle, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusolla Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to
enter a plea to the
charge.

He was granted $7,500
bail with one surety.

The case has been
adjourned to June 17 for
the commencement of a
preliminary inquiry.
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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT workers
were evasive yesterday when
confronted with questions
about the bahamas.gov.bs
website.

In the wake of several com-
plaints, The Tribune sought to
clarify whether government
websites are developed and
managed according to a web-
site development plan or a
national information technol-
ogy policy, and whether the
bahamas.gov management
team has the relevant train-
ing or a background in tech-
nology.

Standards vary as to the
management of ministry web-
sites. Some ministries have
their own domain names, such
as the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA), which came
under criticism Wednesday by
member of parliament Fred
Mitchell. Most ministries have
sub-domain names under the
main government website.

Speaking of the govern-
ment’s main domain, web
developer Chris Thronebury
of 242 Studios, said: “It is hor-
rid. There is no flow to it. You
have different departments
with different looks. I don’t
know what the real facts are,
but most government agen-
cies look to get stuff for the
cheapest they can get it and
that is exactly what it looks
like. Pages take a long time
to load. There is no clean nav-
igation.”

Government websites are
managed by a web team in the
Data Processing Unit (DPU)
at the Ministry of Finance.
Comment could not be
obtained from the Deputy
National Co-ordinator for
Information Technology,
Wade Watson; the director of
web design, the director of the
Information Technology Unit
and two web administrators
stationed in the DPU.

One administrator hung up
after stating the only person
able to comment on the web-
site was the deputy national
co-ordinator. Mr Watson
instructed The Tribune to
write to the financial secre-
tary in the Ministry of Finance
about any statements for pub-
lication in the newspaper.

“Tam not at liberty to dis-
close any information on
behalf of the Ministry of
Finance. I am not at liberty
and don’t have the authority
to comment,” said Mr Wat-
son.

Mr Thronebury, who has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in
interactive media design, said
he is not sure what the pur-
pose of the government’s web-
site is. He said all websites
should have a clear purpose,
which should be readily dis-
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“In visiting it I don’t really
get a strong sense of what they
want me to do when I get to
their website. The scrolling
news ticker at the top is pret-
ty antiquated. The look of the
menu bar on the left is poor.
Design wise, the header leaves
a lot to be desired. It looks
like someone’s brother’s
cousin did it. They just took a
lot of Bahamian pictures and
faded them into each other.
You can’t kill the designer
because that is what the client
may have wanted it to look
like,” he said.

One government employee
said each ministry has the ulti-
mate choice of what to do
with their website, although
the DUP prefers all websites
to operate under the main
government domain.



FOX Ge Fred Mitchell
criticised the website of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In light of the MOFA pro-
jecting to be $250,000 under
budget, Mr Mitchell asked this
week for an explanation of
why the money was not put
to use on the website.

“The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has a website. The
website is symptomatic per-
haps of what is happening
there. Nothing has been pub-
lished on the ministry’s web-
site since the budget state-
ment of the minister last year
prior to July 1,” said Mr
Mitchell.

“Since that time presum-
ably something has been done
but there is nothing that is
projected on the official site
of the ministry. There is a rea-
son that you have websites
available these days. It allows
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he said.

A government official in the
MOFA said no one is working
on the site right now because
they are in the process of
transferring it to the
bahamas.gov.bs platform.
That process is being co-ordi-
nated by the administrative
office and the permanent sec-
retary.

The condition of the
MOFA website is consistent
with several other government
websites, which have outdated
information, in some cases
from as far back as 2006.

“The template is very limit-
ing. In the very beginning they
said they wanted it not to be
too flashy or flamboyant. The
policy was to have a very aus-
tere looking site. Now they
want it to be more interesting
than it is,” said a website con-
tent manager in one of the
ministries.

Despite the inadequacies
identified by private and pub-
lic sector commentators, some
administrators say the website
is useful. In the case of the
Department of Culture, web-
master Francis Fox said pri-
mary and secondary school
students, and College of the
Bahamas students especially,
use the website for assign-
ments.

“People find it tremen-
dously useful. That is the rep-
utation we have, and the Cul-
tural Resource Centre. Peo-
ple have written books and
done degree theses from the
resource centre. People find
the website to be extremely
helpful in doing culture
research. They look to the
website for a lot of historical
information,” said Mr Fox.

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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.

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Obama the ‘outsider’ from inside DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The throw-
the-bums-out mentality is so strong in Amer-
ican politics that even the ultimate insider —
the president of the United States — is run-
ning against Washington.

Casting yourself as an outsider from
inside the White House is no easy trick,
especially when your party controls both
houses of Congress. But that doesn't stop
Barack Obama from trying.

"At stake right now is not just our ability
to solve this problem," President Obama
said Wednesday, referring to the US. health
care system, "but our ability to solve any
problem. The American people want to
know if it's still possible for Washington to
look out for their interests and their future."

It may seem like a stretch, but it makes
political sense for President Obama to run
against Washington. Other presidents,
including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton,
did it for most of their terms. President
George W. Bush convinced voters he was a
regular Joe rather than the privileged son of
a former president — George H.W. Bush
— who served for years in Washington.

Voters despise the place.

Almost nine out of 10 Americans say
officials in Washington are heavily influ-
enced by special interests and only care
about getting re-elected, according to a
recent CNN/Opinion Research poll. Nearly
as many say Washington politicians are out
of touch. "Honest" is a word that only 22 per
cent of Americans would use to describe
their national leaders.

A CBS News/New York Times poll in
early February found 81 per cent saying it's
time to elect new people to Congress, with
just 8 per cent saying most members deserve
re-election.

These are anemic numbers, even for
Washington. The anti-establishment fervor
has many consequences:

e The once-dismissed loose confedera-
tion of "tea party" activists opposed to big
government, bailouts and higher taxes is
causing heartburn for establishment candi-
dates across the country.

¢ Republican Scott Brown won the seat
long held by Sen. Ted Kennedy after promis-
ing to change Washington's ways.

¢ Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lost a GOP
primary fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Forced to choose between two incumbents,
Texas voters sided heavily against the one
who works in Washington.

No stranger to the politics of change,
President Obama is trying to find his footing
in an unfriendly landscape. And so there he
was Wednesday, spinning his White House
service into an anti-Washington crusade.

President Obama said: "I spent seven



hours at a summit where Democrats and
Republicans engaged the public in substan-
tive discussion about health care."

The spin: He is uniting a divided capital.

President Obama said: "So now is the
time to make a decision about how to final-
ly reform health care so that it works, not
just for the insurance companies, but for
America's families and businesses."

The spin: He's not beholden to special
interest groups like the rest of Washington.

President Obama said: "I'll leave it to
others to sift through the politics. Because
that's not what this is about. That's not why
we're here.”

The spin: He's above politics. He's not
part of that mess in Washington.

And, finally, President Obama said his
health care plan "incorporates the best ideas
from Democrats and Republicans — includ-
ing some of the ideas that Republicans
offered during the health care summit."

The spin: He's a get-it-done public ser-
vant, not a Washington ideologue.

It wasn't always this way. For many
decades, Washington was a town politicians
proudly called their own — the pinnacle of
their profession. But as the public's faith in
government started its long decline in the
1960s, presidents and other politicians began
distancing themselves from the nation's cap-
ital. Reagan's election in 1980 made anti-
Washington rhetoric a cliché for future pres-
idents. Indeed, the cornerstone of Presi-
dent Obama's campaign was his promise to
make Washington work for the public. But
the burdens of governing have largely stifled
his "change we can believe in" agenda.

A month ago, while scrambling to recov-
er from Brown's election, President Oba-
ma warned lawmakers that voters will pun-
ish them in November if they fail to fix
health care. "If Congress decides we're not
going to do it, even after all the facts are
laid out, all the options are clear, then the
American people can make a judgment as to
whether this Congress has done the right
thing for them or not," he said.

Note that President Obama referred to
the Democratic-led Congress as "this Con-
gress" as if it weren't part of the political
structure that he's leading. Was he distanc-
ing himself from a Democratic Congress?
It seemed so.

"They are waiting for us to act,” President
Obama said Wednesday. "They are waiting
for us to lead. And as long as I hold this
office, I intend to provide that leadership."

And as long as he lives in Washington,
President Obama is likely to run against it.

(This article was written by Ron Fournier
of the Associated Press).



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read what I can only
describe as the slanted, irre-
sponsible diatribe by one
Abner Pinder by letter in
your newspaper of Wednes-
day, 3rd March, 2010 cap-
tioned “Deeply Disturbed
by Talk Show Host’s Pas-
sionate Dislike for Ingra-
ham” and I now respond
thereto.

It is clear to me that Mr
Pinder is one of the intoler-
ant and unfortunate num-
ber of Bahamians whose
views and ears have been so
bludgeoned by years of par-
tisanship and self-serving
propaganda that they can-
not discern balance or fair-
ness if it is as big as an ele-
phant.

My guest on Issues of the
Day on the show that pre-
ceded Mr Vincent Peet was
the Honourable Tommy
Turnquest who like Mr Peet
was treated by me with the
same courtesy, respect and
license to express his views.
Mr Turnquest received an
overwhelming number of
positive and very partisan
calls. After the show with
Mr Turnquest I was bom-
barded by calls to my office
and my home = and
approached in public places
by persons of the view that I
allowed Mr Turnquest to be
an apologist for Mr Ingra-
ham and the FNM govern-
ment and allowed callers to
unfairly attack the PLP and
the Honourable Perry
Christie. [reply to them as I
now reply to Mr Pinder—
“That’s the way of democ-
racy, get used to it. Grow
up!”

As regards Mr Pinder’s
statement that I allow an
unfair imbalance of calls to
the show I say, that is utter
nonsense; and as for the
‘Pauper’ who he refers to as
a caller on more than one
occasion, there is the proud
FNM Calvin Farquharson
who defends his party on my
show and is allowed the
same unbridled expression. I
do, unapologetically, cut off
any caller who ventures into
defamatory statements and
seeks to abuse the right to
free expression.

Leading members and

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ministers of the Free
National Movement have
privately and publicly
applauded the fairness,
objectivity and balance
which typify my hosting of
Issues of the Day, a view
widely held by other politi-
cal groupings and in the
wider community. For Mr
Pinder’s information I have
personally contacted the
leadership of the FNM on
several occasions to urge
them to facilitate guests for
my show so as to assure bal-
ance.

Yet the most vile, danger-
ous and objectionable part
of Mr Pinder’s statement of
intolerance is in his written
words “...I will have no
choice but to ask all my
friends to stop supporting
programmes of this nature
and then maybe there will
be an awakening in the
radio media.”

This naked threat to and
intimidation of democratic
expression by Mr Pinder in
calling for a boycott of
media that allows freedom
of expression within the
ambits of our laws and con-
stitution depicts a “Jim
Crow” mentality that is most
frightening; and I hope and
pray that Mr Pinder’s
“friends” are not as Nean-
derthal as he is in appreciat-
ing this deepening and
maturing of our democracy.

Given their respective his-
tory I verily believe that
both Mr Ingraham and the
newspaper to which Mr Pin-
der writes his letter should
find these naked threats to
constitutionally guaranteed
freedoms quite uncomfort-
able.

Furthermore, many of Mr
Pinder’s “friends” are an
important and integral part
of Jones Communications,
and many of his “friends”
have been lifted and lauded
by Love 97 and Jones Com-
munications in ceremonies
and awards befitting their
notable contributions to our

beloved Bahamas.

As for Mr Pinder’s fool-
ish assertion that I hate Mr
Ingraham, and his infantile
advice to me in that regard,
Isay to Mr Pinder “You just
don’t get it”.

The time, history and
Algernon Allen of which
you presumably speak have
long been dead and buried
and a renaissance man has
replaced him. One who is
happy with his life and cir-
cumstances and grateful for
the many blessings which
God has bestowed upon him
and his loved ones. This new
Algernon Allen has recom-
mitted his life to family and
country as never before.
This One Bahamas man has
embraced friend and foe
alike and has renewed bro-
ken friendships with plea-
sure. No, Mr Pinder, I do
not hate or dislike Mr Ingra-
ham, quite to the contrary.
What I do hate is blind intol-
erance; I despise words of
advice that ill-disguise polit-
ical operatives about their
infernal mischief; and I pity
the Abner Pinders of my
country who speak and
write words of venom,
threats and untruth in a
shameful attempt to posi-
tion me and mine and to sti-
fle democracy. IT WILL
NOT WORK!

Sir Lynden Pindling
shaped my youth and posi-
tive appreciation of self; Mr
Ingraham led me to oppor-
tunities to assist my coun-
try’s development in ways
that I would never have
imagined; and Mr Christie
reached his hand of friend-
ship over years of partisan-
ship and acrimony to ensure
me equality of opportunity
in my country. I will be eter-
nally grateful to these three
men, but I have not allowed
and will not allow this grati-
tude to cause me to be
“bound to swear to the dog-
mas” of any of them.

Yours in One Bahamas.

ALGERNON
SPB ALLEN Sr
Nassau,

March 3, 2010.

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HEALTH: MID-TERM BUDGET DEBATE

Construction of theatre suites
to cut hospital costs by $14m

THE construction of three new surgical theatre suites and support facilities at the
Princess Margaret Hospital will result in a savings of $14 million for the state-owned
facility, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

Addressing parliamentarians during his mid-term budget debate contribution,
Dr Minnis said the savings will come as a result of a reduction in the average length
of stay for patients.

He said the average length of stay at PMH currently stands at 7.7 days. Once the
theatres and support facilities are completed, that figure is expected to decrease to
6.5 days.

“With the introduction of our additional theatres and more Out Patient surgery,
we should be able to decrease our average length of stay by 1.2 days, which will
reflect a savings of about $14 million to our institution,” Dr Minnis said.

“Therefore one can see the benefit of moving ahead with the construction of
those three new theatres.”

Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by November of next
year, at a cost of $5.35 million.

Contract

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) entered into a contract with the Inte-
grated Architect Lead Design Team, a Bahamian consortium, late last year for the
design and construction of the three new operating theatres and support facilities.
Dr Minnis noted that the project is the largest capital investment project at PMH
in the past decade.

In addition to the three new theatres, there will be day surgery clinics, post-
surgery clinics, a Central Surgical Supplies Department (CSSD) and a Medical Sur-
gical Supplies Department (MSSD).

At the contract signing for the project last November, Dr Minnis said: “Obviously
the need to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital is pressing and is driven by cur-
rent and projected issues such as population growth, changes in the levels and pat-
terns of diseases, and changing methods and techniques in patient care, et cetera.

“Recognising that a new hospital will take, at a minimum, about six years to plan
and construct, we have determined that key areas for improvements and devel-
opment in the existing facility must be addressed in the interim. This includes urgent
developments in areas such as the Emergency Room, Eye Wing, Dialysis Unit and
the operating theatres.”

Dr Minnis said healthcare officials expect similar savings at the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, which is also undergoing a theatre ren-
ovation/expansion programme at an estimated cost of $1.6million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2010, with a projected completion date
of September 2010.



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Minister outlines progress of public health initiatives

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

PUBLIC health nurses can
expect their group health insurance
to be implemented in April, Min-
ister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
said.

This statement came as he out-
lined the progress of several public
health initiatives during his contri-
bution to the 2009/2010 mid-year
budget debate in the House of
Assembly yesterday.

He said that, as promised by gov-
ernment, public health nurses
received salary increases in Janu-
ary, 2010.

He added that progress is being
made on providing health insur-
ance coverage to these nurses, as
outlined in their 2005 Industrial
Agreement, and this slated to be
implemented by April this year.

This should come as good news
to public nurses who staged a mas-
sive sick-out last year after Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
government would delay imple-
menting their health coverage
because of the troubled economy.

Yesterday, Dr Minnis said public
health nurses and doctors all
received salary increases this bud-

get year, costing the government
$1, 574,962.38.

The minister said that nurses
“continue to play an integral role in
the national delivery of health
care" underscoring the need for
the recruitment of nurses to
become a top priority issue.



DR HUBERT MINNIS

He said that as of February,
2010, 127 high school seniors in
New Providence took part in the
Nursing Cadet Programme.

Touching on other health issues,
Dr Minnis noted that in the cur-
rent fiscal year - which began on
July, 1 2009 - the Public Hospitals
Authority received a budget allo-
cation of $181,455,991 or 80.3 per
cent of the health budget and 11.9
per cent of the national budget.

Another $3 million was allocated
for capital development projects.

He said for the first time in its 10
year history, the Public Hospital's
Authority had a reduction in over-
time costs. For the first half of the
2009/2010 fiscal year, expenditure
on PHA overtime decreased by
seven per cent compared to the
corresponding period in 2008/2009.

Savings

This netted the PHA more than
half a million dollars in savings due
to improved staff scheduling and
other resource management strate-
gies, said Dr Minnis.

The PHA also achieved savings
in electricity and gasoline use, over-
seas patient referrals and contracts
for medical services. The agency
recorded a $494,772 savings in elec-
tricity due to the installation of
timers on its air conditioning units
and a policy of turning off
machines when staff are away from
work areas.

He added that despite the down-
turn in the economy, revenue col-
lection at the Princess Margaret
Hospital has shot up by 12 per cent
or $362,442 for the year thus far.

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dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Nearly 30 per
cent of visa applications by
Bahamians wishing to study in
the UK were rejected by the
British Consulate General
because persons had failed to
apply properly.

Jasmine Boria-Djellali, senior
entry clearance officer at the
British Consulate General in
New York, reported that the
Consulate processed a total of
65 applications from the
Bahamas in 2009.

“We had a refusal rate of 27
per cent and that is why we are
here today trying to inform stu-
dents the correct way to apply,
and meet with our stakeholders
so we can drop the refusal
rate,” she said on Wednesday in
Freeport.

Mts Djellali said the required
maintenance forms/letters writ-
ten by banking institutions in
the Bahamas are often not
properly worded and can cause
delays in the processing of stu-
dent visa applications.

“T have a big concern with
that. And I think it would be
worth us meeting with bank
branches here to discuss how
things should be worded.

“T looked at someone’s bank
letter and it was completely
wrong in comparison to what
we require. The letter is saying
this person has an amount of
funds on the date, but it should
say that the individual has held
the amount of funds for the
past 28 days continuously and
has not dropped,” she
explained. Mrs Djellali gave an
extensive presentation about
the visa application process,
including the requirements of
Tier 4 student visa application,
and the Student Visitor Cate-
gory application.

Principals, teachers, and stu-
dents from Sunland Baptist
School, Tabernacle Baptist
Academy, and Eight Mile Rock
High attended the meeting held
at the Foster B Pestaina Hall.

The foreign students con-
tribute significantly to the UK
economy, which saw an injec-
tion of £2.5 billion last year in
tuition fees alone.

“We do value students
because they are a big value to
the UK economy,” said Mrs
Djellali, noting that some
70,000 visa applications are
processed each year at the
British Consulate in New York.

The Tier 4 student visa appli-
cation was introduced on
March 31, 2009, and all educa-

tional institutions or universi-
ties in the UK are to be listed
on the UKBGA register list.

Mrs Djellali stated that visa
applications must be support-
ed by a Certificate of Accep-
tance for Study (CAS) from the
institution at which the student
will study, a maintenance
requirement form, and all orig-
inal documents such as school
transcripts, degrees, and pass-
port. The Tier 4 applications
are available online at
www.visaforuk.fco.gov.uk.

Persons can also apply
online.

Students are required to
complete biometrics for finger-
prints and photographs.
Appointments can be made
online for the biometric clinic,
which is held on the second
Tuesday of each month in Nas-
sau. The visa application fee is
$239 US, plus a return fee of
$20 for UPS to have passports
and other paperwork returned
to applicants.

