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By TANEKA THOMPSON
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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE availability of fresh
drinking water in the
Bahamas could be jeopar-
dised by climate change and
hurricanes, warned State
Environment Minister Phen-
ton Neymour, who said this
country urgently needs prop-
er water networks and man-
agement policies.

Anticipated sea level rise
from climate change, hurri-
cane motivated storm surges
— and even heavy rain —
can all contaminate precious
water well-fields with brack-
ish, salty water, cautioned Mr
Neymour, leading to severe
water shortages and unavail-
ability.

Likewise, human acts of
environmental negligence —
like digging pits or quarries
to obtain fill below the water
table or dumping solid and
liquid wastes indiscriminate-
ly — also threaten our water
supply.

His statements came as he
chastised the Christie admin-
istration for its "reckless
management or mismanage-

ment" of two publicly owned
utility companies — the
Water and Sewage Corpora-
tion (WSC) and the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) — actions for
which, he said, the Bahamian
people are still paying heav-
ily.

The threats underscore the
need for properly designed
water supply systems or a
centralized sewerage system,
especially in New Provi-
dence, which is burdened
with a rapidly growing pop-
ulation of more than 300,000,
said Mr Neymour.

"This administration has
identified such instances and
appropriate preventative and
response mechanisms are in
trend," he told Parliament
during his contribution to the
2009/2010 mid-term budget
debate.

The South Beach repre-
sentative recalled several
past natural disasters that
wreaked havoc on fresh
water well-fields on Cat
Island, Long Island, Andros
and Grand Bahama, in turn
leaving these islands severe-

SEE page six

‘High costs hamper
Grand Bahama’ as
tourist destination

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

GRAND Bahama’s ability to compete as
a tourist destination is being significantly
hampered because of the high costs asso-
ciated with the island, according to a

tourism expert.

Vernice Walkine, Director General of
Tourism, said feedback from visitors to
the Ministry of Tourism is that Grand
“too expensive in every

Bahama is
respect.”

She stressed that all stakeholders on the WS eaiy7as

island must do their part to drop prices

and reduce costs to the customer so that the island can to be

competitive.

The cost of airfare, rooms, food, and transportation on
Grand Bahama are much higher than Nassau and other desti-

nations in the Caribbean.

SEE page six





Passport to Paradise
Spring edition hits hotels

THE Spring edition of
Passport to Paradise Mag-

azine hits hotels today.

The latest edition of

this light-hearted
Bahamian feature mag-

azine covers the extraordi-

nary cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, recaps the Michael
Jordan Celebrity Golf Tournament, the models of
Versace, and some of the best kept secrets of the

Bahamas.

The magazine is delivered door-to-door to hotels
that receive USA Today and is also inserted in all
home delivery copies of The Tribune.

Call Jenny Pinder at 242-502-2384 or email jpin-
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ONE OF TWO new boats given to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force by the United States takes to the water yesterday. The vessels were for-
mally handed over at the ‘Enduring Friendship Equipment Turnover’ held at the Defence Force base in Coral Harbour.

Few details
on Fox Hill
murder

POLICE say they
have no information to
release to the public in
connection with the
murder in Fox Hill on
Thursday night.

According to reports,

the man, a Haitian,
nicknamed “Black”,
was shot and killed at
around 7.30pm in an
area known as “The
Bend.”

According to resi-
dents he had borrowed
a bicycle to go to make
a purchase in Wright
Lane when he was
shot.

His death brings the
murder total for the
year to 18.

When contacted for
comment last night, a
police spokesperson
said they should have
an update on the inci-
dent by Monday morn-
ing.



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national park.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DEVELOPERS responsi-
ble for ripping out acres of
mangroves and digging canals
on the south side of New
Providence have been
accused of environmental ter-
rorism by Nassau fishermen.

Bonefish guides Clint
Kemp and Aaron Bain of
Secret Soul Fly Fishing
Adventures have reported a
dramatic transformation of
the southern shoreline where
thriving mangroves have been



removed and canals dredged
to build the marina commu-
nities of Venice Bay and
South Seas.

Around 30 acres of man-
groves were removed to make
way for Venice Bay, at Millars
Creek, ridding the coast of
part of its natural buffer
against storms and thriving
feeding and nursing ground
for marine life, Mr Kemp said.

A road extended across the
bay links to a jetty extending
around half a mile across the
shallow flats as a canal is

SEE page six



NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS? LEADING NEWSPAPER

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at comments
by Minister of

National Security

SHADOW Minister for
Foreign Affairs and the Pub-
lic Service Fred Mitchell took
grave exception yesterday to
remarks made by the Nation-
al Security Minister in the
House of Assembly Thursday
night.

According to Mr Mitchell,
Minister Tommy Turnquest
sought to suggest that there
was “political interference” in
prison officer promotions pri-
or to his arrival in office.

“That is a despicable
untruth,” Mr Mitchell said in
a statement made to the
media.

“Tf this were said outside
the House, it would be a
grave libel. I challenge him to
give any credible evidence
that there was political inter-
ference.”

According to the former
Minister, the record will show
that the promotions at the
prison were at all times guid-
ed by the due processes of the
Prison Department and the

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



Agreement made on date
for hotel union elections

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

NOMINATIONS for the
hotel union elections will be
held on March 15, with the
elections set for April 27, it
was agreed yesterday.

Nearly three months after
the Court of Appeal over-
turned the rulings of two sep-
arate judges and ordered new
elections, members of the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) were back
before the appellate court yes-
terday.

The court had sought to
determine whether its ruling
handed down on January 14
had been adhered to. The
court had ordered the ‘pro
tem’ or temporary executive
council to meet within seven
days of the order and set the



“I would like to commend
the executive council for
heeding the advice of the
court and agreeing to move
the dates forward.”



Former president and now
presidential hopeful Nicole Martin

new election and nomination
dates.

More controversy arose
after it was announced that the
council had agreed by a major-
ity to set April 27 as the nom-
ination date with June 30 for
the elections; meaning that the
union would effectively be
without proper representation
for more than a year.

Subsequently, former presi-
dent Nicole Martin and her
team filed a writ which sought
to void the dates that had pur-
portedly been set.

“We are facing a situation
where the union seems appar-
ently out of control,” Justice
George Newman said yester-
day. He noted that it was not
the duty of the court to micro-

manage the union.

Court of Appeal President
Dame Joan noted that the
order of the court had been
followed by letter but not in
spirit. She pointed out that the
court’s order in January paved
the way for the union to have
new elections and allowed for
the temporary executive coun-
cil to pay the necessary union
bills.

“We already made every
order we could to protect the
interests of the union,” Dame
Joan said.

Attorney Keod Smith, who
represents Kirk Wilson and
several members of the
union’s executive council, not-
ed that he had filed a motion
seeking leave to appeal the
appellate court’s decision at
the Privy Council.

This prompted the judges to
inquire as to who had autho-
rised him to represent the

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he did not represent the inter-
ests of all union members.

Mr Smith subsequently con-
ceded that he was not autho-
rised to represent the union
and withdrew his application
for leave to appeal to the Privy
Council.

Eight members of the
union’s executive council were
present, and the court encour-
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the nomination and election
dates.

After a brief adjournment,
Mr Smith said that it was
agreed that March 15 would
be nomination day and that
April 27 would be the date for
the elections.

Following the hearing, for-
mer president and now presi-
dential hopeful Nicole Martin
said: “I would like to com-
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heeding the advice of the court

speaks yesterday.

MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest

and agreeing to move the
dates forward.

“T think we are all very
relieved that we don’t have to
wait until June because being
in the industry we know what
is happening among the mem-
bership and that really would
not have served the purpose.”

Current union president
Roy Colebrooke told
reporters, “I am relieved to
know that persons can now get
on with your lives because
when you look at this whole
thing, persons were just held
in suspense.”

Attorney Keod Smith said:
“Now we are going forward
hopefully with a clearer set of
circumstances for the members
of the union to consider as to
what they can and cannot do.”

Attorney Damian Gomez
said that he was “exceptional-
ly pleased” with the outcome
of yesterday’s proceedings.

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LOCAL NEWS



New coalition aiming for
Haitian/Bahamian solidarity

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tripunemedia.net

THE Lambi Coalition host-
ed its first Haitian/Bahamian
Solidarity Forum Wednesday
in an effort to bridge the gap
between the two communi-
ties.

Guest presenters spoke
about the need to create a
change in behaviour by touch-
ing one Bahamian at a time;
to have the community
engage in self-examination for
ingrained prejudice, insensi-
tivity and ignorance.

There was consensus that
change at the level of individ-
uals was necessary for amass-
ing the scale of support need-
ed to create major political
changes, such as citizenship
at birth for Bahamian-born
individuals of Haitian descent.

BALLOT boxes from the
five polling division affected
by the Elizabeth by-election
challenge mounted by Ryan
Pinder were brought to the
court yesterday afternoon so
that the protests votes could
be removed.

The procedure took place
in closed chambers, in the
presence of the election court
judges, the Parliamentary
Registrar, attorneys and three
agents for the parties con-
cerned.

Attorney Philip "Brave"
Davis, who represents peti-
tioner Leo Ryan Pinder, indi-
cated to the court on Thurs-
day that polling divisions 4,
5, 7, 8,10 are affected by the
challenge. The election court
petition was filed by Ryan
Pinder of the PLP, who
gained 1,499 votes to Dr
Sands’ 1,501 in the February
16 Elizabeth constituency by-
election. Mr Pinder is claim-
ing that five protest votes cast
in his favour should be count-
ed, thus making him the elect-

“T was inspired by the Soli-
darity Forum. There was a
good turn out. It’s a start. We
hope to continue the process
of rising the consciousness of
African people. Based on the
feedback from the audience
we hope to have another
forum and will begin planning
toward that at Lambi’s next
meeting,” said Alex Morley,
Lambi chairman.

Ean Maura, educator,
father of two, and co-founder
of the Indaba Project, spoke
about the global importance
of uniting the African com-
munity. He said there are
many examples of how the
African community has set
global trends, from fashion,
music, community organising,
to spirituality. He said if the
African community could
achieve solidarity it would not
be long before the world

caught on.

The Lambi Coalition takes
its name from the Creole
word for “Conch,” as the
conch shell has a long stand-
ing association with the idea
of resistance and coming
together for Africans. The
organisation was formed in
the wake of the devastating
earthquake that struck Haiti.

“T was taken aback when I
arrived because I did not
expect to hear the things I
heard from a group of
Bahamians. It is amazing how
compassionate and concerned
the group is for the plight of
the Haitians living in the
Bahamas and the children of
Haitian descent,” said Mary
Reckley, founding member
and treasurer of the United
Association of Haitians in the
Bahamas (UAHB).

Ms Reckley has had 16



FNM candidate Dr. Duane Sands gestures to supporters outside
court on Thursday.

ed MP for Elizabeth. The
Elizabeth by-election court

hearing is set to open on
Thursday, March 11.



Ministry website move ‘would he mistake’

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION spokesper-
son on foreign affairs Fred
Mitchell said the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs would be
making a “grave mistake” if
it moved its independently
hosted website to the govern-
ment’s platform at this time.

The Foreign Affairs website
is registered under the domain
mfabahamas.org. Mr Mitchell
said without a substantial
investment in the upgrade of
the bahamas.gov.bs platform
it would not benefit the min-
istry to switch.

“The government’s website
is Inadequate because it can-
not handle the existing traffic
demands. It is slow. The gov-
ernment’s website is down 50
percent of the time and is not
properly updated or main-
tained. This was the reason
when I was the minister, the
ministry chose not to join the
government’s website. Those
problems have still not been
resolved,” said Mr Mitchell.

Senior administrators in the
ministry said Thursday that

work on the website was on
hold, because the ministry is
in the processing of switching
platforms and reviewing the
management structure of the
website.

No one has specific respon-
sibility for the website, accord-
ing to the administrator. It
falls under the general respon-
sibility of the permanent sec-
retary and the administration.

Mtr Mitchell said: “The ‘rea-
son’ that the official offered
is an excuse that is almost one
year old. The ministry contin-
ues to do a disservice to the
country by continuing, for
over one year now, to talk
about upgrading and transfer-
ring a service when there is
little evidence to suggest that
the ministry gives a hoot
about the public’s right to
Know what, if anything, the
ministry is doing for the
Bahamian people,” said Mr
Mitchell.

More important than the
problem associated with
deciding on a platform, Mr
Mitchell said, was the issue of
the website being content defi-
cient. He said the website
should be content driven.

After a quick analysis of the

government’s main website,
technology consultant Eric
Lopez of WSI Internet Con-
sulting identified two
favourable aspects — the
recently updated news items
on the home page and the vis-
ible banners that provide ease
of access for key legislature
and government information.

He identified 10 areas where
improvement could make the
website more appealing, inter-
active and relevant.

“The website lacks appeal
— very monotonous. A cre-
ative design and structural
make-over will enhance val-
ue to visitors. It lacks effec-
tive call to actions; call to
actions foster the conversion
of website traffic to customers
or site users. These should be
designed and included to
attract and direct visitors to
fulfill the objectives of the
website,” said Mr Lopez.

Some of the other areas of
deficiency he identified
include: the lack of key audi-
ence appeal; ineffective navi-
gation; no social media con-
nection; the lack of relevancy
in design and functionality and
that the website objectives are
not clear.

years working with UAHB
and 23 years working with the
Bahamian Haitian Cultural
Association, of which she is
president.

“T see this group going far
and personally I will encour-
age children of Haitian
descent to join the group,
because they seem to be able
to address the issues in a way
that would make a difference.
I was very, very impressed,”
she said.

Lucien Emmanuel attended
the event, having been one of
the main advocates at the
College of the Bahamas
(COB) for a change in regu-
lations governing tuition for
Haitian Bahamians.

He encouraged the presen-
ters to be steadfast, saying
that from his personal experi-
ence he knew people who
spoke up in support of Hait-





“CERVING THE BANA



ian rights were often targeted
and victimised.

Prior to 2008, stateless
Bahamians of Haitian descent
had to pay international stu-
dent rates, while their high
school counterparts paid
Bahamian rates. The regula-
tions were changed to allow
anyone attending high school
in the Bahamas for six con-
secutive years to benefit from
local fee rates.

Mr Emmanuel was born in
the Bahamas to Haitian par-
ents and said it took him
about three years to be grant-
ed citizenship after he
applied. He enrolled in COB
during this limbo period, and
refused to pay international
fees as a matter of principle.

“T was born here. I don’
think I should be treated any
differently than anyone else. I
sat the same BGCSE, so why



should a different standard be
set economically,” said Mr
Emmanuel.

Next on the planning agen-
da for Lambi is building on
the support from its initial
forum, and organising a ben-
efit concert in aid of the earth-
quake relief effort, according
to the chairman.

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Turkey warns US over Armenian genocide vote

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey warned
the Obama administration on Friday of
diplomatic consequences if it doesn't quash
a congressional resolution that would brand
the World War I-era killing of Armenians
genocide.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said
Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the U.S., would
assess what measures it would take, adding
that the issue was a matter of "honour" for
his country.

Meanwhile, a senior Obama administra-
tion official, speaking on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the
issue, said there was an understanding with
the Democratic leadership in Congress that
the resolution would not go to a vote on the
floor of the House of Representatives.

A USS. congressional committee
approved the measure Thursday. The 23-22
vote would send the measure to the full
House of Representatives, if the leadership
decided to bring it up. Minutes after the
vote, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to
the U.S.

USS. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton did not answer a question about the
diplomatic fallout Friday.

"The Obama administration strongly
opposes the resolution that was passed by
only one vote by the House committee and
will work very hard to make sure it does
not go to the House floor," Clinton told
reporters in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 mil-
lion Armenians were killed by Ottoman
Turks around the time of World War I, an
event widely viewed by scholars as the first
genocide of the 20th century. Turkey denies
that the deaths constituted genocide, say-
ing the toll has been inflated and those killed
were victims of civil war and unrest.

President Barack Obama promised dur-
ing his campaign to officially recognize the
killings as genocide but has not done so.
The Obama administration had been silent
about the resolution until shortly before the
vote, when it said it opposed its passage.
Turkey wants stronger action to block the
resolution.

"The picture shows that the U.S. admin-
istration did not put enough weight behind
the issue," Davutoglu told reporters. "We
are seriously disturbed by the result.”

"We expect the U.S. administration to, as
of now, display more effective efforts. Oth-
erwise the picture ahead will not be a posi-
tive one,” he said. He complained of a lack
of "strategic vision" in Washington.

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Turkey to back sanctions against Iran to be
approved in the U.N. Security Council,
where Turkey currently holds a seat. Turk-
ish cooperation also is important to U.S.
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also at stake are defence contracts.
Turkey is an important market for USS.
defence companies, many of which had lob-
bied against the measure.

"We have had good cooperation with the
USS. administration at all levels," Davutoglu
said. "We would expect our contributions
not to be sacrificed to domestic political
games."

Davutoglu said the U.S. ambassador had
been called to the Foreign Ministry for talks.
The ambassador, James Jeffrey, told
reporters the Obama administration was
opposed to the measure going before the
full House.

The foreign minister said Turkey was
determined to press ahead with efforts to
normalize ties with Armenia, but said
Turkey would not be "pressured" into taking
any decisions.

He added that the vote had put the rati-
fication of agreements to normalize ties with
Armenia at risk.

Last year, Turkey and Armenia agreed
to normalize ties by establishing diplomatic
relations and reopen their shared border,
but the agreements have yet to be approved
by their parliaments.

Turkey has been dragging its feet, fearful
of upsetting ally Azerbaijan, which balks at
any suggestion of the reopening of the bor-
der until its own dispute with Armenia over
Nagorno-Karabakh is settled. The region in
Azerbaijan has been under Armenian con-
trol.

Armenian groups have sought congres-
sional affirmation of the killings as geno-
cide for decades and welcomed Thursday's
vote.

"The problem that America faces is how
to recognize the Armenian genocide without
damaging its strategic alliance with Ankara.
But at some point, we must adopt moral
positions," Mourad Papazian, president of
the western European branch of the Armen-
ian Revolutionary Federation, told AP Tele-
vision News in Paris.

In Ankara, dozens of members of a small
left-wing party staged a protest near the
heavily protected U.S. Embassy, shouting:
"Genocide is an American lie!"

Turkey has been struggling to block sim-
ilar genocide bills in parliaments across the
globe.

(This article was written by Suzan Fraser

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Freeport, Bahamas.

Economic
freedom and
the Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

MS. CHARLYNE E.
SEALY, in a thoughtful let-
ter to The Tribune on Janu-
ary 25th responds to the
Heritage Foundation report
showing decline of econom-
ic freedom in _ the
Bahamas. Her remarks were
directed to Rick Lowe, Vice
President of The Nassau
Institute.

The key ingredients of
economic freedom are:

1. Personal choice;

2. Voluntary exchange
coordinated by markets;

3. Freedom to enter and
compete in markets;

4. Protection of persons
and their property from
aggression by others.

Where public policy inter-
feres with, or fails to support
these four “ingredients” eco-
nomic and other freedoms
are at stake. Rick Lowe and
the Nassau Institute are
unrelenting advocates for a
free economy.

Ms. Sealy cites areas in
the Bahamian economy that
lowers the overall rating in
the Heritage Index. She does
not believe most Bahamians
would willingly agree to
change the following poli-
cies:

1) Reserving sectors of
the economy for Bahamians;

2) Permission required to
sell property over five acres;

3) Tariffs

4) Monetary policy and
exchange controls.

Reserving particular sec-
tors of the economy is pro-
tectionist policy restricting
retail, and wholesale busi-
nesses to Bahamians.
Licensing of the professions
is also protectionist policy.

Ms Sealy should under-
stand that “every form of
protectionism builds on raw
political force which is
strengthened by advocates
of political power.”

Those benefitting from
government protection of
their industry or profession
are big business and politi-
cians counting votes. It is an
unholy alliance of business
and government in a com-
mon cause against con-
sumers and foreigners. It is
“crony capitalism” and not
free market.

Ms. Sealy asks: “Would

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Mr. Lowe sanction a cam-
paign to get Bahamian
lawyers, accountants and
luxury store owners to agree
that foreign nationals be per-
mitted to come to the
Bahamas and hang their
shingles with no review or
approval?”

Implied in the question is
should we campaign for free
and voluntary exchange in
goods and services consider-
ing that lawyers, accountants
and luxury store owners pre-
fer the current system of pro-
tection for their professions
and businesses.

She may be right in the
preference for protection by
certain groups, but if so then
Mr. Lowe’s comment that
the Bahamas is “heading in
the wrong direction” is
irrefutable.

Consumers are not con-
cerned with the nationality
of the seller. They want a
wide choice of products at
the lowest prices. The
Bahamianization policy
requiring permission from
government to decide who
can sell and serve is there-
fore anti-consumer. It is anti-
free market and negative for
economic growth.

A shrinking economy and
drop in consumer spending
should cause rethinking poli-
cies that protect special inter-
ests.

Competition tends to
maintain prices at levels that
maximize exchange. A walk
down shabby Bay Street illu-
minates the sad story of
decline in the retail sector.
If Bahamians wish to recap-
ture lost business and
encourage new enterprise
they will have to open up to
new participants not based
on nationality but on who-
ever and whatever will
attract business and promote
economic activity.

Patriotism as paternalism
is often confused with pro-
tectionism. Rick Lowe
would say that protection-
ism is unpatriotic because it
supports high prices and
slows economic growth.

The existing interven-
tionist policy of restricting
areas to the discretion of
politicians is a declaration
that business is free to act as
long as what it does complies
exactly with the plans and
intentions of the government.

Government interference
is asking ultimately for more
compulsion and less free-
dom.

If action in the market
place is subject to political
approval then we have to
believe in an omniscient all-
knowing government with
all the knowledge required
to know what is best for
everyone else; an absurd
notion that few would sup-
port in 2010.

The permission required
to sell more than five acres -
is policy that interferes with
voluntary exchange required
to co-ordinate markets.

Property rights have
evolved from the earlier
practice of minimum inter-
vention to government
approval to sell over five
acres. Population and envi-
ronmental conditions affect
property use. Declarations
of intended use of property
for development may pro-
tect the property rights of
others. However, restrictions
on the use of one’s property
if they are arbitrary decisions
by bureaucrats are limits on
a cherished freedom.

Tariffs as protection for
chosen industries are coun-
terproductive to economic
freedom and economic
growth.