Mrs Djellali said the pro-
cessing of applications usually
takes between five to 10 busi-
ness days, but can be longer
during the busy summer sea-
son. She warned that applicants
submitting forged documents
can face a 10-year ban to the
UK. “We have not experienced

any problems of forged docu-
ments coming from our appli-
cants in the Bahamas, but we
have seen a small number from
domestic or countries in South
America,” she said.

Maintenance requirements
for applicants depend on the
duration of the course and
where they study.

She noted that students
enrolled in a course for nine
months or less studying in Lon-
don borough are required to
show they have £800 per month
for the nine months they are in
the UK. The requirement for
nine-month courses outside of
London is £600 for each month.

Persons studying on full uni-
versity degree courses of more
than nine months must show
they have the university fee for
the first year, plus £7,200 for
the first nine months.

The student visitor category
visas are issued to persons on
study for less than six months at
an approved institution in the
UK who do not want to work
and have no intention of
extending their time in the UK.
They can travel without a visa
in their passport, but they must
show an acceptance letter and
evidence showing they can sup-
port themselves while they are
there to an immigration officer.

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FOX HILL COMMUNITY DONATES TO RED CROSS HAITI RELIEF



PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) ARE: Portia Sands, Fox Hill Urban Renewal; Pastor Warren Anderson,
Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Mr Mitchell; Mrs Turnquest; Pastor Rahming; Pastor Pinder; Rev
Sherelle Saunders, Faith Mission Church of God; Rev Henry Whyte, Coke Methodist Church; Deacon
Theodore Rahming, Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Rev, Sabrina Pinder, St Mark's Native Baptist
Church; and Pastor David Johnson, Macedonia Baptist Church.

Under the auspices of the Fellowship of
Churches of Fox Hill, headed by Rev Dr J
Carl Rahming and vice president Rev Dr
Carrington Pinder, the Fox Hill community
held a special service to pray for the vic-
tims of the Haiti earthquake and to make a

donation to the Red Cross’ relief efforts.
The service was held on Wednesday at St
Paul’s Baptist Church, where a cheque was
presented to Caroline Turnquest, director
general of the Bahamas Red Cross by Fox
Hill MP Fred Mitchell and the pastors.



MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister (left) and Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright (right) recently toured schools on Long Island. The ministers are
pictured with Deputy Island Administrator (middle) Roderick Bowe touring the Glinton’s Primary
School garden.

Education Minister
impressed with
Long Island schools

MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister and a
delegation of senior educa-
tion officials including the
Permanent Secretary Elma
Garraway visited Long
Island on Friday 26 February
to inspect all of the island’s
schools and to speak with
administrators, teachers and
students about their con-
cerns regarding the delivery
of education on the island.

Member of Parliament for
the Long Island and Ragged
Island Constituency Larry
Cartwright and Chief Coun-
cillor lan Knowles also
accompanied the group on
the tour.

Later in the evening Min-
ister Bannister addressed
students and members of
Long Island communities at
the Bahamas Outstanding
Student Foundation Awards
held at St John’s Anglican
Church in Buckley’s.

Mr Bannister commend-
ed Trevor Whylly, founder
and organiser of the awards
programme, for his commit-
ment to education by hon-
ouring students for their suc-
cesses over the past 15 years.

He also acknowledged
that he had previously heard
about the success of Long
Island students and that he
was impressed with the edu-
cational programmes at the
schools in Long Island.

“It is no secret in the

Bahamas that some of the
best and brightest students
can be found on this island.
It is a fact that each August
when national examination
results are released, Long
Island is always in the num-
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the Family Island Schools
and it is also among the top
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the minister said. He also
noted that the most recent
Grade Level Assessment
Test (GLAT) results show
that Long Island primary
schools had an overall suc-
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student passes with grades
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Mr Bannister further not-
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there are islands that have
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“My theory of this accom-
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throughout the Bahamas
had; which is study hard,
learn your lessons and you
will succeed,” he said.

During the awards cere-
mony the island’s top pri-
mary and secondary school
students were presented with
certificates and plaques for

excelling in academics and
sports.

Tamara Curry of NGM
Major High School was the
island’s most outstanding
student with a grade point
average of 4.0; Salathiel
Wells was recognised as the
most outstanding male with
the GPA of 3.5.

The tour circuit began at
Glinton’s Primary School
where the minister spoke
with students about their
lessons and their aspirations.

He also toured the
school’s garden where a lush
crop of bananas, sugar cane,
pineapples and pumpkins
were being grown.

The next stop on the tour
was the Simms Primary
School headed by Principal
Rodney Gibson.

Mr Bannister and his del-
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es and tested students’
knowledge on various top-
ics. They also took the
opportunity to tour the
school’s green-house and
state-of-the art pre-school
unit where the students
offered the minister words
of encouragement to per-
form his job.

The tour also included
stops at North Long Island
High, Lower Deadman’s
Cay Primary, NGM Major
High, Mangrove Bush Pri-
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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS



Still no National —

Cultural Policy four
years after draft

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tripunemedia.net

FOUR years after a work-
ing draft was submitted for
review there is still no
National Cultural Policy in
place for the Bahamas.

The draft document was
submitted by then Director
of Culture in the Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture
Dr Nicolette Bethel and by
Dr Daniel Glaser of the
University College London
as part of his NESTA Cul-
tural Leadership Award.

Dr Linda Moxey-Brown
was just appointed as the
new director after a two-
year period where the
department was without
official leadership.

She said she was unable
to say why the policy has yet
to be implemented as she is
still going through all of the
documents. But she said the
intention is still to develop a
policy.

Fox Hill Member of Par-
liament Fred Mitchell is crit-
ical of the government for
not allocating enough
resources for the Ministry
of Culture and developing
a cultural policy.

He said the anger
expressed by some artists in
respect of the Sidney Poitier
International Film Festival
was misdirected and should
be re-channelled to find out
what the government is
doing to fund the arts and
film in the Bahamas.

“What I encourage the
young film makers to do,
quite beside their demon-
strations and protest is to
work with the politicians
and other civic leaders to see
that we develop a cultural
policy which will encourage
tax policies and funding poli-
cies to get what is needed
for the cultural communi-
ty,” said Mr Mitchell.

He said a cultural policy
could facilitate the spread
of Bahamian culture and
make a world of difference
to the tourism product.

He referred to the prac-
tice in Jamaica, where the
government hires a writer
every year at independence
time to write a script for a
national pantomime. This
was one of several examples
that could comprise a cul-
tural policy.

“Some of the older musi-
cians for example are com-
plaining that the old music
and rhythms are being lost
because there is not suffi-

DR NICOLETTE BETHEL



cient training of Bahamian
music and rhythms,” said Mr
Mitchell.

An insider in the Depart-
ment of Culture said since
Dr Bethel left the depart-
ment, no one has referred
to the draft policy for some
time.

However, according to the
insider, the department is
exceeding the mandate of
the draft policy, because the
department is implementing
programmes to highlight the
Bahamas’ European cultur-
al heritage, particularly in
the national arts festival. He
said the draft cultural policy
was skewed towards the
Bahamas’ African heritage.

“They deal very exhaus-
tively with the Bahamian
heritage. When it comes to
the European heritage they
deal with it very scantily. If
you take the European com-
ponent from Bahamian cul-
ture it would collapse com-
pletely. Our culture now is
hybridised,” the insider said.

The 47-page draft culture
policy states: “Culture is
ever-changing. This docu-
ment attempts to describe
the state of Bahamian cul-
ture at a particular juncture
in space and time. This doc-
ument cannot and will not
speak for all Bahamians in
all eras. In order for it to be
effective, it will need to be
adopted, implemented,
reviewed, re-evaluated and
revised in a timely fashion.”

The main responsibilities
of the Department of Cul-
ture, according to an admin-
istrator, are the Boxing Day
and New Year’s Day
junkanoo parades, Indepen-
dence celebrations and the
E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival, which is cur-
rently underway. In 2009,
some 30,000 artists partici-
pated in the arts festival.

Haitian family survives two

big quakes in two months
SAN BERNARDO, Chile



THE Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the
devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile
for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-
Prince, according to Associated Press.

Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at
3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on
record shook a swath of Chile.

All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But
twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the
eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the
Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will
strike.

"T left my country and came here because of an earthquake,"
Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes,
said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!"

"My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die
here!"

Pierre Desarmes, 34, managed to get his family out of Haiti
thanks to personal contacts at the Chilean Embassy in Port-au-
Prince and the Chilean armed forces. Nine members of his family
— his parents, two brothers and their families, and three cousins —
arrived in Santiago on a Chilean air force plane Jan. 23.

Desarmes, the lead singer of a popular Haitian reggaeton band
in Chile, still gets choked up when he recalls seeing his family for
the first time stepping off the plane.

"I saw them but I didn't believe it. I said, 'My God, they're
here.’ It was a very difficult moment," he said, speaking in French
in the garden of the house the family now calls home.

"Each time I think about it, I get sad, because I realize I was able
to do this because I was here. But there are so many people who
are there and I don't know what's going to happen to them."

His relatives had to leave Haiti with only hours' notice, receiv-
ing instructions on where to go via cell phone text messages from
a relative in the United States who was in contact with Desarmes
in Santiago. Philomene didn't even have time to pack, dashing to
the Chilean Embassy when she received word the family had been
cleared to fly out.

Saturday's earthquake has made a difficult transition even more
traumatic.

"When the aftershocks come, they refuse to stay in the house,"
Desarmes said, sipping a Coke at a table in the garden, his relatives
sitting nearby.

"T have to talk to them all day long telling them: 'There are no
problems, it's a country that's prepared for earthquakes, it'll pass,
it's not so bad.' But they don't hear me. Psychologically for them,
they're still really affected by it.”

Eleuthera power plant

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SUBCONTRACTED workers at
the Eleuthera power plant sat out
from work for a second day yester-
day and will not return until Monday
as they await payment.

Around 30 welders, painters,
masons and general construction

workers employed by Heavy Marines

and Foundations Limited (HMF) to

work on the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
; poration (BEC) power plant site in

Hatchett Bay received only $100 each
in their bi-monthly pay cheque last
Friday.

Funds

The funds from the German com-

: pany MAN Diesel Group to pay the

HMF workers were reportedly
delayed in the international transfer
from Germany.

HMF has had up to 100 workers at
the site at a time since starting on the

project in November 2008, and man-

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held up owing to banking complica-
tions.

He said HMF was forced to pull
workers from the site on Wednes-
day as the funds sustaining the com-
pany need to be paid for work to
progress.

As payment from the German
company can take up to two weeks to
be cleared, HMF cannot continue to
operate on the site without funding.

However, Mr Pratt said neither
MAN Diesel or BEC are at fault.

“We know they are going to pay, it
was just a problem with the process,”
he told The Tribune.

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begging for work, so we thought they
would understand the situation, but
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work very hard and they need the
money.

“And we are glad everything will
be resolved by Monday,” Mr Pratt
said.

BEC general manager Kevin Bas-
den emphasised that the Corporation
and MAN Diesel have lived up to pay-
ment obligations.

BEC had someone on the site yes-
terday to investigate the situation.

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brought to the court at 4
o’clock this afternoon.

Attorney Philip “Brave”
Davis, who represents peti-
tioner Leo Ryan Pinder,
indicated that polling divi-
sions 4, 5,7, 8,10 are affect-
ed by the challenge. These
ballot boxes will be opened
before the judges, the Par-
liamentary Registrar, attor-
neys and three agents for the
parties concerned in a closed
meeting. The protest ballots
will be removed and the bal-
lot boxes will then be
rescaled.

It was agreed yesterday
that the evidence in the case
will be presented by way of
sworn affidavits. Those affi-
davits are expected to be
filed and exchanged
between attorneys for the
concerned parties by Mon-
day, March 8. The election
court petition was filed by
Ryan Pinder of the PLP,
who gained 1,499 votes to
Dr Sands’ 1,501 in the Feb-
ruary 16 Elizabeth con-
stituency by-election. Mr
Pinder is claiming that five
protest votes cast in his
favour should be counted,
thus making him the elected

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MP for Elizabeth.

“We are breaking new
ground today. These are his-
toric proceedings,” Senior
Justice Anita Allen said yes-
terday. She noted that there
is no precedent to follow as
no candidate has ever
invoked Section 69 of the

Parliamentary Elections
Act. She said that the case
will require far greater
scholarship.

“Democracy dictates that
the people of Elizabeth
should know as soon as pos-
sible who will represent
them,” Senior Justice Allen

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during the election court
proceedings and that there
should be no remarks from
the public gallery. She noted
that any disruption of the
proceedings could lead to
contempt charges. She said
that the hearing is to com-
mence from 10 am to 6pm.

QC Milton Evans, who
represents the Free Nation-
al Movement’s Dr Duane
Sands, told the court his
client reserves the right to
raise the issue of Pinder’s
citizenship when it becomes



necessary.

Cassius Stuart, Bahamas
Democratic Movement
leader, is also listed as a
respondent in the petition
and has one protest vote. He
indicated, however, that he
will not make any submis-
sions or file any affidavits,
but will exercise his right to
observe the proceedings. Mr
Stuart obtained 76 votes in
the by-election. The election
court hearing is expected to
be completed by the end of
the month.

PLP may review policy if
McCartney goes independent

FROM page one

is an example of what can happen to you and they have to be
very careful of how they deal with him. Of course any level of
turmoil they incur is to my party’s benefit.

“And whatever has happened I don’t think it should go to the
level when the man is not nominated by his party, but these are
the times in which we live and we have to wait and see what
takes place,” he said.

As to whether or not the party would run a candidate against
Mr McCartney if he were to run as an independent MP, Mr
Christie said that that determination would have to consid-
ered very carefully.

“There is no question that this will place the spotlight on the
FNM and its leadership. You would recall during the cam-
paign that we had the message of having a good candidate, a
good team, and a good message. Having a good team is very
important.

“From our point of view, we have always concerned ourselves
that the FNM has found it very difficult to shake the perception
that they are all gathered around looking up at the leader
waiting for him to make the call. So that younger generation has
to pay attention to this.

“And Branville is an educated man but to put that issue out
that he is shallow I found that simply amazing! But I leave that
to the FNM. This is clearly an issue they have to deal with. This
is their show and we will sit by and see what takes place,” he
said.

When Mr McCartney resigned from Cabinet he complained
of being frustrated in the execution of his duties and that his
political growth was being stagnated.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in his press release on
the matter that while the resignation of any minister is always
regrettable, he was not at all surprised at Mr McCartney’s
decision. He thanked him for his service to the country and
expressed his desire to working closely with him in the best
interest of the people of Bamboo Town and the country at

large.

Man charged with
Hywel Jones murcer

FROM page one

required to enter a plea. How-
ever, before he was led out of
court, he asked the magistrate
for a chance to speak.

He told the court: "I ain’
know nothin’ 'bout this.”

Stubbs, of Moncur Alley,
in New Providence, was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison until Monday.

A preliminary inquiry will
be held to determine if there
is sufficient evidence for the
matter to proceed to the
Supreme Court for trial.

Earlier yesterday, Royal
Bahamas Police Force Assis-
tant Commissioner Glenn
Miller held a press conference
to announce the impending
arraignment and commend
the officers he said were
instrumental in the Hywel
Jones investigation.

"The police launched an
extensive investigation into
this brutal murder and after
many months of probing, a
suspect was identified and
taken into custody,” said ACP
Miller, ahead of yesterday's
arraignment, flanked by

Superintendent Leon Bethel,
Superintendents Elaine
Sands, Elbert Ferguson and
Ashton Greenslade.

When asked if more arrests
were likely, ACP Miller
would only say that the inves-
tigation was not closed.

"The investigation certain-
ly is not closed, but I don't
want to comment in that
direction at this time. We're
still doing inquiries to deter-
mine the extent of his involve-
ment and others,” he said.

Mr Jones, 55, was shot in
the back of the head on the
morning of April 22, 2009 as
he was about to enter his
company, Britannia Consul-
tant Group on West Bay
Street.

He had just got out of his
car when a_ gunman
approached him on foot, shot
him, and then fled.

Police reported that the
gunman escaped the area on a
motorcycle.

Mr Jones lay comatose in
hospital before dying of his
injuries on May 8.

After his death, his family
offered a $50,000 reward for
information on his killer.

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By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

A PRODUCTIVE day in
the field and in marquee
events on the track pro-
pelled the St. Augustine’s
Big Red Machine to a seem-
ingly insurmountable lead
and headed into the final
day of the BAISS Track and
Field Championships they
appear poised for a 22nd
consecutive title.

With a score of 742.50
points, the Big Red
Machine increased a day one
lead from 57 to nearly 200
points to gain firm control
of the three day meet.

The remainder of the top
five schools remained

unchanged in the standings.

The Queen’s College
Comets are the nearest con-
tenders with 550 points, the
St Anne’s Blu.Se Waves are
third with 232.5 points, the
St. John’s Giants are cur-
rently fourth with 227.5
points and the St. Andrew’s
Hurricanes round out the
top five with 168 points.

Just one new meet record
was set on day two when
SAC’s Antonique Butler set
a new mark in the Interme-
diate girls’ triple jump.

Her leap of 11.04m beat
the two-year-old mark of
10.81m by Kenya Culmer in
2008.

Carifta veteran and Big
Red Machine senior leader,
V’Alonee Robinson led the

surge for her team on day
two with a pair of first place
finishes.

Robinson easily took the
Senior girls’ 100m in 11.93s,
well ahead of teammate
Anthonique Strachan in
12.45s.

The Comets’ Printassia
Johnson was third in 12.49s.

Robinson’s domination
carried over to the field
when she took the long jump
with a leap of 5.47s.

The Big Red Machine
won 12 of the 16 finals con-
tested in the field, and four
of the eight events on the
track to propel themselves
far ahead of the competition.

SEE page 10

Amateur Boxing Federation
selects two new teams

THE AMATEUR Boxing
Federation of the Bahamas
continues to make progress
within its development pro-
gramme and provide young
fighters with opportunities to
showcase their skills at the
international level.

The Federation has select-
ed a pair of teams to compete
at international events this
month, which brings the total
number of national teams in
competition on the year up to
three.

The national boxing senior
team which includes Carl
Hield and Valentino
Knowles, will compete at the
Commonwealth Champi-
onships, March 9-19 in India.

Both fighters currently train
in Cuba and are expected to
become the flag bearers for
the Bahamas at the 2012
Olympics in London, Eng-
land.

The Commonwealth
Championships are expected
to be the first in a series of
tune-ups on the long road
toward qualification and the
London Games.

The Federation has offi-
cially dubbed the process the
"Reno Johnson Training Pro-
gram" to honour of the fight-
er whose historic run in 2008
made him the first Bahamian

fighter to qualify through the
International Amateur Box-
ing Association elimination
process, and came just one
win away from the medal
round at Beijing Games.

The team will be accompa-
nied by National team coach
Andre Seymour and refer-
ee/judge, Alvin Sargeant.

The team departs for com-
petition Monday, March 8th.

Among the juniors, a team
of four boxers are scheduled
to compete at a regional tour-
nament in the Cayman
Islands, March 5-9.

Grand Bahamian based
boxers Andy Moxey and
Justin Sawyer will team up
with Rashield Williams and
Godfrey Strachan from New
Providence

Arthur Missick will lead the
team as its head coach.

"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have
had a a fighter traveling to
the Continental Youth Cham-
pionships, team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, seniors
will compete at the Com-
monwealth Championships,"
Seymour said, "So amateur
boxing is in full effect and is
now will be rolling on for the
rest of the year."

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Valentino Knowles



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GIRLS compete in the 800 moi heats.

SPORTSNOTES

BASKETBALL
NPWBA LEGENDS ALL-STARS

e THE New Providence Women's Bas-
ketball Association is inviting all those play-
ers selected to participate in the 2010 Leg-
ends All-Stars to attend a practice session on
Monday at the 7 p.m. at the DW Davis
Gymnasium.