In the Bahamas they
replace an income tax. The
current tariff rate is so high

as to reduce competitive
advantage. The Duty Free
policy of the early nineties
is empirical evidence that
retailers were unable to com-
pete in the “luxury goods”
market with vendors in oth-
er countries.

Duty Free was a kind of
deception where the “tariff”
was renamed a “stamp tax.”

“A rose by any other
name is still a rose.” Whilst
duty was lowered on some
items, the revenue lost was
compensated by increasing
the rate in other sectors.

A flat consumption stamp
tax of 17 per cent universal-
ly applied would encourage
more economic exchanges
without deceptive market-
ing strategies. Dr. Arthur
Laffer an economist in the
Reagan years has shown that
when taxes drop revenue
increases — The Laffer
Curve.

Ms Sealy overlooks the
low tariffs of the 50’s and
60’s. The rate on most
imports was 15 per cent on
the C.LF value plus 2 per
cent stamp tax. Other taxes
were low, and there were no
deficit budgets. The econo-
my grew at 8 — 10 per cent.
In 1972 the Economic Free-
dom of the World Index
ranked the Bahamas 7th of
121 countries. In 2007 the
Bahamas is ranked 43rd of
143 countries.

Monetary policy and
exchange controls. The
Bahamas gets a consistent-
ly low rating in the Freedom
Index for monetary and fis-
cal policy due to foreign
exchange controls. Ms Sealy
is correct to note a relaxation
of the controls. Until there
is total free exchange the rat-
ing in this category will not
improve.

The limit on foreign cur-
rency exchange is related to
the foreign reserves required
to support the value of the
B$ at par with the US$.

Dr. Alvin Rabushka in
studying the Bahamian
economy stated in 2004:
“Unless foreign reserves rise
to, and remain at, a higher
level in the near future, the
financial structure of the
Bahamian economy, which
resembles an inverted pyra-
mid, will continue to get
heavier and larger at the top.
At some point, the whole
structure will topple. Either
devaluation or new restric-
tions on current account
transactions, which means
import control, must fol-
low.”

Economic freedom and
free trade are polarizing
issues between those who
understand the benefits of
free exchange and the pro-
tectionists whose opposition
is visceral and passionate.
Those of us who favour free
trade believe in the ethical
principle that people should
be free to buy from
whomever they choose, and
in the economic truth that
wealth and efficiency
increase as prices fall.

Mr Lowe, an advocate for
economic freedom, is a true
patriot and a courageous
defender of the rights of
individuals to pursue their
interests so long as they do
not interferie with the right
of others to do the same.

Ms Sealy raises policy
issues for public discussion
that mostly occurs behind
closed doors.

Her response and ques-
tions open them to public
scrutiny.

We invite her to join the
Nassau Institute in identify-
ing public policy and govy-
ernment actions that take
away our precious freedoms.

THE NASSAU
INSTITUTE
Joan Thompson
President,
Nassau,
February 2, 2010



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Grant updates
House on major

ministry projects

THE Ministry of Public
Works and Transport will con-
tinue its efforts to improve ser-
vice, contain costs and
enhance revenue collection
during the second half of the
2009/2010 year, Minister Neko
Grant said in his contribution
to the mid-year budget debate.

Mr Grant said: “Our efforts
in improving service delivery
will also continue as it under-
pins the credibility of the gov-
ernment.”

He highlighted the Build-
ings Control Division’s second
place finish in the Public Sec-
tor Service Improvement Pro-
gramme in October 2009.

“T congratulate the employ-
ees of the Buildings Control
Division on their achieve-
ment,” said Mr Grant. “I also
take this opportunity to thank
all employees of the Ministry
of Public Works and Trans-
port, its departments and
statutory authorities for the
work they perform on a daily
basis in providing services to
the public and to encourage
them all to strive to attain
even higher levels of perfor-
mance.”

He noted three major pro-
jects completed during the first
half of the 2009/2010 fiscal
year. Among them is the New
Providence harbour dredging
and bollard project that was

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completed in December 2009
in time for the arrival of the
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of
the Seas.

“While these projects are
virtually completed and the
harbour successfully facilitates
entry and exit of Genesis class
vessels, a small section of the
harbour remains to be
dredged due to inclement
weather conditions. We expect
this area to be competed by
May 2010,” said Mr Grant.

A major contract totalling
$11,294.468.86 was awarded to
Cavalier Construction Com-

Gna ama ea ae

POLITICAL activist Omar Archer announced yester-
day that he has resigned his membership of the Progressive
Liberal Party.

Mr Archer thanked party leader Perry Christie for the
opportunity to be a part of the PLP and for the “mentoring
and leadership that he has portrayed over the years”.

The one time chairman of and candidate for the Bahamas
Democratic Movement (BDM), who joined the PLP fol-
lowing the 2007 general elections, said: “Even though this
was a difficult decision for me to make, I realise that there
is a time for growth and for myself that time is now. The
Bahamas will not be losing a voice that speaks and advocates
for assistance of the poor and disenfranchised but will gain
a man who will hopefully in the future be able to change the
lives of many underprivileged persons of this great and
envied nation.”

In a statement issued to the press, Mr Archer said that
today’s voters are intelligent and audacious — not ignorant
and passive.

“T can no longer remain mute in responding to the cries,
responding to the cries of so many sorely oppressed Bahami-
ans throughout so many devastated communities in this
our beloved country,” he said.

“This clearly is a moral indication of change in today’s
political forum. Therefore together we must demand
accountability and hold those in public office to higher
standards without partiality.

“Once again I say thanks to all of you whom have given
me your support as I strive to continue to be the voice of the
people — for its with them where my unbending loyalty
lies,” he said.

PUBLIC WORKS
AND TRANSPORT
MINISTER Neko
Grant speaks to
Parliamentarians in
the House of
Assembly.



pany for the construction of
the new Bay Street Straw Mar-
ket. Mr Grant said the gov-
ernment is pleased with the
progress made to date on the
straw market and anticipates
that the building will be com-
pleted by mid-2011.

Furthermore, the precincts
of the Parliament Square on
Bay Street will be enhanced
as a result of a contract signed
for the refurbishment of the
Supreme Court, Senate,
Hansard and Magistrates
Court buildings. Mr Grant
explained that the project
includes construction of a new
utility support enclosure to
service the buildings.

“These projects (straw mar-
ket and Parliament Square)
will undoubtedly contribute to
the overall effort that is being
undertaken to improve the
appearance of the downtown
area of Nassau,” said Mr
Grant.

Regarding other work in the
downtown area, Mr Grant said
the project to replace eleva-
tors in the Churchill and Main
Post Office building is ongo-
ing. One of the elevators at
the Churchill Building has
been completed and a second
one is to be installed by March
of this year.

He said the elevators for the
Post Office Building have
been ordered and delivery is
expected during July of this
year. The first unit is expected
to be installed by September
and the second unit by
November at a cost of
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"I VEX that some of
them by-election candidates
still have their billboards up
in the Elizabeth constituen-
cy. They was so quick to put
them up now they ain' want
take it down like that ga
‘cause anyone to vote for
them next time.

"If they can't pay couple
dudes one $50 to take them
signs down, I suggest those
big, strapping men go down
there with some tools and
dig them eye-sores out
themselves."

—Vex on Prince Charles
Drive.

"IT vex at how disgusting,
rowdy and low class some
of our Members of Parlia-
ment act in the House of
Assembly. I wouldn't dare
carry my child in there to
observe the slack way those
grown men and women car-
ry on — I mean it look like
some of them wanted to
throw blows on Monday,
man.

"Tcan understand wanti-
ng to argue your point and
to defend your name, but
my word, I wish they could
find a more decent way to
talk to one another instead
of acting like beasts. The
only difference I see
between them and the man
on the street is the bigger
words they use but the same
biggety, nasty attitude is
there.”

— Ashamed of MPs.

"I vex at how some of
today's young women leave
their house to go out at
night without pants on,
clothes too tight, chest out
— all topped off with a
head of full of weave that
looks like it belong on a rag
doll. What makes it worse,
is you often see these
women holding the hand of
a little girl and you wonder
what sort of person that
innocent child is going to
grow up to be or what she is

WHY YOU VEX?

being exposed to.

"Ladies and mothers,
please take some pride in
yourself and set an exam-
ple for your children. Let
them know there is more to
life than showing what God
gave you to every Tom,
Dick and Harry."

— Concerned.

"T vex at all these people
who cut me off while I dri-
ving every blessed morning,
as if only they have some-
where to go. Why is it that
our people seem to have no
patience or compassion for
others, as evidenced by the
nasty way they treat you on
the streets?

"Road rage is a serious
thing, but I am thankful for
the grace of the One above
who hold me tongue and
my hand from displaying
my anger at those inconsid-
erate drivers. People think
of your fellow man next
time you are behind the
wheel and stop driving so
reckless."

— Mad Motorist.

"Lis particularly vex dat
dem 'politrickans’ keeps
trying ta hoodwink da peo-
ple, especially now we see
dat Saunders Beach gats
two levels, one upper level
mussey fa dem who go fa
da view and da lower level

BAHAMIANS HAVE THEIR SAY

for dem regulars who likes
da cold water. Dey
politrickans shoulda check
dem old pictures of da pre-
vious massive enormous
Montague Beach an see
what happens when they
done fool wid it.

“Dey ain't learn.

“Of all t'ings yinna
shouldn't mess wid mother
nature."

—Mama ain't born no
fool.

"Tam happy with the new
police Chief having the vig-
ilant police officers work-
ing during the nights and
hearing the police car horns
tooting all around the
neighbourhood. This sure
sends a message to the cul-
prits.

“And all we need to do
now is to make the lawyers
liable for the actions of their
client culprits because they
somehow manage to keep
getting bail for them, for the
umpteenth time to keep
repeating criminal acts on
us da victims in this little
seven by 21 mile long
island."

— Victim.



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Donations from Americans
for Haiti top $1 billion

NEW YORK

EXPERTS who track charitable giving say donations from
Americans for earthquake relief in Haiti have passed the $1
billion mark, according to Associated Press.

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has
been monitoring donations received by 91 charities engaged
in Haiti relief since the quake on Jan. 12. The total surpassed
$1 billion as of Friday. About one-third of it has gone to the

American Red Cross.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy says other major recipients
of Haiti donations include Catholic Relief Services, the U.S.
Fund for UNICEF and the U.S. wing of Doctors Without Bor-

ders.

The American Embassy is currently considering applications for the

following position:

Program Specialist, HIV Surveillance

The incumbent, under the supervision of the Director of the CDC Canbbean
Regional Office Global AIDS Program will provide technical expertise for
HIV/AIDS surveillance systems and prevention programs within an agreed
Program of Work established by CRO in collaboration with the Bahamas

Ministry of Health.

This four-year position 1s open to candidates with the following

qualifications:

A Bachelor level degree in one of the following disciplines:
Medicine, Public Health; Epidemiology; Nursing; Behavioral

Scenees.

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Must possess basic computer skills with experience/training for
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including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance, life
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PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010

THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS

Drinking water
‘under threat’

FROM page one

ly depleted of drinking water.

"We may presume that our
wells will continue to provide
the water we need, and that
water will still come stream-
ing from the tap. Hurricane
Floyd should be a fervent
reminder that being compla-
cent or passive in establishing
appropriate water networks
could prove disastrous and |)
consequential to our future
water supply and to our over-
all well-being and could place
us in jeopardy," said the
South Beach representative.

During hurricane Floyd
water wells in parts of Cat
Island and Long Island were
put out of use because of sea
water contamination. Similarly, storm surges from hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 had major affects on the
water resources of Grand Bahama while hurricane Frances
caused damage to water resources in North Andros, he
said.

These two hurricanes adversely affected the country’s
two major well-fields — W6 in Grand Bahama and the
Barging Wellfield in North Andros, said Mr Neymour.

"These primary well-field locations, positioned in the
centre of two of the largest Bahamian islands, were both
inundated by the sea water, and became brackish as a
result. Parts of the Andros well-field still have high salin-
ity as a result of the saline intrusion. There is abundant evi-
dence in Grand Bahama and Andros of previous events
that caused saltwater damage to the environment."

Alarmingly few of these major events were recorded
and analysed by the previous administration or officials at
WSC handicapping the corporation from designing future
mitigation plans, said Mr Neymour.

"This administration is addressing such planning
deficits," he said.

The anticipated devastating affects of climate change —
which can lead to elevated sea levels that can devastate our
low lying chain of islands — is also a major threat to our
water supply.

"Climate change is expected to result in rising sea levels,
in addition to the threat of even more severe hurricanes
and storm surges. Therefore, the Bahamas should elevate
our awareness and preparedness to the threat that such
likelihoods pose to our water resources and to our water
supplies.

"In fact, even heavy rainfall events can be disastrous, sim-
ilar to that which occurred during tropical Storm Noel.
Heavy flooding can result in the wastes from septic tanks
flowing directly into the private wells of our manipulation.
This has been a repeat occurrence in some parts of New
Providence."

To mitigate against these threats, the Ingraham admin-
istration will focus on enacting environmental and con-
servation laws and regulations; preventing future improp-
er development in low-lying areas prone to flooding;
restrict rock and sand mining activities to approved loca-
tions only; and protect beach ridge and coastal dune for-
mations.

Government also plans to adopt appropriate physical
planning policies, which will protect infrastructure from
storm surges and rising water tables.

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Developers accused of ‘environmental terrorism’

FROM page one

dredged across the flats.

“All this was mangroves; it used to be
teeming with fish,” Mr Kemp explained
at the site yesterday.

“But they cut straight though the flats
and all the mangroves are gone. It’s like
these people have just said “The hell with
Nassau, let’s just destroy it’.

“Tagree that with development there is
this balance that has to happen, but this!
This is environmental terrorism, that’s
the only phrase for it. This is crazy.”

At the eastern end of Millars Creek
the flats converge and form the entrance
to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT)
Bonefish Pond national park, where
many more healthy mangroves have
been ripped out and an existing canal is
being widened to lead into the marina
dredged at South Seas.

Developer Tennyson Wells confirmed
he had to stop the project in 2005 for
permits to be checked, but resumed con-
struction with full government approval
in June last year. He expects South Seas

to reach completion in 18 months.

BNT Executive Director Eric Carey
said the Trust will monitor the develop-
ment which has already produced silt-
ing in the park despite having silt screens
in place.

Mr Bain said the dredging has affected
the movement of the tides, and the silt
produced has coated the feeding grounds
where lobster and mutton snapper were
thriving just a year ago, but have now
disappeared.

“There were turtles and crabs, lobster
everywhere,” he said.

“You could find 20, 40, 60 holes of
young lobster here, but now the holes
have closed up and they’re gone. There’s
nothing.”

Damage to mangrove ecosystems in
the south will only increase when high-
powered boats are docked in the marinas,
Mr Kemp said, while the adjacent nation-
al park will do little to mitigate the effects
sure be seen on coral reefs throughout
the New Providence area and beyond.

“Right here is probably the most sen-
sitive spot in all of Nassau,” he told The
Tribune.

“They are digging up the Bonefish
Pond national park. It’s going to
change everything in here.”

He wants the lack of public dialogue
over development projects and lack of
sufficient environmental law to be
addressed with urgency to ensure
important ecosystems are protected
when developments go ahead.

Without such legislation, the eco-
nomic need for development cannot
be balanced with the need to protect
the vulnerable natural environment.

“Tt’s not radical to speak out about
this,” Mr Kemp said.

“Tt’s just sticking up for what’s right.
We are out here every day watching it
happen and it’s absolutely heart-break-
ing to see it actually happen right
before our eyes, and it’s happening so
fast.

“We have complained for years how
the beaches are being taken away from
us, but all of this is getting taken away
too.

“This is against international treaties
that we have signed — and there is no
mitigation.”

FROM page one

“There is a responsibility
for people here in Grand
Bahama to do some things to
make this island more com-
petitive, like drop their
prices,” Ms Walkine stressed.

“Everybody that has a
direct impact on the end
product visitors pay for has
to look at how they can drop
prices and reduce cost to the
customer.”

Ms Walkine noted that the
high cost of airfare and high
jet fuel is one of the main
problems and challenges here
on the island.

“We have more than ade-
quate number of seats to fill
the rooms here on Grand
Bahama, and our goal is not
to lose any of those seats.

“In order to avoid losing
those seats, we have to reduce
the cost of jet fuel,” she
stressed.

Airlines flying to Grand
Bahama pay 240 per cent
above the average cost of jet
fuel in Nassau, which is 40 per
cent above average what
those airlines pay for routes
within the US.

Jet fuel costs for carriers
reached $5. 41 per gallon in
Freeport, compared to $2.26
in Nassau, which resulted in

‘High costs’

$1 million in annual cost for
air carriers flying to Grand
Bahama International Air-
port.

The Grand Bahama Air-
port Company buys jet fuel
from an overseas supplier
because there is no local jet
fuel supplier on the island.

GBAC officials are work-
ing with the Ministry of
Tourism to lower fuel costs,
which could happen soon,
possibly in a matter of weeks.

“We are optimistic that
sometime in next few weeks
we will have a price per gallon
that is considered reason-
able,” said the director gen-
eral.

“They have understood and
accepted their obligation with
responsibility to protect this
business and we don’t antici-
pate that we will lose any ser-
vice.”

Ms Walkine noted that cus-
tomers do not want to pay a
$500 airfare for a 20-minute
flight to Grand Bahama when
they can pay less to go to Nas-
sau.

“That is why Grand
Bahama has a unique chal-
lenge that it has to address
and make itself more afford-
able, it cannot be overpriced.

Grant’s Town Wesley Methodist

(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) RO.Box CB-13046
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
(www.gtwesley.org)

SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2010

7:00 a.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside

11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Tezel Anderson/
Ministry of Helps

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Theme: “ But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord”

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Telephone number: 324-2538
‘lelefax number: 324-2587

“That’s what our feedback
tells us, that Grand Bahama is
an expensive destination in
every respect.”

“And so everyone has to
give a little in order to be able
to attract the critical mass that
will spend that much more so
that your revenue grows.
Even though the unit price
has dropped, you are going
to make more money. That is
what we have been trying to
communicate to people here.

“People are not responding
to it, but we in tourism are
supposed to solve the prob-

lem. We are supposed to find
some people out there who
are willing to pay that premi-
um to come to Grand
Bahama, why would they do
that when they have other
options for less? So it is the
most frustrating challenge we
have ever had.

“We are not about to
negotiate any new services
until we can make the exist-
ing airlines here viable and
it is not viable right now
because of the high cost of
fuel in Grand Bahama,” said
Ms Walkine.

Mitchell hits back at comments

by Minister of National Security
FROM page one

Ministry of National Security in consultation with the Prison
Staff Association.

“The Minister ought to concentrate on getting the job done
and stop trying to rewrite history. The fact is that shortly after
they came to office, the FNM administration unfairly with-
drew lawfully granted promotions to prison officers under pro-
cedures agreed with the Prison Staff Association and the Pub-
lic Service Commission. Any other story is simply fiction.

“The Minister’s own previous statements in the House of
Assembly support this view. It is simply tiresome that almost
three years after coming to office, the Minister can only find
comfort in propaganda as a substitute for the failures of the
FNM administration in the Public Service and other areas of
public life in the Bahamas,” he said.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 7



LOCAL NEWS

BIC donates $100,000 to
Haiti earthquake relief

THE Bahamas Telecommunications
Company has donated $100,000 to the
Red Cross Haiti Relief effort.

Acting president and CEO Kirk
Griffin, vice president Antonio Stubbs
and chief financial officer Paul
McClean made the presentation to
Caroline Turnquest, president of the
Bahamas Red Cross Association at a
press conference yesterday morning.

In addition to this donation, BTC
also introduced a text to donate cam-
paign — Each One Reach One — in the
wake of the devastating January 12

earthquake in Haiti.

The campaign was very successful,
raising more than $31,00 in text dona-
tions from BTC customers. The tex-
ting campaign allowed customers to
donate in unlimited increments of $1,

$3 and $5.

BTC employees also donated to the
cause in the amount of $3,100.

In the wake of the disaster, BTC
reduced the outbound calling rates to
Haiti to 25¢ per minute for customers
using BTC’s Hello long distance phone
card. As a result, friends and family
members are able to make calls to
Haiti at a lower rate until March 31.

On January 25, BTC participated in
an earthquake relief telethon organ-
ised by the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the Rotary Clubs of Nassau.

The company provided phone lines,
equipment and manpower for the
event which was a stellar success, rais-
ing $250,000 for the victims in Haiti.

The company is also slated to assist
the Ministry of Youth with its live con-
cert and Haiti relief telethon on March
13 at the Rain Forrest Theatre.

A statement from the company said:



“BTC is extremely grateful to its
employees and the general public for
their extraordinary compassion and
rapid mobilisation in support of this
effort.

“In the upcoming weeks, the organ-
isation will officially introduce its cor-
porate charitable donation programme
to the public.”

Port Of Call residents
tackle dumping head-on

FREEPORT -— Appalled
by the rise in indiscriminate
dumping, Port Of Call resi-
dents have joined forces to
officially clean-up their
neighbourhood.

“The road was lined with
debris from the western
entrance all the way down
to the dead-end,” said Don
Mitchell, a Port Of Call Vil-
las resident. “Mounds of
garbage were at the canal
easement including fast food
containers, condoms, nee-
dles and household refuse.”

The quiet street is a pop-
ular retreat for residents of
nearby neighbourhoods,
who regularly use it for exer-
cise and other recreational
purposes.

After becoming increas-
ingly frustrated with the fre-
quent dumping, residents,
frequent visitors and mem-
bers of the Port Of Call Vil-
las and Condominium Asso-
ciation; the Mayfield Beach
Tennis Club and Associa-
tion; and Seabreeze Execu-
tive Suites, decided to act.

Clean-up efforts were
launched in January by Stan
and Tatiana Sargeant, sec-
ond home owners and visi-
tors to the island for more
than 20 years.

The couple initially tried
to collect the garbage on
their own during daily walks
but quickly recognised the
magnitude of the problem.

After encouraging other
residents to join them, the
group pooled donations and
hired a workman to collect
the garbage. “In all, he col-
lected 259 large trash bags
over a seven-day period,”
said Mr Mitchell.

To discourage dumping
nearby the canal, the Port
Of Call group has purchased
garbage bins which they reg-
ularly empty themselves.
With the assistance of the
Environmental Department
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA), “No
Dumping” signs have also
been strategically posted.

Environmental manager
for the GBPA Nakira
Wilchcombe praised the
group’s initiative.

“GBPA applauds the Port
of Call group, which has
now been officially dubbed
the first community group —
known as ‘Keep Port of Call
Clean’ — for addressing
indiscriminate dumping in
their community. Such
efforts are worth imitating
as they demonstrate what
can be accomplished
through self-driven initia-
tives.

“Tt is unfortunate when
others show disregard for

Mentorship programme to
_ prepare young adults for
_ life beyond the classroom

LIFE COACH Michelle
Miller said she wants to
help address the critical
shortage of life skills among
young adults in the
Bahamas in an effort to
counter anti-social behav-
iour and build positive atti-
tudes.

Her programme,
LifeSkills242 Mentorship,
is designed to be an inter-
active learning programme
that engages young adults
in a wholesome, enriching
and fun learning experi-
ence.

It is structured as a six
session series, scheduled to
begin March 13 at the
Coaching Studio in the
Jovan Plaza, Madeira
Street.

Designed for students in
grades eight to 12, she said
the programme will impart
fundamental skills to assist
young adults in making self-
supporting decisions, as
they deal with the confu-
sion of transitioning into
adulthood. Ms Miller said
she drew inspiration for the
programme from her own
struggles as a young person.

“Keeping young people
optimistic, safe and out of
trouble is just part of the
story of the LifeSkills242
Programme,” she said.
“What we’re really doing is
helping them to engage
their thinking, learning and
developmental capacity;
providing invaluable skills
that they will use for the
rest of their lives.”

Ms Miller said the great-
est challenge facing this
society today is that many
young people lack inspira-
tion and a sense of belong-
ing.

“The continuous episodes
of anti-social behaviour sug-
gest that present methods
for social competence are

inadequate or ineffective.
It is difficult, if not unrea-
sonable to expect children
to effectively navigate emo-
tions, make positive deci-
sions and reach for higher
achievement if we have not
adequately equipped them
with the essential skills to
do so,” she said.

Ms Miller said the fact
that most education mod-
els in the Bahamas are
exclusively focused on aca-
demic aptitude, leaves the
development of healthy
self-esteem and positive
attitudes hanging in the bal-
ance.

She explained that the
focus on academic compet-
itiveness has the tendency
to lead to the negative
labelling of children who do
not make top grades; inad-
vertently encouraging low
self-esteem and a lack of
self-control. This in turn
leads to anti-social behav-
iour and aggression; which
gradually mushrooms into
violence and criminal
behaviour.

Through the LifeSkills242
Programme, she hopes to
offer a message that builds
a new, optimistic mindset
amongst young adults;
offering valuable lessons of
self-awareness, self-esteem,
anger management, critical
thinking and emotional cop-
ing skills; ultimately help-
ing them take responsibility
for the management of their
attitudes and behaviour.

The effectiveness of life
skills education is interna-
tionally recognised and
most developing countries
have incorporated it as a
crucial component of the
school curriculum.

More information
can be found at
lifeskills242@yahoo.com

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RESIDENTS JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE DUMPING PROBLEM: Condominium residents and visi-
tors of Port Of Call Drive pooled resources to clean-up their neigbourhood, collecting hundreds of

bags of refuse.

the environment and the
personal surroundings of
others. We hope that their
example would encourage
other communities to work
together and do their part
in keeping their environ-
ment clean,” she said.

Reflecting on the dump-
ing, Mr Mitchell noted that
non-residents who frequent
the area are the culprits.

“We don’t mind persons
using the dead-end to sit
and eat and enjoy the
waterway but the problem
arises from their abuse of
the environment,” he said.

The Port Of Call group’s
next move is to contact the
developers of Bahamas
Terrace in an attempt to
have a large dumpster
installed for proper garbage
disposal.

Additionally, assistance
is being sought to have San-
itation Services remove
heavy bulk items, like an
abandoned boat and a
refrigerator, from the
underbrush.

Citing their efforts as an
example, group member
and owner-resident Ms
Marianne Sussex encour-
aged other individuals or
groups to adopt specific
areas or communities on
the island. “In my eight
years of visiting, I’ve defi-
nitely seen an increased
awareness and intense drive
towards keeping Grand
Bahama clean,” the Cana-
dian observed.

“We hope that other res-
idents can learn from our
self-help project. May they
become more sensitised to

the environment and the
need for all of us to keep it
clean and preserve it,” said
Mr Mitchell.

neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that

BERNARDO GEDEUS of

MONASTERY PARK, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registratior/naturalization should not

be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts

within twenty-eight days from the 6" day of MARCH, 2010 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,

Freeport, Bahamas.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 6,

SECTION



ts

2010

ST. AUGUSTINE’S College Big Red Machine celebrates another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Championships title.

Big Red Machine champions again at BAISS

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE headlines read the same as
usual: St. Augustine’s College Big
Red Machine win another Bahamas
Association of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships title.

This time, the Big Red Machines
rolled out of the Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium with
their 22nd consecutive title, carting
off six of the eight divisional titles in
a dominating 334.50 point margin
over their arch-rivals Queen’s Col-
lege Comets.

St. Augustine’s College finished
the three day meet yesterday with
a total of 1,361.50 points, winning
the bantam, junior, intermediate and
senior girls as well as the junior and
senior boys.

Queen’s College, who had beefed
up their squad in a bid to dethrone
SAC, took both the bantam and
intermediate boys divisions as they
had to settle for a disappointing sec-
ond place with 1,027.

While there was a two-way race
for the top spot, third place was clos-
er with St. John’s College Giants
collecting 474.50, compared to St.
Anne’s 449.50 for fourth. St.
Andrew’s rounded out the top five
with 357.

SAC’s head coach William
‘Knucklehead’ Johnson said it was a
routine performance for his Big Red
Machine squad.

“This one feel good, better than
the rest,” said Johnson as he watched
SAC’s athletes, coaches, officials and
fans rush onto the field for another

victory lap.

“Somehow, everyone felt that this
year was their time, but we knew
that we had a chance to widen the
gap and I think that is what we did.”

Johnson said the key to their suc-
cess was to concentrate on the field
events and while they did that, he
admitted that they fell down in the
distance events.

“Other than that, we had a well
balanced effort and that made up
for any mistakes that we had,” he
pointed out.

All year long, the talk was about
the challenge that the Big Red
Machine would receive from the
Comets. Looking at the final results,
Johnson said they did well, but they
just improved on the areas they did-
m’t perform that well in last year.

“Better luck for next year,” said

Johnson as he hinted at coming back
to defend their title again. “We’re
going to be better than we were this

Queen’ s College coach Gary
Markham said they just simply
weren't able to contain SAC.

“T know it sounds like a cliché,
but we’re disappointed in coming
second,” Markham stressed. “Our
first day wasn’t so bad. We were
behind by 57 points.

“But on our second day, we got
messed...And today, we were ahead
of SAC in most of the relays, so ’m
really pleased with today.

“SAC is an extremely talented
team and we have a long way to go,”
he insisted. “We had a lot of injuries
that kept us back, but we don’t have
the depth that SAC does.

“We don’t have the quality that



they do, so we came second again.
It’s sounds like a bit of a habit right
now. But we will continue to work
on our weaker events.”

If they can only get the kind of
consistency in the performances as
SAC, Markham said Queen’s Col-
lege will definitely be able to com-
pete for the top spot, rather than
settling for second best.

“They were really out to compete.
All credit to them. They competed
well and they competed like cham-
pions,” Markham stated.

“We can learn from them, but we
will continue to knock on their
door.”

Next up is the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations’ Sco-
tiabank National High Track and
Field Championships next weekend
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BAISSFINAL

RESULTS

HERB’S the results from the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools
Sports’ Track and Field Cham-
pionships that concluded on Fri-
day at the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium:

OVERALL SCORES

St. Augustine’s College 1,361.5
Queen’s College 1,027
St. John’s A745
St. Anne’s 449.5
St. Andrew’s 357
Nassau Christian Academy 230
Aquinas Colleg 192
Kingsway Academy 157
Temple Christian Academy 113.5
Jordan Prince William 94
Charles W. Saunders 92
Faith Temple Academy 66
Bahamas Academy 57
Westminister College 55

and Field Stadium.

The Big Red Machine will be chal-
lenged by the CR Walker Knights in
the senior division and the CH
Reeves Raptors in the junior divi-
sion.

But Johnson said they are defi-
nitely going to be ready.

Security & General Buccaneers Rughy Football Club get another — in Bahama Joe's

THE SECURITY and
General Buccaneers Rugby
Club, the oldest club in The
Bahamas, was presented a
cheque from Bianca Zaiem of
Bahama Joe's bar last week.
Club Chairman Dorian Roach
along with Captains Ryan
Knowles and Jonathan Brown
were there to accept the
cheque.

Bahama Joe's has joined
Security and General to aid
in the development of young
men through the coaching
provided by the Buccaneers
Rugby Club. Between the
upkeep of the Winton Rugby
Centre, uniforms & equip-
ment and travel, it costs a rug-
by team about $10,000.00 a
year and not everyone can
afford to pay that price to play
rugby. That's why the spon-
sorship is key to not only
keeping a club together, but
providing an outlet for young
men to play and develop their
skills.

“We are very proud of the

kids who have been a part of
the club. We currently have
the youngest team in the
league and are able to give
many of our youth and for-
mer youth players a lot of
playing time. Bahama Joe's
sponsorship allows us to con-
tinue to help and develop
these young kids as athletes
and young men,” said Club
President Dorian Roach.

Buccs’ Captain Ryan
Knowles added, “We have
been extremely happy with
the progression of our team
over the last three to four
years with the maturing of our
youth players and also some
new players to the game. We
would like to thank Bahama
Joe's for wanting to be a part
of that.”

The Buccs take on Balliou
on Saturday February 20th,
and then travel to Freeport to
play on February 27th. The
full schedule can be found

online at http://www.bucc-
srugby.net.

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Campbell championship

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Taberna-
cle Baptist Falcons celebrated
through the streets of Grand
Bahama in a victory motorcade
on Friday.

The Falcons of Tabernacle Bap-
tist Christian Academy are the
reigning basketball champions of
the Hugh Campbell Basketball
Tournament that was held New
Providence at the Kendal Isaac
Gymnasium on February 21.

This is their second consecutive
win and the sixth time that the
Falcons have won the Hugh
Campbell championship title.

The win was an inspirational
one for the team, which lost one
its team members, Shaquille
Hinds, who collapsed and died
during basketball practice in Jan-
uary.

A special assembly was held at
the school on Friday to celebrate
the outstanding accomplishment.
Motivational speaker Michael Pin-
tard addressed the principal,
administrators, teachers and stu-
dents.

At 12 noon, the players, stu-
dents and parents participated in a
motorcade from the school to Port
Lucaya and to downtown.

Cecil Thompson, Deputy Direc-
tor of Education, commended the
team for its outstanding record of
wins at the tournament.

“Tabernacle Baptist Academy
has the unique distinction of being
the only school in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas that has
ever won six Hugh Campbell Bas-
Ketball Championships,” he said.

Mr Thompson said that many
other senior basketball teams
from Grand Bahama - the former
Hawksbill High, Grand Bahama
Catholic High, Eight Mile Rock
High, and Jack Hayward High -
have dominated the tournament
over the past 28 years by winning
more than 20 championships.

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streets of Grand
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victory motor-
cade on Friday.

THE CC Sweeting Cobras celebrated their senior boys runners-up position in the recent Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic yesterday. At a special assembly, the administration

and staff paid tribute to the team, coached by Mario Bowleg and led by Gari Larent. The Cobras lost out to the Tabernacle Falcons by one point in overtime.

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Dwayne Wade

_ Watle gets 27, Heat
- hold off Lakers in
07 114-111

:? BASKETBALL

i MIAMI
; Associated Press

JERMAINE O'Neal

; called it, telling teammates
i in overtime that the next
i time someone drove the
: lane he would be there to
i take the charge.

That someone was Kobe

Bryant.

And O'Neal delivered on

i his vow.

O'Neal stood his ground

i with 18.7 seconds left in the
: extra session and Bryant
; was whistled for an offen-
i sive foul. It was the final
? turning point as the Miami
i Heat found a way to beat
i the Los Angeles Lakers 114-
? 111 in the NBA's wildest
? back-and-forth game this
i season.

There were 19 ties and 31

i lead changes, two more than
: any game in the league in
? 2009-10, and Miami's cen-
i ter stood tallest at the end.

"He was there. He

? stepped up," said Dwyane
i Wade, who led the Heat
i? with 27 points and 14 assists.
? "TI saw it coming the whole
? way. That's J.O. — J.O. not
: only protects the basket by
i? being a shotblocker, but he
: also protects it because he
? can take charges. And that's
i great. Everybody did their
i job tonight."

Bryant went left, looking

: for a layup that would have
i tied the game. Instead,
? O'Neal drew his team-best
: 19th charge of the season,
? Carlos Arroyo hit two free
? throws 0.3 seconds later to
i make it a two-possession
i game and Miami held on,
? winning back-to-back home
? games for the first time since
i mid-January.

Quentin Richardson

? scored a season-high 25
? points for the Heat, who got
i 17 from Arroyo, 13 from
? O'Neal and a 12-point, 11-
? rebound effort from Udo-
i nis Haslem.

"We have big-moment,

i big-player type guys that
i love to step up to a big chal-
i lenge like this and aren't
i afraid of the moment," Heat
? coach Erik Spoelstra said.
i "Obviously, Dwyane is like
i that, Jermaine is like that.
? Udonis, Quentin will hit big
i shots. A lot of times it's a
i fight and an argument to see
? who's going to shoot the
i ball. They're not running
i from it. They want the
i moment."

Bryant scored 39 points,

i including the overtime-forc-
? ing jumper for the Lakers,
i who got 14 points from
? Derek Fisher and 13 points
i and 11 rebounds from
i Lamar Odom.

It wasn't the offensive

i foul late that seemed to
i raise the ire of Lakers coach
? Phil Jackson but rather a
? foul call that he thought
i Bryant earned against Wade
i with a half-minute left in
? regulation and Los Angeles
i up by one.

Bryant shot what was

? ruled an airball; the Lakers
? insisted Bryant was fouled.
i Instead, Richardson came
? down and hit a 3-pointer to
i put Miami up 99-97 with
i 11.1 seconds left in regula-
i tion.

"I'm sure he didn't shoot

i an airball. That's uncon-
i? scionable that that call can't
? be made at that point in the
i game, because that's a
i shooter and there it is,"
i Jackson said. "But they did-
? n't call it and he had to do
i another miracle to come
i back and tie the game. But
? in the overtime, we had our
? chances."



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ronment of the Bahamas.

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his contribution to the establishment of
the Boy Scout troop 1492, and also for
helping to rebuild homes after Hurricane
Francis.

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Another highlight of the event was
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dress, designed by Indira Moss.

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promise of an evening of fun, elegance,
dancing, prizes and surprises. Guests thor-
oughly enjoyed the event, held under the
theme “Give a gift of life, preserve a
heart.”

The event took place on Saturday, Feb-
ruary 13, at Sheraton Nassau. Guests
danced to the music of the Ed Brice
Orchestra, the SG Band and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Dinner Band.

Portia Nottage, Heart Ball Committee
chairperson said: “The foundation is
grateful and thankful to all who have
helped to make this event a success. With-
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made it. We look forward to
your continued support as we
help to repair the hearts of
children, and put smiles on
their faces and those of their
families, one child at a time.”

There were lots of prizes
and surprises. The silent auc-
tion featuring more than 40
items, was a great success.
The most coveted prizes were
jewellery, in particular the sil-
ver necklace with marsonite
pendant from Godet's Jew-
ellery.

The room raffle was a great
success as well. The first prize
included: a round-trip World
Traveller Plus ticket to Lon-
don donated by British Air-
ways; an anonymously donat-
ed diamond ring; a painting,
“Morning Glory”, by Nettica
Symonette; and a Baum and
Mercier watch, donated by
Colombian Emeralds.

The second prize winner got
a Cartier “Trinity” Handbag
from Cartier at John Bull, a
pearl and Diamond 18k
bracelet donated by Fondas
Jewellers, a whole body scan

donated by the Centreville ' |

Medical Pavilion, and a paint- af

ing, “Love Bird Seagulls” by RE BARNES presents the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart award to Dr Donald Gerace.
Clifford Fernander.

The third prize winner won
a 21” Toshiba Flat Screen TV,
an Astengo de Lama neck-
lace, a wellness assessment by
Dr Graham Cates, and a
three-day/two-night stay at
Sammy T's Beach Resort in
Bennet's Harbour, Cat Island.

The ballroom was decorat-
ed by Stefan J L Rahming of
Events by Stefan. Table
favours were provided by
Maria Antoinette of Special
Events and Milo Butler and
Sons Ltd.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
was established in 1961 to
assist persons with heart dis-
ease. Today, the foundation's
main goal is to assist children
who need heart care. Dona-
tions are accepted throughout [iq
the year to help this cause.To [Ee
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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.87SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY WITHSUN HIGH 72F LOW 64F S P O R T S SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE NINE Big Red Machine are champions By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net T HE availability of fresh drinking water in the Bahamas could be jeopardised by climate change and hurricanes, warned State Environment Minister Phen ton Neymour, who said this country urgently needs prop er water networks and mana gement policies. Anticipated sea level rise from climate change, hurricane motivated storm surges and even heavy rain can all contaminate precious water well-fields with brackish, salty water, cautioned Mr Neymour, leading to severe water shortages and unavailability. Likewise, human acts of environmental negligence like digging pits or quarries to obtain fill below the water table or dumping solid and liquid wastes indiscriminately also threaten our water supply. His statements came as he chastised the Christie admin istration for its "reckless management or mismanagement" of two publicly owned utility companies the W ater and Sewage Corpora tion (WSCB ahamas Electricity Corpo ration (BEC which, he said, the Bahamian p eople are still paying heavily. The threats underscore the need for properly designed water supply systems or a centralized sewerage system, especially in New Providence, which is burdened with a rapidly growing pop ulation of more than 300,000, said Mr Neymour. "This administration has identified such instances and appropriate preventative and response mechanisms are in trend," he told Parliament during his contribution to the 2009/2010 mid-term budget debate. The South Beach representative recalled several past natural disasters that wreaked havoc on fresh water well-fields on Cat Island, Long Island, Andros and Grand Bahama, in turn leaving these islands severeThe Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com Drinking water under thr eat Minister says Bahamas urgently needs proper networks and policies THE Spring edition of Passport to Paradise Magazine hits hotels today. The latest edition of t his light-hearted Bahamian feature mag azine covers the extraordi-n ary cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, recaps the Michael J ordan Celebrity Golf Tournament, the models of V ersace, and some of the best kept secrets of the Bahamas. The magazine is delivered door-to-door to hotels t hat receive U SA Today a nd is also inserted in all home delivery copies of The Tribune. Call Jenny Pinder at 242-502-2384 or email jpin der@tribunemedia to advertise is Passport to Paradise Magazine. Passport to Paradise Spring edition hits hotels NEW DEFENCEFORCEBOATSHIT THEWAVES ONEOF TWO new boats given to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force by the United States takes to the water yesterday. The vessels were formally handed over at the Enduring Friendship Equipment Turnover held at the Defence Force base in Coral Harbour. SEEPAGETWO F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net GRAND Bahamas ability to compete as a tourist destination is being significantly hampered because of the high costs associated with the island, according to a tourism expert. Vernice Walkine, Director General of Tourism, said feedback from visitors to the Ministry of Tourism is that Grand Bahama is too expensive in every respect. She stressed that all stakeholders on the island must do their part to drop prices and reduce costs to the customer so that the island can to be competitive. The cost of airfare, rooms, food, and transportation on Grand Bahama are much higher than Nassau and other desti nations in the Caribbean. High costs hamper Gr and Bahama as tour ist destination SEE page six SEE page six VERNICEWALKINE By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net DEVELOPERS responsible for ripping out acres of mangroves and digging canals on the south side of New Providence have been accused of environmental ter rorism by Nassau fishermen. Bonefish guides Clint Kemp and Aaron Bain of Secret Soul Fly Fishing Adventures have reported a dramatic transformation of the southern shoreline where thriving mangroves have been removed and canals dredged to build the marina commu nities of Venice Bay and South Seas. Around 30 acres of man groves were removed to make way for Venice Bay, at Millars Creek, ridding the coast of part of its natural buffer against storms and thriving feeding and nursing ground for marine life, Mr Kemp said. A road extended across the bay links to a jetty extending around half a mile across the shallow flats as a canal is Developers accused of environmental terrorism SECRET SOUL FLY FISHING ADVEN TURES bonefish guide Clint Kemp at the South Seas develop ment site adjacent to the Bahamas National Trust Bonefish Pond national park. SEE page six POLICE say they have no information to release to the public in connection with the murder in Fox Hill on Thursday night. According to reports, the man, a Haitian, nicknamed Black, was shot and killed at around 7.30pm in an area known as The Bend. According to resi dents he had borrowed a bicycle to go to make a purchase in Wright Lane when he was shot. His death brings the murder total for the year to 18. When contacted for comment last night, a police spokesperson said they should have an update on the inci dent by Monday morning. Few details on Fox Hill murder SHADOW Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell took grave exception yesterday to remarks made by the Nation al Security Minister in the House of Assembly Thursday night. According to Mr Mitchell, Minister Tommy Turnquest sought to suggest that there was political interference in prison officer promotions pri or to his arrival in office. That is a despicable untruth, Mr Mitchell said in a statement made to the media. If this were said outside the House, it would be a grave libel. I challenge him to give any credible evidence that there was political interference. According to the former Minister, the record will show that the promotions at the prison were at all times guided by the due processes of the Prison Department and the Mitchell hits back at comments by Minister of National Security SEE page six B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E