Bonnie Turnquest Culmer; Fianza Rolle;
Laurie Demeritte; Marsha Demeritte;
Andrea “Georgeous” Knowles; Pam Car-
roll; Dorothea Lafleur; Julie Swaby; Char-
lene “Swish” Smith; Toni “T-Bone” Mar-
shall; Nancy Symonette; Marilyn Toote; Jean
*Bubbles” Minus; Oria Wood; Sonia Toote;
Celestine Albury; Jackie Conyers; Vivian
Haynes; Flo Rolle; Phillipa “Smokey” Moss
Coleby; Sharon Rose; Dr. Linda Davis;
Edna Forbes; Patty Johnson; Mynez Cargill;
Denise Gordon; Christine Beneby; Chris-
tine Cunningham; Cindy Fox; Lynn Wright;
Natasha Huyler; Hattie Moxey; Margaret
Albury; Cordell Thompson and Paula Bal-
four.

The coaches are John Todd; Winston
Symonette; Randy Cunningham; Randolph
Swaby and Ricardo “Muppet” King.

The chaperones are Dawn Knowles; Judy
Hamilton; Dianne Sands and Barbara
Delaney.

The All-Star game will be staged on Sat-
urday, March 27 at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-

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nasium, starting at 7 p.m.

The following players have been selected
to participate in the Legends Free Throw
Competition: Elizabeth “Betty” Cole; Cyn-
thia “Mother” Pratt; Naomi Ellis; Patsy Tay-
lor; Sis. Annie Thompson; Beryl Brown;
Daisy Walker; Lady Edith Turnquest; Stel-
la Knowles; Winnifred “Winnie” Russell;
Lenora Conyers; Marie “Star” Sealey and
Angela Green Sawyer.

BASKETBALL

BSC SCHEDULE

e THE Baptist Sports Council will con-
tinue its 2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Clas-
sic on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex with the following fixture:

Court One — 10a.m. Latter-Day vs Mace-
donia (15); 11a.m. Christian Tabernacle vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon Cousin McPhee
vs Macedonia (19); 1 p.m. St. John’s vs
Christian Tabernacle (19); 2 p.m. Evange-
listic Center vs Bahamas Harvest (M); 3
p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs New Bethle-
hem (M); 4 p.m. Church of the Nazarene vs
Faith United (M).

Court Two — 10a.m. St. John’s vs Chris-
tian Tabernacle (15); 11a.m Salvation
Army vs Latter-Day (19); Noon Faith
United vs Temple Fellowship (19); 1 p.m.
Mt. Tabor vs Latter-Day (19); 2 p.m. Tem-
ple Fellowship vs Golden Gates (M); 3
p.m. Macedonia vs BIBA (M); 4 p.m. Mt.



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volinson set to begin professional career

THIS weekend, another
talented young Bahamian
will be stepping into the ring
in the United States.

In fact, Taureano ‘Reno’
Johnson actually will be
launching his professional
career when he competes in
a four-rounder against
American Cleoney Fuqua.

The event is being held at
the Center Stage in Atlanta,
Georgia.

Johnson, who turned 27 on
February 12, is currently
under contract with Pound
for Pound Management, who
earlier this year sealed a
three-year deal with the for-
mer outstanding amateur
boxer from Pinewood Gar-
dens.

It’s just unfortunate that
Johnson has had to leave,
like so many of our previous
boxers, to get their break-
through in the fistic arena
after he’s made such an
impact on the local scene.

There are others like Free-
man ‘the Natural’ Barr,

Big Red Machine
takes huge lead

FROM page nine

In the Long Jump, SAC
got winning jumps from
Drashanae Rolle (bantam
girls), and Robinson.

St. Andrew’s Ashton But-
ler won the Senior boys
event for his second first
place finish of the meet.

The Big Red Machine
took two of three high jump
events with Danielle Gibson
(junior girls) and Carifta
2009 medallist Jabari
Wilmott.

They took three contested
shot put events with first
place finishes from Adrian
Grant (bantam boys),
Cymone Hamilton (senior
girls), and Kyle Higgs (inter-
mediate boys).

Jerome ‘the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber’ Ellis, Sher-
man ‘the Tank’ Williams and
Meacher ‘Pain’ Major, who
have all had to secure inter-
national companies to man-
age their careers.

Johnson, who made histo-
ry by becoming the first
Bahamian to earn a ranking
at both the Olympic Games
and the World Champi-
onships over the past two
years, have been contem-
plating his move to the pro-
fessional ranks for quite
some time.

He noted that he’s accom-
plished all that he could as
an amateur and it’s now time
for him to start to earn some
money.

By taking on 28-year-old
Fuqua tonight, Johnson is
beginning a new chapter in
his life that hopefully will
turn out to be just as benefi-
cial for him as his past as an
amateur.

However, with so many of
our fighters getting stagnated

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by their handlers, who have
not always been able to
deliver on their promises to
get them into the big leagues,
Johnson should be very cau-
tious in his way forward.

He possesses all the tools
that could make for an excel-
lent pro fighter, but it’s not
going to be an instant suc-
cess and he should realise
that he will have to mix the
good with the bad.

Saying all that, he should
have a good pro career
ahead of him as he prepares
for his debut tonight against
Fuqua, who is coming off a
loss in just his second pro
fight.

RAHMING’S RESIGNATION

Last week, Frank ‘Pancho’
Rahming tendered his resig-
nation as the Technical
Director of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations.

It’s a move that the
BAAA say they never saw
coming, although Rahming

stated in his letter to secre-
tary general Timothy
Munnings that he felt too
many times that fingers were
pointed at him as the prob-
lems that existed within the
association.

No particular incident was
listed, but the BAAA
encountered a conflict in the
dates that the association was
staging its Scotiabank
National High School Cham-
pionships and the Grand
Bahama Schools Sports
Association was putting on
its Island Championships
next weekend.

As the BAAA’s nationals
is intended to bring all of the
schools in the country togeth-
er to compete against each
other head-to-head, there’s
no reason why they should
clash with Grand Bahama,
the biggest supporter outside
of New Providence.

So the nationals, unfortu-
nately, will be minus the
Grand Bahama schools for
the first time, but hopefully it

won't diminish the level of
competition that will be dis-
played.

While Rahming was fil-
ing his resignation, the
BAAA were making plans
to go to Grand Bahama
where they were able to
work out the differences
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ROSE COOPER, an inspector with the Bahamas Pharmacy Coun-
cil, holds up one of the products seized during a raid of a restau-
rant yesterday.

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Saturday

FROM page one

exercise is only the first in a
series of raids to remove ille-
gally sold pharmaceutical
products from facilities that
are not licensed pharmacies,
thereby ensuring the protec-
tion of the consumer.

Mr Gray said that these
exercises are part of the
Council’s efforts to ensure
“pharmaceutical vigilance”.

“Principally we are con-
cerned with facilities
encroaching on professional
pharmacies when there are

trained persons following the
prescribed guidelines for prac-
tice,” Mr Gray said.

At this juncture, the Phar-
macy Council chairman said
they are not sure how and
from where these products are
entering the Bahamas.

The Council, he added, will
be working closely with the
Customs Department and oth-
er government agencies to
ensure that these types of ille-
gitimate products do not make
it into the country in future.

In addition to the prescrip-
tion strength medication

seized yesterday, were prod-
ucts such as insulin syringes
and inhalers.

There were also a large
number of sexual stimulants
and enhancers, including the
so-called “Cool Lozenge”, the
“Gou Qi Capsule”, “Restora-
tion” and “China Brush”.

Most of these products, Mr
Gray said, only had Chinese
writing on them, thereby pre-
venting the consumer from
reading about the ingredients
or directions.

Sergeant Paul Jones, of the
DEJ, said police are now in

the preliminary stages of their
investigations in this matter
and cannot say for certain if
persons will be charged as a
result of the raids.

However, Mr Gray said
that the Pharmacy Act 2009
refers to prosecution and fines
relating to these types of
offences, and going ahead
with their exercises, persons
will most definitely be
charged in future.

The Bahamas Pharmacy
Council is responsible for reg-
ulating the pharmaceutical
profession in the Bahamas.

Lawyer expected in court on fraud related charges

FROM page one

before the courts as early as Tuesday.
"On Wednesday we had three attor-
neys in custody. Two of them were
released, however one of the attorneys
was charged and is expected in court as
early as next week Tuesday," said Press
Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip-

pings.

Sgt Skippings would not divulge the
names of the lawyers — two males and
one female — in question.

She also would not say if the attorneys
are all part of the same firm or provide
any details surrounding their practice.

She could not say how many com-
plaints were made against the
lawyers.

However, she said the matter should
be a message that the RBPF will pursue

white collar complaints with just as much
vigour as criminal ones.

"No one is above the law and once a
matter, or a complaint is made against
you, we will definitely investigate the
matter,” she told the media yesterday.

"Once that complaint is made we want
the Bahamian people to know we are
working and we will definitely put those
persons before the courts once there is
sufficient evidence to charge them."

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Man charged with Hywel Jones murder C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.86FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 74F LOW 61F B U S I N E S S S P O R T S SEEPAGE NINE Machine takes huge lead SEEPAGE1B Bahamasair in 14-15% market share decline By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with the brutal execution-style slaying of British ex-pat businessman Hywel Jones. Frankly Stubbs, 27, is charged with the murder of the Welsh-born financier. He was arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in court number eight, Bank Lane. The accused was led into court wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and a blue windbreaker. Court dockets allege that on April 22, 2009, Stubbs being concerned with others did intentionally by means of unlawful harm cause Jones' death. Twenty-six witnesses are listed on the court dock ets. The accused had no attorney present and was not 27-y ear-old in cour t accused of killing ex-pat businessman The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com T ry our Big Breakfast Sandwich FINDTODAY’SCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E 27-YEAR-OLD Frankly Stubbs outside of court yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Elizabeth by-election court hearing is set to commence o n Thursday, March 11, as attorneys appeared before the judges yesterday to set the groundworkf or the case. An order was made by the court t o have the ballot boxes from the five polling divisions affected by the election court challenge By-election ballot boxes to be brought to court today SEE page eight B y PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net WHILE the PLP has made a conscious decision to run a candidate in every constituency in the next generale lection, the party’s leader said the policy may have to be reviewed if the FNM decides to not run Branville McCartney under their party banner in Bamboo Town. W hile admitting the popularity and competence of the Bamboo Town MP, Mr Christie said he really did not want to be seen as “encour aging” to the FNM’s Member of Parliament as it will only “feed his enemies within that party”. “From my perspective he certainly is one of the exciting personalities they have attracted to the party. Bran By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A LAWYER is expected to be arraigned on fraud related charges in a magistrate's court early next week, police said. The lawyer, and two others, were taken into police custody earlier this week for questioning after several fraud complaints were lodged against them. After police investigations, two of the lawyers were released, however the third, should be PLP may review policy if McCartney goes independent SEE page eight Lawyer expected in court on fraud related charges SEE page 11 MORE than $10,000 in illegally sold prescription medication and sexual enhance ment products were removed from the streets of New Prov idence yesterday during the first raid of the newly-estab lished Bahamas Pharmacy Council. Inspectors and others members of the Council netted the rogue pharmaceuticals by raiding two stores, one of them a restaurant. The Pharmacy Council is now urging all entities that are illegally selling prescription strength medication, sexual enhancement and other pharmaceutical products to cease and desist immediate ly. Pharmacy Council Chair man Philip Gray called on all such entities, who through this practice are putting the consumer at risk, to contact the Pharmacy Council or the DEU and deliver to them the products in question. Entities that are not sure if what they are selling might be medication that requires a prescription are also encouraged to contact professionals for advice. Following yesterday’s raids, the products were delivered to the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU inventoried and will remain in custody for the time being. Speaking at a press conference at the DEU offices on Thompson Boulevard, Mr Gray said that yesterday’s $10,000 worth of illegal pharmaceuticals seized in raid SEE page 11 A MAN, believed to be Haitian, was shot dead on Fox Hill Road last night. The incident happened around 7.30pm in an area known as “The Bend”. The death brings the murder total for the year so far to 18. Man shot dead SEE page eight HYWEL JONES

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net PHOTOGRAPHS of beach erosion on Paradise Island and Rose Island have been tabled in Parliament by Environment Minister Earl Deveaux amidst ongoing complaints over the state of Saunders Beach. PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald called for Minister Deveaux to resign over the Saunders Beach erosion he attributes to the FNM government’s dredging of Nassau harbour and extension work at Arawak Cay over the last six months. But Mr Deveaux argues that beach erosion has occurred ats everal north facing beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Rose Island which have taken a pounding from strong wave action in extreme weather conditions. On Wednesday he tabled in Parliament 14 photographs of battered beaches on Paradise Island and Rose Island, north east of New Providence. Mr Deveaux maintains that high winds brought on by a series of cold fronts in recent months propelled the waves that pounded these beaches. categorically deny that erosion at Saunders Beach has anything to do with the dredging of the harbour or extension of Arawak Cay,” said Mr Deveaux. Irresponsible “To suggest that these occurrences are caused by anything other than the extreme weather conditions is irresponsible. “The only beaches not expe riencing it are on the lee side.” Concerned conservationist Clint Kemp said beach erosion is widespread despite efforts to reverse it in some areas, how ever he believes it may be attributed to sand mining off the northeastern end of Rose Island, and north of Salt Cay, known as Blue Lagoon Island. “The sand travels down the coast,” he said. “And we have been mining the major sand production area we have for years and years, so it only makes sense that obviously if we start taking the sand away, beaches on the northern side of the shore will erode.” Mr Kemp would like to see environmental research to determine the affect sand mining has on the beaches that draw millions of tourists to the Bahamas and thereby sustain our number one industry. But tonnes of sand are required every year for con struction projects, and Mr Kemp said building a golf course alone requires around 3,000 truck-loads of sand. The Albany development on the southwestern coast of New Providence will require regular sand imports to maintain the western end of Adelaide beach after developers cut through the coastline to build a marina, he said. “It’s all speculative at this point but it’s common sense,” Mr Kemp said. “If you take the sand and it gets depleted, you won’t have enough for the beaches.” Atlantis Resort bosses did not return calls for comment on the state of Cabbage Beach before The Tribune went to press last night, but Mr Deveaux said Kerzner International has not voiced any concerns to the government. The minister said his depart ment hopes to mitigate beach erosion in the long term by removing shallow-rooted inva sive casuarina trees and Hawaiian scaveolla from the shore line, and replacing them with local species such as sea grapes and sea oats which naturally protect the shoreline. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Environment Minister tables beach erosion photos in Parliament Jon Cross, a senior account manager at Google’s UK Head Office will return home to Nassau to make a presentation on his expe riences with the groundbreaking internet company over the last six years. Jon will be hosted by the Bahamas Internet Association (BIA sored by Paradigm Business Solutions. According to the BIA, “This is a timely presentation as many Bahamian residents and businesses are seeking ways to increase their revenues and decrease costs. Also, well established businesses are learning that the culture of the workplace is changing and employees are demanding more flexibility and teamwork. “These traditionally run businesses are try ing to learn how to foster a positive and flexible work culture, while maintaining their stan dards and profitability. Many are looking to the internet for the answers and tools to address these goals,” said the association in a state ment. Jon’s presentation will aim to address these concerns. The BIA said he will share his expe riences of working on major internet advertis ing campaigns that have run on the Google network, and explain how internet advertis ing can generally benefit companies. Jon will also explain how Google's model fosters innovation and how Bahamian companies can emulate Google’s innovative and flexible work culture. He said: “Even though I’ve lived away from Nassau for the past 18 years, I still consider it home and I visit almost every year. I’m thrilled to be sharing some of my experiences at Google with other Bahamians.” Excited Damien Forsythe, event organiser for the Bahamas Internet Association, said: “I’ve know Jon for a few years and I’ve visited his London Google office in person and I’m very excited to hear more in his presentation.” Chad Bowe, one of the principals of the BIA and co-owner of Paradigm Business Solutions, added: “We are thrilled to be part of an event like this where someone born and raised in Nassau and who is working with one of the most prominent internet companies of our time will offer invaluable advice.” If booked in advance online, the three-course lunch and presentation is $40 per person. Oth erwise the price is $55 at the door, if space remains available. The Bahamas Internet Association is an independent, non-profit group that promotes effective and profitable use of the internet by Bahamian residents and businesses. Bahamian-born Google exec to give talk in Nassau ERODINGCONFIDENCE: People walk along Cabbage Beach. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux argues that beach erosion has occurred at several north facing beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Rose Island which have taken a pounding from strong wave actioni n extreme weather conditions. S TATEOFCONCERN: S aunders Beach C C O O M M P P L L A A I I N N T T S S C C O O N N T T I I N N U U E E A A B B O O U U T T T T H H E E S S T T A A T T E E O O F F S S A A U U N N D D E E R R S S B B E E A A C C H H S ENATOR AND CHAIRMAN o f the Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the erosion of the beach to committee members Ryan Pinder and Ricard o Smith. MAKING A PRESENTATION: Jon Cross. E ARLDEVEAUX Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENTworkers w ere evasive yesterday when confronted with questions about the bahamas.gov.bs website. In the wake of several comp laints, T he Tribune s ought to clarify whether government websites are developed and managed according to a website development plan or a n ational information technology policy, and whether the b ahamas.gov management t eam has the relevant traini ng or a background in technology. S tandards vary as to the management of ministry webs ites. Some ministries have their own domain names, such as the Ministry of Educationa nd the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA under criticism Wednesday by member of parliament Fred Mitchell. Most ministries haves ub-domain names under the m ain government website. Speaking of the government’s main domain, web developer Chris Thronebury o f 242 Studios, said: “It is horrid. There is no flow to it. You h ave different departments with different looks. I don’t know what the real facts are, but most government agen-c ies look to get stuff for the c heapest they can get it and that is exactly what it looks like. Pages take a long time to load. There is no clean nav igation.” G overnment websites are m anaged by a web team in the Data Processing Unit (DPU at the Ministry of Finance.C omment could not be o btained from the Deputy N ational Co-ordinator for Information Technology, W ade Watson; t hedirector of web design, the director of the Information Technology Unit and two web administrators stationed in the DPU. O ne administrator hung up after stating the only person able to comment on the website was the deputy national co-ordinator. Mr Watson i nstructed T he Tribune t o w rite to the financial secre tary in the Ministry of Finance about any statements for publication in the newspaper. “I am not at liberty to dis c lose any information on behalf of the Ministry of Finance. I am not at liberty and don’t have the authority to comment,” said Mr Watson. Mr Thronebury, who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in interactive media design, said he is not sure what the purpose of the government’s website is. He said all websites should have a clear purpose, which should be readily discernible. In visiting it I don’t really get a strong sense of what they want me to do when I get to their website. The scrolling news ticker at the top is pretty antiquated. The look of the menu bar on the left is poor. D esign wise, the header leaves a lot to be desired. It looks l ike someone’s brother’s cousin did it. They just took a lot of Bahamian pictures and faded them into each other. You can’t kill the designer b ecause that is what the client may have wanted it to look like,” he said. One government employee said each ministry has the ultimate choice of what to do w ith their website, although t he DUP prefers all websites to operate under the main government domain. I n light of the MOFA projecting to be $250,000 under budget, Mr Mitchell asked this week for an explanation ofw hy the money was not put t o use on the website. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a website. The website is symptomatic perhaps of what is happening t here. Nothing has been pub l ished on the ministry’s website since the budget statement of the minister last year prior to July 1,” said Mr Mitchell. Since that time presum ably something has been done b ut there is nothing that is projected on the official site of the ministry. There is a rea son that you have websites a vailable these days. It allows t he public access to informa t ion from the ministry about t he business of the country,” he said. A government official in the MOFA said no one is working on the site right now because they are in the process of transferring it to the b ahamas.gov.bs platform. That process is being co-ordin ated by the administrative office and the permanent secretary. The condition of the MOFA website is consistent w ith several other government websites, which have outdated information, in some cases from as far back as 2006. “The template is very limiting. In the very beginning they s aid they wanted it not to be t oo flashy or flamboyant. The policy was to have a very austere looking site. Now they want it to be more interesting t han it is,” said a website cont ent manager in one of the m inistries. Despite the inadequacies i dentified by private and public sector commentators, some a dministrators say the website i s useful. In the case of the D epartment of Culture, webmaster Francis Fox said primary and secondary school students, and College of the Bahamas students especially, use the website for assignm ents. “People find it tremendously useful. That is the reputation we have, and the Cul tural Resource Centre. Peo p le have written books and d one degree theses from the r esource centre. People find the website to be extremely helpful in doing culturer esearch. They look to the w ebsite for a lot of historical i nformation,” said Mr Fox. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A MAN and a woman a re in police custody after o fficers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU seized five and a half pounds of suspected marijuana from a residence on Harmony Hill off Village Road. The DEU officers carried out a search of the house at around 9.30am yesterday. The persons taken into custody for questioning in connection with the matter are a 38-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. ARMED ROBBERY A MASKED man, reportedly armed with a handgun, robbed the Jubilee Convenience Store on Fire Trail Road yesterday afternoon. Shortly after 12:20pm, police arrived at the scene and were told that a masked man, wearing a green striped shirt and blue jeans, and allegedly armedw ith a handgun, entered the store demanding cash. T he culprit robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area in a black Honda Accord with the licence plate number 173007. FIREARM FOUND ACTING on a tip, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU a bushy area in the Excellence Estates area off Carmichael Road at around 2.30pm yesterday. The officers discovered a handgun with a small amount of ammunition under a stone. No one was taken into custody. Police are investi gating. Two held by police after suspected marijuana found Government websites come in for criticism A 21-YEAR-OLD m an accused of having sex with an underage girl was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday. It is alleged that Edward Renaldo Rolleo f Foxdale, on February 2 8, had unlawful intercourse with a girl between 14 and 16 years of age. Rolle, who was arraigned before Magist rate Subusolla Swain in Court 11, Nassau Street, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He was granted $7,500 bail with one surety. The case has been adjourned to June 17 for the commencement of a preliminary inquiry. Sergeant Herbert Duncombe prosecuted the arraignment. Man charged with sex with underage girl FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell criticised the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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E DITOR, The Tribune. I read what I can only describe as the slanted, irres ponsible diatribe by one Abner Pinder by letter iny our newspaper of Wednesd ay, 3rd March, 2010 captioned “Deeply Disturbed b y Talk Show Host’s Passionate Dislike for Ingraham” and I now respond t hereto. It is clear to me that Mr P inder is one of the intolerant and unfortunate number of Bahamians whose views and ears have been so bludgeoned by years of part isanship and self-serving p ropaganda that they cannot discern balance or fairn ess if it is as big as an elephant. M y guest on Issues of the Day on the show that preceded Mr Vincent Peet wast he Honourable Tommy Turnquest who like Mr Peet w as treated by me with the same courtesy, respect and license to express his views.M r Turnquest received an overwhelming number of p ositive and very partisan c alls. After the show with Mr Turnquest I was bomb arded by calls to my office a nd my home and a pproached in public places b y persons of the view that I a llowed Mr Turnquest to be an apologist for Mr Ingra h am and the FNM government and allowed callers to u nfairly attack the PLP and the Honourable Perry Christie. I reply to them as I now reply to Mr Pinder That’s the way of democracy, get used to it. Grow up!” As regards Mr Pinder’s statement that I allow an unfair imbalance of calls to the show I say, that is utter nonsense; and as for the ‘Pauper’ who he refers to as a caller on more than one o ccasion, there is the proud F NM Calvin Farquharson who defends his party on my show and is allowed the same unbridled expression. I do, unapologetically, cut off any caller who ventures into defamatory statements and seeks to abuse the right to free expression. Leading members and m inisters of the Free National Movement have privately and publicly applauded the fairness, objectivity and balancew hich typify my hosting of Issues of the Day, a view w idely held by other political groupings and in the wider community. For Mr Pinder’s information I have personally contacted the l eadership of the FNM on several occasions to urge them to facilitate guests for m y show so as to assure balance. Yet the most vile, dangero us and objectionable part of Mr Pinder’s statement of i ntolerance is in his written w ords “I will have no choice but to ask all my f riends to stop supporting programmes of this nature and then maybe there willb e an awakening in the radio media.” T his naked threat to and i ntimidation of democratic expression by Mr Pinder in calling for a boycott of media that allows freedom of expression within the ambits of our laws and con stitution depicts a “Jim C row” mentality that is most f rightening; and I hope and p ray that Mr Pinder’s friends” are not as Nean derthal as he is in appreciating this deepening and maturing of our democracy. Given their respective his tory I verily believe that both Mr Ingraham and the n ewspaper to which Mr Pin d er writes his letter should f ind these naked threats to constitutionally guaranteed freedoms quite uncomfort-a ble. Furthermore, many of Mr Pinder’s “friends” are an important and integral part of Jones Communications, and many of his “friends” have been lifted and lauded by Love 97 and Jones Communications in ceremonies and awards befitting their notable contributions to our b eloved Bahamas. A s for Mr Pinder’s fooli sh assertion that I hate Mr Ingraham, and his infantile advice to me in that regard, I say to Mr Pinder “You just don’t get it”. T he time, history and Algernon Allen of which y ou presumably speak have long been dead and buried a nd a renaissance man has replaced him. One who is happy with his life and circumstances and grateful for the many blessings which G od has bestowed upon him and his loved ones. This new Algernon Allen has recom m itted his life to family and country as never before. T his One Bahamas man has e mbraced friend and foe alike and has renewed broken friendships with plea-s ure. No, Mr Pinder, I do not hate or dislike Mr Ingrah am, quite to the contrary. What I do hate is blind intole rance; I despise words of advice that ill-disguise politi cal operatives about their infernal mischief; and I pity t he Abner Pinders of my c ountry who speak and write words of venom, threats and untruth in a s hameful attempt to posi tion me and mine and to stifle democracy. IT WILL NOT WORK! Sir Lynden Pindling shaped my youth and posi tive appreciation of self; Mr I ngraham led me to oppor tunities to assist my coun t ry’s development in ways t hat I would never have i magined; and Mr Christie reached his hand of friend s hip over years of partisan s hip and acrimony to ensure me equality of opportunityi n my country. I will be etern ally grateful to these three men, but I have not allowed and will not allow this gratitude to cause me to be “bound to swear to the dog mas” of any of them. Yours in One Bahamas. ALGERNON SPB ALLEN Sr Nassau, March 3, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON (AP the-bums-out mentality is so strong in American politics that even the ultimate insider the president of the United States is running against Washington. Casting yourself as an outsider from inside the White House is no easy trick, especially when your party controls both houses of Congress. But that doesn't stop Barack Obama from trying. "At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to the U.S. health care system, "but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it's still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future." It may seem like a stretch, but it makes political sense for President Obama to run against Washington. Other presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, did it for most of their terms. President George W. Bush convinced voters he was a regular Joe rather than the privileged son of a former president George H.W. Bush who served for years in Washington. Voters despise the place. Almost nine out of 10 Americans say officials in Washington are heavily influenced by special interests and only care about getting re-elected, according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll. Nearly as many say Washington politicians are out of touch. "Honest" is a word that only 22 per cent of Americans would use to describe their national leaders. A CBS News/New York Times poll in early February found 81 per cent saying it's time to elect new people to Congress, with just 8 per cent saying most members deserve re-election. These are anemic numbers, even for Washington. The anti-establishment fervorhas many consequences: The once-dismissed loose confedera tion of "tea party" activists opposed to big government, bailouts and higher taxes is causing heartburn for establishment candidates across the country. Republican Scott Brown won the seat long held by Sen. Ted Kennedy after promising to change Washington's ways. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lost a GOP primary fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Forced to choose between two incumbents, Texas voters sided heavily against the one who works in Washington. No stranger to the politics of change, President Obama is trying to find his footing in an unfriendly landscape. And so there he was Wednesday, spinning his White House service into an anti-Washington crusade. President Obama said: "I spent seven hours at a summit where Democrats and Republicans engaged the public in substantive discussion about health care." The spin: He is uniting a divided capital. President Obama said: "So now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America's families and businesses." The spin: He's not beholden to special interest groups like the rest of Washington. President Obama said: "I'll leave it to others to sift through the politics. Because that's not what this is about. That's not why we're here." The spin: He's above politics. He's not part of that mess in Washington. And, finally, President Obama said his health care plan "incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans including some of the ideas that Republicans offered during the health care summit." The spin: He's a get-it-done public ser vant, not a Washington ideologue. It wasn't always this way. For many decades, Washington was a town politicians proudly called their own the pinnacle of their profession. But as the public's faith in government started its long decline in the 1960s, presidents and other politicians began distancing themselves from the nation's cap ital. Reagan's election in 1980 made antiWashington rhetoric a clich for future pres idents. Indeed, the cornerstone of Presi dent Obama's campaign was his promise to make Washington work for the public. But the burdens of governing have largely stifled his "change we can believe in" agenda. A month ago, while scrambling to recover from Brown's election, President Oba ma warned lawmakers that voters will pun ish them in November if they fail to fix health care. "If Congress decides we're not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not," he said. Note that President Obama referred to the Democratic-led Congress as "this Congress" as if it weren't part of the political structure that he's leading. Was he distancing himself from a Democratic Congress? It seemed so. "They are waiting for us to act," President Obama said Wednesday. "They are waiting for us to lead. And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership." And as long as he lives in Washington, President Obama is likely to run against it. (This article was written by Ron Fournier of the Associated Press). I don’t hate Mr Ingraham I hate blind intolerance LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Obama the ‘outsider’ from inside DC :$17('5(7$,/25( 0$1$*(56IRUFKDLQRIUHWDLOVWRUHVRQDUDGLVH ,VODQG:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VDZHHN 6DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV EDITOR, The Tribune . I appeal to the Police Department, Licensing Authority, Minister of Environment – whoever to do something about the thoughtless jackasses who, day and night, ride their motorbikes at reckless speeds throughout our town, motors emitting unnecessary head-splitting blasts. Bang!Boom! Wham! Whammo! Kerboom! Kerbam! Sleepless in Sans Souci Nassau, March 3, 2010. Please do something about thoughtless bikers

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net PUBLIC health nurses can e xpect their group health insurance to be implemented in April, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minniss aid. T his statement came as he outl ined the progress of several public health initiatives during his contribution to the 2009/2010 mid-year budget debate in the House of A ssembly yesterday. H e said that, as promised by government, public health nurses received salary increases in Janu-a ry, 2010. He added that progress is being made on providing health insur-a nce coverage to these nurses, as o utlined in their 2005 Industrial A greement, and this slated to be implemented by April this year. T his should come as good news to public nurses who staged a massive sick-out last year after PrimeM inister Hubert Ingraham said g overnment would delay implementing their health coverage because of the troubled economy. Yesterday, Dr Minnis said public health nurses and doctors all received salary increases this bud g et year, costing the government $1,574,962.38. The minister said that nurses continue to play an integral role in the national delivery of health care" underscoring the need fort he recruitment of nurses to become a top priority issue. He said that as of February, 2 010, 127 high school seniors in New Providence took part in the Nursing Cadet Programme. Touching on other health issues, D r Minnis noted that in the current fiscal year which began on July, 1 2009 the Public Hospitals Authority received a budget allo c ation of $181,455,991 or 80.3 per cent of the health budget and 11.9 per cent of the national budget. Another $3 million was allocated for capital development projects. H e said for the first time in its 10 year history, the Public Hospital's Authority had a reduction in overt ime costs. For the first half of the 2 009/2010 fiscal year, expenditure on PHA overtime decreased by s even per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2008/2009. Savings T his netted the PHA more than half a million dollars in savings due to improved staff scheduling ando ther resource management strategies, said Dr Minnis. The PHA also achieved savings i n electricity and gasoline use, overs eas patient referrals and contracts for medical services. The agency recorded a $494,772 savings in elect ricity due to the installation of timers on its air conditioning units and a policy of turning offm achines when staff are away from w ork areas. He added that despite the downturn in the economy, revenue collection at the Princess Margaret Hospital has shot up by 12 per cent or $362,442 for the year thus far. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Nearly 30 per cent of visa applications by Bahamians wishing to study int he UK were rejected by the British Consulate General b ecause persons had failed to apply properly. Jasmine Boria-Djellali, senior entry clearance officer at the British Consulate General in New York, reported that the Consulate processed a total of 6 5 applications from the Bahamas in 2009. We had a refusal rate of 27 per cent and that is why we are here today trying to inform students the correct way to apply, and meet with our stakeholders so we can drop the refusal rate,” she said on Wednesday in Freeport. Mrs Djellali said the required maintenance forms/letters writ ten by banking institutions in the Bahamas are often not properly worded and can cause delays in the processing of student visa applications. have a big concern with that. And I think it would be worth us meeting with bank branches here to discuss how things should be worded. “I looked at someone’s bank letter and it was completely wrong in comparison to what we require. The letter is saying this person has an amount of funds on the date, but it should say that the individual has held the amount of funds for the past 28 days continuously and has not dropped,” she explained. Mrs Djellali gave an extensive presentation about the visa application process, including the requirements of Tier 4 student visa application, and the Student Visitor Category application. Principals, teachers, and students from Sunland Baptist School, Tabernacle Baptist Academy, and Eight Mile Rock High attended the meeting held at the Foster B Pestaina Hall. The foreign students con tribute significantly to the UK economy, which saw an injec tion of .5 billion last year in tuition fees alone. “We do value students because they are a big value to the UK economy,” said Mrs Djellali, noting that some 70,000 visa applications are processed each year at the British Consulate in New York. The Tier 4 student visa application was introduced on March 31, 2009, and all educational institutions or universities in the UK are to be listed on the UKBGA register list. Mrs Djellali stated that visa applications must be support-ed by a Certificate of Accep tance for Study (CAS institution at which the student will study, a maintenance requirement form, and all orig inal documents such as school transcripts, degrees, and passport. The Tier 4 applications are available online at www.visaforuk.fco.gov.uk. Persons can also apply online. Students are required to complete biometrics for fingerprints and photographs. Appointments can be made online for the biometric clinic, which is held on the second Tuesday of each month in Nas sau. The visa application fee is $239 US, plus a return fee of $20 for UPS to have passports and other paperwork returned to applicants. Mrs Djellali said the processing of applications usually takes between five to 10 business days, but can be longer during the busy summer sea son. She warned that applicants submitting forged documents can face a 10-year ban to the UK. “We have not experienced any problems of forged documents coming from our applicants in the Bahamas, but we have seen a small number from domestic or countries in South America,” she said. Maintenance requirements for applicants depend on the duration of the course and where they study. She noted that students enrolled in a course for nine months or less studying in London borough are required to show they have per month for the nine months they are in the UK. The requirement for nine-month courses outside of London is for each month. Persons studying on full university degree courses of more than nine months must show they have the university fee for the first year, plus ,200 for the first nine months. The student visitor category visas are issued to persons on study for less than six months at an approved institution in the UK who do not want to work and have no intention of extending their time in the UK. They can travel without a visa in their passport, but they must show an acceptance letter and evidence showing they can sup port themselves while they are there to an immigration officer. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17('6725( 683(59,625WRRYHUVHHPXOWLSOHUHWDLORXWOHWV 0LQLPXP\HDUVVXSHUYLVRU\ H[SHULHQFH:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VD 6DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV Group health insurance for nurses set for April THE construction of three new surgical theatre suites and support facilities at the Princess Margaret Hospital will result in a savings of $14 million for the state-owned facility, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday. Addressing parliamentarians during his mid-term budget debate contribution, Dr Minnis said the savings will come as a result of a reduction in the average length of stay for patients. He said the average length of stay at PMH currently stands at 7.7 days. Once the theatres and support facilities are completed, that figure is expected to decrease to6.5 days. “With the introduction of our additional theatres and more Out Patient surgery, we should be able to decrease our average length of stay by 1.2 days, which will reflect a savings of about $14 million to our institution,” Dr Minnis said. “Therefore one can see the benefit of moving ahead with the construction of those three new theatres.” Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by November of next year, at a cost of $5.35 million. Contract The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA grated Architect Lead Design Team, a Bahamian consortium, late last year for the design and construction of the three new operating theatres and support facilities. Dr Minnis noted that the project is the largest capital investment project at PMH in the past decade. In addition to the three new theatres, there will be day surgery clinics, postsurgery clinics, a Central Surgical Supplies Department (CSSD gical Supplies Department (MSSD At the contract signing for the project last November, Dr Minnis said: “Obviously the need to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital is pressing and is driven by current and projected issues such as population growth, changes in the levels and patterns of diseases, and changing methods and techniques in patient care, et cetera. “Recognising that a new hospital will take, at a minimum, about six years to plan and construct, we have determined that key areas for improvements and development in the existing facility must be addressed in the interim. This includes urgent developments in areas such as the Emergency Room, Eye Wing, Dialysis Unit and the operating theatres.” Dr Minnis said healthcare officials expect similar savings at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, which is also undergoing a theatre ren ovation/expansion programme at an estimated cost of $1.6million. Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2010, with a projected completion date of September 2010. Construction of theatre suites to cut hospital costs by $14m Move to cut visa application r ejection rate HEALTH: MID-TERM BUDGET DEBATE DRHUBERTMINNIS Minister outlines progress of public health initiatives