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By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net NOMINATIONS for the h otel union elections will be held on March 15, with the elections set for April 27, it was agreed yesterday. Nearly three months after the Court of Appeal overturned the rulings of two sep-a rate judges and ordered new elections, members of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU b efore the appellate court yest erday. The court had sought to d etermine whether its ruling h anded down on January 14 had been adhered to. The c ourt had ordered the pro tem or temporary executive council to meet within seven days of the order and set the new election and nomination dates. More controversy arose a fter it was announced that the council had agreed by a majority to set April 27 as the nom-i nation date with June 30 for t he elections; meaning that the u nion would effectively be without proper representation f or more than a year. Subsequently, former president Nicole Martin and her team filed a writ which soughtt o void the dates that had purportedly been set. We are facing a situation w here the union seems appare ntly out of control, Justice G eorge Newman said yesterday. He noted that it was not t he duty of the court to micromanage the union. C ourt of Appeal President Dame Joan noted that the order of the court had been followed by letter but not in spirit. She pointed out that thec ourts order in January paved t he way for the union to have new elections and allowed for the temporary executive council to pay the necessary union bills. We already made every order we could to protect thei nterests of the union, Dame Joan said. Attorney Keod Smith, who represents Kirk Wilson and several members of the unions executive council, note d that he had filed a motion seeking leave to appeal the a ppellate courts decision at the Privy Council. This prompted the judges to inquire as to who had authorised him to represent the union, in light of the fact that h e did not represent the interests of all union members. Mr Smith subsequently conceded that he was not authorised to represent the uniona nd withdrew his application f or leave to appeal to the Privy Council. Eight members of the unions executive council were present, and the court encouraged them to convene and set the nomination and electiond ates. After a brief adjournment, Mr Smith said that it was agreed that March 15 would be nomination day and that April 27 would be the date for t he elections. Following the hearing, form er president and now presidential hopeful Nicole Martin said: I would like to commend the executive council for heeding the advice of the court and agreeing to move the d ates forward. I think we are all very relieved that we dont have to wait until June because being in the industry we know whati s happening among the memb ership and that really would not have served the purpose. Current union president Roy Colebrooke told reporters, I am relieved to know that persons can now get on with your lives becausew hen you look at this whole thing, persons were just held in suspense. Attorney Keod Smith said: Now we are going forward hopefully with a clearer set of c ircumstances for the members of the union to consider as to w hat they can and cannot do. Attorney Damian Gomez said that he was exceptionally pleased with the outcome of yesterdays proceedings. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News.......................P1,2,3,5,6,7,11,12 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Comics.....................................................P8 Sports..................................................P9,10 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 PAGES USA TODA Y WEEKENDER 8 P AGES Agreement made on date for hotel union elections I I w w o o u u l l d d l l i i k k e e t t o o c c o o m m m m e e n n d d t t h h e e e e x x e e c c u u t t i i v v e e c c o o u u n n c c i i l l f f o o r r h h e e e e d d i i n n g g t t h h e e a a d d v v i i c c e e o o f f t t h h e e c c o o u u r r t t a a n n d d a a g g r r e e e e i i n n g g t t o o m m o o v v e e t t h h e e d d a a t t e e s s f f o o r r w w a a r r d d . F ormer president and now presidential hopeful Nicole Martin TWONEWBOATSFORDEFENCEFORCE T HEDEFENCEFORCE r eceived two boats from the US yesterday at the Enduring Friendship Equipment Turnover ceremony held at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base in Coral Harbour. The new boats are pictured above and top right. Pictured right is Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest signing the turnover documents with US Deputy Chief o f Mission Timothy Zuniga-Brown. MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest speaks yesterday. 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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NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net OPPOSITION spokesperson on foreign affairs Fred Mitchell said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be making a grave mistake if it moved its independently hosted website to the governments platform at this time. The Foreign Affairs website is registered under the domain mfabahamas.org. Mr Mitchellsaid without a substantial investment in the upgrade of the bahamas.gov.bs platform it would not benefit the min istry to switch. The governments website is inadequate because it can not handle the existing traffic demands. It is slow. The governments website is down 50 percent of the time and is not properly updated or main tained. This was the reason when I was the minister, the ministry chose not to join the governments website. Those problems have still not been resolved, said Mr Mitchell. Senior administrators in the ministry said Thursday that work on the website was on hold, because the ministry is in the processing of switching platforms and reviewing the management structure of the website. No one has specific responsibility for the website, accord ing to the administrator. It falls under the general responsibility of the permanent secretary and the administration. Mr Mitchell said: The rea son that the official offered is an excuse that is almost one year old. The ministry contin ues to do a disservice to the country by continuing, for over one year now, to talk about upgrading and transferring a service when there is little evidence to suggest that the ministry gives a hoot about the publics right to know what, if anything, the ministry is doing for the Bahamian people, said Mr Mitchell. More important than the problem associated with deciding on a platform, Mr Mitchell said, was the issue of the website being content defi cient. He said the website should be content driven. After a quick analysis of the governments main website, technology consultant Eric Lopez of WSI Internet Consulting identified two favourable aspects the recently updated news items on the home page and the visible banners that provide ease of access for key legislature and government information. He identified 10 areas where improvement could make the website more appealing, inter active and relevant. The website lacks appeal very monotonous. A cre ative design and structural make-over will enhance val ue to visitors. It lacks effec tive call to actions; call to actions foster the conversion of website traffic to customers or site users. These should be designed and included to attract and direct visitors to fulfill the objectives of the website, said Mr Lopez. Some of the other areas of deficiency he identified include: the lack of key audience appeal; ineffective navigation; no social media connection; the lack of relevancy in design and functionality and that the website objectives are not clear. NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n nicolls@tribunemedia.net T HE Lambi Coalition hosted its first Haitian/Bahamian Solidarity Forum Wednesday in an effort to bridge the gap between the two communities. G uest presenters spoke a bout the need to create a change in behaviour by touching one Bahamian at a time; to have the community engage in self-examination fori ngrained prejudice, insensit ivity and ignorance. There was consensus that change at the level of individuals was necessary for amassing the scale of support need-e d to create major political changes, such as citizenship at birth for Bahamian-born i ndividuals of Haitian descent. I was inspired by the Solidarity Forum. There was a good turn out. Its a start. We hope to continue the process of rising the consciousness ofA frican people. Based on the feedback from the audience we hope to have another forum and will begin planning toward that at Lambis next meeting, said Alex Morley, Lambi chairman. E an Maura, educator, father of two, and co-founder of the Indaba Project, spoke about the global importance of uniting the African community. He said there arem any examples of how the African community has set g lobal trends, from fashion, m usic, community organising, to spirituality. He said if the African community could a chieve solidarity it would not b e long before the world caught on. The Lambi Coalition takes its name from the Creole word for Conch, as the conch shell has a long stand-i ng association with the idea of resistance and coming together for Africans. The organisation was formed in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. I was taken aback when I a rrived because I did not expect to hear the things I heard from a group of Bahamians. It is amazing how compassionate and concerned the group is for the plight oft he Haitians living in the Bahamas and the children of H aitian descent, said Mary R eckley, founding member and treasurer of the United Association of Haitians in the B ahamas (UAHB M s Reckley has had 16 years working with UAHB and 23 years working with the Bahamian Haitian Cultural Association, of which she is president. I see this group going far and personally I will encourage children of Haitian descent to join the group, because they seem to be able to address the issues in a way that would make a difference.I was very, very impressed, she said. Lucien Emmanuel attended the event, having been one of the main advocates at the College of the Bahamas( COB) for a change in regulations governing tuition for H aitian Bahamians. H e encouraged the presenters to be steadfast, saying that from his personal experie nce he knew people who s poke up in support of Haitian rights were often targeted and victimised. Prior to 2008, stateless Bahamians of Haitian descent had to pay international stu-d ent rates, while their high school counterparts paid Bahamian rates. The regulations were changed to allow anyone attending high school in the Bahamas for six consecutive years to benefit froml ocal fee rates. Mr Emmanuel was born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents and said it took him about three years to be granted citizenship after hea pplied. He enrolled in COB during this limbo period, and r efused to pay international f ees as a matter of principle. I was born here. I don think I should be treated any d ifferently than anyone else. I s at the same BGCSE, so why should a different standard be set economically, said Mr Emmanuel. Next on the planning agenda for Lambi is building ont he support from its initial forum, and organising a benefit concert in aid of the earthquake relief effort, according to the chairman. Canned goods will be collected as the cost of admis-s ion instead of money. These goods will be delivered to reputable grassroots organisations in Haiti. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BALLOT boxes from the f ive polling division affected b y the Elizabeth by-election challenge mounted by Ryan Pinder were brought to the c ourt yesterday afternoon so that the protests votes could be removed. T he procedure took place in closed chambers, in the presence of the election courtj udges, the Parliamentary Registrar, attorneys and three agents for the parties concerned. A ttorney Philip "Brave" Davis, who represents petitioner Leo Ryan Pinder, indicated to the court on Thurs day that polling divisions 4, 5, 7, 8,10 are affected by the challenge. The election court petition was filed by Ryan Pinder of the PLP, who gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands' 1,501 in the February 16 Elizabeth constituency byelection. Mr Pinder is claiming that five protest votes castin his favour should be counted, thus making him the elected MP for Elizabeth. The Elizabeth by-election court hearing is set to open on Thursday, March 11. Elizabeth pr otest votes removed FNM candidate Dr. Duane Sands gestures to supporters outside court on Thursday. PLP candidate Ryan Pinder stands outside court on Thursday. New coalition aiming for Haitian/Bahamian solidarity Ministry website move would be mistake

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EDITOR, The Tribune. MS. CHARLYNE E. SEALY, in a thoughtful letter to The Tribune on January 25th responds to the Heritage Foundation report s howing decline of economi c freedom in the B ahamas.Her remarks were d irected to Rick Lowe, Vice P resident of The Nassau I nstitute. The key ingredients of economic freedom are: 1.Personal choice; 2.Voluntary exchange c oordinated by markets; 3 .Freedom to enter and c ompete in markets; 4 .Protection of persons and their property from a ggression by others. Where public policy interf eres with, or fails to support these four ingredients economic and other freedoms a re at stake.Rick Lowe and the Nassau Institute are u nrelenting advocates for a free economy. Ms. Sealy cites areas in t he Bahamian economy that lowers the overall rating in t he Heritage Index.She does not believe most Bahamians would willingly agree to c hange the following polic ies: 1) R eserving sectors of the economy for Bahamians; 2 )Permission required to s ell property over five acres; 3) T ariffs 4)Monetary policy and exchange controls. Reserving particular sectors of the economy is prot ectionist policy restricting retail, and wholesale busi nesses to Bahamians. Licensing of the professionsi s alsoprotectionist policy. M s Sealy should under stand that every form of protectionism builds on raw political force which is strengthened by advocates of political power. T hose benefitting from g overnment protection of t heir industry or profession are big business and politicians counting votes.It is an unholy alliance of business and government in a common cause against con sumers and foreigners. It is crony capitalism and not free market. Ms. Sealy asks: Would Mr. Lowe sanction a campaign to get Bahamian lawyers, accountants and l uxury store owners to agree that foreign nationals be permitted to come to the B ahamas and hang their s hingles with no review or a pproval? I mplied in the question is s hould we campaign for free a nd voluntary exchange in goods and services considering that lawyers, accountants and luxury store owners prefer the current system of protection for their professions and businesses. S he may be right in the p reference for protection by certain groups, but if so then M r. Lowes comment that t he Bahamas is heading in t he wrong direction is irrefutable. Consumers are not con c erned with the nationality of the seller.They want a wide choice of products at the lowest prices.The Bahamianization policy requiring permission from government to decide who can sell and serve is there f ore anti-consumer.It is antifree market and negative for economic growth. A shrinking economy and drop in consumer spending should cause rethinking poli cies that protect special intere sts. C ompetition tends to maintain prices at levels that maximize exchange. A walk d own shabby Bay Street illu minates the sad story of decline in the retail sector. If Bahamians wish to recap-t ure lost business and encourage new enterprise they will have to open up to new participants not based on nationality but on who ever and whatever will attract business and promote economic activity. Patriotism as paternalism is often confused with protectionism. Rick Lowe would say that protectionism is unpatriotic because it supports high prices and slows economic growth. The existing interventionist policy of restricting areas to the discretion of politicians is a declaration that business is free to act as long as what it does complies exactly with the plans and intentions of the government. Government interference is asking ultimately for more compulsion and less free dom. If action in the market place is subject to political approval then we have to believe in an omniscient allknowing government with all the knowledge required to know what is best for everyone else; an absurd notion that few would support in 2010. The permission required to sell more than five acres is policy that interferes with voluntary exchange required to co-ordinate markets. Property rights have evolved from the earlier practice of minimum intervention to government approval to sell over five acres.Population and environmental conditions affect property use. Declarations of intended use of property for development may pro tect the property rights of others.However, restrictions on the use of ones property if they are arbitrary decisions by bureaucrats are limits on a cherished freedom. Tariffs as protection for chosen industries are counterproductive to economic freedom and economic growth. In the Bahamas they replace an income tax. The current tariff rate is so high as to reduce competitive advantage.The Duty Free policy of the early nineties is empirical evidence that retailers were unable to compete in the luxury goods market with vendors in othe r countries. D uty Free was a kind of d eception where the tariff w as renamed a stamp tax. A rose by any other n ame is still a rose.Whilst duty was lowered on some items,the revenue lost was compensated by increasing the rate in other sectors. A flat consumption stamp t ax of 17 per cent universall y applied would encourage m ore economic exchanges without deceptive marketi ng strategies.Dr. Arthur Laffer an economist in the R eagan years has shown that when taxes drop revenue increases The Laffer C urve. Ms Sealy overlooks the l ow tariffs of the 50s and 60s. The rate on most imports was 15 per cent ont he C.I.F value plus 2 per cent stamp tax.Other taxes w ere low, and there were no deficit budgets.The economy grew at 8 10 per cent. I n 1972 the Economic Freed om of the World Index ranked the Bahamas 7 th of 121 countries.In 2007 theB ahamas is ranked 43rd of 1 43 countries. Monetary policy and exchange controls. The B ahamas gets a consistent ly low rating in the Freedom Index for monetary and fis-c al policy due to foreign exchange controls. M s Sealy is correct to note a relaxation of the controls.Until therei s total free exchange the rati ng in this category will not improve. The limit on foreign currency exchange is related to the foreign reserves required to support the value of the B $ at par with the US$. D r. Alvin Rabushka in s tudying the Bahamian economy stated in 2004: Unless foreign reserves rise to, and remain at, a higher level in the near future, the financial structure of the Bahamian economy, which resembles an inverted pyramid, will continue to get heavier and larger at the top. At some point, the whole structure will topple. Either devaluation or new restric tions on current account transactions, which means import control, must follow. Economic freedom and free trade are polarizing issues between those who understand the benefits of free exchange and the pro tectionists whose opposition is visceral and passionate. Those of us who favour free trade believe in the ethical principle that people should be free to buy from whomever they choose, and in the economic truth that wealth and efficiency increase as prices fall. Mr Lowe, an advocate for economic freedom, is a true patriot and a courageous defender of the rights of individuals to pursue their interests so long as they do not interferie with the right of others to do the same. Ms Sealy raises policy issues for public discussion that mostly occurs behind closed doors. Her response and ques tions open them to public scrutiny. We invite her to join the Nassau Institute in identify ing public policy and government actions that take away our precious freedoms. THE NASSAU INSTITUTE Joan Thompson President, Nassau, February 2, 2010 C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm ANKARA, Turkey Turkey warned the Obama administration on Friday of diplomatic consequences if it doesn't quasha congressional resolution that would brand the World War I-era killing of Armenians genocide. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the U.S., would assess what measures it would take, adding that the issue was a matter of "honour" for his country. Meanwhile, a senior Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said there was an understanding with the Democratic leadership in Congress that the resolution would not go to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives. A U.S. congressional committee approved the measure Thursday. The 23-22 vote would send the measure to the full House of Representatives, if the leadership decided to bring it up. Minutes after the vote, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to the U.S. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not answer a question about the diplomatic fallout Friday. "The Obama administration strongly opposes the resolution that was passed by only one vote by the House committee and will work very hard to make sure it doesnot go to the House floor," Clinton told reporters in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide, say ing the toll has been inflated and those killed were victims of civil war and unrest. President Barack Obama promised dur ing his campaign to officially recognize the killings as genocide but has not done so. The Obama administration had been silent about the resolution until shortly before the vote, when it said it opposed its passage. Turkey wants stronger action to block the resolution. "The picture shows that the U.S. administration did not put enough weight behind the issue," Davutoglu told reporters. "We are seriously disturbed by the result." "We expect the U.S. administration to, as of now, display more effective efforts. Oth erwise the picture ahead will not be a positive one," he said. He complained of a lack of "strategic vision" in Washington. The measure was approved at a time when Washington is expected to press Turkey to back sanctions against Iran to be approved in the U.N. Security Council, where Turkey currently holds a seat. Turkish cooperation also is important to U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also at stake are defence contracts. Turkey is an important market for U.S. defence companies, many of which had lobbied against the measure. "We have had good cooperation with the U.S. administration at all levels," Davutoglu said. "We would expect our contributionsnot to be sacrificed to domestic political games." Davutoglu said the U.S. ambassador had been called to the Foreign Ministry for talks. The ambassador, James Jeffrey, told reporters the Obama administration was opposed to the measure going before the full House. The foreign minister said Turkey was determined to press ahead with efforts to normalize ties with Armenia, but said Turkey would not be "pressured" into taking any decisions. He added that the vote had put the rati fication of agreements to normalize ties with Armenia at risk. Last year, Turkey and Armenia agreed to normalize ties by establishing diplomatic relations and reopen their shared border, but the agreements have yet to be approved by their parliaments. Turkey has been dragging its feet, fearful of upsetting ally Azerbaijan, which balks at any suggestion of the reopening of the border until its own dispute with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh is settled. The region in Azerbaijan has been under Armenian control. Armenian groups have sought congres sional affirmation of the killings as genocide for decades and welcomed Thursday's vote. "The problem that America faces is how to recognize the Armenian genocide without damaging its strategic alliance with Ankara. But at some point, we must adopt moral positions," Mourad Papazian, president of the western European branch of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, told AP Television News in Paris. In Ankara, dozens of members of a small left-wing party staged a protest near the heavily protected U.S. Embassy, shouting: "Genocide is an American lie!" Turkey has been struggling to block similar genocide bills in parliaments across the globe. (This article was written by Suzan Fraser of the Associated Press) Economic freedom and the Bahamas LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Turkey warns US over Armenian genocide vote 0$8'/,1((5,&$:$77RI +$9(168%',9,6,213%2;1$66$8 %$+$0$6 0&.(1/<(8*(1(RI:(67 (1'$1$66$8%$+$0$6

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THE Ministry of Public Works and Transport will continue its efforts to improve service, contain costs and enhance revenue collection during the second half of the 2009/2010 year, Minister Neko Grant said in his contribution to the mid-year budget debate. Mr Grant said: Our efforts in improving service delivery will also continue as it underpins the credibility of the government. He highlighted the Buildings Control Divisions second place finish in the Public Sector Service Improvement Programme in October 2009. I congratulate the employees of the Buildings Control Division on their achievement, said Mr Grant. I also take this opportunity to thank all employees of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, its departments and statutory authorities for the work they perform on a daily basis in providing services to the public and to encouragethem all to strive to attain even higher levels of performance. He noted three major projects completed during the first half of the 2009/2010 fiscal year. Among them is the New Providence harbour dredging and bollard project that was completed in December 2009 in time for the arrival of the Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas. While these projects are virtually completed and theh arbour successfully facilitates entry and exit of Genesis class v essels, a small section of the harbour remains to be dredged due to inclement weather conditions. We expect this area to be competed by May 2010, said Mr Grant. A major contract totalling $ 11,294.468.86 was awarded to Cavalier Construction Company for the construction of the new Bay Street Straw Market. Mr Grant said the government is pleased with the progress made to date on the straw market and anticipatest hat the building will be completed by mid-2011. F urthermore, the precincts of the Parliament Square on Bay Street will be enhanced as a result of a contract signed for the refurbishment of the Supreme Court, Senate, Hansard and MagistratesC ourt buildings. Mr Grant explained that the project i ncludes construction of a new utility support enclosure to service the buildings. These projects (straw market and Parliament Square) will undoubtedly contribute to the overall effort that is being undertaken to improve the appearance of the downtown area of Nassau, said Mr Grant. Regarding other work in the downtown area, Mr Grant said the project to replace eleva tors in the Churchill and Main Post Office building is ongoing. One of the elevators at the Churchill Building has been completed and a second one is to be installed by March of this year. He said the elevators for the Post Office Building have been ordered and delivery is expected during July of this year. The first unit is expected to be installed by September a nd the second unit by November at a cost of $335,430. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I VEX that some of them by-election candidates still have their billboards up in the Elizabeth constituenc y. They was so quick to put t hem up now they ain' want t ake it down like that ga 'cause anyone to vote for them next time. "If they can't pay couple dudes one $50 to take them s igns down, I suggest those b ig, strapping men go down there with some tools and dig them eye-sores out themselves." Vex on Prince Charles Drive. "I vex at how disgusting, rowdy and low class some of our Members of Parliament act in the House of Assembly. I wouldn't dare carry my child in there to o bserve the slack way those g rown men and women carr y on I mean it look like s ome of them wanted to t hrow blows on Monday, m an. "I can understand wanting to argue your point and to defend your name, but my word, I wish they could f ind a more decent way to talk to one another instead o f acting like beasts. The only difference I see between them and the mano n the street is the bigger words they use but the same b iggety, nasty attitude is there. Ashamed of MPs. "I vex at how some of t oday's young women leave their house to go out at night without pants on, clothes too tight, chest out all topped off with a head of full of weave thatl ooks like it belong on a rag doll. What makes it worse, is you often see these women holding the hand ofa little girl and you wonder what sort of person that innocent child is going to grow up to be or what she is being exposed to. "Ladies and mothers, please take some pride in yourself and set an examp le for your children. Let t hem know there is more to l ife than showing what God gave you to every Tom, Dick and Harry." Concerned I vex at all these people w ho cut me off while I driving every blessed morning, as if only they have somewhere to go. Why is it that our people seem to have no patience or compassion for others, as evidenced by the nasty way they treat you on the streets? "Road rage is a serious thing, but I am thankful for the grace of the One above who hold me tongue and m y hand from displaying m y anger at those inconside rate drivers. People think o f your fellow man next t ime you are behind the w heel and stop driving so reckless." Mad Motorist. "I is particularly vex dat d em 'politrickans' keeps trying ta hoodwink da peop le, especially now we see dat Saunders Beach gats two levels, one upper levelm ussey fa dem who go fa da view and da lower level for dem regulars who likes da cold water. Dey politrickans shoulda check dem old pictures of da prev ious massive enormous M ontague Beach an see w hat happens when they done fool wid it. Dey ain't learn. Of all t'ings yinna shouldn't mess wid mother n ature." Mama ain't born no fool. "I am happy with the new police Chief having the vigilant police officers working during the nights and hearing the police car horns tooting all around the neighbourhood. This sure sends a message to the culprits. And all we need to do n ow is to make the lawyers l iable for the actions of their c lient culprits because they s omehow manage to keep g etting bail for them, for the u mpteenth time to keep repeating criminal acts on us da victims in this little seven by 21 mile long island." Victim. Are you vex? S end your complaints to whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net WHYYOUVEX? Grant updates House on major ministry projects P OLITICAL activist Omar Archer announced yesterday that he has resigned his membership of the Progressive Liberal Party. Mr Archer thanked party leader Perry Christie for the o pportunity to be a part of the PLP and for the mentoring and leadership that he has portrayed over the years. The one time chairman of and candidate for the Bahamas D emocratic Movement (BDM l owing the 2007 general elections, said: Even though this was a difficult decision for me to make, I realise that there is a time for growth and for myself that time is now. The Bahamas will not be losing a voice that speaks and advocatesf or assistance of the poor and disenfranchised but will gain a man who will hopefully in the future be able to change the lives of many underprivileged persons of this great ande nvied nation. In a statement issued to the press, Mr Archer said that todays voters are intelligent and audacious not ignorant and passive. I can no longer remain mute in responding to the cries, responding to the cries of so many sorely oppressed Bahami ans throughout so many devastated communities in this our beloved country, he said. This clearly is a moral indication of change in todays political forum. Therefore together we must demand accountability and hold those in public office to higher standards without partiality. Once again I say thanks to all of you whom have given me your support as I strive to continue to be the voice of the people for its with them where my unbending loyalty lies, he said. OMARARCHERRESIGNSFROMPLP PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT M INISTER N eko Grant speaks to Parliamentarians in the House of Assembly. L e t i s h a H e n d e r s o n / B I S BAHAMIANSHAVETHEIRSAY N EW YORK EXPERTSwho track charitable giving say donations from Americans for earthquake relief in Haiti have passed the $1 billion mark, according to Associated Press. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has b een monitoring donations received by 91 charities engaged in Haiti relief since the quake on Jan. 12. The total surpassed $1 billion as of Friday. About one-third of it has gone to the American Red Cross. T he Chronicle of Philanthropy says other major recipients of Haiti donations include Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the U.S. wing of Doctors Without Bor d ers. Donations from Americans for Haiti top $1 billion