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Sales Team & New Locations Carmichael Sales OfceT 341-4429 Dwight Dean Gidget Hanna Sharmaine Walcott Melissa Thompson Patrice McPhee Onea Thompson Chippingham Sales OfceT 325-1811 Timicka Burnside Rasheda Stubbs Diedre Murphy Rochelle Wright Laval Ferguson Maria Taylor Corey Baker Melissa Rodriques Trishana Sands Janet Taylor Alanna Brice SALES OFFICES: NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREETwww.famguardbahamas.comfor life, for health, for wealth A SUBSIDIARY OFWe thank you for continuing to allow us to serve you. U nder the auspices of the Fellowship of Churches of Fox Hill, headed by Rev Dr J Carl Rahming and vice president Rev DrC arrington Pinder, the Fox Hill community held a special service to pray for the vict ims of the Haiti earthquake and to make a d onation to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. The service was held on Wednesday at St Paul’s Baptist Church, where a cheque wasp resented to Caroline Turnquest, director general of the Bahamas Red Cross by Fox H ill MP Fred Mitchell and the pastors. MINISTER of Education Desmond Bannister and a delegation of senior education officials including the Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway visited Long Island on Friday 26 February to inspect all of the island’s schools and to speak with administrators, teachers and students about their concerns regarding the delivery of education on the island. Member of Parliament for the Long Island and Ragged Island Constituency Larry Cartwright and Chief Councillor Ian Knowles also accompanied the group on the tour. Later in the evening Minister Bannister addressed students and members of Long Island communities at the Bahamas Outstanding Student Foundation Awards held at St John’s Anglican Church in Buckley’s. Mr Bannister commended Trevor Whylly, founder and organiser of the awards programme, for his commitment to education by honouring students for their successes over the past 15 years. He also acknowledged that he had previously heard about the success of Long Island students and that he was impressed with the educational programmes at the schools in Long Island. “It is no secret in the Bahamas that some of the best and brightest students can be found on this island. It is a fact that each August when national examination results are released, Long Island is always in the number one or two spot among the Family Island Schools and it is also among the top in schools both private and public schools, nation-wide,“ the minister said. He also noted that the most recent Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT that Long Island primary schools had an overall success rate of 80 per cent of student passes with grades A to C. Mr Bannister further noted that some persons attribute Long Island’s success to smaller class sizes and teacher-student ratio but there are islands that have similar circumstances but do not produce the same results. “My theory of this accomplishment is that Long Islanders still have that ethic that long ago all schools throughout the Bahamas had; which is study hard, learn your lessons and you will succeed,” he said. During the awards ceremony the island’s top primary and secondary school students were presented with certificates and plaques for excelling in academics and sports. Tamara Curry of NGM Major High School was the island’s most outstanding student with a grade point average of 4.0; Salathiel Wells was recognised as the most outstanding male with the GPA of 3.5. The tour circuit began at Glinton’s Primary School where the minister spoke with students about their lessons and their aspirations. He also toured the school’s garden where a lush crop of bananas, sugar cane, pineapples and pumpkins were being grown. The next stop on the tour was the Simms Primary School headed by Principal Rodney Gibson. Mr Bannister and his delegation visited several classes and tested students’ knowledge on various topics. They also took the opportunity to tour the school’s green-house and state-of-the art pre-school unit where the students offered the minister words of encouragement to perform his job. The tour also included stops at North Long Island High, Lower Deadman’s Cay Primary, NGM Major High, Mangrove Bush Primary and Morrisville Primary Schools. Education Minister impressed with Long Island schools F OX HILL COMMUNITY DONATES TO RED CROSS HAITI RELIEF P ICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT P ortia Sands, Fox Hill Urban Renewal; Pastor Warren Anderson, Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Mr Mitchell; Mrs Turnquest; Pastor Rahming; Pastor Pinder; Rev S herelle Saunders, Faith Mission Church of God; Rev Henry Whyte, Coke Methodist Church; Deacon Theodore Rahming, Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Rev, Sabrina Pinder, St Mark's Native Baptist Church; and Pastor David Johnson, Macedonia Baptist Church. MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister (left Resources Larry Cartwright (right pictured with Deputy Island Administrator (middleS chool garden.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net SUBCONTRACTED workers at the Eleuthera power plant sat out from work for a second day yesterday and will not return until Mondaya s they await payment. Around 30 welders, painters, masons and general construction workers employed by Heavy Marinesa nd Foundations Limited (HMF work on the Bahamas Electricity Corp oration (BEC Hatchett Bay received only $100 each in their bi-monthly pay cheque lastF riday. Funds The funds from the German company MAN Diesel Group to pay the HMF workers were reportedlyd elayed in the international transfer from Germany. HMF has had up to 100 workers at t he site at a time since starting on the project in November 2008, and mana ging director Michael Pratt said it is not the first time payment has been h eld up owing to banking complications. H e said HMF was forced to pull workers from the site on Wednesd ay as the funds sustaining the company need to be paid for work to progress. A s payment from the German company can take up to two weeks to b e cleared, HMF cannot continue to operate on the site without funding. However, Mr Pratt said neither M AN Diesel or BEC are at fault. “We know they are going to pay, it w as just a problem with the process,” he told The Tribune . “We depend on this, it’s the only j ob we have done for the last two years. So we gave instructions for t hem to not work to hold on until we get everything straight because we don’t want to be in a position of furt her hardship. Money In this economy there is not a lot of work out there, and these guys call b egging for work, so we thought they would understand the situation, but we appreciate the fact our workersw ork very hard and they need the money. And we are glad everything will be resolved by Monday,” Mr Pratt said. B EC general manager Kevin Basden emphasised that the Corporation and MAN Diesel have lived up to pay-m ent obligations. BEC had someone on the site yest erday to investigate the situation. Eleuthera power plant staff sit out from work By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net F OUR years after a working draft was submitted for review there is still no National Cultural Policy in place for the Bahamas. T he draft document was submitted by then Director of Culture in the Ministry of Youth Sports and CultureD r Nicolette Bethel and by Dr Daniel Glaser of the U niversity College London as part of his NESTA Cultural Leadership Award. D r Linda Moxey-Brown was just appointed as the n ew director after a twoyear period where the department was withouto fficial leadership. She said she was unable to say why the policy has yet to be implemented as she iss till going through all of the documents. But she said the i ntention is still to develop a policy. Fox Hill Member of Parl iament Fred Mitchell is crit ical of the government for not allocating enough resources for the Ministry of Culture and developinga cultural policy. He said the anger expressed by some artists inr espect of the Sidney Poitier International Film Festival w as misdirected and should be re-channelled to find out what the government isd oing to fund the arts and film in the Bahamas. What I encourage the young film makers to do, quite beside their demon s trations and protest is to work with the politicians and other civic leaders to see that we develop a cultural policy which will encouraget ax policies and funding poli cies to get what is needed for the cultural community,” said Mr Mitchell. He said a cultural policy c ould facilitate the spread of Bahamian culture and make a world of difference to the tourism product. He referred to the prac t ice in Jamaica, where the government hires a writer every year at independencet ime to write a script for a national pantomime. This was one of several examples that could comprise a cultural policy. “Some of the older musicians for example are complaining that the old music and rhythms are being lost because there is not sufficient training of Bahamian music and rhythms,” said MrM itchell. An insider in the Departm ent of Culture said since Dr Bethel left the department, no one has referredt o the draft policy for some time. H owever, according to the insider, the department is exceeding the mandate oft he draft policy, because the department is implementing programmes to highlight theB ahamas’ European cultural heritage, particularly in t he national arts festival. He said the draft cultural policyw as skewed towards the Bahamas’ African heritage. “They deal very exhaust ively with the Bahamian heritage. When it comes to t he European heritage they deal with it very scantily. If you take the European com-p onent from Bahamian culture it would collapse com p letely. Our culture now is hybridised,” the insider said. The 47-page draft culture p olicy states: “Culture is ever-changing. This document attempts to describe the state of Bahamian culture at a particular juncturei n space and time. This doc ument cannot and will not speak for all Bahamians in all eras. In order for it to be effective, it will need to bea dopted, implemented, reviewed, re-evaluated and revised in a timely fashion.” T he main responsibilities of the Department of Cul ture, according to an admin istrator, are the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day junkanoo parades, Independence celebrations and the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, which is cur rently underway. In 2009, some 30,000 artists participated in the arts festival. Still no National Cultural Policy four years after draft Subcontracted workers won’t return until Monday DR NICOLETTE BETHEL SAN BERNARDO, Chile THE Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-auPrince, according to Associated Press. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at 3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile. All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will strike. "I left my country and came here because of an earthquake," Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes, said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!" "My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die here!" Pierre Desarmes, 34, managed to get his family out of Haiti thanks to personal contacts at the Chilean Embassy in Port-auPrince and the Chilean armed forces. Nine members of his family his parents, two brothers and their families, and three cousins arrived in Santiago on a Chilean air force plane Jan. 23. Desarmes, the lead singer of a popular Haitian reggaeton band in Chile, still gets choked up when he recalls seeing his family for the first time stepping off the plane. "I saw them but I didn't believe it. I said, 'My God, they're here.' It was a very difficult moment," he said, speaking in French in the garden of the house the family now calls home. "Each time I think about it, I get sad, because I realize I was able to do this because I was here. But there are so many people who are there and I don't know what's going to happen to them." His relatives had to leave Haiti with only hours' notice, receiving instructions on where to go via cell phone text messages from a relative in the United States who was in contact with Desarmes in Santiago. Philomene didn't even have time to pack, dashing to the Chilean Embassy when she received word the family had been cleared to fly out. Saturday's earthquake has made a difficult transition even more traumatic. "When the aftershocks come, they refuse to stay in the house," Desarmes said, sipping a Coke at a table in the garden, his relatives sitting nearby. "I have to talk to them all day long telling them: 'There are no problems, it's a country that's prepared for earthquakes, it'll pass, it's not so bad.' But they don't hear me. Psychologically for them, they're still really affected by it." Haitian family survives two big quakes in two months

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brought to the court at 4 o’clock this afternoon. Attorney Philip “Brave” D avis, who represents petitioner Leo Ryan Pinder, indicated that polling divisions 4, 5, 7, 8,10 are affected by the challenge. Theseb allot boxes will be opened before the judges, the Parliamentary Registrar, attorneys and three agents for the parties concerned in a closedm eeting. The protest ballots will be removed and the ballot boxes will then be resealed. It was agreed yesterday that the evidence in the casew ill be presented by way of sworn affidavits. Those affidavits are expected to bef iled and exchanged between attorneys for the c oncerned parties by Monday, March 8. The election court petition was filed byR yan Pinder of the PLP, who gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands' 1,501 in the Feb-r uary 16 Elizabeth constituency by-election. Mr P inder is claiming that five protest votes cast in his favour should be counted,t hus making him the elected MP for Elizabeth. “We are breaking new g round today. These are historic proceedings,” Senior J ustice Anita Allen said yesterday. She noted that there is no precedent to follow asn o candidate has ever invoked Section 69 of the Parliamentary Elections Act. She said that the casew ill require far greater scholarship. Democracy dictates that the people of Elizabeth should know as soon as pos-s ible who will represent them,” Senior Justice Allen said. Senior Justice Allen is hearing the case with SeniorJ ustice Jon Isaacs. Amidst a courtroom p acked with supporters of the FNM and PLP, Senior Justice Allen warned thatn o party T-shirts or paraphernalia should be worn during the election court proceedings and that theres hould be no remarks from the public gallery. She noted t hat any disruption of the proceedings could lead to contempt charges. She saidt hat the hearing is to commence from 10 am to 6pm. Q C Milton Evans, who represents the Free National Movement’s Dr DuaneS ands, told the court his client reserves the right to raise the issue of Pinder’s citizenship when it becomes necessary. Cassius Stuart, Bahamas D emocratic Movement leader, is also listed as a r espondent in the petition and has one protest vote. He indicated, however, that hew ill not make any submissions or file any affidavits, b ut will exercise his right to observe the proceedings. Mr Stuart obtained 76 votes int he by-election. The election court hearing is expected to be completed by the end of the month. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM required to enter a plea. However, before he was led out of court, he asked the magistrate for a chance to speak. He told the court: "I ain' know nothin' 'bout this." Stubbs, of Moncur Alley, in New Providence, was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison until Monday. A preliminary inquiry will be held to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to the Supreme Court for trial. Earlier yesterday, Royal Bahamas Police Force Assis tant Commissioner Glenn Miller held a press conference to announce the impending arraignment and commend the officers he said were instrumental in the Hywel Jones investigation. "The police launched an extensive investigation into this brutal murder and after many months of probing, a suspect was identified and taken into custody," said ACP Miller, ahead of yesterday's arraignment, flanked by Superintendent Leon Bethel, Superintendents Elaine Sands, Elbert Ferguson and Ashton Greenslade. When asked if more arrests were likely, ACP Miller would only say that the investigation was not closed. "The investigation certainly is not closed, but I don't want to comment in that direction at this time. We're still doing inquiries to determine the extent of his involvement and others," he said. Mr Jones, 55, was shot in the back of the head on the morning of April 22, 2009 as he was about to enter his company, Britannia Consul tant Group on West Bay Street. He had just got out of his car when a gunman approached him on foot, shot him, and then fled. Police reported that the gunman escaped the area on a motorcycle. Mr Jones lay comatose in hospital before dying of his injuries on May 8. After his death, his family offered a $50,000 reward for information on his killer. is an example of what can happen to you and they have to be very careful of how they deal with him. Of course any level of turmoil they incur is to my party’s benefit. “And whatever has happened I don’t think it should go to the level when the man is not nominated by his party, but these are the times in which we live and we have to wait and see what takes place,” he said. As to whether or not the party would run a candidate against Mr McCartney if he were to run as an independent MP, Mr Christie said that that determination would have to considered very carefully. “There is no question that this will place the spotlight on the FNM and its leadership. You would recall during the campaign that we had the message of having a good candidate, a good team, and a good message. Having a good team is very important. “From our point of view, we have always concerned ourselves that the FNM has found it very difficult to shake the perception that they are all gathered around looking up at the leader waiting for him to make the call. So that younger generation has to pay attention to this. “And Branville is an educated man but to put that issue out that he is shallow I found that simply amazing! But I leave that to the FNM. This is clearly an issue they have to deal with. This is their show and we will sit by and see what takes place,” he said. When Mr McCartney resigned from Cabinet he complained of being frustrated in the execution of his duties and that his political growth was being stagnated. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in his press release on the matter that while the resignation of any minister is always regrettable, he was not at all surprised at Mr McCartney’s decision. He thanked him for his service to the country and expressed his desire to working closely with him in the best interest of the people of Bamboo Town and the country at large. By-election ballot boxes to be brought to court F ROM page one PLPELIZABETHCANDIDATE Ryan Pinder FNMELIZABETHCANDIDATE Dr Duane Sands FROM page one Man charged with Hywel Jones murder FROM page one PLP may review policy if McCartney goes independent

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C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE AMATEURBoxing Federation of the Bahamas continues to make progress within its development programme and provide young fighters with opportunities to showcase their skills at the international level. The Federation has selected a pair of teams to competeat international events this month, which brings the totalnumber of national teams in competition on the year up to three. The national boxing senior team which includes Carl Hield and Valentino Knowles, will compete at the Commonwealth Champi-onships, March 9-19 in India. Both fighters currently train in Cuba and are expected to become the flag bearers for the Bahamas at the 2012 Olympics in London, Eng land. The Commonwealth Championships are expectedto be the first in a series of tune-ups on the long road toward qualification and the London Games. The Federation has officially dubbed the process the "Reno Johnson Training Pro gram" to honour of the fight er whose historic run in 2008 made him the first Bahamian fighter to qualify through the International Amateur Box ing Association elimination process, and came just one win away from the medal round at Beijing Games. The team will be accompanied by National team coach Andre Seymour and referee/judge, Alvin Sargeant. The team departs for com petition Monday, March 8th. Among the juniors, a team of four boxers are scheduled to compete at a regional tournament in the Cayman Islands, March 5-9. Grand Bahamian based boxers Andy Moxey and Justin Sawyer will team up with Rashield Williams and Godfrey Strachan from New Providence Arthur Missick will lead the team as its head coach. "This is a busy year for us internationally so we want to start getting guys prepared as quickly as possible. We have had a a fighter traveling to the Continental Youth Championships, team of a boxers to Cayman Islands, seniors will compete at the Commonwealth Championships," Seymour said, "So amateur boxing is in full effect and is now will be rolling on for the rest of the year." Amateur Boxing Federation selects two new teams Carl Hield Valentino Knowles BASKETBALL NPWBA LEGENDS ALL-STARS THE New Providence Women's Basketball Association is inviting all those play-e rs selected to participate in the 2010 Lege nds All-Stars to attend a practice session on M onday at the 7 p.m. at the DW Davis Gymnasium. Bonnie Turnquest Culmer; Fianza Rolle; L aurie Demeritte; Marsha Demeritte; Andrea “Georgeous” Knowles; Pam Carroll; Dorothea Lafleur; Julie Swaby; Char-l ene “Swish” Smith; Toni “T-Bone” Mars hall; Nancy Symonette; Marilyn Toote; Jean ”Bubbles” Minus; Oria Wood; Sonia Toote; Celestine Albury; Jackie Conyers; Vivian H aynes; Flo Rolle; Phillipa “Smokey” Moss Coleby; Sharon Rose; Dr. Linda Davis; Edna Forbes; Patty Johnson; Mynez Cargill;D enise Gordon; Christine Beneby; Christine Cunningham; Cindy Fox; Lynn Wright; Natasha Huyler; Hattie Moxey; Margaret Albury; Cordell Thompson and Paula Balf our. The coachesareJohn Todd;Winston Symonette; Randy Cunningham; R andolph S wabyandRicardo “Muppet” King. The chaperonesareDawn Knowles;Judy Hamilton;Dianne Sands andBarbara Delaney. T he All-Star game will be staged on Sat urday, March 27 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, starting at 7 p.m. T he following players have been selected t o participate in the LegendsFree Throw Competition:Elizabeth “Betty” Cole; Cynt hia “Mother” Pratt; Naomi Ellis; Patsy Taylor; Sis. Annie Thompson; Beryl Brown; Daisy Walker; Lady Edith Turnquest; Stella Knowles; Winnifred “Winnie” Russell; Lenora Conyers; Marie “Star” Sealey and A ngela Green Sawyer. BASKETBALL BSC SCHEDULE THE Baptist Sports Council will cont inue its 2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Classic on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the following fixture: C ourt One 10a.m. Latter-Day vs Macedonia (1511a.m. Christian Tabernacle vs Golden Gates (19 N oon Cousin McPhee v s Macedonia (191 p.m. St. John’s vs Christian Tabernacle (192 p.m. Evangelistic Center vs Bahamas Harvest (M3 p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs New Bethle h em (M4 p.m. Church of the Nazarene vs Faith United (M Court Two10a.m. St. John’s vs Christ ian Tabernacle (15 11a.m Salvation Army vs Latter-Day (19Noon Faith United vs Temple Fellowship (19 1 p.m. Mt. Tabor vs Latter-Day (192 p.m. Tem-p le Fellowship vs Golden Gates (M3 p.m. Macedonia vs BIBA (M 4 p.m. Mt. SPORTS NOTES By RENALDO DORSETT T ribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net A PRODUCTIVE day in the field and in marquee events on the track pro pelled the St. Augustine’s Big Red Machine to a seem-i ngly insurmountable lead and headed into the final d ay of the BAISS Track and F ield Championships they appear poised for a 22nd c onsecutive title. With a score of 742.50 points, the Big Red Machine increased a day one lead from 57 to nearly 200 points to gain firm control of the three day meet. The remainder of the top five schools remained u nchanged in the standings. The Queen’s College C omets are the nearest con tenders with 550 points, the S t Anne’s Blu.5e Waves are third with 232.5 points, the St. John’s Giants are curr ently fourth with 227.5 points and the St. Andrew’s H urricanes round out the top five with 168 points. Just one new meet record was set on day two when SAC’s Antonique Butler set a new mark in the Interme d iate girls’ triple jump. Her leap of 11.04m beat the two-year-old mark of 10.81m by Kenya Culmer in 2008. Carifta veteran and Big Red Machine senior leader, V’Alonee Robinson led the s urge for her team on day two with a pair of first place f inishes. Robinson easily took the S enior girls’ 100m in 11.93s, well ahead of teammate Anthonique Strachan in 1 2.45s. The Comets’ Printassia J ohnson was third in 12.49s. Robinson’s domination carried over to the field when she took the long jump with a leap of 5.47s. The Big Red Machine w on 12 of the 16 finals contested in the field, and four of the eight events on the track to propel themselves far ahead of the competition. Big Red Machine takes huge lead SEE page 10 G IRLS c ompete in the 800 metre heats. QC COMETS’ Teran Adderely crosses the line. INSIDE Stubbs Opinion BAISS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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THIS weekend, another talented young Bahamian will be stepping into the ring in the United States. I n fact, Taureano ‘Reno’ J ohnson actually will be launching his professional career when he competes in a four-rounder against American Cleoney Fuqua. The event is being held at t he Center Stage in Atlanta, G eorgia. Johnson, who turned 27 on February 12, is currently under contract with Pound for Pound Management, who e arlier this year sealed a three-year deal with the form er outstanding amateur boxer from Pinewood Gardens. It’s just unfortunate that Johnson has had to leave, like so many of our previous b oxers, to get their breakt hrough in the fistic arena a fter he’s made such an i mpact on the local scene. There are others like Freem an ‘the Natural’ Barr, Jerome ‘the Bahamian Bronze Bomber’ Ellis, Sherman ‘the Tank’ Williams and Meacher ‘Pain’ Major, whoh ave all had to secure intern ational companies to manage their careers. Johnson, who made history by becoming the first Bahamian to earn a ranking at both the Olympic Gamesa nd the World Champio nships over the past two years, have been contemplating his move to the professional ranks for quite some time. H e noted that he’s accomplished all that he could as a n amateur and it’s now time for him to start to earn some money. By taking on 28-year-old Fuqua tonight, Johnson is beginning a new chapter in h is life that hopefully will t urn out to be just as benefic ial for him as his past as an a mateur. However, with so many of o ur fighters getting stagnated by their handlers, who have not always been able to deliver on their promises to get them into the big leagues,J ohnson should be very caut ious in his way forward. He possesses all the tools that could make for an excellent pro fighter, but it’s not going to be an instant success and he should realiset hat he will have to mix the g ood with the bad. Saying all that, he should have a good pro career ahead of him as he prepares for his debut tonight against F uqua, who is coming off a loss in just his second pro f ight. RAHMING’S RESIGNATION Last week, Frank ‘Pancho’ Rahming tendered his resignation as the Technical Director of the BahamasA ssociation of Athletic Associations. It’s a move that the B AAA say they never saw c oming, although Rahming stated in his letter to secretary general Timothy Munnings that he felt too many times that fingers werep ointed at him as the probl ems that existed within the association. No particular incident was listed, but the BAAA encountered a conflict in the dates that the association wass taging its Scotiabank N ational High School Championships and the Grand Bahama Schools Sports Association was putting on its Island Championships n ext weekend. As the BAAA’s nationals i s intended to bring all of the schools in the country together to compete against each other head-to-head, there’s no reason why they should clash with Grand Bahama, t he biggest supporter outside o f New Providence. S o the nationals, unfortun ately, will be minus the Grand Bahama schools for t he first time, but hopefully it won’t diminish the level of competition that will be displayed. While Rahming was fili ng his resignation, the B AAA were making plans to go to Grand Bahama where they were able to work out the differences between the two bodies over the weekend. T he BAAA indicated t hat they were able to make amendments with Grand Bahama. But they have losta great deal of knowledge and a wealth of experience i n Rahming’s resignation. Hopefully, they can get p ast the latter and continue to function without any further disruption as the premier sporting body in the country. There are those who may say it’s no big deal when t he sport receives more r ecognition than anybody e lse. Everything that they d o is under more scrutiny than any other sporting o rganisation. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 10, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Johnson set to begin professional career OPINION STUBBS I n the Long Jump, SAC got winning jumps from D rashanae Rolle (bantam g irls), and Robinson. S t. Andrew’s Ashton Butler won the Senior boys event for his second first p lace finish of the meet. The Big Red Machine took two of three high jump events with Danielle Gibson (junior girls 2 009 medallist Jabari Wilmott. T hey took three contested s hot put events with first place finishes from Adrian Grant (bantam boys Cymone Hamilton (senior girls), and Kyle Higgs (inter m ediate boys). FROM page nine Big Red Machine takes huge lead SAC Intermediate girls Shaune Miller wins the 100 metres. J ANAY A rmbross from the QC Comets. BOYS compete in the 800 metres heats. SAC Perron Hall attempts a high jump. BAISS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b rfn rfnn exercise is only the first in a series of raids to remove illegally sold pharmaceutical products from facilities that are not licensed pharmacies, thereby ensuring the protection of the consumer. Mr Gray said that these exercises are part of the Council’s efforts to ensure “pharmaceutical vigilance”. “Principally we are concerned with facilities encroaching on professional pharmacies when there are trained persons following the prescribed guidelines for pract ice,” Mr Gray said. A t this juncture, the Pharmacy Council chairman said they are not sure how and from where these products are entering the Bahamas. The Council, he added, will be working closely with the Customs Department and other government agencies to ensure that these types of illegitimate products do not make it into the country in future. In addition to the prescription strength medication seized yesterday, were products such as insulin syringes a nd inhalers. T here were also a large number of sexual stimulants and enhancers, including the so-called “Cool Lozenge”, the “Gou Qi Capsule”, “Restoration” and “China Brush”. Most of these products, Mr Gray said, only had Chinese writing on them, thereby preventing the consumer from reading about the ingredients or directions. Sergeant Paul Jones, of the DEU, said police are now in the preliminary stages of their investigations in this matter a nd cannot say for certain if p ersons will be charged as a result of the raids. However, Mr Gray said that the Pharmacy Act 2009 refers to prosecution and fines relating to these types of offences, and going ahead with their exercises, persons will most definitely be charged in future. The Bahamas Pharmacy Council is responsible for regulating the pharmaceutical profession in the Bahamas. before the courts as early as Tuesday. "On Wednesday we had three attorneys in custody. Two of them were released, however one of the attorneys was charged and is expected in court as early as next week Tuesday," said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. Sgt Skippings would not divulge the names of the lawyers two males and one female in question. She also would not say if the attorneys are all part of the same firm or provide any details surrounding their practice. She could not say how many complaints were made against the lawyers. However, she said the matter should b e a message that the RBPF will pursue white collar complaints with just as much vigour as criminal ones. "No one is above the law and once a matter, or a complaint is made against you, we will definitely investigate the matter," she told the media yesterday. "Once that complaint is made we want the Bahamian people to know we are working and we will definitely put those persons before the courts once there iss ufficient evidence to charge them." F ROM page one Lawyer expected in court on fraud related charges Illegal pharmaceuticals seized F ROM page one ROSE COOPER , an inspector with the Bahamas Pharmacy Counc il, holds up one of the products seized during a raid of a restaurant yesterday. F elip Major / Tribune staff