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church( Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2010Theme: But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord7:00 a.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside11:00 a.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis.Tezel Anderson/ Ministry of Helps 7:00 p.m. Bro. Franklyn Bethel/Mens Fellowship ly depleted of drinking water. "We may presume that our wells will continue to provide t he water we need, and that w ater will still come streaming from the tap. Hurricane Floyd should be a fervent reminder that being compla-c ent or passive in establishing appropriate water networks could prove disastrous and consequential to our future w ater supply and to our overa ll well-being and could place us in jeopardy," said the South Beach representative. During hurricane Floyd w ater wells in parts of Cat I sland and Long Island were put out of use because of sea w ater contamination. Similarly, storm surges from hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 had major affects on thew ater resources of Grand Bahama while hurricane Frances c aused damage to water resources in North Andros, he s aid. T hese two hurricanes adversely affected the countrys two major well-fields W6 in Grand Bahama and the Barging Wellfield in North Andros, said Mr Neymour. "These primary well-field locations, positioned in the centre of two of the largest Bahamian islands, were both inundated by the sea water, and became brackish as ar esult. Parts of the Andros well-field still have high salini ty as a result of the saline intrusion. There is abundant evidence in Grand Bahama and Andros of previous eventst hat caused saltwater damage to the environment." Alarmingly few of these major events were recorded and analysed by the previous administration or officials at WSC handicapping the corporation from designing future mitigation plans, said Mr Neymour. "This administration is addressing such planning d eficits," he said. The anticipated devastating affects of climate change which can lead to elevated sea levels that can devastate our l ow lying chain of islands is also a major threat to our water supply. Climate change is expected to result in rising sea levels, in addition to the threat of even more severe hurricanes and storm surges. Therefore, the Bahamas should elevate our awareness and preparedness to the threat that suchl ikelihoods pose to our water resources and to our water supplies. "In fact, even heavy rainfall events can be disastrous, sim ilar to that which occurred during tropical Storm Noel. H eavy flooding can result in the wastes from septic tanks f lowing directly into the private wells of our manipulation. This has been a repeat occurrence in some parts of New Providence." T o mitigate against these threats, the Ingraham admin istration will focus on enacting environmental and con s ervation laws and regulations; preventing future improp er development in low-lying areas prone to flooding; restrict rock and sand mining activities to approved locations only; and protect beach ridge and coastal dune for m ations. Government also plans to adopt appropriate physical planning policies, which will protect infrastructure from storm surges and rising water tables. There is a responsibility for people here in Grand Bahama to do some things tom ake this island more competitive, like drop their prices, Ms Walkine stressed. Everybody that has a direct impact on the end product visitors pay for has to look at how they can drop p rices and reduce cost to the customer. Ms Walkine noted that the h igh cost of airfare and high jet fuel is one of the main problems and challenges hereo n the island. We have more than adequate number of seats to fillt he rooms here on Grand Bahama, and our goal is not to lose any of those seats. In order to avoid losing those seats, we have to reduce the cost of jet fuel, she stressed. A irlines flying to Grand Bahama pay 240 per cent above the average cost of jet fuel in Nassau, which is 40 per cent above average what those airlines pay for routes within the US. Jet fuel costs for carriers reached $5. 41 per gallon in Freeport, compared to $2.26 in Nassau, which resulted in $1 million in annual cost for air carriers flying to GrandB ahama International Air port. The Grand Bahama Airport Company buys jet fuel f rom an overseas supplier because there is no local jet fuel supplier on the island. GBAC officials are work ing with the Ministry of Tourism to lower fuel costs,w hich could happen soon, possibly in a matter of weeks. We are optimistic that sometime in next few weeksw e will have a price per gallon that is considered reasonable, said the director gen e ral. They have understood and accepted their obligation with responsibility to protect thisb usiness and we dont anticipate that we will lose any service. M s Walkine noted that cus tomers do not want to pay a $500 airfare for a 20-minute flight to Grand Bahama when they can pay less to go to Nassau. That is why Grand Bahama has a unique challenge that it has to address and make itself more affordable, it cannot be overpriced. Thats what our feedback tells us, that Grand Bahama is a n expensive destination in every respect. And so everyone has to g ive a little in order to be able to attract the critical mass that will spend that much more so that your revenue grows.E ven though the unit price has dropped, you are going to make more money. That is w hat we have been trying to communicate to people here. People are not responding t o it, but we in tourism are s upposed to solve the prob lem. We are supposed to find some people out there who a re willing to pay that premi um to come to Grand Bahama, why would they dot hat when they have other options for less? So it is the most frustrating challenge we have ever had. We are not about to negotiate any new services until we can make the exist i ng airlines here viable and it is not viable right now because of the high cost off uel in Grand Bahama, said M s Walkine. dredged across the flats. All this was mangroves; it used to be teeming with fish, Mr Kemp explained a t the site yesterday. But they cut straight though the flats a nd all the mangroves are gone. Its like these people have just said The hell with Nassau, lets just destroy it. I agree that with development there is this balance that has to happen, but this!T his is environmental terrorism, thats the only phrase for it. This is crazy. At the eastern end of Millars Creek t he flats converge and form the entrance to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT Bonefish Pond national park, where m any more healthy mangroves have b een ripped out and an existing canal is being widened to lead into the marina dredged at South Seas. D eveloper Tennyson Wells confirmed he had to stop the project in 2005 for permits to be checked, but resumed cons truction with full government approval i n June last year. He expects South Seas to reach completion in 18 months. B NT Executive Director Eric Carey said the Trust will monitor the developm ent which has already produced silting in the park despite having silt screens in place. Mr Bain said the dredging has affected t he movement of the tides, and the silt p roduced has coated the feeding grounds where lobster and mutton snapper were t hriving just a year ago, but have now d isappeared. There were turtles and crabs, lobster everywhere, he said. You could find 20, 40, 60 holes of y oung lobster here, but now the holes have closed up and theyre gone. Theres nothing. D amage to mangrove ecosystems in the south will only increase when highpowered boats are docked in the marinas, M r Kemp said, while the adjacent nationa l park will do little to mitigate the effects s ure be seen on coral reefs throughout the New Providence area and beyond. Right here is probably the most sensitive spot in all of Nassau, he told The Tribune They are digging up the Bonefish P ond national park. Its going to change everything in here. H e wants the lack of public dialogue over development projects and lack of sufficient environmental law to be addressed with urgency to ensure i mportant ecosystems are protected w hen developments go ahead. Without such legislation, the eco n omic need for development cannot b e balanced with the need to protect the vulnerable natural environment. Its not radical to speak out about this, Mr Kemp said. Its just sticking up for whats right. We are out here every day watching it happen and its absolutely heart-break-i ng to see it actually happen right before our eyes, and its happening so fast. We have complained for years how t he beaches are being taken away from u s, but all of this is getting taken away too. This is against international treaties that we have signed and there is no mitigation. Ministry of National Security in consultation with the Prison S taff Association. The Minister ought to concentrate on getting the job done and stop trying to rewrite history. The fact is that shortly after they came to office, the FNM administration unfairly withdrew lawfully granted promotions to prison officers under pro cedures agreed with the Prison Staff Association and the Public Service Commission. Any other story is simply fiction. The Ministers own previous statements in the House of Assembly support this view. It is simply tiresome that almost three years after coming to office, the Minister can only find comfort in propaganda as a substitute for the failures of the FNM administration in the Public Service and other areas of public life in the Bahamas, he said. Drinking water under threat FROM page one P HENTONNEYMOUR FROM page one Mitchell hits back at comments by Minister of National Security FROM page one High costs FROM page one Developers accused of environmental terrorism SECRET SOUL FLY FISHING ADVENTURES bonefish guide Clint Kemp at the South Seas development site adjacent to the Bahamas National Trust Bonefish Pond national park.

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F REEPORT Appalled by the rise in indiscriminate dumping, Port Of Call resi d ents have joined forces to officially clean-up their neighbourhood. The road was lined with d ebris from the western e ntrance all the way down to the dead-end, said Don Mitchell, a Port Of Call Vil las resident. Mounds of garbage were at the canal easement including fast food containers, condoms, nee-d les and household refuse. T he quiet street is a pop ular retreat for residents of nearby neighbourhoods,w ho regularly use it for exercise and other recreational purposes. After becoming increasi ngly frustrated with the fre q uent dumping, residents, frequent visitors and members of the Port Of Call Vil las and Condominium Association; the Mayfield Beach Tennis Club and Associa tion; and Seabreeze Executive Suites, decided to act. Clean-up efforts were launched in January by Stan and Tatiana Sargeant, second home owners and visitors to the island for more than 20 years. The couple initially tried to collect the garbage on their own during daily walks but quickly recognised the magnitude of the problem. After encouraging other residents to join them, the group pooled donations and hired a workman to collect the garbage. In all, he col lected 259 large trash bags over a seven-day period, said Mr Mitchell. To discourage dumping nearby the canal, the Port Of Call group has purchased garbage bins which they regularly empty themselves. With the assistance of the Environmental Department of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA Dumping signs have also been strategically posted. Environmental manager for the GBPA Nakira Wilchcombe praised the groups initiative. GBPA applauds the Port of Call group, which has now been officially dubbed the first community group known as Keep Port of Call Clean for addressing indiscriminate dumping in their community. Such efforts are worth imitating as they demonstrate what can be accomplished through self-driven initia tives. It is unfortunate when others show disregard for the environment and the personal surroundings of others. We hope that their example would encourage other communities to work together and do their part in keeping their environment clean, she said. Reflecting on the dump ing, Mr Mitchell noted that non-residents who frequent the area are the culprits. We dont mind persons using the dead-end to sit and eat and enjoy the waterway but the problem arises from their abuse of the environment, he said. The Port Of Call groups next move is to contact the developers of Bahamas Terrace in an attempt to have a large dumpster installed for proper garbage disposal. Additionally, assistance is being sought to have San itation Services remove heavy bulk items, like an abandoned boat and a refrigerator, from the underbrush. Citing their efforts as an example, group member and owner-resident Ms Marianne Sussex encour aged other individuals or groups to adopt specific areas or communities on the island. In my eight years of visiting, Ive defi nitely seen an increased awareness and intense drive towards keeping Grand Bahama clean, the Cana dian observed. We hope that other residents can learn from our self-help project. May they become more sensitised to the environment and the need for all of us to keep it clean and preserve it, said Mr Mitchell. 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Acting president and CEO Kirk Griffin, vice president Antonio Stubbs a nd chief financial officer Paul M cClean made the presentation to C aroline Turnquest, president of the Bahamas Red Cross Association at a press conference yesterday morning. In addition to this donation, BTC also introduced a text to donate campaign Each One Reach One in the w ake of the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti. The campaign was very successful, raising more than $31,00 in text donations from BTC customers. The texting campaign allowed customers to donate in unlimited increments of $1, $ 3 and $5. B TC employees also donated to the cause in the amount of $3,100. I n the wake of the disaster, BTC r educed the outbound calling rates to H aiti to 25 per minute for customers using BTCs Hello long distance phone card. As a result, friends and familym embers are able to make calls to Haiti at a lower rate until March 31. On January 25, BTC participated in an earthquake relief telethon organised by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Clubs of Nassau. The company provided phone lines, e quipment and manpower for the event which was a stellar success, raising $250,000 for the victims in Haiti. T he company is also slated to assist the Ministry of Youth with its live conc ert and Haiti relief telethon on March 13 at the Rain Forrest Theatre. A statement from the company said: BTC is extremely grateful to its e mployees and the general public for their extraordinary compassion and rapid mobilisation in support of thise ffort. In the upcoming weeks, the organi sation will officially introduce its corporate charitable donation programme t o the public. BTC donates $100,000 to Haiti earthquake relief LIFE COACH Michelle Miller said she wants to help address the critical shortage of life skills among young adults in the Bahamas in an effort to counter anti-social behaviour and build positive attitudes. Her programme, LifeSkills242 Mentorship, is designed to be an inter-a ctive learning programme t hat engages young adults i n a wholesome, enriching and fun learning experience. It is structured as a six session series, scheduled to b egin March 13 at the Coaching Studio in theJ ovan Plaza, Madeira Street. D esigned for students in grades eight to 12, she said t he programme will impart fundamental skills to assist young adults in making selfsupporting decisions, ast hey deal with the confusion of transitioning into adulthood. Ms Miller saids he drew inspiration for the programme from her own struggles as a young person. Keeping young people o ptimistic, safe and out of trouble is just part of the s tory of the LifeSkills242 Programme, she said. What were really doing ish elping them to engage their thinking, learning and developmental capacity; p roviding invaluable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Ms Miller said the great est challenge facing this society today is that manyy oung people lack inspira tion and a sense of belong ing. The continuous episodes of anti-social behaviour sug g est that present methods for social competence are inadequate or ineffective. It is difficult, if not unreasonable to expect children to effectively navigate emotions, make positive decisions and reach for higher achievement if we have not adequately equipped them with the essential skills to do so, she said. Ms Miller said the fact that most education mod-e ls in the Bahamas are e xclusively focused on acad emic aptitude, leaves the development of healthy self-esteem and positive attitudes hanging in the bal ance. S he explained that the focus on academic compet-i tiveness has the tendency to lead to the negativel abelling of children who do not make top grades; inadv ertently encouraging low self-esteem and a lack of self-control. This in turn leads to anti-social behav-i our and aggression; which gradually mushrooms into violence and criminalb ehaviour. Through the LifeSkills242 Programme, she hopes to offer a message that builds a new, optimistic mindset amongst young adults; o ffering valuable lessons of self-awareness, self-esteem, anger management, criticalt hinking and emotional coping skills; ultimately helping them take responsibility f or the management of their attitudes and behaviour. The effectiveness of life skills education is interna tionally recognised and most developing countriesh ave incorporated it as a crucial component of the school curriculum. More information c an be found at lifeskills242@yahoo.com Mentorship programme to prepare young adults for life beyond the classroom THEEARTHQUAKEstruck Haiti in January. (AP RESIDENTS JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE DUMPING PROBLEM: Condominium residents and visitors of Port Of Call Drive pooled resources to clean-up their neigbourhood, collecting hundreds of bags of refuse. Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award.I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net THE headlines read the same as u sual: St. Augustines College Big Red Machine win another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Track and Field C hampionships title. This time, the Big Red Machines rolled out of the Thomas A. Robin s on Track and Field Stadium with their 22nd consecutive title, carting off six of the eight divisional titles in a dominating 334.50 point margin o ver their arch-rivals Queens College Comets. St. Augustines College finished t he three day meet yesterday with a total of 1,361.50 points, winning the bantam, junior, intermediate and senior girls as well as the junior and senior boys. Queens College, who had beefed up their squad in a bid to dethrone S AC, took both the bantam and intermediate boys divisions as they had to settle for a disappointing second place with 1,027. While there was a two-way race for the top spot, third place was closer with St. Johns College Giants collecting 474.50, compared to St. Annes 449.50 for fourth. St. Andrews rounded out the top five with 357. SACs head coach William Knucklehead Johnson said it was a routine performance for his Big Red Machine squad. This one feel good, better than the rest, said Johnson as he watchedSACs athletes, coaches, officials and fans rush onto the field for another victory lap. Somehow, everyone felt that this year was their time, but we knew that we had a chance to widen the gap and I think that is what we did. Johnson said the key to their suc cess was to concentrate on the field events and while they did that, he admitted that they fell down in the distance events. Other than that, we had a well balanced effort and that made up for any mistakes that we had, he pointed out. All year long, the talk was about the challenge that the Big Red Machine would receive from the Comets. Looking at the final results, Johnson said they did well, but they just improved on the areas they didnt perform that well in last year. Better luck for next year, said Johnson as he hinted at coming back to defend their title again. Were going to be better than we were this year. Queens College coach Gary Markham said they just simply werent able to contain SAC. I know it sounds like a clich, but were disappointed in coming second, Markham stressed. Our first day wasnt so bad. We were behind by 57 points. But on our second day, we got messed...And today, we were ahead of SAC in most of the relays, so Im really pleased with today. SAC is an extremely talented team and we have a long way to go, he insisted. We had a lot of injuries that kept us back, but we dont have the depth that SAC does. We dont have the quality that they do, so we came second again. Its sounds like a bit of a habit right now. But we will continue to work on our weaker events. If they can only get the kind of consistency in the performances as SAC, Markham said Queens College will definitely be able to com pete for the top spot, rather than settling for second best. They were really out to compete. All credit to them. They competed well and they competed like cham pions, Markham stated. We can learn from them, but we will continue to knock on their door. Next up is the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations Sco tiabank National High Track and Field Championships next weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The Big Red Machine will be challenged by the CR Walker Knights in the senior division and the CH Reeves Raptors in the junior division. But Johnson said they are definitely going to be ready. C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB INSIDE Hugh Campbell champions TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE SECURITY and General Buccaneers Rugby Club, the oldest club in The Bahamas, was presented a cheque from Bianca Zaiem of Bahama Joe's bar last week. Club Chairman Dorian Roach along with Captains Ryan Knowles and Jonathan Brownwere there to accept the cheque. Bahama Joe's has joined Security and General to aid in the development of young men through the coaching provided by the Buccaneers Rugby Club. Between the upkeep of the Winton Rugby Centre, uniforms & equip ment and travel, it costs a rugby team about $10,000.00 a year and not everyone can afford to pay that price to play rugby. That's why the spon sorship is key to not only keeping a club together, but providing an outlet for young men to play and develop their skills. We are very proud of the kids who have been a part of the club. We currently have the youngest team in the league and are able to give many of our youth and for mer youth players a lot of playing time. Bahama Joe's sponsorship allows us to con tinue to help and develop these young kids as athletes and young men, said Club President Dorian Roach. Buccs' Captain Ryan Knowles added, We have been extremely happy with the progression of our team over the last three to four years with the maturing of our youth players and also some new players to the game. We would like to thank Bahama Joe's for wanting to be a part of that. The Buccs take on Balliou on Saturday February 20th, and then travel to Freeport to play on February 27th. The full schedule can be found online at http://www.bucc srugby.net Security & General Buccaneers Rugby Football Club get another sponsor in Bahama Joe's Dwayne Robinson/ Photo PICTURED from Left to Right: Thomas Bethel, Dorian Roach, Bianca Zaiem, Jonathan Brown, Ryan Knowles and Loran Pyfrom. Big Red Machine champions again at BAISS HERES the results from the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Sports Track and Field Champ ionships that concluded on Frid ay at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium: OVERALL SCORES St. Augustines College1,361.5 Q ueens College 1,027 S t. Johns474.5 St. Annes449.5 St. Andrews 357 N assau Christian Academy230 A quinas Colleg192 Kingsway Academy157 Temple Christian Academy 113.5 Jordan Prince William94 Charles W. Saunders 92 Faith Temple Academy66 Bahamas Academy57 Westminister College55 BAISS FINAL RESULTS ST. AUGUSTINES College Big Red Machine celebrates another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships title. 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 S PORTS P AGE 10, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS SPORTS IN BRIEF B ASKETBALL M IAMI Associated Press J ERMAINEO'Neal called it, telling teammates in overtime that the next time someone drove the lane he would be there to take the charge. T hat someone was Kobe Bryant. And O'Neal delivered on his vow. O'Neal stood his ground with 18.7 seconds left in the e xtra session and Bryant w as whistled for an offensive foul. It was the final turning point as the MiamiH eat found a way to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114111 in the NBA's wildest b ack-and-forth game this s eason. There were 19 ties and 31 lead changes, two more than a ny game in the league in 2009-10, and Miami's center stood tallest at the end. "He was there. He s tepped up," said Dwyane Wade, who led the Heat with 27 points and 14 assists. I saw it coming the whole way. That's J.O. J.O. not only protects the basket byb eing a shotblocker, but he also protects it because he can take charges. And that's great. Everybody did theirj ob tonight." Bryant went left, looking for a layup that would have t ied the game. Instead, O'Neal drew his team-best 19th charge of the season,C arlos Arroyo hit two free throws 0.3 seconds later to make it a two-possession game and Miami held on, w inning back-to-back home games for the first time since mid-January. Q uentin Richardson scored a season-high 25 points for the Heat, who got 17 from Arroyo, 13 from O'Neal and a 12-point, 11rebound effort from Udonis Haslem. "We have big-moment, big-player type guys that love to step up to a big challenge like this and aren't afraid of the moment," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Obviously, Dwyane is like that, Jermaine is like that. Udonis, Quentin will hit big shots. A lot of times it's a fight and an argument to see who's going to shoot the ball. They're not running from it. They want the moment." Bryant scored 39 points, including the overtime-forc ing jumper for the Lakers, who got 14 points from Derek Fisher and 13 points and 11 rebounds from Lamar Odom. It wasn't the offensive foul late that seemed to raise the ire of Lakers coach Phil Jackson but rather a foul call that he thought Bryant earned against Wade with a half-minute left in regulation and Los Angeles up by one. Bryant shot what was ruled an airball; the Lakers insisted Bryant was fouled. Instead, Richardson came down and hit a 3-pointer to put Miami up 99-97 with 11.1 seconds left in regula tion. "I'm sure he didn't shoot an airball. That's unconscionable that that call can't be made at that point in the game, because that's a shooter and there it is," Jackson said. "But they did n't call it and he had to do another miracle to come back and tie the game. But in the overtime, we had our chances." Wade gets 27, Heat hold off Lakers in OT 114-111 Dwayne Wade THE CC Sweeting Cobras celebrated their senior boys runners-up position in the recent Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic yesterday. At a special assembly, the administration and staff paid tribute to the team, coached by Mario Bowleg and led by Gari Larent. The Cobras lost out to the Tabernacle Falcons by one point in overtime. CC SWEETING COBRAS HUGH CAMPBELL RUNNERS-UP P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S p h o t o B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The Tabernacle Baptist Falcons celebrated through the streets of GrandBahama in a victory motorcade on Friday. The Falcons of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy are the reigning basketball champions of the Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament that was held New Providence at the Kendal Isaac Gymnasium on February 21. This is their second consecutive win and the sixth time that the Falcons have won the Hugh Campbell championship title. The win was an inspirational one for the team, which lost one its team members, Shaquille Hinds, who collapsed and died during basketball practice in January. A special assembly was held at the school on Friday to celebrate the outstanding accomplishment.M otivational speaker Michael Pint ard addressed the principal, administrators, teachers and students. At 12 noon, the players, students and parents participated in a motorcade from the school to Port Lucaya and to downtown. Cecil Thompson, Deputy Director of Education, commended the team for its outstanding record of wins at the tournament. Tabernacle Baptist Academy has the unique distinction of being the only school in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas that has ever won six Hugh Campbell Bas ketball Championships, he said. Mr Thompson said that many other senior basketball teams from Grand Bahama the former Hawksbill High, Grand Bahama Catholic High, Eight Mile Rock High, and Jack Hayward High have dominated the tournament over the past 28 years by winning more than 20 championships. Falcons celebrate Hugh Campbell championship THE TABERNA CLE Baptist Fal cons celebrated through the streets of Grand Bahama in a victory motor cade on Friday.

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T he 46th annual Heart Ball held last month brought together hund reds of concerned citizens to help raise funds for children with heart disease and to honour Dr Donald Geracew ho was named the Lady S assoon Golden Heart award winner. Dr Gerace is the founder of the Gerace Research Institute in San Salvador. Her eceived recognition for his work on m arine biology, archeology and the environment of the Bahamas. Additionally, Dr Gerace is known for his contribution to the establishment of the Boy Scout troop 1492, and also for helping to rebuild homes after HurricaneF rancis. He also helped arrange scholarships for a number of Bahamian students, many of whom got full tuition grants to attend colleges and universities in the United S tates. Another highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Go Red for Women dress, designed by Indira Moss. T he committee certainly lived up to its p romise of an evening of fun, elegance, dancing, prizes and surprises. Guests thor oughly enjoyed the event, held under the t heme Give a gift of life, preserve a heart. The event took place on Saturday, Febr uary 13, at Sheraton Nassau. Guests d anced to the music of the Ed Brice O rchestra, the SG Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Dinner Band. P ortia Nottage, Heart Ball Committee chairperson said: The foundation is grateful and thankful to all who haveh elped to make this event a success. Witho ut your support, we would not have C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Heart Ball was a great success SEE page 12 C OMMITTEE m embers Rochelle Sealy and Claire Howarth. T r o y A i t k e n / P h o t o s

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Did you or a loved one get married recently? Or is that marriage about to take place? If so, send us a snap of your happy day and well publish it free of charge. Let everyone see how good you looked on that special day. SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO TRIBUNE@TRIBUNEMEDIA.NET INCLUDE DETAILS OF THE HAPPY COUPLES NAMES AND WHERE THEY WERE MARRIED. made it. We look forward to y our continued support as we help to repair the hearts of children, and put smiles ont heir faces and those of their families, one child at a time. There were lots of prizes a nd surprises. The silent auc tion featuring more than 40 items, was a great success. The most coveted prizes were jewellery, in particular the sil ver necklace with marsonite pendant from Godet's Jewellery. The room raffle was a great success as well. The first prize included: a round-trip World Traveller Plus ticket to London donated by British Airways; an anonymously donat ed diamond ring; a painting, Morning Glory, by Nettica Symonette; and a Baum and Mercier watch, donated by Colombian Emeralds. The second prize winner got a Cartier Trinity Handbag from Cartier at John Bull, a pearl and Diamond 18k bracelet donated by Fondas Jewellers, a whole body scan donated by the Centreville Medical Pavilion, and a paint ing, Love Bird Seagulls by Clifford Fernander. The third prize winner won a 21 Toshiba Flat Screen TV, an Astengo de Lama neck lace, a wellness assessment by Dr Graham Cates, and a three-day/two-night stay at Sammy T's Beach Resort in Bennet's Harbour, Cat Island. The ballroom was decorat ed by Stefan J L Rahming of Events by Stefan. Table favours were provided by Maria Antoinette of Special Events and Milo Butler and Sons Ltd. The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamaswas established in 1961 to assist persons with heart disease. Today, the foundation's main goal is to assist children who need heart care. Dona tions are accepted throughout the year to help this cause. To make a donation, volunteeror obtain more information, call 327-0806. Hear t Ball was a gr eat success FROM page 11 GO RED Dress designer Indira Moss with Heart Ball Committee & Heart Association presidentNellie Cox PORTIA Nottage gives opening speech. RE BARNES presents the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart award to Dr Donald Gerace. HEART Doctors (l-r Duane Sands, Mark Weech and Jerome Lightbourne. MISS GOSPEL Bahamas (right




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THE availability of fresh
drinking water in the
Bahamas could be jeopar-
dised by climate change and
hurricanes, warned State
Environment Minister Phen-
ton Neymour, who said this
country urgently needs prop-
er water networks and man-
agement policies.

Anticipated sea level rise
from climate change, hurri-
cane motivated storm surges
— and even heavy rain —
can all contaminate precious
water well-fields with brack-
ish, salty water, cautioned Mr
Neymour, leading to severe
water shortages and unavail-
ability.

Likewise, human acts of
environmental negligence —
like digging pits or quarries
to obtain fill below the water
table or dumping solid and
liquid wastes indiscriminate-
ly — also threaten our water
supply.

His statements came as he
chastised the Christie admin-
istration for its "reckless
management or mismanage-

ment" of two publicly owned
utility companies — the
Water and Sewage Corpora-
tion (WSC) and the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) — actions for
which, he said, the Bahamian
people are still paying heav-
ily.

The threats underscore the
need for properly designed
water supply systems or a
centralized sewerage system,
especially in New Provi-
dence, which is burdened
with a rapidly growing pop-
ulation of more than 300,000,
said Mr Neymour.

"This administration has
identified such instances and
appropriate preventative and
response mechanisms are in
trend," he told Parliament
during his contribution to the
2009/2010 mid-term budget
debate.

The South Beach repre-
sentative recalled several
past natural disasters that
wreaked havoc on fresh
water well-fields on Cat
Island, Long Island, Andros
and Grand Bahama, in turn
leaving these islands severe-

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‘High costs hamper
Grand Bahama’ as
tourist destination

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

GRAND Bahama’s ability to compete as
a tourist destination is being significantly
hampered because of the high costs asso-
ciated with the island, according to a

tourism expert.

Vernice Walkine, Director General of
Tourism, said feedback from visitors to
the Ministry of Tourism is that Grand
“too expensive in every

Bahama is
respect.”

She stressed that all stakeholders on the WS eaiy7as

island must do their part to drop prices

and reduce costs to the customer so that the island can to be

competitive.

The cost of airfare, rooms, food, and transportation on
Grand Bahama are much higher than Nassau and other desti-

nations in the Caribbean.

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Few details
on Fox Hill
murder

POLICE say they
have no information to
release to the public in
connection with the
murder in Fox Hill on
Thursday night.

According to reports,

the man, a Haitian,
nicknamed “Black”,
was shot and killed at
around 7.30pm in an
area known as “The
Bend.”

According to resi-
dents he had borrowed
a bicycle to go to make
a purchase in Wright
Lane when he was
shot.

His death brings the
murder total for the
year to 18.

When contacted for
comment last night, a
police spokesperson
said they should have
an update on the inci-
dent by Monday morn-
ing.



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national park.

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

DEVELOPERS responsi-
ble for ripping out acres of
mangroves and digging canals
on the south side of New
Providence have been
accused of environmental ter-
rorism by Nassau fishermen.

Bonefish guides Clint
Kemp and Aaron Bain of
Secret Soul Fly Fishing
Adventures have reported a
dramatic transformation of
the southern shoreline where
thriving mangroves have been



removed and canals dredged
to build the marina commu-
nities of Venice Bay and
South Seas.

Around 30 acres of man-
groves were removed to make
way for Venice Bay, at Millars
Creek, ridding the coast of
part of its natural buffer
against storms and thriving
feeding and nursing ground
for marine life, Mr Kemp said.

A road extended across the
bay links to a jetty extending
around half a mile across the
shallow flats as a canal is

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at comments
by Minister of

National Security

SHADOW Minister for
Foreign Affairs and the Pub-
lic Service Fred Mitchell took
grave exception yesterday to
remarks made by the Nation-
al Security Minister in the
House of Assembly Thursday
night.

According to Mr Mitchell,
Minister Tommy Turnquest
sought to suggest that there
was “political interference” in
prison officer promotions pri-
or to his arrival in office.

“That is a despicable
untruth,” Mr Mitchell said in
a statement made to the
media.

“Tf this were said outside
the House, it would be a
grave libel. I challenge him to
give any credible evidence
that there was political inter-
ference.”

According to the former
Minister, the record will show
that the promotions at the
prison were at all times guid-
ed by the due processes of the
Prison Department and the

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LOCAL NEWS



Agreement made on date
for hotel union elections

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

NOMINATIONS for the
hotel union elections will be
held on March 15, with the
elections set for April 27, it
was agreed yesterday.

Nearly three months after
the Court of Appeal over-
turned the rulings of two sep-
arate judges and ordered new
elections, members of the
Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) were back
before the appellate court yes-
terday.

The court had sought to
determine whether its ruling
handed down on January 14
had been adhered to. The
court had ordered the ‘pro
tem’ or temporary executive
council to meet within seven
days of the order and set the



“I would like to commend
the executive council for
heeding the advice of the
court and agreeing to move
the dates forward.”



Former president and now
presidential hopeful Nicole Martin

new election and nomination
dates.

More controversy arose
after it was announced that the
council had agreed by a major-
ity to set April 27 as the nom-
ination date with June 30 for
the elections; meaning that the
union would effectively be
without proper representation
for more than a year.

Subsequently, former presi-
dent Nicole Martin and her
team filed a writ which sought
to void the dates that had pur-
portedly been set.

“We are facing a situation
where the union seems appar-
ently out of control,” Justice
George Newman said yester-
day. He noted that it was not
the duty of the court to micro-

manage the union.

Court of Appeal President
Dame Joan noted that the
order of the court had been
followed by letter but not in
spirit. She pointed out that the
court’s order in January paved
the way for the union to have
new elections and allowed for
the temporary executive coun-
cil to pay the necessary union
bills.

“We already made every
order we could to protect the
interests of the union,” Dame
Joan said.

Attorney Keod Smith, who
represents Kirk Wilson and
several members of the
union’s executive council, not-
ed that he had filed a motion
seeking leave to appeal the
appellate court’s decision at
the Privy Council.

This prompted the judges to
inquire as to who had autho-
rised him to represent the

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he did not represent the inter-
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Mr Smith subsequently con-
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and withdrew his application
for leave to appeal to the Privy
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Eight members of the
union’s executive council were
present, and the court encour-
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the nomination and election
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After a brief adjournment,
Mr Smith said that it was
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be nomination day and that
April 27 would be the date for
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bership and that really would
not have served the purpose.”

Current union president
Roy Colebrooke told
reporters, “I am relieved to
know that persons can now get
on with your lives because
when you look at this whole
thing, persons were just held
in suspense.”

Attorney Keod Smith said:
“Now we are going forward
hopefully with a clearer set of
circumstances for the members
of the union to consider as to
what they can and cannot do.”

Attorney Damian Gomez
said that he was “exceptional-
ly pleased” with the outcome
of yesterday’s proceedings.

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LOCAL NEWS



New coalition aiming for
Haitian/Bahamian solidarity

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tripunemedia.net

THE Lambi Coalition host-
ed its first Haitian/Bahamian
Solidarity Forum Wednesday
in an effort to bridge the gap
between the two communi-
ties.

Guest presenters spoke
about the need to create a
change in behaviour by touch-
ing one Bahamian at a time;
to have the community
engage in self-examination for
ingrained prejudice, insensi-
tivity and ignorance.

There was consensus that
change at the level of individ-
uals was necessary for amass-
ing the scale of support need-
ed to create major political
changes, such as citizenship
at birth for Bahamian-born
individuals of Haitian descent.

BALLOT boxes from the
five polling division affected
by the Elizabeth by-election
challenge mounted by Ryan
Pinder were brought to the
court yesterday afternoon so
that the protests votes could
be removed.

The procedure took place
in closed chambers, in the
presence of the election court
judges, the Parliamentary
Registrar, attorneys and three
agents for the parties con-
cerned.

Attorney Philip "Brave"
Davis, who represents peti-
tioner Leo Ryan Pinder, indi-
cated to the court on Thurs-
day that polling divisions 4,
5, 7, 8,10 are affected by the
challenge. The election court
petition was filed by Ryan
Pinder of the PLP, who
gained 1,499 votes to Dr
Sands’ 1,501 in the February
16 Elizabeth constituency by-
election. Mr Pinder is claim-
ing that five protest votes cast
in his favour should be count-
ed, thus making him the elect-

“T was inspired by the Soli-
darity Forum. There was a
good turn out. It’s a start. We
hope to continue the process
of rising the consciousness of
African people. Based on the
feedback from the audience
we hope to have another
forum and will begin planning
toward that at Lambi’s next
meeting,” said Alex Morley,
Lambi chairman.

Ean Maura, educator,
father of two, and co-founder
of the Indaba Project, spoke
about the global importance
of uniting the African com-
munity. He said there are
many examples of how the
African community has set
global trends, from fashion,
music, community organising,
to spirituality. He said if the
African community could
achieve solidarity it would not
be long before the world

caught on.

The Lambi Coalition takes
its name from the Creole
word for “Conch,” as the
conch shell has a long stand-
ing association with the idea
of resistance and coming
together for Africans. The
organisation was formed in
the wake of the devastating
earthquake that struck Haiti.

“T was taken aback when I
arrived because I did not
expect to hear the things I
heard from a group of
Bahamians. It is amazing how
compassionate and concerned
the group is for the plight of
the Haitians living in the
Bahamas and the children of
Haitian descent,” said Mary
Reckley, founding member
and treasurer of the United
Association of Haitians in the
Bahamas (UAHB).

Ms Reckley has had 16



FNM candidate Dr. Duane Sands gestures to supporters outside
court on Thursday.

ed MP for Elizabeth. The
Elizabeth by-election court

hearing is set to open on
Thursday, March 11.



Ministry website move ‘would he mistake’

NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls @tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION spokesper-
son on foreign affairs Fred
Mitchell said the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs would be
making a “grave mistake” if
it moved its independently
hosted website to the govern-
ment’s platform at this time.

The Foreign Affairs website
is registered under the domain
mfabahamas.org. Mr Mitchell
said without a substantial
investment in the upgrade of
the bahamas.gov.bs platform
it would not benefit the min-
istry to switch.

“The government’s website
is Inadequate because it can-
not handle the existing traffic
demands. It is slow. The gov-
ernment’s website is down 50
percent of the time and is not
properly updated or main-
tained. This was the reason
when I was the minister, the
ministry chose not to join the
government’s website. Those
problems have still not been
resolved,” said Mr Mitchell.

Senior administrators in the
ministry said Thursday that

work on the website was on
hold, because the ministry is
in the processing of switching
platforms and reviewing the
management structure of the
website.

No one has specific respon-
sibility for the website, accord-
ing to the administrator. It
falls under the general respon-
sibility of the permanent sec-
retary and the administration.

Mtr Mitchell said: “The ‘rea-
son’ that the official offered
is an excuse that is almost one
year old. The ministry contin-
ues to do a disservice to the
country by continuing, for
over one year now, to talk
about upgrading and transfer-
ring a service when there is
little evidence to suggest that
the ministry gives a hoot
about the public’s right to
Know what, if anything, the
ministry is doing for the
Bahamian people,” said Mr
Mitchell.

More important than the
problem associated with
deciding on a platform, Mr
Mitchell said, was the issue of
the website being content defi-
cient. He said the website
should be content driven.

After a quick analysis of the

government’s main website,
technology consultant Eric
Lopez of WSI Internet Con-
sulting identified two
favourable aspects — the
recently updated news items
on the home page and the vis-
ible banners that provide ease
of access for key legislature
and government information.

He identified 10 areas where
improvement could make the
website more appealing, inter-
active and relevant.

“The website lacks appeal
— very monotonous. A cre-
ative design and structural
make-over will enhance val-
ue to visitors. It lacks effec-
tive call to actions; call to
actions foster the conversion
of website traffic to customers
or site users. These should be
designed and included to
attract and direct visitors to
fulfill the objectives of the
website,” said Mr Lopez.

Some of the other areas of
deficiency he identified
include: the lack of key audi-
ence appeal; ineffective navi-
gation; no social media con-
nection; the lack of relevancy
in design and functionality and
that the website objectives are
not clear.

years working with UAHB
and 23 years working with the
Bahamian Haitian Cultural
Association, of which she is
president.

“T see this group going far
and personally I will encour-
age children of Haitian
descent to join the group,
because they seem to be able
to address the issues in a way
that would make a difference.
I was very, very impressed,”
she said.

Lucien Emmanuel attended
the event, having been one of
the main advocates at the
College of the Bahamas
(COB) for a change in regu-
lations governing tuition for
Haitian Bahamians.

He encouraged the presen-
ters to be steadfast, saying
that from his personal experi-
ence he knew people who
spoke up in support of Hait-





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ian rights were often targeted
and victimised.

Prior to 2008, stateless
Bahamians of Haitian descent
had to pay international stu-
dent rates, while their high
school counterparts paid
Bahamian rates. The regula-
tions were changed to allow
anyone attending high school
in the Bahamas for six con-
secutive years to benefit from
local fee rates.

Mr Emmanuel was born in
the Bahamas to Haitian par-
ents and said it took him
about three years to be grant-
ed citizenship after he
applied. He enrolled in COB
during this limbo period, and
refused to pay international
fees as a matter of principle.

“T was born here. I don’
think I should be treated any
differently than anyone else. I
sat the same BGCSE, so why



should a different standard be
set economically,” said Mr
Emmanuel.

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to the chairman.

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Turkey warns US over Armenian genocide vote

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey warned
the Obama administration on Friday of
diplomatic consequences if it doesn't quash
a congressional resolution that would brand
the World War I-era killing of Armenians
genocide.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said
Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the U.S., would
assess what measures it would take, adding
that the issue was a matter of "honour" for
his country.

Meanwhile, a senior Obama administra-
tion official, speaking on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the
issue, said there was an understanding with
the Democratic leadership in Congress that
the resolution would not go to a vote on the
floor of the House of Representatives.

A USS. congressional committee
approved the measure Thursday. The 23-22
vote would send the measure to the full
House of Representatives, if the leadership
decided to bring it up. Minutes after the
vote, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to
the U.S.

USS. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton did not answer a question about the
diplomatic fallout Friday.

"The Obama administration strongly
opposes the resolution that was passed by
only one vote by the House committee and
will work very hard to make sure it does
not go to the House floor," Clinton told
reporters in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 mil-
lion Armenians were killed by Ottoman
Turks around the time of World War I, an
event widely viewed by scholars as the first
genocide of the 20th century. Turkey denies
that the deaths constituted genocide, say-
ing the toll has been inflated and those killed
were victims of civil war and unrest.

President Barack Obama promised dur-
ing his campaign to officially recognize the
killings as genocide but has not done so.
The Obama administration had been silent
about the resolution until shortly before the
vote, when it said it opposed its passage.
Turkey wants stronger action to block the
resolution.

"The picture shows that the U.S. admin-
istration did not put enough weight behind
the issue," Davutoglu told reporters. "We
are seriously disturbed by the result.”

"We expect the U.S. administration to, as
of now, display more effective efforts. Oth-
erwise the picture ahead will not be a posi-
tive one,” he said. He complained of a lack
of "strategic vision" in Washington.

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approved in the U.N. Security Council,
where Turkey currently holds a seat. Turk-
ish cooperation also is important to U.S.
operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also at stake are defence contracts.
Turkey is an important market for USS.
defence companies, many of which had lob-
bied against the measure.

"We have had good cooperation with the
USS. administration at all levels," Davutoglu
said. "We would expect our contributions
not to be sacrificed to domestic political
games."

Davutoglu said the U.S. ambassador had
been called to the Foreign Ministry for talks.
The ambassador, James Jeffrey, told
reporters the Obama administration was
opposed to the measure going before the
full House.

The foreign minister said Turkey was
determined to press ahead with efforts to
normalize ties with Armenia, but said
Turkey would not be "pressured" into taking
any decisions.

He added that the vote had put the rati-
fication of agreements to normalize ties with
Armenia at risk.

Last year, Turkey and Armenia agreed
to normalize ties by establishing diplomatic
relations and reopen their shared border,
but the agreements have yet to be approved
by their parliaments.

Turkey has been dragging its feet, fearful
of upsetting ally Azerbaijan, which balks at
any suggestion of the reopening of the bor-
der until its own dispute with Armenia over
Nagorno-Karabakh is settled. The region in
Azerbaijan has been under Armenian con-
trol.