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A MAN appeared in court
yesterday charged with the
brutal execution-style slaying
of British ex-pat businessman
Hywel Jones.

Frankly Stubbs, 27, is
charged with the murder of
the Welsh-born financier.

He was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in
court number eight, Bank
Lane. The accused was led
into court wearing blue jeans,
a blue shirt and a blue wind-
breaker.

Court dockets allege that
on April 22, 2009, Stubbs —
being concerned with others
— did intentionally by means
of unlawful harm cause Jones’
death. Twenty-six witnesses
are listed on the court dock-
ets.

The accused had no attor-
ney present and was not

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MORE than $10,000 in ille-
gally sold prescription med-
ication and sexual enhance-
ment products were removed
from the streets of New Proy-
idence yesterday during the
first raid of the newly-estab-
lished Bahamas Pharmacy
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Inspectors and others mem-
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are illegally selling prescrip-
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THE Elizabeth by-election
court hearing is set to commence
on Thursday, March 11, as attor-
neys appeared before the judges
yesterday to set the groundwork
for the case.

An order was made by the court
to have the ballot boxes from the
five polling divisions affected by
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policy if McCartney
joes independent

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WHILE the PLP has made
a conscious decision to run a
candidate in every con-
stituency in the next general
election, the party’s leader
said the policy may have to
be reviewed if the FNM
decides to not run Branville
McCartney under their party
banner in Bamboo Town.

While admitting the popu-
larity and competence of the
Bamboo Town MP, Mr
Christie said he really did not
want to be seen as “encour-
aging” to the FNM’s Member
of Parliament as it will only
“feed his enemies within that
party”.

“From my perspective he
certainly is one of the exciting
personalities they have
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Tribune Staff Reporter
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A LAWYER is expected
to be arraigned on fraud relat-
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court early next week, police
said.

The lawyer, and two oth-
ers, were taken into police
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COMPLAINTS CONTINUE ABOUT THE STATE OF SAUNDERS BEACH



Environment Minister
tables beach erosion
photos in Parliament



SENATOR AND CHAIRMAN of the Committee to Protect and Preserve



the Bahamas for Future Generations Jerome Fitzgerald points out the
erosion of the beach to committee members Ryan Pinder and Ricar-

do Smith.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

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PHOTOGRAPHS of beach
erosion on Paradise Island and
Rose Island have been tabled in
Parliament by Environment
Minister Earl Deveaux amidst
ongoing complaints over the
state of Saunders Beach.

PLP Senator Jerome Fitzger-
ald called for Minister Deveaux
to resign over the Saunders
Beach erosion he attributes to
the FNM government’s dredg-
ing of Nassau harbour and
extension work at Arawak Cay
over the last six months.

But Mr Deveaux argues that
beach erosion has occurred at
several north facing beaches on
New Providence, Paradise
Island and Rose Island which
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battered beaches on Paradise
Island and Rose Island, north
east of New Providence.

Mr Deveaux maintains that
high winds brought on by a
series of cold fronts in recent
months propelled the waves
that pounded these beaches.

“T categorically deny that
erosion at Saunders Beach has
anything to do with the dredg-
ing of the harbour or extension
of Arawak Cay,” said Mr
Deveaux.

Irresponsible

“To suggest that these occur-
rences are caused by anything
other than the extreme weather
conditions is irresponsible.

“The only beaches not expe-
riencing it are on the lee side.”

Concerned conservationist
Clint Kemp said beach erosion
is widespread despite efforts to
reverse it in some areas, how-
ever he believes it may be
attributed to sand mining off
the northeastern end of Rose
Island, and north of Salt Cay,
known as Blue Lagoon Island.

“The sand travels down the
coast,” he said. “And we have
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ERODING CONFIDENCE: People walk along Cabbage Beach. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux argues that beach erosion has occurred
at several north facing beaches on New Providence, Paradise Island and Rose Island which have taken a pounding from strong wave action

in extreme weather conditions.

production area we have for
years and years, so it only
makes sense that obviously if
we start taking the sand away,
beaches on the northern side
of the shore will erode.”

Mr Kemp would like to see
environmental research to
determine the affect sand min-
ing has on the beaches that
draw millions of tourists to the
Bahamas and thereby sustain
our number one industry.

But tonnes of sand are
required every year for con-
struction projects, and Mr
Kemp said building a golf

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course alone requires around
3,000 truck-loads of sand.

The Albany development on
the southwestern coast of New
Providence will require regu-
lar sand imports to maintain
the western end of Adelaide
beach after developers cut
through the coastline to build a
marina, he said.

“Tt’s all speculative at this
point but it’s common sense,”
Mr Kemp said. “If you take the
sand and it gets depleted, you
won’t have enough for the
beaches.”

Atlantis Resort bosses did

not return calls for comment
on the state of Cabbage Beach
before The Tribune went to
press last night, but Mr
Deveaux said Kerzner Interna-
tional has not voiced any con-
cerns to the government.

The minister said his depart-
ment hopes to mitigate beach
erosion in the long term by
removing shallow-rooted inva-
sive casuarina trees and Hawai-
ian scaveolla from the shore-
line, and replacing them with
local species such as sea grapes
and sea oats which naturally
protect the shoreline.

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to be sharing some of my experiences at
Google with other Bahamians.”

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Jon for a few years and I’ve visited his London
Google office in person and I’m very excited to
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and co-owner of Paradigm Business Solutions,
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Nassau and who is working with one of the
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time will offer invaluable advice.”

If booked in advance online, the three-course
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A 21-YEAR-OLD
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girl was arraigned in a
Magistrate’s Court yes-
terday.

It is alleged that
Edward Renaldo Rolle
of Foxdale, on February
28, had unlawful inter-
course with a girl
between 14 and 16 years
of age.

Rolle, who was
arraigned before Magis-
trate Subusolla Swain in
Court 11, Nassau Street,
was not required to
enter a plea to the
charge.

He was granted $7,500
bail with one surety.

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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT workers
were evasive yesterday when
confronted with questions
about the bahamas.gov.bs
website.

In the wake of several com-
plaints, The Tribune sought to
clarify whether government
websites are developed and
managed according to a web-
site development plan or a
national information technol-
ogy policy, and whether the
bahamas.gov management
team has the relevant train-
ing or a background in tech-
nology.

Standards vary as to the
management of ministry web-
sites. Some ministries have
their own domain names, such
as the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (MOFA), which came
under criticism Wednesday by
member of parliament Fred
Mitchell. Most ministries have
sub-domain names under the
main government website.

Speaking of the govern-
ment’s main domain, web
developer Chris Thronebury
of 242 Studios, said: “It is hor-
rid. There is no flow to it. You
have different departments
with different looks. I don’t
know what the real facts are,
but most government agen-
cies look to get stuff for the
cheapest they can get it and
that is exactly what it looks
like. Pages take a long time
to load. There is no clean nav-
igation.”

Government websites are
managed by a web team in the
Data Processing Unit (DPU)
at the Ministry of Finance.
Comment could not be
obtained from the Deputy
National Co-ordinator for
Information Technology,
Wade Watson; the director of
web design, the director of the
Information Technology Unit
and two web administrators
stationed in the DPU.

One administrator hung up
after stating the only person
able to comment on the web-
site was the deputy national
co-ordinator. Mr Watson
instructed The Tribune to
write to the financial secre-
tary in the Ministry of Finance
about any statements for pub-
lication in the newspaper.

“Tam not at liberty to dis-
close any information on
behalf of the Ministry of
Finance. I am not at liberty
and don’t have the authority
to comment,” said Mr Wat-
son.

Mr Thronebury, who has a
Bachelor of Arts degree in
interactive media design, said
he is not sure what the pur-
pose of the government’s web-
site is. He said all websites
should have a clear purpose,
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get a strong sense of what they
want me to do when I get to
their website. The scrolling
news ticker at the top is pret-
ty antiquated. The look of the
menu bar on the left is poor.
Design wise, the header leaves
a lot to be desired. It looks
like someone’s brother’s
cousin did it. They just took a
lot of Bahamian pictures and
faded them into each other.
You can’t kill the designer
because that is what the client
may have wanted it to look
like,” he said.

One government employee
said each ministry has the ulti-
mate choice of what to do
with their website, although
the DUP prefers all websites
to operate under the main
government domain.



FOX Ge Fred Mitchell
criticised the website of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In light of the MOFA pro-
jecting to be $250,000 under
budget, Mr Mitchell asked this
week for an explanation of
why the money was not put
to use on the website.

“The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs has a website. The
website is symptomatic per-
haps of what is happening
there. Nothing has been pub-
lished on the ministry’s web-
site since the budget state-
ment of the minister last year
prior to July 1,” said Mr
Mitchell.

“Since that time presum-
ably something has been done
but there is nothing that is
projected on the official site
of the ministry. There is a rea-
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he said.

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MOFA said no one is working
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transferring it to the
bahamas.gov.bs platform.
That process is being co-ordi-
nated by the administrative
office and the permanent sec-
retary.

The condition of the
MOFA website is consistent
with several other government
websites, which have outdated
information, in some cases
from as far back as 2006.

“The template is very limit-
ing. In the very beginning they
said they wanted it not to be
too flashy or flamboyant. The
policy was to have a very aus-
tere looking site. Now they
want it to be more interesting
than it is,” said a website con-
tent manager in one of the
ministries.

Despite the inadequacies
identified by private and pub-
lic sector commentators, some
administrators say the website
is useful. In the case of the
Department of Culture, web-
master Francis Fox said pri-
mary and secondary school
students, and College of the
Bahamas students especially,
use the website for assign-
ments.

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dously useful. That is the rep-
utation we have, and the Cul-
tural Resource Centre. Peo-
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Obama the ‘outsider’ from inside DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The throw-
the-bums-out mentality is so strong in Amer-
ican politics that even the ultimate insider —
the president of the United States — is run-
ning against Washington.

Casting yourself as an outsider from
inside the White House is no easy trick,
especially when your party controls both
houses of Congress. But that doesn't stop
Barack Obama from trying.

"At stake right now is not just our ability
to solve this problem," President Obama
said Wednesday, referring to the US. health
care system, "but our ability to solve any
problem. The American people want to
know if it's still possible for Washington to
look out for their interests and their future."

It may seem like a stretch, but it makes
political sense for President Obama to run
against Washington. Other presidents,
including Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton,
did it for most of their terms. President
George W. Bush convinced voters he was a
regular Joe rather than the privileged son of
a former president — George H.W. Bush
— who served for years in Washington.

Voters despise the place.

Almost nine out of 10 Americans say
officials in Washington are heavily influ-
enced by special interests and only care
about getting re-elected, according to a
recent CNN/Opinion Research poll. Nearly
as many say Washington politicians are out
of touch. "Honest" is a word that only 22 per
cent of Americans would use to describe
their national leaders.

A CBS News/New York Times poll in
early February found 81 per cent saying it's
time to elect new people to Congress, with
just 8 per cent saying most members deserve
re-election.

These are anemic numbers, even for
Washington. The anti-establishment fervor
has many consequences:

e The once-dismissed loose confedera-
tion of "tea party" activists opposed to big
government, bailouts and higher taxes is
causing heartburn for establishment candi-
dates across the country.

¢ Republican Scott Brown won the seat
long held by Sen. Ted Kennedy after promis-
ing to change Washington's ways.

¢ Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison lost a GOP
primary fight to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Forced to choose between two incumbents,
Texas voters sided heavily against the one
who works in Washington.

No stranger to the politics of change,
President Obama is trying to find his footing
in an unfriendly landscape. And so there he
was Wednesday, spinning his White House
service into an anti-Washington crusade.

President Obama said: "I spent seven



hours at a summit where Democrats and
Republicans engaged the public in substan-
tive discussion about health care."

The spin: He is uniting a divided capital.

President Obama said: "So now is the
time to make a decision about how to final-
ly reform health care so that it works, not
just for the insurance companies, but for
America's families and businesses."

The spin: He's not beholden to special
interest groups like the rest of Washington.

President Obama said: "I'll leave it to
others to sift through the politics. Because
that's not what this is about. That's not why
we're here.”

The spin: He's above politics. He's not
part of that mess in Washington.

And, finally, President Obama said his
health care plan "incorporates the best ideas
from Democrats and Republicans — includ-
ing some of the ideas that Republicans
offered during the health care summit."

The spin: He's a get-it-done public ser-
vant, not a Washington ideologue.

It wasn't always this way. For many
decades, Washington was a town politicians
proudly called their own — the pinnacle of
their profession. But as the public's faith in
government started its long decline in the
1960s, presidents and other politicians began
distancing themselves from the nation's cap-
ital. Reagan's election in 1980 made anti-
Washington rhetoric a cliché for future pres-
idents. Indeed, the cornerstone of Presi-
dent Obama's campaign was his promise to
make Washington work for the public. But
the burdens of governing have largely stifled
his "change we can believe in" agenda.

A month ago, while scrambling to recov-
er from Brown's election, President Oba-
ma warned lawmakers that voters will pun-
ish them in November if they fail to fix
health care. "If Congress decides we're not
going to do it, even after all the facts are
laid out, all the options are clear, then the
American people can make a judgment as to
whether this Congress has done the right
thing for them or not," he said.

Note that President Obama referred to
the Democratic-led Congress as "this Con-
gress" as if it weren't part of the political
structure that he's leading. Was he distanc-
ing himself from a Democratic Congress?
It seemed so.

"They are waiting for us to act,” President
Obama said Wednesday. "They are waiting
for us to lead. And as long as I hold this
office, I intend to provide that leadership."

And as long as he lives in Washington,
President Obama is likely to run against it.

(This article was written by Ron Fournier
of the Associated Press).



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I don’t hate

Mr Ingraham
—I hate blind
intolerance

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I read what I can only
describe as the slanted, irre-
sponsible diatribe by one
Abner Pinder by letter in
your newspaper of Wednes-
day, 3rd March, 2010 cap-
tioned “Deeply Disturbed
by Talk Show Host’s Pas-
sionate Dislike for Ingra-
ham” and I now respond
thereto.

It is clear to me that Mr
Pinder is one of the intoler-
ant and unfortunate num-
ber of Bahamians whose
views and ears have been so
bludgeoned by years of par-
tisanship and self-serving
propaganda that they can-
not discern balance or fair-
ness if it is as big as an ele-
phant.