Armenian groups have sought congres-
sional affirmation of the killings as geno-
cide for decades and welcomed Thursday's
vote.

"The problem that America faces is how
to recognize the Armenian genocide without
damaging its strategic alliance with Ankara.
But at some point, we must adopt moral
positions," Mourad Papazian, president of
the western European branch of the Armen-
ian Revolutionary Federation, told AP Tele-
vision News in Paris.

In Ankara, dozens of members of a small
left-wing party staged a protest near the
heavily protected U.S. Embassy, shouting:
"Genocide is an American lie!"

Turkey has been struggling to block sim-
ilar genocide bills in parliaments across the
globe.

(This article was written by Suzan Fraser

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Freeport, Bahamas.

Economic
freedom and
the Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

MS. CHARLYNE E.
SEALY, in a thoughtful let-
ter to The Tribune on Janu-
ary 25th responds to the
Heritage Foundation report
showing decline of econom-
ic freedom in _ the
Bahamas. Her remarks were
directed to Rick Lowe, Vice
President of The Nassau
Institute.

The key ingredients of
economic freedom are:

1. Personal choice;

2. Voluntary exchange
coordinated by markets;

3. Freedom to enter and
compete in markets;

4. Protection of persons
and their property from
aggression by others.

Where public policy inter-
feres with, or fails to support
these four “ingredients” eco-
nomic and other freedoms
are at stake. Rick Lowe and
the Nassau Institute are
unrelenting advocates for a
free economy.

Ms. Sealy cites areas in
the Bahamian economy that
lowers the overall rating in
the Heritage Index. She does
not believe most Bahamians
would willingly agree to
change the following poli-
cies:

1) Reserving sectors of
the economy for Bahamians;

2) Permission required to
sell property over five acres;

3) Tariffs

4) Monetary policy and
exchange controls.

Reserving particular sec-
tors of the economy is pro-
tectionist policy restricting
retail, and wholesale busi-
nesses to Bahamians.
Licensing of the professions
is also protectionist policy.

Ms Sealy should under-
stand that “every form of
protectionism builds on raw
political force which is
strengthened by advocates
of political power.”

Those benefitting from
government protection of
their industry or profession
are big business and politi-
cians counting votes. It is an
unholy alliance of business
and government in a com-
mon cause against con-
sumers and foreigners. It is
“crony capitalism” and not
free market.

Ms. Sealy asks: “Would

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BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 6'" day
of MARCH, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

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Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
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who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
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Mr. Lowe sanction a cam-
paign to get Bahamian
lawyers, accountants and
luxury store owners to agree
that foreign nationals be per-
mitted to come to the
Bahamas and hang their
shingles with no review or
approval?”

Implied in the question is
should we campaign for free
and voluntary exchange in
goods and services consider-
ing that lawyers, accountants
and luxury store owners pre-
fer the current system of pro-
tection for their professions
and businesses.

She may be right in the
preference for protection by
certain groups, but if so then
Mr. Lowe’s comment that
the Bahamas is “heading in
the wrong direction” is
irrefutable.

Consumers are not con-
cerned with the nationality
of the seller. They want a
wide choice of products at
the lowest prices. The
Bahamianization policy
requiring permission from
government to decide who
can sell and serve is there-
fore anti-consumer. It is anti-
free market and negative for
economic growth.

A shrinking economy and
drop in consumer spending
should cause rethinking poli-
cies that protect special inter-
ests.

Competition tends to
maintain prices at levels that
maximize exchange. A walk
down shabby Bay Street illu-
minates the sad story of
decline in the retail sector.
If Bahamians wish to recap-
ture lost business and
encourage new enterprise
they will have to open up to
new participants not based
on nationality but on who-
ever and whatever will
attract business and promote
economic activity.

Patriotism as paternalism
is often confused with pro-
tectionism. Rick Lowe
would say that protection-
ism is unpatriotic because it
supports high prices and
slows economic growth.

The existing interven-
tionist policy of restricting
areas to the discretion of
politicians is a declaration
that business is free to act as
long as what it does complies
exactly with the plans and
intentions of the government.

Government interference
is asking ultimately for more
compulsion and less free-
dom.

If action in the market
place is subject to political
approval then we have to
believe in an omniscient all-
knowing government with
all the knowledge required
to know what is best for
everyone else; an absurd
notion that few would sup-
port in 2010.

The permission required
to sell more than five acres -
is policy that interferes with
voluntary exchange required
to co-ordinate markets.

Property rights have
evolved from the earlier
practice of minimum inter-
vention to government
approval to sell over five
acres. Population and envi-
ronmental conditions affect
property use. Declarations
of intended use of property
for development may pro-
tect the property rights of
others. However, restrictions
on the use of one’s property
if they are arbitrary decisions
by bureaucrats are limits on
a cherished freedom.

Tariffs as protection for
chosen industries are coun-
terproductive to economic
freedom and economic
growth.

In the Bahamas they
replace an income tax. The
current tariff rate is so high

as to reduce competitive
advantage. The Duty Free
policy of the early nineties
is empirical evidence that
retailers were unable to com-
pete in the “luxury goods”
market with vendors in oth-
er countries.

Duty Free was a kind of
deception where the “tariff”
was renamed a “stamp tax.”

“A rose by any other
name is still a rose.” Whilst
duty was lowered on some
items, the revenue lost was
compensated by increasing
the rate in other sectors.

A flat consumption stamp
tax of 17 per cent universal-
ly applied would encourage
more economic exchanges
without deceptive market-
ing strategies. Dr. Arthur
Laffer an economist in the
Reagan years has shown that
when taxes drop revenue
increases — The Laffer
Curve.

Ms Sealy overlooks the
low tariffs of the 50’s and
60’s. The rate on most
imports was 15 per cent on
the C.LF value plus 2 per
cent stamp tax. Other taxes
were low, and there were no
deficit budgets. The econo-
my grew at 8 — 10 per cent.
In 1972 the Economic Free-
dom of the World Index
ranked the Bahamas 7th of
121 countries. In 2007 the
Bahamas is ranked 43rd of
143 countries.

Monetary policy and
exchange controls. The
Bahamas gets a consistent-
ly low rating in the Freedom
Index for monetary and fis-
cal policy due to foreign
exchange controls. Ms Sealy
is correct to note a relaxation
of the controls. Until there
is total free exchange the rat-
ing in this category will not
improve.

The limit on foreign cur-
rency exchange is related to
the foreign reserves required
to support the value of the
B$ at par with the US$.

Dr. Alvin Rabushka in
studying the Bahamian
economy stated in 2004:
“Unless foreign reserves rise
to, and remain at, a higher
level in the near future, the
financial structure of the
Bahamian economy, which
resembles an inverted pyra-
mid, will continue to get
heavier and larger at the top.
At some point, the whole
structure will topple. Either
devaluation or new restric-
tions on current account
transactions, which means
import control, must fol-
low.”

Economic freedom and
free trade are polarizing
issues between those who
understand the benefits of
free exchange and the pro-
tectionists whose opposition
is visceral and passionate.
Those of us who favour free
trade believe in the ethical
principle that people should
be free to buy from
whomever they choose, and
in the economic truth that
wealth and efficiency
increase as prices fall.

Mr Lowe, an advocate for
economic freedom, is a true
patriot and a courageous
defender of the rights of
individuals to pursue their
interests so long as they do
not interferie with the right
of others to do the same.

Ms Sealy raises policy
issues for public discussion
that mostly occurs behind
closed doors.

Her response and ques-
tions open them to public
scrutiny.

We invite her to join the
Nassau Institute in identify-
ing public policy and govy-
ernment actions that take
away our precious freedoms.

THE NASSAU
INSTITUTE
Joan Thompson
President,
Nassau,
February 2, 2010
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Grant updates
House on major

ministry projects

THE Ministry of Public
Works and Transport will con-
tinue its efforts to improve ser-
vice, contain costs and
enhance revenue collection
during the second half of the
2009/2010 year, Minister Neko
Grant said in his contribution
to the mid-year budget debate.

Mr Grant said: “Our efforts
in improving service delivery
will also continue as it under-
pins the credibility of the gov-
ernment.”

He highlighted the Build-
ings Control Division’s second
place finish in the Public Sec-
tor Service Improvement Pro-
gramme in October 2009.

“T congratulate the employ-
ees of the Buildings Control
Division on their achieve-
ment,” said Mr Grant. “I also
take this opportunity to thank
all employees of the Ministry
of Public Works and Trans-
port, its departments and
statutory authorities for the
work they perform on a daily
basis in providing services to
the public and to encourage
them all to strive to attain
even higher levels of perfor-
mance.”

He noted three major pro-
jects completed during the first
half of the 2009/2010 fiscal
year. Among them is the New
Providence harbour dredging
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in time for the arrival of the
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of
the Seas.

“While these projects are
virtually completed and the
harbour successfully facilitates
entry and exit of Genesis class
vessels, a small section of the
harbour remains to be
dredged due to inclement
weather conditions. We expect
this area to be competed by
May 2010,” said Mr Grant.

A major contract totalling
$11,294.468.86 was awarded to
Cavalier Construction Com-

Gna ama ea ae

POLITICAL activist Omar Archer announced yester-
day that he has resigned his membership of the Progressive
Liberal Party.

Mr Archer thanked party leader Perry Christie for the
opportunity to be a part of the PLP and for the “mentoring
and leadership that he has portrayed over the years”.

The one time chairman of and candidate for the Bahamas
Democratic Movement (BDM), who joined the PLP fol-
lowing the 2007 general elections, said: “Even though this
was a difficult decision for me to make, I realise that there
is a time for growth and for myself that time is now. The
Bahamas will not be losing a voice that speaks and advocates
for assistance of the poor and disenfranchised but will gain
a man who will hopefully in the future be able to change the
lives of many underprivileged persons of this great and
envied nation.”

In a statement issued to the press, Mr Archer said that
today’s voters are intelligent and audacious — not ignorant
and passive.

“T can no longer remain mute in responding to the cries,
responding to the cries of so many sorely oppressed Bahami-
ans throughout so many devastated communities in this
our beloved country,” he said.

“This clearly is a moral indication of change in today’s
political forum. Therefore together we must demand
accountability and hold those in public office to higher
standards without partiality.

“Once again I say thanks to all of you whom have given
me your support as I strive to continue to be the voice of the
people — for its with them where my unbending loyalty
lies,” he said.

PUBLIC WORKS
AND TRANSPORT
MINISTER Neko
Grant speaks to
Parliamentarians in
the House of
Assembly.



pany for the construction of
the new Bay Street Straw Mar-
ket. Mr Grant said the gov-
ernment is pleased with the
progress made to date on the
straw market and anticipates
that the building will be com-
pleted by mid-2011.

Furthermore, the precincts
of the Parliament Square on
Bay Street will be enhanced
as a result of a contract signed
for the refurbishment of the
Supreme Court, Senate,
Hansard and Magistrates
Court buildings. Mr Grant
explained that the project
includes construction of a new
utility support enclosure to
service the buildings.

“These projects (straw mar-
ket and Parliament Square)
will undoubtedly contribute to
the overall effort that is being
undertaken to improve the
appearance of the downtown
area of Nassau,” said Mr
Grant.

Regarding other work in the
downtown area, Mr Grant said
the project to replace eleva-
tors in the Churchill and Main
Post Office building is ongo-
ing. One of the elevators at
the Churchill Building has
been completed and a second
one is to be installed by March
of this year.

He said the elevators for the
Post Office Building have
been ordered and delivery is
expected during July of this
year. The first unit is expected
to be installed by September
and the second unit by
November at a cost of
$335,430.

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"I VEX that some of
them by-election candidates
still have their billboards up
in the Elizabeth constituen-
cy. They was so quick to put
them up now they ain' want
take it down like that ga
‘cause anyone to vote for
them next time.

"If they can't pay couple
dudes one $50 to take them
signs down, I suggest those
big, strapping men go down
there with some tools and
dig them eye-sores out
themselves."

—Vex on Prince Charles
Drive.

"IT vex at how disgusting,
rowdy and low class some
of our Members of Parlia-
ment act in the House of
Assembly. I wouldn't dare
carry my child in there to
observe the slack way those
grown men and women car-
ry on — I mean it look like
some of them wanted to
throw blows on Monday,
man.

"Tcan understand wanti-
ng to argue your point and
to defend your name, but
my word, I wish they could
find a more decent way to
talk to one another instead
of acting like beasts. The
only difference I see
between them and the man
on the street is the bigger
words they use but the same
biggety, nasty attitude is
there.”

— Ashamed of MPs.

"I vex at how some of
today's young women leave
their house to go out at
night without pants on,
clothes too tight, chest out
— all topped off with a
head of full of weave that
looks like it belong on a rag
doll. What makes it worse,
is you often see these
women holding the hand of
a little girl and you wonder
what sort of person that
innocent child is going to
grow up to be or what she is

WHY YOU VEX?

being exposed to.

"Ladies and mothers,
please take some pride in
yourself and set an exam-
ple for your children. Let
them know there is more to
life than showing what God
gave you to every Tom,
Dick and Harry."

— Concerned.

"T vex at all these people
who cut me off while I dri-
ving every blessed morning,
as if only they have some-
where to go. Why is it that
our people seem to have no
patience or compassion for
others, as evidenced by the
nasty way they treat you on
the streets?

"Road rage is a serious
thing, but I am thankful for
the grace of the One above
who hold me tongue and
my hand from displaying
my anger at those inconsid-
erate drivers. People think
of your fellow man next
time you are behind the
wheel and stop driving so
reckless."

— Mad Motorist.

"Lis particularly vex dat
dem 'politrickans’ keeps
trying ta hoodwink da peo-
ple, especially now we see
dat Saunders Beach gats
two levels, one upper level
mussey fa dem who go fa
da view and da lower level

BAHAMIANS HAVE THEIR SAY

for dem regulars who likes
da cold water. Dey
politrickans shoulda check
dem old pictures of da pre-
vious massive enormous
Montague Beach an see
what happens when they
done fool wid it.

“Dey ain't learn.

“Of all t'ings yinna
shouldn't mess wid mother
nature."

—Mama ain't born no
fool.

"Tam happy with the new
police Chief having the vig-
ilant police officers work-
ing during the nights and
hearing the police car horns
tooting all around the
neighbourhood. This sure
sends a message to the cul-
prits.

“And all we need to do
now is to make the lawyers
liable for the actions of their
client culprits because they
somehow manage to keep
getting bail for them, for the
umpteenth time to keep
repeating criminal acts on
us da victims in this little
seven by 21 mile long
island."

— Victim.



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Send your complaints to
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

Donations from Americans
for Haiti top $1 billion

NEW YORK

EXPERTS who track charitable giving say donations from
Americans for earthquake relief in Haiti have passed the $1
billion mark, according to Associated Press.

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has
been monitoring donations received by 91 charities engaged
in Haiti relief since the quake on Jan. 12. The total surpassed
$1 billion as of Friday. About one-third of it has gone to the

American Red Cross.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy says other major recipients
of Haiti donations include Catholic Relief Services, the U.S.
Fund for UNICEF and the U.S. wing of Doctors Without Bor-

ders.

The American Embassy is currently considering applications for the

following position:

Program Specialist, HIV Surveillance

The incumbent, under the supervision of the Director of the CDC Canbbean
Regional Office Global AIDS Program will provide technical expertise for
HIV/AIDS surveillance systems and prevention programs within an agreed
Program of Work established by CRO in collaboration with the Bahamas

Ministry of Health.

This four-year position 1s open to candidates with the following

qualifications:

A Bachelor level degree in one of the following disciplines:
Medicine, Public Health; Epidemiology; Nursing; Behavioral

Scenees.

Five years’ experience in the management of HIV/AIDS, STD, TB
prevention programs at the local, state or international levels that
entailed responsibility for the evaluation of program activities.

Must possess basic computer skills with experience/training for
word processing and spreadsheets.
BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation package
including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance, life
insurance, pension and opportunities for training and development.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens whe are eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Application forms are available online at:

htip: nassau userbassy cow job_opportunites html

All applications are to be submitted via e-mail to the Human Resources

Office

Email: poiticnra/alstate gov or fernanderraiaistate.gov

Deadline: March 24, 2010

Applications will not be accepted at the Security Gate of the Emitrassy,


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LOCAL NEWS

Drinking water
‘under threat’

FROM page one

ly depleted of drinking water.

"We may presume that our
wells will continue to provide
the water we need, and that
water will still come stream-
ing from the tap. Hurricane
Floyd should be a fervent
reminder that being compla-
cent or passive in establishing
appropriate water networks
could prove disastrous and |)
consequential to our future
water supply and to our over-
all well-being and could place
us in jeopardy," said the
South Beach representative.

During hurricane Floyd
water wells in parts of Cat
Island and Long Island were
put out of use because of sea
water contamination. Similarly, storm surges from hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne in 2004 had major affects on the
water resources of Grand Bahama while hurricane Frances
caused damage to water resources in North Andros, he
said.

These two hurricanes adversely affected the country’s
two major well-fields — W6 in Grand Bahama and the
Barging Wellfield in North Andros, said Mr Neymour.

"These primary well-field locations, positioned in the
centre of two of the largest Bahamian islands, were both
inundated by the sea water, and became brackish as a
result. Parts of the Andros well-field still have high salin-
ity as a result of the saline intrusion. There is abundant evi-
dence in Grand Bahama and Andros of previous events
that caused saltwater damage to the environment."

Alarmingly few of these major events were recorded
and analysed by the previous administration or officials at
WSC handicapping the corporation from designing future
mitigation plans, said Mr Neymour.

"This administration is addressing such planning
deficits," he said.

The anticipated devastating affects of climate change —
which can lead to elevated sea levels that can devastate our
low lying chain of islands — is also a major threat to our
water supply.

"Climate change is expected to result in rising sea levels,
in addition to the threat of even more severe hurricanes
and storm surges. Therefore, the Bahamas should elevate
our awareness and preparedness to the threat that such
likelihoods pose to our water resources and to our water
supplies.

"In fact, even heavy rainfall events can be disastrous, sim-
ilar to that which occurred during tropical Storm Noel.
Heavy flooding can result in the wastes from septic tanks
flowing directly into the private wells of our manipulation.
This has been a repeat occurrence in some parts of New
Providence."

To mitigate against these threats, the Ingraham admin-
istration will focus on enacting environmental and con-
servation laws and regulations; preventing future improp-
er development in low-lying areas prone to flooding;
restrict rock and sand mining activities to approved loca-
tions only; and protect beach ridge and coastal dune for-
mations.

Government also plans to adopt appropriate physical
planning policies, which will protect infrastructure from
storm surges and rising water tables.

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Developers accused of ‘environmental terrorism’

FROM page one

dredged across the flats.

“All this was mangroves; it used to be
teeming with fish,” Mr Kemp explained
at the site yesterday.

“But they cut straight though the flats
and all the mangroves are gone. It’s like
these people have just said “The hell with
Nassau, let’s just destroy it’.

“Tagree that with development there is
this balance that has to happen, but this!
This is environmental terrorism, that’s
the only phrase for it. This is crazy.”

At the eastern end of Millars Creek
the flats converge and form the entrance
to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT)
Bonefish Pond national park, where
many more healthy mangroves have
been ripped out and an existing canal is
being widened to lead into the marina
dredged at South Seas.

Developer Tennyson Wells confirmed
he had to stop the project in 2005 for
permits to be checked, but resumed con-
struction with full government approval
in June last year. He expects South Seas

to reach completion in 18 months.

BNT Executive Director Eric Carey
said the Trust will monitor the develop-
ment which has already produced silt-
ing in the park despite having silt screens
in place.

Mr Bain said the dredging has affected
the movement of the tides, and the silt
produced has coated the feeding grounds
where lobster and mutton snapper were
thriving just a year ago, but have now
disappeared.

“There were turtles and crabs, lobster
everywhere,” he said.

“You could find 20, 40, 60 holes of
young lobster here, but now the holes
have closed up and they’re gone. There’s
nothing.”

Damage to mangrove ecosystems in
the south will only increase when high-
powered boats are docked in the marinas,
Mr Kemp said, while the adjacent nation-
al park will do little to mitigate the effects
sure be seen on coral reefs throughout
the New Providence area and beyond.

“Right here is probably the most sen-
sitive spot in all of Nassau,” he told The
Tribune.

“They are digging up the Bonefish
Pond national park. It’s going to
change everything in here.”

He wants the lack of public dialogue
over development projects and lack of
sufficient environmental law to be
addressed with urgency to ensure
important ecosystems are protected
when developments go ahead.

Without such legislation, the eco-
nomic need for development cannot
be balanced with the need to protect
the vulnerable natural environment.

“Tt’s not radical to speak out about
this,” Mr Kemp said.

“Tt’s just sticking up for what’s right.
We are out here every day watching it
happen and it’s absolutely heart-break-
ing to see it actually happen right
before our eyes, and it’s happening so
fast.

“We have complained for years how
the beaches are being taken away from
us, but all of this is getting taken away
too.

“This is against international treaties
that we have signed — and there is no
mitigation.”

FROM page one

“There is a responsibility
for people here in Grand
Bahama to do some things to
make this island more com-
petitive, like drop their
prices,” Ms Walkine stressed.

“Everybody that has a
direct impact on the end
product visitors pay for has
to look at how they can drop
prices and reduce cost to the
customer.”

Ms Walkine noted that the
high cost of airfare and high
jet fuel is one of the main
problems and challenges here
on the island.

“We have more than ade-
quate number of seats to fill
the rooms here on Grand
Bahama, and our goal is not
to lose any of those seats.

“In order to avoid losing
those seats, we have to reduce
the cost of jet fuel,” she
stressed.

Airlines flying to Grand
Bahama pay 240 per cent
above the average cost of jet
fuel in Nassau, which is 40 per
cent above average what
those airlines pay for routes
within the US.

Jet fuel costs for carriers
reached $5. 41 per gallon in
Freeport, compared to $2.26
in Nassau, which resulted in

‘High costs’

$1 million in annual cost for
air carriers flying to Grand
Bahama International Air-
port.

The Grand Bahama Air-
port Company buys jet fuel
from an overseas supplier
because there is no local jet
fuel supplier on the island.

GBAC officials are work-
ing with the Ministry of
Tourism to lower fuel costs,
which could happen soon,
possibly in a matter of weeks.

“We are optimistic that
sometime in next few weeks
we will have a price per gallon
that is considered reason-
able,” said the director gen-
eral.

“They have understood and
accepted their obligation with
responsibility to protect this
business and we don’t antici-
pate that we will lose any ser-
vice.”

Ms Walkine noted that cus-
tomers do not want to pay a
$500 airfare for a 20-minute
flight to Grand Bahama when
they can pay less to go to Nas-
sau.

“That is why Grand
Bahama has a unique chal-
lenge that it has to address
and make itself more afford-
able, it cannot be overpriced.

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The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
(www.gtwesley.org)

SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2010

7:00 a.m. Rev.Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside

11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Tezel Anderson/
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“That’s what our feedback
tells us, that Grand Bahama is
an expensive destination in
every respect.”

“And so everyone has to
give a little in order to be able
to attract the critical mass that
will spend that much more so
that your revenue grows.
Even though the unit price
has dropped, you are going
to make more money. That is
what we have been trying to
communicate to people here.

“People are not responding
to it, but we in tourism are
supposed to solve the prob-

lem. We are supposed to find
some people out there who
are willing to pay that premi-
um to come to Grand
Bahama, why would they do
that when they have other
options for less? So it is the
most frustrating challenge we
have ever had.

“We are not about to
negotiate any new services
until we can make the exist-
ing airlines here viable and
it is not viable right now
because of the high cost of
fuel in Grand Bahama,” said
Ms Walkine.

Mitchell hits back at comments

by Minister of National Security
FROM page one

Ministry of National Security in consultation with the Prison
Staff Association.

“The Minister ought to concentrate on getting the job done
and stop trying to rewrite history. The fact is that shortly after
they came to office, the FNM administration unfairly with-
drew lawfully granted promotions to prison officers under pro-
cedures agreed with the Prison Staff Association and the Pub-
lic Service Commission. Any other story is simply fiction.

“The Minister’s own previous statements in the House of
Assembly support this view. It is simply tiresome that almost
three years after coming to office, the Minister can only find
comfort in propaganda as a substitute for the failures of the
FNM administration in the Public Service and other areas of
public life in the Bahamas,” he said.

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LOCAL NEWS

BIC donates $100,000 to
Haiti earthquake relief

THE Bahamas Telecommunications
Company has donated $100,000 to the
Red Cross Haiti Relief effort.

Acting president and CEO Kirk
Griffin, vice president Antonio Stubbs
and chief financial officer Paul
McClean made the presentation to
Caroline Turnquest, president of the
Bahamas Red Cross Association at a
press conference yesterday morning.

In addition to this donation, BTC
also introduced a text to donate cam-
paign — Each One Reach One — in the
wake of the devastating January 12

earthquake in Haiti.

The campaign was very successful,
raising more than $31,00 in text dona-
tions from BTC customers. The tex-
ting campaign allowed customers to
donate in unlimited increments of $1,

$3 and $5.

BTC employees also donated to the
cause in the amount of $3,100.

In the wake of the disaster, BTC
reduced the outbound calling rates to
Haiti to 25¢ per minute for customers
using BTC’s Hello long distance phone
card. As a result, friends and family
members are able to make calls to
Haiti at a lower rate until March 31.

On January 25, BTC participated in
an earthquake relief telethon organ-
ised by the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the Rotary Clubs of Nassau.

The company provided phone lines,
equipment and manpower for the
event which was a stellar success, rais-
ing $250,000 for the victims in Haiti.

The company is also slated to assist
the Ministry of Youth with its live con-
cert and Haiti relief telethon on March
13 at the Rain Forrest Theatre.

A statement from the company said:



“BTC is extremely grateful to its
employees and the general public for
their extraordinary compassion and
rapid mobilisation in support of this
effort.

“In the upcoming weeks, the organ-
isation will officially introduce its cor-
porate charitable donation programme
to the public.”

Port Of Call residents
tackle dumping head-on

FREEPORT -— Appalled
by the rise in indiscriminate
dumping, Port Of Call resi-
dents have joined forces to
officially clean-up their
neighbourhood.

“The road was lined with
debris from the western
entrance all the way down
to the dead-end,” said Don
Mitchell, a Port Of Call Vil-
las resident. “Mounds of
garbage were at the canal
easement including fast food
containers, condoms, nee-
dles and household refuse.”

The quiet street is a pop-
ular retreat for residents of
nearby neighbourhoods,
who regularly use it for exer-
cise and other recreational
purposes.

After becoming increas-
ingly frustrated with the fre-
quent dumping, residents,
frequent visitors and mem-
bers of the Port Of Call Vil-
las and Condominium Asso-
ciation; the Mayfield Beach
Tennis Club and Associa-
tion; and Seabreeze Execu-
tive Suites, decided to act.

Clean-up efforts were
launched in January by Stan
and Tatiana Sargeant, sec-
ond home owners and visi-
tors to the island for more
than 20 years.

The couple initially tried
to collect the garbage on
their own during daily walks
but quickly recognised the
magnitude of the problem.

After encouraging other
residents to join them, the
group pooled donations and
hired a workman to collect
the garbage. “In all, he col-
lected 259 large trash bags
over a seven-day period,”
said Mr Mitchell.

To discourage dumping
nearby the canal, the Port
Of Call group has purchased
garbage bins which they reg-
ularly empty themselves.
With the assistance of the
Environmental Department
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA), “No
Dumping” signs have also
been strategically posted.

Environmental manager
for the GBPA Nakira
Wilchcombe praised the
group’s initiative.

“GBPA applauds the Port
of Call group, which has
now been officially dubbed
the first community group —
known as ‘Keep Port of Call
Clean’ — for addressing
indiscriminate dumping in
their community. Such
efforts are worth imitating
as they demonstrate what
can be accomplished
through self-driven initia-
tives.

“Tt is unfortunate when
others show disregard for

Mentorship programme to
_ prepare young adults for
_ life beyond the classroom

LIFE COACH Michelle
Miller said she wants to
help address the critical
shortage of life skills among
young adults in the
Bahamas in an effort to
counter anti-social behav-
iour and build positive atti-
tudes.

Her programme,
LifeSkills242 Mentorship,
is designed to be an inter-
active learning programme
that engages young adults
in a wholesome, enriching
and fun learning experi-
ence.

It is structured as a six
session series, scheduled to
begin March 13 at the
Coaching Studio in the
Jovan Plaza, Madeira
Street.

Designed for students in
grades eight to 12, she said
the programme will impart
fundamental skills to assist
young adults in making self-
supporting decisions, as
they deal with the confu-
sion of transitioning into
adulthood. Ms Miller said
she drew inspiration for the
programme from her own
struggles as a young person.

“Keeping young people
optimistic, safe and out of
trouble is just part of the
story of the LifeSkills242
Programme,” she said.
“What we’re really doing is
helping them to engage
their thinking, learning and
developmental capacity;
providing invaluable skills
that they will use for the
rest of their lives.”

Ms Miller said the great-
est challenge facing this
society today is that many
young people lack inspira-
tion and a sense of belong-
ing.

“The continuous episodes
of anti-social behaviour sug-
gest that present methods
for social competence are

inadequate or ineffective.
It is difficult, if not unrea-
sonable to expect children
to effectively navigate emo-
tions, make positive deci-
sions and reach for higher
achievement if we have not
adequately equipped them
with the essential skills to
do so,” she said.

Ms Miller said the fact
that most education mod-
els in the Bahamas are
exclusively focused on aca-
demic aptitude, leaves the
development of healthy
self-esteem and positive
attitudes hanging in the bal-
ance.

She explained that the
focus on academic compet-
itiveness has the tendency
to lead to the negative
labelling of children who do
not make top grades; inad-
vertently encouraging low
self-esteem and a lack of
self-control. This in turn
leads to anti-social behav-
iour and aggression; which
gradually mushrooms into
violence and criminal
behaviour.

Through the LifeSkills242
Programme, she hopes to
offer a message that builds
a new, optimistic mindset
amongst young adults;
offering valuable lessons of
self-awareness, self-esteem,
anger management, critical
thinking and emotional cop-
ing skills; ultimately help-
ing them take responsibility
for the management of their
attitudes and behaviour.

The effectiveness of life
skills education is interna-
tionally recognised and
most developing countries
have incorporated it as a
crucial component of the
school curriculum.

More information
can be found at
lifeskills242@yahoo.com

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RESIDENTS JOIN FORCES TO TACKLE DUMPING PROBLEM: Condominium residents and visi-
tors of Port Of Call Drive pooled resources to clean-up their neigbourhood, collecting hundreds of

bags of refuse.

the environment and the
personal surroundings of
others. We hope that their
example would encourage
other communities to work
together and do their part
in keeping their environ-
ment clean,” she said.

Reflecting on the dump-
ing, Mr Mitchell noted that
non-residents who frequent
the area are the culprits.

“We don’t mind persons
using the dead-end to sit
and eat and enjoy the
waterway but the problem
arises from their abuse of
the environment,” he said.

The Port Of Call group’s
next move is to contact the
developers of Bahamas
Terrace in an attempt to
have a large dumpster
installed for proper garbage
disposal.

Additionally, assistance
is being sought to have San-
itation Services remove
heavy bulk items, like an
abandoned boat and a
refrigerator, from the
underbrush.

Citing their efforts as an
example, group member
and owner-resident Ms
Marianne Sussex encour-
aged other individuals or
groups to adopt specific
areas or communities on
the island. “In my eight
years of visiting, I’ve defi-
nitely seen an increased
awareness and intense drive
towards keeping Grand
Bahama clean,” the Cana-
dian observed.

“We hope that other res-
idents can learn from our
self-help project. May they
become more sensitised to

the environment and the
need for all of us to keep it
clean and preserve it,” said
Mr Mitchell.

neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that

BERNARDO GEDEUS of

MONASTERY PARK, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registratior/naturalization should not

be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts

within twenty-eight days from the 6" day of MARCH, 2010 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147,

Freeport, Bahamas.

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ST. AUGUSTINE’S College Big Red Machine celebrates another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Championships title.

Big Red Machine champions again at BAISS

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE headlines read the same as
usual: St. Augustine’s College Big
Red Machine win another Bahamas
Association of Independent Sec-
ondary Schools’ Track and Field
Championships title.

This time, the Big Red Machines
rolled out of the Thomas A. Robin-
son Track and Field Stadium with
their 22nd consecutive title, carting
off six of the eight divisional titles in
a dominating 334.50 point margin
over their arch-rivals Queen’s Col-
lege Comets.

St. Augustine’s College finished
the three day meet yesterday with
a total of 1,361.50 points, winning
the bantam, junior, intermediate and
senior girls as well as the junior and
senior boys.

Queen’s College, who had beefed
up their squad in a bid to dethrone
SAC, took both the bantam and
intermediate boys divisions as they
had to settle for a disappointing sec-
ond place with 1,027.

While there was a two-way race
for the top spot, third place was clos-
er with St. John’s College Giants
collecting 474.50, compared to St.
Anne’s 449.50 for fourth. St.
Andrew’s rounded out the top five
with 357.

SAC’s head coach William
‘Knucklehead’ Johnson said it was a
routine performance for his Big Red
Machine squad.

“This one feel good, better than
the rest,” said Johnson as he watched
SAC’s athletes, coaches, officials and
fans rush onto the field for another

victory lap.

“Somehow, everyone felt that this
year was their time, but we knew
that we had a chance to widen the
gap and I think that is what we did.”

Johnson said the key to their suc-
cess was to concentrate on the field
events and while they did that, he
admitted that they fell down in the
distance events.

“Other than that, we had a well
balanced effort and that made up
for any mistakes that we had,” he
pointed out.

All year long, the talk was about
the challenge that the Big Red
Machine would receive from the
Comets. Looking at the final results,
Johnson said they did well, but they
just improved on the areas they did-
m’t perform that well in last year.

“Better luck for next year,” said

Johnson as he hinted at coming back
to defend their title again. “We’re
going to be better than we were this

Queen’ s College coach Gary
Markham said they just simply
weren't able to contain SAC.

“T know it sounds like a cliché,
but we’re disappointed in coming
second,” Markham stressed. “Our
first day wasn’t so bad. We were
behind by 57 points.

“But on our second day, we got
messed...And today, we were ahead
of SAC in most of the relays, so ’m
really pleased with today.

“SAC is an extremely talented
team and we have a long way to go,”
he insisted. “We had a lot of injuries
that kept us back, but we don’t have
the depth that SAC does.

“We don’t have the quality that



they do, so we came second again.
It’s sounds like a bit of a habit right
now. But we will continue to work
on our weaker events.”

If they can only get the kind of
consistency in the performances as
SAC, Markham said Queen’s Col-
lege will definitely be able to com-
pete for the top spot, rather than
settling for second best.

“They were really out to compete.
All credit to them. They competed
well and they competed like cham-
pions,” Markham stated.

“We can learn from them, but we
will continue to knock on their
door.”

Next up is the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations’ Sco-
tiabank National High Track and
Field Championships next weekend
at the Thomas A. Robinson Track



7 Felipé Major/Tribune staff

BAISSFINAL

RESULTS

HERB’S the results from the
Bahamas Association of Inde-
pendent Secondary Schools
Sports’ Track and Field Cham-
pionships that concluded on Fri-
day at the Thomas A. Robinson
Track and Field Stadium:

OVERALL SCORES

St. Augustine’s College 1,361.5
Queen’s College 1,027
St. John’s A745
St. Anne’s 449.5
St. Andrew’s 357
Nassau Christian Academy 230
Aquinas Colleg 192
Kingsway Academy 157
Temple Christian Academy 113.5
Jordan Prince William 94
Charles W. Saunders 92
Faith Temple Academy 66
Bahamas Academy 57
Westminister College 55

and Field Stadium.

The Big Red Machine will be chal-
lenged by the CR Walker Knights in
the senior division and the CH
Reeves Raptors in the junior divi-
sion.

But Johnson said they are defi-
nitely going to be ready.

Security & General Buccaneers Rughy Football Club get another — in Bahama Joe's

THE SECURITY and
General Buccaneers Rugby
Club, the oldest club in The
Bahamas, was presented a
cheque from Bianca Zaiem of
Bahama Joe's bar last week.
Club Chairman Dorian Roach
along with Captains Ryan
Knowles and Jonathan Brown
were there to accept the
cheque.

Bahama Joe's has joined
Security and General to aid
in the development of young
men through the coaching
provided by the Buccaneers
Rugby Club. Between the
upkeep of the Winton Rugby
Centre, uniforms & equip-
ment and travel, it costs a rug-
by team about $10,000.00 a
year and not everyone can
afford to pay that price to play
rugby. That's why the spon-
sorship is key to not only
keeping a club together, but
providing an outlet for young
men to play and develop their
skills.

“We are very proud of the

kids who have been a part of
the club. We currently have
the youngest team in the
league and are able to give
many of our youth and for-
mer youth players a lot of
playing time. Bahama Joe's
sponsorship allows us to con-
tinue to help and develop
these young kids as athletes
and young men,” said Club
President Dorian Roach.

Buccs’ Captain Ryan
Knowles added, “We have
been extremely happy with
the progression of our team
over the last three to four
years with the maturing of our
youth players and also some
new players to the game. We
would like to thank Bahama
Joe's for wanting to be a part
of that.”

The Buccs take on Balliou
on Saturday February 20th,
and then travel to Freeport to
play on February 27th. The
full schedule can be found

online at http://www.bucc-
srugby.net.

Dwayne Robinson/Photo

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Campbell championship

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Taberna-
cle Baptist Falcons celebrated
through the streets of Grand
Bahama in a victory motorcade
on Friday.

The Falcons of Tabernacle Bap-
tist Christian Academy are the
reigning basketball champions of
the Hugh Campbell Basketball
Tournament that was held New
Providence at the Kendal Isaac
Gymnasium on February 21.

This is their second consecutive
win and the sixth time that the
Falcons have won the Hugh
Campbell championship title.

The win was an inspirational
one for the team, which lost one
its team members, Shaquille
Hinds, who collapsed and died
during basketball practice in Jan-
uary.

A special assembly was held at
the school on Friday to celebrate
the outstanding accomplishment.
Motivational speaker Michael Pin-
tard addressed the principal,
administrators, teachers and stu-
dents.

At 12 noon, the players, stu-
dents and parents participated in a
motorcade from the school to Port
Lucaya and to downtown.

Cecil Thompson, Deputy Direc-
tor of Education, commended the
team for its outstanding record of
wins at the tournament.

“Tabernacle Baptist Academy
has the unique distinction of being
the only school in the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas that has
ever won six Hugh Campbell Bas-
Ketball Championships,” he said.

Mr Thompson said that many
other senior basketball teams
from Grand Bahama - the former
Hawksbill High, Grand Bahama
Catholic High, Eight Mile Rock
High, and Jack Hayward High -
have dominated the tournament
over the past 28 years by winning
more than 20 championships.

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cons celebrated
through the
streets of Grand
Bahama ina
victory motor-
cade on Friday.

THE CC Sweeting Cobras celebrated their senior boys runners-up position in the recent Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic yesterday. At a special assembly, the administration

and staff paid tribute to the team, coached by Mario Bowleg and led by Gari Larent. The Cobras lost out to the Tabernacle Falcons by one point in overtime.

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Dwayne Wade

_ Watle gets 27, Heat
- hold off Lakers in
07 114-111

:? BASKETBALL

i MIAMI
; Associated Press

JERMAINE O'Neal

; called it, telling teammates
i in overtime that the next
i time someone drove the
: lane he would be there to
i take the charge.

That someone was Kobe

Bryant.

And O'Neal delivered on

i his vow.

O'Neal stood his ground

i with 18.7 seconds left in the
: extra session and Bryant
; was whistled for an offen-
i sive foul. It was the final
? turning point as the Miami
i Heat found a way to beat
i the Los Angeles Lakers 114-
? 111 in the NBA's wildest
? back-and-forth game this
i season.

There were 19 ties and 31

i lead changes, two more than
: any game in the league in
? 2009-10, and Miami's cen-
i ter stood tallest at the end.

"He was there. He

? stepped up," said Dwyane
i Wade, who led the Heat
i? with 27 points and 14 assists.
? "TI saw it coming the whole
? way. That's J.O. — J.O. not
: only protects the basket by
i? being a shotblocker, but he
: also protects it because he
? can take charges. And that's
i great. Everybody did their
i job tonight."

Bryant went left, looking

: for a layup that would have
i tied the game. Instead,
? O'Neal drew his team-best
: 19th charge of the season,
? Carlos Arroyo hit two free
? throws 0.3 seconds later to
i make it a two-possession
i game and Miami held on,
? winning back-to-back home
? games for the first time since
i mid-January.

Quentin Richardson

? scored a season-high 25
? points for the Heat, who got
i 17 from Arroyo, 13 from
? O'Neal and a 12-point, 11-
? rebound effort from Udo-
i nis Haslem.

"We have big-moment,

i big-player type guys that
i love to step up to a big chal-
i lenge like this and aren't
i afraid of the moment," Heat
? coach Erik Spoelstra said.
i "Obviously, Dwyane is like
i that, Jermaine is like that.
? Udonis, Quentin will hit big
i shots. A lot of times it's a
i fight and an argument to see
? who's going to shoot the
i ball. They're not running
i from it. They want the
i moment."

Bryant scored 39 points,

i including the overtime-forc-
? ing jumper for the Lakers,
i who got 14 points from
? Derek Fisher and 13 points
i and 11 rebounds from
i Lamar Odom.

It wasn't the offensive

i foul late that seemed to
i raise the ire of Lakers coach
? Phil Jackson but rather a
? foul call that he thought
i Bryant earned against Wade
i with a half-minute left in
? regulation and Los Angeles
i up by one.

Bryant shot what was

? ruled an airball; the Lakers
? insisted Bryant was fouled.
i Instead, Richardson came
? down and hit a 3-pointer to
i put Miami up 99-97 with
i 11.1 seconds left in regula-
i tion.

"I'm sure he didn't shoot

i an airball. That's uncon-
i? scionable that that call can't
? be made at that point in the
i game, because that's a
i shooter and there it is,"
i Jackson said. "But they did-
? n't call it and he had to do
i another miracle to come
i back and tie the game. But
? in the overtime, we had our
? chances."
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ronment of the Bahamas.

Additionally, Dr Gerace is known for
his contribution to the establishment of
the Boy Scout troop 1492, and also for
helping to rebuild homes after Hurricane
Francis.

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dress, designed by Indira Moss.

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promise of an evening of fun, elegance,
dancing, prizes and surprises. Guests thor-
oughly enjoyed the event, held under the
theme “Give a gift of life, preserve a
heart.”

The event took place on Saturday, Feb-
ruary 13, at Sheraton Nassau. Guests
danced to the music of the Ed Brice
Orchestra, the SG Band and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Dinner Band.

Portia Nottage, Heart Ball Committee
chairperson said: “The foundation is
grateful and thankful to all who have
helped to make this event a success. With-
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made it. We look forward to
your continued support as we
help to repair the hearts of
children, and put smiles on
their faces and those of their
families, one child at a time.”

There were lots of prizes
and surprises. The silent auc-
tion featuring more than 40
items, was a great success.
The most coveted prizes were
jewellery, in particular the sil-
ver necklace with marsonite
pendant from Godet's Jew-
ellery.

The room raffle was a great
success as well. The first prize
included: a round-trip World
Traveller Plus ticket to Lon-
don donated by British Air-
ways; an anonymously donat-
ed diamond ring; a painting,
“Morning Glory”, by Nettica
Symonette; and a Baum and
Mercier watch, donated by
Colombian Emeralds.

The second prize winner got
a Cartier “Trinity” Handbag
from Cartier at John Bull, a
pearl and Diamond 18k
bracelet donated by Fondas
Jewellers, a whole body scan

donated by the Centreville ' |

Medical Pavilion, and a paint- af

ing, “Love Bird Seagulls” by RE BARNES presents the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart award to Dr Donald Gerace.
Clifford Fernander.

The third prize winner won
a 21” Toshiba Flat Screen TV,
an Astengo de Lama neck-
lace, a wellness assessment by
Dr Graham Cates, and a
three-day/two-night stay at
Sammy T's Beach Resort in
Bennet's Harbour, Cat Island.

The ballroom was decorat-
ed by Stefan J L Rahming of
Events by Stefan. Table
favours were provided by
Maria Antoinette of Special
Events and Milo Butler and
Sons Ltd.

The Sir Victor Sassoon
(Bahamas) Heart Foundation
was established in 1961 to
assist persons with heart dis-
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main goal is to assist children
who need heart care. Dona-
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