My guest on Issues of the
Day on the show that pre-
ceded Mr Vincent Peet was
the Honourable Tommy
Turnquest who like Mr Peet
was treated by me with the
same courtesy, respect and
license to express his views.
Mr Turnquest received an
overwhelming number of
positive and very partisan
calls. After the show with
Mr Turnquest I was bom-
barded by calls to my office
and my home = and
approached in public places
by persons of the view that I
allowed Mr Turnquest to be
an apologist for Mr Ingra-
ham and the FNM govern-
ment and allowed callers to
unfairly attack the PLP and
the Honourable Perry
Christie. [reply to them as I
now reply to Mr Pinder—
“That’s the way of democ-
racy, get used to it. Grow
up!”

As regards Mr Pinder’s
statement that I allow an
unfair imbalance of calls to
the show I say, that is utter
nonsense; and as for the
‘Pauper’ who he refers to as
a caller on more than one
occasion, there is the proud
FNM Calvin Farquharson
who defends his party on my
show and is allowed the
same unbridled expression. I
do, unapologetically, cut off
any caller who ventures into
defamatory statements and
seeks to abuse the right to
free expression.

Leading members and

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ministers of the Free
National Movement have
privately and publicly
applauded the fairness,
objectivity and balance
which typify my hosting of
Issues of the Day, a view
widely held by other politi-
cal groupings and in the
wider community. For Mr
Pinder’s information I have
personally contacted the
leadership of the FNM on
several occasions to urge
them to facilitate guests for
my show so as to assure bal-
ance.

Yet the most vile, danger-
ous and objectionable part
of Mr Pinder’s statement of
intolerance is in his written
words “...I will have no
choice but to ask all my
friends to stop supporting
programmes of this nature
and then maybe there will
be an awakening in the
radio media.”

This naked threat to and
intimidation of democratic
expression by Mr Pinder in
calling for a boycott of
media that allows freedom
of expression within the
ambits of our laws and con-
stitution depicts a “Jim
Crow” mentality that is most
frightening; and I hope and
pray that Mr Pinder’s
“friends” are not as Nean-
derthal as he is in appreciat-
ing this deepening and
maturing of our democracy.

Given their respective his-
tory I verily believe that
both Mr Ingraham and the
newspaper to which Mr Pin-
der writes his letter should
find these naked threats to
constitutionally guaranteed
freedoms quite uncomfort-
able.

Furthermore, many of Mr
Pinder’s “friends” are an
important and integral part
of Jones Communications,
and many of his “friends”
have been lifted and lauded
by Love 97 and Jones Com-
munications in ceremonies
and awards befitting their
notable contributions to our

beloved Bahamas.

As for Mr Pinder’s fool-
ish assertion that I hate Mr
Ingraham, and his infantile
advice to me in that regard,
Isay to Mr Pinder “You just
don’t get it”.

The time, history and
Algernon Allen of which
you presumably speak have
long been dead and buried
and a renaissance man has
replaced him. One who is
happy with his life and cir-
cumstances and grateful for
the many blessings which
God has bestowed upon him
and his loved ones. This new
Algernon Allen has recom-
mitted his life to family and
country as never before.
This One Bahamas man has
embraced friend and foe
alike and has renewed bro-
ken friendships with plea-
sure. No, Mr Pinder, I do
not hate or dislike Mr Ingra-
ham, quite to the contrary.
What I do hate is blind intol-
erance; I despise words of
advice that ill-disguise polit-
ical operatives about their
infernal mischief; and I pity
the Abner Pinders of my
country who speak and
write words of venom,
threats and untruth in a
shameful attempt to posi-
tion me and mine and to sti-
fle democracy. IT WILL
NOT WORK!

Sir Lynden Pindling
shaped my youth and posi-
tive appreciation of self; Mr
Ingraham led me to oppor-
tunities to assist my coun-
try’s development in ways
that I would never have
imagined; and Mr Christie
reached his hand of friend-
ship over years of partisan-
ship and acrimony to ensure
me equality of opportunity
in my country. I will be eter-
nally grateful to these three
men, but I have not allowed
and will not allow this grati-
tude to cause me to be
“bound to swear to the dog-
mas” of any of them.

Yours in One Bahamas.

ALGERNON
SPB ALLEN Sr
Nassau,

March 3, 2010.

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HEALTH: MID-TERM BUDGET DEBATE

Construction of theatre suites
to cut hospital costs by $14m

THE construction of three new surgical theatre suites and support facilities at the
Princess Margaret Hospital will result in a savings of $14 million for the state-owned
facility, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

Addressing parliamentarians during his mid-term budget debate contribution,
Dr Minnis said the savings will come as a result of a reduction in the average length
of stay for patients.

He said the average length of stay at PMH currently stands at 7.7 days. Once the
theatres and support facilities are completed, that figure is expected to decrease to
6.5 days.

“With the introduction of our additional theatres and more Out Patient surgery,
we should be able to decrease our average length of stay by 1.2 days, which will
reflect a savings of about $14 million to our institution,” Dr Minnis said.

“Therefore one can see the benefit of moving ahead with the construction of
those three new theatres.”

Construction is expected to begin in July and be completed by November of next
year, at a cost of $5.35 million.

Contract

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) entered into a contract with the Inte-
grated Architect Lead Design Team, a Bahamian consortium, late last year for the
design and construction of the three new operating theatres and support facilities.
Dr Minnis noted that the project is the largest capital investment project at PMH
in the past decade.

In addition to the three new theatres, there will be day surgery clinics, post-
surgery clinics, a Central Surgical Supplies Department (CSSD) and a Medical Sur-
gical Supplies Department (MSSD).

At the contract signing for the project last November, Dr Minnis said: “Obviously
the need to replace the Princess Margaret Hospital is pressing and is driven by cur-
rent and projected issues such as population growth, changes in the levels and pat-
terns of diseases, and changing methods and techniques in patient care, et cetera.

“Recognising that a new hospital will take, at a minimum, about six years to plan
and construct, we have determined that key areas for improvements and devel-
opment in the existing facility must be addressed in the interim. This includes urgent
developments in areas such as the Emergency Room, Eye Wing, Dialysis Unit and
the operating theatres.”

Dr Minnis said healthcare officials expect similar savings at the Rand Memor-
ial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, which is also undergoing a theatre ren-
ovation/expansion programme at an estimated cost of $1.6million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2010, with a projected completion date
of September 2010.



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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

PUBLIC health nurses can
expect their group health insurance
to be implemented in April, Min-
ister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis
said.

This statement came as he out-
lined the progress of several public
health initiatives during his contri-
bution to the 2009/2010 mid-year
budget debate in the House of
Assembly yesterday.

He said that, as promised by gov-
ernment, public health nurses
received salary increases in Janu-
ary, 2010.

He added that progress is being
made on providing health insur-
ance coverage to these nurses, as
outlined in their 2005 Industrial
Agreement, and this slated to be
implemented by April this year.

This should come as good news
to public nurses who staged a mas-
sive sick-out last year after Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
government would delay imple-
menting their health coverage
because of the troubled economy.

Yesterday, Dr Minnis said public
health nurses and doctors all
received salary increases this bud-

get year, costing the government
$1, 574,962.38.

The minister said that nurses
“continue to play an integral role in
the national delivery of health
care" underscoring the need for
the recruitment of nurses to
become a top priority issue.



DR HUBERT MINNIS

He said that as of February,
2010, 127 high school seniors in
New Providence took part in the
Nursing Cadet Programme.

Touching on other health issues,
Dr Minnis noted that in the cur-
rent fiscal year - which began on
July, 1 2009 - the Public Hospitals
Authority received a budget allo-
cation of $181,455,991 or 80.3 per
cent of the health budget and 11.9
per cent of the national budget.

Another $3 million was allocated
for capital development projects.

He said for the first time in its 10
year history, the Public Hospital's
Authority had a reduction in over-
time costs. For the first half of the
2009/2010 fiscal year, expenditure
on PHA overtime decreased by
seven per cent compared to the
corresponding period in 2008/2009.

Savings

This netted the PHA more than
half a million dollars in savings due
to improved staff scheduling and
other resource management strate-
gies, said Dr Minnis.

The PHA also achieved savings
in electricity and gasoline use, over-
seas patient referrals and contracts
for medical services. The agency
recorded a $494,772 savings in elec-
tricity due to the installation of
timers on its air conditioning units
and a policy of turning off
machines when staff are away from
work areas.

He added that despite the down-
turn in the economy, revenue col-
lection at the Princess Margaret
Hospital has shot up by 12 per cent
or $362,442 for the year thus far.

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FREEPORT - Nearly 30 per
cent of visa applications by
Bahamians wishing to study in
the UK were rejected by the
British Consulate General
because persons had failed to
apply properly.

Jasmine Boria-Djellali, senior
entry clearance officer at the
British Consulate General in
New York, reported that the
Consulate processed a total of
65 applications from the
Bahamas in 2009.

“We had a refusal rate of 27
per cent and that is why we are
here today trying to inform stu-
dents the correct way to apply,
and meet with our stakeholders
so we can drop the refusal
rate,” she said on Wednesday in
Freeport.

Mts Djellali said the required
maintenance forms/letters writ-
ten by banking institutions in
the Bahamas are often not
properly worded and can cause
delays in the processing of stu-
dent visa applications.

“T have a big concern with
that. And I think it would be
worth us meeting with bank
branches here to discuss how
things should be worded.

“T looked at someone’s bank
letter and it was completely
wrong in comparison to what
we require. The letter is saying
this person has an amount of
funds on the date, but it should
say that the individual has held
the amount of funds for the
past 28 days continuously and
has not dropped,” she
explained. Mrs Djellali gave an
extensive presentation about
the visa application process,
including the requirements of
Tier 4 student visa application,
and the Student Visitor Cate-
gory application.

Principals, teachers, and stu-
dents from Sunland Baptist
School, Tabernacle Baptist
Academy, and Eight Mile Rock
High attended the meeting held
at the Foster B Pestaina Hall.

The foreign students con-
tribute significantly to the UK
economy, which saw an injec-
tion of £2.5 billion last year in
tuition fees alone.

“We do value students
because they are a big value to
the UK economy,” said Mrs
Djellali, noting that some
70,000 visa applications are
processed each year at the
British Consulate in New York.

The Tier 4 student visa appli-
cation was introduced on
March 31, 2009, and all educa-

tional institutions or universi-
ties in the UK are to be listed
on the UKBGA register list.

Mrs Djellali stated that visa
applications must be support-
ed by a Certificate of Accep-
tance for Study (CAS) from the
institution at which the student
will study, a maintenance
requirement form, and all orig-
inal documents such as school
transcripts, degrees, and pass-
port. The Tier 4 applications
are available online at
www.visaforuk.fco.gov.uk.

Persons can also apply
online.

Students are required to
complete biometrics for finger-
prints and photographs.
Appointments can be made
online for the biometric clinic,
which is held on the second
Tuesday of each month in Nas-
sau. The visa application fee is
$239 US, plus a return fee of
$20 for UPS to have passports
and other paperwork returned
to applicants.

Mrs Djellali said the pro-
cessing of applications usually
takes between five to 10 busi-
ness days, but can be longer
during the busy summer sea-
son. She warned that applicants
submitting forged documents
can face a 10-year ban to the
UK. “We have not experienced

any problems of forged docu-
ments coming from our appli-
cants in the Bahamas, but we
have seen a small number from
domestic or countries in South
America,” she said.

Maintenance requirements
for applicants depend on the
duration of the course and
where they study.

She noted that students
enrolled in a course for nine
months or less studying in Lon-
don borough are required to
show they have £800 per month
for the nine months they are in
the UK. The requirement for
nine-month courses outside of
London is £600 for each month.

Persons studying on full uni-
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than nine months must show
they have the university fee for
the first year, plus £7,200 for
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study for less than six months at
an approved institution in the
UK who do not want to work
and have no intention of
extending their time in the UK.
They can travel without a visa
in their passport, but they must
show an acceptance letter and
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FOX HILL COMMUNITY DONATES TO RED CROSS HAITI RELIEF



PICTURED (LEFT TO RIGHT) ARE: Portia Sands, Fox Hill Urban Renewal; Pastor Warren Anderson,
Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Mr Mitchell; Mrs Turnquest; Pastor Rahming; Pastor Pinder; Rev
Sherelle Saunders, Faith Mission Church of God; Rev Henry Whyte, Coke Methodist Church; Deacon
Theodore Rahming, Mt Carey Union Baptist Church; Rev, Sabrina Pinder, St Mark's Native Baptist
Church; and Pastor David Johnson, Macedonia Baptist Church.

Under the auspices of the Fellowship of
Churches of Fox Hill, headed by Rev Dr J
Carl Rahming and vice president Rev Dr
Carrington Pinder, the Fox Hill community
held a special service to pray for the vic-
tims of the Haiti earthquake and to make a

donation to the Red Cross’ relief efforts.
The service was held on Wednesday at St
Paul’s Baptist Church, where a cheque was
presented to Caroline Turnquest, director
general of the Bahamas Red Cross by Fox
Hill MP Fred Mitchell and the pastors.



MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister (left) and Minister of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright (right) recently toured schools on Long Island. The ministers are
pictured with Deputy Island Administrator (middle) Roderick Bowe touring the Glinton’s Primary
School garden.

Education Minister
impressed with
Long Island schools

MINISTER of Education
Desmond Bannister and a
delegation of senior educa-
tion officials including the
Permanent Secretary Elma
Garraway visited Long
Island on Friday 26 February
to inspect all of the island’s
schools and to speak with
administrators, teachers and
students about their con-
cerns regarding the delivery
of education on the island.

Member of Parliament for
the Long Island and Ragged
Island Constituency Larry
Cartwright and Chief Coun-
cillor lan Knowles also
accompanied the group on
the tour.

Later in the evening Min-
ister Bannister addressed
students and members of
Long Island communities at
the Bahamas Outstanding
Student Foundation Awards
held at St John’s Anglican
Church in Buckley’s.

Mr Bannister commend-
ed Trevor Whylly, founder
and organiser of the awards
programme, for his commit-
ment to education by hon-
ouring students for their suc-
cesses over the past 15 years.

He also acknowledged
that he had previously heard
about the success of Long
Island students and that he
was impressed with the edu-
cational programmes at the
schools in Long Island.

“It is no secret in the

Bahamas that some of the
best and brightest students
can be found on this island.
It is a fact that each August
when national examination
results are released, Long
Island is always in the num-
ber one or two spot among
the Family Island Schools
and it is also among the top
in schools both private and
public schools, nation-wide,“
the minister said. He also
noted that the most recent
Grade Level Assessment
Test (GLAT) results show
that Long Island primary
schools had an overall suc-
cess rate of 80 per cent of
student passes with grades
Atoc,

Mr Bannister further not-
ed that some persons
attribute Long Island’s suc-
cess to smaller class sizes and
teacher-student ratio but
there are islands that have
similar circumstances but do
not produce the same
results.

“My theory of this accom-
plishment is that Long
Islanders still have that eth-
ic that long ago all schools
throughout the Bahamas
had; which is study hard,
learn your lessons and you
will succeed,” he said.

During the awards cere-
mony the island’s top pri-
mary and secondary school
students were presented with
certificates and plaques for

excelling in academics and
sports.

Tamara Curry of NGM
Major High School was the
island’s most outstanding
student with a grade point
average of 4.0; Salathiel
Wells was recognised as the
most outstanding male with
the GPA of 3.5.

The tour circuit began at
Glinton’s Primary School
where the minister spoke
with students about their
lessons and their aspirations.

He also toured the
school’s garden where a lush
crop of bananas, sugar cane,
pineapples and pumpkins
were being grown.

The next stop on the tour
was the Simms Primary
School headed by Principal
Rodney Gibson.

Mr Bannister and his del-
egation visited several class-
es and tested students’
knowledge on various top-
ics. They also took the
opportunity to tour the
school’s green-house and
state-of-the art pre-school
unit where the students
offered the minister words
of encouragement to per-
form his job.

The tour also included
stops at North Long Island
High, Lower Deadman’s
Cay Primary, NGM Major
High, Mangrove Bush Pri-
mary and Morrisville Prima-
ry Schools.
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LOCAL NEWS



Still no National —

Cultural Policy four
years after draft

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tripunemedia.net

FOUR years after a work-
ing draft was submitted for
review there is still no
National Cultural Policy in
place for the Bahamas.

The draft document was
submitted by then Director
of Culture in the Ministry of
Youth Sports and Culture
Dr Nicolette Bethel and by
Dr Daniel Glaser of the
University College London
as part of his NESTA Cul-
tural Leadership Award.

Dr Linda Moxey-Brown
was just appointed as the
new director after a two-
year period where the
department was without
official leadership.

She said she was unable
to say why the policy has yet
to be implemented as she is
still going through all of the
documents. But she said the
intention is still to develop a
policy.

Fox Hill Member of Par-
liament Fred Mitchell is crit-
ical of the government for
not allocating enough
resources for the Ministry
of Culture and developing
a cultural policy.

He said the anger
expressed by some artists in
respect of the Sidney Poitier
International Film Festival
was misdirected and should
be re-channelled to find out
what the government is
doing to fund the arts and
film in the Bahamas.

“What I encourage the
young film makers to do,
quite beside their demon-
strations and protest is to
work with the politicians
and other civic leaders to see
that we develop a cultural
policy which will encourage
tax policies and funding poli-
cies to get what is needed
for the cultural communi-
ty,” said Mr Mitchell.

He said a cultural policy
could facilitate the spread
of Bahamian culture and
make a world of difference
to the tourism product.

He referred to the prac-
tice in Jamaica, where the
government hires a writer
every year at independence
time to write a script for a
national pantomime. This
was one of several examples
that could comprise a cul-
tural policy.

“Some of the older musi-
cians for example are com-
plaining that the old music
and rhythms are being lost
because there is not suffi-

DR NICOLETTE BETHEL



cient training of Bahamian
music and rhythms,” said Mr
Mitchell.

An insider in the Depart-
ment of Culture said since
Dr Bethel left the depart-
ment, no one has referred
to the draft policy for some
time.

However, according to the
insider, the department is
exceeding the mandate of
the draft policy, because the
department is implementing
programmes to highlight the
Bahamas’ European cultur-
al heritage, particularly in
the national arts festival. He
said the draft cultural policy
was skewed towards the
Bahamas’ African heritage.

“They deal very exhaus-
tively with the Bahamian
heritage. When it comes to
the European heritage they
deal with it very scantily. If
you take the European com-
ponent from Bahamian cul-
ture it would collapse com-
pletely. Our culture now is
hybridised,” the insider said.

The 47-page draft culture
policy states: “Culture is
ever-changing. This docu-
ment attempts to describe
the state of Bahamian cul-
ture at a particular juncture
in space and time. This doc-
ument cannot and will not
speak for all Bahamians in
all eras. In order for it to be
effective, it will need to be
adopted, implemented,
reviewed, re-evaluated and
revised in a timely fashion.”

The main responsibilities
of the Department of Cul-
ture, according to an admin-
istrator, are the Boxing Day
and New Year’s Day
junkanoo parades, Indepen-
dence celebrations and the
E Clement Bethel National
Arts Festival, which is cur-
rently underway. In 2009,
some 30,000 artists partici-
pated in the arts festival.

Haitian family survives two

big quakes in two months
SAN BERNARDO, Chile



THE Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the
devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest son in Chile
for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-
Prince, according to Associated Press.

Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered at
3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on
record shook a swath of Chile.

All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But
twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the
eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the
Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will
strike.

"T left my country and came here because of an earthquake,"
Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes,
said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!"

"My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die
here!"

Pierre Desarmes, 34, managed to get his family out of Haiti
thanks to personal contacts at the Chilean Embassy in Port-au-
Prince and the Chilean armed forces. Nine members of his family
— his parents, two brothers and their families, and three cousins —
arrived in Santiago on a Chilean air force plane Jan. 23.

Desarmes, the lead singer of a popular Haitian reggaeton band
in Chile, still gets choked up when he recalls seeing his family for
the first time stepping off the plane.

"I saw them but I didn't believe it. I said, 'My God, they're
here.’ It was a very difficult moment," he said, speaking in French
in the garden of the house the family now calls home.

"Each time I think about it, I get sad, because I realize I was able
to do this because I was here. But there are so many people who
are there and I don't know what's going to happen to them."

His relatives had to leave Haiti with only hours' notice, receiv-
ing instructions on where to go via cell phone text messages from
a relative in the United States who was in contact with Desarmes
in Santiago. Philomene didn't even have time to pack, dashing to
the Chilean Embassy when she received word the family had been
cleared to fly out.

Saturday's earthquake has made a difficult transition even more
traumatic.

"When the aftershocks come, they refuse to stay in the house,"
Desarmes said, sipping a Coke at a table in the garden, his relatives
sitting nearby.

"T have to talk to them all day long telling them: 'There are no
problems, it's a country that's prepared for earthquakes, it'll pass,
it's not so bad.' But they don't hear me. Psychologically for them,
they're still really affected by it.”

Eleuthera power plant

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SUBCONTRACTED workers at
the Eleuthera power plant sat out
from work for a second day yester-
day and will not return until Monday
as they await payment.

Around 30 welders, painters,
masons and general construction

workers employed by Heavy Marines

and Foundations Limited (HMF) to

work on the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
; poration (BEC) power plant site in

Hatchett Bay received only $100 each
in their bi-monthly pay cheque last
Friday.

Funds

The funds from the German com-

: pany MAN Diesel Group to pay the

HMF workers were reportedly
delayed in the international transfer
from Germany.

HMF has had up to 100 workers at
the site at a time since starting on the

project in November 2008, and man-

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not the first time payment has been
held up owing to banking complica-
tions.

He said HMF was forced to pull
workers from the site on Wednes-
day as the funds sustaining the com-
pany need to be paid for work to
progress.

As payment from the German
company can take up to two weeks to
be cleared, HMF cannot continue to
operate on the site without funding.

However, Mr Pratt said neither
MAN Diesel or BEC are at fault.

“We know they are going to pay, it
was just a problem with the process,”
he told The Tribune.

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work very hard and they need the
money.

“And we are glad everything will
be resolved by Monday,” Mr Pratt
said.

BEC general manager Kevin Bas-
den emphasised that the Corporation
and MAN Diesel have lived up to pay-
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brought to the court at 4
o’clock this afternoon.

Attorney Philip “Brave”
Davis, who represents peti-
tioner Leo Ryan Pinder,
indicated that polling divi-
sions 4, 5,7, 8,10 are affect-
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will require far greater
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during the election court
proceedings and that there
should be no remarks from
the public gallery. She noted
that any disruption of the
proceedings could lead to
contempt charges. She said
that the hearing is to com-
mence from 10 am to 6pm.

QC Milton Evans, who
represents the Free Nation-
al Movement’s Dr Duane
Sands, told the court his
client reserves the right to
raise the issue of Pinder’s
citizenship when it becomes



necessary.

Cassius Stuart, Bahamas
Democratic Movement
leader, is also listed as a
respondent in the petition
and has one protest vote. He
indicated, however, that he
will not make any submis-
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PLP may review policy if
McCartney goes independent

FROM page one

is an example of what can happen to you and they have to be
very careful of how they deal with him. Of course any level of
turmoil they incur is to my party’s benefit.

“And whatever has happened I don’t think it should go to the
level when the man is not nominated by his party, but these are
the times in which we live and we have to wait and see what
takes place,” he said.

As to whether or not the party would run a candidate against
Mr McCartney if he were to run as an independent MP, Mr
Christie said that that determination would have to consid-
ered very carefully.

“There is no question that this will place the spotlight on the
FNM and its leadership. You would recall during the cam-
paign that we had the message of having a good candidate, a
good team, and a good message. Having a good team is very
important.

“From our point of view, we have always concerned ourselves
that the FNM has found it very difficult to shake the perception
that they are all gathered around looking up at the leader
waiting for him to make the call. So that younger generation has
to pay attention to this.

“And Branville is an educated man but to put that issue out
that he is shallow I found that simply amazing! But I leave that
to the FNM. This is clearly an issue they have to deal with. This
is their show and we will sit by and see what takes place,” he
said.

When Mr McCartney resigned from Cabinet he complained
of being frustrated in the execution of his duties and that his
political growth was being stagnated.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in his press release on
the matter that while the resignation of any minister is always
regrettable, he was not at all surprised at Mr McCartney’s
decision. He thanked him for his service to the country and
expressed his desire to working closely with him in the best
interest of the people of Bamboo Town and the country at

large.

Man charged with
Hywel Jones murcer

FROM page one

required to enter a plea. How-
ever, before he was led out of
court, he asked the magistrate
for a chance to speak.

He told the court: "I ain’
know nothin’ 'bout this.”

Stubbs, of Moncur Alley,
in New Providence, was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison until Monday.

A preliminary inquiry will
be held to determine if there
is sufficient evidence for the
matter to proceed to the
Supreme Court for trial.

Earlier yesterday, Royal
Bahamas Police Force Assis-
tant Commissioner Glenn
Miller held a press conference
to announce the impending
arraignment and commend
the officers he said were
instrumental in the Hywel
Jones investigation.

"The police launched an
extensive investigation into
this brutal murder and after
many months of probing, a
suspect was identified and
taken into custody,” said ACP
Miller, ahead of yesterday's
arraignment, flanked by

Superintendent Leon Bethel,
Superintendents Elaine
Sands, Elbert Ferguson and
Ashton Greenslade.

When asked if more arrests
were likely, ACP Miller
would only say that the inves-
tigation was not closed.

"The investigation certain-
ly is not closed, but I don't
want to comment in that
direction at this time. We're
still doing inquiries to deter-
mine the extent of his involve-
ment and others,” he said.

Mr Jones, 55, was shot in
the back of the head on the
morning of April 22, 2009 as
he was about to enter his
company, Britannia Consul-
tant Group on West Bay
Street.

He had just got out of his
car when a_ gunman
approached him on foot, shot
him, and then fled.

Police reported that the
gunman escaped the area on a
motorcycle.

Mr Jones lay comatose in
hospital before dying of his
injuries on May 8.

After his death, his family
offered a $50,000 reward for
information on his killer.

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By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

A PRODUCTIVE day in
the field and in marquee
events on the track pro-
pelled the St. Augustine’s
Big Red Machine to a seem-
ingly insurmountable lead
and headed into the final
day of the BAISS Track and
Field Championships they
appear poised for a 22nd
consecutive title.

With a score of 742.50
points, the Big Red
Machine increased a day one
lead from 57 to nearly 200
points to gain firm control
of the three day meet.

The remainder of the top
five schools remained

unchanged in the standings.

The Queen’s College
Comets are the nearest con-
tenders with 550 points, the
St Anne’s Blu.Se Waves are
third with 232.5 points, the
St. John’s Giants are cur-
rently fourth with 227.5
points and the St. Andrew’s
Hurricanes round out the
top five with 168 points.

Just one new meet record
was set on day two when
SAC’s Antonique Butler set
a new mark in the Interme-
diate girls’ triple jump.

Her leap of 11.04m beat
the two-year-old mark of
10.81m by Kenya Culmer in
2008.

Carifta veteran and Big
Red Machine senior leader,
V’Alonee Robinson led the

surge for her team on day
two with a pair of first place
finishes.

Robinson easily took the
Senior girls’ 100m in 11.93s,
well ahead of teammate
Anthonique Strachan in
12.45s.

The Comets’ Printassia
Johnson was third in 12.49s.

Robinson’s domination
carried over to the field
when she took the long jump
with a leap of 5.47s.

The Big Red Machine
won 12 of the 16 finals con-
tested in the field, and four
of the eight events on the
track to propel themselves
far ahead of the competition.

SEE page 10

Amateur Boxing Federation
selects two new teams

THE AMATEUR Boxing
Federation of the Bahamas
continues to make progress
within its development pro-
gramme and provide young
fighters with opportunities to
showcase their skills at the
international level.

The Federation has select-
ed a pair of teams to compete
at international events this
month, which brings the total
number of national teams in
competition on the year up to
three.

The national boxing senior
team which includes Carl
Hield and Valentino
Knowles, will compete at the
Commonwealth Champi-
onships, March 9-19 in India.

Both fighters currently train
in Cuba and are expected to
become the flag bearers for
the Bahamas at the 2012
Olympics in London, Eng-
land.

The Commonwealth
Championships are expected
to be the first in a series of
tune-ups on the long road
toward qualification and the
London Games.

The Federation has offi-
cially dubbed the process the
"Reno Johnson Training Pro-
gram" to honour of the fight-
er whose historic run in 2008
made him the first Bahamian

fighter to qualify through the
International Amateur Box-
ing Association elimination
process, and came just one
win away from the medal
round at Beijing Games.

The team will be accompa-
nied by National team coach
Andre Seymour and refer-
ee/judge, Alvin Sargeant.

The team departs for com-
petition Monday, March 8th.

Among the juniors, a team
of four boxers are scheduled
to compete at a regional tour-
nament in the Cayman
Islands, March 5-9.

Grand Bahamian based
boxers Andy Moxey and
Justin Sawyer will team up
with Rashield Williams and
Godfrey Strachan from New
Providence

Arthur Missick will lead the
team as its head coach.

"This is a busy year for us
internationally so we want to
start getting guys prepared as
quickly as possible. We have
had a a fighter traveling to
the Continental Youth Cham-
pionships, team of a boxers
to Cayman Islands, seniors
will compete at the Com-
monwealth Championships,"
Seymour said, "So amateur
boxing is in full effect and is
now will be rolling on for the
rest of the year."

Carl Hield

Valentino Knowles



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GIRLS compete in the 800 moi heats.

SPORTSNOTES

BASKETBALL
NPWBA LEGENDS ALL-STARS

e THE New Providence Women's Bas-
ketball Association is inviting all those play-
ers selected to participate in the 2010 Leg-
ends All-Stars to attend a practice session on
Monday at the 7 p.m. at the DW Davis
Gymnasium.

Bonnie Turnquest Culmer; Fianza Rolle;
Laurie Demeritte; Marsha Demeritte;
Andrea “Georgeous” Knowles; Pam Car-
roll; Dorothea Lafleur; Julie Swaby; Char-
lene “Swish” Smith; Toni “T-Bone” Mar-
shall; Nancy Symonette; Marilyn Toote; Jean
*Bubbles” Minus; Oria Wood; Sonia Toote;
Celestine Albury; Jackie Conyers; Vivian
Haynes; Flo Rolle; Phillipa “Smokey” Moss
Coleby; Sharon Rose; Dr. Linda Davis;
Edna Forbes; Patty Johnson; Mynez Cargill;
Denise Gordon; Christine Beneby; Chris-
tine Cunningham; Cindy Fox; Lynn Wright;
Natasha Huyler; Hattie Moxey; Margaret
Albury; Cordell Thompson and Paula Bal-
four.

The coaches are John Todd; Winston
Symonette; Randy Cunningham; Randolph
Swaby and Ricardo “Muppet” King.

The chaperones are Dawn Knowles; Judy
Hamilton; Dianne Sands and Barbara
Delaney.

The All-Star game will be staged on Sat-
urday, March 27 at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-

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nasium, starting at 7 p.m.

The following players have been selected
to participate in the Legends Free Throw
Competition: Elizabeth “Betty” Cole; Cyn-
thia “Mother” Pratt; Naomi Ellis; Patsy Tay-
lor; Sis. Annie Thompson; Beryl Brown;
Daisy Walker; Lady Edith Turnquest; Stel-
la Knowles; Winnifred “Winnie” Russell;
Lenora Conyers; Marie “Star” Sealey and
Angela Green Sawyer.

BASKETBALL

BSC SCHEDULE

e THE Baptist Sports Council will con-
tinue its 2010 Kendal Rolle Basketball Clas-
sic on Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex with the following fixture:

Court One — 10a.m. Latter-Day vs Mace-
donia (15); 11a.m. Christian Tabernacle vs
Golden Gates (19); Noon Cousin McPhee
vs Macedonia (19); 1 p.m. St. John’s vs
Christian Tabernacle (19); 2 p.m. Evange-
listic Center vs Bahamas Harvest (M); 3
p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs New Bethle-
hem (M); 4 p.m. Church of the Nazarene vs
Faith United (M).

Court Two — 10a.m. St. John’s vs Chris-
tian Tabernacle (15); 11a.m Salvation
Army vs Latter-Day (19); Noon Faith
United vs Temple Fellowship (19); 1 p.m.
Mt. Tabor vs Latter-Day (19); 2 p.m. Tem-
ple Fellowship vs Golden Gates (M); 3
p.m. Macedonia vs BIBA (M); 4 p.m. Mt.



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volinson set to begin professional career

THIS weekend, another
talented young Bahamian
will be stepping into the ring
in the United States.

In fact, Taureano ‘Reno’
Johnson actually will be
launching his professional
career when he competes in
a four-rounder against
American Cleoney Fuqua.

The event is being held at
the Center Stage in Atlanta,
Georgia.

Johnson, who turned 27 on
February 12, is currently
under contract with Pound
for Pound Management, who
earlier this year sealed a
three-year deal with the for-
mer outstanding amateur
boxer from Pinewood Gar-
dens.

It’s just unfortunate that
Johnson has had to leave,
like so many of our previous
boxers, to get their break-
through in the fistic arena
after he’s made such an
impact on the local scene.

There are others like Free-
man ‘the Natural’ Barr,

Big Red Machine
takes huge lead

FROM page nine

In the Long Jump, SAC
got winning jumps from
Drashanae Rolle (bantam
girls), and Robinson.

St. Andrew’s Ashton But-
ler won the Senior boys
event for his second first
place finish of the meet.

The Big Red Machine
took two of three high jump
events with Danielle Gibson
(junior girls) and Carifta
2009 medallist Jabari
Wilmott.

They took three contested
shot put events with first
place finishes from Adrian
Grant (bantam boys),
Cymone Hamilton (senior
girls), and Kyle Higgs (inter-
mediate boys).

Jerome ‘the Bahamian
Bronze Bomber’ Ellis, Sher-
man ‘the Tank’ Williams and
Meacher ‘Pain’ Major, who
have all had to secure inter-
national companies to man-
age their careers.

Johnson, who made histo-
ry by becoming the first
Bahamian to earn a ranking
at both the Olympic Games
and the World Champi-
onships over the past two
years, have been contem-
plating his move to the pro-
fessional ranks for quite
some time.

He noted that he’s accom-
plished all that he could as
an amateur and it’s now time
for him to start to earn some
money.

By taking on 28-year-old
Fuqua tonight, Johnson is
beginning a new chapter in
his life that hopefully will
turn out to be just as benefi-
cial for him as his past as an
amateur.

However, with so many of
our fighters getting stagnated

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by their handlers, who have
not always been able to
deliver on their promises to
get them into the big leagues,
Johnson should be very cau-
tious in his way forward.

He possesses all the tools
that could make for an excel-
lent pro fighter, but it’s not
going to be an instant suc-
cess and he should realise
that he will have to mix the
good with the bad.

Saying all that, he should
have a good pro career
ahead of him as he prepares
for his debut tonight against
Fuqua, who is coming off a
loss in just his second pro
fight.

RAHMING’S RESIGNATION

Last week, Frank ‘Pancho’
Rahming tendered his resig-
nation as the Technical
Director of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Asso-
ciations.

It’s a move that the
BAAA say they never saw
coming, although Rahming

stated in his letter to secre-
tary general Timothy
Munnings that he felt too
many times that fingers were
pointed at him as the prob-
lems that existed within the
association.

No particular incident was
listed, but the BAAA
encountered a conflict in the
dates that the association was
staging its Scotiabank
National High School Cham-
pionships and the Grand
Bahama Schools Sports
Association was putting on
its Island Championships
next weekend.

As the BAAA’s nationals
is intended to bring all of the
schools in the country togeth-
er to compete against each
other head-to-head, there’s
no reason why they should
clash with Grand Bahama,
the biggest supporter outside
of New Providence.

So the nationals, unfortu-
nately, will be minus the
Grand Bahama schools for
the first time, but hopefully it

won't diminish the level of
competition that will be dis-
played.

While Rahming was fil-
ing his resignation, the
BAAA were making plans
to go to Grand Bahama
where they were able to
work out the differences
between the two bodies
over the weekend.

The BAAA indicated
that they were able to make
amendments with Grand
Bahama. But they have lost
a great deal of knowledge
and a wealth of experience
in Rahming’s resignation.

Hopefully, they can get
past the latter and continue to
function without any further
disruption as the premier
sporting body in the country.

There are those who may
say it’s no big deal when
the sport receives more
recognition than anybody
else. Everything that they
do is under more scrutiny
than any other sporting
organisation.

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National Immunization Unit at 502-4737 or 502-4716.

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ROSE COOPER, an inspector with the Bahamas Pharmacy Coun-
cil, holds up one of the products seized during a raid of a restau-
rant yesterday.

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Illegal pharmaceuticals seized

Saturday

FROM page one

exercise is only the first in a
series of raids to remove ille-
gally sold pharmaceutical
products from facilities that
are not licensed pharmacies,
thereby ensuring the protec-
tion of the consumer.

Mr Gray said that these
exercises are part of the
Council’s efforts to ensure
“pharmaceutical vigilance”.

“Principally we are con-
cerned with facilities
encroaching on professional
pharmacies when there are

trained persons following the
prescribed guidelines for prac-
tice,” Mr Gray said.

At this juncture, the Phar-
macy Council chairman said
they are not sure how and
from where these products are
entering the Bahamas.

The Council, he added, will
be working closely with the
Customs Department and oth-
er government agencies to
ensure that these types of ille-
gitimate products do not make
it into the country in future.

In addition to the prescrip-
tion strength medication

seized yesterday, were prod-
ucts such as insulin syringes
and inhalers.

There were also a large
number of sexual stimulants
and enhancers, including the
so-called “Cool Lozenge”, the
“Gou Qi Capsule”, “Restora-
tion” and “China Brush”.

Most of these products, Mr
Gray said, only had Chinese
writing on them, thereby pre-
venting the consumer from
reading about the ingredients
or directions.

Sergeant Paul Jones, of the
DEJ, said police are now in

the preliminary stages of their
investigations in this matter
and cannot say for certain if
persons will be charged as a
result of the raids.

However, Mr Gray said
that the Pharmacy Act 2009
refers to prosecution and fines
relating to these types of
offences, and going ahead
with their exercises, persons
will most definitely be
charged in future.

The Bahamas Pharmacy
Council is responsible for reg-
ulating the pharmaceutical
profession in the Bahamas.

Lawyer expected in court on fraud related charges

FROM page one

before the courts as early as Tuesday.
"On Wednesday we had three attor-
neys in custody. Two of them were
released, however one of the attorneys
was charged and is expected in court as
early as next week Tuesday," said Press
Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip-

pings.

Sgt Skippings would not divulge the
names of the lawyers — two males and
one female — in question.

She also would not say if the attorneys
are all part of the same firm or provide
any details surrounding their practice.

She could not say how many com-
plaints were made against the
lawyers.

However, she said the matter should
be a message that the RBPF will pursue

white collar complaints with just as much
vigour as criminal ones.

"No one is above the law and once a
matter, or a complaint is made against
you, we will definitely investigate the
matter,” she told the media yesterday.

"Once that complaint is made we want
the Bahamian people to know we are
working and we will definitely put those
persons before the courts once there is
sufficient evidence to charge them."

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